Big Break (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. 2CD
Funky Philly soul at its finest! This is the first-ever People's Choice compilation we've seen – all the more impressive for pulling together essential recordings made for the Philadelphia International, Casablanca, TSOP, West End and Phil-LA Of Soul labels – recordings that cover an ... (Soul)
Far Out (UK), 2017.
Beautiful modern bossa from Sabrina Malheiros! Sabrina has always had a genuine feel for classic Brazilian soul – she's the daughter of Alex Malheiros of Azymuth, so samba jazz, funk and soul are in her genes – and she really soars on this one. All the songs on Clareia are originals, ... (Brazil)
A great little comeback album for southern soul godfather Arthur Alexander! It was recorded during a period when Warner Brothers was really committed to cutting heavy soul albums, with singers like Lorraine Ellison and Paul Kelly, and Alexander sounds great in this setting. The record's got some ... (Soul)
Blue Erro Soul, 2017.
Eric Roberson's one of the few people who can make us fall in love again with his music from the very first note of a record – as he does here on the opening track, which is an incredibly soulful ode to the greatness of Clarie Huxtable! The set only gets better as it moves on – and ... (Neo Soul)
Elektra/Record Store Day, 1978. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The rare, long unreleased Television live album! Recorded at San Francisco's Old Waldorf in the summer of 1978, on the one-and-only US tour the band ever did as a headliner in their original 70s run, it's a revelatory and all too rare treasure. Television's well-known legacy as a mainstay in the ... (Rock)
Double Shot/Craft, 1967. (reissue)
A classic by Brenton Wood – one that crossed over big, and which was a real bright spot on the indie soul scene of the late 60s! Brenton's sound is kind of a swinging LA one – a bit pop in parts, but all-soul on the vocals, which are a bit sweet, but with a raspy edge that's always ... (Soul)
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971.
One of the few albums ever cut by reedman Dave Hubbard – a player who's probably best known for his soaring work with Lonnie Liston Smith in the 70s – but who steps out here with a very fresh voice of his own! At some level, the album's an update of the soul jazz style that Prestige ... (Jazz)
MPS (Germany), 1977.
A full-on electric jammer from Alphonse Mouzon – cut in the frenetic style of his Blue Note sides, but given an extra electric MPS twist! The lineup includes a host of strong European fusion players – including Miroslav Vitous on bass, Philip Catherine on guitars, and Joachim Kuhn on ... (Jazz)
Double Shot/Craft, 1967. (reissue)
Wonderful wonderful soul from Brenton Wood – one of the most unique singers of his day, and a talent whose voice worked well on so many types of numbers! This album's Brenton's second – a great follow-up to the first, and one that shows him pushing the envelope a lot in terms of the ... (Soul)
Unity through diversity from (U)nity! At the core, players Michael Valeanu, Axel Tosca, Chris Smith, Max Cudworth and Amaury Acosta bring a strong backdrop of Afro-Cuban inspired percussion, exciting early fusion-flavored electric guitar, sax and spacey keys, and with a huge group of contributors, ... (Jazz)
Milestone/Concord, 1974. (reissue)
One of the greatest Joe Henderson albums of the 70s – a suite of tracks dedicated to the four elements – and served up with some great accompaniment from Alice Coltrane! The style here is a wonderful mix of Coltrane's spirituality and Henderson's down-to-earth soulfulness – in a ... (Jazz)
Milestone (UK), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
An essential record from Gary Bartz – one of two albums he cut with Andy Bey, and the killer group he was calling his NTU Troup! Andy's vocals are incredible – light years ahead of anything he did with his sisters, and similar to those he laid down on his own solo album for Atlantic, ... (Jazz)
GAD (Poland), 1983. (reissue)
A weird and wonderful lost soundtrack from Polish composer Andrzej Korzynski – done for a movie that was essentially a children's story, but with a great array of unusual sounds and very cool 80s keyboards! The music is very much in par with some of Korzynski's other classics – and ... (Soundtracks)
John Pizzarelli on bossa jazz guitar and surprisingly sublime vocals – especially when dueting with Daniel Jobim – on a sweet little ode to the classic pairing of Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim a half century earlier! One of the most charming aspects of the Sinatra/Jobim work ... (Jazz)
Atlantic/Rhino, 1967. (reissue)
Aretha Arrives in great style – and a mixture between her earlier vocal jazz years at Columbia, and her later southern soul sides of the 60s! Arif Mardin is already arranging Aretha's work at this point, and the backing group includes southern soul studio giants like Spooner Oldham, Tommy ... (Soul)
A&M, Late 60s/1970s. 7CD
An incredibly deep dive into the first decade of the Fairport Convention! It begins with tunes from their debut on Polydor, and from there it pulls together highlights from their peak era albums on Island and Vertigo, plus tons of rarities – this one's great for those just discovering the ... (Folk/Country)
Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
Soaring grooves from Enchantment, one of the most appropriately-named groups in soul music history – and a pretty much perfect anthology of their classic work from the mid 70s to early 80s! The collection really gets to the heart and soul of the group – spanning their first single for ... (Soul)
Saturn/Cosmic Myth, 1965.
One of the most important Sun Ra albums from the early years of Saturn Records – a set that got a bit more circulation than some of his other records, and which shows the group really expanding their sonic range in a wonderful way! The title track takes up all of side one – and is this ... (Jazz)
Cinevox (Italy), 1970.
This Morricone soundtrack features some of the strangest instrumentation we've ever heard him use – and some of the most beautiful, too! The orchestrations are pretty heavy with some wild use of a mouth harp – not making slow quiet noises, as in some of the bigger westerns, but just ... (Soundtracks)
Smoke Sessions, 2017. 2CD
A strong double dose live set for Smoke Sessions led by guitarist Peter Bernstein – in a quartet setting with Christian McBride on bass, Brad Mehldau on piano and Gregory Hutchinson on drums – reconvening the the line-up that recorded Bernstein's Signs album on Criss Cross back in the ... (Jazz)
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