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George Freeman – 1974 – Man & Woman

One of the more laidback albums from George Freeman’s early 70s run – but still a great little set that shows the mellower side of his talents! Despite the sexy style of the cover, the sound here is relatively straight soul jazz – small combo…

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Sylvia Smith – 1975 – Woman of the World

Woman of the World is the only album ever recorded by this unknown soul sister with super long legs, Sylvia Smith. She released a single in 1975 (‘Is This The Way Love’s Supposed to Be (A Good Feeling for You and a Hurt for Me)’…

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The Eliminators – 1974 – Loving Explosion

A rare funky soul classic! — This one was originally issued on Brunswick in 1974, and it’s darn impossible to find in the original, probably because Brunswick was having a great deal of financial trouble at the time. Whatever the case, the record’s a great…

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Carrie Cleveland – Looking Up

Carrie Cleveland was an Oakland resident and regular performer at hotels and clubs around the San Francisco Bay area in the 1970’s. Her first recording is also considered her best. It was a self-produced promotional 45rpm record featuring “Make Love To Me” on Side A…

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Eloise Laws – 1977 – Ain’t It Good Feeling Good

A classic deep soul set from Eloise Laws – an early album recorded for Invictus Records, and done with stellar production from Brian Holland! The title cut’s a monster, one of the best tracks on the label from the 70s – with some wonderfully spacey…

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Blacksmoke – 1976 – Blacksmoke

Blacksmoke is a 1970’s music group signed by former Crusaders member-turned-record producer Wayne Henderson for his At-Home Productions. Originally named Smoke, the group was conceived in Compton, California in 1972. They were signed to Chocolate City Records in 1976 and their self-titled album was distributed…

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Delegation – 1977 – The Promise Of Love

Delegation was a British soul musical group with a lengthy career, and a huge amount of international success. They were widely accepted in US as the leading light of soul from the UK based on the crossover hit, “Oh Honey” (1978). Their biggest UK success…

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Eddy Senay – 1972 – Step By Step

Eddy Senay’s second and final Sussex effort hones his music to a lean, mean edge. For a record so loose and laid-back on its surface, Step by Step contains not a single superfluous note or accoutrement, creating fierce funk grooves from only the most essential…

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West Coast Revival – 1977 – West Coast Revival

  One Of The Rarest And Most Desirable Soul-Funk Albums Out Of Southern California. Includes The Wicked, Heavy Soul-Funk Percussion Breakbeat Tune “My Mind Is At Ease” Plus The Slow Groovin’ With Fat Bass “Feelin’ Alright“. Male soul vocal trio based in California. A Must…

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Collins and Collins ‎- 1980 – Collins and Collins

A stunning set – and one of our favorite modern soul albums ever! The set was recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in 1980, and it’s one of the best-ever records to come out of that hallowed hall of grooves – a one-off debut from the…

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Hank Crawford – 1975 – I Hear A Symphony

Not really a symphony, but a great album that features the soulful alto sax of Hank Crawford blowing over some rich larger backings from David Matthews – all with a sweetly funky Kudu sound! The style’s a bit more polished than some of the other…

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The Moments – 1972 – My Thing

The smooth voices of Harry Ray, Billy Brown, and Al Goodman ring true on ten hit and miss sides. The misses are the filler that comprise half the ten songs; they aren’t irritating or ingratiating, just bland tunes with apathetic arrangements. Every artist at All…

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Don Downing – 1978 – Doctor Boogie

Don Downing is the older brother of Al Downing, but the siblings differ musically. Al is urban smooth, while Don favors Disco. “Dream World” and the southern-flavored “Lonely Days, Lonely Nights” enjoyed some minor chart success a few years prior to this LP’s release. “Love…

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White Heat – 1975 – White Heat

An obscure side project of Barry White (“White” Heat, get it?) – and a pretty darn tasty batch of ensemble funk tracks! The sound is less White-oriented than some of his other side groups – with a stripped-down sound that doesn’t have the strings or…

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Jerry Butler – 1973 – Power of Love

An easy album to overlook, but not without some nice moments! Johnny Bristol produced the record, and he gives it a nice sweet 70s soul groove, similar to what he was using in his own work from the time. And typical of Jerry’s albums from…

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The 8th Day – 1973 – I Gotta Get Home (Can’t Let My Baby Get Lonely)

A bit confused at points, but one of the funkiest albums on Invictus! The 8th Day group was a loosely conceived batch of Detroit soul talents designed to cash in on a concept of the Holland-Dozier-Holland team – but fortunately, they also included some wonderful…

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Mike & Brenda Sutton – 1982 – Don’t Hold Back

  Mike & Brenda Sutton was an American musical duo composed of Michael B. Sutton and Brenda Sutton. Mike & Brenda Sutton are best known for their dance song called “Don’t Let Go of Me (Grip My Hips and Move Me)“. Back in the early…

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Vivian Reed – 1968 – Vivian Reed

Vivian Reed was an obscure soul singer who cut a few equally obscure albums for Epic, of which this is the first. Given that she was a new discovery by the label, it’s not surprising that the record was handled in the way that it…

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The Vibrations – 1973 – Good Vibrations

The Vibrations were an African-American soul vocal group from Los Angeles, California, active from the mid-1950s to 1976. Most notable among the group’s hit singles were “My Girl Sloopy” (1964) and “Love in Them Thar Hills” (1968). The quintet’s members included Don Bradley, Carl Fisher,…

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Van Jones – 1981 – Time Has Made Me New

Van Jones is best known for his 1981 album “Time Has Made Me New”, a highly sought after Modern Soul masterpiece that most point to as the pinnacle of his career. Trying to track down all the records Mr. Jones put out over his varied…

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