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ALA/Modern Harmonic, 1976. Gatefold (reissue)
A fantastic album of bad-rapping spoken material from Iceberg Slim – one of the hippest 70s sets of its type, and a great audio tribute to the man who wrote the books Pimp, Trick Baby, and Mama Black Widow! Slim reads his own work in a very laidback style, but one with a slinky, pimpish feel ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Suicida/Apocalipse
Mr Bongo (UK), 1966. (pic cover, reissue)
Very rare work from the Brazilian scene of the 60s – an early single from the group O Seis, who later morphed into Os Mutantes! The vibe here is maybe a bit straighter than that group's Tropicalia classics, but there's definitely a strong sense of darkness, too – as you'd guess from ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Philharmony
Alfa/Light In The Attic, 1982. Gatefold (reissue)
A beautiful set of electronic work from Haruomi Hosono – done during some time away from Yellow Magic Orchestra during the early 80s, and with a vibe that's like an even more playful, poetic take on his sounds with that famous group! Keyboards and other electronics rule the sonic space here ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Lion, Early 70s.
A totally cool collection of unusual cumbia cuts from 70s Peru – music that definitely earns the psychedelic tag promised in the title, given its heavy use of electric guitars and trippy production! The style here is different than more familiar cumbia from Colombia – rooted in the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Saudade
Blue Note (Japan), 1974.
One of the rare Blue Note gems from Brazilian arranger/composer Moacir Santos – an album of incredible warmth and charm, with a sound that's hardly been duplicated again! Santos is usually best known for his early bossa arrangements in the 60s, but here he's working in the US – hitting ... CD (Brazil CD)
Live At Montreux
Blue Note (Japan), 1973.
Mindblowing music from Bobbi Humphrey – a set cut during her legendary early 70s run for Blue Note – but a live session with a very different vibe than her studio work! The tracks are all long and very spontaneous – not nearly as tied to larger arrangements as some of Bobbi's ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Note (Japan), 1970.
Pivotal work from Duke Pearson – a brilliant set that perfectly sums up all the criss-crossing of styles he was working on in the late 60s – and comes up with a wonderful blend of electric jazz, Brazilian rhythms, and just a touch of 70s soul! Pearson plays some sweet Fender Rhodes on ... CD (Jazz CD)
Virgin Witch
Trunk (UK), 1971.
A fantastic score for the obscure British sexploitation film Virgin Witch – and, like so many musical moments of the genre, a set that's maybe far more fantastic than the images for which it was created! Ted Dicks maybe isn't the best known name in British film scoring – although he ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Iron Mountain Analog Research/Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s. Gatefold
A fantastic little set that looks at themes of hard work and labor in postwar country music – territory that certainly opened up with the success of the Merle Travis tune "Sixteen Tons" – and which took very different forms in country music than the same topic in folk and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)
Le Pacha (with bonus tracks)
We Want Sounds (UK), 1967. (reissue)
Stunning sounds from the team of Serge Gainsbourg and Michel Colombier – and maybe the most perfect example of why Gainsbourg soundtracks can be so great! Le Pacha is a wonderful blend of trippy touches and more subtle jazzy moments, plus bits of electric sitar and bassy funk – ... CD (French CD)
Extra Soul Perception
Solid State/Dusty Groove, 1968.
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by Monk Higgins – a genius musician/arranger who first got his start on the Chicago scene of the 60s, then moved out to the west coast at the end of the decade – where he also helped inject some funky new sounds into the Blue Note label! ... CD (Jazz CD)
Omni/Iron Mountain Analog Research (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. Gatefold
Tortured souls and troubled hearts – served up here in a dark set of narratives from the classic years of country music! As with previous volumes in this excellent series, the package goes way beyond the big hits, to turn up lots of great songs from the shadowy corners of country – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)
Mondo, 2018. 2LP Gatefold
A fantastic second soundtrack for the Luke Cage series – maybe even funkier and more focused than the first! Adrian Younge brings lots of his 70s-styled blacksploitation modes to bear hear, but Ali Shaheed Muhammad also helps give things a crispier, more contemporary vibe – like ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Finders Keepers (UK), 1973. (reissue)
A dark little soundtrack that we'd pitch right up there with The Wicker Man or Rosemary's Baby – and one with a sound that's somewhere in between those two classics! The work was penned for an obscure early 70s film in the Czech new wave – and features music that's sometimes a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Mr Jones
Blue Note (Japan), 1969/1972.
A overlooked gem in Elvin Jones' Blue Note career – and an album that's virtually the blueprint for the Stone Alliance sound forged later in the decade by bassist Gene Perla and reedman Steve Grossman! Both players are working to full effect on this smoking little set – mixing some of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Stag O Lee (Germany), 1950s/Early 60s.
Skip the "rock" in the title, because this set is pure blues all the way through – filled with rare treasures from those years when the electric guitar first started dominating the music – with a heady sound that rang from the Chicago scene down to Texas – and all the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues LP)
Numero, 1960s.
A great little look not just at a small indie label of the 60s – but also that decade's larger underground music scene – served up here on a set of recordings done for the tiny Cleopatra label in New Jersey! There's definitely lots of those "wanna be hitmaker" cuts that can ... CD (Rock CD)
Tava Tava Rare (Italy), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Rare funky tracks from vintage Japanese television – most of them quite short, but totally groovy too – and served up here in a package that's full of discovery and lots of exciting musical moments! Most of the tunes have a straightforward funky vibe – a bit like cop show funk ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Bra/The Message
Mr Bongo (UK), Early 70s. (pic cover, reissue)
Two funky killers on a reissue 45! Cymande's "Bra" is a dub-heavy classic – rolling along at a compelling midtempo groove, with scattershot bass and drums, and these cool flanged out rasta vocals that make the cut super-righteous! "The Message" is probably the group's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Capitol/Now Again, 1969.
One of the greatest albums ever by studio genius David Axelrod! The album's one of Axelrod's first on his own – cut for Capitol Records at a time when he was working with some of the label's biggest selling soul acts – like Cannonball Adderley and Lou Rawls – turning their ... CD (Jazz CD)
BBE (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
A huge discovery in music – most of which we've never heard before, and which shows that the Boston scene was getting pretty busy during the classic club years – even if the city's grooves never reached the same fame as cuts from New York, Philly, and other points south! The package is ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends (with bonus tracks)
A&M/Tapete (Germany), 1967.
One of our favorite records of all time – a landmark piece of 60s pop that we'd easily rank with the best work by Brian Wilson, Millennium, Gary Usher, Van Dyke Parks, or any of those other California sunny-eyed hipsters! The style is sweet A&M Records vocal pop – with an emphasis ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Matt The Cat (with bonus tracks)
Out-Sider (Spain), 1978. (reissue)
A bit bolder than Matthew Cassell's first album – but still with all the best elements nicely in place! This self-released EP expands Cassell's sound a bit with the addition of backing vocals, tenor, trumpet, and cello – but the core sound still comes mostly from Matt's great vocals, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Soul Of Cash
Soul Step, 2018.
An unusual idea for a record, but a great one too – the songs of Johnny Cash, but reinterpreted in a soul music style – one that's particularly in an old school mode that recalls the sound of late 60s/early 70s Memphis! Imagine if Johnny Cash had wandered away from Nashville, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Viva Disco
Afrodisia/Mr Bongo (UK), 1980. (reissue)
Long live disco, but not the sort that was big on the American scene of the 70s – as Tunde Mabadu serves up a nicely lean version of the music here – filled with Nigerian funk elements, and plenty of his own great work on tenor and alto sax! The tunes are jumpy, jaunty, and plenty darn ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Redefinition, 2000s/2018. 4 x 7 inch
A 4 X 7" testament to the longevity and timeless craft of 3 hip hop legends – MC Edo G and masterful producers DJ Premier & Pete Rock! It's a great little round up of old school style rap singles in a single package, pairing vocal versions with instrumentals, with 4 rock solid tracks ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Hip Hop 7-inch)
Paraiso
Alfa/Light In The Attic, 1978. Gatefold (reissue)
A pivotal album from the legendary Haruomi Hosono – a set that still has some of the more conventional rock elements of his earlier work (although still always a bit offbeat – as per his genius!) – but one that also maybe brings in some of the electronic elements that would soon ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Capitol/Omnivore, 1975.
A lost Buck Owens album from the 70s – a set that was supposed to be his final record for Capitol, but which was never issued at the time – and sat undiscovered for years in the archives! Turns out, the record's a real gem through and through – nicely understated, surprisingly ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Free Mammals
Visible/Feeding Tube, 1979. (reissue)
Pure sonic madness – a set of mostly-duets between Owen Maercks on guitars and Charles K Noyes on percussion and home-made saxophone – very much in the best wave of unbridled expression that flowed from the American scene in the late 70s! The style here is post-avant, post-loft jazz, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
GAD (Poland), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A killer look at the ultra-obscure world of Polish sound library recordings in the 60s and 70s – music that's even rarer than the small pressing albums from Western Europe at the time, and equally groovy as well! The track selection here is superb – handled by the Soul Service team who ... CD (Sound Library CD)
Les Soleils De L'Ile De Paques
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), Early 70s. 2LP Gatefold
Two unreleased soundtracks from electronic genius Bernard Parmegiani – both surprisingly tuneful, although also equally abstract! The songs for Les Soleils De L'Ile De Paques are mostly in a cyclical mode – like more condensed versions of some of the long-spun keyboard experiments by ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
5 Ran Do Cepice (with bonus tracks)
Supraphon/GAD (Poland), 1972.
Some of the most adventurous work we've ever heard from Czech reedman Jiri Stivin – a batch of tracks that has him working with a hip array of players from the European scene – all in modes that are as free-thinking and open as some of the best Polish jazz from the time! Stivin shows ... CD (Jazz CD)
Omni Sight Seeing
Epic/Light In The Attic, 1989. Gatefold (reissue)
The title's a bit strange, but it turns out to be a surprisingly great fit for this enigmatic album from Haruomi Hosono – a set that he bills as sort of a journey in sound, although one that's served up mostly by the man himself – as he mixes electronics with a range of acoustic source ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Downbeat Jazz Awards 1976
Hi Hat, 1976.
A fantastic set of sweet electric jazz from the 70s – featuring a group comprised of winners from the Downbeat Magazine poll in 1976! The material was recorded as part of a live radio broadcast, and features an announcer from time to time – calling attention to individual members who ... CD (Jazz CD)
All Sorts Of Heroes/Scandinavian Wastes
Finders Keepers (UK), 1976/1982. (pic cover)
Two rare tracks from the hands of Martin Hannett – the groundbreaking producer whose sense of electronics was such an important contribution to the post-punk recording scene in the UK! "All Sorts Of Heroes" is a surprisingly funky number – done with Steve Hopkins for a film, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Carry My Heart
Verve (Italy), 2018.
A beautifully soulful album from Indra Rios Moore – a singer who was living in Brooklyn a few years ago, but only found herself in the spotlight after moving overseas, and working with a great little combo in Denmark! This album's Indra's second, and features an even tighter, more ... CD (Vocalists CD)
In Sound/Soft Samba
Verve/Ace (UK), 1965.
A pair of fantastic albums from vibes master and genius arranger Gary McFarland – back to back on a single CD! First up is The In Sound – one of the grooviest albums of the 60s – a sublime blend of jazz, bossa, and easy – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ace (UK), 1950s.
Fantastic sounds from the Bay Area scene of the 50s – more than enough to showcase a legacy of R&B as strong as postwar work from LA! The music here is great – tight, lively, and often very witty – with the sharpness of jump blues and pre-soul work from south Cali labels like ... CD (Soul CD)
Extensions
Blue Note (Japan), 1970.
Brilliant work as a leader from McCoy Tyner – and easily one of his most righteous albums ever – a true batch of spiritual gems that really takes the John Coltrane legacy one step further! Most numbers build with a modal vibe that's more Impulse Records than Blue Note – and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Issue 82
Shindig, 2018.
Shindig's got a pretty hefty cover feature on the Small Faces during the time of their legendary Ogden's Nut Gone Flake album – as you might guess from the great photo on the cover! There's also lots of wicked 60s action in articles on Manfred Mann and The Action – as well as other ... Magazine (Magazine)
Chapter One/RPM (UK), Late 60s.
Really compelling solo work from Roger James – a UK music industry figure who spent countless hours on session work in the 60s, then was able to cut this sole record as a leader for the Chapter One label at the start of the 70s! Roger's got an unusual approach here – a mode that's ... CD (Rock CD)
Ronda
Feeding Tube, 2018. 2LP
Quite an unusual setting for the drum and percussion work of the mighty Hamid Drake – as the set features his much-hailed talents in the company of the spacey Mako Sica combo! The group's music is maybe a bit more abstract than jazz – although it's still created from familiar elements ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Beast Must Die EP
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1959. (pic cover)
A tense crime soundtrack from Japan – served up in a host of shorter tracks with a really evocative feel! There's a definite jazz bent to some of the music, but given the brevity of the tunes, most numbers don't have standout solos – just strong use of key sonic elements in a really ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Lord Of Lords
Impulse/Superior Viaduct, 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
Beautifully high concept work from Alice Coltrane – the kind of record you'd use to announce the arrival of a new king – or lord, for that matter! The record features Coltrane at the head of a large group of string players – creating a full, rich sound that serves as the backdrop ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
ABC/Universal (Japan), 1956.
A fantastic bit of lost hardbop – an obscure ABC album that has Kenny Dorham working with his Jazz Prophets group! The combo's a quintet with a unique lineup that includes Dick Katz on piano, JR Monterose on tenor, Sam Jones on bass, and Arthur Edgehill on drums – and the whole set's ... CD (Jazz CD)
Transatlantic/Esoteric (UK), Early 70s. 2CD
Gryphon look like real Renaissance men on the cover – and they often sound that way, too – given that some of their instrumentation includes older woodwind instruments like the bassoon and crumhorn! Yet as the group grew, they also quickly picked up more electric elements too – ... CD (Rock CD)
Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s. 2CD
A trio of wonderful albums from The Whispers – with a bit of bonus tracks too! First up is One For The Money – one of our favorite Whispers albums of the 70s – thanks to wonderful work from Philly soul maestro Norman Harris! Harris produced the record, and also played guitar on ... CD (Soul CD)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1981.
One of the first true moments of genius from producer Hal Willner – the man who helped open up so many ears to diverse music with projects like these! The album's a tribute to the music of Nino Rota, as used in the films of Federico Fellini – but rather than just be a slavish remake, ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Tachibana
Tachibana/BBE (UK), 1975.
A real mindblower from the Japanese scene of the 70s – a perfect illustration of why that world of records was so incredible during the decade! The music here is spiritual, but also somewhat free – served up by musicians who'd clearly been inspired by John Coltrane and the Impulse ... CD (Jazz CD)
Ugly Things, 2018.
Elvis Presley finally made the grade – appearing here on the cover of Ugly Things, with a great long article that offers up a reappraisal of his career! As usual, though, the magazine covers lots more deeper, darker territory from the 60s music scene – with articles on The Other Half, ... Magazine (Magazine)
Qualquer Coisa
Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1975.
A really overlooked album from Caetano Veloso – one that's quite different than the more experimental modes of records like his Tropicalia sets, or his Araca Azul record – but with a unique charm that makes it every bit as special as those! The set's quite stripped-down and personal ... CD (Brazil CD)
Charisma/Earth, 1975.
Bert Jansch's second mid 70s effort for Charisma, and also the second title that's an ode to Southern Cali from the Scottish born folk singer/guitar player – and a great one! Although LA turnaround had it's moments of larger instrumentation, Jansch's voice and guitar was a defining ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Moto Grosso Feio
Blue Note (Japan), 1970.
A perfect illustration of the rich new directions Wayne Shorter was taking at the start of the 70s – an amazing flurry of sounds and styles that's light years ahead of where he began in the 60s! Shorter's one of those players who was already great at the start – an amazing tenorist, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Pacific Paradise
Subliminal Sounds (Sweden), 1940s/1950s.
A fantastic tribute to the enigmatic Paul Page – an exotic music genius from the west coast scene of the postwar years – but one who never reached the fame of bigger names like Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, or Webley Edwards! Page spent his later years in Hawaii, and right from the start ... CD (Now Sound CD)
Colours
A&M/Elemental (Spain), 1968.
The colors are rich, but gentle too – like a palette of pastels, all sung by the lovely Claudine Longet! The album's got a slightly more mature feel than some of Longet's first for A&M – great Nick DeCaro arrangements that show some of the deeper elements creeping into pop at the ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Nick The Chopper
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1976.
Baris Manco was one of the leading lights of the Turkish music scene in the 70s, but that didn't stop him from setting his sights on points farther west – as you'll hear on this funky gem from the mid 70s, complete with English language lyrics for the sorts of tunes that could have burst out ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Mustang Cor De Sangue
Odeon/Elemental (Spain), 1969.
One of the greatest records ever by the legendary Marcos Valle – a set of pure genius that's beyond description – easily one of the key records that's got him so well-remembered in recent years! The record takes Valle's earlier bossa style, and filters it through a late 60s sense of ... CD (Brazil CD)
EMI/Real Gone, 1978. (reissue)
A great one from X-Ray Spex – one of the strongest of the first generation punks of the 70s – a group fronted by the amazing Poly Styrene, and blessed with some incredibly catchy tunes! There's a poppy playfulness to most of these tracks, underneath the fierce, full-on energy of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Issue #99 – Summer 2018
SNC (UK), 2018.
A vital return for Straight No Chaser – three decades since the debut issue in 1988 and only the second issue in over a decade – as deep in coverage and as beautiful to look at as any issue they've ever published! #99 is 132 pages of passionate, uncompromising reading on jazz-rooted, ... Magazine (Magazine)
MAP (Italy), 2001.
Themes from Bach, but swung quite strongly – and taken in a very different direction than some of the well-known French recordings of the 60s! Sante Palumbo is a pianist, but also works here on Hammond and other keyboards too – in a group that's got a very strong dynamic range, and isn' ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Victor (Japan), 1983.
Sweet fusion from Native Son – the excellent Japanese combo that features the mighty Takeiro Honda on Fender Rhodes and keyboards! The whole thing soars along in a style that's right in keeping with the cover – sunny, but never too slick – with a nice edge at times, thanks to ... CD (Jazz CD)
Glaciers
Foreign Exchange, 2018.
Keyboardist, composer and aural adventurer Nicolay working with NC experimental jazzy fusion combo The Hot At Nights – mixing dense melodies and breezy atmosphere with a tight live band dynamic! We've admired Nicolay for a long time, and it's been rewarding to see and hear him evolve from ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Eyes In The Dirt
Weird Cry, 2018.
CD...$8.99 10.00
Really haunting duets from these two California reedman – both playing woodwinds in a variety of formats, but with an especially strong emphasis on saxophones! The tunes have this open, airy quality that's different than most free improvisations – more meditative and spiritual, with an ... CD (Jazz CD)
Hi Hat, 1978.
Really great live work from the always-enigmatic Carla Bley – a set of tracks from one of her great ensembles of the 70s, and one that shows that her brilliance as a leader worked equally well in a spontaneous setting as it did in the studio! The tracks are long, magnificent, and full of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Gulden Karabocek Vol 1
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Mid 70s.
Really lovely work from Gulden Karabocek – a Turkish singer in the 70s who made some really fantastic music – a cool mix of styles you might know from Arabesk rock, combined with groovier production modes that sometimes make the songs sound nice and funky! Karabocek draws a lot from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
On The Avenue
Blue Note (Japan), 1974.
Massive keyboard work from Ronnie Foster – one of his sweet funky 70s sets for Blue Note – and a killer all the way through! Ronnie plays a host of cool keys – Hammond, clavinet, and moog – and he's working here with tight production from George Benson, who really helps ... CD (Jazz CD)
C89 (3CD set)
Cherry Red (UK), Late 80s. 3CD
The British scene right at the cusp of the big time – tracks from a moment when the always-indie world of the C86 generation was just about to break into much wider territory, including a fair bit of crossover fame on this side of the Atlantic as well! The fuzzy touches of the Creation ... CD (Rock CD)
We Release Jazz (Switzerland), 1970.
The film is a legendary directorial effort from Jean-Pierre Melville – but the music is equally great, too – handled by the excellent Eric Demarsan, and performed by a wonderful lineup of French jazz musicians! Tracks are relatively short, but have a great sense of feeling – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Columbia/Real Gone, 1971. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The landmark album from Hampton Grease Band – a group who were every bit as weird and wonderful as contemporaries like Captain Beefheart and Frank Zappa – and who work here with a similar sense of wit and freeplay in their instrumentation! Given that the group originally had some blues ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Impulse, 1963. 2CD
A rare gem that's worth all the attention it's bound to get over the years – never-issued material from the legendary John Coltrane Quartet – an instrumental session recorded at Rudy Van Gelder's studio on the day before his famous record with singer Johnny Hartman – completely ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s.
A deeper set of grooves than usual from Tabu Records – not just the label's hits or disco singles, but a well-chosen batch of tracks that fits nicely with the other collections in the Free Soul series! Most numbers here are mellow or midtempo – and they step around with a mix of modern ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Camille 2000
Camille 3000 (Italy), 1970.
One of the coolest classics from the glory days of the Italian soundtrack scene – a set that perfectly brings together all the funky, jazz, and mod-styled touches of the great Piero Piccioni – on a record that's maybe had more life over the years than the film did on the screen! The ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Minky, 1971. (reissue)
Lots of great things were happening in the East LA music scene of the late 60s – where a love of harmony soul, garage rock, and other styles were able to cross big musical boundaries – thanks to a love of both the listeners and the artists who helped create such a vibrant musical ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Le Saut De L'Ange/RAS
Transversales Disques (France), 1971/1973.
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
EMI/Mr Bongo (UK), Late 70s.
There may be lots of tambourine at this party, but there's plenty more as well – including some monstrous basslines that instantly make the record a treasure for fans of any funk styles from the 70s! In fact, despite the Nigerian origin of the set, it's probably just as reasonable for you to ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Secret Lover
Blue Candle/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
A fantastic album from deep soul singer Paulette Reeves – one of the most unique talents of her generation, and an artist who's never fully gotten her due! Paulette's got a southern soul range in her vocals, and works here with Miami TK arrangements from Clarence Reid – but she also ... CD (Soul CD)
Playwright (Japan), Late 2000s/2010s. 2CD Gatefold
A huge collection of work from this Japanese bossa combo – one who've quietly been giving the world some great music for more than a decade, even if only a select few have fully been able to appreciate their grooves! The music is almost like the west coast take on bossa nova that emerged in ... CD (Brazil CD)
Only Old
Far Out (UK), 2018.
The cover image is a cutup of global scenes and cities – and that's a great way to represent the music of Ben Hauke – as the London producer works very much in the best cultural criss-crossing mode that we've come to love from the Far Out label! The style here is more in the mode of ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Runaway Slave
Payday/Island, 1992. (reissue)
A legendary record from Show & AG – and one of the best of the early 90s from the DITC camp! Runaway Slave came about during the end of an era when major labels still seemed to be hungry to popularize underground hip hop without watering it down – with London/Polygram stepping in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Sweet Lou
Blue Note (Japan), 1974.
Sweet Lou, but funky Lou too – a perfect blend of modes that makes for one of Donaldson's last great albums for Blue Note! The set's got some fuller arrangements from Horace Ott – but given Ott's work in the indie soul world during the 60s, there's still a nice edge to the record too ... CD (Jazz CD)
Sisters
Nature Sounds, 1979. Gatefold (reissue)
A rare gem – featuring previously unissued material from Weldon Irvine's incredible late 70s creative peak! The tracks are a mixture of straight mellow jazz and funk, with a similar feel to some of the Arista/GRP titles from the time by artists like Don Blackman, Tom Brown, and Bobby Broom ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Soundway (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s.
A captivating slice of work from Brazil – not the samba, bossa, or even Tropicalia sounds you might be used to – but instead a selection of tracks that owe plenty to the changes in soul, rock, and pop that took place in the Anglo world during the 80s! Much of this music has a fair bit ... CD (Brazil CD)
Vanguard/Craft, 1968. (reissue)
We love our Buddy Guy here in Chicago – and this set cut for Vanguard, one of his first full solo albums with his own band will always be a favorite! Buddy's late 60s sound was as charismatic as he'd always be, but there's an understated approach to his lead that's really wonderful, and hits ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues LP)
Directions
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1975.
One of the rarest soul records on Brunswick! This one was cut during the mid 70s – when the label was really having some rough times financially, but also was cutting some of its most groundbreaking soul work. The Directions are a tight harmony quintet – equipped, it appears, with ... CD (Soul CD)
Easy Mind Painful Head
Weird Cry, 2018.
CD...$8.99 10.00
Rough-edged, raw work from the great Eugene Chadbourne – a set that almost takes us back to his earliest days as an improvising musician – as the sound here comes from just spare duets with saxophonist Rob Magill! Chadbourne reminds us just why his string improvisation technique was so ... CD (Jazz CD)
Cantos
Big Crown, 2018.
Soulful and spiritual sounds from Yoruban via Brooklyn combo Okonkolo! There's a wonderful sonic range here – with voices, bata drum and coro strngs at the core – often taking flight on Cantos with some really nice additional strings and horns that bring the songs to soaring, sometimes ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Weird Love
Big Time/Numero, 1986. (reissue)
Aussie punk trailblazers The Scientists near the end of their run in the mid 80s and ready to go out in a fuzz-drenched blaze of glory! The Scientists always sounded like something out of only their own little subsect of the space time continuum, but this really doesn't sound like something out of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Columbia, 2018. 2LP Gatefold
Stunning soul from The Internet – a group who just seem to get better and better with each new record – to the point where we fell in love with this set after hearing just the first few notes! The sound is wonderful – warm, but funky – bottom-heavy, but soaring to the skies ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Travel Light
First Word (UK), 2018. 2LP Gatefold
Beautifully bottom-heavy sounds from Children of Zeus – a British duo who effortlessly blend together elements from hip hop and contemporary soul – very much in the spirit of the London sounds that first pricked up our ears at the start of the 90s, even if the approach here is much more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
953 West
Wooden Nickel/Wounded Bird, 1975.
The album's title is a reference to an address on the north side of Chicago – 953 West Belmont Ave – somewhat gritty at the time the album was recorded, now not too far from a giant Target discount store! Yet the address, the cover, and the overall presentation are a great example of ... CD (Rock CD)
Benzaiten
Antilles/Oom Dooby Dochas (Germany), 1976. (reissue)
A really unique project from guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a player you might know from his smoother fusion sets at the end of the 70s – but who works here in a very trippy blend of Japanese instrumentation and electric jazz! Kitajima handles a heck of a lot of strings – both ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Impacto
Fermata/Vinilisssimo (Spain), 1964. (reissue)
Great early work from Brazilian saxophonist Hector Costita – a blend of jazz and bossa that's totally great – and a fair bit different than some of the other records of the time! The style here isn't just simple bossa with saxophone over the top – and instead, Hector changes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Sextet
Factory/Mute, 1982.
Quite possibly the funkiest album ever by the groundbreaking British group A Certain Ratio – filled with lots of heavy post-disco bass and percussion, all rattling away with the energy of some of the best work on Ze Records a the time! The group's dark moody feel is still largely in place, ... CD (Rock CD)
Jazzgroupiez, 2018.
The Jazzgroupiez showcase their biggest influences on the cover – a great reworking of the Great Day In Harlem photo, but with images of Kamasi Washington, Common, Gregory Porter, and many other contemporary talents! That blend of classic and current really comes through in the music – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Boobie Knight & The Universal Lady – Earth Creature
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1974.
Crazy funk from a crazy-costumed geezer with an equally crazy name – one of those lost rare funky nuggets that's every bit as great as you might guess from the cover and title! Boobie Knight's a killer here – and works in a groove that's somewhere between Sly & The Family Stone and ... CD (Soul CD)
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1970.
They're young and tough – and especially wonderful too – easily one of the most compelling harmony soul groups to ever hail from the Windy City! The set's a Chicago soul gem from the early 70s – recorded with a laidback, slightly tripped-out vibe that's different than the tighter ... CD (Soul CD)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1974. (reissue)
Maybe the most righteous album ever from reedman Harold Vick – a crowning achievement of all his soulful years in jazz, cut as one of the key 70s releases on Strata East! Vick is fantastic here – light years ahead of his work as the funky tenorist on 60s albums by John Patton and Jack ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Mutha's Nature
Polydor/LMLR (France), 1977.
A fantastic late 70s album from James Brown – maybe one of his last true classics of the decade! The vibe's shifted a bit since the Payback era, but the sound is still totally great – as James is working closely here with Charles Sherrell (aka Sweet Charles) – in a style that's ... CD (Soul CD)
Polygram (Brazil), 1971.
An incredible live album from Gal Costa – one that's easily as great as any of her studio albums from the time! But unlike the studio albums, the style here is quite spare and intimate – a very personal presentation of Gal's music, recorded in a way that has her starting out nearly ... CD (Brazil CD)
Nashboro/Third Man, 1950s/Early 60s.
A fantastic collection of postwar gospel recordings from the legendary Nashboro Records – one of the most important imprints for the music back in the 50s and 60s! We rank the work of Nashboro right up with the famous Houston-bred productions of Peacock Records – and as Peacock was ... LP, Vinyl record album (Gospel LP)
History Of Nothing
Trost (Austria), 2018.
Breathily-blown brilliance from tenor saxophonist Rodrigo Amado – working here in a very well-matched frontline that features the mighty Joe McPhee on pocket trumpet and soprano sax – both instruments he uses with a deftness that takes us back to is early albums on Hat Hut! Both ... CD (Jazz CD)
Washington Classics, 2018.
Neo-classic jazzy hip hop from Funky DL – putting a contemporary spin on a style of hip hop that recalls classics like Tribe Called Quest's Midnight Marauders one hand – rich with jazz breaks and inspiration – but more intimate, straight-forward and skillful rhyme craft on the ... CD (Hip Hop CD)
GAM/Radio Martiko (Belgium), Late 70s. (reissue)
Sweet summer nights from Abdou El Omari – a fantastic album of keyboard tracks recorded in Casablanca – and done with an enigmatic sound that's completely amazing! The music is both electric and timeless – 70s-styled, but ancient – and in some ways, the mix of exotic and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1981. 2LP (reissue)
Derek Bailey sounds incredible here on Aida – not the famous opera written by Verdi, but instead a series of long, live improvisations dedicated to the late Aida Akira! Bailey is mindblowing throughout – playing at a level that easily makes you understand why his talents on the guitar ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Barclay/We Want Sounds (France), 1985.
Don Cherry was always pushing boundaries in his music – working not just at the forefront of avant jazz, but also combining other elements from global cultures – first at a more acoustic level in his European experiments of the 70s – but also later with a bit of an electric vibe, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Children Of The Sun
Golden Dawn Arkestra, 2018.
An interesting change from this offbeat spiritual ensemble – a set that's still every bit as cosmic before, but in a way that's maybe more psych-oriented and fuzzy at times – then mixed with some deeper funk elements at other points! Thematically, many of the lyrics could work in their ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Bronson Recordings, 2018.
A special set put together to celebrate the BC studios in Brooklyn – the 35-year home of producer Martin Bisi – with work from members of groups that he helped record over the years – including artists from Sonic Youth, Swans, Foetus/JG Thirlwell, Pop1280, Live Skull, White Hills, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Agogo (Germany), 2018.
A great little idea for a project – one that has groovy sounds from the Agogo label reinterpreted by jazz arranger Lutz Krajenski – but always in a way that hangs on to all the soul of the originals! Lutz plays some really wonderful keyboards – deeply soulful throughout, in a ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Jazz & People (France), 2018.
Thiefs are a jazz combo at the core – outfitted with saxes, acoustic bass, and drums – but all three members also use a fair bit of electronics, and do so in a way that opens the door to a range of different voices that help shape the sound of the record! The mode is a bit like some of ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
BGO (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
3 great CTI records from Jim Hall – including work with Art Farmer, Chet Baker & Hubert Laws – in a great 2CD set! Concierto is one Hall's most compelling albums from the 70s – a mix of lightly swinging tunes and more complicated numbers, recorded with some of his best ... CD (Jazz CD)
Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1970. (reissue)
Essential early material by Gal Costa! The record is her first after the immediate Tropicalia years, and it's a stunning blend of styles that seems to draw heavily from changes going on in the American rock scene at the time. The core of the music is still steeped in Brazilian elements – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Spiral Steps
Kitty/Universal (Japan), 1976.
Jun Fukamachi has plenty of keyboards here – Fender Rhodes, Hammond organ, Clavinet, minimoog, and many more – using them all to great effect amidst tight funky backings by a lineup that also includes work from The Brecker Brothers and trombonist Barry Rogers! The set's in the more ... CD (Jazz CD)
Accidental Nomad
Ropeadope, 2018.
CD...$8.99 14.99
This set's the first we've heard from pianist Dimitrije Vasiljevic, and we're guessing he won't be a nomad for long – given the strength of both his writing and work as a leader on the album! The cover's a bit unassuming, but the album comes on with a bold sort of power right from the start ... CD (Jazz CD)
Little Brown Eyed Soul
Key Loc/Big Crown, Late 60s. (reissue)
One of our favorites ever cut by Tex-Mex soulsters Sunny & The Sunliners – largely because it's got some really nice funk tracks! The album features a set of all English language tracks – with Sunny Ozuna singing in his best sweet soul style on the ballad tracks, and hitting a raw ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Real Gone, Early 60s.
Fantastic early work from Willie Nelson – material that was originally recorded as demo tapes for the music company of Ray Price – the country singer who hit big with a few of Willie's key young compositions! Yet the sound here is all Willie Nelson, all the way through – ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), Mid 70s.
Funky genius from Poland's Jerzy Milian – a vibes player we normally know in much smaller settings, but who sounds great here in an MPS-styled big band album from the 70s! The tracks are relatively short and punchy – all with some great rhythms and a fair bit of drum breaks too – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Worthy/Strut (UK), 1966.
A pair of rare albums from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – back to back on a single CD! First up is Afro Latin Soul Vol 1 – pure insanity from the mighty Mulatu – one of his few American albums from the 60s! The record's an incredible blend of New York Latin and some of the more ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Discobertas (Brazil), 1965/1966/1975. 3CD
A fantastic collection of work from this legendary harmony group from Brazil – not a set of the female quartet's famous albums, but instead some rare material that (we think) appears here for the first time ever! The first CD is titled Contrapunto – and features a tremendous live date ... CD (Brazil CD)
Redefinition, 2018.
DJ Spinna's third and maybe best beat tape yet for the Redefinition label! It's head nodding beatcraft with raw soul power, but going deeper than that with some seriously deft use of samples and layered atmospheric elements. The beats clap and the bass bounces, keeping it in straight forward boom ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Motown/Real Gone, Early 70s.
Lost late material from the great Bobby Darin – more than two albums' worth of songs, all of which appear here for the first time ever! After some late 60s years in the folk wilderness, Bobby made a surprising step to Motown Records at the start of the 70s – and while the label did ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Struggle
Folkways, 1946/1976. (reissue)
Folk legend Woody Guthrie was no stranger to struggle – which is the subject highlighted in most of these tunes – pulled together in the shape of this album, which offered a great counterpoint to the Bicentennial madness in America when it was released in 1976! The titles of the songs ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)
Blueprint (with bonus tracks)
Nature Sounds, 2018.
Prolific, reliable independent hip hop mainstay Blu joins forces with Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra and go-to producer of adventurous figures from all over the underground and mainstream hip hop soul scenes – and both are in inspired form here! There's a deep, murky sound that serves it well – ... CD (Hip Hop CD)
Basement Beat
Sunflower Soul, 2018.
CD...$9.99 10.98
Slinky Hammond organ grooves and feverish boogaloo soul from Kansas City combo Chris Hazlelton's Boogaloo 7 – their first full length studio set after a series of great singles and live album – totally living up to our high expectations! Hazelton is on the Hammond at the center of the ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Spanglish Movement
Espacial (Spain), 1978.
A sweet little groover from the Mexican scene of the 70s – a set that's disco, but with a slightly offbeat vibe – a bit like the way that Chakachas was always an offbeat version of funk! Tracks are all nice and long, and really have the energy you'd guess from the Spanglish Movement ... CD (Soul CD)
Triplets (Japanese paper sleeve edition)
Albore Jazz (Japan), 2018.
A really crackling little album from this Italian trio – a group led by drummer Amedeo Ariano, which maybe gives them a slightly different approach to the music than the usual piano trio! Pianist Francesca Tandoi is very much on top of things – grabbing notes in bold handfuls, and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Shakedown
22A (UK), 2018.
We kinda want to hate the guy for such a hokey name like Tenderlonious – but this album's a surprisingly great little gem, and one that mixes lots of openly-blown work on flute with some sweet keyboards and other jazzy rhythms! The approach is maybe a bit like the Jason Lindh or Chris Hinze ... CD (Jazz CD)
Repeteco
Equipe/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1968.
An obscure bossa combo, but a great one too – featured here on a rare 60s album for the Equipe label, which was also home to some of Dedoato's earliest work! The feel here is a bit like some of those better-known records – with organ lines stepping out over some lively samba and bossa ... CD (Brazil CD)
Osamu
Island/Oom Dooby Dochas (Germany), 1977. (reissue)
A great mix of modes from Osamu Kitajima – a set that's still got some of the exotic elements of his other material, but which also brings in a stronger fusion component too – mixing Kitajima's work on guitar and koto with plenty of Fender Rhodes and other great electric touches! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Gulden Karabocek Vol 2
Pharaway Sounds (Spain), Mid 70s.
Really lovely work from Gulden Karabocek – a Turkish singer in the 70s who made some really fantastic music – a cool mix of styles you might know from Arabesk rock, combined with groovier production modes that sometimes make the songs sound nice and funky! Karabocek draws a lot from ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
154
Warner/Pink Flag, 1979.
Here's the one where it all goes crazy – where Wire move beyond the short, sharp shock of their earliest material – and almost lay the blueprint for the whole post-punk generation in the process! The ideas and sounds are every bit as sharp as before, but they're mixed with a moody ... CD (Rock CD)
African Dances
Phonodisk/Mr Bongo (UK), 1979.
A monster of an Afro Funk album – one with a hard-jamming quality that reminds us of some of the best Fela classics of the 70s! All of side one features the massive "Cunny Jam Wayo" – a cut that has layers of percussion that build up beautifully, with lots of space for strong ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Electronic Music
Philips/Fantome Phonographique (Italy), Mid 60s. (reissue)
Groundbreaking analogue electronics from the Dutch team of Tom Dissevelt and Kid Baltan – two musicians who can be as playful as the tem of Perry & Kingsley, but also hit some of the darker modes of the academic circuit as well! The title is very well-put – as the record has a vibe ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)
Third Man, Late 20s/Early 30s. Gatefold
Clarinet music, but unlike anything else you might have heard before – as Greek musician Kitsos Harisiadis uses the instrument in a style that's quite far from American jazz and swing! Instead, the clarinet here is used on a series of folkloric tunes – music from the northwestern ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Let Your Light Shine On
MPS (Germany), 2018.
Nicola Conte is completely at the top of his game here – showing us yet another level of his mighty jazz-based talents – some deeper spiritual currents than ever before, mixed with a good dose of global influences too! The record has Conte working with a hip Spiritual Galaxy ensemble, ... CD (New Grooves CD)
When It Was Done
A&M/CTI (Japan), 1968.
An amazing leap forward for the incredible Walter Wanderley – a record that has him mixing his earlier bossa groove with the wider vision of late 60s A&M/CTI – supported by an amazing cast of American and Brazilian artists! The vibe is wonderful from the very first note – a ... CD (Brazil CD)
Bad Boy, 1990s. 2LP
A strong batch of classic Notorious BIG! Greatest Hits took some hits upon release for falling short of being the single definitive statment on Biggie's tragically short career that you might expect from the title, but history has been a little more kind to it, as it should be – really is a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Transa
Philips/Elemental (Spain), 1972.
Some of the most beautiful work ever recorded by Caetano Veloso – an album that carries on the style of English language lyrics used on his session in exile in 1971, but which also introduces him back to the world of Brazilian popular music! The album's a great transition for Veloso – ... CD (Brazil CD)
Blue Sky Fingers
678 Records (Netherlands), 1970s.
Very jazzy work from Dutch keyboardist Rob Franken – a set of tracks that definitely lives up to the "fingers" in the title, as all the tunes feature very deft work on guitar from Joop Scholten! Joop's got a style that's very tight, and sometimes a bit 60s soul jazz in approach ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Sundazed, Early 60s.
Homegrown surf rock from Cali's Tornadoes – a very cool little combo, and one who work here in a style that's nice and lean, compared to some of the more polished instrumental tracks of the period! Many of the cuts here were issued on the small Aertaun label – mostly as 45s – and ... CD (Rock CD)
Live Tokyo 1978
Hi Hat, 1978.
Fully-electrified work from legendary drummer Tony Williams – every bit as searing as you might expect, given that the date features Brian Auger on keyboards and Ronnie Montrose on guitar! The rockish leanings of both of those musicians get plenty of space here, as does the basswork of Mario ... CD (Jazz CD)
Elemental, 1981.
A fantastic gift from the gods – a lost live performance from one of our favorite trumpeters of all-time – and a set that has him really stretching out in all of his genius! Woody Shaw is really at the peak here – working in that soaring, spiritual mode that he virtually helped ... CD (Jazz CD)
Orzowei Il Figlio Della Savana
Digitmovies (Italy), 1976.
An Italian action score from the golden era – but one from the 70s, too – which means that there's some surprising funky and glammy touches in the music! The style here is certainly different from the earlier blood and sandals generation – as the music often uses electric bass, ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Llegamos/We're Here
Cotique/Get On Down, Late 60s. (reissue)
Soaring salsa from the mighty Lebron Brothers – a group who first burst on the Latin scene with a strong run of Latin Soul recordings, but who are taking a more straightforward approach here! Yet that change hardly makes any difference, as the Lebrons still have that bold, youthful energy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1977.
A surprisingly groovy soundtrack to a cheesy little Sinbad-esque film – served up with a really thumping electric groove that's mixed with more exotic sounds – almost a disco generation take on the earlier style of Italian adventure soundtracks! The work was done Guido & Maurizio ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
First Word (UK), 2018.
Kaidi Tatham hasn't given us many albums under his own name over the years – but each one is a great cause for celebration – as his musical vision is so fresh and bold, we're even more in love with Tatham in a full length setting, compared to his many 12" singles! The scope of ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Linear Labs, 2018. Gatefold
A very dreamy project from the mighty Adrian Younge – a special project that features two female singers in the lead, both working with this offbeat vibe that slightly recalls the way that Roy Ayers used female singers on some of his 70s records, especially the classic album by Ramp! Yet the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976.
One of the few full albums ever cut by the great Sharon Ridley – a hell of a great singer from the east coast scene, and one with the fullness of the best club divas of the time – but an approach that goes way way deeper overall! There's a sexy slink to the album that echoes Ridley's ... CD (Soul CD)
Z Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
Fantastic grooves from the UK scene – most of them created during the better-known punk and post-punk years of the country – which might be why so many of them have remained so obscure over the decades! Yet taken together, these cuts represent a fantastic legacy in soul – upbeat ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Casablanca/Robinsongs (UK), 1977.
The freaky hair on the cover might be a tipoff to the sound of the set – but the great Lalomie Washburn also has a depth to her music that you might not expect! The album is Washburn's only full set as a lead act – but one that comes after a good stretch of the 60s and 70s working in ... CD (Soul CD)
Jackson Sisters
Tiger Lily/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976.
An amazing bit of soul – and one of the rarest funk records of the 70s! This masterpiece was recorded by The Jackson Sisters, a semi-gospelly soul group that has a sound that's a bit like The Voices of East Harlem, but that's a lot harder, and that has a deeper soul sound overall! At times, ... CD (Soul CD)
Elemental, 1975.
Dexter Gordon in Tokyo, but working strongly with a lineup that helped him make some of his best 70s recordings in Europe – that wonderful quartet with Kenny Drew on piano, Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums! The format is familiar, and Dex is right on ... CD (Jazz CD)
Gimme My Wife/Ease My Mind (Part 1)
Preservation Project, Early 70s. (reissue)
Two heavy funk tracks from the trippiest days of the genre – both of them previously unreleased, and with a nice degree of psychedelic influence in the mix! "Gimme My Wife" has almost an early Funkadelic rhythm – cyclical in a great way, with fuzzy guitar riffing around the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
4th & Broadway/Universal, 1987. 2LP (reissue)
Paid In Full, indeed! Eric B & Rakim's seminal debut still pays off in so many ways, and it was such a vital link between the party rockin' style of the old school and the terse, hard-hitting beats and rhymes of the nascent school, we can't even come up with the words for the praise it's due. ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Hutson
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1975. (reissue)
An amazing record – quite possibly the best ever by Chicago soul legend Leroy Hutson! The whole thing's a smooth soul masterpiece beyond compare – a stunning blend of great songwriting, sexy vocals, and buttery production that rank it up there with the best work of 70s giants like ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Ahadu (180 gram pressing)
Buda (France), 1988.
A later gem from the Ethiopian music scene – but one that has the same great qualities as albums issued during the golden years of the 70s! This rare set was originally issued only on cassette, so maybe has had less global circulation than earlier sounds from Ethiopia – and it features ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Hutson II
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1976. (reissue)
One of our favorite soul albums ever – a complete masterpiece from the mighty Leroy Hutson, easily one of the greatest soul singers of the 70s! The album's got a warmth that's amazing, yet also still manages to groove all the way through – hitting a subtle, almost mellow vibe that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Young Turks, 2018. 3CD
Truly tremendous work from saxophonist Kamasi Washington – a set that may well even blow away his groundbreaking Epic album – given the scope of soul and spirit in the music! As with the previous project, this one's double-length, but maybe feels even more fitted to the mode – as ... CD (Jazz CD)
Emakhosini (180 gram pressing)
Buda (France), 2018.
An even more fantastic album than the previous effort from this very cool combo – a set that has long tracks that really let the group build up their sound – all with a vibe that lives up to the cover proclamation of "music for the people by the people with the people"! That ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Strut (UK), 1960s/Early 70s.
A fantastic look at the groundbreaking sounds of the Disques Debs label – one of the most important companies producing music in the French Caribbean – and an imprint whose impact was strongly felt on the other side of the Atlantic as well! The core of these grooves is that compelling ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
MCA/Universal, 1990. 2LP (reissue)
The third album from Eric B & Rakim – absolute classic MC/DJ duo hip hop and maybe their most solid from beginning end, as impossible as that should've been after high bars they set with Paid In Full & Follow The Leader! By this point, Rakim was firmly established as one of hip hop's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2018. 2LP
The title's a great one for this album by Blundetto – given that the groove is beautifully deep, and the music moves at a pace that would make it hard to do anything but dance slow! Yet the set's not a sleepy one – as it's got all the richness and complexity of previous Blundetto ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Otinku
Odeon/Cree (Germany), 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
A killer mix of steel drums and funky jazz – played by a trans-Caribbean combo, and heard here on a rare early 70s outing from Sweden! The sound here is tremendous – just the right blend of influences you might expect from a pedigree like that – and hardly the "for ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
MCA/Universal, 1992. 2LP (reissue)
The fourth and final Eric B & Rakim LP from their classic mid 80s to early 90s run – with some of Rakim's finest rhymes and most devasting delivery to date, and some of Eric B's best production, too! The title track, if course, is a monster – with Rakim's precise rhymes, the furious ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Trojan, Late 60s/Early 70s.
The legendary Trojan Records logo has always meant the best when it comes to reggae, dub, and ska – and this time around, the logo's larger than ever – as it takes up all the space on this very limited picture disc album – a great way to celebrate 50 years of the label! The set ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2018.
Maybe one of the most political projects we've ever heard from saxophonist David Boykin, and one of the most ambitious too – a jazz opera that deals with the recent struggles of black America in the face of increased police brutality – inspired by the tragic deaths of Eric Garner, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Warner/Omnivore, 1968/1969. 2CD
A trio of wonderful records – plus rare bonus tracks too! First up is the classic Oh Good Grief – one of the coolest, grooviest albums that pianist Vince Guaraldi ever recorded – a set that's got the same Peanuts theme as his earlier dates for Fantasy Records, but which also ... CD (Jazz CD)
Far Out (UK), 2018.
The first work we've heard in many years from keyboardist Hugo Fattoruso – an artist who was born in Uruguay, but whose talents have been intertwined with Brazilian music for many years – including early recordings in a bossa mode, and 70s fusion with his legendary Opa combo! This set ... CD (Brazil CD)
Warner/Omnivore, Late 60s. (reissue)
One of the coolest, grooviest albums that pianist Vince Guaraldi ever recorded – a set that's got the same Peanuts theme as his earlier dates for Fantasy Records, but which also features some sweet electric touches that only make things even better than before! In addition to his warmly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Motown, 1966. 2CD
One of the best-ever albums by the Supremes – and filled with stone classics, to boot! As the title states, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard team up with Holland Dozier Holland – and they really to create the sound that would put them and Motown on the map. A couple of ... CD (Soul CD)
Juvenile Hell
4th & Broadway/Universal, 1993. (reissue)
The oft-overlooked full length debut of Mobb Deep – a raw formative effort cut for 4th & Broadway that deserved better both then and now! As the title promises, this is a younger, but already streets-hardened Havoc & Prodigy – spitting unapologetically raw lyrics over benchmark ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s.
An excellent compilation of raw Memphis soul – from one of the rarest singers on the famous Hi Records label! In the years before Hi Records had big hits with singers like Al Green and Ann Peebles, and when they were still mostly messing around with pop instrumental tunes, the label was ... CD (Soul CD)
KI-Motion
Columbia/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1981.
One of the first projects from Japanese musical legend Midori Takada – working here with the MKWJU Ensemble, but with sounds that are very similar to most of her later solo work! As with those records, there's an approach here that seeks to fuse the acoustic with the electric, the organic ... CD (Rock CD)
Collagically Speaking
Blue Note, 2018.
A soul jazz supergroup for the 21st Century – one that features individual players who've really blown our minds with their work over the past decade or so – all coming together in a combo that really lives up to its promise! R+R Now has a dream lineup – Robert Glasper on ... CD (Jazz CD)
Live In Japan
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980.
OV Wright at the end of the 70s – working live in front of a very enthusiastic Japanese crowd, and in a groove that's right up their with his best work from earlier in the decade! In fact, there's a rawness here that you won't always find on Wright's other records – great live backing ... CD (Soul CD)
Earth
Jazzman (UK), 2018.
Maybe the best music so far from Emanative – a group who've been kicking around the London scene for the past decade or so, but who really seem to hit a new level with this album on Jazzman! The group's led by percussionist Nick Woodmansey, who often steps back to let all the other spiritual ... CD (Jazz CD)
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1969. (reissue)
A samba soul masterpiece from Jorge Ben – one of the most brilliant records to come out the fertile late 60s Brazilian scene – and an incredible album that works with the psychedelic flourishes of Ben's contemporaries and a deeper undercurrent of soul & funk! This is one of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Edu & Bethania
Elenco (Brazil), 1966.
A pivotal album in the careers of Edu Lobo and Maria Bethania – united in a series of unique duets for this classic Elenco session from 1966! The album pre-dates most of Bethania's other work, and is done in a style that's got all the best touches of Lobo's baroque post-bossa arranging style ... CD (Brazil CD)
Pink Flag
EMI/Pink Flag, 1977.
One of greatest of all British punk era records – released in '77 and one that transcends mid-to-late 70s punk cultural baggage better than just about any other – a real benchmark! Wire kept it short and sweet on Pink Flag – with 21 tracks in about 35 minutes – and it's as ... CD (Rock CD)
Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad Present The Midnight Hour
Linear Labs, 2018.
Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad really sound fantastic here – stepping off their great work on the soundtrack for Luke Cage, and taking their music in an even stronger direction with help from an array of guest singers and musicians! Things are as rich and funky as you might expect ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Big Beat (UK), Mid 60s.
Rare treasures from the mid 60s British beat scene – filled with raw rhythms and the tightest of harmonies – impeccable stuff from the personal archives legendary producer Shel Talmy! This set includes tunes in a similar orbit for sure, but Planet Beat is big one, not some little moon ... CD (Rock CD)
Gal (1969)
Philips/Mercury (Brazil), 1969.
Heady heady work from the legendary Gal Costa – caught here right at her early best, smack dab in the middle of the Tropicalia years! The album's one of Gal's legendary collaborations with arranger Rogerio Duprat – and it's very much in the spirit of her other incredible session from ... CD (Brazil CD)
Epic/Soul Brother (UK), 1974.
A wonderful album of mellow soul tracks! The record is Lou Courtney's masterpiece – and it's a jam-packed set filled with great tracks that rank right up there with classic 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware! Leon Pendarvis handled most of the arrangements ... CD (Soul CD)
Smilin'
Eastbound/Tidal Waves, 1972. (reissue)
One of the sweetest little jazz funk albums of the early 70s – and a masterful blend of vibes, guitar, and organ from this legendary Indianapolis combo! The group are probably best known for their backing work behind Grant Green on some of his funky Blue Note sides – or for vibes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Jackpot, 1985. (reissue)
The first record by Green River – who were little-loved in their time, but are now legendary precursor to some of the most influential rock to come years later – featuring Mark Arm & Steve Turner before they'd go on to Mudhoney and Jeff Ament & Stone Gossard pre-Pearl Jam! Come ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

If you're ever in Chicago, be sure to visit our Chicago record store!
1120 N Ashland Ave Chicago, IL 60622
Open 10am–8pm daily.
All the great stuff appears here at our online record store first — but if you shop locally, you'll also get a chance to handle the goods before you buy!

We buy new and used LPs, 45s, vinyl records, and CDs

in the store from 11am–6pm daily. Feel free to stop by with used vinyl and sell or trade with us.

We pay top prices for older jazz, soul, funk, hip hop, and other genres in good shape!


See why Dusty Groove is consistently rated one of Chicago's Best Record Stores!
Updated August 19, 2018


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