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Don BlackmanDon Blackman ... CD
Arista/Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy .... $16.99
A jazz funk masterpiece, and THE record by the legendary Don Blackman – the only one issued under his own name for many many years, and a famous little set that's been sampled endlessly over the years, and for good reason! The vibe here is one that's barely been matched again – a blend ... (Soul) read more CD
(Remastered edition – completely new version taken from the original source master tapes!)
Also available Don Blackman ... LP 9.99

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New Brecker BrothersBack To Back (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1976. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Soulful fusion from The Brecker Brothers – a set that's one of their standout efforts from the 70s – and a record that went onto influence a whole generation of jazz musicians too! The album features the twin horns of Randy & Michael Brecker, along with alto by David Sanborn, ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Tom BrowneRockin Radio (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1983. New Copy .... $13.99
A classic killer from trumpeter Tom Browne – a smoking set that still has all the jazz funk touches of his earlier records, yet which also picks up a bit of an electro vibe as well! The move here is a bit like that taken by some of Browne's labelmates on GRP at the time – particularly ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Norman ConnorsInvitation (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1979. New Copy .... $13.99
Norman Connors at the top of his game – working here with backing from his own Starship Orchestra, in a groove that's completely funky, deeply soulful, and touched with a fair bit of jazz as well! The album's a great summation of all the sounds that Connors had crafted on previous records ... (Soul) read more CD

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Norman ConnorsTake It To The Limit (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1980. New Copy .... $13.99
Killer work from the mighty Norman Connors – a set that's heavy on grooves, but which has all the jazzy depth of his early work too! The set features arrangements by some killer modern soul talents – Al Johnson, McKinley Jackson, and Paul Riser – who beautifully blend their own ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Norman ConnorsThis Is Your Life ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1977. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A fantastic bit of modern soul from Norman Connors – proof that he was still growing and changing as an artist, continuing to push his groove into whole new areas as the 70s progressed. The record takes the smooth jazzy sound of the earlier Buddah sides, sharpens it into a more sophisticated ... (Soul) read more CD

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DriftersEvery Nite's A Saturday Night (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/7T's (UK), 1976. New Copy .... $6.99
The Drifters' one and only album for Arista Records – and, like their previous Bell albums, a UK-only set that continued their revival years overseas! The production's a bit smoother than before – mostly in keeping with the shifting styles of soul at the time, with a few more uptempo ... (Soul) read more CD

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Four TopsIndestructible (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1988. New Copy .... $13.99
Indestructible sounds from The Four Tops – a set that still has the legendary quartet going strong! The production and arrangements definitely show a late 80s Arista Records touch, with a fair bit of keyboards and electric rhythms – but the core sound of the group is still very firmly ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Aretha FranklinJump To It (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Aretha's grooving sweetly on a record that's produced by Luther Vandross – and a damn strong one, too! Aretha wasn't the first, or the last classic soul singer to embrace the modern sounds of the early 80s, but relatively few outshined their younger peers as brilliantly as Aretha does here. ... (Soul) read more CD

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Aretha FranklinLove All The Hurt Away (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Big Break (UK), 1981. New Copy .... $10.99
An early 80s gem from Aretha Franklin – one of the best of her years at Arista Records, thanks to solid help in the studio from the mighty Arif Mardin! Mardin's in perfect form here – the same blend of older soul and jazzier, more sophisticated styles that he was also bringing to Chaka ... (Soul) read more CD

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Aretha FranklinWho's Zoomin Who (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
1985. New Copy 2CD .... Around September 24, 2013 (delayed)
A huge hit for Aretha Franklin – and a record that brought her famous vocals to a whole new generation of listeners! The sound is definitely different than before – a change from both the deep soul of Atlantic years, and the initial classy approach of her time at Arista – and ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Phyllis HymanYou Know How To Love Me (plus bonus track) ... CD
Arista, 1979. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A classic 1979 album from Phyllis Hyman! Hyman was one of the few female singers who started in the pre-disco years and managed to move through the disco years with a good groove – but never get totally swamped by the production styles of the day. She stuck close to her roots as a jazzy ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Jermaine JacksonDynamite (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1984. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Maybe not dynamite, but an album that definitely has an explosive feel right from the start – thanks to some 80s grooves that really help re-ignite the solo career of Jermaine Jackson! Jermaine's soaring vocals are right at home in these beat-heavy arrangements – sparkling with a sense ... (Soul) read more CD

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Genobia JeterGenobia (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1986. New Copy .... $9.99 19.99
One of the few secular soul albums ever cut by Genobia Jeter – a gospel singer who broke into R&B with this smooth mid 80s effort – a mix of tracks handled by different producers, taking Genobia from mellow quiet storm numbers into more club-oriented groovers. Hubert Eaves handles ... (Soul) read more CD

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General JohnsonBest Of The Arista Years (General Johnson plus singles) ... CD
Arista/Edsel (UK), Late 70s. New Copy .... $7.99
General Johnson's self-titled set for Arista – plus singles! The self-titled set comes a few years after the breakup of Chairmen Of The Board, and General shows the world that he can keep on keeping on as a 70s soul singer! The record has some some fantastic gems that easily stand with ... (Soul) read more CD

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KashifLove Changes (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1987. New Copy .... $13.99 14.98
Exactly the kind of record that shows why Kashif was one of the leading mainstream talents of the 80s – a set that not only has the artist really maturing as a singer, songwriter, and producer – but one that also has him reaching out to bring in a host of other talents from the time as ... (Soul) read more CD

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New KashifSend Me Your Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1984. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A standout classic from Kashif – one of those key 80s albums that brought him to light as a tremendous powerhouse in mainstream soul! Thanks to the wonders of recording science, Kashif was able to write, produce, arrange, and perform everything on the album himself – a great trick that ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Oliver LakeNTU – Point From Which Creation Begins ... CD
Passin' Thru/Universal Sound (UK), 1971. New Copy .... $22.99
Reedman Oliver Lake at his most creative – stepping out here on a sublime set of 70s improvisations – all put together with a really spiritual feel! There's a very open, collaborative feel to the music – and the set was recorded in St Louis, at a time when Lake was a key part of ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Packaged in a nice hardcover case.)

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New LocksmithUnlock The Funk ... CD
Arista/Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy .... $16.99
The only album ever from Locksmith – a group you might also know for their classic backing work on a few Grover Washington albums of the 70s! This set's got the lineup grooving strongly on their own – in an upbeat blend of jazz, funk, and soul that often has the group's deft ... (Soul) read more CD

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Jeff LorberLift Off ... CD
Arista/Wounded Bird, 1985. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
A really wonderful collection of early work from Jeff Lorber – indie cuts from his years on the Inner City label, brought together here as a single LP! The material is really classic material from the Jeff Lorber group of the late 70s – a sweet fusion set with lots of soulful edges, ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Jeff Lorber FusionGalaxian ... CD
Arista/Wounded Bird, 1981. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
The Jeff Lorber group makes a move into R&B with a few tracks on this set – adding in vocals to their core sweet fusion approach, but in a style that totally makes sense! Lorber's always had a great way with a soulful tune – working with both electric and acoustic keys in a style ... (Jazz) read more CD

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New Jeff Lorber FusionWater Sign ... CD
Arista/Wounded Bird, 1979. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark set of fusion from Jeff Lorber – the major label debut of his group, and the virtual blueprint for a sound that many would try to copy over the years, but never quite match! The style's almost a summation of the CTI/Kudu approaches of the mid 70s – with Lorber setting down a ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Jeff Lorber FusionWizard Island ... CD
Arista/Wounded Bird, 1980. New Copy .... $10.99 11.98
A real classic from Jeff Lorber – the kind of record that crossed-over immediately, and had a huge influence on so many different scenes! The style is smooth sweet fusion – of a sort that Lorber virtually helped invent, and so many others helped to ruin in later years – but here, ... (Jazz) read more CD

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New MandrillWe Are One (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Robinsongs (UK), 1977. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Wonderfully tight work from Mandrill – a real standout from the years at Arista – and a set that seems to take all the key instrumental energy of the Polydor years, and focus it on a soulful groove that's even more soaring than before! The energy is wonderful – very much like the ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Harvey MasonFunk In A Mason Jar (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1977. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Smooth soulful jazz from Harvey Mason – one of his strong 70s winners for the Arista album, and a record that really brings a new level of class to his sound! There's less of the grit in the grooves than you might expect from the down-home reference of the title – and in a way, the ... (Soul) read more CD

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Harvey MasonMVP – Most Valuable Player (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1981. New Copy .... $13.99
Harvey's fifth and final album for Arista – another win for the funk-soul-fusion MVP! Given that Harvey worked on some of the best fusion sessions of the 70s, it's more than safe to give him "most valuable player" award – because without his drums, many a record would have ... (Soul) read more CD

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Ohio PlayersEverybody Up (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1979. New Copy .... $13.99
The Ohio Players may have skimped a bit on the budget for a sexy model this time around, but the album's still very much in the best mode as the rest of their 70s classics for Mercury Records – a sweet mix of ensemble funk with some upbeat styles that were perfect for the clubs! The group's ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Gene PageClose Encounters/Love Starts After Dark ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1977/1980. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A pair of great albums from one of the coolest soul arrangers of the 70s – back to back on a single CD! Close Encounters is a cool collection of space-themed club tracks from Gene Page – and possibly one of his greatest albums of the 70s – dispite a gimmicky approach! There's a ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Ray Parker JrOther Woman (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1982. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Ray Parker steps out here with the other woman – with a groove that's somewhat different than his earlier sound with Raydio! There's a slightly sharper edge than before – almost a rockish influence in some of the instrumentation, which is a key factor in helping Parker's crossover in ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Ray Parker Jr & RaydioWoman Needs Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1981. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
The start of Ray Parker's big hit run of the 80s – a set that has the Raydio group stripped down to just a duo behind Ray, and Parker very firmly out in the lead on vocals! The title hit's a smooth standard that's kept on going for many years – just the kind of cut that crossed Ray ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Iggy PopNew Values (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Arista/Culture Factory, 1979. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the great earlier solo records from Iggy – capping off the 70s here with a bang! New Values finds Iggy a real peak point for edgy, yet accessible songwriting – a talent he no doubt honed in the preceding few years of working with David Bowie. The production is great here, too ... (Rock) read more CD
(Limited to 3000 copies.)

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Iggy PopParty (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Arista/Culture Factory, 1981. New Copy .... $16.99 18.99
Iggy's third album for Arista – one of his more straight-forward sets of rockers, for the most part – but Iggy being Iggy, it's still pretty edgy stuff for a rock album on major label in the early 80s! Includes "Pleasure", "Rock And Roll Party", the wacko "Eggs ... (Rock) read more CD
(Limited edition of 3000 copies.)

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Iggy PopSoldier (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Arista/Culture Factory, 1980. New Copy .... $16.99 18.99
One of Iggy's better solo albums – with all the manic vocals you'd want and expect, but with some really cool production touches and oddball, yet accessible songs. You got love Iggy for kicking of a high stakes second album for Arista with a song about wanting a rubber dolly and hanging out ... (Rock) read more CD
(Limited edition of 3000 copies.)
Also available Soldier ... LP 9.99

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New RaydioRaydio/Rock On ... CD
Arista/Edsel (UK), 1978/1980. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
The first 2 albums from Ray Parker's Raydio – in a great single CD set! The self-titled Raydio appeared in 1978– after Parker had honed is craft in countless session gigs, which gave him more than enough chops to get things right from the start! The sound is tight and definitely aimed ... (Soul) read more CD

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Gil Scott-Heron1980 ... CD
Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1980. New Copy .... $16.99
A great one from Gil Scott-Heron – and another wonderful collaboration with Brian Jackson – who handled all the arrangements on this set, and gave the record that sweet jazzy sound that makes Gil's work from this time some of his best ever! There's loads of excellent electric piano ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available 1980 ... LP 9.99

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New Gil Scott-HeronBridges ... CD
Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
An oft-overlooked jazzy gem from Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson – and a beautifully swinging session that has Gil toning it down a bit, and working into a nicely musical groove that gets past the heavy politics of earlier years! The record's a great showcase for the more upbeat side of ... (Soul) read more CD

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WhodiniWhodini (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Jive/Arista/Traffic, 1983. New Copy .... $5.99 16.98
Benchmark early 80s NYC rap from Whodini! Everyone knows the name Whodini and we have some fun old school rap video show memories, but the group doesn't really get its props in the way others of their generation enjoy. It's never too late! This is fresh album worth copping. Includes "The ... (Hip Hop) read more CD
(Comes in a great LP style sleeve!)

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Linda WilliamsCity Living (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy .... $6.99
A killer bit of modern soul – one of the standout classics from the best years of Arista! Richard Evans produced and arranged this excellent set of smooth soul grooves for Linda Williams. Linda plays keyboards and sings, and the album was recorded in 2 different sessions – one in LA, ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available City Living ... LP 19.99

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Bernard WrightNard/Funky Beat ... CD
Arista/GRP/Robinsongs (UK), 1981/1983. New Copy .... $13.99
Early 80s greatness from Bernard Wright – the benchmark Nard from '81 and his Funky Beat from '83 – in a single set! Nard is a masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist! Wright's working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk ... (Soul) read more CD
 
 



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