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Van McCoyMy Favorite Fantasy ... LP
MCA, 1978. Sealed ... $0.99
An excellent album of smooth soul tracks, and maybe Van's best record of the 70s! The record shows Van sitting at the piano in an intimate setting – ala Barry White – and it's got a similar Love Unlimited Orchestra approach, with much large backing behind Van's voice, and a very full instrumental sound. Van sings lead vocals, which aren't always that great – but he more than makes up for it with some great piano and keyboard work, and some wonderful soul songwriting and arranging that recall his best uptown moments of the late 60s. The record has a few uptempo hustle-type tracks, but they're all pretty darn great soul songs, and there's loads of great mellow soul moments woven in to make the record a nice album of ballads and groovers. Titles include "Before & After", "Wings Of Love", "My Favorite Fantasy", "That's The Story Of My Life", and "You're So Right For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is torn in back from promo sticker application. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Van McCoyNight Time Is Lonely Time ... CD
Columbia/Superbird (UK), 1966. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Early early work from Van McCoy – his first full record as a solo artist, done at a time when he was just starting to share his talents with other artists! The style here is quite sophisticated – almost more of a jazz ballad style than anything else – with lush arrangements by Glen Osser that would work perfectly with some of the label's bigger crossover vocalists of the 60s. Discovering this side of Van's talents is really amazing – a great chance to show the world that, along with being quite an arranger and songwriter, McCoy's also got the potential to be a great singer on his own, too – one who might have almost rivaled Johnny Mathis, if things had gone right back in the 60s. Titles include "Night Time Is Lonely Time", "I Can Dream, Can't I?", "A Young Fool In Love", "I'll Close My Eyes", and "You Were My First Love". CD

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New Van McCoyDisco Kid ... LP
Avco, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A clear follow-up to "The Hustle" (not on this album), with a number of tracks that come close to the genius of that track, but never quite manage it altogether. Van's on lead vocals, and the record's got some good keyboard work by Paul Griffin, Richard Tee, and Leon Pendarvis. Includes the Barry White-esque "Roll With The Punches", plus "Keep On Hustlin", "The Disco Kid", "I'm Gonna Love You", "Earthquake", and "The Walk". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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AnacostiaAnacostia (1978) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99
Anacostia make the move to Tabu Records for this sweet second set – and they seem to have picked up more of a groove along the way! The same elements as before are firmly in place here – production by Charles Kipps, with supervision from Van McCoy – but the groove is a bit more focused, in ways that slide out spaciously with that warmer modern soul feel that made Tabu a real up-and-comer of a soul label in the late 70s. There's hints of 80s groove on the record, but at an earlier, warmer stage – mixed with some mellow cuts that really send the album home! Titles include "Take It Or Leave It", "I Don't Need", "All For You", "Ain't Nothin To It", "You've Got Love On Your Side", and "Anything For You". CD features bonus tracks – "Ain't Nothin To It (12" version)" and "Anything For You (12" version)". CD

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New John ColtraneLove Supreme ... LP
Impulse, 1964. Very Good Gatefold ... $68.99
A classic – and virtually the blueprint for all spiritual soul jazz recordings of the 70s! John Coltrane's at a perfect point here – balanced between the modal hardbop of earlier years, and the freer soloing of his last few recordings. He links the traditions together with a majestic sense of power and spirituality, twisting and turning his way through a tightly woven suite of tracks that's played to perfection by the quartet of Coltrane on tenor sax, McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. Movements include "Acknowledgement", "Resolution", "Pursuance", and "Psalm". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label stereo pressing, with Van Gelder stamp! Glossy cover is very nice!)
Also available Love Supreme (180 gram vinyl) ... LP 16.99

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New John ColtraneTo The Beat Of A Different Drum – The Mastery Of John Coltrane Vol 2 ... LP
Impulse, 1965. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
An excellent set that features rare work from a mid 60s quartet that did not feature the drumming of Elvin Jones – including a number of tracks that had not yet been issued before the time of the LP. All titles are played by a quartet that include Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison, and Roy Haynes – and tracks were recorded in 1963 and 1965 at the Van Gelder Studios, and in 1963 at the Newport Jazz Festival. Titles include "Impressions", "After The Rain", "Deal Lord", "One Down, One Up", "After The Crescent", and "Dear Old Stockholm". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and minor stains.)

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Faith Hope & CharityFaith Hope & Charity (RCA) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Soulmusic.com, 1975. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Sweet 70s soul from Faith Hope & Charity – a trio who had recorded previously, but who really burst out here at the start of the disco years with some strong studio help from the great Van McCoy! The style of the record isn't really disco, but isn't far off either – as McCoy mixes lively rhythms and soaring strings with the vocal interplay of the trio – who come off much more as a well-formed soul group than some of the other trios of the generation – who were often just doing chorus vocals for the grooves! Singer Brenda Hillard really soars at times – with a lead that sets fire to the tracks nicely – and titles include the classic "Find a Way", plus "Just One Look", "Disco Dan", "Rescue Me", "Little Bit Of Love", "Don't Go Looking For Love", and "To Each His Own". CD features bonus single mixes of "Find a Way", "Don't Go Looking For Love", and "To Each His Own". CD

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Aretha FranklinSoul Sister/Take It Like You Give It ... CD
Columbia/American Beat, 1966/1967. Used ... $8.99
Aretha Franklin's last 2 Columbia albums – back to back on a single CD! Soul Sister is a later date for Columbia Records that hints a bit at the sounds to come on Atlantic! Backings are by Robert Mersey and Belford Hendricks – both of whom use some relatively full orchestrations and occasional backing vocals – in ways that almost translate a 60s country soul aesthetic to a leaner, cleaner sound for Aretha's strong vocals. Franklin, as always, is great – the kind of singer that really illuminates any tune she gets – even familiar numbers that seem to take on new life in her hands. The material is a bit deeper-digging than before on Columbia – less covers, and more tunes that are well-suited to Aretha's sensibilities – including a few penned by Van McCoy or Hendricks. Titles include "Until You Were Gone", "Follow Your Heart", "A Mother's Love", "I'm Losing You", "Take A Look", and "Can't You See Me". On Take It Like You Give It, Franklin steps out with even more of a hard soul style than before – in a record that's a great close to her early years on Columbia Records! Arrangements are by Belford Hendricks and Clyde Otis – the latter of whom is clearly responsible for the deepening sound of Franklin's music here – although Hendricks' work also sounds pretty great too, with a leaner feel than before. Franklin's vocals really sparkle nicely on the set – sometimes supported with backing singers, sometimes all out on their own – always in that iconic style that inspired whole generation of female soul singers. Titles include "A Little Bit Of Soul", "Only The One You Love", "Deeper", "Remember Me", "Land Of Dreams", "Lee Cross", "I May Never Get To Heaven", and "Take It Like You Give It". CD

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New Freddie HubbardBlue Spirits ... LP
Blue Note, 1965. Good+ ... $39.99
Quite an unusual session for Freddie Hubbard – one of his most modernist albums for Blue Note, recorded with a larger group that includes James Spaulding on alto and flute, Joe Henderson (or Hank Mobley) on tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, and the surprising inclusion of Kiane Zawadi on euphonium! The presence of that instrument gives the album a real "bottom" sound – taking the overall mood much more into the depths than on some of Freddie's previous sets – really earning the album its "blue spirits" tag. Big Black also plays a bit of percussion on a few tracks, and titles include "Cunga Black", "Soul Surge", and "Outer Forces". LP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Vinyl is clean, but has some light surface marks, and some occasional clicks and crackles. Cover is nice overall, but has a split top seam and audition stamp on the back.)

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Gladys Knight & The PipsOne & Only (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Buddah/FTG, 1978. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
The last Buddah Records album from Gladys Knight & The Pips – and a set that's a great summation of all the new territory the group hit with the label! The album's a mix of the mellower ballads that made Gladys one of the biggest female soul singers of the 70s, and some of the upbeat groovers that turned out to be a really great fit for the group's style – a mode that's not really disco, but which offers a strong mix of strings and rhythms. Tony Camillo and Van McCoy both bring some good production elements to the record – and titles include "Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right", "Come Back & Finish What You Started", "It's A Better Than Good Time", "Saved By The Grace Of Your Love", "Butterfly", and "The One & Only". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "It's Up To You (7" mix)", "It's A Better Than Good Time (full extended mix)", "Saved By The Grace Of Your Love (12" version)", "I'm Still Caught Up With You (7" version)", "It's A Better Than Good Time (7" version)", "Everybody's Got To Find A Way (7" version)", and "Stringman (demo)". CD

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Sharon RidleyStay A While With Me (Phil-LA pressing) ... LP
Phil-LA Of Soul, 1971. Very Good- ... $24.99
An incredible album of deep deep soul! Recorded way before Sharon Ridley became a big club diva, this record mixes deep soul vocal stylings with some well produced Van McCoy arrangements, and backing by some crack New York players. The result is one of the best female vocal soul albums we can think of from the early 70s – and the kind of lost soul album that makes you keep tracking down rare wax! Includes the incredible cut "You Sold Me A One Way Ticket", which begins with an amazing intro, and has a hook so strong you could hang a parka on it – plus the cuts "Stay A While With Me", "I Found Him, I Loved Him, I Lost Him", and "When A Woman Falls In Love". This is the 2nd pressing – on Phil-LA of Soul – and it's rarer than the first! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear, a partially split top seam, and a small split on the bottom.)

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David RuffinIn My Stride ... LP
Motown, 1977. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Later Motown work from David Ruffin, but still pretty darn great – thanks to vocals that rise to the top, no matter what the tune! The album was co-produced by Van McCoy and Charles Kipps, with arrangements by McCoy – but the overall sound is light years away from some of Van's poppier albums of the time – much more in line with the kind of classy soul that we'd come to expect in Ruffin's music. There's a Philly sparkle to many of the tunes, and titles include "I Can't Stop The Rain", "Nightmare", "You're My Piece Of Mind", "Questions", "I'm Jealous", "Rode By The Place", and "Hey Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, a cutout notch and a cutout hole.)

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New David RuffinSo Soon We Change ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Warm and wonderful soul from David Ruffin – key proof that the singer could keep on going strong, long after his earlier fame at Motown! The record's got a new sense of sophistication that really breaks David into new territory – a style that's nicely different than the backings Ruffin got from Van McCoy in his later Motown years – and which opens up a more mature sound, courtesy of producer Don Davis – who's casting Ruffin in the same blend of rough and smooth that worked so well for The Dramatics! There's a sophistication here that's completely sublime – a sound that's right up there with Leroy Hutson or Leon Ware – and most tunes hit a mellow or midtempo mode that's totally great! Tracks include "Chain On The Brain", "Break My Heart", "Morning Sun Looks Blue", "Let Your Love Rain Down On Me", "So Soon We Change", and "Sexy Dancer". CD
Also available So Soon We Change ... LP 0.99

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New David RuffinSo Soon We Change ... LP
Warner, 1979. Very Good ... $0.99
Warm and wonderful soul from David Ruffin – key proof that the singer could keep on going strong, long after his earlier fame at Motown! The record's got a new sense of sophistication that really breaks David into new territory – a style that's nicely different than the backings Ruffin got from Van McCoy in his later Motown years – and which opens up a more mature sound, courtesy of producer Don Davis – who's casting Ruffin in the same blend of rough and smooth that worked so well for The Dramatics! There's a sophistication here that's completely sublime – a sound that's right up there with Leroy Hutson or Leon Ware – and most tunes hit a mellow or midtempo mode that's totally great! Tracks include "Chain On The Brain", "Break My Heart", "Morning Sun Looks Blue", "Let Your Love Rain Down On Me", "So Soon We Change", and "Sexy Dancer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light edgewear and a small date in pen on the back.)
Also available So Soon We Change ... CD 13.99

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StylisticsFabulous ... LP
H&L, 1976. Sealed ... $2.99
Seems like The Stylistics were recording a new album every few months at this point – and thankfully, through all that work they still managed to come up with a few great numbers now and then! This album's a great example of that fact – not as all-solid as their first few, but still possessed of some nice harmony soul tracks that showcase the falsetto lead of Russell Thompkins Jr. Horace Ott and Van McCoy handled the arrangements – and the best numbers have a fuller, almost heavier sound that's like some of the many crossover vocal groups who sprung up in the wake of The Stylistics' early fame. Titles include "You Ought To Be With Me", "It's So Good", "Baby Don't Change Your Mind", "I Will Love You Always", "Because I Love You Girl", and "Maybe It's Because You're Lonely". LP, Vinyl record album

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Faith Hope & CharityLife Goes On ... CD
RCA/Real Gone, 1976. New Copy ... Around September 30, 2014
A great set of baroque soul from Faith, Hope, & Charity – set to production and arrangements by Van McCoy that really go beyond his stock sound of the time! The group's blend of one male and two female singers really works well in the context – shifting leads well from track to track to suit the mood of the set – and almost coming across like some sort of extended "suite" of killer 70s soul. This fact is further enforced by the album's great "live spiral" tracks – short cuts under 30 seconds that link together the longer tunes on the set. Titles include "You've Gotta Tell Her", "Just Wanted To Say I Love You", "You're My Peace Of Mind", "Life Goes On", "Gradually", and "Positive Thinking". CD

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New John Coltrane & Johnny HartmanJohn Coltrane & Johnny Hartman ... LP
Impulse, 1963. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album of vocal jazz – and one of the few sessions that John Coltrane ever cut with a singer! In a way, the album's more Hartman's than it is Coltrane's – given that Johnny's warm, mellow style of singing isn't as free and open as Trane at his most adventurous – but at another level, the album's got a great approach to Coltrane's gentler side, one that wasn't showing up on a lot of his Impulse albums of the time. Overall, the album's got an extremely haunting quality, and McCoy Tyner's piano adds as much to Hartman's hip voice as Coltrane's mellow tenor. Titles include some well-chosen moody standards – including "Lush Life", "Dedicated To You", and "Autumn Serenade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label mono pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some wear, masking tape and some splitting on the seams, and staining inside the gatefold. Label has some marker.)

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New Faith Hope & CharityFaith Hope & Charity (RCA) ... LP
RCA, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet 70s soul from Faith Hope & Charity – a trio who had recorded previously, but who really burst out here at the start of the disco years with some strong studio help from the great Van McCoy! The style of the record isn't really disco, but isn't far off either – as McCoy mixes lively rhythms and soaring strings with the vocal interplay of the trio – who come off much more as a well-formed soul group than some of the other trios of the generation – who were often just doing chorus vocals for the grooves! Singer Brenda Hillard really soars at times – with a lead that sets fire to the tracks nicely – and titles include the classic "Find a Way", plus "Just One Look", "Disco Dan", "Rescue Me", "Little Bit Of Love", "Don't Go Looking For Love", and "To Each His Own". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and some ring & edge wear.)

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New Faith Hope & CharityHeavy Love ... LP
Sussex, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Good album by this female-male-female soul trio, with a lot of tracks written and arranged by Van McCoy, with the good New York soul sound that he was laying down with groups like this in the days before he hit the disco. Zulema's on vocals, and she also wrote a few tracks. Cuts include "God Bless The World", "I Worship The Very Ground You Walk On", "Heavy Love", "I Was There", and "We Can Change The World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some wear, and small seam splits.)

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New Aretha FranklinSoul Sister ... LP
Columbia, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Aretha Franklin's definitely growing into her role as a soul sister here – a later date for Columbia Records that hints a bit at the sounds to come on Atlantic! Backings are by Robert Mersey and Belford Hendricks – both of whom use some relatively full orchestrations and occasional backing vocals – in ways that almost translate a 60s country soul aesthetic to a leaner, cleaner sound for Aretha's strong vocals. Franklin, as always, is great – the kind of singer that really illuminates any tune she gets – even familiar numbers that seem to take on new life in her hands. The material is a bit deeper-digging than before on Columbia – less covers, and more tunes that are well-suited to Aretha's sensibilities – including a few penned by Van McCoy or Hendricks. Titles include "Until You Were Gone", "Follow Your Heart", "A Mother's Love", "I'm Losing You", "Take A Look", and "Can't You See Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(2 eye mono pressing. Side 2 has a mark that clicks on track four. Cover has light wear and a partially split bottom seam, with some marker and light staining on the back. Label has some marker.)

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New James GilstrapLove Talk ... LP
Roxbury, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second album by Jim Gilstrap – a singer who did an awful lot of studio work for other folks during the 70s, and who scored a minor hit with his own "Swing Your Daddy", which was on the first album. This set's a bit more far-reaching, with arrangements by Gene Page that are kind of in a Barry White/Van McCoy expanded soul mode, which pushes Jim past the sweet soul of earlier days. Side one features the extended "Love Talk", a 13 minute number with lots of strings and grooves – not disco, but more of the baroque soul of Isaac Hayes or Barry White. Side two features three shorter cuts – two in a similar mode, "Never Stop Loving Me" and "Move Me", plus a great mellow soul remake of Todd Rundgren's "Hello It's Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & initials in pen.)

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New Thelman Houston & Jerry ButlerTwo To One ... LP
Motown, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features arrangements by Willie Hutch, Van McCoy, and Terry Woodford. Titles include "Find A Way", "We Owe It To Ourselves", "Never Gonna Get Enough", "If It Would End", "Chicago Send Her Home", and "Don't Pity Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Wayne ShorterNight Dreamer ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful – simply beautiful – one of the greatest Wayne Shorter albums for Blue Note, and one of our favorite jazz albums ever! The record is a masterpiece of lyrical delight – soul jazz mixed with slight touches of experimentalism – but still warm, swinging, and personal enough to captivate even the most novice jazz listener. A players are at the top of their game – and in addition to Shorter's tenor, the group features Lee Morgan on trumpet, McCoy Tyner on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. The tracks unfold in lyrical, modal beauty in a really wonderful way that was barely ever duplicated again – and titles include "Night Dreamer", "Oriental Folk Song", "Virgo", "Charcoal Blues", "Armageddon", and "Black Nile". LP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing, with Van Gelder stamp. Vinyl has a few light marks, but is nice and clean overall – and cover is nice too.)

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New StylisticsFabulous ... CD
Amherst, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seems like The Stylistics were recording a new album every few months at this point – and thankfully, through all that work they still managed to come up with a few great numbers now and then! This album's a great example of that fact – not as all-solid as their first few, but still possessed of some nice harmony soul tracks that showcase the falsetto lead of Russell Thompkins Jr. Horace Ott and Van McCoy handled the arrangements – and the best numbers have a fuller, almost heavier sound that's like some of the many crossover vocal groups who sprung up in the wake of The Stylistics' early fame. Titles include "You Ought To Be With Me", "It's So Good", "Baby Don't Change Your Mind", "I Will Love You Always", "Because I Love You Girl", and "Maybe It's Because You're Lonely". CD

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New McCoy TynerInception ... LP
Impulse, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very early date as a leader by McCoy Tyner – cut at a time when he was making big waves in the John Coltrane Quartet, but also sounding plenty darn great on his own! The group here's a trio – with Coltrane associates Art Davis on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – and the warm familiarity of the players is clear from the very first notes of the set. There's a lighter, more lyrical – and possibly more sentimental – style going on here – one that echoes piano work of earlier generations, but which also shows plenty of signs of the growing modalism in Tyner's lines – especially on the striking original tracks "Sunset", "Effendi", "Inception", and "Blues For Gwen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice orange and black label mono pressing, with Van Gelder stamp! Cover is nice, but has a small split on the bottom seam, in the middle, and a cutout hole.)

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New Thelma Houston & Jerry ButlerThelma & Jerry/Two To One (with bonus track) ... CD
Motown/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Both of Thelma Houston & Jerry Butler's duo records for Motown – back-to-back in a single set! 1977's Thelma & Jerry is up first – and it's a truly sweet pairing of the 2 legendary voices – tempering the more crossover disco mode that Thelma was working so strongly in the mid-to-late 70s just a bit, but still done with a fairly slick, nice and warm sound. The vocal chemistry with Jerry is pretty wonderful, too! Butler and Hal Davis take partial credit for production and tracks include a great, soul style medley of the pop hits "If You Leave Me Now/Love So Right", "Only The Beginning", Stevie Wonder's "Joy Inside My Tears", "Let's Get Together", "It's A Lifetime Thing","I Love You Through Windows" and more. The follow-up Two To One is another gem – this one featuring arrangements by Willie Hutch, Van McCoy, and Terry Woodford. Titles include "Find A Way", "We Owe It To Ourselves", "Never Gonna Get Enough", "If It Would End", "Chicago Send Her Home", and "Don't Pity Me". Also includes the bonus Motown single "Kiss Me Now". CD

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New SoftonesSoftones/Black Magic ... CD
Avco/Clinck (Japan), 1973/1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Harmony soul heaven – and two great albums back to back in a single set! The initial Softones album is a stellar first set from The Softones – labelmates of The Stylistics in their early years, and a group who really share a similar sense of east coast harmony soul! There's a nicely fragile approach to the group at all the best moments – a style that's better than shakey indie soul, but which is still quite personal – even amidst some really well-penned charts by Van McCoy! The strings have all these sweet and subtle touches and changes – never detracting from the vocals, but instead really underscoring the unique appeal that makes the group this great. A wonderful set to file next to your New Jersey classics by The Moments and Whanauts – with tracks that include "The First Day", "Extra Ordinary People", "Why Why Baby", "Never Let A Woman Like That Go By", and "Everybody Knew But Me". Black Magic is a funkier set than the first one by The Softones – and a record that has the group picking up a bit more confidence in their groove! The style is never too tight or slick – and even amidst full arrangements from Horace Ott, the vocals really come through nicely – mixing with the studio help at a level that recalls some of the hipper Philly productions of the time, or maybe the second generation of New Jersey group soul. Those fragile lead vocals still entrance us wonderfully – and titles include the Landy McNeal tracks – "Maybe Tomorrow", "Laundromat", and "Call It Love" – plus versions of "That Old Black Magic", "Love Story", and "Love Child". CD

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New AnacostiaAnacostia (1978) ... LP
Tabu, 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
Anacostia make the move to Tabu Records for this sweet second set – and they seem to have picked up more of a groove along the way! The same elements as before are firmly in place here – production by Charles Kipps, with supervision from Van McCoy – but the groove is a bit more focused, in ways that slide out spaciously with that warmer modern soul feel that made Tabu a real up-and-comer of a soul label in the late 70s. There's hints of 80s groove on the record, but at an earlier, warmer stage – mixed with some mellow cuts that really send the album home! Titles include "Take It Or Leave It", "I Don't Need", "All For You", "Ain't Nothin To It", "You've Got Love On Your Side", and "Anything For You". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp, light wear and a tracklist sticker on the back.)
Also available Anacostia (1978) (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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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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Joan BaezBlessed Are (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Vanguard, 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99
A important record from Joan Baez – one that has the singer expanding her sound, but in all the right possible ways – bringing in some Nashville elements to her folksy roots! The record features some larger backings arranged by producer Norbert Putnam – with bits of strings, The Memphis Horns, and some backup vocals – but most of a focus around the core combo of the album, which includes Charlie McCoy on harmonica, and Pete Wade and Norman Blake on guitars. Titles include "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Three Horses", "Last Lonely & Wretched", "Lincoln Freed Me Today", "Gabriel & Me", and "Fifteen Months". LP, Vinyl record album

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John ColtraneComplete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (4CD set) ... CD
Impulse, 1961. Used 4CDs ... $14.99
4 discs worth of material recorded by Coltrane in a variety of settings at the Village Vanguard in November 1961! Eric Dolphy is included on most takes, and the bass chair is filled by either Jimmy Garrison or Reggie Workman, and on some takes both (!), McCoy Tyner is on piano, Elvin Jones is on drums and a few songs feature Ahmed Abdul Malik or Garvin Bushnell. Titles include multiple readings of "India", "Chasin' The Trane", "Spiritual", "Miles' Mode" and more! CD

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New McCoy TynerExtensions ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Brilliant work as a leader from McCoy Tyner – and easily one of his most righteous albums ever – a true batch of spiritual gems that really takes the John Coltrane legacy one step further! Most numbers build with a modal vibe that's more Impulse Records than Blue Note – and players on the set include Alice Coltrane on harp, Gary Bartz on alto, Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano sax, Ron Carter on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – a wonderful lineup that really holds tightly to the soaring, soulful energy that Tyner spins from his piano – a mode that's never too far out or avant, yet which stretches to the skies with a heavenly vision. The whole thing's wonderful – and tracks include "Message From The Nile", "The Wanderer", "Survival Blues", and "His Blessings". LP, Vinyl record album
(UA pressing.)

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VariousBridge Into The New Age – Funky Afro-Centric Spiritual Sounds From Jazz's Forgotten Decade ... CD
BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
Beautifully spiritual jazz from the post-Coltrane generation – a wealth of righteous grooves from the early 70s – brought together in one mighty collection! If you dig the work of Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, and other giants on Impulse Records, this is a great way to dig even deeper – and hear the way their late 60s legacy inspired other musicians to new heights in their own music – sounds that hit a new level of freedom in jazz, yet which are still filled with enough swing and soul to avoid some of the more avant modes of the free jazz scene! If that description sounds a bit obtuse, then just plug into the collection, and let the music do its thing – as it's got a very powerful vibe throughout – the kind of inspirational, socially conscious work that flourished best during the 70s – and which is finally getting its due all these many years later. The package is new territory for Ace/BGP, but they've done a great job as usual – picking key tracks from the era, and coming up with detailed notes on each of the long tracks. Titles include "Free Angela" by Bayete, "Bridge Into The New Age" by Azar Lawrence, "Tress Cun De O La" by Joe Henderson, "Ebony Queen" by McCoy Tyner, "Peace" by Idris Muhammad, "Mother Of The Future" by Norman Connors, "Brown Warm & Wintry" by Jack DeJohnette, "I've Known Rivers" by Gary Bartz, and "Fire" by Joe Henderson & Alice Coltrane. CD

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New Joan BaezBlessed Are ... LP
Vanguard, 1971. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A important record from Joan Baez – one that has the singer expanding her sound, but in all the right possible ways – bringing in some Nashville elements to her folksy roots! The record features some larger backings arranged by producer Norbert Putnam – with bits of strings, The Memphis Horns, and some backup vocals – but most of a focus around the core combo of the album, which includes Charlie McCoy on harmonica, and Pete Wade and Norman Blake on guitars. Titles include "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Three Horses", "Last Lonely & Wretched", "Lincoln Freed Me Today", "Gabriel & Me", and "Fifteen Months". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the bonus 7". Cover has some wear.)
Also available Blessed Are (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 22.99

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New John ColtraneAscension (Version 1) ... LP
Impulse, 1965. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This is the rare first take of Ascension, and it differs greatly from the second take, which is the more widely available one. It's designated by the fact that the recording doesn't say "Version II" on the runoff groove. One of the freest, most exploratory albums ever recorded by Coltrane – and a unique session done with an expanded group of some of the most important avant jazz players of his generation! The format here is similar to Ornette Coleman's Free Jazz album – in that the music is freely improvised, and spans the entire LP as a non-stop performance – one that has Coltrane in the lead, but which also features alto from Marion Brown and John Tchicai, tenor from Archie Shepp and Pharaoh Sanders, trumpet from Freddie Hubbard and Dewey Johnson – and core rhythms from McCoy Tyner on piano, drums from Elvin Jones, and double basses from Art Davis and Jimmy Garrison. The record set the format for larger improvisatory groups in years to come – but is still one of the best examples of the form! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s green label ABC/Impulse pressing, with a circled "1" etched in the runount. Cover has some wear, some stains, two stickers, and masking tape and splitting on the seams.)

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New John ColtraneLive At The Village Vanguard ... LP
Impulse, 1961. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublimely spiritual work from the great John Coltrane – a live album, but one that's easily one of his most important contributions to music in the early 60s – and a set that we'd rank right up there with his best studio sides for Impulse or Atlantic Records at the time! The group here features McCoy Tyner on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – plus the very important addition of Eric Dolphy on the leadoff tune "Spiritual" – a number that features Dolphy on bass clarinet alongside Coltrane's tremendous tenor, as both players open up on extended solos that take the tune to nearly 14 minutes in length! Other numbers omit Dolphy, but are still totally great – and Coltrane picks up the soprano sax for a classic reading of "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise" – and the group shifts slightly for the freer "Chasin The Trane", a 16 minute romp done with only tenor sax, drums, and bass – the latter of which is handled here by Jimmy Garrison instead of Workman. LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label mono pressing, with RVG stamp – in beautiful shape!)

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New McCoy TynerExtensions ... CD
Blue Note, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brilliant work as a leader from McCoy Tyner – and easily one of his most righteous albums ever – a true batch of spiritual gems that really takes the John Coltrane legacy one step further! Most numbers build with a modal vibe that's more Impulse Records than Blue Note – and players on the set include Alice Coltrane on harp, Gary Bartz on alto, Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano sax, Ron Carter on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums – a wonderful lineup that really holds tightly to the soaring, soulful energy that Tyner spins from his piano – a mode that's never too far out or avant, yet which stretches to the skies with a heavenly vision. The whole thing's wonderful – and tracks include "Message From The Nile", "The Wanderer", "Survival Blues", and "His Blessings". CD
Also available Extensions ... LP 14.99

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New VariousMod Jazz ... LP
Kent (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite compilations of all time – a smoking batch of soulful jazz from the 60s, with a slight bit of funk and blues thrown in as well! The set's exactly what's promised in the title – jazz cuts, but with an ultra-cool mod vibe – the kind of soulful sounds that played big with the younger London crowd digging American music in the mid 60s – and also the kind of music you'd be likely to find blasting out of a backroom jukebox on the west side of Chicago! There's loads of rare single mixes of LP tracks on the set, and a number of smoking 45s from artists you might know better from more mainstream work – really hitting hard here, alongside a few special numbers from the indie underground too. Tracks are cool enough for old school hipsters – but appealing enough to bring in a new listener too – and as proof of that, we've given this one away for many years as a Christmas present. The collection features 25 tracks in all – non-stop pleasure throughout – with titles that include "Soul Shoutin" by Shirley Scott, "Tengo Tango" by Cannonball Adderley Sextet, "Whip It On Me" by Billy Hawks, "Yeh Yeh" by Mongo Santamaria, "Black Talk" by Charles Earland, "I'm Ready" by Otis Spann, "Mama Rufus" by Merced Blue Notes, "Theme From NYPD" by Johnny Hammond, "Step Out & Get It" by The Nomos, "Why Don't You Do Right" by Mark Murphy, "Collard Greens" by Freddie McCoy, "Theme From The Carpetbaggers" by Jack McDuff, "Filthy McNasty" by Eddie Jefferson, "Evil Ways" by Cal Tjader, "Kenny's Theme" by Kenny Burrell, and "Games" by Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones. LP, Vinyl record album

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New John ColtraneTraneing In ... CD
AAO, Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful live material from John Coltrane – recorded in Sweden in the early 60s, with sound that's surprisingly good, given the small label for the album! The work here is a beautiful illustration of the freedoms that Coltrane was exploring in a live setting – and the overall sound is similar to Trane's great Village Vanguard work of the time – long tracks that feature tremendously-blown solos – filled with soul, fire, and imagination! The groups shift somewhat here – and the CD features 4 tracks from November 1961 – "Impressions", "Blue Train", and "Spiritual" – with Eric Dolphy on alto or flute, McCoy Tyner on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Elvin Jones on drums. Two more – "Traneing In" and "Naima" – are from October 1963, and feature Tyner on piano, Jones on drums, and Jimmy Garrison on bass. CD

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New VariousMod Jazz ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite compilations of all time – a smoking batch of soulful jazz from the 60s, with a slight bit of funk and blues thrown in as well! The set's exactly what's promised in the title – jazz cuts, but with an ultra-cool mod vibe – the kind of soulful sounds that played big with the younger London crowd digging American music in the mid 60s – and also the kind of music you'd be likely to find blasting out of a backroom jukebox on the west side of Chicago! There's loads of rare single mixes of LP tracks on the set, and a number of smoking 45s from artists you might know better from more mainstream work – really hitting hard here, alongside a few special numbers from the indie underground too. Tracks are cool enough for old school hipsters – but appealing enough to bring in a new listener too – and as proof of that, we've given this one away for many years as a Christmas present. The collection features 25 tracks in all – non-stop pleasure throughout – with titles that include "Soul Shoutin" by Shirley Scott, "Tengo Tango" by Cannonball Adderley Sextet, "Whip It On Me" by Billy Hawks, "Yeh Yeh" by Mongo Santamaria, "Black Talk" by Charles Earland, "I'm Ready" by Otis Spann, "Mama Rufus" by Merced Blue Notes, "Theme From NYPD" by Johnny Hammond, "Step Out & Get It" by The Nomos, "Why Don't You Do Right" by Mark Murphy, "Collard Greens" by Freddie McCoy, "Theme From The Carpetbaggers" by Jack McDuff, "Filthy McNasty" by Eddie Jefferson, "Evil Ways" by Cal Tjader, "Kenny's Theme" by Kenny Burrell, and "Games" by Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones. CD
 
 
 



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