Thursday, 31 March 2011

S.O.U.L. - What Is It (1971)

S.O.U.L. (Sounds of Unity and Love) formed in Cleveland in 1970. They entered a local battle-of-the-bands contest, and won first prize - $1,000 and a recording contract. Cash and contract in hand, the band headed to New York to cut their first single, "Down In The Ghetto, Parts I & II." The single did well enough that they were invited to record a second single, and then a full album. The result? "What Is It," which made it into the top 40 of the Billboard Soul Album chart, and stayed there for fully 2 months. The album is a mix of originals and covers, with vocals and without, and a spontaneous energy throughout. If you want to know what "Soul" is, give the album and self-titled song a spin... it won't take long for you to figure it out!

Album info. here:

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