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Various Artists – Christmas In Soulsville

Christmas in Soulsville features some of the biggest names in R&B from the ’60s and ’70s, with songs that are both naughty (“Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin” by Albert King; “Mistletoe and Me” by Isaac Hayes) and nice (“Winter Wonderland” by Booker T. & The…

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Irma Thomas – 1973 – In Between Tears

AllMusic Review by Jason Ankeny In the wake of 1969’s devastating Hurricane Camille, New Orleans soul queen Irma Thomas abandoned the Gulf Coast in favor of the West Coast, settling in Los Angeles and largely forsaking her singing career in favor of the relative stability of retail…

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Bobby Boyd – 1976 – Bobby Boyd

One of the best soul records ever: the second lost album from the legendary Bobby Boyd. Produced by George Benson Extremely rare – check rates here Tracks A1 Why Are You Cryin’ 4:10 A2 Good Woman 4:45 A3 Happy Hooker 5:50 A4 Ain’t What You…

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Love People – 1977 – Sing It Again

Rare sought after 1977 rich soul LP on infamous Guinness Records including the sweet soul gem “You Don’t Want My Love“. The Group, the line up and the label is really a mystery!! A Must have Tracks A1 Sing It 3:34 A2 If You Need…

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Frederick Knight – 1977 – Knight Kap

Frederick Knight has the thankless pop monicker of being a ‘one-hit wonder’, scoring huge in 1973 with the catchy “I’ve Been Lonely for So Long”. Soul buffs like myself, however, know that Knight was more than that. Much more. A prolific writer, musician, producer and…

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The Soulful Strings ‎- 1970 – The Soulful Strings Play Gamble-Huff

The Soulful Strings was a project of the Chicago soul arranger Richard Evans, working with several musicians from the Cadet Records house band between 1966 and 1971 including Charles Stepney, Bobby Christian, Billy Wooten, Phil Upchurch, Lennie Druss, and Cleveland Eaton.  Employing a repertoire composed…

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Homer Banks ‎– Hooked By Love: The Best Of Homer Banks

This wonderful compilation brings together all of Stax songwriter Homer Banks’ solo recordings for the Minit label. Denied a singing career at Stax by Jim Stewart, who strangely didn’t seem to like Banks (and eventually pulled in by Jim’s sister Estelle Axton, who rightfully did)…

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Hot Chocolate – 1971 – Hot Chocolate

Hooooooweeeeeeee….  Man, it couldn’t get any better… this joint doesn’t need no extra cream…  The much underrated Hot Chocolate, not to be confused with the British disco band, cut one masterful greasy funk album in 1971, changed its name to Seven Miles High later on…

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The Bar-Kays – 1969 – Gotta Groove

In the wake of the tragic plane crash that claimed the lives of four of their bandmates and soul legend Otis Redding, trumpeter Ben Cauley and bassist James Alexander formed a new edition of the Bar-Kays to cut Gotta Groove, a celebration of life and music that ranks among the funkiest, hardest-driving LPs…

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Little Milton – 1970 – If Walls Could Talk

The late, great Little Milton was, much like his contemporary Albert King, a giant of the Soul-Blues genre. Where King’s soulful blues was drenched in the finest of Southern Soul traditions, Little Milton’s funk came with a huge chunk of urban, nitty-gritty Chicago Soul sounds. …

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David T. Walker – 1973 – David T. Walker

Such great taste, technique and ensemble playing isn’t easy to achieve, and this album has all this in spades. Indeed, to say that David T Walker doesn’t seek the limelight with his playing is wrong…with such a fabulous display of wah-wah and jazz guitar styles,…

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Eddie Floyd – 1970 – California Girl

With Stax Records, Eddie Floyd has recorded some of my all-time favourite soul songs, like “Big Bird,” “Raise Your Hand,” and “Knock On Wood.”  Those songs were recorded with Booker T. & The M.G.’s though, and the album California Girl merely captures the band’s break-up instead. There are plenty of…

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Barrett Strong – 1976 – Live & Love

Barrett Strong (born in West Point, Mississippi on February 5, 1941) is often listed among the One-Hit Wonders of music for his Money (That’s What I Want) in early 1960, and I suppose for some who only look upon Top 40 Pop hits as the…

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The Mighty Clouds of Joy – 1974 – It’s Time

Contemporary gospel’s preeminent group, the Mighty Clouds of Joy carried the torch for the traditional quartet vocal style throughout an era dominated by solo acts and choirs; pioneering a distinctively funky sound that over time gained grudging acceptance even among purists, they pushed spiritual music in new…

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Sounds of the City Experience – 1976 – Sounds of the City Experience

Originally released on Tiger Lily Records in 1976, this album was pressed in very limited numbers and was never available to buy because Tiger Lily was a record label on paper only. Set up by notorious music mogul Morris Levy, Tiger Lily ‘released’ records (often…

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David Simmons – 1979 – The World Belongs To Me

While his vocals are often compared to the late, great Teddy Pendergrass, most people remember him for his late 70’s disco hit “Holding Back” or for the more soulful “Hooked On You“. This album was produced by Butch Ingram and features many of his songs….

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Lenny Williams – 1978 – Spark Of Love

Following the success of CHOOSING YOU, his debut album for ABC Records, Lenny Williams really hit his stride as one of the premier black male vocalists of the ‘70s with the 1978 release of SPARK OF LOVE which became his best-selling and a gold album…

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Otis Clay – 1977 – I Can’t Take It

A great mix of modes – and a set that represents a real turning point in the career of Otis Clay! The rougher edges of Clay’s Chicago soul are warmed up here substantially by producer Willie Mitchell – bubbling up some Memphis soul for Otis,…

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Maxayn – 1974 – Bail Out for Fun

This was w-a-a-a-a-a-y ahead of its time, even in 1974 the year of its release.  How to describe Maxyn:  Hmmm… Think Sly and the Family, merged into Patti Labelle, with a touch of Chaka Khan and you’d have a slight clue. This funky heady spiritual,…

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Spiders Webb – 1976 – I Don’t Know What’s On Your Mind

A real treasure from the Cali scene of the 70s – the one and only album from drummer Spider Webb – and a wicked batch of bass-heavy grooves throughout! Spider’s drums are definitely great, and his offbeat vocals are completely charming, too – but the…

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