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Weldon Irvine – 1976 – Sinbad

A Soul/Jazz gem. Recorded with an exemplary supporting cast featuring pianist Don Blackman, guitarist Eric Gale, and saxophonist Michael Brecker, Sinbad explores the extremes of Weldon Irvine’s music, juxtaposing several of the keyboardist’s funkiest, most energetic grooves to date alongside mellow, contemplative performances of uncommon…

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The Next Movement – 1980 – The Next Movement

The Next Movement is a Chicago R&B vocal group that was formed in the ’70s on the city’s south side. As young kids, they idolized the popular harmony groups of the ’60s and ’70s such as the Temptations, Jackson 5, Dramatics, The Dells and the…

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Grover Washington Jr. – 1975 – Mister Magic

Is it Smooth Jazz or Soul Jazz?  Truth is, it’s both. This is an album that you’d not want to miss. If you managed to get a hand on it, just snatch it quickly and put it on your shopping cart. It’s like a wine…

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Bobby Moore & Rhythm Aces – 1966 – Searching For My Love

“Searching For My Love” is one of the best rhythm and blues records of the 1960s. Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces are the parties responsible for it. But was it a big hit? That depends on where you lived at the time. It barely…

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Joe Hicks ‎- 1973 – Mighty Joe Hicks

Mighty Joe Hicks is a rare album of funky blues from singer Joe Hicks, the only one recorded he recorded for the Stax label Enterprise, and oddly recorded out in Hollywood! Despite its west coast roots, the record’s got a sound that’s still plenty rough-edged…

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Leon Ware – 1976 – Musical Massage

Amazing stuff! Arguably Leon Ware’s greatest record – and one of the greatest Motown records of the 70’s! The record is a beautiful set of interwoven mellow soul tracks, recorded right on the heels of Marvin Gaye‘s I Want You album, which was written and…

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Graham Central Station – 1974 – Release Yourself

Graham Central Station followed up its debut album rather swiftly with ‘Release Yourself’. But in contrast to the looseness and somewhat ‘laissez-faire’ attitude of that self-titled first LP, this sophomore effort is much more polished and ecclectic. Patryce ‘Choc’let’ Banks remembered that where ‘Graham Central…

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Tommy Tate ‎- 1981 – Tommy Tate and more

Review and Tribute by Red Kelly Here’s the truly sublime Tommy Tate. Known in Soul circles for years as something like ‘The Greatest Singer You’ve Never Heard’, or ‘America’s Best Kept Secret’, I figured it was time to check things out… Our story actually begins…

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Leon Thomas ‎- 1973 – Full Circle

For Leon Thomas, Full Circle represented the end of an era. It was the last album Leon Thomas released on Flying Dutchman Productions, and marked the end of his “classic period.” It had started four years earlier in 1969, when Leon Thomas released his debut…

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The Gap Band ‎- 1974 – Magicians Holiday

The Gap Band were originally known as the Greenwood, Archer and Pine Street Band in the late Sixties.The group hail from Tulsa, Oklahoma, and later changed their name to The Gap Band in 1973. Charlie, Ronnie (the oldest) and Robert Wilson were brought up in…

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The Soul Children – 1969 – Soul Children

After having lost Sam & Dave – whose career never recovered after the ties with Stax Records were severed – Isaac Hayes and David Porter decided to recpature the highly soulful formula, this time opting not for a duo, but a quartet. Featuring the gritty,…

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Luther Vandross – 1981 – Never Too Much

The debut solo album from Luther Vandross featured one outstanding song after another. Vandross concocts a bouncy, vibrant flow on his up-tempo numbers and an intimate, emotional connection on his moderate grooves and his lone ballad. The title track stormed up the Billboard R&B charts to…

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Eddie Holman – 1977 – A Night To Remember

A wonderful late 70s comeback for Eddie Holman – best known to folks for his earlier sweet soul work, but sounding equally great here on a set of club-heavy tracks! Although Eddie’s falsetto soul might have seemed like a strange choice for the disco-oriented Salsoul…

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The Isley Brothers – 1975 – The Heat Is On

The Heat Is On still brings the funk and soul even after all these years, showing that the old school sounds of yesteryear has and will continue to endure as long as there are people left who appreciate good music in general. Fight The Power…

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Tim Maia ‎-1974 – Racional

Wow, this record is a tour de force of Brazilian flavored R&B/soul/funk. A €400 record at the market right now. Check out prices here and the whole story of this masterpiece here and here. This is an excellent introduction to one of the giants of Brazilian Soul….

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The 13th Floor ‎- 1977 – Steppin’ Out

The one and only album we’ve ever seen from The 13th Floor – a hip little combo from St Louis, produced here by Oliver Sain in a great blend of jazz, soul, and funk! There’s a depth here that goes way beyond the average outing…

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Rasputin’s Stash – 1971 – Rasputin’s Stash

A killer debut from Rasputin Stash, a funky group who work with all the long-haired inspiration you’d expect from their name! The groove is a mix of guitars and tight horns – undercut by the kind of heavy basslines that later made the group a…

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Stevie Wonder – 1967 – Someday At Christmas

Someday at Christmas is a Christmas album by Stevie Wonder, released on November 27, 1967 under Motown Records. It was his eighth studio album release. It would also be re-released in 1978 with different cover art and different catalog number (Original 1967 catalog: T-281, 1978…

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The Temptations – The Best of The Temptations Christmas

~ The Temptations recorded two albums of Christmas songs for Motown’s Gordy Records: “Christmas Card” in 1970 and “Give Love at Christmas” in 1980. In total 19 tracks were recorded: 10 for the first album and 9 for the second album (although the initial release…

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Christmas Albums on FMS

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