Some mighty nice Funky 45's this week!


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Legacy, Mid 50s/1960s/Mid 70s. 4CD
Not just Miles Davis live at Newport – but Miles at Newport over the course of 20 years, in the space of eight different live performances – almost all of which are previously unreleased! Apart from the 1958 and 1969 Newport material here, most of the 4CD set features all-new, all-great ... CD
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Blue Note, Early 50s. (reissue)
Tremendous work from a trumpeter who was taken from us all too soon – the legendary Fats Navarro, an important early voice in the sound of bop! The album's a short one, but every track is a gem – as Navarro blows beautifully in groups led by Bud Powell, Tadd Dameron, and Howard McGhee ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
Late R&B, early soul music, and plenty of other great surprises – all pulled together in this excellent collection that focuses on rare gems from the late 50s and early 60s! Despite the "milestones" in the title, the set's more like "underground nuggets" – as ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Cinevox (Italy), 1972. Gatefold (reissue)
A perfect period Morricone score – dark sounds and lovely melodies – originally penned for the bloody giallo Il Diavolo Nel Cervello! The music was written by Morricone, conducted by Bruno Nicolai, with vocals by Edda Dell'Orso – and the record has some of the best sort of moody ... LP, Vinyl record album
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17 North Parade, Late 70s/Early 80s. (reissue)
Crucial sounds from King Jammy – prime material from that time when his production style was really helping to open up the sound of Kingston! The evolution of dub is definitely at play in the tracks here, but the music is also much more upfront, too – as the Jammy style is very ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Galactic Nightmare
Trunk (UK), 1986. 2LP Gatefold
A very cool little record – and one that's unlike anything we can think of – kind of a self-contained science fiction story, complete with lots of spacey music, and a bit of narration as well! The album's full of cool keyboard lines – plenty of mini moog and organ, often used in ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Pressure Sounds (UK), 1970s.
A wealth of rare tracks from the archives of Jamaican producer Bunny "Striker" Lee – tracks pulled from one-off dubplates mixed direct from the studio, and other unreleased tracks pulled from never-heard master tapes too! The music here definitely lives up to Lee's production ... CD
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Rough Guide, Late 70s.
Funk and soul meet Latin rhythms – and the result is a really special moment in the New York scene – a time when disco rhythms helped the underground scene burn brightly in the midtown clubs! Back in the 60s, nightspots in the city would routinely host Latin bands – but by the ... CD
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Bitch Is Black
Tamla/Reel Music, 1975.
Heavy heavy funk from the mighty Yvonne Fair – a 70s bad soul sister that we'd rank right up there with Betty Davis! Yvonne got her start working with James Brown in a sweeter mode, but by the time of this mid 70s debut, she'd hit a really hard-wailing sort of style – one that had the ... CD
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Bahdeni Nami
Monkeytown (Germany), 2015.
One of the most compelling singers in the world today – an artist whose fame has spread so far, he's getting production help on this album from talents as big as Gilles Peterson, Four Tet, and Modeselektor! As you might imagine, the presence of these bigger names definitely adds something to ... CD
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Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. 2 CDs
Not disco hits or the overplayed classics you may know from too many weddings – but a wonderfully deep selection of underground cuts that shows that there's still plenty of rare gems to discover from the 70s club scene! The set's put together by the man who wrote the book on rare disco mixes ... CD
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Live At The Half Note
Hi Hat, Mid 60s. 2 CDs
The cover's got a photo of Horace Silver in the 50s – but the music here is clearly from sometime in the 60s, and features the legendary pianist really stretching out in live performance at the Half Note! The package features two different concerts recorded for radio at the legendary venue ... CD
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GDM (Italy), 1971. (reissue)
A real standout in Ennio Morricone's roster of great work from the time – a record with all the best elements in place – including vocals by Edda Dell'Orso and orchestrations by Bruno Nicolai – but an overall format that's a bit different than usual! Most of the tracks here are ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Ampsa
Mississippi, 1978. (reissue)
A beautiful album from Idrissa Soumaoro and L'Eclipse – one recorded during a time of great political unrest in Mali, and a set that was never commercially issued – but just originally given away by the Malian Association for the Blind! The album's got all the power of earlier albums ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Polydor/Fever Dream, 1970.
Massive work by Lee Dorsey – recorded years after his classics in the 60s, and even funkier overall! Lee's really cooking on all burners here – working with the production team of Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn, and getting some incredible backing from The Meters – who are ... CD
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Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 3 CDs
British folk music got really weird and wonderful at the end of the 60s – light years from the crew cut versions of The Kingston Trio, or the twangy modes of Bob Dylan wannabees – but also very different from the more rockish directions that American folk acts were taking at the time! ... CD
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Motown/Reel Music, 1973.
A heavy heavy set from Gloria Jones – a record that features some killer Paul Riser arrangements that are right up there with the deepest Motown work of the early 70s! Jones' groove is always a bit different than most of her contemporaries – not the usual Motown bag, and really far-reac ... CD
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Rough Guide, Late 60s.
Cumbia sounds get trippy – as a host of Latin American artists picked up the electric guitar in the 60s, and really helped transform the style with some psychedelic touches! Most of these tracks feature cumbia rhythms at the core, but take the music far from its Colombian roots – ... CD
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Zapp III
Warner (Japan), 1983.
Zapp's 3rd album, and one that shows them still very much on top of their game! The mix of tight bass, keyboards, and occasional vocoder bits is firmly in place from their first two albums – a stunning legacy of ensemble funk that pushes the older P-Funk ethos into hip new territory for the ... CD
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Refazenda
Warner/Bomba (Japan), 1975.
One of the funkiest albums you'll ever hear from Gilberto Gil – a really cool record that's done in the same sort of samba soul style that Jorge Ben was using in the 70s – with similarly wonderful results! The rhythms are great – a really compelling mix of rootsy elements and ... CD

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