Vincent The Soul Chef

I love music... any kind of music... as long as it's groovy.

After a decade of trial and error, here is the official website where I attempt to chronicle my forty year obsession with all things vinyl. I dedicate this endeavour lovingly and respectfully to each and every single cratedigger the world over, who has offered me education and inspiration either directly or indirectly. Without you, this site, much less my record collection, would cease to exist. Thank you and enjoy.

Warm up to wind up...

Hello, kiddies.

It's that time of year again where I get the honour and privilege of participating in the Funky16Corners Soul Club Allnighter pledge drive. Those of you who have followed this space for the last decade already know what that means to me, but for those who are just tuning in, let me give you the back story... The blog known as Funky16Corners is one of the primary reasons why this website exists. Its owner, the incomparable Larry Grogan is, simply put, my hero. Why? I would say that the reasons are obvious, given that he continuously prompts me to step up my cratedigging game, but there's more to it than meets the eye. It's not enough that his crates are the stuff which dreams are made... nope. Anyone can collect a tonne of records, but not everyone can display the characteristics of a true human being in the process. This is a trait which I have discovered over the last couple of years following him on social media, and one of the reasons why I am proud to not only call him a trusted colleague, but a friend who I will move heaven and earth to support, especially now with this batch of 45 rpm gold that I called The Warmup Session and The Windup Session...  Check the player thingies below, or you can listen at your leisure EXCLUSIVELY by clicking here...

01 Sweet Inspiration - King Curtis & The Kingpins (Atco)
02 Sugarcane - The MGs (Stax)
03 Mystic Voyage - Roy Ayers Ubiquity (Polydor)
04 Sneakin In The Back - Tom Scott & The L.A. Express (Ode)
05 Season Of The Witch - Lou Rawls (Capitol)
06 Listen - Chicago Transit Authority (Columbia)
07 No Matter What Sign You Are - Supremes (Motown)
08 Hey Love - Stevie Wonder (Tamla)
09 Marvin's Groove - B W Souls (Round)
10 Funky Thing Pt 1- Larry Ellis And The Black Hammer (Funk 45 reissue)
11 Yeah You Right - Sister And The Brothers (UNI)
12 Working Our Way Back Into A Funky Thing- Unifics (Fountain)
13 Everybody Wants To Be Free Pt. 2 - Amnesty (Lamp/Now-Again)
14 Soul Clappin - Pretty Purdie (Date)
15 The Message - Cymande (Janus)
16 Funky To The Bone - Freddie Henchie & The Soul Setters (Reprise)
17 Ain't No Sunshine - Eddy Senay (Sussex)
18 Go On With Your Bad Self - Consumer Rapport (Wing And A Prayer)
19 I Can Dig It - Daley Diggers (Marmaduke)
20 Doo Doo - David T Walker (Zea)
21 Pick N Shovel - The Touch (Lecasver)
22 Nanzee - Donald Austin (Eastbound)
23 The Prophet - Jack McDuff (Cadet)
24 Reflections - Bill Conti (United Artists)

01 The Title Escapes Me - Toussaint McCall (Ronn)
02 Scramble - Billy Stewart (Chess)
03 The Hip Judage - Pigmeat Markham (Chess)
04 Let My People Go - Brother Jack McDuff (Cadet)
05 Give Everybody Some - Bar Kays (Volt)
06 Drunk - Ace Cannon (Hi)
07 Get It - Sam And Dave (Atlantic)
08 Shake A Poo Poo - Chet Ivey (Tangerine)
09 Hey Joyce - Lou Courtney (Popside)
10 Ode To Soul Man - Syl Johnson (Twinight)
11 Shakey Jakes - The Strange Bros. Show (Sire)
12 Soul Liberation Pt. 2- Rusty Bryant (Prestige)
13 It's LB Time - Jay Youngblood (Ex Spect More)
14 Poppin Popcorn - Alvin Cash (Toddlin' Town)
15 The Champion Pt. 1 - Willie Mitchell (Hi jukebox 33 pressing)
16 Pretty Lil Mama - Soul Crusaders Orchestra (More Soul)
17 Funky Feet - Johnny Robinson (Epic)
18 Shhhhhhhh (For A Little While) - James Brown (King)
19 Crabcakes - Gunga Din (Valise)
20 Shake - Shadows Of Knight (Team)
21 Pucker Up Buttercup - Jr Wlaker & The All Stars (Soul)
22 Get it - Wilmer and the Dukes (Aphrodisiac)
23 Secret Love - Billy Stewart (Chess)
24 O Wow - Panic Buttons (Gamble)
25 Lunar Funk - Fabulous Counts (Moira)
26 Higher Than High - The Undisputed Truth (Gordy)

I urge you to also check out the other selections that are available by some of the best selectors in the game as well... man, there's a lot of heavy duty goodness going on... and because I am not ashamed of giving free advertisement, also check out the sister blog called the Iron Leg by clicking here, because Mr. Grogan is always working hard to bring the world his signature brand of vinyl treasures. Yup. Now with all of that said, it's time for me to get on over there myself and throw some change into the hat because it's our contributions that help to keep the F16C brand available for all of us... I'm more than certain that you'll agree once you get a peep at how much is there. Have fun(k) and as always, please be safe... and take a few seconds to spare a thought for the people in Orlando.

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