Funk-Soul & Motown Albums

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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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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Quincy Jones - Mellow Madness

Quincy Jones - (1975)

Stunning original UK A&M pressing, features an early appearance by The Brothers Johnson.

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Quincy Jones - I Heard That!!

Quincy Jones - (1976)

Double LP consisting of half new material and a compilation LP of work for A&M Records since 1969.

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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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George Benson - Summertime

George Benson - (1977)

Compilation album only available in the UK and the Netherlands at the time of release.

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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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B.B. King - Midnight Believer

B.B. King - (1978)

Stunning original American pressing released through ABC Records, includes a guest appearances by The Crusaders.

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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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Bloodstone - Natural High

Bloodstone - (1972)

Stunning original Decca U.K. pressing, the title track later used in the Quentin Tarantino movie soundtrack of "Jackie Brown".

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The Ritchie Family - African Queens

The Ritchie Family - (1977)

The American female trio's fourth studio album, features the Billboard Hot Dance/Disco chart #1 hit "Quiet Village".

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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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Heatwave - Too Hot To Handle

Heatwave - (1976)

Original UK GTO pressing of the funk-disco band's debut album, features the hit singles "Boogie Nights" and "Always and Forever".

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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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Maze - We Are One

Maze - (1983)

Stunning EX+ original Capitol EST 12262 pressing, from the Californian Bay Area-based R&B group, featuring Frankie Beverley.

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Heatwave - Candles

Heatwave - (1980)

The funk-disco band's fourth studio album, features the singles "Gangsters of the Groove" and "Jitterbuggin'".

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20th Century Steel Band - Warm Heart, Cold Steel

20th Century Steel Band - (1975)

Stunning original United Artists (UAS 29878) debut album, features the much sampled "Heaven & Hell is on Earth".

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20th Century Steel Band - Yellow Bird is Dead

20th Century Steel Band - (1976)

The steel band's second and final studio album release before disbanding (UAS 29980) - Stunning!

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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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George & Gwen McCrae - Together

George & Gwen McCrae - (1975)

The Florida-based R&B/disco duet's first album recorded together, features the minor hit "I'll do the Rockin'".

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Linda Lewis - Woman Overboard

Linda Lewis - (1977)

Late '70s album, including songs written and produced by Allen Toussaint and Cat Stevens.

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Space - Magic Fly

Space - (1977)

Well presented example of French disco/synth'pop cult classic album, with guest vocals by acclaimed soul singer Madeline Bell.

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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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Various Artists - Let the Music Play 80s Groove

Various Artists - (2001) Triple LP

3 x LP compilation released through Columbia records, features rare groove hits from Electronic, Hip Hop, R&B/Swing, House, Electro, Synth-pop and Disco.

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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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Bobby Darin - The Bobby Darin Story

Bobby Darin - (1964)

The Atlantic 587065 plum/red 2nd press of the compilation album first released in 1961.

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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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Aretha Franklin - Aretha Franklin's Greatest Hits

Aretha Franklin - (1971)

The original 1st press of Franklin's first compilation album release, consisting of her work with Columbia/CBS records.

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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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Various Artists - Golden Torch II Keep On Burnin'

Various Artists - (2017)

Northern soul compilation of songs spun at Tunstall's Golden Torch Ballroom from 1969-1973 - Immaculate!

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Booker T. & the MGs - The Booker T. Set

Booker T. & the MGs - (1969)

Immaculate original UK Stax (SXATS 1015), in "time capsule" condition, consisting mainly of instrumental covers.

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Booker T. & the MGs - Green Onions

Booker T. & the MGs - (1966)

Stunning EX+/EX+ 1966 press, of the band's debut album, first released in 1962.

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Booker T. & the MGs - Time is Tight - The Best of Booker T

Booker T. & the MGs - (1979)

Compilation album issued in the late '70s, released through Stax Records.

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Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

Marvin Gaye - (1971)

Gaye's landmark concept album, told from the point of view of a Vietnam war veteran returing to their home country.

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Hamilton Bohannon - Insides Out

Hamilton Bohannon - (1975)

Sixth studio album released by the American songwriter and record producer, features the N/S singles "Foot-Stompin' Music" and "Disco Stomp".

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Michael Jackson - The Best of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson - (1979)

The late '70s STMR EMI re-press of the "best of" compilation album first released in 1975.

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George McCrae - Rock Your Baby

George McCrae - (1974)

Recorded off the back of the successful title track single, written by H.W. Casey and Richard Finch of K.C. & the Sunshine Band.

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Ray Charles - Ray Charles Greatest Hits

Ray Charles - (1962)

The first of many Ray Charles "Greatest Hits" albums to be released, in stunning "time capsule" condition, features "Hit the Road Jack".

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Four Tops - Still Waters Run Deep

Four Tops - (1970)

Stunning EX+ album, features the title track written by Smokey Robinson and band member Renaldo "Obie" Benson.

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