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GC Cameron
Motown (Japan), 1976. New Copy
Strong work from GC Cameron – really making a bold mark here on his own – working in a smooth, rich, masculine style that's a bit like some of the best early 70s material from Eddie Kendricks! Arrangements are by James Carmichael, Paul Riser, Wade Marcus, Gene Page, and other smooth ... CD (Soul)
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Caught In The Act
Motown (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Wicked early funk from The Commodores – a group that spent so much time on pop ballads in later years, it's hard to believe they could be this sharp and hard-edged! There's plenty of that bass-heavy style that would later dominate many Motown combos at the end of the 70s – but the ... CD (Soul)
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Call
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1970. New Copy
A stunner of a Fender Rhodes album – one of a few rare sides cut by pianist Michael Naura – and a lost MPS session that's one of the label's best from the 70s! The group's a quartet, with a very open, fluid sound – and it mixes Naura's Rhodes with the vibes of Wolfgang Schluter ... CD (Jazz)
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Eddie Kendricks
Tamla (Japan), 1973. New Copy
A legendary album from the great Eddie Kendricks – a set that not only has the singer soaring on the kind of sublime old school vocal numbers he always did so well – but one that also has Eddie stepping out into some great dancefloor modes that would have a huge impact for years to come! ... CD (Soul)
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Rass!
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1974. New Copy
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever cut by pianist Monty Alexander – a sweet Fender Rhodes session that's unlike most of his other work! There's a soulful, slinky groove to the whole set – a laidback approach to funk that's gotten the album sampled more than a few times over the ... CD (Jazz)
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RCA (Japan), 1962. New Copy
A really landmark album in European jazz – one of those records that always tops the lists of collectors, and for good reason too! The sextet of trumpeter Oscar Valdambrini and tenorist Gianni Basso was easily one of the greatest things going in jazz on that side of the Atlantic in the early ... CD (Jazz)
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Ancient Afrika/Shout (Japan), 1980. New Copy
Beautifully spiritual work from this obscure Chicago group from the late 70s – an AACM ensemble, and quite possibly one of the most soulful we've ever heard! There's a really spare, earthy approach to the work here – one that uses percussion, piano, and saxes from Light Henry Huff ... CD (Jazz)
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In Search Of A Dream
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1977. New Copy
A full-on electric jammer from Alphonse Mouzon – cut in the frenetic style of his Blue Note sides, but given an extra electric MPS twist! The lineup includes a host of strong European fusion players – including Miroslav Vitous on bass, Philip Catherine on guitars, and Joachim Kuhn on ... CD (Jazz)
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Light In The Attic, 1969/1970. New Copy
An incredible snapshot of the funky soul genius of Sly Stone in an early transitional period – featuring all the known recordings of his short-lived Stone Flower label and production house from 1969-1970! Sly was a rising star at this point, and while the Stone Flower Productions name had ... CD (Soul)
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SOUL/Motown (Japan), 1970. New Copy
Stunning, stunning work from The Originals – one of the best male groups on 70s Motown, stepping out here on a record that might be one of their greatest ever! Although the group could sound strong in other settings, this album seems to have something really special going on – almost a ... CD (Soul)
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Polydor/Vombis, 1979. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A really great little soundtrack – one that's got a sound that's as sexy and sophisticated as you might guess from the cover and title – served up by Italian 70s genius Stelvio Cipriani! Stelvio proves himself to be a giant both on the funky numbers and the mellower moments – the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Walking In The Night
RCA (Japan), 1960. New Copy
Some of the best modern jazz Italy had to offer in the postwar years – and a record that's gone onto be the blueprint for countless recent work from groups on labels like Schema and Deja Vu! Tracks are short, but very groove-centered – often mixing modal jazz rhythms with hardbop solo ... CD (Jazz)
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Two Headed Freap
Blue Note (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Amazing stuff by Ronnie Foster – a sweet little album of slow funky keyboard tones, much more loosely arranged than his later work, with a dope groove that was years ahead of its time! The album's in some ways a blueprint for some of our favorite jazz-based hip hop – and although ... CD (Jazz)
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DeBarges
Motown (Japan), 1981. New Copy
The wonderful first album from DeBarges – a surprisingly great batch of harmony soul that really updates the "family" sound of 70s groups like The Sylvers and Five Stairsteps – and helps it find a whole new place in the 80s! The arrangements are wonderfully old school – ... CD (Soul)
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Blue Note (Japan), 1969. New Copy
One of the strangest albums ever recorded for Blue Note – and one of the coolest, too! Duke Pearson recorded this set in 1969 – during the middle of his last productive period of activity, at a time when he was doing some tremendous genre-crossing jazz that really broke from his ... CD (Holiday Music)
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Knock Out
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1975. New Copy
A very heavy-duty electric jamming session – and possibly one of the best records that keyboardist Dieter Reith ever cut for the LPs label! Reith was one of the label's first stars – and initially recorded some great acoustic piano albums for their Saba offshoot in the 60s – but ... CD (Jazz)
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Motown (Japan), 1974. New Copy
Syreeta's second album for Motown – and a set that really expands the groove from the first! (Then) husband Stevie Wonder is all over the album – and in a way, the shift between this album and the first is similar to the shift between Stevie's Music Of My Mind and later efforts like ... CD (Soul)
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Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
A seminal set of work that follows a rich musical journey from South Africa to the London scene – a collection that traces the development of one of the most important jazz groups of their generation, an ensemble that had a tremendous impact at home, then became an even greater force in the ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Flamenco Jazz
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1967. New Copy
Really wonderful stuff – and a record that may well be even better than the previous flamenco jazz albums cut by Paco DeLucia and Petro Iturralde in Spain! This set is part of a key late 60s moment when the MPS label was experimenting with a blend of jazz and sounds from around the globe ... CD (Jazz)
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Wish It Would Rain
Gordy (Japan), 1968. New Copy
A pivotal moment for The Temptations – a set that has the group hitting even more of a deep soul sound than before – at a level that really sets them apart from some of the other groups on Motown at the time! There's a richer, fuller sound going on here – as the group work with ... CD (Soul)
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Remembrance
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1978. New Copy
Elvin Jones towers above his bandmates on the cover of this 70s classic – and really leads them onward to some great sounds within! The record has a bit more focus and soul than some of Jones' other albums of the period – still quite powerful and dynamic, but with a good adherence to ... CD (Jazz)
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Monastic Trio
Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Early work by Alice Coltrane – somewhat under the shadow of her late husband, as you'd guess from the use of his name on the front cover – but really stepping out here with a voice of her own! The Monastic Trio of the set features Alice on harp and piano – alongside bass from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Hollywood
MoWest/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy
A great record from The Crusaders – and an album that's really the start of the group's strong run of smooth funky jazz for the 70s – a very vibrant little set, even though the black and white cover makes the whole thing look a bit understated! The album's got the group dropping the ... CD (Jazz)
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Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy
A stunning package for a wonderful collection – volumes one and two of Hip Hop Family Tree – both great volumes that tell the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is ... Book (Books)
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Headin' South
Blue Note (Japan), 1960. New Copy
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever from the legendary pianist Horace Parlan – a sweet little Latin-inflected set that's unlike any of his other records for Blue Note! All of Parlan's work for the label is great, but this album's something even more special – thanks to the ... CD (Jazz)
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Hi, We're The Miracles
Motown (Japan), 1960. New Copy
Incredible work from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – a set that's not only one of the first great records on Motown, but a set that also really links the label to the vocal scene in the rest of the country too! Although the record features a few hits, the overall presentation is nicely ... CD (Soul)
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Blue Bossa (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
SSJ (Japan), 1968. New Copy
A rare live appearance from the great Hank Mobley – a player who wasn't always that present on the European scene, but is heard here in a strong Copenhagen concert with pianist Kenny Drew! The format's a bit similar to other American tenor dates of the time – especially those of Dexter ... CD (Jazz)
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SSJ (Japan), 1986. New Copy
Unusual later work from the great Carol Sloane – a session that was cut for a major label in Japan, but never issued here in the US – and a date that maybe even surpasses all the class and care of Sloane's indie sides from the 70s! The vocalist has a nicely maturing style, especially ... CD (Vocalists)
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Ain't No Turnin Back
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1984. New Copy
A great little set from Phyllis St James – a Motown album from the mid 80s, and one that was crucially overlooked at the time! At a time when most of her contemporaries were losing a bit of control in the studio, Phyllis is still very firmly in charge – writing and arranging most of ... CD (Soul)
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Winds Of Barcelona
Sony (Japan), 1969. New Copy
Groovy guitar work from Yoshiaki Masuo – working here in a sweetly chromatic style with hip small combo backing! Yoshiaki's got echoes of 60s work from George Benson or Wes Montgomery – a sound that's clean, but which has great colors billowing out nicely from the edges – a ... CD (Jazz)
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SSJ (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Sonny Rollins really opening up – playing live here in a broadcast date from Copenhagen – one that's been available on DVD over the years, but which is presented here without the edits that occurred in the filmed footage! The tracks are all real standards from the Rollins songbook ... CD (Jazz)
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House Boat
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1978. New Copy
Cool chromatic sounds from guitarist Volker Kriegel – a set that mixes his own instrumentation with vibes from Wolfgang Schulter and a fair bit of percussion too! Kriegel is always great, no matter what the setting – but here he hits a unique mode, even in comparison to his other ... CD (Jazz)
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SSJ (Japan), 1966. New Copy
Searing live work from the great Thelonious Monk – heard here on two different European performances from 1966 – both done with his classic Columbia Records quartet that featured Charlie Rouse on tenor, Larry Gales on bass, and Ben Riley on drums! The group had already made some ... CD (Jazz)
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Columbia (Japan), 1980. New Copy
Tyrone Davis the mellow master – still going strong into the 80s! The album's an overlooked gem from Tyrone's years at Columbia Records – a time when he was changing up his style a bit, and really finding a great new groove – a way of getting past some of the overdone modes of ... CD (Soul)
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Rich Love, Poor Love
Motown (Japan), 1977. New Copy
An excellent smooth soul groover from two of Motown's most-overlooked 70s stars – the great GC Cameron and the sweet-voiced Syreeta! Although Syreeta's best known for her spacey soul work with Stevie Wonder, she's equally at home here in this set of smooth soul duets with ex-Spinner Cameron ... CD (Soul)
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MPS/Edel (Germany), 1970. New Copy
One of the key non-Saturn Sun Ra albums of the 70s – and like his records for Blue Thumb and Impulse, a set that really helped awaken the world to his talents! This album may well be one of the most bracing of the bunch – as it features live material recorded by Ra and the Arkestra at ... CD (Jazz)
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Moods Of Marvin Gaye
Tamla/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy
The moods of Marvin Gaye are many, even at this early point in his career – as the set has the young Marvin really taking off strongly – hitting hard on classic Motown groovers, but also showing a sensitive side at times too! The album kicks off with some killer rhythms on cuts like ... CD (Soul)
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Take Two
Tamla/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy
Beautiful work from Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston – done in a style that's perhaps a bit more intimate, and a bit more sophisticated than some of Marvin's other duets, but still in the great Motown tradition of the 60s! On the set, Weston seems to bring out the sweeter sound of Marvin's voice ... CD (Soul)
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Burnt Offering
Daptone, 2014. New Copy
Some of the deepest, heaviest work we've ever heard from the Budos Band – as you might guess from the album's dark title and cover! There's a bit of a heavy metal look to the package, but the sounds within are still the righteous funk we've always loved from Budos – yet are also ... CD (Deep Funk)
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TK/Shout (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Sublime sounds from the legendary TK Records family of labels – home to some of the coolest, grooviest music from Miami in the 70s – plus more grooves from other sources too! The package focuses on a style that was definitely TK's strongest suit at the time – their wonderful way ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Positive Intensity
CBS (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A unique Japanese-only session from pianist Tommy Flanagan – hardly a one-off, though – as the whole thing's put together with a real sense of care by legendary Columbia jazz producer Teo Macero! Although unissued in the US, the set gives Flanagan one of his greatest showcases of the ... CD (Jazz)
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Together
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy
A great start to the Marvin Gaye duet mode of the 60s – an early pairing with Mary Wells, done back when she was one of the leading female singers at Motown! The style here is a bit more old school than some of the later Gaye duo albums – but there's plenty of charm in the tunes, as ... CD (Soul)
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Art Of Conversation
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy
A great title for this sublime set of duo material – work that features Kenny Barron on piano and Dave Holland on bass – with no other instrumentation at all! Barron's a player who's always expansive, no matter what the setting – but hearing him in spare formation like this, we ... CD (Jazz)
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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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Brown Sugar
Blue Note (Japan), 1966. New Copy
Smoking work on Hammond from Freddie Roach – a key player in the Blue Note lineup of the 60s, and a strong link between the label's soul jazz and modern sides! The sound here is a really beautiful one – partly in the organ/tenor mode forged by Baby Face Willette and John Patton in ... CD (Jazz)
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Luv N' Haight, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs
A stunning set of funky club tracks from Sheridan House Records – a later effort from Cali maestro Kent Harris – who'd previously given us some excellent soul singles in the 60s and 70s! The style here is less disco than it is an update of Harris' earlier soul music approach – ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Images
RCA (Japan), 1975. New Copy
A wonderful record – one in which Phil Woods blows alto solos over the arrangements of Michel Legrand – handled in the masterful style of Legrand's best jazzy soundtrack work, and in a way that lets Woods hit some of his best solos of the 70s! Legrand's always been great at this sort ... CD (Jazz)
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Skytown, 2014. New Copy
Wicked guitar work from U-Nam – a contemporary musician, but one who's drank deeply of the best vintage modes from CTI and Kudu Records – and who is one of the few who can really get such a classic sound just right! This album's got all the sharp edges of a 70s funky fusion set by ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Tennessee Firebird
RCA (Japan), 1966. New Copy
Quite an unusual session from Gary Burton – recorded in Nashville, with a mix of jazz and country session players – coming together in an open-ended sound that's got lots of complicated touches. Gary's jazz side is represented by Roy Haynes on drums, Steve Swallow on bass, and Steve ... CD (Jazz)
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Linear Labs, 2009. New Copy
All the great instrumental moments from Adrian Younge's score to Black Dynamite – the recent film that was an excellent throwback to the blacksploitation classics of the 70s! Younge's music here is spot-on – just the sort of sounds you might hear from a 70s action score by Johnny Pate ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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White Goddess
Kapp/Captain High (Germany), 1959. New Copy
An exotica classic from the great Frank Hunter – an arranger who worked in many other formats in the 50s and 60s – but who's really left his mark with this haunting little record! The instrumentation is quite unique – as Hunter blends electric sounds from an ondionline with core ... CD (Now Sound)
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Columbia (Japan), 1971. New Copy
One of the coolest, moodiest albums ever recorded by Dutch singer Ann Burton – a set that features some of the more creative arrangements she ever received on record – put together by guitarist Wim Overgaauw, and featuring organ work from both Rob Madna and Rob Franken! Burton's always ... CD (Vocalists)
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Come On & Shine
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1977. New Copy
Pat Wilson definitely shines here – stepping off a great 70s run of work for film and TV soundtracks – then using a similar style here in the studio! The album's a jazz set, but tracks are relatively short – and focus more on ensemble passages at points, but still allow for key ... CD (Jazz)
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Yep Roc, 2014. New Copy 2CD
An incredible tribute to the legendary Arthur Russell – and maybe one of the coolest collections so far in the Red Hot series! The package features new work dedicated to Russell and born from his tremendous influence in a range of different styles – from club to experimental to ... CD (Rock)
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Recado Bossa Nova
Venus (Japan), 2014. New Copy
A whole new setting for tenorist Eric Alexander – and a great one too! The album's got Alexander in a bossa-styled mode – but less like the facile bossa jazz projects of the 60s than some of the harder-edged ones you'd get from players like Ike Quebec or Charlie Rouse! The sharpness ... CD (Jazz)
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Listen To My Harmonica
Beat (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy
Classic soundtrack selections from the Italian scene – all of which feature the harmonica of Franco De Gemini in the lead! Franco's the harmonica player you've heard on countless famous film scores from Italy – especially westerns – and this set brings together some great ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Tche Belew
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1977. New Copy
An amazing organ player from the Ethiopian scene – one whose work here easily rivals that of Mulatu and some of the best artists on the Ethiopiques series! Hailu Mergi has plenty of jazz in his approach – not just on his own keyboard lines, but also in the way he lets the group members ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Harry Mwale Experience
Strawberry Rain, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
This rare African gem has a cover that looks a bit like an American soul record of the time – and the overall sound is definitely on the more soul-based side of the Zamrock spectrum! The music's almost more heavy on bass than guitar – which creates this flowing groove at the bottom of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Columbia (Japan), 1978. New Copy
An overlooked gem from the great ZZ Hill – a set that has the singer making a brief appearance on Columbia Records, and working with the mighty Bert DeCoteaux in the process! Bert brings this full, rich style to bear alongside ZZ's vocals – an approach that's still quite respectful to ... CD (Soul)
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Atlantic/Tummy Touch, Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
Fantastic funky soul from Steve Arrington – the drummer who got his start in Slave, then really exploded on his own with a host of great records in the 80s! This batch of tracks is from those key initial solo years – and the set not only features all the key cuts that Steve recorded ... CD (Soul)
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Tenue De Soiree
Philips/Music Box (France), 1986. New Copy
An overlooked Serge Gainsbourg soundtrack from the 80s – surprisingly well-done, and at a level that both reflects Serge's earlier styles and a much deeper ear for film scoring! There's a main theme that's delivered with this beautifully echoey piano line – sometimes playful, sometimes ... CD (French)
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Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1971. New Copy
A wonderful recording of Burt Bacharach classics – done by Dutch singer Rita Reys, in a setting that makes the album one of her best from the 70s! Rita's got this airy, open style of vocalizing – a bit like Morgana King, but not as heavily handed – and that style really turns out ... CD (Vocalists)
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MPS/Edel (Germany), 1976. New Copy
Hank Jones at the height of his powers – working in an unusual trio with the great Isla Eckinger on bass – a well-rounded, soulfully-toned player who really helps make some magic on the set! Hank's talents are well-known, and very much in their best form here – but the slightly ... CD (Jazz)
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Pastoral
Sony (Japan), 1969. New Copy
A record as evocative as its title – part of a great flowering of talent from Japanese reedman Sadao Watanabe at the end of the 60s! Sadao started his career out as a hell of a bopper, then moved into some sweet Brazilian modes in the 60s – but by the time of this record, he was really ... CD (Jazz)
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Bluesin Around
Columbia (Japan), 1961/1962. New Copy
A rare treasure – material that Kenny Burrell recorded for Columbia in the early 60s, but which wasn't ever issued until an early 80s LP! Ostensibly, the sides were recorded around the same time as Kenny's Weaver Of Dreams album for Columbia (an obscure enough session in itself!) – and ... CD (Jazz)
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Alive & Jumping
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1978. New Copy
A great revival moment for some older jazz giants – all players who really catch fire here in the MPS scene of the 70s! The record features the vibes of Lionel Hampton in the lead (and, if the cover is to be believed, also a bit of drums) – and also includes excellent work from Milt ... CD (Jazz)
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Invitation
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1973. New Copy
One of the coolest albums ever cut by the Singers Unlimited – thanks to great instrumentation from the mighty Art Van Damme! Art plays accordion – in a way that works perfectly with the banks of sound and sweetness we love from the group – an instrument whose own breathy tones ... CD (Vocalists)
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House Of The Devil
Death Waltz (UK), 2009/2014. New Copy (reissue)
The masterfully eerie original soundtrack to Ti West's House Of The Devil – a late 00s movie that's a pretty great riff take on the suspenseful occult thrillers of the late 60s and early 70s – and Jeff Grace's score is pretty close to perfect! Much like the film, the soundtrack builds ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Arhoolie/P-Vine (Japan), 1960. New Copy
One of the earliest albums on Arhoolie Records – an amazing document of steel guitar bluesman Black Ace! Ace plays just like he sits on the cover – really leaning into the instrument in ways that bring out all these cool, deep inflections – completely hypnotizing on their own, ... CD (Blues)
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Milton Nascimento (1969)
Odeon/RPM (UK), 1969. New Copy
Maybe one of the first truly brilliant albums from Milton Nascimento – a set that builds on the excellent previous work by the singer/songwriter, but which also has him moving into much more soulful territory as well! Nascimento's work is one of the true treasures of Brazilian music of the ... CD (Brazil)
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Superfly (France), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A cool Cameroun combo from the 70s – one who ended up in Nigeria, and really picked up a heavy dose of Afro Funk too! The style here is really special – not just the usual Lagos-bred sounds of the time, but a unique hybrid of island elements and harder-riffing funk – served up ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Hills Of Hollywood, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A totally great set that goes way beyond the few familiar sounds we know from the legendary Eden Ahbez – the strange mystical figure who was to LA exotic music what Moondog was to the sounds of the streets of New York! The set steps around Eden's one and only album for Del-Fi – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Now Sound)
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Sleeping Bee
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1969. New Copy
Great sounds from Billy Taylor – a player who was definitely big in the mainstream at the time of this late 60s date, but who really finds a way to return strongly to his roots! Taylor's playing here with that nicely punctuated style that made him one of the biggest groovers in the early 50s ... CD (Jazz)
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Mirror Mirror
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1980. New Copy
A great lost session from tenorist Joe Henderson – recorded in 1980 for MPS Records, in a mellower, more easy-going style than some of his electric sides of the 70s! Joe's blowing in a really fluid style – almost like Stan Getz at times, but with a darker, edgier approach – and ... CD (Jazz)
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Wax Facts Press, 2014. New Copy
Golden age of hip hop historian Brian Coleman's second Check The Technique tome – the in-depth stories behind some of the greatest records of the 80s and early 90s – an even greater collection than the first volume! Coleman's approach is straight-forward and direct – chronicling ... Book (Books)
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Genuine Tong Funeral
RCA (Japan), 1968. New Copy
One of the most ambitious projects ever from vibist Gary Burton – an extended piece written by Carla Bley – and billed as "A Dark Opera Without Words"! The work has a feel that's much more fluid than opera, though – and is a great instrumental outing that not only ... CD (Jazz)
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Blue Montreux
Arista (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A sweet session of 70s electric jazz – recorded as a unique live all-star outing by a group of Arista's best jazz players at the time! The group's an octet, but plays together in differing formations throughout the record – with Warren Bernhardt on keyboards, Michael Brecker on saxes, ... CD (Jazz)
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Pulsion
Ubiquity, 2014. New Copy
A darker groove than usual from this hip European combo – a record that still has their commitment to global sounds at its core, but which also comes across with these great 70s electric modes too – almost echoes of Dark Magus Miles Davis and Sextant Herbie Hancock – thanks to ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Dagored (Italy), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest soundtracks ever from the legendary Ennio Morricone – a real standard-setting record that's one of the top choices we go to again and again to illustrate the genius of his music! The score is a fantastic mix of the two best sides of Morricone's work – the kind of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Tru Thoughts, 2014. New Copy 2 CDs
Great sounds from a great label – a company we've trusted for groundbreaking music for many years – celebrating their 15th anniversary with this specially-priced 2CD set! The package offers up loads of key musical moments from the history of Tru Thoughts – and shows a great ... CD (New Grooves)
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DJ Rogers
Shelter/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy
Mindblowing music from the great DJ Rogers – his first record, and a rootsy album of spiritual soul, right up there with the best 70s work by artists like Donny Hathaway, Rance Allen, or Stevie Wonder! Like all of those giants, DJ's got a deeply soulful vocal style that's more than ... CD (Soul)
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Batman – Original Television Soundtrack
20th Century/Universal, 1966. New Copy
Holy Soundtracks! Of all the knock-off Batman albums from the 60s, this one's the only legit soundtrack to the Batman TV show – and it's way way better than any other piece of vinyl with the Batman logo at the time! The album is every bit as great as you might think – as it's got the ... CD (Soundtracks)
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RCA/FTG, 1984. New Copy 2CD
A surprising hit for Diana Ross – a record that really helped the singer shine brightly in the 80s, but with a vibe that's quite different than her years at Motown! The album's got plenty of star power on board – production work from Arthur Baker, Richard Perry, Daryl Hall, Lionel ... CD (Soul)
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Les Onze Mille Verges/Tarot
Music Box (France), 1973/1974. New Copy
A pair of wonderful soundtracks from the great Michel Colombier – and film music that's every bit as groovy as some of his backings for French singers at the time! First up is Les Onze Mille Verges – a great mix of the groovy and the romantic – and one of the best soundtracks ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Clube Da Esquina
Odeon/RPM (UK), 1972. New Copy
A landmark album – and one that Milton cut with his "corner club", an elite group of musicians and songwriters from the early days of his career – including greats like Lo Borges and Wagner Tiso. Borges is particularly fantastic, and shines on the massively beautiful cut ... CD (Brazil)
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Soused (180 gram pressing)
4AD, 2014. New Copy 2LP
Incredible work from Scott Walker – maybe the best album so far in his revival stretch of the last few decades – and a set that has even more depth and power than the previous albums! The album's a collaboration with Sunn0))) – who provide these dark textures and sonic patterns ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Montgomery Movement
Folkways/Numero, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A massive lost funk classic – one of those rarer than rare albums that's well worth the fuss! The Montgomery Express were a Florida combo who played on the state's small club circuit – working equally well on their own, or backing up a number of better known singers. The group's got a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Hot/Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1969. New Copy
Definitely a set to make you hallucinate – as the grooves are quite groovy, but in a really trippy way! The album's a bit like the classic Psicodelico set by Luiz Carlos Vinhas – a mix of older samba modes and wigged-out 60s sounds – sometimes odd production, sometimes offbeat ... CD (Brazil)
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Mr Hood
Elektra/Traffic, 1994. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)
Finally back on wax, and pressed up on double vinyl to boot! Pre-MF Doom/Metal Fingers, et al, classic from then-Zev Love X and DJ Sub Roc. The last chance before everybody had to be hardcore. Humor, knowledge and pure niceness, on par with the first De La album, though it never broke as huge. ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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RCA, 2014. New Copy
Aretha Franklin has a really classic sort of look on the cover – which is quite fitting, as the album's maybe one of her most classic records in years! The album has Franklin taking on songs by other famous female singers, but reworking nearly all of them in a style that's all her own – ... CD (Soul)
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Fondle 'Em/Get On Down, 1996. New Copy (reissue)
High quality, still fresh-sounding underground hip from the mid 90s Fondle 'Em stable! Includes the "Dirty89tec9mix" of "The Sesson" and a 7" edit version of "Halloween". Classic! 7-inch, Vinyl record (Hip Hop)
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Oversoul Manual
Aum Fidelity, 2014. New Copy
One of the most unusual projects we've ever heard from Darius Jones – so much so that the record doesn't feature the instrumentalist at all – just his own ideas and compositions performed by a very unique vocal quartet! The album is dedicated to all the singers who've influenced Jones ... CD (Jazz)
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RCA/FTG, 1983. New Copy
One of the most well-crafted Diana Ross records of the 80s – thanks to heavy production work from Gary Katz, who's best known for his classic run with Steely Dan! The music has a depth that goes past some of the more crossover modes of Diana's earlier records – warmer touches of jazz ... CD (Soul)
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EMI/Cleopatra, 1978. New Copy (reissue)
The rhythms really take off in this late 70s burner from Can – a record that re-focuses their energy a bit from before, but with a blend of elements that's still more amazing than most of their contemporaries! The record intertwines heavy drums from Jaki Liebezeit with percussion from Reebop ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Columbia (Japan), 1953. New Copy
A heavy classic from trumpeter Buck Clayton – and a record that set a whole new standard for the jam session on record at the time! The album pushes forward strongly from the territory of the Jazz At The Philharmonic and Jam Session records on Verve – with a vibrancy that's even ... CD (Jazz)
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Pride/Fever Dream, 1973. New Copy
How old was Foster Sylvers when he cut this record? Seven? Eight? Whatever the case, the little tyke forever changed the face of funky music with the incredible cut "Misdemeanor" – one of those chunky funky numbers that sounds like nothing else we've ever heard, and which has ... CD (Soul)
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Smash/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy
An excellent bit of Latin groove – one of our favorite crossover boogaloo sets from the 60s, and easily some of the greatest work ever by Jimmy Castor! And yes, this is the same Jimmy Castor who's known for his funk albums of the 70s – but back in the day, he was open-minded enough to ... CD (Soul)
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Universal Mind
Arc Light Editions (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
An obscure bit of spiritual jazz from the early 80s – recorded by a trio in Finland, but with a style that's much more in the mode of American work from the loft jazz scene of the 70s! The group's led by reedman Jone Takamaki, who plays tenor, bass clarinet, flute, and soprano sax – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Sonic Street Chicago
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2013. New Copy Gatefold
A pretty great solo performance from the legendary Thurston Moore – recorded at the Art Institute Of Chicago, as live accompaniment to the film Street, by James Nares – and maybe some of the most compelling sounds we've heard from Moore in awhile! The set features just solo electric ... CD (Rock)
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RCA/Big Break (UK), 1987. New Copy
A gem of a record from Anita Pointer – a set that really helps give her some sharp focus and direction, thanks to strong production work from Preston Glass! We love Preston's later records on his own – and here, he works a bit like Kashif during that singer's years as a studio force ... CD (Soul)
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Mercury/Solaris, 1976. New Copy
One of the most spiritual, soulful albums ever from the great Charles Earland – a set that's almost his answer to the keyboard styles of Lonnie Liston Smith in the 70s – and done with a very spiritual vibe! We love Earland on Hammond – but here he also plays Fender Rhodes, ... CD (Jazz)
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RCA/FTG, 1985. New Copy 2CD
Michael Jackson gave Diana Ross the big title hit for this set – a track that also features his own guest vocals too – but most of the record was handled strongly by Barry Gibb, who not only co-produced the set, but wrote most of the material as well! Ross has a strong crossover feel ... CD (Soul)
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Atlantic/4 Men With Beards, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Wilson Pickett at Fame Studios – an unbeatable mix that yields up one of his greatest albums ever! All the best elements of Pickett's strength at Atlantic Records are firmly in place here – hard, raw vocals at the front, supported by funky accompaniment from Fame Studios regulars, plus ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Candido Erotico
Beat (Italy), 1978. New Copy
Few folks could do a sexy soundtrack better than Nico Fidenco in the 70s – and this rare gem features the maestro opening up in some slightly different styles than you'll hear in his famous film scores for the Emannuelle films! The movie's got a few key themes, which are often done in ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Rats
Mississippi, 1980. New Copy (reissue)
Rough-edged punk from The Rats – a power trio formed by guitarist/singer Fred Cole after earlier work in The Lollipop Shoppe, and before his better-known run in Dead Moon! The group have a sound that's somewhat unique – not as tight as LA punk of the time, with some of the more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Virgin/Mute, 1979. New Copy (reissue)
Sweet late 70s work from Can – working here at a level that's a cool compression of the group's earlier ideals, but with a style that's very true to their roots! Drums are still by Jaki Liebezeit, who has this great way of being loose and stiff at the same time – a bit of a flow that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Polydor/Sundazed, 1971. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
A lost treasure from James Brown & The JBs – a vintage live performance from the early 70s, and one that captures the group at the height of their powers! The format here is very similar to the excellent Revolution Of The Mind set – a totally funky, totally righteous live ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2014. New Copy Gatefold
Some of the coolest music we've ever heard from Tomeka Reid – a soundtrack for a film based on the Chicago school of imagist painting in the 60s – nicely scored with music from the windy city itself! Reid composed the different selections on the soundtrack – most of which are ... CD (Jazz)
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Jaiyede Afro (with bonus CD)
Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold
The first new music we've heard in years from Afro Funk giant Orlando Julius – wonderfully paired here with the always-great Heliocentrics! Orlando's definitely in the lead here – singing, playing tenor, and contributing percussion to the overall groove of the group – which leans ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Big Break (UK), 1984. New Copy
Although Phyllis Nelson is maybe best known to American audiences as a dancefloor artist, she really scored big overseas with this mid 80s album – a set that has Phyllis really reaching out to a much wider range of styles! The record's got a lean, clean style that puts plenty of focus on ... CD (Soul)
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Le Temoin (Il Testimone)
Music Box (France), 1978. New Copy
A groovy French-Italian co-production from the 70s – one that's scored with a very whimsical score by Piero Piccioni! The record's got more of an Italian comedy feel than French work of the time – from a disco-inspired vocal theme at the start, to some sweet slinky numbers in the ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Epic/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy
Great early work from Billy Ocean – a smooth album of understated groovers, all done in a style that's nicely retrained, and which places a good focus on Billy's great vocals! Most of the record skips along in a warm mellow groove – never too over the top, and in a way that makes us ... CD (Soul)
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Calla/Fever Dream, 1971. New Copy
One of the best female harmony groups of the early 70s – even if they only ever cut this single album! The Fuzz have an open, earnest style that really takes us back to group soul of the decade before – yet they deliver their work with a bolder sort of sophistication that's definitely ... CD (Soul)
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Decca/Esoteric (UK), 1979. New Copy
A bit later than classic vintage for the UK jazz-rock scene – but a set that's right up there with the best of the early years, thanks to a flurry of keyboards from the great Neil Ardley! Neil's keys have more of a 70s feel than some of the 60s elements used before – heavy on Arp ... CD (Jazz)
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Water Wing, 1980. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
The title alone should be a giveaway to the politics of this legendary group – given that they named the record after the scene of Ted Kennedy's mysterious plunge! The rest of the record really lives up to that promise, too – with a yin/yang political approach that leaves no side ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Impulse/Resonance, 1966. New Copy 2CD
Lost genius from the great John Coltrane – a never-issued set, but one that's attained legendary status over the years – thanks to its placement in the Impulse Records vaults! The performance is amazing – filled with soul and spirit, and so much searching that at one famous point ... CD (Jazz)
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Dwitza/Tummy Touch, 2013. New Copy
Tremendous work from Ed Motta – a record that not only lives up to all the promise we've found in his music over the years – but which also goes way way beyond, and really knocks it out of the park! The title here is no lie, as Ed's a huge fan of AOR modes from the 70s – ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Brownswood (UK), 2014. New Copy
Sublime soulful sounds from Diggs Duke – one of the freshest artists we've heard in years – and one of the few who really live up to the cosmic promise of the Brownswood label! Duke's got this way of singing, speaking, and playing Fender Rhodes with a really righteous sort of vibe ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves)
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Trouble In Mind, Late 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy Gatefold
A much-needed collection of all the cool little extra bits from this extra-hip French duo – a group we've loved for their previous records on the Trouble In Mind label, and who really come through with this extra serving of goodies! The sound here is just what we love from the pair – ... CD (French)
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Beat (Italy), 1972. New Copy
Spaghetti western genius from one of the greats – done here in all the best styles that Bruno Nicolai learned while working with Ennio Morricone! This one's got it all – eerie passages with solo instruments like whistling or organ, more driving dramatic moments that have a twangy ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Action City
Posi tone, 2014. New Copy
Only the second album as a leader from altoist Kenny Shanker – and already a great leap forward! The record features all original material penned by Shanker – really wonderful tunes that bring a freshness to the album right from the get-go, and which hold up strongly throughout! ... CD (Jazz)
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Memphis Jackson
Impulse (Japan), 1970. New Copy
One of the grooviest albums ever from the legendary Milt Jackson – an upbeat, almost funky set of soul jazz tracks – played with some great grooves on the bottom! Those trademark Jackson vibes are firmly in place, but the setting is quite different from the staid sounds of the MJQ ... CD (Jazz)
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8 Men & 4 Women
Back Beat, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
An early high point in the career of OV Wright – the kind of "cut above" work that really got him noticed right away – a subtle blend of soul, blues, and more sophisticated styles – a bit like Bobby Blue Bland at his best, but sung in a much more sweetly soulful tone! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Flats Fixed
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1998. New Copy Gatefold
The strings have it – in this sweet little set from bassists Peter Kowald and Kent Kessler, and the great Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello! The combination of instruments is wonderful – very free, but often quite tuneful nonetheless – as each player seems to glide between rhythm and ... CD (Jazz)
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Finders Keepers (UK), 1975. New Copy
Hypnotic sound library material from Italian composer Daniela Casa – some of her rarest work from the mid 70s – recorded in her home studio and never before released commercially! It's very compelling work, with a range of styles from minimalist soundtrack music, to fairly heavy psych, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library)
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EMI/Beatball (Korea), 1970. New Copy
A beautiful score to this lesser-known Marcello Mastroianni film from 1970 – sublime sounds from the great Armando Trovajoli – done in a beautiful mix of electric keyboards, wordless vocals, and dreamy orchestrations! The set's got this warmly stepping groove that's really tremendous ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Cuneiform, 2014. New Copy
Rob Mazurek just keeps stunning us more and more over the years – growing way way past his earlier straight jazz roots, and even his key work in the Chicago underground – to a level where he's easily encompassing many different styles and genres at once – then finding a way to ... CD (Jazz)
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People, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
An oft-overlooked gem from the JBs – their last album for People Records, and a stone funk classic that's every bit as essential as the others! The band is still in fine fine form – with none of the fast-funk or proto-disco of some later recordings – and they're working here in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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NoVisible Scars, 1985. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Schlocky rock from this great 80s horror film – in which a rock band gives their final performance on a hell-bound train! "Everybody But You" has a feel that's a bit post-Rocky Horror, but with more of an 80s flair overall – and the presentation here also features bits of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Rock)
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Indra/Granadilla (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy
One of the coolest combos to hail from southeast Asia in the 70s – and a group who've gone onto become something of a legend in their homeland of Indonesia! AKA have a style that's plenty fuzzy, but also somewhat funky too – a hybrid of progressive modes of the period with the lead ... CD (Rock)
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1980
Arista, 1980. New Copy (reissue)
A great one from Gil Scott-Heron – and another wonderful collaboration with Brian Jackson – who handled all the arrangements on this set, and gave the record that sweet jazzy sound that makes Gil's work from this time some of his best ever! There's loads of excellent electric piano ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Highway Of The Blues
Audio Lab, Mid 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Rare King Records material from these two postwar blues greats – each of whom get a single side of the record! Sticks McGhee really shines on side one – with that playful, jazzy approach to blues that he used on his late 40s recordings for Atlantic – almost somewhere in the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues)
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Amy, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
If this is the New Lee Dorsey – we forgot all about the old one! The album's one of Lee's best early records – a killer batch of soul tracks that struts out of the New Orleans scene with some amazingly jagged production from Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn, very much in the best ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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People, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
An incredible album – a landmark piece of funk that nobody should be without, funk fan or not! The album is the second to feature James Brown's famous backing combo of the early 70s – and unlike their first one, which was really more of a collection of singles, this album has the group ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Moving Target
Arista, 1982. New Copy (reissue)
An overlooked gem from Gil Scott-Heron's classic years on Arista Records – recorded at a time when the singer and group were strongly working in a jazzy vein – even though Brian Jackson isn't part of the lineup! Gil learned plenty of lessons from his time with Jackson – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Born Bad (France), Early 80s. New Copy
Totally cool, totally amazing music from the enigmatic Francis Bebey – a contemporary on the early 80s African scene of William Onyeabor, and an equally experimental artists! Bebey used a fair bit of electronics, but often with sounds that had acoustic roots – in this case, the ultra ... CD (Global Grooves)
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MPS/Show Up (Germany), 1978. New Copy
Really rare work from Dieter Reith – the 70s keyboard giant who was such a big part of the electric scene at the MPS label in Germany – stepping out here in an obscure soundtrack done for TV! Reith plays Fender Rhodes, Arp, and lots of other keyboards too – and works with his ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Epic/Beatball (Korea), 1972. New Copy
A wonderful little record from the 70s – not nearly the cosmic set you might imagine from the title, and instead a warmly-produced album that's in the best 70s smooth mellow style! These guys would fit nicely in a collection next to Crosby Stills & Nash or America – as they've got ... CD (Rock)
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Ball Of Eyes (180 gram pressing)
EMI/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A very cool little album from Placebo – arguably the group's most soulful session ever, and one that draws heavily from American funky jazz at the start of the 70s! The grooves are nice and tight, and keyboards are focused on the most soulful sort of riffs – not nearly as tripped out ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Thought Of You
Blue Note, 2014. New Copy
A stunning debut from drummer Otis Brown III – a player you may know from his work with Esperanza Spaulding, Somi, Joe Lovano, and others – stepping forth here with a rich musical vision of his own! The set was co-produced with Derrick Hodge, of Robert Glasper's group – and ... CD (Jazz)
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Movin Easy
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy
Killer funk from Heavy Weather – a contemporary combo, but one who groove like it's 1982! The group have a tight ensemble approach that rivals that of The Gap Band, Cameo, or Con Funk Shun at their best – all instrumentation right on the money, with a sharp focus that hardly belies the ... CD (Soul)
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Tiger's Milk/Strut (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
The coolest collection of Peruvian grooves we've ever seen – one that gets past some of the straighter psych and Latin moments to focus on the funkier grooves of the Lima scene! Most work here is late 60s/early 70s vintage – and although many of the groups are rooted in rock, they're ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Capitol, 1992. New Copy (reissue)
Guru and Premier at peak level – and one of the greatest hip hop albums of the early 90s! Everything we love about classic Gang Starr is in full effect on Daily Operation – hard-hitting beats, dexterous jazz funk and soul samples, deft scratches and Guru's mic mastery out front. ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Funeral Bonsai Wedding
Kernal Sound, 2014. New Copy
A rock record, at least from the vocal standpoint – but a set that's also got a very strong grounding in jazz – thanks to a lineup that includes Jason Adasewicz on vibes, Frank Rosaly on drums, and Jason Roebke on bass! Steve Dawson is in the lead on vocals – and has a raspy ... CD (Rock)
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Last Transmission
Now Again, 2014. New Copy 2 CDs
A mindblowing collaboration between The Heliocentrics and underground film legend Melvin Van Peebles – a set that has the group serving up some madly trippy grooves, while Melvin speaks and sings some wisdom of his own! Van Peebles already blew our minds years ago with his insane soundtrack ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Blue Goose, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Rare late recordings from the great Son House – a key figure in the early blues scene in the Mississippi Delta, but heard here during some at-home sessions recorded during his rediscovery in the 60s! House has lost none of his power over the years – and, if anything, the passage of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues)
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Gal (1969)
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy
Heady heady work from the legendary Gal Costa – caught here right at her early best, smack dab in the middle of the Tropicalia years! The album's one of Gal's legendary collaborations with arranger Rogerio Duprat – and it's very much in the spirit of her other incredible session from ... CD (Brazil)
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Magic Touch
Mercury/Solaris, 1976. New Copy
A standout solo album from Tony Silvester of the Main Ingredient – maybe the only record he ever did on his own, but a real classic from the 70s! The album features arrangements by Patrick Adams – of P&P Records fame – and although the production is full and rich, there's a ... CD (Soul)
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Columbia/CBS (Japan), 1976. New Copy
An exceptional album from Bobby Womack's years at Columbia Records – and a record that brings together smooth and roosty styles wonderfully! When Womack moved to Columbia, he was doing it at a time when a number of other older deep soul artists (Johnny Taylor, Betty Wright, Tyrone Davis) ... CD (Soul)
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Designer/Big Legal Mess, 1960s. New Copy 4CD
A tremendous legacy in gospel music during the 60s – a crucially important indie from the Memphis scene – and one who recorded really great groups from around the country! Designer were helping shape the sound of modern gospel at the same time as Chess, Savoy, and some of the bigger ... CD (Gospel)
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Planes (180 gram pressing)
Wah Wah (Spain), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Brilliant electronics from the German underground of the 70s – a small label release by a duo who work here in the same highly-processed mode as early Cluster – using lots of electronics alongside processed keyboards, guitar, and voice! Each track takes up a side of the record – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Loose Change (10 inch LP)
Truth & Soul, 2004/2014. New Copy
Not really loose change – but a set of super-tight tracks from the great El Michels Affair – all recorded around the sessions for their Sounding Out The City album, and appearing here for the first time ever! The set shows an even richer vibe than on that classic album – great ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk)
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Wah Wah (Spain), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
Rare electronics from Mark Jenkins – a seminal figure on the UK scene, and someone who contributed his talents to artists like White Noise and Arthur Brown! The music here is all analogue, but it was oddly recorded at the start of the digital age – obscure early 80s sides that Jenkins ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Apiafo
Hot Casa (France), 2014. New Copy
A cool contemporary group with roots in Tojo – hotbed of African voodoo culture, which is a strong inspiration on their sound! The music takes an older style of voodoo chants, and fuses it onto a more funk-based approach – one that draws on inspirations from 70s west African funk, but ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Coisa Boa
Luaka Bop, 2014. New Copy
A rich new chapter in the career of Moreno Veloso – a set that steps off strongly from his work with the +2 trio, but in ways that are even more personal and poetic than before! The shift is a bit like that time when Caetano Veloso took all his previous experiments and found a more intimate ... CD (Brazil)
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Pharoah & The Underground – Primitive Jupiter
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy
The legendary Pharoah Sanders joins the Chicago/Sao Paulo Underground – and the result is one of the most striking records in years from everyone involved! Pharoah blows with this really open, searching sort of tone – wonderfully concerned with sound texture at points, and not nearly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Arista/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A great album from Bobby – different than his earlier albums for United Artists, but in a good way – one that revives his whole career, and takes his sound into a whole new direction! The album's got a smooth soul finish with some touches of synth funk – produced by Bobby and ... CD (Soul)
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Born Bad (France), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
Really cool work from the far-flung French underground of the electro years – a quirky quartet who operated out of St Etienne, and hardly got the same sort of exposure as groups up in Paris! Yet Cha Cha Guitri have this really great sound that could have easily stood head and shoulders next ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Tears & Whispers
BBE (UK), 1984. New Copy
The cover might make the record look like a new age set, but the whole thing's a massive batch of keyboard-heavy grooves from the 80s underground – surprisingly soulful, in a blue-eyed sort of way – and infused with a warm electric glow! Dan Mastroianni is clearly inspired by the sound ... CD (Soul)
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Natural Information
Eremite, 2010. New Copy Gatefold
Some of the most meditative, spiritual sounds we've ever heard from the great Josh Abrams – a record that goes way past his more familiar work on bass – even though that's pretty darn great! For this set, Abrams reaches out to a host of different instruments – including the ... CD (Jazz)
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Columbia (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A great set from Bobby Womack's late 70s years at Columbia Records – one of our favorite records of this chapter in his career! Bobby's move to Columbia in the late 70s did a heck of a lot of good things to his music! At the label, he forged a strong mellow soul sound that still ... CD (Soul)
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Atlantic/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy
The first-ever set to bring together all of Barbara Lynn's records for Atlantic – including her full album, a host of rare singles, and even one previously unissued track! Lynn's a real standout in 60s soul music – a singer with a style that's as deep and personal as any of the best ... CD (Soul)
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Trouble In Mind, 2014. New Copy
Damn great stuff from the duo Klaus Johan Grobe – and even with just a couple of members, they're able to come across with a bass-heavy, forward-moving sound that's almost in the territory of Can! This group is more tuneful, and a bit more focused – with shorter tunes overall – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Donau So Blue
MPS/Edel (Germany), 1970. New Copy
One of the weirdest records we've ever heard from pianist Friedrich Gulda – an unusual session that supposedly features vocals from Albert Golowin, who the notes tell us is actually Gulda himself! The core instrumentation is a trio with Gulda on some of the bluest, most soulful piano we've ... CD (Jazz)
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People Moving
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy
Stellar reed work from Azar Lawrence – a player who's best known for his acoustic revival in recent years, but who could play with some excellent electric backings during the 70s! The set's less an electric funk outing than it is a spiritual jazz set, with keyboards and guitar in the mix ... CD (Jazz)
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Bacchus Archives/Dionysus, 1966. New Copy (reissue)
Not the San Francisco Avengers, of punk rock fame – but a really cool group from the decade before, and from the southern part of California! These guys are heavy on guitars, and clearly were inspired by the surf instrumental combos – but the style here is also a bit more ambitious, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Soul Jazz (UK), 2014. New Copy
A wonderful recording of gwo ka – a style unique only to the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe – but a mode that's also got very strong roots in Africa! The album's a contemporary recording, but it's got an instantly timeless feel – strong use of acoustic percussion instruments, ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Plectrumelectrum
Warner, 2014. New Copy
One of a pair of Prince records released on the same day – and this one that finds him in a lean, hard-hitting funk rock mode that we always love from him – and deservedly sharing credit with his 3rdeyegirl group. It's honestly a lot of fun to hear Prince having this much fun himself, ... CD (Soul)
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Mean Love
DFA, 2014. New Copy
The best yet from Sudan-born, Brooklyn-dwelling Sinkane – distilling a lot of diverse sonic influences into his own distinct soul! There's a lot going on here, inspiration wise – with modern synth-stoked twists on 70s Afrobeat influences, tropically-inflected R&B and lots of other ... CD (Neo Soul)
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You Won't Believe It
King James/Numero, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
Sensational sounds from the Sensational Saints – an ultra-hip gospel group with a great ear for funk! The album grooves with the best style of funky gospel records on labels like Chess or Paula – and although the group is spiritual in nature, they've got a massively secular approach to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Gospel)
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Gordy/Big Break (UK), 1968. New Copy
A mod soul classic from the great Edwin Starr – a set that bridges his years in the Detroit underground and his sudden rise to fame at Motown! The tracks here have a really deep basement grooving sort of vibe – catchy, but less poppy than the usual Motown – and more with the kind ... CD (Soul)
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Control This
BBE (UK), 2014. New Copy
A sweet mix of soul, funk, and Jamaican styles – all put together by Shane "Sureshot" Hunt, who we've trusted for grooves for many years! The package draws on Shane's deep knowledge of old school roots – but it also reflects the cultural melting pot of San Francisco's ... CD (New Grooves)
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Nestor/BBE (UK), 1979. New Copy Gatefold
Rare funky soul from Ghanaian disco diva Nana Love – the rare, appropriately-titled Full Of Funk record from 1979 – with dynamite vocals by Nana and featuring Ghana legend Harry Mosco and other incredible players in the studio band! Nana's voice is uniquely amazing – with a sweet ... CD (Soul)
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Truth & Soul, 2005. New Copy 2CD
Easily one of the greatest new funk records of the 21st Century – and a set that goes way beyond some of the cliches that are currently gripping others in the deep funk underground! El Michels Affair have a cool, easygoing style to their music – one that's as much 70s jazz as it is 60s ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Make A Sound
BBE (UK), 2014. New Copy
The Grits make a mighty sound here – one that's even deeper, harder, and funkier than their previous records – thanks to some especially sharp drums at the bottom! These guys have really rediscovered the power of a classic break – and use the drums to really get all the cuts ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
Rip-roaring early 60s instrumentals by The Ventures – and rare, too – most of which have never been issued before! The Ventures have a way of trading in all the signature elements of the greatest sounds of the early 60s rock instrumental scenes, but really transcending it all, thanks ... CD (Rock)
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Cherry Red (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
Landmark work from The Dead Kennedys – and maybe still one of the greatest punk records to ever come from the American scene! There's so much here that so many other records are missing – razor-sharp instrumentation, a great sense of pacing, and most importantly, a biting wit that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Victor (Japan), 2014. New Copy
One of the coolest collections of contemporary soul we've ever heard – a wonderful batch of work in a laidback, cosmic sort of vibe! The music here resonates strongly with the 70s vintage you'll find in most of the other Free Soul compilations – but it's all relatively recent, and ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
An excellent overview of the second half of the short run of the Ric & Ron labels – tiny imprints from New Orleans in the early years of soul music, but a crucial force in the development of the Crescent City sound! The work here is mostly from the early 60s, and really shows New Orleans ... CD (Soul)
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Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
Sam Dees was one of the greatest unsung talents in 70s soul music – an important writer, arranger, and general background talent who helped so many other singers hit the heights – but who hardly ever issued much work under his own name! Apart from key singles and an important album on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Goldwax/P-Vine (Japan), 1966. New Copy
An incredible bit of southern soul – one of two classic albums cut by James Carr for the Goldwax! At the time of release, this album virtually died in the racks – but thanks to the work of countless music writers over the past few decades, Carr has finally achieved legendary status in ... CD (Soul)
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Virgin/Mute, 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Can's tuneful, yet oddly offbeat Flow Motion album – their most melodically straightforward batch of songs to this point, which throws fans for loop to this day – and we love it for that! Can was so fearlessly creative, so brilliant in their boundary-busting, genre-confounding way, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Baby Father
Greensleeves (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
Top shelf early 80s dancehall from the mighty Linval Thompson! Recorded at Channel One with the Roots Radics backing him, with an all around deeper soul resonance than a lot of what was coming out in the early 80s nascent digital revolution period – with warm, emotionally resonant vocals by ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
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Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy
A fantastic bit of modern soul from Norman Connors – proof that he was still growing and changing as an artist, continuing to push his groove into whole new areas as the 70s progressed. The record takes the smooth jazzy sound of the earlier Buddah sides, sharpens it into a more sophisticated ... CD (Soul)
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Man Needs A Woman
Goldwax, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Sublime southern soul from one of the greats! James Carr is right up there with the best of the 60s – Otis Redding, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, and others – but he never made it as big as them because of personal troubles and bad planning on the part of his label and management. ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Resonance, 1965. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Never-heard music from the great Charles Lloyd – two well-recorded live sets from the 60s, both with a very unusual group! The lineup has Lloyd on tenor, soprano, and flute, working with frequent partner Gabor Szabo on guitar – but the rest of the quartet also features Ron Carter on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Live In Lubljana
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. New Copy Gatefold
Adam Lane's group is definitely working full throttle here – in a bold, soulful blend of horns that are given lots of direction by Lane's strong work on bass! The music often has this modal sort of vibe – building up a groove at the start, like some hip 70s ensemble on MPS – as ... CD (Jazz)
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Sire, 1987. New Copy (reissue)
A late 80s high point for Ice T – and a benchmark west coast solo rap classic! Ice T's persona has always been over the top, but he's also great at pointing out the harsh realities of life in a violent world, and he's in peak form on Rhyme Pays – with the classic "6 In The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Link (aka Extrasensorial)
Dagored (Italy), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
A rarer soundtrack by Ennio Morricone – done in the early 80s, but with a definitely reminiscient of some of his eerier grooves of the 70s! The Link (aka Extrasensorial) is a spooky little horror film – and one that's served up here in some equally dark instrumentation – but which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Mark De Clive-Lowe Presents Church (with download)
Mashibeats/Ropeadope, 2014. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves)
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Pay Jay, 1990s/2000s. New Copy 4 x 10 inch, cassett
LP...$198.99 209.98
A beautiful box set of classic and unreleased Dilla beats – with 4 X 10-inch EPs, the Lost Scrolls cassette with 4 previously unreleased beats, the King Of Beats commemorative booklet, and it comes in a hand-crafted box set, fabricated to look like a genuine, oft-used SP-1200 drum machine and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
A really tremendous album from the legendary Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that stands as one of his greatest statements from the 70s! The record is a wonderful example of Gil's work in two different styles – sweet mellow jazzy soul, and harder heavier protest poetry – the latter ... CD (Soul)
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Too Hot To Stop
Mercury (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A pivotal album from The Bar-Kays – a key post-Stax set, but one that's still very firmly grounded in Memphis funk! The groove definitely shows a bit more polish than before – the same sort of shift the Ohio Players made after moving to Mercury Records – but as with the Players ... CD (Soul)
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No Record
Lion, 1968. New Copy
Mad music from the Nihilist Spasm Band – a group who really live up to their name from the very first moments of the record! The set begins with "Destroy The Nations" – a track that's meaner, nastier, and more mindbending than anything you'll ever hear from any of the wildest ... CD (Rock)
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Universal/Sam Records (France), 1955. New Copy (reissue)
Although Belgian in origin, tenorist Bobby Jaspar was a key part of the French jazz scene of the postwar years – and his playing on records like this also made him one of the standout jazz talents in Europe in the 50s! The set features extremely rare material by Jaspar – cut for ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Let This Melody Ring On
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy
Soaring soul from Carlos Garnett – one of the reedman's key 70s sides for the Muse Records label – work we'd rank right up there with the spiritual best of Gary Bartz or Norman Connors at the time! Like both of those contemporaries, Garnett's really reaching for something new in the ... CD (Jazz)
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Blue Note, 2014. New Copy
A stunner of a set from Jason Moran – hardly the easy Fats Waller tribute you might guess from the title, and instead a sweet electric session that's filled with soul, and a quality that's a real change from some of Moran's other music! The record was co-produced by Meshelle Ndegeocello, who ... CD (Jazz)
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In The Red Room
Dome (UK), 2014. New Copy
We haven't heard from Shaun Escoffery in years – but damn, it's really been worth the wait! This album really knocks it out of the park from the very first note – and pushes Shaun way way farther than his previous work, which we really loved a lot – into some kind of sublime ... CD (Neo Soul)




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