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The Nazty – 1976 – I Got To Move

The power behind this outfit was Detroit singer/label owner Johnnie Mae Matthews.  Matthews had recorded some solo sides, but by the mid-1960s had shifted her attention to the business side of the house operating a series of small Detroit labels such as Art, Audrey, Big…

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Brenton Wood – 1967 – Baby You Got It

Brenton Wood’s charmingly unpredictable phrasing and his infectious sense of good times made the smooth uptown soul of “The Oogum Boogum Song” and “Gimme Little Sign” into hits in 1967. Despite his skill as a pop-soul vocalist, Wood was never able to match such heights…

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Mike James Kirkland – 1973 – Doin’ It Right

Mike James Kirkland may be a new name to some of you, and to many of you, only through a recent archaeological find in “Hang on in there”, a throwback to Marvin’s “What’s going on”, although made independently (and prior to) that particular milestone. Well…

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Staple Singers – 1973 – Be What You Are

Mr.Moo kindly offers us another Stax classic. The Staple Singers enjoyed a brief spell when their popularity reached beyond the Soul fraternity and into the Pop charts and thus they are well known for a few classic singles. One of those appears here, “If You’re…

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Amnesty – 1973 – Free Your Mind

A superb album finally gets a release. Never mind crate digging, the new thing is archive digging, and soul is proving to be especially rewarding territory. These 1973 tracks, most previously unreleased, offer yet another sterling example. Amnesty was an Indianapolis band combining the vocal…

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The Manhattans – 1970 – With These Hands

The Manhattans were one of those classic R&B vocal groups who manage to achieve incredible career longevity by adapting their style to fit changing times. Formed in the ’60s as a doo wop-influenced R&B quintet, the Manhattans reinvented themselves as sweet smooth soul balladeers during…

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Don Covay – 1966 – See-Saw

Another great contribution by Mr.Moo. Excellent Atlantic soul from Don Covay! Don was one of the label’s biggest soul talents in the mid 60s — and he not only cut some great work on his own, but also penned some tunes that have become some…

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Newban – 1977 – Newban 2

Extremely RARE and Collectable!!!! Absolutely ridiculously hard to find ORIGINAL of this second album by the group Newban on the legendary and desirable tax scam label Guinness Records. Creators of two extremely rare funk/rare groove LPs, not much was initially known about Newban, but it…

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Sweet Salvation – 1972 – Sweet Salvation

Sweet Salvation is another one of those rare albums from the early 1970s that has grown in popularity over the years.  Mr. Moo reminds us this forgotten gem which contains one of the best cover versions of rock steady, an uptempo funk track with multiple…

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Freddie North – 1974 – Cuss The Wind

Rare Beautiful deep soul lp by this great singer. Listen to Freddie North and you will realize he has been magnificently blessed.”Love to Hate”,”sun comes up” and the definitive redition of “Rainy night in Georgia”. This is a 320@ vinyl rip of the original Mankind…

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High Voltage – 1972 – High Voltage

I know you’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Believe me it was worth it. We have some great organic rhythm and blues for you. High Voltage may not be well known to many of you, but they are an outfit that incorporated…

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Lou Johnson – 1971 – With You In My Mind

A Masterpiece.. ..which I discovered thanks to the following comment on the post of his debut album here: “I saw an interview recently where Allen Toussaint was asked to name a favorite song that he wrote for another artist. After naming a few he wrote…

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The Dynamics – 1973 – What A Shame

Mr.Moo continues to offer us great albums like the classic balladry of the Dynamics, a must in any soul/sweet soul music collection of depth. A bit sweet soul, a bit funky and a real indie soul classic from the early 70s! The album’s the second…

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Starfire – 1978 – Dancing and Singing For You

Starfire are a self-contained group that released their first LP in 1976. This is their sophomore set, containing two tracks from the debut, and continuing to buck the gimmicky trend of disco with a very fine mixture of funk and ballads. They brought out another…

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Terry Huff – 1976 – The Lonely One

A heartbreaking classic from Terry Huff and his Special Delivery group – a cool 70s harmony ensemble who deliver some wonderful backup on the set! The record’s a stone east coast classic from way back – arranged and conducted by Al Johnson, with a vibe…

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The Dramatics / 1973 – A Dramatic Experience / 1974 – Dramatically Yours

A Tribute to Ron Banks and The Dramatics by Trakbuv We at FMS are sorry to report the sad loss of Ron Banks on 4th March. He was one of the founding members of the incredible Dramatics formed back in 1962 in Detroit while still…

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Eddie Floyd – 1968 – I’ve Never Found A Girl

You should all be really happy that we have Mr.Moo within our contributors cause he shares with us great albums like this one. Eddie Floyd‘s 2nd LP “I’ve Never Found A Girl”, a Southern Soul diamond. In 1966, Floyd recorded a song intended for Otis…

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Candi Staton – 1972 – Candi Staton

As a soul legend, Candi Staton hardly needs an introduction by me. However I am heartened by the fact that her elusive FAME recordings are now so freely available and her earthy Southern roots have finally become recognised as essential part of her career. If…

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Tammi Terrell – 1968 – Irresistible

Tammi Terrell had a sexy, hypnotic voice and alluring sensibility that not only made her an ideal partner for Marvin Gaye, but could have resulted in substantial impact as a solo singer. This album includes her finest solo single, “I Can’t Believe You Love Me,”…

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Johnny Nash – 1974 – Celebrate Life

Johnny Nash may not readily prick the thirst buds of many soul aficionados out there. Although very well-known for his reggae-influenced hits such as ‘I can see clearly now’ and ‘Hold me tight’, I propose that he has as much kinship to these pages as…

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