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Funky 45's

XClassic sounds on 45rpm 7 inch singles -- Northern soul, deep soul, funk, breaks, rare groove, sample tracks, modern soul, and jazz!



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Contributors Of SoulI Don't Know/Look What You Done For Me ... 7-inch
Newmiss, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Sublime stuff! "I Don't Know" is a great deep soul harmony cut – rolling into a midtempo groove from the intro like a rare Stax gem, with some great guitar and organ riffing along with the vocals, which are sung in a mode that's raspy and sweet at the same time! "Look What You Done" is pretty nice too – a bit more driving, but with a really nice harmony sound! 7-inch, Vinyl record
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Cicero BlakeSee What Tomorrow Brings/Don't Do This To Me ... 7-inch
Success, Late 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
A wonderful single from the deep soul genius Cicero Blake! "See What Tomorrow" has a lilting groove – almost uptown, but with rawer midwestern elements – and the hook is a compelling riff on the future, sung by Cicero in a style that's similar to Garnet Mimms, with a mix of sweet and hard styles in the same breath. The flip's just as great – and has a strong shouted quality, in a mellow mid-tempo Ben E King-ish groove. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has moderate peeling.)

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✨✧ James BrownMoney Won't Change You/Try Me ... 7-inch
Polydor, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
"Money Won't Change You"s a great little number – begins with runaway drums, then settles into a cold-vamping rap about the power of money, and what it won't do! The cut's a perfect blend of funk and message – from the pen of James and always-great Nat Brown. "Try Me" is mellower, but still has some decent work on the keys. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Gold label "Soul Classics" pressing with printed sleeve.)

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Maxine Brown/Chuck JacksonI Wonder What My Baby's Doing Tonight/Two Stupid Feet ... 7-inch
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99
Maxine Brown and Chuck Jackson recorded some famous duets in the 60s – but here, each are featured as solo acts, on a great repressing of rare tracks! "I Wonder" is a very groovy number from Maxine – a bit more upbeat than some of her other work, and with a nice swing that's almost Northern Soul! Chuck Jackson has all the depth of his bluer work on "Two Stupid Feet" – but the tone's also got a nice groove too – a midtempo stepper for a classic soul dancefloor! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Darrow FletcherWhat Are We Gonna Do About This Mess/Honey Can I ... 7-inch
Crossover/Kent (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $11.99
Two rare tracks from the Crossover Records years of Darrow Fletcher – issued here for the first time on 45! "What Are We Gonna Do" is wonderful – a tune that's got a great bumping groove, soaring strings, and this strong message-oriented lyric from Darrow that really knocks things out of the park! "Honey Can I" is from a few years later, and has this warm midtempo groove – maybe more in a modern soul mode overall, but with a style that's great for the fantastic Fletcher vocal approach! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Garland GreenLove Is What We Came Here For/Running Scared ... 7-inch
Cotillion, 1972. Very Good ... $11.99
Rare work by Garland – recorded away from Chicago, in Philly, at Sigma Sound, with production and songwriting by Bunny Sigler and Phil Hurtt, and arrangements by Norman Harris and Ronnie Baker. The combination of Green's bluesy vocals with a smooth Philly soul approach works very nicely – especially on "Love Is What We Came Here For", a stretched out, very mellow track that we like a lot! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Monk HigginsCeatrix Did It/What Fah ... 7-inch
St Lawrence, Late 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
Wonderful stuff from this mad soul genius! "Ceatrix Did It" is a hip slinky sax-driven instrumental – with organ bubbling in the background, while the tenor blows the melody in a mellow soundtrack-y way. "What Fah" is even better, a cool instrumental – with organ vamping underneath, and hard tenor soloing over the top – and it's put together in this cool "mod" groove that's completely infectious. Works well as a slower funk cut or a late night dancefloor stormer – and with Monk at the helm, the whole thing's as perfectly put together as can be! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have some wear.)

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Lloyd PriceLove Music/Just For Baby ... 7-inch
GSF, 1973. Very Good+ ... $2.99
While Lloyd's voice isn't what it was on his 50's recordings, this mid 70s single is actually a pretty decent one! The lyrics are a bit silly, but the general groove is very similar to Marvin Gaye, of I Want You vintage – with lots of sexy strings, moogy keyboards, and a cool slow funky soul groove that's pretty darn sweet. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a GSF sleeve.)

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✨✧ Dexter WanselLife On Mars – 45s Collection (2 x 7 inch set) ... 7-inch
Philadelphia International/Dynamite Cuts (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2 x 7 inch set (pic cover, reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A special four track, double 7" single version of Life On Mars – fantastic bit of space age funk – and maybe one of the greatest moments ever from Philly Soul maestro Dexter Wansel! The album goes way beyond any of Wansel's other work – and blends his warm soulful styles with some of the more keyboard-oriented funk that was coming out of the Herbie Hancock camp during the mid 70s – a vibe that's every bit as electric and spacey as you'd guess from the cover! Some cuts have a bit more of a soul focus, but others have loads of jazzy keyboards from Dexter – driven on by some great drums at points too. Titles include Wansel's legendary version of "Theme From the Planets" with the much sampled breakbeat at the beginning – plus the funky "Life On Mars", and the tracks "One Million Miles From The Ground" and "You Can Be What You Wanna Be", 7-inch, Vinyl record

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La'Verne WashingtonPromise/I Found What I've Been Searching For ... 7-inch
Melodies International, 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Two great tracks from La'Verne Washington – a west coast 80s soul singer we've never heard of, but who really shines here! "Promise" has a great bassline – courtesy of the legendary Carol Kaye – and the tune bumps along with keyboards that are balanced by the richer, deeper suol vocals of Washington – who works here with a really great range! "I Found" on the flipside is a mellower number, but great too – and La'Verne has this flow that's matched by supporting female vocals – almost a mix of secular link and spiritual energy! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Clarence Wheeler & The EnforcersRight On/Doin' What I Wanna ... 7-inch
Atlantic/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1970. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... $14.99
Two fantastic funky cuts from this legendary Chicago group – one who could effortlessly blend soul jazz and harder grooves, in a way that's unlike anyone else we can think of! "Right On" has heavy drums and some super-sharp lines on Hammond – peppered with a bit of vocals, but soon giving way to a massive tenor solo from Clarence Wheeler! "Doin What I Wanna" has a fast-vamping organ like that's like a quick take on "It's Your Thing" – but groovier, jazzier, and with tremendous tenor and trumpet! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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