Hidden Soul Gems


Hidden Soul Gems

Diving Deep into Soul: Unearthing Those Musical Jewels!


This is a new blog series under the theme “Hidden Gems”. Some of these will be written by guest writers, first up is Paul Cullum who sings on many of SpyTunes acoustic recordings (check out Ain’t No Sunshine for example), enjoy!

Alright, let’s talk about soul music. We’ve all got those chart-topping soul numbers we’ve hummed or danced to. Yet, there’s a vast treasure trove of tunes out there, just waiting to be unearthed.

These songs might not have had their day in the limelight, but blimey, they’ve got that special something! Could be a catchy tune, lyrics that tug at the heartstrings, or just the raw emotion packed in there.

So, buckle up as we venture deeper into the realm of soul, and shine a light on these lesser-known beauties. Believe me, it’s a journey worth taking.


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Use Me by Esther Phillips

Ever bobbed your head to Bill WithersUse Me? If yes, Esther Phillips’ take is bound to be a delightful surprise. It’s not about comparing, but rather enjoying a fresh perspective.

Esther’s unique voice, brimming with authenticity, adds a whole new layer to the song.

Throw in a hint of jazz, and you’ve got a version that stands out in its own right. A beautiful reminder of the endless possibilities within Soul music.


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Love Attack by James Carr

Now, talking about distinctive voices, James Carr’s is a gem. Love Attack isn’t just a song, it’s like an emotion-filled conversation set to a soulful backdrop.

It’s got this classic undertone with the organ weaving its magic, capturing the whirlwind of love perfectly. Can’t fathom why it’s not more popular, to be honest.


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When Something Is Wrong with My Baby by Sam & Dave

Sam & Dave‘s When Something Is Wrong with My Baby is Soul at its rawest.

This isn’t your foot-tapping number. It’s deep, and the way they harmonize, it just gets you. It’s all about that connection, the kind that shakes you when someone you deeply care about is in pain.

The song is a testament to their range and the essence of what Soul music stands for.


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Is It Because I’m Black by Syl Johnson

Now, here’s a song that’s both soulful and poignant – Syl Johnson’s Is It Because I’m Black. It’s not just a song, but a reflection on a tumultuous era.

Johnson doesn’t hold back, drawing you into the narrative of racial challenges and societal hurdles. It’s been around for a while, but the essence remains ever-relevant.


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I Stand Accused by Isaac Hayes

Onto the legend, Isaac Hayes. I Stand Accused is an epic.

Sure, Jerry Butler’s original is brilliant, but Hayes adds his magic touch. It’s a lengthy piece, allowing listeners to immerse themselves.

Between Hayes’ rich voice and the luxurious orchestration, it’s a soulful rollercoaster.


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A song for you by Donny Hathaway

To wrap things up, Donny Hathaway‘s A Song for You is a real gem. Originally by Leon Russell, Donny’s version is like an open book of emotions.

Just him, his commanding voice, and a piano; but the impact? Monumental. If it hasn’t graced your ears yet, you’re missing out.

There you have it! Delve into these tracks, and I guarantee you’ll come away with a newfound appreciation for the depths of soul music. Cheers to the timeless beauty of Soul!


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