All Albums

with reviews

Sam & Dave – 1967 – Soul Men

Sam & Dave, the Black Gladiators, had upstaged the music scene with blasting gutbucket Soul anthems such as “Hold On! I’m Comin‘”, “You Got Me Hummin‘” and “Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody” in 1966… A year later, riding high on the success of the…

Read More/Download ›

Tim Maia – 1970 – Tim Maia

The incredible first album by Tim Maia, Brazil’s greatest soul star in the 70s, and for good reason too – given that Tim was one of the few who could match the depth of American soul and funk at the time! Yet the music here…

Read More/Download ›

Jean Carn – 1978 – Happy To Be With You

One of Jean’s classic Philly albums, recorded after she left Doug Carn, and started to make records as a solo artist. The record’s got stellar production by Gamble & Huff and Dexter Wansel, and features a nice mix of up-tempo cuts and mellow ones. With…

Read More/Download ›

Ohio Players – 1973 – Ecstasy

The Ohio Players’ last album for Westbound, ‘Ecstasy’, shows the group already moving toward more commercial terrain. This was mostly evident through the swapping of drummers; heavy hitter Greg Webster was replaced by the more refined James ‘Diamond’ Williams during these sessions. But it still…

Read More/Download ›

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…

Read More/Download ›

Ohio Players ‎- 1972 – Pleasure

‘Pleasure’ is a raw, funk-filled album featuring the Ohio Players at their most unpolished. And like on ‘Pain’, the opening track here too is reserved for a lengthy, loose jam session with sparse lyrics. “Pleasure” rides a ferocious, rocking groove mainly due to Sugarfoot’s rollicking…

Read More/Download ›

Afrodisia ‎- 1980 – Elephant Sunrise

Afrodisia’s highly collectible album ‘Elephant Sunrise’ from 1980 on Comma. Afrodisia were combination of US soldiers with local musicians from Worms, Germany that were formed in 1978 and recorded two albums during their years together with ‘Elephant Sunrise’ being the only one that was actually…

Read More/Download ›

Darondo – Listen to My Song: Music City Sessions

Back in 70s Oakland, California, streetwise hipster William Darondo Pulliam was a funky singer-songwriter who could also swing the sweetest soul west of Al Green. His handful of idiosyncratic 45 releases are crowned by the heartbreaking sound of his 1973 local hit `Didn’t I‘, on…

Read More/Download ›

Universal Togetherness Band ‎(1979-1982) Universal Togetherness Band

Anyone who questions the value of higher education has clearly never heard the story of the Universal Togetherness Band, a funk/soul/R&B combo whose body of work would be lost to the ages if Chicago’s Columbia College had never offered courses in audio engineering.  Andre Gibson, the…

Read More/Download ›

Hank Ballard – 1969 – You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down

Produced by James Brown in an attempt to resuscitate Hank Ballard’s waning commercial fortunes, You Can’t Keep a Good Man Down remains a minor soul classic — Brown’s admiration for Ballardgalvanizes each and every groove, and his inimitably funky arrangements fit the singer’s gritty vocals like a glove. While “Thrill on the…

Read More/Download ›

Loleatta Holloway – 1973 – Loleatta (Aware)

Although one of the most recognizable voices in music is Loleatta Holloway, many people are unaware of the two legendary soul albums she recorded for Michael Thevis Aware Records in the seventies. These were Loleatta in 1973 and Cry To Me in 1975. Instead, many…

Read More/Download ›

Dianne Brooks – 1976 – Back Stairs Of My Life

Dianne Brooks, a Toronto R&B singer, was very much in demand as a backup vocalist in the increasingly hectic Toronto recording scene through the 1970s, working with everyone from Anne Murray to Funkadelic, Ronnie Lane, and Craig Fuller’s pre-Little Feat band Pure Prairie League. Her…

Read More/Download ›

Honey Cone – 1971 – Sweet Replies

The second album by Honey Cone and the one that really broke them out of the box! The record’s got a groove that gets going right from the start, a sense of upbeat, soulful energy that really shows why the Honey Cone approach was so…

Read More/Download ›

Jimmy McGriff Organ And Blues Band ‎ – 1968 – The Worm

This is just totally classic. McGriff fronts a classic blues band setup with a perfectly balanced brass section and a swinging rhythm section. Smartly McGriff employed the help of legendary drummers Grady Tate and Mel Lewis who take turns laying down the foundation for some…

Read More/Download ›

Rufus Thomas – 1973 – Crown Prince Of Dance

Dig this. In the summer of 1972, during the legendary WattStax Festival, the then 55-year old Rufus Thomas had thousands of young people flapping their wings and breaking down in a dancing frenzy at L.A. Memorial Coliseum. The World’s Oldest Teenager turned that sucker out….

Read More/Download ›

The Natural Four – 1974 – The Natural Four

Sweeeeet soul from the 70s! The Natural Four were one of the greatest soul harmony groups of the 70’s – and their work on the Curtom label has an amazing “rough with the smooth” quality that really sets them apart from east coast groups of…

Read More/Download ›

Booker T. – 1974 – Evergreen

  A surprisingly great album by Booker T – recorded after his Memphis years with The MGs, and his duets with Priscilla – and done in a sweetly mellow style that has Booker emerging as a whole new style of songwriter! As with all the…

Read More/Download ›

Rufus & Chaka Khan – 1977 – Ask Rufus

This is a wonderful slice of underrated late seventies soul gold. It has a fantastic funky edge too with just a hint of a disco feel on the more uptempo tracks. This LP is the perfect blend of Rufus’ songwriting and production and the stunning…

Read More/Download ›

Bobby Caldwell – 1978 – Bobby Caldwell

Bobby Caldwell is one of only a handful of white vocalists (Van Morrison and Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall, to name a couple more) who legitimately transcended the blue-eyed soul tag. Caldwell’s genuine mix of R&B and jazz signatures as well as his bittersweet yet buttery vocal tones conjure up images…

Read More/Download ›

Margie Joseph – 1974 – Sweet Surrender

A truly excellent Soul album, sumptuously produced, arranged and orchestrated by Arif Mardin. It sounds on par with the best Aretha Franklin’s albums, due to the musicians involved: Cornell Dupree, Richard Tee, Chuck Rainey, Bernard Purdie, Ralph MacDonald … The back singers include artists who recorded their own solo albums: Cissy Houston, Judy Clay, Gwen…

Read More/Download ›