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.
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.
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.
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.
Otis Redding- Shake! and Respect! (live) Stax
Otis Redding – Try a little tenderness (live)
More Otis Redding
Big Mama Thornton
Big Mama Thornton performing Ball and Chain
Soul and Rock: Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin- Try (just a little bit harder) live
More Janis Joplin
– 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 – Lazy (live)
Deep Purple – Sweet Child In Time (live)
Jimmi Hendrix – Johnny B. Good (live)
Janis Joplin Cry Babe (live)
To leave you with an upbeat 🙂