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 ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Semi-serious score for this film based on the Graham Greene novel of the same name. But since the thing's set in Haiti, it's got some bits that sound a little tropical, like "The Voodoo Temple" and some other ditties. (Soundtracks) LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some pen and a bit of light wear, with a spot of tape, some splitting, and bending on the spine. Label has a sticker.)
Diana Ross —
Boss ... LP Motown, 1979. Very Good+ ...
Diana Ross gets some great assistance on this set – the club classic team of Ashford & Simpson, who help give Diana a groove that's very much like their own great work of the time! Tunes are long and clubby, but never throwaway pop disco – and with Ashford & Simpson at the helm ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark record for Diana – her first solo effort after leaving the Supremes, and a well-conceived batch of tracks produced by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson! The album's got a warm, mature approach that really separates the work from Diana's earlier girl group past – as Ashford ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing in the textured cover, with a cut corner and a mark from sticker removal.)
Essential peak solo material from Diana – her aptly self-titled set from 1976, showing Ms. Ross stretching out stylistically with incredible style and with beautiful vocals! Diana '76 is among her best work of the 70s – and that's saying something! It opens with the gorgeous "Them ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice collection of some Diana's great early 70s work for Motown, when she really stepped out and established herself as one of the finest soul singers of the decade. 10 tracks in all: "Touch Me In The Morning", "Love Hangover", "Last Time I Saw Him", "I ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, smudges, and a label-maker sticker on front.)
Fully mature work from Diana Ross – a set that really breaks free from the styles of her roots, and which has her emerging as a full-formed solo act on her own! There's a range of modes here that's quite surprising – strong, sophisticated ballads at the core, but also echoes of jazz, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Diana Ross & The Supremes —
Anthology ... LP Motown, 1960s. Near Mint- 3LP Trifold ...
A massive 3LP set that brings together most of the best work recorded by Diana Ross & The Supremes for Motown – done in the lavish style that Motown used in these deep Anthology series in the 70s! Each side of each record has a different theme, and the package also features dates for ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's the third volume, but there's still plenty of hits left – thanks to the legendary 60s run of Diana Ross & The Supremes at Motown! Arrangers include Henry Cosby, Paul Riser, and Wade Marcus – and most of the tracks are from the later years of the original trio – with ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Motown's two slickest and most successful groups match up perfectly in this surprisingly nice album from 1968! It might be easy to write this off as a mistake or inessential session – but thanks to some great arrangements by HB Barnum, Paul Riser, and Gene Page, plus great vocals by the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some marker on front. Vinyl has a mark that clicks on "Then".)
Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations —
Together ... LP Motown, 1969. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Motown's second pairing of its two biggest groups of the late 60s – a massive 7-voiced meeting in soul music, with results that are surprisingly great! Frank Wilson produced the whole set, and he does a good job of keeping all players in check – never letting the whole thing get too ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original die-cut cover – including the perforated gatefold "poster".)
One of the rarest soul albums on Chess – and a great one! Jackie Ross has always been known for her hit "Selfish One", which is on this album, but as the record will show, Jackie's a killer talent that should have been much much bigger! This set features loads of original tracks ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has wear, a cutout hole, a center split on the top seam, some pen, a couple of light stains on the front, and staining on the back.)
One of the all-time classic Italian film scores – a groundbreaking soundtrack from Nino Rota, and one of the first Italian works of this nature to hit the record racks in the US! The music is a beautiful blend of whimsy and sadness – penned by Rota with a variety of light themes that ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label RCA International pressing with deep groove. Side 2 has a few clicks.)
A 3-part soundtrack to this 3-part film that features different segments by Fellini, Visconti, and De Sica. The mode is Italian sex comedy – and the styles used here by Trovajoli and Rota are groovy and whimsical – occasionally touched with jazz or jerk/beat modes, but more in the ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label RCA International pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and a crease on one corner.)
Rotary Connection —
Aladdin ... LP Cadet, 1974. Very Good Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Heavenly mystical soul from Rotary Connection! If you know the group, you know the deal already: Minnie Riperton sings vocals on a number of cuts, and the great Charles Stepney's producing and arranging, with a super-baroque style that's still light years ahead of most producers in pop! The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cadet Concept pressing.)
Rotary Connection —
Peace ... LP Cadet, Late 60s. Near Mint- ...
One of the coolest Christmas albums ever – a tripped-out classic from Chicago's legendary Rotary Connection! The album's every bit as wonderful as any of the group's non-Holiday sets for Cadet Records – and maybe even has more to offer, given that the euphoria of the season is thrown ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cadet Concept pressing. Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)
One of the best Rotary Connection albums for Cadet – with an incredible baroque spacey soul sound that still feels very fresh today! The group's vocals are especially eerie – and float around these wild arrangements by Charles Stepney, peppered with strings, soul, fuzzy guitars, and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cadet Concept stereo pressing. Cover has some wear.)
A killer – and one of the greatest records ever cut on Bethlehem! Charlie Rouse and Paul Quinichette go head to head in a hard-blown session that's very different than most of the work on Bethlehem – grooving in a free-wheeling "chase" mode, as you might guess from the title ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Surprisingly nice album from the late 80s, with tight Marley Marl production that sounds great on tracks like "Knockin' Hiney", "Fatal Attraction", "Go On Girl", and "Live On Stage". (Hip Hop) LP, Vinyl record album
Some of the best uptown girl group soul you'll ever find, and a nice bit of Big City production by Teddy Randazzo. The album includes their classic "It's Gonna Take A Miracle", plus lots of other nice ones with the same sort of mellow groove. Titles include "Don't You Cry", ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Side 1 has a mark that clicks on tracks three and four. Cover has some wear, some staining, a cutout hole, and a name in pen on the front and back.)
A beautiful later score from the legendary Miklos Rosza – a masterpiece that draws on all of his many years in film, yet serves things up with a more subtle approach than before! There's a sense of space here that we don't always hear in Rosza – almost a pausing between the notes, ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing on DRG, in a black cover, with a sticker on back..)
The key word in describing Rozsa's score is sweeping – with soaring, string heavy arrangements – but it's the intricacies and delicate little textures that make it a classic. Above and beyond so many archetypal soundtracks– Sodom & Gomorrah's sounds are transcendent! (Soundtracks) LP, Vinyl record album
Debut LP from the hardest working group in Chicago hip hop – Rubberoom have performed regularly here for the past several years and do live shows that work at least as dope as the records. Rubberoom further develop their layers-of-deep-bass-and-dissonant-samples style. Sort of like ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant record – much more straight forward, and straight ahead, than much of Rudd's other work, which is why we like it so much! The album's an ingeniously subtle affair – with Rudd on trombone and French horn, working with a small group that features Sheila Jordan on vocals, Hod ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the last great albums that Rudd played on before going into retirement! The group features Rudd on trombone, Enrico Rava on trumpet, Dve Burrell on piano, Stafford James on bass, and Harold White on drums – and the overall feel is similar to some of the best ESP work of the 60s. The ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
David Rudder, Charlie Roots & Others —
This Is Soca ... LP Sire, 1987. Very Good+ 2LP ...
One LP of Soca numbers by David Rudder and Charlie Roots, with 'Calypso Music", "Jourvert Music", "Yes Darling", "Bahia Girl", "Kojak", "Permission To Mash Up The Place" and others. The second album features numbers by Shadow, Natasha, Baron, ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Later Motown work from David Ruffin, but still pretty darn great – thanks to vocals that rise to the top, no matter what the tune! The album was co-produced by Van McCoy and Charles Kipps, with arrangements by McCoy – but the overall sound is light years away from some of Van's poppier ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a cutout notch and a cutout hole.)
A strange title, but a great little record – and a real righteous step forward for David Ruffin! Given Ruffin's work for Motown – both as a solo act and in The Temptations – we're hardly likely to associate him with rock and roll – but we can say that the record has David ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Rufus without Chaka Khan – but a surprisingly nice set, nonetheless! The album features various members of the group on lead vocals – singing in a warm, compressed style that's got the same sort of AOR sound as the group's jazzy grooves at the time. The overall musicianship is still ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, a tear in the shrink, and a peeled spot in one corner.)
One of the archetypal funky soul bands of the 70s – and a group whose impact is still being felt today! Of course, one of the reasons for that is Chaka Khan's incredible vocals – caught here at a prime early point, and very nicely set against some warm electric keyboards and tight ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear & an unglued top seam.)
A definite masterjam from Chaka Khan and Rufus – one of the group's last key efforts together – produced to perfection by the mighty Quincy Jones! Chaka's vocals are sublime right from the start – taking on the soaring majesty she'd use on her initial solo recordings – and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued bottom seam, wear, and waviness.)
An under-appreciated gem by Rufus – the group's last album before Chaka left to depart on her successful early 80s solo career – and a nice one nonetheless! There's a trace of 80s groove in the mix – especially on the bass and percussion – but these elements are handled ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic album from one of the greatest arrangers of the 50s! Pete Rugolo first came into prominence with Stan Kenton's group of the late 40s/early 50s – and he had a penchant for creating arrangements that dipped heavily into modernism, but never forgot to swing. He went on to do some ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a split top seam and spine, and a small split on the bottom seam, with some stains and a name in pen on the back.)
A percussion-heavy batch of tracks that has Pete Rugolo starting from a mode explored heavily in the hi-fi years, but taking the genre into much jazzier territory! With the help of a large group of west coast players – including Don Fagerquist, Larry Bunker, Herbie Harper, Frank Rosolini, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some light wear.)
Lots of musicians were included in Rugolo's All Star line up and they included such familiar names as Shelley Manne on drums, Russ Freeman on piano, Larry Bunker on vibes, Barney Kessel on guitar plus a bunch of others like Bud Shank, Maynard Ferguson and Pete Condoli. Most of the tracks on this ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing with a deep groove. Cover has discoloration from aging, some light wear, and splitting on the top and bottom seams.)
One of Pete Rugolo's greatest albums – and some of his most groundbreaking work away from Stan Kenton! The album features Rugolo arranging for a tight group of west coast reed players – including Bud Shank, Dave Pell, and Bob Cooper – and the tracks are angular, complicated, and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Side 2 has a mark that clicks a bit on track one. Cover has some aging, a small split on the bottom seam, a spot of sticker residue on the back, and a drill hole through the center that also goes through the label.)
A nice record from Ruiz and one that really combines jazz elements with a Latin sound. Ruiz composed and arranged the songs on the record and plays piano as well. His ensemble consists of such players as Lew Soloff on trumpet, Steve Turre on trombone & seashells, Sam Rivers on flute and tenor ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Venezuelan pressing on RCA. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Max ... LP Mercury, 1977. Near Mint- ...
Another standout set from Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars – the kind of group who should have been a gimmicky way to promote his nightclub, but who actually managed to cut some of the best LA records of the time! The lineup here features Rumsey on bass, Bud Shank on alto, Bob Cooper on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Contemporary/Lighthouse pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, a very small center split on the spine, and a couple of light stains on the back.)
One of the earliest sets issued under the name of the Lighthouse All-Stars – that hip assemblage of west coast players headed by bassist Howard Rumsey – hardly a household name on his own, but well-remembered for all the great work done at this famous club! The lineup is a who's who of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Todd Rundgren —
Runt ... LP Bearsville, 1970. Very Good ...
Todd Rundgren in all of his great early glory – a record that's filled with simple, honest pop tunes – and one that also takes on a few experimental touches as well – but only in ways that further the earnest charm at its heart! There's a really upfront, unpretentious feel to the ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautifully personal statement from the young Todd Rundgren – a set of focused, well-written tunes that point towards his pop genius to come, but also expose a few of his more ambitious modes as well. As always with Rundgren, the best tunes on the set are the mellower, quieter ones – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the first really tripped-out albums from Todd Rundgren – a record that makes us think he must have been getting a lot into his head since the time in the studio for Something/Anything! While not a concept album, the record does have a clearly stated "quest for knowledge and quest ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In a square gatefold cover, including the printed inner sleeve.)
Mario Rusca —
Joyette ... LP Dire (Italy), Mid 70s. Near Mint- ...
Patrice Rushen —
Now ... LP Elektra, 1984. Very Good+ ...
Sweet grooves from the lovely lady – one of Patrice Rushen's last truly great albums, and a masterpiece of 80s groove with lots of jazzy touches! The keyboard sound has evolved a bit here – compressed with more electronic percussion than on Patrice's earlier records, but still done ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch, a factory sticker, and a bit of pen.)
A pivotal record for Patrice Rushen – a set that has her really tightening things up from her previous Prestige albums – heading much more towards the focused soul-drenched grooves of her Elektra Records years! The set's a stunner – still very much with the hip, west coast funky ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear, a split top seam, and a partially split bottom seam.)
With small combo backing from Zoot Sims and Al Cohn on tenor, plus Budd Johnson on tenor and soprano sax, Ray Nance on cornet, and Dave Frishberg on piano! Titles include "Fine And Mellow", "I Surrender Dear", "Linger Awhile", "My Last Affair", "More ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An interesting set – kind of a parody of the Girl Meets Boy album that had been issued a year or two before on Columbia – done with vocals by Jimmy and Ada Moore, and recorded as a "story in jazz" about love, love found, and love lost. Jimmy and Ada sing both separately and ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, a split top seam, a mostly split spine, and a small split on the bottom seam.)
Slyly seductive work from Brenda Russell – clearly in a class by her own here, sounding wonderful on this classic album from the early 80s! Brenda's style is a bit hard to peg – part balladry, part sophisticate soul, part modern mellow groove – all wrapped up in arrangements that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Long before he became the empresario behind the legendary Black Jazz label in the 70s, Gene cut this album of mellow soul jazz piano tracks, live at Memory Lane Supper Club in LA. The set's not as hard-hitting or funky as some of his 70s work – and has a feel that's more typical of 60s ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 70s issue of 2 seminal sides from George Russell, originally recorded in the 50s. The first, New York New York is a wonderful album from George Russell – and a refreshing change from his overly-academic modernist work! The session's an unusual one – a musical portrait of New York ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Leon Russell —
Carney ... LP Shelter, 1972. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Russian Jazz Quartet —
Happiness ... LP Impulse, 1964. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
The one and only album recorded by the Russian Jazz Quartet – a one-off group that featured saxophonist Boris Midney and bassist Igor Berukshtis, both of whom defected from the Soviet Union – plus Roger Kellaway on piano and Grady Tate on drums. (Guess they couldn't call this the " ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully groovy score from Carlo Rustichelli – best known to the world for his famous score for Divorce Italian Style, and working here in a style that mixes tight jazzy numbers with sparer themes in kind of a Nino Rota mode! There's some nice organ in the background on some of the best ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great Italian comedy score from the early 60s – put together in key transitional modes by composer Carlo Rustichelli! The music is a great mix of those older, more sentimental Italian styles with some of the cleaner, leaner, playful sounds that were beginning to emerge in the 60s – ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original US pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)
Carlo Rustichelli/Bruno Nicolai —
Satyricon ... LP Cinevox (Italy), 1968. Near Mint- ...
A great soundtrack from composer Carlo Rustichelli and conductor Bruno Nicolai – their work for 1968's Satyricon – not to be confused with Fellini's Satyricon from a couple years later! This Satyricon features an oddball mix of styles, mostly in something of a hipper comedic 60s style ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels —
Breakout ... LP New Voice, Late 60s. Very Good+ ...
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(Green label pressing. Cover has some wear on the top seam.)
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels —
Take A Ride ... LP New Voice, Late 60s. Very Good- ...
Great Bob Crewe production, with more soul than you might guess – and titles that include "Jenny Take A Ride", "Shake A Tail Feather", "Come See About Me", and three James Brown songs – "I'll Go Crazy", "Please Please Please", and "I ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, a few stains, and a bit of splitting on the bottom seam.)
An outing as a leader by disco maestro Paul Sabu – one that features plenty of the riffing guitar he brought to other disco sessions of the late 70s – spun out over some relatively extended tracks that step along in a very clubby mode! Other instrumentation includes keyboards, bass, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sade's second album, and while it's not totally sublime as the first, it's still a damn great set with a smooth jazzy vibe that will have you coming back again and again! Includes the lovely "The Sweetest Taboo", plus "Is It A Crime", "War Of The Hearts", "Mr ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Non-gatefold pressing. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
A classic album of short hard funky grooves – put together by the legendary Oliver Sain, a genius instrumentalist/producer from St. Louis, and the man behind more soul classics than you might imagine! Oliver plays alto, organ, and piano on most cuts – and the backing is spare and hard ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a few spots of clear tape, and a partially split top seam.)