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Aretha Franklin – 1971 – Live at the Fillmore West

In the Loving Memory of the Queen 47 years ago today, the Queen of Soul released the second live album of her career, delivering a performance which demonstrated the diversity of her repertoire and the power of her voice…as if the latter was ever in…

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The Five Stairsteps – 1967 – The Five Stairsteps

A landmark album of sweet soul, recorded by this youthful group that included a 13 year old Kenny Burke! The kids were brought together by their parents Clarence and Betty Burke, but it was Curtis Mayfield who really gave them a push – as he…

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Ramsey Lewis ‎- 1974 – Sun Goddess

Pianist Ramsey Lewis first came to fame as the purveyor of swinging soul-jazz in the mid-’60s, but like a lot of musicians he underwent some major changes by the end of that decade. Sun Goddess (1974), Lewis’ biggest success of the decade, is miles away from the finger-snapping supper club…

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Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – ‎1967 – Make It Happen

Make It Happen is a 1967 album by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. It featured ballads such as the hit singles “The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage” and “More Love“, as well as the up-tempo “The Tears of a Clown” co-written…

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The Soul Children – 1972 – Genesis

With over a dozen soul and R&B hits to their credit, it is a shame The Soul Children aren’t more better remembered for their contributions.  These last two records for the original Stax label are quality, top-notch soul ,but at this point the Stax label…

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Jackie Wilson – 1976 – Nobody But You

Produced by Carl Davis and Sonny Sanders, Nobody but You was Jackie Wilson’s final and possibly his finest album. Originally issued in late 1976, it was recorded in Detroit and had top-notch arrangements by Sanders and David Van De Pitte. One charting single was the wise and exuberant “Don’t Burn No Bridges”…

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Karma – 1976 – Celebration

Karma sounding like a cross between Earth, Wind & Fire and the Crusaders and was an interesting but underexposed 1970s soul/funk band that sometimes detoured into jazz fusion and quiet storm. Karma, formed in Los Angeles in 1974, wasn’t a full-time project for its members, who included saxophonist Ernie Watts, trombonist George…

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Stanley Turrentine – 1968 – Common Touch

A really great later Blue Note session from Stanley Turrentine, a small combo set that’s almost a return to the format of earlier years! The group’s a strong one and features Shirley Scott on organ, Jimmy Ponder on guitar, and Idris Muhammad on drums playing…

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Rita Graham – 1969 – Vibrations

Legendary jazz, blues and soul singer Rita Graham was born near Charleston, Virginia. She grew up in Detroit, where her father ran a barber shop/beauty parlor that featured a rather unforgettable jukebox. Her mother, a jazz pianist, also exposed Rita to a wide variety of…

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Ben E. King – 1970 – Rough Edges

This Ben E. King LP on Maxwell label interrupted a string of Atco releases. Count your blessings if you find an original copy of this rare bird. Limited sales made it a one-off and King began another string of albums for the Atco family on…

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Earth, Wind & Fire – 1973 – Head to the Sky

A tremendously beautiful album – and a righteous anthem of power and growth that seems to open itself up to us more and more over the years! Earth Wind & Fire are at their height here – mixing together soul and funk with a set…

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Bill Withers – 1973 – Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall

Sometimes, no matter how great a songwriter or performer an act is, things just never work out in the studio, and it takes a live album to truly reveal their greatness and go on to become their trademark release. Now let’s get one thing straight, Bill…

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Ann Peebles ‎- 1969 – This Is Ann Peebles

A diminutive singer with a powerful voice and an even stronger attitude, Ann Peebles was one of the artists who defined Willie Mitchell’s legendary Memphis soul label Hi Records, along with Al Green and O.V. Wright. Easily the best female singer in the Hi stable, Peebles…

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Bob & Gene – 1967-71 – If This World Were Mine…

This Sweet Soul album is a culmination of singles and unreleased tracks recorded between 1967 -1971 on the long defunct, Buffalo NY label, MoDo. Thanks to the help of Daptone Family member Dave Griffiths, we were lucky enough to be the first to compile these…

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Gloria Gaynor – 1975 – Never Can Say Goodbye

The start of a very successful run for Gloria Gaynor – a seminal bit of crossover 70s soul – one that perfectly linked the dancefloor with the airwaves, and managed to take on more than a few living rooms as well! Gloria’s not entirely in…

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Roy Ayers – 1976 – Everybody Loves the Sunshine

Superfly kickass record that starts off with the dynamite disco groove of ‘Hey Uh What you say come on‘ and that’s it I’m sold…I’ve seen the f**kin light at that point and from that moment forward every track is a total joy. All that deep,…

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The Northern Soul Top 500 Songs

This May celebrating the 10th year anniversary of FunkMySoul, we offer you : The Northern Soul Top 500 songs from the book written by Kev Roberts, published by Goldmine/Soul Supply Ltd in 2000. “Born in the ultra-cool Mod clubs of the late-sixties with names like The Blue Orchid, King…

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Shirley Nanette ‎- 1973 – Never Coming Back

In the early seventies, Hank Swarn and Shirley Nanette collaborated on a project called ”Never Coming Back”. Swarn had been on the road for five years, lending his guitar-backing talent to Earl Grant and his band. While on tour, he wrote some tunes that were…

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Terence Trent D’arby – 1987 – Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D’arby

One of the greatest records of the 80’s, an album that did so much for me, offered so much to me, an album that I still play, that still sounds great. It mixed soul and funk with the pop sound of the day. It offered up…

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The Supremes – 1964 – Where Did Our Love Go

Ladies & Gentlemen: The Supremes have arrived! A transitional album, as this combines some of their earlier minor hits like ‘Run, Run, Run‘ and ‘A Breath Taking Guy‘, alongside their Top 40 breakthrough ‘When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes‘ and their trio of…

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