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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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Goldwax/P-Vine (Japan), 1966. New Copy
An incredible bit of southern soul – one of two classic albums cut by James Carr for the Goldwax! At the time of release, this album virtually died in the racks – but thanks to the work of countless music writers over the past few decades, Carr has finally achieved legendary status in ... CD
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Goldwax/P-Vine (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Sublime southern soul from one of the greats! James Carr is right up there with the best of the 60s – Otis Redding, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, and others – but he never made it as big as them because of personal troubles and bad planning on the part of his label and management. ... CD
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Blackbyrds
Fantasy (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A funky jazz treasure – and the band's landmark first album! The Blackbyrds were a legendary 70s combo that were discovered by Donald Byrd while he was teaching at Howard University – and they had a tight style that mixed raw funk influences with smoother jazz playing, creating a sound ... CD
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Hangin' Out
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy
No hangin out here – because these guys are tighter than ever, and right on the money from the very first note of the set! A snapping drum break opens up the album – followed by a wickedly stepping bassline, a rolling conga part, and a vamping dance between Hammond and tenor sax – ... CD
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Electrified
We Produce/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy
An underground set from early 70s Stax Records – the only set cut back in the day by Ernie Hines – a really great singer who works here with a blend of southern soul and sweet harmony modes! The album's got a pretty laidback vibe, which is great – almost in the same space as The ... CD
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Feel The Heat
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1977. New Copy
Masterful funky soul jazz from the mid 70s – and one of the best solo albums recorded by Headhunter Bill Summers – a sunny batch of Bay Area funk that really grooves with the best of Fantasy Records from the time! The set was produced by Skip Scarborough, and has that great bubbling, ... CD
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Smash/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy
An excellent bit of Latin groove – one of our favorite crossover boogaloo sets from the 60s, and easily some of the greatest work ever by Jimmy Castor! And yes, this is the same Jimmy Castor who's known for his funk albums of the 70s – but back in the day, he was open-minded enough to ... CD
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King/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Polygram (Japan), 1971. New Copy
James Brown really opens up on this early 70s classic – really showing the world the amazing groove he was crafting with his band – who were let loose to jam in the studio, spinning out some really long grooves – which were then cut down to make this sweet little record! The ... CD
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There It Is
Polydor (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Raw power and righteous energy from James Brown – a set that still has all the best funk elements of his longer-form albums of the time, but which also packs an even stronger political message too! The vibe of the record is clear from the image on the cover – the most powerful since ... CD
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Polydor (Japan), 1973. New Copy
Easily one of the funkiest albums that James Brown ever recorded – and one of his few entries into the blacksploitation genre of the 70s! James really outdid himself for this one – working at a hard burning pace that had the JBs cooking up some killer funk for just about every number ... CD
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Bodyheat
Polydor (Japan), 1976. New Copy
An enduring classic from James Brown – quite possibly the strongest of his late 70s albums, and a record that nicely balances the harder funk of the early part of the decade with a more sophisticated style that almost gets slightly jazzy at times! The vocals are planted strongly at the top ... CD
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People/Polydor (Japan), 1972. New Copy
The classic first album by The JBs – James Brown's Fred Wesley-led backing band, and the force behind most of his greatest records of the early 70s! The band are incredible at this point – sharper, harder, and funkier than just about any other combo around – and that includes all ... CD
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Polydor (Japan), 1973. New Copy
An incredible album – a landmark piece of funk that nobody should be without, funk fan or not! The album is the second to feature James Brown's famous backing combo of the early 70s – and unlike their first one, which was really more of a collection of singles, this album has the group ... CD
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Polydor (Japan), 1974. New Copy
An incredible album – quite possibly our favorite record by the JBs, ever! The set starts with a wonderful conversational bit – rapping and musing on the idea of "Damn Right, I Am Somebody" – showing the group in a political and righteous mode for the first time ever. ... CD
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Polydor (Japan), 1974. New Copy
An oft-overlooked gem from the JBs – their last album for People Records, and a stone funk classic that's every bit as essential as the others! The band is still in fine fine form – with none of the fast-funk or proto-disco of some later recordings – and they're working here in ... CD
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Polydor (Japan), 1975. New Copy
One of the most fantastic albums by the JBs – a masterpiece of funky jamming, tight instrumentation, and that free yet tight style of the James Brown 70s years! The tracks are longer than on some of the earlier singles – especially the 8 minute jammer "(It's Not The Express) It's ... CD
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US
Polydor (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A killer-diller bit of essential funk – the only full album cut by Maceo with James Brown production! The set's got Maceo coming back strongly into the JB fold, with a fierce array of funky cuts that kick it every bit as hard as the best JBs work of the time. No surprise, the JBs are ... CD
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Polydor (Japan), 1975. New Copy
The mellower of Lyn Collins' two albums for the People label – but still pretty darn fantastic! At some level, it seems like Lyn's taking on the rest of the soul industry – showing them that she can kick some major booty on her interpretations of hits like "Backstabbers", ... CD
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It's My Thing
King/Universal (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy
Funky funky female soul! Marva Whitney was one of the greatest singers in the James Brown stable of stars during the late 60s – and she sang with a hard raw style worth of The Godfather himself! Brother James produced and wrote a good part of this classic album – and the record is one ... CD
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Jam II Disco Fever
Polydor (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A different groove than usual from The JBs – but still pretty darn nice, and way better than just about all the other funky combos on the market! It's the late 70s, and James Brown's head is a bit addled – he thinks he's the guy who invented disco, and he starts turning his extended ... CD
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As One
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy
The Bar-Kays definitely groove as one on this tight little set – with amazing choppy guitar, bumping basslines, and brassy horns – all wrapped up with some wonderfully warm production! The group have come a long way from their fuzzier funk roots by this time, but they're still sounding ... CD
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Nightcruising
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy
Man, these guys really know how to groove – and even on a bigger label, with a more commercial image, they still manage to come up with a tight little set! There's a key ear for a bassline and beat that keeps The Bar-Kays standing stronger than most of their contemporaries – a sense of ... CD
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Secrets
Mercury (Japan), 1977. New Copy
A great early album from Con Funk Shun – a mix of funkier tunes and some excellent smooth modern ones in step with the mellower work by Cameo or Maze – done with more soaringly emotional sounds that moves beyond their peers! A love for earlier 70s styles might be what pushes Secrets ... CD
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Joker (Italy), 1970. New Copy (pic cover)
Funky funky funky! The Duke Of Burlington were a lost Italian combo from the 70s – but on their best cuts, you'd swear they were an American group like The Meters or The Nite Liters! The band mix up hard heavy piano, funky drum breaks, choppy guitar, and some nice soulful flute solos – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Life Goes On (plus bonus tracks)
RCA/Real Gone, 1976. New Copy
Life goes on for Faith, Hope, & Charity – and goes on pretty darn strongly, too – thanks to some wonderful work from the great Van McCoy, served up at a level that really goes beyond his stock sound of the time! The group's blend of one male and two female singers really works well ... CD
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Atlantic/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy
The first-ever set to bring together all of Barbara Lynn's records for Atlantic – including her full album, a host of rare singles, and even one previously unissued track! Lynn's a real standout in 60s soul music – a singer with a style that's as deep and personal as any of the best ... CD
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Atlantic/Tummy Touch, Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
Fantastic funky soul from Steve Arrington – the drummer who got his start in Slave, then really exploded on his own with a host of great records in the 80s! This batch of tracks is from those key initial solo years – and the set not only features all the key cuts that Steve recorded ... CD
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Phase 2/Brand New Day
Cotillion/Real Gone, 1982/1983. New Copy
A pair of later albums from the great Ronnie Dyson – both of which show him moving strongly well into the 80s! The first set is a self-stated Phase 2 in Ronnie Dyson's career – one that has him moving with a bit more confidence than before, and nicely maturing into a sweet 80s sort of ... CD
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Warner, 2014. New Copy
The more stylistically sprawling of the 2 albums Prince released upon returning to Warner Brothers in 2014 – nicely recalling some of his better later 80s and early 90s material, post-Sign O The Times craft – but still moving forward, as opposed to reliving past glories! Art Official ... CD
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Atlantic/Real Gone, 1981/1982. New Copy
A sweet double-header from Ullanda McCullough – a singer who's been previously overlooked in the world of CDs! First up is the Ullanda McCullough album from 1981 – a standout set from the great Ullanda – a singer who'd worked on countless sessions in the 70s, but who really came ... CD
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Jumbo Caribbean Disco/EM (Japan), 1978. New Copy (pic cover)
One of the greatest tracks ever from the legendary John Gibbs – the man who brought the steel pans strongly to the dancefloor – thanks to his unique blend of the instrument with disco grooves! The classic "Trinidad" is presented here in a previously unissued version – ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Jumbo Caribbean Disco/EM (Japan), 1979. New Copy
Steel band disco! John Gibbs adds a little island flavor to this pumping disco number, replete with breakdowns, vocals, and a non stop groove – and this special single features the previously unissued original version of the cut – which is even more raw than the famous version! Lord ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Plectrumelectrum
Warner, 2014. New Copy
One of a pair of Prince records released on the same day – and this one that finds him in a lean, hard-hitting funk rock mode that we always love from him – and deservedly sharing credit with his 3rdeyegirl group. It's honestly a lot of fun to hear Prince having this much fun himself, ... CD
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Imagination (with bonus tracks)
Buddah/FTG, 1973. New Copy
A pivotal album for Gladys Knight and group – as the record features their super-huge hit "The Midnight Train To Georgia", a landmark track that not only had a catchy pop hook, but which spoke volumes about African-American migration in the postwar years. The track's one of those ... CD
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Super Bad
King/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Ain't It Funky
King/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Columbia/FTG, 1981. New Copy
skooA wonderful treasure from the early 80s soul scene – the first album from Champaign, and an instant winner right from the start! The group may not have been one of the bigger names of their time, but they really won a lot of favor with soul listeners over the years – and this album' ... CD
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Columbia/FTG, 1983/1984. New Copy
2 classics from New Horizons – back to back on a single CD! Something New is something great from New Horizons – the group's second album, and even tighter than the first! Roger Troutman had a very big hand in the record, lending the group some very Zapp-ish touches in their grooves ... CD
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Destiny/FTG, 1984/1985. New Copy
A pair of lost 80s sets from Skool Boyz – brought together on a single CD! The self-titled Skool Boyz is a lot better than you might guess from the dated 80s spelling of the group – a surprisingly tight little trio, bouncing along with lots of riffing rhythms and sweet keyboard lines, ... CD
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RCA/FTG, 1980/1983. New Copy
A killer double-header – two early 80s classics from the great Michael Wycoff! Come To My World is a beautiful set from Michael Wycoff – a perfect example of the kind of sophisticated groove he had right from the start of his legendary run on RCA – the kind of vibe that maybe ... CD
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Epic, 1986. Very Good+ (pic cover)
No description available. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Salsoul, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used
Rare work by Instant Funk – one of the greatest backing groups of the disco era, and a heck of a soul combo on their own! Like MFSB, who backed up most of the big hits on Philly International, Instant Funk first came to fame working behind a lot of other artists on the Salsoul label – ... CD
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Gone For Good
Back Beat/Charly (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint-
A nice little collection of OV's Memphis soul sides recorded for the Back Beat label – all of them produced by Willie Mitchell, with a sound that's a bit rougher than Willie's more famous work for Al Green – but in a good way that brings out the best in OV's voice. Titles include " ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Bad Talk
Penthouse, 1977. Very Good+
No description available. LP, Vinyl record album
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Funky Delicacies, 1975. Sealed (reissue)
A mid 70s Bay Area soul treasure by The Variations – with lone female vocalist Samaki given a more prominent presence – and it's the funkiest album the group ever cut! The Variations put out a few really strong albums in the 70s, and they work on various levels. The harmonies are ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Yesteryear's Memories
Apollo/Relix, Late 40s. Sealed Gatefold
Very early vocal group work from the New York scene – recorded in the late 40s, originally on 16" transcription discs! LP, Vinyl record album
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Apollo/Relic, Early 50s. Sealed
Very early work from the 5 Royales – recorded before their famous years on King Records – but with an equally great sound! LP, Vinyl record album
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EMI, 1990. Near Mint- (pic cover)
Caron Wheeler's first after parting company with Soul II Soul – produced by Carl MacIntosh, with a very Jazzie B sound to it, with a house version by David Morales and a reggae take by Steely & Cleevie. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Smooth (club, radio, inst)
Arista, 1999. Near Mint-
No description available. 12-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated September 30, 2014


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