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Show Up (Germany), 1970s/Early 80s.
A great installment in one of our favorite sound library series ever – one of the few we can really trust for consistently funky, consistently soulful work every single time – with a top-shelf level of grooves like this! These guys really dig hard to get past the obvious – and ... CD
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Mr Mean/Gold
Mercury/BGO (UK), 1976/1977.
Two 70s gems from the Ohio Players – back to back in a single set! Mr Mean is a lesser-known 70s album by The Ohio Players – tunes recorded for the soundtrack of the late blacksploitation film Mr Mean, but also very much in the tight funk format of the group's Mercury work! Tracks are ... CD
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Mercury (Japan), 1964.
A record that's as lively as its title and its cover – a set of party-heavy girl group tracks by The Pixies Three – a lesser-remembered trio that's still plenty darn fab! The Pixies have a sound that's perhaps a bit more skittish, and sometimes a bit more rough than some of their ... CD
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Wait For Me
Hot Casa (France), Late 70s. 2LP Gatefold
Roger Damawuzan looks a bit like an American soul singer on the cover of this excellent collection – and his music often comes across in the same way, with a nice undercurrent of funk in the rhythms, and very powerful vocals from the leader! The set's the first we've ever seen to focus on ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Mercury/BGO (UK), 1979/1980. 2CD
Massive music in a wonderful package – three funky classics from The Gap Band! First up is the group's self-titled album from 1979 – the start of the legendary second chapter for the Gap Band – the point when the group had reemerged as the tight funky trio of the Wilson Brothers, ... CD
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Imperial/EMI (Japan), 1959.
A seminal record in the career of a young Phil Spector – the only full album ever issued by his initial group The Teddy Bears – a sweetly-styled harmony trio with Phil chipping in on vocals! The sound here is very much in a Chordettes or Fleetwoods sort of mode – with lead vocals ... CD
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King/Sundazed, Early 50s. (reissue)
One of the hardest-hitting early albums on King Records – a full set of tracks from Hank Ballard & The Midnighters – a group who could easily blow away most of their vocal group contemporaries in the 50s! Hank's lead vocals always have this nasty, sexy sort of vibe – a style ... LP, Vinyl record album
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RCA/Fifth Dimension (Germany), 1975.
One of the spookiest albums we've ever heard from moog maestro Mort Garson – way darker and more complex than his Wozzard Of Id or moogy horoscope projects – with a feel that's much more like his legendary Black Mass album! Like that one, there's a fair current of supernatural running ... CD
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King/Sundazed, 1959. (reissue)
A stone killer from the legendary 5 Royales – one of the greatest groups to ever record for King Records in the 50s, and a key force in helping move things forward from doo wop to soul! The balance between Lowman Pauling's lead and the harmonies is amazing – a big inspiration on the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Rough Guide, Mid 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Mid 2010s.
A heady batch of psychedelic samba from the 60s onward – and some wonderful modern takes on the style, too! Compiler John Armstrong took special care here to include a number of fairly recent numbers that very strongly represent the diverse Brazilian tropical psychedelia of the 60s & 70s ... CD
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No Turning Back
Freestyle (UK), 2015.
Speedometer unleash a great new talent for this excellent album – singer James Junior, who helps the group hit even greater funky heights than before! James isn't just one of those fake retro-styled vocalists who are thrown into the mix as an extra element – but a well-schooled, UK ... CD
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Impressions (1963)
ABC/Universal (Japan), 1963.
Fantastic soul from the Chicago scene of the 60s – the legendary first ABC album by Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions! Although the group first broke big on Vee Jay Records, it was at ABC that their genius really took flight – tightening up the harmonies of the earlier singles, and ... CD
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Blue Note (Japan), 1961.
A killer hardbop session from the early 60s – one of Sonny Clark's later sides for Blue Note, and an album that features a great lineup of players that includes lesser-known Blue Note hornmen Charlie Rouse and Tommy Turrentine! The record crackles with the energy and imagination of Clark's ... CD
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LHI/Light In The Attic, Late 60s.
One of the coolest groups to ever recorded for Lee Hazlewood Industries – a Texas-bred quintet with a sound that's every bit as groovy as their name – kind of a sideways-skewed take on 60s modes of the time! At first listen, these guys have lots of Sunshine Pop elements in the mix ... CD
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Johnny Otis Show
Capitol (Japan), 1958.
One of the coolest earliest albums from the great Johnny Otis – a late 50s set that was issued on Capitol's grittier Dig subsidiary – and which features the full range of the Otis revue, captured surprisingly well! Yes, work for other labels at the time often featured Johnny with some ... CD
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Blue Note, Late 50s. (reissue)
A wonderfully hard-storming set – and a record that not only firmly put the Jazz Messengers on the map, but also set a whole new standard for live jazz recording! The group here is the early version of the Messengers – almost co-led by drummer Art Blakey with pianist Horace Silver ... LP, Vinyl record album
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My Own Skin
Kenya MJ Music, 2015.
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Kenya's plenty warm in her own skin – coming on with this full, rich quality right from the very first note – the kind of indie soul power we haven't heard this well in a while! The album's very down-to-earth and unassuming – just wonderful vocals from the lady herself, well-penne ... CD
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Minit/Universal (Japan), 1962.
An early New Orleans soul classic – the first full album of work from the legendary Ernie K Doe – an artist who helped the city's scene bridge the gap between earlier boogie modes and later funk to come! All these cuts have a chunky vibe that comes from heavy piano on the rhythms ... CD
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Wild Dance
ECM (Germany), 2015.
Nothing too wild here, as the album's got the full, spacious sort of sound that we've come to expect from Enrico Rava on ECM – that way of capturing his trumpet lines to that they hang easily in space, and really get the chance to open up – especially here in the company of guest ... CD
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Opus III
Clarence/Tompkins Square, 1972.
A beautiful solo set from John Hulburt – a little-known Chicago guitarist in the early 70s, and almost our city's answer to the beauty of John Fahey at his best! Hulburt's music is a bit more straightforward, and his tunes a little shorter – but the overall sense of conception is ... CD

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