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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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Roy Porter Sound Machine ‎- 1975 – Inner Feelings

One of the most desirable US soul jazz funk album by genius drummer Roy Porter and his Sound Machine. Do I have to say more about this masterpiece? Ultra hard to find in a pristine condition. For serious collectors only. Check prices here. A crazy…

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Al Hudson & The Soul Partners -1977 – Cherish

A great little album of up-tempo soul from Al Hudson – recorded in the years before he formed his One Way group, but with a similar approach that’s kind of an answer to disco, putting a bit more funk into the mix for the dancefloor….

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Aposento Alto ‎- 1978 – Goodby Old Friends

Holy grail status here! The legendary Aposento Alto LP from San Jose, California, rarely turns up these days. It’s  a  crazy  obscure,  private  press, Latin gospel soul funk  album out of Modesto, CA.  Yeah, Latin gospel soul funk…there’s no better way to describe it and…

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Roy C. – 1973 – Sex And Soul

The first in a trio of Roy C. albums released by Mercury in the mid 1970s. Sex And Soul is a brilliant, often underappreciated, collection of the purest of southern soul music. Hammond’s great songwriting skills and timeless arrangements combine to form an album that…

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Roberta Kelly – 1976 – Trouble Maker

Roberta Kelly was one of many U.S. vocalists who found success recording with cutting-edge producers in Germany during the early and mid-’70s. After singing on Silver Convention’s “Fly Robin Fly“, the singer was signed to Giorgio Moroder‘s Oasis Records. Recorded with Moroder and Pete Bellotte,…

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