Best soul and funk albums

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Otis Redding: Otis Blue (1965)

Label: Stax Records

Producer: Jim Stewart, Isaac Hayes, David Porter

Personnel: 

  • Otis Redding– vocals
  • Booker T. Jones– keyboards, piano
  • Isaac Hayes– keyboards, piano, producer
  • Steve Cropper– guitar, producer
  • Donald Dunn– bass
  • Al Jackson, Jr.– drums
  • Wayne Jackson– trumpet
  • Gene Miller – trumpet
  • Andrew Love– tenor saxophone
  • Floyd Newman– baritone saxophone
  • William Bell – backing vocals
  • Earl Sims – backing vocals

Track listing:

  1. Ole Man Trouble – Otis Redding
  2. Respect – Otis Redding
  3. Change Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
  4. Down in the Valley – Bert Berns, Solomon Burke, Babe Chivian, Joe Martin
  5. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long – Otis Redding, Jerry Butler
  6. Shake – Sam Cooke
  7. My Girl – Smokey Robinson, Ronald White
  8. Wonderful World – Sam Cooke, Lou Adler, Herb Alpert
  9. Rock Me Baby – B.B. King
  10. Satisfaction – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
  11. You Don’t Miss Your Water – William Bell

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The Impressions: People Get Ready (1965)

Label: ABC / Paramount

Producer: Johnny Pate

Track listing:

All tracks by Curtis Mayfield.

  1. Woman’s Got Soul
  2. Emotions (Won’t You Let Me Cry)
  3. Sometimes I Wonder
  4. We’re in Love
  5. Just Another Dance
  6. Can’t Work No Longer
  7. People Get Ready
  8. I’ve Found Out That I’ve Lost
  9. Hard to Believe
  10. See the Real Me
  11. Get Up and Move
  12. You Must Believe Me

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The Bar – Keys: Soul Finger (1967)

Label: Volt Records

Producer: Allen Jones

Personnel:

  • James Alexander- bass
  • Jimmy King – guitar
  • Ronnie Caldwell- organ
  • Carl Cunningham – drums
  • Phalon Jones- saxophone
  • Ben Cauley– trumpet

Track listing:

  1. Soul Finger – Jimmy King, Phalon Jones, Carl Cunningham, Ben Cauley, Ronnie Caldwell, James Alexander
  2. Knucklehead – Steve Cropper, Booker T. Jones
  3. With a Child’s Heart – Vicky Basemore, Sylvia Moy, Henry Cosby
  4. Bar-Kay’s Boogaloo – Jimmy King, Phalon Jones, Carl Cunningham, Ben Cauley, Ronnie Caldwell, James Alexander
  5. Theme from Hell’s Angels – Unknown
  6. You Can’t Sit Down – Dee Clark, Kal Mann, Cornell Muldrow
  7. House Shoes – Jimmy King, Phalon Jones, Carl Cunningham, Ben Cauley, Ronnie Caldwell, James Alexander
  8. Pearl High – Al Jackson, Jr., Isaac Hayes
  9. I Want Someone – Estelle Axton, Deanie Parker
  10. Hole in the Wall – Nathaniel Nathan, Steve Cropper, Al Jackson, Jr., Booker T. Jones
  11. Don’t Do That – Jimmy King, Phalon Jones, Carl Cunningham, Ben Cauley, Ronnie Caldwell, James Alexander

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Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You (1967)

Label: Atlantic

Producer: Jerry Wexler

Personnel:

  • Aretha Franklin – piano, vocals
  • King Curtis– tenor saxophone
  • Carolyn Franklin– background vocals
  • Erma Franklin- background vocals
  • Cissy Houston– background vocals
  • Willie Bridges – baritone saxophone
  • Charles Chalmers– tenor saxophone
  • Gene Chrisman – drums
  • Tommy Cogbill– bass
  • Jimmy Johnson– guitar
  • Melvin Lastie – trumpet, cornet
  • Chips Moman– guitar
  • Dewey Oldham– keyboards

Track listing:

  1. Respect – Otis Redding
  2. Drown in My Own Tears – Henry Glover
  3. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) – Ronnie Shannon
  4. Soul Serenade – Curtis Ousley, Luther Dixon
  5. Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream – Aretha Franklin, Ted White
  6. Baby, Baby, Baby – Aretha Franklin, Carolyn Franklin
  7. Feelgood (Love Is a Serious Business) – Aretha Franklin, Ted White
  8. Good Times – Sam Cooke
  9. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man – Dan Penn, Chips Moman
  10. Save Me – Curtis Ousley, Aretha Franklin, Carolyn Franklin
  11. A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke 

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Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul (1968)

Label: Atlantic

Producer: Jerry Wexler

Personnel:

  • Aretha Franklin – vocals and piano
  • Eric Clapton- guitars
  • Jimmy Johnson– guitars
  • Joe South– guitars
  • Bobby Womack- guitars
  • Spooner Oldham- electric piano
  • Tommy Cogbill– bass
  • Roger Hawkins– drums
  • Gene Chrisman – drums
  • Melvin Lastie, Joe Newman, Bernie Glow – trumpets
  • Tony Studd – bass trombone
  • King Curtis &Seldon Powell – tenor saxophones
  • Frank Wess- tenor saxophone and flute
  • Haywood Henry – baritone saxophone
  • Arif Mardin – horn arrangement
  • Ralph Burns – string conducted
  • The Sweet Inspirations,Carolyn Franklin, Erma Franklin& Ellie Greenwich – background vocals

Track listing:

  1. Chain Of Fools – Don Covay
  2. Money Won’t Change You – James Brown, Nat Jones
  3. People Get Ready – Curtis Mayfield
  4. Niki Hoeky – Jim Ford, Lolly Vegas, Pat Vegas
  5. (You Make Me Feel Like) a Natural Woman – Gerry Goffin, Carole King , Jerry Wexler
  6. (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone – Aretha Franklin, Ted White
  7. Good to Me As I Am to You – Aretha Franklin, Ted White
  8. Come Back Baby – Walter Davis
  9. Groovin’ – Felix Cavaliere, Eddie Brigati
  10. Ain’t No Way – Carolyn Franklin

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Isaac Hayes: Hot Buttered Soul (1969)

Label: Enterprise

Producer: Al Bell, Marvell Thomas, Allen Jones

Personnel:

  • Isaac Hayes– vocals, keyboards
  • Marvell Thomas– keyboards
  • The Bar-Kays– Willie Hall, drums; James Alexander, bass; Michael Toles, guitar

Track listing:

  1. Walk On By – Burt Bacharach, Hal David
  2. Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic – Isaac Hayes, Alvertis Isbell
  3. One Woman – Charles Chalmers, Sandra Rhodes
  4. By the Time I Get to Phoenix – Jimmy Webb

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Sly & The Family Stone: Stand (1969)

Label: Epic

Producer: Sly Stone

Personnel:

  • Sly Stone: vocals, organ, guitar, piano, harmonica, vocoder, bass guitar
  • Freddie Stone: vocals, guitar
  • Larry Graham: vocals, bass guitar
  • Rose Stone: vocals, piano, keyboard
  • Cynthia Robinson: trumpet, vocal ad-libs, background vocals
  • Jerry Martini: saxophone, background vocals
  • Greg Errico: drums, background vocals
  • Little Sister(Vet Stone, Mary McCreary, Elva Mouton): background vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Sly Stone..

  1. Stand!
  2. Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey
  3. I Want to Take You Higher
  4. Somebody’s Watching You
  5. Sing a Simple Song
  6. Everyday People
  7. Sex Machine
  8. You Can Make It If You Try

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Funkadelic: Free Your Mind (1970)

Label: Westbound

Producer: George Clinton

Personnel:

  • George Clinton- lead vocals 
  • Raymond Davis, Fuzzy Haskins, Calvin Simon, Grady Thomas– vocals
  • Eddie Hazel– guitar, lead vocals
  • Tawl Ross– guitar, lead vocals
  • Bernie Worrell– Hammond organ, Vox organ, keyboards
  • Billy Nelson– bass guitar, lead vocals
  • Tiki Fulwood– drums

Track listing:

  1. Free Your Mind and Your Ass Will Follow – George Clinton, Edward Hazel, Raymond Davis
  2. Friday Night, August 14th – George Clinton
  3. Funky Dollar Bill – George Clinton, Edward Hazel, Raymond Davis
  4. I Wanna Know If It’s Good to You? – George Clinton, William Nelson, Clarence Haskins, Raymond Davis
  5. Some More – George Clinton
  6. Eulogy and Light – Eugene Harris

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Curtis Mayfield: Curtis (1970)

Label: Curtom

Producer: Curtis Mayfield

Personnel:

Leonard Druss, John Howell, Harold Lepp, Loren Binford, Clifford Davis, Patrick Ferreri, Richard Single, Rudolph Stauber, Donald Simmons, Robert Lewis, Harold Dessent, Ronald Kolber, Harold Klatz, John Ross, Sol Bobrob, Sam Heiman, Elliot Golub, Henry Gibson, Robert Sims, Gary Slabo and Philip Upchurch

Track listing:

All tracks by Curtis Mayfield.

  1. (Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below, We’re All Going to Go
  2. The Other Side of Town
  3. The Makings of You
  4. We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue
  5. Move On Up
  6. Miss Black America
  7. Wild and Free
  8. Give It Up

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James Brown: Ain’t It Funky (1970)

Label: King

Producer: James Brown

Track listing:

  1. Ain’t It Funky, Pts. 1-2 – James Brown
  2. Fat Wood, Pts. 1-2 – James Brown, Jimmy Nolen
  3. Cold Sweat – James Brown, Pee Wee Ellis
  4. Give It Up or Turn It Loose – Charles Bobbit
  5. Nose Job – James Brown, Bud Hobhood
  6. Use Your Mother – James Brown
  7. After You Done It – James Brown

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Curtis Mayfield: Roots (1971)

Label: Curtom

Producer: Curtis Mayfield

Personnel:

  • Curtis Mayfield – vocals, guitar
  • Craig McMullen – guitar
  • Joseph “Lucky” Scott – bass
  • Tyrone McCullen – drums
  • Henry Gibson- percussion
  • Leroy Hutson, Michael Hawkins – background vocals
  • Johnny Pate, Riley Hampton – arrangements

Track listing:

All tracks by Curtis Mayfield, except where noted.

  1. Get Down
  2. Keep On Keeping On
  3. Underground
  4. We Got to Have Peace
  5. Beautiful Brother of Mine
  6. Now You’re Gone – Curtis Mayfield, Joseph Scott
  7. Love to Keep You in My Mind

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Bill Withers: Just As I Am (1971)

Label: Sussex

Producer: Booker T.Jones

Personnel:

  • Bill Withers – guitar, vocals
  • Stephen Stills– guitar
  • Chris Ethridge- bass
  • Jim Keltner– drums
  • Booker T. Jones– guitar, keyboards
  • Bobbye Hall Porter– percussion
  • Donald “Duck” Dunn- bass
  • Al Jackson, Jr.– drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Bill Withers, except where noted.

  1. Harlem
  2. Ain’t No Sunshine
  3. Grandma’s Hands
  4. Sweet Wanomi
  5. Everybody’s Talkin’ – Fred Neil
  6. Do It Good
  7. Hope She’ll Be Happier
  8. Let It Be – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  9. I’m Her Daddy
  10. In My Heart
  11. Moanin’ and Groanin’
  12. Better Of Dead

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Isaac Hayes: Shaft (1971)

Label: Enterprise

Producer: Isaac Hayes

Personnel:

  • Isaac Hayes – lead vocals, keyboards
  • Lester Snell – electric piano
  • James Alexander– bass guitar
  • Charles Pitts – guitar
  • Michael Toles – guitar
  • Willie Hall – drums
  • Gary Jones – conga, and bongo drums
  • Richard “Johnny” Davis – lead trumpet
  • John Fonville – flute
  • Johnny Allen, J. J. Johnson and Isaac Hayes – rhythm, horns and strings arrangements
  • Pat Lewis, Rose Williams and Telma Hopkins – backing vocals
  • The Bar-Kaysand The Isaac Hayes Movement – instrumentation

Track listing:

All tracks by Isaac Hayes.

  1. Theme from Shaft (Vocal Version)
  2. Bumpy’s Lament
  3. Walk from Regio’s
  4. Ellie’s Love Theme
  5. Shaft’s Cab Ride
  6. Cafe Regio’s
  7. Early Sunday Morning
  8. Be Yourself
  9. A Friend’s Place
  10. Soulsville (Vocal Version)
  11. No Name Bar
  12. Bumpy’s Blues
  13. Shaft Strikes Again
  14. Do Your Thing (Vocal Version)
  15. The End Theme

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Sly & The Family Stone: There’s a Riot Goin’ On (1971)

Label: Epic

Producer: Sly Stone

Personnel:

  • Larry Graham– bass, backing vocals
  • Greg Errico– drums
  • Gerry Gibson – drums
  • Bobby Womack– guitar
  • Freddie Stone– guitar
  • Ike Turner– guitar
  • Sly Stone– arrangements, drums, drum programming, keyboard programming, synthesizers, guitar, bass, keyboards, vocals
  • Billy Preston– keyboards
  • Jerry Martini– tenor saxophone
  • Cynthia Robinson– trumpet
  • Rose Stone– vocals, keyboards
  • Little Sister– backing vocals
  • Lynn Ames – collage, cover design
  • John Berg- collage, cover design

Track listing:

All tracks by Sylvester Stewart.  

  1. Luv n’ Haight
  2. Just Like a Baby
  3. Poet
  4. Family Affair
  5. Africa Talks to You ‘The Asphalt Jungle’
  6. There’s a Riot Goin’ On
  7. Brave & Strong
  8. (You Caught Me) Smilin
  9. Time
  10. Spaced Cowboy
  11. Runnin’ Away
  12. Thank You for Talkin’ to Me Africa

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Ohio Players: Pain (1971)

Label: Westbound

Producer: Ohio Players, Herb James, Billy Pittman

Personnel:
• Andrew Noland
• Gregory Webster
• Walter “Junie” Morrison
• Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner
• Marshall “Rock” Jones
• Ralph “Pee Wee” Middlebrooks
• Joel Brodsky – photography

Track listing:
All tracks by Ohio Players.
1. Pain
2. Never Had a Dream
3. Players Balling (Players Doin’ Their Own Thing)
4. I Wanna Hear from You
5. The Reds
6. Singing in the Morning

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Isaac Hayes: Black Moses (1971)

Label: Enterprise

Producer: Isaac Hayes

Personnel:

  • Isaac Hayes- lead and background vocals
  • The Bar-Kays and The Isaac Hayes Movement – instrumentation
  • Isaac Hayes – piano, vibraphone, organ and electric piano
  • Ronnie Hudson – bass
  • Gary Jones – bongos, congas
  • Willie Hall – drums, tambourine
  • Lester Snell – electric piano
  • Charles “Skip” Pitts – piano
  • Sidney Kirk – piano
  • Isaac Hayes & Johnny Allen and Dale Warren – arrangements

Track listing:

  1. Never Can Say Goodbye – Clifton Davis
  2. (They Long to Be) Close to You – Burt Bacharach, Hal David
  3. Nothing Takes the Place of You – Toussaint McCall, Alan Robinson
  4. Man’s Temptation – Curtis Mayfield
  5. Never Gonna Give You Up – Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, Jerry Butler
  6. Medley: Ike’s Rap II / Help Me Love – Isaac Hayes, Johnny Baylor, Mickey Gregory, Luther Ingram, Tommy Tate
  7. Need to Belong to Someone – Curtis Mayfield
  8. Good Love – Mickey Gregory, Isaac Hayes
  9. Medley: “Ike’s Rap III” / “Your Love is So Doggone Good” – Isaac Hayes, Difosco Ervin, Rudy Love
  10. For the Good Times – Kris Kristofferson
  11. I’ll Never Fall in Love Again – Burt Bacharach, Hal David
  12. Part-Time Love – Clay Hammond
  13. Medley: Ike’s Rap IV / A Brand New Me – Isaac Hayes, Kenneth Gamble, Thom Bell, Jerry Butler
  14. Going in Circles – Jerry Peters, Anita Poree

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Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On (1971)

Producer: Tamla

Producer: Marvin Gaye

Personnel:

  • Marvin Gaye – lead vocals
  • Members of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Conducted and Arranged by David Van De Pitte
  • Background Voices:
    • Marvin Gaye
    • The Andantes (Jackie Hicks, Marlene Barrow, and Louvain Demps)
    • Mel Farr, Charlie Sandersand Lem Barney of the Detroit Lions
    • Dave Bingof the Detroit Pistons
    • Bobby Rogersof The Miracles
    • Elgie Stover
    • Kenneth Stover
  • Strings, Woodwindsand Brass
    • Gordon Staples, Zinovi Bistritzky, Beatriz Budinzky, Richard Margitza, Virginia Halfmann, Felix Resnick, Alvin Score, Lillian Downs, James Waring – violins
    • Edouard Kesner, Meyer Shapiro, David Ireland, Nathan Gordon – violas
    • Italo Babini, Thaddeus Markiewicz, Edward Korkigan – cellos
    • Max Janowsky – double bass
    • Carole Crosby – harp
    • Dayna Hardwick, William Perich – flutes
    • Larry Nozero, Angelo Carlisi, George Benson, Tate Houston– saxophones
    • John Trudell, Maurice Davis – trumpets
    • Nilesh Pawar – oboe
    • Carl Raetz – trombone
  • Instrumentation by The Funk Brothersand Solo Horns
    • Eli Fontaine– alto saxophone
    • Wild Bill Moore– tenor saxophone
    • Marvin Gaye – piano, mellotron, box drum
    • Johnny Griffith– celeste, keyboards
    • Earl Van Dyke– keyboards
    • Jack Brokensha– vibraphone, percussion
    • Joe Messina, Robert White– electric guitars
    • James Jamerson– bass guitar
    • Bob Babbitt– bass guitar Chet Forest – drums
    • Jack Ashford– tambourine, percussion
    • Eddie “Bongo” Brown– bongos, congas
    • Earl DeRouen – bongos, congas
    • Bobbye Hall– bongos
  • Katherine Marking – graphic design
  • Alana Coghlan – graphic design
  • James Hendin – Photography
  • Curtis McNair – Art Direction

Track listing:

  1. What’s Going On – Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye, Renaldo “Obie” Benson
  2. What’s Happening Brother – Marvin Gaye, James Nyx Jr.
  3. Flyin’ High (In the Friendly Sky) – Marvin Gaye, Anna Gordy Gaye, Elgie Stover
  4. Save the Children – Cleveland, Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Marvin Gaye
  5. God is Love – Marvin Gaye, Anna Gordy Gaye, James Nyx Jr.
  6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) – Marvin Gaye
  7. Right On – Earl DeRouen, Marvin Gaye
  8. Wholy Holy – Renaldo “Oboe” Benson, Cleveland, Marvin Gaye
  9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) – Marvin Gaye, James Nyx Jr,

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Funkadelic: Maggot Brain (1971)

Label: Westbound

Producer: George Clinton

Personnel:

  • George Clinton, Raymond Davis, Fuzzy Haskins, Calvin Simon, Grady Thomas, Garry Shider, Hot Buttered Soul– vocals
  • Eddie Hazel– guitar, vocals
  • Tawl Ross– guitar, vocals
  • Bernie Worrell– keyboards, vocals
  • Billy Nelson– bass guitar, vocals
  • Tiki Fulwood– drums
  • Joel Brodsky – cover photography
  • Ron Scribner – inside cover photography
  • The Graffiteria/Paula Bisacca – artwork design
  • David Krieger – art directiosn
  • Barbara Cheeseborough – model on the album cover

Track listing:

  1. Maggot Brain – Edward Hazel, George Clinton
  2. Can You Get to That – George Clinton, Ernest Harris
  3. Hit it and Quit it – George Clinton, William Nelson
  4. You and Your Folks, Me and My Folks – George Clinton, Clarence Haskins, William Nelson, Bernard Worrell, Judie Jones
  5. Super Stupid – Edward Hazel, Lucious Ross, William Nelson, George Clinton
  6. Back in Our Minds – Clarence Haskins
  7. Wars of Armageddon – Ramon Fulwood, Lucious Ross, George Clinton, Bernard Worrell

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Stevie Wonder: Talking Book (1972)

Label: Tamla

Producer: Stevie Wonder, Robert Margouleff, Malcolm Cecil

Personnel:

  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocal, Fender Rhodes, drums, Moog bass, piano, T.O.N.T.O. synthesizer
  • Jim Gilstrap– lead vocal, background vocal
  • Lani Groves – lead vocal, background vocal
  • Gloria Barley – background vocal
  • Scott Edwards – electric bass
  • Daniel Ben Zebulon – congas
  • Ray Parker Jr.– electric guitar
  • David Sanborn– alto saxophone
  • Deniece Williams– background vocal
  • Shirley Brewer – background vocal
  • Trevor Laurence – tenor saxophone
  • Steve Madaio – trumpet
  • Debra Wilson – background vocal
  • Shirley Brewer – background vocal
  • Loris Harvin (Delores Harvin) – background vocal
  • Jeff Beck– electric guitar
  • Buzz Feiten(Howard “Buzz” Feiten) – electric guitar

Track listing:

All tracks by Stevie Wonder except where noted.

  1. You Are the Sunshine of My Life
  2. Maybe Your Baby
  3. You and I
  4. Tuesday Heartbreak
  5. You’ve Got It Bad Girl – Stevie Wonder, Yvonne Wright
  6. Superstition
  7. Big Brother
  8. Blame it on the Sun – Stevie Wonder, Syreeta Wright
  9. Looking for Another Pure Love – Stevie Wonder,Syreeta Wright
  10. I Believe – Stevie Wonder, Yvonne Wright

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Bobby Womack: Understanding (1972)

Label: United Artists Records

Producer: Bobby Womack

Personnel:

  • Bobby Womack- vocals, guitar
  • Jimmy Johnson, Reggie Young, Tippy Armstrong – guitar
  • David Hood, Mike Leech – bass
  • Barry Beckett, Bobby Wood, Bobby Emmons – keyboards
  • Hayward Bishop, Roger Hawkins- drums, percussion
  • Ronnie Eades, Harvey Thompson – saxophone
  • Harrison Calloway, Jr. – trumpet
  • Dale Quillen – trombone
  • Friendly Womack, Jr., Curtis Womack, Harry Womack, Cecil Womack, Janice Singleton, Pam Grier, Patrice Holloway- background vocals

Track listing:

  1. I Can Understand – Bobby Womack
  2. Woman’s Gotta Have It – Bobby Womack, Linda Womack, Darryl Carter
  3. And I Love Her – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  4. Got To Get You Back – Chris Green, Jerry Lynn Williams
  5. Simple Man – Bobby Womack, Joe Hicks
  6. Ruby Dean – Bobby Womack, Joe Hicks
  7. Thing Called Love – Joe Hicks
  8. Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
  9. Harry Hippie – Jim Ford

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Cane & Able: Cane & Able (1972)

Label: Epic

Producer: Claude Delcloo

Personnel:

  • Worthington Brown – bass
  • Blinky Bostic – congas, timbales
  • George Carter – drums
  • Garland Edwards – guitar
  • French Thompson – lead vocals
  • Billy Ellis – saxophones
  • Norris Ridguard, Tony Lytle – trombone
  • George Alford, Hasan Tayratira, Norris Ridguard – trumpet
  • George Alford, Norris Ridguard – vocals

Track listing:

  1. Girl You Love Me
  2. Starchild
  3. Who’s Gonna Take the Weight
  4. Don’t Knock My Love
  5. Green Grass
  6. Toe Hold
  7. Found a Child

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Al Green: Let’s Stay Together (1972)

Label: Hi

Producer: Willie Mitchell

Personnel:

  • Al Green – vocals
  • Howard Grimes- drums
  • Al Jackson, Jr.– drums
  • Leroy Hodges- bass
  • Charles Hodges- organ, piano
  • Teenie Hodges- guitar
  • Wayne Jackson- trumpet
  • Andrew Love- horn, tenor saxophone
  • Ed Logan – horn, tenor saxophone
  • James Mitchell – bass, baritone saxophone, arrangements
  • Jack Hale – trombone
  • Charles Chalmers, Donna Rhodes, Sandra Rhodes – background vocals, arrangements
  • Jools DeVere – artwork

Track listing:

All tracks by Al Green, except where noted

  1. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green, Wayne Jackson, James Mitchell
  2. La-La for You – Al Green, James Mitchell
  3. So You’re Leaving
  4. What Is This Feeling?
  5. Old Time Lovin
  6. I’ve Never Found a Girl (Who Loves Me Like You Do) – Floyd, Isbell and Jones
  7. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart? – Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb
  8. Judy
  9. It Ain’t No Fun to Me

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The Dramatics: Whatcha See is Whatcha Get (1972)

Label: Volt

Producer: Tony Hester

Personnel:

  • Elbert Wilkins, Larry Demps, Ron Banks, William Howard, Willie Ford – vocals
  • Johnny Allen – arranger
  • David Krieger – art direction
  • Larry Shaw – creative director
  • Ron Gorden – cover design
  • Neil Deckert – illustration
  • Joel Brodsky – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Tony Hester.

  1. Get Up and Get Down
  2. Thank You for Your Love
  3. Hot Pants in the Summertime
  4. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
  5. In the Rain
  6. Gimme Some (Good Soul Music)
  7. Fall In Love, Lady Love
  8. Mary Don’t Cha Wanna

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Billy Paul: 360 Degrees Of (1972)

Label: Philadelphia International Records

Producer: Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff

Personnel:

  • Billy Paul- lead and backing vocals
  • Bobby Eli, Bunny Sigler, David Bay, Norman Harris, Roland Chambers – guitar
  • Eddie Green, Leon Huff- piano
  • Vincent Montana, Jr.- vibraphone
  • Anthony Jackson, Ron Baker- bass
  • Earl Young, Norman Farrington – drums
  • Don Renaldo – horns, strings
  • Larry Washington – congas
  • Lenny Pakula – organ
  • Carla Benson, Evette Benton, Barbara Ingram – background vocals
  • Ed Lee – cover design
  • Don Hunstein – front cover photo
  • Robert Davis – back cover photo

Track listing:

  1. Brown Baby – Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
  2. I’m Just a Prisoner – Kenny Gamble, Phil Hurtt, Bunny Sigler
  3. It’s Too Late – Carole King, Toni Stern
  4. Me and Mrs. Jones – Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Cary Gilbert
  5. Am I Black Enough for You? – Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff
  6. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green, Al Jackson Jr., Willie Mitchell
  7. Your Song – Elton John, Bernie Taupin
  8. I’m Gonna Make It This Time – Jean Lang, Bunny Sigler

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Bill Withers: Still Bill (1972)

Label: Sussex

Producer: Benorce Blackmon, Bill Withers,James Gadson, Melvin Dunlap, Ray Jackson

Personnel:

  • Bill Withers – guitar, piano, vocals
  • Bobbye Hall- percussion
  • Benorce Blackmon – guitar
  • Melvin Dunlap – bass
  • James Gadson- drums, percussion
  • Raymond Jackson – piano, clavinet, electric piano, horn & string arrangement

Track listing:

All tracks by Bill Withers, except where noted.

  1. Lonely Town, Lonely Stree
  2. Let Me In Your Life
  3. Who Is He (And What Is He to You)? – Bill Withers, Stanley McKenny
  4. Use Me
  5. Lean on Me
  6. Kissing My Love
  7. I Don’t Know
  8. Another Day to Run – Bill Withers, Benorce Blackmon
  9. I Don’t Want You on My Mind
  10. Take It All In and Check It All Out

Cymande

Cymande: Cymande (1972)

Label: Janus Records

Producer: John Schroeder

Personnel:

  • Steve Scipio – bass
  • Pablo Gonsales – congas
  • Sam Kelly – drums
  • Patrick Patterson – guitar
  • Mike Rose –  alto saxophone, flute, bongos
  • Derek Gibbs – alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
  • Peter Serreo – tenor saxophone 
  • Joey Dee, Ray King – vocals, percussion

Track listing:

  1. Zion I
  2. One More
  3. Getting It Back
  4. Listen
  5. Rickshaw
  6. Dove
  7. Bra
  8. The Message
  9. Ras Tafarian Folk Song

ered

Curtis Mayfield: Super Fly (1972)

Label: Curtom

Producer: Curtis Mayfield

Personnel:

  • Curtis Mayfield– composer, vocals, guitar, producer
  • Joseph Lucky Scott – bass
  • Master Henry Gibson– percussion
  • Tyrone McCullen – drums
  • Morris Jennings– drums
  • Craig McMullen – guitar
  • Anthony Dalcoe (aka “Saint Anthony”) – guitar, song writer
  • Harry “Slip” Lepp- trombone
  • Johnny Pate– orchestrater, arranger
  • Glen Christensen – art direction
  • Milton Sincoff – packaging

Track listing:

All tracks by Curtis Mayfield.

  1. Little Child Running Wild
  2. Pusherman
  3. Freddie’s Dead
  4. Junkie Chase
  5. Give Me Your Love (Love Song)
  6. Eddie You Should Know Better
  7. No Thing on Me (Cocaine Song)
  8. Think
  9. Superfly

Staple

The Staple Singers: Be Altitude: Respect yourself (1972)

Label: Stax Records

Producer: Al Bell

Personnel:

  • Al Bell– Arranger
  • Staple Sisters
  • Cleotha Staples
  • Mavis Staples
  • Roebuck “Pops” Staples
  • Yvonne Staples

Track listing:

  1. This World – Gary William Friedman, Herb Shapiro
  2. Respect Yourself – Luther Ingram, Mack Rice
  3. Name the Missing Word – Homer Banks, Bettye Crutcher, Raymond Jackson
  4. I’ll Take You There – Alvert Isbell
  5. This Old Town (People in This Town) – Don Covay, Wilson Pickett, Stevenson
  6. We the People – Booker T. Jones, A. Smith
  7. Are You Sure – Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson
  8. Who Do You Think You Are (Jesus Christ the Superstar)? – Pops Staples
  9. I’m Just Another Soldier – Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson
  10. Who – John Barry, Bobby Bloom

cover 1972

Donny Hathaway: Live (1972)

Label: Atlantic

Producer: Arif Mardin (side one) – Jerry Wexler, Arif Mardin 

Personnel:

  • Donny Hathaway– vocals, electric piano, piano, organ, arrangements
  • Phil Upchurch– lead guitar on side one
  • Cornell Dupree– lead guitar on side two
  • Mike Howard – guitar
  • Willie Weeks– bass
  • Fred White– drums
  • Earl DeRouen– conga drums

Track listing:

  1. What’s Goin’ On – Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Al Cleveland, Marvin Gaye
  2. The Ghetto – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson
  3. Hey Girl – Earl DeRouen
  4. You’ve Got a Friend – Carole King
  5. Little Ghetto Boy – Derouen and Eddy Howard
  6. We’re Still Friends – Donny Hathaway, Watts
  7. Jealous Guy – John Lennon
  8. Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything) – Richard Evans, Philip Upchurch, Ric Powell

Mandrill Is 1972

Mandrill: Is (1972)

Label: Polydor

Producer: Mandrill – Alfred V. Brown

Personnel:

  • Carlos Wilson – trombone, alto saxophone, flute, guitar, percussion, vocals
  • Louis Wilson – percussion, trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals
  • Richard Wilson – tenor saxophone, percussion, vocals
  • Claude “Coffee” Cave – keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, vocals
  • Frederick “Fudgie Kae” Solomon – bass, percussion, vocals
  • Omar Mesa – guitar, percussion, vocals
  • Charles Padro -drums, percussion, vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Mandrill

  1. Ape Is High
  2. Cohello
  3. Git It All
  4. Children of the Sun
  5. I Refuse To Smile
  6. Universal Rhythms
  7. Lord of the Golden Baboon
  8. Central Park
  9. Kofijahm
  10. Here Today Gone Tomorrow
  11. The Sun Must Go Down

War

War: The World is a Ghetto (1972)

Label: United Artists Records

Producer: Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan, Howard Scott

Personnel:

  • Howard Scott– guitar, percussion, vocals
  • B. Dickerson– bass, percussion, vocals
  • Lonnie Jordan– organ, piano, timbolies, percussion, vocals
  • Harold Brown– drums, percussion, vocals
  • Papa Dee Allen– conga, bongos, percussion, vocals
  • Charles Miller– clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxes, percussion, vocals
  • Lee Oskar– harmonica, percussion, vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by War.

  1. The Cisco Kid
  2. Where Was You At
  3. City, Country, City
  4. Four Cornered Room
  5. The World Is a Ghetto
  6. Beetles in the Bog

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The Temptations: All Directions (1972)

Label: Gordy

Producer: Norman Whitfield

Personnel:

  • Dennis Edwards: vocals
  • Damon Harris: vocals
  • Richard Street: vocals
  • Melvin Franklin: vocals
  • Otis Williams: vocals
  • The Andantes: background vocals
  • The Funk Brothers: instrumentation

Track listing:

  1. Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On – Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield 
  2. Run Charlie Run – C. Maurice King, Jan Forman
  3. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield 
  4. Love Woke Me Up This Morning – Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson
  5. I Ain’t Got Nothin’ – Maurice King, Evans King
  6. The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face) – Ewan MacColl
  7. Mother Nature – Nick Zesses, Dino Fekaris
  8. Do Your Thing – Isaac Hayes

james

James Brown: The Payback (1973)

Label: Polydor

Producer: James Brown

Personnel:

  • James Brown- lead vocals, electric piano
  • Clair Pinckney – flute
  • Maceo Parker – flute
  • Darryl “Hasaan” Jamison – trumpet
  • Jerone “Jasaan Sanford” Melson – trumpet
  • Isiah “Ike” Oakley – trumpet
  • Fred Wesley – trombone
  • Hearlon “Cheese” Martin – guitar
  • Jimmy Nolen – guitar
  • Fred Thomas – bass
  • John Starks – drums
  • John Morgan – percussion

Track listing:

All tracks by James Brown, Fred Wesley and Charles Bobbit; except where noted.

  1. The Payback – James Brown, Fred Wesley, John “Jabo” Starks
  2. Doing the Best I Can
  3. Take Some, Leave Some
  4. Shoot Your Shot – James Brown
  5. Forever Suffering
  6. Time Is Running out Fast
  7. Mind Power

Funkadelic

Funkadelic: Cosmic Slop (1973)

Label: Westbound

Producer: George Clinton

Personnel:

  • George Clinton – lead vocals
  • Bernard Worrell – keyboards, melodica, strings
  • “Boogie” Mosson – bass guitar
  • Tyrone Lampkin – percussion
  • Gary Shider – guitar
  • Ron Bykowski – guitar
  • Guest Funkadelic Maggot: Tiki Fulwood – drums
  • Pedro Bell – artwork and liner notes

Track listing:

  1. Nappy Dugout – George Clinton, Cordell Mosson, Garry Shider
  2. You Can’t Miss What You Can’t Measure – George Clinton,  Sidney Barnes
  3. March to the Witch’s Castle – George Clinton
  4. Let’s Make It Last – George Clinton, Eddie Hazel
  5. Cosmic Slop – George Clinton, Bernie Worrell
  6. No Compute – George Clinton, Garry Shider
  7. This Broken Heart – William Franklin
  8. Trash A-Go-Go – George Clinton
  9. Can’t Stand the Strain – George Clinton, Eddie Hazel 

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Gladys Knight & The Pips: Imagination (1973)

Label: Buddah

Producer: Tony Camillo, Kenny Kerner, Richie Wise, Gladys Knight, Bubba Knight, William Guest, Edward Patten

Track listing:

All tracks by Jim Weatherly, except where noted. 

  1. Midnight Train to Georgia
  2. I’ve Got to Use My Imagination – Gerry Goffin, Barry Goldberg
  3. Storms of Troubled Times
  4. Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me
  5. Once in a Lifetime Thing
  6. Where Peaceful Waters Flow
  7. I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash
  8. Perfect Love – Paul Williams
  9. Window Raisin’ Granny – William Guest, Gladys Knight, Merald Knight, Edward Patten

1973

The Temptations: Masterpiece (1973)

Label: Gordy

Producer: Norman Whitfield

Personnel:

  • Dennis Edwards: vocals
  • Damon Harris: vocals
  • Richard Street: vocals
  • Melvin Franklin: vocals
  • Otis Williams: vocals
  • Paul Riser: arranger
  • Des Strobel: design
  • Parvis Sadighian: sculpture (for album cover image)
  • Jim Britt: liner photo
  • Earl Van Dyke: piano, organ
  • Johnny Griffith: organ
  • Robert Ward: guitar
  • Melvin “Wah-Wah Watson” Ragin: guitar
  • Joe Messina: guitar
  • Paul Warren: guitar
  • Robert White: guitar
  • Eddie Willis: guitar
  • Aaron Smith: drums
  • Richard “Pistol” Allen: drums
  • Uriel Jones: drums
  • Andrew Smith: drums
  • Leroy Taylor: bass guitar
  • Bob Babbitt: bass guitar
  • Eddie Watkins: bass guitar
  • Eddie “Bongo” Brown: bongos, congas
  • Jack Ashford: tambourine, maracas, sticks
  • Jack Brokensha: tympani, vibes, bells, gourd
  • Maurice Davis: trumpet
  • Ted Lucas: harmonica

Track listing:

All tracks by Norman Whitfield.

  1. Hey Girl (I Like Your Style)
  2. Masterpiece
  3. Ma
  4. Law of the Land
  5. Plastic Man
  6. Hurry Tomorrow

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Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get It On (1973)

Label: Tamla

Producer: Marvin Gaye, Ed Townsend

Personnel:

  • David Van DePitte, Gene Page, Rene Hall, David Blumberg – arrangement, conduction (Orchestra):
  • James Jamerson, Wilton Felder – bass
  • Bobbye Hall Porter – bongos
  • Eddie “Bongo” Brown – bongos, drums
  • Paul Humphrey, Uriel Jones – drums
  • David T. Walker, Eddie Willis, Lewis Shelton, Melvin Ragin, Robert White, Don Peake – guitar
  • Emil Richards, Bobbye Hall Porter, Ernie Watts, Plas Johnson – percussion
  • Joe Sample, Marvin Gaye, Marvin Jerkins – piano
  • Jim Britt, Motown Archives – photography
  • Marvin Gaye – lead vocals, background vocals
  • The Originals – background vocals
  • Emil Richards, Victor Feldman – vibraphone

Track listing:

  1. Let’s Get It On – Marvin Gaye, Ed Townsend
  2. Please Stay (Once You Go Away) – Marvin Gaye, Ed Townsend
  3. If I Should Die Tonight – Marvin Gaye, Ed Townsend
  4. Keep Gettin’ It On – Marvin Gaye, Ed Townsend
  5. Come Get to This – Marvin Gaye
  6. Distant Lover – Marvin Gaye, Gwen Gordy, Sandra Greene
  7. You Sure Love to Ball – Marvin Gaye
  8. Just to Keep You Satisfied – Marvin Gaye, Anna Gordy Gaye, Elgie Stover

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Sir Joe Quaterman & Free Soul: Sir Joe Quaterman & Free Soul (1973)

Label: GSF Records

Producer:  Bill Tate, Cotter Wells, Sir Joe Quarterman

Personnel:

  • Joe Quarterman – trumpet, vocals
  • George R. Lee – guitar
  • Gregory C. Hammonds – bass
  • Allen Stewart – drums
  • Willie Parker, Jr. – guitar
  • Karissa Freeman – keyboards
  • Leon Rogers – saxophone

Track listing:

All tracks by Sir Joe Quarterman.

  1. (I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind
  2. I Made A Promise
  3. The Trouble With Trouble
  4. The Way They Do My Life
  5. Find Yourself
  6. Gonna Get Me A Friend
  7. Give Me Back My Freedom
  8. I Feel Like This
  9. Live Now Brothers

Ma-cover

Rare Earth: Ma (1973)

Label: Motown

Producer: Norman Whitfield

Personnel:

  • Gil Bridges – flute, saxophone, vocals
  • Peter Hoorelbeke – drums, percussion, lead vocals
  • Ray Monette – lead guitar, vocals
  • Mark Olson – keyboards, vocals
  • Mike Urso – bass, vocals
  • Edward Guzman – congas, timbales

All tracks by Norman Whitfield; except where noted.

  1. Ma
  2. Big John Is My Name
  3. Smiling Faces Sometimes – Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong
  4. Hum Along and Dance – Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong
  5. Come With Me

1973

Mandrill: Just Out Side of Town (1973)

Label: Polydor

Producer: Mandrill – Alfred V. Brown

Personnel:

  • Carlos Wilson – trombone, flute, guitar, percussion, vocals
  • Lou Wilson – percussion, trumpet, vocals
  • Ric Wilson – saxophone, percussion, vocals
  • Claude Cave – keyboards, vibraphone, percussion, vocals
  • Fudgie Kae- bass, percussion, vocals
  • Omar Mesa – guitar, percussion, vocals
  • Neftali Santiago -drums, percussion, vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Mandrill

  1. Mango Meat
  2. Never Die
  3. Love Song
  4. Interlude
  5. Fat City Strut
  6. Two Sisters of Mystery
  7. Afrikus Retrospectus
  8. She Ain’t Lookin’ Too Tough
  9. Aspiration Flame

Wonder

Stevie Wonder: Innervisions (1973)

Label: Tamla

Producer: Stevie Wonder – Robert Margouleff – Malcolm Cecil

Personnel:

  • Stevie Wonder – lead vocal, background vocals, piano, Fender Rhodes, harmonica, drums, Moog bass, Hohner clavinet , handclaps
  • Lani Groves – background vocal
  • Tasha Thomas– background vocal
  • Jim Gilstrap– background vocal
  • Malcolm Cecil– upright bass
  • Dean Parks– acoustic guitar
  • David T. Walker– electric guitar
  • Clarence Bell – Hammond organ
  • Ralph Hammer – acoustic guitar
  • Larry “Nastyee” Latimer – congas
  • Scott Edwards – electric bass
  • Yusuf Roahman – shaker
  • Sheila Wilkerson – bongos, Latin gourd
  • Willie Weeks– electric bass
  • Robert Margouleff, Malcolm Cecil – synthesizer programming
  • Efram Wolff – album art

Track listing:

All tracks by Stevie Wonder.

  1. Too High
  2. Visions
  3. Living for the City
  4. Golden Lady
  5. Higher Ground
  6. Jesus Children of America
  7. All in Love Is Fair
  8. Don’t You Worry ’bout a Thing
  9. He’s Misstra Know-It-All

Be what you are 1973

The Staple Singers: Be What You Are (1973)

Label: Stax Records

Producer: Al Bell

Personnel:

  • Cleotha Staples, Mavis Staples, Yvonne Staples – lead and backing Vocals
  • Roebuck “Pops” Staples – vocals, guitar

Track listing:

  1. Be What You Are – Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson, Carl Hampton
  2. If You’re Ready (Come Go with Me – Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson, Carl Hampton
  3. Medley: Love Comes in All Colors/Tellin’ Lies – Betty Crutcher, Carl Smith
  4. Touch a Hand, Make a Friend – Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson, Carl Hampton
  5. Drown Yourself – Betty Crutcher
  6. I Ain’t Raisin’ No Sand – Darryl Carter, Mack Rice
  7. Grandma’s Hands – Bill Withers
  8. Bridges Instead of Walls – Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson, Carl Hampton
  9. I’m on Your Side – Homer Banks, Raymond Jackson, Carl Hampton
  10. That’s What Friends Are For – Parsons, Penney, Mack Rice
  11. Heaven – Duke Ellington

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James Brown: Sex Machine (1973)

Label: King

Producer: James Brown

Personnel:

  • James Brown – organ, piano, vocals
  • Bobby Byrd- organ, vocals
  • Bootsy Collins- bass
  • Phelps “Catfish” Collins- guitar
  • Joseph Davis – trumpet
  • Pee Wee Ellis- alto saxophone
  • Robert Graham – background vocals
  • Richard “Kush” Griffith – trumpet
  • Johnny Griggs – conga
  • Clayton “Chicken” Gunnells – trumpet
  • Darryl “Hasaan” Jamison – trumpet
  • Alphonso “Country” Kellum – bass, guitar
  • Art Lopez – percussion
  • Robert “Chopper” McCullough – tenor saxophone
  • Jimmy Nolen- guitar
  • Maceo Parker- organ, tenor saxophone
  • Melvin Parker – drums
  • Clair Pinckney- baritone & tenor saxophone
  • Kenny Poole – guitar
  • “Sweet” Charles Sherrell- bass
  • John Starks- drums
  • Clyde Stubblefield- Drums
  • Fred Wesley- trombone
  • Marva Whitney – background vocals
  • Eldee Williams – tenor saxophone

Track listing:

  1. Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine – James Brown, Bobby Byrd, Ron Lenhoff
  2. Brother Rapp (Part I & Part II)– James Brown
  3. Medley:
  • Bewildered – Teddy Powell, Leonard Whitcup
  • I Got The Feelin’ – James Brown
  • Give It Up or Turnit a Loose – Charles Bobbit
  1. I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door I’ll Get It Myself) – James Brown
  2. Licking Stick – Licking Stick – James Brown, Bobby Byrd, Pee Wee Ellis
  3. Lowdown Popcorn – James Brown
  4. Spinning Wheel – David Clayton-Thomas
  5. If I Ruled the World – Leslie Bricusse, Cyril Ornadel
  6. There Was a Time – James Brown, Hobgood
  7. It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World – James Brown, Betty Jean Newsome
  8. Please, Please, Please – James Brown, Johnny Terry
  9. I Can’t Stand Myself (When You Touch Me) – James Brown
  10. Mother Popcorn – Brown, Pee Wee Ellis

Law+of+the+Land

The Undisputed Truth: Low of the Land (1973)

Label: Gordy

Producer: Norman Whitfield

Personnel:

  • Paul Riser – arranger, conductor
  • Bob Babbitt – bass
  • Eddie “Bongo” Brown – bongos, congas  
  • Aaron Smith , Andrew Smith , Richard Allen, Uriel Jones – drums
  • Billy Cooper, Eddie Willis, Joe Messina, Melvin Ragin, Paul Warren, Robert Ward, Robert White – guitar
  • Efraru Wolff – illustration
  • Johnny Griffith – organ
  • Earl Van Dyke – piano
  • Jack Ashford – tambourine, maracas, percussion
  • Jack Brokensha – vibraphone , bells, percussion

Track listing:

  1. Law of the Land – Norman Whitfield
  2. Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone – Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield
  3. Girl You’re Alright – Clay McMurray, Pam Sawyer
  4. Killing Me Softly With This Song – Fox andN. Gimbel
  5. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – Barrett Strong, Norman Whitfield
  6. This Child Needs Its Father – Dino Fekaris, Nick Zesses
  7. Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don’t Say No) – Norman Whitfield
  8. Feelin’ Alright – Dave Mason
  9. Love And Happiness – Al Green, Mabon Hodges
  10. With A Little Help From My Friends – John Lennon, Paul  McCartney
  11. If I Die – Peter Rivera
  12. Walk on By – H. David, Bert Bacharach

War_-_Deliver_The_Word 1973

War: Deliver the Word (1973)

Label: United Artists Records

Producer: Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan, Howard Scott

Personnel:

  • Howard Scott– guitar, percussion, vocals
  • B. Dickerson– bass, percussion, vocals
  • Lonnie Jordan– organ, piano, ARP violins, synthesizer, timbales, percussion, vocals
  • Harold Brown– drums, percussion, vocals
  • Papa Dee Allen– conga, bongos, percussion, vocals
  • Charles Miller– clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxes, percussion, vocals
  • Lee Oskar– harmonica, percussion, vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar, Howard E. Scott), except where noted.

  1. H2Overture
  2. In Your Eyes
  3. Gypsy Man
  4. Me and Baby Brother
  5. Deliver the Word
  6. Southern Part of Texas – War, Jerry Goldstein
  7. Blisters

3 (1973)

The Isley Brothers: 3+3 (1973)

Label: T-Neck/Epic Records

Producer: Ronald Isley – Rudolph Isley

Personnel:

  • Ronald Isley: lead vocals
  • Rudolph Isley: background vocals, lead vocals 
  • O’Kelly Isley, Jr.: background vocals, lead vocals
  • Ernie Isley: guitars
  • Marvin Isley: bass guitar
  • Chris Jasper: piano, electric piano, clavinet, ARP synthesizer
  • George Moreland: drums
  • Truman Thomas: organ

Track listing:

All tracks by The Isley Brothers, except where noted. 

  1. That Lady
  2. Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight – James Taylor
  3. If You Were There
  4. You Walk Your Way
  5. Listen to the Music – Tom Johnston
  6. What It Comes Down To
  7. Sunshine (Go Away Today) – Jonathan Edwards
  8. Summer Breeze – Jim Seals, Dash Crofts
  9. The Highways of My Life

1990 1973

The Temptations: 1990 (1973)

Label: Gordy

Producer: Norman Whitfield

Personnel:

  • Dennis Edwards: vocals
  • Damon Harris: vocals
  • Richard Street: vocals
  • Melvin Franklin: vocals
  • Otis Williams: vocals
  • The Funk Brothersand Rose Royce: instrumentation
  • Jack Ashford – tambourine
  • Don Baldwin – keyboards, wind, synthesizer
  • George Bohanon – trombone
  • Kenji Brown – guitar
  • Ollie E. Brown – drums
  • Dennis Coffey – guitar
  • Kenneth Copeland – trumpet
  • Fred Dunn – trumpet
  • Zachary Fraizer – drims
  • James Gadson – drums
  • Henry Gamer Jr. – drums
  • Ed Green – drums
  • Bobbye Hall – congas
  • Eddie Hazel – guitar
  • James Jamerson – bass
  • Leqyeint Jobe – bass
  • Michael Moore – saxophone
  • Billy “Bass” Nelson – bass
  • Victor Nix – keyboards
  • Melvin ”Wah Wah” Ragin – guitar
  • Terral ”Terry” Santiel – congas
  • Earl Van Dyke – keyboards
  • Wah – Wah Watson – guitar
  • Eddie Willis – guitar
  • Jim Britt – photography
  • Don Baldwin – design
  • John Cabalka – design

Track listing:

All tracks by Norman Whitfield.

  1. Let Your Hair Down
  2. I Need You
  3. Heavenly
  4. You’ve Got My Soul on Fire
  5. Ain’t No Justice
  6. 1990
  7. Zoom

BT

B.T.Express: Do It (1974)

Label: Scepter Records

Producer: Jeff Lane, Trade Martin

Personnel:

  • Barbara Joyce – lead vocals
  • Bill Risbrook – saxophone
  • Billy Nichols – guitar
  • Carlos Ward – saxophone, flute
  • Dennis Rowe – percussion
  • Leslie Ming – drummer
  • Louis Risbrook – lead vocal
  • Terrell Woods – drums
  • Wesley Hall Jr.- lead guitar, vocals

Track listing:

  1. Express
  2. If It Don’t Turn You On
  3. Once You Get It
  4. Everything Good To You
  5. Mental Telepathy
  6. Do It (Till You’re Satisfied)
  7. Do You Like It
  8. That’s What I Want For You Baby
  9. This House Is Smokin’

Quincy Jones Body Heat

Quincy Jones: Body Heat (1974)

Label: A&M

Producer: Quincy Jones – Ray Brown

Personnel:

  • Quincy Jones- arranger, composer, producer, trumpet, vocals
  • Dave Grusin- composer, drums, electric piano, synthesizer
  • Herbie Hancock- piano, electric piano, synthesizer
  • Bob James, Richard Tee- electric piano
  • Malcolm Cecil, Robert Margouleff, Mike Melvoin- synthesizer
  • Wah Wah Watson, Phil Upchurch, David T. Walker, Arthur Adams, Dennis Coffey, Eric Gale- guitar
  • Grady Tate, Paul Humphrey, Bernard Purdie, James Gadson- drums
  • Max Bennett, Chuck Rainey, Melvin Dunlap – bass
  • Hubert Laws- flute
  • Frank Rosolino–trombone
  • Clifford Solomon, Chuck Findley– trumpets
  • Jerome Richardson, Pete Christlieb- saxophones
  • Tommy Morgan – harmonica
  • Billy Preston- organ
  • Bobbye Hall- percussion
  • Leon Ware, Minnie Riperton, Myrna Matthews, Al Jarreau, Jesse Kirkland, Carolyn Willis, Benard Ighner, Bruce Fisher, Jim Gilstrap, Joseph Greene, Tom Bahler – vocals

Track listing:

  1. Body Heat – Quincy Jones, Leon Ware, Bruce Fisher, Stan Richardson
  2. Soul Saga (Song of the Buffalo Soldier) – Ray Brown, Quincy Jones, Tom Bahler, Joseph Greene
  3. Everything Must Change – Benard Ighner
  4. Boogie Joe the Grinder – Quincy Jones, Dave Grusin, Tom Bahler
  5. Everything Must Change (Reprise) – Benard Ighner
  6. One Track Mind – Quincy Jones, Leon Ware
  7. Just a Man – Valdy
  8. Along Came Betty – Benny Golson
  9. If I Ever Lose This Heaven – Leon Ware, Pam Sawyer

Aretha+Franklin+-+Let+Me+In+Your+Life+ 1974

Aretha Franklin: Let Me In Your Life (1974)

Label: Atlantic

Producer: Jerry Wexler – Aretha Franklin

Personnel:

  1. Aretha Franklin – lead vocals, acoustic piano, electric piano
  2. Gwen Guthrie- background vocals
  3. Donny Hathaway- acoustic piano, electric piano
  4. Bob James- organ, keyboards
  5. Chuck Rainey- bass
  6. Ernie Royal- trumpet
  7. Deodato- arranger, electric piano
  8. Ralph MacDonald- percussion
  9. Kenneth Bichel- synthesizer
  10. Margaret Branch – background vocals
  11. Cissy Houston- background vocals
  12. Ann S. Clark – background vocals
  13. Stanley Clarke– bass
  14. Judy Clay- background vocals
  15. Cornell Dupree- guitar
  16. Joe Farrell- tenor saxophone, flute
  17. Arif Mardin- string arranger
  18. Rick Marotta- drums
  19. Hugh McCracken– guitar
  20. Pancho Morales – percussion
  21. Gene Orloff- concert master
  22. Bernard “Pretty” Purdie- drums
  23. Sylvia Shemwell – background vocals
  24. Myrna Smith- background vocals
  25. David Spinozza- guitar
  26. Richard Tee- keyboards
  27. Deirdre Tuck Corley – background vocals
  28. Willie Weeks- bass

Track listing:

  1. Let Me in Your Life – Bill Withers
  2. Every Natural Thing – Eddie Hinton
  3. Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing – Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson
  4. I’m in Love – Bobby Womack
  5. Until You Come Back to Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do) – Clarence Paul,Stevie Wonder, Morris Broadnax
  6. The Masquerade is Over – Herbert Magidson, Allie Wrubel
  7. With Pen in Hand – Bobby Goldsboro
  8. Oh Baby – Aretha Franklin
  9. Eight Days On the Road – Michael Gayle, Jerry Ragovoy
  10. If You Don’t Think – Aretha Franklin
  11. A Song for You – Leon Russell

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Gill Scot-Heron & Brian Jackson: Winter in America (1974)

Label: Strata – East

Producer: Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson

Personnel:

  • Gil Scott-Heron– vocals, electric piano
  • Brian Jackson– electric piano, acoustic piano, flute, vocals
  • Danny Bowens – fender bass
  • Bob Adams – drums (traps)
  • Eugene Coles – cover painting
  • Peggy Harris – liner collage
  • Tony Cerrante, Gary Price – liner photos

Track listing:

  1. Peace Go with You, Brother (As-Salaam-Alaikum) – Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson
  2. Rivers of my Father – Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson
  3. A Very Precious Time – Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson
  4. Back Home – Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson
  5. The Bottle – Gil Scott-Heron
  6. Song for Bobby Smith – Gil Scott-Heron
  7. Your Daddy Loves You – Gil Scott-Heron
  8. H²Ogate Blues – Gil Scott-Heron
  9. Peace Go with You, Brother (As-Salaam-Alaikum) – Gil Scott-Heron, Brian Jackson

1974

Graham Central Station: Graham Central Station (1974)

Label: Warner Bros. 

Producer: Larry Graham and Russ Titelman

Personnel:

  • Larry Graham- bass, guitar, piano, keyboards, drums, lead and backing vocals
  • Freddie Stone- guitar
  • Hershall “Happiness” Kennedy – clavinet, trumpet
  • Willie “Wild” Sparks – drums
  • David “Dynamite” Vega – guitar
  • Robert “Butch” Sam – piano, organ
  • Caboose – tenor saxophone
  • Patryce “Choc’Let” Banks – vocals, drum programming [Funk Box]
  • Milt Holland- percussion
  • Lenny Williams- vocals
  • Clarence McDonald- string arrangements
  • Herb Greene- photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Larry Graham, except where noted.

  1. We’ve Been Waiting
  2. It Ain’t No Fun To Me – Al Green
  3. Hair
  4. We Be’s Gettin’ Down
  5. Tell Me What It Is
  6. Can You Handle It?
  7. People” – Larry Graham, Freddie Stone
  8. Why?
  9. Ghetto

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Curtis Mayfield: Sweet Exorcist (1974)

Label: Curtom

Producer: Curtis Mayfield

Personnel:

  • Curtis Mayfield – primary artists
  • Gil Askey, Richard Tufo – arrangements
  • Bill Ronalds – illustration
  • Milton Sincoff – creative director

Track listing:

All tracks by Curtis Mayfield except “Suffer” by Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway. 

  1. Ain’t Got Time
  2. Sweet Exorcist
  3. To Be Invisible
  4. Power to the people
  5. Kung Fu
  6. Suffer
  7. Make Me Believe In You

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Gladys Knight & The Pips: I Feel a Song (1974)

Label: Buddah

Producer: Tony Camillo, Kenny Kerner, Richie Wise, Burt Bacharach, Ralph Moss, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, Bubba Knight, William Guest, Edward Patten

Personnel:

  1. Gladys Knight & the Pips – primary artists
  2. Tony Camillo – arranger, conductor
  3. Don Hannah – composer
  4. Raymond Jackson – horn arrangements, string arrangements
  5. Kenny Kerner – arranger
  6. Gene Keys – conductor
  7. Burt Bacharach – arranger
  8. David Nathan – linear notes
  9. Larry Wilcox – conductor, horn arrangements, string arrangements
  10. Richie Wise – arranger
  11. William S. Harvey – artwork concept, cover painting
  12. Milton Sincoff – packaging concept

Track listing:

  1. I Feel a Song In My Heart – Tony Camillo, Mary Sawyer
  2. Love Finds Its Own Way – Jim Weatherly
  3. Seconds – Neil Simon, Burt Bacharach
  4. The Going Ups and the Coming Downs – Jim Weatherly
  5. The Way We Were/ Try to Remember – Marvin Hamlisch, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Harvey Schmidt, Tom Jones
  6. Better You Go Your Way – Bill Withers
  7. Don’t Burn Down the Bridge – Ronnie Miller
  8. The Need to Be – Jim Weatherly
  9. Tenderness is His Way – Bill Withers

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Millie Jackson: Caught Up (1974)

Label: Spring

Producer: Brad Shapiro

Personnel:

  • Millie Jackson – vocals, concept
  • Barry Beckett- keyboards
  • Roger Hawkins- drums
  • David Hood- bass
  • Jimmy Johnson- guitar
  • Mike Lewis – orchestration
  • Tom Roady, Brad Shapiro – percussion
  • David Wiseltier – cover design

Track listing:

  1. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right – Homer Banks, Carl Hampton, Raymond Jackson
  2. The Rap – Millie Jackson
  3. (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want to Be Right (Reprise) – Homer Banks, Carl Hampton, Raymond Jackson
  4. All I Want is a Fighting Chance – Millie Jackson, King Sterling
  5. I’m Tired of Hiding – Phillip Mitchell, Billy Clements
  6. It’s All Over but the Shouting – Millie Jackson, King Sterling
  7. So Easy Going, So Hard Coming Back – Phillip Mitchell
  8. I’m Through Trying to Prove My Love to You – Bobby Womack
  9. Summer (The First Time) – Bobby Goldsboro

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The Fatback Band: Keep On Steepin’ (1974)

Label: Event Records Inc,

Producer: The Fatback Band

Personnel:

  • Johnny Flippin – bass, percussion
  • Bill Curtis – drums, percussion, arranger
  • George Adams – flute, tenor saxophone
  • Johnny King – guitar, arranger
  • Earl Shelton – tenor saxophone, vocals
  • Gerry Thomas – trumpet, organ, arranger
  • George Williams – trumpet, vocals
  • Ted Pettus – cover design

Track listing:

  1. Bass Man – Gerry Thomas
  2. Stuff – Curtis, Earl Shelton, George Williams, Johnny Flippin, Johnny King
  3. New York Style – W. Curtis, Johnny Flippin
  4. Love – Gerry Thomas
  5. Can’t Fight the Flame – Johnny King
  6. Wicky Wacky – Bill Curtis, Johnny Flippin
  7. Feeling – Gerry Thomas
  8. Keep On Steppin – Curtis, Earl Shelton, George Williams, Johnny Flippin, Johnny King, R. Cromwell
  9. Break Up Is Hard To Do – Gerry Thomas

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Average White Band: Cut the Cake (1974)

Label: Atlantic

Producer: Arif Mardin

Personnel:

  • Alan Gorrie– vocals, bass, guitar 
  • Hamish Stuart– vocals, guitar, bass
  • Roger Ball– keyboards, synthesizer, alto & baritone saxophones, arranger
  • Malcolm Duncan – tenor saxophone
  • Onnie McIntyre – guitar
  • Steve Ferrone– drums, percussion
  • Ray Barretto– congas 

Track listing:

  1. Cut the Cake – Average White Band, Alan Gorrie, McIntosh
  2. School Boy Crush – Average White Band, Hamish Stuart, Steve Ferrone, Alan Gorrie
  3. It’s A Mystery – Hamish Stuart, Average White Band, McIntosh
  4. Groovin’ the Night Away – Average White Band, Hamish Stuart
  5. If I Ever Lose This Heaven – Leon Ware, Pam Sawyer
  6. Why – Roger Ball, Hamish Stuart, Alan Gorrie
  7. High Flyin’ Woman – Average White Band, Onnie McIntyre, Alan Gorrie
  8. Cloudy – Hamish Stuart, Alan Gorrie
  9. How Sweet Can You Get – Roger Ball, Hamish Stuart, Alan Gorrie
  10. When They Bring Down the Curtain – Alan Gorrie, Roger Ball

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James Brown: Hell (1974)

Label: Polydor

Producer: James Brown

Personnel:

  • James Brown: vocal, piano, arranger
  • Joe Beck – guitar
  • Bob Both – percussion
  • Charlie Brown – guitar
  • Sam T. Brown – guitar
  • Joe Belt – artwork
  • James Buffington – French horn
  • Lyn Collins – vocals
  • Eddie Daniels – reeds
  • Gordon Edwards – bass
  • Pee Wee Ellis – baritone sax
  • Sue Evans – percussion
  • Jon Faddis – trumpet
  • Joe Farrell – tenor sax
  • Michael Gipson – trombone
  • Johnny Griggs – congas
  • Tom Harrell – trombone
  • Hilda Harris – background vocals
  • Martha Harvin – background vocals
  • Norman Hunter – photography
  • Alan Leeds – linear notes
  • Ralph McDonald – percussion
  • James Madison – drums
  • Hearlon “Cheese” Martin – guitar
  • Harvey Mason, Sr. – drums
  • David Matthews – arranger, piano
  • Deborah McDuffie – background vocals
  • John Morgan – drums
  • Jimmy Nolen – guitar
  • Isiah “Ike” Oakley – trumpet
  • Jim Parker – alto sax
  • Maceo Parker – alto sax
  • Ted Pettus – art direction
  • Clair Pinckney – tenor sax
  • Chuck Rainey – bass
  • David Sanborn – alto sax
  • Johnny Scotton – background vocals
  • Maretha Stewart – background vocals
  • Lew Soloff – trumpet
  • John Starks – drums
  • Fred Thomas – bass
  • David Tofani – reeds
  • Frank Vicari – tenor sax
  • Fred Wesley – percussion, tambourine, trombone, background vocals

Track listing:

  1. Coldblooded – James Brown, Pee Wee Ellis
  2. Hell – James Brown
  3. My Thang – James Brown
  4. Sayin It and Doin’ It – James Brown
  5. Please, Please,.Please (remake) – James Brown, John Terry
  6. When the Saints Go Marchin’ In – traditional
  7. Those Foolish Things (remind Me of You) – James Brown, John Terry
  8. Stormy Monday – T-Bone Walker
  9. A Man Has to Go Back to the Cross Road Before He Finds Himself – James Brown
  10. Sometime – James Brown, Bud Hobgood
  11. “I Can’t Stand It ’76′(Remake of “I Can’t Stand Myself (When You Touch Me) – James Brown
  12. Lost Someone (remake) – James Brown, Bobby Bird, Lloyd Stallworth
  13. Don’t Tell a Lie about Me and I Won’t Tell the Truth on You – James Brown,  J. Maloy Roach
  14. Papa Don’t Take No Mess – Charles Bobbit, James Brown, John Starks, Fred Wesley

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The Undisputed Truth: Cosmic Truth (1975)

Label: Gordy

Producer: Norman Whitfield

Personnel:

  • Henry Davis – bas
  • Eddie “Bongo” Brown – congas
  • Bob Zimitte – timpani
  • Mark Davis – keyboards
  • Eddie Green, Eddie Fisher, James Gadson, Zachary Slatter – drums
  • Dennis Coffey, Eddie Willis, Johnny McGhee, Melvin “Wah Wah” Watson, Paul Warren – guitar
  • Bob Gleason – illustration
  • Jim Britt – photography
  • Katarina Petterson – art direction 

Track listing:

  1. Earthquake Shake – Joe Harris, Norman Whitfield
  2. Down By the River – Neil Young
  3. UFO’s – Norman Whitfield
  4. Lil’ Red Ridin’ hood – Norman Whitfield
  5. Sueeze Me, Tease Me – Norman Whitfield
  6. Spaced Out – Norman Whitfield
  7. Got To Get My Hands On Some Lovin’ – Norman Whitfield
  8. 1990 – Norman Whitfield
  9. (I Know) I’m Losing You – Cornelius Grant, Eddie Holland, Norman Whitfield

1975

Parliament: Mothership Connection (1975)

Label: Casablanca

Producer: George Clinton

Personnel:

  • George Clinton, Calvin Simon, Fuzzy Haskins, Ray Davis, Grady Thomas,Gary Shider, Glen Goins, Bootsy Collins – lead vocals
  • Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Boom, Joe Farrell – horns
  • Bootsy Collins, Cordell Mosson – bass guitar
  • Garry Shider, Michael Hampton, Glen Goins, Bootsy Collins – guitars
  • Tiki Fulwood, Jerome Brailey, Bootsy Collins, Gary Cooper – drume, percussion
  • Bernie Worrell – keyboards, synthesizers, Minimoog, Wurlitzer electric piano, ARP Pro Soloist, Hammond organ, grand piano, Fender Rhodes, clavinet D6
  • Gary Cooper, Debbie Edwards, Taka Kahn, Archie Ivy, Bryna Chimenti, Rasputin Boutte, Pam Vincent, Debra Wright, Sidney Barnes – backing vocals, handclaps
  • David Alexander – photography
  • Gribbitt! – art direction, design

Track listing:

  1. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up) – George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell
  2. Mothership Connection (Star Child) – George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell
  3. Unfunky UFO – George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Garry Shider
  4. Supergroovalisticprosifunkstication – George Clinton, Garry Shider, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell
  5. Handcuffs – George Clinton, Glenn Goins, John McLaughlin
  6. Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker) – Jerome Brailey, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins
  7. Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples – George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Garry Shider

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The Blackbyrds: City Life (1975)

Label: Fantasy Records

Producer: Donald Byrd

Personnel:

  • The Blackbyrds – vocals
  • Joe Hall – bass
  • Keith Killgo – drums
  • Orville Saunders – guitar
  • Kevin Toney – keyboards
  • Stephen Johnson – saxophone

Track listing:

  1. Rock Creek Park – Joe Hall, Keith Killgo, Kevin Toney, Orville Saunders, Stephen Johnson
  2. Thankful ‘Bout Yourself – Orville Saunders
  3. City Life – Kevin Toney
  4. All I Ask – Kevin Toney
  5. Happy Music – Donald Byrd
  6. Love So Fine – Joe Hall
  7. Flying High – Keith Killgo
  8. Hash and Eggs – Fonce Mizell, Larry Mizell

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Curtis Mayfield: There’s No Place Like America Today (1975)

Label: Curtom

Producer: Curtis Mayfield

Personnel:

  • Curtis Mayfield- guitar, vocals
  • Gary Thompson, Phil Upchurch- guitar
  • Joseph “Lucky” Scott – bass guitar
  • Quinton Joseph – drums
  • Henry Gibson- percussion
  • Rich Tufo – arrangements

Track listing:

All tracks by Curtis Mayfield.

  1. Billy Jack
  2. When Seasons Change
  3. So in Love
  4. Jesus
  5. Blue Monday People
  6. Hard Times
  7. Love to the People

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Earth Wind & Fire: That’s the Way of the World  (1975)

Label: Columbia

Producer: Maurice White, Charles Stepney 

Personnel:

  • Verdine White – bass
  • Fred White, Maurice White, Ralph Johnson – drums
  • Andrew P. Woolfolk – flute, saxophone
  • Al McKay, Johnny Graham – guitar
  • Maurice White – kalimba
  • Al McKay, Fred White, Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Ralph Johnson, Verdine White – percussion
  • Larry Dunn – piano, organ, Moog synthesizer
  • Maurice White, Philip Bailey, Verdine White – vocals

Track listing:

  1. Shining Star – Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn, Maurice White
  2. That’s the Way of the World – Charles Stepney, Maurice White, Verdine White
  3. Happy Feelin’ – Verdine White, Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn
  4. All About Love – Larry Dunn and Maurice White
  5. Yearnin’ Learnin – Philip Bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White
  6. Reasons – Philip bailey, Charles Stepney, Maurice White
  7. Africano – Larry Dunn, Maurice White
  8. See the Light – Louise Anglin, Philip Bailey, Larry Dunn

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Brass Construction: Brass Construction (1975)

Label: United Artists

Producer: Jeff Lane

Personnel:

  • Sandy Billups – conga, vocals
  • Mickey Grudge – saxophone, vocals
  • Randy Muller – percussion, arranger, keyboards, timbales, vocals
  • Wayne Parris – trumpet, vocals
  • Larry Payton – drums, vocals
  • Morris Price – percussion, trumpet, vocals
  • Jesse Ward – saxophone, vocals
  • Wade Williamston – bass
  • Joseph Arthur Wong – guitar
  • Irving Spice – strings

Track listing:

  1. Movin’ – Randy Muller, Wade Williamston
  2. Peekin’ – Alexander
  3. Changin’ – Randy Muller
  4. Love – Randy Muller
  5. Talkin’ – Randy Muller
  6. Dance – Randy Muller

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Ohio Players: Fire (1975)

Label: Mercury

Producer: Ohio Players

Personnel:

  • James “Diamond” Williams – drums, chimes, percussion, lead & background vocals
  • Billy Beck– piano, organ, Fender Rhodes piano, Clavinet, ARP, percussion, lead & background vocals
  • Marvin “Merv” Pierce – trumpet,flugelhorn, valve trombone & background vocals
  • Marshall “Rock” Jones – Fender bass
  • Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner– guitar, percussion, lead & background vocals
  • Ralph “Pee Wee” Middlebrooks – trumpet, trombone & background vocals
  • Clarence “Satch” Satchell – baritone sax, tenor sax, soprano sax, flute, percussion, lead & background vocals
  • Jim Ladwig – art director
  • Len Willis – designer
  • Stan Malinowski– photography

Track lsiting:

All tracks by James Williams, Clarence Satchell, Leroy Bonner, Marshall Jones, Ralph Middlebrooks, Marvin Pierce, William Beck. 

  1. Fire
  2. Together
  3. Runnin’ From the Devil
  4. I Want to Be free
  5. Smoke
  6. It’s All Over
  7. What the Hell
  8. Together/Feelings

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War: Why Can’t We Be Friends (1975)

Label: United Artists Records

Producer: Jerry Goldstein, Lonnie Jordan, Howard Scott

Personnel:

  • Howard Scott– guitar, percussion, vocals
  • B. Dickerson– bass, percussion, vocals
  • Lonnie Jordan– organ, piano, timbales, percussion, vocals
  • Harold Brown– drums, percussion, vocals
  • Papa Dee Allen– conga, bongos, percussion, vocals
  • Charles Miller– clarinet, alto, tenor and baritone saxes, percussion, vocals
  • Lee Oskar– harmonica, percussion, vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by War (Papa Dee Allen, Harold Brown, B.B. Dickerson, Lonnie Jordan, Charles Miller, Lee Oskar and Howard E. Scott, except where noted.

  1. Don’t Let No One Get You Down – War, Jerry Goldstein
  2. Lotus Blossom – War, Francie Nelson
  3. Heartbeat
  4. Leroy’s Latin Lament – Medley
  • Lonnie Dreams
  • The Way We Feel – music by War, lyrics by Keri Oskar
  • La Fiesta
  • Lament
  1. Smile Happy
  2. So
  3. Low Rider – War, Jerry Goldstein
  4. In Mazatlan
  5. Why Can’t We Be Friends? – War and Jerry Goldstein

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Kool & The Gang: Spirit of the Boogie (1975)

Label: De-Lite

Producer: Kool & The Gang

Personnel:

  • Amir-Salaam Bayyan – guitar
  • Khalis Bayyan- piano, arranger, tenor sax, vocals, clavinet, kalimba
  • Robert “Kool” Bell- bass, vocals
  • Donal Boyce – vocals
  • George “Funky” Brown- percussion, piano, drums, vocals
  • Robert “Spike” Mickens – percussion, trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals
  • Otha Nash – trombone, vocals
  • Dennis “D.T.” Thomas – flute, alto sax, vocals
  • Ricky West – vocals, clavinet
  • Henry Arvinger – photography
  • Claydes E.X. Smith– guitar
  • Something Sweet – background vocals

Track listing:

  1. Spirit of the Boogie – Amir-Salaam Bayyan, Donal Boyce, Kool & the Gang
  2. Ride the Rhythm – Amir-Salaam Bayyan, Kool & the Gang
  3. Jungle Jazz – Amir-Salaam Bayyan, Kool & the Gang
  4. Sunshine and Love – Amir-Salaam Bayyan, Kool & the Gang
  5. Ancestral Ceremony – Amir-Salaam Bayyan, Kool & the Gang
  6. Mother Earth – Amir-Salaam Bayyan, George “Funky” Brown, Kool & the Gang
  7. Mother Earth – Amir-Salaam Bayyan, George “Funky” Brown, Kool & the Gang
  8. Winter Sadness – Amir-Salaam Bayyan, Claydes E.X. Smith, Kool & the Gang
  9. Caribbean Festival – Amir-Salaam Bayyan, Kool & the Gang

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Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (1976)

Label: Motown

Producer: Stevie Wonder

Personnel:

  • Stevie Wonder harmonica,  arranger, keyboards,  programming,  vocals,drums
  • Michael Sembello– guitar
  • Sneaky Pete Kleinow– pedal steel
  • George Benson– guitar, vocals
  • Ronnie Foster– organ
  • Herbie Hancock– keyboards,handclapping
  • Dean Parks– guitar
  • Greg Phillinganes– keyboards
  • G. “Snuffy” Walden– guitar
  • Nathan Watts– bass guitar, vocals, handclapping
  • Greg Brown – drums
  • Raymond Lee Pounds – drums
  • Hank Redd – altoand tenor saxophone
  • George Bohannon – trombone
  • Ben Bridges – guitar, sitar
  • Dorothy Ashby– harp
  • Bobbi Humphrey– flute
  • Howard “Buzzy” Feiten– guitar
  • Steve Madaio – trumpet
  • Trevor Lawrence – tenor saxophone
  • Glen Ferris – trombone
  • Jim Horn– saxophone
  • Deniece Williams– vocals
  • Minnie Riperton– vocals
  • Gary Byrd – vocals
  • Michael Wycoff– vocals
  • Larry Scott – sound effects
  • Carol Cole – percussion
  • Bobbye Hall– percussion
  • Jay Boy Adams – vocals
  • Nathan Alford, Jr. – percussion
  • Henry America – vocal
  • Susie Fuzzell – vocals
  • Carmelo Garcia – percussion, timbales
  • Anthony Givens – vocals
  • Audrey Givens – vocals
  • Derrick Givens – vocals
  • Mildred Givens – vocals
  • Michael Lee Gray – vocals
  • Mimi Green – vocals
  • Susaye Greene Brown – vocals
  • Bhakta Gregory – vocals
  • Renee Hardaway – percussion, vocals
  • John Harris – sound effects
  • Jeania Harris – vocals
  • John Harris – programming
  • Troy Harris – vocals
  • Nelson Hayes – percussion, sound effects, vocals
  • Terry Hendricks – vocals
  • Don Hunter – programming, sound effects
  • Adrian Janes – vocals
  • Josie James – vocals
  • Calvin Johnson – vocals
  • Carol Johnson – vocals
  • Patricia Johnson – vocals
  • Madelaine Jones – vocals
  • Bhakta Kevin – vocals
  • Phillip Kimble – vocals
  • James Lambert – vocals
  • Linda Lawrence – vocals
  • Irma Leslie – vocals
  • Kim Lewis – vocals
  • Carl Lockhart – vocals
  • Gail Lockhart – vocals
  • Linda America – vocals
  • Baradras – vocals
  • Brenda Barnett – vocals
  • Khalif Bobatoon – vocals
  • Starshemah Bobatoon – vocals
  • Sudana Bobatoon – vocals
  • Charles Brewer – percussion, programming, vocals
  • Shirley Brewer – percussion, vocals,speaking part
  • Berry Briges – vocals
  • Cecilia Brown – vocals
  • Eddie “Bongo” Brown – percussion
  • Jean Brown – vocals
  • Rodney Brown – vocals
  • Colleen Carleton – percussion, vocals
  • Addie Cox – vocals
  • Agnideva Dasa – vocals
  • Duryodhana Guru Dasa – vocals
  • Jayasacinandana Dasa – vocals
  • Jitamrtyi Dasa – vocals
  • Vedavyasa Dasa – vocals
  • Cinmayi Dasi – vocals
  • Yogamaya Dasi – vocals
  • Carolyn Dennis – vocals
  • Bhakta Eddie – vocals
  • Doe Rani Edwards – vocals
  • Jacqueline F. English – vocals
  • Ethel Enoex – vocals
  • Al Jocko Fann – vocals
  • Barbara Fann – vocals
  • Melani Fann – vocals
  • Shelley Fann – vocals
  • Tracy Fann – vocals
  • John Fischbach – percussion, programming, vocals
  • Raymond Maldonado – percussion, trumpet
  • Carolyn Massenburg – vocals
  • Article May – vocals
  • Charity McCrary – vocals
  • Linda McCrary-Campbell – vocals
  • Lonnie Morgan – vocals
  • Kim Nixon – vocals
  • Lisa Nixon – vocals
  • Larri Nuckens – vocals
  • Larry Latimer – percussion, vocals
  • Amale Mathews – percussion, vocals
  • Gary Olazabal – engineer, bass sound
  • Edna Orso – percussion, vocals
  • Marietta Waters – percussion, vocals
  • Josette Valentino – percussion, vocals, handclapping
  • Gwen Perry – vocals
  • Gregory Rudd – vocals
  • Rukmini – vocals
  • Yolanda Simmons – vocals, handclapping
  • Keith Slaughter – vocals
  • Rosona Starks – vocals
  • Dennis Swindell – vocals
  • Sundray Tucker – vocals
  • Gary Veney – vocals
  • Sheryl Walker – vocals
  • Mary Lee Whitney – vocals
  • Syreeta Wright – vocals
  • Michael Gray – vocals
  • Susaye Greene – vocals
  • William Moore – vocals
  • Fountain Jones – programming
  • Aisha Morris – crying on “Isn’t She Lovely”

Track listing:

  1. Love’s in Need of Love Today – Stevie Wonder
  2. Have a Talk with God – Calvin Hardawa, Stevie Wonder
  3. Village Ghetto Land – Gary Byrd, Stevie Wonder
  4. Contusion – Stevie Wonder
  5. Sir Duke – Stevie Wonder
  6. I Wish – Stevie Wonder
  7. Knocks Me Off My Feet – Stevie Wonder
  8. Pastime Paradise – Stevie Wonde
  9. Summer Soft – Stevie Wonder
  10. Ordinary Pain – Stevie Wonder
  11. Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  12. Joy Inside My Tears – Stevie Wonder
  13. Black Man – Gary Byrd and Stevie Wonder
  14. Ngiculela – Es Una Historia – I Am Singing – Stevie Wonder
  15. If It’s Magic – Stevie Wonder
  16. As – Stevie Wonder
  17. Another Star – Stevie Wonder

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Johnny Guitar Watson: A Real Mother For You (1977)

Label: DJM Records

Producer: Johnny Guitar Watson

Personnel:

  • David Krieger – art direction
  • Don Brautigan – design
  • Johnny Guitar Watson – piano, synthesizer, guitar, organ, vocals, bass, voice box, arranger
  • Knud Jensen – saxophone
  • Tommy Robertson – trombone
  • Walt Fowler – trumpet

Track listing:

All tracks by Johnny Guitar Watson.

  1. A Real Mother For Ya
  2. Nothing Left To Be Desired
  3. Your Love Is My Love
  4. The Real Deal
  5. Tarzan
  6. I Wanna Thank You
  7. Lover Jones

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Parliament: Funkentelechy Vs. The Placebo Syndrome (1977)

Label: Casablanca

Producer: George Clinton

Personnel:

  • George Clinton,Ray Davis, Glenn Goins, Garry Shider, Debbie Wright, Jeanette Washington, Lynn Mabry, Dawn Silva, Cordell Mosson and Mallia Franklin – vocals
  • Bernie Worrell – keyboards, synthesizers 
  • Michael Hampton, Glenn Goins, Garry Shider, Phelps Collins – guitars
  • Cordell Mosson – bass guitar
  • Jerome Brailey, Bootsy Collins – drums, percussion
  • Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Rick Gardner, Richard Griffith, Clay Lawrey, Darryl Dixon, Valerie Drayton, and Danny Cortez – horns
  • Bootsy Collins, Phelps Collins, Frank Waddy, Rick Gilmore, Gary Cooper, Robert Johnson,Billy Nelson, Ron Ford, Lou Goldman, Joel Johnson,Bootsy’s Rubber Band, The Brides of Funkenstein, Parlet, and The Horny Horns – extra-extra terrestrial funk bearing alumni-strokers, chokers, clappers, chanters
  • Bernie Worrell and Fred Wesley – horn arrangements
  • Ron Slenzak – photography
  • Stephen Lumel / Gribbitt! – album grafics
  • Overton Loyd – booklet story, illustration
  • Shelby Mack – booklet coloring 

Track listing:

  1. Bop Gun – George Clinton,Garry Shider, Bootsy Collins
  2. Sir Nose d’Voidoffunk – George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell
  3. Wizard of Finance – George Clinton, Ronald Ford, Glenn Goins
  4. Funkentelechy – George Clinton, Bootsy Collins
  5. Placebo Syndrome – George Clinton, Billy Nelson
  6. Flash Light – George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Bernie Worrell

Johnny 1977

Johnny Guitar Watson: Funk Beyond the Call of Duty (1977)

Label: DJM Records

Producer: Johnny Guitar Watson

Personnel:

  • Emry Thomas – drums, bell tree, cabasa, whistle, siren 
  • Jim McCrary – photography
  • Johnny Guitar Watson – arranged, electric piano, synthesizer, guitar, organ, bass, congas, percussion, vocals
  • Billy Haley – saxophone
  • JGW – sleeve notes
  • Tommy Roberson – trombone
  • Walt Fowler – trumpet
  • David Krieger, DFK – art direction

Track listing:

  1. Funk Beyond the Call of Duty
  2. It’s About The Dollar Bill
  3. Give Me My Love
  4. It’s A Damn Shame
  5. I’m Gonna Get You Baby
  6. Barn Door
  7. Love That Will Not Die

1978 Funkadelic

Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove (1978)

Label: Warner Bros.

Producer: George Clinton

Personnel:

  • Throbbasonic Funkgeetarists – Mike ‘Kidd Funkadelic’ Hampton, Gary Shider
  • Banjo’d Muthaplucker – Bobby Lewis
  • Avatarian – Mike Hampton
  • Keybo’ Dans & Synthezoidees – Bernie ‘DaVinci’ Worrell, Walter ‘Junie’ Morrison
  • Rotofunkie Drum & Percussionatin’ Thumpdans – Jerome Brailey,  Bootsy Collins, Larry Fratangelo, Tyrone Lampkin
  • Bass Thumpasaurians – William ‘Bootsy’ Collins, Rodney “Skeet” Curtis, Cordell ‘Boogie’ Mosson
  • Funkadelic Blamgusta Vocaloids (Voices For Da Nation!) – George Clinton, Raymond (Stingray) Davis, Ron Ford, Mallia Franklin, Lynn Mabry,  ‘Junie’ Morrison, Cordell Mosson, Dawn Silva, Gary “Dowop” Shider, Greg Thomas,Jeanette Washington, Debbie Wright

Track listing:

  1. One Nation Under a Groove – George Clinton, Walter Morrison, Garry Shider
  2. Groovallegiance – George Clinton, Walter Morrison, Bernard Worrell
  3. Who Says a Funk Band Can’t Play Rock – George Clinton, Walter Morrison, Michael Hampton
  4. Promentalshitbackwashpsychosis enema squad (The Doo Doo Chasers) – George Clinton, Garry Shider, Linda Brown
  5. Into You – George Clinton, Walter Morrison, William Collins
  6. Cholly (Funk Getting Ready to Roll) – George Clinton, Walter Morrison, William Collins

Zapp

Zapp: Zapp (1980)

Label: Warner Bros.

Producer: Roger Troutman – Bootsy Collins

Personnel:

  • Greg Jackson, Terry Troutman, Roger Troutman, Bobby Glover, Jannetta Boyce, Marchelle Smith, Delores Smith – vocals
  • Lester Troutman – percussion, trap drums
  • Larry Troutman – conga, drums
  • Terry Troutman – bass
  • Randy Wallace – sax
  • Greg Jackson – keyboards
  • Bootsy Collins – guitars
  • Roger Troutman – guitars, vocals, keyboards, talking box, bass, harmonica, vibes

Track listing:

  1. More Bounce to the Ounce
  2. Freedom
  3. Brand New Player
  4. Funky Bounce
  5. Be Alright
  6. Coming Home

Prince 1999

Prince: 1999 (1982)

Label: Warner Bros,

Producer: Prince

Personnel:

  • Prince- vocals and instruments
  • Dez Dickerson- vocals, guitar solos
  • Lisa Coleman- vocals
  • Jill Jones- vocals
  • Wendy Melvoin- backing vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Prince.

  1. 1999
  2. Little Red Corvette
  3. Delirious
  4. Let’s Pretend We’re Married
  5. M.S.R.
  6. Automatic
  7. Something in the Water
  8. Free
  9. Lady Cab Driver
  10. All the Critics Love U in New York
  11. International Lover

Prince - Sign-o-the-times

Prince: Sign o’ the Times (Sign “☮” the Times)

Label: Paisley Park Records

Producer: Prince

Personnel:

  • Prince- all vocals and all instruments
  • Wendy Melvoin- guitar, backing vocals, tambourine, congas 
  • Lisa Coleman- backing vocals, Fairlight sitar, wooden flute, keyboards, backing vocals 
  • Sheila E.- drums, percussion, percussion, rap 
  • Fink- keyboards 
  • Miko Weaver- guitar 
  • Brown Mark- bass 
  • Bobby Z.- drums 
  • Eric Leeds- saxophone 
  • Atlanta Bliss- trumpet 
  • Susannah Melvoin – backing vocals, vocals 
  • Jill Jones- vocals 
  • Sheena Easton- co-lead vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Prince, except where noted

  1. Sign o’ the Times
  2. Play in the Sunshine
  3. Housequake
  4. The Ballad of Dorothy Parker
  5. It
  6. Starfish and Coffee – Prince, Susannah Melvoin
  7. Slow Love – Prince, Carole Davis
  8. Hot Thing
  9. Forever in My Life
  10. U Got the Look
  11. If I Was Your Girlfriend
  12. Strange Relationship
  13. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
  14. The Cross
  15. It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Night – Prince, Doctor Fink, Eric Leeds
  16. Adore

1994

Pops Staple: Father Father (1994)

Label: Pointblank 

Producer: John Wooler, Pops Staples, Ry Cooder 

Personnel:

  • Roebuck “Pops” Staples – guitar, vocals
  • Ry Cooder – guitar
  • Joe Cropin – guitar
  • Ernie Garner – piano
  • Henry Guaglianone – drums
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Billy Beck – organ, piano
  • Glen Rupp – guitar
  • Erik Scott – bass
  • Dwyane Thomas – bass
  • Myra Walker – organ, piano, background vocals
  • Michael Toles – guitar
  • Lester Snell – organ, piano
  • Cleotha Staples – background vocals
  • Mavis Staple – background vocals, linear notes
  • Yvonne Staples – background vocals
  • Bertram Brown – background vocals
  • William Brown – background vocals
  • Cleotha Harris – background vocals
  • Jacquelyn Reddick – background vocals
  • Jackie Johnson – background vocals

Track listing:

  1. Father, Father – Billy Beck, Rick Brown, Erik Scott, Roebuck “Pops” Staples
  2. Why (Am I Treated So Bad) – Roebuck “Pops” Staples
  3. Getting Too Big for Your Britches – Sir Mack Rice
  4. Jesus Is Going to Make Up (My Dying Bed) – traditional
  5. Downward Road – Roebuck “Pops” Staples
  6. People Get Ready – Curtis Mayfield
  7. Hope in a Hopeless World – Bob Thiele Jr., Phil Roy, Roebuck “Pops” Staples
  8. Gotta Serve Somebody – Bob Dylan
  9. Simple Man – Roebuck “Pops” Staples
  10. Glory, Glory – Roebuck “Pops” Staples
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