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Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah BandDr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band ... LP
RCA, 1976. Very Good ... $3.99
One of the most creative club acts of the 70s – the mighty Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band! Before starting his Kid Creole & the Coconuts combo, August Darnell worked to great fame with Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band – kind of a campy, jazzy ensemble – one that worked with a 20s aesthetic over a disco groove! There's a fair bit of acoustic instrumentation in the rhythms, and lots of those choppy, scratchy lines that we love so much in the Kid Creole work – all of which makes for a very nice change from the usual, especially in the late 70s mainstream. Darnell and Cory Daye are the main vocalists, and Darnell wrote all the lyrics for the album – on titles that include "Cherchez La Femme", "I'll Play The Fool", "Sour And Sweet", "We Got It Made", "Hard Times", "Sunshower", and "Betcha The Love Bug Bitcha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has some light wea.)

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Norma JeanNorma Jean ... LP
Bearsville/Warner, 1978. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Norma Jean Wright was one of the singers in Chic – the super-huge pop-disco combo led by Bernie Edwards and Nile Rogers. This solo album was issued during the height of the group's fame, and it's got a lot of elements of Chic's style – but also more of a straighter soul edge. Tracks are a bit less campy, and Norma goes for some soulful moments on tracks like "I Believe In You", "Saturday", "This Is The Love", and "So I Get Hurt". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a stain along part of the top seam.)

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Jean KnightMr Big Stuff (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Stax, 1970. Used ... $6.99
Jean Knight's classic – and a monumental album of funky female soul that was one of the best albums in the "second generation" Stax era! You probably know the title cut, as it was her biggest hit, and the inspiration for loads of "answer" songs (some of which came from the James Brown camp!) – but the whole album's great, and filled with raw female soul material produced by Wardell Quezquerque with an edge that's a bit harder than the usual Stax set of the time! Titles include "Mr Big Stuff", "Take Him", "Think It Over", "Your Six Bit Change", and "You City Slicker". CD also includes some great bonus tracks – including the cut "Do Me", which has a great funky intro – plus "Helping Man", "Carry On", "Save The Last Kiss For Me", "Pick Up The Pieces", and "You Think You're Hot Stuff". CD

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Laura LeeWoman's Love Rights (plus bonus track) ... CD
Hot Wax/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. Used ... $19.99
An excellent batch of hard soul grooves from the great Laura Lee! This one was her first for the Hot Wax label – and it's got the raw quality of her earlier singles for labels like Chess, with a hard vocal style that's very much in the Aretha Franklin/Fontella Bass camp – plus some arrangements that have that bouncing soulful quality that the Staple Singers were using on Stax at the time! There's lots of horns in the mix, and some congas as well, which gives the album a bit of a different twist – kind of an earthy undercurrent that works great with the vocals. Includes the great title cut "Women's Love Rights" – plus "I Don't Want Nothin' Old (But Money)", "Wedlock Is a Padlock", "Her Picture Matches Mine", and "Two Lovely Pillows". CD features a bonus track – "Since I Fell For You (mono commercial single edit)". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Laura LeeWomen's Love Rights ... LP
Hot Wax, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $11.99
An excellent batch of hard soul grooves from the great Laura Lee! This one was her first for the Hot Wax label – and it's got the raw quality of her earlier singles for labels like Chess, with a hard vocal style that's very much in the Aretha Franklin/Fontella Bass camp – plus some arrangements that have that bouncing soulful quality that the Staple Singers were using on Stax at the time! There's lots of horns in the mix, and some congas as well, which gives the album a bit of a different twist – kind of an earthy undercurrent that works great with the vocals. Includes the great title cut "Women's Love Rights" – plus "I Don't Want Nothin' Old (But Money)", "Wedlock Is a Padlock", "Her Picture Matches Mine", and "Two Lovely Pillows". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has duct tape along the top seam, a cut corner, and some light wear.)

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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 the better Epic Records soul of the period, like work by Mtume and Juicy, with all the class and careful execution such references might imply! The album mixes bouncy groovers with some mellower numbers that come off surprisingly well – and although the group's short name and somewhat dated cover presence might make you write them off as a quickie commercial act, there's actually a depth here that really keeps the album together wonderfully over the years. Titles include "Do It Up", "Time Is Right", "Close To You", "Bring It Back", "Feels So Right", and "Can't Fight The Feelin". CD

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Ellen McIlwaineUp From The Skies – The Polydor Years ... CD
Polydor, Early 70s. Used ... $18.99
Long-overdue collection that brings together the classic Polydor recordings of the great Ellen McIlwaine! Ellen's style is a totally unique mixture of folk, funk, and jazzy singing – and although she's beyond comparison, we might put her in the same camp as Joyce, Linda Lewis, or Joni Mitchell. The tracks on the CD are a mix of styles – and although you may know groovers like "Jimmy Jean" or "Up From The Skies" – there's lots of other great stuff on here that shows the full range of Ellen's talent. Her guitar playing is excellent, and her voice has an amazing range that puts her up with some of the best singers of the 70's. This 21 track CD includes "Jimmy Jean", "Sliding", "Pinebo", "Wings Of A Dove", "All To You", "Toehold", "We The People", and the previously unreleased track "It's Growing". Nice notes, too! CD
(Out of print.)

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Malcolm McLarenFans ... LP
Island, 1984. Very Good ... $1.99
After his Duck Rock/Buffalo Scratch days, this was Malcolm McLaren's next project – an attempt to update opera into a post-disco, hip-hop inflected dancefloor sound. The groove takes electronic beats and layers vocals and washes of sound over the top – presenting famous vocal passages with a sense of camp and knowledge of opera that may well be the closest thing McLaren ever came to outing himself! Includes the sublime hit "Madam Butterfly", plus "Carmen", "Fans", "Boy's Chorus", and "Death Of Butterfly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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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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Sho-NuffFrom The Gut To The Butt ... LP
Stax, 1978. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Heavy dancefloor grooves from Stax, featuring this one-time heavier funk group, now hitting a sound that's aimed a bit more at the clubs. There's lots of slap bass and electric keyboard riffs, and a good ensemble sound that's a bit in the P-Funk camp of things. Titles include "Get It Together", "Funkasize You", "Thinking Of You", "You Chose Me", "Steppin Out", and "I Live Across The Street". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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SylvesterSylvester/Step II ... CD
Fantasy/Southbound (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $15.99
A massive double-header – one that features the first two Sylvester albums for Fantasy Records! First up is the self-titled Sylvester – a reworking of his older groove into one that we love more than any other that he ever used – a smooth modern soul style, not really disco, but with a driving approach that would certainly have worked well in the clubs! You gotta give Syl credit here – as it would have been easy for him to turn up the camp a lot in the 1977 disco days – but instead he's sticking strong to his soul impulses, and has come up with a wonderful album of tracks that's like the first Luther album – one that you can enjoy whatever your take on the man, without any introduction to his person or persona. Of course, a big part of the credit also goes to Harvey Fuqua – who's reemerged here from his years at RCA to produce the record – showing his always strong ability to seek out new talent, and bring out the best in them. Titles include "I Tried To Forget You", "Tipsong", "I Been Down", "Loving Grows Up Slow", "Never Too Late", and "Over & Over". Step II is probably Sylvester's biggest album for Fantasy – and for good reason too! The set pushes onto the dancefloor a bit more than before – often with some slight keyboard touches that hint at the Patrick Cowley years, but with none of the coldness of those records at all. The great Harvey Fuqua's producing here with Syl, and the sound is rich and bold – an even more prideful statement than Sylvester's first album on Fantasy. Two Tons Of Fun deliver some great backup vocals, and Cowley lays down a bit of keyboards – and titles include the all-time disco classic "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real", plus "Dance (Disco Heat)", "Just You & Me Forever", "Grateful", and "I Took My Strength From You". CD

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Ten CityThat Was Then, This Is Now ... CD
Columbia, 1994. Used ... $4.99
If the early 90s had one major influence on soul music – it was probably the wealth of underground house acts that got a chance to cut full albums on their own, often moving into wider-ranging soul style that had been heard on their earlier singles, and often with great effect! Ten City fit clearly into this camp – as did artists like Liddell Townsell, Lil Louis, and Blaze – and although they'd cut three previous before this one, this one really shows the group at their best! The tracks are a wonderful mix of pop house grooves and smooth modern soul cuts, and thanks to some excellent vocals by Byron Stingily, the record shines with the best soul efforts of its time – perhaps even more so, because the group's underground roots give the cuts a warm, stripped-down sound that's quite refreshing, even when they're not working in a straight house mode. Titles include "Fantasy" (in 2 mixes), "All I Want", "Joy & Pain", "What My Love Can Do", "Love In A Day", "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Goin Up In Smoke", and "Under You". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Johnny Guitar WatsonI Don't Want To Be Alone, Stranger ... LP
Fantasy, 1975. Very Good ... $6.99
Sublime mid 70s work from Johnny Guitar Watson – a Bay Area blend of soulful production, jazzy playing, and bits of bluesy phrasing, with a hard-to-match quality that we'd put in the same camp as work by Shuggie Otis from the time. Johnny's vocals and guitar are amazing – very laidback and trippy, without all the silly stuff that you sometimes get on later records. "I Don't Want To Be A Lone Ranger" is a great stepper with a jazzy finish and a really catchy hook – and other good cuts include "Lonely Man's Prayer", "You Make My Heart Want To Sing", "Tripping", "Strong Vibrations", and "It's Way Too Late", a reworking (and real steal) of a song from Jon Lucien's great "Rashieda" album! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Deniece WilliamsThis Is Niecy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1976. Used ... $4.99
Genius work from Denice Williams – a singer who'd cracked the charts a bit as Denice Chandler, with a little girl soul sound, way back in the 60s – but who's grown up considerably by this essential 70s set! Chandler's voice is still a bit high – almost in a Minnie Riperton sort of mode – and she's working with some great help from the Earth Wind & Fire camp, considering that production is by Maurice White and Charles Stepney! Like the best EWF work of the 70s, the album's polished, but has a tremendous sense of depth – feelings that are mature and massively soulful, and which are quite different than Williams later pop from the 80s. Titles include her standout classic "Free", plus "It's Important to Me", "Watching Over", "Cause You Love Me Baby", "How'd I Know That Love Would Slip Away", "That's What Friends Are For", and "Slip Away". This Big Break UK remastered edition has 3 bonus tracks: "Free (Short Single Version)", "That's What Friends Are For (Single Version)" and "Free (Long Single Version)". CD

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VariousMusic City Vocal Groups – Greasy Love Songs Of Teenage Romance, Regret, Hope, & Despair ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $21.99
A wealth of rare group soul and doo wop from the Bay Area scene – a good deal of which has never been issued before! The work here comes from the same Music City studios that have been brought to light in recent years as a treasure trove of 60s soul and 70s funk – and these tracks represent the rich legacy at Music City in the years before – the company's really special talent for recording vocal groups in all of their power! Many of the acts here are young, and have a nicely gritty feel – free from some of the more polished modes that were creeping into east coast doo wop at the end of the 50s, and much more in a stripped-down street corner mode – even though the Bay Area probably didn't boast as many street corners as New York or Philly! Instrumentation is often relatively spare – just a slight bit of rhythm that really lets the singers take the lead – and the set features a whopping 50 tracks in all, 34 of which appear here for the first time ever. Includes work by The Italics, The Klix, Bob & Jessie, The Corvettes, The Pagans, The Midnights, The 5 Campbells, The Holidays, The Girls, The Echotones, and many others. CD

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VariousRolling With The Punches – The Allen Toussaint Songbook ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $14.99
Heavy funk, deep soul, and lots lots more – an amazing testament to the songwriting skills of New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint! Allen was a heck of a singer on his own – but he also worked plenty behind the scenes in the 60s and 70s – lending his tunes to many others, and producing a good number of recordings as well – some of the best of which are featured in this sweet little set! The package features two dozen smoking tunes from the pen of Toussaint – songs that are heavy on influences from New Orleans soul and funk – already sounding great in the hands of other soul singers in the collection, and really helping transform the style of other artists in ways you might not expect. The whole thing's got the same righteous vibe as Allen's best records from the 70s – and titles include "I'll Be Rolling" by Millie Jackson, "Hercules" by Boz Scaggs, "Occapella" by Lee Dorsey, "Get Out Of My Life Woman" by Solomon Burke, "Sweet Touch Of Love" by Irma Thomas, "Sneakin Sally Thru The Alley" by Robert Palmer, "What Do You Want The Girl To Do" by Lowell George, "Shoo Rah" by Frankie Miller, "Fortune Teller" by Benny Spellman, "Freedom For The Stallion" by Bill Medley, "Whoever's Thrilling You" by ZZ Hill, "Tampin" by The Rhine Oaks, "A Certain Girl" by Warren Zevon, and even "Southern Nights" by Glen Campell. CD

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Syl JohnsonDiamond In The Rough (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Around July 23, 2014 (delayed)
The great Syl Johnson – doing his thing for Hi Records on a record that's more shiny diamond than it is rough – his second album for the label and a truly underappreciated gem from the Chi soul great! Diamond In The Rough is a much sweeter set of tunes than Syl's Chicago work on Twinight, with warmer production by southern soul guru Willie Mitchell to keep his sound much more in the Memphis soul camp – but still a nice album of bluesy stoked sweetness, and proof that Syl was one of the better talents on the Hi label. Titles include "Keeping Down Confusion", "Let Yourself Go", "Could I Be Falling In Love", "Stuck In Chicago", and "I Hear The Love Chimes", "Please, Don't Give Up On Me" and "Diamond In The Rough". CD

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New Disco Tex & The Sex O LettesDisco Tex & The Sex O Lettes ... LP
Chelsea, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
It sure didn't take disco long to get kitschy – as you'll hear in this campy retro project put together by Bob Crewe! Includes the hit "I Wanna Dance Wit Choo (Doo Dat Dance)", plus "Love Is A Killer", "Boogie Flap", "Outrageous", and "Jam Band". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Lee DorseyRide Your Pony – Get Out Of My Life, Woman ... LP
Amy, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 way – even though the cover art oddly features a bunch of teenagers in New York City! Titles include the monster funky break track "Get Out Of My Life Woman", the wonderfully funky "Ride Your Pony", plus loads of other nice ones like "The Kitty Cat Song", "So Long", "Work Work Work", "Shortnin Bread", "Can You Hear Me", and "People I Wish You Could See". LP, Vinyl record album

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New OV WrightNucleus Of Soul (ABC) ... LP
Back Beat/ABC, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early work from OV Wright – and some of his best recordings ever! The album's right out of the deep soul scene of the 60s – and has a warm, bubbling feel that's partly rootsy, but also a bit more sophisticated than a lot of other singers in Wright's camp at the time. Production is great, and the album's a treasure from his best years! Titles include "Gonna Foberget About You", "I Have None", "You're So Good To Me", "Why Not Give Me A Chance", "This Hurt Is Real", and "I Want Everyone To Know". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s ABC pressing – in great shape!)

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New Johnny BristolFeeling The Magic ... LP
MGM, 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
Great stuff from one of the unsung heroes of 70s soul! The record's a bit rawer than some of Johnny's earlier work – and it's got a sexy cover that puts him more in the camp of Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson, at least from a visual perspective! The whole album was written and produced by Johnny – and it's one of his strongest steps away from Motown. Features the breakbeat cut "Lusty Lady", which starts with a hard drum and a cool buzzsaw sound, plus a lot of other great ones with a solid seventies soul feel to them – like "Love Takes Tears", "Girl You Got Your Act Together", "I Wouldn't Change A Thing", and "Go On & Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a name in marker.)

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New Gene ChandlerGene Chandler Situation ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Used ... Out Of Stock
Killer stuff from Gene! After recording a few sadly overlooked albums for Brunwsick, Gene hit big big big with this killer record on Mercury! The record virtually defines the Chicago soul sound of the late 60s – with arrangements by Tom Tom, production by Gene, and a great loping soul groove – but the best part of all is Gene, who's an amazing singer with a maturity that stretches years beyond his earlier hits, and which put him in a camp with the best of his generation. The songwriting is excellent throughout, with a great mix of uptempo numbers and heartbreakingly personal ones. Titles include "Groovy Situation", "Simply Call It Love", "Not The Marrying Kind", "Give Me a Chance", and "Hey, Little Angel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, half split top seam, and mostly split bottom seam.)

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New Wanda WaldenSearchin' For Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/FTG, 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great little soul set from Wanda Walden – and probably one of the best things to come from the Narada Michael Walden camp in the early 80s! Narada produced and arranged, but the record's got a deeper feel than any of his own work of the time – a more soulful quality that's smooth, but never slick – and which casts Wanda in space that's almost a bit like Minnie Riperton in her last few years. A few numbers are a bit easygoing, but others have some respectable bite – and tracks include "Holdin On", "Wanna Love You Tonite", "It's Gone Now", "Just To Love You", "Lost & Found", "Don't You Want My Lovin", and "Take Your Heart". CD features bonus tracks – "Don't You Want My Lovin (7" mix)" and "I Must Be Dreamin (12" mix)". CD