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Spiders Webb – 1976 – I Don’t Know What’s On Your Mind

A real treasure from the Cali scene of the 70s – the one and only album from drummer Spider Webb – and a wicked batch of bass-heavy grooves throughout! Spider’s drums are definitely great, and his offbeat vocals are completely charming, too – but the…

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Bob James – 1975 – Two

A monster – and quite possibly one of the greatest Fender Rhodes albums of all time! Bob James is really at the height of his powers here – stepping out with a sound that’s a lot smoother than some of his earlier work, yet in…

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Bottom & Co. ‎- 1976 – Rock Bottom

Such a great little album full of funk and soul gems. In particular the funky “Do you wanna do a thing” and my fave the fab soul/funk “You can belong to me (if you let me love you)” a real treat for the ears that…

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Jeanette Jones – Dreams All Come True

Jeanette Jones is one of soul’s great enigmas. She’s revered by a coterie of deep soul buffs even though little is known about her (no one’s even sure if she’s still alive). Equally she was never prolific as a recording artist. There are maybe a…

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Harvey Mason – 1977 – Funk In A Mason Jar

Smooth soulful jazz from Harvey Mason – one of his strong 70s winners for the Arista album, and a record that really brings a new level of class to his sound! There’s less of the grit in the grooves than you might expect from the…

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Susan Phillips – 1971 – Soft Sexy Soul

One of the most elusive Soul LP’s of all time, a truly Holy Grail album. Few copies have ever surfaced, it is so rare that many collectors doubt if it was ever released. Recorded for Sylvia Robinson’s All Platinum label 1971, pressed in small quantities.The…

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Aretha Franklin ‎– 30 Greatest Hits

An excellent double-length collection that offers 30 convincing reasons why Aretha Franklin reigns supreme as the most important female vocalist of her era! Aretha Franklin’s voice is an instrument of such exquisite expression that it has been matched but a few times in the 20th…

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Moment Of Truth – 1977 – Moment Of Truth

Despite the fact this is a Salsoul album, it is not Disco, but an uptempo Soul concept album, as described by its lyrics writer, Reid Whitelaw: “Moment of Truth is an album about the desire for love”.  Music and arrangements are by Norman Bergen. Both…

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Blair – 1978 – Nightlife

Late 70s Disco / Jazz / Funk / Soul Fusion, whatever you want to call it, from original Blackbyrds guitarist Barney “Blair” Perry.  Perry was only with the group for their first two albums penning their hit “Walking in Rhythm”.  By 1978, he released this…

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Joe Simon – 1969 – The Chokin’ Kind

There’s something about Joe Simon’s rich, burnished voice that sounds as smooth as a glass of 12-year-old bourbon, and feels just as appropriate on a sad and lonely day. In some respects, Joe Simoncould be called the Roy Orbison of soul music, there’s a naturally sorrowful tone in Simon’s voice…

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Irma Thomas – 1966 – Take A Look

The “Take a Look” album is probably better sequenced and selected than her first album, and weirdly, a bunch of Irma’s best performances of the era didn’t make it to either of these albums back then (four great songs weren’t released at all until 1992)….

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Brother To Brother – 1976 – Let Your Mind Be Free

A pretty decent funk effort, though it’s actually the lush ‘n’ dreamy ballad “Visions” that I’d rate as the stand out track here. But yeah, stuff like “Let Your Mind Be Free“, “Chance With You” and the joyful “Groovy Day” recall a sorta stripped down,…

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The Independents – 1972 – The First Time We Met

Probably the biggest album by this Chicago soul group, and the one that yielded up their big hit “The First Time We Met“. The set’s got some excellent Chicago arrangements by Tom Tom, and a good bunch of tracks that includes all original material, like…

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Alicia Myers – 1981 – Alicia

The former lead singer with the R&B/dance music group One Way, Detroit-born Alicia Myers had a total of four albums released on MCA Records between 1981-84, experiencing varying degrees success with each. Produced by songwriter and One Way bass player Kevin McCord and multi-instrumentalist Al…

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Maxine Brown – 1968 – Out of Sight

A later set from singer Maxine Brown – recorded a few years after her better-known sides for Wand in the 60s, but a totally great set with an even deeper soul feel! Arrangements and production are by Mike Terry, of Funk Brothers fame – and…

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Linda Lewis – 1971 – Say No More….

Linda Lewis is a very underrated singer and this is a very underrated debut album. She has a 5 octave range, but does not appear to need use it entirely on this record.  She instead opts to stay within her normal to high range throughout and…

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Ike White – 1976 – Changin’ Times

This rather excellent and widely undiscovered album has been a permanent feature on my player over the last couple of years. Since hearing the title track on the Sean P guest mix over at sixmillionsteps, I was well and truly hooked by the haunting and addictive…

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Friends Of Distinction – 1975 – Reviviscence “Live To Light Again”

Vocal harmony quartet The Friends of Distinction were formed in 1966 by Floyd Butler and Harry Elston, two members of an earlier group the Hi-Fis. The group recorded seven albums for RCA. This is their final 1975 album. By now the female vocalists were Dani…

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Wild Cherry ‎- 1976 – Wild Cherry

Wild Cherry may have been one-hit wonders – but MAN, what a hit! At the time of release, “Play That Funky Music” was seen as a joke on the disco movement – but all these many years later, a quick dip into this self-titled album…

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Light Of The World – 1979 – Light Of The World

U.K. funk band Light of the World has the distinctions of having a tight head shot of a pre-stardom Sade on their self-titled debut LP cover and having guitarist Jean Paul “Bluey” Maunick as a band member. Maunick went on to lead ’90s funk-jazz band Incognito. A nicely languid debut for…

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