Funk-Soul & Motown Albums

Funk-Soul & Motown Albums

Soul is a popular music genre that originated in the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States; where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were influential in the civil rights era. Soul also became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa.

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying". Catchy rhythms, stressed by handclaps and extemporaneous body moves, are an important feature of soul music.

Soul music dominated the U.S. R&B chart in the 1960s, and many recordings crossed over into the pop charts in the U.S., Britain and elsewhere. By 1968, the soul music genre had begun to splinter. Some soul artists developed funk music, while other singers developed slicker, more sophisticated, and in some cases more politically conscious varieties. By the early 1970s, soul music had been influenced by psychedelic rock and other genres. The United States saw the development of neo soul around 1994. There are also several other subgenres and offshoots of soul music.

The key subgenres of soul include the Detroit (Motown) style, a rhythmic music influenced by gospel; deep soul and southern soul, a driving, energetic soul style combining R&B with southern gospel sounds; Memphis soul, a shimmering, sultry style;  Chicago soul, a light gospel-influenced sound; Philadelphia soul, a lush orchestral sound with doo-wop-inspired vocals; Psychedelic soul, a blend of psychedelic rock and soul music; as well as categories such as Blue-Eyed soul and Northern soul.

Funk-Soul & Motown Albums

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Diana Ross & The Supremes - Let The Sunshine In

Diana Ross & The Supremes - (1969)

Stunning TML 11114 (mono variant) features the singles "I'm Livin' in Shame" , "No Matter What Sign You Are" and "The Composer".

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Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Easy

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - (1969)

U.K. TML 11132 (mono) with flipback and original inner, features the enduring  hit "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy To Come By".

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Four Tops - Reach Out

Four Tops - (1967)

Original mono 1st press (TML 11056) - the final Four Tops album produced by Motown's main songwriting/production team Holland-Dozier-Holland.

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Various Artists - Motown Memories

Various Artists - (1968)

Prized Motown trophy TML 11064 (mono) in it's original laminated flipback cover and company inner.

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George Benson - Good King Bad

George Benson - (1976)

Grammy award winning instrumental Jazz funk rarity from the Creed Taylor studios, in "time capsule" condition.

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B.T. Express - Do It ('Till You're Satisfied)

B.T. Express - (1974)

The Brooklyn funk/soul band's debut album, features two US R&B number ones "Do It (Till You're Satisfied)" and "Express".

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War - Galaxy

War - (1977)

Stunning example of the U.S. top 20 album from the Lonnie Jordan fronted American funk-soul band.

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Graham Central Station - Now Do U Wanta Dance

Graham Central Station - (1977)

Bassist Larry Graham Jr. formerly of Sly & the Family Stone, fronts the 70's American funk-soul band.

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Graham Central Station - Mirror

Graham Central Station - (1976)

Bassist Larry Graham's fourth studio album - Immaculate !

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Eddie Kendricks - Boogie Down!

Eddie Kendricks - (1974)

The fourth solo album from the former Temptations vocalist, features "Boogie Down" and "Hooked On Your Love".

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David Ruffin - Everything's Coming Up Love

David Ruffin - (1976)

Stunning UK original STML 12030, album arranged, produced and conducted by Van McCoy.

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War - Why Can't We Be Friends?

War - (1975)

The American funk-soul band's seventh studio album, features the Grammy nominated hit single "Low Rider".

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Ester Phillips - Ester Phillips W/Beck

Esther Phillips - (1975)

Stunning album featuring Joe Beck on lead guitar, includes the dance version cover of Dinah Washington's "What a Difference a Day Made".

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Wilson Pickett - A Funky Situation

Wilson Pickett - (1978)

Stunning original American pressing, features "Time to Let the Sun Shine On Me" with the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section.

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Crown Heights Affair - Dream World

Crown Heights Affair - (1978)

Collectable '70s classic jazz-funk album, features the top-40 hit "Galaxy of Love".

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B.T. Express - 1980

B.T. Express - (1980)

The funk-disco group's sixth studio album, and first produced by Morrie Brown, features the dance anthem "Give Up the Funk (Let's Dance)".

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The Supremes - The Supremes Sing Rodgers & Hart

The Supremes - (1967)

The final Supremes album to feature Florence Ballard, in "time capsule" condition!

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Diana Ross & the Supremes - Diana Ross & the Supremes Sing and Perform "Funny Girl"

Diana Ross & the Supremes - (1968)

Tamla Motown rarity UK STML 11088, features Diana Ross' concert staple "Don't Rain on My Parade".

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Hot Chocolate - Cicero Park

Hot Chocolate - (1974)

The British funk-soul band's debut album, featuring their first major international hit "Emma".

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Gladys Kinght & the Pips - Imagination

Gladys Knight & the Pips - (1973)

The groups first album for Buddah Records after leaving Motown, includes the Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit "Midnight Train to Georgia"

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Charles & Eddie - Duophonic

Charles & Eddie - (1992)

The American vocal duo's debut album, includes the worldwide smash hit "Would I Lie to You?".

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Brass Construction - Brass Construction II

Brass Construction - (1976)

Stunning American varient of U.S. Billboard R&B top-five album, features the singles "Ha Cha Cha" and "What's On Your Mind".

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Wilson Pickett - Don't Knock My Love

Wilson Pickett - (1971)

Stunning American pressing released through Atlantic Records, includes the dance standards "Fire and Water" and "Don't Knock My Love".

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Herbie Hancock - Fat Albert Rotunda

Herbie Hancock - (1970)

Immaculate repress of Hancock's classic funk-soul inspired jazz album, includes "Wiggle Waggle" and "Tell Me a Bedtime Story".

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The Jackson Five - Lookin' Through the Windows

Jackson Five - (1972)

The second-to-last Jackson 5 album to include any songs written by The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards and Fonce Mizell).

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Stevie Wonder - Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants

Stevie Wonder - (1979)

Double L.P. soundtrack to the documentary "The Secret Life of Plants", directed by Walon Green, based on the book of the same name.

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Various Artists - The Wiz Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Michael Jackson and Diana Ross - (1977)

Original motion picture soundtrack produced by Quincy Jones, features the hit "Ease on Down the Road".

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Graham Central Station - Graham Central Station

Graham Central Station - ( 1974)

Original UK pressing of the funk band's self titled debut album, features the single "Can You Handle It?".

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Quincy Jones - Sounds... and Stuff Like That

Quincy Jones - (1978)

Well presented original UK pressing, released through A&M Records.

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Brass Construction - Brass Construction

Brass Construction - (1975)

Original American pressing, features the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart #1 singles "Changin'" and "Movin'".

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The Blackbyrds - City Life

The Blackbyrds - (1975)

The American jazz-funk fusion group's third studio album, features the R&B hit singles "Happy Music" and "Rock Creek Park".

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Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Black Magic

Martha Reeves & the Vandellas (1971)

Stunning U.K. STML 11204, the trio's final Motown studio album, features the enduring Northern Soul anthem "No One There".

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Quincy Jones - The Dude

Quincy Jones - (1981)

Triple Grammy award winning album, features the debut of vocalist James Ingram, and includes the singles "Ai No Corrida" and "Razzamatazz".

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George McCrae - George McCrae

George McCrae - (1975)

The follow-up album to the successful debut "Rock Your Baby", with the same songwriting/production team H.W. Casey and Richard Finch.

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Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life

Stevie Wonder - (1976) Double LP

The best-selling and most acclaimed album of Wonder's career, features the singles "I Wish", "Sir Duke" and "As", includes bonus 7" EP.

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Gloria Gaynor - I Am Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor - (1984)

Original UK Chrysalis pressing, features Gaynor's cover of "I Am What I Am" from the musical La Cage Aux Folles.

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Labi Siffre - Crying Laughing Loving Lying

Labi Siffre - (1972)

Immaculate Pye International pressing with paper insert, never released in the U.S., features the original version of "It Must Be Love".

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The Jacksons - Destiny

The Jacksons - (1978)

Well presented fifteenth studio album, features the hit singles "Blame It on the Boogie" and "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)".

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Jackson 5 - Greatest Hits

Jackson 5 - (1981)

1981 re-issue of the male vocal group's first greatest hits compilation, originally released in 1971, features the single "Sugar Daddy".

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Marvin Gaye - Marvin Gaye and His Girls

Marvin Gaye - (1969)

UK (STML 11123) - compilation album of duets recorded by Marvin Gaye and various female singers on the Tamla record label.

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Lisa Stansfield - Affection

Lisa Stansfield - (1989)

The British R&B singers critically acclaimed debut solo album, features the hit singles "All Around the World" and "This Is the Right Time".

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Tom Jones - Help Yourself

Tom Jones - (1968)

Well presented example (stereo format), features a cover version of Ben E. King's N/S club spin "I Can't Break the News to Myself".

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The Supremes - A' Go Go

The Supremes - (1981)

Immaculate 1981 German manufactured re-press of the album first released in 1966, features "Love is Like an Itching in My Heart".

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The Supremes - New Ways But Love Stays

The Supremes - (1970)

The second studio album by the Jean Terrell-led Supremes, features the hit single "Stoned Love".

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The Trammps - Disco Inferno

The Trammps - (1976)

The critically acclaimed fourth studio album by the American soul/disco group, released through Atlantic Records.

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