#1644 Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life

Stevie’s Magnum Opus. This is the pop music equivalent to Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, it’s proto-progressive R&B. A generously filled double album that has no padding, each track brilliantly crafted with jazz-funk numbers, ballads, innovative exploratory jam-like pieces as well as storming hit singles. It’s a masterpiece and Wonder is clearly a genius. Featuring the … Continue reading #1644 Stevie Wonder – Songs In The Key Of Life

#669 Isaac Hayes – Shaft: Original Soundtrack

Yeah, sex is great, but have you heard the album version of Isaac Hayes’ Theme from Shaft with it’s pure and glistening 2.40 minutes of blistering wah-wah funk guitar riff before the vocal even thinks about sliding in, smooth as soul butter on sex toast.   Shaft is arguably the archetypal blaxploitation film, part-defining 1970s … Continue reading #669 Isaac Hayes – Shaft: Original Soundtrack

#646 Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters

A classic crossover jazz album, fusing funk, soul and electric synths with improvisational jazz. Head Hunters was the first jazz album to sell over a million copies. It’s not too hyperbolic to suggest that it changed the face of jazz. That, on its release in 1973, it lit the path for a new direction in … Continue reading #646 Herbie Hancock – Head Hunters

#1007 Jean-Jacques Perrey – Moog Indigo

Jean-Jacques Perrey was a key figure in the popularisation of electronic music during the 1960s to 70s. Though rather than the avant-garde sounds of his countrymen Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, his work, particularly in collaboration with Gershon Kingsley focused, on the lighter side of musical entertainment. From the early 1950s he became somewhat obsessed … Continue reading #1007 Jean-Jacques Perrey – Moog Indigo

#972 Oneness Of Juju – African Rhythms

I’ve written before about my love for Oneness of Juju and how I first discovered their funky Space Jungle Luv at Christmastime in the Blue Mountains of Sydney, Australia. This LP is the 2018 re-issue from Strut Records of their 1975 album. It’s a thing of beauty - just look at that cover! – remastered, … Continue reading #972 Oneness Of Juju – African Rhythms

#545 Funkadelic – Maggot Brain

“Mother Earth is pregnant for the third time.” And thus begins this epic third Funkadelic album of progressive psychedelic funk. Whether George Clinton expected or predicted that 50 years later Mother Earth would be delivering something so monstrously Calibanesque is, as far as I know, unrecorded. But I wouldn’t be surprised. This is a dark … Continue reading #545 Funkadelic – Maggot Brain

#1343 Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime

This is an epic three CD and one DVD box-set featuring 55 tracks lovingly compiled in chronological order (pleasing for a pedant like me). I bought it when released in 2003 to replace my double cassette compilation Popular Favourites 1976-1992: Sand in the Vaseline. They’re all remastered from the original studio albums, with a couple … Continue reading #1343 Talking Heads – Once In A Lifetime

#1422 Various Artists – Club Africa: Hard African Funk, Afro-Jazz and Original Afro-Beat

I’ve already written about my serendipitous discovery of this album when Oneness of Juju came up on the randometer in August 2018. Though I’d been an unconscious fan of the raw funk and polyrhythms of African music since hearing their influence on Talking Heads’ Remain In Light album, which turned me on to Eno and … Continue reading #1422 Various Artists – Club Africa: Hard African Funk, Afro-Jazz and Original Afro-Beat