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Johnnie Taylor – 1970 – One Step Beyond

Cut in the middle of Taylor’s late-’60s and early-’70s stay at Stax, One Step Beyond qualifies as one of the singer’s best LPs. Captured in his Southern soul prime, Taylor lets loose on fine mix of gospel-inspired ballads (“I Don’t Want to Lose You“), countrified mid-tempo burners (“Party Life“), and…

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Don Varner – Finally Got Over! Deep Soul from the Classic Era

Don Varner was a Southern Soul natural, who never really got his due as a performer. He was above all a proficient writer, and got his biggest break when Sam & Dave covered his “Holdin’ On“. This excellent comp brings together all of Don’s solo…

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Maze – 1979 – Inspiration

Sublime work from Frankie Beverly and Maze – smooth, mellow, and perfectly put together, with a level of care and class that you’d be hard pressed to find in many of the group’s contemporaries! The album’s not one of the group’s most famous, but that…

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Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s – 1974 – Damn Right I Am Somebody

Damn Right I Am Somebody captures the J.B.’s at the apex of their extraordinary powers. This James Brown-produced set is both their most fiercely polemical and their most musically daring, incorporating otherworldly electronic elements, eccentric time and rhythm shifts, and idiosyncratic studio effects to brilliantly articulate the increasing turmoil…

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King Sporty – 1977 – Mr. Rhythm

KING SPORTY Mr. Rhythm 1977 US 8-track private press LP is an excellent island disco reggae outing by the man best known for writing “Buffalo Soldier” and guest starring on backing vocals his wife Betty Wright . Tracks A1 Mr. Rhythm 4:19 A2 Good Loving 4:33 A3 Shake…

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Chakachas – 1972 – Chakachas

The coolest, funkiest, and most soulful set ever issued by Chakachas – a record that’s way different than most of their Latin-based music – with a strong American funk vibe all the way through! There’s still lots of percussion in the mix, but it’s often…

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Jade – 1975 – In Pursuit

One of the holy grails of private press funk and soul, and a killer record from start to finish. Not an ounce of filler on this one! Very tough to find LP packed with funky soul gems including the club classic “Music Slave“ Check prices…

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The Deirdre Wilson Tabac – 1970 – The Deirdre Wilson Tabac

Beautiful funky rocking soul with jazz blends The album is hard to describe, it’s a little bit jazzy, soulful and definitely rock influenced. Jazzman’s Gerald helped to blow up interest in the LP by comping the B-side’s “I Can’t Keep From Cryin’ Sometimes” – a…

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Bill Brandon – On the Rainbow Road: The Muscle Shoals and Birmingham Sessions

One of Southern Soul’s most criminally underrated and unsung heroes, Bill Brandon cut some of the genre’s finest singles for a host of labels in the late ’60s and early ’70s. His full-throttled, raw vocal style – somewhat reminiscent of Johnnie Taylor – makes all…

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Dionne Warwick ‎- 1963 – Presenting Dionne Warwick

Most pop-rock albums of the early 1960s were not conceived of as long-playing recordings, instead throwing on a hit or two with a bunch of quickly recorded filler. But while several of the songs on Presenting Dionne Warwick did show up on her early singles,…

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Savoir-Flair – 1983 – Savoir-Flair

The Savoir-Flair album is an excellent eighties funk, mixed with smooth modern soul. A very rare private press LP –  Soul, Funk from Texas, check rates sold here.  Dallas artist Roger Boykin at the helm, producing, arranging and playing plethora of instruments, with Cassandra Wilson…

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Akwassa – 1977 – In The Groove

Classic Nigerian afro-funk record originally released in 1977. Highly sought after with original copies going for hundreds of pounds and packed with dance floor fillers! AKWASSA were stars in their palce. “In the groove” was a perfect album that would appeal to each and every…

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Cymande – 1972 – Cymande

Classic first album by the legendary British dub funk outfit Cymande – done with that gatefold cover and everything! A key part of the crumbling British colonial network that produced some excellent music in the postwar years, Cymande was comprised mostly of West Indians who’d…

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The Free Movement – 1972 – I’ve Found Someone of My Own

The six-member group Free Movement hit in 1971 with “I’ve Found Someone of My Own“, a Top Five pop/Top 20 R&B hit on Decca Records. The group’s sound was similar to the 5th Dimension. Godoy Colbert (the Pilgrim Travelers, the Pharaohs), Josephine Brown (the Five Bells of Joy), Cheryl Conley, Jennifer Gates, and brothers Adrian and Claude…

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Mickey Stevenson – 1972 – Here I Am

Here I Am combines two singles and an album recorded for British independent Ember. The tracks were recorded, probably in New York, late 1971 through 1972 with top-notch session players led by arranger Luchi DeJesus. Both the 45s and the original LP are now very…

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The Isley Brothers – I’ll Be Home For Christmas

This was an excellent buy for the holiday season. Ron Isley’s sultry voice is perfect for the tempo and rhythm of the holiday classics. It gives you a warm at home filling with the traditional songs as well as the catchy new holiday tracks they’ve…

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Touch – 1977 – Energizer

Wonderfully tight grooves from Touch – a group who step out here with their debut album, but who had been playing for years on a variety of other studio work! The core combo is wonderful – lots of choppy guitar over the tight bass and…

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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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