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Soul and Rock: The best music ever made!

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Soul and Rock: The best music ever made !

This webpage is a celebration of the greatest soul and rock legends from the 60`s and 70`s. It is a tribute to music with so incredibly much energy and feeling that it blows your mind!I have made this webpage mainly to have my favorite youtube clips easily available, but I hope that you can appreciate them also.

Recently scientific research made clear that the music of the 60`s and 70`s is indeed the best music ever made.

Please join me on this journey. Sit back in your chair, relax, imagine that you are at the concert, first row….. and let that freight train of Soul and Rock hit you.

intro photo: Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Classic Soul

The story of Soul in the 60`s is the story of Motown and Stax recordsMotown

Motown started in Detroit in 1960. They recorded mainly rhythm and blues, soul and pop. It was considered to be a more polished and commercial style of soul then Stax records that stayed closer to the original raw southern soul. One of the major factors in the Motown Sound was a group of studio musicians, known as ‘The Funk Brothers’. Among those were keyboardists Earl Van Dyke, Johnny Griffith, and Joe Hunter; guitarists Joe Messina, Robert White, and Eddie Willis; percussionists Eddie “Bongo” Brown and Jack Ashford; drummers Benny Benjamin, Uriel Jones, and Richard “Pistol” Allen; and bassists James Jamerson and Bob Babbitt. Bassist James Jamerson often played his instrument with only his index finger, and created many of the bass-lines that defined the Motown Sound.

Stax recordsStax records was a major factor in the creation of the Southern soul and Memphis soul music. Well known artists of this label are: Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and Booker T. & the M.G.’s. Booker T. & the M.G.’s was the band that functioned as the backbone for most of Staxs solo artists with Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn on bass and and Steve Cropper on guitar. They also played in The Blues Brother Showband and Review.

Famous quote from Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn: “We had a band that was powerful enough to turn goat piss into gasoline!”

Gladys Knight and The Pips (live) Motown

One of my favorites. I heard it through the grapevine. I am a bass-player myself and this was the first soul record that I learned to play, which was very advanced for me at that time. Try to listen to the incredible bass line of James Jamerson, played at lightning speed in the later part of the youtube clip. He was the one that created the bass riffs of early Motown.


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Otis Redding- Shake! and Respect! (live) Stax

Notice Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn on bass and Steve Cropper on guitar behind Otis Redding

Otis Redding – Try a little tenderness (live)

More Otis Redding


Big Mama Thornton

Big Mama was part of the blues and soul caravan of artists that traveled from festival to festival. Because she was a bit older (and maybe wiser) than the others, took care of them and she took up the role as mother for the younger performers. That is why she was called Big Mama.

Big Mama Thornton performing Ball and Chain

This song was written by Big Mama and was made famous by Janis Joplin.

Soul and Rock: Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin became famous in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and with The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. She was one of the popular acts at the Monterey Pop Festival and also one of the major acts on Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. Janis Joplin was known for the energy of her live-performances and her stage presence.


Janis Joplin- Try (just a little bit harder) live


More Janis Joplin

Janis joplin – Ball and Chain (live at the Monterey Pop Festival, June 17th 1967
– compare this version with the version of Big Mama => both of them: Awesome !
Janis Joplin – Piece of my Heart – (live)
Janis joplin – To love sombody (July 18, 1969 live in The Dick Cavett Show
Tribute to Janis Joplin- Joss Stone and Melissa Etheridge. Awesome performance.

Rock in the early 70`s: Deep purple

Deep Purple is one of the greatest bands of the 60s/70s, here in the Mark IIa lineup with Ritchie Blackmore – guitar, Jon Lord – keyboards, Ian Paice – drums, Ian Gillan – lead vocals, harmonica and Roger Glover – bass.

Deep Purple – Lazy (live)


Deep Purple – Sweet Child In Time (live)

Jimmi Hendrix – Johnny B. Good (live)

Hands down the greatest guitar player that ever lived
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Janis Joplin Cry Babe (live)

To end this Soul and Rock review: Janis Joplin, Cry Babe

This is just a very small and arbitrary selection of clips from concerts and songs from the 60`s and 70`s. For a more extensive road trip through classic rock and soul, don`t hesitate to look up your favorite artist and concerts on Youtube and the rest of internet. Lots of it is still there. When I have listened to these great performances I always have a double feeling.First of all I am full of energy and excitement.
On the other hand I have a lingering feeling of sadness and regret.Those times are gone.They are more then 40 years passed.I was born in the early 70`s so I have not consciously experienced this awesome music at the time.Most of the artists are dead by now…..but… DAMN!….. this is the greatest music ever made!

To leave you with an upbeat 🙂

Here is a clip from some very talented young singers performing the classic Let The Sun Shine In from Hair



I hope you liked this Soul and Rock review

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