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The Soul Children – 1969 – Soul Children

After having lost Sam & Dave – whose career never recovered after the ties with Stax Records were severed – Isaac Hayes and David Porter decided to recpature the highly soulful formula, this time opting not for a duo, but a quartet. Featuring the gritty,…

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Luther Vandross – 1981 – Never Too Much

The debut solo album from Luther Vandross featured one outstanding song after another. Vandross concocts a bouncy, vibrant flow on his up-tempo numbers and an intimate, emotional connection on his moderate grooves and his lone ballad. The title track stormed up the Billboard R&B charts to…

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Eddie Holman – 1977 – A Night To Remember

A wonderful late 70s comeback for Eddie Holman – best known to folks for his earlier sweet soul work, but sounding equally great here on a set of club-heavy tracks! Although Eddie’s falsetto soul might have seemed like a strange choice for the disco-oriented Salsoul…

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The Isley Brothers – 1975 – The Heat Is On

The Heat Is On still brings the funk and soul even after all these years, showing that the old school sounds of yesteryear has and will continue to endure as long as there are people left who appreciate good music in general. Fight The Power…

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Tim Maia ‎-1974 – Racional

Wow, this record is a tour de force of Brazilian flavored R&B/soul/funk. A €400 record at the market right now. Check out prices here and the whole story of this masterpiece here and here. This is an excellent introduction to one of the giants of Brazilian Soul….

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The 13th Floor ‎- 1977 – Steppin’ Out

The one and only album we’ve ever seen from The 13th Floor – a hip little combo from St Louis, produced here by Oliver Sain in a great blend of jazz, soul, and funk! There’s a depth here that goes way beyond the average outing…

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Rasputin’s Stash – 1971 – Rasputin’s Stash

A killer debut from Rasputin Stash, a funky group who work with all the long-haired inspiration you’d expect from their name! The groove is a mix of guitars and tight horns – undercut by the kind of heavy basslines that later made the group a…

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Stevie Wonder – 1967 – Someday At Christmas

Someday at Christmas is a Christmas album by Stevie Wonder, released on November 27, 1967 under Motown Records. It was his eighth studio album release. It would also be re-released in 1978 with different cover art and different catalog number (Original 1967 catalog: T-281, 1978…

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The Temptations – The Best of The Temptations Christmas

~ The Temptations recorded two albums of Christmas songs for Motown’s Gordy Records: “Christmas Card” in 1970 and “Give Love at Christmas” in 1980. In total 19 tracks were recorded: 10 for the first album and 9 for the second album (although the initial release…

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Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – 1968 – You’re All I Need

Review by RDTEN1 Give it to Motown management to recognize a good marketing opportunity; hence the decision to release of a second collection featuring Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell.  Of course there was simply no questioning the heat the two generated together; Terrell’s sexy growl…

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The 3 Pieces – 1975 – Vibes of Truth

Vibes Of Truth is a masterpiece that covers all the bases: from soul through funk to jazz. It’s been sought-after by collectors for the three club friendly tunes within its grooves: Backed Up Against The Wall, Concrete Jungle and I Need You Girl. The album…

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Jackie Wilson – 1973 – Beautiful Day

The Jackie Wilson style soars into the 70s – in a mode that’s definitely different than Wilson’s Brunswick work of a decade before – but which also show’s a really bold evolution in style! Jackie’s in the higher end of his range here – and…

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Bernard Wright – 1981 – ‘Nard

A masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist Bernard Wright! Wright’s working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk players that includes Bobby Broom, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, and Don Blackman, whose funky style is very…

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Fred Hughes – 1969 – Baby Boy

A soaring full length debut from Fred Hughes, a singer who cut some key singles for Brunswick Records in the late 60s, and more than lives up to their strength here on an album! The set’s got some very in-the-pocket backings for Fred to work…

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Randy Crawford ‎- 1979 – Raw Silk

“Raw Silk” is an album for the late nights when you just want to be chilled down with soft but great soul music. This woman has one of the sweetest female voices i know of, and this album was made before she got into the…

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Nolan Porter ‎- 1972 – Nolan

Nolan Porter had been through a lot in his short recording career. His records were billed as Nolan, Frederick II, and N.F. Porter, and his producer Gabriel Mekler’s record companies (Lizard and Vulture) closed up shop. Mekler licensed Nolan’s previous Lizard/Vulture recordings and new Nolan…

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Norman Connors – 1972 – Dance of Magic

A landmark first album from drummer Norman Connors – a spiritual jazz masterpiece that builds wonderfully on the post-Coltrane tradition! Norman is years away from his smoother soul recordings at this point, and coming out of a righteous jazz background that included work with Marion…

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Merry Clayton – 1970 – Gimme Shelter

In order to understand the genuine class act you’re dealing with here – a potted-history of Merry Clayton’s past vocal glories will set the scene. She contributed to Neil Young‘s “The Old Laughing Lady” and “I’ve Loved Her So Long” on his self-titled debut album…

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Creation – 1974 – Creation

Review by RDTEN1 This collection’s tentative claim to fame probably rests with the fact it was an early release by Leon Patillo. Patillo went on to a mid-’70s stint with Santana and then fame as a Christian singer and (now) evangelist. Formed in the late…

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