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Tyrone Davis – 1970 – Turn Back the Hands of Time

Review by RDTEN1 Rip, posting & additional info’s by Nikos There aren’t many albums out there that I’d buy just to hear one single song, but 1970’s “Turn Back the Hands of Time” is one of those rarities.  Produced by Willie Henderson, these nine tracks were simply among the cream of the crop in terms of early 1970s Chicago soul.  Virtually every one of these songs had commercial potential, or some performance characteristic that kicked them far above the competition.  Regardless of whether he was playing the love damaged loser (‘Let Me Back In’), the silky smooth love man (‘Undying Love’), or  the gritty R&B guy (‘Love Bones’), the album found Davis turning in some of the best performances of his lengthy recording career.  Those performances were so good you even managed to overlook most of the over-the-top arrangements Henderson and Tom Washington had slapped on tracks like ” and …

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Joe Tex – 1966 – I’ve Got To Do A Little Bit Better

Rip and research by Mr.Moo Review by Soulmakossa Posting & additional info’s by Nikos Another rock-solid album from Joe Tex, I’ve Got to Do a Little Better was his third full-length release of 1966, but Tex showed no signs of slowing down or losing his breath on these 12 songs.Tex’s rich and passionate tenor rings out clear and true on each and every tune. One of the very best albums of Tex’s Southern soul period, I’ve Got to Do a Little Bit Better suggests the kind of care and careful thought that rarely went into LPs of the period, and it’s well worth seeking out for fans. This album’s a perfect example of Joe at his best – nearly all original tunes recorded in close collaboration with producer Buddy Killen, whose unique talents really brought out the best in Joe’s honest apporach to soul music. Tracks A1. Papa Was, Too …

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The Temprees – 1974 – Three

Rip and research  by Mr.Moo Review by RDTEN1 Posting & additional info’s by Nikos Brilliant work by one of the greatest harmony groups of the south – the mighty mighty Temprees, standing proud on this, their 3rd LP! The album’s a bit less raw than some of the group’s otheralbums, and some of the tracks were recorded in Philly, and have a bit of a warm 70s Philly soul finish – a great approach that takes the group even farther than you might have thought from their first two albums! Tracks a1. Mr. Cool That Ain’t Cool  2:53 a2. Your Love (Is All I Need) 3:35 a3. Loving You Is So Easy 3:12 a4. I Love, I Love  4:25 a5. The Whole Bit of Love 3:30 b1. Come and Get Your Love 3:14 b2. You Make Me Feel So Good Baby 3:15 b3. Medley: Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight …

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The Trammps – 1976 – Where The Happy People Go

Here’s another classic by Mr.Moo. Quite possibly the best record ever by The Trammps – halfway between their roots in the early 70s east coast indie club scene, and the smoother approach of their later disco hits! The set is prime Sigma Sound disco – with strong harmonies by the group in a post-Spinners mode, and plenty of help from Philly regulars like Bobby Eli, Norman Harris, and Ron Baker – who maintain a core rhythm that really help the record groove! The whole thing is great – with long tracks, but still a great focus. The Trammps combined the vocal interplay of groups like The Coasters with gospel-like sermonizing and the driving beat of Philadelphia International’s  great sessions  band MFSB. With their blend of roots and unabashed dancefloor appeal,  The Trammps served a bridge between the Philly soul sound and the discotheque. Tracks A1 Soul Searchin’ Time 6:03 A2 …

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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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