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Fame/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. 2LP
A beautiful collection of work from one of the greatest soul labels ever – a tiny Alabama imprint that helped bring the Muscle Shoals sound to the masses – thanks to the work of producer Rick Hall, and his crack band of session players! The music here set a whole new standard for soul ... (Soul)
PMG (Austria), 1976.
A bold title statement from The Funkees – and one that's backed up with plenty of adult funky music as well – that hip blend of dubby soul that really made these guys a standout on the Nigerian scene of the 70s! The style's almost a bit like Cymande – with a head-nodding bassline ... (Global Grooves)
Oracle/Creole Stream (Japan), Late 60s.
Early work from Jimmy Helms – an American soul singer, but one who recorded more famously later on in the UK – heard here on his full length debut! The set was put together at a time when Jimmy was getting some exposure on the Merv Griffin Show (the cover shot is from one appearance) ... (Soul)
Costanza/Schema (Italy), 1979. Gatefold
A sound library album from the end of the 70s, but one that's got a fair bit of funky jazz in the mix, too – thanks to a lifetime dedication to the music by Amleto "Puccio" Roelens! Roelens was a musician with a long lineage on the Italian scene in the postwar years – and ... (Sound Library)
General/Cinedelic (Italy), 1972. (reissue)
The music of love from the great Piero Piccioni – served up here in a set that's right up there with his best soundtracks of the early 70s! The sounds come from a wonderful Piccioni array of instrumentation – some heavy Hammond here, a bit of soaring strings there – all set to ... (Soundtracks)
Motown/Kent (UK), Late 60s.
Rare early material from one of the hippest singers on 70s Motown – the heavenly Syreeta, best known for her seminal work with Stevie Wonder – heard here in the years before, on a rare single and a huge amount of never-issued tracks! Syreeta first worked for Motown under the name of ... (Soul)
Sonodisc/Creole Stream (Japan), 1974.
A fantastic funky set from the 70s – originally issued on a French label, and hardly known to American audiences at the time – but done with a heavy groove that remind us of some of the best funky soul you'd find on labels like Curtom, Stax, or Atlantic! Lead vocals are by Bill Combs, ... (Soul)
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1990. 2CD
An incredible debut album from The Chimes – one that really rocked our world back in the day, and which we still go back to again and again over the years! The group sprang forth at a wonderful time when the British scene was bringing back a lot of depth to soul music – the Soul II ... (Soul)
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016.
Jason Palmer's given us some great concept projects in recent years – including albums based around the music of Minnie Riperton and Janelle Monae – but this time around, the concept is all Palmer's own – and a great one too! As the title might imply, the music here is based ... (Jazz)
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s.
Think The Beatles only had an impact on rock and pop fans in the America of the 60s? Think again – because their music had an undeniable impact on soul as well – as you'll here from this wonderful range of remakes of classic cuts from the Fab Four! The work here is a real surprise if ... (Funky Compilations)
Carosello/Schema (Italy), 1969. Gatefold
An Italian funk double-header – a sweet little set from the end of the 60s, and one that features killer cuts from both Sandro Brugnolini and Stefano Torossi! We love either artist on their other own records, but there also seems to be something about putting them together here that makes ... (Sound Library)
Steeplechase (Denmark), 2016.
Gregory Tardy's turned into a reedman with a great ability for complex soundshapes – these beautiful phrasings and passages from his tenor sax – yet always delivered in a way that never fails to swing with soul! On this excellent set, Tardy and his musical associates paint these lovely ... (Jazz)
RCA/Schema (Italy), 1966.
Some of the most striking work we've ever heard from this legendary Italian group – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the power of their work in the 60s and 70s! The assemblage features important avant garde sounds from Ennio Morricone – and offers up a real look at the roots of ... (Out Sound)
OMM/MG Art (Germany), 1975. (reissue)
A wonderful electronic classic from Ash Ra Tempel founder Manuel Goettsching – a record that features nothing but his own guitar experiments, filtered through a variety of effects – but at a level that feels a lot more like a keyboard or analogue electronics workout overall! In fact, ... (Rock)
Cinedelic (Italy), 1969. (reissue)
One of the greatest soundtracks ever from Luiz Bacalov – a set that's filled with sex and slink, but which also has a great sense of groove as well – blending bossa jazz, mod moments, and all the best styles of the late 60s Italian scene! The music is mostly acoustic, but has a really ... (Soundtracks)
MPS (Germany), 1969.
A classic European date from Freddie Hubbard – recorded right around the vintage of his Red Clay years, but with a sound that hearkens back more towards his Blue Note sessions of the mid 60s! There's a nicely angular feel to this set – that bold, modern quality that really set Hubbard ... (Jazz)
Sugar/Cinedelic (Italy), 1977. Gatefold (reissue)
Sweet funky soundtrack work from Stelvio Cipriani – one of the maestro's best late 70s film scores, and one of his grooviest too! The music here has all the sharp, soulful elements of early 70s American soundtracks by Quincy Jones or Lalo Schifrin – complete with wah wah guitar, sweet ... (Soundtracks)
Blue Sky/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1978.
A crossover club classic from Dan Hartman – a set that hit big with the mainstream audiences at the time, but which also had enough raw disco talent to hold onto longtime fans of the music too! Dan sings lead vocals, and handles most of the instruments at the core – but he's also got ... (Soul)
Cinedelic (Italy), 1972. (reissue)
A avant jazz set, but one with a very unusual source – as the music was originally recorded for a very short-run sound library release in the 70s! As with most of those records, the players aren't named – although we can say that Gino Marinacci is in the group on flute – and the ... (Sound Library)
Paladium/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Mid 60s.
A beautiful bit of lost bossa jazz from 60s Brazil – the only album we've ever seen by the P Trio, an enigmatic group recording in Belo Horizonte – hardly the same center of bossa nova as the beaches in Rio! The session's got a spare and lively feel – similar to work at the time ... (Brazil)
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