All Albums

with reviews

Freddie North – 1971 – Friend

Rip and research  by Mr.Moo Review by Soulmakossa Posting & additional info’s by Nikos Freddie North, a superb singer with a great, smokey, baritone voice, will forever be linked to his biggest hit, the all-time soul smash “She’s All I Got“, the brooding, lamenting country-soul…

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Jackson 5 – 1970 – Christmas Album

FMS Family wish you have a Merry Christmas and a fantastic year 2012 Jackson 5 Christmas Album was the only holiday album released by Motown family quintet The Jackson 5. Released in October 1970, the album showcased the brothers’ harmonies and vocals. Lead singer Michael Jackson…

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The Lovelites – 1970 – With Love From the Lovelites

Rip, research and review by Bac Posting & additional info’s by Nikos In 1969 UNI records, a rock and psychedelic music label, had the policy for a year to make alliance with Chicago producers to get hits in the r&b market. Maybe the goal was…

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David Ruffin – 1979 – So Soon We Change

Research & review by Raggedy Rip & posting by Nikos We welcome our new family member Raggedy, a very well known and respected Lady in the blogsphere,  who runs the amazing Soul of The 60’s & 70’s : Sounds of  The Soul blog, which you…

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Dorothy Morrison – 1970 – Brand New Day

Rip, Research & Posting by Nikos Although you have probably never heard of Dorothy Morrison, there’s a very strong chance that you will have heard her sing. She was the barely credited lead vocalist on the most popular gospel song of all time “Oh Happy…

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William Bell – 1971 – Wow

Rip & review by Raphy Posting & additional info’s by Nikos You asked for it and my Jamaican brother Raphy quickly ripped his original vinyl and scanned the covers for you. Here in his own words : “WOW” …..I’m sitting in front of my computer…

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William Bell – 1973 – Relating

Rip & research by Mr.Moo Posting & additional info’s by Nikos William Bell is sometimes referred to as an architect of the Stax sound. However, this LP (Bell’s final effort for Stax) is stylistically closer to Al Green and Hi Records. Magnificent music and sound…

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FunkmySoul is back again

Finally we are back again with  the old version of the blog. We managed to recover our data base after the hacker's attack. The blog is under construction and we expect to be ready with a new version in the next days. Enjoy!

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The Isley Brothers – 1969 – It’s Our Thing & The Brothers: Isley

The Brothers put their newfound autonomy to hard socking, gospelfide, funk-filled use on their first T-Neck album ‘It’s Our Thing’. Built around the riveting, peerless “It’s Your Thing”, this LP consists of more super sweaty funk workouts, some downhome soul wailing and a few achingly…

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The Joneses – 1974 – Keeping Up With.. / 1977 – The Joneses

The Joneses will forever be remembered for the super-crossover hit “Sugar Pie Guy”, which probably overshadows everything they ever did. However, what it masks is a band that endured nearly two decades to bring a consistently high quality of sounds for our pleasure.  And during…

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Spanky Wilson – 1975 – Specialty Of The House

Rip and research by Mr.Moo Spanky’s last album before her recent revival, a jazzy soulful effort cut for Westbound, with arrangements by Johnny Allen, and a nice moody mellow sound. The overall approach is quite different than most of her work with HB Barnum, but…

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The Voices Of East Harlem – 1970 – Right on Be Free

Essentially, this is a raw and funky youth choir that mixed traditional gospel with downhome Soul (they opened up for Jimi Hendrix’s Band of Gypsies concert, FYI). This LP will make you clap your hands, stomp your feet and say YEAH in a way that…

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The Everyday People – 1972 – The Everyday People

Rip and research by Mr.Moo An excellent bit of funk that sounds a heck of a lot like early Kool & The Gang! It’s no surprise, too, because the album was produced by Gene Redd, has a few Kool & The Gang covers (like “Funky…

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Norma Jean & Ray J – 1974 – Raising Hell

Norma Jean & Ray J’s “Raising Hell” is one helluva rare nugget. Released on the Hep-Me label in 1974, this has a remarkably polished sound and sophistication in the music to have warranted bigger names on the front of the album cover. And while Norma…

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Lakeside – 1980 – Fantastic Voyage

Lakeside had one of R&B’s most exciting live shows of the late ’70s and early to mid-’80s, but in the studio, the Dayton, OH band generally didn’t go that extra mile. Most of Lakeside’s Solar albums were generally decent and had a few gems, but a consistently…

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Z.Z. Hill – 1974 – Z.Z.

Rip and research by Mr.Moo Hill’s second album for United Artists was recorded at the fabled Fame studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Rick Hall’s Fame studio could pride itself as having been the operating base for some of soul music’s finest performers: Wilson Pickett, Aretha…

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Don Blackman – 1982 – Don Blackman

A jazz funk masterpiece and THE record by the legendary Don Blackman – the only one issued under his own name for many many years, and a famous little set that’s been sampled endlessly over the years, and for good reason! The vibe here is…

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Peaches & Herb – 1967 – Let’s Fall In Love

Rip and research by Raphy Stunning work from the team of  Peaches & Herb – a male/female soul duo whose work here rivals the greatness of the Marvin Gaye duets over at Motown! The grooves are wonderfully varied here – upbeat and swinging at some…

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Randy Brown – 1978 – Welcome To My Room

Rip and research by Mr.Moo Memphis, TN born Randy Brown is at his best here. No questions about it! If you appreciate 70s soul, then this is it! Brown’s 1978 release, “Welcome To My Room” easily and quickly carved a place for him in “true”…

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Graham Central Station – 1973 – Graham Central Station

The legendary first album by Larry Graham and Graham Central Station – Larry’s bold move away from Sly & The Family Stone, and the beginning of a new dynasty in mainstream funk! Larry’s bass work really drives the set along – pushing the riffing guitars…

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