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The Temptations - Hear To Tempt You (1977) [2007, Japan]

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The Temptations - Hear To Tempt You (1977) [2007, Japan]

The Temptations - Hear To Tempt You (1977) [2007, Japan]
R&B, Soul/Funk, Pop-Soul, Disco | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 40:28 | 288,23 Mb
Label: Atlantic/Warner Music Japan Inc. (Japan) | Cat.# WPCR-25250 | Released: 2007-01-24 (1977-11-10)

When The Temptations left Motown in 1977 the group weighed offers from Warner Bros. and Philadelphia International before settling for Atlantic. The album seemed doomed from the start. Temptations lead Dennis Edwards had already left the group and was replaced by Louis Price. This album was released in late 1977 and was a fixture of the cutout bins by the early '80s. Ron Baker, Norman Harris, and Trammps member Earl Young, collectively known as Baker-Harris-Young, produced this album. They were known for their grittier variant of Philly soul/disco but often they play it too safe here. The fact that The Temptations did their vocals in New York rather than Philadelphia does diminish the Philly credentials a bit.

Gladys Knight - Gladys Knight (1979) [2013, Remastered & Expanded Edition]

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Gladys Knight - Gladys Knight (1979) [2013, Remastered & Expanded Edition]

Gladys Knight - Gladys Knight (1979) [2013, Remastered & Expanded Edition]
R&B, Soul, Pop-Soul, Disco | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 01:18:50 | 682,70 Mb
Label: Columbia/Funky Town Grooves (USA) | Cat.# FTG 346 | Released: 2013-10-28 (1979)

"Gladys Knight" is the self-titled 2nd studio album by American singer Gladys Knight. It was released by Columbia Records in 1979 in the United States. Her only album with that label, it peaked at #71 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Gladys Knight would remain Knight's last solo album until the 1991 release of "Good Woman".

Dionne Warwick - No Night So Long (1980) [1986, Japan, 1st Press]

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Dionne Warwick - No Night So Long (1980) [1986, Japan, 1st Press]

Dionne Warwick - No Night So Long (1980) [1986, Japan, 1st Press]
R&B, Soul/Funk, Pop-Soul, Ballad | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 35:49 | 425,11 Mb
Label: Arista Records/Nippon Phonogram (Japan) | Cat.# 32RD-70 | Released: 1986-09-21 (1980)

"No Night So Long is a 1980 album by the vocalist Dionne Warwick. It was her second album for the Arista label (originally issued as # AL 9526). The album was recorded during the spring of 1980 and was released that July. It has sold over 500,000 copies in the US alone. The album's title track, "No Night So Long" was written by Richard Kerr and Will Jennings, the same team that wrote Warwick's 1979 comeback hit "I'll Never Love This Way Again". Isaac Hayes and Adrienne Anderson contributed another song, "We Never Said Goodbye" (the duo had provided Warwick with "Deja Vu" in 1979 from her previous album "Dionne"). The title track is one of two U.S. charting songs from the album, reaching #23. The other hit, "Easy Love," peaked at #62. Both songs were also hits on the Adult Contemporary chart. "Easy Love" peaked at #12 and "No Night So Long" spent three weeks at #1. This album was reissued on CD by Nippon/Phonogram-Arista in Japan in 1986, but only 500 copies were pressed.

Four Tops - Still Waters Run Deep (1970) [1992, Reissue]

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Four Tops - Still Waters Run Deep (1970) [1992, Reissue]

Four Tops - Still Waters Run Deep (1970) [1992, Reissue]
R&B, Pop/Rock, Pop-Soul, Motown | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 29:59 | 328,90 Mb
Label: Motown (USA) | Cat.# 3746352242 | Released: 1992-02-10 (1970)

"Still Waters Run Deep" is a 1970 album by the American vocal group The Four Tops released in March 1970 on the Motown label. Produced by longtime Norman Whitfield associate Frank Wilson, the album returned (the) Four Tops to the Top 40 on the Billboard album chart where it remained for 42 weeks peaking at #21. The album yielded the popular Top 30 hits, "Still Water (Love)" (#11), which was co-written by Smokey Robinson and their cover of "It's All in the Game" (#24), which featured rare co-leads by Four Tops members Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton singing alongside prominent lead Levi Stubbs. The album also served as inspiration behind singer Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On", the hit title track, which was written by Benson.

The Four Tops - Four Tops Live! (1966) [1992, Reissue]

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The Four Tops - Four Tops Live! (1966) [1992, Reissue]

The Four Tops - Four Tops Live! (1966) [1992, Reissue]
R&B, Soul, Pop-Soul, Motown, Live | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 51:58 | 450,08 Mb
Label: Motown (USA) | Cat.# MOTD-5258 | Released: 1992-02-10 (1966)

One of the few live albums that really conveys the flavor of the group without sacrificing performance quality. The Four Tops' stage shows have always been among the most participatory and enjoyable of any R&B or soul group, and that was clearly the case on this release.

Diana Ross - Touch Me In The Morning (1973) [1993, Reissue]

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Diana Ross - Touch Me In The Morning (1973) [1993, Reissue]

Diana Ross - Touch Me In The Morning (1973) [1993, Reissue]
R&B, Soul, Pop-Soul, Vocal Jazz | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 36:29 | 348,09 Mb
Label: Motown/Spectrum Music (UK) | Cat.# 530 165-2 | Released: 1993 (1973-06-22)

"Touch Me In The Morning" is the 4th studio album by American singer Diana Ross, released on June 22, 1973, by Motown Records. It reached #5 in the USA (#1 R&B) and sold around 650,000 copies. The arrangements were by Gene Page, Tom Baird, Michael Randall, James Anthony Carmichael, Deke Richards, Gil Askey and Ross. The album contained the hit title track, which became Diana Ross' second #1 single on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, and helped the album peak at #5 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart. In the UK the title track and "All of My Life" were both Top Ten singles, and the album reached #7 and was certified Gold for sales in excess of 100,000 copies.

Gladys Knight & The Pips - Claudine (1974) & Still Together (1977) [1992, Reissue]

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Gladys Knight & The Pips - Claudine (1974) & Still Together (1977) [1992, Reissue]

Gladys Knight & The Pips - Claudine (1974) & Still Together (1977) [1992, Reissue]
R&B, Soul/Funk, Pop-Soul, Quiet Storm | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 01:11:11 | 463,27 Mb
Label: Sequel Records (UK) | Cat.# NEX CD 206 | Released: 1992-06-03 (1974/1977)

Sequel's Claudine/Still Together combines two albums Gladys Knight & the Pips recorded for Buddah in the early '70s on one compact disc. Each of these records has some bright spots, including hit singles, but they're too uneven to make this disc worthwhile for anyone outside of serious fans.

Gladys Knight & The Pips - Greatest Hits 1973-1985 (2008)

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Gladys Knight & The Pips - Greatest Hits 1973-1985 (2008)

Gladys Knight & The Pips - Greatest Hits 1973-1985 (2008)
R&B, Soul/Funk, Pop-Soul, Quiet Storm | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 01:16:38 | 551,35 Mb
Label: Sony BMG Music Entertainment/Varese Sarabande (US) | Cat.# 302 066 920 2 | Released: 2008-09-17

Following their growing successes at Motown, Gladys Knight and the Pips moved to Buddah Records, where many feel they reached their pinnacle. This collection from the Varese Vintage label gathers up twenty of their most outstanding single recordings from the Buddah, and later Columbia, years. The chronological set starts with their first relatively modest pop hit at Buddah, "Where Peaceful Waters Flow" and ends with their 1985 r'n'b charter "My Time". In between are found the Nick Ashford- and Valerie Simpson-penned "Landlord", Curtis Mayfield's "On and On", their blockbuster hits "I've Got to Use My Imagination" and "Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me", and by necessity their Grammy-winning signature song, "Midnight Train to Georgia". Every recording included here made either the pop, the r'n'b, or both charts so there is virtually no filler. Additionally, the tracks presented here are the original single versions.

The Temptations - The Best Of The Temptations Christmas (2001)

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The Temptations - The Best Of The Temptations Christmas (2001)

The Temptations - The Best Of The Temptations Christmas (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 326 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 112 Mb | Scans ~ 63 Mb
Label: Motown | # 440 014 594-2 | Time: 00:48:51
R&B, Soul, Pop, Christmas, Holidays

Best of Temptations Christmas features the popular Motown group performing a number of Christmas favorites. Most of the favorites are here: "Silver Bells," "The Christmas Song," "White Christmas," "Oh Holy Night," and "Silent Night." There are some playful moments here as well, such as the album-opening "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," making this a fun collection. Motown fans should adore this.

The Temptations - Number 1's (Number Ones) (2007)

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The Temptations - Number 1's (Number Ones) (2007)

The Temptations - Number 1's (Number Ones) (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 514 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans ~ 111 Mb
R&B, Soul, Pop-Soul | Label: Motown | # B0008670-02 | Time: 01:10:06

Released in early 2007 as part of Universal's extensive and cheaply packaged Number 1's: Temptations series (see also: volumes dedicated to James Brown and Marvin Gaye), this disc compiles 19 number one R&B singles from the Temptations. It's worth mentioning that some of the inclusions – "The Way You Do the Things You Do," "You're My Everything," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "Ball of Confusion" – were number ones on the Cash Box chart, rather than the Billboard chart (the usual source), and 1998's "Stay" is a bit of a stretch since it topped Billboard's Urban Adult Contemporary chart. Nothing can argue against the set as a decent introduction to the group, even though several great singles – such as "Cloud Nine" – peaked below the top spots.

Billy Preston - That's The Way God Planned It (1969) Reissue 1991 [Re-Up]

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Billy Preston - That's The Way God Planned It (1969) Reissue 1991 [Re-Up]

Billy Preston - That's The Way God Planned It (1969) Reissue 1991
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 360 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Soul, Funk, Pop-Soul | Label: Apple/EMI | # CDP 7975802/CD SAPCOR 9 | 00:51:37

Billy Preston’s debut album for Apple Records was his vocal album debut too. Before this Billy was renowned merely as a wizard instrumentalist. Here, his impassioned vocals help create one of the best soul records of the 1960s. Produced by George Harrison, That’s The Way… expands Billy’s palette of gospel and R&B to embrace rock elements brought in by A-list players Keith Richards, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton.

Smokey Robinson - Deep In My Soul (1977/2014)

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Smokey Robinson - Deep In My Soul (1977/2014)

Smokey Robinson - Deep In My Soul (1977/2014)
R&B, Soul/Funk, Pop-Soul | WEB FLAC (tracks) / MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Front | 31:51 | 224,82 / 75,93 Mb
Label: Uni/Motown (EU) | Released: 2014-08-19 (1977-01-18)

"Deep in My Soul" is an unusual Smokey Robinson LP in that he only contributed one song, "Vitamin U," a forgettable attempt at disco, though an amusing play on words. Kathy Wakefield and Mike & Brenda Sutton's "There Will Come a Day" uses a similar piano opening to "You Really Got a Hold on Me"; while pleasant, it is far less riveting than the Miracles' classic. The standouts are the tingling "In My Corner" and two Donald Baldwin/Jeffrey Bowen tunes, "If You Want My Love" and "You Cannot Laugh Alone." For years, the latter cut alone made this an essential Smokey Robinson LP. You couldn't find it anywhere else, not even on a 45; Motown has since released it on Smokey's Motown Legends collection. The lyrically clever song has a great chorus with Smokey crooning "Your love was crackerjack/A surprise in every pack/A myth a fantasy/A package C.O.D." Deep in My Soul only had seven songs, and surprisingly climbed to #47 on the pop charts, a far better showing than his debut, which peaked at #70.

The Dells - Love Connection (1977) [2012, Remastered & Expanded Edition]

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The Dells - Love Connection (1977) [2012, Remastered & Expanded Edition]

The Dells - Love Connection (1977) [2012, Remastered & Expanded Edition]
R&B, Soul/Funk, Smooth Soul | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 42:48 | 317,81 Mb
Label: SoulMusic Records (UK) | Cat.# SMCR 5047 | Released: 2012-04-16 (1977)

Digitally re-mastered and expanded edition of this 1977 album from the Soul quintet. "Love Connection" saw The Dells returning to Philadelphia to work with the top-notch "Harris Machine" production team (which included Norman Harris, Earl Young and Ron Baker of the Trammps). The Dells teamed with arrangers Ron Kersey, T.G. Conway and Allan Felder, songwriters such as (future Temptation) Ron Tyson and top Philly session musicians for the album, much in-demand by their many fans worldwide who consider this as one of their best group's best recordings of the '70's.

Diana Ross - Surrender (1971) [2008, Remastered & Expanded Edition]

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Diana Ross - Surrender (1971) [2008, Remastered & Expanded Edition]

Diana Ross - Surrender (1971) [2008, Remastered & Expanded Edition]
R&B, Soul/Funk, Pop-Soul, Motown | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (PNG) | 01:16:29 | 1,03 Gb
Label: Motown Records / Hip-O Select (USA) | Cat.# B0011850-02 | Released: 2008-12-04 (1971-07-06)

"Surrender" is a 1971 album by Diana Ross. It was her 3rd solo LP for the Motown label. It reached #56 in the USA (#10 R&B) and sold over 200,000 copies. The album would be Ross' final studio album until the "Touch Me in the Morning" LP two years later. In the interim between the albums, Ross achieved Motown's goal of becoming a star thanks to her starring role in the 1972 Billie Holiday biopic "Lady Sings the Blues". Following the massive success of the #1 single "I'm Still Waiting" in the UK, "Surrender" was reissued under that title, and the hit single was added to the track listing. Another hit on the album was "Remember Me", which reached the top 20 in the US (where it sold over 500,000 copies) as well as the Top 10 in the UK. The album charted at #56 in America and #10 in the UK, earning a Silver disc for UK sales in excess of 60,000 copies.

The Impressions - This Is My Country (1968) & The Young Mods' Forgotten Story (1969) [1996, Remastered Reissue]

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The Impressions - This Is My Country (1968) & The Young Mods' Forgotten Story (1969) [1996, Remastered Reissue]

The Impressions - This Is My Country (1968) & The Young Mods' Forgotten Story (1969) [1996, Remastered]
R&B, Soul, Chicago Soul | EAC Rip | FLAC, Img+CUE+LOG+Scans (JPEG) | 55:13 | 362,27 Mb
Label: Sequel Records (UK) | Cat.# NEM CD 782 | Released: 1996-04-24 (1968/1969)

Two fine late-'60s albums, combined onto one CD, including some hits and a wealth of good, overlooked Mayfield compositions that touched on sensitive racial issues as well as romance. Offering excellent value, the CD is a recommended alternative to tracking down the hard-to-find original vinyl editions.