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New MFSBMFSB (with bonus track) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A seminal album by this legendary Philly instrumental group – essentially the house band at Sigma Studios, and an incredible ensemble filled with top-shelf musicians! The sound here is virtually the blueprint for Philly soul of the 70s – a blend of wickedly tight rhythms and fuller ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available MFSB ... LP 2.99

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New Stephanie MillsWhatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin'? (with bonus tracks) ... CD
20th Century/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy .... $14.99
Soaring soul from Stephanie Mills – one of the lady's all-time hits, and for good reason too! The album really gives Stephanie's great voice a lot of focus – an upbeat, uptempo groove that sets her firmly on the dancefloor, but always with a touch of class – and a lot more depth ... (Soul) read more CD

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Monk MontgomeryReality (with bonus track) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1974. New Copy .... $14.99
A really sweet set from bassist Monk Montgomery – the Indy jazz legend who first made big waves with his brothers Wes and Buddy in the 50s – still sounding great here on a funky album for Philly International! The album's mostly instrumental, but done in the same great groove as the ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available Reality ... LP 5.99

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New Dorothy MooreMisty Blue (with bonus track) ... CD
1976. New Copy .... Around June 23, 2014
A pivotal moment in the development of southern soul – as the album was one of the first really big hits to come out of the growing Malaco scene in Jackson, Mississippi. The style of the record is a mix of older female southern soul styles, plus some of the warmer mellow production that was ... (Soul) read more CD

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Billy OceanInner Feelings (with bonus tracks) ... CD
1982. New Copy .... Early May, 2014
Great early work from Billy Ocean – a smooth album of understated groovers, all done in a style that's nicely retrained, and which places a good focus on Billy's great vocals! Most of the record skips along in a warm mellow groove – never too over the top, and in a way that makes us ... (Soul) read more CD

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New OdysseyHappy Together (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy .... $14.99
A really nice step forward for Odyssey – a record that's a bit tighter and more electric than previous sets, but which also has a nice sort of depth as well! These guys manage to balance a love of the hook with all the right sort of touches to keep the cuts from ever being too poppy or ... (Soul) read more CD

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New OdysseyHollywood Party Tonight (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Hollywood Party, recorded in New Jersey – with a groove that's every bit as tight as any of Odyssey's best records, but with a slightly jazzier vibe as well! The set's a great example of the way the trio pushed the 70s soul game further – taking the early 70s RCA AM radio style, and ... (Soul) read more 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 ... (Soul) read more CD

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O'JaysO'Jays In Philadelphia ... CD
Neptune/Big Break (UK), 1970. New Copy .... $13.99
Fantastic early O'Jays! The album's the first to feature the group meeting up with the Gamble/Huff team – a significant shift from their earlier work on Imperial, with a style that still retains all the vocal hardness of those days, but which makes a shift into a sweeter soaring soul groove! ... (Soul) read more CD

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O'JaysShip Ahoy (40th anniversary edition with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy .... $14.99
A pivotal album from The O'Jays – and an undeniable Philly classic! The record was the third the group cut for the Philadelphia International label – but it was really the first one that pushed their strong righteous soul agenda, sort of a mix of message-oriented lyrics and heavy soul ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available Ship Ahoy (expanded version – with bonus track) ... CD 5.99

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Billy PaulFeelin' Good At The Cadillac Club ... CD
Gamble/Big Break (UK), 1968. New Copy .... $14.99
An excellent early album from Billy Paul – done in a mode that's quite different than his bigger hits of the 70s! The record's almost more of a jazz outing, but with a definite soulful twist – done in this righteous mode that's not unlike some of the best Nina Simone material from the ... (Soul) read more CD

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Billy PaulGoing East (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), Early 70s. New Copy .... $14.99
One of Billy Paul's greatest albums ever – or perhaps the greatest! The record is an amazing blend of soul, jazz, and a soaring sense of spiritualism that's not only rare for Billy Paul – but which makes the record sound different than any other Philly International LP from the time! ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Billy PaulLately (with bonus track) ... CD
Total Experience/Big Break (UK), 1985. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
An excellent 80s set from one of the greatest voices in 70s soul – the sublime Billy Paul, sounding great here with a bit of electro groove in the rhythms! The album's approach is a bit different than Billy on Philly International – but the strength of Paul's presence is still very ... (Soul) read more CD

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Billy PaulWar Of The Gods (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1974. New Copy .... $14.99
A stone treasure from one of the greatest soul singers of the 70s – and a set you'll regularly find in the coolest of record collections from back in the day! Billy Paul was always one of the hippest talents on Philly International – mixing together soul and jazz influences with a ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available War Of The Gods ... LP 6.99

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PhreekPatrick Adams Presents Phreek (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy .... $14.99
One of the biggest 70s moments from underground club maestro Patrick Adams – an amazing talent who's best known for his work on his own P&P family of record labels – but who steps out here with an even tighter sound! The album's brimming with the sorts of sweet moogy touches that ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available Patrick Adams Presents Phreek (Japanese pressing) ... CD 12.99

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New PlatypusPlatypus (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Casablanca/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A standout classic from Platypus – one of the tightest funk acts to work for Casablanca Records in the 70s! The quintet have a razor-sharp sound right from the start – leaner than some of the bigger funk ensembles of the time, but equally powerful in the end – thanks to a great ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Bonnie PointerBonnie Pointer (1978) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
1978. New Copy .... Around June 2, 2014
A great Motown set from the 70s – a record that grooves with the new styles the label was exploring at the time, yet still has a rock-solid quality that links back to its 60s heritage too! The main strength here comes from Bonnie Pointer – whose vocals have an instantly classic sound ... (Soul) read more CD

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Pointer SistersBlack & White (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Big Break (UK), 1981. New Copy .... $14.99
A great step into the 80s for The Pointer Sisters – a record that has them bringing in themes that are a bit more soulful than some of their previous efforts! The album's still got all the big crossover potential of their other hits – but the groove's got a solidly soulful vibe overall ... (Soul) read more CD

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Pointer SistersHot Together (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Big Break (UK), 1986. New Copy .... $9.99
The Pointers Sisters doing their thing with some steamy production by Richard Perry! Hot Together didn't make as big of a chart smash as the preceding few records, but in hindsight, it sounds to us like they're working as well here with the period synth heavy production as well as ever. The ... (Soul) read more CD

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Pointer SistersPriority ... CD
RCA/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy .... $14.99
The Pointer Sisters show plenty of rockish influences here – drawing tunes from folks like Ian Hunter, Bruce Springsteen, Graham Parker, Jagger & Richards, and Robbie Robertson – and fusing their compositions with the trio's own soulful energy! Richard Perry produced, and the album' ... (Soul) read more CD

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Prime TimeFlying High (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Total Experience/Big Break (UK), 1984. New Copy .... $14.99
Sweet keyboards and loads of wonderful 80s grooves – a great little set that perfectly balances jazzy riffing, funky rhythms, and warm soulful vocals! The cover's a bit slick, but there's a lot more depth here than some of Prime Time's contemporaries – an ear both for the mainstream ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Rene & AngelaRise (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Big Break (UK), 1983. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
Hard to go wrong with Rene & Angela at this point in their career – as they're super tight, always upbeat, and plenty darn soulful – no matter what the groove! The album's a perfect example of 80s groove at its best – a reworking of mainstream soul modes with a slight modern ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available Rise ... LP 3.99

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New RippleSons Of The Gods (with bonus track) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A really rich second album from Ripple – a group who took awhile to return to the studio, but really developed a lot in the process! The combo started out as a straight funk act – but here, they really take off with a tight approach to their instrumentation – razor-sharp work on ... (Soul) read more CD

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Salsoul OrchestraHeat It Up (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy .... $14.99
A great new chapter for the Salsoul Orchestra – a set that has them working with underground legend Patrick Adams, who gives them an even cooler sound than before! There's more keyboards in the mix than on previous albums – some of those cool and moogy touches that Adams brought to his ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Salsoul OrchestraHeat It Up (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1982. Used .... Out Of Stock
A great new chapter for the Salsoul Orchestra – a set that has them working with underground legend Patrick Adams, who gives them an even cooler sound than before! There's more keyboards in the mix than on previous albums – some of those cool and moogy touches that Adams brought to his ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available Heat It Up (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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Salsoul OrchestraHow High (with bonus tracks) ... CD
1979. New Copy .... Around April 21, 2014
Not as well-known as some of the group's other records, but a nice batch of disco tunes with a light peppy flourish. Bunny Sigler produced about half the record, and it's got a sound that's similar to his own work at the time – straight ahead disco, but with campy touches bubbling up from ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Salsoul OrchestraMagic Journey (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
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 ... (Soul) read more CD

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Salsoul OrchestraNice N Naasty (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy .... $14.99
An excellent groover from the legendary Vince Montana! Vince arranged, produced, conducted, and wrote just about all of this second album by hard-grooving Salsoul Orchestra – and the album's a no-nonsense batch of disco instrumentals that's way better than many of the fake albums of the type ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Salsoul OrchestraSalsoul Orchestra (1st LP) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
The soaring debut of one of the greatest groups of the disco era – and one that would go onto be the sound of Salsoul Records too! The large mostly-instrumental ensemble is headed up by Vince Montana – who brings plenty of Philly disco touches into play with the group's wonderful blend ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available Salsoul Orchestra (1st LP) ... LP 1.99

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Salsoul OrchestraStreet Sense (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy .... $14.99
Brillant work from the Salsoul Orchestra – some of their most sophisticated work ever, and right in line with a soulful orchestral style that runs back through the work of Barry White into the early experiments of the Soulful Strings! The album marks a shift for the group – now led by ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available Street Sense (2LP promo version) ... LP 4.99

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Salsoul OrchestraUp The Yellow Brick Road (with bonus tracks) ... CD
1978. New Copy .... Around April 21, 2014
One of the stranger moments in the Salsoul catalog – an album of tunes from films, interpreted by the Salsoul Orchestra in a soaring disco mode! The style was one that was certainly aimed at the more mainstream club-goers at the time – a way to reach out to the older crowds out on Long ... (Soul) read more CD

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New SearchSearch I (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philly World/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy .... $6.99
Early 80s funky soul from Search – a tight little group with a wickedly sharp edge! The combo is led by Les Paul Roque, fresh from his stint with Kool & The Gang – and the vibe here is similar to that group, but with a smaller combo approach overall – lots of bass at the ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available Search I ... CD 8.99

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ShalamarFriends (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy 2 CDs .... $22.99
A key album in the legendary 80s run of Shalamar – and a set that gets a tremendous amount out of a very stripped-down sound! The sound of Shalamar builds from a bit of bass, some snapping drums, waves of keyboards, and especially great vocals – warm and sweet, but never too commercial ... (Soul) read more CD
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Friends ... LP 3.99
Friends ... CD 13.99

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New Bunny SiglerLet Me Party With You (UK pressing with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve/Big Break (UK), 1977. Used .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best of Bunny Sigler's disco albums – a classic pairing with a the group Instant Funk, and a record that helped define the second generation of the Philly groove! Bunny's still got some of the sweeter touches of earlier years, but he also comes across with a much fuller vocal ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available Let Me Party With You (with bonus tracks) ... CD 11.99

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Silver ConventionSave Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD
1975. New Copy .... Around April 21, 2014
One of the leading lights of the Munich club scene – the mighty Silver Convention, who topped the charts with a number of disco classics in the mid 70s! Silver Convention took the Philly female style of disco – popularized by First Choice, Three Degrees, and others – and pumped ... (Soul) read more CD

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SilvettiSpring Rain (plus bonus track) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy .... $14.99
This is the kind of Italian disco we can get our ears around! Bebu Silvetti is on keyboards, and at the helm of the orchestra – working here like an Italian Barry White, on a groove that's very similar to the best work of the Love Unlimited Orchestra. The tracks have a harder focus on the ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available Spring Rain (plus bonus track) (Japanese pressing) ... CD 19.99

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New SkyySkyyhigh – The Skyy Anthology 1979 to 1984 ... CD
New Copy .... Late June, 2014
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SkyySkyyline (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1981. New Copy .... $14.99
A stone classic from Skyy – one of those groups who virtually helped invent 80s groove! Like the best of the genre – such as Slave, BB&Q Band, and others – Skyy have a soulful approach that goes way past the simple cliches that other groups were so content to only muddle ... (Soul) read more CD

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T-ConnectionT-Connection (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dash/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy .... $14.99
A soaring stormer from T-Connection – and a set that has them sounding even better than before! There's a perfection here the group didn't have with earlier releases – a quality that goes way past indie funk ensemble, into the realm of some of the best mainstream acts on the bigger ... (Soul) read more CD
Also available T-Connection ... CD 9.99

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Taste Of HoneyTwice As Sweet (with bonus track) ... CD
Capitol/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy .... $14.99
Twice as sweet, and mighty neat – a killer set from Taste Of Honey, and one that has the girls moving away from Mizell Brothers help in the studio, and getting some great grooves from George Duke! Duke brings in all his best jazzy soul to the duo – lots of keyboards stepping around the ... (Soul) read more CD

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Joe TexBumps & Bruises (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy .... $14.99
Joe Tex bumps with the best of his contemporaries in the 70s – but at a level that still holds onto all the warmth and humanity of his earlier recordings too! There's definitely a bit of a dancefloor groove to the record, but it never dampens the spirit in Joe's vocals – and in a way, ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Timmy ThomasWhy Can't We Live Together (with bonus tracks) ... CD
TK/Big Break (UK), 1972. New Copy .... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album from Timmy Thomas – one that mixes together electronics and soul in this wonderfully unique mellow groove – a style that's hardly ever been matched again, and which may well put this album at the same level as Shuggie Otis' classic Inspiration Information set! Timmy's ... (Soul) read more CD

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Three DegreesMaybe/So Much Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roulette/Big Break (UK), 1970. New Copy 2CD .... $19.99
A killer package – two full albums, plus bonus tracks too! First up is Maybe – amazing early work from the Three Degrees – tracks cut before their more famous disco years in the 70s – but already showing a whole new approach to girl group soul! At some level, the trio take ... (Soul) read more CD

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Weather GirlsBig Girls Don't Cry (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1985. New Copy .... $13.99
Soaring vocals from The Weather Girls, set to bouncy grooves that are equal parts soul and pop! Martha Wash and Izora Armstead have mighty vocal chops throughout – that bold duo approach they first crafted as Two Tons O Fun, and pushed even more strongly as The Weather Girls – set here ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Carol WilliamsLectric Lady (with bonus tracks) ... CD
1976. New Copy .... Around June 2, 2014
Sweet electric soul from Carol Williams – a rich voice from the disco generation, served up here with some great Philly club arrangements from Vince Montana! The groove is great, right from the get-go – thanks to rhythm from the team of Bobby Eli, Norman Harris, and Ronnie Baker – ... (Soul) read more CD

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New Deniece WilliamsSong Bird (plus bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy .... Out Of Stock
A pretty sweet late 70s set from Deniece Williams – produced by Maurice White of Earth Wind & Fire – and it sounds like it! The set ranges from catchy, crossover ready funky soul sweetened ever more by Deniece's amazing voice, to more stripped down and intimate numbers. There's a ... (Soul) read more CD

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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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Karen YoungHot Shot (with bonus tracks) ... CD
1978. New Copy .... Around June 25, 2013 (delayed)
Classic club from Karen Young – definitely one of the campier talents on the West End label, but still pretty soulful overall! The album's almost more in the mode of work on Prelude than West End – as tracks are all long, and roll along with a fair bit of instrumentation in the mix ... (Soul) read more CD
 
 



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