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« Thread started on: Jan 10th, 2014, 06:22am »

Anybody here listen to funk & soul? I probably listen as much to this kinda thing as I do prog and classic rock.

The covers band I play in specialises in rocky funk, so I've always got something of this nature on the go.

Fav's of mine are;
Earth, Wind & Fire (spot the G link!)
Sly & the Family Stone
The Average White Band
Stevie Wonder
Chic
Temptations

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« Reply #1 on: Jan 10th, 2014, 08:35am »

on Jan 10th, 2014, 06:22am, The Cosmic Lawnmower wrote:
Anybody here listen to funk & soul? I probably listen as much to this kinda thing as I do prog and classic rock.

The covers band I play in specialises in rocky funk, so I've always got something of this nature on the go.

Fav's of mine are;
Earth, Wind & Fire (spot the G link!)
Sly & the Family Stone
The Average White Band
Stevie Wonder
Chic
Temptations

Amongst others


Good call mate!

Earth, Wind and Fire are great.... "I am" is a must have album
So much good music in this genre.
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« Reply #2 on: Jan 10th, 2014, 10:28am »

I like funk. cool
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« Reply #3 on: Jan 10th, 2014, 10:31am »

I always loved the funk and soul sounds that originated during the 70s. Great memories of cruising in the car listening to music by those great artists you've already mentioned, plus War, Al Green, Billy Paul, The Isley Brothers, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Rose Royce and so many more.

I think it's a crying shame that this genre has all but died in this day and age. Instead of focusing on rap and hip-hop, it would be nice to hear today's artists release something on the caliber of the amazing talent that was around 40 years ago. It's always great to hear those songs today.

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« Reply #4 on: Jan 10th, 2014, 10:35am »

I love funk mostly from the 80's, such as Aurra. One of the most forgotten genres in these days. sad
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« Reply #5 on: Jan 10th, 2014, 10:50am »

I like Jamiroquai.
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« Reply #6 on: Jan 10th, 2014, 10:52am »

Would you say that some of the music that Bruno Mars does we could call it funk?

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« Reply #7 on: Jan 10th, 2014, 7:11pm »

I'm not exactly sure where soul stops and funk begins - certainly James Brown and The Isley Brothers made that transition. I also love Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Sly and the Family Stone, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, The Temptations, and pretty much everything on Stax/Volt. Prince, while admittedly covering a very wide spectrum, is a brilliant second generation funk and soul influenced artist.
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« Reply #8 on: Jan 10th, 2014, 8:26pm »

I like a lot of what I generally refer to as classic RnB.
For me, that would be stuff like:

Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
The Temptations
Marvin Gaye
Otis Redding
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« Reply #9 on: Jan 13th, 2014, 06:31am »

on Jan 10th, 2014, 10:31am, CountingOutTime wrote:
I always loved the funk and soul sounds that originated during the 70s. Great memories of cruising in the car listening to music by those great artists you've already mentioned, plus War, Al Green, Billy Paul, The Isley Brothers, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, Rose Royce and so many more.

I think it's a crying shame that this genre has all but died in this day and age. Instead of focusing on rap and hip-hop, it would be nice to hear today's artists release something on the caliber of the amazing talent that was around 40 years ago. It's always great to hear those songs today.



Very much agree, today's 'dance' music just doesn't seem to have the groove that a lot of 70's and early 80's funk, soul, disco (oops I used the 'D' word!) had.
Here's a selection of the kinda stuff we play in our covers band;
Always on the Run - Lenny Kravitz
Brick House - The Commodores
Cheap Sunglasses - ZZ Top
Cream - Prince
Dreamer - Prince
Family Affair - Sly & the Family Stone
Fire - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Funk #49 - The James Gang
Get Up (I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine) - James Brown
I Got So Much Trouble in my Mind - Sir Joe Quarterman
I Want to Take You Higher- Sly & the Family Stone
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
It's Getting Funky Around Here - Black Nasty
Lady Marmalade - LaBelle
Living for the City - Stevie Wonder
Love Rollercoaster - Ohio Players
Me & Baby Brother - War
Right Place Wrong Time - Dr John
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Spooky - Atlanta Rhythm Section
Stardust Bubblegum - Mother Earth
Superman Lover - Johnny Guitar Watson
Superstition - Beck, Bogart & Appice
Why Did You Do it? - Stretch
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« Reply #10 on: Jan 13th, 2014, 08:49am »

on Jan 13th, 2014, 06:31am, The Cosmic Lawnmower wrote:
Very much agree, today's 'dance' music just doesn't seem to have the groove that a lot of 70's and early 80's funk, soul, disco (oops I used the 'D' word!) had.
Here's a selection of the kinda stuff we play in our covers band;
Always on the Run - Lenny Kravitz
Brick House - The Commodores
Cheap Sunglasses - ZZ Top
Cream - Prince
Dreamer - Prince
Family Affair - Sly & the Family Stone
Fire - The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Funk #49 - The James Gang
Get Up (I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine) - James Brown
I Got So Much Trouble in my Mind - Sir Joe Quarterman
I Want to Take You Higher- Sly & the Family Stone
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
It's Getting Funky Around Here - Black Nasty
Lady Marmalade - LaBelle
Living for the City - Stevie Wonder
Love Rollercoaster - Ohio Players
Me & Baby Brother - War
Right Place Wrong Time - Dr John
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Spooky - Atlanta Rhythm Section
Stardust Bubblegum - Mother Earth
Superman Lover - Johnny Guitar Watson
Superstition - Beck, Bogart & Appice
Why Did You Do it? - Stretch


Very impressive list. Love ARS and Sly and the Family Stone too smiley
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« Reply #11 on: Jan 13th, 2014, 2:01pm »

I thoroughly enjoy classic 60s Motown because I listened to a lot of it during my childhood. cool
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« Reply #12 on: Jan 14th, 2014, 03:42am »

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« Reply #13 on: Jan 14th, 2014, 06:21am »

Will do...

I'm on a bit of an Average White Band trip at the moment, I kinda like the unlikely fact that a bunch of white guys from Scotland make the most soulful and marvellous funk & soul music. Obviously the "white" album is a fav, really enjoying 'Soul Searching' too.
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« Reply #14 on: Jan 14th, 2014, 10:28am »

Couldn't agree more, I have a soft spot for their version of 'Walk on By' off the 'Feel No Fret' album.

You should also check out my current favourite band - Snarky Puppy, they are very soulful and funky in a Jazz way. I have to admit I'm a huge fan as I have seen then 4 times in the last year or so. Currently in the office listening to

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