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Chapter 91: Nobody Knows

Funk, R&B

All the elements of funk are present in tracks like “Didn’t I” or “Strawberry Letter 23” - rhythmic intricacy, fluid bass work and lush arrangements. But they’ve been slowed to a doleful crawl, more likely to toy with your heart than move your feet. All the musicians here tease and shape funk to their own ends - Sly Stone drains it of joy and warmth for the zombified “Just Like A Baby,” Herbie Hancock invents a whole new strain of jazz with it, and Pastor T.L. Barrett uses it as a delivery device for transcendence.
1. Bobby Womack

Across 110th Street

2. The Isley Brothers

That Lady, Pts. 1 & 2

3. Sly & The Family Stone

Just Like a Baby

4. Darondo

Didn't I

5. Herbie Hancock

Watermelon Man

6. The Three Degrees


7. Shuggie Otis

Strawberry Letter 23

8. The O'Jays

Back Stabbers

9. Sly & The Family Stone

Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)

10. Pastor T. L. Barrett and the Youth For Christ Choir

Nobody Knows