Tuesday, February 20, 2024

SOUL MUSIC BONANZA PART 1 VA - It's in My Soul (A Butterboy Compilation) Chicago Soul, Memphis Soul, New Orleans Soul and Philadelphia Soul (12 x CDs)


VA - It's in My Soul (A Butterboy Compilation) Chicago Soul, Memphis Soul, New Orleans Soul and Philadelphia Soul (12 x CDs) 

Soul music (often referred to simply as Soul) is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community throughout the United States in the 1950's and early 1960's. It combines elements of African American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States, where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were influential during the Civil Rights Movement. Soul also became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa.  According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying". Catchy rhythms, stressed by hand claps and extemporaneous body moves, are an important feature of soul music. Other characteristics are a call and response between the lead vocalist and the chorus and an especially tense vocal sound. The style also occasionally uses improvisational additions, twirls and auxiliary sounds.  Soul music reflected the African American identity, and it stressed the importance of an African American culture. The new-found African American consciousness led to new styles of music, which boasted pride in being black. 

Soul music dominated the U.S. R&B chart in the 1960's, and many recordings crossed over into the pop charts in the U.S., Britain and elsewhere. By 1968, the soul music genre had begun to splinter. Some soul artists developed funk music, while other singers and groups developed slicker, more sophisticated, and in some cases more politically conscious varieties. By the early 1970s, soul music had been influenced by psychedelic rock and other genres, leading to psychedelic soul. The United States saw the development of neo soul around 1994. There are also several other sub-genres and offshoots of soul music.

The key sub-genres of soul include the Motown style, a more pop-friendly and rhythmic style; Southern Soul, characterized by its gritty-yet-fragile vocals, punching horn sections, and tight rhythms.; Memphis soul, a shimmering, sultry style; Smooth soul, characterized by melodic hooks, funk influence and smooth production style.; Country soul has its roots in Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, and Country music, emphasizing the signatures and textures of country music over the grittier and horn-driven sound of Southern Soul. The impact of soul music was manifold; internationally, white and other non-black musicians were influenced by soul music. Several terms were introduced, such as "blue-eyed soul", which is R&B or soul music performed by white artists. The meaning of "blue-eyed soul" has evolved over decades. Originally the term was associated with mid-1960's white artists who performed soul and R&B that was similar to the music released by Motown Records and Stax Records.  (Wikipedia)

CHICAGO SOUL is a style of soul music that arose during the 1960's in Chicago. Along with Detroit, the home of Motown, and Memphis, with its hard-edged, gritty performers (see Memphis soul), Chicago and the Chicago soul style helped spur the album-oriented soul revolution of the early 1970's. The sound of Chicago soul, like southern soul with its rich influence of black gospel music, also exhibited an unmistakable gospel sound, but was somewhat lighter and more delicate in its approach. Chicago vocal groups tended to feature laid-back sweet harmonies, while solo artists exhibited a highly melodic and somewhat pop approach to their songs. Accompaniment usually featured highly orchestrated arrangements, with horns and strings, by such notable arrangers as Johnny Pate (who largely worked with horns) and Riley Hampton (who specialized in strings). This kind of soul music is sometimes called "soft soul", to distinguish it from the harsher and gospel-like "hard soul" style.

MEMPHIS SOUL, also known as the Memphis sound, was the most prominent strain of Southern soul. It is a shimmering, sultry style produced in the 1960's and 1970's at Stax Records and Hi Records in Memphis, Tennessee, featuring melodic unison horn lines, organ, guitar, bass, and a driving beat on the drums. Many of the songs in this style were performed by vocalists backed by the house bands of Stax, Hi and Goldwax Records. The Memphis soul sound was different from the Motown sound from Detroit. After the rise of disco in the late 1970's, Memphis soul declined somewhat in popularity. The Stax Museum of American Soul Music is dedicated to preserving the Memphis sound.

NEW ORLEANS SOUL is a musical style derived from the soul music which has a large influence of the Gospel (music). New Orleans soul has ingredients of pop music and soul and is influenced by boogie-woogie style. The songs always are accompanied by a piano and a saxophone. This became known, mainly, in the postwar era, in the Crescent City. This genus stands out for its pop base (what can be seen in the structures of genus) and Rock rhythms that have become very influenced by the "second line" hits, very popular in the city. The Caribbean music and Latin music from the 60's, that earned a great importance in the city, also inspired to this genre of Soul to develop more exotic rhythms. There are also normal midtempo rhythms. The musicians give more importance to the music and sound that to the letter, which sometimes makes no sense. The choir is always feminine, with the participation of one or two women in it.

PHILADELPHIA SOUL, sometimes called Philly soul, the Philadelphia sound, Phillysound, or TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia), is a genre of late 1960's–1970's soul music characterized by funk influences and lush instrumental arrangements, often featuring sweeping strings and piercing horns. The genre laid the groundwork for disco by fusing the R&B rhythm sections of the 1960's with the pop vocal tradition and featuring a slightly more pronounced jazz influence in its melodic structures and arrangements. Fred Wesley, the trombonist of the James Brown band and Parliament-Funkadelic, described the signature deep but orchestrated sound as "putting the bow tie on funk."

Presented here are 12 x CDs of Soul music, specifically 60 tracks each of Chicago Soul, Memphis Soul, Chicago Soul, New Orleans Soul and Philadelphia Soul (12 x CDs).  Each sub-genre is 3 x CDs. I hope you enjoy the choices. 





Please substitute track 42 of the Memphis Soul CD3 with this track (link below).

42 Solomon Burke - I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel to Be Free)


Track lists



01 Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir Like a Ship... (Without a Sail) 4:32

02 Syl Johnson Dresses Too Short 2:48

03 Baby Huey Listen to Me 6:40

04 Chi-Lites Oh Girl 3:43

05 Terry Callier (I Just Can't Help Myself) I Don't Want Nobody Else 3:15

06 Harold Burrage Got to Find a Way (Extended Version) 3:52

07 Little Milton Grits Ain't Groceries (All Around the World) 2:44

08 Garland Green Jealous Kind of Fella 2:53

09 Jerry Townes Just Say the Word 2:43

10 Holly Maxwell Only When Your Lonely 2:33

10 Nate Evans Pardon My Innocent Heart 3:38

12 Walter Jackson Speak Her Name 2:41

13 June Conquest Take Care 2:43

14 Stormy The Devastator 1:57

15 Laura Lee What a Man 2:53

16 Lost Generation The Sly, Slick, and the Wicked 3:09

17 McKinley Mitchell The Town I Live In 3:34

18 Dells There Is 4:06

19 Perfections Which One Am I 2:35

20 Curtis Mayfield Move on Up 8:51


21 Etta James Tighten Up Your Own Thing 2:40

22 Jackie Wilson Whispers (Gettin' Louder) 2:18

23 Lavern Baker One Monkey (Don't Stop the Show) 2:02

24 Fontella Bass Rescue Me 2:52

25 Otis Brown & the Delights Southside Chicago 2:27

26 Ruby Andrews Casanova (Your Playing Days Are Over) 2:50

27 Notations I Can't Stop 2:47

28 Fred Hughes Oo Wee Baby I Love You 4:02

29 Gene Chandler You Can't Hurt Me No More 2:33

30 Kaldirons To Love Someone 3:19

31 Impressions People Get Ready 2:39

32 Billy Butler Right Track 2:28

33 Major Lance The Monkey Time 2:43

34 Jackie Ross Jerk & Twine 2:45

35 Johnny Williams Slow Motion, Part 1 2:57

36 Josephine Taylor Is it Worth a Chance 2:27

37 Tyrone Davis Can I Change My Mind 2:46

37 Billy Stewart I Do Love You 3:02

39 Mystiques So Good to Have You Home Again 2:58

40 Donny Hathaway The Ghetto 6:54


41 Leroy Hutson Love Oh Love 3:57

42 Young Holt Unlimited Soulful Strut 2:59

43 George McGregor & the Bronzett Temptation Is Too Hard To Fight 2:42

44 Barbara Acklin Love Makes a Woman 2:57

45 Joann Garrett We Can Learn Together 2:59

46 Artistics I'm Gonna Miss You 2:41

47 Jerry Butler For Your Precious Love 2:43

48 Five Stairsteps World of Fantasy 3:03

49 Dee Clark I'm a Soldier Boy 2:35

50 Mitty Collier I Had a Talk With My Man 3:40

51 We the People Making My Daydream Real 3:37

52 Arrows We Have Love 2:45

53 Dynamic Tints Package Of Love Part 1 2:38

54 Gene Chandler In My Body's House 2:44

55 Johnny Sayles Don't Turn Your Back on Me 2:29

56 C.O.D.'s Michael 2:38

57 Renaldo Domino Not Too Cool To Cry 3:20

58 Sidney Joe Qualls Run to Me 3:11

59 Willie Henderson Can I Change My Mind 2:49

60 Velma Perkins Yes, My Goodness Yes 2:50




01 Norm West Hey Little Girl 2:30

02 Spencer Wiggins I Never Loved a Woman 3:04

03 Ben E. King It Ain't Fair 2:42

04 Syl Johnson I Wanna Satisfy Your Every Need 2:45

05 Don Bryant I'll Go Crazy 2:06

06 Al Green Love and Happiness 5:05

07 Donna Rhodes Where's Your Love Been 3:02

08 George Jackson Aretha, Sing One for Me 2:57

09 Carl Sims Pity a Fool 2:55

10 Sir Walter Who's Been Warming My Oven - Sir Walter 3:47

11 Eddie McGee What Made You Change Your Mind 2:57

12 Jacksonians Vehicle 3:27

13 O.V. Wright I'd Rather Be Blind, Cripple, and Crazy 2:46

14 Bobby Marchan You Won't Do Right 2:34

15 Billy Cee & the Freedom Expres Save My Love 3:59

16 William Bell & Judy Clay Private Number 2:42

17 Dino & Doc Mighty Cold Winter 2:38

18 Otis Wheat Tennessee Waltz 2:44

19 The Green Brothers Can't Give You Up 3:16

20 Staple Singers When Will We Be Paid 2:34


21 Johnny Dean Don't Disconnect My Heart 3:53

22 William Bell You Don't Miss Your Water 3:01

23 J. Blackfoot I Don't Remember Loving You 3:41

24 Jimmy Lewis Stop Half Loving These Women 2:56

25 O.V. Wright A Nickel and a Nail 3:43

26 Willie Mitchell 20-75 2:14

27 Linda Lyndell What a Man 2:42

28 Sam & Dave Soul Man 2:36

29 Eddie Floyd Knock on Wood 3:06

30 Otis Clay Trying to Live My Life Without You 2:51

31 Ann Peebles I Can't Stand the Rain 2:33

32 Wilson Pickett In the Midnight Hour 2:32

33 Shirley Brown Woman to Woman 3:57

34 Minits Pullin' 2:17

35 Bobby Womack California Dreamin' 3:18

36 Luther Ingram (If Loving You is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right 3:35

37 Prince Conley I'm Going Home 2:50

38 Oscar Mack Don't Be Afraid of Love 2:33

39 Willie Walker Sweet Thing 2:41

40 Otis Redding & Carla Thomas Tramp 3:01


41 Isaac Hayes Walk on By 12:00

42 Ann Peebles I Can't Stand the Rain 2:33

42    Solomon Burke    I Wish I Knew (How It Would Feel To Be Free)    3:01

43 Gorgeous George Biggest Fool in Town 2:48

44 William Bollinger Your Ares Around Him 2:20

45 Rudolph Taylor What's That You Got 2:51

46 Frederick Knight Passing Thru 3:12

47 Louis William Stars Are Out Tonight 3:11

48 Jeanne & the Darlings How Can You Mistreat the One You Love 2:45

49 Otis Redding Try a Little Tenderness 3:18

50 Eddie Purrell The Spoiler 2:46

51 Johnnie Taylor Who's Making Love 2:48

52 Jean Knight Mr. Big Stuff 2:34

53 Denise Lasalle Do Me Right 2:54

54 James Fry I've Got Enough 2:00

55 Ollie and the Nightingales I Got a Sure Thing 2:39

56 Mable John Wait You Dog 2:12

57 Willie Toliver Papa Killed a Chicken 2:41

58 King Curtis I Heard it Through the Grapevine 3:19

59 James Carr The Dark End of the Street 2:28

60 Booker T. & the M.G.'s Green Onions 2:56




01 Bobby Marchan - There's Something on Your Mind (Part 1) - 2.04 2:04

02 Curly Moore Don't Pity Me 2:55

03 Irma Thomas It's Raining 2:10

04 Robert Parker Caught You in a Lie 2:41

05 Diamond Joe Gossip, Gossip 2:52

06 Aaron Neville Hercules 4:12

07 Barbara George I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) 2:21

08 Chris Kenner I Like it Like That [Part 1] 1:54

09 Bobby Lu Cure I'll Never Fall in Love Again 3:05

10 Inell Young I've Never Considered 2:49

11 Eldridge Holmes Worried Over You 1:55

12 Lee Dorsey Ya Ya 2:24

13 Bonnie & Sheila You Keep Me Hanging On 2:42

14 Barbara Lynn You're Gonna Need Me 2:34

15 Benny Spellman Fortune Teller 2:13

16 Rubaiyats Tomorrow 2:43

17 Ray Algere In My Corner 2:23

18 Lou Johnson Frisco Here I Come 2:51

19 Chuck Cornish Funky Thing 2:49

20 Ernie K-Doe Mother-In-Law 3:18


21 Betty Harris 12 Red Roses 2:31

22 Willie Harper You, You 2:18

23 Robert Parker Caught You in a Lie 2:41

24 Earl King You'll Remember Me 3:01

25 Wille & Allen Baby Do Little 1:44

26 Meters Cissy Strut 2:59

27 Lee Calvin Easy, Easy 2:10

28 Fats Domino Bad Luck and Trouble 2:41

29 Francine King Two Fools 2:31

30 Marilyn Barbarin Reborn 2:25

31 Willie Tee First Taste of Hurt 2:40

32 Art Neville All These Things 3:08

33 Eddie Bo Check Your Bucket 4:50

34 Joe Haywood I Wanna Love You 2:48

35 Neville Brothers Fear, Hate, Envy, Jealousy 4:25

36 Jessie Hill Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Parts 1 & 2) 4:24

37 Bo Dollis & Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indian... Handa Wanda 3:16

38 Johnny Moore Haven't I Been Good to You 2:47

39 Sonny Fisher Oh Love This is Sonny 2:38

40 Lee Dorsey Ride Your Pony 2:56


41 Allen Toussaint Soul Sister 2:48

42 Fats Domino Mardi Gras in New Orleans 2:20

43 Wallace Johnson Baby Go Ahead 2:37

44 Betty Harris Mean Man 2:41

45 Lionel Robinson Steppin' Out 2:51

46 Showmen It Will Stand 2:18

47 Maurice Williams Being Without You 2:21

48 Zilla Mayes All I Want is You 2:10

49 Jimmy Hicks I'm Mr. Big Stuff 2:33

50 Gaturs Yeah You're Right, You Know You're Right 2:25

51 Aaron Neville You Can Give But You Can't Take 3:48

52 Chuck Johnson Elephant Fair 2:03

53 Sam & the Soul Machine Just Love Me 4:37

54 Raymond Lewis Good-Bye My Love 2:55

55 Nigel Hall Don't Change for Me 3:45

56 Mary Jane Hooper I've Got What You Need 3:25

57 Ironing Board Sam Man of the Street 3:23

58 Eddie Bo & Inez Cheatham Lover and a Friend 2:29

59 Prime Mates Hot Tamales Part 1 2:39

60 Dirty Dozen Brass Band With Danny Barker & Eddie Bo Don't You Feel My Leg 4:17




01 Stylistics Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart) 2:55

02 Brenda and the Tabulations Right on the Tip of My Tongue 3:19

03 Delfonics La-La Means I Love You 3:19

04 Sharon Mc Mahan Get Out of My Life 2:57

05 Intruders Cowboy to Girls 2:38

06 Ronnie Dyson Lady in Red 3:12

07 Dee Dee Sharp Gamble I Believe in Love 3:58

08 Wilson Pickett Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You 2:47

09 Dick Jensen New York City's a Lonely Town 3:11

10 Three Degrees Lonelier Are Fools 4:05

11 Joe Simon Drowning in the Sea of Love 3:21

12 Troy And Tomorrow Means Another Day We're Apart 4:01

13 Patti LaBelle Love, Need and Want You 4:58

14 Bunny Sigler Keep Smilin' 5:55

15 Major Harris Love Won't Let Me Wait 3:46

16 Teddy Pendergrass The Whole Town's Laughing at Me 4:29

17 Moments Love on a Two-Way Street 3:26

18 Blue Magic Sideshow 4:10

19 Dexter Wensel Holdin' On 4:52

20 Billy Paul Me and Mrs. Jones 4:47


21 Spinners Mighty Love 4:57

22 Daryl Hall & John Oates She's Gone 5:16

23 Anthony White I'm So Much in Love With You 3:31

24 Jean Carn Don't Let it Go to Your Head 4:52

25 Jerry Butler Never Give You Up 2:54

26 Double Exposure Just Can't Say Hello 3:15

27 Futures Love is Here 4:58

28 Lou Rawls Lady Love 4:02

29 Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes Wake Up Everybody 7:32

30 Lou Rawls You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (Original Album Version) 4:28

31 Futures Castles 7:47

32 O'jays Use Ta Be My Girl 3:28

33 Ebonys It's Forever 4:32

34 William Devaughn Be Thankful for What You Got Pt. 1 3:24

35 Jones Girls You're Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else 4:32

36 Ethics Who in the World 3:59

37 Frantique Strut Your Funky Stuff (Original Single Version) 3:39

38 Jacksons Show You the Way to Go 3:29

39 Carolyn Crawford Just Got to Be More Careful 3:25

40 Three Degrees When Will I See You Again 3:00


41 Little Dooley (It's Got to Be) Now Or Never 3:39

42 Dionne Warwick and the Spinners Then Came You 3:57

43 Monk Montgomery Reality 5:38

44 Bunny Sigler Can't Believe That You Love Me 3:53

45 Archie Bell & the Drells The Soul City Walk 3:10

46 Frankie & the Spindles Makin' Up Time (Pts. 1 & 2) 7:50

47 Shirley Jones She Knew About Me 4:37

48 Silk I Can't Stop (Turning You On) 3:58

49 Philadelphia All Stars Let's Clean Up the Ghetto 4:53

50 Trammps Where Do We Go From Here (Original Album Version) 3:43

51 Billy Paul Am I Black Enough for You 3:17

52 O'jays Back Stabbers 3:06

53 The Futures Ain't No Time Fa Nothing 5:33

54 Executive Suite Executive Suite - You Believed in Me (Part 1 & 2) 5:58

55 Lou Rawls Not the Staying Kind 3:54

56 Patti Labelle The Spirit's in It 5:50

57 First Choice Armed and Extremely Dangerous 2:47

58 McFadden & Whitehead Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now 7:03

59 David Morris Jr. Midnight Lady 6:13

60 MFSB Featuring the Three Degre TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) 3:38




  1. Sometimes I am at a loss for words. Thank you for the effort and time and love that you put into these collections. As long as I listen to all the music you post, I will be grateful to you. (Ditto K)

    1. Hi lemonflag.
      I truly appreciate your kind words of appreciation.
      Thank you.

    2. How could Sam Cooke be missing...???

  2. Butterboy, this is a treasure chest. Thank you for creating and curating this. I am grateful for all the love and music you give out to the world.

    1. Thank you, davidmulhouse.
      I try to make interesting compilations and glad to hear they are being enjoyed.