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New ManhattansAfter Midnight (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1980. New Copy ... $15.99
Stellar Manhattans from the start of the 80s – and proof that the group could still hold strong, even at a point when soul music was really changing up around them! The sound is somewhat smoother than before, but never in a throwaway style – and as you might guess from the title, the ... read more CD

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Mar-KeysGreat Memphis Sound ... CD
Stax (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $11.99
A great Memphis sound from the second greatest instrumental group on Stax next to Booker T & The MGs – heard here on a massive record that really pushes The Mar-Keys to the next level! On previous records, the combo always had a sound that was a bit brighter than Booker and his group ... read more CD

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New MarcelsBlue Moon ... CD
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
Classic group harmony from The Marcels – a group who scored big with the title track of this solid set, but who also have plenty more to offer! The quintet have a style of vocal interplay that was one of the most dynamic of the time – not gimmicky, but really always in search of new ... read more CD

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Bobby MarchanThere's Something On Your Mind – Greatest Hits ... CD
Fire/Varese, Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Bobby Marchan's a singer who's usually associated with the New Orleans soul scene – both for his solo work, and as a member of Huey Smith's Clowns – but the work here was all recorded for the New York label of the mighty Bobby Robinson – and done in a mix of R&B, early soul, ... read more CD

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Teena MarieIt Must Be Magic (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown, Early 80s. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
Maybe the greatest album that Teena Marie ever cut – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of the lady's work for Motown! The set's got this bright, positive bounce that grabs you right from the start – but also moves into a depth that's way different than other funk albums of ... read more CD
Also available It Must Be Magic ... LP 2.99

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New Mark IVMark IV ... CD
Mercury/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy ... $12.99
A group soul treasure from the 70s – and one with a very unique feel! The Mark IV are more of a southern soul group than some of the bigger east coast acts that were dominating the charts at the time – and they get some wonderful production here from Roy C, who keeps them in the same ... read more CD

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Linda MartellColor Me Country ... CD
Plantation/Real Gone, 1970. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The one and only album from Linda Martell – one of the first African-American women to dip into the genre of country music! The album's got a pretty straight country feel overall – none of the country soul you might hear from deep soul singers of the time – or those later modes ... read more CD

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Martha & The VandellasDance Party ... CD
Gordy (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $9.99
An album that definitely lives up to its title – but which also offers a lot more than you might expect – way more than just a few cash-in dancefloor tunes! True, the whole thing's pretty lively – and titles include the group's seminal version of "Dancing In The Street" ... read more CD

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Mary Jane GirlsOnly Four You ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $13.99
A lasting classic from the funky female foursome who were one of the biggest acts on Motown in the mid-80s – working here with super tight production and arrangements from Rick James – who also wrote all the songs on the record too! The girls' look is a bit dated, but their sound has ... read more CD

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New Barbara MasonBest Of The Buddah Years ... CD
Buddah, Early 70s. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
Classic work by Barbara Mason – easily some of her best recordings, cut for Buddah Records during the early 70s, with production work by soul luminaries Curtis Mayfield and Don Davis. Although Barbara began as a "little girl" singer, these sides show her maturing nicely – ... read more CD
Also available Best Of The Buddah Years ... CD 5.99

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Barbara MasonLove's The Thing ... CD
Buddah/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $11.99
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 ... read more CD

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Barbara MasonTransition ... CD
Buddah/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
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 ... read more CD

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Harvey MasonMVP – Most Valuable Player (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $9.99
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 ... read more CD

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Masquerade/Boris MidneyPinocchio/Black Russian – Disco Recharge ... CD
Harmless (UK), 1979/1983. New Copy 2 CDs ... $11.99
A pair of Boris Midney disco classics – back to back in a single set! First up is the Pinocchio album from Masquerade – a pretty wild batch of disco tunes – a suite of tracks loosely based around the Pinocchio theme, with vocals by the group Masquerade and arrangements by Boris ... read more CD

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Mass ProductionWelcome To Our World/Believe ... CD
Cotillion/Expansion (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A pair of gems from this great 70s funk ensemble! The group may be named Mass Production, but on Welcome To Our World, their sound is anything but – a really special fusion of key instrumental talents and vocal elements – all brought together in one of the tightest ensemble funk ... read more CD

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MasterpieceGirl's Alright With Me ... CD
Whitfield/Warner (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
A great later production by Norman Whitfield – and one that almost returns to the simpler harmony soul of 60s Motown! Masterpiece have a style that's much more fragile and sweet than other groups on the Whitfield label – which was mostly dedicated to fuller and dancefloor soul. The ... read more CD

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Dan MastroianniTears & Whispers ... CD
BBE (UK), 1984. New Copy ... $16.99
The cover might make the record look like a new age set, but the whole thing's a massive batch of keyboard-heavy grooves from the 80s underground – surprisingly soulful, in a blue-eyed sort of way – and infused with a warm electric glow! Dan Mastroianni is clearly inspired by the sound ... read more CD

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Kathy MathisKatt Walk (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $14.99
An overlooked 80s soul gem from Kathy Mathis – a set that's got the nicely bouncy groove we love so much in Tabu Records set from the time, and a quality level that's even deeper than the usual records we know from the label! Kathy's one of those great 80s singers who really knows how to ... read more CD

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Curtis MayfieldBack To The World ... CD
Curtom/Warner (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Pure genius from Curtis Mayfield – and a record that's got all the righteousness and political power you might guess from the cover! The album burns with a sense of empowerment that's every bit the best strength of Curtom in the 70s – a sublime blend of heavy soul, funky undercurrents, ... read more CD
Also available Back To The World ... LP 11.99

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Curtis MayfieldSweet Exorcist ... CD
Curtom/Warner (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderfully wicked album from Curtis Mayfield – one that's not nearly as famous as his Superfly set, but which is every bit as great! The groove here is lean, mean, and totally righteous – a bit more stripped-down than some of the rumbling funk of other Curtom efforts, and served up ... read more CD

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MCBMCB ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Super-tight funk from MCB – a group with a former Cameo pedigree, bumping out here into the lean, mean, sound of early 80s soul! The trio features Aaron Mills (the M), TC Campbell (the C), and Jeryl Bright (the B) – all working in that great stripped-down mode you'll find on some of ... read more CD

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Alton McClain & DestinyIt Must Be Love ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet late 70s modern soul from Alton McClain & Destiny – a great little female vocal trio with a sound that ranges from lightly funky to soaringly soulful! The group kind of follow in a tradition started by Honeycone and First Choice, and improved upon by The Emotions – and like ... read more CD

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Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis JrI Hope We Get To Love In Time (with bonus tracks) ... CD
ABC/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
The first solo album from the team of Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr – and a set that's arguably even more soulful than their work together in The 5th Dimension! The pair are lucky to have Groovesville soul maestro Don Davis at the helm – helping them hit a more mature, more ... read more CD
Also available I Hope We Get To Love In Time ... LP 2.99

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George & Gwen McCraeTogether (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cat/Shout (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $10.99
A Miami soul classic from the 70s – and a legendary pairing of George and Gwen McCrae – with results that soar past the individual work by the pair! Gwen's vocals are killer – deep, soulful, and still with the bite of her own TK albums – and the grooves here echo a bit more ... read more CD

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George McCraeDiamond Touch (with bonus tracks) ... CD
TK/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $8.99
The Diamond Touch here is from Gregg Diamond – who brings a real Bionic Boogie feel to this album for George McCrae – a sound that shifts slightly from the Miami soul approach of earlier records, moving George up to New York for the session, and coming up with a strong disco groove ... read more CD

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George McCraeGeorge McCrae (1975) (with bonus track) ... CD
TK/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $8.99
A warm soul classic from the great George McCrae – his first album after cracking big with Rock Your Baby – and a surprisingly deep effort that goes past the obvious cash-in TK mode of the time! KC & The Sunshine Band back up George on most of the record, and the album's got that ... read more CD

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Gwen McCraeMelody Of Life ... CD
Cat/Warner (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
An underground gem from Gwen McCrae – and the record that first set the tone for her dancefloor classics for Atlantic in the 80s! The album has Gwen shaking off some of the southern soul of her roots – stretching the genre out to hit notes that are much more in tune with modern soul of ... read more CD
Also available Melody Of Life (with bonus tracks) ... CD 8.99

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Gwen McCraeMelody Of Life (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cat/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $8.99
An underground gem from Gwen McCrae – and the record that first set the tone for her dancefloor classics for Atlantic in the 80s! The album has Gwen shaking off some of the southern soul of her roots – stretching the genre out to hit notes that are much more in tune with modern soul of ... read more CD
Also available Melody Of Life ... CD 13.99

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Ullanda McCulloughUllanda McCullough/Watching You Watching Me ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1981/1982. New Copy ... $15.99
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 ... read more CD

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Edna McGriffStart Movin In My Direction – The Bell Recordings Plus – 1954 to 1959 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $19.99 21.98
A rare set of work from New York singer Edna McGriff – a vocalist who'd recorded more famously with Sonny Til of The Orioles, and with frequent partner, tenorist Buddy Lucas – but who's heard here on a strong batch of sides for the small indie Bell Records! The music ranges from raw ... read more CD

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Ellen McIlwaineHonky Tonk Angel ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
Forget the "honky tonk" in the title – because this girl knows how to groove! Ellen McIlwaine's got to be one of the most unique talents of the past 50 years – a skilled guitarist, and great singer – working in a blend of folk, jazz, and soul that lies somewhere between ... read more CD

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Ellen McIlwaineWe the People ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $22.99
Wonderful work from the great Ellen McIllwaine! Ellen's certainly not a soul artist – but she's got a particularly soulful approach to folk rock – one that's made her a favorite of groovers worldwide in the past few decades, thanks to a big push from Gilles Peterson, and the club scene ... read more CD

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Ronnie McNeirRonnie McNeir ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1972. New Copy ... $7.99 12.99
The amazing debut of Ronnie McNeir – a 70s soul maestro we'd rank right up there with Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware – but one who's possibly even more impressive, given that he cut this record when he was only 22 years old! The album's quite heavy on keyboards – ... read more CD
(On the Dusty Groove label. Hurry – this is your last chance to own this classic on CD!)

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Mel & TimStarting All Over Again (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Stax, 1972. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
Ahhh, good ol' Mel & Tim – possibly our favorite soul duo ever, and a really dynamic pair that carve some great new territory away from the path set by Sam & Dave! The album's a bit of a comeback for the duo, as you'd guess from the title – even though it was only recorded a ... read more CD

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New Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesBlue Album ... CD
Source/Solaris, 1980. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
Surprisingly great post-Philly International work from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – recorded at a time when the group had actually let a female singer into their ranks! Sharon Paige is the lady here – and she creates a nice sense of interplay with the male singers in the group ... read more CD

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Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesReaching For The World ... CD
ABC/PTG (Netherlands), 1976. New Copy ... $18.99
A really great post-Philly International album from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – the group's first after the departure of Teddy Pendergrass, and a set that shows them hardly missing a beat! The group are still recording at Sigma Sound, with Melvin at the production helm – and ... read more CD

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Messengers IncorporatedSoulful Proclamation ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
Ultra-hip funk from Oklahoma's Messengers Incorporated – a group who come across with a sound that's every bit as righteous and heavy as you might guess from the cover! Instrumentation is heavy on bass, guitar, and organ – and topped with some great saxophone work too – all in a ... read more CD

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MetersNew Directions ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
The Meters take their Crescent City groove in a slightly different direction – giving things a warmer, sunnier feel than their previous records – and bringing in a fair bit more vocals, too – yet still keeping all the right funky elements at the bottom! The move is a bit like ... read more CD

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MetersRejuvenation (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Sundazed, 1974. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Brilliantly funky! This is the greatest album they cut for Warner Brothers – and it's one of the few that ever really approaches the genius of their early work for Josie. The record features the incredible breakbeat cut "Just Kissed My Baby" – worth the price of the album ... read more CD

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MetrosSweetest One ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy ... $7.99 12.99
One of the greatest Northern Soul albums ever – completely great all the way through, and filled with songs that have been burning up dancefloors for years! The vocals are incredible – soaring harmonies that hold together perfectly, even when the grooves are hard and heavy – and ... read more CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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MFSBMFSB (with bonus track) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $8.99
A seminal album by this legendary Philly instrumental group – essentially the house band at Sigma Studios, and an incredible ensemble filled with top-shelf musicians! The sound here is virtually the blueprint for Philly soul of the 70s – a blend of wickedly tight rhythms and fuller ... read more CD

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MiamiMiami ... CD
TK (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Cool compressed sounds from Miami – a group who are still plenty funky on this rare third album, but one who've also found a great way to serve up their groove as well! The combo's even sharper on the rhythms than ever before – and have a style that's a bit like that key evolution ... read more CD
Also available Miami ... LP 48.99

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MicheleMagic Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
West End/Octave (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
A classic set of disco grooves – initially recorded in Paris, then sweetened up strongly at the Sigma Studios in Philly! The core sounds are in the warmer side of the Euro disco spectrum – but it's clear that the Philly touches are what really make things cook – thanks to a new ... read more CD

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Mighty FireNo Time For Masquerading/Mighty Fire ... CD
Elektra/Expansion (UK), 1981/1982. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of overlooked gems from Mighty Fire – back to back on a single CD! No Time For Masquerading is a wonderful debut full length from Mighty Fire – a group whose roots lead back to lots of previous work for Motown, and as The Flakes – stepping out here as a tight quintet with ... read more CD

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Amos MilburnReturn Of The Blues Boss ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the most unique Motown albums of the early years – a rare appearance on the label by postwar R&B legend Amos Milburn – heard here in wonderful new setting! Milburn cut some killer 78 rpm singles in the late 40s – and established himself as one of the sharpest, hardest ... read more CD

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Stephanie MillsFor The First Time (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
A really unusual album from the young Stephanie Mills – not only because it captures the singer at a wonderful early point in her career, when she was still open to a rich range of expression – but also because the whole thing was written and produced by the team of Burt Bacharach and ... read more CD

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Stephanie MillsSweet Sensation ... CD
20th Century/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
Stephanie Mills in fine formation here – working with the team of James Mtume and Reggie Lucas, who helped the lady reach the heights of her career in the early 80s! The sound here is catchy and contemporary, but hardly ever too commercial – just relaxed and grooving, in a mode that ... read more CD

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Mind & Matter1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement) ... CD
Numero, Late 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 16.98
Brilliant early sounds from Jimmy Jam – rare late 70s material that has a very different sound than his slicker 80s work with Terry Lewis! The style here is a wonderful blend of sweet soul and righteous jazzy funk – a lot warmer than Jimmy's later beat-heavy style – and served up ... read more CD
Also available 1514 Oliver Avenue (Basement) ... LP 15.99

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MiraclesLove Crazy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $8.99
The Miracles move to Columbia Records – and pick up a whole new groove in the process – a much richer sound than previous records on Motown, with a soaring style that really works great for the harmonies! Billy Griffin's vocals are really coming into their own – as is his ... read more CD

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MiraclesRenaissance/Do It Baby (with bonus track) ... CD
Tamla/Hip-O Select, 1973/1974. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Incredible early-to-mid 70s albums from The Miracles – Renaissance and Do It Baby – plus a bonus Tom Moulton remix! First up, Renaissance truly is one, and proof that the the group could do amazing things away from Smokey Robinson! Of course, they've got a heck of a lot of great help ... read more CD

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MohawksChamp (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Pama (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $9.99 20.98
One of the heaviest albums ever made – and a monstrous bit of organ funk that never gets old! The Mohawks were a one-off studio group led by arranger/keyboardist Alan Hawkshaw (the "hawk" in the Mohawk name), and they're working here in a mad London mix of beat group grooving, soul ... read more CD
Also available Champ (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 6.99

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Monk MontgomeryReality (with bonus track) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $14.99
A really sweet set from bassist Monk Montgomery – the Indy jazz legend who first made big waves with his brothers Wes and Buddy in the 50s – still sounding great here on a funky album for Philly International! The album's mostly instrumental, but done in the same great groove as the ... read more CD

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MoonglowsLook! It's The Moonglows ... CD
Chess (Japan), Late 50s. New Copy ... $13.99
Hard to get better than this for 50s vocal group material – and despite all the other groups on the east coast scene at the time, The Moonglows are still tops with us! The group have this really great way of never sounding too hokey or showy – but really manage to make magic with their ... read more CD
Also available Look! It's The Moonglows ... LP 11.99

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Bobby Moore & The Rhythm AcesSearching For My Love ... CD
Checker (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful album of southern soul – and the only full-length LP cut by Bobby Moore and his long-lived Rhythm Aces combo! The group's the sort that slaved away endlessly in live shows all over the south – playing on their own, or providing extra backup for countless big stars touring ... read more CD

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Dorothy MooreMisty Blue (with bonus track) ... CD
Malaco/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
A pivotal moment in the development of southern soul – as the album was one of the first really big hits to come out of the growing Malaco scene in Jackson, Mississippi. The style of the record is a mix of older female southern soul styles, plus some of the warmer mellow production that was ... read more CD
Also available Misty Blue ... LP 3.99

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Melba MooreOther Side Of The Rainbow (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/FTG, 1982. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
An early 80s classic from Melba Moore – best known for one of her biggest hits, "Love's Comin' At Ya", an enduring number that's got an irresistible groove! Like many of Melba's other albums, this one does a wonderful job of delivering radio-friendly pop soul and still hitting us ... read more CD
Also available Other Side Of The Rainbow ... LP 2.99

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Melba MooreRead My Lips (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/FTG, 1985. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
An early 80s set from Melba Moore – recorded at a time when she was really coming into her own! Read My Lips has Melba working nicely with some tight Capitol soul backings – often a bit heavy on the beats, but in a way that guides the tunes strongly from the bottom, and lets Melba's ... read more CD

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Melba MooreWhat A Woman Needs (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/FTG, 1981. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
An early 80s set from Melba Moore – with some bubbling club soul grooves carried over from the 70s, plus spacier and funkier touches – largely produced by McFadden & Whitehead and featuring Kashif on moog bass! Given the production style here and the release date, we get the ... read more CD

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Walter MurphyFifth Of Beethoven (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Private Stock/Hot Shot (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
A huge crossover album of the 70s – one that took an east coast disco groove, and introduced influences from a wide variety of classical themes – best summed up in the title hit "A Fifth Of Beethoven", which was a surprisingly successful radio tune at the time! The effort's a ... read more CD

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Johnny NashMy Merry Go Round ... CD
Columbia/RPM (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $8.99
Compelling work from Johnny Nash – a much wider blend of influences than you might guess from his standout single of the 70s! This set's almost equally balanced between Caribbean influences and American soul – but it also has some deeper, more personal touches too – almost a ... read more CD
Also available My Merry Go Round ... LP 3.99

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Johnny NashTears On My Pillow ... CD
Columbia/RPM (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A great mix of the Caribbean roots of Johnny Nash and some of the sweeter soul sounds of the US scene in the 70s – recorded both at Sigma Sound in Philly, and back down in Jamaica! Nash has some great help on the set – most famously from Bob Marley, who contributed a few original songs ... read more CD

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Natural FourNatural Four/Heaven Right Here On Earth (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Soul Brother (UK), 1974/1975/1976. New Copy ... $16.99
Amazing harmony soul – two massive albums, plus bonus cuts too! Natural Four's first self-titled album on the Curtom label has an amazing "rough with the smooth" quality that really sets them apart from east coast groups of the time! Part of the strength of the set has to do with ... read more CD

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Phyllis NelsonMove Closer (with bonus track) ... CD
Big Break (UK), 1984. New Copy ... $14.99
Although Phyllis Nelson is maybe best known to American audiences as a dancefloor artist, she really scored big overseas with this mid 80s album – a set that has Phyllis really reaching out to a much wider range of styles! The record's got a lean, clean style that puts plenty of focus on ... read more CD

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Aaron NevilleFor The Good Times – The Allen Toussaint Sessions ... CD
Fuel 2000, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Aaron Neville's made many great records over the years – but to some of us, he never sounded better than on these early sides with legendary producer Allen Toussaint – a studio genius who really helped set Neville in just the right sort of space! Lots of these tracks are mellow, but ... read more CD

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New BirthBehold The Mighty Army ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
An overlooked chapter in the New Birth sound of the 70s – one that has the group still working with all that joyous, righteous ensemble energy of their previous records – but with a slightly different vibe as well! There's been a few changes since before – no more leadership from ... read more CD

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New HorizonsSomething New/Gonna Have Big Fun ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1983/1984. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
2 classics from New Horizons – back to back on a single CD! Something New is something great from New Horizons – the group's second album, and even tighter than the first! Roger Troutman had a very big hand in the record, lending the group some very Zapp-ish touches in their grooves ... read more CD

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9th CreationBubble Gum ... CD
Rite Track/Solaris, 1975. New Copy ... $12.99 15.98
A classic album of jazzed-up funk – the one lasting legacy by this oft-sampled group! 9th Creation originally hailed from west of the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and this album was recorded in Oakland with the same sweet jazzy finish as work by some of the other big Northern California ... read more CD
Also available Bubble Gum ... LP 7.99

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Nite-LitersA-Nal-Y-Sis ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1973. New Copy ... $7.99 12.99
A masterpiece of hard and heavy funk – from one of the best bands of the early 70s! The Nite Liters were a legendary funky combo that provided the backing for some of New Birth's best albums – but on their own, they were even funkier, and had a sound that was part JBs, part Meters, and ... read more CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Also available A-Nal-Y-Sis ... LP 9.99

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NYCC (New York Community Choir)Make Every Day Count (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sunbar/Real Gone, 1978. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A really beautiful little album from NYCC – the name-shortened version of the New York Community Choir, stepping out here with a sound that's even better than their RCA debut! NYCC draw on a strong secular/spiritual tradition of work by The Art Reynolds Singers or Voices Of East Harlem ... read more CD

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O'BryanBe My Lover ... CD
Capitol/PTG (Netherlands), 1984. New Copy ... $18.99
O'Bryan's virtually a one man show here – handling vocals, keyboards, arrangements, and other instrumental bits too – but he also gets some great help on the album's lean arrangements, with just the right sort of funky touches on guitar, bass, and drums! The set starts out with a ... read more CD

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Billy OceanInner Feelings (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $14.99
Great early work from Billy Ocean – a smooth album of understated groovers, all done in a style that's nicely retrained, and which places a good focus on Billy's great vocals! Most of the record skips along in a warm mellow groove – never too over the top, and in a way that makes us ... read more CD

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Billy OceanTear Down These Walls (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Jive/Cherry Pop (UK), 1988. New Copy ... $13.99
A big one for Billy Ocean – and a set that has the singer sounding even more confident and powerful than ever before! Ocean's not afraid of a hook by this point in his career, and the album's filled with the kind of catch crossover tune that Billy could do better than just about anyone else ... read more CD

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OdysseyHappy Together (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $14.99
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 ... read more CD

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Odyssey 5First Time Around ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
A lost set of female soul tracks – recorded in the waning years of the Brunswick label, when they were really experimenting with some great obscure groups, most of whom got lost in the tax shuffles of the label's demise! Odyssey 5 hail from North Carolina, and they've got an ensemble female ... read more CD

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Ohio PlayersBack ... CD
Track Record/Cleopatra, 1988. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Ohio Players bounce back for this late 80s album – coming across with a leaner groove than before, and a style that's right up there with the best mainstream funk of the time! Most instrumentation is electric – plenty of beats and keyboards here – but the group still seem to hang ... read more CD

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One WayLove Is ... CD
MCA/PTG (Netherlands), 1981. New Copy ... $18.99
A totally massive set from One Way – a record that has them sounding even better than ever – drawing on all the strengths of the previous few records, and really knocking it out of the park! Although the group's got a great way with a groove, the mellow cuts here are equally nice ... read more CD

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One WayOne Way Featuring Al Hudson (1979) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
MCA/Purpose, 1979. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
A dancefloor soul classic – one of the strongest albums ever by Al Hudson, Alicia Meyers, and the whole One Way crew! The record's got a sweet soulful feel that provides a nice counterpoint to its bass-heavy grooves – popping along at that midtempo pace that was Al's popular remedy for ... read more CD
Also available One Way Featuring Al Hudson (1979) ... LP 3.99

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One WayOne Way Featuring Al Hudson (1980) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
MCA/PTG (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy ... $18.99
One of the greatest albums ever from Al Hudson and One Way – a set that still has the group bristling with loads of funky energy – yet also hitting a groove that's wonderfully smooth as well! One Way were really one of the top of the larger funk combos of the time – and this set's ... read more CD

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OriginalsCalifornia Sunset (with bonus track) ... CD
Motown/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $8.99
One of our favorite albums by The Originals – and one of their most coherent albums on Motown! The record was produced by Lamont Dozier, who also wrote all the songs on the album for the group – and it's kind of a mix of Dozier's strident 70s update of the 60s Motown groove (which he'd ... read more CD

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OriginalsDown To Love Town (with bonus track) ... CD
Motown/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the best-remembered albums from the mighty Originals – thanks to a surprisingly strong step into club and disco rhythms! The group were always great on the harmony tip – and earlier music often had them really shining on the ballads – but here they work with arrangers ... read more CD

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ORSBody To Body Boogie (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $21.99
Munich disco, retooled for the Salsoul Sound – thanks to some great remixing for this US version by Tom Moulton! ORS aren't nearly as cold or cheesy as some of their Munich contemporaries – making them a great choice for Salsoul through their tight use of stripped-down rhythms, rolling ... read more CD

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Jeffrey OsborneOnly Human (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1990. New Copy ... $8.99
A stone classic from Jeffrey Osborne – and a real standout in mainstream soul at the start of the 90s! Osborne's legendary vocals have never sounded better – as there's a warmth in the production that returns him to the grace and power he had when first going solo – a style that ... read more CD

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Shuggie OtisInspiration Information/Wings Of Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic, 1974/2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
A treasure trove of rare funk – a massive package that not only includes the legendary Inspiration Information album by Shuggie Otis, but which also adds in four bonus tracks to that classic – plus a full other album of unreleased vintage work! Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis ... read more CD

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Paragons & The JestersParagons Meet The Jesters ... CD
Josie/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
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 ... read more CD

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ParletInvasion Of The Booty Snatchers ... CD
Casablanca/Real Gone, 1979. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A sweet club classic from the soulful Parlet trio – one of the best George Clinton side projects during his legendary late 70s run – and a group who've continued to move plenty of dancefloors over the decades! There's a funky energy at the core that really sets Parlet apart from other ... read more CD

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ParletPleasure Principle ... CD
Casablanca/Real Gone, 1978. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
The pleasure principle is in full effect here – a really special sort of feeling that strongly shows off the female side of the Parliament/Funkadelic mothership! The album's got a groove that's way different than most female disco of the time – more offbeat and angular, thanks to funky ... read more CD
Also available Pleasure Principle ... LP 6.99

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Parliament12 Inch Collection & More ... CD
Funk Essentials/Casablanca, 1970s. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
A batch of Parliament and Parliament related funk nuggets get a nice CD presentation of the original, rare, and or extended takes that were previously only available on the original vinyl! All told, more than an hour's worth of prime and/or rare P Funk! Tracks include "Aqua Boogie" ... read more CD

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ParliamentChocolate City (Remastered & Expanded) ... CD
Casablanca/Mercury, 1975. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
An amazing album that's probably one of the most unified albums that George Clinton ever recorded! The band's rawer style has been firmed up and economized – but a lot of the best elements are still in place, including a strange approach to vocals that has male and female voices interacting ... read more CD
Also available Chocolate City ... LP 9.99

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ParliamentClones Of Dr Funkenstein ... CD
Casablanca, 1976. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
An oft-overlooked gem from Parliament – released during the year 1976, and sometimes hidden between monster LPs like Funkentelechy and Mothership Connection – but every bit as great as those two classics! The album's got that tightened-up P-Funk sound that was working so perfectly at ... read more CD
Also available Clones Of Dr Funkenstein ... LP 13.99

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ParliamentMothership Connection (Remastered & Expanded) ... CD
Casablanca/Mercury, 1975. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
Here's where it all happens! George Clinton lands the mothership, forges the space-funk image, and blows the P-Funk empire into an arena-filling mega-star act! The record's got some extremely tight numbers that mix the best of the group's new slick playing with the edginess and naughtiness of the ... read more CD
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New Bobby PattersonI Got More Soul ... CD
Omnivore, 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Southern soul veteran Bobby Patterson, delivering what sounds like a lost early 70s classic on Stax or any number of smaller, yet esteemed southern soul labels – but it's actually his first new recordings in decade or so – and it comes courtesy of the ever-reliable Omnivore label! ... read more CD

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New Patterson SingersPatterson Singers ... CD
Atco (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Wonderful work by The Patterson Singers – a group who were rooted in gospel, but ring out with plenty of soul – in a mixture of spiritual and secular styles that matches the best work of The Staple Singers or Sweet Inspirations! The Pattersons are a lot like the latter – all ... read more CD

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Billy PaulFeelin' Good At The Cadillac Club ... CD
Gamble/Big Break (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $14.99
An excellent early album from Billy Paul – done in a mode that's quite different than his bigger hits of the 70s! The record's almost more of a jazz outing, but with a definite soulful twist – done in this righteous mode that's not unlike some of the best Nina Simone material from the ... read more CD

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Billy PaulLately (with bonus track) ... CD
Total Experience/Big Break (UK), 1985. New Copy ... $8.99
An excellent 80s set from one of the greatest voices in 70s soul – the sublime Billy Paul, sounding great here with a bit of electro groove in the rhythms! The album's approach is a bit different than Billy on Philly International – but the strength of Paul's presence is still very ... read more CD

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Billy PaulWar Of The Gods (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $14.99
A stone treasure from one of the greatest soul singers of the 70s – and a set you'll regularly find in the coolest of record collections from back in the day! Billy Paul was always one of the hippest talents on Philly International – mixing together soul and jazz influences with a ... read more CD

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Ann PeeblesI Can't Stand The Rain ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1974. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Easily our favorite album ever by Ann Peebles – not just for the beathead title track, but also because it seems to be the one record where she brings a bit something extra to the studio! The sound is certainly in the classic Hi Records mode here – thanks to production by Willie ... read more CD

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Dan PennFame Recordings – 24 Gems From The Writer's Mid 60s Apprenticeship At Fame ... CD
Fame/Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $14.99
A tremendous discovery in soul music – previously unreleased demos from the legendary Dan Penn – one of the key songwriters in the Fame Studios/Muscle Shoals scene of the 60s! Dan's tunes had an undeniable impact on southern soul for decades to come – yet Penn hardly issued any ... read more CD
Also available Fame Recordings – 24 Gems From The Writer's Mid 60s Apprenticeship At Fame (180 gram pressing) ... LP 26.99

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New Barbara PenningtonOut Of The Darkest Night – Disco Recharge ... CD
Harmless (UK), 1985. New Copy ... $14.99
A lost 80s album from Barbara Pennington – a singer we normally associate more with the disco generation, but who's still very strong here on a Record Shack session with Ian Levine! The style is still clubby, but slows things down a bit more from the disco years – a snapping 80s vibe ... read more CD

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Demetrius PerryAnother World (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1990. New Copy ... $10.99
An underappreciated, later record on the Tabu label – and the one-and-only album we've heard by dawn of the 90s soul singer Demetrius Perry! The production is a mix of fairly timeless, smooth grooving slow jams, plus little bit nice pop soul and funk touches, a little bit reminiscent of the ... read more CD

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Perry & SanlinFor Those Who Love/We're The Winners ... CD
Capitol/FTG, Early 80s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A sublime double-header – both rare albums from Perry & Sanlin, together on one CD! First up is For Those Who Love – the first Capitol effort from Phil Perry & Kevin Sanlin – two excellent harmony soul singers who were part of the legendary Montclairs who recorded for ... read more CD
 
 



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