A wonderful album from George Duke – and one of our favorite records from his legendary years at Columbia! George Duke's always had plenty of Brazilian elements in his music – but this album really brings them all together – offering up a perfect blend of Duke's keyboards and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky concept album from George Duke – and one that's filled with some mighty nice grooves! Guardians Of The Light is a full-on "musical fantasy" – with the story line laid out in the liner notes, yet still a bit difficult to follow – but we can't fault him for that ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Solid 80s modern soul from the team of Dunn Pearson and Bruce Gray – two session players and songwriters, with experience on a lot of other records – brilliantly breaking out on their own as a lead act! Official Business has a great modern soul approach – a bit similar to ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the lyric sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp, a large name in marker, and some pen.)
Duo Fenix (Claudio Dauelsberg/Delia Fischer) —
Karai Ete ... LP In & Out (Germany), 1992. Very Good+ ....
Lots of musical adventures here – most of them in that tightly-romping style that made Dynasty so great back in the day – almost a fusion of older sweet group soul with some of the more bottom-driven modes forged by the Solar label! The title cut here is our favorite – a sweet ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a "featuring" sticker and the remnants of another sticker. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Ronnie Dyson's first album, and a pretty enigmatic batch of soul tracks that really crosses a lot of boundaries. Ronnie sang Aquarius in the Hair musical – and he scores big here with the title cut, which was lifted from the rock musical Salvation. The basic production style is uptown soul ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ronnie Dyson's standout set from the start of his career – a beautiful batch of Philly soul tunes that get some key help from the team of Thom Bell and Linda Creed! Bell produced and arranged part of the set – with other help coming from Stan Vincent and Billy Jackson – all of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
15 tracks in all, including "Da Bumble", "Spittin'", "Sprinkle Me", "Outta Bounds", "Dusted & Disgusted", "Smoke 'n' Drank", "Day Ain't No", "H I Double L", "Bootsee" and "It's All Bad". ... (Hip Hop) LP, Vinyl record album
Charles Earland did the funky score for this obscure Kung Fu movie – and it's one of his best albums of the time! The lineup includes a lot of the great players that were helping him on his mid-70's stuff – Eddie Henderson, Dave Hubbard, Patrick Gleeson – and the groove is deeper ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light ring & edge wear, with some light waviness along the bottom.)
Strong work in Charles' post-Prestige mode – the style in which he turned his keyboard skills to other non-Hammond instruments, like Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and mini-moog. Tracks are a mix of smooth soulful numbers and more jazz funk oriented ones – and the whole thing's got a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever from organist Charles Earland – a double-length set that's filled with spiritual, soaring grooves! The style here is a perfect blend of the rougher soul jazz of Earland's roots with some of the spacier styles of his later recordings – served up in a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate seam splitting, ring & edge wear. Vinyl plays with a few clicks.)
Classic club jazz from Charles Earland – one of the best LPs from his late 70s, post-Hammond period – when he was really opening up and exploring the use of a variety of keyboards! The set was done in conjunction with Randy Muller – who arranged, produced, and wrote the tracks ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a tracklist sticker, light wear, and a promo stamp.)
One of the fine fine albums of spacey keyboard funk that Charles cut for the Mercury label during the late 70s. Earland starts with a Herbie Hancock approach – and no surprise, he's got Paul Jackson and Harvey Mason in the group – but then he changes the groove to show off more of his ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)
Earth Wind & Fire —
All 'N All ... LP Columbia, 1977. Very Good+ Gatefold ....
Just Sold Out!
Genius, pure genius! It was hard for Earth, Wind & Fire to go wrong at this point – and the album's a stellar blend of jazz, funk, and soul, all done in that perfect style they'd hit by the mid 70s. And even though this one was a monster album, of the type that you see in everyone's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic stuff through and through – and almost a "best of" best of collection from the 70s! The album's a key illustration of the genius of Earth Wind & Fire on Columbia Records – because by the time the set was released in 1978, most of the tracks were already well-know ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some waviness.)
Earth Wind & Fire —
Raise! ... LP Columbia, 1981. Very Good+ Gatefold ....
Earth Wind & Fire hits the 80s – and never misses a beat! Turns out that the group's older style of jazzy funk was a perfect fit for the boogie-styled rhythms of the post-disco era – heard here on the megahit "Let's Groove", and followed up by a beautiful batch of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy LP by Joe Thomas, who's recording here under his nickname "The Ebony Godfather". The LP's got Joe playing flute along with a tight funky large ensemble, and the whole thing's produced with a little bit of electronics that makes Joe's flute sound a little "moogy". ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout mark and spine has a small bit of tape.)
The Ebonys sing about life, and a host of other groovy topics too – in this lost soul treasure from the 70s! The set is one of only two albums ever cut by The Ebonys – a consistently great group from the 70s, as is testified by their constant popularity in our racks! The quartet has a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Billy goes for a hip 70s easy mode – a bit like Grady Tate, and made even better by sweet LA arrangements from Artie Butler. The titles have kind of a sophisticated soul groove to them, and Billy's definitely stretching his voice a bit to keep up with Artie's arrangements. Titles include ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Well, we don't know if Mr B could ever be considered "modern", but this is a pretty groovy batch of 60s pop tunes – like "Mister Kicks", "People", "Wanted", "Wives & Lovers", and "A Beautiful Friendship" – all done to ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A well-titled set not only given Billy's age, but also because of the surprisingly soulful undercurrent to the record – an extension into the genre even greater than Eckstine's previous recordings for Motown – and proof that he was really trying to stretch out towards new audiences at ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Billy Eckstine —
Stormy ... LP Enterprise, 1970. Very Good+ ....
Think what you might about Mr. B, but this is a sweet soulful album of dreamy pop songs, produced and arranged by Isaac Hayes, with a similar sound to some of the work from the same time by Grady Tate. Billy's voice is as deep and round as always, and the newer backing brings a nice quality to his ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal early disco work from Ecstasy Passion & Pain – a group with a much harder soul approach than some of their counterparts on the 70s Philly scene! Singer Barbara Roy really gives the group a wonderful sound here – working with a level of soul that matches some of the deeper ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ed OG's nice debut, with a slightly jazzy touch on the production and literate, intelligent lyrics. We really couldn't get with "Bug A Boo", but besides that, this first LP's solid from start to finish, from the days when that wasn't so uncommon. Drop the needle on this and head back in ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – This copy comes in a plain sleeve.)
Eddie & The Movements —
Legal ... LP WB, Mid 80s. Very Good ....
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(Vinyl has a short click on side two, track one. Cover has some edge wear and light ringwear.)
Ed OG's back on point, with some tight funky beats and a straight ahead rhyme style, on this EP, with some nice interludes and a bonus extra EP with instrumentals to all the songs: "On Fire", "Day To Day", "Be Thankful", "Ridiculous" and "Questions" ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
While not as sublime as Edwards' first solo LP, this second set from him is still a great set of mellow modern soul, with a very 80s approach to the production and arrangements. That said you know it's got a good bit of polish and some of the synth touches that are precisely that type of groove we ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has hole in front. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Lovers material of the highest quality – featuring the silky soul voice of Jackie Edwards over mellow backing by Sly & Robbie. Bunny Lee arranged and produced the album – and titles include "At The End", "Daddy's Home", "Just Because", "Lost ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on Charlie's Records. Cover has light wear, some small light stains, and a small split on the top seam.)
Teddy Edwards at his best – set up in a simple group that lets the album focus on his tremendous tone and well-chosen solo formations! The album's got a subtle brilliance that's evident from the very first note – a way of putting Teddy over that's never forced, but which also has a lot ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label stereo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, some moisture staining, peeling in the bottom left quarter portion and along part of the bottom, some seam splitting, some tape, and marker on the front and back.)
Tight Latin Funk from El Chicano – a bit slicker than some of their earlier albums, and with tracks that are a tad weak, but there are still plenty of fine moments. The title track "Pyramid" is a wonderful Latin groover – all instrumental, and in a slow Chicano funk mode ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin inflected club grooves by the legendary El Coco! The band was one of the most successful projects of the Rinder/Lewis production team – and although this album's not their best, it's still very much in their classic mode. Most tracks are nice and long, with a disco groove, and titles ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great collection of the El Dorados' groundbreaking vocal group work for Vee Jay – one that focuses on their harder-grooving, more uptempo tracks! The group were a key force in empowering the vocal group sound with a harder edge and deeper groove – really setting the scene for 60s ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy-duty funky fusion – an all-star group that featured Alphonse Mouzon on drums, Randy Brecker on trumpet, Mike Mandel on keyboards, and Larry Coryell on guitar. The tracks all have that heavy electric full-on fusion sound that you'd find in a rock-inspired hard-jamming group like this ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has tape on the spine and some pen on back.)
A nicely understated session that was recorded in honor of Billy Strayhorn – who'd passed away a few months before the recording. The set features all classic Strayhorn compositions – played in new versions by Duke and a group that includes Clark Terry, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent and oft-overlooked 50s session from Duke – recorded in Chicago as a one-off for the Bethlehem label, and done with a lush, rich sound that's really tremendous! The group's nicely restrained and very moody – playing here in a mellow late nite mode that offers a good focus ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy red label pressing with the deep groove. Cover has some wear, clear tape on the corners, and a bit of staining and marker on the back.)
A surprisingly great album from Duke Ellington – hardly the kind of ear-opening set you might expect under the guise of a bunch of 60s pop covers! Sure, you might call it a sellout – as The Duke's playing arrangements of mid 60s pop tunes like "Fly Me to The Moon", "More& ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Spine has a spot of tape & a small rip. Cover has a split top seam, a promo sticker, and some pen on the back.)
The album's a bit less "historical" than you might guess from the title – at least at the time it was issued in the mid 50s! The material is from Chicago sessions recorded in 1956 – unusual non-Columbia material for the period, featuring the Ellington group working in a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This great soul diva gets sort of a LA studio treatment with cool arrangements by Nick DeCaro and production by Ted Templeman. The sound has sort of that "spiritual soul for whiteys" feel, but it's still pretty great, and Lorraine Ellison has a voice that's good enough to cut through ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Promo pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear, some seam splitting with tape, and a light stain from an old sticker.)
Post-disco work from The Emotions – breaking free a bit here from the Earth Wind & Fire influence, and grooving nicely with a sweet 80s feel! The girls' voices are still quite wonderful – some of the deepest harmonies in the female soul world at the time – and the tunes kick ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of two albums the Emotions cut for Stax/Volt – both much rootsier than their later hit recordings at Columbia, with a raw soul groove that reaches back to the girls' roots as an indie soul act. This one's got arrangements by Isaac Hayes that work perfectly for the record – tight, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sunbeam ... LP Columbia, 1978. Very Good Gatefold ....
Just Sold Out!
A great little album from The Emotions – largely because it sounds a lot like prime mid 70s Earth Wind & Fire, with female vocals added over the top – ultimately, pulling away with a soulful charm all its own! Maurice White produced the whole set, and it's got a soaring spacey ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Earlier Stax work recorded by The Emotions, not issued at the time and packaged together into a pretty great album during the time of the girls' bigger fame on Columbia! The work here is surprisingly great – not really filler at all, and in a style that's almost hipper than any of the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A compilation LP of sorts – though at the time of its release most of this material had not been heard in this form! The album's more or less part of the "Ambient" series Eno had started that year with Music For Airports – and it's presented with similarly simple, elegant ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Equals were a mixed race rock group out of the UK during the late 60s, and although they're probably best remembered for their hit "Baby, Come Back", this full album also has them playing a number of cuts that have a deep, soulful, bass-heavy groove that goes way beyond their big ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not as strong as Coke's earlier work on Mercury – but not a bad album overall, thanks to some tight production work by Pat Gleeson, who's also most likely playing the cool keyboards on the record. Most of the tunes are aimed at the dancefloor – not really disco numbers, but the sort of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite an interesting album – one that pairs the koto work of Kimio Eto with the flute of Bud Shank. Shank's incredible in this setting – really moving away from most of his jazz-based work, and playing with shades and tones that we've never heard before, a perfect accompaniment to the ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)
Touch ... LP RCA, 1983. Very Good+ ....
Just Sold Out!
A great snapshot of jazzy London in the years before the acid jazz explosion of the late 80s – and a surprisingly great soundtrack that's stood the test of time much more than the actual film! The music here represents a jazz-based undercurrent of the London scene that was already turning ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great 2LP set – with two classic albums on Impulse! First is Gil Evans' Out Of The Cool – a pivotal session for Gil – one that brought his genius to the American public strongly and successfully, without the help of Miles Davis! Sure, Gil had recorded albums as a leader before ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums as a leader by Chicago Soul genius Richard Evans – a key late 70s effort that perfectly sums up all his genius on record for countless other artists! The album's got a warm, smooth groove that's totally great – one that builds tremendously from the sophisticated ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Betty Everett and Jerry Butler certainly are delicious together – and the pair have more than enough great energy to hold on strong throughout this entire album of duets! Although Motown is probably best remembered as the home of the male/female duet mode of the 60s – Vee Jay certainly ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has some splitting on the bottom seam and some wear, with a couple of light stains and some pen on the back.)
An amazing blend of astral jazz and atmospheric orchestral soundscapes – composed and directed by coronetist Rob Mazurek! Exploding Star Orchestra is an apt name, but it's more of a bright and glorious explosion than a calamitous one – a sweeping couple of soundtracky suites that's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Extra Ball —
Birthday ... LP Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1976. Very Good ....
Spacious fusion from Extra Ball – one of Poland's best electric jazz ensembles of the late 70s, working here in a style that's dynamic, yet not as overly jamming as some of the group's rock-influenced contemporaries on the European scene! Leader of the group Jaroslaw Smietana plays guitar ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Keyboards and moog from Dick Fadale – with nice flute and alto from Bobby Militello. Titles include "Teeny Bossa", "Lido Mosquito", "Festive Dancer", "Sonshower", and "Starwatch". ... (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
John Fahey —
America ... LP Takoma, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ....
Just Sold Out!
Fahey's ambitious, fully realized AmericaLP from 1971! It finds Fahey in his element masterfully – with inventive acoustic playing that's steeped in the deepest empathy for the instrumental folk and blues canon, as processed by Fahey's private genius. Beautiful stuff, with titles that ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet, too! Cover has some wear, aging, and a small bit of seam splitting.)