Funky 45's — Recently Added

XClassic sounds on 45rpm 7 inch singles -- Northern soul, deep soul, funk, breaks, rare groove, sample tracks, modern soul, and jazz!


Chess/Third Man, 1953. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic Muddy Waters track from the early 78rpm years – a tune that's got this unbelivable folding together of fuzzy guitar and hypnotic vocals – almost a trance-like take on Chicago blues, and proof that even at the start, Muddy was onto something new! "Sad Sad Day" is ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Chess/Third Man, 1950. New Copy (reissue)
A classic early tune from Muddy Waters – one that might not have changed the world when it was released at the start of the 50s – but later gave the famous group their name! The tune's a wonderful mix of raw rural and early electric Chicago blues modes – spare, but extremely ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Chess/Third Man, 1954. New Copy (reissue)
Maybe one of the most famous Muddy Waters songs ever recorded – served up here in all its fantastically raw glory! The tune's got Waters playing a famous electric guitar vamp that may well have become the blueprint for countless bar bands to come – but serving up the lyrics with a wit ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Shadowboxin/Iron Maiden
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy
El Michels and Wu-Tang – always a wonderful combination, as you'll hear on this fantastic funky 45! The group take on "Shadowboxin" and strip it right down to its roots – just bassline, slow-stepping drums, and a wicked bit of organ – completely different without any ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Bar Shift/Brown Thang
Tramp (Germany), 2017. New Copy
A fantastic mix of deep soul and hard funk – of the sort we first heard in the early records of Lee Fields! The Eminent Stars here have a great singer on "Bar Shift" – vocalist Bruce James, who brings in a real old school southern style to the lyrics – while the group ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Funk Night, 2017. New Copy
A sweet onomatopoeic groove from Iron Souls – a funky instrumental that really seems to have the riffing guitar making the "shibba shabba" sound of the title – while also getting nicely fuzzy and distorted, as funky drums keep a razor-sharp energy at the core! The guitar's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Let Go/Will You Be There
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
Two fantastic tracks from one of our favorite funk groups of the 70s! "Let Go" has a wonderfully straightforward groove – tightly punctuated by razor-sharp instrumentation, while the vocals soar out in so many different directions – all with the upbeat vibe you'd know from ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Expansion (UK), 1975. New Copy
Funky club from right before the bigger disco years – the kind of upbeat, uptempo group soul track that the east coast did so well – with these beautifully positive lyrics that only sound even better with all the voices of the group in unison! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Curtom/Expansion (UK), 1977. New Copy
An overlooked Curtom Records gem – produced by Jerry Butler, and with a soaring clubby groove that's mighty nice! Mystique really open up as the tune moves on – almost a modern soul take on earlier Curtom modes – turned towards the dancefloor a bit more than before! "Spoiled ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Whitfield/Expansion (UK), 1978. New Copy
A killer track from Spyder Turner – part of his great late 70s revival years in the hands of producer Norman Whitfield, who creates a warm modern soul groove that really sends the tune home! The song's got a gentle glide that's augmented by some nice use of vibes – and Turner's voice ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Daptone, 2015. New Copy
A great remake of this classic soul song – a tune made famous by Etta Jones and a number of others – given a great dubby approach here by the Frightnrs! The bassline's in the lead of the instrumentation, and mostly just gets support from the vocals and some very slow-stepping drums ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Big Crown, New Copy
A very cool blend of sweet girl group harmonies and rawer funky grooves on the Big Crown label! The vocal trio really carries the vibe in a beautiful way here, with flute floating along side for a little bit of lushness over a grittier funky drums backdrop. The flipside has a pretty great disco dub ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Fox In A Mini Skirt/Bad Luck
Rocafort, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Fierce funk from this Crescent City duo! "Fox In A Mini Skirt" romps along at a wickedly sharp pace – bumping full-on with this downturning groove that's perfect for the badass lyrics over the top! "Bad Luck" just features Hank on his own – and the track has even ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Maelstrom/Avalanche
Daptone, 2016. New Copy
A pair of aural psych funk severe weather events from the mighty Budos Band! "Maelstrom" kicks off with swirling bit of organ, presaging the funky onslaught to come – with soulful horn blasts and and impeccably rhythmic sensibility that keeps it from flying out of control. "Aval ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Daptone, 2015. New Copy
One of those funky 45s you can tell will be great – just by looking at the surface of the grooves! The tune starts out all compressed and trebly at the start – with fuzzy guitar over a spare rhythm, which then gets full and funky once the cut gets going – but then takes this ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Better Things/Window Shopping
Daptone, 2010. New Copy
A pair of the best tracks from the instant classic, mainstream attention seizing I Learned The Hard Way – "Better Things" and "Window Shopping on a 45 – as they should be, because these are neo jukebox classics of the highest caliber! "Better Things" is a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Big Crown, Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover)
Somebody forgot to tell the guy in the back row about the costumes for the photo shoot – but that doesn't stop "Say It Again" from being a hell of a cooker! The tune's got a mix of southern groove and sweet soul – a bit like our favorite work by The Winstons, complete with ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tearz/Verbal Intercourse
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy
The label says El Michels, but the record also features vocals from Lee Fields & The Shacks – singing in this slow-stepping harmony chorus that often gives way more strongly to the instrumentation – in a moody, late nite funk approach that's one of the finest moments in the El ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Special Night (parts 1 & 2)
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy
A two-part stunner from Lee Fields & The Expressions – a cut that's every bit as great as their work together on the sublime My World album – delivered in a similiar slow funk mode! The groove is like classic New Jersey soul from the early 70s – rough-edged, but sweet at the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
4th Chamber/Snakes
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy
El Michels take it back to basics here – and serve up some wickedly funky sounds on "4th Chamber" – a cut that's got great heavy drums at the bottom, but just the kind of spooky keyboard line you might expect from its Wu-Tang title reference! "Snakes" is quite ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated September 24, 2017


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