Friday, October 15, 2021

VA - LIVE! (A Butterboy Compilation) (17 x CD's) PART 5 LIVE! SOUL



VA - LIVE! (A Butterboy Compilation) (17 x CD's) PART 5

I listen to a lot of music and enjoy every moment. However, the greatest joy is hearing my favorite artists in concert, among others who are there for the same reason. Live music gives you a feeling you just don't get from listening to a studio album. Sometimes you hear your favourite songs and it sounds completely different, live, offering whole new perspective to the music you always listened to. What makes them great is the extra dynamics and energy that a live setting gives to the music and a willingness to go beyond the studio recording into new areas of improvisation. I suspect its the crowd that also adds to the excitement of a live concert performance.  Live concerts are the greatest way to listen to music (for me) . Live music engages listeners to a greater extent than pre-recorded music and that a pre-existing admiration for the performers also leads to higher engagement. Neil Young once said that “live music is better”, and it seems that one in three people agree it’s their number one passion.  The impact that live music has on us is hard to put into words, but I guess, it lies in the way it makes us feel. As the sounds course through your body and you hear the sound clearer than ever before. The feelings live music arouse is the reason we seek it out and gather in droves wherever it is present, from watching a busker on the street corner, visiting your local music venues or travelling hours for a music festival.

Capturing the thrill of a live performance and putting it onto tape is a tricky art. I am not sure why because I have seen many DVD's that capture concert sound wonderfully. Putting to vinyl may be another matter. Many have tried to capture the sounds of a great concert and produce an album that captures that excitement and on the odd occasion there is an live recording that captures this, giving us a tingle of joy reminding us of the feeling we had at that concert.  There are literally thousands of Live recordings in music. To many to represent properly in one series of CD's. Some are of a fantastic quality representing close to how the music was heard in concert at that time. Others are quite dubious (of which some bootleg concerts may fall into that category). So what songs are great to hear live...  I have trolled through my collection and found many Live ROCK performances. Some I remembered well and others I was glad to be reacquainted with. 

This is the last of LIVE! series. 

The Pop Version will be presented at a later date.

4 x CD's of Single tracks by various rock artists of Live rock. 

4 x CD's of Double tracks by various rock artists of Live rock music

3 x CD's of Live Progressive Rock  Part 1

3 x CD's of Live Progressive Rock  Part 2

3 x CD's of Live Soul

The feeling of a live concert is almost impossible to replicate perfectly. but these tracks all exhibit a live feeling and sound reminding us of the times we were exported to another moment in time. Enjoy!



Pt.1     Pt.2  


Track lists


01 Ike & Tina Turner Proud Mary 6:09

02 O.V. Wright Eight Men, Four Women 4:24

03 Bill Withers Use Me 4:00

04 Ben E. King Stand By Me 2:23

05 Johnny Taylor Little Bluebird 7:10

06 Earl Van Dyke Someday We'll Be Together 3:37

07 William Bell I Forgot to Be Your Lover 2:36

08 O'jays Wildflower 9:43

09 Smokey Robinson & the Miracles Here I Go Again 3:51

10 Isaac Hayes Ain't No Sunshine 11:05

11 Irma Thomas Cry On 3:06

12 Al Green Love and Happiness 3:08

13 Nina Simone I Ain't Got No; I Got Life 4:25

14 Aretha Franklin Spirit in the Dark (Reprise) 19:24

15 Aretha Franklin Spirit in the Dark 7:02

16 Temptations My Girl 2:59

17 Doris Troy Misty 2:19

18 Ray Charles What'd I Say 4:28

19 Eddie Floyd Knock on Wood 3:38

20 Curtis Mayfield People Get Ready 3:47

21 Donny Hathaway The Ghetto 12:05

22 Smokey Robinson & the Miracles A Fork in the Road 4:46

23 Solomon Burke Medley, If You Need Me, Tonight's The Night, You're Good For Me, I Almost Lost My Mind, What Am I Living For, Just Out Of Reach 12:12

24 Frederick Knight I've Been Lonely (For So Long) 3:54

25 James Brown It's a Man's Man's Man's World 19:11


26 Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes Wake Up Everybody (Part 1) 3:16

27 Bill Withers Lean on Me 5:46

28 P.P. Arnold The First Cut is the Deepest 3:24

30 Irma Thomas Live Again 2:19

31 Sam Cooke Having a Party 4:09

32 Marva Whitney I Made a Mistake (Because It's Only You) (Parts 1&2) 6:42

33 King Curtis Memphis Soul Stew 7:39

34 Arthur Conley Sweet Soul Music 3:25

35 Falcons I Found a Love 3:07

36 Sly & the Family Stone Dance to the Music & I Want to Take You Higher 4:21

37 Mary Wells Bye Bye Baby 4:55

38 Ray Charles Drown in My Own Tears 6:25

39 Lou Rawls Dead End Street 3:25

39 Carla Thomas I Like What You're Doing (To Me) 3:34

40 James Brown Lost Someone 10:43

41 Little Sonny Wade in the Water 4:20

42 Gene Chandler Rainbow '65 (Parts 1 and 2) 6:04

43 Louise McCord Better Get a Move On 4:00

44 Kim Weston Lift Every Voice and Sing 3:39

45 Mel & Tim 20 Backfield in Motion 5:29

46 Chuck Jackson Since I Don't Have You 2:37

47 Otis Redding Try a Little Tenderness 5:07

48 Irma Thomas Somewhere Crying 2:43

49 Etta James Seven Day Fool 4:20

50 Marvin Gaye What's Going on (Reprise) 4:07


51 Little Milton Open the Door to Your Heart 7:01

52 Patti Labelle If Only You Knew 4:28

53 Esther Phillips Shangri-La 2:38

54 O'jays Back Stabbers 8:16

55 Barry White Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe 3:27

56 David Porter Can't See You When I Want To 10:29

57 Teddy Pendergrass Close the Door 5:42

58 Marvin Gaye Distant Lover 6:16

59 Maze Feat. Frankie Beverly Joy and Pain 4:52

60 Labelle Lady Marmalade 3:19

61 Al Green L-O-V-E (Love) 3:54

62 Aretha Franklin & Smokey Robinson Ooo Baby Baby 2:15

63 Earth, Wind & Fire Reason 8:23

64 Emotions Show Me How 5:36

65 War Slippin' Into Darkness 9:40

66 Kool & the Gang Summer Madness 10:31

67 Brenda Holloway Summertime 4:04

68 Rufus & Chaka Khan Sweet Thing 3:28

69 Isley Brothers That Lady (Pt1) 3:33

70 Commadores Zoom 10:15




  1. This is an excellent document what humankind is capable of. Something to lean on in these strange times, thx BB.

    1. Hi StoneRose,
      There is a lot of live soul tracks and to condense it down to afew tracks leaves room for more in the future. As Bill Withers sings "Lean On Me".
      Stay safe,


  2. Replies
    1. Thanks Mark i.
      I hope you will enjoy the selections.


  3. Hi BB
    BTW Are you ok, Pat?

    1. Hi Pat,
      Always Ok. Hope you are too.


    2. Sorry, I'm not Pat. I´m Doc. I asked for Patrick

  4. Sometimes I think I hear two completely different interpretations when I put on the same song in the studio version and then the live version. And especially with jazz and soul, live recordings offer very exciting impressions and sometimes also advantageous timing, thank you very much for that!

    1. Hi WOODY,
      That is so true. Even in live performances they too can be so different (IE Dylan)
      Enjoy these tracks on a Saturday night.



    1. Hi Aussie,
      Thank you. I hope you have enjoyed the whole series so far.


  6. Yes I'm late, but once again a GREAT post from Live, with great timeless artists. Thanks a lot BB!

    1. Hi Patrick,
      Better late than never... Enjoy the music, always.


  7. Brilliant initiative and very good choice. Well done.
    Thanks Butterboy

  8. Thanks Butterboy, lottsa great tracks here.

    1. Hi Bob Mac,
      I've listened to this a lot and still enjoy it. I hope you will enjoy it too.