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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Sonafric/Africa Seven (UK), 1979. (reissue)
Fantastic grooves from Sory Bamba – aka Sorry Bamba – sharp-edged, angular tracks that move at a similar pace to other late 70s Afro Funk – but with lots more weird and rough-edged touches! The recording quality isn't nearly as polished as some other efforts from the date – ... (Global Grooves)
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)
Prestige/Ace (UK), 1968. (pic cover, reissue)
Four rare tracks from the great Billy Hawks – one of the most unique artists to record for Prestige Records during their soul jazz years of the 60s! Billy's an organist, but he's also a singer, too – one who works in this great space between jazz, blues, and soul – and which fits ... (Funky 45's)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Epic/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2 CDs
A tremendous run of music from the great George Duke – an artist who'd already spent many years in the jazz and soul world before hitting his time at Epic Records – where he really took off on a great run of tracks like this! Duke started out as a straight jazz player in the 60s, then ... (Jazz)
We Produce/Stax, 1972. (reissue)
An underground set from early 70s Stax Records – the only set cut back in the day by Ernie Hines – a really great singer who works here with a blend of southern soul and sweet harmony modes! The album's got a pretty laidback vibe, which is great – almost in the same space as The ... (Soul)
MPS (Germany), 1976.
A stone classic from pianist Monty Alexander – a live date recorded for MPS in the mid 70s, and a set with even more fire than his studio sides for the label! The sound here is quite freewheeling at times – not funky, but in a very romping, gutbuckety mode that marks Alexander as a ... (Jazz)
Cinedelic (Italy), 1976. 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A sound library set, but one that goes deeper than usual – as the whole project was put together as sort of a concept record, with thoughts on the contemporary scene of the 70s! The two records each have a different title and theme – Stati D'Animo and Diganosi Ecologia – but the ... (Sound Library)
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