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Various90s House & Garage – Compiled By Joey Negro – Part 2 ... LP
Z Records (UK), 1990s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $31.99
The 90s was a huge decade for dance music, but it was also a time in which some of the best work often got overlooked next to the hits – especially the kind of cool underground tracks compiled here! Back in the day, Joey Negro was making lots of great music like this – so he's a perfect choice to put together a collection of this nature – which really focuses on the deepest, most soulful sounds of the 90s house scene – and not the more commercial work that was cluttering up the charts! Lots of the tracks here carry that underground vibe that had sprung up in New Jersey and New York after the initial wave of house from Chicago – almost a return to some of the more deeply soulful modes of the disco generation after the colder beats from the Midwest, but still with rhythms that have all the sharp focus of house at its best. Titles include "Joy (Kerri's kaoz gone insane)" by Janet Rushmore, "Gotta Work (final take)" by Robert Owens, "Got The Bug" by Bougie Soliterre, "Ncameu (Ron Trent main mix)" by USG, "The Murder Track" by Mike Delgado, "Mighty Power Of Love (Mood II Swing vox mix)" by Leee John, and "That Special Melody (Q mix)" by Station Q. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available 90s House & Garage – Compiled By Joey Negro – Part 1 ... LP 31.99

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VariousBrunswick Bubblers – Presented By Gilles Peterson ... CD
Brunswick/Octave (Japan), New Copy ... $26.99
The legendary Gilles Peterson turns his magical ears to the catalog of Brunswick Records – and comes up with some of the label's hippest tunes of the 60s and 70s! Brunswick is best known for its famous soul hits of the late 60s and early 70s, but Peterson goes much deeper to come up with overlooked gems that are then laid out in a way that really makes them resonate strongly together – at a level that really illustrates the unified groove of the label! Brunswick often worked with a tight array of producers, arrangers, and session players – and Peterson finds key links between these tunes, often in surprising places – which makes the collection a real delight once you start stepping through it. Titles include "Keep On Dancing" by Bohannon, "Inner City Blues" by The Chi-Lites, "Harlem" by Willie Henderson, "This Is The Lost Generation" by The Lost Generation, "Ain't No Sunshine" by Gregory James Edition, "Light My Fire" by Jackie Wilson, "Disco Boogie" by Total Eclipse, "Will I Find Love" by Gene Chandler, "This Love Is Real" by Dana Valery, and "Go With Love" by Barbara Acklin. CD

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VariousBrunswick Revisit – Selected By Tatsuo Sunaga ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
A host of great soul cuts from Brunswick Records – all pulled together by Sunaga T! Sunaga has one of the grooviest, most joyous styles of all the Japanese DJs we can think of – and he really brings that approach into play here with some wonderful numbers from Brunswick – most of which are Chicago soul tunes from right at the end of the 60s or start of the 70s – usually produced with that soaring, leaping groove that was big on the Windy City at the time. Vocals are wonderful as the grooves – and titles include "We Need Love" by The Directions, "Stoned Out Of My Mind" by The Chi-Lites, "Love Land" by Lost Generation, "Who You Really Are" by Fred Hughes, "Honey Baby" by Ginji James, "I'll Bake Me A Man" by Barbara Acklin, "Don't Say Boodbye" by First Love, "Whatcha Gonna Do About Me" by Jackie Wilson, "How Insensitive" by Young Holt Unlimited, and "Love Hangover" by Touch. CD

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VariousCold Heat – Heavy Funk Rarities 1968-1974 Vol 1 ... LP
Now Again/Stones Throw, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $15.99
Stones Throw does it again – with a massive batch of older funk rarities that tops most of the rest on the market! Cold Heat is a follow-up to the label's smoking Funky 16 Corners set – and like that one, it's overflowing with great bits that have barely (or never) been heard by the rest of the world at large. Compiler Egon has gone through a range of rare singles, masters, and demos – and has come up with tunes that burn with a brightness that's undeniable. The grooves are all on the harder end of the James Brown Funky People side of the spectrum – and some tracks are by names that are finally getting their due, thanks to the work of Ego, Wax Poetics, and some of the other funky forces doing the good work over the past few years. In a way, the collection's a summation of some of the singles and reissues coming out through the Now Again/Stones Throw imprint – but it also features some other bits and alternate versions that are totally great! Titles include "Don't Go" by Aristocrats Organization, "Loaded To The Gills (edit)" by Michael Liggins & The Supersouls, "Mr Chicken (alternate)" by The Soul Seven, "Slipping Into Darkness" by Dayton Sidewinders, "James Brown Medley" by The Apollo Commanders, "Scorpio" by Kashmere Stage Band, "Sad Chicken" by Leroy & The Drivers, "Street Scene" by Leon Mitchinson, "Free Your Mind" by Amnesty, "The Thing" by Carleen & The Groovers, "Go For Yourself (edit)" by Kenny Smith & The Loveliters, and "The Stretch (edit)" by Detroit Sex Machines. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDaniel Wang's Personal West End Megamix ... CD
West End/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $24.99
We're not sure how "personal" this mix might be – given that it's on a CD for commercial sale – but we can say that it's plenty great, and a wonderful collection of rare gems from the catalog of disco powerhouse West End Records! Daniel Wang embraces all the upbeat, quick-jamming qualities of the label right from the start – and serves up a blistering non-stop mix of cuts that touches on many of the best moments from West End – cuts that both have soulful vocals soaring over the top, and some mighty heavy rhythms on the bottom! Titles include "Speak Well (Tom Moulton 12" mix)" by Philly USA, "Let's Go Dancin (club version)" by Sparque, "Give Your Body Up To The Music (Larry Levan 12" mix)" by Billy Nichols, "Mary Hartman Mary Hartman (inst)" by Sounds Of Inner City, "Heat You Up (melt down mix)" by Shirley Lites, "Ride On The Rhythm" by Mahogany, "Can't You Feel It" by Michele, "I Was Born This Way (Tom Moulton 12" mix)" by Carl Bean, "Another Man" by Barbara Mason, and "Searchin For Some Lovin" by Debbie Trusty. CD

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VariousDisco 2 – A Further Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern Soul, & Boogie 1976 to 1980 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $19.99 22.99
Not disco hits or the overplayed classics you may know from too many weddings – but a wonderfully deep selection of underground cuts that shows that there's still plenty of rare gems to discover from the 70s club scene! The set's put together by the man who wrote the book on rare disco mixes (literally!) – and he's got a great ear for the kinds of cuts that still sound incredibly fresh all these many years later – work that may well have been so ahead of its time, it's taken the passage of decades to finally give it its due! Most of these tracks strip down to the best elements of underground disco – the kinds of basslines, rhythm parts, and funky instrumentation that still leaves us breathless over the years – and as usual, Soul Jazz have done a bang-up job with the whole package too. Titles include "Pay The Price" by Stevo, "Groove On Down" by Dunn Pearson Jr, "Micro Wave Boogie" by Skip Jackson & The Natural Experience, "Come Inside" by Shades Of Love, "Rock A Freak" by Needa, "Disco Strut" by Creme De Coco", "What Can I Do To Make You Dance" by Anita Maldondo, "Everybody's Dancin" by Jahneen, "Freestyle" by Montego Joe, "Strut On" by Otis Brown's Grade A, "Jam On" by Panache, "Moon Ride" by Universal Love, "He's Here" by Paco & Flaco & Coco, "I Feel Like Love" by Jazz, "Get Down Boy" by Paper Doll, and "Victorious" by Ripple. CD
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Disco 2 – A Further Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern Soul, & Boogie 1976 to 1980 – Part 1 (with download) ... LP 26.99
Disco 2 – A Further Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern Soul, & Boogie 1976 to 1980 – Part 2 (with download) ... LP 24.99

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VariousDisco 2 – A Further Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern Soul, & Boogie 1976 to 1980 – Part 1 (with download) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 29.99
Not disco hits or the overplayed classics you may know from too many weddings – but a wonderfully deep selection of underground cuts that shows that there's still plenty of rare gems to discover from the 70s club scene! The set's put together by the man who wrote the book on rare disco mixes (literally!) – and he's got a great ear for the kinds of cuts that still sound incredibly fresh all these many years later – work that may well have been so ahead of its time, it's taken the passage of decades to finally give it its due! Most of these tracks strip down to the best elements of underground disco – the kinds of basslines, rhythm parts, and funky instrumentation that still leaves us breathless over the years – and as usual, Soul Jazz have done a bang-up job with the whole package too. Titles on this part 1 of the vinyl version include "Pay The Price" by Stevo, "Groove On Down" by Dunn Pearson Jr, "Micro Wave Boogie" by Skip Jackson & The Natural Experience, "Come Inside" by Shades Of Love, "Rock A Freak" by Needa, "Disco Strut" by Creme De Coco", and "What Can I Do To Make You Dance" by Anita Maldondo. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download code.)
Also available
Disco 2 – A Further Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern Soul, & Boogie 1976 to 1980 ... CD 19.99
Disco 2 – A Further Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern Soul, & Boogie 1976 to 1980 – Part 2 (with download) ... LP 24.99

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VariousDisco 2 – A Further Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern Soul, & Boogie 1976 to 1980 – Part 2 (with download) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 29.99
Not disco hits or the overplayed classics you may know from too many weddings – but a wonderfully deep selection of underground cuts that shows that there's still plenty of rare gems to discover from the 70s club scene! The set's put together by the man who wrote the book on rare disco mixes (literally!) – and he's got a great ear for the kinds of cuts that still sound incredibly fresh all these many years later – work that may well have been so ahead of its time, it's taken the passage of decades to finally give it its due! Most of these tracks strip down to the best elements of underground disco – the kinds of basslines, rhythm parts, and funky instrumentation that still leaves us breathless over the years – and as usual, Soul Jazz have done a bang-up job with the whole package too. Titles on this part 2 of the vinyl version include "Everybody's Dancin" by Jahneen, "Freestyle" by Montego Joe, "Strut On" by Otis Brown's Grade A, "Jam On" by Panache, "Moon Ride" by Universal Love, "He's Here" by Paco & Flaco & Coco, "I Feel Like Love" by Jazz, "Get Down Boy" by Paper Doll, and "Victorious" by Ripple. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download code.)
Also available
Disco 2 – A Further Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern Soul, & Boogie 1976 to 1980 ... CD 19.99
Disco 2 – A Further Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern Soul, & Boogie 1976 to 1980 – Part 1 (with download) ... LP 26.99

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VariousGimme A Break – 70s Breakbeats & Future Samples ... CD
Backbeats (UK), Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $7.99
A heady helping of hip hop samples – a collection that works plenty well on its own as a sweet batch of rare funky tracks, yet one that also features plenty of bits you'll recognize from famous samples too! The package features some great tracks used heavily in the early days of hip hop samples – kind of a return to the glory that the Harmless label first brought us with their wonderful collections The Breaks, from a decade or so ago! Titles include "Theme From The Planets" by Dexter Wansel, "Crumbs Off The Table" by Laura Lee, "I'm Glad You're Mine" by Al Green, "Razor Blade" by Little Royal, "Uphill Piece Of Mind" by Kid Dynamite, "Lovomaniacs" by Boobie Knight & The Universal Lady, "Come In Out Of The Rain" by Parliament, "Schoolboy Crush" by Average White Band, "I Can't Stop" by John Davis & The Monster Orchestra, "Wikka Wrap" by The Evasions, "Are You My Woman" by The Chi-Lites, "Devil With The Bust" by Sound Experience, and "Unhooked Generation" by Freda Payne. CD

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VariousJazz Club – From Jamaica With Jazz ... CD
Jazzclub (Germany), 1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy ... $5.99
One of the more far-reaching compilations in the Jazz Club series – reggae covers by jazz mainstays and more from late 60s onward, with a focus on great stuff from the 70s! All of the material was culled from the vast Universal vaults – and it's a pretty sweet set of jazzy reggae and reggae jazz, from artists as diverse as Ernest Ranglin, Bernard Pretty Purdie, The Skatalites, Bill Fraser, Deodato and Medeski, Martin & Wood! 14 tracks in all: "54-46 – (Was My Number)" by Ernest Ranglin, "Jammin'" by Monty Alexander, "I Can See Clearly Now" by Junior Mance, "Natty Never Get Weary" by Dean Fraser, "Rock Fort Rock" by Skatalites, "Montego Bay" by Pretty Purdie, "I Shot The Sheriff" by Deodato, "Walking On Sunshine" by Bill Summers, "Pressure Drop" by Brass Fraser and more. CD

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VariousNorthern Clubbing – Hot Wax & Invictus Dance Floor ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Early 70s. Used ... $14.99
Not Northern Soul of the 60s – but a fresh wave of Detroit soul from the early 70s – all put together by the Holland-Dozier-Holland team who were such a big part of Motown in the decade before! The grooves here all have this rich, upbeat feel that's definitely in the Northern Soul mode – but production is tighter, and backings are often even more powerful – a bold new vibe for the 70s, which packs a hell of a lot of punch into the grooves! Vocals are hip, too – deeper soul than you might hear from the Motown hits – which really brings a meaningful edge to the lyrics. CD features 18 tracks in all – including "Bump Your Lady" by Natural High, "I'm So Glad" by Brian Holland, "That's Love" by The Hi-Lites, "Wanting You" by Earl English, "Sittin On A Time Bomb" by Lee Charles, "You Made Me Over" by Melvin Davis, "Colors Of My Love" by Silent Majority, "Women's Love Rights" by Laura Lee, "Trapped In A Love" by The Barrino Brothers, and "Crumbs Off The Table" by The 8th Day. CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ VariousPeople's Potential Family Album ... CD
Peoples Potential, 1980s. New Copy ... $9.99
Amazing rare soul from the 80s – most of it so obscure, it hardly got any circulation at the time! The package was put together by Peoples Potential – that ultra-hip label that's dedicated to finding funk so rare, few folks have ever heard it before – including unreleased nuggets by obscure local acts around the country, most of whom never got any notice outside their immediate region! Because of that, the set's an amazing discovery in music – filled with tremendous little cuts we'd never have stumbled upon otherwise – wicked groovers that are heavy in boogie influences, but also run a nice spectrum of 80s groove – with some occasional old school influences thrown into the mix as well. Almost all tracks are uptempo, and there's a nicely low-fi aesthetic that unites all these cuts from disparate sources – titles that include "Tasty Tune" by Minority Band, "Universal Language" by Ballplayers, "Get The Feelin" by TMS, "Time To Throw Down" by JPs Force, "Hold That Groove" by Jim Bennett, "Candy Man" by Caprice, "Mizz Mean" by Saavy, "You Know I Love You" by George Smallwood, "All Party People" by Mix-O-Rap, "By My Side" by Checker Kabb, "Rejuvenate The Funk" by Satellite Band, "Funky Beat" by Crunch, and "Message In The Music" by Initials. CD

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VariousSyndicate Of Sound – 9 Super Rare Original Funk Monsters From The Late 60 To The Early 70s ... LP
Soul Patrol (France), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
The Soul Patrol posse are back in full force here – really digging deep through the crates, as they did on their key early compilations – and coming up with a strong host of super-rare funky 45s! The grooves are plenty gritty throughout – crackling with raw, soulful energy – and from what we can tell, most of these tracks haven't yet appeared on other funky compilations. Titles include "Jones N" by Soulistics, "The Guru" by Toby Cooper & Brick Street, "So Much Goin On" by Syndicate Of Sound, "New Breed From A Small Seed" by Prince Brownell, "Down Beat" by Basic Sounds Of Pittsburgh, "The Viper (part 1)" by The Clique, "Jet Stream" by Millikin University Jazz Band, "Higher" by Soulful Ambassadors, and "Sunlite Soul" by Sammy & Sunlites Orchestra. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousInvictus Soul Box Set (3CD set) ... CD
Invictus/Sanctuary (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 3CDS ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mighty mighty dip into the legendary Invictus Records catalog – the Detroit soul powerhouse headed up by the Holland-Dozier-Holland team after they departed from Motown! The Invictus groove is a much heavier one than Motown – a righteous approach to soul that uses plenty of bass, plenty of funk, and lots of deeper production styles – all at a level that was perfect for the growing sophistication in Detroit as the 70s loomed large. Like Motown, the label had a number of key acts that used similar studio backing – an approach that made for very unified feel on most numbers, and a cross-label sound that comes through perfectly in this set – no matter what the artist on the record! 3CD set features a total of 68 numbers in all – all packaged into one nicely-priced box, with loads of rare singles from some of the related labels in the Invictus family. Titles include "Bar B Q Ribs" by Raynel Wynglas, "Sliced Tomatoes" by The Just Brothers, "I Got It" by New York Port Authority, "Cheba" by The 8th Day, "Crumbs Off The Table" by Glass House, "Band Of Gold" by Freda Payne, "VIP" by Scherrie Payne, "Everything Good Is Bad" by 100 Proof Aged In Soul, "Something New About You" by The Silent Majority, "Your Love Controls Me" by The Jones Girls, "The Music Box" by New Play with Ruth Copeland, "Patches" by Chairmen Of The Board, "Love Factory" by Eloise Laws, "That's Love" by The Hi-Lites, "Can't Get Enough Of You" by Tyrone Edwards, "Wanting You" by Earl English, "Rip Off" by Laura Lee, "I'm Not My Brothers Keeper" by Flaming Ember, "New Breed Kinda Woman" by Holland Dozier Holland, "Why Can't We Be Lovers" by Lamont Dozier, "Mama's Little Baby" by Brotherly Love, "Unhooked Generation" by Freda Payne, "Bump Your Lady (parts 1 & 2)" by Natural High, "Sitting On A Time Bomb" by Lee Charles, "Sunday Morning People" by Harrison Kennedy, and "Time Gonna Change Everything" by Lucifer. CD
(Out of print. Box has some edge wear.)

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✨✧ VariousLocal Customs – Downriver Revival ... LP
Numero, Late 60s/1970s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the coolest collections ever put out by The Numero Group – and that's saying a lot, given the hipness of the label! Downriver Revival chronicles the story of a unique studio in Michigan – Double U Sound, a custom recording spot that captured a wonderful range of soul, funk, gospel, and other sounds from the local community – beautifully presented here in a full 2LP set, plus a bonus DVD that features the near-complete 200 song archive of the studio! The DVD's really unique – so we'll talk about it first: Done with an interactive menu that lets you literally comb through the boxes of tapes in the Double U vault – selecting each reel recorded by the studio, and sampling the rich array of wonderful sounds from this untapped Michigan scene – a huge amount of music, far more than you'd ever find on a 2LP compilation. The DVD also features a documentary on the studio and Downriver Revial project – and that alone would be worth the price of admission – but the 2LP set then features 24 key numbers pulled from the vaults – tracks that were either issued on rare 45s, or never issued at all – and which represent a wonderful array of soulful sounds that definitely lives up to the Numero standard! Titles include "There's A Light" by Shirley Ann Lee, "Take Care Of Us" by The Revelations, "Untitled Jam" by Bobby Cook & The Explosions, "Foot Stumping (alt)" by Organics, "While You Were Gone" by Combinations, "Heaven" by Deliverance Echoes, "Untitled" by Burgess Band, "Round N Round" by Junior Mays Group, and "Walk With Me" by Calvin Cooke. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the DVD.)

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✨✧ Various90s House & Garage – Compiled By Joey Negro ... CD
Z Records (UK), 2015. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The 90s was a huge decade for dance music, but it was also a time in which some of the best work often got overlooked next to the hits – especially the kind of cool underground tracks compiled here! Back in the day, Joey Negro was making lots of great music like this – so he's a perfect choice to put together a collection of this nature – which really focuses on the deepest, most soulful sounds of the 90s house scene – and not the more commercial work that was cluttering up the charts! Lots of the tracks here carry that underground vibe that had sprung up in New Jersey and New York after the initial wave of house from Chicago – almost a return to some of the more deeply soulful modes of the disco generation after the colder beats from the Midwest, but still with rhythms that have all the sharp focus of house at its best. Titles include "Voices In My Mind (CJ Mackintosh rmx)" by Voices, "Living In Ecstasy (FK groove mix edit)" by Mood II Swing with Fonda Rae, "Joy (Kerri's kaoz gone insane)" by Janet Rushmore, "Gotta Work (final take)" by Robert Owens, "Got The Bug" by Bougie Soliterre, "Ncameu (Ron Trent main mix)" by USG, "New York Style" by Mateo & Matos, "An Instrumental Need (club need)" by Ralphi Rosario, "The Energy (feel the vibe)" by Astro Trax, "The Murder Track" by Mike Delgado, "Ladbroke Grove" by Kerri Chandler, and "Love Commandments (orig vocal edit)" by Gisele Jackson. CD
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90s House & Garage – Compiled By Joey Negro – Part 1 ... LP 31.99
90s House & Garage – Compiled By Joey Negro – Part 2 ... LP 31.99
 
 
 



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