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Archie Bell & The Drells – 1975 – Dance Your Troubles Away

Originally from Texas, Archie Bell & the Drells hit #1 with their first single recorded for Atlantic in 1968, the gold-selling ‘Tighten Up‘. In 1975, they signed to Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff’s Philadelphia International subsidiary label TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) and recorded this…

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Mary Saxton – 1969 – Sad Eyes

Growing up in Edmonton in the late ’50s gave Mary Saxton musical influences that ranged from everything from Motown to big band to pop, and she put her talents to use at various live festivals and any other chance she could get to get on…

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Earth, Wind & Fire ‎- 1975 – That’s The Way Of The World

One of the great LP’s from the 70’s and indeed any era. A seamless blend of soul,funk and jazz all lovingly produced by the masters,namley Maurice White and Charles Stepney. As if that were not enough the songwriting is of the highest order with not…

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Donny Hathaway – 1973 – Extension of a Man

While Donny Hathaway’s debut “Everything is Everything” was notable for it’s hard driving funk jams, it had a lack of the incredible ballads Hathaway is known for. Then his second self-titled release became notable for it’s incredible ballads, but had a major lack of funk…

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The Four Mints – 1973 – Gently Down Your Stream

Gently Down Your Stream marked a creative zenith within the Columbus, Ohio, soul scene, at the juncture of the 1960s and ’70s. The Four Mints were one of the most influential local group harmony outfits of their era and—with assistance from Columbus doyen and Capsoul purveyor…

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The Platters – 1963 – Christmas with the Platters

It’s all about those honeyed harmonies on this winning collection of festive favorites from a classic vocal group. Drawing on doo-wop, soul, and blues, The Platters’ voices melt into each other over sighing strings on dreamy versions of “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” and “Auld Lang…

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Al Green – 1983 – White Christmas

Pure, loving, and honest. Those words describe the spirit of this holiday–and the voice of this soul music giant. Al Green, who became an ordained minister many years ago, could be expected to put his all into songs of praise such as “O Holy Night”…

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Barbara Howard – 1969 – On the Rise

Only 500 copies were pressed of this sole LP by Ohio soul singer Barbara Howard. Barbara has a beautiful voice and her interpretations of several soul classics is breathtaking. “Welcome home” is supported by plaintive horns and surpasses all other known versions. She does Aretha’s…

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Patrice Rushen – 1982 – Straight From the Heart

A very influential album, sampled many times and it was named by Alicia Keys as one of her top 25 records. You can hear the influence of Patrice Rushen in Alicia’s vocals and songwriting styles and Aaliyah’s vocals and tempos. Well, this isn’t only about…

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Eddie Kendricks – 1971 – All by Myself

Although his (and David Ruffin’s) departure from The Temptations left a hole in the soul of that group that was never completely filled, his maiden voyage solo album is exceptional by any standard. Whether it is Eddie’s rendition of the classic standard “Can I” or…

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Allen Toussaint – 1970 – Toussaint

Toussaint’s best. Listen to the record that made Lowell George want to make ‘Dixie Chicken’. From the Toussaint horns to the backup singing of Merry Clayton and Venetta Fields, this album is an incredible piece of writing, performing, and singing. Toussaint’s piano playing is really…

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The Gap Band ‎- 1980 – Gap Band III

When Gap Band III came out in 1980, the Wilson Brothers were widely regarded as true heavyweights in the funk field. Many funk experts will tell you that creatively, they were right up there with the likes of Cameo, Rick James, the Isley Brothers, and the Bar-Kays in the early ’80s. Over…

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The Jackson 5 ‎- 1969 – Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5

An impressive debut album, made doubly impressive by the fact that the lead singer of the Jackson 5 is an eleven-year-old kid. Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 is arguably the best of the J5 LPs. It’s certainly the most digestible, since Berry Gordy and his…

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Horace Tapscott Quintet – 1969 – The Giant Is Awakened

  There are very few musicians who can be turned towards to feel the beating heart of African-American ethos. Horace Tapscott Quintet is one of them. The blunt force with which he strikes piano keys is reminiscent of the hard edge in the deepest part…

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Sir James – 1981 – Sophisticated Funk

Sir James Randolph was born in Brewton Alabama. After leaving Alabama, he moved to New York where he attended and graduated from Long Island University. He started to sing in night clubs throughout the city. Then he was involved into Theater, Television & Film. Performing in…

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The Temptations – 1972 – All Directions

A monster album, the one that put them back in the spotlight and signaled that Norman Whitfield had saved the day. Damon Harris had replaced Eddie Kendricks, and there were many doubters convinced the band was finished. Instead, Whitfield revitalized them via the majestic single, “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone“. Despite its…

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Laura Lee – 1972 – Love More Than Pride

After Etta James’ highly successful trip down South, Chess Records decided to send another one of its finest female soul vocalists to Muscle Shoals. Laura Lee possessed some huge pipes, perfectly suited for the raw soul & roll that was dominating the scene in the…

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Deniece Williams – 1979 – When Love Comes Calling

Significantly different from 1977’s Song Bird, When Love Comes Calling followed Deniece Williams’ success with Johnny Mathis on the number one Hot 100 single “Too Much, Too Little, Too Late” and subsequent album That’s What Friends Are For. Williams signed to Maurice White’s Columbia-affiliated ARC label, but White was otherwise all but absent compared to his level…

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Al Green – 1977 – The Belle Album

Most Al Green albums work their way over time into you; this one uncharacteristically reaches out and shakes you up, an odd result when one goes largely acoustic and goes for more or less the same quiet grooves that one had pursued for most of…

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