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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 virus…

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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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Grupo Oz – 1972 – Grupo Oz

A rare pearl coming from Mexico, formed in the early 70s in the capital Mexico City. The “Grupo Oz” has released only one album in 1972, with little copies, making the group end in the same year.  An interesting mixing of styles, from funk rock,…

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Manhattans – 1974 – That’s How Much I Love You

Sublime work from The Manhattans – who are on top of the world at this point! The group’s harmonies are excellent, a bit rough in the best parts – ala Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes during the Teddy Pendergrass years – but also capable…

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The Pointer Sisters – 1973 – The Pointer Sisters

The fantastic debut of The Pointer Sisters – an album that’s a lot deeper than most of their crossover pop from years to come! At the time of the album’s release, the trio were a badass group of female singers on the Bay Area scene…

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Gene Harris ‎- 1972 – Gene Harris Of The Three Sounds

While jazz is deniably important, it’s not always accessible for everyone, but Harris welcomes the listener this outing, never too extravagant but never boring, always as much about the song as the solo, this teaches us not only about music, but about art and life…

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Zingara ‎- 1981 – Zingara

Rare Album Sought After For The Fantastic ‘Love’s Calling‘ as well as the Superb modern tune “Wonder Love“. Band Put together for this one off by none other than  Lamont Dozier who wrote and produced it all. Ja mes Ingram was the lead vocalist and…

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Yellow Sunshine ‎- 1973 – Yellow Sunshine

Yellow Sunshine is a funk band from Philadelphia (PA), formed by brothers Karl and Roland Chambers, along with namester Lester and Idress Young. Dexter Wansel and Ron Harding joined them a little later. In this configuration, the guys recorded only one album, released on the…

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Anthony & The Imperials – 1966 – Payin’ Our Dues

Brooklyn’s Little Anthony And The Imperials are best known for their mid 60s sweet soul ballads ‘Hurt So Bad‘ and ‘Goin Out Of My Head‘ though on the Northern scene they’re revered for the much more energized ‘Better Use Your Head‘.  The group’s mentor Teddy…

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James & Bobby Purify – 1967 – James & Bobby Purify

In the mid- to late ’60s, the Florida-bred soul duo James & Bobby Purify were frequently compared to another dynamic R&B act of the day, Sam & Dave, which is easy to understand given how often they covered Sam & Dave’s tunes (and how James & Bobby’s producer, Papa Don Schroeder,…

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Apple And The Three Oranges 1970 -75 Free And Easy

The Complete Works 1970-1975.  Soul and funk from Los Angeles drummer/singer/songwriter Ed “Apple” Nelson and his band.  Superb re-issue of funk & soul from the New Orleans outfit. Clear nods to some of the funk heavyweights of the era, but with a distinct sound of…

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Booker T. & Priscilla – 1972 – Home Grown

Priscilla Coolidge was an American recording artist and sister of singer Rita Coolidge. Between 1969 and 1979, she was married to Booker T. Jones, who produced Coolidge’s first solo album, 1970’s Gypsy Queen. Then the pair collaborated as a duo on three albums: 1971’s Booker T. & Priscilla; 1972’s Home Grown; and…

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