Seventies Soul

The first half of Seventies soul grows directly out of the Sixties, but by the time America was hitting the disco floor and hitching a ride on the Mothership, something was obviously changing. (My liner notes to the Can You Dig it? box, which I’ll eventually post on “About” page of this web site, give you my take on what it was all about.) If you want an album that understands that soul, funk, jazz, gospel and disco were all part of the same thing, start out with Earth, Wind & Fire’s Gratitude. If you want all of that and are seriously stoned, give P-Funk a shot and check out my “Funk Dialectics” piece on the aforementioned “About” page. Alice Echols looks at it all from a smart feminist perspective in Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture.