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Warner (Japan), 1974. New Copy
One of our favorite albums ever from soul singer Paul Kelly – an overlooked talent who was given a great 70s run by Warner Brothers, but never fully got his due! Paul's got roots in southern soul, but works here in a slightly modern mode too – with production from Buddy Killen that ... CD (Soul)
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Detour (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
A brilliant new set from Rob Bailey – the man who gave us all the five volumes of Le Beat Bespoke – returning here with a very fresh take on the mod groove of the 60s! These tracks are more soul and jazz than Rob's previous efforts – still very much in the best modes that were ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Set
Philips/Votary (Australia), 1970. New Copy
An Australian sexploitation soundtrack, but one with all the best European elements of the time – thanks to genius work from the continent-hopping Sven Libaek! Sven's got styles here that recall Italian mod, Brit sound library, and dreamy French film scores – including jazzy vocals, ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Calla/Warner (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Some of the greatest work ever from Jean Wells – a 60s soul singer who never fully got her due, but really shines here in the company of some top-shelf Atlantic Records talent! The album's a great mix of deep soul vocals and tighter uptown soul production – with sublime arrangements ... CD (Soul)
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Nature Walkabout
Festival/Votary (Australia), 1965. New Copy (reissue)
An incredible record from the great Sven Libaek – a soundtrack for a land-based TV adventure that's every bit as great as his underwater music from the 70s! The style is very jazzy, and heavy on vibes and woodwinds – sounds that really showcase the best sound of the growing Australian ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Gal Costa (1969)
Polygram/Dusty Groove, 1969. New Copy
One of the most mindblowing albums ever recorded – anywhere, anytime! This 1969 set stands as one of the greatest records ever cut by Gal Costa – done at the height of the Tropicalia movement, and featuring a sublime mix of styles that really gets the spirit of the movement right. ... CD (Brazil)
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Leo (UK), 1992. New Copy 2 CDs
A wonderful late live set from Sun Ra – recorded less than a year before Ra himself left this planet – but featuring a wonderfully soulful version of the Arkestra! Ra's piano isn't as prominent here as in earlier recordings – but the younger members of the group have really set ... CD (Jazz)
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Polydor/Cree (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy
Stunning soul from the 70s – a host of rare tracks that mostly appeared as short-lived singles on Polydor – really lost to the shifting sands of time amidst the bigger acts on the label! The work here rivals the best of the best from the time – particularly the east coast groups ... CD (Soul)
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Current
Quentin Coaxum, 2014. New Copy
A wonderful debut from Chicago trumpeter Quentin Coaxum – a player with a great well of warmth, and a sense of lyrical blowing that takes us back to some of our favorite musicians of the 60s and 70s! The set's got a laidback vibe and some warm electric glow from Fender Rhodes and organ ... CD (Jazz)
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Two Bones
Blue Note (Japan), 1958. New Copy
One of the hippest Curtis Fuller albums for Blue Note – and one of the rarest too – a set that was recorded in 1958, but only ever issued on vinyl in this rare Japanese pressing from the 80s! The date's quite unique – as it features "two bones", that is, two trombonists ... CD (Jazz)
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Love Injection
Elektra (Japan), 1980. New Copy
Trussel may have cut this one and only album at the end of the 70s – but they've got a strength that's kept them going for years – despite a lack of success at the time! The record's a sweet modern soul stunner – a record that picks up a sweet jazzy groove that's augmented with ... CD (Soul)
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Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy
The full length debut of Madlib as the Rock Konducta is a doozy – and 'Lib sounds as distinctly mad as ever – utilizing prog and psych samples, along with his usual bottomless reserve of funky building blocks, to craft one of his finest hip hop instrumentals sets in quite a while! Part ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Think About It
Chimneyville/Atco (Japan), 1973. New Copy
An excellent album from King Floyd – possibly his best, and proof that the harder side of southern soul sound was still alive and well in the 70s! The record was one of the first few big ones to come out of the Malaco studios in Jackson – which would soon become one of the biggest hubs ... CD (Soul)
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Twist Party At The Roundtable
Atlantic (Japan), 1962. New Copy
Although he's best known by our ears for his 70s funk masterpiece Investigation No 1, back in the 60s Carl Holmes was working with a groovy combo called The Commanders – and cut this hard-wailing album of soul tracks for Atlantic! The set's got "twist" in the title, which might ... CD (Soul)
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That Rongeng Sound
Left Ear, 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
The coolest sounds we've ever heard from Leong Lau – every bit as weird and wild as his previous music, but a bit more funky too – in a really great way that gives a sharp focus to his offbeat energy! The album begins with some great funky drums and keyboards – snapping with some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
The first great wave of dancehall from Studio One – which also marks the late wave of Jamaican innovation before the label's move to New York in the 80s! The music here is often build upon structures forged in earlier Studio One recordings – but updated with a dubbier late 70s vibe, ... CD (Reggae)
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Feed-Back
RCA/Schema (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold
One of the best records ever from the Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – an obscure side project of Ennio Morricone and other Italian composers – working here in a freaky, psychedelic setting! The album mixes sonic experiments with fuzzy guitars, freaky keyboards, and some ... CD (Sound Library)
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Journey To Enlightenment
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy
A stone 70s classic from reedman Carlos Garnett – and a set that's every bit as righteous as you'd guess from the cover and the title! Garnett really soars to the heavens here – blowing a mixture of different instruments in a setting that takes off from his classic Black Love album, ... CD (Jazz)
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Blues Is King
Bluesway/Traffic, 1967. New Copy
A 60s set from Memphis bluesman BB King – but one put together with a very distinct Chicago touch as well! The set's produced by Johnny Pate, and recorded live with a vibe that's similar to King's classic recording at The Regal – but it's almost got even more of a soulful punch, thanks ... CD (Blues)
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Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy
Two massive records from Ray Barretto – both from a time when he was really opening up his groove! Eye Of The Beholder is a really wonderful album from Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem ... CD (Latin)
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Dakar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy
Easy to dance your ass off with music this great – a fast, firey form of funk that's very much in the best Bohannon mode – that unique groove that was unlike anything else to hit the American scene for years to come! The record's a locomotive right from the start – a completely ... CD (Soul)
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Kalabuley Woman
Hot Casa (France), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
The album's only got two long tracks – but both of them are more than enough to make it great! "Kalabuley Woman" takes up all of side one – and the tune's got this wickedly dubby approach to funk – almost like Cymande at the start, but then filled up with all these ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Honky Tonk A-La Mod!
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1966. New Copy
The soulful Hammond of Bill Doggett gets a sweet shift for the 60s – hitting a mod jazz mode that Bill no doubt inspired by his groundbreaking work of the 50s! The groove here is nicely snapping – in a space between soul instrumental work and jazz, with lots of tight guitar from Billy ... CD (Jazz)
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Get On Down/Def Jam, 1987. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Legendary late 80s genius from Eric B & Rakim – with the classic "Eric B Is On The Cut", plus the incredible, one-time UK-only 45 version remixed by Coldcut! Comes in a reproduction of the original $100 bill sleeve, too! 7-inch, Vinyl record (Hip Hop)
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Emmanuelle
Warner (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A wonderfully slinky soundtrack for the first Emanuelle film of the 70s – a story about a very sexy French femme, and one that went onto set a new standard for softcore porn in the 70s! Pierre Bachelet's music is a mix of the kind of sleazy themes you'd expect, and some surprisingly more ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Underground (with bonus CD)
Liuto Records/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy
Heavy fuzz with a good deal of funk as well – a very unique set from the Italian sound library scene – and one that comes across with the feel of some lost psych record from the underground! The album was produced by Piero Piccioni – and features soundtrack/sound library maestros ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library)
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Two Of Us (with bonus tracks)
Mercury/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy
A massive hit for the duo of Calvin Yarbrough and Alisa Peoples – and for good reason too! The set's equally well-balanced between upbeat, keyboard-heavy groovers and key mellower tracks – just the kind of rounded record we might expect from Ashford & Simpson at their late 70s best ... CD (Soul)
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Right There
Warner (Japan), 1976. New Copy
One of Lamont Dozier's biggest albums of the 70s – a sweet debut for Warner Brothers, but one that still keeps all the best elements of his ABC albums firmly intact! Arrangements are still by Lamont and McKinley Jackson – who really know how to help Dozier find that tightness brewed up ... CD (Soul)
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Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy
A massive batch of music – and almost as worth it for the overall package as it is for the great tunes inside! Like other volumes in this series, this set is beautifully put together – not only stuffed with an amazing array of classic soul from a key year in the 70s – but also ... CD (Soul)
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Lowdown Back Porch Blues
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy
An early set from Louisiana Red – a singer who'd shine more brightly in the early 70s on Atlantic, but one who's already got a very definite style here on an early album for Roulette! The album's got a gritty electric blues vibe that's more Chess Records than you might expect – Red's ... CD (Blues)
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Fool Who Wonders
Rootdown LA, 2014. New Copy
Music Man Miles from Cali funk and soul torch carriers Breakestra breaks out with solid solo record – done in a verse blend of time honored LA styles – from early 70s folk and psych soul, to rougher hewn, though still soul-steeped guitar groovers. Miles is not only a hella talented ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Growing
Cineploit (Austria), 2014. New Copy
Really beautiful work from Thelema – still in the same dark soundtrack mode as before, but with some surprisingly tuneful elements too! The music is heavy on piano, Fender Rhodes, and organ – often used in these spare, resonant styles that recall the horror scoring that first inspired ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Walking On A Tightrope
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy
Great work from R&B legend Percy Mayfield – one of the singer's most obscure sessions, and really more of a soul record overall! The album was done for Brunswick at the end of the 60s – and has lots of work from Chicago soul arrangers like Johnny Cameron and Willie Henderson – ... CD (Blues)
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Rit
Elektra (Japan), 1981. New Copy
Few people did soulful fusion better than Lee Ritenour back in the early 80s – and the guitarist always seemed to find a way to really link together all the different sounds of the electric genre – from heavy jamming to soulful grooving to a rock-like appreciation for a good hook! ... CD (Jazz)
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Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy
Munich disco, retooled for the Salsoul Sound – thanks to some great remixing for this US version by Tom Moulton! ORS aren't nearly as cold or cheesy as some of their Munich contemporaries – making them a great choice for Salsoul through their tight use of stripped-down rhythms, rolling ... CD (Soul)
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EMI/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy
A classic set from Jessie Green – the singer's biggest album ever, and a great blend of 70s soul with deeper Caribbean roots! Jessie hails from Jamaica, and got his start in reggae – but by the time of this record, he was reaching out with a wider, global sort of style – one that ... CD (Soul)
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Leon Ware (1972)
United Artists/Solaris, 1972. New Copy
Sublime work from Leon Ware – the mellow soul master who's one of our favorite talents of the 70s! This album is Leon's first – recorded years before he did his records for Motown and Elektra – and it's done with a less polished sound that's a striking contrast to some of his ... CD (Soul)
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Clocktower, Mid 70s. New Copy 3 LPs (reissue)
A triple vinyl set of bedrock-style dubs from King Tubby – one of the most pivotal pioneers of the sound and style – in a heavy duty box set from Clocktower Records. It's loaded with prime era dubs, including cuts from the legendary Aggrovators tracks, classics like "King Tubby ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
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For Sweet People From Sweet Charles
People/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A supremely fantastic album, and one that's always woefully overlooked in discussions of James Brown's incredible People label! Sweet Charles, Charles Sherell, was a great lost soul vocalist who had a voice that was warm and mellow, with a sweetness that was often missing from James' singing ... CD (Soul)
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Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy
The deeper roots of calypso music in the Caribbean – a rich set of tracks that goes way past any preconceptions you might have about the genre! The music here goes way past the hits of Harry Belafonte – and really gets at the harder, more biting side of calypso – the sounds that ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy
One of the few albums ever from Martha High – a singer best known for her earlier work with James Brown, recording here with production from the Godfather himself! The vibe is more Salsoul disco than James Brown funk – although there's definitely some snapping grooves in the mix that ... CD (Soul)
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Relentless
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy Gatefold
A stunning large ensemble set from trombonist Michael Dease – the first we've ever heard from him in this format, and a record that brings us back to some of the most inventive bigger bands of the late 60s – such as groups by Duke Pearson, or the team of Thad Jones & Mel Lewis! No ... CD (Jazz)
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Comet (France), 2014. New Copy
Tracks from the great Tony Allen – but completely remade here with a complicated set of rhythms and very tripped-out style of production! Doctor L features very heavily on the record (which also has contributions from Thiago Franca and Mps Pilot) – and the whole thing reminds us a lot ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Reprise/Now Sounds (UK), 1969. New Copy
One of the only full albums ever issued by the lovely Ruthann Friedman – a talent who's known both for her seminal 60s work as a songwriter in LA, and for a slew of unreleased tracks that never saw the light of day! This album's different – and is a lasting testament to Friedman's ... CD (Rock)
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Waterbed
Atlantic (Japan), 1975. New Copy
A sweet electric set from the great Herbie Mann – one of his best of the time! Like a number of his contemporaries recording jazz for Atlantic, Herbie had moved pretty firmly into a funky soul mode by the mid 70s – adding in lots of electric instrumentation and vocals to keep up with ... CD (Jazz)
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Bear Family (Germany), 1974. New Copy
A massive batch of music – and almost as worth it for the overall package as it is for the great tunes inside! Like other volumes in this series, this set is beautifully put together – not only stuffed with an amazing array of classic soul from a key year in the 70s – but also ... CD (Soul)
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Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A heady South African group from the early 70s – but one who feel much more like underground funk of the late 60s! The feel here is a garagey blend of instrumental soul and early funk – mixed with with some fuzzier guitar lines that add a nice psychedelic undercurrent, but not in the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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GDM/Quartet (Spain), 1969/1970. New Copy
Two very beautiful soundtracks from Ennio Morricone – back to back in one massively overstuffed package! La Monaca Di Monza is a masterpiece in slow strings and moody sounds – a work that's almost as tense as some of Morricone's horror scores, but which also has this flowing, ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Talkin' Loud/Harvest, 2014. New Copy Gatefold
One of the hippest records we've heard in years from Gilles Peterson – a wonderful project that brings together classic and contemporary Brazilian talents, and some key London artists as well! The lineup features giants from the sorts of older Brazilian records that Gilles hipped us to many ... CD (New Grooves)
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Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1978. New Copy
Kebekelektric disco work from this spacey Canadian project – Quebec's answer to the electronics of the German scene! The group have a great sound that mixes Kraftwerk-like keys and synth with the livelier disco grooves of the Prelude Records scene – going for a mix of uptempo styles ... CD (Soul)
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Studio One/Rockashacka (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy
Some of the first great sounds to come from the legendary Studio One Records – an assortment of early rocksteady singles, including a fair bit of rare gems we've never heard before! These rocksteady tracks are the precursor to later reggae work from Jamaica – and show a strong ... CD (Reggae)
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Arhoolie, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Seminal recordings of Lemon "Papa Lemon" Nash from New Orleans – an artist who handled a ukulele with a soul that most blues musicians brought to the guitar! Despite the usual Hawaiian associations the instrument might have, the work here is all blues all the way through – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues)
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Gold Mind/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy
The title's a bit strange – given that Bunny Sigler started out as a soul singer in the late 60s, and continued to record well into the 70s too – yet it's also a reminder that by the time of this set, Sigler had become a real powerhouse on the Philly club scene – working as a ... CD (Soul)
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Bear Family (Germany), 1972. New Copy
A massive batch of music – and almost as worth it for the overall package as it is for the great tunes inside! Like other volumes in this series, this set is beautifully put together – not only stuffed with an amazing array of classic soul from a key year in the 70s – but also ... CD (Soul)
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Greco Chante Brel
Sunnyside, 2014. New Copy
One of the most striking albums we've ever heard from legendary French singer Juliette Greco – a beautiful tribute to the music of Jacques Brel, sung in a style that's quite different from her earlier work! Greco is quite advanced in years, and almost speaks more than sings – but with ... CD (French)
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Salsoul/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs
A great range of work from the legendary Loleatta Holloway – a singer who started out in southern soul, then brought a deep soul style to the disco dancefloor – where she was easily one of the most righteous vocalists of the time! The package does a great job of showing Loleatta at all ... CD (Soul)
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Outta Sight (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Way more than just a "touch" of Northern Soul – as the set's overflowing with upbeat soul tracks from the 60s – including a fair bit we've not seen on other collections! The set list mixes big names with talents from the underground – and the grooves are often in the ... CD (Soul)
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Harvest/Parlophone, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
The brilliant full exposure of the voice that was always buried in the larger sounds of Pink Floyd – a definite madcap romp from the amazing Syd Barrett – and a record that still sounds as captivatingly chilling all these many decades later! There's a stripping-down here that's really ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy
Dang, if it sounded like this at our church, we'd go to mass every Sunday! The album's got a unique crossover appeal that has the Rev kicking things off with a very funky combo in the lead – singing and speaking a spiritual message that's set to some massively heavy backings – so much ... CD (Soul)
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Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy 2CD
A classic set of club tracks from the legendary Salsoul Records – all remixed by the great Walter Gibbons! Gibbons has a really expansive sense of sound – one that not only graces the original version of the album, but which stretches out even more in the 2CD expanded version – ... CD (Soul)
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Secret Escapades Of Velvet Anderson
Rogue Art (France), 2014. New Copy
A loving tribute to the late Fred Anderson – delivered by the great Nicole Mitchell – a wonderful player whose music and style was shaped by Anderson's longstanding role as a teacher on the Chicago jazz scene! The set's one of the most expressive, and possibly one of the most personal ... CD (Jazz)
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Fire In My Soul
Shout (UK), 2014. New Copy
New recordings from Willie Jones – a singer who's been working in soul music since the late 50s – first as a key member of The Royal Jokers, and more recently as a solo artist on his own! Willie got his start in Detroit, but the style here is more deep soul overall – done with a ... CD (Soul)
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Janus/Cherry Red (UK), 1972. New Copy
The fantastic first album by one of the most unique funk groups of all time! A key part of the crumbling British colonial network that produced some excellent music in the postwar years, Cymande was comprised mostly of West Indians who'd emigrated to England in the 60s, eventually meeting up ... CD (Soul)
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Blue Note, 2014. New Copy
The music here is as evocative as the title – almost a mix of contemporary Blue Note modes with older ECM styles – all served up as a perfect showcase for the ever-growing talents of trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire! We've really dug the last two records from Ambrose, and this one seems to ... CD (Jazz)
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Dawn/Paradise Of Bachelors, 1971/1972. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A pair of wonderful albums from British folkie Mike Cooper – both recorded for the Dawn Records label, in a really genre-breaking style! Places I Know blends Cooper's acoustic guitar and rootsy vocals with some very compelling arrangements from Mike Gibbs – the British jazz talent who ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Style (with bonus CD)
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1974. New Copy
Sweet keyboards galore – a wonderful sound library set from the Italian scene of the 70s – filled with Fender Rhodes throughout! The tunes are a mix of funky and mellower numbers – but all sport these really great keyboard lines up top – always rhythmic, even when moving ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library)
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Blue Note (Japan), 1962. New Copy
A great little session by Jackie McLean – recorded in 1962 by Blue Note, but not issued until years later, only initially in Japan! The album's one of Jackie's last pure hardbop sides – recorded in the pivotal year of 1962, when he was just beginning to dip his toe into modernist ideas ... CD (Jazz)
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Bear Family (Germany), 1975. New Copy
A massive batch of music – and almost as worth it for the overall package as it is for the great tunes inside! Like other volumes in this series, this set is beautifully put together – not only stuffed with an amazing array of classic soul from a key year in the 70s – but also ... CD (Soul)
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Project Elo
Jazzman (UK), 2014. New Copy
Not a tribute to the Electric Light Orchestra, but a wonderfully spiritual set of jazz – one that takes key inspiration from the elohim entities of spiritual scriptures – as well as some of the best jazz mass projects from artists like Max Roach, Donald Byrd, or Mary Lou Williams! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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ZT's Blues
Blue Note (Japan), 1961/1985. New Copy
A great lost session by Stan The Man – recorded in the early 60s when he was doing some of his best work, but not issued by Blue Note until the mid 80s! The album stands right up there with other Blue Note gems of the time – especially albums like Comin Your Way and Jubilee Shout, both ... CD (Jazz)
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Fanon – A Musical Tribute To Frantz Fanon
Rogue Art (France), 2014. New Copy
Incredibly strong work from the Tarbaby trio – a group that features Orrin Evans on piano, but which gets really equal strength from the bass of Eric Revis and drums of Nasheet Waits! In fact, those two latter players often take center stage instead of the piano – each with ... CD (Jazz)
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Walk On By
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy
The one and only album by this very groovy group – an instrumental combo that's heavy on Hammond and tenor sax – served up in a mode that's somewhere between jazz and soul! A young Reuben Wilson is in the group – laying down some mighty mean work on keyboards, but in a way that's ... CD (Jazz)
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Blue Note (Japan), 1962/1984. New Copy
A sweet little quartet from Jackie McLean – a later entry into his bop-level sets for Blue Note, recorded right before his "new thing" years! The album never got a proper release back in the 60s, and only first saw the light of day two decades later – but it's a real cooker ... CD (Jazz)
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Honky Tonk Angel
Polydor (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Forget the "honky tonk" in the title – because this girl knows how to groove! Ellen McIlwaine's got to be one of the most unique talents of the past 50 years – a skilled guitarist, and great singer – working in a blend of folk, jazz, and soul that lies somewhere between ... CD (Soul)
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Trout Steel
Dawn/Paradise Of Bachelors, 1970. New Copy
A beautiful set from the British scene at the start of the 70s – a record that's got a fairly folksy tone, but lots of jazzy currents as well! The set was issued on the seminal Dawn Records label – and really shows that imprint's commitment to the left side of the spectrum – as ... CD (Rock)
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Terry Pollard
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy
One of the few female pianists in 50s jazz – the great Terry Pollard, a player who's usually associated with the Detroit scene, but who works here in a hip west coast setting for Bethlehem Records! The date's got Terry's strong piano in a quintet – with Don Fagerquist on trumpet and ... CD (Jazz)
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Nucleus
Kilmarnock, 1971. New Copy
Sweet funky instrumentals from Galt MacDermot – the man known for his contributions to jazz, his legendary score for Hair, and a fair bit of classic hip hop samples over the years! The set's one of Galt's greatest small combo moments – recorded in the funky 70s with a sweet group that ... CD (Jazz)
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Art Yard (UK), 1973. New Copy
Previously unreleased material from the legendary Salah Ragab – two tracks of exotic, jazzy grooves! "Tribute To Sun Ra" is a cut that Ra would have loved – a jaunty little groover that has some angular horns on the top – very "Eastern" in feel, over a romping ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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I Give To You My Love & Devotion
Herakles (Finland), 2014. New Copy
Jimi Tenor is a man of many talents – able to work in modes from spacey to jazzy to funky, and everything in between – as is singer Nicole Willis, who most folks know from her deep funk recordings, but who reemerges here as a house vocalist in the team of Cola & Jimmu! The look of ... CD (New Grooves)
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Don't Happen No More
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Solid sounds from Young Jessie – a onetime member of the famous Flairs, but a hell of a singer on his own! Jessie's got a raw power here that lives up to the best of the 50s R&B scene in California – and the set features work that the singer recorded for Capitol, Modern, Mercury, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy
Jack Nitzsche was one of the greatest producers of the LA scene of the 60s – a legendary talent whose work was a key counterpart to frequent associate Phil Spector, but which also took on lots of other weird twists and turns of its own! Jack has this mad appeal that you can probably guess ... CD (Rock)
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Uptown, 1949. New Copy 2 CDs
A marvelous document of the power of bassist Chubby Jackson at his best – served up here in a double-length package of rare recordings from the end of the 40s! Chubby has a really unique place in jazz – a special space between bop and swing, where he was able to work with some of the ... CD (Jazz)
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Make Every Day Count (with bonus tracks)
Sunbar/Real Gone, 1978. New Copy
A really beautiful little album from NYCC – the name-shortened version of the New York Community Choir, stepping out here with a sound that's even better than their RCA debut! NYCC draw on a strong secular/spiritual tradition of work by The Art Reynolds Singers or Voices Of East Harlem ... CD (Soul)
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Alien
Alleviated (UK), 1996. New Copy
The further evolution of Larry Heard – and a set that takes him way past his roots in Chicago house, into a realm of spacey electronics and future jazz musings! The album's a lot more spare and gentle than some of Heard's earlier grooves – done with a sensitivity that's really great, ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves)
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Croydon Municipal (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
The sexy sound of Soho at the start of the 60s – served up here in a host of mostly British singles that have been lost for years! The selection is one of the grooviest in this line of cool compilations from St Etienne – filled with obscure vocal and instrumental tunes that mix ... CD (Vocalists)
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Peggy Connelly
Bethlehem, 1956. New Copy
One of the greatest vocal jazz albums ever recorded for Bethlehem Records – a set that's got a lot more energy than some of the moodier, mellow vocal sets on the label – thanks to dynamic backings from the great Russ Garcia! Garcia's working here with his hip Wigville band – ... CD (Vocalists)
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Guerssen (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
A heady set of UK psych from the Young Blood, Beacon, and Mother labels – all very obscure imprints that go way way past mainstream work of the time! The music is trippy, but nicely melodic too – not really pop psych, but nicely focused – at a level that evolves past late 60s ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Cold Worlds
Dual Planet (Australia), Late 60s. New Copy
Tremendous spacey sounds from Don Harper – one of the composers of the legendary KPM set Electrosonic, stepping out here in an equally eerie selection of 60s analogue sounds! The set begins with a warm take on the early "Dr Who Theme" – but then quickly moves into really ... CD (Sound Library)
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I Crudeli
GDM (Italy), 1967. New Copy
A really wonderful western soundtrack from Ennio Morricone – done at a level that's a bit different than the usual style for the time – with more of some of the elements that the maestro might bring to later horror material! The main theme is wonderful – with a snapping snare and ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Trunk (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy
A really wonderful collection of weirdly funny records from the weirdly funny record label Trunk – a British imprint we've trusted to deliver unusual sounds for almost 20 years! This package is great – a troll through the more offbeat side of Johnny Trunk's record collection – a ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Ghetto Suite
Kilmarnock, 1972. New Copy
One of the coolest records ever issued on Galt MacDermot's legendary Kilmarnock label – a selection of songs and poems by Harlem school children, set to music by Galt, and sung by vocalist Angela Ortega! Given that Galt's handling the music, you can bet that there's plenty of nicely funky ... CD (Jazz)
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Berry/Dual Planet (Australia), Early 60s. New Copy
Very early electronic sound library material from Eric Siday – so much so, that all these tracks were originally issued as 78rpm singles – at a time before the sound library scene moved into using full LPs! A number of cuts here were used as early passages on the first Doctor Who ... CD (Sound Library)
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Stix (France), 2014. New Copy
Fantastic sounds from this ultra-cool project – music that's neither straight disco, nor really reggae – and instead a great dubby reworking of dancefloor modes from a few generations past! The range of material here comes a number of different settings – but is all worked ... CD (New Grooves)
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Criss Cross (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy
Saxophonist Justin Robinson serves up a tribute to bassist Dwayne Burno – in a set that wasn't originally intended that way, but which turned out to be Burno's last time in the studio! Dwayne passed away from kidney disease after the album was recorded – and hearing his wonderful work ... CD (Jazz)
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Sirio 2222
RCA/Lion, 1970. New Copy
A really stunning set from Il Balletto Di Bronzo – a group who clearly have the instrumental chops to take off in a proggish way, but really keep things interesting here by staying in a grittier, more straightforward groove! The power of the drums and guitars is wonderful – almost funk ... CD (Rock)
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Una Pura Formalita
GDM (Italy), 1994. New Copy
Even in his later years, Ennio Morricone had a way with a soundtrack that was unlike anyone else – even most of his previous material, too! The style here is very fresh – a blend of vibrant violin passages and more slow-moving string orchestrations – echoing some of Morricone's ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Amphi/Radio Rondo
Intakt (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy
Two great large group works from bassist Barry Guy – both with the sort of individual qualities we love in his music with the London Jazz Composers Orchestra! The players here are from a wider range of European sources, and all work together as a whole, but get plenty of space for personal ... CD (Jazz)
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Complete Mercury Singles
Mercury/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy
The complete singles of one of our favorite groups of the 60s – a completely wonderful sextet who started in harmony pop, but grew to do a whole lot more! The earliest cuts have Spanky & Our Gang resonating strongly with the best by The Association, Mamas & Papas, or other Sunshine ... CD (Rock)
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Mojo, 2014. New Copy
Jack White's on the cover of this special Vinyl Issue of Mojo – although without any sense of irony at all, the magazine also comes with a bonus CD of material from White's vinyl-only record label! That inconsistency aside, the issue's got a great feature on Jack White and his Third Man ... Magazine (Magazines)
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Columbia (Japan), 1974. New Copy
Beautiful work from trombonist Shigeharu Mukai – and just the kind of record that shows how strongly he was pushing the development of his instrument in the 70s! The set's got a mix of sounds and shapes from the leader that are completely sublime – soulful and thoughtful, carved out of ... CD (Jazz)
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Soundway (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
A hip group from Sierra Leone – but one who recorded these tracks in the US during the late 70s – which makes for a very unusual hybrid of sounds! The group's original approach was to update regional sounds from their nation, and avoid some of the more commercial cover versions of ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Straight Up
BRC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy
The one and only album by Exit 9 – an obscure funk combo who recorded this rare set for Brunswick in 1975! The group is extremely tight instrumentally – working at a very fast funky clip that's kind of similar to work by Bohannon or Sound Experience – both of whom shared Exit 9's ... CD (Soul)
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Checker/Sundazed, 1958. New Copy
Fantastically twangy! We never tire of Bo Diddley's incredible guitar work – and you'll get plenty of it in this early album he cut for Chess, a tasty batch of 12 tracks, all original tunes with a stripped-down gutbuckety sound – rough, raw rhythms that feature plenty of Bo's gritty ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues)
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Decca/DBK Works, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Classic madness from William Shatner – a whole set of tunes performed in his famous role as Captain Kirk! The album's got a creepy sort of darkness that's hard to deny – especially as Shatner speaks, more than sings, most of the tunes on the set – giving them a very dramatic sort ... LP, Vinyl record album (Comedy/Spoken)
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Joey Heatherton Album
MGM/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Was there a sexier 70s celebrity than Joey Heatherton? It's hard to think so – and the cover of this one is more than enough proof that she was America's greatest answer to Brigitte Bardot! And while we certainly remember her from countless variety show appearances at the time, it's ... CD (Vocalists)
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Black Messiah
Capitol/Dusty Groove, Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs
A massive live set from Cannonball Adderley – and a record that really shows the growth he'd undergone in just a few short years! The album's done in close collaboration with David Axelrod – who'd handled Cannon's big live dates for Capitol in the 60s – but this record is much ... CD (Jazz)
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Soul Village
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy
One of a rare few electric albums from the great Walter Bishop Jr – a pianist who started during the bop years, but really grew into new modes in the 70s! The set's an album on Muse, but one with the same hip grooves as Walter Bishop's pair of excellent albums for the Black Jazz label – ... CD (Jazz)
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Dicky Oliver
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1969. New Copy
A 60s album recorded in Italy – but with a groove that's midway between Memphis and the mod sounds of the London scene – thanks to a heavy dose of Hammond and horns! The tunes are all instrumental, and leap right into the fray with these romping rhythms that often snap along in the ... CD (Sound Library)
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Free Souls
Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy
A brilliantly soulful set from Nicola Conte – a record that's got all the tight jazzy instrumentation we love in his other records, but one that's also got some wonderful vocal work as well! Singers are a perfectly-chosen batch of the best of the underground – and include Jose James, ... CD (New Grooves)
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Fantasy/Chance To Dance
Elektra/Expansion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy
A pair of great albums from this Norman Connors side project! Fantasy is righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers ... CD (Soul)
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Multiplication Rock
Capitol (Japan), 1973. New Copy
Sure, it was silly stuff when we were kids – but once De La Soul sampled "Three Is The Magic Number", this record became one of the most prized in our possession! And thanks to that hip hop reintroduction, we've really fallen in love with the music again over the years – ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The Numero Group takes a great step backwards – returning to the capital city of Ohio, Columbus – to mine the same soul and funk treasure trove of their Capsoul collection! The music here comes from the same scene – and often from Capsoul or related labels – and the set ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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I Remember When
Motema, 2014. New Copy
Singer Kellylee Evans works here with the great Eric Legnini – the European keyboardist whose own records are always a delight, and who brings a sharp sense of funky soul to this vocal outing! Kellylee has a style that's rooted in jazz, but expressed in more contemporary soulful modes – ... CD (Vocalists)
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Having A Party
Blue Thumb/Universal (Japan), 1977. New Copy
The name may be a bit hokey, but this is one heck of a great little record – every bit as sly and funky as work on the group's excellent Steppin album! The man to thank here is Sonny Burke – who handled arrangement and direction of the backings – and who brings in plenty of heavy ... CD (Soul)
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Island, 1970s. New Copy CD & Blu Ray Audio
One of the best-selling albums ever from Bob Marley – a classic collection of work from his all-too-short career – and one that's gone onto become as famous as Marley's individual records themselves! The collection really allows all the classics to resonate strongly, in a track order ... CD (Reggae)
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PTG (Netherlands), Early 80s. New Copy
Another masterpiece in this always-great collection – a bouncing set of 80s groove numbers from the post-disco years – heavy on boogie rhythms, electric beats, and jazzy keyboard lines! The groove has some occasional touches of electro – especially in the cuts that feature an ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Didn't I EP
Ubiquity, 2014. New Copy
An amazing bit of falsetto soul – and a tune that's become an anthem around Dusty Groove these days – given how many times we play it in the store! "Didn't I" has an infectious raspy guitar bit at the start, then rolls into harmony vocals, supporting Darondo's wickedly sharp ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Soul)
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BBE (UK), 2012. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Heavy funk, Northern Soul, and R&B – but all of a newer vintage, and pulled together by the legendary Snowboy – who's been updating grooves for years! The set features loads of Snowboy's contemporaries from the global deep funk scene – and includes some nice bits that you won' ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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Stag O Lee (Germany), 1930s/1940s. New Copy
A tightly swinging batch of late 30s jazz and nascent rhythm & blues numbers from the early 40s – the pivotal period in which veteran players of the grander swing orchestras of the years prior were paring down into smaller combo – and knocking out a grittier, more primal sound! It's ... CD (Jazz)
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Guerssen (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy
A heady set of UK psych from the Young Blood, Beacon, and Mother labels – all very obscure imprints that go way way past mainstream work of the time! The music is trippy, but nicely melodic too – not really pop psych, but nicely focused – at a level that evolves past late 60s ... CD (Rock)
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Doin' It
Casablanca/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy
Sweet Canadian club from Alma Faye – a record that shows that the scene up north was just as great for disco as the one down in New York! The record's got these flowing arrangements from Lee Gagnon – an artist who was working in jazz a few years before, but manages to find just the ... CD (Soul)
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Mental Shake
OTOroku (UK), 2014. New Copy Gatefold
A brilliant free improvisation from a really great lineup – a quartet that brings together the legendary reed work of Peter Brotzmann and the vibes of Jason Adasiewicz – already great enough on their own, but matched here with the bass of John Edwards and drums of Steve Noble – ... CD (Jazz)
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Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold
A second set of grooves from the Seattle scene – and a much-needed follow-up to the first Wheedles Groove compilation! This set picks up where the last one left off – still digging the funk and soul of the 70s, but also following the scene into clubby territory, modern soul, and boogie ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Turbo/Barnyard (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
Rare work from this spoken word assemblage – and a lost link in the tradition of African-American protest work that includes The Last Poets, The Watts Prophets, and Gil Scott-Heron! The Universal Messengers come on strong – using spare percussion and a bit of light instrumentation ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Disco sounds from the Caribbean scene of the 70s – a really unique mix of regional styles with the kind of rhythms that were coming from New York and Philly at the time! The groove here is really unique – even different than some of the reggae or African disco numbers of the time ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Live A L'Etoile
Teranga Beat (Senegal), 1969. New Copy
Seminal sounds from Senegalese saxophonist Dexter Johnson – a rare late 60s concert that captures him at the height of his powers – soloing brilliantly over the Latin grooves of Super Star De Dakar! The group was one of the best in Dakar to take on elements of Cuban music – and ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Adventure Music, 2014. New Copy
A beautiful set that delivers exactly what it promises in the title – a wonderful criss-crossing of Brazilian and Moroccan modes – all with a vibe that's quite different than previous records from pianist Benjamim Taubkin! Many tracks are long, and flow with a wonderful blend – ... CD (Brazil)
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Rhythm & Blues At The Flamingo
Polydor (Japan), 1964. New Copy
Blistering early work from a young Georgie Fame – a set that definitely lives up to the Rhythm & Blues in the title! The set was recorded live at London's hip Flamingo club – and Georgie and The Blue Flames are very much in command of the crowd – burning with the intensity of ... CD (Vocalists)
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This Mother's Daughter
Capitol (Japan), 1976. New Copy
One of Nancy Wilson's hippest albums from the 70s – a great record of smooth mellow tracks produced by Eugene McDaniels, handled with some nice jazzy flourishes, and a warm soulful sound that brings out the best in Nancy's vocals! If you've dug her vocals on the Life, Love, & Harmony ... CD (Vocalists)
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Get On Down, 1995. New Copy 2 LPs
A Shaolin hip hop essential! Liquid Swords is a high water mark in the Wu Tang canon – with some of the finest production of RZA's career. It's quite possibly our favorite record in the entire Wu pantheon, and next to Enter The Wu Tang and a select handful of other first wave Wu Tang solo ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy
A great pianist in a really great trio – on a record that's wonderful not just for the piano lines of Fumio Karashima, but also for the bass of Isao Suzuki and drums of George Otsuka! All three players were really reinventing the sound of jazz on the Japanese scene of the 70s – and all ... CD (Jazz)
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Gemelli/Finders Keepers (UK), 1972. New Copy
One of the greatest soundtracks we've ever heard from Bruno Nicolai – a wonderful array of lightly groovy tunes that's as fantastic as any of the Mondo Morricone work from the same time! The main theme of the film has a catchy La Donna Invisible sort of feel – building on waves of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Mais Um Discos (UK), 2014. New Copy 2 CDs
A stunning collection of contemporary work from Brazil – a double-length package that features a few cuts by artists we already know and love, plus lots more from genius young talents we're discovering here for the first time ever! The vibe is very much in the more left-leaning, experimental ... CD (Brazil)
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Blue Note, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
A brilliant collaboration between vibist Bobby Hutcherson and reedman Harold Land – the first Blue Note album to feature the talents of the pair together, and a stone classic from the very first note! Hutcherson had already been making big waves for the label with his earlier sides – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Modern Jazz/Village Again (Japan), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy
One of our favorite pianists ever – presented here in a selection of classics that are hand-picked by Jazztronik! The mix of talents is no surprise – given the huge influence that Marco's had on global scenes over the years – first making big waves in Paris in the 70s, then ... CD (Jazz)
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Puerta Del Sur
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2014. New Copy Gatefold
One of the coolest contemporary combos in the Latin scene – a group who bristle with all the fire of a classic New York or Puerto Rican ensemble – and one who really keep the salsa dura flag flying high! Almost every cut here is a winner – just the kind of heavy-hitting gems that ... CD (Latin)
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Soul Jazz (UK), 2014. New Copy
A stunning book of photographs to stand alongside the excellent album art books done by the Soul Jazz label – a treasure trove of hardly-seen images of some of the best underground musicians of the 60s and 70s – and a great antidote to the sorts of jazz books that are only just filled ... Book (Books)
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Pet Records, Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold
Really mad music from this weird little series – a set of pop tracks from the end of the 60s, but all done with these weird psych and spiritual touches – definitely the "mystic males" promised in the title! The sound here isn't just that of mainstream pop-psych – and ... CD (Rock)
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Da Roma A New York
RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1957. New Copy Gatefold
One of the first great moments from Italian composer Piero Umiliani – an artist who later did a huge amount of soundtracks in the 60s, but really got his start in jazz! Umiliani's wonderful here right from the start – laying out a set of all original tracks that mix tight arrangements ... CD (Jazz)
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Criminal Minded (5 x 7" single box set)
B-Boy, 1987. New Copy 5 x 7"
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced – in 5 X 7" box set! Criminal Minded is landmark for a number of reasons. Among the biggest is, of course, that it was recorded with the late great DJ Scott La Rock ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Hip Hop)
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Muito Na Onda
Odeon/EMI (Japan), 1967. New Copy
A groovy little group from Brazil – arranged and conducted by Antonio Adolfo! The group's got a really wonderful sound that's part bossa nova, part French 60s pop, and very much in the style of work by Marcos Valle from the late 60s! There's a female lead vocalist who sounds a lot like ... CD (Brazil)
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Bamboo
Superfly (France), Late 60s. New Copy
60s jazz meets Japanese bamboo flute – all in a session with a great mix of groovy and exotic touches! The record's a unique meeting of jazz and folkloric elements – done in a style that's a bit like some of the late 60s sessions of this nature on MPS, but a fair bit groovier overall ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Edip Akbayram
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1974. New Copy
A seminal debut set from Edip Akbanyram – a 70s Turkish singer whose music is every bit as compelling as arabesk rock by Baris Manco or Erkin Koray! Like both of those artists, Edip mixes older Anatolian roots with a freakier, fuzzier style from the psych generation – mixing electric ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Choma (Burn)
Mainstream/Boplicity (UK), 1970. New Copy
One of the hippest albums ever from the team of Harold Land and Bobby Hutcherson – and a set that's even more open than some of their other records on Blue Note or Chess! This set's a bit more electric than some of the other records from the pair – with these drawn-out Fender Rhodes ... CD (Jazz)
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Muita Zorra!
Philips/Forma (Japan), 1971. New Copy
Funky funky samba! Trio Mocoto are a unique group in Brazilian music. They're best known as the backing group for Jorge Ben during some of his mid 70s Africanist recordings, but they've also cut a rare few recordings on their own – including this excellent gem from 1971! The album's got a ... CD (Brazil)
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Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs
No horsing around here – as the set may well be the most compelling so far in this mighty hip series – a wicked blend of underground club from the post-disco and post-punk generation! The tracks here definitely push towards the more obscure side of the spectrum, and really show the way ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold
Rare work from the team of Donnie & Joe Emerson – first brought to light on their obscure outsider album Dreamin Wild – and here featured in a host of previously unreleased tracks! The vibe of the music follows in the same spirit as the duo's few released recordings – kind of ... CD (Rock)
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Frou Frou Rokko
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy
Nothing frou frou about this heavy little set – as the record's a rock solid batch of African rhythms, served up with a distinctively Ethiopian feel – at a level that's even groovier than the group's first album! The collective clearly take some key inspiration from the more ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Live At Smalls
Smalls Live, 2014. New Copy
Tenorist Scott Hamilton has made countless great records for other labels over the decades, but he sounds especially nice in this debut for the Live At Smalls series – a setting that really lets him open up, take off, and craft some wonderfully extended solos! Hamilton's a creative talent in ... CD (Jazz)
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Blind Bet
Freestyle (UK), 2014. New Copy
This fierce funky trio just gets better and better with each new record – to the point where we'd be hard-pressed to think of any better combination of funky drums, guitar, and Hammond! The core rhythms are sublime – in a Meters-esque territory, but even sharper, given the group's love ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk)
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Stones Throw, Early 90s. New Copy 4 LPs
A huge testament the timeless talents of producer Peanut Butter Wolf and MC Charizma! Without going too deeply into the lore, young Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf teamed up in the early 90s, and independently (pre-Stones Throw) recorded some straight up classic level golden age hip hop, before ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Yo! Bum Rush The Show
Def Jam, 1987. New Copy (reissue)
The first mind-blowing salvo from the legendary PE! Public Enemy came with that strong, righteous voice in full force from the get-go – and if it's not quite the revolutionary aural experience as the following couple of albums on the production from, it's still pretty damn riveting effort. ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Motown (Japan), 1973. New Copy
Way more than just a "best of" – as the record is more like a full Spinners album for Motown – issued as a way of bringing together some of the best singles the group recorded for the label! The work's not really hits – at least not at the level of the group's later ... CD (Soul)
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Brainfeeder, 2014. New Copy
A great debut from Taylor McFerrin – family member to another famous jazz singer, but very much possessed of his own self and style! The album's got this crackling, glistening quality – subtle electronics and Fender Rhodes mixing with Taylor's well-crafted vocals – never ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul)
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Pinata Beats
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy
The restlessly inventive Madlib beats and production for Pinata, the excellent duo project with MC Freddie Gibbs! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for ... CD (Hip Hop)
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Soundway (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
Sublime sounds from Siam – a beautiful second volume of Soundway's dig into the regional music of Thailand in the 70s! Most of the work here comes from the glory days of luk thung and molam – genres that often feature some unusual folksy elements mixed with more electric modes – ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Mark De Clive-Lowe Presents Church
Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2014. New Copy
Mark De Clive-Lowe takes us to church – with a set that's easily his most soulful, spiritual record ever! The album's got a lot more acoustic elements than usual – plenty of jazz elements on tenor, flute, trumpet, and percussion – mixed with Mark's own great Fender Rhodes and ... CD (New Grooves)
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Bodyquake
Unique (Germany), 2014. New Copy
An even more playful set than before from Laura Vane & The Vipertones – a record that still has some of the older funk and soul elements of previous releases, but which also comes across with a more contemporary vibe as well – a kind of bouncy, jaunty sort of soul that seems to work ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Breakaway/BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy Gatefold
A pair of completely rare albums from Breakaway – a St Louis combo from the late 70s – with a groove that's equal part jazzy club and blue-eyed soul! Breakaway is the group's debut – recorded in 1977 with a surprisingly tight sound – especially given that the group were ... CD (Soul)
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BBE (UK), 2014. New Copy
A whole new side of Shawn Lee's talents – an album that mixes his great ear for funk with rhymes from a series of guest MCs – all at a level that really takes us back to true school productions of the 90s! Lee's got plenty of 60s and 70s funk and jazz elements in the mix – and a ... CD (Deep Funk)
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RCA/Soulmusic.com, 1975. New Copy
Sweet 70s soul from Faith Hope & Charity – a trio who had recorded previously, but who really burst out here at the start of the disco years with some strong studio help from the great Van McCoy! The style of the record isn't really disco, but isn't far off either – as McCoy mixes ... CD (Soul)
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EMI/Odeon (Japan), 1969. New Copy
Early and lovely work from Beth Carvalho – a set that's quite different than her later albums, with much more of a 60s bossa diva sound overall! Arrangements are by Lyrio Panicali and Gaya, and the album's got a warmly flowing groove that's right up there with more familiar sides from the ... CD (Brazil)
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Magnetica
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2014. New Copy
Quantic goes back to the old school with this sweet little set – and by that, we mean his own old school – from the years when he was mixing a lot more electric elements in his music! The record takes all the great Quantic sounds in recent years – his experiments with deep funk, ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Finders Keepers (UK), 1972. New Copy (pic cover)
A compelling title, and an equally compelling batch of music – some great keyboard lines from the mighty Bruno Nicolai! The style here is a bit leaner than some of Bruno's classic late 60s material, but still holds all of its great spirit – a mixture of darkness and light that both ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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R2 (UK), 2014. New Copy Gatefold
Some of the warmest grooves we've heard so far from Osunlade – a beautiful selection of tracks that work perfectly together – almost as if the artist himself had a hand in their creation! The tracks follow strongly in the vein of organic house that Osunlade's always brought us – ... CD (New Grooves)
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Comet Come To Me
Naive (France), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Meshell Ndegeocello comes on with the force of a comet – and delivers one of her boldest records in years – a crackling set of cosmic soul tunes that have all the power of the singer in her early years! Meshell's definitely absorbed some of the headier elements of her varied projects ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul)
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Barclay (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy
A cool collection of work from the enigmatic Marpessa Dawn – an artist you might know best for her work in the film Black Orpheus – and a heck of a groovy singer as well! The style of the work is very much in the spirit of the film's famous soundtrack, but a bit more lyrical too – ... CD (Brazil)
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Blue Note, 2014. New Copy
Jose James sounds even deeper than ever here – really moving forward with that amazing voice, and really finding a special space between all the jazz, soul, and funk projects of previous years! The album has James almost emerging as a singer who can span genres and reach out to new scenes ... CD (Neo Soul)
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WAR, 2014. New Copy
Master MC Pharoahe Monch returns! Post Traumatic Stress Disorder appeared just few short years since his previous full length effort, which is a huge boon for we fans of rhyme centric rap. It's damn good to have this cat in the game. PTSD has a fairly loose dystopian sci fi theme/story that's a ... CD (Hip Hop)
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Dubcatcher
BBE (UK), 2014. New Copy
DJ Vadim dips into dancehall – a stylistic left turn, sure, but style-straddling has always been strong suit for this DJ – and Dubcatcher is a creative win! Vadim's bass heavy beats are warm and compelling throughout, and the depth of recruited vocal talent is tip top, too – ... CD (Hip Hop)
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Barclay/Universal (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy
Some of the first recordings done by Baden Powell outside of Brazil – and already an indication that his work with the European scene was a very good thing! The record has Powell upfront on guitar and vocals, but working with these great arrangements from arranger/trumpeter Ivan Jullien ... CD (Brazil)
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Meu Primeiro Amor
Philips (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Light and lovely tunes from Nara Leao – a sweet mid 70s session that's filled with great vocals and a fair bit of acoustic guitar! The sound here isn't nearly as dark as Leao's work of the 60s – and even as some of her albums from a few years before – but the record's still rich ... CD (Brazil)
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Ele E Johnny Alf
EMI/Odeon (Japan), 1972. New Copy
One of the greatest albums ever recorded by Johnny Alf – a sweet and mellow set of tracks that retains all the charm of his earlier bossa work, yet which adds in some warmer electric touches to really expand the sound. The set's totally wonderful – warm and raspy vocals from Johnny, ... CD (Brazil)
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Sunflower Time
Universal (Brazil), 1996. New Copy
A great introduction to the music of Ana Caram – an early session recorded both in London and Brazil – with all the great mix of modes that might imply! The album's breathy and bossa in some spots, but full and jazzy in others – and Ana's equally at home in both settings! Some ... CD (Brazil)
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Equinox
A&M (Japan), 1967. New Copy
The second album by Sergio and crew – and a real push forward for the group! The basic format of two-female harmony leads is still in place – but for some reason, this album gives a bit more of a nod to Brazilian roots than before, and really spices things up with an even more ... CD (Brazil)
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Wide Hive, 2014. New Copy 2LPs
Roscoe Mitchell returns to a mode that he explored freely back in the 70s – loose, improvised collaborations with other musicians – done at a level that offers up a richly organic blend of sonic elements and musical moments! Some of Mitchell's later work has been more structured, but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Gearbox (UK), 1962. New Copy
Much-needed material from saxophonist Joe Harriott – a hell of a player, and one whose few dates as a leader are always worth tracking down! This set was originally recorded by the BBC in 1962 – and only gets its first issue now – a beautiful batch of tunes that really show ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Gearbox (UK), 1962. New Copy
Killer work from British tenor giant Tubby Hayes – issued here for the first time ever, and material that's every bit as great as his famous Fontana Records sides from the 60s! These tracks are well-recorded gems from the BBC archives – material recorded by Hayes for a special program, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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I Soliti Ignoti EP
RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1958. New Copy (pic cover)
Very early work from this soundtrack genius – a rare Italian EP that features his classic "Blues For Gassman" – dedicated to Vittorio Gassman, who starred in the film – and featuring great interplay from the tune's two trombonists! Umiliani delivers some great offbeat ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Couple Friends
Shanachie, 2014. New Copy
Always-great work from Kindred The Family Soul – the unassuming duo who've really kept things strong over the years – and who always win us over with records like this! The pair sing together wonderfully – with a vibe that's rooted in spiritual modes, but turned towards very ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
Rare tracks and a fair bit of unreleased dub plates too – a deep dig into the genius of Yabby You during the 70s! There's a dark, brooding intensity to these tracks right from the start – from the deep, bassy bottoms of the dubs – to the prophetic lyrics of the tunes, which often ... CD (Reggae)
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Parole E Musica
RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1961. New Copy Gatefold
A strange and obscure session that has the cool jazz vocals of American singer Helen Merrill backed by a small Italian combo led by soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – a wonderful mix that really makes the album an unusual one for Helen! The music was originally recorded for a TV program in ... CD (Vocalists)
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Fanon, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Sublime French pop from the turn of the 70s – a really trippy collection that shows the great expansion in sound since the "yeh yeh" scene of a few years before! Not all the tracks here hail from 1969 – but they definitely fit the title's reference to a sly, sexy tune by ... CD (French)
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Skyhigh
EMI (Japan), 1974. New Copy
One of the grooviest Australian groups of the 70s – one of that rare breed from down under who effortlessly mixed together rock and soul – often with some very unique results! We'd rank these guys right next to Renee Geyer or Rocco – as they've got a similar blue-eyed sensibility ... CD (Rock)
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Emma Jean
Truth & Soul, 2014. New Copy
An amazing chapter in the career of Lee Fields – an artist who's been moving our souls for decades, but who just keeps on growing in these really great ways! Unlike the fragile style of My World, or the heady southern soul of Faithful Man, Emma Jean's got this very different vibe – ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Beat (Italy), 1965. New Copy
60s Italian spy action – scored in a nice range of styles of Angelo Franceso Lavagnino! Angelo's had a hand in a variety of different film genres, including sci fi – and you can definitely hear his rich experience here in the array of unusual elements mixed in with the grooves! Some ... CD (Soundtracks)
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BBE (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2 CDs
One of the coolest, hippest collections you could ever hope to find – not just the usual mix of vintage soul or obvious jazz tracks, but a wealth of wonderful work we never would have discovered otherwise! Mr Thing digs even deeper for this third volume than the previous two – working ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy
A really beautiful little set of tracks – music composed to accompany vintage porn films from the 70s – played to perfection by the great Alex Puddu! The story behind the project is great – a friend was involved in rescuing and issuing rare porn from the underground – most ... CD (Deep Funk)
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West Grand Boulevard
Record Kicks (Italy), 2014. New Copy
Heavy funk from Michigan's Third Coast Kings – sounding better here than ever before, with a groove that really lives up to their Detroit soul legacy! The combo is mostly instrumental – and have really found a way to fuse tight guitar lines with the rhythms – so that the groove ... CD (Deep Funk)
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LaFace/Legacy, 1994. New Copy (reissue)
The mid 90s instant classic! Outkast's debut set hem up as one of the most distinctive hip hop duos ever, right out of the gate, but it also helped to established the freewheeling, funky dirty south sound, thanks to genius Organized Noize production! The Outkast sound would get bigger and more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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XL, 2014. New Copy
Plenty new here – a wealth of unheard tracks by Gil Scott-Heron – and some of the best music he recorded late in his life! The sides are all remakes of tracks from older 70s albums by Gil – but they're done in these stripped-down styles that usually just feature voice and guitar ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Favorite (France), 1990s. New Copy 3 LP Gatefold
Killer cuts from some of the most underground years of house music – that rich 90s stretch when there was some really excellent work coming out from a host of global labels – most of which never got the same sort of exposure as the first wave of house! Jeremy Underground pulls together ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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Soul Jazz (UK), 1970s. New Copy
The deeper roots of the pre-punk generation – not the obvious garage acts of the 60s, or the early rockers on the New York 70s scene – but a whole host of very underground acts who recorded in virtual obscurity, but had a sound that paved the way for huge musical changes to come! The ... CD (Rock)
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Independent Black Jazz Of America (paperback)
Rittor (Japan), 2014. New Copy Book
A really important book for any fan of American spiritual jazz of the 70s – a mixture of essays and discographies, with a focus on some of the best labels of the scene – including Strata East, Black Jazz, Tribe, Nimbus, and many others – plus some key entries from overseas as well! ... Book (Books)

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