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Gene Harris – 1976 – In A Special Way

Yet another winner by Gene Harris from his mid ‘70s post 3-Sounds period. Gene Harris didn’t really have a weak moment during this time, all his albums he made during this period are wonderful blends of fusion, soulful spirituality and jazz-funk, sometimes even with the…

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Andrae Crouch – 1978 – I’ll Be Thinking Of You

I’ll Be Thinking of You is a 1979 Gospel album by Andrae Crouch which was released on the Elektra and Light record labels. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. Andraé Edward Crouch was an American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger,…

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Edna Wright – 1977 – Oops! Here I Go Again

A stunner of a solo set from Edna Wright – once the lead singer for Honey Cone, but almost even better on this smooth soul masterpiece from the 70s! The album’s got an immediately recognizeable moment in the leadoff cut “Oops Here I Go” –…

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Shirley Bassey – 1971 – Something Else

Something Else is the perfect title many times over! 1st Shirley’s perfect voice always hitting the mark & those glorious high notes. 2nd, her way with the naughty songs: Breakfast in Bed & I’d Like to Hate Myself in Morning. No one comes close to…

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Coalition – 1978 – Birth

A very hip group from the 70s Philly scene – a jazz combo who’ve got a soulful swing and a wonderfully lyrical feel! The record has a bit of vocals, but really just added in as flavoring for the quartet’s excellent instrumental interplay – a…

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Dee Dee Bridgewater – 1974 – Afro Blue

Dee Dee’s first, she was just 23 and she sounds as beautiful as she looks. What a debut. And what a great band she had behind her too, led by the Bridgewater brothers and with Sir Roland too. But this show is all about Dee Dee,…

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Coldwater Stone – 1973 – Defrost Me

Hiding behind the Coldwater Stone name, 1973’s “Defrost Me” was actually the work of the late Freddy Briggs.  Soul aficionados will recognize Briggs for his work as a songwriter and producer (plus the fact he was married to the late Kimberley Tolliver-nee-Briggs). Having attracted some…

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Swamp Dogg ‎- 1970 – Total Destruction To Your Mind

Industry veteran Swamp Dogg unleashed his alter ego on this 1970 masterpiece, spelling out his unconventional views in groove-heavy soul music. He makes good on the title’s brag with catchy, original songs that touch on environmental decay, social isolation, dystopian visions, racism and questions of paternity….

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The Ambassadors – 1969 – Soul Summit

Amazing work by a group that you’ve probably never heard of! The Ambassadors are an incredible Philly soul harmony group – of the sort that never made it out of the city in the pre-Philly International years, but who had a polish and quality that…

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Larry Saunders (The Prophet Of Soul) – 1976 – Stranger

LARRY SAUNDERS, aka The Prophet Of Soul, is best remembered on the rare soul scene for his Northern Soul, crossover classic, “On The Real Side”. It was originally recorded in 1974 at Soul Sound Studios, Englewood, New Jersey, for Joe and Sylvia Robinson’s All Platinum…

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Harlem River Drive – 1971 – Harlem River Drive

Eddie Palmieri’s supergroup Harlem River Drive was the first group to really merge black and Latin styles and musicians, resulting in a free-form brew of salsa, funk, soul, jazz, and fusion. Though it was led by pianist Palmieri, the group also included excellent players from…

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John Gary Williams – 1973 – John Gary Williams

An obscure one from Stax, only solo effort from John Gary Williams, who earlier headed up the excellent Mad Lads (“Don’t Have to Shop Around,” “I Want Someone”) vocal group for the label! Williams is working here with a fairly sophisticated set of arrangements – ones that…

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George Benson – 1968 – Giblet Gravy

Benson’s Verve debut remains one of his best guitar showcases. A tasty mix of upbeat covers of longhair hits and soul-deep, hard bop grooves. One of those rare albums that casual listeners and jazz fanatics can enjoy together. A set that really helped him make…

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Lee McDonald – 1981 – Sweet Magic

Sweet Magic by Lee McDonald is one of the rarest soul albums of all time, with originals commanding upwards of 300 pounds. While recorded in Brooklyn, New York in the late 70’s, the label says it was released in 1981 on the tiny ‘Debbie’ imprint…

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Facts Of Life – 1977 – Sometimes

A real classic from Facts Of Life – a unique trio with a great talent for mellow songs about life, love, and messing around! The work was recorded in Muscle Shoals by Brad Shapiro and Millie Jackson – and it’s often got the best qualities…

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David Oliver – 1977 – Jamerican Man

Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations set the mode in the early 60′s for the falsetto tenor in contemporary R&B.  Every outstanding falsetto-voiced singer would be compared to Eddie.  In my book, such a comparison is a high compliment.  David Oliver ranked extremely high on that…

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Baby Washington ‎- 1963 – That’s How Heartaches Are Made

Justine Baby Washington’s single “Thats how heartaches are made” and “Handful of Memories” are two songs that brought her success as singles as released by Sue Records. But does the public really know who Baby washington is? You will after hearing this album!And you’ll be…

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Osibisa – 1971 – Osibisa

Review by willowpig Osibisa’s self-titled album opened up their unique blend of African and Western styled music to a wider audience, charting in both the U.S. and Europe. Produced by Tony Visconti, Osibisa’s extraordinary merger of African drum beats, colorful rhythms, and rock-inspired keyboard and horn…

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Black Ivory – 1972 – Don’t Turn Around

Epic harmony soul by this excellent sweet soul group! Black Ivory were just kids when they recorded this session – but they had a sophistication that pushed them way past any of their contemporaries on the east coast scene. The band are very lucky to…

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Terry Callier – 1972 – What Color Is Love

Terry Callier’s What Color Is Love is an essential Soul Jazz album that should belong in anyone’s record collection. Produced by Charles Stepney, whose work with Cadet / Chess records, Rotary Connection and Earth, Wind & Fire earned him popular acclaim. Filled with Funk, Rock, Folk,…

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