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New VariousBest Of Philly World Records – Round & Round ... CD
Philly World/Hot, Early 80s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Smooth modern soul from the late Philly scene – when most of the bigger label activity in the city had died down, and it was up to the smaller imprints, like Philly World Records, to carry the torch of the city's great soul traditions! This set's got 13 obscure numbers from the Philly World catalog – most of them smooth two-steppers or mellow modern tracks – with titles that include "I'll Be Around" by Terri Wells, "Do It Anyway You Wanna" by Cashmere, "Gotta Get You Home Tonight" by Eugene Wilde, "I Could Never Love Another Like You" by Joanna Gardner, "The Voice Of Q" by Q, "Missing You" by Search, "I Can't Let You Go" by Norwood, "Don't Give Me Up" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, "Love Is The Ultimate" by Ultimate, and "Twist (Round & Round)" by Chill Factor. CD
(Out of print.)
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Teddy PendergrassLife Is A Song Worth Singing (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International, 1978. Used ... $7.99
Wonderful work from the early solo years of Teddy Pendergrass! The record's a monstrous mix of mellow soul and sophisticated tunes – one that pushes Teddy way past his earlier role in Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, into mature male soul territory that few others could match! The sound is sublime throughout – easily the next phase for the Gamble & Huff empire, and way past the easier Philly hit modes of a few years before. Titles include the wonderful "Close The Door", the kind of classy upscale modern soul that kept Philly going strong into the end of the 70s – plus "Life Is A Song Worth Singing", "When Somebody Loves You Back", and "Cold, Cold World". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Get Down Get Funky (disco version)" and "Only You (single version)". CD
(Legacy Recordings' Total Soul Classics edition – with 2 bonus tracks. CD case has a sticker over the barcode.)

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ScratchEmbodiment Of Instrumentation ... CD
Ropeadope, 2002. Used ... $3.99
The first solo outing from the other Roots beatbox maestro. Embodiment runs from a more stripped down Roots hip hop style with the guest MCs, to more playful human beatbox bumpers – with some pretty hallucinatory tape manipulation thrown in! Another classic from Philly. Tracks include "Start'n From Scratch", "U Know The Rulez" with Black Thought, Malik B, & M.A.R.S. Co-Op, "We Got What You Want" and "World Iz..." with Schoolz of Thought, "Square One" with Bilal, "What Happ'n" with Floetry, "3 Barstoolz Away" with Rich Medina & Yameen All World, "Lookin' 4 The Hot Sh**" with Rich Medina & I.N.T., "That's What We Talkin' About" with Dice Raw, Calente, & E.S.T., "U Don't Talk Much", "Sumthin' That U Missin", "Breath Of Fresh Air", "U Thought Wrong", and a skit with Jill Scott. 17 cuts in all. CD
(Out of print, barcode has a marker.)

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VariousConquer The World – The Lost Soul Of Philadelphia International Records ... CD
Philadelphia International, 1970s. Used ... $7.99
Philly International, way past the hits – presented here on a special collection of key rarities from the legendary label! If you think you've heard Philly before, get ready to think again – because the tracks here are all non-iconic gems from the deeper reaches of the label – deeper soul, hipper club, and heavier funk than you might expect from the sweeter chart singles the imprint scored back in the 70s! The package is a masterpiece – way better than we might have expected, and featuring some key tracks that even we'd never heard before – more than enough to have you digging funky 45s for Philly International. Tracks include "Ghetto Woman (parts 1 & 2)" by Ruth McFadden, "Everybody Needs Good Lovin (parts 1 & 2)" by Bunny Sigler, "Days Go By" by Bobby Bennett, "It's So Wonderful" by Johnny Williams, "Makin Up Time (parts 1 & 2)" by Frankie & The Spindles, "Hard Workin Man" by Pat & The Blenders, "Theme From Five Fingers Of Death" by Bunny Sigler, "Good & Plenty" by Carolyn Crawford, "Yellow Sunshine" by Yellow Sunshine, "Darling Come Back Home" by Love Committee, and "Grasshopper" by The Soul Devalents. CD features 4 bonus tracks – "Ruby's Surprise Party" by Ruby & The Party Gang, "Stop Taking My Love" by The Mellow Moods, "Love Is Here" by The Futures, and "The Big Hurt" by People's Choice. CD

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsMy World ... CD
Truth & Soul, 2009. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the best new soul records we've heard in years – a tremendous accomplishment for the mighty Lee Fields, and a set that's quite different than any of his other work! We've always loved Lee's funk and deep soul sides, but this album's something new altogether – almost done in the hard-edge, downtempo mode of the east coast harmony scene of the late 60s and early 70s – like some of the best group soul work coming out of New Jersey or Philly, with some super-dope production and instrumentation that's really amazing! The grooves follow strongly in the same laidback style as recent El Michels work – no surprise, given the El Michels connection to the music – with beats that are hard, but slow – and instrumentation that's funky, but in a mellow sort of way. Lee's vocals are as deep as ever – very much trained in the James Brown tradition, but turned here towards a really unique groove that makes us completely reevaluate his talents – an amazing achievement not just for Fields, but also for the whole Truth & Soul/El Michels crew! An instant classic – with tracks that include "My World", "Ladies", "Expressions Theme", "Honey Dove", "Money I$ King", "Love Comes & Goes", "Do You Love Me", and "Last Ride". CD
Also available My World ... CD 13.99

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New Instant FunkInstant Funk ... CD
Salsoul, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe the third great Philly studio group of the 70s – after MFSB and Salsoul Orchestra – a killer combo who provided backing grooves to plenty of great club tracks over the years – and who step out strongly here on their own debut album! Bunny Sigler helps give the album a sharp focus – with his own production and songwriting in play – in modes that are very much like his own best club tracks of the time – but the group is more than great enough on their own – with a funky edge that definitely lives up to their name, and a groove that's even sharper than the two aforementioned contemporary combos. Lead vocals are by James Carmichael, who's totally great – and titles include "Don't You Wanna Party", "Never Let It Go Away", "I Got My Mind Made Up", "Dark Vader", "Wide World Of Sports", and "You Say You Want Me To Stay". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Lou RawlsLet Me Be Good To You/Sit Down & Talk To Me (UK pressing) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Edsel (UK), 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Real late 70s magic from Lou Rawls – two rock-solid Philly International albums back to back on one CD! First up is Let Me Be Good To You – a warm mix of smooth soul and adult vocals, handled with some great arrangements by Dexter Wansel and Thom Bell. There's less standout singles on this set than previous Philly records, but Lou's class and quality makes nearly every track come out wonderfully – a masterpiece of soulful understatement and grace. Titles include "We Keep Getting Closer To Being Further Apart", "Time Will Take Care Of Everything", "What's The Matter With The World", "Bark Bite", and "Lover's Holiday". That set is followed by Sit Down & Talk To Me – a great batch of mellow jazzy soul tracks – with arrangements by Thom Bell, Bunny Sigler, Dexter Wansel, and others! Some of the tunes get nicely uptempo – hitting the warmer clubby modes that always worked well with Rawls at Philly International – a style that still allowed for more than enough space for Lou to stretch out vocally and hit some of his hipper, more sophisticated modes. Titles include "Sit Down & Talk To Me", "You're My Blessing", "Old Times", "Ain't That Loving You", and "One Day Soon You'll Need Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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New John ColtraneJohn Coltrane – The Bethlehem Years (Winner's Circle/Art Blakey Big Band) ... CD
Bethlehem/Shout Factory, 1957. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The complete recordings done by John Coltrane for Bethlehem Records – mostly cut during December of 1957, and issued on the albums The Winner's Circle and Art Blakey Big Band! Both albums were a bit unusual for the label – in that The Winner's Circle was sort of a blowing/jam session type record, cut with some of the big poll winners of the year, but with shorter tracks than the usual Prestige-styled set of that nature. The lineup includes Donald Byrd, Al Cohn, Eddie Costa, Oscar Pettiford, and Philly Joe Jones – and Coltrane's a bit buried in the group, but gets out some nice licks from time to time. The second set of tracks was recorded for a unique big band session led by Art Blakey – featuring a core group with Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Walter Bishop Jr, and Wendell Marshall on some tracks – plus a larger lineup on a number of others. The CD brings together a whopping 27 tracks from these sessions, including some great alternate takes – and titles include "Midriff", "Tippin", "The Outer World", "The Kiss Of No Return", "Pristine", and "Oasis" – a previously unreleased track! CD
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New Smoke CityI Really Want You ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
A damn great bit of 80s soul – the only album ever issued by Smoke City, but a killer set that we've loved for many years – especially given the group's link to the Chicago scene! The set's perfectly put together – head and shoulders above so much other major label soul of the time – with a mature, sophisticated groove that's really wonderful – almost an extension of the styles explored by Philly International at the start of the 80s, taken forward at a time when so many others were amping up their drum machines and going for too-commercial riffs in their grooves. The vocals alternate nicely between lead male singer Daveon Overton and female singer Starr – and the album also alternates between 80s groove, quiet storm numbers, and even a few slyly jazzy numbers that are perfect for the hipper side of the mainstream soul spectrum at the time. Titles include "Dreams", "Life Of the Party", "Time To Jam", "Back Seat Kind Of Girl", "In The World Of Fantasy", and "Cafe Francois". CD
Also available I Really Want You ... CD 15.99