Ministry of Sound: Funk Soul Classics
- Reviewed by John Price
- Published on May 7th, 2011 at 9:16a.m.
Funk Soul Classics is a 3-CD compilation album from Ministry of Sound. They're pretty good at these kind of things usually, and this is no exception.
Sure, you might be thinking "what's Ministry of Sound doing making a funk soul album? Don't they make those dance albums?" Yes, you're right in thinking that — they are known for that type of music. It hasn't hindered them in the slightest here, though. Funk Soul Classics is a superb compilation album and is (in my opinion) what other compilation albums should aspire to be like.
Funk Soul Classics does what all compilation albums should do: include a rich mix of both popular hits and not so well known hits. Sure, it's at an advantage as it's a 3 CD album, and I have no doubt that if it was shorter it would suffer for it. As a general rule, though, 3 CDs should be the minimum for a compilation album. It works for this, it worked for another superb compilation album (The Hacienda Classics), and I hope that more take advantage of this.
The mix of the more well known with the less is great. The whole thing flows so well, with artists like Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, Bobby Womack, The Isley Brothers and even Coolio (amongst many others). If you're new to funk, this is the album to get. Be warned: you'll become addicted to finding more and more funk. This is a gateway album, so if you don't want to become addicted, don't listen to it.