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B Baker Chocolate CoB Baker Chocolate Co ... CD
LC/P-Vine (Japan), 1979. New Copy .... $26.99
Pure genius from the B Baker Chocolate Company – a set that's equal parts fusion and soul, held together by these rich arrangements that really send the whole thing home! The album's never too slick, yet has a sense of perfection that matches some of the best soulful fusion dates at Blue Note or Fantasy in the mid 70s – a quality that's especially strong on the vocal tracks on the set – one of which features Lew Kirton in the lead! The players are all totally top-shelf – and include Lonnie Smith and Jimmy McGriff on keyboards, John Faddis and Marvin Stamm on trumpets, and Jimmy Ponder on guitar – and the set's got a beautiful balance that few other records like this can match. Lew Kirton sings on "It's Where You're Coming From", and "Dreamer" features Gene Scott – and instrumental tracks include the funky classic "Snowblower", plus "Carousel" and "Spirit Level". CD

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Big Daddy KaneTaste Of Chocolate ... CD
Cold Chillin/Reprise, 1990. Used .... $4.99
A mixed bag – with production by Prince Paul, Cool V, Mister Cee, and Andre Booth. Tracks include "Cause I Can Do It Right", "No Damn Good", "Dance With The Devil", "It's Hard Being The Kane", "Put Your Weight On It", "Mr Pitiful", and duets like "Big Daddy Vs. Dolemite" featuring Rudy Ray Moore, and "All Of Me" featuring Barry White. CD
(Out of print, booklet is a little creased.)
Also available Taste Of Chocolate ... LP 14.99

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New Big Daddy KaneTaste Of Chocolate ... LP
Cold Chillin, 1990. Near Mint- .... $14.99
A mixed bag – with production by Prince Paul, Cool V, Mister Cee, and Andre Booth. Tracks include "Cause I Can Do It Right", "No Damn Good", "Dance With The Devil", and duets like "Big Daddy Vs Dolemite" with Rudy Ray Moore, and "All Of Me" with Barry White. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)
Also available Taste Of Chocolate ... CD 4.99

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Chocolate "Milk" MamaThe Rain(The Answer) (double a-side single) ... 12-inch
Roadrunner, 1987. Sealed .... $2.99
12-inch, Vinyl record

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Chocolate ArmenterosChocolate In Africa – Y Sigo Con Mi Son ... LP
SAR, 1981. Very Good .... $12.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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Chocolate MilkBlue Jeans ... LP
RCA, 1981. Very Good .... $4.99
One of the best later albums by Chocolate Milk – a bit different than their earlier work with Allen Toussaint, but still bouncing along in a sweet 80s groove, with more than enough traces of their roots as a funky combo! Leo Nocentelli's sitting in on guitar, adding some nice licks to keep some tracks a bit more firmly grounded in a New Orleans funk tradition, alongside some more modern production touches – and the album's got a compelling vibe that's partly pointed towards the boogie generation of the 80s, but with a heavier funk component overall! Titles include "Let's Go All The Way", "Like My Lady's Love", "Honey Bun", "Running On Empty", "Blue Jeans", and a version of Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some waviness & wear.)
Also available Blue Jeans (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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Chocolate MilkBlue Jeans (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1981. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the best later albums by Chocolate Milk – a bit different than their earlier work with Allen Toussaint, but still bouncing along in a sweet 80s groove, with more than enough traces of their roots as a funky combo! Leo Nocentelli's sitting in on guitar, adding some nice licks to keep some tracks a bit more firmly grounded in a New Orleans funk tradition, alongside some more modern production touches – and the album's got a compelling vibe that's partly pointed towards the boogie generation of the 80s, but with a heavier funk component overall! Titles include "Let's Go All The Way", "Like My Lady's Love", "Honey Bun", "Running On Empty", "Blue Jeans", and a version of Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long". CD also features 7" single mixes of "Honey Bun", "Take It Off", "Like My Lady's Love", and "Blue Jeans" – plus 12" mixes of "Video Queen", "Let's Go All The Way", and "Who's Getting It Now". CD
Also available Blue Jeans ... LP 4.99

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Chocolate MilkBlue Jeans/Dawn ... 12-inch
RCA, 1981. Sealed .... $3.99
The title track to Chocolate Milk's Blue Jeans album – and a tight bit of bass-heavy funk that really has them shifting their groove! There's a great boogie bounce on the bottom of this one – a tightly stepping mode that may not be the original Chocolate Milk sound, but which is carried off here plenty darn well. "Dawn" is a mellower track with some nice sweet harmonies! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Chocolate MilkComin' (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1976. New Copy .... $13.99
Wicked funk from Chocolate Milk – and a set that perfectly combines their deep New Orleans roots with the tighter sound the Crescent City was brewing up in the mid 70s! The group work closely here with producer Allen Toussaint – and really show that stronger use of studio technology that Toussaint was perfecting at the time – a mode used famously in work for bigger artists, but which is totally perfect here to bring an even greater focus to the sound of the group! There's loads of sharp-stepping basslines and drums at the bottom, mixed with a cool compressed sound at the top – a way of being a bit smooth, yet still pretty darn funky all the way through. The mellower cuts are especially great – never sleepy, but slow grooving in a really badass way – and titles include "Comin", "Do Onto Others", "Starbright", "Feel the Need", and "Something New". CD features three bonus tracks – 7 inch mixes of "Starbright", "Something New", and "Comin". CD

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Chocolate MilkFriction ... CD
RCA/PTG (Netherlands), Early 80s. Used .... $11.99
No friction here, as the groove is mighty tight, and plenty smooth – a great example of the way that Chocolate Milk found a whole new sound in the 80s! Gone are the heavier modes of the 70s, and in their place are some wicked keyboards and bass-heavy rhythms – snapping and popping with a heck of a lot of vibrant energy, in an electro groove that's a long way from the group's New Orleans roots! The sound is great – almost like discovering a whole other band altogether – and titles include "Take It Off", "Friction", "Keep It Coming", "Don't Let Up", and "Don't Make Me Wait". CD

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Chocolate MilkHey Lover/Would It Be Alright? ... 12-inch
RCA, 1980. Very Good+ .... $1.99
12-inch, Vinyl record

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Chocolate SnowInflation/Day In The Life ... 7-inch
Fryer (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy .... $9.99
Financial hardship never sounded so funky – as "Inflation" features this really wicked groove on the bottom, topped with a spoken bit about a guy roaming the city looking for work! The tune's a great example of the way political issues could come to the forefront in 70s funk – while still keeping things groovy from a musical perspective too! The groove's an extrapolation of the band's previous take on "A Day In The Life" – served up as an instrumental on the flipside with really wonderful Fender Rhodes in the lead, and excellent chromatic guitar in the middle. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Hot ChocolateEvery 1's A Winner ... LP
Infinity, 1978. Near Mint- .... $1.99
One of the last great albums from Hot Chocolate – and an album that's still awash in fuzzy guitars and glammy touches as their previous best! Mickie Most is at the helm producing, and the sound here is nicely dark throughout – that slightly spooky kind of pop that was showing up in the UK in the days before punk – and which is a great legacy of glam into the mainstream. The vocals are all nicely pointed – and also oddly creepy at times too – and the guitars chug along with a flanged-out quality that's really great on the fuller cuts. Titles include "So You Win Again", "Put Your Love In Me", "I'll Put You Together Again", "Sometimes It Hurts", "Confetti Day", and the great title track "Every 1's A Winner". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Hot ChocolateI Just Love What You're Doing (short, long) ... 12-inch
Infinity, 1979. Near Mint- .... $4.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in an Infinity sleeve.)

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New R KellyChocolate Factory ... CD
Jive, 2002. Used .... $3.99
CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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New Lord Finesse/JR SwingaShorties Kaught In The System (radio, LP, inst, acapella)/Chocolate City (LP, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Mad Sounds, 1994. Near Mint- .... $4.99
Featuring the classic Lord Finesse "Shorties Kaught In The System" from the State Of Emergency compilation, that never appeared on any Lord Finesse LP. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo.)

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Leyla McCalla (Carolina Chocolate Drops)Vari-Colored Songs – A Tribute To Langston Hughes ... CD
Music Maker, 2014. New Copy .... $12.99 13.98
A really wonderful solo album from Leyla McCalla of the Carolina Chocolate Drops – and a set we dig even more than her music with that group! The album's something of a tribute to Langston Hughes – and definitely features a fair bit of words from his famous poems – but the overall vibe of the record is strictly Leyla's own, and carved from this beautiful blend of bluesy roots and more serious musical training – balanced between McCalla's beautiful performances on cello and tenor banjo, usually with just her own vocals, or maybe a bit of bass or pedal steel to back her up! Leyla's vocals are wonderful – really amazing in this setting, as is her instrumentation – and the whole thing's got this unique above-genres style that may well have McCalla stepping forth into the same special space as Esperanza Spaulding. Titles include "Heart Of Gold", "Girl", "Mesi Bondye", "Too Blue", "Manman Mwen", "Song For A Dark Girl", "Changing Tide", and "Lonely House". CD

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Ndugu & The Chocolate Jam CoDo I Make You Feel Better (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1980. New Copy .... $13.99
Definitely the sort of album to make you feel better – given the tight, soulful sounds of Ndugu Chancler and this Chocolate Jam Company! The album's got roots in jazz – Ndugu's a drummer with work on countless other albums – but also steps out with plenty of soul, too – thanks to vocals from Ndugu, Leo Miller, Josie James, and Maxi Anderson – who often sing together in this warm style that fits perfectly with the grooves in the set! Instrumentation is definitely a cut above the usual session of this type – no surprise, given the jazz and fusion heavyweights in the lineup – and the tunes are catchy and grooving, yet never clunky or commercial at all. The blend is sublime – the sort that's made the record a standout for years – and titles include "Send You My Love", "Space Connection", "Make You Feel Better", "Jungle Journey", "Love Anew", and "Come Into My Life Again". CD features three bonus tracks – "Shadow Dancing (7" version)", "Take Some Time (7" version)", and "Love Anew (7" version)". CD

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Racola JamChocolate Factory (vocal, inst, raw)/I Can Feel It In The Air (radio, club, street, inst) ... 12-inch
Roll Em Up, 1991. Very Good+ (pic cover).... $8.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some water stains.)

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Lou Ragland/Hot ChocolateI Travel Alone (Hot Chocolate/Conveyor/bonus & unreleased tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Numero, Mid 70s. New Copy 3CD .... $22.99 29.99
An amazing set of music – two rare albums from Ohio funk legend Lou Ragland, plus bonus tracks, and a whole set of unreleased sessions too – a huge amount of new music, even if you've got some of the previous reissues! First up is the legendary Hot Chocolate album – one of the greatest lost funk records of all time! The group is not the British pop band, but an Ohio funk group led by the great guitarist Lou Ragland. The album's originally from Canada, which makes it super rare – and these guys are funky funky funky, and kick some major booty with a heavy guitar sound that's just great! Some of the cuts are instrumental, and some of them have some excellent soul vocals that are produced with a nice deep sound that's brought out nicely by the excellent quality of the reissue. The record's got a bit of Sly Stone, a bit of Grant Green, and a bit of Mike James Kirkland – with a tasty raw indie soul vibe – and the original album was only pressed up at 500 copies. Titles include "So Dam Funky", "Ain't That A Groove", "Sexy Moods Of Your Mind", "Messin With Sly", and "What You Want To Do" – plus 8 more tracks from the same vintage – "Good For The Gander" by Hot Chocolate, "I Travel Alone" and Big Wheel" by Lou Ragland, "Red Robin" and "I've Got Something Going On" by Volcanic Eruption, and "I Can't Take It" and "What The Doctor Prescribed" by Lou Ragland & Hot Chocolate. Next is The Conveyor – the second album from Lou Ragland, stepping out here in a great set of mellow soul tracks! The album's quite different from the heavy funk of the Hot Chocolate album – more of a message-oriented approach to soul, in the vein of similar 70s indie work by Mike James Kirkland. The arrangements are also bigger – not smooth, but ambitious, in a style that perfectly matches the higher vision Lou's going for in tracks like "Understand Each Other", "What Should I Do?", "The Next World", and "It's Got To Change". Conveyor also comes with bonus tracks too – "Tend To Your Business" by Wildfire, plus "Since You Said You'd Be Mine" and "I Didn't Mean To Leave You" by Lou Ragland. And last up is an incredible batch of unreleased material – maybe the biggest and best so far from Ragland – tracks that have this really ambitious quality that mixes soul, funk, and larger orchestrations – especially some light strings, which really expand the sound, and push the music into this righteous territory that reminds us a lot of the creative experiments in Chicago during the Cadet/Concept years! Lou's vocals are great, and the message is totally righteous – and even though the tape quality is slightly aged, the soulful vibe really comes through – on cuts that include "Understand Each Other", "It Ain't My Fault", "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love", "Spend My Life Loving You", "Until I Met You", and "Brother Louie". Lovingly packaged by Numero – with a huge booklet of photos and history – and cool mini-LP sleeves too! CD

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Cat StevensBuddha And The Chocolate Box ... LP
A&M, 1974. Very Good Gatefold .... $2.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Spine has a spot of tape & a small rip. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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White ChocolatePenny For Your Thoughts (double-sided single) ... 12-inch
Carnaval, 1978. Very Good+ (pic cover).... $8.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a bit of seam splitting.)

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Chocolate MilkAction Speaks Louder Than Words (colored vinyl) (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Nature Sounds, 1975. New Copy (reissue).... Just Sold Out!
A killer album of 70s New Orleans funk! Chocolate Milk were an amazing funk group in their best moments – and this album is certainly one of those moments – a blistering batch of tracks that set a whole new style for the Crescent City scene, and which showed that producers Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn could easily hit the hipper notes of the 70s! There's a tight rhythmic sound at the core of most numbers, but expanded instrumentation over the top – bits of spacey electrics or jazzier electronics that never would have shown up in Sansu records of years back, but which show that with the right group, New Orleans funk could easily take on the hippest styles going down on both coasts! The title cut, "Action Speaks Louder Than Words", is a slow funk classic – and the record also includes the incredible electronic-tinged "Time Machine", a perpetual favorite these days. Other nice tracks include "Pretty Pimpin' Willie" and "Ain't Nothin' But a Thing". Arguably the band's best album ever! (Note: This item is not for sale online until after the close of business on Saturday, 4/19/14. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules, it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago on that day. It will not be pre-sold, or reserved in any way. However, after the close of business on Record Store Day, we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album

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New Chocolate MilkGreatest Grooves Of Chocolate Milk – Ice Cold Funk ... CD
Razor & Tie, 1970s/Early 80s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A dozen tracks – and a pretty expansive retrospective of the career of 70s funk stalwarts Chocolate Milk! The package starts with their early heavy funk days recording with Allen Toussaint, and it moves up to their smoother sounds of the early 80s – when the band was hitting more of a modern groove. Titles include "Girl Callin", "Action Speaks Louder than Words", "Running Away", "How About Love", "Who's Getting It Now", "Let's Go All The Way", "Take It Off", "Say Won'tcha", and "Blue Jeans". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New Chocolate MilkWe're All In This Together ... LP
RCA, 1977. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked funky classic from Chocolate Milk – and a set that still preserves the tight grooves of the group's earliest work! Allan Toussaint is still on hand this time around to help with both production and songwriting – and his touches can definitely be felt on the record – a tight funky undercurrent that's definitely rooted in New Orleans soul, but has some warmer, more contemporary elements too – just like that mid 70s change Toussaint was bringing to his own grooves. Standout cuts include the funky numbers "Grand Theft" and "America" – plus the groover "Girl Callin" – although there's some mellower numbers we like pretty darn well too. Other tracks include "Help Me Find The Road", "Thinking Of You", "That's The Way She Loves", and "Fertility". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear.)

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New Chocolate Syrup/Jimmy Briscoe & The Little BeaversBattle Of The Bands Round 4 (Chocolate Syrup vs Jimmy Briscoe & The Little Beavers) ... CD
Sequel (UK), Early 70s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A selection of rare group soul singles by two obscure east coast indie groups! Chocolate Syrup are an excellent act – great at mellow tunes and funky ones, and represented here by he funky instrumental "The Penguin Breakdown", plus the vocal cuts "We've Got To Get Together", "You've Got a Lot To Give", "Just In The Nick of Time", and "Who You Tryin' To Fool Girl". Jimmy Briscoe & The Little Beavers are better known – as they had one or two radio hits on the east coast – and were a youthful soul act in the tradition of The Five Stairsteps, Ponderosa Twins, and The Sylvers. They're represented by their hit single "My Ebony Princess", plus the tracks "True Love", "I Only Feel This Way When I'm With You", and "You're My Love, My Life, My Soul". The set has 20 cuts in all – 10 by each act – and it may well be the best way you'll ever find work by these guys! CD
(Out of print.)

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New Isaac HayesChocolate Chip ... LP
HBS/ABC, 1975. Used Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Slightly later than some of Isaac Hayes' biggest Stax albums – but a great little record that's filled with some excellent smooth soul material! The record shows Hayes really trying to push his style to new levels, and it's got a sophistication that you don't hear on earlier albums – a sound that hints at the Polydor years, but without as much of a disco influence. Ike's also dropped his thing of doing a lot of soul covers of pop tracks – which means that the record's got a lot more original material, served up with a new sort of focus on songwriting! Titles include "Chocolate Chip", a perennial fave on the dancefloor, in both vocal and instrumental versions – plus "I Can't Turn Around", "Come Live With Me", and "Body Language". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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New LJ Reynolds & Chocolate SyrupLet One Hurt Do/Stay With Me ... 7-inch
Law-Ton, Early 70s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
"Let One Hurt Do" is a nice deep soul ballad cut, with excellent production and beautiful vocals by L.J. Reynolds. Nice hook, and a very soulful groove. "Stay With Me" is an instrumental version of the a-side. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Chocolate MilkWe're All In This Together/Milky Way ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1977/1979. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A heavy 2-fer – featuring a pair of 70s gems from Chocolate Milk! First up is We're All In This Together – an overlooked funky classic from Chocolate Milk – and a set that still preserves the tight grooves of the group's earliest work! Allan Toussaint is still on hand this time around to help with both production and songwriting – and his touches can definitely be felt on the record – a tight funky undercurrent that's definitely rooted in New Orleans soul, but has some warmer, more contemporary elements too – just like that mid 70s change Toussaint was bringing to his own grooves. Standout cuts include the funky numbers "Grand Theft" and "America" – plus the groover "Girl Callin" – although there's some mellower numbers we like pretty darn well too. Other tracks include "Help Me Find The Road", "Thinking Of You", "That's The Way She Loves", and "Fertility". Milky Way is tight, funky, and plenty groovy – a set that has Chocolate Milk sounding a lot smoother than at their start, but still pretty darn great overall! Allan Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn are still around to help the group on production, but the sound is more LA than New Orleans – a well-crafted set of grooves that almost seems to have the group's Crescent City roots shaking hands with the sunnier sound of California soul in the late 70s. That latter aspect adds in some nice jazzy touches – ala Fantasy Records – and almost gives the record a Wayne Henderson-styled groove at points, especially on some of the mellow steppers and midtempo numbers. Titles include "Milky Way", "You're The One", "Hurry Down Sunset", "Groove City", "Say Won'tcha", and "Paradise". CD

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New ParliamentChocolate City (Remastered & Expanded) ... CD
Casablanca/Mercury, 1975. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
An amazing album that's probably one of the most unified albums that George Clinton ever recorded! The band's rawer style has been firmed up and economized – but a lot of the best elements are still in place, including a strange approach to vocals that has male and female voices interacting and counterbalancing in a similar style to that heard on some of Roy Ayers' best work from the early 70s. Clinton's begun introducing a lot of elements of Funkadelic into the group – but the tracks are still short and very tight, with a focussed approach to both funk and lyrics that really makes the album stand up to repeated listenings over the years. The album begins with the sublime "Chocolate City", a surprisingly political number that has these incredible jagged piano lines that echo away madly – then it rolls into other great numbers like "Side Effects", "What Comes Funky", "If It Don't Fit, Don't Force It", and "I Misjudged You". CD includes 3 bonus tracks – "If It Don't Fit Don't Force It (alternate)", "I Misjudged You (alternate)", and "Common Law Wife (previously unreleased)". CD

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New Big Daddy KaneOoh, Aah, Nah-Nah-Nah (master mix, inst)/Raw '91/It's Hard Being The Kane (rmx radio, album)/Taste Of Chocolate (rmx) ... 12-inch
Cold Chillin, 1990/1991. Used (pic cover).... Out Of Stock
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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New Chocolate/ChappottinEstrellas De Chocolate – Guaguanco A Todos Los Barrios ... CD
Antilla, Mid 60s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Tight trumpet and lively rhythms – an overlooked killer from the legendary Chocolate! The set's got a nice mix of roots and 60s New York modes – a bit of a sparkle on the trumpets, but plenty of rough edges on the rhythms – all sewn together by soulful vocals from Filberto, Lahera, and Balmaseda! The brass never gets in the way of the vocals at all – and often, the three singers intertwine nicely – almost harmonizing as they glide along with the grooves – on a set of tunes that includes "Fania", "Que Piensas", "Los Caminantes", "El Kikikiriki", "Mi Fanfarron", and "Macho Cimarron". CD

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New Hot ChocolateGoing Through The Motions/Don't Turn It Off ... 12-inch
Infinity, 1979. Used .... Out Of Stock
12-inch, Vinyl record

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New Hot ChocolateMystery ... LP
EMI, 1982. Used .... Out Of Stock
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(Cover has a cutout hole and a large name in marker.)
 
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CameoCardiac Arrest/We All Know Who We Are ... CD
Chocolate City/Superbird (UK), 1975/1978. New Copy .... $13.99
Great Mid 70s records from Cameo – Cardiac Arrest from 1975 and We All Know Who We Re from 1977 – together in a single set! Cardiac Arrest is excellent early work from the group. It's got a really sublime approach – tightly funking, but not too fast, in the mode of some of their weaker 80s material. The band have that tightly snapped groove firmly in place – as you'd already know if you've heard the album's classic sample cuts, "Rigor Mortis" and "Post Mortem". Other tracks include "Funk, Funk", "Find My Way", and "Good Times" – and the record's one of the best of the bunch from this period! We All Know Who We Are is of the most overlooked Cameo albums – and one we go back to more than the rest! Unlike some of the group's other funk-heavy outings, this one's nicely restrained, with a sophisticated ensemble soul style that reminds us of the best mid 70s work by Earth Wind & Fire. A real highlight is the smooth stepping title cut – "We All Know Who We Are" – a wonderfully catchy number that's also got a really righteous message, and kind of a "Damn Right I Am Somebody" intro, with the band rapping to each other before the song starts. Other tracks include "It's Serious", "Inflation", and "Stand Up". CD

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CameoFind My Way (one sided single) ... 12-inch
Chocolate City, 1975. Very Good+ .... $4.99
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DiverseExplosive (Caural rmx, orig)/Ain't Right (DJ Mitsu the beats rmx & rmx inst, orig)/RJ's Cuts ... 12-inch
Chocolate Industries, 2003. Very Good (pic cover).... $6.99
"Explosive" is right! The A-side here is a furiously cut and scratched pounder, courtesy of RJD2, with a great guest vocal spot by Lyrics Born. We're really starting to warm up to RJD2 in a big way around here; some of the ubiquitous DJ's work of the past couple of years kind of rubbed us as just a little too hip and cold, but more recent work (particularly on the Soul Position and Diverse full lengths) is steeped in some of the most seriously catchy and skillful turntable wizardry around. If anyone were to ask for our top 5 hip hop singles of '03, be they indie, major or galactic, "Explosive" would certainly be on there. Madlib touches the flip side "Ain't Right" with his trademark jazzy-mellow sound washes, and a fast, post-drum & bass beat clip. Pure greatness, on both sides! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Japanese exclusive pressing! Cover has a partially unglued top seam. Label has some marker.)

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DiverseOne AM ... CD
Chocolate Industries, 2003. Used .... $2.99
Here's a superb full length debut from Chicago's Diverse – with production by Prefuse 73, RJD2, Madlib and others – plus appearances by Lyrics Born, Vast Aire of Cannibal Ox, Jean Grae, and Chicago jazz mainstays Jeff Parker and Rob Mazurek. You kinda know what to expect when you have names as renowned as those above on the boards – and the whole thing pounds as consistently as any hip hop longplayer we heard in '03. Diverse's flow is as strong and busy as veterans like Kweli and the best Quannum cats – and the fact that this is only his first album is pretty phenomenal. This is easily one of the strongest underground hip hop debuts we've heard in recent years – one that gets us rolling waaaaaay more than a lot of the more hyped and celebrated product in the more innovative annals underground. Not that Diverse is lacking praise in most hipsterati circles, but the fact that we're digging this one as proudly as the college radio kids either means hell hath frozen over – or there's a little something here for just about any serious, conscientious hip hop fan! Includes "Certified", "Uprock", "Big Game" featuring Vast Aire, "Ain't Right", "Blindman", "Explosive" with Lyrics Born, "Under The Hammer" with Jean Grae, "Leaving" and more. CD

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GastonGaston ... CD
Chocolate Cholly's, 1982. Used .... $9.99
A mix of post disco soul sophistication and laidback funky numbers from Gaston – a welcome approach from the early 80s era – a time when too many contemporary soul acts moved towards a more overly polished vibe! Gaston's self-titled LP is just polished enough – with a bright sound, lead and call-and-response harmony vocals, bouncy bass lines, soulful keys and sweet synths. Fun party soul jams and a couple of tasteful ballads, too! Titles include "Mind Sticker", "You Don't Love Me", "Broken Record", "You Turn Me On", "Benny Hill", "Here A Funk, There A Funk, Everywhere A Funk Funk", "Love Is Gonna Getcha" and "We Come To Take Control". CD
(Out of print.)

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NuwambaAbove The Water ... CD
Chocolate Soul, 2005. Used .... $8.99
Sweet Chocolate Soul from Nuwamba – a long-awaited album from the Texas scene, and a set that's extremely well put together! Nuwamba's got a vibe that's laidback, but also incredibly tight – a perfect balance of mellow and soulful, all hung together with a strength that takes us back to the first time we heard D'Angelo! But Nuwamba's also a lot more restrained than D – never trying too hard to put over a tune, and instead just letting his voice slide along with the keys and rich arrangements that grace the set. A great album that grabbed us from the very first note – and featuring titles that include "Tease", "Forever", "When Words Are Spoken", "Heaven", "Caught Up", and "Put It Down". CD

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Seventh WonderI Enjoy Ya (mono, stereo) ... 7-inch
Chocolate City, 1980. Very Good .... $1.99
7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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StarpointAll Night Long ... LP
Chocolate City, 1982. Near Mint- .... $14.99
Starpoint's getting a bit loose and free with their fashions on the cover of this one – but the grooves themselves are tighter than ever! If anything, Starpoint seems to be a lot more confident than before – working in a mode that's completely free from late 70s trends, but which also doesn't fall into the traps of others of their generation – a sound that's electric and funky, yet also plenty darn soulful too. Renee Diggs' vocals are completely great on the album – bringing in a depth that's really appreciated, and giving the group a much more well-rounded sound than so many other all male ensemble funk acts of the time. Ballads and mellower numbers are every bit as great as the groovers too – and titles include "All Night Long", "Get Your Body Up", "Bring Your Sweet Lovin Back", "Show Me", "I Can Give You Love", and "It's You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker on both sides, some light staining, some notes in pen, and a promo stamp. Labels have some pen.)

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StarpointDo What You Wanna Do (double a-side single) ... 12-inch
Chocolate City, 1981. Near Mint- .... $7.99
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(Promo. Label has an ink stamp and some marker.)

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StarpointI Want You Closer (double a-side promo) ... 12-inch
Chocolate City, 1981. Very Good .... $6.99
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(Labels have some marker, some pen, and an ink stamp.)

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New CameoUgly Ego ... LP
Chocolate City, 1978. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums ever from Cameo – the group's third release! The album's got a great approach that hints at more sophisticated soul styles, but which is still firmly in charge of the bass-driven grooves that made their early albums so great – a compressed approach to the music that was copied by countless other groups at the time, but rarely came off this well! The whole thing's great – filled with excellent cuts that include "I'll Be With You", "Give Love a Chance", "Ugly Ego", "Two of Us", "Friend to Me", "Insane", and "I Want You". Super-dope – with loads of great jams! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear, and a promo stamp.)

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New Via TaniaLightning & Thunder/Drift Away (Prefuse 73 rmx, inst)/Temptation ... 12-inch
Chocolate Industries, 2002. Used (pic cover).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Effervescent psych-folk electronic atmosphere from chanteusse Via Tania! "Lightning & Thunder" produced by Chicago production wiz Casey Rice and Scott "Prefuse" Herron. "Drift Away" is a Prefuse 73 remix. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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New Gary DavisProfessor Is Here/Pop ... 7-inch
Chocolate Star/Kay Dee, 2013. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A killer break cut from Gary Davis – easily one of his funkiest nuggets ever, and a tune that really sticks hard with the drums right at the start! Once things get rolling, some of those sweet moogy touches you'd expect come into the mix – giving the whole thing a P&P vibe – but the beginning of the cut has this wonderful South Bronx old school groove, mixed perfectly by Kenny Dope! "Pop" has drums that are more electronic, then mixed with these really cool moogy bits – making for a wicked stripped-down electro funk instrumental! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Vernon BurchNever Can Find A Way (Hot Love)/Dr Do It Good ... 12-inch
Chocolate City, 1979. Used .... Out Of Stock
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(Promo in a Casablanca sleeve.)

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New CameoKnights Of The Sound Table ... CD
Chocolate City/Soul Brother (UK), 1981. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Massively funk work from Cameo – a set that's right in the middle of their classic early run – and still quite strong on the bass-heavy grooves the group helped inspire in countless legions of imitators! The tightness of the set is incredible – moving at a pace that's simply mindblowing, especially in a pre-sampling, pre-programming world – proof that spontaneous work by a group like this could still blow away any commercial crap! There's a few mellower moments too – always a side of the group that we love – and titles include "Use It Or Lose It", "Freaky Dancin", "I Like It", "Knights By Nights", "I'll Always Stay", "The Sound Table", and "Don't Be So Cool". CD

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New Smoke (aka Black Smoke)Smoke ... LP
Chocolate City, 1976. Used .... Out Of Stock
This group were one of a number to use the name Smoke during the 70s – but at some point they were forced to change their name to Black Smoke, and you'll see the record listed both ways, but with the same cover. The band's a mixed ensemble of funk players – and they've got a sound that begins with a bass-heavy Average White Band groove, but moves into some more sophisticated playing with plenty of jazz funk touches. No surprise that the album's produced by Wayne Henderson, who handled some of the best jazz funk of the 70s – and in a way, the group probably sounds more like Pleasure (who Henderson also produced) than anyone else. The album features the extremely catchy soul tune "What Goes Around Comes Around", which has sweet ensemble vocals riffing along in a jazzy groove – plus the tracks "Screamin", "There It Is", "Freedom Of The Mind", and "Turn This Thing Around". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Cannonball AdderleyBlack Messiah ... LP
Capitol, Early 70s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold .... $29.99
One of Cannonball's best, and wildest, from the Capitol/David Axelrod years. The set was recorded live at The Troubadour in LA, and the music's a wild mix of funk, jazz, and noise, with Cannonball on alto, Nat on cornet, George Duke on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Airto on percussion. Roy McCurdy's on the drum kit, with a nice hard break sound, and David Axelrod did an excellent job producing the set with a good hard funk feel. Tracks include "Zanek", "Eye Of The Cosmos", "The Scene", "The Chocolate Nuisance", "The Steam Drill", and more. 2LPs strong! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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India ArieTestimony Vol 2 – Love & Politics ... LP
Soulbird/Universal, 2009. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue).... $24.99 29.98
Chapter two, and an even deeper set than India Arie's first Testimony album – a record that shows a lot of growth in India's music, and a style that's even more mature and righteous than before! Arie's acoustic guitar is a key part of the instrumentation, and the album features a fair bit of mellower tracks too – so that there's a sense of intimacy in the music that's really great – the perfect setting for India's positive thinking and spiritual growth, which is documented somewhat in her copious notes inside the album's booklet! Most tunes have a warm glow, but one that's never smooth or commercial – and guests on the album include Musiq Soulchild, Gramps Morgan, Dobet Gnahore, and Terrell Carter. Titles include "Long Goodbye", "Chocolate High", "Ghetto", "Therapy", "River Rise", "Pearls", "Better Way", "Yellow", and "He Heals Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe CainLatin Explosion (aka Latin Au Go Go) ... LP
Time, 1962. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by the great Joe Cain – a wonderful Latin arranger with a really mad ear for a groove! Cain's approach is often quite choppy in the rhythms – short, hard, and very very sharp – then topped with sweeter, jazzier lines – played on this set by Clark Terry on trumpet, Jerome Richardson on tenor and flute, and Frank Anderson on piano and some especially nice organ lines! Percussion is super-heavy throughout – played by Jose Mangual, Chocolate, and Marcelino Valdes with a vibe that's just right for the rhythms – and additional support is from Cachao on bass and Herbie Lovelle on drums. The grooves are incredible – quite different than anything else on Mainstream Records at the time, and even different than most of the New York scene – and titles include the amazing "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mambo (parts 1 & 2) (also known elsewhere as "Mambo Au Go Go") – a cut that sounds like some sort of crazy avant garde percussion banging, all made to keep in time to a mambo beat, with jazzy organ solos over the top. Other titles include "Mongo Mongo Baby", "Papa Bajo", "Que Paso", "Tanga Pa Katanga", and "Chunga A Go Go". LP, Vinyl record album

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ChihuahuaLatin Session (includes download) ... LP
Fonseca/Andale, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue).... $14.99
Cuba descara – played American style! The set's a killer bit of Latin jazz from the New York scene of the 60s – a really brilliant effort headed up by Osvaldo Chihuahua Martinez – who plays both timbale and guiro – in a crack lineup that also features Chocolate Armenteros on trumpet, Chombo Silva on tenor sax, Manfredo Lee on guiro, and Dick Meldonial on flute – all players that get plenty of space to show off their talents here – especially on the solo moments, which really take off from the straighter vocal passages. Percussion is tremendous too – thanks to congas from Enrique Navarro – and titles include "Oye Lo Pollo", "Chihuahua En Timbales", "Cosquilla", "El Cavallo", "Cuban Night", and "Coco De Agua". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy vinyl – with bonus download too!)

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Coleman HawkinsClassic Coleman Hawkins Sessions 1922 to 1947 (8CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, 1920s/1930s/1940s. New Copy 8 CDs .... $135.99 136.99
An amazing set throughout – not just for the musical growth of Coleman Hawkins, but also for the development of the tenor sax in jazz, too! These sides could very well be said to be THE seminal recordings for tenor – the records that helped transform the instrument from a bit of a trick noisemaker into one of the most dominant voices in jazz during the 20th century – the beginning of a rich legacy that went onto encompass Lester Young, Stan Getz, John Coltrane, and so many others! The package captures Coleman Hawkins right at the start of his career – with vital early 78rpm recordings that move from trad to swing to some of the modern combo sounds that Hawkins would blow in the postwar years. And the range of settings is amazing, too – not a loose collection or mish-mash of material, but a really thoughtful progression that has Hawkins working with Mamie Smith, Fletcher Henderson, Clarence Williams, The Chocolate Dandies, and McKinney's Cotton Pickers in the early years – then moving up to work as a leader on his own – as well as material with Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman, Benny Carter, and Count Basie. Most of the later material is for small labels – like Baronet, Cont, Meritt, Neatwork, and others – and the early sides are for Okeh, Columbia, Vocalion, Brunswick, and other smaller imprints. Features 190 tracks in all, and very copious notes, too – an amazing package from Mosaic! CD

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Isaac Hayes & Dionne WarwickMan & A Woman ... CD
ABC/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy .... $13.99
A wonderful duet set from Ike Hayes and Dionne Warwick – one that draws on the classiest side of the Hayes spectrum, and uses his groove to help Dionne find some great new energy! Even in performance, the music has that great rich quality that Isaac always brought to his solo recordings in the 70s – with strings, backup singers, and some tight undercurrents that help keep things soulful throughout – really cutting through the schmaltz of Ike's shiny tux on the cover! Dionne really sparkles in his company – and the record features duo numbers, solo spots, and even some nice medley tracks. The band behind the pair are electric, mellow, and very soulful – and titles include "Can't Hide Love", "Chocolate Chip", "Then Came You", "Come Live With Me", "Unity", and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "I Say A Little Prayer", done nicely in a medley together. CD

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O'Donel LevyBreeding Of Mind ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1974. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Wonderfully baroque funk from the great O'Donel Levy! The album's got some very cool arrangements by Manny Albam that mix together strings and funk – in a super-dope way that sounds a lot like the work coming out of Cadet during the late 60s – and the rest of the set features Levy playing with a smaller group, one that includes Chester Thompson on drums and Charles Covington on organ. The approach is great on both types of sets – complicatedly funky, in a way that's held up incredibly well over the years – and which warrants greater discovery of Levy's work from the time. The album's got covers of "We've Only Just Begun", "Let's Stay Together" and "It's Too Late" – plus some groovy originals like "Cherries", "The Chocolate Horse", "Ideal", and "Breeding of Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Breeding Of Mind ... LP 29.99

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O'Donel LevyBreeding Of Mind ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1974. Near Mint- .... $29.99
Wonderfully baroque funk from the great O'Donel Levy! The album's got some very cool arrangements by Manny Albam that mix together strings and funk – in a super-dope way that sounds a lot like the work coming out of Cadet during the late 60s – and the rest of the set features Levy playing with a smaller group, one that includes Chester Thompson on drums and Charles Covington on organ. The approach is great on both types of sets – complicatedly funky, in a way that's held up incredibly well over the years – and which warrants greater discovery of Levy's work from the time. The album's got covers of "We've Only Just Begun", "Let's Stay Together" and "It's Too Late" – plus some groovy originals like "Cherries", "The Chocolate Horse", "Ideal", and "Breeding of Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Breeding Of Mind ... LP 9.99

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MachitoLive At North Sea '82 ... LP
Timeless, 1982. Near Mint- .... $13.99
Quite late in his career for Machito – but a great set nonetheless, with some hard-hitting Latin jazz arrangements that are some of his best work in years! Tracks are long and very jamming – performed live by a big band with Chocolate Armenteros on trumpet, and lots of nice long and jazzy soloing bits. Titles include "Tibiri Tabara", "Oye La Rumba", "Buenas Noches Che Che", and "Mambo Inn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Georgia Anne MuldrowKings Ballad ... CD
Ubiquity, 2010. New Copy .... $5.99 16.98
The best yet from underground soul force Georgia Anne Muldrow – an artist who has now put out more exceptional music in a handful of years as both artist and producer than many do in a career these days! Kings Ballad is her full length debut for Ubiquity, a record that's as boundlessly creative as anything she's done to date, but with a cohesive sense of soul that could get her over in the mainstream if the mainstream has its ears open! In some ways the record is a consolidation of her styles – from 70s spiritual soul strains, to trunk-rattling hip hop funk, to cosmic jazzy soundscapes, but the songs are really strong and focused on this record without sacrificing the spacey atmosphere. We keep thinking she's gonna peak, but she keeps on raising the bar! Titles include "Indeed", "Doobie Down", "Simple Advice", "Kings Ballad", "RIP", "Thrones", "Summers Love", "Shang-A-Lang", "The Ohh Wee Show", "Chocolate Reign", "Baby Dee", "Live", "Morena Del Ray" and more. CD

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Joe PappyBoogaloos A La Joe Pappy & His Combo ... CD
Rareza (Colombia), Mid 60s. New Copy .... $13.99
Joe Pappy's best known for his work in an early 60s plena mode – but here, he blends that style with the new groove of the Latin Soul generation – and comes up with some very tasty tracks in the process! The set isn't the same sort of straight boogaloo you might hear from Fania or Tico, but it's got a wonderful vibe that also mixes in some descarga elements too – driven by strong percussion from the bottom up, and topped with some mighty great jazzy solos on the top! The tunes definitely have vocals, but the instrumentation really seems to share center stage – good thing, too – given how strong it comes across on the record. Titles include "Descarga Caliente", "Dance Mi Boogaloo", "Sale Que Dale", "Sansacion Del Boogaloo", "Baila Mi Guajira", "Chocolate", "Boogaloo De La Gente", and "Guaguaco". CD

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Joe ThomasFeelin's From Within ... CD
Groove Merchant/P-Vine (Japan), 1976. New Copy .... $28.99
The Ebony Godfather is grooving here with a set of fuller backings – sweet clubby funk, arranged and conducted by Brad Baker (of B Baker Chocolate Company fame) – all as a showcase for Joe's sweet work on flute and tenor sax! There's a fair bit of keyboards on the tunes – played by Pat Rebillot and Barry Miles – and Steve Gadd's playing the drums on the date, which helps the rhythms keep a bit of an edge, even amidst the larger backing. Some cuts have backing chorus vocals, in a style used on other Thomas albums – and although definitely touched by a bit of disco fever, the album's still got a jazzy element too – like some of the crossover club sessions on the Kudu label from the 70s! Titles include "Funky Fever", "Feelins From Within", "Polarizer", "Coco", "Galaxy Dreamin", and "Venus". CD

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VariousFunky Funky Baton Rouge – Rare & Unreissued Baton Rouge Funk & Soul 1968-1974 ... LP
Funky Delicacies, Late 60s/Mid 70s. New Copy .... $8.99
First New Orleans, then Houston, now Baton Rouge – leave it to the folks at Tuff City to make any southern city funky funky funky! The album actually only features work by 4 artists – but all of them are pretty darn great, the kind of obscure funky acts that first put us in business years back! The groove is hard and heavy – quite a different slice of LA than the New Orleans groove – with lots more hard drums and rumbling bass, and an overall sound that's very much in the east coast indie funk sound of the early 70s. And honestly, this is one of the freshest and strongest compilations that Tuff City ever put out – filled with great tracks that include "Joy & Affection", "Funky Black Man", and "Hogwash" by Earnest Jackson; "I Never Found A Girl" by Underground Express; "That's Henry", "Mississippi Mud", and "Angela" by Black Blood & The Chocolate Pickles; and "Ooh Wee Baby I Love You", "What The Deal Is", and "Groove Making" by George Perkins. LP, Vinyl record album
(Please note that part of this LP is mastered from vinyl copies of the recordings – and there are one or two places where you can tell that this is the case.)

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VariousInstrumental Explosion – Incendiary Funk & R&B Instrumentals 1966-1973 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy .... $14.99
Funky funky funky – way more so than you might think from the hokey title! The set's overflowing with rare instrumentals pulled from the indie label and funky 45 underground of the late 60s and early 70s – very much in the spirit of the Super Funk compilations on BGP, but almost harder-hitting, as the groove's completely without vocals overall – and the range of material is even more obscure than some of the usual BGP/Ace bits! The combos on the set range from rocking R&B combos to early funky jazz outfits – and the recording quality on most of these tracks is nice and rough and ready – with just the right edge to send over these cuts even more! Titles include "More Soul" by Ron Buford, "Ninety Eight Cents Plus Tax" by Detroit City Limits, "Chocolate Cherry" by Joe Tex Band, "Humpin" by Frank Armstrong & The Stingers, "Stokin" by Leon Ferguson & The Groove Tones, "Thing" by Lowell Fulsom, "Sundance (part 1)" by Lorenzo Holden, "Put Your Weight On It (part 1)" by Fillmore Street Soul Rebellion, "Roly Poly Mickey Lolich" by The Fans, and "Bad On Bad" by Chet Ivey & His Fabulous Avengers. CD

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VariousLocal Customs – Pressed At Boddie ... CD
Boddie/Numero, 1960s/1970s. New Copy .... $15.99
Numero does it again – unleashing an amazing batch of work for the first time ever – all packaged in a very limited Record Store Day set! The collection features material that was pressed up at the tiny Boddie pressing plant in Cleveland – a wonderful range of local artists from the late 60s through the mid 80s – all served up with the usual Numero flair! The set's a rich discovery of sounds we'd never have heard otherwise – and although it's slanted heavily towards rare funk and soul, there's also some compelling indie rock sides too – especially some homegrown, dark-toned sounds from the 80s – clearly influenced by the styles in the UK underground. The set features 17 tracks in all – including "Don't Stop Smiling" by Jus Us, "Just A Dream" by Imperial Wonders, "Love Is On The Way" by Bill Spoon, "Let Me Go" by The Harmonics, "I'm Gonna Treat You Good" by The Donations, "Good For The Gander" by Hot Chocolate, "Woman You're Gonna Pay For This" by Wicked Lester, "The Voyage Of The Nautilus" by Russell Potter, and "Snakepit" by Berlin West. CD
(Limited to 1000 copies.)

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New VariousMessin With Sly – Imitations, Interpolations, & The Inspiration Of Sly Stone ... CD
Le Smoke Disque, Late 60s/1970s. Used .... $5.99
Wickedly funky reworks of classics by Sly & The Family Stone – most of which are harder-hitting than the famous original versions! The package is a great assemblage of lesser-known cover versions – many of which are done in rough-edged, deep funk modes – not just by American groups, but from artists around the globe – showing the far far reach of Sly's music, even in the early days! The language is sometimes changed in the lyrics, but the grooves are totally universal – the chopped-up funk that Sly Stone and the Family cooked up in the SF scene of the late 60s – served up here in a wide variety of groovy new versions. Titles include "Sing A Simple Song" by Tomorrow's Children, "Thank You (extended album version)" by Kashmere Stage Band, "Stand" by He 6, "Thank You" by Blue Star Gang, "Everyday People" by Sacramento Senior High School 1970, "Family Affair" by Jimmy Stone, "Remember Who You Are" by Breakestra, "Are You Ready" by LA Carnival, "Loose Booty" by Horizons High School Band, "Sing A Simple Song' by Donald Seward, "Messin With Sly" by Hot Chocolate, and "I Want To Take You Higher" by Gougoush. CD

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VariousSoul Chasers – Volume 2 ... LP
Expansion (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. Near Mint- 2LP .... $11.99
One of our favorite series ever of modern soul material – done back in the 90s, when nobody else was willing to dig for tracks these smooth and groovy! There's a great blend of material here – from mellow soul to jazzy funk, with a few bits of early 80s club as well – in a way, the collection's a great illustration of the way that soul like this was kept alive in British soul crowds, even at a time when other folks around the world weren't rating it as strongly! Titles include "Love Love Love" by Donny Hathaway, "I Can't Forget About You" by Ronn Matlock, "Say You Will" by Osamu Kitajima, "I Can't Tell You" by New Horizon, "Fragile Handle With Care" by Sam Dees, "Ripe For The Pickin" by The Trumains, "Come Into My Life Again" by Ndugu & The Chocolate Jam Co, "Good Times" by Rosie Gaines, "Keep On Doin" by Glenn Jones, "I'm Not Ready" by Ujima, and "Overdose Of Joy" by Eugene Record. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSoul Train ... LP
Avco, 1970s. Near Mint- .... $5.99
Kind of an odd collection of tracks from on Avco, but with a few winners nonetheless. 10 tracks in all, including "Betcha By Golly, Wow" and "You Are Everything" by the Stylistics, "I Can't Help Myself" and "Ooo Baby, Baby" by Donnie Elbert, "Hey Ruby" by Ruby & The Party Gang, "Maybe" by the Three Degrees, "Day By Day" by the Continental Four, "What's The Matter Baby" by LJ Reynolds & Chocolate Syrup and "Soul Train" and "Theme From Shaft" by the Kimico Band. LP, Vinyl record album

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Cannonball AdderleyBlack Messiah ... CD
Early 70s. New Copy .... Around April 29, 2014
One of Cannonball's best, and wildest, from the Capitol/David Axelrod years. The set was recorded live at The Troubadour in LA, and the music's a wild mix of funk, jazz, and noise, with Cannonball on alto, Nat on cornet, George Duke on piano, Walter Booker on bass, and Airto on percussion. Roy McCurdy's on the drum kit, with a nice hard break sound, and David Axelrod did an excellent job producing the set with a good hard funk feel. Tracks include "Zanek", "Eye Of The Cosmos", "The Scene", "The Chocolate Nuisance", "The Steam Drill", and more. 2LPs strong! CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Also available Black Messiah ... LP 29.99

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Rabih Abou-KhalilSongs For Sad Women ... CD
Enja (Germany), 2007. New Copy .... Just Sold Out!
Oud with a touch of jazz – a record that almost takes us back to the early experiments of Ahmed Abdul Malik, but which has a bit more world music feel overall! Rabih Abou Kahlil plays oud throughout – and he's joined by snakey woodwind instruments duduk and serpent – supported by some warm-toned, organic percussion on frame drums and conventional drum kit. The album's got some thoughtful production that creates a great mellowing of tones – using the earthiness of the drums to bubble up alongside the oud, making a sonic play space that ties all instruments together nicely. As on Abou-Kahlil's other work for Enja, there's a definite sense of jazz that informs the music – even if the results aren't as "jazz meets world" as other albums of this nature. Titles include "Mourir Pour Ton Decollete", "How Can We Dance If I Cannot Waltz", "The Sad Women Of Qana", "Le Train Bleu", "A Chocolate Love Affair", and "Para O Teu Bumbum". CD

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Mavis Staples/Curtis MayfieldPiece Of The Action ... LP
Curtom, 1977. Near Mint- .... Just Sold Out!
One of the last great 70s soundtracks on Curtom Records – a smoking little set that pairs the music of Curtis Mayfield with the vocals of Mavis Staples! Curtis is very much in charge of the record from the start, and works in a hard-stepping and righteous mode that recalls his earlier work on the Staples' soundtrack for Let's Do It Again – no surprise, given that Piece Of The Action was the next installment in the successful series of films that starred Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier! The sound here is nicely full, hitting that rich mid 70s Curtom mode that sounded so great on Leroy Hutson and Natural Four albums of the time – a slightly more sophisticated approach that mixed in a bit of strings with the heavier funk at the bottom. Titles include "Chocolate City", written by Curtis with Keni Burke and Henry Gibson, plus "Getting Deeper", "A Piece Of The Action", "Orientation", and "Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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VariousDisco Years Vol 7 – Best Disco In Town ... CD
Rhino, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used .... Just Sold Out!
Features Chic, Hot Chocolate, Kool & The Gang & others. CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp inside booklet.)

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New Bionic BoogieBionic Boogie ... LP
Polydor, 1977. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first album by Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie group – and a cooker of a set that follows strongly from Gregg's previous Hot Butterfly gem! Luther Vandross isn't on board this time around, but the overall groove is still totally great – upbeat, soaring, and put together with a jazzy undercurrent that really keeps things interesting – far more so than most other mainstream disco sets of the time! Brad Baker – of B Baker Chocolate Company – handled the arrangements – and the grooves spin out nicely from Diamond's keyboards, and a tight mix of strings and jazzy horns. Vocals are from the soulful trio of Gwen Guthrie, Ullanda McCullough, and Zachary Sanders – and titles include "Dance Little Dreamer", "Risky Changes", "Boogie Boo", "We Must Believe In Music", "Feel Like Dancing", and "Don't Lose The Number". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some seepage.)

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New Joe CainLatin Explosion (aka Latin Au Go Go) ... LP
Time, 1962. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by the great Joe Cain – a wonderful Latin arranger with a really mad ear for a groove! Cain's approach is often quite choppy in the rhythms – short, hard, and very very sharp – then topped with sweeter, jazzier lines – played on this set by Clark Terry on trumpet, Jerome Richardson on tenor and flute, and Frank Anderson on piano and some especially nice organ lines! Percussion is super-heavy throughout – played by Jose Mangual, Chocolate, and Marcelino Valdes with a vibe that's just right for the rhythms – and additional support is from Cachao on bass and Herbie Lovelle on drums. The grooves are incredible – quite different than anything else on Mainstream Records at the time, and even different than most of the New York scene – and titles include the amazing "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mambo (parts 1 & 2) (also known elsewhere as "Mambo Au Go Go") – a cut that sounds like some sort of crazy avant garde percussion banging, all made to keep in time to a mambo beat, with jazzy organ solos over the top. Other titles include "Mongo Mongo Baby", "Papa Bajo", "Que Paso", "Tanga Pa Katanga", and "Chunga A Go Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear.)
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New Joe CainLatin Explosion (aka Latin Au Go Go) ... LP
Time, 1962. Used (reissue).... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by the great Joe Cain – a wonderful Latin arranger with a really mad ear for a groove! Cain's approach is often quite choppy in the rhythms – short, hard, and very very sharp – then topped with sweeter, jazzier lines – played on this set by Clark Terry on trumpet, Jerome Richardson on tenor and flute, and Frank Anderson on piano and some especially nice organ lines! Percussion is super-heavy throughout – played by Jose Mangual, Chocolate, and Marcelino Valdes with a vibe that's just right for the rhythms – and additional support is from Cachao on bass and Herbie Lovelle on drums. The grooves are incredible – quite different than anything else on Mainstream Records at the time, and even different than most of the New York scene – and titles include the amazing "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mambo (parts 1 & 2) (also known elsewhere as "Mambo Au Go Go") – a cut that sounds like some sort of crazy avant garde percussion banging, all made to keep in time to a mambo beat, with jazzy organ solos over the top. Other titles include "Mongo Mongo Baby", "Papa Bajo", "Que Paso", "Tanga Pa Katanga", and "Chunga A Go Go". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Bobby CaldwellCarry On ... LP
Polydor, 1981. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A big standout set for vocalist Bobby Caldwell – a record that has him moving to Polydor and working in a style that's even tighter and more sophisticated than before! In a way, the record's still very much in the 70s AOR mode that made Caldwell's first few records so great – but Bobby's also trying to stretch out a bit more here with some of his phrasings, and almost seems to be reaching towards the solo sound of Donald Fagan. As always, there's plenty of catchy little gems tucked beneath the covers of the record – and help from George "Chocolate" Perry helps keep the soulful side of Bobby's work intact. Titles include "Catwalk", "Words", "Sunny Hills", "All Of My Love", and "You Belong to Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Dusty Groove CoffeeBossa Breakfast – 12oz bag (whole bean) ... Misc
Intelligentsia Coffee/Dusty Groove Gear, 2013. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ever wonder how we get so much work done, so early in the day – pulling your orders with such efficiency as soon as they arrive? Then start your day with this morning favorite of the Dusty Groove crew – a real eye-opener that features hints of roasted pecan and chocolate, served up with just a bit of bite! We can promise you'll spend the morning with a bounce in your step – and a pleasant breezy feeling that will keep you going way past lunch. Bourbon, Caturra, Typica grown at 1,250 to 2,000 meters. Region: Mexico, Nicaragua. Direct Trade Organic. Certified Organic. Misc

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New Isaac Hayes & Dionne WarwickMan & A Woman ... LP
ABC, 1977. Used 2LP Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful duet set from Ike Hayes and Dionne Warwick – one that draws on the classiest side of the Hayes spectrum, and uses his groove to help Dionne find some great new energy! Even in performance, the music has that great rich quality that Isaac always brought to his solo recordings in the 70s – with strings, backup singers, and some tight undercurrents that help keep things soulful throughout – really cutting through the schmaltz of Ike's shiny tux on the cover! Dionne really sparkles in his company – and the record features duo numbers, solo spots, and even some nice medley tracks. The band behind the pair are electric, mellow, and very soulful – and titles include "Can't Hide Love", "Chocolate Chip", "Then Came You", "Come Live With Me", "Unity", and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "I Say A Little Prayer", done nicely in a medley together. LP, Vinyl record album
(In a die-cut gatefold sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp and tape on the spine.)

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New LiminanasLiminanas (plus download) ... LP
Trouble In Mind, 2010. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the coolest, sexiest, most straight up irresistible French rock & roll albums we've heard in years – a great self-titled gem from Liminanas on Chicago's Trouble In Mind label! Drums, bass, woozy organ and percussion are at the core of the sound – with a raw, neo-classic garage psyche vibe, but it's the sultry, somewhat pulpy mood that sets them apart from the pack. Marie Liminana brings the spare, perfectly effective drums & percussion, while Lionel Liminana does all kinds of groovy stuff – guitar, bass, sitar, melodica, piano, organ and percussion – with special guests sharing vocal duties on alternate tracks. The Liminanas don't hammer away like underground garage kids around the world, they're more into setting a mood, but that doesn't compromise the raw and exhilarating edge. Titles include "The Darkside", "Je Ne Suis Pa Tre Drogue", "Chocolate In My Milk", "Mountain", "Berceuse Pour Clive", "Tears", "Tigre Du Bengale", "Got Nothin To Say" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for album download.)

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New Nicole Mitchell's Sonic ProjectionsEmerald Hills ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2010. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the sharpest sessions we've heard from Nicole Mitchell in years – a record that still holds onto the spiritual depth she's developed strongly over the past decade, yet one that also returns to some of the bolder avant modes of her roots! The group here is nice and lean – Mitchell on flutes, alongside David Boykin on tenor, Craig Taborn on piano, and Chad Taylor on drums and percussion – a Chicago group recorded in a comfortable local setting, one that really allows them to stretch out and hit new heights! It's great to hear Mitchell hitting so many voices with her instrument – and there's a broad range of tones and moods that really reminds us of the early AACM tradition. Titles include "Surface Of Syrius", "Visitations", "Ritual & Rebellion", "Chocolate Chips", "Wild Life", "Wishes", and "Affirmations". CD

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New VariousInstrumental Explosion – Incendiary Funk & R&B Instrumentals 1966-1973 ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky funky funky – way more so than you might think from the hokey title! The set's overflowing with rare instrumentals pulled from the indie label and funky 45 underground of the late 60s and early 70s – very much in the spirit of the Super Funk compilations on BGP, but almost harder-hitting, as the groove's completely without vocals overall – and the range of material is even more obscure than some of the usual BGP/Ace bits! The combos on the set range from rocking R&B combos to early funky jazz outfits – and the recording quality on most of these tracks is nice and rough and ready – with just the right edge to send over these cuts even more! Titles include "More Soul" by Ron Buford, "Ninety Eight Cents Plus Tax" by Detroit City Limits, "Chocolate Cherry" by Joe Tex Band, "Humpin" by Frank Armstrong & The Stingers, "Stokin" by Leon Ferguson & The Groove Tones, "Thing" by Lowell Fulsom, "Sundance (part 1)" by Lorenzo Holden, "Put Your Weight On It (part 1)" by Fillmore Street Soul Rebellion, "Roly Poly Mickey Lolich" by The Fans, and "Bad On Bad" by Chet Ivey & His Fabulous Avengers. LP, Vinyl record album
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New VariousSoul Brother Selection – The Finest Soul, Jazz & Funk From Soul Brother Records ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), 1970s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The best of the best – a selection of titles from recent reissues and compilations on the Soul Brother Records label, one of England's best funky imprints of the past few years! Soul Brother run a hip shop in south London, and they've been working with the folks at Expansion Records to craft some killer reissues and compilations. This set offers tracks from some of the best of those releases, and serves as a great overview to their wide range of excellent titles. 15 tracks in all – including "Windy C" by 100% Pure Poison, "Muriley" by Charles Earland, "Caveman Boogie" by Lesette Wilson, "Sweet Power Your Embrace" by James Mason, "What You Want To Do" by Hot Chocolate, "Without You In My Life" by Marlena Shaw, "Talkin About Love" by FBI, "What's Wrong With You" by N'Dambi, "Little Sunflower" by Leon Thomas, "Since You Said You'd Be Mine" by Lou Ragland, and "Get Loose" by Aleem with Leroy Burgess. CD
(Out of print.)

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New Mickey & The Soul GenerationMickey & The Soul Generations (3LP set) ... LP
Cali Tex, Early 70s. New Copy 3 LP Gatefold (reissue).... Out Of Stock
Was funk ever this great again? Maybe not – as Mickey & The Soul Generation were one of the greatest groups of their generation – a completely polished gem, in the sometimes rough-edged funky 45 rockpile! The band never cut a full album, but their 7" singles from the early 70s are the stuff of legend – some of the first funky 45s that started passing amongst collectors, prized for their incredibly tight sound – right up there with the JBs, Meters, and other established funky acts for pure "in the pocket" action. Most of that rare early work's never been reissued – save for the occasional dodgy boot – which is why it's even more wonderful to have this double-length set of work by the group, complete with a fuller track listing than we'd ever imagined they recorded, and full notes on the music and band by Josh Davis, aka DJ Shadow! This insane 3LP set is bigger than any previous collection on the group – and has updated notes from Davis, plus a lot more tracks – including a previously unreleased LP, demo material, and live tracks too! Tracks include "Iron Leg", "Football", "Up The Stairs & Around The Bend", "Give Everybody Some", "Joint Session", "Chocolate", "Message From A Black Man", "Soulful Sickness", "UFO", "Hey Brother Man", "Southern Fried Funk", "How Good Is Good", and "We Got To Make A Change". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Mike Sammes SingersMusic For Biscuits – Lost Advertising & Rare Film Sounds By Mike Sammes & The Mike Sammes Singers ... CD
Trunk (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Rare advertising work from the Mike Sammes Singers – easily one of the grooviest British vocal groups of the 60s, and one with a sublime talent for mixing male and female voices into a totally sweet harmony sound! In addition to their own albums and the wealth of studio appearances they made on other artists' records, the group also did a fair bit of advertising work in the 60s – a good deal of which is collected on the set. But far from the usual commercials, the tunes here are little poems to products on their own – perfectly composed, set to jaunty rhythms, and sung with a near-perfect vocal style that almost outdoes the later work of Singers Unlimited! Trunk Records have done their usual top-notch job of putting the whole thing together – serving up not just great music, but also wonderful notes on the sad story of the recordings, and how Jonny Trunk emerged to save the master tapes from the junkmen. 37 tracks in all – including "Ariel", "Timex", "Heineken", "Vespa", "Southern Sound", "Fine Fayre", "Pink Marble Shield", "Chocolate Vienna", "Go Gourmet", "Toast Toppers", "Sunblest", "Yardleys Piolot", "Michelle", "Loxene", "International Harvester", and "Luxol". CD

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New VariousBrokenhearted Dreamer Vol 4 ... CD
Latin Soul Recordings, Late 60s. Used .... Out Of Stock
Fragile soul and harmony dreams – a tremendous entry in this excellent series, and filled with the kind of late nite soul that really sends us! The work here all has a slow-stepping, gently grooving feel – often in modes that resonate strongly with the Impressions touch forged in the mid 60s, but served up here in a variety of different styles on work from around the US. Most tracks are rare singles from the 60s, and the package features 21 tracks that include "Something I Want To Tell You" by Johnny & The Expressions, "You're On My Mind" by Jay Wiggins, "I Cry" by Tammy Montgomery, "I Need You" by Cruisers, "Mr Shy" by Billy McGregor, "Too Young" by Barbara Greene, "Elephant Walk" by Donald Jenkins & The Delighters, "Keep My Baby Cool" by Hot Chocolate, "If You Love Me" by The Informers, "High On A Hill" by Scott English, "Unnecessary Tears" by Fantaisions, and "The Changes We Go Through For Love" by Hartfield Bros. CD
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New Tim Maia, Cassiano, e HyldonVelhos Camaradas Vol. 2 ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 1970s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Great stuff – the second volume in this excellent series that focuses on the 70s work of 3 of Brazil's greatest soul artists! During the 70s, while most of Brazil was focusing on the MPB work of the post-Tropicalia years, Tim Maia, Hyldon, and Cassiano were forging a whole new sound – one that paid respect to the huge influence that American soul and R&B had had on black Brazil, but which also had room for some of the new forms of expression that were coming into Brazilian music at the time. The result is a batch of tracks that shift from mellow soul to spacious uptempo numbers – sharing a lot of the stylistic influences of mid 70s American chart soul, but sounding a lot different in some of the rhythms, and in the style of language used in the lyrics. Titles include "Chocolate", "Nao Quero Dinheiro", "Nao Figue Triste", and "Preciso Ser Amado" by Tim Maia; "Primeira Pessoa Do Singular", "Taxi Pra Bahia", and "Pelas Ruas De Los Angels" by Hyldon; and "Nana Contigo", "Ana", and "Saia Dessa Fossa" by Cassiano. Also includes the duet "I Don't Know What To Do With Myself", between Tim Maia and Hyldon! CD

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New Lonnie SmithFunk Reaction ... CD
LC/P-Vine (Japan), 1977. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A sweet 70s groover from the great Lonnie Smith – a soulful little session that has the keyboardist really stretching out in some great ways! At the time, Smith fares a lot better than some of his late 60s jazz organ contemporaries – as he's got a great lean style, perfect for the decade's increasing use of electric keyboards and larger backings! This set's a great example of that style – as Smith moves way from his 60s soul jazz roots, into the soaring blend of jazz, funk, and soul that you'd also hear on Johnny Hammond albums of the time – almost more soul than jazz, given the presence of vocals on some cuts – but still always with more than enough room for the leader to stretch out and solo. Backings are nice and tight – and handled by Brad Baker (of B Baker Chocolate Company fame) – and tracks include "Funk Reaction", "For The Love Of It", "It's Changed", and "When The Night Is Right". CD

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New Dan HartmanInstant Replay ... LP
Blue Sky, 1978. Used .... Out Of Stock
Definite pop disco material from Dan Hartman – the kind of work that showed that the underground sound of the clubs was now firmly lodged in the mainstream! The tracks are long and the grooves are upbeat – definitely disco, even if the soulful aspect isn't as deep as it might be in some of Dan's contemporaries. Fortunately, Hartman has a nice way with a hook – and has come up with some pretty good ones for the set. And also fortunately, Gene Page handles all arrangements here – giving the album a bit more depth than you might expect – a fact that's echoed by Tom Moulton's mix for the whole set as well. Titles include "Instant Replay", "Countdown/This Is It", "Double O Love", "Chocolate Box", and "Love Is A Natural". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a tracklist sticker, WGN letters on both sides, and a promo stamp.)

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New Undercover Express (Osaka Monaurail)Introducing Undercover Express (aka Amen Brother) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2008. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite funk combos take on a host of gems from the past – all classic soul and funk numbers that really expand the sound of Osaka Monaurail! The group first got their start doing a great riff on the sound of James Brown – but here, they move into Memphis soul, Chicago funk, and more – working their well-honed instrumental talents over a host of killer cuts that explode in fresh new versions! Unlike other records, where Ryo Nakata sings, this time around he's just leading the group and playing keyboards – but that shift is OK with us, as it gives the horns and guitar lots more space to do their thing. Titles include "Cafe Regio's", "Supershine #9", "Chocolate Buttermilk", "Amen Brother", "Get Down", "Get Ready", "Little Old Money Maker", "Message To Love", "Divertissement", and "Hey Jude". CD also features 3 bonus live tracks – "Tighten Up", "Truck Turner", and "Soulful Strut". Note: This is a different package for the album Amen Brother – which was issued under the Osaka Monaurail name. CD
 
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New Johnny HammondGears/Forever Taurus ... CD
BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing stuff! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of Gears, he'd teamed up with the mighty Larry Mizell, the genius arranger/producer who'd breathed new life into the careers of Donald Byrd and Bobbi Humphrey. Mizell works with Hammond in the say we he does with other jazz artists – by taking a groove that works best with their solo style, and slowly layering other instrumentation and effects on top of it, so that when the solo kicks in, it's supported on waves and waves of funky sounds and soulful grooves. Mizell and his brother Fonce both play keyboards on the record, and the rest of the group includes monster fusion players like Harvey Mason, Roger Glenn, Hadley Caliman, and Jerry Peters. The real treat is Johnny, though – as his solos are heavenly, the best of his 70s work, stripped mean and lean, laid in at just the right points. Includes the breakbeat classic "Shifting Gears", the house classic "Los Conquistadores Chocolates", and funky numbers "Fantasy" and "Tell Me What To Do". The second half of this CD is Forever Taurus, which Johnny recorded right after his legendary Gears album, and it features production by Wade Marcus that's very much in the Larry Mizell mode that made Johnny huge in the 70s! As with the Gears record, Johnny's backed by a large ensemble of players – and the overall sound has lots of nice touches, extra percussion, and a good electric groove. Tracks include "Cosmic Voyager", "Walk In Sunshine", "Ghetto Samba", and the title cut. CD

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New Johnny Hammond/QuasimodeLos Conquistadores Chocolates (2 versions) (10" single) ... 12-inch
Expansion (UK), 1975/2013. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing cut – served up here in two different versions! The original version of "Los Conquistadores" is a seminal cut from the legendary Johnny Hammond – a key number off his classic Larry Mizell-produced album Gears – with a vibe that equally ties together jazz, soul, funk, and club – at a level that's gone onto become a huge inspiration for generations of house music artists over the years! Quasimode take on the tune on the flipside – in a smaller group jazz reading, but one that still has amazing keyboards and rhythms – and a soaring groove that really takes off, even without any production from Mizell! 12-inch, Vinyl record
 
 
 



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