Best soul label

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Motown
3
19%
King
0
No votes
Atlantic
2
13%
Stax
4
25%
Epic
0
No votes
Polydor
1
6%
Philadelphia International
1
6%
RCA
0
No votes
Philips
0
No votes
Hi
2
13%
Volt
1
6%
Atco
0
No votes
Warner
0
No votes
Josie
0
No votes
Curtom
1
6%
Brunswick
0
No votes
Sue
0
No votes
other
1
6%
 
Total votes: 16

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Best soul label

Postby GoogaMooga » 08 Nov 2020, 21:52

We don't often talk about labels, even though some labels are highly collectible, perhaps none more so than the great soul labels of the golden age of soul. Let's vote for the best; you can pick up to three, to jack up the excitement a bit.

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Re: Best soul label

Postby Dr. Baron » 08 Nov 2020, 23:01

FAME
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Re: Best soul label

Postby Walk In My Shadow » 09 Nov 2020, 08:01

Dr. Baron wrote:FAME




Baron is right. FAME is missing.
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Re: Best soul label

Postby Rayge » 09 Nov 2020, 13:38

Chess/Checker? (Etta James, Sugar Pie de Santo, etc)
Wand/Scepter (Maxine Brown, Chuck Jackson)
Minit, Imperial (Irma thomas, plenty others)
Jubilee/Sansu (Betty Harris)
Specialty too, stretching a point.
And if you are going to include general labels like RCA, WB, Epic, Polydor, Philips, and so on, how about Colpix (Nina Simone), United Artists (Ray Pollard) ABC-Paramount & CBS (both Ray Charles).

I'd also argue that a fair few of those you mention (Motown, Atlantic, Atco, Philly international, Sue) were predominantly R&B and/or pop labels but I also realize that I'm flogging a dog horse with my soul purism schtick.
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Re: Best soul label

Postby GoogaMooga » 09 Nov 2020, 14:15

Walk In My Shadow wrote:
Dr. Baron wrote:FAME




Baron is right. FAME is missing.


A glaring omission, my bad.
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Re: Best soul label

Postby Dr. Baron » 09 Nov 2020, 14:17

Rayge wrote:I'd also argue that a fair few of those you mention (Motown, Atlantic, Atco, Philly international, Sue) were predominantly R&B and/or pop labels but I also realize that I'm flogging a dog horse with my soul purism schtick.


We've had a few waves of Soul Wars through the years.
It might be entertaining, but I'm not sure I have the energy to fight about these things anymore. Though I remember that the Rayge take was particularly idiosyncratic to me, so . . . let's hear it!
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Re: Best soul label

Postby GoogaMooga » 09 Nov 2020, 14:20

Rayge wrote:Chess/Checker? (Etta James, Sugar Pie de Santo, etc)
Wand/Scepter (Maxine Brown, Chuck Jackson)
Minit, Imperial (Irma thomas, plenty others)
Jubilee/Sansu (Betty Harris)
Specialty too, stretching a point.
And if you are going to include general labels like RCA, WB, Epic, Polydor, Philips, and so on, how about Colpix (Nina Simone), United Artists (Ray Pollard) ABC-Paramount & CBS (both Ray Charles).

I'd also argue that a fair few of those you mention (Motown, Atlantic, Atco, Philly international, Sue) were predominantly R&B and/or pop labels but I also realize that I'm flogging a dog horse with my soul purism schtick.


Thanks for the additions, some good ones there.

Chess/Checker to me is blues and R&B.
Wand/Scepter - there I thought first and foremost of Dionne Warwick, whom I'd classify as pop.
Minit - yes, Irma did cross my mind.
Specialty is gospel, R&B, rock and roll.
UA is soundtracks mainly.
ABC-Paramount - CBS - yes, Ray is big enough and it should have been included.
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Re: Best soul label

Postby The Modernist » 09 Nov 2020, 14:29

Vee-Jay ( a black owned label lest we forget) and Okeh should be on the list.
I voted for Stax.

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Re: Best soul label

Postby Harry Webster » 09 Nov 2020, 14:32

Rayge wrote:Minit, Imperial (Irma thomas, plenty others)
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It's a tough choice. As you say mint imperials could be the best sweetie. But I am partial to aniseed balls too!
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Re: Best soul label

Postby rorebhoy » 11 Nov 2020, 09:43

wot no Goldwax?

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Re: Best soul label

Postby Dr. Baron » 11 Nov 2020, 23:24

I think my favorite is Hi. I love how Willie Mitchell developed a house sound that was drenched in southern soul but was restrained and totally modern, sophisticated, slinky, and singular. Those records from the mid-70s are towering achievements.
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Re: Best soul label

Postby never/ever » 11 Nov 2020, 23:30

No K-Tel?
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Re: Best soul label

Postby Dr. Baron » 11 Nov 2020, 23:44

never/ever wrote:No K-Tel?


There's no soul in Toronto!
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GoogaMooga wrote:It's a film I have waited 39 years to see. Now I have the chance, but I may just crap out.

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Re: Best soul label

Postby Six String » 12 Nov 2020, 01:26

Dr. Baron wrote:I think my favorite is Hi. I love how Willie Mitchell developed a house sound that was drenched in southern soul but was restrained and totally modern, sophisticated, slinky, and singular. Those records from the mid-70s are towering achievements.

Yes!