What does it sound like?:
This budget priced four cd set has been put together to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the release of Sam and Dave’s hit Soul Man.
It does have rather a wide definition as to what passes as soul – from the obvious like Wilson Pickett, The Four Tops and Mavin Gaye to Billy Ocean, Gil Scott Heron and Frankie Valli.
It’s a perfectly enjoyable listen – over the four cds there wasn’t a single song I didn’t know or felt inclined to skip. Often this type of set runs out of steam towards the end, but this has a good selection of material that keeps you listening.
What does it all *mean*?
If you were looking for a good compilation set for a present for someone who likes the poppier side of soul then this would fit the bill perfectly.
Goes well with…
Good to hear some old favourites again – Average White Band, Cameo, Rick James. and a personal fave with Chairman of the Board.
Might suit people who like…
Pop and soul, compilation box sets, getting a bargain.