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Linda JonesComplete Atco/Loma/Warner Brothers Recordings ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy ... $15.99
A stunning run of music from one of the greatest female soul singers at the end of the 60s – a voice we'd easily rank right up there with better-known greats like Aretha Franklin or Fontella Bass! But Linda Jones is something really special, too – very much her own woman, especially in the way she blends together deep soul vocals with the sort of heartbreaking touches you'd usually find in male soul singers from the east coast – especially harmony groups – a mode that's handled here by the wonderful producer George Kerr, who'd also done excellent work over at Stang/All-Platinum with groups like The Moments and Whatnauts! Linda's music here is more pointed – brassy and bold one minute, but deeply heartfelt the next – and arrangements really get at that balance well, with work by Richard Tee, Robert Banks, and others. This wonderful collection is the first to bring together all this great music – and not only features Linda's famous Hypnotized album for Loma, but also other singles for Loma, Warner, and Atco – with titles that include "Take The Boy Out Of The Country", "I'm Taking Back My Love", "Yesterday", "My Heart", "It Won't Take Too Much", "I Who Have Nothing", "My Heart Needs A Break", and "Fugitive From Love". CD
 
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✨✧ Ashford & SimpsonIs It Still Good To Ya (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99
Ashford & Simpson don't need to ask at this point – their in full 70s soul stride here, and it's not good, it's great! By this point in the late 70s, Nick and Valerie are firmly holding the foreground as artists in their own right after many years of acting as songwriters for other soul and R&B hitmakers – writing, singing, and producing their own work in a now-established tradition of sophisticated soul and uptempo grooves! What they had not done to this point was produce a number of big hits for themselves, and that tide started to turn this this excellent album that's among their best ever! Includes a number of singles that would help them begin to break through to later huge chart success, which was by now richly earned. Titles include "Is It Good To You", "Ain't It A Shame", "It Seems To Hang On", "Flashback", "The Debt Is Settled", and "Get Up And Do Something". CD features bonus tracks – "It Seems To Hang On (12" disco)", "Flashback (12" disco)", "Depth Is Settled (alt mix)", "Is It Good To Ya (alt mix)", "It Seems To Hang On (Mike Marro mix)", "Flashback (single)", and "It Seems To Hang On". CD

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✨✧ Ashford & SimpsonSend It (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
Excellent work from Ashford & Simpson – with some modern soul groovers that are among the best they ever did! Send It twists, turns and grooves with all the elements we love most about Ashford & Simpson in the mid-to-late 70s – memorable songs with the right mix of sultry intimacy and funk touched modern soul, those intuitive dual lead vocals we love so much, and peak production values. The album includes their original take on "Top Of The Stairs", a great sexy soul duet that was later done by Collins & Collins – and it's also got a fantastic instrumental reading of "Bourgie Bourgie", a track that you may know from a more famous John Davis disco version. Other tracks include "By Way Of Love's Express", "Let Love Use Me", "Send It", and "Waited Too Long". More proof that leaving Motown was a great move for them! Bonus tracks include "Bourgie Bourgie (Joe Claussell's classic rmx)", "Don't Cost You Nothing (single)", "Don't Cost You Nothing (12" disco mix)", and "Send It (single)". CD

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Ashford & SimpsonStay Free ... LP
Warner, 1979. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Great stuff! From Motown songwriters to world-class superstars, the trip was a well-deserved one for Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford – and this album's perhaps their crowning achievement in sophisticated club soul! The record's got a great groove that offers a more soulful version of disco than most of the competing albums on major labels at the time – a perfect summation of the care and craft that Ashford & Simpson had always put into their music right from the start! The pair handle all production on the record, and also contributed all the songs too – and the whole thing's so wonderfully tight, right, and on the money, the album soars to the top even before the vocals come into the mix. Titles include more than a few club classics, like "Found A Cure", "Stay Free", and "Nobody Knows" – plus the cuts "Dance Forever", "Crazy", "Follow Your Heart", and "Finally Got To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a small sticker.)
Also available Stay Free (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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Ashford & SimpsonStay Free (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $14.99
Great stuff! From Motown songwriters to world-class superstars, the trip was a well-deserved one for Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford – and this album's perhaps their crowning achievement in sophisticated club soul! The record's got a great groove that offers a more soulful version of disco than most of the competing albums on major labels at the time – a perfect summation of the care and craft that Ashford & Simpson had always put into their music right from the start! The pair handle all production on the record, and also contributed all the songs too – and the whole thing's so wonderfully tight, right, and on the money, the album soars to the top even before the vocals come into the mix. Titles include more than a few club classics, like "Found A Cure", "Stay Free", and "Nobody Knows" – plus the cuts "Dance Forever", "Crazy", "Follow Your Heart", and "Finally Got To Me". CD features bonus tracks – "Found A Cure (single)", "Nobody Knows (single)", "Stay Free (Mike Maurro groove mix)", and "Found A Cure (Tom Moulton mix)". CD
Also available Stay Free ... LP 3.99

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George BensonLove Ballad (double a-side single) ... 12-inch
Warner, 1979. Very Good+ ... $29.99
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(Promo.)

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Bootsy's Rubber BandStretchin' Out In Bootsy's Rubber Band ... LP
Warner, 1976. Very Good- ... $7.99
Bootsy Collins' first solo album as a leader – and a masterpiece of slow bassy funk that set the tone for countless other groups to come! Bootsy steps into the spotlight with a tremendous amount of confidence and personality on the record – emerging as the one real star that could shine brightly on its own in the P-Funk galaxy – oozing personality, sexuality, and super-funky grooves throughout! George Clinton's helping Bootsy out on production a bit, and the rest of the P-Funk regulars are in the group as well – but the album's clearly Bootsy's own, and takes mainstream funk into a whole new sound – one that would really set a high bar for much of the west coast scene in years to come! Includes the massive "I'd Rather Be With You" – plus "Physical Love", "Love Vibes", and "Psychoticbumpschool". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam, half split bottom seam, and some wear. Labels have some marker.)
Also available Stretchin' Out In Bootsy's Rubber Band (180 gram pressing) ... LP 11.99

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Bootsy's Rubber BandStretchin' Out In Bootsy's Rubber Band (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Warner/Rhino, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Bootsy Collins' first solo album as a leader – and a masterpiece of slow bassy funk that set the tone for countless other groups to come! Bootsy steps into the spotlight with a tremendous amount of confidence and personality on the record – emerging as the one real star that could shine brightly on its own in the P-Funk galaxy – oozing personality, sexuality, and super-funky grooves throughout! George Clinton's helping Bootsy out on production a bit, and the rest of the P-Funk regulars are in the group as well – but the album's clearly Bootsy's own, and takes mainstream funk into a whole new sound – one that would really set a high bar for much of the west coast scene in years to come! Includes the massive "I'd Rather Be With You" – plus "Physical Love", "Love Vibes", and "Psychoticbumpschool". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Stretchin' Out In Bootsy's Rubber Band ... LP 7.99

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Bootsy's Rubber BandThis Boot Is Made For Fonk-N ... LP
Warner, 1979. Very Good ... $8.99
Bootsy's still keeping the P-Funk flag flying high at the end of the 70s – arguably stepping out here with a sound that's got more of the Parliafunkadelicment elements intact than some of George Clinton's other spinoff groups! The tracks are long, and plenty jamming – still with plenty of star power from Bootsy upfront – but also some wonderfully tight rhythms from the rest of the players too, all in that mix of hard-rolling, and light-tripping funk modes that still set the P-Funk groups apart from the pack of imitators who'd cropped up in their wake! Titles include "Jam Fan (Hot)", "Bootsy Get Live", "Under The Influence Of A Groove", "Chug-A-Lug", "Oh Boy", and "Shejam". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ CadillacsFabulous Cadillacs ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
Totally wonderful work from one of our favorite doo wop groups of all time – easily one of the most dynamic outfits on the east coast at the time – able to spin off complicated harmonies with effortless ease! These guys are best known for their upbeat, catchy tunes – especially those with a bit of a trick or gimmick in the concept – but they're equally great on straighter group material, which often has a raspy lead nicely contrasting with sweeter backup. Production is great – very raw and stripped-down, with a very strong focus on the vocals upfront – and titles include "Zoom", "I Wonder Why", "That's All I Need", "Speedo", "You Are", "No Chance", "Sympathy", and "Sugar Sugar". CD

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ChangeGlow Of Love/Miracles – Disco Recharge (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Harmless (UK), 1980/1981. New Copy 2 CDs ... $17.99
Two great albums back to back in one set – with a full CD's worth of bonus material too! First up is The Glow Of Love – the classic debut from Change, and the start of an amazing run of groovers in the early 80s! The set's got a tight, jazzy feel throughout – a stripped-down approach to disco modes, with the same focus on the basslines that you'd find in work by Chic – but a style that's almost even more instrumentally focused overall, given the great range of studio players who worked on the set. Yet there's also some key vocal moments, too – work by Luther Vandross that really helps make some of the best tracks sparkle, and which went onto catapult Vandross into a rich solo career on his own. The set's filled with sharp rhythms and sweet jazzy changes – and titles include the classics "The Glow Of Love" and "Searching", both with Luther, plus "Lover's Holiday", "Angel In My Pocket", and "The End". Miracles is a brilliant second set from Change – working here without Luther Vandross on lead vocals, but hardly missing a beat at all! As before, the basslines are at the core of the set – a sweet stripped-down approach that brings even more focus onto the bottom of the groove for early 80s dancefloors – with loads of numbers that step along in a really groovy mode – one quite far from the cliches of disco, and inflected by loads of jazzy elements that keep things fresh over the years! Vocals are by James Robinson – previously with Lonnie Liston Smith – Diva Gray, and Jocelyn Shaw – and titles include "On Top", "Paradise", "Hold Tight", "Your Move", "Stop For Love", and "Heaven Of My Life". CD 2 features a whopping 17 more bonus tracks – lots of single mixes, including versions of "A Lover's Holiday", "It's A Girl's Affair", "Angel In My Pocket", "The Glow Of Love", "Searching", "The End", "Paradise", "Hold Tight", "Stop For Love", and "On Top". CD

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Channels/Continentals/Bop-Chords/Love-NotesRumble ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1959. Used ... $8.99
One of Jubilee Records' excellent collections of earlier vocal group material – served up in a cool covered package with some nice Scorpio Rising overtones! The collection doesn't exactly come across with the violence implied by the name, and most material here has a style that's older than the cover image would imply – but the album, like others in the series, was a key format for presenting cuts known only as singles – at a level that gave them a bit more prominence in the market. The whole thing's great – music that's at the best level of early group soul on the New York scene – and titles include "Fine Fine Frame" and "Dear Lord" by The Continentals, "The Gleam In Your Eye" and "The Closer You Are" by The Channels, "Castle In The Sky" and "When I Woke Up This Morning" by The Bop Chords, and "If I Could Make You Mine" and "Tonight" by The Love Notes. CD

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ChantelsChantels ... CD
End/Warner (Japan), 1958. Used ... $9.99
One of the greatest girl groups of the fifties – and one of the few who could sing with the same sort of depth as the best male lineups of the time! The Chantels really know how to hit on all burners when they get going – which they do here – and their work of the time is hardly a precursor for bubble gum pop of the 60s, and should more be seen as the start of a tradition that would include later groups like Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles, or The Sweet Inspirations. The whole thing's great – and although production has a bit of echo and electric bass, the sound is nice and raw, and hardly pop at all – and in the best End Records tradition, the vocals stay center stage throughout. Titles include "Maybe", "The Pleae", "Whoever You Are", "Every Night", "If You Try", "Sure Of Love", "Whoever You Are", "He's Gone", and "Congratulations". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Chic & OthersChic Organization – Box Set Vol 1 – Savoir Faire (4CD set) ... CD
Warner (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $46.99
A much-needed 4CD box set devoted to the diverse, but always dancefloor-ready sounds of Chic – both Chic the legendary band and the Chic Organization production and songwriting work of Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers! The set has plenty of prime material from Chic proper – including 12" mixes and otherwise longer grooving gems – and lots of classic and rare Chic Organization productions by a diverse cast of superstars. Includes funky dancefloor groovers by Chic, Sister Sledge and Norma Jean, plus rare mixes and previously unreleased gems by Sheila & B Devotion, Teddy Pendergrass, Diana Ross and more. It's even got rarities by pop and rock singers looking for some dancefloor magic – including Carly Simon, Debbie Harry and Johnny Mathis! The box set was put together in conjunction with Nile Rodgers himself – so you know it's top notch. Includes a few great Dimitri From Paris remixes, too! 46 tracks on 4CDs: "Everybody Dance (12" Mix)", "Le Freak", "Savior Faire", "My Feet Keep Dancing", "Stage Fright", "You Are Beautiful" and more by Chic, "Saturday (Dimitri From Paris Remix)" by Norma Jean, "He's The Greatest Dancer", "Thinking Of You (Dimitri From Paris Remix)" and more by Sister Sledge, "Upside Down (Original Chic Mix)" and more by Diana Ross, "Dream Girl (Previously Unreleased Nile Rodgers Mix)" by Teddy Pendergrass, "I Want To Fall In Love (Previously Unreleased)" and more by Johnny Mathis "Why (12" Mix)" by Carly Simon, "Backfired (12" Version)" by Debbie Harry and much more. CD

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✨✧ CleftonesHeart & Soul ... CD
Gee/Warner (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
A group with a great approach – one that balances their one female singer along with four other male members – in a style that makes some of their music very unique! There were a few other groups that had this mode at the time – early Miracles, The Sensations, and a few others – but the Cleftones really make the sound something special with their stripped-down, doo wop approach – especially on those tracks with female singer Patricia Span coming more strongly into the lead. She hits some nice deep soul modes at times – equally striking as the group's well-crafted harmonies – and titles include "Glory Of Love", "Time Is Running Out On Our Love", "Please Say You Want Me", "Little Girl Of Mine", "Can't We Be Sweethearts" and "You're Driving Me Mad". CD

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✨✧ Club NouveauLife Love & Pain ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $13.99
A seminal bit of crossover soul from the mid 80s – and the standout effort from California trio Club Nouveau! The album's best known for its hit remake of "Lean On Me" – one that pushes the tune along with some very heavy beats, and a version that helps us remember why Bill Withers' original is so great, while still reinvigorating the tune for a new generation too! Jay King arranged and produced the set, all in a similar feel – and titles include "Heavy On My Mind", "Promises Promises", "Let Me Go", "Why You Treat Me So Bad", "Jealousy", and a reprise version of "Lean On Me". CD

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Dennis CoffeyBlack Belt Jones – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... LP
Warner, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Finally – the long overdue release of one of the funkiest soundtracks ever! The music to Black Belt Jones has always been the stuff of legend – mostly only issued as a promo single back in the 70s, but funky enough that it's ranked among the best soundtracks of the decade! The score was composed and performed by Dennis Coffey and Luchi De Jesus – the former a funk star in his own right, the latter the composer of the ultra-hip Friday Foster soundtrack – and together, the pair have crafted some killer grooves that mix guitars, congas, and blasting orchestrations that could plow Enter The Dragon into the dust! Plus, the soundtrack nicely mixes together bits of dialogue and sound effects from the film – making things sound a lot like some of those cool Japanese Bruce Lee soundtracks that were floating around from years back. Titles include "Love Theme", "At The Beach", "Main Theme", "Opening Theme", "Drama", "Mafia Theme", and "Sexy". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Black Belt Jones – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... LP 8.99

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Dennis CoffeyBlack Belt Jones – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... LP
Warner, Mid 70s. Near Mint- (reissue)... $8.99
Finally – the long overdue release of one of the funkiest soundtracks ever! The music to Black Belt Jones has always been the stuff of legend – mostly only issued as a promo single back in the 70s, but funky enough that it's ranked among the best soundtracks of the decade! The score was composed and performed by Dennis Coffey and Luchi De Jesus – the former a funk star in his own right, the latter the composer of the ultra-hip Friday Foster soundtrack – and together, the pair have crafted some killer grooves that mix guitars, congas, and blasting orchestrations that could plow Enter The Dragon into the dust! Plus, the soundtrack nicely mixes together bits of dialogue and sound effects from the film – making things sound a lot like some of those cool Japanese Bruce Lee soundtracks that were floating around from years back. Titles include "Love Theme", "At The Beach", "Main Theme", "Opening Theme", "Drama", "Mafia Theme", and "Sexy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue pressing.)
Also available Black Belt Jones – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... LP 9.99

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Bootsy CollinsBootsy? Player Of The Year ... LP
Warner, 1978. Very Good Gatefold ... $9.99
What can we say? Bootsy's on top of the world here – not only The Player Of The Year, but also the most soulful artist in the P-Funk stable, and a master of the smooth, sly, slinky groove that would forever be taken up by bands from LA – both in the immediate soul years and in later sampling hip hop ones. The record's got a sophisticated soul approach that moves the music way past slapped basslines and funny glasses – and thanks to top-line musicianship, including some help from Fred Wesley, Bootsy avoids any cliches that might have buried this one under the mountain of P-Funk albums hitting the market at the same time. Includes the monster track "Hollywood Squares" – plus "May The Force Be With You", "Very Yes", "Bootsy?", and "Bootzilla". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the die-cut glasses.)

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Bill CosbyHooray For The Salvation Army Band! ... LP
Warner, 1968. Sealed ... $16.99
An early funk album by Bill Cosby – with backing by the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band! Bill was pals with Charles Wright and crew in the hip LA of the late 60s, and he was also responsible for bringing the group to Warner Brothers – so the fit here is quite a natural one. The record was also produced by Fred Smith – who handled the Watts Band's albums – and it's got a very similar feel to their classics for Warner from the late 60s – but with Bill Cosby stepping out in front on vocals, in a similar style to Charles Wright. Cosby's singing is often a bit goofy, but works beautifully with the stoned to the bone feel of the group – a madder match than even Charles Wright, especially on the album's "parody soul" cuts. Titles include a classic break version of "Get Out Of My Life, Woman" – plus the titles "Ursalena", "Funky North Philadelphia", "Sunny", and a surprisingly great screaming version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". LP, Vinyl record album

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Randy CrawfordNightline ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $9.99
A great crossover moment for Randy Crawford – a set that's filled with catchy little numbers that really helped to break her big to a larger audience, yet still with all the jazzy class of her earlier records too! Linda and Cecil Womack contributed a number of excellent songs to the set, and these balance out the soul component nicely – rounding things out alongside a few of the more crossover tracks. Backings are polished, but still never too clunky or commercial – leaving lots of room for those classic Crawford vocals – and titles include "Nightline", "Living On The Outside", "The Bottom Line", "In Real Life", "Happy Feet", "Lift Me Up", and "Ain't No Foolin". CD
 
 
 



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