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We run the gamut from deep soul to Northern, Chicago steppers to house, Motown to Malaco -- and everything in between!


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Kent (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy
Southern soul galore – a wonderful range of tracks that are done in that best deep soul mode that borrowed heavily from country music – but also really transformed things to fit their own righteous needs! Make no mistake, the collection is all soul music all the way through – but ... CD
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Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy
Seminal sounds from the New Orleans scene of the 60s – all great soul tracks recorded in the studios of Cosimo Matassa – as important a force in the Crescent City sound as Allen Toussaint at the time! The grooves here are plenty deep – building off New Orleans modes from the ... CD
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Chess (Japan), Late 50s. New Copy
One of the first great R&B artists on the New Orleans scene in the 50s – and one who never got the same sort of fame as some of his contemporaries! Yet that doesn't stop Paul Gayten from being one of the greats – as you'll hear on this excellent collection that brings together a ... CD
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Exciters
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1965. New Copy
Although we don't normally dig some of the sweeter 60s girl groups, we love The Exciters! Lead singer Brenda Reid has one of the most amazing voices in soul music – filled with rough sexy tones that always grab our attention, even when the lyrics shouldn't – and this album's one of the ... CD
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Alston/Warner (Japan), 1980. New Copy
A great collection of work by singer David Hudson – a great vocalist who recorded for TK during the end of the label's hit years, and in a mode that was quite different than other artists on the Miami scene at the time! The groove here is sweet and smooth modern soul – done with a ... CD
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BGP (UK), 1960s. New Copy
A different groove than usual from the mighty Snowboy – not the Latin you may know from his own records, or the funk you'll find on his other compilations – but instead a smoking batch of 60s soul, with a really wonderful batch of well-chosen cuts throughout! The album's a counterpart ... CD
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Leon Ware (1982)
Elektra/Be With (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
Seminal modern soul from the great Leon Ware – an artist who had a great influence on the sound of mellow Motown in the 70s, but who's sounding even better here in an early 80s California groove! Leon's smooth, sophisticated, and very much his own man on the set – unabashedly upfront ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Way I Feel
Cadet (Japan), 1969. New Copy
One of the greatest moments ever from guitarist Phil Upchurch – and one of the best from legendary arranger Charles Stepney too – a set that uses Upchurch's guitar in the same way that Stepney was using the piano of Ramsey Lewis in the late 60s! The record has full arrangements that ... CD
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Hi-Heel Sneakers
Checker (Japan), 1964. New Copy
Tommy Tucker may be best-remembered for the title track of this classic album – a tune that was covered by countless other artists in the 60s – but he's a hell of a talent with a mighty great range, and a gritty, soulful sound that's perfect for early 60s Chess Records! The album's got ... CD
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Etta James (1973)
Chess (Japan), 1973. New Copy
Heavy funk from the great Etta James – one of her standout classics from the later Chess years, done with a style that's completely different than her work of the 60s! The set was recorded in LA with a super-dope sound that's almost in a funky soundtrack mode – full horns, bits of ... CD
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Alithia, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
The title and cover may seem a bit strange – but they make more sense when you know that The Escorts were all prisoners at the Rahway State Prison in New Jersey, where they were discovered by sweet soul producer George Kerr! Kerr really gave the group a great chance with this album – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Rockin At The Hops
Chess (Japan), 1960. New Copy
Chuck Berry's way more than just rocking for sock hops here – as the set has the seminal figure working at the height of his powers – in a raw, stripped-down setting that still packs way more punch than you might remember if you only think of Chuck in terms of all those over-used ... CD
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Clarence Reid On The Job
Alston/Warner (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A great lost record from Clarence Reid – one of the most multi-talented artists on his scene, stepping out here with the depth and sensitivity of some of his best southern soul contemporaries of the 70s! Despite the fact that at the time of the record, Reid was simultaneously recording as ... CD
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Delfonics
Philly Groove, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
The third album in an amazing early run from The Delfonics – the kind of work that set a whole new standard for group soul in the 70s! A number of the tracks here had already risen to fame before the album's release as singles – and these are mixed with some additional tracks that are ... LP, Vinyl record album
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You're So Beautiful (180 gram vinyl)
Warner, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
The last album recorded by Charles Wright with the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – and a set that's even more stretched out and trippy than their other albums! Gone are the tight short cuts of earlier days, and in their place are longer messed-up funky numbers that have more of a jamming ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Prestige, 1964. New Copy (reissue)
Terry Callier's first album – recorded in 1964 when he was a wee teen hanging around Chicago's folk scene! As the title indicates, the album's definitely got a folk-styled sound – but also as the "new" implies, it's got a sound all it's own, fresh and free – and that ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Sheba, Baby – Original Soundtrack
Buddah, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Nice one! This obscure blacksploitation soundtrack features a hip Monk Higgins score for a Pam Grier film that's supposedly "Hotter than Coffey and meaner n' Foxy Brown". Having seen the film, we don't know if we'd totally agree with that assessment, but the music's strong enough, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
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It's A Mother
Polydor, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A definite mother from James Brown – the kind of all-funky album that few of his contemporaries could ever hope to match! If you've ever doubted the sheer raw power of James at the end of the 60s, the first few notes of this one will definitely make you a convert – and the stretched-out ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Afreaka!
Janus, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
Messed-up funky jazz from an obscure early 70s UK group – and an album that really lives up to its trippy cover! The tracks are all long and stretched out – with lots of organ, sax, and spaced out drums – and the overall style is a mix of dub-heavy funk, Afro jazz, and a bit of ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Wild & Peaceful
De-Lite, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
After this one, there was no turning back for Kool & The Gang! The record has them bringing their underground funk sound to the masses – with a choppy riffy groove that stands out almost as a public challenge to all the other pretenders that had been cropping up on major labels during ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Secrets
Arista, 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A key crossover set from Gil Scott-Heron – still every bit as political as his earlier work, but with a stronger sense of soul as well! The great Brian Jackson is firmly in tow here – bringing warm keyboards and a nice little groove to most of the tracks – and the previous ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Nard
Arista, 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist Bernard Wright! Wright's working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk players that includes Bobby Broom, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, and Don Blackman, whose funky style is very similar to Wright's ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Investigation No 1
CRS, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A funky holy grail – one of the rarest of the rare, and the only album ever cut by funky guitarist Carl "Sherlock" Holmes! Carl's work on the guitar is incredible – fast riffing and jazzy, with a style that's dirtier and messier than some of his 70s jazz funk contemporaries, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Composite Truth
Polydor, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Although some of the albums that Mandrill made were a bit weak, and had too much hippy-dippy stuff, this one is one of their best albums, and has a nice hard funky sound that they didn't always match. The album includes the funky break classic track "Fencewalk", plus other groovers like ... LP, Vinyl record album
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On The Rocks
Stang, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Heavenly harmony soul! This is the 3rd album by this famous east coast vocal group – and it's completely impossible to find in the original (which makes the reissue even more essential!) The record has a great mix of heavy soul tracks – like "Only People Can Save The World" ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Spirit Of The Boogie
De-Lite, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
Sure, this one's got "boogie" in the title – but don't let that scare you off! The album's carved in the same hard funky style as mid 70s hits like "Hollywood Swinging" or "Jungle Boogie" (both from earlier albums) – and in fact, the "boogie" in ... LP, Vinyl record album
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King, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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For Sweet People From Sweet Charles
People, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A supremely fantastic album, and one that's always woefully overlooked in discussions of James Brown's incredible People label! Sweet Charles, Charles Sherell, was a great lost soul vocalist who had a voice that was warm and mellow, with a sweetness that was often missing from James' singing ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Chocolate City
Casablanca, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
An amazing album that's probably one of the most unified albums that George Clinton ever recorded! The band's rawer style has been firmed up and economized – but a lot of the best elements are still in place, including a strange approach to vocals that has male and female voices interacting ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Reality
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Kiss Me With The Wind
A&M, 1990. Very Good+
No description available. LP, Vinyl record album
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RCA, 1992. Very Good- 2x12" (pic cover)
No description available. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Cotillion, 1981. Very Good-
No description available. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Salsoul, 1979. Very Good-
No description available. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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JAMTU, 1981. Very Good- 2LP
This may pass for straight up funk in DC, but to us it's a mad percolating Go Go jam, and that's nothing to complain about. T Funk lets loose with batteries of drum rolls, clattering Go Go percussion, heavy bass and space age synthesizer. The bombs get dropped non stop on this bouncing live set, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Love Ballads
Atlantic, Late 50s/1996. Good
A great album of mellower ballads that showcase Clyde's richly emotional style of singing, one that's on a par with his lead vocal work in The Drifters, and recorded here in a very similar mode. Includes "Heartaches", "Come What May", Love Has Joined Us Together", and ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Atlantic, 1981. Very Good
No description available. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Giant, 1991. Very Good- (pic cover)
No description available. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Jive (UK), 1985. Very Good- (pic cover)
No description available. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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X Energy (Italy), 1984. Very Good- (pic cover)
No description available. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Break (Belgium), 1983. Very Good- (pic cover)
No description available. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Mirage, 1981. Very Good- (pic cover)
No description available. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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P-Vine (Japan), Early 50s. Near Mint-
A great Japanese collection of work by these two rare groups – all material recorded for the United Records label, and featuring a few unissued tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
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Virgin, 1991. Very Good
No description available. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Best Of Real Thing
PRT (Germany), 1986. Very Good
No description available. LP, Vinyl record album
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QT Hush
Epic, 1985. Near Mint-
An obscure little side-project by Teena Marie during her years at Epic Records – one that's almost her male group answer to Rick James' female soul projects of the same time! QT Hush have some mighty silly costumes on the cover, but they've also got a great way with a catchy mainstream soul ... LP, Vinyl record album
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MAW, 1995. Very Good
The first release on their MAW imprint, from Kenny Dope ("Ken") and Little Louie Vega ("lou"), with a great percolating cut on the a-side, that epitomizes the sound we called "underground" around here, and a harmonica laced club stomper on the flip. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Prelude, 1982. Very Good
An excellent 80s groove classic! James D-Train Williams sings it nice and deep on this catchy club cut – but the real groove is put over by Hubert Eaves, who does some excellent work on keyboards! 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Notations
Charly (UK), 1975/1997. Used
The one and only album released by this great Chicago vocal group – a sublime harmony outfit who'd recorded some excellent indie 45s before getting the chance to do this one-off set for Curtis Mayfield's Gemigo label! The style of the set is a bit more polished than some of the group's ... CD
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Save Me (with bonus tracks)
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy
A huge breakout moment for disco in the 70s – the first album from Silver Convention, a very early example of the European power on the club scene! The group's the brainchild of arranger Sylvester Levay and producer Michael Kunze – who come up with some great German disco rhythms for ... CD
 
Updated September 01, 2014


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