22 Oct 2018
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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01 May 2018
The Artistics – 1969 – What Happened

Six slammin’ Artistics sides and four standards “artistically” sung make for some enjoyable listening. The Chi-Lites’ “Price of Love” is sung in Marvin Smith’s natural voice, distinguishing it from the original falsetto version. Gary Jackson’s “Yesterday’s Girl” remains one of their more enduring recordings. The...
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25 May 2016
Ronnie Dyson – 1973 – One Man Band

The finest album of Ronnie’s career, Philly stalwart Thom Bell’s productions dominate the LP and are the best thing that ever happened to the New York-raised actor/singer. Ronnie’s full-throated, youthful tenor and Bell’s lush arrangements are quite compatible. The worthy repeat plays include the following...
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