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Tag: R&B

The Emotions: Blessed: The Emotions Anthology 1969-1985 (Big Break)

This lavish two-disc set highlights the best work of Chicago trio The Emotions’ career, and is an essential collection of high quality pop and soul music.

Heatwave: Always & Forever: Love Songs & Smooth Grooves (Big Break Records)

This compilation highlights the greatest asset of disco/funk band Heatwave: its love jams.

Gene Chandler: Duke Of Earl: The Gene Chandler Story 1961-1962

Gene Chandler’s debut single “Duke Of Earl” was a massive hit, and unfortunately and unfairly burdened him with the “one-hit wonder” tag. This collection compiles all of the recordings from his first year of recording, and shows there was much more to the man than the hit that defined him.

Kleeer: Get Tough: The Kleeer Anthology 1979-1985 (Big Break Records)

Kleeer was a prolific New York disco/funk/R&B band, releasing seven albums over five years. This anthology collects the best of the best, and makes a case for their role in the history of the music of the era.

Teddy Pendergrass: TP (Big Break Records)

Legendary Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass was a career high, the pinnacle of his early success, and easily one of his finest albums.

Chuck Berry: After School Session (Hoodoo Records)

Chuck Berry’s 1957 debut album might not contain all the hits from the era–Berry was a singles man, after all–but it is a fine document of Berry’s versatility as a guitarist. This expanded edition also includes a handful of beloved contemporary singles.

Tasha Thomas: Midnight Rendezvous (Soul Music)

Tasha Thomas was a promising young singer whose star was on the increase when she released what would be her sole solo album, five years before her untimely death from cancer.

3AM Eternal: Sister Rosetta Tharpe “This Train” (Date Unknown)

A fine Gospel number for this Sunday morning courtesy of the Godmother of Rock and Roll. Enjoy it! (i know you will.)

3AM Eternal: L.C. Cooke “Sufferin'” (1961)

A wonderful, brief side from the younger brother of Soul great Sam Cooke.

Various Artists: Such A Much! R&B Girls of the 50s and 60s/Popcorn Girls/Mid Century Minx (Croydon Municipal)

Music expert Bob Stanley’s specialty label Croydon Municipal has released three distinctive,. essential, and downright enjoyable collections documenting women singers of the 1950s and 1960s.