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Teena Marie / 1979 – Wild & Peaceful / 1980 – Irons in the Fire

Teena Marie hit paydirt right from the start, with four very successful, highly acclaimed LPs for Motown at the back end of the 70s and beginning of the 80s.  She subsequently managed to secure her success upon moving to Epic Records, before a lull in the 90s, although “Passion Play” from 1994 was a gem.  Ten years later she resurfaced with the wonderful “La Doña” CD proving she still had the chops to cut it with the best.  With two further albums consolidating her comeback, it appeared that Lady T was indeed back on the block with so much promise yet to fulfil. As you may be aware, Teena Marie passed away while in her sleep on December 26th 2010.  As a much overdue testimony to her rich contribution to soul music, we invite you to savour two of her finest albums from her Motown era. Tracks A1 I’m A …

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Bobby Thurston – 1978 – Sweetest Piece Of The Pie

Killer Modern Soul rarity from the DC based MAINLINE label A gem of a lost modern soul LP! Singer Bobby Thurston is working here with arrangers Al Johnson, Rodney Brown, and Willie Lester to craft some great end-of-the 70s tunes – done in a simple mellow mode, very honest, with keyboards and additional vocals by Johnson, and backings that are an extension of the late 70s Philly modern mode. This is a @320 CD rip including covers Tracks A1 Flash 4:36 A2 Na Na Na Na Baby 4:05 A3 I Want Your Body 4:22 A4 Sweetest Piece of the Pie 5:08 B1 Treat Me the Same Way 4:22 B2 We Got So Much to Stay Together For 3:33 B3 Foolish Man 3:20 B4 I Do Love You 4:20 B5 Just Ask Me 3:42 Whereas Bobby Thurston’s two Prelude LPs (1980′s “You Got What It Takes” and 1981′s “Main Attraction”) were …

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Joe Tex – 1969 – Buying A Book

Mr. Moo is on the decks again. It’s so nice to have him back in Funkmysoul family once more. This is the first of his new contributions, a brilliant album by one of the greatest Southern Soul artists ever, Joe Tex. He was, arguably, the most underrated of all the ’60s soul performers associated with Atlantic Records, although his records were more likely than those of most soul stars to become crossover hits. This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Atlantic LP including covers Tracks A1 We Can’t Sit Down Now 2:58 A2 Sure Is Good 3:16 A3 That’s the Way 3:47 A4 Anything You Wanna Now 3:43 A5 It Ain’t Sanitary 3:05 B1 The Only Way 3:19 B2 Grandma Mary 3:38 B3 Get Your Lies Together 2:48 B4 The Same Things You Did to Get Me 2:39 B5 Buying a Book 3:24 The reviews By RDTEN1 To …

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The True Reflection – 1973 – Where I’m Coming From

You can’t miss with Philly Sophistisoul right !! And yet another obscurity that is hard to accept as such – surfacing for your seasoned palate, demanding only the best. True Reflection are a high calibre quartet that recorded just the one LP, but truly seize their moment to leave a mark reeking of quality. Boasting both incredible tenor and falsetto leads, and exceptional harmonies, you really cannot fail to be impressed when the songs are as good as this. Tracks A1 Whisper 5:00 A2 That Was Yesterday 3:25 A3 Society 4:20 A4 What You Don’t Know 2:30 B1 It Really Hurts 4:00 B2 Helpless Man 5:00 B3 That’s Where I’m Coming From 2:40 B4 Look At All The Lonely People 4:40 Review by Trakbuv Another volatile star that blazed for one album and then imploded, scattering its components to the far reaches of the soul galaxy. And in “Where I’m …

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Terry Huff – 1976 – The Lonely One

A heartbreaking classic from Terry Huff and his Special Delivery group – a cool 70s harmony ensemble who deliver some wonderful backup on the set! The record’s a stone east coast classic from way back – arranged and conducted by Al Johnson, with a vibe that’s a slightly more polished take on the harmony modes used by George Kerr over at All-Platinum. Terry Huff has a high-end vocal approach that’s great – never cloying or too-sweet, but nicely crackling and almost in a Ralfi Pagan mode at points. Huff wrote most of the songs (Dusty Groove). This is a @256 (Japanese Edition) CD rip including covers. Tracks A1. That’s When Love Hurts (4:45) A2. The Lonely One (LP Version) (3:28) A3. Why Doesn’t Love Last (4:55) A4. When You’re Lonely (4:40) B1. Where There’s A Will (There’s A Way) (3:38) B2. Poochie (5:33) B3. I Destroyed Your Love – Part …

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Tammi Terrell – 1968 – Irresistible

Tammi Terrell had a sexy, hypnotic voice and alluring sensibility that not only made her an ideal partner for Marvin Gaye, but could have resulted in substantial impact as a solo singer. This album includes her finest solo single, “I Can’t Believe You Love Me,” and some other great numbers, although Terrell never received any songs for herself that matched what she did with Gaye. This is a @320 vinyl rip (cleaned by Raphy) of the original Motown LP including covers. Tracks A1 I Can’t Believe You Love Me 2:32 A2 That’s What Boys Are Made For 2:58 A3 Come On and See Me 2:20 A4 What a Good Man He Is 2:59 A5 Tears At the End of a Love Affair 2:52 A6 This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) 2:28 B1 He’s the One I Love 2:35 B2 Can’t Stop Now (Love Is Calling) 2:40 B3 …

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Tata Vega – 1977 – Totally Tata

I admit I was totally unfamiliar  with Lady Tata.  This album her second on Motown is another great choice of Trakbuv which proves – once more – why I totally trust him posting anything in this blog. With Motown, Táta released four solo albums on the Tamla label: Full Speed Ahead (1976), Totally Táta (1977), Try My Love (1978), and Givin’ All My Love (1981). These albums feature a diverse range of genres, including classic Motown soul, country or southern soul, disco, jazz, funk, country, Latin, doo-wop, and gospel. She has had an active career as a back-up singer, working with Stevie Wonder, Andraé Crouch, Lou Rawls,(Duet) Rare Earth,(Duet) Chaka Kahn, Patti LaBelle, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, and Madonna. She also worked in film, performing the voice of Shug Avery in The Color Purple; she is featured on four songs on the 1986 soundtrack album, one of which, Miss Celie’s …

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Tina Britt – 1969 – Blue All The Way

Excellent and rare bluesy soul LP from Tina Britt, produced by Juggy Murray. For a soul singer with two Top 40 R&B hits, very little is known about Tina Britt. Very little. This is her debut 1969 LP on Minit which is her only complete solo output. Tina Britt was famous for recording tracks by other great writers and musicians including ‘God Bless The Child’ (by Billie Holliday), ‘Jonny I Love You’ (by Booker T), ‘My Lovers Prayer’ (by Otis Redding) and ‘Sookie Sookie (by Steve Cropper and Don Covay). This is a wonderful find and I let Trakbuv to review the album in his unique delightful way. This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Minit LP including covers. Tracks A1 Who Was That 2.46 A2 God Bless the Child 3.56 A3Johnny I Love You 2.56 A4 Sookie Sookie 3.16 A5 Hawg For You 4.07 A6 My Lover’s …

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Ike & Tina Turner – 1966 – River Deep Mountain High / 1972 – Workin’ Together

Ike & Tina Turner – 1966 – River Deep Mountain High Phil Spectors‘ wall of sound meets Tina Turners’ wall of voice. Tina is excellent as always but I enjoy the rawer sounds of the Ike and Tina Turner band than the Phil Specter treatment.  He turned a great soul band into a pop band although the title track is great and works as either. These sessions, recorded in 1966, were produced by Phil Spector. Spector’s production chops and Tina Turner’s voice were a match made in heaven. Turner possesses one of the strongest voices ever committed to wax; Spector envelops it in the grandest version of his Wall of Sound that he ever conceived. Besides the title track, Spector cut Ike & Tina redoing their first three chart hits, “A Fool in Love,” “I Idolize You,” and “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine.” Although it’s a sacrilege to say so, …

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The Temprees – 1972 – Lovemen

Sublime harmony soul from The Temprees one of the few southern groups who could really match the brilliance of the east coast scene of the time! Along with The Mad Lads and The Dramatics, The Temprees recorded some very sweet and soulful romantic ballads for Stax Records. Although their peak was short, classic ballads like “Explain It To Her Mama”, “Dedicated To The One I Love” and the immortal “Love Can Be So Wonderful” place The Temprees in the same league as The Stylistics, The Delfonics and The Dells. This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original We Produce Records(Stax) including covers. Tracks A1 Explain It To Her Mama (2:57) A2 If I Could Say What’s On My Mind (4:25) A3 (Girl) I Love You (3:12) A4 I Love You, You Love Me (4:47) A5 We’ve Only Just Begun (4:47) B1 Dedicated To The One I Love (6:53) B2 …

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Irma Thomas – 1964 – Wish Someone Would Care

A legendary soul album of the 60’s. The unrivaled Soul Queen of New Orleans. Take A Look at Irma Thomas and you’ll be taking a look at an outstanding talent. [[Irma Thomas]] is in that special category of recording artists who knows what the word interpretation means. She is able to take lyric and melodies, some of which are written by her, and give full vibrancy and feeling to their meaning. On Wish That Someone Would Care, Irma‘s in excellent form alongside some killer arrangements from HB Barnum all in a groove that takes New Orleans roots and mixes them with a greater sense of power and majesty an approach that’s a bit like some of Solomon Burke’s work over at Atlantic Records at the time, but with an obvious female soul spin overall. Barnum’s tight arrangements also open up Irma‘s sound in a way that some other arrangers could …

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The Beginning Of The End – 1971 – Funky Nassau

This album is a true classic, an absolutely perfect blending of soul, calypso, funk, salsa and afro beat that is impossible not to stay still while listening to! It will always put a smile on your face and is constantly entertaining throughout. This album is heavily sampled in hip hop, for good reason! A must have, brothers! Still sounds fresh! Read below the reviews and get it at once! This is a fine @320 vinyl rip of the reissue Alston Records LP. Tracks A1 Funky Nassau (Part 1) 3:10 A2 Funky Nassau (Part 2) 3:20 A3 Come Down 2:20 A4 Sleep On Dream On 3:00 A5 Surrey Ride 4:29 B1 Monkey Tamarind 3:10 B2 In The Deep 4:50 B3 Pretty Girl (4:52) B4 When She Made Me Promise 4:11 The Sites Reviews 1 A monster bit of funk that’s unlike anything else we can think of! Beginning Of The End …

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Toussaint McCall – 1967 – Nothing Takes The Place Of You

The entire LP is in a soulful vein and everybody who likes deep, strong, soulful music that tugs at your heart will positively LOVE it! At times a stirring soul balladeer, organist/vocalist Toussaint McCall doesn’t have a lengthy string of hits. But his 1967 version of “Nothing Takes The Place Of You” was among that year’s finest performances. It gave McCall his lone R&B hit, reaching number five. It was one of two singles he had that year for Ronn Records that clicked, the other being “I’ll Do It For You,” which made the Top 30. He has continued performing and recording for tiny Southern independents, but hasn’t returned to the charts. This is a @320 Vinyl Rip of the original Ronn Records including covers. Tracks A1 I’ll Do You It For2.41 A2 The Toussaint Shuffle 2.25 A3 Nothing Takes The Place Of You 3.15 A4 The Title Escapes Me …

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The 9th Creation – 1975 – Bubble Gum

Awesome record!!! A Rare Soul Funk LP !!! This is the original “Bubble Gum” RiteTrack LP of 1975 (sold later the same year to Pye In and released as “Falling In Love” with different cover – black with the lips). Includes the famous “bubble gum” classic break with its elastic basslines, the atmospheric feel of “Rule of Mind” and the killer “Falling in Love”. The artwork on this release is infinitely better than the Pye release. As for the music, its a top notch funky soul lp. A must!!!!!! This is a fine @320 vinyl rip of the original Rite Track LP including covers Tracks A1 Bubble Gum (2:12) A2 Learn-N-To Live (3:33) A3 Sexy Girl (3:23) A4 Quit It (2:26) A5 Falling In Love (6:43) B1 Truth, Trust, Love & Happiness (3:31) B2 Rule Of Mind (5:06) B3 Suburban Blue (3:45) B4 We Need Love (3:49) 9th Creation was …

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