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Peacock/Playback, Late 60s/Early 70s.
The famous Duke/Peacock label was one of the most important forces in gospel music during the 50s and early 60s – home to some of the hippest, most soul-drenched acts – especially the male vocal groups that were helping transform the genre, and pave the way for lots of soul artists to ... (Funky Compilations)
EMI/Outernational (UK), 1968. (reissue)
An album that's every bit as cool as you might expect – a set that's very much in the same Indo-jazz experiments as saxophonist Joe Harriott, but with a slightly different approach overall! Although sitar is part of the instrumentation, there's also a fair bit of conventional jazz phrasing ... (Global Grooves)
Crimson (UK), Late 70s. 3CD
The 12" single is a format that only makes a good thing better – as it often allows for a bit more space to let a track open up, especially when in the hands of the right producer! The 31 tracks on this set are a perfect illustration of that fact – as they represent a huge wave of ... (Funky Compilations)
Gearbox (UK), 1964. (reissue)
A fantastically hip, free live performance from British saxophone giant Tubby Hayes – one that's much more open than some of his studio work from the time, and way different than the usual Ronnie Scotts live recording too! The album features one long track – "Modes & ... (Jazz)
GAD (Poland), Mid 60s.
A lost chapter in 60s modern European jazz – recordings made by a very hip quartet, working amidst a larger setting created by Polish Radio! The core group features two key names – pianist Wojciech Karolak and saxophonist Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – both of whom recorded some ... (Jazz)
Alston/Playback, Early 70s.
Fantastic funk from Beginning Of The End – one of the coolest, grooviest, most unique funk groups of the 70s – and one who've got a real criss-crossing of styles in their sound! As you'd guess from the title, these guys hail from Nassau, in the Bahamas – but their sound is hardly ... (Soul)
Mondo/Music On Vinyl (UK), Early 70s. (reissue)
A fantastic album by one of the greatest funky keyboard players of the 70s! Frank Cunimondo may have never made it out of his native Pittsburgh during much of the decade, but albums like this will forever ensure that his name be known in the ranks of groovers everywhere! The album features Frank ... (Jazz)
Columbia/Sony (UK), 1970s. 3CD
A fantastic collection of work from one of our favorite groups of all time – a jazz/soul combo born in our hometown of Chicago, and one who soared out to the masses in the 70s – to bring a message of pride and spirit to the world! This 3CD set features a huge amount of material from ... (Soul)
Ace (UK), Late 60s.
Right from the start, the brothers Gibb were recognized as some of the most striking songwriters of their generation – a fact that's sometimes lost, due to the trio's later disco fame in the spotlight – which obscures their huge impact as songwriters from the early years! This set ... (Rock)
Crimson (UK), Late 70s. 3CD
The 12" single was born in the 70s, and it instantly came of age in the disco generation – thanks to help from the sorts of wonderful grooves features in this set! The package is way more than just a batch of hit disco singles – as the range of material is nicely wide, and mixes ... (Funky Compilations)
Westbound (UK), Late 70s.
Fantastic solo work from Fuzzy Haskins – a key early member of the George Clinton P-Funk empire – breaking out here on his own with a fresh new take on the Parliafunkadelicment groove! The work here is pulled from two albums and other recordings (some unissued) that Fuzzy did for the ... (Soul)
Dub Store (Japan), 1980s/Early 90s.
King Jammy may have come to the reggae party a bit later than some of his famous predecessors – but the man's ears and studio talents helped provide a great way for the whole scene to move forward strongly – as you'll hear from these crucial productions from the key dancehall hears! ... (Reggae)
Greensleeves, 1983. (reissue)
A spiritual classic from Augustus Pablo – and a set that some consider his masterpiece! The album has Pablo completely in charge – producing, arranging, and really getting a chance to make the kind of music that showcases his righteous vision – instrumentals that have his own ... (Reggae)
Tony Pike/Jazzaggression (Finland), 1968. (reissue)
Bird Curtis isn't a single guy, but instead the title of the group – a conflation of the names of tenorist Ian Bird and trumpeter John Tewlaney Curtis – who both lead this fabulous British group from the end of the 60s! These guys are far less known than giants of their scene from the ... (Jazz)
Motown/Universal (UK), Late 60s. 5CD
Five classic Motown albums from The Temptations – packaged together here in tiny record-style sleeves! First up is The Temptations Sing Smokey – a set on which the group sing the work of Smokey Robinson – and they've even got Smokey along to help them out on production! Given ... (Soul)
Eje Thelin Trio with Bengt Hallberg
Dragon (Sweden), 1965.
These cats may be wearing tuxedos on the cover, but the sound within is anything but formal – as the record features the work of Swedish trombonist Eje Thelin at a really amazing point in his career! Thelin is an overlooked genius – a sound-shaper on a par with JJ Johnson at his mature ... (Jazz)
Dragon (Sweden), 1960. 4CD
The complete recordings of a legendary live cycle of shows in Stockholm from 1960 – material that was previously issued on two different 2LP sets during the album era, now brought together here with bonus tracks too! The first third of the set features incredible work from the team of Miles ... (Jazz)
One of the rawest records we've ever heard from saxophonist Teodross Avery – a set that's very stripped-down, and only just features his tenor alongside drums from Marvin Bugalu Smith! The open setting has Avery really stretching out, in ways we've never heard before – maybe starting ... (Jazz)
Sonorama (Germany), 1962/1963.
A much-needed addition to the too-small catalog of work by this groundbreaking group from the European scene of the 60s – a quintet of Danish modernists who have a sound that's still wonderfully bright and brilliant after all these years! The album comes from tapes that were recorded in the ... (Jazz)
Sony (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. 3CD
The coolest collection we've ever seen on Toots Thielemans – a truly unique, truly wonderful musician who can not only play jazzy harmonica and guitar, but also whistle beautifully in a way that's been used by countless other artists over the years! Toots has made a number of great records ... (Jazz)
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