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Aretha Franklin – 1971 – Young, Gifted, and Black

Young, Gifted, and Black is one of the soul masterpieces of the early 70’s. It was a extraordinary task. A monumental one, yet I have finally come up with a favorite Aretha album. “Young, Gifted and Black” has won the honor. I love this album…

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Ann Peebles – 1974 – I Can’t Stand The Rain

Easily our favorite album ever by Ann Peebles – not just for the beathead title track, but also because it seems to be the one record where she brings a bit something extra to the studio! The sound is certainly in the classic Hi Records…

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Alex Brown – 1970 – In Search Of Love

Review by : Lafayette This damn album is so rare it doesn’t even really exist…only promotional copies are in circulation, since this recording for the Sundi Records label never was released properly. The last time a copy of this LP showed up in an online…

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The Originals – 1975 – California Sunset

If you like ’60s R&B guy groups (and who doesn’t?) The Originals area about as good as they get. While they didn’t produce records during Motown’s truest heyday, and therefore didn’t get the songs of Holland-Dozier-Holland and Smokey Robinson (like the Temps, Four Tops, and…

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Leo’s Sunshipp ‎- 1978 – We Need Each Other

A really great underground groover from the 70s – an album that hardly got any circulation at the time, but which has gone onto become the stuff of legend over the years! The album’s a bit unusual, in that it almost feels like an expanded…

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Gene Townsel – 1978 – Time Wounds All Heels

As written by Colin Dilnot and published in the United Kingdom Magazine “Togetherness“ During the early 1970’s, he had been accumulating songs, which became the basis for the “Time Wounds All Heels” album. He recorded the album in 1975 at Ray Charles’s Tangerine Studios and…

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The Sisters Love ‎– 1967-73 – Give Me Your Love

After listening to The Sisters Love album, Give Me Your Love, it is difficult to understand why the group was not one of the biggest acts of the Seventies. Each song demonstrates the superb talent of the Sisters. Whether it’s an uptempo tune such as…

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Lou Donaldson – 1970 – Everything I Play Is Funky

The title’s no lie – because the album is one of the shining jewels of Lou Donaldson’s legendary funk years for Blue Note – that second period when he returned to the label at the end of the 60s, and really helped redefine the sound…

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Gloria Jones – 1966 – Come Go With Me

Great lost Uptown soul album, with nice arrangements by Lincoln Mayorga, and some very raw vocals from Gloria. We like this one much better than her later work, and it’s got a good soulful groove, mixed with some sensitive vocal interpretation. Titles include “Come Go With…

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Rhythm Machine – 1976 – Rhythm Machine

The Rhythm Machine had undergone a series of personnel changes before they finally recorded their album for Indianapolis stalwart if small Lulu label. This accomplished showband produced an accessible mixture of funk, uptempo soul and synth-lead ballads; Rhythm Machine contains the masterpiece “Put A Smile…

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Con Funk Shun — 1979 – Candy

This album is pretty damn stunning. “Chase Me” is a funk classic that’s insanely catchy, “Candy” is one of the most beautiful songs of that era, “Da Lady” is a groovy jam with a fantastic hook that really gets you going, and “(Let Me Put)…

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Eighties Ladies – 1980 – Ladies Of The Eighties

This amazing one-off album produced by Roy Ayers featured the group Eighties Ladies made up of the singing talents of Susan Beaubian, Marva Hicks, Vivian Prince, Denie Corbett & Sylvia Striplin backed by an all-start line-up Roy Ayers band (including Rick James who shares the…

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P.P. Arnold – 1967 – The First Lady Of Immediate

I have a major soft spot for P.P. Arnold.  She came to England with the Ike and Tina Turner Review and stayed to become part of Swinging London.  Main squeeze of Mick Jagger, she signed with Immediate Records, whose main man, Andrew Loog Oldham, put…

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Maxi Anderson – 1977 – Maxi

I have been after this album for many many years, in which was only availble on vinyl back in the seventies and eigties for a lot of monies, a rare groove masterpiece it is a trully beautiful album of the highest quality, this is no…

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Creative Source – 1973 – Creative Source

The massive first album from Creative Source – a really unique group who really helped push the ensemble vocal mode forward in the 70s! The mixed male/female lineup recalls similar groups of the late 60s – but Creative Source also have a deeper, hipper style…

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The Stairsteps ‎-1970 – Step By Step By Step

Although this set was issued by Buddah in 1970, it’s a great set featuring some of the earliest work that the Five Stairsteps recorded for Curtis Mayfield’s Windy C label during the late 60s, under his production talents as well! We love all of the…

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Melba Moore – 1971 – Look What You’re Doing to the Man

A great early soul set from Melba Moore – recording here as a much more righteous vocalist than on her previous theater performances in Purlie and Hair! The album’s got a solid feel all the way through – one that really sets Moore on the…

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The Soul Searchers – 1974 – Salt Of Earth

The second Soul Searchers LP expands the band’s music into deep and dark new dimensions. While boasting an even funkier street-smart approach than the previous We the People, Salt of the Earthachieves new levels of jazz-inspired sophistication as well. The much-sampled “Ashley’s Roachclip” and “I…

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The Emotions – 1977 – Rejoice

A huge hit for both The Emotions and Maurice White – whose Kalimba Productions handled this album in the same hit mode they’d been using for Earth Wind & Fire! There’s a polished, soaring bounce her that definitely shows the Earth Wind & Fire touch…

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The Presidents – 1971 – 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 Years of Love

Lush ballads, bouncy foot-tappers, smooth vocal harmonies, they are all here. For most the best known song on here would be the title track, a “philly-style” ballad which was a sizable U.S. hit in 1971, though those in the U.K. and Europe who used to…

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