A great week for groovy music!


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Atlantic/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy
The first-ever set to bring together all of Barbara Lynn's records for Atlantic – including her full album, a host of rare singles, and even one previously unissued track! Lynn's a real standout in 60s soul music – a singer with a style that's as deep and personal as any of the best ... CD (Soul)
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Atlantic/Tummy Touch, Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
Fantastic funky soul from Steve Arrington – the drummer who got his start in Slave, then really exploded on his own with a host of great records in the 80s! This batch of tracks is from those key initial solo years – and the set not only features all the key cuts that Steve recorded ... CD (Soul)
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Knitting Factory, 1970s. New Copy 7LP (reissue)
LP...$101.99 119.99
A stunning set of work from the legendary Fela Kuti – seven full albums, served up in an ultra-limited box set – all hand-chosen by the equally legendary Brian Eno! Eno was a key supporter of Afro Funk in the 70s, and it's no surprise that just about every record here is one of Fela's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Soul Is...Pretty Purdie
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy
A wild one! After the straight hard funk of some of his earlier recordings as a leader, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie breaks out here in a compelling album of soul jazz tracks done in a number of styles. The approach is sort of big studio funk – with some cuts that have a harder sound, ... CD (Jazz)
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Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
Sam Dees was one of the greatest unsung talents in 70s soul music – an important writer, arranger, and general background talent who helped so many other singers hit the heights – but who hardly ever issued much work under his own name! Apart from key singles and an important album on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Born Bad (France), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP
Totally cool, totally amazing music from the enigmatic Francis Bebey – a contemporary on the early 80s African scene of William Onyeabor, and an equally experimental artists! Bebey used a fair bit of electronics, but often with sounds that had acoustic roots – in this case, the ultra ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Life Goes On (plus bonus tracks)
RCA/Real Gone, 1976. New Copy
Life goes on for Faith, Hope, & Charity – and goes on pretty darn strongly, too – thanks to some wonderful work from the great Van McCoy, served up at a level that really goes beyond his stock sound of the time! The group's blend of one male and two female singers really works well ... CD (Soul)
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Untouched
Volt (Japan), 1972. New Copy
A really classic album from The Emotions – much harder and grittier than their earlier singles from Chicago, and quite different than their later sounds in the Earth Wind & Fire generation! The style here is almost funk – and definitely gets pretty close on a few cuts – ... CD (Soul)
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Phase 2/Brand New Day
Cotillion/Real Gone, 1982/1983. New Copy
A pair of later albums from the great Ronnie Dyson – both of which show him moving strongly well into the 80s! The first set is a self-stated Phase 2 in Ronnie Dyson's career – one that has him moving with a bit more confidence than before, and nicely maturing into a sweet 80s sort of ... CD (Soul)
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Designer/Big Legal Mess, 1960s. New Copy 4CD
A tremendous legacy in gospel music during the 60s – a crucially important indie from the Memphis scene – and one who recorded really great groups from around the country! Designer were helping shape the sound of modern gospel at the same time as Chess, Savoy, and some of the bigger ... CD (Gospel)
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Thought Of You
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy
A stunning debut from drummer Otis Brown III – a player you may know from his work with Esperanza Spaulding, Somi, Joe Lovano, and others – stepping forth here with a rich musical vision of his own! The set was co-produced with Derrick Hodge, of Robert Glasper's group – and ... CD (Jazz)
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Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
A really tremendous album from the legendary Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that stands as one of his greatest statements from the 70s! The record is a wonderful example of Gil's work in two different styles – sweet mellow jazzy soul, and harder heavier protest poetry – the latter ... CD (Soul)
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Resonance, 1965. New Copy 2 CDs
Never-heard music from the great Charles Lloyd – two well-recorded live sets from the 60s, both with a very unusual group! The lineup has Lloyd on tenor, soprano, and flute, working with frequent partner Gabor Szabo on guitar – but the rest of the quartet also features Ron Carter on ... CD (Jazz)
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Warner, 2014. New Copy
The more stylistically sprawling of the 2 albums Prince released upon returning to Warner Brothers in 2014 – nicely recalling some of his better later 80s and early 90s material, post-Sign O The Times craft – but still moving forward, as opposed to reliving past glories! Art Official ... CD (Soul)
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Signal
Linus, 2014. New Copy
Some of the greatest sounds we've heard from Elizabeth Shepherd in years – a record that really returns the singer to her funky roots and soulful styles! There's a stripped-down vibe to the record we really love – mostly just Fender Rhodes from Shepherd, alongside her vocals – ... CD (New Grooves)
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Blue Note, 1960. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest albums ever by pianist Kenny Drew – a record that's as noteworthy for the contributions of the sidemen as it is for the efforts of the leader! Drew's a player who often worked mostly in trio formats – but here, he's hitting hard with a righteous Blue Note power ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Charlie Haden/Jim Hall
Blue Note/Impulse, 1990. New Copy
Beautiful duets between guitarist Jim Hall and bassist Charlie Haden – recorded here in a previously-unissued live date from 1990 – with sublime sound throughout! Both players really open up when given the right sort of space – and find wonderful harmony together here – ... CD (Jazz)
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Apiafo
Hot Casa (France), 2014. New Copy
A cool contemporary group with roots in Tojo – hotbed of African voodoo culture, which is a strong inspiration on their sound! The music takes an older style of voodoo chants, and fuses it onto a more funk-based approach – one that draws on inspirations from 70s west African funk, but ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Dust To Digital, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy
Stunning sounds from the Arkansas string band scene of the late 20s and early 30s – one of the last of the local southern scenes to be captured on record at the time, but a real hotbed of uniquely local performers! The styles here run a nice gamut from early folksy modes to more modern ... CD (Folk/Country)
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Plectrumelectrum
Warner, 2014. New Copy
One of a pair of Prince records released on the same day – and this one that finds him in a lean, hard-hitting funk rock mode that we always love from him – and deservedly sharing credit with his 3rdeyegirl group. It's honestly a lot of fun to hear Prince having this much fun himself, ... CD (Soul)
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After The Bridge
RCA (Japan), 1964. New Copy 2CD
Rare work from the RCA years of Sonny Rollins – all recorded during the time of his groundbreaking albums for the label in the early 60s, but never issued until this much later Japanese package! The title is quite apt – as the whole set really shows the development that Rollins brought ... CD (Jazz)
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Victor (Japan), 2014. New Copy
One of the coolest collections of contemporary soul we've ever heard – a wonderful batch of work in a laidback, cosmic sort of vibe! The music here resonates strongly with the 70s vintage you'll find in most of the other Free Soul compilations – but it's all relatively recent, and ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Atlantic/Real Gone, 1981/1982. New Copy
A sweet double-header from Ullanda McCullough – a singer who's been previously overlooked in the world of CDs! First up is the Ullanda McCullough album from 1981 – a standout set from the great Ullanda – a singer who'd worked on countless sessions in the 70s, but who really came ... CD (Soul)
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Rough Guide, Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2CD
Disco music was alive and well in Indian cinema during the 80s – thanks to the style's great fit for the big numbers in Bollywood films! And although the title here might make you think that Indian movies grabbed up the New York trends of a few years before, the overall sound is more a later ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Rawkus, 1998. New Copy
The first full-length from Mos Def and Talib Kweli together as Black Star – a benchmark moment in hip hop history, and one of the finest duo vocal hip hip records of the 90s – and one of the best ever on Rawkus! In hindsight, it's all the more rewarding given Talib Kweli's longevity in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Biscoito Fino/DRG, 2014. New Copy
One of the most personal albums we've heard in years from Maria Bethania – a set that's got a quietly intimate vibe, one that really lives up to the spirit of the title – a place where Bethania can be herself and share some of her innermost thoughts! The backing is wonderfully intimate ... CD (Brazil)
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Kingston Sounds (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
Wonderful work from the team of Dave and Ansell Collins – a key act in helping Jamaican music transition from rocksteady to reggae at the start of the 70s – and a duo who had a surprising impact in the US, thanks to their funky style of work! Ansell handles all the keyboards – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
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Jumbo Caribbean Disco/EM (Japan), 1979. New Copy
Steel band disco! John Gibbs adds a little island flavor to this pumping disco number, replete with breakdowns, vocals, and a non stop groove – and this special single features the previously unissued original version of the cut – which is even more raw than the famous version! Lord ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Soul)
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Stag O Lee (Germany), 1950s. New Copy
A sweet little set that looks like a vintage 78rpm recording, but which is actually a full collection of vintage gospel – with a strong focus on bold voices and rich harmonies throughout! The package is put together with the same great ear as the R&B sets on the Stag-O-Lee label – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Gospel)
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Soul To Soul
Afrasia, 2014. New Copy
We've loved Carmen Lundy since the very first time we heard her voice – and that love has only continued to grow over the decades, as she's given us a tremendous run of great records and wonderful music! This time around, Lundy's still strongly in the jazz side of the spectrum, but also ... CD (Vocalists)
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Dwitza/Membran (Germany), 2013. New Copy Gatefold
Tremendous work from Ed Motta – a record that not only lives up to all the promise we've found in his music over the years – but which also goes way way beyond, and really knocks it out of the park! The title here is no lie, as Ed's a huge fan of AOR modes from the 70s – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul)
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Coloursound Library/Aguirre (Belgium), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
Really beautiful music from Joel Vandrogenbroeck – compositions done as part of a sound library series, but with a much richer, much deeper vibe – and a quality that's almost like the late 70s work on Sky Records from Germany! Instrumentation is heavily electric, but there's clearly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library)
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Nacional, 2014. New Copy
A heady sound from Jungle Fire – a group who seem to be equal parts 70s Afro Funk and Latin – with percussion that rivals the best of the latter, and horns and guitar that match the best of the former! The group's got a super-sharp approach, but one that's never slick or commercial ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk)
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Born Bad (France), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
Really cool work from the far-flung French underground of the electro years – a quirky quartet who operated out of St Etienne, and hardly got the same sort of exposure as groups up in Paris! Yet Cha Cha Guitri have this really great sound that could have easily stood head and shoulders next ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Pay Jay, 1990s/2000s. New Copy 4 x 10 inch, cassett
LP...$198.99 209.98
A beautiful box set of classic and unreleased Dilla beats – with 4 X 10-inch EPs, the Lost Scrolls cassette with 4 previously unreleased beats, the King Of Beats commemorative booklet, and it comes in a hand-crafted box set, fabricated to look like a genuine, oft-used SP-1200 drum machine and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Reflection Eternal
Rawkus/Universal, 2000. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Brilliant early work from Talib Kweli – who pretty much cemented his repuation as one the greatest MCs of his generation around this time – and it's tight as ever! We thought Black Star never outta separate way back then, but onn this burning set of dope joints, we all found out Talib ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Jumbo Caribbean Disco/EM (Japan), 1978. New Copy (pic cover)
One of the greatest tracks ever from the legendary John Gibbs – the man who brought the steel pans strongly to the dancefloor – thanks to his unique blend of the instrument with disco grooves! The classic "Trinidad" is presented here in a previously unissued version – ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Soul)
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Secret Omen
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy
A sweet stunner from Cameo – a set that's got the group working with an even tighter, more on the money sound than before – yet never in a way that's too slick or commercial! These guys were one of the first to push the big ensemble funk sound into a leaner approach, and they really ... CD (Soul)
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Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
An excellent overview of the second half of the short run of the Ric & Ron labels – tiny imprints from New Orleans in the early years of soul music, but a crucial force in the development of the Crescent City sound! The work here is mostly from the early 60s, and really shows New Orleans ... CD (Soul)
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Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A treasure trove of rare vocal group work from the Bay Area scene – all issued on the tiny Music City label, but work that easily matches similar sides from the east coast and Chicago! For some reason, much of the great west coast vocal group material of the late 50s and early 60s never got ... CD (Soul)
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Mercury (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Early Cameo at their best – tight, funky, and totally out of sight! The groove here is very different than their 80s work – and the group have this amazing way of focusing all their energy down on the rhythm together, and snapping things along with a really unique approach to funk ... CD (Soul)
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El Pampero
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy
A real killer from Gato Barbieri – part of an excellent run of early 70s sessions for the Flying Dutchman label! The album was recorded live, and it's one of those real cookers that have him sounding a heck of a lot like Pharoah Sanders – blowing with these sharp, soulful tones – ... CD (Jazz)
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Stereokonitz
RCA (Japan), 1969. New Copy
One of our favorite-ever Lee Konitz albums – a really unique session with a wonderful kind of sound! The record is one that might not please all Konitz purists – as Lee plays a bit of Varitone sax and flute in addition to his usual acoustic alto. However, the set's got an amazing edge ... CD (Jazz)
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Boo Hooray, 2014. New Copy
A sweet little tour book commemorating DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist's Renegades Of Rhythm tour – in which the duo of modern live DJ masters honor pioneer Afrika Bambaataa! The most incredible fact about the tour itself, is that Shadow and Chemist don't just spin records that Bambaataa himself ... Book (Books)
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Magic
Okeh, 2014. New Copy
Some of the freshest music we've heard from Sergio Mendes in years – a set that brings him back to the funky, soulful territory he explored in the late 70s, but with a very contemporary vibe! The album's still got plenty of Brazilian roots – thanks to appearances from Carlinhos Brown, ... CD (Brazil)
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Shanachie, 1979. New Copy
Righteous sounds from Willi Williams – a highly conscious set of roots reggae recorded at the end of the 70s – filled with powerful politics, but delivered in a laidback and very dubby style! Many of the rhythms come from Sly & Robbie – and have this stepping vibe that really ... CD (Reggae)
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Brooklyn Rider Almanac
Mercury, 2014. New Copy
One of the freshest string quartets we've heard in years – a group of young musicians with roots in many different styles, coming together in a really evocative way – and with a sound that's free from any gimmicks or tricks! In the years since Kronos, there's been lots of messing with ... CD (Out Sound)
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OTOroku (UK), 2013. New Copy 2 CDs
Joe McPhee plays here with a Hammond organ trio – a setting that partially gets him back to the soulful sound of his roots, but which still keeps things in the freer mode of later years too! Joe starts out the performance with some wonderful solo work on pocket trumpet – played with ... CD (Jazz)
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Verse 1
Adventure In Sound (UK), 1960. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark album in South African jazz – featuring a group that includes early work from Dollar Brand on piano, Hugh Masekela on trumpet, Kippie Moeketsi on alto, and Jonas Gwanga on trombone! The style here is surprisingly close to American hardbop of the 50s – with less of the more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Forever Dreaming
Legere (UK), 2014. New Copy
Timeless soul and funk from London-based singer Myles Sanko! Sanko had been a rising talent for a few years, serving as a guest vocalist with funk combo Speedometer and others on the European scene, and he really steps out strongly on his own here. There's a richly melodic vibe that's pretty ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Ace (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
Early rock, rhythm & blues and boogie woogie-fueled numbers from the late 50s and early 60s southern Louisiana and southeast Texas scenes– a real treasure trove of tunes in the Boppin' In The Bayou series from Ace Records! This one's pretty heavy with sax and piano-backed proto rock ... CD (Rock)
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Follow The Path/Outside Beyond
Freestyle (UK), 2014. New Copy 2CDs
The Shaolin Afronauts have definitely followed their own path in recent years – a musical journey that's taken them way past their Afro Funk roots, into rich, complicated territory that seems to span the globe with its sound! Core elements here echo classic Nigerian, Ethiopian, and West ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
Rip-roaring early 60s instrumentals by The Ventures – and rare, too – most of which have never been issued before! The Ventures have a way of trading in all the signature elements of the greatest sounds of the early 60s rock instrumental scenes, but really transcending it all, thanks ... CD (Rock)
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Upchurch
Cadet (Japan), 1969. New Copy
An incredible album from one of the greatest talents on the Chicago soul scene of the late 60s – guitarist Phil Upchurch, a player with an amazing sound! Phil could work in worlds that were equal parts soul and psychedelia – making his guitar a perfect accompaniment for the best ... CD (Soul)
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Blue Note, 1958. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most legendary albums on Blue Note – or maybe THE most legendary albums on Blue Note – a stunning session that shows what the label was capable of when it was really hitting on all burners – from the lineup to the music to the production – and even the classic ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Joy In Spite Of Everything
ECM, 2014. New Copy
The "joy" in the title is certainly well-placed – as the music here has a buoyant, ebullient quality that's unlike most we're used to hearing from the artists on the record – and from ECM in recent years! The group's led by pianist Stefano Bollini, whose light tones ring out ... CD (Jazz)
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Way I Feel
Cadet (Japan), 1969. New Copy
One of the greatest moments ever from guitarist Phil Upchurch – and one of the best from legendary arranger Charles Stepney too – a set that uses Upchurch's guitar in the same way that Stepney was using the piano of Ramsey Lewis in the late 60s! The record has full arrangements that ... CD (Soul)
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Freedom/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy
Groundbreaking sounds from the Norwegian scene of the late 60s – an album that's got George Russell's name on the cover, but which actually features brilliant performances from a quartet who'd go onto become huge names in the ECM scene of the 70s! Yet the sound here is quite different than ... CD (Jazz)
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People, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
The mellower of Lyn Collins' two albums for the People label – but still pretty darn fantastic! At some level, it seems like Lyn's taking on the rest of the soul industry – showing them that she can kick some major booty on her interpretations of hits like "Backstabbers", ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Too Hot To Stop
Mercury (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A pivotal album from The Bar-Kays – a key post-Stax set, but one that's still very firmly grounded in Memphis funk! The groove definitely shows a bit more polish than before – the same sort of shift the Ohio Players made after moving to Mercury Records – but as with the Players ... CD (Soul)
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Rhythm & Blues Dance Party
Fonet (UK), 1965. New Copy (reissue)
A blazing live set from The Don Gardner Quintet – recorded live a Stockholm's Dans In in August of 1965 – and a pretty great mix of drums and organ-heavy jazz and the Rhythm & Blues Dance Party promised by the titles! The group is fantastic – with Gardner holding down on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Harmless (UK), Late 60s/2014. New Copy 2CD & DVD
A stunner of a soul set – put together to support the film on England's Northern Soul scene! The package is worth it for the music alone – a massive 54 tracks that stand together as one of the sweetest Northern Soul collections we've seen in years – a really great choice of ... CD (Soul)
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3 Compositions Of New Jazz
Delmark, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
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Even at an early age, Anthony Braxton was already experimenting with new forms of jazz composition – and this 1968 debut as a leader is filled with the imaginative approaches to music that would make him a key shaper of jazz in the next decade! The tracks here are all quite long, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Animalia
Gondwana (UK), 2014. New Copy
Strong work by Mammal Hands – a trio with a sound that feels much bigger than that – and they deliver one of the most compelling records yet on the always fresh Gondwana label! There's driven sense of melody that's pretty incredible – with influences that range from Pharaoh ... CD (Jazz)
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Home Run
Medium (Netherlands), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A definite home run from Dutch pianist Rob Agerbeek – a hip set recorded in 1971, and one that's done with a very soulful groove! The group's a quintet, and Rob really sparkles in this setting – pushing the players with a subtle skill that recalls Horace Silver at his Blue Note best ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Warm Woods
Epic (Japan), 1958. New Copy
One of the most wonderful Phil Woods albums ever! No kidding – this is amazing! Woods played on lots of other records – and often in settings that made you wonder why people thought he was so great – but on this one, he's totally in the spotlight, fronting a mellow easy quartet ... CD (Jazz)
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Alpha/SeriE.WOC (Belgium), 1970. New Copy
Qui est Babs Robert? Turns out he's a hell of a saxophonist from the Belgian scene at the start of the 70s – an amazingly soulful player who's got just the right sort of spiritual vibe to live up to the image on the cover! Babs plays alto, tenor, and even a bit of electric tenor too – ... CD (Jazz)
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Impulse/Resonance, 1966. New Copy 2CD
Lost genius from the great John Coltrane – a never-issued set, but one that's attained legendary status over the years – thanks to its placement in the Impulse Records vaults! The performance is amazing – filled with soul and spirit, and so much searching that at one famous point ... CD (Jazz)
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No Record
Lion, 1968. New Copy
Mad music from the Nihilist Spasm Band – a group who really live up to their name from the very first moments of the record! The set begins with "Destroy The Nations" – a track that's meaner, nastier, and more mindbending than anything you'll ever hear from any of the wildest ... CD (Rock)
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Universal/Sam Records (France), 1955. New Copy (reissue)
Although Belgian in origin, tenorist Bobby Jaspar was a key part of the French jazz scene of the postwar years – and his playing on records like this also made him one of the standout jazz talents in Europe in the 50s! The set features extremely rare material by Jaspar – cut for ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Discovery
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2014. New Copy
Wonderfully warm work from the great Michael Cochrane – a pianist we always love, and who also seems to be playing a bit of Fender Rhodes on this album too! The instrument's not credited on the back, but turns up in an excellent version of Denny Zeitlin's "Quiet Now" – which ... CD (Jazz)
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Columbia (Japan), 1965. New Copy
An excellent album of Latin material from Herbie Mann – and proof that he's equally great in just about any setting! The album's a rare Columbia Records outing from Herbie – but it's easily one of his greatest of the 60s, thanks to some really smoking arrangements from Oliver Nelson ... CD (Jazz)
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Yep Roc, 2014. New Copy 2 Cassettes
All star tribute to avant disco, experimental composer hero Arthur Russell from the Red Hot Organization – with tracks by Scissor Sisters, Bloood Orange, Sufjan Stevens, Lonnie Holley, Cults and many more! The diversity of the guests shows just how far Arthur's influence reaches – and ... Cassette
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From The Region
Delmark, 2014. New Copy
Amazing work from one of the greatest jazz musicians working today – vibist Jason Adasiewicz, a player with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of! It's been years since we've been this excited about anyone on the vibes – and Adasiewicz not only returns the instrument to the ... CD (Jazz)
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Let This Melody Ring On
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy
Soaring soul from Carlos Garnett – one of the reedman's key 70s sides for the Muse Records label – work we'd rank right up there with the spiritual best of Gary Bartz or Norman Connors at the time! Like both of those contemporaries, Garnett's really reaching for something new in the ... CD (Jazz)
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Rock Beat, Mid 60s. New Copy 3CD
A hip batch of Halloween nuggets – rare singles, mostly from the 60s – and mostly recorded during that wonderful moment when monster movies and rock and roll had a really happy collision! That era yielded plenty of hits, but this set digs way way deeper than those – to come up ... CD (Halloween)
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Epic (Japan), 1961. New Copy
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by trumpeter Johnny Coles – a player who's probably best known to the world for his work with Charles Mingus, or for his other 60s session on Blue Note! This album's quite different than both of those aspects of Johnny's career – and has him ... CD (Jazz)
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Lion, 1975. New Copy
A very groovy record from a very unique band – a homegrown set by an obscure Pennsylvania combo from the 70s – a group who were equally schooled in jazz fusion and progressive rock! Probe 10 are a rock group at their core, but they've also drank heavily from the brew of 70s Mahavishnu ... CD (Rock)
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Atlantic/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest Yusef Lateef albums on Atlantic Records – and that's saying a lot, given the high level of quality he was hitting at the label! The album's a perfect blend of the newly-funky Lateef style with some hipper, more sophisticated touches – a mode that hints at his bigger- ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Harmless (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 5CD
The title sounds like some schlocky 80s thriller, but the set's a massive collection of tracks from some of the greatest years of house music – that late 80s explosion of the acid scene in Chicago, which really led to the global circulation of house sounds at so many different levels! This ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Epic (Japan), 1957. New Copy
A really wonderful first album from Anthony Perkins – cut years before he shocked the screen in Psycho, at a time when he was arguably more committed to his role as a singer! Perkins is surprisingly great throughout – with a mellow, masculine approach that's a bit like Matt Dennis at ... CD (Vocalists)
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Steeplechase (Denmark), 2014. New Copy
Bassist Paul Brusger heads up this quartet, but the group's got strong contributions on all its four corners – tremendous baritone work from Gary Smulyan, who's becoming one of our favorite contemporary players on the instrument – plus soulful piano from Mike Ledonne, and just the right ... CD (Jazz)
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Deram/Universal (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
The heady second album from Egg – even more freewheeling and jazz-based than the first! The tracks on the set step out in quite some length – and often forgoe vocals entirely, in favor of long spiralling organ and tone generator lines from a young Dave Stewart – who sounds great ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Heavenly Sweetness (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy
Gritty sounds from Guts – a set that might well be great enough on its own if it were instrumental – but which also features a surprising amount of guest work from folks who include Masta Ace, Grand Puba, Tanya Morgan, Rah Digga, Cody Chestnutt, Murs, and others! The lyricists really ... CD (New Grooves)
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Luv N' Haight, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 6LP
A stunning set of funky club tracks from Sheridan House Records – a later effort from Cali maestro Kent Harris – who'd previously given us some excellent soul singles in the 60s and 70s! The style here is less disco than it is an update of Harris' earlier soul music approach – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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Motema, 2014. New Copy
One of the greatest groups going in recent years – a strong revival of key soulful jazz talents from previous years, all working under the leadership of trumpeter David Weiss – who's really helped them come together and find a whole new sort of energy! The lineup features tremendous ... CD (Jazz)
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Deram/Universal (UK), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Maybe the greatest moment ever from Caravan – one of the greatest groups to emerge from the jazzy Canterbury scene in the late 60s! The album's a wonderful blend of jazz roots and more focused rock impulses – and has some subtle funky elements that's given it a wider sort of audience ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Birth
Kenya/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A very hip group from the 70s Philly scene – a jazz combo who've got a soulful swing and a wonderfully lyrical feel! The record has a bit of vocals, but really just added in as flavoring for the quartet's excellent instrumental interplay – a blend of tenor and flute with piano, bass, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Atlantic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy
A pair of Atlantic Records gems from The Temptations – back to back on a single CD! Hear To Tempt You is a set with a goofy title, but a great little record – one that pairs the sublime vocals of The Temptations with the Philly groove production trio of Ron Baker, Norman Harris, and ... CD (Soul)
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Membran (Germany), 2014. New Copy
A great companion to all the full length albums from the mighty Gregory Porter – as this special set brings together his side projects, appearances with other artists, and remixes as well! We love Porter's own records – and honestly feel that he's one of the freshest jazz vocal talents ... CD (Vocalists)
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Gemelli/Finders Keepers (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Bruno Nicolai's at his most Morricone-esque with this one – and has crafted a dreamy set of tunes that hardly matches the dark Satanist thriller they were recorded for! The melodies are light, and spare, with isolated and drawn-out piano and string passages – plus some wonderful ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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All Platinum/Outta Sight (UK), 1970s. New Copy
Funk, soul, and plenty more too – a massive batch of work from the legendary All Platinum label – the pre-hip hop chapter of the Sugar Hill Records scene! The work here nicely runs the gamut – as the set features lots of the great funk you'd find on All Platinum 45s, mixed with ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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MCA/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Great work by one of the archetypal funky soul bands of the 70s – and a group whose impact is still being felt today! Of course, one of the reasons for that is Chaka Khan's incredible vocals – caught here at a prime early point, and very nicely set against some warm electric keyboards ... CD (Soul)
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Bill Plummer & The Cosmic Brotherhood
Impulse/Captain High (Germany), 1967. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Incredibly great – and one of the best of the late 60s trippy jazz albums on Impulse! Bill Plummer plays electric sitar with the "Cosmic Brotherood", a group that includes Tom Scott on saxes and electronics, Carol Kaye on Fender bass, Milt Holland on tabla, and Mike Craden on a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Vertigo/Universal (UK), 1970. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
One of the coolest rock concept albums ever – and arguably the crowning moment for Aphrodite's Child – an incredibly hip Greek group from the early 70s – featuring a young Demis Roussos on vocals, and Vangelis Papathanassiou on organ, piano, vibes, flute, and a lot of other ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Raindrops
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy
Two girl singers, one guy – and a sound that's a lot more striking than you might expect! With a name like The Raindrops, you might expect echoey sadness – ala The Fleetwoods – but the approach here is more punched-up and rocking, with a surprisingly soulful undercurrent too! ... CD (Rock)
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Popcorn Girls
Croydon Municipal (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
An excellent collection of female groovers from the early 60s – one that mixes together rare soul, pop, and vocal numbers from a variety of obscure singles – definitely not the kind of stuff that was hitting the charts at the time! Most numbers have a "popcorn" kind of groove ... CD (Soul)
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L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kays
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy
The one and only album by Mali's Sidi Yassa De Kayes – a beautiful group who really transcend any easy labels or genre conventions! The style here is almost more personal than some of the other large ensembles in Mali at the time – as the feel is pretty raw and up-close throughout, ... CD (Global Grooves)
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EMI/Expansion (UK), 1986/1988. New Copy
A pair of later albums from the trio of Ray, Goodman, & Brown – still going strong after their early years as The Moments! Take It To The Limit is an obscure mid 80s session from the former members of The Moments – recorded with a style that's a bit more electric and a bit more ... CD (Soul)
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O LP
RCA (UK), 1964. New Copy
A landmark session of bossa jazz – about as great as you can get for the genre! This little beauty was recorded in 1964 – and it features work by some of Brazil's greatest bossa musicians of the time: Milton Banana on drums, Tenorio Jr on piano, Raulzinho on trombone, and Paulo Moura ... CD (Brazil)
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Paragons Meet The Jesters
Josie/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy
Harmony soul heaven – a rare double-header from two hip New York groups! Both The Paragons and Jesters have a fantastic approach – heavy on group vocal interplay, in ways that really show the evolution of doo wop in the early soul years! There's a heartbreaking quality to many of the ... CD (Soul)
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Dave Baby Cortez In Orbit
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1966. New Copy
Smoking Hammond work from the young Dave Cortez – sounding grittier here than on some of his other albums of the time – less pop, and almost with a soul jazz vibe overall – especially given some of his snakey solos! The record may be the closest that Cortez ever came to sounding ... CD (Soul)
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World Village/Modern Classics, 2003. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A pivotal album from Tinariwen – a set that really finds their sound coming together, with even more focus and power than before – yet all while still holding onto the rawer, rootsy style of their start! Sharp guitar lines ring out with an echoey sort of finish – sometimes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Last Man On Earth
Blow Up (UK), 2014. New Copy
Maybe the coolest record we've ever heard from this mod British combo – a set that gets way past the easy retro references of previous albums, and goes for a vibe that's quite complicated, but still pretty darn groovy! The set's got the look and feel of the best jazzy soundtracks of the 60s ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Blue Note, 2014. New Copy
A stunner of a set from Jason Moran – hardly the easy Fats Waller tribute you might guess from the title, and instead a sweet electric session that's filled with soul, and a quality that's a real change from some of Moran's other music! The record was co-produced by Meshelle Ndegeocello, who ... CD (Jazz)
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Voodoo Funk (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover)
Sweet Lagos disco from First Planet – two clubby cuts from the 70s, served up in a mighty special package! "Top Of The World" has this snapping sort of vibe that's like a great post-disco cut from the US – a bit of funk and club mixed together, with very cool processing on ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Global Grooves)
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Coisa Boa
Luaka Bop, 2014. New Copy
A rich new chapter in the career of Moreno Veloso – a set that steps off strongly from his work with the +2 trio, but in ways that are even more personal and poetic than before! The shift is a bit like that time when Caetano Veloso took all his previous experiments and found a more intimate ... CD (Brazil)
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Marcus Garvey
Mango/Island, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
An absolute classic! Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey is truly one of the greatest reggae albums of its time, one where the words are crucial and conscious, and the overall vibe is strongly defined by the arrangements of Winston Rodney. A landmark roots effort and an easy choice for our list of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
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In The Red Room
Dome (UK), 2014. New Copy
We haven't heard from Shaun Escoffery in years – but damn, it's really been worth the wait! This album really knocks it out of the park from the very first note – and pushes Shaun way way farther than his previous work, which we really loved a lot – into some kind of sublime ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Dome/Soul Lounge (UK), 2014. New Copy 3CD
No lounging here – as the depth of the music is mighty inspiring – and a great reminder that there's always so much wonderful soul music we still need to discover! The package is the 11th great volume in this excellent series – and like the others, it provides a really rich ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Mercury/Big Break (UK), 1983. New Copy
The Gap Band are definitely Jammin on this sweet little set from the early 80s – hitting that fierce funk mode they do so well, with lots of snapping lines at the bottom of the rhythms! The style is trademark Gap all the way through – a percolated approach to funk that's tight, but ... CD (Soul)
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Hodi Hu Yenyan
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from the Mali scene of the 70s – a set that's got lots of unusual rhythmic impulses and vocal inflections – with a style that moves way beyond anything we might have expected! One of the best elements of the record is this really cool use of ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Linear Labs, 2014. New Copy
A great little companion piece to the Adrian Younge-produced There Is Only Now record by golden age of hip hop veterans Souls Of Mischief – remixed here by fellow 90s era icon Ali Shaheed Muhammad! Ali appears on There Is Only Now-proper, too, serving as its narrator – but as one of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Ricardo Silveira Organ Trio
Adventure Music, 2014. New Copy 2 CDs
A whole new side of the talents of guitarist Ricardo Silveira, and a great one too – a Hammond-oriented trio outing that's quite different than any of his previous projects to date! We've grown to love Silveira for his sensitive shadings in Brazilian or acoustic projects – but he's a ... CD (Jazz)
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Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More
Bocian (Poland), 2014. New Copy
A really unusual record – with core sounds from the same source, but two very different approaches overall! Side one features Michal Kupicz reworking sounds from the object in the title – a unique instrument sculpture, presented at the Venice Biennale – which reproduces music for ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Captain High (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Looking for paradise? Then look no further – because this excellent set is filled with dreamy tunes that will definitely send you to the heavens! The package brings together a number of overlooked exotica numbers from the late 50s and early 60s – tracks that bubbled underneath the ... CD (Now Sound)
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Good Name
Wilfilms/Luaka Bop, 1983. New Copy (reissue)
Amazing sounds from William Onyeabor – space age keyboards mixed with electro funk mixed with Afro beat, snakey sax lines, and lots lots more – a really mind-bending album that's well-achieved legendary status over the years! Each song takes up a side of the record – but spins ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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River
Atlantic/BGO (UK), 1973. New Copy
One of the greatest albums ever from the oft-overlooked Terry Reid – a man who turned down an initial offer to be the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, but went on to record some great albums on his own! The album was Terry's first away from producer Mickie Most – and it's got a much more ... CD (Rock)
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Both Ends
Bocian (Poland), 2014. New Copy
Maybe one of the most vibrant musical performances ever from the Ballister trio – for reasons that are recorded in the notes on the album – a stunning collaboration between Dave Rempis on alto and tenor, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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U
Elektra/BGO (UK), 1970. New Copy 2 CDs
A wonderfully expansive album from The Incredible String Band – initially performed as a stage project with the Stone Monkey dance troupe, and featuring the ISB at their most evocative and creative! Some tunes have a darker, sinister undercurrent – that link between the band and the ... CD (Folk/Country)
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Light In The Attic, 1985. New Copy
A weird little record from underground romantic singer Lewis – an artist who's partially in a European tradition that runs from French singers up through the New Romantics generation – but one who's also a definitely individual, with an approach that's all his own! The album's got a ... CD (Rock)
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Jaiyede Afro
Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy
The first new music we've heard in years from Afro Funk giant Orlando Julius – wonderfully paired here with the always-great Heliocentrics! Orlando's definitely in the lead here – singing, playing tenor, and contributing percussion to the overall groove of the group – which leans ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Journey Of A Woman
Rajdulari Music, 2014. New Copy
A really great debut from Rajdulari – a singer with a hell of a strong voice, and a great ability to mix her lyrics with funky instrumental elements – maybe the best artist to do so since the debut of Jill Scott! The record's got a really special sort of punch – a quality that's ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Valid, 2014. New Copy
Deeply soulful work from legendary reedman Kidd Jordan – an important figure on the New Orleans scene for many years, but one who's only finally getting his full exposure on recent records of this nature! The set features Jordan in duets with drummer Hamid Drake – as well as a solo ... CD (Jazz)
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Darknuss
Burnt Sugar/Avantgroidd, 2014. New Copy
A blistering blend of righteous sounds, funky jazz, and knowledge – very much in the best Burnt Sugar tradition, but served up here by their Rebellum offshoot! Lyrics and beats are from the mighty Greg Tate – and definitely reflect his long connection to progressive cultural ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Brothers & Sisters
Vivid (Japan), 2014. New Copy
A cheesy cover, but one of the greatest albums we've heard so far from this jazzy Japanese combo – a set that has them sounding even more dynamic than ever – but with a slightly different vibe! The instrumentation somehow feels even leaner, but still has all that very bracing feel from ... CD (New Grooves)
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Yays & Nays
Groovie, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Groovy sounds from this sunny 60s group – a sextet that features three girl singers and three guys – coming together in harmonies evolved from the folk pop generation, with plenty of sunshine modes in the mix! The record's nicely less polished than similar efforts on bigger labels ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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BBE (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
Kev Beadle dips into his private collection, and comes up with a stunning batch of jazzy tracks in the process! The grooves here aren't as locked up as the cover might imply – because some of these cuts are ones the global scene has dug for years – but they're definitely the kind of ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Stax, 2014. New Copy
A surprisingly great set of tracks – all recorded for the Memphis soul movie Take Me To The River, and featuring many generations of Tennessee talents, all coming together to revive the best sounds from years back! The mix of talents here is quite usual, and comes across unusually well ... CD (Soul)
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Merlins Nose (Germany), 2009. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A contemporary group, but one with all the grit and grime to live up to the promise of the cover – heard here on a record you could proudly place next to your overlooked Nuggets from the 60s! Satan's Pilgrims really have a way with their guitars – a tightness that you'd find in a surf ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Merlins Nose (Germany), 1971. New Copy
A really trippy duo – one who definitely live up to their image on the cover, with a heady blend of sitar, percussion, and acoustic guitar! The tracks are all nice and long – rooted in acoustic folk, but infused with a psychedelic sense of exploration too, but in ways that are never ... CD (Rock)
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Z Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs
A wonderful set of rare club grooves – maybe the best volume so far in the Under The Influence series – put together by DJ Nick The Record! They call him Nick The Record for a good reason – as he doesn't just know the music, he knows how to make it move, too – especially on ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A cool Cameroun combo from the 70s – one who ended up in Nigeria, and really picked up a heavy dose of Afro Funk too! The style here is really special – not just the usual Lagos-bred sounds of the time, but a unique hybrid of island elements and harder-riffing funk – served up ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Juice
Indirecto, 2014. New Copy
Plenty of juice from this mighty sweet combo – a great quartet that once again adds the guitar of John Scofield to the mix of grooves from Medeski, Martin, & Wood! Together, all players seem to step back to a previous generation of soul jazz styles – those best 60s moments of ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Mississippi, Late 30s/1940s. New Copy
You might take the "hits" in the title with a grain of salt – as these gals weren't entirely burning up the charts back in the 30s – but they did record some amazing music on vintage 78s, a good deal of which are in this overstuffed set! The De Zurik Sisters have an approach ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country)
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Delmark, 1968. New Copy
A hell of a great record from Magic Sam – a really well-recorded live set from a small club in Milwaukee, and an album that really gets at all the gritty genius that made Sam so great! The set's almost equal parts blues and soul – definitely the former, but with plenty of funky ... CD (Blues)
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Other Side Of Midnight
20th Century/Intrada, 1977. New Copy
A fairly lush soundtrack from Michel Legrand – scored for a WWII period piece that starred Susan Sarandon, but done at a level that matches some of Legrand's more famous film music from the 70s! Orchestrations are rich, and filled with sentiment – and the album's got an especially ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Brownout Presents – Brown Sabbath
Ubiquity, 2014. New Copy
A funky riff on some of the mightiest slabs in the Black Sabbath oeuvre – done up masterfully by Adrian Quesada and the Brownout collective! Where the Sabbath originals are all lumbering menace and sludgy rhythms, Brownout brings in Latin funk percussion, tripped out keyboard textures and ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Family Groove, Early 80s. New Copy 2 x 7 Inch (pic cover)
A mighty sweet groove from Aurra – a lost track from the duo's post-Salsoul years, and a cut with a wonderfully lean approach! As with Aurra's better-known cuts, there's a great sense of a hook in here – although the whole tune's nicely understated, and far from commercial styles of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Sin Gas
Bocian (Poland), 2013. New Copy
Two masterful improvisational talents, let looks on some very long tracks – and coming up with real magic in the process! Mats Gustafsson plays tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones for the record – and begins with some really deep textures – a sonic sensibility that shows Mats' ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Hot/Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1969. New Copy
Definitely a set to make you hallucinate – as the grooves are quite groovy, but in a really trippy way! The album's a bit like the classic Psicodelico set by Luiz Carlos Vinhas – a mix of older samba modes and wigged-out 60s sounds – sometimes odd production, sometimes offbeat ... CD (Brazil)
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Croydon Municipal (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Not the usual film themes of the late 50s and early 60s – no James Bond numbers or Henry Mancini hits – and instead, a very cool, very well-selected batch of tracks that really opens up this cinematic generation! All of the numbers stand very well on their own – and the set mixes ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Bones Blues (with bonus track)
Sackville/Delmark, 1977. New Copy
A killer from drummer Pete Magadini – an artist we really don't know from many other records, but who really lets tenorist Don Menza shine on this obscure 70s session! Menza's one of those players who really knows how to make the best of a date like this – taking all the tight sense of ... CD (Jazz)
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House Definitive 1974 to 2014
P-Vine (Japan), 2014. New Copy
The roots of house music and beyond – a mighty cool discography that does a special job of locating the music many years before it first exploded in Chicago and Detroit, then following it for many years after that, through a host of global scenes and styles! The publication is a discography, ... Book (Books)
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Kent (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy
Southern soul galore – a wonderful range of tracks that are done in that best deep soul mode that borrowed heavily from country music – but also really transformed things to fit their own righteous needs! Make no mistake, the collection is all soul music all the way through – but ... CD (Soul)
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Aventine, 2014. New Copy
The third volume of the great Vinyl Lives project from James Goss – a cat who was digging into the depths of vinyl collectors and fandom way before some of the more recent projects on the market! This time around, Goss still has lots of fresh territory to cover – with key features on ... Book (Books)
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Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1981. New Copy
Equal parts lovers rock and modern soul – a sweet-stepping album recorded in early 80s Kingston and Miami – with a laidback vibe that's mighty nice! Sonya's style is different than the usual female singer of her scene – a bit more pointed as she glides over the stepping grooves ... CD (Soul)
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Def Jam, Mid 80s/1990s/2000s/Mid 2010s. New Copy 6 LPs
LP...$129.99 149.98
One of the coolest looking box sets we've ever stocked! It's a massive overview of the first 3 decades of classic Def Jam – covering a lot of stylistic territory traveled by the hip hop empire founded by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin back in the day – with a loads benchmark material ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Taxi/The Genie
Tappan Zee/Red River, 1983. New Copy
A smooth set of Fender Rhodes instrumentals built around Bob James' famous theme to the TV show Taxi – also known as "Angela", and probably the way that most mainstream folks know Bob's work! And although that track was plenty famous, it's still a really great number that echoes ... CD (Jazz)
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Cineploit (Austria), 2012. New Copy
A really dark little soundtrack – contemporary, but at a level that really looks back at older horror scoring from the 80s and before – put together with a strong ear for some of the more stark elements in avant composition as well! The music is a great change from some of the overdone ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Bella Casa (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
A great collection of spooky sounds from Goblin – a package that brings together some sweet slices from the group's soundtrack years, and also includes some lesser-known gems from the later years too! The music here is in the best Goblin modes – that prog-bred, leaned-down mix of ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Tical
Def Jam, 1994. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most triumphant records from the first wave of Wu Tang Clan solo efforts – and an early 90s hip hop masterpiece that's hardly aged a day since! Tical is right up there with Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers) on the quality front. It's got the iconic Wu production aesthetic in peak ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Disques Dessinee (Japan), 2012. New Copy
A Brazilian singer with a really jazzy vibe – working here in a set of sublimely simple tunes that almost remind us of those great 70s moments when French singers might have taken on some sounds from Brazil – particularly the music of Chico Buarque! The songs here have a subtle ... CD (Brazil)
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Dimension Dolls Vol 1
Dimension/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy
A trio of sublime soul acts from the 60s Dimension label – The Cookies, Little Eva, and Dimension head Carole King herself! King's certainly best known for her later fame in the 70s – but back at the time of this record, she was a real powerhouse on the New York soul scene – ... CD (Soul)
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CTI/BGO (UK), 1969/1970/1971. New Copy 2CD
Hubert Laws on CTI Records – a mighty great thing, as you'll hear on these three vintage albums for the label! First up is Crying Song, a landmark record – the first album that flutist Hubert Laws cut for CTI, and the beginning of a very important partnership with the label! The ... CD (Jazz)
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What? – William Onyeabor Remixed
Luaka Bop, 2014. New Copy
The mad music of William Onyeabor has gained many admirers over the years – a diverse array of artists from a diverse array of scenes – some of whom have come together in this mighty hip tribute to the master! The tunes here are either remixes, reworks, or complete covers of Onyeabor's ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Elektra/Blackened, 1988. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The album that changed everything for Metallica – catapulting them from patron saints of unrelentingly heavy thrash metal to reluctant (at first, anyway) mainstream superstars! The production is glossier sounding than ever before, and whether that compromised the rawer brutality of their ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Basic Soul
Chess (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Basic soul, plenty of blues, and a fair bit of funk as well – a killer from Koko Taylor, recorded in that best style of late Chess Records! Koko sings here more like a funky female soul artist than on her later blues – and the record crackles with energy right from the start, thanks to ... CD (Blues)
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Someothaship, Late 90s/Early 2000s. New Copy 2LP
Sparely funky, yet heavily atmospheric hip hop productions from unsung titan Kankick – made up mostly of late 90s material – and it's right up with some of our favorite leftfield producers of the period! Kankick was perhaps best known as a Lootpack affiliate around this time, and sure ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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ORG, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
A classic Sun Ra set from the late 60s – recorded in New York in 1968, and featuring a lineup that includes Kwami Hadi on trumpet, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor and drums, and Pat Patrick on baritone and flute – all classic players who are the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1983. New Copy
Maestro Richie Weeks is at the helm of this sweet set of early 80s groovers – funky club in the best second chapter mode of the Salsoul label – served up with a sound that's lean and mean throughout! We're not sure who the "Co" is, since Richie sings, plays keyboards, and ... CD (Soul)
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World Village/Modern Classics, 2002. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Key musical figures in the Touareg independence movement – and a very hip group of nomads working with a lot of guitars! There's a laidback pulse to the music that might run counter to their political presence, but the music has a very hypnotic feel that pulls you in slowly, then doesn't let ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Box
Blue Erro Soul, 2014. New Copy
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Stunning soul from Eric Roberson – an artist we've already loved for many years, but who just keeps on getting better and better with each new record! The album's got a near-perfect feel that lives up to the poise and confidence displayed by Roberson on the cover – songwriting that's ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Groovewise
Smoke Sessions, 2014. New Copy
Groovewise, the record's a great one – one of the strongest in years from pianist Eric Reed – who works here in an open-ended live setting with Seamus Blake on tenor! The album's a great example of the way these Smoke Sessions records can really open up the right sort of artist – ... CD (Jazz)
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Sonoton/Hidden Treasures (Germany), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
One of the coolest sound library sets we've ever heard – and a collection that really lives up to its title! There's plenty of fuzz in the mix here – on both the guitars and keyboards – but the tunes are never trippy, as they're almost always funky – very forward-moving, ... CD (Sound Library)
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Atco, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
Perhaps Donny Hathaway's greatest album from the 70s, and certainly the one with the most amazing arrangements! The record was Donny's last studio session, and it's got him working at a level that's far advanced from even his groundbreaking earlier work – using complicated rhythms and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Motown (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 7 x 7 inch
A real Motown treasure – a very limited box set that features seven 7" singles – each of which features rare or unreleased tracks! Some tunes have never appeared before at all, and others are making a debut on vinyl – great Motown gems that might have been lifted from the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Another Dimension
Chess (Japan), 1971. New Copy
Funky Bo Diddley – one of Bo's key early 70s sessions for Chess Records – all of which have him stepping out in a much harder groove than years past! The sound here is relatively tight – with Diddley guitar and vocals on top of some larger arrangements from Bob Gallo – ... CD (Blues)
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Dolphin
Concord (Japan), 1981. New Copy
One of the best later moments from the great Stan Getz – a set we might even place on the same level as his 60s work for Verve – and certainly at the same par as his records in the 70s for Columbia! Yet this set is quite different than that latter batch – as it has Getz really ... CD (Jazz)
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Liital
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. New Copy
Really unique music from Aby Ngana Diop – a poet as much as a singer – and one who speaks here over some really raw, really driving music that's plenty heavy on percussion! The sound is quite different than other Senegalese styles you might know from the time – as the sabar and ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam
Chess (Japan), 1962. New Copy
A side each of these two important talents in blues – presented here in a format that makes the record a real double-header! Side one features Big Bill Broonzy in the lead – working with sweet electric lines on guitar alongside acoustic and his own really rich vocals – plus this ... CD (Blues)
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Greatness
Epitome Of Soul, 2014. New Copy
A well-titled set from this up-and-coming singer – as it definitely seems like we'll be hearing a lot more greatness from Carolann in years to come! The album's a very well-crafted individual soul statement – with a vibe that's very different than other records of its nature these days ... CD (Neo Soul)
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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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Bossa Negra
Universal (Brazil), 2014. New Copy
Some of the most incredible music we've ever heard from Hamilton De Holanda – a set that brings his work on bandolim into a whole new focus, by teaming him with the younger singer Diogo Nogueira! The album has this spare power that really grabs us right away – amazing interplay between ... CD (Brazil)
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Telephone
Concord (Japan), 1984. New Copy
Guitarist Jim Hall is a player who's always realized he sounds best in a small, intimate setting – whether in his 50s trio recordings with Jimmy Giuffre, or his 60s classics with Bill Hall, or his 70s experiments with bassist Ron Carter – and this live date for Concord really revives ... CD (Jazz)
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BGP (UK), 1960s. New Copy 2LP
A different groove than usual from the mighty Snowboy – not the Latin you may know from his own records, or the funk you'll find on his other compilations – but instead a smoking batch of 60s soul, with a really wonderful batch of well-chosen cuts throughout! The album's a counterpart ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Country Dream
Columbia (Japan), 1970. New Copy
Nothing "country" about this record – as Japanese guitarist Kiyoshi Sugimoto keeps things very hip and contemporary – working in a freely fluid style that also has a few funky touches as well! The group on the set is a quartet – with Kiyoshi's guitar amidst piano, bass, ... CD (Jazz)
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Radio City
Ardent/Fantasy, 1974. New Copy
A record that may have never hit the radio city it wished for in the title – but a classic that's gone onto have an undeniable influence on so many scenes and styles over the years! This sublime second set from Big Star is even leaner and more focused than the first – a record that has ... CD (Rock)
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Sound Of Sonny
Riverside/OJC, 1957. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark album from Sonny Rollins – a record that really lives up to its title, as it shows the maturing tenorist really finding his own voice in jazz – a sound that's unlike any other! Rollins' Riverside work sometimes seems to get overlooked sometimes in light of his freer late 50s ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Bossa Tres Em Forma
Forma/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy
Tremendous work from the legendary Bossa Tres – one of the coolest, sharpest combos of the 60s bossa generation – working here on a rare session from the legendary Forma label! The mighty Roberto Quartin produced the set – and gives it the sense of space you'll find on other ... CD (Brazil)
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Day Of Judgement
Now Again, 1976. New Copy
Some of the heaviest work to come from the African scene of the 70s – the initial offering of the Ngozi Family – a group who clearly take strong inspiration from the Cream years of the UK scene, but who also come across with a grittier, punkier vibe overall – thanks to lean, ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Gilberto's Samba
Sony (Brazil), 2014. New Copy
One of the best records we've heard from Gilberto Gil in many, many years – a stripped-down session that focuses on his voice and guitar work – in a style that takes us back to Gil's earliest days in music! The album feels like some lost session that Gilberto might have recorded in the ... CD (Brazil)
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Hunt
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy
Fierce Afro Funk from this overlooked group – a Dutch combo with a groove that's every bit as fierce as some of the larger ensembles from the US and UK – and a dark edge that's very much in keeping with their name! The drums are massive, and usually fall right in line with the ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Naturally Me
Nia, 2014. New Copy
Every new album from Angela Johnson turns out to be a treasure – but this set may well be one of the best she's done in years – and a really strong step forward for the singer! The music has this full, rich style that almost feels like classic soul at times – not a retro 60s vibe ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Black Voices
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1999. New Copy (reissue)
A seminal set that really put Tony Allen back on top – a record that showed that Allen was way more than just Fela's drummer, or another Afro Funk artist in general – but instead a really free-thinking, deep-concept musician overall! The album comes from key time that Allen spent on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Buda (France), 2013. New Copy
One of the best volumes in the Zanzibara series so far – a set of contemporary recordings, but done with a very exotic, other-worldly sort of style – one that shows the series' strong link to the Ethiopiques material on the Buda label! Most instrumentation comes from percussion and ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Knitting Factory, 1986. New Copy (reissue)
An overlooked gem from the 80s years of Fela Kuti – and a set that has the Afro Funk genius working with strong studio help from Wally Badarou! The vibe's still as fierce and frenetic as Fela's classic material – each track takes up a full side of the record, with lots of hard rhythms, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Philips (Japan), 1971/1972. New Copy
2 later gems from Carlos Lyra – back to back on one CD! First up is E No Entanto E Preciso Cantar – a wonderful 70s session from bossa legend Lyra, and a set that's got a different sound than some of his earlier work – but one that's still plenty great overall! The mode is a bit ... CD (Brazil)

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