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Phil Spector – 1963 – A Christmas Gift For You

A Christmas Gift For You is probably the greatest collection of Christmas hits ever. Legendary producer Phil Spector and his “wall-of-sound” technique is perfectly suited to the music of the season, as he proves with layer upon layer of piano, sleigh bells, buoyant percussion, and,…

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Jimmy Lewis – 1974 – Totally Involved

A fantastic album of southern soul, and one that’s often overlooked in discussions of the genre during the 70’s. Despite the fact that it’s on the Hotlanta label which cut a fair bit of club-oriented work the record’s a great batch of mid and slow…

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Lou Courtney – 1974 – I’m In Need Of Love

One of the greatest soul albums of all time. Fans of Sam Dees will find plenty to enjoy here although the strength of this set has universal appeal amongst 70’s soul devotees. From the sweet soul ballads of ‘Since I First Laid Eyes On You‘…

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Courtial with Errol Knowles – 1976 – Don’t You Think It’s Time

A killer Soul/Funk album recorded in 1976 and released on Pipeline, a small label from Woodside, California. Sought after funk/soul, contains the classic dancefloor cut “Losing You” as compiled recently. What a jam! The title track “Don’t you…” is also quite an extended jam, perfect…

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The Royalettes – 1966 – The Elegant Sound of The Royalettes

The Royalettes were an elegant mid 60’s girl-group pop produced by great producer Teddy Randazzo! In fact it’s much better than their first album which featured the pop hit “It’s Gonna Take A Miracle.” Excellent compositions, soulful vocals, skillful orchestrations, pristine technical studio engineering. Teddy…

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The Notations – 1975 – Notations

The one and only album released by this great Chicago vocal group  a sublime harmony outfit who’d recorded some excellent indie 45s before getting the chance to do this one-off set for Curtis Mayfield’s Gemigo label! The style of the set is a bit more…

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Ike & Tina Turner – 1966 – River Deep Mountain High / 1972 – Workin’ Together

Ike & Tina Turner – 1966 – River Deep Mountain High Phil Spectors‘ wall of sound meets Tina Turners’ wall of voice. Tina is excellent as always but I enjoy the rawer sounds of the Ike and Tina Turner band than the Phil Specter treatment. …

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Mary McCreary – 1973 – Butterflies In Heaven

Righteous vocals from Mary McCreary  recorded here with some equally righteous help from DJ Rogers! Rogers handles production and helps with arrangements on the set and he does a great job of pulling Mary away from some of the more cliched modes of the Shelter…

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D.J. Rogers – 1973 – D.J. Rogers

If you love Luther Vandross, then you will simply adore Mr. D.J. Rogers, as Luther, D.J. Rogers is also a tenor, with an smooth incredible range. D.J. Rogers balladry, simply put must heard, it reaches the heart and kidney. D.J. Rogers has been truly blessed…

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Marie Queenie Lyons – 1970 – Soul Fever

Monster rare soul/funk/record This is an essential lp to get in any funkysoul collections. Raw bass, crazy beat with many breaks. Really killer. A holy grail of funky music the one and only album ever cut by Marie Queenie Lyons, a heck of a hard…

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Barbara Lewis – 1965 Baby, I’m Yours – 1968 Workin’ On A Groovy Thing

Barbara Lewis – 1965 – Baby I’m yours Barbara was a less dramatic singer than label mate Aretha Franklin, but she was a top quality soul singer with a wonderful, clear, soprano voice. She had three big American hits, these being “Hello stranger“, “Baby I’m…

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Mastermind – 1977 – Mastermind

This is another fine contribution by Mr. Moo. A classic bit of uptempo funk for the dancefloor and one of the tightest records from the time on Prelude! The group have a sound that’s partly in the Earth Wind & Fire ensemble mode and partly…

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Ann Sexton – 1977 – The Beginning

Ann Sexton is one of a few lesser known southern soul female artists, recorded a series of fine soul records for the legendary Nashville soul DJ / label-owner, the late John Richbourg a.k.a. John R. I was after this wonderful record for years. You can…

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Aaron Neville – 1967 – Tell It Like It Is

A mountain of a man quiet and soft spoken, with one of the most unique voices in music today, Aaron Neville sings with a raw and haunting beauty. Definitely “Tell It Like It Is” is one of my 20 best songs ever. Here’s the original…

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Rufus & Chaka Khan (3 albums)

Rufus – 1973 – Rufus The first album and an archetypal bit of jazzy rocking soul that would forever change the face of 70s pop. Chaka Kahn and the band are still working things out at this point, but the record’s got some excellent sweet…

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Smoke – 1976 – Risin’

Ultra-rare soul masterpiece… Here’s another wall record for all you private soul collectors. This one speaks for itself if you are an avid digger. I really don’t have to say much about this one.A near impossible Lp to find. Check here how much it costs….

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John Edwards / 1973- Same and 1976 – Life Love and Living

A great sweet soul album. The first album by John Edwards a richly talented vocalist who would go onto become the lead singer of the Spinners in later years, singing on some of their last big hits. This album’s a very different effort and features…

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The Four Tops – (ABC Years)

The Four Tops – 1972 – Keepers Of The Castle This is another excellent contribution from my dear friend Trakbuv who has a deep Knowledge of Soul and Funk and loves the Four Tops : “Hi Folks – Here are 2 of my favourite Four…

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The Four Tops – 2nd album – Reach Out – Still Waters Run Deep – Nature Planned It

In Memory of Levi Stubbs The Four Tops – 1965 – Second Album The Four Tops‘ second album and quite possibly the most hitbound of all their early Motown work! Thethe perennial favorites “I Can’t Help Myself” and “It’s The Same Old Song” as well…

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Rhetta Hughes – 1969 – Relight My Fire

This is one out of some very rare and expensive records I purchased lately. Check for yourselves here for the amount of dollars spent for some original copies. A great northern soul LP i was after, since when i first heard the version of “Light…

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