Pimpalicious Blaxploitation Soul – Volume 2

Another volume in the collection of music playlists I created over at 8tracks.com.  Here’s a description and track listing:

More of that groovy funky soul for all the superfly cat daddies and foxy mamas!

I Choose You by Willie Hutch (1973) – Listeners agree: “Old School Smooth”; “This has to be one of the best songs ever written. The melody and words blend so well, you can see yourself in love.”

Across 110th Street by Bobby Womack (1972) – The critically praised theme song to the movie of the same title, this was a #19 hit on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart in 1973.

Be Thankful for What You Got by William DeVaughn (1972) – Originally titled “A Cadillac Don’t Come Easy”, Devaughn spent $900 towards the development of this soul classic which sold nearly two million copies on its release in spring 1974, ultimately reaching #1 on the U.S. R&B charts and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Ms. by David Oliver (1977) – Sweet singing David Oliver, the son of Jamaican parents, grew up in Florida.  He scored on Mercury Records with “Ms.” which became a staple on quiet storm radio stations.

Make Me Believe in You by Patti Jo (1973) – A very powerful vocal performance over a banging beat and awesome strings, Patti Jo was supposedly only 16 years old when she recorded this Curtis Mayfield production.

Moses Theme by Frankie Bleu (1979) – This smooth joint is the backdrop in The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh while Moses Guthrie (played by legendary hoop star Julius “Dr. J” Erving) cruises the town cruises the town in his Rolls Royce.

We Almost Lost Detroit by Gil Scott-Heron (1977) – Spoken word and rap pioneer Gil Scott-Heron lays down this mellow groove which is actually about the history of Fermi 1, America’s first commercial breeder reactor, with emphasis on the 1966 partial nuclear meltdown.  It is based on a 1975 Reader’s Digest book by John G. Fuller.

Cebu by The Commodores (1975) – Named after an island in the Philippines, this soulful instrumental has become a staple in the quiet storm format.

To Love You by The Tavares (1974) – An intricate tale of complicated love, this track expresses how and what a man feels when he is torn between his current lady and a former lover who is returning in his life.

Give a Helping Hand by J.I. Henderson (1975) – A hard hitting, powerful compilation of country, soul and funk music that brings about social awareness, family and unity.

Listen to the entire playlist here.  Or check out volume 1.


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