Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 2LP

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Soundtrack to Questlove's Award-Winning Documentary on Double LP!
Recordings from the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival Not Heard for Over 50 Years!
Featuring The 5th Dimension, B.B. King, Nina Simone, Sly & The Family Stone & More!

Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack accompanies Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson's directorial debut documentary Summer of Soul, which won the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature at the 94th Academy Awards and the Grammy for Best Music Film at the 64th Grammy Awards.

Like the documentary, most of the audio recordings that were recorded during the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival have not been heard for over 50 years, keeping this incredible event in America's history lost - until now.

The Summer of Soul (...Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a joyous musical celebration and the rediscovery of a nearly erased historical event that celebrated Black culture, pride and unity.

For the album, Questlove carefully selected 17 live renditions of jazz, blues, R&B, Latin, and soul classics performed over the course of The Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969 as chronicled by the film. Performers include The 5th Dimension, B.B. King, Nina Simone, and Sly & The Family Stone!

A breathtaking chronicle of Black culture in a pivotal moment
Anyone who has seen the film won't be surprised by the remarkable quality of the recordings, bearing minor blemishes only the stuffiest audiophile would care about. Even if the fidelity was halved, there would be more than enough power and sociopolitical context in these performances to induce goose bumps, tears, and other physical and emotional reactions. The succession of voices is astonishing.... The track sequencing is skip-proof. This and the film belong in every library on the planet.
-Andy Kellman,, 4.5/5 stars


  • Double LP
  • Soundtrack to Documentary Directed by Questlove
  • Tracks Recorded During the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, Not Heard for Over 50 years
  • Gatefold Jacket


Side A:

  1. Uptown - The Chambers Brothers
  2. Why I Sing the Blues - B.B. King
  3. Don't Cha Hear Me Callin' to Ya - The 5th Dimension
  4. Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures) - The 5th Dimension

Side B:

  1. My Girl - David Ruffin
  2. Oh Happy Day - The Edwin Hawkins Singers
  3. It's Been a Change - The Staple Singers
  4. Precious Lord, Take My Hand - The Operation Breadbasket Orchestra & Choir featuring Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples

Side C:

  1. I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Gladys Knight & The Pips
  2. Watermelon Man - Mongo Santamaria
  3. Together - Ray Barretto
  4. Hold On, I'm Comin' - Herbie Mann

Side D:

  1. Sing a Simple Song - Sly & The Family Stone
  2. Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone
  3. Africa - Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach
  4. Backlash Blues - Nina Simone
  5. Are You Ready - Nina Simone

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