Various Artists

Definitive Sound of Atlantic Soul [Warner]

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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett

When all was said and done, Atlantic Records probably did more to encourage and preserve secular soul than any other label in the 1960s, and this wonderful two-disc, 53-track set more than makes the case. Without a single slack track, this compilation features classic after classic, including Booker T. & the MG's' "Green Onions," the Drifters' "Under the Boardwalk" and "Sweets for My Sweet," Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" and "Spanish Harlem" (Aretha Franklin's version is also here), King Curtis' "Memphis Soul Stew," and Sam & Dave's "When Something Is Wrong with My Baby," among many others. It all adds up to great music, great songs, and a great set.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
02:40 Amazon
2
Arthur Conley 02:21 Amazon
3
Wilson Pickett 02:33 Amazon
4
02:53 Amazon
5 Aretha Franklin 02:17 Amazon
6 Solomon Burke 02:45 Amazon
7 Otis Redding 02:40 Amazon
8
Percy Sledge 02:52 Amazon
9 02:43 Amazon
10 Aretha Franklin 03:34 Amazon
11
The Detroit Spinners 04:13 Amazon
12 02:35 Amazon
13
Eddie Floyd 03:05 Amazon
14
The Coasters 01:51 Amazon
15
03:11 Amazon
16 02:36 Amazon
17
Carla Thomas 02:54 Amazon
18
Ben E. King 02:55 Amazon
19 Aretha Franklin 02:42 Amazon
20 Otis Redding 03:15 Amazon
21
Wilson Pickett 02:26 Amazon
22
02:35 Amazon
23
03:17 Amazon
24 Otis Redding 02:32 Amazon
25
Percy Sledge 03:03 Amazon
26
Bar-Kays 02:21 Amazon
27
03:22 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Aretha Franklin 02:26 Amazon
2 Wilson Pickett 03:07 Amazon
3
02:36 Amazon
4 Otis Redding 03:48 Amazon
5
Ben E. King 02:56 Amazon
6 Aretha Franklin 02:46 Amazon
7
Brook Benton 03:51 Amazon
8 02:30 Amazon
9 Aretha Franklin 02:47 Amazon
10 03:03 Amazon
11
Rufus Thomas 02:35 Amazon
12 Aretha Franklin 03:30 Amazon
13
Otis Redding / Carla Thomas 03:01 Amazon
14
02:32 Amazon
15
03:27 Amazon
16
Percy Sledge 03:19 Amazon
17 Otis Redding 02:41 Amazon
18
The Detroit Spinners 03:11 Amazon
19 Percy Sledge 03:03 Amazon
20 Otis Redding 02:55 Amazon
21 Wilson Pickett 02:59 Amazon
22
02:45 Amazon
23
King Curtis 02:58 Amazon
24 Eddie Floyd 03:01 Amazon
25
02:44 Amazon
26
The Coasters 02:18 Amazon
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