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THE SOURCE

Garbageman
The list author says: "We feel this source - from the origins of hip hop through punk's anti-sneer, to Chicago and Detroit dance-floor inspirations, to things like New York graffiti and Miami bass. In a singles-oriented genre and singles-oriented time period, there were actually some whole albums which were complete package interpretations of what soul/R&B music could do if allowed to go beyond three minutes and an a-side. These are but a few. I don't know what I'm trying to do here - so the commentary is kind of incomplete - but I think you'll see where I'm coming from."
What's Going On
What's Going On
"The only thing I can add to what has already been said about this masterpiece is that it might be one of the most important cultural artifacts in American History, right up there with photos of Birmingham and Selma, speeches by Malcolm & Martin, a fading era when "struggle" was a word that was FELT, not just heard. Listening to this album is to hear a universal truth."
There's a Riot Goin on
There's a Riot Goin on
"Dark, spare, chaotic, yet very simple and understandable, I hear this music everywhere - in punk, reggae, everything."
Innervisions (Remastered)
Innervisions (Remastered)
"From the weird abstract masks on the cover to the soundbending funk on tracks like "Higher Ground" and "Jesus Children", this is one of the greatest from one of the greats."
Young, Gifted and Black
Young, Gifted and Black
"The Amazon reviews of this album are actually kind of funny, a bunch of people trying to explain in words what they simply cannot."
Super Fly
Super Fly
"Key track: "Little Child Runnin' Wild", reminding us of what cities were once: scary places where hard decisions and life/death dramas played out daily."
Wake Up Everybody
Wake Up Everybody
"Of the Philadelphia style, this is pretty essential stuff."
Psychedelic Soul [2 CD]
Psychedelic Soul [2 CD]
Hot Buttered Soul (40th Anniversary Edition)
Hot Buttered Soul (40th Anniversary Edition)
First Take
First Take
"One of the most versatile voices of the 1970's started here."
Curtis
Curtis
MFSB
MFSB
Talking Book (Remastered)
Talking Book (Remastered)
"Singular among albums of this genre, just a complete classic with not one note of filler."
Back Stabbers
Back Stabbers
Gonna Take a Miracle
Gonna Take a Miracle
"The expanded version is a mixture of wide-eyed soul, Philly dance, and classic songwriting."
Hell
Hell
Lady Soul
Lady Soul
360 Degrees of Billy Paul
360 Degrees of Billy Paul
Trouble Man
Trouble Man
"Incredible and essential for the title track alone, which is his single best vocal performance in my humble opinion. The rest of the album is darkly psychedelic jazz soundtrack music with a strange groove that makes Sly Stone sound like positive by comparison."
Ethiopian Knights
Ethiopian Knights
Extension of a Man
Extension of a Man
Let's Get It On (Remastered)
Let's Get It On (Remastered)
"There are a million records that try to duplicate this one. We should all just give up."
Ship Ahoy
Ship Ahoy
Bitches Brew [Vinyl]
Bitches Brew [Vinyl]
"Can you imagine what was going through Miles' mind as he watched Sly & the Family Stone tear up Woodstock? He must have left thinking everything that came before was prelude."
Stand!
Stand!
"All the hype in the 2000's is on "Riot"s edge, but it's easy to forget that this album is just as sweet."
In Heat
In Heat
Live At The Apollo 1962 [Remastered & Expanded]
Live At The Apollo 1962 [Remastered & Expanded]
The John Coltrane Quartet Plays
The John Coltrane Quartet Plays
"Choosing which Coltrane album might fit on this list is difficult, but I opted for his most incindeary yet expansive performance. This has few equals in jazz, or in any music labeled "soul"."
Conquer the World: The Lost Soul of Philadelphia International Records
Conquer the World: The Lost Soul of Philadelphia International Records
Exodus
Exodus
"Defies all genre categorizations and labels. Music that comes from something few people have ever tapped into."