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Ray BryantUp Above The Rock ... CD
Cadet (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Around September 25, 2014
One of the hardest, heaviest albums that Ray Bryant ever cut – even on the ballads – a monster little record that grabs you from the very first note! Ray did the arrangements for this one himself – working with his core trio that featured Ron Carter on bass and Grady Tate on drums, and adding in a twin-trumpet frontline that cooks the groove over the top with a really righteous sound! The rhythms are complicated, yet really funky – and the album's almost worth it alone for the title track "Up Above The Rock", which will forever be remembered for its monster break! The whole thing's great, though – and Ray follows up the leadoff cooker with other great tunes that include "Dag Nab It", "Quizas Quizas Quizas", "Five Six & Seven", "Little Green Apples", "I Say A Little Prayer", "After Hours", and "Where The Wind Blows". CD
 
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DeclaimeConversations With Dudley ... CD
Up Above, 2004. Used ... $3.99
Declaime returns to the realm of Hip Hop, after enjoying a moment in the sun under his Dudley Perkins persona, though we're not sure exactly where to draw the line between the two. His rhymes are a bit more on point than the loose vocalese he delivers as Dudley, but with the same idiosyncratic ill mind appeal, over raw grooves and beats courtesy OhNo and Madlib. 15 tracks in all, with guest spots by Grand Agent, Lil Dapp, Medaphoar and Wildchild, including "Welcome 2 Reality", "Conversations", "Testimony", "Dearest Desiree", "Shine Time", "Knowledge Born", "Still Waters" and "Enjoy Yor Stay". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Key Kool & RhettmaticHead Trip (rmx, original, rmx inst) /Reconcentrated [Past, Present, Future] (LP, inst) ... 12-inch
Up Above, 2000. Used ... Out Of Stock
12-inch, Vinyl record
(In an Up Above sleeve.)
 
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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassGoing Places ... LP
A&M, 1965. Very Good ... $0.99
Herb Alpert's definitely Going Places by the time of this set – and his trademark Tijuana Brass sound proves itself to be a great fit for just about any sort of number! The album kicks off with the wonderful "Tijuana Taxi", a sublimely jaunty tune that almost takes Herb into Bacharach territory – and which is followed up by the even-greater "Spanish Flea" – an ear-popping anthem that's one of the greatest bits of 60s instrumental pop ever recorded! And over and above those two tunes, the album's still got plenty more to offer too – a wonderful array of tracks all given the Tijuana touch, with titles that include "More & More Amor", "Mae", "Walk Don't Run", "Felicia", and "Cinco De Mayo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear and marker on the back.)

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Ashford & SimpsonSo So Satisfied (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Sublimely satisfying work from Ashford & Simpson – a stone killer from the height of their late 70s glory days on Warner Brothers! The pair are working together wonderfully at this point – wrapped up in that blend of upbeat soul and righteous undercurrents that made them a real cut above in mainstream soul – getting great help from arrangers William Eaton, Paul Riser, and Al Gorgoni – all of whom know how to hit that perfect Ashford & Simpson balance between tightness, class, and soulful spontaneity! Backings are always filled with lots of jazzy touches, too – the kind of sophisticated soul elements other would cop from the pair in years to come – and titles include "Over & Over", "It's You", "If You're Lying", "Couldn't Get Enough", "Destiny", "So So Satisfied", and "Tried Tested & Found True". CD features 4 bonus tracks – "Over & Over (12" disco mix)", "Over & Over (Simphouse M&M mix)", "Tried Tested & Found True (12" disco mix)", and "Tried Tested & True (Simphouse M&M mix)". CD

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AssociationComplete Warner Bros & Valiant Singles Collection ... CD
Warner/Now Sounds (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99
Mindblowing music from The Association – a heady double-length package that features every single the group ever cut for the Valiant and Warner Brothers label – which together make for an amazing evolution in sound! Although best remembered for their few soft rock hits, The Association were a hell of a group who never stopped growing back in the 60s – from sublime folksy harmonies at the start, to more complicated baroque pop as years went on, to some psych elements, and even a return to rootsier sounds they never had in the first place – always delivered with qualities that were head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries – and perfectly put together in the best LA studio styles, with help from giants like Curt Boettcher, Gary Paxton, Bones Howe, and others. The group also became quite skilled in the studio themselves – as you'll hear in the book's copious notes and comments from members themselves – all a perfect package for a set that features 37 mighty tunes that include "Six Man Band", "Goodbye Columbus", "Like Always", "No Fair At All", "Standing Still", "Pandora's Golden Heebie Jeebies", "Looking Glass", "Birthday Morning", "Makes Me Cry", "PF Sloan", "Just About The Same", "Traveler's Guide", "I Am Up For Europe", "Hear In Here",a nd "Forty Times" – not to mention some bigger hits! CD

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Bionic BoogieHot Butterfly (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/FTG, 1978. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A dancefloor classic! The album's the second by Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie, and head and shoulders above the rest – a sublime blend of soul and club that's hardly been matched again! Diamond manages to make things groove, but never loses sight of the soulful styles that make the record so great – and works here with key contributions from a young Luther Vandross, who gives the album some of the same strong vocal arrangements he brought to his own first two albums on Atlantic! Luther sings lead on the album's legendary track "Hot Butterfly", and works in a group with Cissy Houston on other tracks – sweetly soaring with vocals that go far beyond most disco efforts of the time. Simply sublime, and with classics that include "Hot Butterfly", "Paradise", "Cream (Always Rises To The Top)", "Chains", and "When The Sh*t Hits The Fan (Rocket Pocket)". Includes 4 bonus cuts too – "Hot Butterfly (Jim Burgess disco rmx)", "Chains (Gregg Diamond spectacular rmx)", "Fess Up To The Boogie (Gregg Diamond disco rmx)", and "Chains (Jim Burgess disco rmx)". CD

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Peabo Bryson & Roberta FlackBorn To Love ... CD
Capitol, 1983. Used ... $9.99
The beautiful full scale duets set from Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack – a record that's no doubt defined by its biggest hit – but the rest is just as great! Born To Love kicks off with "Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You" – a song that's doubtlessly one of the most inescapable slow dance classics of all time – and if its ubiquity overshadows the rest of the record, that's not because it's any less excellent! Peabo's affectionate style is in top form here, and Roberta is such a perfect duet partner – with plenty of lead moments of her own. It definitely feels like a perfectly balanced partnership. The record's got some lovely slow jams on par with the aforementioned pop soul standard, plus some great ones that up the tempo a little bit. Other titles include "Blame It On Me", "Born To Love", "Heaven Above Me", "Comin' Alive", "Can We Find Love Again", "You're Looking Like Love To Me" and more. CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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Stelvio CiprianiI Figli Di Zanna Bianca ... CD
GDM (Italy), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
The first full length version of this overlooked 70s soundtrack from Italian maestro Stelvio Cipriani – a pretty cool mix of styles that shows off some of Cipriani's best modes of the time! The main theme has this slow-stepping, almost sexy sort of quality – quite a surprise, given the doggy nature of the film – but it's also mixed with other moments that either show off Stelvio's ear for a fast moving, jazzy line – or his growing flair for the kind of jaunty, playful line that would show up more in his soundtracks in later years. A few tunes feature inventive woodwinds, but most of the focus is on the keyboards – used in all the modes described above. 17 tracks in all – two from the original 45 rpm release, plus others from the film! CD

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Deep JazzMeeting ... CD
Perfect Toy (Germany), 2012. New Copy ... $9.99
The amazing second album from Deep Jazz – and every bit as spiritual and soulful as the first! These guys really blew us away with their debut, and we're loving them even more this time around – and can honestly say that they're one of the few contemporary combos to ever get our favorite sounds of the 70s just right – that magical music that came out on labels like Strata East and other small indies of the time – that post-Coltrane generation when musicians really stretched their skills to the heavens in search of new sounds! The arrangements, production, and execution here are wonderful – with no modern tricks or gimmicks to get in the way at all – and in addition to great warm acoustic bass from group leader Jerker Kluge, the set also features alto, tenor, flute, bass clarinet, and piano – plus some great Alice Coltrane-like harp, sweet percussion, and even female vocals on a few cuts. Titles include the great originals "No Doubt", "The Meeting", "Movement", "Mystic Sky", "Invisible", and "East & West" – plus great versions of "Little Sunflower" and "Spirits Up Above". CD

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Clifton DysonSlow Your Body Down ... LP
After Hours, 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $2.99
Quite possibly the greatest record ever from Clifton Dyson – a solo effort that has him stepping away from his Dyson's Faces group, and emerging as a heck of a great singer on his own! The album's got a warm modern soul feel throughout – much more mid 70s indie than you'd guess from the date on the record – and every aspect of the record is great – from the vocals to the instrumentation to the tight production on the record – a sound that's professional, and really a cut above the usual effort of this type. Al Johnson and Rodney Brown helped on arrangements – and titles include the extended groover "Slow Your Body Down", which takes up all of side one – plus "Hypnotize", "I'm Giving Up", and "So Lonely". LP, Vinyl record album

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Major HarrisMy Way ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Far and above the best album by sweet soul vocalist Major Harris! Harris had knocked around for years in vocal groups during the 60s, and had even sung for a bit with The Delfonics in the early 70s – but this album is his crowning achievement, a landmark of sweet Philly soul with some wonderful ballad work that he'd never be able to match again! Bobby Eli wrote, produced, and arranged most of the material – and although he had a bit of help from Norman Harris and Ron Kersey on some of the record, the core of the album is that perfect ballad style that Eli could do when he wasn't working on groovers. The centerpiece of the album is the stellar "Love Won't Let Me Wait" – a killer quiet storm soul number – and the record also features a great remake of "Sideshow", which Eli also cut with Blue Magic. Other tracks include "Loving You Is Mellow", "After Loving You", and "Each Morning I Wake Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover and label have some marker.)

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Rupert HolmesPursuit Of Happiness ... CD
MCA (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Great early work from Rupert Holmes – recorded a bit before his big novelty hit, at a time when he was a one-man powerhouse of smooth grooves and jazzy soul! Holmes wrote, arranged, and produced the whole thing himself – with an unabashed blue-eyed style that holds up surprisingly well over the years – part mellow soul, part AOR smooth – and definitely a cut above most other hit work of this type from the time. Rupert works in some of the same territory as Boz Scaggs at his best, but he's also got a more urbane vibe as well – and his ear for fine instrumentation for the tunes almost puts him at the best sort of Steely Dan level. Titles include "So Beautiful It Hurts", "Cradle Me", "Less Is More", "Speechless", "Let's Get Crazy Tonight", "Guitars", and "Bedside Companions". CD

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JonwayneRap Album One ... CD
Stones Throw, 2013. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Stones Throw's innovative upstart Jonwayne steps up big time with Rap Album One – which is, technically his first proper above ground rap album after a sprawling limited edition instrumentals release and some now hard-to-find cassettes – and it more than lives up to promise! When we first heard of him, it was for his production finesse – but it turns he's got a charismatic mic presence that's just as strong, and suits his beats masterfully. Includes "After The Calm", "You Can Love Me When I'm Dead", "Find Me In The Future", "The Come Up Pt 1" feat Scoop Deville, "The Come Up Pt 2", "Yung Grammer", "Reflection", "How To Be A Gemini", "Black Magic", "Sandals" and more. CD

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Roland KirkVolunteered Slavery ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Our favorite album ever from Roland Kirk – and a beautiful mix of two different sides of his genius! Side one's got Roland doing these crazy takes on late 60's pop cuts like "My Cherie Amour" and "Say a Little Prayer", plus his own "songs", done with soulful vocals and a straight-on approach that shows him trying to break out of the avant jazz underground, and reach a wider audience with a spiritual message on tracks like "Search For The Reason Why" and "Spirits Up Above". If this description sounds like a mess, it's not – because this side of the album is one of Kirk's most brilliant statements ever about jazz, soul, love and freedom! Side two has Roland in a straighter vein – running through a tight live set from Newport 1968, handled with fire and imagination, the kind of boundless energy he always brought to his public appearances. Tracks on that set include "One Ton", "Three For The Festival", "Afro Blue", and some great remarks by Roland! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing. Labels have some marker. Cover has some light wear & a cutout notch.)

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New Lord Finesse & DJ Mike SmoothFunky Technician ... CD
Wild Pitch, 1990. Used ... $8.99
Furious, battle-tested early 90s mastery from Lord Finesse – with pitch perfect production by DJ Premier, Diamond D, Showbiz and Mike Smooth – an east coast golden age classic! Funky Technician is mysteriously slept on in too many discussions of the best hip hop of the era, but it's still way up there if you ask us. The backing is tight funky beatcraft from the above mention legendary producers and Finesse rocks the mic with long trails of busy rhymes. Greatness! Includes "Baby You Nasty", "Funky Technician", "Back To Back Rhyming", "Here I Come", "Slave To My Soundwave", "I Keep The Crowd Listening", "Bad Mutha", "Keep It Flowing", "Lesson To Be Taught", "Just A Little Something", "Strictly For The Ladies" and "Track The Movement". CD

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Herbie MannDiscotheque (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
Herbie Mann hits the discos – but given the flute player's roots in jazz, the set's more of an electric funk outing overall! Herbie's working here with his Family of Mann group – that cool combo that features lots of work on keyboards from Pat Rebillot, who also handled the arrangements for the set – in a wicked blend of Mann's flute and his own keyboard lines – supported with some nicely funky rhythms from Steve Gadd on drums and Tony Levin on bass! Disco touches are added by a bit of congas from Ray Barretto, and some sweet female soul vocals that come in on the choruses – in a mode that's a bit like the work on Kudu Records at the time. Titles include "Pick Up The Pieces", "Guava Jelly", "High Above The Andes", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "Mediterranean", "Lady Marmalade", and "Hi-Jack". CD also features two bonus tracks – "The Orient Express" and "Hi-Jack (special long version)". CD
Also available Discotheque (with bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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New Herbie MannDiscotheque (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Big Break (UK), 1975. Used ... $9.99
Herbie Mann hits the discos – but given the flute player's roots in jazz, the set's more of an electric funk outing overall! Herbie's working here with his Family of Mann group – that cool combo that features lots of work on keyboards from Pat Rebillot, who also handled the arrangements for the set – in a wicked blend of Mann's flute and his own keyboard lines – supported with some nicely funky rhythms from Steve Gadd on drums and Tony Levin on bass! Disco touches are added by a bit of congas from Ray Barretto, and some sweet female soul vocals that come in on the choruses – in a mode that's a bit like the work on Kudu Records at the time. Titles include "Pick Up The Pieces", "Guava Jelly", "High Above The Andes", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "Mediterranean", "Lady Marmalade", and "Hi-Jack". CD also features two bonus tracks – "The Orient Express" and "Hi-Jack (special long version)". CD
Also available Discotheque (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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New Barbara MasonTransition ... CD
Buddah/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
Transition is right – as the cover has Barbara floating above a Curtis Mayfield-ish scene of drugs, war, gambling, and Satan – a really righteous image that beautifully sums up the vibe of the record! The set was recorded at Sigma Sound in Philly – with excellent arrangements from Norman Harris, Richard Rome, and Bobby Eli – who all bring in a slight blacksploitation vibe to match the image on the cover – easily the funkiest setting that Barbara Mason ever had! But the real star here is the lady herself – who's pushed herself beyond the little girl soul themes of a few years before, to take on a host of societal issues with a surprisingly righteous vibe – mostly on tracks she penned herself. The song titles sum up lots of the energy of the record – and include "World in a Crisis", "Trigger Happy People", "The Devil is Busy", "Sunday Saint (Weekday Sinner)", "Half Sister Half Brother", and "Time Is Running Out". A real surprise from Barbara Mason – and a great one too! CD

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Leyla McCalla (Carolina Chocolate Drops)Vari-Colored Songs – A Tribute To Langston Hughes ... CD
Music Maker, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A really wonderful solo album from Leyla McCalla of the Carolina Chocolate Drops – and a set we dig even more than her music with that group! The album's something of a tribute to Langston Hughes – and definitely features a fair bit of words from his famous poems – but the overall vibe of the record is strictly Leyla's own, and carved from this beautiful blend of bluesy roots and more serious musical training – balanced between McCalla's beautiful performances on cello and tenor banjo, usually with just her own vocals, or maybe a bit of bass or pedal steel to back her up! Leyla's vocals are wonderful – really amazing in this setting, as is her instrumentation – and the whole thing's got this unique above-genres style that may well have McCalla stepping forth into the same special space as Esperanza Spaulding. Titles include "Heart Of Gold", "Girl", "Mesi Bondye", "Too Blue", "Manman Mwen", "Song For A Dark Girl", "Changing Tide", and "Lonely House". CD

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MiamiMiami ... CD
TK (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Cool compressed sounds from Miami – a group who are still plenty funky on this rare third album, but one who've also found a great way to serve up their groove as well! The combo's even sharper on the rhythms than ever before – and have a style that's a bit like that key evolution Pleasure took after their first few records for Fantasy – a funk band really going for a cut-above, and finding a way to fuse all their already-great individual components into a rich new whole! Willie Clarke produced, and the album's easily one of his sharpest Miami sets of the time – and is nicely free of the commercial qualities of other big TK Records of the period. Titles include "Eye For An Eye", "Broken Down Man", "Let Me See Some Knees Please", "Strange", and "I've Been Loving You Too Long". CD
Also available Miami ... LP 11.99

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MiamiMiami ... LP
TK/Drive, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Cool compressed sounds from Miami – a group who are still plenty funky on this rare third album, but one who've also found a great way to serve up their groove as well! The combo's even sharper on the rhythms than ever before – and have a style that's a bit like that key evolution Pleasure took after their first few records for Fantasy – a funk band really going for a cut-above, and finding a way to fuse all their already-great individual components into a rich new whole! Willie Clarke produced, and the album's easily one of his sharpest Miami sets of the time – and is nicely free of the commercial qualities of other big TK Records of the period. Titles include "Eye For An Eye", "Broken Down Man", "Let Me See Some Knees Please", "Strange", and "I've Been Loving You Too Long". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Miami ... CD 13.99

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Hank MobleyPoppin ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $18.99
A rare gem from Hank Mobley's initial late 50s run at Blue Note – a session recorded by the label in 1957, but unissued at the time! The quality of the set is right up there with Hank's best from the period – presented here in full album format, and the mix of searing hardbop and gentle soul that we've always loved in Mobley's work – all so great that the album's easily a cut above most other jazz sides of the time, and at a level that has us (as always) scratching our heads as to why Blue Note never put this one out. Players include Art Farmer on trumpet, Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Sonny Clark on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – and titles include "East Of Brooklyn", "Tune Up", "Poppin", "Darn That Dream", and "Getting Into Something". CD
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OzoneWalk On/Send It ... CD
Motown/Expansion (UK), 1980/1981. New Copy ... $11.99
The first two albums from Ozone – back to back on a single CD! Walk On is the great debut of Ozone – a group who'd worked previously as the backing band for Billy Preston – which should give you an idea of how great they are! The group have a razor-sharp way of putting things together – tight and funky, yet never over the top – and definitely a real cut above most of their contemporaries – even at this heady time for soul music! The balance of their sound is wonderful – with some occasional smooth moments amidst the jazzy funk – and the whole thing feels more like some of the best Capitol Records groovers of the time, instead of what you might expect from early 80s Motown. Titles include "Cosmic Egg", "Ego", "Walk On", "This Is Funkin Insane", "That J", and "You On My Mind". Send It is filled with killer grooves from Ozone – an overlooked early 80s group on Motown, and easily one of the label's strongest suits of the time! The group have the tighter sound of most of the Motown work of the time – but they also manage a looser, more organic sort of approach to their groove – a sound that's almost more in the ensemble funk and 80s groove best of the Capitol Rare scene of the time, and a lot less like some of the more chartbound acts on their label. There's plenty of bass in the backings, but it's never used in a way that's too over the top – and the group balance things out nicely with a careful approach to vocals and some more sensitive ballads. Titles include "Keep On Dancin", "Over & Over Again", "Gigolette", "Do What Cha Wanna", "Tune Up", and "Girl I Can't Wait". Also includes a 12" single mix of "Gigolette". CD

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Pharoah SandersElevation (180 gram vinyl – 2x45 rpm discs) ... LP
Impulse/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $26.99
A fantastic album by Pharoah Sanders – one of his later albums for Impulse, but one of his best! The record has Pharoah grooving in a strongly modal style – working up long passages of rhythm, piano, and percussion that really build on the promise delivered in earlier tunes on records like Jewels Of Thought and Tauhid – that strong sense of flow that was possibly Sanders' greatest contribution to the world of spiritual jazz – over and above his own work on tenor sax! The tunes never go too far out, and have a really joyous feel that we totally love – opening Pharoah up with that bright spirit that makes some of his 70s work so great, really pushing him past the darkness of the immediate post-Coltrane years. Other players include Joe Bonner on piano, Calvin Hill on bass, Michael White on violin, and Michael Carvin on drums – and titles include the tremendous track "Greeting To Saud", plus "Elevation", "Spiritual Blessing", "Ore Se Re", and "The Gathering". LP, Vinyl record album
(Special pressing – 2LPs that play at 45rpm for amazing sound!)

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Gil Scott-HeronRevolution Begins – The Flying Dutchman Masters (New Black Poet/Pieces Of A Man/Free Will/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $29.99
Gil Scott-Heron at his early best and most revolutionary – circa Small Talk At 125th And Lenox, Pieces Of Man and Free Will, plus a host of rare and unreleased material – the complete Flying Dutchman Masters in a masterfully compiled anthology! Rather than simply collecting the original Flying Dutchman albums into a box set, BGP does a terrific job here of organizing it by style. Disc One (Songs) focuses on the soul-based songcraft – while Disc Two (Poetry, Jazz & Blues) features the strident jazzy poetry that inspired most hip hop and spoken word to come. Disc Three features alternate takes and rarities – all of which have never been officially released before now! The set includes every recording that Gil made for Flying Dutchman that's known to exist – and if you're keeping tally, that's all of the tracks from the above-named classic albums – plus the great "Artificialness" from Pretty Purdie's Stand By Me record with Gil on vocals – and the surviving alternate takes. Even if you have all of the original albums, the set is worth picking up for the bonus material and the thick, nicely done booklet of notes and photo – which really adds some top notch historical perspective. 51 tracks on 3CDs: "Lady Day And John Coltrane", "Home Is Where The Hatred Is", "Whitey On The Moon", "Free Will", "Pieces Of Man", "Brother", "Ain't No New Thing", "The Needle's Eye", "The Get Out OF The Ghetto Blues", "Evolution (And Flashback)", "Billy Green Is Dead", "The Middle Of Your Day", "Save The Children", "Who'll Pay Reparations On My Soul?" and many more. CD

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Smoke CityI Really Want You ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1985. Used ... $8.99
A damn great bit of 80s soul – the only album ever issued by Smoke City, but a killer set that we've loved for many years – especially given the group's link to the Chicago scene! The set's perfectly put together – head and shoulders above so much other major label soul of the time – with a mature, sophisticated groove that's really wonderful – almost an extension of the styles explored by Philly International at the start of the 80s, taken forward at a time when so many others were amping up their drum machines and going for too-commercial riffs in their grooves. The vocals alternate nicely between lead male singer Daveon Overton and female singer Starr – and the album also alternates between 80s groove, quiet storm numbers, and even a few slyly jazzy numbers that are perfect for the hipper side of the mainstream soul spectrum at the time. Titles include "Dreams", "Life Of the Party", "Time To Jam", "Back Seat Kind Of Girl", "In The World Of Fantasy", and "Cafe Francois". CD

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THP OrchestraTender Is The Night/Good To Me (with bonus tracks) – Disco Recharge ... CD
Harmless (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy 2 CDs ... $10.99
A heady set of work from THP Orchestra – two full albums, and bonus tracks too! First up is THP #2/Tender Is The Night – the second album from THP, and the set that really broke them out of the box – thanks to some tuneful tracks that definitely played big in the clubs – and which featured some sweet soulful vocals from the Duncan Sisters! The pair really help give the songs some focus – and although the main focus here is still on the core rhythms, keyboard lines, and guitar riffs – the Duncans bring in a soulfulness that really helps the record climb above the usual disco noise. Tracks are all nice and long – and titles include "Weekend Two Step", "Tender Is The Night", "Half As Nice", and "Music Is All You Need". Good To Me features soaring disco grooves from THP – working here without the "orchestra" in the name that graced their first two records – but actually hitting an even fuller sound than before! This time around, Pete Pedersen handles all arrangements and orchestrations – and the grooves are a great blend of jazzy instrumentation, funky rhythms, and some larger horns that really soar over the top and send things home – at a level that may well beat the previous two records! Lead vocals are by Joyce Cobb – who often steps aside to let the instrumentation do its thing, but then comes right back with a catchy chorus to really add some hooks to the tunes. Titles include "Dancin Forever", "Good To Me", "Who Do You Love", "Two Hearts One Love", and "Dancin Is Alright". Also features lots of bonus tracks from singles – including "Two Hearts One Love (7" mix)", "Dancin Forever (edit)", "Music Is All You Need (12" mix)", and "Weekend Two Step (12" mix)". CD
Also available Tender Is The Night/Good To Me (with bonus tracks) – Disco Recharge ... CD 6.99

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THP OrchestraTender Is The Night/Good To Me (with bonus tracks) – Disco Recharge ... CD
Harmless (UK), 1978/1979. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
A heady set of work from THP Orchestra – two full albums, and bonus tracks too! First up is THP #2/Tender Is The Night – the second album from THP, and the set that really broke them out of the box – thanks to some tuneful tracks that definitely played big in the clubs – and which featured some sweet soulful vocals from the Duncan Sisters! The pair really help give the songs some focus – and although the main focus here is still on the core rhythms, keyboard lines, and guitar riffs – the Duncans bring in a soulfulness that really helps the record climb above the usual disco noise. Tracks are all nice and long – and titles include "Weekend Two Step", "Tender Is The Night", "Half As Nice", and "Music Is All You Need". Good To Me features soaring disco grooves from THP – working here without the "orchestra" in the name that graced their first two records – but actually hitting an even fuller sound than before! This time around, Pete Pedersen handles all arrangements and orchestrations – and the grooves are a great blend of jazzy instrumentation, funky rhythms, and some larger horns that really soar over the top and send things home – at a level that may well beat the previous two records! Lead vocals are by Joyce Cobb – who often steps aside to let the instrumentation do its thing, but then comes right back with a catchy chorus to really add some hooks to the tunes. Titles include "Dancin Forever", "Good To Me", "Who Do You Love", "Two Hearts One Love", and "Dancin Is Alright". Also features lots of bonus tracks from singles – including "Two Hearts One Love (7" mix)", "Dancin Forever (edit)", "Music Is All You Need (12" mix)", and "Weekend Two Step (12" mix)". CD
(Includes original slipcase.)
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Steve Turre, Hilton Ruiz, Bill Hardman & Jr CookVibration Society – The Music Of Rahsaan Roland Kirk ... LP
Stash, 1986. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A beautiful tribute to the music of Rahsaan Roland Kirk – one that really gets at all the sensitive soul and spirit that we first came to love in his recordings of the 60s! The quality of the set's no surprise, though, given that some of the key members here include Steve Turre and Hilton Ruiz – both of whom worked with Kirk back in the day, and who not only recreate his sound wonderfully – but also do a good of imagining its extension, had Roland not been taken from us too soon in his all-too-short career. Other players include Bill Hardman on trumpet, Junior Cook on tenor, Paul Brown on bass, and Leroy Williams on drums – and Suzanne Klewan and Timmy Shepherd sing on a few tracks tool. Titles include "Spirits Up Above", "A Handful Of Fives", "Serenade To A Cuckoo", "Theme For The Eulipions", "My Delight", "Bright Moments", and "The Inflated Tear". LP, Vinyl record album

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Vox DeiLa Biblia ... LP
Grafisound, 1970. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... $24.99
A really amazing set from this influential Argentine band – a record that's definitely a cut above most other South American rock records of the time – with a clear sense of direction, and a vibe that's completely all its own! We'd rank these guys right up there with We All Together for their sense of space and sublime production – but they're also heavier, with a deeper soul that really reaches right up from the bottom of their music – a way of layering guitars and vocals over brooding bass, yet letting the whole thing echo out without any too-macho posturing at all. That quality is what really separates these key South American acts from the Anglo world – a difference that's subtle, but which really makes a record like this a great discovery. And make no mistake, these guys certainly know how to let loose when they want to – as evidenced by a few great solos on the record – spun from the heart, not lower down on the anatomy. Titles include "Moises", "Las Guerras", "Cristo Muerte Y Resurreccion", "Apocalipsis", and "Libros Sapienciales". LP, Vinyl record album
(Amazing pressing – 2 LPs in a super-heavy, book-like cover! Limited to 1000 copies, too!)

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David T WalkerAhimsa ... CD
Half Moon/Warner (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $13.99
Great 80s work from guitarist David T Walker – the kind of set that's really a cut above most other mainstream electric jazz of this type from the time – thanks to excellent solos from Walker, and contributions by a host of well-known guest stars! Walker's got that great bluesy quality in his strings throughout – a style that's always earthy, even when polished – and which is never too smooth or sleepy. Core instrumentation is from the Warm Heart group, with Jerry Peters on keyboards and Oscar Brashear on trumpet – and guests include Ernie Watts, Les McCAnn, George Bohannon, and Stix Hooper – plus vocalists Sylvia Smith and Maxi Anderson, who each sing on a song apiece. Titles include "Colorful", "Ahimsa", "Consultation", "Plumb Happy", "Going Up", and "You Are My Sunshine". CD

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Dionne WarwickHere I Am/Live In Paris/Here Where There Is Love/On Stage & In The Movies ... CD
Scepter/Edsel (UK), 1965/1966/1967. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
Four Dionne Warwick classics – all wrapped up in a single set! On Here I Am, Dionne is still head and shoulders above most other female pop singers of her generation, with a style that really sets a whole new standard for the time! Burt Bacharach handled most of the arrangements here – with that heavenly sort of quality that he virtually invented for Dionne – a way of penning charts that are full, but never overbearing – and which have a subtle kind of softness, even though they also manage a sneaky sort of rhythm at the bottom. The balance is a beautiful one, and Dionne's vocals are the beneficiary here – on a batch of mostly Bacharach/David tunes that includes the sublime "Are You There With Another Girl", plus "Don't Go Breaking My Heart", "Window Wishing", "Long Day Short Night", "In Between The Heartaches", and "How Can I Hurt You" – as well as a version of "This Little Light", which features solo piano by Dionne! In Paris is a unique concert album from Dionne Warwick – proof that her talents weren't always restricted to Burt Bacharach arrangements in the studio! The setting is the classy Olympia Theater in Paris, and the style is a bit more open than on Dionne's studio albums – with less material by Bacharach & David than before, and a wider range of tunes that not only includes a few songs sung in French, but also a duet with Parisian popper Sacha Distel! Titles include "I Love Paris", "C'Est Si Bon", "Walk On By", "You'll Never Get To Heaven", "O Yeah Yeah Yeah", "The Good Life", "La Vie En Rose", and "What'd I Say". Here Where There Is Love is one of Dionne Warwick's biggest albums of the 60s – thanks to a near-classic selection of tunes, and sublime arrangements from the mighty Burt Bacharach! There's a confident, mature approach to the record that's arguably even better than Warwick's first few albums for Scepter – a kind of gelling of the genius she'd discovered with Bacharach & David – cast out over even more adult themes than before, with less of a need to focus on pop-oriented material. The album includes two of Dionne's most compelling cuts ever – "Alfie" and "Trains & Boats & Panes" – both sadder than the usual numbers, and with a good dose of remorseful soul – and other Bacharach numbers include "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself", "Go With Love", "Here Where There Is Love", and the seminal "What The World Needs Now Is Love". For On Stage & In The Movies, Dionne Warwick's making a bit of a break from formula – by singing a batch of tunes from films and shows, none of which were written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David! Yet despite this change from earlier records, the album's still got a sound that's strongly in keeping with Warwick's 60s years at Scepter Records – thanks to arrangements by Burt that help transform these older tunes, and update them with a new sense of maturity for Dionne's singing style. The real appeal of the record is the way that Bacharach changes things up with some of these overdone numbers – finding new corners to explore, and creating a sense of surprise that's quite different than other albums of this nature. Titles include "Something Wonderful", "Summertime", "My Favorite Things", "I Believe In You", "My Ship", "Anything You Can Do", and "He Loves Me". CD

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New Bobby WomackFacts Of Life ... LP
United Artists, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Bobby Womack at the height of his powers – perfectly balancing southern soul roots and 70s soul polish – with an amazing sound that was unlike anyone else at the time! The set was recorded at Muscle Shoals, but has a quality that goes way beyond any of the standard modes from the studio – almost as if Bobby brought a special sort of magic to the sessions that made everyone rise above the sometimes too-familiar work they were giving to the bigger names who were traipsing through the studio. Of course, a big part of the success of the album comes from Womack's amazing vocal delivery – that style that's raspy, yet warm – and which is a perfect fit for the well-penned tunes on the set. Titles include "I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You", "Nobody", "If You Can't Give Her Love Give Her Up", and a very cool version of "The Look Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousRed Hot & Riot ... CD
MCA, 2002. Used ... $3.99
A really great compilation put out by the folks at Red Hot – an organization dedicated to "Fighting Aids Through Popular Culture". Previous sets by the group have focussed on jazz, bossa, and other music – and this time around, the focus is Africa, currently suffering from a rampant AIDS epidemic. As a response to the problem, Red Hot have brought together a host of different artists in a set of new Afro Funk tracks that would do Fela proud! In fact, over and above the politics, the set's actually one of the best new Afro Funk projects we've ever heard – with a list of artists that includes Archie Shepp, Lateef, Gift Of Gab, Talib Kweli, Jorge Ben, D'Angelo, Femi Kuti, Macy Gray, Meshell Ndegeocello, Cheikh Lo, Tony Allen, Positive Black Soul, Kelis, and others – all coming together in a really wonderful set of tracks that crackle with excitement! Unfortunately, one of Aids most famous African victims includes Afro Funk pioneer Fela. As a loving tribute, the set's made up of new versions of Fela tunes – with titles that include "No Agreement", "So Be It", "Gentleman", "Shakara/Lady", "Water No Get Enemy", "Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake", "Colonial Mentality", and "Shuffering & Smiling". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Cheryl LynnCheryl Lynn (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1978. New Copy ... Around August 18, 2014
Massive work from the great Cheryl Lynn – and a key bridge between late 70s disco and the newer grooves of the 80s club scene! The album's a mix of midtempo groovers with a few mellower tracks – and it's got a tight, slightly jazzy sound that was very fresh at the time, and which still holds up incredibly well today – really a cut above most of Cheryl's contemporaries, and most of her later work too! The standout cut on the record is the landmark groover "Got To Be Real" – but there's loads of other great ones, like "Star Love", "Daybreak (Storybook Children)", "Give My Love To You", "All My Lovin", and "Come In From The Rain". CD

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New Isley BrothersLive It Up ... LP
T Neck/Columbia, 1974. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Mid 70s genius from the Isley Brothers – a record that has them firmly hitting their superstar mode with a fantastic blend of mellow soul and guitar-heavy funk! The record's got a sense of class, care, and poise that's head and shoulders above most of the group's contemporaries – an ability to rock out one minute, then slow things down for a beautiful ballad the next – all while maintaining enough credibility to still hold onto older fans, yet also reach out to a much bigger audience in the mainstream. Titles include the sublime "Ain't I Been Good To You (parts 1 & 2)", a long track with a sinister bassline and a dark groove that really makes it great, a great cover of "Hello It's Me" that's even better than the original, and the key mellow cuts "Lover's Eve" and "Brown Eyed Girl" – plus "Live It Up (parts 1 & 2)", "Need A Little Taste Of Love", and "Midnight Sky (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Clarence ReidMiss Hot Stuff/Mr Hot Stuff ... 7-inch
Alston/Tramp (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Clarence Reid at his funky best – heard here on a wicked wicked groove – one with a vibe that's right up there with the sharp-edged best of Joe Quarterman! Reid's always great at this point in his career – but there's something about this single that's even a cut above – the way the bass comes down on its own, between the horns and the drums – creating this extra layer that's almost its own groove on the cut! "Mr Hot Stuff" is similar, but a bit different too – with drums that break nicely, and some mighty mean piano too! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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New SOS BandSOS III ... LP
Tabu, 1982. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A solid smoker from the SOS Band – maybe one of the group's best-remembered albums, and for good reason too! The set's got a groove that's beautiful right from the start – 80s funk that's really a cut above, and touched with just the right mix of jazzy elements and warmer moments too – giving the whole record a much more balanced feel than similar efforts of the time! Production is from Ricky Sylvers and Gene Dozier – the latter of whom we especially love, and who no doubt helps bring his years of soulful experience into the great sound of the set. Titles include "You Shake Me Up", "Have It Your Way", "Your Love", "High Hopes", "Good & Plenty", and "Groovin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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VariousIstanbul 70 – Psych, Disco, Folk Classics ... LP
Nublu, 1970s/1980s. New Copy 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
Turkish psych, funk, and disco – plus cross-pollinated grooves created from all of the above! If you don't know the Turkish scene of the 70s, there's plenty here to love – a really wicked combination of Western modes and local elements – styles that echo out in some of the classic arabesk rock of the scene, as well as some more unusual modes that are a great addition here. The full length set follows up on previous 12" singles from Nublu – but offers all original material from back in the day, with no edits or remixes at all – just killer classics that show why the Turkish scene of the time is well worth digging up! Titles include "Cemalim" by Erkin Koray, "Yaz Gazeteci" by Derdiyoklar, "Nem Alacak Felek Benim" by Cem Karaca, "Ikimiz Bir Fidaniz" by Kamuran Akkor, "Hal Hal" by Nazan Soray, "Derman Bulunmaz" by Ersen & Dadaslar, "Teselliye Sen Gerek" by Nazay Soray, and "Binboganin Kizi" by Baris Manco & Mogollar. LP, Vinyl record album

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New John Davis & The Monster OrchestraAin't That Enough For You/Monster Orchestra Strikes Again (plus bonus tracks) – Disco Recharge ... CD
SAM/Harmless (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two club classics, back to back – plus bonus tracks too! Ain't That Enough For You is classic disco grooving by John Davis – upbeat and clubby, and definitely a cut above work by most of his late 70s contemporaries! Davis has this magical way with a groove – able to bring in an undercurrent of funk while still letting the strings soar and the vocals fly – a way of keeping things deep even when crossing over – with a vibe that's arguably like some of the best that Salsoul had to offer at the time. Lyrics aren't much, but that lack is more than compensated by the keyboard and sax solos on the tunes – played by the man himself – on titles that include "Disco Fever", "A Bite Of The Apple", "I'll Be The Music", "Ain't That Enough For You", "Kojak Theme", and "I Got The Hots For You". Bonus tracks include "Ain't That Enough For You (12" mix)", "A Bite Of The Apple (12" mix)", "Kojak Theme (7" edit)", and "Disco Fever (7" edit)". Monster Orchestra Strikes Again is a smooth bit of pop disco from John Davis – the kind of record we never used to rate properly, but which sounds better and better as the years go by! Of course, part of that has to do with the fact that the album includes the massive cut "Bourgie Bourgie", one of those tunes that gets picked up years later, sampled, and played around – sounding better as a smooth disco revival number than we ever remember it sounding back in the day. The rest of the album's got a similar vibe – soaring instrumental grooving with female chorus vocals (although not by Ashford & Simpson, as on "Bourgie Bourgie"). Titles include "Love Magic", "Holler", "Baby I've Got It", and "That's What I Get". CD features bonus tracks – "14T", plus 7" edits of "Bourgie Bourgie", "Holler", and "Love Magic". CD

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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 FlaviolaFlaviola E O Bando Do Sol (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Rozenblit/Mr Bongo (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A gem of a record from the same Pernambuco early 70s scene that gave us Lula Cortes, Ze Ramalho, Geraldo Azevedo, and Alceu Valenca! This obscure little set has lots of the earthier tones that showed up in work by the above artists – a style that mixes folksy touches with bits of psychedelia – kind of a north east answer to the growing sound from the Minas Geraes generation around Milton Nascimento. Many of the tunes here are fairly mellow – building slowly with an honest, earthy integrity – and mostly relying on acoustic instrumentation to carry the gentle poetry of the lyrics, but still coming across with enough of an edge to appeal to fans of stronger South American rock. Titles include "Canto Funebre", "O Tempo", "Noite", "Desespero", "Cancao De Outono", "Do Amigo", and "Romance Da Lua Lua". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Sounds Of TomorrowSounds Of Tomorrow (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RPM (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Moogy, groovy, and really wonderful stuff – a set of rare private recordings made by the team of Scott Ludwig and Maximillian Crook, both electric inventors and very groovy musicians in their own right! The pair have a bit of a connection to Del Shannon – who used their Musitron instrument on the chorus of his hit "Runaway" – and a few of these tracks were actually produced by Shannon himself, in later years away from pop fame. But over and above that brief connection to mainstream pop, this work more than stands out on its own – and crackles with a sound that's simple, yet intense – almost a 60s garage rock aesthetic applied to electronic instrumentation, with a result that's got the appeal of some of Bruce Haack's work, but none of the child-like themes. Ludwig's playing the Sonocon and Crook is on the Musitron – both instruments of their own invention, and with a fuzzed-up approach to analogue electronics – and the CD features a range of material from in-home recordings and a rare live date! Titles include "Beeswax", "Our Electronic Bag", "Space Child", "Hero", "Punk Walk", "Firefighter's Theme", "The Diamond", "Runaway", "Caravan", "Hawaiian Vibes", and "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight". CD

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New Jason AdasiewiczSpacer ... CD
Delmark, 2011. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most amazing players to ever pick up the vibes – an artist with the sort of boundless creativity that Walt Dickerson and Bobby Hutcherson brought to the instrument in the 60s! Jason Adasiewicz has an amazing ear for both sound and music – and manages to balance the two perfectly – reaching for completely fresh sounds from the vibes, yet also with a sense of structure that's never too free – really maintaining a musical, melodic approach that keeps us rapt and attentive all the way through! Jason's music has always been great, but these recent Delmark sets are even a cut above – proof that both the label and the new Chicago scene are powerful forces in 21st Century jazz. The trio features excellent work by like-minded musicians Natt McBride on bass and Mike Reed on drums – and titles include "The Volunteer", "Pillow", "Run Fly", "Solo One", "Diesel", and "Waiting In The Attic". CD

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New Bill BrandonBill Brandon ... CD
Prelude/Unidisc (Canada), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pretty darn nice deep soul album – the only one we've ever seen from singer Bill Brandon, and a real obscurity on the mostly-disco Prelude labe! The album was put together by the team of Moses Dillard and Jesse Boyce, but it's much more laidback and mellow than the clubbier work by the pair – very much in a mature 70s southern soul mode – that cut-above, no-cliches style that very few male singers of the generation were able to hit! A few numbers pick up the pace, but usually only slightly – and even on these, Brandon's warm vocals sound great – flowing and grooving with a quality that's almost like Walter Jackson, but a bit deeper soul overall. Titles include "Baby, Love is A Two Way Street", "Hands Full Of Nothing", "Just Can't Walk Away", and "Can't We Just Sit Down And Talk It Over". CD also features the bonus track "We Fell In Love While Dancing (12" version)". CD

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New Bill BrandonBill Brandon ... CD
Prelude/Unidisc (Canada), 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
A pretty darn nice deep soul album – the only one we've ever seen from singer Bill Brandon, and a real obscurity on the mostly-disco Prelude labe! The album was put together by the team of Moses Dillard and Jesse Boyce, but it's much more laidback and mellow than the clubbier work by the pair – very much in a mature 70s southern soul mode – that cut-above, no-cliches style that very few male singers of the generation were able to hit! A few numbers pick up the pace, but usually only slightly – and even on these, Brandon's warm vocals sound great – flowing and grooving with a quality that's almost like Walter Jackson, but a bit deeper soul overall. Titles include "Baby, Love is A Two Way Street", "Hands Full Of Nothing", "Just Can't Walk Away", and "Can't We Just Sit Down And Talk It Over". CD also features the bonus track "We Fell In Love While Dancing (12" version)". CD

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New Mean MachineDisco Dream (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Sugar Hill, 1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
We don't know if Mean Machine did anything worhtwhile after this one, but "Disco Dream" is definitely one of the great lost early Sugarhill singles that doesn't usually appear on the reissue compilations. With the live/party Sugarhill sound and far above-average early old-school lyrics (in English and Spanish) – almost as dope as the classic Enjoy singles from the Funky 4, etc. One of the overlooked old school singles that still holds up. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Sugar Hill sleeve.)

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New Johnny OsbourneNever Stop Fighting ... LP
Greensleeves, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A great one from Johnny Osbourne – with Henry Junjo Lawes production and Roots Radics in the cuts – right up there with the best of their work together!! Never Stop Fighting came during a really strong period for all of the above, and it's rock solid mix of bright and breezy material, with heavier stuff, too – finely mixed by Scientist. Includes "Never Stop Fighting", "In Your Eyes", "Baccara", "Words Of The Ghetto" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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New OsibisaWoyaya ... LP
Decca, 1971. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
These early Osibisa records always used to be fairly common years back – perhaps because they were always a bit too hippy dippy and loose for the older funk crowd. But now, in today's blunted groove culture, they seem to have found a new appreciation for their trippy Afro funk style, and their nice laidback groove. This album includes a great version of Roland Kirk's "Spirits Up Above", plus "Beautiful 7", "Move On", "Survival", and "Rabiatu" – all of which have the band's trademark Afro funk groove. Nice Roger Dean gatefold cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album
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New Tyrone DavisWithout You In My Life ... CD
Dakar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Warm and tender work from the mighty Tyrone Davis – really singing here at the height of his early powers, in that wonderful blend of the rough and smooth that made him so unique! Davis has a gritty touch in his singing style, but the backings have that perfect Brunswick Chicago soul approach – a blend that's laid out perfectly in the album's arrangements from Monk Higgins, Willie Henderson, and Tom Tom Washington! Tyrone's a singer who's really a cut above – especially on his early work like this – able to charm and convince us with just about any sort of lyric. Titles include "Wrapped Up In Your Warm & Tender Love", "I'm Just Your Man", "There It Is", "I Had It All the Time", and "True Love Is Hard to Find". CD

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New Nancy WilsonSon Of A Preacher Man/Hurt So Bad ... CD
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two overlooked Capitol albums from Nancy Wilson – back to back on a single CD! First up is Son Of A Preacher Man – a wonderfully groovy album from Nancy Wilson – filled with hip jazzy touches and lots of bouncy soul – in that sweet blend that was a perfect fit for the style of late 60s Capitol Records! Nancy really steps out from some of her more staid modes here – swinging a groove with some bad-rapping late 60s styles, yet still also reminding us that she's a sophisticated lady on some of the record's more adult tracks too. Arrangements are by the trio of Jimmy Jones, Phil Wright, and Joe Parnello – each of whom bring a different feel to the record, and help create a strong sense of variety amongst tracks that include "Son Of A Preacher Man", "Make The World Go Away", "I Made You This Way", "Husbands & Wives", "Mr Walker It's Over", "Almost Persuaded", and "Got It Together". Hurt So Bad continues the groovy late 60s sound of Nancy Wilson at Capitol Records – that unique blend of jazz and soul that seemed to inspire a whole host of imitations at the time! Nancy's still the best of the bunch at this sort of groove, though – and the arrangements here shift nicely between bouncy soul tracks and mature mellower ballads – handled with just the right sensitivity through charts by Jimmy Jones, Phil Wright, Billy May, and Oliver Nelson. Some of the best tracks are the ones with Phil Wright – like the covers of "Hurt So Bad", "Willie & Laura Mae Jones", and "You're All I Need To Get By" – which all really showcase the new soaring side of Wilson's talents. Yet the other work is plenty great too – definitely head and shoulders above the rest – on cuts that include a funky take on "Spinning Wheel", plus "One Soft Night", "Ages Ago", "Come Back To Me", and "Let's Make The Most Of A Beautiful Thing". CD

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New Nancy WilsonSound Of Nancy Wilson/Nancy ... CD
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of overlooked gems from Nancy Wilson – on CD for the first time ever! The Sound Of Nancy Wilson is mighty darn groovy – a wonderful blend of upbeat late 60s modes, and some of the more compressed class of her earlier years! Arrangements are by Jimmy Jones, who finds just the right balance of jazz and soul to work perfectly with Wilson – so that when things are bouncy and swinging, she's got the punch to beat all the younger soul singers who were copping her game at the time – and when they're mellow, she shows that she can still blow anyone else out of the water on a sad-tinged ballad! Familiar tunes are reworked wonderfully by Jones – who definitely gives them all the sound of Nancy here – and titles include the righteous "Black Is Beautiful", plus "Below Above", "The Rules Of The Road", "Peace Of Mind", "The Other Side Of The Tracks", "It Only Takes A Moment", "Alone With My Thoughts Of You", and "This Bitter Earth". Nancy is a self-titled set from Nancy Wilson – and a record that definitely lives up to everything the Nancy name meant at the end of the 60s! The album's got a depth that can take on comers from all corners – enough class and sophistication to match the modes of Marlena Shaw or Dionne Warwick, but also enough punch to tackle the heavier soul styles of singers like Aretha Franklin or Fontella Bass – thanks to some heavier groovers on the package! There's loads of fresh numbers on the record – many given a great blast of jazz and soul by arranger Jimmy Jones – and titles include "Prisoner Of My Eyes", "Looking Back", "You'd Better Go", "What Do You See In Her", "We Could Learn Together", and "Player Play On". CD

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New Jason AdasiewiczSpacer ... LP
Delmark, 2011. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most amazing players to ever pick up the vibes – an artist with the sort of boundless creativity that Walt Dickerson and Bobby Hutcherson brought to the instrument in the 60s! Jason Adasiewicz has an amazing ear for both sound and music – and manages to balance the two perfectly – reaching for completely fresh sounds from the vibes, yet also with a sense of structure that's never too free – really maintaining a musical, melodic approach that keeps us rapt and attentive all the way through! Jason's music has always been great, but these recent Delmark sets are even a cut above – proof that both the label and the new Chicago scene are powerful forces in 21st Century jazz. The trio features excellent work by like-minded musicians Natt McBride on bass and Mike Reed on drums – and titles include "The Volunteer", "Pillow", "Run Fly", "Solo One", "Diesel", and "Waiting In The Attic". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Peabo Bryson & Roberta FlackBorn To Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The beautiful full scale duets set from Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack – a record that's no doubt defined by its biggest hit – but the rest is just as great! Born To Love kicks off with "Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You" – a song that's doubtlessly one of the most inescapable slow dance classics of all time – and if its ubiquity overshadows the rest of the record, that's not because it's any less excellent! Peabo's affectionate style is in top form here, and Roberta is such a perfect duet partner – with plenty of lead moments of her own. It definitely feels like a perfectly balanced partnership. The record's got some lovely slow jams on par with the aforementioned pop soul standard, plus some great ones that up the tempo a little bit. Other titles include "Blame It On Me", "Born To Love", "Heaven Above Me", "Comin' Alive", "Can We Find Love Again", "You're Looking Like Love To Me" and more. 3 bonus tracks on this Soulmusic CD version: US single version of "You're Looking Like Love To Me", plus UK 12" and 7" mixes of "Heaven Above Me". CD

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New Gap BandGap Band VI (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Total Experience/Big Break (UK), 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A tight groover from The Gap Band – already past the "V" in their classic run of 80s albums, and still very might at the top of their game! The core trio work here with sweet production from Lonnie Simmons – a pairing that continues to set the group up above most of their competition, and give them a groove that goes way past the obvious. Mellow cuts stand out as strongly as upbeat ones – and if anything, the mellow groovers are the best! Titles include "The Sun Don't Shine Everyday", "Weak Spot", "Video Junkie", "Beep A Freak", "Don't You Leave Me", "Disrespect", "I Believe", and "I Found My Baby". CD features bonus tracks – "Beep A Freak (12" long version)", "I Found My Baby (12" club/dance mix)", "Disrespect (12" club mix)", "Beep A Freak (12" special dance mix)", and "I Found My Baby (12" rmx with breakdown)". CD

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New J-LiveAll Of The Above ... LP
Coup D'Etat, 2002. Used 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Nothing fancy – just a way too long in the making, straight up hip hop record from J-Live, a record that cares a whole lot about the words for a change. J-Live seems to have scrapped whatever crossover ambitions he may have had a few years ago in his bungled major label nightmare, and clearly does what he does because he loves it. In a way this record would sit well next to Large Professor's even more regrettably delayed 1st Class in your collection – both have an unpretentious early 90s feel – LP's with that era's turgid production aesthetic, and J-Live with the scope, flow, and mindset of a Native Tongue. Tracks include "First Thing First", "How Real It Is", "MCee", "Once For The Griot", "Nights Like This", "Travelling","All Of The Above", "All In Together Now" and more. Here's a plus – as far as we can tell, J-Live is the only MC on this record – and a singular vision just doesn't happen often enough these days, does it? LP, Vinyl record album
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New Gladys Knight & The PipsIn The Beginning (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bell/FTG, Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really great pre-Motown music from Gladys Knight & The Pips – a collection of early singles that were issued by Vee Jay and the Fire/Fury labels, but which already show the group head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries! Many of these cuts are from the start of the 60s, and show the quartet working out the first modes of group soul in a really great way – balancing Gladys' strong lead with sublime harmonies from The Pips – often set to some excellent early compositions from Van McCoy, who gives the group a great deal of class right from the start. Titles include "Letter Full Of Tears", "Either Way I Lose", "Giving Up", "Stop & Get A Hold Of Myself", "Tell Her You're Mine", "Lovers Always Forgive", "Every Beat Of My Heart", and "Operator". CD adds in some nice bonus tracks too – "The Devil In Me", "Another Love", "Go Away Stay Away", "Why Don't You Love Me", and "Who Knows". CD

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New Laura LeeI Can't Make It Alone (with bonus track) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sublime soul from the mighty Laura Lee – one of the best deep soul singers of the 70s, even though she recorded with the mostly-northern team of Holland Dozier Holland! The set shows that the trio really knew how to change it up after leaving Motown – and although Lee had recorded for Chess in the 60s, she really finds her groove here – mixing southern soul with a dose of 70s funk – all of which really stands out from most of her contemporaries! Laura's voice is sweet and dusky, in the mode of some of the best underground singers of her day – but also rises above the rest, thanks crack arrangements by HB Barnum and Eugene Moore – who mix strings and soul into a stellar blend of styles! Titles include the breakbeat classic "Crums Off The Table", which begins with some great hard drums – plus the cuts "Every Little Bit Hurts", "I Can't Make It Alone", "Mirror Of Your Soul", and "I Need It Just As Bad As You". Features a bonus unedited version of "I Need It Just As Bad As You". CD

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New Red MitchellRed Mitchell ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the first-ever sessions as a leader from west coast bassist Red Mitchell – a great start to a career that definitely showed that Red was always a cut above the usual rhythm player! The album features some very nice arrangements that open things up in a west coast mode that's never too playful, but which brings the bass out from the back, but still leaves plenty of room from some solo stars in the lead. Key to that approach is saxophonist Joe Maini – who steps out on the record with a voice on alto and tenor that's totally great, heard here in one of the most unfettered settings Joe ever received. Conte Candoli also serves up some bold trumpet lines, alongside work from Hampton Hawes on piano, and Chuck Thompson on drums – on titles that include "Section Blues", "Jam For Your Bread", "Duff", and "You Go To My Head". CD

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New PleasureGive It Up ... CD
RCA/PTG (Netherlands), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great later work from Pleasure – a group who are probably best-known for their classic 70s albums on Fantasy Records, but one who kept the groove riding high in some early 80s years at RCA! This set's a shimmering jewel – a great mix of funky rhythms and mellower moments, all wrapped up in that blend of modern soul and 80s groove that RCA was really hitting perfectly for a few key years at the start of the decade. The sound's definitely different than the Fantasy years, but in a way that nicely has the group maturing a bit – changing things up, yet still holding onto all the best elements that made them a cut above most of their contemporaries. Keyboards come in a bit more than before, and there's some really tasty bass-driven numbers – on titles that include "Take It To The Streets", "Sending My Love", "Give It Up", "Sassy Baby", "It's So Hard", "Stone Love", and "All The Way". CD

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New Lillo ThomasAll Of You ... CD
Capitol/PTG (Netherlands), 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Lillo Thomas has a mighty nice vocal style here – one that's a bit high in the spectrum, and which works perfectly with the sweet keyboards in the grooves! Thomas takes the lyrics right up to the top of the mix – and floats them way high above the basslines, but still in a way that snaps along with the 80s groove that drives most of the numbers a great blend that's served up by Paul Lawrence – who handles the keys, production, and songwriting – really making for a tight package overall! Lillo's got the chops to challenge the bigger chart names in 80s soul, yet keeps things a bit more relaxed too. Titles include "Your Love's Got A Hold On Me", "Holding On", "Show Me", "Settle Down", "All Of You", and "My Girl". CD

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New Dionne WarwickLove At First Sight (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The final Warner Brothers album from Dionne Warwick – and a smooth, sophisticated affair done with full arrangements from Michael Omartian! The sound's still not as pop disco as you might expect from the time, and Dionne's gentle vocals are often cast in backings that step along nicely with a mellow, midtempo groove – one that's a bit like some of the best Philly soul of the period, yet still with a bit more California polish overall. The album works surprisingly well as a soul record – and really puts Warwick in the company of a whole generation of younger singers who'd risen above her by this point in the 70s. Titles include "One Thing On My Mind", "Don't Ever Take Your Love Away", "Livin It Up Is Startin To Get Me Down", "Since You Stayed Here", "A Long Way To Go", and "Keepin My Head Above Water". The 4 bonus tracks include mono promo single versions of "Do You Believe In Love At First Siight", "Keepin' My Head Above Water", "Don't Ever Take Your Love Away", plus a stereo singer version of the latter track. CD

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New Bobby WomackFacts Of Life ... CD
United Artists (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Bobby Womack at the height of his powers – perfectly balancing southern soul roots and 70s soul polish – with an amazing sound that was unlike anyone else at the time! The set was recorded at Muscle Shoals, but has a quality that goes way beyond any of the standard modes from the studio – almost as if Bobby brought a special sort of magic to the sessions that made everyone rise above the sometimes too-familiar work they were giving to the bigger names who were traipsing through the studio. Of course, a big part of the success of the album comes from Womack's amazing vocal delivery – that style that's raspy, yet warm – and which is a perfect fit for the well-penned tunes on the set. Titles include "I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You", "Nobody", "If You Can't Give Her Love Give Her Up", and a very cool version of "The Look Of Love". CD
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New Bobby Womack/JJ JohnsonAcross 110th Street (40th Anniversary Edition) (Across 110th Street/Facts Of Life/Looking For A Love Again) ... CD
United Artists/Charly (UK), 1972. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A very cool set! This one comes in a hardcover book-like package – and not only includes the main record, but two full other records as well! Across 110th Street is one of the best blacksploitation soundtracks of the early 70's – not only for the great title cut by Bobby Womack, "Across 110th Street", but for the excellent hard-hitting instrumentals by J.J. Johnson, which are perfectly in the groove of the blacksploitation generation! Lots of wah-wah guitar, funky keys, and tight riffing by the band – especially on the cuts "Harlem Clavinette", "Hang On in There", and "Harlem Love Theme". Also features "Do It Right" and another vocal version of "Hang On In There", both by Bobby. Facts Of Life features Bobby Womack at the height of his powers – perfectly balancing southern soul roots and 70s soul polish – with an amazing sound that was unlike anyone else at the time! The set was recorded at Muscle Shoals, but has a quality that goes way beyond any of the standard modes from the studio – almost as if Bobby brought a special sort of magic to the sessions that made everyone rise above the sometimes too-familiar work they were giving to the bigger names who were traipsing through the studio. Of course, a big part of the success of the album comes from Womack's amazing vocal delivery – that style that's raspy, yet warm – and which is a perfect fit for the well-penned tunes on the set. Titles include "I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You", "Nobody", "If You Can't Give Her Love Give Her Up", and a very cool version of "The Look Of Love". Looking For A Love Again is perfect pivotal Bobby! The record still has the raspy southern soul edge of earlier albums, but it benefits from some great smooth funky backing, laid down at Muscle Shoals with a host of legendary studio giants like Clayton Ivey, Roger Hawkins, Jimmy Johnson, and Truman Thomas. Includes killer funky stepper "You're Welcome, Stop On By", which has been sampled and covered many times over the years – plus "I Don't Wanna Be Hurt By Ya Love Again", "Let It Hang Out", "Lookin For A Love", "Doing It My Way", and "Don't Let Me Down". CD

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New VariousBoddie Recording Company – Cleveland, Ohio (5LP set) ... LP
Boddie/Numero, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 5LP ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest sets the Numero Group has ever released – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given their already-mighty catalog! Although the label issued a previous dip into the enigmatic Boddie Recording company of Cleveland, this massive package brings together a whopping 57 tracks from the Boddie studios and related labels – many of which have never been reissued before, even by Numero – and all of which offer up a mindblowing microcosm of the American scene in the 60s and 70s – a wealth of rare funk, soul, psych, gospel, and more – all of it the kind of gritty material that 45 collectors die for! But just as cool as the music is the package itself – a heavy box with a flap that fits around five LPs, two booklets, flyer reproductions, and even a Boddie greeting card! There's loads of rare photos, band information, studio details, and more – billed by Numero as a "self-contained record industry" in one box. Musically, the whole thing's right on par with other Numero releases – maybe even above them, given the wide range and depth of the collection – and artists include Bo & The Metros, Inter Circle, King James Version, Ricky Hodges, Jackie Russell, Angela Alexander, Frankie Pighee, Chantells, AC Jones, Harvey Hall, Headlines, Modern Detergents, Penny North, JC Akins, Little Anthony Mitchell, Gospel Fabulators, Royal Kings, Corinthian Singers, Brother Bill, Victory 5, and many more. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Algebra BlessettRecovery ... CD
E One, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
Wonderful work from Algebra Blessett – a singer who's really a cut above most other vocalists in the underground soul scene – with a classic sense of depth and timing that really knock this album out of the park! Algebra spent many years working under some of the bigger soul singers on the scene – definitely put in her years in the field – but she's got a fresh style that's really all her own, a way of phrasing and pushing a lyric that really gets some great augmentation here in the production work of Kwame Holland and LTMoe. Shannon Sanders and Brett Baker also help with production, and there's definitely a collaborative feel to the record – but all in support of the righteous talents of the lady in the lead! Titles include "Right Next To You", "Augment To Recovery", "Nobody But You", "Writer's Block", "Struggle To Be", "Recovery", "Forever", "I'll Be OK"," Danger Zone", "Mystery", and "Paper Heart". CD

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CBS Jazz All StarsMontreux Summit Vol 1 ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 18.98
A really amazing little record – way more than usual for this sort of live recording – given that it features some very unique performances together by artists we've never heard on the same stage otherwise! The premise is simple, but wonderfully effective – in that the album brings together some of the leading lights of the Columbia/CBS jazz stable at the time – a massive lineup of talent from a few key generations in jazz, sounding surprisingly great hear together! All tracks are nice and long – and titles include a brilliant version of "Infant Eyes" by a quartet with Stan Getz on tenor and Bob James on piano; "Fried Bananas" with Dexter Gordon on tenor, Slide Hampton on trombone, Woody Shaw on trumpet, and George Duke on piano; "Bahama Mama" with Bob James on keyboards, Bobbi Humphrey on flute, Eric Gale and Steve Kahn on guitars, and Billy Cobham on drums – and the long jam session tracks "Montreux Summit", "Blues March", and "Andromeda" – which feature work from most of the players above, all working in one large group – plus added flute from Hubert Laws and Thijs Van Leer, percussion from Ralph Maconald, and bass from Alphonso Johnson. CD

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June ChristyBig Band Specials ... LP
Capitol, 1962. Very Good- ... $1.99
A very different album than usual for June Christy – one of her last for Capitol, and a very swinging, upbeat affair! As the title implies, June's singing a set of tunes made famous during the glory days of the big bands – tracks associated with Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and others – all given a nice reworking here by June, in a style that's got a hipper, swinging California kind of groove! Arrangers on the set are Bill Holman, Bob Cooper, and Shorty Rogers – and they all keep things light and above board – shaking away the bluer tones and quieter moods of some of June's other records, taking her vocals back to the highly swinging style that first brought her fame in the 40s. Titles include "Frenesi", "Time Was", "Good Bye", "Night In Tunisia", "Stompin At the Savoy", "Prelude To A Kiss", and "Skyliner". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label mono pressing. Side 1 has some marks that play short clicks. Cover has some wear, a sticker, and a small sticker on the top seam.)

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Milo Fine/Paul MetzgerConcerning The Other Condition/Spontaneous Composition Generator ... LP
Nero's Neptune, 2009. New Copy ... $9.99
A split LP – featuring a side apiece by each of the artists above! Milo Fine plays b flat clarinet on "Moosbrugger", but also steps over to a prepared piano too – or the "remains" of one – where he suddenly moves from the contemplative tones of the clarinet to some very wild musings with great ferocity on the keys! "Ulrich" then features Fine on some great free drum work on a conventional kit – a nice change. Paul Metzger sounds even more wonderful on "Spontaneous Composition Generator" on the flipside – named after the cool device used for the piece – a wooden box that contains parts of 37 music boxes, then added with other elements, and wired to a dozen pickups! The sound is amazing – very revolutionary and spontaneous – and in a compelling space between avant composition elements and free jazz. LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful pressing – with some cool paper inserts that appear to be hand-pressed!)

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First ChoiceDelusions ... LP
Philly Groove/Gold Mind, 1977. Very Good+ ... $7.99
One of the best records ever cut by this soulful Philly female trio! The album's one of the first on Salsoul's Gold Mind subsidiary – and it features sparkling club production by the Harris/Baker/Young team – a landmark force not only in Philly disco, but 70s female soul as well – as their backings for groups of this nature are always sensitive to the complexities of the vocals! The record's mostly uptempo – with plenty of soaring tracks that still retain the more soulful sound of the group's early work – and the songwriting's generally tight, a few notches above earlier albums on Warner – showing that their return to the indie fold was a very good move. Titles include the classic "Let No Man Put Asunder" – plus "Doctor Love", "Indian Giver", "Do Me Again", and a great version of Stevie Wonder's "Love Having You Around". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Delusions (with bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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First ChoiceDelusions (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gold Mind/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the best records ever cut by this soulful Philly female trio! The album's one of the first on Salsoul's Gold Mind subsidiary – and it features sparkling club production by the Harris/Baker/Young team – a landmark force not only in Philly disco, but 70s female soul as well – as their backings for groups of this nature are always sensitive to the complexities of the vocals! The record's mostly uptempo – with plenty of soaring tracks that still retain the more soulful sound of the group's early work – and the songwriting's generally tight, a few notches above earlier albums on Warner – showing that their return to the indie fold was a very good move. Titles include the classic "Let No Man Put Asunder" – plus "Doctor Love", "Indian Giver", "Do Me Again", and a great version of Stevie Wonder's "Love Having You Around". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "Doctor Love (single)", "Love Having You Around (single)", "Indian Giver (single)", "Doctor Love (12" Tom Moulton mix)", "Let No Man Put Asunder (12" Shep Pettibon mix)", and "Let No Man Put Asunder (12" Frankie Knuckles mix)". CD
Also available Delusions ... LP 7.99

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Five KeysIt's A Groove ... LP
Charly (UK), Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Wonderful doo wop work from The Five Keys – pulled from their classic Alkaddin and Capitol sides of the early 50s, some of the best vocal group material recorded at the time! The group were always a few notches above their contemporaries – and sing with a style there that's a wonderful blend of early harmony and R&B-styled vocals, produced to perfection, with an impeccable studio approach that's much better than most other doo wop sides from the time. 16 tracks in all, including "Hucklebuck With Jimmy", "How Do You Expect Me To Get It", "Why Oh Why", "Serve Another Round", "I'm So High", "Rockin' & Cryin' Blues", "She's The Most", "It's A Groove", "From The Bottom Of My Heart", "Now Don't That Prove I Love You", "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind" and "My Pigeon's Gone". LP, Vinyl record album

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Luis GascaCollage ... CD
Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $11.99
A standout classic from trumpeter Luis Gasca – and a set that may well be the artists' most complete musical vision of the 70s! The group here is larger than on previous records, and Gasca's dropped a bit of his Latin roots in exchange for a soaring, slightly spiritual sound put together by arranger Don Menza – who's really at the top of his game here! There's a perfection and poise that's almost like CTI or Kudu at their best – almost a bit above the usual Fantasy Records session like this from the 70s, too! Other players include Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Menza and Hadley Caliman on reeds, Patrice Rushen on keyboards, and Harvey Mason on some mighty nice drums – which makes for more than a bit of funk in the mix. Titles include the sweet vibes/Rhodes number "Kathy", the stepper "Sara", and the tracks "Visions", "The Way I Feel Sometimes", "Patrice", "Collage", and "Night People". CD

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New Herbie HancockDirectstep (Japanese pressing) ... CD
CBS/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
A rare Japanese-only session from Herbie Hancock – very electric, and nicely funky in all the right parts! The set was recorded at the end of the 70s with amazing fidelity – and features a unique lineup that includes Webster Lewis on additional keyboards and Alphonse Mouzon on drums – alongside more familiar partners Bennie Maupin on reeds, Paul Jackson on bass, and Bill Summers on percussion! Given these last three, there's almost a slight Headhunters feel to the set – but the overall groove is a bit more mellow, with some wonderfully spacey touches that are super-soulful – and miles above anything that Herbie was recording in the US at the time. Titles include the sublime mellow groover "Butterfly", plus "Shiftless Shuffle", and the side-long jazzy jammer "I Thought It Was You"! CD

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Michael HendersonDo It All (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Buddah/FTG, 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Michael Henderson definitely does it all here – mixing jazz and soul and funk with his own strong sense of personality – all at a level that's head and shoulders above most of his contemporaries! Henderson's that rare breed in soul music – part of an elite 70s lineup who were rooted in jazz, able to sing soul, and yet still keep all the depth of their roots in their grooves! At times, Henderson sings with the poise and class of a jazz vocalist – at others, he's got the sensual slink of a R&B giant – always amidst instrumentation that goes way past the obvious, and avoids any of the commercial cliches that were plaguing mainstream soul at the time. There's a really timeless feel to the record – the sort that's kept Henderson at the top of the hip soul stacks for years – and titles include "Wait Until The Rain", "In The Summertime", "Riding", "To Be Loved", "I Do It All", and "Playing On The Real Thing". CD features bonus tracks – 7" mixes of "I Do It All" and "To Be Loved". CD

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I Cantori Moderni Di AlessandroniModern Singers ... CD
Bella Casa (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $4.99
One of the key forces in the Italian soundtrack scene of the 60s – finally given their due in a CD of their own! I Cantori Moderni never really made any records on their own, but they were a key part of soundtrack work by some of the best Italian composers of their generation – including Ennio Morricone, Armando Trovajoli, Bruno Nicolai, Piero Umiliani, and Luis Bacalov – all of whom were lucky enough to have the group work on their music! The ensemble is headed by Alessandro Alessandroni – who himself contributed much to soundtracks of the time – and like their maestro, they've got a great way with many styles – from spookier mood music, to sexy erotica, to upbeat, groovy tunes. This 27 track package pulls together some of the best bits from the group's late 60s and early 70s work on Italian soundtracks – music by all the composers listed above, from films that include Theorem, Queimada, Le Foto Proibite, Sette Volte Sette, Lo Scatenato, Maddalena, L'Alibi, Don Giovonni In Sicilia, Metti Una Sera A Cena, Scusi Facciamo L'Amore, and 4 3 2 1 Morte. CD

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IncognitoTribes, Vibes, & Scribes ... CD
Verve/Suonaphone, 1992. Used ... $5.99
A stunning little set from Incognito – the group's first full album on Talkin Loud records, and a set that's head and shoulders above their earlier jazz funk from the 80s! The sound here has a real "instant classic" quality – not just because it's dripping with the best references from the jazzier side of 70s soul (think Fantasy Records at its best!) – but also because it's so well put together, with a sense of instrumentation that's tight, yet an overall groove that's relaxed and fairly spontaneous – something that was quite rare at the time the record was released! Bluey is at the height of his powers here – stepping strongly into a run of great work that would last for well over a decade – and other key figures include Maysa Leak on vocals, Kevin Robinson on trumpet, and Graham Harvey and Peter Hinds on keyboards. Titles include a killer remake of Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing", plus "Change", "Colibri", "Magnetic Ocean", "Closer To The Feeling", "Tribal Vibes", "Pyramid", and "I Love What You Do For Me". CD

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KleeerI Love To Dance (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/FTG, 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
The first-ever album from Kleeer – and a set that's already got them head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries! The set's got just a bit of the keyboards that would later really define the Kleeer sound – and has some surprising disco elements, too – used by the quartet as a way to step away from the overblown mainstream of the time, into a groove that's leaner and cleaner for the next generation! The great Woody Cunningham is at the lead of the group – singing, drumming, arranging, and writing a good portion of the work – and the group members have already had plenty of experience as The Jam Band, Pipeline, and Universal Robot Band – years of background practice that's really helped them forge some very strong grooves. And while the title may reference the danceability of the times, there's also some nice deeper elements going on too – on titles that include "I Love To Dance", "To Groove You", "Kleeer Sailin", "Amour", "It's Magic", "Keep Your Body Workin", and "Tonight's The Night". CD features bonus tracks that include "Keep Your Body Workin (voc)", "Keep Your Body Workin (7" version)", "Tonight's The Night (7" version)", "It's Magic (long)", and "It's Magic (7" version)". CD

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Louis LogicPlanet Rock (clean, inst, dirty)/Punchline (clean, inst)/Logistics 101 (dirty) ... 12-inch
Superegular, 1999. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Despite the title "Planet Rock" is not a new version of the Bambattaa/Soul Sonic Force track. Instead it features the bassline from another old school track (Funky 4 +1?) , plus guest vocals from L-Fudge. "Planet Rock" and "Punchline" use that underground style where the vocals float above the beat – not really on-beat or off-beat – maybe like Co. Flow or something on Fondle Em. And Logistics 101 add the with galloping beats style to match. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered sleeve.)

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Melodic Artet (Brackeen/Abdullah/Parker/Blank/WateMelodic Artet ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1974. New Copy ... $18.99
A genius group from the glory days of the New York avant scene of the 70s – yet one who haven't been nearly as well-documented as some of their contemporaries! The lineup here is legendary – a quintet with Charles Brackeen on tenor, flute, and soprano sax, Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, William Parker on bass, Roger Blank on drums, and Tony Waters on percussion – working in ways that are really a bridge between the starker sounds of the ESP generation, and some of the looser, more collaborative energies of the loft jazz scene that was on the rise! This recording from 1974 is some of the only surviving work by the group – a well-recorded radio performance that has the group working through a number of compositions in sequence, often with very spiritual results. The package features rich recollections on the quintet by Ahmed Abdullah, and some great vintage images as well – and titles include "Face Of The Deep", "Redemption/Consecration", "Above The Cross/My Divine", and "Time & Money". CD

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OdysseyI Got The Melody (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Big Break (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $14.99
Odyssey certainly does have the melody – and that's always been one of the factors that's made them stand out from the rest! Even though the group worked largely in a territory that had a strong dancefloor feel, they always put enough work into their vocals and overall tunes to make for work that was always a cut above. The melody reigns supreme on this set – pushing tunes with an extra level of catchiness that really helps them groove! Includes the tracks "Baby That's All I Want", "I Got The Melody", "Hold On To Love", "It Will Be Alright", "I Can't Keep Holding Back My Love", and "Roots Suite", a nice set of tracks based around Lamont Dozier's "Going Back To My Roots". CD features bonus tracks – "Baba Awa (single)", "Going Back To My Roots (single version)", "It Will Be Alright (single version)", and "Going Back To My Roots (12" version)". CD

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Prince Po & Oh NoAnimal Serum ... LP
Greenstreets, 2014. New Copy 2LPs ... $19.99 21.98
A tight team effort from Prince Po and Oh No! Prince Po has remained sharp in the solo MC realm for a good number of years since his legendary duo work with Pharoahe Monch in Organized Konfusion – and this is essentially a continuation of that solo excellence – even though Oh No gets duo billing here, it's for his production work. And on that note, Oh No's maturation in the production booth is steadily growing more impressive. It's fitting that they're joint billed, as this is as solid as we've heard both of them in a quite a while, which is saying something, since they always impress. Guests include the above mentioned Pharoahe Monch, plus Roc C, Sadat X and more. Titles include "Machine Rages", "U Already" feat Saafir Sizzlean and Rockness Monsta, "Keep Reachin", "1st Word To What Was last Said", "Where U Eat", "Smash" feat OC and Pharoahe Monch, "Visionz", "Wavy" feat Sadat X, "Toxic", "Bearz" feat Roc C, "U", "Starflyer Milez" and "Givitup". LP, Vinyl record album

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RoarRoar (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $21.99
An obscure funky soul combo from the 80s – but one that includes key work from some older funky talents as well! ROAR gets lead vocal support from Alex Ligertwood, but really takes its strength from the instrumentation – which includes lots of keyboards from Chester Thompson, who you might know from his classic album on Black Jazz – and percussion from the great Armando Peraza, who appeared on countless Latin and jazz sides in the 60s and 70s! The approach is a lot more electric than either player might have used in the past, very much in that beat-heavy style of Tabu Records at the time – but the musicianship is maybe a cut above most of the label's releases, and really helps set fire to the tunes even before the lyrics come into the mix. Titles include "Superior", "We Gotta Do It", "Hungry For Love", "Can't You Feel It", "Do You Love Like You Dance", "Smack Dab In The Middle", and "Oye Mi Gente". CD features bonus tracks – Jam & Lewis remixes – "We Gotta Do It (12" ext)" and "We Gotta Do It (single)". CD

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Bobby RushUpstairs At United, Vol 11 EP (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
453 Music, 2014. New Copy ... $15.99
Bobby Rush playing live – at a special small audience set, recorded right above the place they pressed this record! The set's got a very old school feel – live, no overdubs or studio work – and Bobby plays versions of "Come Together" and "Hard To Handle" – plus the originals "Why Do They Act Like That" and "Two Eyes Full Of Tears". Plays at 45rpm – for better fidelity, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Russian Jazz QuartetHappiness ... LP
Impulse, 1964. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
The one and only album recorded by the Russian Jazz Quartet – a one-off group that featured saxophonist Boris Midney and bassist Igor Berukshtis, both of whom defected from the Soviet Union – plus Roger Kellaway on piano and Grady Tate on drums. (Guess they couldn't call this the "Half-Russian Jazz Quartet"!) The strongest suit of the recording is Boris Midney, who plays alto sax and clarinet in a modern yet swinging style – following nicely on the heels of players like Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Horn, and Paul Winter. Like all three of the above, Midney also has a talent for writing – and contributed a few strong tunes to the set, numbers that have a bit of a modal groove and an undercurrent of sadness that makes them more compelling than you might think. Titles include "Composition In The Form Of Blues", "Waltz", "Remember", "Journey From Moscow", and "Dedication To MJQ". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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New Sweet ThunderAbove The Clouds ... LP
WMOT/Atlantic, 1976. Near Mint- ... $6.99
One of the first, and best, albums by this Philly groove combo that sort of represents the "second generation" of the east coast uptempo sound! The tracks are short and tight, and have a sweeping Sigma Sound quality to them – with arrangements and production by Ron Kersey. Tracks include "Searching", "Above The Clouds", "Trust In Me", "Two Day Tightness", and "To Give Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole and tracklist sticker.)

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THP OrchestraEarly Riser/Two Hot For Love – Disco Recharge ... CD
Harmless (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2CD ... $10.99
A smoking disco double-header from THP Orchestra – two excellent albums back to back, with loads of bonus tracks too! Early Riser has a groove that really has the group starting out strongly – a perfect early disco approach that's funky and instrumental, but which often echoes some other earlier instrumental eras too – partly in the choice of songs, partly in the way that familiar grooves are disco-fied for the 70s! There's more covers here than in later years, but all of them are done mighty well – with a strong use of funky guitars and keyboards that keep a nice edge on the rhythms. Titles include "Theme From SWAT", "More", "Dawn Patrol", "Early Riser", "Crazy Crazy", "Manha De Carnaval", and "Sugar Sugar". CD features 8 more bonus tracks added to the album – including "Theme From SWAT (orig 7" mix)", "Early Riser (orig 12" mix)", "Manha De Carnaval (7" edit)", "Fightin On The Side Of Love (12" mix)", "Fightin On The Side Of Love (inst 7" mix)", and "Fightin On The Side Of Love (inst 12" mix)". Two Hot For Love is a great little disco album – really a cut above its contemporaries, thanks to some great instrumentation overall! Side one features the extended "Two Hot For Love" title track – presented as a mini-suite of sorts with lead vocals from Barbara Fry, a singer who's really a lot more soulful than you'd expect. But even better are the keyboards by Michael Lewis – soaring out with similar spacey touches to his own AVI work, and bringing in some interesting interplay to the tune. Side two features some shorter tracks – including a great funky remake of "Manha De Carnival" with more great Lewis keyboards – plus "Crazy Crazy", "Dawn Patrol", and "Early Riser" – all longer versions than on the group's first album. CD features lots of bonus remixes of the title single "Two Hot For Love" – including an "RCA 12" mix", "7 inch b-side", "Pete Waterman 12" edit", and a few more single mixes. CD

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Harold VickWatch What Happens ... LP
RCA, 1968. Very Good+ ... $19.99
An incredible record – filled with tunes that are far groovier than you might expect! The session features saxophonist Harold Vick in a split setting – as half the tracks feature a larger group with Vick on tenor and soprano, playing with Herbie Hancock, Joe Farrell, Jimmy Owens, Tom McIntosh, and a chorus of breezy female singers – while the other half feature a quartet that includes some spectacular work by Hancock on piano. The female singers are surprisingly great – drifting behind Vick's horn with a breezy, moody feel that recalls similar use of voices on sessions by George Braith or Ahmad Jamal – and which, if anything, emphasize the soulfulness of Vick's horn – a sound that's extremely apparent in his rich Nathan Davis-like use of the soprano sax! Vick's sound is even more far-reaching and deeply soulful than on his other RCA albums from the time – with a nascent spiritual soul jazz tone even in the most familiar numbers. There's echoes here of Gary Bartz, Jimmy Heath, and the above-mentioned Nathan Davis – and the record is a massively soulful treasure that's one of our favorite jazz sessions ever! Titles include "Ode To Trane", "Serenata", "This Hotel", "Watch What Happens", "Guava Jelly", and "Autumn Sunset". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some light water staining near the bottom, but is nice overall.)

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VariousHeralding The Hits – Remembering The Roots Of Soul – 50 Classic R&B & Doo Wop Sounds From The Herald & Ember Labels 1953 to 1962 ... CD
RPM (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $4.99
An almost unbelievably deep selection of rare singles from late 50s/early 60s era of the Herald/Ember labels – rollicking r&b, grooving soul and doo wop tracks from an irreplaceable era! The sound is mostly of the doo wop vintage, with sweeter vocals and nicely arranged ballads and uptempo numbers – a set that goes above and beyond the call of duty with an astonishing 50 tracks on 2CDs! "I'll Be True" by Faye Adams, "Story Untold" by Nutmegs, "Soft Lights" by David Clowney, "The Joker" by Billy Myles, "Love With No Love In Return" by Five Satins, "We're Gonna Get Married" by Dean & Jean, "Stay" by Maurice Williams And The Zodiacs, "Paradise Hill" by Embers, "Come Back Baby" by Sunbeams, "I'm Satisfied With Rock And Roll" by Concords, "I'll Write A Book" by Wonders and much more! CD

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Con Funk ShunSecrets ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Around September 25, 2014
A great early album from Con Funk Shun – a mix of funkier tunes and some excellent smooth modern ones in step with the mellower work by Cameo or Maze – done with more soaringly emotional sounds that moves beyond their peers! A love for earlier 70s styles might be what pushes Secrets above and beyond – honest, intimate, and at times just more focused in the vocals department than both the funky soul groups of the time and the quiet storm singers of the approaching early 80s – and still doesn't spare the bass, horns and funky interplay! High points include the closing instrumental "Indian Summer Love" and funky centerpiece "Ffun" –plus "Doowhachawannadoo", "Who Has The Time", "Secrets", "Tear In My Eye" and "I'll Set You Out OK". CD

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New Herbie HancockDirectstep ... CD
CBS/Sony/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ... Early August, 2014
A rare Japanese-only session from Herbie Hancock – very electric, and nicely funky in all the right parts! The set was recorded at the end of the 70s with amazing fidelity – and features a unique lineup that includes Webster Lewis on additional keyboards and Alphonse Mouzon on drums – alongside more familiar partners Bennie Maupin on reeds, Paul Jackson on bass, and Bill Summers on percussion! Given these last three, there's almost a slight Headhunters feel to the set – but the overall groove is a bit more mellow, with some wonderfully spacey touches that are super-soulful – and miles above anything that Herbie was recording in the US at the time. Titles include the sublime mellow groover "Butterfly", plus "Shiftless Shuffle", and the side-long jazzy jammer "I Thought It Was You"! CD
Also available Directstep (Japanese pressing) ... CD 13.99

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New Salsoul OrchestraMagic Journey (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1977. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Ahhhh . . . The Salsoul Orchestra at its finest, with Vince Montana at the helm, crafting some superb arrangements that have all of the positivity of the best funky club groove that made the group great – without any of the disco schlock of their contemporaries! The group's format is still head and shoulders above most of its imitators here – a perfect balance of larger orchestrations and tighter rhythms for the club – handled with all the best Philly elements that Montana brings to play. Titles include the superb soul track "Run Away", which features excellent lead vocals by Loleatta Holloway – one of her best tracks ever – and other instrumental titles include the funky "Getaway", plus "Magic Bird Of Fire", "It's A New Day", and "Alpha Centuri". CD features two bonus tracks – "Run Away (Danny Krivit re-edit)" and "Magic Bird Of Fire (Walter Gibbons disco madness rmx)". CD

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New Cannonball AdderleyMercy, Mercy, Mercy! ... CD
Capitol, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If the 60's ever had a "hit" jazz record, it was probably this one! The album's a sparkling live session featuring the trademark soul jazz sounds of the Cannonball Adderley group with Joe Zawinul on acoustic and electric piano, and brother Nat Adderley on cornet. The tracks have a long soulful groove, with gutbucket solos from the 3 above-mentioned players, and tight live production by a young David Axelrod. Titles include "Sticks", "Hippodelphia", "Sack O Woe", and the classic "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" – a jazz theme that you'll recognize instantly! CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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New Cannonball AdderleyMercy, Mercy, Mercy! ... LP
Capitol, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If the 60's ever had a "hit" jazz record, it was probably this one! The album's a sparkling live session featuring the trademark soul jazz sounds of the Cannonball Adderley group with Joe Zawinul on acoustic and electric piano, and brother Nat Adderley on cornet. The tracks have a long soulful groove, with gutbucket solos from the 3 above-mentioned players, and tight live production by a young David Axelrod. Titles include "Sticks", "Hippodelphia", "Sack O Woe", and the classic "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" – a jazz theme that you'll recognize instantly! LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing.)

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New Bionic BoogieHot Butterfly (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A dancefloor classic! The album's the second by Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie, and head and shoulders above the rest – a sublime blend of soul and club that's hardly been matched again! Diamond manages to make things groove, but never loses sight of the soulful styles that make the record so great – and works here with key contributions from a young Luther Vandross, who gives the album some of the same strong vocal arrangements he brought to his own first two albums on Atlantic! Luther sings lead on the album's legendary track "Hot Butterfly", and works in a group with Cissy Houston on other tracks – sweetly soaring with vocals that go far beyond most disco efforts of the time. Simply sublime, and with classics that include "Hot Butterfly", "Paradise", "Cream (Always Rises To The Top)", "Chains", and "When The Sh*t Hits The Fan (Rocket Pocket)". CD
Also available Hot Butterfly (with bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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New June ChristyBig Band Specials ... CD
Capitol (UK), 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very different album than usual for June Christy – one of her last for Capitol, and a very swinging, upbeat affair! As the title implies, June's singing a set of tunes made famous during the glory days of the big bands – tracks associated with Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and others – all given a nice reworking here by June, in a style that's got a hipper, swinging California kind of groove! Arrangers on the set are Bill Holman, Bob Cooper, and Shorty Rogers – and they all keep things light and above board – shaking away the bluer tones and quieter moods of some of June's other records, taking her vocals back to the highly swinging style that first brought her fame in the 40s. Titles include "Frenesi", "Time Was", "Good Bye", "Night In Tunisia", "Stompin At the Savoy", "Prelude To A Kiss", and "Skyliner". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Big Band Specials ... LP 1.99

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New June ChristyImpromptu ... CD
Discovery, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure moment in June Christy's career, but a great one too – a rare later recording, done many years after her time at Capitol Records – in a laidback setting with a hip group of west coast players! June's voice definitely shows a bit of age, but she's still head and shoulders above most jazz singers of her generation – mixing subtle feeling and darkness together beautifully, in a way that makes for a wonderfully moody record! Lou Levy leads the group on piano, and other players include Bob Cooper on tenor and flute, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and Jack Sheldon on trumpet – although the horns don't seem to appear on all the tracks on the date. Titles include "The Trouble With Hello Is Goodbye", "My Shining Hour", "Once Upon A Summertime", "Show Me", "Willow Weep For Me", "Everything Must Change", and "Autumn Serenade". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Con Funk ShunSecrets ... CD
Polygram/Rebound, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great early album from Con Funk Shun – a mix of funkier tunes and some excellent smooth modern ones in step with the mellower work by Cameo or Maze – done with more soaringly emotional sounds that moves beyond their peers! A love for earlier 70s styles might be what pushes Secrets above and beyond – honest, intimate, and at times just more focused in the vocals department than both the funky soul groups of the time and the quiet storm singers of the approaching early 80s – and still doesn't spare the bass, horns and funky interplay! High points include the closing instrumental "Indian Summer Love" and funky centerpiece "Ffun" –plus "Doowhachawannadoo", "Who Has The Time", "Secrets", "Tear In My Eye" and "I'll Set You Out OK". CD
(Out of print.)

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New DellsLove Connection ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One thing you have to remember about The Dells – they always sound great! Even here, in later years, their sound is superb – a rich, deep approach to harmonies that's still head and shoulders above most other groups in the business! The production on the set is by Norman Harris and the Harris Machine – and some tracks get a Philly groove on, while others stick in a mellower ballad mode that's completely dominated by the group. Niceness abounds, and titles include "Private Property", "God Helps Those", "Don't Trick Me, Treat Me", "Wasted Tears", and "How Can One Man Be So Lucky". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small stain on front.)
 
 
 



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