Zero to 180 – Three Minute Magic

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Tag: Funk instrumental 45

"The Soul of JB"
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The Duel: Organ vs. Sax

In the early part of this century, reissue label, Hip-O, put out a comprehensive series of James Brown single releases that were issued from 1956-1981.  Historians & researchers will no doubt be studying these liner notes in decades to come as they try to organize and make sense of the

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"The Rabbit Got the Gun"
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Ohio Funk Invades France

Beau Dollar & The Dapps – according to Dave Thompson‘s history simply entitled, Funk – were the resident band at Cincinnati’s Living Room night club “when they were discovered by James Brown” in 1965.  Cincinnati music writer and producer, Randy McNutt, on the other hand, asserts in his King Records

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"Space Funk"
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“Space Funk”: Groovy Synths

Is Cincinnati aware the degree to which Manzel‘s two 45s “Space Funk” (from 1977) and “Midnight Theme” (1979) have become revered dance tracks around the globe?  Note the trippy backwards drumming intro that immediately draws in the listener on “Space Funk”: “Space Funk“ Manzel (1977) The number of times Dopebrother

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"Let The Music Take Your Mind"
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“Let the Music Take Your Mind”: Songwriter Uncertain

“Let the Music Take Your Mind” is the third of three singles released by Kool & The Gang on indie label, De-Lite, in 1969 — the group’s first year of its recorded existence: “Let the Music Take Your Mind“ Kool & the Gang (1969) Cash Box‘s May 23, 1970 edition

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