Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Scratchy soul

The Funky 16 Corners blog has posted its archive of mp3 mixes.

It's a motherlode of old soul, funk, and r&b. Given that it's all taken directly from 45's, you'd think there'd be more scratching and hissing than a bag of cats, but while they definitely sound better in a room than in a pair of headphones, the transfers are remarkably clean.

My own favourite remains Volume 18: "Blues, Tears, and Sorrow." Being one of those clowns who's always crying on the inside, I just can't enough of that Otis Redding/Etta James-esque sturm und drang.

I can get enough of Hammond organ instrumentals pretty quickly, however, even when the man at the keys is James Brown, but to each his own....

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