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Barbara MasonTransition ... CD
Buddah/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy .... $16.99
Transition is right – as the cover has Barbara floating above a Curtis Mayfield-ish scene of drugs, war, gambling, and Satan – a really righteous image that beautifully sums up the vibe of the record! The set was recorded at Sigma Sound in Philly – with excellent arrangements from Norman Harris, Richard Rome, and Bobby Eli – who all bring in a slight blacksploitation vibe to match the image on the cover – easily the funkiest setting that Barbara Mason ever had! But the real star here is the lady herself – who's pushed herself beyond the little girl soul themes of a few years before, to take on a host of societal issues with a surprisingly righteous vibe – mostly on tracks she penned herself. The song titles sum up lots of the energy of the record – and include "World in a Crisis", "Trigger Happy People", "The Devil is Busy", "Sunday Saint (Weekday Sinner)", "Half Sister Half Brother", and "Time Is Running Out". A real surprise from Barbara Mason – and a great one too! CD

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Masquerade/Boris MidneyPinocchio/Black Russian – Disco Recharge ... CD
Harmless (UK), 1979/1983. New Copy 2 CDs .... $16.99
A pair of Boris Midney disco classics – back to back in a single set! First up is the Pinocchio album from Masquerade – a pretty wild batch of disco tunes – a suite of tracks loosely based around the Pinocchio theme, with vocals by the group Masquerade and arrangements by Boris Midney! The project's definitely got all the best Midney hallmarks in place – especially his penchant for longer tracks with lots of instrumental flourishes – the kind of grooves that build in a slow sort of way, and really let the vocals layer in with the rhythms! The style has lots of echoes of the best Canadian disco modes of the time – and titles include "Cat Tails", "Open The Secret Door", "LOVE/RSVP", and "I'm Attached To You". CD also features a bonus set of Francois K Edits – two different longer medley numbers of tracks from the album! The Black Russian album is even stranger – an ambitious project in which Boris Midney attempts to merge the life and work of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin with his usual style of disco grooves! The record was only partially finished back in the early 80s – but the handful of tracks stand here not only as testament to Midney's inventiveness for the clubs, but also his persistence in keeping a disco groove alive in any sort of setting. Titles include "A Child Is Born", "Now Is The Time", "Every Kind Of People", and "Pushkin's Theme". CD

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Mass ProductionWelcome To Our World/Believe ... CD
Cotillion/Expansion (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2CD .... $16.99
A pair of gems from this great 70s funk ensemble! The group may be named Mass Production, but on Welcome To Our World, their sound is anything but – a really special fusion of key instrumental talents and vocal elements – all brought together in one of the tightest ensemble funk grooves of the time! Mass Production draw a bit from an Earth Wind & Fire tradition – especially some spiritual undercurrents to hold themselves together – but they've also got some of the fuller funk elements of the best dancefloor combos of the time – like Fatback, Cameo, or Con Funk Shun – all of whom would be a great comparison with this smoking debut. The instrumentation is razor-sharp, and never dips into any disco cliches at all – and at times, the guitars alone leave us breathless – as they chug forcefully over the rhythms, and really propel the tunes into the skies. Two of the best groovers include "I Like To Dance" and "Fun In The Sun" – and other titles include "Magic", "Wine-flow Disco", "Our Thought (To The World)", and "Just A Song". Believe is a massive stormer from Mass Production – a set that has the group's full, funky sound hitting right on the money for most of the cuts – then stepping back to let in a few mellower moments too! These guys were definitely at the top of their game at this point – moving in territory that rivals the tightness of other big funk groups, like Brass Construction or T-Connection – but with some occasional deeper soul sides that show up nicely on the slower cuts. Titles include the sweet moogy number "Cosmic Lust", which we really love – plus "Free & Happy", "I Believe In Music", "We Love You", "Superlative" and "People Get Up". CD

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Masta Ace IncorporatedSittin' On Chrome ... LP
Delicious Vinyl, 1995. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold (reissue).... $16.99
Delicious Vinyl gone G Funk! Masta Ace's second solo helmed album may not be the most topically innovative thing you'll find on the lyrical side, but the low ridin' gangsta thing rarely ever sounded sweeter than it does on these sides! This is another in the fine line of Delicious Vinyl reissues of the last few years, shining a reverant light on some worthy releases that tend to get lost in the shuffle of high profile 90s hip hop classics. With "The INC Ride", 'Eastbound", "Sittin' On Chrome", "People In My Hood", 'Ain't No Game", "Born To Roll" and "The Phat Kat Ride". LP, Vinyl record album
(Traffic reissue on grey vinyl.)
Also available Sittin' On Chrome ... LP 79.99

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New Masta Ace IncorporatedSittin' On Chrome ... LP
Delicious Vinyl, 1995. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold .... $79.99
Delicious Vinyl gone G Funk! Masta Ace's second solo helmed album may not be the most topically innovative thing you'll find on the lyrical side, but the low ridin' gangsta thing rarely ever sounded sweeter than it does on these sides! A very worthy release that gets lost in the shuffle of high profile 90s hip hop classics. With "The INC Ride", 'Eastbound", "Sittin' On Chrome", "People In My Hood", 'Ain't No Game", "Born To Roll" and "The Phat Kat Ride". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original "chrome" vinyl pressing with WALLY etching in runout. Cover has a very light crease on one corner.)
Also available Sittin' On Chrome ... LP 16.99

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Curtis MayfieldCurtis (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Rhino, 1970. Used .... $6.99
Deluxe reissue with 9 bonus tracks including 6 previously unreleased demo tracks! This was Curtis Mayfield's first solo album after leaving the Impressions, and it's a firey album of political soul that shows just how much he was holding back when he was with the group. The tracks are longer, angrier, more experimental, and a lot more funky. Standout tracks include "If There's a Hell Below, We're All Gonna Go", "Miss Black America", and "We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue" – but the whole album's a classic! Extra tracks include demo versions of "Power to the People", "Underground", "Readings in Astrology", "Suffer", and the single version of "(Don't Worry) If There Is a Hell Below We're All Going To Go". CD

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New Curtis MayfieldCurtis/Live! (deluxe edition) ... CD
Curtom/Rhino, 1971. Used .... $5.99
We think this may be his best album ever! Caught live at a small club, with a tight band, Curtis delivers extended, intimate versions of some of his best work, like "We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue" and "Stare and Stare". We can't recommend this highly enough, and there's 2 full LPs worth of stellar material that stands among some of the best soul of the 70s! Other tracks include "Check Out Your Mind", "Stone Junkie", "I Plan To Stay A Believer", and "The Makings Of You". Incredible! Plus the CD reissue includes two bonus tracks – a live version of "Superfly" from 1973 and the single version of "Mighty Mighty (Spade and Whitey)"! CD
Also available Curtis/Live! ... LP

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Curtis MayfieldThere's No Place Like America Today ... LP
Curtom, 1975. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A great album by Curtis Mayfield – filled with some excellent lesser-known gems! There's No Place Like America was Curtis' scathing testament to the State Of The Union – and it's got a hip political tone that's right up there with the best of his early 70s songwriting – perhaps even more so, as the message is a bit subtler than on other albums, and laid out in this stoner mellow funk vein that's very tasty throughout, and which makes for an extremely unified album! The album includes a version of the cut "Hard Times", which was done earlier by Baby Huey, plus "Blue Monday People", "Love To The People", and "When Seasons Change". Also includes the great sweet love song, "So In Love"! LP, Vinyl record album

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Frank McComb1995 Bootleg ... CD
Boobeescoot, 1995/2006. Used .... $8.99
A revised version of Frank McComb's legendary first album – recorded in the mid 90s for Motown, but never released until now! The album is brilliant from the very first note – a record that easily puts Frank in a proud linage that includes Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, which makes it completely hard to believe that Motown never decided to issue the set. Frank's vocals and keyboards are immediately timeless – soaring out through a set of original work that somehow seems oddly familiar, but which is all the creation of a young soul star on the rise. Even more incredible is the fact that although this "new classic" sound is one that's not unfamiliar now, few people were working in the idiom back in the 90s – making Frank's debut even more incredible! The package is issued by Frank himself with homemade artwork (that's not the cover Motown intended!) – with a slightly different list of 9 tracks that include "24/365/10", "Only In My Dreams", "More Than Friends", "Intimate Time", "Somebody Like You", "Tomorrow's Not Promised", "The Sun", and "Do You Remember Love?" CD
(Out of print version that's handmade by the artist in a slim case.)

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Meat PuppetsOut My Way (with bonus tracks) ... LP
SST/MVD, 1986. New Copy (reissue).... $17.99 19.99
The Meat Puppets in one of their peak periods – less shambling than on their first few trailblazing records, sure – and kind of recasting ragged rock in their defiantly weird image! They're flirting with more the mainstream rock sound here, but it's still too weird and Meat Puppet-y for most people. Kinda boogie-oriented southwestern hard rock, but wild-eyed and frayed in ever-brilliant ways. Includes "She's Hot", "Out My Way", "Other Kinds Of Love", "Not Swimming Ground", "Mountain Line", their insane take on "Good Golly Miss Molly" (a song that's rambunctious in anyone's hands, but you'll need to sit down after the Meat Puppets version) and more. 2013 reissue includes 4 bonus tracks that weren't on the original vinyl release: "I Just Want To Make Love To You", "On The Move", "Everything Is Green". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gil MelleGil's Guests ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1956/1957. New Copy .... $22.99
We've got a long-standing love affair with the music of Gil Melle, and this CD's a perfect example of why we think he's so great! Melle was an enigmatic baritone player who recorded for Blue Note and Prestige in the 50's, and his recordings for both labels have a strange other-wordly quality that's very difficult to describe, and which sets him apart from any other practitioner of the instrument at the time. Far from the clunky sounds you might expect from such a giant instrument, Melle produces these amazingly light waves of sound, which are interpolated by the members of his quartet – guitarist Joe Cinderella, bassist Vinnie Burke, and drummer Ed Thigpen – in a tangled web of spooky delights. The group's augmented here by some famous guests that are perfect choices for Melle's sound – like Art Farmer, Hal McKusick, Julius Watkins, and Don Butterfield – and the CD's filled with great compositions like "Soudan", "Block Island", "Funk For Star People", "Herbie", "Tomorrow", and "Ghengis". Also includes 3 bonus tracks, for a total of 9 tracks in all! CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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Metro-TonesGet Together (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Savoy/Clinck (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy .... $22.99
Killer heavy soul! The Metro-Tones were one of those great 70s groups with a gospel background, but who also picked up a lot of the stylistic elements of their secular contemporaries, and managed to craft a very nice, very tight, often-funky sound that can't be beat! This rare album features the great "Get Together", which begins with hard drums (a bit of a break), and some nice electric piano under some great vocals. Keyboards show up on most other tracks, too, giving the album a nice heavy sound. Titles include "The Message", "You Can Do It", "Nobody Knows", "People Get Ready", and "Why Won't You Love A Man Like This". This great CD version from Clink Japan also includes instrumental versions of "Get Together" and "Why Won't You Love A Man Like This". CD

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Monday MichiruBrasilified ... CD
Billboard (Japan), 2013. New Copy .... $24.99
Wonderful work from Monday Michiru – and a record that reminds us all over again why we love her music so much! The album's got Monday serving up all the Brazilian sounds you'd guess from the title – but always with that positive, upbeat style we've always dug in her music – a vibrant sort of energy that's very different than not only other singers of Brazilian music, but also from most of Michiru's contemporaries on the underground scene! The instrumentation is quite jazzy throughout – thanks to arrangements from Simone Giuliani and Alex Sipiagin – but there's also plenty of groove, too – a great mix of Brazilian roots and jazzier funk, of the sort you'd find on older projects from guys like Gilles Peterson or Patrick Forge. Monday's vocals sound better than ever in this setting – really reaching for the skies with a new sense of glory – and titles include "Zanzibar", "Bossamore", "Celebrate", "New Morning", "Beautiful People", "Sunrise", "Things I Say", and "Bedtime Story". CD

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New Blue MitchellHeads Up! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1967. New Copy .... $19.99
One of the first albums to feature the trumpet of Blue Mitchell in a larger group – a really great move that let his soulful horn really come to the lead! Blue sounds wonderful here – soaring out in front of larger charts from Duke Pearson, Jimmy Heath, Don Pickett, and Melba Liston – all talents who start to bring in a bit of funk to Mitchell's music – which Blue responds to with a mighty nice kick! The group also features Pepper Adams on baritone, Jerry Dodgion on alto, Julian Preister on trombone, and Junior Cook on tenor – and titles include "Heads Up Feet Down", "Togetherness", "Good Humor Man", "Len Sirrah", and "People in Nassau". CD featuers bonus alternate takes of "Togetherness" and "Good Humor Man". CD
(SHMCD.)

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New Joni MitchellCourt & Spark ... CD
Elektra/Asylum, 1974. Used .... $3.99
Includes her classic version of "Twisted" – plus "Just Like This Train", "Car On A Hill", "Help Me", "Court & Spark", "Down To You", "Free Man In Paris", and "People's Parties". CD

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Melba MooreCloser (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1980. New Copy .... $13.99
An overlooked set from Melba Moore – an Epic session from the start of the 80s, and one that's served up with a nicely understated groove! There's a bit of disco in the mix, but the sound's never too far over the top – and in a way, Melba's working in the same sophisticated territory as some of the Philly International singers of the same generation – moving past easy club or chart soul, into a well-rounded, fully mature mix of music. Given the great vocals that Moore's always brought to her music, the format is a great way for her to keep on growing – as you'll hear on titles that include "Closer", "Something On Your Mind", "Shame", "Next To You", "Rest Inside My Love", and "Never Gonna Let You Get Away". CD features four bonus tracks – "You Stepped Into My Life (7" mix)", "Pick Me Up I'll Dance (7" mix)", "Burn (special disco mix)", and "Night People (12" mix)". CD

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Ennio MorriconeL'Assoluto Naturale (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cinevox/Quartet (Spain), 1969. New Copy .... $22.99
An incredible soundtrack from Morricone's best period ever! The score has that totally sublime Morricone quality that you'll find on on a small handful of his best works – like La Donna Invisible, Photo Prohibite, Le Casse, and Metti Una Sera A Cena – and it's filled with amazingly precise orchestral washes of sound, pierced by smaller solo instruments, tuned with strangely angular qualities. If you've ever wondered why people think Morricone's one of the 20th century's best composers – this is the kind of CD that will open your mind. The whole incredibly complex, yet never too academic – and always extremely pleasant and lovely to listen to! We love this one to death and it's an honor to have it in stock! Titles include "L'Assoluto Naturale", "Sempre Piu Verita", "E Facile", "Il Profumo Della Tua Pelle", and "Sembaravi Desiderare" – and this limited CD features 7 more bonus tracks too! CD

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Ramon MorrisSweet Sister Funk ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1973. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of the rarest albums on the Groove Merchant label – and one of the best! Ramon Morris has a sweet tone on the tenor that works very well with the electric piano in his tight little combo – grooving with a style that's like the best Black Jazz funk records of the time – mixing together bright notes, funky rhythms, and plenty of great chord changes! Cecil Bridgewater's on trumpet, and the band has a really righteous feel – with lots of real soul and thoughtful playing mixed into the jazz funk grooves of the record. Massive – with titles that include "Sweat", "Lord Sideways", "Sweet Sister Funk", and a nice version of "People Make The World Go Round". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pablo MosesSong ... LP
Mango, 1980. Very Good+ .... $11.99
A wonderful roots record from Pablo Moses, who came on the scene a little too late for his own good, as he came up during an era when the focus was beginning to shift away from roots and more towards the dancehall. This sophomore LP finds his bright vocal style still sounding solid over excellent modern roots tracks produced with a nice full sound by Geoffrey Chung. Includes "A Song", "Dubbing Is A Must", "Revolutionary Step", "Music Is My Desire", "Each Is A Servant", "One People", "Let's Face It", and "Protect I/A Song (reprise)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has small peeled spots from sticker removal.)

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Mutual UnderstandingIn Wonderland (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Nimbus 9/Beatball (Korea), 1968. New Copy .... $19.99
Incredible harmony pop – an album that's as sunshiney as anything coming from the west coast in the late 60s – but which was recorded up in Canada by this obscure little group! Mutual Understanding features both male and female voices – strung together wonderfully, with a sophistication that's way more than simple pop – and backed with full strings and tightly groovy rhythms, in a quality that's almost like A&M pop at its best, but even more unique. There's a near-perfect quality to the record through and through – a sound that makes us wonder why this one stayed so off the radar, but which makes us love it all that much more for its uniqueness. A number of tracks are familiar, but redone with a very groovy 60s edge – and titles include "Look Around", "Wonderland", "Do You Know The Way To San Jose", "Pretty People", "Rain Rain Go Away", "Always True To You Darling In My Fashion", and "When The World Was Young". CD

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Shirley NanetteNever Coming Back ... CD
Truth & Soul, Early 70s. New Copy .... $12.99
A gem of a female soul album from the 70s – recorded in Texas by singer Shirley Nanette, but issued on a tiny label and never circulated at the time! The music here is all handled by guitarist Hanc Swarn – who'd worked with Earl Grant, and helped create that cool syncopated groove that made Grant a favorite with the steppers – a style that's expanded here into some funkier 70s modes, which really let's Nanette's vocals soar! Shirley's hardly the rootsy singer you'd expect from the Texas scene – as she's sometimes got this poise and class that almost rivals Nancy Wilson or Marlena Shaw, but can also hit these badass modes when the tunes get funkier too. The set's great – way more than just another rarity, and the kind of overlooked 70s gem we'd rank right up there with lost indie soul treasures by Mike James Kirkland or Penny Goodwin. Titles include "Give & Take", "Limelight", "Tropic Of Love", "I'm So Glad", "Heaven On Earth", "People Are Thinking", and "Yours Truly Love". CD

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Nazz/Woody's Truck StopNazz From Philadelphia/1966 Demos ... CD
Airmail (Japan), Mid/Late 60s. New Copy 2CD .... $9.99
Demos and alternate versions of early gems by Nazz – including a bonus disc of demos by the pre Nazz group Woody's Truck Stop featuring Todd Rundgren! The crunching pre-power pop of Nazz isn't as legendary with the general public as it should be – but if you're down with the Nazz this CD is a fine companion piece to the early LPs. A number of the tunes from Nazz's first 2 LP sare on board here in primitive, but effective versions – featured on disc one Nazz From Philadelphia – with the tracks "Hello It's Me", "Crowded", "Lemming Song", "Kicks" (long version), "Some People", "Open My Eyes", "Forget All About It", "Only One Winner", "Magic Me", "Gonna Cry Today" and more. Disc 2 features a handful of 1966 demos by Woody's Truck Stop featuring Todd Rundgren – including "That's Right, You're Wrong", "Why Is It Me", "The Times Have Changed", "She Must Be Blind" and "Rock Me Baby". CD

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NewbanNewban ... LP
Guinness, 1977. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
One of the sweetest ensemble funk albums of the 70s – and a record that's gone on to become a classic, despite the fact that most people know little about the group! Newban have a sound that's almost a jazzier take on the Earth Wind & Fire groove of the time – a style that's warm and fluid, and which really gets past the cliches of other larger funk acts – and manages to find a space in sound that's all its own! There's lots of odd phrasings and chords on the set – creating these very blue passages even when the group's grooving in an uptempo mode – almost like the sense of sadness that creeps out from Stevie Wonder's work during his best early 70s years. The sound is totally unique, and uniquely wonderful – and the album includes the classic "Father Time", plus the cuts "Magic Lady", "Mellow Days, Easy Nights", "Fatback Sally", and "Hungry Grin". LP, Vinyl record album

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NewbanNewban/Newban 2 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Guiness/BBE (UK), 1977. New Copy .... $13.99 14.99
A wonderful package – a set that brings together two rare funk albums by Newban, an early version of Atlantic Starr – plus bonus tracks too! The first Newban record is one of the sweetest ensemble funk albums of the 70s – and a record that's gone on to become a classic, despite the fact that most people know little about the group! Newban have a sound that's almost a jazzier take on the Earth Wind & Fire groove of the time – a style that's warm and fluid, and which really gets past the cliches of other larger funk acts – and manages to find a space in sound that's all its own! There's lots of odd phrasings and chords on the set – creating these very blue passages even when the group's grooving in an uptempo mode – almost like the sense of sadness that creeps out from Stevie Wonder's work during his best early 70s years. The sound is totally unique, and uniquely wonderful – and the album includes the classic "Father Time", plus the cuts "Magic Lady", "Mellow Days, Easy Nights", "Fatback Sally", and "Hungry Grin". Newban 2 is every bit as great as the first album – if not better – with some excellent excellent lost material that's the kind of stuff that still keeps you diggin' for the hard ones. Includes the track "Greenburgh", with a tight funky intro and a smooth sweet soul groove, plus lots of other great cuts like "Free Your Mind", "Easin' Through", "Find a Place to Live", and "Rhythm & Rhyme". This deluxe package also features three rare bonus tracks – "Oh Wow", "Miracle Holiday", and "Bells" – tracks recorded before the first two albums! CD

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Nite-LitersA-Nal-Y-Sis ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1973. New Copy .... $7.99 12.99
A masterpiece of hard and heavy funk – from one of the best bands of the early 70s! The Nite Liters were a legendary funky combo that provided the backing for some of New Birth's best albums – but on their own, they were even funkier, and had a sound that was part JBs, part Meters, and all funky! This album may well be the group's best – their last for RCA, and a set that really has them honing their edge incredibly. The drums are amazing, the keyboards great, and the horns have this quality that's both complex, yet right on the money – making for a richness in sound that really sets the group apart from their contemporaries. A few singers from The New Birth provide chorus vocals on a few tracks – but most of the set is instrumental, and the record's one we'd gladly stack next to our Meters albums on Josie or JBs classics on People. Every track's a gem – and titles include "Drumology", "Excuse Me While I Do My Thing", "Serenade for a Jive Turkey", "Happy Hooker", "Craaashing", "Damn", "Pee-Foul", and a sweet cover of "Valdez in the Country" that's been sampled at least once over the years! CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)
Also available A-Nal-Y-Sis ... LP 9.99

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Nite-LitersA-Nal-Y-Sis ... LP
RCA, 1973. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A masterpiece of hard and heavy funk – from one of the best bands of the early 70s! The Nite Liters were a legendary little funky combo that provided the backing for some of New Birth's best albums – but on their own, they were even funkier, and had a sound that was part JBs, part Meters, and all funky! This album may well be the group's best – their last for RCA, and a set that really has them honing their edge incredibly. The drums are amazing, the keyboards great, and the horns have this quality that's both complex, yet right on the money – making for a richness in sound that really sets the group apart from their contemporaries. A few singers from The New Birth provide chorus vocals on a few tracks – but most of the set is instrumental, and the record's one we'd gladly stack next to our Meters albums on Josie or JBs classics on People. Every track's a gem – and titles include "Drumology", "Excuse Me While I Do My Thing", "Serenade for a Jive Turkey", "Happy Hooker", "Craaashing", "Damn", "Pee-Foul", and a sweet cover of "Valdez in the Country" that's been sampled at least once over the years! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available A-Nal-Y-Sis ... CD 7.99

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New OdysseyHappy Together (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy .... $14.99
A really nice step forward for Odyssey – a record that's a bit tighter and more electric than previous sets, but which also has a nice sort of depth as well! These guys manage to balance a love of the hook with all the right sort of touches to keep the cuts from ever being too poppy or commercial – a balance that may well come from the album's great lineup of instrumentalists – who include Gary Bartz on alto, Bobby Eli on guitar, Marcus Miller on bass, and even some help from Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards on one track too. Titles include a surprisingly good funky soul cover of The Turtles' "Happy Together" – plus "Together", "Inside Out", "Happy People", "Love's Alright", and "Magic Touch". CD features bonus tracks – "Inside Out (single)", "Together (single)", "Magic Touch (single)", "Happy People (single)", "Inside Out (12" version)", and "Magic Touch (12" version)". CD

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O'JaysBack Stabbers ... CD
Philadelphia International, 1972. New Copy .... $5.99 11.98
A landmark album for the O'Jays – a set that moved them from the indie ranks to 70s megasoul status! After years of bumping around on a variety of labels, and in a variety of styles, the group really exploded with this wonderful set – an album that has them soaring along in the righteous Philly groove of the early 70s – a sound that turned out to be a perfect foil for the trio's sublime, yet earthy harmonies. Arrangements are by some fo the best of the core Philly scene – Thom Bell, Norman Harris, Ronnie Baker, and Bobby Martin – and the album's overflowing with great tunes that completely redefine the sound of group soul in the 70s! Includes megahits "Back Stabbers" and "Love Train" – plus "Shiftless, Shady, Jealous Kind of People", "When The World's At Peace", "Time To Get Down", "Who Am I" and more! CD
(Legacy Recordings' Total Soul Classics edition.)
Also available Back Stabbers ... CD 3.99

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O'JaysBack Stabbers ... CD
Philadelphia International, 1972. Used .... $3.99
A landmark album for the O'Jays – a set that moved them from the indie ranks to 70s megasoul status! After years of bumping around on a variety of labels, and in a variety of styles, the group really exploded with this wonderful set – an album that has them soaring along in the righteous Philly groove of the early 70s – a sound that turned out to be a perfect foil for the trio's sublime, yet earthy harmonies. Arrangements are by some fo the best of the core Philly scene – Thom Bell, Norman Harris, Ronnie Baker, and Bobby Martin – and the album's overflowing with great tunes that completely redefine the sound of group soul in the 70s! Includes megahits "Back Stabbers" and "Love Train" – plus "Shiftless, Shady, Jealous Kind of People", "When The World's At Peace", "Time To Get Down", "Who Am I" and more! CD
Also available Back Stabbers ... CD 5.99

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O'JaysBack Stabbers ... CD
Philadelphia International, 1972. Used .... $3.99
A landmark album for the O'Jays – a set that moved them from the indie ranks to 70s megasoulstatus! After years of bumping around on a variety of labels, and in a variety of styles, the group really exploded with this wonderful set – an album that has them soaring along in the righteous Philly groove of the early 70s – a sound that turned out to be a perfect foil for the trio's sublime, yet earthy harmonies. Arrangements are by some fo the best of the core Philly scene – Thom Bell, Norman Harris, Ronnie Baker, and Bobby Martin – and the album's overflowing with great tunes that completely redefine the sound of group soul in the 70s! Includes megahits "Back Stabbers" and "Love Train" – plus "Shiftless, Shady, Jealous Kind of People", "When The World's At Peace", "Time To Get Down", "Who Am I" and more! CD
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O'JaysShip Ahoy (40th anniversary edition with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy .... $14.99
A pivotal album from The O'Jays – and an undeniable Philly classic! The record was the third the group cut for the Philadelphia International label – but it was really the first one that pushed their strong righteous soul agenda, sort of a mix of message-oriented lyrics and heavy soul (ala The Temptations), fused with the warmer more sophisticated styles of the Philly sound! The blend is perfect – and has a way of getting the message from the underground right into the living room – and a bit onto the charts as well! From the image on the cover – which features the group in a slave ship setting – to politics of tracks like "Don't Call Me Brother", "For The Love Of Money", "Put Your Hands Together", and "This Air That I Breathe", the record's an extremely unified effort – kind of to the O'Jays what What's Going On was to Marvin Gaye. Other titles include "You Got Your Hooks In Me", "Now That We Found Love", and "People Keep Tellin Me". Also includes bonus tracks – "Put Your Hands Together (live in London 1973)", "For The Love Of Money (single version)", and "Now That We Found Love (single version)". CD
Also available Ship Ahoy (expanded version – with bonus track) ... CD 5.99

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O'JaysShip Ahoy (expanded version – with bonus track) ... CD
Sony/Philadelphia International, 1973. Used .... $5.99
A pivotal album from The O'Jays – and an undeniable Philly classic! The record was the third the group cut for the Philadelphia International label – but it was really the first one that pushed their strong righteous soul agenda, sort of a mix of message-oriented lyrics and heavy soul (ala The Temptations), fused with the warmer more sophisticated styles of the Philly sound! The blend is perfect – and has a way of getting the message from the underground right into the living room – and a bit onto the charts as well! From the image on the cover – which features the group in a slave ship setting – to politics of tracks like "Don't Call Me Brother", "For The Love Of Money", "Put Your Hands Together", and "This Air That I Breathe", the record's an extremely unified effort – kind of to the O'Jays what What's Going On was to Marvin Gaye. Other titles include "You Got Your Hooks In Me", "Now That We Found Love", and "People Keep Tellin Me". Includes bonus track "Put Your Hands Together" – recorded live in London. CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available Ship Ahoy (40th anniversary edition with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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Junior ParkerYou Don't Have To Be Black To Love The Blues ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1971. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
A fitting title to this one – as it virtually describes the standard that the blues business was operating on during the early 70s – as artists came out of the shadows and found big audiences on college campuses, rock clubs, and other crossover scenes! The concept is carried to the Nth degree on the cover – which has a front image of a young Asian boy eating a big watermelon, Sambo-style – and the back cover features notes that say things like "Chinese kids like watermelon, Irish like bagels, black people like Jewish rye, and today everybody loves the Blues." Fortunately, this comic packaging doesn't affect the album too much – as Junior's still in the fine form he was at the end of the 60s, cruising between blues and soul, with a slight touch of jazz, in a unique way that sounds better to our ears than the work of most of his contemporaries. Titles include "Five Long Years", "That's Alright", "Way Back Home", "Man Or Mouse", and "I Like Your Style". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Van Dyke ParksSong Cycle ... CD
Warner, 1968. Used .... $6.99
Van Dyke Parks' masterpiece – and one of the hippest records to come out of LA in the 60s! The album's a strangely anachronistic one – steeped in the kind of past-days scoring found on early records by Harpers Bizarre and Randy Newman (both of which Parks had a hand in!), wrapped around simply poetic songs about the scene and state of affairs in late 60s LA, all handled with a cinematic approach that's aging Hollywood at its best! Titles include Randy Newman's "Vine Street" – plus "By The People", "Laurel Canyon Blvd", "Donovan's Colours", and "The All Golden". CD
Also available Song Cycle (180 gram version) (2013 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 24.99

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Van Dyke ParksSong Cycle (180 gram version) (2013 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Warner, 1968. New Copy (reissue).... $24.99
Van Dyke Parks' masterpiece – and one of the hippest records to come out of LA in the 60s! The album's a strangely anachronistic one – steeped in the kind of past-days scoring found on early records by Harpers Bizarre and Randy Newman (both of which Parks had a hand in!), wrapped around simply poetic songs about the scene and state of affairs in late 60s LA, all handled with a cinematic approach that's aging Hollywood at its best! Titles include Randy Newman's "Vine Street" – plus "By The People", "Laurel Canyon Blvd", "Donovan's Colours", and "The All Golden". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition indie store exclusive for Record Store Day 2013. Limited to 2500 numbered copies.)
Also available Song Cycle ... CD 6.99

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Phoenix AuthorityBlood, Sweat, & Brass ... LP
Mainstream, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold .... $7.99
A sweet batch of funky big band tracks – featuring a group led by Ernie Wilkins, and with work by players that include Hubert Laws, Chris Woods, Kenny Burrell, David Spinosa, Frank Owen, and Grady Tate! The rhythms are quite strong on the set – really kicking in with a lot of electric bass and a lot of punch – grooving hard with plenty of nice touches on organ and guitar. Tracks are mostly pretty hip covers, with titles that include "Everyday People", "Get Back", "Come Together", "Spinning Wheel", "Down On Me", "Journey To the Center Of The Mind", and "One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, a small center split on the bottom seam, a spot of tape on the spine, and a sticker on the back. Label has a sticker.)

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Pretty & NiceQ_Q/On & On (2013 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
Equal Vision, 2013. New Copy (pic cover).... $6.99
"Q_Q" from the Golden Rules For Golden People record, plus the exclusive "On & On". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition indie store exclusive for Record Store Day 2013.)

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New Prince PaulPrince Among Thieves ... CD
Tommy Boy, 1999. Used .... $3.99
On this double LP Prince Paul delivers one of the funniest and most original hip hop projects we've heard in a long while. He puts together a hip hop b-movie, along the lines of Lightning Rod's legendary "Hustler's Convention." "Prince Among Thieves" goes through the journey of the journey of an MC, Tariq (played by Breezly Brewin' of Jugganauts), to get signed. And along the way he encounters all the usual subplots of drugs, sex, violence, and betrayal. In addition to Breeze, Prince Paul uses whole batch of MC's (including Sadat X, RZA, Biz Markie, Everlast as Officer Bitchkowsky, and Kool Keith as a gun-selling ex-marine) and industy people form Rodd Houston to Wendy Day. Prince Paul is definitely one of hip hop's unsung creative forces – from his start with Stetsasonic, to his work with De La Soul, to Resident Alien on his short-lived Do Dew Man label and the Gravedigga's and Psychoanalysis projects. Don't miss this destined-to-be-classic LP. CD

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Public EnemyFear Of A Black Planet ... CD
Def Jam, 1990. Used .... $5.99
PE's third LP, and their last with full on Bomb Squad production. With classics like "Fight The Power", "Burn Hollywood Burn", "Welcome To The Terrordome", "Power To The People", "911 Is A Joke" and the title track. CD

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New Rabbits & CarrotsSoul Latino ... CD
Musart/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1969/1971. Used .... $7.99
One of the funkiest Mexican groups at the end of the 60s – a hard-hitting combo who could almost go head to head with any American ensemble of the funky 45 generation! Rabbits & Carrots work in a mostly-instrumental mode here – a style that has just a slight element of Latin in the rhythms, but which is much more influenced by American soul, funk, and rock of the late 60s – carried off with instrumentation that includes gritty guitars, bubbling organs, and stabbing horns – all ultra-sharp, and recorded with enough of an edge to cut into a brick! The package is a tremendous musical discovery to our ears – and is a long-overdue exposure of this great group to the rest of the world at large. CD version features a few bonus tracks – and titles include "Hip City", "Jarabe", "Funky Chicken", "Pais Tropical", "Everyday People", "Oh Calcuta", "Workin On A Groovy Thing", "Spill The Wine", "We Got More Soul", "Las 4 Culturas", and "Express Yourself". CD

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New David RaksinToo Late Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Kritzerland, 1961. New Copy .... $19.99
One of the coolest jazzy soundtracks of the early 60s! David Raksin's other great film work has jazz elements, too, but he goes all in on Two Late Blues. It has these incredible small combo cues – with little more than piano, drums, bass and horns – but they still manage to deliver the grand emotional sweep of larger scale scores. The film is one of just a couple of Hollywood productions directed by indie icon John Cassavetes early in his career – about a jazz player named "Ghost" – who's played by Bobby Darin of all people! Being a Hollywood project, the film doesn't get a lot of mentions alongside Cassavetes's indie triumphs, but its gritty portrayal of life in the jazz world was revolutionary for a major film studio at the time. It's got a killer soundtrack to show for it! Titles include "Theme From Too Late Blues (A Song After Sundown)", "Look Inward, Angel", "Ghost Blows Test", "Blues For Tomorrow", "Like Lasagna", "Cuidad De Mexico", "Wither Thou, Ghost!", "Wife's Other John", "Finale – The Rimshot Heard 'Round The World" and more. Lost of bonus tracks on this great Kritzerland edition – including "Danzon", "Some Other Time", "Sambalero", "Wife's Other John (Extended Version)" and more. CD
(Limited to 1000 copies.)

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New Rita Reys & Pim JacobsOur Favorite Songs ... CD
CBS/Sony (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... $13.99
One of the most beautiful albums ever recorded by Dutch vocalist Rita Reys – done as a set of duets with longtime accompanist and life partner Pim Jacobs on piano! The setting is even more spare than some of Reys' trio dates – just voice and piano, the latter handled by Jacobs with this spacious quality that lets Rita really take the lead in all numbers, and inflect tunes with this sense of phrasing that really amazes us – and which provides one of the clearest examples of the touch that made her one of the best jazz vocalists on the European scene in the 60s and 70s. Titles include "Lover Man", "Two Sleepy People", "In The Wee Small Hours", "Where Or When", "When I Fall In Love", and "Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most". CD

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Rich RistagnoWhat Would It Be Like To Be Rich? ... LP
Drag City, 1981. New Copy .... $18.99
A should-be private press classic from Detroit's Rich Ristagno – a record he had pressed up, but didn't see through to release – and a wild, but pretty amazing mix of murky post disco funk, soul and rock! Recorded quickly and on the cheap, you can sort of hear an aspiration to make a late 70s style groove rock record – something along the lines of the Steve Miller – but the threadbare production and instrumental accompaniement courtesy of area funk band Solar Flight gives it oddball, but compelling feel all its own. There's some primitive electronic touches, too, that bear unintended, but real similarities to groups like Suicide. A cool discovery from Drag City! Includes "God's In The Chips", "I'm The Poorest", "Women Thinkin'", "Eye Of Love", "Not Good Enough", "There Are People", "Coming From", "England", "Eileen Reach", "Richman Poorman", "Never At The Top", "What Is A Man", "See Me Hear Me" and "Trace It Down". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ritchie FamilyBad Reputation ... CD
Casablanca/Gold Legion, 1979. New Copy .... $11.99 14.99
That's quite a Village People cover on the front – no surprise, as The Ritchie Family are also another key project from VP creator and disco wizard Jacques Morali! All the best Morali modes are firmly in place – that hard-driving, long-grooving style that's perfect for the clubs – with extended grooves that blend core instrumentation with larger soaring strings – all at a length that's bound to get most clubgoers as steamy as the guys on the cover! A newly-recast Ritchie trio of Vera Brown, Jacqui Smith-Lee, and Dodie Draher handles the vocals with a boldness that matches the grooves – and titles include "Sexy Man", "Put Your Feet To The Beat", "Bad Reputatin", and "It's A Man's World/Where Are The Men". CD

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Eric RobersonAppetizer ... CD
Blue Erro Soul, 2005. New Copy .... $9.99
If this is an appetizer, we can't wait until the full meal! Eric Roberson initially put this set together to whet people's appetite for his next album – which is still a long way off – but in doing so, he realized that he had way more tracks than he thought for the original EP, and he decided to release the set as a full album by itself! The set sports 10 tracks in all – and like Roberson's work on the excellent Vault albums, there's a personal, heartfelt style here that blows away most other male soul singers working today. Each tune is accompanied by some great notes by Eric that let you really get inside his head – and which show why he's one of the hippest, smartest singers working today. Titles include "What I Gotta Do", "Painkiller", "Hesitation", "Momma Told Me", "The Moon", "We Can't Pretend", "For Da Love Of Da Game", and "Just A Dream". CD

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RoctoberIssue #27 – Psychedelic Superhero Issue (88 pages) ... Magazine
Roctober, 2000. New Copy .... $2.99 4.00
Epic DJ Fontana (elvis presley's 50s-70s drummer) interview. The (pre-industrial) Wax Trax Records story – including the saga of the Jonny iii (Wax Trax house band). Czech prog-gods Plastic People Of the Universe interviewed. Little Richard is Jewish! 1950s country star Marvin Rainwater interviewed. The return, and self-destruction, of the Misfits. Flaming Lips interview. Don "Sugarcane" Harris obituary. Screaming Jay Hawkins obituary. David Lee Roth comix. 1960s psychedelic comic books explored. Interview with Gregg Gellar, master compilation producer, focusing on his "Sammy Davis Jr.-Yes I Can" box set, as well as the ins and outs of comp production. Plus Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Chuck Berry, rock & wrestling, comix and Jerry Lewis and Sammy Davis Jr. as you've always imagined them! Magazine

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Jess RodenStone Chaser ... LP
Island, 1980. Near Mint- .... $3.99
Great work from Jess Roden – an overlooked singer from the 70s, and one who falls roughly in the same territory as Kenny Rankin or Michael Franks! Roden's style is a bit more rockish at times, but has a sweetly compressed groove that's really great – arranged here by Leon Pendarvis and Rob Mounsey in ways that are much more mid 70s crossover than you'd guess from the 1980 date of the record. Some cuts have especially nice keyboards, which work well with the gentle rhythms of the album – and Roden's at his best when he's singing in a laidback way that matches this spirit. Titles include "Prime Time Love", "Deeper In Love", "Brand New Start", "Believe In Me", "Bird Of Harlem", "One World One People", and "If Ever You Should Change Your Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout notch. Back cover has a scratch.)

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Jackie RossNew Beginning ... LP
Golden Ear, 1980. Near Mint- .... $69.99
Very obscure later work from Jackie Ross – recorded in her years after Chess Records, with a sound that's a lot more mature than before! The style here is a bit like Marlena Shaw in the late 70s – a sophisticated blend of soul, jazz, and a little bit of club – served up with arrangements from Ben Wright and Jimmy Van Leer, the latter of whom produced the record. Jackie works surprisingly well in this setting – with a style that makes us wonder what would have happened had she got a chance at larger exposure at the time – particularly through a label like Philly International, whose sound of the time is clearly an influence here. Titles include "You Got Your Hooks In Me", "Only Time Has Changed", "The World Needs More People Like You", "Will You Love Me Tomorrow", "Can This Be Love", "The People Some People Choose To Love", and "Betcha By Golly Wow". LP, Vinyl record album

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San Remo Golden StringsHungry For Love ... LP
Ric Tic, Late 60s. Very Good .... $7.99
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 light wear.)

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Shirley ScottSuperstition ... CD
Cadet/Soul Brother (UK), 1973. New Copy .... $16.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever from Hammond giant Shirley Scott – a set that's got a fair bit of funk in the mix, and a really rich array of inventive lines on the keyboards too! The tracks are longer than usual, and really step past the more familiar Shirley Scott modes of the 60s – opening up into more righteous 70s territory in the company of Chess/Cadet Records – with arrangements from Richard Evans that are as sophisticated as they are funky! Evans plays bass on the record – in a combo that also features both Jimmy Ponder and David Spinozza on guitar, Jimmy Owens and Art Hoyle on trumpets, and Grady Tate on drums. The album features some great drum breaks on Shirley's versions of "Superstition" and "Lady Madonna", and includes a totally great cover of "People Make The World Go Round", the killer originals "Hanky's Panky" and "Liberation Song", and a sweet take on "Last Tango In Paris". CD

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Shirley ScottSuperstition ... LP
Cadet, 1973. Very Good+ .... $28.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever from Hammond giant Shirley Scott – a set that's got a fair bit of funk in the mix, and a really rich array of inventive lines on the keyboards too! The tracks are longer than usual, and really step past the more familiar Shirley Scott modes of the 60s – opening up into more righteous 70s territory in the company of Chess/Cadet Records – with arrangements from Richard Evans that are as sophisticated as they are funky! Evans plays bass on the record – in a combo that also features both Jimmy Ponder and David Spinozza on guitar, Jimmy Owens and Art Hoyle on trumpets, and Grady Tate on drums. The album features some great drum breaks on Shirley's versions of "Superstition" and "Lady Madonna", and includes a totally great cover of "People Make The World Go Round", the killer originals "Hanky's Panky" and "Liberation Song", and a sweet take on "Last Tango In Paris". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo.)

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Gil Scott-HeronPieces Of A Man (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy .... $11.99
Our favorite-ever album from Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that we'd easily rank as one of our favorite soul records of the 70s! The mix of modes is mindblowing right from the start – as Gil's poetry comes into play with his growing talents as a singer, and his warm sensibility for jazz – all at a level that's light years ahead of anything any singer would have attempted a few years before – and which went onto have a huge influence for years to come. If you only know Gil from his protest work, there's a lot more here to discover – the bittersweet blend of pain and power that's always made him so fantastic. And yes, the record does include the groundbreaking "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" – but what we treasure even more is all the more personal numbers – including "Lady Day & John Coltrane", "Home Is Where The Hatred Is", "The Needle's Eye", "I Think I'll Call It Morning", "Save The Children", and "Pieces Of A Man". Brilliant all the way through! CD features three bonus tracks by Gil's group Black & Blues – "Chains", "Peace", and "A Toast To The People". CD

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Adele SebastianDesert Fairy Princess ... CD
Nimbus, 1978. New Copy .... $9.99
A beautiful set of 70s soul jazz flute tracks – featuring work by flautist Adele Sebastian, with backing by a hip group that includes Billy Higgins, Ricky Kelly, and Roberto Miranda. The tracks have a nice mellow Strata East/Black Jazz kind of sound to them – and the production is equally hip and mellow, with a soulful approach that's righteous and gentle at the same time. Includes a version of McCoy Tyner's "Man From Tanganyika", plus "Belize", "Prayer For The People", and "Day Dreamer". CD

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SeedsRaw & Alive – The Seeds In Concert – Merlin's Music Box (2CD version – with bonus material) ... CD
GNP/Big Beat (UK), 1968. New Copy 2 CDs .... $21.99
One of the great fake live albums of the 60s – a set that promises to be a concert performance from the title and cover, but which actually just features The Seeds playing live together in the studio! Yet that little trick is hardly a problem – because the album's the last-ever from this seminal group, and captures them in a format that really lets them take off! Their studio sessions were always great, but this one's got a special edge from letting all the instruments work together in the same space at once, with no edits or dubs. The core combo sounds wonderful – searing guitar, trippy keyboard lines, and all the sneering vocals the young Sky Saxon can muster – served up over tracks that include "Mr. Farmer", "No Escape", "Satisfy You", "Night Time Girl", "Up In Her Room", "Gypsy Plays His Drums", "Mumble And Bumble", "Forest Outside Your Door", "900 Million People Daily All Making Love", and "Pushin' Too Hard". Amazing 2CD reissue – presents both the original album with crowd noises dubbed in, and the undubbed performance too! Also features a huge booklet of notes, and 16 more tracks that have never been issued before – the band's first attempt to record the album live in the studio. CD

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ShindigAnnual Number 1 (hardcover) ... Book
Shindig, 2009. New Copy .... $19.99
All the articles from the out of print Volume early issues of Shindig! Magazine – with additional photos and redesigned for this deluxe book treatment – hardcover bound, and beautifully so! Features those excellent articles on class psychedelic, garage and other 60s & 70s titans – including The Move, Love Affair, Ugly Ducklings, John's Children, SRC, Grapefruit, We The People, Buffalo Springfield, Kaleidoscope and more! Hardcover, 112 pages. Book

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Sly & The Family StoneAnthology ... CD
Epic, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used .... $6.99
A double length collection of Sly's classic work for Epic – featuring the best of the old days, when he was really into a groove! 20 titles: "Dance To The Music", "Everyday People", "Sing A Simple Song", "Don't Call Me N!gger, Whitey", "Stand!", "I Want To Take You Higher", "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)", "Babies Makin Babies", "Family Affair", "Everybody Is A Star", "M'Lady", "Life", "Fun", "You Can Make It If You Try", "Hot Fun In the Summertime", "Runnin' Away", "(You Caught Me) Smilin'", "Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa", "If You Want Me To Stay" and "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sly & The Family StoneHigher ... CD
Columbia, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy .... $11.99
Some of the best cuts from the excellent 4CD/8LP Sly & The Family Stone box set – served up here in a 16 track collection that's a great introduction to the grooves! Even if you own all of Sly's incredible records from the late 60s and early 70s, the collection is completely essential – a batch of music that really blows us away with its depth and quality – not a single clunker in the set, and lots and lots of genius gems that even further open our eyes to the wonder of Sly! This sweet single CD features three previously-unissued tracks – "What's That Got To Do With Me", "You're The One (live)", and "I Remember" – plus original single master versions of "Sing A Simple Song (mono)", "Dance To The Music (mono)", "M'Lady (mono)", "Crossword Puzzle", "Underdog (mono)", and "Everyday People (mono)" – plus the cuts "Crossword Puzzle" by Sly Stone, "Small Fries" by The French Fries", and a Isle Of Wight live version of "Stand". CD

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Sly & The Family StoneSly & The Family Stone Greatest Hits ... LP
Epic, 1970. Very Good .... $5.99
Almost a "greatest hits" of greatest hits albums – one of those collections that almost sold more copies than all the full albums by the artist – forever earning Sly & The Family Stone a place in record collections around the globe! All the hits are here, laid out back to back in all their righteous goodness – never a single spot of filler, and all-classics, all the way through! Titles include "Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin", "Life", "Everyday People", "I Want To Take You Higher", "Everybody Is A Star", "Dance To The Music", "Hot Fun In The Summertime", and "Sing A Simple Song". All funky – all classic! LP, Vinyl record album
(Quadraphonic pressing in a non-gatefold sleeve. Cover has ring & edge wear and a few stains.)

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New Patti SmithDream Of Life ... LP
Arista, 1988. Near Mint- .... $9.99
Titles include "Going Under", "People Have The Power", "Up There Down There", "The Jackson Song", "Dream Of Life", and "Where Duty Calls". LP, Vinyl record album
(Record club pressing.)

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Staple SingersWe'll Get Over ... LP
Stax, 1969. Very Good+ .... $9.99
Perfect work from The Staple singers – a tight blend of gospel soul and Memphis funk, handled here with a tightness that avoids all the cliches of some of the group's later work! The group's hard vocal approach is very much in place on all tracks – raw but not careless, with great leads from Mavis Staples – and support from the rest in a way that reminds us of their gospel roots, but never gets too mired down in the old days. Titles include "We'll Get Over", "Give A Damn", "Everyday People", "The Challenge", "A Wednesday In Your Garden", "The Gardner", and "When Do I Get Paid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later German pressing. Cover has an unglued top seam.)

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Success-N-EffectFreeze (voc, inst)/Roll It Up (Remix – fat mix, radio, bass kickin' beats) ... 12-inch
On Top, 1989. Near Mint- .... $24.99
Since we couldn't put it any better, here's a quote from Frankie Knuckles off of discogs – "For the first 6 months of my arrival to the U.K. back in the later months of 1989, this was my most treasured track, the one people would remember me for. The vocal "Let The Bass Kick" followed by The Winstons "Amen Brother" breakbeat with a sub 808 that was deadly. Felix Samas edit work was effective on this chopping Big Daddy Kanes Vocal "Let It Roll" (made popular by Doug Lazy) into little bits before crashing into that 808/breakbeat again. Carl Cox would get his copy from Lenny Dee in Feb. 1990 and went and did a white label remix which would result in his ink with Perfecto Records for "I Want U (Forever). After that it became the template for the young U.K. youth who began to experiment in the studio. The end result being Jungle and Drum & Bass. This record was the prototype." 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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Donna SummerLove To Love You Donna ... CD
Verve, Late 70s/2013. New Copy .... $13.99 14.98
Contemporary remakes of classics from Donna Summer – a whole host of classics from her landmark 70s disco years, served up here with lots of 21st Century touches! Donna's vocals are sublime no matter what the setting – and given that many of these cuts were originally done with electro genius Giorgio Moroder, they turn out to be a perfect batch of material for new work on keyboards, cuts, and mixes. Some tunes preserve a bit more of classic disco vibe, others bring in a lot more house and techno – and titles include "Love To Love You Baby (Giorgio Moroder rmx)", "Hot Stuff (Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper as director's cut signature rmx)", "Dim All The Lights (Duke Dumont rmx)", "MacArthur Park (Laidback Luke rmx)", "I Feel Love (Benga rmx)", "Last Dance (Masters At Work rmx short)", "On The Radio (Jacques Greene rmx)", "Bad Girls (Gigamish rmx)", "I Feel Love (Afrojack rmx)", "Working The Midnight Shift (Holy Ghost rmx)", and "Sunset People (Hot Chip dub edit)" – plus the track "La Dolce Vita" by Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder. CD
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Donna SummerLove To Love You Donna ... LP
Verve, Late 70s/2013. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold .... $24.99 29.98
Contemporary remakes of classics from Donna Summer – a whole host of classics from her landmark 70s disco years, served up here with lots of 21st Century touches! Donna's vocals are sublime no matter what the setting – and given that many of these cuts were originally done with electro genius Giorgio Moroder, they turn out to be a perfect batch of material for new work on keyboards, cuts, and mixes. Some tunes preserve a bit more of classic disco vibe, others bring in a lot more house and techno – and titles include "Love To Love You Baby (Giorgio Moroder rmx)", "Hot Stuff (Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper as director's cut signature rmx)", "Dim All The Lights (Duke Dumont rmx)", "MacArthur Park (Laidback Luke rmx)", "I Feel Love (Benga rmx)", "Last Dance (Masters At Work rmx short)", "On The Radio (Jacques Greene rmx)", "Bad Girls (Gigamish rmx)", "I Feel Love (Afrojack rmx)", "Working The Midnight Shift (Holy Ghost rmx)", and "Sunset People (Hot Chip dub edit)" – plus the track "La Dolce Vita" by Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Love To Love You Donna ... CD 13.99

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SupremesLet The Sunshine In ... LP
Motown, 1969. Very Good+ .... $3.99
Groovy late 60s work from Diana Ross & The Supremes – a record that has them breaking the Motown mold a bit, and hooking up with a nice variety of modder soul and pop modes! Tracks on the set include a few Motown-penned numbers, but the trio also tackle hits like "Everyday People", "Hey Western Union Man", "Let The Music Play", and a great Hair-inspired medley of "Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In"! But the Motown material here is almost even better – and titles include the slightly funky "No Matter What Sign You Are", which has a nice kick in the bottom – as well as "Discover Me", "The Composer", and "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Johnnie TaylorJohnnie Taylor Philosophy Continues ... LP
Stax, 1969. Very Good .... $2.99
Funky soul from Johnnie Taylor – a set that mixes tight core grooving with some larger arrangements from Bert Keyes and Rudy Robinson – a perfect blend that shows why Taylor easily stood out from some of his bluesy contemporaries! It's clear that Johnnie's just the right guy to handle a setting this hip – and since he's got Marvell Thomas on keyboards, Steve Cropper on guitar, Donald Duck Dunn on bass, and Al Jackson on drums, there's more than enough kick at the bottom to keep things grooving. Titles include the great originals "I Had A Fight With Love", and "Separation Line" – plus hip takes on "Testify", "It's Your Thing", "Games People Play", and "Love Is A Hurtin Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a factory sticker, and staining along the opening.)

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Mike Theodore OrchestraCosmic Wind/High On Mad Mountain ... CD
Westbound (UK), 1977/1979. New Copy .... $11.99
70s disco classics from Detroit soul legend Mike Theodore – back to back on one CD! On Cosmic Wind, Mike's come a long way from his early soul days with Dennis Coffey – working here to lay down a set of spacious disco tunes with a dreamy finish – really stretching out with the same sort of glide you'd find in the best Philly club at the time! The record's actually quite strong on the disco side of the spectrum – well-crafted work with a sound that's full and rich, but never cliched – definitely Theodore's moment to shine in the 70s, taking the torch from his old partner Coffey, who had his time in the sun a few years before! Titles include "Cosmic Wind", "The Bull", "Moon Trek", "Brazilian Lullaby", and "Belly Boogie". High On Mad Mountain is a dramatic disco classic that steps out here with all the force you'd expect from the title! The extended title tune is a symphonic disco classic – using strings, congas, and lots of percussion to set up the groove – as guitar and keyboards come into the mix to bring out a nice degree of funk. The rest of the album follows in a similar feel – with a bit of moogy solo work, and some female vocals on the choruses – and titles include "Disco People", "Dragons Of Midnight", "High On Mad Mountain", and "Wonder Man". CD features 11 tracks in all. CD

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Lucky ThompsonHappy Days Are Here Again ... LP
Prestige, 1965. Very Good- .... $19.99
An overlooked gem from Lucky Thompson's mid 60s years – that wonderful time when he'd returned to the fold even stronger than ever – filled with hip new musical ideas, and a great command for the soprano sax! This set's got Lucky working on both soprano and tenor, both of which are handled with these angular, soulful tones that are totally great – right at home in a group that features Tommy Flanagan on piano, George Tucker on bass, and Walter Perkins on drums – all marvelously sensitive rhythm accompanists. Jack Melady adds harp on 2 tracks on the set – a very nice touch – and titles include "Safari", "Cry Me A River", "People", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and "As Time Goes By". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, with some light edge stains on the back.)

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Three DegreesStanding Up For Love ... LP
Epic, 1977. Very Good .... $0.99
A sweet late 70s set from The Three Degrees – who've moved on over to CBS/Epic after their hot streak at Philly International – with a bit more of an expansive sound than usual! They're still working in a core Philly mode with recording at Sigma Sound and arrangements by Richard Rome – but also with tunes that hit a growing range of more sophisticated, adult-oriented themes. The trio are clearly out to show that they're not just a dancefloor act here – as the album features some sensitive ballads – and those are done beautifully! The Three Degrees are Sheila Ferguson, Valerie Holiday and the returning Helen Scott on this relatively overlooked, though solid record – which includes the slightly funky "Macaroni Man", plus "People With Feeling", "What I Did For Love", "We're All Alone", "Gee Baby", "Standing Up For Love", and "In Love We Grow" and "Just Leave Me Alone". 3 LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, a tracklist sticker, and some wear.)

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Three DegreesStanding Up For Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1977. New Copy .... $13.99
A sweet late 70s set from The Three Degrees – who've moved on over to CBS/Epic after their hot streak at Philly International – with a bit more of an expansive sound than usual! They're still working in a core Philly mode with recording at Sigma Sound and arrangements by Richard Rome – but also with tunes that hit a growing range of more sophisticated, adult-oriented themes. The trio are clearly out to show that they're not just a dancefloor act here – as the album features some sensitive ballads – and those are done beautifully! The Three Degrees are Sheila Ferguson, Valerie Holiday and the returning Helen Scott on this relatively overlooked, though solid record – which includes the slightly funky "Macaroni Man", plus "People With Feeling", "What I Did For Love", "We're All Alone", "Gee Baby", "Standing Up For Love", and "In Love We Grow" and "Just Leave Me Alone". 3 bonus tracks on this CD version – "Toast Of Love (single version – non LP)", "Do It (Use Your Mind) (single version)", and "Standing Up For Love (single version)". CD

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TronicsSay! What Is This? ... CD
M'Lady's, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy .... $11.99 12.98
Rare primitive rock, noisy punk and spare acoustic sounds from throughout Tronics' late 70s and early 80s underground run – and a pretty good look at the range of main man Ziro Baby's breadth as Tronics! It's got a nice mix of little heard studio material, rare demos and live recordings – some fairly catchy songs, be it a spare, near-ballad or driving punk –and some far rawer ones, along the lines of the legendary What's The Hubub material. Includes "Punky People", "Do You hear Me", "Squiddly Diddly (LBBF Demo)", "Wild Cat Rock (Live 1983)", "Find Somewhere To Live Tonight", "Punk Noise", "Spontaneous Combustion", "Gotta Make It OK", "Goodbye". CD
Also available Say! What Is This? ... LP 14.99

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TronicsSay! What Is This? ... LP
M'Lady's, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy .... $14.99 15.98
Rare primitive rock, noisy punk and spare acoustic sounds from throughout Tronics' late 70s and early 80s underground run – and a pretty good look at the range of main man Ziro Baby's breadth as Tronics! It's got a nice mix of little heard studio material, rare demos and live recordings – some fairly catchy songs, be it a spare, near-ballad or driving punk –and some far rawer ones, along the lines of the legendary What's The Hubub material. Includes "Punky People", "Do You hear Me", "Squiddly Diddly (LBBF Demo)", "Wild Cat Rock (Live 1983)", "Find Somewhere To Live Tonight", "Punk Noise", "Spontaneous Combustion", "Gotta Make It OK", "Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album
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New Armando TrovajoliSesso Matto – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1972. New Copy .... $18.99
Funky grooves, floating vocals, mellow keyboards, and a whole lot more – easily one of the greatest soundtracks ever from the legendary Armando Trovajoli – and certainly one of the grooviest too! There's a sublime quality to this score that's well made Sessomatto one of the best-remembered albums from the glory years of the Italian soundtracks – a sense of space, pacing, and timing that are simply breathtaking – and which are the perfect summation of Trovajoli's earlier experiments in music. As with his score to La Matriarca, the instrumentation here varies often – sometimes a bit of horns, nicely compressed; sometimes a floating harmonica line; sometimes keyboards; and sometimes a funky rhythm topped with vocals – all woven together in a rich pastiche of styles that makes the album one of the deepest soundtracks you'll hope to own from the time. The remastering here is wonderful – way better than the previous Japanese reissues, and done in a way that really isolates the best elements of the music – letting the simple balance of sound and space resonate beautifully, and exposing even more of Trovajoli's genius with a wealth of bonus tracks. These added numbers really open the whole thing up – taking the album way past the familiar "Sessomatto" theme (reworked and remixed for the dancefloor often in later years), and almost creating a mini-movie in sound – with all the requisite scene shifts and drama to match! CD features a whopping 41 tracks in all – with titles that include "Sessomatto", "Signora Sono Le Otto", "Two Happy People", "Ammuri Ammuri", "D'Amore Si Muore", "Un Amore Difficile", "Due Cuori E Una Birra", "Bravo Balli bene", "Scappa Gilda", "Vorrei Che Fosse Amore", "Searching For Something", and "L'Ospite". CD

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New True ReflectionWhere I'm Coming From ... CD
Atco (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... $14.99
An excellent group from the 70s East Coast scene – one with a heavy harmony sound that should have made them huge! The record was cut during the prime early days of the Sigma Sound Studios – and the record features arrangements by Philly greats like Norman Harris, Ronnie Baker, and Vince Montana – all working here in a mode that's similar to that applied to The Spinners after they made their move to Atlantic, but with a bit more edge. Yet it's the vocal harmonies that really take the cake – as they mix together deep-rooted Temptations-esque righteous vocals with sweeter harmonies in the New Jersey falsetto mode – a perfect blend that's carried off with a great deal of power here! The style is very compelling, and great on just about every cut – and titles include "Society", "That Was Yesterday", "It Really Hurts", "Look At All The Lonely People", and the great cut "Whispers". CD
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Where I'm Coming From (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 23.99

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True ReflectionWhere I'm Coming From ... LP
Atco, 1973. Very Good .... $16.99
An excellent group from the 70s East Coast scene – one with a heavy harmony sound that should have made them huge! The record was cut during the prime early days of the Sigma Sound Studios – and the record features arrangements by Philly greats like Norman Harris, Ronnie Baker, and Vince Montana – all working here in a mode that's similar to that applied to The Spinners after they made their move to Atlantic, but with a bit more edge. Yet it's the vocal harmonies that really take the cake – as they mix together deep-rooted Temptations-esque righteous vocals with sweeter harmonies in the New Jersey falsetto mode – a perfect blend that's carried off with a great deal of power here! The style is very compelling, and great on just about every cut – and titles include "Society", "That Was Yesterday", "It Really Hurts", "Look At All The Lonely People", and the great cut "Whispers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a staining.)
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True ReflectionWhere I'm Coming From (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atco/Vivid (Japan), 1973. New Copy .... $23.99
An excellent group from the 70s East Coast scene – one with a heavy harmony sound that should have made them huge! The record was cut during the prime early days of the Sigma Sound Studios – and the record features arrangements by Philly greats like Norman Harris, Ronnie Baker, and Vince Montana – all working here in a mode that's similar to that applied to The Spinners after they made their move to Atlantic, but with a bit more edge. Yet it's the vocal harmonies that really take the cake – as they mix together deep-rooted Temptations-esque righteous vocals with sweeter harmonies in the New Jersey falsetto mode – a perfect blend that's carried off with a great deal of power here! The style is very compelling, and great on just about every cut – and titles include "Society", "That Was Yesterday", "It Really Hurts", "Look At All The Lonely People", and the great cut "Whispers". CD
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Where I'm Coming From ... LP 16.99
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Townes Van ZandtSunshine Boy – The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971 to 1972 (clear vinyl) (2013 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Omnivore, 1971/1972. New Copy 3 LPs .... $53.99
A beautiful 3LP set of long buried Townes Van Zandt recordings from the early 70s – a period that you can easily argue was his peak – even though few people were buying his records at the time! You get a pretty solid representation of 2 sides of the Townes sound on this great compilation from Omnivore. Disc One features alternate studio versions of some of our favorite songs – a good deal of which were produced by Cowboy Jack Clement at his Nashville studio in 1972 – plus a handful that Townes recorded in LA a year earlier. These have a sound that are fleshed out enough instrumentally, but without the horns, strings and some of the other grander aspects of the officially released album versions in hopes of breaking Townes through to a larger audience at the time. Ironically, it's the rawness and intimacy that Townes fans are drawn to – and that's what you get here! The second disc features demos that mostly feature just Townes's voice and acoustic guitar – and it's achingly beautiful! Despite the familiar track list, every song on this 2CD set is previously unreleased – and essential for longtime Townes fans and newbies alike! Includes "T For Texas", "Who Do You Love", "Sunshine Boy", "Pancho & Lefty" (an alternate 1972 mix without strings and horns), "Sad Cinderella", "Lungs", "Mr. Mudd & Mr. Gold", "White Freight Liner Blues", "Two Hands" and more on the studio sessions disc – and the titles on the disc of demos includes "Heavenly Houseboat Blues", "Diamond Heel Blues", "Tower Song", "Hightway Kind", "Old Paint", "Standin'" and more. 28 tracks in all – and it features some excellent notes by Colin Escott. LP, Vinyl record album

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Fats WallerFats Waller Favorites (10 inch LP) ... LP
RCA, Late 20s/1930s/Early 40s. Near Mint- .... $24.99
Titles include "Honeysuckle Rose", "Ain't Misbehavin", "Two Sleepy People", "Minor Drag", "Holt Tight", and "Your Feet's Too Big". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sweet bonus – comes with an RCA Waller postcard too!)

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Jack WalrathTo Hellas & Back ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2013. New Copy .... $15.99 16.98
Some of the most compelling music we've heard in years from trumpeter Jack Walrath – and a stunning set of original compositions dedicated to the music and people of Greece! The style's not exactly the Hellenic outing you might guess from the title – as the music is definitely American jazz throughout – but there's a richness, an illustrative power that has Walrath working at his best depth – a strong storyteller, and vivid painter of sound – really unleashing that special quality that made him one of Charles Mingus' favorite trumpeters in later years. The group's a quintet, with excellent tenor from Abraham Burton – and fluid, yet complex rhythms from the trio of George Burton on piano, Boris Kozlov on bass, and Donald Edwards on drums – on titles that include "Leaving Santorini Blues", "Grace", "Panopticon", "Enter Boris", "Via Ia", "Norris Junction", and "O'Mangas". CD

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Wareika HillNo More War EP (10 inch) ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 2013. New Copy .... $14.99
Not sure if this record will stop the spread of global conflict, but it's more than groovy enough to make us drop what we're doing and trip out with the grooves! As with other Wareika projects, the sound here is plenty dubby – lots of influences from older Kingston and London records, but also often given a uniquely earthy twist too – percussion that's a lot rootsier than you'd hear on any reggae record, and some wicked trombone lines that snake in and out of the grooves. Titles include "No More War", "Free The People", "Chant Rasta", and "Universe In Crisis". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dionne WarwickFrom Within (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Scepter/Warner (Japan), 1972. New Copy 2 CDs .... $41.99
A sprawling set of numbers Dionne recorded for Scepter before departing the label – a good number of which were made with Memphis producer Chips Moman during the sessions for the excellent Soulful album – and some diverse, equally great material that spans her years at the label! It includes a host of great Bacharach/David productions – with some nice medleys of hits and wide range of covers, including some classic Sly Stone and Curtis Mayfield on the edgier end, plus nice takes on the Beatles and others. It's got some great gospel-leaning numbers, too! A far-reaching set with more than 30 tracks – including "Grace", "People Get Ready", "Summertime", "Give A Damn", "Slaves"., "People Got TO Be Free""The Love Of My Man", "I've Been Loving You Too Long", a cool cover of The Band's "The Weight", "Someday We'll Be Together", "Games People Play" and "Everyday People". 2 bonus tracks: "Put A Little Love In Your Heart" and a mono single promo version of "The Love Of My Man". CD

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Weather ReportMr Gone (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1978. Used .... $14.99
A great late 70s set from Weather Report – a record that's certainly got more polish than the early years, but which still sounds plenty darn great to our ears – thanks to a really free-flowing sense of imagination! The tunes here have a wonderfully chunky sort of approach to the groove – that kind of building, pulsating quality that always marked Weather Report as organic, even when electric – and which gave their music a sense of soul, even when it was sometimes smooth. There's enough dark corners here to shake off any of the more commercial touches – and it's wonderful to hear the way that Wayne Shorter and Joe Zawinul have evolved the original Weather Report ethos into something new and fresh. Titles include "Punk Jazz", "Mr Gone", "The Elders", "Young & Fine", "River People", and "The Pursuit Of The Woman With The Feathered Hat". CD
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Tony Joe WhiteTony Joe (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1971. New Copy .... $16.99
Incredible sounds from Tony Joe White – one of the few cats who could really fuse together rock, funk, and soul – and make the whole thing come out as one really rich new sound! There's no hoke at all here, and the album holds up incredibly well over the years – as White's really a genre unto himself, and way way better than anyone who ever tried to copy his groove – including the countless number of people who covered his songs! As with the previous records, the drums are nice and heavy – really a funky bottom that works great alongside the acoustic guitar, fuzzy electric riffs, and some of the other touches on Hammond and harmonica. Titles include "Stockholm Blues", "Boom Boom", "Hard To Handle", "Save Your Sugar For Me", "Stud Spider", and "Widow Wimberly". CD features the bonus tracks "Groupy Girl", "I Protest", and "A Man Can Only Stand So Much Pain". CD

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Marion WilliamsGospel Now ... LP
Cotillion, 1971. Very Good .... $5.99
The title's an apt one, as Marion's taking gospel to the sound of "now" – working with arranger/producer Robert Banks, and a musical lineup that includes vibes, organ, and guitar. The overall feel isn't as totally hip as some of her other work, but it's definitely got an Atlantic level of production, taking Marion out of the gospel ghetto. Titles include "Am I A Soldier", "Come On People", "Bad News Bad Times", "Going Home", and "Though Your Sins Be As Scarlet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, some wear, splitting on the top seam, and a name in marker on the front.)

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Reuben Wilson & The Cost Of LivingGot To Get Your Own ... LP
Cadet, 1975. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Monster funk from Hammond hero Reuben Wilson – an album of hard-burning, bad-walking tunes that are a fair bit different than most of his other work! Although Wilson recorded some pretty traditional organ jazz for the Blue Note and Groove Merchant labels, this album has him working with his "Cost Of Living" group – a combo who only recorded this one album, and which includes Richard Tee on keyboards, Bad Bascomb on bass, Bernard Purdie on drums, and both Houston Person and Pee Wee Ellis on tenor sax! Most cuts have some sort of vocals – sung by either Sammy Turner or Kenny Williams, both of whom really fit the badass spirit of the record, and bring in a nice range of deeper themes from the 70s. There's almost a blacksploitation funk feel to the record at times, although the set's also got more of a soul album focus too – a rare move for Reuben, but one that's made the album a favorite for years! Tracks include the rare groove classics "Got To Get Your Own" and "Tight Money" – plus "Together", "Stoned Out Of My Mind", "What The People Gon Say", "Back Rub", and "In The Booth In The Back In The Corner In The Dark". LP, Vinyl record album

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WolfmoonWolfmoon ... LP
Fungus/Alive, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $18.99 19.99
The one and only album ever cut by Wolfmoon – a wicked set of funky southern soul from Tyrone Thomas – the drummer who also gave the world the Whole Darn Family record! Tyrone's in his Wolfmoon garb here – a younger, grittier style that's got some heavy southern soul elements in the mix – brewed up in the Richmond scene of the late 60s, and produced and polished here by Swamp Dogg down in Macon! The set's got the same solid punch as other Swamp Dogg projects from the time – like the Raw Spitt or Charlie Whitehead work, and Wolfmoon's got a much tighter groove than Swamp himself – partly because of his great work on drums, but also because of the righteous grooves of most of the tunes. Titles include "My Kinda People", "If He Walked Today", "God Bless", "Treasures That I Found", and "The Artist". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St Rhythm BandExpress Yourself – The Best Of Charles Wright ... CD
Warner, Late 60s. Used .... $5.99
Although this 15 track compilation doesn't even begin to cover the full scope of this great messed-up funky group from LA, it's just about the only way you'll get their best stuff – because it's pretty darn hard to find in any format! The CD runs the gamut of the group's output – from tight choppy funky stuff like "Express Yourself" and "Spreadin' Honey", to later trippier soul stuff, like "90 Day Cycle People" and "Comment". Lots of other goodies, plus a good set of notes that tracks the roots of this enigmatic funk band from LA! CD

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Oscar Young BandDamp Circuits – The Golden Era of Synthesizers in East Asia Vol 1 ... 7-inch
Sham Palace, Mid 70s. New Copy (pic cover).... $8.99
Weird and wonderful electronics from mid 70s Hong Kong – a quartet of very cool tracks from Oscar Young, an artist who mixes together acoustic folksy elements with excellent work on moog and electric guitar! The tunes are slightly funky at points, and nice and spacey at others – and have a quality that's unlike anything else we've heard before – very different than other soundtrack or sound library electronics of the time, but equally mindblowing in their own sort of way! Titles include "Tribal Mountain Love Song", "Love Story In The Rain", "Millions Of People Rejoicing", and "Fire Bird". 7-inch, Vinyl record
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ZappNew Zapp IV U (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Warner, 1985. New Copy (reissue).... $9.99
Zapp at the height of their powers – a bit more focused than before, but every bit as funky! Roger's production here is impeccable – done with a great ear for the most soulful side of the group's talents, which keeps them far from some of the more commercial groups who were copping their vibe, but never got things right. Great proof of this is the mellow cut "Computer Love" – a slow stepper that has the group showing their sweeter side, but never losing their cool – a bit like some of the best Fatback ballads of the early 80s. Other cuts are mostly funky – filled with tight basslines, keyboards, and electro bits – and tunes include "It Doesn't Really Matter", "Radio People", "Rock N Roll", "Make Me Feel Good", and "Ja Ready To Rock". LP, Vinyl record album
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ZappNew Zapp IV U (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/FTG, 1985. New Copy .... $13.99
Zapp at the height of their powers – a bit more focused than before, but every bit as funky! Roger's production here is impeccable – done with a great ear for the most soulful side of the group's talents, which keeps them far from some of the more commercial groups who were copping their vibe, but never got things right. Great proof of this is the mellow cut "Computer Love" – a slow stepper that has the group showing their sweeter side, but never losing their cool – a bit like some of the best Fatback ballads of the early 80s. Other cuts are mostly funky – filled with tight basslines, keyboards, and electro bits – and tunes include "It Doesn't Really Matter", "Computer Love", "Radio People", "Rock N Roll", "Make Me Feel Good", and "Ja Ready To Rock". CD bonus tracks include "It Doesn't Really Matter (Long Version)", "It Doesn't Really Matter (7" Version)", "Computer Love (LP Remix)", "Computer Love (Instrumental)" and 2 more. CD
Also available New Zapp IV U (180 gram pressing) ... LP 9.99

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Various80s Funk Anthology Vol 1 ... CD
Boogie Times (France), Early 80s. Used .... $8.99
A lot more 80s groove than you'd expect from the funk in the title – although the rhythms and basslines here certainly are funky enough! The package is filled with obscure little gems from the early 80s – the kind of rare dancefloor tracks we've always depended on the Boogie Times label to unearth – obscure singles from the American scene that show there was plenty of creative invention going on in the underground during the post-disco years! Most numbers here have plenty of beats, basslines, and keyboards – and titles include "Real Thing" by Starbox, "Fox On The Run" by Sky Trane, "Hot Thang" by Cash, "Groove For You" by Mobley Gang, "I Like It Wet" by Aqua People, "Maximilian Stroll" by Jimmi, "Bus Stop" by Lambchops, and "Running For Ya Love" by Push". CD
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Various80s Funk Anthology Vol 2 ... CD
Boogie Times (France), Early 80s. Used .... $8.99
Early 80s funky grooves galore – indeed with lot of funky stuff, but loads of bass and synth heavy dancefloor soul, too – the second volume in the 80s Funk Anthology series from Boogie Times! Includes an underground classic or two, and some funky obscure bits from the US scenes and a UK gem or two – sweet vocals, lots of bass, drums, beats and keys, and a spiraling synth bits in the mix – and some gritty funk! Includes "Funky Thang" by Dawn, "Don't Play Those Games" by Dave Karl", "What It Be Like" by Wendell Morrison, "Night Person" by The Night People", "Roaches" by Houston, "Shape That Body", "I'm For Real" by Roy Gee Hemmings, "Funky Nite" by Hi-Rise, "Ease Out" (original version) by Mid Air and more. CD
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VariousBig Ol' Bag O' Boogaloo Vol 2 ... LP
Andale, Late 60s. New Copy .... $8.99 9.99
The hippest side of the late 60s Latin Soul years – work from a number of tiny little New York labels – all of which are a good deal rarer than some of the bigger indies of the time! The collection here is totally great, and totally fresh – filled with numbers that were not even hits back in the day, and which are almost the Latin counterpart to funky 45s! Most work is from the Speed and Ghetto labels, with a few more bits thrown into the mix as well – and tunes are both vocal and instrumental numbers, all put together with a heck of a lot of Spanish Harlem soul! Titles include "Heavy Together" by The Real Thing, "Hot Buns" by Willy Baby, "Spanish Maiden" by Tony Middleton with Chuito & The Latin Uniques, "Oye Tomasito" by Joe Pappy & His Combo, "Fishin With Sid" by Dave Cortez & The Moon People, "Shake It Don't Break It" by Pijuan, "Sweet Soul Music" by Milton Zapata, "The Four Corners" by Frankie Nieves, and "African Guajira" by Orquesta Olivieri. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBig Ol' Bag O' Boogaloo Vol 3 ... LP
Andale, Late 60s. New Copy .... $8.99 9.99
A third great bag of boogaloo – and easily one of the hippest Latin series we've ever carried! As with other volumes, this batch of tracks is dug from the deepest underground of the late 60s east coast Latin scene – the smaller labels that lived in the shadows of Fania, Tico, and Alegre – imprints like Speed, Ghetto, and a few others – all serving up rougher-edged Latin than you might know from the hits! The sound here is often in the best Latin Soul or boogaloo mode – but there's often some rougher edges that make the tracks particularly interesting – ways of approaching the grooves that are quite unique, and a mix of vocal and production techniques that never fail to blow our minds! Titles include "Soul Mambo" by Bruce Cloud, "So Good" by Milton Zapata, "Already Satisfied" by Tony Middleton & Bobby Matos, "Rainy Night All Over" by Solid State, "Lay An OZ On Me Baby" by Latin Blues Band, "Morty's Harlem" by Moon People, "Wabble With Boogaloo" by Orquesta Olivieri, and "Riki Chi" by La Orquesta Boogaloo. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousCult Cargo – Grand Bahama Goombay ... LP
Numero, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold .... $19.99 21.99
Heavy funk from the Bahamas – a whole bunch of groups that will show you that Nassau had a lot more to offer than The Beginning Of The End! The groove here is totally wonderful – somewhat like American funk of the late 60s and early 70s, but served up with some very unusual rhythmic patterns too – a bit Jamaican at times, but certainly not reggae – and somewhat sunny and Caribbean styled, but not in a way that's cheesy or filled with any hokey island-styled stereotypes. Instead, the tunes are deeply funk and soulful – grooving with plenty of dark edges and gritty instrumentation that's often heavy on the guitar. Many numbers have vocals, and those are great too – and as usual with the Numero label, the whole thing's put together with amazing notes and packaging, so that you get a full history lesson and a heck of a lot of photos to support the music too! Titles include "Gonna Build A Nation" by Cyril Ferguson, "Mustang Sally", "I Am The Man For You Baby", and "Funky Fever" by Jay Mitchell, "Theme From Shaft" by Esquires LTD, "Gimme Some Skin (inst)" by Frank Penn, "Words To My Song" by Dry Bread, "People Won't Change" by Willpower, "Take Five" by Ozzie Hall, "Watcha Gonna Do Bout It" and "The Time For Loving Is Now" by Mustangs, "Honesty Is The Best Policy" by Gospel Chandeliers, and "Don't Touch That Thing" by Sylvia Hall. 2LP set also features a bonus instrumental version of "Don't Touch That Thing" by Sylvia Hall! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDancefloor Revolution – 70s Modern Soul Stunners ... CD
Backbeats (UK), 1970s. New Copy .... $9.99
Warm groovers galore – an incredible package of uptempo soul tracks from the 70s – cuts that are deeper than disco, but every bit as tight – all brought together to showcase a tremendous generation in music! There's a great mix of classics and underground numbers here – and the package is overflowing with greatness, especially at this price – a whopping 23 tracks in all, including a fair bit we haven't turned up in years – some really rare singles that are great to finally have on CD! The set's easily one of our favorites in this excellent Backbeats series – and titles include "Talkin Bout Poor Folks" by Lou Edwards & Today's People, "Make Me Believe In You" by Patti Jo, "I'm In Need Of Love" by Lou Courtney, "Love Don't Come No Stronger" by Jeff Perry, "Am I Cold Am I Hot" by Bill Harris, "Keep On Trying" by LTG Exchange, "I Couldn't Believe It" by David Ruffin & Eddie Kendricks, "Are You Ready For This" by The Brothers, "Can We Share It" by Rick Shephard, "Lady In Red" by Ronnie Dyson, "Once I've Been There" by Norman Connors, "You Made A Believer Out Of Me" by Betty Lavette, "What About My Love" by Damaris, and "Get Out Of My Life" by Sharon McMahan. CD

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VariousDave Hamilton's Detroit Funk – Rare & Unreleased Twisted Funk 1967 to 1975 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Mid 70s. New Copy .... $14.99
A killer little set that's as heavy as it sounds from the title – a wealth of rare material pulled from the studio of Detroit producer Dave Hamilton – a good deal of it previously unreleased! Hearing this set is like finding a pile of rare 45s stuffed in the back corner of a long-lost record shop – because although much of the work was never issued, it crackles with the intensity of the best funky 45s – lots of funky drums, offbeat guitar, and raspy soul vocals – produced with a real edge to all the work, so that all of the hardest elements of the tunes really come through in the mix! The work that was issued here came out on the TCB, Tayster, and New Day labels – and although the artists are often not well known, the work's got a really unified feel – thanks to the funky vision of Dave Hamilton. CD features 20 tracks in all – including "Brand New Girl (part 1)", "You're Wasting My Time (parts 1 & 2)", and "I Got Some (parts 1 & 2)" by Billy Garner; "The Grown Folks Thing" by OC Tolbert, "Party Time" by James Carpenter, "Going To The Moon" by Dave Hamilton, "Funky Trip" by Johnny Walker, "The Devil Is Gonna Get You" by The Future Kind, "Just A Mistake" by The Barrino Brothers, "Hunchin" by Gip Roberts, "Bump With Me" by The Webb People, "Sweet Thing (part 1)" by Bobby Dee, and "Can You Dig It" by Chico & Buddy. CD

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VariousDiggers Delight – More Rare Groove Gems ... CD
Backbeats (UK), 1970s. New Copy .... $9.99
A diggers delight through and through – even though the set will save you plenty of digging! The package is a killer collection of rare funky nuggets and sample tracks – put together with an ear for some of the best bits that have provided the building blocks for the hipper side of the spectrum in recent years – and with an eye for cuts that haven't been compiled that often! Many of the names here are big ones from 70s soul and funk, but they're represented by harder cuts that move past their hits – a great array of grooves that includes "Walk With Me" by Manchild, "Family" by Hubert Laws, "People Make The World Go Round" by Angela Bofill, "Mighty Mighty" by Earth Wind & Fire, "It's Rough Out Here" by The Modulations, "Funky Monkey" by Mandrill, "Elevate Our Minds" by Linda Williams, "Crab Apple" by Idris Muhammad, "Theme From King Kong" by Lalo Schifrin, "We Get Down" by Weldon Irvine, "Trogladyte" by Jimmy Castor, "Sneaking Up Behind You" by The Brecker Brothers, and "Turn Off The Lights" by Larry Williams. CD

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VariousDJ Nori – Spirit Of Sunshine – Nori's West End Mix ... CD
West End/Octave (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy .... $26.99
A great little set that not only features a funky remix of club classics from the legendary West End label – but one that also includes a fair bit of obscure singles as well! DJ Nori does an excellent job of digging deep here – and mixes West End hits with some lesser-known nuggets that really give the whole set an edge, and highlights that sharp approach to a groove that made the label one of the most exciting imprints in the post-disco years! You can really hear a new sort of energy at play in the original tunes – and Nori not only respects that, but has a way of making all the best elements bristle anew – in an 80 minute mix that features the cuts "Hey Everybody" by People's Choice, "Do It To The Music" by Raw Silk, "Keep On Dubbin" by Forrrce, "Girl I Like The Way That You Move" by Stone, "Hot Summer Nights" by Love Club, "Heat You Up" by Shirley Lites, "Is It All Over My Face (male vocal)" by Loose Joints, "Can't You Feel It" by Michele, "You're A Star" by Jakki, "There's Never Been" by Kenix, "Spirit Of Sunshine" by Chuck Davis, "Hot Shot" by Karen Young, and "Don't Make Me Wait" by Peech Boys. CD

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VariousEccentric Soul – A Red Black Green Production ... CD
Numero, Mid 70s. New Copy .... $16.99 18.98
A killer collection of east coast soul from the 70s – work that originally appeared on a handful of different labels, but which was all put together by Robert Hosea Williams – an unsung producer working out of a small studio in Silver Springs – with an incredible ear for up-and-coming talent! The music here is totally deep and righteous throughout – the hippest of the indie label scene on the east coast – and work that really lives up to the progressive, righteous reference you'd get from the Red, Black, & Green in the title! There's plenty of group soul here – of a type that mixes older harmony modes with hipper 70s references – creating a really badass approach to soul music that's simply mindblowing – and way different than the mainstream variants that were hitting the charts at the time. The whole thing's great – one of the best Numero comps in years – and titles include "Phoney People" and "I Really Really Love You" by Father's Children, "Sleepwalking" and "Let's Do It Over" by The Summits, "Don't Worry About The Joneses" and "We're Two Fools In Love" by Dysons Faces, "Day By Day" and "It Must Be Love" by The Exceptions Featuring Mark Greene, "Town Called Nowhere" and "I Need Your Love" by Skip Mahoney & The Casuals, and "Summer In The Parks" and "Generation" by East Coast Connection. CD
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VariousEccentric Soul – A Red Black Green Production ... LP
Numero, Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold .... $18.99 22.98
A killer collection of east coast soul from the 70s – work that originally appeared on a handful of different labels, but which was all put together by Robert Hosea Williams – an unsung producer working out of a small studio in Silver Springs – with an incredible ear for up-and-coming talent! The music here is totally deep and righteous throughout – the hippest of the indie label scene on the east coast – and work that really lives up to the progressive, righteous reference you'd get from the Red, Black, & Green in the title! There's plenty of group soul here – of a type that mixes older harmony modes with hipper 70s references – creating a really badass approach to soul music that's simply mindblowing – and way different than the mainstream variants that were hitting the charts at the time. The whole thing's great – one of the best Numero comps in years – and titles include "Phoney People" and "I Really Really Love You" by Father's Children, "Sleepwalking" and "Let's Do It Over" by The Summits, "Don't Worry About The Joneses" and "We're Two Fools In Love" by Dysons Faces, "Day By Day" and "It Must Be Love" by The Exceptions Featuring Mark Greene, "Town Called Nowhere" and "I Need Your Love" by Skip Mahoney & The Casuals, and "Summer In The Parks" and "Generation" by East Coast Connection. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Eccentric Soul – A Red Black Green Production ... CD 16.99
 
 
 



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