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Ronnie McNeirRonnie McNeir ... CD
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1972. New Copy .... $7.99 12.99
The amazing debut of Ronnie McNeir – a 70s soul maestro we'd rank right up there with Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware – but one who's possibly even more impressive, given that he cut this record when he was only 22 years old! The album's quite heavy on keyboards – played by Ronnie underneath his wonderful vocals – with jazzy touches that give the record a strongly mature sound, almost in the realm of Stevie Wonder at points, especially Stevie's sound right at the end of the 60s. But Ronnie's also very much his own man too – and puts together the album with a great deal of thought – a few recurring musical themes between some tunes, and even bits of dialogue which serve to unite the different tunes, and almost make the record a mini-symphony of soul! The songwriging is beautiful too – numbers that have a deeply personal feel, but without any common cliches – often a righteous undercurrent that creates a spiritual vibe that links things together wonderfully. There's a depth here that goes way beyond common soul albums of the time – and the album's a real treasure of 70s soul – the kind we'd never part with! Titles include "In Summertime", "Young Girl", "Daddy's Coming Home", "Girl You're Gonna Lose Your Groove", "Keep Your Hands Off My Lady", "Extra Extra", "Gone Away", and "I'm So Thankful". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label. Hurry – this is your last chance to own this classic on CD!)

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New Ronnie McNeirSaggitarian Affair (mono, stereo) ... 7-inch
Prodigal, 1975. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic soul by Ronnie McNeir – one of his first big records! "Saggitarian Affair" is a great track – smoothly grooving like some of Leroy Hutson's early work, with electric piano riffing along under Ronnie's sweet vocals – hooking nicely, and always a treat. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo.)
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Vernon BurchWhen I Get Back Home (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy .... $14.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever from Vernon Burch – an overlooked 70s soul genius who worked with countless others in the decade, and cut a handful of gems on his own! The set may well be Vernon's best, as it's got this really wonderful approach that mixes funky elements, jazzy vibes, and lots of other warm touches – more than enough to put the record in the same great space as 70s classics by artists like Leon Ware or Ronnie McNeir! Vernon's vocals are wonderful – soaring, but laidback too – and the arrangements have some great jazzy touches on keyboards and guitar, almost in a way that echoes the best modes of Stevie Wonder. A definite gem from the rare groove generation – with cuts that include "Mr Sin", "Paradise", "Leaving You Is Killing Me", "Ghetto Penthouse", and "To Make You Stay". CD features the bonus tracks "Leaving You Is Killing Me (single)" and "Sexasonic (single)". CD

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VariousMemories & Souvenirs – Contemporary Soul From The 80s, 90s, & 00s ... CD
Backbeats (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy .... $6.99
Souvenirs and memories – music that's mostly of more recent vintage, but which features a host of artists you'll know from way way back! The music here is mostly from the end of the 80s and start of the 90s – despite the wider date range in the title – and most tracks feature older Detroit soul singers, making a fresh stake with some slightly contemporary styles, at least for that time – yet still mostly sticking to the classic modes that made them so great in the first place! The approach is that used heavily by the Motorcity label at the time – and offers a great new showcase for talents that were sadly overlooked at the time. Titles include "Wholeheartedly" by Ronnie McNeir, "Surrender" by Bettye Lavette, "Man Up In The Sky" by Johnny Bristol, "Separation" by Pat Lewis, "Memories & Souvenirs" by Freda Payne, "Romantic Number" by Billy Griffin, "Real True Loving" by Edwin Starr, "Moment Of Weakness" by Syreeta, "All Over The World" by Chuck Jackson, and "Standing Still" by The Monitors. CD

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VariousSoul Ecstasy – Real 70s/80s Soul For Those Who Feel Soul ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy .... $11.99
Sublime soul all the way through – a tremendous set of modern and mellow cuts from the end of the 70s and start of the 80s – all put together with a really beautiful feel! There's a perfect balance here – between mainstream and underground, laidback and grooving – the classiest sort of soul from the time, and work that's light years away from both disco dancefloors and chart-oriented cuts. Expansion Records' Ralph Tee put the package together, and his approach here really takes us back to the time when the label first started catching our ear with their subtle, sophisticated approach to soul. Many tracks here haven't been reissued before, and even those that have sound wonderful in the company of the rest. Titles include "If You're Ready" by Beau Williams, "Let's Go All The Way" by Gayle Adams, "The Good Side Of Love" by Ronnie McNeir, "We're In Ecstasy" by Hubert Laws, "Evening Of Love" by Main Ingredient, "It's Alright With Me" by Patti Labelle, "Say You Love Me Girl" by Breakwater, "Never Had A Love Like This Before (inst)" by Tavares, "Here We Go Again (parts 1 & 2)" by Isley Brothers, "I Want To Be Where You Are" by Ronnie Dyson, "Can You Find The Time" by Champaign, "How Do You Take Your Love" by Major Harris, and "What About My Love" by Damaris Carbaugh. CD

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New VariousSoul Togetherness Presents – Village Soul ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 60s/1970s/1990s. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Forget the cover – because this is a great set of soul music! The album's a collection of older and newer soul tunes – all put together in the spirit of the legendary Soul Togetherness nights at The Norfolk Village night club in London. What does that mean to us Americans? Not much from the history books – but it does make for a great set of rare soul! The compilation's really really fresh – blending together deep soul, female soul, 70s mellow soul, and a few surprising entries from the 90s – all to make one of the freshest collections of tracks that we've heard in a long time. And yeah, the cover of an older British guy on the front doesn't do much to get us excited – but if you get past the artwork, the music's great. Titles include "Tell It Like It Is" by The Marriotts, "I Put The Twinkle In Your Eye" by Keith Barrow, "You Made A Believer Out Of Me" by Betty LaVette, "Sha La Bandit" by Delores Hall, "Stay With Me" by Rance Allen Group, "Do This World A Favor" by Beres Hammond, "Everybody's In A Hurry" by Ronnie McNeir, "Little Girl" by Corey Glover, "Where Is That Rainbow" by Dee Dee Warwick, "Simply Grateful" by Kim English, "Make Love Last Forever" by Karen Pree, "Where Is The Love" by MFOS, "Keep Trying" by Mildred Clark, "There's Not Too Many More" by Jo Armstead, "I Come Running Back" by Sandra Wright, and "I Have A Dream" by Beverlei Skeete. CD

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New Norman FeelsNorman Feels ... CD
Just Sunshine/P-Vine (Japan), 1973. Used .... Out Of Stock
Mellow soul, sweeping strings, and sweet electric keys – a stone 70s classic from Norman Feels – one of the greatest soul singers you've never heard before! The album's Norman's first (of two), and is a vastly under-recognized gem – the kind of record that easily stands next to some of the best male sweet soul of the time – and which is awash in some of the best studio touches coming from the Philly or New Jersey scenes of the time. Norman's got a totally righteous voice – one that crackles with Marvin Gaye-like personality, yet which also glides along with the subtler soul of Ronnie McNeir – and he's arranged to perfection here by David Van De Pitte, who slides just the right amount of funk into the bottom of the grooves on the set. Titles include "Everything Is Going Our Way", "Something In Me", "They Said It Couldn't Be Done", "Something About Yo", "Don't", "Yes You Did" and "Today". CD

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New Samuel Jonathan JohnsonMy Music ... CD
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1978. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! The set's got a really visionary feel – keyboards that compare with the best mellow soul lines of Donny Hathaway, and a vocal style that's got some of the range of Ronnie McNeir, mixed with a more human approach to the lyrics that makes the whole thing wonderfully personal, too. There's lots of jazzy elements on the Fender Rhodes lines – which bubble beautifully on the mellow moments, and step out boldly on the album's few groovers – making for a richness that goes way beyond the vocals, and which puts Johnson in the company of DJ Rogers or Webster Lewis. Forgive us if we keep name-dropping like that – but the set's a stunning treasure from an artist who should have gotten the same sort of recognition as all the best soul talents of the 70s. The title track – "My Music" – has an amazing bit of bubbling synth intro (and outro), cool spacey vocals by Sam, and a mellow, but tight groove that sounds a bit like something that Roy Ayers might have cooked up – and it leads off an incredible album of other titles that include "Sweet Love", "Just Us", "You", "Reason For The Reason", "Because I Love You", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", "Yesterdays & Tomorrow", and "Thank You Mother Dear". Great reissue with wonderful sound – and special liner notes by Samuel's daughter, Yolanda Johnson – a great singer in her own right too! CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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New Teena MarieFirst Class Love – Rare Tee ... CD
Motown/Hip-O Select, Mid 70s-Early 80s. Used 2CD .... Out Of Stock
An absolute treasure from Hip-O Select – the early, pre-Rick James recordings that Teena Marie made at Motown in 1976 and 1977 and more – most of them produced by the great Ronnie McNeir, along with acoustic demos produced by Berry Gordy himself! There are early signs of Teena's best work to come on this set – her voice is certainly as beautiful and richly soulful as it would ever be. The McNeir productions touch on timeless emotional soul, 70s dancefloor styles with bigger arrangements and some more classic-leaning groovers – not only demonstrating her range, but they stand up very well with the official releases to come. We can't understand why it sat in a vault all this time. Disc 1 features tracks produced by McNeir (which include a trio of sweet duets with Ronnie) and some bonus mixes from 1983 for a record that never happened – plus a few great tracks produced by Winston Monseque, Kenny Kerner and Riche Wise. The 8 tracks on disc 2 might have even more of a grail-like stature – acoustic demo sessions produced by Berry Gordy in 1976. Those feature just Teena Marie accompanying herself on acoustic guitar – as intimate a setting as we've ever heard from her, and mostly doing her own songs. It's amazing stuff – and the project was approved by Teena Marie herself before she passed away. Includes "First Class Love", "More Love", "You Got Away", "Oh Love" and more featuring Ronnie McNeir, "Co-Pilot To Pilot", "Hey Boy" and more on disc 1. Acoustic demos on disc 2 include "First Class Love", "Don't Turn Your Back On Me", "God Has Created", "Wasn't I Good To You", "Happiness Is In Your Soul", "The Greatest Love Of All Time" and more. CD