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Touch Of Class – 1979 – Touch Of Class

Brothers Pete and Gerald Jackson had enjoyed some earlier success as songwriters – their breakthrough coming when Vicki Sue Robinson covered ‘Turn the Beat Around‘. The resulting  publicity may well have helped the Jacksons score a recording contract as members of the Philadelphia-based Touch of…

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Joe Simon – 1969 – Better Than Ever

Killer southern soul album. The hard-working Joe Simon cut three albums in 1969 (admittedly, this was back in the day when a pop album rarely ran over 35 minutes, but that’s still an impressive amount of material in the space of twelve months), and if…

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Judy Cheeks ‎- 1973 – Judy Cheeks

Born in Miami, Florida, Cheeks is the daughter of gospel legend Rev. Julius Cheeks. Her first recording was a Funk/Soul/Blues album entitled Judy Cheeks produced by Ike Turner in 1973. A tour with Ike & Tina Turner followed. Cheeks moved to Germany in 1977 and…

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Jackie Moore – 1975 – Make Me Feel Like A Woman

Recorded in Muscle Shoals Sound and Criteria studios and produced by Brad Shapiro for the T.K./Kayvette imprint, this is a wonderful set of sweet southern soul. A really touching material and performance. An underrated album, I would say. Tracks A1 At The Top Of The…

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Heatwave – 1976 – Too Hot To Handle

“Too Hot to Handle” was the debut album from the soul/funk ensemble Heatwave, and it was well received by R&B and pop fans. Their initial release was the disco anthem “Boogie Nights“. From the suspenseful, interlude-like intro to the adamant vocal delivery, the single had…

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Leslie Uggams – 1966 – A Time To Love

I love old Atlantic Records, the quality of the covers, the thickness of the vinyl. So I picked up A Time To Love when I saw it inexpensively on LP. This album is mostly covers of top hits circa 1966. “We Can Work It Out”…

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Pam Todd & Love Exchange – 1977 – Let’s Get Together

Rare Disco. Check out prices here “Let’s Get Together” was sampled in 8 songs here This is disco heaven, with Greg Carmichael (of Robot Band fame) fusing superb futuristic grooves and 60s Motown arrangements. Worth it for the outright quirkiness of “Popeye Disco” alone. I couldn’t…

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Wilson Pickett – 1974 – Pickett in the Pocket

Wilson Pickett’s work in the 1970s had not been very productive until he released this Pickett in the Pocket in 1974. In those RCA years, soulman had recorded only three reasonable albums, far from the golden period of Atlantic. However, for this one, Pickett received…

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The Nite-Liters – 1972 – Different Strokes

The Nite Liters are funk masters and one in which their tight, choppy sound really branches out to encompass a whole world of instrumental soul.  Here is the funk jazz “Do The Granny“: an amazing guitar chug. Instrumentals, or jams with only vocal harmonizing, are this…

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Mandrill – 1972 – Mandrill Is

Second album (originally released by Polydor in 1972) from the NYC based eclectic funk-outfit, who enriched their style with soul, pop, heavy rock, prog and psychedelic/cosmic elements. Features the heavy funkhit ‘Ape Is High’, the exquisite soul ballad ‘I Refuse To Smile‘ and the impressive…

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The Moments – 1969 – Not on the Outside, But on the Inside, Strong!

I love the Moments, for their harmony is sweet. “Not on the Outside” was before Harry Ray’s involvement with the group, and Mark Greene was a vocalist here. The album goes back to the Moment’s first hit single, 1968’s “Not On The Outside,” a mid-tempo…

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Ace Spectrum – 1975 – Low Rent Rendezvous

A New York City vocal group, Ace Spectrum never enjoyed any huge hits, although they were a decent soul ensemble. Produced by Tony Sylvester of  The Main Ingredient, arranged by Bert de Coteaux and Patrick Adams: it could not possibly be a bad album.”Without You“, with his baroque…

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Norman Connors ‎- 1974 – Love From The Sun

It boggles my mind that you can find a copy of this online for under five dollars. If this was on Strata East or Black Jazz (etc) you couldn’t even touch a copy for under $50.  This recording is what many will consider the debut…

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Johnny Jenkins – 1970 – Ton-Ton Macoute!

Johnny Jenkins‘ Ton-Ton Macoute is a fine bowl of Southern gumbo. Aided and abetted by the likes of Duane Allman (this started as an Allman solo disc, but when he formed the Allman Brothers Band, Jenkins put his vocals over the tracks best suited), Dickey Betts, and those great guys from Muscle Shoals, Jenkins cooks on such…

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The Glass House – 1972 – Thanks I Needed That

The sublime second album from The Glass House, even rarer than the group’s first, and an overlooked gem in the Holland-Dozier-Holland treasure box of the early 70s! There’s a sweetness here that you don’t always find on other H-D-H projects – a touch of harmony…

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Betty Harris – 1969 – Soul Perfection

Renowned in deep soul circles for the devastating ballad ‘Cry to Me,’ Betty Harris left home at 17 to pursue a career on secular music, briefly apprenticing under R&B star Big Maybelle before eventually landing in California. In 1960 she cut the single ‘Taking Care of Business’ for…

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Flyers – 1979 – You’re My Lady

AMAZING 1979 ALBUM BY THIS OBSCURE GERMAN BAND! Sought After, very hard to find original LP!   Includes the sweet floater ”mainline is sunshine‘ A Berlin disco group from the late 70s, but one who are maybe a bit more organic than some of their contemporaries…

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Honey Cone – 1970 – Take Me With You

1970 debut album from the all female vocal trio, best known for their Billboard number 1 smash hit Want Ads. Honey Cone were the first signing to Hot Wax Records, created after the prolific Holland Dozier Holland team left Motown records. Features the first single While You’re…

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Archie Whitewater ‎- 1970 – Archie Whitewater

A Cadet gem! Smooth, laid-back, soulful jazz-rock, similar to contemporaries like Chicago, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Ballin’ Jack. Forgotten by the failing Chess / Cadet Concept label their album languished in limbo and was released to little fanfare.  The band was signed during the…

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Rosetta Hightower – 1971 – Rosetta Hightower

Rosetta Highower was lead voice with the Orlons, the prime US girl group who scored several top 10 US hits between 1962-1964. Their full Cameo Parkway releases and sessions have just been reissued by Abkco. Rosetta first recorded in England in the late sixties ,…

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