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One of the more amazing things about 70s soul was how many "behind the scenes" forces were able to come to the forefront, and emerge as strong artists in their own right. Case in point is the Memphis Horns, who by this point in their career were a pretty well developed soul act – ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great little debut album from the team of Len Ron Hanks and Zane Grey – songwriters who'd scored earlier in the 70s with tracks for Jerry Butler and LTD, but who also strike up a pretty strong groove on their own! The pair are from Chicago, but are recording in LA – and their sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
An obscure chapter in Johnnie Taylor's career – recorded between work at Stax and Columbia, with production and arrangements by Don Davis, who was a seminal force in guiding Johnnie's career. The album's a really strong one – with material that's a bit rootsier than the Columbia years, ... LP, Vinyl record album
A groovy record from Jose – with his best kind of crossover feel! It's an unusual title – one that refers to the first track on the record, recorded by Jose Feliciano at age 10 – and the rest of the material included, done when Jose was 23 years old. It's a mixture of American ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the stranger albums by the Friends of Distinction – with some super-baroque arrangements by Jerry Peters that seem to be trying to push the group past the bouncy formula of their earlier hits. The style should work, especially because Peters is always such a rich talent for more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Like all of DJ's RCA LPs, this one's a very nice batch of smooth mellow soul, with tight arrangments that have DJ on electric piano and other keyboards, and singing in his beautiful rich voice. Titles include "Love Is All I Need", "Saved By Love", "Love Is On The Way" ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic live album – one of the first in soul music, and a beautiful set of smooth soul tunes from Sam Cooke! Sam's singing at the high-end nitespot The Copacabana – and like many live sets performed there, this one's tailored a bit to the classy crowd at the show – but that ... LP, Vinyl record album
A 2LP set that brings together earlier Sam Cooke titles for RCA – some remastered and made into stereo titles, others just cleaned up a bit. There's a total of 20 tracks in all – with hits like "Twistin The Night Away", "You Send Me", "Chain Gang", "Ha ... LP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked later gem from Parliament – a set that's very tight and funky, and which really picks up the groove first laid down on "Flashlight"! There's a tightly snapping approach here that rivals the best late 70s work by Funkadelic – the later P-Funk mode that's even ... LP, Vinyl record album
Given that the Soulful Strings were really just a studio side project of the Chi soul arranger Richard Evans, it seems sort of strange to have them cut a live LP, but the session, recorded at Chicago's London House, works quite well, and has a bit more lively feel than some of their classic studio ... LP, Vinyl record album