Rick James’ Love Gun

I know I’ll be adding a Rick James LP to the collection eventually since I’m pretty disappointed to just have a few singles from my dad. I absolutely love Rick James. My mom once gave me a birthday card that played Super Freak and I still have it to this day because it made me so happy.

Rick James (born James Ambrose Johnson, Jr.; February 1, 1948 – August 6, 2004) was an American musician and composer.

Influenced by singers such as Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson, James started singing in doo-wop and R&B groups as a teenager in his hometown of Buffalo, New York. After entering the United States Navy to avoid getting drafted, he deserted to Toronto, where he formed the fusion band. James’ tenure with the group was interrupted after he was discovered recording with the group in Motown in 1966. Surrendering to military authorities, he served a one-year prison term. Upon release, James moved to California to resume his duties with the group though they eventually split. James began a series of rock bands in the California area and worked with Motown as a songwriter.

In 1977, he signed with the Gordy Records imprint of Motown as a recording artist, releasing his debut, Come Get It!, in April 1978. The album sold over two million copies and launched his career into the mainstream as a funk and soul artist. His most popular album, 1981’s Street Songs, launched him into superstardom thanks to the hit singles, “Give It to Me Baby” and “Super Freak”. After being credited as writer of the song, James became the 1990 recipient of a Best R&B Song Grammy for composing the song.

In addition to his own success, James emerged as a successful songwriter and producer for other artists, such as Teena Marie, The Temptations, Eddie Murphy, Smokey Robinson and more.

An addiction to crack hampered his career by the late 1980s. In the 1990s, his legal troubles, which included assaulting two women while under the influence of crack, led him to serve a three-year sentence at California’s Folsom State Prison. James was released on parole in 1996 and resumed his musical career releasing the album in 1997. A mild stroke suffered during a concert in early 1998 interrupted his career for a brief time.

James received new notoriety in 2004 when he appeared on an episode of Dave Chappelle’s Chappelle Show in the Charlie Murphy “True Hollywood Stories” segment of the show, in which James’ past wild lifestyle was satirized. James died later that year from heart failure at the age of 56.


Side One

Love Gun

Side Two

Stormy Love

My Heart Can’t Tell You No, Its Infatuation


Rod Stewart’s early albums were a fusion of rock, folk music, soul music and R&B. His aggressive blues work with The Jeff Beck Group and the Faces influenced heavy metal genres. From the late 1970s through the 1990s, Stewart’s music often took on a new wave or soft rock/middle-of-the-road quality, and in the early 2000s he released a series of successful albums interpreting the Great American Songbook.


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Side Two

She Won’t Dance with Me


Side One

My Heart Can’t Tell You No

Side Two

The Wild Horse

Killing Me Softly With His Song

Killing Me Softly With His Song was a number-one hit in 1973 for Roberta Flack. The song has since been covered by numerous artists.

In September 1972, Flack was opening for Marvin Gaye; after performing her prepared encore song, Flack was advised by Gaye to sing an additional song. Flack – “I said well, I got this song I’ve been working on called ‘Killing Me Softly…’ and he said ‘Do it, baby.’ And I did it and the audience went crazy, and he walked over to me and put his arm around me and said, ‘Baby, don’t ever do that song again live until you record it.'”

Released in January 1973, Flack’s version spent a total of five non-consecutive weeks at number-one in February and March 1973, being bumped to number 2 after four straight weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 song for 1973.


Side One

Killing Me Softly with His Song

Side Two

Just Like a Woman

The First Time I Saw Your Face I Felt Like Makin’ Love

I have I Feel Like Makin’ Love on some various artists albums and on a previous Roberta LP but it appears I also have the single. Never hurts to have the single for your own playlist, a various artist album for a pre-made playlist and the full album from the artist to just zone out to!


Side One

The First Time I Saw Your Face

Side Two

Trade Winds


Side One

Feel Like Makin’ Love

Side Two

When You Smile

The Motown Song

The Motown Song is a song performed by Rod Stewart and featuring The Temptations. The song is from Stewart’s 1991 album Vagabond Heart. The song peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on September 21, 1991.

The music video with Rod Stewart was produced by Animation City, an animation company in London, England, directed by Derek Hayes. It paid tribute to Motown (featuring animated versions of The Temptations and The Supremes) and featured other charting stars of the time, including animated versions of Vanilla Ice, Sinéad O’Connor, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Elton John; along with both a live action and an animated Rod Stewart with his animated dog.

Check out the video HERE!


Side One

The Motown Song feat. The Temptations

Side Two

Sweet Soul Music


She’s Looking Good To Rodger Collins

Rodger Collins (born c. 1940) is an American soul and funk musician from Oakland, California. Born in Texas, Collins had regional hits in the San Francisco Bay Area from the mid-1960s through the 1970s, when his music was also popular among dancers at clubs in England. Collins was noted for energetic performances that included a stint opening for Elvis Presley and Ike & Tina Turner in Las Vegas, Nevada in the mid-1970s.

Collins retired from performing shortly after the Las Vegas shows and converted to Islam, taking the name Hajj Sabrie. He started a small business in Oakland but continued to write music and play on recording sessions. He released a compact disc of recordings from various sessions titled Through My Eyes in 2008.


Side One

She’s Looking Good

Side Two

I’m Serving Time

Herbie Hancock Is A Man-Child

The cover of this album is a bit beat up, but the record itself still plays incredibly well. My roommate, as I mentioned before, is a huge jazz fan and I love funk and soul so Herbie’s music is a fantastic fusion for the two of us!

Herbert Jeffrey “Herbie” Hancock (born April 12, 1940) is an American pianist, keyboardist, bandleader and composer.

As part of Miles Davis’s Second Great Quintet, Hancock helped to redefine the role of a jazz rhythm section and was one of the primary architects of the “post-bop” sound. He was one of the first jazz musicians to embrace synthesizers and funk music. Hancock’s music is often melodic and accessible; he has had many songs “cross over” and achieved success among pop audiences. His music embraces elements of funk and soul while adopting freer stylistic elements from jazz.

Hancock is the 2014 Charles Eliot Norton Professor of Poetry at Harvard University. Holders of the chair deliver a series of six lectures on poetry, “The Norton Lectures”, poetry being “interpreted in the broadest sense, including all poetic expression in language, music, or fine arts.”. Hancock’s theme is “The Ethics of Jazz.”.



Herbie Hancock

Side One

Hang Up Your Hang Ups
Sun Touch
The Traitor

Side Two

Sieppin’ It In