Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Sublime grooves from Allspice—a group who only gave the world this one and only 1977 album (released on the At-Home label), but who sparkle strongly throughout—thanks to help from ‘70s maestro Wayne Henderson! Henderson produces the group in a tight blend of soul, funk, and jazz—similar to his more famous productions for Side Effect and Pleasure—but with an even deeper sound overall. The vocals are sublime, a great mix of male and female leads laced with warm harmonies, backed by the impeccable instrumentation that is characteristic of a Henderson production. Liner notes by Bill Dahl examine the career and work of this one-off. Tracks include: Love Fire; Destiny; She's A Lady; Slipped Away; Give It Time; Hungry For Your Love; I Don't Know; and Get Up Off Your Lovin'. ~ Real Gone Music


A sweet collection of grooves from the legendary Salsoul label – easily one of the hippest imprints on the New York scene of the 70s! Salsoul's grooves go way beyond the usual disco – crafted with roots that go back to soul and salsa of the earlier part of the decade – and often mixed to perfection with a sound that holds up strongly, even on a crowded dancefloor! This package features ten of the best-remembered gems from the label – most in long mixes that echo their strong popularity as 12" single – titles that include "Doctor Love" by First Choice, "Runaway" by The Salsoul Orchestra with Loleatta Holloway, "Jingo" by Candido, "Dreamin" by Loleatta Holloway, "By The Way You Dance" by Bunny Sigler, "Love Is You" by Carol Williams, "Dance A Little Bit Closer" by Charo, "I Love New York" by Metropolis, and "Rio De Janeiro" by Gary Criss. ~ Dusty Groove


A tremendous little album from reedman Darryl Reeves – jazz at the core, but served up with plenty of cosmic soulful touches too – thanks to help from a great lineup of guest singers! Darryl's work on alto sax is more than enough to make us fall in love with the album – especially when it's lined up here with 70s-styled spacey keyboards, and given some crisp 21st Century funky production – but the addition of voice to the mix really helps push the whole thing even further, and give the record a glowing sort of warmth that comes from all the collaborative efforts on the tunes! Guests include Carmen Rodgers, Valencia Robinson, Rasheeda Ali, Gwen Bunn, and Ingride Sibley – and titles include "Coldstone", "Southern Lights", "Everytime I See You", "Peach Lady", "Mercenaries", "The Messenger", and "Star Of Detroit". ~ Dusty Groove

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