Matinee ... LP Columbia, 1981. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A distant star in the Earth Wind & Fire galaxy – and the only album by this sweetly grooving group that owed a lot to the EWF sound! The record's produced by Verdine White, executive produced by Maurice White, and even features a bit of guest vocals by Philip Bailey – and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a few ink stamps on front, a promo stamp, and a name in pen on back.)
Tasty R&B material, recorded on Prestige's short-lived Tru-Sound subsidiary. Ernestine had some earlier fame under the name Anisteen Allen, and this record's got a similar sound to her late 40s work – with lots of smoky vocals, touched by a warm jazz sensibility that gives the material a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Not a bad bit of funky blues, and a very strange record to appear on Motown! The production style and presentation are very rootsy – right down to the photo of Luther on the front cover, who's smoking a cigarette, but trying to pretend it's a joint! The style is electric blues of the ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some wear.)
Herb Alpert —
Rise ... LP A&M, 1979. Very Good+ ...
A whole new level of genius for Herb Alpert – a record that's light years away from his earlier work with the Tijuana Brass, and which has the trumpeter stepping strongly into the world of smooth jazzy fusion! The title track here went platinum the minute it was released – and became ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear & splitting along the bottom seam.)
A wicked little set from Carl Anderson – a singer who first found fame on the state, later sung in a spiritual world, but does an especially great job here! Anderson's got some really mighty pipes on the date – a vocal approach that's bold, robust, and plenty proud – stepping out ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has a promo stamp & light marker.)
A mid 80s classic from Atlantic Starr – at the height of their catchy commercial fame – bouncing along with rhythms that crossover nicely to the mainstream, yet still keep a bit of their previous funky edge intact! The groove here is almost in the style that Atlantic Starr inspired in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime mid 70s work from The Average White Band – and a record that really has the group deepening their groove a bit – moving past the heavier funk of their roots, into some mellower grooves that are totally great! There's a great undercurrent of jazz in some of the playing here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has an unglued top seam.)
Obscure bluesy soul, recorded for Imperial, but sounding more like something that should have been on their Minit subsidiary. Oddly, there's no picture of Baby Ray on the cover, leaving us to find him even more mysterious than before – especially since we've never seen any other records by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky Shirley Bassey! This is a great set of Shirley's groove-happy work cut in the late 60s – hip tunes arranged by UK easy maestro Johnny Harris, best known for his fantastic work on the Stepping Stones record under his own name, forever a beathead classic! Features the great, funky big ... (Vocalists, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the strong Philly LPs by Archie Bell and the Drells (and they really did make the transition to Philly pretty well). Side one has some of their more blatent attempts to appeal to the then hot disco crowd, but side two has them back in a great easy soul two-step sound, like "It's Hard ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a tracklist sticker, promo stamp, and some light wear.)
A great little sleeper from the Blackbyrds – a record that never gets as much due as their earlier records that have a hard funky feel, but offer instead a tasty batch of smoother jazz funk numbers that show the group still continuing to grow. Donald Byrd's still at the production helm ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really nice little album from J Blackfoot – one that's recorded with a few 80s touches, but in a way that mostly preserves the sweetly crackling style that makes his vocals so wonderful! There's plenty of mellower tunes here that echo with the rich contribution that Blackfoot brought to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sublime work from Blue Magic – a record that still has them singing in the sweet harmony sound of earlier records, but which also picks up a fuller sound and a bit of a groove – thanks to stone Philly arrangements by Norman Harris and Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey! A number of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
Fever ... LP Phase II, 1982. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A surprisingly nice later Bohannon set – even though the cover's got some cheesy shots of sexy ladies! The set has a great remake of his smooth stepper's classic "Thoughts & Wishes" that's just as amazing as the original on Insides Out! Also includes "The Party Train ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Almost a "greatest hit" of "greatest hits" collection – given the importance of this album to the David Bowie catalog! Sure, it compiles tracks from other releases – but it also was the album that gave the world the killer cut "John I'm Only Dancing" ... (Rock, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Obscure batch of jazz vocal tracks from Chicago, cut for the rare Penny label, and packaged in a groovy gatefold cover that also has a booklet attached to the middle. Lots of the tracks have sort of a Johnny Hartman/Billy Eckstine vocal style, but there's also 2 great versions of Babs Gonzales ... (Vocalists, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool – with the original inside booklet, too! Cover has wear, aging & splitting. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)
A landmark set from a group who only ever gave the world two albums – but who've gone on to have a huge influence over the years! This initial offering from Breakwater is a masterful blend of jazzy fusion and mellower soul – a sound sifted together so perfectly, it really tops the rest ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
One of Dee Dee Bridgewater's standout sets as a soul singer in the 70s – a mode that's quite different than the sound of Bridgewater you may know from her mostly-jazz career – but one that gets plenty of sharp help from the great George Duke! Duke produced the set – and really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a promo sticker.)
Dee Dee Bridgewater's first album as a soul singer – recorded a few years after she first broke on the scene as a righteous jazz vocalist on hip early 70s classics! The sound here is different than the material Bridgewater started with, but still plenty great from a soul perspective – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, light wear, and a promo sticker.)
One of Dee Dee Bridgewater's few truly soul-based records – recorded during a brief break from jazz at the end of the 70s, and done with some sweetly grooving from Thom Bell! The sound here's a bit like that of some of the later Philly International work from the same stretch – a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)
An all-star soul affair produced by Quincy Jones, and featuring the talents of studio greats like Harvey Mason, Billy Cobham, Toots Thielmans, Dave Grusin, Lee Ritenour, and many others – not to mention the Brothers themselves! We'll be honest, though, in saying that we really think it's the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Brothers Johnson —
Winners ... LP A&M, 1981. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Smooth jazzy soul from the Brothers – still sounding wonderful at this point, producing themselves for the record, and using the best parts of all those lessons they learned from Quincy Jones! The bass is a bit down in the mix for this album – a good move, considering that 1981 was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A bit of a comeback for James Brown – a mid 80s outing recorded with Dan Hartman, who gives the record a "contemporary" sound that's definitely a great way to slide James in with the younger crowd at the time! The style's still funky, but has more street soul elements too – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Later reissue of this landmark album that forever changed the face of live recordings! As has been told and retold often, King records not only had the genius idea of bringing recording equipment into the Apollo Theater to catch James in a smoking live setting – but they also went out of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The beautiful full scale duets set from Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack – a record that's no doubt defined by it's biggest hit – but the rest is just as great! Born To Love kicks off with "Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You" – a song that's doubtlessly one of the most ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone classic from Jerry Butler – the kind of album that goes way past his hits, and which shows the full depth of his work in the early years! The set features a great assortment of tunes that dwell in the darker corners of adult love – some of the first really well-crafted male ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing, with deep groove and Bell Sound stamp. Cover has some light stains on back.)
Smoking work from Donald Byrd – post-Blue Note, post-Larry Mizell, and with a modern funk groove that's still pretty darn tasty! Not one to rest on his laurels – which he could have easily done with endless Mizell-based recordings – Donald shifts his groove here towards more of a ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp & light wear.)
Donald Byrd & 125th Street, NYC —
Love Byrd ... LP Elektra, 1981. Very Good+ ...
Funky electric groove from Donald Byrd – a post Mizell effort that's still burning in a crisp groove similar to his classic 70s Blue Note work – one that's absolutely dripping with keys! Isaac Hayes produced this one, and also played a lot of those keyboards on the session with Byrd's ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the great albums from Terry Callier's "second chapter" on record – a time when he was working for Elektra Records, and doing work that was a bit straighter soul than before – and also slightly jazzy as well! The record's kind of a mix of jazzy grooves and smoother soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a small rip on the opening.)
Cameosis ... LP Chocolate City, 1980. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Full-on frenetic funk from Cameo – one of the group's tightest albums, yet still without any of the too-slick sounds of later years! The sound here is amazing – and we always find ourselves wondering how a group of guys can hit such perfect grooves with just a bunch of basses, guitars, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most overlooked Cameo albums – and one we go back to more than the rest! Unlike some of the group's other funk-heavy outings, this one's nicely restrained, with a sophisticated ensemble soul style that reminds us of the best mid 70s work by Earth Wind & Fire. A real highlight ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
Word Up! ... LP Atlanta/Polygram, 1986. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
A mid-80s classic from Cameo – one that showed the world that the group was still very much in the funky music game, even if their lineup had been reduced to a trio! Larry Blackmon's still at the head of the group – singing, drumming, and playing bass throughout – with plenty of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Promo. Cover has a promo stamp and hype sticker.)
Carl Carlton —
Bad CC ... LP 20th Century, 1982. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Odd title for an album that finds the Bad CC on the cover in a rather preppy looking pink outfit and starts out with "Baby I Need Your Lovin" as the leads off track. Sadly there's no "Bad Mamma Jamma"s on this album, it seems as if he's taken a bit of a step back and gone for a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Overlooked grooviness from the UK scene of the early 80s – and the best album ever from this jazzy pop combo! Carmel existed in the post-punk scene that saw a number of UK groups exploring the jazzier side of the spectrum – using a range of acoustic instruments with a fresher, younger ... (Rock, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has a cut corner & light wear.)
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. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Labels have some marker. Cover has wear & staining.)
A group that you may not know by name – but which features some top-shelf production at the helm – work by both Fred Wesley and Azar Lawrance, plus supervision from one of the Mizell brothers! With all that talent on board, the record's way more than just another obscure one-off funk ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo sticker & light wear.)
A wonderful treasure from the early 80s soul scene – the first album from Champaign, and an instant winner right from the start! The group may not have been one of the bigger names of their time, but they really won a lot of favor with soul listeners over the years – and this album's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp.)
The title says it all – as the set features 9 of Ray's greatest cuts for Atlantic, a mixture of early soul and harder R&B numbers, wrapped up in a very classic cover! Titles include "Heartbreaker", "Tell Me How Do You Feel", "What'd I Say", "Talkin Bout ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great 80s grooving from Cheri – a record that's much more upbeat than you'd guess from its Murphy's Law title! Everything goes right here – from the catchy grooves, to the sweet keyboards, to the softly soulful vocals on the top – a sound that's not the deepest soul you'll hear ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Chi-Lites going strong into the 80s – hitting a whole new groove, but keeping things real in the vocal department! The album's got a great mix of ballads and groovers – similar to other Chi-Sound productions at the time – and the upbeat numbers follow nicely from the group's work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The great self-titled Alice Clark LP on Mainstream plus earlier singles for Warner Brothers and unreleased tracks – the complete studio recordings from '68-72 – in one great set! There weren't many vocal albums on the Mainstream label during the early 70s, and this rare soul side is a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soaring vocals from Angela Clemmons – a set that really has an amazing range, and a depth of sound that goes way past the usual from Epic Records at the time! Angela's got a way of stretching out right from the start – inflecting the lyrics with a rich power that easily matches or ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The standout classic from Curtom disco diva Linda Clifford – and an album that showed that Chicago could rival Philly in the clubby groove department! Linda has a proud presence that really matches that of her better-known sisters in the City Of Brotherly Love – and she's singing here ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album by Cold Blood – a Bay Area collective of soul and rock players, with a sound that's a jamming tribute to the harder soul of the late 60s. Lydia Pense's the lead singer – with a style that's kind of a sweeter take on the Tina Turner sound – and the mixed band ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that really has Natalie Cole finding her groove – not needing any help from her famous familial legacy, thank you – and instead stepping out with a tight, proud mode that really helped refine the sound of female soul in the 70s! The album's got plenty of influences from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole & a partially unglued top seam.)
One of the less-remembered acts of the Solar Records empire of the late 70s/early 80s – but a great one! Collage had a strong modern soul groove – taken especially well at midtempo, which is where the band really hit their stride. This album's produced by The Whispers – and in a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the lyric sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp.)
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky genius from Con Funk Shun – working here under the production helm of Skip Scarborough, who seems to give them an even sharper edge than usual! The album's filled with those tightly compressed rhythms that Skip was so great in producing back in the 70s – grooves that seem to make ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gloria Covington —
Moving On ... LP Casablanca, 1980. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
80s groove material cut by Gloria Covington with kind of a sweet up-tempo modern soul style. 10 beats faster and this stuff might be disco, but most of the tunes are done more in a two-step style that lets Gloria's vocals come up to the front of the mix. We're not exactly sure that this is a good ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The fantastic first album by one of the most unique funk groups of all time! A key part of the crumbling British colonial network that produced some excellent music in the postwar years, Cymande was comprised mostly of West Indians who'd emigrated to England in the 60s, eventually meeting up ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
D'Angelo comes back after many years awol from the studio – and the result is a stunning new step in his music! We've loved the man from day one – and some folks could well say that he really helped reinvigorate soul back in the 90s – and all his time away from the studio has ... (Neo Soul, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The great lost Darondo album – amazing Bay Area funky soul from a singular talent – and material that we did not even know existed! It was cut for Ray Dobard's Music City label – purportedly in just a couple of marathon sessions – most of which we've never heard before now, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great mellow soul from Tyrone Davis – a great reminder that his vocals were still some of the burningest in 70s soul – sounding especially great in a record like this! Side one of the album's especially great – an all-mellow side that almost acts like some mini-suite of love ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp, and unglued top seam, and some light wear.)
Smooth soul from Cliff Dawson – a singer as classy as his look on the cover, and definitely a cut above most of the mainstream soul artists of his time! The album's an overlooked gem that's very nicely put together – well recorded, arranged with a subtle flair, and usually done with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Promo. Cover has a promo stamp and some pen on back.)
The wonderful first album from DeBarges – a surprisingly great batch of harmony soul that really updates the "family" sound of 70s groups like The Sylvers and Five Stairsteps – and helps it find a whole new place in the 80s! The arrangements are wonderfully old school – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album from Desmond Dekker – and a seminal slide of Jamaican music that really broke big on the global scene in the years before reggae! The set's a bit ska, a bit rocksteady, and completely sold all the way through – thanks to near-perfect production from Leslie Kong, who ... (Reggae, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic East Coast harmony soul! This is one of the best-ever albums of the genre, and it's a massive collection of the Delfonics mighty singles from the early 70s. Thom Bell did all the arrangements and wrote nearly all the songs – 11 tracks in all: "La La Means I Love You", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunning set from the mighty mighty Dells – a cool collaboration with the legendary arranger Charles Stepney and songwriter Terry Callier – and a record that shows just how far the group had come since their streetcorner harmony days! The vocals are incredible – that rich blend ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a sticker on the back, along the opening.)
Excellent later album by the Dells that has them working with Don Davis on production, and singing in an excellent smooth soul setting that still lets their raspy soulful harmonies shine through, but which also gives them some excellent seventies grooves in the background. Nearly every cut's a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant 70s work by The Dells – and an album that has the group reinventing themselves wonderfully, by moving over to Philly and recording with Norman Harris! As he did with so many other artists at the time, Harris took the group firmly into the clubs with a soaring Sigma sort of groove ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very nice album of modern soul tracks, written, produced, and performed by Jesse Boyce and Moses Dillard (who also did some nice early singles for Curtom!) Jesse Boyce sings all lead vocals, and the production is nice and smooth, with a bit of a jazzy tinge. Tracks include "Love Is the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has a click on 2 tracks. Cover has a small rip.)
The Dramatics definitely hit a new dimension here on Capitol Records – a new home for the group in the early 80s – and a label who really helped them find some new energy in their music! The placement's no surprise – given that singer LJ Reynolds was also working for Capitol ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eddie was one of the kings of the Latin Hustle – taking the elements of the burgeoning New York salsa scene, and linking them up with the growing dancefloor trends at the end of the 70s. The result is a nice batch of jazzy groovers that have a lot more musical depth than some of the other ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of George Duke's best albums for the MPS label – and a set that has a sound that's a little bit more soul than before! The album uses a fair bit of vocals alongside Duke's funky keyboards – but in a way that's not nearly as smooth as some of his albums for Epic, and which still ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lots of musical adventures here – most of them in that tightly-romping style that made Dynasty so great back in the day – almost a fusion of older sweet group soul with some of the more bottom-driven modes forged by the Solar label! The title cut here is our favorite – a sweet ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp. Shrink has a small hole.)
Lesser-known material by Ronnie, but some great stuff! Ronnie's older than during his falsetto soul early years – and he's working here with some impeccably mature Chicago soul arrangements by Gene Barge, Gene Page, and Richard Evans. The album's produced by the always-great modern soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Earth, Wind & Fire's first album – recorded at a time when the group recently had ties to the Chicago soul and jazz scenes, and a range of experience that ran the gamut from work with Sun Ra, the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, The Pharoahs, Ramsey Lewis, and countless other influential ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Earth Wind & Fire —
Raise! ... LP Columbia, 1981. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Earth Wind & Fire hits the 80s – and never misses a beat! Turns out that the group's older style of jazzy funk was a perfect fit for the boogie-styled rhythms of the post-disco era – heard here on the megahit "Let's Groove", and followed up by a beautiful batch of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Missing the printed inner sleeve.)
Ebonys ... LP CBS/Philadelphia International, 1973. Very Good ...
Just Sold Out!
Excellent work by this oft-overlooked east coast harmony group! Like a rare few groups at the time, The Ebonys had a sound that mixed male and female harmonies – in a sweetly mellow sound that was a lot hipper than more famous groups that used the style, and which had all the best elements ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Soaring grooves and mellow moments – a perfect blend of 70s soul styles, summed up here beautifully by Enchantment! The album's one of the group's greatest – and certainly one that's been very well-remembered around these parts – thanks to some rock-solid arrangements from Johnny ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A gospel album, but one with plenty of soul – served up by an obscure Maryland quartet who would have been right at home in the world of mainstream R&B! There's a sweet groove on most tracks – that mix of modern soul and gospel that a few great groups picked up on at the time ... (Gospel, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition deluxe reissue – with bonus 7" single that includes instrumental versions of "Burning Flame" and "Agape Love".)
A spacey soul classic – with a sound that never gets old! Faze-O will be forever remembered for their massive cut "Riding High", the leadoff on this album – a stretched out slow funk jam that has amazing keyboards, floating guitars, and a super-dope groove that's stayed fresh ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some surface wear, a few creases, and small tears on the opening.)
A real classic from the great Fela Kuti – a seminal mid 70s record that not only shows his impeccable sense of rhythm, but also his sense of rage as well! The title track – "Expensive Sh_t" – is Fela's answer to the time that he got busted for dope, and was forced to ... (Global Grooves, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Fela's greatest albums – and one of the few that got any sort of international circulation in the 70s! "Zombie" shows Fela at the height of his powers – grooving away in incredibly fast, incredibly tight Afro Funk lines, weaving guitar, sax, and keyboards together with ... (Global Grooves, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The group's grown plenty by the time of this set – hitting a new level of sophistication that takes them way beyond the familiar pop of earlier years! There's definitely a more adult feel to some of these tracks than before – a maturing quality that's really wonderful – probably ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic crossover soul from Five Star – one of the best of their generation for this sort of groove – and a UK group who also pick up plenty of tips from the best American acts of the time! This mid 80s set was partly produced in LA by Dennis Lambert, and partly produced back home by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
By the time Roberta released this self titled LP in '78, she'd already established herself as one of the most important voices in soul during the 70s, alongside Donny Hathaway, with whom she cut many classics. While this album is missing some of the wonderful dynamic they shared, it's still a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stunning early work by one of the best vocal groups of the 50s – raw harmony sides by The Flamingos, recorded for Chess Records in the years before their smoother later tracks for End! The style here is much closer to the streets – heavy on vocal interplay, with usually just a bit of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty great little album from the Four Tops – the kind of excellent sleeper that shows how strong the group stayed year after year! At some level, the album's got a similar relation to the group's Motown career as do Lamont Dozier's albums at ABC – and the arrangements by Gil Askey, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the last albums the Four Tops ever issued on Motown – but also one of the best, and a set that really has the group taking off in a strong new direction for the 70s! Frank Wilson's at the production helm, and the set has all these cool little twists and turns that work perfectly with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mellow sexy Aretha – with warm arrangements by Arif Mardin, and plenty of nice electric piano by the great Richard Tee. Includes a great version of Stevie Wonder's "I Love Every Little Thing About You", plus the tracks "You Move Me", "You'll Never Get To Heaven" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really brilliant little record – one of those gems that you've probably passed by so many times because it's ubiquitous, but which never fails to please over the years! Forget any pre-conceived notions you might have about Michael Franks, because at this early point in his career the man ... (Vocalists, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic funky combo from the mid 70s African scene – one who worked previously with Geraldo Pino, and who definitely show some traces of his own great work too – but who also have a madly great groove that's all their own! Freedom Family are definitely on the funkier side of the ... (Global Grooves, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download! Vinyl version includes a nice booklet and photos and notes by singer Albert Jones.)
Amazing stuff – and arguably the greatest early Funkadelic album ever! The set moves past the simple fuzzy style of the group's debut, and the overly-stoned sound of Free Your Mind – and rockets into a heady funk style that's filled with sly social commentary and an incredibly dark ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original Westbound/Janus pressing in a Unipak gatefold cover, with some wear and center splitting. Vinyl plays with some clicks & crackles.)
One of our favorite Funkadelic albums ever – a tightly grooving classic that never lets up at all! There's a sense of perfection to everything here – one that really gets the group past their tripped-out early years, and firmly into the sublime territory George Clinton hit with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Early work by Marvin Gaye – with many gems from the early and mid 60s that were big or minor hits for Marvin during his early days at Motown. The set includes "It Hurt Me Too", "I'm Yours, You're Mine", "One Of These Days", "Taking My Time", "Can ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow & brown label pressing. Top right corner has light staining & waviness.)
A beautiful early Motown session from Marvin Gaye – with a title that really hints at the open emotion of his later work! The set's one of a few that has Marvin singing standards and jazz tunes – but it's done in a mellow late night way that really sparkles with a lot of soul – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original 2 globes pressing with the deep groove. NOTE – Cover is stained and very flaky on the top 2 inches.)
A great start to the Marvin Gaye duet mode of the 60s – an early pairing with Mary Wells, done back when she was one of the leading female singers at Motown! The style here is a bit more old school than some of the later Gaye duo albums – but there's plenty of charm in the tunes, as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram pressing.)
Here ... LP Elektra, 1981. Near Mint- ...
A lesser-known P-Funk project from the start of the 80s – a group that features a trio of female singers, tight production work from Bootsy Collins, and help from other members of the George Clinton universe! Vocals are by Carolyn Myles, Cynthia Girty, and Tony Walker – working with an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonderfully solid grooving from GQ – an album issued a few years after their bigger hits, but still plenty great overall! The trio have a great way of laying out a sweet harmony without getting too cloying, nor too poppy – and the best cuts here glide along beautifully in a mellow or ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, hype sticker, and promo stamp.)
One of the high points of Larry Graham's career – a hard-jamming set of guitar-based funk that forever put Graham Central Station on the map! There's a virtuosity to the record that's really stunning – bass, guitar, and drums all dropping into place magically alongside one another ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album