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Columbia/Modern Harmonic, Mid 60s.
A long-overdue full length album from Ranny Sinclair – a very cool 60s singer who recorded for Columbia Records with a very groovy style – including a few obscure tracks done with piano legend Dave Brubeck! The sound here is beautiful – breathy at times, with some bossa currents ... (Vocalists CD)
Brownswood (UK), 2017.
Zara McFarlane is looking a lot more righteous on the cover of this one – and the sound is a lot more righteous too, as you might guess from the title! Zara's vocals have always been a tremendous instrument of power, but this time around she's directing them towards a great sense of social ... (Neo Soul CD)
Polydor/Culture Factory, 1978.
A plenty funky record, despite a cheesy cover – which shows James Brown as a disco-era player – kicking back on a couch with an unbuttoned shirt, while two topless girls dance in front of him – showing him their "cakes"! The groove's definitely different than the ... (Soul CD)
Jazzman (UK), Late 40s/1950s.
Maybe the rootsiest set so far in this excellent series – and one that almost seems to go back and look a bit at the evolution of the genre! As you probably know from our notes on the previous collections, the term "jukebox mambo" is here used to refer to postwar R&B that's ... (Funky Compilations CD)
GAD (Poland), Early 80s.
A rare set from a soundtrack artist who's finally getting his due – Poland's Andrzej Korzynski, whose work was mostly cut off from the rest of us during the years of Soviet dominance! Despite that remove, though, Korzynski works here in a keyboard mode that resonates with some of the coolest ... (Soundtracks CD)
Motown/Culture Factory, 1968.
An irresistible solo album from the great Tammi Terrell – the Motown singer who's best remembered for her duets with Marvin Gaye, and who hardly ever got a chance to work on her own! Despite that lack, though, this album's a standout classic – a slightly different take on the female ... (Soul CD)
Numero, Late 60s. 2CD
Fantastic sounds from Jackie Shane – a Canadian soul singer who's achieved a bit of recent fame, due to her legacy as an underground trans figure – but an artist who'd already be a winner, even without such a fascinating back story! Fortunately, both sides of Jackie's life are included ... (Soul CD)
Blue Erro Soul, 2017.
Elemental genius from Eric Roberson – an artist who's already touched on Earth and Wind with previous records, but who's really on fire with this sweet little set! As with the others in the series, the album's an EP – but the 8 tracks here are even deeper than most longer albums you'd ... (Neo Soul CD)
GAD (Poland), 1967.
A fantastic lost slice of work from the legendary Krzysztof Komeda – and a set that's quite different than some of his avant jazz classics of the 60s! This album's still got a lot of jazz in the mix, but there's also a lot of the "sweet" mentioned in the title – mostly in ... (Soundtracks CD)
Universal (France), 1966. 5CD
A dream come true – a special 5CD box set, based around one of our favorite soundtracks ever – with a huge amount of added music! The core score is presented on CDs 1 and 2 – fantastic music from the film Les Demoiselles De Rochefort (aka Young Girls Of Rochefort) – a jazzy ... (Soundtracks CD)
Motown/Culture Factory, 1973.
Fully mature work from Diana Ross – a set that really breaks free from the styles of her roots, and which has her emerging as a full-formed solo act on her own! There's a range of modes here that's quite surprising – strong, sophisticated ballads at the core, but also echoes of jazz, ... (Soul CD)
Sonor (Italy), 1969. (reissue)
The sound of industry, circa 1969 Italy – which means that everything sounds a heck of a lot groovier than you might expect! Soundtrack genius Alessandro Alessandroni handled the album – and it's completely fantastic right from the very first note – nothing like an industrial ... (Sound Library LP)
ESP/Drag City, 1967.
The incredible debut from Pearls Before Swine – a group who were a bit late to the New York folk party of the 60s – but at a level that really helped them evolve past the rest of their scene! The album's sometimes a bit overlooked – as it came out on the mostly-jazz ESP label ... (Rock CD)
Esoteric (UK), 1967.
An amazing step sideways for London's Zoot Money – a move from mod to psych, with a trippy quality that's quite different from his jazzy sound a few years before! The group's got legendary fame – not just for the shift in styles by Zoot, but also for the fact that it features key work ... (Rock CD)
RCA, 1975. (reissue)
Massively funky work from the mighty Weldon Irvine – sublimely cosmic and filled with soul throughout! The vibe here is a bit more focused than on some of Weldon's earlier albums – a moody blend of electric keys, heavy percussion, and some slight bits of jazzy solo work by trumpeters ... (Jazz LP)
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
A hip celebration of all things spooky – pulled from that wonderful late 50s/early 60s stretch when the novelty market was overflowing with rock and soul songs based on Halloween topics! This collection is nicely huge – and while there's a few tracks here you might know from big fame, ... (Halloween CD)
Saturn/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1972.
One of Sun Ra's greatest albums of the 70s – recording during the same sessions that yielded the famous Space Is The Place record for Blue Thumb, and done with a very similar feel – an expansive configuration of the Arkestra in peak form! The range of expression is really incredible ... (Jazz CD)
AFJ, 2017. 2CD
Fantastic sounds from this ultra-hip Detroit ensemble – a contemporary group, but one whose musical message takes us back to the sounds of older acts like Fertile Ground or Oneness Of Juju! As with both of those groups, the style here mixes jazz with a wider sense of message and purpose ... (Jazz CD)
Aaron Abernathy, 2017.
Aaron Abernathy really grabbed us with his debut – and on this second set, he's maybe even tighter and more his own self than before – moving past the guests who helped draw attention to the previous record, and really standing strongly in the spotlight on his own! Aaron composed, ... (Neo Soul LP)
Mt Zion/Numero, 1971. (reissue)
A soul record we'd put up there with some of our favorites produced in Chicago during the early 70s – a gospel album from Pastor TL Barrett, but one that's gone on to legendary status among funk and soul collectors over the years! Barrett works here with his Youth For Christ Choir, of Mt. ... (Gospel LP)
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