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James Brown’s Funky Christmas

FMS stuff would like to wish you and your families season greetings. Open your heart to the Christmas spirit and enjoy a funky New Year. This is our Christmas “present” to you Holiday compilation featuring funky yuletide tunes by the Godfather Of Soul. At his…

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James Carr – 1968 – A Man Needs A Woman

Sublime southern soul from one of the greats! James Carr is right up there with the best of the 60s,  Otis Redding, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, and others but he never made it as big as them because of personal troubles and bad planning on…

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Strutt – 1976 – Time Moves On

Strutt is a group of musicians all hailing from New Jersey. It numbers eight elements (six musicians and two vocalists) and was formed in 1973 by Carmen Cosentino who plays the guitar. As the note on the cover says: “Strutt was organized to present to…

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Sidney Joe Qualls – 1974 – I Enjoy Loving You

Sidney Joe Qualls was a southern-born soul singer who was heavily influenced by Al Green. Although his sound did capitalise on the success of the Reverend, he did have a quality that was all of his own. He released a couple of LP’s that are…

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Little Anthony and the Imperials – 1967 – Reflections

Little Anthony and the Imperials had a string of r’n’b style hits on the End label in the late 50s. After several years absence, they resurfaced, and with the writing/producing talents of Teddy Randazzo, Anthony Gourdine and his Imperials created some of the most memorable,…

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Wess & The Airedales – 1973 – The Sound Of Soul

Doug Fowlkes formed Wess & The Airedales in 1961 as the Airedales. In the mid-60s the band ended up in Italy due to a military tour of duty where they added singer and bassist Wess Johnson who took over the band. This one was sent…

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The Vibrations – 1973 – Taking A New Step

The Vibrations were a smooth harmonizing soul group in the tradition of the Temptations and the Delfonics.  Originally known as the Jayhawks, the Vibrations were notable for being equally proficient with smooth ballads, such as ‘Oh Cindy’ (1962), and exuberant dance tunes like ‘Sloop Dance’…

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Sam Cooke – 1962 – Twistin’ The Night Away

Sam Cooke revolutionized R&B music in the ’50s and ’60s with his inimitable singing style and smooth, soulful voice. He was among the first and most successful to cross R&B over into the popular music field. With his smooth, velvet, delivery singing style, Sam Cooke…

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Linda Jones – 1972 – Your Precious Love

A talent whose time on Earth was cut much too short, Linda Jones had a wild, deeply passionate style of singing that set her apart from her contemporaries.  “Hypnotized” was a toned-down performance that  hit in the late 1960s but it is the later work…

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Linda Jones – 1967 – Hypnotized

Linda Jones is a singer that could have and should have become one of the true greats. She had a steady stream of medium hits throughout the late 60s and early 70s to signal that superstardom may have been just around the corner.  Both Aretha…

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Heaven And Earth – 1978 – Heaven And Earth

The classic LP by this stellar Chicago harmony group and a monster! Heaven And Earth had a wonderful falsetto harmony sound that reminds us a lot of east coast winners like Blue Magic or The Stylistics and like some of the best east coast groups, this…

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The Individuals – 1976 – Together (We Can Make Something Happen)

One of the lesser-known harmony groups to come out of the mid 70s, but still a very nice one, with a Chicago take on the genre . The group were protégés of Eddie Thomas, who had earlier success with other Chicago groups — but despite all…

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Donna McGhee – 1978 – Make It Last Forever

There aren’t many heavier, more sought after albums for the deep disco head than this 1978 classic from the reservoirs of Patrick Adams and “Red&”Greg Carmichael. The big cut on here is undoubtedly “It Ain’t No Big Thing,” which has been floating around on bootleg…

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The Persuasions – 1971 – We Came To Play

Mr.Moo continues to offer wonderful music to the visitors of FMS. Let’s find out his latest contribution : This is one of your reviewers favorite albums, ever. Pretty strong opinion, but when this was released it was effectively the only a cappella music available with…

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Hodges, James & Smith – 1975 – Power In Your Love

Hodges, James & Smith were originally known as Hodges, James & Smith & Crawford (former Motown artist Carolyn (Caroline) Crawford).They later became a trio..Pat Hodges, Denita James & Jessica Smith… all originating from Los Angeles. Denita James had a solo single on Flip around ’63…

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Black Magic – 1970 – Where Love Is

Here is a very obscure LP from the turn of the seventies – a reminder of the invention and freedom that Black music embraced during this period – the theatrical stylings of bands like Rotary Connection and the complex arrangements of Charles Stepney. Black Magic…

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Lou Rawls – 1966 Soulin’ & 1976 All Things In Time

Lou Raws – 1966 – Soulin’ One of the best albums that Lou cut with the HB Barnum/David Axelrod team! The record’s not as funky, so much as it’s a wonderfully conceived batch of tunes that has Lou singing in that super-hip pop soul mode…

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Hot – 1977 – Hot

Brother Raphy always brings the hot stuff and here he is with his own words about his latest contribution : SIMPLY HOT!!!!! Need not to say anything more….This album is known by almost everyone, but yet still able to elude as many. Now it’s finally…

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Chicago Gangsters – 1975 – I Choose You (Blind Over You)

We have the pleasure of introducing the debut by the Chicago Gangsters, “I Choose You” on the Gold Plate label.  This was also issued as “Blind Over You”, possibly re-named to capitalise on the minor success of ‘I Choose You’ on the Billboard Black Music…

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Executive Suite – 1974 – Executive Suite 1

I welcome to our family a new contributor, Toma from Belgium. And what a great record to begin with : The hard to find wonderful Executive Suite debut from 1974. A Philadelphia quartet with deep Philly roots, the members were part of various recording entities…

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