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Since there is now a cool jazz thread I figured I would start a thread for those who appreciate classic soul, funk and blues. I don't have much blues, but here are some of the soul and funk records I cherish.

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Sam Cooke, one of my all time favorite singers

 



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Graham Central Station- Larry Graham from Sly and the Family Stone started this funky ass band. Any Red Hot Chili Peppers fans need to kneel at the alter of Larry Graham for his slap bass pioneering.

 

 

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James Brown's backing band and super fonky.



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The Meters!!! Found this for 5 bucks at a record swap and pooped my pants.



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Rufus Thomas on the STAX VOLT label. If you don't shake your ass while listening to "Funkiest Man Alive" you probably have no ass.

 

Anyone else have soul, funk, or blues favorites?

 

 

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YES! Good thread.

 

Soul was something that evaded my musical interests for a while, but I loved R&B as a teen. Obviously, that came from soul so I just started digging deeper. Moving to NOLA educated me about jazz, though I dislike dixieland. But there was a HUGE soul scene here in the 60's. All the greats here Ernie K-doe, Irma Thomas, Huey Smith, Eddie Bo, etc are favorites but really I think Eddie Bo's light shone brighter than anyone else. I'm getting any 45 I can find by him (I have 11 or 12 singles). 

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Props for posting GCS...love that s/t LP, especially that bass line for "Hair". The Release Yourself LP is crucial as well.

Love me some NOLA funk (Meters, etc)...my old band got to open up for George Porter Jr. once. Needless to say, we were stoked. As far as newer stuff, the New Mastersounds from the UK keep it real, as do the Budos Band on Daptone.

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I need to check out more Eddie Bo. Last night my wife and I realized that the pic on the front of the Graham Central Station record might be in Oakland next to a great beer place. We need to investigate. Cool youtube channel, oxxo. Man, that "Little Dog Heaven" was so terrible it got good. Who can go wrong with "There's got to be a little dog heaven, with golden fire hydrants on every cloud".

 

I like this bluesy funk jam by Rodger Collins-

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Cool youtube channel, oxxo. Man, that "Little Dog Heaven" was so terrible it got good. Who can go wrong with "There's got to be a little dog heaven, with golden fire hydrants on every cloud".

 

 

Thanks man! Yeah that song is hilariously bad.

 

I'm right across the bay from you, btw.

 

Here's some Oakland funk for you:

 

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I love them old (delta) blues artists. I got these in my collection: Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell, Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Son House, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Willie Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Bukka White, Sonny Boy Williamson, ...

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one of my most treasured records is the Howlin Wolf album, its a repress with a screened cover, but its not rare or valuable, but just something about those Wah's and the wolfs voice just does it for me. The wolf hated it though. Any body got any input on which Robert Johnson collections are the best ones to pick up on wax. Seems to be a lot of them floating around.

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Thanks man! Yeah that song is hilariously bad.

 

I'm right across the bay from you, btw.

 

Here's some Oakland funk for you:

 

 

That was cool Never heard of the Jasman label. I should stop by that address. Maybe they will tell me they have a couple boxes of "old records" in the garage :rolleyes: .

 

I love them old (delta) blues artists. I got these in my collection: Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell, Mississippi John Hurt, Charley Patton, Son House, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Willie Johnson, Lightnin' Hopkins, Bukka White, Sonny Boy Williamson, ...

 

This song by Son House is powerful. The timbre in his voice just kills it.

http://youtu.be/h2vnGN6Ob9o

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Eddie Bo? Man. I guess Allen Toussaint is more famous but Bo did what he did too. When he couldn't find a good single to perform, he wrote for others and did production. Then he kept with the times and switched his sound and did funk. Man, could this guy sing. He was a great piano player too, coping the styles of Professor Longhair and James Booker.

Some personal highlights of Eddie Bo:

 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9Xq0k1gT-I

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I've always loved sam cooke... and want to get into more things in this vein. I will be creeping on this thread :)

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That "Lover and a Friend" has a nasty break. Sure that's been sampled many times.

 

I used to spin this song when I would DJ-

http://youtu.be/J7mfQm4Asys

 

 

 

 

Not a religious guy, but this song is just so soulful.

 

http://youtu.be/xaSmjdWEK9E

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one of my most treasured records is the Howlin Wolf album, its a repress with a screened cover, but its not rare or valuable, but just something about those Wah's and the wolfs voice just does it for me. The wolf hated it though. Any body got any input on which Robert Johnson collections are the best ones to pick up on wax. Seems to be a lot of them floating around.

 

If you're looking for a compilation of all his songs, I've got this one: http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Johnson-The-Complete-Collection/release/2905367 . Sounds real good too, but when I want to listen to Robert I always end up spinning either this one:

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http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Johnson-King-Of-The-Delta-Blues-Singers/release/1683025

 

or this one:

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http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Johnson-King-Of-The-Delta-Blues-Singers-Volume-II/release/2857489

 

For some reason it feels better to put one of those on the turntable then the compilation...

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If you're looking for a compilation of all his songs, I've got this one: http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Johnson-The-Complete-Collection/release/2905367 . Sounds real good too, but when I want to listen to Robert I always end up spinning either this one:

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http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Johnson-King-Of-The-Delta-Blues-Singers/release/1683025

 

or this one:

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http://www.discogs.com/Robert-Johnson-King-Of-The-Delta-Blues-Singers-Volume-II/release/2857489

 

For some reason it feels better to put one of those on the turntable then the compilation...

thats the way ive been leaning, just seems that whenever i come across a copy of those two locally they are either in great shape and im broke, or they are beat to hell and im flush. The comps dont seem like a good idea for vinyl, most ive seen have the original followed directly by the alternate.

 

EDIT: should've clicked the link before i posted, i may just check that one with the discogs link out. Thanks for that.

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I've always loved sam cooke... and want to get into more things in this vein. I will be creeping on this thread :)

 

Sam Cooke was the greatest. On vinyl, most of his original releases are fairly easy to find and affordable. His 78s (on Keen & Specialty--some with The Soul Stirrers) are harder to find & pricier. 

 

I was obsessed with soul & doo wop as a teenager, and focused heavily on collecting the 78s (30+ years ago).

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For fans of Sam Cooke, here's Johnny Nash singing in soundalike mode, produced by Hugo & Luigi (Sam's producers) on the small Groove subsidiary of RCA Victor (Sam's label). This record went nowhere, but Nash would later have a huge international hit with "I Can See Clearly Now".

 

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Sam Cooke's singing is church music, man.

 

 

Another NOLA guy who's hit is not this song but it's a terrific single not included on his major LP ("Barefootin'" -- currently on ebay for $10PPD, I think), Robert Parker:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufkRJYQQRRw

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