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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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Allen Toussaint – 1975 – Southern Nights

Allen Toussaint is a major American talent. If you don’t know who he is, he produced and wrote many hits for New Orleans artists such as Lee Dorsey, LaBelle, and others, and has worked as an arranger for Robert Palmer, The Band and Paul McCartney,…

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Chuck Jackson – 1969 – Goin’ Back To Chuck Jackson

Main Review by mag1c_hands Rip & Research by Mr.Moo Posting and additional info’s by Nikos This was the second of Chuck Jackson’s three Motown LPs, and the one that produced three very fine A-side single releases, all of which underperformed commercially. The album failed to chart despite being an…

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The Staple Singers – 1972 – Be Altitude : Respect Yourself

This is The Staple Singers most popular and best album. Along with the mega-hits “Respect Yourself” and “I’ll Take You There“, the album is filled out with several excellent songs. This album is what probably the Staple Singers’ spring board to becoming more of a…

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Booker T. & The M.G.’s – 1971 – Melting Pot

Melting Pot could be the most well-realized of all the albums by Booker T. & The M.G.’s, a smooth and soulful, yet expansive 35 minutes of all originals, the latter in sharp contrast to their exploration of the Beatles’ Abbey Road album material on their…

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Diana Ross – 1970 – Diana Ross

Diana Ross solo debut was one of the most eagerly anticipated albums of 1970..Here for the first time we get to hear all of Diana’s early solo work from 1969 until the lp’s final release in early 1970..Including the 4 tracks that have been in…

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MFSB – 1973 – Love Is The Message

This all-time classic album can (in many ways) be seen as the point from which such disparate and different genres as Disco, Quiet Storm and Smooth Jazz sprang up. While the eternally popular “Love Is The Message” and “T.S.O. P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)” were…

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – 1973 – Imagination

A pivotal album for Gladys Knight & The Pips – as the record features their super-huge hit “The Midnight Train To Georgia“, a landmark track that not only had a catchy pop hook, but which spoke volumes about African-American migration in the postwar years. The track’s…

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The Isley Brothers – 1973 – 3+3

The Isleys were already tight with just Ronald, Rudolph, and O’Kelly, but they did the smartest thing by including Marvin,Ernie,and Chris Jasper. For years the momentum was building up to this point (Brother, Brother, Brother in particular), but 3+3 just knocked everything out the box….

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Stevie Wonder – 1976 – Songs In The Key Of Life

One of those rare double albums (double and a half, really, since it originally came out on 2LPs and an EP), Songs In the Key of Life might just be Stevie Wonder’s true masterpiece. Rarely have I found such an uplifting set of songs which…

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Otis Redding ‎- 1964 – Pain In My Heart

 Main Review by AMG Rip, Research, Posting and additional info’s by Nikos Like most R&B albums of the early 1960s, Otis Redding’s 1964 debut was a haphazard mixture of the artist’s contemporary hits (“These Arms of Mine,” “Pain in My Heart“), B-sides (“Something Is Worrying Me,”…

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Isaac Hayes – 1971 – Black Moses

 Main Review by Soulmakossa Rip & Research, Posting and additional info’s by Nikos After Stax Records parted ways with it’s distributor, Atlantic Records, in May of 1968, (following the death of Otis Redding), Isaac Hayes became on of the most bankable, diverse, and exciting stars on the…

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Aretha Franklin – 1967 – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

So much has been written about this album that it’s really tough to add anything new. And the term “classic” is thrown around so much these days that it’s hard to put it into any useful perspective. But the bottom line is this: any serious…

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Al Green – 1972 – Let’s Stay Together

The title track to Let’s Stay Together has become Al Green’s signature song and a certified r&b classic. The song is one of the definitive Memphis Soul songs with its smooth organ punctuated by horns, Green comes in a low voice and then in the…

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Funkadelic – 1978 – One Nation Under a Groove

 This album is incredible, truly one of the greatest records in pop music history. To put it simply, it is an album that defines a genre. Of course there are older funk albums which laid out the groundwork, but ONE NATION was a recording that…

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The O’Jays – 1972 – Back Stabbers

A major turning point for the O’Jays, Back Stabbers took the group to the top of the charts and made them household names in the R&B world. The O’Jays had been paying serious dues since the late ’50s, and their perseverance payed off in a major way when…

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Lamont Dozier – 1975 – Black Bach

Lamont Dozier’s sophomore solo effort and second release for ABC …  Yeah, the pretentious title probably made some folks snicker, and while 1974’s McKinley Jackson produced “Black Bach” may have been completely overlooked by critics and the buying public, song-for-song it made for a killer…

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The Three Degrees – 1973 – The Three Degrees

Review by AMG Rip, Research, Posting and additional info’s by Nikos After Philadelphia International Records had established itself with early hits from the O’Jays, Billy Paul, and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the debut release of the Three Degrees in 1973 was the label’s first…

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