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I have been hanging around on this forum a couple of days now, and I have an impression that most people her prefer "indie" (hm..don't like to use that word), pop/rock, elctronica, metal and stuff like that when it comes to music genres.

Most of my own record collection exists of albums within pop/rock, indie,jazz,electronica but I also enjoy high quality R'N'B/soul records now and then. Both old stuff(motown, stevie, stax,80's smooth soul and so on) and new artists (like Jaheim, R.Kelly, Raphael Saadiq...)

I hope and expect (!) that there are someone here with some recommendations to share

oh, and my recommendation is the new Maxwell album, it's perfect! Great for laidback, headfi listening sessions

(BTW: sorry about my english, i am working on it)
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I loved the Gabriela Anders album Wanting from 1999 perfect for headphones. LoKey? Back to the House was a great album 1993. Spacek - Curvatia is in my opinion the album that changed modern Soul.
Also loved Mint Condition , Basic Black , d'Lavance , Identity Crisis , Randy Jackson , Guess , Howard Hewitt , Double Action Theatre , B-Brown posee , Joes debut album , Troy Johnson , Here and Now and NinexI.
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Al Green Call Me is one of my favorite soul records of all time. But I'm guessing you have that already. If so, how about the Spinners? The A One of a Kind Love Affair compilation is brilliant.
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Try Sam Cooke. The poor guy wasn't around very long, but he was terrific.



Sam Cooke at the Copa is one of my favorite live recordings. Pick it up on SACD if you have a player.
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Al Green's Call Me is flat-out genius…a concept record about missing someone that has Hank Williams and Willie Nelson covers? Kray-zy!

Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On

Bill Withers - Still Bill

I've been following Raphael Saadiq since he was in Tony Toni Toné…search out House Of Music.

Geez, if I start talking about soul records I'll be here all night, but get the Sam Cooke comp Portrait Of A Legend if you don't have it, and plenty of Atlantic Records-era Aretha Franklin. I'm currently in a Spirit In The Dark phase.

Oh, and check out Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun.
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Some great records are mentioned here! I'll check out some of the ones I have forgotten (long time since I have listened to e.g. Bill Winthers and the Spinners).

I would also reccomend Shuggie Otis, check out:
YouTube - Shuggie Otis Strawberry Letter 23

Also, Lamont Dozier:
YouTube - Lamont Dozier - Why Can't We Be Lovers
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I would also reccomend Shuggie Otis, check out:
YouTube - Shuggie Otis Strawberry Letter 23
Another vote for the prodigious Shuggy Otis. His Inspiration Information, a minor masterpiece, was re-released a few years ago on Luka Bop.

And since Shuggy is straying into Funky Town, have a listen to Parliament's funky--but still soulful--Chocolate City.
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Another vote for the prodigious Shuggy Otis. His Inspiration Information, a minor masterpiece, was re-released a few years ago on Luka Bop.
Have you cats heard the version of "Strawberry Letter 23" that was actually a hit for the Brothers Johnson in the '70s? Quite amazing…consider that your next assignment.

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And since Shuggy is straying into Funky Town, have a listen to Parliament's funky--but still soulful--Chocolate City.
"…to each his reach, and if I don't cop it ain't mine to have."
post #10 of 123
Lewis Taylor? Pretty tasty stuff.

- Ed
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Lewis Taylor? Pretty tasty stuff.

- Ed
I agree, not very well known is he??

One of my neo-soul favorite records is Jaheim - Ghetto Love! What a voice!
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One of my neo-soul favorite records is Jaheim - Ghetto Love! What a voice!

ghetto classic is actually my favorite jaheim record
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Another vote here for Shuggy Otis.

I really like Plantlife's 2008 release, Time Traveller. It's longish and has pastiche like quality about it. Very clever iMO.

Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Plantlife: Time Traveller

I also really like Joe Bataan's 2005 release Call My Name. He been around since the sixties but I am not familiar with his earlier stuff.

http://www.joebataan.net/

You must be a War fan. Domino released an 8 album box set earlier this year.

http://www.amazon.com/Collectors-Eig...8227608&sr=1-1
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Sharon King and the Dap-Tones, does that count?
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Another killer track from him.
YouTube - Lamont Dozier - Going To My Roots (1977)
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