Album 1 Track 1 - Episode 6

Sometimes it is interesting how a mixtape will take on a life of it's own.

The original intent of this episode was to highlight the reimagining of socially-aware, black music over the decades.  Artists like Odetta and The Staple Singers were envisioned to be cornerstones of the mix.  Neither are included.

After becoming enraptured with the song Compared To What by Roberta Flack, I narrowed the span of the mix to the line that connects the R&B of 1970 to the Rap of 1980.

I failed to realize that this line would need to pass through some mighty funk and disco gems.  Before to long, a dance party was busting out in the middle of the mix.  I mean, who knew that Play That Funky Music was the first track on Wild Cherry's debut album?  Not me.

I imagine Wild Cherry - virtually unknown - laying down that track in the studio.  I imagine them standing behind the mixing board and hearing their ultimate funk classic for the first time.  It gives me chills.

Anyhow, I hope you dig the end result...

Here is the playlist:

Voice Inside (Everything Is Everything) by Donny Hathaway

Compared To What by Roberta Flack

Mood Indigo by Nina Simone

Yes We Can, Can by The Pointer Sisters

Dance For Me by Queen Latifah

Zip A Dee Doo Dah by Jackson 5

Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah) by Chic

Car Wash by Rose Royce

Boogie Oogie Oogie by A Taste Of Honey

Play That Funky Music by Wild Cherry

Rappin' Blow, Pt. 2 by Kurtis Blow

Funkytown by Lipps, Inc.

She's Fresh by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five

Hard Times by Run-DMC

And in case you missed any of the first five episodes of Album 1 Track 1, here they are:

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