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Parliament – Gettin’ To Know You

The P-Funk superstars go for a P-Soul approach on this wonderful love song from the 1976 album ‘The Clones of Dr Funkenstein’.


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.

Gil Scott heron – Lady Day and John Coltrane

Absolute gold from Gil Scott Heron, with soul music that totally lives up to the genre title. This is from his 1971 album ‘Pieces of a Man’.

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.

Funkadelic – Hit It & Quit It

Tough, Chunky Soul from Clinton’s rockier Funk manifestation. This track if from their 1971 album ‘Maggot Brain’.

Sly & the Family Stone – (You Caught Me) Smilin’

Allegedly an ode to getting high, this track from Sly’s 1971 album ‘There’s A Riot Goin’ On’ could as easily been about his struggle with mental health issues; especially when considering lines such as “In my pain I’ll be sane to take your hand”. Real gem from a gem of an album.

Parliament – Children of Production

P-Funk, uncut Funk, the bomb. Lovely tune from the super Funk band’s 1976 album ‘The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein’.

James Brown – Superbad, Superslick

The minister of super heavy Funk gives the world one of the richest Soul tunes.  This rich 1975 tune is spacious, funky, elegant, yet tough. This is in among  his greatest songs, and that’s not a statement made lightly.  And those backing vocals.

Sly & the Family Stone – If You Want Me To Stay

This is just one of many examples of how ‘soulful’ soul used to be. Ridiculously so in fact….none more Soul.. Amazing track from the ‘Fresh’ album (1973)

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