P-Funk Live combines musicianship and spectacle better than anyone. They released a line album in 1977, but to really get the full experience, I linked a video of a performance from the same tour. If Curtis-Mayfield-In-An-Intimate-Jazz-Club isn't my #1 dream concert, mid-70s P-Funk is. Parliament - Live: P Funk Earth Tour YouTube Link
Curtis Mayfield at a small, intimate jazz club might be #1 on my dream concerts list. Direct your ears to how much these songs sound like their studio version. Curtis' songs always had sort of a live feel to them, and the band is so tight that this doesn't feel like it's possible that this … Continue reading Curtis Mayfield – Curtis/Live!
There's a couple of things I'll direct your ears to in this album: 1. When Bill talks to the crowd in between songs, you get the sense that he observes life the way a stand-up comedian does. Instead of turning those observations into jokes, he uses them to add another level of sincerity into his … Continue reading Bill Withers – Live At Carnegie Hall
I'm gonna post a few live albums this week, since I've only posted one, I think. What it will essentially amount to is a list of concerts that make me wish time travel was possible so I could go back and see them. The first one is the Ohio Players' "Live 1977." I saw them … Continue reading Ohio Players – Live 1977
Blues was never a big genre. It was at its biggest from the 50's to the mid 60's, just before creativity and technology in music exploded. Most blues tracks you'll hear is standard singer-guitar-bass-drums on a grainy record. As time moved on, the number of notable blues artists still making music dwindled. Bobby Bland released … Continue reading Bobby “Blue” Bland – Dreamer
'It's the season for the "Christmas music sucks" takes. To anyone that feels that way, I'll counter with you're just not listening to the right versions of these songs. I get being tired of all the same versions that play in every store, but there is plenty of quality holiday music out there. Take this … Continue reading Bootsy Collins – Christmas Is 4 Ever
Here's my playlist for the holidays. Covers: Jackson 5 - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Otis Redding - White Christmas Tuxedo - Wonderful Christmastime Bootsy Collins - Winter Funkyland Originals: Donny Hathaway - This Christmas Stevie Wonder & Andra Day - Someday At Christmas William Bell - Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday Clarence … Continue reading Soul/Funk X-Mas