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Soul searching

aHyNHMV3ll7omfm3s12FnymXo1_500 copyWe’re looking for a series of French LP compilations of classic Atlantic soul acts doing rock and pop covers.  Like Wilson Pickett doing Love is a Beautiful Thing, and a soul/horns version of Sunshine of Your Love, that kind of stuff.   The covers were illustrated, no photographs.  Can any of our French “cover lovers” help us find any of these?  Perhaps even send a photo?  Thanks for any info!

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Sweethearts of the rodeo

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“Cowboys to Girls”   The Intruders  Gamble Records (Philadelphia)  (1968)   Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

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Say it loud

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Here’s this week’s exciting new find.  “Black is Beautiful”  The Douglass High School Choir, Orchestra, Chorus  (Oklahoma City)   Century Records – Dimension 70  (1970)  “Black Is Beautiful”

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Put the boogie in your butt

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Kool & The Gang  “Spirit  of the Boogie”  De-Lite Records  (1975)  Great funky instrumentals from the band that James Brown once said was the funkiest of its time.  Check out the title cut here!    A follow-up of sorts to their hit of the previous year, “Jungle Boogie.”  This one opens with a Sly and the Family Stone riff and moves into a Jimmy Castor-type groove.

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This is dedicated to the one I love!

“It Takes Two”  Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston  Tamla Motown Records

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Super Fly!

Jimmy McGriff  “Fly Dude”  Groove Merchant Records (1972)

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Work it

A mis-printed sleeve for this French Vogue single of Dionne Warwick’s big hit – “WALK on By”.

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Reach for the truth

A beautiful record for a blue-sky Manhattan Saturday.  Linda Lewis “Lark”  Reprise Records  (1972)   “Old Smokey”

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Bad move

“Blues Soul”  of Johnny (guitar) Watson  Chess Records (1964)  One of the funkiest guitar players of all time, the legendary, original “gangster of love” here plays piano and sings standards in this jazz trio album that’s not too soulful or bluesy — Witchcraft/I Cried For You/I’ll Remember April/Polka Dots And Moonbeams//Exactly Like You/When Did You Leave Heaven/Reconsider Baby/Misty

An oddball release that doesn’t do credit to his talent (or the great Chess label catalog).   This came out during a lull in his long career – after the great 50′s releases (“Gangster of Love”, “Hot Little Mama”, “Those Lonely, Lonely Nights”) and before his 70′s comeback (“A Real Motha for Ya”, “Ain’t That A Bitch”, “Superman Lover”).

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Chest fever

Bar-Kays  “Too Hot To Stop”  Mercury Records  (1976)   Also includes “Shake Your Rump to the Funk”.

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