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The Chi-Lites – 1973 – The Chi-Lites

One of our favorite albums ever from the legendary Chi-Lites – and a set that’s sometimes passed over, because it didn’t have a formal title or colorful cover! The self-titled set is a killer all the way through – filled with the kind of sublime…

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The Blackbyrds – 1974 – The Blackbyrds

A funky jazz treasure – and the band’s landmark first album! The Blackbyrds were a legendary 70s combo that were discovered by Donald Byrd while he was teaching at Howard University – and they had a tight style that mixed raw funk influences with smoother…

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Al Green ‎– 1974 – Explores Your Mind

Here you have the epitome of Memphis soul from its hands-down best singer, taken up a notch or two by Green’s restless curiosity and willingness to embrace the less-travelled roads on the musical trail. Not unlike his neighbor Elvis Presley, Green regarded the entire panorama…

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Barry White ‎– 1974 – Can’t Get Enough

Barry’s first two albums would’ve made his name had they been all he recorded. But that turned out to only be the beginning as White decided to really mix things up for his third time out. This is roughly around the time he launched Love…

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Dazzle ‎– 1979 – Dazzle

One-album disco/boogie who came together in 1979 for disco classic “You dazzle me!!!“. Tracks were written by Stan Lucas and produced by Leroy Burgess (Black Ivory), so you know they’re going to be bassline-matic. It’s also got the Patrick Adams feel since he arranged the…

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Brown Sugar Featuring Clydie King ‎– 1973 – Brown Sugar

Along with Venetta Fields and Shirley Matthews, by the early 1970s Clydie King was attracting considerable attention as a member of The Blackberries.   The grioup’s successes included an interesting series of collaborations with Steve Marriott and Humble Pie.  The Blackberries appeared on a couple of…

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The Drifters – The Very Best Of

One of my favorite groups ever!!!! Every song is timeless!!!! This mid-priced 16-song collection is the successor to the old Atlantic Records Drifters Golden Hits, covering the group’s very best songs from “There Goes My Baby” in 1959 on up through 1964 in a more…

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Wilson Pickett ‎- 1971- Don’t Knock My Love

Wilson Pickett’s “Don’t Knock My Love”, his last recording for Atlantic. Not only is this album one of “the wicked’s” best, it’s also not one of your ordinary soul sessions. The songs roll continuously with different instrumentations, synthesizers, background singers, to the intros with each…

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Gladys Knight & The Pips – 1968 – Silk N’ Soul

An album of remakes by Gladys & the Pips still managed to chart (#136) on Billboard’s Pop Album Chart. Only one track escaped as a single, “I Wish It Would Rain“; while beautifully done, it lacked the hurt of the Temptations’ original. Renditions of “You’re…

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Don Patterson ‎– 1978 – Why Not…

Don Patterson played piano from childhood and was heavily influenced by Erroll Garner in his youth. In 1956, he switched to organ after hearing Jimmy Smith play the instrument. In the early 1960s, he began playing regularly with Sonny Stitt, and he began releasing material…

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The Marvelettes ‎– 1961 – Please Mr. Postman

Clearly the focus of Please Mr. Postman (1961) — the Marvelettes’ debut long-player — is the title track. However, fans of the early Motown sound will be interested not only in the vocalists’ soulful and swinging leads, but contributions from burgeoning songwriters Berry Gordy, William…

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Damon Harris ‎– 1978 – Damon

In April 1971, a friend convinced Damon Harris to audition for The Temptations, who were doing a series of shows in nearby Washington, D.C.. The group had just replaced Eddie Kendricks with Ricky Owens from The Vibrations, who was giving uneven performances, and The Temptations…

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Syl Johnson ‎– 1973 – Back For A Taste Of Your Love

A great second-chapter effort from the legendary Syl Johnson – a sweet little record in which Johnson’s raw vocals come into play with the tighter, warmer sound of Hi Records – with amazing results that have made the album a classic for years! The blend…

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Maryann Farra & Satin Soul ‎– 1976 – Never Gonna Leave You

Originally released in 1976 on Brunswick, and produced and arranged by Tony Valor, Never Gonna Leave You brims with a mixture of soul and Philly-influenced sounds. Maryann  Farra’s voice is not that of your typical disco diva: as opposed to the raw dynamism of a Gloria…

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Gene Redding ‎– 1974 – Blood Brother

This is a fantastic recording. Full of meaning. And a great piece of R&B. I have always loved “This Heart” Mr. Redding also recorded several other singles in his career. A strange little soul album – produced and written by the team of Dennis Lambert and…

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Step By Step – 1976 – I Always Wanted To Be In The Band

Step by Step is quite possibly the greatest soul band ever to come out of Milwaukee – and a tight little ensemble who’ve got a really great sound! The overall feel of their work is a bit hard to peg – as the group are…

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Black Ivory ‎– 1976 – Black Ivory

A pivotal album for the group – released at a time when Black Ivory, like so many other east coast vocal groups, was making the transition away from an older sweet soul style to a more sophisticated club vocal sound. The group’s producing themselves here…

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Gene Page – 1974 – Hot City

An excellent album of Barry White-styled instrumentals – put together by Barry’s right hand man Gene Page, and produced by Barry himself! The record’s one of the best that Gene Page ever cut – apart from his seminal blacksploitation soundtracks – and it’s very much…

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The Futures ‎– 1980 – The Greetings Of Peace

 A superb vocal Philly soul quintet. The Futures made a poor career move when Gamble Records ended up by signing with Buddah Records, thus missing a golden opportunity to join Philadelphia International Records.  Their first Buddah release ‘(That’s) The Way Of A Woman In Love’…

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Ruby Andrews ‎– 1977 – Genuine Ruby

A surprisingly successful attempt to reinvent Ruby Andrews for the disco era, Genuine Ruby works because it never sacrifices soulfulness for slickness. Arrangers David VanDepitt and McKinley Jackson maintain total control of the groove, employing experienced hands like keyboardist Earl Van Dyke to guarantee authenticity…

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