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Noel PointerPhantazia ... LP
Blue Note, 1977. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Sweet electric fusion from violinist Noel Pointer – a player so great, you'll forget that he's using an instrument you normally associate with sleepier music! Like others of the 70s generation, Pointer plays the violin in a way that's clearly heavily influenced by keyboards of the time – electric in amplification, and worked in a mode that uses the instrument to create waves of sound that flow out amongst the tighter fusion rhythms of the set. Dave Grusin arranged and produced the set – in his best lean soulful mode of the time – and other players include Earl Klugh, Ralph MacDonald, Steve Gadd, and Grusin himself. Titles include "Mirabella", "Night Song", "Living For The City", "Phantazia", and "Wafaring Stranger". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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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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Brass ConstructionBrass Construction ... LP
United Artists, 1975. Very Good ... $5.99
A classic set that goes "slam" from the very first note – and which helped to set the pace for countless ensemble funk acts to come! Brass Construction had a wonderful sound that was the best-realized version of the east coast indie club combos of the mid 70s – funky at the bottom, but polished at the top, in a style that was equally appreciated by fans of disco and more classic funky soul! The "brass" in their title was certainly strongly supported – as the group used a brace of horns on the top of the mix, smoothly gliding over the choppier rhythms at the bottom. And while there's certainly some vocals on the set, they often take second stage to the tight instrumentation of the group! The set includes the classic "Movin" – virtually a blueprint for mainstream funk at the time – plus the tracks "Changin", "Love", "Talkin", "Dance", and "Peekin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear. Label has a bit of marker.)

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Merry ClaytonKeep Your Eye On The Sparrow ... LP
Ode, 1975. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A really cool collaboration between Merry Clayton and Eugene McDaniels – a producer who really takes her music into new territory here! As with other perfect productions by McDaniels in the 70s, Gene really grabs the whole thing up and makes it his own – adding a lot more funk to the mix than you might expect, and electrifying the instrumentation in ways that bump up Merry's vocals nicely. Even better, though – he wrote a number of tunes for the set – the kind of offbeat soul numbers that we love from Eugene's own work, which help Merry move into a hip range of themes and topics. There's a righteous mix of funky jazz and soul on the record – a bit like the sound of Marlena Shaw's Blue Note albums – and McDaniels titles include "Gold Fever", "If I Lose", "Do What You Know", "Gets Hard Sometimes", and "Sink Or Swim". Also includes a great version of Baretta's theme – "Keep Your Eye On The Sparrow" - plus "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" and "How'd I Know". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole & some edge wear.)

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Monk HigginsHeavyweight ... LP
United Artists, 1972. Good+ ... $22.99
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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Patti Labelle & The BluebellesPatti Labelle & The Bluebelles At The Apollo ... LP
Up Front, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Note that the title doesn't say "Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles LIVE At the Apollo" – as the record features studio recordings, and the title probably only is meant to infer that they played the Apollo now and then. The tracks are early singles from the start of Patti's girl group days – and titles include "I Sold My Heart to The Junkman", "Academy Award", "Please Hurry Home", "Go On", "Island Of Unbroken Tears", and "Tear After Tear". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesI Miss You ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1972. Very Good+ ... $9.99
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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New 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+ ... $2.99
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 a couple of small stains.)
 
 
 



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