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Masaru ImadaPoppy (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy Gatefold .... $28.99
Really lovely piano work from Masaru Imada – a player who's a bit gentler than some of his Japanese contemporaries of the early 70s, but who also works with this wonderfully lyrical tone! Imada does a great job of balancing a sense of flow with a punctuated approach to the keys – never overdone, and often with this spacious sensibility – but more pointed than a Bill Evans style as well. The first half of the album is solo material, and the second features a trio – bass is by Isoo Fukui and drums are by Mashiko Ozu – both players who step into Imada's world in a way that's subtle, but extremely effective. Titles include "Poppy", "Sea Weeds", "Ascent", "Left Alone", and "When Sunny Gets Blue". CD
(Blu-spec CD.)
 
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Aaron LightmanAaron Lightman (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Poppy/Wah Wah (Spain), 1969. New Copy (reissue).... $28.99
A straight up gorgeous lost album of pastoral psych folk from Aaron Lightman – and an odd, but pretty beautiful blend of troubadour style songs that are all deeply fleshed out in soaring instrumental interludes! These passages pillow Aaron's airy guitar and voice tunes within or around some pretty soaring strings that lend a quality that's somehow disjointed and calming at the same time. They often get quite orchestral, but Aaron's decisively earthy songcraft somehow grounds all of this grandeur quite beautifully! Titles include "Out Of The Morning", "They Call Me Traveler", "On Monday Me", "Little Girl", "Now Is The Time" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Mandrake MemorialPuzzle ... LP
Poppy, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue).... $11.99
Way more than just the standard psych album of the time – and instead a richly-orchestrated album with sounds as complicated as the MC Escher cover image! Ron Frangipane and Brooks Arthur both helped out in the studio – and the set's got a clarity of vision that's way different than just another fuzzy-headed concept album – a heady brew of the group's core sounds augmented in really spaced-out, stretched-out ways – almost similar to the work that David Axlerod did with the Electric Prunes, but a bit trippier too. Titles include "Tadpole", "Earthfriend", "Volcano", "Whisper Play", and "Puzzle". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Louis & Bebe BarronForbidden Planet – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Poppy Disc (UK), 1956. New Copy (reissue).... Out Of Stock
Classic early electronic work from Louis & Bebe Barron – and the score to one of the best 50s space thrillers! This LP does a nice job of bringing the material out again – and although the sound quality isn't totally perfect, the spookiness of the music more than makes up for that. Titles include "Flurry of Dust", "The Landing", "Invisible Monster Approaches", and "Ancient Krell Music". 23 tracks in all – and lots of weird wonderful numbers! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Townes Van ZandtLate Great Townes Van Zandt ... CD
Poppy/Omnivore, 1972. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
One of the best ever records by Townes Van Zandt – cut during his early 70s studio peak – and contrary to the title, a good 25 years before he passed away! He's again working with producer Jack Clement, but this record pares down the slicker and bigger production touches that seemed out of place on the earlier Clement-produced Our Mother The Mountain – with every single sound in service of the song. Towne's voice was never better than it is here and it includes some of his most enduring songs. Those include "Poncho & Lefty", "If I Needed You" and "Fraulein" – each as eternal as anything Townes would ever write or record – but everything here is excellent. Other tracks include "No Lonesome Tune", "Sad Cinderella", "Don't Let The Sunshine Fool You", his great and faithful cover of Hank Williams' "Honky Tonkin'" , "If I Needed You", "Heavenly Houseboat Blues" and more. CD
 
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Amuzement Park BandAll Points Bulletin ... LP
Atlantic, 1984. Near Mint- .... $3.99
The major label debut of Amuzement Park – almost more obscure than the indie set that preceded it, and kind of in a different mode altogether! There's still a boogie groove to most of the set, but the group are also funking things up a bit more – possibly following a Minneapolis influence, and bringing some new wave basslines and sharper-edged keyboards into the tunes. Tracks are catchy, and often a bit poppy – and titles include "Gotta Dance", "Music Makers", "This Love", "APB", "Didn't You Know", and "Squeeze Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the original inner sleeve.)

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Gato BarbieriFenix ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy .... $11.99
One of Gato's best! The record's neither too out, nor too poppy – and it has Barbieri playing with that incredible raspy tone – and working over modal grooves laid down by a hip group that includes Lonnie Liston Smith on acoustic and electric pianos, Ron Carter on bass, Lennie White on drums, and additional percussion on most tracks. The cuts have a Latin finish to them, but they've also got a strongly pronounced soul jazz vibe – something that's missing from lots of Gato's other work, and which feels a lot here like some of Pharoah Sander's best work for Impulse! Titles include "Tupac Amaru", "Bahia", "Falsa Bahiana", "El Dia Que Me Quieras", "El Arriero" and "Carnavalito". CD

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BasiaTime & Tide (2CD deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Cherry Pop (UK), 1987. New Copy .... $14.99
Seminal work from the lovely Basia – and an album that's a wonderful hybrid of jazz, soul, and pop – all put together at a level that really goes beyond most of her contemporaries! There's a vibe here that's almost like Swing Out Sister at their best – catchy, but never cloying – and done in an 80s style that refers strongly back to 60s and 70s styles, yet still keeps things quite contemporary overall. And although most of the tunes are pretty poppy, they're also pretty great, and really hold up over the years – thanks to slight undercurrents of jazzy instrumentation, of the sort you'd get from Brit artists like Working Week or Sade. Titles include "Promises", "From Now On", "Freeze Thaw", "How Dare You", "Astrud", and "Miles Away". 2CD version is amazing – and features 5 bonus instrumental tracks, plus 8 more remix tracks, and 5 more single versions, and the non-album track "Give Me That". 30 titles in all! CD

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Beady BelleCricklewood Broadway ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy .... $18.99
Stunning sounds from Beady Belle – one of the greatest albums we've heard from the group in years – and that's saying a heck of a lot! Beady Belle are as soulful as ever, but also have a new sort of crackle too – a bit more clavinet mixed in with their Fender Rhodes, and this cool moogy way of laying down a groove that at times is almost a 21st Century version of Shuggie Otis during his Inspiration Information years! The lovely vocals of Beate Lech still keep a great degree of humanity in the music – with these beautifully personal lyrics that have always made the group one of the warmest of all their contemporaries on the Scandia scene – sung this time with a maturity that could well get these guys the much-needed audience they've always deserved on this side of the Atlantic. A gem through and through – with titles that include "Saved", "Party Pooper", "Song For Irie", "Faith", "Circlet", "So Far So Good", "My Name On The World", and "Poppy Burt-Jones". CD

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Laura BraniganSelf Control (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Gold Legion, 1984. New Copy .... $13.99 14.99
Laura Branigan gets some help here on arrangements from Harold Faltermeyer – who makes things a bit funkier than you might expect – although still very much in the kind of poppy style he used famously on some big 80s soundtracks! The mode works well for Laura – whose approach is always on the soulful side of pop, but still filled here with all the sense of drama that made Branigan huge on the charts at the time. Titles include "Heart", "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow", "The Lucky One", "Self Control", and "Satisfaction". Titles include "The Lucky One (John Robie mix)", "The Lucky One (Jack White mix)", "Self Control (12" version)", and "Satisfaction (special dance mix)". CD

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CherrelleFragile ... CD
Tabu/Right Stuff, 1984. Used .... $14.99
Nothing Fragile here – as Cherrelle comes across with plenty of power on this debut LP – thanks to sharp production from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on some of the best cuts, and an overall groove that's right on the best side of early 80s soul! The Jam/Lewis tracks are heavy on keyboards and beats – but still have a nicely early, un-commercial sort of sound overall – never too poppy, and more in an indie soul club sort of groove. Other production is by Michael Everitt Dunlap and Isaac Suthers – who bring in some slightly softer sounds that show off Cherrelle's more sensitive ballad side. Titles include the hit "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" – plus "When You Look In My Eyes", "I Need You Now", "Who's It Gonna Be", "Like I Will", "Fragile Handle With Care", and "Stay With Me". CD
(Out of print.)
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Fragile (with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99
Fragile (180 gram pressing) ... LP 13.99
Fragile (Japanese pressing with bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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CherrelleFragile (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Tabu (UK), 1984. New Copy (reissue).... $13.99
Nothing Fragile here – as Cherrelle comes across with plenty of power on this debut LP – thanks to sharp production from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on some of the best cuts, and an overall groove that's right on the best side of early 80s soul! The Jam/Lewis tracks are heavy on keyboards and beats – but still have a nicely early, un-commercial sort of sound overall – never too poppy, and more in an indie soul club sort of groove. Other production is by Michael Everitt Dunlap and Isaac Suthers – who bring in some slightly softer sounds that show off Cherrelle's more sensitive ballad side. Titles include the hit "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" – plus "When You Look In My Eyes", "I Need You Now", "Who's It Gonna Be", "Like I Will", "Fragile Handle With Care", and "Stay With Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with bonus download card – but only works for non-North American customers.)
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Fragile ... CD 14.99
Fragile (with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99
Fragile (Japanese pressing with bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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CherrelleFragile (Japanese pressing with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1984. Used .... $6.99
Nothing Fragile here – as Cherrelle comes across with plenty of power on this debut LP – thanks to sharp production from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on some of the best cuts, and an overall groove that's right on the best side of early 80s soul! The Jam/Lewis tracks are heavy on keyboards and beats – but still have a nicely early, un-commercial sort of sound overall – never too poppy, and more in an indie soul club sort of groove. Other production is by Michael Everitt Dunlap and Isaac Suthers – who bring in some slightly softer sounds that show off Cherrelle's more sensitive ballad side. Titles include the hit "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" – plus "When You Look In My Eyes", "I Need You Now", "Who's It Gonna Be", "Like I Will", "Fragile Handle With Care", and "Stay With Me". Bonus tracks include "Like I Will (Tokyo mix)", "Fragile Handle With Care" (long), "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On (edit)", "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On (special rmx)", and "When You Look In My Eyes (special version)". CD
(Includes obi.)
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Fragile ... CD 14.99
Fragile (with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99
Fragile (180 gram pressing) ... LP 13.99

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CherrelleFragile (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1984. New Copy .... $12.99
Nothing Fragile here – as Cherrelle comes across with plenty of power on this debut LP – thanks to sharp production from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on some of the best cuts, and an overall groove that's right on the best side of early 80s soul! The Jam/Lewis tracks are heavy on keyboards and beats – but still have a nicely early, un-commercial sort of sound overall – never too poppy, and more in an indie soul club sort of groove. Other production is by Michael Everitt Dunlap and Isaac Suthers – who bring in some slightly softer sounds that show off Cherrelle's more sensitive ballad side. Titles include the hit "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" – plus "When You Look In My Eyes", "I Need You Now", "Who's It Gonna Be", "Like I Will", "Fragile Handle With Care", and "Stay With Me". Great reissue – with a book-like cover, lots of notes, and bonus tracks that include "Like I Will (Tokyo mix)", "Fragile Handle With Care", "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On (edit)", "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On (special rmx)", and "When You Look In My Eyes (special version)". CD
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Fragile ... CD 14.99
Fragile (180 gram pressing) ... LP 13.99
Fragile (Japanese pressing with bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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Miles DavisYou're Under Arrest (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1984. Used Gatefold .... $13.99
Sweeter studio Miles Davis from the 80s – a record that takes the 70s electric experiments and fuses them into a sound that's got a lot more R&B influence than before! The style is a bit poppy at times, but never in a way that's too slick – and often, Davis is using his muted trumpet to state lines boldly in ways that still have a greater sense of depth and craft than most of his contemporaries. A few tracks show some of the gritty New York rock/funk trend of the time, while others are lighter and more lyrical – and titles include covers of "Time After Time" and "Human Nature" – Miles' attempt to find standards in contemporary pop – plus the tracks "Katia", "You're Under Arrest", "Ms Morrisine", and "One Phone Call/Street Scenes". CD
(Out of print.)

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Patty DukeDon't Just Stand There/Patty (with bonus tracks) ... CD
United Artists/Real Gone, 1965. New Copy .... $15.99 16.98
A pair of solo albums from actress Patty Duke – back to back on a single CD! Don't Just Stand There is surprisingly sweet pop from kid actress Patty – a set cut at a time when the right sort of studio backdrops could make just about any sort of voice into a hit record! The main maestro here is Arnold Goland – whose talents for a warm melody and jaunty rhythm really help Patty emerge as a singer without doing that much on her own – just serving up poppy lyrics with the same undercurrent of darkness you'd find in her screen appearances in film and TV – almost an eerie sense of loneliness, and a longing for the John Astin to come in her life! Titles include "Say Something Funny", "The End Of The World", "Don't Just Stand There", "Downtown", and "Why Don't They Understand". Patty is a record that reunites Duke with arranger Arnold Goland – whose pop talents in the studio work the same kind of magic with the singer that you'd find in some of the more impressive Brit female pop records of the time! Titles are a mix of different modes, all brought together nicely in the arrangements – and tunes include "The World Is Watching Us", "One Kiss Away", "Sure Gonna Miss Him", "Nothing But You", "Little Things Mean A Lot", and "Whenever She Holds You". CD also features two great tunes from the Billie film – "Funny Little Butterflies" and "Lonely Little In Between". CD

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Patty DukePatty Duke Sings Songs From Valley Of The Dolls/Sings Folk Songs (with bonus track) ... CD
United Artists/Real Gone, 1967/1968. New Copy .... $11.99 16.98
A pair of Patty Duke albums from the late 60s – one of them previously unreleased! First up is Patty Duke Sings Songs From Valley Of The Dolls – a record that definitely draws on the drama of her Neely O'Hara role in the film of the same name – with tunes that have a bit more of an emotive punch than Duke used in previous years. These emotions are sometimes a bit overblown, but that's part of the appeal – as with her work in the film – and arrangements are by Arnold Goland and Hutch Davie – on titles that include "Come Live With Me", "Give A Little More", "Valley Of The Dolls", "I'll Plant My Own Tree", and "Learn To Live With Your Heartache". The second half of the album features the previously unreleased Patty Duke Sings Folk Songs/Time To Move On – an unusual record that has Duke taking on some of the crossover folk sounds of the 60s – but still in a way that's very much in her usual poppy bag. Ernie Sheldon produced, and also wrote a good number of tracks too – originals mixed in with more familiar and traditional titles that come off surprisingly well – thanks partly to the gentler folksy format, which never strains Patty's vocals too much. Titles include "The Housewife's Lament", "Colors", "The Cruel War", "The Best Is Yet To Come", "Time To Move On", and "And We Were Strangers". Also features the unreleased single "I Want Your Love". CD

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EuphoriaEuphoria ... CD
Heritage/Beatball (Korea), 1969. New Copy .... $18.99
Sweet sunshiney wonderfulness from an incredibly groovy group – a quartet of voices who are equally trained in folk and harmony modes, but who move into some even hipper territory on this record! The album was arranged by Joe Renzetti and produced by Jerry Ross – and it's got a nicely balanced approach that's poppy, but never too much so – that great part of the post-folk generation that's come to be known as Sunshine Pop, and which is rarely presented with such perfection as on a set like this! Roger and Wendy Penney were the lead vocalists – and instrumentation includes electric autoharp and keyboards from Roger, plus bass from Wendy. Backings are often light and breezy – a perfect fit for the vocals – and titles include "Sun & Shadow", "What A Day", "There Is Now", "Ride The Magic Carpet", "Sleep", "Calm Down", "Walkin Thru The City", and "Tucscon". CD

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Paul EvansFolk Songs Of Many Lands/21 Years In A Tennessee Jail (with bonus track) ... CD
Carlton/Ace (UK), 1961/1964. New Copy .... $13.99
A pair of 60s folk albums from Paul Evans – back to back on a single CD! Folk Songs Of Many Lands is a record that lives up to its title, given that material is from a variety of global sources – but the delivery is definitely American – and particularly that folk revival mode of the early 60s – done by Evans with a style that's never too poppy, and which has a nice sense of sincerity in his phrasing of the lyrics. Instrumentation is mostly acoustic guitar, and titles include "Mister Hangman", "Tzena Tzena", "Wee Cooper O Fife", "Buckeye Jim", "Passing Through", and "Poor Boy". Another Town Another Jail is a great early set in the outlaw mode – a record that has Paul Evans moving from folk a bit more into country – with backings that definitely echo that feel! Given Paul's clean cut look at the time, it's hard to imagine that he did any time in stir – but his vocal presentation definitely matches that of his prison-sensitive contemporaries. Titles include "I Got Stripes", "Allentown Jail", "Ninety Nine Years", "Another Town Another Jail", and "John Hardy". CD features the bonus track "Midnite Special". CD

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Richard Dimples FieldsGive Everybody Some ... LP
Boardwalk, 1982. Near Mint- .... $0.49
Sweet mainstream grooving from Richard Dimples Fields – the 70s indie artist who really struck big with these early 80s albums for Boardwalk! The style here is a mix of mellow soul and more upbeat numbers – very much the kind of blend that Fields' served up best back on his own label in the 70s, but which is re-presented here with a more professional, more contemporary soul vibe. There's a sweetness to Richard's vocals that's quite different than most of his contemporaries – an earnestness that makes even the most poppy numbers sound pretty great – and which almost sound better here than they did in the old days. Titles include "Don't Ever Stop Chasing Your Dreams", "Butter", "People Treat You Funky", "You Shouldn't Have Made It So Good", "You Send Me", and a nice version of "Moody's Mood For Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Five StarShine (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Cherry Pop (UK), 1991. Used .... $8.99
Sweet poppy soul from Five Star – moving strongly here on a set that's got lots of early 90s new jack elements – including a fair bit of beats that really work well with the group's trading of male and female vocals! Things are plenty catchy throughout – not the deepest soul you might ever listen to, but the kind of work that definitely shines brighter than most in the mainstream R&B world at the time. Titles include "Come To Me", "Shine", "Love Can't Wait", "Right Over", "The Start Of Forever", "Sentimental", "Save A Place", and "The Love You Bring To Me". CD features 6 bonus tracks – all different mixes of "Shine"! CD

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Taana GardnerTaana Gardner (with bonus Kenton Nix CD) ... CD
West End/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy 2 CDs .... $24.99
The only full length album cut by singer Taana Gardner – quite a surprise, given how much impact she had on the clubs with her 12" singles at the start of the 80s! The album's got Gardner as a much richer singer than you might expect – able to lay back on a mellow track as well as step out on a groover – always with that higher range of vocals that really made her a standout at the time, but in ways that are never gimmicky or poppy at all. And in fact, there's a lot more depth to the record than you'd guess from the dated exercise cover image – a classic soul approach that's also quite a surprise for the mostly disco West End label too. Tracks are all nice and long – and backings are by Sunship, with Bernard Wright on Fender Rhodes. Titles include "Work That Body", "We Got To Work It Out", "When You Touch Me", "Paradise Express", and "Just Be A Friend". CD features five bonus tracks – "Heartbeat (12" club)", "Heartbeat (12" party)", "No Frills (12" Larry Levan club)", "No Frills (12" party)", and "Work That Body (orig 12" mix)". Also then features a whole bonus CD – Kenton Nix's West End Works – with titles that include "There's Never Been No One Like You (orig 12")" by Kenix with Bobby Youngblood, "Heartbeat Rap" by Sweet G, "Rap Your Heart Out" by Sweet G, "Serious Sirius Space Party (12" club)" by Ednah Holt, "Chillin Out (12" voc)" by Inez Brooks, "No Sense (orig 12") by D'Bora, "That's The Word (unreleased 12")" by Taana Gardner, and more mixes of these tracks too. CD
Also available Taana Gardner (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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New Taana GardnerTaana Gardner (with bonus tracks) ... CD
West End/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy .... $14.99
The only full length album cut by singer Taana Gardner – quite a surprise, given how much impact she had on the clubs with her 12" singles at the start of the 80s! The album's got Gardner as a much richer singer than you might expect – able to lay back on a mellow track as well as step out on a groover – always with that higher range of vocals that really made her a standout at the time, but in ways that are never gimmicky or poppy at all. And in fact, there's a lot more depth to the record than you'd guess from the dated exercise cover image – a classic soul approach that's also quite a surprise for the mostly disco West End label too. Tracks are all nice and long – and backings are by Sunship, with Bernard Wright on Fender Rhodes. Titles include "Work That Body", "We Got To Work It Out", "When You Touch Me", "Paradise Express", and "Just Be A Friend". CD features the previously unreleased "That's The Word (12" club)", plus "Heartbeat (12" club)", "Heartbeat (12" party)", "No Frills (12" club)", and "No Frills (12" party)". CD
Also available Taana Gardner (with bonus Kenton Nix CD) ... CD 24.99

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David GrantDavid Grant (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Chrysalis/Big Break (UK), 1983. Used .... $4.99
Sweetly grooving early 80s UK soul from David Grant – his first solo album after the breakup of Linx – and it's a nice one! There's a leaner pop soul sound at play here, one that would have sounded right at home on the US charts of the time – but it's never too poppy – and always with David's genuinely soulful voice out front. The songs are of pretty solid, with some uptempo numbers and some more ballad-y tunes – the latter of which are really nice! Includes "Rock The Midnight", "Love Will Find A Way", "Stop And Go", "Organize", "Watching You, Watching Me", Holding On", "In The Flow Of Love", "Wrap Yourself Around Me" and more. This Big Break CD edition has a healthy batch of bonus tracks and alternate versions – 9 in all: "Stop And Go (12" Master Mix)", "Love Will Find A Way (Single Version)", "Kiss Away The Blues", "Klik Trax", :Rick The Midnight (Single Version)" and more. CD

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KrystolPassion From A Woman (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1986. New Copy .... $13.99
Poppy passion from Krystol – a sweet 80s trio with a definite way with a hook! The set's got a well-balanced mainstream sound – one that helps the vocals find a fullness right away, either on the leads or harmonies – both woven together over the top of the tight, beat-heavy grooves! At points, there's almost a retro vibe – as if an older girl trio mode's being revived for a new 80s scene – but with a definite contemporary spin. There's a decidedly commercial appeal to the sound – but Krystol were also never too overplayed back in the day, which makes the album a nice discovery – and a great surprise when you start digging through all the potential singles on the set. Tracks include "Love Attack", "Passion From A Woman", "He's So Jive", "Baby Make Up Your Mind", "Scared Single", and "Precious Precious". CD features bonus tracks too – "Passion From A Woman (ext)", "Passion From A Woman (acapella)", "Passion From A Woman (radio)", "Passion From A Woman (dub)", "Passion From A Woman (7" version)", and "Precious Precious (7" version)". CD

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Mathematiques ModernesLes Visiteurs Du Soir (180 gram pressing on grey colored vinyl) ... LP
Medical, 1981. New Copy (reissue).... $19.99
Electronic sounds, but pretty darn catchy too – and not nearly as dark as you might guess from the title! The duo have a sound that's wonderfully perky at points – not poppy, but all-abristle with some cool analogue elements that crackle nicely next to the catchy vocals, and sweetly snapping beats – a quality that partly echoes some of the bigger names of the French scene of the time, but which also reflects more of the great evolution going on in the British electronic world as well. Titles include "Jungle Hurt", "TV Night", "Paris Tokyo", "Disco Rough", "Boy Be My Toy", and "Responds-Moi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited numbered edition of 1000 copies – on grey vinyl too!)

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Giorgio MoroderSon Of My Father (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dunhill/Repertoire (Germany), 1972. New Copy .... $18.99 23.99
Excellent early work from Giorgio Moroder – recorded in the pre-disco years, with a trippy rock style that mixes electronics and some surprisingly soulful guitar work! The overall style is almost a prog take on the beat group sound with some poppy touches – a cool blend that was shared briefly by other European groups of the time, before they stretched out and got a bit more trippy. The album's got some nice moogy touches, tight drums by Keith Forsey, and even a bit of keyboards from Max Gregor Jr. Most tracks have vocals, but also kick off with a strong foot instrumentally – making for some great rock break moments that are worth the album alone, even though the full songs are pretty nice too! Titles include the epic "Tears", "Lord Release Me", "Watch Your Step", "Pauline", "Son Of My Father", "Automation", "London Traffic", "Spanish Disaster", and "Underdog". CD features lots of bonus tracks too – including "Today's A Tomorrow", "Everybody Join Hands", "I'm Free Now", "Non Ci Sto", "Take It Shake It Break My Heart", and "Underdog (mono)". CD

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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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Sheryl Lee RalphIn The Evening (with bonus tracks) ... CD
New York Music Company/Hot Shot (UK), 1984. New Copy .... $14.99
Catchy crossover soul from Sheryl Lee Ralph – a singer who'd graced the same Dreamgirls stage as part of the original trio with Jennifer Holliday – stepping out on her own in this debut solo set! The record features production and arrangements from Trevor Lawrence, who'd worked previously with The Pointer Sisters – and who gives Sheryl a jaunty sort of groove on most numbers here – a mode that lets her strong vocals really soar, while still hanging onto some poppy rhythms that are aimed right at the charts. Most instrumentation is electric, with lots of keyboard lines stepping alongside the rhythms – and titles include "In The Evening", "You're So Romantic", "I'm Your Kind Of Girl", "I'm So Glad That We Met", and "Ready Or Not". CD features bonus tracks – "In The Evening (12" version)", "You're So Romantic (12" version)", "In The Evening (beat box 12")", "You're So Romantic (beat box 12")", and "In The Evening (inst)". CD

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Rene & AngelaRise ... LP
Capitol, 1983. Very Good+ .... $3.99
Hard to go wrong with Rene & Angela at this point in their career – as they're super tight, always upbeat, and plenty darn soulful – no matter what the groove! The album's a perfect example of 80s groove at its best – a reworking of mainstream soul modes with a slight modern dancefloor touch – still never disco cliches, nor some of the too-poppy modes used by some of their contemporaries – and a blend that's always right on the money for the vocals of Angela Winbush to shine! Titles include the groover "Can't Give You Up", the mellow number "My First Love", and the cuts "Take Me To The Limit", "When It Comes To Love", "Bangin The Boogie", "Rise", and "Keep Runnin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Spine has a spot of tape residue.)

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New Serious Lee FineNothing Can Stop Us ... LP
Arista/Rush, 1989. Near Mint- .... $6.99
Equal parts soul and hip hop – and a record that might be more New Jack than anything else, if it wasn't for production by Davy D and Jam Master Jay! The vocals are a bit poppy and silly at times, but the overall groove isn't that bad, especially considering other efforts like this of the time – and there's a depth to some of the backings that are a welcome change from some of the more bombastic beats used on other soul/hip hop crossover albums. Titles include "Nothing Can Stop Us", "We Can Do Better", "The Big Dis", "Bust The Beat", "Deep", "Everything's Real Everything's Fun Everything's Life", "Serious-Lude", "Sweat", and "Boom Bang Em". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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ShannonDo You Wanna Get Away ... LP
Mirage/Atco, 1985. Near Mint- .... $1.99
A set of tinny, poppy dancefloor grooves from Shannon – very much in the spirit of her earlier hits for Mirage, and handled with a strange sort of charm that we're hard pressed to define ourselves! There's certainly plenty of cheesy elements going on – from overwrought guitars to overused keys – but Shannon's vocals somehow make them come off with a nice degree of sweetness. Titles include "Stop The Noise", "Stronger Together", "Urgent", "Why Can't We Pretend", "Bedroom Eyes", and "Doin What You're Doin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Spine has a spot of tape & a small rip. Back cover has a promo stamp.)

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Kenny WesleyReal Thing ... CD
Wright Brothers, 2013. New Copy .... $9.99
The first full album we've heard from Kenny Wesley – a singer with a heck of a great vocal range, and a strong sense of personality too! The album's got a depth that goes way past the goofy image on the cover – as Wesley brings a jazz vocal sense of range to his singing, but mixes things with a heavier funk approach too – some bassy bits and tight drums that keep the tunes tight and snapping, but never in a way that's poppy or commercial. Instead, the whole thing bristles with freshness – just the right sort of album to announce Kenny as a bold newcomer, with a vibe that's all his own. Titles include "The Real Thing", "Taffy", "Feels Good", "The Window", "Closer", "Woman", "Tangled", "Sophisticated", and "Missin You". CD

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YelloFlag ... LP
Mercury, 1988. Near Mint- .... $9.99
One of the most dramatically poppy albums from Yello – a set that takes their older electric groove and infuses it with a bit more theatrics and dancefloor-styled rhythms! Flag's really the record that probably sums up the mainstream vision of Yello the best – that image of mustachioed Europeans acting goofy in cleverly cartoony music videos, while referencing an imagined nostalgia in definite 80s trappings, and avoiding any real direct attempt at songwriting. Yet amidst the showiness and oddball characters, the core Yello sound is still at the bottom of the mix – lost a bit, to be sure, but still more compelling and longer-lasting than much other electric pop spawned by their generation. Titles include "Tied Up In Red", "Blazing Saddles", "The Race", "Otto Di Cantania", "Tied Up", and "3rd Of June". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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VariousZang Tuum Tumb – The Organization Of Pop – Music From The First 30 Years Of ZTT Records ... CD
ZTT, 1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 2 CDs .... $14.99
A selection of work from the legendary ZTT – a label that gave the world plenty of groundbreaking music in the early 80s – thanks to the studio genius of Trevor Horn! ZTT sprung up in the wake of Horn's famous work with Yes and The Buggles – and allowed his talents to really flourish on a host of new acts like The Art Of Noise, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Propaganda – plus a whole batch of bigger names that would end up in the ZTT fold in the years to come. The set really showcases the chunky, brash, arty approach that the label brought to its music – served up in chapters that offer both the organization and disorganization of pop. Titles include "Relax (New York mix)" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, "Slave To The Rhythm" by Grace Jones, "Moments In Love (beaten)" by Art Of Noise, "Piccadilly Circus" by Adamski's Thing, "Cubik (Pan American excursion)" by 808 State, "Sorry For Laughing (unapologetic 12" mix)" by Propaganda, "If Only I Knew (cold stop version)" by Tom Jones, "I Am A Camera (12" mix)" by The Buggles, "Metaforce" by Art Of Noise with Rakim, "The Moment" by Lisa Stansfield, "Kink Konk Adagio" by Andrew Poppy, and "Say It To Me Now" by The Frames. CD

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Funk DeluxeFunk Deluxe ... LP
Salsoul, 1984. Very Good- .... Just Sold Out!
A sweet 80s project from the legendary Randy Muller – a set that's a bit heavier on the beats and keyboards than his previous horn-heavy efforts – but which still has more than enough of a groove to earn the "funk" in the title! The style here is almost a take off from later Skyy modes – catchy club with a slightly poppy undertone – vocals from a variety of singers, wrapped nicely over core rhythms arranged and produced by Muller. There's some nice riffing guitar on most numbers too – creating almost a Chic-like funk feel at times – and titles include "Dance It Off", "Tender Lovin", "This Time", "Partime Lover", "Friends", "She's What I Need", and "Take It To The Top". LP, Vinyl record album
(PLEASE NOTE: Cover has moisture staining and heavy wrinkling on the bottom half, with a split bottom seam)

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New Michael JacksonThriller ... LP
Epic, 1982. Near Mint- Gatefold .... Just Sold Out!
Arguably the last true moment of genius in Michael Jackson's career – a record that sold a bazillion copies around the world – and for plenty good reason! Michael's still working here with Quincy Jones – in territory that steps nicely from the Off The Wall groove, into territory that's somewhat more poppy, but still quite soulful overall. And yes, the success of the album meant that cuts like "Billie Jean", "Thriller", and "Beat It" got plenty of play – thanks to both heavy radio and video rotation – but a few decades later, there's still a tremendous amount of depth here – on great cuts like "Human Nature", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin", and "PYT" – which all hold up nicely! LP, Vinyl record album
(Including the printed inner sleeve.)

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Rockie RobbinsI Believe In Love ... LP
A&M, 1981. Very Good+ .... Just Sold Out!
One of the strongest albums by Rockie Robbins – and they're all pretty darn great – thanks to some sweet production and arrangements from the team of Skip Scarborough and Jerry Peters! Skip and Jerry bring a nice sense of smoothness to Rockie's Chicago-forged sound – expanding his sound with fuller arrangements than before, and creating a style here that's tight and professional, yet never slick or poppy. Titles include "Time To Think", "I Believe In Love", "My Old Friend", "Look Before You Leap", "Give Our Love A Chance", "An Act Of Love", "I'll Turn To You", "For You For Love", and "Talk To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has some waviness.)

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New Gato BarbieriFenix ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1971. Used Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Gato's best! The record's neither too out, nor too poppy – and it has Barbieri playing with that incredible raspy tone – and working over modal grooves laid down by a hip group that includes Lonnie Liston Smith on acoustic and electric pianos, Ron Carter on bass, Lennie White on drums, and additional percussion on most tracks. The cuts have a Latin finish to them, but they've also got a strongly pronounced soul jazz vibe – something that's missing from lots of Gato's other work, and which feels a lot here like some of Pharoah Sander's best work for Impulse! Titles include "Tupac Amaru", "Bahia", "Falsa Bahiana", "El Dia Que Me Quieras", "El Arriero" and "Carnavalito". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a spot of price sticker residue.)

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New Beady BelleCricklewood Broadway ... LP
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stunning sounds from Beady Belle – one of the greatest albums we've heard from the group in years – and that's saying a heck of a lot! Beady Belle are as soulful as ever, but also have a new sort of crackle too – a bit more clavinet mixed in with their Fender Rhodes, and this cool moogy way of laying down a groove that at times is almost a 21st Century version of Shuggie Otis during his Inspiration Information years! The lovely vocals of Beate Lech still keep a great degree of humanity in the music – with these beautifully personal lyrics that have always made the group one of the warmest of all their contemporaries on the Scandia scene – sung this time with a maturity that could well get these guys the much-needed audience they've always deserved on this side of the Atlantic. A gem through and through – with titles that include "Saved", "Party Pooper", "Song For Irie", "Faith", "Circlet", "So Far So Good", "My Name On The World", and "Poppy Burt-Jones". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Cricklewood Broadway ... CD 18.99

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New Five StarSilk & Steel ... LP
RCA, 1986. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The bright-eyed, good natured pop soul of UK brothers & sisters group Five Star matures nicely on Silk & Steel – a set that's grooving with more grown up vibes than the first one, but still carrying on the sound for the most part. Nice, poppy synth soul and sweet lead and group backing vocals, plus a slow jam or 2. Titles include "Can't Wait Another Minute", "Find The Time", "Rain Or Shine", "If I Say Yes", "The Slightest Touch", "Don't You Know I Love It?" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Taana GardnerTaana Gardner (with bonus Kenton Nix CD) ... CD
West End/Octave (Japan), 1979. Used 2CD .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The only full length album cut by singer Taana Gardner – quite a surprise, given how much impact she had on the clubs with her 12" singles at the start of the 80s! The album's got Gardner as a much richer singer than you might expect – able to lay back on a mellow track as well as step out on a groover – always with that higher range of vocals that really made her a standout at the time, but in ways that are never gimmicky or poppy at all. And in fact, there's a lot more depth to the record than you'd guess from the dated exercise cover image – a classic soul approach that's also quite a surprise for the mostly disco West End label too. Tracks are all nice and long – and backings are by Sunship, with Bernard Wright on Fender Rhodes. Titles include "Work That Body", "We Got To Work It Out", "When You Touch Me", "Paradise Express", and "Just Be A Friend". CD features five bonus tracks – "Heartbeat (12" club)", "Heartbeat (12" party)", "No Frills (12" Larry Levan club)", "No Frills (12" party)", and "Work That Body (orig 12" mix)". Also then features a whole bonus CD – Kenton Nix's West End Works – with titles that include "There's Never Been No One Like You (orig 12")" by Kenix with Bobby Youngblood, "Heartbeat Rap" by Sweet G, "Rap Your Heart Out" by Sweet G, "Serious Sirius Space Party (12" club)" by Ednah Holt, "Chillin Out (12" voc)" by Inez Brooks, "No Sense (orig 12") by D'Bora, "That's The Word (unreleased 12")" by Taana Gardner, and more mixes of these tracks too. CD
(Includes obi.)
Also available
Taana Gardner (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99
Taana Gardner (with bonus Kenton Nix CD) ... CD 24.99

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New Taana GardnerTaana Gardner (with bonus tracks) ... CD
West End/Big Break (UK), 1979. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The only full length album cut by singer Taana Gardner – quite a surprise, given how much impact she had on the clubs with her 12" singles at the start of the 80s! The album's got Gardner as a much richer singer than you might expect – able to lay back on a mellow track as well as step out on a groover – always with that higher range of vocals that really made her a standout at the time, but in ways that are never gimmicky or poppy at all. And in fact, there's a lot more depth to the record than you'd guess from the dated exercise cover image – a classic soul approach that's also quite a surprise for the mostly disco West End label too. Tracks are all nice and long – and backings are by Sunship, with Bernard Wright on Fender Rhodes. Titles include "Work That Body", "We Got To Work It Out", "When You Touch Me", "Paradise Express", and "Just Be A Friend". CD features the previously unreleased "That's The Word (12" club)", plus "Heartbeat (12" club)", "Heartbeat (12" party)", "No Frills (12" club)", and "No Frills (12" party)". CD
Also available
Taana Gardner (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99
Taana Gardner (with bonus Kenton Nix CD) ... CD 24.99

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New Michael JacksonThriller (Special Edition with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic, 1982. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Arguably the last true moment of genius in Michael Jackson's career – a record that sold a bazillion copies around the world – and for plenty good reason! Michael's still working here with Quincy Jones – in territory that steps nicely from the Off The Wall groove, into territory that's somewhat more poppy, but still quite soulful overall. And yes, the success of the album meant that cuts like "Billie Jean", "Thriller", and "Beat It" got plenty of play – thanks to both heavy radio and video rotation – but a few decades later, there's still a tremendous amount of depth here – on great cuts like "Human Nature", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin", and "PYT" – which all hold up nicely! Special edition contains "Someone In The Dark", "Billie Jean (home demo)", "Voice Over Session From Thriller", and "Carousel". CD

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New Teal JoyTed Steele Presents Miss Teal Joy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little album from this overlooked singer – an east coast vocalist from the 50s, working here on one of the few sessions she ever recorded! Teal's got an exotic look on the cover, but the presentation of the music is right up there in the best mainstream jazz modes of the time – and unlike some of the other small combo vocal work on Bethlehem in the 50s, this album has the fuller feel of the sorts of records you might hear on a label like Capitol or Verve at the time. Ted Steele handles the arrangements – and is also credited with discovering Teal in Atlantic City – and the backings are a mix of jazzy flourishes and larger strings – never poppy or overdone. Titles include "Autumn Leaves", "El Cumbanchero", "Deed I Do", "For You My Love", "Who's Sorry Now", "Let's Fall In Love", and "Easy To Remember". CD also features three bonus alternate takes! CD

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New Bob McGrathBob McGrath From Sesame Street ... LP
Affinity, Early 70s. Used Gatefold .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ostensibly a kiddie record, but hipper than you might think – thanks to arrangements by Stuart Scharf, the genius behind some of the Spanky & Our Gang albums of the late 60s. The tracks are dreamy, poppy, and hippy dippy – and Bob must have been a bit of a stoner to come off with some of these lyrics without busting a gut! Titles include "Me", "Sunshine Guitar", "So It Doesn't Whistle", "Groovin On The Sunshine", "Best Friend", "I Can Do It", and "Why Does It Have To Rain On Sunday?" LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed, with a cutout hole.)

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New CherrelleFragile (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1984. Used .... Out Of Stock
Nothing Fragile here – as Cherrelle comes across with plenty of power on this debut LP – thanks to sharp production from Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on some of the best cuts, and an overall groove that's right on the best side of early 80s soul! The Jam/Lewis tracks are heavy on keyboards and beats – but still have a nicely early, un-commercial sort of sound overall – never too poppy, and more in an indie soul club sort of groove. Other production is by Michael Everitt Dunlap and Isaac Suthers – who bring in some slightly softer sounds that show off Cherrelle's more sensitive ballad side. Titles include the hit "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On" – plus "When You Look In My Eyes", "I Need You Now", "Who's It Gonna Be", "Like I Will", "Fragile Handle With Care", and "Stay With Me". Great reissue – with a book-like cover, lots of notes, and bonus tracks that include "Like I Will (Tokyo mix)", "Fragile Handle With Care", "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On (edit)", "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On (special rmx)", and "When You Look In My Eyes (special version)". CD
Also available
Fragile ... CD 14.99
Fragile (with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99
Fragile (180 gram pressing) ... LP 13.99
Fragile (Japanese pressing with bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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New Miles DavisYou're Under Arrest ... LP
Columbia, 1984. Used Gatefold .... Out Of Stock
Sweeter studio Miles Davis from the 80s – a record that takes the 70s electric experiments and fuses them into a sound that's got a lot more R&B influence than before! The style is a bit poppy at times, but never in a way that's too slick – and often, Davis is using his muted trumpet to state lines boldly in ways that still have a greater sense of depth and craft than most of his contemporaries. A few tracks show some of the gritty New York rock/funk trend of the time, while others are lighter and more lyrical – and titles include covers of "Time After Time" and "Human Nature" – Miles' attempt to find standards in contemporary pop – plus the tracks "Katia", "You're Under Arrest", "Ms Morrisine", and "One Phone Call/Street Scenes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, staining, and a stuck gatefold.)
Also available You're Under Arrest (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 13.99

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New DelfonicsLa La Means I Love You ... CD
Buddah, 1968. Used .... Out Of Stock
A landmark album in harmony soul – one of those records that pushed the genre to a whole new level! The Delfonics emerge fully formed here as one of the most compelling groups of their time – a tremendous trio with a really unique approach to soul music – one that's heartfelt and heartbreaking, but never too sweet to be cloying or poppy – definitely just the right groove to keep things hip while also cracking the charts! The album's their first full collaboration with legendary producer Thom Bell – and it's got a sound that's summed up perfectly in the quintessential cut "La La Means I Love You" – and which is followed through beautifully on a batch of tracks that includes "Losing You", "Can You Remember", "You're Gone", "I'm Sorry", and "Break Your Promise". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Al GreenFull Of Fire ... LP
Hi Records, 1976. Used .... Out Of Stock
Hi Records perfection from the mighty Al Green – slightly later than some of his key early hits, but a record that shows Green still taking fire on all burners! Production is by the team of Al and Willie Mitchell – in a mode that's slightly fuller and more updated than before, but still very much that original mode the pair pioneered during Green's first years at Hi – a smooth, rich sound that's never slick, never poppy, and never cloying – and a mode that never falls into disco or pop temptations other singers were trapped in at the time. Backings are by the Memphis Horns and Memphis Strings – with some occasional backup vocals from Rhodes Chalmers & Rhodes or The Duncan Sisters – and titles include "I'd Fly Away", "That's The Way It Is", "Glory Glory", "Always", "Full Of Fire", "Together Again", "Soon As I Get Home", and "Let It Shine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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New Francoise HardyMidnight Blues – Paris/London 1968 to 1972 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Rare English language recordings from the sublime Francoise Hardy – music that's every bit as wonderful as her famous French recordings – and even more compelling to our Anglo-styled ears! The vocals are wonderful – sung with this sense of darkness that's almost got an echo of Nico at points, given the accent – set to backings that balance this darkness with a bit more light, but never in ways that are overly poppy – and which definitely continue that more sophisticated style that Hardy always brought to her music! There's less "yeh yeh" to the tracks than a few years before – and Francoise is definitely digging deeper music at this point in her career – sometimes with a breathy brilliance that's a bit like Jane Birkin too. Titles include "Bown Bown Bown", "Till The Morning Comes", "Loving You", "In The Sky", "Midnight Blues", "Magic Horse", "Song Of Winter", "Strange Shadows", "Ocean", "The Garden Of Jane Delawney", "Sometimes", "Let My Name Be Sorrow", "Times Passing By", "I Just Want To Be Alone", and "Suzanne". CD

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New DelfonicsLa La Means I Love You ... LP
Philly Groove, 1968. New Copy (reissue).... Out Of Stock
A landmark album in harmony soul – one of those records that pushed the genre to a whole new level! The Delfonics emerge fully formed here as one of the most compelling groups of their time – a tremendous trio with a really unique approach to soul music – one that's heartfelt and heartbreaking, but never too sweet to be cloying or poppy – definitely just the right groove to keep things hip while also cracking the charts! The album's their first full collaboration with legendary producer Thom Bell – and it's got a sound that's summed up perfectly in the quintessential cut "La La Means I Love You" – and which is followed through beautifully on a batch of tracks that includes "Losing You", "Can You Remember", "You're Gone", "I'm Sorry", and "Break Your Promise". LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousNighttime Lovers 6 – A Fine Collection Of Disco Funk Classics Of The 80s ... CD
PTG (Netherlands), Early 80s. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Nighttime Lovers are mighty big groovers – thanks to a fantastic selection of rare club cuts from the 80s! As with previous volumes, the cuts here go way past the obvious – no over-reissued singles, nor too-poppy soul songs – just tight-grooving numbers that show that there's plenty still to discover in the 80s soul scene! Instrumentation is heavy on keyboards and beats, but there's lots of warmer elements too – especially the vocals, which are often wrapped around the rhythms in a really seductive way. Titles include "Love Me Like This" by Real 2 Reel, "You Never Had A Love Like Mine" by Naima, "I Want Your Lovin" by Curtis Hairston, "Naughty Times" by Cutty, "Loveline (Frankie Rodriguez extended mix)" by Tavares, "The More They Knock" by Gloria D Brown, "Starting Over" by The Latest, "I Need Your Love" by Joy, "You Put The L In Love" by Alfie Silas, "On The One" by Lukk, and "The Champ" by American Gypsy. CD

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New Debra DejeanDebra Dejean ... LP
Handshake, 1982. Used .... Out Of Stock
Breathy club work from Debra Dejean – an album recorded in Memphis during the early 80s, but with a feel that's more Euro sexy overall! Debra's approach reminds us a bit of some of the French or German disco of the decade before – sung with a soft sort of vocal style that almost comes across as whispering at times – set to rhythms that are mostly electric, and served up amidst simple basslines, beats, and keyboards. Tunes are relatively catchy, almost poppy at times – and titles include "Secret Car", "Under Fire", "Goosebumps", "Time Of The Season", "Waiting For The Right Sign", and "Strange Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Rene & AngelaRise (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Big Break (UK), 1983. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Hard to go wrong with Rene & Angela at this point in their career – as they're super tight, always upbeat, and plenty darn soulful – no matter what the groove! The album's a perfect example of 80s groove at its best – a reworking of mainstream soul modes with a slight modern dancefloor touch – still never disco cliches, nor some of the too-poppy modes used by some of their contemporaries – and a blend that's always right on the money for the vocals of Angela Winbush to shine! Titles include the groover "Can't Give You Up", the mellow number "My First Love", and the cuts "Take Me To The Limit", "When It Comes To Love", "Bangin The Boogie", "Rise", and "Keep Runnin". CD features 6 bonus tracks too – "Bangin The Boogie (single)", "Keep Runnin (single)", "My First Love (single)", "Bangin The Boogie (inst)", "Keep Runnin (12" version)", and "Keep Runnin (dub)". CD
Also available Rise ... LP 3.99
 
 
 



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