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Lavern Baker – 1970 – Let Me Belong to You

 Brilliant later work from Lavern Baker – material recorded years after her bigger fame at Atlantic Records, but with vocals that are still equally sublime! The set’s got a very different feel than the blusier styles of before – and features wonderful Chicago soul production…

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The Artistics – 1967 – I’m Gonna Miss You

 The Artistics I’m Gonna Miss You originally released in 1967, is a superb example of vocal group soul, in a similar vein to the Chi-Lites and Four Tops, highly collectable as an original. A Chicago R&B and soul group discovered by Major Lance, the Artistics…

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The O’Jays – 1977 – Travelin’ At The Speed Of Thought

 Review by Andre S. Grindle When I first discovered this album at the now defunct Borders Book & Music over a decade ago,I was already very familiar with the O’Jay’s vast catalog of albums. This was in the bargain bin and you could imagine the thoughts…

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The Fuzz – 1971 – The Fuzz

One of the best female harmony groups of the early 70s – even if they only ever cut this single album! The Fuzz have an open, earnest style that really takes us back to group soul of the decade before – yet they deliver their…

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Jack Ashford – 1977 – Hotel Sheet

One of the coolest club records ever cut – and one with a great gimmick too! That gimmick is the “hotel sheet” – an instrument created by percussionist Jack Ashford, which is a light piece of metal that’s snapped back and worth to create these…

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Ecstasy, Passion & Pain – 1974 – Ecstasy, Passion & Pain

Seminal early disco work from Ecstasy Passion & Pain – a group with a much harder soul approach than some of their counterparts on the 70s Philly scene! Singer Barbara Roy really gives the group a wonderful sound here – working with a level of…

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Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party

  We wish you and your families Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 2015. Peace and Blessings!  One of the coolest Christmas compilations we’ve seen in years – a package that’s filled with rare funk and soul singles from the 60s and 70s –…

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Rufus Thomas – 1972 – Did You Heard Me?

One of the best funky LPs by Rufus Thomas – recorded in the early 70s with backing by The Movement and The Bar Kays, and with a good raw Stax sound on most cuts! Rufus is certainly in the “funky ” mode here – doing…

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Carol Woods – 1971 – Out Of The Woods

A rare 70s soul set from Carol Woods – a singer who’s done a fair bit of work on the musical stage, but who has plenty to offer in this obscure debut album! The record was mostly cut in New York, yet only issued in…

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Jay Dee – 1974 – Come On In Love

 Review by Mark Brian Mathew The Maestro pulling strings and much more in the background, yet again. With Jay Dee’s one-off album “Come On In Love” there’s another rare and highly collectable piece of work indeed worth having it on the player if one loves a…

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Barbara Lynn ‎– 1968 – Here Is Barbara Lynn

A fantastic album of soul from Barbara Lynn – an oft-overlooked gem in the crown of Atlantic during their glory soul days in the 60s, and a singer with a raw soulful style that really deserved greater exploration! The album’s filled with wonderful original tunes,…

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O.V. Wright ‎– 1977 ‎– Into Something (Can’t Shake Loose)

A stone killer from OV Wright – a record that’s got all the raw, deeply soulful vocals we love in his early work – mixed with some wicked 70s Hi Records production from Willie Mitchell! Imagine an Al Green record, but with rawer vocals, and…

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Charles Cherell – 1974 – For Sweet People From Sweet Charles

A supremely fantastic album by Charles Cherell, one that’s always woefully overlooked in discussions of James Brown’s incredible People label! Sweet Charles, Charles Sherell, was a great lost soul vocalist who had a voice that was warm and mellow, with a sweetness that was often…

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Isaac Hayes – 1976 – Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak)

Review by Mark Brian Mathew Whenever reading about Isaac Hayes and his discography this is the album that seems to inspire most haters, and it took a turn for the worst, when this long out of print album was reissued on CD in 2009 along…

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The Baby Huey Story – 1971 – The Living Legend

With a psychedelic brand of soul and a vocal style that drew comparisons to Otis Redding, the 300-400 pound Baby Huey was set to break out of the Chicago scene with the release of his debut album. Unfortunately, his weight and taste for drugs resulted…

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The Politicians Featuring McKinley Jackson 1972

Jackson was a long standing member of Motown’s sessions band, playing trombone on dozens (if not hundreds) of Holland-Dozier-Holland recording sessions for the label.   That would certainly explain how Jackson and company ended up releasing one of the first album’s on the trio’s post-Motown Hot…

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The Four Tops‎ – 1973 – Main Street People

Review by Mark Brian Mathew Whatever happened to the days we met on Main Street? “Main Street People” kicks off with familiar street sounds, smooth vocal riffs and deep harmonies, all combined within a short introduction of the title track that leads with ease to…

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Joe Tex – 1965 – Hold What You’ve Got

Rip and Research by Mr.Moo Posting and additional info’s by Nikos For the most part, this early long-player from Joe Tex favors the goofier side of his musical personality rather than the home-truth moral lessons which often dominated much of his work. While “One Monkey Don’t Stop No…

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The Lost Generation – 1972 – Young, Tough and Terrible

They’re young and tough – and especially wonderful too – easily one of the most compelling harmony soul groups to ever hail from the Windy City! The set’s a Chicago soul gem from the early 70s – recorded with a laidback, slightly tripped-out vibe that’s…

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Lee Moses – 1971 – Time and Place

Lee Moses, perhaps due to his tragically minimal output, never got inducted into the pantheon of great soul men, but he should stand strong with the likes of Eddie Floyd, William Bell, and other lovingly remembered Stax/Volt artists, or those he mentions in “Got That…

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