Articles tagged “soul”

Everything You Need to Know About Northern Soul

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Northern soul is about two-minute songs with a fast, pounding Motown beat or plaintive soulful ballads about heartache and break-up. Northern soul is about dancing – side steps, spins, flips – and the power of the A or B side of a 7-inch single bought for a few or a few thousand dollars. What constitutes […]

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Al Green’s Most Popular Albums by the Numbers

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Although all of the numbers in the Discogs Database can’t verify this claim, “Let’s Stay Together” is probably the No. 1 song from Al Green in most people’s hearts — it was, after all, his only No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single. This soul hit can also be found in Discogs’ No. 1 most-wanted Al […]

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10 Albums That Wouldn’t Be the Same Without Questlove

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On the cusp of the new millennium, at Electric Lady Studios, three of the brightest lights in modern R&B made their masterpieces simultaneously. D’Angelo conjured Voodoo in Studio A. In Studio B, Common concocted Like Water for Chocolate. Erykah Badu polished up Mama’s Gun in Studio C. The common thread between these three artists? They […]

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The Most Expensive Soul Records Ever Sold on Discogs

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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: […]

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4 Albums That Define Neo-Soul

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Neo-soul is a music genre built on freedom and protection. Neo-soul is a style where Black artists are free to make music only bound by the vastness of their influences. That sort of freedom to create is often stifled by mainstream audiences that typically rewards conventional sounding music. Neo-soul gave those artists protection by building […]

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DJ Rich Medina Spins the Story Behind His Personal Record Collection

We all love buying records, but there’s something special about scoring from a private collection. Now, imagine if that private collection belonged to a legendary DJ. Fantasy became reality when we partnered with Philadelphia shop Brewerytown Beats and its owner, Max Ochester, as he set out to acquire part of the collection of DJ Rich […]
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We’re Not Over The Roots’ How I Got Over Even After 10 Years

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Of all the albums to turn 10 years old this in 2020, The Roots’ How I Got Over might be the heaviest. The legendary Philly band’s moody homage to triumph over tragedy is a light at the end of the tunnel, but as featured MC Phonte said in his verse on “Now or Never,” there’s […]

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Diana Ross Comes Out: Diana Turns 40

Diana Ross was already on her tenth solo studio album when 1980 rolled around. The icon had successfully navigated three different musical shifts having been in the game for over two decades. Early success as part of The Supremes had seen her score 12 number one singles on the Billboard charts, the group being hailed […]

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Nick Hakim Has Got Soul, And Some Funky 45’s

Article by Jesse Sachs Nick Hakim is one of the most exciting artists making music right now. The records he makes could only come from someone with a long-term auditory diet of unfiltered soul, guttural grit and cosmic slop. In anticipation of his new album, Will This Make Me Good, we chatted about building his […]

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10 Essential Betty Wright Songs To Get You Through The Night

When Betty Wright’s “Clean Up Woman” hit the top 40 in 1971, even kids listening on transistor radios knew that she wasn’t talking about a janitor. Something was up and Wright was mad as hell. It wasn’t until years later that we’d learn about the evil ways of love. Wright, who died May 10 at […]

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