Stellar solo material from ex-Miracles mainmain Billy Griffin – a singer with the same great range as Smokey Robinson in the original incarnation of that group, really sounding great here on his own! Billy's got this high-soaring style that really works great for the album's blend of modern ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A strangely rootsy set from Buddy and Junior Wells, with the surprise addition of Junior Mance on piano – all recorded with a "live in studio" feel that's even sparer than some of the pair's other studio work! The tracks are done in very much the down-home electric mode that was ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite albums of all time – and a record that just gets better and better the more we listen to it – and we've listened to it for years! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of this album, he'd teamed up ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title certainly gets it right – as Betty Harris is a hell of a soul singer, but has always been "lost" when it comes to the radio charts and history books! Don't let that hold you back, though – because Harris is one of those artists who bring a smile to your face from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The battle here is almost no contest – given that both singers come out on top! The set's a classic in the Harris/Brown "battle" records for King – and includes a side each of amazing R&B vocal numbers by the singers – some really hard-edged stuff that's really at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
That's an 8-bit version of Lalah Hathaway on the cover, and there's a bit of that vibe in the music – these spare electronic bits and bobs, which sound surprisingly great next to the fullness of her vocals! The approach is really unique, and yet another wonderful chapter in Lalah's career ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Baroquely beautiful work from the Stax soul master – one of Isaac Hayes' heaviest albums of the 70s – and a record so massive, they needed 2LPs to contain the whole thing! The record's a culmination of the rich, full style of soulful arranging that Hayes had pioneered in his early solo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing stuff from Isaac Hayes! Although Ike had first appeared on LP with the album "Introducing", this was the first record to really expose his true soul genius – and it was also the first release on Ike's successful sub-label at Stax, Enterprise Records. The record shows that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible tribute to the genius of Memphis Soul legend Issac Hayes! This set is done along the same line as the 4CD package – with a side each from each disc, including some of the formats followed by the box. Our favorite is the Jam Master side – with long jam tracks that include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album that hardly needs any introduction – as it's one of the most famous soundtracks, if not soul records, of the 70s! Isaac Hayes had already surprised music fans with the sophistication of his first few solo albums, which had been issued before this one – but with Shaft, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Willie Henderson & The Soul Explosions —
Funky Chicken ... LP Brunswick, 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
Killer work from one of the funkiest leaders on the Chicago scene – the mighty mighty Willie Henderson, force behind some of the city's greatest soul tracks and funky 45s! This album's like a stack of lost funky nuggets laid back to back – with lots and lots of bass-heavy grooving from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An 80s groove classic – and a killer bit of Captiol Records soul from High fashion! Of all US major labels, Capitol was probably putting out the best soul in the early 80s – and this is a tight modern batch of up-tempo tracks, right up there with other contemporary classics on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An underground set from early 70s Stax Records – the only set cut back in the day by Ernie Hines – a really great singer who works here with a blend of southern soul and sweet harmony modes! The album's got a pretty laidback vibe, which is great – almost in the same space as The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Loleatta Holloway is a key entry in this Stars Of Salsoul series – as the singer really hit her fame at the label – rising from southern soul roots to become one of the deepest disco divas of her generation! Holloway's vocals soar out perfectly with the kinds of grooves that Salsoul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An album that tries to do a heck of a lot in such a short space – and turns out to be even better than you might guess! Few folks would try to take on the entire black motion picture experience of the 70s with a single record – but funky arranger Cecil Holmes does just that, and turns ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic pairing of soulful talents – the legendary John Lee Hooker on the mighty Stax Records – in a set that's a real standout in the career of both! The vibe here is different than the usual sound of Stax – not a Memphis-ized John Lee Hooker, but instead the kind of ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic blues from Lightnin Hopkins – a set that's far rootsier than you might expect from the "electric show" in the title! Hopkins plays mostly acoustic guitar here – and sings with very spare backing overall – just a bit of keyboards, bass, and drums, plus some ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from Thelma Houston – material recorded in 1980, but never issued at the time – and maybe even better than most of Thelma's own records from the period! The tracks were recorded at Muscle Shoals, with tight production by Clayton Ivey and Terry Woodford – in a way ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Bodyguard soundtrack was one of the biggest moments ever for Whitney Houston – both on screen and on record – so it's no surprise that after all these years, Arista's found a way to make that classic even bigger – by creating this long-overdue follow-up album with plenty of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition on purple vinyl – with downoad!)
Classic raspy vocals from the legendary Howlin Wolf – singing here in a way that definitely lives up to his nickname! The sound here is spare and stripped down, with very little accompaniment – usually just a bit of guitar, piano, bass, and drums – and sometimes not even all that ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A group that definitely lives up to its name – given that the lineup features the Chess Records stalwarts Bo Diddley, Howlin Wolf, and Muddy Waters! The set's maybe a bit more in the mode of Wolf or Waters than some of Bo's own records – although there's a bit of that riffing spark of ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massive tribute to one of our favorite soul singers of all time – one of the hippest cats of the 70s, and an artist that we never tire of hearing! Leroy Hutson got his start working with Chicago soul legends Donny Hathaway and Curtis Mayfield, but he quickly became a strong force on his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A post-Curtis Mayfield album by The Impressions – but one that crackles with the raw righteousness of Curtis' first few solo albums on Curtom! Mayfield's place here is held by the amazing Leroy Hutson – one of our favorite soul talents of the 70s, really sparkling here in the trio ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy 40th anniversary reissue – on the same mirror-style cover as the original, with heavy tip-on cover!)
Unreleased music from The Intrigues – a group best known for their early hit "In A Moment" – but stepping out here with a warm Philly groove from the second half of the 70s! The music is upbeat and funky, but has a much more raw vibe than mainstream disco – really more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Weldon Irvine —
Spirit Man ... LP RCA/Nature Sounds, 1975. New Copy (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, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nice new reissue from Nature Sounds – with updated artwork, created using rare photos from the original album cover shoot!)
The Isley Brothers and Santana team up for a sorta raw, pretty powerful joint effort – honestly, we weren't expecting a triumph here, a victory lap for both parties would be solid enough – but Power Of Peace is surprisingly solid! The Isley Brothers on board are Ronald and Ernie, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A collection of groovers from Michael Jackson – all presented with kind of a Halloween-styled cover and title! The set's definitely got some of Michael's horror-themed cuts, but also has some other favorites too – including some of the best bouncy numbers from the later half of his ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(On glow in the dark vinyl – with the bonus track!)
Michael Jackson —
Thriller ... LP Epic, 1982. New Copy (reissue)...
Arguably the last true moment of genius in Michael Jackson's career – a record that sold a bazillion copies around the world – and for plenty good reason! Michael's still working here with Quincy Jones – in territory that steps nicely from the Off The Wall groove, into territory ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Millie Jackson —
Caught Up ... LP Spring/Southbound (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
Seminal 70s southern soul from Millie Jackson – a record that's head and shoulders above most of what she recorded in later years! Before she got all naughty and raunchy, Millie Jackson was one of the best female soul singers to come out of the south – and this album's a work of ... 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 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
A really really amazing package – the full story of the early years of Syl Johnson – one of the funkiest soul singers to ever come from Chicago! Syl's music has become the stuff of legend over the years – initially collected in rare funky 45s and two even rarer albums – ... 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
Easily one of the best deep soul albums we've heard in years – new work by a singer who hails from Indiana, but who's able to give the best from Memphis and Muscle Shoals a real run for their money! Durand Jones isn't one of these cats who's trying to fake it with a few retro touches – ... (Deep Funk, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever full length collection of work from Jeanette Jones – a San Francisco singer who's only been slowly discovered over the years, thanks to the efforts of the folks at Kent Records! Back in the day, Jones got one single on the market – the excellent "Darling I'm ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – a set that took a bit longer to hit the racks than expected, but which really shows a richness that more than makes up for the delay! Sharon's a singer who's always been great – but she steps out strongly here with a sense of ... (Deep Funk, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very limited mono version – exlusive to indie retail.)
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
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The percussion-heavy soul gem from Herman Kelly & Life – recorded in both Brazil & Miami – and awash with killer drum work all the way through! The album's a key part of the Miami sound especially – and really shows the way that city's 70s funk scene used congas heavily ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
They got the title right on this one – and the album's a smoking batch of tunes that captures Freddie in all his guitar-driven glory! The set features Freddie working with a tight Atlantic studio group that includes King Curtis, David Newman, James Booker, and Billy Butler – but the ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet electric blues from Freddie King – and a record that features a surprising set of arrangements from Donny Hathaway! The album's more Freddie's than Donny's, but it's a great meeting of the two talents under the Atlantic-endorsed Cotillion banner – served up with an unusual studio ... (Blues, 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
Freddy King/Lula Reed/Sonny Thompson —
Boy Girl Boy ... LP King, Mid 50s. New Copy (reissue)...
Two guys, one gal, and a heck of a lot of great R&B material from the King Records catalog! The set features Lula Reed on vocals on all tracks – belting things out in that massively soulful style that makes her own work so wonderful – accompanied by mighty guitar from Freddy King, ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lafayette Afro Rock Band —
Malik ... LP Makossa/As The Record Turns, 1976. New Copy (reissue)...
A fantastic bit of Afro funky soul – one of a few albums recorded by the legendary Lafayette Afro Rock Band! The set has an incredible blend of American funk, African rhythms, and European production – recorded in the heady cross-cultural scene of early 70s Paris – with a sound ... (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 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
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
Rare funky soul from Ghanaian disco diva Nana Love – the rare, appropriately-titled Full Of Funk record from 1979 – with dynamite vocals by Nana and featuring Ghana legend Harry Mosco and other incredible players in the studio band! Nana's voice is uniquely amazing – with a sweet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful record from Carmen Lundy – filled with original compositions, and recorded with a really solid jazz-based backing! The set's a great reminder of why Lundy is one of our favorite jazz singers ever – one of the few who continue to hold true to their original promise over the ... (Vocalists, Soul)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
Fantastic album of hardcore funky cuts, with a great jazzy tip on the righteous solos laid down by Maceo and the band. Recorded in the time that Maceo was away from James' band, with a crack lineup of players including Melvin Parker, Jimmy Nolan, Bernard Odom, and L.D. Williams. Nearly every cut ... 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
A great step forward for the legendary Tim Maia – working here in a style that's even tighter and more sophisticated than before – yet still equally filled with funk and soul! The arrangements are a bit bigger than before, and the production a bit more professional – but that ... (Brazil, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful heavy vinyl pressing – with lyric insert!)
Insanely great sounds from the legendary Tim Maia – easily the most soulful singer in 70s Brazil, and an artist with a heck of a strong ear for funk, too! The music here is an incredible hybrid of American soul and Brazilian elements – especially since some lyrics are in English – ... (Brazil, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bristling, crackling, completely charming set from Bruno Mars – and a record that lives up to all the best promise he has to offer! We don't know the man personally, but Bruno seems like a hell of a guy – warmly confident, upbeat, and positive – all qualities that really come ... (Neo Soul, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Percussionist Sabu Martinez is one of the all-time greats of Latin music – and this record is probably the rarest he ever cut! The album came out of Sweden, where Sabu was residing during the 70s – enjoying some success as an expatriot jazz player in the European scene. The album ... (Latin, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nicely priced US reissue of this classic! This was Curtis Mayfield's first solo album after leaving the Impressions, and it's a firey album of political soul that shows just how much he was holding back when he was with the group. The tracks are longer, angrier, more experimental, and a lot more ... 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
Curtis Mayfield's lasting classic – and an album that the world will remember forever! Apart from being his hugely successful entry into the blacksploitation soundtrack field, this album's also a monster set of grooves that includes some of Curtis' funkiest work ever – a record that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Zara McFarlane —
Arise ... LP Brownswood (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
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, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first-ever full length collection of work by the mighty Timothy McNealy – the Texas funk genius who only issued a few rare funky 45s back in the day – but has gone onto achieve legendary status over the years! McNealy's music is completely unique right from the start – funky ... 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
A really cool cooker from The Meters – recorded during their post-Josie run for Warner Brothers, but with this tight vibe that still holds all their funky New Orleans roots intact! The sound is a bit more expanded here – not in a commercial way, but just in a style that has the group ... 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 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
A killer heavy soul album by this under-recorded soul combo! The Mirettes were a storming girl group from the late 60s, and their sound was a lot heavier than a lot of the sweeter girl groups from earlier years. The girls have a mix of southern deep soul vocals with some more northern-oriented ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Killer funky organ – and 100% Dynamite! Jackie Mittoo is one of the all-time great organists – as essential to Jamaica as Booker T was to Memphis, or Jimmy McGriff was to New York. He's legendary these days as the player who completely transformed the Hammond sound with his unique ... (Reggae, 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
Rudy Ray Moore flies the friendly skies – and turns out one of his best records of the 70s! The set is easily one of the tightest albums from Rudy's classic years – and uses a fair bit of musical backings beneath his very raunchy comedy – in ways that are sometimes funky, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rudy Ray Moore & The Soul Rebellion Orchestra —
Dolemite ... LP Generation International, 1975. New Copy (reissue)...
Quite possibly THE mother of all funky soundtracks – the legendary score to Rudy Ray Moore's classic first Dolemite film! The record's been referenced for years, and all the hype is totally right – because the whole thing's overflowing with funky tracks both vocal and instrumental ... 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
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
The second album from Shuggie Otis – a wild and wooly batch of grooves that really stretches out the sound from the first! Shuggie's got much more of a hand in the arrangements here – and the tunes are grooving in a sweet blend of funk, rock, and soul – really drenched in the ... 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
A seminal album from one of the hippest groups going on the South African scene of the 70s – a combo who mixed equal parts electric jazz and R&B, in a mode that's strongly inspired by American groups of the time! The Pacific Express vibe has plenty of echoes of the Earth Wind & Fire ... (Global Grooves, Soul)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
Ralfi Pagan —
Ralfi ... LP Fania, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
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
An insane bit of fuzzed-out funk! This is Parliament's rare first album – a trippy batch of tunes that come off of Clinton's experimentation in the Detroit soul scene, infused by the rock-heavy energy of the city at the time, and probably a heck of a lot of cannabis, too! The record is ... 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
A really well-selected batch of tracks from the Hi Records years of the legendary Ann Peebles – one of the deepest female soul singers of the 70s! Ann was the female equivalent of Al Green for the label – their female powerhouse singer, always at the top of their roster – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easily our favorite album ever by Ann Peebles – not just for the beathead title track, but also because it seems to be the one record where she brings a bit something extra to the studio! The sound is certainly in the classic Hi Records mode here – thanks to production by Willie ... 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!)
An appropriately titled set from Susan Phillips – an overlooked bit of slinky female soul that we'd rank right up there with All-Platinum early 70s releases by Sylvia and Eleanor Mills! The production is a wonderful mix of stripped down grooves with just the right amount of sweet strings and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Potter & Tillman with Carmen Lundy —
Space Rapture ... LP High Jazz (Switzerland), 1981. New Copy (reissue)...
A wonderful bit of spacey fusion from the team of David Tillman and Andrew Potter – the kind of record we'd rank up there with classic work by Bobby Lyle or Lonnie Liston Smith! The set was recorded in the early 80s, and issued in a very small pressing at the time – but it's got a full- ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The music of Prince lives on – in this beautiful collection that features a number of mixes that appear here on LP for the first time ever, and an unreleased track as well! The unreleased "Moonbeam Levels" may well be the prize here for longtime Prince completitsts – but the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Also features exclusive photo art prints by Herb Ritts!)
Parade ... LP Paisley Park, 1986. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
Prince in a grand groove – really hitting a new level of funk with a razor-sharp edge – and even blowing away some of his work on previous records! The record's a soundtrack for a film – Under The Cherry Moon – and although that movie never had the success of Purple Rain, ... 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
A great lost album from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – not classic vintage, despite the front cover image, but an excellent session from the early 90s that still has Pucho very much at the top of his game! The album's way heavier than some of Pucho's other material from the period ... (Latin, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rah Band —
Going Up ... LP Shocking/Espacial (Spain), 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
Beautiful keyboard grooves from the Rah Band – a project from electronic wizard Richard Hewson that first started in the 70s, then found a way to make the move from disco soul to 80s grooves! The music here is heavy on Hewson's talents, but the songs also feature some guest female vocals too ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album