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Funky Rock & Folk LPs
White artists have been influenced by black music since Elvis's appropriation of the R&B sound in the '50s. This continued into the '60s with The Beatles' Motown-influenced songwriting style, right through to the seventies. Many of the most interesting rock bands had multi-ethnic line-ups. In the words of Norman Cook, "If they've got long hair and beards, and look like they smoke pot they're likely to make better records. Especially those big bands with eight of them in; half white, half black and they look like they all take acid." He's not wrong.
The influences also went the other way, too, with both Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis bringing the flavour of rock into the black experience. The jazz-rock era produced a bewildering array of cross-pollinated sounds, styles and haircuts, as well as some great music. In the early days of discotheques in the US, before the birth of disco and the 12-inch single, many of the pioneering DJs would play soul 45s and obscure tracks from rock LPs which had the groove to make the people move. Funky rock tunes were often spun at legendary New York clubs and parties such as The Gallery, Tambourine and The Loft.
In recent years DJs and collectors on the rare groove scene, in their never ending search for music, have discovered and rediscovered many great tunes on rock and folk albums which have 'The Funk'. And, of course, the hip hop and breaks DJs and producers have also done their own investigations into the realms of rock, jazz-rock and folk.
The selection you'll find here is a mixture of artists from the folk, rock and pop arenas whose music will appeal to DJs or fans of black dance music. Taken out of their original context and placed alongside more traditional forms of R&B they make total sense. Although many of the songs here were probably not intended to be used as straight-up dancefloor fodder, they nevertheless take on a new and unexpected life when played from the perspective of a DJ.
Featured Funky Rock & Folk LPs
Carole King - Fantasy
US ODE LP - £7 Mint / Unplayed - 2nd press maybe?
Inc. the original version of CORAZON which is great!
Cold Blood - Sisyphus
US SAN FRANCISCO LP Gatefold - £7 WOC - front & back / WOL
Funky West Coast rock Inc. SHOP TALK
Ford Theatre - Time Changes
US ABC LP Gatefold - £10 WOC - back neat
Henry Cow - Henry Cow Concerts
UK COMPENDIUM 2xLP Gatefold - £25 SOL
James Last - Voodoo Party
UK POLYDOR LP - £10 Nr. Mint
Mr Last has a couple of decent Funky lp's - this one see's him going a bit Bongo Band style with layers of drums & Percussion on cuts like SING A SIMPLE SONG / JINGO / EVERYDAY PEOPLE / INNER CITY BLUES / Etc..
Maria Muldaur - Maria Muldaur
US REPRISE LP Gatefold - £6 Nr. Mint
Inc. a lovely funky folksy female vocal version of MIDNIGHT AT THE OASIS. Second issue from 1976
Neal Fox - A Painting
US RCA LP - £7 EX light sleeve wear
Great white singer doing a disco track with berimbau and percussion section IN THE JUNGLE!
Stuffy And His Frozen Parachute Band - Stuffy And His Frozen Parachute Band
US PARAMOUNT LP Promo - £12
The Electric Prunes - Mass In F Minor
UK MIDI LP Reissue - £8 VG++ sticker on cover - top right cut corner
DAVID AXELROD Produced psyche rock moodyness! 1974 UK reissue of classic 1968 lp
The Keane Brothers - Taking Off
US ABC LP - £20
Quality blue eyed disco soul sound from 1979 produced by LAMONT DOZIER with several good cuts ONE THING ON MY MIND / DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT / YOU'RE RUNNING AWAY & a version of CANDY
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