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New Above The LawLivin' Like Hustlers ... CD
Ruthless/Epic, 1990. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Ruthless Cali group gangsta from Above the Law – the first and probably their best LP! A benchmark – one of the planks on the bridge between the earlier efforts from NWA, Eazy E and the click and the later Dre & Snoop heyday. Livin' Like Hustlers has a few tracks produced by Dr ... read more CD

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Carl AndersonProtocol (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1985. New Copy ... $9.99 13.98
A great set in the short run of classics that Carl Anderson cut for Columbia Records in the 1980s – albums that never cracked the charts that strongly at the time, but which have gone on to be remembered well over the years! On this record, Anderson nicely balances a tight groove with some ... read more CD

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New BasiaTime & Tide (2CD deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Cherry Pop (UK), 1987. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Seminal work from the lovely Basia – and an album that's a wonderful hybrid of jazz, soul, and pop – all put together at a level that really goes beyond most of her contemporaries! There's a vibe here that's almost like Swing Out Sister at their best – catchy, but never cloying ... read more CD
Also available Time & Tide (Brazilian pressing) ... CD 4.99

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Count Basie with Lester YoungLester Leaps In ... CD
Epic (Japan), Late 30s/1955. New Copy ... $13.99
A beautiful mid 50s issue of some of the classic material that Lester Young recorded with Count Basie during the late 30s – all nicely packaged with a great cover, and annotated in a way that offers a lot more information than the original release of the material on 78rpm discs! These are ... read more CD

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Bunny BeriganTake It Bunny ... CD
Epic (Japan), Mid 30s/1955. New Copy ... $13.99
Classic 30s work from trumpeter Bunny Berigan – served up here in a great 50s LP package that showcases his talents on the horn! There's a warmth and raspy charm to these sides that instantly shows why Berigan was a standout player at the time – an artist who could hit the hard notes ... read more CD
Also available Take It Bunny ... LP 4.99

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Chu BerryChu ... CD
Epic (Japan), Mid 30s/1955. New Copy ... $13.99
30s tenor sides from Chu Berry – packaged here in a nice 50s LP that mostly features work done with the Stompy Stevedores combo, but also includes sessions Chu cut with the bands of Cab Calloway and Teddy Wilson! The Berry style at this point is warm, but soulful – arcing out with some ... read more CD
Also available Chu ... LP 14.99

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Ray BryantRay Bryant Trio (Epic) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
The first full album from the great Ray Bryant – recorded shortly after his famous Epic Records session with Betty Carter! The album's got Ray grooving in a hard early soul jazz mode – working in a trio with either Kenny Clarke or Osie Johnson on drums, and Wyatt Reuther on bass – ... read more CD

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New Susan CarterWonderful Deeds & Adventures ... CD
Epic/Rev-Ola (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A mixture of folksy and jazzy vocals from singer Susan Carter – part of the Laurel Canyon scene of the late 60s! Although Susan was one of the "Ladies Of The Canyon", she's got a sound here that's much more wider-ranging than that of Joni Mitchell – a unique mixture of jazz ... read more CD

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New Stanley ClarkeTime Exposure (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A nice funky electric groover from Stanley Clarke's mid 80s R&B years! Time Exposure has a lot of period electro funk in the mix, particularly Clarke's impeccable bass lines, which are heavy throughout! A brilliant mix of 80s fusiony future funk with jazz precision – definitely a funky ... read more CD

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ClashLondon Calling (2013 Black Friday Release) ... CD
Epic, 1979. New Copy 2 CDs (reissue)... $10.99 15.98
Quite possibly the crowning masterpiece by The Clash – and a record that certainly pushed them out of the punk rock ghetto and into the collections of countless mainstream folks over the years! This is the set that really pushed the group over the top – the one that harnessed all the ... read more CD
Also available
London Calling ... CD 3.99
London Calling (180 gram pressing) ... LP 22.99

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New ClashSandinista! (2013 Black Friday Release) ... CD
Epic, 1980. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The longest album ever from The Clash – a stunning triple LP set that really shows the group bristling with new ideas and energy throughout! There's a hell of a lot going on here – some cuts that are every bit as strong as the previous records, others that offer a few mis-steps but in ... read more CD

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Johnny ColesWarm Sound ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... Around September 24, 2014
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by trumpeter Johnny Coles – a player who's probably best known to the world for his work with Charles Mingus, or for his other 60s session on Blue Note! This album's quite different than both of those aspects of Johnny's career – and has him ... read more CD

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George DukeDream On (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $26.99
Solid 80s grooving from George Duke – a really tightly-crafted set, done in the sweet mix of jazz and soul that he virtually helped to invent during the 70s! There's a gentle soulfulness to the record that we really like – a quality that's surprising, given the date, and the fact that ... read more CD
(Blu Spec CD2.)

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George DukeGuardian Of The Light (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1983. New Copy Gatefold ... $26.99
A funky concept album from George Duke – and one that's filled with some mighty nice grooves! Guardians Of The Light is a full-on "musical fantasy" – with the story line laid out in the liner notes, yet still a bit difficult to follow – but we can't fault him for that ... read more CD
(Blu Spec CD2.)

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George DukeRendezvous (with bonus track) ... CD
Epic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1984. New Copy ... Around May 5, 2014 (delayed)
An underappreciated soul set from George Duke for Epic – his Rendezvous from '84 – an engagement worth keeping! Given the mid 80s release date, you might be expecting a whole lot of programming and drum machine action – there's a bit of it, but this is a really lively set with ... read more CD

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New Five StarFive Star (2CD deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Cherry Pop (UK), 1990. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Bouncy, beat-heavy soul from Five Star – really stepping out strongly on this self-titled set! The music's nothing new, and very familiar to fans of mainstream soul at the time – but the group really serve things up with a stronger edge than on previous releases – handling much ... read more CD

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New Erma FranklinPiece Of Her Heart – The Epic & Shout Years ... CD
Epic/Shout (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Damn soulful work from Erma Franklin – the lesser-known sister of Aretha and Carolyn Franklin, working here on 60s sides cut for the Epic and Shout labels! Most of the material here was only issued as singles back in the day – so the set's an essential full-length overview of Franklin's ... read more CD

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New Curtis FullerMagnificent Trombone Of Curtis Fuller ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Curtis Fuller cooks it up nicely on this rare date for Epic from the 60s – a chance to hear the trombonist open up and move in a style that's a bit different than his work for Blue Note! The set's got a great undercurrent of soul – one that comes not just from Fuller's smoking solos, ... read more CD

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Curtis FullerSouth American Cookin' ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
Not Curtis Fuller in South America, but a record that picks up a very slight Latin vibe in the rhythm – which makes for a nice change from Fuller's sessions for Blue Note! The date was recorded during that great short run of soul jazz cookers on early 60s Epic Records – and is a ... read more CD

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New Bobby HackettHackett Horn (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Epic (Japan), Late 30s/1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Hackett Horn gets a great spotlight here – in a classic mid 50s LP that pulls together earlier 78s recorded by Bobby at the end of the 30s! Modes are mostly traditional, but Hackett's cornet work really shines throughout – bursting out of mid-sized groups that are often driven by a ... read more CD

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New HeatwaveCentral Heating ... CD
Epic, 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The second album by Heatwave – and a great effort that's almost as perfectly sublime as the first! Despite their UK origin, these guys really give American late 70s soul a run for its money – hitting in a sweetly compressed sound that fuses the vocals, keyboards, and grooves together ... read more CD

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New HeatwaveToo Hot To Handle ... CD
Epic, 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer album of crossover soul from the mid 70s – one that dropped like a bomb when it hit, and gave this UK group a number of big hits in America! Keyboardist Rod Temperton wrote all the tracks on the album – and he's got keen talent for both funky numbers and ballads. If soul ... read more CD

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Gregory HinesGregory Hines ... CD
Epic/Expansion (UK), 1988. New Copy ... $11.99
You may know Gregory Hines best as an actor and dancer – but he's also a surprisingly great soul singer, too – thanks to help here from Luther Vandross! Luther produced the set, wrote all the tunes, and also duets with Gregory on one track too – making the set a Vandross-stamped ... read more CD

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Johnny HodgesHodge Podge ... CD
Epic (Japan), Late 30s. New Copy ... $13.99
An excellent collection of early work recorded under Johnny Hodges' name in the early years – sessions from 1938 and 1939 that were originally issued on 78s, but presented here in a sweet 50s LP with a classic cover image from William Steig! The tracks are a great assortment of small group ... read more CD

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Johnny Hodges, Cootie Williams, Barney BigardDuke's Men ... CD
Epic (Japan), Late 30s/1955. New Copy ... $13.99
An excellent album that features late 30s recordings by some of Duke Ellington's most famous sidemen! The groups on most of these are fairly similar – mostly small group sessions from the larger Ellington outfit – pulled out in ways that give a strong focus on the solo talents of the ... read more CD

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Bobbi HumphreyFreestyle (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Some of Bobbi Humphrey's greatest work of the post-Blue Note years – an album that's filled with soulful fusion tunes throughout, all with a great focus on her funky flute! Bobbi also sings a bit on the set, but in a way that's pretty darn great – wonderfully sweet at times, with a bit ... read more CD
Also available Freestyle (with bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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Michael JacksonBad – 25th Anniversary Edition (3CDs/DVD – includes Live At Wembley) ... CD
Epic, 1987. New Copy 3 CD & DVD ... $22.99 49.98
The third great album in the trilogy that includes Off The Wall and Thriller – and a set that still has Michael Jackson running strong at the height of his solo powers! Quincy Jones is still at the helm, and Michael more than proves that he can still come up with a pop tune without going too ... read more CD
(DVD is NTSC coded, Region 0.)

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Michael JacksonXscape ... CD
Epic, 2014. New Copy ... $10.99
Some of the best work we've heard from Michael Jackson in years – even though the set brings together lost recordings from the many years of Michael's career! The range of sounds here is really wonderful, and the performances are surprisingly great – moments that somehow never found ... read more CD
Also available Xscape (180 gram vinyl with download) ... LP 16.99

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Michael JacksonXscape (deluxe edition – with DVD) ... CD
Epic, 2014. New Copy CD & DVD ... $17.99
Some of the best work we've heard from Michael Jackson in years – even though the set brings together lost recordings from the many years of Michael's career! The range of sounds here is really wonderful, and the performances are surprisingly great – moments that somehow never found ... read more CD

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JonesesJoneses ... CD
Epic/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $4.99
A killer for the Joneses – probably their strongest album all the way through, thanks to some great production and arrangements by Bobby Eli! This one's got the group taking the fragile harmony style of their earlier records, and filtering it through the Philly powerhouse groove to create a ... read more CD

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KrystolPassion From A Woman (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1986. New Copy ... $9.99 13.98
Poppy passion from Krystol – a sweet 80s trio with a definite way with a hook! The set's got a well-balanced mainstream sound – one that helps the vocals find a fullness right away, either on the leads or harmonies – both woven together over the top of the tight, beat-heavy ... read more CD

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KrystolTalk Of The Town (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1985. New Copy ... $9.99 13.98
Bumping, bouncing soul from Krystol – one of the strongest female groups of the 80s, and one of the few who really helped push the sound further at the time! The groove here is equal parts funk and soul – and has a brashness that a girl act wouldn't have had a decade before – ... read more CD

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Patti LabelleReleased (with bonus track) ... CD
Epic/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $14.99
A real standout in the early solo years of Patti Labelle – and a great set that reunites the singer with New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint – who'd previously worked some magic with Patti and the Labelle trio! Toussaint really grounds Patti's vocals wonderfully – giving them a ... read more CD

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Patti LabelleTasty (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99
A real classic from the great Patti Labelle – one of the lady's first few albums as a solo act, and a set that definitely marks her step forward into a whole new sort of sophisticated soul! Some of the funkier, grittier touches of the Labelle years are in place – but Patti's also got ... read more CD

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New Dee C LeeShrine (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Cherry Pop (UK), 1986. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A big solo moment for Dee C Lee – a singer who'd famously worked with The Style Council, Wham, and even Guru – but who shines plenty brightly here on her own! Dee C wrote most of the songs on the set herself – a few with help from Paul Weller – and the approach here follows ... read more CD

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New Webster Lewis8 For The 80s ... CD
Epic/Expansion (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Genius jazzy soul from Webster Lewis – one of his amazing late 70s sets for Epic Records! By this point in his career, Lewis had honed his keyboard craft to perfection – and on albums like this one, he laid down some excellent smooth soulful fusion that soared in a righteous way that ... read more CD

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Webster LewisTouch My Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Expansion (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $11.99
Webster Lewis takes off wonderfully here – finding a completely unique groove that's equal parts club, soul, and fusion! The album's almost as sublime as Roy Ayers' best from the time – and has a similar balance that's perfectly done – a depth of thought that goes way beyond ... read more CD

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Teena MarieEmerald City (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $9.99
Heavy funk from Teena Marie – a self-produced killer for mid 80s Epic Records – done with some even bolder grooves than before, in ways that definitely show the hallmarks of the Prince generation! The 80s was a hell of a good time to be a female funk artist on her own – and Teena ... read more CD

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New Teena MarieRobbery (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Teena Marie steps out strongly on her own – really knocking it out of the park on this initial album for CBS – entirely written, arranged, and produced by Lady T! The grooves are as funky as before, but possibly have a leaner quality overall – a tighter 80s groove approach to the ... read more CD

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Dave McKennaPiano Scene Of Dave McKenna (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $13.99
A great pianist with a really bold sound – strong, fresh, and clean – but without any hoke at all! Dave McKenna's certainly not one of the biggest names in 50s piano jazz, but these sides rival the best in the trio format at the time – a set of familiar tunes and a few lesser-know ... read more CD

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New Melba MooreCloser (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked set from Melba Moore – an Epic session from the start of the 80s, and one that's served up with a nicely understated groove! There's a bit of disco in the mix, but the sound's never too far over the top – and in a way, Melba's working in the same sophisticated territory ... read more CD
Also available Closer ... CD 11.99

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New Ndugu & The Chocolate Jam CoDo I Make You Feel Better (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Definitely the sort of album to make you feel better – given the tight, soulful sounds of Ndugu Chancler and this Chocolate Jam Company! The album's got roots in jazz – Ndugu's a drummer with work on countless other albums – but also steps out with plenty of soul, too – ... read more CD

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Billy OceanInner Feelings (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy ... Early May, 2014 (delayed)
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 ... read more CD
Also available Inner Feelings ... LP 3.99

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Shuggie OtisInspiration Information/Wings Of Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic, 1974/2013. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
A treasure trove of rare funk – a massive package that not only includes the legendary Inspiration Information album by Shuggie Otis, but which also adds in four bonus tracks to that classic – plus a full other album of unreleased vintage work! Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis ... read more CD
Also available Inspiration Information/Wings Of Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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PagesFuture Street ... CD
Epic/Sony (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Richard Page and his Pages group come on with a bit more force here on this second sweet set from the 70s – but they're still working strongly in the soulful blend of AOR rock and fusion they delivered on their debut! Pages have a vibe that's a bit like Loggins & Messina or Boz Scaggs at ... read more CD
(Blu-spec CD2.)

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New PagesPages ... CD
Epic/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A 70s classic from Pages – a group that's headed up by singer Richard Page, but which also features some key studio players of the time! There's a mix of soulful elements amidst more mainstream modes – a vibe that's definitely AOR, but hipper too – of that really special blend ... read more CD
(Blu-spec CD2.)

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Tony PerkinsTony Perkins (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... Around September 24, 2014
This was Tony Perkins' first vocal record and as the liner notes say "he sings songs of considerable stature with the same sensitivity and sincerity [that we see in his movies]." Marty Paich directs the orchestra that accompanies Tony and the tracks include "April Fool", "H ... read more CD

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New QuadronAvalanche ... CD
Epic, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Quadron steps up the bigs with Avalanche – an impeccable second album and first to be co-released Epic Records – and as much as we appreciated their earlier album on Plug Research, this really is an epic-level creative leap forward for the duo! They're still working mix of electro and ... read more CD
Also available Avalanche (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP 16.99

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New Lou RawlsNow Is The Time/Close Company ... CD
Epic/Expansion (UK), 1982/1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of post Philly International gems from Lou Rawls on Epic – Now Is The Time from '82 and Close Company from '84 – in a single set! Now Is The Time is a solid soul effort from Lou, still working wonders here in the early 80s on a record that stands the test of time surprisingly ... read more CD

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Charlie RouseYeah! ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
Thelonious Monk's legendary tenorist steps out on his own in this fantastic (and rare) hardbop session from the early 60s! The album's quite different than some of the work Charlie Rouse cut with Monk's classic quartet at the time – more in a hardbop mode that takes us back to his late 50s ... read more CD

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Charlie Rouse & Seldon PowellWe Paid Our Dues ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
A really great little album – featuring some of the best small combo work by tenorists Charlie Rouse and Seldon Powell! The album is split into two parts – one part featuring work by Rouse with a trio that features Gildo Mahones on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. ... read more CD

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New David SanciousTransformation (The Speed Of Love) ... CD
Epic/Esoteric (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Cosmic fusion from David Sancious – one of his headphone-popping albums for Columbia from the 70s! The record has a really outerspace kind of approach – long tracks that build and layer sound, mostly electric instrumentation, with lots of keyboards, guitars, and percussion. He's again ... read more CD

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Tom ScottBlow It Out/Intimate Strangers/Street Beat ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1977/1978/1979. New Copy ... $19.99
A trio of classics from reedman Tom Scott – all packaged together in a single set! Blow It Out has Tom Scott really hitting the right sort of smooth jazzy vibe to make the album one of his classics from the 70s! As on all Tom's work, the reed sound is still nice and sharp – that edge ... read more CD

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New Sly & The Family StoneThere's A Riot Goin' On (gold CD deluxe version) ... CD
Epic/Get On Down, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A landmark album in a landmark package – a set that takes this gem from Sly & The Family Stone, presses it up on a special hi-fidelity gold CD, then cradles the whole thing in special box with a heavy hardcover book with lots of new notes – and a fabric American flag sewn right onto ... read more CD
(Limited edition boxed set with embroidered flag cover, 24k gold disc, hard cover book & photos.)

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Soul ChildrenThere Always (Finders Keepers/Where Is Your Woman Tonight) ... CD
Epic/Shout (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The post-Stax, Epic southern soul of the Soul Children – 1976's Finders Keepers and 1977's Where Is Your Woman Tonight back-to-back! Finders Keepers is a strong little album by the group – recorded with a very different sound than the Stax work – but one that's still totally ... read more CD

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Space OperaSpace Opera ... CD
Epic/Beatball (Korea), 1972. New Copy ... Around January 20, 2014 (delayed)
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TeaseRemember ... CD
Epic/PTG (Netherlands), 1988. New Copy ... $18.99
One of the best albums in a big 80s run from Tease – thanks to great production from Mtume! The album's got a balance of soul and style that really holds together throughout – as the group finds especially strong ways of coming across on the ballads and mellower numbers, which often ... read more CD

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New Joe TexBumps & Bruises (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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, ... read more CD

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New Three DegreesStanding Up For Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet late 70s set from The Three Degrees – who've moved on over to CBS/Epic after their hot streak at Philly International – with a bit more of an expansive sound than usual! They're still working in a core Philly mode with recording at Sigma Sound and arrangements by Richard Rome ... read more CD

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Phil WoodsWarm Woods ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... Around September 24, 2014
One of the most wonderful Phil Woods albums ever! No kidding – this is amazing! Woods played on lots of other records – and often in settings that made you wonder why people thought he was so great – but on this one, he's totally in the spotlight, fronting a mellow easy quartet ... read more CD

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Phil Woods QuartetPhil Talks With Quill ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... Around September 24, 2014
Rare as hens' teeth – and an incredible meeting of two vastly underrated alto talents! Phil Woods got plenty of opportunities to record as a leader in the 50s, but altoist Gene Quill was often buried in bigger groups – a fact that makes this album one of the few chances to really hear ... read more CD

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New Lester YoungLester Young Memorial Album ... CD
Epic (Japan), Late 30s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Some of Lester Young's first great moments of prominence – his late 30s recordings with the Count Basie Band, offered here in a well-done collection issued as a memorial after his death in 1959! The sets are all led by Basie, but most feature strong saxophone lead by Young – solos that ... read more CD
 
 



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