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D.J. Rogers – 1975 – It’s Good To Be Alive

An excellent LP by one of the most underrecognized talents of 70’s soul! DJ’s deep soul voice is smooth and mellow, with the kind of honest heartbreaking quality that you find in the best work by Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. This great LP’s got…

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Thelma Houston – 1969 – Sunshower

A pretty darn amazing album from Thelma Houston – recorded during the zenith of Jimmy Webb’s career, when Jimmy was not only one of the hippest songwriters in pop, but also kind of a mini-Burt Bacharach, writing, arranging, and conducting albums for a variety of…

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Lou Ragland – 1978 – Is The Conveyor He Says Understand Each Other

Fantastic! This is from “the best soul album you never heard”, a true masterpiece from the legendary soul icon LOU RAGLAND. Outstanding soul/funk album out of Ohio with Lou Ragland on all tracks and interestingly Gus Hawkins on flute and tenor (the famed flute player…

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Dee Dee Sharp ‎- 1975 Happy ’bout The Whole Thing

One of the very best albums from the heyday of the Philly Sound, this LP was recorded at the legendary Sigma Sound Studios with the fabulous musicians of MFSB. Made in the mid seventies, Dee Dee Sharp’s rich powerful voice moves through each selection with confidence…

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Jake Sollo – 1979 – Jake Sollo

One of the tightest African funk records we’ve ever heard – a set that was recorded in London, and has this really warm clubby vibe all the way through! There’s a mix of African roots and disco grooves going on throughout – in a manner…

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The Brothers – 1976 – Don’t Stop Now

The “Brothers” appeared to be little more than a New York set of studio players, led by Bhen Lanzaroni – but they did an amazing job of replicating a Philly instrumental sound, with plenty of heavy bass at the bottom of the arrangements, and jazzy…

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Percy Sledge – 1966 – When a Man Loves a Woman

The charismatic Alabama-bred soulman’s first album was naturally built around the peerless and classic “When a Man Loves a Woman”, the first Southern Soul track that became a No. 1 Pop hit. The title-track is soul perfection; the lamenting, organ driven groove, the country-soul guitar,…

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Keith Barrow ‎– 1977 – Keith Barrow

Keith Barrow was a 70s soul singer whe made an impact but never reached his full potential due to his untimely death at 29. In the small time he recorded he displayed what a true artist he was with a voice filled with emotion and…

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Tommy Hunt – 1976 – Sign of the Times

Rare 70s work from the great Tommy Hunt – a singer who’s best known for his Scepter Records solo work of the 60s, or his early days in The Flamingos – but who steps out here with a completely different groove! The material here was…

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The Patterson Singers – 1972 – The Patterson Singers

I know it is simplistic, but it is hard not to draw comparisons between The Patterson Singers and The Staple Singers.   Like The Staples, under the auspices of front man/keyboardist Robert Patterson, The Patterson’s started their recording career as a hardcore Gospel group.  Starting in…

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Midnight Movers – 1974 – Follow The Wind

The second, and last, album by the magnificent Midnight Movers. Whereas their premier release, 1970’s ‘Do It In The Road‘, is a bit rougher and rawer, ‘Follow The Wind’ nonetheless is another amazing funk fest, crucial for Mama Earth’s funkadelphians. Tracks A1 Follow the Wind…

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Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers – 1979 – Bustin’ Loose

No group ever defined a city and sound as Chuck Brown and The Soul Searchers did Washington, DC and go-go music. This is the album that launched their musical movement and established Chuck Brown as the “Godfather of Go-Go.” When it was released in early…

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The Artistics – 1968 – The Articulate Artistics

A well-titled set from one of the greatest soul groups to ever come from Chicago – a sublime quartet who had a way of voicing their tunes that was really head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries! This killer record showcases The Artistics’ genius…

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Michael Henderson – 1978 – In The Night Time

You don’t get to play with someone like Miles Davis for six years unless you really can hold your own. And bassist Michael Henderson did just that, working with the jazz great from 1970 until ’76, recording some great music in the process. Henderson recorded…

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Reuben Wilson – 1969 – Blue Mode

Heavy funk from the mighty Reuben Wilson – one of his first few albums for Blue Note, and a solid soulful groover that’s right up there with Lou Donaldson’s work for the label at the time! Tracks are nice and long, and pretty open –…

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Mighty Pope – 1977 – The Mighty Pope

Heavily involved in the soul/funk/reggae scene in Toronto since arriving from Jamaica in 1965, the Mighty Pope (fantastic name) reinvented himself just a little bit to catch onto the disco craze. The album largely manages to avoid the sappy ballad (a cover of Many Rivers…

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Black Merda – 1970 – Black Merda

Heavy duty fuzzy funk  and a landmark album from one of the most Hendrix-inspired groups of the early 70s! The style here is guitar funk with plenty of rock thrown in – all really fuzzed-up in production, and often a bit distorted – so that…

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East Coast – 1973 – East Coast

An extremely rare soul album originally released in 1973, East Coast’s self titled album features drummer Larry Blackmon, who served as front man for the hit group Cameo; and a cast of session greats including Pat Grant (trombone); Gwen Guthrie (vocals); Michael Harris (percussion); Gregory…

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Love Committee – 1978 – Law & Order

The classic club groover by Love Committee, and one of the most sought-after on Gold Mind/Salsoul – a soulful set of club classics that almost beats most of the other work by its contemporaries! The session’s grounded in some very solid help from the Sigma…

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The Exciters – 1969 – Caviar & Chitlins

I’ve always wondered why The Exciters didn’t enjoy greater commercial successes given their talents.  Brenda Reid had an amazing voice – tough, but highly commercial and was more than the equal to scores of contemporaries who enjoyed far more commercial recognition and success.  How do…

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