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CL BlastI Wanna Get Down ... CD
Cotillion (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $8.99
A lost southern soul gem – cut at the end of the 70s, in that rare blend of southern and modern styles that few performers could really carry off well! Frederick Knight produced the album, and it really steps off of his own mellow work of earlier years – taking things even further, thanks to a really wonderful presentation on the vocals by CL, sounding here like the best 70s work by Johnnie Taylor or Tyrone Davis! The album's got a really special feel – and if it was cut for a smaller label, it probably would have gone onto become a rare groove treasure – instead of a slightly-overlooked record on Cotillion. The whole thing's great – and titles include "Our Love Will Last", "I've Got To Make It On My Own", "I Wanna Get Down", "If I Had Loved You More", "Love Don't Feel Like Love No More", and "Let's Do Something Different Tonight". CD
 
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✨✧ VariousHotlanta Soul Vol 2 – Full Time Groovers ... CD
Hotlanta/Kent (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
An excellent set of southern soul from the 70s! The compilation digs into the vaults of the Hotlanta/GRC imprints – and features some incredibly sophisticated soul tracks recorded in Atlanta and Birmingham, Alabama. Although the Hotlanta label moved into the disco market heavily in the mid 70s, most of the work on this package is from earlier years – when the label had a fantastic talent for cutting soul records that were head and shoulders above work coming out of other southern sources, like Memphis or Miami. The Hotlanta sound relied heavily on strong songwriting and quality interpretation, and the work from the label's artists was way more than the shouting, storming, bragging, cheating, and crying cliches that were tending to drown the output of other soul labels at the time. Much of this stuff's in the best mode of talents like Sam Dees or Jimmy Lewis, both of whom appear on the set – and titles include "Someone To Run To" by Alpaca Phase III, "Let's Get It Back Together Again" by Bill Brandon, "I'll Be Around" by Ron Henderson & Choice Of Color, "Here We Go, Loving Again" by Dillard & Johnson, "Three Into Two Won't Go" by Jimmy Lewis, "Anything Is Fair In Love & War" by Sam Dees, "Hanna's Love" by Joe Hinton, "You're Messing UP A Good Thing" by John Edwards, "Husband In Law" by CL Blast, and "How Could You Run Away" by Danny Johnson. Great stuff – and much of the material is previously unissued! CD

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✨✧ VariousHotlanta Soul Vol 3 – Holding The Losing Hand ... CD
Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Smooth southern soul from the 70s – the kind of collection that really opens up our ears, and takes us past deep and hard soul cliches that can overwhelm other sets! The package is tremendous – offering a range of work recorded in Atlanta and Birmingham from the early part of the 70s – tunes that mark a shift towards new sophistication in southern soul at the time – increasingly adult themes served up in a mix of funky rhythms and mellower soul backings – and often a cut above the usual soul records coming out from the south at the time. There's a strength of songwriting here that really makes the tracks stand out – no surprise, as a good portion of work here was written by Sam Dees, with other key tracks by Jimmy Lewis and Frederick Knight that really elevate the work on the set. Most of the tunes are small indie singles and unreleased numbers, but have a quality level that's extremely high – and titles include "Men" by Peggy Scott, "I Know Where You're Coming From" and "Claim Jumpin" by Sam Dees, "Good Times" and "I Got That Will" by King Hannibal, "I Am Free Of Your Love" and "Doing Right Don't Wrong Nobody" by Bill Brandon, "Fools Love" by CL Blast, "Hanna Mae" by Deep Velvet, "A Better Way" by Johnny Smith Congregation, "That's How Long I'll Be Loving You" by Jimmy Lewis, "If It Wasn't For The Children" by Dee Erwin, "I'm So Glad (extended)" by Phase Four, "Early Morning Love" and "A Woman's Way" by Rozetta Johnson, and "Beautiful Day" by Delia Gartell. CD
 
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Brothers JohnsonBlam ... LP
A&M, 1978. Very Good Gatefold ... $2.99
Blam is right – an all-out batch of funky tracks from The Brothers Johnson – captured here right in the middle of their classic period with Quincy Jones! The Q's at the helm on production for the set, and the record's a great extension of their earlier efforts with the man – but a bit more Johnson-tuned (if we can say that in mixed company) – with the bass upfront on some of the best numbers, and a surprisingly strong male ballad approach on some of the gentler tunes. There's a slightly jazzy undercurrent at times, and tracks include "Rocket Countdown/Blastoff", "Ride-O-Rocket", "Streetwave", "Blam", "So You Won't Stay", "Ain't We Funkin Now", and "Mista Cool". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Thomas Buck NastyBlast O Funk ... LP
RCA, 1980. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A bass-heavy set of tracks with as much pumped up funk as you could imagine from a guy named Buck Nasty! T Life produced the set, arranged the rhythm tracks, and wrote a number of the tunes – and titles include "That's What I'm Hoping Now", "Locket In The Pocket", "Blast O Funk", "Turn It Loose", "Flashback", and "Does This Mean Our Love Is Over". LP, Vinyl record album

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CandidoDrum Fever ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of Candido's funkiest albums! The record's got a similar sound to Candido's great albums for Blue Note and Solid State – with short, hard funky tunes that have a really great 70s edge! Chico O'Farrill did the arrangements, and the record chops along nicely with some very funky tracks that feel like they were lifted from a blacksploitation soundtrack – conga mixed with great keyboards, wah wah guitar, and tight blasts of horns in just the right bits! The whole thing's a killer – filled with heavy funky 45-type numbers – and tracks include "Soulwanco", "Succulent", "Yolanda", "Candido's Funk", "Kushy", "Sultry", and "Mighty Mouth". Very nice! (Latin, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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Bill DoggettHonky Tonk Popcorn ... LP
King, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Funky funky Hammond – a rare late 60s album from organist Bill Doggett, done with some help from James Brown – and a set that's unlike anything Doggett ever recorded before – or since! There's a blasting groove to the record right from the start – thanks to help from The James Brown Band on the leadoff cut – but even when they drop out, and Doggett's combo goes out on their own, the sound is still amazing – tight, soulful, and very much in a funky 45 style all the way through! Drums are hard, the organ is nice and fluid, and the sound is prime late 60s instrumental funk – a groove that Doggett never managed to reach again, which makes this record a real standout treasure. The album includes the legendary funky break cuts "Honky Tonk" and "Honky Tonk Popcorn", plus lots of other nice groovers, like "A Doozy", "Mad", "Slippin In", and "Corner Pocket". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ FatbackHot Box ... CD
Spring/Southbound (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Man, it must have been something to hear this record blasting out of a boombox back in the old days – especially if it was the magenta-hued one on the cover! The groove here is strong and loud – plenty of bass and beats at the bottom, and even a few surprising early electro touches that really stand out and make the album something special. And as with other records from this time, Fatback also show their ballad skills on one number – "Come & Get the Love" – but it's the more jamming tracks we really love, and they include "Street Band", "Hot Box", "Love Spell", "Gotta Get My Hands On Some Money", and the fat 80s jam "Backstrokin". CD
Also available Hot Box ... LP 3.99

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FatbackHot Box ... LP
Spring, 1980. Very Good ... $3.99
Man, it must have been something to hear this record blasting out of a boombox back in the old days – especially if it was the magenta-hued one on the cover! The groove here is strong and loud – plenty of bass and beats at the bottom, and even a few surprising early electro touches that really stand out and make the album something special. And as with other records from this time, Fatback also show their ballad skills on one number – "Come & Get the Love" – but it's the more jamming tracks we really love, and they include "Street Band", "Hot Box", "Love Spell", "Gotta Get My Hands On Some Money", and the fat 80s jam "Backstrokin". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Vinyl has a slight warp, but played fine for us.)
Also available Hot Box ... CD 8.99

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Fela & Africa 70Fear Not For Men (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Knitting Factory, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.99
An incredible record from Fela – a set that's maybe even darker and more moody than some of his other records from the time – but still pretty darn funky overall! Side one features the tremendous title cut "Fear Not For Man" – a strong message, especially given Fela's struggles at the time – set to these wicked drums from Tony Allen, which have strong breakbeat quality, but this darker current too – that oddly offbeat vibe that Allen would explore later on his own. There's also an excellent keyboard solo – snakey and spooky – over a brooding bassline that introduces all the other great elements on horns, played with a raw, raspy sensibility that reminds us that although so many others may copy this mode in recent years – there's still nothing like a classic Fela album! "Palm Wine Sound" is on the flipside – a cool instrumental that begins with a moody guitar passage, but then blasts open brilliantly with an amazing sax solo! (Global Grooves, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy vinyl – with bonus insert too!)

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Tony FoxBeginning (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Blaster/Shout (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $19.99
The only full album we've ever seen from Tony Fox – a singer we know best for much earlier singles, including a few classics in a real deep soul vein! This album, though, has more of a club-oriented sound – an early 80s indie vibe, with lots of modern soul arrangements which work very nicely next to Tony's rich vocal style, and bring sort of a north/soul vibe to the record at points! A few tracks have Fox hitting a ballad approach – returning to the older school with some mellow cuts that maybe have more of a Memphis vibe. Titles include "Givin It All Tonite", "Lay Some Lovin On Me", "A Tear Fell", "Love Let Love & Be Loved", "Hurtin Hurt So Much", "Love & Care", and "A Nite For Love". CD

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Weldon IrvineSpirit Man (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1975. Used ... $19.99
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 Charles Sullivan and Everett Blood Hollins, and saxophonist Sonny Fortune – both players who really help the album find some soulful structure! The album's all-instrumental, and has Weldon really taking off on the keyboards – not just using them for main solos, but also dropping in cool noisy bits and analogue effects that really sound great – almost out-Herbieing Herbie Hcock for the record, and turning in some of his biggest classics on wax! Titles include the massive sample cut "We Gettin' Down", plus "Jungle Juice", "Blast Off", "Softly", "Power & The Glory", "Yasmin", and "Pogo Stick". (Jazz, Soul) CD

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MatataFeelin' Funky ... CD
President (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Hard funky soul with an Afrobeat backbone from Matata – who arrived on the London scene (via Kenya) in the mid 70s! Matata leaned mightily on the JBs for their groove, and laid out a heavy, rock solid variation on JBs funk with an African percussion base of congas and bongos at the core! The horns take a more Afrobeat tack, too, with punchy blasts and solos peppering the numbers – in a really nice way – quite tight, but loose enough to swing, too. Tracks include "I Wanna Do My Thing", "Return To You", "Getting Together", "I Believed Her", "I Don't Have To Worry", "I Want You", "Love Is The Only Way", "Gimme Some Lovin" and more. (Global Grooves, Soul) CD
Also available Feelin' Funky ... CD 6.99

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MatataFeelin' Funky ... CD
President (UK), Mid 70s. Used ... $6.99
Hard funky soul with an Afrobeat backbone from Matata – who arrived on the London scene (via Kenya) in the mid 70s! Matata leaned mightily on the JBs for their groove, and laid out a heavy, rock solid variation on JBs funk with an African percussion base of congas and bongos at the core! The horns take a more Afrobeat tack, too, with punchy blasts and solos peppering the numbers – in a really nice way – quite tight, but loose enough to swing, too. Tracks include "I Wanna Do My Thing", "Return To You", "Getting Together", "I Believed Her", "I Don't Have To Worry", "I Want You", "Love Is The Only Way", "Gimme Some Lovin" and more. (Global Grooves, Soul) CD
Also available Feelin' Funky ... CD 9.99

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Jimmy McCracklinBlues Blastin' – The Modern Recordings Vol 2 ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Heavy blues from Jimmy McCracklin – a set of tracks recorded for the Modern label in the mid 50s, with a sound that's much rawer and raunchier than his 60s soul sides! The quality of the set is excellent – with wonderful restoration that makes the tunes crackle with even more raw energy than the original 78s – and added to the later Modern/Crown hits by Jimmy are a number of unissued bonus cuts, fleshing out the package to 24 tracks in all, and including some tunes recorded with Johnny Parker, Jerry Thomas, and Baby Pee Wee Parham. Titles include "Tired Of Everybody", "Gonna Tell Your Mother", "I Got Eyes For You", "My Mother Said", "Give My Heart A Break", "Please Forgive Me Baby", "Rockin All Day", "Deceivin Blues", and "Hamburger Joint". CD

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VariousBay Area Funk – Funk & Soul Essentials From San Francisco, Oakland, & The Bay Area 1967-1976 ... CD
Luv N' Haight, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
A killer! As revolutionary as the music and political climate was in the Bay Area in the late 60s and early 70s, it's damn near criminal that there haven't been more representative collections of the music – enter Luv N Haight Records, who are here with the first ever comprehensive compilation of Bay Area funk and hard soul! The kind of funky music that came out of the Bay in the period differs a bit from a lot of mirror sounds from the other coast, the midwest and the south –artists and groups like Sugar Pie Desanto, P-I-R Square, Marvin Holmes and the Uptights, San Francisco T.K.O and others work with short, tight, hard-clapping blasts of 45 funk. Where the funk of other scenes was designed to bounce you along an elastic groove, the Cali school for the most part specialized in short, sweaty, scratchy numbers that were designed to get you on your feet, than knock you straight on your arse! Truly amazing stuff – all funky 45 numbers, many of which are available for the first time on CD! 16 treasures: "Git Back" by Sugar Pie Desanto, "Foxy Girls In Oakland" by Rodger Collins, "Pickin' Cotton" by Johnny Talbot, "Find Yourself" by Marvin Holmes, "Check Me Out" by Kittie Denise, "Trippin' On The Sound" by Jeannie Tracie, "The Trip" by Eugene Blacknell, "Fantasy" by P-I-R Square, "Oomph" by Marvin Holmes, "Herm" by San Francisco T.K.O.'s and lots more – plus great foldout notes with details on each track. A great sounding, long overdue document of a great scene! (Funky Compilations, Soul) CD

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VariousCoxone's Music – First Recordings Of Sir Coxone The Downbeat 1960 to 1963 (3CD set) ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $23.99
An incredible set of music – the roots of so many sounds to come in Jamaica, all pulled from the early pre-Studio One recordings of the legendary Clement Dodd! The music here is much more strongly tied to American styles – and in fact, some cuts could easily pass for soul and R&B – but other cuts show a very strong island influence early on, with roots of some other West Indian sounds filtering down to groove that's already coalescing into the classic sound of Kingston! We've loved Dodd's productions for many years – but this set is still a real ear-opener for us, given the range of material that we'd never heard before – and the richly detailed notes from Soul Jazz, which tell the tale of the brilliant birth of Jamaican music that would shape the rest of the world for generations to come. 3CD set is overflowing with music – 46 tracks that include "Over The River" by Jiving Juniors, "Answer Me" by Derrick Harriott, "Do You Know" by Owen & Millie, "What A World" by Busty & Cool, "Counter Punch" by Roland Alphonso, "Pine Juice" by Clue J & His Blues Blasters, "Oceans 11" by City Slickers, "Serenade In Sound" by Workshop Musicians, "Best Twist" by Owen Gray, "Dew Drops" by Don Drummond, "Independence Blues" by Basil Gabbidon, "Searching" by Simms & Robinson, "Romantic Shuffle" by The Shinners, and "I Do" by Neville Esson. (Reggae, Soul) CD
Also available
Coxone's Music – First Recordings Of Sir Coxone The Downbeat 1960 to 1963 – Part 1 ... LP 26.99
Coxone's Music – First Recordings Of Sir Coxone The Downbeat 1960 to 1963 – Part 2 ... LP 19.99

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VariousHotlanta Soul – Good Guys Don't Always Win ... CD
Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A great batch of southern soul material – from a scene that hardly ever gets its due! Although other southern cities like Memphis and New Orleans had the "first jump" on soul music, Atlanta managed to turn out some excellent soulful sides during the early 70s – many of which are on this great CD! The set features 21 stunners from the Hotlanta studios – including work by more famous artists like Loleatta Holloway and Sam Dees, plus other lesser known stuff that will knock your socks off. The sound is fantastic, with a much more sophisticated approach to arranging than was being put down in other southern cities – and the result is a beautiful batch of mellow tracks that have deep deep vocals, with tight studio production. Titles include "Love Is Gone" by Choice Of Colors, "Streets Got My Lady" by Bill Brandon, "Left Over Love" by C.L.Blast, "Since We Said Goodbye" by The Counts, "There's Got To Be Rain In Your Life" by Dorothy Norwood, "Who You Gonna Love (Your Woman Or Your Wife)" by Rozetta Johnson, and "Love is Good" by Dee Irwin. Lots lots more, and the usual great set of notes from ACE! CD

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VariousJamaica – Rhythm & Blues 1956 to 1961 – Greetings From Jamaica ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $18.99 29.99
A huge selection of work from the pre-reggae years in Jamaica – formative material that really runs the gamut – from jump blues, to R&B, to jazz, blues, and a whole lot more! It's a well-known fact that the rise of Jamaican music in the 60s was inspired by American radio broadcasts that were bringing the island lots of new sounds in the 50s – and while many of those sounds were interwoven into ska, rocksteady, and even reggae – the music here represents a much straighter take on American forms, with what seems to be an especially strong influence from New Orleans! The track selection is great – with early work from formative stars of the 60s, and some other under-circulated tracks that further illuminate this period – all in a collection that features 44 tracks, and notes in English and French. Titles include "Duck Soup" by Drumbago All Stars, "Bloodshot Eyes" by Denzil Laing & The Wrigglers, "Parapinto Boogie" by Lloyd Clark, "Cutest Little Woman" by Owen Gray, "Oh Carolina" by The Folks Brothers, "Boogie Rock" by Laurel Aitken, "Forty Four" by Roy Panton, "Lonely Robin" by Lascelles Perkins, "Hip Rub" by The Jiving Juniors, "Another Moses" by The Mellow Cats, "Down Beat Special" by The Blues Blasters, and "Leave Earth" by Derrick Morgan. (Reggae, Soul) CD

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✨✧ African Music MachineBlack Water Gold ... LP
Soul Power, 1972/1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible work from the obscure African Music Machine – a southern funk combo led by bassist Louis Villery – a legendary batch of funky singles, finally brought together as a full album! The band has a very unique sound that involves a lot of rolling bubbling basslines, spacey organ grooves, tight choppy guitar riffs, and punchy horn blasts – almost with the African elements promised in the title, but served up with a deeper funk sound all the way through! In a way, the group's a bit like Cymande or some of the other 70s hybrid ensembles – yet they've got a lot less dub, a much more direct funky groove, and plety of raw southern elements in the mix as well! This is the funky 45 material we first cut our teeth on back in the day – and the original singles are legendary! Includes massive cuts like "Black Water Gold (Pearl)", "A Girl In France", "Never Name A Baby (Before It's Born), "Making Nassau Fruit Drink", "Camel Time", "The Dapp", "Tropical", and "Mr. Brown". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Con Funk ShunCandy ... LP
Mercury, 1979. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Con Funk Shun really hit a tight groove on this one – late 70s dancefloor funk at its finest – and a turning point for the group that set the scene for 80s grooves to come! The killer group vocals, thumping funk bass and punctuating horn blasts are in full effect, and the group is also starting to work more with synthesizers and electronic sound washes – the spacey touches blending perfectly with their tried-and-true funk. A great batch of tunes, well-produced by the group and Skip Scarborough, and ear-pleasing tunes all the way – sparkling with a great blend of bassy funk and smooth ballads! Tracks include "Fire When Ready", "Chase Me", "Not Ready", "Da Lady", "Candy" and "(Let Me Put) Love On Your Mind", "Main Slice" and "Images". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ First LoveDon't Say Goodnight/Love Me Today ... 12-inch
Dakar, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great funky old school groove from the prime Brunswick 12" years – just the kind of indie club cut that kept the label going near the end! "Don't Say Goodnight" has a great rollerskating rhythm on the bottom and a blast of horns on the top – all to service some female vocals that slide back and forth nicely with a fair bit of force! "Love Me Today" is great too – more Salsoul club overall, but in a really great way – especially on the vocals! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Stevie WonderHotter Than July ... LP
Tamla, 1980. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A bit smoother than early days, but still very nice and soulful – and did we expect any less from Stevie? The record's got a nicely flanged-out soul groove – with a style that kind of expands on the vocal and keyboard production of the early 70s, taking the groove towards a sound that many other bands would cop in the 80s. Proof of this is the cut "Master Blaster (Jammin)", which many bands would cover at the time – plus lots of nice LP cuts, like "Did I Hear You Say You Love Me", "Cash In Your Face", "All I Do", and "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a light stain along the bottom.)
Also available Hotter Than July (remastered) ... CD 3.99
 
 
 



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