Various Artists – Under The Influence Vol.1

Back in the early years of the 21st Century, there was a short lived series of compilation albums where each track was selected by a band or artist to showcase the music that influenced their own work. In response to this, I thought I would put my own series of compilation CDs together which would showcase a particular style of music that could be said to be very influential. On this volume, I focused on music that could be classed as funk and soul as well as being from (but not exclusively limited to) the 1970’s. Judging by the tracks on this first one, Rap, Hip-Hop, R&B etc could be said to have been influenced by what is on this compilation. There are also numerous samples taken from these tracks. I did a slight edit with track 1, ‘What’s Going On’ by Marvin Gaye as I took the introduction from the original album version and edited it to flow into the single mono mix. The single mix had a bit more punch for me (as well as distinctive fake ending). The second disc opens with ‘Ike’s Rap’ by Isaac Hayes, which I changed slightly so it fades in. The third disc concludes with ‘Inner City Blues’, which finishes with reprise of ‘What’s Going On’, brining the compilation full circle.

Disc 1

  1. What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye (Squire mix)
  2. The Boss – James Brown
  3. I Can’t Stand The Rain – Anne Peebles
  4. Kissing my Love – Bill Withers
  5. California Soul – Marlena Shaw
  6. The Message – Cymande
  7. Do The Funky Chicken – Rufus Thomas
  8. Watts Breakaway – Johnny Otis Show
  9. Shack Up (Part 1) – Banbarra
  10. I Got The – Labi Siffre
  11. Apache – Michael Viners Incredible Bongo Band
  12. I Just Want To Celebrate – Rare Earth
  13. What A Man – Linda Lyndell
  14. Be Thankful For What You’ve Got – William DeVaughn
  15. Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms) – The Detroit Emeralds
  16. Hercules – Aaron Neville
  17. Get Up & Get Down – The Dramatics
  18. Supernatural Thing – Ben E. King
  19. Higher Ground – Ellen Mcillwaine
  20. Move On Up (Album Version) – Curtis Mayfield

Disc 2

  1. Ike’s Rap – Isaac Hayes (Squire Mix)
  2. Woman Of The Ghetto – Marlena Shaw
  3. The Payback – James Brown
  4. Respect Yourself – The Staple Singers
  5. S.O.U.L. – Burning Spear
  6. Are You My Woman (Tell Me So) – The Chi-Lites
  7. Wicky Wacky – The Fatback Band
  8. Everyman – Double Exposure
  9. Hot Pants Road – The J.B.’s
  10. Family Tree – The Family Tree
  11. Ready Or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love) – The Delfonics
  12. Back Stabbers – The O’Jays
  13. Itch & Scratch (Part 1) – Rufus Thomas
  14. I Think I’d Do It – Z. Z. Hill
  15. Cramp Your Style – All The People
  16. Summer Madness – Kool & The Gang
  17. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) – The Temptations
  18. Inside My Love (Album Version) – Minnie Ripperton
  19. I Forgot To Be Your Lover – William Bell
  20. I Can’t Write Left Handed – Bill Withers
  21. It’s A Shame – Detroit Spinners

Disc 3

  1. Right On For The Darkness – Curtis Mayfield
  2. Funky President (People It’s Bad) – James Brown
  3. Cross The Track (We Better Go Back) – Maceo & The Macks
  4. Down On The Avenue (Slow Ride) – Fat Larry’s Band
  5. The Bottle – Gill Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson
  6. We Are Neighbours – The Chi-Lites
  7. Low Rider – War
  8. Sing A Simple Song – Please
  9. Get Me Back on Time – Wilson Picket
  10. Do The Funky Chicken (Part 2) – Rufus Thomas
  11. Chicken Yellow – Miami
  12. Express Yourself – Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
  13. Born to Live With Heartache – Mary Love
  14. Impeach The President – The Honeydrippers
  15. I Walk On Gilded Splinters – Johnny Jenkins
  16. Mighty Mighty Spade & Whitey – The Impressions
  17. The Assembly Line – The Commodores
  18. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) – Marvin Gaye 

A play list could not be completed for this compilation due to the unavailability of one on more songs on Spotify.

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