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VA - Countdown To … Soul Vol.2 (2LP)

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"Countdown to...SOUL" is a compilation series that, much like Tramp Records' other critically-acclaimed comps such as Movements, Feeling Nice, and the Praise Poems Series' examines a unique facet of the Golden Era of Soul, Funk, Jazz and R&B. Perhaps, in this case the dawning of the Soul era, "proto-soul", "primitive soul", or even "pre-soul" if you will. When they were recorded, many of these tunes were still firmly ensconced in the Black Radical Jazz tradition, but there was a change in the air, something happening in the coming years that would revolutionize popular music forever. In fact, Soul had already taken over the world by the time many of these tunes were released on 45, but for various reasons, the artists and their music occupied the fringes of the idiom and therefore remained obscure. Countdown to...SOUL chronicles that beginning, that buildup, those heady moments before the lid blew off and American Black music would explode across the planet, while scouring the outskirts and tide pools for specimens that were emanating in their own respective neighborhoods and communities, so often overlooked by the American pop music machine.

Label: Tramp Records
12” 2LP
Gatefold Cover
Colored Label

1 Tenison Stephens - Don’t Rip Me Off!
2 Leontine Dupree - Standing On His Word
3 Frankie Staton & Speckled Rainbow - Love One Another
4 Joe Washington & Wash - Blueberry Hill
5 Reno & The Chosen Three - Soul Bagg
6 Don Patterson Trio - Paddy Wagon
7 Bill Cole - Bring It On Back To Me
8 Unknown Organist - Untitled
9 Roy Long - Mercy Mercy Mercy
10 McKinley Edmonds - Hard Times
11 Marva Josie - I’m Satisfied
12 Shirley Wahls - Tell the Truth
13 The Echomen - Talk Is Cheap
14 Unknown Artist - Damn You Sheriff Black
15 Rick Bowen - Snake In The Grass
16 101 Gold Street Band - You Came A Long Way From St. Louis
17 Bobbie Lane - Black & White
18 Dave Stockwell - I Can’t Get Enough
19 Delores Eiler - He Won’t Love You