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1st Funk my Soul Blog Anniversary

Can you believe it – it’s been a whole year since Funk my Soul upped shop and moved its crates to its present digs.  And what a year it has been.  Never mind world events, the music blogsphere has had its own rough ride, courting…

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Barbara Mason – 1965 – Yes, I’m Ready

This week we are pleased to showcase one of soul’s most endearing leading ladies.  This is the wonderful debut of Barbara Mason at the tender age of just eighteen.  The post comes courtesy of another loyal reader to Funk My Soul, Ricardo, who has generously…

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Marvin Gaye – 1978 – Here, My Dear

Wonderful stuff – and one of our favorite-ever Marvin Gaye albums! This is the legendary two-record set that Marvin wrote and recorded as an alimony payment to his ex-wife Anna Gordy. Although the album was thought of as a no-brainer quickie at the time –…

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Clarence Reid – 1969 – Dancin’ With Nobody But You Babe

Most of you are aware of Mr.Moo – I think he explained himself clearly on his blog. So let’s enjoy his latest contribution, Clarence Reid’s debut (and best) LP, “Dancin’ With Nobody But You Babe”, recorded for Alston Records and distributed by Atlantic subsidiary Atco…

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The Imperials – 1978 – Who’s Gonna Love Me

The credit of this post goes 100% to Trakbuv. He had the idea to send me a link of his LP  which is special to him and here the introduction of his mail to me : “I REALLY REALLY enjoyed writing this – I have…

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William DeVaughn – 1974 – Be Thankful For What You Got

Here is something really special for the weekend. Groovy Emmanuel sent me this vinyl and let’s see what Dusty Groove America says: One of the undisputed masterpieces LPs of 70s soul! William De Vaughn may never be remembered for anything else – and the poor…

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The Fabulous Counts – 1969 – Jan Jan

Formed in 1968 The Fabulous Counts – a six piece funk unit – were a scorching Detroit funk and R&B outfit that recorded singles on local labels Moira and Westbound before releasing this, their debut, on Cotillion in 1969. Low down gritty,sweaty,dirty but slick and…

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The Southside Movement – 1973 – The Southside Movement

Well, here is the South Side Movement’s debut vinyl on Wand – finally had the chance to buy a mint copy – never reissued on LP or CD. Special thanks goes to my fellow Trakbuv for the research and review below.  If it’s funk you…

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Anacostia – 1977 – Anacostia

As you may have already noticed in comments and c-box,  Mr.Moo responded  and kindly provided us with the Anacostia 1977 debut album, we all were so anxious to listen to.  It sounds wonderful from the remastered CD. Furthermore he sent us both vinyl and CD…

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Dynamic Five – 1978 – Love Is The Key

Well what do we have here ? A trophy that even Indiana Jones failed to secure.  This is the stuff that dreams are made of – the Dynamic Five’s ‘Love Is The Key’.  A European follower of Funk My Soul, whom we shall call ‘Dr…

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Anacostia – 1978 – Anacostia

One of the most beloved and dedicated followers of the blog, brother Raphy from Jamaica sent this rare gem to me. To be honest, I wasn’t familiar with this cult soul group of the late 70’s and took me sometime to realise how great it…

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Tina Britt – 1969 – Blue All The Way

Excellent and rare bluesy soul LP from Tina Britt, produced by Juggy Murray. For a soul singer with two Top 40 R&B hits, very little is known about Tina Britt. Very little. This is her debut 1969 LP on Minit which is her only complete…

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Betty Wright – 1968 – My First Time Around / 1973 – Hard To Stop

Betty Wright – 1968 – My First Time Around A late 60s southern soul gem from then 14-year-old belter Betty Wright, her early singles for the Alston label that eventually became her debut album for Atlantic.  Clarence Reid wrote most of the tracks, with arrangements…

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Carl Holmes – 1970 – Investigation No.1

A funky holy grail, one of the rarest of the rare, and the only album ever cut by funky guitarist Carl Holmes! Carl’s work on the guitar is incredible fast riffing and jazzy, with a style that’s dirtier and messier than some of his 70s…

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Milton Wright – 1977 – Spaced

One of the most unique soul records you’ll ever own  a tremendous little set from the mighty Milton Wright! Milton’s probably best known for his first album, Friends & Buddies, but this set is arguably even greater  an even more personal, unusual session that blends…

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Arthur Conley – 1967 – Sweet Soul Music

One of the all-time soul classics from Atlantic  the fantastic debut of singer Arthur Conley, introduced as a protege of Otis Redding, who also produced the record! The sound is similar to Otis’ own work, but often a fair bit rawer and Redding works here…

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Candi Staton – 1969 – I’m Just A Prisoner

Recorded at Rick Hall’s Muscle Shoals studios, this set embodies the essence of Southern soul — a hybrid of country, R&B and the blues. This long-out-of-print set features the novelty tune “I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart (Than A Young One’s Fool)” and a…

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Hamilton Bohannon – 1975 – Bohannon

Wicked uptempo funky instrumentals from the great Hamilton Bohannon! The record captures him at a perfect point  when he was taking advantage of the changing dancefloor scene to open up his groove a bit, but before he got lost in some of the triple-time tempos…

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Michael Orr – 1976 – Spread Love

“Spread Love” was originally released in 1976 on the Detroit based Sunstar label. Largely ignored when it was first issued, it has since gained cult status among soul collectors worldwide. Inspired by the musical vision of Quincy Jones, Michael Orr and bass player Carey Harris…

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The Originals – 1969 – Baby I’m For Real (aka Green Grow The Lilacs)

A classic set by The Originals one of Motown’s best second-generation soul groups, with a sound that rivalled the best of the indie sweet soul groups of the late 60s and early 70s! The album’s a delight throughout with a crackling, honest approach to group…

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