Funk Essentials

What is funk? Nothing less than a common denominator between jazz, rhythm & blues, classic soul, and rap, as well as an often outrageous, always infectious province of urban music throughout the second half of this century. If post-bop jazz offered the first launching pad for funk's deep grooves, it's the long shadows of funk godfather James Brown and his principal inheritor, George Clinton, that have cast the greatest influence. Extended dance/trance jams propelled by air-tight rhythm sections, staccato horns, and taut guitar and keyboard riffs are musical signatures, but it's the high spirits and earthy physicality of funk that prove equally vital to explaining the music's underlying attitude. Explore these funk essentials for music that can wind you up.

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One Nation Under A Groove by Funkadelic

Anthology by Sly & The Family Stone

Purple Rain by Prince

The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1

Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol 2


The Hits 2 by Prince

The Best Of War...And More

The Hits/The B-Sides by Prince

Epiphany: The Best Of...Vol. One by Chaka Khan

1999 by Prince

Celebration: The Best Of Kool & The Gang

Shaft by Isaac Hayes

Rhythm & Business by Tower Of Power

James Brown's Original Funky Divas

Superfly: Deluxe 25th...Edition by Curtis Mayfield

Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology

Sign O' The Times by Prince

Maggot Brain by Funkadelic

Greatest Funkin' Hits by George Clinton

Life On Planet Groove by Maceo & All The King's Men

Greatest Hits by Sly & The Family Stone

Foundations Of Funk:...1964-1969 by James Brown

Hot Buttered Soul by Isaac Hayes

94 East: Symbolic Beginning by Prince

Stand! by Sly & The Family Stone

Anthology (1970-1994) by War

AWB by Average White Band

The Very Best Of The Meters

Greatest Hits by Brothers Johnson

Greatest Hits, Vol 1 by Isley Brothers

Parade - ("Under The Cherry Moon" Sdtk) by Prince

40th Anniversary Collection by James Brown

There's A Riot Goin' On by Sly & The Family Stone

Greatest Hit Singles by Isaac Hayes

Diamonds And Pearls by Prince

Greatest Hits by Rick James

The Gold Experience by Prince

Pickin' Up The Pieces: Best of the Average White Band

Mothership Connection by Parliament

I Feel For You by Chaka Khan

The Ultimate Collection by Commodores

Funky Music Machine by Maceo & All The King's Men

The Best Of The Commodores: Anthology by the Commodores

3 + 3 by Isley Brothers

Tower Of Power


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