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    Soulful Instrumentals. Has anyone done this thread already?

    Inspired by the earlier posting of Milt Jackson, I thought a thread devoted to soulful? instrumentals could gain some traction
    They were ubiquitous back in the 60's and 70's
    Phil Upchurch " you can't sit down"
    The Packers "Hole in the wall"
    Stevie Wonder "easy going evening"
    Not to mention the MFSB stuff, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis and many more.
    But here's one right out of "left field" as you guys say


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    Night Train 1952 by Jimmy Forrest



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    edafan
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    Thats great, never heard that before! I was only 4, about another 3 years before I really got into Soul.

    LOL
    Quote Originally Posted by edafan View Post
    Night Train 1952 by Jimmy Forrest

    Night Train 1952 by Jimmy Forrest

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    edafan
    This one I recall straining to hear from an AM signal from around 500 miles away, fading in and out all the time

    'Round Midnight Jimmy McGriff


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    Great thread Richy! And this a thread you couldn't possibly have without mentioning MFSB, as this is possibly my favourite instrumental EVA!! SUCH A TUNE!!! Lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by TomatoTom123 View Post
    Great thread Richy! And this a thread you couldn't possibly have without mentioning MFSB, as this is possibly my favourite instrumental EVA!! SUCH A TUNE!!! Lol

    Love it TT

    This was probably my most played doubl album and later CD

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    Had a mate named Jenkins, he was far from slim tho'


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    Hundreds of songs. The penguin breakdown/L J Reynolds:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOWvIMWKo7k

    Fiddlin' around/Don Renaldo. Cracking number:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXARnQAVXhY

    Ooh! Pretty lady/Al Kent. Underplayed these days. Floor filler in 73:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Do6SW4A1z2w

    And it does not have to be from the 60/70s to be soulful. This was released in 2014 with overtones of the mid 70s east coast Philly style:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9VY_QMPAYE

    And this from 2013, again with a 70s groove:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDBggfmMZCg

    And even this, due for release in the next 7 days. Think 60's Detroit, soul, blue eyed (on the vocal). This release will have ten mixes. So the bar is high from back in the day, but there are a few trying to remain faithful to that sound with new creations:
    https://soundcloud.com/bandtraxs/one...ives-sweet-mix

    This is not a dedicated instrumental as just the vocals removed, nevertheless for 2008! Earl Young on drums, Bobby Eli and Dennis Harris on guitar, T G Conway on keys, Jimmie Williams on bass, Rikki Hicks of percussion. A TSOP of sorts: -
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrF8vigp-i0

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    Mocky "Soulful Beat"

    https://youtu.be/sJcsyfiHHnM

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    One of the all-time greats (if you don't count the "Hiiiiiiiiiiii-YAA!!!" at the beginning):


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    Here's some of my favorite Soulful Instrumentals.

    1. "Be My Lady"-Booker T. & the MGs
    2. "Soul Serenade"-King Curtis
    3. "The Horse"-Cliff Nobles & Co.
    4. "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy"-"Cannonball" Adderley
    5. "Soul Finger"-The Bar Kays
    6. "Grazing In The Grass"-Hugh Masekela
    7. "Viva Tirado"-El Chicano
    8. "Power"-Earth, Wind & Fire
    9. "City, Country, City"-War
    10. "Soulful Strut"-Young Holt Unlimited

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    This was the jam in my junior year of high school. We played it at the clubs and parties that little cats were allowed to attend. The local radio station used to spin it, even though I don't think it was released as a single.

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    This is one of my favorite songs to listen to when I'm driving. It picks me up and puts my head is a better place.

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    This is a funk/rock mash up that I don't think any of my friends listened to in spite of being my jam. Love hearing it played through speakers and with the volume turned up. The bass and drums are tight and the guitar is sublime but crucial. If you don't know what we lost when soul/R&B transitioned away from live drums to electronic ones, listen to this.

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    War produced an album for their harmonica player, Lee Oskar, and it had two of the finest instrumentals I ever heard on it. This is the one that used to ease us down the road to Virginia from Ohio when my dad put it in the 8-track. (Pardon all of the pops on the video; the poster didn't clean it up so they might be a little distracting.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichyP View Post
    Love it TT

    This was probably my most played doubl album and later CD

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    Cool, Richy. And what about this JAM too... in a similar vein... the fantastic vein that is!!!!


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    [QUOTE=Jerry Oz;408538]War produced an album for their harmonica player, Lee Oskar, and it had two of the finest instrumentals I ever heard on it. This is the one that used to ease us down the road to Virginia from Ohio when my dad put it in the 8

    I had this album and played it all the time. I'm sorry I gave it away!

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    [QUOTE=Motown Eddie;408306]Here's some of my favorite Soulful Instrumentals.

    [FONT=arial]1. "Be My Lady"

    Wow, you listed all my favorites, especially Soul Serenade and Mercy, Mercy Mercy! But Soul Serenade was my dad and uncle's favorite and I'm smiling right now thinking of them. Thank you for your list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    This was the jam in my junior year of high school. We played it at the clubs and parties that little cats were allowed to attend. The local radio station used to spin it, even though I don't think it was released as a single.
    Don't forget those basement house parties with the red light!

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    Cissy Strut, Meters
    Help is On The Way, Whatnauts
    Summer Madness, Kool & the Gang

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    Quote Originally Posted by nativeNY63 View Post
    Don't forget those basement house parties with the red light!
    Hot and sweaty affairs, weren't they? If somebody wants to write a story about the black city experience, it needs to include a barber shop (with two barbers, the oracles of the community), church, city buses and house parties (almost always in somebody's basement). Also, block parties. These all stand out greatly in my experience and pretty much everybody that I know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    Hot and sweaty affairs, weren't they? If somebody wants to write a story about the black city experience, it needs to include a barber shop (with two barbers, the oracles of the community), church, city buses and house parties (almost always in somebody's basement). Also, block parties. These all stand out greatly in my experience and pretty much everybody that I know.
    Jer! I forgot about the block parties! Plug your boomin' system to the street lamp. Close off both ends of a block. Add neighbors & much food. Fun had by all!!!

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    K-jee-mfsb

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    Here's a great one I had forgotten: "The Drug Song"


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    You youngsters ever hear Soul Twist by King Curtis?

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    Yep,good one ralpht!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralpht View Post
    You youngsters ever hear Soul Twist by King Curtis?
    Hey Ralph yeah!


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    The Mar-Keys "Last Night"!


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    Hip-Hug-Her - Booker T & the MGs
    Hitch it to the Mule - Panic Button
    Theme from A Summer Place - Percy Faith
    For Those That Like to Groove - Raydio

    These are a few of my favs

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    Interesting that Percy Faith gets a mention there.

    Puts me in mind of a favourite of mine which seemed to generate an awful lot of interest in soul circles but folks will also deny it's a soul record. Paul Mauriat's "Love Is Blue" and i just love it.


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    Paul Hardcastle-Rain Forest


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