07 Apr 2011
A Letter to Marvin Gaye

Download link ———————————— Dear Marvin, April 2nd of this year would have seen you celebrating your 72nd birthday. Sadly, April 1st is also the 27th anniversary since your passing from a fatal gunshot wound. Your legacy has created an enduring musical output whose influence still...
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09 Sep 2019
The Dells – 1971 – Freedom Means

1971 was a huge year for Soul Music – especially American Soul. Marvin Gaye’s staggering “What’s Going On” on Tamla (which many argue is the greatest LP every made in any genre and they might be right) – Aretha Franklin’s right-on Grooveathon “Aretha Live At...
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07 Mar 2019
Maze – 1979 – Inspiration

It has long been argued that Maze, so vibrant and enthralling on stage, never made a truly definitive studio album. The band, the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and composer Frankie Beverly, came closest on this, their third album. The group were formed in Philadelphia in 1970...
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28 Feb 2019
Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s – 1974 – Damn Right I Am Somebody

Damn Right I Am Somebody captures the J.B.’s at the apex of their extraordinary powers. This James Brown-produced set is both their most fiercely polemical and their most musically daring, incorporating otherworldly electronic elements, eccentric time and rhythm shifts, and idiosyncratic studio effects to brilliantly articulate the increasing turmoil...
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