March 17, 1998
Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Early Pop/Rock, Brill Building Pop, Soul, Doo Wop, Philly Soul, Soundtracks, Early R&B, Northern Soul, Pop-Soul, Smooth Soul, Southern Soul, Girl Groups, Uptown Soul, Chicago Soul, Psychedelic Soul, Blaxploitation, New Orleans R&B

Album Review

The upside of Cleopatra's three-disc, 40-track box The Great Voice of Soul is that there's a great deal of excellent music here, with an incredible variety of classic artists from virtually every major R&B genre of the '50s, '60s, and '70s -- smooth late-'50s and early-'60s soul (Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson, Ben E. King), raucous New Orleans R&B (Lloyd Price, Allen Toussaint), gritty Southern soul (Sam & Dave, Percy Sledge, Etta James, Fontella Bass), Motown (the Temptations), girl-group pop (the Shangri-Las, Betty Everett, Little Eva, the Chiffons), the lush Philly soul sound (the Chi-Lites, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes), funk (Funkadelic, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield), and even disco (K.C. and the Sunshine Band). But there are problems with this set -- for starters, all those genres are thrown together in seemingly random order, robbing the music of any flow or cohesion, not to mention a sense of R&B's history and evolution. Furthermore, there's so much more great music to be heard in all of those genres that taking one track apiece from those artists, plus many more, doesn't even begin to cover R&B and soul comprehensively; it can only provide a starting point...
Steve Huey, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. My Baby Just Cares for Me
  2. She Once Belonged to Me
  3. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine
  4. We Got to Have Peace
  5. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
  6. Chapel of Love
  7. Hey Paula
  8. Oh, What a Night
  9. Every Beat of My Heart
  10. Love Letters
  11. The Loco-Motion
  12. For Your Precious Love
  13. If You Don't Know Me by Now
  14. Move on Up
  15. Working in the Coal Mine
  16. One Nation Under a Groove
  17. Duke of Earl
  18. Hello Stranger
  19. That's the Way I Feel About 'Cha
  20. Harlem Shuffle
  21. Oh No, Not My Baby
  22. Have You Seen Her?
  23. Ruler of My Heart
  24. Tell It Like It Is
  25. You're No Good
  26. Mocking Bird
  27. Only You (And You Alone)
  28. Stagger Lee
  29. Jimmy Mack
  30. Soul Man
  31. Lucky Fellow
  32. Just Another Sucker
  33. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
  34. When a Man Loves a Woman
  35. Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want to Meet)
  36. Who Gave Birth to the Funk
  37. Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)
  38. Gimme Little Sign
  39. My Girl
  40. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right