A gem of a record from vocalist Urszula Dudziak – the closest she ever came to doing a "straight" set of vocals, but still one that lives up to her unique style! The album was produced by Michal Urbaniak with a sweet electric vibe – never too smooth or overproduced, but with ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner & a promo sticker.)
One of George Duke's best albums for the MPS label – and a set that has a sound that's a little bit more soul than before! The album uses a fair bit of vocals alongside Duke's funky keyboards – but in a way that's not nearly as smooth as some of his albums for Epic, and which still ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and promo sticker.)
A light and sweet little score by George Duning – penned for this early 60s comedy that starred Sophia Loren and Cary Grant! The album's got a great vocal number – "Bing Bang Bong" – sung by Loren with DeVol orchestrations – and just the right sort of catchy 60s ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original 6 eye pressing. Cover has splitting on the seams.)
A nice collection of African pop tracks by the Duo Ouro Negro. The sound is slightly folksy, with lots of acoustic guitar, and a haunting style that's similar to some of Miriam Makeba's work from the same time. Titles include "Palamie", "Mulowa", "Kyrie", "Salome ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Blues from the gutter, with a nice current of jazz, too – thanks to participation from a hip group who really make this album from Champion Jack something special! Dupree himself sings and plays piano – often with plenty of rootsy currents – but the combo also features excellent ... (Blues) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ian Dury takes his spastic rhythm style to Jamaica, where he adds in Sly & Robbie to the mix, and gets produced by Chaz Jankel. Not his classic stuff, but pretty nice anyway. Tracks include "Spasticus (Autisticus)", "The (Body Song)", "Lonely (Town)", and "Fu ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the great ones from Ian Dury – a record that goes way beyond simple quirky rock, and explodes with some wonderful jazzy touches! The sound here is totally great – very much in the sway of Chaz Jankel's musical direction, and filled with great bits on sax, keyboards, and guitar ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ian Dury & The Blockheads —
Laughter ... LP Stiff, 1980. Near Mint- ...
A classic set from the legendary Ian Dury & The Blockheads! Ian's gravelly-voiced stories and gibberish are backed by loose, funky and sarcastic post disco/soul backing by the Blockheads – in a mad mix of styles that had a huger audience than anyone might have expected at the time. ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album, and a bit more straight folksy than later work – but still with some amazing young flashes of genius! Titles include "Highway 51", "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean", "Song To Woody", "Man Of Constant Sorrow", "Fixin To Die", ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A masterpiece of early electric Dylan – and one easily one of the most pivotal recordings of the 60s in any genre! featuring classics like "Subterranean Homesick Blues", "Maggie's Farm", "Mr Tambourine Man", "Gates Of Eden", "It's All Over Now, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pivotal album for Dylan – featuring complicated dark little numbers like "All Along The Watchtower", "The Ballad Of Frankie Lee & Judas Priest", "I Am A Lonesome Hobo", "I Pity The Poor Immigrant", "The Wicked Messenger", "As I Went ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram mono pressing on Sundazed, still in the shrink with hype sticker.)
Dylan's wonderful foray into country rock – the great Nashville Skyline! He takes his voice into a strangely crooning arena that we hadn't heard from him before or since, kinda adding a mysterious vibe of the whole thing. Titles include a duet with Johnny Cash on "Girl From The North ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear and peeling along the bottom seam.)
Some of the darkest acoustic work that Dylan ever recorded – and filled with beautiful songs like "With God On Our Side", "North Country Blues", "Only A Pawn In Their Game", "The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll", "Boots Of Spanish Leather", ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with ZIMA/ZIMB catalog numbers.)
Sheila E —
Sheila E ... LP Paisley Park, 1987. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Sheila E's producing herself here, but the groove is still very firmly in the Paisley Park mode – chunky, funky soul – often exploding with vamping Prince-esque rhythms, but also coming across with a smoother, jazzier mode at the best moments. The instrumentation here is mostly ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A monster – and Charles Earland's second album for Prestige, the follow-up to his groundbreaking Black Talk album! This set's as great as that classic set – a tight batch of groovers that features Earland's Hammond work right out front, grooving away in a soaring, exploratory style ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album from Charles Earland – a real crossroads in his career, one in which his streamlined organ jazz sound of the early 70s takes a slightly more expansive turn – as on his albums of the mid 70s. The record has slightly larger groups than usual – with players that ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a cut corner.)
Steve Earle & The Dukes —
Exit 0 ... LP MCA, 1987. Very Good+ ...
A great debut LP by a near-forgotten act that blossomed briefly at the end of the 60s folk-rock boom – and deserve more than sidebar status in the book of modern music history! Earth Opera incorporated many styles into a sound that may not seem uncommon today, but was idiosyncrastic and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tan label pressing in a Uni Pak gatefold sleeve. Cover has some wear.)
Earth, Wind & Fire's first album – recorded at a time when the group recently had ties to the Chicago soul and jazz scenes, and a range of experience that ran the gamut from work with Sun Ra, the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, The Pharoahs, Ramsey Lewis, and countless other influential ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Earth Wind & Fire —
Faces ... LP Columbia, 1980. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ...
The genius of Earth Wind & Fire knows no bounds – and even on this double-length set, the group keep up their groove tremendously! The 2LP scope of Faces might make it seem like an ambitious enterprise, but it's really just an overstuffed package that tries to contain all the genius the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has some wear.)
Earth Wind & Fire —
Spirit ... LP Columbia, 1976. Very Good+ ...
A big hit for the group – and a great album of smooth funky soul! Spirit is a perfect example of the way that Earth Wind & Fire could tighten things up, yet still keep them real – holding onto the deeply spiritual side that first made them great – but also focusing their ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing! Earth Wind & Fire's ultimate moment of the 70s – and a perfect blending of all their influences that stands as a lasting tribute to their super-huge effect on soul music! The record features all aspects of the band coming into perfect cohesion – bassy funk, mellow soul, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Earth Wind & Fire touch the world with this sweet batch of grooves – a set of tracks that has them firmly embracing the electric sound of 80s soul, yet still bringing in some light spiritual touches of their own! The beats are pretty heavy at points – making for plenty of groovers ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Earthquire ... LP Natural Resources, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the few groups on Motown's Natural Resources label – kind of an outlet for crossover soul/rock type groups, ala Rare Earth. The band actually have some pretty strong funk players in the lineup – and the best tracks have some cutting saxes that keep things fresh, fresher than ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Promo. Cover has a date and call letters in pen on front, and a DJ ink stamp on back.)
Billy Eckstine —
My Way ... LP Motown, 1966. Very Good+ ...
Who'da thought the great jazz vocalist would end up recording for Motown late in his career? Still, the album's not a bad one in a pop vocal sort of way, and includes Billy doing versions of 60s hits like "Once In A Lifetime", "My Way", and "Talk To Me". Other nice ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Billy Eckstine —
Sings ... LP Savoy, 1946/1947. Near Mint- ...
Ed OG's nice debut, with a slightly jazzy touch on the production and literate, intelligent lyrics. Solid from start to finish, from the days when that wasn't so uncommon. With the now classic "Be A Father To Your Child", plus standout tracks like "I'm Different", "Speak ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pulpy twang guitars from Duane Eddy at the start of the 60s – with Eddy doing his electric twang thing on hits of the day and originals devoted to the ladies – with groovy female whoo, ahhh and ohhh vocal choruses, rollicking pianos, blurting sax and some more laidback numbers, too! ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with deep groove. Cover has moderate wear.)
Duane's twangy guitar sound is applied to the water skiing scene, in what was probably an attempt to establish a new trend away from surf or hot rod instrumentals. The sound, however, is very much in the surf/hot rod style – with lots of groovy "twang" out front, and zippy ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Berndt Egerbladh plays organ and vibes, and leads an all-star group that also includes Lennart Aberg on tenor and soprano, Bertil Lovgren and Rolf Ericson on trumpets, Arne Domnerus on alto and clarinet, Rune Gustafsson on guitar, and Bengt Hallberg on piano! The record features two long tracks ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Side one has a very short click, but the rest of the record is near perfect!)
801 (Phil Manzanera/Brian Eno) —
801 Live ... LP Polydor, 1976. Near Mint- ...
A brilliant post-Roxy Music project – odd rhythms from Phil Manzanera, Fender Rhodes from Francis Monkman, and some great electronics, tapes, and vocals from Brian Eno! Includes versions of "Third Uncle", "Miss Shapiro", "Baby's On Fire", and "Sombre ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label UK pressing. Cover has an unglued top seam.)
The first album by 8th Day – a record with a bit of a complicated pedigree, but a massive amount of 70s Detroit soul as well! The set was supposedly compiled to cash in on the group's hit single "She's Not Just Another Woman" – reportedly recorded by 100 Proof Aged In Soul, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Latin inflected club grooves by the legendary El Coco! The band was one of the most successful projects of the Rinder/Lewis production team – and although this album's not their best, it's still very much in their classic mode. Most tracks are nice and long, with a disco groove, and titles ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Before you ask, the cover doesn't feature pictures of these guys whacking each other over their heads with trumpets! Instead, it features Jazz At The Philharmonic material from 1952 – with long tracks that include "Jam Session Blues", "The Trumpet Battle", and a "Ball ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No love better than electric love – in our opinion! The Electronic Concept Orchestra lay down their own particular breed here, with moogy versions of sexy classics like "Je T'aime... Moi Non Plus", "The Look Of Love", "Like A Lover", and "This Guy's In Love ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A goofy mix of groovy instrumental tracks with a weird "Apache"-esque instrumentation made up of some nicely processed guitars. The album's sort of funky in parts, with arrangements by Vince Montana that were recorded at Sigma Sound – and which have a late 60s Philly soul vibe to ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear.)
Electric Light Orchestra —
Ole ELO ... LP United Artists, 1976. Near Mint- ...
On this early release, the Prunes are arranging themselves, and have production from Dave Hassinger. The tracks are shorter than on some of their Axelrod albums, but they're also showing a sophistication that makes the material really compelling – mixing together psyche and garage roots into ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautifully baroque batch of tracks, written and arranged for the Electric Prunes by the great David Axelrod – a really groundbreaking mix of modes that had quite an impact back in the late 60s! The record shows Axelrod's perpetual fascination with the spiritual – mixed with that ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Electronic Concept Orchestra (Eddie Higgins) —
Cinemoog ... LP Mercury, Early 70s. Very Good ...
This album features Chicago jazz legend Eddie Higgins playing the moog on a number of soundtrack-related cuts, including "Theme from Z", "Mah-Na, Mah-Na", and "Midnight Cowboy". Hip sound, and a great use of the moog. Spooky. (Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
Bass-heavy funk material by this obscure west coast group, and a record that features songwriting and production by Bob Crewe. The tracks have kind of a pop funk sort of sound, with lots of ensemble vocals, and tight compressed rhythm tracks behind the main instrumentation. Not that noteworthy ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric insert. Cover has cut corner.)
A beautiful 10" LP from the 50s – one that brings together a selection of rare Ellington work from the late 20s! The recordings date from 1927 and 1928, and soloists include Bubber Miley, Tricky Sam Nanton, Harry Carney, and Barney Bigard – on tracks that include "Creole Love ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label pressing, with red text and deep groove. Cover has a mostly split top seam and a stain along the bottom.)
A 50s LP that showcases Duke's early 40s sides for the Bluebird/Victor label – including early versions of formative compositions, featuring players like Rex Stewart, Johnny Hodges, Barney Bigard, and Ray Nance. Titles include "Take The A Train", "Portrait Of Bert ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Don't let the title put you off, because this certainly isn't a session of background music – and the name simply refers to the fact that the arrangements on the set really showcase the strong horn work of the Ellington orchestra! Duke's still on piano for the session, but the real strength ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
James Brown's old funky reed player hits wax in this groovy solo set of his own – playing here with a sound that's a bit more produced than usual, and with more of a 70's groove than you're used to hearing him in. His tone is perfect, as always, and the record is arranged and conducted by ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The sweet Emotions at the top of their game – one of the brilliant albums that has the soulful trio working hand in hand with Earth Wind & Fire! The girls were plenty great in their early years, but working with Maurice White and company, they really took off – hitting a whole new ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dubby funk by one of the more enigmatic groups on the Acid Jazz label – an ensemble who's jointly influenced by trippy 70s jazz, classic dub, and some of the more atmospheric funk of the time. The set features some wild instrumentation on melodica, toy keyboard, thumb piano, flute, bells, ... (New Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The only RCA album from Enchantment – and a great little set that has the group stretching out from their earlier records on United Artists! The groove here is still awash in the great harmonies we've always loved from the group – and production is by Don Davis, who always has a great ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is cracked on one corner for promo stamp application.)
Great work from one of the less-remembered stars of the east coast indie soul scene of the early 70s. Barbara Jean English has a style that's partly in the mode of harder soul singers like Linda Jones or Debbie Taylor, but she's also equally at home with more sophisticated material – which ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A compilation LP of sorts – though at the time of its release most of this material had not been heard in this form! The album's more or less part of the "Ambient" series Eno had started that year with Music For Airports – and it's presented with similarly simple, elegant ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on EG/Polydor. Cover has some wear & a few stains.)
Two rainy bits: "Ultimate Thunderstorm" and "Gentle Rain in a Pine Forest". The sticker on the front says "Contains Synthetic Silence", whatever that is. As the notes say, play at any speed, for different psychological effects. (Now Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
(Later non-gatefold pressing on Syntonic Research.)
A great funky group with a hell of a lead singer – so much so, they decided to put her name on the title of this album! Precious Wilson's got a voice that might have been suited to deep soul, had she sung in the 60s – but here, she works with Eruption on a set of cuts that have kind of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tight and soulful grooves from the team of Pete and Sheila Escovedo – a set that still has elements of the pair's Latin roots, but which also explodes in a flurry of funk, soul, and fusion moments too! As with their first Fantasy album, the duo have Billy Cobham on deck to produce – ... (Latin) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful blend of Italian jazz and Brazilian inspiration – served up by percussionist Toni Esposito with a warmly electric vibe! The album's an Italian one, but it's got a groove that reminds us of our favorite Brazilian fusion from the period – a criss-crossing of cultural modes ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Hand numbered, limited edition of 300 copies – on clear vinyl!)
Three great groups recording at the legendary Cheetah night club – a side by The Esquires, and a few tracks each by Thunder Frog Ensemble and Mike St Shaw & The Prophets. All work has an undercurrent of garagey soul – and The Prophets do a nice take on "Papa's Got A Brand New ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has vintage price stickers and is a bit shopworn.)