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Bill Fredericks ‎- 1977 – Love With You

A rare 1977 smooth soul album covering 12 of the Bee Gees’ hits, arranged and conducted by John Cameron. Including a stunning cover version of  “To Love Somebody” and the wonderful smooth “Charade“.  Bill Fredericks was one of the many featured vocalists with the Drifters. While…

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Little Anthony & The Imperials – 1973 – On a New Street

Wonderful work from Little Anthony, a great update to his smooth 60s harmony sound with The Imperials! Anthony wisely employs the use of two of 70s top harmony arrangers on the album, using Thom Bell on one side, and Teddy Randazzo on the other, both…

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Fantastic Four ‎- 1971 – The Lost Motown Album

Motown lovers/aficionados will be licking their lips in glee on this one – and with damn good reason. Supposed to have been issued on the Motown subsidiary label Soul SS-722 in early 1971 – the vinyl album “How Sweet He Is” by THE FANTASTIC FOUR…

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Gwen Guthrie ‎- 1983 – Portrait

Gwen Guthrie is best known for her number one R&B single “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on But the Rent“, a popular self-written bouncer. A prolific songwriter and a good pianist, she also penned “Supernatural Thing” for Ben E. King and “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter” for…

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Leon Haywood – 1976 – Intimate

An intimate record from Leon Haywood, but one that’s still got his sense of groove nicely in place – at a level that has the singer really warming up to a new sort of modern soul style in the process! There’s still some of the…

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Jerry Washington – 1973 – Right Here Is Where You Belong

An excellent soul album on Excello, darn hard to find, and just about the only one we’ve ever seen by Jerry Washington, who had more of a “behind the scenes” influence at the label. The record’s a great mix of southern soul styles, with some…

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The Crusaders – 1976 – Those Southern Knights

Apart from the title’s terrible pun on the Glenn Campbell hit of the mid 70s, this album’s a real treat – a very soulful batch of smooth funky jazz tunes by The Crusaders, who by this point have fully emerged to claim the throne of…

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Lowrell – 1979 – Lowrell

Lowrell Simon aka Lowrell was a member of Chicago soul group the Lost Generation and also had an ’80s hit with “Mellow Mellow Right On“, which has been the source for numerous raps and samples, most notably Massive Attack‘s “Lately,” Markie Dee, and Chicago rapper Common. His solo debut Lowrell (released fall 1979)…

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The Chambers Brothers -1969 – Love, Peace and Happiness

The brothers seemed to really believe in the title track’s message, and they earned style points by including white drummer Brian Keenan, making them one of the few racially mixed American bands. This album, originally released as a double LP, is half studio and half live….

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Philadelphia International Records 12″ Singles

Groundbreaking soul, funk and disco moments from the supremely seminal Philadelphia records hit-factory of producers Gamble & Huff, Dexter Wansel, McFadden & Whitehead, and Teddy Prendergrass to name but a few. This compilation includes well-known faves such as The Jones Girls ‘Nights Over Egypt’ and…

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Starvue ‎- 1980 – Upward Bound

A rare, sweet clubby album from Chicago, filled with lost uptempo groovers from the post-disco years! Starvue have a very solid group soul feel, somewhere in the ensemble funk tradition that emerged from LA at the close of the 70s, but with a sound that…

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The New Birth – 1972 – Birth Day

  Birth Day is the fourth album by the now-solidified Louisville, Kentucky group New Birth. It released in 1972 on RCA Records, and it was produced by mentor Harvey Fuqua and his uncredited assistant Vernon Bullock, and was the album that put the group on the map. Consisting of the instrumental…

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Mass Production ‎- 1976 – Welcome To Our World

Absolutely top-notch funk/soul album without a moment of filler on it. From energetic stompers like “Welcome To Our World” and “Wine Flow Disco“, to the gentle cosmic ballad of “Galaxy“, this is a first-class production all the way. Funky, beautiful, and fun, this is an…

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The Intrigues – 1970 – In A Moment

The Intrigues, a Soul vocal group out of Philadelphia (Alfred Brown, James Lee, James Harris and Ronald Hamilton) were active from the late 1960s through to about 1972, and although making the national charts three times in that span, are generally regarded as a One-Hit…

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The Mad Lads – 1973 – A New Beginning

Sort of a comeback album for The Mad Lads, and one that has their southern vocal group style hitting a style of production that’s a bit more way out than that on some of their 60’s recordings. The album’s a nice one – with these arrangements by…

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Timmy Thomas – 1972 – You’re The Song I’ve Always Wanted To Sing

A Miami soul masterpiece from start to finish – and a lesser-known record from drum machine hit maestro Timmy Thomas! The album’s got the feel of Timmy’s classic Why Can’t We Live Together album – but the overall sound is a bit fuller and richer,…

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Leroy Hutson – 1976 – II

Leroy Hutson had an amazing start to his career as a solo artist.He kept churning out one fine LP after another,with this effort being no exception.In fact it could be argued that all his work for the the Curtom label is essential listening. The quality…

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African Music Machine – 1972/74 – Black Water Gold

Session bassist Louis Villery formed African Music Machine in the 1970s as an eight-piece outfit of instrumental funk, which would gradually become the house band of the Jewel/Paula record label. Their distinct style of performance blended the classic sounds of deep funk music with their…

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The Salsoul Orchestra ‎– Christmas Jollies

Tired of the same old same old Christmas songs & carols? Tired of being at some holiday celebration & the music is so stale & boring you can’t even bring yourself to get up & dance? Well, then, THIS COLLECTION IS JUST FOR YOU! As…

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Mary J. Blige – A Mary Christmas

 A Mary Christmas is an extraordinary collaboration between Blige and legendary producer and Verve Music Group Chairman, David Foster. ‘Working with David Foster is a singer’s dream. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to make this soulful classic Christmas album with him. David’s…

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