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New Syl JohnsonDiamond In The Rough ... LP LP format
Hi Records/London, 1974. Good ... $9.99
The great Syl Johnson – doing his thing for Hi Records on a record that's more shiny diamond than it is rough – his second album for the label and a truly underappreciated gem from the Chi soul great! Diamond In The Rough is a much sweeter set of tunes than Syl's Chicago work on Twinight, with warmer production by southern soul guru Willie Mitchell to keep his sound much more in the Memphis soul camp – but still a nice album of bluesy stoked sweetness, and proof that Syl was one of the better talents on the Hi label. Titles include "Keeping Down Confusion", "Let Yourself Go", "Could I Be Falling In Love", "Stuck In Chicago", and "I Hear The Love Chimes", "Please, Don't Give Up On Me" and "Diamond In The Rough". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has heavy ringwear, split top seam and spine, and a mostly split bottom seam.)

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Kid Creole & The CoconutsOff The Coast Of Me ... LP LP format
Antilles/Ze, 1980. Very Good+ ... $7.99
After a few years knocking around in the New York club scene – doing successful work with Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, Machine, and other groups – August Darnell burst forth as Kid Creole, a unique musical persona that was a conglomeration of many styles, from disco to new wave to Carribean to art deco. Darnell's "Nouveau Wave" recordings from the time were extremely fresh – and a good way to borrow the campiness that was plaguing the disco scene and filter it through a hipper postmodern sense of humor. This first album wasn't his biggest in terms of dancefloor hits – but it did start a pretty good run, and really put the Ze label on the map for a few years. Titles include "Maladie D'Amour", "Yolanda", "Coast Of me", "Darrio", and "Bogota Affair". LP, Vinyl record album
(Missing the plain inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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SylvesterSylvester/Step II ... CD CD format
Fantasy/Southbound (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $10.99
A massive double-header – one that features the first two Sylvester albums for Fantasy Records! First up is the self-titled Sylvester – a reworking of his older groove into one that we love more than any other that he ever used – a smooth modern soul style, not really disco, but with a driving approach that would certainly have worked well in the clubs! You gotta give Syl credit here – as it would have been easy for him to turn up the camp a lot in the 1977 disco days – but instead he's sticking strong to his soul impulses, and has come up with a wonderful album of tracks that's like the first Luther album – one that you can enjoy whatever your take on the man, without any introduction to his person or persona. Of course, a big part of the credit also goes to Harvey Fuqua – who's reemerged here from his years at RCA to produce the record – showing his always strong ability to seek out new talent, and bring out the best in them. Titles include "I Tried To Forget You", "Tipsong", "I Been Down", "Loving Grows Up Slow", "Never Too Late", and "Over & Over". Step II is probably Sylvester's biggest album for Fantasy – and for good reason too! The set pushes onto the dancefloor a bit more than before – often with some slight keyboard touches that hint at the Patrick Cowley years, but with none of the coldness of those records at all. The great Harvey Fuqua's producing here with Syl, and the sound is rich and bold – an even more prideful statement than Sylvester's first album on Fantasy. Two Tons Of Fun deliver some great backup vocals, and Cowley lays down a bit of keyboards – and titles include the all-time disco classic "You Make Me Feel Mighty Real", plus "Dance (Disco Heat)", "Just You & Me Forever", "Grateful", and "I Took My Strength From You". CD

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Deniece WilliamsThis Is Niecy (with bonus track) ... CD CD format
Columbia, 1976. Used ... $3.99
Genius work from Denice Williams – a singer who'd cracked the charts a bit as Denice Chandler, with a little girl soul sound, way back in the 60s – but who's grown up considerably by this essential 70s set! Chandler's voice is still a bit high – almost in a Minnie Riperton sort of mode – and she's working with some great help from the Earth Wind & Fire camp, considering that production is by Maurice White and Charles Stepney! Like the best EWF work of the 70s, the album's polished, but has a tremendous sense of depth – feelings that are mature and massively soulful, and which are quite different than Williams later pop from the 80s. Titles include her standout classic "Free", plus "It's Important to Me", "Watching Over", "Cause You Love Me Baby", "How'd I Know That Love Would Slip Away", "That's What Friends Are For", and "Slip Away". Includes a bonus track of the single version of "Free". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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VariousMusic City Vocal Groups – Greasy Love Songs Of Teenage Romance, Regret, Hope, & Despair ... CD CD format
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $21.99
A wealth of rare group soul and doo wop from the Bay Area scene – a good deal of which has never been issued before! The work here comes from the same Music City studios that have been brought to light in recent years as a treasure trove of 60s soul and 70s funk – and these tracks represent the rich legacy at Music City in the years before – the company's really special talent for recording vocal groups in all of their power! Many of the acts here are young, and have a nicely gritty feel – free from some of the more polished modes that were creeping into east coast doo wop at the end of the 50s, and much more in a stripped-down street corner mode – even though the Bay Area probably didn't boast as many street corners as New York or Philly! Instrumentation is often relatively spare – just a slight bit of rhythm that really lets the singers take the lead – and the set features a whopping 50 tracks in all, 34 of which appear here for the first time ever. Includes work by The Italics, The Klix, Bob & Jessie, The Corvettes, The Pagans, The Midnights, The 5 Campbells, The Holidays, The Girls, The Echotones, and many others. CD

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Syl JohnsonDiamond In The Rough (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD CD format
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Around July 23, 2014 (delayed)
The great Syl Johnson – doing his thing for Hi Records on a record that's more shiny diamond than it is rough – his second album for the label and a truly underappreciated gem from the Chi soul great! Diamond In The Rough is a much sweeter set of tunes than Syl's Chicago work on Twinight, with warmer production by southern soul guru Willie Mitchell to keep his sound much more in the Memphis soul camp – but still a nice album of bluesy stoked sweetness, and proof that Syl was one of the better talents on the Hi label. Titles include "Keeping Down Confusion", "Let Yourself Go", "Could I Be Falling In Love", "Stuck In Chicago", and "I Hear The Love Chimes", "Please, Don't Give Up On Me" and "Diamond In The Rough". CD
Also available Diamond In The Rough ... LP 9.99

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Lee DorseyRide Your Pony – Get Out Of My Life, Woman ... LP LP format
Amy, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A stunning album of raw New Orleans soul – recorded by the great Lee Dorsey, with production by Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn! The record falls in the same camp as The Meters – and although Dorsey's work has vocals, the choppy instrumental backing is pure Crescent City all the way – even though the cover art oddly features a bunch of teenagers in New York City! Titles include the monster funky break track "Get Out Of My Life Woman", the wonderfully funky "Ride Your Pony", plus loads of other nice ones like "The Kitty Cat Song", "So Long", "Work Work Work", "Shortnin Bread", "Can You Hear Me", and "People I Wish You Could See". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jean KnightMr Big Stuff (with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Stax, 1970. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Jean Knight's classic – and a monumental album of funky female soul that was one of the best albums in the "second generation" Stax era! You probably know the title cut, as it was her biggest hit, and the inspiration for loads of "answer" songs (some of which came from the James Brown camp!) – but the whole album's great, and filled with raw female soul material produced by Wardell Quezquerque with an edge that's a bit harder than the usual Stax set of the time! Titles include "Mr Big Stuff", "Take Him", "Think It Over", "Your Six Bit Change", and "You City Slicker". CD also includes some great bonus tracks – including the cut "Do Me", which has a great funky intro – plus "Helping Man", "Carry On", "Save The Last Kiss For Me", "Pick Up The Pieces", and "You Think You're Hot Stuff". CD

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New Village PeopleMacho Man ... CD CD format
Casablanca/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The macho aesthetic gets redefined for a whole new audience – as The Village People play with a pastiche of masculine images from daily life, all recast for the post-Stonewall generation! The group bring camp back firmly for the 70s – and are still one of the best-remembered mainstream disco acts of the time – thanks to catchy, poppy grooves that had most of the country humming their tunes, even if they didn't agree with their sexual politics. Grooves are by the hit team that made most of the VP albums strong – Horace Ott arranging, Gypsy Lane backing, and Jacques Morali at the glorious helm of the whole thing – and titles include "Macho Man", "I Am What I Am", "Key West", and "Sodom & Gomorrah". CD

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New Johnny BristolFeeling The Magic ... LP LP format
MGM, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great stuff from one of the unsung heroes of 70s soul! The record's a bit rawer than some of Johnny's earlier work – and it's got a sexy cover that puts him more in the camp of Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson, at least from a visual perspective! The whole album was written and produced by Johnny – and it's one of his strongest steps away from Motown. Features the breakbeat cut "Lusty Lady", which starts with a hard drum and a cool buzzsaw sound, plus a lot of other great ones with a solid seventies soul feel to them – like "Love Takes Tears", "Girl You Got Your Act Together", "I Wouldn't Change A Thing", and "Go On & Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & a spot of sticker residue. Labels have some marker)

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New Marvin GayeMPG ... LP LP format
Motown, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great late 60s work from Marvin Gaye – a pre-What's Going On set that still shows him picking up some of the hipper, deeper themes bubbling under at Motown – a bit of the heavier bass and politics of Norman Whitfield camp, touched with some of the sweeter soul from earlier years! The mix is really great, and makes the record a key transitional one in Gaye's years at Motown – a great hint of the deeper styles to come, and proof that even in these earlier years, Marvin was still capable of sounding plenty righteous! Titles include the hit "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby", plus "That's The Way Love Is", "The End Of Our Road", "Seek & You Shall Find", "This Magic Moment", "It's A Bitter Pill To Swallow", "I Got To Get To California", and "It Don't Take Much To Keep Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and a bit of peeled paper on the spine.)

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New Cissy HoustonThink It Over ... LP LP format
Private Stock, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
No need to think it over here – as the album's so groovy, we jump right in – thanks to plenty of upbeat disco arrangements from arranger Michael Zager! Zager worked previously with Cissy Houston, but here he really takes her out to the clubs – mixing strings and rhythms into some sweetly soaring backings that really work well with Houston's gospel-trained voice! There's a nice sense of drama to some of the grooves, but never too much to be campy – and titles include "Warning Danger", "An Umbrella Song", "Somebody Should Have Told Me", "Think It Over", "I Won't Be The One", and "Love Don't Hurt People". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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New NewkirkFunk City ... LP LP format
OBR/Columbia, 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We're not certain what the Prince Paul connection is here – he and De La get thanked on the sleeve – but this is one of Russell Simmons earlier forays into conquering black radio outside of hip hop. Sounding a buit like the George Clinton productions of the era, this is ultimately squarely in the new jack camp, and titles include "Don's Press Conference", "Sweat you", "Your Wish Is My Command", 'Fanatic Love", "Double Dutch On The Sidewalk", 'What Turns You On?", "Judy, Judy", "Hopeless Romantic", "Crazee" and "I Want My Steak & We're Outta Here". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New Allen ToussaintSouthern Nights (180 gram pressing) ... LP LP format
Reprise/4 Men With Beards, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Damn great work from Allen Toussaint – a record that was cut at a time when he'd really made his way into the mainstream of American music, yet could still come across with a hard New Orleans groove! The title cut, "Southern Nights", is a perfect illustration of this fact – as it was written by Toussaint, but became a big hit for Glen Campbell, who recorded a very soppy version of the number. Yet here, Allen turns it into a weird trippy tune – produced with great Sansu production, and backing by New Orleans legends like Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, and Art Neville – all of whom help the tune bristle with new energy, and a really sinister groove. The rest of the record continues in a similar vein – with a spacey LA mellow sound that actually works great for Toussaint's vocals, and gives them a wild flanged-out sound that's pretty amazing – and downright spooky at points! Titles include "Southern Nights", "Basic Lady", "Last Train", "Worldwide", "You Will Not Lose", "When The Party's Over", and "What Do You Want The Girl To Do". LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousSuper Soul-Dees! Vol 2 ... LP LP format
Capitol, Late 60s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent collection of hip soul from late 60s Capitol – some of it from the legendary David Axelrod camp at the label! There's some great cuts on here that we rarely see on vinyl – and titles include "Hip Huggin Mini" by Tender Joe Richardson, "Glory Glory Halleluja" by The Art Reynolds Singers, "Dead End Street" by Lou Rawls, "Why Am I Treated So Bad" by Cannonball Adderley, "Walk In The Sunlight" by The Checkmates Ltd, "Tell Him" by Patti Drew, "In My Roome" by Verdell Smith, "For Sentimental Reasons/You Send Me" by Willie Hightower, "Peace Of Mind" by The Magnificent Men, and a 10 minute jammer called "Get That Feeling" by Curtis Knight with guitar by Jimi Hendrix! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New MCBMCB ... CD CD format
Epic/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Super-tight funk from MCB – a group with a former Cameo pedigree, bumping out here into the lean, mean, sound of early 80s soul! The trio features Aaron Mills (the M), TC Campbell (the C), and Jeryl Bright (the B) – all working in that great stripped-down mode you'll find on some of the better Epic Records soul of the period, like work by Mtume and Juicy, with all the class and careful execution such references might imply! The album mixes bouncy groovers with some mellower numbers that come off surprisingly well – and although the group's short name and somewhat dated cover presence might make you write them off as a quickie commercial act, there's actually a depth here that really keeps the album together wonderfully over the years. Titles include "Do It Up", "Time Is Right", "Close To You", "Bring It Back", "Feels So Right", and "Can't Fight The Feelin". CD

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New SeawindWindow Of A Child ... LP LP format
CTI, 1977. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A great little album of jazzy soul – the second that Seawind cut for CTI, and very much an extension of the first! The album's got a breezy west coast fusion sound – kind of like work that was coming out of Fantasy Records, or some of the more obscure independent fusion albums at the time. Pauline Wilson sings lead vocals on most cuts – with a sound that's somewhere between Patti Austin and Lani Hall, flanged-out to give the record a great 70s sound, an approach that works well with the sweetly jazzy style of the instrumentation. Harvey Mason produced – and titles include "One Sweet Night", "Campanas De Invierno", "Window Of A Child", "Countin The Days", "Angel Of Mercy", "Lovin You", and "Do Listen To". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge wear, a mark from sticker removal, and some staining along the edges.)

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New SylversBizarre ... LP LP format
Geffen, 1984. Used ... Out Of Stock
Proving once again that they're one of the most resilient family groups in soul music, the Sylvers emerge here with yet another new groove – one that has the maturing ensemble tackling bass-heavy 80s funky soul – in a style that's clearly influenced by work from the Prince camp at the time! The beats snap around the bass pedals nicely – with a heavier, more pop soul feel than 80s groove – but still pretty well done overall, thanks to the strength of Leon, Foster, and the crew. Titles include "Bizarre", "Bottom Line", "Falling For Your Love", "Got To Be Crazy", "In One Love & Out The Other", "Tension", "You Turn Me On", and "Something's Gotta Give". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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New Deniece WilliamsThis Is Niecy ... LP LP format
Columbia, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
Genius work from Denice Williams – a singer who'd cracked the charts a bit as Denice Chandler, with a little girl soul sound, way back in the 60s – but who's grown up considerably by this essential 70s set! Chandler's voice is still a bit high – almost in a Minnie Riperton sort of mode – and she's working with some great help from the Earth Wind & Fire camp, considering that production is by Maurice White and Charles Stepney! Like the best EWF work of the 70s, the album's polished, but has a tremendous sense of depth – feelings that are mature and massively soulful, and which are quite different than Williams later pop from the 80s. Titles include her standout classic "Free", plus "It's Important to Me", "Watching Over", "Cause You Love Me Baby", "How'd I Know That Love Would Slip Away", "That's What Friends Are For", and "Slip Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Also available This Is Niecy (with bonus track) ... CD 3.99

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New VariousRolling With The Punches – The Allen Toussaint Songbook ... CD CD format
Ace (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Heavy funk, deep soul, and lots lots more – an amazing testament to the songwriting skills of New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint! Allen was a heck of a singer on his own – but he also worked plenty behind the scenes in the 60s and 70s – lending his tunes to many others, and producing a good number of recordings as well – some of the best of which are featured in this sweet little set! The package features two dozen smoking tunes from the pen of Toussaint – songs that are heavy on influences from New Orleans soul and funk – already sounding great in the hands of other soul singers in the collection, and really helping transform the style of other artists in ways you might not expect. The whole thing's got the same righteous vibe as Allen's best records from the 70s – and titles include "I'll Be Rolling" by Millie Jackson, "Hercules" by Boz Scaggs, "Occapella" by Lee Dorsey, "Get Out Of My Life Woman" by Solomon Burke, "Sweet Touch Of Love" by Irma Thomas, "Sneakin Sally Thru The Alley" by Robert Palmer, "What Do You Want The Girl To Do" by Lowell George, "Shoo Rah" by Frankie Miller, "Fortune Teller" by Benny Spellman, "Freedom For The Stallion" by Bill Medley, "Whoever's Thrilling You" by ZZ Hill, "Tampin" by The Rhine Oaks, "A Certain Girl" by Warren Zevon, and even "Southern Nights" by Glen Campell. CD
 
 
 



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