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The Stylistics – 1975 – Thank You Baby

“Thank you Baby”, 1975, from the Hugo & Luigi times is hardly remembered in that numberless and impersonal collections. “Sing Baby Sing“, “I’d rather be hurt by you” and “Can’t Give You Anything” you, maybe, will find around, but, quite sure, you’ll will not find…

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Bobby Byrd – 1970 – I Need Your Help

The stunning only album ever from the great Bobby Byrd – know to many as a longtime associate of James Brown, and finally getting his chance to shine here in the spotlight! Bobby was in the game before James, and always continued to change his…

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Bill Withers ‎- 1971 – Just As I Am

It’s street-wise without being jaded.  It’s funky without upstaging itself.  It’s organic without isolating itself.  It’s intimate without being whiny.  Just As I Am is soulful in every sense of the word. A lot can be made about the supporting cast of this album, and…

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Barbara Mason & Bunny Sigler – 1977 – Locked In This Position

Curtom’s definitely fishing for a new sound by this point – and they’ve gone and pulled in outside help from the east coast, teaming the talents of Philly groove maestro Bunny Sigler with Barbara Mason, who was emerging as a club diva at the time….

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Young-Holt Unlimited – 1970 – Mellow Dreamin’

One of their wildest and most beautiful LPs! By this point, Young & Holt getting past their usual funky Brunswick sound here, and they’ve opened up the groove a lot with lots of nice extra bits. The best proof of this is their fantastic take…

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O.C. Smith – 1977 – Together

A must have, an underrated great soul singer. O.C. Smith began as a jazz vocalist and later moved into country and R&B. The Louisiana vocalist was hired to replace Joe Williams in Count Basie’s band in the early ’60s after cutting some unsuccessful records for…

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David Ruffin – 1976 – Everything’s Comming Up Love

David Ruffin teams with Van McCoy for this sweet little set – and the result is a great batch of grooves that swell with Ruffin’s soulful sound of the 70s, but sway with the warm McCoy dancefloor modes of the time! Van wrote nearly all…

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Ronnie Laws – 1976 – Fever

An album that’s smoother than some of Ronnie’s earlier work, and perhaps without the same dark edge – but still a nice batch of soulful fusion tunes, with production by Wayne Henderson, in his classic 70s At-Home Productions mode! By that, we mean that a…

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Love Unlimited – 1973 – Under The Influence Of

Great stuff from the girls who first put Barry White on the map! The record is the group’s second – and by this point, Barry had developed that tight snapping drum sound that made his orchestral albums work so well. You’ll hear it to good…

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Travis Biggs – 1976 – Challenge

Cool stuff – and one of the strangest funk records you’ll ever hear! Travis Biggs is a keyboardist and violinist – and he’s best known for his one album Solar Funk on the Source label – but this is an earlier release that predates that…

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A Taste Of Honey – 1978 – A Taste Of Honey

Probably the most successful album the Mizell Brothers ever produced, and a fine set of uptempo groovers from this female soul duet! There’s some nice jazzy moments underneath the catchy lyrics, and in a way, the album’s style is sort of a blueprint for the…

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The Perfect Circle – 1977 – The Perfect Circle

Rare lp relased by an obscure soul funk combo on Inner City Records in 1977 and produced by George Semper. A lost jazz funk classic! The Perfect Circle are an obscure little combo from Oakland – and they’ve got a great jazzy groove with lots…

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The Delfonics ‎– 1970 – Sound Of Sexy Soul

Happily the Delfonics were such a success right out of the box that this follow up came fairly easily. That being said? I’d actually known about this album visually long before I ever had it. Crate digging in the vinyl shops of cities such as…

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Norma Jenkins – 1976 – Patience is a Virtue

The only album ever cut by Norma Jenkins – a New Jersey singer with a surprisingly great ear for a deep soul groove! Norma’s got a sound that’s richer than most of her east coast contemporaries – a really robust approach that’s almost more like…

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The Diddys Featuring Paige Douglas – 1977 – Agony & Extasy

A very cool, really rare soul album from the Philly scene – one that was written, produced, and arranged by Hammond organist Charles Earland – but which is a sweet soul album with a really great feel! There’s definitely a touch of Earland’s keyboard work…

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Eleanore Mills – 1974 – This Is Eleanore Mills

Anyone remember an LP from 1975 entitled This Is All Platinum containing various artists such as Retta Young, The Moments, Larry Saunders, The Rimshots, and one Eleanore Mills, featuring a killer mid-tempo soul delight entitles ‘Stop Accusing Me’? This is the same lady with a…

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The Eleventh Hour – 1975 – Hollywood Hot

I began DJ’ing in 1975 at an underage 15yrs. That same year I was absolutely blown away by the release of a masterpiece from Capital Records!! I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! I knew of the band from their original version of “Lady Marmelaide”…

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Garnet Mimms – 1977 – Has It All

Although we’ve always been partial to the 60s work of Garnet Mimms (we consider it some of the best male vocal soul of that decade), we’ve got to admit that he still sounds pretty darn good on this 1977 comeback album! As you’d guess from…

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Freddie McCoy – 1971 – Gimme Some!

Moody set of soul jazz vibes tracks with more of an electric feel than Freddie’s albums for Prestige. Freddie McCoy is playing out front, and he’s backed by Dave Blume on electric piano and organ – while a rhythm combo backs them up, and a…

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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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