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DriftersEvery Nite's A Saturday Night (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/7T's (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $2.99
The Drifters' one and only album for Arista Records – and, like their previous Bell albums, a UK-only set that continued their revival years overseas! The production's a bit smoother than before – mostly in keeping with the shifting styles of soul at the time, with a few more uptempo numbers thrown into the mix, but never in a way that's too cheaply disco or commercial. Rogers Cook and Greenaway are still working with the group here – continuing a unified sound from the Bell years – and the vocals continue a nice evolution from the 60s sound of The Drifters – picking up a fair bit of inspiration from younger American vocal group soul of the 70s. Titles include "I'll Know When True Love Really Passes By", "Summer In The City", "You're More Than A Number In My Little Red Book", "Do You Have To Go Now", "Twice A Week", and "Like A Movie I've Seen Twice Before". CD features 9 bonus tracks – some previously unissued – including "A Good Song Never Dies", "I Can't Believe It's Over", "When Ya Comin Home", "Devil In Me", "You're Never More Than A Heartbeat Away", and "Don't Act Like You Don't Know". CD
Also available Every Nite's A Saturday Night (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 2.99

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DriftersThere Goes My First Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Bell/7T's (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $4.99
The third in The Drifters' early 70s revival run in the UK for Bell Records – and possibly the strongest album of the bunch! The lineup of the group has changed a bit, but the sound here is still the same – a nice 70s update of the group's earlier sound – in a way that still keeps all the lilting moments of the early 60s Drifters' style on Atlantic, but which also brings in some fuller, smoother production too – handled by Roger Greenaway, who also wrote a number of tracks for the record too. The wealth of original material really keeps things fresh – and has the group stretching past a simple rehash of the early days – and titles include "The Juggler", "Harlem Child", "Hello Happiness", "I've Got You On My Mind", "Don't Cry On A Weekend", "Can I Take You Home Little Girl", "There Goes My First Love", and "You Chose A Fine Time". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "It Looks Like I'm The Clown Again" and "Closely Guarded Secret". CD
Also available There Goes My First Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 4.99
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CadillacsCrazy Cadillacs ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $9.99
A killer from the legendary Cadillacs – maybe our favorite group on the east coast scene of the late 50s, and one of the few we can really depend on for a wonderful sense of range! The Cadillacs have a power that matches some of the bigger names of the time, especially The Drifters on Atlantic – and although the group were best known for their upbeat gimmicky tracks, they're also tremendous on ballads – of which there are a good number here! Production is nice and raw – with an especially noteworthy lack of instrumentation when things get mellow – and titles include "Gloria", "Don't Be Mad With My Heart", "Window Lady", "Carelessly", "Let Me Explain", "My Girl Friend", "Shock A Doo", "Zoom Boom Zing", and "Broken Heart". CD

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Jackie WilsonHe's So Fine ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $19.99
Jackie Wilson's first album ever – and a hard-rocking batch of tunes that captures him at his early best! The tunes here really crossover wonderfully – drawing on Jackie's rich vocal history with The Dominoes and The Drifters – but also showing him in some great mellower modes as well. Arrangements are by both hitmaker Dick Jacobs and ever-reliable Milton DeLugg – and there's some nice rock n roll elements in the set, including some nice hard-edge guitar on the best tracks – plus, there's even some early Berry Gordy tracks in the mix too. Titles include "Etcetera", "To Be Loved", "Right Now", "I'm Wanderin", "Why Can't You Be Mine", "It's So Fine", and "Reet Petite". CD

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VariousBert Berns Story Vol 3 – Hang On Sloopy ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $14.99
The legendary Bert Berns – a hell of a songwriter, record producer, and all-around driving force on the New York scene of the 60s – a creative talent who's left us a huge legacy of great music in both soul and rock! This fantastic third volume covers the full scope of Bert's talents – and somehow manages to dig even deeper than the first two – as it reaches for more obscure, unusual sides that featured participation by Berns – including some gems we'd never heard before! And yes, Bert had his hands in plenty of hits, but lots of these numbers are the more unusual, more interesting cuts he'd craft in the studio – sometimes when extra time was left in the production schedule, or he was trying out new ideas with familiar groups. Titles include "Let The Water Run Down" by Ben E King, "There They Go" by The Exciters, "Chick A Boom" by Van Morrison, "My Block" by Clyde McPhatter, "Stop What You're Doin" by Roy C, "Mo Jo Hanna" by Betty Harris, "One Girl" by Garnet Mimms, "Aretha" by The Drifters, "You Better Come Home" by The Isley Brothers, "I've Got Nothing To Say But Goodbye" by Tammy Montgomery, "You'll Never Leave Her" by Lulu, "Hang On Sloopy" by Arsenio, "Cry Some Tears" by Hoagy Lands, and "Beautiful Brown Eyes" by Solomon Burke. CD

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✨✧ VariousApollo Saturday Night/Saturday Night At The Uptown ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1964. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of legendary live soul records – back to back on a single CD! Apollo Saturday Night is an incredible session of soul – tracks recorded live at the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem, featuring some of the hippest Stax and Atlantic artists in a very raw setting! The album's got a feel that's a lot less forced than other famous live Apollo sets of the time – very relaxed, but very authentic too – as the singers are given plenty of space to take the lead, and heard here with a quality that's more spontaneous than some of their studio sides. The audience gets a bit of space – but never as bombastically so as on a James Brown record – and given how many artists Atlantic discovered at The Apollo, the album's a nice nod of "thanks" in the right direction! Titles include "I Found A Love" and "Alabama Bound" by The Falcons, "Pain In My Heart" and "These Arms Of Mine" by Otis Redding, "Speedo's Back In Town" by The Coasters, "Misty" and "Say Yeah" by Doris Troy, "Rockin Chair" and "Walkin The Dog" by Rufus Thomas, "Stand By Me" and "Groovin" by Ben E King, and a special finale version of "What'd I Say". Saturday Night At The Uptown features 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. CD

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✨✧ Diana RossRed Hot Rhythm & Blues (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1987. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked gem from Diana Ross' 80s years – a record that's quite different than her Motown music of the 60s and 70s, but in a way that really shows the singer stepping out and trying something new! The album's maybe more soulful than some of Diana's previous albums – thanks to work from producer Tom Dowd – and the material is a surprising mix of songs, from sources as varied as Leonard Cohen, Luther Vandross, and Mick Hucknall! Ross does nice a nice job in reworking older soul classics – like Jackie Ross' "Selfish One" and The Drifters' "There Goes My Baby" – nestled in nicely next to more contemporary tracks that include "Dirty Looks", "Shockwaves", "Tell Me Again", "Shine", "Summertime", and "It's Hard For Me To Say". 2CD set features nice bonus tracks – including more retro remakes on "Mr Lee", "Sweet Soul Music", and "Tell Mama" – plus four mixes of "Dirty Looks", and three remixes each of "Shockwaves" and "Mr Lee". CD

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✨✧ VariousBlame It On The Dogg – The Swamp Dogg Anthology 1968 to 1978 ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams is a man of many talents – a musical reach that goes way beyond his familiar solo records of the 70s, and which stretches back strongly with some deep roots in 60s soul! Back in the day, Williams worked often as a producer, arranger, and songwriter for a variety of different artists – a good deal of whom are featured on this set – one of the best collections we've ever seen of Jerry's mighty talents in the studio! In a way, Williams is almost better behind the booth in the studio than he is in front of the microphone – as he's got a way of handling an artist that really gets to the heart of their talents – mixed with his own sense of hutspah that helps get the recordings out to the market where a weaker producer might have failed at the job. CD features 24 tracks in all, along with some great notes on these other Swamp Dogg productions by Jerry – and tracks include "Plea #3" by Eleanor Grant, "Your Best Friend" by The Drifters, "He's Gone" by Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles, "On Your Way Home" by C & The Shells, "Shipwrecked" by Jerry Williams, "Stop Knocking" by Ruth Brown, "God Bless" by Wolfmoon, "Complication #4" by Arthur Conley, "Don't Trust A Woman" by Slick N The Family Brick, and "What's So Wrong With You Loving Me" by Kenny Carter. CD

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