Quality Time Top 50 of 1996

For those who appreciate the finest things in life: our quality soul column, titled Quality Time, here listing the most memorable jewels of 1996 - 50 quality soul singles or album tracks in order of preference.

Read the reviews of all these Cream Cuts of 1996 from Soul Express issue 1/97!

50. ALFONZO BLACKWELL feat. Valerie Pinkston-Mayo Anything Worth Having
US Street Life CD Alfonzo Blackwell

49. HIROSHIMA Love How You Love Me
US Qwest CD Urban World Music

48. CHAKA KHAN Every Little Thing
US/UK Reprise CD Epiphany: The Best of Chaka Khan

47. COLONEL ABRAMS Get with You
US Music USA CD Make a Difference

46. JOSIE JAMES I Don't Wanna Lose It
UK Expansion CD Candles

45. JESSE POWELL You
US MCA CD Jesse Powell

44. KENNY HAMBER Members Only
US MCK CD This Is R&B

43. MIKKI BLEU No More Tears
US Showtime CD Honeyland

42. SIGN OF THE TIMES Whatever It Takes
UK Expansion compilation CD Friends in High Places Volume 2

41. ISLEY BROTHERS Make Your Body Sing
US T-Neck /UK Island CD Mission to Please

40. LUTHER VANDROSS Goin' out of My Head
US/UK Epic CD Your Secret Love

39. RONNIE LOVEJOY Tell the Truth
US Ace CD Think about You All the Time

38. WAYMAN TISDALE Star Ship
US MoJazz CD In the Zone

37. KENNY LATTIMORE I Won't Let You Down
US Columbia CD Never too Busy

36. NU COLOURS Don't Mind Waiting
UK Polydor CD Nu Colours

35. PHAREZ WHITTED Grapevyne
US Mojazz compilation CD People Make the World Go Round

34. ANGELA BOFILL Let Them Talk
US Shanachie/UK Expansion CD Love in Slow Motion

33. IMPROMP2 Let Me Take You Away
US Mojazz compilation CD People Make the World Go Round

32. EMOTIONS I Surrender
US Sunbeam CD Live in '96

31. WILL DOWNING Christmas Time Is Here
US Island compilation CD Special Gift

30. NEW EDITION How Do You Like Your Love Served?
US/UK MCA CD Home Again

29. INCOGNITO Labour of Love
UK Talkin Loud/US Verve CD Beneath the Surface

28. TYRONE DAVIS Linger a Little Longer
US Malaco CD Simply Tyrone Davis

27. CURTIS MAYFIELD I Believe in You
US/UK Warner CD New World Order

26. HELEN BAYLOR Live and Let Live
US Word CD Love Brought Me Back

25. POINT 3FM Get Busy
US Now & Forever CD Versatility

23. JEFFREE CHARLES Private Time
US Success CD Come Get This Lovin'

22. GWEN McCRAE Loving Peter to Pay Back Paul
US Goldwax CD Psychic Hot Line

21. ANN NESBY In the Spirit
US/UK Perspective CD I'm Here for You

20. FUNKY COMPANY Give Me Time Again
Italian Family Affair Productions CD Tendency of Love

19. PLUNKY & ONENESS Love's Will Be Done
US N.A.M.E. Brand CD I Can't Hold Back

18. CHRIS BALLIN Living Life Alone
UK Intimate CD Do It Right

17. SIDE EFFECT We Belong Together
US Dog House CD N'Effect

16. RODNEY MANNSFIELD Nobody Else
UK Expansion CD Let's Get It On

15. PIECES OF A DREAM Baby It's Your Turn Now
US/UK Blue Note CD The Best Of

14. OMAR CHANDLER Ecstasy
US Jamm/UK Expansion CD Pieces of My Heart

12. ANN NESBY (What a) Lovely Evening
US/UK Perspective CD I'm Here for You

11. SWEETBACK You Will Rise
US/UK Epic CD Sweetback

10. OLA Show Me Love
UK Rugged Ram CD More Soul Than Sense

9. GROOVE COLLECTIVE Lift Off
US GRP CD We the People

8. SANDRA ST. VICTOR Wet
Warner CD Mack Divas Saves the World

7. SIDE EFFECT You're too Good to Be True
US Dog House CD N'Effect

6. JOHNNY GILL Take Me (I'm Yours)
US/UK Motown CD Let's Get the Mood Right

5. RICHARD ROGERS Give You My Love
UK Expansion CD Soul Talking

4. WANDA My Joy Is You
UK Expansion Compilation CD Soul Sauce 5

3. MAXWELL Ascension (Don't You Ever Wonder)
US/UK CD Urban Hang Suite

2. SPECIAL GIFT Tomorrow
US Crystal Rose CD A Set Time

1. OLA You'd Better Believe
UK Rugged Ram CD More Soul Than Sense

Compiled by Petteri Ruotsalainen & Ismo Tenkanen for Soul Express magazine

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