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VariousGood Times Skank – Compiled By Joey Jay ... CD
Trojan, 1960s/1970s. Used ... $9.99
Fat, sweet and tasty – like a plate of plantains washed down with a ginger beer! One of the best reggae/party compilations we've heard in a while, and no wonder, it's selected by Joey Jay of the Good Times Sound System. Twenty one smokin' numbers on one chubby little CD, for your listening – or rump shaking pleasure – mighty, mighty dubs and soulful vocal numbers. Take this CD to your next sound system jam or sound clash and pretend like you're the king selector. Includes Gregory Isaac's "Leggo Beast Dub", Pat Kelly "Talk About Love", Barrington Levy "I Can't Wait Too Long", Chosen Few "People Make The World Go Round", Derrick Morgan "Blazing Fire", John Holt "After All", the Roots Radics' "The Alien Aborts", Thompson All Stars "Rock Me In Dub", the Silvertones "African Dub", King Tubby "Serious Version", Alton Ellis "All We Need Is Love", Dennis Brown "Concentration", the Abyssinians "Yim Mas Gan", Delroy Wilson "Better Must Come" and the Velvet Shadows "Wailing Of Black People". CD

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VariousRhythm & Bluesin By The Bayou – Rompin & Stompin ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
The wealth of music from the Louisiana scene knows no bounds – as you'll hear in this tremendous batch of R&B work from the end of the 50s – a set that not only features a batch rare singles, but also a whopping 19 previously-unissued tracks! The work lies in a special space between early soul, rock, and blues – and has a quality that's quite different than R&B from bigger spots like Memphis or Texas – styles that maybe echo modes from both locales, but which also mix in some grittier, swampier sounds as well! The whole "By The Bayou" series from Ace is mighty darn great, but we're especially in love with this R&B volume – and know you'll dig great cuts like "Silly Filly Oh Baby" by Jay Nelson, "She's Got Eyes Like A Cat" by Wonder Boy Travis, "Walkin In The Park" by King Karl, "Lucille" by Classie Ballou, "Tomorrow" by Carol Fran, "I'm A Country Boy" by Ivory Jackson, "My Girl Across Town" by Lester Robertson & The Upsetters, "Teenage Queen" by Tabby Thomas, and "You're So Good Looking" by Otis Smith. CD

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VariousWest Coast Funk – From The Vaults Of Canyon/Roker Records ... CD
Essential, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
Rare funk from the vaults of Canyon Records – a label from the west coast, but one with a heart that's deep deep in the south! Swamp Dogg did a fair bit of work for Canyon, and turned in some of his best deep soul productions of the 70s for the imprint – and lots of the work on that label, and the associated Roker Records follows in a very similar feel – almost a trippier take on the sounds of Stax or Fame, filtered through a west coast sort of vibe. Many of these tracks haven't been reissued in years – if at all – and the collection is filled with gems that include "War" by Franky & The Spindles, "Happiness" by Rudy Love & The Company Soul, "If You Don't Get It Yourself" by Gloria Lynne, "Don't Rain On My Parade" by Vee Jay, "Somebody's Been Loving You" by Jean Wells, "Can I Be Your Squeeze" by Chuck Carbo, "Taking All the Love I Can" by The Chosen Few, "Dark Side Of The Ghetto" by The Four Monitors, "That's The Way It Is" by Loe, "Flipped" by Stanley Turrentine, and "Samba D Jubilee" by King Errisson. CD

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New VariousRhythm & Bluesin By The Bayou – Rompin & Stompin ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
The wealth of music from the Louisiana scene knows no bounds – as you'll hear in this tremendous batch of R&B work from the end of the 50s – a set that not only features a batch rare singles, but also a whopping 19 previously-unissued tracks! The work lies in a special space between early soul, rock, and blues – and has a quality that's quite different than R&B from bigger spots like Memphis or Texas – styles that maybe echo modes from both locales, but which also mix in some grittier, swampier sounds as well! The whole "By The Bayou" series from Ace is mighty darn great, but we're especially in love with this R&B volume – and know you'll dig great cuts like "Silly Filly Oh Baby" by Jay Nelson, "She's Got Eyes Like A Cat" by Wonder Boy Travis, "Walkin In The Park" by King Karl, "Lucille" by Classie Ballou, "Tomorrow" by Carol Fran, "I'm A Country Boy" by Ivory Jackson, "My Girl Across Town" by Lester Robertson & The Upsetters, "Teenage Queen" by Tabby Thomas, and "You're So Good Looking" by Otis Smith. CD
Also available Rhythm & Bluesin By The Bayou – Rompin & Stompin ... CD 14.99
 
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New AceyaloneAll Balls Don't Bounce ... CD
Project Blowed/Decon, 1995. Used ... $3.99
A dream come true for fans of the best mid 90s hip hop – a massive reissue of Aceyalone's lost classic All Balls Don't Bounce – completed by an hour long bonus disc of remixes and unreleased material! Freestyle Fellow Aceyalone's first solo album is filled with the kind of solid, mellow and jazzy sounds that we love so much about mid-period Tribe and the Jay Dee/De La Soul collaborations – full of those brassy beats, piano and vibes samples. But Aceyalone's mic mastery far outshines that of his peers in many cases – particularly on "Mic Check", one of the greatest and most unsung cuts of the era! Amazing stuff overall – and a thrill to FINALLY see on this long-overdue reissue! Tracks include "All Balls" (another classic single), "Anywhere You Go", "Deep And Wide", "Knowknots", "Arhythamatics", "The Greatest Show On Earth", "I Think", "Makeba", "B-Boy Kingdom" and more. CD
Also available All Balls Don't Bounce ... LP 4.99

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Roy AyersAfrica, Center Of The World ... CD
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $16.99
Roy Ayers in a very Afro-styled mode – working here on his own after a famous collaboration with Fela Kuti – in a set that's filled with the same sort of hard-driving Afro-Funk grooves that you'd find in Fela's classic recordings! The songs are shorter than Fela's, and with more of Roy's usual smooth jazzy production style – but the overall influence is very much in the Afro-Funk vein, and the album's sort of a "part 2" to the Music Of Many Colors set that was cut a few years before. William Allen worked on the record with Roy – playing choppy Afro-Funk bass, and arranging and producing a lot of the material with Roy and Jaymz Bedford – and the record also features a host of extra percussion players, as well as some vocals by the lovely Sylvia Striplin. Includes the great groover "Africa, Center Of The World", plus "The River Niger", and a great remake of "Third Eye", which was on Everybody Loves The Sunshine, but is redone here with a heavier sound! Other tracks include "There's A Masterplan", "I'll Just Keep Trying", and "Destination Motherland". CD
Also available Africa, Center Of The World ... LP 9.99

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Dandeliers & OthersDandeliers & Other Great Groups On States – Chop Chop Boom ... CD
States/Delmark, Mid 50s. Used ... $7.99
Seminal vocal group work from the Chicago scene of the 50s – and a wonderful collection of some of the lesser-known acts working in the Windy City at the time! All the cuts here were recorded for the United and States labels – and at the time, got a lot less circulation than work on labels like Chess, Vee Jay, and even Parrot – even though the material here easily rivals some of the best doo wop sides for those imprints. The Dandeliers head off the set, and are featured on a third of the tracks – and they're an amazing group who easily rival The Moonglows or Flamingos at their early best – with a similar sort of heavenly harmony approach. Other groups here are great too – some nicely rough around the edges – and titles include "My Love", "She's Mine", "Shu Wop", "Loving Partner", "Chop Chop Boom", and "Little Man" by The Dandeliers; "In Your Dreams" and "Go Where My Baby Lives" by The Strollers; "Lonesome Baby", "Ridin & Rockin", and "Big City Bound" by The Hornets; "Sugar Lips" and "Gloria" by The Five Chances; "Mellow Daddy" by The Drakes; and "Girl Of Mine" and "I Knew I Had A Chance" by The Palms. CD features a good number of unreleased tracks, too! CD
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Maynard FergusonPrimal Scream/New Vintage/Carnival ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1976/1977/1978. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
A trio of heavy-hitters from hornman Maynard Ferguson – all served up in one sweet set! Primal Scream is one of the funkiest records ever from Ferguson – the climax of a great run of bigger group grooves in the 70s! The record's a tight batch of groovers, with production and keyboards by Bob James – and the whole thing's a mixture of big band funk and electronics that's simply out of this world! Side one kicks off with two massive numbers – the Arp-heavy "Cheshire Cat Walk", and the Kool & The Gang-ish "Primal Scream" – and both cuts are quite long, with loads of cool instrumental effects. Side two is a bit softer, but it does include a long keyboard groover called "Swamp". On New Vintage, Maynard really grooves it – playing with a group that's even larger than some of his early 70s funk sessions, in a style that's got traces of disco and R&B-styled fusion! The set was arranged, conducted, and produced by Jay Chataway – who's going for a nice smooth mode on most of the cuts, almost in the slick manner of some late 70s cop show soundtrack. Tracks are a bit longer than usual, with more room for the groove, and titles include the originals "Oasis" and "El Vuelvo", a surprisingly nice disco take on "Maria", and the cuts "Airegin" and "Star Wars". Carnival is a cool cooker from Maynard Ferguson – and a set that has all the upbeat tones you'd expect from the title, but lots of funky currents underneath! The set really sparkles right from the start – and has that sweet vibe that Maynard was really getting perfect on these late 70s records for Columbia – jazzy fusion that's tight, but never too uptight – with lots of room for sweet solos from the leader himself, plus Bill Hannon on moog, John Qdini on guitar, Eric Traub on tenor, and Mike Migliore on alto. Titles include a famous working of Earth Wind & Fier's "Fantasy" – plus "Battlestar Galactica", "MF Carnival", "Baker Street", "Birdland", "How Ya Doin Baby", and "Stella By Starlight". CD

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Vijay IyerMutations ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Vijay Iyer on ECM – a great new setting for one of the most-discussed pianists in recent years – and a chance for him to offer up some even more creative sides of his talents! The record still features Vijay playing piano with some of those blocky tones and rhythmic pulses that we love from his other trio and solo recordings – but the album also features him on electronics, and working with a string quartet on one number too – all in ways that are looser and more abstract than some of his better-known records, and creates a bridge between his jazz work and some of the new music modes of ECM. Titles include "Vuln Part 2", "Spellbound & Sacrosanct Cowrie Shells & The Shimmering Sea", "Mutations I to X", and "When We're Gone". CD

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New Jay DeeYancey Boys Instrumentals ... CD
Delicious Vinyl, 2008. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
The J Dilla beats that provided the stellar backdrop for his worthy brother Illa J's rhymes – the instrumentals for the Yancey Boys album – a record that stands up very well against many of the better LPs Dilla produced in his lifetime. It could have gone wrong in a number of ways for a number of reasons – but truth be told it's a quality record that's will worth picking up! On the vocal versions, Illa J's proved a worthy talent – rolling with a mix of singing and rhyming is really unique – and this set of bright, spacey funk beats by Dilla are naturally top notch & timeless and sound wonderful out on their own. Tracks include "Timeless", "We Here", "R U Listenin'", "All Good", "Swagger", "Illasoul", "Air Signs" and more. CD

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New Jayme MarquesSo Much Feeling ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1977. Used ... $22.99
Beautiful beautiful stuff! This is the classic mid 70's LP by Spanish singer and guitarist Jayme Marques that features a stellar set of Brazilian grooves that includes his legendary 12 minute reworking of Milton Nascimento's "Veracruz". If you know the track, you know the amazing sort of vibe that Jayme gets with the track. The orchestrations are beautiful, and the track is graced by the Fender Rhodes playing of Rafael Ferro and the percussion and singing of Pedru Rui Blas. The rest of the album's great, too, and includes tracks like Ivan Lins' "Las Tres De La Manana", Caetano Veloso's "Irene", and Jayme's own tracks "So Much Feeling (Homenaje A Tete Montoliu)" and "Quem Ta Com Samba". A legendary album, and a very tough one to find. CD
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Mighty Blue KingsMeet Me In Uptown ... CD
R Jay, 1995. Used ... $3.99
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Missy ElliottThis Is Not A Test ... CD
Elektra, 2003. Used ... $1.99
If you told us a few years ago that we'd be looking at a record cover with Missy Elliott posing in high heeled leather boots and a short skirt, we'd have laughed in your face. But times change, and who knows what's coming next, except that Missy & Timbo are here to serve up another platter filled with hot bounce tracks sure to ignite radio stations everywhere, and why not? Timbaland and Missy's tracks are stripped down to the bare minimum, with percolating rhythms punctuated only by fat bass blasts and an occasional squelch here and and the odd whistling sample there, with Missy spitting rhymes that may not rip shop in the cipher but get us open every time. Guest spots from Mary J Blige, Jay Z, Nelly, Beenie Man, Elephant Man and others. Includes "Pass The Dutch", "Wake Up", "Keep It Movin", "I'm Really Hot", "Toyz", "Let It Bump", "Pump It Up", "Let Me Fix My Weave" and "Spelling Bee". CD

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Aaron NevilleMy True Story ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. Used ... $5.99
The legendary vocals of Aaron Neville – heard here in one of his most old-school sessions in years! The songs are all vintage R&B – material that even pre-dates Neville's famous years in New Orleans soul, and which goes back to a late 50s/early 60s genre that seems to fit Aaron's sound wonderfully! Things are never schmaltzy at all, and the recording quality is great – mostly just small group backing, with lead guitar from Keith Richards – and backup vocals from older doo wop legends like Bobby Jay and Eurgene Pitt! Titles include "Work With Me Annie", "Gypsy Woman", "Ruby Baby", "My True Story", "Be My Baby", "Money Honey", and "Under The Boardwalk". CD

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Lalo SchifrinBossa Nova Groove ... CD
Ubatuqui (Spain), 1962. New Copy ... $14.99
Great CD that brings together 2 rare bossa sessions by the great Lalo Schifrin! One of these was originally issued under Schifrin's name on the Audio Fidelity label, the other was issued under Eddie Harris' name on Vee Jay – and they're both great bossa jazz instrumental sessions! At the time, Schfrin was fresh in the US, and making his name as the young Latin pianist/arranger who was giving a whole new sound to Dizzy Gillespie's group. The tracks on here have a nice raw sound, with more of a straight bossa jazz groove than some of his later recordings. Schifrin plays piano throughout – and one sesssion features Eddie Harris on tenor and Jimmy Raney on guitar, while the other has Leo Wright on alto and flute, plus added Brazilian percussion. There's a whopping 18 tracks in all, with a very tasty early bossa groove – and titles include "Mima", "Samba Para Dos", "O Apito No Samba", "Boato", "Ouca", "Bossa Nova Em Nova York", and "Whispering Bossa Nova". CD

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Sahib ShihabCompanionship – Jazz Joint Vol 2 ... CD
Vogue/Rearward (Italy), Late 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
Double-length brilliance from the mighty Sahib Shihab – a set that collects a number of killer 60s sessions with members of the Clarke Boland Big Band – all of them great! The small combo work here is amazing – hard-hitting modal jazz that matches, if not tops the best MPS/Saba sounds of the time – all produced to perfection with a really sharp edge, and a cutting approach to jazz that's gone onto inspired countless others in the current scene – including artists on Schema and Ricky-Tick Records, as well as most Japanese club jazz combos! But long before any of those cats started copping his groove, Sahib Shihab had it all totally together – a great ear for his own amazing solos on baritone and flute, and a way of hooking up with players like Francy Boland on piano, Fats Sadi on vibes, Benny Bailey on trumpet, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Kenny Clarke on drums. All players here were Shihab's partners in the Clarke Boland Big Band, and they use these small combo sessions to explore some great new ideas – stripped-down groovers that are heavy on rhythm, and really allow full expression from all the players involved. Titles include "Companionship", "Om Mani Padme Hum", "Bohemia After Dark", "Serenata", "Yah Yah Blues", "Balafon", "Talk Some Yak-ee Dak", "The Turk's Bolero", "CT + CB", "Jay Jay", "Stoned Ghosts", "Just Give Me Time", and "Dijdar". CD
Also available Companionship – Jazz Joint Vol 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP 22.99

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VariousJohnny D Presents Disco Jamms Vol 1 ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
Deep, deep disco selected by Johnny "D" DeMairo – one of the more pivotal underground club music figures of the past couple decades, via his role in setting up the Henry Street imprint – here putting together an incredible set of the rare disco greatness! This the the expansive, floor-shaking, genre-straddling stuff that inspired the house and clubby soul scenes to come – and it's one of the best compilations of harder-to-find disco that's we've gotten our hands in years. The setlist features a divers mix of famous and lesser-remembered names – with styles ranging from straight forward disco stormers to strains of earlyish electro and 80s grooves – benchmark singles and inventive productions that bridge the eras! Tracks by Cerrone, Kasso, Skyy, The System, The O'Jays and more! Disc One of the 2CD edition feature 19 tracks mixed masterfully: "Ride On The Rhythm" by Mahogany feat Bernice Watkins, "Time For Live" by The Brooklyn, Bronx & Queens Band, "It's Passion" by The System, "Spank" by Jimmy Bo Horne, "Call Me" by Skyy, "Dance For Every" by Gaucho, "We're On The Right Track" by Ultra High Frequency and more. CD Two features 13 unmixed disco jams: "This Time Baby" by The O'Jays, "How To Win Your Love" by Spencer Jones, "Dub Till We Drop" by La Fluer, "I've Got To Find A Way" by Zena Djonay, "Think Fast" by Pamela Joy and more. CD

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VariousKatalyst Presents Dusted – Essential Mix Of Rare Groove & Hip Hop Joints ... CD
Universal (Australia), 2005. Used 2CD ... $11.99
Moody breakbeat maestro Katalyst brings 2 incredible hour+ mix sets of rare groove, classic funk & soul, and the finest hip hop back-to-back in this stellar work for Universal Australia – with a seamless blend of tunes by Roy Ayers, Marlena Shaw, Gang Starr, Nina Simone, Public Enemy, Pete & CL, Rotary Connection, Jaylib, Ramsey Lewis and many more – a stunner of a mix set package that'll sit proudly with the best of the Kings Of. . .series from BBE and other great mix set/compilations! Most of tracks in the set lists are left to play just long enough the get the full effect before they gracefully glide into the next leg – and the breadth of material is great! Disc 1 (65+ minutes) includes bits of "California Soul" by Marlena Shaw, "Let It All Hang Out (Pete Rock rmx) by ADOR, "I'm Your Mechanical Man" by Jerry Butler, "The Red" by Jaylib, "Get Down" by Nas and much more. Disc 2 (62+ minutes) includes "I Chase The Devil" by Max Romeo, "Cherrystones" by Eugene McDaniels, "3 The Hard Way" by Bahamadia, "Space Blues" by the Shunters, "Uzi (Pinky Ring)" Wu-Tang Clan, "I Am The Black Hole Of The Sun" by Rotary Connection feat Minnie Riperton and much more! CD

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VariousNobody Wins – Stax Southern Soul 1968 to 1975 ... CD
Stax/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
Think you know Stax Records? Guess again – as this mindblowing collection offers up a whole new side of Stax we've never heard before. Forget the hits, forget the overplayed oldies – this set's brimming full of deep soul gems from the legendary Memphis label – including a fair bit of heartbreaking tracks that go way beyond any southern soul cliches! The music is amazing – proof that Ace still really knows how to put together a compilation – and in addition to some real rarities, there's also some killers appearing here for the first time ever – making the whole thing essential to any fan of Stax – or southern soul in general. A massive amount of music, all of it great – and titles include "Stay Baby Stay" by Johnny Daye, "I've Done It Again" by The Charmells, "Move Over" by Soul Children, "Hold On This Time" by Chuck Brooks, "Groovin' On My Baby's Love" by Freddie Waters, "Make A Joyful Noise" by Bettye Crutcher, "The Fault Is Not In Me" by Sylvia & The Blue Jays, "A Love Affair Theat Bears No Pain" by Shack, "Two Fools" by Willie Singleton, "Let Em Down Baby" by Jimmy Hughes, "Love Changes" by Charlene & The Soul Serenaders, and "Woman Across The River" by Little Milton. CD

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VariousR&B Singles Collection Vol 3 – Outta Sight Red Hot Rhythm & Blues ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Smoking work from the early years of soul music – that time when the style was just coming into its own, through equal parts jazz, R&B, blues, and gospel! The cuts here are those which might be called R&B in another setting, but definitely work together to inform the roots of soul – all in the style that's carried on by the later 60s reissues on the Outta Sight label. Lots of the cuts have the feel of some of the best Jazzman/Jukebox Jam reissues in recent years – a very different take on R&B than previous generations of collectors have explored. Titles include "I Get The Feeling" by Eli Lee, "Let's Start A Romance" by Little Joe Hinton, "Hard Times" by Jacki Ross, "Cherringale" by Ed Townsend, "Twist 62" by Jerry McCain, "My Book" by Bruce Cloud, "The Girl That Radiates The Charm" by June Alexander, and "Dynamite" by Big Jay Bush & The Houserockers. CD

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VariousStudio One Classics ... CD
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $19.99
It just doesn't stop! The heavyweight selectors at Soul Jazz brew up another chubby batch of blazing Studio One jams, delivering nothing but the classics this go 'round, just like the title says! Another chapter from Coxsone Dodd and crew showcasing the label and studio that laid the foundation for a huge swath of Jamaican music for generations to come, this set delivers 18 mighty, mighty reggae jams of all flavors, including the Skatalites "El Pussycat Ska", Sound Dimension "Rockfort Rock", the Heptones "Pretty Looks Isn't All", Lone Ranger "Automatic", Horace Andy "Fever", Burning Spear "Rocking time", Alton Ellis "I'm Just A Guy", Don Drummond "Confucious", Michigan & Smiley "Rub A Dub Style" and Johnny Osbourne "Sing Jay Stylee". CD

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VariousStudio One Soul 2 ... CD
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
Another essential batch of Studio One Soul, every bit as great as the first! 18 more astoundingly great Jamaican renditions of soul and R&B numbers from the hands of Coxsone Dodd and his extraordinary stable of artists, some deeply soulful, and others with a more rootsy, raw grain to them. All flavors of reggae get represented here, but never departing from the soul theme, with dee jay numbers and dark dubs rubbing up against straight up renditions of numbers that are unafraid to pledge their allegiance to the great originals! Tracks include "Swing Easy" by the Soul Vendors, "Choice Of Colours" by the Heptones, "People Make The World Go Round" by Hortense Ellis, "Choice Of Music (Part 2)" by Jackie Mittoo and the Brentford Disco Set, "Thinking" by Ken Boothe, "Get Out Of My Life Woman" by Tony Gregory, "Fool For Love" by Prince Jazzbo, "Fancy Pants" by Jackie Mittoo, and "Darker Block" by the Dub Specialist. CD

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New Vijay IyerMutations ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Vijay Iyer on ECM – a great new setting for one of the most-discussed pianists in recent years – and a chance for him to offer up some even more creative sides of his talents! The record still features Vijay playing piano with some of those blocky tones and rhythmic pulses that we love from his other trio and solo recordings – but the album also features him on electronics, and working with a string quartet on one number too – all in ways that are looser and more abstract than some of his better-known records, and creates a bridge between his jazz work and some of the new music modes of ECM. Titles include "Vuln Part 2", "Spellbound & Sacrosanct Cowrie Shells & The Shimmering Sea", "Mutations I to X", and "When We're Gone". CD
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New Kanye WestCollege Dropout ... CD
Roc-A-Fella, 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Kanye West finally dropped the full length in early '04 – and it's one of the best hip hop albums of the year. Kanye is probably the hottest beats producer of the year, too, having dug through the greatest soul hooks of the past few decades for his samples, and piled on the chunkiest, catchiest, thickest beats anywhere. And if he doesn't have the greatest vocal delivery in hop hop (if he did, he'd be Superman considering his production pedigree), he makes up for it with some masterful lines, like "I gotta apologize to Mos and Kweli/is it cool to rap about gold if I told the world I copped it from Ghana and Mali?" from "Breath In Breath Out". Hilariously, Kanye also found just about the sharpest theme for a record that we've scene in a while – the tangential connection between gang bangers and frat boys! He ain't granola, he ain't bling bling, he's just a guy from Chicago with a sometimes astoundingly strong production aesthetic, very smart rhymes and a lot of people who owe him great guest spots, and deliver. Were you looking for more than that? It's a triumph, one that Chicago couldn't be more proud of! "We Don't Care", "Graduation Day", "All Falls Down" with Syleena Johnson, "Spaceship" with GLC & Consequence, "Never Let Me Down" with Jay-Z, "Get 'Em High" with Talib Kweli & Common,"New Work Out Plan", the great single "Slow Jamz" with Twista & Jamie Foxx and more. CD

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New Main IngredientEuphrates River/Afrodisiac ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two of our favorite albums by The Main Ingredient – back to back on a single CD! Euphrates River is a wonderfully complex batch of tunes that shows that the group were taking a cue from some of their hipper contemporaries, and pushing past a stock hit formula. Bert DeCoteaux was still arranging, but the group produced themselves, giving the record a sexy funky feeling in the best parts, not that dissimilar from some of Marvin Gaye's work, or records by groups like The Isley Brothers or The O'Jays. Includes great versions of two Seals & Crofts songs – "Summer Breeze" and "Euphrates" – both a perfect example of this style, as is "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" – plus a great reading of Willie Hutch's "California My Way", which has a super-dope sample at the beginning. Of course, the album still includes material like their hit " "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", a sweetly style AM radio pop hit in the band's best style of earlier years. Afrodisiac is one of the most righteous albums ever from the Main Ingredient – as you might guess from its title and stylish cover! The group are really opening up here – and show a distinct Stevie Wonder influence throughout – not just because they perform their own hip takes on a number of tunes by Stevie, but also because Wonder himself plays a bit on the record! Rhythms are inventive, and grooves nice and complex – way past standard chart soul, into a heady mix that holds up beautifully over the years. Keyboards slide in great with the harmonies – and titles include great versions of Stevie Wonder tunes "Superwoman", "Where Were You When I Needed You", "Something Lovely", "Girl Blue", and "I Am Yours" – plus the great breakbeat track "You Can Call Me Rover", which has a very tight drum sound at the beginning, and tight soul harmonies all the way through. Also features a hip take on the Isleys' "Work To Do" too! CD

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New Ben Riley's Monk Legacy SeptetMemories Of T ... CD
Concord, 2006. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the hippest projects we've heard from drummer Ben Riley in awhile – a big band project devoted to the music of Thelonious Monk, and one that gets most of its angular changes from the saxophone section! There's a great post-Monk quality to this one that makes it way more than just a copycat of the old days – a re-interpolation of the music and inspirations of Monk for a slightly different jazz idiom, presented with 4 saxophones, 1 trumpet, guitar, bass, and drums – and no piano at all! Riley's on drums, and saxophones include Bruce Williams on alto and soprano, Wayne Escoffery and Jimmy Greene on tenor, and Jay Brandford on baritone – working alongside guitar from Freddie Bryant, bass from either Kiyashi Kitagawa or Peter Washington, and trumpet from Don Sickler, who sometimes blasts out in the lead. Titles include "Gallop's Gallop", "Green Chimneys", "Shuffle Boil", "Straight No Chaser", "Rhythm-A-Ning", and "Let's Call This". 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 ... 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 O'JaysMessage In The Music/Travelin' At The Speed of Thought ... CD
Philadelphia International/Demon (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Classic work from the second great Philly phase of the O'Jays' career! In 1976, the O'Jays re-signed to the Philly International label – thus kicking off their second stretch with Gamble and Huff, and burning harder than ever with a really righteous groove! The 2 albums in this package show Eddie Levert and Co honing their craft – still keeping the vocals nice and soulful, but transforming their sound even further, taking it light years from the rawer early recordings of the 60s, into the ever changing face of modern soul at the end of the 60s. And despite the fact that these albums never yielded as many hits as the earlier ones, they're still pretty darn nice – and are proof that Philly kept on kicking out great albums year after year. Tracks include "Message In the Music", "Let Life Flow", "Make A Joyful Noise", "A Prayer", "Paradise", "Work On Me", "Let's Spend Some Time Together", "Those Lies", and "We're All In This Thing Together". 16 tracks in all. CD

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New O'JaysSo Full Of Love/Identify Yourself ... CD
Edsel (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Late 70s genius from The O'Jays – proof that the group were still going strong after their initial hit years, especially on the mellower ballad side of the spectrum! So Full Of Love is a masterpiece of modern soul that shows the group singing in a style that would become their dominant mode for the next decade – not as upbeat and club-oriented as in the mid 70s years, with a sweet, sophisticated modern soul approach that really let the group grow stylistically. Mellow cuts like "Brandy" and "Cry Together" have a warm, supple, and sexy sound that never would have shown up on earlier records – and they're offset by some more upbeat numbers, like the seminal groover "Use Ta Be My Girl" – a tune that virtually became the theme for the second half of the group's career at Philly International! Other tracks include "This Time Baby", "Take Me To The Stars", and "Strokety Stroke". On Identify Yourself, the sound is a bit more uptempo than on the previous album – but the group are still also really using the time to explore their mellower side – kicking back in a warm and sophisticated mode that really shows the Philly sound growing up at the end of the 70s. Ballad highlights include the mellow stepper "Hurry Up & Come Back", plus "Forever Mine" and "I Want You Here With Me" – and more uptempo cuts include "So Nice I Tried It Twice", "One In A Million", and "Sing A Happy Song". CD

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New Run-DMCRaising Hell (expanded edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Profile, 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
By the time this third LP dropped, (Reverend) Run, DMC and Jam Master Jay were seasoned vets, delivering stripped down second generation hip hop with the hardest sounds on the East coast, but without neglecting the party rocking side of the game. Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons are on production, for a classic Def Jam meets Profile sound. Essential! Cuts include classics like "Peter Piper", "It's Tricky", "My Adidas", "Proud To Be Black", "You Be Illin'", "Walk This Way" and 6 more. Bonus tracks on this expanded edition include "My Adidas (acapella)", "Walk This Way (demo)", "Lord Of Lyrics (demo)", "Raising Hell Radio Tour Spot" and "Live At The Apollo Raw Vocal Commercial". CD

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New Stu WilliamsonStu Williamson ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really sparkling session from trumpeter Stu Williamson – one of a few great records he cut for the Bethlehem label in the 50s, and a set that's one of the cookingest from the company at the time! Stu's trumpet lines are already mighty nice – tight, and often a bit bolder than others from the west coast – and he's got some excellent company on saxophone here – the great young Charlie Mariano on alto, playing with a nice edge on a few tracks – plus equally great work from Bill Holman on tenor and Jimmy Guiffre on baritone. The rhythm section cooks nicely, too – with a boppish swing on the best numbers, delivered on piano by Claude Williamson, bass by Leroy Vinnegar, and drums by Mel Lewis. Titles include "Oom's Tune", "Big Red", "Red Cross", "Hongry Child", and "Pee Jay". CD

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New VariousPhiladelphia International Classics – The Tom Moulton Remixes (4CD set) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Harmless (UK), 1970s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
Massive mixes from the mighty Tom Moulton – a huge 4CD package that not only includes some classic lost and rare mixes from the 70s, but also a whopping 17 previously unreleased Moulton mixes, appearing here for the first time ever! If there's anyone who's ever been well-suited to reworking a Philly groove, it's Tom – given his long standing association with the soul scene in the City Of Brotherly Love – and his crucial role in pushing soul tracks into the clubs during the 70s. As with most of Tom's best work, the mixes here are richly faithful to the originals – and never try to overstate themselves at all, just focus on the best elements, and bring them to the forefront of the groove! 4CDs, 31 tracks, and Moulton remixes of "Back Stabbers" by The O'Jays, "Dirty Ol Man" by Three Degrees, "Trusting Heart" by The Trammps, "Do It Any Way You Wanna" by People's Choice, "Nights Over Egypt" by The Jones Girls, "I Don't Love You Anymore" by Teddy Pendergrass, "Year Of Decision" by Three Degrees, "Slow Motion" by Johnny Williams, "The Love I Lost" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, "She's A Winner" by The Intruders, "Trammps Disco Theme/Zing Went The Strings" by The Trammps, "Let's Groove" by Archie Bell & The Drells, "The Devil Made Me Do It" by Robert Upchurch, "Love Is The Message" by MFSB, "Party Time Man" by The Futures, and "See You When I Get There" by Lou Rawls. CD

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New King CurtisHave Tenor Sax Will Blow ... CD
Atco (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Smoking tenor from one of the greatest reedmen of all time – and one of the few who could easily bridge the worlds of jazz, soul, and R&B! The set's one of King's earliest albums – recorded back in 1959, and really given a tight Atlantic Records focus that takes the music way past some of Curtis' recordings for other labels – a sharp, tight punch in the rhythms that really works perfectly with his horn! Most of the players have a jazz pedigree, but fall nicely in line behind the tenor lead – on a rich range of original titles that include "Midnight Ramble", "The Shake", "Lil Brother", "Jaywalk", "Snake Eyes", "The Groove", and "Chili" – plus a sweet take on "Peter Gunn" too! CD

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New Gladys Knight & The PipsIn The Beginning (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bell/FTG, Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really great pre-Motown music from Gladys Knight & The Pips – a collection of early singles that were issued by Vee Jay and the Fire/Fury labels, but which already show the group head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries! Many of these cuts are from the start of the 60s, and show the quartet working out the first modes of group soul in a really great way – balancing Gladys' strong lead with sublime harmonies from The Pips – often set to some excellent early compositions from Van McCoy, who gives the group a great deal of class right from the start. Titles include "Letter Full Of Tears", "Either Way I Lose", "Giving Up", "Stop & Get A Hold Of Myself", "Tell Her You're Mine", "Lovers Always Forgive", "Every Beat Of My Heart", and "Operator". CD adds in some nice bonus tracks too – "The Devil In Me", "Another Love", "Go Away Stay Away", "Why Don't You Love Me", and "Who Knows". CD

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New O'JaysO'Jays Live In London ... CD
Philadelphia International, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
A seminal album in the development of Philadelphia International – who seemed to be taking a cue from Motown and Stax in the 60s, by bringing their biggest act to a European audience! The set features the O'Jays working as beautifully in a live setting as they had in the Sigma Sound studios – singing to arrangements by Dennis Williams, but still getting enough production by Bobby Martin to keep the sound in line with their better known studio work from the time. There's a bit of a deeper soul sound overall here – especially on the vocals, which crackle nicely with a live sense of spontaneity. Titles include "Back Stabbers", "Sunshine", "Love Train", "When The World Is A Peace", and "Put Your Hands Together" – plus a few vocal introductions! CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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New VariousFree Soul – Classic Of Mainstream Records ... CD
Mainstream/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Jazz, soul, and a whole lot more – even a rare psychedelic track from the vaults of Mainstream Records – all brought together in one of the most dynamic entries we've ever seen in the Free Soul series! The cuts here go way past the obvious, and way past the familiar – and the genre-hopping approach is a great reminder that the Mainstream label had a heck of a lot more to offer than just some of its famous funky jazz classics. And as always, Free Soul compiler Toru Hashimoto does a great job of digging up and bringing the music together in ways that really sets unlocks its magic – a whole new way of looking at Mainstream, and one that's really helped us get a new sort of appreciation for the label! CD features 23 tracks, and nearly 80 minutes of music – titles that include "Four" by Jeannie Trevor, "Fuit Of The Desert" by Orient Express, "I Want You Back" by Bobby Shad & The Bad Men, "My Heart Said" by Emily Yancy, "Inner City Blues" by Sarah Vaughan, "Soul Makossa" by Afrique, "The Sweetest Sounds" by Carmen McRae, "Down Yonder" by David Young, "Sound Song" by Barry Miles, "I Just Want To Be There" by Jay Berliner, "Hard Hard Promises" by Alice Clark, "Make It With You" by Maxine Weldon, "Moonlight Serenade" by Jeannie Trevor, "Fly Me To The Moon" by Gloria Coleman, and "What's Going On" by Charles McPherson. CD

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New VariousReggae Golden Jubilee – Origins Of Jamaica Music – 50th Anniversary (4CD box set) ... CD
VP, 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
A sprawling set that commemorates the Reggae Golden Jubilee– one that's beautifully put together by VP – and featuring 100 pivotal tracks from the early 60s to the late 00s! Selector Mr. Seaga does a pretty terrific job on the tracklist – which focuses as much on tracks that proved to be among the most trailblazing as it does on big hits. It touches on the styles and subgenres from throughout reggae's history – from ska, to rocksteady, reggae, dub, deejay, dancehall and beyond – with bellwether material by Theophilus Beckford, Higgs & Wilson, Skatalites, U-Roy, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Yellowman, Third World, Dennis Brown, Maxi Priest, Sugar Minott, Beres Hammond, Sizzla, Shaggy and many, many more. "Dumplins" by Byron Lee & The Dragonaires, "They Got To Go" by Prince Buster, "Bring Home" by Justin Hines & The Dominoes, "Rough And Tough" by Stranger Cole, "Hypocrite" by The Heptones, "Occupation" by Don Drummond & The Skatalites, "Wear You To The Ball" by U-Roy & The Paragons, "The A Fi Get A Beatin'" by Peter Tosh, "Police And Thieves" by Junior Murvin, "Right Time" by Mighty Diamonds, "Uptown Ranking" by Althea & Donna, "Over Me" by Yellowman, "Pass The Dutchie" by Musical Youth, "Try Jah Love" by Third World, "Wild World" by Maxie Priest, "One Blood" by Junior Reid, "Murder She Wrote" by Chaka Demus & Pliers, "Putting Up Resistance", by Beres Hammond, "You Don't Love Me (No No No)" by Dawn Penn, "Untold Stories" by Buju Banton, "Black Woman And Child" by Sizzla, "Gimme The Light" by Sean Paul, "Pon De River, Pon De Bank" by Elephant Man, "Welcome To Jamrock" by Damian "Jr Gong" Marley, "The Harder They Come" by Jimmy Cliff and more. CD
(Limited edition version with a pretty great 64-page booklet of notes and vintage photos.)
 
 
 



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