Been listening to a lot of soul recently. Pretty well versed, but I'm sure there's important albums that I'm missing.
What're some essential albums in the genre that I might not have?
Not sure what you have/haven't heard, but some soul albums I like that don't get talked about as much.
Labelle - Nightbirds
Percy Mayfield - Blues Laureate: The RCA Year (this is a comp and kinda bluesy, but he wrote stuff for Ray Charles, so it's good stuff)
Honey Cone - Sweet Replies
James Carr – You Got My Mind Messed Up
Clarence Carter – This Is Clarence Carter
Esther Phillips – From A Whisper To A Scream
If you want to hear some obscure stuff it's worth picking up a Northern Soul compilation. Lots of great, not particularly well known artists end up on those comps.