All Albums

with reviews

Jr. Walker and the All Stars – 1965 – Shotgun

This is likely the best album length project Motown released during the mid 60’s. A time when the label was Hitsville USA and emphasizing single records. The feeling is very much that of a long, steaming, stomping, funky jam session. It’s also for all intents…

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Kim Tolliver – 1973 – Come And Get Me I’m Ready

One of the deepest soul records ever issued by Chess Records – and the album wasn’t even done in Chicago! The album’s the only full effort issued under the name of Kim Tolliver – a singer who’d worked previously for Fantasy as Kimberley Briggs –…

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Melvin Van Peebles – 1974 – What The…You Mean I Can’t Sing?!

Very tripped out work from Melvin Van Peebles – the multi-talented artist who had a huge influence on African American film in the 70s! Melvin’s working here in a a mode that combines soul, folk, funk, and lots of the more messed-up sounds that you’d…

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Tommy Stewart – 1976 – Tommy Stewart

Funky genius from the Hotlanta scene of the 70s – the one and only album recorded by Tommy Stewart, a huge force in some of the greatest club tracks of the south, including the massive Spirit Of Atlanta album! The record’s a stone winner all…

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Donna Summer ‎– 1974 ‎– Lady Of The Night

This is the debut album that started it all. Produced by the renowned team of Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, showcasing all of the Boston singer’s great vocal talents and brings back the initial flair of that unforgettable era. The debut album of America’s definitive…

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The Glass House ‎- 1971 – Inside The Glass House

A great album by one of lost groups on the Invictus label! Glass House were a stellar male/female vocal group with a good deep soul sound – very much in the spirit of other Invictus albums of the era, with a tremendous feel for down…

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McFadden & Whitehead – 1979 – McFadden & Whitehead

In 1979 the famous Sound of Philadelphia of Sigma Sound Studios threw up this delicious album of funky disco. The big hit was Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now, a mid tempo dance number with lovely interplay between the male and female vocals. Mr Music is…

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Bobbi Humphrey – 1972 – Dig This!

A stone killer from funky flute player Bobbi Humphrey – one of her early albums for Blue Note Records, and a set that’s a perfect summation of the best sides of her talents! The album’s got a slightly different feel than Bobbi’s work with Larry…

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Lee Fields – 1979 – Let’s Talk It Over

A “holy grail” album. Early early work from Lee Fields – a set originally issued at the end of the 70s, but with a raw funky power that’s much more like music from a decade before! The set was a real anomaly at the time,…

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Shades Of Brown ‎– 1970 – S.O.B.

A lost nugget from the Chicago soul scene, and one of the rarest 70s albums on Chess! The album’s filled with great tracks in a range of soul styles,  sweet, funky, and Northern Soul,  all wrapped together with a tightness that rivals The Dells or…

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Rick James ‎– 1981 – Street Songs

Review by David O’Donnell Following on from the poorly received Garden of Love album, Rick James released the seminal Street Songs in 1981 to both critical acclaim and commercial success, showing that the king of punk-funk was back on top. What made Street Songs such a…

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Chakachas ‎– 1972 ‎– Jungle Fever

Any music fan that digs the Latin music sounds of the 1970s from late pachuco soul to Latin funk and disco and salsa, or, any serious fan of sampledelia in hip-hop circles knows the single “Jungle Fever” by Chakachas. It was a truly infamous hit…

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Eddie Gale – 1968 – Eddie Gale’s Ghetto Music

One of our favorite all-time records, and a real lost album on Blue Note! Eddie Gale leads this group of righteous singers and musicians through five fantastic tracks of soulful chanting and hard jazz playing that never goes too far out, but always threatens to…

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The Brothers Johnson ‎– 1976 – Look Out For #1

Review by Andre S. Grindle When funk was just entering the music scene in the late 60’s/early 70’s it was as a new hybrid music created by a number of different people with an already establish sound based in other styles such as James Brown…

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Martha & The Vandellas – 1966 – Watchout!

Fabulous album which really shows Martha’s growth as a singer and a music stylist .The Vandellas Rosalind Ashford and Betty Kelly were given some catchy lines the background. Watchout! was the fourth studio album and fifth album overall by Martha and the Vandellas, released on…

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Stanley Clarke ‎- 1973 – Children Of Forever

Quite possibly the hippest album that Stanley Clarke ever cut – a stretched-out soulful batch of jazz-tinged tracks – very much in the same spirit as the more righteous soul jazz underground of the time! In a way, the record would be much more at…

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Black Nasty – 1973 – Talking To The People

Great unique funk sound from the early 70’s. If you like Funkadelic or the Ohio Players you will certainly enjoy this. Its worth the money for the title track alone. But there is so much more, interesting cross funk with blues and rocking boogie tracks….

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Timi Yuro – 1968 – Something Bad on My Mind

I have to declare that I (Nikos) consider Timi Yuro one of the best singers of the 60’s and this is my favorite of her albums. I really adore her voice. Timi is considered to be one of the first blue-eyed soul singers of the…

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The Tempests ‎- 1968 – Would You Believe!

A highly sought-after classic ’60s Soul album. The ten piece band from North Carolina were a massive draw on the live circuit and were major players in expounding the Carolina Beach scene. This, their one and only album, was originally issued in 1968 by Smash…

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Bobby Hutton – 1973 – Piece Of The Action

Heavily In-Demand album featuring The Northern Soul stomper “Lend A Hand” plus other mid-tempo Soul Grooves. A huge upbeat anthem from the early ’70s by Bobby Hutton, if you’ve ever been curious about Northern Soul, this would be a good place to start. Come See…

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