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Rare Earth – 1969 – Get Ready

Despite the grandiose success of their hit single “Get Ready”, Rare Earth had a discography of brilliant albums…this being one of them. There is a nice rendition of the classic “Tobacco Road” and even nicer version of “Get Ready” (which runs for 20 minutes, entirely…

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Esther Phillips – 1972 – Alone Again, Naturally

Esther Phillip’s music just oozes with soul. Recorded in 1972, Alone Again, Naturally, is a perfect starting point for people who are new to her music. The album showcases her distinctly smokey voice that is just raspy enough to still be sexy. Think not quite Janice Joplin…

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Freda Payne – 1974 – Payne & Pleasure

This is Freda’s first recording after she left Invictus. It contains the R&B single It’s Yours to Have which I just love. I Get Carried Away is a beautiful ballad which should have been a big hit. Don’t Wanna be Left out in Rain is…

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The Facts Of Life – 1977 – A Matter Of Fact

A Matter of Fact is the second and last album by soul/disco trio Facts of Life. Produced by Millie Jackson, the album features a cover of Larry Santos‘ pop tune, “We Can’t Hide It Anymore“. “A producer usually doesn’t write liner notes, but never being…

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Al Wilson ‎- 1973 – Weighing In

American soul music veteran singer Al Wilson had his first big hit in 1968 with “The Snake” and remained strong on the charts throughout the late 1960’s and into the early 70’s. Al’s endearing style captured fans on both sides of the Atlantic and he…

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Ted Taylor – 1972 – Taylor Made

Oklahoma-born Ted Taylor, the man with the haunting, gospel-inspired falsetto voice, had come a long way before cutting this exuberantly funky LP in 1972. Having been a member of the Cadets (scoring a #4 R&B smash in 1956 with “Stranded In the Jungle“), Taylor had…

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Johnnie Taylor – 1970 – One Step Beyond

Cut in the middle of Taylor’s late-’60s and early-’70s stay at Stax, One Step Beyond qualifies as one of the singer’s best LPs. Captured in his Southern soul prime, Taylor lets loose on fine mix of gospel-inspired ballads (“I Don’t Want to Lose You“), countrified mid-tempo burners (“Party Life“), and…

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Don Varner – Finally Got Over! Deep Soul from the Classic Era

Don Varner was a Southern Soul natural, who never really got his due as a performer. He was above all a proficient writer, and got his biggest break when Sam & Dave covered his “Holdin’ On“. This excellent comp brings together all of Don’s solo…

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Maze – 1979 – Inspiration

It has long been argued that Maze, so vibrant and enthralling on stage, never made a truly definitive studio album. The band, the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist and composer Frankie Beverly, came closest on this, their third album. The group were formed in Philadelphia in 1970…

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Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s – 1974 – Damn Right I Am Somebody

Damn Right I Am Somebody captures the J.B.’s at the apex of their extraordinary powers. This James Brown-produced set is both their most fiercely polemical and their most musically daring, incorporating otherworldly electronic elements, eccentric time and rhythm shifts, and idiosyncratic studio effects to brilliantly articulate the increasing turmoil…

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King Sporty – 1977 – Mr. Rhythm

KING SPORTY Mr. Rhythm 1977 US 8-track private press LP is an excellent island disco reggae outing by the man best known for writing “Buffalo Soldier” and guest starring on backing vocals his wife Betty Wright . Tracks A1 Mr. Rhythm 4:19 A2 Good Loving 4:33 A3 Shake…

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Chakachas – 1972 – Chakachas

Best known for their near-pornographic funk classic “Jungle Fever” the Chakachas were actually a group of Belgian-based studio musicians. Led by Gaston Boogaerts, who served as the group’s arranger, the Chakachas first appeared during the early ’60s, recording a playful mixture of Latin music, jazz, and European-style exotica. By…

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Jade – 1975 – In Pursuit

One of the holy grails of private press funk and soul, and a killer record from start to finish. Not an ounce of filler on this one! Very tough to find LP packed with funky soul gems including the club classic “Music Slave“ Check prices…

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The Deirdre Wilson Tabac – 1970 – The Deirdre Wilson Tabac

Beautiful funky rocking soul with jazz blends The album is hard to describe, it’s a little bit jazzy, soulful and definitely rock influenced. Jazzman’s Gerald helped to blow up interest in the LP by comping the B-side’s “I Can’t Keep From Cryin’ Sometimes” – a…

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Bill Brandon – On the Rainbow Road: The Muscle Shoals and Birmingham Sessions

One of Southern Soul’s most criminally underrated and unsung heroes, Bill Brandon cut some of the genre’s finest singles for a host of labels in the late ’60s and early ’70s. His full-throttled, raw vocal style – somewhat reminiscent of Johnnie Taylor – makes all…

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Dionne Warwick ‎- 1963 – Presenting Dionne Warwick

Most pop-rock albums of the early 1960s were not conceived of as long-playing recordings, instead throwing on a hit or two with a bunch of quickly recorded filler. But while several of the songs on Presenting Dionne Warwick did show up on her early singles,…

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Savoir-Flair – 1983 – Savoir-Flair

The Savoir-Flair album is an excellent eighties funk, mixed with smooth modern soul. A very rare private press LP –  Soul, Funk from Texas, check rates sold here.  Dallas artist Roger Boykin at the helm, producing, arranging and playing plethora of instruments, with Cassandra Wilson…

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Akwassa – 1977 – In The Groove

Classic Nigerian afro-funk record originally released in 1977. Highly sought after with original copies going for hundreds of pounds and packed with dance floor fillers! AKWASSA were stars in their palce. “In the groove” was a perfect album that would appeal to each and every…

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Cymande – 1972 – Cymande

Invigorating head music done Rastafarian style by Cymande. “Zion I” is a spiritual chant put to music, setting the mood for Cymande. A laid-back “One More” lulls you into subliminal meditation before “Getting It Back” jolts you into some scintillating Jamaican funk-fusion. There’s a message in many…

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The Free Movement – 1972 – I’ve Found Someone of My Own

The six-member group Free Movement hit in 1971 with “I’ve Found Someone of My Own“, a Top Five pop/Top 20 R&B hit on Decca Records. The group’s sound was similar to the 5th Dimension. Godoy Colbert (the Pilgrim Travelers, the Pharaohs), Josephine Brown (the Five Bells of Joy), Cheryl Conley, Jennifer Gates, and brothers Adrian and Claude…

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