In this playlist we celebrate the great live performances in soul music.
The stature of an artist depends not only on what they produce in the haven of the studio, but how they create music on the unforgiving arena of the stage. Truly great artists are able to do both: they’re able to record brilliant music in the studio, and perform it on stage without all the tricks at their disposal in the comfort of the studio.
In many ways these live performances are often better than the versions put down on tape. Live performances allow an artist to expand and experiment upon their studio versions without the pressures placed on them by their record labels. This playlist features some of our favourite live performances from our favourite soul artists, from the Godfather of Soul James Brown, to the Godmother of Soul Patti LaBelle, to Luther Vandross singing the Bacharach classic ‘A House Is Not A Home‘. In many ways these live performances are better than the versions put down on tape, and we think you’ll agree.