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The Temptations – The Best of The Temptations Christmas

~ The Temptations recorded two albums of Christmas songs for Motown’s Gordy Records: “Christmas Card” in 1970 and “Give Love at Christmas” in 1980. In total 19 tracks were recorded: 10 for the first album and 9 for the second album (although the initial release…

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Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – 1968 – You’re All I Need

Review by RDTEN1 Give it to Motown management to recognize a good marketing opportunity; hence the decision to release of a second collection featuring Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.  Of course there was simply no questioning the heat the two generated together; Terrell’s sexy growl…

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The 3 Pieces – 1975 – Vibes of Truth

Vibes Of Truth is a masterpiece that covers all the bases: from soul through funk to jazz. It’s been sought-after by collectors for the three club friendly tunes within its grooves: Backed Up Against The Wall, Concrete Jungle and I Need You Girl. The album…

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Jackie Wilson – 1973 – Beautiful Day

The Jackie Wilson style soars into the 70s – in a mode that’s definitely different than Wilson’s Brunswick work of a decade before – but which also show’s a really bold evolution in style! Jackie’s in the higher end of his range here – and…

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Bernard Wright – 1981 – ‘Nard

A masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist Bernard Wright! Wright’s working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk players that includes Bobby Broom, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, and Don Blackman, whose funky style is very…

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Fred Hughes – 1969 – Baby Boy

A soaring full length debut from Fred Hughes, a singer who cut some key singles for Brunswick Records in the late 60s, and more than lives up to their strength here on an album! The set’s got some very in-the-pocket backings for Fred to work…

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Randy Crawford ‎- 1979 – Raw Silk

“Raw Silk” is an album for the late nights when you just want to be chilled down with soft but great soul music. This woman has one of the sweetest female voices i know of, and this album was made before she got into the…

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Nolan Porter ‎- 1972 – Nolan

Nolan Porter had been through a lot in his short recording career. His records were billed as Nolan, Frederick II, and N.F. Porter, and his producer Gabriel Mekler’s record companies (Lizard and Vulture) closed up shop. Mekler licensed Nolan’s previous Lizard/Vulture recordings and new Nolan…

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Norman Connors – 1972 – Dance of Magic

A landmark first album from drummer Norman Connors – a spiritual jazz masterpiece that builds wonderfully on the post-Coltrane tradition! Norman is years away from his smoother soul recordings at this point, and coming out of a righteous jazz background that included work with Marion…

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Merry Clayton – 1970 – Gimme Shelter

In order to understand the genuine class act you’re dealing with here – a potted-history of Merry Clayton’s past vocal glories will set the scene. She contributed to Neil Young‘s “The Old Laughing Lady” and “I’ve Loved Her So Long” on his self-titled debut album…

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Creation – 1974 – Creation

Review by RDTEN1 This collection’s tentative claim to fame probably rests with the fact it was an early release by Leon Patillo. Patillo went on to a mid-’70s stint with Santana and then fame as a Christian singer and (now) evangelist. Formed in the late…

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General Johnson – 1972 – Generally Speaking

Best known for his work with Chairmen of the Board, 1972 saw singer General Johnson step out with what was technically a solo album. Produced by Johnson and the team of Raynard Mayner, Greg Perry, and William Weatherspoon, “Generally Speaking” wasn’t a major change in…

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Charles Brimmer – 1976 – Soulman

Although a lot of other LPs on the Chelsea label had more of a pop soul feel, this album (and the other one) by Charles Brimmer is an excellent batch of modern Southern Soul recorded in New Orleans with Senator Jones at the production helm….

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The Sweet Inspirations – 1968 – What The World Needs Now

If one was cutting a soul, R&B, pop, rock, or girl group record in New York in the ’60s and needed female backup vocals, chances are they’d try to get the Sweet Inspirations first. The group found their way onto numerous recordings, including hits by…

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D.J. Rogers – 1975 – It’s Good To Be Alive

An excellent LP by one of the most underrecognized talents of 70’s soul! DJ’s deep soul voice is smooth and mellow, with the kind of honest heartbreaking quality that you find in the best work by Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. This great LP’s got…

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Thelma Houston – 1969 – Sunshower

A pretty darn amazing album from Thelma Houston – recorded during the zenith of Jimmy Webb’s career, when Jimmy was not only one of the hippest songwriters in pop, but also kind of a mini-Burt Bacharach, writing, arranging, and conducting albums for a variety of…

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Lou Ragland – 1978 – Is The Conveyor He Says Understand Each Other

Fantastic! This is from “the best soul album you never heard”, a true masterpiece from the legendary soul icon LOU RAGLAND. Outstanding soul/funk album out of Ohio with Lou Ragland on all tracks and interestingly Gus Hawkins on flute and tenor (the famed flute player…

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Dee Dee Sharp ‎- 1975 Happy ’bout The Whole Thing

One of the very best albums from the heyday of the Philly Sound, this LP was recorded at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios with the fabulous musicians of MFSB. Made in the mid seventies, Dee Dee Sharp’s rich powerful voice moves through each selection with confidence…

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Jake Sollo – 1979 – Jake Sollo

One of the tightest African funk records we’ve ever heard – a set that was recorded in London, and has this really warm clubby vibe all the way through! There’s a mix of African roots and disco grooves going on throughout – in a manner…

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