Funk-Soul & Motown Albums

Funk-Soul & Motown Albums

Soul is a popular music genre that originated in the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States; where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were influential in the civil rights era. Soul also became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa.

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying". Catchy rhythms, stressed by handclaps and extemporaneous body moves, are an important feature of soul music.

Soul music dominated the U.S. R&B chart in the 1960s, and many recordings crossed over into the pop charts in the U.S., Britain and elsewhere. By 1968, the soul music genre had begun to splinter. Some soul artists developed funk music, while other singers developed slicker, more sophisticated, and in some cases more politically conscious varieties. By the early 1970s, soul music had been influenced by psychedelic rock and other genres. The United States saw the development of neo soul around 1994. There are also several other subgenres and offshoots of soul music.

The key subgenres of soul include the Detroit (Motown) style, a rhythmic music influenced by gospel; deep soul and southern soul, a driving, energetic soul style combining R&B with southern gospel sounds; Memphis soul, a shimmering, sultry style;  Chicago soul, a light gospel-influenced sound; Philadelphia soul, a lush orchestral sound with doo-wop-inspired vocals; Psychedelic soul, a blend of psychedelic rock and soul music; as well as categories such as Blue-Eyed soul and Northern soul.

Funk-Soul & Motown Albums

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The Temptations - The Temptations With a Lot o' Soul

The Temptations - (1967)

UK TML , the Motown group's fifth studio album, features the singles, "(I Know) I'm Losing You", All I Need" and "You're My Everything".

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The Trammps - Where the Happy People Go

The Trammps - (1976)

The soul/disco's group's third studio album, features the singles "That's Where the Happy People Go" and "Disco Party".

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Quincy Jones - $

Quincy Jones - (1972)

Original U.S. Reprise Records (MS 2051),  soundtrack to the film, features performances by Little Richard, Roberta Flack and Doug Kershaw.

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War - Youngblood

War - (1978)

U.S. United Artists (UA-LA904-H) variant, of the original soundtrack to the film.

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Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Greatest Hits

Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - (1970)

A lovely clean UK STML 11153, compilation album from the Motown duet, features "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".

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The Temptations - Puzzle People

The Temptations - (1969)

Well presented original U.S. Gordy GS 949 variant, features the singles, "I Can't Get Next to You", and "Don't Let the Joneses Get You Down".

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Brainstorm - Stormin'

Brainstrom - (1977)

Well presented U.S. Tabu Records (BOL1-2048 stereo), debut album by the Detroit R&B/funk-disco group.

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Roberta Kelly - In the Spirit

Roberta Kelly - (1978)

Promotional pressing of the Giorgio Moroder and Bob Esty produced, gospel disco album, features dance versions of "Oh Happy Day" and "My Sweet Lord".

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Oscar Brown Jr. - Brother Where Are You

Oscar Brown Jr. - (1974)

Original U.S. Atlantic (SD 1649 stereo) variant of the American singer's tenth studio album.

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Van McCoy - Love Is the Answer

Van McCoy - (1974)

EX/EX U.S. Avco (AV 69002-698), McCoy's pre-disco, third studio album, features covers of "Back Stabbers", "Proud Mary" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".

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The Detroit Spinners - The Original Spinners

The Detroit Spinners - (1981)

A well presented EX/EX 1981 re-press of the album (no barcode), first released in 1967, features "Truly Yours" and "I'll Always Love You".

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Ralph Macdonald - Counterpoint

Ralph Macdonald - (1079)

The Trinagorian-American percussionist's third studio album, released through Marlin records.

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Edwin Starr - Involved

Edwin Starr - (1971)

Well presented EX/EX (U.S. Gordy G956L stereo), includes the N/S anthems "Way Over There", "Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On" and "War".

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Charles Wright - Doing What Comes Narurally

Charles Wright - (1972)

Stunning (U.S. Dunhill DSD 50162 stereo), double LP, includes original black and white printed lyric sheet.

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Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - The Tears of a Clown

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - (1981)

Stunning EX+/EX+ 1981 U.S. reissue, (no barcode), of the album first released in 1967, and originally titled "Make It Happen".

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Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Greatest Hits Vol.2

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - (1973)

Well presented example of the compilation album STML 11233 stereo.

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The Temptations - Live at London's Talk of the Town

The Temptations - (1970)

EX/EX example of the 1970 live album, recorded at the Talk of the Town nightclub in London, England.

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The Marvelettes - The Return of the Marvelettes

The Marvelettes - (1970)

The Motown girl group's final album, which was never released in the United Kingdom

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Bo Diddley - The London Bo Diddley Sessions

Bo Diddley - (1973)

Stunning EX+/EX+ UK Chess (6499 476), a mix of soul and funk, with elements of his old sound.

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Various Artists - Motown Instrumentals

Various Artists - (1978)

French manufactured, Motown instrumental compilation album, includes songs from The Crusaders, Jermaine Jackson, and Rare Earth.

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Bobby Wilson - I'll Be Your Rainbow

Bobby Wilson - (1975)

U.S. Buddah Records (BDS 5632), only album release by the funk-soul artist, in EX/EX condition, with original company inner.

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Sunny - Doctor's Orders

Sunny - (1974)

Original UK CBS (S 80219 stereo) album, which features the title song which peaked at #7 on the UK singles chart the same year.

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The Crown Heights Affair - Dreaming a Dream

Crown Heights Affair - (1975)

Original U.S. De-Lite (DEP 2017) stereo, the American R&B-funk group's second studio album, unreleased in the UK.

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Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band - Evolution

Dennis Coffey - (1972)

Original U.S. Sussex Records (SXBS 7004 stereo) pressing, the second album by session guitarist Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Army.

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