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Camille Yarbrough – 1975 – The Iron Pot Cooker

A heavy and powerful album that covers soulful melancholy, gospel soul, disturbing spoken word and downright groovy funk.   Camille Yarbrough is perhaps best known for ‘Take Yo’ Praise’, which Fatboy Slim remixed as ‘Praise You’ in 1998. • ‘Take Yo Praise’ was originally recorded…

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Gloria Ann Taylor – 1973 – Deep Inside Me plus singles

Gloria Taylor grew up just out of the reach of death, her young life defined by a mother’s love for her seriously ill daughter and an abiding belief in the healing power of the Lord. Within this cauldron of faith and fear a soul singer…

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Bobby Wilson – 1975 – I’ll Be Your Rainbow

Here’s another example of soul music’s one-album wonders. Bobby Wilson is yet another in a long list of genuine soul talents who recorded one outstanding, albeit commercially unsuccessful, album and then never released another record. Released on the Buddah label, which was home to many…

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Rasa – 1978 – Everything You See Is Me

A deeply spiritual group at the core – so much so that the songs here are all guided towards the aims of Krishna – but one who works with the best sort of jazzy soul styles of the late 70s! The album’s become a surprising…

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Jean Carn – 1976 – Jean Carn

Jean Carn’s self-titled debut for Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International Records could be subtitled “Philly soul at its best.” Released during the era of emerging sophisticated soul-formatted FM radio stations, Jean Carn provided perfectly suited singles, the wise R&B hit “Free Love” and format-friendly, radio-aired…

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Hunt’s Determination Band ‎– 1977 – This Is Determination Problems

 An obscure little funky group from Detroit, one with a tight ensemble sound that’s very much in the Earth Wind & Fire mode – complete with a really great horn section, plenty of bass-heavy grooves a the bottom, and a relatively spiritual feel that comes…

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Jimmy McGriff – 1971 – Soul Sugar

A fantastic album, and one of Jimmy’s hardest to find! The set is quite different than most of Jimmy’s other work – and it features short, hard, funky tracks that feel more like obscure 7″ singles than any of Jimmy’s straighter soul jazz work. It…

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Johnny Bristol – 1975 – Feeling the Magic

Johnny Bristol possesed one of the most sexy voices in sould music of the 1970s. His understated delivery and smooth intonation puts him on a different level than his peers Isaac Hayes, Barry White or Marvin Gaye for that matter. This was his second album…

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The Jones Girls – 1980 – At Peace With Woman

Classic Jones Girls for Philly! The record’s a landmark album in the shift from Philly disco to sophisticated modern – and the smooth tight vocals of The Jones Girls are to the latter half of Philly what the runaway singing of Three Degrees were to…

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The Supreme Jubilees – 1980 – It’ll All Be Over

With roots as a gospel quartet, The Supreme Jubilees self-released their debut album in 1980. With only 500 copies pressed, it’s been in demand by enthusiasts ever since. It’s easy to see why as the band flex from classic, feel-good gospel “I Am On The…

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Johnny Guitar Watson – 1977 – A Real Mother For Ya

Johnny Guitar Watson at the top of his game – working here in a sublime mix of funk, blues, and soul – all crafted into a groove that was uniquely Watson‘s own! Johnny may have started the 70s in relative obscurity – down from some…

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Sweet Thunder – 1978 – Sweet Thunder

Formed in 1975 in Philadelphia, by Booker Newberry III (keyboards, lead vocals). The other members were Charles Allen Buie ((lead guitar, keyboards, lead vocals), Rudell Alexander (bass, vocals), John Aaron (drums, vocals), David Thomas (16) (keyboards, vocals). Newberry began his professional singing career in the…

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The Unifics – 1968 – Sittin’ In At The Court Of Love

Rip and research by Mr.Moo The one and only album by The Unifics – and a beautiful precursor to the solid group sounds of the east coast early 70s. The group’s got some wonderful harmonies – still raw, but showing the strength of smooth production…

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The Jackson Sisters – 1976 – The Jackson Sisters

 An amazing bit of soul – and one of the rarest funk records of the 70s! This masterpiece was recorded by The Jackson Sisters, a semi-gospelly soul group that has a sound that’s a bit like The Voices of East Harlem, but that’s a lot…

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Johnny Adams – 1969 – Heart & Soul

 Of all great singers of southern soul one of the most forgotten is Johnny Adams and this album is his best. Produced by Shelby Singleton for SSS International Records, show the warm, baritone’s voice of Adams in a heartbreakers ballads and raw mid-tempos. Wonderful “Release…

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Arthur Prysock – 1976 – All My Life

This is a must have for all R&B, Disco and Philly Soul fans out there! Arthur Prysock had a long and varied career as a vocalist of high repute, lending his velvet baritone to jazz, blues, R&B, pop and disco, having been inspired by his…

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Jimmy Scott ‎– 1970 – The Source

A must for those who like Soul/Jazz Ballands. It’s probably safe to say that no one has a voice quite like Jimmy Scott’s.  Add kickass musicians like Junior Mance and Ron Carter and you get one hell of an album.     It is extraordinary to…

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The Best Of Both Worlds – 1975 – I Want The World To Know

 Review by RDTEN1 Short-lived Washington, D.C. based soul and funk outfit fronted by singer Winfield Parker. Prior to The Best of Both Worlds, Parker had accumulated a lengthy list of credentials as a sideman and as a solo act recording singles for a wide array…

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Brick – 1976 – Good High

A killer debut from Brick – the start of a massive run at the end of the 70s, a time when the group was easily one of the biggest acts to come out of the up-and-coming Atlanta scene! Like some other Atlanta acts of the time, Brick had a…

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S.O.U.L. ‎– 1972 – Can You Feel It

A delight for anyone with an interest in funk, soul, groove and breaks. Sounds Of Unity and Love (S.O.U.L.) was a band originating in 1970 in Cleveland. Members were Lee Lovett (bass), Gus Hawkins (sax/flute), Paul Stubblefield (drums), and Walter Winston (guitar). Larry Hancock (vocals/organ)…

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