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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 ... $3.99
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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EbonysSing About Life ... CD
Buddah/P&C, 1976. Used ... $6.99
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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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 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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Marvin HolmesMarvin Holmes & The Rush Experience (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Brown Door/Shout (Japan), 1971. Used ... $16.99
Partly a funk combo, but a group that's also got plenty of jazz in the mix too – thanks to the presence of Tom Harrell on trumpet and Steve Turre on trombone! Both players were well on the verge of becoming major talents in jazz on their own – and their presence here really gives the set a vibe that's way different than the usual horn-heavy funk effort of the time – a righteous tip that really works perfectly with the message-oriented music of Marvin Holmes! Marvin's way funkier and hard-hitting than on his earlier 60s material – stepping forward with a maturity that could have only happened here on the smaller Brown Door label, and which rivals, then goes way beyond the efforts of some of his bigger-name contemporaries in the Bay Area of the time. Marvin leads the group on guitar and vocals – and in addition to the great horns, there's a rock-solid rhythm combo that features Bob Degen on piano. Titles include "Sanyas", "Rush", "Don't Worry", "Life", "Portions Of My Mind", and "Think It Over". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Louis JordanRock N Roll ... CD
Polygram (France), 1957. Used ... $3.99
A full set of Louis Jordan's excellent work for Mercury Records in the mid 50s – material that often reworks his older songs, but with a lean, mean vibe that's got a lot more early rock and R&B touches! The instrumentation is razor-sharp – often with searing sax solos from the man himself, and a groove that has all the other players hitting hard on the rhythms – romping in a way that definitely lives up to the rock and roll of the title, but with a quality that reminds us that Jordan was one of the originators, and not just some older talent trying to cash in on the new scene! CD features 21 tracks in all – and titles include "Run Joe", "Salt Pork West Virginia", "Beware Brother Beware", "Knock Me A Kiss", "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens", "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying", "The Jamp", "Ella Mae", "Saturday Night Fish Fry", and "Morning Light". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Rock N Roll ... CD 13.99

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Mike James KirklandDoin' It Right ... CD
Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity, Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
Nice one! Although the other Mike James Kirkland LP reissued by Luv N Haight is fairly well known amongst classic soul collectors, this harder-to-find 2nd album is a totally rare gem – and it's great to have it back out again. As with Kirkland's other work, the record has a beautiful deep soul groove, and a sound that's a bit like some of Marvin Gaye's stuff from the mid 70's. Mike's writing is very good, and the production has a nice sparkling edge that gives the material a good righteous feel. Titles include "You Put It On My Mind", "Got To Do It Right", "The Only Change", and "Love Is All We Need". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Boobie Knight & The Universal LadyBoobie Knight & The Universal Lady ... CD
Brunswick (Japan), 1974. Used ... $18.99
Crazy funk from a crazy-costumed geezer with an equally crazy name – one of those lost rare funky nuggets that's every bit as great as you might guess from the cover and title! Boobie Knight's a killer here – and works in a groove that's somewhere between Sly & The Family Stone and The Jimmy Castor Bunch – with all the freaky, fuzzy touches that reference might imply! His group has a definite guitar-heavy sound that's a bit blunted, and a bit trippy at times – but which also has a nice soulful edge at it's best moments – a sense of focus that gives the record more of a groove than other records of this nature from the period. The band here includes vocals by Al Johnson (who may well be the same Al Johnson who went onto later mellow soul fame) – and titles include the crazy "Earth Creature", plus "The Lovomaniacs", "Power Greater Than Man", "Feeling My Cheerios", and "Woman Will Make You Love". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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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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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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✨✧ PharaohsAwakening ... CD
Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity, Early 70s. Used ... $36.99
A legendary album from Chicago – recorded by a group with ties to Sun Ra, Phil Cohran, and Earth Wind & Fire! The set's got a sound that more than lives up to all those references – a vibe that's jazzy and soulful, yet often quite righteous too – imbued with the sort of spirit you'd guess from the group's name and the album's cover image – but often served up with a tight enough groove to make the set a favorite for fans of funk as well! There's a really special mix going on here – and unlike other ensembles of the time, The Pharoahs never go too far out – and instead really have the great sort of focus you'd hear even more strongly with Earth Wind & Fire. The lineup features Louis Satterfield on bass, Willie Woods on trombone, Don Myrick on saxes, Black Herman on drums, and Derf Reklaw on percussion and flute – and titles include "Ibo", "Somebody's Been Sleeping", "Damballa", "Freedom Road", "Great House", and "Black Enuff". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Awakening ... LP 139.99

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✨✧ Ray Goodman & BrownMood For Lovin ... CD
Manhattan, 1988. Used ... $14.99
A different groove than before for Ray, Goodman, & Brown – partly because the trio's working without Al Goodman, and instead has the younger Greg Willis in place as a mighty strong lead! Some tracks have Greg really taking center stage – with only smaller harmony support from Harry Ray and Billy Brown – while others have more of a fuller group feel, shifting things a bit throughout the album. Production is in a late 80s mode that has full beats on the bottom, which gives the mellower cuts a sweet stepping sound – and titles include "Where Did You Get That Body Baby", "Mood For Lovin", "Where Are You Now", "Next Time I'll Know", "Electrified", and "Don't Make Me Wait", which is a duet between Harry Ray and Sarah Dash. CD
(Out of print.)

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Smokey Robinson & The MiraclesHi, We're The Miracles ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1960. Used ... $9.99
Incredible work from Smokey Robinson & The Miracles – a set that's not only one of the first great records on Motown, but a set that also really links the label to the vocal scene in the rest of the country too! Although the record features a few hits, the overall presentation is nicely free of the Motown mode that would later become quite standard – and many tracks have this very relaxed, unadorned approach that's a lot more like the group soul coming from small labels in New York, Philly, and Chicago! The group harmonize with even more soul and feeling than any of their Motown contemporaries – and the presence of Claudette Rogers gives the group a high tenor voice that really creates some amazing vocal interplay. The whole thing's stunning – a record that will really revise any simple thoughts you might have about Smokey and the group – and titles include "Shop Around", "Cause I Love You", "Don't Leave Me", "Your Love", "Depend On Me", and "Heart Like Mine". CD
(Includes obi.)

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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.)

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ShalamarComplete Solar Hit Singles Collection ... CD
Solar/Sanctuary (UK), Late 70s/1980s. Used 2CD ... $14.99
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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Bunny SiglerLet Me Party With You (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gold Mind/Octave (Japan), 1977. Used ... $12.99
One of the best of Bunny Sigler's disco albums – a classic pairing with a the group Instant Funk, and a record that helped define the second generation of the Philly groove! Bunny's still got some of the sweeter touches of earlier years, but he also comes across with a much fuller vocal range – stepping up to the grooves with a voice that's deep in soul, and which unfolds nicely across the album's longer uptempo tracks! The Instant Funk backing is mighty nice too – and really gives the album a sharp edge that sets it apart from other Sigler efforts of the period. Titles include "Let Me Party With You", "Your Love Is So Good", "Don't Even Try", and "I Got What You Need". CD features two bonus tracks – "I Got What You Need (original single), and "Only You", a duet with Loleatta Holloway! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Ronnie DysonRonnie Dyson – His All Time Golden Classics ... CD
Columbia/Collectables, Early 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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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