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SylvesterSylvester/Step II ... CD
Fantasy/Southbound (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $15.99
A massive double-header – one that features the first two Sylvester albums for Fantasy Records! First up is the self-titled Sylvester – a reworking of his older groove into one that we love more than any other that he ever used – a smooth modern soul style, not really disco, but with a driving approach that would certainly have worked well in the clubs! You gotta give Syl credit here – as it would have been easy for him to turn up the camp a lot in the 1977 disco days – but instead he's sticking strong to his soul impulses, and has come up with a wonderful album of tracks that's like the first Luther album – one that you can enjoy whatever your take on the man, without any introduction to his person or persona. Of course, a big part of the credit also goes to Harvey Fuqua – who's reemerged here from his years at RCA to produce the record – showing his always strong ability to seek out new talent, and bring out the best in them. Titles include "I Tried To Forget You", "Tipsong", "I Been Down", "Loving Grows Up Slow", "Never Too Late", and "Over & Over". Step II is probably Sylvester's biggest album for Fantasy – and for good reason too! The set pushes onto the dancefloor a bit more than before – often with some slight keyboard touches that hint at the Patrick Cowley years, but with none of the coldness of those records at all. The great Harvey Fuqua's producing here with Syl, and the sound is rich and bold – an even more prideful statement than Sylvester's first album on Fantasy. Two Tons Of Fun deliver some great backup vocals, and Cowley lays down a bit of keyboards – and titles include the all-time disco classic "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real", plus "Dance (Disco Heat)", "Just You & Me Forever", "Grateful", and "I Took My Strength From You". CD

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Merle TravisMerle Travis Guitar ... CD
Capitol/Righteous (UK), 1950s. New Copy ... $8.99
Impeccable guitar genius from the great Merle Travis – who was not only pivotal enough a figure to have an influential style of jazz-tinged country guitar named after him, but also a great songwriter – and this is one of the best early LPs to his name! The Merle Travis Guitar features solo guitar pieces by Merle that roll from meandering waltz patterns to blazingly fast country licks – comparable to some of the great, and now kind of overlooked Chet Atkins records of the 50s for the skill and tunefulness – but this is more of a stylistically focused set – Travis style! Titles include the Travis originals "Blue Smoke", "Saturday Night Shuffle", "Walkin The Strings" and "Rockabye Rag", plus "On A Bicycle Built For Two", "Bugle Call Rag" and more. This CD version includes 7 bonus tracks from earlier Travis 78s, some with vocals, including his masterpiece "Sixteen Tons" – plus "Sweet Temptations", "Blues Stay Away From Me", "Done Rovin" and more. 20 tracks in all. CD

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New Weather GirlsBig Girls Don't Cry (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1985. New Copy ... $8.99
Soaring vocals from The Weather Girls, set to bouncy grooves that are equal parts soul and pop! Martha Wash and Izora Armstead have mighty vocal chops throughout – that bold duo approach they first crafted as Two Tons O Fun, and pushed even more strongly as The Weather Girls – set here to keyboard-heavy backings from Leon Pendarvis, who knows just where to put the best hooks in the grooves! Titles include "Well A Wiggy", "Lock Me Up", "No One Can Love You More Than Me", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "You Can Do It", "Laughter In The Rain", and "March". CD features bonus tracks – "Well A Wiggy (12" ext)" and "No One Can Love You More Than Me (12" ext)". CD

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VariousHorse Meat Disco 3 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s/2000s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 16.98
The third in the Horse Meat Disco series from Strut – celebrated the London DJ collective and the decades of far reaching club soul, disco, 80s boogie, electro and all around floor-shaking groovers that drive the sound – classic club numbers and some new original mixes! Volume 3 features on set put together by resident DJs Jim Stanton & Severino and another by James Hillard and Luke Howard – with numbers by Leftside Wobble, Gene Chandler, Dimitri From Paris & DJ Rocca's Erodiscoteque, Idris Muhammad, Tom Trago, Marcel King and more! Killer club number from the late 70s & early 80s and more modern numbers that fit on perfectly. Disc 1 is mixed by Jim Stanton & Severino and includes "Grapevine Boogie (Tribute Edit)", by Leftside Wobble, "I'm In Love" by Natasha Watts, "Macho Disco Fighter" by Wild Geese", "Downtown" by Dimitri From Paris & DJ Rocca Presents Erodiscotique, "Shutters (Extented 12" Mix) by Tom Trago and more. Disc 2 is mixed by James Hillard & Luke Howard and includes "Reach For Love (New York Remix)" by Marcel King, "American Love" by Rose Laurens, "For Your Love" by Idris Muhammad, "I'll Make The Living If You Make The Loving Worthwhile" by Gene Chander, "Close To Perfection" by Miquel Brown, "Just Us" by Two Tons O' Fun and more. CD version features continuous mixes of 25 tracks on 2CDs. CD

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New SylvesterStep II ... LP
Fantasy, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Probably Sylvester's biggest album for Fantasy – and for good reason too! The set pushes onto the dancefloor a bit more than before – often with some slight keyboard touches that hint at the Patrick Cowley years, but with none of the coldness of those records at all. The great Harvey Fuqua's producing here with Syl, and the sound is rich and bold – an even more prideful statement than Sylvester's first album on Fantasy. Two Tons Of Fun deliver some great backup vocals, and Cowley lays down a bit of keyboards – and titles include the all-time disco classic "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real", plus "Dance (Disco Heat)", "Just You & Me Forever", "Grateful", and "I Took My Strength From You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)
 
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New VariousSoul Safari Presents Township Jive & Kwela Jazz Vol 3 ... CD
Ubuntu (Netherlands), Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe our favorite volume so far in this excellent series – a set that focuses on early 60s work from South Africa, with a vibe that really showcases that great sound that would soon explode globally – as artists like Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba got wider exposure! Yet the music here is hardly as commercial as sounds from those two – as the overall production and presentation is nice and rootsy – lively rhythms topped with jazzy instrumentation and these especially wonderful vocals that dip, turn, soar, and fly – all at a level that would become cliche in the world music boom decades later, but which still sounds beautiful here at the roots. All tracks were hand-picked from the archives of the International Library Of African Music – and titles include "Nylon" and "Intogeymy" by The Lower Buttons, "Seven Stiches" and "Rock Phata 1001" by Kid Ma Wrong Wrong, "Lulu Part 4" by Bra Sello, "Mangothobane" and "Wamuhle Lomfana" by Flying Jazz Queens, "Kudala Ngizula" by Cowboy Superman & His Cowboy Sisters, and "Nice Time" by Que Sisters. CD

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New VariousSoul Safari Presents Township Jive & Kwela Jazz Vol 3 ... LP
Ubuntu (Netherlands), Early 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe our favorite volume so far in this excellent series – a set that focuses on early 60s work from South Africa, with a vibe that really showcases that great sound that would soon explode globally – as artists like Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba got wider exposure! Yet the music here is hardly as commercial as sounds from those two – as the overall production and presentation is nice and rootsy – lively rhythms topped with jazzy instrumentation and these especially wonderful vocals that dip, turn, soar, and fly – all at a level that would become cliche in the world music boom decades later, but which still sounds beautiful here at the roots. All tracks were hand-picked from the archives of the International Library Of African Music – and titles include "Nylon" and "Intogeymy" by The Lower Buttons, "Seven Stiches" and "Rock Phata 1001" by Kid Ma Wrong Wrong, "Lulu Part 4" by Bra Sello, "Mangothobane" and "Wamuhle Lomfana" by Flying Jazz Queens, "Kudala Ngizula" by Cowboy Superman & His Cowboy Sisters, and "Nice Time" by Que Sisters. LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousButtons – Starter Kit (aka Yellow Pills) ... LP
Numero, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A reimagined version of the legendary Yellow Pills compilation on Numero – 20 songs from the original compilation, plus two bonus tracks, new liner notes, and lots of cool sleeve scans, photos, and more! Forget everything you know about rock music in the late 70s – all the punk rock and new wave that's been immortalized over the years – and get ready to discover a whole new world of power pop! At the time, the power pop underground was as important to some ears as the artier and angrier work coming out of the east coast and UK – and the power pop world was one that could co-exist a bit more peacefully with mainstream rock, while still offering a great opportunity for bands on various local scenes. The work here has echoes of more famous acts of the time – like The Cars, The Kings, or The Knack – but it's also got a bit more of a home-grown, punk rock edge – one that comes through beautifully in the guitar parts, vocals, and unabashed hooks of the tunes. The set's a follow-up to the original Yellow Pills set by zine publisher Jordan Oakes – and it delves deeper than even that one, with a real focus on work from the end of the 70s, and acts that never had great chart success overall. Titles include "High School" by Tommy Rock, "She's Hi Fi" by The Trend, "There Goes My Heart Again" by The Kids, "Not My Girl Anymore" by The Bats, "All I Want" by The Colors, "Domestic/Imported" by The Toms, "Sunshine USA" by Randy Winburn, "One In A Million" by Luxury, "She's The Girl" by The Tweeds, "Rave It Up" by Colors, and "Hey Little Girl" by The Kids. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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