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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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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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Bobby Taylor ‎– The Motown Anthology

This British compilation brings together the only album of the multiracial Canadian group  Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers (another more famous member was no less than Tommy Chong, later from Cheech & Chong, and they used the services of Jimi Hendrix at some time), the…

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Nina Simone – 1965 – I Put A Spell On You

One of her most pop-oriented albums, but also one of her best and most consistent. Most of the songs feature dramatic, swinging large-band orchestration, with the accent on the brass and strings. Simonedidn’t write any of the material, turning to popular European songsmiths Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, and Anthony…

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The Staples – 1976 – Pass It On

The Staples and Curtis Mayfield – working together here in a very Curtom groove! This great little set picks off where the group’s work on the Let’s Do It Again soundtrack left off – taking The Staples far past their Memphis sound of the Stax…

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The Tams ‎- 1969 – A Portrait Of The Tams

More beautiful soul from one of the best (and most overlooked) groups of the 60’s! The Tams sing in a unique raw harmony style that mixes southern and northern influences, and their records (like this one) are filled with great material that was written for…

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Judy Cheeks – 1978 – Please Give Me This Night

Judy Cheeks’ Ariola album was sadly overlooked in 1978 despite including the hit single Mellow Lovin’ from the year before. Yet the album is full of beautiful, melodic tunes, Judy’s singing is not far from that of Randy Crawford. Highly recommended. Tracks A1 The Little Girl in Me…

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Barbara & Ernie – 1972 – Prelude To

This lost gem from 1971 by Barbara & Ernie, is quite an oddity. The unlikely pairing of guitarist Ernie Calabria and soul singer Barbara Massey came together to record this album of outlandish, genre-defying hybrids. The fruits of their collaboration are best described as a…

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Funky Brown – 1976 – These Songs Will Last Forever

 A hard to track down quality Jamaican Soul LP from 1976 Tracks A1 This Song Will Last Forever 4:51 A2 Let’s Make A Baby 4:37 A3 Sharing The Night Together 3:09 A4 You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine 3:57 A5 Nice & Slow (Vocal)…

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Billy Eckstine – 1972 – Senior Soul

A well-titled set not only given Billy’s age, but also because of the surprisingly soulful undercurrent to the record – an extension into the genre even greater than Eckstine’s previous recordings for Motown – and proof that he was really trying to stretch out towards…

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Mickey Murray – 1970 – People Are Together

Throughout the sixties, Mickey Murray made a name for himself as a hard working entertainer viewed by many as a cross between James Brown and Otis Redding. He held a regular gig with Dyke and The Blazers on Broadway in NYC, toured with Wilson Pickett…

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