Love Machine – 1975 – Love Machine

Well, that’s a real surprise!

Raphy promised to send gems that never have been posted to other blogs and here’s a group that most of us never heard of them before. The last few days Trakbuv and I, tried to find any information about the group or the album but nothing important showed up.

(The) Love Machine was a 70’s female disco/soul group, released a lot of 7″ and Lp’s most of them in Europe. Trying to find their discography i got confused but must be the same group on a 1973 live album released in France. After this 1975 LP released by Phillips in Nederlands,  there’s another one  – with the same title – released in  Italy, Nederlands and France,  (see here) in 1977 and in USA by Buddah (see here) in 1978 which includes what i suspect was their biggest hit “Desperately”

Enjoy this rare album with short reviews by Raphy and Trakbuv along with some nice covers of their albums.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Phillips LP including covers.

A1 Poor Side Of Town 3.00
A2 It Only Happens (When I Look At You) 2.58
A3 Brickyard Blues 3.02
A4 You’re The Song 3.01
A5 Laughter In The Rain 4.54
A6 In The Mood 2.10
B1 That’s My Style 3.43
B2 Shoot Your Best Shot 3.16
B3 City In The Sky 3.24
B4 You Wanna Make It To The Top Of The Mountain 2.32
B5 I’ve Got The Music In Me 5.11

Review by Raphy

Love Machine, What a funny name for a bevy of talented Ladies…I think to myself. So, as usual I consult my greatest advisor, ‘Google’ to tell me more about these beauties>>>>and again Google Failed to surprise me by revealing…NOTHING!

Apparently, I found a place on the net that is selling the single For HUGE Bucks….that means I have something of great value, I smirked to myself.

So folks, this will be a very short review only if it can be expanded by our proficient writers, Nikos, Trakbuv or Groovy Emmanuel.

This LP provided some technical challenges while I was doing the editing.. So it’s not as clean as I would like…but it pass by my standard.

If You like to dance, This is the LP for you…From the first track to the last your speakers will be pulsating with Disco beats, Up tempo tunes, Lively Jazz.

So folks, my advice is to chill out with a glass of bourbon or scotch on the rocks……and for those ‘like me’ that can’t afford those liquor…WATER on the ‘ROCKS’ will suffice. But very importantly, constantly look on the album cover…..and I promise you will be transported to a very good place!

As for me, I am dancing with the LP a breath away.

Review by Trakbuv

Well, I for one am impressed by an LP that appears to have materialized from nowhere in Raphy’s magic music box.  The only information I have managed to turn up is regarding another LP I strongly suspect to be by the same band dating from, just to confuse matters, the same year – ‘The Love Machine’ by THE Love Machine – featuring the 7 lovelies silhouetted against a picture of a tiger.  That LP was released on Ducale (PD 340) in Europe (France and Italy).  The LP has a different tracklist of 10 titles composed again of several cover versions, but also some originals by Curtis Nolan & Raymond Crossley (of Nolan & Crossley fame).  I have also found another source suggesting the LP may also have been titled ‘Feel My Love’ (see the video clip below).

Love Machine comprised of Bernice, Kathy, Mary, Paulette, Renee, Sandy & Sheila, all of whom were capable of handling lead vocals – itself an impressive achievement.  The ‘Stars & Stripes’ theme also appeared to feature heavily in the band’s image .  On this wonderful LP that Raphy has provided, there are some very nice cover versions – most notably Neil Sedaka’s ‘Laughter in the rain’, The Staples ‘City in the Sky’, Kiki Dee’s ‘I’ve got the music’, Aretha/Jackie Wilson’s ‘It only happens’, and Glenn Miller’s ‘In the mood’ (?).  And yes indeed – this is a quality boogie joint, but I would personally like to draw special attention to ‘You’re the song’, an unbelievably awesome rare groove lilter that will have UK DJ’s kicking themselves for not having discovered it and then falling over themselves to correct that mistake !  Definitely my style.  As is the lovely ballad ‘That’s my style’ – no not the Main Ingredient number, but a similarly glorious plodder showcasing the elegance of the girls.  Raphy – a truly remarkable surprise, my Caribbean friend.


Never released on CD.  Listen up the wonderful “Desperately

Waiting for your replies on the album or the post, especially if you got any more information about the group. Finally do not forget to thank Raphy for sharing another rare find of his amazing vinyl collection.



“Love Machine” 1978

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Conversation for album: Love Machine – 1975 – Love Machine

  • Trag
    Posted at 15:46h, 22 July 2009 Reply

    This is one and the third album have been on my wants list for years. I’m so happy to finally get to have one of them. Thanks for this rare post. Kudos!

  • alphabet
    Posted at 17:29h, 22 July 2009 Reply

    Niiiice!!!! Muchas Gracias!!

  • rich
    Posted at 21:14h, 22 July 2009 Reply

    wow cant wait to hear it thanks ralpy that song desperately sounds dope

  • jahcisco
    Posted at 22:34h, 22 July 2009 Reply

    Thanks. Much appreciated.

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 01:47h, 23 July 2009 Reply

    Can’t wait to give it a listen. Thanks.

  • Gea
    Posted at 02:31h, 23 July 2009 Reply

    Amazing sharing. Keep diggin! Raphy, give us some more brother..

  • donnie
    Posted at 03:55h, 23 July 2009 Reply

    You guys do fantastic work! Know that your efforts are appreciated. Always nice to hear new and rare grooves.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 05:38h, 23 July 2009 Reply


  • high Priest Of Good Times
    Posted at 05:38h, 23 July 2009 Reply


  • Rocky
    Posted at 10:46h, 23 July 2009 Reply

    Oh man. It’s hot!!!! Hot girls too!! you’re awesome!

  • hooch
    Posted at 17:18h, 23 July 2009 Reply

    Many thanks as always.

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 13:30h, 24 July 2009 Reply

    A great find. Love it! Thanks Raphy and Nikos. Keep it soulful brothers.

  • Phil
    Posted at 17:05h, 24 July 2009 Reply

    Loving these LPs


  • Mr. Moo
    Posted at 20:09h, 24 July 2009 Reply

    Thanks for both albums Raphy, Trakbuv and Nikos. (The) Love Machine released a third (nine tracks) album in 1979 titled ‘Love Power’ under the Ducale label as well:

  • rich
    Posted at 21:14h, 24 July 2009 Reply

    thank u for the bonus album nikos

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 21:59h, 24 July 2009 Reply

    Very impressive. You’re work is much Appreciated!! Can’t wait to hear these gems.

  • Chris-T
    Posted at 02:13h, 25 July 2009 Reply

    Nuff thanks Raphy & Nikos.

  • Aariestheory
    Posted at 04:06h, 25 July 2009 Reply

    Thank you so much for this! I don’t know much about the group either.

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 14:01h, 25 July 2009 Reply

    Many thanks Nikos & Raphy!

  • whoknows
    Posted at 15:57h, 25 July 2009 Reply

    thanks yall, can’t wait to listen to this one!

  • Oak
    Posted at 23:23h, 25 July 2009 Reply

    I’ve never heard of the 7 beauties. “Desperately” is superb indeed. I like the record covers and the music is really great.

  • Sunrise
    Posted at 02:16h, 26 July 2009 Reply

    Holly shit….Another out of print gem. I was after that for years and made me so very happy. Raphy you are my hero man.

  • Ricardo
    Posted at 00:40h, 28 July 2009 Reply

    Never heard of them, but Trakbuv’s review done got me interested. Thanks for this rare share Raphy, and of course Nikos – premier league posting as always.

  • Tommy
    Posted at 10:01h, 28 July 2009 Reply

    Hot record covers and some quality boogie / disco and uptempo songs!
    Perfect for the summertime. Ultra rare i guess cause I’d never heard or seen that again. Thanks for the bonus too.

  • Jazzsoulman
    Posted at 13:38h, 28 July 2009 Reply

    Once again, you made my day. Thank you so much for sharing this gem

  • Raphy
    Posted at 18:29h, 29 July 2009 Reply

    Thank you All……………….More to come. I don’t don’t remember how I come by this Lp……Trakbuv said it had materialized from nowhere….I probably believe it now!!

    Glad you all enjoy something…..different!

    Big [email protected]!

  • Maciko
    Posted at 23:33h, 30 July 2009 Reply

    Terrific post !!!!
    Many many thanks

  • Marcha
    Posted at 13:33h, 31 July 2009 Reply

    aaaaaaaaaah it’s worth to download just for the covers, lol. But the whole thing is great. Thanks.

  • Dick
    Posted at 12:19h, 07 August 2009 Reply

    This was fun! I remember buying this album back in the 70’s. It was kind of a hate/love-feeling. Not what I expected, but not bad either… Today I cherish it – as it was a very early soul-album for me!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 00:03h, 09 August 2009 Reply

    Oh boy! I gonna have a good time listening to this. Thanks

  • Italianbeat
    Posted at 00:55h, 17 August 2009 Reply

    Desperately is fantastic song

  • jerome green
    Posted at 01:32h, 28 August 2009 Reply

    Hi Nikos,

    Thank you Raphy & thank you Nikos for the rarest and the sexiest!!! I wish you both much love & peace for the feeling I get listening to the delicious sounds.

    Peace, jerome

  • Jason
    Posted at 22:08h, 25 October 2009 Reply

    Great Find!!

  • xwiler
    Posted at 03:43h, 03 November 2009 Reply

    this is a great album.. i love the arrangements and these women have beautiful voices

  • Witchy Woman
    Posted at 13:34h, 03 December 2009 Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing this!!

  • Brent
    Posted at 13:33h, 17 December 2009 Reply

    Here’s what little I know: The Love Machine were managed by John Daniels, who owned seminal Los Angeles disco/nightclub “Mavericks Flat” on Crenshaw Blvd in the 70s. (Daniels also starred in blackspoitation flicks “The Candy Tangerine Man” and “Black Shampoo”).

    The Love Machine also appear and perform in the hard-to-find film “Getting Over” from 1981.

  • Lou
    Posted at 11:10h, 07 February 2010 Reply

    I agree with the other comments about the covers.

    Thanks for sharing!

  • Apani
    Posted at 02:04h, 16 February 2010 Reply

    Thank you for this!

  • hamnegger
    Posted at 00:13h, 11 April 2010 Reply

    great stuff, thankyou
    don’t think I know these

  • Sandra Sully
    Posted at 00:29h, 29 April 2010 Reply

    It was great to see the tribute to the Love Machine! I am one of the original members. One of the girls went on to become the first black model on “The Price Is Right” Some of the girls continued in the entertainment field and others secured traditional jobs. I did both. I became a songwriter for Anita Baker, Bobby Womack and others. Sheila,
    the group members with the first soprano voice died two years ago.
    It was great to hear the old records! Believe it or not, the group performed for twenty years.
    Sandra Sully

  • Frank Buddha Tank
    Posted at 04:17h, 11 January 2011 Reply

    I work at a Jazz club in the Crenshaw Los Angeles CA area called Maverick Flat’s Jazz Supper & Club. They have tons of beautiful pictures of all the ladies in the Love Machine group. They are truly stunning gorgeous women each one of them. I will dig deeper since I am new to the place and rely any new information or any more music of theirs to your website. I love the music let’s groove on!!!!

  • maple shorten (Jesse)
    Posted at 23:23h, 14 June 2011 Reply

    Sandra, I wanted to send my loving respect. And so happy to see your beautiful face. For years i have dreamed one day i’d see your beautiful smile. Please, give me a call 773-879-5585 this is maple from frankfurt germany the year 1982 1983

  • maple shorten (Jesse)
    Posted at 04:03h, 16 June 2011 Reply

    Hey beautiful love maple

  • Elyn
    Posted at 22:35h, 08 September 2012 Reply

    FYI, Kathy is also “Kathleen” who was a Barker’s Beauty from 1999-2000. She was “Mrs. Parker” on “Friday” with Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. AND… she has her memoirs coming out in December 2012 (expected release).

    • Sandra Sully
      Posted at 00:13h, 01 April 2014 Reply

      Kathleen’s book is out and available. Tales of a Barker’s beauty. Kathleen Bradley. We lost two members Paulette and Sheila. The other members live in LA, Renee, model and actress, Sandra Sully, songwriter, Mary and Bernice pursued other careers.

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