All Albums

with reviews

F.B.I. – 1976 – F.B.I.

F.B.I. were a UK-based outfit, much in the same vein as Average White Band and Kokomo, with maybe a slightly more raw and edgy feel to their range. Boasting a male and female lead, the nine-piece were clearly destined for bigger and better things. But…

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Eddie Hinton – 1978 – Very Extremely Dangerous

One of the best soul albums of the 70’s. A buried treasure. Hinton is one of the greatest white soul singers of the modern era- dubbed “the white Otis Redding”. His guitar playing can be heard on hit records by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Joe…

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Father’s Creation – 1983 – Give Your Life To God

Here is a real left-field gospel killer. The only album by Father’s Creation, it nestles very comfortably in the modern soul/rare groove bag. Dominated by the progressive sound of the emergent indie soul music sound of the early 80s, this works that lovely warm, unconventional…

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Commodores – 1974 – Gun Machine

This album really is quite funky. Exceptionally, funky in fact. Quite different from the soul/pop of The Commodores more well known hits. Right from the opening track you can tell you’re in for something of a treat, the musicianship is fantastic throughout, as are the…

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Lou Bond – 1974 – Lou Bond

One of the greatest soul-folk albums ever. A lost classic brought out of the shadows. Bond’s top-notch songwriting, vocals and an impeccable talent for composition and arrangement, make this a rare album where the music and the message are in perfect harmony. The record’s “To…

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Blossoms – 1972 – Shockwave

The Blossoms were one of the premium female backing vocal groups during the 60s and 70s and existed in many versions under many pseudonyms. Familiar artists that came and went include Edna Wright, Gloria Jones and Merry Clayton – the trio featured on this LP…

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Linda Lewis – 1975 – Not A Little Girl Anymore

I came across a vinyl copy of this wonderful singer at my last visit to London and I couldn’t resist buying it, though I had the US version of it.Fabulous, absolutely fabulous. One of the greatest and most underestimated popular singers that this country’s produced….

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Junior Parker – 1971 – Love Ain’t Nothin’ But A Business Goin’ On

Mr Magic Blues makes a ’70s soul classic and Mr.Moo kindly offer it to us. Yes his classics from Sun Records have there own place, but do not be misled by this man’s long history in the music business, this album from the 70s, is…

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The Choice Four – 1974 – The Finger Pointers

The Choice Four were a very classy all male quartet that I imagine RCA had high hopes for. The now legendary Van McCoy was beginning to hone his sound that proved so devastating in the more sophisticated 70s discos, and The Choice Four were one…

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Jimmy Hughes – 1970 – Something Special

A Southern Soul diamond. Jimmy Hughes, the man who practically kick-started the Southern Soul genre in 1964 with his legendary FAME-recording “Steal Away”, never attained superstardom; but the small legacy of music he left behind before quiting the business altogether in the early ’70s still…

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Natalie Cole – 1975 – Inseparable

Mr.Moo’s new contribution is just perfect. Oh my God, Natalie Cole’s debut is just SLAMMIN’. Aretha Franklin, it looks like you have a princess of Soul in your court. Produced by Marvin Yancy (single and pretends he’s married, according to Natalie Cole herself) and Chuck…

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The True Reflection – 1973 – Where I’m Coming From

You can’t miss with Philly Sophistisoul right !! And yet another obscurity that is hard to accept as such – surfacing for your seasoned palate, demanding only the best. True Reflection are a high calibre quartet that recorded just the one LP, but truly seize…

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The Nazty – 1976 – I Got To Move

The power behind this outfit was Detroit singer/label owner Johnnie Mae Matthews.  Matthews had recorded some solo sides, but by the mid-1960s had shifted her attention to the business side of the house operating a series of small Detroit labels such as Art, Audrey, Big…

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Brenton Wood – 1967 – Baby You Got It

Brenton Wood’s charmingly unpredictable phrasing and his infectious sense of good times made the smooth uptown soul of “The Oogum Boogum Song” and “Gimme Little Sign” into hits in 1967. Despite his skill as a pop-soul vocalist, Wood was never able to match such heights…

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Mike James Kirkland – 1973 – Doin’ It Right

Mike James Kirkland may be a new name to some of you, and to many of you, only through a recent archaeological find in “Hang on in there”, a throwback to Marvin’s “What’s going on”, although made independently (and prior to) that particular milestone. Well…

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Staple Singers – 1973 – Be What You Are

Mr.Moo kindly offers us another Stax classic. The Staple Singers enjoyed a brief spell when their popularity reached beyond the Soul fraternity and into the Pop charts and thus they are well known for a few classic singles. One of those appears here, “If You’re…

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Amnesty – 1973 – Free Your Mind

A superb album finally gets a release. Never mind crate digging, the new thing is archive digging, and soul is proving to be especially rewarding territory. These 1973 tracks, most previously unreleased, offer yet another sterling example. Amnesty was an Indianapolis band combining the vocal…

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The Manhattans – 1970 – With These Hands

The Manhattans were one of those classic R&B vocal groups who manage to achieve incredible career longevity by adapting their style to fit changing times. Formed in the ’60s as a doo wop-influenced R&B quintet, the Manhattans reinvented themselves as sweet smooth soul balladeers during…

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Don Covay – 1966 – See-Saw

Another great contribution by Mr.Moo. Excellent Atlantic soul from Don Covay! Don was one of the label’s biggest soul talents in the mid 60s — and he not only cut some great work on his own, but also penned some tunes that have become some…

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Newban – 1977 – Newban 2

Extremely RARE and Collectable!!!! Absolutely ridiculously hard to find ORIGINAL of this second album by the group Newban on the legendary and desirable tax scam label Guinness Records. Creators of two extremely rare funk/rare groove LPs, not much was initially known about Newban, but it…

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