This is the volume 14 of the 20 volume Rhino series, released in the early '90s. Since it's a Rhino release, you can be sure that it is top-notch from track selection to liner notes. Unfortunately, the series is now out-of-print. The songs on this volume hit the charts between June 1974 and March 1975 which when I was just beginning to listen to a lot of radio. You can also hear the beginnings of disco on some of these tracks. Now I just need to locate the other 19 volumes...
- For the Love of Money - The O'Jays: Peaked at #9 pop, #3 R&B in June 1974. Awesome tune and the only reason to watch The Apprentice reality TV series.
- Do It Baby - The Miracles: Peaked at #13 pop, #4 R&B in October 1974. This post-Smokey Robinson, with Billy Griffin singing lead. I don't recall hearing this in the '70s. Not bad, although the use of oboe is an interesting choice.
- You Little Trustmaker - The Tymes: Peaked at #12 pop, #20 R&B in October 1974. Very pop-ish, but with a great hook.
- Fire - Ohio Players: Peaked at #1 pop, #1 R&B in February 1975. More funk, than soul, but I'm not complaining.
- Let's Straighten It Out - Latimore: Peaked at #31 pop, #1 R&B in November 1974. An earthy soul ballad in line with Barry White or Bobby Womack.
- When Will I See You Again - The Three Degrees: Peaked at #2 pop, #4 R&B in December 1974. Classic Philly Soul from Gamble and Huff.
- Never Can Say Goodbye - Gloria Gaynor: Peaked at #9 pop, #34 R&B in January 1975. A straight-up disco tune from a disco diva. This tune was originally written for the Jackson 5 by Clifton Davis, who would go on to star as a preacher in the late '80s NBC sitcom, Amen.
- Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band: Peaked at #1 pop, #5 R&B in February 1975. A great funk instrumental. The sax solo is fantastic.
- Shame, Shame, Shame - Shirley & Company: Peaked at #12 pop, #1 R&B in March 1975. Don't remember this one.
- Doctor's Orders - Carol Douglas: Peaked at #11 pop, #9 R&B in February 1975. Pure '70s silliness complete with spoken-word intro, disco strings, and lots of hi-hat.
- Express - B.T. Express: Peaked at #4 pop, #1 R&B in March 1975. A solid instrumental along the lines of their other hit, Do It ('Til Your Satisfied). Love the wah-wah guitar. Would it even be possible to have an instrumental hit these days?
- Lady Marmalade- LaBelle: Peaked at #1 pop, #1 R&B in March 1975. The mega-hit that taught us all at least one phrase in French: "voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?"