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Dear Arts Desk readers,

As approximately 62 of you know, I’ve been spinning a Friday Soul mix via the old Twitter account. Man is it groovy! I’m even linking to videos. The playlist so far:

  1. Otis Redding, “Shake” (live at Monterey Pop, 1967)
  2. Raphael Saadiq, “Let’s Take a Walk”
  3. Laura Nyro, “And When I Die”
  4. James Brown, “Super Bad”
  5. Buddy Guy, “Feels Like Rain”
  6. Mofro, “Ho Cake”
  7. James Cotton, Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, “Got My Mojo Workin'” (hey, we’re branching out)
  8. The Impressions, “Long Long Winter”
  9. Rod Stewart, “(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher”
  10. Bettye LaVette, “You Don’t Know Me At All”
  11. Van Morrison, “I’ve Been Working”
  12. Curtis Mayfield, “People Get Ready” (some live version from, I think, 1974)

Eclectic, see, yet accessible. But it ain’t over ’til the fat lady sings! (No Aretha jokes, if ye please.) Just point the browser of your choice in this direction, make like a lemming, and follow along. Suggestions are appreciated. As are witty remarks concerning my inclusion of Rod Stewart…or the fact that a number of these tracks don’t necessarily qualify as soul.

Below the jump: the remainder of the mix, updated incrementally.

13. JJ Grey, “The Sun Is Shining Down”
14. Al Green, “Get Back” (yep, that one)
15. The Acoustics, “I’m Gonna Stay In A Hurry”
16. Jackie Wilson & Count Basie, “In the Midnight Hour”
17. Sam Cooke, “Somebody Have Mercy” (live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963)

Photo by niecieden, Creative Commons attribution license