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Bobby Womack ‎– 1970 – My Prescription

Generally blackballed by the music industry following his marriage to Sam Cooke’s widow in the mid-60s, Bobby Womack slowly rebuilt his reputation via a series of hit songs he’d written for Wilson Pickett. Securing a solo record deal Womack released this, his 2nd solo album,…

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Don Bryant – 1969 – Precious Soul

Rip & Intro by Raphy  Review & Research by Groovegirl Posting & additional infos by Nikos DON BRYANT! Who? Don Bryant!!! That’s the question, never judge a question before it is answered. Here in my little world of ignorance, I thought Don Bryant was an…

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Lyn Collins – 1972 – Think (about it)

Intro by AMG Review by RDTEN1 Rip, posting & additional infos by Nikos At the time of the release of Think (About It) in 1972, Lyn Collins had been a member of James Brown‘s performing revue for about two years. Her full-throated voice had earned…

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Betty Davis – 1973 – Betty Davis

Review by Soulmakossa Rip, posting and additional info’s by Nikos You have not heard funk until you’ve heard the albums of Ms. Betty Davis. Yes, she was once married to Miles Davis — but she’s so much more than that. After listening to her albums…

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First Choice – 1973 – Armed And Extremely Dangerous

Rip by Mr.Moo Review and research by Derek Anderson Posting and adittional info’s by Nikos First Choice were one of the most successful of Philly Soul’s female groups, releasing six albums between 1973 and 1980. Rochelle Fleming, Annette Guest and Joyce Jones were just fifteen…

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Blue Magic – 1974 – Blue Magic

Review by RDTEN1 Rip, posting & additional infos by Nikos From a 70s group harmony soul perspective, single lp choice, as difficult as choosing, “The Champ” lp, this album is “last man standing” when the smoke finally clears. There are a number of finalists who…

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Phillip Upchurch – 1972 – Darkness, Darkness

Rip and research by Mr.Moo Review  by AMG Posting and adittional info’s by Nikos Recorded in 1971, shortly after he departed Cadet Records in Chicago where he served as a prime sideman to both Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler, guitar king Phil Upchurch headed for…

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Black Grass – 1973 – Black Grass

Review by Soulmakossa Rip, posting and additional info’s by Nikos Here is the Rare Black Grass self Titled LP on a small US Label which to sum it up best is a super slice of Gospel Soul female Funk breaks with some blazing Hip Hop…

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LaBelle ‎- 1974 – Nightbirds

On 1974’s ‘Nightbirds’ Patti, Nona and Sarah all make it clear that when it comes to stanky, sweaty New Orleans R&B and funk they will be the undisputed female champians!”Lady Marmalade” was of course Labelle’s big breakthrough single and likely what they’ll always be remembered…

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Carla Thomas – 1969 – Memphis Queen

Rip and research by Mr.Moo Review  by Soulmakossa Posting and adittional info’s by Nikos Here’s a record that really takes its title seriously – as Memphis Queen features Carla Thomas working in a proud, bold mode that really inherits the crown of the scene she…

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Pat Lundy – 1973 – Only LOve Spoken Here

Rip,posting and adittional info’s by Nikos A great little album from Pat Lundy – an enigmatic talent who crops up a number of times over the years – but always on different record labels, and always with a slightly different sound and style! This album’s…

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The Ovations – 1972 – Hooked On A Feeling

Rip by Mr.Moo Review and research by Derek Anderson Posting and adittional info’s by Nikos Many years ago, when I first heard The Ovations album Hooked On A Feeling, I was instantly struck by the likeness of Louis Williams voice to the late Sam Cooke’s….

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Frank Sinatra – Christmas Songs & Elvis Presley – Christmas Duets

We wish you and your families Merry Christmas and A Happy New Year 2013. Peace and Blessings! I have always loved listening to Frank Sinatra’s earliest recordings, which define the legendary icon of a singer’s voice as pristine, affectionate and charismatic. The Christmas songs in…

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The Esquires – 1967 – Get On Up and Get Away

Rip, research and review by Bac Posting & additional info’s by Nikos If The Esquires remind you of Curtis’ Mayfield’s Impressions, that is no mistake. The smooth grooves of 1960’s Northern Soul were in stark contrast to the stripped grits of Stax in the south….

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Luther Vandross – This Is Christmas

Rather than a do a rehash of many of the obvious traditional tunes that fill special holiday albums by contemporary performers, maestro Luther Vandross opted for the task of creating no fewer than 7 of the 10 tracks included on his 1995 Christmas release. The…

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A Motown Christmas – 1970

Season Greetings A Motown Christmas is a staple of my collection. This album is one of my first Christmas memories. As an adult, I appreciate it even more. It features all of Motown’s artists doing soulful, eloquent interpretations of classics with that Motown flair (“Rudolph…

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Howard Tate -1970 – Howard Tate’s Reaction

Review and research by Edd Hurt Rip, posting and adittional info’s by Nikos As far as I can determine, Howard Tate was born on Aug. 13, 1939 in Elberton, Ga., a town about 90 miles from Macon.  Most accounts of Tate’s life place his birthplace…

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West Wing – 1975 – West Wing

Rip by Mr.Moo Review and research by Groovegirl Posting and adittional info’s by Nikos What an honor to be able to show your love and affection through words for exquisite pieces of music on FMS. I’m so grateful ,for this record fell onto my ears…

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The Sylvers – 1974 – III

Review by Mystery Man Rip, posting and additional info’s by Nikos The Sylvers were a family musical act from Memphis, TN that was primarily active during the years 1972-1984. While principally known to the general public for two very cheesy major disco hit singles in…

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Paul Kelly – 1973 – Don’t Burn Me

Review and research by Raggedy Rip, posting and additional info’s by Nikos Paul Kelly was born June 19th, 1940 in Miami, Florida. Before he joined Clarence Reid’s Del-Mires  in the early 60’s, Paul Kelly had already had his own — albeit short-lived — group. In…

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