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New Big Daddy KaneCause I Can Do It Right (album, inst)/Dance With the Devil (album, inst) ... 12-inch
Cold Chillin, 1990. Near Mint- (pic cover).... $1.99
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(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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New Public Enemy, EU & OthersDo The Right Thing – Soundtrack (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown, 1989. Used .... $6.99
With the amazing "Fight The Power" by Public Enemy. The rest of the album's a real mish mash of other stuff, mostly R&B, including "My Fantasy" by Teddy Riley, "Never Explain Love" by Al Jarreau, "Party Hearty" by EU, "Can't Stand It" by Steel Pulse and "Don't Shoot Me" by Take 6. Includes some bonus 12" mixes, too! CD
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New Bill LeeDo The Right Thing – Original Score ... LP
Columbia, 1989. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful set of ambitious soul jazz tracks – the score to the film Do The Right Thing, written by Spike's dad Bill Lee! The album's a lot more obscure than the one that included all the vocal songs used in the film – and honestly, has always really been eclipsed by that one because of all the hits it contained. But Bill's work for Spike is, as always, totally great – very rich, warm, and filled with an emotional depth that always makes us wonder why more folks never used him for soundtrack work. The music is by a core group that includes Kenny Barron, Terence Blanchard, Donald Harrison, and Branford Marsalis – augmented by strings on a number of tracks, especially at the beginning, where there's kind of a Copeland-esque "break of day" feel. Titles include "How Long", "Magic Eddie Prince Ain't Niggers", "We Love Roll Call Y'all", "Mookie Goes Home", "Tawana", and "Wake Up Finale". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Bobby MarchanThat's The Way That It Goes/You Won't Do Right ... 7-inch
Volt, Mid 60s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
7-inch, Vinyl record
(White label pressing. Label has a bit of pen.)

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New Detroit EmeraldsDo Me Right/You Want It You Got It ... CD
Westbound (UK), 1971/1972. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
2-fer CD compiling the first two Detroit Emeralds LPs recorded for Westbound. Although lesser-known than their other Westbound labelmates, the Detroit Emeralds were an excellent Detroit soul group with a funky sound, and they sold loads of records in local markets where they were getting lots of airplay. These two albums feature a number of their hits, plus other great LP material, and the tracklist includes "Do Me Right", "Lee", "You Want It You Got It", "What You Gonna Do About It", and their groovy "Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms", sampled by De La Soul. This CD also includes a rare bonus radio spot! CD
 
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Ivana SantilliTony ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2008. New Copy .... $7.99
The most deeply soulful set so far from Ivana Santilli! The beats and bottom of the record are a lot heavier than before – and set perfectly to Ivana's well-voiced lyrics, which go far beyond simple soul cliches, and really show a nice push forward in her songwriting abilities over the years. It's hard to believe it's nearly a decade since Santilli's first record – but hearing the mature, focused sound of this set, that passage of time is no surprise! This could well be the record that breaks Santilli biggest with American listeners, and titles include "Been Thru This", "Leave It Alone", "Still Anymore", "All Afternoon", "Always Better", "Hollywood", "Keep It 2 Yourself", and "Depend On U". CD

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Elizabeth ShepherdHeavy Falls The Night (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2010. New Copy .... $8.99
A wonderful third album from Elizabeth Shepherd – possibly her best yet – taking the stripped down, yet adventurous jazzy soul intimacy of the debut and the deeper, dreamier sound of her Parkdale album, and coming up with a lovely, unique and wholly excellent sound on Heavy Falls The Night! There are some heavier moods at play, but, the production and arrangements have a light touch, leaving plenty of space from Elizabeth's lovely voice to pull you in. Shepherd handles most of the production and all of the arrangements, with one track produced by the DJ Mitsu The Beats, his jazzy dancefloor funk groove well suited for the style! Elizabeth sings and plays keys, with Ross Macintyre and Scott Kemp on bass, Roman Tome on percussion, Colin Kingsmore on drums and percussion, with some guests and guitar on just a couple of tunes. Why Elisabeth hadn't yet become a superstar by the time of this album's release is a mystery and an injustice! Titles include "What Else", "The Taking", "Heavy Falls The Night", "Numbers", "Seven Bucks". "Pne More Day", "A Song For Dinah Washington", "High", "It's Coming", "On The Insufficiency Of Words" and "Danny's Song". CD

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SpandettesSpandex Effect ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2014. New Copy Gatefold .... $11.99
These guys might have a gimmicky name, but their sound is wonderfully soulful – and backed here by some very tight small group instrumentation – in a mode that's somewhere between old school funk and soul, but with some more contemporary clubby touches too! The trio clearly draw inspiration from great female soul acts of the 70s – like Three Degrees or First Choice – but they also work at a level that's a bit jazzier, and more relaxed overall – harmonizing wonderfully alongside sweet guitar riffs and keyboard lines – hitting this great glide that really makes the vocals work well together. The sound is really organic and natural – nothing too plastic, as you might guess from their name – and titles include "Automatic", "Calendar Girl", "Sweet & Saccharine", "Waking Dreams", "Dig Deeper", and a great cover of the funky classic "Hunk Of Heaven". CD

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Maylee ToddChoose Your Own Adventure ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2010. New Copy .... $8.99
Adventurous, far reaching avant pop from Maylee Todd – from global percussion rave ups, to straighter bossa steeped summer songs, to 70s sweet soul and lightly funky pop, to prettier harp & strings accented folk soul – elements of all of those melded into Maylee's own unique vibe! Lots of instruments in the production, but down with intimacy that plays well with Maylee's sense of adventure. Titles include "F#@k'd IN The Jungle...Again!?!", "Summer Sounds", "Bird Party Yay", "Heart Throb", "Protection Plan 101 aka Getting Fired Quit Before", "Dead Things", "Aerobics In Space" and more. CD

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Maylee ToddEscapology ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2013. New Copy .... $12.99
The second set from Maylee Todd – and one that we like even better than the first! Maylee sounds even more soulful and focused than ever before – playing Fender Rhodes alongside her vocals, and really using the keys to shape the grooves in a great way – soulful and slinky, with these classic tones we never would have expected – and which make the album one of the best we've heard from the Do Right label in awhile! As with some of the company's great releases from a decade or so ago, there's an understanding of older soul modes fused with 21st Century freshness – all handled by Maylee with her own words and music, which really gives the set a strong personality of its own. Additional strings and horns slide in at just the right moments to flesh out the sound – and titles include "Baby's Got It", "Did Everything I Could", "First & Last", "Successive Mutations", "I Tried", and "I Can't Stand It". CD

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New Cookers QuintetCookers Quintet Vol 1 ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2014. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet little combo who definitely live up to their name – and work here in a very old school approach to jazz! The group's got a great groove right from the start – maybe not as full-on modal as Five Corners Quintet, but somewhere in a same space – but they also don't just let the rhythms determine their solo expressions – and really step out here in a great range of colors and tones! Key solos come from Ryan Oliver on tenor and Tim Hamel on trumpet – and the group also features Richard Whiteman on piano, Alex Coleman on bass, and Morgan Childs on drums – all great players who also wrote all the material for the album as well. The sound is a bit in keeping with the retro look of the cover – but is never just a retro gimmick, and instead has a classically well-crafted jazz appeal. Titles include "The Ramble", "Blues To Booker", "Obligatory Blues", "Mudbug Shuffle", "Open Air", "The Fork Test", and "See You Next Thursday". CD

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New Lauren DesbergSideways (with download) ... LP
Do Right (Canada), 2014. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really wonderful little record – from a singer we already want to hear more from! Lauren Desberg's a fresh young voice in jazz – and she's taken up here by the great Gretchen Parlatto, who produced the record, and also appears on one track as well – a great match, given that Lauren's style is as forward-thinking as Parlatto's! The tunes have this sweet, soulful, blocky kind of style – a contemporary jazz glide that almost reminds us of some of Robert Glasper's work with more jazz-based singers – but with a bit of a nod back to older modes as well. Backings are by a small combo that features Taylor Eigsti on piano and Dayna Stephens on tenor – and although most tunes are older, they've got a very fresh feel – thanks to the arrangements, production, and presentation. Includes a great take on "Mister Magic" – plus "Come Running To Me", "I Wanna Be Like You", "Spring Is Here", and "You Go To My Head". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download of entire album.)

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New Souljazz OrchestraFreedom No Go Die ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2007. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
More Afro Funk than the soul jazz you might guess from the group's name – but that's OK with us, because the record's plenty darn great! Souljazz Orchestra are one of the best of the current wave of Afro combos to hail from Canada – and they manage to get an incredible full sound from a surprisingly small range of instruments – usually just 3 saxes, a trumpet, keyboards, and percussion – but played with a sense of power to earn them the "orchestra" in their name! There's a definite Fela influence going on here – grooves that move fast with very skittish rhythms – snaking out with great horn bits and keyboard lines. But the overall approach is a bit tighter too – much more focused at times, on slightly shorter tunes, about half of which are vocal numbers. Two tracks have the group breaking format a bit – a great cover of "The Creator Has A Master Plan" and the Latin-inflected "Little Habana" – and other tunes include "Mista President", "The Blind Leading The Blind", "Insurrection", and "Mojuba". 9 tracks in all! CD

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New VariousKeb Darge Presents Funk For The 21st Century ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2002. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Think funk music has to be old to be good? Think again – as Keb Darge takes you on a tour of some of the best funk you'll ever find on one CD, and it's all by current groups! Nobody knows more about old funk than Keb – as his work as a DJ, collector, and compiler have been keeping the music alive for years. But Keb's also open minded enough to realize that there's a heck of a lot of new groups that have been inspired by the classic grooves of the late 60s and early 70s – and who share his love for totally authentic funky tracks that are perfect in every way, top to bottom with dirty, heavy, messed-up funk! The set brings together 14 recent tracks from the deep funk underground – killer cuts that were issued as rare 7" singles, plus a few previously unissued numbers, all with the sock-hard finish of classic work by James Brown or The Meters – and with the added bonus that these are groups that you could actually get up, go out, and see in a club! Tracks include the previously unissued tracks "Wait Up" by Speedometer and "The Badger" by Connie Price & The Keystones – plus "Texas Rumble" by The Imaginary Visions, "Forty First Street Breakdown" by Naomi Davis, "One Note Brown" by The New Mastersounds, "Got To Be The Way It Is" by Sharon Jones, "Who's The King" by Joseph Henry, "The Matador" by The Mighty Imperials, "GT" by The New Mastersounds, "Funky So & So" by The Sugarman Three, and "Blow Your Top (part 1)" by The Soul Destroyers. CD

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New VariousReady Or Not – Deep Jazz Grooves From The CBC Radio Canada Archives 1967-1977 ... CD
Do Right (Canada), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A much-needed look at a scene that's hardly ever gotten its due – and a wealth of beautiful jazz tracks from our brothers to the north! Canada's always done a better job of supporting its artists with national assistance than the US – so it's no surprise that some of the best jazz recordings of the Canadian scene come from the archives of it's state-owned broadcasting company – a key force in supporting great music of all types, but especially important here when it comes to jazz! The work on the set is all hand-picked by John Kong – of both the Do Right label, and the international groove underground – and it's all chosen with an ear towards the kind of older jazz tracks that are playing big on the international scene these days. Think of the inspiration for Schema, or the jazz tracks selected by Gilles Peterson, and you'll have a great idea of the grooves on this set! Titles include "Star Of India" by Electric Ninja Group, "Saphir" by Nick Ayoub, "Ready Or Not" by Kathryn Moses, "Lawrence Of Arabia" by Fred Stone, "Voices" by Al Michalek Quartet, "Consuelo" by Pierre Nadeau Trio, "The Family" by Billy Robinson, and "Soya" by Pierre Leduc. CD

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New VariousReady Or Not Vol 2 – Deep Jazz Grooves From The CBC Radio Canada Archives ... CD
Do Right (Canada), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A second fantastic dip into the jazz archives of the Canadian Broadcasting System – home to a heck of a lot more great music than you might think! Since Canada never had great labels like Blue Note or Prestige back in the day, many of the country's best jazz players often recorded for broadcast – cutting some incredible work that was often as good as most of the US jazz of the same period, but which never got the same sort of mainstream exposure. But exposed or not, the music is totally great – and often in modal or groove-heavy styles here – no surprise, given that the package was put together by the folks at Do Right Records, easily one of the greatest sources for modern soulful records from Canada! The package gives long overdue respect to these key jazz gems, and is filled with tons of great moments that maybe even go past the strength of volume one! Titles include "Perception" by Nick Ayoub, "Ton Visage" by Yvan Landtry Trio, "Atlantic Rising" by Sunship Ensemble, "Melancholy" by Alvinn Pall Sextet, "Hidden Strength" by Ted Moses Quintet, "Greek Street Break In" by Sakik Hakim, "Beloved Gift" by Bernie Senesky Trio, "Mas Que Nada" by Emil Normand Sextet, "Quebec On My Mind" by Billy Robinson, and "Maiera" by Fred Stone. CD

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New Jun MiyakeStolen From Strangers ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2008. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Possibly the best album to date from Jun Miyake – a set that's every bit as enigmatic as his previous work, but somehow even better overall! There's a wonderfully visual sense to most of the songs here – almost little audio pictures in sound – put together with unusual instrumentation, soundtrack-like scoring, and some fragile vocals – all in a way that reminds us a bit of the late 70s/early 80s work of Pierre Barouh. Arto Lindsay sings on some tracks, and there's some elements here that definitely remind us of his music too – and other guests include Vinicius Cantuaria, Lisa Papineau, and Arthur H. Titles include "Alviverde", "O Fim", "The Here & After", "Turn Back", "Le Voyageur Solitaire", and "Easturn". CD

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New Souljazz OrchestraManifesto ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2008. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A searing second set from Souljazz Orchestra – easily one of the funkiest groups in the contemporary Afro Funk underground! The set's even sharper than their first – really tight on the rhythms, which are filled with skittish guitars that cut a groove strongly – vamping and quick-stepping with a wicked sort of feel that brings back plenty of James Brown influence to a 70s African sound! There's lots of great horns and keyboards too – again played with a sharpness that's wonderful – a meaningful approach to solos that's not as extended as on other records, but often much more powerful. Vocals are often shouted or called – second stage, next to the instrumentation – and titles include "State Terrorism", "Kapital", "Parasite", "Interested Benevolence", "Amen", and "Grasshopper & Toad". CD
 
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Byron Allen TrioByron Allen Trio (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
ESP, 1965. New Copy .... $10.99 12.99
Beautifully free alto work from Byron Allen – a player who really shines brightly on this rare session for ESP Records – one of the few ever cut under his own name! Allen's got a style that's right up there with the 60s best from Ornette Coleman or Marion Brown – able to move with a fluidity that's breathless, even amidst rhythms that are very loose and open – as the trio here works in a style that almost echoes some of the harmelodic modes of Coleman, but which eventually pushes farther towards the freedoms of other artists on ESP! The set has some wonderful bass from Maceo Gilchrist, whose round, rolling tones really make the album sparkle – as do the punctuated drums of Ted Robinson. Titles include "Today's Blues Tomorrow", "Time Is Past", "Three Steps In The Right Direction", and "Decision For The Cole-Man". CD
(Comes in a slim sleeve.)

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AmaliaWelcome To Me/Bonafide ... 7-inch
Cherries, 2012. New Copy .... $6.99
Guess what? They DO make 'em like they used to – as Amalia steps out here on two tracks that easily rival the best female soul from the early 80s! "Welcome To Me" feels just like Chaka Khan on Warner Brothers from 1982 – complete with sweet keyboards that percolate wonderfully alongside the soaring lead vocals! "Bonafide" is even better – a funky funky number with a really partyful groove right from the start – romping in a wonderful 80s way! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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India ArieSongversation (deluxe version – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Motown, 2013. New Copy 2LP .... $24.99 29.98
Feels like forever since we've last heard from India Arie – and damn if we didn't miss her! And this time around, she sounds better than ever before – stepping out with this proud, righteous groove right from the start – the kind of music that, from the very first notes, show why India Arie's way more than most of the pretenders who've tried to cop her act in recent years – but can never touch the genius of the lady at her finest! Most tracks here were done in collaboration with Shannon Sanders, who electrifies the music without making it too commercial or beat-heavy at all – and, if anything, the whole record has this amazing quality in which the vocals seem to embody the rhythms on their own – working with a flow that's really tremendous, and still retaining some of the acoustic soul of the early years. Titles include "Flowers", "Nothing That I Love More", "Cocoa Butter", "Just Do You", "Break The Shell", "This Love", "Thy Will Be Done", and "Brother's Keeper" – plus some cool "Soulbird" interludes. Features four bonus tracks too – "Soulbird Reprise Ney", "Thank You", "6th Avenue", and "Strange Fruit". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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Regina BelleAll By Myself (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1987. New Copy .... $8.99 18.99
A sweet debut from soul singer Regina Belle – a nice dose of class and sophistication in the world of mid 80s R&B! Regina's got a well-developed style right from the start – the kind of poise that you might hear from someone like Phyllis Hyman, especially on the mellower cuts – with nice undercurrents of jazz that really help send the whole thing home – and really keep the album away from cloying commercial styles too! The set features some mighty nice instrumental elements alongside the vocals – including keyboards from Dexter Wansel and alto from Don Myrick – and titles include "Show Me The Way", "Intimate Relations", "Gotta Give It Up", "So Many Tears", "Please Be Mine", and "You Got The Love". CD features lots of bonus tracks – "Without You", "Show Me The Way (ext)", "You Got The Love (rmx)", "How Could You Do It To Me (rmx)", "So Many Tears (cool mix)", and "Show Me The Way (inst)". CD

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Maria BethaniaCarta De Amor (DVD) ... DVD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2013. New Copy .... $26.99
Right from the start, Maria Bethania showed herself as an artist who could almost shine better in a live setting than a studio one – from her early records, to famous albums that helped define the sound of MPB, to recent gems like this one – which has the singer still very much at the height of her powers! Maria's got this commanding presence that makes us hang upon each and every word – yet she also finds a way to never push things too far, or ever sound like she's forcing her emotion – a quality that may well come from the album's backings from Wagner Tiso, who gives Bethania the same sort of quiet drama he brought to Milton Nascimento's music back in the 70s. The passage of years have done nothing to hold back Maria's tremendous vocals – and the DVD features all the music from both volumes of the CD – with titles that include "Cancoes E Momentos", "Sangrando", "Salmo", "Na Primeira Manha", "Maria Maria", "Cais", "Calunia", "A Dona Do Raio E Do Vento", "Fera Ferida", "Festa", "Lua Branca", "Viola Meu Bem", "Carta De Amor", "Minha Senhora", "Mensagem", and "Quixabeira Reconvexo". DVD
(All Region.)
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Carta De Amor Vol 1 ... CD 21.99
Carta De Amor Vol 2 ... CD 21.99

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New Maria BethaniaCarta De Amor Vol 1 ... CD
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2013. New Copy .... $21.99
Right from the start, Maria Bethania showed herself as an artist who could almost shine better in a live setting than a studio one – from her early records, to famous albums that helped define the sound of MPB, to recent gems like this one – which has the singer still very much at the height of her powers! Maria's got this commanding presence that makes us hang upon each and every word – yet she also finds a way to never push things too far, or ever sound like she's forcing her emotion – a quality that may well come from the album's backings from Wagner Tiso, who gives Bethania the same sort of quiet drama he brought to Milton Nascimento's music back in the 70s. The passage of years have done nothing to hold back Maria's tremendous vocals – and titles on this first volume include "Cancoes E Momentos", "Sangrando", "Salmo", "Na Primeira Manha", "Maria Maria", "Cais", "Calunia", "A Dona Do Raio E Do Vento", and "Fera Ferida". CD
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Carta De Amor Vol 2 ... CD 21.99
Carta De Amor (DVD) ... DVD 26.99

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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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Aloe BlaccLift Your Spirit ... CD
Interscope, 2014. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
Real spirit-lifting sounds from Aloe Blacc – a set that starts with a sense of righteousness right on the very first track – almost a gospel sense of spirit, mixed with Aloe's wonderfully secular groove! The beats are lean, the vocals are clean, and the record's got a tight snap all the way through – that hip fusion of modes that Aloe Blacc's been serving up for years, but which may well push him towards an even bigger audience this time around – thanks to the album's sharp production, and his ever-increasing songwriting talents. DJ Khalil produced the album – and titles include "The Man", "Here Today", "Wake Me Up", "Chasing", "Can You Do This", "Ticking Bomb", and "Red Velvet Seat". CD

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BlackbyrdsWalking In Rhythm – The Essential Selection 1973 to 1980 ... LP
Fantasy/Decision, 1970s. New Copy 3 LPs .... $23.99
Some of the sharpest, jazziest funk you'll ever hope to hear – a smoking collection of the legendary 70s work by The Blackbyrds on Fantasy Records! The group started as a jazz combo under Donald Byrd's supervision – right at a time when Byrd was making his own fantastic funky records in the 70s – but working for the Bay Area Fantasy label, they really took off into an amazing groove that was all their own – still informed by jazz, but free to open up to lots of funk and soul elements too – sometimes with vocals in the lead, sometimes more focus on the kinds of solos that always set them apart from all their contemporaries! The cuts have some wonderful keyboard work from a young Kevin Toney – who's gone onto a lot of fame over the years – and production on all cuts is either by Larry Mizell, Donald Byrd, or George Duke – key 70s jazz funk forces who keep things mighty tight in the studio! The package features work from all Blackbyrds albums of the 70s – including the Cornbread Earl & Me soundtrack, and the Night Grooves remix set – and the package features 25 titles that include "Enter In", "Party Land", "Do It Fluid", "Gut Level", "Summer Love", "I Need You", "The Baby", "Blackbyrds' Theme", "City Life", "Rock Creek Park", "Walking In Rhythm", "A Hot Day Today", "Wilford's Gone", "One Gun Salute", "Supernatural Feeling", "Mysterious Vibes", and "Soft & Easy". LP, Vinyl record album

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BloPhase II (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strawberry Rain, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue).... $19.99
A 70s Afro Funk classic from Blo – really trippy grooves from this legendary Nigerian trio – and arguably their greatest album ever! Rhythms here are tremendous – not the usual sort of Afro style, and instead tightly focused at the roots, and coming off with this blistering blend that really drives the tunes strongly – jamming, but without ever jamming too much – kind of a steady fire that really sounds great underneath the vocals! The core elements of the trio are augmented by keyboards from Joni Haastrum and Segun Bucknor – each important Afro Funk players in their own right, who both really help add a nice sort of psych element alongside the skittish grooving of the guitar, bass, and drums. Titles include "Blo", "It's Gonna Be A Good Day", "Native Doctor", "Do It You'll Like It", "Atide", and "Whole Lot Of Sh*t". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – with heavy vinyl and cover, and insert too!)

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Brand New HeaviesGet Used To It ... CD
Delicious Vinyl, 2006. Used .... $4.99
N'Dea Davenport returns to the Brand New Heavies – and the result is one of the greatest records from the group in many many years! The sound's here is totally wonderful – a real return to the classic funk of the Brand New Heavies' roots – and having N'Dea back in the vocal chair, it's almost as if 15 years have fallen off the calendar – taking us back to a time when we had complete and total faith in the group! Production is wonderful too – spare, stripped down, and with the grittier, more soulful edges of the first few records. Drums are heavy, basslines are tight, and we're plenty proud to say that after many years, the Brand New Heavies are very firmly back in the business of funky music! Great stuff all around – no hype, no gimmicks, and a real back to basics set that's probably a decade overdue! Titles include "Sex God", "Let's Do It Again", "We Won't Stop", "Get Used To It", "We've Got", "I Don't Know Why", "Right On", "Music", "All Fired Up", "Love Is", "I've Been Touched", and "I Just Realized". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Big Bill BroonzyDo That Guitar Rag 1928 to 1935 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Yazoo, Late 20s/Early 30s. New Copy (reissue).... $14.99
Bill Broonzy's a singer who recorded often in later years – but it's these early recordings that really won his fame – spare 78rpm sides that are full of dextrous guitar work that has plenty of jazzy inflections! Bill's vocals have a bit of jazz, too – and these sides are a great example of the blurring of lines between blues and jazz in the early days – or, perhaps, of the way that blues constantly came along and had something to offer jazz just when it needed it most. Whatever the case, though, the set's a wonderful batch of gems from Broonzy – most recorded right at the start of the 30s, with titles that include "Terrible Operation Blues", "Big Bill Blues", "Grandma's Farm", "Guitar Rag", "Pussy Cat Blues", "Mr Conductor Man", and "Down In The Basement". LP, Vinyl record album

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Milt BucknerNew World Of Milt Buckner ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1962/1963. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the coolest albums ever from organist Milt Buckner – a set that not only features his own great work on Hammond, but also some excellent vibes from Gene Redd! This isn't the Redd that was a member of Kool & The Gang, but his pops – and Gene works with Buckner here on arrangements to craft a sound that's much hipper and more soulful than usual for Milt – quite a change from some of his dates for other labels, especially some of the overseas ones. The rest of the group features Bill Willis on bass and Phil Paul on drums – and tunes are awash in cool tones and unusual sounds – handled very differently than in other versions. The album includes nice versions of "Take Five", "Fly Me To The Moon", "All Blues", and "Why Don't You Do Right" – all with a lot more of a soul jazz groove than you'd expect! CD

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Keni BurkeChanges ... CD
BMG (Japan), 1981. Used .... $14.99
A standout solo moment from the amazing Keni Burke – an artist who's come a long way from his youthful start in the 5 Stairsteps! Keni had recorded other adult work by the time of this early 80s set, but Changes is easily his best-remembered album – a masterpiece of 80s groove, all arranged and produced by Burke – who also played a fair bit of the music on the set as well! The tunes are upbeat and grooving – often with a rhythm that goes nicely right down the middle, and never tries to be too funky or clubby. This groove is epitomized by Burke's classic "Risin' To The Top" – a tune that's been sampled heavily over the years, to great fame – and which is probably the lasting legacy of this set. But the whole album's totally great – sophisticated 80s groove at its best – with other cuts that include "Who Do You Love", "Shakin", "Can't Get Enough", "Changes", "All Night", and "Hang Tight". CD
(Out of print.)
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Keni BurkeChanges ... LP
RCA, 1981. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99 12.98
A standout solo moment from the amazing Keni Burke – an artist who's come a long way from his youthful start in the 5 Stairsteps! Keni had recorded other adult work by the time of this early 80s set, but Changes is easily his best-remembered album – a masterpiece of 80s groove, all arranged and produced by Burke – who also played a fair bit of the music on the set as well! The tunes are upbeat and grooving – often with a rhythm that goes nicely right down the middle, and never tries to be too funky or clubby. This groove is epitomized by Burke's classic "Risin' To The Top" – a tune that's been sampled heavily over the years, to great fame – and which is probably the lasting legacy of this set. But the whole album's totally great – sophisticated 80s groove at its best – with other cuts that include "Who Do You Love", "Shakin", "Can't Get Enough", "Changes", "All Night", and "Hang Tight". LP, Vinyl record album

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Keni BurkeChanges (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1981. New Copy .... $15.99 16.98
A standout solo moment from the amazing Keni Burke – an artist who's come a long way from his youthful start in the 5 Stairsteps! Keni had recorded other adult work by the time of this early 80s set, but Changes is easily his best-remembered album – a masterpiece of 80s groove, all arranged and produced by Burke – who also played a fair bit of the music on the set as well! The tunes are upbeat and grooving – often with a rhythm that goes nicely right down the middle, and never tries to be too funky or clubby. This groove is epitomized by Burke's classic "Risin' To The Top" – a tune that's been sampled heavily over the years, to great fame – and which is probably the lasting legacy of this set. But the whole album's totally great – sophisticated 80s groove at its best – with other cuts that include "Who Do You Love", "Shakin", "Can't Get Enough", "Changes", "All Night", and "Hang Tight". CD features bonus tracks – "Shakin (7" mix)", "Can't Get Enough (7" mix)", and "Risin To The Top (7" mix)". CD
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New Keni BurkeYou're The Best/Changes (plus bonus track) ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1981/1982. Used .... $11.99
Seminal grooves from the legendary Keni Burke – two early 80s classics on a single CD! You're The Best is a really wonderful album from Keni – recorded around the same time as his classic Changes set, and in some ways even better than that record! The set's got a fantastic mellow soul feel – lots of tracks that are uptempo, but which manage to hang onto a soulful finish that really sends the whole set home – a groove that's never too forced, and which has keep this one at the top of list of classics over years! Burke's hitting a rare space that we'd only allow to a few – like Leroy Hutson or Webster Lewis. Keni's come a long long way from the 5 Stairsteps by this point – and he's never sounded so great! Titles include "Let Somebody Love You", "You're the Best", and "Gotta Find My Way Back In Your Heart". Keni produced, wrote, and arranged the whole thing! Changes is a standout solo moment from the amazing Keni Burke – an artist who's come a long way from his youthful start in the 5 Stairsteps! Keni had recorded other adult work by the time of this early 80s set, but Changes is easily his best-remembered album – a masterpiece of 80s groove, all arranged and produced by Burke – who also played a fair bit of the music on the set as well! The tunes are upbeat and grooving – often with a rhythm that goes nicely right down the middle, and never tries to be too funky or clubby. This groove is epitomized by Burke's classic "Risin' To The Top" – a tune that's been sampled heavily over the years, to great fame – and which is probably the lasting legacy of this set. But the whole album's totally great – sophisticated 80s groove at its best – with other cuts that include "Who Do You Love", "Changes", "All Night", and "Hang Tight". CD also features the bonus track "You're The Best (12" rmx)". CD

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Cabaret VoltaireMicro-Phonies ... CD
Mute, 1984. New Copy .... $13.99 14.98
A key early moment for Cabaret Voltaire – a set that has the duo getting a bit more tuneful and song-based than before – yet still more than willing to experiment plenty with their sound! All the cool analogue electronics are still very firmly in place – and mixed with some mighty nice processed guitar riffs from Richard Kirk, and lots of dubby elements too – and the set also features some percussion and tablas that are used alongside electronic rhythms – often processed, but in ways that create an early undercurrent – almost like some of the Brian Eno rhythm experiments of the early 80s. Titles include "Do Right", "The Operative", "Digital Rasta", "Spies In The Wires", "Theme From Earthshaker", "James Brown", "Slammer", "Blue Heat", and "Sensoria". CD

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Jo Ann CampbellAll The Hits – Her Complete Cameo Recordings ... CD
Cameo/Real Gone, Early 60s. New Copy .... $15.99 16.98
The complete Cameo Recordings of Jo Ann Campbell – a really unusual singer who first popped up in the earliest days of rock n roll, and who's working here at sort of a second chapter of her too-short career! The style is a mix of older rock and country modes with a tighter 60s sense of girl pop – never too over the top or gimmicky, but often using electric bass to punctuate things strongly at the bottom – bringing a sense of syncopation that keeps Jo Ann grooving a bit, even on the ballads. The presentation echoes some bigger Nashville moments of then-recent years, but the presentation is definitely in the pop mode of the Cameo label – as you might guess from the "hits" in the title. Cuts include "Little Miss In Between", "Wolverton Mountain", "It Keeps Right On A Hurtin", "Things", "Devil Woman", and "You Don't Know Me". CD adds in 7 more bonus tracks, 2 unreleased – with titles that include "Sloppy Joe", "Patches", "Ain't It Funny What A Fool Will Do", "Waitin For Love", and "Mother Please". CD

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Jean CarneFlashback ... CD
Essential, 2013. New Copy .... $14.99
Jean Carne takes it back nicely here – serving up a surprisingly great batch of mellow soul tunes that really recall the brilliance of her work for the Philly International label! There's definitely lots of Philly elements in the music – no surprise, given that production is by Butch Ingram – who also uses just the right amount of jazzy touches to open up the deep roots that have always made Jean's music so great! A number of cuts are remakes of older gems from Carne, but given a great new spin here – and a few numbers feature guest vocals from Glenn Leonard too. Titles include "Closer Than Close", "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon", "Free Love", "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", "Do You Get Enough Love", "My Baby Loves Me", and "One Million Miles From The Ground". CD

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Rhonda ClarkRhonda Clark (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1992. New Copy 2CD .... $18.99
A smoking second set from Rhonda Clark – a singer with deep soul roots that come through right away, but working here in a warmly mellow style that's got some of the more sophisticated touches of early 90s R&B! Rhonda's approach here sparkles with a very contemporary vibe – but when the lyrics get going, you can really hear an old school style coming through in her inflections – a mode that works well with the album's arrangements and production by Gerald Levert, Chuckie Howard, and the team of Zac Harmony and Christopher Troy. Some of the best cuts here really show that an older southern soul style needn't be relegated to the indie soul ghetto – especially Clark's versions of "I Never Loved A Man", "If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want to Be Right", and "When The Next Tear Drop Falls". Other titles include "Take The Hurt Away", "Must Be Real Love", "Savin All My Lovin", and "Let Your Mind Do The Lovin". 2CD set features a book-style cover, new notes, and bonus tracks that include "If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right (edit)", "Must Be Real Love (ext dance mix)", "Must Be Real Love (retro bass mix radio edit)", and "Must Be Real Love (dub mix)". CD

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CleanVehicle (with download – plus bonus In-A-Live EP) ... LP
Flying Nun/Captured Tracks, 1990. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $26.99
The incredible dawn of the 90s album from The Clean – the hugely influential New Zealand post punk group that made some the most timeless indie guitar pop in decades! Stunningly, 1990's Vehicle is their first proper album – the group having earlier cemented their reputation on singles and a couple of compilations. It's astoundingly great! David Kilgour is rightly hailed these days as one of the most vital creative figures in indie pop the world over, but something about the chiming, just dissonant enough guitars and pop-leaning vocals of his work in The Clean – with fellow songwriter Brydie Scott and David's brother Hamish on drums – is really hard to top. Includes "Drawing To A Whole", "I Wait Around", "Bye Bye", "The Blue", "Dunes", "Home", "Diamond Shine", "Getting To You", "Big Soft Punch", "Big Cat", "I Can See" and "Gem". Also includes the bonus 12" EP In-A-Live – recorded during their late 80s reunion tour – with "Fish", "Anything Could Happen", "Flowers", "Paint That Think Somewhere Else" and "Whatever I Do Is Right". LP, Vinyl record album

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Perry ComoJust Out Of Reach – Rarities From Nashville Produced By Chet Atkins ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1973/1975. New Copy .... $15.99 16.98
Perry Como goes country? Not exactly – as the work here fits very well within the best later sides by the magical Como – but the music does have a special sort of Nashville flair, thanks to sublime production from Chet Atkins! Atkins and RCA had a really unique approach for recordings in Music City – a way of isolating instruments and voices, and creating a sense of compression in the studio that was years ahead of its time – and which turns out to work perfectly for Perry here! Como's pillowy-soft approach never had it so good – and with Atkins' touches here, he gets a cool kind of 70s mellow sound throughout – almost into Singers Unlimited sort of territory, especially when additional singers join in. The CD features 23 tracks in all – the full album Just Out Of Reach, plus other outtakes, singles, and even a few Spanish-language tracks too – all produced by Chet, with titles that include "Yellow Beach Umbrella", "Let's Do It Again", "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye", "The Grass Keeps Right On Growin", "Take Me Home", "It Was Such A Good Day", and "Walk Right Back". CD

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Gal CostaCaras E Bocas ... LP
Philips (Brazil), 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold .... $14.99
A wonderful album of mellow grooves – all featuring the lovely vocals of the great Gal Costa! Gal's moving into a style here that's jazzy and soulful – with backing that has a lot of warm fusiony elements, but which still puts her rich vocals right out front. In a way, the album's similar to a direction that Caetano took at the end of the 70s – with an approach to the music that's more mainstream than earlier albums, but no less wonderful, and no less filled with emotion and passion. Plus, the production's pretty darn nice – and is filled with lots of nicely compressed guitars and keyboards. Includes a great version of Caetano Veloso's "Tigresa", Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue", Duke Ellington's "Solitude", and Jorge Ben's "Minha Estrela E Do Oriente". Other titles include "Me Rcuso", "Caras E Bocas", and "Um Favor". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is unglued on the bottom seam, but is otherwise great.)

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Floyd CramerFloyd Cramer Plays MacArthur Park/Here's What's Happening ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1967/1969. New Copy .... $16.99
Two overlooked late 60s gems from Floyd Cramer – both of which show the piano genius reaching out for some new sounds in his style! MacArthur Park has Floyd taking on a hip host of tunes from the late 60s – cool rock and pop numbers that are really transformed strongly in the RCA studio blend of pillowy piano and soft orchestrations from arranger Bill McElhiney! Cramer's got that mellow-stepping groove just right, and it's often matched by these lofting basslines on the bottom – on tunes that include "Our Winter Love", "MacArthur Park", "Don't Give Up", "The Odd Couple", "This Guy's In Love With You", and a great vibes-laden take on "Theme From Rosemary's Baby". Here's What's Happening offers up a take on the sound of the young, served up by easy instrumental maestro Floyd Cramer! The mix of modes is surprisingly great – as the flowing, echoey Cramer piano turns towards tunes from some of the hipper corners of the 60s – rock and pop bits that are balanced with a few more conventional numbers – all set to arrangements by Bill McElhiney that still leave plenty of room for Floyd's work on the keys. Titles include "Almost Persuaded", "Work Song", "Good Vibrations", "Rain On The Roof", "Louie Louie", and "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself". CD

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CyrkleNeon ... LP
Columbia, 1967. Very Good .... $8.99
Beautiful work from The Cyrkle – post-folk, partly-sunshine, and a treasure trove of really groovy tunes! The record features a fair number of covers, but they're really redone here by the group in a mode that mixes youthful harmonies with slight acoustic guitar touches and some occasional more ambitious arrangements – never too much, but just with the right colors to shade in the gentler spaces. There's a cohesion here that's tremendous – making the record a no-filler set that really stands out from the other lesser-knowns of The Cyrkle's generation. We might go so far as to rank this one next to the perfect middle period Simon & Garfunkel albums on Columbia from the same stretch, but the overall sound here is a bit more varied, and honestly even deeper. Titles include the sublime "The Visit", plus "Two Rooms", "I'm Not Sure What I Want To Do", "Our Love Affair's In Question", "Don't Cry, No Fears, No Tears, Comin Your Way", and "The Weight Of Your Words". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound mono pressing. Cover has some wear, a cutout hole, a small split on the bottom seam, and some light stains on the back.)

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Tyrone DavisHow Sweet It Is – The Columbia Hit Singles 1976 to 1981 ... CD
Columbia/Superbird (UK), Late 70s. New Copy .... $6.99
How sweet, indeed – Columbia Records soul of Tyrone Davis – laidback, charismatic vocals from Tyrone and material rolls lush melodies and mellow soul, to brass & strings accented, disco ready jams! It’s wonderful stuff that's easy to get carried away in the charms off, the right mix of bigger, fuller, Chicago recorded style with just enough of his earlier, rootsier, rawer southern style. Fantastic stuff to have compiled in a well chosen set, from the clubbier jams to the more slow cooking numbers. Includes "Give It Up (Turn It Loose)", "Close To You", "This I Swear", "I Got Carried Away", "Get On Up (Disco)", "Can't Help But Day", "Heart Failure", "Just My Luck", "In The Mood", "Be With Me", "Ain't Nothing I Can Do" and more. 14 tracks in all. CD

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Tyrone DavisIn The Mood (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy .... $14.99
Our favorite album ever from Tyrone Davis – even if it's completely different than most of his other work too! The set's got a wonderfully smooth feel right from the start – a mellow-grooving, slow-stepping approach that works perfectly for Tyrone's wonderful vocals – pushing them out of their bluesy roots, into a more sophisticated modern soul style that's mighty nice! The change is a key illustration of the way that Chicago soul was really growing in the 70s – moving into some of the richer territories that you'd find in work from Philly, too – and Davis' growth on a record like this is a real testament to his maturity as a singer. James Mack handled the arrangements – and titles include the sublime "In The Mood" – plus "You Know What To Do", "Keep On Dancin", "All The Love I Need", "I Don't Think You Heard Me", "Ain't Nothing I Can Do", and "I Can't Wait". CD features 2 bonus tracks – single mixes of "In The Mood" and "Ain't Nothing I Can Do". CD

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Kirk Degiorgio Presents SambatekSambatek ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2013. New Copy .... $14.99
Brazilian percussion mixed with 21st Century sounds – all served up sublimely in the hands of Kirk Degiorgio – one of the few artists we could ever expect to get a project like this just right! The album follows nicely off Kirk's previous collaboration with Azymuth – but has an even starker sound overall, as core acoustic percussion bits are worked into contemporary rhythm programs – then topped with some of the crackling electric touches that you'd expect – often with a warmer sound than other projects of this nature, but a groove that's plenty driving overall. Titles include "Babilonia", "Morro Da Formiga", "Dende", "Borel", "Vidigal", "Rocinha", "Prazeres", and "Complexo Do Alemao" – plus remixes "Babilonia (Rick Wilhite dub)", "Borel (Jonas Kopp my vision of samba rmx)", and "Borel (Nxi rmx)". CD

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New Dego & KaidiDego & Kaidi EP ... 12-inch
Eglo, 2014. New Copy .... $13.99
Pure sweetness all around – a short EP from the team of Dego and Kaidi Thatham, but one that bristles with all the best energy of a full length album from 4 Hero! The drums and keyboards are magnificent all the way through – crackling with a sense of spiritual soul, and pulsating in those special cosmic rhythms that only these guys seem to get just right – the kind of thing that so many other folks might try to copy, but never do this well! Jazzy genius – and four tracks that include "Ankle Injury", "Acting Up On Sh*t That Don't Count", "Don't Remain The Same", and "Carrots & Sesame". 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Swamp Dogg & OthersSwamp Dogg & Friends – My Resume ... CD
Essential, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy .... $14.99
Swamp Dogg's got a mighty big resume – not just his own famous work of the 70s, but a host of other contributions with other artists – some under his real name of Jerry Williams! Williams was an incredibly prolific music producer and songwriter back in the 60s and 70s – and this set is a great document of the richness of his legacy – a range of soul tracks that includes some of Swamp's own deep soul sides, plus others in this style he made for different singers – and a few surprising entries that really expand the modes you might expect! Titles include "In My Resume", "Synthetic World", and "Don't Give Up On Me" by Swamp Dogg – plus "Rescue Song" by Sandra Phillips, "She's All I Got" by Freddie North, "Too Many People In My Bed" by Tony Mathews, "Run Run Roadrunner" by Little Jerry Williams, "Right Mood To Do Wrong" by Tommy Hutn, "Cloak Of Many Colors" by Wolfmoon, "Is It Real" by Brooks O'Dell, and "I Ain't Nobody" by Wilson Williams. CD

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New DynastyAdventures In The Land Of Music ... LP
Solar, 1980. Sealed .... $9.99
Lots of musical adventures here – most of them in that tightly-romping style that made Dynasty so great back in the day – almost a fusion of older sweet group soul with some of the more bottom-driven modes forged by the Solar label! The title cut here is our favorite – a sweet stepper that bursts out with this blast of sound that's totally great – completely captivating, and filled with cascading sounds that really grab us. Other tracks include "Ice Breaker", "Something To Remember", "Day & Night", "Do Me Right", and "I've Just Begun To Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a "featuring" sticker and the remnants of another sticker. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Betty Everett & Jerry ButlerDelicious Together ... LP
Vee Jay, 1964. Very Good- .... $7.99
Betty Everett and Jerry Butler certainly are delicious together – and the pair have more than enough great energy to hold on strong throughout this entire album of duets! Although Motown is probably best remembered as the home of the male/female duet mode of the 60s – Vee Jay certainly helped get things started with this great album – one that matches Jerry's Iceman vocals with Betty's warmer, younger approach – a pairing that comes off surprisingly well on the album's variety of numbers! Johnny Pate arranged, and titles include "Let It Be Me", "I Can't Stand It", "Fever", "Just Be True", "It's All Right", "Ain't That Loving You Baby", "The Way You Do The Things You Do", and "Our Day Will Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has some splitting on the bottom seam and some wear, with a couple of light stains and some pen on the back.)

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Gianni FerrioLady Bossa Nova In Italy ... LP
CAM/Cinedelic (Italy), 1963. New Copy (reissue).... $22.99
Lady bossa nova – and instrumental bossa as well – an early jazz session cut by later soundtrack maestro Gianni Ferrio! The set's got all the sweet grooves you'd expect from a bossa nova date cut in Italy during the 60s – jazzy rhythms, dreamy instrumentation, and just a bit of vocals from singer Marina Moran – who's the "lady" in the title, a singer with just the right gentle touch to match the spirit of the music. Players include Gino Marinacci on flute, Lino Cerveglieri on tenor, Berto Pisano on bass, and Biagio Marullo on trombone – and the work's got a feel that's nicely arranged, but still quite loose – that best extrapolation of Brazilian modes that surfaced in Italy during the 60s. Titles include "Lady Bossa Nova", "Barquinho", "Desafinado", "Linea Del Ecuador", "Samba Do Bom", "Poche Parole", "Ilha De Coral", and "Ao Cair Do Sol". LP, Vinyl record album

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Five StarBetween The Lines ... LP
RCA, 1987. Near Mint- .... $1.99
Classic crossover soul from Five Star – one of the best of their generation for this sort of groove – and a UK group who also pick up plenty of tips from the best American acts of the time! This mid 80s set was partly produced in LA by Dennis Lambert, and partly produced back home by the group – who have more than enough ear to get things right in the studio, and ensure that the quality level of the set stays high throughout. Most numbers are filled with catchy hooks that are perfect for the youthful vocals of the group – and titles include "Somewhere Somebody", "Whenever You're Ready", "Strong As Steel", "Read Between The Lines", "Made Out Of Love", "Ain't Whatcha Do", and "Knock Twice". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker and a gold promo stamp.)

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Roberta FlackChapter Two ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1970. New Copy .... $15.99
Mindblowing work from Roberta Flack – an album that should be in the collection of any fan of righteous soul music! Forget all the wimpier modes of Flack's later years – because here, the young Roberta is a vision of positive power and spiritual soul – a singer with roots in jazz, which helps to transform some of the album's very surprising song choices – and a depth and sensitivity that goes way past the usual female soul modes of the time. Donny Hathaway handled half the arrangements for the record – a perfect choice for Flack – and Deodato handles the other, with some large arrangements that still have just the right sort of gentleness to go with her voice. Titles include a version of "Reverend Lee", penned by Eugene Daniels – and the great "Gone Away", written by Curtis Mayfield, Leroy Hutson, and Hathaway – plus the tracks "Just Like A Woman", "Do What You Gotta Do", "Business Goes On As Usual", and "Until It's Time For You To Go". CD
Also available Chapter Two (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 28.99

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Roberta FlackChapter Two (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1970. New Copy .... $28.99
Mindblowing work from Roberta Flack – an album that should be in the collection of any fan of righteous soul music! Forget all the wimpier modes of Flack's later years – because here, the young Roberta is a vision of positive power and spiritual soul – a singer with roots in jazz, which helps to transform some of the album's very surprising song choices – and a depth and sensitivity that goes way past the usual female soul modes of the time. Donny Hathaway handled half the arrangements for the record – a perfect choice for Flack – and Deodato handles the other, with some large arrangements that still have just the right sort of gentleness to go with her voice. Titles include a version of "Reverend Lee", penned by Eugene Daniels – and the great "Gone Away", written by Curtis Mayfield, Leroy Hutson, and Hathaway – plus the tracks "Just Like A Woman", "Do What You Gotta Do", "Business Goes On As Usual", and "Until It's Time For You To Go". CD
Also available Chapter Two ... CD 15.99

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Four TopsChanging Times ... LP
Motown, 1970. Very Good+ .... $8.99
A very hip album from the Four Tops – cut with kind of a political/social edge, and a heavy vibe that was similar to what the Temptations had been using on some of their important albums for Motown at the end of the 60s. In fact, this one's got so much of that righteous Temps vibe that we wonder if the big boys at Motown didn't say to the Four Tops, "Hey, why don't you do an album like them?" Arrangements are by David Van DePitte and Jimmy Roach – and the record begins with a melange of sound effects and odd sounds, before sliding into the socially-conscious "In These Changing Times". However, the group still retains their wonderfully sweet vocal edge, and even though the political agenda's up front on the album, they still come through strongest on the sweeter and more love-oriented songs. Titles include "Right Before My Eyes", "Something's Tearing At The Edges Of Time", "Sing A Song Of Yesterday", and a medley of "Long & Winding Road" and "In These Changing Times". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some light wear.)

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Aretha FranklinAretha's Gold ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good+ .... $4.99
Hard to believe that in a few short years at Atlantic, Aretha Franklin could come up with a full LP's worth of material to be deemed "gold" for this 1969 compilation – but that's definitely the case, as if these tunes didn't all make gold record status at the time, they're certainly the gold in the vaults that's kept Atlantic going over the years. Titles include "I Never Loved A Man", "Do Right Woman", "Respect", "Dr Feelgood", "Think", "Chain Of Fools", "Natural Woman", and "I Say A Little Prayer". 14 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear.)

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Lowell FulsonHung Down Head (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1950s. New Copy .... $13.99
Great early work from Lowell Fulson – tracks recorded in the 50s for Chess Records – all in Chicago, and a fair bit more obscure than some of Lowell's better-known sides from the 60s! There's still a nicely gritty groove going on here – a style that's rooted in blues, but which often comes across with some of those more sly, more wicked moments that have always made Fulson one of our favorites – almost a slightly jazz or funk undercurrent at points, and a bit different than the regular Chess groove. Titles include "Do Me Right", "Trouble Trouble", "Hung Down Head", "Tollin Bells", "Low Society", "Check Yourself", "That's All Right", and "I Want To Know". CD features two bonus tracks – "Don't Drive Me Baby" and "Blue Shadows". CD

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Gang's BackGang's Back ... CD
Handshake/Boogie Times (France), 1982. Used .... $8.99
The Gang's Back, and they're ready for grooving – especially those sweet sort of grooves that are heavy on the keyboards! The album's an overlooked gem from the early 80s – as tight and focused as the best mainstream funk on Capitol or Elektra at the time – and done with instrumentation that's heavily electric, but still quite warm and soulful throughout – thanks to great production, excellent group vocals, and a sense of songwriting that's never to gimmicky or commercial. The best tracks on here bounce like work from the BB&Q Band or TS Monk – and this is definitely one of those "should have been huge" sets from the time! Titles include "I'll Take Some Of That", "Got My Eye On You", "Our Music", "Night Time's The Right Time", "Hot Fun", "You Got What It Takes", and "All I Wanna Do Is Spend Time With You". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gay Cat ParkSynthetic Woman (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Medical, Early 80s. New Copy .... $19.99
Italo electronic grooves from the early 80s – some vocoder-heavy synth pop from Gay Cat Park – and rare home recordings made from '82 to '84! Primitive keyboards, makeshift synths andclattering drum machine beats are the order of the day –on this is a nicely tripped out slice of underground early 80s synth pop! It's a mix of vocals and instrumentals – much of which is purportedly released for the first time right here. Even if you didn't see the cover art – the record sounds like the grid pattern you'll find there! Includes "Mister Do Re Mi", "Bit Of Charm", "Synthetic Woman", "Television", "GCP", "I'm A Vocoder", "My Love Is Electronic" and "A Bunch Of Flowers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited pressing of 650 hand numbered copies. Clear vinyl with red splatter color.)

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Jackie GleasonOpiate D'Amour/Rebound ... CD
Capitol/Vocalion (UK), 1959/1960. New Copy .... $12.99
A pair of late 50s gems from Jackie Gleason – back to back on a single CD! Opiate D'Amour definitely has the drug promised in the title – thanks to some lush arrangements from the legendary Jackie Gleason! But the set's also got some other charms, too – thanks to solo instrumental passages by some surprisingly great guests – including Al Caiola on guitar, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Bernie Leighton on piano, and Romeo Penque – who plays the "oboe d'amore"! The album's definitely got Gleason at the top of his game – working well within the specific concepts Capitol allowed him for the record – on titles that include "The Girl", "It's All Right With Me", "Pink Lace", "Casa D'Amor", "Caress", and "Pale Blues". Rebound features beautiful music for the blue at heart – and the kind of record that really helps get us through a late night after a big breakup! Jackie Gleason is at his moody best here – with orchestrations that are full, but nicely restrained – and some great solo inflections from Bernie Leighton on piano, and reedman Romeo Penque – who plays a special instrument here named the "oboe d'amour"! Titles include "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me", "Satin Doll", "Ain't Misbehavin'", "Nevertheless", "Long Before I Knew You", "I'm Making Believe", "Without Love", "Close Your Eyes", "You Stepped Out Of A Dream", "More Than You Know", and "I Just Couldn't Take It Baby". CD

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Lesley GoreGirl Talk (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Ace (UK), 1964/1965. New Copy .... $14.99
Really tremendous work from Lesley Gore – and just the sort of record to show that she's way more than just another girl singer from the 60s! The sound here is incredibly groovy right from the start – a mix not just of the romping arrangements of Claus Ogerman (in his best Soul Searching mode), and the production of Quincy Jones – but also of Gore's great vocals, which have this surprising tinge of sexuality – and a depth that comes from the unique style of folding over her lead in the studio, to create a wide-flanged vocal approach! There's a sense of guts and lust here that goes past the usual weepy girl pop modes – a style that undeniably had an influence on other singers like Dusty Springfield or Cilla Black. Titles include "Hey Now", "You've Come Back", "Say Goodbye", "Live & Learn", "Movin Away", "It's Just About This Time", and "I Wish I Were A Boy". CD features 13 more bonus tracks too – including "That's The Boy", "After He Takes Me Home", "Consolation Prize", "A Girl In Love", "What Am I Gonna Do With You", and "You Didn't Look Round". CD

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Joni HaastrupWake Up Your Mind ... LP
Hot Casa (France), 1978. New Copy Gatefold .... $23.99
Funky funky solo work from Joni Haastrup – an artist who's also known for his work in Monomono, and who sounds equally great on his own! Joni's got this tight approach that wraps together Nigerian grooves of the 70s scene, and some bolder soul star energy that would be right at home in the US – a kind of powerhouse approach that really sends these tunes home beautifully! The lyrics are in English, which really helps broaden the appeal of the cuts – and the production has these cool compressed elements that are partly like the more psych-inspired modes of other Afro Funk groups, and partly those of the UK soul scene of the 70s. We've never heard a record exactly like this, and the whole thing's a truly memorable treasure from this key moment in African music. Cuts include "Watch Out", "Do The Funkro", "Greetings", "Free My People", "Wake Up Your Mind", and "Champions & Superstars". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny HammondGambler's Life ... CD
Salvation/Expansion (UK), 1974. New Copy .... $16.99
An amazing bit of jazz funk from Johnny Hammond – and one of his greatest LPs! This is the first album that Johnny recorded with Larry Mizell, cut right before the pair of them went onto do the landmark Gears album. While this one never became as famous as Gears, it's got some fantastic moments that are every bit as great – a perfect blend of Mizell's spacey fusion and Hammond's fiercely soulful soloing, with lots of great jazzy changes to keep the pace fresh throughout. Includes the great spacey jazz cuts "Star Borne" and "Yesterday Was Cool", the latter of which is an excellent piece of work by Larry Mizell – plus the cuts "Back To The Projects", "Gambler's Life", "Rhodesian Thoroughfare", and "Virgo Lady". Plus, the CD features 4 bonus tracks that represent some of Johnny's best work for the Kudu label – including "Rock Steady", "Higher Ground", "Breakout", and "Who Is Sylvia". CD

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Eddie HarrisThat Is Why You're Overweight ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Near Mint- .... $19.99
Eddie continues the funky groove begun on Instant Funk, and smoothed out over albums like I Need Some Money – and although jazz fans probably gave him hell for going this way, we think this is actually a pretty darn great album! The record takes all of Eddie's experimentation with groovy styles from the early 70s, and filters it through some tighter playing that actually makes the groove a lot more compelling than before. A number of the tracks have vocals, almost in a humorous Bill Cosby mode – but in a way that also preserves the party feel of the cuts. Players include Bobby Lyle, Paul Humphrey, Buck Clarke, and Bradley Bobo – and one Chicago-recorded track features a great assortment from older years that includes Muhal Abrams, Odell Brown, Marshapp Thompson, Willie Henderson, and Richard Evans. Titles include "Tryin Ain't Dyin", "Ooh", "Exempt", "Live Again", "Flowers", "Why Do You Hurt Me", and "It's All Right Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a cutout notch.)

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Highway RobberyHighway Robbery ... LP
RCA, 1972. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A heady power trio, with a sound that's a lot more heavy than you'd guess from the cover! These guys come across looking like they might be a soft rock harmony group, but instead they wail away beautifully with a pre-metal sort of sound – lots of full, fierce rhythms and fuzzed-up guitar – very lean and mean, and quite uncharacteristic for the RCA label at the time. Solos are especially burning – right up there with Sabbath at the time – and believe it or not, the guys actually do harmonize a bit on the lyrics too! Titles include "Lazy Woman", "Mystery Rider", "Fifteen", "All I Need", "Promotion Man", and "Bells". LP, Vinyl record album

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Steven Hufsteter & OthersKiss Of The Damned ... CD
Soraya, 1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy .... $11.99 12.98
The soundtrack to Kiss Of The Damned – kind of a modern take on the style of sultry European vampire films of the 70s – nicely done by composer Steven Hufsteter and featuring some cool stand-alone songs, too! If you dig seedy 70s cinema and soundtracks as much as we do, you'll recognize from the cover art that the film is an homage to the style of filmmakers Jess Franco, Jean Rollin others – which has gotten some love in recent years, especially for the evocative soundtracks. The film is directed by Xan Cassavetes (daughter of film maverick John Cassavetes) and composer Hufsteter does a terrific job here putting a modern spin on the sexy sounds of 70s – some that would sound right at home on a vintage soundtrack resurrected by Finders Keepers, but others are more clearly contemporary. Also includes cool period songs AND contemporary tunes by the legendary Brigitte Fontaine, Jane Weaver, Acanthus and more! Includes "KOTD Love Theme", "Vapeur", "Bath Of Tears", "Threshold", "Backstage Jazz", "Adieu Vampiers" and more by composer Steven Hufsteter, "Parade Of Blood Red Sorrows" by Jane Weaver, "Le Ciel Est Doux" by Brigitte Fontaine, "Sleeping Beauty (Angiosse Temporelle)" by Acanthus, ""Hexen Leben Langer" by Der Fluch and more. CD

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Brian HylandRockin Folk ... LP
Philips, Mid 60s. Very Good+ .... $6.99
2 groovy mid 60s LPs from 60s pop troubadour and former teen idol Brian Hyland – the hard-to-find Rockin' Folk and the wonderful Joker Went Wild – back-to-back on CD! Rockin Folk follows the formula of Brian's previous Country Meets Folk LP – with Brian rolling through songs from the contemporary and traditional folk songbook. It was recorded in NYC utilizing veterans of the New York folk scene for the sessions – but Brian's awe shucks demeanor and some chiming elements really add an uncommon sweetness! Titles include "Everglades", "Rock Island Line", "Rasberries, Strawberries", "Walk Right In" and more. Joker Went Wild is even better – with the fantastic feel 60s LA pop! The record was produced by Snuff Garrett and arranged by Leon Russell and Al Capps, and it's got a groovy sophisticated sound that reminds us a bit of the hip Lenny Waronker pop on Warner Brothers at the same time. Hyland sings and plays guitar, and the arrangements have a bit of Beach Boys, some very tight drums, and these cool vibes on a number of tracks. The album includes the original tunes by Brian "The Joker Went Wild", "One Night Jimmy", and "Yesterday I Had A Girl" – plus great little numbers like "3000 Miles", "Sometimes They Do, Sometimes They Don't", "Just Out Of Reach", and "When You Touch Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing. Cover has promo stamps on back and some tape residue on the spine.)

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New Luther IngramAbsolutely The Best Of Luther Ingram – If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right ... CD
Koko/Fuel 2000, 1970s. New Copy .... $4.99 11.98
Genius work from Luther Ingram – a singer who helped take southern soul to a whole new level during the 70s! This sweet collection of material definitely lives up to its title promise – as it pulls together nearly every important cut by Luther, all produced by Johnny Baylor with this low-burning flame that works beautifully for Ingram's sophisticated vocal approach. Luther's got a great way of balancing personal pain with positive energy – as you'll hear on cuts like "Ain't That Loving You", "Pity For The Lonely", "Love Ain't Gonna Run Me Away", "If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right", "Missing You", "I'll Love You Until The End", "Let's Steal Away To The Hideaway", and "Do You Love Somebody". CD
(CD case has a small cutout hole.)

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Ralph Soul JacksonAlabama Love Man ... LP
Rabbit Factory, 2012. New Copy .... $9.99
The return of a legend – or maybe more accurately, the first time this legend's ever really gotten his due! Ralph Jackson's been working in the Alabama soul underground for decades – yet this smoking album may well be the first time he's ever really gotten out front, and able to do his thing – working with a tight group of younger musicians who really respect the southern soul vibe that Ralph's going for – and help him hit a really great sound in the process! The set's a soul record through and through – not one of these modern funk workouts with an old singer thrown into the mix – but the kind of old school album you'd hear from Malaco or Criteria Studios – particularly during that point when deep soul was growing up in the 70s. Production and arrangements are right on the money – and all tunes are written by Jackson, save for one totally great cover of The Ides Of March classic "Vehicle"! Other titles include "You've Been Very Good To Me", "Searching", "For Just One Second", "I Can't Leave Your Love Alone", "I'll Take Care Of You", and "There Must Be A Reason". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mike JamesHim ... CD
Mike James, 2010. Used .... $8.99
One of the freshest soul sets we've heard from the Windy City in years – a great batch of mellow groovers from Mike James – an artist who knows how to put over a tune in just the right way – no cloying cliches, no overdone beats – just the right balance to hit the Chicago vibe right! Mike's a producer, and most of the cuts here are instrumentals – although some feature vocals by Kym Foxx – and tracks move between straighter soul tunes and some wicked midtempo cuts with a jazzy vibe – just right for the steppers scene that's bound to give James plenty of support! Titles include "Spaces", "Right Turn Only", "Steady Precision", "Imagine This", "Conversations", "Next Level", "Do With It", and "Speak To Me". CD

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New Chris JasperSuperbad ... CD
Gold City/CBS, 1987. Used .... $4.99
A wickedly wonderful solo set from Chris Jasper – cut in a mode that's right up there with the best 80s material he did with the Isley Brothers! Jasper's voice sounds surprisingly great in the lead – maybe not as powerful as that of Ernie Isley, but with a sense of individuality that really makes the album stand out – and that great mix of righteousness and warmth that made his previous collaborations such classics. There's a bit more of a focus on the groove at times – never overdone, just maybe more keyboard lines alongside the lyrics – as you'd guess from Chris' role in the previous group. All tunes are Jasper originals, and titles include "Superbad", "One Time Love", "Like I Do", "Earthquake", "The Son Of Man", "Dance For The Dollar", and "My Soul Train". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Superbad ... LP 0.99

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Chris JasperSuperbad ... LP
Gold City/CBS, 1987. Sealed .... $0.99
A wickedly wonderful solo set from Chris Jasper – cut in a mode that's right up there with the best 80s material he did with the Isley Brothers! Jasper's voice sounds surprisingly great in the lead – maybe not as powerful as that of Ernie Isley, but with a sense of individuality that really makes the album stand out – and that great mix of righteousness and warmth that made his previous collaborations such classics. There's a bit more of a focus on the groove at times – never overdone, just maybe more keyboard lines alongside the lyrics – as you'd guess from Chris' role in the previous group. All tunes are Jasper originals, and titles include "Superbad", "One Time Love", "Like I Do", "Earthquake", "The Son Of Man", "Dance For The Dollar", and "My Soul Train". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)
Also available Superbad ... CD 4.99

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Chris JasperSuperbad (with bonus tracks) ... CD
CBS/Big Break (UK), 1987. New Copy .... $14.99
A wickedly wonderful solo set from Chris Jasper – cut in a mode that's right up there with the best 80s material he did with the Isley Brothers! Jasper's voice sounds surprisingly great in the lead – maybe not as powerful as that of Ernie Isley, but with a sense of individuality that really makes the album stand out – and that great mix of righteousness and warmth that made his previous collaborations such classics. There's a bit more of a focus on the groove at times – never overdone, just maybe more keyboard lines alongside the lyrics – as you'd guess from Chris' role in the previous group. All tunes are Jasper originals, and titles include "Superbad", "One Time Love", "Like I Do", "Earthquake", "The Son Of Man", "Dance For The Dollar", and "My Soul Train". CD features bonus tracks – "Superbad (12" Superbad marathon mix)", "One Time Love (12" ext mix)", "Superbad (inst)", and "One Time Love (inst)". CD
Also available Superbad (with bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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Chris JasperSuperbad (with bonus tracks) ... CD
CBS/Big Break (UK), 1987. Used .... $6.99
A wickedly wonderful solo set from Chris Jasper – cut in a mode that's right up there with the best 80s material he did with the Isley Brothers! Jasper's voice sounds surprisingly great in the lead – maybe not as powerful as that of Ernie Isley, but with a sense of individuality that really makes the album stand out – and that great mix of righteousness and warmth that made his previous collaborations such classics. There's a bit more of a focus on the groove at times – never overdone, just maybe more keyboard lines alongside the lyrics – as you'd guess from Chris' role in the previous group. All tunes are Jasper originals, and titles include "Superbad", "One Time Love", "Like I Do", "Earthquake", "The Son Of Man", "Dance For The Dollar", and "My Soul Train". CD features bonus tracks – "Superbad (12" Superbad marathon mix)", "One Time Love (12" ext mix)", "Superbad (inst)", and "One Time Love (inst)". CD
(Please note: This copy does not include the booklet, just the disc and tray card.)
Also available Superbad (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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New Paul JohnsonBetter Than This (Soul Talk mix, Dego & Kaidi's 2000 Black mix) ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 2014. New Copy .... $7.99
A sweet soulful stepper from Paul Johnson – a cut that feels like it was lifted right from lost 70s tapes from the LA scene – right down to its jazzy, Steely Dan-styled hook! The soul talk mix is great, but we especially love what Dego and Kaidi do to the tune – crackling the whole thing up with an even hipper 4 Hero sort of vibe! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Syl JohnsonMythological 45s (limited edition 5 X 7-inch box set) ... 7-inch
Numero, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy 5x7" .... $22.99 29.98
A great little box set of Syl Johnson sides from Numero's epic, jaw-droppingly far-reaching Complete Mythology package! The purpose here was not only put together a beautiful, more portable vinyl sampler of the amazing 6LP/4CD complete set, they also did it to represent the breadth of Syl's soul genius and mastery of a range of styles over years. Honestly, we can't imagine how difficult it must have been to pick standout tracks to feature here, but however many blood-vessels in the brain they must have busted to choose the best, it delivers perfectly. Packaged in a white box that's sealed with custom Syl Johnson craft tape! "Do You Know What Love Is" b/w "The Love I Found in You", "My Funky Band" b/w "Sockin’ Soul Power", "Double Whammy" b/w "Wiggle In Your Hips", "Right On" b/w "Pt. 2", "Try My Love Again" b/w "All I Need Is Someone Like You". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(limited edition 5 X 45s box set.)

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Kashmere Stage BandZero Point – 1971 to 1972 ... LP
Kashmere Records, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99 16.98
When these guys say "stage band", they aren't kidding – as the group's got so many members, there's barely room left on the stage for the instruments! That doesn't stop the record from being plenty darn funky, though – as the sound is right, tight, and outta site – every bit as great as the group's famous funky 45s, and with a similarly hard Texas take on deep funk! The album's got some wonderful covers of famous soul hits, plus a few hip originals – and there's some great moments that show the group hitting a more ambitious jazzy feel, one that recalls some of the hipness of the Chicago sound of The Pharoahs! Titles include "Al's Tune", "Scorpio", "Masquerade", "Walk On By", "All Praises", "Thank You", "Do Your Thing", and "To All The Beautiful Black Women". LP, Vinyl record album

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Webster LewisLive In Norway – The Club 7 Live Tapes ... CD
Plastic Strip Press (Norway), 1971. New Copy 2CDs .... $19.99
The earliest work we've ever heard from keyboardist Webster Lewis – and a set that's quite different than his late 70s groovers for Columbia Records! The music here is equal parts jazz, soul, and funk – spun out of over a set of long tracks recorded in Oslo at the start of the 70s – and done in a very righteous mode overall! Even at this early age, Lewis is a tremendous talent on the keys – hitting the Hammond and electric piano with a groove that's somewhere in between Doug Carn or Charles Earland at the time – and always with a free-flowing, very exploratory sound that's wonderfully recorded throughout – and which almost makes the record feel like an American classic on the Black Jazz label! The drums on the set are by Jimmy Hopps – who brings in some funky beats at just the right moments – and other musicians include Bobby Greene on alto and Stan Strickland on tenor – plus Judd Watkins on vocals, who sings on some of the best songs with a deep-voiced quality that's really great! This double-length reissue really expands past the previous version on Counterpoint – and the 2CD set features 15 tracks that include "Do You Believe", "Saturday Night Opening", "Dear Sister", "Qvote Unqvote", "Mr Knots", "Space Rock", "Silent Lights", "Up On The Roof", "Club 7 Latin", "For Arne", "Twelve Gates To The City", and "Intermezzo". CD

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Liquid BlueLiquid Gold ... CD
HDM, Late 70s. New Copy .... $8.99 15.98
Definite gold from Liquid Blue – an obscure indie group from the 70s, but one with a tight sound that should have made them huge! The style here is partly soul and funk, partly smoother AOR crossover material – but served up with a nice indie vibe that still keeps things fresh, and which makes the album feel more like a blue-eyed soul effort than anything else! There's a warm So-Cal vibe to the whole thing – rhythms heavy with keyboards and tight guitar bits – and the vocals are often compressed down nicely into the mix, making for a mighty smooth groove overall. Titles include "Ain't That What You Want", "Papa Do Right", "Girl Of A Million Dreams", "Abuse Me", "Go For It", and "Big Money". CD

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Jards MacaleJards Macale (1972) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1972. New Copy (reissue).... $38.99
An incredible album by one of our favorite Brazilian artists! This gem from 1972 is an album that we'd rank right up there with work by Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, or Lo Borges from the same time – with an underground singer/songwriter style, performed in a manner that mixes rock and jazz styles, but all with a rough edge and a very rootsy feel. Macale is an enormous talent that's always been woefully overlooked by listeners outside of Brazil – but he's one of the greatest talents of the 70s, and this may well be his best album! Titles include "Farinha Do Desprezo", "Mal Secreto", "Hotel Das Estrelas", "78 Rotacoes", and "Movimento Dos Barcos". LP, Vinyl record album

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Manfred MannManfred Mann Album (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Ascot/Sundazed, 1964. New Copy (reissue).... $19.99
The US debut of Manfred Mann – and a heck of a record to introduce the group to the American market! These guys have a mod cooking style right from the start – still with a bit of Brit Invasion jangle in the guitar at points, but much more pointed towards the bluesy currents of the London scene that was really coming into play. Instrumentation includes harmonica from Paul Jones, Hammond from Manfred Mann, and guitar, alto, and flute from the legendary Mike Vickers – on tunes that include "Untie Me", "Without You", "Bring It To Jerome", "Sack O Woe", and the classic "Do Wah Diddy Diddy". LP, Vinyl record album

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Frank McCombLiving Room ... CD
Boobeescoot, 2012. New Copy .... $8.99
A brilliant setting for the soulful Frank McComb – a stretched out live performance that unlocks a whole new side of Frank's talents, and makes us love him even more than before! The tunes are very laidback – and McComb accompanies himself on Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano with an easygoing vibe that has plenty of jazzy touches – all in a mode that's right up there with Donny Hathaway's legendary live recordings of the 70s – yet with all the personal, upfront style we've always loved in Frank's music! There's only bass and drums to back him up – which gives his keyboard lines and tremendous vocals plenty of room to fly – and although we've loved his studio work, this set may well be our favorite album ever from Frank. Titles include "Love Natural", "Future Love", "All You Need Is Love", "Superstition", "Do You Remember Love", "Gotta Find A Way", and "Cupid's Arrow/Contact". CD
(This is Frank McComb's own version – a self produced CDR in a slimline case, with color copy cover.)

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New Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesReaching For The World ... CD
ABC/PTG (Netherlands), 1976. New Copy .... $18.99
A really great post-Philly International album from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – the group's first after the departure of Teddy Pendergrass, and a set that shows them hardly missing a beat! The group are still recording at Sigma Sound, with Melvin at the production helm – and they've also got that great balance between a deep-voiced lead singer (new arrival David Ebo) and the soaring harmonies of the rest of the group. Tunes are wonderfully written – the right mix of personal and political from the group's biggest years – and the album's got a really great sense of pace and timing overall, maybe even more so than previous records. Titles include "Hostage", "He Loves You And I Do Too", "Stay Together", "Sandman", "Big Singing Star", and "Reaching For The World". CD

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New Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesReaching For The World ... LP
ABC, 1976. Sealed .... $1.99
A really great post-Philly International album from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – the group's first after the departure of Teddy Pendergrass, and a set that shows them hardly missing a beat! The group are still recording at Sigma Sound, with Melvin at the production helm – and they've also got that great balance between a deep-voiced lead singer (new arrival David Ebo) and the soaring harmonies of the rest of the group. Tunes are wonderfully written – the right mix of personal and political from the group's biggest years – and the album's got a really great sense of pace and timing overall, maybe even more so than previous records. Titles include "Hostage", "He Loves You And I Do Too", "Stay Together", "Sandman", "Big Singing Star", and "Reaching For The World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a number of pen scribbles and a bit of light shopwear. Cover has a cutout notch and a bent corner.)

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Naosuke MiyamotoStep! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... $28.99
A group led by bassist Naosuke Miyamoto, but one that features some especially great horn work in the lead! The ensemble's a sextet, and features a three-point frontline with trumpet from Kunji Shigi, alto from Takashi Furuya, and tenor and soprano from Takeshi Goto – really stretching out on a batch of tracks that build strongly from 60s soul jazz expression, but take the tunes to a hipper sort of 70s level. Key numbers include the Harold Land compositions "Step Right Up To The Bottom" and "A New Shade Of Blue" – both of which feature tremendous horn interplay – plus the originals "Where Do They Go", "Blues", and "One For Trane". CD
(Blu-spec CD.)

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Jemeel Moondoc/Denis CharlesWe Don't ... CD
Eremite, 1981. New Copy .... $9.99 15.99
Bold and brilliant duets from altoist Jemeel Moondoc and drummer Dennis Charles – the latter of whom is in tremendous form in this very free setting! There's a sense of soul and spirit that grabs us right from the start – these surprisingly deep notes from Moondoc, making us keep checking the notes to see if he's handling another horn besides alto sax – given a rumbling, brooding sensibility through Charles' work on drums – which never bombastically dominates, but always ruminates with a power that drives Jemeel on. Titles include "We Don't", "We Do", "Judy's Bounce", and "Home". CD

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MutinyFunk Plus The One ... LP
CBS, 1980. New Copy (reissue).... $5.99
A funky session headed up by wayward P-Funkster Jerome Brailey – a cooking little record with a quality that's right up there with some of the other George Clinton projects of the time! George didn't have anything to do with this one – at least not from what we can tell from the notes – but the set's got that percolated groove that P-Funk virtually invented – a nice sense of syncopation that brings in a good roller skating feel to some of the cuts. Titles include the killer "Semi-First Class Seat" – plus "Reality", "One On One", "Will It Be Tomorrow", and "Don't Bust the Groove". LP, Vinyl record album

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Alicia MyersAlicia/Alicia Again ... CD
MCA/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1981. New Copy .... $14.99
The amazing legacy of Alicia Myers – two classic MCA albums, back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Alicia – a set that's right up there with Myer's recordings with the group One Way, but with some deeper, more personal touches as well! Production is by Kevin McCord and Al Perkins from the One Way camp – and they bring in a nice mix of the funkier numbers that group was known for, and some warmer, mellower cuts that really show Myers maturing as a soul singer – a depth that might not have been expected a few years before, and which should have made her a bigger act for years to come after this wonderful set! The setting really lets Alicia open up on vocals, singing with a power and presence that's really great – and titles include "We Can't Stay In Bed Forever", "Don't Stop What You're Doin", "I Want To Thank You", "If You Play Your Cards Right", "Reggae Funky Dance", "Reservation For One", and "Life Joy & Happiness". Alicia Again is equally great – and has a strong smooth midtempo groove – with the beat toned down a bit from earlier days, in a style that works perfectly for Alicia's voice. A perfect bit of soul for that warm Sunday afternoon in the fall – king of similar to Chaka Khan's great solo work on Warner from the same time. Titles include "When Love Starts To Go", "I'm So Lonely", "Love Me Or Leave Me Alone", and "Do Your Kind Of Dance". CD

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New Milton NascimentoUma Travessia – 50 Anos De Carreira Ao Vivo (DVD) ... DVD
Universal (Brazil), 2013. New Copy .... $26.99
One of the best albums we've heard from Milton Nascimento in years – and a really beautiful live performance that pays tribute to his 5 decades in music! The performance has a crisp, personal quality we don't always hear in Milton's studio work these days – and the band worked with Nascimento on the arrangements, which have just the right mix of complexity and intimacy to recall his corner club years – and still bring out all the best aspects in his vocals. Of course, it helps that most of the tunes here are classics – and even later numbers seem to benefit from the old school handling of the set – as you'll hear on titles that include "Anima", "Lagrimas Do Sul", "Cais", "Vera Cruz", "Para Lennon E McCartney", "Cancaoes E Momentos", "Travessia", "Raca", "Maria Maria", and "Amor De Indio". DVD
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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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Nite-LitersA-Nal-Y-Sis ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1973. New Copy .... $7.99 12.99
A masterpiece of hard and heavy funk – from one of the best bands of the early 70s! The Nite Liters were a legendary funky combo that provided the backing for some of New Birth's best albums – but on their own, they were even funkier, and had a sound that was part JBs, part Meters, and all funky! This album may well be the group's best – their last for RCA, and a set that really has them honing their edge incredibly. The drums are amazing, the keyboards great, and the horns have this quality that's both complex, yet right on the money – making for a richness in sound that really sets the group apart from their contemporaries. A few singers from The New Birth provide chorus vocals on a few tracks – but most of the set is instrumental, and the record's one we'd gladly stack next to our Meters albums on Josie or JBs classics on People. Every track's a gem – and titles include "Drumology", "Excuse Me While I Do My Thing", "Serenade for a Jive Turkey", "Happy Hooker", "Craaashing", "Damn", "Pee-Foul", and a sweet cover of "Valdez in the Country" that's been sampled at least once over the years! CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
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Nite-LitersA-Nal-Y-Sis ... LP
RCA, 1973. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A masterpiece of hard and heavy funk – from one of the best bands of the early 70s! The Nite Liters were a legendary little funky combo that provided the backing for some of New Birth's best albums – but on their own, they were even funkier, and had a sound that was part JBs, part Meters, and all funky! This album may well be the group's best – their last for RCA, and a set that really has them honing their edge incredibly. The drums are amazing, the keyboards great, and the horns have this quality that's both complex, yet right on the money – making for a richness in sound that really sets the group apart from their contemporaries. A few singers from The New Birth provide chorus vocals on a few tracks – but most of the set is instrumental, and the record's one we'd gladly stack next to our Meters albums on Josie or JBs classics on People. Every track's a gem – and titles include "Drumology", "Excuse Me While I Do My Thing", "Serenade for a Jive Turkey", "Happy Hooker", "Craaashing", "Damn", "Pee-Foul", and a sweet cover of "Valdez in the Country" that's been sampled at least once over the years! LP, Vinyl record album
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Cliff NoblesPhil-LA Of Soul Singles Collection 1968 to 1972 ... CD
Phil-LA Of Soul, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy .... $11.99 17.98
A killer full length set of work from Cliff Nobles – the artist best known to the world for a late 60s instrumental hit, but a pretty great singer as well! This wonderful collection features both vocal and instrumental sides of the Cliff Nobles sound – tunes that are a testament to his underground soul strengths at the end of the 60s, with a great blend of sock-soul and pre-funk modes! Cliff scored biggest on the charts with his classic "The Horse" – a brassy, upbeat instrumental with a groove that's right up there with the best Archie Bell or Bar-Kays work of the late 60s – but that cut was actually the flip of the vocal tune "Love Is All Right", a wonderful showcase for his singing skills. Both tracks are featured on the set, and the collection continues with a mixed vocal/instrumental sort of appeal – a mini soul party on its own, with a really fresh blend of modes. Titles include "The Horse", "Love Is All Right", "Judge Baby I'm Back", "Horse Fever", "If You Don't", "The More I Do For You Baby", "The Camel", "Getting Away", "Burning Desire", "Switch It On", and "This Love Will Last". CD

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NomoNew Tones ... CD
Ubiquity, 2006. New Copy .... $5.99 16.98
Mindblowing work from one of the greatest new groups we've heard in years – Michigan's mighty Nomo, easily one of the greatest Afro Funk combos going! Nomo's got a tightness that surpasses most other heirs to Fela's throne – an intensely focused energy that's really tremendous – and which soars out with some jazzy touches on the horns that move the group into deeply soulful territory! There's way more going on here than just guitar riffing, percussion, and blasting horns – as Nomo's musical vision is really expansive, and often echoes with cosmic touches you never would have heard back in 70s Ethiopia! Electric instruments are used subtly, but really effectively – so that keyboards are matched with weird guitar parts and some especially great electrified gamelan and kalimba lines, the last of which are almost worth the price of the record alone. The whole thing's great – classic in its roots, but creative enough to have a boldly strong voice of its own – and our hats are off to Nomo for blowing us away even more here than with their already-great debut! Titles include "We Do We Go", "Nutones", "Hand & Mouth", "Fourth Ward", "Reasons", "New Song", "Divisions", "Sarvodaya", and "Book Of Right On". CD
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NomoNew Tones ... LP
Ubiquity, 2006. New Copy .... $9.99 16.98
Mindblowing work from one of the greatest new groups we've heard in years – Michigan's mighty Nomo, easily one of the greatest Afro Funk combos going! Nomo's got a tightness that surpasses most other heirs to Fela's throne – an intensely focused energy that's really tremendous – and which soars out with some jazzy touches on the horns that move the group into deeply soulful territory! There's way more going on here than just guitar riffing, percussion, and blasting horns – as Nomo's musical vision is really expansive, and often echoes with cosmic touches you never would have heard back in 70s Ethiopia! Electric instruments are used subtly, but really effectively – so that keyboards are matched with weird guitar parts and some especially great electrified gamelan and kalimba lines, the last of which are almost worth the price of the record alone. The whole thing's great – classic in its roots, but creative enough to have a boldly strong voice of its own – and our hats are off to Nomo for blowing us away even more here than with their already-great debut! Titles include "We Do We Go", "Nutones", "Hand & Mouth", "Fourth Ward", "Reasons", "New Song", "Divisions", "Sarvodaya", and "Book Of Right On". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Linda OhSun Pictures ... CD
Greenleaf, 2013. New Copy .... $9.99 14.98
Beautiful sounds from bassist Linda Oh – a very vivid set that definitely lives up to the pictures promised in the title! Oh's got this way of painting in sound that we really love – sometimes in a straighter jazz formation, sometimes with a more lyrical, open brush that really makes for magic in the music – an approach that few others could handle this way without falling into older cliches or overly-sentimental passages – but which Linda makes come across with the same sort of edge as her music with others. The group maintains the right sort of feel to realize Oh's vision – with Ben Wendel on trumpet, James Muller on guitar, and Ted Poor on drums – all very versatile players, especially Muller – whose tones really do a lot for the record. Titles include "Blue Over Gold", "Footfall", "Polyphonic HMI", "Shutterspeed Dreams", and "10 Minutes Till Closing". CD

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Ohio PlayersOhio Players Live 1977 ... CD
Cleopatra, 1977. New Copy .... $14.99 16.98
Amazing sounds from The Ohio Players – the only live performance ever issued by the group, and a set that captures them right at the height of their mid 70s fame! The sound here is every bit as tight as on their classic studio albums for Mercury Records, but the music has a lot more bite, too – a sharpness that really comes through in the live setting, where the bass, drums, and other instruments come across with a raw power that's really incredible – a great reminder that groups like this could do everything they did, long before ever walking into a studio. Titles include "Alone", "Who'd She Coo", "Love Rollercoaster", "Skin Tight/Fopp", "Drum Solo", "Sweet Sticky Thing", and "Fire (parts 1 & 2)". CD
Also available Ohio Players Live 1977 ... LP 27.99
 
 
 



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