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GliereRed Poppy Op 70 (excerpts) – Yuri Fayer/Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra ... LP
Musical Heritage Society, 1980. Near Mint- ... $1.99
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New Masaru ImadaPoppy (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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)... $19.99
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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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 (Brazilian pressing) ... CD
Epic (Brazil), 1987. Used ... $4.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Beats InternationalLet Them Eat Bingo ... CD
Elektra/Collectors Choice, 1990. Used ... $2.99
A big one for Norman Cook – caught here in his post-Housemartins, pre-Fatboy Slim years – working here in a playful blend of beats and samples that really point the way towards his later chart fame to come! The tracks here have a simple elegance that might have sounded dated a few years after release, but which is now finally beginning to win us over again – a really basic use of musical elements to construct a beat-heavy tune – one that's decidedly poppy, given all the hooks and vocals in the album, but which is also kind of refreshing to hear these days, considering all the wrong directions such efforts took in later years! The straightforward Cook remix approach is in full effect here – with one key idea hung on each tune – but it's also an approach that works well when not to much is expected of it, as you'll hear on tracks that include "Dance To The Drummer's Beat", "Dub Be Good To Me", "Burundi Blues", "Blame It On The Bassline", "Tribute To King Tubby", and "Babies Makin Babies". CD

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Beady BelleCricklewood Broadway ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ... $13.99
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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Miquel BrownManpower/Close To Perfection – Disco Recharge ... CD
TSR/Harmless (UK), 1983/1985. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A pair of albums from Miquel Brown – plus lots of bonus tracks too! First up is plenty of Manpower from Miquel Brown– the Canadian club singer who scored big with the classic "So Many Man So Little Time" club cut in the early 80s – then followed it up with this full album of late disco grooves! Brown's vocal approach is in the higher side of the spectrum – and the cuts take off on the style of some of the Canadian disco modes for divas from a few years before – but feature some instrumentation that's a bit more 80s, especially in the keyboards and beats. There's a few older soul touches at times – and the album's produced by Ian Levine and arranged by co-producer Fiachra Trench – usually in a mode that's somewhat poppy and hook-heavy. Titles include "So Many Men So Little Time", "Manpower", "Beeline", "Sunny Day", "He's A Saint He's A Sinner", and "Maybe He Forgot". CD also features "So Many Men So Little Time (hot tracks Rob Kimble rmx)", "Beeline (Mike Mayberry 12" rmx)", and "So Many Men So Little Time (2009 metropolitan soul rmx)". Close To Perfection has Miquel Brown hitting more of an 80s groove than before – but still holding onto a few of her best disco elements – in the hands of the same production team as previous singles, but maybe also trying to reach for more contemporary club modes as well. Titles include "One Hundred Percent", "Learn The Lines Of Love", "White Lace", "The Easy Way Out", "Blind Date", and "Black Leather". CD also features "Black Leather (12" mix)", "Close To Perfection (M&M rmx)", and "Love Reputation (12" ext dance)". CD

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Miles DavisYou're Under Arrest ... CD
Columbia, 1984. Used ... $1.99
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

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EuphoriaEuphoria ... CD
Heritage/Beatball (Korea), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
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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Five StarShine (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Cherry Pop (UK), 1991. Used ... $4.99
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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Funk DeluxeFunk Deluxe (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Unidisc (Canada), 1984. New Copy ... $10.99
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". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Dance It Off (rmx)" and "This Time (12" version)". 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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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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New Michael JacksonThriller ... LP
Epic, 1982. Very Good- Gatefold ... $8.99
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
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some light wear.)

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Teal JoyTed Steele Presents Miss Teal Joy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
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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KrystolPassion From A Woman (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1986. New Copy ... $9.99 13.98
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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Cheryl LynnInstant Love (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1982. Used ... $18.99
Cheryl Lynn and Luther Vandross – a tremendous combination that makes for one heck of a great record! Luther arranged and produced the entire set – and he does a great job here of pushing Cheryl Lynn into more upbeat territory without getting too poppy or schmaltzy! In a way, the record shows traces of some of Luther's best work for other artists (and himself) in the late 70s – an approach to club that's still plenty darn soulful, and which really lets Lynn open up with tremendous vocals. Titles include a famous remake of "If This World Were Mine" – done as a duet with Luther – plus "I Just Wanna Be Your Fantasy", "Instant Love", "Sleep Walkin", "Day After Day", "Look Before You Leap", and "Say You'll Be Mine". Also features a bonus single version of "If This World Were Mine". CD

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Giorgio MoroderSon Of My Father (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dunhill/Repertoire (Germany), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99 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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Serious Lee FineNothing Can Stop Us ... LP
Arista/Rush, 1989. Near Mint- ... $4.99
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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Kenny WesleyReal Thing ... CD
Wright Brothers, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99
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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Vanessa WilliamsRight Stuff ... CD
Wing/Universal, 1988. Used ... $3.99
The record that proved to the world that Vanessa Williams wasn't going to be let down after an unfortunate detour – and an unabashed set of crossover soul from the end of the 80s! Williams' isn't out to make anyone believe she's the next Aretha Franklin, but she's right at home in the poppy arrangements of these tunes – stepping along with a bright and bouncy feel that more than matches the backings – and the feel of mainstream soul of the time. Titles include "The Right Stuff", "He's Got The Look", "Dreamin", "I'll Be The One", and "Security". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousNighttime Lovers 6 – A Fine Collection Of Disco Funk Classics Of The 80s ... CD
PTG (Netherlands), Early 80s. Used ... $9.99
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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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 ... $8.99 14.98
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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VariousZang Tuum Tumb – The Re-Organization Of Pop – (10 X 7" box set) (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
ZTT, 1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 10 x 7 inch box ... $89.99
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. This limited box set features 10 different 45s from ZTT – all with original artwork as well! A few cuts here are on the format for the first time, others are classics, and the booklet includes an intro and track by track commentary too. Titles include "Zambient Two" with Lisa Stansfield, "Dr Mabuse" by Propaganda, "Beat Box" by Art Of Noise, "I Am A Camera" by The Buggles, "Pavement Tune" by The Frames, "Relax" by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, "Haunted" by Shane MacGowan & Sinead O'Connor, "Chance" by Act, and "32 Frames" by Andrew Poppy. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Hand numbered, limited edition of 1000!)

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Funk DeluxeFunk Deluxe ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... Around June 20, 2014 (delayed)
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". CD
Also available Funk Deluxe (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 10.99

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New Durutti ColumnChronicle LX – XL (2CD box) ... CD
Kooky, 2014. New Copy 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
One of the most beautiful albums we've heard in years from Vini Reilly – and a set that really takes back to the magic we felt when buying the first few Durutti Column albums on factory! Not only is the sound here very much the Durutti approach we first fell in love with – a strange combination of post-punk production and performance filtered through the aesthetic of Erik Satie – but the package also has a very special look – like one of those cool cassette boxes for Factory that were originally designed by Peter Saville! This set's got way more to offer than those, though – two CDs' of music (plus inserts and even sandpaper) – originally written by Reilly to accompany an exhibition of his portraits, and expanded here to include an even greater range of personal sounds. Vini is in the lead on most numbers on his wonderfully atmospheric guitar – and plays piano, an instrument that's also handled by Poppy Morgan on some tracks – with longtime partner Bruce Mitchell on drums. Vocals are done by Reilly, as well as Jilly Taylor, Billy Rance, and Caoilfhionn – but are definitely secondary to the instrumental sounds on the set. Titles include "Poppy & Pancho", "Nine Years", "The Party", "Embattled Heart & Rattling", "Fanfare", "Electrostatic", "Free From All The Chaos", "Hotel Calderon", and "Sharrock's Tune". CD

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New Boney MTake The Heat Off Me ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Germany disco classic from Boney M – poppy, kitschy, but with some undeniably catchy bits too! The set kicks off with the group's classic "Daddy Cool" – a tone so hokey, it'll make you wince – but which'll also have you sneaking back to the turntable when nobody's looking, just to hear it again. The rest of the record offers up similar pleasures – jaunty rhythms, quirky lyrics, and an unabashed pop sensibility that's certainly not the New York underground at its finest – but which certainly isn't bad on its own, either! Other highlights include covers of "No Woman No Cry", "Fever", and "Sunny" – plus the tunes "Got A Man On My Mind" and "Help Help". LP, Vinyl record album

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New John Davis & The Monster OrchestraNight & Day/Up Jumped The Devil (plus bonus tracks) – Disco Recharge ... CD
SAM/Harmless (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of stone killers from John Davis & The Monster Orchestra – back to back in a single set, and with bonus tracks too! Night & Day is early work from John Davis and his Monster Orchestra – easily one of the coolest larger groups working on the US disco scene of the 70s – definitely a cut above some of their more mainstream contemporaries! The Davis difference is hard to define, but John definitely gets it right on this set – using full strings, female chorus vocals, and other instrumentation – but really still keeping things lean, in the best manner of MFSB or the Salsoul Orchestra. Core rhythms are from Davis on keyboards, Charles Collins on drums, Sugar Bear Foreman on bass, and Larry Washington on percussion – and titles include "I Can't Stop", "In The Still Of The Night", "I Get A Kick", "Night & Day", "Tell Me How You Like It", and "I've Got You Under My Skin". Bonus tracks include "Tell Me How You Like It (7" edit)", "I Get A Kick (12" version)", "Nigh & Day (7" version)", and "I Can't Stop (12" version)". Up Jumped The Devil is prime symphonic disco from the mighty John Davis and his well-named Monster Orchestra! The set's got a dramatic flourish that still mixes in plenty of live instrumentation – including keyboards and flute from John, plus some nice congas from Larry Washington! John sings lead vocals on most cuts, but uses some cool processing to kind of space out the sound – making for a compressed and flanged-out sound that's poppy, but really compelling. And although the whole thing sounds hokey, the quality of the grooves is actually pretty great from an instrumental standpoint. Titles include "Once Upon A Time", "We Can Fly", "Up Jumped The Devil", "You Gotta Give It Up", "You're The One", "The Magic Is You", and "Recapitulation". CD features bonus tracks – "Up Jumped The Devil (12" version)", "You're The One (7" edit)", "The Magic Is You (7" edit)", and "You Gotta Give It Up (12" version)". CD

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New Larry Graham & Graham Central StationMy Radio Sure Sounds Good To Me ... LP
Warner, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Larry Graham's opening his sound up a fair bit for this one – bringing in a bit more of a rock influence than before, and letting the guitars fly all over the tunes! The style's one that's almost got a bit of a pre-Prince influence – more tightly poppy in the construction of the soul, and with a good crossover sound that might have earned Graham some of the "radio" in the title. Tracks include the tightly stepping groover "Is It Love", which has a great west coast slow funk approach, the P-Funky "Are You Happy", and the jazzy "Turn It Out", which has some particularly nice bass work. Other tracks include "Pow", "Boogie Witcha Baby", and "Mr Friend". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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New Evelyn Champagne KingSmooth Talk ... LP
RCA, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderfully smooth soul from Evelyn Champagne King – one of her real standouts from the early days, and a tremendous collaboration with producer/arranger T Life! The sound here is upbeat and catchy, but never too poppy – done with a slight hint of that groove that King would hit more famously in the 80s, but served up here with a deeper sense of warmth, and a slightly more laidback feel. King is classy without being cloying – just like a sip of the right sort of champagne – and T Life's backings often have a slight undercurrent of funk. Titles include the club classic "Shame" – plus "Smooth Talk", "Til I Come Off The Road", "Dancin, Dancin, Dancin", "Nobody Knows", "We're Going To A Party", and "The Show Is Over". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Hugh MasekelaHugh Masekela's Next Album ... LP
MGM, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Hugh's more poppy efforts, but still a nice batch of instrumentals with a good Afro soul groove to them, and the jaunty trumpet sound that was Hugh's stock in trade at the time. Tracks include "Actin' Like A Fool", "If I Needed Someone", "Sounds Of Silence", "Along Comes Mary", "It's Not Unusual", and "From Me To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape – save for one slightly bent corner on the cover.)

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New Mel & KimShowing Out (Get Fresh At The Weekend) (long, edit)/System (garage mix) ... 12-inch
Atlantic, 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest moments of genius from the team of Stock Aiken & Waterman – a tune that's decidedly poppy, but has enough of a dark undercurrent to sit nicely next to more obscure 80s groovers! The track was something of a guilty pleasure back in the day, but it seems to sound better and better as the years go on! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in an Atlantic sleeve.)

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New Laura BraniganSelf Control ... LP
Atlantic, 1984. Used ... Out Of Stock
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)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear.)

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New Peggy LeeMirrors ... LP
A&M, 1975. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An incredible album from Peggy Lee – baroquely beautiful, in a way that builds massively off of her "Is That All There Is Period" – and take her into territory that's almost equal to Lotte Lenya! The whole album was written by the team of Lieber & Stoller, in a sad, boozy, faded style that's quite different than any of their earlier pop hits – and arrangements by Johnny Mandel and Perry Botkin are handled in a style that goes more for the emotive depths than the poppy hooks – really allowing Peggy to sing in a mature style that really befits her voice at the time. The record's incredibly dark – and is the kind that probably killed her career at the time, but which now stands above most other other records of the 60s and 70s. Titles include "Some Cats Know", "Ready To Begin Again", "A Little White Ship", "Tango", "Say It", and "I Remember". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New Mathematiques ModernesLes Visiteurs Du Soir (180 gram pressing on grey colored vinyl) ... LP
Medical, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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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New BasiaTime & Tide (2CD deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Cherry Pop (UK), 1987. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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
Also available Time & Tide (Brazilian pressing) ... CD 4.99

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New Laura BraniganSelf Control (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Gold Legion, 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New CherrelleFragile ... CD
Tabu/Right Stuff, 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". CD
(Out of print.)

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New CherrelleFragile (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Tabu (UK), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with bonus download card – but only works for non-North American customers.)

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New CherrelleFragile (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu (UK), 1984. New Copy ... 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

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New Patty DukeDon't Just Stand There/Patty (with bonus tracks) ... CD
United Artists/Real Gone, 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New Paul EvansFolk Songs Of Many Lands/21 Years In A Tennessee Jail (with bonus track) ... CD
Carlton/Ace (UK), 1961/1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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New ShannonDo You Wanna Get Away ... LP
Mirage/Atco, 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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