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Solid Gold Soul: 80's Rhythm & Grooves

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Solid Gold Soul: 80's Rhythm & Grooves Review

by Stephen Cook

As with most popular music in the '80s, soul and funk were given plenty of sparkle and glitz to better capitalize on a market going video. Unlike many of their rock and new wave contemporaries, though, most of the R&B acts featured here produced grooves that have better weathered the two decades since (thank hip-hop's recasting of the funk catalog in part for this). True, some of these cuts are best left to weddings and sporting events ("Celebrate," "Rhythm of the Night"), but the majority (Cameo's "She's Strange" and Rick James' "Super Freak," for example) still pack a sizable share of dancefloor integrity. And so it goes, as the disc leaves you flat one instance with the flaccid ways of Deniece Williams, Rockwell, and Midnight Star, only to slap you with the bass synth alchemy of a Gap Band or George Clinton. If Top 40 soul is what the party needs, then this is the disc to get.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Kool & the Gang 03:44 Amazon
2 Yarbrough & Peoples 04:10 Amazon
3 The Gap Band 05:12 Amazon
4 Aretha Franklin 05:51 Amazon
5 Jermaine Jackson 03:36 Amazon
6 Rick James 03:22 Amazon
7 DeBarge 03:56 Amazon
8 Lipps, Inc. 04:08 Amazon
9 Dazz Band 04:06 Amazon
10 Freddie Jackson 04:02 Amazon
11 Deniece Williams 04:20 Amazon
12 George Clinton 04:47 Amazon
13 Mtume 04:34 Amazon
14 Midnight Star 04:13 Amazon
15 Nickolas Ashford / Ashford & Simpson / Valerie Simpson 03:47 Amazon
16 Ray Parker, Jr. 03:48 Amazon
17 Cameo 03:50 Amazon
18 Rockwell 03:58 Amazon
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