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Any Major Soul 1973 – Vol. 1

February 26th, 2015 Leave a comment Go to comments

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Is 1972 the greatest year in soul music, or is it 1973? We have had two mixes covering 1972 (Vol. 1 and Vol. 2), and now we have the first volume of 1973. Either way, it was the golden age in which utter gems like Leroy Hutson’s Love Oh Love went by quite unnoticed. To have these two years concentrated in one mix, check out Any Major Soul 1972/73, perhaps one of the greatest soul mixes ever compiled — and the credit for that goes not in any way to the compiler, but to the great people who made that music.

And here’s the mindblowing thing: when you hear the fine music on this mix, remember that just a few of them were hits; most of them were not, many were even just album tracks. Hutson’s Love Oh Love was released as a single: it reached #75 on the “Black Charts”.

One of the album tracks was the Isley Brothers’ If You Were There from the outstanding 3+3 LP. Eleven years later it was covered by Wham!, on their Make It Big album, introducing this fine song to a teenage audience.

On the Undisputed Truth’s Law Of The Land album Girl You’re Alright (spelled on the label incorrectly as “your”, anticipating Facebook grammar by almost four decades) is Track 3. It’s a fine song, but the track of greater interest is the one that precedes it: the original version of Papa Was A Rolling Stone. One day I’ll make a mix of original recordings of songs that became big Motown for others, and the Undisputed Truth will feature with that.

Margie Joseph’s Touch Your Woman might also feature in the “Covered With Soul” series — it was a hit the previous year for Dolly Parton. Dolly sang it in a way that suggests that a nice embrace will get her over the present spat (apart from one knowing inflection in the delivery of the title), but there is no doubt what Margie is talking: passionate make-up sex.

Letta Mbulu’s 1973 Naturally LP was an eclectic affair, with the sounds of her native South Africa, Afro-soul and straight soul. The featured track was written by the late, lamented Joe Sample.

Finally, I assure you that the sequencing of Darondo’s Didn’t I followed by Sylvia Robinson’s song of the same title is purely coincidental. They just went well together.


1. The Three Degrees – Year Of Decision
2. Freda Payne – Right Back Where I Started From
3. Bobby Womack – Lookin’ For A Love
4. Margie Joseph – Touch Your Woman
5. Denise LaSalle – There Ain’t Enough Hate Around (To Make Me Turn Around)
6. Irma Thomas – She’ll Never Be Your Wife
7. Four Tops – It Won’t Be The First Time
8. Leroy Hutson – Love, Oh Love
9. Baby Washington & Don Gardner – Lay A Little Lovin’ On Me
10. The Isley Brothers – If You Were There
11. John Edwards – Spread The News
12. The Spinners – One Of A Kind (Love Affair)
13. Bloodstone – Outside Woman
14. Al Green – Have You Been Making Out O.K.
15. Darondo – Didn’t I
16. Sylvia – Didn’t I
17. Terry Callier – Just As Long As We’re In Love
18. Inez Foxx – You’re Saving Me For A Rainy Day
19. Pat Lundy – He’s The Father Of My Children
20. Letta Mbulu – Now We May Begin
21. The Undisputed Truth – Girl You’re Alright
22. Sly & the Family Stone – Skin I’m In
23. Lyn Collins – Take Me Just As I Am

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  1. halfhearteddude
    February 26th, 2015 at 07:40 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. dogbreath
    February 26th, 2015 at 15:04 | #2

    Grateful thanks for this tasty mix. “Grateful” because I’m unfamiliar with most of these songs & not only because they weren’t hits. Back in the day I ignored the record collections of pals & girlfriends and was solely into the rock/metal scene to the (almost) total exclusion of other genres. Thanks to this (and other) fine blogs I’m getting the chance to hear & appreciate what I missed out on first time around. Cheers!

  3. snakeboy
    February 26th, 2015 at 16:07 | #3

    Very well done. Well known artists with some of their “lesser” known songs. Congratulations on your choices.

  4. BHL
    February 27th, 2015 at 01:30 | #4

    Wow! You just made my cold winter day a little warmer and brighter. The only thing better than a new Any Major Soul mix is to see that it is only Vol. 1 and know that another one will be coming along. Thanks for all that you do.

  5. Bo
    February 27th, 2015 at 07:54 | #5

    Thanks a lot

  6. GarthJeff
    February 27th, 2015 at 16:08 | #6

    Me too dogbreath…that’s why AMD’s blog is such a treasure. The various collections are so diverse and well compiled…this can only come from a true music ”enthusiast” who’s spent MANY hours in front of his radio, record player and tape deck (….taping off the radio and trying to get a ‘complete’ song without the DJ speaking over the end-play ;) This takes decades of dedication. MANY THANKS AMD!!!!!!

  7. halfhearteddude
    March 1st, 2015 at 22:01 | #7

    Oh, thank you for all those kind words. They really serve to encourage me.

  8. Guy
    March 2nd, 2015 at 11:42 | #8

    Ow wow. This one is really outstanding (even more than usual). many thnx!

  9. Justin H
    March 23rd, 2015 at 07:11 | #9

    Such a great compilation here, from someone who is very picky and detailed with their selection of music i have to say i hear the great quality and taste put into this mix, you definitely took your time and listened to a lot to get to this collection of music, many many thanks ! I am very grateful indeed, i wish there was more of this available.

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