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Neo Soul

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✨✧ Macy GrayId ... CD
Epic, 2001. Used ... $1.99
Macy Gray's steps to a higher level on The Id – this is no "sophomore slump" to our ears – actually a helluva lot better than her big selling debut! As on her first set, Macy's vocals are wonderful – totally unique, with that warm raspy soulful style that makes her one of the most instantly recognizable soul artists since Al Green. The production is very strong too – with a sound that's new and fresh compared to most chart soul acts, but which also has its roots in the Columbia crossover sound of the late 60s, with traces of artists like Sly Stone and Janis Joplin all colliding into one cool groovy sound! Titles include "Hey Young World (part 2)", featuring Slick Rick, plus "Blowin Up Your Speakers", "Forgiveness", "My Nutmeg Phantasy" (featuring Angie Stone & Mos Def), "Sweet Baby" (featuring Erykah Badu), "Sexual Revolution", and "Relating To A Psychopath". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Macy GrayTrouble With Being Myself ... CD
Epic, 2003. Used ... $1.99
Macy's follow up to The Id, which was a wonderful and underappreciated record, and it's nearly as nice! Trouble With Being Myself sort of combines the paths she took on the previous two albums for a really nice mix of material. "When I See You", "She Ain't Right For You", "My Fondest Childhood Memories" and other tracks kind of carry on the smoother, more mannered style of her breakthrough first album, and other tracks like the fine "It Ain't The Money" with Pharoahe Monch, "Screamin'" and others carry on with the grittier, deeper style of The Id. A strong album overall, one that should have kept Macy on the shortlist of relavent pop artists for a long time to come – but sadly fell through the cracks! Other tracks include "Things That Made Me Change", "Jesus For A Day", "She Don't Write Songs About You", and "Speechless". CD

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✨✧ Groove TheoryGroove Theory ... LP
Epic/Get On Down, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The only album ever from Groove Theory – but the set that introduced the world to Amel Larrieux – whose vocal talents alone are worth the price of admission! The feel here is a bit more mainstream soul than some of Amel's later work – but given the mid 90s date of release, the sound is still plenty underground – and filled with the warmer tones and deeper soul styles that wouldn't be that common until years later when the Neo Soul scene rose to prominence. The overall package is the work of former Mantronix member Bryce Wilson – who plays some keys, and ensures that the rhythms are never too bombastic to overwhelm Amel's vocals. Titles include the massive stepper's cut "Tell Me" that hit huge here in Chicago – plus "Baby Luv", "Didja Know", "Come Home", "Hello It's Me", "Hey U", "Good 2 Me", "You're Not The 1", and "Boy At The Window". LP, Vinyl record album

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Groove TheoryKeep Tryin' (hip hop mix w/rap, go-go mix, hip hop mix no rap, dream sequence, dream sequence inst, wet mix) ... 12-inch
Epic, 1995. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Another single off Groove Theory's stellar debut, that introduced the world to Amel Larrieux, as a lead vocalist at least. Crisp hip hop influenced beats with a nice laidback vibe. The "Go Go" mix isn't actually Go Go, just another nice downtempo version, and the "Dream Sequence" makes more of a nod towards Acid Jazz, but the "Wet" mix is our favorite, smooth and spare. (Soul, Neo Soul) 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Groove TheoryTell Me – The Remixes ... CD
Epic, 1995. Used ... $5.99
The huge stepper's cut gets served up here in a ton of different versions, with everything from house to raga to smoothed out R&B. Includes "Tell Me" (spark plug mix, 6 karat hip hop, BKNY R&B, rag, cleve's 122 classic house, cleve's 122 reasons to kick dub, go go mix). CD
(Out of print.)

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Toshi KubotaNothing But Your Love ... CD
Epic, 2000. Used ... $2.99
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Amel LarrieuxSweet Misery (hit district rmx w/o adlibs, hit district w/adlibs, hit district inst; rush/stretch rmx, rush/stretch inst) ... 12-inch
Epic, 2000. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A great major label single from Amel Larrieux – and one that features a sweetly thumping groover that should have been a hit! The track's a bit more mainstream than some of Larrieux's later work, but it's still plenty darn great – graced with really wonderful vocals throughout! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Glenn LewisDon't You Forget It (voc, inst, tv track, acapella) ... 12-inch
Epic, 2001. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $4.99
Smooth R&B from Glenn – produced by Andre Harris with a nice Philly bounce. Lifted from the Red Star compilation – and a tasty bit of NuSoul that will fit in nicely with other recent grooves from the Philly scene! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has light wear and an index sticker.)

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Jill ScottExperience – Jill Scott 826+ ... CD
Epic/Hidden Beach, 2001. Used 2 CDs ... $3.99
Ok so she's got a Grammy – but that makes us love her even more! Jill Scott is one of the greatest soul artists to emerge in the past decade – and this second album avoids the usual "sophomore slump" by showing a whole new side of her talents! Disc one is a great live set – showing that Jill's organic talent isn't the product of studio trickery, and can conjure up as much warmth in person as it can on disc. The backing is tight, jazzy, and with a different finish than you might be accustomed to from Jill's first LP – less hip hop beats and more real funk drumming, a fuller group instrumental sound with lots of nice solos, and over it all, incredible vocals from Jill! The set's got smoking live versions of "One Is The Magic #", "A Long Walk", "Love Rain", "Getting In The Way", "Fatback Taffy", "He Loves Me", and "Do You Remember". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ SweetbackSweetback ... LP
Epic, 1996. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of those records that kind of snuck under the radar at the time – but which has gone onto become a crucial part of soul music from the 90s, and a record that's one of the blueprints for the neo soul generation to come! Sweetback are a trio of musicians who provided important backing for Sade – the kind of warm, classic-styled soul grooves that made her a standout right from the start – and which also inspired a whole generation of musicians to leave behind some of the more electronic modes they were using in the 80s. The set really marks a shift back towards warmer, jazzier, more human sounds of soul music in the 90s – and in addition to great instrumentation by the core trio, the set also features some early vocals from Amel Larrieux, plus work from Maxwell too. Titles include "You Will Rise", "Au Naturel", "Walk Of Ju", "Softly Softly", and "Sensations". LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo in a stickered sleeve with some notations in the top left.)

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