Colombian salsa from its sixties roots through till the mid-seventies, covering all the big names. Another Discos Fuentes comp — and a bit glib, that subtitle — but fabulous music, of course.
Nyce NYC soul, with at least two killers — Don’t You Care, and Never Did I Stop Loving You. The LP is a facsimile of the original Mainstream release, just the ten tracks. The CD adds rarities; some great photos.
Jazz, soul and rhythm and blues by this pivotal figure, from the LPs Live At The Flamingo, and Sound Venture, with the cream of UK jazzmen. Swinging Soho does Stax, Latin, Stevie, Louis Jordan, Mose, Oscar Brown…
Pre-funk gospelized soul sides, ostensibly produced by the Soul Brother himself, showing off her fabulous voice, especially the burners.
His beautiful voice in fine fettle on this missing link between The Bottle and the Salsoul disco-raps — a foretaste of disco in 1976, but previously released only in Japan, including fine Isaac Hayes and Billy Stewart covers.
Blaxploitation soundtrack from the team behind Fritz The Cat, with Betty Everett, Walter Hawkins and Sonny Stitt, and some tough organ funk led by Merl Saunders.
Great band, Pleasure, and this is one of their best. The title track is a bona fide club classic.
Afro-soul blends, the Sowetan exile alongside the Adderleys and a Crusader or two.
Earth-moving stuff here, of course, with Joe Henderson, Alice Coltrane, Gary Bartz, Norman Connors… but ‘forgotten’? Even as a marketing angle, you must be kidding.
Great New York latin soul LP from 1969, with Ricardo Marrero and Bobby Marin — check Barbara With The Kooky Eyes — plus unissued tracks by a supergroup including Tito Puente and Louie Ramirez.
Thrilling rarities from Stax and Goldwax — funky scorchers like The Hawg; hard takes on Ticket To Ride and Tramp; Isaac Hayes’ debut 45; Willie Cobbs’ You Don’t Love Me (which Dawn Penn did over as No, No, No).
A fine first survey of classics recorded for Prestige, Cadet and Elektra, with some magnificent rarities and an essential unissued folk-funk recovery, and a decent booklet.