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Wilson Pickett – 1973 – Mr. Magic Man

Review by Richard Rip, Research, Posting and additional info’s by Nikos Mr. Magic Man, Wilson Pickett’s first album for RCA after leaving Atlantic, finds Pickett paired again with producers Brad Shapiro and Dave Crawford to craft a smooth, stylish album of Memphis-style soul injected with Pickett’s…

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Johnnie Taylor – 1968 – Who’s Making Love

Main Review by Soulmakossa   Rip, Research, Posting and additional info’s by Nikos Full of all the Motown-cum-dirty south hallmarks you’d hope for, Who’s Making Love.. is one of soul’s great vocal turns. Equal parts James Brown and Ray Charles, Taylor was really one of the finest…

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The Dells – 1977 – Love Connection

 Main Review by Derek Anderson Rip & Research by Mr.Moo Posting and additional info’s by Nikos After the release of The Harris Machine produced “They Said It Couldn’t Be Done, But We Did It!” in 1977 , The Dells regrouped to record the follow-up album “Love…

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The Fatback Band – 1972 – Let’s Do it Again

The debut album by the soon-to-be venerable Fatback Band is a mostly instrumental – minus some “What’s Going On” – style exclamations and raps in the background — collection of pure funk grooves. More in the Curtis Mayfield vein of slick and nimble dancefloor fillers…

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David Ruffin – 1969 – Feelin’ Good

Main Review by AMG   Rip, Research, Posting and additional info’s by Nikos David Ruffin (January 18, 1941 – June 1, 1991) was an American soul singer most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of The Temptations from 1964 to 1968 (or…

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Bloodstone -1974 – Riddle Of The Sphinx

Intro Review by AMG  Main Review by RDTEN1 Rip & Research by Mr.Moo Posting and additional info’s by Nikos Bloodstone was a key group in creating the shift from the R&B and soul group concepts of the ’50s and ’60s to the funk and black rock ideas of the ’70s…

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George Duke – 1977 – Reach for it

In memory of George Duke (January 12, 1946 – August 5, 2013) This is George Duke at his Absolute Best!!! But you gotta take the trip with him from “The beginning“, through “Lemme at it” and “Hot Fire“. By the time you get to “Reach…

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Bobby Powell – 1973 – Thank You (and more)

A rare gem and personal favorite. From Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Powell was a heavily gospel-influenced soul artist, who achieved modest success in the 60s and 70s recording for small southern labels. He began his career in the church and singing in gospel groups, and in…

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Tyrone Davis – 1979 – In The Mood With Tyrone Davis

His best overall Columbia album. Tyrone Davis surprised many observers when the title cut smashed the embargo non-Southern urban contemporary stations had on soul music and soared into the Top 10, peaking at number six. The rest of the album was a bit slick by past Davis’ standards,…

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Nina Simone – 1967 – Silk & Soul

Intro Review by Eddie Landsberg  Main Review by bron31 Rip, Research, Posting and additional info’s by Nikos 1967 seems to have been a good year for Nina Simone. She began the year with her Nina Simone Sings the Blues album and released this album during the Summer…

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Magnum – 1974 – Fully Loaded

A killer album of funk and soul! For fans of groups like Rasputin Stash, Funk. Inc., Black Heat, Mandrill and whatnot, this album is right up your alley. A sampling DJ’s best wet dream, the album features horn driven ’70s black rock, wet bottom heavy…

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Wanda Robinson – 1971 – Black Ivory

Main review by Perfect Sound Forever Rip, Research, Posting and additional info’s by Nikos Jazz poet Wanda Robinson from Baltimore released Black Ivory (named for her backing band) in 1971 on the Perception label. It offers a portrait of the artist as a (righteously) angry young woman…

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The Chi-lites – 1972 – A Lonely Man

Intro Review by AMG Main Review by RDTEN1 Rip, Research, Posting and additional info’s by Nikos Behind the talents of Eugene Record, the Chi-Lites presented an impeccable album featuring one gem after another. Not losing any steam from their previous album, the Chi-Lites plugged another number one…

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O.V. Wright – 1971 – A Nickel And A Nail And The Ace Of Spades

Intro review by AMG  Main review by Soulmakossa Rip, Research, Posting and additional info’s by Nikos The golden era of Southern soul was essentially over by 1971, but thankfully no one told O.V. Wright about this; this album, which as the title suggests featured two of his biggest…

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Mandrill – 1973 – Composite Truth

Intro review by AMG, Main review by S. St Thomas Rip, Research, Posting and additional info’s by Nikos Composite Truth is Mandrill’s most successful album, commercially as well as artistically. Although the band’s sense of freewheeling experimentation had been tempered, its gradual transition to a straight-ahead funk band was made…

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Joe Tex – 1966 – The Love You Save

Rip and research by Mr.Moo Review by Soulmakossa Posting and additional info’s by Nikos Joe Tex was at the top of his game as the down-home philosopher of Southern soul when he cut “The Love You Save”, one of three (!) albums Tex would release…

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Randy Brown – 1980 – Midnight Desire

The American Soul scene of the 70’s and 80’s produced so many wonderful artists and albums most never released in the UK and until recent years only available on hard-to-find and expensive Vinyl cuts. This Randy Brown album is packed with gems for real Soul…

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Deniece Williams – 1976 – This Is Niecy

What a fabulous record produced by Maurice White and Charles Stepney with the angelic voice of Ms. Deneice Williams. Before Anita Baker, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Sade, there was Neicy and Minnie Riperton who both had four or five octave voices. The so called…

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Smokey Robinson – 1974 – A Quiet Storm

Intro  by Graig Lytle Review by  Abid Rip, posting and adittional info’s by Nikos The genius of William “Smokey” Robinson is immeasurable. As many of his prior songs had shaped R&B and pop music, this album would have a similar effect. The title track became the…

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Shirley Brown – 1977 – Shirley Brown

Rip and research by Mr.Moo Review by Soulbrother.com Posting and additional info’s by Nikos Wonderful Memphis soul album – warm and touching. Recorded with Stax musicians. Produced by Bettye Crutcher and Jeff Stewart (son of Jim Stewart – Stax founder) Born January 6, 1947, she…

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