Funky Compilations — All

Great compilations from labels like Soul Jazz, Ace, Numero, BBE, Vampi Soul, BGP, Luv N Haight, Harmless, Tramp, Jazzman, and others!




Items/page

Sound Town Edit search

 
Sort by
Possible matches: 1
Possible matches1
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousBoogie Woogie Disco ... CD
Sony (Japan), Late 70s. New Copy ... $22.99
A pretty cool mix of cuts from the glory days of the disco scene – not just the familiar American tracks you might expect, but also some surprising gems from overseas, too – European disco numbers, and a few Japanese moments too – as you might guess from the manga-styled look of the cover! The sound here is definitely heavy on the more crossover side of disco – not underground club cuts, but the kind of tracks that would easily draw in audiences from the more mainstream dancefloors – even though lots of these songs are still pretty unfamiliar! A great batch of pop disco numbers, some we'd never heard before – with titles that include "Desperately" by The Love Machine, "Magic Eyes" by The Eastern Gang, "Just Wanna Dance Tonight" by Trix, "Chinese Kung Fu" by Banzaii, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Boys Town Gang, "Fly High Little Butterfly" by Arabesque, "Soul Dracula" by Hot Blood, "Sky High" by Jigsaw, "Sexy Bus Stop" by Dr Dragon & The Oriental Express, "Himiko" by Passionata, "Clap Your Hands Together" by Funky Bureau, "Moskau" by Genghis Khan, and "Breakaway" by Earnie Bush. CD
 
Partial matches: 11
Partial matches2
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousChebran – French Boogie 1980 to 1985 ... CD
Born Bad (France), Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99
Very cool sounds from the French scene of the post-disco years – music that reflects that growing embrace of boogie rhythms on European dancefloors, but in ways that are often inflected with new wave and electro soul styles too! The music here is leaner and a lot more creative than the bigger Euro disco modes of a few years before – and often has that criss-crossing of soul, funk, rock, and post-punk modes that played big on the downtown New York scene of the early 80s – that Danceteria mode you'd hear on Ze Records, 99 Records, or other hip imprints of the time – but delivered here in a batch of tracks that are a lot more obscure! The Born Bad label has already tipped us off to groovy French sounds from the 60s, and punk work of the 70s – and this package is another one of their culture-opening gems – with titles that include "Easy Life" by New Paradise, "Play Boy En Detresse" by Style, "A Mon Age Deja Fatique" by Pierre Edouard, "La Degaine" by Trigo & Friends, "La Fourmi" by Bianca, "Gerard Vincent Par Gerard Vincent" by Gerard Vincent, "Ma Vie Dans Un Bocal" by Ich, "Les Crabes" by Attache Case, "Miam Miam Goody Goody" by Henriette Coulouvrat, and "Qu'Est Ce Qu'Il A" by Krootchey. CD

Partial matches3
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousGWP – NYC – TCB ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A long-overdue tribute to one of the hippest labels in 60s soul – the short-lived but excellent GWP label, home to a flurry of great indie singles at the end of the decade! GWP was a key precursor to styles that would show up more strongly in later years on east coast indies like All Platinum/Stang and Perception/Today – and the company also employed some great studio talents who would emerge even more strongly on these other labels – like Ed Bland, George Kerr, and Ray Dahrouge, all key figures in soul production at the start of the 70s. The CD does a great job of pulling together the richness of the GWP sound – a mix of uptown soul, sock-soul, sweet soul, and some deeper soul numbers that really round out the sound of the set nicely. 24 tracks in all – including "He's What I Need" by Little Rose Little, "I've Been Down For So Long" by Benny Gordon, "Let's Prove Them Wrong" by Debbie Taylor, "I Don't Know How" by The Persians, "No Defense" by Bobby Penn, "Gotta Find A Way" by The Hesitations, "Heaven's Will" by Alice Clark, "Keep Your Love Warm" by Lilly Fields, "Doin The Gittin Up" by The Devonnes Band, and "I'm Ready" by Milton Bennett. (Soul, Funky Compilations) CD

Partial matches4
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousHome Schooled – The ABCs Of Kid Soul ... CD
Numero, Early 70s. New Copy ... $15.99 18.98
Jackson 5, move over – because the folks at Numero Records have uncovered a whole host of rare kid soul acts from the 70s – most of them a fair bit funkier than their Motown contemporaries! The tracks here all clearly follow the lead started by Michael and his brothers at the end of the 60s – but the music is way more than just a simple copycat of Jackson modes – as each of these artists have a really individual approach, and a heck of a lot of personality in their music – despite their youthful years. In true Numero fashion, most of the cuts here are from tiny little labels – issued only as singles back in the day, but produced with a great deal of enthusiasm for the music – and a confident, competent sound that's quite striking, given the age of the performers. The package comes with complete notes on the music – opening up a whole world of lesser-known kid soul acts – and titles include the amazing "Trust Your Child" by Patrizia & Jimmy, plus "I'm Not Ready For Love" by Promise, "One Is Enough For One" by Jack & the Mods, "Now That School Is Through" by Cindy & The Playmates, "Jersey Slide (part 1)" by 3 Stars, "You Are My Dream" by 3 Simmons, "Can't Let You Break My Heart" by Quantrells, "If You're Looking For Love" by Triads, "Yellow Ribbons" by Atons, "Sweet Pea" by Altyrone Deno Brown, "Time After Time" by Step By Step, "Time" by Otis The 3rd, and "Little Girl" by Michael Washington. CD
Also available Home Schooled – The ABCs Of Kid Soul ... LP 21.99

Partial matches5
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousHome Schooled – The ABCs Of Kid Soul ... LP
Numero, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99 25.99
Jackson 5, move over – because the folks at Numero Records have uncovered a whole host of rare kid soul acts from the 70s – most of them a fair bit funkier than their Motown contemporaries! The tracks here all clearly follow the lead started by Michael and his brothers at the end of the 60s – but the music is way more than just a simple copycat of Jackson modes – as each of these artists have a really individual approach, and a heck of a lot of personality in their music – despite their youthful years. In true Numero fashion, most of the cuts here are from tiny little labels – issued only as singles back in the day, but produced with a great deal of enthusiasm for the music – and a confident, competent sound that's quite striking, given the age of the performers. The package comes with complete notes on the music – opening up a whole world of lesser-known kid soul acts – and titles include the amazing "Trust Your Child" by Patrizia & Jimmy, plus "I'm Not Ready For Love" by Promise, "One Is Enough For One" by Jack & the Mods, "Now That School Is Through" by Cindy & The Playmates, "Jersey Slide (part 1)" by 3 Stars, "You Are My Dream" by 3 Simmons, "Can't Let You Break My Heart" by Quantrells, "If You're Looking For Love" by Triads, "Yellow Ribbons" by Atons, "Sweet Pea" by Altyrone Deno Brown, "Time After Time" by Step By Step, "Time" by Otis The 3rd, and "Little Girl" by Michael Washington. LP also contains a bonus track – part 2 of "Trust Your Child" by Patrizia & Jimmy! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Home Schooled – The ABCs Of Kid Soul ... CD 15.99

Partial matches6
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousJack Ashford – Just Productions ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
A huge legacy of Detroit soul – all from the masterful hands of onetime Motown maestro Jack Ashford and his Just Productions team! Ashford's had his hands in countless great records over the years – early work with Motown, key Detroit Pied Piper Productions material, and all these excellent cuts from later years – done by Jack in a mix of Northern Soul styles, and some even funkier modes for the 70s! Almost all these tracks only got released on tiny little labels, mostly as singles – and the set also includes a few never-heard tunes from the Ashford vaults – although overall, most of this music is still pretty darn obscure. Yet that never stops it from being great – as, similar to Detroit contemporary Dave Hamilton, Ashford was always working at a top level – and always found a way to bring his A-game to the table, even if he wasn't going for a hit. CD features 24 tracks in all – and titles include "Let's Do It Again" by Billy Sha-Rae, "Where Are You" by The Four Sonics, "Love You Baby" by Eddie Parker, "Sweet Baby" by Al Gardner, "Don't Take Your Love" by The Magnificents, "Deserted Garden" by Sandra Richardson, "Don't Worry" by The Smith Brothers, "Did She Do It To You" by Ray Gant, "Do The Choo Choo" by Jack Ashford & The Sound Of New Detroit, "After You Give Your All" by Softouch, and "I Need Your Love" by Lee Rogers. (Soul, Funky Compilations) CD

Partial matches7
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousJukebox Jam – Blues & Rhythm Revue ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
A treasure trove of raw soul and rough-edged R&B – a killer collection of material that originally appeared on the ultra-limited series of Juke Box Jam singles from Jazzman – sweetly collected into one nicely-priced package! The grooves here are totally great – and represent a step backwards in the funk scene – a move back to the 50s and early 60s from the previous focus on later years' soulful sounds – a much-needed dig back into the R&B that first inspired all the soul and funk of the 60s and 70s – but with a very fresh ear, so that the collection's way different than any set of music like this you would have heard a decade ago! The sounds are plenty gritty, and a great illustration that there's still loads to be discovered in these crucial years of music – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Lula" by Mike Robinson, "Country Boy" by Big Tiny Kennedy, "Mr Hound Dog's In Town" by Roy Brown, "I Can't Takit No Longer" by Ben Harper, "Shorty" by Vernon Dilworth, "Geechie Goomie" by Marga Benitez, "Crazy Do" by Jack Tucker, "I Say No No More" by Frances Burr, "Baby You Were Meant For Me" by Ervin Rucker, and "Hot Weather Blues" by Mr Sad Head. LP, Vinyl record album

Partial matches8
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousNorthern Soul Dreams ... CD
Essential, Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
Quite an unusual set of Northern Soul material – as the set moves past the iconic sounds of cities like Detroit or Chicago, the usual hotbeds for the music – and widens the scope to pull together tracks that might have been missed otherwise – from indie producers like Dee Erwin, Ed Townshend, Fred Bridges, George Kerr, and Paul Kyser! These cats all have plenty of experience in the studio – and may be better-known for work from earlier or (mostly) later years – but are here represented by some great obscure cuts they recorded in a variety of settings – music that may not carry the club history or label imprint of other Northern Soul collections, but which definitely lives up to the groove at a musical level. Titles include "I Know That He Loves Me" by Theola Kilgore, "Summer's Gone" by Eddie Day & The Nitetimers, "The Airplane Song (inst)" by George Kerr, "I Can't Turn You Loose" by Jimmy Chandler, "My Ship Is Coming In" by The Pace Setters, "A Dream" by Roy Butler, "Be Happy" by Sugar Pie DeSanto, "Bottomless Pit" by Chuck & The Daylighters, "You Won't Say Nothing" by Tamala Lewis, "What Happened To Yesterday" by Al Scott, "Wonderful Night" by Candace Love, "Footsteps" by The Creations, "Where Have You Been" by The Whispers, "Accidental Love" by Roy Handy, "I Can't Turn You Loose" by Jimmy Chandler, and "Wrong Wrong Wrong" by Ray & Dave. (Soul, Funky Compilations) CD

Partial matches9
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousOne-Der-Ful Collection – One-Der-Ful Records ... CD
One Der Ful/Secret Stash, Late 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
An unassuming cover, but a set that's got a really colorful batch of rare Chicago soul – including a number of never-issued tracks from the legendary One-Der-Ful Records! The label was one of the true indie greats in Chicago back in the 60s – almost as much a force for local soul as bigger imprints like Chess, Okeh, and Brunswick – and home to an equally great array of artists – including a few who'd later hit big on different labels! The work here is all the handiwork of the Leaner brothers, who not only recorded most of the cuts here – but also helped distribute One-Der-Ful and a host of other midwestern indies – which really gave them a great ear for the best sounds coming from the underground, and the new trends that were breaking big way before the rest of the country picked them up. And although there have been other collections of One-Der-Ful material before, this one may well be the most thoughtful – from the detailed notes on the label and each artist, to the research that uncovered never-issued tracks that include "Happy Times" by Beverly Shaffer, "Enjoy Yourself" by The Five Du-Tones, "I'm Guilty" by Liz Lands, "Thank You Love" by Otis Clay, "Now That You're Gone" by McKinley Mitchell, "Meet Me Halfway" by Beverly Shaffer, "Take Me To Your Leader" by The Sharpees, "When You Get That Feeling" by The Five Du-Tones, "Got To Find A Way (alt)" by Otis Clay, "Seventh Hour" by Liz Lands, and "Here Comes My Baby" by Mary Silvers. The set features lots more great cuts too – including "Who Is She" by Lucky Laws, "The Prettiest Girl" by Joe & Mack, "The Sock" by The Sharpees, "All For You" by the Admirations, and "The Man Of The Town" by Jay Jordan. (Soul, Funky Compilations) CD
Also available One-Derful Collection – One-Derful Records ... LP 18.99

Partial matches10
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousPied Piper – The Pinnacle Of Detroit Northern Soul ... LP
Pied Piper/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Stunning soul from the Detroit underground of the late 60s – a treasure trove of gems that literally grew up in the shadows of Motown – given that the work here was spearheaded by the Pied Piper Productions team of Jack Ashford, Mike Terry, Joe Hunter and Herbie Williams of the legendary Funk Brothers! There's a tighter, more energetic vibe to the material than on some of the more grandly soaring sounds of Detroit's bigger hits of the time – and we really love the unfussy, driving soul essence at play here – a gritty, groovy, and really hard-burning sound that makes just about every number here a gem – and a real change, if you only know the bigger hits from Motown! The track selection is wonderful – and even includes a number of never-issued tracks from the time, plus singles issued on Kapp and some smaller labels too. Titles include "Just Can't Leave You" by Tony Hester, "I Can't Hold On" by Lorraine Chandler, "We Go Together (alt with rap intro)" by The Cavaliers, "Voo Doo Madamoiselle" by September Jones, "More Than A Memory" by Nancy Wilcox, "That's When I Need You" by Freddy Butler, "This Heart Is Lonely" by Rose Batiste, "I'm Not Built That Way" by The Hesitations, You Only Live Twice (original take)" by Lorrane Chandler, "Ooh It Hurts Me" by The Cavaliers, and "Set My Herat At Ease" by Mikki Farrow. (Soul, Funky Compilations) LP, Vinyl record album

Partial matches11
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
VariousUptown Soul & Funk From The Nashville Indies ... CD
Superbird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $3.99
We're not sure where "uptown" is in the Nashville scene – but the location hardly matters, given the strength of the grooves on this set! The package brings forth a whole host of Music City soul gems we've never heard before – lots of work from the Ref O Ree and Tee Jay labels, some of which has the care and class to match the uptown soul sound that was coming from New York in the 60s, although overall, the set's got even more charm as a southern-styled soul collection! You can definitely hear echoes of other Tennessee soul of the time – bits of Sound Stage Seven and Stax – yet the work here also has its own flavor, too – and is a welcome rediscovery in a world of familiar reissues. Titles include "I Still Remember You" by Gene Allison, "Sugar (alt)" by Thomas Henry, "Sweet Way Of Living" by Peggy Gaines, "Clean With Your Dirty Work (alt)" by Rufus Hunter, "I Hear A Melody" by Spice Of Life, "I'd Like To Try It One More Time" by Larry Birdsong, "Let The Funk Get Next To You" by Eddie & Freddie, "You're Still The One" by Roscoe Shelton, "It Has To Be Love" by Freddie Waters, and "Love Is A Wonderful Thing" by Levert Allison. CD

Partial matches12
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
✨✧ VariousMFSB – Muthafunkinsonofabitch – The Truth Behind The Philly Legend ... CD
Funkadelphia, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The roots of the 70s sound of Philly International – served up here in a host of earlier tracks that have a wickedly funky sound! All numbers here are instrumentals – and all are played by some formation of players who'd later end up working for Philadelphia International Records in the MSFB studio group – but who record here under a variety of names used for obscure funky 45s! Much of the work here was cut at Sigma Sound Studios back when the label was first cutting Philly soul – and the collection features early work by artists who include Norman Harris, Bobby Eli, Earl Young, Vince Montana, Ronnie Baker, Leon Huff, Larry Washington, Ron Kersey, and others – all jamming in a way that's more hard-edged and funk-based than the Philly hits of the 70s. Titles include "Nickol Nickol" by Brothers Of Hope, "Vibrations" and "Bo Did It" by Hidden Cost, "Trippin" and "Jason Pew Mosso (part 2)" by Interpretations, "Egg Foo Wa Wa" by Race Street Chinatown Band, "Squeeze Your Knees" by Cupit, "I Can Dig It" by Daley Diggers, "Cupid's Holding" by Alliance", "Ambassador's Theme" & "Jimmy Bishop Theme" by Sam Reed Band, "Keem O Sabe" by Electric Indian, "Monte Carlo" by French Connection, and "Ando's Theme" by Ando Orchestra. CD
 
 
 



⇑ Top