Lots of Stocking Stuffers for your seasonal shopping!
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s. 4CD
A truly incredible collection – even more wonderful than we might have guessed from the title and cover – and both of those are already pretty darn appealing! This package might well be the most comprehensive we've ever seen on the early days of punk in England – a package that ... (Rock)
Far Out (UK), 2016.
The legendary Azymuth rises from the ashes – on this, their first record after the passing of keyboardist Jose Roberto Bertrami – with a sound that takes us back to the amazing cosmic funk of their first few albums in the 70s! The new keyboardist, Kiko Continentino, has a sound that's ... (Brazil)
Columbia/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/1980s. 2CD
A treasure trove of work from Deniece Williams – one of the coolest, classiest soul singers to hit the mainstream at the end of the 70s! Williams has roots that go deep in the Chicago scene – including young work under the name of Deniece Chandler – but this set picks off from ... (Soul)
Strut (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. 3CD
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more ... (Jazz)
Fonit/Schema (Italy), 1972. Gatefold
The kind of sound library gem that keeps us digging for sound library records after all these years – a treasure trove of groovy instrumental tracks that never got commercial release back in the day! The style here is early 70s Italian – all the best modes learned in the soundtrack ... (Sound Library)
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1988. 2CD
A classic debut from Karyn White – a soul singer who'd already helped breathe some new life into the career of fusion maestro Jeff Lorber before this record – and who steps into the set as a fully-formed talent, ready to take the world of mainstream soul by storm! The set features ... (Soul)
Soundway (UK), Early 80s. 2CD
Damn great work from the early 80s Nigerian scene – music that's evolved strongly past the Afro Funk of the 70s, and often has the same electro soul sound as work from the US at the time! These cuts are unabashedly upbeat, and aimed at the dancefloor – full of the kind of basslines and ... (Global Grooves)
Fonit/Schema (Italy), 1970. Gatefold
Grooviness galore – a wonderful set of instrumentals in the best Italian sound library mode – jazzy, upbeat, and put together with all the unusual sonic touches we love from the coolest soundtracks of the time! The style here follows nicely on the B81 album from Fabor – but is ... (Sound Library)
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A much-needed look at the early work of Vivian Reed – a singer who got the chance to release a handful of full length albums in the disco generation, but one who sounds even better here right at the start of her career! The beautiful package brings together rare single sides and LP tracks ... (Soul)
Fonit/Schema (Italy), 1970. Gatefold
Fantastic sounds from the Italian scene – a set that's got some of the coolest, grooviest tunes we've heard from that country's sound library generation! Unlike some of the spookier, more avant sets from the libraries, this one's awash in beautiful little instrumentals that fit somewhere ... (Sound Library)
Quartet (Spain), 1971.
A beautiful score from the legendary Francois De Roubaix – a soundtrack that has a bit less electronics than some of his famous records, but a sound that's completely amazing all the way through! Francois has this incredible ear for sonic textures – so that he can pull out unusual ... (Soundtracks)
Private (Italy), 1975.
A really heady set from the legendary Larry Young – a live performance cut right around the same time as his albums with the group Fuel – and with an equally freewheeling blend of jazz, fusion, and soul! The tracks here are long and open – and Young really soars on Hammond, moog, ... (Jazz)
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), Late 60s/Early 70s. 4CD
Four early albums by Toquinho – packaged together here in a single set, and with two bonus tracks too! First up is A Bossa Do Toquinho, from 1966 – an honest to goodness actual bossa nova session from Toquinho – one that's recorded during the 60s, and not one of his bossa-revival ... (Brazil)
Epic/Cherry Pop, 1994. 3CD
A great one from Basia – a record that has the Polish soul singer hitting even warmer, jazzier territory than before – as her style matures nicely with help from keyboardist Danny White, who co-wrote most of the material on the set! There's a nice current here of the best UK soul of ... (Soul)
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
The best-ever collection we've ever seen to focus on the work of Linda Jones – one of our favorite female soul singers of the late 60s, but an artist who never fully hit the fame she deserved! Linda's got a hell of a voice – a sense of positive power that really stands out, right from ... (Soul)
Past Due, 1970s/1980s. 2CD
Two rare albums from Chicago soul singer Larry Dixon – plus an even more obscure array of rare singles and lost tapes from the same time too! The set begins with Larry's wonderful indie set I Am So In Love – originally issued on vinyl with a glued-on photocopy on the cover image! The ... (Soul)
Well, they definitely got the "strange" in the title right here – as the collection is one of the oddest assortment of Holiday tunes we've ever heard – but that's also what makes us like it so much too! We love Christmas music – and while we were raised on the classics, ... (Holiday Music)
Brownswood (UK), Late 2000s/Early 2010s. 2CD
A fantastic overview of the wonderful sounds that Gilles Peterson has been cooking up in Havana since 2009 – the rich array of artists he's collaborated with as part of the bigger Havana Cultura project – which has given great exposure to a whole new generation of brilliant Cuban ... (Latin)
One of the most hard-hitting albums we've ever heard from pianist Roberto Fonseca – a set that deeply digs back into an older Afro-Cuban sound – as you might guess from the title's backward-spelling of Cuba! The music here is surprisingly rich and full – not just Cuban flavoring ... (Jazz)
Hat Hut/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1979. Gatefold
Insanely beautiful work from the great Joe McPhee – an album that was recorded and intended to be issued during his groundbreaking stretch with Hat Art Records – but which never saw the light of day at the time! Why that happened, we're not entirely sure – because the album is ... (Jazz)
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