- "It's Your Thing" from the Isley Brothers Live LP by The Isley Brothers
This is a live version of the oldie standard by the Isleys.
- "I Belong To You" from the I'm Your Baby Tonight LP by Whitney Houston
Back when Whitney was Whitney... please come back to me, baby!
- "Sweet Sticky Thing" from the Gold LP by Ohio Players
Takes me back to the days when bands used real instruments like trumpets, saxophones, pianos, and real drum sets... almost want to pull out that old Afro wig for old time sake.
- "Jungle Love" from the Ice Cream Castles LP by The Time
This LP was basically The Time's part of the "Purple Rain" soundtrack... these boyz were tight and are right up there with The Revolution in my book!"Junge Love. Oo-ee-o-e-o! Think, I wanna know ya!"
- "The Rooster" from the Speakerboxxx LP by Big Boi (Outkast)
I'm not quite sure what was going on with this 2 album set... were they feuding when each member of Outkast did his own LP or was this by design? I'd love to get the lowdown. But in the meantime, I'll just bop my head to the beat of "The Rooster." Cock-a-doodle-doo!
- "Da Da Da" from the Emancipation (Disc 3) LP by The Artist Formerly Known as Prince
This is what rap should sound like.
- "The Makings of You" from the A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield LP by Aretha Franklin
A cover of the Curtis Mayfield song... I love these treatment by Aretha Franklin.
- "Eric B. Is President" from the Paid in Full LP by Eric B. & Rakim
Old Skool Rap: no b*tches, no hoes, no gun play, no n-word... none could do it better. "Nominated my DJ the President."
- "'Round and 'Round (Merry Go 'Round of Love)" from the Guy LP by Guy
Teddy Riley getting his chops with that New Jack Swing back in the early 90's.
- "Dance (Disco Heat)" from the The Original Hits LP by Sylvester
Damn, I love this song ... that unadulterated, pulsating beat and the need to work up a sweat in the Disco Heat.
- "Who'd She Coo?" from the Gold LP by Ohio Players
Who did she coo?!? What does it mean? I have no idea. But that opening fanfare by the horns is worth the price of admission.
- "The Show (Live)" from the The Art of Story Telling LP by Slick Rick & Doug E Fresh
More Old Skool Rap from the masters of the genre... I remember steppin' to this with my frat brothers when I was in college!
- "Our Love" from the On The Radio - Greatest Hits LP by Donna Summer
More disco-era music from the Queen of Disco... those tight-ass polyester pants, stacks, silk shirt, and a gold chain... HOLLA! NOTE: audio from "I Feel Love"
- "Clouds" from the Life is a Dance: The Remix Project LP by Chaka Khan
All of the remixes on this LP are the jam... you can throw on this CD and have an instant party.
- "Shout" from the Fanmail LP by TLC
TLC at their best... one of the last efforts by the group before they were broken up by the death of Left Eye Lopez. How soon we forget what an impact these three young ladies had on the music industry before Destiny's Child.
- "Yeah!" from the Confessions LP by Usher f/t Lil' John & Ludacris
Usher gettin' in the hip hop game with a lot of help from some of Atlanta's finest.
- "777-9311" from the What Time Is It? LP by The Time
An all-time personal favorite of mine... I'll take this over just about anything written or sung by anyone! And at just 8 minutes, there's plenty of time to get your groove on."baby, what's your phone number. i know i'm kinda fast, but i can't waste time!"
- "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" from the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP by Beatles
In elementary school, our music class actually "studied" the Beatles and their music until they broke up in the late 60's. This album features a number of musical styles and is a personal favorite of mine... I love "Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds" and its not so veiled reference to hard core drug use.
- "New Position" from the Parade LP by Prince
"Gotta find a new position... something that will make it alright!"
- "Standing On The Top" from the Bustin' Out: The Best of Rick James LP by The Temptations & Rick James
An oft-neglected collaboration between Motown stablemates, The Temptations and Rick James. Obviously, it was a Rick James vehicle that employed the tight harmonies of the fading Temps.
- "Sensuous Whisper" from the Conversation Peace LP by Stevie Wonder
When I think of pure musical genius, only two names come to mind: Prince... and Stevie Wonder!
- "Cause I Love You" from the Spark of Love LP by Lenny Williams
This has got to be SADDEST love song in the history of R&B... seriously!
- "Jumpin' Jack Flash" from the Hot Rocks: 1964-1971 (Disc 2) LP by The Rolling Stones
Their longevity doesn't rival that of The Isley Brothers, but in the annals of Rock, they have to be up there at the top. Rockin' with the Stones!
- "Step by Step" from the The Preacher's Wife LP by Whitney Houston
From the soundtrack for the movie that starred Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington... only fitting to start and end my list with Whitney Houston.
Well, now it's off to an end-of-year conference with my daughter's teacher... I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!
BLOG UPDATE (04-28-2007): plezWorld added embedded audio for select songs, courtesy of radio.blog.club.