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Memphis Soul isn't the same thing as Southern soul, which tends to be gritty and earthy. Memphis soul is a little more stylish, a little more uptown -- but unlike other uptown soul genres, like Chicago soul, it rarely makes concessions to pop. And, while it is certainly smooth, it's not as light as sweet soul. It's stylish and funky, classy but soulful. The quintessential Memphis soul artist is Al Green, and his '70s label, Hi, was the quintessential Memphis soul label. Hi's chief sonic architect, Willie Mitchell, developed the sound in the late '60s, but perfected it in the early '70s as he worked closely with Green. Their recordings were ground-zero for Memphis soul, and it remains the yardstick by which the entire genre is judged.

Memphis Soul Artists Highlights

Booker T. & the MG's
Booker T. & the MG's
Otis Redding
Otis Redding
Sam & Dave
Sam & Dave
Al Green
Al Green
George Jackson
George Jackson
O.V. Wright
O.V. Wright

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Memphis Soul Album Highlights

The Very Best of Otis Redding, Vol. 1
Otis Redding
The Very Best of Otis ...
The Very Best of Wilson Pickett [Rhino]
Wilson Pickett
The Very Best of Wilson ...
The Very Best of Sam & Dave
Sam & Dave
The Very Best of Sam & Dave
The Definitive Greatest Hits
Al Green
The Definitive Greatest ...
The Very Best of Booker T. & the MG's
Booker T. & the MG's
The Very Best of Booker T.
In Person at the Whisky a Go Go
Otis Redding
In Person at the Whisky a ...

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Memphis Soul Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
These Arms of Mine Otis Redding
Funky Broadway Wilson Pickett
You Don't Know Like I Know
Sam & Dave
I Can't Stop Al Green
Hip Hug-Her Booker T. & the MG's
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Otis Redding
Ain't No Way Aretha Franklin
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay Otis Redding
For the Good Times Al Green
Walk on By [Remaster] Isaac Hayes

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