Articles by Ian McCann
From powerhouse personalities to gentle falsettos, the best soul singers can make you dance or weep, can touch your hearts or move your hips.
Moving the feet as well as the heart, the best soul songs continue to inspire respect for everyone from Otis Redding to Aretha Franklin.
Critical in establishing gangsta rap, Ice-T’s second album, ‘Power’, remains a force of West Coast hip-hop.
Introducing hip-hop to the mainstream, the best Sugar Hill Records songs proved rap could sell, and they still get the party started today.
Hip-hop history is as twisted as DNA. From its rise in the Bronx to its future online, it has been a vital force for half a century.
Released at the peak of his fame, Cliff Richard's Summer Holiday is a classic pop song that’s no mere romantic fling - it lasts forever.
Recorded with Otis Redding’s guiding hand, Arthur Conley’s ‘Sweet Soul Music’ album was an all too brief entrée from a shoula-been soul icon.
Ray Charles’ self-titled debut album may not have delivered the bundle of joy singlehanded, but it represents the birth of soul music.
Stuffed with killer soul songs, ‘The Exciting Wilson Pickett’ was a perfectly named album from the ‘Wicked’ soul icon.
Some albums are stuck in time. Some don’t fit any time. A few suit their era yet transcend it. Such is ‘Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul’.
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