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Howlin WolfHowlin Wolf Album ... CD
Cadet/Get On Down, 1968. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
A killer album of funky blues – recorded by Howlin Wolf during the period when Chess/Cadet was backing its older artists up with some of the newer funk musicians it had working in its studios! The overall sound works quite well – and although purists at the time moaned at the way artists like Wolf, Etta James, and Bo Diddley were being handled (especially with a "we know better than them" message on the cover like this!), the funky blues records from this time actually seem to be some of the most enduring from Chess – especially with younger listeners in the 21st Century! A big part of the success here goes to producers Charles Stepney and Gene Barge – who helped bring together a younger batch of players for Wolf's backing – including Pete Cosey and Phil Upchurch on guitars, Louis Satterfield on bass, and Morris Jennings on drums. Titles include "Spoonful", "Tail Dragger", "Smokestack Lightning", "Red Rooster", "Evil", and "Down In The Bottom". CD

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Howlin WolfMessage To The Young ... CD
Chess/Get On Down, 1971. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Funky blues work from Howlin Wolf – his key entry into the funked-up genre that Chess Records was cutting at the end of the 60s with other blues artists like Etta James, Bo Diddley, and Muddy Waters! As on records with those artists, Wolf's older modes are updated here for a hipper, younger audience – backed up with a bouncing batch of electrified backings arranged by Sonny Thompson, and conducted by Thompson and Cash McCall, the latter of whom is most likely playing a bit of guitar here. Tracks are a bit longer than usual, and filled with plenty of heavy guitar bits next to the vocals – and titles include "I Smell A Rat", "Miss James", "If I Were A Bird", "She's Lookin Good", "Turn Me On", and "Message To The Young". CD

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Non PhixionFuture Is Now (premium box – 2CDs/3 x 7" singles/cassette/book) ... CD
Landspeed/Get On Down, 2002. New Copy ... $58.99 59.98
The underground classic from Non Phixion – in a box set billed as the "premium version", and they ain't kidding – it's loaded! Includes the original early 00s album on 2CDs – the vocal version and instrumental version. Also includes 3 X 7" singles – with "Black Helicopters", "They Got. . .", "Rock Stars", "The CIA Is Trying To Kill Me", "Drug Music" and "If You Got Love" – and a cassette titled The Past, The Present And The Future Is Now – with 21 tracks on it!!! We somehow managed to sleep on the original album for a couple years way back then, but woke up, thankfully. It's REALLY strong stuff, and its held up well over the years. Dark, paranoid satire as grisly as early Eminem, etc., with tight production by Necro, Pete Rock, Premier and others. Guest spots by Necro, the Beatnuts, MF Doom, Al Tariq and others. Titles include 'Drug Music", "The CIA Is Trying To Kill Me", "Rock Stars", "Black Helicopters", "Suicide Bomb" and "We Are The Future". Last, but not least, it all comes in a heavy duty box, and includes an 80 page, hardcover book of notes and photos. CD

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Muddy WatersAfter The Rain ... CD
Cadet/Get On Down, 1969. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Muddy's grooving hard and funky – with help from Cadet studio funksters like Charles Stepney, Phil Upchurch, Louis Satterfield, and Morris Jennings – one of the best ever of the once oft-maligned, now oft-beloved funk era Chess/Cadet albums! After The Rain has more of Muddy's classic bluesy finish than some of the other Chess blues remodel albums from the time – but it's still got plenty of raw production and great fuzzed out guitar that totally killer! Hard charging dirty grooves from Muddy Waters that we've always dug – and we're thrilled to see these kinds of records get some belated love! Titles include "I Am The Blues", "Hurtin Soul", "Bottom Of The Sea", "Honey Bee", "Rollin' And Tumblin'", "Screamin & Cryin", and "Blues & Trouble". CD

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Muddy WatersUnk In Funk ... CD
Chess/Get On Down, 1974. New Copy ... $7.99 14.98
Muddy Waters definitely put the "unk" in funk – although back in his day, the word meant something different than in the 70s! This set features some great late Muddy for Chess – produced in conjunction with Ralph Bass, Muddy's longtime associate in the studio, and done with a style that's a lot more rootsy than the title might imply! Instead of the electrified funky style that other Chess bluesmen were going for in the early 70s, or which Waters used on his late 60s albums, this one is a more back to basics set – with stripped down arrangements, and the kind of electric down homey feel that must have been big with the college kids. Pinetop Perkins plays piano on the set, and Carey Bell Harrington throws in a lot of harmonica. Titles include "Electric Man", "Trouble No More", "Unk In Funk", "Everything Gonna Be Alright", "Waterboy Waterboy", and "Rollin & Tumblin". CD

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New BallinjackBallinjack ... CD
Columbia/Get On Down, 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Lost funk rock from Ballinjack – the rare self-titled set for Columbia that's arguably best remembered for being so massively sampled – but the group that deserves a more widely-credited legacy! The sound is a bit like Mandrill on the best cuts, with the band going hard on the funky drums with some great brassy movements, flute and guitars. Lots of deftly jazzy movements, too – standout flute and guitar moments throughout. Tracks include the famously sampled "Found a Child" and "Never Let 'Em Say" (believe us, you've heard these samples plenty, and it's cool to hear them in their original context. . .great stuff and little wonder they were so strongly utilized by hip hop production heavies), plus "Super Highway", Festival", "Telephone", "Ballin' The Jack", "Street People", "Carnival", and "Hold On". CD

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New Bo Diddley/Muddy Waters/Little WalterSuper Blues ... CD
Chess/Get On Down, 1967. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Chicago blues trifecta – and the first time ever that Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and Little Waters ever worked together! The set's got a raw power that definitely lives up to the title – a wicked mix of raw guitars, rough rhythms, and some wonderfully soulful vocals – all served up in a style that has the modes of each different player stepping forth into the limelight from track to track, but with the others shouldering forth themselves to challenge the lead! The mix of Bo's twang and Muddy's grit is mighty nice – and Little Walter helps bring a soulful focus that really holds the whole thing together. Titles include "I'm A Man", "Who Do You Love", "Bo Diddley", "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "My Baby", "Long Distance Call", and "You Don't Love Me". CD

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New Souls Of Mischief93 'Til Infinity (2CD 20th Anniversary edition – with booklet) ... CD
Hiero Imperium/Get On Down, 1993. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The timeless classic Cali hip hop standard bearer from Souls Of Mischief – given the tricked out 20th Anniversary edition it deserves! As much as we love all the best Hiero output of the 90s & beyond, this is still our favorite, and besides, it's pretty much the blueprint for the Hieroglyphics sound. Jazz inspired, headnodding boom bap production at its finest – along with some of the finest ensemble rapping of the era, this one goes straight up on the top shelf. Original album tracks include "That's When Ya Lost", "Let Em Know", "Live & Let Live", "Make Your Mind Up", "A Name I Call Myself", "Disseshowedo", "What A Way To Go Out", "Never No More", "93 Til Infinity", "Limitations", "Anything Can Happen", "Make Your Mind Up", "Batting Practice", "Tell Me Who Profits" and "Outro". This great Get Own Down edition features a tick booklet and a bonus CD full of remixes and instros. CD
(Beautiful expanded anniversary edition from Get On Down – with a bonus CD and expanded booklet – and even the packaging raps. . .playing the title track when you open it up!)

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New Sweat BandSweat Band ... CD
CBS/Get On Down, 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A tasty bit of late P-Funk! The album was recorded in 1980, on the wane of the main P-Funk groups – and it features Bootsy and Fred Wesley teaming up on the arrangements, in a set of bass-heavy, mostly instrumental tracks that groove hard like the best early work by Zapp! There's a great jazzy groove to the record – with loads of tasty keyboards, and less of the slapp bass funk that could sometimes ruin other efforts like this. Titles include "Love Munch", "Hyper Space", "Freak to Freak", "Body Shop", and "We Do It All Day Long". CD
Also available Sweat Band ... LP 6.99

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New Chuck BerrySan Francisco Dues ... CD
Chess/Get On Down, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the weirdest Chuck Berry albums ever – and one of the greatest, too! The sound here is very different than the hard rockin Berry of the early days – and the record's got kind of a laidback, trippy, and slightly bluesy approach – one that has Chuck singing in these homey vocals we really love, and playing guitar with this kind of watery tone that's really unique – almost airy, but still with a bit of bite – and really quite hard to peg! Backing is relatively spare – electric and acoustic piano, rhythm guitar, bass, and drums – and the whole thing is very rootsy, with tracks that include "Your Lick", "Festival", "Bordeux In My Pirough", "My Dream", "Viva Rock & Roll", "Lonely School Days", and "Let's Do Our Thing Together". CD
Also available San Francisco Dues ... LP 14.99
 
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Annisteen AllenFujiyama Mama ... CD
Rev-Ola (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $4.99
Seminal sides by one of the first great female singers of R&B – the mighty Annisteen Allen, a vocalist who was first known for her great work in the band of Lucky Millinder, but later stepped out on her own as an even bigger solo act! Annisteen's got a style that predates Ruth Brown, LaVern Baker, and other key 50s R&B singers – a mode with roots in swing, but delivery that's much harder-hitting overall – perfect for the transitional R&B years in which she worked! The collection features key sides by Allen recorded for the King and Capitol labels – packaged together with great notes on her full career, and a huge set list that's extremely comprehensive. CD features 28 tracks in all – with titles that include "Mine All Mine", "Yes I Know", "Mr Trumpet Man", "Too Long", "Lies Lies Lies", "Down By The River", "My Brand Of Loving", "Wheels Of Love", "Fujiyama Mama", "Nothing Can Replace You", "I've Got Troubles", "Hard To Get Along", and "Slow But Sure". CD

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Baby HueyBaby Huey Story – The Living Legend ... CD
Curtom (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
Fantastic! The lost link in the Chicago soul scene of the 60s was Baby Huey – and he was a pretty darn big link too, if you've ever seen him in pictures! Weighing in at about 300 pounds, Baby Huey was sort of a rockin' soul star who played clubs on both sides of the city, to audiences of all types – working in a party-styled blend of funk, rock, and soul that was one of the most powerful grooves going down in the Windy City at the time! Huey sadly passed away at a very young age, leaving only this full album as his legacy – a great batch of hard-hitting soul tracks that are among some of the funkiest work ever recorded for the legendary Curtom label! The set includes Huey's classic version of "Mighty, Mighty", a club favorite from the live shows – plus the excellent Curtis Mayfield tune "Hard Times", famous as an oft-used sample track! Other titles include "A Change Is Going To Come", "California Dreamin", "Running", and "Mama Get Yourself Together". CD

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Beady BelleCricklewood Broadway ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ... $8.99
Stunning sounds from Beady Belle – one of the greatest albums we've heard from the group in years – and that's saying a heck of a lot! Beady Belle are as soulful as ever, but also have a new sort of crackle too – a bit more clavinet mixed in with their Fender Rhodes, and this cool moogy way of laying down a groove that at times is almost a 21st Century version of Shuggie Otis during his Inspiration Information years! The lovely vocals of Beate Lech still keep a great degree of humanity in the music – with these beautifully personal lyrics that have always made the group one of the warmest of all their contemporaries on the Scandia scene – sung this time with a maturity that could well get these guys the much-needed audience they've always deserved on this side of the Atlantic. A gem through and through – with titles that include "Saved", "Party Pooper", "Song For Irie", "Faith", "Circlet", "So Far So Good", "My Name On The World", and "Poppy Burt-Jones". CD

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Jo BissoLove Somebody ... CD
Marlin/Henry Stone, 1977. New Copy ... $6.99 12.99
Disco grooves, but with a definite difference – given that Jo Bisso had previously worked on the Parisian club scene, and brings a special flourish to this American album from the late 70s! Jo sings lead vocals on the side-long "Love Somebody" – a tune that builds strongly as Bisso gets answered by a trio of lovely ladies who really brighten up the sound – and who then seem to take over even more on the flipside working with singer Claudia Ferrari. This second side is even better than the first – as things get a bit more spare and stripped-down – snaking out on the smooth stepper "Your Love", getting some funky moogy touches on the P&P-like "Let's Keep It Together", and warming up on the mellow disco number "Thank You Baby". Special bonus – CD features a fifth track – not titled or credited at all! CD

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James BrownBest Of Live At The Apollo – 50th Anniversary Edition (with unreleased tracks) ... CD
King/Universal, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Not just a "best of" from James Brown's legendary recordings at the Apollo Theater – but a set that also unearths two rare tracks from the never-issued album Get Down At The Apollo With The JBs! The core of the set presents the best moments from Live At The Apollo Volumes 1, 2, and 3 – all records that not only helped set the tone for 60s soul to come, but which further went onto elevate the place of live recordings in pop music in general – and really illustrate the way an artist could be even more exciting live than in the studio! James is completely on fire here – working with sharp energy and amazing dexterity – as are his backing bands – completely mesmerizing throughout, and showing us that funky soul at its best hardly relies on any tricks in the studio or production techniques. The set features the previously unreleased live versions of "Hot Pants Road" and "There It Is" – plus "I'll Go Crazy", "Sex Machine", "Get Up Get Into It Get Involved", "Soul Power", "Cold Sweat", "There Was A Time", "Try Me", and "Please Please Please". CD
Also available Best Of Live At The Apollo – 50th Anniversary Edition (with unreleased tracks) ... CD 7.99

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Keni BurkeChanges (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1981. New Copy ... $9.99 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
Also available Changes ... CD 9.99

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New GC CameronLove Songs & Other Tragedies ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A tremendous solo act from GC Cameron – a singer who first rose to fame in The Spinners, but who really sounds wonderful on his own! GC's moved away from The Spinners here – into a wide range of styles that show him ready to take on most of the rest of the competition! He's working here with the best of the best of Motown – production from Stevie Wonder and Willie Hutch – and arrangements by both, plus Paul Riser, Gene Page, James Carmichael, and Frank Wilson – all of whom really give their best to the record, and show that Motown was putting plenty of effort into making GC one of the next big stars of the 70s. We're not sure why things never took off as strongly for Cameron, but whatever the case, the album's a great step for the solo artist – on cuts that include "If You Don't Love Me", "Tippin", "All In Love Is Fair", "If You're Ever Gonna Love Me", "Come Get This Thang", "I'm Gonna Give You Respect", and "Let Me Down Easy". CD

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Gene ChandlerGet Down (with bonus track) ... CD
Chi Sound/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99
The legendary Gene Chandler gets down, and gets down good – in this classic late 70s set of clubby numbers and upbeat groovers! The set's one of the best moments on the Chi-Soul series from producer Carl Davis – and features a nicely evolved version of earlier Chicago soul modes from Tom Tom 84 and Sonny Sanders – both of whom push an older Brunswick style into some smoother, more sophisticated modern soul territory! Chandler's vocals are wonderful, as always – and have a catchy snapping feel on the groovers, mixed with surprisingly deep soul on the few mellower moments. Titles include a remake of "Please Sunrise", plus "I'm The Travelin Kind", "Get Down", "Tomorrow I May Not Feel The Same", "Greatest Love Ever Known", and "What Now". CD features a bonus single mix of "Get Down". CD

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New ChicChic/C'est Chic ... CD
Atantic/Friday Music, 1977/1978. New Copy 2 CDs ... $20.99 22.98
A sweet double header – a set that brings together the two best albums by the legendary Chic! The self-titled Chic set is a classic batch of choppy funky dancefloor tunes that never gets old! By the end of the 70s, Chic were so ubiquitous it was hard to remember the early power of this set – but from the perspective of 30 years later, the album's a real gem – set up with a simple focus on the rhythms that's made even better by the choppy guitar of Nile Rodgers, and his superbly soulful work on production alongside Bernard Edwards. Vocals are by Luther Vandross, Norma Jean, and Edwards – and titles include "Dance Dance Dance", "Strike Up The Band", "You Can Get By", and "Sao Paolo". C'Est Chic is a massive set from the legendary Chic – and a set that has the dancefloor combo coming down perfectly throughout! Riffing Nile Rodgers guitars really make the tunes cook – as does the superb production – and although the record played plenty in discos and radios of the mainstream, it's still got a raw funky power that holds up brilliantly over the years! The set features the legendary "Le Freak" – a classic cutting track from the old school – plus "I Want Your Love", "Sometimes You Win", "Savoir Faire", "Happy Man", and "(Funny) Bone". CD

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Wayne CochranGoin Back To Miami – The Soul Sides 1965 to 1970 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $21.99
Hey, don't hold Wayne Cochran's hair against him – because he's one massively soulful dude, despite a high white pompadour – and really knew how to rock the clubs back in the 60s! Cochran's a really unique figure – working with a look that was whiter-than-white, but coming across with a groove that was right up there in the best funky soul mode of the time! Wayne played for the same sort of crowds that went to see Baby Huey & The Babysitters – blending together soul and R&B influences with a really party-oriented groove laid down by his legendary CC Riders backup group – and crossing countless borders along the way, all in pursuit of a socking soul sound! This wonderful set is the best we've ever seen on his music – and features tracks pulled from his sessions for King, Chess, and Mercury – plus a full never-issued live album for King, titled The Wayne Cochran Show. There's more than a few covers here of other 60s soul tunes, but Wayne somehow manages to make most of them sound even better than the originals – bringing in funky arrangements that weren't even used on the hits, and making us wish we'd had a chance to catch his cooking show back in the day. 38 tracks in all – with titles that include "Dance To The Music", "Hold On I'm Coming", "Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "Hard To Handle", "Chopper 70", "Everybody", "Let Me Come With You", "My Machine", "Get Ready", "Which One Should I Choose", "I'm In Trouble", "The Peak Of Love", "Somebody Please", "I'm Leaving It Up To You", and "Big City Woman". CD

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Larry Coryell with The Wide Hive PlayersLarry Coryell With The Wide Hive Players ... CD
Wide Hive, 2011. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
A really old school jam from guitarist Larry Coryell – one that takes us back to some of the most tripped-out sounds of his early years! Given the cover, you can definitely expect a psychedelic influence to the music – and the group here really helps Larry get back to his roots – finding a sound that's still plenty jazz, but which mixes in some funky and progressive elements too – that genre-stepping quality that really helped Coryell break down a lot of barriers back in the day. Coryell plays both acoustic and electric on the date, and the lineup features some especially nice Fender Rhodes – plus trombone, saxes, bass, and plenty of percussion. Titles include "Torchlight", "Cobalt", "Terco", "The Last Drop", "Return Of Shirtless", "December Blues", "Honey Dijon", and "Dream Scene". CD

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Sugar Pie De SantoGo Go Power – The Complete Chess Singles 1961 to 1966 ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
A much-needed look at the mighty Sugar Pie DeSanto – a singer who really rocked Chess Records back in the 60s! DeSanto came to the label already boasting one hell of a groove – a rock-solid sense of rhythm that made all of her tunes groovers right from the get-go – and a raw vocal power that easily rivaled, if not beat, that of Etta James – her labelmate at Chess, and partner on a few duet tracks here! The collection's a non-stop soul party throughout – as upbeat as Northern Soul, but with plenty of deep soul elements as well – and it's the first time many of these cuts have been brought together on CD, and certainly never before as wonderful as this. Kent serves up some great notes and vintage photos with the package – the latter of which show Sugar Pie in action on stage, clearly one of the sexiest singers to work the circuit back in the 60s! Titles include "In The Basement (parts 1 & 2)", "Soulful Dress", "Witch For A Night", "Ask Me", "Good Timin", "Mr & Mrs", "Mama Didn't Raise No Fools", "Crazy Lovin", "There's Gonna Be Trouble", "Jump In My Chest", "Somewhere Down The Line", "Use What You Got", "Never Love A Stranger", "I Love You So Much", "Go Go Power", and "I Don't Wanna Fuss". CD

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DelfonicsDelfonics/Tell Me This Is A Dream ... CD
Philly Groove/Kent (UK), 1970/1972. New Copy ... $14.99
Sublime soul through and through – 2 classics from The Delfonics, back to back on a single CD! First up is self-titled record The Delfonics – the third album in an amazing early run from The Delfonics – the kind of work that set a whole new standard for group soul in the 70s! A number of the tracks here had already risen to fame before the album's release as singles – and these are mixed with some additional tracks that are woven together in a near-perfect symphony of sound! The mighty Thom Bell arranged most of the numbers here – save for 2 by Anthony Dorsey – and the group's heavenly harmonies are in amazing form on both mellow ballads and a few more righteous numbers. Titles include "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time", "Funny Feeling", "Over & Over", "Baby I Love You", "When You Get Right Down To It", "Delfonics Theme", "Trying To Make A Fool Of Me", "I Gave To You", "Down Is Up Up Is Down", and "Think About Me". Tell Me This Is A Dream has The Delfonics just getting better and better! The longer the group recorded, the more they picked up this strange spacey quality that pushed them past some of their contemporaries of the early 70s. And on an album like this, they prove that they're way more than just Thom Bell puppets by showing that they have a rich talent for a wide variety of complicated arrangements that really push the vocal group sound of the 70s. They take many stylistic risks, coming up with really sinister new harmonies, and always managing to stay clear of the cliches that buried some of their mates on the charts. Bell still arranges some of the material, but the record also features work by Norman Harris and Caldwell MacMillan, who did the real genius work on the record. This masterpiece includes the sublime "Hey, Love", plus "Walk Right Up to the Sun", "I'm A Man", "Too Late", "Love You Till I Die", "Looking for a Girl", and "Round & Round". CD

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

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Ensemble NovoBlue Night ... CD
Frosty Cordial, 2013. New Copy ... $6.99
A new ensemble, but one with a strong influence from older Brazilian modes – especially the best bossa jazz styles of the 60s! The group's got a sweet approach that mixes vibes in with bossa grooves – a really nice change from the usual, and backed up by more classic elements on acoustic guitar and tenor sax! The sound's wonderfully stripped-down, and recorded in a very basic style – so that there's none of the too-smooth feelings you'd get from other contemporary bossa outings – which leaves a really nice sense of personality and expression from the instruments. Behn Gillece plays vibes and Tom Moon plays tenor – and titles include "Andorinha", "Tristeza", "Wind", "Berimbau", "Grace Engine No 1", "O Sol Nascera", and "Boranda". CD

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General CaineDangerous (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $9.99
General Caine's plenty dangerous here – so much so, they found a way to fuse an electric socket to the midsection of the model on the cover! That joke aside, though, the album's got the same tight approach to funk of the group's previous records – made maybe even tighter here by great production from the team of Leon Chancler and Reggie Andrews – two super-maestros of 80s funk who know how to really bring up the beats and bass from the bottom, but without losing the soul of the songs! Vocals snap along strongly with the electro elements in the rhythms – and a few mellower numbers round things out nicely, and give the album an unexpected sort of depth. Titles include "Upside Down", "Ooh Aah", "The Bus", "Get Closer", "True Love", "Bomb Body", and "By My Side". CD features a very cool book-styled cover, with new liner notes, new sound – and bonus tracks that include "Bomb Body (inst)", "Ooh Aah (ext)", "Ooh Aah (inst)", and "Ooh Aah (7" mix)". CD

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Willie HightowerWillie Hightower ... CD
Honest Jons (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $6.99
Seminal southern soul from the great Willie Hightower – a singer we'd rank right up there with Otis Redding, Al Green, and James Carr! Willie's got an incredible voice that grabs you right away – earthy and honest, yet also extremely well controlled – almost a down home take on the sound of some of the smoother soul singers of the 60s – in a manner that reminds us a bit of Garnett Mimms, and which really stands apart from other vocalists of the time. The 18 tracks on this set represent Willie at his best – and the collection features material recorded for producer Bobby Robinson (issued on both the Capitol and Enjoy labels), and Muscle Shoals maestro Rick Hall – brought together with beautiful fidelity, in a package that finally gives Willie his due, and which will hopefully get his name out there with the rest of his lendary contemporaries! Titles include "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", "You Used Me", "Back Road Into Town", "Nobody But You", "I Love You", "Poor Man", "Let's Walk Together", "Somebody Have Mercy", "You Are Mine", "It's A Miracle", and "Ooh Baby How I Love You". CD

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Carl Sherlock HolmesInvestigation No 1 (with bonus track) ... CD
CRS/Tramp (Germany), 1974. New Copy ... $12.99
A funky holy grail – one of the rarest of the rare, and the only album ever cut by funky guitarist Carl "Sherlock" Holmes! Carl's work on the guitar is incredible – fast riffing and jazzy, with a style that's dirtier and messier than some of his 70s jazz funk contemporaries, but which also lays back on a few tracks so that Carl can deliver a sweetly soulful vocal. The album's a real blend of styles, all handled pretty darn well – from the hard funk of "Black Bag" and "Investigation", to the Latin jamming of "Modesa", the fast grooving of "Get Down Philly Town", and the mellow soul of "Think It Over" and "Your Game". Great stuff! This excellent 2012 CD version on Tramp includes one bonus track – "The Pot's Hot". CD
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Willie HutchMark Of The Beast ... CD
Motown/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the nicer Willie Hutch albums on Motown – a killer batch of heavy and funky tracks that evoke some of his soundtrack work from the same time – as well as a more hard grooving album-oriented approach! Willie arranged and produced, and there's lots of nice moogy and guitary bits – plus sweet backup chorus vocals and a few more soaring elements – making this one a cool mix of grittier grooves, stranger textures and a few softer touches. Titles include "Get Ready For The Get Down", "Don't You Let Nobody Tell You How To Do Your Thing", "I'm Gonna Stay", "Mark Of The Beast", "Woman You Touched Me" and "Life's No Fun Living In the Ghetto". CD

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Isley Jasper IsleyBroadway's Closer Than Sunset/Caravan Of Love/Different Drummer ... CD
Superbird/CBS (UK), 1984/1985/1987. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
An Isley Jasper Isley 3-fer – the '84, '85 & '87's Broadway's Closer To Sunset Boulevard, Caravan Of Love and Different Drummer – in a single set! Broadway was the first breakaway effort from the trio of Ernie Isley, Chris Jasper, and Marvin Isley – a set that's got an even leaner groove than some of the Isley Brothers material from years before! The group really hit their stride right away – stepping out in a sweet array of funky rhythms that have some definite 80s touches on the beats, yet which still share all the best Isleys elements overall! Guitar parts are especially sharp – that carved in soul sound that showed up in most Isleys projects from the early 70s onwards – and the vocals have a great sense of warmth and soul, especially on the mellower tunes in the set, which turn down some of the more hook-heavy rhythms heard on other tracks. Titles include "Serve You Right", "Sex Drive", "Love Is Gonna Last Forever", "Kiss & Tell", "I Can't Get Over Losin You", "Look The Other Way", "Break This Chain", and "Broadway's Closer Than Sunset Blvd". Ernie and Marvin Isley team up with Chris Jasper and for Caravan, and more fully reinventing their for the 80s! The record features the wonderful "Caravan Of Love", a soulful spiritual tune that's kind of to 80s soul what The Impressions "People Get Ready" was to 60s soul! Different Drummer was the last album by this configuration of the group, taking on different modes, with some soul gems in the mix. Titles include "Dancing Around The World", "High Heel Syndrome", "Liberation" and more. Includes "Different Drummer", "Do It Right", "Blue Rose", "8th Wonder Of The World" and more. CD

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Kool & The GangSomething Special (with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $14.99
Something Special indeed – as the album was one of the biggest hits for Kool & The Gang, and showed that the group still had plenty of energy left to groove into the 80s! The record features production work by Brazilian music maestro Eumir Deodato – who by this point had become a sweet and smooth talent with a real flair for putting over a modern soul groove! Deodato's approach is really great – smooth, yet soulful, without any tricks or gimmicks – and a real appreciation for lead vocals and a catchy little hook! The album features the group's party classic "Get Down On It", plus "Steppin Out", "No Show", "Pass It On", "Be My Lady", "Take My Heart", and "Good Time Tonight". CD features lots of bonus tracks – include "Steppin Out (12" mix)", "Get Down On It (12" mix)", "Take My Heart (12" mix)", "Stop", "Steppin Out (single)", "Get Down On It (single)", and "Take My Heart (single)". CD

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Little MiltonIf Walls Could Talk ... CD
Checker (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
A great example of why Little Milton was always one of the few Chicago blues artists who could also break strongly in the soul camp at the time – and a beautifully balanced set that perfectly shows both sides of the Chicago scene of the time! Production is by old Vee Jay maestro Calvin Carter, and arrangements by Gene Barge, who manages to slide effortlessly between blues and soul on the set – almost pushing Milton into Tyrone Davis territory, but keeping things a bit more rougher and down home on some of the other numbers. The sound is wonderful – very deep and rich, and with a sound that's head and shoulders above most other albums of this type in the late 60s. Titles include "Baby I Love You", "If Walls Could Talk", "Things That I Used to Do", "Let's Get Together", "I Play Dirty", "Blues Get Off My Shoulder", "I Don't Know", and "Poor Man". CD

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Main IngredientRolling Down A Mountainside/Music Maximus ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy ... $16.99
Double greatness from The Main Ingredient – two full albums on a single CD! Rolling Down A Mountainside is mid 70s magic from The Main Ingredient – a set that has the trio working with even more sophistication than on previous records, yet still holding onto all the harmonies that always made them great! Cuba Gooding's lead is wonderful – rich and full of feeling, and slinking nicely over arrangements from Rene Hall and Bert DeCoteaux, both of whom bridge the simpler styles of earlier work with some of the deeper ideas going down in soul music at the time. The title track is a killer a wonderful spacey soul track with sweeping arrangements and some weird moogy bits in the background – perfect for the group's sweet style, and a complicated captivating number that pushes past the formula of their earlier hits. The rest of the album follows with equally compelling modes – and titles include "Rolling Down A Mountainside", "Thanks For The Laughs", "That Ain't My Style", "Family Man", "I Want To Make You Glad", and "The Good Old Days". Music Maximus is wicked work from The Main Ingredient – a set that's even fuller and funkier than before, yet still a perfect setting for the tremendous harmonies of the trio! The "Roman orgy" cover makes this one look like it might be more of a disco effort – but the overall sound is a sweet mix of modern soul grooves, tight funky charts, and some deeper ideas that are arranged wonderfully by Leon Pendarvis and Lou Courtney. The approach is possibly most like Courtney's own great albums of the time – rooted in a respect for older soul styles, yet really able to open up to new ideas too – and the album features a great funky version of Leon Ware's "Instant Love", plus the tracks "Car Of Love", "Many Women In My Life", "Half A Chance", "I Gotta Know You", "Can't Get Ready For Losing You", and "Who You Really Are". CD

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MasterpieceGirl's Alright With Me ... CD
Whitfield/Warner (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
A great later production by Norman Whitfield – and one that almost returns to the simpler harmony soul of 60s Motown! Masterpiece have a style that's much more fragile and sweet than other groups on the Whitfield label – which was mostly dedicated to fuller and dancefloor soul. The harmonies here are really classic – almost acapella inspired at times, although recorded with plenty of fuller backings arranged by Norman – and the vocals are very upfront in the mix, and really given plenty of room to move around. Titles include "The Girl's Alright With Me", "High On Love", "We Like To Get Down", "Take A Look Around", "Thank You For The Love", "Love Is What You Make It", and a version of "You + Me = Love". CD

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New Zara McFarlaneIf You Knew Her ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99
An even better album than Zara McFarlane's debut – and a record that lets us dig even deeper into the wonderful world of her vocals! The instrumentation here is mostly stripped down – usually just a bit of percussion, bass, or piano – used as sparingly here as on some of Jose James' early work for the Brownswood label – material that would be a great comparison for Zara's approach here, as the style is a really personal blend of jazz roots, contemporary soul phrasing, and individual musical vision! Most lyrics are McFarlane's own – spun out warmly and without any sense of cliche or overdone phrasing – and even when she turns to songs by others, she really finds a way to make them all her own. Titles include "Open Heart", "Her Eyes", "Move", "You'll Get Me In Trouble", "Plain Gold Ring", "Woman In The Olive Groves", "Love", and "Angie La La". CD
Also available If You Knew Her ... LP 24.99

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New O'JaysOriginal Album Classics (Backstabbers/Ship Ahoy/Survival/Family Reunion/Travelin At The Speed Of Thought) (5CD set) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Sony, 1972/1973/1974/1975/1977. New Copy 5 CDs ... $21.99
Tremendous group soul from the O'Jays – and nearly every one of their best recordings for Philadelphia International Records, served up in one mighty hip set! The package features five full albums, each in a tiny LP sleeve – all of which really have the trio stepping forward strongly from their early group soul years – finding a new mature space in which to really hone their sublime vocal talents, and take on a whole host of new social and political themes as well! The set features 42 tracks, and the full albums Back Stabbers, Ship Ahoy, Survival, Family Reunion, and Travelin At The Speed Of Thought – with cuts that include "Love Train", "Back Stabbers", "This Air I Breathe", "For The Love Of Money", "Give The People What They Want", "Rich Get Richer", "Unity", "Stairway To Heaven", "I Love Music", "Let's Spend Some Time Together", and "Time To Get Down". CD

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Billy OceanTear Down These Walls (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Jive/Cherry Pop (UK), 1988. New Copy ... $13.99
A big one for Billy Ocean – and a set that has the singer sounding even more confident and powerful than ever before! Ocean's not afraid of a hook by this point in his career, and the album's filled with the kind of catch crossover tune that Billy could do better than just about anyone else – music that got him a big audience way beyond soul, especially on the other side of the Atlantic. Titles include "The Colour Of Love", "Calypso Crazy", "Here's To You", "Because Of You", "Get Outta My Dreams Get Into My Car", "Stand & Deliver", and "Gun For Hire". CD features bonus tracks – "Get Outta My Dreams (extended)", "Showdown", "Calypso Crazy (extended)", "Let's Get Back Together", and "Stand & Deliver (extended)". CD

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Shuggie OtisInspiration Information/Wings Of Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic, 1974/2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
A treasure trove of rare funk – a massive package that not only includes the legendary Inspiration Information album by Shuggie Otis, but which also adds in four bonus tracks to that classic – plus a full other album of unreleased vintage work! Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis – the LA R&B maestro who was moving heavily into funk at the end of the 60s – and he has this tripped out, super-dope guitar style that he played to strong effect on Johnny's albums of the late 60s and early 70s, and on his first two solo albums, which were kind of bluesy in tone. But for Inspiration Information, he shocked the world by moving into a stripped-down mode that pairs his guitar with spare drum machine rhythms, flanged-out deeply soulful vocals, and one of the most laidback conceptions of funk you'll ever hear. The album's a landmark – one of those gems that's unlike anything else you can think of, but which will redefine your concept of what you want in a record for years to come. Every track's a winner – and the whole thing's a perfectly unified batch of tunes that includes instant classics like "Inspiration Information", "Island Letter", "Aht Uh Mi Hed", "XL 30", and "Rainy Day" – plus unreleased bonus tracks "Miss Pretty", "Magic", "Things We Like To Do", and "Castle Top Jam". Then – as if that's not enough – the set features incredible rare material from Shuggie – 14 more tracks as the Wings Of Love album, mostly recorded in the late 70s post-Inspiration years, plus a few tracks from later vintage too! The sound is great – the kind of extra bits we've been wanting to hear from Otis for many many years – finally unleashed from the vaults, and showing a style that really echoes the groove that others had copied from him – like The Brothers Johnson and some later contemporaries. There's plenty of great lost nuggets on Wings – and titles include "Trying To Get Close To You", "Give Me Something Good", "Wings Of Love", "Give Me A Chance", "Fireball Of Love", "Fawn", "If You'd Be Mine", "Black Belt Sheriff", and "Destination You". CD

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Parliament12 Inch Collection & More ... CD
Funk Essentials/Casablanca, 1970s. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
A batch of Parliament and Parliament related funk nuggets get a nice CD presentation of the original, rare, and or extended takes that were previously only available on the original vinyl! All told, more than an hour's worth of prime and/or rare P Funk! Tracks include "Aqua Boogie" (original 12" version), "Flashlight" (original 12" version), "Agony Of Defeat" (original promo-only 12" version), Parlet's "Ridin' High" (original 12" promo-only version), "Oh I" (original 12" promo-only version), "Up For The Down Stroke" (alternate version) and more. CD

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Joe QuartermanSir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
GSF/Shout (Japan), 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... $24.99
An undisputed funk classic – even back in the days before anyone ever said the phrase "funk classic"! This album must have been deleted the day it came out – because even though it's attained legendary proportions with groovers worldwide, it's always been hard to find – even back in the 70s! But unlike so many other "rare-but-not great" funk albums, this one's a killer – with a hard funky wah wah sound that we'd rank up there with James Brown's best work on Polydor from the early 70s, and which should have made Joe a millionaire, not a lost legend of soul music. The band is sharp as a knife – with hard drums, tight bass, and some simply amazing guitar riffing. But the best part is Joe – as his vocals are hard and emotional, with just the right touches of righteousness to carry off the album's political messages, but not too much as to spoil the party that the band's having in the background! Every single track is a winner, and if we were ever to make a list of the top five funk albums to own, this one would be on it! Titles include "The Way They Do My Life", "I Got So Much Trouble On My Mind", "The Trouble With Trouble", "Give Me Back My Freedom", "Live Like Brothers", and "Find Yourself". CD features a HUGE amount of bonus tracks too – titles that include "Thanks Dad (parts 1 & 2)", "This Girl Of Mine", "I'm Gonna Get You", "No", "Get Down Baby (parts 1 & 2)", "I'm A Young Man", "How High", "Let Me Be What I Am", "You Know It's True", and a 1969 version of "So Much Trouble In My Mind". CD
Also available Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul ... LP 9.99

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Eric ReedGroovewise ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Groovewise, the record's a great one – one of the strongest in years from pianist Eric Reed – who works here in an open-ended live setting with Seamus Blake on tenor! The album's a great example of the way these Smoke Sessions records can really open up the right sort of artist – as Reed reminds us of his ability to soulfully swing and really get down to business – working here with Blake's tenor in these wide waves of sound on the groovers, then laying back into these complex lines in the more gentle passages – both aided nicely by the work of Ben Williams on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. All tracks are nice and long – and really flow with the kind of magic that Eric brings to his performances in a club – and titles include "Powerful Paul Robeson", "Until The Last Cat Has Swung", "Ornate", "The Gentle Giant", "The Shade Of The Cedar Tree", "Una Mujer Elegante", and "Groovewise". CD

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Martha Reeves & The VandellasBlack Magic ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $22.99
One of our favorite albums ever from Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – a set that's way past their early overheard hits for Motown, and which shows the group really stretching out with a new sort of power! There's definitely a bit of Black Magic in the mix – as there's a fresh feel here that really shows the changes Motown was making at the start of the 70s – with some echoes of the style used with the Jackson 5 – no surprise, given that the album's genius track "Bless You", was written by The Corporation! That track is worth the price of the album alone – and has this incredible wall of sound arrangement, with Martha singing verse after verse about the religiosity of love. But other tracks are great too – and include "No One There", "I Want You Back", "Hope I Don't Get My Heart Broke", and "Tear It On Down". CD

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Eric RobersonMusic Fan First ... CD
Blue Erro Soul, 2009. New Copy ... $9.99
Damn wonderful music from Eric Roberson – an artist who never lets us down! Eric's got a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of – warm, wonderful, and full of joy – without any posturing modes at all, and a down to earth sensibility that's kept him at the top of our playlists for years – and which makes each new record a delight! This set's Roberson's first for a few years, but it's well worth the wait – as there's a deepened sense of soul that really comes through in the songwriting – a new level of maturity in the way he looks at life, yet still all the boyish, honest charm that's always drawn us into his music. Production is beautiful – simple and elegant, yet in ways that get far past some of the overdone modes of the underground – proving once again that Roberson is one of the few cats out there who's actually setting new standards all the time in his music – an under-discovered genius that we're plenty proud to know! Eric gets help on the record from guests who include Sy Smith, Wayna, Lalah Hathaway, Geno Young, and W Ellington Felton – but as always, it's the Roberson genius that really grabs us – on titles that include "The Hunger", "A Tale Of Two", "Borrow You", "Dealing", "How Could She Do It", "Further", "Bad For Me", "Breakitdown", "Pave A New Road", "Wanna Believe Again", and "Celebrate". A very long album – over 75 minutes of music – proving that Eric's definitely a music fan first! CD

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Leonard RosenmanFantastic Voyage ... CD
La La Land, 1966. New Copy ... $19.99
One of the greatest soundtracks ever from Leonard Rosenman – and a key example of his strong talent for mixing acoustic instrumentation with very offbeat and eerie electronics! Rosenman had offered up this blend on other important science soundtracks of the 60s – but probably hit his apex with this gem – penned for mid 60s film about a bunch of scientists who shrink down, and take a trip inside the human body! The electronics are sublime – used in these stark, sharp ways that are very compelling, and downright evil in nature – providing a real contrast to some of the warmer woodwind touches in the orchestrations, even when they try to echo the electric energy. The whole thing's pretty darn great – a lot bleaker musically than the actual film – and titles include "Proteus Moving Through Sac", "Group Leaves", "The Proteus", "The Chart", "Pulmonary Artery", "Get The Laser", and "The Human Brain". CD
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New Patrice RushenPatrice/Pizzazz/Posh (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Edsel (UK), 1978/1979/1980. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
Three wonderful albums – all wrapped up in a sweet single packag! First up is the self-titled Patrice album – a sweeeeeet groover by Patrice Rushen – her first album for Elektra, and a stunning blend of funky jazz and soul! The record really has Patrice stepping out from her earlier years at Prestige – working in some surprisingly great vocals next to tight lines on Fender Rhodes, synth, and clavinet, handled with a smooth and soulful quality that's wonderful all the way through – a blend of soul and jazz that few other players could do this well – no matter how many others tried to copy her style over the years! Rhythms are as hard and heavy as on the Prestige years, and the keyboards have a great sort of focus too – just the right mix of jazz to offset the vocals – which themselves are a wonderful discovery. The whole album's a gem – and tracks include the great funky classic "Hang It Up", plus "Changes (In Your Life)", "When I Found You", "Play", "Didn't You Know?", and "Music Of The Earth". Features bonus tracks "Hang It Up (12" version)" and "Play (12" version)". Next is Pizzazz – one of the records that not only broke Patrice out of the jazz funk ghetto, but which also had a pretty profound influence on the progression of soul in the early 80s – really pushing the use of jazzy elements that would help take R&B to a new level with bigger artists. Patrice plays keyboards and sings, and the sound's a sweet mix of funk and soul, smoothed down to get everything in the door at the same time. Titles include "Givin It Up Is Givin Up", "Call On me", "Haven't You Heard", and "Let The Music Take Me". On Posh, Patrice is at the height of her powers – equally magic on keyboards and vocals, and coming up with groove after groove in a sublime blend of 70s jazz funk and Minnie Riperton-esque soul! The whole album's a winner – real magic that never gets old, and the kind of LP that makes you understand why you'll find Patrice's records in just about any soul collection from the time! Tracks include "I Need Your Love", "Time Will Tell", "The Dream", "Never Gonna Give You Up", and "Don't Blame Me". Features bonus tracks "Look Up (long version)" and "Never Gonna Give You Up". CD

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Gene RussellTalk To My Lady ... CD
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
Some of the hippest sounds we've ever heard from pianist Gene Russell – an album that features heavy use of Fender Rhodes – and a soulful, solid, rhythmic core that comes from the basslines of Henry Franklin, guitar of Calvin Keys, and drums of Ndugu Chancler! The set's one of the greatest in the legendary Black Jazz catalog – and is a perfect illustration of the righteous ways the label's players helped to update soul jazz styles of the 60s – really reworking things here with a fresh 70s vibe, and a sense of conscious energy that flows effortlessly from Russell's work on the keys! Most numbers feature added percussion, which really furthers the spirit of the session – and titles include the massive "Get Down", plus "Blues Suite", "For Heaven's Sake", "Talk to My Lady", "My Favorite Things", and "Me & Mrs Jones". CD

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Pete SeegerRainbow Race/Now/Young Vs Old ... CD
Omni/Columbia (Australia), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 19.98
A trio of later LPs from the incalculably important topical folk stalwart and archivist Pete Seeger – 1971's Rainbow Race, 68's Now and '69's Young Vs Old – plus a holy grail of a bonus track – bundled in this excellent 2CD set from Omni! Rainbow Race starts out disc 1, an album that's understated in production, but feels more modern than many of Seeger's albums, and it's both massive in mood and masterful in material. It's stocked largely with Seeger originals rather than the shared folk songbook he so often worked within – with titles including "Last Train To Nuremburg", "Sailing Down This Golden River", "Old Devil Time", "Words Words Words" and more. It's followed by Now – another great record with more banjo in the sound, and more diverse songs – with modern folk scene standards, talking blues and public domain revisitations, strident and in a live setting, with "Adam The Inventor", "Talking Ben Tre", Blacklash Blues", "Cotton Needs Pickin So Bad", "The Cities Are Burning" and more. Young Vs Old follows a similar trail, with some bigger emotions as well as sparer numbers, with titles including "Who Knows", "Bring The Home", "Ballad Of The Fort Hood Three", "Be Kind To Your Parents", "Get Up And Go", "Mayrowana" and more. Last and certainly not least, the bonus track "I Feel Like I'm Fixin To Die Rag" – a killer version of the defiant, Anti Vietnam War sing-along standard that was purportedly banned in 1970 and released officially for the first time ever on this CD! CD

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New Naomi Shelton & The Gospel QueensCold World ... CD
Daptone, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99
A great one from Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – a record that's done with deeper raw soul roots than their Daptone debut – but which still holds onto all the group's uplifting gospel spirit! The best records on Daptone are big on old school soul and funk reverence, but show how crucial it still is today – no mere nostalgic revival, but a continuation of a tradition that's never going away. That's absolutely the case on Cold World – and the album is also as perfect of a mix of beauty and grit as anything we've heard on the label. Naomi Shelton's slightly gravelly, intensely soulful vocals are backed beautifully by the Gospel Queens vocal trio – and the band, led by piano player Cliff Driver, is fairly stripped down – piano, organ, drums, bass, and a guitar get the job done instrumentally – and no more is needed. Testify! Includes "Sinner", "Movin'", "Heaven Is Mine", "Bound For The Promised Land", "It's A Cold, Cold World", "I Don't Know", "Get Up, Child", "One Day", "I Earned Mine", "Humble Me", "Thank You Lord" and "Everybody Knows (River Song)". CD

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Sid RumpoFirst Offense (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mushroom/Warner (Australia), 1974. New Copy ... $19.99
A tremendous first album from Sid Rumpo – proof that the Aussie scene of the 70s had some very well-developed work going on, even if it never got the global notice it deserved! Sid Rumpo are one of a few Aussie bands that were grounded in an appreciation of blues and roots, but really took their inspiration to a whole new level – and one that was quite different than any American or Anglo work of the time. The songs are sharp, and focused – but they've also got this personal sense of power that's really captivating – especially given the regional difference in production style, which never seems to want to just ape the modes of the Northern Hemisphere. The guitar work is wonderful – clear and bold, but never in a too-macho way – and these guys could overly-jam or even get fusiony, but are much more intent to just keep their heads low and keep improving the subtle sides of their craft. A number of cuts really sparkle with more of an instrumental focus – although Mick Elliott sings great vocals on others – and titles include "Spider Curry", "Sailing", "Spotlight", "Poor Man's Orange", "The Riddle", and "Song With No Trees". CD features three bonus tracks – "Jump Down Step Aside", and live versions of "Now I'm Free" and "Forty Days & Forty Nights". CD

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Skool BoyzSkool Boyz/This Is The Real Thing ... CD
Destiny/FTG, 1984/1985. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A pair of lost 80s sets from Skool Boyz – brought together on a single CD! The self-titled Skool Boyz is a lot better than you might guess from the dated 80s spelling of the group – a surprisingly tight little trio, bouncing along with lots of riffing rhythms and sweet keyboard lines, but also keeping things pretty solid with a good mix of ballads alongside the groovers! One of the group members is Stanton Sheppard, and Bill Bunky Sheppard's listed as the executive producer – so we're guessing there's some sort of connection to the earlier years of the Chicago soul scene here – and there's definitely a solid approach to the record that's way more than the commercial pop you might expect from other groups with "boys" in their name. Titles include "Jam Beneath The Groove", "Can We Do It Again" (which has little bit of rapping), "You Can Get Down", "This Feeling Must Be Real", "I Ain't Gonna Go Searching", and "You Took The Best Part Of Me". This Is The Real Thing has a sound that's a bit more amped up than the group's debut, yet still pretty far from some of the more commercial soul of the Columbia Records spectrum – still pretty lean overall, with some of the keyboard and bass-heavy funk modes that were bubbling around in the boogie underground, presented here with a bit more polish – as you'd expect from a set on a major label. Titles include "Can We Do It Again", "Superfine", "This Is The Real Thing", "Never Need Another Love", "You Are My Love", and "Feel Like I'm In Love". CD

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SkylightSkyhigh ... CD
EMI (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the grooviest Australian groups of the 70s – one of that rare breed from down under who effortlessly mixed together rock and soul – often with some very unique results! We'd rank these guys right next to Renee Geyer or Rocco – as they've got a similar blue-eyed sensibility – a special way of looking at sounds from up north, then reworking them in the freedom of the Aussie scene of the time! Two of the clearest examples here come from the group's extended version of Donny Hathaway's "The Ghetto" – done with some razor-sharp Fender Rhodes lines that are mighty nice – and they're take on "What's Going On", with female vocals in the lead – at a level that's very different than the Marvin Gaye classic. But the whole album's got a similar balance too – and other cuts include "Skyhigh", "Get It Happening", "What's Happening To You", "Let's Get Outta Here (parts 1 & 2)", and "Gotta Get Away". CD

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Joanie SommersLet's Talk About Love ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99
A very powerful little session from Joanie Sommers – and like most of her work from the time, one that's done in a great blend of jazz and mainstream pop! Orchestrations are by Tommy Oliver, and there's plenty of dynamic horn passages to keep things interesting – even on the mellower numbers, which are often some of the best in the set – and feature Joanie's sweeter vocals amidst a darker bank of trombones that dip and turn gently. The more upbeat numbers often feature some nice percussion touches to get the groove going – and titles include "Till There Was You", "Make The Man Love You", "Spring Is Here", "Let's Talk About Love", "After The Lights Go Down Low", "Namely You", "Kiss & Run", and "I'll Never Stop Loving You". CD

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Ray TerraceHome Of Boogaloo ... CD
Tower/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums of Latin Soul you could ever hope to find – one of the few records ever from the great Ray Terrace – and a set that goes even beyond some of the similar sides on Tico or Fania at the time! Ray's groove here is totally wonderful – upbeat, joyous, and blending soul and jazz in equal parts – often with English language lyrics that have the best sort of Spanish Harlem sound. Many tunes are covers, but they're completely remade by the record – with lively arrangements from Marty Sheller that never let up, and smoking soul lead vocals by Willie Torres. The whole thing swings, and there's never a dull minute – on titles that include "Get On Up", "You've Been Talking 'Bout Me Baby", "Half Way Down", "Listen To Me", and the great "I Make A Fool Of Myself". CD
Also available Home Of Boogaloo ... LP 9.99

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New Bobby TroupDo Re Mi/Here's To My Lady ... CD
Liberty/Sepia, 1956/1957. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Two 50s gems from the great Bobby Troup – back to back on a single CD! Do Re Mi is a wonderfully playful record – Bobby wrote every track on the album, and the set's got lots of his cool little hipster ditties, like "Do Re Mi", "One October Morning", "Daddy", "Snootie Little Cutie", and "Baby, Baby All The Time". The backing's by a cool west coast ensemble with Red Norvo on vibes and Jimmy Rowles on piano, and they give the set a nice lively feel that has more swing than some of Bobby's other LPs. A great set of vocal tracks – and a great reminder of Troup's unique talents in the postwar years! Here's To My Lady is a set that shows the straighter side of Bobby Troup – a set that has the singer working through a batch of tunes that are mostly standards, instead of his usual compositions – but still doing equally well in the process! Troup's got a wonderful way of phrasing – very human and very down to earth – and even the fuller arrangements of Russ Garcia don't get in the way of the personal quality of Bobby's music, which is always center stage. The set does feature a few Troup originals – "Now You Know", "Please Remember", and "Her Name Is Julie – dedicated to wife Julie London – plus the tracks "Wait Till You See Her", "That's All", "They Didn't Believe Me", "You're The Cream In My Coffee", and "Crazy She Calls Me". CD

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VampiresVampires Underground ... CD
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1971. New Copy ... $16.99
A heady South African group from the early 70s – but one who feel much more like underground funk of the late 60s! The feel here is a garagey blend of instrumental soul and early funk – mixed with with some fuzzier guitar lines that add a nice psychedelic undercurrent, but not in the way you'd find on other African records of the time – especially because many tracks also feature some jazzy lines on flute that really mix well with the rhythms, and groove to undercut any moments that might be too rockish! Imagine a Stax instrumental session, cut down in Capetown – with titles that include "Memphis Underground", "Funky Broadway", "Into The Fire", "Whole Lot Of Love", "Get Ready", "I'm Your Puppet", and "Love Story". CD
Also available Vampires Underground ... LP 26.99

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Various80s Soul Classics Vol 5 – Sweet Soul Vibes & Funky Club Tunes ... CD
PTG (Netherlands), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $21.99
Way more than just the usual classics you might associate with 80s soul – and instead a great batch of album cuts and "bubbling under" tracks that are really ripe for rediscovery! The music here is all in the best 80s groove mode – tight, but never uptight – with lots of jazzy inflections on the keyboards and other instrumentation alongside the vocals – a groove that's bouncy enough for the club, but laidback enough for other sorts of listening as well. The track selection is great – no overdone hits here – and titles include "Find Yourself" by Bobby Broom, "Throw It Down Shake Your Body" by Bill Summers, "Move Everything You've Got" by Thunder, "Keep On" by Tavares, "Let's Celebrate" by Jones Girls, "Voo Doo" by Sergio Mendes, "It's Alright" by Sho Nuff, "Fun City" by Vernon Burch, "Don't Ask Me To Be Friends" by Billy Griffin, and "Get It While You Can" by Bobby Nunn. 2CDs, and 24 tracks! CD
Also available 80s Soul Classics Vol 5 – Sweet Soul Vibes & Funky Club Tunes ... CD 13.99

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VariousBamaLoveSoul Presents – On Deck ... CD
BamaLoveSoul, 2012. New Copy ... $13.99
A wonderful compilation put together by BamaLoveSoul – who are among the greatest champions of the best, deepest soul in the contemporary landscape! This diverse set is 10 strong with excellent underground soul, laidback instrumentals and otherwise solid sounds – all of which we're hearing for the first time – and we'd like to thank our friends down in 'Bama for that! On Deck has a global reach and a great ear for timeless, genuinely soulful music – whether it's done with subtle electronics, acoustic instrumentation or a bit of both. It's all good – which seems to be real impetus for inclusion here – that, and everyone on it deserves to bust out to a wider audience. Let's help make that happen! Includes "Lost In Memory" by Soia, "Fourteen" by Ta-Ku, "Underestimated" by Diggs Duke and ProbCause, "When The Time Is Right" by Byron The Aquarius, "Get On Through" by Mr Bird feat Greg Blackman, "Better" by Nicholas Ryan Gant, "BrookLon (BK Meets UK)" by Ahmed Sirour, "Be Felt" by Xolisa, "Run The Fantastic Race" by Tall Black Guy and "End Of The Universe" by Freddie Joachim. CD

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New VariousEthiopiques Volume 29 – Mastawesha – Kassa Tessema ... CD
Buda (France), 1972/1976. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Really hypnotic sounds from Ethiopian singer Kassa Tessema – heard here on two records from the 70s, both of which have a very ancient feel! Kassa has this very deep sound in his voice – a range that really goes down right to the bottom, with less of the higher tones of other Ethiopian instrumentation or singers – and the backings for the records are very spare, often just a bit of krar or harp – used in simple melodic patterns, but which get very compelling as they cycle through in repetition. Some tracks are instrumental, and the booklet also offers translations of the most compelling lyrical passages – on titles that include "Woubye", "Tezeta", "Fanno", "Gelel", "Yemuziqa Moges","Satenaw", and "Antchi Hoy Lene". CD

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VariousHardcore Traxx – Dance Mania Records 1986 to 1997 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 80s/1990s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99 16.99
A massive overview of one of the longest-running house labels from Chicago – the crucial Dance Mania imprint, second only to Trax and DJ International for its huge run of talent! Dance Mania came into being a few years into the first wave of Chicago house, but also kept its dedication to the underground for a lot longer, too – and really helped a tremendous amount of young artists to hit the studio and get their chance at turning out a groove! The label was housed in the upstairs of Barney's Records – an important west side record store and one-stop – and it dedicated itself to tracks that were maybe a bit faster, simpler, and more direct than some of the other house in Chicago at the time – often with a great style of stripping things down to all their best elements, yet still keeping things warm and soulful overall. The package features great notes on the label – and on the great Ray Barney himself (we miss your store, Ray!) – and titles include "7 Ways (club)" by Hercules, "Crazy Wild" by Club Style, "Love Will Find A Way (club)" by Victor Romeo, "Toxic Waste (club)" by Tim Harper, "I'm So Deep" by Vincent Floyd, "Falling (Armando's house mix)" by 326, "Da Bomb" by DJ Deeon, "Ghetto Shout Out" by Parris Mitchell, "Hit It From The Back" by Traxmen & Eric Martin, "The Original Video Clash – Video Class 2 (street mix)" by DJ Funk, "Feel My MF Bass" by Paul Johnson, and "Work Out" by Top Cat. 2CD set features 24 tracks in all! CD
Also available Hardcore Traxx – Dance Mania Records 1986 to 1997 (with bonus CD) ... LP 24.99

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VariousI Am The Center – Private Issue New Age In America 1950 to 1990 ... CD
Light In The Attic, 1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 2 CDs Gatefold ... $15.99 18.98
An amazing compilation – and a really groundbreaking attempt to get to the true heart of new age music – that initial moment of meditative sound on records from the American underground – very pure in both spirit and execution before the whole thing got watered down and commercial! The massive set digs way deeper than we might have expected – way past the Bay Area indies who rose the genre to prominence, to a whole host of tiny US labels from the postwar years onward – home to individual players with a very personal sound – on instruments that range from conventional piano to global sources, electronics, and even some items of their own invention. The choice of tracks is perfect – really getting back to the basics of the genre in a great way – and the music is very laidback and meditative, with ethereal qualities that are completely sublime – especially in the context of the great packaging and notes of the whole collection. Many tracks here were never issued on CD – and many were only from rare tapes, too – and the double-length batch of work is one of the most unique musical journeys we've ever taken! Titles include "Lifting Off" by Joanna Brouk, "Arabian Fantasy" by Daniel Emmanuel, "Formentera Sunset Clouds" by Iasos, "Seventh Chakra Keynote B" by Steven Halpern, "Om Mani Padme Hum" by Constance Derby, "Unicorns In Paradise" by Laraaji, "Blue Spirals" by Daniel Kobialka, "As The Earth Kissed The Moon" by Michael Stearns, and "Waterfall Winds" by Alice Damon. CD

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VariousJoey Negro – Remixed With Love ... CD
Z Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99
Joey Negro takes on a host of killer club cuts from the end of the 70s – and turns in some of his best remix work to date! Given that Joey's own music is always very classic-styled – whether as The Sunburst Band, or under other names – his approach here is very respectful of the originals, and really serves to just enhance elements of these tunes that we might have missed in the first place! And honestly, the set's filled with numbers we never would have expected to be so great in this setting – cuts that were already pretty good, but which sparkle in brilliant new ways in the hands of Joey Negro – all with a deeply soulful energy that takes us back to the Warehouse or Paradise Garage. Titles include completely unique mixes of "Welcome To Our World" by Mass Production, "Hot Shot" by Karen Young, "I Love To Dance" by Kleeer, "I Should've Loved Ya" by Narada Michael Walden, "Down For The Third Time" by Bobby Caldwell, "The Same Old Scene" by Roxy Music, "Love Money" by TW Funkmasters, "Haven't You Heard" by Patrice Rushen, "Get On Up Get On Down" by Roy Ayers, "Over & Over" by Ashford & Simpson, "Half A Minute" by Matt Bianco, "Always" by Electric Empire, and "Cosmic Lust" by Mass Production. CD

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VariousLong-Lost Honkers & Twangers – Unreleased 60s Gems From The Ventures, Fireballs, Rondels, Titans, & Reveliers – Plus Many Others ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
Killer instrumentals from the glory days of the garagey combo – a smoking little set that's very heavy on twangers – those wicked guitar-driven cuts that were often recorded with lots of cool echo and effects! Some of the names here are big ones, but most are smaller and lesser-known groups – and even the stars are represented by rare or unissued tracks – making the whole package as much fun as sorting through a rare pile of rock instrumental 45s from the 60s! And as usual with Ace, there's been plenty of care not just to choose the best tracks, but also provide excellent sound and a rich amount of history behind each number too – something you wouldn't get if you were only looking for 45s. Titles include "White Water" by The Reveliers, "The Psychedelic Worm" by Johnny & The Hurricanes, "Wax Em Down" by The Avantis, "Night Creature" by The Gigolos, "The Spur" by The Ventures, "Car Hop" by The Exports, "Loch Lamond Rock" by The Ramrods, "Flat Tyre" by The Reveliers, "Ghost Train" by The Swanks, and "Showboat" by The Rondels. CD
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VariousSoul On The Real Side #1 ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), 1970s/2014. New Copy ... $16.99
Contemporary cuts mixed with rare soul nuggets – all in a blend that goes way beyond the usual soul compilation! The Real Side team have issued a number of underground tracks on their own during the past decade – but they've also got ears that are really tuned towards a unique slice of soul from the 70s – those tracks that might have a deep soul feel in the vocals, but a modern soul element in the rhythms – a blend of rough and smooth that really sparkles strongly on the older tracks on this set! These 70s gems are interspersed with some of the newer material discovered by the pair – and the collection is a treasure trove of soul discoveries – with titles that include "Love's Journey" by Mebus, "I Can't Get Enough Of Your Love" by James Bradley, "I Need Your Love" by Patterson Twins, "Real Love (Tom Moulton mix)" by Jacqui Williams, "Rainbow" by Madagascar, "Let Your Love Rain Down On Me" by Jewel Bass, "Looking Up To You" by Michael Wycoff, "Am I Cold Am I Hot" by Bill Harris, "I Can't Do Enough For You Baby" by Tommy Tate, "Hold On To The Blues" by Lonnie Givens, and "I Should Be With You Tonight (Moonlight Studios rmx)" by Jesse Gomez. CD

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VariousSouthern Funkin' – Louisiana Funk & Soul 1967 to 1979 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $15.99
Heavy heavy funk from the Louisiana scene of the late 60s and 1970s – and a great collection that really gets past the dominance of the New Orleans sound! The set moves way past the Crescent City to uncover a wealth of great bits recorded in smaller studios located in Shreveport, Lake Charles, and a variety of tiny scenes in the southwest side of Louisiana – and the result is a great batch of tunes with a really gritty, down-n-dirty sound! There's a wealth of great funky styles in the set – including James Brown-inspired jammers, southern soul burners, and some other great modes that show that Louisiana's got a heck of a lot more to offer than just New Orleans funk. Titles include work from the Anla, Murco, Soul International, Goldband, and Tic Toc labels – a total of 22 cuts that include "Soul Time" by Ernest Thomas, "Soul Feeling (parts 1 & 2)" by Eddy G Giles, "Soul Brothers Testify (part 1)" by Chester Randles Soul Senders, "Soul Power" by Abraham & The Casanovas, "Put It On" by Count Rockin Sidney with The Dukes, "Fix It" by Clifton White & His Royal Knights, "Miss Hard To Get" by Dennis Landry, "No Sad Times" by Johnny Truit, "Black Water Gold" by African Music Machine, and "I Got A Groove" by JJ Callier. CD

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Burning SpearMan In The Hills/Dry & Heavy ... CD
Island (Japan), 1976/1977. New Copy ... Around December 17, 2014
Nice 2-fer that collects 2 great Burning Spear sides, cut as he began his career away from Studio One. The first album of the set is the follow up to the crucial Marcus Garvey set, and the second collaboration between Burning Spear and producer Jack Ruby. While the earlier Studio One sides are truly great, the work of the group (still a harmony vocal trio) at this point took the next step to classic status. Essential stuff, including the mighty title track, plus "No More War", "People Get Ready", "Groovy" & "Black Soul". Dry & Heavy was the first full-length self-produced LP from Winston Rodney, and finds him returning to the solo vocal format, unlike the previous harmony trio setting he'd been working in around the time of the recording. Continuing with the same powerful roots message he laid down on his classic preceding LPs (Marcus Garvey, Social Living & Man In the Hills), and backed up by some mighty rhythms, this is some serious stuff. "Throw Down Your Arms" was the most standout track, but we like "Any River", "Black Disciples" & "It's a Long Way Around" just fine, too. CD

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Bob Dylan/The BandBasement Tapes – Complete (6CD set) ... CD
Columbia, Late 60s. New Copy ... Around November 4, 2014
Dylan & The Band's legendary Basement Tapes – those amazing late 60s Woodstock recordings – and an album that was a classic long before it was officially released in the mid 70s! Bootleg after bootleg of some these recordings might have sold enough copies on the grey market in the early 70s to go platinum back in the day, so there's little wonder that Columbia would finally get some kind of official release out there – and it lives up to the legend! Dylan's conversational, seemingly spontaneous lyricism stretches over a good portion of it, with some much more soulful numbers, too – and those are all the more effective with The Band's incredible instrumentation, backing and occasional lead vocals. Includes "Odds And Ends", "Million Dollar Bash", "Tears Of Rage", "Tiny Montgomery", "Nothing Was Delivered", "Too Much Of Nothing", "Clothes Line Saga", "You Ain't Goin Nowhere", "Open The Door, Homer", "This Wheel's On Fire, "Crash On the Levee (Down In The Flood)", "Long Distance Operator". CD

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Bob Dylan/The BandBasement Tapes – Raw ... CD
Columbia, Late 60s. New Copy ... Around November 4, 2014
Dylan & The Band's legendary Basement Tapes – those amazing late 60s Woodstock recordings – and an album that was a classic long before it was officially released in the mid 70s! Bootleg after bootleg of some these recordings might have sold enough copies on the grey market in the early 70s to go platinum back in the day, so there's little wonder that Columbia would finally get some kind of official release out there – and it lives up to the legend! Dylan's conversational, seemingly spontaneous lyricism stretches over a good portion of it, with some much more soulful numbers, too – and those are all the more effective with The Band's incredible instrumentation, backing and occasional lead vocals. Includes "Odds And Ends", "Million Dollar Bash", "Tears Of Rage", "Tiny Montgomery", "Nothing Was Delivered", "Too Much Of Nothing", "Clothes Line Saga", "You Ain't Goin Nowhere", "Open The Door, Homer", "This Wheel's On Fire, "Crash On the Levee (Down In The Flood)", "Long Distance Operator". CD

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Merry Go Round/Emmitt RhodesListen Listen – The Definitive Collection (Merry Go Round/American Dream) ... CD
A&M/Rev-Ola (UK), 1967/1970. New Copy ... Early October, 2014 (delayed)
The complete A&M recordings of The Merry Go Round and later solo act Emmitt Rhodes – lesser-remembered pop treasures from the end of the 60s, really sparkling nicely in this well-done set! The Merry Go Round's heard here on their one and only album for A&M – a self-titled set from 1967, done in a style that mixes some of the sunniness of the LA sound of the time with slightly introspective folksy touches, and a few moments that almost hint at a more British invasion sort of style. There's a depth here that reminds us of our favorite Hollies albums of the period – a ear that goes way beyond simple pop single stylings, but also never gets too bogged down in overly-complicated song structures. The balance is a hard one to pull off, but Merry Go Round do it perfectly – thanks to the creative vision of Emmitt Rhodes, who whote most of the tunes and sings lead vocals. Rhodes later stepped out on his own as a solo act, and is heard here on his 1969 album The American Dream, plus some additional bonus singles – all of which follow the Merry Go Round style nicely, but also get even more personal, and seem to pick up a few well-placed singer-songwriter touches along the way. The CD features a total of 29 tracks in all – plus some great notes that helps you reconstruct the history of Rhodes and the group. Titles include "You're A Very Lovely Woman", "Live", "Pardon Me", "Mother Earth", "Low Down", "Where Have You Been All My Life", "We're In Love", "Gonna Fight The War", "In Days Of Old", "Holly Park", "Come Ride Come Ride", and "Textile Factory". CD

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Tito PuentePuente In Percussion ... CD
Fania, Late 50s. New Copy ... Around November 1, 2014
Essential grooves from Tito Puente – a really unique record for the time, and a set that's only grown in power over the years! The album's an all-percussion jam from Puente – one that strips away most other instrumentation, to focus just on heavy drum work from Puente and a core group of players that includes Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, and Patato Valdes! There's only just a bit of bass – played by Robert Rodriguez – to focus the energy of the percussion, and the timbales, congas, and bongos offer up both melodic lines and rhythmic grooves – a groundbreaking sound, recorded brilliantly back in the 50s! The album's got a killer stripped-down feel that you rarely get on other Tito Puente records – and tracks include "Tito on Timbales", "Swinging Mambo", "Congo Beat", "Stick On Bongo", "Tito & Mongo On Timbales", "Four Beat Mambo", and "The Big Four". CD

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SectionForward Motion ... CD
Warner, 1973. New Copy ... Around November 12, 2014
A killer second set from Section – a combo made up of key 70s studio players like Danny Kootch Kortchmar and drummer Craig Doerge! The style here is partly fusion, partly instrumental rock – but never too jamming overall, and recorded with a good spacious sound. Because of the restraint the group uses, there's a tight, crisp sound to the record that results in some solidly grooving numbers – recorded with a bit of a Southern California flourish in the production, but never as slick as the super-huge records these players would work on in years to come! Titles include "Smilin Ed", "El Mirador Bolero", "A Kind OF Albatross", "One Drum", "Bullet train", "Forward Motion", "Baby Lame", "Get Down Piltdown", "The Garden Of Ryoanji", and "Burning Bush". CD

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Sly & RobbieLanguage Barrier ... CD
Island (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... Around December 17, 2014
We go back and forth on how we feel about Laswell's production, but we never doubt Sly & Robbie, so in the grand scheme of things, this album still boils down to a winner. Like a lot of mid 80s Material productions, this one pulls in an all star cast to lend a hand to the Rhythm Twins, including Bernie Worrell, Herbie Hancock, Wally Badaru, Manu Dibango, Afrika Bambaata, Bernard Fowler, Mike Hampton, Doug E Fresh and even Bob Dylan. The overall groove is very electro, with 6 long-ish numbers: "Make 'Em Move", "NO Name On The Bullet", "Miles (Black Satin)", "Bass & Trouble", "Language Barrier" and "Get To This, Get To That". CD

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New Heinz SauerCherry Bat ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Heinz Sauer's tone hits us with the force of a bat from the very first note of the set – even though the leadoff track on the record is a ballad! Sauer's a real overlooked genius – a player who has a way of putting soul and life into every note he blows, even when mellow – this way of blowing either tenor or soprano sax so that you sense his energy and intent at each new note, as he moves down very personal paths even in familiar settings! This album's filled with that sort of energy – as tunes are mostly familiar, but blown by Heinz with that kind of earnest, personal vibe you'd get from Pharoah Sanders – although Sauer's never trying as hard to hit you over the head with his presence – he just states himself with effortless ease. The rest of the group is wise enough to lay back at the right moments, then leap in for inspiration at others – and players include Bob Degen on piano, Gunter Lenz on bass, and Thomas Cremer on drums – on titles that include "Lush Life", "Cherry Bat", "I Want To Die Easy When I Die", and "Greensleeves". CD

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New Horace AndyGet Wise ... CD
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more interesting male soul vocalists of the east coast scene of the time – particularly those at the higher end of the spectrum. Horace lilts up and down beautifully – over grooves recorded at Channel One, Black Ark, Dynamic Sound, and Randys – on titles that include "Roots Of All Evil", "Sexy Jean", "Let Your Teardrops Fall", "Get Wise", "Today Youth", "Feel Good", "Eighty Percent Badness", and "I Don't Want To Be Outside". CD
Also available Get Wise ... LP 16.99

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New Burt BacharachTogether? – Original Soundtrack Recording ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost Burt Bacharach treasure – a bit later than classic vintage, but a wonderful album from the mature maestro – and sometimes overlooked, due to its status as a soundtrack! The work here is totally great – that mellow, easy-flowing style that Burt really perfected around the time of Living Together – served up here in a batch of sweet instrumental tracks, plus a few key vocal numbers with lyrics sung by Jackie DeShannon, Libby Titus, and Michael McDonald – all of whom slide down more into the Bacharach ethos than stand out as their usual selves – and we mean that in a good way! Titles include "I Don't Need You Any More", "In Tune", "If We Ever Get Out Of Here", "On The Beach", "I've Got My Mind Made Up", "Find Love", "Luisa", and "I Think I'm Gonna Fall In Love". CD

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New David BowieSound & Vision (4CD set) ... CD
Parlophone, Late 60s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 4CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet sweet collection of work from David Bowie – and a package that's heavy on rarities too – many of which only previously saw the light of day on bootlegs! The set's put together as an overview of Bowie's best years – but it's really more geared towards rabid fans like us – because although it includes some hits, and some 80s material, the best part of the set is the more obscure material – which makes it a must-have if you're looking to get past the well-known albums, especially if you don't have the early CD reissues, which included some of these tracks as bonus cuts. Great to see all this material back on the market again – and the set features 70 titles that include "Space Oddity (demo)", "Wild Eyed Boy From Freecloud (b-side)", "London Bye Ta Ta (stereo)", "Round & Round (alt vocal)", "White Light White Heat (live)", "John I'm Only Dancing (sax version)", "The Bewlay Brothers", "Anyway Anyhow Anywhere", "Sorrow", "Don't Bring Me Down", "Rock N Roll Suicide (live)", "1984/Dodo", "Rebel Rebel (US single)", "It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City", "After Today", "Helden", "Goodbye Mr Ed", "Amalpura", "Pasllas Athena (gone midnight rmx)", "Cat People (album version)", "The Drowned Girl", "Baals' Hymn", "Breaking Glass (live 78)", "Station To Station (live)", "Suffragette City (live 74)", and "Cracked Actor (live 74)". CD

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New James BrownDiggin' James Brown – Mixed By DJ Muro ... CD
Universal (Japan), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
DJ Muro's digging James Brown – and we're digging the massive way he mixes together the music! The set's way more than another James Brown compilation – and instead, it feels more like a love letter to The Godfather – served up in music made by James himself, and some of his key sidemen too – all mixed together by Muro in these short blasts of funk and soul that bristle with energy throughout! The whole thing's got way more care than the usual mixtape – as Muro's been training his ears on JB nuggets for years, so knows just the right makes to cut and make a change – managing to get through bits of 43 tracks in just the course of 73 minutes. Includes work from "The Boss", "Down & Out In New York City", "Baby Here I Come", "Blues & Pants", "Nose Job", "A Talk With The News", "Funky Drummer", "Hot Pants Road", "Can Mind", "I Got Ants In My Pants", "The Drunk", "Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose", and "Funky President". CD

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New James BrownIn The Jungle Groove – Expanded & Remastered ... CD
Polydor, Early 70s/1986. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive – and one of the best James Brown compilations ever, filled with rare and unreleased material! This completely essential set features tracks pulled from James' best years ever – the mighty early 70s, when he was working with the JBs, and laying down tracks that would forever change the face of funk! The tunes on the album are right up there with the best work on classic albums like The Payback, Doin It To Death, Hot Pants, and any of the other killer Polydor funk albums by James – and most of them were pulled from sessions for those records, and brought together in this format for the first time in the late 80s. The centerpiece of the set is a 9 minute version of "Funky Drummer", and other highlights include new versions of "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose (remix)", "Soul Power (mono re-edit)", and "Talkin' Loud & Sayin' Nothin (remix)". The set's also got bonus beats of "Funky Drummer", a long single take of "Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants)" (8:42 minutes long!), and the nice rare track "I Got To Move" – previously unreleased, and nice and long! Plus, this new version features the previously unissued extended mix of "Blind Man Can See It". CD

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New Free LifeFree Life ... CD
CBS/PTG (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the great late 70s Columbia sets from the Earth Wind & Fire side of the universe – the one and only album by this obscure west coast group, who get some strong help in the studio from Phillip Bailey! Bailey co-produced, and wrote some great songs for the record – and the group's own mix of jazz, funk, and soul is very much in the best spirit of Earth Wind & Fire at the time – tight at all the right moments, but also with this righteous energy in the background – an overall feel that's way deeper than most large ensembles on major labels. This spirit really comes through in the sublime cut "I'll Keep A Light In My Window" – which has a beautifully mellow jazzy groove, and which is on a par with anything Maurice White was laying down in the mid-tempo mode in the 70s – but the whole album's mighty nice, and other titles include "Smile", "Spirit Of Love", "Second Coming", and "Say You Do". CD

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New Greyboy AllstarsInland Emperor ... CD
MRI, 2013. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Damn great work from the Greyboy Allstars – a record that's deeper, hipper, and more rewarding than we ever remember from the group – a rich blend of jazz and funk, without any tricks or gimmicks at all! The playing of the members has really deepened a lot since the last album – and there's a soulful sensibility here that may finally rank them right up there with the 70s legends who inspired their sound – especially in the case of Karl Denson's work on sax and flute, and Robert Walter's keyboards! There's also some occasional vocals on the record, but often pressed down into the grooves, in this cool electric way – and which also still leaves most of the focus on the instrumentation. Surprisingly great – with titles that include "Profundo Grosso", "Old Crow", "Bomb Pop", "Inland Emperor", "Diminishing Blackness", "Trashtruck", "Better Get A Jump On It", and "Bitch Inside Me". CD
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New Johnny LytleLoop/New & Groovy ... CD
BGP (UK), 1966. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Killer set that combines both of Johnny's rare albums cut for the tiny Tuba label in the mid 60s! The records both have a great funky vibes sound, with lots of tight drumming, and soulful bubbling organ grooves. These are very sought after in their original pressings, and both LPs usually fetch upwards of $40 when we get them in – and they fly right out the door as soon as they hit the web. Loop is the rarer of Johnny Lytle's two albums for the obscure Tuba label from Detroit. Johnny's classic trio, with Peppy Hinnant on organ, is backed by a larger group that features Wynton Kelly on piano and Willie Rodriguez on conga. New and Groovy is very nicely stripped down - and the focus of the album is on down-and-dirty groovers, perfect for the jazzy stepper set that still digs Lytle loads! Loads of short groovy steppin jazz vibes cuts, like "The Loop", "The Man", "The Snapper", "Selim", and way way more! CD

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New Michael NauraCall ... CD
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunner of a Fender Rhodes album – one of a few rare sides cut by pianist Michael Naura – and a lost MPS session that's one of the label's best from the 70s! The group's a quartet, with a very open, fluid sound – and it mixes Naura's Rhodes with the vibes of Wolfgang Schluter – another relatively obscure player, but one who really resonates with the sound of the keyboard strongly – as both players spin out these warm, soulful sounds that are almost like the best Roy Ayers instrumental moments of the late 60s and early 70s. There's a few moments that get slightly funky, but even the laidback passages are great – and the rest of the group includes Eberhard Weber on bass and Joe Nay on drums. Titles include "Take Us Down To The River", "Soledad De Murcia", "MOC", "Why Is Mary So Nervous?", "Don't Stop", and "The Call". Great stuff – and pure MPS! CD

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New SyreetaStevie Wonder Presents Syreeta ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Syreeta's second album for Motown – and a set that really expands the groove from the first! (Then) husband Stevie Wonder is all over the album – and in a way, the shift between this album and the first is similar to the shift between Stevie's Music Of My Mind and later efforts like Talking Book or Innervisions. The songs were all written by Stevie and Syreeta – and they're mostly a sweet batch of love songs that work perfectly with Syreeta's sweet Minnie Riperton-esque vocals (and incidentally, Minnie sings backup vocals on the album, along with Denise Williams, who copped a similar style.) Some tracks feature larger orchestrations that work in a similar way to those used on Minnie's albums from the time – but the best cuts are more stripped down, with that good Stevie Wonder "hook" firmly up front in the mix. Titles include "I'm Goin Left", "Come & Get This Stuff", "Just A Little Piece Of You", "I Wanna Be By Your Side", and "Spinnin & Spinnin". CD

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New VariousDeep Soul Moments – Sometime Someplace Somewhere ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stone gems from the early years of deep soul – that wonderful style that borrowed bits of gospel, blues, and R&B to draw a sharp edge on otherwise mellow ballads – in a style that forever transformed the sound of soul! The cuts here have a really special sort of vibe – heartfelt, but not as blue as blues – laidback, but not as sleepy as pop ballad work – and incredibly powerful, especially on the vocal tip – as the singers really take the lead on all numbers, and get plenty of space to shine! The set features a whopping 27 tracks in all – and titles include "Love Me" by Clarence Williams, "I Worship The Ground You Walk On" by Walter Rhodes, "Raise Your Head" by Henry Moore, "So Long" by Sam Baker, "I Won't Never Make You Cry" by Roger Washington, "Only One" by Gay Meadows & The Yobyalps, "As Sure As I Live" by Nancy Love, "Sometime Someplace Somewhere" by Johnny Wilson, "Goodbye My Love" by Artie Golden & The Mighty Trojans, and "She Put Me Down" by Paul Walters. CD

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New VariousHillbillies – They Tried To Rock Vol 1 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
They tried to rock – and rock they did – in this very cool assortment of rockabilly numbers cut by cats who were better-known as mainstream country artists – all of whom were trying on a new set of sounds during the early years of rock and roll! Some of the singers here were older established acts, and others were younger talents who hadn't yet decided on a direction – and together, they all make some mad musical moments here – tracks that have firm country roots, but lots of surprising rockabilly inflections – not the kind of sounds you might normally expect from artists like Webb Pierce, Lefty Frizell, George Jones, or Eddy Arnold. The package is a treasure in the best Bear Family mode – with copious notes and images that really get at the uniqueness of the work – and a 31 track package filled with great titles that include "Teenage Boogie" by Webb Pierce, "I Gotta Know" by Wanda Jackson, "Blue Suede Shoes" by Pee Wee King, "Little Lovin'" by Mimi Moman, "Ten Cats Down" by The Miller Sisters, "Hey Little Dreamboat" by Rose Maddox, "Go, Boy, Go" by Carl Smith, "Maybelline" by Carl Perkins, "Hep Cat Baby" by Eddy Arnold, "Let The Teardrops Fall" by Patsy Cline, "Red Hen Rock" by The Louvin Brothers, "You're Humbuggin Me" by Lefty Frizzell, "I'm Comin Home" by Johnny Horton, "One Night" by Kirk Hansard, and "Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight" by Johnnie & Jack. CD

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New VariousHorse Meat Disco 4 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
No horsing around here – as the set may well be the most compelling so far in this mighty hip series – a wicked blend of underground club from the post-disco and post-punk generation! The tracks here definitely push towards the more obscure side of the spectrum, and really show the way that American and European funky modes were mixing together at the start of the 80s – simmering in seminal scenes on both sides of the Atlantic, and coming across with a wickedly fresh approach to funk and disco! The set features a few contemporary cuts that draw deeply from this key musical moment, but most are of older vintage – and titles include "Misaluba" by KSB, "Don't Stop" by Ish, "Ain't No Way (special club mix)" by Opal, "Stop" by Valery Allington, "Get On Down" by King Sporty & The Roots Rockers, "I Love Your Beat" by Rena, "Get Ready For The Future" by Winners, "Let's Make Love Tonight" by L'Amour feat Krystal, "Some Love" by Laura Taylor, "Barah (sampled version)" by Cleavage, and "Bee Sting" by Camouflage. 2CD set features one extended CD mix, and one disc of unmixed tracks! CD

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New VariousMercury Records – The New Orleans Sessions – 1950 &1953 ... CD
Mercury/Bear Family (Germany), 1950/1953. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great lost chapter in the history of New Orleans R&B – material recorded by Mercury Records down in Louisiana in the early 50s – all beautifully brought together here in a lavishly overstuffed package! Mercury was located in Chicago, and cut most of their famous early work in the Windy City – but in the years 1950 and 1953, they made some key trips down to New Orleans – and recorded some great work that's still relatively unknown all these years later! The Mercury work from New Orleans isn't nearly as strictly codified as that of labels like Imperial or Atlantic – and there's a nice variety of swing, jump, and bluesy rhythms going on here – served up by a relatively tight cadre of artists. The 2CD set is almost worth it for the booklet alone – a 70 page treasure trove of notes, photos, and other details on the music. But there's also plenty of great music too – a whopping 47 tracks that include "A Job For A Jockey", "Still My Angel Child", "Miss Lollypop's Confession", "Love Troubles", and "Baby Get Wise" by Alma Monday; "Byrd's Blues", "Hadacol Bounce", "Her Mind Is Gone", "Between The Night & Day", and "Been Foolin Around" by Roy Byrd; "Boogie's The Thing" and "Bat Lee Swing" by George Miller & His Mid-Driffs; "Something's Wrong" and "Five Long Letters" by Herbert Woo Woo More; "Mercury Boogie" and "New Way Of Loving" by Dwine Craven; "Keep Your Hands On Your Heart" by Pat Valdelar; "Bye & Bye" by Silvertone Singers; "I Walk In My Sleep" by Theard Johnson; and "She Won't Leave No More" by Little Joe Gaines. CD

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New VariousSearching For Soul – Rare & Classic Soul, Funk & Jazz from Michigan 1968 to 1980 ... CD
Luv N' Haight, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Searching for soul? You just hit the jackpot in this killer set that's filled with Michigan-recorded gems that go way beyond the shadows of Motown! The sound here is madly tripped out throughout – a blend of funky 45 rhythms with more interesting influences from the spreading sprawl of the Michigan soul underground of the 60s and 70s – groups who recorded not just in Detroit, but also other cities that were taking the motor city groove and turning it on in whole new ways. Overall, there's an approach here that reminds us of Westbound Funk at its best – a blend of psychedelic influences, jazz phrasing, and deeper soul that echo nicely together in most of the collection's tracks. Filled with great tunes we'd never heard before – a total of 14 tracks that include "Take Time Out" by Wendell Harrison, "Why She Had To Go" by Burning Desire, "Do It Right" by El Riot, "Let's Get Down" by The Black Aces Of Soul & The Eyes Of Ebony, "Be Mine Tonight" by Lloyd W Williams, "Back To Funk" by Robert Lowe, "Searching For Soul (part 1)" by Jake Wade & The Soul Searchers, "I Can Deal With That" by Dee Edwards, "Alcohol (part 1)" by Robert Jay, "Give & Take" by Tommy McGhee, "I Stayed Away Too Long" by Manual B Holcolm, and "Rap It Together" by The Detroit Sex Machines. CD

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New Stanley Clarke & George DukeClarke/Duke Project ... CD
Columbia, 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A mighty collaboration between Stanley Clarke & George Duke – working here in a pairing that refueled both of their careers for the 80s! In previous years, both Clarke and Duke had a penchant for really stretching out in complex, experimental modes – but here, they're playing in a relatively stripped-down and focused way – hitting some of the more soul-inspired sides of fusion at the time, although still without the slick or commercial feel of the rising GRP generation. Guitars figure heavily on a number of tracks, and vocals do too – sometimes in ways that are slightly too sweet and almost cloying. Tracks include "Wild Dog", "Louie Louie", "Sweet Baby", "I Just Want To Love You", "Winners", "Let's Get Started", and "Touch & Go". CD

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New Lord Newborn & The Magic SkullsLord Newborn & The Magic Skulls ... CD
Ubiquity, 2009. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Massively messed-up grooves – and a rare one-off collaboration between Money Mark, Shawn Lee, and Tommy Guerrero – all artists we've come to love for their own funky music over the years! The sound here is as wild as you'd expect from the cover – a really trippy approach to funk – spun out with the same heavy grooves you'd get on some of Lee's funk sets for Ubiquity, mixed with the offbeat production modes that Money Mark brought to his early Mo Wax recordings! There's a definite dose of psych on most tracks – showing the increasing influence from this end of the spectrum on 21st Century beatheads – and the fuzzier edges make for a nice change amidst Lee's usually cleaner grooves. Some vocals appear on the album, but often buried down deeply in the instrumental mix – leaving most of the album's charm to come from fuzzy guitar, trippy keyboards, and heavy beats! Titles include "Dime Bag Conspiracy", "Rainy Day Dog", "Astro Blue", "Disco Loco", "Ringa Ding Ding Ding", "LIVE", "Revenge Of The Fillet O Fish", and "Crazy Apartment". CD

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New Mr PresidentHips Shaking (with bonus track) ... CD
Favorite (France), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The coolest work we've heard so far from this Patchworks side project – a record that fuses together equal parts 70s jazz, funk, and soul – with just the right smattering of global influences as well! There's a tightness to the set that we really love – careful instrumentation and production that make the whole thing feel like a Fantasy Records jazz funk project that might have happened down in Rio or Lagos – with slight Afro or Brazilian elements sifting in next to a core groove that comes from really classic basslines, keyboards, and drums! There's some vocals on a few tracks – mostly chorus-type that flow along with the grooves – and tracks include "City Rocking", "Candyman", "Hips Shaking", "Gimme All What You Got", "South Street Walk", "I Get So Crazy", and a surprisingly great cover of "I Can't Go For That". CD includes the bonus track "Give My Love". CD
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New Minnie RipertonAdventures In Paradise ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe our favorite-ever album from Minnie Riperton during the 70s – a sweet, smooth jazzy gem that really makes some of the best use of her vocals! There's a sophistication here that's a great 70s counterpart to Minnie's earlier work with Charles Stepney – served up here in a very different style, but one that really sets Riperton apart from any of her contemporaries – in a unique blend of soul, jazz, and much deeper spirits – all handled with the sense of pride and style you'd expect from Minnie's image on the cover! All tracks were co-written by Riperton and Richard Rudolph – and a few get some great help from Leon Ware too. Titles include the massive track "Baby, This Love I Have" – a slow funk number that's be sampled many times over the years – plus the spacey tunes "Minnie's Lament", "Inside My Love", and "Alone In Brewster Bay", remade from Minnie's first LP – and the titles "Simple Things", "Feeling That Your Feeling's Right", and "Don't Let Anyone Bring You Down". CD

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New VariousDJ Muro King Of Diggin' – Diggin' Black Jazz ... CD
Black Jazz/Snow Dog (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A mighty pairing of talents – one of the greatest DJs in the world and one of the hippest jazz labels – served up in a mindblowing mix of music that's way more than just another compilation! When DJ Muro puts together a set, he doesn't just choose the songs – he works hard to find the best ways to present them, and often creates a mix that unlocks hidden corners of sound – with a sensitivity for instrumental passages that few others can touch! His talents here really bring a new sort of light to the legendary Black Jazz catalog – making the music sparkle anew as each tune slides effortlessly into the next – often linked in ways we never would have expected. Titles include "BK" and "Aunt Lovey" by Calvin Keys, "Get Down" by Gene Russell, "Keena" by Cleveland Eaton, "Diswa" and "The Highest Pleasure" by Rudolph Johnson, "March On" and "Slinky" by The Awakening, "Blue Lights" and "Beauty & The Electric Tub" by Henry Franklin, "Soul Village" by Walter Bishop, "Magic Wand Of Love" and "See You Later" by Kellee Patterson, and "Higher Ground" by Doug Carn. CD

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New VariousWorld Needs Changing – Street Funk & Jazz Grooves 1967 to 1976 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The world needs changing – and plenty of these tunes may well do it – thanks to infectious grooves and some very righteous message-oriented lyrics! The set's a great document of the positive, progressive energy going down in soul music during the heady days of the late 60s and early 70s – a time when the country was changing heavily, and the music was as well – moving into new styles, themes, and ideas – expressed here by a hip batch of cats who were working on some of the best indie labels of the underground! This set offers up a great mix of cool cuts from a variety of sources – a few gems from the Flying Dutchman label, some other obscure 45s, and even a few southern soul numbers that fit surprisingly well with the northern vibe of most of these numbers. Titles include "Walk Tall" by Esther Marrow, "Get Ready/Uptight" by Little Eva Harris, "All Power To The People (part 1)" by Joe Savage & The Soul People, "Soul Patrol" by The Original Soul Patrol, "Do It (inst)" by Johnny Griffith, "The World Needs Changin" by Hank Jacobs & Don Malone, "Sea Saw Affair" by Cesar 830, "Love Tones" by Melvin Sparks, "That's The Way It Goes" by Elaine Armstrong, "This Is The Me Me" by Brenda Jones with Groove Holmes, "Sissy Strut N American Woman" by The Willard Posey Reunion, and "Rudypoot" by Huck & The Soul Patrol. CD

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New Eric AlexanderBlues At Midnight ... CD
Venus (Japan), 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Massive work from tenorist Eric Alexander – a player who never lets us down, and who always manages to sound extra great on expensive Japanese-only sessions like this! The album's got a clear, simple focus that really sums up the classic tone and timing that Alexander brings to his tenor – a style that has him handling the horn at a level that's certainly timeless, but instantly fresh too – that crisp sense of creativity you get when hearing a rare top-shelf jazzman at his best! Of course, the rhythm section does plenty to help Eric find the right space – the perfect trio of Harold Mabern on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – all recorded in a way so that the tones of the tunes are incredibly deep and richly soulful. Titles include "Is It You", "Sayonara Blues", "Hittin The Jug", "Dis Here", "Edward Lee", and "Dance With Me". CD

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New Eddie HarrisI Need Some Money ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A nice little funk album from Eddie – one that shouldn't work, but does nicely, thanks to a unique approach to the groove! Eddie's still playing plenty of electric sax on the set – and is going for a sound here that's equal parts soul jazz, modal groove, and down and dirty funk! The album kicks off with the catchy vocal number "I Need Some Money", which features a chugging Varitone groove in the background. Other cuts mix up funk and soul, and add in touches of the "electric rhythm machine", which was heard on a few earlier Harris albums for Atlantic. Very strange, but strangely nice – and with the cuts "Bumpin", "Get On Down", "Carnival", "That's It", and "Time To Do Your Thing". CD
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New Harry Roche ConstellationSpiral (plus Sometimes) ... CD
El (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Easy instrumentals and jazzy genius from the early 70s Brit scene – groovy, moddish jazz takes on pop and soundtrack hits of the time from the Harry Roche Constellation – with a vibe that betters the grooviest of sound library discoveries! There's a loungey charm to many of the tunes, but trombonist Roche and his Constellation get down and dirty in spots, too – such as on the priceless, tripped out fuzzy funk version of "Pinball Wizard" – and that's just one highlight of this should-be classic! Blasting horns, easy keys, chiming strings, jazz funk bass and grooves galore! Players include the cream of the crop of period British session players. Tracks include "Superwoman", "Tangerine", "That's Living", "Rhapsody In Blue", "Good Morning Heartache", "Pinball Wizard", "Lay Lady Lay", "Ludmilla's Theme", "Spiral" and more. Tracks from Sometimes include "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", "Watch What Happens", "Moonlight Serenade", "You've Got Possibilities", "Sometimes", "The Prowler", "Marmalade Molasses And Honey", "Carnaby Chick", "My Romance" and more. 21 tracks in all! CD

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New Tom ScottMaster Of Funk – The Essential Albums 1974 to 1977 (Tom Scott & The LA Express/Tom Cat/New York Connection with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Raven (Australia), 1973/1974/1975. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A trio of classics from the mighty Tom Scott! First up is the landmark Tom Scott & The LA Express – a real breakout moment for reedman Scott – the first truly big album for the saxophonist who'd been blowing some great records on his own, and lending his horn to a host of classic jazz and soul sessions too! The groove is a lot sharper and tighter than earlier Scott albums, but never too slick – and definitely has that great ear for a funky undercurrent that seems to bring out the most soulful notes in Tom's horns – underscored here by wicked rhythms from the LA Express combo that features Joe Sample on keyboards, Larry Carlton on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, and John Guerin on drums. Titles include the sublime break track "Sneaking In the Back" – plus "Dahomey Dance", "King Cobra", "Easy Life", "Spindrift", "Vertigo", "LA Expression", and "Strut Your Stuff". Tom Cat was a runaway hit for reedman Tom Scott – and the record that helped to elevate him to the ranks of studio and fusion superstardom in the 70s! By the time of the record, Scott had already done some key work under his own name, and was contributing heavily to countless other sessions in the jazz, pop, soul, and soundtrack worlds. But this album's the one that really helped Tom get his groove out there – a particular approach to smooth fusion that still kept things plenty funky overall! Part of the credit for the set really goes to bassist Max Bennett and drummer John Guerin – who bring in a tightly snapping bottom that lets Scott get a bit smoother on the top with his saxes, in a style that's augmented by plenty of great keyboard work from Larry Nash. Titles include "Keep On Doin It", "Tom Cat", "Rock Island Rocket", "Mondo", "Refried", "Backfence Cattin", and "Love Poem". On New York Connection, Tom Scott leaves his LA group behind – and works with lots of great funk-based backings from a combo that includes Richard Tee on keyboards, Bob James on Fender Rhodes, and Eric Gale on guitar! The grooves are every bit as tight as on Tom's previous albums – and like those gems, they've got a balance that's never too slick or commercial – really in the best Kudu Records mode, with a strong ear for a hook, but lots of room for Scott to solo freely on tenor and soprano sax, plus a bit of flute and moog as well. Titles include "Uptown & Country", "New York Connection", "Time & Love", "Midtown Rush", "Looking Out For Number 7", "You're Gonna Need Me", and "Dirty Old Man". CD features four bonus tracks too – "Dream Lady", "Shadows", "Smoothin On Down", and "Theme From Starsky & Hutch". CD

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New Dionne WarwickWindows Of The World/In The Valley Of The Dolls/Promises, Promises/Soulful (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Scepter/Edsel (UK), 1967/1968/1972. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
Four albums on three CDs – with lots of bonus tracks as well! Windows Of The World is seminal later work from Dionne Warwick – an album that perfectly sums up her evolving genius at Scepter Records! Windows continues the very successful Bacharach-led arrangement scheme – but also features Dionne deepening things a bit more vocally, and also hitting some more personal notes on a few tunes arranged by Peter Matz. 11 titles in all – including "The Windows Of The World", "I Say A Little Prayer", "Love", "Taking A Chance On Love", "(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me", "The Beginning Of Loneliness", "What's Good About goodbye", "Taking A Chance On Love", and "Somewhere". Valley Of The Dolls is not really the soundtrack for the movie – but a sweet batch of tracks that feature the lovely Dionne Warwick singing the title tune – and stretching out on a host of other great 60s numbers too! The album was recorded in two different sessions, mostly with backings by Burt Bacharach – who always makes his own music sound great – with a bit of extra help from Pat Williams, Manny Albam, and Garry Sherman – who each get a tune to work with. Gone is the dreamy optimism of some of Dionne's earlier albums – and in its place is a more mature, slightly sadder style that's really great. Titles include "Valley Of The Dolls", "For The Rest Of My Life", "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", "Silent Voices", "Let Me Be Lonely", "You're My World", "Where Would I Go", and "Walking Backwards Down The Road". Promises Promises is filled with sublime sounds from Dionne Warwick – a classic Scepter Records set produced by Burt Bacharach, who also wrote a good number of the tunes too! Arrangements are by a few different top-shelf studio talents – Don Sebesky, Peter Matz, and Bacharach himself – all in that breathy gentle style that works so well with Dionne's vocals. Titles include "Promises Promises", "This Girl's In Love With You", "Where Is Love", "Who Is Gonna Love Me", "Where Am I Going", "Whoever You Are I Love You", and "Wanting Things". On Soulful, Dionne Warwick working with Memphis producer Chips Moman, in a mode that's clearly designed to give her more credibility with the hipper soul scene at the end of the 60s! Burt Bacharach's still in the shadows, but Moman's the real genius on this set – working with Dionne to create a style that's got some of the same touches as Aretha Franklin's work on Atlantic, but a bit smoother overall – in keeping with the Warwick vocal mode. Dionne opens up amazingly in the set – hitting notes never heard on the Bacharach sides, and going for an almost gospel-inspired approach on a few numbers. Tracks includes "I'm Your Puppet", "You've Lost That Loving Feeling", "You're All I Need To Get By", "Do Right Woman", "People Get Ready", "We Can Work It Out", and "People Got To Be Free". CD features 19 bonus tracks that include "Give A Damn", "To Be Young Gifted & Black", "Stand", "Hurt So Bad", "The Weight", "The Love Of My Man", "Slaves", "Odds & Ends", and "The April Fools". CD

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New VariousCan You Dig It? – The Music & Politics Of Black Action Films 1968 to 1975 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Possibly the best-ever collection of blacksploitation grooves we've ever seen – a really comprehensive package that not only manages to cover the classics, but which also digs deep enough to come up with lots of fresh bits too! The set really sets a new level for the Soul Jazz label – and is carried off with enough authority towards Black Action films as the label's legendary efforts towards a host of less mainstream genres – truly an achievement for the label's crew, not to mention a heavier bonus for our funky listening pleasure! There's way more here than just a slapped-together batch of tunes from the early 70s – as the set's very carefully put together to showcase a wide range of sounds, along with notes that really get at the social and political power of both the music and the films. 2CD package features a massive color booklet inside the slipcase – and features 34 tracks that include "Shaft In Africa" by Johnny Pate, "Down & Out In New York City" by James Brown, "Wilford's Gone" by The Blackbyrds, "Run Fay Run" by Isaac Hayes, "Theme From Black Belt Jones" by Dennis Coffey, "Willie Chase" by JJ Johnson, "T Plays It Cool" by Marvin Gaye, "Charley" by Don Costa, "Brother's Gonna Work It Out" by Willie Hutch, "Blacula" by Gene Page, "Theme From Cleopatra Jones" by Joe Simon, "Pursuit Of The Pimpmobile" by Isaac Hayes, "Sweetback's Theme" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Aragon" by Roy Ayers, "Strung Out" by Gordon Staples, "Easin In" by Edwin Starr, "The Bus" by Solomon Burke & Gene Page, "Make A Resolution" by The Impressions, "Ed & Digger" by Cotton Comes To Harlem, "Las Vegas Strut" by Jack Ashford, "Lay It On Your Head" by Don Julian, and "Zombie March" by Nat Dove & The Devils. CD

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New VariousSound Of TK Disco – 12" Choice For Boogie Generation ... CD
TK/Shout (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A great look at the 12" single legacy of TK Records – and a set that goes way past the familiar album hits and chart singles from the label! There's some surprisingly unusual material here – either long mixes and rare takes of cuts by already-known TK artists – or some even groovier tracks from talents we never new worked with the label – including some great acts from the soul underground and the overseas scene as well! The overall flavor is disco, but there's also lots of variations too – funky club, boogie, and a whole lot more – on a double-length set of tracks that includes "Don't Stop" by Ish, "Get On Down" by King Sporty & The Roots Rockers, "Odyssey (part 2)" by Johnny Harris, "Dance To Freedom" by Sherman Hunter, "Moon Ride" by Universal Love, "Ooh Ooh I Like It" by Milton Wright, "Keep On" by King Tutt, "I Just Wanna Be Your Lovin Man" by The Imperials, "I Can't Turn The Boogie Loose" by The Controllers, "Cosmic Funk" by Mad Dog Fire Department, "Indigo Country" by Ultrafunk, "Safari (parts 1 & 2)" by Modern Sound Corporation, "What They're Doing Downtown" by Skybirst, and "Turn Me Turn Me Turn Me" by Mary Love. CD
 
 
 



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