Bill Withers, Ben E King, Idris Muhammad. Terry Callier, Donny Hathaway, The Meters, Earth, Wind & Fire, Commodores, Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Baby Huey, Bar-Kays, Booker T. & the M.G., Grover Washington Jr.
"It's time to grab your sweetheart by the hand and put on your dancing shoes”. These are our picks of some of the greatest soul musicians of the broad and deep MOV catalog, for more hidden Soul gems check this link.
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All 'N All is the eighth and most well-known studio album by the American band Earth, Wind & Fire. The album features hit singles such as "Fantasy" and "Serpentine Fire".
Nina Simone ably picked a variety of compositional classics from the new Rock era for her 1969 LP To Love Somebody. Opening with a beautiful, introspective version of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne," Simone shows an obvious affinity for social statements with the Byrds' "Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" and a trio of Dylan standards: "I Shall Be Released," "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues," plus a dramatic, meditative "The Times They Are A-Changin'."
Winelight (1980) is a Grammy Award winning album by revered Jazz musician Grover Washington Jr. It received the Grammy Award for Best Jazz Fusion Performance in 1982. The album also includes the Grammy Award winning hit "Just the Two of Us" sung by Bill Withers.
Idris Muhammad was an American jazz drummer who recorded extensively with many musicians, including Bob James, Pharoah Sanders, John Scofield, George Benson, Lonnie Smith and Tete Montoliu. Power of Soul is his best known album and is one of the reasons that Idris Muhammad is regarded as the drumming king of groove.
Terry Callier's What Color Is Love (1973) is an essential Soul Jazz album that should belong in anyone's record collection. This record was produced by Charles Stepney, whose work with Cadet / Chess records, Rotary Connection and Earth, Wind & Fire earned him popular acclaim. Filled with Funk, Rock, Folk, Jazz, and even Classical influences, vocalist Callier can be heard on this album to the most intriguing heights.
Legendary Soul singer Baby Huey was graced with a stunning, fierce voice on par with Otis Redding and Howard Tate, wailing and howling one moment and oddly tender and sentimental the next. The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend is his only album, released in 1971 postmortem by his manager Marv Heinman and Curtis Mayfield (who also has writing credits for "Mighty, Mighty", "Running" and "Hard Times").
The American funk/soul band Commodores peaked in the late 1970s through the mid-1980s with some wonderful hit classics, like "Just to Be Close to You", "Easy", "Three Times a Lady", "Still" and "Lady (You Bring Me Up)". Our exclusive Commodores Collected release contains all these classics, supplemented with fan favourites and other tracks from their impressive oeuvre.