Souly pickups of late. All US originals apart from the JB one which I’m not sure about.
The Impressions “This I My Country” – Quite probably my second favourite Impressions album. Includes the sublime “So Unusual”.
Earth, Wind and Fire “The Need Of Love” – A great hazy funk album with a lot of Jazz left in it. Check “Everything Is Everything”.
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas “King & Queen” – Gorgeous yellow label Stax copy. “Tramp”!
Melvin Van Peebles “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song” – Tasty gatefold.
Nina Simone “Sings Ellington” – and plays amazing piano. They never talk about her piano playing. “I’ve Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good” will lay you out and iron you.
Otis Redding “The Dock Of The Bay” – The first posthumous album. Beefy beefy.
James Brown and his Famous Flames “Sing Christmas Songs” – The earlier, tamer JB xmas LP. Still pretty stunning for a Christmas album.
Booker T. & the MG’s “Hip Hug-Her” – Jackson Jr., Cropper and Dunn at their vital best. Oh and there’s some organ on top but you can ignore that if you want.
Little Richard “Here’s Little Richard” – I was gonna leave this cos 50s albums don’t really count. I kind of want the singles more but you know, if you can look at it as an album, then Richard’s first is as good as anything ever. “Tutti Frutti”, “Slippin’ and Slidin’”, “Long Tall Sally” and “Rip It Up”!?!
Ike Turner “A Black Man’s Soul” – Some of the funkiest music ever played. “Thinking Black”‘s bassline, “Getting Nasty”‘s piano, “Freedom Sound”‘s organ and a little thing called “Funky Mule”. Oof.
Bill Cosby – Hooray for the Salvation Army Band! – His music records are better than his comedy records. Great covers on this one.
Mandrill “Is” – Ooooh “Lord of the Golden Baboon” we worship you. This record is Mandrill’s best and properly bonkers with it.
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