All Albums

with reviews

The Black Hippies – 1977 – The Black Hippies

Blazing solos, upbeat drums and sweet organs will guide you on this Nigerian funk odyssey. This underappreciated 1977 record by the Black Hippies can make its much-deserved way into your living room. A long lost gem from the treasury of West-African 70s funk, that will…

Read More/Download ›

Donald Byrd – 1975 – Stepping Into Tomorrow

Donald Byrd released a series of 5 magnificent albums in Blue Note, between 1973 and 1976 (Black Byrd, Street Lady, Stepping Into Tomorrow, Places and Spaces, Caricatures), under the high artistic supervision of Mizzell brothers. “Stepping Into Tomorrow” stands as the flagship right in the…

Read More/Download ›

Barbara Mason – 1968 – Oh How It Hurts

Barbara Mason’s second and final LP for Arctic Records was released three years after her first. The Arctic label released 60 records before folding; 14 were Mason releases. Jimmy Bishop, a Philadelphia DJ, owned the label and included “Yes, I’m Ready” on this collection to…

Read More/Download ›

Joe Thomas ‎– 1971 ‎– Is The Ebony Godfather

The greatest album ever recorded by Joe Thomas – and a hip batch of funky flute tracks that ranks with the best work of Jeremy Steig or SOUL! Joe’s blowing here with arrangements by Chico O’Farrill – strangely off-beat backings that add in more than…

Read More/Download ›

The Fantastics ‎- 1971 – The Fantastics (The Velours)

The Velours were an American R&B vocal group who had two minor pop hits in the US in the late 1950s, “Can I Come Over Tonight” and “Remember“. They relocated to England in the late 1960s, changed their name to The Fantastics, and had a…

Read More/Download ›

Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. – 1977 – The Two of Us

After leading the 5th Dimension through a string of hits during the Sixties and stepping out as duo and winning a Grammy in 1976 for You Don’t Have To Be A Star, the second duets album by Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. was eagerly…

Read More/Download ›

The Variations Featuring Samaki Bennett – 1975 – A Woman’s Blues

A Tribute to Lee Variety – Samaki Bennett  and Amour Label By Mike Callahan, Patrice Eyries, David Edwards and Randy Watts Amour was an Oakland-based label that was owned and run by Lee Variety. Before he moved to Oakland in the early 1970s, Variety had grown up…

Read More/Download ›

Crack Of Dawn – 1976 – Crack Of Dawn

I’ve been a fan of Funk My Soul since shortly after starting my FaceBook page Fat City Vinyl & Music Blog – I rather randomly came across FMS one day and was impressed with not only the records shared, but the depth of knowledge about…

Read More/Download ›

The Montclairs – 1972 – Dreaming Out Of Season

R&B/Soul bands were a dime a dozen in the early 70s. For every Dells and Temptations, there was hundreds of groups knocking on the doors of record labels trying to get in the door. Many of them got a break and contributed a few releases, but…

Read More/Download ›

Tamiko Jones – 1968 – I’ll Be Anything For You

Barbara Tamiko Ferguson was born in 1945, one of ten children, in Kyle, West Virginia, USA. So exotic in her features, ethnically she might be described as multi-racial: her father was an African-American and her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Arma Dalton – who used to live…

Read More/Download ›

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…

Read More/Download ›

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…

Read More/Download ›

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…

Read More/Download ›

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…

Read More/Download ›

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…

Read More/Download ›

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…

Read More/Download ›

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…

Read More/Download ›

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…

Read More/Download ›

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…

Read More/Download ›

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…

Read More/Download ›