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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 German 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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A bird in the hand

Ultra Funk  “Meat Heat”  Contempo Records (1977) (UK)  LISTEN HERE

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The baddest band in the land

Here are five classic, must-have, Isley Brothers albums from the 1970’s.   (From the top) Harvest for the World (1976 ) Including “Harvest for the World,” “People of Today,” and “Who Loves You Better” (and that’s just Side One);  3+3  (1973 ) Including “That Lady Parts 1 and 2,” “What It Comes Down To,” “You Walk Your Way” and “Summer Breeze”The Heat Is On (1975) Including “Fight the Power Parts 1 and 2,” and “For the Love of You Parts 1 and 2”Showdown (1978 ) Including “Take Me to the Next Phase Parts 1 and 2,” and “Groove With You” and Live It Up (1974) Including “Hello It’s Me,”, “Live It Up” and “Midnight Sky” on T-Neck Records/Epic.   The Isley Brothers:  Ernie, Ronald, Rudolph, O’Kelly and Marvin Isley with brother-in-law Chris Jasper produced one of the greatest soul sounds of all time — a distinctive blend of soul and funk and rock led by Ernie’s guitar and Ronald’s vocals.  These recordings can make you dance, break your heart or just thank god for their deep soulful emotion and joy.  And check out those outfits!

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