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Coldwater Stone – 1973 – Defrost Me

Hiding behind the Coldwater Stone name, 1973’s “Defrost Me” was actually the work of the late Freddy Briggs.  Soul aficionados will recognize Briggs for his work as a songwriter and producer (plus the fact he was married to the late Kimberley Tolliver-nee-Briggs). Having attracted some…

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Swamp Dogg ‎- 1970 – Total Destruction To Your Mind

Industry veteran Swamp Dogg unleashed his alter ego on this 1970 masterpiece, spelling out his unconventional views in groove-heavy soul music. He makes good on the title’s brag with catchy, original songs that touch on environmental decay, social isolation, dystopian visions, racism and questions of paternity….

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The Ambassadors – 1969 – Soul Summit

Amazing work by a group that you’ve probably never heard of! The Ambassadors are an incredible Philly soul harmony group – of the sort that never made it out of the city in the pre-Philly International years, but who had a polish and quality that…

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Larry Saunders (The Prophet Of Soul) – 1976 – Stranger

LARRY SAUNDERS, aka The Prophet Of Soul, is best remembered on the rare soul scene for his Northern Soul, crossover classic, “On The Real Side”. It was originally recorded in 1974 at Soul Sound Studios, Englewood, New Jersey, for Joe and Sylvia Robinson’s All Platinum…

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Harlem River Drive – 1971 – Harlem River Drive

Eddie Palmieri’s supergroup Harlem River Drive was the first group to really merge black and Latin styles and musicians, resulting in a free-form brew of salsa, funk, soul, jazz, and fusion. Though it was led by pianist Palmieri, the group also included excellent players from…

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John Gary Williams – 1973 – John Gary Williams

An obscure one from Stax, only solo effort from John Gary Williams, who earlier headed up the excellent Mad Lads (“Don’t Have to Shop Around,” “I Want Someone”) vocal group for the label! Williams is working here with a fairly sophisticated set of arrangements – ones that…

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George Benson – 1968 – Giblet Gravy

Benson’s Verve debut remains one of his best guitar showcases. A tasty mix of upbeat covers of longhair hits and soul-deep, hard bop grooves. One of those rare albums that casual listeners and jazz fanatics can enjoy together. A set that really helped him make…

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Lee McDonald – 1981 – Sweet Magic

Sweet Magic by Lee McDonald is one of the rarest soul albums of all time, with originals commanding upwards of 300 pounds. While recorded in Brooklyn, New York in the late 70’s, the label says it was released in 1981 on the tiny ‘Debbie’ imprint…

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Facts Of Life – 1977 – Sometimes

A real classic from Facts of Life,  a unique trio with a great talent for mellow songs about life, love, and messing around! The work was recorded in Muscle Shoals by Brad Shapiro and Millie Jackson – and it’s often got the best qualities of…

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David Oliver – 1977 – Jamerican Man

Eddie Kendricks of the Temptations set the mode in the early 60′s for the falsetto tenor in contemporary R&B.  Every outstanding falsetto-voiced singer would be compared to Eddie.  In my book, such a comparison is a high compliment.  David Oliver ranked extremely high on that…

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Baby Washington ‎- 1963 – That’s How Heartaches Are Made

Justine Baby Washington’s single “Thats how heartaches are made” and “Handful of Memories” are two songs that brought her success as singles as released by Sue Records. But does the public really know who Baby washington is? You will after hearing this album!And you’ll be…

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Osibisa – 1971 – Osibisa

Review by willowpig Osibisa’s self-titled album opened up their unique blend of African and Western styled music to a wider audience, charting in both the U.S. and Europe. Produced by Tony Visconti, Osibisa’s extraordinary merger of African drum beats, colorful rhythms, and rock-inspired keyboard and horn…

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Black Ivory – 1972 – Don’t Turn Around

Epic harmony soul by this excellent sweet soul group! Black Ivory were just kids when they recorded this session – but they had a sophistication that pushed them way past any of their contemporaries on the east coast scene. The band are very lucky to…

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Terry Callier – 1972 – What Color Is Love

Terry Callier’s What Color Is Love is an essential Soul Jazz album that should belong in anyone’s record collection. Produced by Charles Stepney, whose work with Cadet / Chess records, Rotary Connection and Earth, Wind & Fire earned him popular acclaim. Filled with Funk, Rock, Folk,…

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Willie Tee – 1970 – I’m Only A Man

One of the only albums ever from Willie Tee – an artist who’s usually known best for his funky 45s, but who really shines here in the space of a full-length record! Willie’s got a killer vocal style, with a warm raspy style that reminds…

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Alton Ellis – 1979 – Love To Share

Review by Fat City Vinyl & Music Blog Blessed with one of the most expressive and recognizable voices in Jamaican music, Alton Ellis (1938-2008) is one of the legends of reggae though in fact his career began at the very dawn of the Jamaican recording industry…

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The Black Hippies – 1977 – The Black Hippies

Blazing solos, upbeat drums and sweet organs will guide you on this Nigerian funk odyssey. This underappreciated 1977 record by the Black Hippies can make its much-deserved way into your living room. A long lost gem from the treasury of West-African 70s funk, that will…

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Donald Byrd – 1975 – Stepping Into Tomorrow

Donald Byrd released a series of 5 magnificent albums in Blue Note, between 1973 and 1976 (Black Byrd, Street Lady, Stepping Into Tomorrow, Places and Spaces, Caricatures), under the high artistic supervision of Mizzell brothers. “Stepping Into Tomorrow” stands as the flagship right in the…

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Barbara Mason – 1968 – Oh How It Hurts

Barbara Mason’s second and final LP for Arctic Records was released three years after her first. The Arctic label released 60 records before folding; 14 were Mason releases. Jimmy Bishop, a Philadelphia DJ, owned the label and included “Yes, I’m Ready” on this collection to…

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Joe Thomas ‎– 1971 ‎– Is The Ebony Godfather

The greatest album ever recorded by Joe Thomas – and a hip batch of funky flute tracks that ranks with the best work of Jeremy Steig or SOUL! Joe’s blowing here with arrangements by Chico O’Farrill – strangely off-beat backings that add in more than…

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