Category Archives: Soul

Purple Snow

 

1984. An important year for me. I was eleven years old and I bought Purple Rain by Prince & The Revolution. Wow, I loved that album. Well I still love Purple Rain. Nine great songs. It is one of the greatest albums in the Minneapolis sound. From Purple Rain I then went on to discover The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Sly & The Family Stone, Marvin Gaye and other great artists. I have seen Prince three times – 1987, 1988 and 2011. All three concerts where amazing. I missed his hard rock show in Stockholm this year though since I’m abroad.

Numero Group has just released Purple Snow: Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound, a great collection of late 70s early 80s sounds from Minneapolis. Soul and R&B with a new wave synth-vibe. It’s lovely! I highly reccommend this album.

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Raw psychedelic soul 1969-1973

Osmium, Funkadelic, Free You Mind And Your Ass Will Follow, Maggot Brain, America Eats Its Young, Cosmic Slop…I love the early Parliament-Funkadelic before they became P-Funk legends. The music is completely “out there”. Totally original. Raw psychedelic soul mixed with proto-heavy metal and funk. Nasty guitar licks from Eddie Hazel (check out the solo on Maggot Brain – he’s up there with Hendrix) and mad singing chanting from George Clinton.

One of the great things about youtube is that it’s possible to watch wonderful clips like the two I post here. One clip is from a TV-show in 1969 and the other one is a clip from 1973 where the whole P-Funk gang run around in NYC and mime to “Cosmic Slop”.

New Orleans Funk

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New Orleans Funk vol 3 – The Original Sound of Funk: Two-Way-Pocky-Way, Gumbo Ya Ya and the Mardi Gras Mambo.

Soul Jazz Records has released the third volume in their New Orleans funk series (add to that the excellent collection Saturday Night Fish Fry). The third volume isn’t as strong as the previous ones, but it’s still very very good. You can find a lot of funky beats on it. I love the sounds from “the Big Easy”. The rythms, the groove and the attitude in the music. Lee Dorsey, The Meters, Professor Longhair, Allen Toussaint and Dirty Dozen Brass Band are some of the names on the compilation. Great artists. Larger than life.

I often find seaports interesting and New Orleans is one of my favorite cities. I was there in 1996 (I was 22 years old then) and I’m glad I could experience the city before hurricane Katrina almost destroyed it. I hope I will be able to go back in the near future to experience it again. Especially after I’ve been following the television drama series Treme.