This album was quite an education for me since I knew of only a small handful of the more famous artists such as Ben E. King, Otis Redding, Arthur Conley and Irma Thomas. I would come to be more familiar with Doris Duke, Eddie and Ernie and Wendy Rene through my purchases of further volumes in the Deep Soul Treasures collection. It was a real ear opener to hear the haunting,original version of "Go Now" by Bessie Banks after being raised on the hit,pop version by The Moody Blues. Another pleasant discovery was The Soul Children who were musical protegees of Isaac Hayes, who along with his songwriting partner David Porter, wrote three of the 25 songs on this album. Arthur("Sweet Soul Music") Conley, himself the protegee of Otis Redding sings Otis' beautiful,pleading "Let Nothing Seperate Us". George Perkins' plaintive, yearning "Cryin'In The Streets" made the hair on my arms stand up. This is one moving, not to mention, catchy song. Melody is not often the strong point of Deep Soul, as the focus is on the simple arrangements and Soulful vocals, but a lot of these songs will take up permanent residence in your brain after a few listens. One of my favorites is the closing song by the obscure Lisa Richards, whose angelic vocals on "Let's Take a Chance", will make you weep with joy. It is such pure, simple, ear candy, that I can't believe it wasn't a hit. It is a real testimony to the talent of even the most obscure artist here, that they can be mixed in with Otis Redding and Carla Thomas and Johnny Adams and blend in so seamlessly. There was such an abundance of great Soul and R&B in the sixties and seventies that we are still catching up with it, and thanks to compilations like this one, we will.