How do you make a solo album for one of the best guitarists we've ever seen, who happens to have minimal singing and songwriting abilities? If you're George Clinton, you have some of the best musicians of the 1970's play the structures of some well known songs and let Eddie Hazel go blackout crazy on … Continue reading Eddie Hazel – Games, Dames and Guitar Thangs
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
Halfway point of the Week of Soul. Curtis Mayfield put together a lon run of good albums in the 1970's. He danced around the soul/funk spectrum ranging from the straight funk style of "Superfly," to the other side of that spectrum, "Sweet Exorcist." There is Still funk influence, but it's Mayfield's most soulful offering since … Continue reading Curtis Mayfield – Sweet Exorcist
Day 3. I'm not going to do standout tracks for this one because it plays as a full concert and should be listened to front to back, even more so than studio albums. This one captures a 1975 concert that I would kill to have been at. The show starts out with the 3 acts … Continue reading Blue Magic, Major Harris & Margie Joseph – Live!