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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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21st Century – 1975 – Ahead Of Our Time

A kick ass harmony soul record from Chicago! 21st Century were part of a young soul group trend that had come out of the city – and which included bigger stars like The 5 Stairsteps and Brighter Side Of Darkness – but the album really…

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The Ovations feat. Louis Williams ‎– 1973 – Having A Party

The Ovations’ Having a Party sees Louis Williams harmonizing with Dan Greer and George Jackson and scoring the biggest hit of his career with Sam Cooke’s title track. It is also a sublime collection of tunes that include some fantastic Dan Greer originals and an…

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Bobby Williams ‎- 1974 – Funky Super Fly

One of the all time indie funk classics of the 1970’s, obscure vocalist Bobby Williams gave James Brown a run for the money when he released “Funky Super Fly” in 1974. The style of the album recalls James Brown at his funkiest, but with a…

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Janice Barnett – 1975 – Janice

A superior soul album, produced by ex-Moonglow and Motown writer-Producer Harvey Fuqua for Fantasy Records in 1975. The vocal similarities between former beauty queen Janice Barnett Saddler and her contemporary Gladys Knight have long endeared her to all fans of quality 70s soul. On its…

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Osiris – 1978 – Since Before Our Time

Led by singer Osiris Marsh, Osiris was a fine but obscure soul/funk outfit that was active in Washington, D.C., in the late ’70s. The band’s influences included Sly & the Family Stone and Funkadelic, and like Earth, Wind & Fire, Osiris was interested in the culture of ancient Egypt. Osiris’…

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Manchild – 1977 – Power And Love

A self-contained septet that included Kenneth Edmonds, before he was crowned with the nickname Babyface, and his close friend and collaborator Daryl Simmons. The group’s sound touched on several formats. The uptempo numbers, like “Red Hot Daddy,” “Power and Love,” and “Funky Situation,” are heavily rock-oriented….

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The Family Circle – 1973 – The Family Circle

A lost harmony soul treasure – by an obscure family group from the Newark scene! The Family Circle have a fantastic style that mixes together sweet and deep soul styles into a darkly tinged approach that we’d rank with the best harmony soul of the…

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Milton Wright – 1975 – Friends & Buddies

One of the most unique albums to ever come out of the Miami soul scene of the 70s – a sublime set of work that we’d easily rank right up there with the best material of the time from Donny Hathaway or Stevie Wonder! Milton Wright has a…

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The Whole Darn Family – 1976 – Has Arrived

The Whole Darn Family’s debut “Has Arrived” is a classic slab of funky, soulful goodness. Originally released in 1976 and similar to War, the Ohio Players and Brick, “Has Arrived” featured the hit single “Seven Minutes of Funk.” That song has been sampled dozens of…

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Ebo Taylor – Life Stories: Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1973-1980

In afrobeat circles, Ghanaian highlife guitarist Ebo Taylor has long been regarded as one of the scene’s most undervalued talents. During his golden period during the 1970s, Taylor was responsible for some landmark recordings – not just as an artist, but composer, arranger and producer….

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Jimmie & Vella – 1972 – Jimmie & Vella

I don’t know anything about Jimmie & Vella, but the cover of this album definitely has them doing their Ike and Tina Turner impressions. Hopefully things worked out better for them. The music (all original) bears some resemblance to the Turners, though with a significant…

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Various Artists Can You Dig It? The ’70s Soul Experience (CD 1,2,3)

Like other super-ambitious genre overviews on Rhino, this six-CD box set is documenting a style so large and diverse that the track selection is not going to completely satisfy everybody, even with 136 songs. There are many good things to say about this release, though….

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Various Artists Can You Dig It? The ’70s Soul Experience (CD 4,5,6)

This Rhino compilation is a staggeringly near-complete collection spanning 6 discs (plus a decent, informative book). From Isaac Hayes to Rose Royce; from Sly & the Family Stone to Kool & the Gang, you’ll find all the expected inclusions. Remember Rufus? The Fuzz? El Chicano?…

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Norma Jean Wright – 1978 – Norma Jean

‘Norma jean’ is the kind of disco/Funk album that time has been kind to. In 1978 and up against so many other top quality releases this album failed to make a huge impression but now with soul, disco, funk collectors and revivalists keen to search…

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