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!


Fat Beats, 2017. New Copy
There's a great fuzzy groove going on here – maybe a bit more distorted than the usual Brownout sound – but still equally funky! "Evolver" has this lyric and an overall vibe that maybe places it in the territory of War during their glory days – and "Things You ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Sonorama Discos, 2015. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A charged couple of tunes from a contemporary Mexican City combo with a deep love for classic Latin psych soul! "Abrete Sesamo" is rooted in loose, but boisterous percussion and some great psychedelia-inspired organ, with group vocals keeping it soulful and organic even when the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Beautiful brown-eyed soul from Sunny & The Sunliners – a heartbreaking tune that shows just how great the group could be at crafting the east coast soul style for the Texas scene of their roots! "Put Me In Jail" is wonderful – slow-stepping, with a lyric that's as ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Ich-I-Bon #1/Cool & Crazy
Tamla/Third Man, 1960. New Copy (reissue)
One of the coolest, weirdest early singles from Motown – a guitar instrumental that's more rock than the usual soul we'd expect from Tamla – complete with an exotic shouted chant at the beginning, and some Eastern-styled guitar to match! The drums are mighty romping – and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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
Third Man, 1973. New Copy (pic cover)
Early work from the Hackney brothers of Detroit – the trio who went on to protopunk fame in the groundbreaking group Death – but who here sound a lot more soul-based overall! "People Save The World" has riffing guitar over quick-stepping bass that seems to be years ahead of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tamla/Third Man, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Great work from one of Motown's first big male soul singers! "Let's Rock" is a romping number – almost R&B, and with a rough-edged production tip that definitely keeps its edge – and "Do The Very Best You Can" is a great blue soul number – slow-moving, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tamla/Third Man, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
One of Motown's earliest hits! This is the classic first version of this great cut that was covered by the Beatles, The Flying Lizards, and a million other groups – but it sounds better than ever as a stomping soul tune in the hands of Barrett Strong! The flipside's mighty nice, too – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Tamla/Third Man, 1959. New Copy (reissue)
The Satintones were one of those great early Motown groups who never rose to fame as the label started to grow – and they're at their best here on this romping little number! Their harmonies are great – and intertwine in a way that's more doo wop than later Motown soul – without ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
At Jody's/A Breezy Day
Kings Underground, 2017. New Copy
There's a great break at the start of "At Jody's" – the kind you'd have to search hundreds of vintage records to find – and which is also followed by some completely wonderful slow-bumping bassline and wicked wangly guitar – almost like a slow-grooving number from the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Funk Music Unlimited, 1974. New Copy
The title here reminds us of an early gem by Kool & The Gang – and the fast funk style of the tune does too – except it's a lot more soaring and jammy – with bold horns, a great organ solo, and a massive breakdown that has very cool congas supporting a heavy bass! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Funk Music Unlimited, 1973. New Copy
The group may be named Living Funk, but "Fools Love" is a great bit of mellow sweet soul – a tune that moves at a slow pace that really lets the vocals unfold in a heartbreaking kind of way! The funk returns on the flipside – as "Silver Black Summer Day" has loads ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
I've Got Another/Southside Chicago
Numero, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A really moody cut from Chicago's Otis Brown – a groove that starts out slow, with a bit of conga in the mix – at a tempo that's somewhere in the speed of "Elephant Walk"! Otis Brown sings lead vocals, and gets some mellow backup from the rest of the Delights – and the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Philips/Numero, 1975. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A beautifully trippy bit of funk from the Dutch scene of the 70s – a tune that has these weird spaced-out vocals, and some very heavy drums underneath! Lyrics are in English, and there's a nice hook to the tune – sung by female vocals that seem to be overdubbed on themselves, creating ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Fabulous/Expansion (UK), 1979. New Copy
A sweet later track from the mighty Leon Ware – recorded after his bigger years on Motown, but with the same sort of style as his Musical Massage album! The tune's got this warm, seductive groove right from the start – and Ware sings right up there in the Marvin Gaye range, which is ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Mr Bongo (UK), 1965/1971. New Copy
The lovely Claudia serves up to very groovy numbers here! "Deixa O Morro Cantar" has this soaring mix of samba rhythms and horns – and is topped by Claudia's bold lead – in a style that's nicely different than some of the softer female bossa singers of her scene, and which is ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Pepite (Switzerland), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A rare bit of Brazilian funk from the 70s – served up with this fast-riffing groove that's totally great, which is then punctuated by very soulful piano – and topped with vocals that are in that totally cool style of Brazilian production that was big at the time! In other words, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Matter Of Time/When I Saw Your Face
Daptone, 2017. New Copy
A fantastic funky single from Sharon Jones – a tune that dips, turns, swells, and grooves – all with an even more fantastic demonstration of her vocal skills than usual – and support from the Dap-Kings that show again that they're one of the best funky bands in the business! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Don't Waste My Time/It's What They Can't See
Suncut (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Jerry Washington doesn't waste any time with this track – as the tune's got this quick-riffing guitar that's almost "Tighten Up", but has a very different vibe once Jerry steps in with a cool spoken intro to the tune – then sings into the groove as the horns swell up! Timmy ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Karate (parts 1 & 2)
Tramp (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy
A romping, stomping, sock-soul monster – a cut recorded in the Northwest in the mid 60s, but with a groove that's massively funky overall! Imagine a group like The Capitols or Archie Bell & The Drells getting the chance to work after hours in a tiny studio – just riffing and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated November 21, 2017


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