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Lou RawlsIt's Supposed To Be Fun ... LP
Blue Note, 1990. Near Mint- ... $7.99
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(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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WarPlatinum Jazz ... LP
Blue Note, 1977. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $1.99
A repackaging of tracks put together in the late 70s, collecting some of War's "jazzier" moments. Although it was War's more succinct, funkier numbers and singles that we dug most about the band at first, it's these numbers where the group opens up a bit more that they really shine, if you ask us. There's still a great groove, with more than a little Latin influence creeping in here and there underneath, and all of the members of the group are more than respectable soloists, with solid playing throughout this collection. Titles include "LA Sunshine", "Platinum Jazz", "Slowly We Walk Together", "River Niger", "H2Overture", "City Country City", and "Deliver The Word". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a cutout hole, and some light stains.)
 
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New Booker TI Want You ... LP
A&M, 1981. Very Good+ ... $9.99
An early 80s gem from Booker T – and continuing proof that he made some mighty nice music after he split from the MGs! This set's got Book grooving in a sweet Cali mode all the way through – a vibe that's warm, yet never sleepy at all – and blended with just the right touches of funk and jazz to keep things hip, and give the album way more depth than you might expect! There's some surprising fusion touches at times, but the album always has a great focus – and if anything, reminds us of some of the best soul sides on Capitol Records of the time – particularly those influenced by earlier funk on Blue Note. Booker handles vocals, keyboards, and guitar – plus most of the arrangements too – and the album's got a sweet stepping groove that's mighty nice all the way through! Titles include "I Want You", "Treasure Chest", "Don't Stop Your Love", "Electric Lady", "You're The Best", and "I Came To Love You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Margie DayDawn Of A New Day ... LP
RCA, 1968. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A great set that has Margie Day working in a really unique approach to vocals – a bit jazzy at times, inflected with bluesy undercurrents at others, but often delivered with a sense of class and poise that's a bit like Nancy Wilson at Capitol – although quite different overall! Given that Margie's always apt to push the inflections on the tunes – working the notes heavily with very soulful expression – she really changes things up from the usual album of this type, and creates a nice sense of tension with the arrangements from Ray Ellis, Chuck Sagle, and Jimmy Wisner. Titles include "Am I Blue", "Walk Away", "As Time Goes By", "Much Too Long", "Ain't It The Truth", "Let's Do It", and "In Times Like These". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing.)

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Monk HigginsHeavyweight ... LP
United Artists, 1972. Good+ ... $18.99
Quite possibly the best album ever from funky maestro Monk Higgins! The record's got some of his tighest work of the time – with plenty of tight breaks, nice keyboards, and soulful sax riffs – and Monk is going full-out on the arrangements, in the manner that he used for his best late Blue Note work with The Three Sounds or Blue Mitchell. The group's listed as "The Specialties" on the cover, and they vamp along nicely, like some of Monk's funky groups from the late 60s funky 45 days. Titles include "Gotta Be Funky", "Big Water Bed", "Up On The Hill", "Last Flight To Dallas", and "Libra's Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, staining, a cut corner, a split spine and a split top seam. Vinyl plays with some noise.)

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Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesCollector's Item – All Their Greatest Hits ... LP
Philadelphia International, Early 70s/1976. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Not really the Collectors Item promised by the title – but an excellent collection of work from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, pulled from their earliest albums for Philly International! The set's worth it for two tracks alone – "I Miss You" and "Be For Real" – both from the first album, and both masterpieces of slow drawn-out, monologue-centered soul – the sort that Teddy Pendergrass did with the group, at a level that was way beyond other harmony soul on the east coast at the time! Other tracks are good too, and offer up the group in some upbeat, grooving modes that are equally wonderful – thanks to vocals from Teddy P! Other titles include "If You Don't Know Me By Now", "Where Are All My Friends", "Bad Luck", "The Love I Lost", and "Wake Up Everybody". LP, Vinyl record album

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Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesI Miss You ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1972. Very Good ... $7.99
We never tire of this one – and we think it's a landmark soul LP that forever changed the face of soul music! Teddy Pendergrass is in perfect form, and he really gets into it on the album's 2 incredible long tracks – "I Miss You", and "Be For Real" – both with amazing monologues that will knock your socks off! The rest of the LP is prime Philly stuff with a sound that's a lot more soulful and less uptempo than their later ones – and tracks include "Ebony Woman", "Yesterday I Had The Blues", and "Let It Be You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesReaching For The World ... LP
ABC, 1976. Very Good+ ... $0.99
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 they've also got that great balance between a deep-voiced lead singer (new arrival David Ebo) and the soaring harmonies of the rest of the group. Tunes are wonderfully written – the right mix of personal and political from the group's biggest years – and the album's got a really great sense of pace and timing overall, maybe even more so than previous records. Titles include "Hostage", "He Loves You And I Do Too", "Stay Together", "Sandman", "Big Singing Star", and "Reaching For The World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesTo Be True ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1975. Very Good- ... $0.99
This one features Teddy and the boys with their greatness slightly faded from the perfection of their first album – but still with some nice moments, and a further exploration into the uptempo groove that was helping many of the Philly groups hit big. Case in point is the track "Where Are All My Friends", one of the strangest dancefloor tracks ever. Other cuts include "Bad Luck", "To Be True", "Nobody Could Take Your Place", and "All Because Of A Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a few stains.)

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Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesWake Up Everybody ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1975. Very Good ... $4.99
Teddy Pendergrass and crew get a bit more political than on earlier releases, and adopt the righteous bubbling soul groove that had put the O'Jays over the top a few years earlier – with incredible results! The title cut – "Wake Up Everybody" – would prove to be a great example of the political Philly International hit formula applied to socially conscious themes, but the record probably scored even bigger with the club crossover hit "Don't Leave Me This Way". Other tracks include "Keep On Lovin You", "Tell The World How I Feel About Cha Baby", "I'm Searching For A Love", and "You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good" – the latter two of which also feature female vocals by Sharon Paige. Bobby Martin, Norman Harris, and Ronnie Baker did the arrangements – and this was Teddy's last LP with the group. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Teddy PendergrassLife Is A Song Worth Singing ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1978. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Wonderful work from the early solo years of Teddy Pendergrass! The record's a monstrous mix of mellow soul and sophisticated tunes – one that pushes Teddy way past his earlier role in Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, into mature male soul territory that few others could match! The sound is sublime throughout – easily the next phase for the Gamble & Huff empire, and way past the easier Philly hit modes of a few years before. Titles include the wonderful "Close The Door", the kind of classy upscale modern soul that kept Philly going strong into the end of the 70s – plus "Life Is A Song Worth Singing", "When Somebody Loves You Back", and "Cold, Cold World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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New Teddy PendergrassTP ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1980. Very Good ... $0.99
As perfect a summation of the Teddy Pendergrass genius as you'll ever hope to find – a magnificent maturation of that incredible sound he first forged with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, set forth in even more confident, sophisticated soul territory! As with the Melvin albums, there's a nice mix here of sultry ballads and groovers – the latter of which are changing with the Philly modes of the time, but still very much at the top of their game – light years from clunky commercial work, or easy dancefloor fodder. The album's stunner is "Love TKO" – a killer mellow soul track that's not only one of Teddy's best, but which has enjoyed recent popularity due to a heavy bit of sampling by hip hoppers – but the whole thing's great, and other titles include "Take Me In Your Arms Tonight", "Let Me Love You", "Girl You Know", "Is It Still Good To Ya", "I Just Called To Say", and "Can't We Try". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has some wear & a promo stamp.)
 
 
 



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