Origins 2 – House Music Pioneers (Classic Soul, Funk & Disco 1974-81)


Another look into the early roots of House Music, this time original unmixed versions of pioneering soul, funk and disco tracks from the mid 70’s to the very early 80’s.

This is the era I began to take an interest in alternative music as a child, straying from the UK charts of the time and nabbing my Dad’s records instead. Listening to this series really brings back happy memories of growing up, which is why I recorded it. I also find it fascinating to to hear the melodies, beats and grooves that are still imitated or sampled electronically today, almost 40 years later.

Beginning with a gorgeous jazz version of Street Life by Randy Crawford and ending with my favourite track of the set – Shalamar’s 1978 hit Take That To The Bank, I reckon this is a sweet set of oldies for the car. Happy to share 🙂

 

  1. Randy Crawford – Street Life – 1979
  2. Gwen McCrae – Funky Sensation – 1981
  3. Linda Clifford – Runaway Love – 1978
  4. Melba Moore – You Stepped Into My Life – 1978
  5. Diana Ross – Upside Down – 1980
  6. Carl Carlton – She’s A Bad Mama Jama – 1981
  7. Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove – 1978
  8. Odyssey – Inside Out – 1977
  9. Shalamar – Second Time Around – 1979
  10. Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – Back Together Again – 1979
  11. Stephanie Mills – What Cha Gonna Do With My Lovin’ – 1979
  12. Donald Byrd – Love Has Come Around – 1981
  13. First Choice – Love Thang – 1979
  14. France Joli – Come to Me – 1979
  15. Ashford & Simpson – Bourgie Bourgie – 1977
  16. Van McCoy – The Hustle – 1975
  17. Patti LaBelle – Music Is My Way Of Life – 1979
  18. Thelma Houston – Saturday Night, Sunday Morning – 1979
  19. Ashford & Simpson – It Seems To Hang On – 1978
  20. Boz Scaggs – Lowdown – 1976
  21. Bobby Caldwell – What You Won’t Do For Love – 1978
  22. Barry White – Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love – 1974
  23. Shalamar – Take That To The Bank – 1978

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