The Trivia Quiz
Non LP 45's
Blue Eyed Soul
Release The Unreleased
Instumentals and Vocals
Wilson Pickett's Covers
What's the song? Who's the artist? The Lyrics Quiz
Last quiz: "Idle gossip comes from the devil's workshop"
And the winner is... Jyrki Ilva, Helsinki, first one in with a correct answer: Let Them Talk, recorded by Little Willie John, Mitty Collier and Bobby Patterson, among others. Check out Jyrki's Music Links , and you can guess what type of music is in abundance there.
New lyrics quiz: "I'd rather be lost in jungles of Brazil, than to face the judge this morining the way he feel..."
First (and last) with the correct answer this time was Len Romano, a soul oasis in arid Albuquerque (but if home is where the heart is, his is in Sheffield, England): Yes, it's Here comes the judge by the late great Shorty Long, organist and singer who recorded for the Motown subsidiary Soul.
So the next lyric quiz stays with the courtroom association:
"... and refuse to answer on the grounds it might tend to incriminate you and me... "
hint: this has something, a lot in fact, to do with real audio quiz C (next item). It's not the same song - but it's got a lot in common. So let's see you out there get both. And another hint: both tracks are not of the Northern Soul variety, so if you're not into other types of soul you're going to have a hard time with this.
On to The Intro Quiz...
Quiz Intro A This one's not so difficult - I've received several correct answers to this, but check yourself and see if you can identify this classic intro.
Quiz Intro B This one needs digging a bit deeper, so I'll let you know what the answer is. First one in with the correct answer was Sam Fuqua, DJ at KGNU, Boulder, Colorado: It's Wendy Rene - Bar B Q on Stax, one of the happiest records ever recorded - here is the full length clip:
Bar B Q - Wendy Rene stream it or download it
Quiz Intro C I think this one's going to last a while... prove me wrong!
Send your quiz answer to email@example.com
RealAudio help for soul surfers
Non LP 45's
Most major soul artists who had albums regularly released in the 60's recorded tracks that were released only on singles, but somehow slipped away from inclusion in an album. Mainly B sides, sometimes A sides, more often than not ballads, some of these 45 tracks gained a cult following among collectors. The CD revolution made some of them generally available again, but many still await re-release.
Here is a list of such non-LP gems that I especially like:
Soothe me / I can't stand up for falling down - Sam & Dave - Stax 218
A place nobody can find / Goodnight baby - Sam & Dave - Stax 168
Can't you find another way / Still is the night - Sam & Dave - Atlantic 2540
(Sam & Dave's Night Trilogy is completed by Sleep good tonight, but this one was included in the Double Dynamite album, so it is not eligible for this list)
I can't stop / In the same old way - Arthur Conley - Fame 1007
Sweet soul music / Let's go steady - Arthur Conley - Atco 6463
Tell Daddy / I stayed away too long - Clarence Carter - Fame 1010
Thread the needle / Don't make my baby cry - Clarence Carter - Fame1013
Things get better / Good love bad love - Eddie Floyd - Stax 187
Love is a doggone good thing / Hey now - Eddie Floyd - Stax 223
Eloise (hang on in there) / One plus one - William Bell - Stax
I had a dream / Changes - Johnnie Taylor - Stax 186
Just out of reach / Hard to believe - Percy Sledge - Atlantic 2434
You're all around me / Self preservation - Percy Sledge - Atlantic 2563
Mini skirt Minnie / Back in your arms - Wilson Pickett - Atlantic 2611
In 1969/70, Atlantic/Atco records stopped releasing LP's by some of its major soul stars, such as Sam & Dave (who were transferred from Stax to Atlantic when the two labels split their business in 1968), Percy Sledge and Arthur Conley, so practically all 45's by these artists on that period became non LP tracks - both A and B sides. Here are a few noteworthy 45's from that period:
Soul sister, brown sugar / Come on in - Sam & Dave - Atlantic 2590
Born again / Get it - Sam & Dave - Atlantic 2608
Ooh ooh ooh / Holdin' on - Sam & Dave - Atlantic 2688
Any day now / The angles listened in - Percy Sledge - Atlantic 2616
Kind woman / Woman of the night - Percy Sledge - Atlantic 2646
Star review / Love sure is a powerful thing - Arthur Conley - Atco 6706
They call the wind Maria / Hurt - Arthur Conley - Atco 6733
God bless / (Your love has brought me) A mighty long way - Atco 6747
Two more non-LP Percy Sledge tracks:
Baby help me / You've got that something wonderful - Atlantic 2383
Cover me / Behind every great man there's a woman - Atlantic
And moving from the south to the north of the USA, here are two of my favorite big city non-LP 45 tracks:
It's all right / You'll want me back The Impressions - ABC Paramount 10487
Uptight / Purple raindrops - Stevie Wonder - Tamla 54124
On Blue Eyed Soul
Blue Eyed Soul is a euphemism for soul music by white vocalists. Nobody makes an issue over white musicians involved in soul records - most of the best soul recordings were backed by 'integrated' white/black bands. But when the vocalist was white, and the record came out soulful, that's called blue-eyed soul, and people say, wow, that sounds just like a black singer. Why is that? Is the vocal tract of black people built differently than that of whites? Of course not. Soul singing - and playing - is just a state of mind. It is free of self consciousness, full of emotion, yet totally accurate and professional musically. For some reason, probably social or cultural, black people, especially in the 60's, got into that state of mind much more frequently. But listen to my pick of Blue Eyed Soul and you'll be convinced that white people got soul, too.
Stay baby stay / I love love - Johnny Daye - Stax
Hair raising ballad on the A side, spine tingling uptempo classic on the B side. Probably my all time favorite single. A side found on the Stax box vol. 2, B side sadly not. Also see Johnny's discography & more sounds
Dreamer - Eddie Hinton - Pacemaker
How many people out there in radio land, are working that eight hour shift that you just don't understand - should've used that as the next lyric quiz. (eight hours? Ha! but he's damn right, isn't he).
Never had it so good - B. J. Thomas - Scepter
Ever flipped Raindrops keep fallin' on my head? on the B side you'll find this amazing performance, by far the best version of this song. Of course B. J. was also strong on the Northern Soul front, my BJT northern favorite is Wendy.
I need somebody - ? and the Mysterians - Abcko
Question Mark hit the big time with the beautiful 96 tears, but this record is a forgotten relentless soul gem.
Oh how happy - Shades of Blue - Impact
Edwin Starr's prot?g?s sing it so soulfully that it totally overshadows Edwin and Blinky's version of a few years later.
Queen of fools - Barbara Mills - Hickory
Probably women's all time top Northern Soul hit.
Storybook children - Judy Clay & Billy Vera - Atlantic
A classic performance by soul's first integrated duo. Billy Vera is still invloved in the Music Business. One of his activities is compiling soul CD's, and the only reason I haven't reviewed his Got A Thing Going CD is that I can't find it, but I remember it includes such great golden rarities as Say you'll never - Alice Clark, written by BV himself, and Tired of being nobody - The Valentinos.
Everybody loves a winner / A right now love - Delaney & Bonnie - Stax
Two tracks from the great Home LP (available on CD). A Delany Bramlett solo on ELAW, a faultless performance on the William Bell classic, and a energetic duet on Right now, written by Homer Banks and Bonnie Bramlett.
Nobody - The Human Beinz - Capitol
A classic dance groove revived in the Northern Soul cicuit, although it's not a typical NS rhythm. The original version was by the Isley Bros., but this version is different enough not to be considered a straight cover.
(Accept my) Invitaion - A Band of Angels - UK Piccadilly
A UK Northern Soul classic, original and full of soul. The Angels trying very hard to sound American, even pronouncing 'accept' as 'except'.
Something I ain't never had - Jerry Woodard - Chant
An amazing vocal performance, included on a compilation LP released in 1993 in the UK on Howzat Records, called Good Ole Soul.
Rhino , that soulful label, has released in 1988 a compilation of
Blue-Eyed Soul which I have on a cassette tape (RA 70042), it's part of
the excellent Soul Shots series - this is volume 6, and for some reason
I haven't seen a CD release of this. Some tracks worth mentioning
Expressway to your heart - The Soul Survivors
Probably the first record most people would think of when you say
Blue Eyed Soul.
Polk Salad Annie - Tony Joe White
TJW had a lot of success with his halfbreed soul/rock/gumbo style
in '69/'70. Somewhat soulful but not exactly soul music, and in fact I've
just noted with some surprise that he's not even listed in my Joel's Whitburns
Top R&B singles book - never entered the R&B charts?
The Cheater - Bob Kuban & the In-Men
100% Northern Soul style classic.
Niki Hoeki - P.J. Proby
Like B.J., (Thomas) P.J. is a well known pop artist who had a soulful
side - this track is quite brilliant, New Orleans style.
Where there's a will there's a way - Lonnie Mack
His claim to fame was as a guitarist, his hit Memphis is a well known
golden-oldie, but here he turns out an amazing vocal performance on this
I'm white, I'm alright - Vic Waters & the Entertainers
Vic's right. This is a funky Dyke & the Blazers style groove.
Monkey see, monkey do - Sam the Sham and the Pharaos
If this doesn't make you get up off your seat, nothing will.
And there's a lot more, I haven't even mentioned the (Young) Rascals, the Righteous Brothers, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, Tommy James & the Shoundels who had some good soul tracks, and from across the ocean came Van Morrison, (I love Brown Eyed Girl, not sure it qualifies as a soul record, but it sure is soulful), Long John Baldry (check out When the sun comes shining through), The Amen Corner, Dusty Springfield, Stevie Winwood, Joe Cocker, and finally Mick Jagger and the Stones, whose album "Out of our heads" was probably the trigger that transposed my brain cells to accept soul music and love it foerver. Little did I know when I first listened to that album that it contained covers of records by Don Covay (Mick Jagger's mentor as a vocalist), Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding or O.V Wright, Sam Cooke, and Betty Harris.
Robert Ouimet wrote in to remind us of another UK soul voice of the 60's: Julie Driscoll.
Ridley wrote in: Two more you might want to mention:-
"Mama hold my hand" by Troy Seals on Rising Sons 715. Its a story about a man going off to fight in Vietnam and is one of the most intense deep soul items ever issued.
"It comes and it goes" by Len Wade on Dial 4047. A deep ballad in the classic 6/8 tempo with a great rasping delivery. You'd never guess he's white!
Paul Tognarelli, Manchseter, adds a few records by white artists that have been danced to on the northern soul circuit.
Too Much of a Good Thing - The Ambassadors - (Pee Vee)
BTW this is a different group to the great Ambassadors who recorded for Sound Stage 7 or the Philadelphia Ambassadors who recorded for Atlantic, Arctic.
Paul also mentiones: Run Baby Run - Newbeats (Hickory), Look at the Lights Go Up - Hopscotch (Dutch Phillipps I think), Super Girl - Graham Bonney, Love Feeling - Val McKenna (Spark), I'll Try Anything - Dusty Springfield - BTW The latter three are British. As for soul content, well, let's just say these have been danced to on northern dance floors - this doesn't mean of course that they are mesmerizingly soulful.
While we're at it let's start the ball rolling with some blue eyed
northern classics with real soul content, here's a few for starters, in
addition to the ones already reviewed above.
Detroit Soul - All of my life - MusicTown
Dean Parrish - Determination - Boom (also I'm on my way, the classic ender).
Johhny Maestro - I'm stepping out of the picture - Scepter
B. J. Thomas - Wendy - Scepter (also I don't have a mind of my own).
Ronnie Milsap - Ain't no soul - Scepter
Scepter seems to be THE label for blue eyed soul, innit?
Ronnie & Robyn - As long as you love me I'll stay
R Dean Taylor - There's a gohst in my house - (one of the Motown labels)
William Powell - Heartbreak souveniers - Power House (not the William Powell who sang with the O'jays).
And if you look at the Living Room Top 40 , and search for "blue eyed", you'll find that there's always a certain percentage of soul music by the brothers of paler skins....
That's all for now folks! On to the next trivia item...
The 90's Bill controversy started by Peggy Scott Adamas brought to my mind scores of beloved answer songs. Here are a few I could think of:
Johnnie Taylor's Jody's got your girl and gone was soul music's all
time prime answer record trigger - here are a few:
Don't talk about Jody - Jean Knight
I finally caught up with Jody - Big Joe Hamilton
Jody, come back and get your shoes - Bobby Newsome
Right on Jody - Bobby Patterson thanks for reminding me of this one, Kjell...
I got Jody - Reggie Soul
Jody Ryder got killed - Sam & Dave
two more Jody records from John Ridley:
I don't worry (about Jody) - Geater Davis (Luna)
Jody's on the run - Sonny Green (Hill)
Some more answer records:
I'm Mr. Big Stuff - Jimmy Hicks (to Jean Knight)
I'll release you - Ted taylor (to Esther Phillips)
Supergood - Vicky Anserson (to JB's Superbad)
Answer to the want adds - Bobo Mr. Soul (Ovide) (to the Honey Cone)
Your thing ain't no good without my thing - Marie Queenie Lyons (De Luxe LP) (to the Isley Brothers)
Jeff Hofman, who has a soul program on KSER 90.7 FM Lynnwood WA US rightly pointed out that JB's protege Marva Whitney's It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who To Sock It To) Pts 1 & 2 also answered the same Isleys record.
Don't stop the wedding - Ann Cole (Roulette) (to Etta James's "Stop the wedding")
Play it again - Pat Lundy (Toto) (to Ben E. King's Don't play that song)
Clarence Carter's You can't miss what you can't measure was not a classic answer song, but it is challenge on the Johnnie Taylor Philosophy ("Johnnie Taylor got your mind upset with his who's making love song", says CC).
Talking about missing, Wendy Rene answered William Bell's You don't miss your water with another saying, Reap what you sow , same melody, while the lyrics answer William Bell's song.
(Yes, folks, I hope to add many of the titles mentioned on this trivia page in audio - eventually...)
Etta James's Tell mama was not an answer song but a female version of Clarence Carter's original Tell daddy - same lyrics, doesn't count, sorry.
In the same vain, Esther Phillips did When a woman loves a man, though I suspect that's just an obligatory gender adaptation and not realy an answer.
Syl Johnson was a master of the answer genre - with I'll take those skinny legs (to Joe Tex), I take care of homework (to Johnnie Taylor) - and he even answered his own record - Wind, blow her back my way was an answer to Anywhere the wind blows. can you think of any others?
It just occured to me - is Joe Tex's Papa was too an asnwer to Tramp? Obviously not to Otis and Carla's version, as it preceded it chronologically, but it probably is an answer to Lowel Fulson's original version of Tramp, released at about the same time - late 1966.
Kjell Youngren writes in from New Jersey (and this is just from the top of his head):
Jimmy "Bo" Horne answered Betty Wright with "Clean up man" (Alston). Gloria Lynn answered Gene McDaniels with "I'll Be Your Tower of Strength" (Everest). The Satintones answered "Will you still love me tomorrow" with "Tomorrow and Always" (some motown label). Little Freddie Lee answered Johnnie Taylor with "I'm Makin love" (Peacock). Anna King answered JB with "Mama's got a bag of her own" (End). Gene Chandler answered Mary Wells with "You threw a lucky punch" (Checker). Somebody besides Syl Johnson answered Joe Tex's "Skinny Legs and All" with "I'm Leroy-- I'll take her" -- again, gotta check my collection for the artist... also i don't think you mentioned the littany of Barbara(Mason)/Shirley(Brown) exchanges prompted by "Woman to Woman".
Thanks Kjell! I'm Leroy etc. rang a bell - it's Bobby Patterson. Shouldn't have forgotten it. Barbara's Mason's answer to Shirley was called From his woman to you.
A Note from Nick Rothstein: Don't forget The Miracles' "Got A Job," the answer to The Silhouettes' "Get A Job."
Paul H. Lambers wrote in from the Netherlands: Irma Thomas recorded a JB produced 'It's a man's woman's world', on Imperial 66178 - never heard it but it's bound to be an answer to JB; Paul has another track by Irma Thomas on a comp LP, "If this is a man's world", which is either the above mentioned song with a different title or yet another answer to JB's male - chauvinism classic.
And courtesy of John Ridley comes Chubby Martin with It's not a man's world (Big Star) - and you can figure out what's the record answered by this one.
Martin Goggin suggests: Little Frankie Lee's 'Full Time Lover' on Peacock, to Little Johnny Taylor's 'Part Time Love' for Answer record list. Also Jesse James did 'I want To Be A Full Time Lover' on Shirley.
Roel Lensen adds another "part time love" angle: Ann Peebles' "Full time Love" off her 1992 album with the same title.. It's an answer to her own version of Part Time Love (1972).
Just discovered an answer to Wilson Pickett's In the midnight hour - You can't love me by Ann Mason and Lil Mac - same melody, but the lyrics say the woman doesn't want to be loved just at the midnight hour! [Yoni]
Another one by Martin Goggin: 'I'm Not Going To Make You Pay Pts 1+2' - Brenda George - definite answer to Z.Z. Hill's ' Don't Make Me Pay For His Mistakes' , even has same songwriters listed, maybe they wrote it themselves.
Newsflash: the Fame Web Site (see soulinks page) has introduced a discography which includes a lot of Fame recorded unreleased master tape titles. Although some of the tracks on this list were actually released, and apparently appear on the list as unreleased by mistake, the majority of these tracks are indeed unreleased. Just a few examples:
Clarence Carter - more than 20 unreleased tracks.
Candi Staton - 11
George Jackson - 8
Dan Penn - 20
James Barnett - 2
Linda Carr - 5
Jimmy Hughes - 18
Clarence & Calvin - 6
Spencer Wiggins - 8
Ahhhh! lemme hear all of them!
Instumentals and Vocals
There must be thousands of instrumental versions of vocal soul hits recorded by soul's many instrumental artists and groups. But can you think of instrumental soul hits that had subsequent vocal versions, or of cases where both the vocal version and the instrumental version were hits? There are quite a few of these, too. Let me start the ball rolling with a few examples. Can you think of some more?
Soulful strut - Young Holt Unlimited hit the charts in November 68, Am I the same girl - Barbara Acklin followed in February 69.
The horse - Cliff Nobles & Co. hit in June 68. Two months later there was a vocal version by The James Boys, actually the same band with The Fantastic Johnny C on vocals (also, his Boogaloo down broadway's backing track appears as an instrumental by Cliff Nobles & Co. on their The Horse album). There was yet another vocal version of the same instrumental, Love is alright, which appeared on the The Horse LP, quite similar to the James Boys' version, which read the horse is alright.
You've got to pay the price - Al Kent was a hit in August 67. Only two years later did Gloria Taylor's vocal rendition become a (bigger) hit - on November 69.
Grazing in the grass - Hugh Massekela was a #1 hit R&B and Pop hit in June 68 (ah, the summer of '68). The Friends of Distinction had quite a big hit with a vocal version the next spring - hitting the charts on April 69. Unlike the former examples, the FOD did not use the earlier recorded backing track but had their own interpretation of it, which (alas) shows the major change in style that occured between June 68 and April 69.
Grab this thing - The Mar Keys, A classic Stax Instrumental, though not a national hit, was redone as Don't turn your heater on by Sam & Dave on their I Thank You album, taken at a slightly quicker pace.
Soul Serenade charted twice as an instrumental - first the original King Curtis version, in 1964, and then an excellent version by Willie Mitchell in 1968 was even more successful. But between these to there was a vocal attempt at it by Brooks O'dell. This one didn't chart. Well, actually it wasn't even released until UK Kent resurrected it in 1985 on the Soul Serenade LP, then in 1997 on the New York Soul Serenade CD
Got to throw in a northern soul rarity for the balance: Get it baby - Stanley Mitchell (a quasi-instrumental) vs. Down in the dumps - Toney Hestor. Both made marvelous use of the same backing track.
A Note from Nick Rothstein: What about "The Champ" by The Mohawks, a funky organ workout on "Tramp". - not exactly in the same vain as the others mentioned here, where the vocal track was released after the original instrumental, but this is suerly one of soul's finest instrumental versions, so no objection to listing it here.
Wilson Pickett - Originals and Original Covers
The early days of Wilson Pickett's career as a recording artist are described in The early Wilson Pickett discography . That early phase was followed by Wilson Pickett's amazing run of hit singles with Atlantic. Legend has it that it was Jerry Wexler's idea to record Atlantic's young new recruit down south, and what a good idea that was. Pickett's Altlantic career began with four classic original hits recorded at the Stax studios: In the midnight hour, Don't fight it, 634-5789, and 99 and a half. Then came the move to Fame Studios at Muscle Shoals Alabama. The first hit from the Fame period was Land of 1,000 dances, a remake of an earlier hit by New Orleans R&B artist Chris Kenner. It proved to be Wilson Pickett's biggest hit to that date, going all the way to # 6 on the Pop charts (Midnight hour only made Pop # 21, 634-5789 made # 13, though all were R&B # 1's). And some remake it was. Completely changing the pace, the atmosphere and some of the lyrics of the original record, Wilson Pickett definitely made it his own.
The success of The land of 1,000 dances set a trend of WP releases that continued for many years to come. A good deal, in fact the majority of WP singles were earlier hits, usually small R&B hits (with the exception of Stagger Lee, a 1959 # 1 hit for Lloyd Price). Unknown to most of the general public, Mustang Sally, Funky Broadway, She's Looking good, and Mini Skirt Minnie were all cut by other artists before Wilson Pickett made them forever associated with his name.
Here are the originals (# indicates highest Billboard R&B charts position)
Mustang Sally - Sir Mack Rice - May 1965, # 15 - Blue Rock 4014
(Wilson Pickett's version from December 1966 reached # 6)
Everybody needs somebody to love - Solomon Burke - July 1964, #58 (Pop)
(WP - February 1967 # 19)
Funky Broadway - Dyke & the Blazers - February 1967, # 17 - Original Sound 64
(WP - August 1967, # 1)
Stack-A-Lee - Archibald - June 1950, # 10 - Imperial 5068
Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price - December 1958, # 1, ABC Paramount 9927
(WP November 1967, # 4, titled Stag-O-Lee on the 45, Stagger Lee on the album)
She's looking good - Rodger Collins - February 1967, # 44 - Galaxy 750
(WP April 1968, # 7)
Mini Skirt Minnie - Sir Mack Rice - March 1967, (not a Billboard R&B hit) - Stax 213
(WP April 1969, #19)
Personally I prefer Wilson Pickett's versions to all of these original versions, but it is interesting to listen to them and note the very different interpretations given by Pickett and the Muscle Shoals band. They are generally harder driving, the arranegements are more imaginative and of course a Wilson Pickett vocal performance is difficult to match.
The few originals on WP singles in 1966-8 were I found a love (actually also a remake, of Pickett's early classic with the Falcons), Soul dance number three, I'm in love (hit flip side od Stag-O-Lee), and Jealous love.
In late 1968 and 1969 there was a short break from covers: I'm a midnight mover, I found a true love, and A man and a half were all originals.
And then it was 1969, soul music began losing its confidence in the face of the general public's sudden change of taste towards "underground" and (gulp) "progressive" music, and Wilson Pickett recorded a string of versions of Pop hits: Hey Jude (by the Beatles) Born to be wild (Steppenwolf) Hey Joe (Jimi Hendrix) You keep me hanging on (The Supremes) and Sugar Sugar (The Archies). Pickett still put his wicked mark on these recordings, buts let's face it, you cannot do a lot with lyrics such as "Sugar sugar, you are my candy girl".
The next major move in Wilson Pickett's career was a few hundred miles North to Philly, where Gumble and Huff managed to lead him in a different direction which, at least commercially, saved his career for a few years: Engine Number 9 and Don't let the green grass fool you, two originals, were huge hits (his first gold records!). Then he was back in Muscle Shoals but the Philly lesson was learnt: more fuzz guitars and rockish sound gave him major hits with Don't knock my love, Call my name, (I'll be there) and Fire and Water.
Talking about the Don't Knock My Love days, I just want to mention the one outstanding track on that album to my ears, Not enough love to satisfy. Fuzz guitars, strings and all - it is a wonderful song, written by one Clyde Wilson (aka Steve Mancha). There's soul magic all over it - hints of what could have happened if soul music, rather than succumb to the appalling Disco sound of the 70's would have truly progressed, without losing the soul.
Wilson Pickett'slast Atlantic release before the move to RCA in late 1972 was another Pop cover - The Three Dogs' Night Mama told me not to come, preceded by Funk factory - two dissapointing records both artistically and commercially, and that was that for the Atlantic years, and also for Wilson Pickett's stardom years - although of course he still performs and records occasionally to this day, and I guess that in many a soul lover's heart hides a small hope to witness the Wicked's Big Comeback.
The Soul Train
While waiting in my car at a train crossing and regretting that I'm not on that train going North but making my way to work with all the other dreary faces in the other cars, on the 9 AM rush hour, I kept myself busy thinking of soul train songs. Here is what I came up with, and as usual, I'm awaiting your remarks and additions.
Come on train - Don Thomas (THE Northern Soul Train Classic)
Train keep on movin' - The 5th Dimension
Back up train - Al Greene (still with the final e, with the Soul mates, on Hot Line)
Soul train - Mary Wells (From the legendary Servin' Up Some Soul Jubilee LP, recently reissued on Sequel)
Memphis Train - Rufus Thomas
Freedom Train - James Carr
Funky Soul Train - Hank Ballard
Soul Train - Bo Diddley - Checker (1969)
Go go train - Jackie Paine - Jetstream (I've got this one the Moonshine compilation, Soulin' vol. 3)
Slow Train - The Staple Singers (a slow, haunting ballad, it's on the Soul Folk in Action LP).
People get ready - The Impressions
(If I could get on that) Soul Train - George Jackson
Kjell Youngren helps out again: ...you forgot to mention the mother of soul train records, JBs "Night Train!" Also the JBs did "All aboard the soul funky train" and "(It's not the express) it the JB's monaurail (sic)" And there is also the theme to the tv show "soul train" by MFSB or the three degrees, but i'm really reaching at this point. Did you mention "Midnight train to georgia" (originally "midnight plane to houston"!)?
Also "Friendship Train" by Gladys Knight and the Pips. Paul H. Lambers mentions that this track was also recorded by the Temptations and the Undisputed Truth. Another one added by Paul: This Train by The Controllers (1977).
Slamp, aka F. Masso of Castelldefels, Spain: You forgot to mention Soultrain by tre Ramrods on Rampage 1000. It's a funky instrumental with Parts 1 and 2.
Nick Rothstein: I know it's blatant, but there's always "Love Train" from The O'Jays.
Igu, from Soulful Spain again: I would suggest "The Train" - George Geoffrey (Scepter), as one of the best train tracks I have ever heard, including the last bars with the voice and the band imitating the train while it stops. Great stomper!!
Michael Bailey adds: Don't let my baby ride, the chugging classic from Memphis immortal O.V Wright. !!
Michael Lofthouse with yet more train records: Keep On Rolling (Disco Train) - UJIMA - Chelsea (U.K), Westbound No 9 - Flaming Ember - Hot Wax, Trainman - CUPIT - Neptune, Love Train pts 1 & 2 - Bunny Sigler - Phil Int (great slow version of the O'Jays!)
More train stuff from Dean Farrell, WHUS DJ / Soul Express web site (see link on soulinks page): Aretha Franklin, "Won't Be Long", Freddie Scott, "Are You Lonely For Me", Little Eva, "The Loco-Motion", Ken Boothe, "The Train Is Coming", King Curtis, "Take The Last Train Home", Archie Bell & The Drells, "Do The Choo-Choo", Ray Charles, "I'm Movin' On", Aaron Neville, "Waiting at the Station", Dennis Brown, "Westbound Train", Wilson Pickett, "Engine #9", B.T. Express, "Express", The Marvelettes "Destination: Anywhere"
Tim Hopkins with one more important addition: - Betty Lavette's "My Train's Coming In"
Martin Goggin from Ireland adds Roy C's Leaving on the morning train (3 Gems).
Paul Lambers of Holland adds yet another one: Ghetto Train by Luther Ingram - it's on his Koko album "I've been here all the time" - in fact I have this album and I had forgotten about this track, which is quite good.
Ray wrote in with three more railroad records: Choo choo - The radiants, Soul train by the Dixie Drifter, and Eddy's Go go train by Eddie Giles (Murco).
Fredrik Lind (Stockholm) wrote in: Little Richard: Soul Train (Brunswick 1968); Dorothy Norwood: Get aboard the soul train (CRC 1973, the B-side to the great "There's got to be rain in your life".)
Another contribution from Sweden: Magnus Hjeltman wrote: Here's another song about trains - (Ride on) iron horse by the Marlboro Men. Have you heard it? It's on one compilation from Goldmine - "the sound of funk vol (?). It's supersoulful and a really raw funk/soul stormer, definitely one of the best songs I've ever heard. The lyrics go something like this; Hey, Get free everybody! Gonna take a trip on the soultrain. Everybody's invited we're heading for Rome, France and Spain. Don't need no ticket, everything is free, come along with me, don't need no coat, the weather´s fine, we're gonna move it on down the line, want my baby by my side, she's willin' and she's able to take this famous ride, RIDE ON IRON HORSE RIDE ON IRON HORSE RIDE ON IRON HORSE