The Roots Music Report's
Top Soul Album Chart
for the Year of 2020

1
Nick of Time
by: The James Hunter Six

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Label: Daptone
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We Get by
by: Mavis Staples

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Label: Anti
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KIWANUKA
by: Michael Kiwanuka

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Label: Interscope
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Hot Pink
by: Doja Cat

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Label: Kemosabe
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Memories of
by: Kaz Hawkins

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Label: Self-Release
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After Hours
by: The Weeknd

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Label: UMG
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Oxnard
by: Anderson .Paak

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Label: Aftermath Entertainment
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Lianne La Havas
by: Lianne La Havas

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Label: Nonesuch
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Work to Do
by: Marc Cohn

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Label: BMG
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Blackbirds
by: Bettye LaVette

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Label: Verve
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Worthy
by: India.Arie

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Label: BMG
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Homecoming: the Live Album
by: Beyoncé

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Label: Parkwood
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Over It
by: Summer Walker

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Label: Interscope
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S.O.L.A.R.
by: Inayah

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Label: Inayahlator
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The Wild Card
by: Ledisi

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Label: Listen Back
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Soul Food: Cooking with Maceo
by: Maceo Parker

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Label: Mascot
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REAL LIFE
by: Emeli Sandé

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Label: Virgin
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Chilombo
by: Jhené Aiko

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Label: Def Jam
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CASE STUDY 01
by: Daniel Caesar

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Label: Golden Child
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All Love Everything
by: Aloe Blacc

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Label: BMG
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A Muse in Her Feelings
by: dvsn

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Label: OVO Sound
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West Coast Grooves
by: Guthrie Govan

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Label: Self-Release
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Full Circle
by: Angie Stone

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Label: Cleopatra
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Avalanche
by: Julian Taylor Band

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Label: Gypsy Soul
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Dotted Line
by: Alex Lucero & Live Again

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Label: Self-Release
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Dinah Jane 1
by: Dinah Jane

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Label: Hitco
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Poetry in Motion
by: The Soul Rebels

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Label: Mack Avenue
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Into the Purple Valley
by: Ry Cooder

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Label: Reprise
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Good Thing
by: Leon Bridges

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Label: Sony
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The Album
by: Teyana Taylor

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Label: Def Jam
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B7
by: Brandy

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Label: eOne
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Back Home
by: Trey Songz

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Label: Atlantic
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Caution
by: Mariah Carey

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Label: Epic
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Jimmy Lee
by: Raphael Saadiq

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Label: Columbia
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Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats
by: Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

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Label: Bottleneck
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Just Dropped in (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In)
by: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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Label: Daptone
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Love Always Wins
by: Kem

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Label: Motown
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Coming Home
by: Leon Bridges

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Label: Columbia
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Missunderstood: the Diaries
by: Queen Naija

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Label: Capitol
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Rise Above
by: Tomar and the Fcs

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Label: Splice
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The One Percent
by: Bryan Andrew Wilson

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Label: CE Music
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Whatever It Takes
by: The James Hunter Six

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Label: Daptone
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Say the Word
by: The Allergies

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Label: Jalapeno
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It is What It is
by: Thundercat

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Label: Brainfeeder
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It's Only Us
by: Monophonics

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Label: Colemine
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100 Days, 100 Nights
by: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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Label: Daptone
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Fever
by: Thomas Dybdahl

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Label: V2
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Starts Again
by: Tawiah

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Label: First Word
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How the Mighty Fall
by: Izo Fitzroy

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Label: Jalapeno
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Stay Good
by: Brooklyn Funk Essentials

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Label: Dorado
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Land of the Living
by: Eleanor Underhill

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Label: Self-Release
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Call It Home, Vol. 1 & 2
by: The California Honeydrops

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Label: Tubtune
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Crossover
by: Emma Donovan & The Putbacks

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Label: Hopestreet
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American Griots
by: Louis York

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Label: Weirdo Workshop
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Never Twice
by: Nick Waterhouse

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Label: Innovative Leisure
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Samsara
by: Los Coast

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Label: New West
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3.15.20
by: Childish Gambino

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Label: RCA
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Wide Nose Full Lips
by: SuCh

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Label: Arc Sai
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RESONANCE
by: Cautious Clay

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Label: Self-Release
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I Learned the Hard Way
by: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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Label: Daptone Records
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Dyna-Mite
by: Jon Cleary

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Label: Thirty Tigers
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Indigo
by: Chris Brown

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Label: RCA
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The Right Time
by: Ural Thomas & the Pain

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Label: Tender Loving Empire
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Live in London
by: Mavis Staples

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Label: Anti
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Smoke & Mirrors
by: Bassel & the Supernaturals

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Label: Bassel Music
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Acoustic Soul
by: India.Arie

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Label: UMG
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I'm Still Looking
by: Hazel Miller

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Label: Hazel Miller
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"Awaken, My Love!"
by: Childish Gambino

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Label: Glassnote
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A Change is Gonna Come
by: Leela James

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Label: Warner Bros
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Stone Rollin'
by: Raphael Saadiq

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Label: Sony
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Interpretations: the British Rock Songbook
by: Bettye LaVette

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Label: ANTI
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Are You Ready
by: Leela James

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Label: Entertainment One
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How Do You Do
by: Mayer Hawthorne

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Label: Universal
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Let Love
by: Common

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Label: Loma Vista
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Listen
by: Kyshona Armstrong

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Label: Tone Tree
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The Art of Love & War
by: Angie Stone

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Label: Stax
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Call Me
by: Al Green

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Label: Hi Under Exclusive
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The Very Best of the Spinners
by: The Spinners

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Label: Rhino
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The ArchAndroid
by: Janelle Monae

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Label: Atlantic
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If All I Was Was Black
by: Mavis Staples

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Label: Anti
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Shelby Lynne
by: Shelby Lynne

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Label: Everso
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82
Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul (Collector's Edition)
by: Otis Redding

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Label: Warner Music
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83
Sides (Acoustic)
by: Emily King

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Label: ATO
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84
I've Got My Own Hell to Raise
by: Bettye LaVette

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Label: Anti
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85
Miss Sharon Jones! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
by: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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Label: Daptone
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Atmosphere
by: New Orleans Nightcrawlers

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Label: Self-Release
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Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
by: Otis Redding

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Label: Atco
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In Black & White
by: Fifty Dollar Friend

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Label: Self-Release
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ELDORADO
by: Ro James

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Label: ByStorm
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Pure Southern Soul
by: Otis Redding

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Label: Rhino
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The Queen of Soul
by: Aretha Franklin

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Label: Rhino
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What Have You Done, My Brother?
by: Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens

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Label: Daptone
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Electric Café
by: En Vogue

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Label: En Vogue
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Right Brain
by: Kayla Marque

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Label: Self-Release
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1999
by: Prince

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Label: Warner
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Black Love & War
by: G&D

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Label: Someothaship
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Friend Goals
by: Tank and the Bangas

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Label: Verve Forecast
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American Love Call
by: Durand Jones & The Indications

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Label: Dead Oceans
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Black Velvet: the Instrumentals
by: Menahan Street Band

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Label: Daptone
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Look-ka Py Py
by: The Meters

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Label: Rounder
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Malibu
by: Anderson .Paak

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Label: Steel Wool
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Twenty Sixty Four
by: Avery Sunshine

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Label: Shanachie Ent. Corp
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The Tales People Tell
by: Kelly Finnigan

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Label: Colemine
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99 Cent Dreams
by: Eli "Paperboy" Reed

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Label: Yep Roc
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Naturally
by: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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Label: Daptone
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Spell My Name
by: Toni Braxton

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Label: Island
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The Essential Bill Withers
by: Bill Withers

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Label: Sony
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108
Give the People What They Want
by: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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Label: Daptone
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109
Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions: the Anthology, 1961-1977
by: Curtis Mayfield

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Label: MCA
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A Sunshine State of Mind
by: The Soul of John Black

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Label: Yellow Dog
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No Time for Dreaming
by: Charles Bradley

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Label: Daptone Records
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Good Thang
by: The Soul of John Black

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Label: Yellow Dog Records
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The Love Songs Collection
by: Al Green

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Label: Motown
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114
30 Greatest Hits
by: Aretha Franklin

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Label: Atlantic
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Minute by Minute
by: The James Hunter Six

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Label: Go Records
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Like You Mean It
by: The California Honeydrops

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Label: Tubtone Records
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Don't Give Up on Love
by: Don Bryant

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Label: Fat Possum
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118
Lou Rawls - Anthology
by: Lou Rawls

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Label: EMI
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Love Absolute
by: Vivian Green

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Label: SoNo
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When It's All Said and Done... Take Time
by: Giveon

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Label: Epic
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The Best of Ray Charles: the Atlantic Years
by: Ray Charles

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Label: Atlantic
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A River's Invitation
by: The California Honeydrops

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Label: Self-Release
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The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam
by: Thundercat

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Label: Brainfeeder
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Hold On!
by: The James Hunter Six

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Label: Daptone
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Daptone Gold
by: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

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Label: Daptone
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Coloring Book
by: Chance The Rapper

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Label: Self-Release
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Portrait of a Legend
by: Sam Cooke

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Label: ABKCO
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128
Freudian
by: Daniel Caesar

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Label: Golden Child
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Scenery
by: Emily King

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Label: ATO
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Distant Danger
by: Nuela Charles

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Label: Self-Release
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Take Me to the Alley
by: Gregory Porter

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Label: Decca
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Live at the Monterey International Pop Festival
by: Otis Redding

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Label: The Monterey International Pop Festival Foundation
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Thankful N' Thoughtful
by: Bettye LaVette

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Label: Anti Records
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S.O.S.: Save Our Soul
by: Marc Broussard

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Label: Vanguard Records
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