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post #16 of 431
James Brown got me into Funk. 'In The Jungle Groove' is one of the best groove and break beat compilations including the sacred 'Funky Drummer.' Curtis Mayfield made some mean Funk too, his grooves are sometimes underestimated.

The Lefties Soul Connection make some raw Funk bordering on Rock sometimes. When they find the right sound you're hooked. They're a bit inconsistent with finding the right groove sometimes.

I'm now listening to Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, Go Go grooves like 'Ashley's Roachclip' are very good. P-Funk, I like instrumentals and minimal productions regarding Funk so synthesizers and sound effects aren't always up to my tastes.
post #17 of 431
Chuck Brown's the shiz-zit, but to me this conversation is indicative of how limiting taste niches can be. The line that runs from James Brown to Sly Stone to George Clinton to, say, Prince and hip-hop breakbeats posits funk as an expansive medium, voracious music that at its best is informed by everything going on around it. In The Jungle Groove is a prime example of how James was continuing to stretch after he'd been in the business quite a long time. I'm not the biggest fan of the Lee Fields and Sharon Jones types because I feel like quite a bit of that music is soul music that actually stopped growing (and was done better decades ago), which is why it tends to feel like nostalgic, wedding-band fare––at least to me. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.
post #18 of 431
Thread Starter 
I have to admit, regarding Parliment, george clinton et all, and for that matter many of the artists i like in all genres, there are many of their songs, in fact probably most, that I dont particularly like, BUT, the one's i do like I REEEEEEEEEALLY LIKE!

I can understand Leeperry's feelings on their gimmicky presentation and sound, and again, when it comes down to it i dont like a lot of their stuf, however, owning more parliment albums than i can count, and having seen them in concert multiple times, i can attest to one thing without question. They know how to boggie.
Unfunky UFO
Handcuffs
thats some funky ****!
post #19 of 431
Thread Starter 
I have a soft spot for what i would call a "mainstream" sound. My music tastes have swung so hard, in so many directions over the years, and i got into some really intense obscure music, but these days, i have really come to appreciate music that is "catchy" for lack of better words. For example, many "funk" artists i like can get it to some pretty obscure sounds, and solos, and such, but when it comes down to it, ill take the 4 minute, no nonsense, hook, chorus, bridge, etc.. sing along, shake my booty and be done with it song, before i go spinning my head into a 10 minute saxophone solo.

Leeperry has a way of flying off my radar in every conversation i join him in... ;-) I'm getting used to it. I'm probably too young but i have never heard of most of the artists he's referencing...
post #20 of 431
Thread Starter 
Now Stevie wonder, he's got some funk in him too!
Sugar is one of my all time fave songs though i suppose its "funkiness" is arguable, but its close enough for me.
keep on runnin from his music of my mind album

anyone heard of bumpus? they're local outta chicago.. One of my favorite funk bands
post #21 of 431
BTW, this live album from JB is as binaural as can get: Revolution Of The Mind( Live At The Apollo, Vol. III): James Brown

it also scales really well w/ upgrades..I can honestly see him dancing, scary I know

many artists/sound engineers back in the days used to care for headphones addicts, like Lou Reed who's got several binaural albums too...now all they care for is clipping the whole record to 0dB

Sharon Jones "this land is your land" is really amazing IMHO, such an amazing SS and voice, yay \o/

Stevie Wonder is prolly one of the last originators we still have, "superstition" is simply out of this world...and he can do soul/funk/reggae just as well.

I often use superstition and shaft from Isaac Hayes to test for digitis...as these two songs need some funkiness to sound good.
post #22 of 431
Joe Tex, let's not forget him. 'You're Right Ray Charles' really made me want to move.
post #23 of 431
I looooove this one from him: YouTube - Joe Tex-Show Me

who said JB stole his act?

there's also this big DVD Serie from an old TV show: the beat !!!! dvd - Google Search

always the same story...they found some old tapes in a vault somewhere in europe, and remastered them. they're all there, Otis Redding, Ester Philips, Sam & Dave in pristine color/stereo

and let's not forget Gill Scott Heron! the revolution will not televised.
post #24 of 431
Very nice indeed...
post #25 of 431
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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post
always the same story...they found some old tapes in a vault somewhere in europe, and remastered them. they're all there, Otis Redding, Ester Philips, Sam & Dave in pristine color/stereo

and let's not forget Gill Scott Heron! the revolution will not televised.
Ester Philips doing a Gill Scott Heron track, love this track.
YouTube - Esther Phillips - Home is where the hatred is
post #26 of 431
yes, from this album...I listen to it quite often:

I also like that song of her: YouTube - AND I LOVE HIM Esther Phillips (Audio)

she's got such a creamy voice...discrete opamps such as the Burson V2 make it soooo enjoyable to listen to

this album is also amazing:
post #27 of 431
sometimes nufunk can be as good as the old one: YouTube - The Jimi Entley Sound - Charlie's Theme

sorry for the crappy youtube SQ
post #28 of 431
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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post
I looooove this one from him: YouTube - Joe Tex-Show Me

who said JB stole his act?

there's also this big DVD Serie from an old TV show: the beat !!!! dvd - Google Search

always the same story...they found some old tapes in a vault somewhere in europe, and remastered them. they're all there, Otis Redding, Ester Philips, Sam & Dave in pristine color/stereo

and let's not forget Gill Scott Heron! the revolution will not televised.
Joe Tex was a bad-ass!! His stuff is among my earliest recollections of music. What you're calling "funk" was once more popularly known as "soul" or soulful R&B, but of course, all those usages blur when you consider that in music the term funk can be traced back to a piece called "Funky Butt Blues", the origins of which are still much debated. It's been credited to both jazz and blues musicians, and some think it has roots in 19th Century mountain fiddle music. It keeps shape-shifting (that's why I think of it as expansive), but no matter how you slice it, the groove is the thing. Thumpasaurus Peoples…Unite!
post #29 of 431
I have to admit that I can't really make a difference between soul/heavy funk and rnb.

ok heavy funk is a form of soul, w/ syncopated harsh beats.....and rnb would be the beginning of soul?

this compilation is very nice too: The Godfather's R&B - James Brown's Productions 1962-67

so it's funk! but w/o the loud breakbeats basically.

I'm currently listening to this, I really dig cheesy covers of funky classics: Working Man's Soul: Various Artists
post #30 of 431
Thread Starter 
Yes Funk sure can be defined in many ways.. to me its more about the feeling it invokes than anything.. and if all else fails - just call in Sir Nose Devoidoffunk... he'll sniff it out

I also love me some old Red Hot Chili Peppers specifically, one of my all time favorite albums
Blood Sugar Sex Magic

Sir psycho sexy - a funk masterpiece in my book.
Wiked bass line. Raunchy lyrics... do you really need anything else in life?
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