Open your ears with some new arrivals!
Big Crown, Late 60s/Early 70s.
Insanely wonderful work from the Texas scene at the end of the 60s – a huge collection of the English language soul songs of Sunny & The Sunliners! The group first hit national fame in the earlier part of the 60s, with a sweet falsetto crossover hit – but as the decade moved on, ... (Soul)
Stax/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. 4CD & 7 inch
An incredible tribute to the genius of Memphis Soul legend Issac Hayes – one that's overflowing with unreleased material, and presented in a totally cool package! The set's shaped like a 7" single box – and is book-like, with very detailed notes by Stax historian Robert Gordon, ... (Soul)
Edsel (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 3CD
A fantastic collection of rare punk nuggets from the glory days of the UK scene – put together by DJ Gary Crowley, who runs a specialist show on British radio – and served up here in a book-style package that's overflowing with detailed notes, images of the original singles, and other ... (Rock)
Soul Junction (UK), Late 70s.
Unreleased music from The Intrigues – a group best known for their early hit "In A Moment" – but stepping out here with a warm Philly groove from the second half of the 70s! The music is upbeat and funky, but has a much more raw vibe than mainstream disco – really more ... (Soul)
Kindred Spirits/Art Yard (Netherlands), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2 x 10 inch
A limited repress of two rare sets of material from Sun Ra and The Arkestra – served up here on very cool 10" vinyl! Record one begins with this wonderful spiritual number, "Along Came Ra" – performed live with some great lead vocals from June Tyson to start things out ... (Jazz)
An amazing little set that's as musically striking as its cover is visually stimulating – pulled together from rare 70s singles that bring forth a whole different side of the American underground than the singer/songwriter generation! These tracks are by young folks who are very much touched ... (Rock)
Ledisi's an artist that we've been following right from her very first album back in the 90s – and over the years, she's undergone an amazing amount of growth – and continued to stand at the forefront of the Neo Soul generation she helped launch lmost 20 years back! And this time ... (Neo Soul)
Excellent work from Souljazz Orchestra – a group who've consistently been one of the strongest contemporary Afro Funk ensembles for the past decade or so! There's a richness to the Souljazz approach that sets them apart from other groups that might just be going through the motions – ... (Global Grooves)
Concord/Craft, 1950s/Early 60s. 2CD
A fantastic collection of postwar gospel – one that really keeps the spirit of the "jukebox" in the title! The tunes here are all upbeat, and often share a lot with R&B material of the 50s – especially the vocal group numbers, which often echo more secular modes of early ... (Gospel)
Wide Hive, 2017.
The title's an apt one – as the music here is based on the improvisations from Roscoe Mitchell's earlier Conversations albums – but recast in a whole new way for an improvising orchestra! The group here features Mitchell on sopranino sax – a very strong voice out in the lead ... (Jazz)
Philips/Polysom (Brazil), 1977. Gatefold (reissue)
One of the funkiest albums ever from Gilberto Gil – a set that beautifully mixes rootsy elements with tighter funk arrangements – in a style that's not unlike some of the 70s samba soul experiments from Jorge Ben! The record borrows heavily from American funk and soul of the time, and ... (Brazil)
Stax/Craft, 1960s/Early 70s. 3CD
It's been almost 60 years since the Stax Records label forever changed the face of American soul music – and we can think of no better way to celebrate than by dipping into this well-chosen batch of 60 classic tracks from the label's glory days! The whole Stax groove is here – from the ... (Soul)
Jerry Bergonzi has been making records for decades – yet lately, he seems to be finding an even fresher way forward – with a set like this that can grab us right from the very first note, and having us get excited all over again about his music! Bergonzi's tenor sound is tremendous ... (Jazz)
Pianist Danny Grissett is fantastic here – not just bursting out with so many deft colors and changes on both piano and Fender Rhodes, but also really showing some great strengths as a leader too! One of those strengths is the way he puts together the tunes – especially the more ... (Jazz)
Studio One, Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s.
A heady set of tracks from the legendary Studio One – served up here in a set that include both alternate "version" takes of famous vocal tunes, originally issued as b-sides on vintage 45s – plus some of the more complicated dubs that came along once reggae production moved ... (Reggae)
A beautiful turn in direction from the legendary jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater – a return to some of the soul-based modes she used in the 70s, but served up here as a tribute to Memphis soul of an earlier generation! The set was recorded in that fine southern city, at the Royal Studios ... (Vocalists)
Mack Avenue, 2017.
Excellent large group material from Christian McBride – an artist who may well be one of the most hard-working men in jazz these days! McBride's big band is always a treat – as the group soars with a soulful energy that matches Christian's smaller group material, but really expands on ... (Jazz)
Demon (UK), 1968/1969/1973. 4CD
A fantastic collection of recordings – one that features three different live sets by Tim Buckley – none of which were issued during his too-short life! The first half of the set – discs 1 and 2 – features the amazing Dream Letter show, recorded in London in 1968 – ... (Rock)
High Note/Dub Store (Japan), 1978.
The mighty Errol Brown is at the controles in Treasure Isle – reworking some wicked rhythms played by The Revolutionaries – all with the stripped-down vibe of the best underground dub from Kingston in the 70s! Echo is heavy on the bottom-end of the sound – which makes the grooves ... (Reggae)
Gallo/Soundway (UK), 1979. (reissue)
A stone classic from one of the hippest groups on the South African scene of the 70s – and one of the few who could compete well with American soul groups of the same time! The cover makes the album look like some overlooked New York club treasure from the period – and the feel of the ... (Global Grooves)
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