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Plenty of blues power here – a searing live set recorded by Albert King before a very enthusiastic crowd at the Fillmore in the late 60s! The album's filled with lots of King's sharp-edged guitar lines – searing with a bit more soul than your usual bluesman, possibly in part because ... CD
Classic work from Albert King – a selection of his key sides for Stax Records – cut during a mighty run of music in the late 60s and early 70s! This material really helped redefine the sound of electric blues for a whole new generation – and the package is a well-deserved entry ... CD
A real return to brilliance for Lalah Hathaway – really shining here as one of the biggest jewels in the soul crown of the re-launched Stax Records! The style here is smooth and seductive, but never in a too-commercial way – just the right sort of balance for Hathaway's amazing vocals ... CD
Sublime soul from Change – an Italian combo who got some great American help on their early 80s for Warner Brothers! The Change groove is totally great – a stripped-down blend of beats, bass, and keyboards that was head and shoulders above much of the clunkier 80s soul of the time ... CD
Rare funk doesn't get any better than this – massive music, all of it unreleased – recorded by Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band at the tail end of their classic years for Warner Brothers! This is the kind of stuff you read about in history books, but hardly ever ... CD
That great Alexander O'Neal voice – soaring out wonderfully on this early 90s set for Tabu! The album's got O'Neal branching out a bit, yet still never losing his groove – trying out some of the better rhythms of the new R&B scene – with help from arrangers who include Lance ... CD