Looking for suggestions for lesser played, less appreciated, or less known soul and blues tracks from the 50s, 60s, and early 70s to create a playlist that is both danceable but also fresh and unpredictable. Bonus points for links to YouTube clips or Amazon/iTunes samples...
I cannot for the life of me get this fragment of a song song out of my mind, and googling the lyrics doesn't help me (because a Bieber song has similar lyrics and it's clogging up the google airwaves). Is there anyone out there into soul who knows what this is: [more inside]
I absolutely love the vibe of the song "I'm Not the Only One" by Sam Smith. Would like more songs like this, please. [more inside]
I just heard this song for the first time this morning and it is blowing me away. Can you recommend more like it: Curtis Harding - Heaven's on the Other Side [more inside]
Recently I've been all about Sam Cooke's Live at the Harlem Square Club, Etta James Rocks the House, and James Brown Live at the Apollo. Can you recommend other live soul or R&B recordings that have the same kind of raw energy?
Name-that-song filter, hard mode (?)... vintage soul heartbreak. [more inside]
Im up here at the tip of the iceberg of Philly Soul with The Spinners, The Delfonics, Blue Magic, etc. but I want to dig deeper into this stuff and find some bands/songs/records that I might not encounter otherwise, since history has a way of remembering the big stuff and forgetting some of the amazing but less well known stuff. So help me down the rabbit hole here if you please to find even more music in that vein.
I've been listening to SomaFM's Seven Inch Soul station a lot lately, but what I really want to hear are uptempo early 70s funk/soul tracks similar to what's on Seven Inch Soul but that run for long past a few minutes, aren't remixes, and really cook. Like Curtis Mayfield's Move on Up, the insane full version of the Sir Charles Hughes track better known as the Black Dynamite theme, and of course, lots of tracks by James Brown. What else should I be listening to that's longer than 6 minutes from 1968-1975?
What songs, writing, and art expresses the theme of hopeful weariness beautifully? [more inside]
How to get my soul music fix in Montreal? [more inside]
I'm looking for suggestions for spiritual sustenance: things you do to feel connected to love, purpose, and meaning. [more inside]
I'm usually pretty good at name-that-tune, but... CHFI-FM's Funky Friday Mix last week had a random song from the 70's with the polished shimmer of a Philly Soul production and a funky mid-tempo beat which hinted at disco, a burbling synth which teased the bass player, and a rousing conclusion where a chorus of backing singers chants: "I've been searching, searching, searching..." or "I've been working, working, working..." intertwined with the lead vocalist in an interesting complex harmonic style. This would have been on AM radio in the 70's, maybe not a big hit, but on the charts. (On Google, "I've been searching" & soul/funk/disco just leads to the record bins. Not the Vandross/Change song).
Help me find more songs like Soul Searchers' "Ashley's Roachclip" [more inside]
I'm on the lookout for an inexpensive hatchback-type car to buy, and have become quite enamored with the Kia Soul based purely on its looks (I know, I know). Is this a good car to buy? [more inside]
Please help me to identify this song that was played during the Kentucky Derby this weekend. [more inside]
I heard a cover of the Seals and Crofts Song Summer Breeze while shopping in a mall store last week. Can you help me figure out who the artist was? It was in a mellow R&B style probably contemporary from the last 5 years or so, with kind of a hip-hop/reggae influenced groove, and (most likely) a female vocalist. The general mood was mellow and groovy and a little sexy.
The other day I was at a restaurant that had the following playlist: The Emotions - Best of my Love, Earth Wind & Fire - Shinig Star, Jackson 5 - I'll Be There, Al Green - Here I Am, Earth Wind and Fire - Fantasy. It was amazing. I listen to a lot of Soundcloud in my car and in my house, are there any Soundcloud playlists, people, etc. that fit this description? Other non-Soundcloud suggestions would work, but thought I'd try there first. Thanks!
Searching for soul music songs with a particular sound - not at all peppy or perky or loving - very minor key torch songs with a boil of a beat. Songs of the scorned. [more inside]
Where can I find resources for learning soul/funk guitar? [more inside]
I'm looking for examples from art, popular culture, mythology, and religion of what might be called the "soul switch": where one person's soul or mind leaves his body and inhabits a new body. [more inside]
What are some good soul songs in 6/8 or 12/8 meter? Ideally, I'm looking for stuff from the 60s and 70s, but stuff from later that's in that style is fine too. [more inside]
What Amazon singles should I get? Help me find great individual tracks. [more inside]
Soul song ID needed! [more inside]
I love the sound of a Rhodes piano. Help me find more songs that showcase this fantastic instrument. [more inside]
On the muzak where I work, which is actual Muzak brand muzak, there is a soul channel that sometimes plays a version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" that is simply amazing. It's a female vocalist, sounds like Aretha Franklin, may be her, but I can't seem to find a matching version online. [more inside]
I want to learn more about female jazz singers, but I like melancholy, pared-down music better than high-energy big band music. Can you recommend some songs to me? [more inside]
Help! Looking for (I think) upbeat "Memphis Soul" music... [more inside]
What are your favorite smooth and funky 90s R&B jams? [more inside]
Recommend me your favorite danceable soul music! [more inside]
20 years ago, at a concert in Toronto, Etta James sang a song that my partner fell in love with. To the best of her recollection it had the lyric, "why was was I born green, instead of blue -like everybody else?" I've googled around but can't narrow my results down to anything useful. Does anyone know what the title of this song might be and if there is a recording of it available?
Who were the Hollywood Jills, and where can I find more of their music? [more inside]
Help me name that tune! [more inside]
The song is The Tighten Up and the band is Archie Bell & the Drells, but the dance????? This song is the bomb and I know there was an associated dance, but after a fair amount of internet research, I've got nothing. [more inside]
SongFilter. Super sweet soul tune: does it have a twin? [more inside]
The Human Soul vs. General Anesthesia: I'm looking for reading material on how general anesthesia is viewed by people who hold spiritual beliefs that include the existence of an immortal soul/spirit/energy that is independent of ones physical body. [more inside]
hi, looking for a party with this (is that grime?) and some soul music for me lady (and me), in NY Brooklyn preferably. & while we I are dreaming, in walking distance of south park slope (ha, likely I know)..and cheeeeaaaaap.. any suggestions? thanks, cc
ExtremelyVagueSongFilter: heard a song in the bar last night that sounded like Antony (maybe?) singing over top of a song that sounded vaguely like 'I Put A Spell on You.' Does this sound like a song that anybody knows? [more inside]
Looking for the soul(?) artist/song sampled at the very beginning of Kids and Explosions "Small Problems" (whole album can be streamed, "Small Problems" is song 15). Google hasn't been helpful.
Famous trombone funk musician? [more inside]
Where can I dance the soulful night away in Paris? [more inside]
In which you help me create the greatest 70s SOUL COMPILATION PLAYLIST the world has ever seen! [more inside]
creative "heart and soul" costumes for a group of eight writers? [more inside]
What is the soul(/funk) song that begins with the horn section playing "Frere Jacques" ("Are You Sleeping")? [more inside]
Suggest some 60s-70s funk-soul for a fan of Roy Ayers. Instrumental preferred but not necessary. [more inside]
What De La Soul music video involves a person wearing a sunflower costume? [more inside]
I'm looking for music that features I can best describe as "swelling gospel choirs". The Autotune The News guys do a great pastiche of the style... the elements that jump out at me being the call and response and the introduction of melodic theme that's later repeated with far more voices in major key and occasionally jazz-inflected harmony (the refrain "Made in america!" towards the end is a perfect example). Some other exemplary tracks: Fired Up, All These Things That I Have Done, Souled Out, Get By. Is there some ur-gospel group that these artists are drawing from? I'm especially interested in acapella tracks, or those with minimal accompaniment, or those that sample acapella tracks.
I am seeking classic R&B, soul, reggae, or even blues songs that feature the word cherry [more inside]
Help me find just the right online crate to dig in - I'm working on a hipstery disco record (think Daft Punk, MSTRKRFT) and would love to find some old happy, dancey funk/soul/whatever you want to call it to sample, but I'd like to shy away from anything super mainstream or typical. I have no idea where to start, but I know there are all manner of mp3 blogs for other obscure genres, so I'm hoping you mefites can point me at your favorites that will help me address this particular need.
Music recommendations at two ends of the spectrum: Soul/R&B and Ambient/Drone/F'd up 20th C. classical... And, bonus question: what are your favorite sources for buying these kinds of music and finding out more about them? Examples of what I like inside... [more inside]
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