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Joe Tex – 1965 – Hold What You’ve Got

Rip and Research by Mr.Moo Posting and additional info’s by Nikos For the most part, this early long-player from Joe Tex favors the goofier side of his musical personality rather than the home-truth moral lessons which often dominated much of his work. While “One Monkey Don’t Stop No…

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The Lost Generation – 1972 – Young, Tough and Terrible

They’re young and tough – and especially wonderful too – easily one of the most compelling harmony soul groups to ever hail from the Windy City! The set’s a Chicago soul gem from the early 70s – recorded with a laidback, slightly tripped-out vibe that’s…

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Lee Moses – 1971 – Time and Place

Lee Moses, perhaps due to his tragically minimal output, never got inducted into the pantheon of great soul men, but he should stand strong with the likes of Eddie Floyd, William Bell, and other lovingly remembered Stax/Volt artists, or those he mentions in “Got That…

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Billy Preston ‎- 1970 – Encouraging Words

  “Encouraging Words” was the second and last album on Apple Records for long-time friend and sometimes collaborator with The Beatles – American keyboardist and Soul Singer Billy Preston. And along with his excellent debut LP the year before (1969’s “That’s The Way God Planned…

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Gene Harris & The Three Sounds – 1968 – Elegant Soul

 A key meeting between the Three Sounds trio and the amazing Monk Higgins – done at a time when Higgins was taking his Chicago-crafted grooves to work on the west coast – and doing some really wonderful productions with Dee Ervin! The set features full…

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Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – 1975 – To Be True

The third album from the melodramatic smooth soul quintet featured an array of R&B classics. While Teddy Pendergrass was featured on this album, he did not lead every song. The three singles — “Where Are All My Friends“, “Bad Luck“, “Hope That We Can Be…

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Rose Royce – 1977 – In Full Bloom

As strong as any of the songs featured on 1976’s Car Wash soundtrack, Rose Royce’s 1977 outing,II: In Full Bloom, allowed them to fully shine in their own right and on their own terms. Although their early incarnation as Total Concept Unlimited had paired them…

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Labi Siffre – 1975 – Remember My Song

 Easily the best-remembered album by Labi Siffre – thanks to some well-used sample tracks over the years! But over and above the fame of the funky tunes “The Vulture” and “I Got The“, the record’s a key part of Siffre’s 70s catalog – a record…

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Odyssey – 1980 – Hang Together

Not only was Odyssey’s 1977 eponymous debut album Odyssey, the group’s most successful album, it featured their biggest hit single, Native New Yorker. This was a song that would forever become synonymous with Odyssey, reaching number twelve in the US Billboard 100 and number six…

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Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion inc. – 1971 – Ritual

 This album is a monument!! Afro Latin Funk at its best, full of heavy percussions, exciting brass, psychedelic organ grooves & fuzz guitar. Killer beats and breaks all along! 10 tracks including “Ritual“, “Caballo Negro“, “Baila Chibiquiban“, “Lupita” & “Naci Para Bailar“. Note that this…

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Minnie Riperton – 1974 – Perfect Angel

Minnie Riperton’s first album for Epic – and the record that broke her from a hip Chicago underground artist into one of the seventies’ biggest soul divas! The record moves past the baroque soul of Minnie’s early years with Rotary Connection and Charles Stepney –…

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Millie Jackson – 1972 – Millie Jackson

This Millie Jackson’s tremendous debut album – and the work here is completely different from later records that have her more in a bitchy mode! Here, Millie’s a heartbroken southern diva – right in the vein of Ann Sexton, Doris Duke, or Shirley Brown –…

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Darrell Banks – 1968 – Darrell Banks Is Here!

For my money, one of the most overlooked, underappreciated, “lost” classic albums in just about any genre. Darrell Banks might have hailed from the North, but his voice and style of soul was all South. I mean, he’s got some grit behind his teeth. Not…

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Marvin Holmes and Justice – 1975 – Honor Thy Father

Never seen it sold under 300 $. A real killer from Marvin Holmes and his hip Oaktown combo Justice – a group who effortlessly blend together jazz, soul, and funk into a wonderfully soaring style – yet one that’s also more than heavy enough to…

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Thelma Jones – 1978 – Thelma Jones

Rip and Research by Mr.Moo Posting and additional info’s by Nikos The first album from Thelma Jones – and a real standout set from mid 70s Columbia! The record is a sweet blend of southern and modern soul, with some fantastic arrangements by Bert DeCoteaux, who also…

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Marsha Hunt – 1971 – Woman Child

Review by Mat Schofield By her own admission, Marsha Hunt was maybe not the most technically accomplished of the many female vocalists to make their mark in the 1960’s and on occasion she seemed to overcompensate for inappropriate material by singing in the style of…

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Prime Time – 1984 – Flying High

On the release of Prime Time’s debut album Flying High, it wasn’t a commercial success. This must have been a huge disappointment for the five members of Prime Time, especially Jimmy Hamilton who’d founded the band. Along with Frankie “Babe” Moore Moore, another founding member…

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King Errisson – 1976 – The Magic Man

 The Bahamian percussionist’s two sought-after albums recorded for the Westbound label. “The Magic Man” was released in 1976. “LA Bound” came out in the following year. Produced by Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore, this is serious percussive magic, full of great proto-disco grooves with plenty…

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Syl Johnson – 1968 – Dresses Too Short

I tend to really like artists who were signed to Hi records which of course includes Syl, only this album is actually from before those days.  I burned myself a huge compilation of soul music and nearly every time I heard something that I thought…

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Bettye Crutcher – 1974 – Long As You Love Me

As one third of the great ‘We Three’ songwriting trio with Homer Banks and Raymond Jackson, Bettye Jean Crutcher penned some of the biggest chart hits and best records of the second golden era of Stax (1969-75) including the company’s biggest single hit of the…

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