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Apollonia 6Apollonia 6 ... LP
Warner, 1984. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Ashford & SimpsonIs It Still Good To Ya ... LP
Warner, 1978. Very Good ... $1.99
By this point, Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson are firmly holding the foreground as artists in their own right after many years of acting as songwriters for other soul and R&B hitmakers, and this self produced album continues in their tradition of sophisticated soul and rich balladry. With a number of singles that would help them begin to break through to later huge chart success, including "Is It Good To You", "Ain't It A Shame", "It Seems To Hang On" and "Get Up And Do Something". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear.)

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Ashford & SimpsonPerformance ... CD
Warner/Hopsack & Silk, 1981. Used ... $6.99
An expanded double-length set from Ashford & Simpson – one that features three sides of live material, plus some great studio work as well! The concert material makes up the core of the album – a really wonderful demonstration of the genius of Nick and Valerie away from the studio – still every bit as tight as on previous Warner albums, with perhaps an even more jaw-dropping appreciation of their talents – given the way they put things together on a stage! Things are nicely changed up – some cuts extended, some shortened, and the duo are clearly as great of live entertainers as they are in the studio – if we can judge from the crowd response. Live cuts include "Don't Cost You Nothing", "Landlord/Clouds/The Boss/Is It Still Good To Ya", "Love Don't Make It Right", "Bourgie Bourgie (inst)", "Nobody Knows", "You're All I Need/Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing/Ain't No Mountain High Enough", and "It Seems To Hang On". Studio cuts are great too – and include "It Shows In The Eyes", "It's The Long Run", and "Come On Pretty Baby". CD

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Ashford & SimpsonSend It ... LP
Warner, 1977. Very Good ... $1.99
Excellent work from Ashford & Simpson – with some modern soul groovers that are among the best they ever did! The album includes their original reading of "Top Of The Stairs", a great sexy soul duet that was later done by Collins & Collins – and it's also got a fantastic instrumental reading of "Bourgie Bourgie", a track that you may know from a more famous John Davis disco version. Other tracks include "By Way Of Love's Express", "Let Love Use Me", "Send It", and "Waited Too Long". More proof that leaving Motown was a great move for them! LP, Vinyl record album

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Ashford & SimpsonStay Free ... LP
Warner, 1979. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Great stuff! From Motown songwriters to world-class superstars, the trip was a well-deserved one for Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford – and this album's perhaps their crowning achievement in sophisticated club soul! The record's got a great groove that offers a more soulful version of disco than most of the competing albums on major labels at the time – a perfect summation of the care and craft that Ashford & Simpson had always put into their music right from the start! The pair handle all production on the record, and also contributed all the songs too – and the whole thing's so wonderfully tight, right, and on the money, the album soars to the top even before the vocals come into the mix. Titles include more than a few club classics, like "Found A Cure", "Stay Free", and "Nobody Knows" – plus the cuts "Dance Forever", "Crazy", "Follow Your Heart", and "Finally Got To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner with a tear.)

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Boney JamesCreepin' (remix w/rap, remix w/o rap, album) ... 12-inch
Warner, 1992. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $1.99
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Bootsy's Rubber BandThis Boot Is Made For Fonk-N ... LP
Warner, 1979. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Bootsy's still keeping the P-Funk flag flying high at the end of the 70s – arguably stepping out here with a sound that's got more of the Parliafunkadelicment elements intact than some of George Clinton's other spinoff groups! The tracks are long, and plenty jamming – still with plenty of star power from Bootsy upfront – but also some wonderfully tight rhythms from the rest of the players too, all in that mix of hard-rolling, and light-tripping funk modes that still set the P-Funk groups apart from the pack of imitators who'd cropped up in their wake! Titles include "Jam Fan (Hot)", "Bootsy Get Live", "Under The Influence Of A Groove", "Chug-A-Lug", "Oh Boy", and "Shejam". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the inner sleeve.)

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Jocelyn BrownOne From The Heart ... LP
Warner, 1987. Near Mint- ... $1.99
A classic groover from Jocelyn Brown! One From The Heart was a big mainstream moment for Jocelyn Brown – the crowning realization of all the great work she'd done in the club underground in the early part of the 80s – presented here with a slightly more crossover vibe, but a sound that's still pretty darn great in the end, thanks to Brown's tremendous vocals. Jocelyn's really keeping an older style of female soul alive here – amidst some beats and more programmed rhythms – belting things out with the pipes that first rose her to fame in the disco years, pretty proud and unabashed here. Rhythms are better than usual for a major label record like this – thanks to help from Hubert Eaves and Jellybean – and titles include "Love's Gonna Get You", "Ego Maniac", "True Love", "Caught In The Act", "I Cry Real Tears", and "Living Without Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Tevin CampbellTEVIN ... CD
Qwest/Warner, 1991. Used ... $1.99
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(Out of print.)

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ChangeGlow Of Love ... LP
Warner, 1980. Very Good ... $5.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Labels have a name in pen.)

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Chic & OthersChic Organization – Box Set Vol 1 – Savoir Faire (4CD set) ... CD
Warner (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $46.99
A much-needed 4CD box set devoted to the diverse, but always dancefloor-ready sounds of Chic – both Chic the legendary band and the Chic Organization production and songwriting work of Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers! The set has plenty of prime material from Chic proper – including 12" mixes and otherwise longer grooving gems – and lots of classic and rare Chic Organization productions by a diverse cast of superstars. Includes funky dancefloor groovers by Chic, Sister Sledge and Norma Jean, plus rare mixes and previously unreleased gems by Sheila & B Devotion, Teddy Pendergrass, Diana Ross and more. It's even got rarities by pop and rock singers looking for some dancefloor magic – including Carly Simon, Debbie Harry and Johnny Mathis! The box set was put together in conjunction with Nile Rodgers himself – so you know it's top notch. Includes a few great Dimitri From Paris remixes, too! 46 tracks on 4CDs: "Everybody Dance (12" Mix)", "Le Freak", "Savior Faire", "My Feet Keep Dancing", "Stage Fright", "You Are Beautiful" and more by Chic, "Saturday (Dimitri From Paris Remix)" by Norma Jean, "He's The Greatest Dancer", "Thinking Of You (Dimitri From Paris Remix)" and more by Sister Sledge, "Upside Down (Original Chic Mix)" and more by Diana Ross, "Dream Girl (Previously Unreleased Nile Rodgers Mix)" by Teddy Pendergrass, "I Want To Fall In Love (Previously Unreleased)" and more by Johnny Mathis "Why (12" Mix)" by Carly Simon, "Backfired (12" Version)" by Debbie Harry and much more. CD

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Dennis CoffeyBlack Belt Jones – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... LP
Warner, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Finally – the long overdue release of one of the funkiest soundtracks ever! The music to Black Belt Jones has always been the stuff of legend – mostly only issued as a promo single back in the 70s, but funky enough that it's ranked among the best soundtracks of the decade! The score was composed and performed by Dennis Coffey and Luchi De Jesus – the former a funk star in his own right, the latter the composer of the ultra-hip Friday Foster soundtrack – and together, the pair have crafted some killer grooves that mix guitars, congas, and blasting orchestrations that could plow Enter The Dragon into the dust! Plus, the soundtrack nicely mixes together bits of dialogue and sound effects from the film – making things sound a lot like some of those cool Japanese Bruce Lee soundtracks that were floating around from years back. Titles include "Love Theme", "At The Beach", "Main Theme", "Opening Theme", "Drama", "Mafia Theme", and "Sexy". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Bootsy CollinsBootsy? Player Of The Year ... LP
Warner, 1978. Very Good Gatefold ... $6.99
What can we say? Bootsy's on top of the world here – not only The Player Of The Year, but also the most soulful artist in the P-Funk stable, and a master of the smooth, sly, slinky groove that would forever be taken up by bands from LA – both in the immediate soul years and in later sampling hip hop ones. The record's got a sophisticated soul approach that moves the music way past slapped basslines and funny glasses – and thanks to top-line musicianship, including some help from Fred Wesley, Bootsy avoids any cliches that might have buried this one under the mountain of P-Funk albums hitting the market at the same time. Includes the monster track "Hollywood Squares" – plus "May The Force Be With You", "Very Yes", "Bootsy?", and "Bootzilla". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the die-cut glasses. Cover has ring & edge wear, mostly along the top seam – and has a cutout notch.)

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Cookies/Little Eva/Carole KingDimension Dolls Vol 1 ... CD
Dimension/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $13.99
A trio of sublime soul acts from the 60s Dimension label – The Cookies, Little Eva, and Dimension head Carole King herself! King's certainly best known for her later fame in the 70s – but back at the time of this record, she was a real powerhouse on the New York soul scene – penning legendary cuts with partner Gerry Goffin, and doing plenty of arrangements and studio leading on a whole host of classic recordings – including all the tracks on this set. The early King tracks are great – a mix of heartbreaking soul with folksy undercurrents – on titles that include "Crying In The Rain", "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do", "It Started All Over Again", and "It Might As Well Rain Until September" – and they're balanced nicely here by "Loco Motion", "Keep Your Hands Off My Baby", and "Uptown" by Little Eva – plus "Chains", "Don't Say Nothin Bad", and "Foolish Little Girl" by The Cookies. CD

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CrackinMakings Of A Dream ... LP
Warner, 1977. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Even better than the first Warner album from Crackin – a sweet little cooker with loads of subtle charm! The group have a really great feel – tight, but never commercial – and never too AOR, as well – a careful balance that's probably one of the reasons why they never charted as big back in the day – although, from our crate-digging experience, we can say that we always seem to turn up their albums in all the hippest collections from the 70s! Leslie Smith sings vocals with the group, adding in the same soulful currents you'll know from his later solo work – and the overall feel is somewhere in the same sort of jazzy funk sound that you'd find on the best records by Rufus from the time. Titles include "I Want To Sing It To You", "You're Winning", "There's A Better Way", "Take Me To The Bridge", "Feel Alright", "What Goes Around Comes Around", and "Beautiful Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & a partially split top seam.)

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Randy CrawfordDon't Say It's Over ... CD
Warner, 1993. Used ... $5.99
A great mix of jazz and soul from Randy Crawford – and a 90s set that almost takes us back to the best sounds of her early career in the 70s! The work here is nicely relaxed – not trying for a hit, even when things are smooth or a bit uptempo – especially given the mis-steps that Randy might have made with some of the mainstream genres of the time. A few cuts feature nicely restrained instrumentation – especially Crawford's leadoff duet with pianist Lou Levy on a version of "I'm Glad There Is You". Other tracks include "In My Life", "Why Can't We Take A Chance", "Year After Year", "Mad Over You", "Don't Say It's Over", and "Can We Bring It Back". CD
(Out of print.)

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Randy CrawfordMiss Randy Crawford ... CD
Warner, 1977. Used ... $6.99
One of the hippest, tightest albums ever from Randy Crawford – a set that's got a great blend of jazz, funk, and soul – all with the kind of poise and polish she brought to her famous work with The Crusaders! Crawford's wonderful vocals are wrapped up perfectly in some cool combo backings which are then augmented by larger strings – a blend that's got a great sort of richness right from the start, but also that special late 70s LA style that never has things getting too soppy or commercial, even when tight. Randy's the perfect sort of singer to make a record like this come out right – and titles include "I Can't Get You Off My Mind", "Over My Head", "Single Woman Married Man", "Half Steppin", "This Man", and "At Last". CD
(Out of print.)

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Randy CrawfordRaw Silk ... CD
Warner (France), 1979. Used ... $6.99
A really wonderful little album from Randy Crawford – a lot jazzier than previous work, and done in a style that has Randy's vocals backed by small electric combo work on most cuts! Players on the set are a great batch of top-shelf fusion players – and include Don Grusin, William D Smith, Leon Pendarvis, and John Tropea – all playing in different combos from track to track, but keeping things nicely together to match Randy's increasingly soulful vocals. The sound's a real hint at the greatness Randy would hit with The Crusaders – but in a mellower mode – and titles include "Endlessly", "Declaration Of Love", "Blue Mood", "Love Is Like A Newborn Child", "Nobody", and "Just To Keep You Satisfied". CD
(Out of print. Booklet has remnants of a small sticker.)

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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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Lamont DozierRight There ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
One of Lamont Dozier's biggest albums of the 70s – a sweet debut for Warner Brothers, but one that still keeps all the best elements of his ABC albums firmly intact! Arrangements are still by Lamont and McKinley Jackson – who really know how to help Dozier find that tightness brewed up in the Detroit scene, while also pushing things further with some upbeat grooves that really find new territory too! Dozier's vocals are great – that slightly less than perfect style that always makes his work sound so personal and meaningful next to some of his slicker 70s contemporaries – a really appealing style that always has his 70s records at the top of our listening stack. Titles include "Joy", "Groovin On a Natural High", "Right There", "With A Little Bit Of Mending (We Could Be As Good As New)", "Ain't Never Loved Nobody", and a great remake of "It's the Same Old Song". CD

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Dr JohnIn A Sentimental Mood ... LP
Warner, 1989. Very Good+ ... $5.99
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Lorraine EllisonHeart & Soul ... LP
Warner, 1966. Very Good- ... $14.99
A tremendous early album from Lorraine Ellison – one that mixes her deep soul roots with some sophisticated jazzy arrangements from Oliver Nelson – a blend that gives the record a wonderfully rich feel, right from the start! The style's somewhere in the territory of Nancy Wilson on Capitol, but a bit more soul-based too – even when Lorraine's singing standards – and production is by uptown soul great Jerry Ragovoy, who brings in subtle rhythmic touches and light strings to create just the right sort of shimmer at just the right moments. Some tunes showcase Ellison's gospel background, some have more of a jazz-based presentation – and titles include "He's My Guy", "That's For Me", "Stay With Me", "Games That Lovers Play", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Heart & Soul", and "When Love Flies Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, a cutout grommet, a partially split top seam, a split bottom seam with some tape, and a couple of light stains on the back.)

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First ChoiceSo Let Us Entertain You ... LP
Warner, 1976. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A strong move into disco by First Choice – the group whose earlier Philly work had an undeniable impact on the genre! The sound here is smoother and more mature than the group's first few albums – a bit more in the fuller mode of the disco years, less pop overall – and done with some stone Philly production by Norman Harris and Stan Watson – and loads of great arrangements by Harris, Bobby Eli, and Vince Montana. Wonderful work all the way through – with none of the disco filler of other groups' albums from the time – and a deeply-crafted vocal sound that belies the trio's strong history in soul! Tracks include "Ain't He Bad", "Gotta Get Away (From You Baby)", "Yes, Maybe No", "I Got A Feeling", "Don't Fake It", and "Let Him Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker on front.)

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FunkadelicHardcore Jollies ... LP
Warner, 1976. Very Good- Gatefold ... $11.99
One of the sweetest Funkadelic albums from the middle period, and a good batch of tracks that often gets overlooked in the haze of similar Pedro Bell covers! Don't miss this one, though – because it is a very strong album – key in the shift from more guitar-based funk to more groove-oriented rhythms – and a record that's got more than a few tasty numbers. Includes nice ones like "You Scared The Lovin Outta Me", "Comin Round The Mountain", and "If You Got Funk, You Got Style", plus a live version of "Cosmic Slop" that's totally great! LP, Vinyl record album
(Side 1 has a mark that clicks on tracks one through three. Cover has a cutout notch and some wear.)

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David HudsonTo You Honey – Honey With Love ... CD
Alston/Warner (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
A great collection of work by singer David Hudson – a great vocalist who recorded for TK during the end of the label's hit years, and in a mode that was quite different than other artists on the Miami scene at the time! The groove here is sweet and smooth modern soul – done with a great mellow approach that clearly draws from the styles forged by Latimore for TK during the earlier part of the 70s, but which also borrows nicely from some of the work going on up north at the time. There's still some great Miami soul touches in the work – especially in the guitar lines and the way the rhythms flow out in a mellow and warm mode – but the album's also got a mature, sophisticated groove that we really love – and which is a nice contrast to the way that southern soul was changing over at the Malaco studios at the time. Titles include "I Have Never Loved A Woman", "When I'm Loving You", "Let Me Wrap You In My Love", "Scratch My Back", "Ease Up", and the hit "Honey Honey". CD

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ImpressionsFinally Got Myself Together ... CD
Curtom/Warner (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A great little album by The Impressions – possibly their best of the 70s! The record's got a very solid harmony soul approach, and Lowrell Simon wrote and produced a number of tracks with Rich Tufo – giving the album the same sweet sexy sound that he brought to his best solo records, and his late work with The Lost Generation! The best example of this is the fantastic soul cut "We Go Back A Ways", a sweet mellow groover in the Leroy Hutson vein, and one of their standout cuts in the post-Curtis days. Ed Townsend worked on a number of other cuts, too, and he brings a real tightness to the songwriting – especially on the cuts "Guess What I Got", "Try Me (One More Time)", and "I'm A Changed Man". CD

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ImpressionsPreacher Man ... CD
Curtom/Warner (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Heavy soul from the early 70s version of The Impressions – put together with all the same depth as Curtis Mayfield's work of the time! This time around, Rich Tufo is at the helm on production and arrangements – but he continues to wave the Curtom flag high with some wonderfully put-together backings that mix swirling strings and heavy funk, all in support of some very message-oriented lyrics! Tufo also penned most of the tracks on the set, and has a great ear for bringing the new politics of the 70s into play with the sweeter soul harmonies of the group's earlier years – still carried strong by original group members Sam Gooden and Fred Cash. Titles include "Find The Way", "Preacher Man", "What It Is", "Simple Message", "Thin Line", and "Color Us All Gray (I'm Lost)". CD

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ImpressionsTimes Have Changed ... CD
Curtom/Warner (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
A post-Curtis Mayfield album by The Impressions – but one that crackles with the raw righteousness of Curtis' first few solo albums on Curtom! Mayfield's place here is held by the amazing Leroy Hutson – one of our favorite soul talents of the 70s, really sparkling here in the trio before moving onto his own run of classics for Curtom – with a vocal quality that's solidly soulful, and possibly even more progressively pointed than Curtis. Hutson helped co-arrange the album with Riley Hampton – and production is by Curtis Mayfield, who brings in all the right elements of fuzz and funk to really keep the group sounding hip. Titles include the classic peace song "Stop the War", plus "I Need To Belong To Someone", "Love Me", "Our Love Goes On & On", "This Love's for Real", and a cool cover of "Inner City Blues". CD

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ImpressionsYoung Mod's Forgotten Story ... CD
Curtom/Warner (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
Quite possibly our favorite-ever album by the Impressions! The record is a key transitional one – and it has them opening up the politics that were often hidden by spiritual metaphors on earlier ABC albums, into a righteous soul groove that hints a lot at the overblown direction Curtis Mayfield would take in the 70s, yet which still retains all the tightness of the group's earlier work. Nearly every single cut's a classic – and the group outdid themselves vocally, especially Curtis, who always makes our heart break on this one! Donny Hathaway and Johnny Pate handled the arrangements, and tracks include "Choice Of Colors", "The Girl I Find", "Mighty Mighty (Spade & Whitey)", "Soulful Love", and "Seven Years". CD

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Al JarreauBest Of Al Jarreau ... CD
Warner, Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. Used ... $1.99
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(Out of print.)

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Al JarreauBreakin' Away ... LP
Warner, 1981. Sealed ... $2.99
Titles include "Closer To Your Love", "My Old Friend", "Roof Garden", "Blue Rondo A La Turk", "Teach Me Tonight", and "We're In This Love Together". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is cracked a bit on the top seam.)

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Al JarreauHigh Crime ... LP
Warner, 1984. Near Mint- ... $0.99
A big one for Al Jarreau – a record that has a groove that's a bit more mainstream than some of Al's previous records, but which still leaves plenty of space for his amazing vocals! Jarreau's working again with producer Jay Graydon, who pitches the instrumentation towards more electric-sounding levels than before – more of the rhythms and keyboard parts you'd guess from the album's date, although still at a level that's warmer than some of Al's more commercial contemporaries. Titles include "Raging Waters", "Imagination", "Murphy's Law", "Tell Me", "After All", "High Crime", and "Let's Pretend". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Al JarreauJarreau ... LP
Warner, 1983. Near Mint- ... $1.99
A massive set from Al Jarreau – a set that gave the singer one of his smoothest hits of all time, yet still kept him very firmly in the sort of sophisticated territory that set him apart from most of his contemporaries! The sound here is often a lot more understated than you'd expect – mellow jazz, with light instrumentation, and less of the too-commercial modes that other singers were being hung with at the time – an approach that preserves all the wonderful lightness in Al's vocals – that mix of jazzy scatting roots and warmly flowing soul that makes most of the early Jarreau albums well worth tracking down. The set leads off with the classic "Mornin" – and other cuts include "I Will Be Here For You", "Step By Step", "Black & Blues", "Not Like This", "Love Is Waiting", and "Trouble In Paradise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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Al JarreauLook To The Rainbow – Live In Europe ... LP
Warner, 1977. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $2.99
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Al JarreauThis Time ... LP
Warner, 1980. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Titles include "Distracted", "Never Givin Up", "Gimme What You Got", "Love Is Real", "Alonzo", "Spain", and "Change Your Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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Norma JeanNorma Jean ... LP
Bearsville/Warner, 1978. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Norma Jean Wright was one of the singers in Chic – the super-huge pop-disco combo led by Bernie Edwards and Nile Rogers. This solo album was issued during the height of the group's fame, and it's got a lot of elements of Chic's style – but also more of a straighter soul edge. Tracks are a bit less campy, and Norma goes for some soulful moments on tracks like "I Believe In You", "Saturday", "This Is The Love", and "So I Get Hurt". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Norma Jean ... CD 9.99

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New Joe JonesYou Talk Too Much ... CD
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
Joe Jones is a heck of a compelling singer here – way more than you might expect if you just know the title hit – even though that track's a gem too! The approach is early New Orleans soul, but also a bit more freewheeling than more familiar work of the time – with small combo backing from a group that includes Harold Batiste on tenor and a young Idris Muhammad on drums – and a groove that ranges nicely from tight Crescent City triplets to looser, more jazzy styles! Production is never too polished, and Jones really belts things out on titles that include "You Talk Too Much", "Take A Little Walk", "Always Picking On Me", "To Prove My Love To You", "One Big Mouth", and "Tell Me What's Happening". CD

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Paul KellyHooked, Hogtied & Collared ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
One of our favorite albums ever from soul singer Paul Kelly – an overlooked talent who was given a great 70s run by Warner Brothers, but never fully got his due! Paul's got roots in southern soul, but works here in a slightly modern mode too – with production from Buddy Killen that ties together strong strands of styles, but also helps Kelly find a fresh voice of his own. Things are nicely smooth at times, but still firmly in a deep soul vibe – almost a precursor to territory that Lew Kirton would explore a few years later, but without as much of a groove. The mellower cuts are wonderful – maybe some of the best that Kelly ever recorded – and titles include "You Make Me Tremble", "I Believe I Can", "Holding On For Dear Life", "Try My Love", and "Hooked Hogtied & Collared". CD

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Chaka KhanChaka ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
The classic late 70s solo debut by Chaka Khan – one that made Chaka a major star, and deservedly so! This beautiful album showed that she could stand very well on her own two feet without the help of Rufus, thank you. Of course, she's got some fantastic help from Arif Mardin, who works as much magic with Chaka here as he'd done with Aretha Franklin a decade before. Includes the original version of "I'm Every Woman", which still sound great to this day – plus "Love Has Fallen On Me", "Roll Me Through The Rushes", the nice "We Got The Love" duet with George Benson, "Some Love", "Life Is A Dance", "A Woman In A Man's World", "I Was Made To Love Him" and "Sleep On It". CD
Also available Chaka ... LP 3.99

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Chaka KhanChaka ... LP
Warner, 1978. Very Good ... $3.99
The classic late 70s solo debut by Chaka Khan – one that made Chaka a major star, and deservedly so! This beautiful album showed that she could stand very well on her own two feet without the help of Rufus, thank you. Of course, she's got some fantastic help from Arif Mardin, who works as much magic with Chaka here as he'd done with Aretha Franklin a decade before. Includes the original version of "I'm Every Woman", which still sound great to this day – plus "Love Has Fallen On Me", "Roll Me Through The Rushes", the nice "We Got The Love" duet with George Benson, "Some Love", "Life Is A Dance", "A Woman In A Man's World", "I Was Made To Love Him" and "Sleep On It". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Chaka ... CD 9.99

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Chaka KhanCK ... LP
Warner, 1988. Sealed ... $1.99
Titles include "Soul Talkin", "Sticky Wicked", "The End Of A Love Affair", "Make It Last", "I'll Be Around", and "Signed Sealed Delivered". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Chaka KhanEpiphany – The Best Of Chaka Khan – Sampler ... 12-inch
Warner, 1980s. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $4.99
A half dozen of Chaka's best solo tracks from the late 70s and early 80s, with one of the nicer, new tracks that was also included on her best of, featuring Chaka alongside Me'Shell Ndegeocello and David Gamson, the radio edit of "Never Miss The Water". Also includes "Ain't Nobody", "Tell Me Something Good (live)", "I'm Every Woman" and "Through The Fire". 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Chaka KhanI Feel For You ... CD
Warner, 1984. Used ... $2.99
Chaka Khan steps off her smoother sets from the early 80s here – into a groove that's a bit chunkier, funkier, and with some key 80s groove touches! Arif Mardin's still in charge of the whole project here, but he's opened the door to a host of other producers to update Chaka's sound for the dancefloor – including John Robie, Russ Titelman, James Newton Howard, and others. The title hit – "I Feel For You" – is a vocoder bumping classic from back in the day – and other tracks include "Chinatown", "This Is My Night", "La Flamme", "My Love Is Alive", "Hold Her", "Through The Fire", and "Stronger Than Before". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Chaka KhanNaughty ... LP
Warner, 1980. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A great album of mellow modern soul tracks recorded in Chaka's post-Rufus years! The record was produced by the great Arif Mardin, the man who made so many of the 70s Atlantic soul records work so well – and he handled Chaka's voice with a sweet sweet sound that you don't always get on her other albums. Includes the great "Papillon", her remake of "Hot Butterfly", plus "Move Me No Mountain", "So Naughty", "Too Much Love", and "Clouds". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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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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Chaka KhanWhat Cha' Gonna Do For Me ... LP
Warner, 1981. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Wonderful stuff – and despite what you might think about her work with Rufus, we've always felt that Chaka Khan was equally good, if not better, during the early years of her solo career. This album's a totally solid soul effort, with production by Arif Mardin that's right up there with his best work for Atlantic – and a very catchy batch of cuts, including the hit "Any Old Sunday", plus "We Got Each Other", "We Can Work It Out", "Night Moods", and "Father He Said". Also features the cut "I Know You, I Live You", a big Chicago house cut from the old days. And hey, she went to school around the corner from our old office! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some light wear.)

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Claudia LennearPhew (with bonus track) ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1973. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
The only full album ever recorded by Claudia Lennear – a singer who first rose to fame as a member of Ike Turner's Ikettes, but who also lent her vocals to a whole host of other great projects too! Claudia easily skirted the worlds of soul and rock on the LA scene of the early 70s – and this album definitely shows that mix of scenes – especially given that the album's split into two sides, handled by two producers – each of whom have a different vibe! Side one features Claudia's vocals amidst some tight lead guitar from Ry Cooder – and side two features warmer backings from a larger group produced by Allen Toussaint – who brings in some funky elements that really let Lennear let loose! We dig side two more than side one – although that first side does have some appeal as well – and titles include great versions of "From A Whisper To A Scream", "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky", and "What'd I Do Wrong" – plus "It Ain't Easy", "Casey Jones", "Goin Down", "Sing With The Children", and "Sister Angela". CD features a bonus track – "Two Trains" – originally issued as a single. CD

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Little BeaverWhen Was The Last Time ... CD
Cat/Warner (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
An excellent album of smooth soul tracks – very different than Little Beaver's earlier work, but every bit as great! The album's got a warm, mellow finish that's almost a maturation of the sound that Beaver first forged on his Party Down album – with plenty of his deep soul vocals and guitar work laced through the mix, on top of lots of nice keyboard bits from Timmy Thomas! The groove is mellow Miami soul at its best – and in a way, it's this shift that really helped Beaver keep his music alive – giving it a depth that sets it apart from some of the hitbound Miami music of the period. Titles include the classic groover "Concrete Jungle", plus "When Was The Last Time", "Pretty Little Girl", and "I Really Love You Babe". CD
Also available When Was The Last Time ... CD 8.99

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MasterpieceGirl's Alright With Me ... CD
Whitfield/Warner (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
A great later production by Norman Whitfield – and one that almost returns to the simpler harmony soul of 60s Motown! Masterpiece have a style that's much more fragile and sweet than other groups on the Whitfield label – which was mostly dedicated to fuller and dancefloor soul. The harmonies here are really classic – almost acapella inspired at times, although recorded with plenty of fuller backings arranged by Norman – and the vocals are very upfront in the mix, and really given plenty of room to move around. Titles include "The Girl's Alright With Me", "High On Love", "We Like To Get Down", "Take A Look Around", "Thank You For The Love", "Love Is What You Make It", and a version of "You + Me = Love". CD

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Curtis MayfieldSweet Exorcist ... CD
Curtom/Warner (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderfully wicked album from Curtis Mayfield – one that's not nearly as famous as his Superfly set, but which is every bit as great! The groove here is lean, mean, and totally righteous – a bit more stripped-down than some of the rumbling funk of other Curtom efforts, and served up with a fluid groove that makes the album a killer from start to finish! As with Superfly, there's a nice blend here between uptight funky tracks and some more laidback soul – showcasing both sides of the Curtis Mayfield sound of the 70s – the brash society-changing soul, and the mellower, more fragile voice that first came to prominence in The Impressions. Titles alone tell you the vibe of the record – and they include "Ain't Got Time", "To Be Invisible", "Kung Fu", "Suffer", "Power to the People", and "Make Me Believe In You". CD

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Gwen McCraeMelody Of Life ... CD
Cat/Warner (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
An underground gem from Gwen McCrae – and the record that first set the tone for her dancefloor classics for Atlantic in the 80s! The album has Gwen shaking off some of the southern soul of her roots – stretching the genre out to hit notes that are much more in tune with modern soul of the time – a warmly sophisticated approach that uses Gwen's vocals to best effect on a variety of adult themes, but which also kicks in some great midtempo and mellow grooves on the set. A perfect example of this is the album's sublime stepper "All This Love I'm Givin" – a track that works perfectly on the dancefloor, yet which also has a heck of a lot of deep soul too – and the rest of the album follows in a similarly sublime sort of groove. Other titles include "I Can Only Think Of You", "I Found A Love", "Maybe I'll Find Somebody New", "The Melody Of Life", and "The Joy". CD

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Dave McMurray ShowKeep On Rising (club, club inst, album)/Coast To Coast (free earth mix, album) ... 12-inch
Warner, 1996. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $1.99
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MetersRejuvenation (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Sundazed, 1974. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Brilliantly funky! This is the greatest album they cut for Warner Brothers – and it's one of the few that ever really approaches the genius of their early work for Josie. The record features the incredible breakbeat cut "Just Kissed My Baby" – worth the price of the album alone – plus other nice ones like "Jungle Man", "Africa", "What'cha Say", and the perennial New Orleans favorite "Hey Pocky A Way". Also features the incredible funk jam "It Ain't No Use" – a monster track that's nearly 12 minutes long! Plus, the CD features 2 bonus tracks, single versions of "Hey Pocky A-Way" and "People Say"! CD
Also available Rejuvenation (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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MetersRejuvenation (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Sundazed, 1974. Used ... $9.99
Brilliantly funky! This is the greatest album they cut for Warner Brothers – and it's one of the few that ever really approaches the genius of their early work for Josie. The record features the incredible breakbeat cut "Just Kissed My Baby" – worth the price of the album alone – plus other nice ones like "Jungle Man", "Africa", "What'cha Say", and the perennial New Orleans favorite "Hey Pocky A Way". Also features the incredible funk jam "It Ain't No Use" – a monster track that's nearly 12 minutes long! Plus, the CD features 2 bonus tracks, single versions of "Hey Pocky A-Way" and "People Say"! CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available Rejuvenation (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99

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PersuadersIt's All About Love ... CD
Calla/Warner (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A great step forward for The Persuaders – a set that has the group losing some of the more fragile, more earthy modes of their previous records – and moving into some soaring territory to match their best competition at the time! There's a sweet Philly vibe to the whole thing – not totally Gamble & Huff, but nicely looser – with work from Norman Harris and Robert Curington that are just what the group needs to kick things up a bit! Harris also had a hand in some of the better songs on the album – which feature that soaring, not-really-disco kind of uptempo groove that he was so good at – a righteous undercurrent that really helps unlock the best side of The Persuaders' vocals. Great tracks include "Sure Shot", "Who Will It Be Tonight", "It's Love", "Two Women", and "Hey Sister". CD

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Wilson PickettBest Of Wilson Pickett (Brookville) ... LP
Brookville/Warner, Late 60s. Very Good+ 2LP ... $9.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a few creases.)

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PrinceBatman – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Warner, 1989. Used ... $2.99
Titles include "The Future", "Electric Chair", "Vicki Waiting", "Partyman", "Scandalous", and "Batdance". CD

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PrinceChaos & Disorder ... CD
Warner, 1996. Used ... $5.99
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New PrinceControversy ... CD
Warner, 1981. Used ... $3.99
Classic Prince – an album that signaled an end to the first part of Prince's storied career, leaning heavily on his fascination with new wave, mixed with the r&b grooves and 70s funk of his earliest LPs. Prince is definitely in a transitional mode here, the easy politics of the punk era – "Ronnie Talk To Russia", "Controversy" – are less controversial than Prince's frank sexuality on the record – best heard on tracks like "Jack U Off", "Do Me, Baby", and "Sexuality" – but the unbeatable pop groove of the title cut definitely points the way to Prince's big chart success to come. CD

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PrinceControversy (short, long) ... 12-inch
Warner, 1981. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $13.99
One of the first really breakout funky numbers from Prince – an anthemic groover that was also the title cut to his album of the same name! "Controversy" never sounded so good – with popping bass and sweetly gliding keys that emphasize the grooves! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has marker on both sides and a light stain on the bottom half.)

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PrinceDirty Mind ... CD
Warner, 1980. Used ... $5.99
Early work from Prince – really his first full fledged masterpiece! Prince ushered the 80s in with a mix of recognizable influences, but filtered through his unique sensibility – taking taught a funk sound, layered vocals, crisp rhythms, ultra catchy songs and that unbridled, unambiguous, fearless sexuality! Amazing stuff, and an early hint that Prince had a look, sound, style and talent that could, and eventually would pretty much takeover a heck of a lot of cultural space. Titles include the unstoppable classics "Dirty Mind" and "When You Were Mine", plus "Head", "Sister", "Do It All Night", and "Party Up". CD

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New PrinceFor You ... CD
Warner, 1978. Used ... $5.99
Compelling early work from Prince – with a host of influences present on the surface, showing more clearly from whence he developed his unique sound. There's a bit of the record that reminds us of Shuggie Otis mid 70s output, and other tracks show that Prince had been paying attention to the keyboard-heavy sounds in the soul industry – as solos on a few of these numbers almost show a jazz funk impulse. The best cuts are the mellow ones – and titles include "For You", "Soft & Wet", "Crazy You", "Baby", "So Blue", and "I'm Yours". A seed of what was to come, but still amazing! CD

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PrinceLet's Pretend We're Married/DMSR/Automatic ... 12-inch
Warner, 1983. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $6.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a printed sleeve, with some discoloration from age.)

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New PrincePop Life (Fresh Dance Mix)/Hello (Fresh Dance Mix) ... 12-inch
Warner, 1985. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $2.99
Two dance versions of tracks taken from his 1985 release Around The World In A Day, one of the last great singles Prince cut, that didn't drift too far into the pop rock realm, with a nice laid back psychedelic feel. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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New PrincePrince ... CD
Warner, 1979. Used ... $4.99
An overlooked record in the grand scheme – which is unforgivable in our book! This self-titled album Prince's second LP, and already his vision is becoming a little more focused, and you could really hear the seeds of his later efforts – and really remarkable, unique, and fascinating record that stands up with some of his best work, and bucks all late 70s trends and cliches in pop, soul and funk. In some ways this is one of our favorite Prince LP, as it has a kind of intimacy that was lacking on later LPs, or maybe it's because the hit "I Wanna Be Your Lover" has such a mad groove! "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad" has the sly sound that would run throughout the rest of Prince's better work for years to come and Chaka Khan would later cover "I Feel for You" and hit large with it in the 80s. Also includes "Sexy Dancer", "With You" and "When We're Dancing Close And Slow". CD

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New PrincePurple Rain ... LP
Warner, 1984. Very Good- ... $9.99
One of the greatest crossover albums of the 80s – and the record that catapulted Prince very firmly into the mainstream! There's a tightness here that surpasses even that of Prince's early classics for Warner Brothers – an unabashed love of a pop hook that makes for some incredibly catchy tunes that are still delivered with a nice funky undercurrent. The whole Prince family is at the top of their game at this point – and titles include "Darling Nikki", "Let's Go Crazy", "I Would Die 4 U", "When Doves Cry", "Baby I'm A Star", and "Purple Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has some wear, with a small split on the bottom seam.)

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PrinceSign O The Times ... CD
Paisley Park/Warner, 1987. Used 2CD ... $6.99
A sprawling classic from Prince – that tracks that perfect the pop, funk & soul kaleidoscope of his best 80s jams, and adding a remarkable, previously unexplored depth and breadth of styles! A lot of folks tried to designate Prince's massive, fearless, beginning-of-the-end-of-the-80s epic Sign O The Times his What's Going On – which was never really fair to Prince, or to Marvin Gaye for the matter – but it's filled with great cuts – including the minimalist funky groover of a title track, with its superficial social consciousness that's very much of its 80s era, and all the more fascinating for that – plus massive hit "U Got The Look", "If I Was Your Girlfriend", "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man", "The Cross", "Hot Thing", and "Starfish & Coffee". 17 tracks in all. CD
(2 CD set in individual jewel cases.)

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Otis ReddingOriginal Album Series (Pain In My Heart/Sings Soul Ballads/Otis Blue/Soul Album/Dictionary Of Soul) (5CD set) ... CD
Stax/Warner, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 21.98
A quintet of classic Stax Records albums from Otis Redding – each presented in a tiny LP-style cover that replicates the original record! The work here is all totally wonderful – the kind of mindblowing, groundbreaking vocals that easily made Redding one of the most exciting artists of the 60s – with a reach that went way beyond most of his southern soul contemporaries! The quality of music is superb throughout – a mix of original tunes and classics that are completely recut with Redding's modern brilliance – served up at a level of power and personality that few other singers could ever touch – even all these many years later. Consider this set as a key entry to your soul music collection – the introduction of the classic records Pain In My Heart, Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads, Otis Blue, The Soul Album, and The Otis Redding Dictionary Of Soul. CD

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Clarence ReidClarence Reid On The Job ... CD
Alston/Warner (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A great lost record from Clarence Reid – one of the most multi-talented artists on his scene, stepping out here with the depth and sensitivity of some of his best southern soul contemporaries of the 70s! Despite the fact that at the time of the record, Reid was simultaneously recording as the goofy raunch-soul act Blowfly, the cover of this set features him sitting alone at a grand piano, looking all sensitive and serious – like he's Billy Joel or somebody! The style of the album, fortunately, doesn't match the cheesy singer/songwriter presentation – and it's a strong batch of Miami soul tracks that roll along with the classic TK groove of the mid 70s, yet without any of the too-pop or disco modes that were holding back some other artists. Reid's vocals are more heartfelt than ever – really soaring out at a level that almost matches Latimore – and all tunes were written by him, with a bit of help from Steve Alaimo, who also produces the record. Tracks include "The Best Part Of A Man", "The Only Time She Loves Me", "Caution! Love Ahead", "Down Where The Love Is", "Nappy-Haired Cowboy", and "Sleep With Me". Hmmm...kind of sounds like a Blowfly album after all! CD

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Rose RoyceIn Full Bloom ... CD
Whitfield/Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
A big one for Norman Whitfield – who found in Rose Royce what he'd been lacking for years – a hit group ready to handle a number of styles, all well, and all with an adventurous style that would break them past the legions of lackluster funky soul groups of the late 70s. The record blends the band's more famous funky styles with smoother jazzy soul that's almost in a Minnie Riperton mode – and which is made even more so by the sweet lead vocals of Rose Norwalt. She's heard to best effect on the cuts "Wishing On A Star" and "Ooh Boy" – and other funkier numbers include "Do Your Dance", "Funk Factory", and "It Makes You Feel Like Dancing", which are all filled with great keyboards and nice spacey grooves. CD

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Rose RoyceRose Royce Strikes Again ... CD
Whitfield/Warner (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Rose Royce in perfect hit mode – blending older styles of harmony soul and rolling funk with some of the late 70s better advances in production. Norman Whitfield's really pushing himself here, and if he only did one thing on this planet, we'd give him a big award for his wonderful work on "Love Don't Live Here Anymore" – clearly the album (and possibly the band's) standout cut, and a masterpiece of spacey soul that still shocks us today with its greatness. Other tracks include "I'm In Love", "That's What's Wrong With Me", "Let Me Be The First To Know", and "First Come, First Serve". CD

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New Rose RoyceRose Royce's Greatest Hits ... CD
Whitfield/Warner, Late 70s. Used ... $6.99
You know, these guys were so big that we sometimes forget how great they really were. This compilation's a great reminder, and it's filled with some killer 70's soul tracks like the totally sublime original version of "Love Don't Live Here Any More", a cut that still sends shivers down our spines, even if Madonna totally ruined it a few years ago. Other nice ones include "Ooh Boy", "Wishing On A Star", "I'm Going Down", and the obligatory "Car Wash". CD
(Out of print.)

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David RuffinGentleman Ruffin ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
David Ruffin at Warner Brothers – a very good thing, thanks to some sublime production from Detroit soul legend Don Davis! As with other key productions in the 70s, Don pitches Ruffin with a sound that's smooth, but still has a great sense of humanity – a style that's a bit like late 70s Marvin Gaye and Leon Ware, and which proves to be a perfect fit for David – giving him a new sense of focus here that's totally great! Those classic Ruffin vocals sound wonderful here – flowing, glowing, and getting a sense of warmth without getting too slick. A few cuts feature backup vocals from Leon Ware and Ronnie McNair, and female singer Laverna Mason brings in some great duets that really help deepen the sound of the record! Titles include "Love Supply", "I Wanna Be With You", "I Got A Thing For You", "Don't You Go Home", "Can We Make Love One More Time", and "All I Need". CD

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David RuffinSo Soon We Change ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Warm and wonderful soul from David Ruffin – key proof that the singer could keep on going strong, long after his earlier fame at Motown! The record's got a new sense of sophistication that really breaks David into new territory – a style that's nicely different than the backings Ruffin got from Van McCoy in his later Motown years – and which opens up a more mature sound, courtesy of producer Don Davis – who's casting Ruffin in the same blend of rough and smooth that worked so well for The Dramatics! There's a sophistication here that's completely sublime – a sound that's right up there with Leroy Hutson or Leon Ware – and most tunes hit a mellow or midtempo mode that's totally great! Tracks include "Chain On The Brain", "Break My Heart", "Morning Sun Looks Blue", "Let Your Love Rain Down On Me", "So Soon We Change", and "Sexy Dancer". CD
Also available So Soon We Change ... LP 0.99

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David RuffinSo Soon We Change ... LP
Warner, 1979. Very Good ... $0.99
Warm and wonderful soul from David Ruffin – key proof that the singer could keep on going strong, long after his earlier fame at Motown! The record's got a new sense of sophistication that really breaks David into new territory – a style that's nicely different than the backings Ruffin got from Van McCoy in his later Motown years – and which opens up a more mature sound, courtesy of producer Don Davis – who's casting Ruffin in the same blend of rough and smooth that worked so well for The Dramatics! There's a sophistication here that's completely sublime – a sound that's right up there with Leroy Hutson or Leon Ware – and most tunes hit a mellow or midtempo mode that's totally great! Tracks include "Chain On The Brain", "Break My Heart", "Morning Sun Looks Blue", "Let Your Love Rain Down On Me", "So Soon We Change", and "Sexy Dancer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light edgewear and a small date in pen on the back.)
Also available So Soon We Change ... CD 13.99

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Marc SadaneOne Way Love Affair/Exciting ... CD
Warner/Expansion (UK), 1981/1982. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of gems from this overlooked singer – back to back on a single CD! One Way Love Affair is the brilliant first album from Marc Sadane – an artist who never hit big at the time, but who really shines here in a set of mellow and modern soul tracks that's completely sublime! Sadane gets great production help from the team of Mtume and Reggie Lucas – who set his wonderful vocals up in the kind of space you might hear from Leon Ware or Leroy Hutson at the time – a style that's rich and romantic, but never overtone or soppy at all – balanced perfectly at a level that few mature masculine singers could ever do this well! The whole thing's a gem – and the title cut "One Way Love Affair" is a killer, and the record includes loads of other great tracks like "Sit Up", "Love Can't Wait", "Midnight Love Dance", and "Make Up Your Mind". Exciting is the second Warner Brothers album from Marc Sadane – every bit as great an 80s groove classic as the first! Like Marc's debut, this set's produced by the team of James Mtume and Reggie Lucas – with all the warm touches they were bringing to their own work at the time, and a similar blend of bassy 80s grooving with just the right jazz undertones to give the music a more soulful depth. Titles include "One Minute From Love", "Exciting", "Forever", "Baby Won't Cha", "Believe Me Girl", "Promise I'll Never", "Never Had A Love Like You", and "Love You Right". CD

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Scritti PolittiCupid & Psyche 85 ... CD
Warner, 1985. Used ... $5.99
Includes the hit "A Perfect Way", plus "Wood Zeez", "Small Talk", "Word Girl", "Hypnotize", and "A Little Knowledge". CD

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Scritti PolittiPerfect Way (way perfect mix, single version) ... 12-inch
Warner, 1985. Very Good+ ... $1.99
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Sly & The Family StoneBack On The Right Track ... LP
Warner, 1979. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Sly Stone's definitely back on the right track here – returning to the heights of his earlier powers in this late 70s comeback album for Warner Brothers! The record's got a lot of touches of the old Sly funky sound, but it's done in a slightly tighter style too – a bit more polish than before, yet still never slick – just nicely focused, and proof that Stone still had his groove together at the time! There's some really great songwriting on the record – and a nice undercurrent of gentler soul, too – and titles include the sublime "The Same Thing (Makes You Laugh Makes You Cry)" – plus "Remember Who You Are", "Shine It On", "If It's Not Addin Up", "Who's To Say", "Sheer Energy", and "It Takes All Kinds". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch & some light wear.)

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Candi StatonMusic Speaks Louder Than Words/House Of Love ... CD
Warner/Edsel (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A pair of late 70s gems from Candi Staton – back to back on a single set! First up is Music Speaks Louder Than Words – an album that's often eclipsed by the Young Hearts hit before it, but which actually comes across stronger than that one! The groove is funky southern soul on the best cuts – tight and full, but still with a harder edge on the bottom, and rhythms that are more funky soul than the disco used on some of Candi's other late 70s albums. The set was recorded in California, with lots of sweet jazzy touches alongside the vocals – and titles include "Nights On Broadway", "Cotton Candi", "A Dreamer Of A Dream", "You Are", "Listen To The Music", "Music Speaks Louder Than Words", and "One More Chance On Love". House Of Love is a perfect pairing of Candi Staton and producer Dave Crawford – that key southern soul talent who helped Candi and a few select others really step into the American soul mainstream at the end of the 70s! Candi's still got all the deep roots in her vocals – including that incredible range that's continued to thrive in gospel in recent years – but Dave helps push things into a modern soul style that works equally well on Northern dancefloors as it would in the clubs down south. Arrangements are perfectly balanced – sophisticated and adult, but never too smooth or commercial – thanks mostly to Candi's wonderful handling of the lyrics. Titles include "Victim", "Yesterday Evening", "So Blue", "Honest I Do Love You", and "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me". CD features bonus tracks "Listen To The Music (single version)", "Honest I Do Love You (ext rmx)", "Victim (single edit)", and "Honest I Do Love You (edit)". CD

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StuffStuff It ... LP
Warner/Just Sunshine, 1979. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Late 70s soul fusion from masters of the groove – perhaps the best ever by the late 70s supergroup Stuff – featuring a core group that includes Cornell Dupree, Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, and Richard Tee! This time out the smooth sound is vibrantly top notch – all produced by Steve Cropper into a sweet blend of soul and jazz that has some of Aja-era Steely Dan's super tight sophistication – with a big, warmhearted soul groove in place of the Dan's more icy veneer! Many of the tracks are covers – augmented by chorus vocals – like "Mighty Love", "Dance With Me", "Since You've Been Gone", and "Love Having You Around" – but the record's also got some originals like "Stuff It", "Do It Again", and "Gordon's Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and a few creases.)

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TimeTime ... CD
Warner, 1981. New Copy ... $3.99 4.98
One of the two 80s masterpieces by this amazing Minneapolis group, before Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis left to change the face of commercial R&B! This first album and it's follow-up remain as a couple of the more enduring moments of slick, stylish American pop soul, and represent just a huge part of what we still love about the 80s! Titles include "Get It Up", "Girl", After Hi School", "The Stick", "Oh Baby" and the 10 minute jam "Cool", one of our fave cuts of the early 80s. "I'm cooler than Santa Claus, baby. . ." CD

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New Tower Of PowerBack To Oakland ... LP
Warner, 1974. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Tower of Power head back to Oakland, after recording in Memphis for a previous album. Chester Thompson's in the group, playing monster organ and Fender Rhodes, and Lenny Williams sings lead vocals on a number of tracks. Titles include "Oakland Stroke", "I Got The Chop", "Time Will Tell", "Squib Cakes", and "Man From the Past". LP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has a couple of track titles circled in pen.)

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New Tower Of PowerIn The Slot ... LP
Warner, 1975. Near Mint- ... $8.99
The groove's getting a bit smoother than on some of the group's early funk classics, but T of P still come across quite well on the set – working in their trademark blend of jazz, funk, and soul. Arrangements are by funky keyboardist Charles Thompson and trumpeter Greg Adams – and tracks include "The Soul Of A Child", "Ebony Jam", "Just Enough And Too Much", "Treat Me Like Your Man", and "On The Serious Side". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued seams, a promo sticker, and some light wear.)

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New Tower Of PowerLive & In Living Color ... LP
Warner, 1976. Near Mint- ... $3.99
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(Cover has an unglued top seam.)

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New Tower Of PowerUrban Renewal ... LP
Warner, 1974. Near Mint- ... $6.99
One of the best early albums from Tower Of Power – with kind of a funky choppy groove that feels like a San Francisco version of the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, riffing away in a stoner funk mode that always sounds like it might go off slightly, but which always wobbles back on course. Lenny Williams sings lead vocals, and the tunes are a mix of "clever rabbit" type funk lyrics, plus others in the sweeter style that Williams would use on his own solo work. Titles include "It's Not The Crime", "Only So Much Oil In The Ground", "Give Me The Proof", "I Believe In Myself", "Walkin Up Hip Street", "Maybe It'll Rub Off", and "Come Back Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has acutout hole & some light wear.)

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Watts 103rd Street Rhythm BandTogether (cartoon cover) ... LP
Warner, 1968. Very Good- ... $24.99
Mad mad funk, and the fantastic second LP by the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – the group that proved to everyone that LA could be just as funky as any other city in the 60s! The record draws strongly from the group's indie roots in the funky 45 scene – and the album's filled with short tracks that bump along in jagged rhythms, offbeat arrangements, and some slight touches of sweeter soul. Charles Wright is leading the group on vocals, and taking a stronger presence on these soul-based cuts – but as before, it's the strength of the overall group that really makes the album great – especially the bass work of Melvin Dunlap and the funky drums of James Gadson! Titles include some killer original tracks by the band – like "Do Your Thing", "Giggin' Down 103rd", "Phuncky Bill", "65 Bars & A Taste Of Soul", and "A Dance, A Kiss, & A Song" – plus great covers of "Something You Got", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", and "Knock On Wood". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some wear, a split top seam with a small rip, some splitting and packing tape on the other seams, a promo sticker, a spot of tape residue, an ink stamp on the front, and a bit of pen and a couple of small stains on the back.)

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Jean WellsHere Comes Jean Wells ... CD
Calla/Warner (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Some of the greatest work ever from Jean Wells – a 60s soul singer who never fully got her due, but really shines here in the company of some top-shelf Atlantic Records talent! The album's a great mix of deep soul vocals and tighter uptown soul production – with sublime arrangements from Horace Ott, Bert DeCoteaux, and Chris Towns – all of whom really know how to let the personality of the lead lady come through, but also keep things tight enough to make the album fit together wonderfully! The great Clyde Otis produced – with the same sort of hip soulful flair he brought to his best work for Mercury – and although Jean's vocals are always great, on this set they're really set up in some wonderful arrangements that totally let her do her thing! Titles include "What Have I Got To Lose", "Broomstick Horse Cowboy", "Have A Little Mercy", "Try Me & See", "Our Sweet Love Turned Bitter", and "I Feel Good". CD

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Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street BandYou're So Beautiful (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Warner, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The last album recorded by Charles Wright with the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – and a set that's even more stretched out and trippy than their other albums! Gone are the tight short cuts of earlier days, and in their place are longer messed-up funky numbers that have more of a jamming party feel – tunes that let the whole group open up in a relaxed and soulful mode that must have been plenty great to see happening live in the studio! Charles sings in a style that mixes straighter soul with "crazy man" kind of lyrics – of the sort that he later sang on his own LPs – and the album features the wicked tune "Express Yourself II", a great follow-up to the first one, done in a more open-styled way, but still with the same hook and rhythm! Other tracks include "Just To Settle My Nerves", "Let's Make Love Not War", "What Can You Bring Me?", "Your Love", and "You're So Beautiful". LP, Vinyl record album

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Zapp & RogerGreatest Hits Vol 2 & More ... CD
Warner/Reprise, Early 80s. Used ... $2.99
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Jocelyn BrownEgo Maniac (dance version, acapella, dub)/Love's Gonna Get You (acapella) ... 12-inch
Warner, 1987. Very Good+ (pic cover)... Just Sold Out!
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a sticker.)

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Bill CosbySilver Throat – Bill Cosby Sings ... LP
Warner, 1967. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A weird little record from Bill Cosby – a set that's not as all-out funky as some of his other vocal albums, but still pretty nice overall! The style here is more bluesy than soul-based, but production is still by Fred Smith, of 103rd Street Rhythm Band fame – and the album has a sense of grit that's a lot stronger than you might guess. Many of the tunes are covers from an older R&B era, and Cosby takes them with an approach that's a bit tongue-in-cheek at times – kind of garbling the lyrics and muddying up the sound, even though we know he can sing a bit more clearly from other records! There's certainly a few tracks that have a nice gritty soul sound, and titles include the great "Little Ole Man" which is basically Bill doing a skit over the "Uptight" rhythm – plus "Bright Lights Big City", "Big Boss Man", "Hush Hush", "Baby What You Want Me To Do", "Mojo Workout", "Doncha Know", and "Place In The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album

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New FunkadelicOne Nation Under A Groove ... LP
Warner, 1978. Sealed Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
An instant classic the day it was released – and a perfect blending of the group's older freaked-out style with a slick late 70s funk sound that started showing up in the work of many other groups. "One Nation Under A Groove" is a monster cut with a hook that won't quit, and the LP version runs way over 7 minutes long. Other tracks are equally great, and the whole thing's woven together with the same sort of skill as some of the best Parliament albums from the mid 70s. Tracks include "Into You", "Grooveallegiance", and "Cholly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed! Cover has a cutout notch.)
Also available One Nation Under A Groove ... CD 6.99

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Curtis MayfieldBack To The World ... CD
Curtom/Warner (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Pure genius from Curtis Mayfield – and a record that's got all the righteousness and political power you might guess from the cover! The album burns with a sense of empowerment that's every bit the best strength of Curtom in the 70s – a sublime blend of heavy soul, funky undercurrents, and far-reaching arrangements that still always manage to groove! And Curtis' vocals are great too – echoing out with a newfound presence that far surpasses the raspy quality of his early work with The Impressions. Arrangements are by Rich Tufo, production is by Mayfield, and titles include "Future Song" (aka "Future Shock"), "Keep on Trippin", "Can't Say Nothin", "Back To The The World", and "Right On For The Darkness". CD

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MazeWhat Goes Up (radio edit, radio long version, smooth mix, smoother mix) ... 12-inch
Warner, 1993. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
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(Promo. Label has some marker.)

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Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street BandYou're So Beautiful ... LP
Warner, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
The last album recorded by Charles Wright with the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – and a set that's even more stretched out and trippy than their other albums! Gone are the tight short cuts of earlier days, and in their place are longer messed-up funky numbers that have more of a jamming party feel – tunes that let the whole group open up in a relaxed and soulful mode that must have been plenty great to see happening live in the studio! Charles sings in a style that mixes straighter soul with "crazy man" kind of lyrics – of the sort that he later sang on his own LPs – and the album features the wicked tune "Express Yourself II", a great follow-up to the first one, done in a more open-styled way, but still with the same hook and rhythm! Other tracks include "Just To Settle My Nerves", "Let's Make Love Not War", "What Can You Bring Me?", "Your Love", and "You're So Beautiful". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)
Also available You're So Beautiful (180 gram vinyl) ... LP 9.99

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New ADC BandLong Stroke ... CD
Cotillion/Warner (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
ADC Band take a long stroke on the funky bass – borrowing all the best P-Funk elements from their Detroit counterparts – but also helping the music find a tighter, more focused groove too! ADC were a key part of that post-Parliament/Funkadelic generation who used George Clinton's best influences to find a new way of coming together – an approach to ensemble funk that may have taken it self more seriously than the P-Funk universe (especially in their earlier days) – but which also helped find a way to keep things going a lot longer at a time when George Clinton himself was flagging. The band are way sharper than the usual mainstream funk group of the time – and have that gritty, hard-working sound you'd expect from their image on the cover – and some soaring female vocals really help give their best songs a unique vibe. Titles include the Parliament tribute cut "Long Stroke" – plus "Fire Up", "Cause I Love You", "Baby Love", and "Just Another Song". CD

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New Ashford & SimpsonSo So Satisfied (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublimely satisfying work from Ashford & Simpson – a stone killer from the height of their late 70s glory days on Warner Brothers! The pair are working together wonderfully at this point – wrapped up in that blend of upbeat soul and righteous undercurrents that made them a real cut above in mainstream soul – getting great help from arrangers William Eaton, Paul Riser, and Al Gorgoni – all of whom know how to hit that perfect Ashford & Simpson balance between tightness, class, and soulful spontaneity! Backings are always filled with lots of jazzy touches, too – the kind of sophisticated soul elements other would cop from the pair in years to come – and titles include "Over & Over", "It's You", "If You're Lying", "Couldn't Get Enough", "Destiny", "So So Satisfied", and "Tried Tested & Found True". CD features 4 bonus tracks – "Over & Over (12" disco mix)", "Over & Over (Simphouse M&M mix)", "Tried Tested & Found True (12" disco mix)", and "Tried Tested & True (Simphouse M&M mix)". CD

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New Blue NotesTruth Has Come To Light ... CD
Glades/Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A strange but great chapter of The Blue Notes – working here without Harold Melvin or Teddy Pendergrass, but still sounding pretty great on their own! This version of The Blue Notes is a male quartet – not the Melvin group with Sharon Paige who were recording for ABC – and they get some fresh help in the studio from George Perry, who brings in this soaring groove that still echoes earlier Philly work, but also has a bit more of a clubby vibe overall! The style's never disco, but makes for some great uptempo soul – the sort that really lets the group's wonderful vocal style soar strongly – a rich blend that's totally great even without Teddy, and which has a great mix of raspy leads and warm harmonies. Titles include the wicked jazzy dancer "The Girl Makes Me Wanna Sing" – plus "It's Over", "Memories", "Standing By You Girl", "People Are Running Around", and "The Truth Has Come To Light". CD

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New Bootsy's Rubber BandAhh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! ... CD
Warner, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive work from Bootsy Collins – one of his best-ever solo albums, and a perfect summation of the P-Funk groove – focused strongly through Bootsy's own sense of stardom! George Clinton worked with Collins on production, and the album's as tight as the best Parliament or Funkadelic work of the time – particularly the latter on their killer 70s sides for Warner, which was also the home for Bootsy. The Horny Horns are helping out on this one, which gives the album a strong instrumental drive – but the real star is Bootsy, whose sexy vocals and good sense of soul keep things firmly on track throughout. Features the cuts "What's A Telephone Bill?", "Munchies For Your Love", "We Want Bootsy", "The Pinocchio Theory", and "Rubber Duckie". CD
 
 
 



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