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The Brothers – 1976 – Don’t Stop Now

The “Brothers” appeared to be little more than a New York set of studio players, led by Bhen Lanzaroni – but they did an amazing job of replicating a Philly instrumental sound, with plenty of heavy bass at the bottom of the arrangements, and jazzy…

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Percy Sledge – 1966 – When a Man Loves a Woman

The charismatic Alabama-bred soulman’s first album was naturally built around the peerless and classic “When a Man Loves a Woman”, the first Southern Soul track that became a No. 1 Pop hit. The title-track is soul perfection; the lamenting, organ driven groove, the country-soul guitar,…

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Keith Barrow ‎– 1977 – Keith Barrow

Keith Barrow was a 70s soul singer whe made an impact but never reached his full potential due to his untimely death at 29. In the small time he recorded he displayed what a true artist he was with a voice filled with emotion and…

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Tommy Hunt – 1976 – Sign of the Times

Rare 70s work from the great Tommy Hunt – a singer who’s best known for his Scepter Records solo work of the 60s, or his early days in The Flamingos – but who steps out here with a completely different groove! The material here was…

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The Patterson Singers – 1972 – The Patterson Singers

I know it is simplistic, but it is hard not to draw comparisons between The Patterson Singers and The Staple Singers.   Like The Staples, under the auspices of front man/keyboardist Robert Patterson, The Patterson’s started their recording career as a hardcore Gospel group.  Starting in…

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Midnight Movers – 1974 – Follow The Wind

The second, and last, album by the magnificent Midnight Movers. Whereas their premier release, 1970’s ‘Do It In The Road‘, is a bit rougher and rawer, ‘Follow The Wind’ nonetheless is another amazing funk fest, crucial for Mama Earth’s funkadelphians. Tracks A1 Follow the Wind…

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Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers – 1979 – Bustin’ Loose

No group ever defined a city and sound as Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers did Washington, DC and go-go music. This is the album that launched their musical movement and established Chuck Brown as the “Godfather of Go-Go.” When it was released in early…

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The Artistics – 1968 – The Articulate Artistics

A well-titled set from one of the greatest soul groups to ever come from Chicago – a sublime quartet who had a way of voicing their tunes that was really head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries! This killer record showcases The Artistics’ genius…

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Michael Henderson – 1978 – In The Night Time

You don’t get to play with someone like Miles Davis for six years unless you really can hold your own. And bassist Michael Henderson did just that, working with the jazz great from 1970 until ’76, recording some great music in the process. Henderson recorded…

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Reuben Wilson – 1969 – Blue Mode

Heavy funk from the mighty Reuben Wilson – one of his first few albums for Blue Note, and a solid soulful groover that’s right up there with Lou Donaldson’s work for the label at the time! Tracks are nice and long, and pretty open –…

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Mighty Pope – 1977 – The Mighty Pope

Heavily involved in the soul/funk/reggae scene in Toronto since arriving from Jamaica in 1965, the Mighty Pope (fantastic name) reinvented himself just a little bit to catch onto the disco craze. The album largely manages to avoid the sappy ballad (a cover of Many Rivers…

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Black Merda – 1970 – Black Merda

Heavy duty fuzzy funk  and a landmark album from one of the most Hendrix-inspired groups of the early 70s! The style here is guitar funk with plenty of rock thrown in – all really fuzzed-up in production, and often a bit distorted – so that…

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East Coast – 1973 – East Coast

An extremely rare soul album originally released in 1973, East Coast’s self titled album features drummer Larry Blackmon, who served as front man for the hit group Cameo; and a cast of session greats including Pat Grant (trombone); Gwen Guthrie (vocals); Michael Harris (percussion); Gregory…

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Love Committee – 1978 – Law & Order

The classic club groover by Love Committee, and one of the most sought-after on Gold Mind/Salsoul – a soulful set of club classics that almost beats most of the other work by its contemporaries! The session’s grounded in some very solid help from the Sigma…

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The Exciters – 1969 – Caviar & Chitlins

I’ve always wondered why The Exciters didn’t enjoy greater commercial successes given their talents.  Brenda Reid had an amazing voice – tough, but highly commercial and was more than the equal to scores of contemporaries who enjoyed far more commercial recognition and success.  How do…

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Ronnie Dyson – 1973 – One Man Band

The finest album of Ronnie’s career, Philly stalwart Thom Bell’s productions dominate the LP and are the best thing that ever happened to the New York-raised actor/singer. Ronnie’s full-throated, youthful tenor and Bell’s lush arrangements are quite compatible. The worthy repeat plays include the following…

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Oneness Of Juju – 1975 – African Rhythms

One of the most groundbreaking bands of their time. From early avant-garde jazz work on the Strata East label to their later fusions of Afrobeat, funk and spiritual jazz, Oneness stand as a huge influence for today’s jazz scene. Released in 1976, the African Rhythms…

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The Continental IV – 1972 – Dream World

When mentioning the soul greats from the 60’s and 70’s, rarely do the Continental IV (4)receive mention. My first exposure to their charming harmony and soulful vibe was with a song “I Don’t Have You” (1970). I was immediately struck with the ethereal harmony and…

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Prince – 1980 – Dirty Mind

Neither For You nor Prince was adequate preparation for the full-blown masterpiece of Prince’s third album, Dirty Mind. Recorded in his home studio, with Prince playing nearly every instrument, Dirty Mind is a stunning, audacious amalgam of funk, new wave, R&B, and pop, fueled by…

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Kashif – 1983 – Kashif

Kashif burst onto the music scene with his Billboard R&B single “I Just Gotta Have You“. His urgent delivery oozes with vibrancy accompanied by a poppin’ rhythm arrangement and some solid change-ups. It peaked at number five after 20 weeks. “Stone Love” commissions a funky…

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