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Boscoe – 1973 – Boscoe

One of the hippest records ever to come out of Chicago – the sole recording by Boscoe, a group who was even more obscure and experimental than contemporaries like The Pharoahs or Artistic Heritage Ensemble! Like those groups, Boscoe has a very unique, very visionary…

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Sonny Sharrock – 1969 – Black Woman

  Picked by WIRE magazine as one of the 100 records which set the world on fire, 1970s-era Miles Davis guitarist Sonny Shamrock’s LP was released in 1969 is an album of ecstatic music and produced by Herbie Mann, who loved Sharrock’s uncompromising blasts of…

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Tyrone Davis – 1970 – I Had It All the Time

Whereas Tyrone Davis would never reach the same dizzying pop heights after “Turn Back the Hands of Time”, the man remained a R&B hitmaker, and a very consistent one at that. He was, by the time of the release of ‘I Had It All the Time’, truly…

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Mighty Flames – 1978 – Metalik Funk Band

The Mighty Flames never sound too metallic here – at least not in any way that’s cold or harsh, or heavy metal too! Instead, these guys have a warm groove that’s on the tighter side of African funk – that point when the sound was…

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Mavis Staples – 1969 – Mavis Staples

Standout solo work from Mavis Staples, a set that really expands the Stax sound nicely with a bit of strings to sweeten up the groove! Steve Cropper’s at the production helm, and there’s still enough grit in the grooves to remind us we’re down in…

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Shuggie Otis ‎- 1974 – Inspiration Information

Shuggie Otis ‎ (son of legendary balladeer Johnny) is quite simply a musical genius. Of the first order. A brillant,imagantive one-mand band who ranks up there with Stevie Wonder,Prince,and the late,great Curtis Mayfield. But sadly didn’t. Unfourtnaly, Shuggie never achieved the great feats that those…

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Stephanie Mills – 1979 – What Cha Gonna Do with My Lovin’

When Stephanie Mills enjoyed a major commercial breakthrough with her third album, What Cha Gonna Do with My Lovin’, the singer often found herself being described as a disco diva — and it wasn’t a description that she agreed with. Mills saw herself as primarily a romantic R&B traditionalist,…

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Z.Z. Hill – 1971 – The Brand New Z.Z. Hill

Sounding like the middle ground between Bobby “Blue” Bland and Otis Redding, Z.Z. Hill had only just begun to make an impression on the charts after a few singles for Kent and United Artists when his contract was sold and he found himself recording for…

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The Isley Brothers ‎- 1976 – Harvest For The World

I don’t own every Isley Brother’s albums but this one is really my favorite. It’s great art by all means. This album is just an excellent blend of funk, soul, pop and rock. Just listen to “Harvest For The World” and you’ll feel like you…

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Patti Drew – 1967 – Tell Him

Patti Drew, a  homegirl from the Chicago suburbs, on her first solo outing which includes the massive hit “Tell Him“, plus a bunch of other sweet 60s soul cuts. Patti sang classic soul with a gutsy sound that belied her roots in the Chicago independent…

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Fuzzy Haskins ‎- 1976 – A Whole Nother Thang

A Whole Nother Thang is the 1976 debut album by Parliament-Funkadelic vocalist Fuzzy Haskins ‎. The album was released by Westbound Records and features heavy participation from various P-Funk musicians. The album features the track “Cookie Jar“, which was later recorded by the P-Funk spin off act Parlet as well as Prince. It is the first P-Funk…

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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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