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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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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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