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Charles Cherell – 1974 – For Sweet People From Sweet Charles

A supremely fantastic album, and one that’s always woefully overlooked in discussions of James Brown’s incredible People label! Sweet Charles, Charles Sherell, was a great lost soul vocalist who had a voice that was warm and mellow, with a sweetness that was often missing from…

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Isaac Hayes – 1976 – Juicy Fruit (Disco Freak)

Review by Mark Brian Mathew Whenever reading about Isaac Hayes and his discography this is the album that seems to inspire most haters, and it took a turn for the worst, when this long out of print album was reissued on CD in 2009 along…

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The Baby Huey Story – 1971 – The Living Legend

With a psychedelic brand of soul and a vocal style that drew comparisons to Otis Redding, the 300-400 pound Baby Huey was set to break out of the Chicago scene with the release of his debut album. Unfortunately, his weight and taste for drugs resulted…

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The Politicians Featuring McKinley Jackson 1972

Jackson was a long standing member of Motown’s sessions band, playing trombone on dozens (if not hundreds) of Holland-Dozier-Holland recording sessions for the label.   That would certainly explain how Jackson and company ended up releasing one of the first album’s on the trio’s post-Motown Hot…

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The Four Tops‎ – 1973 – Main Street People

Review by Mark Brian Mathew Whatever happened to the days we met on Main Street? “Main Street People” kicks off with familiar street sounds, smooth vocal riffs and deep harmonies, all combined within a short introduction of the title track that leads with ease to…

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Joe Tex – 1965 – Hold What You’ve Got

Rip and Research by Mr.Moo Posting and additional info’s by Nikos For the most part, this early long-player from Joe Tex favors the goofier side of his musical personality rather than the home-truth moral lessons which often dominated much of his work. While “One Monkey Don’t Stop No…

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The Lost Generation – 1972 – Young, Tough and Terrible

They’re young and tough – and especially wonderful too – easily one of the most compelling harmony soul groups to ever hail from the Windy City! The set’s a Chicago soul gem from the early 70s – recorded with a laidback, slightly tripped-out vibe that’s…

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Lee Moses – 1971 – Time and Place

Lee Moses, perhaps due to his tragically minimal output, never got inducted into the pantheon of great soul men, but he should stand strong with the likes of Eddie Floyd, William Bell, and other lovingly remembered Stax/Volt artists, or those he mentions in “Got That…

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Billy Preston ‎– 1970 – Encouraging Words

  “Encouraging Words” was the second and last album on Apple Records for long-time friend and sometimes collaborator with The Beatles – American keyboardist and Soul Singer Billy Preston. And along with his excellent debut LP the year before (1969’s “That’s The Way God Planned…

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Gene Harris & The Three Sounds – 1968 – Elegant Soul

 A key meeting between the Three Sounds trio and the amazing Monk Higgins – done at a time when Higgins was taking his Chicago-crafted grooves to work on the west coast – and doing some really wonderful productions with Dee Ervin! The set features full…

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Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – 1975 – To Be True

The third album from the melodramatic smooth soul quintet featured an array of R&B classics. While Teddy Pendergrass was featured on this album, he did not lead every song. The three singles — “Where Are All My Friends“, “Bad Luck“, “Hope That We Can Be…

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Rose Royce – 1977 – In Full Bloom

As strong as any of the songs featured on 1976’s Car Wash soundtrack, Rose Royce’s 1977 outing,II: In Full Bloom, allowed them to fully shine in their own right and on their own terms. Although their early incarnation as Total Concept Unlimited had paired them…

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Labi Siffre – 1975 – Remember My Song

 Easily the best-remembered album by Labi Siffre – thanks to some well-used sample tracks over the years! But over and above the fame of the funky tunes “The Vulture” and “I Got The“, the record’s a key part of Siffre’s 70s catalog – a record…

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Odyssey – 1980 – Hang Together

  Rip and Research by Mr.Moo Posting and additional info’s by Nikos  A wicked groover from Odyssey – and a crack little album that has the trio hitting hard all the way through! The upbeat numbers are great, the ballads are warm and wonderful, and even the midtempo…

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Nico Gomez & His Afro Percussion inc. – 1971 – Ritual

 This album is a monument!! Afro Latin Funk at its best, full of heavy percussions, exciting brass, psychedelic organ grooves & fuzz guitar. Killer beats and breaks all along! 10 tracks including “Ritual“, “Caballo Negro“, “Baila Chibiquiban“, “Lupita” & “Naci Para Bailar“. Note that this…

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Minnie Riperton – 1974 – Perfect Angel

Minnie Riperton’s first album for Epic – and the record that broke her from a hip Chicago underground artist into one of the seventies’ biggest soul divas! The record moves past the baroque soul of Minnie’s early years with Rotary Connection and Charles Stepney –…

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Millie Jackson – 1972 – Millie Jackson

This Millie Jackson’s tremendous debut album – and the work here is completely different from later records that have her more in a bitchy mode! Here, Millie’s a heartbroken southern diva – right in the vein of Ann Sexton, Doris Duke, or Shirley Brown –…

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Darrell Banks – 1968 – Darrell Banks Is Here!

For my money, one of the most overlooked, underappreciated, “lost” classic albums in just about any genre. Darrell Banks might have hailed from the North, but his voice and style of soul was all South. I mean, he’s got some grit behind his teeth. Not…

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Marvin Holmes and Justice – 1975 – Honor Thy Father + Summer of 73

Never seen it sold under 300 $. A real killer from Marvin Holmes and his hip Oaktown combo Justice – a group who effortlessly blend together jazz, soul, and funk into a wonderfully soaring style – yet one that’s also more than heavy enough to…

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Thelma Jones – 1978 – Thelma Jones

Rip and Research by Mr.Moo Posting and additional info’s by Nikos The first album from Thelma Jones – and a real standout set from mid 70s Columbia! The record is a sweet blend of southern and modern soul, with some fantastic arrangements by Bert DeCoteaux, who also…

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