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Sam Fletcher – 1967 – The Look of Love – The Sound of Soul

With a voice that shone with class and sophistication, vocalist Sam Fletcher was known as “The Man With The Golden Voice” to his many fans – the biggest of which included Nat King Cole, Aretha Franklin and Nancy Wilson, to name a few. Fletcher rose…

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Gary Bartz – 1977 – Music is My Sanctuary

A fantastic bit of jazz funk fusion – and one of the landmark 70s albums produced by Mizell Brothers! This is Gary Bartz’s second (and most amazing) collaboration with Larry Mizell – a studio genius who could focus on the best talent of a jazz…

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Bobby Hebb – 1970 – Love Games

The voice and pen that crafted the multi-format standard “Sunny” took four years to create as exquisite an album of adult contemporary R&B as you’ll find. This was recorded a full year before Lou Rawls would hit with the Bobby Hebb/Sandy Baron composition “A Natural…

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Otis Redding – 1965 – Otis Blue

Outside of an anthology or greatest hits package, this is the Otis Redding disc to own. Eight of the eleven selections are cover tunes, but Otis and crew attack the material with such passion and precision that it escapes the usual haphazard feel of a…

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Marcia Hines – 1975 – Marcia Shines

Born in 1953 in Boston, USA, Marcia Hines arrived in Australia in 1969 – sixteen years old and pregnant – to take part in the local production of the musical “Hair”. In 1973 she followed that success with the role of Mary Magdalene in the…

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James Knight & The Butlers ‎- 1971 – Black Knight

Anyone who is a vinyl collector will have to admit to being burned at least once from buying an LP with a great cover only to find that the music on the record itself completely sucked. Back in the old days before you could sample…

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Various ‎– Ultra Lounge – Christmas Cocktails

A perfect martini-and-mistletoe combo, Christmas Cocktails will gaily seduce you with its bevy of nostalgic and occasionally campy holiday fare. Vocal vixens Peggy Lee, Julie London (her “I’d Like You for Christmas” will melt the ice cubes in your fridge), Kay Starr, and Nancy Wilson…

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Yvonne Fair ‎– 1975 – The Bitch Is Black

Heavy heavy funk from the mighty Yvonne Fair – a 70s bad soul sister that we’d rank right up there with Betty Davis! Yvonne got her start working with James Brown in a sweeter mode, but by the time of this mid 70s debut, she’d…

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Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones – 1975 – Sweetback

A monster set of work by one of the funkiest guitar players ever! Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones recorded a number of sides for Prestige Records during the early 70s – but this rare gem came out after all those, in 1975, on the tiny Joka…

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Allen Toussaint – 1972 – Life, Love and Faith

Excellent work from New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint – and a set that may well be his funkiest album ever! The set features 12 tracks from the early 70s – a time when Toussaint was mixing a bit of funk into the heavy soul…

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James Mason – 1977 – Rhythm Of Life

One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it’s got a sound that’s unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous…

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Leon Haywood – 1975 – Come And Get Yourself Some

Leon Haywood’s best album from the 70s! After working as a keyboardist and sometimes vocalist for a number of years – making some strong and some tentative entries into the soul genre – Leon really exploded with this album, an electric funk classic that gave…

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The Lewis Connection – 1979 – The Lewis Connection

Rare funk from the same Minneapolis scene that gave the world Prince – a legendary indie set from the end of the 70s, put together by Lewis brothers Pierre and Andre! Despite their French names, the duo have a mighty American groove on the set…

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J.R. Bailey – 1974 – Just Me ‘n You

J. R. Bailey has been an obscure name even in well-informed Soul circles. Nevertheless, he’s one of the few Soul artists who mastered an urban, sophisticated, jazzy Soul style. His style resembles most closely Leroy Hutson, Leon Ware, and Marvin Gaye, especially from Marvin’s “What’s…

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Jeffree – 1979 – Jeffree

Smooth and sweet soul from Jeffree – an unsung 70s vocalist with a really great approach! Jeffree, aka Jeff Perry, is the brother of Greg Perry – and works in a similar style to his more famous brother – warmly grooving soul with a fluid,…

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Aretha Franklin – 1971 – Young, Gifted, and Black

Young, Gifted, and Black by Aretha Franklin is one of the soul masterpieces of the early 70’s. It was a extraordinary task. A monumental one, yet I have finally come up with a favorite Aretha album. “Young, Gifted and Black” has won the honor. I…

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Ann Peebles – 1974 – I Can’t Stand The Rain

Easily our favorite album ever by Ann Peebles– not just for the beathead title track, but also because it seems to be the one record where she brings a bit something extra to the studio! The sound is certainly in the classic Hi Records mode…

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Alex Brown – 1970 – In Search Of Love

Review by : Lafayette This damn album is so rare it doesn’t even really exist…only promotional copies are in circulation, since this recording for the Sundi Records label never was released properly. The last time a copy of this LP showed up in an online…

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The Originals – 1975 – California Sunset

If you like ’60s R&B guy groups (and who doesn’t?) The Originals area about as good as they get. While they didn’t produce records during Motown’s truest heyday, and therefore didn’t get the songs of Holland-Dozier-Holland and Smokey Robinson (like the Temps, Four Tops, and…

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Leo’s Sunshipp ‎- 1978 – We Need Each Other

A really great underground groover from the 70s – an album that hardly got any circulation at the time, but which has gone onto become the stuff of legend over the years! The album’s a bit unusual, in that it almost feels like an expanded…

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