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✨✧ Donald ByrdPlaces & Spaces ... LP
Blue Note, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible record that was one of the highest points of Donald Byrd's career! The album's the third one he cut with producer/arranger Larry Mizell – and of all Byrd's work with Mizell, this one's the funkiest, the tightest, the most soulful, and the most perfectly realized vision of the smooth jazz funk sound that the team was aiming at. Every track is a winner – and the album glides along with a slippery sinewy groove, never pausing for a weak moment or a misplaced note, shimmering with pride in its own genius. Byrd's trumpet soars over the top, banking gracefully over waves of funky drums, spacey keyboards, and extremely well-placed vocals – all brought together perfectly by Mizell, with a tightly fused style that few people have ever been able to match in the studio since! Tracks include "Change (Makes You Want To Hustle)", "Dominoes", "Wind Parade", "Places & Spaces", and "Night Whistler". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Also available Places & Spaces ... LP 32.99

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✨✧ Gene HarrisAstral Signal ... LP
Blue Note, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A masterpiece from Gene Harris – an album that's probably been his biggest influence on the sound of soul in the 21st Century, and for good reason too! The set moves way beyond both Harris' acoustic piano roots in the Three Sounds, and his other electric sides of the 70s – into sublime spacey territory that's wrapped up in soul – as much a pinnacle of his musical vision as early 70s records were for Herbie Hancock or George Duke! The vibe here is a bit between the looser styles of Duke's MPS recordings, and the tighter grooves of the Mizell generation – and arrangements are by Harris, Harvey Mason, and Jerry Peters, the latter of whom really adds some great elements to the record. Harvey's drums make for a great funky undercurrent – and the album features the funky break track "Higga-Boom", the great groover "Losalamitoslatinfunklovesong", and the cuts "Rebato Summer", "Don't Call Me N*gger, Whitey", "Love Talkin", "I Remember Summer", "Green River", and "My Roots". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing! Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Carmen McRaeCan't Hide Love ... LP
Blue Note, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet soul from Carmen McRae – a great 70s album for Blue Note, and one that has the classic singer moving into some very groovy material! The feel here is much more soul than jazz – at least the jazz of the torchy style from Carmen's roots – but as you'd guess from McRae, the vocals still bring plenty of great inflections to play – personalizing even familiar tunes, and really helping to push the level of an already-great record! Arrangements are by Gerald Wilson, Dave Grusin, Johnny Mandel, and Thad Jones – and the set includes Carmen's hip cover of "Can't Hide Love" – plus "I Wish You Well", "Only Women Bleed", "Lost Up In Loving You", "Would You Believe", "A Child Is Born", and "All By Myself". (Vocalists, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
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Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesReaching For The World ... LP
ABC, 1976. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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 they've also got that great balance between a deep-voiced lead singer (new arrival David Ebo) and the soaring harmonies of the rest of the group. Tunes are wonderfully written – the right mix of personal and political from the group's biggest years – and the album's got a really great sense of pace and timing overall, maybe even more so than previous records. Titles include "Hostage", "He Loves You And I Do Too", "Stay Together", "Sandman", "Big Singing Star", and "Reaching For The World". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Archie Bell & The DrellsDance Your Troubles Away ... LP
TSOP, 1975. Very Good ... $3.99
Although Archie Bell & The Drells had recorded earlier with Gamble & Huff on Atlantic, this is their first album for the team's own label – and it's a killer! In a way, Archie and group were sort of responsible for getting Gamble & Huff their own famous imprint in the first place – because their work with the team on Atlantic yielded some instant hits that really pointed the way towards the hit Gamble & Huff style of the 70s, and that sound is brought up-to-date nicely on this LP. The record really retains the strong vocal sound of earlier years – and has some of the best harmonies the band ever recorded, very much in the mode of The O'Jays or Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. McFadden & Whitehead and Bunny Sigler wrote most of the material, backing is by the Instant Funk group, and the Gamble & Huff team handled production on all cuts. Titles include "Let's Groove", "I Won't Leave You Honey, Never", "Let's Groove", "The Soul City Walk", "Dance Your Troubles Away", and "I Love You (But You Don't Even Know It)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Teddy PendergrassLife Is A Song Worth Singing ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1978. Sealed ... $9.99
Wonderful work from the early solo years of Teddy Pendergrass! The record's a monstrous mix of mellow soul and sophisticated tunes – one that pushes Teddy way past his earlier role in Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, into mature male soul territory that few others could match! The sound is sublime throughout – easily the next phase for the Gamble & Huff empire, and way past the easier Philly hit modes of a few years before. Titles include the wonderful "Close The Door", the kind of classy upscale modern soul that kept Philly going strong into the end of the 70s – plus "Life Is A Song Worth Singing", "When Somebody Loves You Back", and "Cold, Cold World". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a small hole in front.)

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PoussezLeave That Boy Alone ... LP
Vanguard, 1980. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A funky soul project headed up by Alphonze Mouzon – one of those guys who starts becoming more and more ubiquitous, the more you look around at album credits! Mouzon's playing drums here, but not in the heavy funk style of his earlier work on Blue Note, or with Tommy Bolin. He's mixing in a lot of keyboards and guitar, plus female vocals by Connie Harvey and Janet Wright, to create a sound that's kind of in a clubby disco mode. Titles include "Do It for the Sake Of Love", "You Made My Dream Come True", "Let's Rollerskate", "Don't Stop, Keep Movin", and "I'll Always Be Your Friend". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, chewed corner, and a few creases.)

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Five Echoes/Bluenotes/Five ChancesCollectors Showcase Groups Three – Vol 5 ... LP
Constellation, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $8.99
A great collection of underground doo wop work from the 50s – put together as one of the few albums issued by the Chicago-based soul imprint Constellation Records! Full albums on Constellation are already plenty darn hard to come by, but this one's particularly elusive – and features wonderful early doo wop work by 3 groups that hardly ever get their due! Five Echoes perform "Lonely Mood", "Why Oh Why", "So Lonesome", and "Broke"; The Bluenotes perform "My Gal Is Gone", "Ooh Baby", and "I Got To Go Baby"; and The Five Chances sing "I May Be Small", "Nagasaki", and "California". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – record and cover are great!)

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CapitolsDance The Cool Jerk ... LP
Atco, 1966. Very Good- ... $9.99
A landmark set of grooves by this excellent Detroit group – a trio who recorded for the local indie Karen, but got a much bigger boost towards fame when their record was picked up by Atlantic! The set's one of the killer 60s Motor Town sets produced by Ollie McLaughlin – and like the rest, it's got a really special edge – music that goes way past any simple 60s soul cliches, and which will make the set one of the real standouts in your collection. Arrangements are by Dale Warren, Riley Hampton, and Mike Terry – and titles include The Capitols' big hit "Cool Jerk", and also includes loads of other great tracks written by Donald Storball of the group – like "Dog & Cat", "Zig Zaggin", "The Kick", and others – plus versions of "Hello Stranger", "Love Makes The World Go Round", and "Good Lovin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & blue label mono pressing. NOTE – Cover is stained and wavy overall, with split seams, and some peeled spots.)

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✨✧ VariousSaturday Night At The Uptown ... LP
Atlantic, 1964. Used ... Out Of Stock
Atlantic soul live – recorded in a great grassroots setting! The performance comes from the Uptown Theater in Philly – as important to that city as The Apollo was to New York – and features a host of key Atlantic Records talents from the 60s, really hitting some hard and heavy notes in the live setting – with a bit of MC introduction at the start from Jimmy Bishop! There's a few great surprises here – artists you don't normally associate with Atlantic – and titles include "Mixed Up Shook Up Girl" by Patty & The Emblems, "Can't You Hear The Beat" by The Carltons, "My Girl Sloopy" and "The Watusi" by The Vibrations – plus "Under The Boardwalk" and "On Broadway" by The Drifters, "Down The Aisle" by Patti LaBelle & The Bluebells, and "I'm Gonna Cry" and "If You Need Me" by Wilson Pickett. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)

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✨✧ Guitar JrBroke N Hungry ... LP
Capitol, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $24.99
"Plastic is out and real is in!" declares the liner notes to this obscure blues release on Capitol – and from the sound of the record, you can definitely hear that Capitol was making a pitch for the "real" crowd. The record's got a very nice electric blues sound, with a style that's very Chicago, even though it appears that the record was produced in LA. Titles include "Go To the Mardi Gras", "Wee Wee Hours", "Train & The Horse", "Broke & Hungry", and "Bed Bug Blues". (Blues, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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