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Gene AmmonsBrother Jug! ... LP
Prestige, 1970. Very Good ... $14.99
One of Jug's funkier albums from his time back out of the pen, and a tasty electric session with Billy Butler on guitar and Sonny Phillips on organ. Pretty Purdie plays drums, and he kicks it nice and lean on the great groover "Jungle Strut". The album also features a nice version of "Son of A Preacher Man", plus "Ger-ru", which features Junior Mance on piano. LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole & a name in marker.)

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Big Brother & The Holding CompanyBig Brother & The Holding Company ... LP
Mainstream, 1967. Very Good- ... $7.99
The first full album featuring the incredible voice of Janis Joplin, as the singer of Big Brother & The Holding Company! Even at this early point, it's clear that there's some really incredible things happening with this band. Originally released on Mainstream, the production is a bit thin compared to the bigger sounding records to come, hich actually works incredibly well – as Janis's voice just tears right through in a really exciting way. The rawer Big Brother backdrop is great, too! Titles include "Easy Rider", "Bye, Bye Baby", "Intruder", "Women Is Losers", Moondog's "All Is Lonliness", and "Down On Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Mainstream pressing. Cover has a split top seam & some wear.)

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Big Brother & The Holding CompanyCheap Thrills ... LP
Columbia, 1968. Very Good Gatefold ... $16.99
Cheap Thrills, maybe – but they cut deeply and last forever! This is one of greatest albums by Big Brother & The The Holding Company – and it's also one of the most important in cementing the legacy of singer Janis Joplin. The raw manic energy of the group at their live best is somehow bottled and presented on record as perfectly as ever could be – and even better are the delicate moments that show such an incredible depth! Titles include "Turtle Blues", "Oh Sweet Mary", "Ball & Chain", "Summertime", "Piece Of My Heart", and "I Need A Man To Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing.)

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Black BloodBlood Brother, Blood Sister ... LP
Chrysalis, 1977. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Later work from the combo also known as Lafayette Afro Rock Band and Ice – but still pretty darn nice – and served up in a style that has more straight Afro-Funk grooving than you'd expect! There's a nicely tight small combo feel to the whole thing – more African than before, especially on the lyrics, which are often sung together in chant form – but still with plenty of American funky touches on the bass, percussion, and keyboards. Black Blood do a version of "A.I.E. (A Mwana)", plus the tracks "Voodoo", "Shaba", "Wela Wela", and "Ewohe Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, some edge wear, and a peeled spot on front.)

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Brand New HeaviesBrother Sister ... CD
Delicious Vinyl, 1994. Used ... $2.99
The group's second real album, and one that never manages to totally capture the groove of the first – but which still has some pretty great writing and playing that set it apart from most of the soul of its generation! The cut "Dream On Dreamer" is one of those early 90s groovers that we still delight in hearing on the radio, or in a surprise mix at a club – and the record's got lots of other nice moments, too, like "Snake Hips", "Fake", and "Keep Together". CD

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Brother Eatmore & Sister FullbosomCha Cha Hogan & The Black Foxx ... LP
Laff, Mid 70s. Sealed ... $4.99
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Brother RodneyScripture In Song Series – Book 5 ... LP
Constellation, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $14.99
One of the great rare gospel sets on Chicago's Constellation label – presented by DJ Lucky Cordell! LP, Vinyl record album

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Brother To BrotherShades In Creation ... LP
Turbo, 1977. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Not the greatest album by this East Coast funk band – and one that shows them hitting a bit more of a crossover club sound, with lots of up-tempo funk tracks that kind of aim for a disco groove. Fortunately, the instrumentation's pretty good – and the album actually has some nice mellow grooves with a decent enough jazzy feel. Titles include "Dancin Singin", "We Love To Party", "Brother To Brother", "Vibrations", and "I'm Gonna Take Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Brother's VibeBV Re-Band EP – Manos Libre/Cuero Para Mi Gente (altered vibe mix) ... 12-inch
Jersey Underground, 2010. Very Good+ ... $5.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a sticker spot.)

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Oscar Brown JrBrother Where Are You ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Sweet 70s funk from the great Oscar Brown – quite a change from his jazz-based work of the 60s, but a great new sitting for all of his wonderful wit and warmth! Brown's still a hell of a songwriter, and one with a very socially-conscious eye – sharper here than before, with lots of comments on the changes in society in the 70s, mixed with a few more heartfelt, personal moments too. There's still a bit of jazz in the mix – thanks to work from Seldon Powell on reeds, and Joe Sample on keyboards – and arrangements are by old friends Floyd Morris, the underground Chicago soul genius – and Sivuca, best known for his Brazilian music, but a great choice here to expand the groove. Brown wrote all the tunes on the record – and titles include "From My Window", "Like A Flower", "Brother Where Are YOu", ""The Lone Ranger", "If You Come Back", and "The Joneses". CD

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Cyrus ChestnutSoul Brother Cool ... CD
WJ3, 2013. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
A really hard-hitting set from pianist Cyrus Chestnut – wrapped up here in a cover that's an homage to Max Roach in the 60s, and served up with a groove that definitely evokes the best jazz of that decade too! The group's a very sharp quartet – with Chestnut handling piano, plus Freddie Hendrix on trumpet, Dezron Douglas on bass, and Willie Jones II on drums – and also acting here as producer, given that the set's issued on his own label! The team of Douglas and Jones is mighty deft – and really adds a bristle to the rhythms right from the start – providing a perfect place for Hendrix to show off his tight skills on trumpet, while Chestnut mixes things up with lyrical moments and some harder punch on his piano. All tunes are originals by Cyrus, which furthers the fresh feeling of the record – and titles include "The Raven", "Stripes", "Soul Brother Cool", "Piscean Thought", "Spicey Honey", and "Dawn Of The Sunset". CD

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Ray Condo & His RicochetsSwing Brother Swing! ... CD
Joaquin, 1996. Used ... $5.99
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(Out of print.)

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Del Tha Funkee HomosapienI Wish My Brother George Was Here ... LP
Elektra/Traffic, 1991. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... $18.99
The loopy West Coast classic! Heavily steeped in the P-Funk party vibe, Del's first LP is still a hip hop holy grail. Ice Cube's production is a nice snapshot of west coast hip hop circa '89, and Del's style is inimitable. Standouts Mistadobolina" and "Ahonetwo, Ahonetwo" are unimpeachable leftfield classics – but the whole record's great! Other titles include "What Is A Booty", "The Wacky World Of Rapid Transit", "P*ssin On Your Steps", "Money For Sex", "Dr. Bombay", "Sunny Meadowz", "Sleepin On My Couch", "Hoodz Come In Dozens", "Same Ol Thing", "Ya Lil' Crumbsnatchers", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(2LP version!)

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John Ellison (Soul Brother Six)Up From Funk ... CD
Jamie, Late 60s/Early 70s/2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 27.98
A deep deep retrospective on soul singer John Ellison – best known for his work in the group Soul Brother Six – but a heck of a great talent on his own! The set's an unusual one – in that it features a fair bit of old recordings from the vaults of Jamie Records, mixed with new recordings and remixes of older classics – including some of John's best with his famous group! Modern instrumental styles dominate most of the record, but Ellison's vocals are definitely old school – and have this crackling quality that shows his continued commitment to soul. The one thing missing from the package is a full set of dates, which might help us understand the recording history a bit more – but in their place are some surprisingly great notes from Ellison, which certainly makes up for that loss. Titles include "Leave Me Alone", "Sex Is Sex", "Magic Touch", "Wild & Free", "She's Hot She's Some Kind Of Wonderful", "A Kiss In The Wind", "Let Your Hair Hang Down", and "Spend The Rest Of My Life Making Love To You" – plus remakes of "I Need You Yes I Do", "I Don't Want To Cry", and "You Better Check Yourself" – and remixes of "See You Later Baby", "Play With Fire", and "Keep On Making Love To Me". CD

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New Eddy GilesSouthern Soul Brother – The Murco Recordings 1967 to 1969 ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
A deep soul singer with a great ear for funk – presented here in some of his best recordings ever! Eddy Giles hails from Louisiana, but he has a sound that reaches out with a very northern vibe at times – a way of taking bluesy roots and fusing them with more contemporary modes – all in a style that's very much in the grittier side of the 60s soul spectrum! In fact, there's little here that would make you think of Louisiana when hearing the tunes – as Eddy's music has a vibe that's maybe more 60s Memphis, or west side Chicago – especially given the sharp use of guitar over stark, tight rhythms on the groovers. And Giles' vocals are totally great, too – steeped in southern soul, but also able to get up and groove with a James Brown vibe at times – especially on the standout singles in the set. The collection brings together work mostly issued on the Murco label, but also includes a Silver Fox single, and some unissued tracks as well – all to make for a much-needed look at Eddy during these key late 60s years. Titles include "Eddy's Go Go Train", "Soul Feeling (parts 1 & 2)", "Ain't Gonna Worry No More", "Tingling", "That's How Strong My Love Is", "So Deep In Love", "Pins & Needles", "Losin Boy", "I Got The Blues", "Happy Man", "Music", "Love With A Feeling", and "Don't Let Me Suffer". CD

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Dick GregoryMy Brother's Keeper ... LP
Gateway, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
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(Cover has light wear and clear tape along the top seam.)

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GritsTramp (Undercover Brother 7" Remix. Break Brother Edit aka Break Beat Lou & The Undercover Brother Edit) ... 7-inch
Fraternity, 2014. New Copy ... $9.99
A sweet cover of the classic "Tramp" – served up here at a level that has the drum break continuing even more into the song than on the original! Plus, the instrumentation also features this really cool fuzzy, distorted keyboard line instead of the familiar sax passage – which makes the whole thing almost feel like some lost psych funk from the late 60s! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Hen-Gee & Evil-EIf U Were Mine (OG mix, Brother Hen mix, OG inst, Evil E attack, brothers crb mix, acapella) ... 12-inch
Pendulum, 1991. Sealed (pic cover)... $2.99
B-side remixes by KRS One. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Red HollowayBrother Red ... CD
Prestige, 1964. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
Nice double-length CD that brings together tuff soul jazz tenor tracks culled from some mid 60s sessions that Red Holloway cut with Brother Jack McDuff. Some of the tracks appeared on the albums Cookin' Together and The Dynamic Jack McDuff, and the material is a mix of quartet sides and larger group ones, with Benny Golson directing the band. Red's in the pocket all the way through, and it's a real treat to hear him trading lines with Brother Jack's firey organ. Titles include "Wives & Lovers", "Bossa Nova West", "Redwood City", "Shout Brother", and "Rail Head". Very groovy! CD

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Weldon IrvineLiberated Brother ... LP
Nodlew, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Landmark early work from the legendary Weldon Irvine – recorded way back when he was first coming to fame with Nina Simone, but done as an obscure indie effort for his tiny Nodlew label! The set's a wicked batch of keyboard-heavy funk – at a level that's similar to some of the best titles on Black Jazz or Strata East at the time, but also filled with an even richer array of colors and musical ideas. Weldon's work on electric piano is worth the price of admission alone – often spare, spacious, and perfectly placed – especially on the funky classics "Homey", "Mr Clean", and "Sister Sanctified" – a tune later cut by Stanley Turrentine, but heard here in Weldon's original version! Other cuts include "Gloria", "Juggah Buggah", "Blues Wel-Don", and "Liberated Brother". LP, Vinyl record album

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Isley BrothersBrother Brother Brother ... LP
T Neck, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An amazing record! This one's probably our favorite Isley Brothers album of all time – and it's a perfect blend of all the styles they were into at the time – heavy funk, sweet soul, folksy rock, and rolling uptempo grooves! The Brothers handle all styles equally well, and the album's a real delight as it skips effortlessly from track to track – always bringing a fresh sound to the experience of listening, and continuing to delight us year after year with the Isley's greatness! Includes the classic extended cut "Love Put Me On the Corner", a baroque soul symphony in itself; an amazing remake of "It's Too Late" that's way different than the original; the middle-class anthem "Work To Do"; and the funky cuts "Pop That Thang" and "Layaway". LP, Vinyl record album

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Elvin JonesBrother John ... LP
Palo Alto, 1984. Near Mint- ... $14.99
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(Quicksilver pressing.)

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KhromozomesKhromozomes Projekt – Sector 7 (album, inst)/Blind Mics (voc, inst)/Brother's Keeper ... 12-inch
Ozone, 2000. Sealed (pic cover)... $5.99
12-inch, Vinyl record

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Liberated Brother (Weldon Irvine)Muhammad Ali (mono, stereo) ... 7-inch
RCA, 1975. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A great relic from the height of Muhammad Ali's career – a funky tribute song, written and arranged by Weldon Irvine! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in an RCA sleeve.)

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Mickey & KittyOoh-Sha-Lala/Kid Brother ... 7-inch
Atlantic, 1959. Near Mint- ... $1.99
7-inch, Vinyl record

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Little Brother MontgomeryLittle Brother Montgomery & The Jazz All Stars ... LP
FM, Late 70s. Near Mint- ... $1.99
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(Cover has some wear on the top seam.)

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Little Brother MontgomeryLittle Brother Montgomery At Home ... LP
Earwig, Late 60s. Sealed ... $2.99
Titles include "The Rocks", "Louisiana Blues", "Hard Oh Lord", "Jan", "Suitcase Blues", and "Mini Skirt Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a small tear.)

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Pete Rock & CL SmoothMecca & The Soul Brother ... LP
Elektra (UK), 1992. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $21.99
The 1992 CLASSIC jazzy soulful hip hop album from one of the best producers in hip hop! You get a whole 18 tracks ranging from laid back smooth molasses tracks to sing along party bouncers. How could your collection be complete without this?!! Tracks include the unforgettable "They Reminisce...(TROY)", "Mecca & The Soul Brother", "Straighten It Out", "Soul Brother #1", "The Creator (remix)",the sensual "Lots of Lovin", "Wig Out", "Anger In The Nation", "Act Like You Know", "Skinz" featuring Grand Puba, and "The Basement" featuring Heavy D, Robo-O, Grap, & Dida, plus plenty more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Pryme TymePHD (voc, inst)/Brother Wit' Soul (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Bomb, 1993. Near Mint- ... $49.99
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Max RoachSpeak, Brother, Speak ... LP
Fantasy, 1962. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Solidly righteous jazz from the Max Roach of the 60s – recorded at a time when the player was really breaking away from his straighter hardbop roots, and delving deeper into more freely soulful jazz expression! The record only features 2 long tracks – each a side apiece – played by Max with a quartet that includes Clifford Jordan on tenor, Eddie Khan on bass, and Mal Waldron on piano. Jordan really takes off on the album – demonstrating a great ability for long blowing and creative exploration that was only hinted at on his other studio sessions at the time, and which really points the way towards some of his freer-thinking records of the 70s. Waldron is great too – bringing in some nicely darker colors that really help to round out the sound. Titles include "Speak Brother Speak" and "A Variation". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Fantasy pressing.)

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Kenny Rogers & The First EditionTell It All Brother ... LP
Reprise, 1970. Near Mint- ... $0.99
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Arnold SterlingHere's Brother Sterling ... LP
Jam, Early 80s. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Features Sterling on alto and soprano sax – with Virgil Jones on trumpet, Junior Mance on acoustic and electric piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and Ray Mantilla on percussion! LP, Vinyl record album
(Bottom cover seam is unglued.)

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Loren StillmanBrother's Breakfast ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2006. Used ... $9.99
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Asha Bhosle/Bappi LahiriJab Chaye (Brother Cleve re-edit)/Dance Music (Brother Cleve re-edit) ... 12-inch
Cultures Of Soul, New Copy ... Around November 18, 2014
12-inch, Vinyl record

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Earl BosticThat's Earl, Brother ... LP
Spotlite (UK), Mid 40s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
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New David Fathead NewmanI Remember Brother Ray ... CD
High Note, 2005. Used ... Just Sold Out!
CD
(Booklet appears to be signed by the artist.)

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New Brother Sammy ShoreCome Heal With Me ... LP
Liberty, Late 60s. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
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(Shrinkwrap has a hole in front and is cracked on the top seam.)

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New Brother AliShadows On The Sun ... LP
Rhymesayers, 2003. Used 3 LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ahhh. . . Nice! Wonderful intelligent, spiritual rhymes, full of Islamic prayer references, blunt antagonist rhymes, a battle with the ugliest of inner demons and broken artist poverty all hugged by catchy bouncing hook filled choruses. And all the production is handled by Ant, a true autuer akin to Pete Rock, now becoming more comfortable with his art with each release: tight organ loops, snapping drums, bright horns and nice upright basslines. "Soulful" is the key adjective here. Tracks include "Star Quality", "Pay Them Back", "Shadows On The Sun", "Forest Whitiker", "Room With A View", "Back Stage Pacin", "Missing Teeth", "Dorian", "Soul Whisper", "Champion", "Prince Charming", and more! Side F to this triple vinyl set has 4 added instrumental versions! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Harold CorbinSoul Brother – The Driving New Jazz Piano Of Harold Corbin ... LP
Roulette, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Original deep groove pressing.)

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New Red HollowayBrother Red ... CD
Prestige, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nice double-length CD that brings together tuff soul jazz tenor tracks culled from some mid 60s sessions that Red Holloway cut with Brother Jack McDuff. Some of the tracks appeared on the albums Cookin' Together and The Dynamic Jack McDuff, and the material is a mix of quartet sides and larger group ones, with Benny Golson directing the band. Red's in the pocket all the way through, and it's a real treat to hear him trading lines with Brother Jack's firey organ. Titles include "Wives & Lovers", "Bossa Nova West", "Redwood City", "Shout Brother", and "Rail Head". Very groovy! CD
Also available Brother Red ... CD 3.99

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New Instant Funk/GazFunk Is On/Sing Sing (Undercover Brother 7inch edit) ... 7-inch
Salsoul/Fraternity, 1980. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two funky club classics from Salsoul – back to back on a sweet 7" single! "The Funk Is On" has some heavy guitar coming down right on the beat – in this way that's almost an old school break, but a bit fuller – especially when the vocals come into the mix, although there's a sweet open spot in the middle with some mighty moogy keys! Speaking of breaks, "Sing Sing" is a real classic from Gaz – with a riff at the beginning that never gets old, and which sounds even better here in a tight Undercover Brother edit! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Boogaloo Joe JonesRight On Brother ... LP
Prestige, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic album of funky jazz guitar – by one of the best players in the genre! This is Ivan's first truly sublime album – a set that showed the world that he was easily one of the greatest jazz guitarists of his generation – able to spin out single-note jams with a speed and dexterity that few others could match! The groove here is totally great and very righteous – heavy drums from Bernard Purdie, wailing organ from Charles Earland, and saxophone from Rusty Bryant – all cooking together in the best early 70s Prestige jazz funk mode! Titles include "Right On", "Brown Bag", "Things Ain't What They Used To Be", and "Poppin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing. Cover has cutout holes.)

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New Little BrotherWhatever You Say (clean, street, inst, acapella)/Light It Up (street, inst)/Altitudes (Flyin' High street) ... 12-inch
ABB, 2002. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent single with the non-LP track "Altitudes (Flyin High)" from new-school-back-to-the-old group Little Brother. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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New Johnny Pate/Adam WadeBrother On The Run ... LP
Perception, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible funky soundtrack – one of the best of the blacksploitation generation, and one of the rarest too! Johnny Pate did the orchestrations for this excellent lost film, and he brought the same sort of energy to it that he did with his soundtrack for Shaft In Africa. There's some masterfully funky tracks that are very tightly arranged – grooving hard with some nice "chase" themes, and slowing down in a few sexier, more soulful numbers. Adam Wade sang the vocals to "Brother On The Run" – perhaps the catchiest of all soundtrack tunes from the time – and other titles include "Brother", "Auto Chase", "Car Bumps", "Soulful Brother On The Run", and "Ms. Johnson's Sex Scene". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Jim RotondiBlues For Brother Ray ... CD
Posi tone, 2009. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tribute to Ray Charles, but played by a hard-swinging, and mighty soulful ensemble – one that features Eric Alexander on tenor and Mike LeDonne on Hammond B-3! Both players really give the album a nice bite – and hearing Alexander next to LeDonnne's organ, we're reminded of Eric's early gems with Charles Earland – that deep tenor vibe he first learned when coming up on the south side of Chicago – a quality that almost makes Rotondi sound even deeper than usual too! There's no hoke here – no overdone, overwrought Brother Ray modes – just solid, soulful swinging based around a set of tunes that Charles once made his own – but which these cats definitely take into new territory themselves. The group also features Joe Farnsworth on drums and Peter Bernstein on guitar – and titles include "Brother Ray", "What'd I Say", "One Mint Julep", "Cry Me A River", and "Lonely Avenue". CD

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New Brother John RydgrenSilhouette Segments/Cantana For New Life/Worlds Of Youth (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Omni (Australia), 1966/1967/1968. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wild, psychedelic era material from the very hip Lutheran pastor Brother John Rydgren! He sports a smoky voice and a poetic, playful, almost comedic spoken word style – in a way that's very much reminiscent of Ken Nordine – as if Ken was a groovy Christian poet! The sound is fuzzy, tripped out psychedelic pop – and his mission seems to be to satirize the sounds and styles of the time as much as it is to spread the Good Word – but at the same time, he's fully embracing the psychedelic sounds! It's almost entirely spoken word on the vocal front – with some oddball choir backdrops and other, often female voices floating in and out from time to time – and pretty diverse instrumentation that often feels like he's vocalizing over some psych funk sound library grooves! Also like our man Nordine, Brother John was a radio personality – but he released some incredibly rare LPs – with '68's Silhouette Segments, '67's Cantata Of New Life and '66's World Of Youth anthologized here by Omni – along with some additional material and a nice little booklet. Incredibly cool stuff! Includes "Music To Watch Girls By", "The Happening", "An Offering Of Music", "Butterfly", "Great To Build Something", "The Air Terminal", the nearly half hour "Cantata Of New Life", "News (The Kite And The News)", "Forgiveness (The Boy Looking Natural)", "Baptism (Come To War)", "Martyrs" and more. CD

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New Sonny StittBest Of Sonny Stitt With Brother Jack McDuff For Lovers ... LP
Prestige, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of those Prestige compilations issued late in the label's history but before they were acquired by Fantasy. This set collects Sonny Stitt's organ combo collaborations with Jack McDuff, with a half a dozen mellow sides pulled from the Soul Shack and Nuther Fu'ther LPs. Includes "All Of Me", "When Sunny Gets Blue", "Love Nest", "Sunday", "Time After Time" and "For You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Back paste on has some pen and a tear at the top.)

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New Brother To BrotherLet Your Mind Be Free ... LP
Turbo, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
The second album by this lost East Coast funk act – and although not as totally excellent as their first, still a very nice record that's filled with choppy up-tempo grooves, and some nice dancefloor soul. There's plenty of funky keyboards in the mix – moog, clavinet, and Arp – and the ablum's got a few nice funky moments – like the cuts "Phattenin'" and the classic groover "Chance with You". Also includes the cuts "Joni", "Groovy Day", and "Visions". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and aging.)

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New Brother Joe MayLive 1952 to 1955 ... CD
Specialty, Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Previously unissued work from Brother Joe May – mostly recorded in Los Angeles in the early 50s, with a very spontaneous, live sort of feeling! May's got a hell of a lot of soul in his vocals – and a set like this is key proof that gospel contributed as much to the birth of soul as blues and R&B – maybe even more so, when you hear the way that Joe stretches out and inflects the lyrics. Titles include "Move On Up A Little Higher", "He's The One", "Vacation In Heaven", "Old Ship Of Zion", "Speak Lord Jesus", and "He'll Understand & Say Well Done". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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New WarMe & Baby Brother/In Your Eyes ... 7-inch
United Artists, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
Classic funk from War – as "Me & Baby Brother" is one of the group's best tracks from the old days, a tightly snapping funk tune with a great little drum part and a warm LA finish! "In Your Eyes" has some moogy bits on the funky intro – then rolls into a Latin inflected groove that recalls the "Spill The Wine" sound of the group! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
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Roy AyersAfrica, Center Of The World ... CD
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $16.99
Roy Ayers in a very Afro-styled mode – working here on his own after a famous collaboration with Fela Kuti – in a set that's filled with the same sort of hard-driving Afro-Funk grooves that you'd find in Fela's classic recordings! The songs are shorter than Fela's, and with more of Roy's usual smooth jazzy production style – but the overall influence is very much in the Afro-Funk vein, and the album's sort of a "part 2" to the Music Of Many Colors set that was cut a few years before. William Allen worked on the record with Roy – playing choppy Afro-Funk bass, and arranging and producing a lot of the material with Roy and Jaymz Bedford – and the record also features a host of extra percussion players, as well as some vocals by the lovely Sylvia Striplin. Includes the great groover "Africa, Center Of The World", plus "The River Niger", and a great remake of "Third Eye", which was on Everybody Loves The Sunshine, but is redone here with a heavier sound! Other tracks include "There's A Masterplan", "I'll Just Keep Trying", and "Destination Motherland". CD

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Roy AyersFeeling Good ... CD
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $16.99
Stellar sounds from the great Roy Ayers – an early 80s album for Polydor, but a set that's still got the wonderfully tight, wonderfully groovy feel of his late 70s albums for the label! Roy's really perfected his sense of balance by this time – and does a great job of balancing groovers with sweet mellow steppers – the kind of cool, compressed, jazzy numbers that we love so much! Ayers heads for the clubs one minute, the bedroom the next – and draws us in beautifully whichever direction he takes – thanks to some sublime vibes and electric piano – and great lead vocals from Roy, and other singers who include Terri Wells, Vivian Prince, John King, and Ricky Williams. Titles include "Ooh", "Let's Stay Together", "Feeling Good""Knock Knock", "Turn Me Loose", "Stairway To The Stars", and "Our Time Is Coming". CD

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Roy AyersFever ... CD
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
A great little album by Roy Ayers – one that features none of his hits, which means lots of fresh material – and which has great examples of both sides of Roy's talents at the time! The dancefloor side of Roy kicks in with "Love Will Bring Us Back Together", an extremely catchy groover that's very much in the mode of "Running Away", with plenty of choppy funky riffs, and a good soul base at the core. Even better, though, is the mellow spacey side of Roy – which shows up wonderfully in the cuts "Is It Too Late To Try" and "If You Love Me" – two overlooked gems that float along in a perfect blend of jazz and modern soul, with great breathy vocals and vibes, very much in the spirit of stuff on the You Send Me album. Other cuts include "I Wanna Feel It", "Leo", "Take Me Out To The Ball Game", and "Simple & Sweet" – all nice too! CD
Also available Fever ... LP 6.99

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Roy AyersLet's Do It ... CD
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
Pure magic from the height of Roy Ayers' classic 70s run on Polydor – a record that's filled with warm, jazzy grooves – all served up in that unique style that Roy was forging at the time! The album perfectly balances dancefloor tracks with mellower numbers – stepping out one minute with a funky groove on the bottom, then sliding into some slinkier laidback styles that are equally great. William Allen handles the arrangements with Roy, and does the strings himself – and also plays some monstrous bass on most numbers, which really brings up the rhythms from the bottom! Titles include the killer groovers "Sweet Tears", "When Is Real Real", "Let's Do It", and "Freaky Deaky" – and the warm mellow cuts "You Came Into My Life", "Kiss", and "Melody Maker". CD

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Roy AyersNo Stranger To Love ... CD
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
An oft-overlooked funky soul gem from the incredible Roy Ayers – taking turns with both uptempo material and more smoothed out soul sounds – all done with Roy's trademark jazzy approach to the dancefloor! No Stranger To Love is a sly, and often funky set that deserves to be mentioned with his more famous dancefloor ready work of the late 70s – and if it gets an extra point two for the incredibly cool cover photo, the slow burning grooves more than deliver on the promise! The album does a really nice job of rolling out both the sultry jazzy soul and the funkier Ayers modes, with sweet strings in spots, Roy's incomparable vibes, bass and keyboard grooving, and vocals that set the mood for both the slow jams and the funky stuff! Includes the extended mellow number "Don't Let Our Love Slip Away", one of Roy's better downtempo moments, plus great stuff like "Don't Stop The Feeling", plus "What You Won't Do For Love", "No Stranger To Love/Want You", "Shack Up, Pack Up, It's Up (When I'm Gone)", "Don't Hide Your Love". CD
Also available No Stranger To Love ... LP 4.99

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Beach BoysHolland ... LP
Brother/Warner, 1972. Very Good ... $6.99
A great early 70s entry from The Beach Boys – and a record that's nicely balanced between mature pop tunes and more experimental moments! The set kicks off with the sublime "Sail On Sailor" – a tightly compressed, wonderfully catchy number that's easily one of the group's greatest of the decade – and other tracks range from gentle ballads to playful numbers to others that explore more spiritual themes. All group members contributed tunes, and helped in production, but somehow we feel the tighter hand of Brian Wilson behind it all. Titles include "Sail On Sailor", "The Trader", "Funky Pretty", "Only With You", "Leaving This Town", and the "California Saga". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the bonus 7" & lyric insert. Back cover has a small spot of clear tape.)

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Walter Bishop Jr.Soul Village ... CD
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
One of a rare few electric albums from the great Walter Bishop Jr – a pianist who started during the bop years, but really grew into new modes in the 70s! The set's an album on Muse, but one with the same hip grooves as Walter Bishop's pair of excellent albums for the Black Jazz label – and like those gems, this set features Bishop working on Fender Rhodes – hitting a groove we never would have expected in the old days, and really going for a style that's at the hippest end of the soul jazz spectrum of the 70s! Tunes are a mix of funky fusion and modal, spiritual styles – and other players include Randy Brecker on trumpet, Gerry Niewood on tenor and flute, and George Young on soprano and alto sax – and the horns are all arranged tightly by Mitch Farber, in a way that adds an extra edge to the record, but still leaves plenty of space for Bishop's solo flights on the keys. Titles include great versions of "Soul Village", "Coral Keys", and "Soul Turnaround" – plus the cuts "Philadelphia Bright", "Sweet Rosa", and "Valerie". CD

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Brass ConstructionBrass Construction ... CD
United Artists/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
A classic set that goes "slam" from the very first note – and which helped to set the pace for countless ensemble funk acts to come! Brass Construction had a wonderful sound that was the best-realized version of the east coast indie club combos of the mid 70s – funky at the bottom, but polished at the top, in a style that was equally appreciated by fans of disco and more classic funky soul! The "brass" in their title was certainly strongly supported – as the group used a brace of horns on the top of the mix, smoothly gliding over the choppier rhythms at the bottom. And while there's certainly some vocals on the set, they often take second stage to the tight instrumentation of the group! The set includes the classic "Movin" – virtually a blueprint for mainstream funk at the time – plus the tracks "Changin", "Love", "Talkin", "Dance", and "Peekin". CD
Also available Brass Construction ... LP 5.99

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Norman ConnorsThis Is Your Life (plus bonus track) ... CD
Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
A fantastic bit of modern soul from Norman Connors – proof that he was still growing and changing as an artist, continuing to push his groove into whole new areas as the 70s progressed. The record takes the smooth jazzy sound of the earlier Buddah sides, sharpens it into a more sophisticated modern soul style, fused with a bit of a quiet storm vocal approach, to create a wonderfully mature album of silky soul tracks. Part of the strength comes from the vocalists – who include Eleanor Mills and Jean Carn – and Norman also does a bit of singing on the record, and comes across surprisingly well. Tracks include "Stella", "This Is Your Life", "Wouldn't You Like To See", "Butterfly", "Captain Connors", and a wonderful jazzy soul reworking of "The Creator Has A Master Plan". CD also features a bonus track – a 12" mix of "Captain Connors". CD

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Lou CourtneyI'm In Need Of Love ... CD
Epic/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. Used ... $11.99
A wonderful album of mellow soul tracks! The record is Lou Courtney's masterpiece – and it's a jam-packed set filled with great tracks that rank right up there with classic 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware! Leon Pendarvis handled most of the arrangements – and the record's got a wonderfully full soul sound – with a mix of moody keyboard-driven groovers and ballads – all topped by excellent vocals from Lou, miles ahead of any work he did in the early days! The best thing, though, is the songwriting, as these tracks rank right up there with the best underground mellow soul we can think of – sophisticated yet not soppy, filled with soulful lyrics about love and losing it, never giving into cliches of other soul from the time. A real dream of an album – and filled with great tracks like "I Will If You Will", "I'm In Need Of Love", "Just To Let Him Break Your Heart", "Somebody New Is Loving On You", "Just To Let Him Break Your Heart", and "The Common Broken Heart". CD

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Charles EarlandCharles Earland Anthology ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
Magnificent! Charles Earland may well be our favorite-ever jazz organist – and after you hear this set, he'll probably be yours too! Charles really didn't emerge as a name until the beginning of the 70s – and although that decade did some nasty stuff to some of the 60s best organ players, Earland managed to really get a heck of a lot out of the decade, twisting and turning his style with all the changes in arrangements and instrumentation, yet always keeping it real, laying down killer solos and funky grooves that rank with some of the best organ work of his generation! This 2CD set is the first to really pay tribute to Earland's genius – and it's a massive batch of tracks the spans his early years at Prestige Records, and moves into his work for labels like Mercury, Columbia, and Muse. Disc 1 features "funky organ grooves" – 10 tracks from Prestige and Muse with a straight heavy soul jazz funk groove, cut with monster players like Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Gary Chandler, and Virgil Jones. Tracks on the set include "Murilley", "Spinky", "Betty's Dilemma", "Sing A Simple Song", "Morgan", "My Favorite Things", and "Sing A Simple Song" – and the grooves are hard and funky all the way through! Disc 2 features "jazz funk and beyond" – beginning with Earland's spacier jam cuts on the Leaving This Planet session for Prestige, then moving into his jams on Arp and Electric Piano for Mercury, and some of his later R&B funk cuts for Columbia. Most of this work's never been on CD before – and the wealth of Earland's talent here will take you way past his early Black Talk years. Titles include "Phire", "Coming To You Live", "Red Clay", "Intergalactic Love Song", "Cosmic Fever", "Betty Boop", "Let The Music Play", and "Over & Over". CD
Also available Charles Earland Anthology ... CD 9.99

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Charles EarlandCharles Earland Anthology ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), 1970s. Used 2CD ... $9.99
Magnificent! Charles Earland may well be our favorite-ever jazz organist – and after you hear this set, he'll probably be yours too! Charles really didn't emerge as a name until the beginning of the 70s – and although that decade did some nasty stuff to some of the 60s best organ players, Earland managed to really get a heck of a lot out of the decade, twisting and turning his style with all the changes in arrangements and instrumentation, yet always keeping it real, laying down killer solos and funky grooves that rank with some of the best organ work of his generation! This 2CD set is the first to really pay tribute to Earland's genius – and it's a massive batch of tracks the spans his early years at Prestige Records, and moves into his work for labels like Mercury, Columbia, and Muse. Disc 1 features "funky organ grooves" – 10 tracks from Prestige and Muse with a straight heavy soul jazz funk groove, cut with monster players like Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Gary Chandler, and Virgil Jones. Tracks on the set include "Murilley", "Spinky", "Betty's Dilemma", "Sing A Simple Song", "Morgan", "My Favorite Things", and "Sing A Simple Song" – and the grooves are hard and funky all the way through! Disc 2 features "jazz funk and beyond" – beginning with Earland's spacier jam cuts on the Leaving This Planet session for Prestige, then moving into his jams on Arp and Electric Piano for Mercury, and some of his later R&B funk cuts for Columbia. Most of this work's never been on CD before – and the wealth of Earland's talent here will take you way past his early Black Talk years. Titles include "Phire", "Coming To You Live", "Red Clay", "Intergalactic Love Song", "Cosmic Fever", "Betty Boop", "Let The Music Play", and "Over & Over". CD
Also available Charles Earland Anthology ... CD 16.99

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Carlos GarnettBlack Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
A 70s soul jazz classic – one of those albums we go back to again and again over the years for inspiration! The album was one of the first from young reed player Carlos Garnett – and it's virtually a super-session for the time – with a sublime lineup that perfectly blends spiritual jazz with funk and soul touches! The vibe here is incredible – far deeper than even on any of Garnett's other albums of the time – at a level that sounds as beautiful on the mellow cuts as it does on the soaring, spiritual soul jazz anthems that have made the record a classic for years. The record features vocals by Dee Dee Bridgewater and Ayodelle Jenkins – and instrumentation from Charles Sullivan on trumpet, Mauricio Smith on flute, Reggie Lucas on guitar, Norman Connors on drums, Mtume on congas, and Onaje Allen Gumbs on piano – plus Carlos himself on tenor, alto, and soprano sax. Titles include the perennial favorites "Mother of the Future" and "Taurus Woman", two cuts which transformed the global jazz dance scene years back – plus the tracks "Ebonesque", "Black Love", and "Banks of the Nile". CD features 2 bonus alternate takes of "Banks Of The Nile" and "Taurus Woman". CD

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Carlos GarnettJourney To Enlightenment ... CD
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
A stone 70s classic from reedman Carlos Garnett – and a set that's every bit as righteous as you'd guess from the cover and the title! Garnett really soars to the heavens here – blowing a mixture of different instruments in a setting that takes off from his classic Black Love album, but which is almost even headier overall! Garnett vocalizes on some of the tracks – often working alongside singer Ayodele Jenkins, in a mode that sets things up with these righteous lyrics – then lets the instrumental passages really take over, and express the message in an even deeper way. The core group is nice and tight – with keyboards from Hubert Eaves, guitar from Reggie Lucas, bass from Anthony Jackson and drums from Howard King – plus extra percussion from Charles Pulliam and Neil Clarke – both of whom really fill in the music with lots of complicated rhythmic elements. Titles include the stunning groover "Chana" – plus "Journey To Enlightenment", "Love Flower", "Caribbean Sun", and "Let Us Go To Higher Heights". CD

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Carlos GarnettLet This Melody Ring On ... CD
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
Soaring soul from Carlos Garnett – one of the reedman's key 70s sides for the Muse Records label – work we'd rank right up there with the spiritual best of Gary Bartz or Norman Connors at the time! Like both of those contemporaries, Garnett's really reaching for something new in the post-Coltrane generation – mixing electric and acoustic instrumentation with compelling rhythmic changes – and often letting in a bit of vocals as well. Most of the music here is instrumental – with Garnett on tenor and baritone sax, plus the great Hubert Eaves on keyboards and Reggie Lucas on guitar – but some tracks also feature very nice vocals from Prema, a female singer who takes up the same sort of role you might find Dee Dee Bridgewater doing with Connors, or Jean Carn with husband Doug. The blend is wonderful, and the vocals really help give the musical message some weight when the come into the mix – and titles include "Panama Roots", "Senor Trane", "Samba Serenade", and "Ghetto Jungle". CD
Also available Let This Melody Ring On ... LP 49.99

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Willie HutchMark Of The Beast ... CD
Motown/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the nicer Willie Hutch albums on Motown – a killer batch of heavy and funky tracks that evoke some of his soundtrack work from the same time – as well as a more hard grooving album-oriented approach! Willie arranged and produced, and there's lots of nice moogy and guitary bits – plus sweet backup chorus vocals and a few more soaring elements – making this one a cool mix of grittier grooves, stranger textures and a few softer touches. Titles include "Get Ready For The Get Down", "Don't You Let Nobody Tell You How To Do Your Thing", "I'm Gonna Stay", "Mark Of The Beast", "Woman You Touched Me" and "Life's No Fun Living In the Ghetto". CD

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Leroy HutsonHutson ... CD
Curtom/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
An amazing record – quite possibly the best ever by Chicago soul legend Leroy Hutson! The whole thing's a smooth soul masterpiece beyond compare – a stunning blend of great songwriting, sexy vocals, and buttery production that rank it up there with the best work of 70s giants like Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware, or Roy Ayers. Leroy's got a voice that's both warm and mellow, yet incredibly honest at the same time – and the songs on the record show a range of colors and emotions that perfectly fit his unique style. Features mellow "Cool Out", the funky "Lucky Fellow", the sweet "All Because Of You", and the sublime cuts "It's Different" and "Can't Stay Away". The whole thing's great – and is one of the crowning achievements of the Chicago soul scene! CD
Also available Hutson ... LP 24.99

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Barbara MasonLove's The Thing ... CD
Buddah/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $11.99
A really great step forward for Barbara Mason – a record that's got her working in a more mature mode than before, and a deeper soul style as well! One of the bigger developments of Barbara Mason's career was her participation in the "answer song" cycle that circulated around Shirley Brown's hit song "Woman To Woman". On this southern-tinged album, Barbara answer's Shirley's hit with the cut "From His Woman To You" – in which "the other woman" calls back the snooping wife, and tells her how much control she's really got over her husband! The cut was one of Barbara's biggest from the time, and the whole album's got a similar feel – almost Stax-like in quality, with production by Don Davis. Plus, a fair bit of the songs even seem to contribute to the "other woman/his woman" theme – including "Shackin Up", "So He's Yours Now", "(He Wants) The Two of Us", and "(There's) One Man Between Us". All this makes for a great album – one with a sophisticated approach to loving and living – content that gives Barbara one of her best albums ever! CD

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Barbara MasonTransition ... CD
Buddah/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
Transition is right – as the cover has Barbara floating above a Curtis Mayfield-ish scene of drugs, war, gambling, and Satan – a really righteous image that beautifully sums up the vibe of the record! The set was recorded at Sigma Sound in Philly – with excellent arrangements from Norman Harris, Richard Rome, and Bobby Eli – who all bring in a slight blacksploitation vibe to match the image on the cover – easily the funkiest setting that Barbara Mason ever had! But the real star here is the lady herself – who's pushed herself beyond the little girl soul themes of a few years before, to take on a host of societal issues with a surprisingly righteous vibe – mostly on tracks she penned herself. The song titles sum up lots of the energy of the record – and include "World in a Crisis", "Trigger Happy People", "The Devil is Busy", "Sunday Saint (Weekday Sinner)", "Half Sister Half Brother", and "Time Is Running Out". A real surprise from Barbara Mason – and a great one too! CD

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James MasonRhythm Of Life ... CD
Soul Brother/Expansion (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's never been done this perfectly again! James Mason's a player who's know for a bit of keyboard work with other artists – but here, he's really working as a collective power – bringing together a brilliant ensemble that work as one to hit some sublime sounds – much in the way that Roy Ayers could work some key magic with his groups at the same time, but with a vibe that's very different too. Players include Ayers associates Justo Almario on saxes and Philip Woo on piano – and a young Narada Michael Walden adds some excellent drums to the record – a lot more powerful and funky than on most of his own albums! Lead vocals are by Clarice Taylor – who's got this unique voice that really makes the record – proud, but sensitive at the same time too – and Mason plays lots of Fender Rhodes, polymoog, Arp, and a bit of guitar. Titles include the breakbeat classic "Funny Girl", the monster groover "Sweet Power Your Embrace", the funky "Slick City", and the massive "Free" – but every cut's a winner, and others include "Mbewe", "Rhythm Of Life", and "Dreams". This is the kind of album that makes us proud to be in business! CD
Also available Rhythm Of Life (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 19.99

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Blue MitchellBantu Village ... CD
Blue Note/Soul Brother (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the funkiest albums ever on Blue Note – a set that mixes the trumpet talents of Blue Mitchell with some killer backings from Monk Higgins – all in a groove that more gritty edges than the best funky soundtracks of the time! Higgins keeps the backings full, but always quite lean – fusing all elements together into a sharp, tight rhythm that steps along with some of the slight African touches you might guess from the title – a groove that's not really that authentic, but which resonates with some of the best inspirations that Hugh Masekela was bringing to American music at the time. And while the album might be an attempt to cash in on Masekela's groove, the feel here is really quite different overall – as tracks are nicely stretched out, with plenty of room for jazzy solo work – and a groove that's much harder overall, thanks to Higgins! Other players include Freddy Robinson on guitar, Wilton Felder on bass, Paul Humphrey on drums, and Plas Johnson on tenor – and titles include "HNIC", "Flat Backing", "Na Ta Ka", "Bantu Village", and "Blue Dashiki". CD

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Alphonse MouzonMan Incognito ... CD
Blue Note/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
A monstrous bit of jazz funk from drummer Alphonse Mouzon – spacey tracks in a choppy style that reminds us a bit of some of the best European fusion albums from the period, but with a harder groove overall! Mini Moog and ARP trip out the sound throughout, but the underlying rhythms are nice and heavy. Lee Ritenour's on guitar, and he gets a lot of play on the record – but the main groove is Alphonse's heavy funky snakefoot! Al's drums and percussion are furiously frenetic, and he also plays a lot of keyboards – and other players include Tom Scott on tenor, Dave Grusin on clavinet, Victor Feldman on bongos and congas, and Charles Meeks on bass. A few tracks have vocals – by Marty McCall, Jackie Ward, and Caroline Willis – as well as Alphonse himself and the album's also got two very nice break-oriented tracks – "Snake Walk" and "New York City" – both with nice hard drums! Titles include a number of other good fusion groovers, like "Without A Reason", "Just Like the Sun", "Before You Leave", "Just Like The Sun", and "Mouzon Moves On". CD

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Natural FourNatural Four/Heaven Right Here On Earth (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Soul Brother (UK), 1974/1975/1976. New Copy ... $16.99
Amazing harmony soul – two massive albums, plus bonus cuts too! Natural Four's first self-titled album on the Curtom label has an amazing "rough with the smooth" quality that really sets them apart from east coast groups of the time! Part of the strength of the set has to do with Leroy Hutson – who arranged and produced the whole album, and gives it a superdope quality that makes it stand proudly with the best work on Curtom Records of the time. The sound is full and polished, yet also honest, earnest, and personal – in that great mix of moods that Hutson and Curtis Mayfield could bring to their own work of the time. The whole set's a classic, and titles include "Try Love Again", "You Bring Out The Best In Me", "Can This Be Real?", "This is What's Happening Now", and "Things Will Be Better Tomorrow". Heaven Right Here On Earth features stellar production by Leroy Hutson and Rich Tufo, and Hutson wrote a lot of the tracks. One of the best records ever to come out of the Curtom studios, and (dare we say it!) even better than the group's first one. In a market that was dominated by east coast falsetto groups, the Natural Four emerged with kind of a super-dope style that was part Curtom righteousness, part Brunswick vocal harmony, and righteous 70s soul songwriting. And as proof of this style, the album's got loads of great tracks like "While You're Away", "Count on Me", "Heaven Right Here On Earth", and "Love's So Wonderful". CD also features 4 bonus tracks from singles – "Get It Over With", "How Have You Been", "Eddie You Should Know Better", and "I Think I Found The Girl". CD

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OasisWhat's The Story Morning Glory (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Big Brother/Universal, 1995. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $27.99 34.99
A standout album from Oasis – the set that forever put them on the map, thanks to the great "Wonderwall" – and a record that also incudes "She's Electric", "Some Might Say", "Morning Glory", "Champagne Supernova", "Roll With It", "Don't Look Back In Anger", "Bonehead's Bank Holiday", and "Cast No Shadow" – as well as a few short "secret" songs too! LP, Vinyl record album
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Esther PhillipsBlack-Eyed Blues/Capricorn Princess ... CD
Kudu/Soul Brother (UK), 1973/1976. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of 70s gems from Esther Phillips – back to back on a single CD! Black Eyed-Blues is one of Esther's strong winners for Kudu – a record that takes her soulful style of earlier years, and wraps it around some sly 70s funky arrangements! Ex-James Brown hornman Pee Wee Ellis arranged the album, and gave Esther a nice little dose of funk that really helped her groove – getting out of the sad bag of her Atlantic recordings, and sounding hipper than anyone would have expected! The record features the great slow funk groover "Black Eyed Blues" – and other tracks include "I've Only Known A Stranger", "You Could Have Had Me, Baby", and "Too Many Roads". CD also features the bonus track "Tangle In Your Lifeline", previously unissued! Capricorn Princess is a pretty amazing, and too long overlooked set from Esther Phillips – her final album for Kudu – and a beautiful mix of soaring soul sounds from one the most unique, emotionally-inflected soul vocalists of her era! Esther's in prime Kudu mode here – working with jazzy arrangements by David Matthews and Pee Wee Ellis, adding her unique, grit-inflected soul chanteuse vocals to a smoother mix of instrumentation that creates a perfect counterpoint that took her way past her earlier work! There's also a couple of really sweet disco skewed numbers that work incredibly well – with spacier bits of synth and a dancefloor soul bed of percussion and rhythms – and in general, the arrangements are pretty great from track-to-track! Players include Randy Brecker and Mike Brecker on trumpet and tenor sax, Bray Miles on synthesizer, Bobby Lyle on clavinet, Eric Gale on guitar, Joe Farrell on tenor sax and alto flute, percussionist Ralph MacDonald and other excellent name musicians and others bring a grand sweep and sweeter intimacy when the mood requires. Titles include "Magic's In The Air", "A Beautiful Friendship", "Boy, I Really Tied One On", "Higher & Higher", and "All The Way Down". CD

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Esther PhillipsEsther Phillips Anthology ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
Some of our favorite work ever by Esther Phillips – served up on a compilation that does a great job of sorting through her classic 70s sides for Kudu, CTI, and Mercury! Back in the 60s, Esther sung in a sad and bluesy sort of soul style – but in the 70s, at the time of these recordings, Esther picked up a sweet electric vibe, really hipping up her sound with lots of funky guitar, bass, and keyboards. The result is tremendous – as you'll hear on this set – as Esther works with arrangers that include Pee Wee Ellis, Bob James, Benny Golson and Harvey Mason to cut some wickedly soulful tunes! The set includes 18 tracks in all, with titles that include "Use Me", "Home Is Where The Hatred Is", "That's All Right With Me", "I've Never Found A Man", "Brother Brother", "From A Whisper To A Scream", "All The Way Down", "Black Eyed Blues", "Native New Yorker", "Changing", "SOS", "We've Got A Good Thing Going", "You Think Of Him", "Bedtime Stories", and "I Hope You'll Be Very Unhappy About Me". CD

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Rhythm RocketsShe Swings Blue Vol 1 – The Joint Is Jumpin ... CD
Brother Racoon, 2013. Used ... $6.99
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Dom Um RomaoDom Um Romao/Spirit Of The Times ... CD
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of amazing records from percussionist Dom Um Romao – back to back in a single set! The self-titled Dom Um Romao is an unbelievably fantastic album, and perhaps the greatest one that Dom Um Romao ever cut! Dom recorded this set in America with a blend of Brazilian and New York musicians – creating an incredible sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – a rich harmony of Brazilian roots and more creative 70s electric instrumentation – filled with complicated shades, tones, and colors! We'd place this record next to the best electric work by David Axelrod, the dopest funk on CTI, and a rare few other jazz funk albums from the 70s – and the whole thing's completely sublime all the way through! Players include Joao Donato on piano, Dom Salvador on Fender Rhodes, Lloyd McNeil on flute, Mauricio Smith on tenor and soprano sax, Sivuca on organ and guitar, and Joe Beck on electric guitar – and titles include the spare spacey groover "Dom's Tune", the lively dancer "Cinnamon Flower", the jazzy "Family Talk", a great version of "Ponteio", and a take on Sivuca's "Adeus Maria Fulo". Spirit Of The Times is an incredible set of Brazilian jazz – one of the few albums that percussionist Dom Um Romao recorded as a leader, and sublime all the way through! The record's got a wonderful blend of funky fusion and Brazilian percussion – and features a group from two continents that includes Sivuca on organ, Dom Salvador on electric piano, Joe Beck on guitar, Jerry Dodgion on alto sax, Lloyd McNeill on flute, and Mauricio Smith on tenor, soprano, and flute. Includes the percussion jammer "Shake (Ginga Gingou)", the modal groover "Wait on the Corner", and the lively scatting tune "The Angels" – but the whole album's great, and other tracks include "The Salvation Army", "Kitchen", and "Lamento Negro". CD

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Shirley ScottSuperstition ... CD
Cadet/Soul Brother (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever from Hammond giant Shirley Scott – a set that's got a fair bit of funk in the mix, and a really rich array of inventive lines on the keyboards too! The tracks are longer than usual, and really step past the more familiar Shirley Scott modes of the 60s – opening up into more righteous 70s territory in the company of Chess/Cadet Records – with arrangements from Richard Evans that are as sophisticated as they are funky! Evans plays bass on the record – in a combo that also features both Jimmy Ponder and David Spinozza on guitar, Jimmy Owens and Art Hoyle on trumpets, and Grady Tate on drums. The album features some great drum breaks on Shirley's versions of "Superstition" and "Lady Madonna", and includes a totally great cover of "People Make The World Go Round", the killer originals "Hanky's Panky" and "Liberation Song", and a sweet take on "Last Tango In Paris". CD

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Gil Scott-Heron & Brian JacksonGil Scott-Heron Anthology – Messages ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
Some of the best tracks ever from the pair of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson – some of most righteous, authoritative and thematically heavy soul music ever created – compiled in one incredible set! Messianic, emotive vocals from Gil and stunningly restrained, magical soul jazz arrangements from Brian – words can't express how dynamic these tunes are! Great stuff from classic LPs such as Winter In America, It's Your World, First Minute Of A New Day, Secrets and more! 15 tracks in all: "The Bottle", "It's Your World", "Johannesburg", "Winter In America", "The Liberation (Red, Black & Green)", "Home Is Where The Hatred Is (Live)", "We Almost Lost Detroit", "Angel Dust", "Show Bizness", "Madison Avenue", "Shut 'Em Down", "Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams)". CD

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Marlena ShawMarlena Shaw Anthology ... CD
Soul Brother/Expansion (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
At last! Someone's finally gone and put together a real collection of Marlena Shaw's fantastic jazzy soul work! Sure, there's been other compilations out on the market – but this one's the real deal, and spans her years at Chess/Cadet, Blue Note, and Columbia – years that saw Marlena emerging to become one of the greatest smooth soul singers of all time! The set begins with the oft-sampled cuts "Woman Of The Ghetto" and "California Soul" – both righteous classics in their own right. The groove then moves onto the excellent "Liberation Conversation", and other smoother material, like "This Feeling's Good", "Loving You Was Like A Party", "Feel Like Making Love", "Without You In My Life", and "Yu Ma/Go Away Little Boy", which features one of the greatest monologues on record! Also includes a version of Al Johnson's "Back For More", and "Could It Be You", a duet with Phil Upchurch. CD

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Soul SearchersWe The People ... CD
Sussex/Soul Brother (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $16.99
One the all time great funky albums of the 70s – a mad little record with a sense of rhythm and timing that was years ahead of its time! The Soul Searchers (along with Chuck Brown) later became known for their heavy-hitting Go Go work at the end of the decade – but here, they're a really free-thinking outfit with a lot of jazz in their funk – and a willingness to change up the beats and timings in ways that push the record miles ahead from an average funk outing. Tracks swirl around with an amazing intensity – supported by guitar work from Brown, organ from Hilton Felton, and some really great horns from Don Tillery and Lloyd Pinchback. The album features a wonderful remake of "Think" – plus the great originals "1993", "Soul To The People", "Blowout", and "We The People". CD
Also available
We The People ... LP 49.99
We The People ... LP 9.99
We The People ... LP 7.99

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VariousAfrican Spirits – A Spiritual Jazz Journey Looking Back To Africa ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), 1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy ... $16.99
Afro-centric jazz from the 70s through the 90s – a real spiritual journey in music, compiled from a host of hard to find records, most of which are long out of print! The music on the collection is from three different decades, but the set's got a wonderfully unified feel – thanks to a strong spiritual current that runs through all the tunes, and a linked heritage of performance that was shared by many of the players over the years. Tracks are from a very diverse set of sources – including many American and European indie labels of the 60s and 70s – and all tunes are long, soulful, and plenty darn righteous! Titles include "Song For Mozambique" by Archie Shepp, "Africa" by Sathima B Benjamin, "The Almoravid" by Joe Chambers, "Our Roots Began In Africa" by Pharoah Sanders, "Days Gone By" by Moe Koffman, "Children" by Nation/African Liberation Arts Ensemble, "Mrafu" by Nate Morgan, "Afro Blue" by J Life, "Desert Fairy Princess" by Adele Sebastian, and "Banks Of The Nile" by Carlos Garnett. CD

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VariousWants List – 17 Soulful Rare Grooves ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
A great tribute to the concept of the "wants list" – that crumpled piece of paper that nearly every record collector carries around with them, a listing of hard to find recordings that they're always trying to track down! The set is a great mix of obscure 60s and 70s soul, with a real focus on the kinds of cuts that are all pretty darn important – but also equally hard to track down on their own. Mellow soul is the dominant groove here, making the package a winning set of some killer tunes that are equally appealing now as they were back in the day! Titles include "Touch Me Take Me" by Rita Wright, "Light My Fire" by Erma Franklin, "This Feeling's Rated X-Tra" by Carl Carlton, "One Girl Too Late" by Brenda & The Tabulations, "Let Me Be" by The Duncans, "Mon Belle Amour" by Ann Pebbles, "I Think I'm Falling In Love With You" by Natural High, "I Just Got To Know" by Bennie Johnson, "City Of Brotherly Love" by Soul Survivors, "I'm Always Dancing To The Music" by Benny Golson, "Making Love" by Lou Ragland & GLO, "Hearts & Flowers" by GC Cameron, and "Beware" by Lou Courtney. CD

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New Beach BoysSurf's Up ... LP
Brother, 1971. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
A record with "surf" in the title, but one that's light years from the earlier Beach Boys albums of the 60s! This set is a wonderfully mature effort – hardly surf music at all, and one that moves nicely in the same territory as Sunflower and 20/20! Some of the tunes are wonderfully gentle and heartfelt, and others try for some new subject matter for the group – sometimes missing the mark a bit, but still holding our interest strongly in the way they try. Genius work include "Disney Girls" and "Til I Die" – both instant classics – and other titles include "Don't Go Near The Water", "Long Promised Road", "A Day In The Life Of A Tree", and "Surf's Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover has some wear.)

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Gil Scott-HeronFrom South Africa To South Carolina ... CD
Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A 70s soul classic – and the closest that Gil Scott-Heron ever came to having a hit! The album's best known for its anthemic classic "Johannesburg" – one of the first popular tunes to really push the cause of a free South Africa – but the whole album's a winner, filled with some wonderful tunes that have Gil working with pianist Brian Jackson, in a laidback and soulful style that's even more powerful than his early protest poetry work! Apart from "Johannesburg", the album also features the tunes "The Summer of 42", "South Carolina", "Beginnings (First Minute Of A New Day)", "Lovely Day", and "Toast To The People". CD

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New Beach BoysCarl & the Passions – So Tough/Holland ... CD
Brother/Capitol, 1972/1973. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 Beach Boys albums on 2CDs – plus the bonus ep of material from Holland. The Carl & The Passions album was supposed to be a back to basics rocker, but it's a bit weak from this vantage point – although has some of those nice little later numbers that we always seem to overlook when shuffling through BB albums too quickly. Holland is a much more impressive effort – as it kicks off with the sublime "Sail On Sailor", proof that the group were ready to forge a whole new sound of 70s pop, plus a nice mix of tight pop songs and looser Smile-like tracks. Titles include "The Trader", "Funky Pretty", "Only With You", and the "California Saga". The CD also includes "Mount Vernon & Fairway" – a "fairy tale" that was included with the original LP as a bonus ep. The work's interesting – especially in that it shows that the group could still be pretty trippy and experimental – but gosh, we really have a hard time getting through it! CD

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New Beach BoysIn Concert ... LP
Brother, 1973. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A hipper concert than you might expect – recorded in 1973, and originally issued as a double LP. The band by this point includes Blondie Chaplin and the enigmatic Ricky Fataar – and in some way, the songs have a sincerity that's lacking from a lot of the studio albums at the same time. There's a number of the usual 60s hits that you'd expect – plus nice versions of "Darlin", "The Trader", "Sail On Sailer", "Caroline No", "Heroes & Villains", "Leaving This Town", "Let The Wind Blow", "Funky Pretty", and "You Still Believe In Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and seam splitting.)

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New Beach BoysSunflower ... LP
Brother/Reprise, 1970. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible record – and quite possibly our favorite Beach Boys album ever! Sunflower is the kind of record that's easy to pass by when you're first getting into the group, but later on – after digging for gems on records like Wild Honey or Friends, you'll come back to it as a totally solid record, filled with loads of excellent little songs like "Slip On Through", "This Whole World", "Cool, Cool Water", "Tears In The Morning", and "Add Some Music To Your Day". The whole thing holds together better than any other post-Smile album we can think of – and it's an endless treat that we're always coming back to! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Reprise/Brother pressing. Cover has some wear, splitting on the top seam, and some light pen on front.)

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New GC CameronLive For Life (re-edit)/Love Ain't Just No Fun ... 7-inch
Soul Brother (UK), 1980. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet edit of "Live For Life" – one that has the beats and strings simmering wonderfully alongside GC Cameron's smooth lead vocals! The tune's a wicked stepper that sounds even better in this edit – and it's backed with "Love Ain't Just No Fun" – a two-step bumper that's mighty nice too! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Quinn Harris & The MastermindsAll In The Soul ... LP
Reynolds/Undercover Brother, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure west coast soul set from Quinn Harris – a well-titled "mastermind" with a great ear for a gritty groove! The set's got a really unique sort of feel – not just straight funk, but not straight soul either – kind of a hip blend of modes that often includes some warmly jazzy touches next to deeper soul vocals from soul sister Lady Bianca! Harris directs the group, and plays sax, flute, piano, and organ – all of which are used to nice effect in an array of different modes – especially the flute, which is often mixed with a stepping bassline to create a blackspolitation sort of groove. There's a small horn section in the combo, and they play without cliche – just the right sort of coloring to shade in the tunes without overpowering them in the usual horn section way. Billy Street handles male vocals on a few other tracks in the set, and titles include "Stop Telling Me Lies", "All In The Soul", "We Got To Get Together", "Never Too Hard To Bear", "Doctor Of Love", and "This Summer". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Barbara MasonWorld In Crisis/Give Me Your Love ... 7-inch
Buddah/Soul Brother (UK), 1972/1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Righteous Barbara Mason – two great cuts! "World In Crisis" is a political number, but one that's got this warm stepping groove – almost Leroy Hutson, with some of the greatest arrangements that Barbara ever got! "Give Me Your Love" is a badass Curtis Mayfield tune from the Superfly soundtrack – and here, Barbara does a cool cool version with souped-up Curtom styled production, and some sweet female backing vocals. Curtis produced the track, too! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Shirley ScottSuperstition ... CD
Cadet/Soul Brother (UK), 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever from Hammond giant Shirley Scott – a set that's got a fair bit of funk in the mix, and a really rich array of inventive lines on the keyboards too! The tracks are longer than usual, and really step past the more familiar Shirley Scott modes of the 60s – opening up into more righteous 70s territory in the company of Chess/Cadet Records – with arrangements from Richard Evans that are as sophisticated as they are funky! Evans plays bass on the record – in a combo that also features both Jimmy Ponder and David Spinozza on guitar, Jimmy Owens and Art Hoyle on trumpets, and Grady Tate on drums. The album features some great drum breaks on Shirley's versions of "Superstition" and "Lady Madonna", and includes a totally great cover of "People Make The World Go Round", the killer originals "Hanky's Panky" and "Liberation Song", and a sweet take on "Last Tango In Paris". CD
Also available Superstition ... CD 16.99

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New Gil Scott-HeronSecrets ... CD
Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A key crossover set from Gil Scott-Heron – still every bit as political as his earlier work, but with a stronger sense of soul as well! The great Brian Jackson is firmly in tow here – bringing warm keyboards and a nice little groove to most of the tracks – and the previous acoustic moments are replaced with more electric instrumentation overall, but never in a way that seeks to dampen Gil's message, nor push him into easy commercial territory. Instead, the tighter rhythms seem to really hammer home some of the lyrics – most famously in "Angel Dust", which almost touched a wider audience than the drug itself – and equally nicely on cuts that include "Cane", "Angola,Louisiana", "Show Bizness", "Better Days Ahead", and "Madison Avenue". CD
Also available
Secrets ... LP 18.99
Secrets ... LP 9.99

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New Beach BoysFriends/Smiley Smile ... LP
Brother/Reprise, Late 60s. Used 2 LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A two-fer released in 1974 of these two post-Pet Sounds albums. Friends contains the lost classics like "Busy Doing Nothin", "Little Bird", "Be Here in the Mornin'", and "Diamond Head". Known by some as the Transcendental Meditation album, this one's filled with trippy beautiful songs about friends, love, and the little joys of life. Great stuff, and a treasure worth having if you like these guys at all. Fantastic stuff! Smiley Smile is the issued version of Smile, a classic – and even though some may gripe that it's missing the 50% extra material that was supposed to be on the Smile set, it's still utterly fantastic! Titles include "Vegetables", "Heroes & Villains", "Fall", "Little Pad", "With Me Tonight", and "Wind Chimes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, some stains and a bit of marker.)

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New Marva WhitneyIt's My Thing (expanded edition) ... CD
King/Soul Brother/Passion (UK), 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
A wonderfully expanded version of this classic of funky funky female soul! Marva Whitney was one of the greatest singers in the James Brown stable of stars during the late 60s – and she sang with a hard raw style worth of The Godfather himself! Brother James produced and wrote a good part of this classic album – and the record is one of the greatest JB albums of all time! Nearly every cut's a winner – like the sample classic "Unwind Yourself", which has a crazy corkscrew sax line, or the massive two-part remake of the Isley's "It's Your Thing" (titled "It's My Thing"), or the slowly funky "Get Out Of My Life", or the massive duet with Bobby Byrd "You Got To Have A Job", or the classic instrumental "In The Middle". This reissue is an expanded version, and it features a very excellent batch of tracks that were previously only issued as funky 45s! Tracks include "Sunny", "I Made A Mistake Because It's Only You (parts 1 & 2)", "You Got To Have A Job", "Shades Of (inst)", "I'm Tired I'm Tired I'm Tired", "This Girl's In Love With You", "He's The One", "Unwind Yourself", "What Kind Of Man", "Things Got To Get Better", "It's My Thing (parts 1 & 2)", and "Get Out Of My Life". 18 cuts in all. CD
Also available It's My Thing ... CD 13.99

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New FreewayWe Can Do It (Dopebrother rmx, Dopebrother inst) ... 7-inch
Dope Brother, Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Heavy drums and a massive amount of echo – a really wonderful funk track that gets a super-special Kenny Dope touch here! The track breaks right from the start – crackling with all its energy upfront in the mix, then letting the vocals come in to give things a bit of a hook – while still never losing track of the break! No vocals on the instrumental, natch – which brings in some cool organ lines in the middle! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Bobby LyleGenie ... CD
Capitol/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A funky fusion classic – and quite possibly Bobby Lyle's most perfectly realized album! The set was Bobby's first full US outing, and it's filled with soaring, riffing keyboards that stretch out into territory explored a few years before by Johnny Hammond and Lonnie Liston Smith! The real difference, though, is the album's sweet soulful production from Wayne Henderson – who hooks in the best bits of Bobby's sound, and fuses them with a modern soul-styled groove that creates the same blend of jazz and R&B that you'd get on some of Eddie Henderson's best records from the time, or some of the best Ronnie Foster work on Columbia from a few years later. Bobby's keyboards are capable of hitting both a soulful groove and a deep jazzy vibe – and the record's got a rich palette of tunes that never fail to amaze us! Titles include "Mother Nile", "You Think Of Her", "The Genie", "Pisces", "Magic Ride" and "Night Breeze". CD
Also available Genie ... CD 22.99

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New Soul SearchersSalt Of The Earth ... CD
Sussex/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The amazing second album from The Soul Searchers – even harder, funkier, and rarer than the first! This one blows away everything else the group have ever done – as the record has an angular approach that has the band taking a lot of weird twists with the grooves, creating these dark jazzy edges that have forever made the album a favorite with fans of deep-thinking funk! The massively funky sound of the group's debut are further increased here by a hipper, more sophisticated approach to rhythm and soul – one that's got the group flowing through warm moments one minute, then cutting things into deeper, sharper tones the next. Titles include the sublime "Ashley's Roachclip", a famous BDP sample from way back – plus the cuts "I Rolled It You Hold It", "Blow Your Whistle", "Funk To The Folks", "Ain't It Heavy", and "If It Ain't Funky". CD

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New Brass ConstructionBrass Construction 5 ... CD
United Artists/Soul Brother (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Brass Construction's fifth album, and the group's still grooving harder than most of their contemporaries! The legendary Randy Muller is still fully in charge here – serving up his trademark lean, mean arrangements that compress all elements of the music firmly on the beat – all in a way that creates one of the funkiest grooves you'll ever hear in mainstream late 70s club! There's plenty of great little touches to keep each tune interesting – bits of strings, keyboards, or other elements that burst out of the mix playfully . Titles include "It's Alright", "Watch Out", "I Want Some Action", "Right Place", "Music Makes You Feel Like Dancing", and "Shakit". CD
 
 
 



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