21 Mar 2019
Johnnie Taylor – 1970 – One Step Beyond

Cut in the middle of Taylor’s late-’60s and early-’70s stay at Stax, One Step Beyond qualifies as one of the singer’s best LPs. Captured in his Southern soul prime, Taylor lets loose on fine mix of gospel-inspired ballads (“I Don’t Want to Lose You“), countrified mid-tempo burners (“Party Life“), and...
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22 Oct 2018
Eddie Floyd – 1970 – California Girl

With Stax Records, Eddie Floyd has recorded some of my all-time favourite soul songs, like “Big Bird,” “Raise Your Hand,” and “Knock On Wood.”  Those songs were recorded with Booker T. & The M.G.’s though, and the album California Girl merely captures the band’s break-up instead. There are plenty of...
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03 Nov 2016
Nolan Porter ‎- 1972 – Nolan

Nolan Porter had been through a lot in his short recording career. His records were billed as Nolan, Frederick II, and N.F. Porter, and his producer Gabriel Mekler’s record companies (Lizard and Vulture) closed up shop. Mekler licensed Nolan’s previous Lizard/Vulture recordings and new Nolan...
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