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- Pe##4 said:
A harmony soul gem indeed.
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- Macabre5150 said:
What a great group, I’m gonna miss you is on my top 10 fav. songs of all time. Thank...
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The music i adore. The group i love. The composers i respect. Philladelphia is my life.
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- Pe##4 said:
- The Artistics – 1967 – I’m Gonna Miss You
- The O’Jays – 1977 – Travelin’ At The Speed Of Thought
- The Fuzz – 1971 – The Fuzz
- Jack Ashford – 1977 – Hotel Sheet
- Ecstasy, Passion & Pain – 1974 – Ecstasy, Passion & Pain
- Santa’s Funk & Soul Christmas Party
- Rufus Thomas – 1972 – Did You Heard Me?
- Carol Woods – 1971 – Out Of The Woods
- Jay Dee – 1974 – Come On In Love
- Barbara Lynn – 1968 – Here Is Barbara Lynn
- O.V. Wright – 1977 – Into Something (Can’t Shake Loose)
- Charles Cherell – 1974 – For Sweet People From Sweet Charles
- Isaac Hayes – 1976 – Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak)
- The Baby Huey Story – 1971 – The Living Legend
- The Politicians Featuring McKinley Jackson 1972
- The Four Tops – 1973 – Main Street People
- Joe Tex – 1965 – Hold What You’ve Got
- The Lost Generation – 1972 – Young, Tough and Terrible
- Lee Moses – 1971 – Time and Place
- Billy Preston – 1970 – Encouraging Words
- Gene Harris & The Three Sounds – 1968 – Elegant Soul
- Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – 1975 – To Be True
- Rose Royce – 1977 – In Full Bloom
- Labi Siffre – 1975 – Remember My Song
- Odyssey – 1980 – Hang Together
The Artistics I’m Gonna Miss You originally released in 1967, is a superb example of vocal group soul, in a similar vein to the Chi-Lites and Four Tops, highly collectable as an original. A Chicago R&B and soul group discovered by Major Lance, the Artistics were formed in 1958 at Marshall High School. They sang at the 1960 Democratic Convention and backed Lance before recording for Okeh in 1963. Original lead vocalist Robert Dobyne joined founding members Aaron Floyd, Curt Thomas, Laurence Johnson, and Jesse Bolian in 1963. Their early recordings for Okeh included the singles “Get My Hands on Some Lovin” and “This Heart of Mine” in 1964 and 1965. Former El Dorado Marvin Smith replaced Dobyne in 1964. The Artistics joined Brunswick in 1966, and scored their biggest hit with “I’m Gonna Miss You,” which was also the title of their debut album for the label. They had …
Review by Andre S. Grindle When I first discovered this album at the now defunct Borders Book & Music over a decade ago,I was already very familiar with the O’Jay’s vast catalog of albums. This was in the bargain bin and you could imagine the thoughts of a young man with little money at the chance of hearing an album he’d never heard of by a group he really respected. For some reason after that I never did listen to this much after that-more or less skipped songs. But the more I know of it’s history I realize,for very different reasons I probably wasn’t the only one. Tracks A1 Travelin’ at the Speed of Thought 4:59 A2 We’re All in This Thing Together 4:52 A3 So Glad I Got You, Girl 3:32 A4 Stand Up 4:46 B1 Those Lies (Done Caught Up With You This Time) 3:45 B2 Feelings 7:11 B3 …
One of the best female harmony groups of the early 70s – even if they only ever cut this single album! The Fuzz have an open, earnest style that really takes us back to group soul of the decade before – yet they deliver their work with a bolder sort of sophistication that’s definitely marked by the time – especially in the righteous undercurrents of the music, and the very cool way that many tracks begin with a “prelude” passage that’s almost poetic in nature – kind of a hipper balance to the record, in a style that so many other soul acts would use decades later, but which is pretty ground breaking here. The approach really creates a unified feel to the record. Tracks A1 I Think I Got The Making Of A True Love Affair (Prelude) 2:32 A2 I Think I Got The Making Of A True Love …
One of the coolest club records ever cut – and one with a great gimmick too! That gimmick is the “hotel sheet” – an instrument created by percussionist Jack Ashford, which is a light piece of metal that’s snapped back and worth to create these cool wibbly, wobbly waves of sound – almost like a moog at times, which gives some of these tracks a bit of a P&P Records vibe! Ashford was a member of The Funk Brothers – and a percussionist on countless classic Motown sessions – but this album was recorded in LA with a sweet electric groove, and a mix of strings and funk that almost rivals Jack’s only other full album – a rare blacksploitation soundtrack. The set features full arrangements from Paul Riser, orchestrations from Gordon Staples, and the whole thing was recorded at the Marvin Gaye studios – which you can almost hear …
Seminal early disco work from Ecstasy Passion & Pain – a group with a much harder soul approach than some of their counterparts on the 70s Philly scene! Singer Barbara Roy really gives the group a wonderful sound here – working with a level of soul that matches some of the deeper soul divas of the late 60s, but able to soar along easily with the album’s full, rich Philly arrangements from Bobby Martin – in a way that gives the record a range that far surpasses most other female soul albums coming out from Philly in the 70s. Roy’s passion and vitality make the album way more than just a “singer with disco backing in the studio set” – and Martin wonderfully tailors the sound of each tune to match the spirit of Roy’s vocals. Tracks A1 Ask Me 3:20 A2 Let’s Love 4:15 A3 I Wouldn’t Give You …
We wish you and your families Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 2015. Peace and Blessings! One of the coolest Christmas compilations we’ve seen in years – a package that’s filled with rare funk and soul singles from the 60s and 70s – all of which have a Holiday theme! Almost all the tunes on the set are original numbers – which means that the songs are totally fresh, and not just reworked versions of Christmas standards – and all the tracks come from tiny independent labels, which means there’s an extra gritty edge to the whole thing – hardly the sort of sleepy Christmas record you might know from your youth! The funky 45 label Tramp put the whole thing together, with the same energy they usually bring to 7″ vinyl. Tracks A1 Detroit Junior -Christmas Day 2:16 A2 Lee Rogers – You Won’t Have To …
One of the best funky LPs by Rufus Thomas – recorded in the early 70s with backing by The Movement and The Bar Kays, and with a good raw Stax sound on most cuts! Rufus is certainly in the “funky ” mode here – doing a formulaic approach to funk that has him taking a theme for a song, and pushing it to the max by shouting and grooving it over and over again. Fortunately, the style still works well here – without the cliches of later albums, probably thanks in part to the album’s tight funky backgrounds. The record features three tasty two-part single tracks – “The Breakdown (parts 1 & 2)”, “Do The Push & Pull (parts 1 & 2)”, and “Do The Funky Penguin (parts 1 & 2)” – all of which stand as some of Rufus‘ most-collected funky singles. Tracks A1 (Do The) Push & Pull …
A rare 70s soul set from Carol Woods – a singer who’s done a fair bit of work on the musical stage, but who has plenty to offer in this obscure debut album! The record was mostly cut in New York, yet only issued in the UK – which is part of the reason for its obscurity – and the sound is full, proud, and plenty darn soulful – almost a post-Supremes sort of vibe, but with a hipper 70s approach – very well put together by producer Beau Ray Fleming, who’s probably better known for his later work with Mandrill and Sun. Woods‘ vocals are full and rich, but never overdone – and she reminds us a lot of some of her other 70s contemporaries who’d worked the stage, but could slide into a soul session equally well – such as Melba Moore. Tracks A1 Bigger Than I 2.11 …
Review by Mark Brian Mathew The Maestro pulling strings and much more in the background, yet again. With Jay Dee’s one-off album “Come On In Love” there’s another rare and highly collectable piece of work indeed worth having it on the player if one loves a touch of soul so familiar and great in the early to mid-seventies. And yes, it has Barry White written all over it, with up-tempo funky soul rhythms in smooth contrast with all the lush orchestration expected from the Walrus of Love. Tracks A1 Jay’s Theme 2:30 A2 Strange Funky Games and Things 6:51 A3 You’ve Changed 5:34 A4 I Can Feel Your Love Slipping Away 4:00 B1 Come On in Love 4:46 B2 I Can’t Let You Go 3:45 B3 Your Sweetness Is My Weakness 3:29 B4 Thinking of You 2:35 B5 You’re All I Need 3:10 As for Jay Dee, alias Earl Nelson, …
A fantastic album of soul from Barbara Lynn – an oft-overlooked gem in the crown of Atlantic during their glory soul days in the 60s, and a singer with a raw soulful style that really deserved greater exploration! The album’s filled with wonderful original tunes, written either by Barbara or arrangers Cliff Thomas, Ed Thomas, and Bob McRee – and there’s an overall style that’s nicely free of some of the more familiar Atlantic Records modes of the time – quite possibly because the set was recorded at the Grits & Gravy Studios in Clinton, Mississippi by Huey P Meux – who mostly did more obscure indie work at the time. Whatever the case, the whole thing is Barbara Lynn’s lasting tribute – and it’s filled with great titles that include “You’ll Lose A Good Thing” which crossed over to the pop Top 10. Tracks A1 You’ll Lose A Good Thing …
A stone killer from OV Wright – a record that’s got all the raw, deeply soulful vocals we love in his early work – mixed with some wicked 70s Hi Records production from Willie Mitchell! Imagine an Al Green record, but with rawer vocals, and you’ve got a good idea of the feel of this one – a perfect setting for OV’s massive talent, and a great way for him to reach out to a wider audience too! The sound is impeccable – about as classic as you can get for Hi – and titles include a number of great Willie Mitchell originals. Tracks A1 Into Something (Can’t Shake Loose) 4:22 A2 I Feel Love Growin’ 3:47 A3 Precious Precious 3:30 A4 The Time We Have 3:00 A5 You Gotta Have Love 3:05 B1 Trying to Live My Life 2:39 B2 Medley 12:46 a. God Blessed Our Love b. When …
A supremely fantastic album, and one that’s always woefully overlooked in discussions of James Brown’s incredible People label! Sweet Charles, Charles Sherell, was a great lost soul vocalist who had a voice that was warm and mellow, with a sweetness that was often missing from James’ singing – but which sounded great with his arrangements and production. Fred Wesley and Dave Matthews arranged this one and only album, and the record’s a great blend of sweet soul tracks, funky numbers, and other stellar grooves. There’s a killer version of “Soul Man“, that begins with a very tasty break; the monster “Yes, It’s You“, which has a sweetly sliding intro that’s ripe for sampling; the righteous political “Why Can’t I Be Treated Like A Man“‘; and lots of other nice ones too! Tracks A1 Strangers in the Night 3:32 A2 Soul Man 2:57 A3 Dedicated to the One I Love 3:55 …
Review by Mark Brian Mathew Whenever reading about Isaac Hayes and his discography this is the album that seems to inspire most haters, and it took a turn for the worst, when this long out of print album was reissued on CD in 2009 along with the 1971 remasterd “Black Moses” album. Critics had a field day in quickly stating that “Juicy Fruit” lacks the cohesiveness of “Black Moses” and sounds phoney in compared to Hayes other works. Furthermore it has aged poorly and not a single track on this album was good enough to garner chart interest even back in 76. Oh, and yes, it would have been nice if “Juicy Fruit” were a worthy addition to Hayes’ catalog, but in reality it’s pretty forgettable. Mr. Hayes traded in his smooth and funky signature sound for watered down dance floor beats, and this album especially proves how the frivolity …