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The Modulations – 1975 – It’s Rough Out Here

Of course we’re talking a 70s vocal group! East Coast “Sweet Soul” at that! The story is old, as to why so many 70s soul vocal groups didn’t get airplay, despite the quality of their recordings. How could any group, with voices, placed in the…

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Donny Hathaway – Never My Love : The Anthology

  Review by Michael Patrick Hicks I, like many others, came to Donny Hathaway’s music through his duets with Roberta Flack. Well, one song called “The Closer I Get To You“. It was included on a Flack compilation I had recently bought. His voice just…

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Chanson – 1978 – Chanson

Starting of as a broad assemblage of studio musicians, Chanson were led by bassist James Jamerson Jr. (son of the famous Motown bassist James Jamerson) and guitarist David Williams. The two of them met while playing with Temptations and they hatched the idea of Chanson….

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Esther Phillips ‎- 1972 – From A Whisper To A Scream

 Esther Phillips had a long and storied career and all of her recordings for KUDU have something nice on them, but this is probably the best one.  The credits for “From A Whisper To A Scream“, Esther’s 1972 Kudu debut – considered by many to…

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Exit 9 – 1975 – Straight Up

A very essential issue A top killer funk groove and hard to find on original vinyl. Prime New York City funk from 1975. A strong album that matches the major forces in Funk at that time (Kool & The Gang, Fatback Band, Parliament, Ohio Players)…

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The Delfonics – 1970 – The Delfonics

 The Philly legends.  Considered one of the first “silky and sweet” soul groups, pioneering a trend within the soul circles with the soft and lush male vocal harmonies in the first half of the 70’s.  Most of their stuff was written by the legendary Philadelphia…

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Prince Phillip Mitchell – 1978 – Make It Good

I’ve had this album (vinyl) for 30 years, wow. And I’ve always loved the A side. I read that “One on One“, was the first single and also the highest charting song from the album. However, I remember “You’re All I Got in the World”…

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Evelyn “Champagne” King – 1977 – Smooth Talk

Starting off as a cleaning lady at Philadelphia International Records (14 at the time but working with her mother) “Bubbles” (as her mother called her) didn’t know what was in the cards for her when her voice would capture the attention of T. Life, a…

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The Mirettes – 1969 – Whirlpool

Intro reviews by SoulStrut   Main Reviews by AvidOldiesCollector Rip, Posting and additional info’s by Nikos The Mirettes got their start as the back-up singers for the Ike & Tina Turner Show, better known as the Ikettes. In the late 1960s they left and renamed themselves the Mirettes. Under…

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Switch – 1978 – Switch

This is the classic debut album from the Gordy/Motown group Switch. This group featured the vocals of Bobby Debarge the eldest brother of the popular DeBarge singing group.The Group featured Bobby’s brother Tommy DeBarge,Eddie Fluellen,Greg Williams,Jody Simms and Phillip Ingram brother of popular vocalist and…

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Sandra Phillips – 1970 – Too Many People In One Bed

Producer Swamp Dogg hadn’t known Sandra Philips long before he signed her to Canyon Records. Swamp Dogg was introduced to Sandra by her ex-husband. He let Swamp Dogg hear a single she cut for Epic. This was kismet. Not only was Sandra hugely talented, but…

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L.T.D. – 1977- Something To love

In 1977 L.T.D. collaberated with long time Philly producer/arranger Bobby Martin and he became their producer for the next three albums. During this time Martin was getting fed up with long time working partners Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff at Philadelphi International Records and wanted…

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The Topics – 1978 – Wanted Live By a Million Girls

Rip by King Poppa  Review by Groovegirl  Posting and additional info’s by Nikos We come across myths in the real world of music every time we stroll next to a crate of our Local Salvation Army. Οh my god, you don’t know the value until they tell you…

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Eddie Holman – 1970 – I Love You

So yeah, maybe “Hey There, Lonely Girl” was a one hit wonder… but how many people even get to have ONE #2 hit song, and one that’s still an internationally recognizable soul music anthem even 30 years later ??? – – The fact is that…

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B.T. Express – 1974 – Do It (Til You’re Satisfied)

  The monumental debut of BT Express, an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band’s bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight…

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Mavis Staples – 1970 – Only for the Lonely

Main Review by Soulmakossa  Rip, posting and additional info’s by Nikos Recorded in 1969 and released the following year, Only for the Lonely was one of the best LPs Mavis Staples ever recorded. Staples’ energy, delivery, timing, and technique were consistently awesome. Unfortunately, only a few of these songs got much attention…

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Nat King Cole – The Christmas Song

If you only want one CHRISTMAS cd in your collection, you simply must choose this one. NAT and CHRISTMAS are linked together.This cd was beautifully remastered in 1999 and will pass the test of time forever.You may have listened to many CHRISTMAS albums in your…

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The Original Soul Christmas

It can’t get much classier than toasting the holidays with soul music. The elegant sleigh bells and brass arrangements compliment each other almost as perfectly as presents and loved ones. Bring SOUL CHRISTMAS to your holiday gatherings, and you’ll be sure to please. Booker T…

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J.J. Barnes – 1973 – Born Again

Main Review by Soulmakossa Rip, Research, Posting and additional info’s by Nikos  A rare set from Detroit soul legend J.J. Barnes!  Although J.J. Barnes originally started as a lighter, groovier northern soul singer, this “comeback” album from the early 70s has him singing in a very heavy,…

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The Choice Four – 1975 – The Choice Four

Rip & Research by Raphy, Main Review by RDTEN1  Posting and additional info’s by Nikos  Like Detroit, Memphis, and Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. had a vibrant 1960s/early-1970s musical scene with more than its share of talented soul outfits.  The difference is that D.C.’s scene wasn’t as well as organized as…

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