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Bodyheat
Polydor (Japan), 1976. New Copy
An enduring classic from James Brown – quite possibly the strongest of his late 70s albums, and a record that nicely balances the harder funk of the early part of the decade with a more sophisticated style that almost gets slightly jazzy at times! The vocals are planted strongly at the top ... CD (Soul)
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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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Up Above The Rock
Cadet (Japan), 1968. New Copy
One of the hardest, heaviest albums that Ray Bryant ever cut – even on the ballads – a monster little record that grabs you from the very first note! Ray did the arrangements for this one himself – working with his core trio that featured Ron Carter on bass and Grady Tate on ... CD (Jazz)
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Story Of Don Gardner
Tramp (Germany), 1960s. New Copy
Maybe the first-ever really good collection we've seen of the music of Don Gardner – a hell of a strong soul singer, and one who was often associated with Hammond combos – especially his group with organist Dee Dee Ford! And although that pair's hits have been reissued often, this set's ... CD (Soul)
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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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Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2CD
A really wonderfully-done collection of work from the legendary Sun Ra – put together by longtime musical partner Marshall Allen, and way way different than the typical mish-mash of tracks you'd find on some of the budget or public domain titles on the market! First off, the track selection ... CD (Jazz)
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Gap Band II
Total Experience/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy
Mean, lean grooves from The Gap Band – a legendary batch of mainstream funk from the end of the 70s – and a record that really has the trio working at the top of their game! There's a wonderful balance here between funky numbers and mellow ones – the latter of which really help ... CD (Soul)
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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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Purdie Good!
Prestige (Japan), 1971. New Copy
Bernard Purdie's first album as a leader for Prestige – cut right after he'd hipped up plenty of other sessions for the label with his famous funky drums! The groove here is very much in the best Prestige jazz funk mode of the early 70s – tightly vamping rhythms that draw heavily from ... CD (Jazz)
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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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All Platinum/Outta Sight (UK), 1970s. New Copy
Funk, soul, and plenty more too – a massive batch of work from the legendary All Platinum label – the pre-hip hop chapter of the Sugar Hill Records scene! The work here nicely runs the gamut – as the set features lots of the great funk you'd find on All Platinum 45s, mixed with ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Fire Eater
Prestige (Japan), 1970. New Copy
A monster – and one of the best jazz funk albums ever on Prestige! Rusty Bryant blows his top off on this one – taking his tenor stylings out of the more staid R&B mode of earlier years, working with some younger heavy funk jazz players to craft a brilliant album of long searing ... CD (Jazz)
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Polygram (Japan), 1971. New Copy
James Brown really opens up on this early 70s classic – really showing the world the amazing groove he was crafting with his band – who were let loose to jam in the studio, spinning out some really long grooves – which were then cut down to make this sweet little record! The ... CD (Soul)
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Luv N' Haight, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 6LP
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 – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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King/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy
Further genius from James Brown at the start of the 70s – a record that's starting to show some of the more open-ended grooves he'd explore with the JBs on their own albums – longer, stretched-out tracks that are way more than simple funk and soul! There's a sense of freewheeling ... CD (Soul)
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As One
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy
The Bar-Kays definitely groove as one on this tight little set – with amazing choppy guitar, bumping basslines, and brassy horns – all wrapped up with some wonderfully warm production! The group have come a long way from their fuzzier funk roots by this time, but they're still sounding ... CD (Soul)
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MCA/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Great work by one of the archetypal funky soul bands of the 70s – and a group whose impact is still being felt today! Of course, one of the reasons for that is Chaka Khan's incredible vocals – caught here at a prime early point, and very nicely set against some warm electric keyboards ... CD (Soul)
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Bill Plummer & The Cosmic Brotherhood
Impulse/Captain High (Germany), 1967. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Incredibly great – and one of the best of the late 60s trippy jazz albums on Impulse! Bill Plummer plays electric sitar with the "Cosmic Brotherood", a group that includes Tom Scott on saxes and electronics, Carol Kaye on Fender bass, Milt Holland on tabla, and Mike Craden on a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Summer Solstice
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy
A beautiful album of spiritual soul and Brazilian influenced jazz from Azar Lawrence – and a pretty rare one we're thrilled to have! Lawrence is a stellar sax player with a sound that's a bit like Gary Bartz, which means that he fits in perfectly with the Fantasy-era Prestige Records sound ... CD (Jazz)
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Dorothy's Harp
Cadet (Japan), 1969. New Copy
One of the grooviest Dorothy Ashby albums of the 60s – a set that has her already-great jazz work on harp backed by Chicago soul arrangements from Richard Evans – all in a blend that's somewhere in the territory of the Soulful Strings, but even groovier! And as an added bonus, Odell ... CD (Jazz)
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L'Orchestre Sidi Yassa De Kays
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy
The one and only album by Mali's Sidi Yassa De Kayes – a beautiful group who really transcend any easy labels or genre conventions! The style here is almost more personal than some of the other large ensembles in Mali at the time – as the feel is pretty raw and up-close throughout, ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Black Rhythm Revolution!
Prestige (Japan), 1971. New Copy
One of the first records ever as a leader from funky drummer Idris Muhammad – a set that was cut right at the same time Idris was burning up the kit on his classic jazz funk sessions with other Prestige label players! The groove here is tight, funky, and very much in the mode that Muhammad ... CD (Jazz)
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Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy
Funky wonderfulness from Gary Bartz – one of his hip sets from the early 70s recorded with his NTU group – a very righteous blend of soul, jazz, and funky elements! Huber Eaves plays some great electric piano on the record – and so does Bartz, alongside his usual soprano and alto ... CD (Jazz)
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EMI/Expansion (UK), 1986/1988. New Copy
A pair of later albums from the trio of Ray, Goodman, & Brown – still going strong after their early years as The Moments! Take It To The Limit is an obscure mid 80s session from the former members of The Moments – recorded with a style that's a bit more electric and a bit more ... CD (Soul)
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Brought Back Live From PJ's
Dunhill/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy
Stunning stuff – and one of the best-ever Latin soul albums of all time! Despite the fact that Eddie Cano's earlier albums are more in a Latin easy mode, this late 60's side for Dunhill is totally smoking – and probably his greatest album ever! Forgive the superlatives, but we're ... CD (Latin)
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World Village/Modern Classics, 2003. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A pivotal album from Tinariwen – a set that really finds their sound coming together, with even more focus and power than before – yet all while still holding onto the rawer, rootsy style of their start! Sharp guitar lines ring out with an echoey sort of finish – sometimes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Gap Band (1979)
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy
The start of the legendary second chapter for the Gap Band – the point when the group had reemerged as the tight funky trio of the Wilson Brothers, with a groove that would really set them up nicely for the 80s! This first album in the new format has a wonderfully tight feel – still ... CD (Soul)
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Last Man On Earth
Blow Up (UK), 2014. New Copy
Maybe the coolest record we've ever heard from this mod British combo – a set that gets way past the easy retro references of previous albums, and goes for a vibe that's quite complicated, but still pretty darn groovy! The set's got the look and feel of the best jazzy soundtracks of the 60s ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Stereokonitz
RCA (Japan), 1969. New Copy
One of our favorite-ever Lee Konitz albums – a really unique session with a wonderful kind of sound! The record is one that might not please all Konitz purists – as Lee plays a bit of Varitone sax and flute in addition to his usual acoustic alto. However, the set's got an amazing edge ... 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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Maiden Voyage
Cadet (Japan), 1968. New Copy
One of the key records from the Cadet/Concept scene in late 60s Chicago – a tremendous collaboration between pianist Ramsey Lewis and arranger Charles Stepney – and the kind of record that took soul and jazz to a whole new level! Ramsey on his own is great enough at this point – ... CD (Jazz)
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Bad Walking Woman
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Supremely heavy work from organist Leon Spencer – one of his classic jazz funk sessions for Prestige Records, and a record that shows him opening up his sound a bit more than before! The album has Spencer working in a few different lineups – some with small groups that feature Melvin ... CD (Jazz)
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Membran (Germany), 2014. New Copy
A great companion to all the full length albums from the mighty Gregory Porter – as this special set brings together his side projects, appearances with other artists, and remixes as well! We love Porter's own records – and honestly feel that he's one of the freshest jazz vocal talents ... CD (Vocalists)
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Voodoo Funk (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover)
Sweet Lagos disco from First Planet – two clubby cuts from the 70s, served up in a mighty special package! "Top Of The World" has this snapping sort of vibe that's like a great post-disco cut from the US – a bit of funk and club mixed together, with very cool processing on ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (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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Columbia (Japan), 1964. New Copy
Really magical work from a young Denny Zeitlin – one of a few key players in the second wave of jazz piano talent in the 60s – post-Bill Evans, and equally important as artists like Steve Kuhn or Keith Jarrett! Zeitlin's got the inventive sensibilities of both of those players at their ... CD (Jazz)
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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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Polydor (Japan), 1976. New Copy
James Brown screams at the beginning of the record – "I'm Back! I'm Back!" – which is his proclamation that he was ready to take on a whole new generation of funk music – grooving with a new sound that was guaranteed to hit as big as it did in earlier years! The ... CD (Soul)
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Polydor (Japan), 1974. New Copy
An incredible album – quite possibly our favorite record by the JBs, ever! The set starts with a wonderful conversational bit – rapping and musing on the idea of "Damn Right, I Am Somebody" – showing the group in a political and righteous mode for the first time ever. ... CD (Soul)
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Marcus Garvey
Mango/Island, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
An absolute classic! Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey is truly one of the greatest reggae albums of its time, one where the words are crucial and conscious, and the overall vibe is strongly defined by the arrangements of Winston Rodney. A landmark roots effort and an easy choice for our list of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
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There It Is
Polydor (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Raw power and righteous energy from James Brown – a set that still has all the best funk elements of his longer-form albums of the time, but which also packs an even stronger political message too! The vibe of the record is clear from the image on the cover – the most powerful since ... CD (Soul)
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Louisiana Slim
Prestige/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy
Sublime Hammond from the amazing Leon Spencer – heard here at the height of his younger years, when he was cooking up as much magic in the studio as Johnny Hammond or Charles Earland – and really stretching things out, in ways that take the jazz organ format much farther than the giants ... CD (Jazz)
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Columbia (Japan), 1965. New Copy
An excellent album of Latin material from Herbie Mann – and proof that he's equally great in just about any setting! The album's a rare Columbia Records outing from Herbie – but it's easily one of his greatest of the 60s, thanks to some really smoking arrangements from Oliver Nelson ... 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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Epic (Japan), 1961. New Copy
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by trumpeter Johnny Coles – a player who's probably best known to the world for his work with Charles Mingus, or for his other 60s session on Blue Note! This album's quite different than both of those aspects of Johnny's career – and has him ... CD (Jazz)
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Polydor (Japan), 1974. New Copy
An oft-overlooked gem from the JBs – their last album for People Records, and a stone funk classic that's every bit as essential as the others! The band is still in fine fine form – with none of the fast-funk or proto-disco of some later recordings – and they're working here in ... CD (Soul)
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Babylon (plus download)
Roaratorio, 2014. New Copy
The legendary Joe McPhee joins forces with this underground Turkish group – adding in his own tenor and pocket trumpet to their freewheeling blend of moogs, reeds, organ, guitar, bass, and drums! There's a fair bit of electric instrumentation in the mix – but all of it is played at a ... LP, Vinyl record album (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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Dome/Soul Lounge (UK), 2014. New Copy 3CD
No lounging here – as the depth of the music is mighty inspiring – and a great reminder that there's always so much wonderful soul music we still need to discover! The package is the 11th great volume in this excellent series – and like the others, it provides a really rich ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Hodi Hu Yenyan
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy
One of the coolest records we've ever heard from the Mali scene of the 70s – a set that's got lots of unusual rhythmic impulses and vocal inflections – with a style that moves way beyond anything we might have expected! One of the best elements of the record is this really cool use of ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Columbia/Sony (Japan), 1965. New Copy
An excellent live outing from pianist Denny Zeitlin – recorded at the height of his early powers! The session's got a fresly new conception to piano-based jazz – a style that resonates nicely with the best 60s work of Steve Kuhn or Keith Jarrett, sharing some of the tenderness of the ... CD (Jazz)
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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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RCA (Japan), 1957. New Copy
Very hip early work from George Russell – a set that's maybe not as high-concept as some of his later records, but which still has a strikingly modern vibe! Russell's trying out some of his new tonal ideas here – and has a group that's very well-chosen for the project – with Art ... CD (Jazz)
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Jam II Disco Fever
Polydor (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A different groove than usual from The JBs – but still pretty darn nice, and way better than just about all the other funky combos on the market! It's the late 70s, and James Brown's head is a bit addled – he thinks he's the guy who invented disco, and he starts turning his extended ... CD (Soul)
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Warm Woods
Epic (Japan), 1958. New Copy
One of the most wonderful Phil Woods albums ever! No kidding – this is amazing! Woods played on lots of other records – and often in settings that made you wonder why people thought he was so great – but on this one, he's totally in the spotlight, fronting a mellow easy quartet ... CD (Jazz)
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Linear Labs, 2014. New Copy
A great little companion piece to the Adrian Younge-produced There Is Only Now record by golden age of hip hop veterans Souls Of Mischief – remixed here by fellow 90s era icon Ali Shaheed Muhammad! Ali appears on There Is Only Now-proper, too, serving as its narrator – but as one of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Parlophone, Late 60s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 4CD
A sweet sweet collection of work from David Bowie – and a package that's heavy on rarities too – many of which only previously saw the light of day on bootlegs! The set's put together as an overview of Bowie's best years – but it's really more geared towards rabid fans like us ... CD (Rock)
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Expansion (UK), 2014. New Copy
Wonderful work from the Soul Togetherness team – a collection that links together their love of vintage soul with the warmer sounds of the contemporary underground! This time around, most cuts are relatively recent, but often have a feel that takes us back to the modern soul years of the ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Island, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A sweet, classic dub companion to Rico's excellent Man From Wareika set. The original record was an instrumental affair to begin with, so this set reworks the mixes with the parts ducking in and out with a few tasteful dub effects added here and there to add a new dimension to the jazzed up reggae ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
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Ricardo Silveira Organ Trio
Adventure Music, 2014. New Copy 2 CDs
A whole new side of the talents of guitarist Ricardo Silveira, and a great one too – a Hammond-oriented trio outing that's quite different than any of his previous projects to date! We've grown to love Silveira for his sensitive shadings in Brazilian or acoustic projects – but he's a ... CD (Jazz)
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Everything Was Forever Until It Was No More
Bocian (Poland), 2014. New Copy
A really unusual record – with core sounds from the same source, but two very different approaches overall! Side one features Michal Kupicz reworking sounds from the object in the title – a unique instrument sculpture, presented at the Venice Biennale – which reproduces music for ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Captain High (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Looking for paradise? Then look no further – because this excellent set is filled with dreamy tunes that will definitely send you to the heavens! The package brings together a number of overlooked exotica numbers from the late 50s and early 60s – tracks that bubbled underneath the ... CD (Now Sound)
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Five Stars
Sony/Wounded Bird, 1979. New Copy
One of the rarest albums ever by this legendary jazz supergroup – a Japanese-only set that we'd rank right up there with some of Herbie Hancock's Japanese albums from the same time! The group features Herbie on piano, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, ... CD (Jazz)
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Good Name
Wilfilms/Luaka Bop, 1983. New Copy (reissue)
Amazing sounds from William Onyeabor – space age keyboards mixed with electro funk mixed with Afro beat, snakey sax lines, and lots lots more – a really mind-bending album that's well-achieved legendary status over the years! Each song takes up a side of the record – but spins ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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River
Atlantic/BGO (UK), 1973. New Copy
One of the greatest albums ever from the oft-overlooked Terry Reid – a man who turned down an initial offer to be the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, but went on to record some great albums on his own! The album was Terry's first away from producer Mickie Most – and it's got a much more ... CD (Rock)
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Parlophone, 1974. New Copy
A sweet pic disc with live David Bowie in all his glory! The limited single features two tracks from David Live – both served up with stunning Thin White Duke images on either side – and both of the freshly remixed versions from 2005. 7-inch, Vinyl record (Rock)
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Both Ends
Bocian (Poland), 2014. New Copy
Maybe one of the most vibrant musical performances ever from the Ballister trio – for reasons that are recorded in the notes on the album – a stunning collaboration between Dave Rempis on alto and tenor, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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U
Elektra/BGO (UK), 1970. New Copy 2 CDs
A wonderfully expansive album from The Incredible String Band – initially performed as a stage project with the Stone Monkey dance troupe, and featuring the ISB at their most evocative and creative! Some tunes have a darker, sinister undercurrent – that link between the band and the ... CD (Folk/Country)
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Syro
Warp, 2014. New Copy
The first proper full length album by Aphex Twin in more than a dozen years – and like all of his preceding efforts, he transcends all electronic music genre distinctions, delivering a sound that's distinctly his own – a sound that'll stand the test of time! Glance at the ultra-complica ... CD (New Grooves)
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Light In The Attic, 1985. New Copy
A weird little record from underground romantic singer Lewis – an artist who's partially in a European tradition that runs from French singers up through the New Romantics generation – but one who's also a definitely individual, with an approach that's all his own! The album's got a ... CD (Rock)
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Quartet (Spain), 1975. New Copy
A wonderfully strange score by Morricone! Outwardly, the score seems to be a run of the mill spaghetti western one – but musically, it's filled with lots of odd twists and turns, and more than a few numbers that have a groovy sound that's not at all what you'd expect for a film set in the ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Jaiyede Afro
Strut (UK), 2014. New Copy
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 ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Nem Caldi
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Mad sounds from the legendary Cem Karaca – one of the hippest things going in mid 70s Istanbul – and an artist whose unique sound has gotten a great deal of global rediscovery in recent years! The music is a compelling mix of psych, funk, and more local styles – and although ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Live At The Belasco (DVD)
Mack Avenue, 2014. New Copy
The musical charms of Rahsaan Patterson get a great visual showcase here – during a sweet live set recorded at LA's Belasco Theater – with guest appearances from Lalah Hathaway and Shanice Wilson too! Patterson's a heck of a showman – with a vibrancy that's maybe even stronger ... DVD (DVDs & Videos)
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Journey Of A Woman
Rajdulari Music, 2014. New Copy
A really great debut from Rajdulari – a singer with a hell of a strong voice, and a great ability to mix her lyrics with funky instrumental elements – maybe the best artist to do so since the debut of Jill Scott! The record's got a really special sort of punch – a quality that's ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Valid, 2014. New Copy
Deeply soulful work from legendary reedman Kidd Jordan – an important figure on the New Orleans scene for many years, but one who's only finally getting his full exposure on recent records of this nature! The set features Jordan in duets with drummer Hamid Drake – as well as a solo ... CD (Jazz)
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Darknuss
Burnt Sugar/Avantgroidd, 2014. New Copy
A blistering blend of righteous sounds, funky jazz, and knowledge – very much in the best Burnt Sugar tradition, but served up here by their Rebellum offshoot! Lyrics and beats are from the mighty Greg Tate – and definitely reflect his long connection to progressive cultural ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Twimo (Germany), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy
Heavy funk from 70s Turkey – proving that the world of the groove knew no boundaries at the time! The tunes here are all pretty heavily influenced by American funk and jazz of the period – awash in heavy beats, tight riffing, and wicked instrumentation that's often produced with a nice ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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You Talk Too Much
Roulette/Warner (Japan), 1960. New Copy
Joe Jones is a heck of a compelling singer here – way more than you might expect if you just know the title hit – even though that track's a gem too! The approach is early New Orleans soul, but also a bit more freewheeling than more familiar work of the time – with small combo ... CD (Soul)
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Brothers & Sisters
Vivid (Japan), 2014. New Copy
A cheesy cover, but one of the greatest albums we've heard so far from this jazzy Japanese combo – a set that has them sounding even more dynamic than ever – but with a slightly different vibe! The instrumentation somehow feels even leaner, but still has all that very bracing feel from ... CD (New Grooves)
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Yays & Nays
Groovie, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Groovy sounds from this sunny 60s group – a sextet that features three girl singers and three guys – coming together in harmonies evolved from the folk pop generation, with plenty of sunshine modes in the mix! The record's nicely less polished than similar efforts on bigger labels ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Columbia/BGO (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy 2 CDs
A pair of 70s classics from this mighty fusion ensemble – back to back in a single collection! First up is Between Nothingness & Eternity – and although there's a pretty big space between nothingness & eternity – but Mahavishnu Orchestra manage to fill most of it up with ... CD (Jazz)
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BBE (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
Kev Beadle dips into his private collection, and comes up with a stunning batch of jazzy tracks in the process! The grooves here aren't as locked up as the cover might imply – because some of these cuts are ones the global scene has dug for years – but they're definitely the kind of ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Stax, 2014. New Copy
A surprisingly great set of tracks – all recorded for the Memphis soul movie Take Me To The River, and featuring many generations of Tennessee talents, all coming together to revive the best sounds from years back! The mix of talents here is quite usual, and comes across unusually well ... CD (Soul)
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Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy
Easily the coolest collection so far in the amazing Spiritual Jazz series – and a set that shows the truly global growth of the genre during the Coltrane generation – on tracks from such far-flung scenes as India, Australia, Israel, Turkey, and beyond! The music is often quite exotic ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Merlins Nose (Germany), 2009. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A contemporary group, but one with all the grit and grime to live up to the promise of the cover – heard here on a record you could proudly place next to your overlooked Nuggets from the 60s! Satan's Pilgrims really have a way with their guitars – a tightness that you'd find in a surf ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Merlins Nose (Germany), 1971. New Copy
A really trippy duo – one who definitely live up to their image on the cover, with a heady blend of sitar, percussion, and acoustic guitar! The tracks are all nice and long – rooted in acoustic folk, but infused with a psychedelic sense of exploration too, but in ways that are never ... CD (Rock)
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RCA/BGO (UK), 1967/1969. New Copy
Classic work from the great Gary Burton – two sessions that forever established his place at the forefront of jazz! Duster is a really incredible record from the great Gary Burton – a key 60s set that definitely has him finding a musical voice that's all his own – a way of using ... CD (Jazz)
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MCB
Epic/FTG, 1983. New Copy
Super-tight funk from MCB – a group with a former Cameo pedigree, bumping out here into the lean, mean, sound of early 80s soul! The trio features Aaron Mills (the M), TC Campbell (the C), and Jeryl Bright (the B) – all working in that great stripped-down mode you'll find on some of ... CD (Soul)
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Z Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs
A wonderful set of rare club grooves – maybe the best volume so far in the Under The Influence series – put together by DJ Nick The Record! They call him Nick The Record for a good reason – as he doesn't just know the music, he knows how to make it move, too – especially on ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1978. New Copy
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 ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Juice
Indirecto, 2014. New Copy
Plenty of juice from this mighty sweet combo – a great quartet that once again adds the guitar of John Scofield to the mix of grooves from Medeski, Martin, & Wood! Together, all players seem to step back to a previous generation of soul jazz styles – those best 60s moments of ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Mississippi, Late 30s/1940s. New Copy
You might take the "hits" in the title with a grain of salt – as these gals weren't entirely burning up the charts back in the 30s – but they did record some amazing music on vintage 78s, a good deal of which are in this overstuffed set! The De Zurik Sisters have an approach ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country)
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Fuel 2000, Late 60s. New Copy
Deep southern soul from the great Eldridge Holmes – one of the greatest New Orleans singers of the 60s, even though he never had a major hit! The sound of the work on this set is simply breathaking – really a cut above most of Holmes' contemporaries, and an approach to New Orleans work ... CD (Soul)
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Delmark, 1968. New Copy
A hell of a great record from Magic Sam – a really well-recorded live set from a small club in Milwaukee, and an album that really gets at all the gritty genius that made Sam so great! The set's almost equal parts blues and soul – definitely the former, but with plenty of funky ... CD (Blues)
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Other Side Of Midnight
20th Century/Intrada, 1977. New Copy
A fairly lush soundtrack from Michel Legrand – scored for a WWII period piece that starred Susan Sarandon, but done at a level that matches some of Legrand's more famous film music from the 70s! Orchestrations are rich, and filled with sentiment – and the album's got an especially ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Family Groove, Early 80s. New Copy 2 x 7 Inch (pic cover)
A mighty sweet groove from Aurra – a lost track from the duo's post-Salsoul years, and a cut with a wonderfully lean approach! As with Aurra's better-known cuts, there's a great sense of a hook in here – although the whole tune's nicely understated, and far from commercial styles of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Sin Gas
Bocian (Poland), 2013. New Copy
Two masterful improvisational talents, let looks on some very long tracks – and coming up with real magic in the process! Mats Gustafsson plays tenor, baritone, and bass saxophones for the record – and begins with some really deep textures – a sonic sensibility that shows Mats' ... CD (Jazz)
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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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Argo/Jackpot, 1964. New Copy (reissue)
Searing stuff – easily one of Etta James' greatest albums! The set is a non-stop jam, recorded live at the New Era Club in Nashville before a small and screaming crowd – a perfect performance all the way through, one that showcases Etta as she rarely sounded on vinyl during the 1960s. ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Croydon Municipal (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Not the usual film themes of the late 50s and early 60s – no James Bond numbers or Henry Mancini hits – and instead, a very cool, very well-selected batch of tracks that really opens up this cinematic generation! All of the numbers stand very well on their own – and the set mixes ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Bones Blues (with bonus track)
Sackville/Delmark, 1977. New Copy
A killer from drummer Pete Magadini – an artist we really don't know from many other records, but who really lets tenorist Don Menza shine on this obscure 70s session! Menza's one of those players who really knows how to make the best of a date like this – taking all the tight sense of ... CD (Jazz)
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Stones Throw, 2014. New Copy
Madlib's funky sound cues for the excellent Stones Throw documentary My Vinyl Weighs A Ton – his first ever bonafide film soundtrack material – smartly steeped in all the elements that make the Stones Throw label and the the man himself so great! The label's ouvre over the years ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Ace (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
Jackie DeShannon was a hell of a singer on her own, but she also wrote some really wonderful tunes in the 60s – great material that was performed by a host of artists in a wide range of styles – from soul, to rock, to pop, country, and beyond! This collection brings together some of ... CD (Rock)
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House Definitive 1974 to 2014
P-Vine (Japan), 2014. New Copy
The roots of house music and beyond – a mighty cool discography that does a special job of locating the music many years before it first exploded in Chicago and Detroit, then following it for many years after that, through a host of global scenes and styles! The publication is a discography, ... Book (Books)
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Kent (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy
Southern soul galore – a wonderful range of tracks that are done in that best deep soul mode that borrowed heavily from country music – but also really transformed things to fit their own righteous needs! Make no mistake, the collection is all soul music all the way through – but ... CD (Soul)
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Aventine, 2014. New Copy
The third volume of the great Vinyl Lives project from James Goss – a cat who was digging into the depths of vinyl collectors and fandom way before some of the more recent projects on the market! This time around, Goss still has lots of fresh territory to cover – with key features on ... Book (Books)
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Disques Dessinee (Japan), 1981. New Copy
Equal parts lovers rock and modern soul – a sweet-stepping album recorded in early 80s Kingston and Miami – with a laidback vibe that's mighty nice! Sonya's style is different than the usual female singer of her scene – a bit more pointed as she glides over the stepping grooves ... CD (Soul)
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Polydor/Universal, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy
A set put together as the soundtrack for the James Brown bio-pic – but one that features mostly original recordings by The Godfather himself, and a few older cuts altered a bit for the film! The groove runs from early 60s soul to early 70s funk – and there's a fair bit of live tracks, ... CD (Soul)
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Def Jam, Mid 80s/1990s/2000s/Mid 2010s. New Copy 6 LPs
LP...$129.99 149.98
One of the coolest looking box sets we've ever stocked! It's a massive overview of the first 3 decades of classic Def Jam – covering a lot of stylistic territory traveled by the hip hop empire founded by Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin back in the day – with a loads benchmark material ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Taxi/The Genie
Tappan Zee/Red River, 1983. New Copy
A smooth set of Fender Rhodes instrumentals built around Bob James' famous theme to the TV show Taxi – also known as "Angela", and probably the way that most mainstream folks know Bob's work! And although that track was plenty famous, it's still a really great number that echoes ... CD (Jazz)
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Cineploit (Austria), 2012. New Copy
A really dark little soundtrack – contemporary, but at a level that really looks back at older horror scoring from the 80s and before – put together with a strong ear for some of the more stark elements in avant composition as well! The music is a great change from some of the overdone ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Seven Come Seven
Concord (Japan), 1973. New Copy
The Concord label gave guitarist Herb Ellis some of his greatest moments of the 70s – like this early cooker with guitarist Joe Pass – recorded live at the Concord Jazz Festival that gave the label its name! The 1973 performance has both players really opening up – never ... CD (Jazz)
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Bella Casa (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
A great collection of spooky sounds from Goblin – a package that brings together some sweet slices from the group's soundtrack years, and also includes some lesser-known gems from the later years too! The music here is in the best Goblin modes – that prog-bred, leaned-down mix of ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Tical
Def Jam, 1994. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most triumphant records from the first wave of Wu Tang Clan solo efforts – and an early 90s hip hop masterpiece that's hardly aged a day since! Tical is right up there with Enter The Wu Tang (36 Chambers) on the quality front. It's got the iconic Wu production aesthetic in peak ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Disques Dessinee (Japan), 2012. New Copy
A Brazilian singer with a really jazzy vibe – working here in a set of sublimely simple tunes that almost remind us of those great 70s moments when French singers might have taken on some sounds from Brazil – particularly the music of Chico Buarque! The songs here have a subtle ... CD (Brazil)
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Dimension Dolls Vol 1
Dimension/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy
A trio of sublime soul acts from the 60s Dimension label – The Cookies, Little Eva, and Dimension head Carole King herself! King's certainly best known for her later fame in the 70s – but back at the time of this record, she was a real powerhouse on the New York soul scene – ... CD (Soul)
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CTI/BGO (UK), 1969/1970/1971. New Copy 2CD
Hubert Laws on CTI Records – a mighty great thing, as you'll hear on these three vintage albums for the label! First up is Crying Song, a landmark record – the first album that flutist Hubert Laws cut for CTI, and the beginning of a very important partnership with the label! The ... CD (Jazz)
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Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2014. New Copy
An essential reference for anyone interested in avant jazz – and the first book we've ever seen to really offer concrete information on the host of important independent labels that helped make the music so great! The volume offers up complete discographies for 60 different jazz indies ... Book (Books)
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What? – William Onyeabor Remixed
Luaka Bop, 2014. New Copy
The mad music of William Onyeabor has gained many admirers over the years – a diverse array of artists from a diverse array of scenes – some of whom have come together in this mighty hip tribute to the master! The tunes here are either remixes, reworks, or complete covers of Onyeabor's ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Pressure Drop (UK), 1965/1966/1968/1969/1970. New Copy 5 CDs
A sweet package of vintage ska from one of the originators – a set that includes five albums from Laurel Aitken, each in their original sleeves, packaged in one nicely-priced slipcover collection! The music includes rare albums from the Rio and Pama labels – most originally issued in ... CD (Reggae)
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Elektra/Blackened, 1988. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The album that changed everything for Metallica – catapulting them from patron saints of unrelentingly heavy thrash metal to reluctant (at first, anyway) mainstream superstars! The production is glossier sounding than ever before, and whether that compromised the rawer brutality of their ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Basic Soul
Chess (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Basic soul, plenty of blues, and a fair bit of funk as well – a killer from Koko Taylor, recorded in that best style of late Chess Records! Koko sings here more like a funky female soul artist than on her later blues – and the record crackles with energy right from the start, thanks to ... CD (Blues)
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Someothaship, Late 90s/Early 2000s. New Copy 2LP
Sparely funky, yet heavily atmospheric hip hop productions from unsung titan Kankick – made up mostly of late 90s material – and it's right up with some of our favorite leftfield producers of the period! Kankick was perhaps best known as a Lootpack affiliate around this time, and sure ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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ORG, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
A classic Sun Ra set from the late 60s – recorded in New York in 1968, and featuring a lineup that includes Kwami Hadi on trumpet, Marshall Allen and Danny Davis on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor and drums, and Pat Patrick on baritone and flute – all classic players who are the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1983. New Copy
Maestro Richie Weeks is at the helm of this sweet set of early 80s groovers – funky club in the best second chapter mode of the Salsoul label – served up with a sound that's lean and mean throughout! We're not sure who the "Co" is, since Richie sings, plays keyboards, and ... CD (Soul)
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World Village/Modern Classics, 2002. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Key musical figures in the Touareg independence movement – and a very hip group of nomads working with a lot of guitars! There's a laidback pulse to the music that might run counter to their political presence, but the music has a very hypnotic feel that pulls you in slowly, then doesn't let ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Box
Blue Erro Soul, 2014. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
Stunning soul from Eric Roberson – an artist we've already loved for many years, but who just keeps on getting better and better with each new record! The album's got a near-perfect feel that lives up to the poise and confidence displayed by Roberson on the cover – songwriting that's ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Groovewise
Smoke Sessions, 2014. New Copy
Groovewise, the record's a great one – one of the strongest in years from pianist Eric Reed – who works here in an open-ended live setting with Seamus Blake on tenor! The album's a great example of the way these Smoke Sessions records can really open up the right sort of artist – ... CD (Jazz)
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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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Teenage Triangle
Colpix/Warner (Japan), 1963. New Copy
A trio of pop talents you'd normally find on TV – Paul Peterson and Shelly Fabares from the Donna Reed Show, plus James Darren, who'd also done some work for the same program as well – brought together here in a classic 60s album that allows each of their stars to shine brightly on ... CD (Rock)
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Atco, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
Perhaps Donny Hathaway's greatest album from the 70s, and certainly the one with the most amazing arrangements! The record was Donny's last studio session, and it's got him working at a level that's far advanced from even his groundbreaking earlier work – using complicated rhythms and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Motown (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 7 x 7 inch
A real Motown treasure – a very limited box set that features seven 7" singles – each of which features rare or unreleased tracks! Some tunes have never appeared before at all, and others are making a debut on vinyl – great Motown gems that might have been lifted from the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Another Dimension
Chess (Japan), 1971. New Copy
Funky Bo Diddley – one of Bo's key early 70s sessions for Chess Records – all of which have him stepping out in a much harder groove than years past! The sound here is relatively tight – with Diddley guitar and vocals on top of some larger arrangements from Bob Gallo – ... CD (Blues)
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Dolphin
Concord (Japan), 1981. New Copy
One of the best later moments from the great Stan Getz – a set we might even place on the same level as his 60s work for Verve – and certainly at the same par as his records in the 70s for Columbia! Yet this set is quite different than that latter batch – as it has Getz really ... CD (Jazz)
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Chess (Japan), Late 50s. New Copy
One of the first great R&B artists on the New Orleans scene in the 50s – and one who never got the same sort of fame as some of his contemporaries! Yet that doesn't stop Paul Gayten from being one of the greats – as you'll hear on this excellent collection that brings together a ... CD (Soul)
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Liital
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 1994. New Copy
Really unique music from Aby Ngana Diop – a poet as much as a singer – and one who speaks here over some really raw, really driving music that's plenty heavy on percussion! The sound is quite different than other Senegalese styles you might know from the time – as the sabar and ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Big Bill Broonzy & Washboard Sam
Chess (Japan), 1962. New Copy
A side each of these two important talents in blues – presented here in a format that makes the record a real double-header! Side one features Big Bill Broonzy in the lead – working with sweet electric lines on guitar alongside acoustic and his own really rich vocals – plus this ... CD (Blues)
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Finesse
Concord (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A wonderfully intimate set from pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi – quite different than her bigger band records of the 70s, but equally great in its own way! The album's a great throwback to the earliest days of Akiyoshi on record – as it has the pianist really opening up in a trio setting, ... CD (Jazz)
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Greatness
Epitome Of Soul, 2014. New Copy
A well-titled set from this up-and-coming singer – as it definitely seems like we'll be hearing a lot more greatness from Carolann in years to come! The album's a very well-crafted individual soul statement – with a vibe that's very different than other records of its nature these days ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Fantagraphics, 2014. New Copy
The fantastic second volume of the Hip Hop Family Tree – a beautiful graphic telling of the growth of hip hop on the New York scene – done in the style of some oversized Marvel Comics special edition from the 70s! The presentation is wonderful – and surprisingly really does the ... Book (Books)
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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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Bossa Negra
Universal (Brazil), 2014. New Copy
Some of the most incredible music we've ever heard from Hamilton De Holanda – a set that brings his work on bandolim into a whole new focus, by teaming him with the younger singer Diogo Nogueira! The album has this spare power that really grabs us right away – amazing interplay between ... CD (Brazil)
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Telephone
Concord (Japan), 1984. New Copy
Guitarist Jim Hall is a player who's always realized he sounds best in a small, intimate setting – whether in his 50s trio recordings with Jimmy Giuffre, or his 60s classics with Bill Hall, or his 70s experiments with bassist Ron Carter – and this live date for Concord really revives ... CD (Jazz)
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BGP (UK), 1960s. New Copy 2LP
A different groove than usual from the mighty Snowboy – not the Latin you may know from his own records, or the funk you'll find on his other compilations – but instead a smoking batch of 60s soul, with a really wonderful batch of well-chosen cuts throughout! The album's a counterpart ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Overjoyed
Joyful Noise, 2014. New Copy
It's been quite a few years since we last heard from Half Japanese, and we're definitely overjoyed at what we're hearing here – music that's as powerful and personal as the group were back at their start! At some level, we're amazed at how strong these guys still sound – rawer than ... CD (Rock)
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Country Dream
Columbia (Japan), 1970. New Copy
Nothing "country" about this record – as Japanese guitarist Kiyoshi Sugimoto keeps things very hip and contemporary – working in a freely fluid style that also has a few funky touches as well! The group on the set is a quartet – with Kiyoshi's guitar amidst piano, bass, ... CD (Jazz)
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Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A stone killer from OV Wright – a record that's got all the raw, deeply soulful vocals we love in his early work – mixed with some wicked 70s Hi Records production from Willie Mitchell! Imagine an Al Green record, but with rawer vocals, and you've got a good idea of the feel of this ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Alithia, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
The title and cover may seem a bit strange – but they make more sense when you know that The Escorts were all prisoners at the Rahway State Prison in New Jersey, where they were discovered by sweet soul producer George Kerr! Kerr really gave the group a great chance with this album – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Radio City
Ardent/Fantasy, 1974. New Copy
A record that may have never hit the radio city it wished for in the title – but a classic that's gone onto have an undeniable influence on so many scenes and styles over the years! This sublime second set from Big Star is even leaner and more focused than the first – a record that has ... CD (Rock)
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Sound Of Sonny
Riverside/OJC, 1957. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark album from Sonny Rollins – a record that really lives up to its title, as it shows the maturing tenorist really finding his own voice in jazz – a sound that's unlike any other! Rollins' Riverside work sometimes seems to get overlooked sometimes in light of his freer late 50s ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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City Life
Fantasy, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic album from this legendary jazz funk combo – a bit smoother than their first, but that's the great thing about it! The record has the band getting even tighter than before – coming up with an amazing jazz-inflected funk groove that still leaves us breathless after all these ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Be With (UK), 2004. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Mike Skinner's second album as the Streets – an enduring set of distinctive electronic beats and compelling rhymes – an album that felt to us like an instant classic when it dropped in 2004, and sure enough, it holds up strongly all these years later! The sound was and still is unique, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Bossa Tres Em Forma
Forma/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy
Tremendous work from the legendary Bossa Tres – one of the coolest, sharpest combos of the 60s bossa generation – working here on a rare session from the legendary Forma label! The mighty Roberto Quartin produced the set – and gives it the sense of space you'll find on other ... CD (Brazil)
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Day Of Judgement
Now Again, 1976. New Copy
Some of the heaviest work to come from the African scene of the 70s – the initial offering of the Ngozi Family – a group who clearly take strong inspiration from the Cream years of the UK scene, but who also come across with a grittier, punkier vibe overall – thanks to lean, ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Universal (Brazil), 2014. New Copy
Really lovely live work from Marisa Monte – an artist who's kept on making marvelous records over the years – even long after the initial wave of attention that brought her some global fame! This set's got Monte working in a mature mode that's almost in the territory of Gal Costa or ... CD (Brazil)
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Gilberto's Samba
Sony (Brazil), 2014. New Copy
One of the best records we've heard from Gilberto Gil in many, many years – a stripped-down session that focuses on his voice and guitar work – in a style that takes us back to Gil's earliest days in music! The album feels like some lost session that Gilberto might have recorded in the ... CD (Brazil)
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Jeff Morrison, 2014. New Copy
The album's got a really classic-styled cover, and a classic-styled sound to match – a great Hammond/tenor vibe that's wonderfully old-school all the way through! The album was recorded live in a small Chicago club, and has the feel of a vintage Prestige records live date – with heavy ... CD (Jazz)
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Hunt
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 2014. New Copy
Fierce Afro Funk from this overlooked group – a Dutch combo with a groove that's every bit as fierce as some of the larger ensembles from the US and UK – and a dark edge that's very much in keeping with their name! The drums are massive, and usually fall right in line with the ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Numero, 1970s. New Copy
LP...$99.99 105.00
Insane! This special package for the Darksorch Canticles comes with all the music in two formats – plus a bonus 45 – and (the best part!) an amazing game, with a special fold-out board, heavy box, two card decks, sliding cards, special multi-sided dice, 16 player spindles, and more! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Tamba Trio (1975)
RCA (UK), 1975. New Copy
A mid 70s gem from the Tamba Trio! The record takes their core 60s sound of piano trio grooving and bossa harmony vocals, and gives it a strong 70s twist – with mellow production that flanges the style out a bit more, and arrangements that add in some extra instrumentation from the likes of ... CD (Brazil)
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Naturally Me
Nia, 2014. New Copy
Every new album from Angela Johnson turns out to be a treasure – but this set may well be one of the best she's done in years – and a really strong step forward for the singer! The music has this full, rich style that almost feels like classic soul at times – not a retro 60s vibe ... CD (Neo Soul)
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I Piaceri Proibiti (180 gram vinyl)
CAM/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1963. New Copy (reissue)
A beautifully jazzy soundtrack from the great Piero Umiliani – one that features solo work by some of the key members of the Basso Valdambrini sextet! The style here is very much in the mode of the best jazz soundtracks used during the French new wave years – simple themes that burst ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Black Voices
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1999. New Copy (reissue)
A seminal set that really put Tony Allen back on top – a record that showed that Allen was way more than just Fela's drummer, or another Afro Funk artist in general – but instead a really free-thinking, deep-concept musician overall! The album comes from key time that Allen spent on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Buda (France), 2013. New Copy
One of the best volumes in the Zanzibara series so far – a set of contemporary recordings, but done with a very exotic, other-worldly sort of style – one that shows the series' strong link to the Ethiopiques material on the Buda label! Most instrumentation comes from percussion and ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Knitting Factory, 1986. New Copy (reissue)
An overlooked gem from the 80s years of Fela Kuti – and a set that has the Afro Funk genius working with strong studio help from Wally Badarou! The vibe's still as fierce and frenetic as Fela's classic material – each track takes up a full side of the record, with lots of hard rhythms, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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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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People/Get On Down, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
The classic first album by The JBs – James Brown's Fred Wesley-led backing band, and the force behind most of his greatest records of the early 70s! The band are incredible at this point – sharper, harder, and funkier than just about any other combo around – and that includes all ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Concord, 2014. New Copy
Al Jarreau pays tribute to the great George Duke – on a set that's got the same sort of collaborative vibe as some of Duke's classics from the 70s and 80s! Al's lead vocals are superb – and they're given some great jazzy touches with production by Stanley Clarke, Boney James, Marcus ... CD (Soul)
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Wall
Playwright (Japan), 2014. New Copy
We really love these guys – and are continually amazed at what they can do with just bass, drums, and piano – all very conventional instruments, but used by Fox Capture Plan in this soaringly soulful style! The music's not entirely jazz – because all three instruments are very ... CD (New Grooves)
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Kosi, 2013. New Copy
Kosi really grabbed us right away with the first track on this one – a sublime vocal reading of Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" – done in a way that just features her own slow-scatting, wordless vocals over a spare electric guitar – then she held us fast with a ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy
Not just singles from the great OV Wright – but also a few live tracks and rare demo titles as well! OV's a hell of a singer – one with a voice that matches all the best on the southern scene of the time – and a great companion to some of the best deep soul material on the Hi ... CD (Soul)
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Telephone Explosion (Canada), 1979. New Copy (reissue)
The long-lost follow-up to Haack's incredible Electric Lucifer album – a set recorded a decade after the first, but with a very similar electronic feel! Things are still quite spare, stark, and moogy here – and Haack sings in his electro-processed style, as on the first Lucifer set ... LP, Vinyl record album (Now Sound)
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Curtom/Warner (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A great little album by The Impressions – possibly their best of the 70s! The record's got a very solid harmony soul approach, and Lowrell Simon wrote and produced a number of tracks with Rich Tufo – giving the album the same sweet sexy sound that he brought to his best solo records, ... CD (Soul)
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No Discount
Electric Cowbell, 2014. New Copy
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Patterson Singers
Atco (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Wonderful work by The Patterson Singers – a group who were rooted in gospel, but ring out with plenty of soul – in a mixture of spiritual and secular styles that matches the best work of The Staple Singers or Sweet Inspirations! The Pattersons are a lot like the latter – all ... CD (Soul)
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Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy
A damn great bit of work from the legendary Al Green – maybe one of his best records ever – and in fact, maybe one of greatest soul albums of all time! The set's got a style that's really genre-defining – not the previous southern soul of a few years before, but also not the ... CD (Soul)
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For All We Know
Smoke Sessions, 2014. New Copy
Pianist David Hazeltine always sounds great in a trio, but we love him even more with a horn player – as on this session with Seamus Blake on tenor! The pairing of players seems to give Blake the sort of sharp, soulful focus we love best for his instrument – a rock-solid, soulfully-groo ... CD (Jazz)
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Philips/Soul Jazz (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
A landmark album – not just in Brazilian music, but in all modern music in general! The set's a legendary manifesto for the Tropicalia movement in Brazil – and features key works by all the leading musical luminaries in the movement – including a few later stars who are heard ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil)
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SAM/Harmless (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy 2CD
Two club classics, back to back – plus bonus tracks too! Ain't That Enough For You is classic disco grooving by John Davis – upbeat and clubby, and definitely a cut above work by most of his late 70s contemporaries! Davis has this magical way with a groove – able to bring in an ... CD (Soul)
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SAM/Harmless (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2CD
A pair of stone killers from John Davis & The Monster Orchestra – back to back in a single set, and with bonus tracks too! Night & Day is early work from John Davis and his Monster Orchestra – easily one of the coolest larger groups working on the US disco scene of the 70s ... CD (Soul)
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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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Stillness
A&M/Soul Jazz (UK), 1970. New Copy Gatefold
A real classic from Sergio Mendes – probably most famous for its funky bits! The record pushes past the formula of the earlier Brasil 66 albums, and goes for a more sophisticated approach that adds in some sweet electric moments, more complicated grooves, and an overall sound that's even ... CD (Brazil)
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Leo (UK), 1992. New Copy 2 CDs
A wonderful late live set from Sun Ra – recorded less than a year before Ra himself left this planet – but featuring a wonderfully soulful version of the Arkestra! Ra's piano isn't as prominent here as in earlier recordings – but the younger members of the group have really set ... CD (Jazz)
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Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy
Two massive records from Ray Barretto – both from a time when he was really opening up his groove! Eye Of The Beholder is a really wonderful album from Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem ... CD (Latin)
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Avanco
Philips (Japan), 1963. New Copy
A seminal set from one of the greatest bossa combos ever – a group who could boast sharp instrumentation and warm vocal harmonies too! The mix of sounds is completely sublime – jazzy piano trio sounds at the core, topped by soaring harmonies from the members of the trio – a ... CD (Brazil)
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Early/Fever Dream, 1986. New Copy
The legendary mid 80s record by Marvin Sease, later to be slightly altered and re-released as his self-titled major label debut – but the version on the Early label has always been incredibly rare! Sease has roots in southern soul and gospel, but he's better remembered in some circles for ... CD (Soul)
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Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s. New Copy
A wonderful compilation the late 40s Modern recordings of piano player, singer and all around musical pioneer Hadda Brooks – with all the tracks from the original Queen Of The Boogie 78s package – and 18 additional tracks from the period! Hadda is a lovely singer, and the set has a ... CD (Vocalists)
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Odeon/EMI (Japan), 1971. New Copy
Fantastic early work from Tania Maria! This record is one of her first – and it's a beautiful batch of bossa and jazzy tracks, with larger orchestrations by Geraldo Vespar, and lots of nice organ and keyboard work. Maria's voice is very nice, and without the polish of later recordings ... CD (Brazil)
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49th Parallel
Lion, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Lost pop psychedelia from the Canadian scene – with groovy arrangements that recall Nilsson, Donovan and the sunshine glory of the Association – plus some of the more driving efforts of groups like Love! Most of the tunes are as catchy as all get out – with swirling organs, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Cactus Album
Def Jam, 1989. New Copy (reissue)
A late 80s masterpiece for Def Jam by MC Serch and Sinister Pete Nice – mixing funny, yet bitingly satirical rhymes and densely-layered, sample-heavy production. The biggest couple of hits are brillliant for sure – the Bomb Squad-produced "Steppin To The A.M." and the Prince ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Philips (Japan), 1971/1972. New Copy
2 later gems from Carlos Lyra – back to back on one CD! First up is E No Entanto E Preciso Cantar – a wonderful 70s session from bossa legend Lyra, and a set that's got a different sound than some of his earlier work – but one that's still plenty great overall! The mode is a bit ... CD (Brazil)
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Legacy
Polar, 2014. New Copy
Jazzy hip hop producer/rhymer and longtime under-appreciated uber-talent J Rawls delivers what's billed as his final album as a solo emcee – and to underline the point, it's called The Legacy – focusing squarely on rhymes and lyrics and letting top notch producers handle the beats! It's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop)
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Onde E Quando
Philips (Japan), 1989. New Copy
One of Nara Leao's later bossa gems – done in a real return to basics, and with some great help here from Roberto Menescal! Roberto arranged, produced, and plays guitar in the small combo backing Nara's vocals – and the sound is a strong precursor to the huge wave of bossa revival ... CD (Brazil)
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Cantiga De Longe
Elenco/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy
Incredible work by Edu Lobo – a watershed album that marked a whole new period of musical expression – not just for Lobo, but Brazil as well! The album picks up a post-bossa sound and moves it into the realm of baroque grooving – using complicated vocals and light guitar next to ... CD (Brazil)
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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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