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Randy CrawfordSecret Combination ... CD
Warner, 1981. Used ... $5.99
Rich, proud work from Randy Crawford – sung with the mature mix of jazz and soul that made her one of the more sophisticated mainstream singers of her generation! The album's heavy on mellower cuts, but it's never too sleepy – thanks to a slow-burning sensibility that Randy uses to keep things cooking on the low burners – a style that brings out some good vocal force even when the backings are somewhat gentle. Production's by Tommy LiPuma, and somewhat slick, and tracks include "You Might Need Somebody", "That's How Heartaches Are Made", "Two Lives", "You Bring The Sun Out", "Rio De Janeiro Blue", "Time For Love", "Trade Winds", and "When I Lose My Way". CD
(Out of print.)

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Al GreenGreen Is Blues ... CD
Hi Records/Demon (UK), 1972. Used ... $7.99
Well, we don't know if we'd say that Al Green is blues – because he's still singing in his wonderfully sweet warm style – but this album definitely has a sound that gives a nod to the classic bluesy soul that inspired Al's work. Apart from originals like "Get Back Baby" and "Tomorrow's Dream", Al covers some nice classics like "The Letter", "Summertime", "I Stand Accused", and "Talk To Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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Intercity Sound AssociationPhilly Sound ... CD
Sonorama (Germany), 1975. Used ... $9.99
A record that really lives up to its title, given the sweet Philly grooves of the set – a real surprise, given that the album was recorded in Germany! The session's a rare studio project in the early years of the German disco scene – and comes off with the best soulful styles that were bubbling up in the US at the time – clubby instrumental grooves that are filled with soaring strings and tight rhythms – yet served up in ways that are never too overdone! In fact, if you slapped some obscure US label on this one, folks would be more than willing to believe that the set's some underground corner from the New York scene – quite a surprise for a record that was initially cut just for sound library usage. Titles include "City Train", "Alaska Flight", "Skyline", "Night Shift", "Full House", "Star Shot", "Rush Hour", "Sun Ship", and "Flash Point". CD
Also available Philly Sound ... CD 13.99

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New Michael JacksonDangerous (collector's edition – first pressing) ... CD
Epic, 1991. Used ... $19.99
One of those records that we remember dismissing at the time – but honestly, it really lives up to repeated listenings in later years! Sure, Michael Jackson's no longer working with Quincy Jones – and instead goes for Teddy Riley and some other (then) contemporary producers – but that all makes for a very solid 90s crossover vibe – perfect for radio play a the time, not to mention heavy video rotation too – and definitely still another jewel in the crown of the King of Pop! Titles include "Remember The Time", "Why You Wanna Trip On Me", "In The Closet", "Jam", "Dangerous", "Gone Too Soon", "Will You Be There", "Black Or White", "She Drives Me Wild", and "Can't Let Her Get Away". CD
(Out of print. Original pop-up display is in excellent shape!)

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Peter Jacques BandGreatest Hits & Essential Tracks ... CD
Fonte (Italy), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ... $9.99
A spacey little set of clubby grooves – with some lead vocals from the legendary Leroy Burgess! The tracks here are all quite long and building – very much in the classic Prelude Records mode, and with a fair dose of European influence, but mostly just on the keyboards – which actually make for one of the best elements here! Tracks were composed and arranged by Mauro Malavasi – and titles include "Exotica LY", "All Right Let's Go", "Welcome Back", "Mighty Fine", "High Time", "Walking On Music", "Is It It", and "Fly With The Wind". Also features a bonus disc of rare mixes – with titles that include "Fire Night Dance", "One Decade Of PJB (uptempo mix)", "Drives Me Crazy (ext)", "Devil's Run", and "Counting On Love (ext)". CD
(Out of print.)

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Pat LundyOnly Love Spoken Here ... CD
RCA/P&C, 1973. Used ... $9.99
A great little album from Pat Lundy – an enigmatic talent who crops up a number of times over the years – but always on different record labels, and always with a slightly different sound and style! This album's one of Pat's best – and has her working in a sophisticated soul style that's a lot like Marlena Shaw, with but some deep soul undercurrents too – a really great blend that was way ahead of its time when first issued back in 1973 – and a set that's still unlike most other records we can think of! Burt Keyes handles the arrangements, and he gives the whole thing a great sense of class right from the start – but also knows how to hit some funkier moments too, which really let Lundy unlock the bolder side of her vocals. Titles include "Only Love Spoken Here", "What Is Love", "Friend Of Mine", "Love Child", "He's The Father Of My Children", "No More Tears To Cry", and "I've Never Been A Woman Before". CD

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Alexander O'NealAlexander O'Neal ... CD
Tabu, 1985. Used ... $6.99
The start of a legendary run for vocalist Alexander O'Neal – and a set that really helped redefine the sound of male soul in the 80s! O'Neal got his start in an early version of The Time, and he's working here with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis – but the sound of the record is way deeper than all of those references put together – a careful, classy set that definitely lives up to the vintage look of Alexander on the cover! Jam and Lewis play tightly in the group, handling most of the key instrumentation – often with a restrained style that's quite different than their pumping hits, which lets O'Neal's great vocals flow out with an undeniably soulful power. Rhythms often hit the best sort of groove for Alexander's style – which sounds best in a mellow or midtempo mode – and the set's filled with classics, including "A Broken Heart Can Mend", "If You Were Here Tonight", "Innocent", "What's Missing", "You Were Meant To Be My Lady", and "Look At Us Now". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Alexander O'Neal (180 gram pressing) ... LP 14.99

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Ray Goodman & BrownMood For Lovin ... CD
Manhattan, 1988. Used ... $19.99
A different groove than before for Ray, Goodman, & Brown – partly because the trio's working without Al Goodman, and instead has the younger Greg Willis in place as a mighty strong lead! Some tracks have Greg really taking center stage – with only smaller harmony support from Harry Ray and Billy Brown – while others have more of a fuller group feel, shifting things a bit throughout the album. Production is in a late 80s mode that has full beats on the bottom, which gives the mellower cuts a sweet stepping sound – and titles include "Where Did You Get That Body Baby", "Mood For Lovin", "Where Are You Now", "Next Time I'll Know", "Electrified", and "Don't Make Me Wait", which is a duet between Harry Ray and Sarah Dash. CD
(Out of print.)

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RelativesElectric Word ... CD
Yep Roc, 2013. Used ... $6.99
The magnificent return of The Relatives – the group's first new recording since the 70s – hot on the heels of their rediscovery on the Don't Let Me Fail compilation! The lineup features some younger members alongside leader Reverend Gean West – but the sound here is very much in the spirit of the early recordings – with a strong emphasis on vocal harmonies, served up in the righteous blend of soul and gospel roots that made the group so great in the first place! Other instrumentation is mostly funky, and pretty darn respectful – some sharp-edged guitar and tight drums that often sit out and let the vocals take center stage. Titles include "Revelations", "We Need Love", "Say It Loud", "Trouble In My Way", "Things Are Changing", and "Bad Trip". CD
Also available Electric Word (180 gram pressing with CD) ... LP 14.99

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Minnie RipertonPerfect Angel (Japanese version) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1974. Used ... $9.99
Minnie Riperton's first album for Epic – and the record that broke her from a hip Chicago underground artist into one of the seventies' biggest soul divas! The record moves past the baroque soul of Minnie's early years with Rotary Connection and Charles Stepney – and hits a mix of mellow compressed LA styles and slicker funkier numbers that do the same thing for her Chicago-trained vocals that Rufus' backing did for that of Chaka Khan. Of course, it helps that she's got some superbly sensitive writing and arranging help by husband Richard Rudolph – and Stevie Wonder's definitely lurking in the background, too. Includes Minnie's huge crossover hit "Loving You", a perfect showcase for her beautiful 5 octave voice, plus the tracks "Our Lives", "Every Time He Comes Around", "Perfect Angel", and "Reasons". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Also available Perfect Angel ... LP 5.99

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Swamp DoggCuffed, Collared, & Tagged/Doing A Party Tonite ... CD
West Side (UK), 1972/1980. Used ... $9.99
2 different albums from Swamp Dogg – one recorded at the beginning of the 70s, one at the end of the decade, but both for the Hi/Cream label, which gives the material a more unified sound than you'd expect. The tracks are perhaps a bit less over the top than some of Swamp's recordings for other labels, but they still have his strong commitment to rough-edged soul – as you'll hear on the 18 tracks that include "Hang On, I'll Save You", "Sam Stone", "Complication No 5", "If It Hadn't Been For Sly", "Come A Little Closer Baby", "Mind Over What's The Matter", "What's Left For Y'Awll To Do", "In My Resume", "Captain Of Your Ship", and "Your Last Dirty Trick". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bobby WomackLookin' For A Love Again ... CD
United Artists/Right Stuff, 1974. Used ... $8.99
A stone classic from Bobby Womack – one of those records that has all his best elements firmly in place, put forward at a level that's sophisticated and polished, yet never too commercial at all! Bobby's voices are still incredible – that raspy, personal feel that's rooted in country and deeper soul modes, yet ready to take on the mainstream as well – and the tracks also still feature lots of his wonderful guitar work, which inflects the music with these deeper feelings that really holds strong – and definitely lives up to the initial charm of Womack's first few records on Minit. Most of the set was recorded at Muscle Shoals, but as a place where Womack was travelling from LA – a fact that definitely shows in the mix of rootsy elements and tighter construction – yet still handled here without any of the cliches that so many other artists might hit when recording on that scene. Titles include the killer funky stepper "You're Welcome Stop On By", which has been sampled and covered many times over the years – plus "I Don't Wanna Be Hurt By Ya Love Again", "Let It Hang Out", "Lookin For A Love", "Doing It My Way", and "Don't Let Me Down". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Lookin' For A Love Again ... CD 11.99

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VariousKeep The Faith – The Best Of Northern Soul ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1960s. Used 2CD ... $19.99
A set that really lives up to its title, then goes a bit further too – as it not just brings together a host of Northern Soul classics, but also turns up a fair bit of 60s gems that have only been rediscovered in recent years – some surprising entries from the deep catalog of Columbia Records and RCA – all brought together here in a massive 52 track package! We're usually used to getting a set this great from the UK, but the Japanese-only collection is overflowing with rare upbeat groovers – massive soul cuts that include "I Need You" by Shane Martin, "I Can't Help Loving You" by Paul Anka, "Soul Time" by Shirley Ellis, "Eternally" by The Charmaines, "Don't Pity Me" by Sue Lynn, "The Cheater" by Bob Kuban, "Too Darn Soulful" by Morris Chestnut, "Paris Blues" by Tony Middleton, "Time Will Pass You By" by Tobi Legend, "I Can't Hold On" by Lorraine Chandler, "There's Nothing Else To Say" by The Incredibles, and "I'm Coming To Your Rescue" by The Triumphs. CD
(Includes obi.)
Also available Keep The Faith – The Best Of Northern Soul ... CD 32.99

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New VariousStrictly Rhythm – Strictly CD Exclusives Vol 6 ... CD
Strictly Rhythm, 1996. Used ... Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)