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Contact us!'s Soundtrack Samples February 2000

You asked for it, so here they are! Each month we'll be providing a series of 1 minute samples of the very best in funk soundtracks. Rare or easy-to-find, if it's good it merits a place amongst our MP3s.

Being Wise (Delilah Moore)
Taken from:  Hit 'Em Hard by Bobby Davis Orch., Bobby Davis Enterprises BDE-100, 1972
Old school funky soul aimed squarely at the feet. Bump to this tasty big band vocal number. Listen out for soul sister vocals courtesy of Delilah Moore, and nasty wah.

Harlem Clavinette (J.J.Johnson and his Orch.)
Taken from:  Across 110th Street by J.J. Johnson, United Artists UAS 5225, 1972
A fine piece of laid-back, smoking funk. Opening with strong clavinette, add flute and a big band and you've got a bona fide classic jam.

L.A. Montage
Taken from:  Bare Knuckles by Vic Caesar, Gucci G303, 1977
A strong Latin feel permeates a great dancefloor track. Wah guitar underpins a groovy piano solo and tasteful jazz-tinged bass.

Motel I
Taken from:  Chastity by Sonny Bono, Atco SD33-302, 1969
The late Sonny Bono weighs in with a heavyweight, stripped-down funk track. Overdriven Fender Rhodes complements choppy, tight guitar and excellent fatback drums.

Sunday Drivin'
Taken from:  On Any Sunday by Dominic Frontiere, Bell 1206, 1970
A big band hard funk classic. Starts with a tough bassline and never lets up. Horns and a screaming organ solo feature later in the track.

The Chase
Taken from:  ElectraGlide In Blue by James William Guercio, United Artists UA-LA062-H, 1973
One of the best hard funk chase themes you'll find. Tight brass and guitar (courtesy of part of The Crusaders' rhythm section) over a fat breakbeat.

The Landlord
Taken from:  Landlord, The by Al Kooper, United Artists UAS 29120, 1970
A strong breakbeat opens this tight, funky little number by studio band The Landlords. Heavy use of sax keeps the strong groove going.

Theme From "Medical Center"
Taken from:  Medical Center And Other Great Themes by Lalo Schifrin, MGM SE-4742, 1970
A furiously funky TV theme. Screaming analogue synth provides a memorbale melody over organ and driving big band backing.

You can't even walk in the park (opening theme)
Taken from:  Shaft In Africa by Johnny Pate, ABC ABCX 793, 1973
Possibly the best-known instrumental soundtrack cut. A solid dancefloor classic by Johnny Pate uses horn stabs to raise the temperature and wah guitar to raise the roof. An essential and enduring funk classic.

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