The Classic Tracks Page

Welcome to the Classic Tracks page. Here you'll find some fantastic songs and instrumentals from the wide world of soul, jazz and funk.

Rather than just simply seeing a list of tracks, what you get here is supporting information which helps place the music into context. It's always good to know what era a song comes from, the writer or producer, the musicians, the album it comes from and much, much more.

One of the wonderful things about a song or a piece of music is that it can prompt exploration and start an individual off on a voyage of discovery. It's my hope that this may happen for some of the visitors to this site.  

Classic Tracks From the World of Soul

Hi-Gloss - 'You'll Never Know'

Absolutely no question that this smooth slice of disco soul is a fine place to start our classic soul tracks section. Released on the excellent Prelude label this was probably one of its most instantly recognisable numbers with slick rhythms and an excellent chorus hook which gets inside your mind.

'You'll Never Know' was the title track from their 1981 album and peaked at number 12 in the UK singles charts.

Dobie Gray - Out On The Floor

A classic slice of Northern Soul and one of the most recognisable numbers on the scene. Dobie Gray delivered a piece of the action that was guaranteed to fill the floor at the Wigan Casino.

Walter Jackson - Touching In The Dark

Jerry Butler - For Your Precious Love

Genobia Jeter - Sunshine

Randy Crawford - Tender Falls The Rain

J. Blackfoot - Taxi

Johnny Gill - My, My, My

Phyliss Hyman - Old Friend

Dexter Wansel - The Sweetest Pain

Rene & Angela - Secret Rendezvous

S.O.S. Band - No One's Gonna Love You

The O'Jays - Message In Our Music

Bobby Caldwell - What You Won't Do For Love

The Jones Girls - Nights Over Egypt

Classic Tracks From the World Of Funk

Ohio Players - 'Skin Tight'

The Ohio Players. Famous for some of the most risque album covers in music and a band whose up tempo's were some of the funkiest in the business. 'Skin Tight' comes from the 1974 album of the same name with production duties in the hands of the band itself.

The 70's was a highly productive era for the Ohio Players who delivered such album gems as 'Pleasure', 'Honey',  'Angel'...and of course 'Skin Tight'. The quality of output became a little patchy in the 80's, however the Players deserved their reputation as one of the premier funk bands. 

Earth Wind and Fire - Power

James Brown - Get Up Offa That Thing/Release The Pressure

Brass Construction - Changin

War - The World Is A Ghetto

Tower Of Power - What Is Hip

Slave - Feel My Love

Cameo - Be Yourself

Funkadelic - One Nation Under A Groove

The Isley Brothers - Fight The Power

Classic Tracks From the World Of Jazz

Al Jarreau - I Will Be Here For You

In 1983 Al Jarreau released his excellent 'Jarreau' album from which emerged the UK hit 'Mornin'. The album also contained a cut entitled 'I Will Be Here For You (Nitakungodea Milele)' which features Jarreau in smooth, soulful mood and boasts Steve Gadd on drums, Abraham Laboriel on bass and Jay Graydon on guitar. Both the track and the entire album was produced by Graydon. 

Roy Ayers Ubiquity - Running Away

Chet Baker - My Funny Valentine

Horace Silver - Song For My Father

Oliver Nelson - Stolen Moments

Weather Report - Gibralter

Ronnie Laws - Always There

Chick Corea & Return To Forever - Spain

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Summertime

John Coltrane - Naima

Pat Metheny - Last Train Home

Mahavishnu Orchestra - Meeting Of The Spirits

Billy Cobham - Heather

Herbie Hancock - Maiden Voyage

Esbjon Svensson Trio - Strange Place For Snow

Fourplay - 101 Eastbound

Stanley Clarke - School Days

Coleman Hawkins - Body And Soul

Charles Mingus - Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting

Lee Morgan - The Sidewinder

George Benson - My Latin Brother