Reissue of 1976 album The Sound of Soul, a collection of backing tracks originally recorded for the Alan Parker soul-funk LP The Voice of Soul with session vocalist Madeline Bell.
Released as a collection of “unobtrusive musical backings in various rhythmic styles”, the LP’s original description dryly explains “these tracks have been issued without melody and are therefore particularly suitable for use behind commentary. Female vocal versions of these tracks are issued on TIM 1021 The Voice Of Soul and it is possible to edit from vocal version to instrumental version or vica versa where commentary or scene changes occur”.
Madeline Bell was backed by The Rhythm Section, who were for all intents and purposes the Themes International Music house band. So what we end up with here is entire album of instrumental work-outs by a band comprised of the formidable talents of Alan Hawkshaw on keyboards, Alan Parker on guitars, Barry Morgan on drums, Les Hurdle on bass guitar and Frank Ricotti on percussion. Without Bell’s vocals these backing tracks are given all the room they need to breathe. Each one more than stands up on its own.
The Sound of Soul is a real diggers’ delight and, unsurprisingly, a must-have counterpart to The Voice of Soul.
The audio for The Sound of Soul comes from the original analogue tapes and has been remastered for vinyl by Be With Records regular Simon Francis. The same care has been taken with the reproduction of the original sleeve artwork.
LP - Standard LP Remastered.