Beat Happening's brilliant second album – raw, beautiful and timeless indie pop at its late 80s best! It's stunning how many underground rock bands still try their damnedest to sound like Beat Happening – but Calvin, Heather and Bret make it sound easy! It's certainly more full ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long awaited sides C & D in Madlib's incredible blend of Bombay soundtrack-styled funk, blunted Eastern beats, and all round stunning Middle Eastern accented hip hop instros! This time out Madlib, er, Beat Konducta is conducting beats, strings & things from India and/or otherwise East ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Just when you thought your Beatles collection couldn't get any bigger – out comes this amazing set with 37 tracks that have never been released before! As you might guess from the cover image, the focus here is on the early years of the Fab Four – and the package features rare BBC ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe our favorite Beatles album ever – a key set that bridges the catchiness of the early years and the sharper ideas of later albums – with a slightly sinister undercurrent that really keeps things fresh! The album's got some great early psych in spots, offset with wonderfully mature ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing, with 2009 stereo remaster – and 14 tracks in all!)
A greatest hits package with ""World Famous", "Watch Out Now", "No Escapin'", "Off The Books", "However Whenever", "We Got The Funk", "Reign Of The Tec", "Props Over Here", "Beatnuts', "Get Funky" ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not what you might expect when shopping for African music – unique electronic sounds from Cameroon musician Francis Bebey – as heavy on keyboards as other 70s work is on guitar! There's still plenty of acoustic elements in the mix though, too – lots of earthy percussion at the ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Features Alexies of Hot Chip, LoveFoxxx of CSS and Lizzi Bougatsos of Gang Gang Dance. ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download coupon.)
Chimen Ta La ... LP Leritage (France), 1983. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold (reissue)....
A really unique little record – and one with a trans-Atlantic heritage too! The sounds here are all from Martinique, but are heavy in African roots as well – and offer up a criss-crossing of rhythmic and tropical modes that's mighty unique! The grooves have some vocals, but are often ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Archie Bell & The Drells —
Tighten Up ... LP Atlantic, 1968. New Copy (reissue)....
An incredible bit of southern funk – the first landmark LP by Archie Bell & The Drells, and the first big burst of energy from the Texas scene of the 60s! The album's incredible – with Archie up front on rough-hewn vocals, the band grooving in a mad tangle of guitar, bass, and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark recording that is one of Jorge Ben's best albums ever! The album is a perfect realization of the way that Jorge mixes Brazilian rhythms with choppy Afro grooves – and the result is a masterpiece that yeilded some of his biggest tracks ever. Included here is the great choppy funk ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A seminal set from Jorge Ben – one that mixes samba soul with more baroque arrangements from the legendary Arthur Verocai! The record's got a different feel than some of Jorge's other work – almost a wider vision of music that ties his usual funky style to some of the more ambitious ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning batch of early tracks from one of Brazil's greatest artists! The album includes loads of Jorge's choppy bossa-styled tracks, all driven by his tight acoustic guitar playing, and haunted by his deeply soulful voice! The album's a masterpiece that has Jorge breaking out in a hip new ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Boogaloo – and nothing but! This is the kind of groovy Latin soul record you always hope to find when digging for Latin sides – and it's got that perfect mix of soul vocals and sock-boogaloo grooves that some of the best young combos were turning out in the late 60s. Bennito and crew ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Groovy Eastern sounds from John Berberian – a musician we know from more rockish projects, but who steps out here on a relatively traditional set of tunes! As you'd guess from the title, Berberian's instrument is the oud – that weird stringed instrument we probably know best from Ahmed ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the weirdest Chuck Berry albums ever – and one of the greatest, too! The sound here is very different than the hard rockin Berry of the early days – and the record's got kind of a laidback, trippy, and slightly bluesy approach – one that has Chuck singing in these homey ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wow, we never thought we'd see this one reissued! Andy Bey was originally a member of the jazz group Andy & The Bey Sisters – but by this time, he'd gone solo, and had done vocals on righteous political albums by Gary Bartz and Horace Silver. The groove here is nice and jazzy, with some ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The oddball early 80s debut of The Big Boys – a slice of weirdness from the Austin, TX underground that paved the way for stylistically sprawling 80s punk and hardcore to come! One thing that sets The Big Boys apart is the bass sound, which is way up there in the mix. As paired with ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram white and neon colored vinyl – in a tip-on sleeve. Limited to 3000 hand numbered copies. Includes download.)
Benjamin Biolay —
Vengeance ... LP Naive (France), 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ....
Beautiful work from Benjamin Biolay – easily one of our favorite French artists of the 21st Century – even though we've been following his work since the previous one! Benjamin's got a sound that's just perfect if you, like us, dig an older generation of French work by artists like ... (French) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mario Biondi —
Sun ... LP Sony (Italy), 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ....
The sun shines brightly on Mario Biondi – really making this record sparkle with a charm that goes way beyond Mario's previous albums – a quality that's less retro than before, and which shows Biondi as a growing soul star with really universal appeal! There's still some of the old ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mario Biondi & The High Five Quintet —
Handful Of Soul ... LP Schema (Italy), 2006. New Copy 2LP ....
$19.99Just Sold Out!
An incredible full length debut from vocalist Mario Biondi – a jazz singer we'd rank right up there with the legendary Mark Murphy – supported here with great backings from the High Five Quintet! The grooves here are in a soaring, tightly-stepping style – very much the best club ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tripped out funky soul from the great Edwin Birdsong – a rare indie album released between his years at Polydor and Philly International! The set's got a wilder sound than any of his other work – kind of a righteous funk set for the dancefloor – recorded with lots of weird ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most incredible electric work we've heard from the 70s French scene – and a really unique little record that's somewhere between the avant compositional world of Varese and Stockhausen, and lots of the later industrial experiments in years to come! The duo play a range of cool ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a bonus DVD with nearly 6 hours of rare tracks – and the Jean Jacques Birge & Bernard Mollerat film La Nuit Du Phoque!)
Walter Bishop takes a trip back to his bop roots with this one – working in trio and quintet formation, and running through a host of mostly older bop standards! The quintet tracks are our favorites – as it's not often we hear Bishop in this stretch with a group larger than a trio ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bitchin Bajas achieve transcendence through loops, delays and hypnotic effects – and deliver one of the most brilliant tape experimentalist efforts we've heard in years! The group features CAVE guitarist and keyboardist Cooper Crain, Rob Frye, Daniel Quinlivan and Jim Baker – who ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A searing debut from Black Heat – one of the best funk acts to record for Atlantic during the 70s, and a tight little group with a sound that's a mixture of New Orleans funk and New York heavy! The album's got a bit of vocals – figuring in on about half the tracks – but the main ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone classic from Black Heat – the group's second album, and even tighter than their first! The group's size has dropped a bit between albums – but that only helps them cook even more – dropping a bit of the horn section from before, which allows even more emphasis on their ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Black Merda —
Black Merda ... LP Funky Delicacies/Tuff City, 1971. New Copy (reissue)....
Heavy duty fuzzy soul, from the group that once backed Fugi, who recorded the massive "Mary, Don't Take Me On No Bad Trip".) The record's got a distinct batch of influences that run from Funkadelic, to Hendrix, to Chicago electric blues – but since the recording (from 1970) was ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Black Milk's greatest to date – working with a stellar guest roster that incldues Black Thought of the Roots, contemporary jazzy soul great Robert Glasper, Dwele, Will Sessions, AB, Tone Treasure, Quelle Chris and more! Titles include "Interpert Sabotage" feat Mel, "Codes And ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Native Tongues (more or less) hip hop classic from 1991! We hardly need tell you about this one, but in case you can't remember, this is the LP with "Flavor Of The Month", "Similak Child", "Pass The 40", "To Whom It May Concern", "Butt In The ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wow! The one-and-only album by Trinidadian combo Black Truth Rhythm Band – a completely incredible one at that – hypnotic Caribbean funky soul, jazz and wildly impressive musicianship all around by this group led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Oluko Imo. The record was made in ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great one from Black Uhuru! Sinsemilla had a lot to live up to as the follow up to the burning Showcase, but the harmony trio of Michael Rose, Puma Jones and Duckie Simpson rise to the occasion under the heavy guidance of Sly & Robbie. While it didn't produce as many singular hits as some ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not the band's first album – as you might think from the "start" in the title – but a classic batch of jazzy, funky, and soulful grooves from The Blackbyrds – one of those combos that few groups could match back in the 70s! The set's got a beautifully put-together feel ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the sharpest, jazziest funk you'll ever hope to hear – a smoking collection of the legendary 70s work by The Blackbyrds on Fantasy Records! The group started as a jazz combo under Donald Byrd's supervision – right at a time when Byrd was making his own fantastic funky records ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers —
Buhaina ... LP Prestige (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)....
An amazing album that has Art Blakey completely reinventing himself for the 70s! Blakey shifts from straight hardbop to kind of a modal soul jazz groove, touched with some of the electric playing of the younger jazz generation, but not enough to qualify as fusion or funk. Instead, he's working ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer album of Latin jazz tracks! This is most likely the best album that Johnny Blas has cut for the Cubop label – and it's stone solid all the way through. Johnny's playing here with his new band – and most of the tracks have a nice stripped-down lineup that features piano, conga ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 70s Afro Funk classic from Blo – really trippy grooves from this legendary Nigerian trio – and arguably their greatest album ever! Rhythms here are tremendous – not the usual sort of Afro style, and instead tightly focused at the roots, and coming off with this blistering blend ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – with heavy vinyl and cover, and insert too!)
Seminal work from Bloodstone – an album that may be the group's best-remembered effort, and for good reason too! The album sets a whole new standard for harmony soul in the 70s – one that's tighter than some of the east coast groups, yet never too slick or polished – kind of a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent stuff from Blow Fly – and a great bit of funk that's a hilarious parody of disco! Blow's band funks it up with riffs that you'd hear from The JBs, BT Express, or other groups of the time – while Blow himself sings these very off-color, and very funny lyrics that rip off the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blowfly changes up his groove nicely for the 80s – taking on a tightly-stepping approach to funk that's clearly inspired by some of the changes on the west coast scene – using Zapp-ish rhythms in a mode that ends up working pretty darn well for his off-color spoken lyrics! There's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tried-and-true underground hip hop mixed with more experimental beathead touches from Blu – with collaborations with and production by Exile, Shafiq Husayn, Flying Lotus, Dibia$e, Daedalus and more – plus appearances by U-God, J*Davey, Co$$, Pac-Div and others. Titles include "Doin ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The hypnotic Valley Tangents from Blues Control – essentially the duo of keyboardist and percussionist Lea Cho and guitarist, synth player and tape manipulator Russ Waterhouse! They roll from timeless art rock instrumentalism that's reminiscent of early 70s pioneers – to some tape ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone cooker from the Blues Project – a fantastic mix of blues, folk, and pretty darn hard rocking guitar – all recorded with a sense of freedom that really lets the group open up and do their thing! The album's overflowing with great original Al Kooper tunes – and the set's ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing solo work from ex-Zombie Colin Blunstone – his first album after parting ways with his former group – and one of our favorite albums of all time! Blunstone's vocals were already amazing in The Zombies – especially near the end – but this set takes things even ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool duo with a very spare, spacey sort of sound – almost a warmer, more lyrical version of Suicide for the 21st Century! Boardwalk are the duo of Mike Edge and Amber Quinto – with Mike handling guitar, keyboards, piano, bass, and drums – but often abstracted or processed in ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent set from Willie – recorded in the years before he moved to Verve, with a very different sound! The Willie Bobo here is less of the pop instrumentalist on some of his later sides – and is more of a hard-hitting Latin leader with a heck of a lot of soul. There's an early ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work by Willie Bobo – a slamming record of hard funky instrumentals, one that sounds different than any of his other albums! The record's a killer all the way through – a mixture of Latin and deep 70s funk, one of the few perfect fusions of the styles, held up beautifully ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the few small group recordings ever cut by pianist Francy Boland – and a set that cooks every bit as much as his work with the larger Clarke Boland Big Band on MPS! The reason for the cooking is clear – Francy's got key rhythmic help from group members Jimmy Woode on bass and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Days To Come ... LP Ninja Tune (Canada), 2006. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)....
A melodic, lightly bumping batch of lively grooves from Bonobo – a seamless weaves of beats and live instrumentation that creates a great mood and defies easy categorization! The beats are generally at the forefront of the songs, and we're glad to say that Days To Come is really about the ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The classic Scott La Rock tribute album – with BDP classics and remixes – originally issued as a 2LP set that was put together following the South Bronx-repping hip hop pioneer's shooting death. Alternate versions, remixes and BDP medley's from their most classic late 80s period. 15 ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly great album by Booker T – recorded after his Memphis years with The MGs, and his duets with Priscilla – and done in a sweetly mellow style that has Booker emerging as a whole new style of songwriter! As with all the post-MG albums, Booker sings lead vocals on all tracks ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully edgey album – and a lost classic of South American jazz! The album's a rare 1966 set cut by Argentinian tenorist Chivo Borraro and his quartet – done in a style that uses some fantastic influences from American modal and soul jazz of the 60s, filtered through some of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really wonderful set of grooves – much richer, jazzier, and more soulful than we would have expected – and a great full length introduction to the work of Bosq! Bosq's a name that's been brimming around on singles recently – but on this full album, he really opens up with a ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dennis Bovell —
Mek It Run ... LP Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ....
Fresh dubs of rare tracks by Dennis Bovell – all redone recently, but with a vibe that's right up there with the best of classic Kingston! The package has a fascinating origin – in that Bovell had a recent medical ban on playing the bass, so decided to turn the clock back, dig up some ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gritty, powerful raw soul from Charles Bradley – the full length debut from the 62-year-old Brooklyn singer – backed perfectly by The Menahan Street Band! It's incredible, a record that sounds just as rawly emotional and impeccably soulful in 2011 as it would have in 1971 – much ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl version includes code for full album download.)
Damn amazing work from Charles Bradley – an instant soul classic for all generations, as you'll hear from the very first note! Not only are Bradley's vocals incredible – the kind of once-in-a-long-time approach he brought to his debut – but the backings and production are ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Brady Kids (plus a gaggle of professional studio ghosts, natch) lay out a couple of their hits from the show – and several covers of lightweight hits of the the early 70s for this agreeable batch of Grade A 70s camp! Beneath the topical amusement of these records are some pretty ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Billy Bragg & Wilco's excellent spin on the Woody Guthrie songbook – the first volume in their Mermaid Avenue collaboration! The way the Mermaid Avenue series turned out, it feels as much like it's half Wilco's take on the songs and half Bragg – as opposed to it being a "superg ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second volume in Billy Bragg & Wilco's Mermaid Avenue series – dedicated to bringing to life unfinished Woody Guthrie tunes – thanks to Woody's daughter Nora inviting them to work with Guthrie's lyrics, penned throughout his life, but never finished as recorded songs. Bragg's ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The third volume in the Mermaid Avenue series – in which Billy Bragg and Wilco see unfinished Woody Guthrie songs to fruition – utilizing Guthrie lyrics, supplied by Woody's family. It's another stylistic mix of Billy Bragg's on point style, and Wilco's stylistic liberty – and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Strange, tripped out avant soundscapes from early 70s Austria! Billowy bits of ghostly vocals are the connective tissue of this bit of weirdness – some of it strangely playful, some crowded and conversation, others bursting from the quiet to jarring effect. 10 tracks on 2 sides, they have ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most wonderful albums by one of our favorite jazz artists of all time! For this unique session, George Braith offers up "two souls in one" – by playing both soprano sax and "stritch" simultaneously – in a two-reed mode that recalls the work of Roland Kirk ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brand Nubian —
One For All ... LP Elektra/Traffic, 1990. New Copy (reissue)....
Pure greatness from Brand Nubian at their early best! The Nubes' have made a handful of solid-to-great albums, but none could top this essential debut. Grand Puba, Sadat X and Lord Jamar are on point with the politicized rhymes over classic early 90s jazzed up, funky beats, built from now well ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bold bass saxophone sounds from the overlooked Helmut Brand – a German player of the postwar years, and one with a sense of tone and texture to rival that of Gerry Mulligan at his west coast best! The work here is all previously unreleased, but shows Brand as one of the key reed innovators ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark set from a group who only ever gave the world two albums – but who've gone on to have a huge influence over the years! This initial offering from Breakwater is a masterful blend of jazzy fusion and mellower soul – a sound sifted together so perfectly, it really tops the rest ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No splashdown here – as Breakwater are every bit as soaringly soulful as they were on their debut set! The groove here is that perfect blend of jazz and soul that only a few groups in the 70s really got right – maybe Pleasure, or The Blackbyrds – and most certainly Breakwater, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky keyboard tracks from Julius Brockington – a mad early 70s figure who not only cut some wild funk, but who also ended up doing a fair bit of gospel work in later years. This set's a good bit of stoner funk tracks – in the wilder mode of the Perception/Today label – and it's ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The greatest so far from this soulful Chicago group – a combo who are making big waves way beyond the Windy City, thanks to the tremendous vocals of JC Brooks! The album bursts out with a power the group have never had before – a tightness and focus that shows that these guys are ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes mp3 download of album, plus bonus tracks!)
Brand new solo work from La La Brooks of The Crystals – a singer who first worked with Phil Spector when she was only 13 years old – and who still sounds pretty darn great all these many years later! The folks at Norton have kept the record strongly in an old school 60s soul mode ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rough and raw work from Big Bill Broonzy – well-done sides that feature Bill on vocals and acoustic guitar, recorded in Paris in the early 50s, and issued here in a US package on the Scepter label! There's a pretty earthy feel to most of the tracks – a real "crossroads" feel ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bill Broonzy's a singer who recorded often in later years – but it's these early recordings that really won his fame – spare 78rpm sides that are full of dextrous guitar work that has plenty of jazzy inflections! Bill's vocals have a bit of jazz, too – and these sides are a great ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the youngest groups of the zydeco wave of the 70s – and one of the grooviest too! The group's got a solid swing and sense of soul that goes beyond most of their contemporaries – almost a deeper current of blues at most points, especially in the guitar – and even in some of ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy pressing – just like an original – and with a bonus download card too!)
A excellent album of southern funk – and darn rare, too! We know almost nothing about the Brothers, but they're a 14 piece combo with a tight ensemble funk sound that clearly shows roots of both the Memphis and Muscle Shoals scenes where the album was recorded! There's a lot of fuzzy guitar ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Vital material from Peter Brotzmann! The set begins with a full blast of sound from Brotzmann – then moves into some equally dynamic changes that shows he definitely hasn't lost any of his power and presence over the years! Brotzmann's working here with a trio that features Marino Pliakas ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Two key 80s moments from Peter Brotzmann – split together here on a heavy LP! First up is material from the album Low Life – hard-handed work from the duo of Peter Brotzmann on reeds and Bill Laswell on bass – a set that's kind of a side project of the Last Exit quartet, and one ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title sounds like an old R&B song from the 50s, but the album's a searing collaboration between three of the boldest improvisers in 70s European jazz – Peter Brotzmann on reeds, Harry Miller on bass, and Louis Moholo on drums! Although Miller and Moholo can have warmer moments when ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
There's nothing "easy" about this sweet little set – as the music's got a raw edge and righteous power that even blows away most of our favorite Afro Funk jams of the time – thanks to an approach that's even more jazz-based than some of Easy Kabaka Brown's contemporaries! The ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very limited pressing – with heavy tip-on cover, great vinyl, and bonus download of album!)
A killer from James Brown – and one of his best instrumental albums of the King years! The record has James working with the pre-JBs James Brown Band – a tight assemblage of players who really know how to craft an off-kilter groove. The guitar's popping on the beat here as much as the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great double-length album from James – filled with a wide range of cuts that are brought together only by his genius, creating an insane mix of grooves that's totally entertaining throughout! Features a long version of "Get On The Good Foot", plus other excellent bits like "T ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Reissue of one of the grooviest of the James Brown instrumental albums recorded for Smash. Unlike some of the other weaker albums on Smash, this one's got a great batch of material, most of which are originals, and not weak covers of pop stuff. Plus, the tracks are longer than usual, which gives ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly THE James Brown album of the mid 60s – a solid set of hard-grooving tracks, based around the monster title hit "I Got You (I Feel Good)"! The tune's one of those numbers that has been used a gajillion times over the years in commercials and promos – but which ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Further genius from James Brown at the start of the 70s – a record that's starting to show some of the more open-ended grooves he'd explore with the JBs on their own albums – longer, stretched-out tracks that are way more than simple funk and soul! There's a sense of freewheeling ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great reissue of James' second set of tracks recorded live at the famous Apollo Theatre! We like this one way better than volume one, and find it to be a much heftier set of tracks – with a stunning array of sheer raw showmanship. This one's in a 2 LP format, with lots more room for The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
James Brown —
Payback ... LP Polydor, 1973. New Copy 2LP (reissue)....
A masterpiece of funky soul – and one of the greatest albums of the early 70s! It all comes together on this one – funk, soul, politics, and production – and the record is still one of the clearest examples of James Brown's genius that you'll ever find! Recorded during the same ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
James Brown —
Reality ... LP Polydor, 1974. New Copy (reissue)....
One of the last great albums from James Brown! Not as totally sublime as Payback or some of the others from the 70s – but James is still working here with Fred Wesley and Dave Matthews – and many of the cuts retain the funk of a few years past. Case in point is the sublime "Funky ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bomb! The title of this one says it all – a burning anthem of pride and power, issued in 1969, at the end of one of the most troubling decades in America. James answers all the Uncle Tom cries from his critics – and comes up with "Say It Loud", an instant chant that was ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
James Brown cooking it live – recorded (as the cover says) "live at home in Augusta, Georgia with his bad self"! The groove here is a nice extension of earlier Apollo modes – one that shows the increasing funkiness of the James Brown Band, captured with a raw power that few ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
James Brown —
Super Bad ... LP Polydor, 1971. New Copy (reissue)....
$9.99Just Sold Out!
Super Bad is right! This is hard-hitting funky James – from the badass cover right down to the extended tracks on the record, which point the way towards the hard live jamming of the classic Payback years! Everything wonderful is in place on the set – from the band's grooves at the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best James Brown soul LPs from the 70's, with a great mix of funky tracks and deeper soul tracks. The latter is represented by the classics "Public Enemy #1" and "King Heroin", both hard soul political tracks. The funk is represented by "Talkin' Loud & ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ted Brown Sextet with Art Pepper & Warne Marsh —
Free Wheeling ... LP Vanguard, 1956. New Copy (reissue)....
One of the few sessions ever cut by tenorist Ted Brown – working here with a group that features Warne Marsh and Art Pepper in the frontline, with rhythm by Ronnie Ball on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Jeff Morton on drums. The session's got the outward appearance of a west coast session, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real lost treasure on Hi Records – one of the few albums ever cut by Don Bryant, a singer whose talents seemed to be eclipsed by the rising stars of Al Green and Ann Peebles – but who was every bit as great! Bryant's got a sound here that's still firmly in the Hi style forged by ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real smoker of a session – Rusty Bryant's first comeback album of the jazz funk years, done in a mode that virtually set the tone for other Prestige sessions of the time! Rusty's working here on alto sax, in a mode that's clearly inspired by the Lou Donaldson sessions of the time on Blue ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The monumental debut of BT Express – and an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band's bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight blacksploitation soundtrack, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The lone album from the Bubble Puppy – a monumental effort of late 60s hard grooving psychedelia – and one of very best albums to come out of the original Texas psych scene! A couple of the Pup's labelmates at United Artists get a lot of revelry all these years later, and rightfully so ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing work from the legendary Tim Buckley – and one of the records that truly shows why his music was unlike anything else that ever came before! The blend of folksy and jazzy roots really takes off here – stretching forth at times with a spacious feel that's airy, yet full of ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition audiophile pressing!)
Roy Budd —
Diamonds ... LP Cinephile/Castle (UK), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)....
Heist films always provided some of the best soundtracks of the 70's, and this one (starring Robert Shaw and Richard Roundtree, and issued in the US as Diamond Shaft) is no exception! Roy Budd rises to the groovy occasion and scores some excellent moments that match a light orchestral sound with a ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant mix of Afro and deep funk styles – the kind of grooves you'd get if Fela Kuti hung out with The Meters in the late 60s! Budos Band recall the genius of 90s deep funk combo The Daktaris – and have a similar love of older African rhythms touched by a newer indie funk sound ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest groups going in the deep funk underground – a combo who play way more than just conventional funk – and who manage to embrace a whole host of classic influences at once! Echoes of older Latin, African, and soundtrack-styled grooves sift together beautifully in this ... (Deep Funk) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nice funky 70s instrumentals, composed by Alan Tew, and performed by the group Bullet – a hip electric combo with a tight sound library feel. The overall style reminds us of Lalo Schifrin or Quincy Jones cop show work from the early 70s – with some tasty keyboards, plenty of riffing, ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bunalim ... LP Pharaway Sounds, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)....
The bass is right out front in the picture of the band on the cover – and it's also right out front in the sound of their music as well – helping to drive the rhythms of this Turkish combo with a rolling sound that's almost funky at times! Bunalim hail from the same Turkish scene as ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Genius work from Solomon Burke – the kind of all-out, no-nonsense soul album that made Atlantic Records one of the strongest forces in the genre during the 60s! If you've ever bought one of Solomon's weaker recent albums, you owe it to yourself to check this one out – as it's a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album