Check out my subjective jazz/soul/funk recommendation list. Some of these titles are hard to find, some has only been released on CD in Japan and some are not available on CD at all.
…And yes, – I know, – there are lots of "great", "excellent" and "superb", but these are classics in my book, – chosen from nearly 20.000 songs in my CD & LP collection.

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Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On – 1971
Produced by: Marvin Gaye
Label: Motown – 5339

Probably the best album ever recorded! A must in every record collection. With classics like "What’s Going On", "Mercy Mercy Me" and "Inner City Blues". Highly recommended is also his very much underrated double LP (1 CD) "Here My Dear" from 1977 (Motown 530 253-2). A 13 track testimony about his marriage and divorce from Anna, sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy.



Ohio Players – Skin Tight – 1974
Label: Mercury – 848 345-2
Ohio Players – Honey – 1975
Label: Mercury – 848 347-2
Ohio Players – Contradiction – 1976
Label: Mercury – 848 348-2
Ohio Players – Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee – 1978
Label: Mercury – 848 351-2
Produced by: Ohio Players

Classic jazz/funk CDs with the original cover artwork. (For those of you knowing what I’m talking about :-). Excellent sound, even though these 4 OP albums was produced more than 20 years ago. Listen specially to the killer horn arrangements and the drum sound. Featuring the special and easy recognizable singing style by Sugar. This style was also to some extent, done by Michael Cooper of ConFunkShun, Larry Blackmon of Cameo and Larry Dodson of Bar-Keys. There are several "best of" CDs available.

L.T.D. – Love To The World – 1976
Produced by: Larry & Fonce Mizell
Label: A&M – 3146

Vocalist Jeffrey Osborne’s old band. This album was finally released on CD in 1995 and contains the classic "Love Ballad", also done by George Benson in an upbeat version. Also check out the 15 track best of CD "Classics vol.27" in the A&M series. This has most of the tracks you need.


Johnny Bristol – Bristol’s Creme – 1977
Produced by: Johnny Bristol
Label: Blues Interactions Japan – PCD 2727

A very strong mellow soul album. Sounds like a mid 70’s cross between Barry White and Marvin Gaye. Very hard to find on CD.


George Benson – In Flight – 1977
Produced by: Tommy LiPuma
Label: Warner Bros – 256 327

Highly recommended jazz/funk album featuring a great 9:47 mins version of the War classic "The World is a Ghetto" plus "Nature Boy" and "Valdez in the Country".


O’Jays – Collectors’ Items – 1977
Produced by: Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff
Label: Philadelphia International Records – 35024

Great 14 track CD compilation. Featuring the now classic "Backstabbers", "For the Love of Money" and "I love Music". Originally released as a 14 track double LP. The CD was out in 1990, but on some pressings, the track "Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby" has been removed. Excellent Philly Sound production by Gamble & Huff. Highly recommendable is also their 1978 release "So Full of Love" (CBS 35355), containing the hit "Used to Be My Girl".



Pockets – Come Go With Us – 1977
Label: Sony Japan – SRCS 6436
Pockets – Take It On Up – 1978
Label: Sony Japan – SRCS 6437
Pockets – So Delicious – 1979
Label: Sony Japan – SRCS 6438
Produced by: Verdine White & Robert Wright

This is as close to EWF you’ll get! Excellent EWF-like production. Specially on the first two releases. Highly recommended! Also available are the "Golden Classics" (Collectables Records 5811) containing most of the tracks from both "Come Go With Us" and "Take It On Up" plus a couple of tracks from from their last release "So Delicious".

Kinsman Dazz – s/t – 1978
Produced by: Philip Bailey & Ralph Johnson
Label: 20th Century Fox – T 574 (LP)

Not available on CD. The first of two excellent releases before they went on to become The Dazz Band. Many of the tracks are very EWF-like.


Crown Heights Affair – Dream World – 1978
Produced by: Freida Nerangis & Britt Britton
Label: Delite/Unidisc – SPLK 7154 (CD)

These 8 guys from NY are a little close to disco, but the horn arrangements are excellent. 14 tracks including 12" versions.


Hi Tension – s/t – 1978
Produced by: Alex Sadkin & Kofi Ayivor
Label: Island – ILPS 9564 (LP)

Only available on LP. British jazz/funk act very influenced by EWF. A not so good "Best of" CD including some of vocalist David Joseph’s solo stuff was released in the UK in 1993. (IMCD 157 514 828-2)


Whispers – Headlights – 1978
Produced by: Dick Griffey & The Whispers
Label: SOLAR – 7243 855793 2

Just one of several great albums from this vocal group. Released on CD in 1996. Contains the classic ballad "(Olivia) Lost and Turned Out". Great vocal arrangements and harmony singing. Specially the very smooth voices of brothers Scotty & Walter Scott. Also check out the 12 track "In The Mood". A "best of ballads" from the Whispers. (SOLAR 75321)


Brick – Stoneheart – 1979
Produced by: Bill Schnee
Label: Bang Records – JZ 35969 (LP)

Not available on CD. Very good album featuring the flute-playing Jimmi Brown. Inventor of the so-called Dazz sound (Danceable Jazz) also adapted by Kinsmen Dazz/Dazz Band. Also available on CD is the not so good 12 track "Best of Brick" (Epic EK 66870) from 1995. Check also out their 1980 release "Summer Heat" produced by Ray Parker Jr. Available on CD from Japan (Sony SRCS 5793)


Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers – Bustin’ Loose – 1979
Produced by: James Purdie
Label: Valley Vue – V2 53903

Released on CD in 1992. Originally released on the Washington "go-go" label Source in 1979. Very hard to find on CD.


Al Johnson – Back For More – 1980
Produced by: Norman Connors
Label: Sony Japan – SRCS 6131

Definitely worth checking out because of the three mellow tracks "I’ve got my Second Wind", "Tonight ‘s the Night for Love" and "Back for More", a duet with Jean Carn. Otherwise this album is a little disco.


Gap Band – III – 1980
Label: Mercury – 822 788-2
Gap Band – IV – 1981
Label: Mercury – 822 794-2
Produced by: Lonnie Simmons

Two great albums. The name "Gap" comes from 3 streets in their home town Tulsa, – Greenwood, Archer and Pine. Known for using a special guitar that sounds like a cross between a Spanish guitar and a mandolin, – built like a French ukulele with 6 strings. Featuring "Burn Rubber on Me", "When I look in Your Eyes" and "Early in the Morning".


Keni Burke – Changes – 1982
Produced by: Kenneth M. Burke
Label: RCA – ND 90555

Great bass player that never got the recognition he very well deserves. Worked with Curtis Mayfield and O’Jays among others. This CD includes the classic "Risin’ to the Top" and two bonus tracks from his 1980 album "You’re The Best". Also available on CD is The Wonderful World Of Keni (RCA – PD 90682), which includes several tracks from Keni’s first album (1977), never released on CD and extremely hard to find on LP.



ConFunkShun – Best of vol.1 & 2 – 1993 & 1996
Produced by: Skip Scarborough and others
Label: Mercury – 314 510 275-2 & 314 532 470-2

Two great 17 and 16 track CD compilations. Vol1. is maybe the strongest of the two. Had a killer combination with Michael Cooper’s vocals and Felton Pilate’s guitar. Listen especially to the ultra strong ballads. The mellow "By Your Side" is still on my all-time top-10 list some 17 years after it was first released.


Spinners – Best of vol.1 & 2 – 1993 & 1997
Produced by: Thom Bell and others
Label: Atlantic/Rhino – 8122 71213-2 & R2 72756

Two excellent CD compilations from this vocal group. Both with 16 tracks spinning from between 1970 and 1980. Featuring the classic tracks "It’s a Shame", "Could It Be I’m Falling in Love", "I’ll be Around" and "The Rubberband Man". Lead vocals on most of the songs belongs to Philippe Wynne, who died in 1984.

Mandrill – Best of – 1996
Produced by: Various
Label: Polygram – 35276

Very good 11 track CD compilation by this group, which was very much influenced by mid 70’s EWF.


Roy Ayers – The Best Of – 1997
Produced by: Roy Ayers and Wayne Henderson among others
Label: Polydor – 314537074-2

Among all the "Best of Roy Ayers" that’s been released, this 15 track collection is definitely the best. Featuring Roy’s great version of the classic Bobby Caldwell penned "What you won’t do for love".


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