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✨✧ Jean CarnHappy To Be With You ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1978. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Jean's classic Philly albums, recorded after she left Doug Carn, and started to make records as a solo artist. The record's got stellar production by Gamble & Huff and Dexter Wansel, and features a nice mix of up-tempo cuts and mellow ones. With the monster "Don't Let it Go to Your Head", and the mix of "Revelation" and "Infant Eyes" that she recorded earlier with Doug Carn. Other cuts include "(No, No) You Can't Come Back Now", "Together Once Again", and "I Bet She Won't Love You Like I Do". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear, a tracklist sticker, and a promo stamp.)

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Jean CarnJean Carn ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1976. Very Good ... $2.99
Jean Carn was one of the best-ever singers to hit the Philly International label – a sophisticated diva with a style that would strongly influence soul music for the next 10 years, and a downright compelling voice that crafted some of the best modern soul of her generation. Although Jean started out as a spiritually-oriented singer working with husband Doug Carn and Earth Wind & Fire, this debut album has her grooving in a style that resembles the classy Columbia sound of Marlena Shaw. Like Shaw, Carn takes the best of her jazz roots, and strips off the nonsense to adapt to a more modern style. Gamble & Huff take a great deal of care with the album – and are careful not to bury Jean's voice in overly club-oriented arrangements, as they occasionally did with other female singers. Includes the hit groover "Free Love", plus "Don't You Know Love When You See It", "You Are All I Need", "You Got A Problem", and "If You Wanna Go Back". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jean CarnTrust Me ... LP
Motown, 1982. Very Good ... $1.99
A near-lost chapter in the career of Jean Carn – her one and only album recorded for Motown, cut in the early 80s with production by Norman Connors! Oddly, although Connors was the first producer to give Jean Carn a chance back in the 70s as a smooth soul vocalist – finding her voice a perfect fit for his warm and jazzy arrangements – here, he's going for a style that's a bit more conventionally soul-based, with more guitars and mainstream production than you'd expect. Jean's still pretty great, though, showing why she was one of the best female soul artists of the modern soul era – on tunes that include "My Baby Loves Me", "Don't Let Me Slip Away", "Steady On My Mind", "Completeness", and "Better To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
 
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✨✧ AmbianceEbun (with bonus download) ... LP
Da Mon/High Jazz (Switzerland), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A soulful gem from reedman Daoud Abubakar Balewa – head of the Ambiance Fusion Ensemble, who cut a few really great albums back in the day! This set is definitely one of them – and it's got a unique approach that's rooted in spiritual jazz, but delivered with some fusion touches too – guitar, keyboards, and electric bass giving some of the tunes a bit of a groove – a bit like that shift that Oneness Of Juju made in the late 70s too! There's a really great female singer on a few tracks – who has this vibe that's a bit like Jean Carn singing on an early Doug Carn record, or maybe like female vocals on some of the Roy Ayers albums for Polydor – and the whole album is as soulful as it is groovy, with some nice cosmic touches throughout. Titles include a killer version of Walter Bishop's "Turnaround", plus the original numbers "Ebun", "Camouflage", "After June", "OFC", and "Bossa Monife". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Angela BofillAngie ... CD
Buddah, 1978. Used ... $9.99
Angela Bofill's sublime first album – a mixture of jazzy soul and soulful jazz, all put together with a sound that's really a cut above most of her contemporaries! As with Jean Carn or Phyllis Hyman, there's a sophistication to Angela's sound here that indicates roots in much hipper territory that were still pulling strongly on her work for this mainstream set – a sound that runs deeper than you might expect for such a commercially successful record, and which has really kept it alive for years. Part of the strength of the set is the jazzy backings given the music – arranged by Dave Grusin, and carried off by himself on keyboards, with other players who include Eric Gale on guitar, Dave Valentin on reeds, Steve Gadd on drums, and Ralph MacDonald on percussion. There's a warmly glowing feel to the record that's neither slick or commercial – and titles include "Children Of The World United", "Summer Days", "Rough Times", "This Time I'll Be Sweeter", and "The Only Thing I Would Wish For". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Angela BofillAngie/Angel Of The Night ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... $11.99
A pair of soulful gems! Angie is Angela Bofill's sublime first album – a mixture of jazzy soul and soulful jazz, all put together with a sound that's really a cut above most of her contemporaries! As with Jean Carn or Phyllis Hyman, there's a sophistication to Angela's sound here that indicates roots in much hipper territory that were still pulling strongly on her work for this mainstream set – a sound that runs deeper than you might expect for such a commercially successful record, and which has really kept it alive for years. Part of the strength of the set is the jazzy backings given the music – arranged by Dave Grusin, and carried off by himself on keyboards, with other players who include Eric Gale on guitar, Dave Valentin on reeds, Steve Gadd on drums, and Ralph MacDonald on percussion. There's a warmly glowing feel to the record that's neither slick or commercial – and titles include "Children Of The World United", "Summer Days", "Rough Times", "This Time I'll Be Sweeter", and "The Only Thing I Would Wish For". Angel Of The Night is sweet jazzy soul from Angie Bofil – recorded in 1979 with Dave Grusin, who gives the album a smooth edge that really works perfectly with her vocals! The set's a perfect blend of the more soulful elements in the fusion scene of the late 70s, combined with Angie's warm vocal style and some excellent songwriting. Titles include "I Try", "Angel Of The Night", "What I Wouldn't Do", "Rainbow Child", "The Voyage", and a great cover of "People Make The World Go Round". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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Dee Dee BridgewaterLittle B's Poem/People Make The World Go Round ... 7-inch
Trio (Japan), 1974. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $24.99
A unique Japanese-only single – one that features two of the best tracks from the legendary Afro Blue album by Dee Dee Bridgewater! First up is her take on the Bobby Hutcherson classic "Little B's Poem" – a completely wonderful vocal version that, to us, even blows away the well-known take on the tune by Doug and Jean Carn! The flipside features this great vocal jazz remake of the Stylistics hit "People Make The World Go Round" – served up with lots of spirit at the core, in a way that really changes things up! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series!)

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Doug CarnInfant Eyes ... LP
Black Jazz, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
An undisputed 70s soul jazz classic – and arguably the best album that Doug Carn ever cut for the Black Jazz label! The set is a masterpiece of spiritual jazz – with Carn on keyboards setting up the groove, and wife Jean singing some incredible vocals – very different than her later soul work as a solo act, and with a vibe that's like Dee Dee Bridgewater at her soulful 70s best. Jean does a killer job with the album's classic vocal version of Bobby Hutcherson's "Little B's Poem" – done here with sweet lyrics that really open the song up a lot, and make it into an anthem of love and joy that we'd be hard pressed to match with any other tune! And all other tracks are great too – with titles that include "Moon Child", "Passion Dance", and a great version of Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jean CarneDon't Let It Go To Your Head – The Jean Carne Anthology ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic tribute to the great Jean Carne – a singer who started out in jazz, working with then-husband Doug Carn on spiritual sessions and drummer Norman Connors on his soulful sides of the 70s – then shifted over to the Philadelphia International label, where she really helped Philly soul find new direction moving into the 80s! Jean always brings all the sophistication of her roots into her music – making her way more than just another soul singer, and instead a vocalist with a great range of expression that has her opening up in just the right way, no matter what the setting. This excellent collection is filled with classics from her years on Philadelphia International, and also includes some rare 12" mixes and duets with other artists too. Titles include "Free Love", "No Laughing Matter", "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", "You Can't Come Back Now", "There's A Shortage Of Good Men", "Time Waits For No One", "Lonely Girl In A Cold Cold World", "Bet Your Lucky Star", We Got Some Catchin Up To Do", "When I Find You Love", "Was That All It Was (12" mix)", "What's On Your Mind (12" mix)", "Revelation/Infant Eyes", "Mystic Stranger", "Completeness", and "If You Don't Know Me By Now" – plus "I'm Back For More" with Al Johnson, "Sweet & Wonderful" with Glenn Jones, "You Might Be Surprised" with Roy Ayers, "Love Is Beautiful" and "Dreams Of Tomorrow" with Dexter Wansel, "Keep In Touch" and "The Look Of Love" with Grover Washington, and "Dindi", "Love's In Your Corner", and "Valentine Love" with Norman Connors. CD

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Jean CarneYou're A Part Of Me ... LP
Atlantic, 1988. Near Mint- ... $2.99
By this point in her career, Jean Carn's added an "e" to her name, has messed up her hair, and picked up a pronounced 80s smooth soul sound. However, she's still recording in Philly, and on the best cuts she makes it past some rather heavy keyboard arrangements that almost get in the way. Bobby Eli and Grover Washington Jr handled some of the production – and tracks include "Ain't No Way", "Early Morning Love", You're A Part Of Me", "Let Me Be The One", "Walking The Line", and "Givin Up On Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, cutout notch, and hype sticker.)

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Norman ConnorsBest Of Norman Connors & Friends ... CD
Right Stuff, 1970s/Early 80s. Used ... $6.99
Some great tracks from the jazzy soulful genius of Norman Connors! Connors is one of the best crossover soul jazz artists of the 70s – with a masterful blend of styles that's matched by only a few other artists, like Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson. This set includes tracks from his Buddah and Arista recordings – and the sound is classic all the way through! Titles include "You Are My Starship", "This Is Your Life", "Betcha By Golly Wow", "Valentine Love", "Dindi", "Romantic Journey, "We Both Need Each Other", "Love From The Sun", and "Once I've Been There". The "friends" are all vocalists – including Michael Henderson, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carn, Phillip Mitchell, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ Norman ConnorsMelancholy Fire – Best Of Norman Connors (Razor & Tie pressing) ... CD
Buddah/Razor & Tie, Mid 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Some great tracks from the jazzy soulful genius of Norman Connors! Connors is one of the best crossover soul jazz artists of the 70s – with a masterful blend of styles that's matched by only a few other artists, like Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson. This set includes tracks from his Buddah and Arista recordings – and the sound is classic all the way through! Titles include "You Are My Starship", "This Is Your Life", "Betcha By Golly Wow", "Valentine Love", "Everything I Have Is Good", "Butterfly", "You Bring Me Joy", "I Am Your Melody", and "Take It To The Limit". The "friends" are all vocalists – including Michael Henderson, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carn, Pharoah Sanders, and Miss Adaritha. CD
(Out of print.)

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Norman ConnorsMr C ... LP
Arista, 1981. Very Good- ... $14.99
A stunner from the wonderful Norman Connors – an artist who just seemed to get better and better at soul music the farther he moved away from jazz! Make no mistake, there's still plenty of jazz in the mix here – as backings are by Connors' great Starship Orchestra, with Marion Meadows on most tenor and soprano sax solos – but the overall groove is totally great, too – and really sets up the excellent vocals throughout! The album's the sort that put Connors on equal footing with Roy Ayers or Wayne Henderson – two other soul talents who'd moved in from jazz – and Norman's almost got more confidence himself with the lyrics than on some of his previous records. Jean Carn guests on one track, Glenn Jones on another – and titles include "Love's In Your Corner", "She's Gone", "Stay With Me", "Keep Doin It", "Anyway You Want", and "Sing A Love Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing. Cover has some edge wear, with a name in marker and index label on front. Label has a name in marker.)

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Creative Arts EnsembleOne Step Out ... LP
Nimbus/Outernational (UK), 1981. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $34.99
A great bit of work from the hip LA scene that centered around the Nimbus label at the end of the 70s – a collective who work together here with the same spiritual jazz modes you'd find on labels like Tribe or Strata East! The group features some bigger names from the scene, including some solo Nimbus acts – plus some other overlooked players – a lineup that includes Henry Franklin on bass, George Bohannon on trombone, Wilbert Hemsley on tenor, Dadesi Komolafe on flute, Jeff Clayton on baritone, and Gary Bias on alto and soprano sax. The album's also got some beautiful vocals from BJ Crowley – who co-leads the group, and sings out with a proud righteousness that recalls some of Dee Dee Bridgewater or Jean Carn's early early soul jazz recordings. The tracks are all long and spiraling numbers – never really "out", but in a free searching mode that's a perfect platform for the piano work of the other co-leader, Kaeef Ruzadun. Titles include "One Step Out", "Flashback Of Time", "All Praises Due", and "Stars In Lightyear Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dee Dee Sharp GambleWhat Color Is Love ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1977. Very Good ... $3.99
Dee Dee's come a long way from "The Mashed Potato Time" here – emerging as a full-blown modern soul artist, with the same sort of sophisticated twist as other Philly girl singers, like Jean Carn or The Jones Girls. The title cut is a great remake of Terry Callier's "What Color Is Love" – and other tracks include "Hang Your Portrait", "I Believe In Love", "Just As Long As I Know You're Mine", and "Tryin To Get The Feeling Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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✨✧ Carlos GarnettLet This Melody Ring On ... CD
Muse/Soul Brother (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Soaring soul from Carlos Garnett – one of the reedman's key 70s sides for the Muse Records label – work we'd rank right up there with the spiritual best of Gary Bartz or Norman Connors at the time! Like both of those contemporaries, Garnett's really reaching for something new in the post-Coltrane generation – mixing electric and acoustic instrumentation with compelling rhythmic changes – and often letting in a bit of vocals as well. Most of the music here is instrumental – with Garnett on tenor and baritone sax, plus the great Hubert Eaves on keyboards and Reggie Lucas on guitar – but some tracks also feature very nice vocals from Prema, a female singer who takes up the same sort of role you might find Dee Dee Bridgewater doing with Connors, or Jean Carn with husband Doug. The blend is wonderful, and the vocals really help give the musical message some weight when the come into the mix – and titles include "Panama Roots", "Senor Trane", "Samba Serenade", and "Ghetto Jungle". CD

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Ty Karim & George GriffinKeep On Doin' Whatcha' Doin' (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Sheridan House/Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99
Rare later work from the lovely Ty Karim – a female soul singer who made some great 60s singles on the LA scene – then really surprised us when she reappeared for this massive club stepper at the start of the 80s! The tune's got a beat that's strong, but mellow – a bit around the pace of Gwen McCrae's "Funky Sensation" – handled here with a similar blend of funk, soul, and strings – and once it gets going, George Griffin comes into the mix – singing back and forth with Karim in a way that's like the Al Johnson duet with Jean Carn! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Azar LawrenceBridge Into The New Age (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Prestige, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
A wicked set from reedman Azar Lawrence – one of the few albums issued under his own name, and a great example of the waves he was making on the 70s west coast scene! There's a depth here that goes beyond most of the other Fantasy Records sessions of the time – a sound that would be right at home on Strata East, or in some of the more righteous Cobblestone sessions – no surprise, given that the ensemble here is filled with key spiritual jazz players, including Woody Shaw on trumpet, Hadley Caliman on flute, Joe Bonner on piano, Billy Hart on drums, Mtume on congas, and even Jean Carn on a bit of guest vocals! Most tracks are longish, and a perfect setting for Azar's exploratory reed work on soprano sax and tenor – and titles include "Warriors Of Peace", "Forces Of Nature", and "The Beautiful & Omnipresent Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jackie MooreWith Your Love ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A killer from Jackie Moore – later work, with a smooth modern feel that's quite different than her first recordings! The album has Jackie getting a tight dose of Philly soul from Bobby Eli – who produced and arranged the album at Sigma Sound, and who also wrote a number of tracks on the album. The record's got the feel of some of Jean Carn's work from the time – a great approach, given the deep soul style of Jackie's vocals – and titles include "Just To Be With You", "Helpless", "Walk Away From Love", "With Your Love", "Don't Knock My Love", and a killer remake of "Love Won't Let Me Wait". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a large name in marker on both sides and a promo stamp. Labels have some pen.)

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✨✧ MtumeRebirth Cycle ... LP
3rd Street, 1977. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Obscure set of 70's soul jazz tracks, recorded by percussionist Mtume, with a host of great like-minded performers, including Stanley Cowell, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart, Leroy Jenkins, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Jean Carn, and Buster Williams. The sound is similar to some of the Carlos Garnett or Norman Connors albums from the early 70's, and has an approach that's very much in the Strata East mode. Tracks are long, with lots of righteous phrasing and full, progressive rhythm – and titles include "Sais", "Yebo", "Umoja", and "Body Sounds". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear.)

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✨✧ Freda PayneBand Of Gold/Contact/Reaching Out /Best Of (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Edsel (UK), Early 70s. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
3 albums, some "best of" tracks, and bonus cuts too – a massive collection of music from this hip 70s soul singer! First up is Band Of Gold – a landmark album from Freda Payne! Freda had been knocking around a bit as a more jazz-oriented singer, and had cut one album for Impulse and one for MGM before this one – but when she hooked up with the hitmaking Holland-Dozier-Holland team for this record, her career really went over the top! The team take Payne's deep soulful voice away from the sophisticated pop of earlier years, and hook it up with a mix of fuzzy Detroit soul and sweeter southern styles. The album includes loads of great cuts – most notably the sublime crossover hit "Band of Gold", but also plenty of other lesser-known gems, like "The Easiest Way to Fall", "Unhooked Generation", "Deeper and Deeper", and "This Girl Is a Woman Now". Contact is Freda Payne's second album as a soul singer – cut for Holland-Dozier-Holland, and a lot like the first, save for the fact that it wasn't nearly as bit a hit. Freda's still great vocally, though – upping the soul ante with some sophisticated vocals that sit fine by us, and which show her roots as a jazz singer. Titles include "I'm Not Getting Any Better", "The Road We Didn't Take", "Odds & Ends", 'I Shall Not Be Moved", "Mama's Gone", and "You've Got To Love Somebody (Let It Be Me)". Reaching Out was done a few years after Freda's big hit "Band of Gold", and she's recording here in a very different mode! The record is produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, with arrangements by a number of different talents, like McKinley Jackson, Tony Camillo, and Michael Smith – and the overall sound is much more sophisticated than on some of Freda's earlier work. The vocals are especially sharp – quite mature, and almost in a mode that points towards later work by singers like Jean Carn or Marlena Shaw during the late 70s. Includes the nice midtempo groover "We've Gotta Find A Way Back To Love", worth the price of the album alone – plus "Mood For Love", "Reaching Out", "Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right", "Mother Misery's Favorite Child", and "Right Back Where I Started From". CD also features Best Of Freda Payne tracks – "He's In My Life", "How Can I Live Without My Life", "Just A Woman", "Come Back", and "You're The Only Bargain I've Got" – plus bonus tracks "Band Of Gold (unedited alt version)" and "Deeper & Deeper (US single mix)". CD

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Freda PayneReaching Out (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... About August 30, 2019
It's a few years after Freda's big hit "Band of Gold", and she's recording here in a very different mode! The record is produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, with arrangements by a number of different talents, like McKinley Jackson, Tony Camillo, and Michael Smith – and the overall sound is much more sophisticated than on some of Freda's earlier work. The vocals are especially sharp – quite mature, and almost in a mode that points towards later work by singers like Jean Carn or Marlena Shaw during the late 70s. Includes the nice midtempo groover "We've Gotta Find A Way Back To Love", worth the price of the album alone – plus "Mood For Love", "Reaching Out", "Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right", "Mother Misery's Favorite Child", and "Right Back Where I Started From". LP, Vinyl record album

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Teddy PendergrassLife Is A Song Worth Singing ... CD
Philadelphia International/Elemental (Spain), 1978. New Copy ... $8.99
Sublime solo material from the great Teddy Pendergrass – the kind of record that instantly proves that his departure from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes was a great idea, as the man alone is even more of a power to be reckoned with! The set's a cornerstone in that great second wave of Philly soul from Gamble & Huff – that point when the rest of the world was picking up on the disco grooves they forged earlier in the 70s, and they went for a more adult, more sophisticated style with singers like Teddy, Jean Carn, Phyllis Hyman, and others. The whole thing's perfect – and nicely balances between mellow moments and groovers – with gems that include the always-great "Close The Door", the massive "When Somebody Loves You Back", and other cuts that include "Get Up Get Down Get Funky Get Loose", "Life Is A Song Worth Singing", "Cold Cold World", and "It Don't Hurt Now". CD
(Limited edition!)
Also available Life Is A Song Worth Singing ... LP 5.99

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Teddy PendergrassLife Is A Song Worth Singing ... CD
Philadelphia International/Right Stuff, 1978. Used ... $5.99
Sublime solo material from the great Teddy Pendergrass – the kind of record that instantly proves that his departure from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes was a great idea, as the man alone is even more of a power to be reckoned with! The set's a cornerstone in that great second wave of Philly soul from Gamble & Huff – that point when the rest of the world was picking up on the disco grooves they forged earlier in the 70s, and they went for a more adult, more sophisticated style with singers like Teddy, Jean Carn, Phyllis Hyman, and others. The whole thing's perfect – and nicely balances between mellow moments and groovers – with gems that include the always-great "Close The Door", the massive "When Somebody Loves You Back", and other cuts that include "Get Up Get Down Get Funky Get Loose", "Life Is A Song Worth Singing", "Cold Cold World", and "It Don't Hurt Now". CD
Also available Life Is A Song Worth Singing ... LP 5.99

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Teddy PendergrassLife Is A Song Worth Singing ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1978. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Sublime solo material from the great Teddy Pendergrass – the kind of record that instantly proves that his departure from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes was a great idea, as the man alone is even more of a power to be reckoned with! The set's a cornerstone in that great second wave of Philly soul from Gamble & Huff – that point when the rest of the world was picking up on the disco grooves they forged earlier in the 70s, and they went for a more adult, more sophisticated style with singers like Teddy, Jean Carn, Phyllis Hyman, and others. The whole thing's perfect – and nicely balances between mellow moments and groovers – with gems that include the always-great "Close The Door", the massive "When Somebody Loves You Back", and other cuts that include "Get Up Get Down Get Funky Get Loose", "Life Is A Song Worth Singing", "Cold Cold World", and "It Don't Hurt Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Also available Life Is A Song Worth Singing ... CD 5.99

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✨✧ Paulette ReavesSecret Lover ... CD
Blue Candle/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic album from deep soul singer Paulette Reeves – one of the most unique talents of her generation, and an artist who's never fully gotten her due! Paulette's got a southern soul range in her vocals, and works here with Miami TK arrangements from Clarence Reid – but she also has these more sophisticated modern soul currents in her music – at a level that makes us think of her more along the lines of singers like Jean Carn or Phyllis Hyman! The set's quite different than some of the other TK Records material of the time – and was quite possibly overlooked at the time, due to its release within their disco-heavy catalog – whereas Reeves is a singer who really would have gotten strong attention on a label like Philadelphia International. The whole thing's great – and the album includes her classic midtempo number "Let Me Wrap You In My Love", plus other nice ones – like "Secret Lover", "There's Fire Down Below", and "If You Don't See Me Again". CD

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✨✧ Reel People with Navasha DayaI'm In Love (12" voc, inst)/Can't Fake The Feeling (12" voc, inst) (180 gram pressing) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... 12-inch
Papa (UK), 2018. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
Navasha Daya is light years away from her roots with Fertile Ground – singing here on two massive cuts from Reel People – both of which elevate her to legendary soul diva status! Daya is incredible on the version of the Kashif tune "I'm In Love" – hitting a level that might only be reserved for a rare few, like Chaka Khan or Jean Carn – and even though the tune is a catchy boogie number, Navasha's presentation makes the whole thing feel like a statement of spiritual soul! "Can't Fake The Feeling" is a classic from Geraldine Hunt – but Hunt never gave the tune the depth that it gets here – really soaring with Navasha's tremendous vocals, and given superb grooves from Oli Lazarus, Matt Cooper, and the rest of the Reel People team. A pricey limited single – but one that really delivers the goods! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousGreatest Hits Of Philadelphia International – 20 Soul, Disco & Funk Classics ... CD
Philadelphia International/Demon (UK), 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes tracks by the O'Jays, Dexter Wansell, Jones Firls, Billy Paul, Archie Bell & The Drells, Jean Carn, The Futures and Lou Rawls. CD

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✨✧ VariousPhiladelphia Story 1971 to 1986 – 15 Years Of Philly Classics Vol 9 ... CD
Philadelphia International/Streetsounds, 1970s/1980s. Used ... Out Of Stock
10 songs from the Stylistics, Dexter Wansel, Teddy Pendergrass, MFSB, Jean Carn, the O Jays, Dee Dee Sharp. Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls & Billy paul. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousPhiladelphia Story 1971 to 1986 – 15 Years Of Philly Classics Volume 10 ... CD
Philadelphia International/Streetsounds, 1970s/1980s. Used ... $4.99
10 songs from Teddy Pendergrass, Jean Carn, MFSB, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls & the Stylistics. CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Jean CarneCloser Than Close ... LP
Mirage/Omni, 1986. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Quite a different sound than Jean's Philly International recordings – although certainly a logical extension – and it's a sweeter than sweet set from the mid 80s that in turns both celebrates and transcends the production style of the era! Overall, Closer Than Close is a smooth batch of mellow modern soul, almost in a Phyllis Hyman mode, and with less of the free easy jazz touches of Jean's earlier recordings. Grover Washington produced most of the record, an he really does add a bit of jazz into the mix – but the standout element is Jean's vocals, which seem to have expanded their range along with the addition of the "e" to her last name! Titles include "Lucky Charm", "Closer than Close", "Everything Must Change", "Sexy Eyes", "It Must Be Love", and a solid remake of "Break Up To Make Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jean CarneCloser Than Close – The Best Of Jean Carne ... CD
Philadelphia International, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $12.99
One of the nicer things about the global centralization of culture into the hands of a few giant companies is that you can at least get a "greatest hits" comp like this which spans the artists career on a number of different labels! As proof, you'll find killer stuff from Jean's best years, on Buddah, Philly Intl, and Columbia – with tracks like "Back For More" with Al Johnson, "Valentine Love" with Norman Connors, "Free Love", "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", "Was That All It Was", "When I Find You Love", and "Closer than Close". 16 cuts in all, and way better than we expected from a US major! CD
(Out of print, mark through barcode.)

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✨✧ Leo's SunshippGive Me The Sunshine/I'm Back For More (limited yellow vinyl) ... 12-inch
Expansion (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two of the best cuts ever from this underground club act of the 70s – back to back on a 12" single! "Give Me The Sunshine" is their real calling card – a slow-stepping club number that's almost smooth enough to work for steppers, but funkier at the core too – nice and long, with a chorus that just won't quit! "I'm Back For More" is a tune that was covered more famously later by Al Johnson and Jean Carne – but which is taken here at a great slow funky pace by the group themselves! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(500 hand-numbered copies on yellow vinyl!)

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✨✧ Charles MingusClown (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1957. Used ... $38.99
Stunning stuff – and one of the greatest Charles Mingus albums of all time – a true treasure recorded in that magical year of 1957, when Mingus was finally finding his strongest voice in modern music! The album's near-perfect from start to finish – as bold a statement in jazz as anyone might be allowed to make in the late 50s, yet still always focused, driven, and wrapped up with a tremendous sense of energy. The tracks are all quite long – perfect vehicles for Mingus to reach his full level of expression – played by a group that includes Curtis Porter on tenor and alto sax, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, Wade Legge on piano, and Dannie Richmond on drums – making an early appearance in his alliance with Mingus that would last for many many years. Titles include classic versions of "Haitian Fight Song", "Blue Cee", and "Reincarnation Of A Lovebird" – plus "The Clown", which features a long improvised monologue by Jean Shephard! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Grover WashingtonSacred Kind Of Love – The Columbia Recordings (Strawberry Moon/Then & Now/Time Out Of Mind/No Exit/All My Tomorrows/Soulful Strut/bonus tracks) (5CD set) ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), New Copy 5 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
All of Grover Washington Jr's albums for Columbia – brought together in a special box set! Strawberry Moon has a number of laidback groovers, with some solid Washington originals such as the title track and some sweet covers. BB King plays and sings on "Caught A Touch Of Your Love", with Jean Carne guesting on "The Look Of Love". Grover's sax is soulful and sweet throughout, and the titles include "Strawberry Moon", "Summer Nights", "Keep In Touch", and "Maddie's Blues". Then & Now is a nice one that has Grover working in a straighter jazz mode for the most part, taking a break from the soul and R&B groover –- the most timeless of the 3 albums compiled here! Players include Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Grady Tate and Darryl Washington. Titles include "Just Enough", "French Connections", "Stolen Moments", "Stella By Starlight" and more. Time Out Of Mind's title track is a cover of the Steely Dan classic, circa Gaucho – and this album finds Grover embracing the 80s a lot more than his previous album for Columbia. A mix of moods, with some electric funky flourishes and fusiony keys and synths. Titles include "Jamaica", "Sacred Kind Of Love", "Fly Away", the title track and more. Next Exit is great 90s work from Grover Washington Jr – a set from a time when the reedman was still one of the kings of mainstream soulful fusion! There's a bit of vocals from time to time, and some strong R&B production – but also plenty of room for Grover's well-crafted lines on soprano sax, which are still as soulful and slinky as ever! Titles include "Your Love", "Only For You", "Next Exit", "Greene Street", "Summer Chill", "Get On Up", and "Till You Return To Me". All My Tomorrows is an overlooked gem from reedman Grover – recorded in his later years, but a set that's actually got more of an acoustic style overall – one that goes back to the roots farther than any of Grover's fusion records! Washington's a great straight player in this setting – filled with soul on tenor and soprano sax – and working with top-shelf small group players like Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Hank Jones on piano, Bobby Watson on alto, and Robin Eubanks on trombone. Guitarist Romero Lumbambo arranged one great Brazilian-tinged number – and other arrangements are by Grover, Larry Willis, Slide Hampton, and Freddy Cole – who sings on two tracks too. Titles include "E Preciso Perdoar", "Happenstance", "All My Tomorrows", "Nature Boy", "Flamingo", and "Estate". Soulful Strut is bouncy soul from Grover Washington – a set that returns to his earlier roots in a space between soulful fusion and R&B! The slinky Washington soprano sax gets plenty of space in this set – blown with those seductive notes that always made Grover one of the most distinctive players on the instrument – and the backings often have this gentle R&B groove that's even stronger on the few cuts here with vocals. Titles include "Soulful Strut", "Bordertown", "Village Groove", "I Can Count The Times", "Headman's Hunt", and "Can You Stop The Rain". CD set also features bonus tracks – "Protect The Dream", "Heat Index", "Every Day A Little Death", and "The Night Fantastic". CD

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Candace WoodsonDesire ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $14.99
A killer album from Candace Woodson – the kind of set that takes us back to the glory days of sophisticated female soul – the generation of Phyllis Hyman, Chaka Khan, and Jean Carne – when it seemed as if quality records like this were something we could really take for granted! Turns out, they weren't – and it's such a welcome change to have a record like this in the racks – a great return to soul music that's sophisticated, adult, and very well put-together – kind of that later legacy of the Philly International sound – in a way that really makes a singer like Woodson open up and soar. The tunes are tight and catchy, but never slick or commercial – really classic, right from the start – on titles that include "Desire", "The Answer Is No", "Nothing Better", "Back On Top", "Just A Dream", "Perfect", and "Don't Think I Want It". CD

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VariousJazzy Ladies Of Society Hill Records ... CD
Society Hill, 2018. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Great work from the Society Hill label of Philly soul producer Butch Ingram – a force on the city's scene for many decades, and one of the few who are still turning out the kind of cool, classy sound that was Philly's big shift at the start of the 80s! Some of the artists here are older, and represent that later post-disco mode in Philly on labels like WMOT and Philadelphia International – and others are younger, but fit right into the groove – thanks to a unified Ingram style that keeps things warm and mellow throughout! Titles include "Give It Up" by Jean Carne, "Like A Lover" by Toni Richards, "I Love You" by Brandi Wells, "I'm So In Love With You" by Barbara Mason, "Good Morning Heartache" by Vicki Austin, "One Last Memory" by Vanessa Farley, "Waiting For My Lover" by Roz Ryan, "I Close My Eyes" by Carla Benson, and "I Wish You Love" by Coretta Davis. CD

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✨✧ VariousParis In The Spring – Presented By Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A totally fresh take on French sounds of the late 60s – served up here with a sound that's as revolutionary as the image on the cover! This isn't the dreamy strings of familiar Paris in the Spring – but instead, the sound of change that happened in and around 1968 – as a whole new generation of younger French musicians, singers, artists, and intellectuals were really making themselves known in bold new ways! You'll recognize a few names here – like Serge Gainsbourg or Brigitte Fontaine – but the collection goes way beyond those bigger names, and features loads of obscure artists from the scene that will be a real revelation. The collection was done by the same Saint Etienne team that gave us the excellent English Weather and Songs For The Carnegie Deli compilations on Ace – and titles include "L'Elu" by Ilous & Decuyper, "La Metaphore" by Jacques Dutronc, "Looking For You" by Nin Ferrer, "Chanson D'Un Jour D'Hiver" by Cortex, "Couleurs" by Leonie, "Leslie Simone" by William Sheller, "Litanies" by Triangle, "Baleines" by Francois De Roubaix, "Lileth" by Leonie, "Ystor" by Ys, "Chanson Pour Que Tu M'Aimes U Peu" by France Gall, "Le Victime" by Karl Heinz Schafer, "Les Adventures Extraordinaires D'Un Ballet De Banque" by Bernard Lavilliers, "Helicoptere" by Mireille Darc, "Les Garde Violent Au Secours Du Roi (alt version)" by Jean Claude Vannier, and "La Chanson D'Helene" by Romy Schneider & Michel Piccoli. CD

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VariousParis In The Spring – Presented By Bob Stanley & Pete Wiggs ... LP
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A totally fresh take on French sounds of the late 60s – served up here with a sound that's as revolutionary as the image on the cover! This isn't the dreamy strings of familiar Paris in the Spring – but instead, the sound of change that happened in and around 1968 – as a whole new generation of younger French musicians, singers, artists, and intellectuals were really making themselves known in bold new ways! You'll recognize a few names here – like Serge Gainsbourg or Brigitte Fontaine – but the collection goes way beyond those bigger names, and features loads of obscure artists from the scene that will be a real revelation. The collection was done by the same Saint Etienne team that gave us the excellent English Weather and Songs For The Carnegie Deli compilations on Ace – and titles include "L'Elu" by Ilous & Decuyper, "La Metaphore" by Jacques Dutronc, "Looking For You" by Nin Ferrer, "Chanson D'Un Jour D'Hiver" by Cortex, "Couleurs" by Leonie, "Leslie Simone" by William Sheller, "Litanies" by Triangle, "Baleines" by Francois De Roubaix, "Lileth" by Leonie, "Ystor" by Ys, "Chanson Pour Que Tu M'Aimes U Peu" by France Gall, "Le Victime" by Karl Heinz Schafer, "Les Adventures Extraordinaires D'Un Ballet De Banque" by Bernard Lavilliers, "Helicoptere" by Mireille Darc, "Les Garde Violent Au Secours Du Roi (alt version)" by Jean Claude Vannier, and "La Chanson D'Helene" by Romy Schneider & Michel Piccoli. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousSound Of Philadelphia – A Tribute To Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff Vol 1 ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2018. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A mighty tribute to the duo who put Philly soul at the top of the game in the 70s – legendary producers/writers/label owners Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff – all given their full due by a host of artists from the contemporary Philadelphia underground, including some who recorded for the pair back in the day! The set features lots of production work from Butch Ingram, in a style that's similar to his other recent projects on the Society Hill label – music that takes the older Philly soul spirit into the contemporary generation, but all without losing any of the care or class of the earlier days. Almost all the songs were written by the Gamble & Huff duo – and titles on this first volume include "Tell Love Hello" by The Mellow Moods, "Me & Mrs Jones" by People's Choice, "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon" by Jean Carne, "You're My Latest My Greatest Inspiration" by Johnny Flash, "Darlin Darlin Baby" by The Illusions, "It's Forever" by David Beasley's Fabulous Ebonys, "TSOP" by Society Hill Orchestra, and "The Love I Lost" by The Legendary Bluenotes featuring Sugarbear. CD

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✨✧ VariousSound Of Philadelphia – A Tribute To Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff Vol 2 ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2018. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A mighty tribute to the duo who put Philly soul at the top of the game in the 70s – legendary producers/writers/label owners Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff – all given their full due by a host of artists from the contemporary Philadelphia underground, including some who recorded for the pair back in the day! The set features lots of production work from Butch Ingram, in a style that's similar to his other recent projects on the Society Hill label – music that takes the older Philly soul spirit into the contemporary generation, but all without losing any of the care or class of the earlier days. Almost all the songs were written by the Gamble & Huff duo – and titles on this second volume include "Let's Groove" by People's Choice, "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" by Jean Carne, "I Should Be Your Lover" by The Legendary Bluenotes featuring Sugarbear, "Slow Motion" by Johnny Flash, "Free Love" by Jean Carne, "I Wanna Know Your Name" by People's Choice, "Dance Turned Into A Romance" by Vicki Austin, "Let's Make A Baby" by The Illusions, "I'll Always Love My Mama" by Tony Strong & The Philly Soul, and "Cowboys To Girl" by Philly Cream. CD
 
 
 



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