A great non-Stax album from Memphis soul singer Shirley Brown – recorded for Arista, but with all the depth and feeling of her indie work! Shirley's wonderfully teamed here with songwriter Bettye Crutcher –one of the best second generation talents at Stax, and writer with a great way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Peabo Bryson —
Peabo ... LP Bullet, 1976. Very Good ....
Early work by Peabo – smooth soul with a sophisticated feel, but not as stiff and stodgy as his later work, which could sometimes verge on the adult contemporary side. Peabo's voice has an honest soulful quality, and the album's got arrangements by Gene Page that move along nicely – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a bit of aging.)
Peabo Bryson in prime pop soul years – a time when he was really crossing over big, thanks to a strong ear for the mainstream market! Bryson's as positive and confident here as you might guess from the title – a master balladeer in the smoother soul mode – still with that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little record from Peabo Bryson – recorded at the height of his mainstream fame, but still with plenty of the best elements from the early days too! The album's definitely got a polished feel, but it's not nearly as sleepy as you might expect from the Quiet Storm title – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
These guys are still pretty darn great at this point – and the album's an updating of their uptempo funky club sound, one that still retains a lot of the best elements of earlier efforts. Horn arrangements are very strong, handled by Carlos Ward with a nice touch of jazz – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on "Funky Music". Cover has ring & edge wear, with a bit of pen on the back. Label has a sticker.)
Eric Burdon —
Stop ... LP Far Out/Capitol, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ....
George Bussey plays most of the instruments here himself – but also gets some Philly studio help, including a bit of guitar from Norman Harris! Recorded at Sigma Sound – and titles include "Love Was The Last Thing On My Mind", "Disco Extravaganza", "Come On ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, some wear, and a spot of sticker residue.)
One of the few albums ever cut by Billy Butler – the brother of Jerry Butler, and a key force on the Chicago soul scene during the late 60s and early 70s. This one's Billy's sole effort for Curtom, and it's a self-produced, self-arranged album that shows that he was still going strong during ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice one! Jerry Butler's brother Billy recorded for more labels than you'd expect over the years – but this is only one of three full LPs that he ever cut. The album's a stellar batch of harmony soul tracks – as perfectly for the early 70s harmony scene as Billy's late 60s work on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape – save for one spot of tape on the spine.)
Seminal work by one of our favorite soul singers of all time! Jerry first came to fame with The Impressions and on his own in the early 60s – singing dark moody easy tunes that well earned him the nickname of "Iceman". In the late 60s, though, he moved onto Mercury where he broke ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer stuff – as Jerry's getting the full early Philly treatment here, with arrangements by Thom Bell, Bobby Martin, and Roland Chambers, and production by a young Gamble and Huff! The sound isn't nearly as icy as the old Vee Jay days – but that's fine with us, as Jerry is nice and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked sleeper from Jerry Butler – the kind of record that follows nicely off of his best strengths for Mercury in the early 70s – and which has him furthering the level of mature soul that was his greatest contribution to music in the decade! As before, the best tunes here are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Perhaps the greatest record Jerry Butler made in the 70s, and a very tight bit of baroque Chicago soul with arrangements and production by Samuel F. Brown III. The tracks are a good mix of originals and covers, and they all show Jerry going way past his Gamble & Huff/Mercury years – into ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has splitting on the the seams, and some wear.)
Jerry Butler —
You & Me ... LP Mercury, 1970. Near Mint- Gatefold ....
A great little album by Jerry – recorded during a period where he was using his fame (and cash!) to showcase younger talents in soul music. In this case, the younger talents include Terry Callier – who contributed two songs to this album, including his semi-hit "Ordinary Joe" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)
Bobby Byrd —
On The Move ... LP Soulciety (Germany), 1994. Very Good+ ....
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Features backings from a hip group of younger funk players – and guest vocals by Carleen and Vicki Anderson! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light mark from a sticker in one corner.)
One of the greatest moments ever from Bobby Caldwell – a special little album that occupies it's own place between genres – a touch of soul, the warmth of jazz, and a delivery that really helped Caldwell reach out to some big new audiences at the time! There's a cool, compressed feel ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has light wear. Label has some marker. Vinyl has a short click on side 1, tracks 1-2.)
Motown bandleader Choker Campbell leads a sharp group of studio musicians through a set of Motown hits like "Baby Love", "Finger Tips", "Mickey's Monkey", and "Pride and Joy". The sound is surprisingly swinging, with a nice soul groove that's as good as any ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obvious follow-up to their big hit "Cool Jerk", but a great album of raw soulful tracks that puts this Detroit group right up there with the best of the 60s up-tempo harmony groups! Apart from the nice original title cut, the record's also got a number of other great tracks like " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing! Cover has wear with split top & bottom seams.)
One of the greatest albums by this super-stylized funkster from Chicago! Captain Sky followed very firmly in the P-Funk footsteps – using lots of bass and rocking rhythms to carve out a space-themed groove that had plenty of cool touches! And more than that, the Captain's style was equally ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice raw early material from Carl Carlton – with a good groove that's sort of a mix between northern and deep southern soul. In fact, the production styles differ from track to track – leading us to wonder if the LP's not just a collection of recordings from different sources. But ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and some wear.)
Jean Carn —
Jean Carn ... LP Philadelphia International, 1976. Near Mint- ....
Jean Carn was one of the best-ever singers to hit the Philly International label – a sophisticated diva with a style that would strongly influence soul music for the next 10 years, and a downright compelling voice that crafted some of the best modern soul of her generation. Although Jean ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A near-lost chapter in the career of Jean Carn – her one and only album recorded for Motown, cut in the early 80s with production by Norman Connors! Oddly, although Connors was the first producer to give Jean Carn a chance back in the 70s as a smooth soul vocalist – finding her voice a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite a different sound than Jean's Philly International recordings – although certainly a logical extension – and it's a sweeter than sweet set from the mid 80s that in turns both celebrates and transcends the production style of the era! Overall, Closer Than Close is a smooth batch ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
By this point in her career, Jean Carn's added an "e" to her name, has messed up her hair, and picked up a pronounced 80s smooth soul sound. However, she's still recording in Philly, and on the best cuts she makes it past some rather heavy keyboard arrangements that almost get in the way. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure set – but a tasty bit of 70s female soul, with a sound that's a bit like First Choice on the best cuts! Kenny Nolan wrote and produced the album, and handled most of the arrangements with Gene Page – in a style that's got a definite Philly Groove feel to it, right down to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The album may not be as funky and hard as It's Just Begun – but this is still one of Jimmy's best records from the 70s, and one that mixes together a lot of his different influences – from Latin soul, to funk, to groovy orchestrations. The album's got some solid soul stuff like "He ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and a partially unglued seams.)
A set of laidback, sax-based instrumentals from reedman Demo Cates – recorded in Canada, and arranged by Jackie Mittoo, who also plays keyboards on the record! The sound is very much in the mode of some of Jackie's more mellow dates – not really funky, nor reggae – but with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer album by the Chairmen of the Board! The record's their second – and although the "In Session" title, photos on the front, and liner notes all make it appear to be a live album, it's actually a studio session, with the same great Holland-Dozier-Holland production as the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful set of Gene's recordings from the early 60s, featuring a few from the Vee Jay years, but more importantly, a wealth of gems from the lost mid 60s years at the Constellation label. There's 3 excellent numbers by Curtis Mayfield – including "Think Nothing About It", " ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great later album from Change – not nearly as well-known as their first few hits, but still in that all-solid approach to the groove that was the Change trademark during the early 80s! The sound is a bit more stripped down than before – tight beats and keyboards, mostly in a mellow ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful bit of harmony soul from the east coast – a record with exactly the kind of fragile emotion and personal depth you might guess from the cover! Change Of Pace are a group with a sound that's a bit like some of their contemporaries on the scene – but they've also got a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic bit of jazzy club tracks, and an album that virtually defines the Ariola modern soul style. Nice warm harmonies mix with smooth jazz-tinged arrangements for a good 70s modern dancefloor sound. Titles include "Rock Don't Stop", "Sing All Night", "Jack Be ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arranged by Gene Page – and titles include "Put It In A Magazine", "One Eyed Jacks", "Whet Your Whistle", "Treasure Of Your Pleasure", "Weekend Father Song", and "Can't Get Enough". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Everything old is new again – and a key entry in the disco trend of updating older swing tunes for the 70s! Charlie does it better than most here – thanks to tight instrumentation from players like David Spinozza on guitar and Richard Tee on piano – and an overall groove that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chi-Lites ... LP Brunswick, 1972. Near Mint- ....
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One of our favorite albums ever from the legendary Chi-Lites – and a set that's sometimes passed over, because it didn't have a formal title or colorful cover! The self-titled set is a killer all the way through – filled with the kind of sublime harmonies that made the group easily one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nothing half about The Chi-Lites at all – as the group were always tremendous during their famous run at Brunswick Records – able to come across perfectly on mellow ballads and more upbeat numbers! This set is a wonderful illustration of the really unique Chicago-based approach that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light ring & edge wear.)
Quite different than the group's earlier work – but still pretty darn nice! By this point, Chocolate Milk had left their New Orleans roots behind, were recording in LA, and had turned their bass-heavy funk sound into an 80s groove approach that actually worked quite well for the group. The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums by this sweet east coast vocal group – also known to folks as the Golden Apples album, because of the crate full of gold-covered apples on the cover. The album's got a wonderful mellow harmony sound – arranged and produced by Van McCoy, much more in the style ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
By this time, the Mothership had just about completely crashed out – at least on record, as George shows us here. (Live, Clinton had no trouble keeping up the groove – as he could always start a party funk fire going in concert, no matter how he was sounding on record.) The record was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later P-Funk project – with different performers on each track – and titles that include "Hooray" by Jessica Cleaves, "Beautiful" by Gary Shider, "Nice" by Cadillac Heights, "Man Opener" by Baby Fatt, and "I Want Your Car" by Maxi Muff. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout mark.)
George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars —
TAPOAFOM ... LP Sony, 1996. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ....
We have to be honest, by this point we'd all but given up on George. But the truth is, Clinton and crew have pulled off a decent job of turning the tables on the whole G-funk scene, and taking a page or two out of their book, after they'd done the same to him for years! While we'd never claim ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on red vinyl, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)
By the time of this one, Dennis had been producing a fair bit of club tracks for Westbound – and it certainly shows in the record, which has a smoother sound than before, and a more spacious soulful groove. However, there's actually still a fair bit of funk in the mix – and Dennis' own ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cold Blood —
Sisyphus ... LP San Francisco, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ....
One of the best albums ever recorded by this legendary Bay Area funk combo – a key part of that city's crossover scene, and a group who always deserves a second listen! The album's a mixture of Sly Stone funk, Tower Of Power horns, and some of the hard-burning guitar/organ lines of groups ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge wear with seam splitting, and a cutout notch.)
The first full length from Cold Cut, with their big hits "people Hold On" and "Doctorin' The House", plus their other cut and paste and house and hip hop crossover numbers, like "Fat (Party & Bullsh*t)", "theme From 'Reportage'", "Stop This Crazy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Tommy Boy, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear & a cutout notch.)
Bootsy's tightening things up a bit from before, but still sounding plenty darn great – that classic Collins groove in all its P-Funk glory! All the best elements are certainly in place – production by George Clinton and Bootsy, horn arrangements by Fred Wesley, and the slinky soulful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)
Live! ... LP Motown, 1977. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ....
A bit a hit for a live soul album as the 70s ever saw – and a great document of the versatility of the Commodores in the years when they still had their funky chops up strong enough! The live setting has the group running through some of their heavier earlier numbers, and veering strongly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pivotal album for The Commodores – still very funky here, with a sound that stays true to their roots – yet also able to reach out into some of the mature mellow ballads that would make them a huge crossover act in years to come! James Carmichael arranges and produces here – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work from Con Funk Shun – different than their later, better known hits! The group sure knew how to slap that bass, even back on this first album for Mercury – but then again, they – along with other big Mercury groups like The Ohio Players – were pioneering the bass-h ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the all-time soul classics from Atlantic – the fantastic debut of singer Arthur Conley, introduced as a protege of Otis Redding, who also produced the record! The sound is similar to Otis' own work, but often a fair bit rawer – and Redding works here with both Jim Stewart of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Purple & tan label pressing. Cover has small splits on the top and bottom seams.)
A masterpiece of mellow soul and jazzy grooves from the groundbreaking Norman Connors – an album that sails to the stars on a sweet blend of mellow moments and more upbeat tracks too! The record features some crucial vocal talents from Michael Henderson and Phyllis Hyman – both ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and staining, particulary along the opening.)
An overlooked gem from The Controllers – one issued a bit late to be part of the classic wave of group soul, but a set that's still overflowing with really old school harmonies! The Controllers really have a wonderful way of putting over a ballad – letting things build slow and mellow, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Smooth modern southern soul – with some touches of funk on a few tracks, but a rock solid mellow harmony sound on the best ones! The album may be the best of the Controllers' late 70s efforts – and it's got some nice production by Fredrick Knight that mixes rootsier southern elements ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stay ... LP MCA, 1986. Very Good+ ....
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A surprisingly wonderful set from The Controllers – recorded years after their late 70s classics, but with a great mellow 80s style that makes some great use of their harmonies! The style here is a mix of smooth quiet storm and mellow midtempo grooving – and although some of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more obscure Bill Cosby soul albums – not nearly as "disco" as the title implies, more in a smoother soul vein, almost a bit like Barry White. Stu Gardner does the backings, and Bill either sings or talks over the top, in a deep sexy voice that's his comical rendering of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, a spot of tape on the spine, and large WGN letters in marker on both sides.)
Don Covay —
Hot Blood ... LP Phonogram, 1974. Very Good ....
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A nicely rootsy session from Don Covay – one that has him getting past the straighter AM pop of his Superdude I set, and going for a sound that's much more down home and southern! The album reunites Covay with his Jefferson Lemon band – and was recorded in Muscle Shoals, but with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some waviness from moisture in one corner.)
Forget the "funk" in this album – because the best bits are the mellow ones! Crème D'Cocoa are one of those groups pushing slick bass-heavy funk when they should stick to the mellower cuts – which they do nicely on this album, in a smooth male/female harmony style that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a few light creases and a small peeled spot on the opening.)
Their first LP, and one that we like way better than anything else they ever did. The record's got a great bunch of hard funky cuts done at a fast tempo – without the throwaway disco sound of some of their other albums, and lots of sax and keyboards in the lead. A bit like early Bohannon at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later effort from James D-Train Williams, but still plenty darn great – and proof that his groove was still one of the strongest in 80s soul music! The style of the set follows from Williams' best earlier work – a bit of bounce at the bottom of most of the tracks, but never too much ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cuotut hole.)
James D-Train Williams' first album for a major label – and a really great follow-up to the indie success of his initial recordings for Prelude Records! The style here is very similar to the clubby grooves of D-Train's earlier sides – thanks to strong keyboards, production, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original lyric sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole.)
A killer start to the 80s for the Dazz Band – with great tunes in a funky mode as well as more measured group soul numbers – and it all adds up one of their best albums ever! Tunes like the opener "Shake It", plus "Shake It Up" and "Magnetized" bring the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Breathy club work from Debra Dejean – an album recorded in Memphis during the early 80s, but with a feel that's more Euro sexy overall! Debra's approach reminds us a bit of some of the French or German disco of the decade before – sung with a soft sort of vocal style that almost comes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful album of soul tracks that has the Dells performing a number of new tracks ("Like It Is"), and doing new versions of some old favorites ("Like It Was"), with swirling baroque production by Charles Stepney that transforms the older ones into nice new tracks with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One thing you have to remember about The Dells – they always sound great! Even here, in later years, their sound is superb – a rich, deep approach to harmonies that's still head and shoulders above most other groups in the business! The production on the set is by Norman Harris and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although later than their classic Chess/Cadet years, this album's still one of the best 70s works by the Dells – and it features recordings cut at both PS Studios in Chicago and at the All Platinum soul factory in New Jersey. The sound's a bit smoother than on earlier records, but the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An 80s effort from The Dells – who may be one step further away from the benchmark 70s era – but they're still sounding plenty darn sweet on One Step Closer! The album has top-shelf production from the team of Marvin Yancy and Chuck Jackson, who also handled a good deal of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful LP from the Dells – with stellar Cadet production and arrangements by Charles Stepney! The record has a very cool way of putting the tracks together, so that there's these little "seques" in between each cut – short instrumental grooves that are actually quite ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The last album ever from The Detroit Emeralds – and a wonderfully clubby set that rivals the best Philly work of the time! The trio here still have all the tight harmonies of earlier records, but they work here in a soaring groove that mixes disco rhythms and soaring strings – all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the undisputed masterpieces LPs of 70s soul! William De Vaughn may never be remembered for anything else – and the poor guy will always be mistaken for Curtis Mayfield by record shoppers everywhere – but he really out-Curtised Curtis on the super-dope original version of "Be ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice bit of late 70's funk, with a sound that's definitely heavier than disco, and a hard groove that works very well on the dancefloor. The album includes a nice long version of their classic "Everybody Here Must Party", plus a few other long tracks like "Boogie Man", "Not ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning album of raw New Orleans soul – recorded by the great Lee Dorsey, with production by Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn! The record falls in the same camp as The Meters – and although Dorsey's work has vocals, the choppy instrumental backing is pure Crescent City all the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blue ... LP A&M, 1986. Near Mint- ....
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A steppers classic, and a sweet set of smooth tracks too! Titles include "Woman Of The World", "The Captain Of Her Heart", "Urban Nomads", "Love Is A Plane", "Tomorrow", "Your Prayer Takes Me Off", and "I Know A Place". ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing. Cover has a promo stamp, some wear, and tape on the spine.)
Carl Douglas' classic pop soul track about "Kung Fu Fighting" is an enduring favorite, as we're reminded everytime our local UHF station cops it for a promo for a martial arts double feature they're running on Saturday afternoon! The rest of the tracks on here aren't as great, but there's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit disco, a bit funk – but with lots of influences of the early 70s East Coast hit soul sound. The record makes a clear attempt to hit the dancefloor – but it sounds a lot more like some of the Roadshow or Buddah albums from 1974 and 1975 than it does a late 70s after-the-fact sort ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Will Downing sounds wonderful here on this late 80s set – standing out instantly from most of his contemporaries, with a deep-toned, classic vocal approach that's simply tremendous! Even though some of the backings smack of 80s mainstream production, there's a depth here that goes beyond ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Lamont Dozier's true 70s classics – an amazing album of baroque soul with an undeniable groove – kind of the best aspects of Detroit soul, wrapped up together! The arrangements here are fantastic – a mix of strings and soul that surpasses any of Lamont's previous albums, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a large name in marker. Cover & labels have some pen.)
A massive album by Lamont Dozier – probably his best ever! Every cut's a winner, and the LP shines with a sharpness and tightness that's missing from some of Lamont's other LPs from the 70s. The songwriting is impeccable – and as the album progresses, you get that eerie "deja ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, and a small split on the bottom seam.)