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Bionic BoogieHot Butterfly (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/FTG, 1978. Used ... $14.99
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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Maxine BrownEP Collection Plus ... CD
See For Miles (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... $16.99
Incredible work from Maxine Brown – one of the greatest singers of the New York uptown soul scene! Maxine had a fantastic voice – deeply soulful, but handled here with some sweet uptown arrangements that create a wonderful counterpoint between the vocals and backings, one that gives the songs a strangely edgey quality that really makes them sparkle. This 27 track collection brings together all the material issued under her name as British Eps in the 60s – including a number of famous duets with Chuck Jackson – all tracks that originally appeared in the US on the Wand label. The tracks are all classics, presented in a format that offers a different look at some of the covers, but with the same great music! Titles include "My Life", "Think Of Me", "All In My Mind", "Let's Go Get Stoned", "It's Gonna Be Alright", "Oh No Not My Baby", "Little Girl Lost", "Coming Back To You", "It's Torture", "Let It Be Me", "Daddy's Home", and "Yesterday's Kisses". CD
(Out of print.)

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Dandeliers & OthersDandeliers & Other Great Groups On States – Chop Chop Boom ... CD
States/Delmark, Mid 50s. Used ... $5.99
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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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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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireNow Then & Forever (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sony, 2013. Used ... $7.99
A mindblowingly good album from Earth Wind & Fire – one of the best we've heard from them in years, and a set that really lives up to all the faith we've had in the group over the years! The sound is right on the money – from performance to production – with a vibe that really links the record to their best work at the end of the 70s, but with a freshness that shows that the group's vision and spirit are still moving forward in the 21st Century! We honestly weren't expecting anything this great – and we're pleased as punch at the way the set sparkles wonderfully with each new track – served up with vocals mostly by Phillip Bailey, in the core trio with Ralph Johnson and Verdine White – all working here with plenty of help from a larger ensemble of players who really get the classic sound just right. The whole thing's overflowing with positive energy – and titles include "Love Is Law", "Belo Horizonte", "Splashes", "The Rush", "Night Of My Life", "My Promise", "Guiding Lights", and "Sign On". Includes the bonus tracks "Hero As He Rose" & "Whirlwind". 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 ... $4.99
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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Loleatta HollowayLoleatta Holloway – The Anthology ... CD
Salsoul/Suss'd (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ... $24.99
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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Fred HughesBaby Boy ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. Used ... $14.99
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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✨✧ Patti LabelleIt's Alright With Me/Released ... CD
West Side (UK), 1979. Used 2 CDs ... $18.99
2 albums on 2 CDs – both big ones from Patti's classic solo years! It's Alright By Me was recorded at the height of the disco years, Patti's really shining on the mellower cuts – hitting a serious soulful side that shows that her move to a solo act really let her move into more sophisticated material. There are definitely some dance tracks like "Music Is My Life" but the real highlights are mellow tunes like "What'cha Doing To Me" and "You & Me". Other titles include "It's Alright With Me", "Love & Learn", "My Best Was Good Enough", and "Deliver The Funk".Released has Patti working with Allen Toussaint, who arranged and produced the record, and who gives it a hip sound that's a perfect way to deal with Patti's style in the flagging years of disco. Patti's quite over the top, vocal-wise, but the New Orleans production keeps things fairly real. Titles include "Find The Love", "Get Ready", "Give It Up", "Release", "I Don't Go Shopping", "Ain't That Enough", and "Don't Make Your Angel Cry". CD
(Out of print.)

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Giorgio Moroder & Joe EsposSolitary Men (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Repertoire (Germany), 1983. Used ... $4.99
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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Paragons & The JestersParagons Meet The Jesters (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Winley, 1959. Used ... $8.99
Harmony soul heaven – a rare double-header from two hip New York groups! Both The Paragons and Jesters have a fantastic approach – heavy on group vocal interplay, in ways that really show the evolution of doo wop in the early soul years! There's a heartbreaking quality to many of the cuts here – really the ground work for tighter harmony soul of the late 60s and early 70s – and the recording quality definitely lives up to the "tuff" look on the cover image. CD is overflowing with bonus material – and includes a whopping 31 numbers in all – titles that include "Florence", "Vows Of Love", "Stick With Me Baby", "Twilight", "So You Will Know", "Doll Baby", "Don't Cry Baby", and "Darling I Love You" by The Paragons – and "Please Let Me Love You", "Uncle Henry's Basement", "Sally Green", "That's How It Goes", "The Plea", "Oh Baby", "Come Let Me Show You", and "The Wind" by The Jesters. 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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✨✧ TemptationsReflections ... CD
New Door, 2006. Used ... $2.99
The Temptations get a whole new groove here – working away from Motown for the first time in many many years, and getting a good deal of production help from Steve The Scotsman Harvey! Steve's backing the group with his Everyday People combo on more than half the record – taking them back to the live soul mode of the earlier years – and creating a groove that breathes surprising new life into their music. The remaining tunes are handled by Benjamin Wright, who gives the Temps more of a conventional soul finish – but fortunately, the record's put together in a way that alternates the two modes so that Harvey's great talents are spread out nicely through the set. And even though most of the songs are older hits from 60s Motown, the versions handled by Harvey are fresh and new – even though they're getting a classic sort of approach! Titles include "Can I Get A Witness", "Reflections", "Try It Baby", "I Hear A Symphony", "Don't Leave Me This Way", "I'll Be There", "Never Can Say Goodbye", "Reach Out & Touch", "Ooo Baby Baby", and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough". CD
(Out of print, punch through booklet.)

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DramaticsShake It Well – Best Of The Dramatics 1974 to 1980 ... CD
MCA, Mid 70s-Early 80s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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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