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New James WellsMy Claim To Fame/Explosion – Disco Recharge (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Harmless (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A pair of lost club classics from James Wells – back to back, with a lot of bonus tracks too! My Claim To Fame is the first album from Chicago soul singer James Wells – an artist with vocals that often run much deeper than some of his disco contemporaries at the time, and which really get a showcase here on some of the longer songs! There's often a lot of disco at the start of the records – long tunes that build the rhythms slowly, then layer in other elements before the vocals – but when James emerges on vocals, things really take off – and the singer is very well suited to the more upbeat backgrounds. Ian Levine – of UK Northern Soul fame – wrote and arranged the set – and titles include "I Guess That's Life", "True Love Is My Destiny", and "That's The Way The Wind Blows". The second album is an Explosion of soul from singer James Wells – and a tight follow-up to his previous disco outing with Ian Levine! Wells has roots in older soul styles than disco – and really makes his presence felt here on some of the album's best tracks – even amidst the sometimes stronger focus on high-stepping rhythms, percussion jams, and other instrumentation. Tracks include "Explosion", "More To Me Than Meets The Eye", "Double Dose Of Love", "There's Nothing Sweeter Than Success", and "A Case Of Mistaken Identity". CD features loads of bonus tracks – not just remixes, but a 12 completely different numbers, including a few duets with Susen Wells. Titles include "RSVP", "Baby I'm Still The Same Man", "All I Ever Need Is Music", "No Cure For Me", "Never Let Go", "My Days Are Numbered", "Great Minds Think Alike", and "Mirror Image". CD
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VariousMasterpiece Volume 18 – The Ultimate Disco Funk Collection ... CD
PTG (Netherlands), Early 80s. New Copy ... $18.99
Clubby funk galore – as this great series keeps on going strong! The tunes here are all early 80s, and all have a tight post-disco approach to the dancefloor – that great style that we also know as 80s groove – with a mix of modern soul, electro, and other underground modes bubbling through in the rhythms from time to time. Most tracks are by familiar artists, but aren't exactly hits – just well-remembered grooves from the time – with cuts that include "Just Like Dreamin" by Terri Wells, "Too Much Too Fast" by Vera Brown & The Rich Girls, "Love Is On The One" by Xavier, "Dance Floor (edit)" by Zapp, "Gimme A Little Sign" by Kenny James, "Baby I Want You Back" by Tavares, "Cutie Pie" by One Way, "Wanting You" by Starpoint, "Wide Open Up Your Love" by Wreckin Crew, "Lover In You" by Sugar Hill Gang, and "Together Forever" by Intrigue. CD

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VariousSoul Classics All Night! – A Collection Of Rare & Hard To Find Soul Gems ... CD
Essential, 1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $14.99
A really unusual collection of rare soul material – one that dips deep into the years of 50s R&B, but also includes some great gems from the 60s and 70s too! The package shows the ever-growing interest in the link between rare soul and pre-soul material – particularly the kind of cuts from the 78rpm era that set the scene for later funk and deeper styles. There's less of a geographic or label-based structure to the set than usual for this sort of compilation – but that also makes for a pretty exciting batch of tracks – almost as if your friend with a collection of rare singles made you a special mix tape! Titles include "When I'm With You" by Ida James, "Dining In Chinatown" by Jennifer Wells, "If I Had A Lover Like You" by Joe Bragg, "Baby Who's Been Foolin You" by LJ Waters, "You'll Miss Me" by Lester Young & The California Playboys, "I'm Sorry I Hurt You" by Nat Phillips, "Love Can Slip Away" by Chuck Bernard, and "I Need Your Love" by The Dynamic Beltones. CD

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VariousSweet Soul Music 1963 – 30 Scorching Classics ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1963. New Copy ... $19.99 28.98
A massive batch of music – and almost as worth it for the overall package as it is for the great tunes inside! Like other volumes in this series, this set is beautifully put together – not only stuffed with an amazing array of classic soul from a key year in the 60s – but also done with a full color booklet that's over 60 pages long – filled with track-by-track notes on the tunes, and filled with great photos, images, and historical data! The whole thing's a perfect soul music time capsule – with the depth of production that we've always loved in Bear Family releases for other genres. Titles include "Mama Didn't Lie" by Jan Bradley, "Easier Said Than Done" by The Essex, "Harlem Shuffle" by Bob & Earl, "It's All Right" by The Impressions, "Walking The Dog" by Rufus Thomas, "The Love Of My Man" by Theola Kilgore, "Got You On My Mind" by Cookie & The Cupcakes, "Two Lovers" by Mary Wells, "Pushover" by Etta James, "Just One Look" by Doris Troy, and "Shake A Tail Feather" by The Five Du-Tones. CD

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New Muddy Waters Tribute BandYou're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Dead & Gone) ... CD
Telarc, 1995. Used ... Out Of Stock
With James Cotton, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and Greg Allman. CD
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New VariousGodfather's R&B – James Brown's Productions 1962 to 1967 ... CD
Smash/BGP (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A host of wonderful work produced by James Brown – most of it by a range of different singers, and one by The Godfather himself! The collection brings together some of the earliest James Brown productions – mid 60s tracks recorded for King and Smash Records, most of which aren't nearly as well known as later JB productions for the People and Polydor labels! As with that later work, all the grooves here are right in the same territory that James was hitting himself – upbeat, funky, and stone out of sight soul – all with plenty of rough edges, and backings from the same tight core of musicians that were helping out Brown on his recordings. The package is a real treasure – and is a great complement to the James Brown Singles collections from the Hip-O Select label – proof that even in these early days, James was clearly the hardest working man in show business – given all his time in the studio with other artists! 22 tracks in all – including "I Found Out" and "I'll Keep Pressing On" by Bobby Byrd, "That's When I Cry" and "If You Don't Think" by Anna King, "I Don't Care" and "Unexplainable" by Dizzy Jones, "Got No Excuse" and "If You Don't Work You Can't Eat" by James Crawford, "Do You Really Want To Rescue Me (part 1)" by Elsie Mae, "Lookie Lookie Lookie" by The Jewells, "Wide Awake In A Dream" and "Nobody Cares" by Vicki Anderson, "Devil's Den" by The Poets, "It Hurts To Be In Love" by Yvonne Fair, "That's The Spirit" by Rev Willingham, "Faith" by The Five Royales, "I Cried" by Tammy Montgomery, "Soul Food (parts 1 & 2)" by Al Brisco Clark, and "New Breed (The Boo Ga Loo) (part 1)" by James Brown. CD