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if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record.
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cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.
"Baby Don't Do It" is a sort of bluesy, shouting track, a little like "Message to the Soul Sisters" in format, but with more of an older R&B groove that has Lyn shouting away in a solid soul groove! The b-side's a cover of the Harold Melvin hit, and a nice one at that! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Great stuff from the enigmatic Sweet Charles! The track's one of his mellower tunes, but as with all his work, he's presenting it in a wonderful vocal style that turns an older tune into an extremely compelling soul number. James Brown produced, in a nicely understated mode. 7-inch, Vinyl record
One of the best funky numbers by Mandrill – a killer sample track that never gets old! "Fencewalk" begins with this tight brace of horns – stepping out and stating the groove, while guitar gets all wangly underneath to make the whole thing even funkier – as snapping ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Massive funkiness from the early 70s! "Jungle Fever" is one of those cuts that we never tire of – with pounding slow funk drums that still send a shiver down our spine. "Cha Ka Cha" is a slow Latin groover – with almost an LA Chicano funk sound. 7-inch, Vinyl record
Two cuts from the Black Ceasar soundtrack! "Down & Out" is amazingly funky – with a riffing bongo on the intro, strummed electric guitar, and James bad-rapping some lyrics with an amazing edge! "Mama's Dead" is sadder, slower, and blusier – but still a nice ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
The Reflections were a great lost soul group who cut one album for Capitol, plus a handful of singles. This nice one from 1975 features 2 strong cuts by the band – both with arrangements by Bert De Coteaux. "Three Steps" is a midtempo number, written by JR Bailey – and the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
2 killers by James! Both tracks are from the soundtrack to Slaughter's Big Ripoff, and "Sexy Sexy Sexy" is a stone cold winner that always gets overlooked in surveys of James' funky singles from the time. Very nice! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Stellar soul from the Dramatics! "Beware The Man" is a killer message cut – with kind of a super-dope groove that's more Curtom soul than Volt! "And I Panicked" is an excellent harmony track – with a heartbreaking ballad style that's like some of their best early ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Both remakes – but both great! "Think" is redone here in a great 70s funk version, with backing by the JBs, and a totally loose groove from Brother James. "Something" is the Beatles tune, but it's completely remade into an almost-political soul track – one that is ... 7-inch, Vinyl record