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Pauli CarmanDial My Number (with bonus track) ... CD
CBS/PTG (Netherlands), 1986. Used ... $9.99
An overlooked set from the 80s soul mainstream – the first solo album from the lead singer from Champaign! Pauli Carman's look on the cover definitely gives away the feel of the album – sweet 80s soul with a nice blend of beats and keyboards in the mix, all with the right sort of emphasis to balance out the vocals! Pauli's got a bit more bite than you'd expect for such a classy look on the cover – but he's also great at sliding into a mellow, or midtempo number – the kind of quiet storm 80s tracks that are often a good balance to the more beat-heavy tracks on a record like this. Titles include "Dial My Number", "Lose Control", "High & Low", "You Impress Me", "Flashback", "Close To The Bone", and "Dangerous". CD features the bonus track "Dial My Number (ext dance version)". CD

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Patti LabelleI'm In Love Again (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/FTG, 1983. Used ... $8.99
A seminal album from the great Patti Labelle – a set that allowed the singer to mature strongly and find her own voice away from the funky, rockish style of Labelle – this sophisticated style that marked a whole new level of the singer's career! The Philly International label turned out to be a perfect setting for Patti – as they too were also growing past some of their earlier styles – moving past the chart soul of the 70s, and some of their bigger disco hits – and finding just the right place to allow their artists to keep on growing strongly over the years. The album's an all-adult affair – no clunky commercial moments at all, and instead this great blend of jazzy currents and sophisticated soul – all handled with the excellent second generation Philly International approach! Titles include "I'm In Love Again", "Love Lives", "Love Need & Want You", "I'll Never Never Give You Up", "If Only You Knew", "Body Language", and "When Am I Gonna Find True Love". CD features bonus tracks – 7" versions of "I'm In Love Again", "If Only You Knew", "I'll Never Never Give You Up", and "If You Only Knew". CD

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Pat LundyOnly Love Spoken Here ... CD
RCA/P&C, 1973. Used ... $7.99
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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Steve MarshallDo What You Will ... CD
Reynolds/Dope Brother, Late 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Steve Marshall towers above the 70s San Francisco skyline on the cover of this record – and the set features some equally towering grooves to match! The style here is a bit unusual – kind of a west coast take on the underground modes of the P&P empire out east, mixed with a bit of soul jazz – spare, simple club tracks that are a lot more stripped-down than regular disco – with a real focus on the core rhythms and select instrumentation on the cuts! Bits of strings slide into the mix, but they're never overdone – and most numbers pulsate with a really earthy sort of groove – heavy on bass, peppered with female vocals, and lots of funky keyboards and horns. There's also a slightly jazzy vibe at times – especially on numbers that feature flute work from Marshall – which gives the tunes a lyrical quality that's nice and warm, especially alongside the chorus vocals – which sometimes have a righteous qualitytoo. The reissue really brings up the sound nicely – with the Kenny Dope stamp of approval right on the back – and the CD also features lots of bonus tracks too! Titles include "Do What You Will", "This Choiceless Awareness", "Disco Rhapsody", "Maintain", "In The Country", and "Children Of The Mind". CD features 5 bonus tracks – including "Maintain (12" version)", "Do What You Will (12" version)", "Maintain (7" version)", "Creative Happiness (7" version)", and "Still Thinking Of You (flute solo)". CD

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Donna SummerI Remember Yesterday ... CD
Polygram, 1977. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Sweet grooves from Donna Summer – who was still a rising star at this point in the 70s! The title is an honest one – for an album with songs that look back at 60s and earlier 70s soul songcraft – and even earlier than that – mostly via the groovy backup vocals. So, Ms. Summer get's a chance to show her affection for her soulful predecessors, but that's combined with the thoroughly modern Giorgio Moroder production – which really gives this record a really unique feel. Includes "I Remember Yesterday", "Love's Unkind", "Back In Love Again", "Black Lady", "Take Me", "Can't We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over)" and "I Feel Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Allen ToussaintToussaint – The Real Thing 1970 to 1975 (Toussaint/Life Love & Faith/Southern Nights/bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Raven (Australia), Early 70s. Used 2CD ... $14.99
A trio of albums from this legendary New Orleans soul singer – all of them great! First up is Toussaint – a seminal album from Allen Toussaint – his first big move as a solo act, and the start of some great fame that would blossom even more strongly in the 70s! This indie effort has a rougher edge than Allen's later albums at Warner Brothers – a sly, wicked slow funk approach that's a real transformation of the older New Orleans groove for a hipper, more contemporary 70s audience. The instrumentation is relatively lean – with lots of nice organ and piano lines alongside slow-stepping and vamping rhythms – and the set was actually recorded in LA, but still has very strong roots in New Orleans! Titles include the classic "From A Whisper To A Scream", plus "Working In A Coal Mine", "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky", "What Is Success", "Either", "Louie", and "Number Nine" – a few of which are hip piano instrumentals! Life, Love, & Faith is a set that may well be his funkiest album ever! The set features 12 tracks from the early 70s – a time when Toussaint was mixing a bit of funk into the heavy soul mix that he'd had from his early days in the Crescent City scene – coming up with a blend that's even darker, and more powerful than all his famous production and projects of the 60s! And while some of Allen's later work tended towards cliche, this record captures him right at that perfect point when all of this was totally fresh – delivered with a razor-sharp edge, and with great instrumental help from New Orleans legends like Leo Nocentelli, Zig Modeliste, and George Porter Jr – all of whom make the album groove harder than most of the other soul albums on Warner at the time. Titles include "Soul Sister", "Victims Of The Darkness", "Am I Expecting Too Much", "Out Of The City", "Goin Down", "Electricity", "Fingers & Toes", and "On Your Way Down". Southern Nights is damn great work from Allen Toussaint – a record that was cut at a time when he'd really made his way into the mainstream of American music, yet could still come across with a hard New Orleans groove! The title cut, "Southern Nights", is a perfect illustration of this fact – as it was written by Toussaint, but became a big hit for Glen Campbell, who recorded a very soppy version of the number. Yet here, Allen turns it into a weird trippy tune – produced with great Sansu production, and backing by New Orleans legends like Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, and Art Neville – all of whom help the tune bristle with new energy, and a really sinister groove. The rest of the record continues in a similar vein – with a spacey LA mellow sound that actually works great for Toussaint's vocals, and gives them a wild flanged-out sound that's pretty amazing – and downright spooky at points! Titles include "Southern Nights", "Basic Lady", "Last Train", "Worldwide", "You Will Not Lose", "When The Party's Over", and "What Do You Want The Girl To Do". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "Number Nine" and "Poor Folks". CD

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Ronnie WalkerSomeday ... CD
Philly Archives, Mid 60s-Early 70s. Used ... $7.99
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
(Out of print.)
Also available Someday ... CD 9.99

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Richard Popcorn Wylie & OthersPopcorn's Detroit Soul Party ... CD
Goldmine (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $13.99
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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