DENIS BRYANT: INSISTENT SOUL

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Denis Bryant: Soul Man (Discreet, 1975, 7″)

Rock/soul cover of the Sam & Dave classic.

On the one hand, the singing on here is crazy overwrought and bordering on unlistenable. On the other hand, that guitar and those piano trills. And yeah, [redacted] sample to boot.

20/365

MELODIYA ENSEMBLE: EASTERN GROOVES

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Melodiya Ensemble: Why Am I Treated So Bad? (Melodiya, 1973)

Soviet jazz album.

Melodiya was the state-run music label in the USSR and the Melodiya Ensemble was made up of musicians taken from across the Soviet empire in that era. Apparently, Cold War tensions weren’t so great to stop these folks from recording any number of Western tunes, including “Aquarius” and this, a cover of the Staple Singers (though I feel like the band was likely more under the sway of the James Brown version).

11/365

FERRANTE & TEICHER: SOULFUL MOODS

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Ferrante & Teicher: Lady Love (UA, 1974, In A Soulful Mood)

Easy-listening album.

Ferrante & Teicher were unquestionably the dynamic duo of the easy listening game. Their LPs litter dollar bins everywhere and while most of them are about as forgettable as you may imagine, I bow down to the utter excellence that is “Lady Love.” No disrespect to Grady Tate but it’s so much better than its source material. No wonder the Dusty Fingers series put this on their very first volume despite it being on […]

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CECIL LEUTER: CRUELLA DE MOOG

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Cecil Leuter: Electro Theme No. 3 (Chappell, 1973, TVMusic 104)

French library album. A-side produced by Cecil Leuter, B-side produced by Georges Teperino.

Most people want this LP because of the (justifiably mental) drum break cut by Teperino on the b-side but while that’s fire, I love that this also has Leuter basically doing a mooged-out version of the “Cruella De Vil” theme.

8/365

LITTLE JOE AND THE LATINAIRES: FOLLOW THEIR COVERS

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Little Joe and the Latinaires: Just Because I Really Love You + Soul Pride + Take Five
From Follow the Leader (Buena Suerta, 1970)

I’ve been up on the San Antonio’s Little Joe for years but somehow, never snatched up one of their records until now. It’d be an understatement to call José María De León Hernández (aka Little Joe) “prolific,” especially if you’re a fan of his tejano recordings. However, while he and his bands likely have far more followers in the world of regional Mexican music, in the […]

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