& The Family Stone: Stand!
(1969) "I Want to Take You Higher" and "Everyday People"
are two of the most powerful recordings of all time. Complicated,
supercharged funk with performances that shake you to the
bones. A soundtrack for black power at the time: "Don't Call
Me Nigger, Whitey" was to the point, to say the least.
James Brown: Sex Machine
(1970) The bridge between soul and funk. Brown is as important
of a black artist in many ways as Louis Armstrong. "Sex
Machine" may be the most sampled song of all time.
Parliament: Mothership Connection
(1975) This recording was released in the middle of the disco
era. "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker) personifies
slap bass and monstrous grooves. A classic.