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The Awakening – 1973 – Mirage

Amazing spiritual jazz / jazz funk lp by The Awakening, it became a classic album in the genre, essential stuff!! A jazzy sextet based in Chicago in the early seventies with Sunny Murray. This was their second and final effort from 1973 on the ultra…

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Bobby Blue Bland – 1973 – His California Album

“His California Album” was a return to form for Bobby “Blue” Bland. Having turned his personal life round in 1971, he turned his career round in 1973. For the first time in nearly ten years, his album charted, spending nineteen weeks in the US Billboard…

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Eddie Floyd – 1971 – Down To Earth

The bold, ambitious Down to Earth represents Eddie Floyd’s most daring break from the classic Stax sound. Produced and arranged in collaboration with the great Steve Cropper, its muscular soul sound draws heavily on psychedelic rock sensibilities, favoring extended jams, mutating tempos, and thick, bubbling rhythms. Cropper’s scorching guitar is…

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Freda Payne – 1971 – Contact

A totally great album from Freda Payne – a set that moves strongly past her initial early hits for the Holland Dozier Holland team, into a realm that’s even more sophisticated overall! There’s a full approach here that’s really wonderful – almost a higher-concept version…

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Lou Rawls – Merry Christmas, Baby

Of the major R&B stars of the 1960s and ’70s, Lou Rawls was the singer who seemed most comfortable slipping into the easy groove of Las Vegas-style lounge belting, which is no insult — Rawls had both the voice and the musical instincts to sing straight-ahead soul, jazz, or…

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Louis Armstrong & Friends – What A Wonderful Christmas

As if Louis Armstrong singing about “Christmas in New Orleans“, “Chistmas In Harlem” and even a “White Christmas” weren’t enough to make this album a classic, Satchmo called on a few of his friends. And when your guest list includes Duke Ellington, Lena Horne, Mel…

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Labi Siffre -1973 – Crying Laughing Loving Lying

This album never got the credit it deserved. The songs are sparse, occasionally orchestrated, but always beautiful. The emotion is there for all to hear in both the music and the words. Listen to this album and I guarantee you will feel better afterwards. Sometimes…

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Maceo And All The King’s Men – 1970 – Doing Their Own Thing

It is UNBELIEVABLE that this album has languished in obscurity for so long! It is UTTERLY FANTASTIC and will appeal to music fans of any genre ranging from funk to jazz to pop. Maceo and “All the Kings Men” revolted and ditched James Brown to…

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Martha Reeves -1974 – Martha Reeves

After an amazing run fronting the Vandellas at Motown, with 23 pop charting singles including such classics as “Heat Wave,” “Dancing In The Streets,” and “Jimmy Mack,” Ms. Reeves parted company with both the Vandellas and her former label, Motown. Signing to MCA after a…

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The Originals – 1972 – Definitions

The Originals, often called “Motown’s best-kept secret”, were a successful Motown R&B and soul group during the late 1960s and the 1970s, most notable for the hits “Baby, I’m For Real“, “The Bells” and the disco classic “Down To Love Town”. Formed in 1966, the group originally consisted of bass singer Freddie Gorman, baritone (and the group’s…

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Sandra Wright – 1974 – Wounded Woman

Kept in the vaults for 15 years due to Stax Records going bankrupt at the time of its intended release, Sandra Wright’s 1974 album ‘Wounded Woman’ is one of those perfect hybrids the much-troubled label was putting out in its last years: Southern Soul with…

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Bobby Lyle – 1977 – The Genie

 A holy grail of soul funk jazz, incredible vibes, rhythms, a record you must have in your collection. Keyboard wizard Bobby Lyle’s Classic Jazz funk album from 1977, includes the brilliant inventive title track ‘The Genie’ an all time classic, that goes through many changes but…

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Mitty Collier – 1966 – Shades of a Genius

Having signed for Chess in 1961, Mitty spent the next eight years releasing fifteen singles and one album, Shades of A Genius. Although her debut single Gotta Get Away From It in 1961 failed to chart, by 1963 Mitty had her first hit single I’m…

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Grady Tate – 1970 -After The Long Drive Home

During the 60s drummer (and baritone singer) Grady Tate (from Durham, North Carolina) worked with legends like Jimmy Smith, Oliver Nelson, Charles Mingus and Nat Adderley. In 1968 he starting his own recording career, his unique slick soul-jazz is well known, and have been inspired many followers. After The Long Drive…

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Gene Harris – 1976 – In A Special Way

Yet another winner by Gene Harris from his mid ‘70s post 3-Sounds period. Gene Harris didn’t really have a weak moment during this time, all his albums he made during this period are wonderful blends of fusion, soulful spirituality and jazz-funk, sometimes even with the…

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Andrae Crouch – 1978 – I’ll Be Thinking Of You

I’ll Be Thinking of You is a 1979 Gospel album by Andrae Crouch which was released on the Elektra and Light record labels. The album won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. Andraé Edward Crouch was an American gospel singer, songwriter, arranger,…

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Edna Wright – 1977 – Oops! Here I Go Again

A stunner of a solo set from Edna Wright – once the lead singer for Honey Cone, but almost even better on this smooth soul masterpiece from the 70s! The album’s got an immediately recognizeable moment in the leadoff cut “Oops Here I Go” –…

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Shirley Bassey – 1971 – Something Else

Something Else is the perfect title many times over! 1st Shirley’s perfect voice always hitting the mark & those glorious high notes. 2nd, her way with the naughty songs: Breakfast in Bed & I’d Like to Hate Myself in Morning. No one comes close to…

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Coalition – 1978 – Birth

A very hip group from the 70s Philly scene – a jazz combo who’ve got a soulful swing and a wonderfully lyrical feel! The record has a bit of vocals, but really just added in as flavoring for the quartet’s excellent instrumental interplay – a…

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Dee Dee Bridgewater – 1974 – Afro Blue

Dee Dee’s first, she was just 23 and she sounds as beautiful as she looks. What a debut. And what a great band she had behind her too, led by the Bridgewater brothers and with Sir Roland too. But this show is all about Dee Dee,…

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