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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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The Montgomery Express – 1974 – The Montgomery Movement

Rip and research by Mr.Moo A massive lost funk classic – one of those rarer than rare albums that’s well worth the funk! The Montgomery Express were a Florida combo who played on the state’s small club circuit – working equally well on their own, or…

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Syl Johnson – 1970 – Is It Because I’m Black

This album is one of the best ever soul albums to come out of Chicago – and it may well be one of the best soul albums to ever come out of the 60s! Syl Johnson mixes west side bluesy soul with some great Chicago…

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Brief Encounter – 1981 – We Want To Play

Brief Encounter may not that familiar to many of you. They released only two LPs, their debut being released in 1977 which articulated the wonder of that era so magnificently.  They continued to release high calibre material throughout that decade, but it wasn’t until 1981…

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The Ebonys – 1976 – Sing About Life

One of two albums ever cut by The Ebonys – a consistently great group from the 70s, as is testified by their constant popularity in our racks! The quartet had a 3 man/1 woman harmony sound that was very hip – often applied to righteous…

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Bobby Boyd Congress – 1971 – Bobby Boyd Congress

A Funky  Delight, you probably never heard of. You’ll find great horns, Jazzy Bass Grooves and on other tracks you will find soulful stuff as well. Highly Recommended! Ultra rare French recording (little press less 300 ex in LP). A very good and collectible soul…

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