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Eddie Gale – 1968 – Eddie Gale’s Ghetto Music

One of our favorite all-time records, and a real lost album on Blue Note! Eddie Gale leads this group of righteous singers and musicians through five fantastic tracks of soulful chanting and hard jazz playing that never goes too far out, but always threatens to…

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The Brothers Johnson ‎– 1976 – Look Out For #1

Review by Andre S. Grindle When funk was just entering the music scene in the late 60’s/early 70’s it was as a new hybrid music created by a number of different people with an already establish sound based in other styles such as James Brown…

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Martha & The Vandellas – 1966 – Watchout!

Fabulous album which really shows Martha’s growth as a singer and a music stylist .The Vandellas Rosalind Ashford and Betty Kelly were given some catchy lines the background. Watchout! was the fourth studio album and fifth album overall by Martha and the Vandellas, released on…

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Stanley Clarke ‎- 1973 – Children Of Forever

Quite possibly the hippest album that Stanley Clarke ever cut – a stretched-out soulful batch of jazz-tinged tracks – very much in the same spirit as the more righteous soul jazz underground of the time! In a way, the record would be much more at…

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Black Nasty – 1973 – Talking To The People

Great unique funk sound from the early 70’s. If you like Funkadelic or the Ohio Players you will certainly enjoy this. Its worth the money for the title track alone. But there is so much more, interesting cross funk with blues and rocking boogie tracks….

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Timi Yuro – 1968 – Something Bad on My Mind

I have to declare that I (Nikos) consider Timi Yuro one of the best singers of the 60’s and this is my favorite of her albums. I really adore her voice. Timi is considered to be one of the first blue-eyed soul singers of the…

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The Tempests ‎- 1968 – Would You Believe!

A highly sought-after classic ’60s Soul album. The ten piece band from North Carolina were a massive draw on the live circuit and were major players in expounding the Carolina Beach scene. This, their one and only album, was originally issued in 1968 by Smash…

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Bobby Hutton – 1973 – Piece Of The Action

Heavily In-Demand album featuring The Northern Soul stomper “Lend A Hand” plus other mid-tempo Soul Grooves. A huge upbeat anthem from the early ’70s by Bobby Hutton, if you’ve ever been curious about Northern Soul, this would be a good place to start. Come See…

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Sam Fletcher – 1967 – The Look of Love – The Sound of Soul

With a voice that shone with class and sophistication, vocalist Sam Fletcher was known as “The Man With The Golden Voice” to his many fans – the biggest of which included Nat King Cole, Aretha Franklin and Nancy Wilson, to name a few. Fletcher rose…

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Gary Bartz – 1977 – Music is My Sanctuary

A fantastic bit of jazz funk fusion – and one of the landmark 70s albums produced by Mizell Brothers! This is Gary Bartz’s second (and most amazing) collaboration with Larry Mizell – a studio genius who could focus on the best talent of a jazz…

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Bobby Hebb – 1970 – Love Games

The voice and pen that crafted the multi-format standard “Sunny” took four years to create as exquisite an album of adult contemporary R&B as you’ll find. This was recorded a full year before Lou Rawls would hit with the Bobby Hebb/Sandy Baron composition “A Natural…

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Otis Redding – 1965 – Otis Blue

Outside of an anthology or greatest hits package, this is the Otis Redding disc to own. Eight of the eleven selections are cover tunes, but Otis and crew attack the material with such passion and precision that it escapes the usual haphazard feel of a…

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Marcia Hines – 1975 – Marcia Shines

Born in 1953 in Boston, USA, Marcia Hines arrived in Australia in 1969 – sixteen years old and pregnant – to take part in the local production of the musical “Hair”. In 1973 she followed that success with the role of Mary Magdalene in the…

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James Knight & The Butlers ‎- 1971 – Black Knight

Anyone who is a vinyl collector will have to admit to being burned at least once from buying an LP with a great cover only to find that the music on the record itself completely sucked. Back in the old days before you could sample…

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Various ‎– Ultra Lounge – Christmas Cocktails

A perfect martini-and-mistletoe combo, Christmas Cocktails will gaily seduce you with its bevy of nostalgic and occasionally campy holiday fare. Vocal vixens Peggy Lee, Julie London (her “I’d Like You for Christmas” will melt the ice cubes in your fridge), Kay Starr, and Nancy Wilson…

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Yvonne Fair ‎– 1975 – The Bitch Is Black

Heavy heavy funk from the mighty Yvonne Fair – a 70s bad soul sister that we’d rank right up there with Betty Davis! Yvonne got her start working with James Brown in a sweeter mode, but by the time of this mid 70s debut, she’d…

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Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones – 1975 – Sweetback

A monster set of work by one of the funkiest guitar players ever! Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones recorded a number of sides for Prestige Records during the early 70s – but this rare gem came out after all those, in 1975, on the tiny Joka…

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Allen Toussaint – 1972 – Life, Love and Faith

Excellent work from New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint – and a set that may well be his funkiest album ever! The set features 12 tracks from the early 70s – a time when Toussaint was mixing a bit of funk into the heavy soul…

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James Mason – 1977 – Rhythm Of Life

One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it’s got a sound that’s unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous…

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Leon Haywood – 1975 – Come And Get Yourself Some

Leon Haywood’s best album from the 70s! After working as a keyboardist and sometimes vocalist for a number of years – making some strong and some tentative entries into the soul genre – Leon really exploded with this album, an electric funk classic that gave…

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