most expensive soul albums

The Most Expensive Soul Records Ever Sold on Discogs

If you’re a fan of Discogs, then you’re likely familiar with our regular roundups of the priciest items sold each month in the Marketplace. These lists are typically monopolized by classic rock vinyl with a few coveted cassettes, CD box sets, and other limited releases peppered in.

Now we’re diving deep into a specific genre: soul music. Here are the most expensive soul albums ever on Discogs.

Soul originated in the United States throughout the 1950s and ’60s, but its influence on other musical styles is vast and profound. Artists such as Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye define its earliest years, but the genre is still going strong today. Its exact definition can be hard to pin but is best described as a blend of rhythm and blues, jazz, and gospel whose elements are often seen in rock, hip-hop, and funk. It is intrinsically wound with the Black American experience.

The most expensive records below reflect the peak years of soul, which was dominated by 7-inch releases in the 1960 and ’70s. Honestly, this ranking makes for one hell of a playlist. While it doesn’t necessarily include all of the essential songs or artists of the style, it does provide a great sampling of sensuous soul tunes.

You’ll notice one major outlier to the overall trend at No. 1: Prince’s Black Album, which currently holds the record (pun intended) for the most expensive item sold on Discogs of all time. Prince ordered all copies of the record destroyed before its drop, however, a few survivors still exist today. It was eventually released on cassette and online, but the original vinyl is the only time it was ever pressed on wax, hence the outstanding price tag.

Are any of the records in your collection? What about these specific releases? What are you playing them on? If we had even one of these lovelies — especially that Black Album — we would have to spin them on something as quality as the direct-drive Technics SL-1500C.

Top 30 Most Expensive Soul Records

  1. Candi Staton - Now You've Got The Upper Hand

    Candi Staton – Now You’ve Got The Upper Hand

    Sold for $2,936.16
    Label: Unity Record Company
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM
    Country: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM
    Released: 1969

  2. The Sizzling Starlistics - I Need Someone

    The Sizzling Starlistics – I Need Someone

    Sold for $2,950.00
    Label: Love Records
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1973

  3. Johnnie Walker And Jacqueline Dee - Farewell To Welfare

    Johnnie Walker And Jacqueline Dee – Farewell To Welfare

    Sold for $2,999.00
    Label: Earwax
    Format: Vinyl, LP
    Country: US
    Released: 1980

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    The Phonetics – Don’t Let Love Get You Down

    Sold for $2,999.99
    Label: Trudel Records
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1964

  5. The Jokers - Soul Sound

    The Jokers – Soul Sound

    Sold for $2,999.99
    Label: Sko-Field
    Format: Vinyl, 7″
    Country: US
    Released: N/A

  6. Little Nicky Soul - I Wanted To Tell You / You Said

    Little Nicky Soul – I Wanted To Tell You / You Said

    Sold for $3,000.00
    Label: Shee Records
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 1964

  7. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

    Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On

    Sold for $3,000.00
    Label: Tamla
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
    Country: US
    Released: 1971

  8. Salt & Pepper - A Man Of My Word / Linda

    Salt & Pepper – A Man Of My Word / Linda

    Sold for $3,100.00
    Label: Heatwave
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1969

  9. E. Williams - Trade My Soul To The Devil / My Love Waits For Me

    E. Williams – Trade My Soul To The Devil / My Love Waits For Me

    Sold for $3,127.66
    Label: Jaa Dee
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM
    Country: US
    Released: 1964

  10. Vondells - Soldier Boy

    Vondells – Soldier Boy

    Sold for $3,191.49
    Label: Airtown Custom Records
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1968

  11. Jimmy Burns - I Really Love You

    Jimmy Burns – I Really Love You

    Sold for $3,191.49
    Label: Erica Records
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM
    Country: US
    Released: 1965

  12. The Group Featuring Cecil Washington - I Don't Like To Lose

    The Group Featuring Cecil Washington – I Don’t Like To Lose

    Sold for $3,319.15
    Label: Prophonics Studios
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM
    Country: US
    Released: 1966

  13. John Harris And The Soul Sayers - What Can I Do / Hangin' In

    John Harris And The Soul Sayers – What Can I Do / Hangin’ In

    Sold for $3,350.00
    Label: Kerston Records
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, White Label
    Country: Germany
    Released: 1967

  14. Little Nicky Soul - I Wanted To Tell You / You Said

    Little Nicky Soul – I Wanted To Tell You / You Said

    Sold for $3,417.55
    Label: Shee Records
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 1964

  15. Soulfull Strutters - How Happy We Will Be

    Soulfull Strutters – How Happy We Will Be

    Sold for $3,488.37
    Label: Strut Records
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Stereo
    Country: US
    Released: N/A

  16. The Dogs - Don't Try To Help Me

    The Dogs – Don’t Try To Help Me

    Sold for $3,499.00
    Label: Treasure
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM
    Country: US
    Released: 1967

  17. The Professionals - That's Why I Love You / Did My Baby Call

    The Professionals – That’s Why I Love You / Did My Baby Call

    Sold for $3,500.00
    Label: Groove City Records
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1967

  18. Soul Incorporated - My Proposal / Message To Michael

    Soul Incorporated – My Proposal / Message To Michael

    Sold for $3,600.00
    Label: Coconut Groove
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM
    Country: US
    Released: 1967

  19. The Saints - Love Can Be / I'll Let You Slide

    The Saints – Love Can Be / I’ll Let You Slide

    Sold for $3,638.30
    Label: Wigwam
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM
    Country: US
    Released: 1973

  20. Willie Tee - Teasing You Again / Your Love, My Love Together

    Willie Tee – Teasing You Again / Your Love, My Love Together

    Sold for $3,829.79
    Label: Gatur Records
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM
    Country: US
    Released: 1972

  21. Bob & Fred - I'll Be On My Way (Part 1)

    Bob & Fred – I’ll Be On My Way (Part 1)

    Sold for $3,829.79
    Label: Big Mack
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1966

  22. Johnny And The Brothers Of Soul - Goodbye, Sam

    Johnny And The Brothers Of Soul – Goodbye, Sam

    Sold for $3,999.99
    Label: Lifetime Recordings
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM
    Country: US
    Released: 1971

  23. Sag War Fare - Don't Be So Jive / Girl! You Better Change

    Sag War Fare – Don’t Be So Jive / Girl! You Better Change

    Sold for $4,000.00
    Label: Libra Records
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM
    Country: US
    Released: 1972

  24. Dynamic Five - Love Is The Key

    Dynamic Five – Love Is The Key

    Sold for $4,250.00
    Label: United Artists Records
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Test Pressing
    Country: US
    Released: 1978

  25. Robert Tanner - Sweet Memories

    Robert Tanner – Sweet Memories

    Sold for $4,468.08
    Label: Megatone
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single
    Country: US
    Released: 1970

  26. William Powell - Heartache Souvenirs / Chicken Shack

    William Powell – Heartache Souvenirs / Chicken Shack

    Sold for $4,468.08
    Label: Power-House Records
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM
    Country: US
    Released: N/A

  27. Bernie Williams - Ever Again / Next To You

    Bernie Williams – Ever Again / Next To You

    Sold for $5,106.38
    Label: Bell Records
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 1969

  28. Ray Agee - Hard Lovin Woman / I'm Losing Again

    Ray Agee – Hard Lovin Woman / I’m Losing Again

    Sold for $6,401.16
    Label: Soultown Records
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM
    Country: US
    Released: 1967

  29. Larry Clinton - She's Wanted

    Larry Clinton – She’s Wanted

    Sold for $7,000.00
    Label: Dynamo
    Format: Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Promo
    Country: US
    Released: 1965

  30. Prince - The Black Album

    Prince – The Black Album

    Sold for $27,500.00
    Label: Warner Bros. Records
    Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
    Country: Canada
    Released: 1987

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