Missed Music

Music you didn’t know you needed…until now.

Extraorinary new soul music compiled by iTunes

I enjoy the process of finding new music. I like trawling through the library stacks looking for likely candidates. I like spinning a disc with no idea what might be on it. It’s like opening a birthday present. I like stumbling on the one good track on a mediocre album. I enjoy discovering that the artist I’m listening to was in another band I know. Sometimes I’ll pick up a disc based simply on who produced it. I enjoy the legwork. That’s why I do this.

Soul is back.

Sometimes, though, it’s nice when someone else does the heavy lifting for me. That’s why I often listen to movie soundtracks. Some are scattered, but a lot of them have a consistent feel all the way through and you can sometimes find a soundtrack with great songs from 7 or 8 obscure artists. Compilations are even better for this, pulling together a bunch of songs with a consistent sound. That’s why when I saw that iTunes was offering a compilation album for free download via FaceBook, I figured I would give it a shot.

I would say 80% of the free music offered on iTunes doesn’t do a thing for me. Eh, what do you want for nothing? That’s why I downloaded “Songs from the House of Soul” and sat on it for a few weeks before I listened to the music. I mention this because the free download has apparently expired. Truly, I’m sorry about that because I would have loved to send you off to get this collection free. Instead, I can only tell you that the collection blew me away and encourage you to go find these artists. The songs are truth in music form, full of aching sadness, iron tenacity, and musical joy.

I kept 7 of the tracks from this collection, 3 of which are by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. Listen to and watch these.

I haven’t really been plugged into the soul revival movement, but if this collection is representative of what’s being done, I will range around some more in search of these and similar artists.

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May 10, 2010 - Posted by | Popular, R&B, Soul

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