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VariousBoogie Woogie Disco ... CD
Sony (Japan), Late 70s. New Copy ... $22.99
A pretty cool mix of cuts from the glory days of the disco scene – not just the familiar American tracks you might expect, but also some surprising gems from overseas, too – European disco numbers, and a few Japanese moments too – as you might guess from the manga-styled look of the cover! The sound here is definitely heavy on the more crossover side of disco – not underground club cuts, but the kind of tracks that would easily draw in audiences from the more mainstream dancefloors – even though lots of these songs are still pretty unfamiliar! A great batch of pop disco numbers, some we'd never heard before – with titles that include "Desperately" by The Love Machine, "Magic Eyes" by The Eastern Gang, "Just Wanna Dance Tonight" by Trix, "Chinese Kung Fu" by Banzaii, "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" by Boys Town Gang, "Fly High Little Butterfly" by Arabesque, "Soul Dracula" by Hot Blood, "Sky High" by Jigsaw, "Sexy Bus Stop" by Dr Dragon & The Oriental Express, "Himiko" by Passionata, "Clap Your Hands Together" by Funky Bureau, "Moskau" by Genghis Khan, and "Breakaway" by Earnie Bush. CD
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VariousChebran – French Boogie 1980 to 1985 ... CD
Born Bad (France), Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99
Very cool sounds from the French scene of the post-disco years – music that reflects that growing embrace of boogie rhythms on European dancefloors, but in ways that are often inflected with new wave and electro soul styles too! The music here is leaner and a lot more creative than the bigger Euro disco modes of a few years before – and often has that criss-crossing of soul, funk, rock, and post-punk modes that played big on the downtown New York scene of the early 80s – that Danceteria mode you'd hear on Ze Records, 99 Records, or other hip imprints of the time – but delivered here in a batch of tracks that are a lot more obscure! The Born Bad label has already tipped us off to groovy French sounds from the 60s, and punk work of the 70s – and this package is another one of their culture-opening gems – with titles that include "Easy Life" by New Paradise, "Play Boy En Detresse" by Style, "A Mon Age Deja Fatique" by Pierre Edouard, "La Degaine" by Trigo & Friends, "La Fourmi" by Bianca, "Gerard Vincent Par Gerard Vincent" by Gerard Vincent, "Ma Vie Dans Un Bocal" by Ich, "Les Crabes" by Attache Case, "Miam Miam Goody Goody" by Henriette Coulouvrat, and "Qu'Est Ce Qu'Il A" by Krootchey. CD

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VariousJack Ashford – Just Productions ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
A huge legacy of Detroit soul – all from the masterful hands of onetime Motown maestro Jack Ashford and his Just Productions team! Ashford's had his hands in countless great records over the years – early work with Motown, key Detroit Pied Piper Productions material, and all these excellent cuts from later years – done by Jack in a mix of Northern Soul styles, and some even funkier modes for the 70s! Almost all these tracks only got released on tiny little labels, mostly as singles – and the set also includes a few never-heard tunes from the Ashford vaults – although overall, most of this music is still pretty darn obscure. Yet that never stops it from being great – as, similar to Detroit contemporary Dave Hamilton, Ashford was always working at a top level – and always found a way to bring his A-game to the table, even if he wasn't going for a hit. CD features 24 tracks in all – and titles include "Let's Do It Again" by Billy Sha-Rae, "Where Are You" by The Four Sonics, "Love You Baby" by Eddie Parker, "Sweet Baby" by Al Gardner, "Don't Take Your Love" by The Magnificents, "Deserted Garden" by Sandra Richardson, "Don't Worry" by The Smith Brothers, "Did She Do It To You" by Ray Gant, "Do The Choo Choo" by Jack Ashford & The Sound Of New Detroit, "After You Give Your All" by Softouch, and "I Need Your Love" by Lee Rogers. (Soul, Funky Compilations) CD

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✨✧ VariousJean Michel Basquiat In Downtown 81 – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Recall, Early 80s. Used ... $11.99
The jagged sound of the New York underground – circa 1981! The compilation is a selection of older tunes used in the film Downtown 81 – starring Jean-Michel Basquiat, and featuring the sights and sounds of the uniquely cross-cultural world in which he made his mark. Tracks are a mix of funk, punk, electronics, and more – and titles include "Bob The Bob" by The Lounge Lizards, "Desire" by Tuxedomoon, "K Pasa Pop I" by Coati Mundi Hernandez, "So Far So Real" by Gray, "The Closet" by Lydia Lunch, "Tangita" by Pablo Calogero, "Cheree" by Suicide, "Detached" and "Blonde Redhead" by DNA, "Cavern" by Liquid Liquid, "Contort Yourself" by James White & The Blacks, "15 Minutes" by Chris Stein, "Copy" by The Plastics, and "Beat Bop" by Rammelzee Vs K-Rob. CD also features a bonus video of the trailer for the film! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousJukebox Jam – Blues & Rhythm Revue ... LP
Jazzman (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
A treasure trove of raw soul and rough-edged R&B – a killer collection of material that originally appeared on the ultra-limited series of Juke Box Jam singles from Jazzman – sweetly collected into one nicely-priced package! The grooves here are totally great – and represent a step backwards in the funk scene – a move back to the 50s and early 60s from the previous focus on later years' soulful sounds – a much-needed dig back into the R&B that first inspired all the soul and funk of the 60s and 70s – but with a very fresh ear, so that the collection's way different than any set of music like this you would have heard a decade ago! The sounds are plenty gritty, and a great illustration that there's still loads to be discovered in these crucial years of music – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Lula" by Mike Robinson, "Country Boy" by Big Tiny Kennedy, "Mr Hound Dog's In Town" by Roy Brown, "I Can't Takit No Longer" by Ben Harper, "Shorty" by Vernon Dilworth, "Geechie Goomie" by Marga Benitez, "Crazy Do" by Jack Tucker, "I Say No No More" by Frances Burr, "Baby You Were Meant For Me" by Ervin Rucker, and "Hot Weather Blues" by Mr Sad Head. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousOne-Der-Ful Collection – One-Der-Ful Records ... CD
One Der Ful/Secret Stash, Late 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
An unassuming cover, but a set that's got a really colorful batch of rare Chicago soul – including a number of never-issued tracks from the legendary One-Der-Ful Records! The label was one of the true indie greats in Chicago back in the 60s – almost as much a force for local soul as bigger imprints like Chess, Okeh, and Brunswick – and home to an equally great array of artists – including a few who'd later hit big on different labels! The work here is all the handiwork of the Leaner brothers, who not only recorded most of the cuts here – but also helped distribute One-Der-Ful and a host of other midwestern indies – which really gave them a great ear for the best sounds coming from the underground, and the new trends that were breaking big way before the rest of the country picked them up. And although there have been other collections of One-Der-Ful material before, this one may well be the most thoughtful – from the detailed notes on the label and each artist, to the research that uncovered never-issued tracks that include "Happy Times" by Beverly Shaffer, "Enjoy Yourself" by The Five Du-Tones, "I'm Guilty" by Liz Lands, "Thank You Love" by Otis Clay, "Now That You're Gone" by McKinley Mitchell, "Meet Me Halfway" by Beverly Shaffer, "Take Me To Your Leader" by The Sharpees, "When You Get That Feeling" by The Five Du-Tones, "Got To Find A Way (alt)" by Otis Clay, "Seventh Hour" by Liz Lands, and "Here Comes My Baby" by Mary Silvers. The set features lots more great cuts too – including "Who Is She" by Lucky Laws, "The Prettiest Girl" by Joe & Mack, "The Sock" by The Sharpees, "All For You" by the Admirations, and "The Man Of The Town" by Jay Jordan. (Soul, Funky Compilations) CD
Also available One-Derful Collection – One-Derful Records ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ VariousSearching For Soul – Rare & Classic Soul, Funk & Jazz from Michigan 1968 to 1980 ... CD
Luv N' Haight, Late 60s/1970s. Used ... $7.99
Searching for soul? You just hit the jackpot in this killer set that's filled with Michigan-recorded gems that go way beyond the shadows of Motown! The sound here is madly tripped out throughout – a blend of funky 45 rhythms with more interesting influences from the spreading sprawl of the Michigan soul underground of the 60s and 70s – groups who recorded not just in Detroit, but also other cities that were taking the motor city groove and turning it on in whole new ways. Overall, there's an approach here that reminds us of Westbound Funk at its best – a blend of psychedelic influences, jazz phrasing, and deeper soul that echo nicely together in most of the collection's tracks. Filled with great tunes we'd never heard before – a total of 14 tracks that include "Take Time Out" by Wendell Harrison, "Why She Had To Go" by Burning Desire, "Do It Right" by El Riot, "Let's Get Down" by The Black Aces Of Soul & The Eyes Of Ebony, "Be Mine Tonight" by Lloyd W Williams, "Back To Funk" by Robert Lowe, "Searching For Soul (part 1)" by Jake Wade & The Soul Searchers, "I Can Deal With That" by Dee Edwards, "Alcohol (part 1)" by Robert Jay, "Give & Take" by Tommy McGhee, "I Stayed Away Too Long" by Manual B Holcolm, and "Rap It Together" by The Detroit Sex Machines. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousChange The Beat – The Celluloid Records Story 1979 to 1987 (with CD) ... LP
Celluloid/Strut (UK), Late 70s/1980s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Hip hop, street soul, and lots lots more – a really revolutionary selection of music from the legendary Celluloid Records – a label that was virtually a genre unto itself! Celluloid was a key force tying together the New York downtown scene at the start of the 80s, and the postcolonial music world of Paris – and as a result, they always operated with a culture-crossing style that few other companies of the time managed to hit – merging together sounds in really unlikely ways, and often coming up with fresh new styles in the process! The label's known for crate-diggers for its hip hop releases – and to world music fans for its electric Africa work – but they also were on the forefront of New York No Wave, avant jazz, and post-punk – and somehow found a way to integrate both young new talents, and older experimentalists who still had plenty to offer. This package finally does Celluloid justice – and goes way past the few simplistic comps of the label's work over the years – training the skilled Strut ear to the whole thing, and also serving up the full story of the label in the process. Titles include "I'm The One" by Material, "Day Tripper" by Shockabilly, "Tele Apres La Meteo" by Fredinand, "Disco Rough (long version)" by Mathematiques Modernes, "Electrique Sylvie (full length version)" by Modern Guy, "Mean Machine Chant/Mean Machine" by Last Poets, "Abele Dance ('85 rmx)" by Manu Dibango, "Change The Beat (French & English)" by Fab 5 Freddy, "The Escapades Of Futura 2000" by Futura 2000 with The Clash, and "Downing Street Rock" by Winston Edwards & Blackbeard. LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink. Includes the bonus CD.)

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✨✧ VariousGWP – NYC – TCB ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A long-overdue tribute to one of the hippest labels in 60s soul – the short-lived but excellent GWP label, home to a flurry of great indie singles at the end of the decade! GWP was a key precursor to styles that would show up more strongly in later years on east coast indies like All Platinum/Stang and Perception/Today – and the company also employed some great studio talents who would emerge even more strongly on these other labels – like Ed Bland, George Kerr, and Ray Dahrouge, all key figures in soul production at the start of the 70s. The CD does a great job of pulling together the richness of the GWP sound – a mix of uptown soul, sock-soul, sweet soul, and some deeper soul numbers that really round out the sound of the set nicely. 24 tracks in all – including "He's What I Need" by Little Rose Little, "I've Been Down For So Long" by Benny Gordon, "Let's Prove Them Wrong" by Debbie Taylor, "I Don't Know How" by The Persians, "No Defense" by Bobby Penn, "Gotta Find A Way" by The Hesitations, "Heaven's Will" by Alice Clark, "Keep Your Love Warm" by Lilly Fields, "Doin The Gittin Up" by The Devonnes Band, and "I'm Ready" by Milton Bennett. (Soul, Funky Compilations) CD

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✨✧ VariousSaoco Vol 2 – Bomba, Plena, & The Roots Of Salsa In Puerto Rico 1955 to 1967 ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 50s/1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from the Puerto Rican scene of the 60s – a key link between the music of Cuba and New York – and an outlet that became even more important after the fall of Havana! Back in the day, there was steady traffic between San Juan and uptown New York – as styles traded, grooves emerged, and whole worlds of Latin music grew into place in the process – showing a new, youthful style that was especially heavy on percussion – and which often had a much tighter small group approach that was quite a contrast to the bigger orchestras of the previous generation! The Puerto Rican groove was crucial in kicking off the Latin Soul generation, and the salsa one as well – and the music here is from a host of indie labels who really had an ear to the underground in these key years – and came up with plenty of greatness in the process. The double-length package is a great retrospective of these years – and features detailed notes in English and Spanish, lots of great images, and a smoking set of 28 tracks that includes "Que Culpa Tengo Yo" by Chivirico, "La Vieja Voladora" by Chuito El De Bayamon, "Guaracha Y Cha Cha Cha" by Moncho Lena, "Moliendo Cafe" by Cortijo, "Arrabalera" by Tonin Romero, "Muchachita Lozana" by Odilo Gonzalez, "Tras Tres Tragos" by Mario Ortiz, "Dolores" by Joe Cotto, "Candela" by Ramito, "Kijis Konar" by Mon Rivera, and "Que Chevere" by Kito Velez. (Latin, Funky Compilations) CD

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✨✧ VariousUptown Soul & Funk From The Nashville Indies ... CD
Superbird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We're not sure where "uptown" is in the Nashville scene – but the location hardly matters, given the strength of the grooves on this set! The package brings forth a whole host of Music City soul gems we've never heard before – lots of work from the Ref O Ree and Tee Jay labels, some of which has the care and class to match the uptown soul sound that was coming from New York in the 60s, although overall, the set's got even more charm as a southern-styled soul collection! You can definitely hear echoes of other Tennessee soul of the time – bits of Sound Stage Seven and Stax – yet the work here also has its own flavor, too – and is a welcome rediscovery in a world of familiar reissues. Titles include "I Still Remember You" by Gene Allison, "Sugar (alt)" by Thomas Henry, "Sweet Way Of Living" by Peggy Gaines, "Clean With Your Dirty Work (alt)" by Rufus Hunter, "I Hear A Melody" by Spice Of Life, "I'd Like To Try It One More Time" by Larry Birdsong, "Let The Funk Get Next To You" by Eddie & Freddie, "You're Still The One" by Roscoe Shelton, "It Has To Be Love" by Freddie Waters, and "Love Is A Wonderful Thing" by Levert Allison. CD

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