Goin' Places ... LP Philadelphia International, 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
The second collaboration between the Jacksons and the Gamble & Huff production team for Philly International – and a nice little sleeper that we like more and more over the years! Like the preceding album from the team, the pairing's a great one – and the Jacksons' pop soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jacksons ... LP Philadelphia International, 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Great stuff – and a key link between the early work of the Jackson 5 on Motown and Michael's later grooves with Quincy Jones! The Gamble/Huff team give the group a smooth sweet sound – definitely in a dancefloor mode, with some of the bassy riffs of Michael's Off The Wall album, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album – quite possibly our favorite record by the JBs, ever! The set starts with a wonderful conversational bit – rapping and musing on the idea of "Damn Right, I Am Somebody" – showing the group in a political and righteous mode for the first time ever. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album – a landmark piece of funk that nobody should be without, funk fan or not! The album is the second to feature James Brown's famous backing combo of the early 70s – and unlike their first one, which was really more of a collection of singles, this album has the group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most fantastic albums by the JBs – a masterpiece of funky jamming, tight instrumentation, and that free yet tight style of the James Brown 70s years! The tracks are longer than on some of the earlier singles – especially the 8 minute jammer "(It's Not The Express) It's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunner of a record – the first-ever album by The JBs, never issued back in the day – and lost for years until it recently resurfaced on a test pressing! The set features a leaner, more stripped-down version of the group – one that features Bootsy Collins on bass, and which ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Also comes with a great book – detailing the album and its rescue from obscurity!)
One of the greatest soundtracks of the blacksploitation era – served up with some incredible grooves from maestro JJ Johnson! The album's got a non-stop, hard-hitting groove that ranks it with the best of its time – and which is arguably even better, because most of the record isn't ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Syl Johnson —
My Gift ... LP Federal/Numero, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ...
A perfect snapshot of early Syl Johnson – with all the 45 sides he cut for Federal at the very end of the 50s and into the first couple years of the 60s! This is incredibly prescient work, building off the formative bedrock of late 50s rhythm & blues, while paving the way for gritty but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Totally wonderful work from this obscure Detroit group – a quintet of very young gospel singers, and one that gets some wicked work on electric guitar as well! The music has a vibe that's every bit what you'd expect from the cover – very raw, and at-home – with that guy on his ... (Gospel, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 450 copies.)
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings —
Naturally ... LP Daptone, 2004. New Copy ...
The long-anticipated second album from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings is a stunner – undoubtedly stronger than the group's fantastic debut – and a record that not only transcends the late model funk revival genre, but stands on footing as solid as the best hard funky soul of the late ... (Deep Funk, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic debut from Khalid – a singer we're expecting will shape the sound of American soul in years to come – thanks to the strength of the work on this album! Khalid's got a voice that's totally unique – upfront about his weaknesses and youth, which he never tries to hide ... (Neo Soul, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer early material from Freddy King – a blues album, but one that's also got a strong resonance with instrumental soul and early funk! The record is "Strictly Instrumental" – as the cover says – and a nice batch of short bluesy groovers that feature Freddy's great ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lafayette Afro Rock Band —
Soul Makossa ... LP As The Record Turns, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Amazing Afro Funk from one of the greatest groups of the genre – The Lafayette Afro Rock Band, a funky ensemble recording in Paris in the early 70s! The group were working in a hotbed of cross-cultural styles – and brought American funk rhythms firmly into play with African influences ... (Global Grooves, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest groups of the Latin Soul scene – but they'd have to be, given their name! The Latin Souls are a vocal group with a really soulful feel – a great link between the earlier harmony sounds that were bubbling under in Spanish Harlem, and some of the hipper rhythms that ... (Latin, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer Latin soul! This record is one of the hardest to find from the late 60's boogaloo era, and it's a massive stormer filled with tasty grooves! The band is small and tight, with a 2-sax frontline, for an extra-soulful sound. Vocals are in English and Spanish, and the album wails away like a ... (Latin, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Atle Lauve —
Atle Lauve ... LP Preservation (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ...
Unreleased grooves from the Norwegian scene of the late 70s – recorded by an artist who's clearly in love with American AOR of the west coast scene! The tracks are all pretty darn tuneful and groovy – and feature lots of riffing guitars, tight drums, and warm keyboards – often ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare album of funky soul from the Bay Area scene at the start of the 70s – and a set that's every bit as righteous as you might expect from the cover! The group's the creation of singer/keyboardist/arranger Leon Pattillo – hence the name – and you might know Leon from his later ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that definitely lives up to its title – as it's a lot freer and more spiritual than later work from drummer Bubbha Thomas and his Lightmen group! This set perfectly captures the unique vibe that the ensemble brought to the Houston scene at the start of the 70s – really the ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the most righteous sounds we've ever heard from Houston legends The Lightmen – recorded at a time when the group was at their most spiritual, and very firmly following a cosmic path set down by drummer Bubbha Thomas! The music here owes nothing to the hippest sounds coming from the ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download for audio & video! 2LP pressing – with both the mono and stereo versions of the record – and a great booklet too.)
Fantastic stuff – incredibly hard and incredibly funky, and a masterpiece all the way through! Long before there was any talk of gangster rap, Jalal of the Last Poets recorded this album of gamblin', pimpin', and hard double dealin'. It's a fantastic album-long ride through the dark side of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Little Bob (Lil Bob) & The Lollipops —
Nobody But You ... LP Jin/Mississippi, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
Great work from Little Bob – aka Lil Bob, aka Camille Bob – a New Orleans soul singer with a nicely funky edge! The album's almost got more of a mid 60s James Brown inspiration than some of Bob's southern contemporaries – with backing from the super-tight Lollipops, who really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We've loved Carmen Lundy since the very first time we heard her voice – and that love has only continued to grow over the decades, as she's given us a tremendous run of great records and wonderful music! This time around, Lundy's still strongly in the jazz side of the spectrum, but also ... (Vocalists, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some rare early Memphis soul material by this legendary Stax combo! The sound of the recording is a bit rawer than most of the stuff we know by them, but their harmonies are great all the way through, with that hard Memphis soul sound that always made them so great! It features the earliest ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rough-edged blues from the west side of Chicago – a stone classic from the mighty Magic Sam – a player who was taken from us all too soon! On the west side, they mix plenty of soul in with their blues – and you can definitely hear that on this stone smoker – a record that ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A hell of a great record from Magic Sam – a really well-recorded live set from a small club in Milwaukee, and an album that really gets at all the gritty genius that made Sam so great! The set's almost equal parts blues and soul – definitely the former, but with plenty of funky ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic bit of indie blues from the Chicago scene – featuring some great players from the second generation after Chess Records stopped picking up the younger local talents! Magic Sam leads the group on vocals and guitar, and he's working here with Mighty Joe Young on guitar, Odie Payne on ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite Curtis Mayfield albums ever – a massive early 70s effort that's filled with wonderful songs all the way through, and quite possibly one of the most perfect realization of the righteous vibe of the early 70s Curtom years! Curtis is in fine form throughout – as a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best of Les McCann's 70s Atlantic recordings, and one that captures him with a lot of fire and funkiness – and none of the looser modes of other recordings from the time! Les sings on about half the cuts – but the focus is still quite strongly on his funky jazz, which makes ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Hard-wailing tenor work from one of the wildest 50s saxophonists – Big Jay McNeely, a great player who took the instrument to unheard-of heights during the decade! McNeely's big claim to fame was his live shows at the time – where he and the audience would go crazy in ways that ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great modern soul from Brazil – a tight little set that's got a similar vibe to some of the work that Marcos Valle and Leon Ware were doing together in the early 80s! The groove here is nice and jazzy – arranged by Lincoln Olivetti in a style that's funky, but laidback too – a ... (Brazil, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Seminal work from The Meters – and an album that's essential for just about any collection of old school funk! The record's a blueprint for grooves that have been copied for generations to come – yet nobody does it better than these Crescent City kings – working here with a sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy soul by one of the funkiest groups of all time – New Orleans mighty Meters, a group who forever set a new standard with the classic singles featured in this package! The Meters are an instrumental group at their core – with a moody blend of heady basslines, bubbling organ, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Meters ... LP Josie, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the greatest albums ever in the history of funk – the first album by The Meters, and virtually the blueprint for countless funk records to come! The album's bubbling over with classics – all hard-hitting instrumentals played by the group in an effortlessly tight style, produced ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Meters are struttin plenty here – stepping out with those hard, tight New Orleans grooves that practically changed the way funk sounded in the 60s! The album's one of their classic trio for Josie Records – all of which are sublime – and like the others, it's got this massive ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The only album ever cut by Eleanor Mills – and a female soul treasure from the 70s that we've totally loved for years! Eleanor has a style that's partly deep soul, but she often works with some of the sweeter soul tendencies of the east coast scene at the time – no surprise, as she ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jackie Mittoo —
Keyboard King ... LP Dynamic Sounds/Radiation Roots (Italy), 1977. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Jackie Mittoo was definitely the keyboard king down in Jamaica – a player whose burning organ was a part of some of the best Kingston grooves in the late 60s – and one who moved into an even cooler range of keys as the 70s moved on! This wicked set has Jackie sounding every bit as hip ... (Reggae, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Kenyan group from the early 80s – one who work in a great mix of clubby modes and Swahili soul styles! There's keyboards on most numbers, but this isn't the synth pop of the South African scene, as the tunes here generally have deeper grooves overall, and the percussion is usually live ... (Global Grooves, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lost legacy in clubby soul – a huge amount of work from singer/producer Lee Moore – a post-Stax talent on the Memphis scene, and an artist who also made a bit of a mark on the New York scene! The "boogie" in the title is a very good indication of the groove going on here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone classic from one of the hippest groups on the South African scene of the 70s – and one of the few who could compete well with American soul groups of the same time! The cover makes the album look like some overlooked New York club treasure from the period – and the feel of the ... (Global Grooves, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer from Mutiny – the group's second album, and one that's even better than the first – thanks to some really great keyboards, and an even more bass-heavy groove! Jerome Brailey and crew seem to really be picking up on the best funky currents from the underground scene – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic project from the legendary Meshell Ndegeocello – one that has her taking on the tunes of others, hence the title of the album – but completely transforming them with her own unique approach to bass and vocals! Most of the numbers won't be recognized at the start, as the ... (Neo Soul, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the nicest early albums by this great 70s soul collective – featuring a strong mix of funk and mellow soul tracks, with backing by the Nite Liters on some tracks, and production by the great Harvey Fuqua throughout! Titles include "Wild Flower", "It's Been A Long ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Way more than just another soul group – as The New Birth are almost big enough to be their own sort of soul music village – complete with different neighborhoods along the way! Vocals are handled by the combined groups of The Mint Juleps and Now Sound – gals and guys that soar ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A collision of generations – as giants of the world of 70s and 80s AOR come together to pay tribute to the soulful styles of the years before! At the time, the album was the sort that really made us cringe – since we were such soul purists back in the 90s – but over the years, we' ... (Rock, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(2018 Rhino Start Your Ear Off Right exclusive. Double LP pressing with etched vinyl!)
A masterpiece of hard and heavy funk – from one of the best bands of the early 70s! The Nite Liters were a legendary little funky combo that provided the backing for some of New Birth's best albums – but on their own, they were even funkier, and had a sound that was part JBs, part ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Danny Offia & The Friks —
Funk With Me ... LP PMG (Austria), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)...
An early 80s set from the Lagos scene – and one that's about as far from the Afro Funk sound of the 70s as that city is from New York! Instead of full-on ensemble styles, Danny Offia has this nice lean groove – basslines that bump with a wickedly catchy sound, laced with keyboard solos ... (Global Grooves, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An insanely wonderful album! Shuggie Otis is the son of Johnny Otis – the LA R&B maestro who was moving heavily into funk at the end of the 60s – and he has this tripped out, super-dope guitar style that he played to strong effect on Johnny's albums of the late 60s and early 70s, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Warm 70s soul from Pacific Express – a South African group, but one who maybe have more of a west coast American vibe than you might expect! The music here is really well put-together – maybe on the more soulful side of the AOR spectrum, but without any of the too-polished modes you'd ... (Global Grooves, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare Florida soul from Betty Padgett – a 70s singer who didn't chart nearly as high as some of her sunshine state contemporaries, but who sounds equally great on this rare self-titled debut! Like Gwen McCrae, Betty's got a great way both with mellow, soul-drenched tunes, and with funkier ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ralfi Pagan —
Ralfi ... LP Fania, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
Just Sold Out!
Sublime falsetto soul from the great Ralfi Pagan – one of the most unique artists on the New York Latin scene at the start of the 70s! Ralfi shares some of the sweet soul modes of Joe Bataan – when Joe's in the right mood – but he also goes further, too – and really pushes ... (Latin, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Vintage live recordings by George Clinton and his mighty P-Funk empire in the mid 70s – rehearsal sessions for the famous P-Funk Earth Tour – recorded in an airplane hanger in upstate New York! The sound is incredibly crisp and vibrant – these aren't sloppy rehearsal moments, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible funky soundtrack – one of the best of the blacksploitation generation, and one of the rarest too! Johnny Pate did the orchestrations for this excellent lost film, and he brought the same sort of energy to it that he did with his soundtrack for Shaft In Africa. There's some ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mindblowing funk from one of the greatest combos on the New York scene of the early 70s – Pazant Brothers Eddie & Al, heard here on a host of their greatest recordings! The album is overstuffed with horn-heavy funky grooves that mark the Pazants as one of the hottest things going at the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dan Penn —
Do Right Man ... LP Sire/Blue Horizon/Rhino, 1994. New Copy (reissue)...
A great comeback moment for one of the seminal songwriters of 60s southern soul – heard here in a surprisingly faithful setting that really returns Dan Penn to his glory! The tunes include many numbers that Dan wrote, but which were made famous by other singers at the time – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(2018 Rhino Start Your Ear Off Right exclusive. First time on vinyl in the US!)
A legendary album from Chicago – recorded by a group with ties to Sun Ra, Phil Cohran, and Earth Wind & Fire! The set's got a sound that more than lives up to all those references – a vibe that's jazzy and soulful, yet often quite righteous too – imbued with the sort of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great new reissue pressing – heavy tip-on cover, and bonus download too!)
Esther Phillips might be best known for her studio records in the 70s – that great line of classics she recorded for the Kudu Records label – but she's completely on fire here in a live setting, where she stretches out even more than usual – and really reminds us of her genius! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sprawling classic from Prince – full of songs perfecting the pop, funk & soul kaleidoscope of his best 80s jams, and adding a remarkable, previously unexplored depth and breadth of styles! A lot of folks tried to designate Prince's massive, fearless, beginning-of-the-end-of-the-80s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Essential New Orleans piano from Professor Longhair – an artist who was neither a professor, nor a man with much hair! The chrome-domed pianist had a huge influence on the sound of New Orleans R&B and soul to come – as he played in a triplet-heavy way that was rooted in blues, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the tightest funky 70s jamming ever – a lost gem from Ray & His Musical Court, a group that perfectly fuses JB/Horny Horns funk with beat-heavy Afro-Cuban groove! Ray and the group are one of the more obscure funky combos of the era, and it's a damn shame, because the group's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible late 50s set for King by singer Lula Reed – and a pretty unique blend of R&B and bluer and moodier material – but a lot more upbeat than you'd expect from the title! Lula's voice is a genuine vessel for the bluesy material, but it's also light and lovely, and works ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bold return to form for The Relatives – a legendary gospel funk group from the 70s Texas scene – finally brought back to their former strengths on this contemporary set! The approach is very old school – a strong focus on the excellent vocal interplay of the group, and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massive soul from Wendy Rene – one of the lesser-known talents from the Stax Records scene of the 60s, and an artist who's finally getting her due! We're not sure why Wendy never hit bigger at the time – because her singles here are wonderful – excellent female soul that not only ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A long-overdue full length set of work from Roy Roberts – a musician who's maybe best known for his more recent blues material on the Virginia scene, but who's presented here in a hip array of early funk and soul singles! The groove is nice and deep – and Roy's definitely coming from a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little set that once again proves that longstanding rule – that with vintage Motown, even the obscure bits are completely top shelf! As you'd guess from the title, this package is overflowing with rare material from Diana Ross & The Supremes – all pulled from that legendary ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime early Stax work from Sam & Dave – the kind of record that forever changed the way the male voice was used in group soul music! The rhythms on the tunes are totally raw – bass, drums, and guitar that are kind of fused into a dirty funky bottom that proves a perfect foil for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set that wasn't initially conceived as a full album by Gil Scott-Heron – but one that's come to be an essential part of his catalog, thanks to the always-relevant title theme! The album's actually a classic collection of work from the early years of Gil Scott-Heron at the Flying Dutchman ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the best tracks ever from the pair of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson – some of most righteous, authoritative and thematically heavy soul music ever created – compiled in one incredible set! Messianic, emotive vocals from Gil and stunningly restrained, magical soul jazz ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mix Faze ... LP Aidqueen/High Jazz (Switzerland), 1980. New Copy (reissue)...
The cover looks a bit sci-fi, but the music is very down to earth – rare tracks recorded on the San Diego scene at the start of the 80s by a local group with a great ear for a groove! The music's funky, but often has a lot more going on too – some jazzier flourishes in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heck of a great little guitar funk album – a rare early 70s session from the groovy Eddy Senay – an artist that we'd rank right up there with bigger names like Phil Upchurch, David T Walker, Dennis Coffey, or Eddie Fisher at the same time! Fisher's maybe the best comparison here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ann Sexton —
Beginning ... LP Sound Stage 7, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the greatest female soul records over! The album's a gem all the way through – and probably our favorite (and the rarest album) cut by southern soul diva Ann Sexton – produced with a smooth style that's a lot different than some of her other work! It's got great arrangements by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An unusual look at the earliest work of singer Nina Simone – as the set presents all her original Bethlehem Records 45s – all in their rare mono mixes! The tracks here were all issued as singles, but almost all of them came from the sessions for the album Jazz As Played In An Exclusive ... (Vocalists, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
In case you're not hip, the Percy Sledge Way is a deeply soulful one – rooted in the best 60s southern soul traditions, and carried off to perfection on this near-lost Atlantic set! The album's better even than Percy's debut for the label – recorded by Quin Ivy at his legendary Quinvy ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most righteous albums ever issued by Stax Records – from the title of the record, to the cover, to the grooves laid down by the group! The album was originally issued on Truth – the gospel subsidiary of Stax – and while it does have a bit of a spiritual component, the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from a group who've definitely earned their name! Naming a group SOUL might be suicide for a band that can't carry off the groove – but these guys are funky monsters, with a real talent for a hard heavy sound that was rarely matched by other combos. The band have a great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the best album ever from this fantastic funky combo! The band grooves hard and funky – with incredible drum work from Paul Stubblefield, tasty guitar from Walter Winston, and some famous funky flute and sax work from Gus Hawkins. Tracks on the album are rough and raw – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The amazing second album from The Soul Searchers – even harder, funkier, and rarer than the first! This one blows away everything else the group have ever done – as the record has an angular approach that has the band taking a lot of weird twists with the grooves, creating these dark ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent blacksploitation soundtrack – and every bit as funky as any of Willie Hutch's work for other Motown soundtracks at the time! Larry Mizell and Dennis Coffey help out on the instrumentation – giving the album an extra funky instrumental edge, one that takes it way past Edwin ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: The label and the sleeve list the song "Don't It Feel Good To Be Free", but it's actually not on the reissue.)
A mod soul classic from the great Edwin Starr – a set that bridges his years in the Detroit underground and his sudden rise to fame at Motown! The tracks here have a really deep basement grooving sort of vibe – catchy, but less poppy than the usual Motown – and more with the kind ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever cut by Tex-Mex soulsters Sunny & The Sunliners – largely because it's got some really nice funk tracks! The album features a set of all English language tracks – with Sunny Ozuna singing in his best sweet soul style on the ballad tracks, and hitting ... (Latin, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest albums ever from Sunny & The Sunliners – and one of the funkiest too! The set still has the group handling some of the fragile harmonies and Texas-styled sounds of other records, but it also has them taking on James Brown and The Meters – both of whom give the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited ediiton of 1000!)
OT Sykes —
First Love ... LP Fun City/Everland (Austria), 1981. New Copy (reissue)...
The only album we've ever seen from soul singer OT Sykes – and a set that's maybe got a greater depth than you'd guess from his image on the cover! The music is a mix of mellow numbers and 80s boogie grooves – but the presentation here is rich, but without having the too-polished mode ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool collection of early work by Irma Thomas – some of the best tracks from her initial years on the Crescent City scene! Most of the numbers were written by Allen Toussaint, with a sound that certainly indicates his influence – and Irma's vocals have a crackling quality that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The funkiest man? Could well be – and this set will more than support that case! By the time of these recordings, Rufus Thomas was already a legendary figure in the Memphis scene – an aging R&B star that also worked on radio and did a fair bit of promotion for other artists, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The one-time obscure, now straight-up classic funky soul record by 24-Carat Black! This beautiful LP was released by Stax in the early 70s, but somehow got lost in the shuffle. Fortunately, it was rediscovered by the international groove community in the years to come, and it's been at the top of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album from one of the greatest talents on the Chicago soul scene of the late 60s – guitarist Phil Upchurch, a player with an amazing sound! Phil could work in worlds that were equal parts soul and psychedelia – making his guitar a perfect accompaniment for the best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most fantastic soundtracks of the 70s – and maybe even of all time – thanks to a non-stop blast of insane styles and grooves – all quite different than other blacksploitation records of the time! For this, his masterpiece film, Melvin Van Peebles composed a non-stop ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(A really beautiful pressing – 180 gram vinyl, cut at Ardent Studios in Memphis – in a heavy gatefold cover with new notes too!)
You can never get too much Luther Vandross! Never Too Much is his debut album for Epic, and even here in the early 80s, a time when things were getting a little too glossy in a lot of the major label soul sessions, Luther skips it nice and truly soulful here, and managed to ride that realness to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Damn funky gospel from The Violinaires – easily one of the hippest spiritual albums you could ever hope to find on Chess! The groove here is gritty Chicago funk, put together by Gene Barge with lots of heavy bass on the bottom – in a blend that's somewhere between the Cadet/Concept ... (Gospel, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Voices Of East Harlem —
Can You Feel It ... LP Just Sunshine/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Amazing work from The Voices Of East Harlem – a group with roots in gospel, but working here in a wonderfully soaring secular soul style – complete with arrangements and production from the legendary Leroy Hutson! The style here is similar to some of Leroy's best work, and that of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A masterpiece of sweet group soul! This was the first secular record cut by The Voices Of East Harlem – a group who'd had an earlier gospel-tinged album on Elektra, but who are soaring out here in a brilliant mix of righteous mainstream soul styles – courtesy of the Curtom power team ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album of electric piano grooves from Hysear Don Walker – the keyboardist on some of Young-Holt Unlimited's best albums! This album's much more in a jazz vein than some of the Young-Holt titles – with Walker playing electric keys on slower funky numbers that burn along at a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mindblowing album of electric piano tracks! Don Walker was a funky pianist from Chicago who worked briefly with the Young-Holt Unlimited group – and who cut a rare few albums of his own for the Brunswick label. This second solo album features some excellent Fender Rhodes work by Don ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A modern soul masterpiece! Leon Ware had always been cutting great records, but the quality of this one's so high, it almost feels like he'd been waiting his entire life to record it! Leon gets some crucial help on the session – as the great Brazilian artist Marcos Valle joins in on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Muddy Waters —
Electric Mud ... LP Cadet/Third Man, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
The funk-tinged, pyschedelic soul album from Muddy Waters – one that irritated many a blues purist in its day – but it's finally reaching its earned status as a leftfield gem! You know, in the immediate years after this one (and similar funky blues albums on Chess/Cadet) was released, ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Johnny Guitar Watson at the height of his 70s powers – working here on a fantastic live date that's a perfect showcase for his unique blend of soul, jazz, and blues – all delivered with a nicely hard edge! The set even begins with an instrumental workout, which gives the whole thing a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from The Whatnauts – easily one of our favorite soul vocal groups ever! The trio work in the same sweet soul modes as more famous early 70s contemporaries on the east coast scene – like The Delfonics or Stylstics – but they've also got a special approach that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from one of our favorite sweet soul groups of all time – the mighty Whatnauts, a quartet who can always break our hearts with their songs! The Whatnauts definitely travel in the same territory as bigger groups of the time – like the Moments or Stylistics – but they' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Barry White was one of the undisputed geniuses of 70s soul – a completely new force that helped the music find even more soul and sophistication than ever before – all while still sounding plenty funky too! And while Barry's albums of the decade were mega-hits – as were his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredible work from Spencer Wiggins – a late 60s Memphis singer who travelled in the same circles as James Carr, Percy Sledge, and Otis Redding, but who hardly ever got his due – despite talents that were clearly equal to his contemporaries! This beautifully-done set brings together ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure one from Stax – the first (and only?) solo effort from John Gary Williams, who earlier headed up the excellent Mad Lads vocal group for the label! Williams is working here with a fairly sophisticated set of arrangements – ones that almost have a Curtom Chicago sound to them, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album