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✨✧ Atlantic StarrAtlantic Starr ... LP
A&M, 1978. Very Good ... $1.99
The first album by Atlantic Starr – a tight set of modern soul tunes with a very different feel than their later work! Part of the credit goes to Bobby Eli – who arranged and produced the set, giving it a feel that's almost late Philly – tight, sophisticated, and right on the money at all the best points! There's a number of sweet mellow ballads with lead vocals by Sharon Bryant, and other tracks that groove in an uptempo way that points towards more of the group's 80s work – a great mix of modes that makes for a really well-developed album right out of the gate. Titles include "Gimme Your Lovin", "The Love I Never Had", "Visions", "Keep It Comin", "Stand Up", "Where There's Smoke There's Fire", "We Got It Together", and "Being In Love With You Is So Much Fun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has initials in marker.)

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Bar-KaysToo Hot To Stop ... LP
Mercury, 1976. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A pivotal album from The Bar-Kays – a key post-Stax set, but one that's still very firmly grounded in Memphis funk! The groove definitely shows a bit more polish than before – the same sort of shift the Ohio Players made after moving to Mercury Records – but as with the Players at their best, there's still plenty of sharp edges and deeply funky moments on the record – and if anything, the shift has really given The Bar-Kays a way to evolve their sound past some of the heavier modes of the early days, without losing any of the appeal of their groove! Some cuts have some great keyboards – almost producing a spacey funk feel at points – and titles include "Too Hot To Stop (part 1)", "You're So Sexy", "Cozy", "Spellbound", "Whitehouseorgy", and the nice mellow track "Summer Of Our Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the horizonal text cover, with a touch of marker in the bottom right corner.)

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Bobby Blue BlandTwo Steps From The Blues ... LP
Duke, 1961. Very Good- ... $28.99
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts used for the backdrop, but presented with a rock-solid style that definitely points the way towards many sounds and styles to come in the 60s. And although Bland recorded many of these tracks as separate singles, there's a way they're put together here that makes the whole thing sound completely marvelous together – a really well-conceived track list that shows that Bobby's an even greater artist in the space of a full record. The arrangements are perfect, and Bobby's rough soulful voice is blended in this amazing way with killer horn arrangements that are far more sophisticated than most stuff that ever came after this, and which never get in the way, but only back up his deep emotion. The album's a motherlode of classics by the man, with gems that include "Two Steps From The Blues", "Cry Cry Cry", "I Don't Want No Woman", "I'm Not Ashamed", "Don't Cry No More", "Lead Me On", and "I Pity The Fool". And hell, even his version of "St James Infirmary" is pretty wonderful – something we never thought we'd say about that song. (Blues, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Duke pressing. NOTE: Cover has staining & peeling on the bottom half.)

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Brecker BrothersBrecker Brothers ... LP
Arista, 1975. Very Good ... $2.99
The start of a legendary run from superjazz brothers Randy and Michael Brecker – trumpeter and tenorist, respectively – already players who'd worked on a hell of a lot of previous sessions, both as a pair and on their own – finally stepping here into some well-deserved fame in the spotlight! The duo have a great lineup here – equally well-skilled contemporaries who include Don Grolnick on keyboards, David Sanborn on alto, Harvey Mason on drums, and Will Lee on bass – all working in a mode that's soulful fusion throughout, with just a bit of vocals at a few points, but mostly instrumental overall. The whole thing's got an approach that's smooth and tight, but never in a slick way – a groove that still sits wonderfully well after all these years! Titles include "Sneakin Up Behind You", "Rocks", "Levitate", "Some Skunk Funk", "Sponge", "A Creature Of Many Faces", and "DBB". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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James BrownPopcorn ... LP
King, 1969. Very Good- ... $19.99
A tremendous turning point in the career of James Brown – and an album that points the way strongly to the even deeper funk of the 70s! The album's a hard-wailing batch of instrumental tracks played by the legendary James Brown Band of the late 60s – the pre-JBs ensemble that's gone onto have possibly even more funky influence than the Godfather's combo in the 70s! James plays organ on the set – and supposedly a bit of guitar and drums (according to the notes) – but one of the main stars here is Pee Wee Ellis, whose alto lines really cook up some of the best tracks strongly. Yet possibly even more amazing is the overall rhythmic conception – tight, focused, and always on the money – snapping with a sharpness that's mindblowing even all these many years later – a whole new dimension in funky expression, hardly ever matched since! Titles include "Soul Pride (parts 1 & 2)", "The Chicken", "Sudsy", "The Popcorn", "In The Middle (parts 1 & 2)", "The Chase", and "A New Shift". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a split bottom seam.)

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✨✧ CerroneCerrone IV – The Golden Touch ... LP
Cotillion, 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $11.99
Cerrone's definitely got the Golden Touch here – grooving long and strong, with that mix of cosmic club and warmer disco that made his 70s music so great! The album's a masterpiece all the way through – driven by great percussion from the maestro, and swirled up into a heavenly mix at the legendary Trident studios – with some mighty sweet keyboards that really make the whole thing sparkle! There's a nice undercurrent of fuzz at points, too – hinting at French club to come – and the whole thing's a wonderful standard-setting record that really earns all the accolades it's gotten over the years. Titles include the long funky version of "Rocket In The Pocket" – plus "Je Suis Music", "Look For Love", and "Music Of Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Googie & Tom CoppolaShine The Light Of Love ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Very Good ... $24.99
Soaring soul from Googie and Tom Coppola – much more of an R&B-inflected album than their earlier rock work in the group Air – sublimely produced with help from Jerry Peters, who brings in a sweet LA groove! Googie's vocals are especially great – with a higher-pitch Minnie Riperton-esque sort of feel at points – and the rhythms, while upbeat, never get too over the top – leaving some great space for the sort of offbeat midtempo numbers that Peters always does so well. The album's got some nice jazzy touches and a sublime, sophisticated approach to the overall sound that's very crisply executed without succumbing to commercial gloss. "Joyous Flame" is a sought after, late night mellow groover, this set also includes "Broken Wings", "Missing Love", "Family Of Man", "Everything Is Coming To The Light", and "Shine The Light Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes inner sleeve.)

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Alec R CostandinosWinds Of Change ... LP
Casablanca, 1979. Near Mint- ... $9.99
One of a host of ambitious albums cut by maestro Alec Costandinos at the end of the 70s for Casablanca – just the kind of full-service records that must have helped to bankrupt the label, but which end up still sounding pretty great after all these years! Alec's working here with a full complement of strings, and a fair bit of jazzy studio players too – a nice mix that has horns from the Brecker Brothers, Jon Faddis, and others nestled nicely in the mix – plus vocals from Pattie Brooks and Arthur Simms on some of the shorter numbers. Side one features the extended "Winds Of Change", which runs for over 18 minutes as a symphonic disco number. But almost even better are the shorter soul tracks on side two – which have Costandinos pulling things back a bit more than usual, and even hitting some mellower moments at points. Titles include "Red Hot River Of Fire", "Star Child", "Future Legend", "Creation Of Man", "You Gave Me Dreams", and "Where Are You Going Perseus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Leslie Drayton & FunWhat It Is Is What It Is ... LP
Esoteric, Mid 80s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Mellow smooth jazz and modern soul from trumpeter Leslie Drayton – working here with his group Fun, which features vocals by Barbara Morrison, alto sax by Curtis Peagler, and keyboards by Billy Childs. Most of the tracks are a bit too tinny to come off well – but there's a few nice enough moments that stay in more soulful territory. Titles include "Pershing Square", a nice mellow groover, plus "I'll Take It Easy", "Brownie Points", and "I'm Really Gonna Miss You". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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John EdwardsLife, Love, & Living ... LP
Cotillion, 1976. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A stellar solo set from John Edwards – one of the tightest talents of the southern scene in the mid 70s, and a singer who would later break big with The Spinners! This album's got a really unique vibe – with some slight tropical touches hinted at by the cover image – and some deeper production from David Porter down at the Malaco and Ardent Studios – which ensures that the deep soul component of the music still stays strong! The whole thing's unlike anything else we can think of – and is a definite bridge between 70s soul scenes at the time – echoes of folks like Al Green or Sam Dees, but a tighter approach at points too. Titles include "You, Trouble, & Me", "That's That", "The Key To My Life", and "Baby, Hold On To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a tracklist sticker.)

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Eddie FisherHot Lunch ... LP
Stang, 1977. Very Good ... $14.99
A great little album by guitarist Eddie Fisher – the same Eddie Fisher who cut two different albums for Cadet at the end of the 60s, but stepping out here in a slightly different mode! This one's got Eddie in a smooth funky soul style – mixing flanged-out guitar and vocals in a trippy dope kind of way that's somewhere in the neighborhood of Shuggie Otis and Johnny Guitar Watson's best 70s work – nicely trippy, but still pretty tight too, and almost with a spacey, cosmic vibe at points! There's definitely an Inspiration Information sort of sound going on with the best numbers – which have a slow, compressed approach to funk – and great titles include "Give Me, Lend Me, Loan Me", "Thump and Bump", "Cosmic Blues", and "It's That Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light waviness from moisture, with a large name in marker on both sides. Label has some pen.)

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Roberta FlackFirst Take ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good ... $6.99
What can we say? We've heard this one a million times, it sold over a million copies – but it's still incredible! The record is Roberta's first, and it features her in a mellow trio format, augmented by some occasional larger arrangements by William Fischer. At most points, though, the sound is incredibly spare – with vocals that are much more soulful than any of Roberta's other records, and a sound that hints at Nina Simone, but which has it's own jazzy groove and deep sense of feeling. Includes the classic funky version of "Compared To What", plus "Angelitos Negros", "Our Ages Our Our Hearts", and "Tryin Times". LP, Vinyl record album

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Larry GrahamJust Be My Lady ... LP
Warner, 1981. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A classic set of ballads and mellow soul numbers from Larry Graham – quite a change from some of his funkier work, and a nice step forward in his growth as a singer! Larry's voice is deep and round on most tunes – a classic baritone approach that almost goes back to jazz vocalists of the postwar years at times. But at other points, there's more of a contemporary feel to the work – a sound that helped Graham cross over big with this record, and reach audiences who might not have picked up some of his more groove-based sets. Instrumentation is sometimes full, but often laidback – and titles include "No Place Like Home", "Feels Like Love", "Remember When", "Just Be My Lady", "Guess Who", "Our Love Keeps Growing Strong", "Can't Nobody Take Your Place", and "Baby You Are My Sunshine". LP, Vinyl record album

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RB GreavesRB Greaves (Atco) ... LP
Atco, 1969. Very Good+ ... $4.99
The amazing debut of RB Greaves – a soul singer with a difference! RB struck big with this album on late 60s Atlantic Records – yet despite production at Muscle Shoals, and arrangements from Arif Mardin, the sound here is quite different than most of his contemporaries – and certainly not the southern soul you'd expect! Instead, Greaves goes for a crackling quality that really showcases his trans-American roots – a vibe that's almost like Johnny Nash at points, and has a similar way of embracing a whole host of different sounds at one time – not just late 60s soul, but some other undercurrents of pop, and even some occasional folksy or island flavors as well. The album's standout hit is the legendary "Take A Letter Maria" – a cut that broke big on both sides of the tracks, and which is one of the most compelling story songs of the time. Other tunes include "This is Soul", "Ballad Of Leroy", "Ain't That Good News", "Home To Stay", and "Birmingham Alabama". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole)

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Johnny HammondGears (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Milestone/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99
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 with the mighty Larry Mizell, the genius arranger/producer who'd breathed new life into the careers of Donald Byrd and Bobbi Humphrey. Mizell works with Hammond in the same way he does with other jazz artists – by taking a groove that works best with their solo style, and slowly layering other instrumentation and effects on top of it, so that when the solo kicks in, it's supported on waves and waves of funky sounds and soulful grooves. Mizell and his brother Fonce both play keyboards on the record, and the rest of the group includes monster fusion players like Harvey Mason, Roger Glenn, Hadley Caliman, and Jerry Peters. The real treat is Johnny, though – as his solos are heavenly, the best of his 70s work, stripped mean and lean, laid in at just the right points. Includes the breakbeat classic "Shifting Gears", the house classic "Los Conquistadores Chocolates", and funky numbers "Fantasy" and "Tell Me What To Do". This stunning version adds in some killer bonus tracks – 6 never-heard cuts from the Milestone vaults, including "Song For My Family", "Funky Native", "Detroit Rainbow", "Can't We Smile (alt)", and slow and fast versions of "A Child's Love". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Gears (with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99

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Slim HarpoRaining In My Heart ... LP
Excello, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
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 dominated by guitar and harmonica alongside Slim's vocals – all in a mode that's maybe a bit more vintage than his funky soul of the late 60s, but still equally powerful too! There's some great echoey production at points – almost taking a Bo Diddley tip, which makes for some really great sounds – and titles include "Snoopin Around", "Buzz Me Baby", "I'm A King Bee", "Moody Blues", "My Home Is A Prison", "Dream Girl", "Blues Hangover", and "Rainin In My Heart". (Blues, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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Frank Hooker & Positive PeopleFrank Hooker & Positive People ... LP
Panorama, 1980. Very Good ... $2.99
Frank Hooker and his Positive People get some great arrangements here from Norman Harris – who really helps the group find their groove, and give them a lot more polish than you might expect! Frank's vocals are a bit everyday at points – but that's also part of the charm of the record, and a great example of the way that Harris could make just about anyone sound good. Titles include "Like Sister & Brother", "Devotion", "I Wanna Know Your Name", and "This Feeling". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has large letters in marker, some pen, and light wear. Labels have some pen.)

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John Lee HookerLive At Soledad Prison ... LP
ABC, 1972. Very Good- ... $14.99
One of the roughest, rawest John Lee Hooker albums from the ABC years – a live recording done at Soledad Prison in California! The set features vocals both by Hooker and his son – and instrumentation includes Luther Tucker and Charlie Grimes playing additional guitar next to John, plus Fender bass from Lex Silver, and drums from Ken Swank. The crowd is clearly into the recording quite a bit – going nicely wild at all the right points – and titles include "Superlover", "I'm Your Crosscut Saw", "What's The Matter Baby", "Boogie Everywhere I Go", and "Bang Bang Bang Bang". (Blues, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has split top seam and spine, with a sticker on one corner.)

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JacksonsDestiny ... LP
Epic, 1978. Very Good- Gatefold ... $6.99
A heavy groove and a heady title that points the way towards Michael Jackson's soon-to-be legendary solo career – all served up in a batch of tracks that resonate nicely with the Off The Wall groove! The sound here really isn't disco or club, but it's a nicely upbeat groove that shows The Jacksons at the top of their game – tightly stepping and often highly rhythmic – and striking a great balance between strong lead vocals and some of the sweeter harmonies that got them going in the past. Titles include the sublime groovers "Blame It On The Boogie" and "Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)", plus great sleepers like "All Night Dancin", "Bless His Soul", "Things I Do For You" and "That's What You Get For Being Polite". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a large name in marker on both sides.)

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✨✧ Etta JamesEtta James ... LP
Crown, Late 50s. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
One of the few full LP collections of Etta James' pre-Chess work for the Modern/RPM label – issued here on their cheapo subsidiary Crown, but filled with great tracks that represent some of Etta's best work of the 50s! The sound here is hard-wailing R&B – very much in the mode of the Atlantic singers of her generation, but done with an earthier feel that points the way towards Etta's soul career in the 60s. Titles include "Hey Henry", "Good Rockin Daddy", "Dance With Me Henry", "Do Something Crazy", "Women", "My One & Only", and "I'm A Fool". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
 
 
 



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