Category Archives: Soul, Funk & Disco

EDWIN STARR – Clean – (20th Century Fox Records) – 1978

I’m not a big soul fan but there are individual soul songs I find magnificent. “War” (1970) by Edwin Starr in one of them. Starr’s career had its highs and lows. The soul ground had changed in the 70s as … Continue reading

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TIM BUCKLEY – Look at the Fool – (DisCreet) – 1974

Tim Buckley seems to be one of those acts that floats in and out  cult favour from time. I think he is out at the moment but I could be wrong. I've got a few Tim Buckley albums in the … Continue reading

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GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS – Imagination – (Buddah) – 1973

When talking about  Gladys Knight & The Pips "Neither One of Us" (1973) album which immediately preceded this I said, "Gladys Knight and the Pips came through the Motown factory in the 60s with a few top 20 pop hits … Continue reading

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DIANA ROSS – Baby It’s Me – (Motown) – 1977

I don’t think I’m a sensitive new age male or a metrosexual though I’m well acquainted with my sensitive side and don’t mind expressing the same. I can say I like Broadway soundtracks, film musicals, 60s girl groups, Melanie LPs … Continue reading

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GEORGE & GWEN McCRAE – Together – (RCA) – 1975

what Frank is listening to #214 – GEORGE & GWEN McCRAE – Together – (RCA) – 1975   Foxy music for foxy people.   Who's foxy?   I'm foxy.   Are you foxy?   allmusic: Along with wife Gwen McCrae, … Continue reading

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MANU DIBANGO – Soul Makossa – (Atlantic) – 1972

This is one I picked up some time ago (15 years ?) and have listened to but was never convinced I should keep. My ear for jazz has, however, improved since my youth and I find this album improves, accordingly, … Continue reading

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FANCY – Wild Thing – (Atlantic) – 1974

what Frank is listening to #153 – FANCY – Wild Thing – (Atlantic) – 1974   I thought I wouldn't have to spend too much brain time on this album as I thought it was going to be totally frivolous and disposable. Having said … Continue reading

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KOOL & THE GANG – As One – (De-Lite) – 1982

  Ooooh , I approached this album with trepidation. Disco and funk has it's place … but not in 1982.   Allmusic: Formed as a jazz ensemble in the mid-'60s, Kool & the Gang became one of the most inspired and … Continue reading

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THE CHRISTIANS – Self Titled – (Island) – 1987

     Urrgghhh … new British Soul – a music that truly makes me ill. Fucken awful. I literally have to stop myself from pulling the record from the turntable and smashing it against the table corner … a act I find … Continue reading

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STEVIE WONDER – Hotter Than July – (Motown) – 1980

Well of course Stevie Wonder is a legend as a result of being one of the most influential acts in soul music. What I have always liked about Wonder is his inventiveness and his energy. He transcends straight soul and incorporates … Continue reading

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