Hear the sweetest soul music

John Ridley is a crate-digging Englishman with an ever-expanding stash of rare 45s — and he’s made the best of them available in MP3 form.

Visitors to Ridley’s site, Sir Shambling’s Deep Soul Heaven, can hear George Perkins’s “Cryin’ in the Streets” — it’s a wrenching spider web of a song that got a lot of play in the wake of Martin Luther King’s assassination. Charles Crawford’s “A Sad, Sad Song” — which filters heartbreak through a far more personal prism — is another amazing discovery. And further exploration will lead you to soulful Christmas mixes, iPod-friendly articles about Latin soul, and links to other excellent resources (many of which also host MP3s). If you’re in the market for deep soul singles and impossible-to-find B-sides, you won’t believe your ears.

This post is from Observer Short List—an email of three favorite things from people you want to know. Sign up to receive OSL here.

Hear the sweetest soul music