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A massive array of great 7" singles -- lots of rare funk, soul, and more!


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Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1970. New Copy (pic cover)
Two versions of a great track by Joe McPhee – both of which have the saxophonist laying out some surprisingly soulful sounds! If you only know Joe from his later avant years, you'll be stunned to hear McPhee here – as "Cosmic Love" has Joe spinning out this soulful saxophone ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Secret Stash, 2014. New Copy
A contemporary gem from 60s & 70s Twin Cities veterans The Valdons – sounding like their prime, vintage selves on a contemporary ecording of "Just How Much Can One Man Stand" – which you can hear for yourself, as an early 70s demo of the same great song appears on the flip! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Outta Sight (UK), 1996. New Copy
Later work from Al Green – produced by Arthur Baker, who sets Al up in some surprisingly nice contemporary grooves! "Keep On Pushing" has a nice stepping groove from the start – but Al's vocals still have all that classic style overall – that sublime, spiritual flow ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Tracy/It Hurts Me
Outta Sight (UK), 1963/1966. New Copy
An early 60s groover from Barry White – done when he was a fresh studio talent on the LA scene – but clearly one for a great ear for soul! The tune's got a raw, raspy vibe you wouldn't expect – a tight vamping groove, and some tremendous vocals rolling out over the front! "I ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Outta Sight (UK), 1966/1967. New Copy
A great groover from the LA scene – as The Enchantments really soar with "I'm In Love With You" – a cut that almost has a garagey tone in the instrumentation, but which is definitely soul in the style – that kind of wonderful criss-crossing of modes you'd find on west ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Crap Shootin' Sinner/Tremblin'
Outta Sight (UK), 1959/1962. New Copy
Cile Turner serves up a righteous tune with "Crap Shootin Sinner" – a track that's almost got as much preaching as it does singing – but in a playful reworking of gospel modes for soul! "Tremblin" is a real classic from Byrdie Green – a stepping groover that ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Gonna Catch Me A Rat/St James Infirmary
Outta Sight (UK), 1959/1960. New Copy
A sweet stepper from the great Milt Trenier – a singer who could easily skirt soul and jazz, and does both here! "Gonna Catch" has a twangy guitar in the groove, which creates a nice vamp right away – and Milt's vocals have this fluid style that echoes forth with a lot of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Ubiquity, 2014. New Copy (pic cover)
A group who definitely live up to their name – a supposedly Russian ensemble, and one with a very spacey approach to funk! "Whole Earth" has lots of sweet moogy lines soaring over funky drum breaks – and "Outer Space Bossa" is this great laidback cut that has organ ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Sidewinder (remix)/Got Myself A Good Man (remix)
Andale, 1993. New Copy
Two sweet remixes of Latin soul tracks from Pucho – both nice and jazzy! "Sidewinder" is a Latin funk remake of the Lee Morgan cut – and the remix here really focuses on the drums, so that the whole thing is peppered throughout with lots of funky breaks! "Got Myself A ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Spanish Harlem/The Worm
Hope Street (Australia), 2014. New Copy
A fresh, funky spin on the early 60s classic "Spanish Harlem" by the PutBacks – with some heavy organ and seriously strong, soulful vocals by Nai Palm! Nai gives the some a great, feminine touch that's irresistible – breathing some fresh life in a classic song, made famous by ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Tzadik, 2014. New Copy 6 x 7 inches
A beautiful package that features reworkings of songs by John Zorn – vocal versions of material originally done by Naked City, Masada, and The Dreamers – plus some of Zorn's soundtrack instrumentals too! The spirit of the work is similar to some of John's wonderfully collaborative ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Sound Stage 7, 1968. Near Mint-
No description available. 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Funky Delicacies, Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
Funky funky work from Trouble Funk – a couple of cuts with a really hard edge that goes a lot farther than some of their later recordings for Island! "Pump Me Up" is especially wonderful – a groove that has been sampled plenty over the years, and which is a great illustration ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Kana Soro/Idarga Bidi
Academy, Mid 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Totally massive – and one of the most hard-breaking Afro Funk tunes we've ever heard! "Kana Soro" has these killer drums at the start – really hitting hard with a wicked crackle right away – then rolls into an organ line that almost feels like "The Message" by ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Outta Sight (UK), 1981. New Copy
A massive groover that leaps right into action right away – thanks to this sweet re-edit that puts the beats right up front, then unleashes Jesse's wonderfully rich vocals! "In The City" has more of a soaring vibe – and Gomez seems to drop an octave for the lyrics too – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Pains/Face 2 Face
Stones Throw, 2014. New Copy (pic cover)
Plenty of silk here – a slow, mellow, totally laidback groove that almost takes us back to the heyday of harmony soul on the east coast scene in the 70s – save for the cool electro touches used on the vocals! The track is really unique – almost a cross between deep soul and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Sound Of Soul/Secret Stash, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Deep deep deep soul from Little Tommy – a singer whose voice is far richer than his name might imply – stepping out here in a perfect blend of southern and bluesy soul, all produced by the legendary Mr Wiggles! "I'm Still Hurt" is a slow, soulful stepper with almost a Bobby ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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One Der Ful/Secret Stash, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A real stormer from The Ringleaders – one of the lesser-known acts to record for the mighty One Der Ful label in Chicago during the 60s – but a group who could burn just as hard, with just the same sort of Northern groove, as acts like The Artistics or Billy Butler over at Okeh Records! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Secret Stash, Late 60s. New Copy
"Whatcha Gonna Do" is a real killer – a harmony soul stepper, but one with this super-hard punch on the downbeat – so that the whole thing hits with the fierceness of a funk track, even though it's got a sublime mellow feel throughout! The harmonies are really great, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Ubiquity/Luv N' Haight, Early 80s. New Copy
A classic cut from Twilight, remixed nicely by Kon – with the same sort of warm clubby vibe as his own contemporary work! "You're In Love" has this snap and crackle in the rhythms that really comes through right away – one that's almost even enough on its own, before the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Happy/Orisha
Freestyle (UK), 2014. New Copy
A great deep funk take on "Happy" – the Pharrell Williams tune, but done here as an instrumental with lots of sweet electric piano and guitar! "Orisha" has some great guest percussion from Snowboy – who gives Speedometer an even funkier kick than usual! Lots of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Don't Commot Me/Obiara Wondo
Academy, Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
We've never been commotted – so we're not sure what it means to "Don't Commot Me" – but we can say that the tune is a wickedly sharp bit of Afro Funk, complete with some very fast-riffing guitar! The instrument's a lot more tight than on some of the looser Afro numbers of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Uto Nwa/Osi Na Ngada
Academy/Voodoo Funk, Mid 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Breaking drums, popping organ, and fuzzy guitar – all exploding at the start of this rare funky nugget – and setting fire to the tune right from the beginning! There's a nervous, jumpy sort of energy to "Uto Nwa" – one that not only sets it apart from other Afro funk ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Academy/Voodoo Funk, Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Early 70s Afro Funk treasures by the Apostles on a stunning 45 – material mined in a joint effort by Academy & Voodoo Funk – both among of the most reverent and respectful diggers of rare African recordings around these days! The Apostles have a unique vibe of their own, though ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Trad Vibe (France), 1970s. New Copy
Groovy jazz funk from Cortex on a funky 45! "8 Octobre 1971" has one of the most wicked bass lines we've ever heard from Cortex, with some funky drums, spacey keys and dreamy female vocals. "Devil's Dance" also has a great bassline, with piano out front in the mix and a more ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Luv N' Haight, Early 70s. New Copy (pic cover)
2 funky gems from the Bay Area scene – both issued on a limited edition funky 45! "Git Back" is a crackling bit of funk from Sugar Pie DeSanto – a singer we know more for her straighter soul on Chess, but who steps out here with a massive deep funk diva approach – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Ronn, Early 70s. Very Good
Damn! The guitar intro to this one is worth the price of the whole single! The cut starts out great – with this flangey riff that's sublime – then it rolls into sweetly bluesy vocals from Ted that are really great, and which make the track one of his best-ever! 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Tell Me/Make It Easy
Cotter, 2012. Near Mint- (pic cover)
Smoking soul from the Ones & Nines – recorded in Jersey, and topped off in Memphis! The group has different feel than most other funky soul combos out there – with a garagey quality on "Tell Me" that has the guitar really stepping around nicely – working magic ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Topless/Pop In Three
Sdban (Belgium), 1973. New Copy
No top, but plenty of bottom – a great drum break that's very bassy, and which sets the tune off wonderfully right from the start! Horns come in, but have these weirdly electric feel – almost like a Varitone sax section! The Rapture follow with "Pop In Three" – a tune ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Tip Top, Mid 60s. Near Mint-
No description available. 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Scope, Early 80s. Very Good+
No description available. 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Juke Box Jam (UK), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A great groover from Young Jessie – a tune that snaps along with a great jaunty rhythm, one that's got a bit of odd percussion in the mix that really grabs us – as Jessie's deeply soulful vocals soar out, and send the whole thing home! "Mary Lou" is great too – a bit of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Clef, Early 50s. Very Good+ (pic cover)
An unusual Verve date from Roy Eldridge – a sweet 7" EP that has Roy's trumpet backed by the Oscar Peterson trio – on titles that include "Echoes Of Harlem", "When It's Sleepy Time Down South", "Somebody Loves Me", and "Willow Weep For Me". 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Commodore, 1954. Very Good+
Obscure Commodore Records work from this great reedman – in a group that features Henry Coker and Benny Powell on trombones, plus Jimmy Jones on piano, Oscar Pettiford on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums! Titles include "Flute Song", "You're My Thrill", and "Frankosis& ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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RCA/Outta Sight (UK), 1960/1964. New Copy
The soul side of Della Reese – a sound that's especially great if you only know her work in jazz! "Clock That's Got No Hands" is a sweet groover that has sort of a midtempo vamp, but a bit more punch too – and impeccable phrasing by Della on the tune's extra-groovy lyrics! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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BBE (UK), 2014. New Copy
Dubby niceness from the Hempolics – a group who most likely live up to their name, thanks to a very Jamaican vibe on this single! "Green Line" has great soulful vocals from Nubiya in the lead – with a surprising hook in the lyrics – and "News Readers" has a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Turn It Over/Sleep In Girl
All Natural, 2011. New Copy (pic cover)
A great couple of cuts by producer Proh Mic for All Natural, Inc – the space funky jam "Turn It Over" Coultrain and the slower cooking cosmic style of "Sleep In Girl" featuring Tone Trezure on the flip! 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Dynamic Sounds/BBE (UK), 1972/1975. New Copy (pic cover)
A great version of "It Sure Is Funky" – a tune originally done as a vocal number by Ripple, but presented here by Amral's Trinidad Cavaliers in a mad bit of steel band funk! The echoey steel is wonderful – and really gives the tune a mighty unusual vibe! Mr Thing re-edits ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Cultures Of Soul, 2012. New Copy
A great garagey groove from Juicebox – full to the top with fuzzy guitar and heady Hammond – instrumentation that's perfect for the mod feel of the tune! Lead lyrics are by a male singer, and nice and raspy – and strut along strongly with the tune's heady rhythms – and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Cultures Of Soul, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 7 x 7"
A great US take on the Jam Up Twist sound of DJ Andy Smith – the groove he explored on a previous compilation in the UK – now served up here in a different lineup for the states! The music is a mad mix of R&B, jump blues, rockabilly, and other raw sounds from the tail end of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Skin's Funk/Big Chase
Tramp (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Plenty of funky flute on Skin Williams' excellent "Skin's Funk" – a tune that romps along mightily with some tremendous heavy drums – and which has the flute almost blowing its stack with a really hard-edged solo! The tune's a beautiful cooker through and through – with ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Mo Slow/Sweet Honey Bee
Tramp (Germany), 2006. New Copy
Leave it to Tramp Records to make our turntable happy – because both cuts here are totally great! "Mo Slow" is a snapping little jazz number that feels like it was lifted from a mid 60s Lee Morgan album – less the deep funk that the label first gave us years back – and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Decca, 1955. Very Good+ (pic cover)
One of the greatest jazz soundtracks of all time! Elmer Bernstein wrote the score to Otto Preminger's chilling film version of Nelson Algren's book The Man With The Golden Arm – a sad tale of jazz, gambling, and heroin addiction on the streets of Chicago (not far from Dusty Groove, in fact!) ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Decca, 1955. Very Good+ (pic cover)
One of the greatest jazz soundtracks of all time! Elmer Bernstein wrote the score to Otto Preminger's chilling film version of Nelson Algren's book The Man With The Golden Arm – a sad tale of jazz, gambling, and heroin addiction on the streets of Chicago (not far from Dusty Groove, in fact!) ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Hamp & Getz (7 inch EP)
Norgran, Early 50s. Very Good+ (pic cover)
A great little album that's one of Getz's strongest from the period! The format for the album is in the mode of Hampton's early 50s Verve sides – long tracks, very open-ended, cut in a small group format that shows a different side than his more popular big band grooving. There's only 5 ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Our Town (pic sleeve EP)
Capitol, Early 50s. Very Good+ (pic cover)
A great set of Cahn/Van Heusen tunes – including the famous "Love & Marriage"! 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Storyville (Japan), 1954. Very Good+ Gatefold (pic cover)
Lovely solo piano work from Ellis Larkins – a player who almost always sounds better on his own than with a trio or group! This rare Storyville Records 10" session is one of Larkins' standout moments of the 50s – a set that's warm and lyrical, but without some of the too flowery ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Verve, 1967. Near Mint-
No description available. 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Motown, 1972. Very Good+
No description available. 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Elektra, 1973. Near Mint-
No description available. 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated November 26, 2014


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