Con Funk Shun was formed by high-school classmates Michael Cooper and Louis "Tony" McCall, along with Karl Fuller, Paul "Maceo" Harrell, Dennis Johnson, Cedric Martin, and Danny "Sweet Man" Thomas. All of them had been playing together since their high-school days in Vallejo, CA. Felton Pilate, also from Vallejo, joined the group after his band, a local rival, disbanded.
In the early '70s, the group was a backup band for the Soul Children with the name Project Soul. And when they weren't on the road with the Soul Children, they were creatively working with various Stax staff writers. In the mid-'70s, Project Soul made an effort to become a headliner, but they met dead-ends and little success. However, they found good fortune at Audio Dimensions, a Memphis recording studio owned by producer Ted Sturges. Around this time, he group named itself after the title of one of their instrumentals, "Con Funk Shun." During their three-year stint at Audio Dimensions, Sturges, besides owning the studio, was also Con Funk Shun's producer. Their association resulted in the group's first album, Organized Con Funk Shun.
As their sound developed, Pilate and Cooper emerged as the primary lead vocalists. Around the time their first album for Crankshaft Productions, Inc. was being recorded, the eighth member, MC and technician Dennis Johnson, left the group to attend seminary in California. By 1976, the group signed to Mercury, where they remained for ten years. Their first hit for Mercury was "Ffun," written by Michael Cooper as a tribute to the R&B/funk band Brick. One of the premiere party funk bands of its time, they also began recording ballads and instrumental tracks by the early '80s. Aside from being the primary musicians on all their albums, Con Funk Shun also contributed to each of their albums as writers, arrangers, and/or producers.
Burnin' Love, the septet's last album with Mercury, was recorded without their longtime musical center, Felton Pilate, who left the group in 1986 to become a successful producer. (Pilate eventually became the musical force behind MC Hammer.) Melvin Carter, a frequent collaborator of Con Funk Shun, joined the group upon Pilate's exit, and that same year Michael Cooper left for a solo career. Con Funk Shun disbanded after their last album with Mercury, but reunited in the '90s, and began performing at festivals and concerts around the world.
01. Music Is The Way 02. Tell Me That You Like It 03. Never Be The Same 04. Owe It To Myself 05. Foley Park 06. Nothing To Lose By Trying 07. Forever Ain't Just Long Enough 08. Another World 09. Sure It Feels Good To Me
01. Doowhachawannadoo 02. Who Has The Time 03. Indian Summer Love (Interlude) 04. Tears In My Eyes 05. Ffun 06. Secrets 07. Confunkshunizeya 08. I'll Set You Out OK 09. Indian Summer Love (Instrumental)
01. Can You Feel The Groove Tonight 02. Indiscreet Sweet 03. Baby I'm Hooked (Right Into Your Love) 04. Thinking About You Baby 05. Don't Let Your Love Grow Cold 06. Lovin' Fever 07. Hard Lovin' 08. If I'm Your Lover
01. Shake And Dance With Me 02. Ffun 03. Straight From The Heart 04. Love's Train 05. So Easy 06. Too Tight 07. By Your Side 08. Juicy 09. Got To Be Enough 10. Ms. Got-The-Body 11. Chase Me 12. Sho' Feels Good To Me 13. California 1 14. (Let Me Put) Love On Your Mind 15. All Up To You 16. I'm Leaving Baby 17. Baby I'm Hooked (Right Into Your Love)
01. FFun (Intro) 02. Chase Me 03. Shake & Dance With Me 04. Let Me Put Love On Your Mind 05. I'm Leaving Baby 06. Too Tight 07. Straight From The Heart 08. Baby, I'm Hooked 09. By Your Side 10. Love's Train 11. FFun 12. Throw It Up, Throw It Up 13. Head To Toe 14. Mega-Mix
01. Lady's Wild 02. Ain't Nobody, Baby 03. Candy 04. Happy Face 05. Too Tight 06. Da Lady 07. Lovin' Fever 08. Body Lovers 09. Electric Lady 10. Who Has The Time 11. Pretty Lady 12. Honey Wild 13. Make It Last 14. Promise You Love 15. Give Your Love To Me 16. Everlove
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