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Gwen McCrae – 1976 – Something So Right

Beautiful 70s Miami Soul, produced by Steve Alaimo & Clarence Reid  featuring Latimore on piano. Classic Soul / Funk album from 1976, featuring the killer song ‘I’ve Got Nothing To Lose‘ sampled by Royal Flush on ‘Iced Down Medallions’. Tracks A1 Something So Right 5:24…

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Banda Black Rio – 1977 – Maria Fumaça

Banda Black Rio were formed in 1976 in Rio de Janeiro. They revolutionised ‘black instrumental music’ at the time with their Brazilian re-interpretation of soul, jazz, funk and disco grooves, inspired by the likes of Tim Maia and reminiscent of Kool & The Gang and…

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The JB’s – 1972 – Food For Thought

 There are funk bands. And then there are The JB’s. In the early 1970s, James Brown’s production stable was quite simply overflowing with soul. Beyond his own genre-bursting music – which brought funk and R&B to new stratospheres with each platter he released – he…

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Nina Simone – 1966 – High Priestess Of Soul

A much more upbeat record from Simone than we’re used to, although a more upbeat Nina Simone is still a fairly calm, reserved figure.  Some of the jumped-up moments are pretty excellent -the Ray Charles-esque “I’m Gonna Leave You“, the cover of “Brown Eyed Handsome…

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Betty Davis – 1975 – Nasty Gal

Funk and R&B singer Betty Davis was influenced by close friends like Jimi Hendrixand her ex-husband, jazz legend Miles Davis. In 1975, visionary music mogul Chris Blackwell signed her to his Island Records label, which released her groundbreaking album Nasty Gal. Davis’ sexy growl conjures images of her the way…

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Messengers Incorporated – 1972 -Soulful Proclamation

This is a very rare album. Recorded at Benson Sound Studio, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Produced by Messengers Incorporated. They are Midwest Funk, mixture of everything. The band, Barbara Burton, Sonny Morrison, Morris McCraven, Charles Burton, Maurice Love, James “Bucky” Young, Maurice Howard, Charles Atkinson, Jim…

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Del Jones’ Postive Vibes’ – 1973 – Court Is Closed

Del Jones’ Positive Vibes were a Philadelphia band that released two versions of the same album – both self-released on Hikeka Records in 1973. First was the ‘psych mix’ entitled ‘Court Is Closed’ and then the self-titled ‘soul mix’ with added horns and re-ordered with…

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Fela Ransome-Kuti And The Africa ’70 With Ginger Baker ‎- 1971 – Live!

An essential part of Fela’s catalog. Kuti’s intelligence as an arranger is otherworldy. He does things in such a way I’d scoff at probably if you told me, but they’re nothing less than pure brillance. It is absolutely clear from all of these arrangements that…

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Simtec & Wylie – 1971 – Gettin’ Over The Hump

Simtec & Wylie were an American soul duo from Chicago active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The group was composed of Walter “Simtec” Simmons and Wylie Dixon, and had a hard soul sound similar to that of Sam & Dave. As Simtec Simmons & Wylie Dixon, they issued “Socking…

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Dexter Wansel – 1979 – Time Is Slipping Away

When the producer/composer/keyboardist/vocalist recorded four albums for Philadelphia International in the late ’70s, he made certain that all of them were diverse and unpredictable. True to form, Wansel keeps listeners guessing on 1979’s Time Is Slipping Away, which was the last of the four. The LP gets off…

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Funkadelic – 1970 – Free Your Mind And Your Ass Will Follow

OUT OF SIGHT!!! If you were to look up “acid funk-rock” in a music dictionary, it’s very likely you’ll see this album cover along side the definition which would be along the lines of “sonic outputs begotten by an ensemble under the influence of some…

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James Brown – 1968 – I Can’t Stand Myself When You Touch Me

And so the funk begins.  I Can’t Stand Myself When You Touch Me seems to be the first full funk album, more so than Sings Raw Soul, and although there are still some ballads, covers and R&B tracks here, most of the disc is proper funk. This…

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Sam Taylor Jr. – 1969 – The Tunnels of My Mind

Excellent soul album, somewhat overlooked by fans of this genre, because it was created by an artist associated only with the blues scene. His version of Hey Girl is one of the best ever. The album was recorded in LA in 1969 and features Sam…

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Gene Harris – 1971 – Gene Harris The 3 Sounds

A hard-to-find Blue Note album from soul jazz piano master Gene Harris! 1971’s Gene Harris/The Three Sounds is easily one of the hippest and funkiest records Harris made with his group the Three Sounds. Arrangements are by Monk Higgins but the sound is even heavier…

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Harvey Averne ‎- 1969 – The Harvey Averne Dozen

Let’s face it, this is Harvey Averne’s best album! The definition of Latin Soul crossover. With a number of instrumental renderings of pop and soul classics, with a few tracks of his own composition, all of them all with a great and proud loud ‘Latino…

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Sam & Dave – 1967 – Soul Men

Sam & Dave, the Black Gladiators, had upstaged the music scene with blasting gutbucket Soul anthems such as “Hold On! I’m Comin‘”, “You Got Me Hummin‘” and “Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody” in 1966… A year later, riding high on the success of the…

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Tim Maia – 1970 – Tim Maia

When Tim Maia 1970 was released later in 1970, the album was hailed a groundbreaking, genre-melting classic by critics. The album was a successful and seamless marriage disparate genres. Soul and funk rubbed shoulders with samba and Baião. There’s even hints of easy listening and soul…

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Jean Carn – 1978 – Happy To Be With You

The songwriting, production, arrangements, and music are perfectly matched to Jean Carn’s passionate singing. Gamble/Huff put the right amount of restraint on the superb musical backing of MFSB so that Ms. Carn’s vocalization is at the forefront. Her interpretation of each song is so believable,…

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Ohio Players – 1973 – Ecstasy

The Ohio Players’ last album for Westbound, ‘Ecstasy’, shows the group already moving toward more commercial terrain. This was mostly evident through the swapping of drummers; heavy hitter Greg Webster was replaced by the more refined James ‘Diamond’ Williams during these sessions. But it still…

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Ohio Players ‎- 1972 – Pain

“Pain” is a classic slab of raw, fatback funk, with Greg Webster’s thick in-the-pocket drumming and Marshall Jones elastic bass lines. Mostly an instrumental, with Junie Morrison adding a few lyrics and a whole lot of catchy hollers, all bandmembers get their moment in the…

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