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Hard honking sax from Jr and crew – wailing away in the uptempo northern mode that always made them a bit hit on the dancefloor. The LP includes their big single "What Does It Take To Win Your Love", plus strong originals like "Sweet Soul", "Ame Cherie (Soul ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jr. Walker's deep soulful tenor graced many a Motown hit back in the 60s – including the dozen featured on this tasty "best of" compilation, put together back in 1968, from singles that were issued earlier in the decade. Includes the huge hit "Shotgun", plus "Home ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite albums by Gladys Knight – a set that seems to have a lot more edge than some of her later work, thanks to some rumbling production from the legendary Norman Whitfield! In a way, Norman's almost applying the Temptations sound to Gladys here – using fuller bass at the ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great resurgence in the career of Gladys Knight – her debut for Motown Records, and the beginning of a new wave of sophistication and soul in her sound! The style here is much more polished than the R&B-tinged feel of her earlier recordings – a warmly growing sound that really ... LP, Vinyl record album
A nice set that follows the soft southern mode that Knight virtually invented in the early 70s – a style that almost takes the earlier achievements of Aretha Franklin, and redirects them to a hipper, more adult audience for the new decade – and sometimes a crossover one at that! Most ... LP, Vinyl record album
Although Gladys Knight & The Pips didn't cut their first recordings or their biggest recordings for Soul/Motown, they did still do a pretty nice job at the label – as you'll hear on this nice collection that brings together a nice batch of their best tracks. 12 tracks in all, including ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great solo moment from Eugene Record – the singer who'd rose to fame with The Chi-Lites, and who still sounds pretty darn great here on his own! The album follows strongly from the best late styles of Record's previous group – and the tunes are a mix of ballads that Eugene could ... LP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album from Johnnie Taylor – a set that not only gave his career a giant boost, but which also helped shift southern soul into hip new territory in the late 70s! The music's a great change from Taylor's previous work at Stax – and the set features warm production from Don ... LP, Vinyl record album
A monster from start to finish – not only the greatest album from War, but maybe one of the greatest mainstream funk albums of all time! The set's got a really unique groove – one that so many others tried to copy, but which was forged here first – in a wicked LA blend of Chicano ... LP, Vinyl record album
Early work by Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, working here with the young Chicago group Manchild – a funky soul outfit that was one of the city's last big new acts of the 70s. The band never really broke the charts that strongly – and on their funky cuts, they sound a bit too much ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the Last Poets greatest albums – and one of their most sophisticated as well! Gone are the rough-hewn rhymes of the group's first album, and in their place are better arranged, more thought-out tracks that mix in a wealth of musical influences – and which expand the group's ... LP, Vinyl record album
A huge moment for War – maybe the group's biggest album of the 70s, but a set that still has them holding onto everything that makes the great! Like Earth Wind & Fire at their best, War have this way of staying strong and righteous, while still able to hit a hook – jamming one ... LP, Vinyl record album