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Lalah Hathaway & Joe SampleSong Lives On ... CD
GRP, 1999. Used ... $5.99
A wonderful collaboration between vocalist Lalah Hathaway and keyboardist Joe Sample – one of Lalah's few sessions from this under-recorded point in her career – and a set that's quit different than the straighter soul of her earlier music! Sample's warm tones really bring out a lot in Hathaway's vocals – a jazzy color that deepens the record a lot more than you'd expect from Lalah, and which at times almost takes us back to territory of her famous father Donny! Joe plays both acoustic and electric keys on the record, and other players include Kirk Whalum on saxes and Lenny Castro on percussion. Lalah doesn't sing on every track, but with a lineup like that we're also happy to dig the instrumentals – and titles include "One Day I'll Fly Away", "Living In Blue", "Bitter Sweet", "For All We Know", "A Long Way From Home", "Street Life", "Fever", and "The Song Lives On". CD
(Out of print first pressing.)

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Loleatta HollowayLoleatta Holloway – The Anthology ... CD
Salsoul/Suss'd (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ... $19.99
Easily the greatest collection of work we've ever seen by Loleatta Holloway – and a massive 2CD dip into her legendary years at Salsoul, and one that gives equal space to her club hits and mellower soul tracks! The club side of Loleatta's work is very well known – thanks to some breakout singles over the years, and enduring club fame from her top-shelf work for Salsoul. The best of these are collected on CD 1 of the set – which offers up 16 numbers itself, including some rare mixes and out of print LP versions! Yet it's mellow soul side of Loleatta's career that's never as widely represented, and it thankfully gets its full due here on CD 2 – a 17 track exploration of the great ballads, tearjerkers, and deeper soul numbers that Loleatta also recorded at the same time as her club hits. Holloway first began recording in a more traditional southern soul mode – and although the disco years had her stretching out with faster tempos, she also still cut plenty of great tunes in this older mode – the best of which are heard on this set! Dance tunes include "Ripped Off", "Hit & Run (7" version)", "Two Sides To Every Story", "Good Good Feeling", "Love Sensation", "Mama Don't Papa Won't", "Seconds (Shep Pettibone 12" mix edit)", "Dreamin (7" mix)", And "Runaway". Love tunes include "There'll Come A Time", "We're Getting Stronger", "Only You", "What Now", "My Way", "Long Hard Climb To Love", "Worn Out Broken Heart", "I'm In Love", and "Sweet Mother Of Mine". 33 tracks in all – plus a great booklet too! CD
(Out of print.)

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Otis ReddingOtis Blue – Otis Redding Sings Soul (2CD collector's edition) ... CD
Volt/Atco, 1965. Used 2 CDs ... $7.99
Otis Redding Sings Soul – plenty of truth in that – but on this sweet little set, he somehow does it even better than before! The album's got a tightness that's totally great – but it's light years from the smoother soul of Motown, and still has plenty of the gritty Memphis edges that helped Otis rise to the top in the 60s – that burning-under sort of groove that pushes up from the earth along with his vocals, and gives the album a push that most other singers never got! Redding's vocals are as perfect as usual – deeply personal, and free from cliche – even from all of those laid down by Otis' copycats of the time. Titles are a near-perfect mix of numbers too – and include the raw groovers "Respect", "Shake", and "Satisfaction", then hits a wonderfully warm soulful ballad style the classic "I've Been Loving You Too Long", and really sparkles on southern soul tributes like "You Don't Miss Your Water" and "Down In The Valley". Very solid stuff all the way through – and one of the best-conceived albums of his career! 2CD version includes the original 11 track mono album; a full bonus stereo album; 6 live tracks recorded at the Whisky A Go Go in 1966, including "I've Been Loving You Too Long", "Ole Man Trouble", "Respect", and "Any Ole Way"; 5 more live tracks recorded in Europe in 1967, including "Satisfaction", "Shake", and "My Girl"; a 1967 alternate of "Respect"; and alternates of tracks on the album including "I've Been Loving You Too Long (mono mix of stereo)", "Respect (mono mix of stereo)", "I'm Depending On You", "Shake (live stereo 1967", and "Any Ole Way". CD
Also available Otis Blue – Otis Redding Sings Soul (2CD collector's edition) ... CD 14.99

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Jimmy RuffinRuff 'N Ready ... CD
SOUL/Reel Music, 1969. Used ... $13.99
A tremendous little album from Jimmy Ruffin – as "ruff" as the title implies, with a much deeper groove than you might find from other Motown releases at the time! The style here is really wonderful – rich, heartfelt vocals from Jimmy that easily match the best of the Detroit underground of the time – a style that's a bit like Darrell Banks or JJ Barnes, with echoes of the southern sound of the 60s – but produced to perfection with all the best that Motown could muster! Jimmy gets lots of heavy help from Norman Whitfield – who produced about half the tracks on the set, and gives Ruffin a sound that's somewhere between his righteous soul with the Temptations, and the best Motown grooves of his earlier work for the label. Other production is by Brian Holland & Lamont Dozier, William Weatherspoon & James Dean, and Richard Morris – all of whom follow Whitfield's lead nicely – and although the album's got few runaway hits, it's a rock-solid effort throughout – just the kind of album that makes us love the Motown full-length scene even more than the label's singles! Titles include "Lonely Lonely Man Am I", "It's Wonderful (To Be Loved By You)", "Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me", "Everybody Needs Love", "Sad & Lonesome Feeling", "Love Gives Love Takes Away", and "Farewell Is A Lonely Sound". Great reissue package too – with excellent sound, very detailed notes, and some great vintage images! CD
(Out of print.)

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ShalamarComplete Solar Hit Singles Collection ... CD
Solar/Sanctuary (UK), Late 70s/1980s. Used 2CD ... $6.99
A massive package of grooves from Shalamar – a set that takes the trio from their early dancefloor fame in the 70s, through a range of great tracks from the decade beyond! The collection more than lives up to its promise, by offering up all the best singles of the group – some of which are presented here in different mixes, and all of which really make the best of Shalamar's great blend of vocals. Titles include the extended "Uptown Festival Medley" – plus "My Girl Loves Me (12" mix)", "Ooh Baby Baby", "I Owe You One", "Right In The Socket", "Take That To The Bank", "Second Time Around", "Sweeter As The Days Go By", "Night To Remember (UK single)", "Full Of Fire (ext mix)", "Dead Giveaway", "Friends (UK single)", "There It Is", "Amnesia", "Games", "Circumstantial Evidence", and "Over & Over (12" edit)". CD

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✨✧ Oscar Toney JrFor Your Precious Love ... CD
Bell/Rev-Ola (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $16.99
An incredible bit of southern soul – and the kind of record that stands head to head with any of the classics on Stax or Atlantic from the 60s! Oscar Toney Jr may not have been as famous as Otis Redding, but in a letter on the back, Otis gives Toney plenty of credit for his abilities – and Oscar more than lives up to that promise on the grooves in the LP – a near-perfect batch of southern soul material recorded in Memphis by Chips Moman, produced by Papa Don, and with great backing work from players who include Bobby Emmons on organ, Tommy Cogbill on bass, and Reggie Young on guitar. The whole album has a warm, intimate feel – and almost even gets away from some of the cliches that were cluttering up other records. And even though most tracks are familiar from other artists, Toney sings them with a depth that's all his own – on titles that include "For Your Precious Love", "He Don't Love You", "Down In Texas", "Dark End Of The Street", "Any Day Now", "No Sad Song", "That's All I Want From You", "Moon River", "Do Right Woman", and "Turn On Your Love Light". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bobby WomackUnderstanding ... CD
United Artists/Right Stuff, 1972. Used ... $4.99
Killer 70s work from Bobby Womack – reinventing himself here in a great style that keeps all the warmth and soulfulness of his Minit recordings, and gives it a healthy dose of 70s soul production – creating a sweet new groove that pushed Womack into a huge new audience at the time! Bobby strikes a perfect balance here – keeping things hip, but also tightening things up too – yet never by getting too smooth or too commercial. The result is a great batch of tracks that includes classics like "I Can Understand It", "Woman's Gotta Have it", and "Harry Hippy" – as well as a nice version of "Sweet Caroline", and Jimmy Lewis' great "Got To Get You Back". CD
 
 
 



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