The first-ever full length presentation of a legendary live set from D'Angelo – recorded early in his career, and working through a host of classic tunes that really add in a nice layer to his own great music! D'Angelo's caught here in the legendary temple of groove – London's Jazz Cafe, home to some of the best funk and soul shows in Europe over the past few decades – and a perfect setting for the singer to really break past his more hitbound material, and relaxed in an old school format with a tight funky combo on the stage. The crowd is extremely enthusiastic, and the whole thing falls together beautifully – with a hard raw soul vibe that's similar to, but edgier than, D'Angelo's studio albums – much funkier overall, and more in a 70s soul mode. Instrumentation is very heavy on Fender Rhodes – and titles include "Sh*t, Damn, Motherf*cker", "Me & Those Dreamin Eyes Of Mine", "Brown Sugar", and "Cruisin" – plus great covers of 70s soul hits "Fencewalk", "Can't Hide Love" and "Sweet Sticky Thing". 2LP set features titles never issued before – including a 9 minute long take on "Lady". (Neo Soul, Soul)LP, Vinyl record album
Later work from soul pioneer Wilson Pickett – working at EMI here, and in an updated style – on a record that would be better remembered, if not for the trailblazing importance of Pickett's earlier career. Having previously helped define raw southern soul and deliver it to the masses, it's easy to see why later, less revolutionary recordings in an more modern/contemporary vein would fail to catch the zeitgeist. But the grit and emotional intensity that Wilson delivers over some straighter, laidback 70s soul arrangements is still pretty special! Produced by Andre Perry – with cuts that include "I Want You", "Love Of My Life", "Shameless", "Live With Me", "Groove City", "Superstar", and "Granny". LP, Vinyl record album
Bimbo Jet & Others —
Bimbo Jet ... LP EMI (Canada), 1975. Used ...
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A pretty great album of slinky easy grooves – mostly instrumental, with some chorus vocals, and a mad mix of Latin and European 70s styles. There's plenty of sound library-sounding tunes on here – acoustic percussion mixed with electric keyboards and sexy vocals – and even though only a few of the cuts are by Bimbo Jet, we have the feeling that the other groups on here are probably all related somehow. Titles include "El Bimbo (parts 1 & 2)" and "La Balanga" by Bimbo Jet; "Slag Solution" by Buffalo's Band; "Diabolic Man" by Diabolic Man; and "She", "Sweet Summer Love", and "Soleado" by Sam Clayton Band. LP, Vinyl record album
Sweet self-produced soul from Michael Henderson – an album that has him taking things a bit back to basics, handling all production and most of the songwriting himself – yet also a set that still has a fair bit of an 80s sound overall! As usual with Henderson, some of the best cuts here are the mellower ones – tunes done in a slow-rolling male soul mode – very much that 80s quiet storm sound that Henderson helped to first get going back in the 70s. The jazzier side of the spectrum is mostly confined to keyboard lines over the beats – and titles include "Bedtime Story", "Do It To Me Good", "Tonight I Give In", "Show Some Emotion", "Listen", "Back In Love Again", and "She's A Tearjerker". LP, Vinyl record album
A stunner from Fela – a record that really leaps right into the groove right from the very first note – then never lets up at all! Igo Chiko provides some fantastic tenor sax solos on the tunes – and both Tunde Williams and Eddie Faychum serve up some killer trumpet – while the rest of the group moves at amazing speed, driven on by the legendary drums of Tony Allen! Fela handles a bit of keyboards, with a really cool, moody sound alongside the groove – and the whole thing was recorded at Abbey Road Studios, which might have been a surprising change from some of the more staid material in the halls of EMI. Titles include "Alu Jon Jonki Jon", "Jeu Ko Ku", and "Eko Ile". (Global Grooves, Soul)LP, Vinyl record album