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Edwin BirdsongDance Of Survival ... LP
Bamboo, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Tripped out funky soul from the great Edwin Birdsong – a rare indie album released between his years at Polydor and Philly International! The set's got a wilder sound than any of his other work – kind of a righteous funk set for the dancefloor – recorded with lots of weird production touches, edgey guitar bits, and a style that's almost psychedelic-folk-jazz-disco! Birdsong's lyrics are more "out there" than ever, and there's some great spacey production that really makes the whole thing sound great – and which gives the record a very cool feel that's unlike anything else we can think of. A real lost treasure from the 70s indie underground – with titles that include "Dance Of Survival", "What's Your Sign", "Night Of The Full Moon", "Astral Walk", and "Your Smile Gave Birth To My Idea". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Dance Of Survival (with bonus track) ... CD 19.99

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Edwin BirdsongDance Of Survival (with bonus track) ... CD
Bamboo/Shout (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $19.99
Tripped out funky soul from the great Edwin Birdsong – a rare indie album released between his years at Polydor and Philly International! The set's got a wilder sound than any of his other work – kind of a righteous funk set for the dancefloor – recorded with lots of weird production touches, edgey guitar bits, and a style that's almost psychedelic-folk-jazz-disco! Birdsong's lyrics are more "out there" than ever, and there's some great spacey production that really makes the whole thing sound great – and which gives the record a very cool feel that's unlike anything else we can think of. A real lost treasure from the 70s indie underground – with titles that include "Dance Of Survival", "What's Your Sign", "Night Of The Full Moon", "Astral Walk", and "Your Smile Gave Birth To My Idea". CD features the bonus 7" mix of "Dance Of Survival". CD
Also available Dance Of Survival ... LP 9.99

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New Edwin BirdsongFuntaztik ... CD
Salsoul/Unidisc (Canada), 1981. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little club set from the enigmatic Edwin Birdsong – a artist that we first came to love for his quirky early recordings on Polydor, and his later collaborations with Roy Ayers – but who sounds equally great here in a Salsoul setting! Birdsong's always had a great talent for spinning an offbeat sort of groove – one that stretches out with unusual rhythms, funky basslines, and odder-than-usual subject matter and lyrics. And here, he's taking the smoother Salsoul sound and infusing it with some of his own offbeat phrasings – in a mode that's got some great 80s groove old school funky touches! The set includes the classic "Rapper Dapper Snapper", a tune that's got a fair bit of Roy Ayers touches in the mix – plus the tracks "Funtaztik", "Win Tonight", "Two Faced Lover", and "Fortune & Fame". CD also features the bonus instrumental of "Rapper Dapper Snapper"! CD

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New Edwin BirdsongWhat It Is ... LP
Polydor, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wild weird stuff from Edwin Birdsong – an artist who's best known for his work with Roy Ayers during the 70s. This effort's got a very similar righteous soul sound to some of Roy's early work for Polygram – with a mix of jazz, soul, funk, and lots of cosmic wisdom – although Edwin also lets his politics get in the groove a bit more strongly, in a manner that's similar to Eugene McDaniels. Includes the spacey club classic "Pretty Brown Skin" – a wonderfully off-beat groover that sounds like it could be a Roy Ayers tune. Other tracks include the bizarre "It Ain't No Fun Being A Welfare Recipient", plus "The Spirit Of Do", "The Uncle Tom Game", and "Mongoose". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover is in great shape.)
 
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Roy AyersVibrations ... CD
Polydor, 1976. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
One of Roy Ayers' greatest albums of the 70s – a set that tightens up the groove from previous Polydor productions, yet still keeps all the soul intact! The record picks up the style begun with the Mystic Voyage album, and pushes it to some slightly tighter territory – a more focused Roy Ayers sound that's totally great, and which makes the album sparkle wonderfully throughout! All aspects of Roy's talents are perfectly balanced here – his warm vocals and jazzy vibes, his uptempo grooves and mellower rhythms – played to perfection by a hip lineup of players that includes Philip Woo on electric piano, Justo Almario on tenor sax, and Steve Cobb on drums. Edwin Birdsong guests a bit on the record – bringing in a nice edge to a few tunes – the album's got a really unique dark undercurrent, even in smoother moments – that subtle Roy Ayers' approach that's always made him one of our all-time favorite artists. Titles include the wonderful jazz-tinged "Searching", a great midtempo stepper that we really love; the funky break track "The Memory", a righteous number that feels like work from earlier records; the clubby classic "One Sweet Love to Remember"; and the sweet instrumental "Vibrations", which has a mellow kickback feel! Other tunes include "Higher", "Domelo (Give It To Me)", "Baby I Need Your Love", and "Better Days". CD

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MtumeKiss This World Goodbye ... LP
Epic, 1978. Very Good ... $14.99
An early crossover set from Mtume – one that still holds onto some of the elements first forged in the spiritual jazz underground of the early 70s, yet one that also starts to showcase more of the tighter soul groove he'd burst into prominence in the early 80s! The blend is a great one, and makes the album one of Mtume's most compelling records – as even amidst some of the more grooving numbers, there's some great offbeat elements at work too – almost putting the record in the territory of work by Roy Ayers or Edwin Birdsong. The mighty Hubert Eaves contributes lots of great keyboards to the record, and famous partner Reggie Lucas plays guitar – while Mtume himself sings along with his percussion, and also gets some female vocal help from Tawatha. Titles include the sublime "The Closer I Get To You" – plus "Just Funnin", "Kiss This World Goodbye", "Love Lock", "Metal Flake Mind", and "This Is Your World". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a tracklist sticker, some wear, a bit of sticker residue, some seam splitting, staining in the bottom corners, a small split on the back along the bottom, a couple of small bits of stuck-on paper, and a promo stamp.)

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Too NiceCold Facts ... LP
Arista, 1989. Sealed ... $1.99
Production by Edwin Birdsong – with tracks that include "Two Can Play The Game", "I Git Minz", "Everybody Loves Sex", "I'm Sad", "The Phantom Of Hip Hop", and "Cold Facts". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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VariousMojo Club Presents Dancefloor Jazz Vol 4 – Light My Fire ... LP
Motor (Germany), 1995. New Copy ... $28.99
The turning point volume in the Mojo Club series – and the volume in which the groove really began to open up into the fantastic mix of styles that's made the series famous! The collection features 14 great tracks that shouldn't sound great together, but they do – a really amazing array of different music from different scenes – put together with a strong sense of panache, and running for much longer than any American compilations of this nature (if there's any that could ever match up!) Titles include "Zazueira" by Elis Regina, "Jimmy Jean" by Ellen McIlwaine, "Pretty Brown Skin" by Edwin Birdsong, "Hold Out Your Hand" by Karin Krog, "Use It Or Lose It" by Gotham, "Try To Relax" by Ballinjack, "Return Of The Prodigal Son" by Joe Lee Wilson, "Balanca Pema" by Ronald Mesquita, "Oba La Vem Ela" by Jorge Ben, "Dyambo" by Hugh Masekela, and "Easin In" by Edwin Starr. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMuro King Of Diggin – Diggin' Salsoul Breaks ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $28.99
Great grooves from Salsoul Records – but served up in a way that's quite different than usual, with a very strong emphasis on the more break-heavy side of the spectrum! The tracks here still come from the same club and disco sources you'll know from Salsoul – but in the hands of DJ Muro, the get a special focus towards the old school – honed in to the most funky, most snapping elements of the cuts – in ways that really unlock a whole new understanding of the label! Muro never messes with the tracks too much – but he does bring them together in ways that re-emphasize his skill as a master selector – in a mix of 22 tracks that includes "Slap Slap Lickey Lap" by Instant Funk, "Sadie" by Joe Bataan, "Psyched Up" by Dr Perri Johnson, "The Incredible Hump" by Sound On Sound Productions, "I Like It Like That" by Inner Life, "High" by Skyy", "Win Tonight" by Edwin Birdsong, "Sugar Frosted Lover" by Flakes, "Kongas Fun" by Kongas, "Sun God" by Tierra, "El Caravanero" by Chocolat, and "Girl From Ipanema/Brazilian Nights" by Gary Criss. CD

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New Roy AyersTear To A Smile ... LP
Polydor, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best early soul albums by Roy Ayers! Roy's working here with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Edwin Birdsong, William Allen, Harry Whitaker, and other hip players – a perfect crew to forge Roy's unique blend of jazz and soul. This is perhaps the first record to really have Roy stretching out in this mode – moving more fully away from funky jazz, into a ream of vocal tracks that would make him one of the most unique artists of the 70s. This mid 70s period of Roy's career was remarkably fertile, creatively as well as for sheer productivity – and Tears To A Smile is one of them that shows some the most artistic growth, and also a deeper sense of soul! Features righteous cuts like "2000 Black", "Ebony Blaze", "Time & Space", and "A Tear To A Smile" – plus the mellow "Magic Lady", and a great remake of Earth Wind & Fire's "That's The Way Of The World". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Marley MarlRe Entry ... CD
Beat Generation/BBE (UK), 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Marley Marl returns – and it's like he's never been gone! The album's a brilliant batch of tunes produced with a sound that recalls the glory days of Marley's years at Cold Chillin, but which also shows a tremendous respect for changes in underground hip hop over the past few years. Marley's got a host of heavyweight guest stars – including Roy Ayers, Edwin Birdsong, Big Daddy Kane, Capone, Screwball, and others – and the album's a mixture of vocal and instrumental tracks that include "Do U Remember", "Three's Company", "Spazz", "Who's Sicker", "Lost Beat", "Easy Type Sh*t", "What Ruling Means", "Hummin", "Big Faces", and "Foundation Symphony". CD
(Digipack has some edge wear.)

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New Roy AyersVibrations ... LP
Polydor, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of Roy Ayers' greatest albums of the 70s – a set that tightens up the groove from previous Polydor productions, yet still keeps all the soul intact! The record picks up the style begun with the Mystic Voyage album, and pushes it to some slightly tighter territory – a more focused Roy Ayers sound that's totally great, and which makes the album sparkle wonderfully throughout! All aspects of Roy's talents are perfectly balanced here – his warm vocals and jazzy vibes, his uptempo grooves and mellower rhythms – played to perfection by a hip lineup of players that includes Philip Woo on electric piano, Justo Almario on tenor sax, and Steve Cobb on drums. Edwin Birdsong guests a bit on the record – bringing in a nice edge to a few tunes – the album's got a really unique dark undercurrent, even in smoother moments – that subtle Roy Ayers' approach that's always made him one of our all-time favorite artists. Titles include the wonderful jazz-tinged "Searching", a great midtempo stepper that we really love; the funky break track "The Memory", a righteous number that feels like work from earlier records; the clubby classic "One Sweet Love to Remember"; and the sweet instrumental "Vibrations", which has a mellow kickback feel! Other tunes include "Higher", "Domelo (Give It To Me)", "Baby I Need Your Love", and "Better Days". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Vibrations ... CD 10.99

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New Herbie MannMuscle Shoals Nitty Gritty ... CD
Embryo (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Herbie Man gets nitty and gritty at the Muscle Shoals Studios – bringing his funky flute to the southern powerhouse of sound, and hitting some of his most soulful grooves of the time! The approach here is really great – definitely cast in the southern soul mode that was associated with Muscle Shoals, but also done with the looseness of a jazz record – so that the sound's a fair bit different than similar projects coming out of the scene at the time. Most tracks are long and flowing – with lots of sweet electric elements that include vibes from Roy Ayers, guitar from Eddie Hinton, and keyboards from Barry Beckett. Wayne Jackson and Andrew Love slide in on horns – but Herbie's flute is still the main solo element, and it gets plenty of space to stretch out with some great trippy grooves! Titles include Edwin Birdsong's "Can You Dig It?", plus Sonny Sharrock's "Blind Willy", and Herbie's own "Panama Red's Panama Hat" and "Claudia Pie". CD
 
 
 



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