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VariousCatacombs – Temple Street, Wolverhampton 1968 to 1974 – The Original Sound Of Northern Soul, Popcorn & R&B ... CD
Charly (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Sublime 60s soul singles – upbeat, grooving, and brought together in support of legendary UK club The Catacombs – an early hotbed for the Northern Soul scene! The package is heavy on notes and images from the club – but even if you've never set foot in the UK, or on a dancefloor, you'll still find plenty here to love – a searing batch of 28 gems from the late 60s – most of them pretty darn rare, and usually with an edge that's a lot rawer than mainstream work of the time! The Catacombs seemed to pick the cuts that still held onto some of the sharper qualities of the earliest years of soul – less smooth groovers and more gritty tracks that really make this batch stand out. Titles include "Try A Little Harder" by The Fi-Dels, "What Is This" by Bobby Womack, "Suffering City" by Johnny & Lilly, "Psychedelic Soul" by Saxie Russell, "Do Me Like You Do Me" by John Williams & The Tick Tocks, "The Wrong Girl" by The Showmen, "Every Beat Of My Heart" by The Du-Ettes, "Michael" by The CODs, "Chinatown" by Victor Knight, "House Of Heartaches" by The Neptunes, "Love Time" by Kelly Brothers, "I've Got To Have Your Love" by Mill Evans, "The Touch Of Venus" by Sandy Wynns, "If You Ask Me" by Jerry Williams, and "Nothing Worse Than Being Alone" by The Ad Libs. CD

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VariousDJ Andy Smith's Jam Up Twist USA – R&B Rockers, Rockabilly, Northern Soul, & Sleazy Shakers ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 15.98
A great US take on the Jam Up Twist sound of DJ Andy Smith – the groove he explored on a previous compilation in the UK – now served up here in a different lineup for the states! The music is a mad mix of R&B, jump blues, rockabilly, and other raw sounds from the tail end of the 50s – very much like the sort of territory that Keb Darge has explored on his excellent sets with Little Edith – and the kind of sounds that go way way beyond well-known hits from the period! Smith digs very deep in the crates, and gets some help with selections from Deano Sounds as well – on this smoking set that includes "Honey Child" by Johnny Williams, "What's My Chances" by Chuck Flamingo, "Thanks Mr Postman" by Bobby King, "Lonesome Shack" by Ernie Washington, "Doing All Right" by Eddie Cash, "Swingin & Surfin" by Les Brown Jr, "Ever Again" by Gene Woodbury, "High School Caesar" by Reggie Perkins, "Monkey's Uncle" by Ray Sharpe, and "Pack Shack & Stack" by Billy Nelson. CD

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VariousDouble Cookin – Classic Northern Soul Instrumentals ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
Dancefloor cookers from the prime Northern Soul years – all instrumental numbers on this sharp compilation on Kent – 45 sides from a labels like Money, Villa, Swan, King, Epic and Warner Brothers! For all the wonderful Kent soul compilations we've gotten our dusty fingers on over the years, it's a wonder they're never been one devoted to instrumentals – until now! Rhythms roll along at a tight tempo, the tight guitars punch it up, some strings soar, and a pounding Northern beat keeps it all stomping! Those core elements are key, but others weave in an out, from hand claps on the beat, to organ grooves, bursts of brass and more. 24 tracks in all: "Double Cookin" by Checkerboard Squares, "Make Me Yours" by Arthur Wright & His Orchestra, "Festival Time" by San Remo Golden Strings", "The Sounds Of Lane" by Tracks To Your Mind, "Champion Pt 1" by Willie Mitchell, "The Guys From Uncle" by The Spy, "Stirrin Up Some Soul" by The Mar-Ketts, "Hey America (Sing Along)" by James Brown, "California Montage" by Young-Holt Unlimited and more. CD

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VariousEra Records & West Coast Northern Soul – 28 Soul Gems From The Hollywood Dancefloor ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Northern Soul from the west coast – a batch of rare singles pulled from the Era Records label, plus some previously-unissued tracks as well! Era was one of the first companies to really dive into soul on the LA scene of the early 60s – an imprint that also handled a fair bit of pop at the time, but was also more than willing to give a lot of local artists their chance to shine! Era productions were always top-shelf, which means that most of the tracks here have the sort of tight groove and romping rhythms you'd expect from Detroit material at the time – especially given that the Northern Soul experts at Outta Sight hand-picked all the tracks for the set. Previously unreleased tracks include "Hang On" by Jesse Davis and "Chico's Lament" by Chico Barber – and other tracks include "I've Arrived" by Jewel Akens, "Exit Loneliness Enter Love" by Tommy Mosley, "There's Nothing Else To Say" by The Incredibles, "If The World Only Knew" by Dee Dee Dorety, "Lucky Is My Name" by Bruce Cloud, "River Of Salt" by Ketty Lester, "With These Hands" by The Wonders, "I Want A Boyfriend" by The Soul-Mates, "Walk With Me" by Celia Marie, and "Sales Pitch" by Tommy T & The Targets. CD

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VariousKeep The Faith – The Best Of Northern Soul ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1960s. New Copy 2CD ... $32.99
A set that really lives up to its title, then goes a bit further too – as it not just brings together a host of Northern Soul classics, but also turns up a fair bit of 60s gems that have only been rediscovered in recent years – some surprising entries from the deep catalog of Columbia Records and RCA – all brought together here in a massive 52 track package! We're usually used to getting a set this great from the UK, but the Japanese-only collection is overflowing with rare upbeat groovers – massive soul cuts that include "I Need You" by Shane Martin, "I Can't Help Loving You" by Paul Anka, "Soul Time" by Shirley Ellis, "Eternally" by The Charmaines, "Don't Pity Me" by Sue Lynn, "The Cheater" by Bob Kuban, "Too Darn Soulful" by Morris Chestnut, "Paris Blues" by Tony Middleton, "Time Will Pass You By" by Tobi Legend, "I Can't Hold On" by Lorraine Chandler, "There's Nothing Else To Say" by The Incredibles, and "I'm Coming To Your Rescue" by The Triumphs. CD

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New VariousMotown Northern Soul ... CD
Motown (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $8.99
Northern soul from the source – over two dozen 60s soul stompers from Motown Records – most of them the kind of underground grooves that have always been prized on the Northern scene! The work here moves past obvious Motown hits, and really shows the kind of hard-burning stormers that set fire to the British all night dance scene in the 60s – music that moved the mods, then continued to help redefine our understanding of soul for decades to come! The set's a treasure trove of gems – some of which would cost you a pretty penny as original singles – and titles include "For The Love Of Mike" by Patrice Holloway, "You Can Do It" by Kim Weston, "Crying In The Night" by The Monitors, "Baby Come Home To Me" by Shorty Long, "Sure Is A Lotta Woman" by The Isley Brothers, "You're Gonna Love My Baby" by Barbara McNair, "I've Been Blessed" by Bobby Taylor, "Look What You Done Boy" by The Lollipops, "I Miss You Baby" by Marv Johnson, and "Keep On Loving Me" by Frances Nero. CD

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New VariousNorthern Soul – The Film (2CDs/DVD) ... CD
Harmless (UK), Late 60s/2014. New Copy 2CD & DVD ... $26.99
A stunner of a soul set – put together to support the film on England's Northern Soul scene! The package is worth it for the music alone – a massive 54 tracks that stand together as one of the sweetest Northern Soul collections we've seen in years – a really great choice of material that mixes classics from the scene with the sort of newly-discovered gems that have really kept the scene going for far longer than anyone might have expected back in the 60s and 70s. All work here is of late 60s vintage, and titles include "I Gotta Find Me Somebody" by The Vel Vets, "Crying Over You" by Duke Browner, "Exus Trek" by Luther Ingram Orchestra, "Your Autumn Of Tomorrow" by The Crow, "Come On Train" by Don Thomas, "It Really Hurts Me Girl" by The Carstairs, "I Was Born To Love You" by Herbert Hunter, "She'll Come Running Back" by Mel Britt, "Little Love Affair" by Patrinelle Staten, and "You Don't Love Me" by Epitome Of Sound. And if that's not enough, the set also includes a bonus DVD – with an interview with Elaine Constantine, director of the film – plus an audio interview with legendary Northern Soul DJ Richard Sterling, and a slide show of his most cherished relics from the scene in the 70s. CD

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New VariousSoul Galore – The Northern Soul Of Brunswick – 26 Classics & Rarities From Chicago's Finest ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Mid 60s-Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
Stellar soul singles on Brunswick – nearly all of which come from the prime mid-to-late 60s period at the legendary Chicago label – with Jackie Wilson, Billy Butler, Barbara Acklin, Gene Chandler, Erma Franklin, Lavern Baker and many more! There's a tight focus here on mid-to-late 60s Brunswick – all of them great – and many are quite rare. There are some modest or regional hits in the set, but most might have been forgotten if not for the devotion of the Northern Soul scenes to come. It's got a number of uptempo stormers, midtempo groovers and some sweet surprises. Soul galore, indeed! Includes "Soul Galore" by Jackie Wilson, "Have More Time" by Marvin Smith, "Oh Linda" by Leroy Taylor, "I'll Bet You" by Billy Butler, "There Was A Time" by Gene Chandler, "Sweet, Sweet Revenge" by Alvin Valentine, "A Strange Way" by The Loreleis, "Just Ain't No Love" by Barbara Acklin, "I'm The Only One To Do It" by Lavern Baker, "California Montage" by Young-Holt Unlimited and many more. CD

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New VariousTouch Of Northern Soul – 25 Dance Floor Classics To Touch Your Soul ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Way more than just a "touch" of Northern Soul – as the set's overflowing with upbeat soul tracks from the 60s – including a fair bit we've not seen on other collections! The set list mixes big names with talents from the underground – and the grooves are often in the tightest modes that Detroit or Philly had to offer at the time – even though the artists included come from a much wider range of scenes! The package features some key tracks that have only been rediscovered by Northern Soul fans in recent years – mixed with more than really lets the whole set burn brightly all the way through. Title sinclude "I Still Love You" by Seven Souls, "When We Get There" by Paul Anka, "Night Owl" by Bobby Paris, "I'll Always Need You" by Dean Courtney, "What's It Gonna Be" by Susan Barrett, "Exus Trek" by Luther Ingram, "The Ice Man" by Billy Watkins, "Dance With Me" by The Blendells, "One More Hurt" by Marjorie Black, "Better Use Your Head" by Dennis D'Ell, "I've Got The Need" by Spooky & Sue, and "Miss Treatment" by The Incredibles. Also includes a few surprising 70s tracks – like "I Wanna Give You Tomorrow" by Benny Troy, "In The Bottle" by Brother To Brother, and "What A Difference A Day Makes" by Esther Phillips. CD

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VariousTwisting The Wheel – Northern Soul Gems ... CD
Essential, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Northern soul from a great array of sources – including a few rare entries from later big names in soul, plus some killer tracks from a host of indie labels at the end of the 60s! Some of the tracks here are underground classics we've loved for years, and others are more obscure – and really represent the ever-evolving understanding of soul on the Northern scene – particularly the growing appreciation for slightly mellower and midtempo grooves. Titles include "Love Bug" by Chuck Bernard, "Just Loving You" by Ruby Andrews, "Dining In Chinatown" by Jennifer Wells, "Where Have You Been" by The Whispers, "What Happened To Yesterday" by Al Scott, "Love On A Rampage" by The Perigents, "Zola" by King Errisson, "Now Look At Who's Crying" by The Four Chymes, "Skate A While" by Leon Haywood, "You've Got The Love I Need" by Charles Hodges, and "I Can't Stop Crying" by Chuck & The Daylighters. 26 tracks in all! CD

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VariousWigan Casino Soul Club – Station Road, Wigan 1973 to 1981– The Original Sound Of Northern Soul, Popcorn & R&B ... CD
Charly (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $12.99 13.98
A searing set of vintage soul cuts – brought together in honor of the legendary Wigan Casino – one of the most important clubs in the UK Northern Soul scene of the 70s! For the uninitiated, Wigan was a hotbed of upbeat rare soul cuts – overlooked American goodies from both the previous decade and more recent years – often with a strong focus on deeper soul vocals, which meant some strong entries from the southern scene as well! This well-done package comes with a heavy book-style cover, notes on the club and its music – and a whopping 28 tracks in all – including "Being Without You" by Maurice Williams, "I Can't Hide It" by The Appreciations, "Come On Train" by Don Thomas, "I'm Satisfied With You" by The Furys, "You're Gonna Need Me" by Ted Ford, "You Got To Use What You Got" by Ann Sexton, "Why Should I Cry" by The Gentrys, "It's Heavy" by Bags, "Baby What Has Happened To Our Love" by The Ringleaders, "The Night The Angels Cried" by Johnny Dynamite, "I'm A Teardrop" by The Jerms, and "Your Wish Is My Command" by The Inspirations. Also comes with a rare bonus CD, too – a 1975 live performance by Tommy Hunt at Wigan – with cuts that include "Get Ready", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "Help Me Make It Through The Night", "Crackin Up", and "Never Can Say Goodbye". CD

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VariousNorthern Soul – The Film (14 x 7" single box set) ... 7-inch
Harmless (UK), New Copy ... Mid-October, 2014
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New Lenis GuessNorfolk Soul Sound – Six Sides Of Northern Soul, Deep Funk & R&B Club Monsters From Virginia (3 x 7 inch set) ... 7-inch
Soul 7 (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3x7" (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer triple-pack from the folks at Jazzman – a much-needed look at the funky soul talents of Lenis Guess! Guess was an overlooked figure working on the Norfolk scene at the end of the 60s – and sings here on a sextet of his own recordings, including one that features the legendary funk combo Raw Soul! The package is great – full notes on Lenis' years in music, and a look that's much better than the usual funky 45 reissue – and all cuts have this heavy-romping sound that really shows the Norfolk link to the southern scene. Titles include "Thank Goodness Gotta Good Woman", "Too Many Nights", "How You Gonna Do It", "Workin For My Baby", "Just Ask Me", and "Why Why Why'd She Leave Me". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New VariousNorthern Soul – The Collection – 75 Definitive Hits (3 CD set) ... CD
Rhino (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
75 tracks of vintage soul – all served up at a mighty nice price! The package brings together some of the biggest Northern Soul tracks of all time – but given that the genre is one that's all about digging deep for rare music, many of the cuts here are pretty darn obscure – which makes the package the sort that's bound to yield a lot of new musical discoveries! The range of artists is great – from big names to lesser-knowns – and cuts include "How Can You Say That Ain't Love" by The Patterson Singers, "Both Ends Against The Middle" by Jackie Moore, "This Beautiful Day" by Levi Jackson, "Something New To Do" by Bobby Sheen, "Walkin Up A One Way Street" by Willie Tee, "Frantic Escape" by Innocent Bystanders, "Feels Good" by Bobby Wilson, "Can't Help Lovin Dat Man" by Ila Vann, "Brekaway" by Derek Martin, "Condition Red" by Baltimore & Ohio Marching Band, "The Snake" by Al Wilson, "I Just Can't Live My Life" by Linda Jones, "You Hit Me" by Alice Clark, "Please Operator" by Tony & Tyrone, "Livin In Love" by Sheila Anthony, and lots lots more! CD

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New VariousNorthern Soul – The Collection – 75 Definitive Hits (3 CD set) ... CD
Rhino (UK), Late 60s/1970s. Used 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
75 tracks of vintage soul – all served up at a mighty nice price! The package brings together some of the biggest Northern Soul tracks of all time – but given that the genre is one that's all about digging deep for rare music, many of the cuts here are pretty darn obscure – which makes the package the sort that's bound to yield a lot of new musical discoveries! The range of artists is great – from big names to lesser-knowns – and cuts include "How Can You Say That Ain't Love" by The Patterson Singers, "Both Ends Against The Middle" by Jackie Moore, "This Beautiful Day" by Levi Jackson, "Something New To Do" by Bobby Sheen, "Walkin Up A One Way Street" by Willie Tee, "Frantic Escape" by Innocent Bystanders, "Feels Good" by Bobby Wilson, "Can't Help Lovin Dat Man" by Ila Vann, "Brekaway" by Derek Martin, "Condition Red" by Baltimore & Ohio Marching Band, "The Snake" by Al Wilson, "I Just Can't Live My Life" by Linda Jones, "You Hit Me" by Alice Clark, "Please Operator" by Tony & Tyrone, "Livin In Love" by Sheila Anthony, and lots lots more! CD

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New Ray Frazier & The Shades Of MadnessRay Frazier & The Shades Of Madness – Six Sides Of Ultra Rare Northern Soul, Sweet Crossover, & Classic Deep Funk (3 x 7" box set) ... 7-inch
Jazzman (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3 x 7 inch (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
A much-needed set of work from the legendary Ray Frazier and his Shades Of Madness group – an artist who only cut a handful of singles, all of them great! The title makes a lot of promises as to the grooves within the set – but it definitely delivers as well – and shows what a huge musical legacy Frazier has left, even with just a few records to his credit! The Shades combo gigged plenty on the west coast scene in the early 70s – and really have a sharpness here that goes beyond the usual funky studio work of the time – an ability to step tightly with Ray's funky lead when he's in a badass mode, then hit some soaring soulful elements on the catchier numbers too. The package is great – a really handsome slipcover with full notes and photos – wrapped around three funky 45s, with tracks that include "Your Eyes", "My Baby's Hand", "Gonna Get Your Love", "Push & Pull", "I Who Have Nothing", and "Loneliness". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New VariousJust Keep On Dancing – Chess Northern Soul ... CD
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Killer compilation of rare 45s from the Chess label, with many tracks by artists you know that weren't on LPs! The centerpiece is "Look At Me Now", by the young young Terry Callier, and other cuts include "Fat Boy Can Cry" by Billy Stewart, "I Just Kept On Dancing" by Doug Banks, "Thinkin' About You" by The Dells, "In Orbit" by Joy Lovejoy, "Sweeter Than The Day Before" by The Valentinos, and "The Devil Made Me Do It" by The Natural Four (pre-Curtom!). Lots more cool stuff by The Kittens, Eve Barnum, Maurice McAlister, Gene Chandler, Eddy Jacobs, Greg Perry, and other artists who recorded obscure singles for the label! CD

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New VariousKeep The Faith – The Best Of Northern Soul ... CD
Sony (Japan), 1960s. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A set that really lives up to its title, then goes a bit further too – as it not just brings together a host of Northern Soul classics, but also turns up a fair bit of 60s gems that have only been rediscovered in recent years – some surprising entries from the deep catalog of Columbia Records and RCA – all brought together here in a massive 52 track package! We're usually used to getting a set this great from the UK, but the Japanese-only collection is overflowing with rare upbeat groovers – massive soul cuts that include "I Need You" by Shane Martin, "I Can't Help Loving You" by Paul Anka, "Soul Time" by Shirley Ellis, "Eternally" by The Charmaines, "Don't Pity Me" by Sue Lynn, "The Cheater" by Bob Kuban, "Too Darn Soulful" by Morris Chestnut, "Paris Blues" by Tony Middleton, "Time Will Pass You By" by Tobi Legend, "I Can't Hold On" by Lorraine Chandler, "There's Nothing Else To Say" by The Incredibles, and "I'm Coming To Your Rescue" by The Triumphs. CD
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Also available Keep The Faith – The Best Of Northern Soul ... CD 32.99
 
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Brown Bombers & Soul PartnersWait For Me/Just Fun ... 7-inch
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy ... $5.99
The Brown Bombers come on here with plenty of firepower – soaring with the groove on "Wait For Me" – which has an upbeat Northern soul groove and some great harmonies to match! "Just Fun" follows in a similar spirit – an instrumental groove that echoes the vocal number on the a-side, but with some cool strings and guitar getting a bit more room to open up in the mix! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Jonathan ButlerJonathan Butler (2 CD expanded edition with bonus tracks) ... CD
Zomba/Cherry Pop (UK), 1987. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99
A really breakout set from Jonathan Butler – a double-length album that really has the singer/songwriter taking off! Butler's really finding his best groove here – that mature blend of soul, jazzy bits, and a good ear for a hook – all done in that crossover careful style that helped Jonathan find a huge new audience up here in the Northern Hemisphere – and which continues to make this set one of Butler's best-remembered moments. Titles include "Lies", "Love Songs Candlelight & You", "Holding On", "I Miss Your Love Tonight", "One More Dance", "Barenese", "Overflowing", "Loving You", "Say We'll Be Together", and "Give A Little More Loving". CD features bonus tracks too – including "Song For Jon", "Holding On (ext)", "Lies (edit)", "Thinking Of You (inst)", and "Overflowing (ext)". CD

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Charlene & The Soul Serenaders/Margie JosephCan You Win/One More Chance ... 7-inch
Kent (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy (reissue)... $8.99
A real stunner from Charlene & The Soul Serenaders – a cut that's more than wonderful enough with the lady's vocals in the lead, but which also gets a nicely deep background from the combo – with a cool chromatic guitar that brings a great vibe to the groove! "One More Chance" is an early one from Margie Joseph – a track that predates her music for Atlantic, and which has a 60s Northern Soul vibe! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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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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Charlie HadenLiberation Music Orchestra ... CD
Impulse, 1969. Used ... $5.99
One of the most beautiful albums that Charlie Haden ever recorded – and if he only ever appeared on one record in his life, we'd still love him tremendously for this one! The album has a feel that's very much in keeping with both the "liberation" and "orchestra" in the title – "liberation", in that the music is filled with inspiration from South American sources, and has a strongly political feel at times; and "orchestra" because the group here is somewhat large, and filled with a tremendous array of expressive players – including Gato Barbieri on tenor, Dewey Redman on alto and tenor, Don Cherry on cornet and flutes, Michael Mantler on trumpet, Roswell Rudd on trombone, Robert Northern on French horn, Paul Motian and Andrew Cyrille on percussion, Carla Bley on piano, and Perry Robinson on clarinet. Haden leads these disparate talents through a set of tremendously focused music – filled with as many ideas as it is with a sense of humanity and soul – all to brilliantly point the way forward for the new sound of Impulse Records in the years after Coltrane's death! Titles include the classic "Song For Che", plus Ornette's "War Orphans", Carla Bley's "The Interlude", and "Song Of The United Front", by Hans Eisler, and with words by Brecht! CD

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Leon HaywoodSoul Cargo ... LP
Fat Fish, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Excellent early work by Leon Haywood – recorded way back in the mid 60s, when he was knocking around the LA indie scene with a very soulful groove! Back in those years, Leon wasn't singing as much, just playing piano and organ in a mixture of soul and jazz instrumental modes – all hard-stepping with a very strong northern soul groove, and some of the heaviest production ever to come out of the west coast in the 60s! The whole album's a killer – extremely grooving, and with a blend of styles that keeps things fresh all the way through. Titles include "Ray's Theme", "Soul Cargo", "Fat Fish", "The Sidewinder", "Spice Of The Blues", "River's Invitation", and "The Preacher". LP, Vinyl record album

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September Jones/Freddie ButlerVoo Doo Mademoiselle/That's When I Need You ... 7-inch
Pied Piper (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
Two rare stormers from Detroit! September Jones is a hell of a singer who only cut a handful of sides in the 60s – but she really sounds great here on this massive cut with Pied Piper production! Freddie Butler has a hell of a voice, and he swings a bit more than usual here in a similar Detroit mode – not really Northern Soul, but a great two-step groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Ty KarimWear Your Natural Baby (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Ace/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $15.99
Wonderful work from Ty Karim – an LA singer from the 60s, just waiting to be rediscovered! Ty might not be the biggest name in California soul, but she's a hell of a great talent here – starting out in the 60s with upbeat Northern Soul groovers – then moving into the 70s with material that's even deeper, and a bit more sophisticated – laidback numbers that really show a maturation in style, and which are filled with wonderful twists and turns! Ty's vocals have a burning quality that's quite surprising, given her kittenish look on the cover – and as the themes get hotter, her singing gets even more righteous – making the whole package a really wonderful journey in soul. And although most of these numbers were issued (or recorded, but unissued) by tiny indie labels, they often have a very full, spacious approach to production – one that's really trying to hit the heights of Detroit or New York at the time. A good number of these cuts weren't issued at the time, and together with the rare singles, they really go a long way towards filling in the gaps in Ty's too-short career on record. Titles include "Lighten Up Baby", "Help Me Get That Feeling Back Again", "Only A Fool", "All At Once", "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight", "Wear Your Natural Baby", and "Don't Make Me Do Wrong". LP, Vinyl record album
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Mary LoveLay This Burden Down – The Very Best Of Mary Love ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $14.99
An amazing journey in soul music – told not just in the music, but in the detailed notes of the set as well! Mary Love is a singer who never broke big, but who cut some wonderful records on the LA scene of the 60s and 70s – a range of work that rivals some of the better-known female soul work from Detroit or Philly at the time! Mary's got a gut-wrenching vocal style that comes through right away – set up initially with these upbeat, uptempo grooves for the set's first half of Modern Records sessions – then holding strong through a batch of material for other labels that include Josie, Elco, Generation, and Modern Disc. Most material here is in a Northern Soul vein, and a few of the later cuts have a more modern soul vibe – all to match the shift in Mary's tragic life, as told in the notes within. Titles include "Joy", "I'm In Your Hands", "You Turned My Bitter Into Sweet", "Hey Stoney Face", "Think It Over", "Move A Little Closer", "Is That You", "Talkin About My Man", "There's Someone For Me", and "Power Of Your Love". CD

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MetrosSweetest One ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy ... $7.99 12.99
One of the greatest Northern Soul albums ever – completely great all the way through, and filled with songs that have been burning up dancefloors for years! The vocals are incredible – soaring harmonies that hold together perfectly, even when the grooves are hard and heavy – and the instrumentation is great too – handled by the Pied Piper team, who were kind of a Motown offshoot that featured Jack Ashford on vibes and percussion, Dave Hamilton and Ray Monette on guitar, and Joe Hunter on piano. Hunter and Ashford handled the arrangements – with a pitch-perfect sound that's completely sublime – sweet and grooving at the same time, and put together with the same kind of care you'd find at Motown – but with all the harder-edge qualities that always made indie work from Detroit so great. Every cut is a winner, and the set is the only full album ever done by the group – with cuts that include "Egyptian Love", "Till The End Of Time", "Since I Found My Baby", "Sweetest One", "Unlucky Sun", "I'll Never Forget You", "Do The Pied Piper", and "I'm With You All The Way". Great reissue – fully remastered from the original tapes – with new liner notes too! CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Frankie NewsomeLast Bus From Tupelo/Coming On Strong, Staying Long ... 7-inch
Sagport, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
"Last Bus" is a sad emotive southern soul number – but the reach charmer here is "Coming On Strong"! The track's got a great loping groove – pure northern soul, with a sock boogaloo edge, and a really strident vocal part that keeps the cut kicking all the way through! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label on B-side has some peeling.)

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100 Proof Aged In SoulSomebody's Been Sleeping In My Bed ... LP
Hot Wax, 1970. Very Good+ ... $19.99
One of the best-remembered groups from the Detroit scene of the early 70s – thanks to the massive title track on this album, and a whole host of other wonderful cuts as well! The group features the great Steve Marcus on vocals – an artist who'd cut some key Northern soul singles for smaller labels in the 60s – but who really bursts out of the box here with great presentation from the Holland Dozier Holland empire! The record features some great songs by General Johnson and Greg Perry – and Perry also handled some of the production work for the record – really pushing the group with the sort of full, rich sound the Chairmen Of The Board brought to their own work. Titles include "Somebody's Been Sleeping", "Too Many Cooks (Spoil The Soup)", "One Man's Leftovers", "Love is Sweeter", "Age Ain't Nothin' But a Number", and "Back Track". LP, Vinyl record album

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New San Remo Golden StringsHungry For Love ... LP
Ric Tic, Late 60s. Very Good ... $5.99
The name on this one sounds cheesy – but the record's actually a great batch of Detroit soul instrumentals, with way more of a Northern Soul groove than you'd expect! The San Remo Golden Strings were a group of Detroit soul musicians – kind of similar to the Soulful Strings of Chicago Cadet fame, using strings to create a soulful stepping groove, but given a more exotic name here to "class" things up a bit. "Hungry For Love" is one of the group's most enduring instrumental tracks, the kind that you'll hear on some of those Goldmine collections filled with rare non-vocal soul tracks. The rest of the record features some original grooves – like "Joy Road", "Lonely One", and "I'm Satisfied" – as well as some San Remoed versions of tracks like "Everybody Loves A Lover", "People", and "Blueberry Hil". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and aging.)

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Sharon ScottI'd Like To Know/I'm Not Afraid ... 7-inch
RCA/Outta Sight (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $7.99
A great 60s groover from Sharon Scott – the kind of singer who could work equally well in both pop and soul – and who steps out here strongly in the latter! The tune's got a Northern romp right from the start – augmented by a bit of drama on piano and the backing vocals – but always served up with a tight focus on Sharon's proud promise in the lead! "I'm Not Afraid" has a nicely similar vibe – a strong groove right from the start – and unabashedly bold lyrics from Scott all the way through! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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SharpeesTake Me To Your Leader/Darkness Of The Night ... 7-inch
One Der Ful/Secret Stash, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99
A great one from Chicago's Sharpees – an upbeat, uptempo groove that shows why the group were one of the boldest things going in the Windy City at the time – and a male group who could easily match the best that Detroit had to offer! The tune's got a nice bit of grit at the bottom, but also a soaring Northern Soul groove – and rough leads mix with sweet harmonies in a very nice way! Speaking of harmonies, "Darkness Of The Night" is a great ballad cut from the group – laidback sweet soul, with some amazing vocal interplay! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Sly & The Family StoneSly & The Family Stone ... CD
AAO, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $2.99 4.98
Rare early work from Sly Stone – some really great sockin-soul tunes, recorded in San Francisco during the mid 60! The style here is less funky than some of Sly's more famous work, but the overall groove is nice and lively – with plenty of tunes that have a hard soul or Northern Soul approach, as Sly and combo move at a mighty quick clip that shows their later energy – but which has more of a straigher 60s soul vibe overall! The set features 21 tracks in all – some covers, and a lot of early Sly Stone originals – and tracks include "Seventh Son", "Every Dog Has His Day", "You're My Only One", "Heavenly Angel", "Oh What A Night", "Yellow Moon", "Honest", "Uncle Sam Needs You My Friend", and "Take My Advice". CD

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Soulful OrchestraMood So ... CD
Soulful Torino/Record Kicks (Italy), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99
A group that really lives up to its title – and one with a sound that's proudly in the mode of the best Northern Soul of the 60s! The backings are full, and done in a style that's strongly inspired by Detroit soul of the Motown years – a bit rougher and more funky overall, given the indie level of production – and a nice change from some of the more 70s-oriented combos on the market! Maya Giglio sings leads on most tracks – with a quality that's nicely gritty at most points, and mostly in English – except for a few very cool numbers that feature lyrics in Italian. A few tunes have slight contemporary touches, but the overall sound is pretty 60s all the way through – and tracks include "Don't Freeze On Me", "Occapella", "I'm Mad At You", "Questo Mondo Non Mi Va", "Secret Love", and "Bring It On Home To Me". CD

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Three DegreesMaybe/So Much Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roulette/Big Break (UK), 1970. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A killer package – two full albums, plus bonus tracks too! First up is Maybe – amazing early work from the Three Degrees – tracks cut before their more famous disco years in the 70s – but already showing a whole new approach to girl group soul! At some level, the trio take off strongly from the best late 60s styles of The Supremes – taking the most righteous elements, and working them into a hip new take on female soul – often using slight undercurrents of funk, in ways that are a bit like Honeycone, but even groovier! Arrangements are by Sammy Lowe and Steve Swanson – who bring in a nice east coast bite – and titles include "Sugar On Sunday", "Rosegarden", "You're The One", "The Magic Door", "Collage", "Maybe", and "You're The Fool". Next is So Much Love – a great illustration of the way the female trio could really take off – even without the disco grooves that would later bring them fame! There's a bouncy sound to most numbers here – a bit of Northern Soul here, some 60s mod there – and the girls' vocals are even more amazing than we remember them in later years – really at the top of the girl group pack for the time. Arrangements are by Hutch Davie, Tony Camillo, and Bert DeCoteaux – and titles include "Maybe", "Trade Winds", "I Do Take You", "Who Is She (And What Is She To You)", and "Magic Mirror". 2CD set features a whopping 23 bonus tracks – including "Handle With Care", "Shades Of Green", "Requiem", "Isn't It A Pity", "Yours (long single version)", "There's So Much Love All Around Me (mono)", "Through Misty Eyes (mono)", and mono takes of many album tracks! CD

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UbsEverybody Knows I Love You (melody mix, inst)/Think About Number One (melody mix, inst) (10 inch single) ... 12-inch
Undercover Brother, 2011. Near Mint- ... $1.99
The UBs return with a funky soul covers – this one featuring great versions of quite stylistically different numbers by Ohio soul legend Kenny Smith – a slightly funked up take on the northern soul gem "Everybody Knows I Love You" and the straight up funky "Think About Number One"! Both versions of the former have kind of sunny, soulful vibe – the melody mix with a really cool guitar groove and the instrumental mix a tighter, punchier version more memorable for the piano and horns. "Think About Number One" also features a melody mix and instrumental mix – and this side is much more on a sublime funk tip! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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UptightsThere's Gonna Be A Better Day Coming/How Long Must I Wait For You ... 7-inch
Soul 7 (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $9.99
A snapping groove gets this one going right from the start – romping snare a nice undercurrent to the riffing guitar and bold, raw vocals in the lead – all of which come together with this great sort of charm, in almost a cross between Northern and deep soul styles of the time! "How Long" is nice too – a bit more romping and catchy, but still with more of those great raw vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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James WellsMy Claim To Fame/Explosion – Disco Recharge (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Harmless (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy 2 CDs ... $11.99
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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Venica WilsonWorth Every Drop Of Rain/Standing On The Sidelines ... 7-inch
Hib (UK), 2012. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A contemporary cut, but one with a real Northern Soul charm – produced by Ian Levine at a level that's even better than his previous productions from other decades! "Worth Every Drop" has a core groove that's classic Detroit, with a really hard edge – and Venica's vocals are a lot more 60s soul than some other contemporary underground singers – even more so on the flipside too, which features some mighty nice vibes in the mix! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousBrent – Superb 60s Soul Sounds ... CD
Brent/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
Superb soul, indeed – a heady batch of work from the important Brent label in the 60s – including a fair bit of previously unissued tunes! Brent was a bit different than some of the 60s indie soul labels – in that they didn't just pull from their local scene, but culled material from all over the US, which makes for a really great sense of variety here – both in the artists used, and in the sort of grooves they produced! Most numbers are upbeat, and pretty darn groovy – not in a straight Northern Soul mode, but a wider range of underground 60s soul – really wonderful material that's perfectly sung, beautifully produced, and still pretty darn fresh after all these years. We've only had a handful of singles on Brent in our own collection, so we're stunned at the quality of the material here – a smashing 24 track lineup that includes "Begging You" by Ronnie White, "I Love You Baby" by The Moovers, "I Want Love" by Brenton Wood, "Praying For The Rain To Come" by Dave Crawford, "Someone" by Bertha Tillman, "My Man He's A Loving Man" by Lynda Lyndell, "A Lot of Loving Going Round" by Clarence Hill, "Don't You Know That I Believe" by Carl Lester & The Show Stoppers, "Go To Him" by Clyde Wilson, and "I Need You Baby" by Lewis Clark. CD

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VariousFunk Soul Sisters Presented by SuperFunk – Classic & Rare Female Funk ... LP
BGP (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $19.99
Funky female soul galore – a killer set of rare tunes that's one of the best sets of this type we've ever stocked! The SuperFunk crew at BGP have gone through the rich array of labels handled by the company – pulling out some massive tunes that really push our understanding of female soul – taking things way past the obvious hits and girl group numbers, into hard and heavy-stepping territory that we really love! Most of the tunes on the set are completely new to our ears, and there's a great mix of northern and southern funk styles that keeps things super-fresh. Drums crackle, basslines pound, and the gals belt it out loud, clear, and funky on a set of 20 tracks that includes "Tell Me What's Wrong" by Lynn Varnado, "Listen Here" by Valorie Keys, "Know What To Do When You Get It" by The Genies, "Heavy Heavy Hangs My Heart" by Vera Hamilton, "Better Get A Move On" by Louise McCord, "Pounds Of Soul" by Betty Bibbs, "Ooh Wee Baby" by Delilah Moore, "Sunshine Of Your Love" by Spanky Wilson, "Staying At Home Like A Woman" by Lynn Varnado, "Hold On This Time" by Fontella Bass, "Mr Fix It" by Thelma Jones, "I'm Glad I Got Over You" by Jeanette Jones, "One Way Street" by Little Ann, and "It's Too Late For Tears" by Rene Bailey. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousFunky Funky Detroit – Rare & Unreleased Motorcity Funk & Soul ... CD
Funky Delicacies/Tuff City, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99 13.98
Detroit finally gets its funky due – stepping out from the shadows cast by endless Motown and Northern Soul compilations, and fixing its funky wagon to a great batch of rare indie groovers! The package brings together some real gems from labels that have barely, if ever, been reissued in the past – Sport, Big Hit, and Northern – and features tunes that run in vintage from the late 60s through the mid 70s. There's a really fierce funky 45 sort of feel going on here – with lots of deep deep bass on the best cuts, plenty of snapping drums, and vocals that have lots of raw and rough southern-styled touches! The set's got 17 tracks in all – with titles that include "Party On 4th Street" and "Mama Didn't Lie" by Black Nasty, "Going To Get It" by Calvin Williams, "Don't Leave Me To Be Lonely" by The Dramatics, "Funky Soul" by Dynamic Walton Brothers, "You Better Get Yourself Together" by Timmy Shaw & Chuck Holiday, "Keep On Stepping" by Black Nasty, "Bit Off More" by Lynn Day, and "Uncle Tom" by Herbie Thompson. CD

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New VariousGroove – Belgium Popcorn – Blended Soul & R&B With Eastern Promise ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Not entirely soul, but not really pop either – and instead a special sort of space that's always been dug by soul fans in the Belgian scene! The groove here was dubbed "popcorn" many years back – and it features soulful vocals coming into play with tight 60s production – stomping rhythms, sparkling strings, and perfect production that often brings in some cool echoey touches to the mix! The feel here is quite different than the usual northern soul set of this nature – and a great illustration that there's still so much to learn about 60s soul music in general – as evidenced by the range of artists included, and the great record label images inside the cover! Titles include "Promised Land" by Buddy Lamp, "I Gotta Run" by Bobby Scott, "That's All It Takes" by Carrol Connors, "Let Her Go" by Gene Stridel, "Steady Cha Cha" by Frank Pizani, "Quite Girl" by Don Rondo, "Cha Cha Italiano" by Mary Mazza, "You'll Come Back" by Ronny Douglas, and "Living Dream" by Lenny Miles. CD

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VariousLittle Taste Of Soul – From The Outta Sight Diner – A Cool Blend Of R&B, Blues, Doo Wop, & Early Soul ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Stirring sounds from the start of the 60s – all pulled from that magical moment when soul was first coming into place – brought together out of different strands of grooves that were rumbling around in the 50s! The set mixes R&B, vocal group, and even a bit of pop – but all with a sound that's plenty soulful throughout – and really uncovers some lesser-known gems in the process! These Outta Sight collections are always great for Northern Soul – and this one shows the roots of the genre – and really illustrates the way that so many 21st Century collectors are turning back to the generation before Motown. Titles include "I Say Hello" by Jimmy Breedlove, "Darling I Know Now" by The Mystics, "Because Of You" by The Dreamers, "Boss Bossa Nova" by Bellino, "Summertime" by Barbara D'Orleans, "Hi Fi Baby" by Teddy McRae, "Humdinger" by Little Marie Allen, "Please Don't Go" by Johnny Acey, "Baby Oh Baby" by The Shells, "Oh What A Fool" by Big Jay McNeeley, and "I Walk On" by Little Tommy & The Elgins. CD

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VariousModstock – 21st Century Club Classics ... LP
Detour (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $19.99
A brilliant new set from Rob Bailey – the man who gave us all the five volumes of Le Beat Bespoke – returning here with a very fresh take on the mod groove of the 60s! These tracks are more soul and jazz than Rob's previous efforts – still very much in the best modes that were ringing strong with London mods of the 60s, but even deeper, harder, and groovier too – with a plenty strong influence from the farther reaches of the American underground scene! There's still a few rock tracks in the mix, but the addition of mod jazz and Northern Soul really blows the whole thing open – and makes the whole thing a searing set of groovers all the way through. Titles include "Step Down" by The Ranglers, "Too Far To Turn Around" by The Sty-Letts, "It's Gonna Rain" by Gentleman June Gardner, "Shotgun" by Johnny Deen & The Deacons, "Love's A Workin" by Dean Carter, "Line & Track" by The Aquamen, "I Ain't Gonna Take You Back" by Brenda Holloway & The Carrolls, "Please Grow Up" by Harlem Kiddies, and "The Love I Need" by Frank Butler. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousR&B Singles Collection – Outta Sight Red Hot Rhythm & Blues ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
R&B singles, but plenty of soul as well – all pulled from that crucial point when the 50s was giving way to the 60s, and the older bluesy styles were changing into the socking soul of the new generation! Some tunes here have a harder groove that echoes the R&B style of the previous decade, but others soar forth in ways that clearly light the fuse for Northern Soul and other styles to come – all served up in a rich batch of rare singles that mixes some classic numbers with more obscure and expensive gems! Titles include "Just A Little Bit" by Tiny Topsy, "Chills & Fever" by Johnny Love, "Sugar In My Tea" by Piney Brown & His Blues Toppers, "Flaming Mamie" by Billy Hambric, "I'm Gonna Leave You Baby" by Willie Wright, "I'm Gonna Whale On You" by Little Arthur Mathews, "Undivided Love" by Eskew Reeder, "Come Here You" by Al Tamms, "Ammerette" by Benny Spellman, and "Honkey Tonk Woman" by Fabulous Playboys. CD

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VariousR&B Singles Collection Vol 2 – Outta Sight Red Hot Rhythm & Blues ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Blazing R&B, slightly more simmering soul, and some rollicking wildcard tunes that split the difference – all on this fantastic second volume in the R&B Singles series from Outta Sight! It's a great collection, culled mostly from the fertile early 60s period when the sound was still strongly rooted in mid-to-late 50s rhythm & blues, yet beginning to lay the groundwork for gritty southern soul and tighter Northern Soul sounds to come. A nice mix of legendary names and lesser known stars alike, with 30 great tracks in all: "Feelin' Kind A Lonesome" by Willie J Charles with Lionel Hampton, the eternally amazing "Cry To Me" by Solomon Burke", "Earthquake" by Roy Hamilton, "Come On Baby" by Marie Knight, "The Snake" by Oscar Brown Jr, "How Many More Times" by HB Barnum, "Shake It Up And Go" by John Lee Hooker, "A Three Dollar Bill" by Beverly Ann Gibson, "I See Your Face" by Joe Simon, "Betty Mae" by Rodger Green and more. CD

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VariousSnowboy Presents New Vintage Vol 1 ... LP
BBE (UK), 2012. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99
Heavy funk, Northern Soul, and R&B – but all of a newer vintage, and pulled together by the legendary Snowboy – who's been updating grooves for years! The set features loads of Snowboy's contemporaries from the global deep funk scene – and includes some nice bits that you won't usually find on records like this, which really opens the sound – thanks to the connections that Snowboy has been making over the past few decades. The 2LP package includes a whopping 21 tracks – and titles include "One Day" by Kings Go Forth, "That Old Black Music" by Ray Gelato & Kai Hoffman, "Stop Whistlin Wolf" by Imelda May, "Find Me A Golden Street" by Rich Clifford & The Saddows, "Green Jeans" by The Rapiers, "Don't Make A Fool Out Of Me" by Kitty Daisy & Lewis, "Big Fat Trap" by Big Boy Bloater & The Limits, "From Now On" by Magnus Carlson, "That's a Pretty Good Love" by Laura B & The Moonlighters, and "Baby Take Me Back" by Darrel Higham & The Enforcers, LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousWorld Needs Changing – Street Funk & Jazz Grooves 1967 to 1976 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
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 VariousWow – Belgium Popcorn – More Soul & R&B With Eastern Promise ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Not Belgian music – despite what you might think from the title – but an assortment of great American soul and pop from the early 60s – all of which have a very sweet-stepping groove! The style here is the mode that's always been a favorite of Belgian soul fans – who dig a more midtempo groove than the British Northern Soul dancers – and the tracks do a great job of stepping across scenes and genres, to bring in a surprisingly wide range of music – all of which really sounds great together! The set (and the whole series) is a really nice change from the usual Brit soul collections – and is filled with wonderful tunes we never would have discovered otherwise – a great lineup that includes "I Say That's Allright" by Roosevelt Jones, "High In The Misty Sky" by Jackie Lynton, "Let Me Be The Fool" by Lucky Clark, "Thinking Of You" by Freddy Jaye, "Familiar" by Richard Hayes, "Kiss Away" by Otis Blackwell, "Magic Carpet" by Al Reed, "Someday & Someway" by Michael Stevens, and "Big Hand Little Hand" by Ronnie Savoy. CD

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Billy Butler & InfinityHung Up On You ... CD
Pride/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy ... Around November 4, 2014
Nice one! Jerry Butler's brother Billy recorded for more labels than you'd expect over the years – but this is only one of three full LPs that he ever cut. The album's a stellar batch of harmony soul tracks – as perfectly for the early 70s harmony scene as Billy's late 60s work on Okeh was for the Northern one – and Billy's own voice is supported by the Infinity trio of Pylis Knox, Errol Batts, and Larry Wade. Billy's voice is always a treat – and it's still got that Jerry Butler-ish rasp to it, which stands out nicely next to the group's sweeter harmonies. Nearly every cut's a winner, with tracks like "I'm So Hung Up On You", "Storm", "Free Yourself", "When Your Baby's Gone", and "You Can't Always Tell". Great stuff by one of the underacknowledged talents of the Chicago soul scene! CD

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Lew KirtonJust Arrived ... CD
Alston/Warner (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Around July 9, 2014 (delayed)
Great work from this oft-overlooked smooth soul singer! Lew Kirton was part of the Miami soul scene that centered around TK Records in Florida – but he has a smooth sexy style that reminds us a lot more of northern modern soul singers – especially the most sophisticated side of the New York scene! This debut could easily stand next to late 70s material by Roy Ayers, or some of the best by Leroy Hutson – with some slight deep soul elements that might recall material by Sam Dees or Prince Phillip Mitchell. Like all those references, Kirton has a great way of grooving, but still hanging onto a deeper, more personal style in the lyrics. The songwriting is wonderful, a perfect match for Lew's deep vocals – and titles include "Something Special", "Why Should I Get Jealous", "Love I Don't Want Your Love", "Time To Get With It", and "Love Secret Agent". CD
Also available Heaven In The Afternoon (aka Just Arrived) ... CD 14.99

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New JJ BarnesBorn Again ... LP
Perception, 1973. Used (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare set from Detroit soul legend JJ Barnes! Although Barnes originally started as a lighter, groovier northern soul singer, this "comeback" album from the early 70s has him singing in a very heavy, full-on righteous style, with lots of slow soulful tracks. Surprisingly, this style works well – and uncovers a side of Barnes that we wouldn't expect. Patrick Adams, Deodato, and Tony Bell handled the arrangements – and tracks include "Time Is Love", "Good Men Don't Grow On Trees", "You Owe It To Yourself" (in two parts), and "I Just Make Believe (I'm Touching You"). LP, Vinyl record album

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New MetrosSweetest One ... LP
RCA, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Northern Soul albums ever – completely great all the way through, and filled with songs that have been burning up dancefloors for years! The vocals are incredible – soaring harmonies that hold together perfectly, even when the grooves are hard and heavy – and the instrumentation is great too – handled by the Pied Piper team, who were kind of a Motown offshoot that featured Jack Ashford on vibes and percussion, Dave Hamilton and Ray Monette on guitar, and Joe Hunter on piano. Hunter and Ashford handled the arrangements – with a pitch-perfect sound that's completely sublime – sweet and grooving at the same time, and put together with the same kind of care you'd find at Motown – but with all the harder-edge qualities that always made indie work from Detroit so great. Every cut is a winner, and the set is the only full album ever done by the group – with cuts that include "Egyptian Love", "Till The End Of Time", "Since I Found My Baby", "Sweetest One", "Unlucky Sun", "I'll Never Forget You", "Do The Pied Piper", and "I'm With You All The Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing!)
Also available Sweetest One ... CD 7.99

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New Lee MosesTime & Place (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Maple/Sanctuary (UK), Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost deep soul set from Lee Moses – a relatively obscure vocalist, but one who we'd rank right up there with James Carr, Wilson Pickett, or any of their contemporaries! Lee's music has a hard southern soul feel to it – sounding almost like a pile of 45s from a label like Sound Stage 7, or some more obscure imprint from below the Mason-Dixon line – even though the record was issued on the Maple label up north. And possibly it's Lee's odd northern placement with a deeply southern style that never got him his due back in the day – but that loss is our gain, as the record's an under-discovered treasure that's filled with really hard-wailing soul tunes! There's a slightly garagey feel to the production – quite gritty at times, with even more of an earthier undercurrent than you'd hear on work from Memphis or Muscle Shoals – and Lee matches this sound wonderfully with a really raspy approach to vocals. Titles include a great version of "California Dreaming", plus the tracks "Time & Place", "Got That Will", "Every Boy & Girl", "Hey Joe", "Free At Last", and "Adorable One". Expanded package features 14 bonus tracks – everything that Moses ever recorded – with titles that include "Diana", "My Adorable One", "I Can't Take No Chances", "Never In My Life", "She's A Bad Girl", "Dark End Of The Street", "Day Tripper", and "I'm Sad About It". CD
(Out of print.)

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New VibrationsTaking A New Step ... LP
Mandala, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great album by The Vibrations – the group who's best known for their 60s Northern Soul tunes, but who really shine in this obscure 70s session! The sound here is quite different than any of the group's other albums – a mixture of 70s funk and harmony styles, done with a more righteous approach, and lots of nice guitars! This style makes for more than a few nice funky tracks – including the classic "Ain't No Greens In Harlem", one of the group's standout tunes, and the cuts "Kazoo", "The Man", "Silver Dollar", "Whiskey Man", and "Bolder Green & Jones". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover some light peeling near the bottom, which has been oddly shaded in so that you might miss it – then taped with clear tape. Cover also has a promo stam and cutout hole.)

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New Jr Walker & The All StarsWhat Does It Take To Win Your Love ... LP
SOUL, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard honking sax from Jr and crew – wailing away in the uptempo northern mode that always made them a bit hit on the dancefloor. The LP includes their big single "What Does It Take To Win Your Love", plus strong originals like "Sweet Soul", "Ame Cherie (Soul Darling)", and "Hot Cha" – plus the usual round of groovy covers. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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New VariousEccentric Soul – Outskirts Of Deep City ... CD
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An essential chapter of Miami soul – even if most of the work is appearing here for the first time ever! The set is a magnificent companion to Numero's Deep City collection of pre-TK Miami soul – but it's put together in such a way that it's almost a beautiful introduction to the south Florida sound on its own – served up in a batch of rare, unreleased tracks! The music is every bit as wonderful as you'd expect – Miami soul recorded at a time before cliches had started to hit that scene – and when the best artists down south were strongly resonating ideas from Memphis and Muscle Shoals with other elements borrowed from northern groups both funky and mellow. But even above the 20 great tracks on the CD, the package is amazing too – filled with notes on each group, a special appendix on Miami soul, a rare indie label discography, and a wealth of great images and photos – all layered lovingly into a full-color, 32 page booklet! Numero have really outdone themselves with this one – and the collection is way more than a part 2 to their previous package – more of a brilliant set of soul tunes on its own, complete with a booklet that's as beautiful as the music. Titles include "One Little Piece" by The Rollers, "Don't Be Surprised" by Lynn Williams, "No Way Out" by Clarence Reid, "What's In The Lovin" by Helene Smith, "Mr Lucky" by Betty Wright, "There Goes My Baby" by James Knight & The Butlers, "Do What You're Doin" by The Rising Sun, "Do Your Stuff" by Perk Badger, "Masterpiece" by Deep City Band, "Nasty Dog (part 2)" by The Nasty Dog Catchers, "Thank You Baby" by Betty Wright, "Your Love Won't Let Me Leave You" by Snoopy Dean, "The Pot Can't Talk About The Kettle" by Helene Smith, "Show Me What You Got" by Frank Williams & The Rocketeers, "Don't Be A Fool" by Clarence Reid, and "Knockin At The Wrong Door" by The Rollers. CD

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New VariousSweet N Salty Popcorn ... CD
Croydon Municipal (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A bit soul, a bit pop, a bit vocal – and a wonderful batch of tunes pulled together in support of the "popcorn" sound of the Belgian scene! The popcorn groove is different than Northern Soul, but shares a similar love of old vinyl – in this case a compelling blend of songs from a range of different sources, almost all of which have a hip stepping rhythm at the bottom, perfect for a different sort of soulful dancefloor! Some cuts showcase well-crafted vocals over the groove, others are instrumental, and the mix of artists here is really unusual – hardly talents you'd expect to hear together on the same collection, until you pop in the CD and dig its wonderful grooves. The package was put together for St Etienne's Croydon Municipal label, and has a feel that's every bit as playful as their imagined "Songs For" series – and titles include "To The One I Love" by Roy Hamilton, "Find Another Girl" by Jerry Butler, "Continental Strut" by Little Iva, "La Tanya" by Jay Abbott, "Some Of Your Lovin" by Johnny Nash, "The Tingle" by Jackie Weaver, "Johnny With The Gentle Hands" by Eartha Kitt, "River In My Blood" by Steve Karmen, "Elephant Walk" by Donald & The Delighters, and "Oh What A Day" by Craig Douglas. CD

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New JJ BarnesBaby Please Come Back Home – The Best Of JJ Barnes ... CD
Connoisseur Collection (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Seminal work by one of the greatest names in Northern Soul – the mighty JJ Barnes, a Detroit singer who never recorded for Motown, but who was easily one of the greatest talents on his scene in the 60s! Barnes has a way of putting over a tune that few other soul singers can match – a raw, raspy vocal style that's equally at home on upbeat numbers and warmer, mellow tracks – a mode that often goes much deeper than Motown, and which really helped set the scene for some of the bigger Detroit acts of the 70s. The 17 track CD features key sides Barnes recorded for the Groovesville and Revilot labels – plus later tracks from his Contempo and Volt recordings in the 70s. Titles include "Baby Please Come Back Home", "Now She's Gone", "So Called Friends", "I Need A Change", "Welcome To The Club", "Sad Day A Coming", "I'll Keep Coming Back", "Snowflakes", "Help Me Help Me", and "Chains Of Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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New O'JaysComin' Through ... LP
Imperial, Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Great early work by The O'Jays – with a much different sound than their later work on Philly International! The cuts are quite hard-edged, with a mixture of Northern Soul grooves and mellower uptown styles – and the album's got a split set of arrangements, both of which work well for the group. Side one features Nick DeCaro working with the group, doing some surprisingly great soul work (most of his 60s recordings were with easy and pop singers) on tracks like "Lipstick Traces", "Let It All Out", "Think It Over Baby", and "Whip It On Me Baby". Side two's just as great, with some killer work by the great HB Barnum – on classics like "Lonely Drifter", "Stand Tall", and "Time Is On My Side". Excellent stuff – with a really hard sound, and the kind of rare no-filler 60s soul album that's not always that easy to come by! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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New Lee RogersSock Some Love Power To Me – Rare Detroit Soul 1963-1970 ... CD
Soul Tay Shus, 1960s/Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Hard and heavy soul tracks from Lee Rogers – an excellent Detroit singer from the 60s, with a sock-solid approach that's all-Northern Soul all the way! The set's one of the first we've ever seen dedicated to Lee's work – and it features tracks from the D-Town, Wheelsville, and Premium Stuff labels, recorded during the years 1965 to 1969, when Detroit was really churning out some of its best underground work! CD features nearly double the amount of tracks as the vinyl – with a total of 28 titles that include "How Are You Fixed For Love", "Love & War", "Jack The Playboy", "Love For A Love", "I'm A Practical Guy", "You're The Cream Of The Crop", "You Won't Have To Wait Until X-Mas", "Sock Some Love Power To Me", "Our Love Is More", "Boss Love", and "Go Go Girl". CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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New ServicemenMeet The Servicemen – Classic Soul From Phoenix, Arizona (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Wind Hit, Mid 60s. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Classic styled and classic worthy R&B vocal group soul from The Servicemen – a group based at Luke Air Force Base near Phoenix, AZ – a mix of uptempo productions and sweet acapellas cut in '66 & '67! A few numbers have lit up the UK Northern Soul scene in the past decade or so, but for the most part this material has languished undiscovered, and it's well worth checking out. The rhythms are tight and sharp, and there's some nice production touches on some of it, including some vibes and solid horn arrangements, but the focus is on the group vocals, left to lead the way on the acapella versions. A mix of uptempo numbers and ballads, with titles including the main and acapella versions of "Are You Angry", "I Need A Helping Hand" and "My Turn", "I'll Stop Loving You", "Close Your Eyes", "Right Around The Corner", the acapellas "Come Back To Me" and "Why Can't You Be True". CD
(Comes in nice gatefold cardboard sleeve.)

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New VariousFunk Soul Sisters Presented by SuperFunk – Classic & Rare Female Funk ... CD
BGP (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Funky female soul galore – a killer set of rare tunes that's one of the best sets of this type we've ever stocked! The SuperFunk crew at BGP have gone through the rich array of labels handled by the company – pulling out some massive tunes that really push our understanding of female soul – taking things way past the obvious hits and girl group numbers, into hard and heavy-stepping territory that we really love! Most of the tunes on the set are completely new to our ears, and there's a great mix of northern and southern funk styles that keeps things super-fresh. Drums crackle, basslines pound, and the gals belt it out loud, clear, and funky on a set of 20 tracks that includes "Tell Me What's Wrong" by Lynn Varnado, "Listen Here" by Valorie Keys, "Know What To Do When You Get It" by The Genies, "Heavy Heavy Hangs My Heart" by Vera Hamilton, "Better Get A Move On" by Louise McCord, "Pounds Of Soul" by Betty Bibbs, "Ooh Wee Baby" by Delilah Moore, "Sunshine Of Your Love" by Spanky Wilson, "Staying At Home Like A Woman" by Lynn Varnado, "Hold On This Time" by Fontella Bass, "Mr Fix It" by Thelma Jones, "I'm Glad I Got Over You" by Jeanette Jones, "One Way Street" by Little Ann, and "It's Too Late For Tears" by Rene Bailey. CD
Also available Funk Soul Sisters Presented by SuperFunk – Classic & Rare Female Funk ... LP 19.99

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New VariousHi Records Rarities Vol 1 – Dancin & Steppin – Hitchhike To Heartbreak Road ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Think you know Hi Records? Guess again – because this sublime set of rarities has way more Memphis soul than just the work of Al Green, Ann Peebles, and Willie Mitchell! The special package features lots of lesser-known cuts from the vaults of Hi – including a fair bit of upbeat singles that showcase more of a dancefloor soul side of the legendary imprint – music that's still got a fair bit of deep soul in the vocals, but which also shows a bit more Memphis snap in the rhythms – a great mixing of modes that lies in a space that's somewhere between Northern and Southern soul standards of the time. There's a huge amount of tracks here we'd somehow missed over the years – and titles include "Stepchild" by Venice, "So Good To Me" by George Jackson, "Help Yourself" by 5 Royals, "Farmer John" by Four Kings, "Hitchhike To Heartbreak Road" by Bobo Mr Soul, "Save The Last Dance For Me" by Henry Shed, "Frankenstein Walk" by Gene Miller, "I Want To Be There" by The Four Kings, "We've Got Everything" by T 99, "Hard Luck" by Bobby McClure, "Still Around" by James Fry, and "The Way You Do The Things You Do" by Ebony Web. CD

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New Wendy ReneAfter Laughter Comes Tears – The Complete Stax & Volt Singles & Rarities 1964 to 1965 ... LP
Stax/Light In The Attic, Mid 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Massive soul from Wendy Rene – one of the lesser-known talents from the Stax Records scene of the 60s, and an artist who's finally getting her due! We're not sure why Wendy never hit bigger at the time – because her singles here are wonderful – excellent female soul that not only ranks with the best of the Stax sound of the time, but which also challenges the bite of some of the best Motown music too – thanks to a particularly northern groove on some of the best cuts here! In fact, it may well be this style – often closer to Detroit soul than the usual Memphis bag at Stax – that might have held Wendy back. But that's hardly an issue all these many years later – and our hat's off to the folks at Light In The Attic for not only bringing together her rare singles, but also collecting unreleased songs, other rarities, and even material performed with the group The Drapels – all recorded in the years 1964 and 1965, and supported by some great notes too. Titles include "Bar B Q", "I Wish I Were That Girl", "What Will Tomorrow Bring", "Last Love", "Crowded Park", "Give You What I Got", "Deep In My Heart", "Wondering", "First Kiss", "Reap What You Sow", "After Laughter Comes Tears", and "He Hasn't Failed Me Yet". LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousModlife Crisis – 60s Mod Anthems For The In Crowd ... CD
Backbeats (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
No crisis here – as the music is plenty darn great – and a wicked assortment of upbeat groovers from the late 60s! Most tracks are uptempo enough to be dubbed Northern Soul, but there's often a gritty undercurrent of R&B too – an extra dose that makes the tunes perfect for that mod sound of London in the 60s – the key crossover of jazz, blues, R&B, and soul that went onto influence countless of musicians in years to come! This heavy-duty collection is filled with 27 vintage soul tracks that play perfectly to that crowd – a brilliant blend of obscurities and classics, with titles that include "Just Ain't No Love" by Barbara Acklin, "There's Nothing Else To Say" by The Incredibles, "I Spy" by Jamo Thomas, "Do The Whoopee" by Sugar Pie De Santo, "Every Beat Of My Heart" by The Du-Ettes, "Mercy" by Gene & Al's Spacemen, "My Back Scratcher" by Frank Frost, "Mr Bang Bang Man" by Little Hank, "The Rubaiyats" by Omar Khayyam, "Make Up Your Mind" by Barrett Strong, and "Soul Poppin" by Johnny Johns & The King Casuals. CD

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New VariousModstock – 21st Century Club Classics ... CD
Detour (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant new set from Rob Bailey – the man who gave us all the five volumes of Le Beat Bespoke – returning here with a very fresh take on the mod groove of the 60s! These tracks are more soul and jazz than Rob's previous efforts – still very much in the best modes that were ringing strong with London mods of the 60s, but even deeper, harder, and groovier too – with a plenty strong influence from the farther reaches of the American underground scene! There's still a few rock tracks in the mix, but the addition of mod jazz and Northern Soul really blows the whole thing open – and makes the whole thing a searing set of groovers all the way through. Titles include "Step Down" by The Ranglers, "Too Far To Turn Around" by The Sty-Letts, "It's Gonna Rain" by Gentleman June Gardner, "Shotgun" by Johnny Deen & The Deacons, "Love's A Workin" by Dean Carter, "Line & Track" by The Aquamen, "I Ain't Gonna Take You Back" by Brenda Holloway & The Carrolls, "Please Grow Up" by Harlem Kiddies, and "The Love I Need" by Frank Butler. CD
Also available Modstock – 21st Century Club Classics ... LP 19.99

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New Paul AnkaI Can't Help Loving You/When We Get There ... 7-inch
RCA/Outta Sight (UK), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Paul Anka on a funky 45? Stranger things have happened – and the tune's a surprisingly wonderful soul number from Paul's overlooked mid 60s years – done in a groove that's pure Detroit Northern, complete with some tight vibes ringing out alongside the lead vocals! "When We Get There" is nice too – with a loping swing-beat sort of groove, and great vocals from Anka that almost feel like some of the solo Northern Soul gems from Frankie Valli. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Herbert HunterRockin' Spar Masters ... CD
Superbird (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Early 60s recordings by Herbert Hunter, a number of which are recorded with pseudonyms – rollicking & rockin' number that preceded the Spar singles that still fire up the Northern Soul connoisseurs – his earliest recordings for Spar! Hunter never had a smash breakout hit, but he did find one heck of a solid soul groove with Nashville producer Ted Jarrett in later years. Here he's trying out dance craze numbers and other trendy styles from the period, and they're pretty much nailing each, track after track! It's a blueprint for better things to come, and still a worthy batch of tunes. Titles include "The Twist" & Twistin' USA" as Johnny Keaton & The Twisters, "Dr Feelgood", "Your Cheatin' Heart", "I Can't Help It" and more billed to Herbert Hunter, "Peppermint Twist", "Now Let's Popeye", "Slow Twisting" and more as Leroy Jones, "Big Split Twist" and more as Marty & The Merits, "Bring It Home To Me" as The Now Generation and more. 20 tracks in all. CD

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New Newports/Sinner StrongDixie Women/Don't Knock It ... 7-inch
Kent (UK), 1962/1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Nothing dixie about this classic groover from The Newports – as the tune's got a jagged rhythm on the bottom, and some sweet harmonies over the top – almost a jukebox mambo vibe, with maybe a slight touch of Crescent City – not to mention a sweet tenor solo near the end! "Don't Knock It" is a stormer from Sinner Strong – a Northern Soul number with a great girl vocal in the lead – sung with an intensity that reminds us of The Exciters! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New Candi StatonMusic Speaks Louder Than Words/House Of Love ... CD
Warner/Edsel (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A pair of late 70s gems from Candi Staton – back to back on a single set! First up is Music Speaks Louder Than Words – an album that's often eclipsed by the Young Hearts hit before it, but which actually comes across stronger than that one! The groove is funky southern soul on the best cuts – tight and full, but still with a harder edge on the bottom, and rhythms that are more funky soul than the disco used on some of Candi's other late 70s albums. The set was recorded in California, with lots of sweet jazzy touches alongside the vocals – and titles include "Nights On Broadway", "Cotton Candi", "A Dreamer Of A Dream", "You Are", "Listen To The Music", "Music Speaks Louder Than Words", and "One More Chance On Love". House Of Love is a perfect pairing of Candi Staton and producer Dave Crawford – that key southern soul talent who helped Candi and a few select others really step into the American soul mainstream at the end of the 70s! Candi's still got all the deep roots in her vocals – including that incredible range that's continued to thrive in gospel in recent years – but Dave helps push things into a modern soul style that works equally well on Northern dancefloors as it would in the clubs down south. Arrangements are perfectly balanced – sophisticated and adult, but never too smooth or commercial – thanks mostly to Candi's wonderful handling of the lyrics. Titles include "Victim", "Yesterday Evening", "So Blue", "Honest I Do Love You", and "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me". CD features bonus tracks "Listen To The Music (single version)", "Honest I Do Love You (ext rmx)", "Victim (single edit)", and "Honest I Do Love You (edit)". CD

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New Venica WilsonWorth Every Drop Of Rain/Standing On The Sidelines ... 7-inch
Hib (UK), 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A contemporary cut, but one with a real Northern Soul charm – produced by Ian Levine at a level that's even better than his previous productions from other decades! "Worth Every Drop" has a core groove that's classic Detroit, with a really hard edge – and Venica's vocals are a lot more 60s soul than some other contemporary underground singers – even more so on the flipside too, which features some mighty nice vibes in the mix! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Also available Worth Every Drop Of Rain/Standing On The Sidelines ... 7-inch 4.99

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New VariousFor Dancers Also ... LP
Kent (UK), 1960s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An early treasure from a great tradition in soul music – one of the first few compilations from Ace/Kent Records – issued way back in the early 80s, and still a treasure trove of great 60s soul after all these years! As you'd guess from the title, the tracks here are all upbeat and uptempo – numbers brought together for the Northern Soul audience in the UK, but which also represent a great sampling of underground soul from the US in the 60s! Many of these numbers mix rough-edged vocals with more tightly-crafted instrumentation – and the collection features a total of 16 tracks that include "Lay This Burden Down" by Mary Love, "You Just Cheat & Lie" by ZZ Hill, "Good Taste Of Love" by Danny Monday, "Wanting You" by Jimmy Bee, "Can It Be Me" by Mel Williams, "Hole In The Wall" by The Other Brothers, "Talkin Woman" by Lowell Fulsom, "What Kind Of Man Are You" by Jackie Day, "Country Girl" by The Johnny Otis Show, "Everybody Needs Love" by Willie Gauff & The Love Brothers, and "My Baby Needs Me" by Yvonne Baker. LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousKent's Cellar Of Soul Vol 3 – 26 Gems From The Halcyon Years Of 60s Soul ... CD
Kent (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hardly the kind of music you'd want to keep in the basement – as the set's overflowing with classic soul from the 60s – especially the kind of underground nuggets we love so much! If we had to pick a style, we might say that the collection's heavy on Northern Soul rompers from the American indie scene way beyond Detroit – but there's also lots of other tasty flavors on here too, including some special west coast numbers and early funk tracks that really give the whole thing a great sense of variety – while still keeping to the upbeat, lively rhythms that make the set so great! Every track's a winner – and although most of these tracks never charted at the time, most have gone onto win big fame through constant circulation between DJs and collectors over the past few decades. Titles include "Sock It To Em Soul Brother" by Bill Moss, "The Horse" by Cliff Nobles, "Sign On The Dotted Line" by Gene Latter, "Peaches N Cream" by The Ikettes, "Tramp" by Lowell Fulsom, "I'll Never Forget You" by Marke & Chris Jackson, "Take It Baby" by The Showmen, "Ooh Wee Baby I Love You" by Fred Jackson, "Giving Up" by The Ad Libs, "With This Ring" by The Platters, "One Eye Open" by Maskman & The Agents, "Baby Please Come Back Home" by JJ Barnes, "Gotta Give Her Love" by The Volumes, and "Believe In Me Baby (part 1)" by Jesse James & The Dynamic Four. CD

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New VariousLooking Good – 75 Femme Mod Soul Nuggets (3CD set) ... CD
RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A massive set of female soul – and a great reminder that back in the 60s, it was often the gals who sung with more punch than the guys! Most numbers here are upbeat and grooving – some in a Northern Soul mode, but lots more in styles that go way past the standard groovers you'll find on other sets of this nature – a really rich array of rhythms and vocal harmonies that make the entire package a delight through and through! There's loads of rare tracks on the set – many we've never heard before – and the work seems to feature more groups than solo singers, although the groups often have a soloist out in the lead. The package is great – and features a book on the music too – and the set features 75 titles that include "Run Run" by The Persianettes, "Someone To Treat Me" by The De Vons, "Put Yourself In My Place" by Azie Mortimer, "The Boy I Love" by Renee Medina, "Stuck On You" by Yvonne Carroll & The Roulettes, "So Many Days" by The Vonns, "Looky Looky" by The Yum Yums, "I Stand Accused" by The Glories, and lots lots more! CD
 
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Hampton HawesNorthern Windows ... CD
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the best David Axelrod-assisted albums from the early 70s – a sweet batch of funky cuts with arrangements and backings handled by Axe, and loads of great keyboard lines from the legendary Hampton Hawes! The record really bubbles with the warm and soulful approach Axelrod was using at Fantasy – kind of a step off his stark modern sound at Capitol, but still done with just the right amount of space and appreciation of a funky rhythm. The great Carol Kaye is on bass, and Hawes plays some totally sweeeeeeeet electric keys on the set – really stretching out in ways that are different than some of his acoustic work of a few years before – yet still filled with the same rich sort of imagination. Titles include "Sierra Morena", "Go Down Moses", "Web", "Tune Axle Grease", and "C&H Sugar". CD

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Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk In Person (At Town Hall/Plus Two At The Blackhawk) ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
A pair of classic live albums! First up is Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall – a unique large group effort from Thelonious Monk – but one that bristles with all the angular energy of his other great work for Riverside! The group here is a tentet – filled with excellent players who include Donald Byrd, Phil Woods, Pepper Adams, Eddie Bert, Robert Northern, and Charlie Rouse – all supported by rhythm from the team of Sam Jones on bass and Art Taylor on drums, possibly one of the key factors for the success of the record! The album's comprised of Monk classics like "Little Rootie Tootie", "Thelonious", "Friday The 13th", "Off Minor", "Crepuscule with Nellie" and "Monk's Mood" – all arranged by Hall Overton, a little-remembered modernist from the 50s, but one with a keen dedication towards pushing new sounds from old formats! Overton really keeps the spirit of Monk's music intact here – penning charts that allow for plenty of solo space and the kind of cross-trading lines you'd hear in some of Monk's best multi-horn small group sides for Riverside! Next is Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two At The Blackhawk – a stunning pre-Columbia session from Thelonious Monk – a really great live date that has Monk's familiar quartet augmented by west coast players Joe Gordon on trumpet and Harold Land on tenor! Given that Charlie Rouse is already in the group on tenor, the addition of Land's horn makes for a very soulful set – and Gordon's one of those players we love whenever we get a chance to hear him on record, which isn't that often, given how few sessions he cut! Other players include John Ore on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – and titles include "Four In One", "Let's Call This", and "Worry Later". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Northern Illinois University Jazz EnsembleSpace Train ... LP
NIU Jazz Ensemble, 1978. Very Good- ... $6.99
A pretty hip batch of big band tracks – with a sound that's a lot more soulful than you'd expect. The best tracks mix together big band grooving with some slight bits of funk – in a style that's almost a bit like some of the MPS work at the same time. The horns are tight on a lot of tracks, with trumpet or tenor breaking out in a solo. Includes versions of "Siesta", "S-1", "Where Am I Going", and "Windjammer" – plus the original tunes "Hip Pickles" and "Space Train". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a small piece of tape, with some pen, some light stains, and a bit of rippling on the back. Labels have some marker.)

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New Brother Ahh & The Sounds Of AwarenessKey To Nowhere ... LP
Divine, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Cosmic righteousness from Brother Ah – aka Robert Northern – best known for his work with Sun Ra, but a force behind some wonderfully soulful records of his own! This album's one of Ah's later works – self-released in 1983, with a conception that's fuller than his earlier works – almost in an Alice Coltrane spiritual mode, with tracks that emphasize consciousness, healing, well being, and awareness. Ah plays flute and French horn on the album – and other instrumentation includes percussion by Nasar Abadey and Barbara Burton-Tuten, bass from Mike Bowie, harp and mbiri from Jeff Majors, and guitar from Marvin Tuten. Most tracks are instrumentals – building in a nice Phil Cohran-ish way – but a few numbers feature vocals. And titles include "Sekou", "Nature's Blues", "Key To Nowhere", "Hanifah", "Motherless Child", "Celebration", and "The Void". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some corner wear.)
 
 
 



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