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17 North Parade, Late 70s/Early 80s. (reissue)
Crucial sounds from King Jammy – prime material from that time when his production style was really helping to open up the sound of Kingston! The evolution of dub is definitely at play in the tracks here, but the music is also much more upfront, too – as the Jammy style is very ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Ampsa
Mississippi, 1978. (reissue)
A beautiful album from Idrissa Soumaoro and L'Eclipse – one recorded during a time of great political unrest in Mali, and a set that was never commercially issued – but just originally given away by the Malian Association for the Blind! The album's got all the power of earlier albums ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Rough Guide, Late 60s.
Cumbia sounds get trippy – as a host of Latin American artists picked up the electric guitar in the 60s, and really helped transform the style with some psychedelic touches! Most of these tracks feature cumbia rhythms at the core, but take the music far from its Colombian roots – ... CD
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Zapp III
Warner (Japan), 1983.
Zapp's 3rd album, and one that shows them still very much on top of their game! The mix of tight bass, keyboards, and occasional vocoder bits is firmly in place from their first two albums – a stunning legacy of ensemble funk that pushes the older P-Funk ethos into hip new territory for the ... CD
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Refazenda
Warner/Bomba (Japan), 1975.
One of the funkiest albums you'll ever hear from Gilberto Gil – a really cool record that's done in the same sort of samba soul style that Jorge Ben was using in the 70s – with similarly wonderful results! The rhythms are great – a really compelling mix of rootsy elements and ... CD
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Black Lion/ORG, 1971. (reissue)
Live brilliance from the Sun Ra Arkestra – a set recorded in Tivoli in 1971, with a mix of modes that has the Arkestra swinging from spiritual passages to some very outside moments as well – sometimes with a sense of texture that's extremely powerful! The first half of the set features ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Blue Note, 1964. (reissue)
A classic "new thing" album recorded with the cream of Blue Note's avant 60s players – like Eric Dolphy, Joe Henderson, and Tony Williams – standing out with Hill as some of the most adventurous players for the label at the time! The album's awash with jagged piano likes from ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Warner/Big Break (UK), 1978.
Ashford & Simpson don't need to ask at this point – their in full 70s soul stride here, and it's not good, it's great! By this point in the late 70s, Nick and Valerie are firmly holding the foreground as artists in their own right after many years of acting as songwriters for other soul ... CD
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Warner/Bomba (Japan), 1975.
A tremendous little album from Joyce – a rare session originally only issued in Italy, recorded in a folksy style that's a bit different than her other work! Tracks are all pretty short – many under 2 minutes long – and feature spare guitar, percussion, and lovely vocals from ... CD
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Mississippi, 2004.
Gospel, but with a very bluesy style – sung by Isaiah Owens, who accompanies himself throughout on electric guitar! The approach is one that's much more common of older blues musicians – and Owens certainly carries himself in that way – but the themes are definitely spiritual, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Blue Note, Early 50s. (reissue)
Tremendous work from a trumpeter who was taken from us all too soon – the legendary Fats Navarro, an important early voice in the sound of bop! The album's a short one, but every track is a gem – as Navarro blows beautifully in groups led by Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, and Howard McGhee ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Kay Dee, Early 70s. 2 x 7 inch (pic cover)
Two massive grooves from this obscure Chicago group – both of them great! Ron Grace of The Procedures had spent previous years working at Curtom Records – and "Give Me One More Chance" feels a lot like some of the best early Leroy Hutson productions for the label – a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Spogliati Protesta Uccidi
CAM/Quartet (Spain), 1972.
A pretty sexy soundtrack from the great Ennio Morricone – as if you couldn't tell from the image on the cover! The score is for a strange film about the daughter of an Italian industrialist who falls for a black revolutionary – and Morricone mixes in a few soul-styled moments with lots ... CD
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Epic/Legacy, 1968. 4CD
Stunning sounds from Sly & The Family Stone – a searing live performance from 1968, and one that appears here for the first time ever! The music is wonderful – harder, heavier, and even funkier than some of the group's famous records from the period – and that's saying a heck ... CD
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Warner/Raven (Australia), Early 70s. 2CD
A trio of albums from this legendary New Orleans soul singer – all of them great! First up is Toussaint – a seminal album from Allen Toussaint – his first big move as a solo act, and the start of some great fame that would blossom even more strongly in the 70s! This indie effort ... CD
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Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Late R&B, early soul music, and plenty of other great surprises – all pulled together in this excellent collection that focuses on rare gems from the late 50s and early 60s! Despite the "milestones" in the title, the set's more like "underground nuggets" – as ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Expansion (UK), 2015.
A stunning selection of contemporary cuts from the global soul underground – tracks that definitely live up to the summer spinning promised in the title, but which we'll certainly be digging during all the other seasons of the year too! The groove here is positive and upbeat – not ... CD
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Legacy, Mid 50s/1960s/Mid 70s. 4CD
Not just Miles Davis live at Newport – but Miles at Newport over the course of 20 years, in the space of eight different live performances – almost all of which are previously unreleased! Apart from the 1958 and 1969 Newport material here, most of the 4CD set features all-new, all-great ... CD
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Tin Man
Expansion (UK), 2015.
Aaron Parnell Brown's no tin man here – as the record has a rock-solid sound from the very first note, and a fresh approach that really sets Brown apart from so many male soul singers in the contemporary underground! Aaron's got this laidback vibe in his music – a deeply soulful ... CD
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Pressure Sounds (UK), 1970s.
A wealth of rare tracks from the archives of Jamaican producer Bunny "Striker" Lee – tracks pulled from one-off dubplates mixed direct from the studio, and other unreleased tracks pulled from never-heard master tapes too! The music here definitely lives up to Lee's production ... CD

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