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The Memphis Sounds – Ike’s Moods

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The Memphis Sounds – Ike’s Moods

Traffic Entertainment presents The Memphis Sounds Ike’s Moods, an all-instrumental collection of Isaac Hayes’ most well-known songs. In a similar vein as the “Ultimate Breaks & Beats Instrumentals” album, Ike’s Moods takes the best from Isaac Hayes’ catalog and transforms them into instrumental gems.

Just as Hayes defined funk and soul in the 60s and 70s, the members of The Memphis Sound have carved out their own unique contemporary sound that not only attracts a younger generation to the genres, but also pleases fans of the sounds since their inception. Consisting of members from El Michels Affair, the Dap Kings, and Antibalas, these instrumentalists have been a part of a movement of neo-wave funk and soul musicians, redefining the sound through projects with Mark Ronson (his most recent album Version) and Amy Winehouse (Back to Black, as well as touring with the singer); reworking classic instrumentals for the Wu-Tang Clan on a series of 7″ records and performing live alongside the clansmen; and other various live and studio recorded projects.

Ike’s Moods contains such classics as “Shaft,” “Walk On By,” and “Look Of Love,” and aptly pays homage to the many moods and musical stylings of Hayes. An innovator of his time, Isaac Hayes is most known for his work on the music for Shaft whose theme song was made famous by its wah-wah guitar and multi-layered symphonic arrangement. Passing away in August 2008, Hayes left behind a career that spanned an extensive discography, filmography, and a handful of awards including three Grammy’s, an NAACP Image Award, and an Academy Award. Celebrate the career of this American music icon who defined the funk and soul genres with Ike’s Moods.

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1. Walk On By 5:01
2. Look Of Love 4:55
3. Shaft 3:40
4. Blue Crib 2:06
5. Red Rooster 3:01
6. Bumpy’s Lament 3:58
7. Keeps On Coming 2:06
8. Do Your Thing 4:04
9. Run Fay Run 3:21
10. Hung Up On My Baby 3:11

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Three Tenors Of Soul

Revirando o baú, encontrei uma raridade, não muito velha, mas rara pelo encontro, na minha opinião as 3 vozes mais marcantes da famosa época da Motown, do lado da Filadelfia é claro.

Sente o clima e entre nesta onda dos “Falsetes”, um melhor que o outro.
Simplesmente um disco sensacional, indispensável !

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All The Way From Philadelphia (2007)

Russell Thompkins Jr. (The Stylistics)

Will Hart (Delfins)
Ted “Wizard” Mills (Blue Magic)

There can be no argument that in the early 70s the center of the soul music universe was Philadelphia.  Combining progressive arrangements with stellar songwriting and a seemingly endless supply of quality vocal groups, the City of Brotherly Love captured what Motown accomplished in Detroit in the 60s and took it to the next level.  And among the great Philly vocal groups, three of the biggest were the falsetto-led balladeers the Stylistics, Blue Magic and the Delfonics.  Last year, three decades after those groups hit their peak, legendary guitarist/producer/songwriter Bobbi Eli conceived the idea of bringing together the three tenor lead singers of those acts for an album celebrating the art of falsetto soul, much as opera was celebrated in the 90s by its own Three Tenors.  The result of this concept recording session is the new All the Way From Philadelphia, on Shanachie Records.

The pedigree of Russell Thompkins, Jr. (the Stylistics), Will Hart (the Delfonics) and Ted "Wizard" Mills (Blue Magic) is beyond question.  Their vocal work on such classic soul ballads as "You Are Everything," "(Didn’t I) Blow Your Mind" and "Sideshow" established them as among the greatest soul singers of their generation.  So the burden on Eli was to record an album worthy of both the concept and the singers, and he has, in part, succeeded.  In deciding to fill the album with faithful "covers" of hit songs from the 70s and 80s, he’s created a disc that is certainly enjoyable, if safe.  But, perhaps unwittingly, it is the addition of two non-hits on the album that hints at the heights that this disc could have reached and leaves the listener wanting, if not a do-over, at least another shot for the 3 Tenors of Soul to make an album of completely new material that serves as a satisfying bookend to their substantial recording legacy.

1. Caravan Of Love
2. Too Much Heaven
3. Grateful
4. All the Way From Philadelphia
5. A Love Of Your Own
6. Fantasy
7. How Could I Let You Get Away
8. I Can’t Go For That No Can Do
9. Where Are All My Friends
10. That’s What Friends Are For

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Bobby Lyle – The best of

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Tracks:

01. Timbuktu

02. Save It For A Rainy Day

03. Loco-Motion

04. Jubilee

05. Groove

06. The Jam

07. Tippin

08. Hip Swing

09. Genie in a Bottle

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Brian Culbertson – The Funk

Brian Culb - The Funk

Tracks:

01. Funkin’ Like My Fathers

02. Always Remember

03. Hollywood Swinging

04. House of Music

05. You Got to Funkifize

06. Groove

07. The World Keeps Going Around

08. Excuse Me… What’s Your Name

09. Voices Inside (Everything to Everything)

10. Let’s Stay in Tonight

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Smooth Grooves – Steppin’ Out

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Smooth Grooves – Steppin’ Out

1. Be Thankful For What You Got – William De Vaughn
2. The Fruit Song – Jeannie Reynolds
3. This Feeling’s Killing Me – The Jones Girls
4. In The Air Tonight (’88 Remix) – Phil Collins
5. Staten Island Groove – Down To The Bone
6. Teach Me (It’s Something About Love) – Blue Magic
7. Life In The Country – The Ebonys
8. Key To The World – L.J. Reynolds
9. In & Out Of Love – Patti Austin
10. Soft And Easy – The Blackbyrds
11. Sweet Summer Days – Ray Obiedo
12. Mr. Smooth – Michael Franks

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Smooth Grooves – A Sensual Collection Vol. 1

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Smooth Grooves – A Sensual Collection Vol. 1

Reasons (Live Version) – Earth, Wind & Fire
2. Always And Forever – Heatwave
3. Forever Mine – The O’Jays
4. One In A Million You – Larry Graham
5. Shining Star – Manhattans Listen
6. How ‘Bout Us – Champaign
7. Love’s Train – Con Funk Shun
8. Love T.K.O. – Teddy Pendergrass
9. A Love Of Your Own – Average White Band
10. If Only You Knew – Patti LaBelle
11. Out On A Limb (12? Single Version) – Teena Marie
12. Silly – Deniece Williams

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Smooth Grooves – A Sensual Collection Vol. 2

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Smooth Grooves – A Sensual Collection Vol. 2

1. I Just Wanna Be Your Girl – Chapter 8
2. If You Play Your Cards Right – Alicia Myers
3. Just Be My Lady – Larry Graham
4. Let Me Be Your Angel – Stacy Lattisaw
5. Am I Dreaming – Atlantic Starr
6. I Have Learned To Respect The Power Of Love – Stephanie Mills
7. What You Won’t Do For Love – Bobby Caldwell
8. Tender Love (Extended Vocal Remix) – Force M.D.’s
9. Why Have I Lost You – Cameo
10. Come Go With Me – Teddy Pendergrass
11. As We Lay – Shirley Murdock
12. Fire & Desire – Rick James

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Smooth Grooves – A Sensual Collection Vol. 3

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Smooth Grooves – A Sensual Collection Vol. 3

Float On – Floaters Listen
2. You Are My Starship – Norman Connors
3. Voyage To Atlantis – Isley Brothers
4. ‘Cause I Love You – Lenny Williams
5. It’s Been A Long Time – New Birth
6. Hey Love – Delfonics
7. Stop To Start – Blue Magic
8. Break Up To Make Up – Stylistics
9. Willing To Learn – Tower Of Power
10. Something He Can Feel – Aretha Franklin
11. Special Lady – Ray, Goodman & Brown
12. You Don’t Have To Cry – Rene & Angela

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Smooth Grooves – A Sensual Collection Vol. 4

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Smooth Grooves – A Sensual Collection Vol. 4

Very Special – Debra Laws
2. Outstanding (12 in. Single Version) – The Gap Band
3. Juicy Fruit (12 in. Single Version) – Mtume
4. Between The Sheets – Isley Brothers
5. Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye
6. Forget Me Nots – Patrice Rushen
7. Betcha She Don’t Love You – Evelyn King
8. You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else – Jones Girls
9. All Night Long – Mary Jane Girls
10. Tonight Is The Night (Live Version) – Betty Wright
11. Hollywood – Rufus 12. Send For Me – Atlantic Starr


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Smooth Grooves – A Sensual Collection Vol. 5

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Smooth Grooves – A Sensual Collection Vol. 5

Feel The Fire (From TP) – Teddy Pendergrass
2. Devotion (Live Version) (From Gratitude) – Earth, Wind & Fire
3. Love Don’t Love Nobody (From Mighty Love) – Spinners
4. I Do Love You (From Disco Nights) – GQ
5. When You Touch Me (From Skyy Line) – Skyy
6. You And Me (From You And Me) – Rockie Robbins
7. The Best Is Yet To Come (From The Best Is Yet To Come) – Grover Washington Jr. Featuring Patti LaBelle
8. Go On Without You (From Shirley Murdock!) – Shirley Murdock
9. Something In The Past (From One Way Featuring Al Hudson) – One Way Featuring Al Hudson
10. What’s A Telephone Bill? (From Ahh.. The Name Is Bootsy, Baby!) – Bootsy’s Rubber Band
11. Dream Merchant (From Blind Baby) – New Birth
12. Wish That You Were Mine (From There’s No Me Without You) – Manhattans

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