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Herbert HunterNorthern Soul Legend – Original Recordings From The Spar/Poncello & Ref O Ree Labels & More ... CD
Superbird (UK), 1960s. New Copy .... $6.99
Great soul singles cut by Herbert Hunter in the 60s for the Spar, Poncello and Ref O Ree labels/imprints in the 60s – plus a handful of previously unissued number – excellent stuff recorded with legendary Nashville R&B guru Ted Jarrett as songwriter and producer! 15 of the 20 tracks were produced by Jarrett, who also wrote the majority of songs on here – giving the material a remarkably consistent (and consistently excellent) feel – but it's the gritty, charismatic and soulful vocals of Herbert Hunter that lead the way. Wonderful! Includes "Happy Go Lucky", "Diddlin' And Daddlin'", "La La La La", "I Was Born To Love You", "Don't Pity Me", "I Was Born To Love You", "I'm So Satisfied", "Big Oak Tree", "Oh Baby", "Don't Pity Me", "Somebody Somwhere" and more. CD

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New VariousHeavy Soul ... CD
Warner (Australia), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD .... $18.99
Heavy soul, but not just from soul artists – and instead a really great range of tracks that includes work from rootsy rockers and country musicians as well! The package traces the strong influence of soul music on so many different styles at the start of the 70s – bits of funk borrowed in the rhythms, slices of politics used in the lyrics, and modes of singing that were a lot more expressive and unbridled than before – especially for some of the key artists in the set! A few crossover soul cuts mix nicely with material from a whole host of different scenes – all surprisingly united in style, thanks to a good emphasis on funky rock elements at the core. The package is another wonderful entry from this excellent Warner Australia series – and titles include "They Caught The Devil" by Tony Joe White, "They Call It Rock & Roll Music" by Delaney & Bonnie with King Curtis, "Lord Have Mercy On My Soul" by Black Oak Arkansas, "We Had It All" by Donnie Fritts, "Born To Be Wild" by Wilson Pickett, "Right Place Wrong Time" by Dr John, "On Your Way Down" by Allen Toussaint, "Sure As Sin" by Jeanie Greene, "Cry Like A Baby" by Cher, "Anna Karina" by Jackie Deshannon, "Shotgun Willie" by Willie Nelson, "Dixie Fried" by James Luther Dickinson, "I Found A Love" by Lonnie Mack, "15 Degrees" by Sam Samudio, and "Going Back To Luka" by Don Nix. 2CD set features 37 tracks in all. CD
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New VariousRare Blues & Soul From Nashville – The 1960s Vol 2 ... CD
Superbird (UK), 1960s. New Copy .... $6.99
Excellent r&b & soul from the Nashville scene of the 60s – lesser known and smaller label singles issued at the time that deserve to be heard – and with a pretty tight and consistent focus with numbers by just a handful of great singers and combos! Includes rollicking, bluesy and soulful numbers by Cornell Blakely, JJ Barnes, Stone Martin, Larry Birdsong, Clentt Gant, Robert Garrett and others. 24 tracks in all: "Don't Do It", "I Want My Share", "Who Knows" and more by Cornell Blekely, "Try Your Luck On Me" and "You Win Again" by Stonie Martin, "Night Train" and "Stagger Lee" by John R, "Big Oak Tree", "I Gotta Sit Down" and more by Herbert Hunter, ""Somebody Help Me" by Larry Birdsong, "Mean Man" and "I Don't Want To Be Sober" by Robert Garrett and more. CD
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ChasNo Better Love ... CD
Love Joy/Boogie Times (France), 1985. Used .... $8.99
West coast soul from Chas – an obscure mid 80s groover from the Oakland scene, originally issued on the title Love Joy label! Chas has a vocal approach that's sweet and lean – one that fits nicely next to the heavy keyboards on the set, which romp around with a fair bit of jazzy inflections on the more groove-oriented tracks. Despite the 1985 date of the record, the overall sound is a bit more like some of the bigger label efforts from the start of the decade – the earliest 80s groove records when the genre was just getting started out – stripped down to some of its best elements and sent home with a sweetly gliding, no-nonsense approach! Titles include "I Just Want To Be Loved By You", "No Better Love", "I'm Going To Give You All Of Me", "For Your Love", "Don't You Walk Away", and "Just Say You Will". CD
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CongregationRight Now Everything ... CD
Congregation, 2012. Used .... $6.99
A full length debut knockout for The Congregation – who had more-or-less been serving as the live soul house band on the north side of Chicago in the months leading up to Right Now Everything – and deservedly so! The group might take the most cues from classic raw soul and live show R&B – but they've also clearly soaked up plenty of garagey rhythms, uptempo blues and rave-up gospel – and most importantly, they're somehow delivering their raucous stage intensity in the studio. Vocalist Gina Bloom has the grit and the genuinely soulful spirit of singers who have been at it for decades – but this is a fairly young group – which is important, because we're hoping they'll continue to slay us for many years to come! The excellent band includes Chuck Sansone on keys and percussion, Charlie Wayne on guitar, Joe DeBord on bass, Dan Wendt on drums, Brian Crane on trumpet, Nick Nottoli on trombone and Erik Eiseman on sax. Includes the title track, "When There's Fighting", "Real Thing", "Darlin'", "High Class", "I Know You Will", "You'll Always Be Alright With Me", "I Will Forget You" and more. CD

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Swamp Dogg & OthersSwamp Dogg & Friends – My Resume ... CD
Essential, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy .... $14.99
Swamp Dogg's got a mighty big resume – not just his own famous work of the 70s, but a host of other contributions with other artists – some under his real name of Jerry Williams! Williams was an incredibly prolific music producer and songwriter back in the 60s and 70s – and this set is a great document of the richness of his legacy – a range of soul tracks that includes some of Swamp's own deep soul sides, plus others in this style he made for different singers – and a few surprising entries that really expand the modes you might expect! Titles include "In My Resume", "Synthetic World", and "Don't Give Up On Me" by Swamp Dogg – plus "Rescue Song" by Sandra Phillips, "She's All I Got" by Freddie North, "Too Many People In My Bed" by Tony Mathews, "Run Run Roadrunner" by Little Jerry Williams, "Right Mood To Do Wrong" by Tommy Hutn, "Cloak Of Many Colors" by Wolfmoon, "Is It Real" by Brooks O'Dell, and "I Ain't Nobody" by Wilson Williams. CD

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Lay FarSo Many Ways ... CD
Glenview, 2013. New Copy .... $13.99
Jazz and soul inspired club grooves from Lay Far – with compelling beats, rhythms and all these great jazzy touches that lifty it to a loftier level! The album intro starts out a nice bit of piano leading the way, before the housey club groove kicks into full gear – kind of letting you know off the bat that this going to a have some depth to it, and that it does! On top of some similar instrumental touches, it's got some great guests on vocal and instrumentation throughout – including Dragon, Souled, Peter Oakden, Yannah Valdevit, Sarah Winton and others. Includes "Let Me Fly Away" with Dragon, ""Stand Up" with Pete Simpson, "A Little Faith" with Peter Oakden, "Can't Deny" wuth Souled and Yannah Valdvit, "Yes You Can", "We Are The Drum", "That Drum", "A Piece Of Devotion", "So Many Years" with Sarah Winton and more. CD

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Babatunde Lea with Dwight TribleUmbo Weti – A Tribute To Leon Thomas ... CD
Motema, 2008. New Copy 2CD .... $11.99 14.98
A beautiful tribute to the greatness of Leon Thomas – put together by one of the few cats who could get it right! Given that Babatunde Lea's other music already takes us back to the days when Thomas sang with Pharoah Sanders – his leadership on a date like this is a natural – as Lea has a way of hitting just the right sort of righteous vibe to open things up for Leon's message of peace, love, and spiritual fulfillment! The great Dwight Trible handles vocals on the date – a singer you probably already love for his work with Build An Ark – and other players include Ernie Watts on tenor sax, Patrice Rushen on piano, and Gary Brown on bass. The performance is a live one – recorded at Yoshi's in Oakland – and the double-length set features a heck of a lot of music, plus some video content on the second disc! Titles include "Prince Of Peace", "Reaching Up", "Umbo Weti", "Colors", "Sun Song", "African Fantasy", "Song For My Father", "African Tapestry", "Creator Has A Master Plan", "Boom Boom", and "Cousin Mary". CD

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Lively OnesSurf Rider ... CD
Del-Fi/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy .... $14.99
Prime early 60s west coast surf rock from The Lively Ones – a killer quintet from Orange County who are totally the real deal – as opposed to records played by session wizards put together by bigger labels to ride surf rock's wave of mainstream popularity! The Lively Ones aren't out to reinvent the wheel here, but boy do they ever know how to drive! Surf Rider features lively, reverb-soaked takes on popular surf and proto-garage guitar instrumentals – but it's their originals that really ride the highest waves here. Surf rock perfection! Includes "Surf Beat", "Let's Go Trippin'", "Misirlou", "Guitar Man", "Caterpillar Crawl", "Walkin' The Board", "Paradise Cove", "Surf Rider", "Happy Gremmie", "Hotdoggen", "Goofy Foot" and"Surfer's Lament". CD

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New Sergio Mendes & Brasil 77Home Cooking ... CD
Elektra/Collectors Choice, 1977. Used .... $7.99
One of Sergio Mendes' most electric outings from the 70s – a tasty mixture of LA fusion, Brazilian rhythms, and the group's unique twin female vocal lead! The mix of sounds is wonderful – and makes for a really solid album that shows how much soul Sergio had soaked up in the decade he'd spent in as part of the LA musical scene. There's still a strong Brazilian element to the record – thanks to musicians who include Oscar Castro Neves, Claudio Slon, Paulinho Da Costa, Hermeto Pascoal, and Raul De Souza – but most of the lyrics are in English, and the tunes themselves have a blend of R&B and fusion that's plenty sunny and plenty soulful! Titles include "It's So Obvious I Love You", "Sunny Day", "Emorio", "Cut That Out", "It's Up To You", and the tasty instrumental "Shakara". CD

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Dawan MuhammadConsider The Source ... CD
Life Force Jazz, 1992. New Copy .... $12.99 15.99
Wonderful work from Bay Area reedman Dawan Muhammad – an overlooked spiritual jazz player who really sparkles strongly on this set! The album from the early 90s, but has a vibe that feels like material from the glory days of the 70s indie scene – especially the hip sound of the Oakland side of the Bay Area. Muhammad mostly plays tenor, with these bold, free-thinking solos – but also handles soprano and flute as well. Other players include Kevin Tony and Greg Kirsten on piano, Ron Stout on trumpet, and James Mahone on alto sax – and titles include versions of Jimmy Heath's "Gingerbread Boy" and Thelonious Monk's "Eronel" – plus the original tracks "Consider The Source", "Gumbo", "Art Of End", and "Chase". CD

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Philip Oakey & Giorgio MoroderPhilip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Virgin/Gold Legion, 1985. New Copy .... $11.99 14.98
The overlooked collaboration between Human League singer Philip Oakey and producer Giorgio Moroder! The duo initially worked together on the outstanding "Together In Electric Dreams" single – a surprise hit from Moroder's soundtrack for a forgettable movie – and given The Human League's move towards a dancefloor sound around the same time, the timing was perfect to team up! Moroder lays down a soulful synth backdrop that rarely lets up – in fact, the first five tunes flow together almost like a continuous suite! Ultimately, this is a sweet slice of quintessentially 80s sounds – in a style that's endured – especially when you consider its influence on groups like Passion Pit a good 25 years later! Other tracks include "Now", "Why Must The Show Go On", "In Transit", "Goodbye Bad Times" "Brand New Lover (Take A Chance)", "Be My Lover Now", "Valerie" and "Shake It Up". Bonus tracks on this CD version from Gold Legion include an extended version of "Together In Electric Dreams", "In Transit/Goodbye Bad Times (12" Remix)" and "Be My Lover Now (12" Remix)". CD

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PanPan (paper sleeve edition) ... CD
CBS/Beatball (Korea), 1973. New Copy .... $22.99
Sweet and mellow work from ex-Beau Brummel Ron Elliott – done in a style that's a bit jazzy, a bit folksy, and with some really nice moments! There's a feel here that steps off the Bradley's Barn album by the Brummels, but it's actually inflected with a hippy honesty that makes for an even more innocent feel – kind of jaded LA hipster goes to the country and soaks up the sunshine, if you know what we mean! Keith Barbour sings lead vocals, but Ron and Val Christian Garay often harmonize alongside – in a way that echoes some of the best early touches of America, too – but with a hipper feel. Jimmie Haskell handles the arrangements, and plays a bit of moog – and titles include "Lady Honey", "The Puppet", "Garbage Man", "Ain't Got The Strings", "More Than My Guitar", and "Sad Rag Doll". CD

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William ParkerWood Flute Songs Anthology – Live 2006 to 2012 (8CD set) ... CD
Aum Fidelity, 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 8 CDs .... $62.99
Some of the most amazing work we've ever heard from this legendary bassist – a set that's not based around music from a wooden flute, but which instead refers to the instrument in its title – as an illustration of the very organic approach of the work within! The 8CDs offer up eight different unreleased live recordings – all of which showcase the deeply spiritual side of Parker's recent years – an approach that's even more so than his already-deep sounds of previous recordings – carried out at a level that's completely sublime throughout! This is the side of Parker that we've always reached for over the years, but haven't always found this easily – a mature musical vision informed not just by jazz, but by a host of other cultural influences, including film – as well as the exterior world of being. All recordings feature the core quartet of Parker on bass, Rob Brown on alto sax, Lewis Barnes on trumpet, and Hamid Drake on drums – and the CDs feature two discs of material from a May 2006 concert in Oakland; two CDs' of music from an April 2007 concert in Houston; a June 2009 performance in New York with the addition of Billy Bang on violin, Bobby Bradford on cornet, and James Spaulding on alto; an April 2011 performance in Geneva with the AMR Ensemble; a June 2012 show from Montreal with Leena Conquest on voice and Eri Yamamoto on piano; and a June 2012 show from New York with Cooper Moore on piano. CD
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New Tower Of PowerHipper Than Hip – Yesterday Today & Tomorrow – Live On The Air & In The Studio 1974 ... CD
Real Gone, 1974. New Copy 2 CDs .... $21.99 23.98
Killer work from Tower Of Power – captured live in the studio, and with a frenetic funky groove that's even tighter than some of their studio material from the time! At their core, these guys were always first and foremost a live, lively ensemble with a razor-sharp approach to funk – one that comes through beautifully here in the album's heavy drums, searing horn parts, and sharp mix of guitar and keyboard lines – equally great on the instrumental cuts and the vocal ones! The previously-unissued performance was very well-recorded in 1974 – done for WLIR radio in New York, and finally great to have out after all these years. Titles include live versions of "Oakland Stroke", "Soul Vaccination", "Clean Slate", "You're Still A Young Man", "Just When We Start Makin It", "Down To The Nightclub", "What Is Hip", "Time Will Tell", and "Squib Cakes". CD

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New VariousBay Area Funk – Funk & Soul Essentials From San Francisco, Oakland, & The Bay Area 1967-1976 ... CD
Luv N' Haight, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy .... $5.99 16.98
A killer! As revolutionary as the music and political climate was in the Bay Area in the late 60s and early 70s, it's damn near criminal that there haven't been more representative collections of the music – enter Luv N Haight Records, who are here with the first ever comprehensive compilation of Bay Area funk and hard soul! The kind of funky music that came out of the Bay in the period differs a bit from a lot of mirror sounds from the other coast, the midwest and the south –artists and groups like Sugar Pie Desanto, P-I-R Square, Marvin Holmes and the Uptights, San Francisco T.K.O and others work with short, tight, hard-clapping blasts of 45 funk. Where the funk of other scenes was designed to bounce you along an elastic groove, the Cali school for the most part specialized in short, sweaty, scratchy numbers that were designed to get you on your feet, than knock you straight on your arse! Truly amazing stuff – all funky 45 numbers, many of which are available for the first time on CD! 16 treasures: "Git Back" by Sugar Pie Desanto, "Foxy Girls In Oakland" by Rodger Collins, "Pickin' Cotton" by Johnny Talbot, "Find Yourself" by Marvin Holmes, "Check Me Out" by Kittie Denise, "Trippin' On The Sound" by Jeannie Tracie, "The Trip" by Eugene Blacknell, "Fantasy" by P-I-R Square, "Oomph" by Marvin Holmes, "Herm" by San Francisco T.K.O.'s and lots more – plus great foldout notes with details on each track. A great sounding, long overdue document of a great scene! CD

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New VariousBay Area Funk 2 – Funk & Soul Essentials From San Francisco, Oakland, & The Bay Area ... CD
Luv N' Haight, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy .... $5.99 16.98
A way way deeper set than the first volume of Bay Area Funk – and a collection that shows that things got pretty heavy on the San Francisco and Oakland scenes of the 70s! A good number of the tracks here are instrumental, and show some wonderful interplay between the trippier sides of funky jazz and the harder sides of soul going on in the Bay Area back in the day – killer music from the fringes that often got lost in the shuffle of all the better-known music coming out on the bigger labels! The work here is all from very tiny labels – expertly selected and all officially cleared by the Luv N Haight team with keen respect for the artists involved – and in a way, the package has set a new high standard for the label! A tremendous discovery, and filled with tracks we'd never heard before – titles that include "Stop Look Listen" by Primevil, "Poor Sad Child (part 1)" by The Windjammers, "Born To Live With Heartache" by Mary Love, "Move In The Room" by Dawn & Sunset, "Ebony" by Project Soul, "Acid Lady" by San Francisco TKOs, "Hip Breakin" by Little Denise Stevenson, "Devil's On The Run" by Uptights Band, "Brute Strength" by Mile Selesia, and "Lenient With My Love" by The Relatives. CD

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VariousJourney To The Dawn – Illuminating Jazz From Theresa Records ... CD
Theresa/Temposphere (Italy), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy .... $9.99
A lost batch of soulful jazz from a massively overlooked source – the mighty Theresa Records, home to some really great recordings at the end of the 70s! Theresa was a tiny company formed in Oakland, CA at the end of the 70s – a spiritual heir to the sound of Impulse, Flying Dutchman, and other 70s powerhouse soul jazz labels – with a sound that was directly encapsulated in the label's own recordings of Pharoah Sanders at the time! After a few years of inactivity on the recording scene after his seminal sides for Impulse, Pharoah made a strong re-emergence on Theresa – working in a sweet style of soul jazz that was also picked up by some of the label's other strong artists. This excellent set was compiled in collaboration with Gilles Peterson – and features some of the hippest, most soulful tracks to come out on Theresa – work that takes off from the sound of Pharoah's earlier albums, into a whole new realm of expression! Titles include "Heart Is A Melody", "Rejoice", and "You've Got To Have Freedom" by Pharoah Sanders; "Samba" and "Pippin" by Ed Kelly; "Use Your Hands" and "Levels Of Consciousness" by Babatunde & Phenomena; and "Hip Funk" by Bishop Norman Williams & The One Mind Experience. 11 tracks in all! CD

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VariousKu-Pow! – British Guitar Instrumental Music Of The Sixties ... CD
El (UK), 1960s. New Copy .... $13.99
Explosive Joe Meek instrumentals from the 60s UK scene – with scorchers by The Tornados, The Packabeats, The Moontrekkers, The Fentones, The Ted Taylor Four, The Outlaws, Tony Hatch, The Phantoms and many more! If you're unfamiliar, Meek was a virtuoso producer with a sound and style that was anything but meek – anchored by raw rhythms, searing guitars and electronic embellishments that were far ahead of their time – all fueling these mad instrumentals with touches of R&B, rockabilly, surf and soundtracky styles ranging from sci fi to westerns! Wild, fun stuff that's almost completely instrumental. Titles includes "Theme From 'The Traitors'" and "Evening In Paris" by The Packabeats, "Telstar" and "Earthy" by The Tornados, "Ku-Pow!" and "Sioux Serenade" by The Outlaws, ""There's Something At The Bottom Of The Well" and "Hatashiai" by The Moontrekkers, "The Mexican" by The Fentones, "Cloak And Dagger" by The Echoes, "Taboo" by Sounds Inc", "Checkpoint", "Border Patrol" and ore by Dennis Newey, "Out Of This World" by Tony Hatch and more. 33 tracks in all! CD

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VariousRolling With The Punches – The Allen Toussaint Songbook ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy .... $14.99
Heavy funk, deep soul, and lots lots more – an amazing testament to the songwriting skills of New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint! Allen was a heck of a singer on his own – but he also worked plenty behind the scenes in the 60s and 70s – lending his tunes to many others, and producing a good number of recordings as well – some of the best of which are featured in this sweet little set! The package features two dozen smoking tunes from the pen of Toussaint – songs that are heavy on influences from New Orleans soul and funk – already sounding great in the hands of other soul singers in the collection, and really helping transform the style of other artists in ways you might not expect. The whole thing's got the same righteous vibe as Allen's best records from the 70s – and titles include "I'll Be Rolling" by Millie Jackson, "Hercules" by Boz Scaggs, "Occapella" by Lee Dorsey, "Get Out Of My Life Woman" by Solomon Burke, "Sweet Touch Of Love" by Irma Thomas, "Sneakin Sally Thru The Alley" by Robert Palmer, "What Do You Want The Girl To Do" by Lowell George, "Shoo Rah" by Frankie Miller, "Fortune Teller" by Benny Spellman, "Freedom For The Stallion" by Bill Medley, "Whoever's Thrilling You" by ZZ Hill, "Tampin" by The Rhine Oaks, "A Certain Girl" by Warren Zevon, and even "Southern Nights" by Glen Campell. CD

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VariousTruck Stop Sweethearts & CB Savages – The Plantation Records Story 1968 to 1981 ... CD
Plantation/Charly (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs .... $13.99 14.99
A totally great look at the unique Plantation Records label – home to some key crossover country hits at the end of the 60s, and a fair bit of wonderful novelty numbers in the decade to follow! Plantation was an imprint that came into being at a time when there was hardly a need to act like country was anything pure or natural – and instead recognized the style as a key mode of communication of the ideals of changing times and societal moods – served up in a landscape that included the highways and byways of small town America, including a fair bit of truck stops as well! The music here is a great antidote to the more familiar sounds of the Nashville stars of the time – and the package is filled with overlooked gems nestled next to some familiar Plantation hits – all in a cool book-style cover with pages of notes, and a whopping 50 tracks in all. Titles include "CB Savage" by Rod Hart, "One Night Gone" by James O'Gwynn, "A Truck Driver's Sweetheart" by Marcie Dickerson, "Just Blow In His Ear" by David Wilkins, "The Big Man" by Dee Mullins, "Color Him Father" by Linda Martell, "Groovy Grubworm" by Harlow Wilcox & The Oakies, "Country Girl" by Jeannie C Riley, "Dallas" by The Flatlanders, "Sweetheart" by Sandy Cooper, and "Border City Call Girl" by Ben Davidson Hewitt. CD

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New Kim HillSuga Hill ... CD
Sugahill, 2003. Used .... Just Sold Out!
An incredible record! Suga Hill is the debut album from Kim Hill – a soul singer that will soon be huge – trust us! Kim spent some crucial years in funky Philly during the mid 90s – where she honed her talents with the city's hip underground vibe – then she moved west to LA, where she's soaked up some sunny warmth that makes her music really stand out from the rest. This home-made, self-produced album is a massive massive gem, and it's one of the freshest new soul records you'll buy in years! Every track's a winner, and the album's got an honest, open approach that really blows us away. Titles include "Basically", "Sunny Blue", "Lost My Mind", "Mars", "Taxi Cab", "Feel Me", and "Summertime In Aspen". CD
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VariousPaul Oakenfold – Greatest Hits & Remixes ... CD
Ultra/Perfecto, 2005. Used .... Just Sold Out!
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New HieroglyphicsKitchen ... CD
Hiero Imperium, 2013. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first proper full length from long-running Oakland heroes The Hieroglyphics in around a decade! The Kitchen has strong in-house production by Del The Funky Homosapien, Opio, A-Plus and Phesto – plus the Sleeprockers crew and more. Tight, timeless Bay Area craft from one of the longest running independent hip hop crews in the game. ncludes "Livin' It Up", "Golden", "That Merch", "Indonesia", "Highway Five", "All As Above So Below", "Nano Salt", "Immortals", "Exciting", "Gun Fever", "Nutrition", "It's Partly Me", "Passing Fads" and more. CD

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New Marvin HolmesHonor Thy Father (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Brown Door/Shout (Japan), 1975. New Copy Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real killer from Marvin Holmes and his hip Oaktown combo Justice – a group who effortlessly blend together jazz, soul, and funk into a wonderfully soaring style – yet one that's also more than heavy enough to live up to the message-oriented lyrics of the tracks! The album's one of those rare soul sides that really blows away most of the mainstream from the time – a wonderfully heady album that could only have been cut in the underground – where folks like Marvin were keeping things real, and pushing a social agenda that was way stronger than anything you'd find in the charts! Horns are great, as are the rhythms – and the vocals blend together perfectly on cuts that include "Motherless Child", "You Better Keep Her", "Take The Time Out", "Neighbor Neighbor", "Kwame", "Gimme Some Tonight", and "Find Yourself". CD features a bonus part 3 of "Gimme Some Tonight" too! CD

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New Marvin Holmes & JusticeSummer Of '73 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Brown Door/Shout (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer little indie soul set from Oakland's Marvin Holmes – one that's quite different than his better known work for the Uni label – and done in a great blend of jazz, soul, and funk styles! The album's got that great genre-crossing sound that was going down heavily in Holmes' Bay Area scene of the early 70s – a feel that clearly draws heavily on the full spirits of the Justice ensemble, working together a blend of rolling rhythms, soaring horns, and some great rough-edged vocals that almost have a southern funk approach! The jazzier tunes have a warmish groove that almost shows traces of Cali Latin – especially in the way the rhythms bubble along – and titles include "Marcel's Place", "Love Don't Mind", "Tell The Truth", "Got To Be There", and "Kimani MDogo". Also includes the nice, nice instrumental, "All Night Into Day", which has a nice weird sample groove to it! CD

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New T ConnectionGame Of Life ... CD
Capitol/PTG (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great lost work from T-Connection – recorded after their big early fame on TK Records, but with a groove that's maybe even better overall! The ensemble is much smaller this time around – not a large funky group, but just a quartet – and one with a tight focus and jazzy groove that really matches some of the best modern soul on Capitol Records at the time – music that's really a cut above most of the chart soul of the time, and a perfect fusion of all the best mainstream elements of late 70s funky soul – given a leaner push towards the new generation! Keyboards glide wonderfully alongside T Coakley's great lead vocals – and titles include "Tonight's The Night", "Time Is Short", "The Game Of Life", "Love Odyssey", "Is It Real", "Closer To Home", "Superstar", and "I've Got News For You". CD

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New Tony Toni ToneRevival ... CD
Wing, 1990. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic early work from one of the most defining early 90s R&B combos. Includes the tracks "Oakland Stroke", "Feels Good", and their cover of "It Never Rains (In Southern California)". CD
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New VariousTwelve Inches Of Pleasure Part 2 – BBE Rare & Unreleased Tracks ... CD
BBE (UK), Early 2000s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brace of some of the best recent grooves from London's legendary BBE Records – including some previously unreleased numbers from their Roy Ayers remix project! The collection's going to cost you a heck of a lot less than tracking down all these tracks on vinyl – especially since a good number of them are now out of print on wax – and together, the tunes do a great job of showing the evolving sense of soul and spirit at BBE in the 21st Century – a great illustration of why they're one of the best outlets we know for contemporary club, hip hop, and more! Previously unissued titles include "Brand New Feeling (Fanatix mix)", "Liquid Love (Phlash edit)", "Holiday (Dope pass)", and "I Am Your Mind (Aaron Jerome mix)" by Roy Ayers; "Heavenly (Yam Who mix)" and "New Orleans Under Attack" by Ski Oakenfull, and "1st Magic Groove (Shur I Kan rmx)" by D'Nell. Other tracks include "Mary Jane (Psapp rmx)" by Shawn Lee, and "Searching (Yoruba soul mix)", "Come To Me (Franck Roger main mix)", and "Sugar (Negro dub)" all by Roy Ayers. At more than 50% Roy Ayers, there's one more reason to buy this CD! CD

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New Johnny BlasIndestructible Spirit ... CD
CuBop/Ubiquity, 2007. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the greatest album ever from California congolero Johnny Blas – a set that also has him returning to saxophone in addition to percussion, and which comes off with some of his sharpest grooves ever! There's a definite lean towards the jazzier side of the spectrum here – not just in Johnny's solos, but also in the overall execution of the tunes – which are all done in tight, small combo formation. Latin roots still show on some of the recordings, but there's also a more contemporary California vibe too – one that sparkles with the warmth of the best Cubop/Ubiquity approach to the music. Titles include "Oaklands Mambo", "Lubi", "Barry Rogers", "Afro Rican", "Indestructible Spirit", and "Boogaloo Blas". CD

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New June ChristySomething Cool (with bonus tracks!) ... CD
Capitol, 1953. Used .... Out Of Stock
From its booze-soaked title cut, to its haunting selection of lonely ballads like "Midnight Sun" and "Stranger Called The Blues", this is one of the most fantastic vocal jazz albums of all time – and a record that we'd recommend instantly to anyone! June Christy has an incredibly icy tone on the record, filled with sorrow, regret, and loneliness – all of which are amplified even more deeply by Pete Rugolo's eerie, off-kilter arrangements. And, on this CD reissue, you'll also hear the pair in a whopping amount of extra material, pulled from singles and albums issued around the same time, for a total of 24 cuts in all. Titles include "Magazines", "Whee Baby", "I'm Thrilled", "Out Of Somewhere", and "The Night We Called It A Day". Fantastic stuff! CD
(Out of print version – with long-deleted bonus tracks!)

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New DynamitesYoung Sound R&B ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 60s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Buzzing late 60s R&B soaked garage rock from Japan – the explosive sound of The Dynamites – the Young Sound R&B LP tracks and rare singles! Like a lot of the best garage rocker the world over, The Dynamites could bring incendiary, raucous and heavily fuzzed out proto punk as well as a softer side with groovy harmonies, singing in both Japanese and English, and including some groovy covers. Album tracks include "Tonneru Tengoku", "Massachusetts", "Daydream Believer", "Walking The Dog", "My Girl", "Tonneru Tengoku", "Nobosecha Ikenai", "Judy In Disguise" and more. The CD includes 8 bonus late 60s singles: "Koiwa Mou Takusan", "Sekaijuuni Hohoemio Wo", "Barato Akuma" and more. CD

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New Steps AheadMagnetic ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1986. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Tightly grooving mid 80s fusion from Steps Ahead – their last album to feature Michael Brecker – who's killing it here on his electronic wind instrument, plus his old standby tenor sax! Fellow Steps Ahead innovator Mike Mainieri is on vibes and more, with drummer/percussionist Peter Erskine and keyboard maestro Robby Kilgore rounding things out. Magnetic's got some inventive group compositions, plus a sweetly synth-soaked reading of Ellington's "In A Sentimental Mood". Overall a really tight blend of fusion funk, electro era r&b, and a few harder hitting moments! Other tracks include the George Duke-produced groover "Magnetic Love" with lead vocals by Dianne Reeves, backed by Jocelyn Brown & others – plus "Trains", "Cajun", "Sumo", "All The Tea In China" and "Something I Said". CD

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New VariousBig Bad Bay Area Vol 2 – Soul Harmony Classics From The San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area ... CD
Latin Soul Recordings, Late 60s/1970s. Used .... Out Of Stock
Heavenly harmony soul – and a really amazing little collection! If you always thought the east coast had the lockdown on harmony soul, think again – because this package is overflowing with great mellow group tracks from the Bay Area scene of the 60s and 70s – most of which are so obscure, they hardly got the mainstream play of bigger groups from the east! The mellowness here is undeniable – a slow-stepping, gently-voiced approach that's really wonderful – often a bit spare on instrumentation, so that the warm vocals come through beautifully, with a really personal sort of feel. Most titles appear to be from the 70s – at least due to the use of electric piano – and the set features a whopping 24 tracks that include "Put The Hurt On You" by Inner Soul, "Mr Mailman" by Richard Dimples Fields, "I'll Always Love You" by The Performers, "This Must Be Love" by The Creschendos, "I Love You Yeah" by The Ballads, "This Love Of Mine" by Perfect Circle, "Now & Forever" by Con Funk Shun, "The Changes We Go Through For Love" by The Hartfield Bros, "One Way To Love" by The Lovers, "The Stakes Are Too High" by Ernie Marbray, and "Time's A Wastin" by The Fuller Brothers. CD

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New VariousBrown Door Story ... CD
Brown Door/Shout (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A killer collection of funk and soul from an ultra-hip Bay Area label of the 70s – Oakland's enigmatic Brown Door Records – headed up by funk maestro Marvin Holmes! The music's got a beautifully sunny vibe – all the best Bay Area elements of the time, reflected in the scene-crossing, genre-stepping modes that often made the East Bay way more exciting than anything going on in San Francisco – particularly in the cool crossbreeding that would happen between Berkeley, Oakland, and other communities. Holmes' cuts here are a great example of that – still the funk and jazz of his late 60s music for bigger labels, but also pretty stretched-out and open too – filled with an all-encompassing spirit that rivals the best music from the Fantasy studios at the time – but with a hipper, indie vibe all the way through. This spirit also steps over to the work by other artists on the collection, too – and is told in the rich notes and images included with the heavy booklet – both in English and Japanese, at a level that shows the Shout Productions folks stepping into Numero territory. A wonderfully deep compilation – filled with great cuts that include "You & Me", and "Goin Home" by Faye Marshall, "Making New Friends" and "Trippin On The Sounds" by Jeanie Tracy, "Cain't Get Anuff" by Bill Bell, "I Can't Go Without You (parts 1 & 2)" by Doroth Morrison, "Love Yo Love" and "Confess Your Love" by John Turk & The 3rd Street Annex, and the tracks "Kwame", "You Better Keep Her (7" version)", "Find Yourself (parts 1 & 2)", "Gimme Some Tonight (parts 1 & 2)", "Feel So Good (inst)", "You Girl", "Tell The Truth", and "Kimani Mdogo" by Marvin Holmes & Justice. CD

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New VariousGet Your Lie Straight – A Galaxy Of Funky Soul ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
An absolute funky monster! This set lays out an incredible batch of funk era singles from the vaults of Galaxy Records – and it shakes and burns all the way through, with lost funk bombs Bobby Rush, Rodger Collins, Bill Coday, Bobby Eaton, the Debonairs and others! It's comprised of mostly obscure 45s representing the stone funkiest records ever released by the Oakland-based Galaxy label – which was at this point sort of serving as the farm club for big brother label Fantasy Records. This one's essential, kids – just as worthy of your funk-loving dollar as the legendary rare funk compilations on Jazzman, Soul Fire or Stones Throw! 22 tracks in all: "Foxy Girls In Oakland", "Get Your Lie Straight", "Chicken Heads" by Bobby Rush, "Bring It On Up" by Loleatta Holloway, "I Love Her Too" by Lenny Williams, "People Say" by JJ Malone, "Try The Life" by Everyday People, "Man Power" (previously unreleased) by Ben & Larry, "My Money Is Funny" by the Right Kind, "The Iron Horse" by Merl Saunders & Heavy Turbulence, "I Get What I Want" by the Sequins and lots more! CD

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New VariousSoul Lounge 9 – 40 Soulful Grooves (3CD box set) ... CD
Dome/Soul Lounge (UK), 2012. New Copy 3 CD .... Out Of Stock
40 tracks, at one mighty nice price – and a killer entry in the long-running Soul Lounge series! Think "soul" more than "lounge" – and get past the Hed Kandi-like image on the cover – because this stuff is the real deal – a great collection of Neo Soul gems pulled from the rich catalog of Dome Records – plus excellent tracks from other contemporary labels too! There's plenty to love here if you love our Neo Soul section – and we dare say that the track selection here is as good as we would have chosen, were we to put out such a set. Titles include "Nights" by Sy Smith with Rahsaan Patterson, "You Got Love" by Kindred The Family Soul, "Like This" by Avery Sunshine, "1960 What (Opolopo kick & bass rerub)" by Gregory Porter, "Get Myself Together (souldynamic rmx)" by Angela Johnson, "Zaius (Ski Oakenfull mix)" by Incognito, "In The Thick Of It" by Sunburst Band with Angela Johnson, "This Is What You Are" by Mario Biondi, "Sweetness" by Carleen Anderson, "Warm Human" by Heston, "Never In Your Sun" by Khari Cabral Simmons with India Arie, "Body Language" by Anthony David, and "Teardrops" by Avani. CD

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New June ChristyJune Fair & Warmer (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1957. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Always brilliant work from the great June Christy – an album that's got a lot more darkness than you might think from the title and the bright-colored cover! The style is very booze-soaked and sad – with plenty of echoes of the classic Something Cool album – and like that set, this one features sublime arrangements from the great Pete Rugolo – who has a perfect way of shading things in with the dark tones and modern elements that always work best for Christy's vocals! One of our favorite-ever records from June – with titles that include "Let There Be Love", "When Sunny Gets Blue", "I Want To Be Happy", "Imagination", "No More", "Better Luck Next Time", and "The Best Thing For You". CD

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New Mushroom & Eddie GaleJoint Happening ... CD
Hyena, 2007. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Mushroom join with legendary trumpeter Eddie Gale – in a set of work that's easily some of the group's greatest so far! The usual tripped-out jamming style is pushed a bit to the background here – and Mushroom seem to take Gale's presence very seriously, and try to create a more complicated, more thoughtful set of tunes for the record. There's still plenty of keyboards, and a bit of fuzzy guitar – but the overall sound is more open and spacious, allowing plenty of room for stretched-out trumpet lines from Gale – plus some nice use of vibes, marimbas, and percussion. Titles include "Selling Oakland By The Pound", "Border Crossing", "Peace", "The Spirit", and "I Don't Need To Fight To Prove I'm Right I Don't Need To Be Forgiven". CD