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Bionic BoogieHot Butterfly (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/FTG, 1978. Used ... $19.99
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
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Dandeliers & OthersDandeliers & Other Great Groups On States – Chop Chop Boom ... CD
States/Delmark, Mid 50s. Used ... $7.99
Seminal vocal group work from the Chicago scene of the 50s – and a wonderful collection of some of the lesser-known acts working in the Windy City at the time! All the cuts here were recorded for the United and States labels – and at the time, got a lot less circulation than work on labels like Chess, Vee Jay, and even Parrot – even though the material here easily rivals some of the best doo wop sides for those imprints. The Dandeliers head off the set, and are featured on a third of the tracks – and they're an amazing group who easily rival The Moonglows or Flamingos at their early best – with a similar sort of heavenly harmony approach. Other groups here are great too – some nicely rough around the edges – and titles include "My Love", "She's Mine", "Shu Wop", "Loving Partner", "Chop Chop Boom", and "Little Man" by The Dandeliers; "In Your Dreams" and "Go Where My Baby Lives" by The Strollers; "Lonesome Baby", "Ridin & Rockin", and "Big City Bound" by The Hornets; "Sugar Lips" and "Gloria" by The Five Chances; "Mellow Daddy" by The Drakes; and "Girl Of Mine" and "I Knew I Had A Chance" by The Palms. CD features a good number of unreleased tracks, too! CD

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DramaticsShake It Well – Best Of The Dramatics 1974 to 1980 ... CD
MCA, Mid 70s-Early 80s. Used ... $3.99
Excellent middle period work by the Dramatics – recorded after their years at Stax, with a slightly smoother groove, and featuring some great tunes that really sparkle! By this point, the group were hitting a Detroit modern mode – with less of the rough edges of the Stax work, which meant that the harmonies were even tighter than ever – perfectly placed on the best cuts, with a precision you wouldn't have expected a few years earlier. Songwriting is still great – and this 16 track set features many fine numbers from their ABC LPs of the late 70s when the group were working with Don Davis. Titles include "Be My Girl", "Love Is Missing From Our Lives", "Door To Your Heart", "Stop Your Weeping", "Shake It Well", "You're Foolin You", and "Do What You Want Be What You Are", one of the greatest 70s ballad tracks ever! CD
Also available Shake It Well – Best Of The Dramatics 1974 to 1980 ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ Ronnie DysonRonnie Dyson – His All Time Golden Classics ... CD
Columbia/Collectables, Early 70s. Used ... $7.99
Excellent 70s soul from the great Ronnie Dyson – first famous as a singer in the original cast of Hair, but later a soul star in his own right, with a few massive hits that brought him big fame! The arrangements here are by Thom Bell, who gives Ronnie's vocals a fragile quality that works wonders, and by Jimmy Wisner, who hits a little bit more of a deep approach with Ronnie – and the tunes on the set are a strong example of the more sophisticated styles of east coast production during the 70s. Includes Ronnie's big hit "One Man Band", plus "I Don't Wanna Cry", "When You Get Right Down To It", "A Wednesday In Your Garden", "The Love Of A Woman", "Girl Don't Come", "Don't Be Afraid", "Fever", "Make It With You", "(If You Let Me Make Love To You Then) Why Can't I Touch You", "Give In To Love", "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", and "A Touch Of Baby". CD

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✨✧ EbonysSing About Life ... CD
Buddah/P&C, 1976. Used ... $9.99
The Ebonys sing about life, and a host of other groovy topics too – in this lost soul treasure from the 70s! The set is one of only two albums ever cut by The Ebonys – a consistently great group from the 70s, as is testified by their constant popularity in our racks! The quartet has a 3 man/1 woman harmony sound that's very hip – often applied to righteous themes worked out in a heavy soul mode, and which sounds just as great on the ballads as it does dancefloor numbers. This second album's got an even sharper edge than their debut – thanks to production and arrangements from Tony Camillo – who gives the album some great undercurrents of funk, and a slightly righteous style that reminds us of some of Norman Whitfield's best studio work of the time. Vocals are wonderful – with really great harmonies that balance out beautifully – in ways that are much more unified than other girl/guy soul groups. Titles include "Neighborhood Gossip", "Mr Me, Mrs You", "One Thing On My Mind", "Sing About Life", and "A Love of Your Own". CD

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Graham Central StationGraham Central Station ... CD
Warner, 1974. Used ... $6.99
The legendary first album by Larry Graham and Graham Central Station – Larry's bold move away from Sly & The Family Stone, and the beginning of a new dynasty in mainstream funk! Larry's bass work really drives the set along – pushing the riffing guitars over the top of the heavy drums in a style that's tight, but never too "easy" – still with enough of the raw energy of his roots, despite the later crossover fame of the set. All tracks are Graham originals – except for a version of Al Green's "It Ain't No Fun To Me" – and titles include "Tell Me What It Is", "Ghetto", "Can You Handle It?", "Hair", "We Be's Gettin' Down", and "People". CD
(Promotional stamp on booklet cover.)

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Fred HughesBaby Boy ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. Used ... $18.99
A soaring full length debut from Fred Hughes – a singer who cut some key singles for Brunswick Records in the late 60s, and more than lives up to their strength here on an album! The set's got some very in-the-pocket backings for Fred to work with – arrangements from Sonny Sanders, Tom Tom, and Willie Henderson – all in that brilliantly bouncy blend of Chicago soul modes that Brunswick was putting forth at the time! The style's a great blend with the rootsier modes of Hughes' vocals – a style that might have been more blues in another setting, but which works here with a great sense of righteous presence and power. Titles include Fred's own compositions "Who You Really Are", "Don't Let This Happen To Us", "Baby Boy", and "I Understand" – plus "Oo Wee Baby", "In My Time Of Need", and "San Francisco Is A Lonely Time". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Millie JacksonSoul Circuit Retrospectives ... CD
DM, 1970s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ... $8.99
(Out of print.)

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Giorgio Moroder & Joe EsposSolitary Men (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Repertoire (Germany), 1983. Used ... $6.99
A unique collaboration from disco maestro Giorgio Moroder – a rare early 80s project done with vocals from singer Joe Esposito – who'd first risen to fame in the 70s trio Brooklyn Dreams! Joe's raspy lead gives the tunes a lyrical center you don't always get with Moroder – vocals that are sometimes more upfront than Giorgio's electronics and keyboards, and which definitely give the music a blue-eyed quality that should have made the set more of a crossover hit. The grooves still have plenty of Moroder touches at the bottom – and titles include "Lady Lady", "To Turn The Stone", "Washed In The Neon Light", "My Girl", "Solitary Man", "Too Hot To Touch", "A Love Affair", and "Show Me The Night". CD bonus tracks – "Face To face", "Chase (1985 rmx)" & Valley Of The Dolls (inst). CD

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RelativesElectric Word ... CD
Yep Roc, 2013. Used ... $1.99
The magnificent return of The Relatives – the group's first new recording since the 70s – hot on the heels of their rediscovery on the Don't Let Me Fail compilation! The lineup features some younger members alongside leader Reverend Gean West – but the sound here is very much in the spirit of the early recordings – with a strong emphasis on vocal harmonies, served up in the righteous blend of soul and gospel roots that made the group so great in the first place! Other instrumentation is mostly funky, and pretty darn respectful – some sharp-edged guitar and tight drums that often sit out and let the vocals take center stage. Titles include "Revelations", "We Need Love", "Say It Loud", "Trouble In My Way", "Things Are Changing", and "Bad Trip". CD

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Minnie RipertonLove Lives Forever ... CD
EMI (UK), 1980. Used ... $8.99
The last album ever from the amazing Minnie Riperton – and one of her greatest records as well! The album was sadly issued after Minnie's untimely early passing from this planet – but it's a heavenly batch of tunes that definitely shows that her love of music lives forever – thanks not only to a strong talent for songwriting and sublime production from husband Richard Rudolph – but also some important help from a variety of all-star guests who are all brought together out of deep affection for Minnie. George Benson, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Roberta Flack, Patrice Rushen, Peabo Bryson and others all make key appearances here – working with arrangements from Johnny Pate, and vocals the Minnie recorded for the record before its completion. Titles include the perennial favorite "Here We Go" – easily one of Minnie's greatest tunes ever – plus "I'm In Love Again", "You Take My Breath Away", "Strange Affair", "Island In The Sun", and " The Song Of Life (La-La-La)". CD

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✨✧ Minnie RipertonStay In Love/Minnie ... CD
EMI (UK), 1977/1979. Used ... $9.99
2 incredible albums from 70s soul legend Minnie Riperton – back to back on one nicely-priced CD! Stay In Love is is one of the key albums of Minnie's career – recorded when she was at the height of her power, forging a whole new soul sound that mixed her incredible voice with jazzy modern arrangements that were a few years ahead of most of the other singers at her level. The album's subtitled "A Romantic Fantasy Set To Music", and it features a swirling mix of ballads and uptempo tunes – all with a sexy sound, and some of the most seductive vocals that Minnie ever recorded. Includes the club groover "Young Willing & Able", plus "Can You Feel What I'm Saying?", "Gettin' Ready for Your Love", "Could It Be I'm In Love", and the great "Stick Together", written with Stevie Wonder. Minnie was the last album released before Riperton passed away from a tragic early death – and it's a wonderful batch of jazzy modern soul cuts that gives a good indication of the direction that Minnie might have gone in the 80s! The album's got plenty of great guest players – including Minnie's longtime fan/friend Stevie Wonder, plus Phil Upchurch, Jose Feliciano, Hubert Laws, Harvey Mason, Tom Scott, and many others – and production is handled by the usual Rudolph/Riperton team, with help from Henry Lewy. Includes the great track "Memory Lane", which gets endless airplay here in Chicago, plus the beautiful ballad "Never Existed Before", and the cuts "I'm A Woman", "Lover & Friend", and "Return To Forever". 17 tracks on one CD! CD

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Patrice RushenSignature ... CD
Warner/Discovery, 1997. Used ... $6.99
A later session from Patrice Rushen, but still plenty darn great – and a wonderful extension of the soulful fusion grooves she first started hitting way back at the end of the 70s! The album's a bit smooth, but never too commercial – and Patrice mixes in a fair bit of acoustic piano with the keyboards, which gives the album a warm, jazz-based grounding, and sometimes even more sensitivity than in years past. Players include Paul Jackson Jr on guitar, Ndugu Chancler on drums, and Kirk Whalum and Gerald Albright on saxes – and titles include a great cover of "The Sweetest Taboo", plus "Sneaky Pete", "Softly", "Hurry Up This Way Again", "Almost Home", "Wise Ol Souls", and "Oneness". CD
(Out of print, artwork is wrinkled from some light water damage.)

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✨✧ Joe TexSingles A's & B's Vol 3 – 1969 to 1972 ... CD
Dial/Shout (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $11.99
Hard to go wrong with Joe Tex at this point in his career – as the singer's not only at the top of the game of southern soul, but also helping to forge great new changes in the genre as well! The set begins with Joe's classic "Buying A Book" – easily one of his best-remembered cuts from the Dial years – then it spins into some great numbers that show a slight trace of funk creeping into the music, amongst some even more heartfelt, more personal narratives – of the sort that Tex virtually helped introduce to soul music at the start of the 60s. Production is wonderful – and titles include "Buying A Book", "Chicken Crazy", "Everything Happens On Time", "You're Right Ray Charles", "That's The Way", "It Ain't Sanitary", "I Can't See You No More", "Sure Is Good", "Bad Feet", "Papa's Dream", "I Gotcha", "A Mother's Prayer", and "You Said A Bad Word". CD

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VariousWestbound Detroit Northern Soul ... CD
Westbound/Kent (UK), Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
Groovy soul from Westbound Records – the Detroit imprint that's best known for its heavy funk from groups like Funkadelic or The Counts, but which also cut some killer Northern numbers in their early years too! The package features loads of under-discovered Westbound nuggets, including a few unreleased tracks too – and the overall feel is almost in the same territory as the HDH/Invictus camp of the early 70s – soaring soul that's clearly informed by the Motown generation, but which comes across with a lot more righteous overtones, thanks to some heady production work! A few names here are familiar, but most of the work should be pretty darn fresh, even if you've got other collections of Westbound work – and as usual, Kent have really knocked it out of the park with a great job on the notes and overall packaging. Titles include "Third World" by Joe Matthews, "Love Love Love" by Damon Shawn, "Till Another Day (Tom Moulton 7" edit)" by Caesar Frazier, "Ain't No Telling" by Houston Outlaws, "Happy Days" by The Magictones, "Gonna Spread The News" by Unique Blend, "Ain't That Lovin" by Denise & Abe, "Lonely In A Crowd" by Superlatives, "My Baby Ain't No Plaything" by The New Holidays, "Can't Shake It Loose" by Funkadelic, "I Can't See Myself Doing Without You" by Bob & Harold, "Never My Love" by Emanuel Laskey, "I'm Slowly Moulding" by The Magictones, and "I Am So Thankful" by Eddie Hill. CD

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✨✧ Average White BandCut The Cake/Soul Searching/Benny & Us ... CD
Edsel (UK), Mid 70s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Heavy funk from the glory years of Average White Band – three albums on a single 2CD set! Cut The Cake is a killer – and if you need to own one album by Average White Band, this may be it! The album features the band at their funky best – playing hard and chopping away with a strong crossover sound that put them firmly on the map during the early 70s. Loads of tight rolling basslines and hard drums – all produced with that polished funky sound that was the band's stock-in-trade during the big chart years! The record includes their funky classic "School Boy Crush", still a sampling favorite – plus loads of other nice moments, like "If I Ever Lose This Heaven", "Cloudy", "High Flyin Woman", and the hit title cut "Cut The Cake". Soul Searching is sublime mid 70s work from The Average White Band – and a record that really has the group deepening their groove a bit – moving past the heavier funk of their roots, into some mellower grooves that are totally great! There's a great undercurrent of jazz in some of the playing here – a real consciousness for clever changes, hip instrumental flourishes, and some other fusion-inspired moments – although all delivered with an understated quality that's mighty nice. The feel's a bit like The Headhunters on their second album, or some of the great Wayne Henderson groups on Fantasy – a great mix of jazz funk and soul that makes the record one of our favorites by the group. Titles include "Sunny Days", "Digging Deeper", "Love Your Life", "Queen Of My Soul", and the stellar mellow "A Love Of Your Own". On Benny & Us, Ben E King joins the Average White Band for this sweet 70s set – a killer record that not only stands as one of King's best efforts of the decade, but one that also gives the group a great new frontman! Ben's not the only singer on the record, but his presence here can definitely be felt – deepening up the grooves nicely, and giving the already-great AWB sound an even more badass feel! Titles include the classic "Star In The Ghetto", a funky remake of "What Is Soul", an earlier hit for King – plus "Keepin It To Myself", "Imagine", "Someday We'll All Be Free", "Get It Up For Love", and "The Message". CD
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✨✧ Average White BandFeel No Fret/Volume VII/Shine/Cupid's In Fashion ... CD
Edsel (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Four massive albums from Average White Band – served up in one 2CD package! Feel No Fret is a great set that showcases the group's best second suit – their smooth compressed late 70s soul sound – a great evolution of their earlier groove, and one that showed them as a great mainstream soul act! The tunes are a bit mellower overall, but still have a lot of crackle and warmth – and Hamish Stuart's lost none of his vocal charm, and in fact may even sound better in a more laidback, less funky heavy setting! With the great break track "Stop The Rain" – and the cuts "When Will You Be Mine", "Please Don't Fall In Love", "Walk On By", "Feel No Fret", "Atlantic Avenue", "Ace Of Hearts", "Too Late To Cry" and "Fire Burning". Volume VIII is something of a greatest hits record by the group – one that bore the original tag "This album gives the listener a rare opportunity to taste the past and present of the Average White Band." What does that mean? Well, it means that the band only came up with 4 new songs for the record – including "Kiss Me", "Love Won't Get In The Way", "Love Gives Love Takes Away", and "Growing Pains" – all good numbers, though, and expanded here with the bonus track "Miss Sun". Shine features great later grooves from Average White Band – a real gem from the point when the group was settling nicely into a mellow soul vein! By this point, the combo wisely realized that they couldn't keep things going forever as a funky group – so they laid back and fell into their second strongest suit – the kind of mellow stepping rhythms that sparkled nicely between the bigger cuts on earlier records, produced to perfection here with a shimmeringly soulful feel! The album's got a mature feel, and the lyrics are often understated and well-balanced – no easy crossover soul or adult contemporary cliches – just the kind of warmth the band was always known best for. Titles include "Into The Night", "Our Time Has Come", "Catch Me", "For You For Love", "Help is On The Way", "If Love Only Lasts For One Night", and "Shine". Also features bonus tracks "Wasn't I Your Friend" and "Let's Go Round Again (12" version)". Cupid's In Fashion is from the early 80s, but still totally great – a record that has the Average White Band stepping along in smooth jazzy style – still with all their best 70s roots intact! The group are tight, yet still far from commercial – beautifully suited to the warmly soulful sounds they'd reached by this point – less of the hard funk of before, but in its place a mature groove that's totally great. Titles include "You Wanna Belong", "Cupid's In Fashion", "You're My Number One", "Love's A Heartache", "I Believe", and "Easier Said Than Done". CD

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✨✧ JJ BarnesJJ Barnes – The Groovesville Masters ... CD
Goldmine (UK), Late 60s/1997. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the best soul ever to come out of Detroit! JJ Barnes was one of the city's best singers ever, but he always labored under bigger names in the city, and most of his work has only been the pricey province of rare soul collectors – until now! This excellent 2 CD set finally gives Barnes his just due, and it brings together a whopping batch of 39 tracks that are some of the best soul groovers we've heard in ages. Titles include "Now That I Got You Back", "Won't You Let Me Know", "Please Let Me In", "Sad Day's Coming", "Snowflakes", "Your Love Is Gone", "I Need A Change", "Hole In the Wall", and lots lots more! 2CDs, and a great compilation of JJ's best work ever! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Al BraggsAl ''TNT'' Braggs – Mister Dynamite ... CD
Peacock/Marginal (Belgium), 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible work from Al "TNT" Braggs – a contemporary of Bobby Blue Bland on the Duke/Peacock label, and a singer with a similar blend of deep soul and blues! Like Bobby, Al had a way of smoothing out the rough spots, and taking the vocals into a warmer and more polished territory that really set the stage for bigger southern singers in years to come. His work on the Peacock label has a wonderfully upbeat quality – making for a number of southern/northern-style groovers – offset by some equally great mellow and ballad work, sung in a homey vocal mode that's extremely captivating. The set features 23 tracks from Al's years at the Peacock label – and titles include "An Angel", "Cigarettes & Coffee", "Earthquake", "Easy Rock", "Give It Up", "I Just Can't Get Over You", " I Don't Think I Can Make It", "Running Out Of Lives", "We Belong Together", and "You're Something Else". CD
(Note: CD appears to have been mastered from vinyl sources – and although printed professionally, it's a bit low-budget in terms of the packaging. CD may not play well on all players.)

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✨✧ Keni BurkeKeni Burke ... CD
Dark Horse/Solaris, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first great solo album from Five Stairstep Keni Burke – really recreating himself as a completely different sort of artist – one who's all grown up, and able to work in this jazzy approach to modern soul that's completely great all the way through! Keni produced the record himself – and he gives things a sound that's tight, but never commercial – kind of a precursor to his "Rising To The Top" groove at RCA, but a bit more personal – with a Cali soul vibe that's very different than Burke's Chicago roots, with a quality that's a bit more indie than you might expect from the major label status of the record. The whole thing's great – and titles include "You Are All Mine", "Give All You Can Give", "Day", "From Me To You", "Shuffle", "Tell Me That You Love Me", and "Keep On Singing". CD

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