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The Greatest Soul Albums of the 70s - Final Results

     

Over the course of several weeks, thousands of SoulTrackers nominated and then voted on the Greatest Soul Albums of the 1970s. The results were a great selection of 35 essential albums for Soul Music lovers.  You can click on the album covers below to listen to or purchase the CDs at Amazon.com. 

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1. Earth Wind & Fire 

2. Marvin Gaye

3. Stevie Wonder 

4. Michael Jackson

5. Marvin Gaye

6. Curtis Mayfield

7. Al Green 8. Stevie Wonder 9. O'Jays
10. War 11. Parliament 12. Spinners
13. Isley Brothers 14. The Stylistics 15. Commodores
16. Isaac Hayes 17. Roberta Flack
and Donny Hathaway
18. Rufus
19. Marvin Gaye 20. Maze 21. Donny Hathaway
22. Heatwave 23. Average White
Band
24. Gladys Knight
& The Pips
25. Barry White 26. Isaac Hayes 27. The Temptations
28. Minnie
Ripperton
29. Sly and the
Family Stone
30. The Four Tops
31. Aretha Franklin 32. Kool and the Gang 33. Norman Connors
 
34. Natalie Cole 35. Ray, Goodman,
& Brown
 

Comments

MathsB - Sweden Hi

MathsB - Sweden

Hi Souler´s.....

The real thing happen to me in the early 70´s, when a freind of mine´s sister came back form US with the amazing and great, high frequent spinned LP record, Phillysound!

Phillysound was a compliation from the fantastic label of Philadelphia records.

This record, content the absolutely best tracks from the Top of the line groups, and it is still today a memory lane when i play the songs from my various soul library.

I suggest you also include this into the voting site.

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_KmPfJhokokU/SSXNclYNLEI/AAAAAAAAIUU/Ys5eyRZOXXc/s400/VA-PhillySound.jpg

Soluy greetings from Maths

Good choices. Missed some

Good choices. Missed some of my favorites, but you have some fine albums that I forgot about!

These are the quite obvious

These are the quite obvious choices but there are some selections overlooked by groups such As Cornelius Bros and Sister Rose, First Class,The Whispers, The Dells, The Dramatics, B.T. Express, The Blackbyrds, Barkays, Atlantic Starr, Midnight Starr, Mystic Merlin, Five Special, Puzzle, War, New Birth, People's Choice, Archie Bell and The Drells....There is a lot....but then again for someone has over 3000 lps in their music library.....
waiting to hear if anyone has any other different names than EWF Marvin Gaye etc

My amazement is the omission

My amazement is the omission of 3 of the greatest Music Acts Ever: The Manhattans, Blue Magic, The Stylistics? Whhhhyyyyy?

How in the name of Old

How in the name of Old School Soul could you all not put in Bump City from TOWER OF POWER. -YOU'RE STILL A YOUNG MAN- yeah you remember that one dont you? The horn section of TOP dominated the decade and became the backdrop of the 70's and 80's. A sad remission for sure.

Black Ivory with Dont turn Around and You and I?

Bloodstone-NATURAL HIGH album, helped bridge the transition from doo wop to Old School Soul.

One of the points of the 1970's was artists gaining control of their music and making social comments with them. Curtis Mayfield, James Brown, Sly, Stevie and Marvin lead the way.

The Four Tops album selected sounds more like the motown 60's, The album to get was Keeper of the Castle-(1972), a great song about Black Pride.

Where is a Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes album featuring classics like The Love I Lost, Wake Up Everybody, If You Don't Know Me By Now, I Miss You, The Love I Lost, Bad Luck and Don't Leave Me This Way?

The O'Jays album with hits like Back Stabbers, Love Train, Time to Get Down, Put Your Hands Together, For the Love of Money, I Love Music, Livin' for the Weekend, Use ta Be My Girl, Forever Mine, Let Me Make Love To You and Family Reunion, and Message In Our Music.

The Chi-lites had albums that ruled parts of the 70's with a catalog that would embarrass Norman Connors and Ray, Goodman and Brown, who incidently, were better as "The Moments."

Overall, I would give you a grade of B because in my opinion, you missed out on the essence of the Old School Sound and the consciousness of the artists influencing the sounds of the day.

I know the solution, expand the list to top 100 and I think that would solve the problem.

Here are some of my first

Here are some of my first picks for best of the 1980's:

1. Prince and the Revolution- Purple Rain 1984
2. Rick James - Street Songs 1981
3. Anita Baker - Rapture 1986
4. Neneh Cherry - Raw Like Sushi 1989
5. Zapp - debut 1980
6. Cameo - Word Up 1986
7. Prince - 1999 1982
8. Gap Band - Gap Band IV 1982
9. Patti Labelle - Winner In You 1986
10. The Time - What Time Is It? 1982
11. Jesee Johnson - debut 1985
12. Midnight Starr - No Parking on the Dance Floor 1983
13. Diana Ross - Diana 1980
14. Stephanie Mills - Home 1989
15. Soul 2 Soul - Keep On Movin' 1989
16. Dreamgirls - Original Broadway Soundtrack 1982

I am sure this list could go on forever. Would love to hear what you have to say.

dont forget 8th day,special

dont forget 8th day,special delivery, fantastic four,chairmen of the board,first choice,ecstasy,passion and pain, faith, hope and charity, instant funk, ripple, dynamic superiors, the temptations/four tops were still a force in the 70's tower of power,natural four,bloodstone,fatback band,undisputed truth,enchantment,kc and the sunshine band,brick,dazz band,brothers johnson,brass construction,south shore commision, intruders,main ingrdient,crown heights affair,jimmy castor bunch,sun,hot chocolate,taste of honey and the list goes on

Ben, you have to move

Ben, you have to move Midnight Star up. i was in the army during that time and they were jammin them from Ft Sam, Texas to Ft Stewart,Ga. Cant argue with Rick and Prince. Guy, Babyface,Keith Sweat,and Bobby Brown. All of them give hit after hit from start to finish. Im not one for the popular choices but one has to give Luther and Michael their props. Did'nt want to but yes they are in my collection.

NWLover, you nailed it you

NWLover, you nailed it you pointed out the best 0jays, Four Tops,HM& the Bluenotes. "The Heat Is On" by the Isleys is also a great one.You're right about the Chi-Lites, they were like the Temps in the 60's hit after hit. I don't know how Norman Connors,R,G& B, Minnie Ripperton (sentimental contestant?) even made the list. 1972-1976 were great years for music.I would love for them to do a deep soul poll. Johnny Taylor,Bobby Bland, Tyrone Davis, Z.Z.Hill,Little Milton,etc

Forget the Manhattans, how

Forget the Manhattans, how could they?????. Still out there today. "Men Cry Too" Yes!!!!!

THESE ARE NOT THE 70's OR

THESE ARE NOT THE 70's OR 80's BEST.....SORRY!! WHO WRITES THIS STUFF AND POST THESE TOP SONGS? WHERE IS CON FUNK SHUN,NARADA MICHEAL WALDEN,MANCHILD,JIMMY CASTOR BUNCH,PLEASURE,JOHNNY GUITAR WATSON,MANDRILL,LONNIE LISTAN SMITH,MASS PRODUCTION,BRASS CONSTRUCTION,THE WHISPERS,LOVE UNLIMITED,VAUGHN MASON,AWB,HEATH BROTHERS,STEVE MILLER BAND,ERIC CLAPTON.....I MEAN C'MON MUSIC IS MUSIC PEOPLE......WHEN YALL FIND YOURSELF HOLLA BACK AT ME!! PEACE.....ATL

There is a difference

There is a difference between personal favorites and albums that are considered definitively essential toward defining the period.

Any way, what is criminal is the Shaft soundtrack was ranked only 26th. There were tons of great albums released in the '70s but it looks like a lot of them were omitted.

YOU HAVE A VERY SHALLOW IDEA

YOU HAVE A VERY SHALLOW IDEA OF WHAT FAVORITE MUSIC IS..........PLEASE GO DIG IN YOUR CRATES SON!! TRY VISITING PANDORA THEY CAN HELP YOU UNDERSTAND THIS MUSIC THING BETTER THAN I CAN EXPLAIN IT.....PEACE

A seriously strange list at

A seriously strange list at least 30 of these albums should not be here... where are Al Green's finest albums from the seventies Al Green Gets Next to You, The Belle Album, Livin' for You and Call Me...Arethas Spirit in the Dark...Lee Dorsey Night people...Betty Wright Danger High voltage...Shirley Brown Woman to Woman...Bill Withers Still Bill...Millie Jackson Caught Up...even Ray Charles True to Life....

some suggestions for the

some suggestions for the 80s

Aretha Franklin - Who's Zoomin Who, Love All the Hurt Away
Prince - Sign O the Times, Dirty Mind, 1999, Purple Rain
Stevie Wonder - Hotter than July
Debarge - In a Special Way
Ted Hawkins - Watch Your Step
Womack and Womack - Love Wars
Chic - Real People
Teddy Pendergrass - TP
Luther Vandross- Forever, For Always, For Love
Marvin Gaye - Midnight Love

I think you should expand

I think you should expand the list like the other lists and how about a 60's list of greatest albums!!!!!!

stormy g. gabriel I semi

stormy g. gabriel

I semi agree here on the above list of musicians not being the top of the line for the 70's & 80's. You really did pin a lot of artist I couldnt't think of off the top of my head (excellent work). It is really impossible to name them all, though we must keep in mind who has more funk as a group or individual - classifying that of who stayed with straight ballads - lacked funk aptitude, and those who had the mixture of ballads & funk tunes, or just straight funk should be the acknowledged in this funk hall of fame.

The list is really

The list is really massive.
However, in case of every top-list you can always complain that something was overlooked....and I just can't restrain myself from raising an objection...
One guy is strikingly absent. I mean Gil Scott Heron. Pieces of a Man, Winter in America, The First Minute of a New Day, From South Africa to South Carolina, Bridges. These are all absolutely alltime classic soul records. And all were released in 70s. I suppose all heron-fans (including me) had a nap during voting for the list...any other explanation can't be reasonable.

okay, and where is Talking Book? I wouldn't put it in the top ten, but in the top thirty - definitely yes.(though personally i prize higher fulfillingness or music of my mind)

So Many Classics

So Many Classics Missing!

Ugh. How were the nominations done for this? Here are some stone cold facemelters from the 70's that somehow missed the cut (no order as they're all essential):

1. Bill Withers - Live at Carnegie Hall/Just As I Am
2. Donny Hathaway - Live
3. James Brown - Payback/In a Jungle Groove
4. Bobby Womack - Facts of Life
5. Lamont Dozier - Peddlin' Music on the Side
6. Leroy Huston - Hutson
7. Mike James Kirkland - Hang on in There
8. Curtis Mayfield - Roots/Live/NoPlce Lke America..
9. Marvin Gaye - Here My Dear
10. Al Green - I'm Still in Love with You
11. Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information
12. Labi Siffre - Remember My Song
13. Tower of Power - Live in Living Color
14. Fred Wesley and the JB's - Damn Right I'm Som...
15. Love Unlimited Orchestra - Rhapsody in White

Plenty of other names should have been at least considered: Little Beaver, Bernard Purdie, Lee Oskar, The Meters, Delfonics, Manzel, William DeVaughn, George McRae, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Booker T & the MGs, Ohio Players, Junior Parker, Paul Pena, Allen Toussaint, and the Commodores to name several.

Where are the Delphonics in

Where are the Delphonics in the top albums !!!! Who can forget LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU

The MOST beautiful thing

The MOST beautiful thing about soul music is all the soulsters who can point out what's not on the list. I like it and bought everything on it NEW. Sure, there's no J5, and YOUR particular fave isn't there, so let us vibe on the good jams they DO have on the lists. I'll be on it before I leave this earth (I hope).