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#1 2015-12-31 10:14:48

formby1
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70s Soul Album Thread...

iFriends...

Whilst going through the painful process of ripping all my music to FLAC files to put on a NAS which will enable me to access all my music easily and to pipe it around the house, I have come across many pleasant surprises, and unpleasant ones too (Boo Radleys!!!)

Anyway, whilst going through this laborious process, I noticed a major deficiency in my collection which I didn't realise, and it is a shortage of classic 70s Soul music, which is odd, given my love of it...

So, if you wish, please make recommendations...or just mention your own favourites and maybe a bit of blurb about why you like it but this is not necessary...or you could just use it to talk about 70 Soul / film, great individual soul tracks &c...

Oh, and Happy New Year to all of you... smile


"Dressing, like painting, should have a residual stability, plus punctuation and surprise." - Richard Merkin

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#2 2016-01-02 05:50:05

Acton_Baby
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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

Happy New Year !

My preferred branch of the 70s soul 'family tree' tends towards the Curtis Mayfield/Isaac Hayes end of things.
Also the Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye stuff.


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Hugh Hefner

 

#3 2016-01-02 06:19:57

Chet
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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

Happy New Year.  You might want to check out The O'Jays (the Back Stabbers and Ship Ahoy albums are amongst my favourites).


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#4 2016-01-03 00:46:03

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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

As it happens, I too am on a FLAC adventure, although it did not have an auspicious start! I was planning on buying the NAIM drive, but it remains 3,600 here and I couldn't swing that with the missus, so I purchased the Manchester forged out of rare aeropsace grade aluminium the Rip n Play. Alas, I couldn't get it to work with the streamer and software wouldn't download the metadata. I don't belive the problem was with the hardware, but after 5 hours on a Friday evening that was enough for me, so I took it back for a refund.

After some further research, I purchased the Bluesound Vault 2 2TB and it was set-up last week. It works pretty much seamlessly, but I have some trouble with Mosaic boxsets with some of the CD's downloading incorrect album covers and also song titles. I have mastered how to resolve this yet, but you have to download some further software, or send a message to Bluseound for them to look at cataloguing correctly.

FLAC is definitely the new standard and the two readings of the CD bring added clarity and unequivocally to my ears, reassert digital music as the ultimate in musical fidelity, beating vinyl hands down.

On a 70s soul front, I haven't quite got there yet, the one exception being Marvin Gaye's There There My Dear, the Japanese SHM version with a full CD's worth of alternative takes which are fantastic.


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#5 2016-01-03 03:31:36

McGeorge Bundyburger
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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

Al Green's 1970s albums for Hi are terrific, part of the soul canon. Everybody Loves the Sunshine by Roy Ayers Ubiquity veers towards jazz funk but also has a bright soul edge. And it's a while after their Motown heyday, but Main Street People by The Four Tops is well worth checking out.

Compilations are a slippery slope, but you can't go wrong with anthologies of the Chairmen of the Board, the Chi-lites and the O'Jays, though you might be better following Chet's tips and go for the albums he metions.

And Acton says, the 1970s output by Marvin, Stevie, Isaac and (especially) Curtis is essential - along with Al Green, they form the bedrock of any 1970s soul album collection IMO.

Last edited by McGeorge Bundyburger (2016-01-03 03:32:21)

 

#6 2016-01-03 08:38:16

formby1
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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

4F Hepcat wrote:

As it happens, I too am on a FLAC adventure, although it did not have an auspicious start! I was planning on buying the NAIM drive, but it remains 3,600 here and I couldn't swing that with the missus, so I purchased the Manchester forged out of rare aeropsace grade aluminium the Rip n Play. Alas, I couldn't get it to work with the streamer and software wouldn't download the metadata. I don't belive the problem was with the hardware, but after 5 hours on a Friday evening that was enough for me, so I took it back for a refund.

After some further research, I purchased the Bluesound Vault 2 2TB and it was set-up last week. It works pretty much seamlessly, but I have some trouble with Mosaic boxsets with some of the CD's downloading incorrect album covers and also song titles. I have mastered how to resolve this yet, but you have to download some further software, or send a message to Bluseound for them to look at cataloguing correctly.

FLAC is definitely the new standard and the two readings of the CD bring added clarity and unequivocally to my ears, reassert digital music as the ultimate in musical fidelity, beating vinyl hands down.

On a 70s soul front, I haven't quite got there yet, the one exception being Marvin Gaye's There There My Dear, the Japanese SHM version with a full CD's worth of alternative takes which are fantastic.

I use 2 pieces of software to rip the CD dBpoweramp and EAC. I also use Mp3tag to examine and edit the FLAC tags. The Tags are typically what the media player uses to identify and order the files NOT the the folder structure. On my player if you navigate to the folder, the player will play in alphanumeric order, not album play order.

On older CDs I often have had to use both pieces of ripping software. dBpoweramps internet driven tagging is excellent, but not 100%. You can edit the tags in the software however. EAC tagging isn't great but it has superb ripping capabilities and is very customisable, this is where Mp3tag comes in handy.

For example:

If I have an album of 20 tracks and have to use dBpoweramp to rip the first 12, and EAC to rip the last eight and put them in the same folder, my player will still see two separate albums, one composed of 12 tracks and one composed of 8. This is because it reads the tags NOT the folder structure, therefore I have to edit the tags to all read the same album / album artist.

Download the software and have a go. EAC and Mp3tag are free, and dBpoweramp has a trial offer on...

https://www.dbpoweramp.com/

http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/en/index.p … /download/

http://www.mp3tag.de/en/download.html

CAUTION: Make sure you download the right files, there are a lot of download banners on these sites. Hover over the download buttons and read your address bar at the bottom BEFORE you click download.


"Dressing, like painting, should have a residual stability, plus punctuation and surprise." - Richard Merkin

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#7 2016-01-07 01:46:21

4F Hepcat
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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

I'm waiting for my laptop to get fixed as the keyboard has gone before I mess around with new software to change album names and files. Currently I'm using an iPad to control the system and this is working well, but not ideal for getting into the nitty gritty of library management and changing file names.

Actually, it's pretty much downloaded all the metadata correctly, only issues are with the Mosaic boxsets, a couple of albums lack artwork and some spelling mistakes in names of songs. And one Senor Coconut CD won't rip at all, but thankfully this is his worse album, the one with Smoke On The Water and Riders On The Storm.

Still, it takes forever, on the jazz front I am still only up to Art Blakey in my collection, a long, long way to go yet.

Listening to a bit of Marvin Gaye last night, three different versions of A Funky Space Reincarnation.


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#8 2016-01-07 11:13:09

formby1
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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

4F Hepcat wrote:

I'm waiting for my laptop to get fixed as the keyboard has gone before I mess around with new software to change album names and files. Currently I'm using an iPad to control the system and this is working well, but not ideal for getting into the nitty gritty of library management and changing file names.

Actually, it's pretty much downloaded all the metadata correctly, only issues are with the Mosaic boxsets, a couple of albums lack artwork and some spelling mistakes in names of songs. And one Senor Coconut CD won't rip at all, but thankfully this is his worse album, the one with Smoke On The Water and Riders On The Storm.

Still, it takes forever, on the jazz front I am still only up to Art Blakey in my collection, a long, long way to go yet.

Listening to a bit of Marvin Gaye last night, three different versions of A Funky Space Reincarnation.

Some modern CD's won't rip on modern Laptops, especially those from Warner Bros and its subsidiaries. They've attempted to make them un-rippable but are operating outside the red book standard. If you look carefully at some of the CD cases you'll notice that they don't carry the Compact Disc logo.

Older CD Rom drives have no problem ripping them though, I suspect there's something in the firmware of modern drives that these CD's are interacting with.


"Dressing, like painting, should have a residual stability, plus punctuation and surprise." - Richard Merkin

Souvent me Souvient

 

#9 2016-01-07 23:40:27

4F Hepcat
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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

Checking that Senor Coconut CD, it states on the inner ring "Indigo CD", so it may well be a non-red book hybrid. Ultimately, these techniques are rear guard actions, the developers will always find a way around them in the next version of their drive or ripper. Remember those allegedly protected CD's from the early to mid-2000's?

Fear of copying music has been with us since the cassette days, but back then pop music had a central place in our common culture, now it means nought and so you may be less inclined to buy the latest music when you can get it for free.


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#10 2016-02-07 13:02:06

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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

OV Wright - Let's Straighten It Out (The Bottom Line, 1978)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YP8ho_EiCJk

 

#11 2016-11-29 19:52:20

stanshall
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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

https://thriftyvinyl.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/sam_0026.jpg


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#12 2016-11-29 22:01:15

stanshall
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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

http://supersoulsound.com/jbsuperfan/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/james.brown_.payback.lp_.front_.jpg


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#13 2016-12-01 04:30:00

Acton_Baby
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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

Bill Withers - Still Bill (1972)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gz5HYuVhWhI


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#14 2016-12-01 11:06:43

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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

http://www.soulcellar.co.uk/davidruff/AlbumRuffin.JPG


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#15 2016-12-03 09:11:59

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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

http://thumbs4.picclick.com/d/w1600/pict/182172046103_/Little-Beaver-%93-Party-Down-Soul-Funk-vinyl.jpg


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#16 2016-12-05 08:04:22

stanshall
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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

http://img.cdandlp.com/2013/11/imgL/116290108.jpg


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#17 2016-12-05 14:35:37

stanshall
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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

http://www.funkmysoul.gr/wp-content/uploads/2008/04/back23.jpg


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#18 2016-12-05 15:18:29

stanshall
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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

http://images.ttcdn.co/media/i/product/360682-bc30490107254fb7a2cf765be19be820.mpo?size=2000


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#19 2016-12-06 06:50:42

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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

http://ring.cdandlp.com/palprod/photo_grande/112881265-2.jpg


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#20 2016-12-13 11:25:43

Acton_Baby
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Re: 70s Soul Album Thread...

Not an album, but fits in this thread better than any where else

Bill Withers - 1973 BBC Concert Complete
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtT_8pEjHgo


"I have about 100 pairs of pyjamas. I like to see people dressed comfortably."
Hugh Hefner

 

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