Rasputin’s Stash-Devil Made Me Do It on Gemingo 1974. I’m not sure if anyone has sampled this LP besides me, but I highly recommend it. This is the 2nd LP from this largely unheard of group. There’s plenty of funky tracks on here with several groove changes and breaks. Ooh Baby, The Devil Made Me Do It, Hit it and Pass It, You’re so Special and Givin’ Away My Love are some noteworthy songs. The group has their own unique sound so you really can’t compare them to any other group of that era. Hence why this is such a good LP, they’re funky without copying anyone else.
Rufus-self titled on ABC 1975. Rufus put out a lot of LPs but this one is some of their best work. The infamous ballad Sweet Thing-that Mary J. Blige covered on her What’s the 411 LP is very solid. Fool’s Paradise is an up-tempo track with strings and it has a really good message behind the lyrics. Little Boy Blue is a nice mellow ballad about the ills of cocaine and the world in general. Ooh I Like Your Loving is a mid-tempo funk song that’s been sampled by KRS-1. Circles is a tight up-tempo number that the Jugganauts sampled. Dance Wit Me is another up-tempo song that captures the band hard playing.
24 Karat Black-Ghetto Misfortune’s Wealth on Enterprise 1973. This is a sample thick LP. I don’t know much about the group’s background other than that they recorded for Stax during the 70s. They incorporate elements of a symphony much like Isaac was doing at the time. There’s some funk instrumentals on here like Brown-Baggin’ and the 24 Karat Black Theme. The title cut is one of the best songs on here. Both Synopsis cuts are tight. Mother’s Day and Foodstamps are also pretty hot. I know Nas, Keith Murray and Eric B. & Rakim have sampled tracks off of here. It’s a dope LP.
Muddy Waters-Electric Mud on Cadet 1968. This is one of the first and best attempts at recording psychedelic blues which later became to be known as psychedelic rock. If you like those genres, you have to like this LP. Rotary Connection is the backing band on this. They’re famous for introducing female vocalist Minnie Ripperton. Every song on here has that gut bucket or grimey feel to it. It’s very funky too! Some notables are: I Just Want to Make Love to You, She’s Alright, Mannish Boy, I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man and Tom Cat. The latter being sampled by DJ Muggs.
Frank Zappa-Hot Rats on Bizarre/Reprise 1969. I had never heard of Frank Zappa before I bought this LP. The cover and title sold me. When I played it, I was pleasantly shocked. It’s a mixture of fusion jazz, funk and psychedelic rock instrumentals. The only track with vocals is Willie the Pimp, and those are sparse. Little Umbrellas is my favorite song on here. It’s a funk and fusion jazz instrumental. Zappa is accompanied by Shuggie Otis, Jean-Luc Ponty, Paul Humphrey, among others. He also uses classical music themes that helps make the album unique and complete.