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Diddys featuring Paige DouglasAgony & Extasy (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bam-Boo/Shout (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $22.99
A very cool, really rare soul album from the Philly scene – one that was written, produced, and arranged by Hammond organist Charles Earland – but which is a sweet soul album with a really great feel! There's definitely a touch of Earland's keyboard work on the set – especially some of those non-organ lines he brought to his records for Mercury – and there's a jazzy groove that really sets The Diddys apart from other east coast groups of the time – a more complex approach to rhythm and instrumentation that almost makes some of the tunes feel as if they came from the James Mason side of the spectrum! The whole thing's wonderful – as unique as it is rare – and titles include "Intergalactic Love Song", "Strange Love", "Your Love Is Like A See Saw Baby", "How Long Have You Loved Him", and "My Special Love". CD features lots of bonus tracks – alternate takes of nearly every number on the record! CD

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Carol DouglasCarol Douglas Album ... LP
Midland, 1975. Very Good+ ... $1.99
A pop disco classic – issued to follow up on Carol's big hit "Doctor's Orders" – the leadoff number on this set! The record's a great example of the way in which female singers on the New York scene were easily making the move towards disco – and the set uses arrangements by Bert De Coteaux, John Davis, and Lew Del Gatto to sweeten up the groove with lots of string-heavy rhythms that would take over nicely, no matter who the singer! Includes the classic "Doctor's Orders", plus "Take Me", "I Fell In Love With Love", "Will We Make It Tonight", "Boy You Know Just What I'm After", and "Baby Don't Let This Good Love Die". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Carol DouglasMidnight Love Affair ... LP
Midland, 1976. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Carol's at the top of her game in this set of full-sounding disco numbers arranged and conducted by John Davis – singing with that heartfelt tone that still has plenty of great traces of AM radio soul, but which also slides nicely into the smoother, sophisti-club arrangements of the set. There's no real standout singles on the set, but a few of the tracks have some nice hooks – and titles include "Lie To Me", "Life Time Guarantee", "Crime Don't Pay", "Headline News", and "Midnight Love Affair". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear.)

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✨✧ Carol DouglasBurnin' ... LP
Midsong/MCA, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Last PoetsLast Poets (Douglas pressing) ... LP
Douglas, 1970. Very Good- Gatefold ... $8.99
The first album by the second group to call themselves the Last Poets – and as fierce a document of their rich talents as you'll ever find – bursting forth with anger and righteousness at a level as tight as Gil Scott-Heron's first album! The group here is the key second lineup of the ensemble of wordsmiths – comprised of Abiodun Oyewole, Alafia Pudim, and Omar Ben Hassan, plus the percussionist Nilaja – and most cuts feature only spare percussion backing over the spoken protest poetry – delivered with a brutal edge that really sums up the righteous politics of the time. Titles include "Run, N*gger", "On The Subway", "When The Revolution Comes", "Jones Comin' Down", "Black Thighs", "N*ggers Are Scared Of Revolution", and "Wake Up, N*ggers" – all of which should give you a good picture of what's going on with the record! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a wear, a split bottom seam, minty colored paint drips on the cover & center split spine.)
Also available Last Poets ... CD 6.99
 
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Last PoetsLast Poets ... CD
Douglas/Fuel 2000, 1970. Used ... $6.99
The first album by the second group to call themselves the Last Poets – comprised of Abiodun Oyewole, Alafia Pudim, and Omar Ben Hassan, plus the percussionist Nilaja. The album's as fierce a document of their rich talents as you'll ever find – bursting forth with anger and righteousness at a level as tight as Gil Scott-Heron's first LP. Most cuts feature only spare percussion backing over the spoken protest poetry – and titles like "Run, N_gger", "On The Subway", "When The Revolution Comes", "Jones Comin' Down", "Black Thighs", "N_ggers Are Scared Of Revolution", and "Wake Up, N_ggers" should give you a good picture of what's going on with the record! CD
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Also available Last Poets (Douglas pressing) ... LP 8.99

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✨✧ Last Poets With Bernard PurdieDelights Of The Garden ... LP
Douglas, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Probably the funkiest record the Last Poets ever cut – with lots of heavy bass and drums, and a harder soul groove than on some of their other records. The lyrics take off from the style of the Blue Thumb records, and the drumming of Bernard Purdie provides a good foil for the group's jazzy rhymes – jumping around a lot to keep up with their changes and grooves. The overall politics probably aren't nearly as heavy or angry as the early day, but the record does have some nice moments. Titles include "Blessed Are Those Who Struggle", "It's a Trip", "The Pill", and "Beyonder", which takes up all of side two! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker on front.)
 
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Theo ParrishSound Signature Sounds Vol 2 ... CD
Sound Signature, 2007. New Copy ... $11.99
Spare sounds from the Detroit scene – the kind of grooves that Theo Parrish and his scene have been making for years, and really opening up the frontiers – even when the rest of the world may not have been looking! The sounds here are spare and spacey, but still mostly rhythmic – that post-techno sound from the Detroit underground, almost as influenced by jazzier styles of years past – but set loose in a vibe that's certainly 21st Century overall! The collection brings together tunes that were mostly issued as singles, and include collaborations with Dwele and trumpeter John Douglas – on tracks that include "Dirt Rhodes", "Rain For Jimmy", "I Can Take It", "Suns Of Osiris", "Get Got", "Instant Insanity", and "Timeislafincharunninout". (New Grooves, Soul) CD

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OT SykesFirst Love ... LP
Fun City/Everland (Austria), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
The only album we've ever seen from soul singer OT Sykes – and a set that's maybe got a greater depth than you'd guess from his image on the cover! The music is a mix of mellow numbers and 80s boogie grooves – but the presentation here is rich, but without having the too-polished mode of major label soul – maybe somewhere in Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson territory, where Sykes can let the tunes flow in just the right sort of balance between warmer jazz and soul! The keyboards really sound great on the mellow steppers – which are our favorite numbers here – but even the groovers are way more than throwaway dance tracks – and have a positive vibe that's mighty nice. Arrangements are by Wayne Douglas Jr – who also had a hand in writing all the tracks on the album – and titles include "Loneliness Inside Of Me", "Come Be My Lady", "Licensed To Love", "Something's Burning", "You Bring Out The Best In Me", "Stone Crush On You", and "Can't Get Enough Of Your Lovin". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousAuthentic Excello R & B ... CD
Excello/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $9.99
24 songs from Lightnin' Slim, Lazy Lester, Slim Harpo, Jimmy Anderson, Lonesome Sundown, Leroy Washington, Silas Hogan, Whispering Smith, Shy Guy Douglas, Tabby Thomas & Arthur Gunter. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousNo Jive – Authentic Southern Country Blues ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Rootsy blues from the great Excello Records – most of it recorded not too far from the Tennessee city in which the label made its home! The southern scene in the 50s was going through plenty of changes – partly because of all the migration northwards that started during the wartime years, partly because of the way that radio and growing indie labels were helping criss-cross sounds and scenes through their musical efforts – with a huge run of changes that were taking place in the urban scene. Even out in the sticks, stronger use of the electric guitar really transformed rural blues – even in spare recording settings that might have mirrored blues records of the 20s and 30s – and the use of new ideas, new inflections, and new ways of putting over a tune are perfectly captured here in a batch of rare tracks done by the Excello label. Most of the cuts are super-rare singles, issued here with excellent sound – and there's a few other numbers on the set that are issued here for the first time ever – with great sound and excellent notes. Titles include "I'm Bad" by Good Rockin Bob, "No Jive" by Little Al, "Honey Babe" by Arthur Gunter, "The Natural Facts" by Leroy Campbell, "Wasted Time" by Shy Guy Douglas, "Dirty Britches" by The Leap Frogs, "Welcome Home Baby" by Slim Hunt, and "Quit My Drinkin" by Robert Garrett. (Blues, Soul) CD

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VariousPied Piper Finale ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Rare soul from the Detroit underground of the 60s – all of it from the vaults of Pied Piper Productions – a fantastic company who flourished in the shadows of Motown! Pied Piper was headed by Motown percussionist Jack Ashford – who contributed to many better-known Detroit soul tracks of the period – and the music here draws on all the experience that Ashford had with that bigger label, and sometimes borrows a bit of Motown talent as well! Yet the music is also more in the indie mode, too – similar to excellent Detroit singles on imprints like Groovesville or D-Town, both of which would be good comparisons to the Pied Piper sound. Some tracks are instrumental, but the majority of the work is vocal – and features some top-shelf singers and groups – all documented in the wonderful notes in the package. You'll recognize a few of these tracks from titles that Pied Piper placed with bigger labels, but there's also some small imprint singles, and even some unreleased tracks as well – 24 titles that include "It Takes Two" by The Four Sonics, "No Baby" by The Metros, "Ease My Mind" by Lorraine Chandler, "I Can't Change" by Yvonne Baker & The Sensations, "I Like Your Style" by Freddy Butler, "Crazy Things" by Joseph Douglas, "I'd Like To Know" by The Pied Piper Players, "American Dollar" by Willie Kendrick, "It's Better" by Reggie Alexander, "Soul Superman" by The Hesitations, "She Don't Want You" by Lorraine Chandler, "We Go Together" by The Cavaliers, "That Girl Of Mine" by The Persians, "Deserted" by Freddy Butler, "I'm With You" by September Jones, "Sweetest One" by The Metros, and "Gambler's Blues" by Nancy Wilcox. CD

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✨✧ VariousJon Savage's 1965 – The Year The 60s Ignited ... CD
Ace (UK), 1965. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An explosion of groundbreaking sounds from the 60s – all records issued in the magical year of 1965 – with a fresh vibe that would influence years of soul, psych, and garage styles to come! Jon Savage has already given us two other great year-based collections on Ace, but this one might be one of his most impressive – given that most folks tend to overlook the musical power of 1965, in favor of bigger explosions later in the 60s – but all of which were inspired by these earlier moments of fire! You'll definitely recognize some of the tunes here, but with his usual genius, Jon Savage has a way of mixing the familiar with the obscure – coming up with new ways to put everything together, and really opening up our ears in the process. As with previous volumes, the notes are huge – with plenty of details on the sounds within – and the 2CD package features a whopping 48 tracks in all – with titles that include "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" by The Silkie, "Concrete & Clay" by Unit Four Plus Two, "I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better" by The Byrds, "Buttermilk (part 1)" by Sly, "Boot Leg" by Booker T & The MGs, "Fortune Teller" by Tony Jackson with The Vibrations, "That's The Way It's Got To Be" by The Poets, "Come & Stay With Me" by Marianne Faithful, "See My Friends" by The Kinks, "Too Many People" by The Leaves, "I've Got Mine" by The Small Faces, "The Duck" by Jackie Lee, "The Story Of John Hardy" by Sir Douglas Quintet, "We Sell Soul" by The Spades, "Blow Your Mind" by The Gas Co, "You Just Gotta Know My Mind" by Karen Verros, "Can You Hear Me" by Lee Dorsey, "London Town" by Pretty Things, "Are You A Boy Or Are You A Girl" by The Barbarians, "I'm Alive" by The Hollies, "Leaving Here" by The Birds, and "Twine Time" by Alvin Cash & The Crawlers. (Rock, Soul) CD

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✨✧ KainBlue Guerrilla ... LP
Juggernaut, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the rawest, hardest-hitting albums of soul poetry of the 70s! Kain – aka Gylan Kain – was a member of the original Last Poets, a group who emerged in New York during the late 60s, but were eclipsed by the second (more famous) ensemble sharing the name who recorded for Douglas Records. Kain's anger and passion is incredible – far stronger than anything you'd hear on any of the better-known Last Poets records of the early 70s – and this solo record is completely over the top, both politically and performance-wise. The record has a hard hard hard sound – with over-the-top spoken bits that almost make the other Last Poets seem like they're kind of mellow. Cuts include "Silly Sh*t", "Harlem Preacher", "I Ain't Black", and "Constipated Monkey". Juggy Murray produced – and the album's a wild wild trip! LP, Vinyl record album
 
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John Hope FranklinAdventures In Negro History Vol 2– The Frederick Douglass Years 1817 to 1985 ... LP
Pepsi Cola, 1966. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A long spoken set, produced by Pepsi, with a style that's kind of like a radio show – narration, plus sound effects, and some dramatized passages as well. The whole thing's a bit hokey and dated – but that's also part of its charm. (Comedy/Spoken, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has light wear.)
 
 
 



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