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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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Muddy Waters Tribute BandYou're Gonna Miss Me (When I'm Dead & Gone) ... CD
Telarc, 1995. Used ... $3.99
With James Cotton, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy and Greg Allman. 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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New VariousSweet Soul Music 1963 – 30 Scorching Classics ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1963. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 VariousAge/Chief Blues Story ... CD
Fuel, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A great collection of work from the Age and Chief record labels – both tiny imprints in the Windy City, but key contributors to the Chicago blues scene! Age and Chief never had the earth-shaking attention of Chess – but they worked in very much the same territory, and helped to document an electrifying scene that really helped shape the sound of modern music for generations to come. A number of the cuts here are early work by artists who would break bigger in the 70s college blues generation – and others show a strong link between blues and early soul, before things got sorted out a lot more strongly at the end of the 60s. The set features 36 tracks in all – with cuts that include "I Can't Believe It" by Frank Butler, "Messing With The Kid" by Junior Wells, "Cry For Me Baby" by Elmore James, "Did You Ever Love Somebody" by G Davy Crockett, "I Feel So Strange" by Bobby & Lucy, "Shine On" by Lillian Offitt, "Universal Rock" by Earl Hooker & Junior Wells, "Blues For Sonny" by Sonny Lantz, "Ouch" by Ricky Allen, "I Stay Mad" by AC Reed, and "Bright Sounds" by Big Moose & The Jams. CD
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James BrownJames Brown At The Garden ... LP
King, 1967. Very Good ... $11.99
Not as well-known as James Brown's live albums from the Apollo, but a really cooking set from the 60s that keeps up a plenty hard groove all the way through! As with most of James' live dates, the tracks here move at a clip that's often even faster than the studio work – played to perfection by the group with razor-sharp tightness that's simply breathtaking – possibly even more so in this environment. And although the crowd noise swells up at time, there's definitely less of the "fake" live sound of other JB albums of this nature – just a gritty little live party that blows the speakers out from all the action at the low end! Titles include versions of "Ain't That A Groove", "I Got You", "Bring It Up", and "Out Of Sight" – plus the groovy "Hip Bag '67" and "Let Yourself Go". Nice cover, too – with a back photo that has a picture of James and Hubert Humphrey, and a front cover that's a cool cartoony image of New York near the Garden! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing.)