The Greatest "Male" Soul Singers

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The Best of David Ruffin: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection
1.  The Best of David Ruffin: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection by David Ruffin
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  "Perhaps known for his ability to sing rough and sweet. Ex-Temptation's member, David Ruffin had a voice that sent chills down many generations of backs. Gravelly & sweet, no man sang with more passion"
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Motown Legends
2.  Motown Legends by Marvin Gaye
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  "One of the most gifted, visionary, and enduring talents ever launched into orbit. Marvin Gaye had one of the best graceful tenors and three-octave vocal range this world ever got to hear."
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Live at the Harlem Square Club 1963
3.  Live at the Harlem Square Club 1963 by Sam Cooke
The list author says:
  "Sam Cooke is, flat-out, the most important soul singer in history. Cooke was blessed  with a gossamer voice, so sweet and so graceful. The emotional depth in his voice made singing sound easy."
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Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby
4.  Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby by Terence Trent D'Arby
The list author says:
  "D'Arby's moves resembled a cross between Jackie Wilson & James Brown, his vocal style hovered in a range that spanned as wide as Otis Redding, Sam Cooke to Curtis Mayfield & Little Richard "woos.""
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The Greatest Hits of Jackie Wilson
5.  The Greatest Hits of Jackie Wilson by Jackie Wilson
The list author says:
  "In terms of vocal power (especially in the upper register), few could outdo him; an electrifying on-stage showman. His intense, soul-drenched delivery places his music into the realms of timeless hits"
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The Very Best of Otis Redding
6.  The Very Best of Otis Redding by Otis Redding
The list author says:
  "Southern "deep soul" -- hoarse, gritty vocals, brassy arrangements, and an emotional way with both party tunes and aching ballads...that's Otis Redding. His voice was positively spellbinding."
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Never Too Much
7.  Never Too Much by Luther Vandross
The list author says:
  "Vandross had an elastic tenor and emotive range. He was blessed with a voice that is warm & soulful. Luther was the primary voice who provided the soundtrack for romantic rendezvous in the Reagan era"
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Teddy Pendergrass - Greatest Hits
8.  Teddy Pendergrass - Greatest Hits by Teddy Pendergrass
The list author says:
  "Teddy Pendergrass had a testimonial lead (ministerial background) and surging baritone that graced everything he recorded. Pendergrass had one of the greatest near maniacal, expressive baritone's."
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Deep Sea Ball: The Best of Clyde Mcphatter
9.  Deep Sea Ball: The Best of Clyde Mcphatter by Clyde McPhatter
The list author says:
  "Clyde McPhatter was one of the most influential R&B singers of the 50s and early 60s. He had a gentle high tenor who, superficially at least, seemed more suited to the angelic strains of gospel music."
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The Very Best of Wilson Pickett
10.  The Very Best of Wilson Pickett by Wilson Pickett
The list author says:
  "Wilson Pickett was one of souls most enduring growls. If there was pain in the song, Pickett sang it with pain, whatever the emotion was, Pickett sang it with all he had. Rough, swaggering vocals!"
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Very Best of Solomon Burke
11.  Very Best of Solomon Burke by Solomon Burke
The list author says:
  "His voice could swoon like a subdued gentleman, then suddenly burst out with such passion & intensity that it would make your skin crawl. Burke was possessed by the power of gospel music."
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Live
12.  Live by Donny Hathaway
The list author says:
  "The musical genius Donny Hathaway was possessed with a smooth, gospel-inflected romantic croon that was at home on fiery protest material, ranging from the depressed, atmospheric, to downright driving"
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Best of Ben E. King
13.  Best of Ben E. King by Ben E. King
The list author says:
  "The definition of R&B elegance, Kings plaintive baritone had all the passion of gospel but the settings in which it was displayed were tailored more for his honey smooth phrasing and crisp enunciation"
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You Got My Mind Messed Up
14.  You Got My Mind Messed Up by James Carr
The list author says:
  "One of the greatest pure vocalists that deep Southern soul ever produced, James Carr is often mentioned in the same breath as Otis & Aretha  in terms of the wrenching emotional power in his delivery"
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The Best of Sam & Dave
15.  The Best of Sam & Dave by Sam & Dave
The list author says:
  "No act epitomized soul music as the secularization of gospel more than Sam & Dave. Known for their energetic, infectious live performances, "Double Dynamite" had the most sweaty/gritty soul vocals."
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Anthology
16.  Anthology by Lou Rawls
The list author says:
  "Blessed with a four-octave vocal range, Rawls' smooth, classy elegance -- sort of a cross between Sam Cooke and Nat King Cole -- permeated nearly everything he sang."
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Very Best of
17.  Very Best of by Joe Tex
The list author says:
  "Tex made his mark by preaching over tough hard soul tracks, clowning at some points, swooping into a croon at others. His raspy-voiced, jackleg preacher style produced Southern Soul's first hit record"
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Back Stabbers
18.  Back Stabbers by O'Jays
The list author says:
  "Eddie Levert could handle both emotion-soaked ballads, sweat-inducing dance numbers, and thought-provoking message songs with equal aplomb."
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Me And Mrs. Jones: The Best Of Billy Paul
19.  Me And Mrs. Jones: The Best Of Billy Paul by Billy Paul
The list author says:
  "Billy Paul was in fact one of the most gifted and affecting talents to grace the Philadelphia International stable. He was blessed with a smokey tenor that could woefully mourn with the best of them."
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Eight Men Four Women
20.  Eight Men Four Women by O.V. Wright
The list author says:
  "A truly incendiary deep soul performer. O. V. Wright's melismatic vocals had the grit of Otis Redding (minus Otis' occasional tendency to oversing) & the spiritual grace of Sam Cookes pre-secular work"
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Very Best of Major Lance
21.  Very Best of Major Lance by Major Lance
The list author says:
  "Blessed with a warm, sweet voice, Major Lance was one of the leading figures of Chicago soul during the '60s.  Lance not only had a lovely voice, but his material was excellent."
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Essential Jerry Butler
22.  Essential Jerry Butler by Jerry Butler
The list author says:
  "Jerry Butler's voice is one of the most distinguished voices in all of music. As soulful as ever, yet smooth as ice, his nickname "The Ice Man" epitomizes his demeanor -- and sound."
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The Very Best of Percy Sledge
23.  The Very Best of Percy Sledge by Percy Sledge
The list author says:
  "Percy Sledge sang all his songs with wrenching, convincing anguish and passion, delivering them in a powerful rush where he quickly changed from soulful belting to quavering, tearful pleas."
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It's Real
24.  It's Real by K-Ci & Jojo
The list author says:
  "K-Ci & JoJo were born into the wrong era of music, which is completely evident on K-Ci's version of Bobby Womack's "If You Think Your Loney Now." Raised in the Choir, harmonies are rich, & vocals soar"
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Shine on Me
25.  Shine on Me by The Soul Stirrers
The list author says:
  "R.H. Harris, Johnnie Taylor,  Paul Foster,  J.J. Farley ;"
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