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New Ray Parker JrSex & The Single Man ... LP
Arista, 1985. Sealed ... $0.49
Ray Parker's definitely a single man at this point in his career – leaving behind his earlier role in the Raydio group, and working here as writer and producer on a string of 80s hits! The album follows strongly in the catchy, crossover mode of Parker's work from the middle part of the decade – almost equally balanced between mainstream rock and soul styles of the time – with lots of popping rhythms and plenty of Ray's guitar underneath his vocals. Titles include "I'm A Dog", "Sex & The Single Man", "I'm In Love", "Girls Are More Fun", "Good Time Baby", and "Everybody Wants Someone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and a tear in the shrinkwrap.)

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New Ray Parker Jr/Run-DMCGhostbusters – Stay Puft Edition (white vinyl) ... 12-inch
Legacy, New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... Late October, 2014
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Puffy marshallow scented packaging!)

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New Ray Parker Jr & RaydioTwo Places At The Same Time ... LP
Arista, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Solid funky work from Ray Parker Jr & Raydio – a set that's lean and focused, and still very much in the earlier Raydio groove! Parker's still a bit away from the spotlight at this point – leaving the band to have the strongest role in the record, which is a great thing, given how well they strike a soulful groove – blending funkier rhythms with smoother soul production, all to set Ray up for lead vocals. Titles include "Two Places At The Same Time", "It's Time To Party Now", "Can't Keep From Cryin", "For Those Who Like To Groove", and "Tonight's The Night". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
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New Norman ConnorsStar Power ... CD
Shanachie, 2009. Used ... $8.99
Norman Connors has plenty of star power helping him out on this set – but as always, the real leading light comes from his own marvelous talents! Norman's one of those guys who never seems to lose his cool – never veers too far into too-smooth or too-commercial territory – and always manages to stick in that sublime blend of soul, jazz, and righteous elements we first came to love in his music back in the 70s. The approach here is surprisingly close to the vibe that Connors gave us back during his legendary years at Buddah Records – woven together wonderfully out of soulful rhythms, warm keyboards, jazzy instrumentation, and a tapestry of great vocals from a host of guest singers. The album features contributions from vocalists and instrumentalists who include Howard Hewett, Bobby Lyle, Christopher Williams, Antoinette, Ray Parker Jr, Peabo Bryson, Marion Meadows, Kirk Wilson, Norman Brown, and Michael Henderson – and titles include "Rock With You", "Used To Be", "Where Do We Go From Here", "Star Power", "Reach For The Sky", "Adore", "Thinkin", "You Are My Starship", "You Take My Breath Away", and "The Sweetest Taboo". CD

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Randy HallI Belong To You ... CD
MCA/PTG (Netherlands), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99
A catchy slice of mid 80s soul from Randy Hall – an excellent musician who handles quite a bit of the instrumentation, on top of being a charismatic singer – and this one's produced by Ray Parker Jr, whose ear for catchy hooks is in top form! Hall spins a lot of plates on his own – most of the vocals, some guitar, bass, keys and programming – but there's a lot of other great players in the studio, including producer Parker – and that dedication to real musicianship puts I Belong To You on higher level than a lot of pop soul, circa '84! Great stuff! Includes "I've Been Watching You (Jamie's Girl)", "A Gentleman", "Feel My Eyes", "She's My Little Star", 'I Want To Touch You", "I Belong To You", "A Real Man" and more. CD

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Cheryl LynnGot To Be Real – The Best Of Cheryl Lynn ... CD
Columbia/Sony, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $7.99
Plenty real soul here – a killer collection of Columbia grooves by Cheryl Lynn – a set that runs right from the clubby start to the more commercial finish of her time at the label! The package is a great illustration of Cheryl's ability to rise to the occasion in just about any setting – and although work is handled by a variety of producers – including Marty Paic, Ray Parker Jr, Barry Blue, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and even Luther Vandross – Cheryl always comes out on top in the end! Titles include her great vocals on "Georgy Porgy" by Toto, presented here in its disco version – plus Lynn classics "Got To be Real", "Star Love (disco version)", "All My Lovin", "I've Got Just What You Need", "I've Got Faith In You", "Encore (single)", "If This World Were Mine", "It's Gonna Be Right", "Shake It Up Tonight", and "Day After Day". CD
(Out of print.)

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Cheryl LynnIn The Night ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Very Good ... $1.99
One of Cheryl Lynn's early killers for Columbia – an album of tight, bouncy, joyous soul all the way through – free from any of the too-commercial touches that sometimes slowed Cheryl's later work! Ray Parker Jr produced the set – and he as well is free from the slicker sounds of his hits – keeping things warm, personal, and real on most of the album's best tracks – and balancing Cheryl nicely between heartfelt mellow tracks and a few more uptempo tunes designed to keep her on the minds of the dancefloor scene. Titles include "In The Night", "Baby", "What's On Your Mind", "Hurry Home", and "With Love On Our Side". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and minor creases.)

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Ronnie McNeirLove's Comin' Down ... LP
Motown, 1976. Very Good ... $34.99
One of the greatest lost treasures on Motown – the rare third album from Ronnie McNeir, an artist who did plenty for the label back in the 70s, but only managed to ever get this one record released! The set's a gem – arguably his best record ever – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of his RCA and Prodigal sets. And like those records, this one's a sweet soul spectacular – written, arranged, produced, and performed by Ronnie – with the tight, warm, all-together quality that makes him an equal to Leon Ware back in the day – and which makes this record almost a great counterpart to Ware's Musical Massage set for Motown – another one-off album that's become the stuff of legend! The songs are amazing – totally fresh and deeply personal, but never in a cloying or commercial way – perfectly balanced on top of some gently grooving rhythms, spare keyboards, and soulful undercurrents that are a perfect example of the maturity that Detroit soul was hitting in the 70s. A young Ray Parker Jr plays lead guitar, but most other instruments are by Ronnie – and titles include "My Love Is Coming Down", "Funky Situation", "Selling My Heart To The Junkman", "Say You Will", "Goodbye After Sunday", and "It Won't Be Long". Brilliant stuff from one of the 70s' greatest artists! LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has some marks that click a bit on Side 1. Cover has a cut corner and unglued top seam.)

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Alphonse MouzonLove Fantasy ... CD
Optimism, 1987. Used ... $6.99
Sweet, smooth, and soulful – drummer Alphonse Mouzon at the height of his 80s fusion years – working in a self-produced setting that includes a host of great studio players! The sound here isn't the cacophonous jazz rock of Al's earlier years – but in a way, it's almost equally great to know that he can hit this sort of groove as well. Players include Brandon Fields, Paul Jackson Jr, Ray Parker, Jr, and Nathan East – and a few tracks feature backing vocals by The Waters sisters. Titles include "Baby Let Me Do It", "Milestones", "Love Fantasy", "Your Eyes Are Beautiful", "Hello I Must Be Going", and "Give It Up". CD

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New Diana RossRoss (RCA) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... $15.99
One of the most well-crafted Diana Ross records of the 80s – thanks to heavy production work from Gary Katz, who's best known for his classic run with Steely Dan! The music has a depth that goes past some of the more crossover modes of Diana's earlier records – warmer touches of jazz on keyboards at a few points, and a way of hitting a musical flow that really makes Ross sound even more sophisticated and mature! Ray Parker Jr also adds in a few poppier moments, but we can really hear Katz's touch on the album overall – smooth, but never slick – on a run of tracks that includes "Pieces Of Ice", "You Do It", "Love Will Make It Right", "Up Front", "Let's Go Up", "That's How You Start Over", and "Girls". CD features bonus tracks – four mixes of "Up Front", including a "special club mix" and "Tony Swain & Steve Jolly European 12" mix" – plus three mixes of "Pieces Of Ice", and a 7" mix of "Let's Go Up". CD

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New BohannonPhase II ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice disco record from Hamilton Bohannon. The album mainly contains uptempo dance numbers but there are a few slower songs like "Daddy's Little Son" – a dedication to his son whose picture is on the cover of the album. The other tracks are "Andrea", "But What Is A Dream", "Bohannon's Disco Symphony", "Isn't It A Beautiful Morning", "Just Doing My Thang", and "Moving Fast". Some of Bohannon's original band members like Ray Parker, Jr. turn up playing guitar on some of the songs. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, the remnants of a sticker, some stains, and a bit of pen on the back.)

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New BrickSummer Heat/After 5 ... CD
Bang/FTG, 1981/1982. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massive double-header from Brick – two Columbia albums back to back on a single CD! First up is smoking Summer Heat from Brick – an 80s outing that furthers the tight tight groove they started back in the 70s! Given that Brick were one of the groups who really set the sound for the next generation, they're right at home here – working with some production help from Ray Parker Jr, in a style that bubbles over nicely with tight rhythms and warmer vocal bits – all balanced out nicely, in ways that are better than most of the group's contemporaries! Titles include "Sweat", "Sea Side Vibes", "Sure Feels Good", "Summer Heat", "The Happening", and "Wide Open". After 5 has a classy title, and is a record with grooves that are even classier than usual for Brick – thanks to a style that seems to bring up a jazzy vibe a bit more on some cuts, while still keeping things in the tightly funky mode of their roots! There's definitely a prime Brick sound going on here – that wicked wrapping of bass, keyboards, and drums the group laid down on their debut – but the whole thing's also taken a bit further, too – almost echoing some of the more complicated changes of the 80s groove generation! Titles include "Stick By You", "Let It Roll", "It's A New Day", "Peace Of Mind", "When You Believe", "Free Dancer", and "Wild & Crazy". CD