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Leon HaywoodLeon Haywood Story – Then & Now ... LP
Eve Jim, 1970s/1980s. Very Good+ ... $5.99
A nice little batch of work by Leon Haywood, featuring four older tracks he produced or performed, and four then new numbers from his 80s period. Includes "She's A Bad Mama Jama", "Tenderoni", "Don't Push, Don't Force It", "I Want To Do Something Freaky To You", "Keep It In The Family" and "It's Got To Be Mellow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)
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Bama – The Village PoetGhettos Of The Mind ... LP
Aware, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A lost classic in the funky poetry mode of the 70s – and right up there with the best work from the time by the Last Poets, Jim Ingram, or Gil Scott Heron! Bama's got a rough-edged voice that works very well with the funkier backings of the set – handled by a team that includes Bernard Purdie on drums, Richard Tee on keyboards, and Cornell Dupree on guitar – and this rough vocal style also fits the themes of the tunes, which are still as political and righteous as other work in the genre, but a bit more down to earth as well. The music itself was arranged and composed by Jimmy Wizner and Billy Jackson – and titles include "Ghettos Of The Mind", "The Right To Be Wrong", "Nothingness", "Drunken Sister", "I Got Soul", "Welfare Slave", "Social Narcotics, and "Blackman, My Brother". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy Castor BunchPhase Two ... LP
RCA, 1972. Very Good+ ... $12.99
Probably Jimmy's second best album of the 70s – one with many of the same elements as his legendary It's Just Begun record. The band is grooving hard – with plenty of heavy conga, fuzzed out guitar, and trippy grooves that serve as a perfect foil for Jimmy's super-dope sense of humor. The record features a remake of Jimmy's earlier "Hey Leroy", still done with a Latiny groove, but also with many elements of "It's Just Begun" thrown into the funky mix. The album also features Jimmy's guitar-heavy "Tribute To Jim [Hendrix]", and "Luther The Anthropoid", which was a follow-up to "Troglodyte", with similar stoner caveman lyrics! Another tasty cut is "Party Life", a 7 minute Latin funk number with a very War-like groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Ben E KingLet Me Live In Your Life ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Very Good ... $0.99
Ben E King in a few different modes – all of them great, and a great demonstration of the continuing strengths he brought to his work at Atlantic Records in the 70s! The album features the work of three different production forces – Lamont Dozier, who serves up some sweet warm grooves that further King's great move to modern soul at the time; the team of Jim Stewart and Bettye Crutcher, who add in some deeper Stax-styled roots; and underground club genius Patrick Adams, who really makes some magic on one number! King holds strong in all these settings, and really rises to the top throughout – on titles that include "Wonder Woman", "Let Me Live In Your Life", "I See The Light", "Fly Away", "Fifty Years", "Spoiled", "Sweet Rhapsody", and "Dark Storm On The Horizon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, a promo stamp, and some light wear.)

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Maria MuldaurMaria Muldaur ... LP
Warner, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $3.99
A landmark record from Maria Muldaur – quite different than the rougher folsky work she cut in the 60s – and done with a really warm studio sound that's pure 70s all the way through! Maria's working here with some older folksy contemporaries – like David Grisman, Ry Cooder, and Jim Keltner – but much of the album has a warm glow overall, and some jazzy inflections that really help change the sound from before. The mighty Nick DeCaro did some great string arrangements on a few tracks – including the sublime "Midnight at the Oasis", one of the best pop tracks to come out of the seventies, and a jazzy ditty that still sounds amazingly fresh today. Other tracks include "Any Old Time", "Mad Mad Me", "Long Hard Time", and "Three Dollar Bill". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gene PageLovelock ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good+ ... $0.99
Gene Page at the height of his 70s powers – using all the talents he forged as a background artist for other soul talents, and all the majesty he added to his soundtrack work – all focused nicely into a sweet set of warmly soulful grooves! The style's a bit clubby, but also has some wider depth too – maybe an undercurrent of fusion that comes from players like Lee Ritenour and David T Walker on guitar, Joe Sample and Sonny Burke on keyboards, and Oscar Brasher on trumpet – who find a way to work wonderfully alongside the albums vocals from singers Merry Clayton, Edna Wright, and Jim Gilstrap – all with a style that's not unlike some of the best Quincy Jones material of the time! As with Quincy, there's a sense of care and confidence that really holds the album together – on titles that include "Higher My Love", "Organ Grinder", "Into My Thing", "Wild Cherry", "Fantasy Woman", "Straw In the Wind", and "Together Whatever". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a cutout notch.)

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Labi SiffreRemember My Song ... LP
EMI/Mr Bongo (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
Easily the best-remembered album by Labi Siffre – thanks to some well-used sample tracks over the years! But over and above the fame of the funky tunes "The Vulture" and "I Got The", the record's a key part of Siffre's 70s catalog – a record that's as great for its complex songwriting and deeply personal lyrics as it is for its Fender Rhodes lines, and tight musical backings from the combo of Big Jim Sullivan. All titles here are originals, and even when the groove slows down there's a depth that clearly marks Labi as one of the best singer/songwriters of the 70s – a talent who's been finally rediscovered in recent years, although sometimes only remembered for a few jazzy hooks from these tunes, and not the strength of the whole magilla! Here's your chance to dip into the Siffre sound at its fullest – on tracks that include "The Vulture", "I Got The", "Another Year", "Down", "Old Time Song", "Sadie & The Devil", "Remember My Song", and "Turn On Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice heavy-cover vinyl reissue!)
Also available Remember My Song ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Sly & The Family StoneLife (white cover) ... LP
Epic, 1968. Very Good- ... $8.99
Killer work from Sly & The Family Stone – hard-grooving, fast-funking, and really setting the scene for countless groups to come! The album's a messed-up funky party, with plenty of short little tracks that have a mix of funk, soul, and rock – perfect for the crossover crowd from whence Sly sprang, and who would become his biggest supporters into the 70s. And almost best of all, there's hardly any hits here – just tight little numbers that are as fresh today as they were back at the end of the 60s – all the kind of righteous funk the group could do better than anybody else! Titles include "Fun", "Plastic Jim", "Dynamite!", "Chicken", "Into My Own Thing", "Life", "Love City", "I'm An Animal", and the seminal "Jane Is A Groupee". LP, Vinyl record album

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Clea BradfordNow ... LP
Mainstream, Mid 60s. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
On earlier recordings, Clea was much more of a bluesy singer with a strong R&B sound. On this one, arranger Jim Tyler nicely uncovers a sweeter, more sophisticated side to her singing – and sets her voice in some larger arrangements with a very mellow sound. In a way, the overall approach is similar to early 60s work by Sarah Vaughan or Dinah Washington – with a slyly subtle approach that's nicely supported by the singer's rich vocal tradition. Titles include "Little Boy Bad", "I Had A Ball", "All Around The World", "Row, Row, Row", "Hey Look Me Over", and "After You". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ DramaticsDramatic Experience ... LP
Volt, 1973. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic early work from The Dramatics – an amazing blend of sweet soul harmony vocals, Memphis soul production, and some other-worldly songwriting that far surpasses later work of the group. This album's one of the band's most righteous, with a mixture of Curtom-type message cuts and sweeter love songs – and it includes the cuts "The Devil is Dope", "Beware of the Man (With The Candy In His Hand)", "Jim, What's Wrong With Him?", and "Hey You! Get Off My Mountain". Stellar soul sound, with a vibe that's unlike a lot of other stuff on the Stax/Volt label! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Gladys Knight & The PipsImagination ... LP
Buddah, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pivotal album for Gladys Knight and group – as the record features their super-huge hit "The Midnight Train To Georgia", a landmark track that not only had a catchy pop hook, but which spoke volumes about African-American migration in the postwar years. The track's one of those you've heard a million times, but it's got a strength that still holds up tremendously. Part of this is due to great production work by Tony Camillo – who handled arrangements and studio work on about half the tracks – and part is due to Jim Weatherly, who wrote the song, and about half the others on the album. The whole album's great – one of the best Buddah Records moments for the group – and titles include "I've Got To Use My Imagination", "Window Raising Granny", "Where Peaceful Waters Flow", "Once In A Lifetime Thing", "Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me", and "Storms Of Trouble Times". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear & small split on the top seam.)

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✨✧ Lizzy Mercier DesclouxPress Color (colored vinyl – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Ze/Light In The Attic, 1979. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A brilliant and overlooked gem from the glorious post-disco years of the New York scene – the first album recorded by Lizzy Mercier Descloux, a French native who'd relocated to America in the late 70s, and soaked up a huge array of influences from the scene at the time! The album's a really unique blend of funk, punk, reggae, and disco – done in the playful, genre-crossing spirit of the best Ze Records projects of the period – moving full steam ahead in a blend of infectious rhythms and dancefloor grooves, with nary a care for genre or classification! Titles include great versions of "Fire" and "Mission Impossible", plus "No Golden Throat", "Torso Corso", "Jim On The Move", and "Wawa". Special package also comes with loads of bonus tracks – including "Decrypted", "Herpes Simplex", "Larousse Baron Big", "Birdy Num Num", "Hard Boiled Babe", and "Morning High". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Press Color (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ VariousAtlantic Rhythm & Blues – Vol 3 – 1955-1958 ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Culled from the rich history of the Atlantic records label, and lovingly put together with great notes and everything! 28 tracks in all, including "Ruby Baby" and "Fools Fall In Love" by the Drifters,"In paradise" by the Cookies, "The Chicken & The Hawk" by Joe Turner, "Devil Or Angel" by the Clovers, "Drown In My Own Tears" and "Lonely Avenue" by Ray Charles, "Jim Dandy" by LaVern Baker, 'Down In Mexico", "Searchin'" and "Yakety Yak" by the Coasters, "Treasure Of Love" by Clyde McPhatter, "Since I Met You Baby" by Ivory Joe Hunter, "Lucky Lips" by Ruth Brown, "Midnight Special Train" by Joe Turner, "Cc Rider" and "Hang Up My Rock & Roll Shoes" by Chuck Willis and "Mr Lee" by the Bobbettes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Record club pressing.)
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Jimmy Briscoe & The BeaversJimmy Briscoe & The Beavers ... LP
Wanderick, 1977. Near Mint- ... $7.99
An obscure album cut by Jimmy Briscoe & The Beavers – the group who cracked the harmony soul charts briefly when they were just little kids, and who still sound pretty great here, after hitting puberty! The record was cut for the Wanderick subsidiary of TK – and there's a bit of an attempt to go disco with the record, but the end result is more in the uptempo Philly group soul mode, as in similar work from Blue Magic at the time. Paul Kyser wrote, arranged, and produced the record – and the slower cuts, as always, are the Beavers' strongest suit. Titles include "No One Can Love You Like I Do", "So Sweet The Love", "Invitation To The World", "True Love", "Living For Today", and "More Than You Realize". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo.)

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Jimmy BrownJimmy Brown Organ-ization ... LP
Abet, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $46.99
An obscure album of funky organ instrumentals – with a groove that's kind of in the Booker T mode! Jimmy Brown's on the organ on all tracks, and he gets some larger backings from Bob Holmes – adding in some strings and tasty instrumental flourishes to the smaller combo sound of Jimmy's group. This can be heard nicely on the album's version of "Ode To Billy Joe", done here in a style that's perhaps less funky than some of the others, but which also has these incredible David Axelrod-ish strings that come into the mix at just the right moment. Jimmy's approach to the keys has some hints of Jimmy McGriff, with a strong clean sound that works perfectly with this style of arranging. Titles include "Funky Funky Boogaloo", "Soul man", "Knock On Wood", and "Woman How Do You Make Me Love You Like I Do". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bumped corner and a some notations in pen on the back.)

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Jimmy CastorHey Leroy – Your Mama's Calling You ... LP
Smash, 1967. Very Good ... $9.99
An excellent bit of Latin groove – one of our favorite crossover boogaloo sets from the 60s, and easily some of the greatest work ever by Jimmy Castor! And yes, this is the same Jimmy Castor who's known for his funk albums of the 70s – but back in the day, he was open-minded enough to work in genres that included doo wop, harmony soul, and Latin – the last of which he does surprisingly well! The album's got a wonderfully earthy Spanish Harlem groove throughout – heard most famously on the title hit – "Hey Leroy", a fierce romp with a heavy piano groove that's clearly inspired by the work of Joe Cuba – but burning hard throughout on a variety of groovy covers and hard-hitting originals! Lots of piano, searing sax, snapping percussion, and humorous lyrics – and tracks include "Ham Hocks Espagnole", "Our Day Will Come", "Hey Willie", and "Southern Fried Frijoles". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono deep groove pressing. Cover has a split on the top seam lined with clear tape.)
Also available Hey Leroy – Your Mama's Calling You ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Jimmy Castor BunchIt's Just Begun ... LP
RCA, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Wickedly fuzzy funk! Jimmy Castor recorded in a lot of different styles during the 70s – but the one he used on this album is still his best! The record's a non-stop guitar-heavy batch of classic funk tracks – and it features the storming break track "It's Just Begun", the funky goofy "Troglodyte", and plenty other nice moments like "Bad", "LTD", "I Promise To Remember", and "Psychee". Fuzzy guitar meets heavy drums meets some of the most insane lyrics ever on a mainstream funk album! One of our most requested records – and for good reason! If you've ever bought a lousy Jimmy Castor album – throw it away, and buy this one! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available It's Just Begun (colored vinyl) ... LP 11.99

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✨✧ Jimmy Castor BunchIt's Just Begun (colored vinyl) ... LP
RCA, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Wickedly fuzzy funk! Jimmy Castor recorded in a lot of different styles during the 70s – but the one he used on this album is still his best! The record's a non-stop guitar-heavy batch of classic funk tracks – and it features the storming break track "It's Just Begun", the funky goofy "Troglodyte", and plenty other nice moments like "Bad", "LTD", "I Promise To Remember", and "Psychee". Fuzzy guitar meets heavy drums meets some of the most insane lyrics ever on a mainstream funk album! One of our most requested records – and for good reason! If you've ever bought a lousy Jimmy Castor album – throw it away, and buy this one! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available It's Just Begun ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Ray CharlesMy Kind Of Jazz Part 3 ... LP
Crossover, 1975. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Ray Charles' 3rd foray into straight jazz material – and like the others in this series, an all-instrumental album that focuses on the talents of Charles' group at the time! The tunes are a well-chosen batch of numbers that get past the standard bluesy Ray Charles mode – and take off on freer flights driven by solos of players like Johnny Coles and James Clay – nicely mixing together soul jazz with more modal and angular styles. Titles include versions of Benny Golson's "Ray Minor Ray", Charlie Mariano's "Nothing Wrong", Alf Clausen's "Samba De Elencia", and Jimmy Heath's "Project S". LP, Vinyl record album

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Arthur ConleyShake, Rattle, & Roll ... LP
Atco, 1967. Very Good+ ... $14.99
The second Arthur Conley album for Atlantic – and like the first, a record that really cooks with some great Otis Redding production! The sound and style is very similar to Otis' work for Stax during the 60s – but the album was recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, with engineering by Jimmy Johnson, and it's got a bit of a different sound from the Memphis soul of Otis' records. There's more horns, and less organ and guitars, and Conley's vocals are produced in a raw style that brings out the best of his work. Includes versions of the Otis Redding tracks "Ha Ha Ha" and "I've Been Loving You Too Long", plus Conley's own "Love's Got Me", "Hand & Glove", and "I'll Take The Blame". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gray & yellow label pressing. Cover has a split top seam and some light moisture damage on front.)

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Ronnie Dyson(If You Let Me Make Love To You Then) Why Can't I Touch You? (first cover version) ... LP
Columbia, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A wonderful first album from Ronnie Dyson – a set that's mostly soul, but also has some nicely trippy touches too – which provides a great springboard for Dyson's famous role in the musical Hair! Ronnie's got a voice that's gospelly deep at times – able to soar out with these bold lines that really state his presence, even when the overall backings might be laidback and slightly mellow. The set was recorded at the start of the 70s, and has this great balance between 60s uptown soul styles and some of the groovier, more sophisticated modes that were coming in at the time – a mode that makes Dyson sound nice and adult overall, even though his image on the cover is somewhat youthful. Most arrangements are by Jimmy Wisner, who blends together soaring strings, backing vocals, and some sweet standout instrumental moments – on titles that include "Why Can't I Touch You?", "Fever", "She's Gone", "I Just Can't Help Believin", "Band Of Gold", "Emmie", and "I Don't Wanna Cry". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy Preacher EllisStory Of Jimmy Preacher Ellis 1963 to 1972 ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99
Heavy funk from the great Jimmy Ellis – billed here with a "preacher" in his name, which is a great indication of the spiritual soul going on in the music! Jimmy's grooves here are definitely secular, but there's a depth that definitely echoes some gospel roots too – mixed nicely with some sharp jazzy changes in the instrumentation, and given a sweet funky 45 twist throughout! Some of the best cuts here are in that great space between late R&B and early soul – but often still have the funkier bite of later years too – a perfect blend that makes the music here really stand out, and which makes the set essential for fans of all things funky. Titles include "Cry No More", "Go Head On", "Kiddio", "Looking Through The Eyes Of Love", "Tough Competition", "Puttin It On Your Mind", "Work With What You Got", "Baby I Love You", "Happy To Be", and "Don't Tax Me In". LP, Vinyl record album

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5th DimensionMagic Garden ... LP
Bell, 1968. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Brilliant work – arguably the best album the 5th Dimension ever cut! The reason for this is Jimmy Webb – who arranged and conducted the album, which is comprised entirely of his own work. Gone are the simple pop tunes of earlier years, and in their place are some incredibly dark tunes that ride the razor edge between love and sadness in the best mode of Bacharach's genius work from the same time. Includes the sublime "The Girls Song", a track that out-Bacharachs Burt himself – plus "Requiem 820 Latham", "The Worst That Could Happen", "Paper Cup", and "Carpet Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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5th DimensionStoned Soul Picnic ... LP
Soul City, 1968. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A great leap forward for the 5th Dimension – a record that seems to have better vocals than any of their previous efforts – a strongly soulful quality that moves past just pop, and which hits even deeper territory than before! Jimmy Webb's not in the lineup this time around, but Bones Howe is still fully in charge of the sound – producing and doing part of the arrangements, alongside help from Ray Pohlman, Bob Alcivar, and Bill Holman. Instrumentation's got a dreamy, late 60s LA mode – studio, but plenty darn groovy – thanks to performances from Hal Blaine, Larry Bunker, Tommy Tedesco, and Jimmy Rowles. Titles include the group's hit version of "Stoned Soul Picnic" – plus "California Soul", "Bobbie's Blues", "It's A Great Life", "Sweet Blindness", "Broken Wing Bird", "Good News", and "The Eleventh Song (What A Groovy Day)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Carolyn FranklinIf You Want Me ... LP
RCA, 1976. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Excellent work by Carolyn Franklin – a heavy album of female soul with a sound that should have made it huge! Carolyn is the less-famous sister of Aretha Franklin – but she's got a voice that keeps the family proud, and she's a lot hipper than Aretha on this album – with a very badass groove that mixes deep soul and funk! The set features arrangements by Sonny Saunders, Wade Marcus, Franklin & Spear, and Jimmy Radcliffe, who also produced the set with Carolyn – and this range of studio help really keeps things fresh, while Franklin's massive vocals are nicely up front to hold the whole thing together. Features the great funky track "Deal With It" – which has a sublime funky intro, and a great groove that puts it right up there with the best of the heavy soul sister tracks from the early 70s! Other tracks include "Dead Man", "Song Man", "If You Want Me", "Can't Help My Feeling So Blue", "Too Many Roads", and "Sunshine Holiday". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some tape along the top seam.)

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✨✧ FunkadelicStanding On The Verge Of Getting It On ... LP
Westbound, 1974. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
A blistering little set from Funkadelic – one that features the return of Eddie Hazel's guitar, finely honed to the leaner, more soul-based sound of the group in the mid 70s! The title is prophetic, as the group are really "standing on the verge" here – working hard to tighten up their sound from the more rock-based years, and moving into a catchier funk groove that would put them over the top for many records to come! The title cut "Standing On The Verge" is one of the most anthemic funk tracks you'll ever find – with a chorus and groove that will stay in your head for years after you first hear the song – and there's lots of other tasty tracks like that on the set, really honing the Funkadelic approach down into an incredibly powerful sound! Titles include "I'll Stay", "Standing On The Verge", "Good Thoughts Bad Thoughts", "Red Hot Mama", "Jimmy's Got a Little Bit of Bitch In Him", and "Sexy Ways". LP, Vinyl record album
(20th Century/Westbound pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Janet JacksonJanet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 ... LP
A&M, 1989. Very Good- ... $6.99
Do you remember a time not so long ago when it seemed as if the Jackson family would rule pop music forever? A crowning moment in New Jack, or New Jill Swing, as it were, with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis at the top of their game. Loads of hits on this album, including "Escapade", "Miss You Much", "Rhythm Nation", "Alright", "Love Will Never Do (Without You)", "Black Cat" and "Come Back To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Syl JohnsonIs it Because I'm Black ... LP
Twinight/Numero, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
One of the best-ever soul albums to come out of Chicago – and it may well be one of the best soul albums ever! The set's the deepest that Syl Johnson ever recorded – and it takes all the hard, raw soul he forged on previous funky 45s – and spins it out in longer album format – with some wicked backings that more than keep up the funk from before, but which also help Johnson deepen the message of his tunes! The political vibe of the album comes through right away in the striking cover and title – and the title track is a 7 and a half minute gem – one of the boldest songs ever about disempowerment. Backings are by Jimmy Jones & The Pieces Of Peace – who really keep the sound deep throughout – and in addition to the classic title track "Is It Because I'm Black", other tunes include "Right On", "Together Forever", "Concrete Reservation", "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", "Black Balloons", and "I'm Talkin About Freedom". LP, Vinyl record album
(Excellent reissue – with heavy cover and vinyl that's better than the original!)

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Curtis Knight & The Squires feat Jimi HendrixYou Can't Use My Name – The RSVP/PPX Sessions (with bonus download) ... LP
Legacy/Experience Hendrix, Mid 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99 19.98
A brilliant presentation of this standout material from the early years of Jimi Hendrix – work done with the group of soul singer Curtis Knight – often issued in poor formats over the years, and finally brought out in all of its stunning glory! The recordings feature a young Hendrix on guitar – really wailing alongside Knight's combo The Squires – so much so that Jimi's often way out in the lead, with this raw, fuzzy power that really hints at his greatness to come – but which already has plenty of punch in this hard-hitting soul setting! Knight's a great singer too – kind of raw and raspy – and his use of Jimi's guitar in the combo often recalls some of the great guitar-driven work of Ike Turner during the early 60s. This stunning package remasters all the material, presents it with notes, and finally sheds real light on this stretch of Jimi's career that's always come out in shadier versions. Titles include the never-heard "Station Break" – plus "How Would You Feel", "Gotta Have A New Dress", "Fool For You Baby", "No Such Animal", "Strange Things", and "Knock Yourself Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes free download with bonus tracks!)

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Jimmy MaelinBeats Workin ... LP
Pavillion, 1980. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A great title for the record – given the fact that Maelin was a fairly successful studio percussionist at the time of this late 70s set. However, he's not that great of a singer, and he does try to sing on most of the album's tracks, coming across in a smooth late 70s AOR kind of way. Maelin's got help from an infinite number of music industry bigwigs on the set – and his backing vocals include work by Luther Vandross, and his group features keyboards by Paul Schaefer. Arrangements are by John Tropea, David Van De Pitte, Rob Mounsey, and others – and tracks include "Sympathy For The Devil", "Squeeze Play", "Spirit In The Flesh", "I'm Gonna Getcha", and "Turn The Music Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy BeasleyTwist With Jimmy Beasley ... LP
Crown, Late 50s. Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Way more than just a "twist" album – and instead one of those great under-packaged albums of R&B from Crown Records! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has splitting seams.)

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✨✧ Jimmy Bo HorneDance Across The Floor ... LP
Sunshine Sound, 1978. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Jimmy "Bo" Horne was one of TK's best dancefloor artists during the late 70s – and during his time on the label, he cut lots of tasty little groovers, like this one, that had a good club sound but with a bit more soul than the label's bigger disco hits. Titles include "Get Happy,""Gimme Some,""Let Me (Let Me Be Your Lover)," and "I Wanna Go Home With You." LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small name in pen.)

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