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VariousFTG Presents The Vaults (3CD set) ... CD
FTG, New Copy ... About July 15, 2017
 
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Carl AndersonProtocol (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1985. Used ... $12.99
A great set in the short run of classics that Carl Anderson cut for Columbia Records in the 1980s – albums that never cracked the charts that strongly at the time, but which have gone on to be remembered well over the years! On this record, Anderson nicely balances a tight groove with some looser, more personal vocals – in the process avoiding some of the stiffer cliches of the Columbia hitmaking crowd of the time – and reminding us that the label could still come up with classy, well-rounded soul efforts like this! Titles include "Let's Talk", "Can't Stop This Feeling", "Love On Ice", "Girl I Won't Take No", "Saving My Love For You", "Somebody Up There Likes Me", and "What Will Happen Now". Bonus cuts include "Let's Talk (UK rmx)", "Light Me", and "Can't Stop This Feeling (12" ext version)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bionic BoogieBionic Boogie (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/FTG, 1977. Used ... $12.99
The first album by Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie group – and a cooker of a set that follows strongly from Gregg's previous Hot Butterfly gem! Luther Vandross isn't on board this time around, but the overall groove is still totally great – upbeat, soaring, and put together with a jazzy undercurrent that really keeps things interesting – far more so than most other mainstream disco sets of the time! Brad Baker – of B Baker Chocolate Company – handled the arrangements – and the grooves spin out nicely from Diamond's keyboards, and a tight mix of strings and jazzy horns. Vocals are from the soulful trio of Gwen Guthrie, Ullanda McCullough, and Zachary Sanders – and titles include "Dance Little Dreamer", "Risky Changes", "Boogie Boo", "We Must Believe In Music", "Feel Like Dancing", and "Don't Lose The Number". CD features 2 bonus tracks – 12" extended mixes of "Dance Little Dreamer" and "Risky Changes". CD

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✨✧ Bionic BoogieHot Butterfly (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/FTG, 1978. Used ... $9.99
A dancefloor classic! The album's the second by Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie, and head and shoulders above the rest – a sublime blend of soul and club that's hardly been matched again! Diamond manages to make things groove, but never loses sight of the soulful styles that make the record so great – and works here with key contributions from a young Luther Vandross, who gives the album some of the same strong vocal arrangements he brought to his own first two albums on Atlantic! Luther sings lead on the album's legendary track "Hot Butterfly", and works in a group with Cissy Houston on other tracks – sweetly soaring with vocals that go far beyond most disco efforts of the time. Simply sublime, and with classics that include "Hot Butterfly", "Paradise", "Cream (Always Rises To The Top)", "Chains", and "When The Sh*t Hits The Fan (Rocket Pocket)". Includes 4 bonus cuts too – "Hot Butterfly (Jim Burgess disco rmx)", "Chains (Gregg Diamond spectacular rmx)", "Fess Up To The Boogie (Gregg Diamond disco rmx)", and "Chains (Jim Burgess disco rmx)". CD
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✨✧ BrickWaiting On You (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1980. Used ... $9.99
An overlooked killer from Brick – the group's fourth album, but every bit as tight and funkier as earlier sets! Brick's Atlanta-bred groove is very much in place here – that lean, mean approach to funk that made them a standout right from the get-go – almost setting the scene for the stripped-down modes that so many other groups would follow well into the 80s! That tighter sound lets the group really hit a strongly soulful focus here – serving up some of their best vocals to date, and reminding us that some of the best mainstream funk groups always had a strong ability to harmonize over their grooves. Titles include "Push Push", "Get Started", "All The Way", "Waiting On You", "Free", "Sweet Lips", and "Let Me Make You Happy". CD also features 2 bonus cuts – "Dazz" and "Dusic", served up in longer 12" versions! CD

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Pattie BrooksLove Shook/Our Ms Brooks ... CD
Casablanca/FTG, 1977/1978. Used ... $6.99
A disco double-header! First up is Love Shook – classic disco from Pattie Brooks, and a soaring 70s set that's right up there with the best Casablanca Records grooves of the time! The rhythms here are upbeat and lively – strings mixed in with quick-stepping rhythms, all set to the vocals of Pattie, which have just the right sort of flow to take off nicely in the setting! Titles include "Love Shook", "Let's Make Love To The Music", "Girl Don't Make Me Wait", and a totally cool "Pop Collage Medley", which features bits of "Popcorn" and "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye". Next is Our Ms Brooks – a record that has Pattie reunited with the Soul Galore production team – working with backdrops that are full, but never too overblown – right in that perfect Casablanca mode! Titles include "Heartbreak In Disguise", "After Dark", "This Is The House Where Love Died", and "The Back-up Singer". CD
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BrothersDon't Stop Now (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1976. Used ... $4.99
Great stuff – and the kind of group that would be easy to overlook if the tracks weren't so good! The Brothers were clearly some sort of a studio project designed to cash in on the disco craze – and they included Bhen Lanzaroni on keyboards, who'd also recorded a bit on his own as a studio player. The record's not hard-hitting funk, but it does have a smooth instrumental disco sound that's got a lot of nice jazzy touches, and which never lapses into the cliches you'd expect. The band were hip enough to cover Antonio Carlos & Jocafi's classic Brazilian groover "Voce Abousou", done here with vocals on the chorus only – and they come up with some nice numbers on their own, like "Make Love", "Brothers Theme", "Don't Stop Now", and "Under The Skin". This CD version is loaded with bonus tracks, too, including "Brothers Theme (12" Version)", "Make Move (12" Version)", "Under The Skin (12" Promo Version)", "Don't Stop Now (7" Version)", "The Word Is A Mess (7" Version)", "Brothers Theme (7" Version)" and "Voce Abousou (Vo-Say Ah-Bu-So) (7" Version)". CD

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Peter BrownSnap (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1984. New Copy ... $8.99 13.98
Sweet 80s disco from Peter Brown – proof that man still wants to get funky, even after most of his contemporaries had long left the dancefloor! The style here is as compellingly crossover as before – lots of lively rhythms that percolate with pop-inflected hooks – soul at the core, definitely, but with enough winning elements to keep Brown moving through the wider audiences that brought his initial fame. A few sweet moments almost seem to echo some of the best Euro club styles of the time – and titles include "Rock With Me", "Double Or Nothing", "Love Is Just The Game", "Classical Dancing", "Hot Flash", "They Only Come Out At Night", "Zie Zie Won't Dance", and "Electric Shoes". CD features lots of bonus mixes – including "Love Is Just The Game (inst)", "Love Is Just The Game (12" mix)", "They Only Come Out At Night (12" mix)", "They Only Come Out At Night (inst)", "Zie Zie Won't Dance (12" rmx)", and "Zie Zie Won't Dance (inst)". CD

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ChampaignHow Bout Us (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1981. Used ... $11.99
A wonderful treasure from the early 80s soul scene – the first album from Champaign, and an instant winner right from the start! The group may not have been one of the bigger names of their time, but they really won a lot of favor with soul listeners over the years – and this album's one that turns up often in collections of top-shelf soul from the period – no surprise, given the classy, careful production – and the mix of jazzy riffing, tight rhythms, and well-crafted vocals – almost enough to put Champaign at the level of Earth Wind & Fire! The sound is just right – very soulful, with less of the too-commercial modes of some of their contemporaries – and titles include "Party People", "Whiplash", "I'm On Fire", "How Bout Us", "Can You Find The Time", "Dancin Together Again", "If One More Morning", and "Lighten Up". CD features bonus 7" versions of "How Bout Us" and "I'm On Fire". CD
(Out of print.)

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EnchantmentSoft Lights Sweet Music (with bonus track) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1980. Used ... $9.99
The only RCA album from Enchantment – and a great little set that has the group stretching out from their earlier records on United Artists! The groove here is still awash in the great harmonies we've always loved from the group – and production is by Don Davis, who always has a great ear for preserving the core soul of any act like this – while also helping them focus their sound as well! The mix is quite similar to excellent work Don did with the Dramatics at the end of the 70s – and Enchantment really benefit with a similar ear for a bouncy groove, and that great Davis way of knowing just the right point when to slow things down on an album, too. Titles include "Settin It Out", "I Believe In You", "Moment Of Weakness", "You & Me", "I Can't Be The One", "Soft Lights Sweet Music", and "I Can't Fake It". CD features a bonus 12" mix of "Settin It Out". CD
(Out of print.)

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Fredi Grace & RhinestoneTight (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Tight is right – as the set's a slicked up, soulful batch of 80s grooves – with plenty of keyboards, electric percussion, and a surprising bit of funk! This is one of those too rare cases where the period's pop soul production aesthetic is done with a genuine sense of soul – especially on the lone ballad in the set – and there's some real funk in the mix, too. Includes the killer title tune, "Dog Eat Dog World","One Man's Woman", "Head Over Heels" and "Work It Out". This excellent FTG Soul & Funk Classics edition fleshes out the original 5-track "mini LP" with a number of bonus tracks – including 7" versions of "Dog Eat Dog World", "Head Over Heels" and "Tight", plus the instrumental versions of those 3 cuts – really showing off how funky those jams are at the core instrumental level – plus the instrumental version of the ballad "One Man's Woman". CD

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Leon HaywoodIntimate (with bonus tracks) ... CD
CBS/FTG, 1976. New Copy ... $8.99 13.98
An intimate record from Leon Haywood, but one that's still got his sense of groove nicely in place – at a level that has the singer really warming up to a new sort of modern soul style in the process! There's still some of the elements of Haywood's earlier records in place – but overall, Leon's pushing forward into more mature soul territory – a mode that's getting him out of the west coast underground, and which should have made this set a lasting 70s classic. Leon handled all the arrangements himself, but also gets some badass assistance on strings from Gene Page – whose sense of sophistication really sharpens up the focus of the record – and titles include "Let's Get It On", "Strokin", "Dream Dream", "Let Me Make It Good To You", and a remake of Leon's classic, "It's Got To Be Mellow". CD

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Phyllis HymanYou Know How To Love Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1979. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
A classic 1979 album from Phyllis Hyman! Hyman was one of the few female singers who started in the pre-disco years and managed to move through the disco years with a good groove – but never get totally swamped by the production styles of the day. She stuck close to her roots as a jazzy soul singer, and produced great albums like this – which mixed pop club grooves with more sophisticated arrangements, handled very well here by the production team of Reggie Lucas and James Mtume. Titles include the stormer "You Know How To Love Me", plus "Some Way", "Under Your Spell", "But I Love You", and "Give A Little More". Lots of bonus tracks too – including "You're The One", "Riding The Tiger (12" dance version)", "Tonight You & Me (disco version)", and 7" mixes of "You Sure Look Good To Me", "You Know How To Love Me", and "Under Your Spell". CD

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Isley Jasper IsleyCaravan Of Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
CBS/FTG, 1985. New Copy ... $8.99 13.98
A huge 80s moment for the Isley Brothers empire – a set that has Ernie and Marvin Isley stepping away from the main group with Chris Jasper – to reinvent their sound for the 80s! The record still has all the slinky soul and upbeat funk of the Isley material from the late 70s – but also pushes the groove in a slightly different way – often using leaner arrangements that are focused on beats, basslines, and keyboards – which only seem to make the warm vocals of the trio sound even more seductive in the end! There's that subtle sense of majesty that the group always had in their music at their height – an influence that might well come from the presence of Jasper – and the album's noteworthy for the wonderful "Caravan Of Love", a soulful spiritual tune that's kind of to 80s soul what The Impressions "People Get Ready" was to 60s soul! The album's got a good mellow harmony sound, and other titles include "Liberation", "I Can Hardly Wait", "Insatiable Woman", and "If You Believe In Love". CD features bonus tracks – "Caravan Of Love (ext single mix)" and "Insatiable Woman (12" version)". CD
Also available Caravan Of Love ... LP 3.99

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KashifCondition Of The Heart (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1985. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
An 80s soul classic from Kashif – an artist who really helped transform R&B at the time, all without the benefit of a last name! The album's completely arranged and produced by Kashif himself – cementing the reputation he'd begun working behind other artists in the earlier part of the decade before going onto greater fame as a solo act on his own – a rock-solid approach to soul music that bristles with the best innovations of the 80s soul generation. Most tunes are heavy on beats, but use them in just the right ways – and keyboards provide a good amount of the rest of the instrumentation, but fleshed out strongly so that they work well next to the vocals. Tunes are a nicely balanced blend of mature male soul and some slightly catchier groovers – and titles include "Botha Botha", "Dancing In The Dark", "Movie Song", "Say You Love Me", "Stay The Night", and "Condition Of The Heart". CD features three bonus tracks – "Condition Of The Heart (ext version)", "Love On The Rise (extended)", and "Love On The Rise (inst)". CD

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Eddie KendricksSomething More (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1979. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A stunner of a solo album from Eddie Kendricks – a set that has the singer stepping quite far from Motown, and working with east coast indie soul wizard Patrick Adams – a genius on both the albums groovers and ballads! Despite the late 70s date of the record, the vibe here is more like that sort of magic that Adams made during the earliest years of disco – similar to his best work with Black Ivory – as he really allows Eddie to sound heartbreakingly personal, even when the instrumentation is tight – maybe making for the best showcase his vocals had in years, and reminding us how great he can be when he's in the right setting. Things are never too smooth, and the balance of the album is perfect – on titles that include "I Just Want To Be The Only One In Your Life", "I Never Used To Dance", "Pleasure Man", "Your Love Has Been So Good To Me", and "I Can't Let You Walk Away". CD features bonus tracks – 7" single versions of "I Just Want To Be The Only One In Your Life", "I Never Used To Dance", "Your Love Has Been So Good To Me", and "I Can't Let You Walk Away". CD

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KrystolPassion From A Woman (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1986. Used ... $6.99
Poppy passion from Krystol – a sweet 80s trio with a definite way with a hook! The set's got a well-balanced mainstream sound – one that helps the vocals find a fullness right away, either on the leads or harmonies – both woven together over the top of the tight, beat-heavy grooves! At points, there's almost a retro vibe – as if an older girl trio mode's being revived for a new 80s scene – but with a definite contemporary spin. There's a decidedly commercial appeal to the sound – but Krystol were also never too overplayed back in the day, which makes the album a nice discovery – and a great surprise when you start digging through all the potential singles on the set. Tracks include "Love Attack", "Passion From A Woman", "He's So Jive", "Baby Make Up Your Mind", "Scared Single", and "Precious Precious". CD features bonus tracks too – "Passion From A Woman (ext)", "Passion From A Woman (acapella)", "Passion From A Woman (radio)", "Passion From A Woman (dub)", "Passion From A Woman (7" version)", and "Precious Precious (7" version)". CD

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Stacy LattisawTake Me All The Way (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/FTG, 1986. Used ... $5.99
Stacy Lattisaw's first album for Motown – the nicely grooving Take Me All The Way from 1986 – featuring production from some of the biggest and brightest modern soul producers in the game at the time, and most importantly, lovely vocals from Stacy! There's a cohesive modern vibe all the way through, despite the lengthy list of producers – which include Kashif, Narada Michael Walden, Jellybean Benitez and others. It's from that mid-to-late 80s era of Motown when the legendary label was fully embracing modern production and it was paying of hugely for old school and younger acts alike – and this one should busted out much bigger than it did! Includes "Jump Into My Life", "The Hard Way", "Take Me All The Way", "Longshot", "Nail It To The Wall", "Over The Top", "One More Night" and more. This FTG edition includes a pair of Jellybean Benitez remixes – nicely elongated mixes of "Jump Into My Life" and "Nail It To The Wall". CD

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Paul LaurenceHaven't You Heard (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/FTG, 1985. Used ... $9.99
A nice mid 80s groover from Paul Laurence for Capitol – whose biggest successes, arguably, were in his services as a songwriter and producer for other artists – making a pretty great case for his own work as a headline act on Haven't You Heard! May may not have heard it, actually, but it's well worth checking out. The sound is blueprint 80s synth soul on one level, but the melodies really soar here, and the songs are strong and hit-worthy. Paul's a solid singer, too. You should hear this! Tiles include "Strung Out", "She's Not A Sleaze" (with Freddie Jackson & Lillo Thomas), "You Hooked Me", "I'm Sensitive", "Haven't You Heard" and more. This FTG edition has 4 bonus tracks: "Strung Out (International Version)", "She's Not A Sleaze (Extended Version)", "Strung Out (Extended Dance Mix) and "You Hooked Me (Single Version)". CD
(Out of print.)

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Cheryl LynnPreppie (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... $8.99 13.98
Hard to believe that a preppie look could ever be associated with a soul singer, but by the time of this 1983, the preppie craze had spread so much that it actually provided Cheryl Lynn a nice way to update her style! There's nothing preppie about the music, though – and the record's a great batch of cuts that show how much Cheryl influenced the soul sound of the early 80s, especially at a time when Columbia was putting out so many strong R&B acts – stepping forth with a tight, mature groove that's totally wonderful – definitely a standard-setting sound that so many other female singers tried to match! Includes the cuts "Encore", "Fool A Fool", "Fix It", "Change The Channel", "Preppie", and "Life's Too Short". New CD version has four bonus tracks – including "Encore (dance version)", "Free (special 12" version)", "Preppie (12" version)", and "Preppie (12" club)". CD

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Melba MooreNever Say Never (with bonus track) ... CD
Capitol/FTG, 1983. Used ... $8.99
Melba Moore at the height of her 80s powers – stepping out here with help from Kashif, who sings a bit and plays keyboards – along with Paul Lawrence Jones, whose keys also shine brightly on the set! There's a nicely jazzy undercurrent to some of the best numbers – that flowing 80s groove style that's never too overdone, and which does a good job of reigning in some of Melba's too-commercial tendencies – and the quality of the record is a great example of the way that Moore could hold things together, even when reaching for a larger audience. Titles include "Lean On Me", "Lovin Touch", "Never Say Never", "Love Me Right", "Keepin My Lover Satisfied", and "Got To Have Your Love". CD also features a bonus track – "Love Me Right (ext rmx)". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Never Say Never (with bonus track) ... CD 12.99
 
 
 



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