A whole new dimension of pop from the lovely Joanie Sommers – an album of bossa tunes, recorded with strings and backing by the great Laurindo Almeida! The style is wonderfully sweet – and works perfectly with Joanie's gentle vocals – and although not all the tunes are strict ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Joanie Sommers takes on the seasons of the years – in a sweet little concept album that's almost her equivalent of Julie London's famous Calendar Girl record! Stan Applebaum's on hand to help with arrangements, and his styles here are a mix of jazzy backgrounds and some fuller, lusher styles ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from a group who've definitely earned their name! Naming a group SOUL might be suicide for a band that can't carry off the groove – but these guys are funky monsters, with a real talent for a hard heavy sound that was rarely matched by other combos. The band have a great ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soul Brothers —
Uthando ... LP Soul Brothers (South Africa), 1986. Near Mint- ....
American soul, recorded in Germany in the early 70s – by an obscure group who played at a Bavarian club while overseas! "Love Is The Answer" is a mellow ballad, but one with a really dark bassline at the bottom – an element that almost makes the cut come across like some of ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A surprisingly nice record by the group who scored big in the late 60s with "Expressway to Your Heart" – and who continued to be one of the best blue eyed soul acts working on the east coast! This album's the group's second, done for Gamble & Huff at Philly International – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ahhh . . . What a mix – and the music is as evocative and smokey as the title and the cover! Jeri Southern's never sounded so good – working here with Lennie Hayton on a set of sad songs of lost love – and the album's proof that she could really be a great jazz-styled singer when ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groovy couple of mid 80s tracks by Michael Soward – a mix of spacey soul, funk and spritual reverence One one level, it's a nice bit of cosmic funk soul with raw, indie groove – with Korg synth, Rhodes, heavy bass and sweet guitar. "He's Alive" is an energetic funky number. ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
The one and only album by this sweet east coast harmony group – a killer little set that has a warmly soaring feel! Van McCoy's the maestro behind the whole set – handling both the arrangements and musical backings – and he gives the group's male/female blend of voices a really ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work by one of the greatest gospel/soul groups ever! A very righteous vibe pervades, and the harmonies soar right out of church into the neighborhood – on tracks that include "Respect Yourself", "Heavy Makes You Happy", "Oh La De Da", "Long Walk To ... (Soul) read moreCD
Paul Stapleton & Simon Rose —
Fauna ... CD pfMentum, 2011. Used ....
An unusual one from Dakota Staton – and almost a bit more bluesy than some of her Capitol sessions! Titles include "Supper Time", "I Stood By", "I Gotta Go", "Hurry Home", and "My Search Is Over". ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's time to swing, but with a classy sound throughout – very much the best mix of modes Dakota Staton brought to her key early years at Capitol Records! Backings are by Sid Feller, and are pretty darn jazzy throughout – more so than some of Sid's other work of the time – a ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's time to swing, but with a classy sound throughout – very much the best mix of modes Dakota Staton brought to her key early years at Capitol Records! Backings are by Sid Feller, and are pretty darn jazzy throughout – more so than some of Sid's other work of the time – a ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Swingin' vocal group pop (2 males and a female), recorded in RCA's Nashville studios, with a nice warm sound. The feel's a bit like We Five, but with a little bit less of the strident vocal sound that they have. Tracks include "Mr. Thompson", "Having Fun Again", "Sleepy ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the funkiest work ever from flute player Jeremy Steig – cuts recorded at the same massive session, but originally issued on the albums Legwork and Wayfaring Stranger! In addition to Steig's fluid work on flute, the cuts also boast some amazing basslines from Eddie Gomez – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Early genius from Cat Stevens, handled with a baroque pop sensibility missing from his other records. Arrangements are by Alan Tew, Des Champ, David Whitaker, and Ivor Raymonde – and titles include "Kitty", "The Laughing Apple", "The First Cut Is The Deepest", ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gloria Steward —
Jazz For Dancing ... LP Elite Special/Sonorama (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)....
A rare set from Gloria Steward – a singer who seems to be American, but who's recording here in a rare Swiss session from the 60s – with backing from a very groovy small combo! The lineup features some great vibes from Manfred Burzlaff, whose ringing tones make for a slightly different ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The queen of covers for the clubs takes on The Doors "Light My Fire" here in a Hansa disco production – then also serving up the tune in a medley with "137 Disco Heaven" – kind of a sing-song track overall. ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Beautiful late 50s work from Stitt – filled with subtle complex solos, and a rich confident tone that was missing from earlier records! As with some of his other Verve sessions from the time, the track list is mostly standards – but unlike some Verve sessions, Stitt never gets lost in ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
By this point in his career, Sonny hardly needed a tune up in his style – but the album's a great one from his post-Prestige years, and a real back-to-basics effort that recalls the genius of his work on Roost! The format is straight and simple – Stitt's tenor and alto fronting a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great session of 70s bop revival from the team of Sonny Stitt and Red Holloway – working here in the warm and sunny style of the great Catalyst label! The album Forecast has the two hornmen blowing to acoustic accompaniment from a trio that includes Art Hillary on piano, Larry Gales on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Obscure club grooves and synthesizer soul from The Strangers on Salsoul – a thumping, 80s style groove! The sound has the rubbery bass, programmed drums and those great, squelching synthy bits blus a a tighter, group sound and more song based approach at work. The group has a revolving cast ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Donna Summer —
Bad Girls ... LP Mercury, 1979. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ....
A super huge hit for Donna Summer – a disco classic as well as a pop crossover smash! The album was produced by disco powerhouse Giorgio Moroder, and featured the hits "Hot Stuff", "Bad Girls", and "Dim All The Lights". Plus the songs "On My Honor", ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little soundtrack – one of the more serious efforts on the Tower Records label, and a nice batch of soulful tunes, both instrumental and vocal! Bob Summers was the musical director of the album, but a number of the cuts are written by Sammy Fain and Charles Martin – and the best ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We're confused with the whole Sunz of Man project. Their early independent singles were nice, if hard to find. Then the LP included too much junk like "Shining Star" produced by Wycleff. Fortunately, the b-side "Cold" is nice, up to the standards of their early singles. We're ... (Hip Hop) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
Super 5 Thor —
Gazelle ... CD Echostatic/Space Baby, 1997. Used ....
Hardly the surf music set you'd expect from the title – but still a set that's plenty surf-washed, thanks to a great choice of exotic numbers for the record! The Surfers are a vocal group, not a guitar-based instrumental combo – and they harmonize with a mixture of jazz and pop modes ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great bit of boogie from the Chicago scene of the early 80s – a set recorded with a nice jazzy bounce overall, and a strong ear for a catchy hook and tight groove – very much in the mode of Omni or Zoom from the same period! Alfonzo's got a warm vocal style that soars up to falsetto ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare early 60s recordings from the Japanese scene – issued here in a 70s album on Three Blind Mice, and with a depth and complexity that's a fair bit like some of the more modern work on that label! The tracks here are all quite long – and feature interplay between the bass and drums ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful Verve issue of some of Tatum's wonderfully complex solo sides from the 50s. The titles are mostly standards – "Mean To Me", "Moon Song", "Crazy Rhythm", "Sweet Lorraine", etc – but Tatum's interpretation of the material opens it up ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Always-great work from Tavares – one of those groups who never seemed to miss, and who seemed to weather the disco era a lot better than most of their contemporaries! This 1980 album is key proof of that fact – a tremendous little set, done at a point when Tavares could have rested on ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key album in the sound of piano jazz in the 50s – featuring Billy Taylor, and his trio that included Earl May on bass and Charlie Smith on drums. The album's nothing fancy, but has a nicely soulful undercurrent – and titles include "Man With A Horn", "Hey Lock", ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work by James Taylor – a wonderful batch of folk rock tunes from the New York scene of the late 60s, trippier than Taylor's later work, and with a sound that gets a bit funky at times! There's 2 especially great tunes – both of them titled "Knocking Round The Zoo" ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Probably THE album you truly need to own from Koko Taylor – and a completely great one, recorded way before she'd become a cliched fixture paying the bills on the frat boy tourist blues scene! The tracks here were recorded over a few years in mid-to-late 60s Chicago – mostly with ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Little Johnny Taylor —
Ugly Man ... LP Ichiban, 1989. Near Mint- ....
Jack Teagarden sings and swings on trombone – that unique groove that was a key updating of his trad style in these later years! As you might guess from the title, the album's made mostly of tunes from spiritual sources – swung in tighter jazzy styles by arranger Van Alexander, who ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic early Temptations – a wonderful little record produced by Smokey Robinson with a sweet group finish! The harmonies are impeccable, and the sound is perfect Motown – tight and classy, but with enough rough edges to keep things soulful at the best parts – and there's a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A real swinger from Clark Terry – the kind of a record you might be tempted to pass up – but don't! The set's got the same soul jazz fire as some of the work that Clark played on for Epic in the early 60s – no surprise, as the group features Epic label partner Dave Bailey on ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprisingly nice little set from Clark Terry – featuring arrangements by Oliver Nelson, and a pretty nice little group that includes Budd Johnson on tenor and Eddie Costa on vibes and piano. The material appears to be lifted from the musical All American – by the team of Charles ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Clark Terry & Chico O'Farrill —
Spanish Rice ... LP Impulse, 1966. Very Good Gatefold ....
Sweet Latin licks from Clark Terry and Chico O'Farrill – cut in a mode that's very similar to O'Farrill's best Verve work of the 60s! The vibe is kind of a mod take on Afro Cuban sounds – not really Latin soul, but with a playful vibe that mixes together jazz and Latin with equal parts ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Todd Terry'sfirst full length for Sleeping Bag records! The sound here's a bit warmer and not as dark as some of Terry's house singles under other group names – with a classic New York club feel that's in keeping with earlier work on the Sleeping Bag label, and loads of those cool splashy ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Vocal jazz, but with plenty of tripped-out touches – hardly what you'd expect from a Norwegian group with plenty of Christian leanings! That's Why were one of the key groups to reform the sound of church music in Norway at the end of the 60s – and work here with a unique hybrid of jazz ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent grooviness – and typical of the mad instrumental LPs that showed up on Impulse when they weren't cutting high-minded jazz! The record has a nice mix of easy funky jazz and pop psychedelia – performed by a range of groovy players conducted by Bob Thiele, and featuring Tom ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great later jazz set from Toots Thielemans – recorded half in New York and half in LA – as you might guess from the title! The sound is still very much Toots' own, though – no easy nods to styles from either city in earlier years – and despite the fact that the record is ... (Jazz) read moreCD