Another bold step forward for Peven Everett – easily one of the real front runners in the 21st Century soul scene! The album's got a tighter, more unified feel than even some of Peven's previous work – a confident, almost majestic approach that has Everett's wonderful vocals coming ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Ahh, the Fall at their early 80s best! Perverted By Language introduced the keyboards of Brix Smith to the group, and a slightly more pop-oriented sound – but it's dark, bristling pop that they don't make anymore and probably never will again in these conglomerated, committee-thought times ... (Rock) read moreCD
The Fania All Stars pay tribute to a form that inspired many of its players – but which faded from Latin vogue before the group was properly formed in the late 60s. The session's a nice bit of retro Latin, with some strong late era salsa touches. Titles include "Guajira Con Tumbao" ... (Latin) read moreCD
Tremendous guitar work from the great Tal Farlow – easily one of our favorite jazz guitarists ever, and a player with a wonderful sense of tone and timing! This early album has Tal declaring himself loudly and firmly – using a style that's got some slightly raspy edges, and which is a ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Guitar jazz genius from the amazing Tal Farlow – working here at the height of his powers on a classic session for Verve – a real standout album from the 50s, and one with some slightly more modern overtones than even other Farlow sessions at the time! Part of the strength of the set ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A really unique little album that features jazz versions of themes from Swedish folk music – all served up by a sublime quartet that features Art Farmer on flugelhorn and Jim Hall on guitar! The exploration of folk roots in jazz is not a new one – and a number of the postwar Swedish ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Art Farmer & Benny Golson Jazztet —
Here & Now ... CD Mercury/Verve, 1962. Used ....
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A sweet set of street soul from Fatback – delivered with a bit more electro influences than some of their classic funk, but a groove that's still always right on the money! Bill Curtis is at the helm of the group, laying down most of the rhythms via DMX – but even with the electronics, ... (Soul) read moreCD
Beautiful work from Malachi Favors – one of our favorite bassists ever! The album's a 1977 live session – and it features Malachi on solo bass, horns, and a bit of light percussion – opening up in a really personal style that was sometimes eclipsed by the rest of the Art Ensemble ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Another great one by Fela! Recorded in Lagos and mixed in Paris, with a hard raw afro funk groove. Two long tracks, as usual, played with a lot of fire by the Egypt 80 band with nice hard sax solos and choppy funky guitars. A real turn back to hard and heavy afro funk, after the Celluloid ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
One of Fela's greatest albums – augmented here by 2 bonus tracks! "Zombie" shows Fela at the height of his powers – grooving away in incredibly fast, incredibly tight Afro Funk lines, weaving guitar, sax, and keyboards together with a speed that still leaves us breathless. ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Maynard Ferguson's looking a bit shaggy on the cover of this one, but his grooves are as tight as ever – and packed with a good degree of funk in the arrangements too! Maynard's returning here to the great territory of the MF Horn album – and using help from British arrangers that ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Vicente Fernandez —
Living Legend ... CD Norte, Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. Used 3 CDs ....
One of the few good things to come out of the cultural pillage of the Buena Vista Social Club was the reintroduction of soulful Cuban singer Ibrahim Ferrer to American audiences. Ferrer's voice is extremely wonderful, so much so that even cloying production by Ry Cooder can't keep it down. The ... (Latin) read moreCD
A never-heard soundtrack for a never-seen film – and a record that's every bit as funky as better-known sets from the blacksploitation era! Final Solution were a small time group from Chicago's west side in the 70s, but on this wicked little soundtrack they sparkle just as brightly as Isaac ... (Soul) read moreCD
The east coast supergroup album that may well have been better if the Trakmasterz hadn't jettisoned Cormega for Nature, and maybe figured out that the Ill Na Na was just the flavor of the month. Beats by Poke & Tone, LES and Dr Dre. 18 tracks, but that's counting the interludes, with "Pho ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
A great second set from First Love – a sweet female harmony group, with a sound that's a bit like The Emotions or Jones Girls at their best! The groove here is warm, sophisticated modern soul – sweetly stepping with a mellow feel on some of the best numbers, in a way that lets the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A definite shot at the pop market by Ella Fitzgerald – quite possibly recorded as a follow-up to the 60s success of former singing partner Louis Armstrong, who's referenced nicely in Ella's rendition of the title hit! The first 4 tracks on the set were done in the UK, under the leadership of ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
An amazing record from the team of Flack & Hathaway – one of the hippest duos in soul! Individually, each had taken the music to new heights and new audiences, through the use of jazzy phrasing and sophisticated lyrics, while never selling out in the way that earlier pop soul acts had ... (Soul) read moreCD
A late masterpiece from the Flaming Lips – one of their most unique and uncompromising records since they became leftfield hitmakers – and a record that works best as a whole! Embryonic is a grower, and the first record since The Soft Bulletin which, to our ears anyway, doesn't seem to ... (Rock) read moreCD
80s groove – Italian style – and a tight little set that crackles with plenty of great boogie touches! Flowchart were an Italian group of the time, but they're recording here in a New York studio – hitting styles that remind us a heck of a lot of the best of the indie club scene ... (Soul) read moreCD
Flying Saucer Attack —
Mirror ... CD Drag City, Late 90s. Used ....
While still being very eclectic, ranging from folk to drum-n-bass, this album is the most cohesive, solid work we've heard from FSA in a while. ... (Rock) read moreCD
Roberto Fonseca —
Yo ... CD Montuno, 2013. Used ....
Brigitte Fontaine —
Libido ... CD Polydor (France), 2006. Used ....
Some of the greatest work we've heard from Brigitte Fontaine in many years – an album that has her working heavily with older collaborator Areski, as well as the legendary Jean-Claude Vannier! Many of the tunes have a bit of strings, used sparely and subtly to shade in the sound – but ... (French) read moreCD
An early crossover classic from Tommy Boy – and one of the first albums to mix together hip hop and mainstream R&B! As you can guess from the cover, there's more of the latter going on than the former – as Force MDs were really more of a sweeter soul group than a crew from the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A classic 60s album by the Four Tops – really one of their better efforts of the period – a record that finds the group working some soulful magic on a couple of their best known tunes, as well as adding a dose of deeper emotion to some hit songs of the time! Like other Motown success ... (Soul) read moreCD
A pretty amazing batch of early Aretha Franklin – before she was known as the Queen Of Soul, and had the big, soaring and emotional voice to bring flight to songs from the Great American Songbook – classics by the Gershwins, Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin and more! You certainly could ... (Soul) read moreCD
A completely cooking little live set from Aretha Franklin – massively expanded here – and a crowning moment not just in her career, but for Atlantic Records soul in general! Aretha's working here before a very enthusiastic crossover crowd at the Fillmore West in San Francisco – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Given that Atlantic's big claim to fame with Aretha was that they took her from being a supper club jazz singer and made her a hard soul act, we've always been a bit surprised at the way they chose to hook her up with some Bacharach tunes after her first few sides – giving her a classier ... (Soul) read moreCD
Vanessa Freeman —
Shades ... CD Chilli Funk (UK), 2004. Used ....
One of the strongest albums to come out of the London scene in years – and a stunning debut from vocalist Vanessa Freeman! Vanessa's vocals have been bubbling out of some great singles in recent years, but here she steps forth as a major talent with a fully-formed set – produced in ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
A long overdue follow-up to Curtis Fuller's first Blues-Ette session for Savoy – one that was recorded 34 years after the original! The passage of time hasn't dampened the genius of the players, though – as Fuller's still tremendously in charge of his talents here, and is working with ... (Jazz) read moreCD
A wealth of great albums from this groundbreaking trombonist – including Sliding Easy, The Opener, Bone & Bari, Curtis Fuller/Art Farmer, and Two Bones – an album only ever issued in Japan! ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Freewheeling, tripped out Catalonian rock from Fusioon! The album groove has bits of spacey rock, prog and freaked out bits of funk – you can pick it apart for trace influences, but ultimately, the vibe is all their own – Absolute Fusioon, indeed! Cosmic keyboards, dexterous drum work ... (Rock) read moreCD
Great 20 track compilation that focuses on the pivotal years for Serge Gainsbourg – the time when he was turning his twisted French pop into a sound that would forever be remembered, and become an inspiration for so many of today's musicians. The set's got a few tracks that are on other ... (French) read moreCD
Fantastic stuff – and a record that may well be the greatest ever from the mighty Serge Gainsbourg – high praise indeed, considering the greatness of Gainsbourg's other music! The album is one long suite built around a spare, electric bass-driven theme – a slow funk riff that's ... (French) read moreCD
One of Serge Gainsbourg's best albums ever – a set that we love every bit as much as his Melody Nelson classic, or his killer records with Jane Birkin! The set was recorded in the mid 70s, and it features amazing orchestrations from Alan Hawkshaw – backings that are even better than ... (French) read moreCD