December 8, 2009

Vibes4YourSoul Selection#3 - Lyrics Do Matter

Sometimes lyrics do matter.
In this third musical selection I tried to pick tracks, mostly from the 60/70's jazz/funk scene, that blend unforgettable soulful vibes and thought provoking, socially-conscious lyrics.
In short, a kind of "when blues meets soul/funk" selection.

So-called "blaxploitation" is the word that often comes to mind when talking about these type of tunes, but I do not really like the term as I find it way too restrictive.
If most of these songs effectively originated in the afro-american black People fight for emancipation, I believe that the greatest artists of this "genre" have a timeless reach that goes way beyond this troubled period.

Don't Gil Scott-Heron's messages in tracks like the legendary "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" or less well-known "We Almost Lost Detroit" still resonate really loudly?
Aren't Curtis Mayfield's "The Other Side Of Town" or Marlena Shaw's "Woman Of The Ghetto" songs sadly describing the inequalities and miserable urban conditions that too many people still have to deal with?
From inequalities to racial discrimination problems, from women's rights to environmental issues, or simply talking about day-to-day life difficulties, these artists' messages are still (sadly) very much up-to-date.

Being the noble heir of Blues/Gospel musicians and singers, this 60s/70s part of the soul/funk scene inovated by adding a groovy soulful musical frame to its message.
Deep & heavy keyboards, funky basslines, powerful voices, words for reflection : the result is timeless emotion.

Make your own opinion with the streaming below (or directly on :

Tracklisting :
Natural Essence - The Other Side Of Town (Curtis Mayfield Cover)

Clarence Smith - Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child (From J.W. & J.R. Johnson)

Esther Phillips - Home Is Where The Hatred Is (Gil Scott-Heron Cover)

Angela Bofill - People Make The World Go Round (The Stylistics Cover)

Vicki Anderson - The Message From The Soul Sisters

Bobby Womack - Across 110th Street

Gil Scott-Heron - We Almost Lost Detroit

Curtis Mayfield - Future Shock

Marlena Shaw - Woman Of The Ghetto

24 Carat Black - Mother's Day

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