Lots of rare and classic Soul & Jazz!
Tamla/Universal (Japan), 1972.
A truly amazing album – unlike anything Eddie Kendricks ever did before, or since – and one of those records that really helped shape the sound of soul in the 70s! The music is as rich and powerful as the image on the cover – with some righteous undercurrents that really mark the ... (Soul)
United Artists/PMG (Austria), 1972. (reissue)
A legendary bit of heavy funk from Germany – served up by a cool combo led by drummer Klaus Weiss! The lineup here includes fuzzy guitar, electric piano, and lots of heavy percussion – all served up in a way that's jamming, but a lot more straightforwardly funky than some of the group's ... (Jazz)
Atlantic (Japan), 1978.
The great Vince Montana was one of the strongest forces in the Philly soul scene of the 70s – and he was not only an excellent vibist whose instrumentation can be heard on countless soul sessions, but also one heck of an arranger, with a real talent for a soulful groove – as you'll hear ... (Soul)
Motown (Japan), 1976.
David Ruffin teams with Van McCoy for this sweet little set – and the result is a great batch of grooves that swell with Ruffin's soulful sound of the 70s, but sway with the warm McCoy dancefloor modes of the time! Van wrote nearly all the tracks in the set – and handled all ... (Soul)
Warner/Be With (UK), 1977. (reissue)
A massively tripped-out set of guitar-based funk – played to perfection by the legendary Eddie Hazel, best known for his work in the George Clinton P-Funk empire! The album offers a different side of Eddie's talents – one that's produced with a smoothly compressed California groove, in ... (Soul)
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1976.
Fantastic work from The Dells – a group who never seemed to stop turning out greatness – even as they made a shift between different labels in the 70s! This set's got The Dells moving from Chess Records to Mercury – but there's still a strong indie vibe to the set – thanks ... (Soul)
Motown (Japan), 1975.
David Ruffin at the height of his solo powers – working in that mature mix of soul and strings that made him one of the more sophisticated Motown talents of the time! The set's produced and arranged by Van McCoy – at a level that's maybe more Philly soul than the Detroit sounds of ... (Soul)
Now Again, Mid 70s.
It's easy to wake up with grooves this great – a searing back of 70s Afro Rock gems that are also surprisingly funky, too! The tunes here do a wonderful job of mixing psych currents and headier rhythms – a great blend of the burning Afro Funk trends that were happening in Nigeria at ... (Global Grooves)
Atlantic (Japan), 1969.
A really cool solo album from Arif Mardin – the arranger who turned out so much wonderful work for soul singers in the 60s, 70s, and 80s – a legacy that includes some of the most important recordings for Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan! Yet here, Arif's out on his own in an instrumental ... (Soul)
Sony (Japan), 1978.
A stunning set funky 70s jazz! Drummer Al Foster leads the crew on this obscure Japanese session produced by Teo Macero – one that bursts out with a strong funky jazz groove that reminds us of some of the best drum-heavy electric 70s sessions in our collection, like work by Ed Thigpen or Les ... (Jazz)
Beat (Italy), 1970.
There's loads of great organ in this obscure soundtrack from Piero Piccioni – Hammond played with all these cool flutters and weird tones – and mixed with some playful horn passages too! The music moves between groovy styles and whimsical ones – jumping back and forth throughout ... (Soundtracks)
The Debo Band is a mighty cool combo – a cross-cultural array of musicians who come together in both a love of Ethiopian music and classic funk! The tracks here are mostly from Ethiopian sources – and definitely get some of the right vocals to match, too – but the group's ... (Global Grooves)
Born Bad (France), 1970s/Early 80s.
Mad electronic sounds from a trio of older French studio talents – Nino Nardini, Eddie Warner, and Roger Roger – all sound library giants from a previous generation, working here in some sweet electric modes for the 70s! If there's one thing that seemed to mark the best sound library ... (Sound Library)
Digitmovies (Italy), 1968.
A wonderful soundtrack from the great Stefano Torossi – presented here with lots of bonus tracks in a really wonderful edition! The music a beautiful blend of Hammond organ, twangy guitar, and some swinging rhythms that are very much in the best late 60s Italian mode – maybe not as ... (Soundtracks)
Wolf/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978.
Sweet electric keys from Kenny Barron – one of those few excellent 70s albums that have the pianist hitting some Fender Rhodes! The record has Kenny playing electric on most of the set – in a mode that's as open, and spiritual as his best work for the Muse label – maybe even ... (Jazz)
Island/Universal (Japan), 1965.
An incredible record from reedman Harold McNair – one of the key Jamaican jazz players who hit the London scene in the same post-colonial wave as Joe Harriott and Shake Keane – and maybe our favorite of the bunch! Harold's a hell of a talent on both tenor and flute – and although ... (Jazz)
Verve (Japan), 1969.
Don't think "rock", think "groove" – because oud player John Berberian takes his instrument into some very groovy territory here – mixing its Mid-East roots with a sweet array of modal rhythms and psychedelic elements – all of which make for an album that's ... (Global Grooves)
Discovery (Japan), 1986.
Very groovy work from keyboardist Clare Fischer – a musician we first fell in love with from Cal Tjader albums in the 60s, and continued to love for his MPS Records material in the 70s! Here, Clare's working with the 2+2 vocal ensemble – a gently swinging male/female harmony group that ... (Jazz)
King (Japan), 1985. 2CDs
One of the most stunning later sets from the great Art Blakey – a record that reminds us that although Blakey had a great talent for picking key younger players to work with during the 80s, he could also still be one hell of a drummer as well! The tracks here are incredibly long and open ... (Jazz)
Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979.
Maybe one of the most soul-based records ever from percussionist Ralph MacDonald – partly because Ralph does a bit of singing, in addition to playing the heavy congas on the cover! Yet the record's still got the core jazz vibe of his other sets from the late 70s – served up with an all- ... (Soul)
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