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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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Broken Circuit
Brownswood (UK), 2014. New Copy
Anoushka's a duo, as you might have guessed from the image on the cover – and a great one at that, with these sublime spacey soul vocals from Victoria Port, mixed with her own keyboards and more beats and keys from Max Wheeler! The music's got a lean quality, but also soars with a cosmic ... CD (New Grooves)
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My Shining Hour
Origin, 2014. New Copy
A wonderful set by contemporary jazz guitar great Bobby Broom and his excellent trio – who put a timeless spin on standards that Broom holds in high esteem as sturdy mementos of their time – and he does so without even a whiff of nostalgia. His enthusiasm for the material shines ... CD (Jazz)
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Outta Sight (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
Not Belgian music – despite what you might think from the title – but an assortment of great American soul and pop from the early 60s – all of which have a very sweet-stepping groove! The style here is the mode that's always been a favorite of Belgian soul fans – who dig a ... CD (Soul)
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Kudu/Soul Brother (UK), 1973/1976. New Copy
A pair of 70s gems from Esther Phillips – back to back on a single CD! Black Eyed-Blues is one of Esther's strong winners for Kudu – a record that takes her soulful style of earlier years, and wraps it around some sly 70s funky arrangements! Ex-James Brown hornman Pee Wee Ellis ... CD (Soul)
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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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Gordy/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy
A seminal bit of seventies soul from Switch, and a record that really helped set the tone for countless others to come in the 80s – no surprise, given that the group's got members from both the DeBarge and Ingram families! There's a warmth here that few others can match – an earnest, ... CD (Soul)
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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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Motown/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy
A really unusual album from the young Stephanie Mills – not only because it captures the singer at a wonderful early point in her career, when she was still open to a rich range of expression – but also because the whole thing was written and produced by the team of Burt Bacharach and ... CD (Soul)
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Progressive, 1980. New Copy
Strong later work by tenor sax legend Arnett Cobb – in a quartet session cut in New York in January of 1980 – sounding fresh and revitalized one of his final studio dates! Funky Butt actually isn't a left turn into a funk sound Cobb, but it is a pretty darn great showcase for his rich ... CD (Jazz)
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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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Motown/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy
One of the best-remembered albums from the mighty Originals – thanks to a surprisingly strong step into club and disco rhythms! The group were always great on the harmony tip – and earlier music often had them really shining on the ballads – but here they work with arrangers ... CD (Soul)
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Preacher Man
Curtom/Warner (Japan), 1973. New Copy
Heavy soul from the early 70s version of The Impressions – put together with all the same depth as Curtis Mayfield's work of the time! This time around, Rich Tufo is at the helm on production and arrangements – but he continues to wave the Curtom flag high with some wonderfully put-toge ... CD (Soul)
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Knitting Factory, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
An impassioned attack on police and army violence in 70s Nigeria – and easily one of Fela Kuti's best-remembered albums of the time! The lead track – "Sorrow Tears & Blood" – is really tremendous – a wicked groove that begins with a very long electric piano ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Columbia (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy
Jazz on the edge of a great leap forward – ultra-hip material from the Japanese scene of the late 60s and early 70s – a time when the grooves were really taking on a bold new formation! Just a few years before, Japanese jazz was great, but never had a voice of its own – often ... CD (Jazz)
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Whitfield/Warner (Japan), 1978. New Copy
Rose Royce in perfect hit mode – blending older styles of harmony soul and rolling funk with some of the late 70s better advances in production. Norman Whitfield's really pushing himself here, and if he only did one thing on this planet, we'd give him a big award for his wonderful work on ... CD (Soul)
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Brownout Presents – Brown Sabbath (with download)
Ubiquity, 2014. New Copy 2LP
A funky riff on some of the mightiest slabs in the Black Sabbath oeuvre – done up masterfully by Adrian Quesada and the Brownout collective! Where the Sabbath originals are all lumbering menace and sludgy rhythms, Brownout brings in Latin funk percussion, tripped out keyboard textures and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk)
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Gemelli/Finders Keepers (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Bruno Nicolai's at his most Morricone-esque with this one – and has crafted a dreamy set of tunes that hardly matches the dark Satanist thriller they were recorded for! The melodies are light, and spare, with isolated and drawn-out piano and string passages – plus some wonderful ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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RCA/Real Gone, 1971/1972. New Copy
Two albums and bonus tracks too – all rare material from an overlooked chapter of The Shirelles' career! First up is Happy & In Love, a great second chapter for The Shirelles – hardly the girl group pop they cut in the 60s, and instead a more righteous soul style for the 70s – ... CD (Soul)
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Wah Wah (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Take it from us – you can judge a book by its cover – because this weird little record from Hans Edler is exactly what you'd expect from the image on the front! Hans plays early analogue electronics in a very offbeat way – making short songs that blend bleeps, pulses, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Mapeche (Spain), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A great set of rare Canadian psych folk from the early 70s – rawly beautiful work that's way too good to have languished in the purgatories of general obscurity and collectors' hopes and dreams! Upon A Once Time is an all acoustic set, a good deal of it just Huckle's airy voice and guitar, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Knitting Factory, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Really mindblowing work from Fela – a seminal 70s set that may well open up even more than any other album from the time – as the leader and Africa 70 stretch out on a single track that takes up the entire record! "Confusion" is almost proggish at the start – with a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Mapeche (Spain), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
The second of the 2 great lost Canadian psych folk records by Huckle! Wild Blue Yonder expands a bit on the gentle acoustic songcraft of the earlier Upon A Once Time LP – still working in a largely acoustic mode, but with a more extroverted approach – with more percussion, some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Early soundtrack work from the great Piero Piccioni – heard here on his famous score for the film Mafioso, plus some even cooler more obscure work! The set begins with some jazzy numbers for the film Il Mondo Di Notte Numero 2 – as well as a bold jazz cut from Adua E La Compagne – ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Mapeche (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most compelling records we've ever heard from 60s folkie Bob Lind – a set that's got a hipper, more introspective feel than some of his poppier records of earlier years – and an under-discovered gem that's sure to get him new recognition! The style here is much more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Journey To Enlightenment
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy
A stone 70s classic from reedman Carlos Garnett – and a set that's every bit as righteous as you'd guess from the cover and the title! Garnett really soars to the heavens here – blowing a mixture of different instruments in a setting that takes off from his classic Black Love album, ... CD (Jazz)
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Ardent/4 Men With Beards, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
One of the best rock albums of the 70s – the #1 Record from Big Star – kind of remembered of as a defining moment in power pop, but to us there's a depth of emotion here that goes way beyond chords and choruses, and sinks into our very souls every time we listen to it! Indispensable ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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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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Mama Calunga
Fonseca/Andale, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A rare gem from the legendary Fonseca catalog of the 60s – a smoking set from saxophonist Johnny Sedes – a player who really gets to soar on his solos! In a world of brass-led Latin combos, Sedes horn really makes a difference – and brings a strongly jazzy sensibility to the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin)
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Atlantic/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)
One of our favorite Atlantic albums by the great Yusef Lateef – an incredible session that has him dipping back into his earlier exotic roots with those great reed styles of the early 60s – yet also hitting a mix of soul and funk like some of his other albums from the time! The sound ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Enterprise/4 Men With Beards, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
Excellent heavy funk from Stax! Black Nasty were one of the heaviest groups on the label – with a rock-solid guitar-based groove that went even farther than the Bar-Kays, who were no slouch in the guitar department themselves! The grooves are all slow to midtempo, with the band coming down ... LP, Vinyl record album (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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Glades/Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy
Little Milton's always been as much of a soul singer as a bluesman – and this overlooked gem from the 70s has him hitting equally well on both fronts! The set's a great precursor to Milton's 80s revival on Malaco – but has the singer working in Chicago, with these deep soul ... CD (Blues)
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Blaster/Shout (Japan), 1981. New Copy
The only full album we've ever seen from Tony Fox – a singer we know best for much earlier singles, including a few classics in a real deep soul vein! This album, though, has more of a club-oriented sound – an early 80s indie vibe, with lots of modern soul arrangements which work very ... CD (Soul)
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Famous Door/Progressive, 1977. New Copy
One of the earliest albums as a leader from tenorist Scott Hamilton – definitely the young talent promised in the title, but already one with a very traditional sense of tone and timing! Hamilton's horn takes the lead, but gets strong support from Warren Vache on trumpet – whose well-cr ... CD (Jazz)
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Take It To The Limit
Capitol/PTG (Netherlands), 1984. New Copy
A sweet lean set from T-Connection – still every bit as funky as back in their late 70s years, but with a different sort of style for the new generation! The music's got that great 80s groove approach that Capitol Records excelled at during the time – and the group's a bit more ... CD (Soul)
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Sahara Swing (with bonus 7-inch & download)
Now Again, 2008. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
One of the hippest albums from the funky empire that includes Poets Of Rhythm and The Whitefield Brothers – a set of Afro-exotic grooves that really blows our minds – and which opens the group up into whole new territory! There's echoes of Mulatu, Salah Ragab, and other older exotic ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk)
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Songlines, 2014. New Copy
Cross-cultural instrumental bridge builders Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita are the worthy cover feature for this issue of songlines – which also includes pieces on the new musical identity of Rwanda, Dakha Brakha, British Folk Art, Imed Alibi & Moura Mint Seymali, Kasai Allstars and much ... Magazine (Magazines)
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RCA/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1973. New Copy
An early classic from LaBelle – wonderful vocals mixed with both heavy funk and laidback spacey soul touches! The group had really hit their stride by this point – as the trio of Nona Hendryx/Sarah Dash/Patti Labelle push way past their girl group roots – and even some of the ... CD (Soul)
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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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Kosi, 2014. New Copy
A really wonderful singer, with a very unique style – one that's rooted in jazz, but has an acoustic soul as well – set up perfectly here in these laidback arrangements that really let Kosi soar strongly on her own! The music is mostly jazz at the core – with wonderfully clean, ... CD (Neo Soul)
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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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Para Los Rumberos
Tico, 1972. New Copy
A heavy groover from Tito Puente – recorded in a back to basics style, but with a hard percussive edge! The sound here has plenty of jazzy touches – almost in the mode of Tito's funky big band records of the mid 70s, but with less of the funk or the large group touches – almost a ... CD (Latin)
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Wax Poetics, 2014. New Copy
The ladies take the cover this time around – with stunning cover images of both the late Aaliyah and spacey soul singer Kelela – a surprisingly modern pairing for the magazine we initially turned to for old school grooves! Yet Wax Poetics continues to evolve strongly in the 21st ... Magazine (Magazines)
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Tzadik, 2014. New Copy
One of the most beautiful groups that John Zorn's been working with in recent years – a heavenly trio that features Bill Frisell on guitar, Kenny Wollesen on vibes, and Carol Emanuel on harp – all working together with a very unique sound! The mix of instruments is wonderful throughout ... CD (Jazz)
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Nara Leao (1968)
Philips (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Pure genius – a lost Nara Leao album from the late 60s, and a key piece in the puzzle of late 60s Tropicalia – a set we'd place right next to equally important records by Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, and Os Mutantes! Although Leao always gets cited as one of the more revolutionary ... CD (Brazil)
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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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Lucien Goethals
Cacophonic (UK), 2014. New Copy
Incredible sounds from Lucien Goethals – one of the lesser-known electronic talents of the European scene of the 60s and 70s – and one of the most revolutionary as well! Goethals is represented here by three long pieces – the first of which, "Difonium", has his own ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound)
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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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Wire, 2014. New Copy
East London's Dean Blunt takes the cover this time around – to showcase a wonderfully deep feature inside – and the issue also has a long piece on composer David Rosenboom, as well as articles on Pharoah Sanders, Justin Broadrick, Catherine Lamb, and Drew Mulholland! And as usual, The ... Magazine (Magazines)
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Capitol/BGO (UK), 1977/1979/1980. New Copy 2CD
Classic early work from Natalie Cole – packaged here in a sweet 2CD set! First up is the album Thankful – the third record in a tremendous early creative and commerical winning streak for Natalie! Thankful has her sweet, soulful voice out from of prodcution by Chuck Jackson and Marvin ... CD (Soul)
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17 North Parade, Mid 70s. New Copy
Classic productions from the legendary Augustus "Gussie" Clarke – all work recorded at Channel One and King Tubby's – and done in this laidback, soulful groove that's completely sublime! The music here never goes too far over the top – just sweet and subtle rhythms that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
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Fool Who Wonders
Rootdown LA, 2014. New Copy
A great solo set from music man Miles – an artist you'll know best for his fierce work in Breakestra – the legendary Cali funk and soul torch carriers! The set's got a very hip vibe – done in a diverse blend of LA styles – from early 70s folk and psychedelic soul, to harder- ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy
A pair of amazing records from percussionist Dom Um Romao – back to back in a single set! The self-titled Dom Um Romao is an unbelievably fantastic album, and perhaps the greatest one that Dom Um Romao ever cut! Dom recorded this set in America with a blend of Brazilian and New York ... CD (Brazil)
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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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Trip
High Note, 2014. New Copy
Some of the densest, most powerful music we've heard from trumpeter Tom Harrell in years – and that's saying a lot, given how much we've loved all his other recent records! Tom's working here in a very spare setting – no piano, just a quartet format with Mark Turner on tenor, alongside ... CD (Jazz)
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Reprise/1972, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
A pivotal record in the career of the great Lee Hazlewood – one that presents his personal with all its wit and warmth, yet also lets Lee take on some more mature topics as well! Most of the tunes start in the same sort of storytelling style as the album Trouble Is A Lonesome Town – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists)
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Duke Ellington Presents
Bethlehem, 1956. New Copy
An excellent and oft-overlooked 50s session from Duke – recorded in Chicago as a one-off for the Bethlehem label, and done with a lush, rich sound that's really tremendous! The group's nicely restrained and very moody – playing here in a mellow late nite mode that offers a good focus ... CD (Jazz)
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EMI/Odeon (Japan), 1970. New Copy
A very groovy group from Brazil – swinging with a mixed male/female harmony sound that's a lot like the Swingle Singers! Unlike the Swingles, though, Quarteto Forma sing pop hits of their day – both American and Brazilian ones – in a dreamy, jazzy, easy, and floating style that's ... CD (Brazil)
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Ala Ta
Motema, 2014. New Copy
The first solo effort from Awa Sangho – a Mali-born, Abdijan-bred singer who's worked previously with other bigger names in African music – and with a few groups as well – but an artist who's definitely got the maturity to make it all on her own! The work has a very special ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Warner, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs
A trio of great albums from Herbie Hancock – funky, spiritual, and plenty soulful – and presented here with bonus tracks too! First up is Fat Albert Rotunda – the first album to feature Herbie really breaking away from his straight jazz work – moving into a groove that's ... CD (Jazz)
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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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Columbia, 1970. New Copy 4CD
A massive moment for Miles Davis – legendary live performances at both the Fillmore East and Fillmore West from 1970 – presented here in their entirety for the first time ever! Part of the record features Miles' work that appeared in edited form on the Miles Davis At Fillmore record ... CD (Jazz)
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Mosaic, Late 50s. New Copy 5CD
A really wonderful setting for the great Rosemary Clooney – an excellent singer at all times, but maybe heard here in some of her best recordings ever! The tracks all appear here for the first time on record – pulled from the vaults of CBS, where Clooney recorded the material over the ... CD (Vocalists)
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Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1977. New Copy
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 ... CD (Soul)
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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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Arista/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy
A nicely grooving set to start the 80s by The Waters – an underappreciated 2-man, 2-woman LA vocal group who did a considerable amount of backup vocals in the studio scene of the late 70s – and this is easily their best record! It's got some of the best arrangements the group ever ... CD (Soul)
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Emma Tricca
Bird/Finders Keepers (UK), 2014. New Copy
A contemporary set, but one that would be right at home in the best acid folk years of the British scene! Emma Tricca has this really unique voice – warm, but with a crackle too – which really fits these ancient-sounding lyrics of her folksy tunes – as does the album's light ... CD (Folk/Country)
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Caravan
Riverside/OJC, 1962. New Copy (reissue)
One of the best non-Blue Note sessions from Art Blakey in the 60s – a really searing set that features the sextet lineup of the Jazz Messengers – a group that's filled with legends who include Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Reggie Workman ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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No More Cold Nights
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1987. New Copy
An overlooked debut from singer Bert Robinson – an artist who was part of the large Al Hudson/One Way collective from Detroit, but who really comes into his own in this sweet little set! Robinson's got a very rich, deep vocal approach – almost a nod back to the pre-soul generation of ... CD (Soul)
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Warner (Australia), 1970s. New Copy 2 CDs
A smooth set of grooves from the 70s – just the kind of cool compressed pop that used to fill the 70s AM radio airwaves when we were kids – and which sounds even better in a hip compilation like this! The package doesn't go for easy hits – and instead digs deep into the treasure ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Trost (Austria), 1984. New Copy 3 CDs
A really wonderful under-discovered performance by Sun Ra & The Arkestra – a complete live set from 1984, presented here with really stunning fidelity! The package is a great antidote to some of the fuzzier Ra live sets on the market – as it's got the care that the Trost label has ... CD (Jazz)
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Warner (Japan), 1977. New Copy
The Meters take their Crescent City groove in a slightly different direction – giving things a warmer, sunnier feel than their previous records – and bringing in a fair bit more vocals, too – yet still keeping all the right funky elements at the bottom! The move is a bit like ... CD (Soul)
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Feed-Back
RCA/Schema (Italy), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold
One of the best records ever from the Gruppo D'Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – an obscure side project of Ennio Morricone and other Italian composers – working here in a freaky, psychedelic setting! The album mixes sonic experiments with fuzzy guitars, freaky keyboards, and some ... CD (Sound Library)
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Standard Coltrane
Prestige/OJC, 1958. New Copy (reissue)
The title may say "standard", but with Coltrane at the helm, the record is anything but! Sure, the tunes are all familiar ones, but the presentation here is a far cry from mainstream piano jazz of the 50s – as John's working in a group with the Red Garland trio for rhythm, as well ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Underground
Liuto Records/Schema (Italy), 1971. New Copy Gatefold
Heavy fuzz with a good deal of funk as well – a very unique set from the Italian sound library scene – and one that comes across with the feel of some lost psych record from the underground! The album was produced by Piero Piccioni – and features soundtrack/sound library maestros ... CD (Sound Library)
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Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold
A great criss-crossing of modes at the end of the 60s – music that has roots in country, but which comes off with plenty of funk and soul as well – in styles that were burning strong from LA on eastward, all the way across the south at the time! Some of the grooves here might fall into ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Digatone (Austria), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Weird and wild sounds from the Austrian scene of the late 50s and early 60s – not the usual proto-rockers you might find on compilations of this nature – but some especially unusual music that's unlike anything else we've heard before! There's definitely some of the exotic and rockish ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Unstraight Ahead
Now Again, 2014. New Copy Gatefold
They definitely got the title right on this one – because the group never seems to move in any sort of direct line – instead always tripping around nicely with all these hip little twists and turns! Karl Hector & The Malcouns are the same loose collective of players you'll know ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Bureau B (Germany), 1981. New Copy
The album's got a classical-styled cover image, but the work is plenty modern within – some great electronic grooves from the best years of the German new wave! Die Partei are a duo we'd rank right up there with Pyrolator and Der Plan – easily as playful as both of those great acts, ... CD (Rock)
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Elemental, 1965. New Copy 2CD
Amazing music from Jimmy Giuffre – and a much-needed document of this under-recorded time in his career! The 2CD set brings together two different live performances – each done two years after his groundbreaking Free Fall album for Columbia, and with a sound that's even more far-reachin ... CD (Jazz)
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Paternity
Kritzerland, 1981. New Copy
A sweet little soundtrack for an early 80s Burt Reynolds comedy – scored by the great David Shire with a style from the lighter side of his spectrum! Some of the best numbers have a playful keyboard melody – not entirely funky, but with a nice sort of slink that's pretty groovy, in an ... CD (Soundtracks)
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When Was The Last Time
Cat/Warner (Japan), 1976. New Copy
An excellent album of smooth soul tracks – very different than Little Beaver's earlier work, but every bit as great! The album's got a warm, mellow finish that's almost a maturation of the sound that Beaver first forged on his Party Down album – with plenty of his deep soul vocals and ... 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 Gatefold
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 ... CD (Brazil)
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Gentleman Ruffin
Warner (Japan), 1980. New Copy
David Ruffin at Warner Brothers – a very good thing, thanks to some sublime production from Detroit soul legend Don Davis! As with other key productions in the 70s, Don pitches Ruffin with a sound that's smooth, but still has a great sense of humanity – a style that's a bit like late ... CD (Soul)
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Forest Mighty Black (3LPs/CD)
Drumpoet Community (Germany), 2014. New Copy 3LPs & CD
The first we've heard in years from A Forest Mighty Black – initially a key force in the Compost Records sound of the 90s – still going strong after a long hiatus! AFMB really brought a warmth to the dancefloor back in the day – a strong appreciation of older jazzy styles that ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves)
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Nevada (Spain), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A stunning rarity from 70s Spain – a whole album of Sex Pistols cover tunes, played by a group who are even nastier than the original! Part of the charm of the set comes from the production – which is nicely thin and tinny – so that the guitars have a treble-heavy sound that ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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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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Cherchez La Femme
Trost (Austria), 2014. New Copy
Sharp improvisations with a decidedly sonic sensibility – music that bridges between free jazz and much more textural moments! The group features Ken Vandermark on reeds – sometimes blowing with forward-moving lines that are plenty bold – sometimes stepping back to merge with the ... CD (Jazz)
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Liberator/Summer
Cache Cache (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)
That's an Atari-inspired logo on the single – and the record's got just the right sort of sound to match – a very cool video game theme on "Liberator" – complete with computerized vocals – backed with more of an electro dance number on "Summer" – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Stone By Stone
Ubiquity, 2014. New Copy
A really great second album from Ikebe Shakedown – easily the group's best work so far, and a real cut above the usual Afro-styled groove! These guys have a great way of laying back in their rhythms – still keeping things funky, but nicely paced too – so that there's a fresh feel ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Jarrod Lawson
Jarrod Lawson, 2014. New Copy
A stunning debut from Jarrod Lawson – a singer we fell in love with right away – and who we'd rank right up there with some our favorite mellow soul artists of the 70s! Yes, the cover's got a look that's more indie rock – but Jarrod's got this righteous vibe and sense of flow ... CD (Neo Soul)
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Rockadrome, Early 70s. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold
Hard riffing from Scotland's Iron Claw – a group who owe plenty to the best early work of Black Sabbath, but also take off nicely in their own direction as well! The guitar work is frenetic, the bass nice and fuzzy, and there's a sense of darkness that really comes through in the vocals too ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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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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Salvadora Robot
Soundway (UK), 2014. New Copy Gatefold
Amazing sounds from The Meridian Brothers – not a family act at all, but really just a one man operation – yet with a sound that's more than large enough to bring in a whole host of South and Central American influences! Eblis Alvarez uses elements of cumbia, merengue, and other Latin ... CD (Global Grooves)
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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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Tempest In The Colosseum
Sony/Wounded Bird, 1977. New Copy
A defnite tempest from the start to the finish – and a brilliant live demonstration of the mighty powers of the VSOP group! The ensemble features soaring acoustic sounds from the quintet lineup of Wayne Shorter on tenor and soprano sax, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Herbie Hancock on piano, ... CD (Jazz)
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One Eye Open (plus bonus tracks)
Dynamo/Fever Dream, 1969/1972. New Copy
An excellent bit of party funk – and a real precursor to musical party records of the 70s! Harmon Bethea is the "Mask Man", and he's working here with his Agents – a very popular live act at the time, with a mixture of raunchy grooves and blue humor, ala Doug Clark & The ... CD (Soul)
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Feras Miticas
Vampi Soul (Spain), 2014. New Copy Gatefold
A contemporary group from Brazil, but one who've got a quirky ear for song styles that takes us back to some of our favorite artists of the 70s! Garotas Suecas work in a style that's a bit post-Tropicalia – almost like some of Tom Ze's music of those years, but maybe not as all-out wild ... CD (Brazil)
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Joyce (1968)
Philips (Japan), 1968. New Copy
The first album by Joyce – one of our favorite Brazilian singers ever! The album's a wonderfully lyrical batch of tracks – many written by Joyce herself, plus a few by Brazilian songwriters Jards Macale, Toninho Horta, and Marcos Valle – and the orchestrations are by Gaya, and ... CD (Brazil)
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Jerome (Spain), Late 40s/1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy
The devil's on the run in this special vinyl collection of vintage gospel work – music pulled from the larger CD collection Fire In My Bones! The set's filled with gloriously soulful and passionate postwar gospel – and the CD was one of the best ever compilations on the Tompkins Square ... LP, Vinyl record album (Gospel)
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Stillness
A&M/Soul Jazz (UK), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil)
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Cold World
Daptone, 2014. New Copy
A great one from Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – a record that's done with deeper raw soul roots than their Daptone debut – but which still holds onto all the group's uplifting gospel spirit! The best records on Daptone are big on old school soul and funk reverence, but show ... CD (Deep Funk)
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One More Step
Wah Wah 45s (UK), 1980. New Copy
A cool combination of Island rhythms and free-flying piano lines – all wrapped together by the enigmatic Henri Pierre Noel! The vibe of the record is different than anything else we've ever heard – almost more European in the way that Henri handles the keys of the piano – which ... CD (Global Grooves)
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Furia
Finders Keepers/Bird (UK), 1985. New Copy
Fantastic work from The Fates – an all-female group from the UK post-punk scene of the early 80s – with members who previously worked in The Fall and Nico's Blue Orchids! The record's got this very cool acid folk sort of feel – one that's somewhere between The Wicker Man and some ... CD (Rock)
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Free Souls
Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy
A brilliantly soulful set from Nicola Conte – a record that's got all the tight jazzy instrumentation we love in his other records, but one that's also got some wonderful vocal work as well! Singers are a perfectly-chosen batch of the best of the underground – and include Jose James, ... CD (New Grooves)
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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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Expressions
Smoke Sessions, 2014. New Copy
One of the best Javon Jackson albums we've heard in years – a great live session that really gets back to basics, and reminds what a hell of a soloist Jackson is on tenor! The group's got a sharp, soulful feel right from the start – thanks to wonderful piano from Orrin Evans, who ... CD (Jazz)
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What's On Your Mind?
Street Jam Groove, 2014. New Copy
Surprisingly wonderful work from Aziza Miller – an artist you may know as the great Linda Williams, who cut the fantastic City Living album for Arista in the 70s! Aziza's got a groove that's more early 80s than you'd guess from the contemporary date of the record – a vibe that really ... CD (Soul)
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Epic/Esoteric (UK), 1976. New Copy
Cosmic fusion from David Sancious – one of his headphone-popping albums for Columbia from the 70s! The record has a really outerspace kind of approach – long tracks that build and layer sound, mostly electric instrumentation, with lots of keyboards, guitars, and percussion. He's again ... 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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Black Messiah
Capitol/Dusty Groove, Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs
A massive live set from Cannonball Adderley – and a record that really shows the growth he'd undergone in just a few short years! The album's done in close collaboration with David Axelrod – who'd handled Cannon's big live dates for Capitol in the 60s – but this record is much ... CD (Jazz)
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Stag O Lee (Germany), 1930s/1940s. New Copy
A tightly swinging batch of late 30s jazz and nascent rhythm & blues numbers from the early 40s – the pivotal period in which veteran players of the grander swing orchestras of the years prior were paring down into smaller combo – and knocking out a grittier, more primal sound! It's ... CD (Jazz)
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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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Peggy Connelly
Bethlehem, 1956. New Copy
One of the greatest vocal jazz albums ever recorded for Bethlehem Records – a set that's got a lot more energy than some of the moodier, mellow vocal sets on the label – thanks to dynamic backings from the great Russ Garcia! Garcia's working here with his hip Wigville band – ... CD (Vocalists)
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Philips (Japan), 1967. New Copy
One of the building blocks of the late 60s Tropicalia scene in Brazil – and a standout solo debut from the young Caetano Veloso! The album's got an approach that's as dynamic and trippy as its cover image might imply – the same amazing blend of sounds and styles you'd hear on ... CD (Brazil)
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A&M (Japan), 1971. New Copy
The first (and maybe only) American release by one of the greatest Brazilian singer/songwriters of the sixties – and a record that's quite different than any Sergio Mendes work of the time, despite Sergio's name in the title! The vibe is like Lobo's best of Brazil from the late 60s – a ... CD (Brazil)
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Twisted Souvenirs
Unrock (Germany), 2014. New Copy
If you think Turkish psychedelia is only a thing of the past, then guess again – because these guys really bring back the classic sound of Arabesk rock – complete with all its best fuzzy touches! The music is fast and free – driven by heavy drums, and cut through by lots of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Cantar
Philips (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A real moment of beauty from Gal Costa in the 70s – a set that moves away from her more experimental music of the Tropicalia generation, and yields a more personal approach overall – one that's quite similar to the best from Caetano Veloso at the time! As with Caetano during this shift ... 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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Landspeed/Get On Down, 2002. New Copy
The underground classic from Non Phixion – in a box set billed as the "premium version", and they ain't kidding – it's loaded! Includes the original early 00s album on 2CDs – the vocal version and instrumental version. Also includes 3 X 7" singles – with ... CD (Hip Hop)
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RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 3CD
A jam-packed box set anthology of R&B-fueled English rockers The Artwoods – named for singer Arthur Wood, the older brother of Faces/Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood – and recorded a slew of killer singles and tore up the live scene in the mid 60s! The set has 3CD – Disc ... CD (Rock)
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Independent Black Jazz Of America (paperback)
Rittor (Japan), 2014. New Copy Book
A really important book for any fan of American spiritual jazz of the 70s – a mixture of essays and discographies, with a focus on some of the best labels of the scene – including Strata East, Black Jazz, Tribe, Nimbus, and many others – plus some key entries from overseas as well! ... Book (Books)
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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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Super Black Blues
Flying Dutchman/Ace (UK), 1969. New Copy
A great little set from T-Bone – recorded at the end of the 60s, with a lineup that includes other blues musicians like Joe Turner, Otis Spann, and George Harmonica Smith, plus jazz funk players like Paul Humphrey and Ernie Watts! The vibe is very laidback – and most tracks on the ... CD (Blues)
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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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Teasin'
Atlantic (Japan), 1974. New Copy
The first album as a leader by guitarist Cornell Dupree – but one that was recorded after years of jazz, soul, and rock session and sideman work during the 60s and 70s! It's great to finally hear Cornell get out in front of the mix – hitting those lean, stretched-out lines that always ... CD (Jazz)
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Odeon/EMI (Japan), 1964. New Copy
Rare early work from the great Marcos Valle – and one of his first-ever albums! The record's very much in a moody bossa mode, and the orchestrations are wonderful – light, but never sleepy – really done with that unique new bent that Brazilian artists were using at the time, best ... CD (Brazil)
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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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Schema (Italy), 2014. New Copy (pic cover)
A pair classic jazzy tunes, interpreted by modern master Nicola Conte! "Sandalia Dela" is a brilliant take on the classic Brazilian number, probably most famous for the version sung by Flora Purim. Conte is faithful to that classic groove, but he definitely brings some fresh life to ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's)
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Sofrito (UK), 1982/1986. New Copy
Sofrito takes on Malian grooves from the early-to-mid 80s – Mpese Mpese Band's "Mpese Theme" remixed by DrumTalk – plus a Sofrito edit of Canadoes Dance Band's "Fine Woman" on the flipside! "Mpese Theme" is drum heavy track – with the hypnotic hand ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Global Grooves)
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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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Arashi
Trost (Austria), 2014. New Copy Gatefold
Akira Sakata is a player who's never been known to hold back – but he sounds especially powerful here in the company of Paal Nilssen Love on drums and Johan Berthling on bass – two younger players who seem to inspire Sakata to a sort of frenzied height that we haven't heard this ... CD (Jazz)
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Depois Do Carnaval
Philips (Japan), 1963. New Copy
A great early album of bossa work from the legendary Carlos Lyra – caught here at his youthful prime, and working with sublime arrangements from Luiz Eca! The record's easily one of Lyra's best from the early years – and Eca's group the Tamba Trio guest star on a few tunes – ... CD (Brazil)
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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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Sentiments
Storyville/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1971. New Copy
One of the coolest, most compelling albums we've ever heard from reedman Sahib Shihab – and that's saying a lot, given how much we love all his other music! This rare gem's got a very exotic feel –explained by Shihab in the notes as coming from a Tunisian influence on the leadoff track ... CD (Jazz)
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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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Odeon/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy
Stunning early work by the great Marcos Valle – a dreamy bit of bossa that virtually defines the genre! The album's one of the first to feature Marcos as a singer – a showcase for his work as a "cantor" after his reputation had been building as a composer – and the ... CD (Brazil)
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Philips (Japan), 1979. New Copy
Caetano Veloso at the end of the 70s – still sounding wonderful, but in ways that are quite different from his earliest albums! The sound here is more restrained, and more mature – a beautiful example of the songwriting strength that Veloso evolved as his career moved on – tunes ... CD (Brazil)
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Philips (Japan), 1977. New Copy
A lively album that mixes Caetano's rich songwriting style with a hard percussive base – a more grooving approach than usual – which gives the tracks a fast jumpy feel, and gives even more power to Caetano's strong vocals! There's some slight post-Tropicalia touches at time – a ... CD (Brazil)
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Having A Party
Blue Thumb/Universal (Japan), 1977. New Copy
The name may be a bit hokey, but this is one heck of a great little record – every bit as sly and funky as work on the group's excellent Steppin album! The man to thank here is Sonny Burke – who handled arrangement and direction of the backings – and who brings in plenty of heavy ... CD (Soul)
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Festa Dos Deuses
Philips (Japan), 1992. New Copy
A later album by Brazilian genius Hermeto Pascoal – but a set that crackles with all the fire and imagination of his classic recordings! The mood here takes us back to Slaves Mass or A Musica Livre – a mad mix of catchy rhythms, tight jazzy solos, and an insane approach to arrangement ... CD (Brazil)
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Disco De Hoy, 2014. New Copy
A great look at the range of excellent salsa that's been burning in the global underground over the past few years – played by a generation of groups who are really getting back to basics – and making the kind of music that first burst forth from the New York and Puerto Rican scenes in ... CD (Latin)
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Polskie Nagrania/GAD (Poland), 1969. New Copy
An incredible record from Jerzy Milian – easily one of the hippest vibes players in Europe in the 60s, and a key member of the Polish jazz scene that also included Krzystof Komeda and Tomasz Stanko! The album's an extremely evocative session that features Milian's vibes and marimba mostly in ... CD (Jazz)
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Numero, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs
Great work from a label that was way out in the Cleveland scene of the 60s – but which bristles with some of the best energy of Detroit and Chicago at the time! The tiny imprint never cracked the big time, but not for lack of quality – as the cuts here have a sharp blend of deep soul ... CD (Funky Compilations)
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Emma Jean
Truth & Soul, 2014. New Copy
An amazing chapter in the career of Lee Fields – an artist who's been moving our souls for decades, but who just keeps on growing in these really great ways! Unlike the fragile style of My World, or the heady southern soul of Faithful Man, Emma Jean's got this very different vibe – ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Enter
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2014. New Copy
One of the coolest, wildest performances we've ever heard from the Fire Orchestra – an expanded version of a core jazz combo that includes Mats Gustafsson on tenor – but which here has grown to a very bold lineup of musicians with a trio of voices as well! The album features one long ... CD (Jazz)
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Uptown Shuffle
Smoke Sessions, 2013. New Copy
A strong, soulful set from alto saxophonist Vincent Herring – of the sort he always seemed to get on earlier recordings, but which he hardly ever hits this well these days! The album's got a no-nonsense quality that really brings out the best in Vincent's horn – with a rock-solid ... CD (Jazz)
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Project Elo
Jazzman (UK), 2014. New Copy
Not a tribute to the Electric Light Orchestra, but a wonderfully spiritual set of jazz – one that takes key inspiration from the elohim entities of spiritual scriptures – as well as some of the best jazz mass projects from artists like Max Roach, Donald Byrd, or Mary Lou Williams! The ... CD (Jazz)
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That Rongeng Sound
Left Ear, 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
The coolest sounds we've ever heard from Leong Lau – every bit as weird and wild as his previous music, but a bit more funky too – in a really great way that gives a sharp focus to his offbeat energy! The album begins with some great funky drums and keyboards – snapping with some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Quartetto (with bonus CD)
RCA/Rearward (Italy), 1962. New Copy (reissue)
A bracingly fresh combination of vibes, piano, bass, and drums – and a real standout set of modern jazz from the Italian postwar years! At first glance, the lineup of the group is relatively conventional – forged with the same instrumentation as the Modern Jazz Quartet or George ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz)
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Warner (Australia), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD
Not the kind of boogie that most of us associate with the sound of discos at the end of the 70s, but a unique moment in Australian rock of that same decade – a return to older roots mixed with heavy freak and fuzz – all in a freehweeling style that really gave the down-under scene a ... CD (Rock)
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Calla/Warner (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Some of the greatest work ever from Jean Wells – a 60s soul singer who never fully got her due, but really shines here in the company of some top-shelf Atlantic Records talent! The album's a great mix of deep soul vocals and tighter uptown soul production – with sublime arrangements ... CD (Soul)
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Atlantic, 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
One of the most supremely classic of all classic hard rock albums! As huge as the debut was, Led Zeppelin II is the record that proved that the group were going to be in it for the long haul – with a righteous raw power that's still being felt all these many decades later! Nobody else could ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Mal Waldron Trio
Karim/SeriE.WOC (Italy), 1966. New Copy
One of the rarest Mal Waldron albums of the 60s – and one of the best, as well – an obscure trio date recorded in Italy, filled with original compositions, and a great link between Mal's hardbop work of the 50s and his freer sounds to come! There's a nice sense of darkness throughout ... CD (Jazz)
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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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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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Jacana
Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2014. New Copy
A fierce combination of piano and percussion – the former by Sten Sandell, the latter by Paal Nilsson Love – two very well-matched improvisers! The tracks here are mostly long and dynamic – very freewheeling performances by both musicians, but at a level that really holds strong ... CD (Jazz)
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Island Of Dr Electrico
Hope Street (Australia), 2014. New Copy
A pretty huge leap forward for The Bombay Royale – the Bollywood funk-inspired combo who bring some Indian charm to the fertile Australian funk scene – and a whole lot more! Funk-era Bollywood soundtracks are still a huge part of the what they do, but there's a whole lot more going on ... CD (Deep Funk)
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Growing
Cineploit (Austria), 2014. New Copy
Really beautiful work from Thelema – still in the same dark soundtrack mode as before, but with some surprisingly tuneful elements too! The music is heavy on piano, Fender Rhodes, and organ – often used in these spare, resonant styles that recall the horror scoring that first inspired ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks)
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Clocktower, Mid 70s. New Copy 3 LPs (reissue)
A triple vinyl set of bedrock-style dubs from King Tubby – one of the most pivotal pioneers of the sound and style – in a heavy duty box set from Clocktower Records. It's loaded with prime era dubs, including cuts from the legendary Aggrovators tracks, classics like "King Tubby ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae)
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Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A heady South African group from the early 70s – but one who feel much more like underground funk of the late 60s! The feel here is a garagey blend of instrumental soul and early funk – mixed with with some fuzzier guitar lines that add a nice psychedelic undercurrent, but not in the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves)
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Studio One/Rockashacka (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy
Some of the first great sounds to come from the legendary Studio One Records – an assortment of early rocksteady singles, including a fair bit of rare gems we've never heard before! These rocksteady tracks are the precursor to later reggae work from Jamaica – and show a strong ... CD (Reggae)
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I Give To You My Love & Devotion
Herakles (Finland), 2014. New Copy
Jimi Tenor is a man of many talents – able to work in modes from spacey to jazzy to funky, and everything in between – as is singer Nicole Willis, who most folks know from her deep funk recordings, but who reemerges here as a house vocalist in the team of Cola & Jimmu! The look of ... CD (New Grooves)
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Don't Happen No More
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Solid sounds from Young Jessie – a onetime member of the famous Flairs, but a hell of a singer on his own! Jessie's got a raw power here that lives up to the best of the 50s R&B scene in California – and the set features work that the singer recorded for Capitol, Modern, Mercury, ... CD (Soul)
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Uptown, 1949. New Copy 2 CDs
A marvelous document of the power of bassist Chubby Jackson at his best – served up here in a double-length package of rare recordings from the end of the 40s! Chubby has a really unique place in jazz – a special space between bop and swing, where he was able to work with some of the ... CD (Jazz)
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Cold Worlds
Dual Planet (Australia), Late 60s. New Copy
Tremendous spacey sounds from Don Harper – one of the composers of the legendary KPM set Electrosonic, stepping out here in an equally eerie selection of 60s analogue sounds! The set begins with a warm take on the early "Dr Who Theme" – but then quickly moves into really ... CD (Sound Library)
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Berry/Dual Planet (Australia), Early 60s. New Copy
Very early electronic sound library material from Eric Siday – so much so, that all these tracks were originally issued as 78rpm singles – at a time before the sound library scene moved into using full LPs! A number of cuts here were used as early passages on the first Doctor Who ... CD (Sound Library)
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Stix (France), 2014. New Copy
Fantastic sounds from this ultra-cool project – music that's neither straight disco, nor really reggae – and instead a great dubby reworking of dancefloor modes from a few generations past! The range of material here comes a number of different settings – but is all worked ... CD (New Grooves)
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Una Pura Formalita
GDM (Italy), 1994. New Copy
Even in his later years, Ennio Morricone had a way with a soundtrack that was unlike anyone else – even most of his previous material, too! The style here is very fresh – a blend of vibrant violin passages and more slow-moving string orchestrations – echoing some of Morricone's ... CD (Soundtracks)
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Joey Heatherton Album
MGM/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Was there a sexier 70s celebrity than Joey Heatherton? It's hard to think so – and the cover of this one is more than enough proof that she was America's greatest answer to Brigitte Bardot! And while we certainly remember her from countless variety show appearances at the time, it's ... CD (Vocalists)
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Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The Numero Group takes a great step backwards – returning to the capital city of Ohio, Columbus – to mine the same soul and funk treasure trove of their Capsoul collection! The music here comes from the same scene – and often from Capsoul or related labels – and the set ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations)
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Turbo/Barnyard (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
Rare work from this spoken word assemblage – and a lost link in the tradition of African-American protest work that includes The Last Poets, The Watts Prophets, and Gil Scott-Heron! The Universal Messengers come on strong – using spare percussion and a bit of light instrumentation ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
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Rhythm & Blues At The Flamingo
Polydor (Japan), 1964. New Copy
Blistering early work from a young Georgie Fame – a set that definitely lives up to the Rhythm & Blues in the title! The set was recorded live at London's hip Flamingo club – and Georgie and The Blue Flames are very much in command of the crowd – burning with the intensity of ... CD (Vocalists)
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Pet Records, Late 60s. New Copy
Really mad music from this weird little series – a set of pop tracks from the end of the 60s, but all done with these weird psych and spiritual touches – definitely the "mystic males" promised in the title! The sound here isn't just that of mainstream pop-psych – and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
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Fanon, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Sublime French pop from the turn of the 70s – a really trippy collection that shows the great expansion in sound since the "yeh yeh" scene of a few years before! Not all the tracks here hail from 1969 – but they definitely fit the title's reference to a sly, sexy tune by ... CD (French)




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