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Ministry of Sound: Funk Soul Classics

  • 5★★★★★
  • Reviewed by John
  • Published on May 7th, 2011 at 9:16a.m.
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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.

About Ministry of Sound: Funk Soul Classics






  1. Move On Up (Curtis Mayfield)

  2. Across 110th Street (Bobby Womack)

  3. Walking on Sunshine (feat. Donnie Calvin) (Rockers Revenge)

  4. One Nation Under A Groove (Part 1) (Funkadelic)

  5. What'd I Say (Ray Charles)

  6. Ready or Not Here I Come (Can't Hide From Love) (The Delfonics)

  7. For The Love Of Money (The O'Jays)

  8. It's All Right Now (Eddie Harris)

  9. The Ghetto (Part 1) (Donny Hathaway)

  10. Dance To The Music (Sly & The Family Stone)

  11. Street Life (Randy Crawford)

  12. Cissy Strut (The Meters)

  13. Funky Nassau (Part 1) (Beginning of the End)

  14. What "U" Waitin' "4" (Jungle Brothers)

  15. Rock Steady (Aretha Franklin)

  16. Think (Aretha Franklin)

  17. Theme from Shaft (Isaac Hayes)

  18. Burning Spear (S.O.U.L.)

  19. It's Your Thing (The Isley Brothers)

  20. Here I Am (Come and Take Me) (Al Green)

  21. The Champ (The Mohawks)

  22. Apache (Incredible Bongo Band)

  23. Too Hot (Coolio & L.V.)

  24. Wiggle Waggle (Herbie Hancock)

  25. The Unhooked Generation (Freda Payne)

  26. Sweet Soul Music (Arthur Conley)

  27. Funkin' For Jamaica (Tom Browne)

  28. Revival (Martine Girault)

  29. Stay This Way (The Brand New Heavies)

  30. Strawberry Letter 23 (Shuggie Otis)

  31. Supernatural Thing (Ben E. King)

  32. Do Your Dance (Rose Royce)

  33. Riding High (Faze O)

  34. Rock Creek Park (The Blackbyrds)

  35. Pick Up The Pieces (Average White Band)

  36. Green Onions (feat. The MG's) (Booker T.)

  37. Express Yourself (Charles Wright Band)

  38. Remember Me (BlueBoy)

  39. Use Me (Bill Withers)

  40. Land of 1000 Dances (Wilson Pickett)

  41. The Bottle (Gil Scott-Heron)

  42. A Lovers Holiday (Change)

  43. Hercules (Aaron Neville)

  44. Chic Cheer (Chic)

  45. Money's Too Tight to Mention (The Valentine Brothers)

  46. Soul Finger (The Bar-Kays)

  47. The Masterplan (feat. Barrie K. Sharpe) (Diana Brown)

  48. Wear It Out (Starguard)

  49. Keep On Dancing (The Commodores)

  50. Clean Up Woman (Betty Wright)

  51. More Bounce to Ounce (Zapp)

  52. Superfly (Curtis Mayfield)

  53. Reach Your Peak (Sister Sledge)

  54. Strategy (feat. The Drells) (Archie Bell)

  55. Let's Clean Up The Ghetto (Philadelphia International All Stars)

  56. Actions Speak Louder Than Words (Chocolate Milk)

  57. Respect Yourself (The Staple Singers)

  58. The Snake (Al Wilson)

  59. Yum Yum (Gimme Some) (The Fatback Band)

  60. I Need You (Sylvester)

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