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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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Jerry Butler – 1971 – Sings Assorted Sounds – With The Aid Of Assorted Friends & Relatives

One of the albums in which Jerry Butler showcases the talents of a new generation of young Chicago soul talents – including Terry Callier, Donny Hathaway, Chuck Jackson (from The Independents, not the New York soul star), and his brother Billy Butler. Billy Butler had already…

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Tasha Thomas – 1979 – Midnight Rendezvous

A lasting classic from singer Tasha Thomas – a vocalist who’d already lent her talents to numerous studio sessions, commercials, and disco tracks by the time of this release – which has the lady stepping into the spotlight as a fully-formed talent in her own…

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Hidden Strength ‎- 1975 – Hidden Strength

A killer bit of funky soul from Hidden Strength — an uptempo 70s group with a very tight groove! The group are clearly in the mode of Earth Wind & Fire — extremely proficient instrumentally, grooving together in a righteous style that has plenty of…

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Bloodstone – 1973 – Natural High

Seminal work from Bloodstone, an album that may be the group’s best-remembered effort, and for good reason too! The album sets a whole new standard for harmony soul in the 70s,  one that’s tighter than some of the east coast groups, yet never too slick…

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The O’Jays – 1968 – Back On Top

Although The O’Jays Philly International recordings are always touted as some of their best work, we love this early material produced by George Kerr – with a sound that’s very similar to classic New Jersey groups like The Moments and The Whatnauts (and which also…

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Three Ounces Of Love – 1978 – Three Ounces Of Love

Three Ounces Of Love is an out of print Motown diamond of the late 70’s. Never released on CD. I would say most of the tracks are outstanding and mixed the classic Motown sound with late 70s disco. The title track may have been a…

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Joe Simon – 1974 – Mood, Heart And Soul

   Review by  RDTEN1 Risque cover there Mr. Simon …  By my count 1974’s “Mood, Heart and Soul” was Joe Simon’s  tenth studio set in eight years. Continuing his collaboration with long-time producer Brad Shapiro, as good as Simon’s voice was, by the time this…

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Holland Dozier Holland ‎– The Complete 45s Collection: Invictus/Hot Wax/Music Merchant 1969-1977

The legacy of Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier and Eddie Holland is filled with some of the most popular songs ever written:  “Stop! In the Name of Love”, “How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)”, “Baby, I Need Your Loving”, “You Can’t Hurry Love”,…

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Mark Radice ‎ – 1976 – Ain’t Nothin’ But A Party

Here’s Mark Radice’s The Whole World Ain’t Nothin’ But A Party, a nice little obscurity by a successful yet under-the-radar songwriter. Check out his website for a who’s who of pop stars that have covered his songs from Streisand and Cheap Trick to The Muppets…

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