This is the follow up to the first truly fantastic Running The Voodoo Down compilation (and gorgeous piece of vinyl) that came up on my randometer last September. It’s a good comp. If it didn’t have such a high benchmark to reach, it could even be great, but it doesn’t quite hit the high point … Continue reading #1469 Various Artists – Running The Voodoo Down Volume 2: Explorations in Psychrockfunksouljazz 1965-77
This classic 1971 release from the psychedelic maestro of funk is a curious (family) affair. It’s a murky mix of driving funk, political statements, social and racial commentary, and some catchy dancefloor tunes. Its dense, driving hard funk was influential on the later P-Funk of George Clinton, and no doubt on Prince too with Stone’s … Continue reading #1215 Sly & The Family Stone – There’s a Riot Goin’ On
Lalo Schifrin, best known for defining the films of Bullitt, Mission Impossible and Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry films through his iconic, impossibly cool musical statements, has here released an album of what can only be described as Disco jazz funk. And oh my, it’s a sound for sore ears in these ego-filled electioneering Brexit-battered days. … Continue reading #1167 Lalo Schifrin – Black Widow
This is Prince’s 7th album and it sits midway in his incredible run of 8 albums in 8 years: Dirty Mind – Controversy - 1999 – Purple Rain – ATWIAD – Parade – Sign O The Times – Lovesexy. These albums (Controversy arguably excluded) are not only the crowning glories of his many achievements, but … Continue reading #1043 Prince & The Revolution – Around the World in a Day
This is a truly beautiful piece of vinyl. A psychedelic eye in the record centre with spattered luminous green on one side and purple on the other, cosmic album art and a full poster-size insert with extensive sleeve notes. (Check out my Instagram for pics of all) It's clear a labour of love by the … Continue reading #1435 Various Artists – Running The Voodoo Down: Explorations In Psychrockfunksouljazz 1967-80
The most generous of double albums and therein (for me) lies its failing. Although Prince wrote all of the songs, he performs on only roughly half of the tracks, offering the others to his many disciples and muses: Mavis Staples, The Time and the teenage Tevin Campbell. (Hmm, what happened to him?) The album also … Continue reading #1025 Prince – Music from Graffiti Bridge
This is without doubt, a pretty funktastic album. There’s a lot of good stuff on here, and it’s mostly guaranteed floor-filler at house parties. Or at my house these days, an excellent accompaniment to doing the housework. A brief glance at the track-listing and you can see just how funkadelic it is: Curtis Mayfield, Isaac … Continue reading #1440 Various Artists – Superfunk : The funkiest album in the world ever!