Various Artist - This Is Soul!
Atlantic

Various Artist - This Is Soul!

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This album is such an integral part of my musical upbringing...my life, that I can barely even articulate my love for it. As a snotty-nosed Belfast born kid growing up in the 70's, this album along with the others my parents 'permanently loaned' to me was the soundtrack to my childhood. From the all out assault of Ben E. King's What is Soul through my own personal highlight 'Sweet Soul Music,' the familiar funereal organ opening to Percy Sledge's massive hit 'When a Man Loves a Woman' to the frantic shakedown that comes at the end of the album in the form of the Wicked Pickett's 'Land of a Thousand Dances'. Not a duff track in sight and this album showcases the talents of the Stax/Atlantic soul roster at that time. Redding, Franklin, Pickett, Burke, Sledge...they're all on here...Motown who???