Essential funk singles that are affordable...

DirtyBeatGuyDirtyBeatGuy 297 Posts
edited January 2006 in Music Talk
Was having this discussion with a friend the other day and was wondering what everyone else thought. We came up with quite a few i.e. Betty Wright etc... - so I figured people here might be able to put me on to some more obscure (to me anyways) funk 45's that you consider essential but affordable.
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  • Jesse Anderson "Mighty Mighty"
    Rufus Thomas "Do The Funky Penguin"
    Rufus Thomas "The Breakdown"
    everthing by James Brown
    Cymande "The Message"

  • heres a good starter kit off the top of the dome..


    gene chandler - in my bodys house (basically the funkiest version of HARD TIMES baby huey/curtis) $10

    james brown - there was a time / i cant stand myself ESSENTIAL $10

    syl johnson - annie got hot pants power ( PT 2 instrumental is as heavy as any $500 funk 45 )$15

    junior and the classics - kill the pain $15

    jodi gales - you gotta push $10

    al green - i'll be good to you $15

    *****If you're cool moving into the $20-40 range

    caprells - close your eyes (recent influx of copies have made this once $200 single very affordable)

    hot chocolate - good for the gander (very cheap as of late)

    camille bob - brother brown

    bobby williams - funky superfly

    harvey scales - funky yolk ($25 or so)

    singin sam and the sparks - daybreak

    piney brown - everything but you (also used to be big $$)


    hope that helps








  • akoako 3,409 Posts
    *****If you're cool moving into the $20-40 range

    eddie bo - hook & sling

    ...unless its more expensive now?

  • (recent influx of copies have made this once $200 single very affordable)


    Also on this tip is Rare Function 'Disco Function' which used to go for over a $100 but is around $30-40 now.

    some other affordable jams

    marva whitney 'Things have got to get better'
    General Crook 'Gimmee Some'
    Moon People 'Land of Love'

    great thread. I'm all about the working man's digger, and I think there is plenty of underrated singles out thurr.

    $??

  • ryanryan 334 Posts
    staples under $15

    the fabulous counts "jan jan"

    people's choice "big ladies man"

    afrique "soul mokossa"

    the chubukos "house of the rising funk"

    joe quarterman & free soul "trouble on my mind"


  • DJFerrariDJFerrari 2,411 Posts
    This list could go on for a while. Here's a few killer cheapies off the top of my head...

    Freda Payne - Unhooked Generation
    Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul - So Much Trouble on my Mind (essential!!)
    Nite-Liters - Dreams to Remember
    Miami - Party Freaks
    Parliament - Come in out of the Rain
    Idris Muhammad - Could Heaven Ever Be Like This (more disco than funk, but cheap and killer)

    DJ Ferrari



  • Options
    The undiscovered Caribbean stuff.

    K.

  • The undiscovered Caribbean stuff.

    K.

    As if on cue, I just found an awesome record called "Machine Gun" (cover?), heavy dancefloor action with breakdowns... you'll like it

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    Tradesy? You know I have something for you.

    K.

  • BreakSelfBreakSelf 2,925 Posts
    The undiscovered Caribbean stuff.

    K.

    As if on cue, I just found an awesome record called "Machine Gun" (cover?)

    Commodores?

  • "Odyssey Group"

  • BreakSelfBreakSelf 2,925 Posts
    "Odyssey Group"



    Man, I'm losing it. I thought you were asking if it was possibly a cover, and I was trying to point out that perhaps it was a cover of the Commodore's "machine gun". Maybe you were asking about an album cover, though. I dunno, like i said, i'm losing it. Too many Leffe's here in London.




  • Even more embarassingly, I can't recall the Commodores jam. But pretty sure it's a cover of it. Too much doubles of "Assembly Line"...

    This record shouldn't be in this thread though, it's neither essential nor affordable

  • BreakSelfBreakSelf 2,925 Posts




    This record shouldn't be in this thread though, it's neither essential nor affordable



    And that's the bottom line.



  • jodi gales - you gotta push $10



    I finally found that the other day, took me forever.

    I'd add:

    Ripple - I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky/Willie Pass the Water
    Soul Seachers - We The People
    Bobby Powell - Peace Begins Within
    Alvin Cash - Keep On Dancin'

    and hell, I'd even throw in an extra-cheap

    Commodores - I Feel Sanctified (sounds sweet on 45)

  • Here's a few more....

    Jungle Fever- Chakachas
    Tropical- African Music Machine
    All The Way Down- Etta James


  • This list could go on for a while. Here's a few killer cheapies off the top of my head...

    Miami - Party Freaks



    I actually have a handful of stock copies if anyone needs one.

  • bull_oxbull_ox 5,056 Posts
    Ripple - I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky/Willie Pass the Water
    Soul Seachers - We The People

    We might as well just say all Ripple and Soul Searchers... beginner staples...

    And there's several Syl Johnson's too...

    Bobby Powell - Peace Begins Within

    Pretty sure this is a great two-sider, though I can't remember what the flip is...

    Also:

    Ike & Tina: Bold Soul Sisters (blue thumb) a $2 record that will just tear your speakers apart

  • Thanks for all the suggestions - I have quite a few of them but there were alot that I didn't.


  • djrdjr 511 Posts

    If you like funky 70s soul, then find a copy of
    Sebastian Williams - Get Your Point Over (Ovide)

    brilliant tune that shouln't set you back more than $10.
    But if you see it for double, buy it anyway.

    'Peace Begins Within' - what a fucking tune.
    Who needs rare with tunes like this?



  • James Brown




    some JB 45s for step 1

    +

    Meters singles

    =

    Essentials





    and it doesn't hurt that most are real cheap.

  • SoulOnIceSoulOnIce 13,027 Posts
    mo cheapies

    Engine Engine #9 - Wilson Pickett

    You're Losing Me - Ann Sexton

    It's the Real Thing - Electric Express

    Let Me Get Close To You - Jerry Washington

    Party Power - Junior Wells

    Mighty Mighty - Baby Huey

    Keep It Coming - Denise Lasalle

    All tha Dykes

  • nothing too new here, but i'd add that most of the charles wright + watts 103rd st rhythm band singles are both inexpensive and around - and the guitar at the end of "do your thing" is rather .

  • PrimeCutsLtdPrimeCutsLtd jersey fresh 2,632 Posts
    funky nassau

  • meatyogremeatyogre 2,080 Posts
    Fugi - Mary Don't Take Me On No Bad Trip
    Notations - SuperPeople
    Cyril Neville - Gossip
    Bar Kays - Humpin
    General Crook 45s
    Abaco Dream - Life and Death in G & A
    early Kool & the Gang singles....



  • motown67motown67 4,513 Posts

    Cyril Neville - Gossip

    You can find this at an affordable price? This is more like a $40+ single when I've seen it.

  • meatyogremeatyogre 2,080 Posts
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Cyril-Neville-Gossip-FUNK-45-on-Josie-UNPLAYED_W0QQitemZ4815760740QQcategoryZ306QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


    thats cheap innit? The NON had copies at 25 a pop a few weeks ago too. very affordable for such a hard tune IMO.

  • Mr_Lee_PHDMr_Lee_PHD 2,040 Posts
    SOUL SEARCHERS

    RARE GEMS ODYSSEY

    FATBACK BAND

    KOOL & THE GANG

    RIMSHOTS

    AVERAGE WHITE BAND

  • BW SOULS MARVINS GROOVE

    PM me if you want to get with this.

    if you do not have it you need it.

    i am not hyping this shit for nothing. it is awesome.

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