It's the late 70s, so you know things are beginning to wind down a bit for Jimmy Castor, but even though this doesn't pack the same funky punch as It's Just Begun, it's still a solid effort, if a bit polished for our taste. As the title implies, it's full-on funk from the get go, with the bass ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Probably Jimmy's second best album of the 70s – one with many of the same elements as his legendary It's Just Begun record. The band is grooving hard – with plenty of heavy conga, fuzzed out guitar, and trippy grooves that serve as a perfect foil for Jimmy's super-dope sense of humor. ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary batch of funky rock tracks – noteworthy not only for production by Jimi Hendrix, but also for the group's insanely great groove! There's a bluesy undercurrent here, but sharpened much more strongly for the funk generation – which takes Cat Mother way past contemporaries ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Proof that blues rock can be turned towards a useful end – and a landmark album from one of the greatest Brit groups of the post-beat era! CCS (Collective Consciousness Society) were more of a studio project than anything else – but their first few records sparkled with a groove and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mellow AOR work from Hawaii – very much in a Free Soul kind of mode, with some nicely compressed grooves that have a slick studio sound, yet still manage to come up with some individualistic charm. Titles include "Sunflower", "Sunshine Love", "Friends", "Son ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Andrea Centazzo & Steve Lacy —
Clangs ... LP Ictus (Italy), 1976. Very Good+ ...
A great mix of Steve Lacy's angular soprano sax lines and the inventive percussion of Andrea Centazzo – recorded here in a live setting that keeps things pretty spare and playful throughout! Lacy also plays a few birdcalls, and a pocket synthesizer too – and titles include "Dome&qu ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard rocking late 60s work with a bit of a bluesy touch – a lot heavier sounding than you'd expect from the title! Some of the tunes are slow and plodding, led by a stepping electric bass – and a few others break out with a bit more horn flourishes that add a nice element. Titles ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet acoustic swing from the Central Park Sheiks – a strange combo that mix together folk, country, and jazz influences in a gently swaying sound! The style is one that flourished strongly in the 70s, but which has roots that go back many years before – kind of a hip recasting of ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cerrone's hitting a real 80s groove here – going for those keyboard lines that kind of go "wheeet", layed out over some heavily processed drums, all coming together in production styles that are perhaps a bit colder than on previous albums. There's actually some nice jazzy riffing ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued bottom seam & light wear.)
OR ... LP RCA (France), 1970s. Very Good Gatefold ...
Eugene Chadbourne & John Zorn —
School ... LP Parachute, 1978. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
Nice one! This is an original pressing of the rare Parachute LP that featured performances by Eugene Chadbourne and John Zorn – sometimes in duets, sometimes in other groupings with players like Henry Kaiser, LaDonna Smith, Davey Williams, and Bruce Ackley. Titles include "Duet", ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album of 70s soul – and perhaps the most enduring full LP by this enigmatic harmony group! The vocals of General Crook alone are more than enough to win us over – some of the most distinct lead soul singing we've ever heard, pitched perfectly with the backings of the rest of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chairmen Of The Board —
In Session ... LP Invictus, 1971. Very Good- Gatefold ...
A killer album by the Chairmen of the Board! The record's their second – and although the "In Session" title, photos on the front, and liner notes all make it appear to be a live album, it's actually a studio session, with the same great Holland-Dozier-Holland production as the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Paul Chambers —
Go ... LP Vee Jay, 1959. Near Mint- ...
A rare non-Blue Note date as a leader from bassist Paul Chambers – and one of his hardest cooking dates in the studio! The session breaks out a bit from some of Chambers' more concept-based work of the time – and has him opening up strongly with an all-star group that includes ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A 2LP set of work by The Chambers Brothers – one studio disc, and one live one, recorded at the height of their fame before a very lively audience! Disc one features Love Peace & Happiness – a set that features a number of original tracks, played with a harder soul feel than some ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This one has the Chambers working in a number of styles, sweating hard in a gritty version of Otis Redding's "I Can't Turn You Loose" and to some funky percussion and call-and-response vocals on "Do Your Thing", and grooving softly on "Guess Who" and others. Other ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We're not normally the biggest fans of The Chambers Brothers, but this album's a cracking winner from the mid 70s. Shouldn't be so, given the date and the label, but there's a really funky track on here that's one of their best – the great break cut "Stealing Watermelons", which ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet soul classic from the young Gene Chandler! The record is built around Gene's hit "Duke Of Earl" – and it features Gene in a ridiculous looking "Duke" costume on the cover – but the record's a great one overall, and features some excellent late-night soul ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer stuff from Gene! After recording a few sadly overlooked albums for Brunwsick, Gene hit big big big with this killer record on Mercury! The record virtually defines the Chicago soul sound of the late 60s – with arrangements by Tom Tom, production by Gene, and a great loping soul ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Later work by Gene Chandler – but a surprisingly great little set overall, and proof that Carl Davis was really stretching for greatness in the glory years of his Chi Sound label! Rather than rehash the styles he'd hit with on Vee Jay, Constellation, Mercury, or Brunswick – Chandler ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a sticker spot.)
A great later album from Change – not nearly as well-known as their first few hits, but still in that all-solid approach to the groove that was the Change trademark during the early 80s! The sound is a bit more stripped down than before – tight beats and keyboards, mostly in a mellow ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful bit of harmony soul from the east coast – a record with exactly the kind of fragile emotion and personal depth you might guess from the cover! Change Of Pace are a group with a sound that's a bit like some of their contemporaries on the scene – but they've also got a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Robert Charlebois —
Charlebois ... LP Barclay (Canada), 1974. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
A wonderful chapter in the career of Ray Charles – and a key album in helping raise his respect level a notch or two in the early 60s! We might argue with the mathematics in the title – or at least joke that Ray was using equations as titles years before Anthony Braxton – but you ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label mono pressing. Cover has a sticker spot.)
Some of Ray's biggest tracks for Atlantic, including many remakes of standards like "Just For A Thrill", "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin", "Am I Blue", and "It Had To Be You". You've heard it all a million times, but it's still beautiful stuff – and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
As Ray was making the switch to ABC for his vocal-oriented material, Atlantic managed to capture his jazz-oriented talents on a few great sessions like this one – which features Charles' piano in the foreground, set in a nice small group setting with other players from his band, like David ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has yellowed masking tape along the opening.)
Features smoking work from David Newman on tenor and Hank Crawford on baritone – plus a bit of trumpet from Marcus Belgrave! Titles include "Frenesi", "Drown In My Own Tears", "Tell The Truth", "The Right Time", "What'd I Say", and "The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A late, straight side from Cherry, and a nice one at that! Cherry's joined by West Coast jazz men from his past James Clay, Charlie Haden And Billy Higgins, for a nice set with standards intermingled with the group's own tunes and a couple of Ornette numbers, too. The readings are crisp yet ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic Chi-Lites is right, because the group's still going strong even after their hit years on Brunswick – stepping forth with a sweet harmony sound that nicely fits the Philly arrangements they get on this set! There's a maturity here that gets past the fragile soul of earlier sets, and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not really any hits on this one, but Nile Rogers and the group still keep grooving along – wangling that pop disco groove with amazing sharpness! Titles include "Chip Off the Old Block", "Open Up", "26", "I Loved You More", "Real People", and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Still part of the classic early run of the group – one of the most production for an act like this in the 70s – and an album that still has them putting out a double-length set of goodness! Titles include "Byblos", "Song Of The Evergreens", "Searchin So ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked funky classic from Chocolate Milk – and a set that still preserves the tight grooves of the group's earliest work! Allan Toussaint is still on hand this time around to help with both production and songwriting – and his touches can definitely be felt on the record – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy percussion from Christian Prommer – who's really stepping out in some great new directions since his first Drumlesson set! As before, Prommer plays a whole bunch of cool rhythm patterns – mostly using acoustic drums and percussion, but also mixing in some electric lines too ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gunter Christmann/Paul Lovens/Maarten Altena —
Weavers ... LP Po Torch (Germany), 1980. Near Mint- ...
A well-done set of improvised tracks – in the best spirit of the Po Torch sessions of the time! Christmann plays trombone, Lovens percussion, and Altena bass – and titles include "Cicim", "Al Ith", "Details", and "Kishlak". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Chubb Rock —
Mind ... LP Select, 1997. Sealed ...
Chubb's 6th album, with production by KRS-One, Easy Mo Bee, and others. Songs include "Reputation" featuring KRS, "Beef" featuring PMD and Das EFX, "Games We Play", "I Will Survive", "East vs West", and "Clear The Decks". 13 tracks deep. (Hip Hop) LP, Vinyl record album
Some of the grooviest classical piano work you'll ever hope to hear, thanks to the keyboard talents of the amazing Eugen Cicero – heard here on a rare LP of material recorded for the MPS label! Back in the 60s, a number of European artists were experimenting with a blend of classics and jazz ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best records ever recorded by pianist Curtis Clark – a stunning trio session that features Sonship Theus on drums and Roberto Miranda on bass. The feel here is as free as it is driving, modal, and soulful – a rich expression of Clark's ideals, in a style that draws on the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most legendary albums on Blue Note – or maybe THE most legendary albums on Blue Note – a stunning session that shows what the label was capable of when it was really hitting on all burners – from the lineup to the music to the production – and even the classic ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A trio treasure from the incredible Sonny Clark – a rare non-Blue Note date from the late 50s, and a wonderful illustration of his powers on the piano! The setting is spare, but the sound is never sleepy – as Sonny's working here with Max Roach on drums and George Duvivier on bass ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit goofy, but a pretty compelling record issued on Motown's MoWest subsidiary. Tom Clay creates these groovy tracks that mix popular soul instrumentals (arranged by Gene Page and Artie Butler) with recitations that have a very righteous political feel. The single on the record, "What The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful blowing from Buck Clayton and Buddy Tate – captured here in the relaxed, easy-going setting of the Swingville label! The album's got a lot more charm than some of Clayton's sides for Columbia – a bit more mellow, with the kind of after hours feel that lets players like these ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Swingville pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
Clearly soulful Detroit hip hop from Clear Soul Forces – the team of E-Fav, LAZ., Noveliss and producer Ilajide! Includes "Continue", "Ninja Rap", "Beats, Rhymes & Life", "Freq Freq" feat Kooley High, "Sparring Session", "The ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early stuff by Jimmy, licensed from Island Records by United Artists Veep subsidiary. Unlike his more well known, easy rocking reggae and rocksteady recordings, this set is straight R&B, with a nice soulful vibe, including "Call On Me", "That's The Way Life Goes", "Prid ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark in Jamaican soul and one of the albums that helped break reggae onto the world stage. A nice, nice selection of early '70's reggae, mostly performed by Jimmy Cliff, but with a few equally wonderful numbers by the Maytals & Desmond Dekker, too. Includes classics like the Maytals' ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great post-Curtom work from Linda Clifford – an album that has her nicely shaking off the excesses of the disco years, and going for a warmer, more sophisticated sound! The style here is almost a bit like the Jones Girls at the time – full modern soul, often grooving in a midtempo mode ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The standout classic from Curtom disco diva Linda Clifford – and an album that showed that Chicago could rival Philly in the clubby groove department! Linda has a proud presence that really matches that of her better-known sisters in the City Of Brotherly Love – and she's singing here ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album