28 Apr 2019
Jean Carn – 1978 – Happy To Be With You

The songwriting, production, arrangements, and music are perfectly matched to Jean Carn’s passionate singing. Gamble/Huff put the right amount of restraint on the superb musical backing of MFSB so that Ms. Carn’s vocalization is at the forefront. Her interpretation of each song is so believable,...
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09 Apr 2019
Ohio Players ‎- 1972 – Pain

“Pain” is a classic slab of raw, fatback funk, with Greg Webster’s thick in-the-pocket drumming and Marshall Jones elastic bass lines. Mostly an instrumental, with Junie Morrison adding a few lyrics and a whole lot of catchy hollers, all bandmembers get their moment in the...
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10 Aug 2018
Ramsey Lewis ‎- 1974 – Sun Goddess

Pianist Ramsey Lewis first came to fame as the purveyor of swinging soul-jazz in the mid-’60s, but like a lot of musicians he underwent some major changes by the end of that decade. Sun Goddess (1974), Lewis’ biggest success of the decade, is miles away from the finger-snapping supper club...
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19 Jul 2018
Karma – 1976 – Celebration

Karma sounding like a cross between Earth, Wind & Fire and the Crusaders and was an interesting but underexposed 1970s soul/funk band that sometimes detoured into jazz fusion and quiet storm. Karma, formed in Los Angeles in 1974, wasn’t a full-time project for its members, who included saxophonist Ernie Watts, trombonist George...
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23 Apr 2018
Geoffrey Stoner – 1973 – Watch Out

A very rare, overlooked 1973 LP, fet. Philip Upchurch on guitar,  includes the superb ‘Bend Your Head‘,  killer tune with attitude! Never released on CD. G.Stoner is a singer/songwriter who (with the help of some excellent musicians) gives most of his tracks a soul/funk/r&b-treatment, sometimes with...
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