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The Isley Brothers ‎- 1976 – Harvest For The World

I don’t own every Isley Brother’s albums but this one is really my favorite. It’s great art by all means. This album is just an excellent blend of funk, soul, pop and rock. Just listen to “Harvest For The World” and you’ll feel like you…

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Patti Drew – 1967 – Tell Him

Patti Drew’s 1967 debut album “Tell Him” may actually be her least consistent, containing as it does 3 covers of Southern soul staples. It’s perfectly forgiveable,  as Capitol was still feeling around for a proper image for the recently soloed lead singer of the Drew-Vels,…

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Fuzzy Haskins ‎- 1976 – A Whole Nother Thang

A Whole Nother Thang is the 1976 debut album by Parliament-Funkadelic vocalist Fuzzy Haskins ‎. The album was released by Westbound Records and features heavy participation from various P-Funk musicians. The album features the track “Cookie Jar“, which was later recorded by the P-Funk spin off act Parlet as well as Prince. It is the first P-Funk…

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Aretha Franklin – 1971 – Live at the Fillmore West

In the Loving Memory of the Queen 47 years ago today, the Queen of Soul released the second live album of her career, delivering a performance which demonstrated the diversity of her repertoire and the power of her voice…as if the latter was ever in…

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The Five Stairsteps – 1967 – The Five Stairsteps

Before Cubie joined the group and nearly singlehandedly ruined it (“New Dance Craze” has to be on TWO albums?), the Five Stairsteps put out this breezy, beautiful full-length slice of Chicago soul. Their remarkably mature sound is, not surprisingly, Impressions-influenced, but there is also much…

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Ramsey Lewis ‎- 1974 – Sun Goddess

Pianist Ramsey Lewis first came to fame as the purveyor of swinging soul-jazz in the mid-’60s, but like a lot of musicians he underwent some major changes by the end of that decade. Sun Goddess (1974), Lewis’ biggest success of the decade, is miles away from the finger-snapping supper club…

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Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – ‎1967 – Make It Happen

Make It Happen is a 1967 album by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. It featured ballads such as the hit singles “The Love I Saw in You Was Just a Mirage” and “More Love“, as well as the up-tempo “The Tears of a Clown” co-written…

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The Soul Children – 1972 – Genesis

With over a dozen soul and R&B hits to their credit, it is a shame The Soul Children aren’t more better remembered for their contributions.  These last two records for the original Stax label are quality, top-notch soul ,but at this point the Stax label…

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Jackie Wilson – 1976 – Nobody But You

Produced by Carl Davis and Sonny Sanders, Nobody but You was Jackie Wilson’s final and possibly his finest album. Originally issued in late 1976, it was recorded in Detroit and had top-notch arrangements by Sanders and David Van De Pitte. One charting single was the wise and exuberant “Don’t Burn No Bridges”…

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Karma – 1976 – Celebration

Karma sounding like a cross between Earth, Wind & Fire and the Crusaders and was an interesting but underexposed 1970s soul/funk band that sometimes detoured into jazz fusion and quiet storm. Karma, formed in Los Angeles in 1974, wasn’t a full-time project for its members, who included saxophonist Ernie Watts, trombonist George…

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Stanley Turrentine – 1968 – Common Touch

This 1968 recording represents soul-jazz at its best. I’ve always enjoyed Stanley Turrentine’s full sax sound. Many modern players seem to be afflicted with the mistaken concept that soulful sax playing demands that the highest notes be grabbed at all times. This, unfortunately, becomes repetitious,…

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Rita Graham – 1969 – Vibrations

Legendary jazz, blues and soul singer Rita Graham was born near Charleston, Virginia. She grew up in Detroit, where her father ran a barber shop/beauty parlor that featured a rather unforgettable jukebox. Her mother, a jazz pianist, also exposed Rita to a wide variety of…

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Ben E. King – 1970 – Rough Edges

This Ben E. King LP on Maxwell label interrupted a string of Atco releases. Count your blessings if you find an original copy of this rare bird. Limited sales made it a one-off and King began another string of albums for the Atco family on…

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Earth, Wind & Fire – 1973 – Head to the Sky

By breakwind  The most complete and consistent EWF studio release in the band’s catalog, encompassing all they were from top to bottom. You get the hard hitting early funk approach, and some of the polish/sophistication they would be known for, which was less than a…

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Bill Withers – 1973 – Bill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall

Sometimes, no matter how great a songwriter or performer an act is, things just never work out in the studio, and it takes a live album to truly reveal their greatness and go on to become their trademark release. Now let’s get one thing straight, Bill…

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Ann Peebles ‎- 1969 – This Is Ann Peebles

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 and O.V. Wright. Easily the best female singer in the Hi stable, Peebles…

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Bob & Gene – 1967-71 – If This World Were Mine…

This Sweet Soul album is a culmination of singles and unreleased tracks recorded between 1967 -1971 on the long defunct, Buffalo NY label, MoDo. Thanks to the help of Daptone Family member Dave Griffiths, we were lucky enough to be the first to compile these…

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Gloria Gaynor – 1975 – Never Can Say Goodbye

The opening trio of HONEY BEE/NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE/REACH OUT I’LL BE THERE is a true disco classic and you will feel as if you are truly again in the disco. Gloria Gaynor was one of those talents in the disco era similar to Donna…

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Roy Ayers – 1976 – Everybody Loves the Sunshine

Superfly kickass record that starts off with the dynamite disco groove of ‘Hey Uh What you say come on‘ and that’s it I’m sold…I’ve seen the f**kin light at that point and from that moment forward every track is a total joy. All that deep,…

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The Northern Soul Top 500 Songs

This May celebrating the 10th year anniversary of FunkMySoul, we offer you : The Northern Soul Top 500 songs from the book written by Kev Roberts, published by Goldmine/Soul Supply Ltd in 2000. “Born in the ultra-cool Mod clubs of the late-sixties with names like The Blue Orchid, King…

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