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Funk albums from the 70s

Any recommendations?

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Plenty! but I'll start with whats on the top of my head:

1. Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome by Parliament, 1977
features the hit Flashlight, great album for parties, super funky Bernie Worrell rocks his keyboard so hard, and you really get down on Bootsy's tone on this album.

2. Commodores by The Commodores, 1977
So funky it stanks. really love Zoom ("i wanna fly away from here") and the song "Funky Situation"

3. Hot Buttered Soul by Isaac Hayes, 1969
funky, orchestral, and also has some good covers

4. Rags to Rufus by Rufus, 1974
Chaka Kahn's original funk band, Stevie wrote their hit "Tell Me Something Good", and Chaka can sing!

5. speaking of Stevie Music of My Mind by Stevie Wonder, 1972
great clavinet work, absolutely beautiful and sprawling funky soul songs, and you never get tired of Stevie's groove-filled drumming

6. one of my TOP picks: Look Out for #1 by The Brothers Johnson
Louis Johnson was of the first bassists to integrate slap bass playing thus earning his nickname "Thunder Thumbs"

I just got a bunch more funk records by the Bar-Kays, The Ohio Players, and others that I luckily found in trash can--so if they're good, I'll keep you informed.

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Funk albums from the 70s = Parliament and Funkadelic (with a good dose of James Brown thrown in for flavor)

Here are my three favorite recordings from each group.


Funkadelic - Maggot Brain


Funkadelic - Cosmic Slop


Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove


Parliament - Mothership Connection


Parliament - The Clones Of Dr. Funkenstein


Parliament - Up for the Down Stroke

My knowledge of James Brown's music is comes mostly from listening to several of the many very good compilations of his work available on CD. For a real threat pick up a copy of the four disc "Star Time" collection - a very worthwhile investment.

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Thanks guys for your very detailed lists!
Thus far the only ones I have on your lists are "Funkentelechy Vs. the Placebo Syndrome" and "Mothership Connection". Love them both!
I think I'll do some ordering this week. :-)

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And whatever you do don't miss So Sharp! by Dyke and the Blazers just because it covers material from the late sixties rather than the seventies and just because it is only available on CD.

DatB were the O Jays original backing band and Dyke wrote Funky Broadway, the tune made famous by Wilson Pickett. This is the real deal! Like late James Brown but with a harder, funkier edge.

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Hi Struts,

Dyke and the Blazers - that's a new one for me. I'll check them out. Thanks for the recommendation.

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If you're into funky jazz of the period, the first to come to mind is Donald Byrd's Ethiopian Knights! The funky grooves of the two main tracks (The Emperor and The Little Rasti) are hard to match.

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If you're into funky jazz of the period, the first to come to mind is Donald Byrd's Ethiopian Knights! The funky grooves of the two main tracks (The Emperor and The Little Rasti) are hard to match.

And almost anything released on Creed Taylor's CTI label, such as Deodato's "Prelude", or anything with the funky/chunky sound of a Fender Rhodes electric piano.

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Not as FUNKY as P-Funk, but cool: Average White Band, Tower Of Power, Sly And The Family Stone, The Isley Brothers, The Gap Band.

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Stop what you are doing and buy a funk anthology album by Johnny Guitar Watson. (A Real Mother Fo Ya, Dollar Bill, lots more)
He also played with Zappa (San Ber'dino)
Great funk and a lot of fun!

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Meco-Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk

I dunno if that counts, but I like it. A lot.

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