Album 1 Track 1 - Episode 3

One of the interesting things I've discovered in putting this mixtape series together is the differences between the rockers and the R&B crowd when it comes to their first musical moments.

Rock & Roll artists and punk rockers are all about that emotional outburst.  Think about Little Richard belting out Tutti Fruiti or The Ramones playing the Blitzkrieg Bop.  These songs are pure adrenaline.

R&B artists are different.  They focus on throwing down a mean groove.  In this mix, you will here some great opening long-play moments by artists like Billy Preston, The Commodores, and Booker T. & The MGs.  They are all about the groove.

This mix also contains fantastic rock artists whose music is deeply connected to R&B.  This includes The Who, The Rolling Stones, and The Jam.

And then there is James Brown...

Here is the playlist:

Slinky! by Link Wray & The Wraymen

Out In The Street by The Who

Green Onions by Booker T. & The MG's

Please, Please, Please by James Brown

Art School by The Jam

Route 66 by The Rolling Stones

Keep It To Myself by Buddy Guy

(Don't Worry) If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go by Curtis Mayfield

Hold On by Alabama Shakes

I'm Jealous by Ike & Tina Turner

Greazee by Billy Preston

Help Somebody by Earth Wind & Fire

Machine Gun by The Commodores

Do It Good by KC & The Sunshine Band

And in case you need to catch up, here are the first two episodes of Album 1 Track 1:

Wait, there's more !!!  You can catch all of my other mixtape on my MixCloud page.


  1. AMAZING MIX! I love how you end on a funky note, gig'! What's wild is how much the Commodores sound like what I'd expect Billy Preston to sound like, Billy Preston sounds like what I expected Booker T to sound like, and KC and the Sunshine Bands sounds like what I expected Earth Wind & Fire to sound like. I love the kick in the teeth the Jam and the Who offer too. And God Bless Curtis Mayfield. I love this brilliant concept behind the mix. Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Mr Beans! Coming from you, that means a whole lot.


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