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Dionne Warwick – 1967 – The Windows Of The World

Can 60s pop get any better than this? It’s hard to think so – given the near-perfect sound of this album, and its unique blend of soul, vocal, and mainstream modes. It is easier to define Dionne Warwick by what she isn’t rather than what…

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James Brown – 1974 – Hell

This is JB at his badaassssss funky best! This double album is brilliant from start to finish. Side 1 is the funky stuff to dance to. Side 2 is the more chilled out ballad side. Side 3 is yet mo’ funky stuff. Side 4 is…

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Minnie Riperton – 1970 – Come To My Garden

This is the collaboration of two great talents who are unfortunately no longer with us: Minnie and Charles Stepney. Stepney’s gorgeous production of jazzy bossanova and lush strings are a perfect fit for Minnie’s angelic voice. The songs are at once romantic, dramatic, engaging, relaxing,…

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Detroit Emeralds – 1977 – Feel The Need

The Detroit Emeralds were an excellent Detroit soul group with a funky sound. An excellent bit of modern soul from The Detroit Emeralds, one of the few older Westbound groups who successfully made the transition to the label’s smoother sound of the mid 70s! A…

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Earth Wind & Fire – 1971 – Earth Wind & Fire

Earth, Wind & Fire’s first album — recorded at a time when the group recently had ties to the Chicago soul and jazz scenes, and a range of experience that ran the gamut from work with Sun Ra, the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, The Pharoahs, Ramsey…

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Margie Joseph – 1971 – Makes A New Impression

Frequently compared to Aretha Franklin, singer Margie Joseph earned neither the fame nor the critical success lavished upon the Queen of Soul, but a series of excellent records for Atlantic during the 1970s nevertheless won her a spot in the pantheon of soul cult favorites….

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Joe Simon – 1972 – Drowning In The Sea Of Love

Joe Simon’s Drowning in the Sea of Love is still a classic to me. I still love that title song and its lazy feel in the groove. Some other surprises I love are the dramatic, bluesy, The Mirror Don’t Lie, the funky Ole Night Owl…

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The Delfonics – 1968 – La La (Means I Love You)

A landmark album in harmony soul! Thinking back on the early 70s east coast sound, it’s hard to come up with a more quintessential cut than “La La Means I Love You” – the lasting legacy of the group’s interaction with producer/arranger Thom Bell, and…

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Marvin Gaye – 1971 – What’s Going On

I won’t write any review of this album. it is very simple.   This is the greatest soul record of all time.   Tracks A1. What’s Going On 4.00 A2. What’s Happening Brother 2.57 A3. Flyin’ High (In The Friendly Sky) 3.40 A4. Save the…

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Roberta Flack – 1971 – Quiet Fire

Roberta Flack is as always incomparable but this one is just absolutely amazing. And I loved both of her earlier albums and thought that each of them was pretty close to perfect. But without question this album is the pinnacle of her talent and emotion.For…

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Sly & The Family Stone – 1971 – There’s A Riot Goin’ On

One of the best albums ever recorded in any kind of music. Ranked #99 in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums Of All Time” Great dark soul album with layered drums, electric piano and forbodding bass sounds. The vocals, mostly by Sly, are full of despair…

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The Stylistics – 1974 – Let’s Put It All Together

Wow! They sure don’t make music like this any more. The Stylistics were an incredible group, and they released some of the most romantic and heartbreaking songs ever recorded. “You Make Me Feel Brand New” is one of those slow jams that can make even…

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The O’Jays – 1973 – Ship Ahoy

An absolute masterpiece and a peak in 70’s soul-music. “For The love Of Money” is a definite track of the period and a good example of how ambitious the architects behind the so-called Philly Sound actually were. The title track is a hair-rasising account of…

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Tom Brock – 1974 – I Love You More & More

This is a trully amazing album. Rare but strong 70’s soul.   Produced by the Walrus of Love, Barry White….so it includes a lot beautiful orchestration with all the expected violins and such..but it includes also up-tempo funky soul…..   Tracks 1. Have A Nice…

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The Natural Four – 1975 – Heaven Right Here On Earth

Some excellent soul/sweet soul songs are harbored on this, the reissue of the group’s 2nd album “Heaven Right Here On Earth”! The album, released in 1975, out of Curtis Mayfield’s “Curtom” studios, this vocal harmony group had the benefit of being produced by Leroy Hutson…

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Chocolate Milk – 1975 – Action Speaks Louder Than Words

A killer album of 70s New Orleans funk! A New Orleans funk and soul ensemble who enjoyed moderate success in the mid-’70s, Chocolate Milk recorded for RCA from 1975 to 1983. Chocolate Milk was lucky enough to have worked with Allen Toussaint who produced their…

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Shirley Brown – 1975 – Woman to Woman

This is one of those great albums which sound ever-green. All the songs on the album are great. “Woman to Woman” is perhaps the best-known number on the album, but other memorable offerings include “It Ain’t No Fun”, “As Long As You Love Me,” and…

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Ann Peebles – 1972 – Straight From The Heart

One of the greatest soul records of the 70’s by a woman. A diminutive singer with a powerful voice and an even stronger attitude, Ann Peebles was one of the artists who defined Willie Mitchell’s legendary Memphis soul label Hi Records, along with Al Green…

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Ashford & Simpson – 1978 – Is It Still Good To Ya

For sure their best album. One of my favorite 70’s soul performances.  By this point, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson are firmly holding the foreground as artists in their own right after many years of acting as songwriters for other soul and R&B hitmakers, and…

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Tommie Young – 1973 – Do You Still Feel The Same Way

Another lost gem of 70’s soul. If you found Soul Children great, this one will blow your mind! Excellent work from this oft-overlooked southern soul singer! Tommie’s got deep deep style that’ll knock you flat if you dig southern soul or hard soul, especially the…

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