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Soulful Strut

Composed by Eugene Record / Sonny Sanders

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"Soulful Strut" was one of the most popular soul instrumentals of the late 1960s, reaching #3 in 1969. While there was nothing super-sophisticated about the melody or arrangement, its success was well-deserved, as it exuded an unhurried class, with an even gait that perfectly mirrored the "Soulful Strut" of the title. A drum triplet starts the song, followed by mellow, almost tentative chords. But the bulk of the tune is given over to the insistent, jazzy riff of the horns, periodically broken up by those slower tentative chords. The horns carry the track, effortlessly conveying images of glamorous women walking the city streets, or entwined couples gently swaying on the dancefloor. In this manner it's somewhat reminiscent of another huge instrumental soul hit of the late 1960s with jazz overtones, Hugh Masekela's "Grazing in the Grass." A tinkling jazzy piano nicely counteracts the bolder saxes with different, more playful and delicate riffs, and a busy bass supplies the funk that makes the strut soulful. "Soulful Strut" was and is great soul mood music, great for grooving to when you want to keep dancing, but want to slow the tempo down a bit and get a little more romantic than uptempo James Brown funk workouts would allow. It was eventually revealed that "Soulful Strut" was originally not intended as an instrumental, but recorded as a backing track to a song by Chicago soul singer Barbara Acklin, "Am I the Same Girl." The backing track worked so well on its own, though, that Brunswick Records put it out as a single without the vocals, retitling the song "Soulful Strut."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Soulful Strut 1968 Brunswick
Soul Shots Vol. 3: A Collection of Sixties Soul Classics 1987
Various Artists
Rhino
Classic Rock: 1968 - The Beat Goes On 1989
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:59
Rhythm & Blues: 1968 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music
Rock Instrumental Classics, Vol. 4: Soul 1994
Various Artists
Rhino 3:02
The Best of Young-Holt Unlimited [Brunswick] 1995 Brunswick 2:59
Super Box of Soul, Vol. 3 1995
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:15
The Brunswick Years, Vol. 1 1995
Various Artists
Brunswick 2:58
Old Skoolin' 1996
Various Artists
Quality
Instrumentals from Back in Da Day 1996
Various Artists
Quality Music / Quality 2:58
Out of Limits 1996
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 3:15
Classic Rock & Roll Instrumental Hits 1996
Various Artists
Universal Special Products 3:02
Rare Grooves, Vol. 2: Straight Funk 1996
Various Artists
Priority Records
Soulful Grooves: R&B Instrumental Classics, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Hip-O 3:00
Simply Gold 1997
Various Artists
Compose Records 3:15
Soul Collection [Madacy #1] 1997
Various Artists
Madacy 3:15
Rock n' Roll Reunion: Class of 68 1997
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution / Madacy 3:14
Vintage Instrumentals, Vol. 5 1997
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:59
Rockin' Jukebox, 1968 1997
Various Artists
Excelsior Recordings 3:15
Chicago Classics 1998
Various Artists
International Music / International Entertainment Group 2:59
Super Box of Soul 1998
Various Artists
Dominion / K-Tel Distribution
The Parent Trap [1998 Original Soundtrack] 1998
Original Soundtrack
Hollywood 3:01
No Image 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution
Esquire Soul Classics 1998
Various Artists
K-Tel Distribution 2:57
Sophisticated Soul 1999
Various Artists
Mars Entertainment / Mars 2:59
Soul from the Cities, Vol. 2: Chicago 2000
Various Artists
Richmond 2:58
Free Soul: Brunswick 2000
Various Artists
Jvc Victor
Rock N' Roll Reunion: 1960 to 1969 2000
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 3:14
Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time 2002
Various Artists
Rhino 3:01
The Best of Young-Holt Unlimited: Ten Best Series 2002 EMI-Capitol Special Markets
Jukebox Hits 1968 [Madacy] 2002
Various Artists
Madacy Distribution 3:13
Breaks Sessions 2002
Various Artists
Sessions Records 3:00
No Image 2002
Various Artists
KRL 2:59
Classic Instrumental Hits 2004
Various Artists
San Fran
The Best of Young-Holt Unlimited [Collectables] 2004 Collectables 3:00
Rock & Roll: The First 50 Years/The Late '60s: 25 Top 10 Hits 2005
Various Artists
Varèse Sarabande 3:04
The Definitive Young-Holt Unlimited 2005 M2K / Brunswick 3:01
Funk Hits 2005
Various Artists
Double Play Records 3:15
Brunswick Top 40 R&B Singles 1966-1975 2006
Various Artists
Brunswick 2:57
Soul Galore: 60's 70's Northern Soul Classics 2006
Various Artists
Music Club Deluxe 3:01
The Soul Story, Vol. 4 2006
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:55
Smooth Sounds: Dinner Party 2007
Various Artists
Kings Road 3:13
Soul Story Infomercial Set 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 2:55
Sweet Soul Music: 1968 2009
Various Artists
Bear Family Records 2:57
Soul Time: Soul Classics 24 Hours a Day 2010
Various Artists
Backbeats 2:59
Soul: Supernatural Love 2012
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 3:12
300 Hits: Saturday Night Party
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing / Wienerworld 3:12
300 Hits: Soul
Various Artists
Bellevue Publishing 3:12
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:11
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:11
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel / K-Tel Distribution 3:11
No Image
Various Artists
K-Tel 3:11
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