Friday, 26 August 2011

Funk All Time Top 100. (11-25)

11. Hank Johnson - You Lost Your Thing (1972 Spear)
Hard hitting vocal funk bomb.

12. Robert Moore - Everything's Gonna' Be All Right (1972 Saadia)
Uptempo funk dancer from Miama, Florida.

13. Joe Quarterman And Free Soul - (I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind (1972 GSF)
Huge rare groove classic with great lyrics!

14. Wee Willie & The Winners - Get Some (1973 Shotgun)
Heavyweight rare groove funk classic out of Brooklyn. Arranged by Meco.

15. Soul Searchers - Blow Your Whistle (1974 Sussex)
Rare groove classic from D.C's Chuck Brown.

16. James Brown - There It Is (1972 Polydor)
My pick of James Browns solo releases is this classic arranged by David Matthews.

17. Landlords & Tenants - Back Up Part 2 (1972 Buddah)
Large production - driving funk on Buddah.

18. Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s - Blow Your Head (1974 People)
Uptempo album only rare groove classic with distinctive Moog synth lead line.

19. Cyril Neville - Gossip (1969 Josie)
A chunky slice of New Orleans funk, with Neville Brother Cyril backed by The Meters.

20. General Crook - Do It For Me (1974 Down To Earth)
Slickly produced vocal funk from Chicago replete with string section.

21. Don Pierce - This Funky Thing (1970 Majesty)
Obscure vocal funk bomb produced by Larry Johnson.

22. Maceo & The Macks - Cross The Track (We Better Go Back) (1974 People)
Massive rare groove anthem produced by James Brown.

23. The Meters - Funky Miracle (1970 Josie)
My pick of the early funk tracks by The Meters is this album only bomb.

24. The Dapps ft, Alfred Ellis - Bringing Up The Guitar (1967 King)
Early 'party' funk classic produced by James Brown.

25. Freddie Wilson - What Would It Be Like (1972 Grandville)
A heavyweight, unashamed James Brown-a-like production.

Funk All Time Top 100. (26-50)

26. Willie Johnson - Lay It On Me (1972 Cat)
Heavy slice of vocal funk from Florida.

27. The J.B.'s - The Grunt (1972 King)
Made legendary by Public Enemy, this is my pick of The J.B.'s solo releases.

28. Billy Sha-Rae - Do It (Spectrum)
Heavy no-nonsense vocal funk out of Detroit.

29. Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers - Right On (1970 Atlantic)
Album only organ led funk. A rare groove classic.

30. Myra Barnes - Super Good (1970 King)
My pick of the many great female funk tracks produced by James Brown.

31. The Third Guitar - Baby Don't Cry (Rojac)
Driving funk with vocals by Eddie Holloway.

32. The J.B.'s - Hot Pants Road (1972 People)
James Brown produced rare groove classic.

33. Milton Campbell & The RDM Band - Sweet Thing (Zoom)
Small label funk with beautiful incredibly catchy chorus.

34. James Brown - Mother Popcorn (1969 King)
Rare groove classic from James Brown's legendary May '69 sessions.

35. Lyn Collins - Mama Feelgood (1973 People)
James Brown produced rare groove classic diva funk anthem.

36. Soul Excitement - Stay Together (Pink Dolphin)
Raucous small label funk bomb.

37. A.A.B.B. - Pick Up The Pieces One By One (1975 I-Dentity)
Slickly arranged by David Matthews - this was James Brown's response to the AWB.

38. Hank Carbo - Bad Luck (HCB)
Tight, well-produced West Coast vocal funk.

39. James Young And The House Wreckers - Barking Up The Wrong Tree (1968 Jet Stream)
Tough vocal funk with R&B sax squeals and wails.

40. All Dyrections - On Top Of It (1973 Buddah)
Well-produced instrumental funk bomb.

41. James Brown - Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn (1969 King)
Classic-era James Brown with insistent horn riff and ceaseless vamp.

42. Keisa Brown - Dance Man (Jazzman)
Previously unreleased diva-funk - rescued from obscurity by Jazzman Records.

43. Funkadelic = A Whole Lot Of B.S. (1971 Westbound)
A more conventional funk track from the P. Funkers.

44. James Brown - Give It Up Or Turnit Loose (1968)
The toughest version of this James Brown classic.

45. Ripple - A Funky Song (1974 GRC)
A rare-groove classic from Atlanta, Georgia.

46. Kool & The Gang - Give It Up (1969 De-Lite)
This album only cut is my pick of the early Kool & The Gang funk bombs.

47. Hank Ballard And The Midnight Lighters - From The Love Side (1972 Polydor)
Another rare groove classic courtesy of James Brown Productions.

48. The Vibrettes - Humpty Dump (1973 Lujon)
Heavy West Coast funk with huge drum break intro.

49. David Batiste and The Gladiators - Funky Soul (1971 Soulin')
Organ-led New Orleans funk.

50. Vicki Anderson - Answer To Mother Popcorn (1969 King)
James Brown produced rare groove classic.

Funk All Time Top 100. (51-75)

51. Billy Wade And The 3rd Degrees - Tear It Up (1968 ABC)
Super-fast funk stomper on the borderline of the UK Northern Soul sound.

52. Alvin Cash & The Registers - Stone Thing (1970 Westbound)
Rare groove classic with phenomenal drum break.

53. United 8 - Getting Uptown (To Get Down)
Well produced piece of East Coast funk by King & Douglass of later Kleeer fame.

54. Barbara & Gwen - Right On (New Chicago Sound)
Diva funk with a social message out of Chicago.

55. Billy "Sugar Billy" Garner - Your Wasting My Time (1971 New Day)
Frenetic piece of hard-hitting midwest funk.

56. Bobby Byrd - I Know You Got Soul (1971 King)
Relentless James Brown produced rare groove classic.

57. Black Haze Express - Won't Nobody Listen (1971 Clintone)
Heavy funk out of Birmingham, Alabama with dramatic intro.

58. Little Beaver - Everybody Has Some Dues To Pay (1973 Saadia)
Mid-tempo southern funk with Tony Allen style drums.

59. Preston Love - Cissy Popcorn (Hudson)
Rare West Coast funk - written by Wilton Felder of The Crusaders.

60. Maceo And The Macks - Soul Power 74 (1974 People)
Classic late-era James Brown produced rare-groove.

61. Mary Love - Born To Live With Heartache (Elco)
Wah-wah driven diva-funk from the West Coast.

62. Pam Kellum - What You See, you Can't Get (1972)
Classy laid-back diva-funk out of Long Beach, California.

63. Mickey and The Soul Generation - Iron Leg (1969 Maxwell)
Jazzy piece of organ-led Texan funk. A rare-groove classic.

64. Lee Dorsey - Give It Up (1969)
Another piece of low down New Orleans funk - backed by The Meters.

65. Charles Mintz - Give A Man A Break (UpLook)
Fast-paced B-Boy classic out of Philadelphia.

66. Bobby Byrd - I Need Help (1973 Brownstone)
Fast-paced rare groove classic produced by James Brown.

67. Eldridge Holmes - Pop, Popcorn Children (1969 Atco)
Hard hitting vocal funk from the Sehorn-Toussaint production team.

68. Gus "The Groove" Lewis - Let The Groove Move You (1968 Tou-Sea)
Hard hitting New Orleans funk with classic drum break intro.

69. Bobby Williams - Funky Superfly (1973 Duplex)
Rare-groove classic southern-funk.

70. Chris Jones - I'm The Man (1970 Goodie Train)
Assertive, stripped down small label vocal funk.

71. Manuel B. Holcolm - I Stayed Away Too Long (1970 Diamond Jim)
Well-produced vocal funk with killer drums.

72. Freddy Wilson - Promise Land (1972 Eastbound)
Unashamedly James Brown influenced funk.

73. Michael Kirkland - The Prophet (1972 Zay)
Upbeat funk from West Coast singer Mike James Kirkland.

74. James Brown - Licking Stick, Licking Stick (1968 King)
Classic James Brown from April 1968.

75. The Meters - Cissy Strut (1969 Josie)
Classic New Orleans minimal funk.

Funk All Time Top 100. 76-100

76. Weston Prim and Backlash - Spider Web (Memphis Express)
Oddball, mid-tempo funk out of Florida.

77. Bobby Byrd - Hot Pants, I'm Coming, I'm Coming (1971 Brownstone)
Classic rare-groove produced by James Brown for his off-shoot label Brownstone.

78. Eugene Blacknell and His New Breed - The Trip (Boola-Boola)
Big sounding funk out of Oakland, California.

79. Larry Ellis and The Black Hammer - Funky Thing (Al King)
Organ led instrumental featuring one of the best intro's in funk.

80. James Brown - Super Bad (1970 King)
Uptempo, classic era-Brown from summer 1970.

81. Renaldo Domino - Let Me Come Within (1970 Twinight)
Stripped down, mid-tempo vocal funk on the Twinight label out of Chicago.

82. The Mighty Hannibal - Get In The Groove (1968 Loma)
My pick of Hannibal's late sixties funk singles for Loma.

83. Smokey Johnson & Company - The Funkie Moon (1969 Intrepid)
Huge sounding horn and organ led instrumental funk.

84. Shelley Fisher - I'll Leave You (Girl) (1970 Kapp)
Dark, moody funk with phenomenal drums.

85. Lou Courtney - Hot Butter N'All (1968 Hurdy-Gurdy)
Hard hitting small label funk from future soul singer Courtney.

86. Angela Davis & The Mighty Chevelles - My Love (Is So Strong) (Flying Arrow)
Driving, afro-beat like funk.

87. Dyke And The Blazers - Let A Woman Be A Woman (1969 Original Sound)
My pick of the singles recorded by Dyke & The Blazers for LA label Original Sound. Well-known for it's classic B-Boy break.

88. Dymanic Walter-B And The New Breed Band - Before I Fall In Love (New Breed)
Small label, southern-soul style funk out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

89. Kool & The Gang - Chocolate Buttermilk (1969 De-Lite)
Another expertly arranged piece of jazz-tinged funk from Kool & The Gang.

90. Dynamic Corvettes - Funky Music Is The Thing (1975 Abet)
Late-era funk classic primarily known for it's huge break. A B-Boy fave.

91. Lee Fields and The Devil's Personal Band - The Bull Is Coming (1974 Angle 3)
Instrumental 'party' funk from the "Little JB" Lee Fields.

92. Leroy And The Drivers - The Sad Chicken (1969 Duo)
Tight, stripped down instrumental funk led by Maceo style sax.

93. Sammy Gordon And The Hiphuggers - Upstairs On Boston Road (1972 Archives)
Large ensemble instrumental 'party' funk from Brooklyn, NY.

94. The Tenth Dymentions - The Bushman (Sapphire)
Large production energetic funk out of Chicago, replete with jungle sound effects!

95. Myra Barnes (Vicki Anderson) - Message From The Soul Sisters (1970 King)
Feminist message funk produced by James Brown. Initial pressings credited to Myra Barnes.

96/ The 2nd Amendment Band - Backtalk (1973 Monet)
Large ensemble band funk out of Washington D.C.

97. The Eddy Jacobs Exchange - Pull My Coat (1969 Columbia)
Jazz maestro Harry Whitaker's take on the Pee Wee Ellis/David Mathews arrangements for James Brown.

98. Ripple - I Don't Know What It Is, But It Sure Is Funky (1973 GRC)
Flip-side to A Funky Song and a rare groove classic in it's own right.

99. Eric And The Vikings - Get Off The Streets Y'All (1970 Soulhawk)
Piano & rhythm guitar driven instrumental out of Detroit. Produced by Richard "Popcorn" Wylie.

100. Levert Allison - "Sugar Daddy" (1970 Elbejay)
Small label big-hitter out of Nashville, Tennessee.