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Chapter 81: Soulful Strut

Funk, funky R&B

James Brown famously claimed he invented funk by treating every instrument like a drum, and you can hear his influence all over this collection of pioneering funk - listen to how much rhythmic work the chicken scratch guitar on “Papa Was A Rolling Stone” is doing. But the actual percussion is just as impressive, especially the humble bongos & congas. The distinctive human touch of a slapped drumskin is the funky sweet sauce on many of these songs, like the conga clinic percussionist Henry Gibson throws on the endless groove of “Move On Up.”
1. The New Rotary Connection

I Am The Blackgold Of The Sun

2. Archie Bell & The Drells

Tighten Up, Pt. 1

3. Curtis Mayfield

Move On Up (Extended Version)

4. James Brown

Papa's Got a Brand New Bag

5. Gil Scott-Heron

Lady Day and John Coltrane

6. The Temptations

Papa Was a Rolling Stone

7. Young-Holt Unlimited

Soulful Strut

8. Curtis Mayfield


9. James Brown

Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine, Pts. 1 & 2

10. The 5th Dimension

Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In