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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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Leroy Hutson – 1974 – The Man!

The multitalented Leroy Hutson made his mark as an integral part of the Chicago soul scene in the ‘60s and ‘70s, thanks to his prodigious talents and connections to some of the city’s distinguished soul luminaries. While still a student at Howard University he roomed…

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Roy Ayers Ubiquity – 1973 – Red, Black & Green

Beautiful, groovy vibes that highlight the true spirit of jazz-funk and let the senses flow under the pan-african colours. Classic Roy Ayers album featuring deep jazz legend Harry Whitaker on keyboards alongside Strata East musicians Charles Tolliver and Sonny Fortune! Funky deep early 1970s soulful…

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The Ballads ‎- 1969 – The Gift Of Love

Venture label formed in late 1967 by MGM as an outlet for their soul acts. The label was run by former Motown A&R director William “Mickey” Stevenson with help from many other Motown exiles – the company was based in Los Angeles. The Ballads –…

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Lew Kirton – 1980 – Just Arrived

Classic boogie/two step/crossover soul on Alston. ‘Just Arrived’ was originally released on TK Records in 1980, following the success of the 12” ‘Heaven In The Afternoon‘. It is essentially a smooth soul album but has some interesting production such as the reggae influence on album…

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Solomon Burke ‎- 1971 – Electronic Magnetism

Despite its futuristic title, ‘Electronic Magnetism’ is a decidedly downhome affair, with more of Solomon’s trademark blending of gospel, soul and country. Pop sensibilities run especially strong on his first MGM waxing as well: Burke dips in the songbooks of such diverse artists as Sly…

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Harvey Scales – 1978 – Confidential Affair

Milwaukee native, Harvey Scales is very much an unsung Southern Soul hero, writing many famous Soul songs without the recognition he deserves. In fact, Harvey is part responsible for many of the late Johnnie Taylor’s major musical successes. Harvey co-wrote ‘Disco Lady‘, ‘Love Is Much Better in the…

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The J.J. Band ‎- 1971 – J.J. Band

The year was 1966. The city was Charleroi in Belgium, where the two Portugese brothers Toni and Fernando Lameirinhas (alias Tony & Wando Lam) founded the band “Jess & James” as Belgiums answer to soul music. They had lived in England before, catching the soul…

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Teddy Pendergrass – 1978 – Life Is a Song Worth Singing

Need I explain the greatness of “Close the Door“? Or “It Don’t Hurt You“? Or even “When Somebody Loves You Back“? It seems Teddy picked the lower tempo songs for the back end of the album and the faster for the front. As it turns…

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Leon Ware ‎- 1979 – Inside Is Love

Inside Is Love is a great example of Leon Ware’s sophisticated urban Soul. Actually, his music is Soul only in part; there are also strong influences from Brazilian music and from Jazz. It’s a unique sound. The musician who bears similarities to Leon Ware is Marvin…

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The Temprees – 1973 – Love Maze

The title track “Love Maze” features a heart-piercing lead, and impeccable backing harmonies; tender sweeties “Let Me Be the One” and “Passion” travel the same romantic road. Most prefer the Temprees doing dripping, slow ballads, and there’s not enough of them on this multi-styled, rag-tag…

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Mel & Tim ‎- 1972 – Starting All Over Again

Mel & Tim were a classic Chicago soul vocal duo, recording in Muscle Shoals in the deep South for Stax and making records that fit comfortably next to those made in Philadelphia. It may sound incongruous, but their 1972 album, Starting All Over Again is…

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The Intruders – 1970 – When We Get Married

If you see a copy of this album, swoop it up because one day it’ll be a collector item. The lead singer for the Intruders on this is not Sam “Little Sonny” Brown, but Bobby Starr, an unheralded Philadelphia lounge singer. This is the only Intruders recording that…

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C.P. Salt – 1982 – C.P. Salt

 Rare Bay Area soul/funk LP…private press. Tracks A1 Memories (Of The Old Days) 3:24 A2 Flow Like Water 3:34 A3 Elevato 3:11 A4 C.P. Express 2:56 B1 Where Should We Go 3:37 B2 Crazy About You 3:13 B3 Bumper To Bumper 3:13 B4 Steppin On…

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