Supporting the music you love is important. Back in high school, I would download all my music for free and say, "They're rich, I'm broke, they don't need my money." Donuts by J Dilla changed my views on that. That album had such a profound effect on my life (that story is for a future … Continue reading Exploring My Vinyl Collection
I've said here before that Curtis Mayfield personifies the soul/funk sound better than anyone. In 1972, Mayfield was tasked with giving that sound to a movie called "Superfly." The result is the best toeing of the soul/funk line that Mayfield ever achieved in his legendary career, 37 minutes of bliss. "Little Child Running Wild," "Freddy's … Continue reading Curtis Mayfield – Superfly
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
Day 5. So this one isn't classic soul. It was released earlier this year. But based on the music and the cover, you probably wouldn't have known that if I didn't tell you. Standout tracks include, "On And On," "Go As You Are," "Ghost Of You" & "Wednesday Morning Atonement." Curtis Harding - Face Your … Continue reading Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear
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!
Day 2 of the Week Of Soul brings us 1972's "360 Degrees Of Billy Paul." The string-laden album is largely forgotten outside of smash hit, "Me And Mrs. Jones." This impeccably produced album is just another example of a would be classic being lost in the shuffle of the golden age of music. Besides, "Me … Continue reading Billy Paul – 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul