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Sublime soul from Jerry Butler – material recorded during his post-Vee Jay years, when he was really transforming his sound in ways that still made him one of the dominant male voices in sophisticated soul! There's a great balance between poise and emotion in the cuts – served up with ... LP, Vinyl record album
A lost little gem from Jerry – recorded towards the end of his years with Mercury. The record's got Jerry working in a much hipper style than before, drawing off the pool of younger Chicago soul talents that he'd begun to collect on some of his earlier albums for Mercury – and the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Perhaps the greatest record Jerry Butler made in the 70s, and a very tight bit of baroque Chicago soul with arrangements and production by Samuel F. Brown III. The tracks are a good mix of originals and covers, and they all show Jerry going way past his Gamble & Huff/Mercury years – into ... LP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful uptown soul from Jerry – with pre Gamble-Huff arrangements by Jo Renzetti and Jimmy Wisner. The tracks do a great job of maintaining the perfect Iceman sound from Jerry's late Vee Jay years, yet also hint nicely at the direction to come. Titles include "You Walked Into My ... LP, Vinyl record album
Definitely something nice from the great Roy C – one of the overlooked soul singer's great 70s albums for Mercury – all of which are ripe for rediscovery by a younger generation! This one's slightly different than the rest, in that the album was recorded at the Dynamic Studios in ... LP, Vinyl record album
A crowning moment from the Chicago scene of the late 70s – the second Mercury album from Heaven & Earth, and a stunner all the way through! The set's an undisputed groover right from the start – thanks to the massive arrangements from the great Floyd Morris – an artist who ... LP, Vinyl record album
A legendary album from The Ohio Players – a set that's famous not just for its sexy cover, but for the way the group managed to set a whole new standard for mainstream funk at the time! The group started out in the farther reaches of the Midwest underground, and previously had brought some ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cut on the heels of Melba's run in the musical Hair, this early set features versions of the tunes "The Flesh Failures", "Easy To Be Hard", and "I Love Making Love To You", all from the Rado/Ragni/MacDermot team. Arrangements are by Charlie Calello and Jimmy Wisner,and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nice lost bit of Chicago female soul, produced by the Ohio Players, and with a sound that sounds a lot like their Mercury albums of the time – that is, with some hard slap-bass funk on most cuts, and some slower spacier sounds on others. Includes one of our fave tracks these days, the spacey ... LP, Vinyl record album
Killer stuff from Gene! After recording a few sadly overlooked albums for Brunwsick, Gene hit big big big with this killer record on Mercury! The record virtually defines the Chicago soul sound of the late 60s – with arrangements by Tom Tom, production by Gene, and a great loping soul ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic collaboration between 2 of the godfathers of Chicago soul – recorded at a time when both of them had emerged as proven big-sales artists, and were given the freedom to experiment in different styles with side projects like this. Here, they're singing in almost a Curtis Mayfield-esqu ... LP, Vinyl record album