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Luther – 1976 – Luther (Vandross)

I think we all agree that Luther Vandross was one of the greatest singers in the area for the last 30 years with his smooth, versatile tenor voice. He was one of the most successful R&B artists of the 1980s and ’90s. But he was…

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Brothers Unlimited – 1970 – Who’s For The Young

Here’s one of the most sought after funk/soul albums ever made, contributed by Mr.Moo, with two fantastic crossover soul tunes in “Got to get over” & “Take me back”, a great cover of the classic Sam Cooke’s “A change is gonna come” and my personal…

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Satisfaction Unlimited – 1972 – Think Of The Children

This is one of the rarer releases on the Hot Wax label helmed by Brian and Eddie Holland and Lamont Dozier. Satisfaction Unlimited‘s solitary album is yet another signature in the book of lost opportunities. But if I could only be remembered for one LP,…

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Earl Grant – 1970 – Earl Grant

Raphy strikes again with his 1st contribution for 2010 and remind us the wonderful Earl Grant. Those of us who can remember seeing his performances before his untimely death in an auto accident in 1970, at the peak of his career, remember him as one…

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Wilson Pickett – 1966 – The Wicked Pickett

A fabulous album, done when Pickett was in the midst of his best period at Atlantic. It had everything, great songs, wonderful production and arrangements, and a hungry, galvanizing Wilson Pickett hollering, screaming, shouting, and soaring on anything he covered, from ballads to uptempo dance…

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James Brown’s Funky Christmas

FMS stuff would like to wish you and your families season greetings. Open your heart to the Christmas spirit and enjoy a funky New Year. This is our Christmas “present” to you Holiday compilation featuring funky yuletide tunes by the Godfather Of Soul. At his…

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James Carr – 1968 – A Man Needs A Woman

Sublime southern soul from one of the greats! James Carr is right up there with the best of the 60s,  Otis Redding, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, and others but he never made it as big as them because of personal troubles and bad planning on…

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Strutt – 1976 – Time Moves On

Strutt is a group of musicians all hailing from New Jersey. It numbers eight elements (six musicians and two vocalists) and was formed in 1973 by Carmen Cosentino who plays the guitar. As the note on the cover says: “Strutt was organized to present to…

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Sidney Joe Qualls – 1974 – I Enjoy Loving You

Sidney Joe Qualls was a southern-born soul singer who was heavily influenced by Al Green. Although his sound did capitalise on the success of the Reverend, he did have a quality that was all of his own. He released a couple of LP’s that are…

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Little Anthony and the Imperials – 1967 – Reflections

Little Anthony and the Imperials had a string of r’n’b style hits on the End label in the late 50s. After several years absence, they resurfaced, and with the writing/producing talents of Teddy Randazzo, Anthony Gourdine and his Imperials created some of the most memorable,…

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Wess & The Airedales – 1973 – The Sound Of Soul

Doug Fowlkes formed Wess & The Airedales in 1961 as the Airedales. In the mid-60s the band ended up in Italy due to a military tour of duty where they added singer and bassist Wess Johnson who took over the band. This one was sent…

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The Vibrations – 1973 – Taking A New Step

The Vibrations were a smooth harmonizing soul group in the tradition of the Temptations and the Delfonics.  Originally known as the Jayhawks, the Vibrations were notable for being equally proficient with smooth ballads, such as ‘Oh Cindy’ (1962), and exuberant dance tunes like ‘Sloop Dance’…

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Sam Cooke – 1962 – Twistin’ The Night Away

Sam Cooke revolutionized R&B music in the ’50s and ’60s with his inimitable singing style and smooth, soulful voice. He was among the first and most successful to cross R&B over into the popular music field. With his smooth, velvet, delivery singing style, Sam Cooke…

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Linda Jones – 1972 – Your Precious Love

A talent whose time on Earth was cut much too short, Linda Jones had a wild, deeply passionate style of singing that set her apart from her contemporaries.  “Hypnotized” was a toned-down performance that  hit in the late 1960s but it is the later work…

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Linda Jones – 1967 – Hypnotized

Linda Jones is a singer that could have and should have become one of the true greats. She had a steady stream of medium hits throughout the late 60s and early 70s to signal that superstardom may have been just around the corner.  Both Aretha…

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Heaven And Earth – 1978 – Heaven And Earth

The classic LP by this stellar Chicago harmony group and a monster! Heaven And Earth had a wonderful falsetto harmony sound that reminds us a lot of east coast winners like Blue Magic or The Stylistics and like some of the best east coast groups, this…

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The Individuals – 1976 – Together (We Can Make Something Happen)

One of the lesser-known harmony groups to come out of the mid 70s, but still a very nice one, with a Chicago take on the genre . The group were protégés of Eddie Thomas, who had earlier success with other Chicago groups — but despite all…

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Donna McGhee – 1978 – Make It Last Forever

There aren’t many heavier, more sought after albums for the deep disco head than this 1978 classic from the reservoirs of Patrick Adams and “Red&”Greg Carmichael. The big cut on here is undoubtedly “It Ain’t No Big Thing,” which has been floating around on bootleg…

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The Persuasions – 1971 – We Came To Play

Mr.Moo continues to offer wonderful music to the visitors of FMS. Let’s find out his latest contribution : This is one of your reviewers favorite albums, ever. Pretty strong opinion, but when this was released it was effectively the only a cappella music available with…

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Hodges, James & Smith – 1975 – Power In Your Love

Hodges, James & Smith were originally known as Hodges, James & Smith & Crawford (former Motown artist Carolyn (Caroline) Crawford).They later became a trio..Pat Hodges, Denita James & Jessica Smith… all originating from Los Angeles. Denita James had a solo single on Flip around ’63…

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