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New Booker T & The MGsVery Best Of Booker T & The MGs ... CD
Rhino/Stax, 1960s. Used ... $1.99
What can we say? Booker T and crew are always tops in our book – and this album's as strong a batch of their classic singles as you'll ever find! Book's organ is the sound of a generation, and Steve Cropper's sinister vamping on guitar gives even the poppier tracks a hard edge that still sends shivers down our spine! The set's got 16 tracks than run the gamut of the group's years at Stax – including "Green Onions", "Soul Dressing", "Boot-Leg", "Hip Hug Her", "Mo Onions", "Soul Limbo", "My Sweet Potato", "Slim Jenkins Place", "Time Is Tight", "Slum Baby", and the amazing jazzer "Melting Pot". CD

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Dandeliers & OthersDandeliers & Other Great Groups On States – Chop Chop Boom ... CD
States/Delmark, Mid 50s. Used ... $7.99
Seminal vocal group work from the Chicago scene of the 50s – and a wonderful collection of some of the lesser-known acts working in the Windy City at the time! All the cuts here were recorded for the United and States labels – and at the time, got a lot less circulation than work on labels like Chess, Vee Jay, and even Parrot – even though the material here easily rivals some of the best doo wop sides for those imprints. The Dandeliers head off the set, and are featured on a third of the tracks – and they're an amazing group who easily rival The Moonglows or Flamingos at their early best – with a similar sort of heavenly harmony approach. Other groups here are great too – some nicely rough around the edges – and titles include "My Love", "She's Mine", "Shu Wop", "Loving Partner", "Chop Chop Boom", and "Little Man" by The Dandeliers; "In Your Dreams" and "Go Where My Baby Lives" by The Strollers; "Lonesome Baby", "Ridin & Rockin", and "Big City Bound" by The Hornets; "Sugar Lips" and "Gloria" by The Five Chances; "Mellow Daddy" by The Drakes; and "Girl Of Mine" and "I Knew I Had A Chance" by The Palms. CD features a good number of unreleased tracks, too! CD
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Erotic Drum BandCollection ... CD
Prism/Unidisc (Canada), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ... $6.99
A collection of club tracks from the Erotic Drum Band – a group with a sound that definitely lives up to their name! Most of the numbers here build up heavily from percussion on the bottom – sometimes raw congas layered in among the basslines and keyboards, sometimes rhythms that are a bit more convention disco – but always great work throughout, with a depth that goes way beyond the cheesiness of the group's name! The 2CD package features album tracks and rare singles – a whopping 15 long numbers in all, with titles that include "Love Disco Style", "Action 78 (edit)", "Jerky Rhythm", "Love Christmas Style", "Touch Me Where It's Hot", "Dance In Your Pants", "Sweet Seduction", "Everybody Get Dancin", and "Horny". CD

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First CircleBoys Night Out (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EMI/FTG, 1987. Used ... $12.99
An overlooked killer from First Circle – the only album ever cut by this obscure Brooklyn group, and a sweet set of 80s groove all the way through! There's a tight bounce to the whole record – thanks in part to production from Randy Muller, who gives the set the same focus and energy as his work at the time with Brass Construction – but minus the brass, of course! Randy plays keyboards on the record, and those keys really dominate the overall groove – stepping tightly over bassy bottoms, with a rhythmic focus that almost outweighs the vocals – making lots of these cuts perfect for mixing and dropping on an 80s-styled dancefloor. Titles include "Workin Up A Sweat", "Miracle Worker", "Can't Find A Love", "In The Name Of Love", "Boys' Night Out", and "You're On My Mind". CD features 4 bonus tracks – all 12" mixes of cuts off the album. CD
(Out of print.)

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Peter Jacques BandGreatest Hits & Essential Tracks ... CD
Fonte (Italy), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ... $12.99
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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Alexander O'NealAlexander O'Neal ... CD
Tabu, 1985. Used ... $15.99
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.)

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RelativesElectric Word ... CD
Yep Roc, 2013. Used ... $8.99
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 ... $11.99
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.)

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VariousBirmingham Sound – The Soul Of Neal Hemphill Vol 1 ... CD
Rabbit Factory, 1970s. Used ... $7.99
A treasure trove of rare southern soul – and a brilliant compilation that finally gives the Birmingham scene its due! Birmingham may not have been as famous as other southern soul scenes like Jackson, Memphis, or Miami during the 70s – but thanks to the efforts of producer/studio owner Neal Hemphill, the city had a great studio with a tight house band – all that was needed to capture some of the best work that was bubbling under at the time! Hemphill's Sound Of Birmingham was a well-run outfit with an approach that was a bit like that of fellow Alabamian Rick Hall's Fame Studios – a place with players who could shift into just the right groove to match the styles of the songs and the artists they worked with, but with enough of a trademark feel to leave their imprint on the tunes. This beautifully-done set is the first to unearth Hemphill's mighty productions of the 70s – and it's put together with the same depth and care as some of the titles on the Numero label – with notes that really tell the stories behind the music, and help illuminate the scene behind these long-lost recordings! CD features 23 tracks in all – including "I Got Married Too Soon" by Chuck Strong, "Train To Tampa" by Sam Dees, "Specify" by Little Lois Barber, "Believe In Me" by David Sea, "Even If You Got Love" by Blue Notes, "Love Keeps Hanging On" by Bill Butterbean Flippo, "Set Me Free" by Ralph Soul Jackson, "Let Me Be Myself" by Roscoe Robinson, "Here After I'm Hereafter" by Frederick Knight, "Funky Soul" by Cold Grits, "Psychedelic Explosion" by Broadneck, "You Gonna Reap It" by Pat Peterman, "Let's Just Get Together" by David Sea, and "Self" by Eddie Steele. CD
Also available Birmingham Sound – The Soul Of Neal Hemphill Vol 1 ... CD 11.99

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VariousKeep The Faith – The Best Of Northern Soul ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1960s. Used 2CD ... $29.99
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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VariousStrictly Rhythm – Strictly CD Exclusives Vol 6 ... CD
Strictly Rhythm, 1996. Used ... $9.99
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(Out of print.)

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Neneh CherryBlank Project ... CD
Smalltown Supersound (Sweden), 2014. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Some of the most striking work we've heard from Neneh Cherry in years – and a great follow-up to her previous project with The Thing! This set has Neneh working with producer Kieran Hebden – who returns Cherry to the offbeat, arty sound of her early years on the British scene – particularly her excellent work with Rip Rig & Panic! As with that period, the rhythms here are key – but are also rhythms that really veer from the usual – odd basslines and beats that provide a jagged bottom underneath Cherry's soulfully flowing vocals – a sense of counterpoint that really gives the album a lot of power. Titles include "Naked", "Spit Three Times", "Blank Project", "Cynical", "422", "Out Of The Black", "Dossier", and "Everything". CD
Also available
Blank Project ... CD 12.99
Blank Project ... LP 21.99

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Mike James KirklandDoin' It Right ... CD
Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity, Early 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Nice one! Although the other Mike James Kirkland LP reissued by Luv N Haight is fairly well known amongst classic soul collectors, this harder-to-find 2nd album is a totally rare gem – and it's great to have it back out again. As with Kirkland's other work, the record has a beautiful deep soul groove, and a sound that's a bit like some of Marvin Gaye's stuff from the mid 70's. Mike's writing is very good, and the production has a nice sparkling edge that gives the material a good righteous feel. Titles include "You Put It On My Mind", "Got To Do It Right", "The Only Change", and "Love Is All We Need". CD
(Out of print.)

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Rainbow TeamSong For You ... CD
PTG (France), 1982. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Rainbow Team, where have you been all our lives? You're a heck of a great little group – and we love the sound you've got on this second album! Sure, we know you're wearing a bunch of silly day-glo costumes on the cover – and that's probably what's made this record slip by our crates in the past – but one listen to the tightness of your grooves, and we're more than willing to forgive you for any bad fashion choices! The sound of the set is totally great – soaring along in the best sort of 80s groove mode – with tight snapping rhythms at the bottom, and a full set of arrangements that bring in some added horns and just the right amount of sweetening strings. And although Rainbow Team are Italian, the record's got a stone American soul sound – very much like the best of the Capitol Rare generation in the US. Titles include "A Song For You", "Let Em Be", "Please Let's Go", "Bite The Apple", "Hope He Wants", "Let's Forget", and "Don't Cry For Me". CD features the bonus track "Stay". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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