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Blo – 1973 – Chapter One

Blo is most known for being the first rock band to emerge from Africa. This trio includes Berkely ‘Ike’ Jones on guitar, Laolu ‘Akins’ Akintobi on drums and Mike ‘Gbenga’ Odumosu on bass. Each member has also worked in Ginger Baker’s band, Salt prior to their formation in 1972. ‘Chapter One’ is one of the most sought after African albums, despite the fact that it…

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The Bar-Kays – 1974 – Cold Blooded

A slept-on jewel of funk rock and greasy, laid back politically minded soul…  Come 1974, Stax Records was in trouble financially, but as far as the Bar-Kays were concerned, this didn’t really change anything much. The label had struggled with the band’s drive towards hard…

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Lamont Dozier – 1977 – Peddlin’ Music On The Side

For his second Warner Bros. LP, Motown veteran Lamont Dozier turns the production reigns over to Stewart Levine (The Crusaders, Minnie Riperton’s Adventures in Paradise, Hugh Masekela). Pianist Joe Sample & bassist Wilton Felder of The Crusaders are on hand to make stellar contributions, giving Dozier his most jazz flavored album. As usual with a Lamont Dozier album, you…

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The Staple Singers ‎- 1971 – The Staple Swingers

While The Staple Singers’ first two albums for Stax were superb, they didn’t prove to be huge commercial hits. Everything changed when the singing family began recording in Muscle Shoals, starting with the joyously titled ‘The Staple Swingers’.  It gave them their first hit on…

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Optimistics – 1970 – Optimistics

A rare gem produced by George Kerr. TURBO RECORDS TU 7001. Stereo. 1970 TURBO Records. ALL PLATINUM ENTERPRISES. VERY rare soul LP that rarely turns up for sale, one of the toughest Turbo releases in the catalog. Great sweet soul LP with “Should I Let…

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Billy Paul ‎- 1971 – Going East

After releasing Feelin’ Good At the Cadillac Club on Gamble Records in 1968 and Ebony Woman on Neptune in 1970, Billy Paul signed to a newly formed label in Philadelphia. It had been founded by two songwriters, musicians and producers. The label was Philadelphia International…

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Jackie Edwards – 1968 – Put Your Tears Away

Wilfred Jackie Edwards has claims to be Jamaica’s greatest balladeer as he possessed a rich deep voice to which he added velvet touches somewhat akin to Joe Simon. Every time you hear him sing a song you get something new. Early tracks like “Your Eyes…

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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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