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Patti Labelle – Miss Patti’s Christmas

In many ways, Patti LaBelle is perfectly suited for a holiday album.  Her voice, at once both traditional and expressive, has enough Gospel in it to make it fit the spiritual nature of the music and enough sass to make it all sound wonderfully contemporary. …

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Various Artists – Christmas In Soulsville

Christmas in Soulsville features some of the biggest names in R&B from the ’60s and ’70s, with songs that are both naughty (“Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin” by Albert King; “Mistletoe and Me” by Isaac Hayes) and nice (“Winter Wonderland” by Booker T. & The…

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Irma Thomas – 1973 – In Between Tears

An overlooked gem from Irma Thomas and one of her deepest soul albums ever! The set was recorded with Swamp Dogg at the production helm, and he gives Irma this wonderfully rootsy feel throughout the record – the kind of vibe she definitely never got in…

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Bobby Boyd – 1976 – Bobby Boyd

One of the best soul records ever: the second lost album from the legendary Bobby Boyd. Produced by George Benson Extremely rare – check rates here Tracks A1 Why Are You Cryin’ 4:10 A2 Good Woman 4:45 A3 Happy Hooker 5:50 A4 Ain’t What You…

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Love People – 1977 – Sing It Again

Rare sought after 1977 rich soul LP on infamous Guinness Records including the sweet soul gem “You Don’t Want My Love“. The Group, the line up and the label is really a mystery!! A Must have Tracks A1 Sing It 3:34 A2 If You Need…

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Frederick Knight – 1977 – Knight Kap

Frederick Knight has the thankless pop monicker of being a ‘one-hit wonder’, scoring huge in 1973 with the catchy “I’ve Been Lonely for So Long”. Soul buffs like myself, however, know that Knight was more than that. Much more. A prolific writer, musician, producer and…

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The Soulful Strings ‎- 1970 – The Soulful Strings Play Gamble-Huff

The Soulful Strings Play Gamble-Huff is the final album from soul-jazz group The Soulful Strings, a Chicago based instuemental group who released six studio albums and one live album from 1966-1970,  One of the grooviest albums ever cut by Richard Evans’ Soulful Strings, and a tasty batch of tracks…

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Homer Banks ‎– Hooked By Love: The Best Of Homer Banks

This wonderful compilation brings together all of Stax songwriter Homer Banks’ solo recordings for the Minit label. Denied a singing career at Stax by Jim Stewart, who strangely didn’t seem to like Banks (and eventually pulled in by Jim’s sister Estelle Axton, who rightfully did)…

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Hot Chocolate – 1971 – Hot Chocolate

Hooooooweeeeeeee….  Man, it couldn’t get any better… this joint doesn’t need no extra cream…  The much underrated Hot Chocolate, not to be confused with the British disco band, cut one masterful greasy funk album in 1971, changed its name to Seven Miles High later on…

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The Bar-Kays – 1969 – Gotta Groove

Amazing work from the new version of The Bar-Kays – a group who reformed to become a combo as heavy as any of the best funky groups from Detroit, LA, or New York at the time! There’s a style here that’s a sweet Memphis distillation…

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Little Milton – 1970 – If Walls Could Talk

A great example of why Little Milton was always one of the few Chicago blues artists who could also break strongly in the soul camp at the time – and a beautifully balanced set that perfectly shows both sides of the Chicago scene of the…

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David T. Walker – 1973 – David T. Walker

Sublime grooves from studio guitar genius David T Walker – an album that’s a perfect summation of the laidback, yet all-there sound he crafted for so many other artists over the years – finally cast out in the lead, and set up in a sweet…

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Eddie Floyd – 1970 – California Girl

With Stax Records, Eddie Floyd has recorded some of my all-time favourite soul songs, like “Big Bird,” “Raise Your Hand,” and “Knock On Wood.”  Those songs were recorded with Booker T. & The M.G.’s though, and the album California Girl merely captures the band’s break-up instead. There are plenty of…

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Barrett Strong – 1976 – Live & Love

Barrett Strong (born in West Point, Mississippi on February 5, 1941) is often listed among the One-Hit Wonders of music for his Money (That’s What I Want) in early 1960, and I suppose for some who only look upon Top 40 Pop hits as the…

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The Mighty Clouds of Joy – 1974 – It’s Time

A landmark blend of gospel spirit and 70s soul – and one of the greatest moments ever from The Mighty Clouds Of Joy! Like so many other soul artists before them, these guys have voices that are steeped in the best traditions of gospel –…

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Sounds of the City Experience – 1976 – Sounds of the City Experience

Originally released on Tiger Lily Records in 1976, this album was pressed in very limited numbers and was never available to buy because Tiger Lily was a record label on paper only. Set up by notorious music mogul Morris Levy, Tiger Lily ‘released’ records (often…

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David Simmons – 1979 – The World Belongs To Me

While his vocals are often compared to the late, great Teddy Pendergrass, most people remember him for his late 70’s disco hit “Holding Back” or for the more soulful “Hooked On You“. This album was produced by Butch Ingram and features many of his songs….

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Lenny Williams – 1978 – Spark Of Love

A real classic from Lenny Williams, most likely his strongest solo album ever! By the time of this set, Lenny had been out of Tower Of Power for a few years, working on his own in the west coast scene. But the real genius here…

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Otis Clay – 1977 – I Can’t Take It

A great mix of modes – and a set that represents a real turning point in the career of Otis Clay! The rougher edges of Clay’s Chicago soul are warmed up here substantially by producer Willie Mitchell – bubbling up some Memphis soul for Otis,…

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Maxayn – 1974 – Bail Out for Fun

This was w-a-a-a-a-a-y ahead of its time, even in 1974 the year of its release.  How to describe Maxyn:  Hmmm… Think Sly and the Family, merged into Patti Labelle, with a touch of Chaka Khan and you’d have a slight clue. This funky heady spiritual,…

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