Funk45.com
FUNK45.com contains over 2000 audio clips of rare funk and soul 45 rpm singles recorded in the late 60s and early 70s with contributions from the world's top funk DJs and collectors. The music is often grittier than well known artists such as James Brown and has been ignored by the music industry for 40 years. While you're here don't forget to rate these funk records!!! more...
The Soul Seven
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Sweet Les - Sweet Potato, Collard Greens

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Tobias Kirmayer (107)
Ian Wright (94)
Jazzman Gerald (67)
Jimi Dynamite (61)
Rainer Windisch (56)
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Keb Darge (40)
Phillip Lehman (37)
Florian Keller (36)
Malcolm Catto (33)

Cook, Bobby Quartette - Riding High

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Daniel Williams (303)
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Jugganaut (182)
Josh B (147)
Ericka Schiche (131)
Brian Poust (128)
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Larry Grogan (119)
Eric B. (100)
DigginFunk (89)

Seven From Eleven - Strawberry Snocone

Site Totals
Audio: 2562
Info:3019
Members: 8843
Contributors: 268
Votes: 73689

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What is FUNK45.com?

FUNK45.com is dedicated to increasing public awareness of rare funk, soul and R&B music, as well as providing a resource for funk collectors and enthusiasts. Most of the sounds on this site were recorded in the late 60s to early 70s - a largely forgotton and undocumented musical era - and have over a period of 30 years become very rare, a few never even released! This site is regularly updated with new sounds and info from funk DJs and collectors throughout the world, so keep checking back often!

How do I listen to the audio?

You'll need realplayer -- download it from http://www.real.com. Several tracks are also available in mp3 and asf format. You'll need an mp3 player, such as Winamp, or Microsoft's Media Player to hear them.

Why don't the realaudio links work?

Probably realplayer isn't correctly installed on your computer (try re-installing). Either that or the internet is too busy.

I have some real interesting info about a track - how can I contribute my knowledge to FUNK45.com?

It's very easy to contribute info to FUNK45.com! The first thing to do is signup as a contributor. You'll receive a password in your email -- use this to login to the site, then navigate to any record, type your info into the textbox, and press the 'Add Info' button to update the site.

I signed up but haven't received a password?

Probably the email address you specified is invalid or couldn't be reached -- hotmail addresses seem particularly dodgy! Try requesting your password to be resent at a later time.

How do I change my password?

Login, then click on <Edit Profile> - type in your new password then press the submit button.

I forgot my password, doh!

Go here

I've got a wicked rare funk 7' which isn't on this site - how do I contribute the audio to FUNK45.com?

First make sure that it isn't already listed and that it's the right style (see Keb's or Ian's selections to get the general idea). I'll be deleting the lowest rated tunes every so often to make room for better ones, so it helps if your tunes are good enough to stay on. Ok, so you've decided the tune is 'up there' - next you'll need to create an MP3 (please not realaudio) from your funk 7'. The mp3 should be *at least* one minute long with no fadeout and ideally be encoded to at least 64kbps. For now it's best if you email me mp3 file(s), or let me know where I can download them from. Name the mp3 as "artistname - title.mp3" e.g. "Brown, James - It's A New Day Pt1.mp3", and add any year and label info into the ID3 comments tag -- this is so I can make the real-audio rm's in the correct way. Can you also let me know your contributor login-id and name so you can be credited on the site (signup if you haven't already). Please note that I can only accept files taken from genuine rare funk 7s recorded by yourself from a turntable i.e. no CD-rips, albums, mp3s from other sites, etc. Sorry there's so many instructions here but by following them you'll make my life easier and get your sounds uploaded far quicker.

I tried sending you a file in the email but it didn't get through.

Problems should be sorted out now. If it keeps happening then maybe reduce the file size by only sending the first minute and reducing the bit rate (64kbps minimum). Also request a read-receipt if you want to be sure I get the files.

I contributed some files over a month ago and they haven't appeared on the site yet!

Sorry if this has happened to you -- every contribution I receive is queued and probably won't appear for a week or two. If it takes longer then please be patient, your files will get posted...

I got a great label scan of a 45. Do you want it?

Thanks, but at the moment I'm concentrating on audio and not label scans! Please send your scans to Peter Wermelinger to help his funk project, he'll appreciate the gesture.

Do you make any money out of this site?

No - since this site started over 2 years ago I've spent hundreds of pounds in hosting costs (SQL-server hosting isn't cheap). I'm trying to help meet these costs with advertisers.

What about copyright?

The purpose of this site is to increase awareness of rare funk music, not to encourage music piracy or online trading of mp3s etc. To this end the audio is deliberatly very low quality one minute samples which cannot be used for anything other than education. AFAIK the mp3's and asf's on this site have expired copyrights and are in the public domain.

This site may contain copyrighted material whose use has not been specifically authorised by the copyright owners, so if you own the copyright to a track and object to its inclusion on this site please inform me and I will remove it. I'm sure you'll understand that I will *not* supply any mp3s/wavs etc. Many of these sounds are available on vinyl/CD compilations so if you really want a track please support the labels and artists by going out and spending some money ;-)

Acknowledgements

First and foremost massive thanks to everyone who have contributed audio or information to this site. By contributing you are helping to turn more people onto this music.

Big thanks to Roger Boykin of Soultex Records for permission to use the picture of the Soul Seven in the banner. PS Don't forget to check out the recent release of Soul Seven's original "South Side Funk", released on Stone's Throw records.

This non-profit site is dedicated to anyone who is into funk, especially the great musicians who played their asses off on these early recordings.

Enjoy!

Andy



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