Aaron Abernathy really grabbed us with his debut – and on this second set, he's maybe even tighter and more his own self than before – moving past the guests who helped draw attention to the previous record, and really standing strongly in the spotlight on his own! Aaron composed, ... (Neo Soul, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tony Allen —
Black Voices ... LP Kindred Spirits/Comet (France), 1999. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
A seminal set that really put Tony Allen back on top – a record that showed that Allen was way more than just Fela's drummer, or another Afro Funk artist in general – but instead a really free-thinking, deep-concept musician overall! The album comes from key time that Allen spent on ... (Global Grooves, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare funk from the Indy scene of the early 70s – the long-overdue release of material recorded by a really hard-jamming, horn-heavy combo! Amnesty have a sound that's awash in the best large group influences of the time – a bit of Earth Wind & Fire, a bit of Parliament/Funkadelic, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Available again after a a few years out of print!)
Ruby Andrews —
Black Ruby ... LP Zodiac/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)...
A hell of a great record from Ruby Andrews – a Chicago soul singer who started out sweet, but comes on hard and heavy on this righteous classic from the start of the 70s! The record's got a badass vibe you never would have expected from Andrews a few years before – with tremendous ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Arian ... LP Favorite (France), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
Arian's perm on the cover gives you a hint of how the set might sound – and the whole thing is maybe even better than you might think! The album's an unusual soul set from early 80s Yugoslavia – with vocals that are partly in English, and a sound that's heavy on the same kind of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest Dorothy Ashby albums of the 60s – a set that has her already-great jazz work on harp backed by Chicago soul arrangements from Richard Evans – all in a blend that's somewhere in the territory of the Soulful Strings, but even groovier! And as an added bonus, Odell ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great selection of work by the team of Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson! The pair started out doing some excellent work at Motown during the early 70s – but it wasn't until they moved to Warner in the middle of the decade that they began to emerge as the powerhouse act they became for the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Disco Fizz ... LP Rams Horn/Mondo Groove (Italy), 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
An intriguing bit of Italian disco – one that has some of the sweet porno touches of the genre's earliest years, but which also picks up some of the more interesting progressive elements that started to surface in the early 80s! There's some really nice percussion and guitars on the set, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic! The lost link in the Chicago soul scene of the 60s was Baby Huey – and he was a pretty darn big link too, if you've ever seen him in pictures! Weighing in at about 300 pounds, Baby Huey was sort of a rockin' soul star who played clubs on both sides of the city, to audiences of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing cut by Chris Bellman at Bernie rundman Mastering – with bonus turntable mat. Sold out via the distributor – get while it's still gettable!)
Erykah Badu —
Baduizm ... LP MCA, 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
A landmark debut from the mighty Erykah Badu – a record that really set the world on fire when it first appeared – and which continues to blow our minds all these many years later! There's a simple, straightforward grace to the album that comes through immediately – as Erykah ... (Neo Soul, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some of the hardest, heaviest vocal group work of the pre-soul generation – a set of legendary King Records material by the young Hank Ballard and his always-tight Midnighters! The set captures them in the second chapter of their time at King – slightly cleaner in some of their subject ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A soul record we'd put up there with some of our favorites produced in Chicago during the early 70s – a gospel album from Pastor TL Barrett, but one that's gone on to legendary status among funk and soul collectors over the years! Barrett works here with his Youth For Christ Choir, of Mt. ... (Gospel, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Batteaux ... LP Columbia/Be With (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)...
An overlooked gem from the 70s – the one and only album from Batteaux, a group who do a great job of mixing older folksy soul modes with some tighter 70s production! David and Robin Beatteau are the core of the group – and work in this sing-song blend of vocals and acoustic guitar that' ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Beasties' peak-era, retro-style instrumentals LP! Even at their weakest vocal moments, we've always dug the Beastie Boys' firm commitment to funky instrumental backing – their albums are filled with lots of nice interludes, instrumentals, and backing grooves – but they often seemed ... (Hip Hop, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic ballad soul from one of the greatest groups from the east coast 70s scene! Black Ivory may not have scored as big as some of their contemporaries on the charts – but to fans of harmony soul, they'll always be kings, and this record is the sort that forever gave them keys to the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amazing music from one of the coolest vocal groups of the 70s – a hip New York trio who never hit the heights of the Jackson 5 or Chi-Lites, but who are maybe even more important to our ears overall! Black Ivory started young – with a harmony style that was incredible for their age, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Black Knight (James Knight & The Butlers) —
Black Knight ... LP Cat/Virgorian, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)...
An excellent bit of southern funk – very much in the early mode of Little Beaver, but with a sound that's even harder! James Knight is The Black Knight – leading a tight little combo with a raw funky 45 sound, heavy on the horns for backing, but with James' guitar right up front in the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album of funky dancefloor tunes! Originally issued in 1978, and clearly for the New York dancefloor crowd – the record takes the earlier work of funk group The Blackbyrds, and remixes the tracks slightly to pump up the groove a bit for the dancers. While the approach might not sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A previously-unreleased sweet soul treasure – now finally getting its due! Bob & Gene were an obscure duo from Buffalo at the end of the 60s – recording briefly together under the guidance of Bob's father, who recorded the young pair in his home studio with the help of some great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Booker T's definitely getting a bit funky with this one – stepping off with the incredible title cut, a tune which really complicates the groove from the earlier years! The sound is still solid Memphis soul, with a raw instrumental vibe – but the grooves are even better than before, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jaw-dropping work from Charles Bradley – a stunning album that's maybe his best so far – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the quality of his previous work! There's a focus and power here that really puts Charles on top – from the bold statement at the start of the record, ... (Deep Funk, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A soaring set from Leon Bridges – a full length second album that's every bit as classic as his debut, but in a completely different way! Where Coming Home was maybe Leon's answer to the generation of Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke, Good Thing is more of a nod to the era of Maxwell and D'Angelo ... (Neo Soul, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful bit of female soul from the 70s – the only album we've ever seen from west coast singer Alex Brown – and a sublime little set all the way through! Monk Higgins is at the helm arranging and producing, and a good number of the tracks here were co-written by Monk and Alex ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
James Brown —
Reality ... LP Polydor, 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
One of the last great albums from James Brown! Not as totally sublime as Payback or some of the others from the 70s – but James is still working here with Fred Wesley and Dave Matthews – and many of the cuts retain the funk of a few years past. Case in point is the sublime "Funky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The "revolution" in the title is certainly well-placed – because right from the start, James Brown was out to forever change the face of music in America! If you only know James from his later funk recordings, or even his big 60s hits, you'll find plenty to be amazed at here – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A never-issued James Brown album from 1972 – a killer live performance from The Apollo Theater – and one that features a fair bit of help from other members of his People Records crew! James performs a bit on the record – but the set also features some great instrumental sides ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The young Solomon Burke looks pretty darn fantastic on the cover here – and he sounds pretty fantastic as well – as the album's a great reminder of why we fell in love with his music in the first place! There's nobody like Solomon Burke during these Atlantic years – a hard-edged ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Run Out Groove pressing on 180 gram vinyl. Pressing number based on pre-release demand – quantities extremely limited and individually numbered!)
The stunning only album ever from the great Bobby Byrd – know to many as a longtime associate of James Brown, and finally getting his chance to shine here in the spotlight! Bobby was in the game before James, and always continued to change his groove in all the right ways with The Godfather ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A cool Canadian club classic from the start of the 80s – and a record that's got a groove that's quite different than some of the Montreal disco of a few short years before! Junior Byron's got a warm, fully-fleshed approach to his music – soaring on the uptempo tracks, and wickedly ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic bit of tripped out funk! Cane & Able were one of the many groups that came out of the collective surrounding the Lafayette Afro-Rock Band in the early 70s – and like that group, Cane & Able draw on a wide range of influences to create a heavy funky sound. The album mixes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime southern soul from one of the greats! James Carr is right up there with the best of the 60s – Otis Redding, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, and others – but he never made it as big as them because of personal troubles and bad planning on the part of his label and management. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Razor-sharp funk from The Chapparrals – an Atlanta group from the 70s, and one with a great balance of ensemble grooving and deeper soul roots! There was really something special in the Atlanta scene at the time – an approach to large group funk that was different than most northern ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massive collection of work by the great Sam Cooke – featuring 30 tunes in all, and spanning the range of his full career – from his early roots in gospel music, to the incredibly powerful soul tunes he cut shortly before his untimely death. The set's got most everything you'd ever ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary bit of funky fusion from the French scene of the 70s – the standout set from Cortex, a combo who's very heavy on the keyboards! The tunes have a feel that's quite different than American electric work of the time – funky, but also a bit breezy too – with a strong ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The continuing lost legacy of Patrick Cowley – the San Francisco 80s club maestro who made some famous records with Sylvester – but who also did a huge amount of underground sounds for porno films at the time! This set digs deep into that legacy – by featuring music that Cowley ... (Soundtracks, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cymande hit some well-deserved heights on this massive third album – working with a complicated groove that's even more compelling than their earlier albums – in a righteous blend of heavy bass and tripped-out guitars that's unlike anything else we've ever heard! The music's a unique ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Heavy bass, tight percussion, and a wonderfully trippy groove – the stunning second album from Cymande, and one of our funk favorites from the 70s! These guys have a sound that's completely unique – a vibe that mixes African and Jamaican influences up in the heady London scene of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
D'Angelo comes back after many years awol from the studio – and the result is a stunning new step in his music! We've loved the man from day one – and some folks could well say that he really helped reinvigorate soul back in the 90s – and all his time away from the studio has ... (Neo Soul, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the coolest albums ever from this hip female folk singer – thanks to key work by The Chambers Brothers – whose vocals come in alongside Barbara Dane's, and really send the whole thing home! Dane's one of those rare singers who can take on rootsy modes without ever making us feel ... (Folk/Country, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful heavy reissue – with a paste-on cover and booklet of notes – just like the original Folkways album!)
The lasting testament of the mighty Geater Davis – a really incredible southern singer with a deep soul sound that few others can match! Although Davis didn't record nearly as much as his contemporaries, he's got a sound that matches or beats them – a raw, raspy quality that's a bit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tyrone Davis never seems to miss – and even on an overlooked Brunswick album like this, he still sounds better than most of his contemporaries! Davis is really able to blend both deep soul roots and more sophisticated phrasing – at a level that helped transform the sound of southern ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
It's more than easy enough to wiggle that thing – given the funky grooves on the set from Snoopy Dean! Snoopy's a hip guitarist with a very funky edge – working here in a nicely deep side of the Miami style of the mid 70s – funky grooves headed towards the club, but with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The only full album ever recorded by the legendary Sam Dees – an artist who's probably best known for his songwriting skills on other records, but who really shines here as a lead star on his own! Dees' approach is wonderful – a bit rootsy, with some slight southern soul elements ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album in harmony soul – one of those records that pushed the genre to a whole new level! The Delfonics emerge fully formed here as one of the most compelling groups of their time – a tremendous trio with a really unique approach to soul music – one that's heartfelt and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dinosaur L (Arthur Russell) —
24 24 Music ... LP Sleeping Bag, 1981. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
An incredible full album from Dinosaur L – the legendary New York dancefloor project of Arthur Russell! The group's a punky, funky, chunky amalgam of bass thumping, guitar riffing, keyboard filling, and sax honking – all very much in the spirit of Russell's best quirky club work of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early 70s set by the legendary Willie Dixon – recorded in Chicago with stellar backing by Lafayette Leake, Buster Benton, Mighty Joe Young, Phil Upchurch, and Louis Satterfield – and true to the album's title, this is kind of a catalyst for the sound of electric blues in Chicago clubs ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Doctor Ross is definitely the harmonica boss – one of those key postwar blues musicians who made his instrument as important to the scene as the guitar was back in the 20s and 30s! The music here was all recorded by Sun Records, but is a lot more raw and stripped-down than some of the more ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mac really steps out on this one – pushing past his usual hip studio take on New Orleans soul, to a more expansive style that includes performances by a host of surprise guests like Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, PP Arnold, Graham Bond, and Doris Troy. That loping, trippy groove of John's is ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little album from The Emotions – largely because it sounds a lot like prime mid 70s Earth Wind & Fire, with female vocals added over the top – ultimately, pulling away with a soulful charm all its own! Maurice White produced the whole set, and it's got a soaring spacey ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lots of cool keyboards, soaring strings, and other 70s touches – all set to a very sexy disco vibe – courtesy of maestro Josep Llobell! Llobell cut this set in Spain during the 70s – one of a handful of very cool, very classy productions he handled with a similar nature – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare 70s funky soul from The Equatics – just the kind of record that keeps us digging and still excited after all these years – resurrected by the like minded diggers at Now Again! You know the kind of album we're talking about, the ones you come across with enigmatic cover art, no ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Faith Evans & Notorious BIG —
King & I ... LP Rhino, 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A late, but earnest and affectionate tribute to late great mic giant Notorious BIG – his archival vocals paired with new vocals by Faith Evans – and appearances by Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Skeep Louch, Styles P, Jadakiss & Lil Cease! As false as many similar sets can feel, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare grooves from Evans Pyramid – a sweet set of cosmic disco from the end of the 70s – recorded with a lean, almost spiritual vibe – quite similar to some of the great tracks reissued in the Soul Cal series! There's a definite ear for the dancefloor here – lots of upbeat ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An amazing record by one of our favorite female soul groups! The Exciters were always great on their bigger girl group recordings of the mid 60s, but on this set, they really hit a cool sound – New York uptown production in the back, contrasted with the girls' raw soul vocals up in front ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An early record by Experience Unlimited – better known to most of the world as EU, the DC funk outfit that went onto become pretty big in the GoGo scene, and who scored big with the 80s party cut "Da Butt". This one's nothing like that stuff – and instead catches the group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
80s keyboards galore – lots of work on Oberheim, Arp, and Polymoog instruments – mixed with a bit of Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano too – all set to lots of beats programmed on a Commodore 64 and early DMX drum machine! This isn't one of those retro-styled albums by a youngster ... (Sound Library, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the last really hard-hitting funk album from The Fatback Band – and although their first record on the Event label, a set that cooks every bit as hard as their first few for Perception! The style here is funky 45 soul at its best – lots of hard crackling drums, funky ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Essential reissue of one of the greatest funk albums ever! This is the great LP of hard funky cuts that perfectly sums up the Fatback style that you've heard so much about – but which you can't find on much of their late 70s albums! The whole album is filled to the brim with loads of great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the lesser-known 70s session from Fela – but a great one too, and a record that captures the Africa 70 group at all their early raw best! Tracks are both very long – stretching for a side of the record apiece – and the title track "Alagbon Close" features some ... (Global Grooves, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition color vinyl pressing – with download!)
One of Aretha's undisputed classics – a seminal session that furthered her deep soul agenda with key backings from Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd! The Sweet Inspirations provide sublime backing vocals behind Franklin's maturing delivery of the lyrics – and the music is by an all-star group ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare and unreleased late 60s/early 70s Birmingham, Alabama soul by the great Sam Frazier Jr! Sam came to be better known as a bluesman over the years, but perfectly nails it here in a southern soul mode, recorded at Neal Hemphill's Sound Of Birmingham studio early in the 70s. It's up there with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer instrumental album of hard organ grooves and funky basslines! This was the album that broke Funk Inc out of their Indianapolis scene, and made them a force to be forever reckoned with in the history of funky jazz. The album grooves hard in the same sound as some of the classic work by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Funk Inc's greatest albums – and a really tight batch of funky tunes given some stellar production by David Axelrod! The band's a bit tighter than on earlier releases – leaving behind the hard jazz-jam sound for a more together soul-oriented one, heard to best effect on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A massive double length set from Funkadelic! As if the group's vision wasn't already expansive enough in their early Westbound years, they really make incredible use of the space of this 2LP set to show off their talent for funky invention, fuzzed-out guitar, and mind-bending look at the world ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The classic sound of Funkadelic, reworked by a key selection of contemporary talents from the Detroit scene – but never in a way that wrecks the originals at all! Unlike other remix projects, which might break up the music to a point that you can hardly recognize the original grooves – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A heavy best-of from Funkadelic – one that covers the full range of their classic sounds – from the trippy fuzz of the early days to the tighter funk of stardom years! The package has a power that's undeniable – a really massive batch of music that forever changed the face of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet 80s funk from Gary – an artist who's got a great way of crafting lean, mean grooves that offer up a compact take on the ensemble funk mode of the 70s! The album's got a relatively homemade cover, but the sound here is super-tight – not mainstream or commercial, but really right ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A whole album of sexual healing – a full length set that combines earlier 12" mixes of the song from the 80s with more contemporary cuts done for this release! Some of the newer mixes pick up the groove a bit more, and add in some modern dancefloor elements – but overall, the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An obscure album of soulful groovers – one of the odder albums of its type from the time! Given that the record was recorded for Pickwick, the Ghana Soul Explosion were most likely a group of studio players, trussed up in fake Afro garb to look like the real thing – except there's no ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The quiet storm sound, reinvented for the hip hop generation – as the slow jam style of Ginuwine comes head to head with fantastic production from Timbaland – whose beats are perfectly placed alongside the mellow soul vocals! The approach is maybe more hip hop than the classic-influence ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Certified Undisputed Classics Of Hip Hop & R&B series!)
An underground classic from Beverly Glenn-Copeland – an artist who was later known more as a keyboard player, but who here works in this amazing blend of folk, jazz, and soul! The album's vaguely in the territory of Terry Callier on early 70s Cadet Records, but also has its own special vibe ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
What can we say? Most of the biggest hits, and many of the very best tracks cut in the prime of Al Green's career – which is to say some of the very best Memphis soul ever recorded! 10 essential tracks in all, and it's just one of these Greatest Hits packages of pure, inarguable perfection ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work from Slim Harpo – an album that kicks off with one of his biggest hits ever, and follows with plenty of great tunes as well! Things here are pretty rootsy and stripped-down – lots of spare, slowish rhythms (but a few funkier ones too!) – and instrumentation that's ... (Blues, Soul)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
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
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 hard-smoking set of female funk – with backing from the mighty Osaka Monaurail combo! Years ago, Martha High was something of a "lost" female soul figure – an artist who worked with James Brown in the 60s, recorded a bit of disco in the 70s, but never fully got her due. ... (Deep Funk, Soul)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 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
Howlin Wolf is really getting into his thing here – tightening it up a bit from his earliest years at Chess, and moving into a groove that would forever make him one of the key artists to record for the label! The raspy, rootsy feel of earlier years is still in place – but the ... (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
One of the greatest albums ever by Chicago soul maestro Leroy Hutson – a masterpiece of soul, sophistication, and downright good vibes – all put together at a level that makes it one of our favorite albums of the 70s! The set was recorded hot on the heels of the massive Hutson and ... 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
Leroy Hutson —
Man! ... LP Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
A killer early album by the great Leroy Hutson – the first set that has him stepping out as a true soul genius for the 70s! Hutson had originally been a later member of The Impressions – replacing Curtis Mayfield briefly after he'd gone solo – but he also had spent a fair bit of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great chapter in the long and funky history of the musicians that also played in Lafayette Afro Rock Band and Cane & Abel – and a cool little set that may be one of the best records to ever come from the collective! The players work here as Ice – and come across like some ... 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
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!)
One of the funkiest records ever from Akira Ishikawa and his Count Buffalos band – a hip little groover that stands head to head with some of the best funky jazz from the US and Europe of the time! Despite Akira's earthy look on the cover, the record's got a relatively electric feel overall ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful Japanese pressing – part of the Deep Jazz Reality series!)
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
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
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 amazing step forward for the young Etta James – a singer who was delivering a raw, shouting form of R&B just a few years before – but who here ascends into soul music heaven with her famous work on the album! The title cut is the stuff of legend – played and played, again ... 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
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
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.)
The fantastic final album from Sharon Jones – a wonderfully deep talent who was taken from us all too soon! The set's maybe the ultimate setting for Sharon's incredible voice – as it features both her longtime core combo, the Dap-Kings – as well as additional backings from the ... (Deep Funk, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album