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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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Arthur AlexanderArthur Alexander ... LP
Warner, 1972. Very Good- ... $5.99
A great little comeback album for southern soul godfather Arthur Alexander – recorded during a period when Warner Brothers was really committed to cutting heavy soul albums, with singers like Lorraine Ellison and Paul Kelly. The record's got some rootsy southern production by Tommy Cogbill – rootsier, in fact, than some of Arthur's earlier work, which was often the case with some of these "new heritage" soul sessions that were cut for the hip white crowd of the early 70s. Arthur reprises his famous "Rainbow Road", and sings a lot of other originals like "In the Middle of It All", and "Go On Home Girl", plus other cuts by Donnie Fritts, Dennis Linde, and Dan Penn. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker & some moderate wear.)

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Apollonia 6Apollonia 6 ... LP
Warner, 1984. Sealed ... $9.99
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(Shrinkwrap has very small holes.)

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✨✧ Ashford & SimpsonCome As You Are (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
A mid 70s winner from Ashford & Simpson – one of their earlier efforts, and a record that finds them fleshed out as a top notch act of their end – even if it'd be yeas before they'd net the kind of huge chart success that they deserved! Come As You Are is filled with solid soul with a sophisticated, expertly spun approach to production and arranging around the duo vocals – and the first rate songwriting that they'd provided for huge Motown stars like Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye. A couple tracks move more towards a dancefloor soul vibe that's pretty wonderful, and doesn't compromise the intimate soul vocals at the center. Titles include "It'll Come, It'll Come, It'll Come", "One More Try", "Believe In Me", "Caretaker", "Somebody Told A Lie", "Tell It All", "Sell The House" and "It Came To Me". CD features bonus tracks – "One More Try (12" disco mix)", "One More Try (Dimitri From Paris re-edit)",a nd "Somebody Told A Lie (single)". CD

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Ashford & SimpsonCome As You Are (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1976. Used ... $19.99
A mid 70s winner from Ashford & Simpson – one of their earlier efforts, and a record that finds them fleshed out as a top notch act of their end – even if it'd be yeas before they'd net the kind of huge chart success that they deserved! Come As You Are is filled with solid soul with a sophisticated, expertly spun approach to production and arranging around the duo vocals – and the first rate songwriting that they'd provided for huge Motown stars like Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye. A couple tracks move more towards a dancefloor soul vibe that's pretty wonderful, and doesn't compromise the intimate soul vocals at the center. Titles include "It'll Come, It'll Come, It'll Come", "One More Try", "Believe In Me", "Caretaker", "Somebody Told A Lie", "Tell It All", "Sell The House" and "It Came To Me". This CD edition includes a couple remixes of the most club soul styled tune "One More Try" – the 12" disco mix plus a longer Dimitri re-edit! CD
(Out of print.)

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Ashford & SimpsonGimme Something Real (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $14.99
One of our favorite albums from this legendary duo – Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson's first album for Warner Brothers, and compared to the numbers moved by biggest hits, you could call this one a hidden gem – filled with near perfect mellow soul jams and more sweetly soaring groovers alike! There are moments that steer it into more of a rootsy style, kind of an intimate take on the LA soul sound with easy going, elegant backings and production that's nicely tailored to voices, particular Valerie's lovely vocals – but those lead to bigger emotional payoff that hit you deep! This is an underappreciated early effort from the duo as a headlining act, and finds them setting up to change the sound of R&B to come! Titles include "Can You Make It Brother", "Bend Me", "Gimme Something Real", "I'm Determined", "I Need Your Light", "Anywhere", and "Have You Ever Tried It". CD features bonus tracks – the never-issued "Have You Ever Tried It (long version)" and 'I'd Know You Anywhere (single version)". CD

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Ashford & SimpsonI Wanna Be Selfish (with bonus track) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $14.99
Stone classic early work from Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson – really moving past the Motown sound – stepping wonderfully into a hip style of soul that would have a huge effect on the direction of R&B in the 70s! I Wanna Be Selfish is actually a very giving effort from the unstoppable duo, mixing intimate numbers with more sweeping sounds – some that borrow the soaring elements of gospel soul, others more mellow and delicate. Ashford & Simpson wrote terrific soul songs as often as many of us wash our hair, and this record's a prime batch! Titles include "Ain't That Somethin", "Don't Fight It", "Ain't Nothin But A Maybe", "Spoiled", "Everybody's Got To Give It Up", and "Main Line". CD features the bonus track "Main Line (long version)" – issued here for the first time ever! 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 & SimpsonMusical Affair (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $14.99
Near-perfect work from Ashford & Simpson – really grooving in full powerhouse mode here, and never missing a beat! By all rights, the team should have run out of steam by this point, but the album's another winner from their sublime Warner years – caught in a unique space between chart soul, ensemble funk, and disco – taking all the best elements of each, and really sending the whole thing home with some incredible vocals and impeccable production and arrangements! Titles include "Rushing To", "Love Don't Make It Right", "We'll Meet Again", "Get Out Your Handkerchief", and "I Ain't Asking For Your Love". CD also features 3 bonus tracks – "Love Don't Make It Right (single)", "Love Don't Make It Right (Jimmy Simpson mix – long)", and "Happy Endings (single)". 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 & SimpsonSo So Satisfied (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
Sublimely satisfying work from Ashford & Simpson – a stone killer from the height of their late 70s glory days on Warner Brothers! The pair are working together wonderfully at this point – wrapped up in that blend of upbeat soul and righteous undercurrents that made them a real cut above in mainstream soul – getting great help from arrangers William Eaton, Paul Riser, and Al Gorgoni – all of whom know how to hit that perfect Ashford & Simpson balance between tightness, class, and soulful spontaneity! Backings are always filled with lots of jazzy touches, too – the kind of sophisticated soul elements other would cop from the pair in years to come – and titles include "Over & Over", "It's You", "If You're Lying", "Couldn't Get Enough", "Destiny", "So So Satisfied", and "Tried Tested & Found True". CD features bonus tracks – "Over & Over (12" disco mix)", "Over & Over (single mix)", "Tried Tested & Found True (single mix)", "So So Satisfied (single mix)", and "Tried Tested & True (Mike Maurro unreleased mix)". CD

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Ashford & SimpsonStay Free ... LP
Warner, 1979. Sealed ... $1.99
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 cutout notch.)
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 1.99

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AtkinsAtkins ... LP
Warner, 1982. Near Mint- ... $6.99
An obscure modern soul group on Warner, working here with production by Freddie Perren. Nothing that standout, but the record's not a bad one – and was cut during a time when Warner were pushing into the soul market with some good lesser-known acts, possibly to beef up their catalog after the success they were having with artists like Prince and Chaka Khan. Includes the tracks "We Gon' Make You Feel Good", "Love is Growing Stronger", "Keep Trying", and "Nobody's Waiting". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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CadillacsFabulous Cadillacs ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $9.99
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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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 ... $9.99
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 ... $9.99
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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Bill CosbyHooray For The Salvation Army Band! ... LP
Warner, 1968. Very Good+ ... $7.99
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
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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CrackinSpecial Touch ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Crackin definitely have a special touch on this 70s set – a way of mixing together funk, soul, and jazz influences – all in a groove that's every bit as tight as contemporaries like Rufus or Average White Band, even though Crackin never reached the heights that they did! The core instrumentation is always right on the money, and never too overproduced – letting guitars and keyboards lay out the groove, then bringing in vocals from Leslie Smith and Arno Lucas, both great singers who sound especially nice when they come together. Tunes are wonderfully written – quite memorable, without ever sounding like commercial hits – and titles include "Nobody Else", "Double Love", "Too Young", "I Could Be Anything", "Don't Cha Love Me", "In Between", and "Kalalee". CD

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DecoFresh Idea ... CD
Qwest/Warner (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $13.99
A definite fresh idea from Deco – a duo that features Philip Ingram on keyboards and vocals – with lots of help from Zen Giles on additional vocals and guitar! The pair harmonize together beautifully – with a sound that's as full as most of the groups of the time, but not nearly as clunky – a lean groove that's augmented by the sweet production from Ollie E Brown, who reminds us again that he was one of the few mainstream producers from the period who could keep his ears to the street, yet come across with a commercial tightness too! The record's a real overlooked gem – a major label set that's got all the charm of the best electro soul indies – but served up with a slight jazzy flourish at times that really makes things great. Titles include "Let's Pretend", "Delicious", "Fresh Idea", "Someone Special", "I'm So Glad I Met You", "Live My Fantasy", and "Burned By A Bad Match". CD
 
 
 



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