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CapitolsWe Got A Thing ... LP
Atco/Karen, 1966. Very Good ... $9.99
An obvious follow-up to their big hit "Cool Jerk", but a great album of raw soulful tracks that puts this Detroit group right up there with the best of the 60s up-tempo harmony groups! Apart from the nice original title cut, the record's also got a number of other great tracks like "It's Googaloo Time", "Tired Running From You", "I Got To Handle It", and "I Feel Alright". There's a few other Atlantic soul covers, but since the great Ollie McLaughlin produced the session in Detroit, the album's got a much more exciting feel than a lot of other Atlantic soul albums from the time! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing! Cover has wear with split top & bottom seams.)

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Gene ChandlerYour Love Looks Good On Me ... LP
Fast Fire, 1985. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Although Gene Chandler wasn't scoring nearly as big in the 80s as he was in the 60s, he was still a great vocalist, and could turn out some good material when he wanted to. This album's more than enough proof of that – and it features some good mellow tracks that have Gene singing in a sophisticated quiet storm sort of style. The best number is "Haven't I Heard That Line Before" – and other tracks include "You'll Never Be Free Of Me", "Lucy", and "Please You Tonight". The record's got some uptempo numbers that fall flat, so stick to the ballads and mellow cuts. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp. Top seam has a split.)

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Clarke Boland Big BandOpen Door ... LP
Muse, 1967/1975. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Rare sides by the Clarke Boland ensemble – recorded by Gigi Campi in 1967 in Prague, and licensed to Muse in the mid 70s. The group's at their finest here – with some searing soloists like Johnny Griffin, Tony Coe, Sahib Shihab, and Ronnie Scott cutting it hard hard hard throughout. Side one features some CBBB standards – like "Milkshake" and "New Box" – but side 2 features the "All Blues Suite", written by Boland, and a great little trio of tracks that includes "Open Door", "Dia Blues", and "Total Blues". Forget the cliches that "blues" makes you think of, because this is hard wailing modern jazz – with a rich amount of emotion, power, and creativity! LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has masking tape on the top seam.)

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CrackinMakings Of A Dream ... LP
Warner, 1977. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Even better than the first Warner album from Crackin – a sweet little cooker with loads of subtle charm! The group have a really great feel – tight, but never commercial – and never too AOR, as well – a careful balance that's probably one of the reasons why they never charted as big back in the day – although, from our crate-digging experience, we can say that we always seem to turn up their albums in all the hippest collections from the 70s! Leslie Smith sings vocals with the group, adding in the same soulful currents you'll know from his later solo work – and the overall feel is somewhere in the same sort of jazzy funk sound that you'd find on the best records by Rufus from the time. Titles include "I Want To Sing It To You", "You're Winning", "There's A Better Way", "Take Me To The Bridge", "Feel Alright", "What Goes Around Comes Around", and "Beautiful Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch & a partially split top seam.)

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Joe Cuba SextetHangin' Out/Vagabundeando ... LP
Tico, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $14.99
Great Joe Cuba set from the mid 60's. This one was recorded slightly before Joe hit it big with his Latin soul hit "Bang Bang", and the sound's a mix of Latin jazz and tracks that have more of a Latin soul sound. The lineup includes the classic sextet, and tracks include "Oye Bien", "Flaco's Cha", "Nina Nina", "Trip To Mamboland", and "I Need You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Tico pressing. Cover has some wear and a partially split top seam. Vinyl is nice and clean overall.)

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Martin DennyTaste Of Honey ... LP
Liberty, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $1.99
A great later moment from Martin Denny – a set that gave him a big 60s hit in a sweet version of "Taste of Honey"! Denny approaches the tune with all the great mellow moods that Bobby Scott intended – none of the too-fast styles of Hirt, and instead the slow-moving rhythms that work perfectly for the blue undercurrents on the piano. Other tunes follow in a similarly nice blend – still a bit exotic, but almost showing more of a vibes/piano/percussion mix that seems to be borrowed from George Shearing or Cal Tjader – one that we approve of highly! Titles include "Route 66", "Exodus", "I'm In A Dancing Mood", "Black Orchid", "Take Five", and "Taste Of Honey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Vinyl has some marks that click a bit on a few tracks. Cover has some wear, fading on the spine and top seam, minor seam splitting, and some pen on the back.)

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George FreemanNew Improved Funk ... LP
Groove Merchant, Early 70s. Very Good ... $14.99
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's one of the funkiest ever from guitarist George Freeman, and one of the few to really hit that messed-up groove he was working in the clubs before his mid 70s retreat to Chicago! The style here is often all over the map – a mix of soul jazz and funkier numbers, but often served up with less of the direction than you'd get on Prestige, and even less of that on Groove Merchant – more in a raw small combo mode, with Freeman's guitar hitting plenty of raspy notes and weird solo excursions that keep even the mellower tunes exciting! The record features 2 different groups – one with John Young on piano, the other with Bobby Blevins on organ – and brother Von Freeman plays tenor sax on the whole set, although not nearly in the spotlight as George! (Definitely in keeping with something that Von told George many years back – quoted to us by George – "When you've got your own album, make sure that people know that you're the star!") Titles include "New Improved Funk", "Daffy", "Happy Fingers", "Confirmed Truth", "Guitar Lover Man", and "Big Finish". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, with splitting on the top and bottom seams.)

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New Isaac HayesIsaac Hayes Movement ... LP
Enterprise, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ... $2.99
Stellar soul from Isaac Hayes – just the sort of overblown masterpiece that made his early solo work on Stax Records so great! The record features only 4 long tracks – all of which go on in that slow-building style that Ike forged at the time – a mode that takes a few simple musical elements, slowly adds more instrumentation, then builds the whole thing up subtly and slyly while Hayes is talking rapturously over the top! There's a feel here that's nicely dramatic, but never in a kitschy, cloying way – a new statement of male soul masculinity, just right for the sophistication of the 70s. Titles include Ike's 12 minute covers of "Something" and "I Stand Accused", plus "One Big Unhappy Family", and "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself". LP, Vinyl record album

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HP RiotHP Riot ... LP
Concept (Canada), Early 70s. Very Good Gatefold ... $29.99
Wickedly funky work from HP Riot – a legendary group from the San Francisco scene of the 70s, but one who never managed to break the big time! The HP groove is a very tight, joyous approach to funk – one schooled in the Sly & The Family stone sense of righteousness, but which also brings in the unbelievably tight instrumentation of early Kool & The Gang – especially on some of the bold horn passages that top off some of the tunes! There's a wealth of funky numbers on the set – of the sort that most other 70s groups would give their souls to record this well – and the record's one that's needed rediscovery for years! Titles include "Good Time (Party)", "The Dollar Sign", "Blame It On the Sun", "Gotta Go (The Chant)", and "Just Look Around The Corner". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Canadian pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Pete Jolly & His TrioHello, Jolly! ... LP
AVA, 1964. Sealed ... $6.99
Not the Hello Dolly album you might guess from the title, but instead a wonderfully groovy batch of tracks from pianist Pete Jolly – an album done with great larger arrangements from Dick Hazard and Dick Grove, and a tight vibe that makes the set one of Pete's grooviest albums ever! Pete's incredibly fluid on the keys of the piano – hitting with a hard punch on the left hand to really underscore the snapping rhythms of the tunes, but flying free on the right with these lyrical lines that are simply beautiful – really on a par with the best 60s work from Vince Guaraldi, and the kind of record that should have more folks talking about Jolly's genius. The core group features Howard Roberts on guitar, Chuck Berghofer on bass, and Nick Martinez on drums – and Jolly's one hell of a pianist in this sort of setting – and it always seems that when he's got a big group behind him, he really lets loose with some great solos, freed from the rhythm of the tracks so that he can skate over the top of the songs in a magical way! Tracks include "Hard Day's Night", "People", "Moment Of Truth", "First Of May", "Blues Two Ways", and "The Grass Is Greener". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed, but shrinkwrap has a small bit of marker.)

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New Thad JonesEclipse ... LP
Metronome (Sweden), 1979. Very Good Gatefold ... $4.99
Thad Jones is in great European company here – leading a large group that's filled with wonderful soloists – all of whom bring a soulful depth to the music, at a level that may well top similar recordings by the Jones/Lewis Big Band! Thad's great ear for color and tone really shapes the proceedings – but it's also the work by the soloists who really make the record sparkle – a lineup that includes work from Idrees Sulieman and Allan Botschinsky on trumpets, Jesper Thilo on alto, Erling Kroner and Vincent Nilsson on trombones, and Ole Kock Hansen on piano. Titles include "Honky Punk", "Baby I Can't Get Over It", "I Hope This Time Isn't The Last", "Arrival", and "La Solitude". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker on the back and a bit of light wear.)

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Gene KrupaDriving Gene Krupa ... LP
Clef, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $6.99
Great Verve work from Gene – showing again a real talent for picking excellent players on his 50s small group sides! The ensemble here is a sextet – with Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Bill Harris on trombone, and Eddie Davis on tenor – plus rhythm by Teddy Wilson, Ray Brown, and Gene. A big part of the album's taken up by "The Ballad Medley", which features a player each soloing on standards – and other tracks include "Bloozy Woozy", "Windy", "Meddle My Minor", "Who's Rhythm", and "Second Helping Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Clef pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has a half-split top seam and a small split on the bottom seam, with light wear, some aging, and a bit of sticker residue on the back.)

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Mad SkillzFrom Where??? ... LP
Big Beat/Atlantic, 1996. Very Good+ 2LP ... $24.99
Overlooked genius from Madd Skillz! He's one of those MCs from the mid 90s (like Supernatural) who everyone was watching, did loads of mixtape appearances, put out something on a LP on a major label, and then just about disappeared. He deserved more! Tuere's some really dope tracks that let you know why everyone was paying attention – most notably "Nod Factor", and some nice tight mid 90s beats, including a couple of early pre-Ummah Jay Dee tracks, plus the Beatnuts, Large Professor, Buckwild and Shawn J Period. 16 tracks including "Doin' Time In Tha Cypha", "It's Going Down", "Extra Abstract Skills", "Move Ya Body" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a partially unglued top seam and a few light creases.)

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New MadamSensuous Black Woman ... LP
Kent, 1972. Very Good ... $11.99
One of two albums produced by Rudy Ray Moore – the other being The Sensuous Black Man – which define the art of making love from a gender-based perspective. Like Rudy's Sensuous Black Man, The Madam's version features one side of "instructional" dialogue – very XXX-rated, in bitchy mode that verbally orders a man to make love to a woman properly. Side two features "Rap Session", kind of a Q&A session in which The Madam lays down a bit more knowledge about sex over some bluesy music. There's plenty of bits on here that have been sampled over the years – and the record was a big one in the early mixes of the Chicago house scene. LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on Side 2. Cover has some wear, a split spine, partially split top and bottom seams, and some stains on the back.)

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New MJT+3Walter Perkins' MJT+3 ... LP
Vee Jay, 1959. Very Good+ ... $4.99
The MJT grooves like nobody's business, thanks to a core rhythm group that includes Harold Mabern on piano, Walter Perkins on drums, and Bob Cranshaw on bass. Add to the mix a young Frank Strozier on alto, fresh from Memphis (he made the trip to Chi-town with buddy Harold Mabern), and the smoking trumpet of Willie Thomas, and you've got one of the tightest combos to never make it in the big time. Who cares, though, because this album is a gem, and it grooves along mightily from top to bottom. Strozier and Mabern are fantastic, and they bring a unique soul jazz approach from their native Memphis into play with the firey Chicago rhythm of Cranshaw and Perkins. Five tracks: "Sleepy", "Brother Spike", "Whiffenpoof Song", "Rochelle" and "Big Hands". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a stereo sticker.)

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Art PepperArt Pepper + Eleven ... LP
Contemporary, 1959. Good+ ... $11.99
A unique large group session from Art Pepper – one of his few this way as a leader, despite constant 50s presence as a sideman in big ensembles! Arrangements are by Marty Paich, who more than makes things swing – and there's a nice rhythm section dancing underneath a larger group – with Russ Freeman on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass and Mel Lewis on drums. Players in the fuller lineup include Jack Sheldon on trumpet, Herb Geller on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, and Bob Enevoldsen on trombone and tenor – and titles are mostly modern numbers written by other jazzmen like Horace Silver, Denzil Best, Jimmy Giuffre, and Sonny Rollins. Titles include "Groovin High", "Move", "Four Brothers", "Anthropology", and "Airegin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has wear, staining, a split spine, a small split on the top seam, some pen, and a name in marker on the back.)
Also available Art Pepper + Eleven ... LP 15.99

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Oscar PettifordOscar Pettiford Orchestra In Hi Fi Volume 2 ... LP
ABC, 1956. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Pettiford's second album of big band tracks for ABC during the 50s – a more open-ended set than the previous one, with modernist touches that really make the set sparkle nicely. Part of these are due to Gigi Gryce, who plays alto on the record, and probably had a bit of a hand in arrangements. Other players include Art Farmer, Jerome Richardson, and Al Grey – and tracks include "I Remember Clifford", "Little Niles", "Now See How You Are", and "Seabreeze". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has a split top seam.)

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Sonny StittSonny Stitt & The Top Brass (Jazzlore) ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A heck of a great little record – one that shouldn't work so well, but it does! For the set, Sonny Stitt's blowing in front of a larger brass section – and while the prospect of a Sonny Stitt big band record might not sound that great at first, this one really kicks, largely because of Sonny's great solo work! Stitt's in perfect form by this point – blowing freely above a core brass group that features Blue Mitchell, Jimmy Cleveland, and Willie Ruff – arranged tightly by Tadd Dameron and Jimmy Mundy, yet still given enough room to swing with a heck of a lot of soul! Also quite nice is the organ work on the set by the obscure female player Perri Lee – a great little groover with a lean sound that cuts through the arrangements and really makes them sparkle! Titles include "Souls Valley", "On A Misty Night", "Stittsie", "Poinciana", "Sea Sea Rider", and "The Four Ninety". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later Jazzlore pressing.)

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StuffStuff It ... LP
Warner/Just Sunshine, 1979. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Late 70s soul fusion from masters of the groove – perhaps the best ever by the late 70s supergroup Stuff – featuring a core group that includes Cornell Dupree, Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, and Richard Tee! This time out the smooth sound is vibrantly top notch – all produced by Steve Cropper into a sweet blend of soul and jazz that has some of Aja-era Steely Dan's super tight sophistication – with a big, warmhearted soul groove in place of the Dan's more icy veneer! Many of the tracks are covers – augmented by chorus vocals – like "Mighty Love", "Dance With Me", "Since You've Been Gone", and "Love Having You Around" – but the record's also got some originals like "Stuff It", "Do It Again", and "Gordon's Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and a few creases.)

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Gerald WilsonYou Better Believe It! ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
One of Gerald Wilson's first albums – and a groundbreaking set of big band tracks that taps the richly soulful talents of 60s LA! Just about every single player in the group is a master talent – and soloists include Carmell Jones, Harold Land, Teddy Edwards, Walter Benton, Joe Maini, and Groove Holmes, whose organ lines get top billing with the band – and soar out over the top majestically! Tracks include many strong originals like "Blues For Yna Yna", "Jeri", "Moody Blue", "Straight Up & Down", and "The Wailer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with deep groove.)

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Betty WrightI Love The Way You Love ... LP
Alston, 1972. Very Good- ... $14.99
A breakout album by Betty Wright, the record that spawned the cut "Clean Up Woman" – the choppy funky track that really pushed her over the top in a big way, and which has remained fresh for years –thanks to a strong sample history in hip hop! That cut's more than enough reason to buy the record – but the whole LP's great – and features loads of other original tracks written by Clarence Reid and Willie (Little Beaver) Hale, hitting hard in a sweet 70s Miami soul style – titles that include "I Love the Way You Love", "I'm Gettin' Tired Baby", and "Pure Love" – plus a groovy cover of "Ain't No Sunshine". One of the turning points in the emerging Miami soul scene of the 70s – soon to provide a second home to Atlantic Records! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has a cutout notch, some wear, an unglued top seam, a partially unglued bottom seam, some creasing, and a center split on the spine.)
Also available I Love The Way You Love ... LP 9.99

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New James BrownPlease Please Please ... LP
King, 1959. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
An incredible early album from James – featuring 16 raw R&B tracks culled from his early years at King! "Please Please Please" was James' first big hit – and as you probably already know, it's got a sheer raw unbridled screaming sound that forever changed the face of soul music. The rest of the album's in a similar mode – and has plenty of great numbers that evoke a similar sound, including the obvious follow-up "No, No, No, No", plus "That's When I Lost My Heart", "Chonnie On Chon", "Hold My Baby's Hand", and "Tell Me What I Did Wrong". This is the 2nd version of the album – with a green cover that has James bending over a microphone and screaming. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has a split top seam.)

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Tim BuckleyGreetings From LA ... LP
Warner/Straight, 1972. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A later effort from Tim Buckley with a bigger sound and more of a straight ahead approach – with a big nod in the groove direction and some R&B creeping in! In lesser hands, Greetings From LA could be considered more of a "commercial" album than the unpredictable stylistic variances of Tim's earlier records, but his vocals and depth of passion keeps it a riveting experience. Rolling boogie piano, some vamping organ, groovy strings, and even some female chorus backing vocals bring elements of 70s soul and juke joint sounds into the mix – while Buckley's emoting is on par with earlier work – even if some of the lyrics are kind of on the bawdy side. Includes "Move With Me", "Get On Top", "Sweet Surrender", "Night Hawkin'", "Devil Eyes", "Hong Kong Bar" and "Make It Right". LP, Vinyl record album
(Non-gatefold pressing.)

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EmotionsSincerely ... LP
Red Label, 1984. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A great comeback for The Emotions – a post-Columbia album issued after a few years away from the business – but one that still has the girls' very much at the top of their game! The record's got a wonderful feel that's quite different from other directions the group might have pursued at the time – and most tracks are free from the too-commercial sounds that other female artists were shouldered with at the time – styles that oddly were often inspired by The Emotions' big successes of the late 70s. The vocals are great throughout – mixing leads and harmonies nicely – and arrangements are handled by Benjamin Wright, Billy Osborne, and Wayne Vaughn. Most tunes have a mellow or midtempo groove – with definite 80s instrumentation on keyboards and beats, but never in a way that's too over the top. Titles include "All Things Come In Time", "Sincerely", "Can't Blow Out The Candle", "You're The One", "Are You Through With My Heart", "Never Let Another", and "I Can Do Anything". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Ohio PlayersSkin Tight ... LP
Mercury, 1974. Very Good Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Great work from the Ohio Players – and proof that moving to a big label could be a good thing for a funky group! This was the band's first album for Mercury – and although one might have the temptation to say that the label cut down the radical funk sound of the trippy Westbound years, the move also taught the band to sharpen up their act, and get out of the repetitive sloppy groove into which they'd been lapsing during the past few years. The record's a lot smoother than earlier work – with a polished funky sound that would soon push the band right up there with Earth Wind & Fire at the top of the soul charts. And although there's familiar funky numbers like "Skin Tight", "Jive Turkey", and "Streakin Cheek To Cheek" – the best moment on the entire album is the wonderful spacey soul number "Heaven Must be Like This", a seven minute mellow groover that's got a sophisticated jazzy soul style, with voices and piano soaring into the heavens, in a way that always still sends chills down our spine! That cut shows the band's tremendous growth – and it's one of their best-ever! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Skin Tight ... LP 9.99

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Tower Of PowerAin't Nothin Stoppin Us Now ... LP
Columbia, 1976. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
No stopping Tower Of Power in the 70s – as the set's a cool Columbia session from the group, and one that features a well-crafted groove throughout! The overall approach is a bit warmer and less jamming than before – but in ways that really show the group hitting some strong notes on their soul tunes, especially some of the midtempo groovers that are really the big standouts here. The lineup features Chester Thompson on organ and keyboards, Greg Adams on trumpet and vocals, Edward McGee on lead vocals, and Lenny Pickett on saxes – and titles include "You Ought To Be Havin Fun", "Deal With It", "While We Went To The Moon", "Ain't Nothin Stoppin Us Now", and "Doin Alright". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some light wear & some light staining along the top seam.)

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New BeatlesBeatles Live At The BBC ... LP
Apple (UK), Early 60s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Beatles live at the BBC – heard here in a host of rare recordings that were done between March 1962 and June 1965 – pulled from the vaults of the legendary radio station! The versions here were all played live on the air, and make for some much-needed alternate takes on the big hits by the Fab Four – and a few American numbers that really show the influence of other styles on their early sound. And since the recordings were done in a top-shelf studio, they're not muddy concert recordings – but actually feel more like some lost EMI studio material from the same period. LP, Vinyl record album

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New James BrownThinking About Little Willie John & A Few Nice Things ... LP
King, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
James' moving tribute to the late Little Willie John – a big influence, and a fellow label mate at King. There are some great deep soul tracks on here, and lots of groovy instrumentals. Plus, the cover's got a picture of James holding a Little Willie John album, and looking very touched. Tracks include "Fat Eddie", "A Note Or Two", "Talk To Me", "I'll Lose My Mind", and "What Kind of Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, split top and bottom seams, and some splitting on the spine.)

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New Eddie Lockjaw DavisBig Beat Jazz ... LP
King, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Insanely wonderful work from Eddie Lockjaw Davis – one of his rare King albums, sides we like almost better than his work for Prestige! The format here is clear and simple – hard-grooving tenor sax, organ, and percussion – all recorded in a raw and echoey format that gives the tunes a bit more of an R&B bite than some of Eddie's later work. Tracks are short and to the point – and Eddie's never sounded better! Titles include "Scatter", "Holler", "Lady Byrd", "Punch", and "Hey Jim". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label King pressing with deep groove. Cover has half split spine and top seam with pieces of tape, a light stain at the bottom, and a name in pen on back.)

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New Jazz CrusadersLookin' Ahead ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic hard groover from this great soul jazz combo! The band are in perfect early form, and they wail nicely on some tight tight tight little tracks that virtually define the LA soul jazz sound of the 60s. Includes classics like "Young Rabbits" and "Big Hunk Of Funk" – plus the cuts "Tortoise & The Hare", "Sinnin Sam", "507 Neyland", and "Till All Ends". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing, with a blue Pacific Jazz label. Cover has split top & bottom seams.)

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New King CurtisSoul Time ... LP
Up Front, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great stuff – even if this is a tricky record to figure out! At one level, the album appears to be a repackaging of some of King's Enjoy Records sides – mostly from the Soul Twist album – but overall, the sound seems to be a bit different – more 60s soul sounding, and a bit more jazzy. There's no players listed on the cover, nor dates, but the tracks have a great mix of tenor, guitar, and raw and raunchy grooves. Titles include "Soul Twist", "Soul Time", "Big Dipper", "I Know", "Sack O Woe", "Groovin With The King", and "What'd I Say". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam, a spot of price sticker residue, ringwear, and aging.)

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New LevertBig Throwdown ... LP
Atlantic, 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A huge breakthrough from Levert – the group's third album, and a record that's filled with some really top-shelf R&B for the time! The tracks are a great transition in soul styles – classic harmony vocal sounds, produced with a slowjam style that's totally great – a bit like quiet storm of the 80s, but with more of a street edge overall! The mellowest moments are the best ones – and titles include "Casanova", "Throwdown", "My Forever Love", "In N Out", "Temptation", and "Don't U Think It's Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Henry ManciniLatin Sound Of Henry Mancini ... LP
RCA, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Latin sound is a groovy sound too – thanks to some great arrangements from the legendary Henry Mancini! The album's less a straight Latin date than it is a new approach to the grooves Mancini was laying down on his 60s soundtracks – a mix of bossa and cha cha-inspired themes that sparkle wonderfully with warm jazzy touches from a host of LA players who include Dick Nash on trombone, Harry Klee on flute, Ted Nash on alto and tenor, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Laurindo Almeida on guitar, and Gene Garf on organ – all working beautifully under Mancini's direction, with a sound that's both tight and relaxed at the same time! Lots of tracks have some nice groovy organ, which gives the arrangements a cool lively sound – and titles include "Preciosa", "Baia", "Carnavalito", "Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars", "Tico Tico", and the nice "Senor Peter Gunn", a Latin remake of Mancini's big hit! LP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape, save for a slight crease at the top of the cover.)
Also available Latin Sound Of Henry Mancini ... CD 6.99

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New John McLaughlinIn Retrospect ... LP
Polydor (France), Early 70s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 LP set that brings together the albums recorded by Tony Williams' Lifetime group (Emergency & Turn It Over), and were released here in the states under that name. The group is an all star cast, featuring McLaughlin on guitar, Cream bassist Jack Bruce, Larry Young on organ, and Tony Williams on drums and vocals. They cut a wide swath with some very nearly over the top fusion-y grooves, but looking back, this material holds up quite well. The set is every bit as heavy and relentless as you'd imagine, but never manages to get too bogged down or noodle-y. We're especially hip to their versions of Coltrane's "Big Nick" and Chick Corea's "To Whom It May Concern", and this set also includes "Spectrum", "Emergency" and "Once I Loved". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has factory stickers.)

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New Rudy Ray MooreThis P*ssy Belongs To Me – The Second Rudy Ray Moore Album ... LP
Kent, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rudy Ray Moore's second album, and almost hipper than the first – thanks to some key musical backings from The Fillmore St Soul Rebellion! The vibe here is as rough and raw as you'd expect – a no-holds-barred version of party records, with Rudy using plenty of language hardly heard this strongly on record again until the hip hop generation. The music's often mixed a bit lower than the vocals, but is still present enough to make things sound funky – and titles include the classic "Mr Big Dick", plus "The Gorillas Are Coming", "California Poetry", "Hurricane Anne Meets Dolemite", and "40 Pounds of Chitlings". Language is raw – so be warned! LP, Vinyl record album
("Comedian Series" pressing. Cover has a split top seam, some staining on the spine and a bit of peeled paper on the back corner.)

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New Oscar PetersonSwinging Brass With The Oscar Peterson Trio ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Oscar Peterson's few albums with a larger group – featuring some great arrangements from Russ Garcia! Titles include "Blues For Big Scotia", "Con Alma", "Cubano Chant", "OP", and "Little Pea's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has some light wear, a small split on the spine, and along the top seam and spine.)

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New Clifford ScottOut Front ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing set of hard blowing tracks by Bill Dogget's old sax player, and a very hard LP to find these days! Scott plays tenor and alto, and he wails throughout on cuts like "Samba De Bamba", "Out Front", "Over and Over", and "Cross Talk". Les McCann plays piano, and wrote most of the material, and the set's a much harder groovin' set than most of Les' regular ones, thanks to Scott's excellent reed playing. Joe Pass plays guitar, and Paul Humphrey is on drums. The album's a stellar example of the kind of hard hitting hard bop that was coming out of the west coast at the time, but which was so often overlooked because of the region's big name for cool jazz. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing. Cover has some wear, the remnants of a sticker, and some splitting on the top and bottom seams.)

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New Jimmy SmithLivin' It Up! ... LP
Verve, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunner from Jimmy Smith – and quite possibly one of his greatest records for Verve! The set has Jimmy working with arranger Oliver Nelson – in a setting that's got big band backings, but done in a style that's cool enough to cut through all the BS of similar sessions. There's no hoke at all – just a lean and soulful approach that has Nelson serving up a powerhouse jazzy groove underneath – and Jimmy soloing madly over the top! The album's filled with great tunes too – including a fab cover of "Mission Impossible", the original "Big Boss Man", a version of Richard Evans' "Burning Spear", and great takes on "Valley Of The Dolls" and "The Gentle Rain". Great stuff throughout! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, and some small stains on the back.)

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New Talking HeadsLittle Creatures ... LP
Sire, 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
9 tracks in all, including the big hits "And She Was", "Road To Nowhere" and "The Lady Don't Mind", plus "Television Man", "Perfect World", "Creatures Of Love" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a peeled spot on the back, along the top seam.)

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New Ike & Tina TurnerWorkin' Together ... LP
Liberty, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nicely pivotal album by Ike & Tina Turner – one that has them still retaining some of the earthiness of earlier years, yet also honing their groove for the crossover audience that was digging them big at the end of the 60s! The best results of this shift is the increasing funk component in their music – a move away from R&B into a tighter 60s groove, one that often featured very strong guitar parts in its best incarnation. The set includes the classic "Funkier Than A Mosquito's Tweeter", plus "Ooh Poo Pah Doo", "Let It Be", "Goodbye So Long", "You Can Have It", "The Way You Love Me", "Get Back", and "Workin Together". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, a small split on the top seam, and some stains on the back along the opening.)

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New McCoy TynerInception ... LP
Impulse, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very early date as a leader by McCoy Tyner – cut at a time when he was making big waves in the John Coltrane Quartet, but also sounding plenty darn great on his own! The group here's a trio – with Coltrane associates Art Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – and the warm familiarity of the players is clear from the very first notes of the set. There's a lighter, more lyrical – and possibly more sentimental – style going on here – one that echoes piano work of earlier generations, but which also shows plenty of signs of the growing modalism in Tyner's lines – especially on the striking original tracks "Sunset", "Effendi", "Inception", and "Blues For Gwen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has light wear, a few small bumps on the top seam, and an ink stamp inside the gatefold.)

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New VariousHip Hop Classics Volume One ... LP
Priority, 1996. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
15 classic tracks from 1985-1990 spread out over 2 LP's: Audio Two "Top Billin", EPMD "You're A Customer", MC Shan "The Bridge", Gang Starr "Words I Manifest", Main Source "Just Hangin Out", NWA "Straight Outta Compton", Eric B & Rakim "Eric B Is President", Doug E Fresh "La Di Da Di", Biz Markie "Make The Music With Your Mouth Biz", Public Enemy "Rebel Without a Pause", Ice Cube "Amerikkka's Most Wanted", Big Daddy Kane "Raw 91", the full-length version of Too Short's "Freaky Tales", Eazy E "Boyz-N-The Hood" and DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince "Rock The House". LP, Vinyl record album
(In a plain black sleeve, with some peeled spots.)

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New VariousSuperbad Vol 3 – The Very Best Of Blaxploitation, 70s Movie Themes & Funk Soul Classics ... LP
Warner (UK), 1970s. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic package of 70s grooves – despite a cloying title and cover image! The set recalls the glory days of the legendary Superbad and Superbad Is Back compilations – and brings together a rich assortment of 70s funky soul that spans the gamut from hit movie themes, classic radio tracks, and other under-discovered gems that have since gone onto become classics through their use in hip hop samples! 2LP set features 18 tracks that include "Express Yourself" by Charles Wright & Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band, "Trouble Man" by Marvin Gaye, "Funky Worm" by Ohio Players, "Natural High" by Bloodstone, "The Big Battle" by Lalo Schifrin, "Love TKO" by Teddy Pendergrass, "Wiggle Waggle" by Herbie Hancock, "Nowhere To Run" by Martha Reeves, "Think" by Aretha Franklin, and "Junkyard" by War. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, a small stain, and a partially unglued top seam.)

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New Hank CrawfordTico Rico ... LP
Kudu, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
More of a David Matthews album than a Hank Crawford one – as Matthews handled the arrangements in that slick funky big band style he was using at the time, letting Crawford come into solo over the top, but not really leading the session in any sort of obvious way. Titles include "Funky Rooster", "Tico Rico", "Lady Soul", "Lullaby Of Love", and "Lament". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Bill DoggettEverybody Dance The Honky Tonk ... LP
King, Late 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
This is it – the classic stormer by Bill Doggett that made his group a hit with all the kids! The album features the original two-part version of "Honky Tonk", plus the rarer "Honky Tonk Number Three", which as a wailing bit of vocals next to the chorus. Other tracks have that raw raw groove that Doggett forged, with great guitar by Billy Butler and searing tenor by Clifford Scott – and titles include "Leaps & Bounds", "Nothin Yet", "Big Boy", "Slow Walk", and "Afternoon Jump". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has wide clear tape on the top seam and spine.)

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New Duke EllingtonEllington At Newport ... LP
Columbia, 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the first albums to ever issue recordings made at the Newport Jazz Festival – quite a big hit, and the beginning of a real trend in jazz! The set's also some great work by Duke – free to perform in a setting that's not bound by some of the time restrictions of earlier years, which lets him offer up three long tracks with a great deal of sophistication over previous recordings. Titles include "Jeep's Blues", "Diminuendo & Crescendo In Blue", and "Newport Jazz Festival Suite". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a mostly split bottom seam, a partially split top seam, some light wear, a stained corner, and some peeled marks on the front.)

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New Duke EllingtonMusic Of Duke Ellington – Played By Duke Ellington ... LP
Columbia, Late 20s/1930s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great LP issue of material that originally appeared on 78s during the Duke's first big rise to fame! LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small split on the top seam.)

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New Al GreyBasic Grey ... LP
Argo/Cadet/Chess, Early 60s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A collection of some Basie trombonist Al Grey's work for the Argo label pulled from the Last Of The Big Plungers, Snap Your Fingers and Al Grey Billy Mitchell Sextet LPs, some of his hippest work, featuring Billy Mitchell, Donald Byrd, Floyd Morris, Herbie Hancock and Bobby Hutcherson. 22 tracks in all, including "Things Ain't WhatThey Used To Be", "Open Wider Please", "I Got It bad And That Ain't Good", "Don't Get Around Much Anymore", "The Elder", "Bewitched", "Bluish Grey", "Wild Deuce", "Bantu", "Melba's Blues", "Nothng But The Truth", "RBQ", "Minor On Top", "African Lady", "Hi Fly" and "Home Fries". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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New ImpressionsImpressions (1963) ... LP
ABC, 1963. Used ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic soul from the Chicago scene of the 60s – the legendary first ABC album by Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions! Although the group first broke big on Vee Jay Records, it was at ABC that their genius really took flight – tightening up the harmonies of the earlier singles, and hitting a mode that was a lot more soul than the doo wop of their roots! The sound here is a great bridge between the two eras of the group's career – and a number of the best tracks here are done in a mellow, gentle sort of way that relies heavily on the harmonies – crackling out with beautifully human sounds throughout. Nearly every tune is an original by Curtis Mayfield – and there's not a spot of filler on the album! Titles include "Minstrel & Queen", "Gypsy Woman", "Never Let Me Go", "It's All Right", "Sad Sad Girl & Boy", "Little Young Lover", "Can't You See", and "I Need Your Love". Nice cover, too – with Curtis smiling the biggest ol' bucktoothed smile you'll ever see! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has some wear, a few stains, a cutout hole, some marker, and partially split top and bottom seams. Label and runout on one side have some marker.)

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New Quincy JonesBack On The Block ... LP
Quest/Warner, 1989. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the last really all-star sets from Quincy Jones – and a record that reprises the format of some of his big records of the 70s – like Mellow Madness or Body Heat – in a way that has Quincy surrounding himself with top-shelf artists of all sorts, from jazz soloists, to hip hoppers, to R&B vocalists. Kool Moe Dee & Big Daddy Kane rap on a version of "Birdland" that also has solos from Miles, Diz, and James Moody; Take 6 sing on a mellow version of Ivan Lins' "Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)", Bobby McFerrin sings goofily on "Wee B Dooinit", Siedah Garrett and Al B Sure sing on "The Secret Garden", and a whole choir joins in on "Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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New Buddy RichRich Rebellion (aka Richcraft) ... LP
Wing/Mercury, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
Tighter than usual for Buddy Rich at Verve – but still a great little set, thanks to some soulfully swinging arrangements from Ernie Wilkins – who was really at the top of his game at this point in his career! The lineup is filled with great players – including Phil Woods, Harry Edison, Al Cohn, and Benny Golson – and in a way, the record almost grooves with some of the same energy that Quincy Jones was bringing to his big band records of the time – save for a bit more emphasis on the drums! Titles include "Yardbird Suite", "Richcraft", "From The Sticks", "Song Of The Islands", and "Sweets Tooth". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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New Stevie WonderTalking Book ... LP
Tamla, 1972. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of the classics, and an album that's filled with a sense of majesty and power that will knock you dead – despite the stupid cover of Stevie sitting on a hill, playing in the dirt! By this point, Stevie knows he's on top of the world – and he's honing the sophisticated experiments of the previous few albums into a tightly woven pop sound that would pay Motown a huge dividend for letting him take chances with his music! Includes the big hits "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" and "Superstition", plus the amazing mellow synthesizer classic "You've Got It Bad Girl" and the fuzzy funky "Maybe Your Baby". Great stuff, and one that won't let you down! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Spanish pressing.)

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New Johnny LytleVillage Caller ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
A funky vibes classic – and a landmark set from Detroit vibist Johnny Lytle! The set's one of the purest examples of Johnny's great early groove – a tightly stepping version of soul jazz that played big in the clubs at the time, and which has forever made Lytle one of the favorites of the mod jazz dance circuit! Lytle mixes his own heavy work on vibes with some great work from his regular trio members Milt Harris on organ and William "Peppy" Hinnant on drums – augmented here by some additional bass from Bob Cranshaw and percussion from Willie Rodriguez. The sound is strong and tight – arguably even more classic than that of Lytle's Tuba recordings – and the title cut "Village Caller" is a wonderfully angular groover that still gets heavy play in Chicago to this day! Other tracks include the modal dancer "Kevin Devin", plus the tracks "Pedro Strodder", "Green Dolphin Street", "Solitude", and "Unhappy Happy Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Turquoise label Orpheum pressing. Cover has some wear, staining, some seam splitting, and tape on the top and bottom seams.)

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New Sharon RidleyStay A While With Me (Phil-LA pressing) ... LP
Phil-LA Of Soul, 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
An incredible album of deep deep soul! Recorded way before Sharon Ridley became a big club diva, this record mixes deep soul vocal stylings with some well produced Van McCoy arrangements, and backing by some crack New York players. The result is one of the best female vocal soul albums we can think of from the early 70s – and the kind of lost soul album that makes you keep tracking down rare wax! Includes the incredible cut "You Sold Me A One Way Ticket", which begins with an amazing intro, and has a hook so strong you could hang a parka on it – plus the cuts "Stay A While With Me", "I Found Him, I Loved Him, I Lost Him", and "When A Woman Falls In Love". This is the 2nd pressing – on Phil-LA of Soul – and it's rarer than the first! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, a partially split top seam, and a small split on the bottom.)

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New Big Mama ThorntonSassy Mama! ... LP
Vanguard, 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
Big Mama Thornton gets a bit of an update – as her older blues style comes into play with a hip electrified lineup – one that features Paul Griffin on keyboards, Cornell Dupree on guitar, and Bad Bascomb on bass! The vibe is still plenty blues, but has an undercurrent of soul – thanks in part to production from Ed Bland, who could always be trusted to mix different elements together so well. Buddy Lucas also plays a bit of tenor sax – and titles include "Lost City", "Mr Cool", "Private Number", "Rolling Stone", and "Everybody's Happy (But Me)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing. Cover has some wear, with some splitting on the spine top seam.)
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Cannonball AdderleyCannonball Adderley & The Poll Winners ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good- ... $11.99
Cannon's left his usual soul jazz combo for this album – and he's recording on the west coast with an all-star group that includes Wes Montgomery on guitar, Victor Feldman on vibes and piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. The sound's a bit different than usual – with a strong focus on the solos of the big stars, and less on the tight grooving of the group – but that doesn't stop it from being a great set, and Cannon blows in a way that reminds us of his classic Mercury sides. Titles include "The Chant", "Azule Serape", "Never Will I Marry", and "Au Prive". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo & deep groove. Side 2 has a mark that clicks a bit on track one. Cover has some wear, a split bottom seam, some splitting on the other seams, and some small light stains on the back.)

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New Patti AustinEvery Home Should Have One ... LP
Qwest, 1981. Very Good+ ... $0.99
A big one for Patti Austin – and a set that moved her from the jazz/soul sidelines right into the mainstream – but all without losing any of her charm from before! A big part of the record's success comes from the production work of Quincy Jones – a longtime associate who gave Patti some key exposure on earlier records of his own, and a great choice to handle the mix of sophisticated soul and jazzy moments on this set. The record features some key tunes penned by Rod Temperton – and James Ingram duets with Patti on the crossover classic "Baby Come To Me" – nestled nicely alongside other cuts that include "The Way I Feel", "Do You Love Me", "The Genie", "Stop Look Listen", "The Island", and "Symphony Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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New CadillacsCrazy Cadillacs ... LP
Jubilee, 1959. Near Mint- ... $49.99
A killer from the legendary Cadillacs – maybe our favorite group on the east coast scene of the late 50s, and one of the few we can really depend on for a wonderful sense of range! The Cadillacs have a power that matches some of the bigger names of the time, especially The Drifters on Atlantic – and although the group were best known for their upbeat gimmicky tracks, they're also tremendous on ballads – of which there are a good number here! Production is nice and raw – with an especially noteworthy lack of instrumentation when things get mellow – and titles include "Gloria", "Don't Be Mad With My Heart", "Window Lady", "Carelessly", "Let Me Explain", "My Girl Friend", "Shock A Doo", "Zoom Boom Zing", and "Broken Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small split on the top seam and some discoloration from age.)
Also available Crazy Cadillacs ... CD

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Don ElliottMellophone ... LP
Bethlehem, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $8.99
They're not lying with the title of this great little set – as Don Elliott blows his unique horn with a very mellow tone! The instrument is kind of a bigger version of a flugelhorn – and is used by Don in a laidback combo that also features trombone from Billy Byers, trumpet from Howie Reich, and baritone sax from Danny Bank – all deep sounds that set up a bank of color for Elliott to work with in his most vivid way. Other players include Hal McKusick on alto and flute – but working without as much of the sharper, cutting tones of other 50s albums – and rhythm is from Barry Galbraith on guitar, Milt Hinton on bass, and Mel Zelnick on drums. Titles include "Sposin", "The Lamp Is Low", "Mellophone Mambo", "Summer Setting", and "With The Wind & The Rain In Your Hair". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, some wear, and a peeled gloss finish, with an ink stamp and some light stains on the back.)

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5th Dimension5th Dimension Live! ... LP
Bell, 1971. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $2.99
A groovy little live album from The 5th Dimension – not nearly as smoothly polished as their studio albums, in a way that really makes the set stand out nicely! The vocals are still completely top-shelf – a heavenly sound that's hard to believe comes from five mere mortals – but the musical backings are a bit more rough-edged and soul-based – a harder groove than the group gets on their full albums, in a way that provides a great contrast to the harmonies on the lyrics! There's also a great sense of "liveness" to the set – patter from the group before the tunes, and some upbeat medleys of some of their bigger hits – strung together in ways that are a lot nicer than just simple live remakes of familiar songs. Titles include "I Just Want To Be Your Friend", "Eli's Coming", "Never My Love", "Shake Your Tambourine", "Ode To Billie Joe", "I Want To Take You Higher", and two longer medleys of hits! LP, Vinyl record album

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Four TopsFour Tops Greatest Hits ... LP
Motown, 1960s. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Despite the fame of their big hits – like "Reach Out I'll Be There", "I Can't Help Myself", "Baby I Need Your Loving", and "It's The Same Old Song", all of which are on this set, and which have been heard ad infinitum – the Four Tops are actually a heck of a great vocal group, with harmonies that blew away many of their contemporaries, and which keep their work shining long past the hits. This set's got some nice cuts that fall into that category – like "Bernadette", and "Ask The Lonely" – and the package is about as solid as you'd expect. LP, Vinyl record album
(Reissue pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Nobuo Hara & Sharps & FlatsKessei 25 Shuunen Kinen Recital – The 25th Anniversary Concert ... LP
Trio (Japan), 1976. Very Good+ 2LP ... $24.99
A 25th Anniversary performance from one of Japan's greatest big bands – really stepping out here in a great mix of modes from the 70s! Some cuts have a classic feel – definitely nodding back to the roots of the Sharps & Flats – but others show the hip changes the ensemble went through during the 60s and 70s – their use of exotic and groovy modes during the previous decade, and their discovery of electric instrumentation and funky sounds near the time of this recording! The album's got great versions of Stevie Wonder tunes "Too High" and "Superstition", a long suite titled "Scotophobia", and some cool jazz versions of Japanese tunes "Sohran Bushi" and "Hakone Hachi-Ri" – as well as the cut "3 2 1 0", which the group recorded famously with Oliver Nelson! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi!)

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New Neal HeftiSinging Instrumentals ... LP
Epic, Early 60s. Very Good ... $3.99
Hefti was one of the grooviest of the bigger band arrangers during the 50s – and thanks to Basie, and a few well-placed soundtracks, he had the chance to really experiment with some unusual combinations of material that proved to leave him with an incredible legacy. This album is a perfect showcase for Hefti's unusual talents, as it has him leading a nice little group of swing players (Charlie Barnet, Hank D'Amico, Lou McGarity, and others) in combination with the Ray Charles Singers, on a set of very groovy vocalese jazz tracks. At the record's best moments, the overall feel is sort of like Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross with Basie – as the group keep fairly in the "vocal instrumental" range, and solo wordlessly over the band's tight soulful rhythms. Tracks include "Jersey Bounce", "Opus 1", "Skyliner", "Summit Ridge Drive", "Back Beat Boogie", and "Intermission Riff". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Epic pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear & a partially split top seam.)

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Freddie HubbardRollin ... LP
MPS, 1981. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Freddie Hubbard's definitely rolling on this great little set – rolling right back into acoustic jazz territory after a run of smoother soul sessions for bigger labels at the end of the 70s! The album's a live one, and it's a perfect example of the development of Hubbard's solo skills at the point – amazingly well-crafted, especially in a spontaneous setting like this, where Freddie can really stretch out over a long tune with really soulfully imaginative expressions. The group features the great David Schnitter on tenor and soprano sax – a great colleague for the date – plus Billy Childs on acoustic and electric piano, Larry Klein on bass, and Carl Burnett on drums. Titles include "Breaking Point", "Brigitte", "Cascais", "One Of Another Kind", and "Byrdlike". LP, Vinyl record album
(PAUSA pressing. Cover has a cut corner, a center split on the top seam, and half split bottom seam.)

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BB KingIndianola Mississippi Seeds ... LP
ABC, 1970. Very Good- Gatefold ... $5.99
BB King hips up his groove a bit here – picking up some of the crossover soul and rock touches used by contemporaries over at Chess/Cadet, and expanding his sound with a range of guests that include Leon Russell, Joe Walsh, and Carole King! Despite the presence of these bigger names, the set's very much in BB's own spirit – mostly focused on his vocals and guitar work, and still mostly including original compositions. A few tunes get nice and funky on the rhythms, although still very much in a blues-based way – and Jimmie Haskell contributes a few larger arrangements from time to time. Titles include "King's Special", "Until I'm Dead & Cold", "You're Still My Woman", "Hummingbird", "Go Underground", and "Chains & Things". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, some stains, some large smoke stains on the back, and splitting on the top and bottom seams.)

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Rod Levitt OrchestraInsight ... LP
RCA, 1965. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Tight hard swinging big band set, with really complicated arrangements and some great writing. Not all of the players are names you'll recognize, but Levitt's talent for arrangement and leadership ensure a tight tight band, and the album wails nicely. Tracks include "Stop Those Men!", "Vera Cruz", "Insight", and "The Mayor Of Vermont Village". Levitt's always talked about in hipster musician circles. Get this and find out why. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing.)

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Mariachi Brass with Chet BakerTaste Of Tequila ... LP
World Pacific, 1966. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A strange 60s chapter in the career of trumpeter Chet Baker – but one that we sure like a heck of a lot! These sides were recorded as an answer to the big success of Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass over at A&M Records – and for the sessions, Chet's trumpet was backed by jaunty, brassy arrangements penned by Jack Nitzsche. And while it might be easy to dismiss the tunes as copycat sound-a-likes, they're really not – as Nitszche brings in a much fuller groove to most of the numbers than Herb Alpert ever did – more of a sunny LA pop feel that has the whole group really gliding along on bold waves of sound all topped off by Baker's horn – sounding stronger and more confident here than on most of his other recordings of the 60s! There's a definite Latin undercurrent to most of the numbers, but also a fair bit of mainstream pop instrumentation as well – a style that's bolder and not nearly as compressed as the A&M approach to Tijuana – and one that explodes with some youthful LA energies! 10 numbers in all, including "Flowers On The Wall", "Mexico", "Hot Toddy", "El Paso", "Come A Little Bit Closer", "Speedy Gonzales", "Cuando Calienta El Sol", and "24 Hours To Tulsa". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy McGriffElectric Funk ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ... $49.99
One of Jimmy's funkiest albums ever – a sweeeeet batch of short, hard, and funky cuts – and a record that ranks right up there with the mighty Soul Sugar for sheer funkiness! Jimmy takes an upbeat and easygoing approach to the late 60s funk sound, with a nice, rubbery bass and the organ sound just killer – but would expect less from McGriff on that front? Truly funky and totally irresistible stuff, with sinister, measured moments that bigger and heavier pretty quickly - kind of prefiguring 70s blacksploitation soundtrack vibes in spots! The album's great all the way through – tight arrangements by Horace Ott, who also plays electric piano on the set, making for a clean, cool 2-keys kind of groove. Titles include "Spear for Moondog" (parts 1 & 2), "Tight Times", "Funky Junk", "Bird Wave", and "Back on the Track". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Liberty pressing. Cover has some wear, light bending in the corners, and some splitting and wide clear tape on the top seam.)

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Charlie Persip & His Jazz StatesmenDouble Or Nothin ... LP
Liberty, 1957. Very Good- ... $19.99
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by crack drummer Charlie Persip – and a great record that you might have missed because Howard Rumsey's name is bigger on the cover than Charlie's! The album's one of Rumsey's "Lighthouse Series" sides of the 50s – but it's a lot harder-driving and more energy-filled than most of the other Lighthouse-related sides coming out of LA at the time. Half the record features Charlie's group – a set of east coasters that includes Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, and Wynton Kelly – and the other part features some of the players from that ensemble mixing it up with drummer Stan Levey and other LA talents that include Frank Rosolino, Conte Candoli, Bob Cooper, and others. In all, the album's a great meeting of east and west coast hardbop styles – with short driving tracks that include "Reggie Of Chester", "Celedia", "Moto", "The Champ", and "Wildwood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label stereo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, aging, stains on the back, a split spine, a bottom spine, and a mostly split top seam.)

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Louie RamirezIn The Heart of Spanish Harlem ... LP
Mercury, Mid 60s. Sealed ... $69.99
One of THE killers of the Latin soul years – and a record that sometimes doesn't always get its due because it was issued on Mercury, not one of the New York indies! But don't let that association fool you, because this record's every bit as hard – if not harder than – any of the late 60s greats on Tico, Fania, or Cotique! Louie Ramirez is really at the top of his game here – leading a tightly smoking ensemble that's extremely heavy on percussion – timbales and congas really pushing hard on all numbers, often topped by English language vocals that are super-hip and very catchy! The whole record's got a really badass feel that easily makes it one of the best examples of Latin Soul you'll ever find – and it's filled with great tracks that include "Louie's Mozambique", "Love It Up", "Lucy's Spanish Harlem", "I Hear A Bembe", "Coffe & Bread", "The Bigshot", "Thinking Of You", and "The Boogie Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing!)

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Serious Lee FineNothing Can Stop Us ... LP
Arista/Rush, 1989. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Equal parts soul and hip hop – and a record that might be more New Jack than anything else, if it wasn't for production by Davy D and Jam Master Jay! The vocals are a bit poppy and silly at times, but the overall groove isn't that bad, especially considering other efforts like this of the time – and there's a depth to some of the backings that are a welcome change from some of the more bombastic beats used on other soul/hip hop crossover albums. Titles include "Nothing Can Stop Us", "We Can Do Better", "The Big Dis", "Bust The Beat", "Deep", "Everything's Real Everything's Fun Everything's Life", "Serious-Lude", "Sweat", and "Boom Bang Em". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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StylisticsStylistics ... LP
Avco, 1971. Good+ ... $6.99
A masterpiece of harmony soul – one of THE all-time greats of the genre, and a lasting treasure from The Stylistics! The album really took vocal soul to a whole new level for the 70s – pushing from the sometimes fragile ballad style of the late 60s into a smoother, more mature sound that was impeccably produced, yet still had all the depth of feeling as before! Maestro Thom Bell is the man to thank for the greatness of this album – as his production and musical vision really helped The Stylistics hit levels that few other groups like this were reaching at the time. Titles include their seminal long version of "People Make the World Go Round" – which, at 6 minutes in length, was really unusual for the time. Other titles include "Stop Look & Listen", "Betcha By Golly Wow", "You're A Big Girl Now", "If I Love You", "Ebony Eyes", and "You Are Everything". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, some stains, an unglued bottom seam, a center split on the spine, and a bit of pen.)

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TemptationsBare Back ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Very Good+ ... $2.99
The Temptations on Atlantic Records – sounding different than their Motown years, and still pretty darn great! The group's got some wonderful help here from the team of Brian and Eddie Holland – still very much in fine fine form, and coming up with some backings that have a warm modern soul groove that really works great with the group's harmonies – a great step forward they might never have gotten at their previous label – almost handled here as if the Temps were some bold new discovery in soul, getting really top-shelf treatment. Otis Williams is firmly in place with a fine lead vocal, and there's a smooth grooving feel here that really matches the bigger Philly groups on Atlantic at the time. Titles include "That's When You Need Love", "Mystic Woman", "Ever Ready Love", "Touch Me Again", "I See My Child", and "You're So Easy To Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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New WhispersImagination ... LP
Solar, 1981. Very Good ... $1.99
The Whispers crack into the 80s with one of their biggest selling sets! The group takes off from the Philly groove style of their late 70s work, moving into a style that picks up all the best touches of the early 80s LA sound – electro keyboards, but not too much; quiet storm production, but not so much so that the album's smothered in it; and a professional approach to harmonies and songwriting that showed that the group was still an unstoppable force in soul music! Includes "Imagination", "It's A Love Thing", "Say You", "I Can Make It Better" and "Up On Soul Train". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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VariousHarlem Shuffle – Sixties Soul Classics ... LP
Charly (UK), Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Classic Charly compilation of Uptown soul tracks which were big hits at the time, but are sort of tough to find these days. There's 16 great tracks on here, with non-stop 60s soul groovers that you'd love to hear on the radio, like "Backfield in Motion" by Mel & Tim, "Harlem Shuffle" by Bob & Earl, "Hello Stranger" and "Make Me Your Baby" by Barbara Lewis, "Oh How Happy" by Shades Of Blue, "The Oogum Boogum Song" and "Gimme Little Sign" by Brenton Wood, "The Bounce" by The Olympics, "Love Makes The World Go Round" by Deon Jackson, "Spring" by Bird Legs & Pauline, "Expressway To Your Heart" by the Soul Survivors, "Oo Wee Baby I Love You" by Fred Hughes and "Cool Jerk" by the Capitols. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Martin DennyQuiet Village ... LP
Liberty, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
An undisputed classic in the exotica genre – and the record that yielded Martin Denny his biggest hit! The title track "Quiet Village" was originally written by Les Baxter, but it was Martin Denny's approach that really managed to send the tune over the top – using spare percussion, rhythmic piano, and just the right amount of vibes and bird calls to give the track a really haunting feel. That approach is echoed throughout the set – with shifting instrumentation that includes celeste, bongos, marimbas, and marimbula as well! Titles include "Quiet Village", "Paradise Found", "Sake Rock", "Martinique", "Tune From Rangoon", and "Pagan Love Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing.)

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New Johnny HartmanVoice That Is ... LP
Impulse, 1964. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
At the time of this album, Johnny Hartman definitely was the voice that is – a singer with a new level of maturity for the 60s, and a voice that's far more masculine than the geeky look of the photo on the cover! Hartman's sound here is smooth and warm, but never in a too-commercial way – a great antidote to some of the bigger singers of his generation, and cast perfectly here in some lightly jazzy arrangements by Bob Hammer. A few tracks feature backing by a quartet led by Hank Jones – and the rest feature a slightly larger group with 2 guitars and some nice Latin percussion. Titles include "Funny World", "Waltz For Debbie", "It Never Entered My Mind", "Let Me Love You", "My Ship", "The Day The World Stopped Turning", "Slow Hot Wind", and "The More I See You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing.)

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New Jack McDuffMidnight Sun ... LP
Prestige, 1967. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Hard to find McDuff album that features some great material recorded during the mid 60s, and not available elsewhere! The album features a setting that's mostly quartet material – with McDuff's classic group of Red Holloway, George Benson, and Joe Dukes, but on one track, they're backed by the bigger arrangements of Benny Golson, who was doing some great work with the group at the time! Tracks are fairly long, with lots of fire from McDuff and Benson – and titles include "Stop It", "Midnight Sun", "Love Walked In", and "Misconstrued". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear and a small name in pen.)

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VariousDon't Stop – Recording Tap ... LP
Numero, Early 80s. Near Mint- 3LP Box Set ... Just Sold Out!
Not much of a cover photo, but one of the most amazing collections so far from the Numero Group – a richly archival project that finally brings to light the lost efforts of the short lived Tap Records label! Tap was the brainchild of Jeremiah Yisrael – an ambitious producer, and legendary perfectionist – so much so that he often put more effort into these indie productions than you'd find at bigger label projects of the time! Most material here dates from the years 1981 and 1982, and the music is a mix of club, modern soul, boogie, and a bit of hip hop – nearly all of which hardly got any exposure at the time. The booklet not only tells the tale of the label and Yisrael's career, but also Numero's efforts in resurrecting these lost tapes from a very moldy near-death experience – a narrative that's almost as exciting as the music in the package. And the package is pretty great too – not only because of the 24 page, full color booklet – but also because of the supplemental book that reproduces lost sheet music and studio notes from the Tap sessions. Amazing stuff throughout – well worthy of another deep bow for the Numero team! The 3LP version is beautifully packaged in a box modeled after old studio reel-to-reels – with one LP featuring 11 instrumental bonus tracks exclusive to the vinyl – and includes the 14 track CD for good measure! Titles include "Breakout" and "We've Had Enough" by Arnie Love & The Lovettes, "Invisible Wind" and "Guilty" by Jackie Stoudemire, "Missy Missy Dee" by Missy Dee & The Melody Crew, "So Nice" by Annette Denvil, "Rub A Dub Dub" by The Fabulous 3 MCs, "Don't Stop Dancin" and "Run Away Hide From Love" by Jackie Stoudemire, and "Breakout" by Magnetism. Also features two tracks from 1971 – "Does He Really Mean It" and "Love Which Way" by Bonnie Freeman. Instrumentals for the vinyl include "Breakout Beats" and more by Tap Orchestra, "Rub A Dub Dub" by Fabulous 3 MCs, "Invisible Wind" and "Guilty" by Jackie Stoudemire, and "Missy Missy Dee" by Missy Dee & The Melody Crew. LP, Vinyl record album
(Box set includes the printed inner sleeve and CD, missing the booklet and cards.)
Also available Don't Stop – Recording Tap (3LPs – with CD and 11 bonus instrumentals) ... LP 42.99

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New Cannonball AdderleyPhenix ... LP
Fantasy, 1975. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet funky 70s work from Cannonball Adderley – a record that has him revisiting older tunes from his early soul jazz years – but in ways that give them a whole new electric vibe overall! The album's actually Cannonball's last full studio set, but it's also one of his greatest too – a very hip little record that features arrangements that are slightly bigger than before – almost a CTI sort of mode, with a similar CTI sense of space, sound, and timing! There's some great keyboards on the set – courtesy of George Duke and Mike Wolff – and other players include Nat Adderley on cornet, Airto on percussion, Sam Jones and Walter Booker on bass, and Louis Hayes and Roy McCurdy on drums. The keyboards lead off most numbers, but they're followed strongly by Cannon and Nat – both of whom open up wonderfully in the magical setting of the record! Titles include great new takes on "Sack O Woe", "Work Song", "Jive Samba", "74 Miles Away", "Walk Tall/Mercy Mercy Mercy", "Country Preacher", "Domination", and "This Here" – plus "Hi Fly" and "Hamba Nami". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a couple of wrinkles, with splitting and tape on the top seams.)

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New Rance Allen GroupSoulful Experience ... LP
Truth/Stax, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful mix of gospel soul and heavy Memphis production – and the kind of heavy soul album that made Rance Allen one of Stax's best new artists during the 70s. David Porter produced and arranged, and the album has some great electric keyboard work by Rance that provides a perfect counterfoil for his rich baritone voice. The album's a lot more stripped down than later efforts – with a rootsy sound that should have made Rance even bigger with the crossover crowd. Titles include "Talk That Talk", "The Painter", "Ring My Bell", and "Harlem Heaven". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, some aging, and partially split top and bottom seams.)

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New BT ExpressDo It (Til You're Satisfied) ... LP
Scepter, 1974. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The monumental debut of BT Express – and an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band's bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight blacksploitation soundtrack, with plenty of tight wah wah guitar riffing, conga beats, and funky flute and sax – topped off by just the right amount of strings to make the set soar even more! The album's best known for the title track "Do It (Til You're Satisfied)" – which was a big hit, but is still an excellent groover – and the set also includes loads of other great cuts too – like "Express", which was the original song that the created the JBs' response track "Monorail"; "This House is Smokin'", which has lots of funky descending horn bits; and other great tunes that include "Mental Telepathy", "If It Don't Turn You On", and "Do You Like It". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on Pye. Cover has light wear, a factory sticker, and some stains.)

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New Betty DavisNasty-Gal ... LP
Just Sunshine/MPC LTD (UK), 1975. Used (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The biggest-label release ever cut by 70s funk legend Betty Davis – but a set that's every bit as hard and heavy as the indie dates that preceded it! Davis is at the top of her form here – bad-stepping amidst the heavy drums and freaked-out guitars that easily made her one of the funkiest folks working in the 70s – an artist who was definitely very much into her own bag, and who's only finally getting her due all these many years later! In a way, the groove is even leaner than before – especially the drums, which are turbocharged with energy, and set a badass vibe for the record throughout – mixing up equal parts of rock, funk, and soul – almost with the genre-busting modes that wouldn't really show up on the New York scene until a number of years later. The whole thing kicks ass – and titles include "Nasty Gal", "Talkin' Trash", "Dedicated To The Press", "FUNK", "Getting Kicked Off Havin Fun", "Shut Off The Light", "This Is It", "The Lone Ranger", and "Feelins". LP, Vinyl record album
(90s UK reissue. Cover is a bit wavy, with a sticker on back.)

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New Joao DonatoDonato-Deodato ... LP
Muse, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The legendary meeting of the two biggest Brazilian keyboard talents of the 70s – Joao Donato and Eumir Deodato – coming together in beautifully funky formation! The sound is a great blend of the moody electric work of Donato's classic Quem E Quem album, and some of the fuller, funkier grooves on Deodato's work for CTI – served up here in a double-keyboard blend with help from a host of great guest musicians! Other players include Randy Brecker on trumpet, Romeo Penque on flute, Mauricio Einhorn on harmonica, and Michael Gibson on guitar – plus plenty of percussion from Airto and Ray Barretto, who both join in to round out this all star session. Tracks are nicely long, and very jamming at times – and titles include the funky "Whistle Stop", plus "Where's JD", "Capricorn", "Nightripper", and "Batuque". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has small seam splits.)
Also available Donato-Deodato ... LP 9.99

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New Etta JamesChanges ... LP
T-Electric, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from Etta James – a late 70s collaboration with New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint – and a set that's got some of the same funky power as her early 70s material for Chess Records! Toussaint's vibe is a bit different, but also has a lot more bite than some of his bigger-name productions of the period – a real return to the kind of sharp snaps and rugged rhythms he brought to his initial classics – as well as some deeper soul modes that really help keep James at her best, by fleshing out the record with a good degree of emotion. Titles include "Who's Getting Your Love", "Night People", "With You In Mind", "Mean Mother", "Don't Stop", "Night By Night", and "Wheel Of Fire". LP, Vinyl record album

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New KC & The Sunshine BandKC & The Sunshine Band ... LP
TK, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive massive Miami funk – and a record that seems to sound better and better as the years move on! Sure, KC and crew were a chart-topping act, but this first album's a stellar batch of heavy cuts – featuring great instrumentation on clavinet, conga, guitars, and horns – all bubbled into an extremely tight mix that riffs along madly on just about every cut! Sure, we grew up grooving to this stuff out of the AM radio in the car (hmmm. . . Maybe that was the problem), but honestly, it sure stands up to a lot more funk from the time than you'd expect! Includes all the big hits – like "Boogie Shoes", "That's The Way (I Like It)", and "Get Down Tonight" – plus some nice breaks and funky intros on "I Get Lifted" and "Let It Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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New Roy MeriwetherNubian Lady ... LP
Stinger, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the funkiest albums ever cut by pianist Roy Meriwether – and a set that definitely lives up to the righteous promise of the title! The album's completely different than Roy's soul jazz sides in the 60s for bigger labels – in that the tracks are all quite long and spacious, and reflect a style that's a lot more spiritual than Meriwether had ever expressed before! The title track is a tremendous reading of Kenny Barron's "Nubian Lady" – presented here in a 20 minute version that's underpinned by some massively heavy drums from Billy Jackson – nicely breaking underneath the bad-rolling bass of Bill Conway and the funky piano of Roy himself! Side 2 includes more typical material – like "Me & Mrs. Jones", "Day By Day", and "Here's That Rainy Day" – but Roy manages to make them all swing, and the record's got a great lively feel to it. Billy Jackson's on drums and percussion, and Billy Conway's on bass. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover appears to have been inscribed by Roy Meriwether on the back. Cover also has some wear, some creasing along the spine, a split top seam, some splitting on the other seams, and some light stains.)

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New Billy OceanSuddenly ... LP
Jive, 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The album that made Billy Ocean a superstar for a little while, one that had a HUGE couple of years on the charts, even longer service as a snapshot of its era, and is now one that we can look at freshly and appreciate for all of the unstoppably catchy pop soul craft that made it so massive in the first place! Billy's earlier Caribbean inflected pop and R&B was good stuff that deserved a bigger audience and boy did it ever find him with the mid 80s hits "Caribbean Queen", the killer ballad "Suddenly" and the crazy fun "Loverboy". Other tracks include "Mystery Lady", "Lucky Man", "Dancefloor" and "If I Should Lose You". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sly & The Family StoneLife (black cover) ... LP
Epic, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Killer work from Sly & The Family Stone – hard-grooving, fast-funking, and really setting the scene for countless groups to come! The album's a messed-up funky party, with plenty of short little tracks that have a mix of funk, soul, and rock – perfect for the crossover crowd from whence Sly sprang, and who would become his biggest supporters into the 70s. And almost best of all, there's hardly any hits here – just tight little numbers that are as fresh today as they were back at the end of the 60s – all the kind of righteous funk the group could do better than anybody else! Titles include "Fun", "Plastic Jim", "Dynamite!", "Chicken", "Into My Own Thing", "Life", "Love City", "I'm An Animal", and the seminal "Jane Is A Groupee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing. Cover has a small center split in the top & bottom seams.)

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New T-ConnectionT-Connection ... LP
Dash, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A soaring stormer from T-Connection – and a set that has them sounding even better than before! There's a perfection here the group didn't have with earlier releases – a quality that goes way past indie funk ensemble, into the realm of some of the best mainstream acts on the bigger labels at the time – company shared by a rare few, like Earth Wind & Fire, Ohio Players, or the Bar-Kays! Things are every bit as funky as before – but there's a way of putting the tunes together that really blows us away – fusing all the elements together perfectly, and making everything work towards the groove – yet all without making anything sound too slick or polished either. Mighty nice all the way through – and titles include "Funky Lady", "Don't Stop The Music", "Funkannection", "Saturday Night", "At Midnight", and "Love Supreme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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New Lamont DozierRight There ... LP
Warner, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of Lamont Dozier's biggest albums of the 70s – a sweet debut for Warner Brothers, but one that still keeps all the best elements of his ABC albums firmly intact! Arrangements are still by Lamont and McKinley Jackson – who really know how to help Dozier find that tightness brewed up in the Detroit scene, while also pushing things further with some upbeat grooves that really find new territory too! Dozier's vocals are great – that slightly less than perfect style that always makes his work sound so personal and meaningful next to some of his slicker 70s contemporaries – a really appealing style that always has his 70s records at the top of our listening stack. Titles include "Joy", "Groovin On a Natural High", "Right There", "With A Little Bit Of Mending (We Could Be As Good As New)", "Ain't Never Loved Nobody", and a great remake of "It's the Same Old Song". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Right There ... CD 13.99

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New Al GreenAl Green's Greatest Hits ... LP
Hi Records, 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
What can we say? Most of the biggest hits, and many of the very best tracks cut in the prime of Al Green's career – which is to say some of the very best Memphis soul ever recorded! 10 essential tracks in all, and it's just one of these Greatest Hits packages of pure, inarguable perection – with "Call Me", "Let's Stay Together", "Tired Of Being Alone", "I'm Still In Love With You", "Here I Am (Come & Take Me)", "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart", "I Can't Get Next To You", "You Ought To Be With Me", "Look What You Done For Me" and "Let's Get Married". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Hi pressing. Cover has wear, a split spine and mostly split top seam.)

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New Kid Creole & The CoconutsOff The Coast Of Me ... LP
Antilles/Ze, 1980. Used ... Out Of Stock
After a few years knocking around in the New York club scene – doing successful work with Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, Machine, and other groups – August Darnell burst forth as Kid Creole, a unique musical persona that was a conglomeration of many styles, from disco to new wave to Carribean to art deco. Darnell's "Nouveau Wave" recordings from the time were extremely fresh – and a good way to borrow the campiness that was plaguing the disco scene and filter it through a hipper postmodern sense of humor. This first album wasn't his biggest in terms of dancefloor hits – but it did start a pretty good run, and really put the Ze label on the map for a few years. Titles include "Maladie D'Amour", "Yolanda", "Coast Of me", "Darrio", and "Bogota Affair". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Top seam is split.)

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New Ohio PlayersFire ... LP
Mercury, 1975. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of the biggest albums ever for Ohio Players – a set that took their earlier funk sound and targeted firmly at the mainstream with a lean, mean groove that a million other groups copied at the time! There's still plenty of the soul of the early years in the group's approach here – and sometimes, the mellower tracks show a wonderful talent for harmonies coming even more fully to the top. But the real appeal of the record has always been the bold, bassy grooves that hit strongly just as ensemble funk was exploding in the mainstream during the early years of disco – making plenty of space for the Players and their contemporaries to grab up new audiences who never would have touched a record like this five years before! There's plenty of grit in the grooves on the best numbers – a style that's maybe not as dirty as on Westbound, but still more than enough to make any real funk fan proud. Titles include "Fire", "Together", "Together/Feelings", "It's All Over", "Runnin' From the Devil", "Smoke", "What The Hell", and "I Want To Be Free". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear.)

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New PrinceDirty Mind ... LP
Warner, 1980. Used ... Out Of Stock
Early work from Prince – really his first full fledged masterpiece! Prince ushered the 80s in with a mix of recognizable influences, but filtered through his unique sensibility – taking taught a funk sound, layered vocals, crisp rhythms, ultra catchy songs and that unbridled, unambiguous, fearless sexuality! Amazing stuff, and an early hint that Prince had a look, sound, style and talent that could, and eventually would pretty much takeover a heck of a lot of cultural space. Titles include the unstoppable classics "Dirty Mind" and "When You Were Mine", plus "Head", "Sister", "Do It All Night", and "Party Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear.)
Also available Dirty Mind ... CD 5.99