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Black IceIt's Hard For Me To Go/I Feel The Weight (Over Losing You) ... 12-inch
Amherst, 1976. Very Good+ .... $3.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a spot of residue.)

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Cindy & RoyCan You Feel It/While We Still Have Time ... 12-inch
Casablanca, 1979. Near Mint- .... $0.49
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(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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DaytonFeel The Music (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Capitol/Vivid (Japan), 1983. Used .... $23.99
A massively wonderful album from Dayton – an album that has the group really getting their groove together – still sticking a bit in the older funk mode from the past, but also bringing in some warmer, deeper touches to their music too! There's a solidness here that's undeniable – a balance of rhythms and instrumentation that few other soul groups of the time were hitting – topped by vocals that have a nice dose of jazz in the mix too, with the sort of sophistication you might expect to hear from some of Wayne Henderson's At Home productions. Production is nice and warm, never too cold or commercial – and titles include the group's great cut "The Sound Of Music" – not the theme from the Broadway show, but a great two-stepper that's instantly infectious – plus "Caught In The Middle", "It Must Be Love", "Promise Me", and "Lookin Up". CD
(Includes obi.)

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DaytonHot Fun/Feel The Music ... CD
Liberty/Expansion (UK), 1981/1983. New Copy .... $16.99
80s groove galore – a pair of classic albums form Dayton! Hot Fun is a wonderfully sweet groover from Dayton – a group that's equal parts modern soul and 80s groove – and outta site all the way! The album's big title hit is a remake of Sly Stone's classic "Hot Fun In The Summertime", done in such a way that it's got a cool skating stepper's groove to it – and set amidst some jazzy riffing and ensemble vocals that are totally great. The rest of the album follows in a similar mode – really bouncy and joyous, with mixed male and female vocals stepping out over a set of lean, mean 80s groovers that should have been huge! Tracks include "Hot Fun", "Patiently", "We Can't Miss", "Meet The Man", "Movin Up", and "Gunch". Feel The Music is a massively wonderful album from Dayton – an album that has the group really getting their groove together – still sticking a bit in the older funk mode from the past, but also bringing in some warmer, deeper touches to their music too! There's a solidness here that's undeniable – a balance of rhythms and instrumentation that few other soul groups of the time were hitting – topped by vocals that have a nice dose of jazz in the mix too, with the sort of sophistication you might expect to hear from some of Wayne Henderson's At Home productions. Production is nice and warm, never too cold or commercial – and titles include the group's great cut "The Sound Of Music" – not the theme from the Broadway show, but a great two-stepper that's instantly infectious – plus "Caught In The Middle", "It Must Be Love", "Promise Me", and "Lookin Up". CD

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Billy EckstineFeel The Warm ... LP
Enterprise, Early 70s. Very Good .... $0.99
Billy goes for a hip 70s easy mode – a bit like Grady Tate, and made even better by sweet LA arrangements from Artie Butler. The titles have kind of a sophisticated soul groove to them, and Billy's definitely stretching his voice a bit to keep up with Artie's arrangements. Titles include "Feel The Warm", "Third Child", "Mixed Up Girl", "Something More", and a version of "We've Only Just Begun" that's got a surprisingly nice groove to it! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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James Ingram(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Man (lp, edit) ... 12-inch
Warner, 1989. Near Mint- .... $0.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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New Chaka KhanOriginal Album Series (Chaka/Naughty/What Cha Gonna Do For Me/Chaka Khan/I Feel For You) (5CD set) ... CD
Warner, 1978/1980/1981/1982/1984. New Copy 5 CDs .... $19.99 21.98
Chaka Khan on Warner Brothers – the wonderful second chapter of her career, when she fully broke away from Rufus, and became an amazing solo act on her own! All the records here are classics, and really take Khan who a whole new level – often working with production and arrangements from the legendary Arif Mardin, who did for Chaka in the 80s what he'd done for Aretha Franklin in earlier years. The groove is sophisticated and soulful – and even some of the more pop-oriented cuts still come off great – thanks to vocals from Chaka that really ring out with a hell of a lot of power and pride. The package features five full albums – Chaka, Naughty, What Cha Gonna Do For Me, Chaka Khan, and I Feel For You – all packaged in small LP-styled sleeves! CD

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King FloydI Feel Like Dynamite – The Early Chimneyville Singles & More 1970 to 1974 ... CD
Chimneyville/Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy .... $14.99
A dynamite collection of southern soul singer King Floyd's early-to-mid 70s recordings for Chimneyville – and a badly needed one, too – shining a light on so many funk-steeped southern soul treasures! King Floyd is one of those great musical figures whose name isn't nearly as famous as his most popular song – which in his case, is the all time classic "Groove Me" – but the thing is, most of the contemporaneous cuts are just as amazing as that one! "Groove Me" appears early in this set, and a good deal of the tunes have a similar edge, balancing gritty backdrops with some sweeter moments where strings stand out a bit more. Recorded at Malaco with arrangements by Wardell Quezergue – with "What Our Love Needs", "Groove Me", "Baby Let Me Kiss You", "Let Us Be", "It's Wonderful", "Woman Don't Go Astray", "Here It Is", "Messin' Up My Mind", "Do Your Feeling", "Thank You", "I Feel Like Dynamite", "Handle With Care" and many more. 24 tracks in all! CD

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Gladys Knight & The PipsI Feel A Song (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Buddah/FTG, 1974. New Copy .... $13.99
Rock-solid Buddah work from Gladys Knight & The Pips – still pretty righteous on the vocal tip, but often a bit fuller and more polished than before! Knight shows a great talent for a mature ballad here – no big hits, but that's part of the charm of the set – as there's a personal, intimate quality to the tunes that also comes from the less-familiar nature of the lyrics. A few more tunes get a bit uptempo – to be expected when Tony Camillo's helping with production and arrangements – and the album features the great sample cut "Don't Burn Down The Bridge", plus the tracks "I Feel A Song", "Seconds", "Love Finds Its Own Way", "Better Go Your Way", "The Goings Up & The Comings Down", "Tenderness Is His Way", and "The Need To Be". CD featuers lots of bonus tracks, too – including "The Makings Of You", "Make Yours A Happy Home", "Make Yours A Happy Home (alt mix)", "To Be Invisible", "Hold On", "Mr Welfare Man", "The Way We Were/Try To Remember (single)", and "On & On (single)". CD

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New ManchildFeel The Phuff ... LP
Chi Sound/United Artists, 1978. Very Good+ .... $1.99
Classic late 70's Chi soul group, with some very early work by Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, and vocal and tenor work by Reggie Griffin. The tracks are mostly uptempo ensemble funk, with a smooth production sound that doesn't always bring out the group's best talents. Titles include "Our Message", "One Tender Moment", "The Phuff", "Koriko", and "Walk With Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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New Vaughan Mason & Butch DayoFeel My Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1983. New Copy .... $14.99
An obscure second set from the man who gave the world "Bounce Rock Skate Roll" – but a great one too! The album's got Vaughan Mason paired with Butch Dayo, in a way that brings a nice sort of back/forth feel to his usual roller skating groove – with results that are even more partyful than the first time around! The pair have a great sort of street soul energy to their groove – not really breakdance or electro, but not that far off – and served up with a much deeper soul conception than you'd usually find in this sort of project! We'd even go so far as to note a bit of hip hop influence in the music – even though the overall approach is definitely clubby soul – and titles include the great "Party on the Corner", plus "Rollalong Songs", "Feel My Love", and "You Can Do It". CD features the bonus tracks "Party On The Corner (orig Shep Pettibone 12" master dub)", "You Can Do It (orig 12" radio)", and "You Can Do It (orig 12" inst)". CD

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Jackie MooreMake Me Feel Like A Woman ... LP
Kayvette, 1975. Very Good+ .... $24.99
One of Jackie Moore's best albums ever – and a tight batch of deep soul tunes produced by 70s maestro Brad Shapiro! Jackie's vocals are wonderful – full of feeling, and delivered with an honest, upfront quality that really ranks with some of the best southern soul singers of the time! Shapiro's touch is great, too – and works the same sort of magic here that he did with Millie Jackson – serving up a blend of rootsy numbers, plus some smoother 70s groovers that really offer up a great way for southern soul to keep on growing. The set was recorded at Muscle Shoals and Criteria, with a great mix of modes – and the mellow cuts have these great bubbling guitars and organ behind the vocals, really making them some of the best numbers on the record. Titles include "At The Top Of The Hill", "Tired Of Hiding", "Hurting Inside Out", "The Bridge That Lies Between Us", "Never Is Forever", and "Heart Be Still". LP, Vinyl record album
(Label of side 1 has some waviness.)

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Ndugu & The Chocolate Jam CoDo I Make You Feel Better (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1980. New Copy .... $13.99
Definitely the sort of album to make you feel better – given the tight, soulful sounds of Ndugu Chancler and this Chocolate Jam Company! The album's got roots in jazz – Ndugu's a drummer with work on countless other albums – but also steps out with plenty of soul, too – thanks to vocals from Ndugu, Leo Miller, Josie James, and Maxi Anderson – who often sing together in this warm style that fits perfectly with the grooves in the set! Instrumentation is definitely a cut above the usual session of this type – no surprise, given the jazz and fusion heavyweights in the lineup – and the tunes are catchy and grooving, yet never clunky or commercial at all. The blend is sublime – the sort that's made the record a standout for years – and titles include "Send You My Love", "Space Connection", "Make You Feel Better", "Jungle Journey", "Love Anew", and "Come Into My Life Again". CD features three bonus tracks – "Shadow Dancing (7" version)", "Take Some Time (7" version)", and "Love Anew (7" version)". CD

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Noel PointerFeel It ... LP
United Artists, 1979. Very Good+ .... $0.99
Great work from Noel Pointer – one of the leading lights in the United Artists soul spectrum at the end of the 70s! As with other Pointer sets from the time, there's a pretty strong fusion undercurrent here – a groove that's built up from Noel's own work on electric violin, plus some great keyboards from Richard Tee and Patrice Rushen. But there's also a nicely clubby feel too – a groove on longer tracks that's supplied by arranger Paul Riser, who further underscores the most soulful elements of the set. Pointer handles lead vocals on a few tracks, but there's also some great backing vocals on most numbers too – some of which are sung by The Jones Girls. Titles include "Captain Jarvis", "There's A Feeling", "Feel It", "Niteroi", and "For You", which is billed as "A Disco Concerto"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a bit of light wear.)

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Voices Of East HarlemCan You Feel It (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Just Sunshine/River Man (Korea), 1974. New Copy .... $18.99
Amazing work from The Voices Of East Harlem – a group with roots in gospel, but working here in a wonderfully soaring secular soul style – complete with arrangements and production from the legendary Leroy Hutson! The style here is similar to some of Leroy's best work, and that of his contemporaries on Curtom – a sound that's righteous and often funky, but able to hit some sweeter, warmer notes as well. Individual voices step out from the larger ensemble and take key leads on some tracks – and the overall style is simply mindblowing, at a level that makes us easily rank this as one of our favorite soul albums of all time! A must-have album, and one we've treasured for years – with tracks that include "Just Got To Be Myself", "So Rare", "March Across This Land", "Amazing Love", "Take A Stand", and "Can You Feel It". CD
(Limited edition.)

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Gene DunlapIt's Just The Way I Feel ... CD
1981. New Copy .... Around May 20, 2014
A classic soulful fusion album on Capitol, recorded and released during the crucial years of the "Capitol Rare" sound! Gene Dunlap is a jazz drummer at heart – but he's got a flair for the modern soul song – and in the same style as Norman Connors or Harvey Mason before him, he manages to put together a strong record of grooves and ballads from behind the kit! The strongest point of the record is work by The Ridgeways, a female soul trio who sing on the best tracks, giving them a smooth Jones Girls-ish kind of sound. The album includes two modern soul classics – "Before You Break My Heart" and "It's Just the Way I Feel" – plus "Love Dancin", "Rock Radio", "I Got You", and "Surest Things Can Change". CD

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New Leroy HutsonFeel The Spirit ... CD
Curtom/Charly (UK), 1976. Used .... Just Sold Out!
One of the lesser-known Leroy Hutson LPs, but still a damn good one. There's a number of tracks that are a bit more uptempo, and aimed at the dancefloor, like "It's The Music" and "Feel The Spirit", but there's also some great cuts that are in his more standard Chicago mellow soul style, like the great "You Never Know What You Can Do (Give It A Try)" and "Lover's Holiday". More great stuff from one of the geniuses of 70's soul, with arrangements by Leroy and Richard Evans that sparkle throughout! CD
(Out of print.)

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Phil UpchurchWay I Feel ... LP
Cadet, 1969. Very Good .... Just Sold Out!
Very groovy album that features Phil Upchurch's dope trippy guitar, soloing out amongst some very nice arrangements by the great arranger Charles Stepney. The sound is classic Cadet, with swirling backings, groovy voices, and a nice cool instrumental sound. Titles include "Elektrik Head", "Peter Peter", "Way I Feel", "Bacn' Chips", and "You Don't Have To Know". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Big Three TrioI Feel Like Steppin' Out ... LP
Dr Horse (Sweden), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New Fatback BandFeel My Soul ... LP
Perception, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Easily the most soulful of all the albums by this legendary funk combo – and the one that features excellent vocals by Brother Johnny King! Included here are vocal and instrumental versions of Weldon Irvine's great cut "Feeling Mellow" – done in a version even better than the original! Other cuts include "Makin' Love", "Sketches of Life", "Meet Me Over My House", and "Three Dimensional World". Tough to find in the original, now out on reissue! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Roberta FlackFeel Like Makin' Love ... CD
Atlantic, 1975. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
For too long we dismissed Roberta Flack out of hand because of her currency as a soft rock radio favorite, but her mid 70s output had more than its share of sublime, soulful moments, and this album is no exception. Of course, a generous helping hand from the left reverend Eugene McD and co-producer Leon Pendarvis doesn't hurt either. 9 tracks in all, including the title track, plus "Feelin That Glow", "I Can See The Sun In Late December", "Mr Magic" and "Early Ev'ry Midnite". CD
(Out of print)

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New Roberta FlackFeel Like Makin' Love ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Used Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
For too long we dismissed Roberta Flack out of hand because of her currency as a soft rock radio favorite, but her mid 70s output had more than its share of sublime, soulful moments, and this album is no exception. Of course, a generous helping hand from the left reverend Eugene McD and co-producer Leon Pendarvis doesn't hurt either. 9 tracks in all, including the title track, plus "Feelin That Glow", "I Can See The Sun In Late December", "Mr Magic" and "Early Ev'ry Midnite". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & a spot of residue from price sticker removal.)

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New Jennifer HollidayFeel My Soul ... LP
Geffen, 1983. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
LP, Vinyl record album

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New George McCraeDon't You Feel My Love/You Got Me Going Crazy ... 12-inch
Sunshine Sound, 1979. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Shrinkwrap has a small hole.)

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New Stephanie MillsI Feel Good All Over (voc, suite) ... 12-inch
MCA, 1987. Used (pic cover).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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New Billy OceanNight (Feel Like Getting Down)/Stay The Night ... 12-inch
Epic, 1981. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
It's pretty easy to dismiss Billy Ocean after he unleashed pop trash like "Carribbean Queen" and "Suddenly" on the world, but this single from relatively early on in his career is a sublime 80s club groover that pumps along at a nice mid tempo clip, and is still a favorite around these parts. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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New Bill SummersFeel The Heat ... LP
Prestige, 1977. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Masterful funky soul jazz from the mid 70s – and one of the best solo albums recorded by Headhunter Bill Summers – a sunny batch of Bay Area funk that really grooves with the best of Fantasy Records from the time! The set was produced by Skip Scarborough, and has that great bubbling, stepping, soulful groove that was Scarborough's best contribution to jazz funk – a trademark groove that was every bit as important to the 70s as the work of Bob James or Larry Mizell! Summers' work on congas and percussion is excellent and the players are totally top shelf – the core group features drums by Alphonse Mouzon, bass by Paul Jackson, and keyboards by Scarborough – and vocalists on the set include Dianne Reeves, Mikki Morris, and Charles Meeks. Titles include "Drum Suite", "Come Into My Life", "People Know", "Just A Matter Of Time", "No One", "Check It Out", and "Que Sabroso". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, and a few small splits on the top seam.)

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New Voices Of East HarlemCan You Feel It (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Just Sunshine/P-Vine (Japan), 1974. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing work from The Voices Of East Harlem – a group with roots in gospel, but working here in a wonderfully soaring secular soul style – complete with arrangements and production from the legendary Leroy Hutson! The style here is similar to some of Leroy's best work, and that of his contemporaries on Curtom – a sound that's righteous and often funky, but able to hit some sweeter, warmer notes as well. Individual voices step out from the larger ensemble and take key leads on some tracks – and the overall style is simply mindblowing, at a level that makes us easily rank this as one of our favorite soul albums of all time! A must-have album, and one we've treasured for years – with tracks that include "Just Got To Be Myself", "So Rare", "March Across This Land", "Amazing Love", "Take A Stand", and "Can You Feel It". CD
(Out of print Japanese pressing. Includes obi.)
Also available Can You Feel It (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 18.99

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New VariousFeel The Harlem Beat – The Legendary Bobby Robinson Productions (3CD set) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 3CD .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massive amount of music from the legendary Bobby Robinson – Harlem record store owner, music producer, and head of the famous Fire and Fury labels in the 50s and 60s! The set is one of the richest, and best-sounding collections of Bobby's productions we've ever heard – a 3CD package that's heavy on the rough-edged blues and R&B that first got the labels going, but which also includes some surprising soul gems from later on in the 60s! Notes are all in Japanese, but are very detailed – and the package is beautifully put-together, with great images too – and a set list of 71 tracks that include "I Never Turn You Back" by The Desires, "Cupid" by Ricky Lewis, "Foxy Devil" by Bobby Porter, "Let's Walk Together" by Willie Hightower, "Darling" by The Pips, "I'm Lonely" by Ike Nesbitt, "Best I Can" by Bobby Soul, "Drafted" by Wilbert Harrison, "Mush" by Little Bobby Roach, "Angel Child" by Sammy Myers & Elmore James, "Go Away Mr Blues" by Noble Watts, "The Things I Used To Do" by Larry Dale, "If It's You" by Bliss, "Bobby's Boogie" by Morris Lane, "Send My Soul To The Devil" by Frankie Lee Sims, and "Desire" by The Charts. CD

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New Bill SummersFeel The Heat ... CD
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1977. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Masterful funky soul jazz from the mid 70s – and one of the best solo albums recorded by Headhunter Bill Summers – a sunny batch of Bay Area funk that really grooves with the best of Fantasy Records from the time! The set was produced by Skip Scarborough, and has that great bubbling, stepping, soulful groove that was Scarborough's best contribution to jazz funk – a trademark groove that was every bit as important to the 70s as the work of Bob James or Larry Mizell! Summers' work on congas and percussion is excellent and the players are totally top shelf – the core group features drums by Alphonse Mouzon, bass by Paul Jackson, and keyboards by Scarborough – and vocalists on the set include Dianne Reeves, Mikki Morris, and Charles Meeks. Titles include "Drum Suite", "Come Into My Life", "People Know", "Just A Matter Of Time", "No One", "Check It Out", and "Que Sabroso". CD

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New Tommie YoungDo You Still Feel The Same Way (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Soul Power/P-Vine (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Excellent work from this oft-overlooked southern soul singer – the beautiful Tommie Young! Tommie's a lady (in case you didn't know it), and she's got deep deep style that'll knock you flat out – with a soaring female southern soul sound on many of the tracks here – including a few that presage some of the soul sounds to come later in the 70s! Bobby Patterson wrote most of the tracks on this debut, and the set was recorded in Shreveport with a deep burning Louisiana sound that was the best of that city's scene at the time. The whole thing's great, and titles include "Do We Have a Future", "Everybody's Got a Little Devil In Their Soul", "Hit & Run Lover", "Do You Still Feel The Same Way", "You Came Just In Time", "You Brought It All On Yourself", and "That's How Strong My Love Is". CD features 5 bonus tracks: "Take Time To Know Him", "Get Out Of My Life", "I'm Not Going To Cry Anymore", "One Sided Affair", and "Midsummer Dream". CD
 
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Rance Allen GroupSay My Friend ... CD
Capitol/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy .... $16.99
A fantastic bit of spacey soul – and an amazing collaboration between the Mizell Brothers and vocalist Rance Allen! The set's quite different than Rance's earlier, rootsier work for Stax – and instead has the soaring, joyous quality of some of the other great Mizell productions from the time on albums by Gary Bartz, Bobbi Humphrey, and Johnny Hammond! The best cuts here soar along with a really jazzy feel – that trademark Mizell groove, supported with excellent production that somehow manages to fuse a wide range of keyboards, rhythms, and string together with a really lean sound. Rance's spiritual vocals are wonderful throughout – and the whole album's essential for both Mizell fans, and any lover of righteous 70s soul! Titles include the sublime classics "Truth Is Marching On", "Reason To Survive", and "Peace of Mind" – plus "I'm Gonna Make It After All", "Got To Be Ready", and "You're My Everything". CD

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AlzoAlzo (aka Looking For You) ... LP
Bell, 1972. Very Good+ .... $9.99
A really unique little record – soulful, folksy, and with a slight jazzy tinge at times – and the first solo album cut by one half of the Alzo & Udine Latin soul duet who recorded for Mercury in the late 60s! This solo album has a bit of a different flavor than Alzo's work with Udine, but the singing and instrumentation have a lot of nice jazzy changes – and the whole thing skips along with the same earthy, personal feel that made the earlier album so great. The whole thing's sort of in between Colin Blunstone and Nick Drake, but with a bit more of a soulful vibe – and an ultra-hip mix of styles that makes us wonder why Alzo wasn't hailed as the hippest thing going at the time. Bob (Multiplication Rock) Dorough arranged and produced, with a very groovy style – and tracks include "Country", "That's Alright", "Without You Girl", "Some People", "Lookin' For You", and "You Know Me, I Know You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a tear on the top left corner, and some wear.)

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AnacostiaAnacostia (1978) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy .... $22.99
Anacostia make the move to Tabu Records for this sweet second set – and they seem to have picked up more of a groove along the way! The same elements as before are firmly in place here – production by Charles Kipps, with supervision from Van McCoy – but the groove is a bit more focused, in ways that slide out spaciously with that warmer modern soul feel that made Tabu a real up-and-comer of a soul label in the late 70s. There's hints of 80s groove on the record, but at an earlier, warmer stage – mixed with some mellow cuts that really send the album home! Titles include "Take It Or Leave It", "I Don't Need", "All For You", "Ain't Nothin To It", "You've Got Love On Your Side", and "Anything For You". CD features bonus tracks – "Ain't Nothin To It (12" version)" and "Anything For You (12" version)". CD

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Atlantic StarrAtlantic Starr (with bonus track) ... CD
A&M/PTG (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy .... $18.99
The first album by Atlantic Starr – a tight set of modern soul tunes with a very different feel than their later work! Part of the credit goes to Bobby Eli – who arranged and produced the set, giving it a feel that's almost late Philly – tight, sophisticated, and right on the money at all the best points! There's a number of sweet mellow ballads with lead vocals by Sharon Bryant, and other tracks that groove in an uptempo way that points towards more of the group's 80s work – a great mix of modes that makes for a really well-developed album right out of the gate. Titles include "Gimme Your Lovin", "The Love I Never Had", "Visions", "Keep It Comin", "Stand Up", "Where There's Smoke There's Fire", "We Got It Together", and "Being In Love With You Is So Much Fun". CD features a bonus track – "Stand Up (single version)". CD

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Atlantic StarrRadiant ... LP
A&M, 1980. Near Mint- .... $7.99
Radiant grooves indeed from Atlantic Starr – a group who really make things sparkle throughout this magnificent set! The group are at the height of their powers here – skirting a perfect line between mainstream soul and upbeat club – never falling too much into one style or the other, and never sounding as commercial as some of their contemporaries! There's a relaxed, easygoing feel to most of the grooves on the set – never too much fake bass, nor too many electric touches – and the vocals shift a bit from track to track, taking good advantage of singers Wayne Lewis, David Lewis, and Sharon Bryant. Titles include "When Love Calls", "Think About That", "Mystery Girl", "Under Pressure", "My Turn Now", "Does It Matter", and "Send For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a light stain on back.)

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Atlantic StarrStraight To The Point ... LP
A&M, 1980. Near Mint- .... $8.99
Atlantic Starr definitely get straight to the point on this set – bursting out strongly with an upbeat groove from the very first note – all produced to perfection by maestro Bobby Eli, in the same manner as some of his other great late 70s work for other artists! The group's a big one, but they've got a lean focus here – a groove that has plenty of space for both male and female vocals, as well as a lot of instrumentation – yet never gets bogged down at all. Rhythms have a bit of boogie, and some older ensemble funk modes – and the vocals of Sharon Bryant are especially nice, cutting with a slight feminine edge against the more masculine leanings of the combo. Titles include "Kissin Power", "Straight To The Point", "Bullseye", "What'Cha Feel Inside", "Losin You", "Fallin In Love With You", and "Let The Spirit Move Ya". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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AttitudesGood News ... LP
Dark Horse, 1977. Near Mint- .... $2.99
Slick funk with an LA feel – kind of like Average White Band in the mid 70s, with a soulful edge that almost builds off of the Hall & Oates ballads of early years. If that sounds like a bad thing, it's not – because the record has a great smooth Free Soul quality, and is filled with plenty of well-done, hook-heavy songs. Titles include "Sweet Summer Music", "Good News", "Promise Me The Moon", "Turning In Space", "Change", and "Let's Talk Turkey". LP, Vinyl record album

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AurraLittle Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy .... $14.99
The image on the cover is a great summation of the Aurra magic – a sweet blend of male and female vocals with plenty of soul – woven together in ways that are quite different from more cliched duet modes of earlier years! The grooves are at the center of the record – set out strongly by producer/arranger Stephen Washington, with loads of great basslines at the core! Yet it's the vocals that really make the record sparkle – work by Starleana Young and Curt Jones – both very individual singers who have a way of coming together here with a very fresh feel! Studio magic allows both to provide backup as well as lead vocals – and the album's filled with great groovers that include "It's You", "Make Up Your Mind", "A Little Love", "In My Arms", "Still Free", and "Checking You Out". This CD edition features 4 bonus tracks – "Checking You Out (Shep Pettibone 12" Remix)", "Make Up Your Mind (Tom Moulton Remix)", A Little Love (12" Remix)", and "Checking You Out (Original Extended Version)" CD

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Patti AustinEnd Of A Rainbow – The CTI Masters ... CD
CTI/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s. New Copy .... $13.99
CTI Masters, and then some – a collection that features one full album from Patti Austin, plus lots of bonus tracks too! The first 10 tracks on the album comprise the classic End Of The Rainbow debut for CTI – wonderfully warm soul from the great Patti Austin – a key artist in the late 70s, and one who really helped push the music forward with a new sense of sophistication! Patti's got a strongly jazzy vibe here – and works with David Matthews arrangements that are really well put-together – less funky than some of Dave's other work of the period, and filled with these mellow moments that really let Austin's energy flow! The overall feel is a bit like some of Jean Carn's work on Philly International – hip, sophisticated, and filled with plenty of jazz touches – although with an even stronger approach to ballads – and titles include the classic "This Side Of Heaven", plus "More Today Than Yesterday", "Say You Love Me", "In My Life", "Give It Time", and "What's At The End Of A Rainbow". CD then goes onto include 8 more tracks from other CTI albums from Patti – equally great numbers that include "Havana Candy", "I Just Want To Know", "We're In Love", "I Need Somebody", "Lost In The Stars", "Body Language", "Another Nail For My Heart", and "I Want You Tonight". CD

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Roy AyersChange Up The Groove ... LP
Polydor, 1974. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A great little album from Roy Ayers' early years with Polygram – often overlooked amidst some of the bigger records in the catalog, but a very soulful set that's got some wonderful funky numbers! There's a really jazzy feel going on here – Roy's nod back to his older roots in music, touched with some of the sharper styles of the 70s generations – especially in the rhythms, which are starting to have that snapping sound that was the Ayers trademark in the 70s. Vibes ring out wonderfully throughout – often getting more space than vocals – and other instrumentation includes soprano sax from George Braith, keyboards from Harry Whitaker and Leon Pendarvis, and drums from Bernard Purdie. Bits of strings slide in nicely, showing a deeper sound to Roy's arranging skills – and titles include the funky break classic "The Boogie Back", a sweet reading of "Feel Like Makin' Love", with all the right electric effects to get the best out of the song's mellow righteous vibe – and the great cuts "Fishika", "Sensitize", "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing", "When is Real Real?", and "Change Up The Groove". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roy AyersFeeling Good ... CD
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1982. New Copy .... $16.99
Stellar sounds from the great Roy Ayers – an early 80s album for Polydor, but a set that's still got the wonderfully tight, wonderfully groovy feel of his late 70s albums for the label! Roy's really perfected his sense of balance by this time – and does a great job of balancing groovers with sweet mellow steppers – the kind of cool, compressed, jazzy numbers that we love so much! Ayers heads for the clubs one minute, the bedroom the next – and draws us in beautifully whichever direction he takes – thanks to some sublime vibes and electric piano – and great lead vocals from Roy, and other singers who include Terri Wells, Vivian Prince, John King, and Ricky Williams. Titles include "Ooh", "Let's Stay Together", "Feeling Good""Knock Knock", "Turn Me Loose", "Stairway To The Stars", and "Our Time Is Coming". CD

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Roy AyersFever ... CD
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1979. New Copy .... $16.99
A great little album by Roy Ayers – one that features none of his hits, which means lots of fresh material – and which has great examples of both sides of Roy's talents at the time! The dancefloor side of Roy kicks in with "Love Will Bring Us Back Together", an extremely catchy groover that's very much in the mode of "Running Away", with plenty of choppy funky riffs, and a good soul base at the core. Even better, though, is the mellow spacey side of Roy – which shows up wonderfully in the cuts "Is It Too Late To Try" and "If You Love Me" – two overlooked gems that float along in a perfect blend of jazz and modern soul, with great breathy vocals and vibes, very much in the spirit of stuff on the You Send Me album. Other cuts include "I Wanna Feel It", "Leo", "Take Me Out To The Ball Game", and "Simple & Sweet" – all nice too! CD

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Roy AyersVibrations ... CD
Polydor, 1976. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
One of Roy Ayers' greatest albums of the 70s – a set that tightens up the groove from previous Polydor productions, yet still keeps all the soul intact! The record picks up the style begun with the Mystic Voyage album, and pushes it to some slightly tighter territory – a more focused Roy Ayers sound that's totally great, and which makes the album sparkle wonderfully throughout! All aspects of Roy's talents are perfectly balanced here – his warm vocals and jazzy vibes, his uptempo grooves and mellower rhythms – played to perfection by a hip lineup of players that includes Philip Woo on electric piano, Justo Almario on tenor sax, and Steve Cobb on drums. Edwin Birdsong guests a bit on the record – bringing in a nice edge to a few tunes – the album's got a really unique dark undercurrent, even in smoother moments – that subtle Roy Ayers' approach that's always made him one of our all-time favorite artists. Titles include the wonderful jazz-tinged "Searching", a great midtempo stepper that we really love; the funky break track "The Memory", a righteous number that feels like work from earlier records; the clubby classic "One Sweet Love to Remember"; and the sweet instrumental "Vibrations", which has a mellow kickback feel! Other tunes include "Higher", "Domelo (Give It To Me)", "Baby I Need Your Love", and "Better Days". CD
Also available Vibrations ... LP 9.99

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Roy AyersVibrations ... LP
Polydor, 1976. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of Roy Ayers' greatest albums of the 70s – a set that tightens up the groove from previous Polydor productions, yet still keeps all the soul intact! The record picks up the style begun with the Mystic Voyage album, and pushes it to some slightly tighter territory – a more focused Roy Ayers sound that's totally great, and which makes the album sparkle wonderfully throughout! All aspects of Roy's talents are perfectly balanced here – his warm vocals and jazzy vibes, his uptempo grooves and mellower rhythms – played to perfection by a hip lineup of players that includes Philip Woo on electric piano, Justo Almario on tenor sax, and Steve Cobb on drums. Edwin Birdsong guests a bit on the record – bringing in a nice edge to a few tunes – the album's got a really unique dark undercurrent, even in smoother moments – that subtle Roy Ayers' approach that's always made him one of our all-time favorite artists. Titles include the wonderful jazz-tinged "Searching", a great midtempo stepper that we really love; the funky break track "The Memory", a righteous number that feels like work from earlier records; the clubby classic "One Sweet Love to Remember"; and the sweet instrumental "Vibrations", which has a mellow kickback feel! Other tunes include "Higher", "Domelo (Give It To Me)", "Baby I Need Your Love", and "Better Days". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Vibrations ... CD 10.99

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LaVern BakerLet Me Belong To You (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1970. New Copy .... $22.99
Brilliant later work from Lavern Baker – material recorded years after her bigger fame at Atlantic Records, but with vocals that are still equally sublime! The set's got a very different feel than the blusier styles of before – and features wonderful Chicago soul production by Carl Davis and Eugene Record, but mixed with more uptown New York-styled arrangements from Teacho Wiltshire and Bert DeCoteaux – who mix strings and a bit of backing vocals with the harder rhythmic punch you'd expect from Brunswick. Some of the best cuts have a groovy groovy sound that really points the way to a whole new direction for Lavern – and titles include "Born To Lose", "Play It Fair", "Love Is Ending", "Pledging My Love", "I'm The One To Do It", and "Baby". CD features some really great bonus tracks – "Wrapped Tied & Tangled", "One Monkey", "Batman To The Rescue", and "I'm Gonna Get You" – plus duets with Jackie Wilson on "Please Don't Hurt Me" and "Think Twice". CD

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Ron BanksTruly Bad ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1983. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the original Dramatics, singer Ron Banks strikes out here on his own – a slept on gem from the early 80s! The set's in a similar modern soul mode to LJ Reynolds, who also worked with him in the group, and was having a bit of a solo career of his own at the time. It's got sort of a D-Train feel to it – with classic male soul vocals over instrumentation that includes some slight electro touches, especially on keyboards and drum programs. Banks keeps the whole thing nice and soulful, thanks to some great vocal work, which you'll hear on the smooth mellow track "Let Love Flow", which has a beautiful down-tempo groove, and a nice two-step beat – plus the other mellow tracks like "Make It Easy On Yourself" and "You and Me". Uptempo club cuts include "Truly Bad", "Zap", and "She's So Good to Me". CD

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Bar-KaysDangerous ... CD
Mercury/PTG (Netherlands), 1984. New Copy .... $18.99
A tighter sound than before for The Bar-Kays – that lean approach to funky grooves that some of their contemporaries were hitting as the 80s moved on – yet still served up here by the full ensemble with a relatively fresh feel overall. Amidst the beats and keyboards, there's still lots of nice funky inflections on bass and guitar – often handled in a skittish mode that energizes things nicely, especially alongside the more electro-styled vocals. The vibe of the record is definitely in keeping with the cover – but in the best way possible – and titles include "Dangerous", "Dirty Dancer", "Make Believe Lover", "Freakshow On The Dance Floor", and "Sexomatic". CD

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William BellComing Back For More ... CD
Mercury/Solaris, 1977. New Copy .... $11.99 15.99
A really wonderful post-Stax album from the great William Bell – a set that has the singer still stepping out with all those great deep soul modes from the 60s, but also finding a hipper, more laidback approach as well! There's a beautiful mellow vibe to the record – one that recalls some of Millie Jackson's best ballad work of the time, especially in the way it warms things up with a bit of class, while taking away none of the power of the vocals. Bell produced and arranged the whole set with help from Paul Mitchell – and there's still lots of nice down home themes and feelings to the record, but William's also working with a bubbling groove that comes off great – and which updates his sound without selling his soul – making for a great set in the modern/southern mode. Titles include "Tryin To Love Two", "If Sex Was All We Had", "Relax", "You Don't Miss Your Water", "Coming Back For More", "Just Another Way To Feel", and "I Absotively Posolutely Love You". CD

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BidduEastern Star In A Western Sky – The Very Best Of The Biddu Orchestra ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 1970s. Used 2CD .... $4.99
A huge collection of work from Biddu – the man behind the Biddu Orchestra, producer of many disco hits in the 70s! The set's broken up into 2 CDs – one that features "Western" tunes, the disco work by Biddu that really earned him his fame – and which often featured familiar tunes taken into an overblown disco-fied mode, with lots of orchestrations, driving rhythms, and some occasional exotic instrumentation. The second disc features Biddu's "Eastern" work – mostly Indian soundtrack recordings, some of which are slow and dreamy, others of which have a nice Indian dance feel that's not unlike his disco work. 23 tracks in all, with great notes on the man behind the music – and titles that include "Summer Of 42", "Dance Of Shiva", "The Stud", "Journey To The Moon", "Aranjuez Mon Amour", "Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon", "Exodus", "Rain Forest", "Blue Eyed Soul", "Goa", and "Taj Mahal". CD

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Edwin BirdsongDance Of Survival ... LP
Bamboo, 1975. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Tripped out funky soul from the great Edwin Birdsong – a rare indie album released between his years at Polydor and Philly International! The set's got a wilder sound than any of his other work – kind of a righteous funk set for the dancefloor – recorded with lots of weird production touches, edgey guitar bits, and a style that's almost psychedelic-folk-jazz-disco! Birdsong's lyrics are more "out there" than ever, and there's some great spacey production that really makes the whole thing sound great – and which gives the record a very cool feel that's unlike anything else we can think of. A real lost treasure from the 70s indie underground – with titles that include "Dance Of Survival", "What's Your Sign", "Night Of The Full Moon", "Astral Walk", and "Your Smile Gave Birth To My Idea". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Dance Of Survival (with bonus track) ... CD 19.99

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Edwin BirdsongDance Of Survival (with bonus track) ... CD
Bamboo/Shout (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... $19.99
Tripped out funky soul from the great Edwin Birdsong – a rare indie album released between his years at Polydor and Philly International! The set's got a wilder sound than any of his other work – kind of a righteous funk set for the dancefloor – recorded with lots of weird production touches, edgey guitar bits, and a style that's almost psychedelic-folk-jazz-disco! Birdsong's lyrics are more "out there" than ever, and there's some great spacey production that really makes the whole thing sound great – and which gives the record a very cool feel that's unlike anything else we can think of. A real lost treasure from the 70s indie underground – with titles that include "Dance Of Survival", "What's Your Sign", "Night Of The Full Moon", "Astral Walk", and "Your Smile Gave Birth To My Idea". CD features the bonus 7" mix of "Dance Of Survival". CD
Also available Dance Of Survival ... LP 9.99

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BlackbyrdsAction/Better Days ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 70s. New Copy .... $17.99
Two of the later Blackbyrds LPs on one CD! Action's one of their great ones, and it's got a cool mellow vibe that's different than their earlier funkier stuff. It also includes the great cut "Mysterious Vibes", which was sampled by someone not too long ago. Also with the cuts "Supernatural Feeling", "Soft and Easy", and "Street Games". Better Days has a bit of a modern soul feel, with more of the later Fantasy production style, and the tracks "Do It Girl", "What's On Your Mind", and "Love Don't Strike Twice". CD

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BlackbyrdsFlying Start ... LP
BGP (UK), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $14.99
Not the band's first album – as you might think from the "start" in the title – but a classic batch of jazzy, funky, and soulful grooves from The Blackbyrds – one of those combos that few groups could match back in the 70s! The set's got a beautifully put-together feel – tight enough to crossover somewhat big with a larger audience than the group's previous effort – but still filled with the kind of righteous energy that first got them going, a sublime mix of jazzy rhythms and soulful elements, all held together tightly by production from Donald Byrd. Tracks include the big hit "Walking In Rhythm", which was an oft-spun 45 back in the day – plus some great funk moments, like the tasty "Spaced Out", the choppy "The Baby", and the captivating "Blackbyrds Theme". Other cuts include "Future Children Future Hopes", "I Need You", and "April Showers". LP, Vinyl record album

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BlackbyrdsNight Grooves ... LP
Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue).... $14.99
A great album of funky dancefloor tunes! Originally issued in 1978, and clearly for the New York dancefloor crowd – the record takes the earlier work of funk group The Blackbyrds, and remixes the tracks slightly to pump up the groove a bit for the dancers. While the approach might not sound good on paper, it actually works wonderfully on the record – as the tunes retain all of the jazz funk feel of the originals, without any of the cheap tricks you might expect. The album's as essential as any of the group's earlier albums – and it's filled with great versions of classics like "Supernatural Feeling", "Gut Level", "Walking In Rhythm", "Do It Fluid", "Rock Creek Park", and "Happy Music". LP, Vinyl record album

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BloodstoneDon't Stop! ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1978. New Copy .... $13.99
A great later album from Bloodstone – recorded after their initial classics for London, but in a sweet and mellow soul mode that's totally outta site! Part of the strength of the set is the mighty Al Johnson – who provides arrangements here that push the group firmly into a more modern take on harmony soul, and which have a gentle groove that makes for plenty of sweet steppers and mellow midtempo groovers. The vocals are every bit as great as on the earlier albums – just given a brighter setting in which to shine. Titles include "Just Wanna Get The Feel Of It", "She Wants To Hear The Words", "It's Been A Long Time", "Throw A Little Loving My Way", "It's All Been Said Before", and "Don't Stop". CD
Also available
Don't Stop! ... CD 18.99
Don't Stop! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 24.99

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BloodstoneDon't Stop! ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1978. Used .... $18.99
A great later album from Bloodstone – recorded after their initial classics for London, but in a sweet and mellow soul mode that's totally outta site! Part of the strength of the set is the mighty Al Johnson – who provides arrangements here that push the group firmly into a more modern take on harmony soul, and which have a gentle groove that makes for plenty of sweet steppers and mellow midtempo groovers. The vocals are every bit as great as on the earlier albums – just given a brighter setting in which to shine. Titles include "Just Wanna Get The Feel Of It", "She Wants To Hear The Words", "It's Been A Long Time", "Throw A Little Loving My Way", "It's All Been Said Before", and "Don't Stop". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
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Don't Stop! ... CD 13.99

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BloodstoneDon't Stop! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1978. New Copy .... $24.99
A great later album from Bloodstone – recorded after their initial classics for London, but in a sweet and mellow soul mode that's totally outta site! Part of the strength of the set is the mighty Al Johnson – who provides arrangements here that push the group firmly into a more modern take on harmony soul, and which have a gentle groove that makes for plenty of sweet steppers and mellow midtempo groovers. The vocals are every bit as great as on the earlier albums – just given a brighter setting in which to shine. Titles include "Just Wanna Get The Feel Of It", "She Wants To Hear The Words", "It's Been A Long Time", "Throw A Little Loving My Way", "It's All Been Said Before", and "Don't Stop". CD
(SHMCD pressing.)
Also available
Don't Stop! ... CD 18.99
Don't Stop! ... CD 13.99

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BloodstoneParty ... CD
T Neck/FTG, 1984. New Copy .... $13.99
One of Bloodstone's great groovers from later years – work that has a very different feel than the group's fragile harmony soul of the 70s, and which has them taking off into a much more confident sound! Production is by McKinley Jackson, and the album's a mix of a few funky 80s groove numbers with some even better mellower tracks – tunes that glide along in a rich production mode, and showcase the maturing vocals of the group wonderfully. Titles include the sweet stepper "Instant Love", a really great spacey soul track – plus "It Feels So Good", "Why Be The First One Home", "Contagious", "Feel The Heat", and "Bloodstone's Party". CD

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Blue MagicMystic Dragons ... CD
Atco (Japan), 1976. New Copy .... $13.99
Blue Magic getting a bit bolder than before – adding in some heavier funk that takes them past the mellow moments of their earliest years – yet still serving up some great harmonies in the process! The change is a subtle one – heard on some of the album's more hard-grooving tracks, which also bring in some full arrangements that echo the trippy feel of the cover – yet which still always respect that slight heartbreaking undercurrent of the group's great vocals, thanks to arrangements from Bobby Eli! Just about every moment from Blue Magic is totally great, and this album is no exception – with titles that include "Freak N Stein", "Mother Funk", "To Get Love", "See The Bedroom", "Summer Snow", "Making Love To A Memory", and "Spark Of Love". CD

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Angela BofillTell Me Tomorrow ... LP
Arista, 1985. Sealed .... $3.99
Angela's looking a bit uptight on the cover, but the set's got a wonderfully smooth feel overall – thanks to production from George Duke! Duke brings a nice sense of warmth to the record – one that's greatly appreciated at this point in Bofill's career, and which helps her hang onto the more jazz-inflected sounds she first brought to wax at the end of the 70s. A few tunes are a bit crossover-oriented, but never too much so – and backing vocals on the set are by Howard Hewett and Shirley Jones. Tracks include "First Time", "Midnight Shine", "Tell Me Tomorrow", "Woman's Intuition", "I Don't Wanna Come Down", "Generate Love", and "You're On". LP, Vinyl record album
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Rickie BogerSlow Down Baby ... LP
Muse, 1976. Near Mint- .... $14.99
A righteous bit of soul – one of the only non-jazz albums we've seen on the Muse label, and a really great session that reminds us of work by Alice Clark and Esther Marrow – two other overlooked 70s soul singers who also recorded for jazz labels! Rickie's got a deep soul approach to the vocals that's nicely inflected with jazzy work by players that include Tom Malone, Kalaparusha, Buddy Terry, Warren Smith, and Howard Johnson – the last of whom arranged and conducted the backings, and gives the album a full-on and progressive feel. Rickie's vocals have lots of nice gentle tones, making for some sweet little numbers that sparkle nicely – titles that include "Baby Won't You Stay", "To Be Needed", "In A Little While", "At The Clinic", "What Could It Be", and "I Won't See Yesterday". LP, Vinyl record album

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BohannonGittin Off (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dakar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy .... $19.99
Tremendously tight grooves from Hamilton Bohannon – tunes that have this amazing way of wrapping together the bass, drums, and guitar – all in this fast-chugging style that's plenty funky all the way through! Bohannon was one of the most minimal of his 70s funk contemporaries – and has this way of really focusing in on one key rhythm, then rolling it out with incredible tightness – slowly changing things with some slight phase shifts in tone or timing, but always returning to the core of the tune. The approach is maybe even more striking here than on his previous records – and far grittier than on his later 70s work, too – and at some level, the vocals are almost thrown in as an afterthought, once Bo and the combo get things grooving! Titles include "Come Winter", "South Africa 76", "Feel Good At Midnight", "Gittin Off", and "I'm In Love". CD features two bonus tracks – single versions of "Gittin Off" and "Come Winter". CD

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BombersBombers (with bonus tracks) ... CD
West End/Octave (Japan), 1978. New Copy .... $22.99
One of the more guitar-driven groups on the West End label at the end of the 70s – an outfit with a really great approach to cutting longer dancefloor grooves! Tracks on the album have a nice tight feel that's echoed strongly by the guitar and keyboard work on the tracks – not as spacey as you might think from the sci-fi cover of the record, but still with a strong cosmic groove nonetheless! The album includes the legendary break cut "The Mexican", served up here in a full version that's nearly 12 minutes long, and which has lots of nice congas and guitars! Other titles include "Main Man", "Don't Stop The Music", and "Super Max". CD features some nice bonus tracks – including "The Mexican (Paul Poulos 12" special disco rmx)", "Dance Dance Dance (Paul Poulos 12" special disco rmx)", and "Don't Stop The Music (original single)". CD
Also available Bombers (with bonus tracks) ... CD

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Booker TPotato Hole ... CD
Anti, 2009. Used .... $4.99
A different sort of sound for Booker T – working here not with the MGs, but with backing from the Drive By Truckers, and a fair bit of guitar from Neil Young! The album's still heavy on the sorts of organ lines we love in Booker's work stretching back to the early 60s years at Stax Records – but the guitars are pretty heavy too, and fuzz things up strongly on most numbers – moving the music from Memphis soul territory towards more of a southern rock sound of the spectrum – yet one that's still got a pretty solid, classic feel overall! The set's almost as if Booker recorded some lost tracks in the early 70s for Capricorn Records – letting some Allmans sit in and riff heavily alongside his keys – not that that's a bad thing for us at all, but it's a definite change from what you might expect. Titles include "Space City", "Potato Hole", "Pound It Out", "She Breaks", "Hey Ya", "Native New Yorker", "Nan", and "Warped Sister". CD
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Brass ConstructionBrass Construction 5 ... CD
United Artists/Soul Brother (UK), 1979. New Copy .... $16.99
Brass Construction's fifth album, and the group's still grooving harder than most of their contemporaries! The legendary Randy Muller is still fully in charge here – serving up his trademark lean, mean arrangements that compress all elements of the music firmly on the beat – all in a way that creates one of the funkiest grooves you'll ever hear in mainstream late 70s club! There's plenty of great little touches to keep each tune interesting – bits of strings, keyboards, or other elements that burst out of the mix playfully . Titles include "It's Alright", "Watch Out", "I Want Some Action", "Right Place", "Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing", and "Shakit". CD

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BreakwaterBreakwater ... LP
Arista, 1978. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A landmark set from a group who only ever gave the world two albums – but who've gone on to have a huge influence over the years! This initial offering from Breakwater is a masterful blend of jazzy fusion and mellower soul – a sound sifted together so perfectly, it really tops the rest of the combo's contemporaries – hitting a careful balance that never gets too cheesy or commercial, and which still manages to glow as strongly into the 21st century as it did when first released back in the day! The sound here is sublime – warm, but never sleepy – jazzy, but never cliched – and mixed in such a way that the vocals and instruments almost get center stage in the spotlight without trying to crowd one another out. Titles include the incredible "Work it Out" – worth the price of the record alone – plus "No Limit", "That's Not What We Came Here For", "Free Yourself", "Do It Till The Fluid Gets Hot", and "Feel Your Way". LP, Vinyl record album

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BrickBrick ... LP
Bang, 1977. Very Good .... $5.99
Classic work from Brick – a group who went onto become surprisingly successful during the 70s with a hot Atlanta blend of funky soul and uptempo club grooves – absolutely killing it early on with this self-titled second album! Brick has a feel that would be taken up heavily a few years later by LA funk combos – particularly those on the Solar label – and their style of slicking up funky licks into a tightly compressed sound was obviously a big hit with the kids of their generation. Includes the sample classic "Dusic", plus "Living From The Mind", "Happy", "Ain't Gonna Hurt Nobody", "Honey Chile", Fun", "Hello" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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New Brother To BrotherShades In Creation ... LP
Turbo, 1977. Sealed .... $5.99
Not the greatest album by this East Coast funk band – and one that shows them hitting a bit more of a crossover club sound, with lots of up-tempo funk tracks that kind of aim for a disco groove. Fortunately, the instrumentation's pretty good – and the album actually has some nice mellow grooves with a decent enough jazzy feel. Titles include "Dancin Singin", "We Love To Party", "Brother To Brother", "Vibrations", and "I'm Gonna Take Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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BrothersDisco-Soul ... LP
RCA, 1975. Very Good+ .... $5.99
A tasty batch of instrumentals for the club set! The "Brothers" appear to be little more than a New York set of studio players, led by Bhen Lanzaroni – but they do a good job of replicating a Philly instrumental sound, with plenty of heavy bass at the bottom of the arrangements, and jazzy riffing on wah wah guitar, flute, and keyboards over the top. Washes of strings give the whole record a "hustle" feel – and the tracks blend into one another on each side, for a continuous mix of music that must have been aimed at trying to replicate the disco sound at home. Titles include versions of "You're The First, The Last, My Everything", "Kung Fu Fighting", "Doctor's Orders", and "Never Can Say Goodbye" – plus the originals "In The Pocket", "Ready For This", and "Everybody Loves A Winner". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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James BrownFederal Years Part 2 ... LP
Solid Smoke, Late 50s. Near Mint- .... $9.99
An excellent compilation that brings together some of James Brown's earliest work – his late 50s R&B sides for the Federal subsidiary of King, ruffer tuffer sides than most of his 60s recordings. Most of the tracks on here have backing vocals by The Flames – and the set is a really great way to check out the recordings, as a number of tunes were issued on singles, and didn't make it on record, and even those that did were usually buried on later 60s King albums, without any real information on the cuts. This second volume has 15 cuts in all – with titles that include "It Was You", "Messing With The Blues", "I Found Someone", "I'll Go Crazy", "Think", "Love Or A Game", "You've Got The Power", "I Walked Alone", "Don't Let It Happen To Me", and "I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On". LP, Vinyl record album

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New James BrownGodfather's Smackdown – Captured Live (CD & DVD set) ... CD
Fuel 2000, Mid 80s. New Copy CD & DVD .... $5.99 14.98
James Brown and the band straight up killing it on the classics – doing their thing at Atlanta's Chastain Park, in what we're gonna guess is the mid 80s – with this large and hard grooving version of his unstoppable in any era players! James was still an unbelievable performer at this point, and it's hard to imagine he had a better group backing him up than what we're hearing and seeing in this package – on a set that rips through the full on funk and the tender soul numbers with equal depth and precision! 16 tracks on the CD and 13 on the live DVD, including "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose", "Try Me", "Get On The Good Foot", "It's A Man's Man's World", "Cold Sweat", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", "Please, Please, Please",. "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and more. CD
(The DVD is not region specificied – we cannot guarantee that it will play in all regions or on all players. CD case has a small cutout hole.)

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Maxine BrownOut Of Sight ... LP
Epic, 1968. Near Mint- .... $79.99
A later set from singer Maxine Brown – recorded a few years after her better-known sides for Wand in the 60s, but a totally great set with an even deeper soul feel! Arrangements and production are by Mike Terry, of Funk Brothers fame – and he gives Maxine a soaring style that's a bit more in the southern soul mode than some of her earlier uptown soul, and which has her vocals crackling wonderfully on a range of funky covers and lesser-known gems. Even when singing other folks' tunes, Maxine's a the top of her game – and the arrangements from Terry help transform the sound of the record so that each song sparkles as if it's her very own. Titles include "Plum Outta Sight", "Sugar Dumplin", "In My Entire Life", "Don't Leave Me Baby", "Stop", "Sunny", "I Wish It Would Rain", and the sublime Chi-soul cut "Seems You've Forsaken My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, in great shape – with 1A stamper. Cover has some very light wear.)

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Miquel BrownSo Many Men, So Little Time (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
TSR, 1983. Very Good (pic cover).... $2.99
A big underground club number around these parts, one of disco's biggest sleeper tracks, with a very Euro feel to the production. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Randy BrownWelcome To My Room/Midnight Desire ... CD
Casablanca/Shout (UK), 1978/1980. New Copy .... $14.99
Two killers from Randy Brown – sublime 70s soul, back to back on a single CD! Welcome To My Room is a mellow soul masterpiece from Randy Brown – a crucially-overlooked talent from the late 70s, working here with a totally put-together vibe! The album's got the mature, mellow feel of some of the best work by better-known 70s contemporaries – like Leroy Hutson or Lamont Dozier – polished, but never slick – and flowing out with a sensual groove that's especially nice on the more laidback or midtempo cuts. Randy's vocals have some great deep soul echoes – much more so than other singers of this type – and mixed with the warm production from Homer Banks and Carl Hampton, they give the album a rich quality that totally grabs us – a bit like some of Teddy Pendergrass' best mellow work with The Blue Notes. Titles include "I Love You Baby", "Love Is All We Need", "Do It Baby", "Too Little In Common", and "I'd Rather Hurt Myself". Midnight Desire is a sweet, smooth stepper from the great Randy Brown – and a record that's got the same sublime mix of mellow grooves and earthy vocals that you might find on some of Tyrone Davis' best late 70s work for Columbia! Tunes are all plenty darn fresh – written by the team of Homer Banks and Chuck Brooks, who also produced the album – and Randy's got this way of hitting a groove that's confident, but never arrogant – a perfect late 70s masculine mode, of the sort only a handful of singers could handle this well! Titles include "Without You (I Can't Make It Through The Night)", "We Ought To Be Doin It", and "Do You Love Me?" – all of which have great hooks – plus "Do You Love Me", "Love Be With You", and "Love Formula". CD

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Keni BurkeYou're The Best (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1982. New Copy .... $15.99 16.98
A really wonderful album from Keni Burke – recorded around the same time as his classic Changes set, and in some ways even better than that record! The set's got a fantastic mellow soul feel – lots of tracks that are uptempo, but which manage to hang onto a soulful finish that really sends the whole set home – a groove that's never too forced, and which has keep this one at the top of list of classics over years! Burke's hitting a rare space that we'd only allow to a few – like Leroy Hutson or Webster Lewis. Keni's come a long long way from the 5 Stairsteps by this point – and he's never sounded so great! Titles include "Let Somebody Love You", "You're the Best", "Night Riders", and "Gotta Find My Way Back In Your Heart". Keni produced, wrote, and arranged the whole thing! CD features bonus tracks – "You're The Best (7" mix)", "You're The Best (12" mix)", "Night Riders (7" mix)", "Night Riders (12" mix)", "Let Somebody Love You (7" mix)", and "Let Somebody Love You (inst)". CD

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Keni BurkeYou're The Best/Changes (plus bonus track) ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1981/1982. Used .... $11.99
Seminal grooves from the legendary Keni Burke – two early 80s classics on a single CD! You're The Best is a really wonderful album from Keni – recorded around the same time as his classic Changes set, and in some ways even better than that record! The set's got a fantastic mellow soul feel – lots of tracks that are uptempo, but which manage to hang onto a soulful finish that really sends the whole set home – a groove that's never too forced, and which has keep this one at the top of list of classics over years! Burke's hitting a rare space that we'd only allow to a few – like Leroy Hutson or Webster Lewis. Keni's come a long long way from the 5 Stairsteps by this point – and he's never sounded so great! Titles include "Let Somebody Love You", "You're the Best", and "Gotta Find My Way Back In Your Heart". Keni produced, wrote, and arranged the whole thing! Changes is a standout solo moment from the amazing Keni Burke – an artist who's come a long way from his youthful start in the 5 Stairsteps! Keni had recorded other adult work by the time of this early 80s set, but Changes is easily his best-remembered album – a masterpiece of 80s groove, all arranged and produced by Burke – who also played a fair bit of the music on the set as well! The tunes are upbeat and grooving – often with a rhythm that goes nicely right down the middle, and never tries to be too funky or clubby. This groove is epitomized by Burke's classic "Risin' To The Top" – a tune that's been sampled heavily over the years, to great fame – and which is probably the lasting legacy of this set. But the whole album's totally great – sophisticated 80s groove at its best – with other cuts that include "Who Do You Love", "Changes", "All Night", and "Hang Tight". CD also features the bonus track "You're The Best (12" rmx)". CD

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Jerry ButlerIt All Comes Out In My Song ... LP
Motown, 1977. Sealed .... $2.99
Proof that Jerry Butler could always be great, no matter what the setting – and that even an overlooked album like this can still be pretty darn great! The album's got less of a focus than Jerry's earlier Mercury work or later sides for Philly – but it's also got a subtle and sometimes spare approach that really lets Jerry's voice come to the forefront of the set – dominating the whole thing in a great batch of mellow tunes that really show the shift from younger Iceman to confident adult soul that Jerry worked in the 70s. Butler produced, and arrangements are by Paul David Wilson and James Mack. Titles include "Just You & Me Forever", "Everything's Cool", "Living My Life Just For You", "I'm Music I'm Your Friend", "How It Used To Feel", "It All Comes Out In My Song", and "I've Got To Make It On My Own". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is a bit shopworn, with some tears. Cover has a cutout notch and a crease.)

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Bobby CaldwellCat In The Hat (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Clouds/JVC (Japan), 1980. New Copy .... $32.99
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 to the record – but a quality that's still quite personal and never too slick – that rare balance that only a few of Bobby's contemporaries could ever match – and which is really hammered home here by the production and great songwriting. Instrumentation uses a warm blend of acoustic and electric elements that offset the vocals nicely – and titles include "Coming Down From Love", "Wrong Or Right", "You Promised Me", "I Don't Want To Lose Your Love", and "Open Your Eyes". CD
(HQ – Hi Quality CD pressing!)

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New CameoSecret Omen ... LP
Chocolate City, 1979. Near Mint- .... $6.99
Great work from Cameo's best period – moving into a smooth groove that shows that they've still got their hooks in the funk (as you'll hear on cuts like "The Rock" and "Energy"), but also showing a great talent for more sophisticated modern soul numbers, like the stellar "Sparkle", a great mellow track that has a sublime Earth Wind & Fire feel to it. Other tracks include "Find My Way" and "New York". LP, Vinyl record album

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CapitolsWe Got A Thing ... LP
Atco/Karen, 1966. Very Good .... $24.99
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 "It's Googaloo Time", "Tired Running From You", "I Got To Handle It", and "I Feel Alright". There's a few other Atlantic soul covers, but since the great Ollie McLaughlin produced the session in Detroit, the album's got a much more exciting feel than a lot of other Atlantic soul albums from the time! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing! Cover has wear with split top & bottom seams.)

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Earl Carter & The Fantastic SixMake It With You (with bonus tracks) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Princess/Shout (Japan), 1974. New Copy .... $19.99
Wonderful work from a group who are equally great on the funky tip, and on the mellow side of the spectrum – a small southern combo from the mid 70s, but one with a feel that's a lot more like some late 60s funky 45s! The funky cuts are almost all originals here – handled by Earl with a style that borrows from James Brown, but strips things down a lot more too really going for a gritty groove that lives up to the raw spirit of the image on the cover! Mellower moments have this great fragile quality – clearly inspired by New Jersey soul groups of the early 70s, even when the tunes are more familiar hits. Funky numbers include "Set Me Free", "Shake Your Poo Poo (parts 1 & 2)", and "Start Cooking" – and other cuts include "Make The World Go Away", "Open Up My Heart", and "Make It Easy On Yourself". CD features two bonus cuts – 45 versions of "Open Up My Heart" and "Shake Your Poo Poo". CD

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Certified SlimMove Somethin' ... CD
Henry Stone, 2012. Used .... $8.99
Contemporary soul from Miami – a set issued by the legendary Henry Stone, and done with a vibe that's a great update of his TK Records sound from the 70s! Certified Slim is a singer with a definite southern pedigree – a soulful style that's got a few undercurrents of blues, in a way that reminds us a lot of Latimore – yet with a markedly more youthful feel. Like Latimore, Slim gets some great keyboards bubbling underneath his vocals – and some sweet riffing guitar that's definitely a key element in keeping the Henry Stone sound strong. Titles include "Lease To Own It", "Move Somethin", "If It's Love You Want", "Baby I Will", "So Independent", and "She's Her Own Boss". CD

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New ChangeGlow Of Love/Miracles – Disco Recharge (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Harmless (UK), 1980/1981. New Copy 2 CDs .... $16.99
Two great albums back to back in one set – with a full CD's worth of bonus material too! First up is The Glow Of Love – the classic debut from Change, and the start of an amazing run of groovers in the early 80s! The set's got a tight, jazzy feel throughout – a stripped-down approach to disco modes, with the same focus on the basslines that you'd find in work by Chic – but a style that's almost even more instrumentally focused overall, given the great range of studio players who worked on the set. Yet there's also some key vocal moments, too – work by Luther Vandross that really helps make some of the best tracks sparkle, and which went onto catapult Vandross into a rich solo career on his own. The set's filled with sharp rhythms and sweet jazzy changes – and titles include the classics "The Glow Of Love" and "Searching", both with Luther, plus "Lover's Holiday", "Angel In My Pocket", and "The End". Miracles is a brilliant second set from Change – working here without Luther Vandross on lead vocals, but hardly missing a beat at all! As before, the basslines are at the core of the set – a sweet stripped-down approach that brings even more focus onto the bottom of the groove for early 80s dancefloors – with loads of numbers that step along in a really groovy mode – one quite far from the cliches of disco, and inflected by loads of jazzy elements that keep things fresh over the years! Vocals are by James Robinson – previously with Lonnie Liston Smith – Diva Gray, and Jocelyn Shaw – and titles include "On Top", "Paradise", "Hold Tight", "Your Move", "Stop For Love", and "Heaven Of My Life". CD 2 features a whopping 17 more bonus tracks – lots of single mixes, including versions of "A Lover's Holiday", "It's A Girl's Affair", "Angel In My Pocket", "The Glow Of Love", "Searching", "The End", "Paradise", "Hold Tight", "Stop For Love", and "On Top". CD

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Chocolate MilkComin' (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1976. New Copy .... $13.99
Wicked funk from Chocolate Milk – and a set that perfectly combines their deep New Orleans roots with the tighter sound the Crescent City was brewing up in the mid 70s! The group work closely here with producer Allen Toussaint – and really show that stronger use of studio technology that Toussaint was perfecting at the time – a mode used famously in work for bigger artists, but which is totally perfect here to bring an even greater focus to the sound of the group! There's loads of sharp-stepping basslines and drums at the bottom, mixed with a cool compressed sound at the top – a way of being a bit smooth, yet still pretty darn funky all the way through. The mellower cuts are especially great – never sleepy, but slow grooving in a really badass way – and titles include "Comin", "Do Onto Others", "Starbright", "Feel the Need", and "Something New". CD features three bonus tracks – 7 inch mixes of "Starbright", "Something New", and "Comin". CD

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Alice ClarkAlice Clark ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy .... $28.99
There weren't many vocal albums on the Mainstream label during the early 70s, and this rare soul side is a real overlooked gem! Alice Clark has a rich soulful voice, with a style that sounds a bit like Esther Marrow, mixed with some of the lead vocalists in Voices Of East Harlem – a really right-on sort of sound that's totally great, and way hipper than most 70s chart soul! Arrangements are by Ernie Wilkins, who brings in a touch of jazz – but again, with a much hipper feel than most of his other backings – and most of the tracks are quite obscure, well-written tunes – of the sort of material you might expect to hear sung by Gil Scott-Heron or Donny Hathaway. Titles include "Never Did I Stop Loving You", "Looking At Life", "Charms Of The Arms Of Love", "Don't You Care", and "Hey Girl". CD
Also available Alice Clark ... LP 9.99

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Alice ClarkAlice Clark ... LP
Mainstream, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $9.99
There weren't many vocal albums on the Mainstream label during the early 70s, and this rare soul side is a real overlooked gem! Alice Clark has a rich soulful voice, with a style that sounds a bit like Esther Marrow, mixed with some of the lead vocalists in Voices Of East Harlem – a really right-on sort of sound that's totally great, and way hipper than most 70s chart soul! Arrangements are by Ernie Wilkins, who brings in a touch of jazz – but again, with a much hipper feel than most of his other backings – and most of the tracks are quite obscure, well-written tunes – of the sort of material you might expect to hear sung by Gil Scott-Heron or Donny Hathaway. Titles include "Never Did I Stop Loving You", "Looking At Life", "Charms Of The Arms Of Love", "Don't You Care", and "Hey Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Alice Clark ... CD 28.99

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Angela ClemmonsAngela Clemmons (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Portrait/FTG, 1982. New Copy .... $13.99
Soaring vocals from Angela Clemmons – a set that really has an amazing range, and a depth of sound that goes way past the usual from Epic Records at the time! Angela's got a way of stretching out right from the start – inflecting the lyrics with a rich power that easily matches or beats some of her bigger-name contemporaries at the time – and which really help give an extra something special to the record. Production is by Paul Leka, and a number of songs were written by Michael Brown – and the pair really help give the whole thing a personal feel, and keep the set from being just another run of the mill mainstream soul album from the early 80s. Titles include "Giving It Away", "Fill You Up", "Uneasy", "When You're Through I'll Be Waiting", "Mine", and "Sure Thing". CD features two bonus tracks – "Out Here On My Own (7" mix)", and "Give Me Just A Little More Time (12" mix)". CD

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Linda CliffordIf My Friends Could See Me Now ... LP
Curtom, 1978. Very Good .... $1.99
The standout classic from Curtom disco diva Linda Clifford – and an album that showed that Chicago could rival Philly in the clubby groove department! Linda has a proud presence that really matches that of her better-known sisters in the City Of Brotherly Love – and she's singing here with a strong sense of personality that really sets the album apart from other female disco albums of the era. One of the greatest examples of this is her stunning "Runaway Love" – which has a bad-rapping, almost Marlena Shaw-esque monologue in the middle – but other tracks are equally nice, and include "Gypsy Lady", "If My Friends Could See Me Now", "Broadway Gypsy Lady", "You Are You Are", and "I Feel Like Falling In Love Again". Arrangements are by Gil Askey – who also produced the set in collaboration with Curtis Mayfield! LP, Vinyl record album

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Dennis CoffeyAbsolutely The Best Of Dennis Coffey ... CD
Fuel 2000, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy .... $13.99 14.98
Funky Dennis Coffey – classics from his years at Sussex and programmed with one funky instrumental jam after another – 20 tracks from one of the maddest, hardest grooving, most genre-bending figures from the 70s Detroit scene! There's a rawly rumbling underbelly to the material, funky drums and basslines that have been sample classics over the years, but the searing guitars and keyboards are just as cool. Some tracks have flutes and strings for a heavy soundtracky vibe, others keep it raw, and all of it is great. 20 tracks in all: "Ride Sally Ride", "Can You Feel It", "Chicano", "Taurus", "Scorpio", "Son Of Scorpio", "Capricorn's Thing", "Big City Funk", "Summer Time Girl", "Getting It On", "Wind Song", "Good Time Rhythm & Blues", "Theme From Enter The Dragon", "Love Song For Libra", "Garden Of The Moon" and more. CD

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New Dennis CoffeyGoin' For Myself ... LP
Sussex, 1972. Very Good .... $18.99
Classic funky groovers from Dennis Coffey – with his hard guitar sound gettin' all fuzzy over some loud drums and funky Sussex production! This one's still very much on the "Scorpio" vibe, when the label was keeping things nice and hard – and before Dennis got a bit hooked into disco. Includes the cuts "Ride Sally Ride" and "Taurus", which was his similar sounding follow-up to "Scorpio". Also includes "Can You Feel it", "Midnight Blue", "Toast & Jam", "Man & Boy", "It's Too Late" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a cutout hole and bit of marker on the back.)

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CollageGet In Touch ... LP
Solar, 1983. Very Good .... $3.99
Classic LA modern soul recorded for Solar, during the same era as the great Whispers LPs on the label. Collage has a little bit more of a dancefloor feel to them, but their sound is nice and soulful, with lots of good midtempo grooves. Cuts include "Get In Touch With Me", "Young Girls", "Move In Time", "Near To Me", "Simple", and "Love Is For Everyone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a peeled spot from price sticker removal.)

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Con Funk ShunFever ... CD
Mercury/Vinyl Masterpiece (Netherlands), 1981. New Copy .... $18.99
One of the sweetest-grooving albums ever from Con Funk Shun – proof that the group was almost better when they tightened things up a bit! The set was produced by Deodato at the height of his hit-making soul powers – and it's got a sharpness that really helps bring the Con Funk Shun groove into focus – a style that's not nearly as commercial as Deodato's work with Kool & The Gang, but which shares a similar blend of jazz and modern soul elements! Most tracks groove nicely, even some of the mellower ones – and Deodato's got a perfect balance in the sound of the set – keyboards, beats, and bass all in the right places, with plenty of soulful vocals flowing warmly over the top. Titles include "Don't Let Your Love Grow Cold", "Hard Lovin", "If I'm Your Lover", "Can You Feel The Groove Tonight", "Indiscreet Sweet", and "Baby I'm Hooked". CD

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Norman ConnorsPassion ... LP
Capitol, 1988. Very Good+ .... $1.99
Late 80s – but Norman's still the king of the mellow soul groove! The album's got Connors working with his Starship Orchestra on a set of tunes that bubble forth with the same jazzy touches as in earlier years – showing a bit of the trace of their time in the group's silly costumes on the back cover, and the use of electric rhythms on a number of cuts – but more than making up for that with a soulful feel overall. Vocals are by Gabrielle Goodman and Spender Harrison – and Freddie Hubbard guest stars on one track. Titles include "Samba For Maria", "Welcome To My Life", "That's The Way Of The World", "I Am Your Melody", "Passion", and "Private Stock". LP, Vinyl record album
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Nikka CostaEverybody Got Their Something ... CD
Cheeba Sound, 2000. Used .... $4.99
What you want here (and the reason it's in our racks) is the completely infectious "Like A Feather" – that song with the da, da, da d-dun – do, do, do, doon hook. C'mon, you know it – Hilfiger ads, summer party jam, etc, etc. We promise you'll recognize it – pretty much a one hit wonder here in the States, but we hear she has a following overseas. And really, the whole album has a bit of a throwback soul feel to the set, with ?uestlove playing drums on about half the tracks. The other tracks include "Tug Of War", "So Have I For You", "Corners Of My Mind", "Some Kind Of Beautiful", "Just Because", "Everybody Got Their Something", "Nothing", "Hope It Felt Good", and a few more. CD

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Elvis Costello & Allen ToussaintRiver In Riverse ... CD
Verve, 2006. Used .... $4.99
A graceful collaboration between the ever-eclectic Elvis Costello and New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint – with Elvis's current backing group The Imposters providing a tight rhythmic backdrop that's punctuated by the Crescent City Horns! Toussaint's work as a producer/arranger/ace songwriter needs no introduction, and he and Costello & co. run through many great tracks from Toussaint's songbook in a sometimes mellow soul feel, and sometimes with some light Crescent City funk. Toussaint & Costello co-penned a number of new tracks for the set – mostly with an uplifting gospel soul inflection that's very nice! Tracks include "On Your Way Down", "Nearer To You", "Tears, Tears And More Tears", "The Sharpest Thorn", "Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further?", "The River In Reverse", "Freedom For The Stallion", "Ascension Day", "All These Things", "Wonder Woman" and more. CD
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CountsFunk Pump ... LP
Aware, 1975. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99 12.98
A funky funky classic from The Counts – and an album that has the group tightening up their sound from the Westbound years, but still keeping the groove plenty nice! There's a tight, bad-walking feel to most of the cuts on the set – one that almost comes across with a blacksploitation groove – especially as the album's basslines are all laid out in a hard-stepping groove, and topped off by plenty of wicked guitar work. Most cuts have vocals, and the lyrics have a Fatback-like love of the catchy chorus and funk-heavy theme. The album's worth it alone for the excellent cut "Tecalli" – a stretched out mellow instrumental with some great Kool & The Gang-esque floating trumpet over the top – but the whole thing's great, and other tracks include "At The Fair", "Dedicated Man", "Jazzman", "Magic Ride", "Short Cut", and "Flies Over Watermelon". LP, Vinyl record album

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Creme D'CocoaFunked Up ... LP
Venture, 1978. Near Mint- .... $4.99
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 has a bit of a quiet storm feel to it. The funkier cuts are really just uptempo club numbers, not really that strong, but pleasant enough in kind of a shouting catchy chorus sort of way. Titles include "Baby, Don't You Know", "Leading Lady", "Mr Me, Mrs You", "Sweet Dream Lady", "I Don't Wanna Be Lonely", and "Do What You Feel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a few light creases and a small peeled spot on the opening.)

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Andre CymoneAC (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1985. New Copy .... $14.99
The best of a handful of albums that the one-time Prince bassist put out in the early 80s – a record that made a splash via the great Prince-penned "The Dance Electric" – possibly a blessing and a curse for AC, as Prince was so huge at the time that the record going public was too quick to dismiss him as a clone! But don't let that stop you – as Cymone's got a groove that's all his own – and an 80s soul star definitely worth rediscovering. The percussive vibe is similar to Prince, but Andre's got a leaner, funkier style overall – virtually working as a one man band here, and handling most instrumentation himself – which brings a compact feel to the record that really comes through in the tightness of the grooves. Titles include "The Dance Electric", "Lipstick Lover", "Pretty Wild Lover", "Book Of Love", "Vacation", "Satisfaction", and "Neon Pussycat". This Big Break remastered edition has 5 bonus tracks: "Fallin' Fallin", "Red Light", "The Dance Electric (Single Version)", "Lipstick Lover (12" Club Version)" and "Satisfaction (12" Club Version)". CD

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Mose DavisComing Of Moses (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pure Silk/FTG, 1978. Used .... $8.99
A great solo effort from Mose Davis – best known for his earlier work in The Counts, but still sounding pretty darn hip here with a new combo of his own! The feel here is kind of an extension of the later Counts work on Aware Records – funky at the core, but with some smoother touches too – definitely a hint of Atlanta-styled sounds of the mid 70s – particularly some of the best clubby elements of that scene! Rhythms have a great choppy feel on the best numbers – almost an early Bohannon vein, but a bit more complex – and the album balances out groovers with some mellower numbers too – with great keyboards (organ, Fender Rhodes, and clavinet) from Robert Lowe Jr. Titles include "Love To Live", "Strivin For Tomorrow", "The Coming Of Moses", "Spanish Sunset", and "Something About You". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Love To Live (12" ext mix)" and "Something About You (12" ext mix)". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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