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Bootsy's Rubber BandAhh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! ... CD
Warner, 1977. Used ... $4.99
Massive work from Bootsy Collins – one of his best-ever solo albums, and a perfect summation of the P-Funk groove – focused strongly through Bootsy's own sense of stardom! George Clinton worked with Collins on production, and the album's as tight as the best Parliament or Funkadelic work of the time – particularly the latter on their killer 70s sides for Warner, which was also the home for Bootsy. The Horny Horns are helping out on this one, which gives the album a strong instrumental drive – but the real star is Bootsy, whose sexy vocals and good sense of soul keep things firmly on track throughout. Features the cuts "What's A Telephone Bill?", "Munchies For Your Love", "We Want Bootsy", "The Pinocchio Theory", and "Rubber Duckie". CD

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Buddy Guy & Junior WellsBuddy Guy & Junior Wells Play The Blues (expanded edition – with unreleased tracks) ... CD
Atco/Friday Music, 1972. Used 2CD ... $17.99
We're not normally ones to rave about electric blues albums, but this one's a lot nicer than you might think – recorded with plenty of deep soul touches, and even a dose of funk in the right places! We hate to admit it, but a big part of the credit here goes to Eric Clapton – who produced most of the record and gives Buddy and Junior a tightness that's missing from some of their other records of the time. There's almost a post-Cream sort of groove to the record – that "hipper than rock" sensibility that colored many of Clapton's old group members' projects for Atlantic in the years after Cream disbanded. But of course, Buddy Guy & Junior Wells are the real stars of the set – and the record's good enough to make even jaded Chicago residents like us appreciate their talents here! Titles include "A Poor Man's Plea", "My Baby She Left Me", "A Man Of Many Words", "I Don't Know", and "This Old Fool". 2CD set features a whopping huge batch of bonus tracks – 13 in all – including "Tears Tears Tears", "Checkin Up On My Baby", "Last Night", "Bad Bad Whiskey (long version)", "You're So Fine (mono rough mix)", "Stone Crazy", "Dirty Mother For You", "D Blues", and "First Time I Met The Blues". (Blues, Soul) CD

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HiroshimaHiroshima ... CD
Arista, 1979. Used ... $9.99
The classic first album from Hiroshima – a group who took the 70s experiments in Japanese fusion right into the American mainstream – with a wonderful blend of jazz and soul, and a production style that was never too polished or commercial! The group's led by reedman Dan Kuramota – who plays both sax and flutes, including a bit of Japanese wooden flute – which gives the record a few slight "Eastern" touches a times, although the overall vibe is strongly in the best soulful fusion of the period! In keeping with that approach, there's a bit of vocals on the record – sung in English with a soulful vibe – on titles that include "Lion Dance", "Da Da", "Taiko Song", "Holidays", "Never Ever", and "Kokoro". (Jazz, Soul) CD
(Out of print.)

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Luther IngramAbsolutely The Best Of Luther Ingram – If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right ... CD
Koko/Fuel 2000, 1970s. Used ... $8.99
Genius work from Luther Ingram – a singer who helped take southern soul to a whole new level during the 70s! This sweet collection of material definitely lives up to its title promise – as it pulls together nearly every important cut by Luther, all produced by Johnny Baylor with this low-burning flame that works beautifully for Ingram's sophisticated vocal approach. Luther's got a great way of balancing personal pain with positive energy – as you'll hear on cuts like "Ain't That Loving You", "Pity For The Lonely", "Love Ain't Gonna Run Me Away", "If Loving You Is Wrong I Don't Want To Be Right", "Missing You", "I'll Love You Until The End", "Let's Steal Away To The Hideaway", and "Do You Love Somebody". CD
(Out of print. CD case has a cutout hole.)

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Kid Creole & The CoconutsDoppelganger ... CD
Sire/Wounded Bird, 1983. Used ... $14.99
The expansive musical mind of August Darnell stretches on in this fourth album from Kid Creole & The Coconuts – a blend of dancefloor rhythms and unusual tunes with a B-Movie approach to pop! Darnell's jazzy influences are still running strong on the set – eclipsed slightly by some more modern production, in a way that gives the album a bit more of a crossover feel than previous albums, but still not in a way that mutes the genius underneath. Titles include "Bongo Eddie's Lament", "The Lifeboat Party", "Underachiever", "If You Wanna Be Happy", "Distractions", "Survivors", "Call Me The Entertainer", and "The Seven Year Itch". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ KliqueTry It Out ... CD
MCA/PTG (Netherlands), 1983. Used ... $5.99
A wicked set of electro soul from Klique – a trio who've got a lot more to offer than some of their 80s groove contemporaries! The backings are a bit more electric than the funk of their roots, but the overall groove is graced with very strong vocals from the trio of Howard Huntsberry, Debbie Hunter, and Isaac Suthers – who alternate lead and backgrounds, in a way that gives the record the fuller feel you might hear from a group like One Way! The trio get some great help on production and arrangements from Thomas McClary of The Commodores – who brings in all that group's best early modes here – on titles that include "Try It Out", "Burning Hot", "Honey", "Stop Doggin Me Around", "Flashback", "Inside Me", and "Tender Footed". CD

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✨✧ Ronnie LawsFriends & Strangers ... CD
Blue Note/One Way, 1977. Used ... $16.99
A stone classic from reedman Ronnie Laws – and an album that really helped set a whole new standard for funky fusion in the 70s! Laws works here with great Wayne Henderson production – which gives the album an even sharper sound than other Blue Note sets of this vintage – and that kind of tight blend of funk and jazz you'd find in the Crusaders, with a similar no-nonsense approach in the grooves! Henderson's got a great way of never being too smooth – and Laws responds with some wicked solos on tenor, soprano sax, and flute – soaring out over the course of the whole wonderful album. Titles include "Goodtime Ride", "Just Love", "Saturday Evening", "Friends & Strangers", "Nuthin Bout Nuthin", "New Day", and "Same Old Story". (Jazz, Soul) CD
(Out of print.)

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Pat LundyOnly Love Spoken Here ... CD
RCA/P&C, 1973. Used ... $5.99
A great little album from Pat Lundy – an enigmatic talent who crops up a number of times over the years – but always on different record labels, and always with a slightly different sound and style! This album's one of Pat's best – and has her working in a sophisticated soul style that's a lot like Marlena Shaw, with but some deep soul undercurrents too – a really great blend that was way ahead of its time when first issued back in 1973 – and a set that's still unlike most other records we can think of! Burt Keyes handles the arrangements, and he gives the whole thing a great sense of class right from the start – but also knows how to hit some funkier moments too, which really let Lundy unlock the bolder side of her vocals. Titles include "Only Love Spoken Here", "What Is Love", "Friend Of Mine", "Love Child", "He's The Father Of My Children", "No More Tears To Cry", and "I've Never Been A Woman Before". CD

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✨✧ Ronnie WalkerSomeday ... CD
Philly Archives, Mid 60s-Early 70s. Used ... $5.99
Prepare to discover a mellow soul genius! Ronnie Walker may not be one of the biggest names in Philly soul, but he cut some incredible singles during the late 60s that are a perfect example of the sweeter side of the City of Brotherly Love. Ronnie's got a warm falsetto voice that works perfectly with the harmony-oriented arrangements of the tracks – singing over the top in a heartbreaking style that reminds us of the late 60s soul work of Joe Bataan, or of some of the better underground singers in the New Jersey scene of the early 70s. Ronnie's work was mostly relegated to singles, but this wonderfully-done CD brings together 22 tracks that he recorded during the years 1966 to 1972, and just about all of them are excellent! The set's got some great unreleased material, plus a- and b-sides that we've never been able to track down in the original – all packaged with a great set of notes that will fill you in on all you've missed in Ronnie's career. Some of the material's at a midtempo pace, and some of it is at that perfect slow east coast ballad pace – perfect for a hot summer night, with the wind blowing in through the curtains. Titles include "Really Really Love You", "Ronnie's Theme", "Someday", "Love is An Illusion", "Everything Is Everything", "Precious", "Now I Cry", "Thanks To You", "I'm Saying Goodbye", and "Now There Is You". Amazing rare soul – and the reason we totally support CD reissues! CD
Also available Someday ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Richard Popcorn Wylie & OthersPopcorn's Detroit Soul Party ... CD
Goldmine (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $11.99
25 stellar Detroit soul tracks that were either written, produced, or performed by the overlooked soul genius Richard "Popcorn" Wylie. Solid all the way through, with "Hurting" by Eric & The Vikings, "Nothing No Sweeter Than Love" by Carl Carlton, "Arrest Me" by Jamo Thomas, "Mighty Lover" by The Ideals, "Nobody Loves Me Like You" by Barbara Mercer, "I'll Be Your Champion" by Jimmy Soul Clark, "Cool Off" by Detroit Executives, "Spaceland" by Moon & The Planets – plus "Savin All My Lovin For You", "Hanky Panky", "Turn On The Heat", "Sweet Darlin", and "Goin' To A Happenin'", all by Popcorn himself! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBest Of Wally O Productions ... CD
Philly Archives, Late 60s. Used ... $7.99
Hard Philly soul from the hands of Wally O – aka Wally Osborne, one of the the best independent producers working in Philly during the late 60s. This set of 22 tracks digs through some of Wally's best work – mostly male group sides, done in a mixture of styles that includes uptempo groovers and sweet harmony ballads – and all either issued as rare singles on labels like Toxsan or Womar, or never issued at all, and appearing for the first time on this CD. The harmony tracks are incredible – the kind of late night slow tracks that always send us scrambling for the liner notes to see who's blowing our mind – and overall, the quality of work on this CD matches the best of any of our other sweet soul or harmony classic titles. Tracks include "Dear One", "A Nicer Girl", and "Tears Tell The Story" by The Topics; "I'm So Glad", "Tell Me So", and "I Found True Love" by Herb Johnson & The Impacts; "Kisses & Roses" and "When I'm With You" by The Four Thoughts; "You Can't Have Your Cake" and "I Wish I Knew" by Bobby Holland; "Without You Babe" and "Cold Cold Love" by Jeri & Joe; "Cement Plaster & Gold" by The Natural Soul Brothers; "It Wasn't A Lie" by Topaz; and "My Life Depends On You" by The Passionettes. CD
Also available Best Of Wally O Productions ... CD 9.99

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VariousKeep On Struttin – Imitations, Interpolations, & The Inspiration Of The Meters ... CD
Le Smoke Disque, Late 60s/1970s. Used ... $3.99
A massive tribute to The Meters – one that features rare versions of some of their best funky classics! If you dig The Meters, you'll no doubt recognize most of the tunes – but you've probably never heard them in these versions before – as most of them are pulled from the farthest reaches of the 60s and 70s funky underground! Most numbers change things up a bit in terms of instrumentation – using a guitar where you might normally hear an organ, tipping the rhythm a bit more towards one speed or another – but all of them continue strongly that chunky, gritty approach to instrumental funk the New Orleans combo first forged in the late 60s – a legacy that still lives on in lots of current work, but which sounds even fresher in these rare gems from years back. There's also a few original compositions by some of these artists, but they're all tunes that fall strongly within a classic Meters groove – and titles include "Cissy Strut" by Rod Piazza, "Flight Of The Phoenix" by Dennis The Fox, "Slot Machine" by Duke Of Burlington, "Cissy Strut" by King Herbert & The Knights, "Cardova" by Syd Jones & The Gay Troubadours, "The Cissy's Thang" by The Soul Seven, "Look Ka Py Py" by The Invaders, "Chicken Strut" by King Herbert & The Knights, "Madrox" by Big Band Katouuice, "Cissy Strut" by Sacramento Senior High School, "Big Splash" by Band It, and "Soul Heart Transplant" by Ebony Rhythm Band. (Funky Compilations, Soul) CD

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✨✧ VariousMillion Dollars Worth Of Girl Groups Vol 3 – A Compilation Of Some Of The Rarest Doo-Wop Recordings Ever Made ... CD
Live Gold, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
30 tracks in all – definitely lives up to the promise of the title! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousModern Vocal Groups Vol 5 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s. Used ... $6.99
A huge discovery in vocal group material from the 50s – served up in this excellent series of tracks from the vaults of LA's Modern Records label! Most folks associate the early vocal group sounds with the east coast or Chicago scenes of the postwar years – but there was also plenty of harmonizing and doo wop on the west coast, too – although sometimes not as well-exposed as the bigger hits back east! This series really corrects that mistake – and serves up a stunning wealth of work from the early Cali scene – tracks recorded by the Modern Records label, a company with a rich legacy in jump blues, R&B, and other hip postwar styles – all of which they brought to play on their recordings in a vocal group mode. The Modern approach often has some wonderful arrangements that further empower the vocals – a harder swing that gives the singers the same push as some of the label's solo acts – and as usual for Ace Records, this collection moves way past the hits, to include some unreleased tracks, and rare singles from the Modern, RPM, Crown, and Flair labels. Volume 5 features 24 titles that include "Anything For You" by The Sounds, "My Satellite" by Jesse Belvin & His Space Riders, "Ever Since You've Been Gone" by The Hawks, "Heaven Help Me" by The Cadets, "You Are The First One" by The Rockets, "Everybody's Somebody's Fool" by Tony Allen & The Wonders, "I'm In Love With A Girl" by The Cliques, "Come Back Baby" by Joe Houston & Group, "He's My Baby" by Donna Hightower & Group, and "Talk It Over Baby" by The Rocketeers. CD

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✨✧ VariousPhilly Soul Vol 1 ... CD
Philly Archives, Mid 60s. Used ... $6.99
A must for harmony soul fans! This CD compiles a host of excellent lost 60s group sides from Philly – including a huge amount you won't ever be able to find on wax! Most of the material was produced by a young Phil Gaber, and the focus here is on mellow soul and hard raw harmonies, a side of the Philly scene that's rarely been documented on other reissues. There's a total of 23 cuts in all – and the CD's got nice notes on the groups on the set. Features "Trouble", "You Were Meant For Me", and "You're Everything" by The Agents; "Really Really Love You", "Precious", and "Thanks To You" by Ronnie Walker; One Heart" by the Emanons; "Say Yes" by the Enkays; "Goodbye Baby" by the Temptones; "The Look In Their Eyes" by The Exceptions; "This Is Magic" by The Ballads; and "Guess I'll Never Understand" by Fletcher Walker III. Great stuff – with a perfect east coast harmony sound! CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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