Various – Now Presents…Classic Soul


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Various – Now Presents…Classic Soul

Now Presents…Classic Soul, a stunning 5LP boxset of 85 of the greatest 60s and 70s Soul tracks ever.

LP1 opens with ‘I Say A Little Prayer’ from the “Queen of Soul”- Aretha Franklin, the peerless ‘Walk On By’ from Dionne Warwick and followed by massive hits from Marvin Gaye with the #1 ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’ and Stevie Wonder’s ‘I Was Made To Love Her’, plus classic tracks from The Temptations and Otis Redding. Flip to the other side for legendary groups – The Supremes, The Ronettes, The Marvelettes, The Velvelettes and Martha Reeves & The Vandellas.

LP2 begins with the powerhouse vocals of Tina Turner (with Ike) on ‘River Deep, Mountain High’. Top tracks from the Jackson 5 & the Four Tops give way to a run of Northern Soul classics from Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons with ‘The Night’, ‘Tainted Love’ from Gloria Jones, Frank Wilson’s legendary ‘Do I Love You’, and ‘Green Onions’ from Booker T. & The M.G.’s. Side 2 begins with the superb vocals of Ben E. King with ‘Stand By Me’ and Percy Sledge with ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’. Another Otis Redding classic alongside the genius of both James Brown and Nina Simone brings this LP to a close.

The A-Side of LP3 kicks off with the signature smash from Aretha Franklin ‘Respect’ before the first UK #1 for the Motown label from The Supremes with ‘Baby Love’, and there’s still room for Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, The Drifters, and another #1 from Freda Payne. Side B begins with one of the most iconic and funky baselines ever on ‘Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone’ from The Temptations and the classic grooves ‘Move On Up’ from Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes’ ‘Theme from “Shaft”’, the emphatic ‘War’ from Edwin Starr and the cool sophistication of ‘California Soul’ from Marlena Shaw lead to the closing track ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love’ from The Spinners.

LP4 begins with a run of beloved tracks from iconic artists opening with the politically charged masterpiece ‘What’s Going On’ from Marvin Gaye, followed by Al Green, Bill Withers and Billy Paul, plus The Stylistics and The Delfonics to add to the selection of celebrated groups on this release. The second side begins with the exceptional ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’ from Roberta Flack, before the stunning vocals of Minnie Riperton’s ‘Lovin’ You’ and Deniece Williams, The Three Degrees and Gladys Knight. The Jackson 5 bring this disc to a close with their timeless ballad ‘I’ll Be There’.

LP5 contains a run of 1970s favourites beginning with ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’ from Diana Ross and ‘You’re The First, The Last, My Everything’ from Barry White. ‘Fantasy’ from Earth, Wind & Fire, ‘Summer Breeze, Pt. 1’ from The Isley Brothers and ‘Love Train’ from The O’Jays all feature before the Commodores kick off the final side with ‘Three Times A Lady’. Rose Royce, Peaches & Herb and a second selection from Gladys Knight & The Pips feature along with George Benson, before the “Prince of Soul” Marvin Gaye brings this essential collection home with ‘Let’s Get It On’.

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Record One
A1 Aretha Franklin I Say A Little Prayer
A2 Dionne Warwick Walk On By
A3 Marvin Gaye I Heard It Through The Grapevine
A4 Stevie Wonder I Was Made To Love Her
A5 The Drifters Save The Last Dance For Me
A6 The Temptations My Girl
A7 Smokey Robinson The Tracks Of My Tears
A8 Otis Redding (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
A9 Jimmy Ruffin What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
B1 The Supremes Stop! In The Name Of Love
B2 The Ronettes Be My Baby
B3 The Marvelettes Please Mr Postman
B4 The Velvettes He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’
B5 Martha Reeves & The Vandellas (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave
B6 Four Tops Reach Out I’ll Be There
B7 Sam & Dave Soul Man
B8 Arthur Conley Sweet Soul Music
B9 Eddie Floyd Knock On Wood
B10 Wilson Pickett In The Midnight Hour
Record Two
C1 Ike & Tina Turner River Deep Mountain High
C2 The Jackson 5 I Want You Back
C3 Stevie Wonder Uptight (Everything’s Alright)
C4 Barrett Strong Money (That’s What I Want)
C5 Four Tops I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
C6 The Four Seasons The Night
C7 Frank Wilson Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)
C8 Gloria Jones Tainted Love
C9 Booker T & The MG’s Green Onions
D1 Ben E. King Stand By Me
D2 Percy Sledge When A Man Loves A Woman
D3 Otis Redding Try A Little Tenderness
D4 Mary Wells My Guy
D5 Dionne Warwick Don’t Make Me Over
D6 Brook Benton Rainy Night In Georgia
D7 Dinah Washington Mad About The Boy
D8 James Brown It’s A Man’s Man’s World
D9 Nina Simone Feeling Good
Record Three
E1 Aretha Franklin Respect
E2 Fontella Bass Rescue Me
E3 Freda Payne Band Of Gold
E4 Smokey Robinson The Tears Of A Clown
E5 Martha Reeves & The Vandellas Dancing In The Street
E6 The Supremes Baby Love
E7 The Toys A Lover’s Concerto
E8 The Drifters On Broadway
E9 Ann Peebles I Can’t Stand The Rain
E10 Erma Franklin Piece Of My Heart
F1 The Temptations Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone
F2 Sly & The Family Stone Family Affair
F3 Curtis Mayfield Move On Up
F4 Isaac Hayes Theme From “Shaft”
F5 Edwin Starr War
F6 Marlena Shaw California Soul
F7 William DeVaughn Be Thankful For What You Got, Pt. 1
F8 The Spinners Could It Be I’m Falling In Love
Record Four
G1 Marvin Gaye What’s Going On
G2 Al Green Let’s Stay Together
G3 Bill Withers Ain’t No Sunshine
G4 Billy Paul Me And Mrs. Jones
G5 Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes If You Don’t Know Me By Now
G6 The Stylistics You Make Me Feel Brand New
G7 The Delfonics Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)
G8 Timmy Thomas Why Can’t We Live Together
H1 Roberta Flack Killing Me Softly With His Song
H2 Minnie Riperton Lovin’ You
H3 Denise Williams (8) Free
H4 The Three Degrees When Will I See You Again
H5 Gladys Knight And The Pips Midnight Train To Georgia
H6 The Floaters Float On
H7 The Jackson 5 I’ll Be There
Record Five
I1 Diana Ross Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
I2 Barry White You’re The First, The Last, My Everything
I3 Earth, Wind & Fire Fantasy
I4 The Isley Brothers Summer Breeze, Pt. 1
I5 The Tymes Ms. Grace
I6 The O’Jays Love Train
I7 George McCrae Rock Your Baby
I8 Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes Don’t Leave Me This Way
J1 Commodores Three Times A Lady
J2 Rose Royce Wishing On A Star
J3 Peaches & Herb Reunited
J4 Heatwave Always And Forever
J5 Gladys Knight And The Pips Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me
J6 George Benson The Greatest Love Of All
J7 Marvin Gaye Let’s Get It On