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1974 + 1975 Best Of 70s Soul

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1976 Soulful Grooves

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Hopefully 2014 will be as good as 1976…

“1976 was Britian's best ever year according to new study. Research by economists revealed the year the Ford Fiesta, The Body Shop and Apple launched was also the UK's happiest year, the Sunday People reports Brits bask in glorious sunshine, The Rolling Stones tour and rank outsiders win the FA cup – each could be a headline from this year. But they were equally true in 1976, which was the UK’s best ever year, according to a new study by economists. Many people fondly remember the year when the mercury topped 28C (82F) for a record-breaking 22 days… and for once the nostalgia is not misplaced.”

The million-selling 'You'll never find another love like mine' from Lou Rawls parked at number one on the R&B charts for two weeks and number two on the pop charts for two weeks as well in the (warm!) summer of 1976. The song was written by Philly soul creators Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. It is about Kenny Gamble's divorce (he…

Eddy's 80s Grooves Part 3

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Enjoy part 3 of Eddy's 80s Grooves! The mix ends with Die Fehlfarben:

Monarchie und Alltag, the 1980 debut album by Die Fehlfarben, is one of the key releases of the Neue Deutsche Welle (NDW), the German equivalent of new wave. Die Fehlfarben were never quite the same after Monarchie und Alltag -- constant lineup shuffling, intermittent streaks of band activity -- and though the album fell upon deaf ears initially, it grew in stature over the years and rightly became recognized as a cornerstone of modern German rock, earning a deluxe reissue in 2000. Renowned for decades, the band nonetheless only ever scored one proper hit, "Ein Jahr (Es Geht Voran)," a song from Monarchie und Alltag that became a surprise Top 20 smash belatedly in 1982, after EMI reissued it as a single during the height of the Neue Deutsche Welle."

"The roots of Fehlfarben reach back to the dawn of German punk in 1977. Formed by members of the Düsseldorf punk scene, the band began as a ska…

Groovy, Sexy & Soulful Part 34 Nu Grooves Edition

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Enjoy this 34th edition of Groovy, sexy & soulful! The opening and closing track are from Americana 2, an excellent blue-eyed-soul album, compiled by Zaf Chowdhry and Mark Taylor. They say about the album on AOR Disco:

"More music from artists that never really quite made it to the AOR big time, or were able to afford their own yachts. Those 'ships in the night' artists who, in some cases, never even had a hit song, and who sank without a trace, without even a rubber dingy."

An example of a band that couldn’t find a 'rubber dingy' is RCR. Their album ‘Scandal’ is crap, to be honest, but the track that Zaf Chowdhry and Mark Taylor found is something special!

I like the dark and funky dance track from Clubfeet, which was an inspiration for this mix. Clubfeet are a five piece synth-pop band from Melbourne, Australia, and Cape Town, South Africa. In 2010, Clubfeet released their critically acclaimed debut LP ‘Gold on gold’, which received a huge second wind …

1977 Soul Heaven

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My soulful view on 1977. One of the tracks is from EWF:

"Earth, Wind & Fire's artistic and commercial winning streak continued with its ninth album, All 'N All, the diverse jewel that spawned major hits like "Serpentine Fire" and the dreamy "Fantasy." Whether the visionary soul men are tearing into the hardest of funk on "Jupiter" or the most sentimental of ballads on "I'll Write a Song for You" (which boasts one of Philip Bailey's many soaring, five-star performances), All 'N All was a highly rewarding addition to EWF's catalog. Because EWF had such a clean-cut image and fared so well among pop audiences, some may have forgotten just how sweaty its funk could be. But "Jupiter" -- like "Mighty, Mighty," "Shining Star," and "Getaway" -- underscores the fact that EWF delivered some of the most intense and gutsy funk of the 1970s." (Alex Henderson)

Tracklist:

Life Force – …