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Keep on Keeping On. Studio Albums 1970-74 (2019 Remaster)

Curtis Mayfield

Soul - Uscito il 22 febbraio 2019 | Rhino

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Thriller 25 (Super Deluxe Edition)

Michael Jackson

Soul - Uscito il 21 marzo 2018 | Epic - Legacy

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Shaft

Isaac Hayes

Soul - Uscito il 18 novembre 2016 | Stax

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The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters 1959-1983 (23CD)

The Isley Brothers

Soul/Funk/R&B - Uscito il 21 agosto 2015 | Epic - Legacy

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The Complete Studio Albums Collection (10 CD)

Otis Redding

Soul - Uscito il 01 giugno 2015 | Rhino Atlantic

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Faith & Grace - A Family Journey 1953-1976

The Staple Singers

R&B - Uscito il 01 gennaio 2015 | Stax

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Ahh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!

Bootsy Collins

Funk - Uscito il 15 gennaio 1977 | Rhino - Warner Records

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Riding High

Faze-O

Funk - Uscito il 01 gennaio 1977 | Rhino Atlantic

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Nona Hendryx

Nona Hendryx

Soul/Funk/R&B - Uscito il 29 aprile 2014 | Epic

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What's Going On

Marvin Gaye

Soul - Uscito il 21 maggio 1971 | Motown

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Distrutto dal dolore dopo la morte della sua partner Tammi Terrell, morta di cancro nel marzo 1970, Marvin Gaye si ritirò dal business, precipitando in un'intensa depressione lanciandosi nel football firmando per il team dei Detroit Lions. Nel giugno dello stesso anno, tuttavia, torna alla musica spinto dal momento sociale e politico del suo paese. Mentre gli Stati Uniti combattono contro i propri demoni, sia interni (la segregazione dei neri) che esterni (la guerra del Vietnam), Marvin pubblica un capolavoro di soul impregnato di coscienza sociale. Con la sua prosa impegnata, What Going On, che appare il 21 maggio 1971, porta la Motown fuori dal Sweet American Dream per confrontarsi con la realtà del suo tempo. Ma Marvin Gaye, artista e poeta, fa sentire il suo impegno politico e sociale come nessun altro. Una sinfonia magistrale ed abilmente dosata dove gli strumenti, il ritmo e i cori sono capaci di ipnotizzare l'ascoltatore. La pietra miliare della musica nera americana, tuttavia, non era facile da rappresentare visto che Berry Gordy temeva che questo lavoro altamente politicizzato danneggiasse quell'immagine sempre molto (forse troppo) positiva della sua etichetta e del suo artista. Con What’s Going On, Marvin costringe Gordy a schierarsi in merito al conflitto vietnamita, le tensioni interrazziali e il degrado delle metropoli americane. Il successo dell'album è immediato e What's Going On viene ampiamente premiato. Per la prima volta, e soprattutto per un album della Motown, questo disco è stato progettato diversamente, senza il controllo totale di Gordy. Marvin Gaye firma quindi un nuovo contratto con la Motown, questa volta di un milione di dollari, il più importante per un artista nero in quell'epoca. E per quanto riguarda What's Going On, rimane ancora uno dei migliori album del ventesimo secolo. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Songs In The Key Of Life

Stevie Wonder

Soul - Uscito il 28 settembre 1976 | Motown

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Songs in the Key of Life was Stevie Wonder's longest, most ambitious collection of songs, a two-LP (plus accompanying EP) set that -- just as the title promised -- touched on nearly every issue under the sun, and did it all with ambitious (even for him), wide-ranging arrangements and some of the best performances of Wonder's career. The opening "Love's in Need of Love Today" and "Have a Talk with God" are curiously subdued, but Stevie soon kicks into gear with "Village Ghetto Land," a fierce exposé of ghetto neglect set to a satirical Baroque synthesizer. Hot on its heels comes the torrid fusion jam "Contusion," a big, brassy hit tribute to the recently departed Duke Ellington in "Sir Duke," and (another hit, this one a Grammy winner as well) the bumping poem to his childhood, "I Wish." Though they didn't necessarily appear in order, Songs in the Key of Life contains nearly a full album on love and relationships, along with another full album on issues social and spiritual. Fans of the love album Talking Book can marvel that he sets the bar even higher here, with brilliant material like the tenderly cathartic and gloriously redemptive "Joy Inside My Tears," the two-part, smooth-and-rough "Ordinary Pain," the bitterly ironic "All Day Sucker," or another classic heartbreaker, "Summer Soft." Those inclined toward Stevie Wonder the social-issues artist had quite a few songs to focus on as well: "Black Man" was a Bicentennial school lesson on remembering the vastly different people who helped build America; "Pastime Paradise" examined the plight of those who live in the past and have little hope for the future; "Village Ghetto Land" brought listeners to a nightmare of urban wasteland; and "Saturn" found Stevie questioning his kinship with the rest of humanity and amusingly imagining paradise as a residency on a distant planet. If all this sounds overwhelming, it is; Stevie Wonder had talent to spare during the mid-'70s, and instead of letting the reserve trickle out during the rest of the decade, he let it all go with one massive burst. (His only subsequent record of the '70s was the similarly gargantuan but largely instrumental soundtrack Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants.) © John Bush /TiVo
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Talking Book

Stevie Wonder

Soul - Uscito il 01 gennaio 1972 | Motown

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After releasing two "head" records during 1970 and 1971, Stevie Wonder expanded his compositional palette with 1972's Talking Book to include societal ills as well as tender love songs, and so recorded the first smash album of his career. What had been hinted at on the intriguing project Music of My Mind was here focused into a laser beam of tight songwriting, warm electronic arrangements, and ebullient performances -- altogether the most realistic vision of a musical personality ever put to wax, beginning with a disarmingly simple love song, "You Are the Sunshine of My Life" (but of course, it's only the composition that's simple). Wonder's not always singing a tender ballad here -- in fact, he flits from contentment to mistrust to promise to heartbreak within the course of the first four tracks -- but he never fails to render each song in the most vivid colors. In stark contrast to his early songs, which were clever but often relied on the Motown template of romantic metaphor, with Talking Book it became clear Wonder was beginning to speak his mind and use his personal history for material (just as Marvin Gaye had with the social protest of 1971's What's Going On). The lyrics became less convoluted, while the emotional power gained in intensity. "You and I" and the glorious closer "I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever)" subtly illustrate that the conception of love can be stronger than the reality, while "Tuesday Heartbreak" speaks simply but powerfully: "I wanna be with you when the nighttime comes/I wanna be with you till the daytime comes." Ironically, the biggest hit from Talking Book wasn't a love song at all; the funk landmark "Superstition" urges empowerment instead of hopelessness, set to a grooving beat that made it one of the biggest hits of his career. It's followed by "Big Brother," the first of his directly critical songs, excoriating politicians who posture to the underclass in order to gain the only thing they really need: votes. With Talking Book, Wonder also found a proper balance between making an album entirely by himself and benefiting from the talents of others. His wife Syreeta contributed two great lyrics, and Ray Parker, Jr. came by to record a guitar solo that brings together the lengthy jam "Maybe Your Baby." Two more guitar heroes, Jeff Beck and Buzzy Feton, appeared on "Lookin' for Another Pure Love," Beck's solo especially giving voice to the excruciating process of moving on from a broken relationship. Like no other Stevie Wonder LP before it, Talking Book is all of a piece, the first unified statement of his career. It's certainly an exercise in indulgence but, imitating life, it veers breathtakingly from love to heartbreak and back with barely a pause. © John Bush /TiVo
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Can't Slow Down

Lionel Richie

Soul - Uscito il 01 gennaio 1983 | Motown

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On Can't Slow Down, his second solo album, Lionel Richie ran with the sound and success of his eponymous debut, creating an album that was designed to be bigger and better. It's entirely possible that he took a cue from Michael Jackson's Thriller, which set out to win over listeners of every corner of the mainstream pop audience, because Richie does a similar thing with Can't Slow Down -- he plays to the MOR adult contemporary audience, to be sure, but he ups the ante on his dance numbers, creating grooves that are funkier, and he even adds a bit of rock with the sleek nocturnal menace of "Running With the Night," one of the best songs here. He doesn't swing for the fences like Michael did in 1982; he makes safe bets, which is more in his character. But safe bets do pay off, and with Can't Slow Down Richie reaped enormous dividends, earning not just his biggest hit, but his best album. He has less compunction about appearing as a pop singer this time around, which gives the preponderance of smooth ballads -- particularly "Penny Lover," "Hello," and the country-ish "Stuck on You" -- conviction, and the dance songs roll smooth and easy, never pushing the beats too hard and relying more on Richie's melodic hooks than the grooves, which is what helped make "All Night Long (All Night)" a massive hit. Indeed, five of these songs (all the aforementioned tunes) were huge hits, and since the record ran only eight songs, that's an astonishing ration. The short running time does suggest the record's main weakness, one that it shares with many early-'80s LPs -- the songs themselves run on a bit too long, padding out the running length of the entire album. This is only a problem on album tracks like "Love Will Find a Way," which are pleasant but a little tedious at their length, but since there are only three songs that aren't hits, it's a minor problem. All the hits showcase Lionel Richie at his best, as does Can't Slow Down as a whole. © Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo
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Let's Get It On

Marvin Gaye

Soul - Uscito il 01 gennaio 2014 | Motown

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After brilliantly surveying the social, political, and spiritual landscape with What's Going On, Marvin Gaye turned to more intimate matters with Let's Get It On, a record unparalleled in its sheer sensuality and carnal energy. Always a sexually charged performer, Gaye's passions reach their boiling point on tracks like the magnificent title hit (a number one smash) and "You Sure Love to Ball"; silky and shimmering, the music is seductive in the most literal sense, its fluid grooves so perfectly designed for romance as to border on parody. With each performance laced with innuendo, each lyric a come-on, and each rhythm throbbing with lust, perhaps no other record has ever achieved the kind of sheer erotic force of Let's Get It On, and it remains the blueprint for all of the slow jams to follow decades later -- much copied, but never imitated. © Jason Ankeny /TiVo
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Fulfillingness' First Finale

Stevie Wonder

Soul - Uscito il 01 gennaio 1972 | Motown

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After the righteous anger and occasional despair of the socially motivated Innervisions, Stevie Wonder returned with a relationship record: Fulfillingness' First Finale. The cover pictures his life as an enormous wheel, part of which he's looking ahead to and part of which he's already completed (the latter with accompanying images of Little Stevie, JFK and MLK, the Motor Town Revue bus, a child with balloons, his familiar Taurus logo, and multiple Grammy awards). The songs and arrangements are the warmest since Talking Book, and Stevie positively caresses his vocals on this set, encompassing the vagaries of love, from dreaming of it ("Creepin'") to being bashful of it ("Too Shy to Say") to knowing when it's over ("It Ain't No Use"). The two big singles are "Boogie on Reggae Woman," with a deep electronic groove balancing organic congas and gospel piano, and "You Haven't Done Nothin'," an acidic dismissal of President Nixon and the Watergate controversy (he'd already written "He's Misstra Know-It-All" on the same topic). As before, Fulfillingness' First Finale is mostly the work of a single man; Stevie invited over just a bare few musicians, and most of those were background vocalists (though of the finest caliber: Minnie Riperton, Paul Anka, Deniece Williams, and the Jackson 5). Also as before, the appearances are perfectly chosen; "Too Shy to Say" can only benefit from the acoustic bass of Motown institution James Jamerson and the heavenly steel guitar of Sneaky Pete Kleinow, while the Jackson 5 provide some righteous amens to Stevie's preaching on "You Haven't Done Nothin'." It's also very refreshing to hear more songs devoted to the many and varied stages of romance, among them "It Ain't No Use," "Too Shy to Say," "Please Don't Go." The only element lacking here, in comparison to the rest of his string of brilliant early-'70s records, is a clear focus; Fulfillingness' First Finale is more a collection of excellent songs than an excellent album. © John Bush /TiVo
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C'est Chic

Chic

Disco - Uscito il 01 novembre 1978 | Rhino Atlantic

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Higher! (coffret 4CD)

Sly & The Family Stone

Funk - Uscito il 23 agosto 2013 | Epic - Legacy

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One True Vine

Mavis Staples

Soul - Uscito il 24 giugno 2013 | Anti - Epitaph

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Inspiration Information/ Wings Of Love

Shuggie Otis

Soul - Uscito il 12 aprile 2013 | Epic - Legacy

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Crawfish Fiesta (Remastered with Bonus Track)

Professor Longhair

Soul - Uscito il 01 gennaio 1980 | Alligator Records

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