Funky 45's and lots of other goodies today!


Intergalactic Beings
FPE, 2014. New Copy
Mindblowing sounds from Chicago flute player Nicole Mitchell – a set of work inspired by the science fiction writings of Octavia Butler – with a striking style to match! Although the music has some arch qualities that live up to the darkness of Butler's writings, the performance here ... CD (Jazz)
Strata East/Shout (Japan), 1974. New Copy Gatefold
One of the most unusual albums on the legendary Strata East label – an unusual mix of jazz and soul vocal material, put together by singer Muriel Winston with arrangements from the great Bill Lee! There's a relaxed, easygoing feel to the record – one that's upfront and personal on the ... CD (Vocalists)
TK/Shout (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
A great look at the 12" single legacy of TK Records – and a set that goes way past the familiar album hits and chart singles from the label! There's some surprisingly unusual material here – either long mixes and rare takes of cuts by already-known TK artists – or some even ... CD (Funky Compilations)
Destiny – Replayed By Root Soul
Village Again/Extra Freedom (Japan), 2014. New Copy
A wonderful reworking of a wonderful record – as Root Soul take on all the tracks from Shuya Okino's Destiny record – and delivery them with an old school funky club sound! The instrumentation is great – live and very spontaneous, with an energy that takes us back to vintage ... CD (New Grooves)
Kudu/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1971. New Copy
One of our favorite-ever albums from Esther Phillips – an album that really helped her transform her sound for the 70s! The approach here is a lot more jazzy than before – served up with a good dose of funk, thanks to arrangements from Pee Wee Ellis – fresh from his work with ... CD (Soul)
Death III
Drag City, Mid 70s/1980/1992. New Copy
A third album from Death – that legendary Detroit experimental trio – and one that's compiled from never-heard takes from their ill-fated career! Some tracks were recorded in Detroit in the mid 70s – and these are the grittiest, noisiest – with this really primal quality ... CD (Rock)
Festival/Warner (Australia), Mid 60s. New Copy
A world of garagey grooves we've never heard before – and a tremendous counterpart to the American Nuggets scene of the 60s! The music here is all from Australia, and shows a really hard, heavy style already in place at the time – one that kind of snuck up beneath the more polished ... CD (Rock)
RCA/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
All the best work from Evelyn Champagne King's years at RCA Records – including some rare single mixes and album tracks – all wrapped up with a special 24 page booklet filled with notes, photos, and an exclusive interview too! Evelyn always had a special focus in her music at this time ... CD (Soul)
Warner (Australia), Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Heavy soul, but not just from soul artists – and instead a really great range of tracks that includes work from rootsy rockers and country musicians as well! The package traces the strong influence of soul music on so many different styles at the start of the 70s – bits of funk ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
Waxwork, 1982. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A really great soundtrack for this famous early 80s horror anthology film – a movie with five different stories, but a really unified sense of music! John Harrison works in territory that's right up there with the best spooky sounds of the period – lots of weird keyboards and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
Tuff City, Early 90s. New Copy
A certified classic, guaranteed to get any party started! The mad sax loop of the "900 Number" may well be the single most recognizable bit of hip hop from its era, if not all time. Side one features the classic mix from Mark the 45 King – the original just begging for a young ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
Bloom
Savant, 2014. New Copy
JD Allen just gets more and more deft with each new release – able to craft these sharp, angular lines on tenor sax that seem to spill effortlessly out of his horn – yet all with this wonderfully spontaneous quality too! Allen's lead is a great match for the album's piano work from ... CD (Jazz)
Village Again (Japan), 2014. New Copy
A cool combo from the Japanese club jazz scene – but one who's even more acoustic and classic-sounding than most of their contemporaries! The vibe here is right up there with the best groups we love on the Ricky Tick label – an acoustic quintet that's heavy on trumpet and tenor, laid ... CD (New Grooves)
No Time To Burn
Atlantic (UK), 1974. New Copy
A stone classic from Black Heat – the group's second album, and even tighter than their first! The group's size has dropped a bit between albums – but that only helps them cook even more – dropping a bit of the horn section from before, which allows even more emphasis on their ... CD (Soul)
Materiali Sonori/Medical, 1980s. New Copy
Rare material from the legendary Alexander Robotnick – tracks from mid 80s European singles, plus a few from his own archives as well! Robotnick's got an approach to his work that borrows from earlier Kraftwerk experiments, but fuses the electronics with a much more dancefloor-driven groove ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
Torturing The Saxophone
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2014. New Copy
Mats Gustafsson tortures the saxophone – but tortures it beautifully, too – in this wonderful set of solo tracks that mix tenor and live electronics, baritone and music box, and some solo baritone moments too! The title's a reference to a hilarious letter sent to Mats by Robert Crumb ... CD (Jazz)
Sublime Frequencies, Mid 90s-2000s. New Copy
The third collection of striking Syrian recordings from singer Omar Souleyman on Sublime Frequencies – and the label is 3 for 3 in fever inducing amazement for us – frenzied Arabic dance and party music from the mid 90s to late 00s! The material ranges from Syrian dabke to Iraqi choubi ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
Turning Around
Atco (UK), 1970. New Copy
One of the greatest moments ever from Dee Dee Warwick – and a set that definitely shows her to be one of the more soulful members of her famous family! The set's got a much deeper soul sound than some of Dee Dee's other material – as Atlantic has Warwick working down at Criteria ... CD (Soul)
Far Out (UK), 2014. New Copy
A really wonderful project that was years in the making – a mix of American club and Brazilian elements – put together by a group that includes members of Azymuth and Banda Black Rio, as well as the legendary Arthur Verocai! Jose Roberto Bertrami's the strongest contributor here – ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves)
RCA/Mushroom (Australia), 1974. New Copy
One of the funkiest, most soulful albums to come from Australia in the 70s – and the crowning achievement of singer Renee Geyer! Renee's got a style that makes her a blue-eyed equivalent of Chaka Khan during her years with Rufus – and the band here shares a very similar style, with an ... CD (Soul)
AJ & The Jiggawatts
GED Soul, 2014. New Copy
The first-ever full length we've ever heard from AJ & The Jiggawatts – and a record that really lives up to the promise of their work on funky 45! These guys are a deep funk combo, but one with a difference – energy that's a bit more raw and rough around the edges, in the best ... CD (Deep Funk)
Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1977. New Copy
Sweet soulful flute galore – a pair of albums from Art Webb, back to back on a single CD! Mr Flute is a tasty batch of uptempo instrumentals from Webb – a lesser-known funky flute player, but one who played on a huge amount of Latin sessions during the 70s (check your session notes, ... CD (Jazz)
Warner, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Sublime country rock and superb vocals from the Everly Brothers – an album as close to our hearts as the much more hipster-celebrated work of the era by Gram Parsons, the Byrds and others! The Everlys grasped onto their significance throughout the 60s by hopping from trend to trend with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
Warner (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Some blues, but not the kind that's blue – and instead a batch of messed-up, freaked-out, turned-on sounds from the end of the 60s – that magical time when it seemed like so many different genres were crashing together, and coming up with really great new music in the process! The set ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
Intersecting Lines
Savant, 2014. New Copy
The title's a great one for this album – not just because tenorist Jerry Bergonzi always seems to have this forward-thinking, linear quality about his work – but also because his talents here intersect strongly with the alto sax of Dick Oatts! The pair really create some magic here ... CD (Jazz)
Tramp (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Rare funk, soul, and jazz – all with the same great gritty sound we've come to love from the Movements series! The collection is right in line with some of the excellent funky 45 reissues from the Tramp label – but the set also shows their deeper digging in recent years, and their ... CD (Funky Compilations)
Locus
Northern Spy, 2014. New Copy
Pretty electric sounds from the Chicago Underground Duo – a set that has Rob Mazurek adding in lots of electronics (even a Game Boy!) to his usual cornet lines, plus some other acoustic elements that work really well with the drums, mbira, and balaphone of Chad Taylor! The record shows an ... CD (Jazz)
Akal Warled
Clermont, 2014. New Copy Gatefold
A great group from the contemporary scene in Mali – one that's graced by some excellent Tuareg guitar lines from Mohamed Issa Ag Oumar, who plays his instrument with a really nice range of melancholy tones! There's a special quality to the work here – very personal expressions of ... CD (Global Grooves)
Standard Joe
Red (Italy), 1991. New Copy
There's nothing standard about this set – as Joe Henderson always brings something special to a recording session – especially at this point in his career! The album has a wonderful format – Joe's unique tenor tone set up beautifully alongside the bass of Rufus Reid and drums of ... CD (Jazz)
Chaka
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy
The classic late 70s solo debut by Chaka Khan – one that made Chaka a major star, and deservedly so! This beautiful album showed that she could stand very well on her own two feet without the help of Rufus, thank you. Of course, she's got some fantastic help from Arif Mardin, who works as ... CD (Soul)
Warner (Australia), 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Here's a world we really don't know at all – but which really comes alive, thanks to the strength of the compilation! Australia's been home to lots of famous global acts over the years, but back in the 70s it was a real hotbed of hipster material in a country vein – work that's like ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
If You Knew Her
Brownswood (UK), 2013. New Copy
An even better album than Zara McFarlane's debut – and a record that lets us dig even deeper into the wonderful world of her vocals! The instrumentation here is mostly stripped down – usually just a bit of percussion, bass, or piano – used as sparingly here as on some of Jose ... CD (Neo Soul)
Necksnappin
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2014. New Copy
Dope gems, indeed – as the album's filled with fierce funky tracks that take us back to the 70s heyday of CTI Records and blacksploitation soundtracks! Yet the sound here isn't just fake retro funk, either – it's really well-crafted, jazz-heavy work that's filled with sweet vibes, ... CD (Deep Funk)
Running Water
Alston (UK), 1973. New Copy
An early gem from Clarence Reid – a set recorded early in the big wave of Miami soul from the 70s – with all the best southern soul modes fully intact! Reid's nicely balanced here between deep soul and funk – shifting easily between the styles with care and class that you'd never ... CD (Soul)
Warner (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Not the kind of country music you'd hear from the mainstream of Nashville, and instead a really cool collection of underground work from a variety of US scenes at the end of the 60s – most with the kind of trippy currents you'd expect from the "cosmic" in the title! Lots of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
Wax Poetics, 2014. New Copy
Cee Lo Green's on the cover of Wax Poetics this time around, and Action Bronson is on the flip – part of the issue's "real talk" feature with artists! The issue also has articles on older soul legends Swamp Dogg, Freda Payne, Ronald Isley, Brian Jackson, Thom Bell, and Millie ... Magazine (Magazines)
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Wild rockers from the dark side of the moon – very cool early tracks that often use odd studio techniques or weird instrumentation alongside straighter rocking sounds! The approach is best summed up by the legendary Joe Meek – who clocks in on two tracks here – and the collection ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
JG 3+3
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy
Jared Gold's Hammond trio is nicely augmented here by three other horn players – as you might guess from the album's title! Gold's Hammond is one of the best things going for the Posi-Tone label these days – and a perfect fit for their old school style of recording – a mode that's ... CD (Jazz)
Jazzman (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3 x 7 inch (pic cover)
A much-needed set of work from the legendary Ray Frazier and his Shades Of Madness group – an artist who only cut a handful of singles, all of them great! The title makes a lot of promises as to the grooves within the set – but it definitely delivers as well – and shows what a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
Please Rewind
Moonchild, 2014. New Copy
Really really wonderful work from Moonchild – even better than we remember from the first time around! The group have this perfect balance of vocals and jazzy instrumentation – played by a trio who handle all the instruments themselves, then produce the whole set – in support of ... CD (Neo Soul)
Shove, Late 80s. New Copy (reissue)
Pure brilliance from Pussy Galore – a record that follows up their first album beautifully, and with an equally raw sound overall! Jon Spencer's guitar rasps out with lots of messed-up bluesy tones, mixed with the Royal Trux-y screams of Neil Hagerty and Julia Cafritz – all in this mad ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
Movin' On
Teal/Invisible City Editions (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
An unusual later album from Witch – one that has a sweet funky style at the core – a mode that shows the group picking up a fair bit of disco and club from the American scene, and fusing it with their older Zamrock styles to create a really unique sound overall! At times, the record ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
Warner (Australia), 2012. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A contemporary collection, but one that really lives up to the spirits of the legendary Nuggets collection – as the artists here each pick a favorite track from that garage and pysch powerhouse, then deliver their own very faithful versions! The set's got an extra special twist – given ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
Warner (Australia), 2014. New Copy 2CD
A new batch of music put together in the spirit of the legendary Morning Of The Earth movie – that famous surf film from Australia that really drew new cosmic connections between mankind, the water, and the music! The original soundtrack for that film is often listed as one of the best ... CD (Rock)
En Slip Chaussettes (vocal, dub)
L'inlassable Disque (France), 2008. New Copy (pic cover)
A very cool little track – one that's got an Afro Funk vibe, but at a pace that's much slower and moodier than usual! The beats have a nicely space feel, and they're interwoven with these little keyboard bursts that sound very cool and trippy – really keeping the right pace to move ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Global Grooves)
Zombi Holocaust
Beat (Italy), 1980. New Copy
One of the grooviest zombie soundtracks you'll ever hope to own – courtesy of Italian sex maestro Nico Fidenco! Nico scored plenty of previous sex romps before this film, and really brings that heritage into play – as he mixes sweet keyboards and weird electronics with some moodier ... CD (Soundtracks)
Isis Voyage
Outrageous/Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy 2LP
A great counterpart to the rare Stanton Davis Ghetto Mysticism album – and a set that was recorded right around the same time, with a number of previously unreleased tracks! The spiritual energy of that group has been well-loved by collectors for years – and enjoyed by others thanks to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
Free Jazz Art – Sessions For Bill Dixon
Rogue Art (France), 2014. New Copy
Two giants from the glory days of the BYG/Actuel avant scene in France – working perfectly here on a contemporary set of duets! We haven't heard from Jacques Coursil in a while, but his trumpet work here is really stunning – both in the inventive spirit of Bill Dixon, to whom the ... CD (Jazz)
Voice Of Jamaica (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Some of the greatest grooves from late 60s Jamaica – a special set of early rocksteady numbers with an especially soulful vibe! Most numbers here are from groups or single singers getting some great backup from either other vocalists or some heavy echo in the production – which creates ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
Saudade
ESL, 2014. New Copy
Maybe our favorite record ever from Thievery Corporation – and one that really stays true to the sound of all the styles that have inspired them! For over a decade, the duo have been playing with elements borrowed from bossa nova, old soundtracks, French pop, and lounge – but this is ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves)
Luv N' Haight, Mid 70s-Early 80s. New Copy 2 LPs
A Long Island group with a very groovy sound – a blue-eyed take on funk and disco, with a great small combo sound that must have been great in the clubs! These guys slide into a groove with a tightness that matches their leisure suits in the photo on the back cover – and serve up these ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
Therapy
Legere (Germany), 2014. New Copy
Some of the grooviest, funkiest work we've ever heard from New Mastersounds – and that's saying a lot, given how much we dig all their other records! We've been following these guys for over a decade, and they've never let us down – and they're one of the rare funky combos who really ... CD (Deep Funk)
Hiero Imperium/Get On Down, 1993. New Copy 2 CDs
The timeless classic Cali hip hop standard bearer from Souls Of Mischief – given the tricked out 20th Anniversary edition it deserves! As much as we love all the best Hiero output of the 90s & beyond, this is still our favorite, and besides, it's pretty much the blueprint for the ... CD (Hip Hop)
Universal (Brazil), 2013. New Copy
Caetano Veloso looks like a bit of an old geezer on the back cover of this live set – but damn if he isn't still one of the most exciting talents in the world, even alongside most of the contemporary generation too! The performance is a concert that's very much in the spirit of the studio ... CD (Brazil)
Folkways/Mississippi, 1920s/1930s/1940s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A landmark collection of music – the now-famous series of American Folk Music volumes put together by Harry Smith in the 50s! The work here spans the space of a few early decades of recorded music – all in styles expertly chosen by Smith, with countless examples of music that might ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country)
Conversations
Royal Potato, 2014. New Copy
One of the most solid records we've ever heard from drummer Stanton Moore – and a set that's got to be his greatest jazz session to date! Moore's still got all the playful kick he brought to his drums during more funk-based years – but he's working here in a trio with the wonderful ... CD (Deep Funk)
EMI, 2000. New Copy
The first-ever full length presentation of a legendary live set from D'Angelo – recorded early in his career, and working through a host of classic tunes that really add in a nice layer to his own great music! D'Angelo's caught here in the legendary temple of groove – London's Jazz ... CD (Neo Soul)
Voice Of Jamaica (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
Killer ska from the earliest days of the genre – not the remakes or revivals that have happened heavily since the late 70s onwards – but all the best bits from the early scene in Jamaica! The collection features some great gritty numbers that mix American R&B with the nascent ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
Columbia, 1994. New Copy 2CD
20th anniversary edition of Nas's masterpiece Illmatic – which will probably stand forever as one of the greatest hip hop full lengths of its time – maybe even for all time. Nas has had some creative ups-and-downs over the years, but nothing can take away the impact of this damn near ... CD (Hip Hop)
Afro Fire
Tramp (Germany), 2014. New Copy
An Afro Funk combo, but one who really open up their groove, too – mixing in some great outside instrumentation that still stays close to the roots! The core combo is a sextet with a really firey brace of saxes in the lead – a pair of players, one of whom sometimes shifts to flute ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy
Quite an unusual album for trumpeter Howard McGhee – one that has the famous bop trumpeter working in a sweet "with strings" format – ala similar 50s sessions on Verve! Frank Hunter handles the larger group here – working the strings with some nice touches that go way ... CD (Jazz)
Mother Ode
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2014. New Copy
Rob Mazurek has always been more of a multi-instrumentalist instead of just a cornet player – but on this amazing solo set, he really pushes the boundaries even further – by taking up a huge host of different elements and different sounds! That soaring, spacious horn is still in the ... CD (Jazz)
Africadelic
Aurora, Early 70s. New Copy
Incredibly funky work from Manu Dibango – a set that's easily as great as his classic Soul Makossa album – but which is a lot more obscure overall! The work's got a fiercely-jamming quality all the way through – lots of rumbling percussion at the bottom, and also a bit of ... CD (Global Grooves)
Man Of Marble
Finders Keepers (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
Maybe the coolest record we've ever heard from Polish soundtrack artist Andrez Korzynski – done in a range of groovy styles that rivals some of the best Italian and French work of the time! At points, there's an all-out funky feel to the record that matches Euro cop/crime soundtracks with ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
Cuore Di Cane
Beat (Italy), 1976. New Copy
The film's got a very weird story – about the evolution of a dog into a human – and Piero Piccioni turns out to be a very good choice for the soundtrack! Initial moments are done in a style that's more serious than usual for Piccioni – some broader, more traditional elements that ... CD (Soundtracks)
Spectral
Aerophonic, 2014. New Copy
Wonderfully complicated reed lines from the team of Dave Rempis on alto and Larry Ochs on tenor and sopranino sax – augmented here by trumpeter Darren Johnson, whose instrumental tones are a perfect fit for the record! The style of the set's a bit like some of Ochs' early material with Rova ... CD (Jazz)
Quadrama
Prestige (Japan), Mid 50s. New Copy
Sublime work from one of the true originals of 50s jazz! Gil Melle was a baritonist – but with a sound and approach that was completely unique – very different than bigger names on the instrument, like Jimmy Giuffre or Pepper Adams. He had an icy touch that was surprising for the ... CD (Jazz)
Love Keys
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1981. New Copy
An overlooked solo gem from Eddie Kendricks – recorded at a time when he was years past his solo Motown fame, but still burning strong on Atlantic Records! The set was recorded down in Alabama, and gives Eddie a slightly different setting – one that unlocks some really rich aspects of ... CD (Soul)
Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1980. New Copy
Sweet grooves for an early 80s action film – penned by the great Franco Micalizzi, who'd done some tremendous work for Italian cop and crime movies in the 70s! The music here really draws on Franco's funky past – with lots of tight-stepping electric basslines that even make the ... CD (Soundtracks)
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1967. New Copy
A wonderful wonderful soul album from the great Gene Chandler – quite possibly our favorite work ever from this under-acknowledged Chicago singer! Chandler's way past his "Duke Of Earl" years on this record, and is hitting his stride as one of Chicago's best soul singers of the ... CD (Soul)
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1973. New Copy
A 70s soul jazz classic – one of those albums we go back to again and again over the years for inspiration! The album was one of the first from young reed player Carlos Garnett – and it's virtually a super-session for the time – with a sublime lineup that perfectly blends ... CD (Jazz)
Sentiments
Storyville/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
One of the coolest, most compelling albums we've ever heard from reedman Sahib Shihab – and that's saying a lot, given how much we love all his other music! This rare gem's got a very exotic feel –explained by Shihab in the notes as coming from a Tunisian influence on the leadoff track ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
RCA/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy
A landmark set from The Hues Corporation – and a record that's really poised at the crossroads of 70s soul! The group are probably best known for the super-huge hit "Rock The Boat" – a tune that bubbled under in discos for months, then became one of the first mainstream ... CD (Soul)
Tjak Tjaka Tchicai
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2014. New Copy
Pierre Dorge pays tribute to the late reedman John Tchicai – a frequent musical partner over the years, and a player who's shaped the sound of countless others on both sides of the Atlantic! Tchicai got his start with Archie Shepp on the New York scene of the 60s, but moved over to Denmark ... CD (Jazz)
EMI/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1992. New Copy
A pretty sweet batch of early 90s R&B from Benet – which is the brother and sister duo of Eric and Lisa Benet – a couple years before Eric would conquer the charts as a solo act! It's a nice little record that's warm and good-natured, and produced with a bright and smooth, but not ... CD (Soul)
Super Duper Love
Fast Track/P-Vine (Japan), 1975. New Copy
A classic indie cooker from Sugar Billy – a bit funky, a bit clubby – and a really great batch of grooves done in a pre-disco mode! The tracks are all pretty darn upbeat – somewhat warmer than the funk of Fatback or Kool & The Gang, but still with a nicely rough-edged feel ... CD (Soul)
Vampi Soul (Spain), 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LPs
Seminal sounds from Son Palenque – one of the funkiest, earthiest groups to ever come from the Colombian scene – and an ensemble who draw so much inspiration from African styles, they've really found a musical bridge across the Atlantic! There's a fair bit of Afro Funk in the mix here, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
303
Greenleaf, 2014. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.98
The first album as a leader from drummer Rudy Royston – a player we've enjoyed for years in the company of others, and one who emerges here with a really fresh voice of his own! Rudy's drums are bold, but also have this way of opening up and allowing magical interplay between all the other ... CD (Jazz)
Time
Naive/Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Anthony Joseph has always sounded great – but this time around he's got some stellar help from Meshell Ndegeocello – who wrote, arranged, and produced the entire album! The result is the best material we've ever heard from Joseph – a completely righteous record that gives his ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves)
A Pugni Nudi
Cinevox/Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1974. New Copy
A funky soundtrack for this film about fist fighting – scored by the great Franco Bixio with the same sense of punch and power he brought to his crime and cop scores! The music's got this great blend of strings and pulsating passages – a sense of drama that's never overdone, and which ... CD (Soundtracks)
Tabu (UK), 1980s. New Copy 10 CDs
Every single album by the mighty SOS Band – packaged in one sweet little set, complete with two more CDs' worth of bonus material as well! The group were one of the best funky soul acts of the 80s – and had an amazing run on Tabu Records – all of which is documented here in a ... CD (Soul)
CBS/FTG, 1978. New Copy
A great secular set from Keith Barrow – a singer who started in gospel, but who's always been best-remembered for this modern soul gem from the 70s! Keith's got a great range to his vocals – one you can hear right from the start, as he dips and soars effortlessly with a quality that's ... CD (Soul)
Blue Note (Japan), 1967. New Copy
One of the first albums to feature the trumpet of Blue Mitchell in a larger group – a really great move that let his soulful horn really come to the lead! Blue sounds wonderful here – soaring out in front of larger charts from Duke Pearson, Jimmy Heath, Don Pickett, and Melba Liston ... CD (Jazz)
RCA/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy
A really nice step forward for Odyssey – a record that's a bit tighter and more electric than previous sets, but which also has a nice sort of depth as well! These guys manage to balance a love of the hook with all the right sort of touches to keep the cuts from ever being too poppy or ... CD (Soul)
Lion, Mid 60s. New Copy
A treasure trove of rare mid 60s garage rock from the state of Michigan – the complete anthology of local legends The Bossmen! MI was soon to become a breeding ground for some of the most revolutionary rock of the 60s – and while The Bossmen aren't best remembered rockers of the region ... CD (Rock)
Transition
Buddah/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy
Transition is right – as the cover has Barbara floating above a Curtis Mayfield-ish scene of drugs, war, gambling, and Satan – a really righteous image that beautifully sums up the vibe of the record! The set was recorded at Sigma Sound in Philly – with excellent arrangements ... CD (Soul)
Atlantic/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy 2 CDs
The complete Atlantic Records material from Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles – a group who'd recorded for other labels before these sides, but who really hit their stride with Atlantic! The collection brings together live tracks, two full albums, singles, and even some unreleased tracks as ... CD (Soul)
Doctor Is In & Out
Atlantic (Japan), 1976. New Copy
One of Yusef Lateef's funkier albums for Atlantic – and a record that features some great keyboard work from Kenny Barron! The liner notes indicate a current Lateef fascination with rhythm, and it tries to present this fascination in a way that implies a bigger intellectual approach to the ... CD (Jazz)
Spirit Speaks
Arts+Labor, 2014. New Copy
A contemporary gospel group, but one with a killer sound that really takes us back to the best styles of 60s and 70s soul-influenced ensembles! The Jones Family Singers is a tight, well-crafted outfit – one who express themselves with plenty of secular passion alongside their spiritual ... CD (Gospel)
All Art/Muzak (Japan), 1978. New Copy
Carol Sloane's always been a sophisticated lady in the way she approaches jazz vocals – but this set takes things even further, by giving the singer a set of classic Ellington tunes to work with! The approach is great – way different than usual bigger group Ellington vocal records, as ... CD (Vocalists)
House Of Godis, 2014. New Copy 2 LPs
It's been awhile since we've heard from Red Astaire (aka Freddie Cruger), but it's definitely been worth the wait – as it's given him time to dig through his vaults, and come up with this second volume of rare recordings! Most of these cuts have never been issued before – and represent ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves)
Mike Marshall & Turtle Island String Quartet
Adventure Music, 2014. New Copy
A really beautiful setting for the mandolin of Mike Marshall – a set that features his lead instrument alongside the Turtle String Quartet! The group themselves are very open to new ideas, but also bring a very different vibe to the record than some of Marshall's other albums – not ... CD (Jazz)
Hard Water
Jonathan Sigel, 2014. New Copy
Sweet soulful trumpet from Jonathan Sigel – an artist who's got a really great ear for the best fusion styles of the 70s – particularly work by some of the more R&B inflected trumpet players of the time! The grooves are awash in warm keyboard lines, and sometimes feature either a ... CD (Neo Soul)
7 Volte 7 (with bonus tracks)
GDM (Italy), 1968. New Copy
Some of the grooviest work we've ever heard from Armando Trovajoli – one of his sweet 60s soundtracks for the 7 Golden Men series of heist films – done with a great mix of mod jazz and lots of vocal touches! The vocals are especially great – sung by I Cantori Moderni – but ... CD (Soundtracks)
Motown/Culture Factory (France), Mid 70s. New Copy
Diana Ross in the sweet clubby 70s – working here in a set of upbeat groovers that really show off her talents as a disco diva! The tunes are mostly upbeat, and surprisingly fresh – not nearly as disco cliched as you might expect, and handled in just the right way to take advantage of ... CD (Soul)
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2 CDs
Legendary work from one of the greatest soul labels ever – a tiny Alabama imprint that helped bring the Muscle Shoals sound to the masses – thanks to the work of producer Rick Hall, and his crack band of session players! The music here set a whole new standard for soul in the south ... CD (Soul)
Geminus
Pan (Italy), 1969. New Copy
Bruno Nicolai is at the top of his game here – really working magic for the soundtrack to this extended late 60s mini-series for Italian television! The music sums up all the best Nicolai modes of the time – some of those Morricone-like moments of mellow groove, mixed with starker ... CD (Soundtracks)
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy
Double greatness from The Main Ingredient – two full albums on a single CD! Rolling Down A Mountainside is mid 70s magic from The Main Ingredient – a set that has the trio working with even more sophistication than on previous records, yet still holding onto all the harmonies that ... CD (Soul)
Paralleles
Alga Marghen (Italy), 1976. New Copy
A really compelling mixture of free jazz and other avant elements – a record beyond compare from trombonist and trumpeter Jacques Berrocal, put together with all the freedoms of the French scene of the 70s! Each track has a slightly different lineup, and a slightly different flavor – ... CD (Jazz)
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1993. New Copy
An R&B trio from that time when more street-based aesthetics were coming into the mainstream of soul – bits of hip hop that were used to bring a really fresh groove to music like this! The touches are slight, but help add in a nice sort of kick to the groove – even in the mellower ... CD (Soul)
Live At Smalls
Smalls Live, 2014. New Copy
One of the greatest albums we've ever heard from trombonist Frank Lacy – an artist who hardly ever takes the spotlight as a leader, but who really shines at the helm of this amazing set! The group has a depth of feeling that takes us back to some of Lacy's more spiritual projects of previous ... CD (Jazz)
I Tre Del Colorado
Digitmovies (Italy), 1965. New Copy
A vibrant 60s western score – done with dramatic themes that echo the American style of the 50s, although with some key spaghetti western touches as well! The main theme has a triumphant feel that comes back at a few key points – but more interesting are the mellower passages, some of ... CD (Soundtracks)
Something To Remember You By (aka Uptown) (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
Concord/Muzak (Japan), 1985. New Copy
One of the greatest records we've ever heard from the legendary Maxine Sullivan – and a set that's got a bit more of a contemporary jazz vibe overall! The set's done with the group of tenorist Scott Hamilton – a great player to choose for a session like this, as he's one with a very ... CD (Vocalists)
Fear & Faith
Jazz Haus (Germany), 2014. New Copy
A wonderfully strong set from singer Cecile Verny – thanks to a backing combo who's as proud and bold as her vocals! Often, a singer like this never gets the sort of groove she deserves – sometimes lost amidst some fuller R&B arrangements, or under-whelmed by trippier abstract ... CD (Vocalists)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
Play On Mr Music/Dread Lion (10 inch single)
Rockashacka (Japan), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Heavy rhythms and soulful rootsy vocals from the vaults of Lee Scratch Perry – in the form of a legendary rare jam by the Upsetter Revue – featuring the Heptones, the Congos and Junior Murvin! "Play On Mr. Music" is an incredible side of Black Ark genius, circa '77, ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Reggae)
Pizza Connection
GDM (Italy), 1985. New Copy
A great mid 80s mafia soundtrack by Carlo Savina! The film's setting is New York City, and sure enough, there are some sly little nods to The Godfather in the orchestrations by Savina, but it's ultimately got a masterfully composed vibe that's plenty original! It's got a nice, classical string-la ... CD (Soundtracks)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1972. New Copy 3CD
One of the weirdest versions of Pinocchio you'll ever see – not the animated cartoon by Disney, but a strange live action production for 70s Italian TV! The music here is surprisingly great – and comes off with a flair that's maybe even more complicated than the images on the screen ... CD (Soundtracks)
Mio Caro Dr Grasler
GDM (Italy), 1990. New Copy
A romantic later soundtrack by Ennio Morricone for Mio Caro Dr Grasler, aka The Bachelor – in a timeless piano and strings mode! The setting of the film is pre-World War I Austria, and it has a strong dramatic cast, so the elegance is quite befitting – but it's never stodgy or anything ... CD (Soundtracks)
Odyssey Love/Remix/Ebol Yessydo
VH, 1985. New Copy (reissue)
A Chicago dancefloor gem from the mid 80s by Melodious Myles & Bo! "Odyssey Love" has a lean, melodic house vibe that holds up incredibly well – with insistent beats, a catchy and prominent bass groove, and atmospheric keys floating in and out. It fills out the whole side and ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (New Grooves)
Wah Wah (Spain), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
An even more tuneful set than the first record from OPMC – one that features shorter tunes with a bit more lyrical appeal – and this style of dreamy harmonizing that almost reminds us of the best early Atlantic work from The Bee Gees! The settings here are simpler – mostly a mix ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
RCA/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1976. New Copy
A really great album from the revived 70s version of The Tymes – a group who draw on a long legacy of harmonies in Philly soul, and who work here in a setting that really brings out their best! The whole record was produced and directed by Billy Jackson – and it's got a Philly/New York ... CD (Soul)
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1981. New Copy
Harvey's fifth and final album for Arista – another win for the funk-soul-fusion MVP! Given that Harvey worked on some of the best fusion sessions of the 70s, it's more than safe to give him "most valuable player" award – because without his drums, many a record would have ... CD (Soul)
Dead Man
Hookah/Numero, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A rare slab of underground hard rock from Josefus – circa 1970, and a good half decade ahead of its time! It's got a walloping, fuzz-drenched blue rock swagger you might expect from subterranean TX rockers at the time – but the Zeppelin-y vocals, and overall dark and sludgy Sabbath-y ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
Finders Keepers (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
One of the coolest collections of underground Thai rock we've seen – and it certainly is The Heavier Sound Of the Luk Thung Underground – including a uniquely Thai vision flavored with a Black Sabbath riff, psych makeovers of Thai folklore, and a bunch great tunes that meld Bangkok life ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1949. New Copy
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Very rare work from an early bop saxophonist in Chicago – reedman George Davis, who's best known for bringing together the team of Jackie & Roy! Davis recorded briefly for Aristocrat/Chess Records, but has hardly any output of his own – which makes this previously-unissued live set ... CD (Jazz)
Fickle (with bonus tracks)
Buddah/FTG, 1983. New Copy
A mix of 80s groove and mellower material from Michael Henderson – a sweet extension of the jazzy soul he first laid out in the 70s! The style here is a bit more electric and contemporary than before – less of the deeper, warmer tones – and a bit more synth drums and keyboards. ... CD (Soul)
Future Without A Past
Elektra/Traffic, 1991. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The amazing debut of those most hyperactive of the Native Tongues, the short-lived, ultra fresh Leaders Of The New School! Busta & Co. splintered apart after just two albums, but this will always be a shiny trophy in the mantle with the all time freshest East Coast hip hop. It sounds great to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
By All Means Necessary
Jive/Get On Down, 1988. New Copy (reissue)
Seminal late 80s righteous hip hop from KRS and Boogie Down Productions! By All Means Necessary shows remarkable change in lyrical style from Criminal Minded, delivering a eavy dose of knowledge at a time when so much hip hop was all about rocking the party. KRS's lyrics here mark a serious turn ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
Get Wise
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more ... CD (Reggae)
OK World
Jazzland (Norway), 2014. New Copy
One of the most unusual albums we've heard in years from Bugge Wesseltoft – an artist who's been moving increasingly towards solo keyboard modes, but who works here with a whole host of globally-based musicians! The record was done in conjunction with the world music festival in Oslo, and ... CD (Jazz)
Pinata
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy
Smart , streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by restlessly inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's ... CD (Hip Hop)
Dakar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Tremendously tight grooves from Hamilton Bohannon – tunes that have this amazing way of wrapping together the bass, drums, and guitar – all in this fast-chugging style that's plenty funky all the way through! Bohannon was one of the most minimal of his 70s funk contemporaries – ... CD (Soul)
Buddah/FTG, 1980. New Copy
A soaring standout from Michael Henderson – proof that his move from jazz bassist to lead soul star was a great one! The album's got a tight groove that's right on the money – a style that's rooted in funky jazz, yet delivered with some straight soulful lyrics too – balancing ... CD (Soul)
Singles 1974 to 1976
7T's (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
The mid 70 singles of George McCrae – cut for TK records and featuring material that helped him crossover in a big way – both the A & B sides of singles from released in the US and UK! The tunes flaunt that incredible mix of the Miami soul sound of the era and TK groove firmly in ... CD (Soul)
Euphoria
Will Downing, 2014. New Copy
Euphoria is a great title for this one – as the record really brings us to new heights of enjoyment with the music of Will Downing! Will's always had a hell of a voice – one that sounds great in any sort of setting – but this time it seems an even better fit than usual – ... CD (Soul)
Death Waltz (UK), 2013. New Copy Gatefold
French composer Rob's chilling, synth-soaked soundtrack for Maniac – the 2013 remake that's nearly as notorious as the early 80s original – so it makes perfect sense that Rob's soundtrack actually comes pretty damn close to topping the dark 80s synth scores by Vangelis, Tangerine Dream ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
17 North Parade, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
The late night lover gets on the African Roots wagon and heads deep into Rasta territory with Joe Gibbs at the helm on this mid 70s gem! Dennis Brown was well established as a leading Lovers Rock and Jamaican soul singer by the time he cut this excellent roots effort for Joe Gibbs in the mid 70s, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
Resolution 88
Synthethesia (UK), 2014. New Copy
A really sweet set from the UK – recorded by a contemporary combo, but with a feel that's right up there with our favorite funky fusion from the 70s! The keyboards really dominate here, but they're nicely balanced against some excellent work on tenor sax – which rounds out the sound ... CD (Jazz)
Mats Aleklint Quartet
Moserobie (Sweden), 2013. New Copy
A beautifully bold session from trombonist Mats Aleklint – a player we don't know well at all, but who really steps out on this set as a leader for Moserobie Records! The sound is a bit looser than most of the recent work on the label – not entirely free, but nicely without any strong ... CD (Jazz)
Into The Light (Greece), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy
A prime set of rare material from Greek electronic music pioneer Vangelis Katsoulis! Sleeping Beauties rouses some great pieces from rare releases original released in 1987 and 1990 – plus some equally strong unreleased material from that period – and couple of more recent recordings. ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
Voice Of The Eagle
Vanguard (UK), 1972. New Copy
A soaring set from the great Robbie Basho – one of the most unique artists of his generation! Basho's often mentioned in the same breath as John Fahey, but a record like this really shows his difference – as the record not only features wonderful work on both 6 and 12 string guitar ... CD (Folk/Country)
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy CD & Book
A killer collection of sound library funk from the UK – a scene that served up some of the rarest grooves of the 70s! The music is every bit as funky as American work from the early 70s – like records from CTI, or blacksploitation soundtracks – but most of it was never issued on ... CD (Sound Library)
Ahi Na Ma
Uniko (Canada), 1958. New Copy
Really lively work from Roberto Faz – just the kind of sweet combo work that made his music so great! Roberto feels like he's a few years ahead of the rest of the pack here – still sometimes working in a lusher mode with his band, but often hitting these moments with a sharper punch, ... CD (Latin)
Words Of Wisdom
Joe Gibbs/17 North Parade, 1979. New Copy (reissue)
A late 70s gem from Dennis Brown – and a great mix of material – with some standout Lover's Rock style hams, plus some more strident and spiritually resonant numbers! It's really nice set of numbers with Joe Gibbs, but before taking bigger step in the dancehall era to come in the 80s. ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
For Adolphe Sax
FMP/Cien Fuegos (Austria), 1967. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark album of free jazz – Peter Brotzmann's first record, and a hard-driving set of material that blows away most avant jazz work from the US at the time! The album takes the energy of the ESP generation, and turns it up more than a few notches – as Brotzmann blows his head off ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy
Our favorite-ever album from Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that we'd easily rank as one of our favorite soul records of the 70s! The mix of modes is mindblowing right from the start – as Gil's poetry comes into play with his growing talents as a singer, and his warm sensibility for jazz ... CD (Soul)
Macacoa/No Se Cuando Llegue
Electric Cowbell, 2014. New Copy (pic cover)
These guys just keep on getting better and better with each new record – soaring out in a salsa groove that's as classic as anything on mid 70s Fania Records – but which also has a fresh, youthful feel of its own! The percussion, horns, and voices step together perfectly on the massive ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
RCA/FTG, 1982. New Copy
A really wonderful album from Keni Burke – recorded around the same time as his classic Changes set, and in some ways even better than that record! The set's got a fantastic mellow soul feel – lots of tracks that are uptempo, but which manage to hang onto a soulful finish that really ... CD (Soul)
House Of Godis, 2014. New Copy
It's been awhile since we've heard from Red Astaire (aka Freddie Cruger), but it's definitely been worth the wait – as it's given him time to dig through his vaults, and come up with this second volume of rare recordings! Most of these cuts have never been issued before – and represent ... CD (New Grooves)
Sahel Sounds, 2014. New Copy
Very cool contemporary work from Mali – music that's a lot more electric and beat-oriented than other sounds you might already know from the scene – but still served up in a style that's nice and stripped-down too! There's a mix of electricity and organic acoustic elements that almost ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1994/1996/1997. New Copy 3CDs
A trio of 90s albums from Grover Washington! All My Tomorrows is an overlooked gem from reedman Grover – recorded in his later years, but a set that's actually got more of an acoustic style overall – one that goes back to the roots farther than any of Grover's fusion records! ... CD (Jazz)
Wand, 1961. New Copy (reissue)
A real landmark from soul singer Chuck Jackson – part of a unique wave of male vocalists who really took the music to new heights in the 60s! Jackson's got this way of balancing heartbreaking emotion with masculine control – summed up perfectly in the album's title track, then carried ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
RCA/FTG, 1981. New Copy
A standout solo moment from the amazing Keni Burke – an artist who's come a long way from his youthful start in the 5 Stairsteps! Keni had recorded other adult work by the time of this early 80s set, but Changes is easily his best-remembered album – a masterpiece of 80s groove, all ... CD (Soul)
Legacy/La La Land, 1966. New Copy 2CD
One of the most famous Jerry Goldsmith soundtracks ever – even if the film itself wasn't much of a hit! Goldsmith really rose to the top ranks of film composers with his work for Blue Max – able to orchestrate both full action and quiet moments with effortless ease – often ... CD (Soundtracks)
Folkways/Mississippi, 1920s/1930s/1940s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A landmark collection of music – the now-famous series of American Folk Music volumes put together by Harry Smith in the 50s! The work here spans the space of a few early decades of recorded music – all in styles expertly chosen by Smith, with countless examples of music that might ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country)
Be With Me
CBS, 1982. New Copy (reissue)
Stellar solo material from ex-Miracles mainmain Billy Griffin – a singer with the same great range as Smokey Robinson in the original incarnation of that group, really sounding great here on his own! Billy's got this high-soaring style that really works great for the album's blend of modern ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
Soul Makossa
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy
A killer album of Afro Funk – with a very unusual origin! In the wake of Manu Dibango's big hit (and some kind of failure to register the copyright), many many versions of "Soul Makossa" were recorded and released, some good, some bad. This album is a good example of that ... CD (Soul)
La Regina Dei Tartari
Digitmovies (Italy), 1960. New Copy
The reign of the Tartars is carried off here in a beautifully dramatic score from Bruno Canforna – one that echoes the mix of exotic orchestrations you'd hear in the best gladiator films of the time – but with some darker rumblings as well! The scene is a bit more Eastern than most ... CD (Soundtracks)
Freakin At The Freakers Ball
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1972. New Copy
One of the trippiest albums ever recorded by creative wordsmith Shel Silverstein – an amazing talent who's known for his famous work with Playboy, his poetry for kids, and even his contributions to country music! This set's got a wild style that definitely lives up to the Freakers Ball ... CD (Vocalists)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1964. New Copy
An early spooky soundtrack from Riz Ortolani – a composer we usually know best for more playful work of the 60s, but who really shines here in his score for a film also known as Castle Of Blood! The music has this tense, spare sort of feel – almost prefacing more atonal moments to come ... CD (Soundtracks)
Vogue/RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
Wonderfully groovy work from Antoine – one of the hipper French singers of the mid 60s, and an artist who mixed headier sounds with some of the upbeat French pop modes of the time! The rhythms and instrumentation are often in the best jaunty mode we love from Parisian record of the period ... CD (French)
RCA/Big Break (UK), 1981. New Copy
Odyssey certainly does have the melody – and that's always been one of the factors that's made them stand out from the rest! Even though the group worked largely in a territory that had a strong dancefloor feel, they always put enough work into their vocals and overall tunes to make for work ... CD (Soul)
Mercury, 1973. New Copy 4CD & DVD
The crowning achievement of a young Elton John – and the record that took an already-great run of earlier records, and pushed it even further with a new depth of songwriting and imagination! The double-length set isn't exactly a concept album – at least not one with a unified narrative ... CD (Rock)
74 Club
Far Out (UK), 2014. New Copy
A very cool combo from contemporary Brazil – a trio who work with guitar, bass, and drums at the core – but open up plenty of space for extra work on vibes, tenor, soprano, trumpet, and trombone! The vibes are especially great – and feature on almost all the tracks here – ... CD (Jazz)
Trunk (UK), 1963. New Copy
A wonderful jazz soundtrack from the legendary Kenny Graham – the important postwar Brit bandleader who was known for his seminal Afro-Cubists group – heard here in a much different context! Kenny's still got all that great sense of tone and color he brought to some of his more ... CD (Jazz)
Tramp (Germany), 2014. New Copy Gatefold
Stardom seems eminent with this fierce funky combo – a quintet of players with a deep love of southern sounds from the 60s – particularly the best grooves coming out of Memphis or New Orleans! The mix of instrumentation features tight trumpet, tenor, and guitar – and although the ... CD (Deep Funk)
Vanguard/Light In The Attic, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A totally hip instrumental album from Peter Walker – a Vanguard Records treasure that we'd rank right up there with the label's classics from Sandy Bull! Like Bull, Walker has a way of taking older folk instrumentation into richly psychedelic territory – working here on both the Indian ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country)
Hot Casa (France), 1976. New Copy
One of the clubbiest African records of the 70s – and a set that would be equally at home on a New York dancefloor as it would back in Lagos! Orlando Julius was always a funky cat – an artist with one ear keenly tuned to the American funk and soul underground, and ready to fuse those ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
Jazzaggression (Finland), 1968. New Copy
Some of the earliest work from legendary Estonian pianist Tonu Naissoo – an artist who's only gotten his due on the global scene in the past decade or two, but who was a hell of a visionary right from the start! Tonu's got this way of balancing lyrical elements and darker corners – ... CD (Jazz)
Trinity
CJR/Bo Weavil (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
One of Joe McPhee's strongest early albums – and a real breakthrough from his sound on Nation Time! The group here is a trio – with Mike Kull on electric and acoustic piano, and Harold E Smith on percussion – and the lack of a bass player gives the group an incredible sense of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
Love's The Thing
Buddah/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy
A really great step forward for Barbara Mason – a record that's got her working in a more mature mode than before, and a deeper soul style as well! One of the bigger developments of Barbara Mason's career was her participation in the "answer song" cycle that circulated around ... CD (Soul)

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