A classic album by this righteous soul collective – and one that shows them taking a strong step away from their work at RCA with Harvey Fuqua. This one has the group (ever-enormous as always!) absorbing some of the other elements of modern soul that were floating around at the time – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear, with small splits on the top and bottom seams.)
Hard funky soul from The New Birth – still sounding pretty raw at this point, and with that funky group ensemble feel that you'll hear on their best early albums! The tracks have plenty of nice guitar and clavinet work, and a shifting lead vocal approach that's pretty great on most cuts ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a peeled spot from sticker removal.)
The boys are growing up a bit by this point, but the hit sound is still very firmly in place – and served up here in a catchy batch of bass-riffing, synth-drum grooving numbers that were clearly having a bigger impact upon mainstream soul than anyone might have expected! And after so many ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, light wear, and some light stains.)
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary ESP label – and a key session in the best "new thing" mode of the 60s! The New York Art Quartet were a short live collaboration between trombonist Roswell Rudd, saxophonist John Tchicai, bassist Lewis Worrell, and percussionist ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s pressing! Back cover has images of ESP titles through 1028.)
A really bold little record from Phineas Newborn – one that certainly has some of the bluesy overtones that you might guess from the title, but which also has other numbers that really leap along the keys! There's a fluid beauty here that really has Newborn at the top of his game – ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has light wear and a crease on one corner.)
A rare "with orchestra" outing from pianist Phineas Newborn – one that has his gentle keys out front of larger backings by Dennis Farnon – all cast in the kind of dreamy mode you might expect from the title! Yet while the whole thing's certainly got a late night feel, Newborn' ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Side 1 has a mark that clicks on track one. Cover has light wear, some light stains, and partially split top and bottom seams.)
The second in Mickey Newbury's American Trilogy – recorded when Newbury was at Elektra Records, a label that was apparantly as unable to find an audience for him as Mercury was a few years earlier – but all these years later it stands just as beautifully of a leftfield bit of spacious, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Quadradisc pressing. Cover has some wear and a bit of marker on front.)
Pretty laidback stuff from David Newman – but a nice record overall. The whole thing's arranged and produced by William Fischer, and it's got a soulful finish that works well with Newman's sweet-sounding horn. There's not really a lot of funk in the mix, but the album's got a solid approach ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bent corner and some light stains. Labels have a bit of pen.)
A genius album from David Newman – and a record that follows strongly in the mode of the excellent Bigger & Better set! Newman's playing here with a really far-reaching groove that's miles ahead of his initial work for Atlantic – really stretching out at the end of the 60s, in an ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An insanely wonderful first album from Randy Newman – and a perfect example of the way his unique style was a key confluence of all the best elements simmering underneath both late 60s LA and late 60s Warner Brothers! There's an instantly nostalgic quality to the record, but one that's ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that will make you forgive Randy for all the later sweeter soundtrack work! Titles include "Burn On", "God's Song", "Political Science", "Old Man", "He Gives Us All His Love", and "Simon Smith & The Amazing Dancing Bear". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
Features one set by a Newport House Band – with Clark Terry and Howard McGhee on trumpets, and Coleman Hawkins and Zoot Sims on tenor – plus another set by Newport All-Stars who include Al Grey on trombone, Bud Freeman on tenor, and Ruby Braff on trumpet. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Jazz Odyssey pressing. Cover has some small seam splits.)
James Newton —
Axum ... LP ECM, 1982. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the wilder sets from Nillsson – careening from lovely piano pop with romantic vocals, to spaced out, good humored potty mouth excess – near honky tonk, to fuzzy pop rock – if you like Nilsson at his most unhinged, this is a great one! It's a stunner, actually – with ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band —
Ricochet ... LP Liberty, Late 60s. Sealed ...
More of the Nitty Gritty's nutty country rock pop groovy stuff from the late 60's. Shouldn't work, but it does, and in a nice way. Titles include "Happy Fat Annie", "Truly Right", "Search The Sky", and "Shadow Dream Song". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
Debut LP from Chicago's own No ID, who produced the first two Common Sense LP's, which was largely slept on, in spite of the nice rhymes and tight beats. With guest vocals by Doug Infinite, Common and Chicago's premier vocal duo - Syndicate. 15 tracks if you count the interludes, including "S ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great later work from Dick Noel – a singer who scored big early in his career while working for the Ray Anthony band, but then disappeared into a quiet life of singing radio jingles while living in Chicago! This album's something of a comeback for Dick – his first jazz record in many ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing. Cover has a small sticker on front.)
Northern Illinois University Jazz Ensemble —
Space Train ... LP NIU Jazz Ensemble, 1978. Very Good- ...
A pretty hip batch of big band tracks – with a sound that's a lot more soulful than you'd expect. The best tracks mix together big band grooving with some slight bits of funk – in a style that's almost a bit like some of the MPS work at the same time. The horns are tight on a lot of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a small piece of tape, with some pen, some light stains, and a bit of rippling on the back. Labels have some marker.)
The only album ever from this trippy little combo from the 60s Berkeley scene! Notes From The Underground were contemporaries of Country Joe & The Fish, and share a similar mix of folk and country-styled roots mixed with a bit of pre-hippie rock – but their overall sound is a bit more ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is nice, but slightly wavy from storage – still a nice copy, though!)
Double 12" set containing 4 tracks off the misnomered "Duets: The Final Chaper" album. Includes "Nasty Girl" featuring Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge, & Avery Storm, "Spit Your Game" featuring Twista and Bone Thugs, "Get Your Grind On" featuring Big Pun, ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nova Local —
Nova 1 ... LP Decca/Radioactive (UK), Late 60s. Very Good+ (reissue)...
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Novi Singers & Aleksander Mazur Quartet —
Bacharach ... LP Muza (Poland), 1976. Very Good+ ...
A dream come true – our favorite vocal group performing work by our favorite composer! The Novi Singers, in case you don't know them, were a totally hip Polish vocal quartet – with a sound that was part scatting vocalese and part groovy 60s, very different than that of many of their ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
What sounded like a disappointing, and way too calculatedly provocative follow-up to Straight Outta Compton back in 1991 now sounds to us like the peak of Dr. Dre's career as a producer. The wall of sound here is massive – and dare we say it, almost up to par with the Bomb Squad's work with ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Produced and arranged by Arif Mardin – with titles that include "Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp", "Map To The Treasure", "Up On The Roof", "Been On A Train", and "Blackpatch". (Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
Laura Nyro's first album ever – originally issued by Verve/Forecast in the mid 60s, but brought back out on the market by Columbia, during the height of Nyro's early 70s fame for the label! Even at this early point, Nyro sounds wonderful – a fair bit more soulful than most other female ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Laura Nyro's first album ever – and even at this early point, Nyro sounds wonderful – a fair bit more soulful than most other female pop singers of her time – with a fully-fleshed out approach to the vocals that's mature and sensitive, and almost a bit more confident at times than ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Laura Nyro's second album in her legendary early run for Columbia Records – and an effort that's a bit more dramatic than the first! Laura's handling all arrangements herself this time, and they're conducted by Jimmy Haskell – but the overall sound is almost as spare as if Nyro were ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has a partially split top seam and some wear.)
A tremendous album from Laura Nyro – a real return to the soulful style of her roots, thanks to help from Labelle on backing vocals, and the team of Gamble & Huff on production! If Nyro only ever gave the world this record, that would more than be enough – because the whole thing's ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album that's a lot better than its cover – which shows Donald O'Conner in a gold moon suit, blasting out of the top of his spaceship! The music is surprisingly soulful, despite this cheesy cover gimmick – and O'Conner has a warm, fluid vocal sound that moves nicely throughout. ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dreamy vocals from Maureen O'Hara – a singer who definitely shows her Irish a bit in this rare set of work for RCA! Backings are by Bob Thompson, who's a bit more subtle here than in his own work – and he nicely supports Maureen's trilling approach with some lightly jazzy ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing. Cover has masking tape on the seams, a rip near the spine, and a bit of pen on the back.)
The start of a legendary run for vocalist Alexander O'Neal – and a set that really helped redefine the sound of male soul in the 80s! O'Neal got his start in an early version of The Time, and he's working here with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis – but the sound of the record is way deeper ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Alexander O'Neal —
Hearsay ... LP Tabu, 1987. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the crowning achievements of Alexander O'Neal – a set that uses cool little intro tracks to help structure the standout songs on the set – giving the whole thing a much more well-conceived approach than other mainstream soul albums of the time! Some of the cuts draw from O'Neal's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare gem from Anita O'Day – an obscure 70s set for the hip Dobre label, featuring tracks from her Japanese Trio records! Titles include "Days Of Wine & Roses", "After You've Gone", "Body & Soul", "Why Shouldn't I", and "Our Love Is Here ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wicked groover from Odyssey – and a crack little album that has the trio hitting hard all the way through! The upbeat numbers are great, the ballads are warm and wonderful, and even the midtempo numbers come off perfectly – all with a rich quality that makes the album a real standout ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Off Broadway USA —
On ... LP Atlantic, 1979. Very Good+ ...
Claus Ogerman lays down some groovy soul instrumentals, with a nice pop feel, in the best tradition of his other great instrumental LPs for RCA. There's lots of nice instrumental moments that have a surprisingly funky feel, and the record fits perfectly in any collection of groovy mod 60s albums! ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great funky instrumentals – not really Latin, but given sort of a pop-Latin soul feel by the great Claus Ogerman! The record's one of a few totally great little gems that Ogerman cut for RCA during the mid 60s – and it takes the bass-heavy sound of the German Easy movement of the 60s, ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ohio Players —
Angel ... LP Mercury, 1977. Very Good Gatefold ...
By this point the Players had moved into a smooth, polished territory that never betrayed their roots in a funkier sound, yet hitting a more gliding groove overall. Includes "Angel", "Merry-Go-Round", "Don't Fight My Love", "Body Vibes" and "O-H-I-O&quo ... (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has some wear and a crease.)
Ohio Players —
Climax ... LP Westbound, 1974. Very Good Gatefold ...
Funky madness from the early version of the Ohio Players! The album features work by the group that was most likely recorded before their move to Mercury, collected here in an album that's right up there with their trippiest work for Westbound. Highlights include the heavy groovers "Food ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)
Ohio Players —
Honey ... LP Mercury, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ...
One of the best albums the Ohio Players cut during the years at Mercury! Most folks go for their big hit "Love Rollercoaster", but we've always been partial to the smooth, mellow funky track "Sweet Sticky Thing", served up here in the cool long version, which has a groove that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
While there was no naked bald lady on the cover of Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee, it is actually a move back towards the sweatier funk sounds of their more classic LPs. There's some tight playing and solid songwriting going on here, too, with a bit less of the smooth, sultry grooves with funky touches that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the many obscure albums of material by The Ohio Players – material that was recorded in the late 60's by Capitol, but frequently repackaged and retitled in the early 70's to cash in on the big hit status of the band. The band has elements of their funky 70s style on Westbound – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual little turn for the Ohio Players – a record that's almost completely written and totally produced by Richard Dimples Fields – running here at the height of his early 80s fame! The record's still funky enough overall – but in the style of some of Fields' indie work from ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album