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Laura LeeWomen's Love Rights ... LP
Hot Wax, Early 70s. Very Good ... $7.99
An excellent batch of hard soul grooves from the great Laura Lee! This one was her first for the Hot Wax label – and it's got the raw quality of her earlier singles for labels like Chess, with a hard vocal style that's very much in the Aretha Franklin/Fontella Bass camp – plus some arrangements that have that bouncing soulful quality that the Staple Singers were using on Stax at the time! There's lots of horns in the mix, and some congas as well, which gives the album a bit of a different twist – kind of an earthy undercurrent that works great with the vocals. Includes the great title cut "Women's Love Rights" – plus "I Don't Want Nothin' Old (But Money)", "Wedlock Is a Padlock", "Her Picture Matches Mine", and "Two Lovely Pillows". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and small stickers.)

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Junior ParkerYou Don't Have To Be Black To Love The Blues ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A fitting title to this one – as it virtually describes the standard that the blues business was operating on during the early 70s – as artists came out of the shadows and found big audiences on college campuses, rock clubs, and other crossover scenes! The concept is carried to the Nth degree on the cover – which has a front image of a young Asian boy eating a big watermelon, Sambo-style – and the back cover features notes that say things like "Chinese kids like watermelon, Irish like bagels, black people like Jewish rye, and today everybody loves the Blues." Fortunately, this comic packaging doesn't affect the album too much – as Junior's still in the fine form he was at the end of the 60s, cruising between blues and soul, with a slight touch of jazz, in a unique way that sounds better to our ears than the work of most of his contemporaries. Titles include "Five Long Years", "That's Alright", "Way Back Home", "Man Or Mouse", and "I Like Your Style". (Blues, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny Guitar WatsonListen/I Don't Want To Be Alone, Stranger ... CD
Fantasy/Ace (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
2 of Johnny Guitar Watson's best albums ever – back to back on a single CD! First up is Listen – quite possibly the rarest of all Johnny Guitar Watson albums – and his first from the 70s – a mindblowing batch of trippy soul tunes that sounds far different than much of his later work! Johnny's not yet in the funky mode here – and he's working in a very cool flanged-out approach that has his vocals tripping lightly with his guitar – in a spacious soul mode that captures some of the energy of Shuggie Otis at the time. The overall sound is incredibly righteous – and the album's a delight throughout! Titles include "Lovin You", "If I Had The Power", "You Bring Love", "I Get A Feeling", and "You're The Sweetest Thing I've Ever Had". I Don't Want To Be Alone Stranger is sublime mid 70s work from Johnny Guitar Watson – a Bay Area blend of soulful production, jazzy playing, and bits of bluesy phrasing, with a hard-to-match quality that we'd put in the same camp as work by Shuggie Otis from the time. Johnny's vocals and guitar are amazing – very laidback and trippy, without all the silly stuff that you sometimes get on later records. "I Don't Want To Be A Lone Ranger" is a great stepper with a jazzy finish and a really catchy hook – and other good cuts include "Lonely Man's Prayer", "You Make My Heart Want To Sing", "Tripping", "Strong Vibrations", and "It's Way Too Late", a reworking (and real steal) of a song from Jon Lucien's great "Rashieda" album! CD

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VariousHey! Look What I Found Vol 6 ... CD
Mavis (Canada), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. Used ... $8.99
Includes music from Lou Stein, Dorsey Burnette, Paul Chaplain, Frank Gari, Glen Campbell, Dean Taylor, Ralph Bendix, Lawrence Welk, Tracey Dey, and Bobby Pedrick. (Rock, Soul) CD

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✨✧ VariousCampark Records Vol 1 – The Vocal Groups ... CD
Campark, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes tracks by the Exceptions, the Gainors, the Tymes, Denny Randell & group, the Gleems, Patti LaBelle & the Blue Belles, the Hippies, Zip & the Zippers, Honey Love & the Love Notes, the Skyliners & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wanda WaldenSearchin' For Love ... LP
Elektra, 1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great little soul set from Wanda Walden – and probably one of the best things to come from the Narada Michael Walden camp in the early 80s! Narada produced and arranged, but the record's got a deeper feel than any of his own work of the time – a more soulful quality that's smooth, but never slick – and which casts Wanda in space that's almost a bit like Minnie Riperton in her last few years. A few numbers are a bit easygoing, but others have some respectable bite – and tracks include "Holdin On", "Wanna Love You Tonite", "It's Gone Now", "Just To Love You", "Lost & Found", "Don't You Want My Lovin", and "Take Your Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp, heavy wear on the spine, and some peeled patches on back.)

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✨✧ VariousCampark Records Vol 7 – The Vocal Groups ... CD
Campark, 1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Includes tracks by The Love Notes, Bobby Rydell, The Parkways, The Orlons, The Ribbons, Blue Eyed Soul, The Playboys, Billy Barnette, The Temptations, and The Dovells. CD

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✨✧ VariousCampark Records Volume 11 – The Teen Sound ... CD
Campark, 1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Includes tracks by Chris Page, Jack Merlin, Mike Clifford, Billy Harner, Sean Thomas, Chubby Checker, Wayne Handy, The Revlons, Neil Brian, and Paul Hampton. CD

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✨✧ Eddie HendersonEddie Henderson – Anthology ... CD
Soul Brother/Passion (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first compilation to really do justice to jazz funk legend Eddie Henderson – and a great one, too! Henderson's spacey trumpet style graced some of the best Blue Note and Capitol jazz sides to come out during the 70s – and his open-ended snakey way of playing was very different than many of his 70s contemporaries on the instrument. Plus, Eddie never minded a little bit of smooth production, and was certainly one of the more soulful players of his generation – forging a unique style that was in the same camp as Donald Byrd's sweet fusion work for Blue Note in the mid 70s, but with a spacey style that's really great. Nearly every cut on the CD features production work by Skip Drinkwater – who was to Eddie what Larry Mizell was to Donald Byrd – and most of this work has been long unavailable for years! Titles include "Kudu", "Explodition", "Involuntary Bliss", "Inside You", "Galaxy", "Butterfly", "Say You Will", "Amoroso", "Open Eyes", "Prance On", and "Hopscotch". Excellent work throughout – performed in the company of some of the 70s best funky fusion players! (Jazz, Soul) CD

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✨✧ John Lee HookerJohn Lee Hooker On Campus ... CD
Vee Jay, 1964. Used (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Electric blues from John Lee Hooker released in the mid 60s on Vee Jay – all Hooker originals that are riveting and soul shaking as you could hope for. Although it's titled John Lee Hooker On Campus, it's more a reflecting of the time than a literal description of what you'll hear here – the folk and blues revival was in full swing and holding college audiences rapt, but it's not a concert recording, but Hooker in excellent 60s form. Titles include "I'm Leaving", "Love Is A Burning Thing", "Birmingham Blues", "Poor me", "Half A Stranger", "My Grinding Mill" and more. (Blues, Soul) CD
(Cover image differs slightly. Out of print.)

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Syl JohnsonDiamond In The Rough ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1974. New Copy ... $5.99 15.99
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". CD

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Kid Creole & The CoconutsOff The Coast Of Me ... LP
Antilles/Ze, 1980. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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
(Includes inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Lattimore BrownNobody Has To Tell Me ... CD
Sound Stage 7/Soulscape (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $7.99 19.99
Sound Stage Seven recordings from Lattimore Brown – a heck of a great southern soul singer from the 60s, but one who almost never gets his due in the history books! Lattimore's got a raspy quality to his voice that's very much in the Bobby Blue Bland camp – but the backings he gets on these singles are much more soul-based than Bobby's work – and groove with the best mix of southern and funky styles used during the classic Sound Stage Seven years! Brown's voice is fantastic all the way through – easily at a level that should have made his work rival that of the best on Stax or Atlantic at the time – and his lack of fame is probably only due to the smaller distribution received by the SSS label. CD features a great range of tracks – 21 titles in all – including material that originally appeared on the Sound Stage Seven, Seventy Seven, and Renegade labels – with very detailed notes on Brown and his music. Titles include "I Will", "Sweet Desire", "Yak A Poo", "Boo Ga Lou Sue", "Please Please Please", "Little Bag Of Tricks (parts 1 & 2)", "It's Such A Sad Sad World", "So Says My Heart", "Cruse On Fanny Cruise On", "Otis Is Gone (parts 1 & 2)", "Shake & Vibrate", "Nobody Has To Tell Me", and "I Know I'm Gonna Miss You". CD

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Martin CircusMartin Circus ... LP
Prelude, 1979. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Excellent underground disco with a groovy French touch! The cover's a bit campy, but the record's got plenty of nice keyboard work, and offsets the coldness of the keys with some soaring strings and warm basslines. The standout cut is "Disco Circus", a 14 minute romp that's pretty darn great, and which has electronics that are a lot weirder than you'd expect. The other two tracks are "Ite Missa Est" and "Before It Gets Dark", both pretty nice too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker and marker in the top left corner.)

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Malcolm McLarenFans ... LP
Island, 1984. Near Mint- ... $3.99
After his Duck Rock/Buffalo Scratch days, this was Malcolm McLaren's next project – an attempt to update opera into a post-disco, hip-hop inflected dancefloor sound. The groove takes electronic beats and layers vocals and washes of sound over the top – presenting famous vocal passages with a sense of camp and knowledge of opera that may well be the closest thing McLaren ever came to outing himself! Includes the sublime hit "Madam Butterfly", plus "Carmen", "Fans", "Boy's Chorus", and "Death Of Butterfly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Rudy Ray MooreDolemite For President ... LP
Kent/Dolemite, 1972. Sealed (reissue)... $16.99
Rudy Ray Moore takes the white house – or at least tries to – in this cool 1972 album that must have been a great antidote to the campaigns of Richard Nixon and George McGovern! The set starts with Rudy running his way through a whole bunch of campaign issues – including "Free Love" and "Mary Wanna" – all delivered in faux politico mode, with a crowd cheering him on, and an introduction that features music from "Exodus"! The rest of the set is a bit more typical Dolemite material – almost even more raunchy than the presidential mode – and other titles include "Dance Of The Freaks", "Bulldaggers", "Good Pussy Lil", and "Sit In Your Mama's Lap". Language is raw – so be warned! LP, Vinyl record album

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William SalterIt Is So Beautiful To Be ... CD
Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
Sophisticated soul from William Salter – a lost treasure from the Ralph MacDonald camp at the end of the 70s, and a vocalist that we only know from this one obscure album! MacDonald produced the set with William Eaton – who also did the arrangements, as he did on some of Ralph's own work – and Salter sings lead in a style that's part modern soul, part adult – working with some nice jazzy touches on the best cuts. The album's got work from jazzers like Bob James, Eddie Daniels, and Jon Faddis – plus backup vocals from Patti Austin and Valerie Simpson – and the best tracks groove along at midtempo pace with a sunny kind of finish. There's a few clunkers on here, but the good cuts more than make up for them – and titles include "You Got Style", "It Is So Beautiful To Be", "Three Days Of Flowers", "Lena", and "When You Smile" – a nice jazzy stepping tune! CD

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Phoebe SnowBest Of Phoebe Snow ... LP
Columbia, Late 70s/Early 80s. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Classic mellow 70s soul by the unique Phoebe Snow – an artist who managed to skirt so many camps at once, and who had a wonderfully warm folksy soul style that never failed to please. The CD contains 10 cuts from her CBS years, including the hit "Poetry Man", plus "Every Night", "Shakey Ground", "Two Fisted Love", "All Over", "Teach Me Tonight", "Don't Let Me Down", and "Never Letting Go". LP, Vinyl record album

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Allen ToussaintSouthern Nights ... CD
Reprise/Water, 1975. Used ... $15.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dexter WanselLife On Mars ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1976. Very Good- ... $19.99
A fantastic bit of space age funk – and maybe one of the greatest moments ever from Philly Soul maestro Dexter Wansel! The album goes way beyond any of Wansel's other work – and blends his warm soulful styles with some of the more keyboard-oriented funk that was coming out of the Herbie Hancock camp during the mid 70s – a vibe that's every bit as electric and spacey as you'd guess from the cover! Some cuts have a bit more of a soul focus, but others have loads of jazzy keyboards from Dexter – driven on by some great drums at points too. Titles include Wansel's legendary version of "Theme From the Planets" with the much sampled breakbeat at the beginning – plus the funky "Life On Mars", and the tracks "One Million Miles From The Ground", "You Can Be What You Wanna Be", "Prophet Named KG", "Rings Of Saturn", and "Stargazer". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear.)
 
 
 



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