A heck of a diverse set of instrumental soul singles – with rarities and one time regional (and some national) hits alike – with tracks legends and relative unknowns from the 1960s! There's a lot of stuff here, and all of it's pretty great. The History Of Soul compilers are going for the "more bang for your buck" approach, rather than painstakingly chronicling a specific family of labels or regional scene. That said, it's got a thick booklet of notes that lays out the history pretty well, talking about the difference scenes, artists and labels. Includes tracks by Ike Turner, James
Booker, Jimmy McGriff, James
Brown, Booker T & The MGs and more on the more famous side, plus equally great numbers by lesser knowns on labels that include King, Sax, Fire, Sue, Peacock, RCA and many more. The 2CD set is really loaded up. 54 tracks in all! Titles include "Red Pepper" by Roosevelt Federation, "Whirlaway" by Allen Toussaint, "Texas Oil" by Freddie King, "Party Stomp" by The Egyptians, "So Far Away" by Hank Jacobs, "I've Got A Woman (Parts 1 & 2)" by Jimmy McGriff, "You Can't Sit Down", by Phil Upchurch, "Aw' Mercy" by Booker T & The MGs, "Hot Chile" by Nat Kendrick
, ""Last Night" by Mar-Keys, "One Mint Julep" by Ray Charles, "Mo-Self" by Eugene Blacknell, "The Stranger (No Keys)" by King Kurtis and many more.