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 ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)
Kid Creole & The Coconuts —
Wise Guy ... LP Sire/Ze, 1982. Very Good+ ....
Ha! This one really takes us back! The set was a massive breakthrough for August Darnell – one of his biggest hits since his day with Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, with an equally appealing approach to the dancefloor. Tracks mix early 80s New York club styles with Darnell's mad ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the better Wu projects from 1998, includes "Fake MCs", "Cross My Heart", "Tai Chi", "If You Don't Know" & "Science Project", plus Killah Priest's version of the GZA classic "BIBLE (Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)". ... (Hip Hop) LP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from Ben E King! Forget that you've heard the title track a million times, because the album's a treasure all the way through – packed with beautiful tunes arranged and produced by the Lieber-Stoller tune, in that mix of baion rhythms that they were crafting in the uptown ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing. Cover has a name in faded marker on the front.)
Evelyn King is in solid 80s groove territory here – working with a fair bit of beats and keyboards – and getting help in the studio from T Life and Rene & Angela! The former sweetness of King's poppier hits is nicely suppressed here amidst the fuzzy guitars and flashy electronics ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great early work from vocalist Teddi King – a set that's got a lot more dark corners and moody moments than some of her later work! The group here is nice and small – a quartet that features Ruby Braff on trumpet, Jimmy Jones on piano, Jo Jones on drums, and Milt Hinton on bass – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cvoer has a bit of an old sticker in one corner, but is nice overall.)
This King Crimson line-up featured David Cross on violin & keyboards, along with John Wetton, Bill Bruford, and of couse Robert Fripp. Eight tracks in all, including "The Night Watch", "Fracture", "The Great Deceiver", "The Mincer", "Lament", ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the original textured cover, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some splitting, wear & aging.)
King Crimson —
USA ... LP Atlantic, 1975. Very Good ....
A pretty dark little record from the waning mid 70s version of King Crimson – recorded on tour in the US by a quartet of David Cross, Bill Bruford, John Wetton, and Robert Fripp. The tracks are mostly live takes of tunes from earlier albums – "Easy Money", "21st Century ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Later UK pressing on Polydor. Cover has an unglued bottom seam and a few light creases.)
Quite a groovy early album from King Curtis – one that's got a strange little gimmick, but one that works wonderfully! The "dixie twist" theme means that King's taking older standards associated with the south, and playing them in a fast-crackling, highly rhythmic style that has ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tru-sound pressing with deep groove. Cover has wear, some small stains, some seam splitting, and promo stamp and some pen on the back.)
An instant groove from King Curtis – and a record that's even more deeply soulful than some of his other Atlantic albums! The title cut's a killer – a hard-vamping number that pushed funk further into the mainstream back in the day – and lots of the rest of the album follows suit ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work by King Curtis for Atlantic – sexy, soulful sax solos right out front – over the top of sweet larger arrangements by the great Arif Mardin! The sound is wonderful – a landmark in the genre of instrumental soul, and done with a style that made Curtis' sax a key ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & blue label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, some wear, some stains, a split bottom seam, a bit of splitting on the top seam, and an edge rip on the back paste-on.)
One of Roland Kirk's classic early recordings for Mercury, and the kind of stuff that has him mixing his wild reed playing with more traditional hardbop structures. Most of the tracks are quartet sides, with piano, bass, and drums backing Kirk up – but the real focus is on Kirks solos, which ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label 60s pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear.)
An excellent 2nd album from Lew Kirton – a bit smoother than his first one, but still with that great mellow soul sound that we dig so much! Lew's a strong singer in a tradition that includes Leroy Hutson and Leon Ware – sweetly grooving in a warm and mellow style, but also kicking ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic record from Kitty Haywood and her female vocal quartet – an ensemble that shifted easily between secular and spiritual material, and who did a lot of backing work on the Chicago scene in the 70s. The set's one of their few albums as a group – and it's a sublime batch of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the better soul groups of the early 80s – one who managed to mix electric keyboards with harmony vocals, yet still keep a sound that was pretty real. This album's got plenty of that great "wheeeeeep" keyboard sound, used to punctuate the songs' choruses, and lay down the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, with a name in marker on the front and back.)
The group's third release – and although they've dropped the space suits, they're still grooving nicely in a slightly electric mode! The sound here is heavy on keyboards and bassy bits – a very catchy 80s groove that's topped by shifting male/female vocals from the members of the trio! ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pivotal album for Eric Kloss, and one that has him reaching for the freer style that would characterize his work for the next decade – but which also has him sticking pretty close to his soul jazz roots, and laying down some tight modal grooves. The group here includes Jimmy Owens on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eric Kloss —
Now ... LP Muse, 1978. Sealed ....
Eric Kloss is in some very cool company here – a group with hip Mike Nock on keyboards, bringing some sweet electric sounds to the set! Kloss plays both alto and tenor, but Nock's presence on the record really helps shape the sound – not nearly as outside as we sometimes hear in Mike's ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Earl Klugh's definitely got his heart on his strings here – working in this warm, mellow mode that's mighty nice – set to gentle orchestrations by Dave Matthews, which work perfect for Klugh's groove! There's nothing too over the top here, and Earl mixes acoustic and electric in a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great work from one of the most compelling trombonists of the 50s! Jimmy Knepper is probably best known for his excellent work on some of Charles Mingus' best records – but this set from 1957 shows that Knepper was also an extremely capable (if under-recorded) leader in his own right! The ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful solo set by Gladys Knight – a record that has her stepping out strongly on her own, during a brief break from The Pips! The set's arranged by Gene Page – who mixes together strings and soul at a level that supports the classy style that Knight had forged at Buddah ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Smooth Gladys from later years – working without The Pips, but showing the world that she's still got a heck of a lot to offer! Includes duets with Dionne Warwick, Patti Labelle, and David Peaston – and a track list that includes "Men", "Meet Me In The Middle", ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gladys Knight with Ashford & Simpson – a perfect pairing of two post-Motown talents! Gladys Knight & The Pips are one of those groups that never stopped being great – and later albums like this are well worth tracking down, especially with the team of Nick Ashford and Valerie ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Gladys Knight & The Pips —
Anthology ... LP Motown, Late 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ....
Although Gladys Knight & The Pips didn't cut their first recordings or their biggest recordings for Motown, they did still do a pretty nice job at the label – as you'll hear on this nice 2LP set that brings together a nice batch of their best tracks. Includes their original version of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A collection of songs from the early days when Gladys Knight & The Pips were just starting out. Tracks include "Every Beat Of My Heart", "Who Knows", "Operator", "It Hurts Me So Bad", "Tell Her You're Mine", "Letter Full Of Tears", ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although Gladys Knight & The Pips didn't cut their first recordings or their biggest recordings for Soul/Motown, they did still do a pretty nice job at the label – as you'll hear on this nice collection that brings together a nice batch of their best tracks. 12 tracks in all, including ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some light wear & a few stains on the back.)
A pivotal album for Gladys Knight and group – as the record features their super-huge hit "The Midnight Train To Georgia", a landmark track that not only had a catchy pop hook, but which spoke volumes about African-American migration in the postwar years. The track's one of those ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the last Gladys Knight albums for Motown – and seemingly a collection of work from a variety of different sessions, possibly put together to compete with her shift to Buddah Records in the mid 70s! The groove here is pretty great, often in a mode that's a bit more uptempo and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker. Spine has a spot of tape & a small rip.)
The last Buddah Records album from Gladys Knight & The Pips – and a set that's a great summation of all the new territory the group hit with the label! The album's a mix of the mellower ballads that made Gladys one of the biggest female soul singers of the 70s, and some of the upbeat ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A collection of Gladys' earliest singles – put together by the Bell label, but recorded earlier in the 60s. Titles include "Letter Full Of Tears", "Lovers Always Forgive", "Operator", "Tell Her You're Mine", "Giving Up", "Every Beat Of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gladys Knight & The Pips —
Touch ... LP Columbia, 1981. Near Mint- ....
Gladys Knight & The Pips sounding fresh and revitalized for the 80s on Touch from '81 – a batch of tunes both produced and penned by Ashford & Simpson! It's a pretty sweet mix of clean grooving, smoothed out soul gems and others with some strings and kind of bigger arrangements that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jean Knight's classic – and a monumental album of funky female soul that was one of the best albums in the "second generation" Stax era! You probably know the title cut, as it was her biggest hit, and the inspiration for loads of "answer" songs (some of which came from ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam with some tape residue.)
An interesting concept record, with Konitz approaching a variety of material, much of it written by his collaborators, in wide open duet settings. Players include Jim Hall, Joe Henderson, Elvin Jones and Richie Kamuca, and on each piece, both Konitz and his companion have loads of room to ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label original pressing in a beautiful glossy cover! Vinyl is nice and clean overall, but has a short click on one short track.)
It's hard to find a more all-star modernist session on Verve in the 50s – given that the record not only features Lee Konitz on alto and Jimmy Giuffre on baritone, but also includes Warne Marsh and Ted Brown on tenors, Hal McKusick on alto, and Bill Evans on piano! With a group like that, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and some light wear.)
Great 50s material from Lee Konitz – recorded for Atlantic, issued here later in a special Japanese only package – with Peter Ind on bass, Sal Mosca on piano, and Billy Bauer on guitar! Titles include "Don't Explain", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "You're ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic meeting – the icy alto of Lee Konitz, with the mellifluous sound of the Gerry Mulligan quartet that included Chet Baker, Larry Bunker, and Carson Smith. The material was recorded in 1953 at The Haig in LA – and tracks include "Broadway", "Sextet", "Alm ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label World Pacific pressing, with deep groove. Cover has light wear, a split top seam, and some splitting on the other seams.)
Lee Konitz Quintet —
Peacemeal ... LP Milestone, 1969. Near Mint- Gatefold ....
Quite a unique set from Lee Konitz – recorded during a late 60s period where he was wonderfully experimental with his sound! For the album, Konitz is joined by Marshall Brown on valve trombone & baritone horn, Dick Katz on piano & electric piano, Eddie Gomez on bass and Jack De ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing.)
Jams ... LP Dog Brothers, 1988. Very Good+ ....
Updated versions of these classic 80s disco not disco jams from Konk. This late 80s LP reprises some of their numbers from earlier in the decade, but keeps their dancefloor friendly percussion heavy approach. 7 numbers in all, including "Acid Jam", "4th Edition", "Konk ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear on the bottom seam.)
Kool & The Gang —
As One ... LP De-Lite, 1982. Very Good+ ....
Just Sold Out!
Solid 80s grooving from Kool & The Gang – a group who inspired so many others in the early 80s soul generation, but who could still do it better than most of the rest! The style here is tight and smooth, but never too slick – and Deodato's giving the group some really great ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This one's called a "best of", but it's really one of the group's first albums, and it pulls together a host of great early tracks, some of which were only ever on singles! The record's got a shiny gold cover, and it's rare as hen's teeth! Titles include "The Penguin", "Le ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the non-metallic cover, which has some wear and splash stains.)
Kool & The Gang —
Force ... LP De-Lite, 1977. Very Good ....
Kool & The Gang's a little bit slicker and a little bit smoother on The Force than on earlier classic records – but thankfully, they're still getting on down to the funky sounds! The Force does indeed have more of a spacey boogie than a jungle boogie vibe, but they're still doing what we ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear.)
Kool & the Gang —
Forever ... LP Polygram, 1986. Near Mint- ....
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(Cover has a promo stamp, light creases, and WGN marker on back.)
Often overlooked amidst the bigger early albums by Kool & The Gang – but a totally solid record of funky stuff that's right up there with their best work! The band is super-tight at this point, grooving along in a hard drum, heavy bass, wah wah guitar frenzy – and even the vocals ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice compilation of some of Kool & The Gang's best early funk tracks for De-Lite. The record's got lots of nice groovers, including "Soul Vibrations", "Music is the Message", "Rated X", "Jungle Boogie", "Hollywood Swinging", "Funky ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Kool G Rap —
4, 5, 6 ... LP Cold Chillin, 1995. Near Mint- 2LP ....
Nice mid 90s work from the legendary Kool G Rapp! 4,5,6 was first of a string of comebacks for the man from QB with the crisp lisp – and a strong slice of mid 90s hip hop. Beats by Buckwild, Dr Butcher, T Ray and Naughty Shorts. There's a nice duet with Nas on "Fast Life", also ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has a cut corner.)
The east coast crime life epic from Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – hard hitting headnodding production from Sir Jinx, Kool G Rap & Trakmasterz – and riveting, violent wordplay from Kool G Rap! Live And Let Die isn't as well remembered as a handful of the other violent storytelling ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and a partially unglued top seam.)
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo —
Rated XXX ... LP Cold Chillin, Mid 80s/Mid 90s. Sealed 2LP ....
Double LP with six new songs recorded in 1996 plus another six "greatest hits" including "Rikers Island", "I'm Fly (original version)", "Talk Like Sex", "F*&@ U Man", "Rhyme Tyme" ... (Hip Hop) LP, Vinyl record album
Kool Keith —
Matthew ... LP Funky Ass, 2000. Near Mint- 2LP ....
Tracks include "F-U M.F.", "27 Shots", "Operation Extortion", "Baddest MC", "I Don't Believe You", "Lived In The Projects", "Keith N Bumpy", "Shoes N Suits", "Back Stage Passes", "Mad Man Departure", ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features "They Want Money", The Avenue", "All Night Long", "I Go To Work", "Knowledge Is King", "I'm Hittin Hard", "Get The Picture",I'm Blowin Up", "Pump Your Fist", and "The Don". ... (Hip Hop) LP, Vinyl record album
Spacey sounds from out of the ether – Kraftwerk's wonderful tribute to radio, spun out in the same spare electronics they used to give some love to the computer, too! The album's the first by the group to really work as a unified suite of tracks – building up wonderfully over the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare session by singer Karin Krog – one that also features great work by Polish alto player Zbigniew Namyslowski! The album was recorded at Poland's Jazz Jamboree in 1975 – and side one features Krog singing with backing from Namyslowski's quartet, which includes some great work on ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
With Charlie Ventura on tenor, Nabil Totah on bass, and John Bunch on piano – and cuts that include "Undecided", "Tickle Toe", "I Love You", "Misty", "Flying Home", and "Cry Me A River". ... (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Nice, tight, simple, and swinging! All players are hitting a good later stride here, set in unrestricted small group company on the occasion of the film release of the Benny Goodman story. Verve was able to get the players to go past the stock stuff they did for the film, and recreate some of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Clef pressing with deep groove and trumpeter logo. Cover has a split spine, with some staining, marker, and sticker residue on the back.)
We have to admit we didn't know anyone was putting out rap records in the late 80s from the Detroit area, and how these guys got hooked up with Macola out on the west coast is beyond us. Stevie D, Wonder T and the Butcher shout old school rhymes over stripped down, very 80s sounding big beat ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beats by Fanatik, cuts by DJ Design, Architect and others, with guest rhymes from Planet Asia, Rasco and other left coast rhymers. 15 tracks in all, including "Yeah", "Live That Life", "Noble Words", "Listen Up" and "Skhool Of Yard". ... (Hip Hop) LP, Vinyl record album
Recorded in Canada, by a group featuring Randy Kumano on keyboards and vocals. The tracks have less of a disco feel than you'd expect, and are more like uptempo funk material aimed at the dancefloor. Titles include "I'll Cry For You", "You Got It", "Angel Eyes", ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The sole full length from uptown Manhattan's premier Latino MC. Head nodding mid 90s east coast vibes courtesy the Stimulated Dummies, Beatnuts and Pete Nice & Daddy Rich back up the Constipated Monkey's New Yorican flow on one of the most sought after and hard to get albums from the glory ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little Latin jazz-styled session – done in the hippest west coast mode of the start of the 60s! Early organ from Charles Kynard, great flute from Buddy Collette, plus vibes from Johnny Rae, bass from Al McKibbon, and lots of Latin percussion played by Armando Peraza and others! ... (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Funky fusion with a bit of a studio feel – played by the LA Express, a combo best known for their work with Tom Scott – stepping out here strongly on their own! Even without Scott's sax in the lead, the sound here is still pretty darn sharp – and the lineup features Robben Ford ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spare little instrumental grooves, with a feel that's as dark as the cover image! Felix Laband's a good fit for the sound of Compost these days – and he's working here in a style that electrifies acoustic elements, and jiggles them together playfully with an earthy tone at the bottom. There' ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet 70s set that has the trio of Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash teaming up with New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint – who brings the group some of the chunkier grooves he'd been using in his own great 70s work! The album's got a nicely romping sound throughout – a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear & a cutout hole.)