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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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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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