Your Complete, Concise, and Authoritative Guide to Soul Reviews and rates 8,450 recordings by 1,550 artists in all styles. The ultimate source for soul fans. If you love music that stirs your soul, this is your guide to a great record collection. All Music Guide to Soul traces the genre from its roots in rhythm and blues to its freshest interpretations in funk, dance-pop, and disco-and helps you choose the best representative recordings along the way. The memorable pop melodies of Motown, the raw and gritty Memphis sound, the heavy horns of Chicago, and the doo-wop harmonies of Philly soul are just a few of the facets covered in this all-new resource for fans of R and B and soul. Nearly 8,500 reviews and ratings highlight essential albums and songs from more than 1,500 artists, including such legends of soul as James Brown, The Temptations, and The Supremes, and contemporary stars like Toni Braxton, Usher, and Mary J. Blige. Perfect your soul collection with features like these: * Music maps charting the evolution of soul, including its styles, instruments, and record labels * Biographies of the most influential soul artists and exciting new performers * Reviews and ratings for the best recordings of each performer, plus the essential collections by various artists * Critics' choices for the best place to start exploring each artist.Bogdanov, Vladimir is the author of 'All Music Guide to Soul The Definitive Guide to R&B and Soul' with ISBN 9780879307448 and ISBN 0879307447.