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Moment Of Truth – 1977 – Moment Of Truth

Despite the fact this is a Salsoul album, it is not Disco, but an uptempo Soul concept album, as described by its lyrics writer, Reid Whitelaw: “Moment of Truth is an album about the desire for love”.  Music and arrangements are by Norman Bergen. Both…

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Blair – 1978 – Nightlife

Late 70s Disco / Jazz / Funk / Soul Fusion, whatever you want to call it, from original Blackbyrds guitarist Barney “Blair” Perry.  Perry was only with the group for their first two albums penning their hit “Walking in Rhythm”.  By 1978, he released this…

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Joe Simon – 1969 – The Chokin’ Kind

There’s something about Joe Simon’s rich, burnished voice that sounds as smooth as a glass of 12-year-old bourbon, and feels just as appropriate on a sad and lonely day. In some respects, Joe Simoncould be called the Roy Orbison of soul music, there’s a naturally sorrowful tone in Simon’s voice…

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Irma Thomas – 1966 – Take A Look

The “Take a Look” album is probably better sequenced and selected than her first album, and weirdly, a bunch of Irma’s best performances of the era didn’t make it to either of these albums back then (four great songs weren’t released at all until 1992)….

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Brother To Brother – 1976 – Let Your Mind Be Free

A pretty decent funk effort, though it’s actually the lush ‘n’ dreamy ballad “Visions” that I’d rate as the stand out track here. But yeah, stuff like “Let Your Mind Be Free“, “Chance With You” and the joyful “Groovy Day” recall a sorta stripped down,…

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The Independents – 1972 – The First Time We Met

Probably the biggest album by this Chicago soul group, and the one that yielded up their big hit “The First Time We Met“. The set’s got some excellent Chicago arrangements by Tom Tom, and a good bunch of tracks that includes all original material, like…

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Alicia Myers – 1981 – Alicia

The former lead singer with the R&B/dance music group One Way, Detroit-born Alicia Myers had a total of four albums released on MCA Records between 1981-84, experiencing varying degrees success with each. Produced by songwriter and One Way bass player Kevin McCord and multi-instrumentalist Al…

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Maxine Brown – 1968 – Out of Sight

A later set from singer Maxine Brown – recorded a few years after her better-known sides for Wand in the 60s, but a totally great set with an even deeper soul feel! Arrangements and production are by Mike Terry, of Funk Brothers fame – and…

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Linda Lewis – 1971 – Say No More….

Linda Lewis is a very underrated singer and this is a very underrated debut album. She has a 5 octave range, but does not appear to need use it entirely on this record.  She instead opts to stay within her normal to high range throughout and…

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Ike White – 1976 – Changin’ Times

This rather excellent and widely undiscovered album has been a permanent feature on my player over the last couple of years. Since hearing the title track on the Sean P guest mix over at sixmillionsteps, I was well and truly hooked by the haunting and addictive…

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Friends Of Distinction – 1975 – Reviviscence “Live To Light Again”

Vocal harmony quartet The Friends of Distinction were formed in 1966 by Floyd Butler and Harry Elston, two members of an earlier group the Hi-Fis. The group recorded seven albums for RCA. This is their final 1975 album. By now the female vocalists were Dani…

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Wild Cherry ‎- 1976 – Wild Cherry

Wild Cherry may have been one-hit wonders – but MAN, what a hit! At the time of release, “Play That Funky Music” was seen as a joke on the disco movement – but all these many years later, a quick dip into this self-titled album…

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Light Of The World – 1979 – Light Of The World

U.K. funk band Light of the World has the distinctions of having a tight head shot of a pre-stardom Sade on their self-titled debut LP cover and having guitarist Jean Paul “Bluey” Maunick as a band member. Maunick went on to lead ’90s funk-jazz band Incognito. A nicely languid debut for…

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Benny Johnson ‎- 1973 – Visions Of Paradise

A heavily in demand soul album from 1973. Originally released on the cult New York label Today, this album has all the hallmarks of the great Memphis Hi sound (Al Green etc) and features the Julius Brockington United Chair Band. One of the album’s slow…

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Noriko Miyamoto With Isao Suzuki – 1978 – Push

A famous Japanese rare groove classic album by the great singer Noriko Miyamoto and jazz bassist Isao Suzuki. Dreamy mid slow soulful jazz funk. Tracks A1 Monologue 5:23 A2 Stella By Starlight 6:47 A3 Everything I Have Is Yours 6:51 B1 Push 4:13 B2 Cadillac…

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The Rimshots ‎- 1976 – Down To Earth

The Rimshots were an American funk and disco band, popular in the late 1970s. The group started out as the house band for the labels All Platinum Records and in particular, Stang Records in the early 1970s. The (then nameless) rhythm section recorded for the artists signed to the company (including Hank Ballard, Donnie Elbert, Shirley & Company, Chuck Jackson, Brook Benton, Solomon Burke,…

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Nino Ferrer – 1974 – Nino And Radiah

Nino & Radiah is the most elegant, relaxed and soulful approach to 70’s US groovy vibe/New Orleans funk made in France at that time. You can find here the members of LaFayette Afro-Rock Band  aka Ice , that got notoriety in the parisian music scene ( with…

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Debbie Taylor – 1972 – Comin’ Down On You

I’m actually really surprised that the name Debbie Taylor hasn’t come up for me before.  She’s a funky soulful lady with some great grooves and major pipes.  She’s got one heck of a range and she isn’t afraid to scream and damn does it sound…

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Richard Paradise ‎- 197? – In Paradise

Monster rare Modern Soul on Solid Gold Another rarity, a superb Soul Funk LP, a sought after piece by collectors check prices here A killer selecta soul boogie disco funk with hidden treasures, featuring the amazing full length version of the ‘Patterson twins’ c/u Let…

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The Moments – 1971 – On Top

The Moments’ On Top is another winner for sure. Again, there is very little, if any, cover material to the best of my knowledge, for Robinson, and even the Moments again writing the material. “Lucky Me” is a sweet winner with an upbeat, positive tone….

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