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Voices Of East HarlemRight On Be Free ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $9.99
The landmark first album by this legendary 70s soul group – and one with a feel that's much different than their later work! The style here is much more strongly righteous than their sweeter soul of the mid 70s – with a pronounced gospel influence that focuses most strongly on the chorus vocals of the ensemble – soaring out with a tremendously soulful feel, and really updating an older sound for a more contemporary 70s vibe! Backing is relatively stripped-down, with piano by Patti Brown, organ by Richard Tee, guitar by Cornell Dupree, bass by Chuck Rainey, and congas from Montego Joe and Ralph MacDonald – all of whom keep things moving nicely throughout! The album's easily one of the most righteous efforts issued by Elektra at the time – and titles include "Oh Yeah", "Let It Be Me", "Right On Be Free", "Simple Song Of Freedom", and a nice version of "For What It's Worth". CD

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New Voices Of East HarlemRight On Be Free ... LP
Elektra, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The landmark first album by this legendary 70s soul group – and one with a feel that's much different than their later work! The style here is much more strongly righteous than their sweeter soul of the mid 70s – with a pronounced gospel influence that focuses most strongly on the chorus vocals of the ensemble – soaring out with a tremendously soulful feel, and really updating an older sound for a more contemporary 70s vibe! Backing is relatively stripped-down, with piano by Patti Brown, organ by Richard Tee, guitar by Cornell Dupree, bass by Chuck Rainey, and congas from Montego Joe and Ralph MacDonald – all of whom keep things moving nicely throughout! The album's easily one of the most righteous efforts issued by Elektra at the time – and titles include "Oh Yeah", "Let It Be Me", "Right On Be Free", "Simple Song Of Freedom", and a nice version of "For What It's Worth". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Voices Of East HarlemRight On Be Free ... LP
Elektra, Early 70s. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The landmark first album by this legendary 70s soul group – and one with a feel that's much different than their later work! The style here is much more strongly righteous than their sweeter soul of the mid 70s – with a pronounced gospel influence that focuses most strongly on the chorus vocals of the ensemble – soaring out with a tremendously soulful feel, and really updating an older sound for a more contemporary 70s vibe! Backing is relatively stripped-down, with piano by Patti Brown, organ by Richard Tee, guitar by Cornell Dupree, bass by Chuck Rainey, and congas from Montego Joe and Ralph MacDonald – all of whom keep things moving nicely throughout! The album's easily one of the most righteous efforts issued by Elektra at the time – and titles include "Oh Yeah", "Let It Be Me", "Right On Be Free", "Simple Song Of Freedom", and a nice version of "For What It's Worth". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Includes the lyric insert. Cover has light wear, a spot of tape on the spine, masking tape along the top & bottom seams, and a promo sticker. Label also has a sticker.)

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New Voices Of East HarlemCan You Feel It (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Just Sunshine/River Man (Korea), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Amazing work from The Voices Of East Harlem – a group with roots in gospel, but working here in a wonderfully soaring secular soul style – complete with arrangements and production from the legendary Leroy Hutson! The style here is similar to some of Leroy's best work, and that of his contemporaries on Curtom – a sound that's righteous and often funky, but able to hit some sweeter, warmer notes as well. Individual voices step out from the larger ensemble and take key leads on some tracks – and the overall style is simply mindblowing, at a level that makes us easily rank this as one of our favorite soul albums of all time! A must-have album, and one we've treasured for years – with tracks that include "Just Got To Be Myself", "So Rare", "March Across This Land", "Amazing Love", "Take A Stand", and "Can You Feel It". CD
(Limited edition.)
 
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Roy AyersVirgo Red ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A great little album from Roy Ayers – a very funky record that's almost all instrumental all the way through! The sound is a bit in the vein of Roy's Live At Montreux set – but funkier overall, thanks to some very heavy rhythms on the bottom – and an approach to the tunes that's short, tight, and very much on the money! In addition to Roy's great vibes, the set also features Harry Whitaker on electric piano, Jimmy Owens and Cecil Bridgewater on trumpets, Garnett Brown on trombone, and Dennis Davis on drums and percussion – all very hip players who really help Roy find the mix of jazz and funk he was going for at the time. Dee Dee Bridgewater sings a bit of vocals on the record, joining Roy on the sublime spiritual track "Love From The Sun" – but most other tracks on the album have a more instrumental approach. The record includes a great remake of Leroy Hutson's track "Giving Love", sung more famously by Voices of East Harlem, and it's also got a nice funky cover of the hit "Brother Louie" – plus the tracks "The Morning After", "Des Nude Soul", "Virgo Red", "Love From The Sun", and "I Am Your Mind". LP, Vinyl record album

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Brothers & SistersDylan's Gospel ... CD
Ode/Light In The Attic, 1969. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
A really amazing project – and a totally righteous little record – a set of songs all penned by Bob Dylan in the 60s, sung by a hip spiritual choir that includes performances from soul singers Clydie King, Merry Clayton, Edna Wright, and Gloria Jones! The mix of soul and gospel here is wonderful – very much in the spirit of The Voices Of East Harlem at the same time – with this progressive, positive vibe that goes way way past the original style of Dylan's music! Gene Page handled the musical arrangements, and Billy Page helped with the vocals – and together they really transform the compositions – creating a very different setting for the great lyrics of songs that include "The Mighty Quinn", "All Along The Watchtower", "Mr Tambourine Man", "Chimes Of Freedom", and "The Times They Are A Changin". A record that shouldn't work this well – but it does, and beautifully too! CD

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Alice ClarkAlice Clark ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $19.99
There weren't many vocal albums on the Mainstream label during the early 70s, and this rare soul side is a real overlooked gem! Alice Clark has a rich soulful voice, with a style that sounds a bit like Esther Marrow, mixed with some of the lead vocalists in Voices Of East Harlem – a really right-on sort of sound that's totally great, and way hipper than most 70s chart soul! Arrangements are by Ernie Wilkins, who brings in a touch of jazz – but again, with a much hipper feel than most of his other backings – and most of the tracks are quite obscure, well-written tunes – of the sort of material you might expect to hear sung by Gil Scott-Heron or Donny Hathaway. Titles include "Never Did I Stop Loving You", "Looking At Life", "Charms Of The Arms Of Love", "Don't You Care", and "Hey Girl". CD

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Dyson's FacesDyson's Faces (1977 – blue cover) ... LP
DRR, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $2.99
The second incredible album from Dyson's Faces – one of those underground 70s groups that should have been huge! The set's got a soaring sound that's even more righteous than the group's debut – a quality that glows wonderfully with the quartet's mix of male and female voices – a sound that almost reminds us a bit of Voices Of East Harlem at times. Backing is by the Hard Times Band – a tight combo who groove hard on the more uptempo numbers, and lay back nicely on the mellower ones – just throwing in some licks here and there on guitar or keyboards next to the warmer harmony vocals. The voices are an especially great part of the record, and really sparkle with a sound that's even fresher than most other groups from the time – a sound that shows that Dyson's Faces wasn't just one of those funk groups who happened to also be able to sing – but a strongly committed soul outfit who really put a lot of energy into their music! Titles include "This Time It's Gotta Be Love" in both vocal and instrumental versions – plus "Till I've Got This Feelin Of Love", "Try Me Baby", "You & Me", "Working My Way To Something Better", and "Cry Sugar" – as well as "Welcome To All This Love Again" and "Don't Worry About The Jones", which both appeared on the group's first album. LP, Vinyl record album

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Jackson SistersJackson Sisters (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
An amazing bit of soul – and one of the rarest funk records of the 70s! This masterpiece was recorded by The Jackson Sisters, a semi-gospelly soul group that has a sound that's a bit like The Voices of East Harlem, but that's a lot harder, and that has a deeper soul sound overall! At times, the group is funky – as on their incredible track "I Believe In Miracles", a rare groove classic if there ever was one, and one of the most in-demand tracks we've ever stocked. At other times, the girls have a mellower soul sound, with great raw harmonies that remind us of the Volt work by The Emotions, but with much rougher instrumental backing. This album's the only one they ever cut – and it's just about impossible to find in the original pressing (and in fact, we've never seen a copy!) Apart from the amazing cut "Miracles", this one includes loads of gems like "Rockin' On My Porch", "Shake Her Loose", "(Why Can't We Be) More Than Just Friends", and "Boy, You're Dynamite"! CD also features bonus tracks – "I Believe In Miracles (7" version)" and "I Believe In Miracles (ext version)". CD

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Odyssey 5First Time Around ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
A lost set of female soul tracks – recorded in the waning years of the Brunswick label, when they were really experimenting with some great obscure groups, most of whom got lost in the tax shuffles of the label's demise! Odyssey 5 hail from North Carolina, and they've got an ensemble female vocal style that's a bit like Voices Of East Harlem, but with rootsier southern soul touches – and a righteous quality that we totally love!. Alonzo Tucker produced the album with a real full-on sound – and although some cuts have a standout female lead, most tunes feature the group trading vocals pretty strongly together – in a really great way that makes the best cuts super-catchy. Titles include "Peace Of Mind", "Got To Be An Answer", "What's It Gonna Be", "Master Plan", "Golden Dreams", "My Best Friend", "More Ways Than One", and "Happiness Is Being With You". CD

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Gloster Williams & The King James VersionTogether ... CD
Gospel Roots/Henry Stone, 1976. New Copy ... $9.99 12.99
A massive blend of funk, soul, and gospel – from a small side label in the TK Records universe of the 70s! The sound is like some of the best soul LPs on TK from the time, and the arrangements have a nice warm feel – plenty of sweet Miami elements in the music, especially in the rhythms, which really know how to groove! The King James Version is comprised of five female singers, working with the warmth and depth you might get with Voices Of East Harlem – and they're arranged by keyboardist Gloster Williams, who also wrote some of the material, and delivers these solid lines that really hold the whole thing together. Most of the tracks have a distinct vocal lead, with harmony backing in the style of The Sweet Inspirations – and the album's honestly the sort of set you'd expect to hear on Atlantic Records in the early 70s – given the depth and feeling in the music. Titles include "What Good Is A Song", "There's Not A Friend", "Touch My Life", "No, Not One", and "Get Ready For This". CD
(Please note: Although these CDs are legit, they are produced as CDRs with artwork by copyright owner Henry Stone.)

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NYCC (New York Community Choir)Make Every Day Count (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sunbar/Real Gone, 1978. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A really beautiful little album from NYCC – the name-shortened version of the New York Community Choir, stepping out here with a sound that's even better than their RCA debut! NYCC draw on a strong secular/spiritual tradition of work by The Art Reynolds Singers or Voices Of East Harlem – and like the latter, they've got a great way of infusing a soul tune with a deeper sense of self and spirit – especially in the way the lead vocals soar out of the larger group support. Arrangements here are by Leon Pendarvis, who gives the set a sound that's full and rich, but never overdone – really majestic stuff and completely without any sort of hoke at all. Titles include "We Can Make It", "The World Is Waiting For A Change", "I'll Keep A Light In My Window", "Make Every Day Count", and "A Song Can Reach Your Heart". CD features two bonus tracks – "I'll Keep A Light In My Window (12" version)" and "Make Every Day Count (12" version)". CD

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New Roy AyersVirgo Red ... LP
Polydor, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little album from Roy Ayers – a very funky record that's almost all instrumental all the way through! The sound is a bit in the vein of Roy's Live At Montreux set – but funkier overall, thanks to some very heavy rhythms on the bottom – and an approach to the tunes that's short, tight, and very much on the money! In addition to Roy's great vibes, the set also features Harry Whitaker on electric piano, Jimmy Owens and Cecil Bridgewater on trumpets, Garnett Brown on trombone, and Dennis Davis on drums and percussion – all very hip players who really help Roy find the mix of jazz and funk he was going for at the time. Dee Dee Bridgewater sings a bit of vocals on the record, joining Roy on the sublime spiritual track "Love From The Sun" – but most other tracks on the album have a more instrumental approach. The record includes a great remake of Leroy Hutson's track "Giving Love", sung more famously by Voices of East Harlem, and it's also got a nice funky cover of the hit "Brother Louie" – plus the tracks "The Morning After", "Des Nude Soul", "Virgo Red", "Love From The Sun", and "I Am Your Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a promo sticker, ring & edge wear, and splitting on the spine.)
Also available Virgo Red ... LP 9.99

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New Brothers & SistersDylan's Gospel (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Ode/Light In The Attic, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really amazing project – and a totally righteous little record – a set of songs all penned by Bob Dylan in the 60s, sung by a hip spiritual choir that includes performances from soul singers Clydie King, Merry Clayton, Edna Wright, and Gloria Jones! The mix of soul and gospel here is wonderful – very much in the spirit of The Voices Of East Harlem at the same time – with this progressive, positive vibe that goes way way past the original style of Dylan's music! Gene Page handled the musical arrangements, and Billy Page helped with the vocals – and together they really transform the compositions – creating a very different setting for the great lyrics of songs that include "The Mighty Quinn", "All Along The Watchtower", "Mr Tambourine Man", "Chimes Of Freedom", and "The Times They Are A Changin". A record that shouldn't work this well – but it does, and beautifully too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Housed in an expanded gatefold tip on jacket.)
Also available Dylan's Gospel ... CD 14.99

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New Brothers & SistersDylan's Gospel ... CD
Ode/Light In The Attic, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
A really amazing project – and a totally righteous little record – a set of songs all penned by Bob Dylan in the 60s, sung by a hip spiritual choir that includes performances from soul singers Clydie King, Merry Clayton, Edna Wright, and Gloria Jones! The mix of soul and gospel here is wonderful – very much in the spirit of The Voices Of East Harlem at the same time – with this progressive, positive vibe that goes way way past the original style of Dylan's music! Gene Page handled the musical arrangements, and Billy Page helped with the vocals – and together they really transform the compositions – creating a very different setting for the great lyrics of songs that include "The Mighty Quinn", "All Along The Watchtower", "Mr Tambourine Man", "Chimes Of Freedom", and "The Times They Are A Changin". A record that shouldn't work this well – but it does, and beautifully too! CD
Also available Dylan's Gospel ... CD 14.99

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New Alice ClarkAlice Clark ... LP
Mainstream, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
There weren't many vocal albums on the Mainstream label during the early 70s, and this rare soul side is a real overlooked gem! Alice Clark has a rich soulful voice, with a style that sounds a bit like Esther Marrow, mixed with some of the lead vocalists in Voices Of East Harlem – a really right-on sort of sound that's totally great, and way hipper than most 70s chart soul! Arrangements are by Ernie Wilkins, who brings in a touch of jazz – but again, with a much hipper feel than most of his other backings – and most of the tracks are quite obscure, well-written tunes – of the sort of material you might expect to hear sung by Gil Scott-Heron or Donny Hathaway. Titles include "Never Did I Stop Loving You", "Looking At Life", "Charms Of The Arms Of Love", "Don't You Care", and "Hey Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Alice Clark ... CD 19.99
 
 
 



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