Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Various Artists - Forever Soul, Vol. 1 (1995)

A budget compilation of soul and R&B hits from the '70s.

  • Love Train - The O'Jays: a fantastic song. I'm upset that I think of Coors Light beer every time I hear it now.
  • Who's That Lady (Part 1 & 2) - The Isley Brothers: R&B as if it were being played by Santana.
  • Disco Lady - Johnnie Taylor: a #1 song from 1976. Don't be misled by the title, this is too slow to be a disco song. "Shake it, baby, shake it."
  • Family Affair - Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone is a musical genius. According to legend, this 1971 song is the first #1 pop hit to use a drum machine.
  • Kiss And Say Goodbye - The Manhattans: I love this song from the spoken intro to the smooth ever-so-slightly-out-of-tune harmonies. I've listened to it so many times, I can easily sing all the parts. In fact, if I shot video of me singing all the parts, it would quickly go viral and I'd end up on Tosh.O.
  • Got To Be Real - Cheryl Lynn: Impossible to sit still. One of the best songs of the disco era.
  • Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers: Not my favorite Bill Withers song and I rarely listen to it, but I can appreciate its place in R&B history.
  • (Win, Place Or Show) She's A Winner - The Intruders: Not Gamble & Huff's best work, but it's still enjoyable Philly soul.
  • Time Has Come Today - The Chambers Brothers: What?!? Who put this 1967 psychedelic rock song on this compilation? As they say on Sesame Street: one of these things is not like the others. Oops. I hope someone at Sony didn't get fired.
  • TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia) - MFSB Featuring The Three Degrees: also known as the theme to Soul Train. Philly soul meets disco, circa 1974.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I bought this CD solely for Kiss And Say Goodbye, but the inclusion of Got To Be Real was a nice bonus.

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