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Dakota Staton – 1972 – Madame Foo Foo

Rougher and rawer than we’re used to hearing Dakota Staton – and a tasty little session done with Groove Holmes on organ! The tunes are mostly standards, taken at a slower bluesier pace than on some of Dakota’s earlier sides – and Groove gets in…

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Dean Martin – Christmas With Dino

It is included in Mojo‘s Top 15 Christmas Albums ever. This CD compiles the “best” songs from Dean Martin’s two Christmas albums (1959’s A Winter Romance & 1966’s The Dean Martin Christmas Album), plus the 1953 single “The Christmas Blues”. Some songs appear twice on…

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Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers – 1970 – Doin’ What We Wanna

A landmark album from this legendary Chicago soul jazz combo — and a record that helped set the tone for changes to come in funky jazz for the 70s! Tenorist Clarence Wheeler heads up the group — and they’ve got an amazing organ/bass sound that’s…

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Lee Garrett – 1976 – Heat for the Feets

Blind since his birth in Mississippi on September 1, 1948, R&B vocalist Lee Garrett is probably better known for the material he wrote or co-wrote than for his own contributions as a performer which, in the end, was quite modest – one lonely nationally charting…

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Ashford & Simpson – 1974 – I Wanna Be Selfish

Compared to the variety presented on their debut album this recording has somewhat more of an evenly rounded sound. Almost all the music here variated between mid 70’s soul/pop uptempo tunes and ballads and all have that distinctive Ashford & Simpson sound. It’s beautifully arranged…

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T-Connection – 1977 – Magic

In the late 1970s, T-Connection was one of those bands that had one foot in funk and the other in disco. The Miami residents weren’t nearly as gritty as Parliament/Funkadelic or Cameo, but they had more grit and toughness than glossy Euro-disco acts like Silver…

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Zulema – 1973 – Ms. Z

Excellent early work by Zulema – high-minded and righteous soul, with a really expansive sound that’s in keeping with the best on Sussex at the time! The arrangements are nicely complicated – arranged by Bobby Taylor and Gene Page with a good blend of funk,…

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Lamont Dozier – 1974 – Love and Beauty

A massive album by Lamont Dozier – probably his best ever! Every cut’s a winner, and the LP shines with a sharpness and tightness that’s missing from some of Lamont’s other LPs from the 70s. The songwriting is impeccable – and as the album progresses,…

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Junie – 1975 – When We Do

By WTCproductions Junie Morrison is the zelig of funk, working with both Ohio Players and Funkadelic as well as releasing a string of quirky solo albums. Described by George Clinton as “the most phenomenal musician on the planet” he co-wrote classic tracks such as Pain, Funky…

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Splendor – 1979 – Splendor

Brilliant and sought after disco LP, which features (amongst others) the talents of Earth Wind & Fire‘s Philip Bailey. The front cover also has great artwork, showing shoes in the shape of animals falling from the sky over the countryside. Every track is great. Philip’s…

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The Nite-Liters – 1973 – A-Nal-Y-Sis

A masterpiece of hard and heavy funk – from one of the best bands of the early 70s! The Nite Liters were a legendary funky combo that provided the backing for some of New Birth‘s best albums – but on their own, they were even…

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The Sylvers – 1972 – The Sylvers

The first album by The Sylvers – a hard soulful band made up of youngsters from LA, but who had a lot more going on than some of the other kiddie-soul bands of the early 70s! The group’s a sextet at this point, with four…

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Floaters – 1977 – Float On

Their classic, with the great long version of “Float On“, which is a monster soul cut that stands tall with steppers and rappers alike. It’s probably the best track they ever did, and it’s all here in a version that’s nearly 12 minutes long –…

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The Rance Allen Group – 1975 – A Soulful Experience

A couple of decades before such stylistic melding would became popular among gospel artists, Rance Allen and his brothers merged the dynamics of soulful rhythms, gospel lyrics, and Rance’s testimonial lead vocals. This effort was produced by acclaimed Stax alumnus David Porter, who also co-wrote…

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Millie Jackson – 1973 – It Hurts So Good

Before hitting her stride with 1974’s “Caught Up“, Millie Jackson delivered this tasty disc of uptown Southern soul. Both Stax raw and Philly International slick, “It Hurts So Good” percolates with smoky horns, snaking guitar lines, electric piano, strings, and bluesy funk grooves. In addition…

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Ronnie Foster – 1972 – Sweet Rival

A funky keyboard treasure – a smoking organ and Fender Rhodes session that is one of the greatest Blue Note albums by Ronnie Foster! Foster plays organ on the set, next to electric piano by Ernie Hayes – and the pair stir up the sound…

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Freda Payne – 1966 – How Do You Say I Don’t Love You Anymore

Killer early work from Freda Payne – an early album recorded for MGM many years before her later hit “Band Of Gold” – and a set with a great mix of soul and jazz modes, all arranged by the mighty Benny Golson! The record’s got…

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Phil Hurtt ‎– 1978 – Giving It Back

An excellent LP of mellow modern soul cuts – put together by Phil Hurtt, one of the lesser stars on the late 70s Philly scene, but a strong singer and writer who deserved greater fame. The record’s got some great numbers – like the smooth…

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The Dells – 1970 – Like it is, Like it was

A beautiful album of soul tracks that has the Dells performing a number of new tracks (“Like It Is”), and doing new versions of some old favorites (“Like It Was”), with swirling baroque production by Charles Stepney that transforms the older ones into nice new…

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Lalomie Washburn – 1977 – My Music Is Hot

Although Lalomie Washburn has provided background vocals for many R&B artists and has written songs for greats like Chaka Khan and Buddy Miles, she never got very far as a solo artist. And that isn’t because of weak material — although 1977’s little known My…

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