Old School Soul Party

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Another entry in Shout! Factory's ongoing series of triple-CD box compilations promoted on PBS, this one is more cohesively presented. Sequenced to flow like a typical party, the discs of this predominantly '70s-era 58-track R&B collection are divided into three connected parts. Starting with the high-energy sounds of Wild Cherry's one-hit wonder "Play That Funky Music," disc one subtitled "Kickin' It Off" continues with tough funk hits from Cameo, Rick James, Parliament, and James Brown. Mercifully dodging the disco bullet save for Donna Summer's "Last Dance," this nonstop funkathon platter is alone worth the price of admission. Adding different sounds such as the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Another entry in Shout! Factory's ongoing series of triple-CD box compilations promoted on PBS, this one is more cohesively presented. Sequenced to flow like a typical party, the discs of this predominantly '70s-era 58-track R&B collection are divided into three connected parts. Starting with the high-energy sounds of Wild Cherry's one-hit wonder "Play That Funky Music," disc one subtitled "Kickin' It Off" continues with tough funk hits from Cameo, Rick James, Parliament, and James Brown. Mercifully dodging the disco bullet save for Donna Summer's "Last Dance," this nonstop funkathon platter is alone worth the price of admission. Adding different sounds such as the Undisputed Truth's slightly trippy "Smiling Faces Sometimes" and the Beginning of the End's tropical "Funky Nassau" successfully serves to shift the style but not the mood. Disc two "Getting' into the Groove" lightens the groove moderately as melody and pop become more emphasized on Cheryl Lynn's "Got to Be Real," the Friends of Distinction's "Love or Let Me Be Lonely," Gene Chandler's "Groovy Situation," and Ashford & Simpson's "Solid." These are all well-chosen selections that were substantial hits, but not as ubiquitous as the Isley Brothers' "That Lady, Pts. 1-2," a tune that always seems to find its way onto '70s soul collections such as this. Disc three "Dimmin' the Lights" moves into slow and sensual post-party fare with 19 quiet storm smooth jams from artists such as the Five Stairsteps "O-o-h Child", Minnie Riperton "Lovin' You",the Chi-Lites "Have You Seen Her", and Marvin Gaye "Sexual Healing". The schlock factor is obviously higher here, but all the songs are Top Ten R&B and/or pop hits and will spark instant recognition from those this box is intended for. The remastered sound is crisp and sparkling throughout, bringing out these oldies' subtleties -- especially with percussion -- that you might not have heard before. While not definitive, the set accomplishes its mission of replaying the soundtrack to a colorful late-'70s urban shindig. More than a haphazard collection of oldies, this conceptual box boasts a well-defined focus, a unique programming flow, and of course lots of soul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2005
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • UPC: 826663371727
  • Catalog Number: 33717

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry (4:57)
  2. 2 Will It Go Round in Circles - Billy Preston (4:27)
  3. 3 She's a Bad Mama Jama (She's Built, She's Stacked) (3:55)
  4. 4 Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker) - Parliament (5:45)
  5. 5 I Feel for You - Chaka Khan (4:05)
  6. 6 You and I - Rick James (3:06)
  7. 7 Word Up - Cameo (4:18)
  8. 8 You Dropped a Bomb on Me - The Gap Band (4:02)
  9. 9 The Payback, Pts. 1-2 - James Brown (7:39)
  10. 10 Love Rollercoaster - Ohio Players (2:53)
  11. 11 Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations (6:57)
  12. 12 Smiling Faces Sometimes - The Undisputed Truth (3:14)
  13. 13 Slide - Slave (3:22)
  14. 14 Strokin', Pt. 2 - Leon Haywood (3:46)
  15. 15 Funky Nassau, Pts. 1-2 - The Beginning of the End (3:12)
  16. 16 Dazz - Brick (3:23)
  17. 17 Slippin' into Darkness - War (3:46)
  18. 18 Last Dance - Donna Summer (3:17)
  19. 19 Sukiyaki - A Taste of Honey (3:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Jack and Jill - Raydio (4:34)
  2. 2 Could It Be I'm Falling in Love - The Spinners (4:12)
  3. 3 Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got) - The Four Tops (3:03)
  4. 4 That Lady, Pts. 1-2 - The Isley Brothers (5:36)
  5. 5 I Want Your Love - Chic (3:31)
  6. 6 Got to Be Real - Cheryl Lynn (3:49)
  7. 7 The Second Time Around - Shalamar (3:43)
  8. 8 Ladies Night - Kool & the Gang (3:27)
  9. 9 Bad Luck, Pts. 1-2 @@Harold And The Blue Notes Melvin (3:14)
  10. 10 Back Stabbers - The O'Jays (3:03)
  11. 11 And the Beat Goes On - The Whispers (4:52)
  12. 12 Use Me - Bill Withers (3:43)
  13. 13 Groovy Situation - Gene Chandler (3:13)
  14. 14 Love or Let Me Be Lonely - The Friends of Distinction (3:20)
  15. 15 Street Life - The Crusaders (5:30)
  16. 16 Strawberry Letter 23 - The Brothers Johnson (4:59)
  17. 17 Solid - Ashford & Simpson (5:07)
  18. 18 Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy) - Al Green (2:57)
  19. 19 Let's Do It Again - The Staple Singers (3:27)
  20. 20 Lead Me On - Maxine Nightingale (2:45)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye (4:00)
  2. 2 Shining Star - The Manhattans (4:41)
  3. 3 With You I'm Born Again - Billy Preston (3:38)
  4. 4 Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) - The Delfonics (3:21)
  5. 5 O-o-h Child - The Five Stairsteps (3:17)
  6. 6 Hey There Lonely Girl - Eddie Holman (3:34)
  7. 7 Three Times a Lady - The Commodores (6:39)
  8. 8 Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me - Gladys Knight & the Pips (3:44)
  9. 9 Have You Seen Her - The Chi-Lites (5:09)
  10. 10 Slow Hand - The Pointer Sisters (3:55)
  11. 11 I Do Love You - GQ (4:50)
  12. 12 (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right - Luther Ingram (3:26)
  13. 13 Baby, Come to Me - James Ingram (3:35)
  14. 14 Our Love - Natalie Cole (5:26)
  15. 15 Always - Atlantic Starr (4:47)
  16. 16 Tonight, I Celebrate My Love - Roberta Flack (3:30)
  17. 17 You Are Everything - The Stylistics (2:56)
  18. 18 Natural High - Bloodstone (4:01)
  19. 19 Lovin' You - Minnie Riperton (3:22)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Barbara Acklin Composer
James Brown Composer
Marvin Gaye Composer
Al Green Composer
Rick James Composer
Kool & the Gang Composer
Cheryl Lynn Composer
Curtis Mayfield Composer
Billy Preston Composer
Prince Composer
Lionel Richie Composer
Minnie Riperton Composer
Leon F. Sylvers III Composer
Bill Withers Composer
David Lasley Composer
Lee Oskar Composer
Joe Sample Composer
Odell Brown Composer
Shuggie Otis Composer
Paul Jabara Composer
David Foster Composer
Bernard Edwards Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Leon Haywood Composer
Lonnie Jordan Composer
Eugene Record Composer
Nile Rodgers Composer
Barrett Strong Composer
Michael Clark Composer
Mark Antone Adams Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Larry Blackmon Composer
Homer Banks Composer
William "Billy" Beck Composer
Ronald Bell Composer
Thom Bell Composer
John Bettis Composer
Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner Composer
Carter Bradley Composer
Jerome Brailey Composer
Harold Brown Composer
Victor Carstarphen Composer
George Clinton Composer
Linda Creed Composer
Tim Dozier Composer
Bruce Fisher Composer
Leo Graham Composer
Carl Hampton Composer
Regi Hargis Composer
William "Poogie" Hart Composer
Mark Hicks Composer
Leon Huff Composer
Eddie Irons Composer
O'Kelly Isley Composer
Ronald Isley Composer
Rudolph Isley Composer
Tomi Jenkins Composer
Will Jennings Composer
Marshall "Rock" Jones Composer
Dennis Lambert Composer
Wayne Lewis Composer
Tom Lockett Composer
Michael Masser Composer
Charles McCormick Composer
Gene McFadden Composer
Ralph "Pee Wee" Middlebrooks Composer
Floyd Miller Composer
Ted Myers Discographical Annotation
David Paich Composer
Rob Parissi Composer
Ray Parker Jr. Composer
Jerry Peters Composer
Brian Potter Composer
Ray Ransom Composer
Paul Richmond Composer
Richard Rudolph Composer
Skip Scarborough Composer
Howard Scott Composer
William Shelby Composer
David Shire Composer
Stephen Shockley Composer
Lonnie Simmons Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
John Starks Composer
Billy Stewart Composer
Rudy Taylor Composer
Rod Temperton Composer
Stan Vincent Composer
Steve Washington Composer
Jim Weatherly Composer
Danny Webster Composer
Fred Wesley Composer
John Whitehead Composer
Orion Wilhoite Composer
Allee Willis Composer
Marvin Yancy Composer
David Ritz Composer
Jonathan Lewis Composer
Charles Miller Composer
Clarence "Satch" Satchell Composer
Raymond Jackson Composer
Steven Chean Liner Notes
Melvin Steals Composer
Lisa Glines Art Direction
Morris Dickerson Composer
Anita Poree Composer
Tom Leslie Composer
Russell R. Lewis Composer
Hashida Naramura Rokusuke Composer
Earl Shuman Composer
Leon Carr Composer
Carol Connors Composer
Herman Davis Composer
Tyrone Fitzgerald Composer
Marvin Pierce Composer
Chuck Jackson Composer
Jimmy Williams Composer
John Roberts Artwork
Jeff Palo Producer
David Lewis Composer
William Collins Composer
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