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Ronnie Dyson – 1973 – One Man Band

The finest album of Ronnie’s career, Philly stalwart Thom Bell’s productions dominate the LP and are the best thing that ever happened to the New York-raised actor/singer. Ronnie’s full-throated, youthful tenor and Bell’s lush arrangements are quite compatible. The worthy repeat plays include the following…

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Oneness Of Juju – 1975 – African Rhythms

One of the most groundbreaking bands of their time. From early avant-garde jazz work on the Strata East label to their later fusions of Afrobeat, funk and spiritual jazz, Oneness stand as a huge influence for today’s jazz scene. Released in 1976, the African Rhythms…

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The Continental IV – 1972 – Dream World

When mentioning the soul greats from the 60’s and 70’s, rarely do the Continental IV (4)receive mention. My first exposure to their charming harmony and soulful vibe was with a song “I Don’t Have You” (1970). I was immediately struck with the ethereal harmony and…

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Prince – 1980 – Dirty Mind

Neither For You nor Prince was adequate preparation for the full-blown masterpiece of Prince’s third album, Dirty Mind. Recorded in his home studio, with Prince playing nearly every instrument, Dirty Mind is a stunning, audacious amalgam of funk, new wave, R&B, and pop, fueled by…

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Kashif – 1983 – Kashif

Kashif burst onto the music scene with his Billboard R&B single “I Just Gotta Have You“. His urgent delivery oozes with vibrancy accompanied by a poppin’ rhythm arrangement and some solid change-ups. It peaked at number five after 20 weeks. “Stone Love” commissions a funky…

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Jr. Walker and the All Stars – 1965 – Shotgun

This is likely the best album length project Motown released during the mid 60’s. A time when the label was Hitsville USA and emphasizing single records. The feeling is very much that of a long, steaming, stomping, funky jam session. It’s also for all intents…

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Kim Tolliver – 1973 – Come And Get Me I’m Ready

One of the deepest soul records ever issued by Chess Records – and the album wasn’t even done in Chicago! The album’s the only full effort issued under the name of Kim Tolliver – a singer who’d worked previously for Fantasy as Kimberley Briggs –…

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Melvin Van Peebles – 1974 – What The…You Mean I Can’t Sing?!

Very tripped out work from Melvin Van Peebles – the multi-talented artist who had a huge influence on African American film in the 70s! Melvin’s working here in a a mode that combines soul, folk, funk, and lots of the more messed-up sounds that you’d…

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Tommy Stewart – 1976 – Tommy Stewart

Funky genius from the Hotlanta scene of the 70s – the one and only album recorded by Tommy Stewart, a huge force in some of the greatest club tracks of the south, including the massive Spirit Of Atlanta album! The record’s a stone winner all…

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Donna Summer ‎– 1974 ‎– Lady Of The Night

This is the debut album that started it all. Produced by the renowned team of Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, showcasing all of the Boston singer’s great vocal talents and brings back the initial flair of that unforgettable era. The debut album of America’s definitive…

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The Glass House ‎– 1971 ‎– Inside The Glass House

A great album by one of lost groups on the Invictus label! Glass House were a stellar male/female vocal group with a good deep soul sound – very much in the spirit of other Invictus albums of the era, with a tremendous feel for down…

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McFadden & Whitehead – 1979 – McFadden & Whitehead

In 1979 the famous Sound of Philadelphia of Sigma Sound Studios threw up this delicious album of funky disco. The big hit was Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now, a mid tempo dance number with lovely interplay between the male and female vocals. Mr Music is…

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Bobbi Humphrey – 1972 – Dig This!

A stone killer from funky flute player Bobbi Humphrey – one of her early albums for Blue Note Records, and a set that’s a perfect summation of the best sides of her talents! The album’s got a slightly different feel than Bobbi’s work with Larry…

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Lee Fields – 1979 – Let’s Talk It Over

A “holy grail” album. Early early work from Lee Fields – a set originally issued at the end of the 70s, but with a raw funky power that’s much more like music from a decade before! The set was a real anomaly at the time,…

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Shades Of Brown ‎– 1970 – S.O.B.

A lost nugget from the Chicago soul scene, and one of the rarest 70s albums on Chess! The album’s filled with great tracks in a range of soul styles,  sweet, funky, and Northern Soul,  all wrapped together with a tightness that rivals The Dells or…

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Rick James ‎– 1981 – Street Songs

Review by David O’Donnell Following on from the poorly received Garden of Love album, Rick James released the seminal Street Songs in 1981 to both critical acclaim and commercial success, showing that the king of punk-funk was back on top. What made Street Songs such a…

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Chakachas ‎– 1972 ‎– Jungle Fever

Any music fan that digs the Latin music sounds of the 1970s from late pachuco soul to Latin funk and disco and salsa, or, any serious fan of sampledelia in hip-hop circles knows the single “Jungle Fever” by Chakachas. It was a truly infamous hit…

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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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