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Shuggie Otis – Happy House

Sparkly, Funky, but sadly, too short. This track is from Shuggie’s 1974 album ‘Inspiration Information’.


Thundercat – Friend Zone

Bootylicious Phunq from Thundercat’s 2017 album ‘Drunk’. A wonderful track from a great album where the spirits of George Clinton, Frank Zappa, Bootsy Collins and Sun Ra hang out.

Stevie Wonder – You Haven’t Done Nothin’

Stevie with the Jackson 5 on backing vocals, performing a super funky tune from his 1974 album ‘Fulfillingness’ First Finale

James Brown – Sex Machine (live on Italian TV 1971)

James goes to Italy to show them who the real Godfather was. The hardest working man in show business demonstrates how it’s really done with a classic JB line up (check out a young Bootsy in the background).

Funkadelic – Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On

The title track from Funkadelic’s 1974 album is an energised, Rock-infused Soul anthem that just screams to be played loud.

James Brown – Body Heat

The title track from James Brown’s 1976 album is hypnotic, relentless Funk that only the Godfather could deliver.

James Brown – Live on Soul Train 1973 – 75

1.Hot Pants

2. Get Up (I Feel Like A) Sex Machine (2:36)

3. Get On The Good Foot (4:06)

4. Soul Power (6:51)

5.. Make It Funky (9:53)

6. Cold Sweat (11:07)

7. Try Me (14:22)

8. Please Please, Please  (17:21)

9. Say It Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud (17:57)

10. Super Bad (23:53)

11. Papa Don’t Take No Mess (26:18)

12. My Thang (29:57)

13. Hell (33:33)

14. The Payback (35:57)

Fred Wesley & the JB’s

1.Damn Right, I Am Somebody (40:25)

Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’ (Do It Yourself Version – Instrumental)

Kurtis basically takes you to Disco heaven on the B-side of his 1979 track ‘Christmas Rappin’ (also know n as ‘Rappin’ Blow’). Hip hop in its infancy.

Rufus & Chaka Khan – Tell Me Something Good

Slow burning Funk/Soul classic from 1974. Covered by the likes of Lee “Scratch” Perry and Sun City Girls, both of which have been published here on The Sentinel; now it’s time for the original, which was written by Stevie Wonder.

James Brown – Get Up, Get Into it, Get Involved

It’s very difficult to pick a favourite James Brown track; especially when dealing with his 70’s Funk output; but this track is a contender for one of the very best.
This is a personal favourite of mine due to the fact that it was the first proper James Brown track I ever heard*(‘Living In America’ doesn’t count).
I first heard this track on an early radio one Hip-Hop show that I religiously listened to and taped every week. This was 1985 and Hip-Hop and Electro was in full swing but still had that innovative edge (you felt part of the underground for listening to it; graffing was my other B-Boy outlet).
The James Brown tracks stood out among the rest of the modern output; obviously sounding ‘of their time’. however, there was something still fresh and tough about them, and there still is to this day.

The section that kicks in at 3:06 is amazing. The breaks are pure Hip-Hop and the guitar is psychedelic a la Funkadelic.
What a tune. And it’s from 1971.

*It could have been ‘Funky President’ that I first heard; not sure as this was a long time ago.

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