Originally Posted by Roscoe East
Yeah, I don't think I can get my mind entirely wrapped around the concept of a "funk ballad"...
Plenty of that from the '80s. Stuff I recall trying to play-
Anita Baker- "Sweet Love" from Rapture
Manhatten Transfer- "Mystery" from Bodies & Souls
Chaka Khan- "Through The Fire" from I Feel For You
...IIRC, Nathan East plays on all 3 of the above.
Debra Laws- "Very Special"
Heatwave- "Mind Blowing Decisions", "Happiness Togetherness", etc
EW&F- "After The Love Is Gone", "Can't Hide Love", etc
Mother's Finest- "Love Changes"
AWB- "A Love Of Your Own" from Soul Searching
Rufus- "Hollywood", "At Midnight", etc
Rose Royce- "Wishing On A Star" from In Full Bloom
George Benson- "Midnight Love Affair" from Give Me The Night
Check out stuff from-
Jeffrey Osbourne- "On The Wings Of Love"
Michael Jackson- "I Can't Help It"
Stevie Wonder- "Creepin'"
Ohio Players- "Sweet Sticky Thing" from Honey
A Taste Of Honey...they gotta have something!
I would say all the above are well-played, well-composed, well-mixed...good production...all that.