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Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy 2CDs
The full length debut of Madlib as the Rock Konducta is a doozy – and 'Lib sounds as distinctly mad as ever – utilizing prog and psych samples, along with his usual bottomless reserve of funky building blocks, to craft one of his finest hip hop instrumentals sets in quite a while! The ... CD (Hip Hop)
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Sentiments
Storyville/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1971. New Copy
One of the coolest, most compelling albums we've ever heard from reedman Sahib Shihab – and that's saying a lot, given how much we love all his other music! This rare gem's got a very exotic feel –explained by Shihab in the notes as coming from a Tunisian influence on the leadoff track ... CD (Jazz)
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Surface Thrills
Gordy/PTG (Netherlands), 1983. New Copy
An unusual set of 80s grooves from The Temptations – a record that still has the group at the top of their vocal powers, but which also changes up the sound of the rhythms a bit! There's more beats and keyboard lines than before – production that definitely shows the date of the record ... CD (Soul)
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Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold
A great criss-crossing of modes at the end of the 60s – music that has roots in country, but which comes off with plenty of funk and soul as well – in styles that were burning strong from LA on eastward, all the way across the south at the time! Some of the grooves here might fall into ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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ABC/FTG, 1977. New Copy
The warm, sweetly grooving Eloise album from Eloise Laws – a nice bit of smoothly produced LA soul, with arrangements by Gene Page, and production by Linda Creed and Jerry Goldstein. Eloise's vocals are really wonderful here, exuding warmth something of relaxed approach to her singing that ... CD (Soul)
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Motown (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Northern soul from the source – over two dozen 60s soul stompers from Motown Records – most of them the kind of underground grooves that have always been prized on the Northern scene! The work here moves past obvious Motown hits, and really shows the kind of hard-burning stormers that ... CD (Soul)
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Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy
A pair of amazing records from percussionist Dom Um Romao – back to back in a single set! The self-titled Dom Um Romao is an unbelievably fantastic album, and perhaps the greatest one that Dom Um Romao ever cut! Dom recorded this set in America with a blend of Brazilian and New York ... CD (Brazil)
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Universal, 2014. New Copy
Common's strongest record in years – working once again with producer No ID – and they're repping their hometown of Chicago as profoundly and soulfully as ever! Everything is on point here. Common rhymes with a direct, truthful knowledge of everyday struggles – yeah, he's been a ... CD (Hip Hop)
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Two Of Us (with bonus tracks)
Mercury/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy
A massive hit for the duo of Calvin Yarbrough and Alisa Peoples – and for good reason too! The set's equally well-balanced between upbeat, keyboard-heavy groovers and key mellower tracks – just the kind of rounded record we might expect from Ashford & Simpson at their late 70s best ... CD (Soul)
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Passion Dance/Space In Time
Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy (pic cover)
Spacey club grooves from Gerardo Frisina – blending cosmic dancefloor sounds with a genuine dose of jazzy instrumentation! Frisina often flirts with modern club influences, and on "Passion Dance" and "Space In Time" he nearly goes all the way – or at least gets to ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (New Grooves)
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Malaco/Clinck (Japan), 1982. New Copy
Sho-Nuff deepens their sound nicely for this second set for Malaco Records – still sticking in the lean club funk sound of their debut for the label – but also reaching a bit more on the lyrics and vocals too! Ballads show up a bit more than before, and almost evoke an old school group ... CD (Soul)
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Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy (pic cover)
A pair classic jazzy tunes, interpreted by modern master Nicola Conte! "Sandalia Dela" is a brilliant take on the classic Brazilian number, probably most famous for the version sung by Flora Purim. Conte is faithful to that classic groove, but he definitely brings some fresh life to ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Come Back To Me Love
Mack Avenue, 2014. New Copy
Lovely late work from the beautiful Freda Payne! Come Back To Me Love is a bit of a throwback to her jazzier 60s work – with a mix of larger scale swing oriented tunes, and more intimate strings and piano backed ballads. It's a welcome move! The album is a win on all fronts. Her voice ... CD (Vocalists)
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Malaco/Clinck (Japan), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
A southern funky nugget from Sho-Nuff – issued at an early 80s point when the Malaco label was open to other modes besides just blues and deep soul! The record's got a tight clubby crackle that feels like something from the New York indie scene of the time – a lean groove that's very ... CD (Soul)
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Atlanta/FTG, 1986. New Copy
Mid 80s funky soul from Cashflow – a rare one cut for the Atlanta label, and produced by Larry Blackmon – a group R&B effort that seamlessly combines the club ready soul, funk, 80s rap influences and otherwise tightly thumping grooves Blackmon worked with at the time! Cashflow had ... CD (Soul)
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Through The Night/Superstrut
Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy (pic cover)
Jazzy instrumentation and clubby grooves from Gerardo Frisina & Maurizio Bonizzoni, aka DJ Skizo! "Through The Night" kicks off a slow cooking bass groove and a percolating beat, but it doesn't take long for the keys, sax, flute and vibraphone to kick in, and really nice, timeless ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Welcome Back
Capitol/FTG, 1981. New Copy
A wonderful album – one of the group's best! The album was a "comeback" effort – but it's still got stone Philly production from Norman Harris, with a sound that's right up their with their best Atco sides from the mid 70s. In fact, the harmonies are even better than before, ... CD (Soul)
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Underground (with bonus CD)
Liuto Records/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy
Heavy fuzz with a good deal of funk as well – a very unique set from the Italian sound library scene – and one that comes across with the feel of some lost psych record from the underground! The album was produced by Piero Piccioni – and features soundtrack/sound library maestros ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library)
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Polydor (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A dancefloor classic! The album's the second by Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie, and head and shoulders above the rest – a sublime blend of soul and club that's hardly been matched again! Diamond manages to make things groove, but never loses sight of the soulful styles that make the record ... CD (Soul)
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Disco De Hoy, 2014. New Copy
A great look at the range of excellent salsa that's been burning in the global underground over the past few years – played by a generation of groups who are really getting back to basics – and making the kind of music that first burst forth from the New York and Puerto Rican scenes in ... CD (Latin)
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Capitol/FTG, 1985. New Copy
A nice mid 80s groover from Paul Laurence for Capitol – whose biggest successes, arguably, were in his services as a songwriter and producer for other artists – making a pretty great case for his own work as a headline act on Haven't You Heard! May may not have heard it, actually, but ... CD (Soul)
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Feed-Back (with bonus CD)
RCA/Schema (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy
One of the best records ever from the Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – an obscure side project of Ennio Morricone and other Italian composers – working here in a freaky, psychedelic setting! The album mixes sonic experiments with fuzzy guitars, freaky keyboards, and some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library)
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Drag City, 1989. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
The very first record ever released by the venerable Drag City label – and the debut single by greasy skronk rockers Royal Trux! The deconstructed Stones-y swagger that Royal Trux is so justifiably revered for doesn't really come into play this early in their game, but damn, if this isn't ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Rock)
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Mack Avenue, 2014. New Copy
Trumpeter Sean Jones's best album yet for Mack Avenue – a quartet set that finds him taking a conscious step into a more spontaneous style – and it works incredibly well! It's not that Jones has suddenly left his classic hard bop influences behind for a raw, free jazz aesthetic. There' ... CD (Jazz)
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Capitol/FTG, 1981. New Copy
An early 80s set from Melba Moore – with some bubbling club soul grooves carried over from the 70s, plus spacier and funkier touches – largely produced by McFadden & Whitehead and featuring Kashif on moog bass! Given the production style here and the release date, we get the ... CD (Soul)
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I Got More Soul
Omnivore, 2014. New Copy
Southern soul veteran Bobby Patterson, delivering what sounds like a lost early 70s classic on Stax or any number of smaller, yet esteemed southern soul labels – but it's actually his first new recordings in decade or so – and it comes courtesy of the ever-reliable Omnivore label! ... CD (Soul)
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Capitol/FTG, 1985. New Copy
An early 80s set from Melba Moore – recorded at a time when she was really coming into her own! Read My Lips has Melba working nicely with some tight Capitol soul backings – often a bit heavy on the beats, but in a way that guides the tunes strongly from the bottom, and lets Melba's ... CD (Soul)
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Polskie Nagrania/GAD (Poland), 1969. New Copy
An incredible record from Jerzy Milian – easily one of the hippest vibes players in Europe in the 60s, and a key member of the Polish jazz scene that also included Krzystof Komeda and Tomasz Stanko! The album's an extremely evocative session that features Milian's vibes and marimba mostly in ... CD (Jazz)
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Numero, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 3 LPs
Great work from a label that was way out in the Cleveland scene of the 60s – but which bristles with some of the best energy of Detroit and Chicago at the time! The tiny imprint never cracked the big time, but not for lack of quality – as the cuts here have a sharp blend of deep soul ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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Wah Wah (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Take it from us – you can judge a book by its cover – because this weird little record from Hans Edler is exactly what you'd expect from the image on the front! Hans plays early analogue electronics in a very offbeat way – making short songs that blend bleeps, pulses, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Capitol/FTG, 1982. New Copy
An early 80s classic from Melba Moore – best known for one of her biggest hits, "Love's Comin' At Ya", an enduring number that's got an irresistible groove! Like many of Melba's other albums, this one does a wonderful job of delivering radio-friendly pop soul and still hitting us ... CD (Soul)
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Truth & Soul, 2014. New Copy
An amazing chapter in the career of Lee Fields – an artist who's been moving our souls for decades, but who just keeps on growing in these really great ways! Unlike the fragile style of My World, or the heady southern soul of Faithful Man, Emma Jean's got this very different vibe – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk)
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Invictus/Harmless (UK), 1970s. New Copy 14CD
One of the coolest collections of 70s soul we've ever seen – an amazingly complete compilation that features every single 45 issued by the team of Holland Dozier Holland on their three famous soul labels of the time – Invictus, Hot Wax, and Music Merchant! The set features a whopping ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Jarrod Lawson
Jarrod Lawson, 2014. New Copy
A stunning debut from Jarrod Lawson – a singer we fell in love with right away – and who we'd rank right up there with some our favorite mellow soul artists of the 70s! Yes, the cover's got a look that's more indie rock – but Jarrod's got this righteous vibe and sense of flow ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Seeker
Sunnyside, 2014. New Copy
Tremendous work from Azar Lawrence – part of a great return to form the reedman has had in recent years – and, if anything, a run of music that's maybe even greater than his legendary sides from the 70s! Lawrence is razor-sharp throughout – spinning out bold, soulful lines on ... CD (Jazz)
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Warner (Australia), 1965/1966/1967. New Copy 3 CDs
Think you know the Bee Gees? Then think again – because this wonderful package features three of their ultra-rare albums from Australia – reissued here for the first time, and quite different the later sides we love so much! The Bee Gees didn't just arise to the charts in the disco ... CD (Rock)
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Wah Wah (Spain), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Heavy guitar, but with no vocals at all – which means that the psychedelic explorations here go out even more on a limb! The record's a stunning lost treasure – work that's clearly informed by the generations of Hendrix and early 70s prog – but it pushes the music into an ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Enter
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2014. New Copy
One of the coolest, wildest performances we've ever heard from the Fire Orchestra – an expanded version of a core jazz combo that includes Mats Gustafsson on tenor – but which here has grown to a very bold lineup of musicians with a trio of voices as well! The album features one long ... CD (Jazz)
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Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Plenty of great grinding here – a set of slow-stepping soul tunes, laidback R&B, and more – all with a great late 50s/early 60s sort of vibe! The music here follows strongly in the spirit of Little Willie John's "Fever" – with all the vamping slinky energy that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Recurring Dream
Drag City, 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A ambient synth private press gem from the early 80s by Matthew Young – a surprisingly moody and chilling DIY effort – in which Young plays EMS and Roland synthesizers, manipulates tape recordings, and brings in more pedestrian bits of piano and guitar, which somehow just make it even ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Uptown Shuffle
Smoke Sessions, 2013. New Copy
A strong, soulful set from alto saxophonist Vincent Herring – of the sort he always seemed to get on earlier recordings, but which he hardly ever hits this well these days! The album's got a no-nonsense quality that really brings out the best in Vincent's horn – with a rock-solid ... CD (Jazz)
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Project Elo
Jazzman (UK), 2014. New Copy
Not a tribute to the Electric Light Orchestra, but a wonderfully spiritual set of jazz – one that takes key inspiration from the elohim entities of spiritual scriptures – as well as some of the best jazz mass projects from artists like Max Roach, Donald Byrd, or Mary Lou Williams! The ... CD (Jazz)
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Fontana (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
Scott Walker's fifth solo album, and an oft-overlooked gem that really shows some new sides of his talents! The style here is a bit less iconic than that of the previous two records – more personal or sentimental at times, yet still served up with that uncannily observant sensibility that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Nightclubbing
Island, 1981. New Copy
One of our favorite albums ever from Grace Jones – a record that has her shedding some of the disco excesses of earlier years, and moving into a great blend of sounds that really showcases the energy of the New York scene from which she sprang! The album was recorded in Nassau, with help ... CD (Soul)
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Lost Tapes (with download)
Secret Stash, 1969/1970. New Copy
Not "lost tapes" – more "long overdue tapes" – as they finally give us a full picture of this legendary funk band from Milwaukee! Vic Pitts got his start in the Seven Sounds with Harvey Scales – but at the time of these recordings, he'd broken off to form his ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Siria
Analog Africa (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
An incredible compilation of material by Mestre Cupijo and the musicians of Cameta – the Amazonian town where the Siria style was born! The always-great Analog Africa label turns to Brazil for this one – a nice step after their rich range of African reissues – given the nature ... CD (Brazil)
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That Rongeng Sound
Left Ear, 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
The coolest sounds we've ever heard from Leong Lau – every bit as weird and wild as his previous music, but a bit more funky too – in a really great way that gives a sharp focus to his offbeat energy! The album begins with some great funky drums and keyboards – snapping with some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Miucha & Tom Jobim (1979)
RCA/Sony (UK), 1979. New Copy
This second collaboration between these two great talents is every bit as wonderful as the first – a great later set of bossa-revival work, done by Tom Jobim and Miucha in a similar mode to his earlier work with Elis Regina! The set was recorded in New York, with spacious production from the ... CD (Brazil)
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Birth
Kenya/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A very hip group from the 70s Philly scene – a jazz combo who've got a soulful swing and a wonderfully lyrical feel! The record has a bit of vocals, but really just added in as flavoring for the quartet's excellent instrumental interplay – a blend of tenor and flute with piano, bass, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Expressions
Smoke Sessions, 2014. New Copy
One of the best Javon Jackson albums we've heard in years – a great live session that really gets back to basics, and reminds what a hell of a soloist Jackson is on tenor! The group's got a sharp, soulful feel right from the start – thanks to wonderful piano from Orrin Evans, who ... CD (Jazz)
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RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1962. New Copy
A bracingly fresh combination of vibes, piano, bass, and drums – and a real standout set of modern jazz from the Italian postwar years! At first glance, the lineup of the group is relatively conventional – forged with the same instrumentation as the Modern Jazz Quartet or George ... CD (Jazz)
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Haze (parts 1 & 2)
Kay Dee, 2013. New Copy (pic cover)
A heavy drum break right from the start – one that's played live with bass and given very solid grounding – then topped with a mix of fuzzy guitar and frenetic percussion – in a way that almost feels like some lost Dennis Coffey instrumental from his glory days on Sussex Records! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Right On Time
Smoke Sessions, 2013. New Copy
Bold, soulful work from the great Harold Mabern – and a record that really takes us back to his soaring modal groove of the 60s! Mabern's still got some of the lighter lyricism of more recent years here – but he also seems to pack a bit more punch from a rhythmic tip, too – no ... CD (Jazz)
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Miucha & Antonio Carlos Jobim
RCA/Sony (UK), 1977. New Copy
A pretty darn sweet vocal session from the duo of Miucha and Antonio Carlos Jobim – recorded with lots of bossa overtones, very much the same spirit as the legendary Elis & Tom album of the mid 70s! Chico Buarque participates in the session, and Jobim even lends his vocal talents to a ... CD (Brazil)
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Janus/Cherry Red (UK), 1973. New Copy
Heavy bass, tight percussion, and a wonderfully trippy groove – the stunning second album from Cymande, and one of our funk favorites from the 70s! These guys have a sound that's completely unique – a vibe that mixes African and Jamaican influences up in the heady London scene of the ... CD (Soul)
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Outta Sight (UK), 1970s/2014. New Copy
A sweet range of classic soul, mixed with a few contemporary cuts as well – all with a great sort of modern soul glow overall! Most numbers here are gentle groovers – in a midtempo or two step mode, although a few get a bit more upbeat – and although the tracks were chosen by the ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Mushroom/Warner (Australia), 1974. New Copy
A tremendous first album from Sid Rumpo – proof that the Aussie scene of the 70s had some very well-developed work going on, even if it never got the global notice it deserved! Sid Rumpo are one of a few Aussie bands that were grounded in an appreciation of blues and roots, but really took ... CD (Rock)
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BBE (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A storming mix of R&B, early soul, and rare rockers – all hand-picked by the famous team of Keb Darge and Little Edith! We first knew Keb as an expert in raw funk over 20 years ago – back at a time when few DJs cared about the style – and you can definitely hear Keb's funk-tra ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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Waiting Game
Blue Note (Japan), 1961. New Copy
Wonderful! This is the fourth session that tenorist Tina Brooks cut for Blue Note – and it's finally getting reissued! The material did appear briefly in the Tina Brooks box set on Mosaic, but it went out of print immediately, and has never before been presented with a proper cover. It's ... CD (Jazz)
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Mushroom/Warner (Australia), 1990/1993/1997/2002. New Copy 4 CDs
A great run of work from Archie Roach – one of the most important talents to come from the Australian rock scene in the 90s – heard here on four albums recorded for Mushroom Records, plus a host of bonus tracks as well! Archie's got a rootsy style that's not only timeless, but also has ... CD (Rock)
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Le Polaroid
Favorite (France), 2014. New Copy
Andre Solomko is an artist who was born a few decades late – the kind of talent who would have been right at home in the CTI scene of the 70s – where he no doubt would have risen to great fame for his music! Yet we're also more than happy to have him working strong here in the 21st ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk)
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Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s. New Copy
A great selection of very early calypso work – all recorded in Trinidad, originally issued on 78s, and with a very different sound than later, more popular versions of the genre! These tracks have a great gritty feel, and lots of jazzy inflections next to the vocals – echoes of other ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Warner (Australia), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD
Not the kind of boogie that most of us associate with the sound of discos at the end of the 70s, but a unique moment in Australian rock of that same decade – a return to older roots mixed with heavy freak and fuzz – all in a freehweeling style that really gave the down-under scene a ... CD (Rock)
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Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy
They're not lying with the title of this one – as the set's a killer collection of rural blues, with a legacy that goes way beyond the glory days of the genre in the 20s and 30s! The collection's a great one from Mississippi – exactly the kind of pre-LP material that the label's been ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues)
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Sound – The Fury
RPM (UK), 1960/1961. New Copy
Hard-rocking work from the earliest years of Johnny Hallyday – material pulled from early French singles that still show Johnny as the true European descendent of the sound of Johnny Burnette and Eddie Cochran! The tracks are mostly very upbeat and driving – a groove that's maybe more ... CD (French)
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Ever-Soul, Early 70s. New Copy
Classic gospel soul from The Relatives – a wonderful tune with a really dark feel – and as righteous as any of the harder-hitting group soul of the time! There's a slow-building beginning to the track – and this darkly chromatic guitar that would be right at home at some old ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Lookin' Up!
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy Gatefold
A storming set from trumpeter Joe Magnarelli – working here in an excellent quintet that also features equally great trombone from Steve Davis – a perfect partner from Joe in the front line! Davis has sharp phrasing that really matches Magnarelli's deft trumpet lines – and the ... CD (Jazz)
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Calla/Warner (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Some of the greatest work ever from Jean Wells – a 60s soul singer who never fully got her due, but really shines here in the company of some top-shelf Atlantic Records talent! The album's a great mix of deep soul vocals and tighter uptown soul production – with sublime arrangements ... CD (Soul)
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Sonoton/Hidden Treasures (Germany), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
One of the coolest sound library sets we've ever heard – and a collection that really lives up to its title! There's plenty of fuzz in the mix here – on both the guitars and keyboards – but the tunes are never trippy, as they're almost always funky – very forward-moving, ... CD (Sound Library)
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Gal Costa (1969)
Polygram/Dusty Groove, 1969. New Copy
One of the most mindblowing albums ever recorded – anywhere, anytime! This 1969 set stands as one of the greatest records ever cut by Gal Costa – done at the height of the Tropicalia movement, and featuring a sublime mix of styles that really gets the spirit of the movement right. ... CD (Brazil)
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Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Deep deep work from an under-tapped reservoir of soul – the legendary Sounds Of Memphis label – a key contemporary of Stax Records, but one with a huge amount of material that never got issued at the time! This excellent set corrects that fact, by bringing forth a batch of material ... CD (Soul)
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Atlantic, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
One of the most supremely classic of all classic hard rock albums! As huge as the debut was, Led Zeppelin II is the record that proved that the group were going to be in it for the long haul – with a righteous raw power that's still being felt all these many decades later! Nobody else could ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Mal Waldron Trio
Karim/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1966. New Copy
One of the rarest Mal Waldron albums of the 60s – and one of the best, as well – an obscure trio date recorded in Italy, filled with original compositions, and a great link between Mal's hardbop work of the 50s and his freer sounds to come! There's a nice sense of darkness throughout ... CD (Jazz)
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Overdrive
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy
Bold, soulful sounds from tenorist Walt Weiskopf – a player who not only really knows his place as a soloist, but who also comes across as a great leader on a date like this! The whole group's got a focus that comes through right away – Walt's bold horn in the lead, but fused with ... CD (Jazz)
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Texas
Creation/Numero, 1986. New Copy (reissue)
The stunning Creation Records debut of Nikki Sudden – a record that has the solo Sudden sounding even tighter and more classic than ever – yet without any sort of commercial leanings at all! The songs here flow effortlessly from Nikki's hands – instant classics that were ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Detour (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
A brilliant new set from Rob Bailey – the man who gave us all the five volumes of Le Beat Bespoke – returning here with a very fresh take on the mod groove of the 60s! These tracks are more soul and jazz than Rob's previous efforts – still very much in the best modes that were ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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Checker/Kent (UK), 1980s/Early 90s. New Copy
Big soul from Little Milton – a bluesman at heart, but one who always had an equal heart for soul as well – so much so, that by the time of these records, he was almost more of a southern soul singer overall! The set brings together a wealth of overlooked gems that Milton recorded for ... CD (Blues)
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For The Blue Notes – Live In Milan
Ogun (UK), 2014. New Copy
Maybe one of the greatest records we've ever heard from legendary South African drummer Louis Moholo – and that's saying a lot, given all his amazing music over the past few decades! The album's a dedication to Moholo's old group – The Blue Notes – but it's got this soaring, ... CD (Jazz)
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Musings Of Miles
Prestige/OJC, 1955. New Copy (reissue)
A beautiful little record by Miles Davis – oft overlooked next to some of the better-titled Prestige sessions of the 50s, but a great one nonetheless! The session features Miles working with trio backing from Red Garland on piano, Oscar Pettford on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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GAD (Poland), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Heavy grooves from Poland's Klan – a group who worked more in the sound library scene than they did in the public eye – but who come across here with the rawness of some of the best British groups of the time! Bass is often very heavy – something that can make Klan sound funky on ... CD (Sound Library)
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When The World Was One
Gondwana (UK), 2014. New Copy
Incredible modal sounds from trumpeter Matthew Halsall – one of our favorite contemporary jazz artists, and one whose vision just gets bolder and bolder with each new record! This completely sublime set has Halsall working tightly with reedman Nat Birchall – a frequent musical partner ... CD (Jazz)
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Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy
Deep, lost, or long-buried blues and gospel records from the old days – creaky 78s that creep deep into the soul – beautiful stuff from Lottie Kimbrough, Robert Petway, the Anglin Brothers and more! Great stuff, from chugging rustic guitar and voice blues, to some very moving pre-R& ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues)
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Mississippi, 1920s/1930s. New Copy
Very early gospel work from Washington Phillips – a spiritual singer, but one who works in a style that's a lot more blues-based than later proponents of the genre! The style here is relatively spare – mostly just Washington's vocals and a bit of guitar or piano – the latter of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Gospel)
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Festival/Votary (Australia), 1966. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
An incredible record from the great Sven Libaek – a soundtrack for a land-based TV adventure that's every bit as great as his underwater music from the 70s! The style is very jazzy, and heavy on vibes and woodwinds – sounds that really showcase the best sound of the growing Australian ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Helicon/GAD (Poland), 1980. New Copy
A sublime set from this hip Polish ensemble – a group who got their start in funky fusion, but who really stretch out here in a more sophisticated space too – mixing some of their electric elements with these really beautiful horn passages – arranged at a level that's full of ... CD (Jazz)
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Current
Quentin Coaxum, 2014. New Copy
A wonderful debut from Chicago trumpeter Quentin Coaxum – a player with a great well of warmth, and a sense of lyrical blowing that takes us back to some of our favorite musicians of the 60s and 70s! The set's got a laidback vibe and some warm electric glow from Fender Rhodes and organ ... CD (Jazz)
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GAD (Poland), 1969/1970. New Copy
Zbigniew Seifert is best known on these shores as a jazz violinist – for fusion records he made in the 70s – but back at the start, he was a hell of an alto saxophone player – as you'll hear on this set of rare early recordings! Seifert's got this very deep sense of tone on his ... CD (Jazz)
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Mississippi, Late 20s/1930s/1940s. New Copy
The title's a great one for the nature of the collection – a mixture of obscure folk, blues, and old-time music – most of it made by relatively recent immigrants to the US! The package does a great job of drawing strands between early styles of music that were recorded for 78rpm ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country)
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Two Bones
Blue Note (Japan), 1958. New Copy
One of the hippest Curtis Fuller albums for Blue Note – and one of the rarest too – a set that was recorded in 1958, but only ever issued on vinyl in this rare Japanese pressing from the 80s! The date's quite unique – as it features "two bones", that is, two trombonists ... CD (Jazz)
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Jacana
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2014. New Copy
A fierce combination of piano and percussion – the former by Sten Sandell, the latter by Paal Nilsson Love – two very well-matched improvisers! The tracks here are mostly long and dynamic – very freewheeling performances by both musicians, but at a level that really holds strong ... CD (Jazz)
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Blues Is King
Bluesway/Traffic, 1967. New Copy
A 60s set from Memphis bluesman BB King – but one put together with a very distinct Chicago touch as well! The set's produced by Johnny Pate, and recorded live with a vibe that's similar to King's classic recording at The Regal – but it's almost got even more of a soulful punch, thanks ... CD (Blues)
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Injuries
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Wonderful work from this Swedish collection – a group of players you might know from their excellent work on the Moserobie label, coming together here in one of their most ambitious projects ever! The lineup is relatively large, but the sound is nice and lean – as many musicians often ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Island Of Dr Electrico
Hope Street (Australia), 2014. New Copy
A pretty huge leap forward for The Bombay Royale – the Bollywood funk-inspired combo who bring some Indian charm to the fertile Australian funk scene – and a whole lot more! Funk-era Bollywood soundtracks are still a huge part of the what they do, but there's a whole lot more going on ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Creation/Secretly Canadian, 1986/1987. New Copy 2 CDs
Nikki Sudden's first couple records for the Creation label – the hugely influential, if somewhate modest selling Texas and Dead Men Tell No Tales – in 2CD set, with a lot of excellent bonus tracks! Sudden was always one to balance experimental creative tendencies with more immediately ... CD (Rock)
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Get On Down/Def Jam, 1987. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Legendary late 80s genius from Eric B & Rakim – with the classic "Eric B Is On The Cut", plus the incredible, one-time UK-only 45 version remixed by Coldcut! Comes in a reproduction of the original $100 bill sleeve, too! 7-inch, Vinyl record (Hip Hop)
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Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy
A massive batch of music – and almost as worth it for the overall package as it is for the great tunes inside! Like other volumes in this series, this set is beautifully put together – not only stuffed with an amazing array of classic soul from a key year in the 70s – but also ... CD (Soul)
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Lowdown Back Porch Blues
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy
An early set from Louisiana Red – a singer who'd shine more brightly in the early 70s on Atlantic, but one who's already got a very definite style here on an early album for Roulette! The album's got a gritty electric blues vibe that's more Chess Records than you might expect – Red's ... CD (Blues)
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Growing
Cineploit (Austria), 2014. New Copy
Really beautiful work from Thelema – still in the same dark soundtrack mode as before, but with some surprisingly tuneful elements too! The music is heavy on piano, Fender Rhodes, and organ – often used in these spare, resonant styles that recall the horror scoring that first inspired ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Walking On A Tightrope
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy
Great work from R&B legend Percy Mayfield – one of the singer's most obscure sessions, and really more of a soul record overall! The album was done for Brunswick at the end of the 60s – and has lots of work from Chicago soul arrangers like Johnny Cameron and Willie Henderson – ... CD (Blues)
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Leon Ware (1972)
United Artists/Solaris, 1972. New Copy
Sublime work from Leon Ware – the mellow soul master who's one of our favorite talents of the 70s! This album is Leon's first – recorded years before he did his records for Motown and Elektra – and it's done with a less polished sound that's a striking contrast to some of his ... CD (Soul)
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Clocktower, Mid 70s. New Copy 3 LPs (reissue)
A triple vinyl set of bedrock-style dubs from King Tubby – one of the most pivotal pioneers of the sound and style – in a heavy duty box set from Clocktower Records. It's loaded with prime era dubs, including cuts from the legendary Aggrovators tracks, classics like "King Tubby ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
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For Sweet People From Sweet Charles
People/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy
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 ... CD (Soul)
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How Do You Are (Germany), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Don't think "disco", think "AOR" – as the tunes here are all sweet smooth tracks from the glory days of late 70s radio – done in a great style that mixes blue-eyed soul with lots of warm jazzy touches! A few of the names here are big ones, but lots are lesser-known ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A heady South African group from the early 70s – but one who feel much more like underground funk of the late 60s! The feel here is a garagey blend of instrumental soul and early funk – mixed with with some fuzzier guitar lines that add a nice psychedelic undercurrent, but not in the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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GDM/Quartet (Spain), 1969/1970. New Copy
Two very beautiful soundtracks from Ennio Morricone – back to back in one massively overstuffed package! La Monaca Di Monza is a masterpiece in slow strings and moody sounds – a work that's almost as tense as some of Morricone's horror scores, but which also has this flowing, ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Talkin' Loud/Harvest, 2014. New Copy Gatefold
One of the hippest records we've heard in years from Gilles Peterson – a wonderful project that brings together classic and contemporary Brazilian talents, and some key London artists as well! The lineup features giants from the sorts of older Brazilian records that Gilles hipped us to many ... CD (New Grooves)
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Studio One/Rockashacka (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy
Some of the first great sounds to come from the legendary Studio One Records – an assortment of early rocksteady singles, including a fair bit of rare gems we've never heard before! These rocksteady tracks are the precursor to later reggae work from Jamaica – and show a strong ... CD (Reggae)
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Arhoolie, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Seminal recordings of Lemon "Papa Lemon" Nash from New Orleans – an artist who handled a ukulele with a soul that most blues musicians brought to the guitar! Despite the usual Hawaiian associations the instrument might have, the work here is all blues all the way through – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues)
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Bear Family (Germany), 1972. New Copy
A massive batch of music – and almost as worth it for the overall package as it is for the great tunes inside! Like other volumes in this series, this set is beautifully put together – not only stuffed with an amazing array of classic soul from a key year in the 70s – but also ... CD (Soul)
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Greco Chante Brel
Sunnyside, 2014. New Copy
One of the most striking albums we've ever heard from legendary French singer Juliette Greco – a beautiful tribute to the music of Jacques Brel, sung in a style that's quite different from her earlier work! Greco is quite advanced in years, and almost speaks more than sings – but with ... CD (French)
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Outta Sight (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Way more than just a "touch" of Northern Soul – as the set's overflowing with upbeat soul tracks from the 60s – including a fair bit we've not seen on other collections! The set list mixes big names with talents from the underground – and the grooves are often in the ... CD (Soul)
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Janus/Cherry Red (UK), 1972. New Copy
The fantastic first album by one of the most unique funk groups of all time! A key part of the crumbling British colonial network that produced some excellent music in the postwar years, Cymande was comprised mostly of West Indians who'd emigrated to England in the 60s, eventually meeting up ... CD (Soul)
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Dawn/Paradise Of Bachelors, 1971/1972. New Copy Gatefold
A pair of wonderful albums from British folkie Mike Cooper – both recorded for the Dawn Records label, in a really genre-breaking style! Places I Know blends Cooper's acoustic guitar and rootsy vocals with some very compelling arrangements from Mike Gibbs – the British jazz talent who ... CD (Rock)
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Style
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1974. New Copy
Sweet keyboards galore – a wonderful sound library set from the Italian scene of the 70s – filled with Fender Rhodes throughout! The tunes are a mix of funky and mellower numbers – but all sport these really great keyboard lines up top – always rhythmic, even when moving ... CD (Sound Library)
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Bear Family (Germany), 1975. New Copy
A massive batch of music – and almost as worth it for the overall package as it is for the great tunes inside! Like other volumes in this series, this set is beautifully put together – not only stuffed with an amazing array of classic soul from a key year in the 70s – but also ... CD (Soul)
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Fanon – A Musical Tribute To Frantz Fanon
Rogue Art (France), 2014. New Copy
Incredibly strong work from the Tarbaby trio – a group that features Orrin Evans on piano, but which gets really equal strength from the bass of Eric Revis and drums of Nasheet Waits! In fact, those two latter players often take center stage instead of the piano – each with ... CD (Jazz)
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Walk On By
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy
The one and only album by this very groovy group – an instrumental combo that's heavy on Hammond and tenor sax – served up in a mode that's somewhere between jazz and soul! A young Reuben Wilson is in the group – laying down some mighty mean work on keyboards, but in a way that's ... CD (Jazz)
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Honky Tonk Angel
Polydor (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Forget the "honky tonk" in the title – because this girl knows how to groove! Ellen McIlwaine's got to be one of the most unique talents of the past 50 years – a skilled guitarist, and great singer – working in a blend of folk, jazz, and soul that lies somewhere between ... CD (Soul)
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Terry Pollard
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy
One of the few female pianists in 50s jazz – the great Terry Pollard, a player who's usually associated with the Detroit scene, but who works here in a hip west coast setting for Bethlehem Records! The date's got Terry's strong piano in a quintet – with Don Fagerquist on trumpet and ... CD (Jazz)
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I Give To You My Love & Devotion
Herakles (Finland), 2014. New Copy
Jimi Tenor is a man of many talents – able to work in modes from spacey to jazzy to funky, and everything in between – as is singer Nicole Willis, who most folks know from her deep funk recordings, but who reemerges here as a house vocalist in the team of Cola & Jimmu! The look of ... CD (New Grooves)
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Don't Happen No More
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Solid sounds from Young Jessie – a onetime member of the famous Flairs, but a hell of a singer on his own! Jessie's got a raw power here that lives up to the best of the 50s R&B scene in California – and the set features work that the singer recorded for Capitol, Modern, Mercury, ... CD (Soul)
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Uptown, 1949. New Copy 2 CDs
A marvelous document of the power of bassist Chubby Jackson at his best – served up here in a double-length package of rare recordings from the end of the 40s! Chubby has a really unique place in jazz – a special space between bop and swing, where he was able to work with some of the ... CD (Jazz)
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Alien
Alleviated (UK), 1996. New Copy
The further evolution of Larry Heard – and a set that takes him way past his roots in Chicago house, into a realm of spacey electronics and future jazz musings! The album's a lot more spare and gentle than some of Heard's earlier grooves – done with a sensitivity that's really great, ... CD (New Grooves)
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Cold Worlds
Dual Planet (Australia), Late 60s. New Copy
Tremendous spacey sounds from Don Harper – one of the composers of the legendary KPM set Electrosonic, stepping out here in an equally eerie selection of 60s analogue sounds! The set begins with a warm take on the early "Dr Who Theme" – but then quickly moves into really ... CD (Sound Library)
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I Crudeli
GDM (Italy), 1967. New Copy
A really wonderful western soundtrack from Ennio Morricone – done at a level that's a bit different than the usual style for the time – with more of some of the elements that the maestro might bring to later horror material! The main theme is wonderful – with a snapping snare and ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Trunk (UK), Late 50s/1960s. New Copy
A really wonderful collection of weirdly funny records from the weirdly funny record label Trunk – a British imprint we've trusted to deliver unusual sounds for almost 20 years! This package is great – a troll through the more offbeat side of Johnny Trunk's record collection – a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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Ghetto Suite
Kilmarnock, 1972. New Copy
One of the coolest records ever issued on Galt MacDermot's legendary Kilmarnock label – a selection of songs and poems by Harlem school children, set to music by Galt, and sung by vocalist Angela Ortega! Given that Galt's handling the music, you can bet that there's plenty of nicely funky ... CD (Jazz)
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Berry/Dual Planet (Australia), Early 60s. New Copy
Very early electronic sound library material from Eric Siday – so much so, that all these tracks were originally issued as 78rpm singles – at a time before the sound library scene moved into using full LPs! A number of cuts here were used as early passages on the first Doctor Who ... CD (Sound Library)
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Stix (France), 2014. New Copy
Fantastic sounds from this ultra-cool project – music that's neither straight disco, nor really reggae – and instead a great dubby reworking of dancefloor modes from a few generations past! The range of material here comes a number of different settings – but is all worked ... CD (New Grooves)
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Sirio 2222
RCA/Lion, 1970. New Copy
A really stunning set from Il Balletto Di Bronzo – a group who clearly have the instrumental chops to take off in a proggish way, but really keep things interesting here by staying in a grittier, more straightforward groove! The power of the drums and guitars is wonderful – almost funk ... CD (Rock)
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Una Pura Formalita
GDM (Italy), 1994. New Copy
Even in his later years, Ennio Morricone had a way with a soundtrack that was unlike anyone else – even most of his previous material, too! The style here is very fresh – a blend of vibrant violin passages and more slow-moving string orchestrations – echoing some of Morricone's ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Amphi/Radio Rondo
Intakt (Switzerland), 2014. New Copy
Two great large group works from bassist Barry Guy – both with the sort of individual qualities we love in his music with the London Jazz Composers Orchestra! The players here are from a wider range of European sources, and all work together as a whole, but get plenty of space for personal ... CD (Jazz)
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Complete Mercury Singles
Mercury/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy
The complete singles of one of our favorite groups of the 60s – a completely wonderful sextet who started in harmony pop, but grew to do a whole lot more! The earliest cuts have Spanky & Our Gang resonating strongly with the best by The Association, Mamas & Papas, or other Sunshine ... CD (Rock)
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Soundway (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
A hip group from Sierra Leone – but one who recorded these tracks in the US during the late 70s – which makes for a very unusual hybrid of sounds! The group's original approach was to update regional sounds from their nation, and avoid some of the more commercial cover versions of ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Checker/Sundazed, 1958. New Copy
Fantastically twangy! We never tire of Bo Diddley's incredible guitar work – and you'll get plenty of it in this early album he cut for Chess, a tasty batch of 12 tracks, all original tunes with a stripped-down gutbuckety sound – rough, raw rhythms that feature plenty of Bo's gritty ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues)
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Joey Heatherton Album
MGM/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Was there a sexier 70s celebrity than Joey Heatherton? It's hard to think so – and the cover of this one is more than enough proof that she was America's greatest answer to Brigitte Bardot! And while we certainly remember her from countless variety show appearances at the time, it's ... CD (Vocalists)
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Soul Village
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy
One of a rare few electric albums from the great Walter Bishop Jr – a pianist who started during the bop years, but really grew into new modes in the 70s! The set's an album on Muse, but one with the same hip grooves as Walter Bishop's pair of excellent albums for the Black Jazz label – ... CD (Jazz)
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Dicky Oliver
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1969. New Copy
A 60s album recorded in Italy – but with a groove that's midway between Memphis and the mod sounds of the London scene – thanks to a heavy dose of Hammond and horns! The tunes are all instrumental, and leap right into the fray with these romping rhythms that often snap along in the ... CD (Sound Library)
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GAD (Poland), 1971/Early 80s. New Copy
Classic cuts from a famous Polish TV show – mostly pulled from the rich catalog of the German Sonoton sound library! The music here is very heavy on keyboards and tight, dramatic grooves – music that's often in the best modes that so few sound libraries could manage at the time – ... CD (Sound Library)
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Free Souls
Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy 2 LPs
A brilliantly soulful set from Nicola Conte – a record that's got all the tight jazzy instrumentation we love in his other records, but one that's also got some wonderful vocal work as well! Singers are a perfectly-chosen batch of the best of the underground – and include Jose James, ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves)
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Fantasy/Chance To Dance
Elektra/Expansion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy
A pair of great albums from this Norman Connors side project! Fantasy is righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers ... CD (Soul)
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Multiplication Rock
Capitol (Japan), 1973. New Copy
Sure, it was silly stuff when we were kids – but once De La Soul sampled "Three Is The Magic Number", this record became one of the most prized in our possession! And thanks to that hip hop reintroduction, we've really fallen in love with the music again over the years – ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The Numero Group takes a great step backwards – returning to the capital city of Ohio, Columbus – to mine the same soul and funk treasure trove of their Capsoul collection! The music here comes from the same scene – and often from Capsoul or related labels – and the set ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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I Remember When
Motema, 2014. New Copy
Singer Kellylee Evans works here with the great Eric Legnini – the European keyboardist whose own records are always a delight, and who brings a sharp sense of funky soul to this vocal outing! Kellylee has a style that's rooted in jazz, but expressed in more contemporary soulful modes – ... CD (Vocalists)
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PTG (Netherlands), Early 80s. New Copy
Another masterpiece in this always-great collection – a bouncing set of 80s groove numbers from the post-disco years – heavy on boogie rhythms, electric beats, and jazzy keyboard lines! The groove has some occasional touches of electro – especially in the cuts that feature an ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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BBE (UK), 2012. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Heavy funk, Northern Soul, and R&B – but all of a newer vintage, and pulled together by the legendary Snowboy – who's been updating grooves for years! The set features loads of Snowboy's contemporaries from the global deep funk scene – and includes some nice bits that you won' ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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Stag O Lee (Germany), 1930s/1940s. New Copy
A tightly swinging batch of late 30s jazz and nascent rhythm & blues numbers from the early 40s – the pivotal period in which veteran players of the grander swing orchestras of the years prior were paring down into smaller combo – and knocking out a grittier, more primal sound! It's ... CD (Jazz)
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Guerssen (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy
A heady set of UK psych from the Young Blood, Beacon, and Mother labels – all very obscure imprints that go way way past mainstream work of the time! The music is trippy, but nicely melodic too – not really pop psych, but nicely focused – at a level that evolves past late 60s ... CD (Rock)
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Doin' It
Casablanca/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy
Sweet Canadian club from Alma Faye – a record that shows that the scene up north was just as great for disco as the one down in New York! The record's got these flowing arrangements from Lee Gagnon – an artist who was working in jazz a few years before, but manages to find just the ... CD (Soul)
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Mental Shake
OTOroku (UK), 2014. New Copy Gatefold
A brilliant free improvisation from a really great lineup – a quartet that brings together the legendary reed work of Peter Brotzmann and the vibes of Jason Adasiewicz – already great enough on their own, but matched here with the bass of John Edwards and drums of Steve Noble – ... CD (Jazz)
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Light In The Attic, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A second set of grooves from the Seattle scene – and a much-needed follow-up to the first Wheedles Groove compilation! This set picks up where the last one left off – still digging the funk and soul of the 70s, but also following the scene into clubby territory, modern soul, and boogie ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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Turbo/Barnyard (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
Rare work from this spoken word assemblage – and a lost link in the tradition of African-American protest work that includes The Last Poets, The Watts Prophets, and Gil Scott-Heron! The Universal Messengers come on strong – using spare percussion and a bit of light instrumentation ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Disco sounds from the Caribbean scene of the 70s – a really unique mix of regional styles with the kind of rhythms that were coming from New York and Philly at the time! The groove here is really unique – even different than some of the reggae or African disco numbers of the time ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Adventure Music, 2014. New Copy
A beautiful set that delivers exactly what it promises in the title – a wonderful criss-crossing of Brazilian and Moroccan modes – all with a vibe that's quite different than previous records from pianist Benjamim Taubkin! Many tracks are long, and flow with a wonderful blend – ... CD (Brazil)
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Rhythm & Blues At The Flamingo
Polydor (Japan), 1964. New Copy
Blistering early work from a young Georgie Fame – a set that definitely lives up to the Rhythm & Blues in the title! The set was recorded live at London's hip Flamingo club – and Georgie and The Blue Flames are very much in command of the crowd – burning with the intensity of ... CD (Vocalists)
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Three Blind Mice/Think (Japan), 1977. New Copy
A great pianist in a really great trio – on a record that's wonderful not just for the piano lines of Fumio Karashima, but also for the bass of Isao Suzuki and drums of George Otsuka! All three players were really reinventing the sound of jazz on the Japanese scene of the 70s – and all ... CD (Jazz)
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Mais Um Discos (UK), 2014. New Copy 2 CDs
A stunning collection of contemporary work from Brazil – a double-length package that features a few cuts by artists we already know and love, plus lots more from genius young talents we're discovering here for the first time ever! The vibe is very much in the more left-leaning, experimental ... CD (Brazil)
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Modern Jazz/Village Again (Japan), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy
One of our favorite pianists ever – presented here in a selection of classics that are hand-picked by Jazztronik! The mix of talents is no surprise – given the huge influence that Marco's had on global scenes over the years – first making big waves in Paris in the 70s, then ... CD (Jazz)
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Puerta Del Sur
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2014. New Copy Gatefold
One of the coolest contemporary combos in the Latin scene – a group who bristle with all the fire of a classic New York or Puerto Rican ensemble – and one who really keep the salsa dura flag flying high! Almost every cut here is a winner – just the kind of heavy-hitting gems that ... CD (Latin)
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Soul Jazz (UK), 2014. New Copy
A stunning book of photographs to stand alongside the excellent album art books done by the Soul Jazz label – a treasure trove of hardly-seen images of some of the best underground musicians of the 60s and 70s – and a great antidote to the sorts of jazz books that are only just filled ... Book (Books)
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Pet Records, Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold
Really mad music from this weird little series – a set of pop tracks from the end of the 60s, but all done with these weird psych and spiritual touches – definitely the "mystic males" promised in the title! The sound here isn't just that of mainstream pop-psych – and ... CD (Rock)
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RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1957. New Copy
One of the first great moments from Italian composer Piero Umiliani – an artist who later did a huge amount of soundtracks in the 60s, but really got his start in jazz! Umiliani's wonderful here right from the start – laying out a set of all original tracks that mix tight arrangements ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Criminal Minded (5 x 7" single box set)
B-Boy, 1987. New Copy 5 x 7"
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced – in 5 X 7" box set! Criminal Minded is landmark for a number of reasons. Among the biggest is, of course, that it was recorded with the late great DJ Scott La Rock ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Hip Hop)
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Muito Na Onda
Odeon/EMI (Japan), 1967. New Copy
A groovy little group from Brazil – arranged and conducted by Antonio Adolfo! The group's got a really wonderful sound that's part bossa nova, part French 60s pop, and very much in the style of work by Marcos Valle from the late 60s! There's a female lead vocalist who sounds a lot like ... CD (Brazil)
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Edip Akbayram
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1974. New Copy
A seminal debut set from Edip Akbanyram – a 70s Turkish singer whose music is every bit as compelling as arabesk rock by Baris Manco or Erkin Koray! Like both of those artists, Edip mixes older Anatolian roots with a freakier, fuzzier style from the psych generation – mixing electric ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Muita Zorra!
Philips/Forma (Japan), 1971. New Copy
Funky funky samba! Trio Mocoto are a unique group in Brazilian music. They're best known as the backing group for Jorge Ben during some of his mid 70s Africanist recordings, but they've also cut a rare few recordings on their own – including this excellent gem from 1971! The album's got a ... CD (Brazil)
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Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs
No horsing around here – as the set may well be the most compelling so far in this mighty hip series – a wicked blend of underground club from the post-disco and post-punk generation! The tracks here definitely push towards the more obscure side of the spectrum, and really show the way ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Light In The Attic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold
Rare work from the team of Donnie & Joe Emerson – first brought to light on their obscure outsider album Dreamin Wild – and here featured in a host of previously unreleased tracks! The vibe of the music follows in the same spirit as the duo's few released recordings – kind of ... CD (Rock)
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Frou Frou Rokko
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy
Nothing frou frou about this heavy little set – as the record's a rock solid batch of African rhythms, served up with a distinctively Ethiopian feel – at a level that's even groovier than the group's first album! The collective clearly take some key inspiration from the more ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Stones Throw, Early 90s. New Copy 4 LPs
A huge testament the timeless talents of producer Peanut Butter Wolf and MC Charizma! Without going too deeply into the lore, young Charizma & Peanut Butter Wolf teamed up in the early 90s, and independently (pre-Stones Throw) recorded some straight up classic level golden age hip hop, before ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Pinata Beats
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy
The restlessly inventive Madlib beats and production for Pinata, the excellent duo project with MC Freddie Gibbs! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for ... CD (Hip Hop)
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Mark De Clive-Lowe Presents Church
Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2014. New Copy
Mark De Clive-Lowe takes us to church – with a set that's easily his most soulful, spiritual record ever! The album's got a lot more acoustic elements than usual – plenty of jazz elements on tenor, flute, trumpet, and percussion – mixed with Mark's own great Fender Rhodes and ... CD (New Grooves)
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Bodyquake
Unique (Germany), 2014. New Copy
An even more playful set than before from Laura Vane & The Vipertones – a record that still has some of the older funk and soul elements of previous releases, but which also comes across with a more contemporary vibe as well – a kind of bouncy, jaunty sort of soul that seems to work ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Breakaway/BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy Gatefold
A pair of completely rare albums from Breakaway – a St Louis combo from the late 70s – with a groove that's equal part jazzy club and blue-eyed soul! Breakaway is the group's debut – recorded in 1977 with a surprisingly tight sound – especially given that the group were ... CD (Soul)
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BBE (UK), 2014. New Copy
A whole new side of Shawn Lee's talents – an album that mixes his great ear for funk with rhymes from a series of guest MCs – all at a level that really takes us back to true school productions of the 90s! Lee's got plenty of 60s and 70s funk and jazz elements in the mix – and a ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Finders Keepers (UK), 1972. New Copy (pic cover)
A compelling title, and an equally compelling batch of music – some great keyboard lines from the mighty Bruno Nicolai! The style here is a bit leaner than some of Bruno's classic late 60s material, but still holds all of its great spirit – a mixture of darkness and light that both ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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R2 (UK), 2014. New Copy Gatefold
Some of the warmest grooves we've heard so far from Osunlade – a beautiful selection of tracks that work perfectly together – almost as if the artist himself had a hand in their creation! The tracks follow strongly in the vein of organic house that Osunlade's always brought us – ... CD (New Grooves)
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Comet Come To Me
Naive (France), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Meshell Ndegeocello comes on with the force of a comet – and delivers one of her boldest records in years – a crackling set of cosmic soul tunes that have all the power of the singer in her early years! Meshell's definitely absorbed some of the headier elements of her varied projects ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul)
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Barclay/Universal (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy
Some of the first recordings done by Baden Powell outside of Brazil – and already an indication that his work with the European scene was a very good thing! The record has Powell upfront on guitar and vocals, but working with these great arrangements from arranger/trumpeter Ivan Jullien ... CD (Brazil)
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Meu Primeiro Amor
Philips (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Light and lovely tunes from Nara Leao – a sweet mid 70s session that's filled with great vocals and a fair bit of acoustic guitar! The sound here isn't nearly as dark as Leao's work of the 60s – and even as some of her albums from a few years before – but the record's still rich ... CD (Brazil)
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Equinox
A&M (Japan), 1967. New Copy
The second album by Sergio and crew – and a real push forward for the group! The basic format of two-female harmony leads is still in place – but for some reason, this album gives a bit more of a nod to Brazilian roots than before, and really spices things up with an even more ... CD (Brazil)
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Wide Hive, 2014. New Copy 2LPs
Roscoe Mitchell returns to a mode that he explored freely back in the 70s – loose, improvised collaborations with other musicians – done at a level that offers up a richly organic blend of sonic elements and musical moments! Some of Mitchell's later work has been more structured, but ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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I Soliti Ignoti EP
RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1958. New Copy (pic cover)
Very early work from this soundtrack genius – a rare Italian EP that features his classic "Blues For Gassman" – dedicated to Vittorio Gassman, who starred in the film – and featuring great interplay from the tune's two trombonists! Umiliani delivers some great offbeat ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Parole E Musica
RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1961. New Copy Gatefold
A strange and obscure session that has the cool jazz vocals of American singer Helen Merrill backed by a small Italian combo led by soundtrack composer Piero Umiliani – a wonderful mix that really makes the album an unusual one for Helen! The music was originally recorded for a TV program in ... CD (Vocalists)
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Fanon, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Sublime French pop from the turn of the 70s – a really trippy collection that shows the great expansion in sound since the "yeh yeh" scene of a few years before! Not all the tracks here hail from 1969 – but they definitely fit the title's reference to a sly, sexy tune by ... CD (French)
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BBE (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2 CDs
One of the coolest, hippest collections you could ever hope to find – not just the usual mix of vintage soul or obvious jazz tracks, but a wealth of wonderful work we never would have discovered otherwise! Mr Thing digs even deeper for this third volume than the previous two – working ... CD (Funky Compilations)




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