Rare & classic soul – plus tons of bargains in the new arrivals!
Maybe the best of their mid 70s records for RCA, in a similar style tp a lot of other East Coast groups from the time who had bigger hits and more mainstream popularity, even if few of their peers were truly as wonderful as the mighty Choice Four! On Top Of Clear is a close to perfect mix of ... (Soul)
Philly Groove/FTG, 1968.
A landmark album in harmony soul – one of those records that pushed the genre to a whole new level! The Delfonics emerge fully formed here as one of the most compelling groups of their time – a tremendous trio with a really unique approach to soul music – one that's heartfelt and ... (Soul)
Tight is right – as the set's a slicked up, soulful batch of 80s grooves – with plenty of keyboards, electric percussion, and a surprising bit of funk! This is one of those too rare cases where the period's pop soul production aesthetic is done with a genuine sense of soul – ... (Soul)
Philips/Light In The Attic, 1971.
Erasmo Carlos sounds even cooler here than usual – still working with tunes penned with his brother Roberto – but also taking on music by Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben, and Marcos Valle too! There's a heady undercurrent to the record that's maybe a filtering-through of an earlier ... (Brazil)
Venus (Japan), 2016.
A totally wonderful setting for the tenor genius of Eric Alexander – a freewheeling trio, which is a format we're not sure we've ever heard him in before – really stretching out in an amazing way, with the sense of of imagination that we've always loved in his music, but with a depth ... (Jazz)
Overlooked genius from pianist Billy Foster – a player who only issued a handful of records on his own label – which was run out of the city of Gary, Indiana! This date's far more obscure than similar efforts on labels like Muse, Strata East, or Black Jazz – and has a similar ... (Jazz)
Enid (UK), 2017. (pic cover)
Incredibly hip work from drummer Lascelle Gordon – a set that really lives up to the compelling name of the group, with a sound that instantly brings together a righteous 70s generation with the current cosmic underground scene! The music is a mix of spiritual and electric jazz modes, but ... (Jazz)
Esquire/Solid (Japan), Early 50s.
Fantastic work from one of the hippest British groups of the postwar years – an ensemble who definitely live up to their name – by presenting both modern sounds of bop, and some hard-driving rhythms rooted in Afro-Cuban modes! The approach is very similar to the best Verve-related ... (Jazz)
Awesome Tapes From Africa, 2017.
Beautiful work by Awa Poulo – a Malian singer with years of work under her belt, sounding very classic on this great contemporary recording! The music is nicely spare and folksy – Awa's amazing vocals carving these hypnotic lines amidst n'goni, guitar, flute, and percussion – all ... (Global Grooves)
A wonderfully obscure set of jazzy soul from keyboardist Billy Foster – a musician who's been making waves on the scene in Gary, Indiana for many decades – but has never fully gotten his due! This project captures a younger Billy – working in a soul-based mode that blends vocals ... (Jazz)
Grotto (Finland), 2016.
A record with a very plain cover, but a wonderfully colorful sound – as the set features a flurry of fantastic tones from a very hip large ensemble! The group's led by Mikko Innanen – who blows both alto and baritone – and features Jukka Eskola on trumpet, alongside a host of ... (Jazz)
Victor (Japan), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. 2 CDs
A treasure trove of rare work from the great Roger Nichols – best known for his famous songwriting partnership with Paul Williams, and his Small Circle Of Friends album for A&M! Nichols is one of those guys who hardly recorded much under his own name, since he'd done so much to help ... (Rock)
Polydor/Light In The Attic, 1972.
A record filled with cover images that run from Richard Nixon to Elvis Presley, to Mick Jagger, Caetano Veloso, Chairman Mao, Jorge Ben, Jimi Hendrix, and Andy Warhol – and a set whose sound definitely seems to live up to such heady company from the 20th century! Erasmo Carlos is at his ... (Brazil)
Motown/Elemental (France), 1972. Gatefold
Why did Motown ever let the Four Tops get away? This album was their last for the label – and it's an excellent one, filled with soul, sweetness, and some of the best arrangements the group had in their later years! The soul component is super-high – with tight group instrumentation ... (Soul)
ABC/Elemental (Spain), 1964. (reissue)
There's no need for The Impressions to push from behind – because with a record like this, they're very firmly in the driver's seat! The album's a treasure through and through – one of the greatest documents of 60s soul from the Chicago scene – filled with sublime original ... (Soul)
VP, Early 60s.
Excellent work from the earliest years of The Skatalites – a time when the group were one of the sharpest things going in Jamaican music, and also added musical support to a number of singers as well! This killer collection brings together the hippest singles from the combo – work that' ... (Reggae)
First Word (UK), 2017.
A beautiful back-to-basics set from Eric Lau – spare instrumentals that focus wonderfully on the best sort of interplay between beats and keyboards – never overdone, never overly-long, but a great reminder of how wonderful the format can be in the hands of the right musician! There's a ... (New Grooves)
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 70s. 2LP Gatefold
Here's some music you're not likely to have in your collection – a wealth of ultra-cool tracks from the Macondo label in Uruguay – who recorded all of these gems in the late 70s! The mix of styles runs from cumbia to bomba, merengue, mozambique, guaracha, and other South American modes ... (Global Grooves)
RGE/Light In The Attic, 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
A seminal set from Erasmo Carlos – a record that has him stepping past the simpler rock modes of his youth, and really embracing some of the great changes going on in Brazilian music at the start of the 70s! These changes aren't just the expected psych modes, but also some of the more lofty, ... (Brazil)
No Business (Lithuania), 2016.
The great Bobby Bradford hasn't dimmed at all over the years – and he sounds wonderful here on cornet in the company of Hafez Modirzadeh on alto, Mark Dresser on bass, and Alex Cline on drums! The performance is a live one, but the songs have a nicely compact approach – no side-long ... (Jazz)
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