For The Goodness Of Your Soul
Words By: Roland Ellis | February 15th, 2015
This is the spot to get your mixtape fix. In keeping with the Gaslight M.O., the tapes will be made up of songs from at least 50 years ago.
Look out for upcoming themed mixers that'll include our favourite delta blues tunes, songs we'd play at a funeral, songs to play when traveling through time and space, songs you didn't know were covers…
We're on the lookout for interesting themes so feel free to email through suggestions; or better yet, send through a mixtape of your own – [email protected]
The catalogue of mixtapes will (hopefully) grow and grow as the months/years/decades pass us by. But as the inaugural offering, here's some soul for your soul:
Sonny Boy Williamson – Keep it To Yourself
Released by Checker Records, 1956. Sure, this is more 'blues' than 'soul' but we ain't gonna split hairs here.
Little Richard – Good Golly Miss Molly
Released by Specialty in 1958. Written by John Marascalco and producer Robert "Bumps" Blackwell. The Valiants released a version (1957) before Little Richard, but it was Richard who turned the song into a hit.
Aretha Franklin - That Lucky Old Sun
Released by Columbia Records, 1962. Written by Beasley Smith and Haven Gillespie in 1949. Franklin recorded it for her albumThe Electrifying Aretha Franklin and it endures as one of the records best cuts.
The Crystals - There's no other (like my baby)
Released by Phillies Records, 1962. Co-written by Phil Spector and Leroy Bates. An early example of Spector's famed 'wall of sound'.
Bo Diddley – I Can Tell
Released by Checker Records, 1962. Written by Samuel Smith and McDaniel (Bo Diddley).
Sam Cooke - Bring it On home to Me (live at the Harlem Square club)
Taken from Sam Cooke's second live album – Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963. Not released until 1985 by RCA Records. One of Cooke's greatest live moments.
Jerry Butler - Need To Belong
Released by Veejay Records, 1963. Writer unknown. Had to be one of the tunes that convinced the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct Butler (along with his band the Impressions) in 1991.
Jimmy Hughes - Steal Away
Released by Fame Records, 1964. Written by Jimmy Hughes. "Steal Away" was one of the early hits to come out of producer Rick Hall's FAME studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Believe it or not this tune was recorded in one take.
Irma Thomas – Time is On My Side
Released by Imperial Records, 1964. Written by Jerry Ragavoy. Although the Rolling Stones version is the one we all know, Thomas' rendition is quintessential.
The Supremes - Baby Love
Released by the Motown label, 1964. Written by the main Motown production team of Holland, Dozier and Holland. A huge hit for the Supremes – Billboard number #1, to be precise.
Otis Redding – Chained and Bound
Taken from the Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads album, released by Volt Records in 1964. Written by Otis Redding.
Solomon Burke - Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
Released by Atlantic Records, 1964. Written by Bert Burns, Solomon Burke and Jerry Wexler. The song flew under the radar when first released but has arguably been Burke's most enduring soul standard.
Gaslight Records is a way of reviving and reliving the music of 50 Years Ago. Unlike any other music site, everything you'll hear or read about on Gaslight Records will be sourced from music that is at least 50 years old.
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