Sweet beats and plenty of grooves – an 80s funk classic from Midnight Star, and one that seems to have the group picking up a bit of energy from the hip hop scene as well! The album's still got the electro soul vibe of previous records, but maybe is even beat-heavier overall – almost showcasing a style that would later emerge as new jack in the hands of some younger artists within the next few years – but still perfect for the kind of playful interplay that made the Midnight groove so great! Titles include "MidasTouch", "Stay Here By My Side", "Close To Midnight", "Searching For Love", "Close Encounter", "Dead End", "Get Dressed", "Engine No 9", and "Headlines". CD
The biggest record that Al Stewart ever cut – as you no doubt know from the oft-played title track – but a set that also stands as a great testament to all the many years he'd been crafting fine music before fully getting the recognition he deserved! Stewart's got a way with words that's like few of his contemporaries – maybe a bit like Donovan, with whom he shares a similar vocal approach – and also a clear early love of Bob Dylan, yet an immediate evolution past that influence – so that the whole thing is very much in a world of Al's own, with some slight 70s mainstream production, but not enough to soften the music into more mainstream AOR – despite the fame of the hit. Titles include, of course, "Year Of The Cat", plus "One Stage Before", "Flying Sorcery", "Broadway Hotel", "Lord Grenville", "If It Doesn't Come Naturally Leave It", and "Midas Shadow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a touch of light staining on the spine.)
Everybody's getting in on the funky sound library action! This set of rare funky gems was selected by Luke Vibert – who's confessed to a love of the odder and more obscure side of the 70s Brit sound library scene. The set's way better than you might think – as Luke really knows his stuff – and the tracks on here have a very different sound than the regular sound library funky instrumentals, with a lot more electronics, lots of keyboards, moog, bleeps, blonks, and plenty of funky beats! Luke's dug through the Southern, IM, and Chappell catalogs, and has come up with a blinding batch of tunes that are almost like 70s equivalents of the sort of music he's making today – only funkier! Titles include "Electronic Track 12" by Cecil Luter, "Soft Bossa" by Nino Nardini, "Xylo Spleen" by Eddie Warner, "Electrostalactites" by Anthony King, "Cleopatra" by Georges Teperino, "The Bungler" by Boneschi Electronic Combo, "Intimations" by MidasTouch, "On The Air" by Eddie Warner, "Pots & Pans" by Anthony King, "Zouche Drums 3" by David Holland, and "Strange Love Action" by Johanna Group. 27 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album
One of the hippest, heaviest labels in the One-Der-Ful family of record companies from the Chicago scene – home to some incredible work that never even saw the light of day back in the 70s! The Midastouch is certainly apparent here – as there's instant gold from the very first track on the set – an unreleased gem that sits here along a number of other unreleased songs, plus other great singles that really showcase the deepest side of Chicago soul from back in the day! The music here has plenty of the best Windy City soul hallmarks – strong female vocals on some cuts, soaring arrangements on others, and gritty funk that reminds us that the best players in Chicago could easily match any of the heavy studio cats down south. The booklet of notes is amazing too – incredibly detailed, and providing long-overdue history on this important batch of musicians and singers from Chicago – in support of titles that include "Wagon Wheel" by Benny Sharp & The Sharpies, "Mo Jo Hanna" by Andre Williams, "Walk On With Your Nose Up"b y The Danderliers, "Mr Hot Shot" by Lonnie Brooks, "Everyday Worries" by Irene Scott, "Football" by Andre Williams, "End Of A Rainbow" by McKinley Mitchell, "Lost Love" by Reginald Day, "Your Wish Is My Command" by The Inspirations, "Malnutrition" by Bobby Mack, "I'll Take A Chance On You" by The Inspirations, "Call Her Back" by Epics & Larry & The Hippies, and "Beware Beware" by The Compliments. Features 11 previously unreleased tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
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