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Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1970. Gatefold
Wild early work from avant jazz genius Joe McPhee – and a set that's actually pretty darn funky too! This rare indie release features 3 long tracks – two of which were recorded live, with a tight combo that includes a very funky drummer! The album kicks off with the hard wailing " ... CD (Jazz CD)
Numero, Mid 80s.
The world of moogy music first exploded back in the late 60s – when artists like Bruce Haack, Perry-Kingsley, and others were making all these wonderfully weird records that featured heavy analogue electronics and other playful elements! By the 80s, most of that music had gone away – ... CD (Sound Library CD)
Cinedelic (Italy), 1975. (reissue)
That's a pretty groovy little cover – and the album's filled with very groovy sounds from the great Fred Bongusto – always one of the more enigmatic composers of the golden age of Italian soundtracks! Fred's 60s work always had a bit of a bossa touch, and that's definitely here at ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Diom Futa
Free Lance/Komos (France), 1979. (reissue)
A fantastic bit of spiritual soul jazz – sounding very much like some of the best work on Strata East from the 70s, but recorded in Paris with a richly cross-cultural sound! Chiekh Tidiane Fall plays a host of percussion instruments, while Bobby Few adds in piano, and Jo Maka riffs on some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 2018. 2CD
A fantastic project that links together two legends in Polish jazz – saxophonist Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski, whose tenor has been blowing our minds for decades – and the late jazz/soundtrack composer Krzysztof Komeda, whose music is featured in the set! The album's based around a longer ... CD (Jazz CD)
Babi (with bonus CD)
IPS/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1969/1976. 2CD Gatefold
One of the rarest albums ever from percussionist Milford Graves, and one of the most intense as well – a completely unbridled live performance that features saxes from Hugh Glover and Arthur Doyle! Glover and Doyle are amazing together – and with that trademark raspy tone, Doyle's set ... CD (Jazz CD)
Stax/Craft, 1968. 5CD
1968 was the world of revolution around the world – and to our music-trained ears, one of the greatest revolutions occurred at the legendary Stax Records! Before that year, the label had been working with Atlantic Records – who totally screwed them, and took away all their catalog ... CD (Soul CD)
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1970.
One of the most obscure albums from the famous duo of Ike & Tina Turner – thanks in part to a short-lived relationship with Capitol Records – and maybe one of the funkiest, too – as the whole thing comes out of the gate with a vibe that mixes the raw sound of their R&B ... CD (Soul CD)
Groupcomposing
ICP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1970. Gatefold
A landmark album from this groundbreaking free jazz ensemble – a record that's as important to improvised music as Peter Brotzmann's Machine Gun or Derek Bailey's solo albums! And no surprise, the group features Brotzmann on tenor and Bailey on guitar – alongside Misha Mengelberg on ... CD (Jazz CD)
Brace For Impact (with bonus track)
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2007. Gatefold
The first-ever album of studio duets between Joe McPhee and Mats Gustafsson – quite a surprise, given how often their paths have crossed over the years! The set was recorded in 2007, but only issued many years later – and it's a key document of the power that both improvisers have at ... CD (Jazz CD)
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1971. Gatefold
One of the most obscure albums from the big hit years of Ike & Tina Turner – a double-length live set recorded in Paris, and one that's every bit as smoking as their American live material from the time! The concert setting really lets the pair show off all their talents – and the ... CD (Soul CD)
Capitol, 1958.
One of Frank Sinatra's last great ballad albums for Capitol – a sad and dreamy batch of tunes that kicks off with the incredible "Only The Lonely" – one of those Sinatra torch songs that's so great, so sad, nobody else has ever been able to record a better version, nor have ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Reprise/Wounded Bird, Mid 60s. 2CD
Some of our favorite work ever from the mighty Lee Hazlewood – material recorded under his own name for Reprise Records – during a stretch when he was also producing for the label with Nancy Sinatra and Dean Martin! The 2CD set features 3 full albums, plus great bonus tracks too – ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Mr Bongo (UK), 1979.
Some of the greatest club tunes ever cut for the UK scene – a sublime album of jazzy spacey instrumentals by the legendary Atmosfear! The group were almost a UK equivalent of the sounds coming out of New York from the P&P camp at the end of the 70s – as they worked in the shadows ... CD (Soul CD)
Music Box (France), 1970.
Mellow magic from the great Francis Lai – a relatively obscure soundtrack, even if it was issued during a time when he was hitting great fame for Hollywood scores! The style here is in the best subtle modes that Lai reserved for his French productions – heavy on keyboard lines, ala ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Minit/Universal (Japan), 1969.
A set that does a fantastic job of capturing the great energy that Ike & Tina Turner brought to their famous live appearances – honed to a sharp edge by this time in their career, thanks to countless years on the road! Ike was always as much a master of ceremonies as James Brown was on ... CD (Soul CD)
Displaced Diaspora
Exodus (UK), 2018.
Totally wonderful work from drummer Moses Boyd – an artist you might know as half of the Binker & Moses combo – but who here really stretches out and completely finds his own voice! Boyd's a hell of a leader here – working with a large ensemble in modes that are spiritual, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Rockstone
Colemine, 2018.
A sweet second album from Jr Thomas & The Volcanos – a contemporary group, but one who get the sound of late 60s Kingston just right! These guys are to reggae and rocksteady what the Dap-Kings are to classic funk – younger modern artists who are completely devoted to finding the ... CD (Reggae CD)
Sacred Bones, 2018. Gatefold
The legendary John Carpenter first made his mark with Halloween – both as a director, and as a composer – the second a role for which he's finally gotten the attention he deserved! The original Halloween soundtrack was a masterpiece in understatement – spare instrumentation, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Get Down With Me
EMI/Dig This Way (Italy), 1984. (reissue)
The cover looks a bit cheesy – like some sort of Star Search graphic – but the album's a rock-solid gem from the second decade of Nigerian funk – recorded in Lagos with a great boogie vibe, and a groove that's as heavy on keyboards as it is on riffing guitar and percussion! Peter ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Expansion (UK), 2018.
A sublime entry in this always-great series – a selection of cuts that are mostly contemporary, but which bubble with a classic soul vibe all the way through! And by "classic", we mean the sound of the early years of modern soul – those late 70s/early 80s groovers from the ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Flight
Blue Note, 2018.
Damn great work from pianist James Francies – a musician who's definitely in the best side of the new Blue Note generation – and who we hope has a legacy with the label to match Robert Glasper! Francies has this way of just grabbing notes out of the air – sometimes cascading ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tailgunner
LC/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977.
Jimmy McGriff in a very cool 70s mode – hitting some of the fuller, more soul-based styles that Johnny Hammond and Jimmy Smith were exploring in the middle of the decade – while still also displaying a hell of a talent on the organ as well! The album has extra keyboards from Pat ... CD (Jazz CD)
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s.
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 ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Pele Do Futuro
Biscoito Fino (Brazil), 2018.
One of the most upbeat, positive records that Gal Costa has given us in years – a set that really sparkles like its glowing image on the cover! Gal explores a more soulful side of her talents here – with a voice that almost makes us think that decades have rolled back, and we're ... CD (Brazil CD)
CID/Tratore (Brazil), 1972.
A lost 70s gem from Laercio De Freitas – an artist we don't know at all, but who seems ready to take on the whole samba soul generation with his sound on the set! Laercio sings, plays piano and organ, and also does all the arrangements – with this groovy style that's not unlike the ... CD (Brazil CD)
Deck Disk (Brazil), 2018.
A beautiful celebration of 50 years of music from Toquinho – but one that doesn't just live in the past, and instead shows us all the growth he's experienced over the decades! Toquinho first came on the scene as a famous partner of poet/singer Vinicius De Moraes – a great late-life ... CD (Brazil CD)
Keep Going
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2018. Gatefold
A long overdue return to duet formation for Joe McPhee and Hamid Drake – the duo who played together so beautifully on the Emancipation Proclamation album! This set is maybe even more personal, and more open – with Drake working some incredible magic on the drum kit, creating sounds ... CD (Jazz CD)
Quasimoto
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1979. (reissue)
70s Polish fusion at its finest, served up by the always-tight Laboratorium – a group who know when to jam at the right points, but who can also lay back into a spacier groove as well! This album does a good job of mixing in plenty of keyboards – Fender Rhodes and Arp, juxtaposed ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), Early 80s.
A fantastic tribute to one of the greatest soul labels of the 80s – the groundbreaking Uno Melodic imprint, started by soul legend Roy Ayers as a showcase for some of his more creative projects! The vibe here follows perfectly from Roy's classic late 70s work on Polydor – and his ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
VAP/Octave (Japan), 1981.
Really amazing sounds from Japanese drummer Takeo Moriyama – a record that's sometimes spiritual and organic, sometimes very unusually put-together – and which makes as much use of inventive percussion as it does the leaders drums! The group's got this very cool twin-sax approach ... CD (Jazz CD)
Herb Alpert, 2018.
Herb Alpert remakes himself again – taking all the best tunes from his classic years on A&M records, then fitting them to contemporary grooves – all at a level that's a bit like some of the Verve Remixed projects from years back, but even better! These aren't remixes, but new ... CD (Now Sound CD)
Only A Man
Confunktion (UK), 2018.
Mr Confuse has always been one of the best blue-eyed soul singers on the overseas funk scene – able to hit the right sort of modes for the music, yet never push things so much that he's trying to sound fake – a careful blend that might make others want to take note! Backings are tight ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
What's Next
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018.
Friends & Neighbors have really deepened their voice for this wonderful album – definitely showing us what's next, as they move past their initial inspiration from Ornette Coleman, and open up in modes that are completely their own! Some of the best passages here have this rich, melodic, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Needs
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018.
A really amazing record from saxophonist Fredrik Nordstrom, and a really collaborative one too – given that the album features two different quartets, one in the left channel, one in the right – working together in this fantastic formation of sound! The lineup is filled with top ... CD (Jazz CD)
Earth Mother
Alm/BBE (UK), 1978. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
An important early album from saxophonist Koichi Matsukaze – maybe not one of the biggest names in Japanese jazz during the 70s, but certainly one of that scene's most striking players! The approach here is quite spiritual – long, open tracks that pulsate strongly – thanks to ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Scenery
We Release Jazz (Switzerland), 1976. (reissue)
Lyrical magic from pianist Ryo Fukui – a lost gem from the Japanese scene of the 70s, and a beautifully flowing album throughout! Fukui's got a wide-open touch to the piano that we totally love – and is easily one of the best of his contemporaries on the Japanese trio scene of the time ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Kent (UK), Mid 60s.
Sammy Davis Jr is looking pretty darn hip on the cover – and all the artists inside are sounding pretty darn hip as well – coming together during the glory days of soul jazz, at a time when blues, vocals, and R&B were also criss-crossing into other styles too! There's an upbeat, ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Try & Love
Tidal Waves, 1973. (reissue)
A blistering set of Afro-Funk from the 70s – the debut of Ofege, a band of high school students at the time! There's a really trippy sound to the set, as the guitars figure strongly in the groove, and are often recorded with some slightly psychedelic touches – similar to Blo or some of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Mosaic, Late 30s. 6CD
One of the most unique packages we've ever seen from the mighty Mosaic Records – not a set that focuses on a specific artist or record label – but instead a treasure trove of freshly-unearthed material from the archives of Bill Savory – a legendary sound engineer whose work for ... CD (Jazz 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)
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983.
Collage may not have been the biggest group during the legendary early run of Solar Records – but they were certainly one of the tightest – as you'll hear on this classic album of 80s groove! Collage boast a lot more members than their contemporaries – a total of 10 guys are ... CD (Soul CD)
Blow
Motema, 2018.
Saxophonist Donny McCaslin opens up a whole new side of his music here – by letting in a host of guests vocalists, whose presence links the record to some of the work that Donny did with David Bowie near the end of his life! We're not saying this is a Bowie record, and with the presence of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Rides Alone
Ropeadope, 2018.
CD...$8.99 14.99
Dred Scott definitely rides alone here – handling all the instrumentation on the record himself, including piano, bass, drums, and percussion – but he does so in a way that really makes you feel as if you're listening to a cohesive group! Through the magic of overdub, Scott spins out ... CD (Jazz CD)
Acadie – Raw
Gondwana (UK), 2018. Gatefold
Explosively soulful talents from Allysha Joy – a singer who seems to have a lot of her name in her style – this joyous vibe that really matches her fantastic flow – coming across with a sense of spirit that really grabs us from the very first note! Joy hails from the London scene ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Origami Harvest
Blue Note, 2018.
Maybe the first album by Ambrose Akinmusire to carry a parental advisory warning on the front – and for good reason, too – as there's a powerful message here that really goes beyond the style of his previous albums! The set's clearly a product of the Trump moment – with rhymes by ... CD (Jazz CD)
Membran (Germany), 2018.
A mindblowing record from the great Ed Motta – a set that continues all the warmer, English language elements of his recent albums – but one that also seems to have Ed hitting a new sort of sophistication too! The sound is incredible – almost out-AORing all the global AOR ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Children Of Lima
Fantasy/Wounded Bird, 1974.
An overlooked chapter of the 70s genius of Woody Herman – and the kind of album that shows him continuing to grow strongly, many years after his initial fame! The record takes off ambitiously from some of the funkier Herman sessions of the start of the 70s – and features the core group ... CD (Jazz CD)
Epic/Soulmusic.com (UK), Mid 60s. 3CD
Mindblowing early work from The Staple Singers – six records that are quite different than their later fame on Stax Records during the 70s – and which have a vibe that's different too, yet equally powerful! There's a sublime mix of social politics and spiritual energy going on here ... CD (Soul CD)
GRP/Vocalion (UK), 1981.
Dave Valentin at the perfect point in his career – coming off some great initial work on the New York Latin scene, and some key time in the studios – really finding his voice as a leader, with all the best elements of his previous work firmly intact! Dave mixes Latin elements with the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Polydor, 1968. 2LP Gatefold
An amazing James Brown live set from the crucial year of 1968 – the show that marked the debut of "Say It Loud I'm Black & I'm Proud" – a cut that would become an anthem for much of America in the years to come! The feel here is somewhat similar to Brown's famous Boston ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Fishes
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018.
We're not sure that we've ever heard pianist Jacob Sacks before – but he makes a really wonderful presence on this album as leader of a quintet that features reed work from Ellery Eskelin on tenor and Tony Malaby on tenor and soprano sax! Both Esklelin and Malaby blow in ways that are very ... CD (Jazz CD)
Saved By The Drums
Silene (France), 2018.
Stephane San Juan is saved by the drums, although the image on the cover makes it look more like he's being attacked by them! But all kidding aside, the set's dedicated to the great Brazilian percussionist Wilson Das Neves – who's spirit is alive and well on the album – while Stephan ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Acid Experience (3LP set)
Still Music, Mid 90s. 3LP
The sound of Chicago acid house, all filtered through the energy of the west coast rave scene – which was home to DJ Spun and Dhyan Moller when they recorded these tracks! The music was originally done straight to cassette – which creates this nicely compressed sound that takes us back ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Ganga Brasil
Som Livre/Discobertas (Brazil), 1977.
Ruy Maurity didn't make very many records in the 70s, but all of them are pretty darn great – served up with this funky samba sort of style that only seems to sound better and better as the years go on! Most numbers have chorus vocals alongside Ruy's lead, and there's some electric ... CD (Brazil CD)
Black Velvet
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971.
A stone laidback set from O'Donel Levy – one of the greatest soul jazz guitarists of the 70s, and a player who sounds fresher and fresher to us over the years! This album's a bit more laidback than some of Levy's other sets for Groove Merchant – with larger arrangements that feature ... CD (Jazz CD)
Blue Thumb/Universal (Japan), 1969.
A pretty sweet little album from Ike & Tina Turner – recording during a period when it seemed like they had contracts with just about every soul label on the market! This one's definitely got that hip "play it for the Fillmore crowd" sound that you'd expect from Blue Thumb ... CD (Soul CD)
Gearbox (UK),
A little turntable, but with a mighty big sound – thanks to a vacuum tube that really improves the quality of the playback! In a world where so many small turntables are cheap and shoddy, the Gearbox Automatic is wonderfully overbuilt – a compact unit, but with a glass platter and belt ... Turntable
New Latin American Music For Guitar & String Quartet
Delmark, 2018.
Quite an unusual album from guitarist Fareed Haque – very different than some of his more jazz-based work over the years, as the set features Haque working with a string quartet, on a host of more compositional pieces! The style's maybe in the best Spanish guitar mode – with Haque ... CD (Jazz CD)
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1966.
A legendary pairing of two key 60s pop talents – the soulful sounds of Ike & Tina Turner, and the soaring production styles of Phil Spector! The album's quite different than some of the grittier Turner projects of the time – lots of full orchestrations and strings, mixed with the ... CD (Soul CD)
Dagored (Italy), 1965. (reissue)
A very groovy early soundtrack by Morricone! This one's earlier than many of the reissues we've been stocking – and it's got a groovy sound that's made even groovier by some fab vocal work by I Cantori Moderni, a hip vocalese group that's kind of the Italian version of The Swingle Singers. ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
Delmark, 1966.
One of the first bold statements to come from Chicago's AACM underground of the 60s – a tremendous debut effort from the young Roscoe Mitchell! The album's got a "sense of the new" feel that's as gripping as anything recorded by ESP or Impulse around the same time – a rule-bre ... CD (Jazz CD)
Rules
Moserobie (Sweden), 2018.
Quite an unusual record from trumpeter Magnus Broo – a set that him handling a number of jazz standards – which is a real change from the more experimental sounds we've always heard from his own pen! And yet, amidst the current Scandia scene, Broo's always had a depth of tone that's ... CD (Jazz CD)
RCA/Dagored (Italy), 1966. (reissue)
Early darkness from Ennio Morricone – an obscure mid 60s action thriller that combines boldly driving numbers with other tunes that slip into some of the spareness of his work for westerns! The work here is as mod and cool as you might guess from the cover – a bit more in a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)
From The Mars Hotel
Grateful Dead, 1974. (reissue)
One of the finer Dead studio albums of the mid 70s for sure – managing to catch a bit of the spontaneous energy that made them such a vaunted live band on some tunes, really delivering on the wry, yet easygoing songcraft they don't really get enough credit for, and even some cool facets of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Sonic Creed
Motema, 2018.
We've been loving the vibes of Stefon Harris for years – and each new record with his Blackout group seems to have the musician pushing his envelope more and more! The vibes are still very strongly in place, but there's also some soulful elements that really shine through in the overall ... CD (Jazz CD)
Convulsionaries
Astral Spirits, 2018.
We're not sure we know what "convulsionaries" are – but we can definitely say there's a skittish, twitchy approach to the way that Brandon Seabrook approaches his music – almost a sense of pulse gone out of control, which manifests itself in his unflaggingly unfurling angular ... CD (Jazz CD)
Rasif
Far Out (UK), 2018.
A whole new flavor of Brazilian jazz – served up by pianist Amaro Freitas, whose work on the Pernambuco scene is a great cross-crossing of modes! Freitas has all the fluid, modern elements of some of the better-known Brazilian pianists from Rio and Sao Paulo – but he also mixes in some ... CD (Jazz CD)
Feel The Spirit
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1976. (reissue)
Pure genius from the great Leroy Hutson – a set that's maybe got a funkier feel than some of his previous albums – and all of the completely charming vocals that we've always loved from Leroy over the years! There's plenty of messages in the grooves – and in a way, at this point ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Delmore, Early 70s.
A fantastic addition to the all-too-small catalog of recordings by Jay Bolotin – a Kentucky songwriter whose compositions were recorded by bigger names down in Nashville, even if Jay never fully got his due! Bolotin is hardly country, though – much more a songpoet, in the manner of ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Hosono House
Light In The Attic, 1973.
A completely wonderful album from Haruomi Hosono – a real watershed not just in his own career, but in the development of mainstream Japanese music too! The set's got the sophistication of the best of the singer/songwriter underground in the US – not just in the lyrical presentation, ... CD (Rock CD)
Live In Europe
Philadelphia International/Vocalion (UK), 1973.
A really majestic live set from Billy Paul – recorded in the UK at the height of his greatest fame – but in a way that features plenty of longer tracks that really let Billy stretch out and do his thing! Given this expanded setting, there's a surprisingly righteous feel to most numbers ... CD (Soul CD)
Body Talk
CTI/Vocalion (UK), 1973.
A sweet funky classic from guitar genius George Benson – and a record that features some surprising soul arrangements from Pee Wee Ellis – also known for his classic work with the James Brown Band of the late 60s! Pee Wee's got a tighter groove here than on some of George's earlier CTI ... CD (Jazz CD)
One
JMI, 2018. Gatefold
A really beautiful album from keyboardist Ray Angry – a set that not only sparkles from his own great work on Hammond, piano, and Fender Rhodes – but also from a killer quintet that includes Derrick Hodge on bass, Eric Harland on drums, Ambrose Akinmusire on trumpet, and Myron Waldon on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Harlem River Drive
Roulette/Get On Down, 1970. (reissue)
A legendary Latin funk album – spearheaded by Eddie Palmieri! The record is a landmark crossover album from the early 70s – cut at the end of the Latin soul era, but featuring that genre's wonderful mix of Puerto Rican soul, Spanish Harlem Latin, and New York funk – which are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Der Osten Ist Rot
Virgin/Gronland (Germany), 1984.
A great solo moment from Holger Czukay – a set that really has him breaking from his music with Can – and really showing off some of the more playful sides of his personality! The songs are quirky and electronic, and remind us more of the German new wave than anything from the ... CD (Rock CD)
Ducks & Drakes
BBE (UK), 1979.
An underground funky gem – one that never made it past the collections of the elite sound library audience in the 70s – but which is well deserving of global acclaim! Yan Tregger works here in this style that's every bit as funky as his contemporaries on bigger library labels, but ... CD (Sound Library CD)
Cochin Moon
Light In The Attic, 1978.
A wonderfully weird little record from Japanese electronic musician Harumo Hosono – conceived as a soundtrack for an imaginary Bollywood film, but a set that's much more an electric masterpiece that we'd rank with Hosono's best work! The tracks are long, and rhythmically pulsing – ... CD (Rock CD)
AndOarAgain (3CD set – with book)
Modern Harmonic, Late 60s. 3CD
A landmark album from Skip Spence – the onetime lead singer of Moby Grape, cast out of the group on his own by the time of this debut solo album – a record that's as powerful as it is fragile, and which has been the one lasting musical legacy of the man himself! The record almost sunk ... CD (Rock CD)
Salvare La Faccia
Digitmovies (Italy), 1969.
A very cool Italian soundtrack from the 60s – one that's filled with plenty of "shake" and "psichedelico" tracks – which make for lots of beautiful moments! The music here is on that cusp between spooky and groovy that Ennio Morricone did so well at the time – ... CD (Soundtracks CD)
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. 2CD
A pair of wonderful lost albums – presented here with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! First up is Greater Jamaica Moonwalk Reggae – a set that showcases the newly tight groove of the Kingston scene, courtesy of producer Duke Reid – with an especially strong emphasis on ... CD (Reggae CD)
Reminiscence
Moserobie (Sweden), 2018.
This might be the first we're ever hearing from pianist Adam Forkelid – and given the sound of the album, we hope we'll be hearing a lot more for years to come! Forkelid has this wonderful approach to the piano – very bold, powerful chords – even in the mellower moments – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Discobertas (Brazil), 1965/1972/1978/1985. 4 CDs
Four rare slices of work from the lovely Nara Leao – unreleased live material from 1965 through 1985 – really showing the tremendous scope and development of her music! The first CD features a live concert from 1965 – definitely with some bossa elements in the mix, but also ... CD (Brazil CD)
Ryko/Run Out Groove, 1995. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A seedy, noirish, vintage R&B-fueled 90s alt rock classic from Morphine – their third straight great album in a hell of a strong run! If they hit their peak on Good, they're still riding it out here for sure – yes, indeed – maybe even hitting thier highest point. They always ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Tamla, 1968. (reissue)
Marvin's definitely in the groove on this set – cooking on all burners with a host of late 60s Motown hits – bad-stepping his way towards some of the more mature moments to come in the 70s! The album's probably best remembered for the cut "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Luaka Bop, 2018.
Wild work from one of the more compelling artists of the Cali soul scene – an Oakland singer/keyboardist who issued a rare album under the name of TJ Hustler in 1979, then kept on making his own sounds away from the mainstream! The vibe here is very very 80s underground – lots of Casio- ... CD (Soul CD)
Catchy
BBE (UK), 1978.
The cover looks gothic, but the sound is plenty darn groovy – a sweet set of sound library instrumentals from the 70s scene in Paris – most of them served up with an upbeat, clubby sort of vibe! Yan Tregger may not be one of those names that immediately comes to the lips of underground ... CD (Sound Library CD)
Ace/Westbound (UK), Early 70s.
Deep deep funk from the legendary Westbound label – the important early home to Ohio Players and Funkadelic, but also host to some other great funky groups too! In keeping with the name, the cuts here focus on the kind of Westbound tracks that have great drum breaks in their groove – ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Saigon Supersound, Late 60s/Early 70s.
The sound of Saigon during the Vietnam war – amazing homegrown sounds that are a great contrast to the overplayed American oldies that most folks associate with the period! It's true that US soldiers did bring a lot of their own music to the scene during the time – but the nation ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Adventures In Sound (3CD set)
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. 3CD
A fantastic overview of the key postwar years of experimental music – a set that not only features some important electronic experiments, but also a wealth of unusual tonal, timing, and instrumental combinations! The box brings together key recordings from these years – some by the ... CD (Out Sound CD)
Epic/Vocalion (UK), 1971/1974.
A pair of albums from Chase – one of the hippest jazz rock combos of the 70s! The self-titled Chase album first burned onto the market in 1971 – and it's a great distillation of a groove that was bubbling around in various other segments at the time – some of the tighter big band ... CD (Rock CD)
Look How Me Sexy
Greensleeves, 1982. (reissue)
Linval Thompson is plenty sexy here – singing with that wonderfully sweet vocal style that hearkens back to the earliest reggae years in Kingston – but with a deeper instrumental vibe that has a much deeper bottom! The Roots Radics provide the backings, and they hit this great laidback ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Tale Spinnin
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1975.
A beautiful title for a beautiful little record – one that really does have Weather Report spinning out musical tales in sound – with a free-flowing and soulful sense of energy! The groove's definitely tighter than the earlier years, but it's never slick – and Joe Zawinul handled ... CD (Jazz CD)
KPM Jazz Conventions
KPM/Trunk (UK), Late 60s. (reissue)
A really unique moment in jazz – both for the legendary Clarke Boland Big Band, and for the KPM Sound Library in the UK! The CBBB recorded for a number of European labels in the late 60s – most famously the Saba/MPS imprint – but these sides are among some of their most obscure, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Analog Africa (Germany), 1986/1987. 2CD
80s sounds from the Somali scene – but served up with a lean, raw quality that feels a lot more like 70s funk overall! In a decade where some of the other scenes on the continent were using more beats, electronics, and keyboards – Dur Dur Band still keep things plenty live, and plenty ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
ABC/Real Gone, Mid 70s. 2CD
You might normally associate the Four Tops with Motown – and the famous quartet certainly rose to fame in Detroit – yet during the 70s, the group also moved to ABC Records, where they cut some completely sublime material too! At some level, the move might have been warranted – as ... CD (Soul CD)
Simigwa
Mr Bongo (UK), 1975.
A holy grail of 70s African Funk – and not just for the unusual look of the cover! The set's a really unique one – almost rootsier than most of the better-known Ghanian grooves of the time, but funkier too – with a brilliant blend of raw percussion, quirky basslines, and some ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Beggars Banquet/Be With (UK), 1982. (pic cover, reissue)
An overseas trio with a great ear for a groove – one that's lean, bassy, and pretty darn catchy! The vocals maybe echo a bit of the electro pop of the UK scene of the time – but the groove is a lot deeper, and has more of an indie boogie sound going on – especially on the chorus ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Soul 12-inch)
55 (with bonus download)
Big Crown, 2018. (reissue)
A lean take on the double-length self-titled set from this mighty funky combo – one that brings together a range of great funky 45s, plus a few other hefty nuggets! If you don't know the group, they're totally great – as Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band go back to the funkiest moments of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Hi Hat, 1965.
A fantastic lost slice of work from guitarist Wes Montgomery – a rare British broadcasting recording done in the year of 1965 – during a European tour that gave us some other material by Wes over the years! This collection features the guitar genius with an American group that features ... CD (Jazz CD)
Rome Remains Rome
Virgin/Gronland (Germany), 1987. (reissue)
Holger Czukay is a long way from his roots in Can on this great mid 80s album – even though he's still got help on the record from Jaki Lebezeit and Michael Karoli from that famous group! This time around, the show is completely Holger's own – a great setting for his quirky pop songs ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
What Are You
Soul Clap, 2017.
Underground System have really expanded their vibe this time around – still working with some of the Afro Funk styles of before, but also opening up into a range of contemporary soul styles that maybe fit the image of the cover a bit more than we might have guessed! There's lots of great ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Qbico (Italy), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s.
A host of rare 45s from the West African scene of the 50s, 60s, and 70s – all pulled from the collection of DJ Qbico, and collected here in a mighty nice set! Most numbers are nice and rootsy, but have elements that point the way towards styles to come – and titles include "Akumamy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Merry Clayton
Ode/Real Gone, 1971. (reissue)
Righteous and rocking soul from Merry Clayton – a record that really helped put the singer on the map during the 70s! Merry had roots in a few different strands of music, and was always a bit different than some of her straighter soul contemporaries – a quality that really comes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Real Gone, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2CD
We might want to take issue with the title – as to us, Joe Simon has always been one hell of a soul singer – and one of the strongest deep soul talents to ever crack the mainstream! Yet throughout the key years of his career, Simon was also able to embrace a great range of styles ... CD (Soul CD)
Real Gone, Early 70s.
Johnny Mathis takes on the sophisticated soul modes of the 70s, and also adds in a few other styles too – on an album that shows just how much the singer had changed in nearly 20 years of recording – sometimes shaped by all those other artists he'd inspired along the way! The title ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Sanity/Pepite (Switzerland), 1982. (reissue)
A sweet modern soul stepper – a cut that's been lost for years, and is definitely one of those rare gems worth discovering! "What More Can I Say" has this jazzy vibe that comes from sweet guitar stepping over the midtempo groove – while a warm vocal group harmonizes with ... 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Dan Tanswell, 2018.
A cool little book about the genre of spiritual jazz – that magical music that first sprang forth from the experiments of John Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders, and others in the 60s – and which has given us decades of powerful, meaningful sounds over the years! The book isn't completely ... Book (Book)
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2018. 2LP
Heady sounds from the Tru Thoughts label – served up here in one of their special Shapes collections – which always means a lot of special mixes and hard-to-find tracks! Tru Thoughts have been at the underground music game for years – and they've always had a fantastic ear for ... LP, Vinyl record album (New Grooves LP)
Temporary Kings
ECM, 2018.
We've always loved the wonderfully dark corners in the tenor work of saxophonist Mark Turner – but it sounds especially great here, in the company of pianist Ethan Iverson – as the two players deliver a superb album of duo material for ECM! Iverson never softens the sound of Turner, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Solar/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1977/1978/1979/1980/1982/1984. 3 CDs
A huge collection of work from Carrie Lucas – one of the biggest stars of the legendary Solar Records during the late 70s – a really sweet-voiced singer, best known for her catchy dancefloor groovers! At one level, Carrie was a west coast disco diva who rivaled the strengths of New ... CD (Soul CD)
Duophonic, 1990s. 4CD
A fantastic CD collection – one that brings together all three volumes of Stereolab's Switched On classics from the 90s! On the original Switched On record, moog, fuzz, and farfisa have never sounded so great together – and although these guys drank deep of the well of 60s pop magic ... CD (Rock CD)
Lean On Me
Blue Note, 2018. 2LP Gatefold
Maybe not the first album to ever pay tribute to the music of the great Bill Withers – but certainly one of the best we've ever heard, thanks to the mighty vocals of Jose James! Over a relatively short career, James has proven to be a singer who can handle himself in just about any setting ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Preservation Project, Late 60s. (pic cover, reissue)
A sweet 12" single from the limited Preservation Project series! Side one begins with The Teacher Haters – unreleased material by a 60s group that have a very soulful take on the party rock style – really mixing together garagey elements and bluesy inspirations – a bit like ... 12-inch, Vinyl record (Soul 12-inch)
Hi Hat, 1988.
Nicely spare live material from guitarist Joe Pass – a musician who always seems to sparkle in this sort of setting! The performance was originally captured for radio at the Four Queens in Las Vegas, and has great sound quality – really getting at that special way that Joe has of ... CD (Jazz CD)
Warner, 1983.
A fantastic musical gift from beyond – early 80s recordings by Prince, and the sort of work that might have been a huge revelation if it were issued during his too-short career! As the title implies, the set just features the man himself at the piano – singing and playing with a very ... CD (Soul CD)
Polydor, 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
Easily one of the funkiest albums that James Brown ever recorded – and one of his few entries into the blacksploitation genre of the 70s! James really outdid himself for this one – working at a hard burning pace that had the JBs cooking up some killer funk for just about every number ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Haunt (with bonus track)
Otic/No Business (Lithuania), 1976.
One of the few albums cut as a leader by vibes genius Bobby Naughton – a player who's part of a very elite group of improvisers on the instrument – right up there with Walt Dickerson or Jason Adasiewicz for sheer imagination and individual sound! Bobby's talents are perfectly balanced ... CD (Jazz CD)
Bay Of Rainbows
ECM (Germany), 2018.
CD...$16.99 189.99
The title's a great one for this album by guitarist Jakob Bro – as his sense of sound is often so full of colors, it's easy to imagine the place named in the title! Although Bro's also got maybe more emphasis on the bluer side of the spectrum in his music – not as in blues, but in the ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tropical Diaspora (Germany), 2018. Gatefold
A contemporary set from Brazil, but one with a groove that feels like it was lifted right from the 70s – especially that period later in the decade when samba soul modes were coming into play with warmer boogie modes! The set's a live one, and features the strong lead vocals of Renato Gama ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Erik Jekabson Sextet
Wide Hive, 2018.
Trumpeter Erik Jekabson always has such a great sense of color – one that soars out strongly through his own leadership, but which also is really reflected in the energy of the larger group as well! As before, guitarist Dave MacNab is on hand – moving things both rhythmically and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tones For Joan's Bones
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2018.
Few folks have managed to make the cello swing in jazz over the years – a short list of giants that might include Ray Brown, Ron Carter, and Eldee Young – all company that Mike Richmond very comfortably fits next to with his work here! As all the great bassists who picked up the cello ... CD (Jazz CD)
Words In Dub
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1982. (reissue)
A spare spinoff from the Imojah album Rockers From The Land Of Reggae – served up here with some fantastic studio touches from Phillip Fullwood of that group! The album's even headier and dubbier than its core inspiration – almost as if Fullwood's going back in the laboratory, and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Ananda/Superior Viaduct, 1976. (reissue)
Beautiful early solo work from Alvin Curran – a set that's much more cerebral than his sounds with MEV, but which also has maybe a more personal vibe than some of his later works! There's a very organic approach to the music here – as Curran mixes source recordings with bits of voice, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)
Larc/P-Vine (Japan), 1982.
Alfonzo's kicking back on the cover – posing a bit like Michael Jackson on the cover of Thriller – a record that's maybe a pretty good comparison for the sound of this rare set too! The tunes are upbeat, catchy, and perfectly fit for the lightly crackling style of Alfonzo's vocals ... CD (Soul CD)
Teensville, Late 60s.
Pure pop magic – and a set that's bound to turn you onto a few dozen tunes you've never heard before! The set's the grooviest the Teensville label has ever given us – a package that goes way way deep into the late 60s world of Sunshine Pop – much deeper than the hits, and even ... CD (Rock CD)
Monk (Copenhagen 1963)
Gearbox, 1963.
Previously-unreleased live material from the glory days of the Thelonious Monk Quartet – captured right in the middle of that group's famous run on Columbia Records, with fidelity as strong as if the label itself were producing the session! We could say volumes about this group – and ... CD (Jazz CD)
Qbico (Italy), 1970s.
There's no titles at all on this collection – different from the other DJ Qbico titles in this series – but the set's every bit as great as the rest, and filled with lots of hard, heavy, Afro Funk gems from the 70s! Rhythms run from midtempo funk to more upbeat – and there's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Les Stances A Sophie
Nessa/Soul Jazz (UK), 1970. Gatefold (reissue)
Probably the greatest album ever by the Art Ensemble of Chicago – and also one of their rarest! The album was cut for Pathe Marconi in Paris in 1970, and was the soundtrack to a film that was as obscure as the album. The group's never been finer – and plays with a creative tightness ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Time Capsule
Soul Jazz (UK), 1996.
An underground classic from the London scene – a record that was hugely important to us in the early days of Dusty Groove, and which is still completely tremendous all these many years later! At the time, the album was the sort of ambitious undertaking that nobody else would have done – ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Electroradiance
Astral Spirits/Monofonus, 2018.
A beautifully bold setting for the bass clarinet of Jason Stein – a heady trio that features Paul Giallorenzo on keyboards and electronics, and the great Chad Taylor on drums – a musician who can't help but bring a sense of swing to this very far-reaching session! Taylor's always been ... CD (Jazz CD)
Dub Store (Japan), 1980. (reissue)
Very moody dub from this underground British group that includes work from Dennis Bovell – a set that's maybe as heavy as anything coming from the Kingston scene at the time! In fact, there's a sense of darkness here that may even go beyond – this unusual sense of resonance that's not ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
Kalita, Late 70s.
The complete recordings of Carrie Cleveland – a lesser-known soul singer from the Bay Area scene of the late 70s – and one whose style is a bit different than some of her contemporaries! Had Cleveland lived in Philly or New York, she might have found her way to some of the bigger disco ... CD (Soul CD)
Mannyoka
No Business (Lithuania), 1978.
Fiercely improvised work from the duo of Kaoru Abe on soprano and sopranino saxophone – and Sabu Toyozumi on drums and percussion! On "Song For Mithue Totozumi", the pair jump right into the fray – with Abe spinning out these incredible lines with effortless ease – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Real Gone, 1972. 2CD
A pair of albums by Johnny Mathis from the 70s – with bonus tracks too! First up is First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – one of those records that perfectly illustrates the shift that Johnny Mathis had made by the 70s – his move from the late nite spot on the cushions of the couch, ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Watarase
Denon/Mule Musiq (Germany), 1981. (reissue)
A really striking solo piano session by the richly talented Fumio Itabashi – a pianist with a fluid, open feel on the keys – one that charges a session like this with the same sort of energy you'd expect from a trio album! In a way, Fumio's style would almost be held back by bass and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Big Crown, 2018.
The first full album from 79.5 – a contemporary female soul group, but one with a very unique approach to their sound! The group's got three lead singers, but their style is different than some of the more poppy female trios out there – and, if anything, they seem to echo older sweet ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Tomato/Omnivore, 1978/1979.
Two albums from Jorge Santana – back to back in a single set, and long overdue! First up is the self-titled Jorge Santana album – a stone 70s classic from Carlos Santana's lesser-known brother – a set that effortlessly brings together Latin and soul, often with the same sort of ... CD (Soul CD)
Window
Mack Avenue, 2018.
Beautifully intimate sounds from the great Cecile McLorin Salvant – a set that has the singer working with only piano or organ for accompaniment, but at a level that has her voice still flowing with marvelous ease! We've loved Cecile right from the start – but here, she maybe blows us ... CD (Vocalists CD)
Atlantic, Late 60s. 2CD
A long-overdue look at the 45rpm legacy of Aretha Franklin at Atlantic Records – a set that brings together all the great singles she cut during her early years at the label – some of which you'll know as the cornerstones of her albums from the time, others that are maybe a bit more ... CD (Soul CD)
Array (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2LP
Fantastic sounds from Space – a group who were one of the key forces on the French disco scene at the end of the 70s – and maybe the most famous proponents of the "space disco" modes that set that scene apart from clubby styles in Germany and the rest of the continent! At ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Poem Song
Paddle Wheel (Japan), 1990.
One of the most beautiful albums that AACM reedman Joseph Jarman ever recorded – a rare set that was originally only issued on cassette, and which has a completely different flavor than his work with the Art Ensemble Of Chicago! The music is at once very personal and very far-reaching – ... CD (Jazz CD)
Tribe/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1975. (reissue)
An excellent lost classic from Detroit soul jazz powerhouse Phil Ranelin! Trombonist Ranelin was one of the key figures in the city's Tribe Records scene – and this album is one of the greatest that the label ever issued. The set features Ranelin on trombone, Marcus Belgrave on trumpet, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Old Time Way
Black Diamond/High Jazz (Switzerland), 1982. (reissue)
From his look on the cover, Jeffrey Roberson is hardly an "elder" – although he definitely brings a sense of wisdom and knowledge to the spirit of the grooves on this set! The album's one of those great lost crossovers between gospel and modern soul – upbeat and clubby on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Gospel LP)
Joy Of Cookin'
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972.
Joe Thomas is definitely cooking on this one – hitting some great notes on funky flute that really recall the glory of his Ebony Godfather album! The style here is a bit fuller than before – with large arrangements from Horace Ott, plus a few smaller group settings with Jimmy Ponder on ... CD (Jazz CD)
Futuro Antico
Black Sweat (Italy), 1980.
Very meditative sounds from this hip Italian combo – long songs spreading out with a mix of electronics and organic elements – almost with a vibe that recalls some of the more globally-conscious projects on ECM during the 70s! Walter Maioli plays a range of flutes – many of them ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)
Bonafide
Posi tone, 2018.
Michael Dease just seems to grow and grow with each new record – not just in sound and fresh ideas, but also in spirit – which is especially the case here, on a set that brings in a few other trombonists to the ensemble! The core group has Michael's tight, soulful trombone in a quartet ... CD (Jazz CD)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1975. (reissue)
One of the most obscure sessions on Strata East – and an excellent groover that really keeps up the label's soul jazz spirit! Jon Gordon's a lesser-known trombonist from the 70s, but he's working here with an all-star group that includes Charles Tolliver on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on piano, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Evolution Of An Undefined
P-Vine (Japan), 2018.
A fantastic album from Benjamin Jephta – and one that's maybe a bit different than some of his other recent work too! There's a more electric vibe to the set – maybe because Benjamin plays organ and keyboards, in addition to bass – and the music has this wonderful flow that's a ... CD (Jazz CD)
Woven Threads
Sunnyside, 2018.
Stu Mindeman's really opening the door this time around – letting in an array of singers who include Kurt Elling, Francesca Ancarola, and Ana Tijoux – as well as guest performers Makaya McCraven on drums, Miguel Zenon on alto, Marquis Hill on trumpet, and Matt Ullery on bass! The door's ... CD (Jazz CD)
I Am A Vocoder
Neon Finger, 2018.
To folks back in the 80s, the vocoder seemed like the sound of the future – and all these many years later, it turns out it's still the sound of the present – thanks to a range of younger artists who've helped breathe new life into the old electro stalwart! The tracks here are totally ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Modern Harmonic, Early 50s. 2CD
Just when we thought we'd heard all the brilliance the Louvin Brothers had to give us – they return to the fold and treat us to this fantastic set of unreleased material! The tracks here are all demo recordings, recorded by the Brothers themselves – and even introduced by Ira at the ... CD (Folk/Country CD)
Elektra, 1977. 2LP (reissue)
The masterful debut of Television! Marquee Moon is indisputably one of best records to come out of late 70s NYC . It's truly a singular achievement – one of the few records that seems to be on every rock literati's list of the all-time-bests – and actually deserves every bit of praise ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Dai Primitivi All' Elettronica
Black Sweat (Italy), 1980.
We're more than willing to embrace the primitive electronics claim in the title – because while the album does feature a fair bit of moog, keyboards, and other electronics – plus some tapes and processing as well – there's also a heck of a lot more elements from around the globe, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Out Sound LP)
Combo 66
Verve, 2018.
A fantastic little record from guitarist John Scofield – the kind of set that really reminds us that he's kept constantly creative, constantly fresh over the years – maybe more so than most guitarists of his generation! The album's a quartet date – with great piano and organ from ... CD (Jazz CD)
Power Plant
Legere (France), 2018.
Great grooves from two contemporary cats who really love the sound of classic boogie – working here in a live analogue setting with a mighty great sound! The rhythms are strong, but simple – filled with excellent work on bass, guitar, and plenty of keyboards – almost feeling like ... LP, Vinyl record album (Neo Soul LP)
Right Time
Tender Loving Empire, 2018.
Mighty nice work from Ural Thomas – an underground soul legend, finally restored to proper form here – thanks to excellent backing from The Pain! The group have this great groove that's beautifully balanced by Ural's vocals – a sense of focus that grooves along in modes that move ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Fania/Get On Down, 1968. (reissue)
Amazing Latin soul – and the first record ever by the youthful George Guzman! The grooves kick in from the word "go" – with strong electric bass setting the scene, and lots of dark, descending blue notes – copped from 60s soul and jazz influences, and crafted perfectly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1970. (reissue)
The first LP by Charles Tolliver's legendary group on Strata East – a core quartet that features Tolliver on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Jimmy Hopps on drums and percussion – all augmented by some larger backings for the session! The core sound is amazing ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Ofertorio Ao Vivo
Universal, 2018.
A fantastic family outing from Caetano Veloso – one that has the legendary Brazilian singer working with his sons Tom, Zeca, and Moreno Veloso! Moreno's probably the one who's best known to American audiences – thanks to his fantastic legacy of sounds with Domenico and Kassin in the +2 ... CD (Brazil CD)
Duophonic, 1998. 3LP Gatefold (reissue)
It's only been a few years since the previous Switched On set, but Stereolab have already created so much musical magic, they need a double-length record to keep the whole thing intact! The sound here is somehow getting even more dreamy and wonderful – definitely showing their work with the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Dirty Computer
Bad Boy, 2018.
Janelle Monae knocks it out of the park here – sounding every bit as great as before, but also hitting this righteous mode that really takes the singer to incredible new territory! If you loved Janelle's previous records, don't worry – she's still as catchy and playful as ever – ... CD (Neo Soul CD)
Lightin/Now Again, 1975. 2CD
One of the strangest covers we've seen in years – and a perfect fit for this obscure session of unusual grooves! Drummer Bubbha Thomas is working here in a mode that's kind of an electrified 70s take on the Texas showband style of earlier years – a mode that has the core funky combo ... CD (Soul CD)
Ostinato (UK), Mid 70s/1980s/Early 90s. 2 CDs
Other-worldly sounds from the place where the Nile River splits into two – the hugely under-tapped legacy of Sudanese music from the scene in Khartoum – presented here in a beautifully lavish style! The package is as much a history book as a mindblowing set of music – as the ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Overseas
Metronome/Craftman (Japan), 1957. (reissue)
A fantastic early trio album from pianist Tommy Flanagan – a set that was originally recorded overseas by Metronome Records, hence the title – and part of a long tradition of Tommy making some of his best music for non-US labels! Flanagan's already a hell of a craftsman here on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Drag City, 1995. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The second in the holy trinity of "switched on" albums from Stereolab – a set that collects together all the unusual recordings and other side bits the group were doing in the early years of their career – standing strong as a testament to their non-stop efforts to forever ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Salsa Con Monte (180 gram pressing)
Discos Fuentes/Vampi Soul (Spain), 1973.
Michi Sarmiento looks like a complete badass on the cover of this rare 70s album – and his group sounds completely badass as well – thanks to the wonderful mixing of modes that sometimes happened at the Disco Fuentes label! There's a loose vibe here that's quite different than New York ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Raven & The Dove
Julian Kirshner, 2018.
The cover's a bit disorienting, and the music is too – sounds from a trio that can change things up quickly, and move their instruments in ways that sometimes have us trying to figure out who's doing what! The trio features Gerrit Hatcher on tenor, Julian Kirshner on drums and percussion, ... CD (Jazz CD)
Now Again, 1971. Gatefold
A rare early moment from the legendary Austrian group Paternoster – sounds that predate their one and only cult-status album – originally created for the equally legendary film, Die Ersten Tage! The music here was never issued commercially at the time – and the release of these ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Longbranch/Pennywhistle
Amos/Geffen, 1970.
A lost slice of country rock from the early years of the genre – served up here by a young JD Souther and Glenn Frey! The set's got a groove that's a lot more raw than the Eagles or Poco – maybe more tied to the world of the Flying Burrito Brothers and Gram Parsons, although you can ... CD (Rock CD)
HHV (Germany), 1997. 2LP
The solid EP follow-up to the semi-slept on classic World Deluxe – and much like that near flawless record, it's an overlooked gem that ought to be on shelf of any fan on classic mid-to-late 90s jazzy hip hop! Includes "Live & Direct", "The Greatest MC's", "Turnin' ... LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
BBE (UK), 2018. 2CDs
Killer contemporary club from the Lumberjacks In Hell label – a European imprint, but one that owes plenty to the raw sound of the early years of American house! There's a very underground vibe going on here, and most cuts are stark, spare, and straight to the point – the best kind of ... CD (Funky Compilations CD)
Elektra/BGO (UK), 1979/1980. 2CD
Three important records from Jerry Lee Lewis – the start of his time at Elektra Records, where he was able to find new energy after many years at Mercury! First up is the self-titled Jerry Lee Lewis – a late 70s record that has Jerry Lee opening up nicely – getting back to basics ... CD (Rock CD)
Odeon/Cal Comunicaciones (Peru), 1968. (reissue)
The great first album by Los Destellos – a really unique Peruvian group who mixed the rhythms of cumbia with elements of garage rock – all in an electrified way that had plenty of impact on other artists at the time! These guys take the older Latin ensemble mode, and sift it down to a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Opalo/Vinilisssimo (Spain), 1971. (reissue)
Mindblowing work from Vainica Doble – a Spanish group with a really unusual feel! The combo features dreamy vocals from singers Gloria Van Aerssen & Carmen Santonja – folded together in a style that's unlike any other female harmony work we can think of – hardly the sweet ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Outlook
Eastbound/Tidal Waves, 1972. (reissue)
Maybe the only album ever issued under the name of trumpeter Gary Chandler – but a smoking little set that rivals some of the best jazz funk records at the start of the 70s – including heavyweight classics on Prestige by Melvin Sparks, Leon Spencer, and Boogaloo Joe Jones! The feel ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s.
Pure gold from the earliest years of the Studio One label – great tracks that really sum up the special sort of genius that the label helped allow! As you might guess from the "freedom sounds" in the title, the late 60s marked a new period of independent action in Jamaica – a ... CD (Reggae CD)
Colemine, 2018. Gatefold
A great little soul set by a singer we're betting will have a long run in the funky underground – a relative newcomer, but one who comes across with a power that really belies his time in the studio! Ben Piriani's music has this righteous, full-on groove that reminds us a lot of that moment ... LP, Vinyl record album (Deep Funk LP)
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1981.
Amazing! This lost Roy Ayers-produced gem from the early 80s has not only been one of the biggest sample records of all time, but it's also become one of the holy grails of the groovy record collecting scene! It's a stellar bit of jazzy soul with the same production vibe that's characterized Roy's ... CD (Soul CD)
Odeon/Cornbread, 1964. (reissue)
Rare early work from the great Marcos Valle – and one of his first-ever albums! The record's very much in a moody bossa mode, and the orchestrations are wonderful – light, but never sleepy – really done with that unique new bent that Brazilian artists were using at the time, best ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Los Destellos En Orbita
Odeon/Cal Comunicaciones (Peru), 1969. (reissue)
Los Destellos are heading into orbit here – soaring to the heavens on their wonderful mix of cumbia rhythms and electric guitar! The mode here is one that folks have later picked up on around the globe – but at the time of release, the album was pretty darn special, and still has a raw ... LP, Vinyl record album (Latin LP)
Equinox (UK), 2018.
The story of Mark Murphy – one of our favorite jazz singers of all time – written by Peter Jones, also a jazz singer himself! Jones is London-based, and as such, does a really great job of capturing the ongoing enthusiasm and excitement about Murphy's career that was always a big part ... Book (Book)
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1975.
A landmark of Afro-centric jazz in the 70s – and the first album by this famous underground collective! Oneness of Juju were a Washington DC-based group that grew out of the ashes of the Juju avant jazz ensemble – formed in the culturally rich African-American community of DC in the ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Blue Thumb/Verve, 1977. (reissue)
One of the greatest albums of all time – a masterpiece of moody soul, spacey vocals, and jazzy vibes – all produced by the legendary Roy Ayers! Ramp take their name from the anagram Roy Ayers Musical Productions – and in a way, the group's the summation of all the genius that Roy ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Still Music, 1988.
A fantastic selection of vintage house music tracks – as mixed live by some of Chicago's most legendary DJs from the early days! The series brings together work from a selection of lost tapes that were uncovered in the collection of a club DJ whose work was important to the growth of house ... Cassette (Cassette)
Death Valley
Alpha Pup, 2018.
Death Valley is emblazoned on the cover, and portrayed inside the CD gatefold too – but the music here is more cosmic than earthy – served up in these warm washes of electro elements that are totally great – dreamily tripping over the landscape in a laidback yet soulful sort of ... CD (New Grooves CD)
Les Esclaves
Columbia/Finders Keepers (UK), 1969. (reissue)
The group name's got "opera" in the middle, but the set is way more than that – and way more than the usual "rock opera" modes in which the rare album is frequently cited! Instead, the whole thing's a freewheeling bit of French psych – very much tied to the trippier ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Pop Surgery
Superior Viaduct, 1983. (reissue)
Weird and wonderful sounds from the enigmatic John Bender – a record that seems to beat the darkest of the cold wave generation at their own game! Don't think of the record as "pop surgery", so much as it is a complete dismantling of all the best electro elements of the period ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
MPS (Germany), 1978. (reissue)
A fantastic 70s album from the legendary German label MPS – but one that gives some great early exposure to a pair of talents from the LA scene! Joanne Grauer plays keyboards with a sweet breezy vibe – a bit like some of the hippest Bay Area indie jazz sides of the time, and made even ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Philips/Anthology, 1970. (reissue)
One of those records that you might not know anything about, but which hardly also needs any introduction – because from the very first moment, the sound will tell you that you're onto something completely different and special! There's no easy way to describe the music of Catherine Ribeiro ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Sire/Rhino, 1978. 3CDs & LP (reissue)
A prime Ramones classic from the late 70s – a set that's got Joey, Johnny, and crew really hitting right on the money – with the kind of short sharp tracks that made the group such a key bridge between the 60s and the blank generation! The energy here is phenomenal – the kind of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Circle
Gondwana (UK), 2018.
Sweet keyboards from Phil France – a player who's more than content enough to let his instrument take the lead, often in these flowing soundscapes that are even more evocative than on his previous album for Gondwana – but a musician who also manages to echo some deeper currents, but ... CD (Jazz CD)
Creation/Cherry Red (UK), Late 80s. 5CD
A much-needed tribute to one of the greatest groups on Creation Records – one of the few to really get the label's aesthetic perfectly right – and a vastly overlooked group that's finally getting its due! House Of Love had a near-perfect revision of psychedelia going on in the mid 80s ... CD (Rock CD)
Studio One, 1964.
The original version of this landmark album in Jamaican music – a set that's not just a very early showcase for the instrumental talents of the Skatalites, but also the growing wave of new talent coming up on the scene! Unlike later versions, which focus mostly on the Skatalites work – ... CD (Reggae CD)
Virgin/Superior Viaduct, 1973. (reissue)
Don't let the "tapes" in the title fool you – as the album's not really some leftover material, and instead stands proudly as the third full record from Germany's legendary Faust! Even on a scene that was filled with progressive, experimental heavyweights, Faust could still stand ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Love In The Wind
Dunham/Daptone, 2018.
The cover sticker bills this one as sounding like a lost collaboration between the Beach Boys and Delfonics – although for our money, we'd lean a bit more towards the latter – as the Sha La Das have a surprisingly strong approach to harmony soul! Instrumentation and production are much ... CD (Deep Funk CD)
Paix (180 gram pressing)
Philips/Anthology, 1972. (reissue)
One of those key records that shows the really unique side of the French scene at the start of the 70s – an underground world that was a bit hippie, certainly trippy, and very open to other ideas too – wrapped up in a sound that was both cosmic and intellectual at the same time! ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Ryko/Run Out Groove, 2008. 2LP Gatefold
An underappreciated solo effort from Gary Louris of The Jayhawks – bringing in a bit of the warm harmonies and countyish charm of his better known band, but ultimately with more of a breezy 70s California singer-songwriter folk rock atmosphere! Gary's voice out front solo gives it an intimate ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Warner, Late 60s/Early 70s. 3 LPs
Back in their early days, MC5 never would have claimed to be the most patriotic group in the world – but they're certainly getting that treatment here – in a big box set that presents three classic albums on red, white, and blue vinyl! First up is Kick Out The Jams – great big ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Serpent's Mouth (with bonus tracks)
Big Crown, 2018.
Funky genius from a mighty unique group – one who've drunk deep on the classic steel band sounds of the 70s, but who've also refined that groove with a contemporary funk approach too! The group's the brainchild of Bjorn Wagner – who you might know from The Mighty Mocambos – and ... CD (Global Grooves CD)
Preservation Tapes
Telephone Explosion (Canada), Late 60s/Early 70s.
A treasure trove of never-heard work from the legendary Bruce Haack – the electronic madman who made his own early synthesizers, and also created the seminal Electric Lucifer album too! These tracks are all from Haack's archive – newly-discovered, and just the tip of a gigantic iceberg ... LP, Vinyl record album (Sound Library LP)
Epic/HNE (UK), 1971/1972/1973/1974/1975/1976/1977. 8 CDs
A full set of early work from REO Speedwagon – a group that some folks might dismiss for their crossover pop of the 80s, but who actually started out as a pretty great band! These guys cut their teeth playing hard in the bars of southern Illinois – and by the time they made their first ... CD (Rock CD)
Curtom/Blixa Sounds, 1978.
The standout classic from Curtom disco diva Linda Clifford – and an album that showed that Chicago could rival Philly in the clubby groove department! Linda has a proud presence that really matches that of her better-known sisters in the City Of Brotherly Love – and she's singing here ... CD (Soul CD)
Radio Martiko (Belgium), Late 60s.
Don't think "love songs" in the usual sleepy style – as these tunes are all wonderfully upbeat and totally grooving – filled with Latin-styled touches that really make a great mix with the Egyptian instrumentation in the lead! Back at the end of the 50s, the farther reaches ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)
Cruisin' for Surf Bunnies
Light In The Attic, 1964.
One of the rarest Lee Hazlewood projects of the 60s, and one of the most unique as well – a set of surf-themed instrumentals, but served up with a nice current of exotica too! Given that Lee first rose to fame in the late 50s, for his excellent production of Duane Eddy's guitar – the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Milestone/Far Out (UK), 1979. (reissue)
One of Azymuth's best-remembered albums from their American years on Milestone – a really killer classic that beautifully blends Brazilian and American styles of fusion! There's a simple, elegant feel to these tunes that takes off nicely from the group's previous album for Atlantic in Brazil ... LP, Vinyl record album (Brazil LP)
Thembi
Impulse, 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
Classic spiritual soul jazz from Pharoah – recorded with an all star lineup that includes Lonnie Liston Smith, Cecil McBee, Roy Haynes, and Michael White. The album's got a strong influence from the members on the set – particularly Lonnie Liston Smith, who seems to bring in a very ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Trunk (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
The Britixotica crew are down to their skivvies this time around – clearly shaken into clothes-less frenzy by the wild rhythms in the set! The album definitely takes the "wild" in the title seriously, and may well be the best record in the series so far – certainly the most ... LP, Vinyl record album (Funky Compilations LP)
Creation/Cherry Red (UK), 1987. CD & 7 Inch
A gem of a record from Felt – one that has them complicating the sound they first brought to the Creation Records label – stretching out some of the songs a bit, and working with art rock legend Mayo Thompson of the Red Krayola in the production booth! The use of organ continues to be ... CD (Rock CD)
Mainstream/We Want Sounds (UK), 1973. Gatefold (reissue)
Beautiful work from guitarist Jack Wilkins – maybe one of his cleanest, coolest records of all time – and a set that really demonstrates the rich chromatic power of the young musician! The album's a trio date – with Mike Moore on electric and acoustic bass, and Bill Goodwin on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Uptown
Maple/Remined, 1971. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the few rare albums on the Maple label – a 70s imprint that's known for some incredible funk and soul! Despite the title, the set's a record that sounds a lot more down-home than uptown – thanks to hard-wailing vocals from Gloria Barnes herself, and a nicely rough-edged quality ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

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