A landmark album that is perhaps the single most influential beat source in hip hop! The record was the brainchild of bongo player Michael Viner – who also happened to be running the Pride subsidiary of MGM at the time. Viner's got a meeeeeean touch on the bongo, hitting it hard and funky ... read moreCD
A great later effort from the 5 Stairsteps family – a later offshoot of the initial enterprise, still working here under the production helm of father Clarence Burke! Keni Burke's a member of the group, and the work here has a very similar groove to his own RCA material of the time – ... read moreCD
Legendary Iceman soul from the inventor of the genre! The set's got 12 of Chuck's best from his early years on Wand, including "Any Day Now", "I Don't Want To Cry", "I Wake Up Crying", "Beg Me", "Any Other Way", and "Tell Him I'm Not Home" ... read moreCD
Michael Jackson —
Ben ... CD Motown (Japan), 1972. Used ...
Michael Jackson strikes out on his own, and does a pretty darn nice job! The overall sound is prime Motown pop soul – with some very very tight arrangements by Gene Page, The Corporation, and James Carmichael – but there's also a bit more depth here too, an attempt to give Michael even ... read moreCD
All the best work of the Jackon 5 and young Michael Jackson – stuffed into one 30 track master mix, and packaged here with a bonus CD of remix tracks too! The core mix is great – like heading into a special soul night at a club that focuses only on the grooviest, most upbeat tracks ... read moreCD
The most complete collection of pre-Chess work by Etta James ever offered – a huge 2CD package that's filled with rare album tracks, key singles, and even some previously unissued material! Etta's fame at Chess in the 60s is a well-known fact of classic soul music – but in the years ... read moreCD
Al Jarreau hits the stage in the UK – clearly working before a large crowd that's very appreciative of his superstar talents in the early 80s! The sound here is a bit less intimate than some of Jarreau's earlier studio records – instrumentation that's designed more to fit the larger ... read moreCD
Two overlooked female soul groups from the legendary Stax Records – both brought to light on this excellent CD! Neither act ever issued a full album at the time – and instead, each cut a handful of singles, and some unreleased gems – which are all brought together here, in a ... read moreCD
Killer funky New Orleans drums! Smokey Johnson is a monster on the kit – kind of to New Orleans what Pretty Purdie was to the NYC funk scene – and although we'd never heard most of these cuts, they're all sublime funky numbers with a very satisfying sound. Most of the cuts are ... read moreCD
A tight little album from Tamiko Jones – one of the most enigmatic singers to come out of the south, stepping proud here in a sound that's almost in the Hotlanta vein! Tamiko's working with an assortment of Muscle Shoals musicians on the set – and the style of the album is a mixture of ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Joneses ... CD Epic/Big Break (UK), 1977. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A killer for the Joneses – probably their strongest album all the way through, thanks to some great production and arrangements by Bobby Eli! This one's got the group taking the fragile harmony style of their earlier records, and filtering it through the Philly powerhouse groove to create a ... read moreCD
One of the greatest blacksploitation soundtracks of the 70s – and one of the rarest too! The album's a crowning achievement for the mighty Don Julian – an artist who's best known for his earlier LA soul with The Larks, but who steps out here with a hip, hard-grooving sound that's ... read moreCD
A massive exploration of the music of Kashmere Stage Band – the legendary Texas funk combo whose work has been pushed heavily over the years by Wax Poetics, Stones Throw, and many others! The double-length set goes even deeper than any of the vinyl reissues of work by the group – and ... read moreCD
Not as hard and funky as the early stuff – with that disco sound that was dominating the De-Lite imprint at the time – but also not too bad, as the groove is in a fast funk mode, with plenty of real instrumentation, in that tight east coast studio mode of the mid 70s. Includes their ... read moreCD
A really unique album for Chaka Khan – one in which she teams up with a host of jazz artists to craft a classic-styled set of vocals! Given that Chaka was at the height of her 80s groove solo career at the time of this one, the move is a surprising one – but also a great chance for ... read moreCD
Rock-solid Buddah work from Gladys Knight & The Pips – still pretty righteous on the vocal tip, but often a bit fuller and more polished than before! Knight shows a great talent for a mature ballad here – no big hits, but that's part of the charm of the set – as there's a ... read moreCD
Kool & The Gang —
Gangthology ... CD Universal/Mercury (UK), 1970s-Mid 80s. Used 2CD ...
A fantastic collection of work by Kool & The Gang – one of the first to show their two sides of genius! The set's divided up into 2 CDs – one "Wild", and the other "Peaceful" (after the group's great early track, "Wild & Peaceful"!) The "wild& ... read moreCD
Often overlooked amidst the bigger early albums by Kool & The Gang – but a totally solid record of funky stuff that's right up there with their best work! The band is super-tight at this point, grooving along in a hard drum, heavy bass, wah wah guitar frenzy – and even the vocals ... read moreCD
Poppy passion from Krystol – a sweet 80s trio with a definite way with a hook! The set's got a well-balanced mainstream sound – one that helps the vocals find a fullness right away, either on the leads or harmonies – both woven together over the top of the tight, beat-heavy ... read moreCD
Bumping, bouncing soul from Krystol – one of the strongest female groups of the 80s, and one of the few who really helped push the sound further at the time! The groove here is equal parts funk and soul – and has a brashness that a girl act wouldn't have had a decade before – ... read moreCD
Very early work by Patti LaBelle – working here with the young Bluebelles group, but in a setting that still points the way towards the Labelle sound of the 70s – given that the quartet also features vocals from Cindy Birdsong, Sarah Dash, and Nona Hendryx! The style is a great mix of ... read moreCD
The first album by the second group to call themselves the Last Poets – comprised of Abiodun Oyewole, Alafia Pudim, and Omar Ben Hassan, plus the percussionist Nilaja. The album's as fierce a document of their rich talents as you'll ever find – bursting forth with anger and ... read moreCD
(NOTE: Booklet and CD have writing in marker including radio call letters. Restless pressing – out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
One of the wildest albums ever by the mighty Last Poets! Billed as "a woodstock in poetry", this is the soundtrack to the obscure film Right On (billed as "the hit film" on the cover), which was shot using the first version of the Last Poets that included Felipe Lucianao, David ... read moreCD
Bettye Lavette —
Worthy ... CD Cherry Red (UK), 2015. Used ...
Some of best work in years from resurgent soul legend Bettye Lavette – with a wise, gritty edge touched by classic southern soul and rawer, though still quite elegant bluesy influences – and giving a diverse range of material her distinct personal stamp! As wonderful as Bettye's voice ... read moreCD
A massive collection of rare work by Laura Lee – a singer who's best known for her 70s hits on the Hot Wax label, but who sounds equally great here on her earlier sides for Chess! Lee's deep soul approach was a perfect match for Chess at the end of the 60s – and the work here often has ... read moreCD
Funky sax genius from Professor Earl Lett – a cool combo player who cut some great funky 45s at the end of the 60s and start of the 70s! The cuts here are a mix of instrumental and vocal numbers – but even the latter have plenty of reed work from Earl, blown with a sharp-edged and ... read moreCD
A beautiful bit of mainstream soul from Gerald and Eddie Levert – two of the best male voices from two generations, working beautifully here in a laidback set of tracks! The vibe's almost like that direction taken by the O'Jays in the early 80s – that time when their ballads were ... read moreCD
The best-ever collection of work we've ever seen from Barbara Lewis – and the first set to really give the soul singer her due! Lewis was a hell of a vocalist back in the 60s – an artist who could be classy one minute, and gutsy the next – often working with key production from ... read moreCD
Classic New Orleans soul from Smiley Lewis – an artist who's best known for his classic "I Hear You Knocking", but who has a lot more great tracks under his belt! Titles include "Bumpity Bump", "Bells Are Ringing", "Blue Monday", "Lillie Mae" ... read moreCD
Definite gold from Liquid Blue – an obscure indie group from the 70s, but one with a tight sound that should have made them huge! The style here is partly soul and funk, partly smoother AOR crossover material – but served up with a nice indie vibe that still keeps things fresh, and ... read moreCD
Harmony heaven – a pair of Little Anthony & The Imperials albums together in a single set, with some sweet bonus tracks too! On A New Street is wonderful work from Little Anthony – and a great update to his smooth 60s harmony sound with The Imperials! Anthony wisely employs the ... read moreCD
A near-lost Philly disco album – recorded at Sigma Sound, but released on Casablanca at the end of the 70s – one that was almost buried under the weight of the label's collapse at the time! There's a style here that borrows bits from some of Casablanca's more mainstream artists – ... read moreCD
No one here at the Dusty offices cares much for this stuff, but maybe some of you out there do. 10 tracks: "Love Don't Cost a Thing (RJ Schoolyard mix feat Fat Joe)", Ain't It Funny (Murder rmx feat Ja Rule)", "I'm Gonna Be Alright (Track Masters rmx feat 50 Cent)", " ... read moreCD
Jeffrey Osborne's really emerging strongly here in the mellow soul mode – especially on the album's two great ballad cuts, "Concentrate On You" and "We Both Deserve Each Other", both of which are smooth mellow steppers with a modern soul approach that's slightly less ... read moreCD
A great little album from Pat Lundy – an enigmatic talent who crops up a number of times over the years – but always on different record labels, and always with a slightly different sound and style! This album's one of Pat's best – and has her working in a sophisticated soul ... read moreCD
An absolute treasure from Hip-O Select – the early, pre-Rick James recordings that Teena Marie made at Motown in 1976 and 1977 and more – most of them produced by the great Ronnie McNeir, along with acoustic demos produced by Berry Gordy himself! There are early signs of Teena's best ... read moreCD
Teena Marie —
La Dona ... CD Cash Money/Universal, 2004. Used ...
We'll be honest, we like Barbara Mason more as an adult artist than we do as a younger one – especially the way she sounds on sets like this! The album's got a great gentle groove at times – Butch Ingram production that brings in modern, mature elements – but also somehow unlocks ... read moreCD
A pair of Boris Midney disco classics – back to back in a single set! First up is the Pinocchio album from Masquerade – a pretty wild batch of disco tunes – a suite of tracks loosely based around the Pinocchio theme, with vocals by the group Masquerade and arrangements by Boris ... read moreCD
(Includes original slipcase.)
Anthology ... CD Right Stuff/EMI, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ...
Just Sold Out!
An essential 2 CD set that brings together some of the best work ever by one of the 70's most enduring modern soul groups! We've always loved Maze, but they sound extremely great on this CD – since it picks through their classic albums, and brings together the best cuts, skipping over some ... read moreCD
McNeal & Niles —
Thrust ... CD Chocolate Industries, 1979. Used ...
An incredible bit of electric funk from the hinterlands of Ohio – an obscure album that hardly saw the light of day back in the 70s, making its first national debut in this excellent reissue! The sound of the set is incredible – moody Fender Rhodes, Arp, moog, and organ over bass and ... read moreCD
A really great post-Philly International album from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – the group's first after the departure of Teddy Pendergrass, and a set that shows them hardly missing a beat! The group are still recording at Sigma Sound, with Melvin at the production helm – and ... read moreCD
A rare little set from The Meters – recorded in their home turf of New Orleans in the mid 70s, but with a groove that's as raw as their Josie Records albums of the 60s! The vibe here is a great change from the polished production the group were getting over at Warner Brothers – and the ... read moreCD
Nice collection of rootsy New Orleans music – featuring a few tracks by The Meters, plus classics from other Crescent City groups. Sugarboy Crawford performs "Jockomo", Olympia Brass Band perform "New Second Line" and "Wade In The River, Dixie Cups perform "Iko ... read moreCD
Some of the best soul to come out of the early 60s – and also some of the least known! Although Garnet's big hit "Cry Baby" does get its dues from time to time, just about every side he cut was a winner, and they all sparkled with his unusual mix of deep soul vocals and tight ... read moreCD
The Miracles move to Columbia Records – and pick up a whole new groove in the process – a much richer sound than previous records on Motown, with a soaring style that really works great for the harmonies! Billy Griffin's vocals are really coming into their own – as is his ... read moreCD
Rudy Ray Moore takes the white house – or at least tries to – in this cool 1972 album that must have been a great antidote to the campaigns of Richard Nixon and George McGovern! The set starts with Rudy running his way through a whole bunch of campaign issues – including "Fre ... read moreCD
The tenth album in Rudy Ray Moore's classic 70s run for Kent Records – and every bit as raunchy as the first! Rudy's energy at this point is amazing – a never-ending stream of social commentary, street language, and bad-rapping braggadocio – set to some rough-edged rhythms that ... read moreCD
Dolemite returns, every bit as raw as on his debut – making for another funky feather in the cap of Rudy Ray Moore during the 70s! The album begins with the extended "Return Of Dolemite" piece – one that's almost a manifesto for Rudy's way of life at the time – and the ... read moreCD
Rudy's always been a player – and you'll hear plenty of proof on the raunchy comedy bits on this album! The set's one of Rudy's best from the early years – recorded live before an audience who's clearly very juiced up – and set to occasional music backing, which really helps add ... read moreCD
A unique collaboration from disco maestro Giorgio Moroder – a rare early 80s project done with vocals from singer Joe Esposito – who'd first risen to fame in the 70s trio Brooklyn Dreams! Joe's raspy lead gives the tunes a lyrical center you don't always get with Moroder – vocals ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
The first great album from Mutiny – a lesser-known star in the P-Funk universe of the 70s, but one that's still every bit as great as the rest! The group's the brainchild of Jerome Brailey – who was with George Clinton for a few years, then left to form Quazar – then stepped out ... read moreCD