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Manuel ArringtonMeet Your Fun Master ... LP
Sonic, 1977. Very Good ... $13.99
An excellent lost bit of funk and comedy from the south side of Chicago! Manuel Arrington was a heavy-handed small-time comic who played many shows at smaller clubs in the city – and we'd often see him opening for acts like Jack McDuff or Charles Earland, doing some racy "party" type material that always kind of fell flat. However, this album wisely brings in some music to Manuel's act – supposedly played by the Joe Tex Band and Scotty & The Rib Tips. The album features one long funk track on side two – "Messing With The Spank", which is a great little funky 45-type number, with heavy funk from the band, and Manuel shouting away in kind of an Alvin Cash mode. The cut's a lot funkier than your average "spank" number – which is why Manuel's probably messing with it! Side one features straight comedy, recorded at the legendary Roberts Motel and other more obscure points – and Manuel delivers routines like "Take The Drawers Out'a Ya Boo-dy", "In The Men's Room", and "Funny How Some Women Make Love", in sort of a Samuel Jackson rough-edged style. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has mostly split seams and stains.)

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BloodstoneDo You Wanna Do A Thing? ... LP
London, 1976. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Bloodstone moving into a whole new thing – a funkier groove than before, and one that really points the way towards the group's clubby direction at the end of the 70s! Although best known as a sweet harmony group, Bloodstone shine equally well in this upbeat mode – a territory that's somewhere in a space between the funky Isleys of the 70s, and some of the more soaring, sweeping Philly grooves of The Spinners! A few fragile, mellow moments come into the mix – which helps balance out the sound – and the group get some great east coast soul treatment from arranger Bert DeCoteaux, who co-produced the album with Tony Silvester. Titles include a great version of "Just Like in the Movies", the Ace Spectrum classic – plus the tracks "This is It", "When We're Doin It", "Do You Wanna Do a Thing", "If You Wanna Be My Baby", and "Give Me Your Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a sticker with a name on it. Label has the same sticker.)

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New ChangeSharing Your Love ... LP
Atlantic, 1982. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Sweet modern soul from this great group – one of the brightest points in major label soul during the early 80s! Change, ironically, is a group that went through a number of line-up changes, even in their prime – with the tight, clubby, yet geniunely soulful production a constant. This record is made all the better for the beautifully soulful dual lead vocals of James Robinson and Deborah Cooper. The tracks have deeply layered live instrumentation – keyboards, guitar, percussion, horns and strings – blended seamlessly with early 80s production touches. Includes the hits "The Very Best In You" and "Hard Times (It's Gonna Be Alright)", and others that are just as sweet: "Take You To Heaven", "Oh What A Night", "Promise Your Love","Keep On It", "You're My Number One" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a name in marker in one corner.)

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New DramaticsNew Dimension ... LP
Capitol, 1982. Very Good ... $3.99
The Dramatics definitely hit a new dimension here on Capitol Records – a new home for the group in the early 80s – and a label who really helped them find some new energy in their music! The placement's no surprise – given that singer LJ Reynolds was also working for Capitol during the early 80s too – and the sound here's a bit different than before, more in an 80s groove mode at points, but still plenty darn great on the vocals! Ron Banks produced, and did some of the arrangements with Ray Johnson, Tom Tom, and Leon Mitchell – and the best tracks here have wonderfully smooth harmonies – soaring over the top with a deftness that's pure Dramatics all the way through – and perhaps even better than the sound of the group's few previous albums. There's a few more electric moments at points, but these are more than warmed away by the great vocals on the other numbers – and tracks include "She's My Kind Of Girl", "Treat Me Right", "I Can't Stand It", "Night Life", "I Believe In You", "It's Dramatic Music", "I Don't Want To Lose Your Love", and "Live It Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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8th DayI Gotta Get Home (Can't Let My Baby Get Lonely) ... LP
Invictus, 1973. Very Good- ... $39.99
A bit confused at points, but one of the funkiest albums on Invictus! The 8th Day group was a loosely conceived batch of Detroit soul talents designed to cash in on a concept of the Holland-Dozier-Holland team – but fortunately, they also included some wonderful talents that could make some great music when they wanted to. One of these was the vastly under-discovered Detroit organist Lyman Woodard –who contributed the fantastic track "Cheba" to the album, an incredible organ groover that's unlike anything you've ever heard, rolling on with this pinched Hammond sound over congas, all-instrumental, and completely seductive! Another was Melvin Davis, who had recorded the song "Good Book" as a solo artist – but which was released here as if it was by the group. There's also a great guitarist in the group – unnamed due to the lack of liner notes – but who really shines on the funky tracks "Anythang", "Rocks In My Head", and "Heaven Is There To Guide Us", all with a fuzzed-out Detroit 70s groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, some stains, pen on the back, a mostly split bottom seam, and some splitting on the other seams, with some pieces of tape along the top.)

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New Roberta FlackFirst Take ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good ... $5.99
What can we say? We've heard this one a million times, it sold over a million copies – but it's still incredible! The record is Roberta's first, and it features her in a mellow trio format, augmented by some occasional larger arrangements by William Fischer. At most points, though, the sound is incredibly spare – with vocals that are much more soulful than any of Roberta's other records, and a sound that hints at Nina Simone, but which has it's own jazzy groove and deep sense of feeling. Includes the classic funky version of "Compared To What", plus "Angelitos Negros", "Our Ages Our Our Hearts", and "Tryin Times". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small CRC sticker in one corner.)

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RB GreavesRB Greaves (Atco) ... LP
Atco, 1969. Very Good+ ... $2.99
The amazing debut of RB Greaves – a soul singer with a difference! RB struck big with this album on late 60s Atlantic Records – yet despite production at Muscle Shoals, and arrangements from Arif Mardin, the sound here is quite different than most of his contemporaries – and certainly not the southern soul you'd expect! Instead, Greaves goes for a crackling quality that really showcases his trans-American roots – a vibe that's almost like Johnny Nash at points, and has a similar way of embracing a whole host of different sounds at one time – not just late 60s soul, but some other undercurrents of pop, and even some occasional folksy or island flavors as well. The album's standout hit is the legendary "Take A Letter Maria" – a cut that broke big on both sides of the tracks, and which is one of the most compelling story songs of the time. Other tunes include "This is Soul", "Ballad Of Leroy", "Ain't That Good News", "Home To Stay", and "Birmingham Alabama". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam and a small cutout notch.)

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Terry Huff & Special DeliveryLonely One ... LP
Mainstream, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A heartbreaking classic from Terry Huff and his Special Delivery group – a hip 70s harmony soul ensemble who deliver some wonderful backup on the set! The record's a stone east coast classic from way back – arranged and conducted by Al Johnson, with a vibe that's a slightly more polished take on the harmony modes used by George Kerr over at All-Platinum – still never slick or commercial, but that great indie blend of heartbreaking vocals and deeper male sensibilities. Terry Huff has a high-end vocal approach that's great – never cloying or too-sweet, but nicely crackling and almost in a Ralfi Pagan mode at points. Huff wrote most of the songs, and titles include "Poochie", "The Lonely One", "When You're Lonely", "I Destroyed Your Love", "That's When It Hurts", and "Why Doesn't Love Last". (In case you didn't notice, this guy's pretty broken up about love!) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Lonely One ... CD 11.99

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Debbie JacobsHigh On Your Love ... LP
MCA, 1980. Near Mint- ... $0.99
An even tighter album than Debbie Jacobs' first for MCA – really wrapped around the strutting club guitar sound of producer Paul Sabu, and filled with tracks that bounce along with a tight little bottom! Debbie's vocals really push the range of the tracks a lot – belting out with the force of Loleatta Holloway one minute, but also coming across with a sound that's a lot colder than the Salsoul groove – almost a darkness that points the way towards more post-disco work to come. Titles include "Lovin Spree", "High On Your Love", "What Goes Up", "Make It Love", and "I Can Never Forget A Friend". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Patti LaBelle & The BluebellesOver The Rainbow ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Very Good- ... $24.99
Very early work by Patti LaBelle – working here with the young Bluebelles group, but in a setting that still points the way towards the Labelle sound of the 70s – given that the quartet also features vocals from Cindy Birdsong, Sarah Dash, and Nona Hendryx! The style is a great mix of female doo wop and uptown soul – harmony styles really maturing strongly for the 60s, and already taking strong advantage of the amazing vocals of Patti LaBelle! Things are sweet, but have a nice edge too – and even the familiar tunes take on a new life in the hands of the group – as you'll hear on "Over The Rainbow", "People", "More", "Groovy Kind Of Love", "He", "Patti's Prayer", and "Unchained Melody". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has light wear and some seam splitting.)

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New Johnny NashMy Merry Go Round ... LP
Columbia, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $3.99
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 singer/songwriter quality at points, especially on those songs penned by Nash himself. There's a clear impulse to break past any simple conventions of popular genres, and we honestly didn't know that Johnny could carry himself this well through so many different settings. Titles include "Loving You", "Love Is Not A Game", "Ooh What A Feeling", "Gonna Open Up My Heart Again", "My Merry Go Round", "Nice Time", "You Better Stop", and "Yellow House". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Also available My Merry Go Round ... CD 8.99

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Gil Scott-HeronMind Of Gil Scott-Heron ... LP
Arista, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99
A great little live album – one that's quite different than Gil Scott-Heron's double-length set for Arista – and a set that serves as a key bridge between his early protest work and his emerging vocal sensibility! The set features a fair bit of longer spoken passages – but unlike the earlier records, which often have a raw protest kind of sound – this one's more put-together, with Gil speaking in front of hip crowds in a more sophisticated tone. Musical elements come into the mix at points, really fleshing things out – but the stunning side of the record is Gil's ability to really expand on an idea at length, and continue his exploration with much more sophistication than before. Titles include "The New Deal", "Jose Campos Torres", "Bicentennial Blues", "H20 Gate Blues", and "The Ghetto Code". LP, Vinyl record album

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Uncle LouieUncle Louie's Here ... LP
Marlin, 1976. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A tight bit of dancefloor funk from the duo of Frank and Eddie Dillard – one on guitar, one on bass, and both on vocals – both working here with some great clubby production from Walter Murphy! The set's got a bit more edge than Murphy's own records – thanks to the emphasis on the Dillard instrumentation – and the rhythms are often nice and sharp, in that disco style that's almost hinting at a break at points – and which might have been at home in a South Bronx mix as much as in the clubs! The set includes the single "Full Tilt Boogie" plus other tracks that include "I Like Funky Music", "Sky High", "Everybody's Got One, "We Came To Play", and "Bad Motor Folk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Narada Michael WaldenDance Of Life ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Very Good+ ... $1.99
One of Narada Michael Walden's tighter records of the 70s – a tight batch of soul tracks that steps off of his spiritual roots into a sound that points the way towards 80s groove! Narada's on piano and percussion, as well as vocals – and the rest of the group grooves heavily in a mix of mini-moog, prophet, and other late 70s keyboards. Tracks include "I Shoulda Love Ya", "Lovin You Madly", "Carry On", "The Dance Of Life", and "Why Did You Turn Me On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp and a tracklist sticker.)

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New Chuck WillisKing Of The Stroll ... LP
Atlantic, 1958. Very Good- ... $11.99
Chuck Willis is billed as "the king of the stroll" on the cover of this classic Atlantic album – but that title only gets at just a small part of his genius! The set's one of a rare few Chuck cut in his too-short life – and it may well be his greatest, as it's really got Willis stepping out with a strong degree of focus – on a batch of all-original tunes sung in that amazing crackling voice of his! The style is R&B, but really points the way towards soul music – thanks to a personal presentation of the music, and some deep roots that really come through in the overall sound. Titles include the classic original versions of "CC Rider" and "Betty & Dupree" – both numbers that sound better in Chuck's own hands than any later incarnations – and other titles include "That Train Is Gone", "Juanita", "It's Too Late", "My Life", "Ease The Pain", and "There's Got To Be A Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a piece of masking tape and some pen on back.)

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New Maurice WhiteMaurice White ... LP
Columbia, 1984. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
The only solo album ever recorded by Maurice White – an upbeat and soulful set that's right up there with his best 80s work in Earth Wind & Fire! Like that group at the time, White's hitting a rhythmic side that's more electronic at points – letting beats and keyboard bits stand in for the previously-acoustic drums and percussion – yet all in a way that still retains that great EWF style of soul! Things are tight, but never too slick or commercial – and although the songs are catchy, they're never nearly as cloying as some of the other mainstream soul from the time. There's some surprisingly sweet moments that really show a new side of Maurice's talents, and titles include "Switch On Your Radio", "Stand By Me", "Sea Of Glass", "I Need You", "Invitation", "Lady Is Love", "The Sleeping Flame", and "Children Of Afrika". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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New Brass ConstructionBrass Construction II ... LP
United Artists, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second album from Brass Construction – heavy horns, basslines, and stellar dancefloor grooves – a stone classic! The first one was totally great, but they cast a wider stylistic claim on II – their trademark funky sound is still very firmly in place, but they bring more to the plate. The rhythms and percussion have a more globally steeped flare at points on the album, and there's a more smoldering, slightly mellower vibe on some tracks, without sacrificing the funk. The whole thing's fused together wonderfully – with the larger group moving with the energy a much smaller combo – and titles include "Sambo", "Screwed", "Get To The Point", "What's On Your Mind", and "Now Is Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some light wear.)

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New James BrownPopcorn ... LP
Polydor, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous turning point in the career of James Brown – and an album that points the way strongly to the even deeper funk of the 70s! The album's a hard-wailing batch of instrumental tracks played by the legendary James Brown Band of the late 60s – the pre-JBs ensemble that's gone onto have possibly even more funky influence than the Godfather's combo in the 70s! James plays organ on the set – and supposedly a bit of guitar and drums (according to the notes) – but one of the main stars here is Pee Wee Ellis, whose alto lines really cook up some of the best tracks strongly. Yet possibly even more amazing is the overall rhythmic conception – tight, focused, and always on the money – snapping with a sharpness that's mindblowing even all these many years later – a whole new dimension in funky expression, hardly ever matched since! Titles include "Soul Pride (parts 1 & 2)", "The Chicken", "Sudsy", "The Popcorn", "In The Middle (parts 1 & 2)", "The Chase", and "A New Shift". LP, Vinyl record album

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New CerroneCerrone IV – The Golden Touch ... LP
Cotillion, 1978. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Cerrone's definitely got the Golden Touch here – grooving long and strong, with that mix of cosmic club and warmer disco that made his 70s music so great! The album's a masterpiece all the way through – driven by great percussion from the maestro, and swirled up into a heavenly mix at the legendary Trident studios – with some mighty sweet keyboards that really make the whole thing sparkle! There's a nice undercurrent of fuzz at points, too – hinting at French club to come – and the whole thing's a wonderful standard-setting record that really earns all the accolades it's gotten over the years. Titles include the long funky version of "Rocket In The Pocket" – plus "Je Suis Music", "Look For Love", and "Music Of Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the printed inner sleeve.)

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New Eddie FisherHot Lunch ... LP
Stang, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little album by guitarist Eddie Fisher – the same Eddie Fisher who cut two different albums for Cadet at the end of the 60s, but stepping out here in a slightly different mode! This one's got Eddie in a smooth funky soul style – mixing flanged-out guitar and vocals in a trippy dope kind of way that's somewhere in the neighborhood of Shuggie Otis and Johnny Guitar Watson's best 70s work – nicely trippy, but still pretty tight too, and almost with a spacey, cosmic vibe at points! There's definitely an Inspiration Information sort of sound going on with the best numbers – which have a slow, compressed approach to funk – and great titles include "Give Me, Lend Me, Loan Me", "Thump and Bump", "Cosmic Blues", and "It's That Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner – but this is a great original pressing!)

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New Jackson 5Get It Together ... LP
Motown, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Jacksons definitely get it together here – and pick up a tight funky groove that's mighty nice! The album has them really moving past the usual structure of their early Motown hits – and at points, the record almost hints at the direction they'd take after leaving the label – especially on the dancefloor numbers that really drive the set! Titles include the perennial fave "Dancing Machine", the extended groover "Hum Along & Dance", and the cuts "Get It Together", "Don't Say Goodbye", and "Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the original die-cut cover, including the heavy inner sleeve.)

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New JacksonsDestiny ... LP
Epic, 1978. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A heavy groove and a heady title that points the way towards Michael Jackson's soon-to-be legendary solo career – all served up in a batch of tracks that resonate nicely with the Off The Wall groove! The sound here really isn't disco or club, but it's a nicely upbeat groove that shows The Jacksons at the top of their game – tightly stepping and often highly rhythmic – and striking a great balance between strong lead vocals and some of the sweeter harmonies that got them going in the past. Titles include the sublime groovers "Blame It On The Boogie" and "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)", plus great sleepers like "All Night Dancin", "Bless His Soul", "Things I Do For You" and "That's What You Get For Being Polite". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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New MiraclesLove Crazy ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 songwriting, too – evidenced by some of the more complicated elements in the mix, and the blend of full arrangements and tight rhythms that almost have a Philly feel overall! The change is a great one for the group – and not only helps them beat some of their best late Motown moments, but also points the way towards a heck of a lot of 80s soul too. Titles include "Too Young", "The Bird Must Fly Away", "Love Crazy", "Spy For Brotherhood", "A Better Way To Life", "Women", and the Isley-like "I Can Touch The Sky". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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New Esther PhillipsAll About Esther Phillips ... LP
Mercury, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet 70s Wayne Henderson-produced set – quite a different groove for Esther, thanks to Henderson's warm jazzy inflections! The record's got a bit of club in the mix, but also has a deeper feel, too – a vibe that references Esther's work in jazz, but points her voice in a whole new direction – balancing mellow cuts with some more uptempo material. Phillips is wonderful in the setting – really working with an artist who understands the growing sophistication of her sound – and titles include "The Man Ain't Ready", "Native New Yorker", "SOS", "Pie In The Sky", and the classic "If I Fall In Love By Morning". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Esther PhillipsAlone Again, Naturally ... LP
Kudu, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the deepest soul sets from Esther Phillips' 70s years on Kudu Records – a set with some nicely gritty grooves and a surprisingly earthy feel at times – especially when compared to some of her other albums of the time! Backings are by James Brown's old reedman, Pee Wee Ellis – and although there's some of the usual Kudu electric funk in the mix, there's also some deeper soul elements too – a vibe that's often a bit laidback and open, almost more Atlantic Records at points – which is a mighty good fit for Esther's wonderful voice! As usual for Kudu, the players are an all-star lineup – one that includes Richard Tee on keyboards, George Benson on guitar, Maceo Parker on tenor, and Bernard Purdie and Billy Cobham on drums – and Don Sebesky's also on deck a bit, to sweeten a few tracks up with light strings. The album's got a great version of Bill Withers' "Use Me" that features a tasty break in the intro – and other titles include a great version of "Alone Again (Naturally)", plus the cuts "Let's Move & Groove", "Cherry Red", "Let Me In Your Life", and "You & Me Together". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Alone Again, Naturally (with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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New Pointer SistersSpecial Things ... LP
Sony/Wounded Bird, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A surprisingly pleasing little set from The Pointer Sisters – a lot more soul than pop, and really held together with some solid production and songwriting! Despite the hit cut "He's So Shy", with its over-heard catchy chorus, the rest of the album has the trio moving in a somewhat sophisticated territory – almost taking some cues from The Jones Girls at points, especially on the mellower moments. Sid Sharp handled most of the larger arrangements, which dip, turn, and groove nicely – and most numbers feature one of the sisters stepping into the lead, with support from the others. Titles include "Could I Be Dreamin", "He's So Shy", "The Love Too Good To Last", "Special Things", "Where Did The Time Go", "Evil", and "Save This Night For Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has some wear and a mark from sticker removal.)

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New PrinceControversy ... LP
Warner, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic Prince – an album that signaled an end to the first part of Prince's storied career, leaning heavily on his fascination with new wave, mixed with the r&b grooves and 70s funk of his earliest LPs. Prince is definitely in a transitional mode here, the easy politics of the punk era – "Ronnie Talk To Russia", "Controversy" – are less controversial than Prince's frank sexuality on the record – best heard on tracks like "Jack U Off", "Do Me, Baby", and "Sexuality" – but the unbeatable pop groove of the title cut definitely points the way to Prince's big chart success to come. LP, Vinyl record album
(Missing the poster.)

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New Jeannie ReynoldsOne Wish ... LP
Casablanca, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A solid smoker from the lesser-known Jeannie Reynolds – a hell of a 70s soul singer, and one who should have been huge – especially given the rich vocals on this set! Jeannie's brother LJ Reynolds handles production this time around, and he brings in a nice sharper edge to the set – touches of funk at points, which echo a Dramatics sort of groove – and which really seem to unleash some sharper sounds in Jeannie's vocals at all the right moments. A few other tunes are warmer, and remind us of the soulful charm we discovered on Reynolds' debut – creating a great sense of balance that gives the album a lot more depth than most other Casablanca sets like this from the time! LJ and Jeannie wrote all the tracks save one – and titles include "Guide Me Well", "I Know I'll Always Be In Love With You", "Sexy Man", "I Don't Want To Be Second Best", "I'm Hooked On You", "Come My Way", and "Don't Make A Fool Of Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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New SlaveSlave ... LP
Cotillion, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Far and away the band's best record! The album's got a fresh funk sound that takes an earlier 70s ensemble style and slicks it down a bit – but thanks to some great drum work by Tim Dozier (Steve Arrington had yet to join the band), and a subtle riffing bass style by Mark Adams, the band had a groove that was quite revolutionary, and which set them apart from the legions of funk imitators that were springing up at the end of the 70s. The high points of the album is the band's seminal "Slide", which is followed up with "Son Of Slide" – and both tracks have these amazing dark repetitive grooves that have really stood the test of time (thanks in part to a famous sample by Tribe Called Quest!) Other tracks include "You & Me", "Party Hardy", "Screw Your Wig On Tite", and "Separated". LP, Vinyl record album
(Side 1 has a mark that clicks on track one. Cover has light wear, with some peeling and seam splitting along the bottom.)

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New Street Corner SymphonyLittle Funk Machine ... LP
ABC, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very cool update of older vocal group modes – taken into sublime 70s territory with arrangements and production from Willie Hutch! Street Corner Symphony were part of the 70s doo wop revival movement – but unlike some of their acapella contemporaries, they were always happy to let in some other sounds on their records! In this case, Willie Hutch really makes things sound great – by backing the group's older style harmonies with some grooves that are right up there with Hutch's own best records for Motown – at times almost as funky as his famous soundtracks, at other points in a nicely clubby vibe with plenty of soul. Titles include "Street Corner Symphony", "Funk Machien", "We Got A Good Thing Going", "I'll Fly Away", "Come On Baby", and "No Game To Play". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner & some wear.)

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New Tower Of PowerBack On The Streets ... LP
Columbia, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavy funk from Tower Of Power – almost more back in the group's earlier mode, which might be what they mean by the title! The sound's not exactly "street", but it's got a nice sense of funk on most numbers – production by Richard Evans and McKinley Jackson that helps keep a focus on the rhythms, and also does a good job of bringing out the best qualities from vocalist Michael Jeffries. Some tracks were recorded in Chicago, and these almost show a bit more sophistication at points – that warmer Chi-soul sound of the late 70s, although still with a TOP sort of touch. Titles include "Rock Baby", "Our Love", "It Takes Two", "Heaven Must Have Made You", "And You Know It", "Something Calls Me", and "Nowhere To Run". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)

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New VariousStax/Volt Revue Vol 2 – Live In Paris ... LP
Stax, 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
The Memphis sound, working hard overseas – in a smoking live set that has some Stax Records stars working in Paris! There's a tightness here that arguably goes past the studio work by the singers – possibly because everyone's working in the same space, with the same backing group – and together have this intimacy that really makes the music sparkle. And sure, it's a bit rough around the edges at points, but in a good way – one that helps get past too-familiar modes in the tunes. Titles include "You Don't Know Like I Know" and "You Got Me Hummin" by Sam & Dave, "Raise Your Hand" and "But It's Alright" by Eddie Floyd", "Try A Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding, and "I Got My Mojo Working", "Let Me Be Good To You", and "Gee Whiz" by Carla Thomas. LP, Vinyl record album
(Later pressing on Atlantic.)

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New Betty WrightI Love The Way You Love ... LP
Alston, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A breakout album by Betty Wright, the record that spawned the cut "Clean Up Woman" – the choppy funky track that really pushed her over the top in a big way, and which has remained fresh for years –thanks to a strong sample history in hip hop! That cut's more than enough reason to buy the record – but the whole LP's great – and features loads of other original tracks written by Clarence Reid and Willie (Little Beaver) Hale, hitting hard in a sweet 70s Miami soul style – titles that include "I Love the Way You Love", "I'm Gettin' Tired Baby", and "Pure Love" – plus a groovy cover of "Ain't No Sunshine". One of the turning points in the emerging Miami soul scene of the 70s – soon to provide a second home to Atlantic Records! LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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