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A Certain RatioSextet ... CD
Factory/Mute, 1982. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Quite possibly the funkiest album ever by the groundbreaking British group A Certain Ratio – filled with lots of heavy post-disco bass and percussion, all rattling away with the energy of some of the best work on Ze Records a the time! The group's dark moody feel is still largely in place, ... (Rock, Soul) read more CD
Also available Sextet (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 23.99

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Barbara AcklinSeven Days Of Night ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
An excellent second album by Barbara Acklin – and a perfect demonstration of her really unique Chicago soul talents! Acklin's really at the cusp of two generations here – at one level still with some of the sweetness of the earlier style of 60s girl soul, but at another full of the ... read more CD

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Barbara AcklinSomeone Else's Arms ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
Beautiful, beautiful Chicago soul from one of the women who did it best – the always-amazing Barbara Acklin, a singer who managed to mix the raw and the smooth in a really unique way! The record's a mix of some sweet originals, plus covers that Barbara handles with her usual poise and class ... read more CD

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Ad LibsComplete Blue Cat Recordings – 23 Masters From The Blue Cat Vaults ... CD
Blue Cat/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... $5.99 17.98
Finally – the complete story of The Ad Libs – a group known for their classic singles of the 60s, but one who never issued a full-length album of their own! This great little set more than corrects that fact – by bringing together 9 rare singles for the Blue Cat label, plus ... read more CD

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Yasuko Agawa10th Avenue (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Victor (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $24.99
A special collection of work from this very soulful Japanese singer – one that brings together some of the best cuts from her classic albums, but with some new touches on mastering under the direction of the GRP label! Yasuko's great all the way through – singing in English, but often ... (Vocalists, Soul) read more CD
(Part of the Adlib Presents Victor Japanese Fusion series!)

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Yasuko AgawaFlyin' Over ... CD
Victor/Beatball (Korea), 1978. New Copy ... $19.99
Hauntingly beautiful work from Yasuko Agawa – a set that has some echoes of older jazz and bossa at points, but also slides out in a smooth 70s soul mode too! As on her previous album, arrangements here are all by Susumu Arima – who also produced – and he's quite a maestro when ... (Vocalists, Soul) read more CD

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Yasuko AgawaSweet Menu ... CD
Victor/Beatball (Korea), 1979. New Copy ... $19.99
Yasuko's on the menu, and she's as sweet as can be on this late 70s set – an album that's even more soul-based than some of her previous efforts! The grooves are nicely upbeat here – hitting a style that's certainly club, but which also has a bit of a funky fusion too – thanks to ... (Vocalists, Soul) read more CD

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Yasuko AgawaYasuko Love Bird ... CD
Victor/Beatball (Korea), 1977. New Copy ... $19.99
A wonderful early album from this hip Japanese singer – done in a mix of jazz and soul that reminds us a lot of Marlena Shaw! The overall style here is perhaps a bit more on the jazz side of the spectrum, but the arrangements and production are definitely influenced by American R&B of ... (Vocalists, Soul) read more CD

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AlfonzoAlfonzo (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Larc/P-Vine (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $26.99
Alfonzo's kicking back on the cover – posing a bit like Michael Jackson on the cover of Thriller – a record that's maybe a pretty good comparison for the sound of this rare set too! The tunes are upbeat, catchy, and perfectly fit for the lightly crackling style of Alfonzo's vocals ... read more CD

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Gerald AlstonGerald Alston ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $13.99
Brilliant solo work from Gerald Alston – the first album issued under his own name, after a strong legacy of work with The Manhattans! Alston's vocals are wonderful here – beautifully crafted, with a sense of maturity and feeling that most of his younger soul contemporaries couldn't ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Gerald Alston ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ American GypsyAmerican Gypsy ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
An album that begins with an amazing break – and then rolls into a great batch of fuzzy guitar grooves! The set is one of the odder albums to be issued by Chess Records during its funk years – as American Gypsy were a Dutch band, recording in Holland, and the record was only licensed ... read more CD
(Part of the Free Soul 20th Anniversary series!)

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Carol AndersonSad Girl – The Legacy Of Detroit's Lost Soul Sister ... CD
Grapevine (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
The complete recordings of a wonderful soul singer who never fully got her due – Detroit diva Carol Anderson, best known for a few tracks that broke big on the UK Northern scene – but finally presented here with the full scope of her work in one set! Carol had a great approach that was ... read more CD

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Ruby AndrewsBlack Ruby ... CD
Zodiac/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
A hell of a great record from Ruby Andrews – a Chicago soul singer who started out sweet, but comes on hard and heavy on this righteous classic from the start of the 70s! The record's got a badass vibe you never would have expected from Andrews a few years before – with tremendous ... read more CD

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Dorothy AshbyRubaiyat Of Dorothy Ashby ... CD
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $19.99
Incredible work from the amazing Dorothy Ashby – a brilliant set of funky and spiritual tunes, set to full backings from Chicago soul arranger Richard Evans! This album is easily one of Ashby's greatest, and it's dedicated to the writings of Omar Khayyam – one of the forces guiding ... (Jazz, Soul) read more CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Diggin Universal Music – supervised by DJ Muro.)

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Ashford & SimpsonHigh Rise ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $13.99
Always-great work from the team of Ashford & Simpson – the kind of a record that has them at the top of their game, even though they'd changed their overall sound over the years! The vibe here is more in an 80s groove mode than some of the duo's Warner albums, but they've still got an ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available High Rise ... LP 2.99

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Ashford & SimpsonI Wanna Be Selfish (with bonus track) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Stone classic early work from Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson – really moving past the Motown sound – stepping wonderfully into a hip style of soul that would have a huge effect on the direction of R&B in the 70s! I Wanna Be Selfish is actually a very giving effort from the ... read more CD

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Ashford & SimpsonLove Will Fix It – The Warner Bros Records Anthology 1973 to 1981 (3CD set) ... CD
Warner/Groove Line Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $18.99
Ashford & Simpson may have gotten their start at Motown, but they really found their groove at Warner Brothers – as you'll hear on this massive collection of tracks from their landmark late 70s years at the label! Even many decades later, the strength of this music is undeniable – ... read more CD

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Ashford & SimpsonMusical Affair (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Near-perfect work from Ashford & Simpson – really grooving in full powerhouse mode here, and never missing a beat! By all rights, the team should have run out of steam by this point, but the album's another winner from their sublime Warner years – caught in a unique space between ... read more CD

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Ashford & SimpsonStreet Opera ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
Dang, these guys could never miss! Even in later years, Ashford and Simpson were still going strong – working here in a wonderfully mellow style that's as soulful for the moment as their mid 70s groovers were for that time. The album's got a sweet modern style that's pretty much in the ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Atlantic StarrStraight To The Point ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Atlantic Starr definitely get straight to the point on this set – bursting out strongly with an upbeat groove from the very first note – all produced to perfection by maestro Bobby Eli, in the same manner as some of his other great late 70s work for other artists! The group's a big one ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Roy AyersIn The Dark (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1984. New Copy ... $8.99 12.99
Roy Ayers in a seductive mid 80s mode – his first for Columbia – and a record with some incredibly nice moments that blow away most of his contemporaries! The synth soul and drum machine era might seem like an odd fit for Roy's jazzy vibes, but it actually works really well here! You ... read more CD

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✨✧ Roy AyersYou Might Be Surprised (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1985. New Copy ... $8.99 12.98
Roy Ayers in a tight mid 80s funk mode – commanding a modern vibe really well, especially with his vibes so prominent in the sound! Although the sound's a step or two more modern than the Polydor years, Roy still sounds great – and he grooves nicely on this batch of tracks that mix ... read more CD

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Bar-KaysAs One/Nightcruising/Propositions/Dangerous ... CD
Mercury/Robinsongs (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
A quadruple pack of albums from The Bar-Kays – four records on two CDs! First up is As One, a record that definitely has the Bar-Kays definitely grooving as one – with amazing choppy guitar, bumping basslines, and brassy horns – all wrapped up with some wonderfully warm ... read more CD

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Bar-KaysInjoy ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Later Bar-Kays at their best – still plenty funky, but also working in a smoothly soulful style that became the group's trademark sound at Mercury! The album's got a real bass-heavy appeal from the start – working in a mode that shares a lot with Cameo, The Gap Band, and some of the ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Injoy (limited numbered LP sleeve edition) ... CD 9.99

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Bar-KaysPropositions ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
Tightly grooving work from The Bar-Kays – a set that's light years away from the sound of their Memphis roots, but still plenty darn funky overall! The album's got a tight bass-heavy approach to the music – the well-forged ensemble sound that graced the later years of the Bar-Kays' ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Barrino BrothersLivin' High Off The Goodness Of Your Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy 13 ... $13.99
The only album ever by The Barrino Brothers – a stellar early 70s harmony group, and one who could sing with the best of the east coast scene of the time! The whole set's got a feel that's very much in the best mode of groups like The Modulations, Soul Generation, and even The O'Jays – ... read more CD
(Part of the Invictus/Hot Wax 1000 Collection!)
Also available Livin' High Off The Goodness Of Your Love ... LP 44.99

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Beginning Of The EndFunky Nassau – The Definitive Collection (Beginning Of The End/Funky Nassau/bonus tracks) ... CD
Alston/Strut (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99 15.99
A great collection – the rare two albums by Beginning Of The End, plus bonus tracks too! First up is the classic Funky Nassau – s monster bit of funk that's unlike anything else we can think of! Beginning Of The End hailed from The Bahamas, but don't hold that against them – ... read more CD

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Archie Bell & The DrellsDance Your Troubles Away ... CD
TSOP/Sony (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Although Archie Bell & The Drells had recorded earlier with Gamble & Huff on Atlantic, this is their first album for the team's own label – and it's a killer! In a way, Archie and group were sort of responsible for getting Gamble & Huff their own famous imprint in the first place ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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George BensonPacific Fire ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Unusual work from the great George Benson – a wonderful session that was recorded by CTI during George's classic years for the label – but issued only briefly a number of years later, and slightly lost amongst the rest of his catalog! The material's great, though – and has George ... (Jazz, Soul) read more CD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)

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Chuck Berry with Steve MillerLive At The Fillmore Auditorium (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $19.99
The cover's a bit trippy, but the sound is anything but – and instead stands as a strong tribute to the way the early work of Chuck Berry continued to influence a generation of rockers well through the 60s! Berry's the frontman, and gets plenty of chance to sing and sear on guitar – ... read more CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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JP Bimeni & The Black BeltsFree Me ... CD
Tucxone (Spain), 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Really wonderful work from JP Bimeni – a hell of a soul singer, even without such a tight band backing him up – a new talent to our ears, but one who could have easily held his own on the Memphis or Muscle Shoals scenes of the 60s! JP's way more than just another singer with a funky ... (Deep Funk, Soul) read more CD

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BlackbyrdsNight Grooves ... CD
Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A great album of funky dancefloor tunes! Originally issued in 1978, and clearly for the New York dancefloor crowd – the record takes the earlier work of funk group The Blackbyrds, and remixes the tracks slightly to pump up the groove a bit for the dancers. While the approach might not sound ... read more CD
Also available Night Grooves ... LP 16.99

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Mary J BligeMary Christmas ... CD
Verve, 2013. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A sparkling Christmas set from Mary J Blige – one that takes full advantage of those wonderful vocals, and lets them loose on a whole host of Holiday tunes! The album's on Verve, and has a feel that's a lot more classic than some of Mary's other work – a vibe that's somewhere between ... (Holiday Music, Soul) read more CD

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Blood OrangeNegro Swan ... CD
Domino, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The cover of this album by Blood Orange – aka Devonte Hynes – might imply a sort of weary bleakness – but given the quality of the music, the whole thing can't help but elevate our spirits – even if Hynes is digging even deeper than usual with his subject matter! The songs ... (Neo Soul, Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ BloodstoneParty ... CD
T Neck/FTG, 1984. New Copy ... $7.99 10.98
One of Bloodstone's great groovers from later years – work that has a very different feel than the group's fragile harmony soul of the 70s, and which has them taking off into a much more confident sound! Production is by McKinley Jackson, and the album's a mix of a few funky 80s groove ... read more CD

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Willie BoboTomorrow Is Here ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1976/1977. New Copy ... $15.99
A really unique chapter in the career of percussionist Willie Bobo – a rare one-off album for Blue Note – done with a sweet Cali vibe all the way through! Bobo plays his usual percussion, but also sings a bit too – in this charming style that's never too overdone – a deeply ... (Latin, Soul) read more CD
(Part of the Blue Note LA Revivals series!)

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Angela BofillAngie/Angel Of The Night ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... $18.99
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 ... read more CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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Professor Harold BoggsLord Give Me Strength – Early Recordings 1952 to 1964 ... CD
Nashboro/Gospel Friend, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
The first full length collection we've ever seen to focus on the soulful gospel work of Harold Boggs – one of the greatest male lead singers of the pre-soul generation! Right from the start, Boggs was a hell of a singer, and a great songwriter too – and he first entered the business ... (Gospel, Soul) read more CD

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Charles BradleyBlack Velvet ... CD
Dunham/Daptone, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
The great Charles Bradley left this planet all too soon – and although we've got this final album of music to enjoy, it's only a partial consolation for Bradley's early departure! The set's maybe a bit like some of the albums of Otis Redding material that were issued after his passing – ... (Deep Funk, Soul) read more CD
Also available Black Velvet ... LP 13.99

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Bill BrandonOn The Rainbow Road – The Muscle Shoals & Birmingham Sessions ... CD
Soulscape (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
Incredible southern soul work from Bill Brandon – a wealth of rare singles from the years before his better-known album on Prelude – all handled by landmark producers Sam Dees, Spooner Oldham, and Quin Ivy! With help like that in the studio, you can imagine that these singles are just ... read more CD

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BrandyeCrossover To Brandye ... CD
Kayvette/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
A killer bit of female soul by a very short-lived group – one with a great sound that comes out of some real criss-crossing of styles – some deep soul currents, but some hipper modern soul touches at the top! The set was produced by Brad Shapiro, and has a good blend of his modern and ... read more CD

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Brecker BrothersStraphangin ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $9.99
It's our bet that the Brecker Brothers probably weren't straphanging on their way to work in this point in their careers – given the classy, professional sound of this set – which was more likely to earn them a ride in a limo than a place in the subway! But we certainly don't hold that ... (Jazz, Soul) read more CD

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BrickGood High/Brick (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bang/Robinsongs (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
Two funky soul classics from Brick – back to back on a single CD! First up is the album Good High – a killer debut from Brick – the start of a massive run at the end of the 70s, a time when the group was easily one of the biggest acts to come out of the up-and-coming Atlanta ... read more CD

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Dee Dee BridgewaterMemphis – Yes, I'm Ready ... CD
Okeh, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99
A beautiful turn in direction from the legendary jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater – a return to some of the soul-based modes she used in the 70s, but served up here as a tribute to Memphis soul of an earlier generation! The set was recorded in that fine southern city, at the Royal Studios ... (Vocalists, Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Johnny BristolHang On In There Baby ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
The first solo album from Johnny Bristol – a genius soul talent who did a bunch of great work for Motown as a writer and arranger, breaking out here on his own! Like so many other behind-the-scenes talents from the late 60s, Johnny turned out to be an excellent soul artist in his own right ... read more CD
(Part of the Free Soul 20th Anniversary series!)

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Brothers JohnsonBlam ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Blam is right – an all-out batch of funky tracks from The Brothers Johnson – captured here right in the middle of their classic period with Quincy Jones! The Q's at the helm on production for the set, and the record's a great extension of their earlier efforts with the man – but ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Blam ... LP 3.99

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Brothers JohnsonLight Up The Night ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
More hit magic from the Brothers Johnson – still working with Quincy Jones at this point, and virtually setting up the blueprint for jazzy soul in the 80s! Backings are by an all-star team, and Rod Temperton's helping out Quincy with arrangements – going for that snapping groove ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Charles Brown & FriendsMerry Christmas Baby (Jewel) ... CD
Fuel 2000, 1974. New Copy ... $5.99
A surprisingly cool collection of tracks that hides under the "Merry Christmas Baby" title of Charles Brown's big postwar Holiday hit – but which instead includes a fair bit of later soul, blues, and gospel numbers recorded for Jewel and Paula Records! The package mixes things up ... (Holiday Music, Soul) read more CD

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Charles Hilton BrownOwed To Myself ... CD
Schema (Italy), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
A swirling blend of soul, funk, and jazzy grooves – and a super-rare album that we've never seen in the original! Supposedly, backing on the record is by the British Afro-Funk group Assagai – which sounds right to us, because there's a nice rolling conga groove on many of the tracks. ... read more CD

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✨✧ James BrownBodyheat ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
An enduring classic from James Brown – quite possibly the strongest of his late 70s albums, and a record that nicely balances the harder funk of the early part of the decade with a more sophisticated style that almost gets slightly jazzy at times! The vocals are planted strongly at the top ... read more CD
(Part of the Rare Groove Funk 1000 Best Collection!)

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✨✧ James BrownGet Up Offa That Thing ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
James Brown screams at the beginning of the record – "I'm Back! I'm Back!" – which is his proclamation that he was ready to take on a whole new generation of funk music – grooving with a new sound that was guaranteed to hit as big as it did in earlier years! The ... read more CD
(Part of the Rare Groove Funk 1000 Best Collection!)
Also available Get Up Offa That Thing ... LP 11.99

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James BrownGravity (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Scotti Bros/Big Break (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $12.99
A bit of a comeback for James Brown – a mid 80s outing recorded with Dan Hartman, who gives the record a "contemporary" sound that's definitely a great way to slide James in with the younger crowd at the time! The style's still funky, but has more street soul elements too – ... read more CD

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✨✧ James BrownHot Pants (with bonus track) ... CD
Polygram (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
James Brown really opens up on this early 70s classic – really showing the world the amazing groove he was crafting with his band – who were let loose to jam in the studio, spinning out some really long grooves – which were then cut down to make this sweet little record! The ... read more CD
(Part of the Rare Groove Funk 1000 Best Collection!)
Also available Hot Pants ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ James BrownI Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
A great lost album from James Brown – and totally funky! The record's got a super-hip cover that shows James standing in a blue room with three fine foxy ladies, and the words "I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me" are emblazoned across the top – and the whole thing's as ... read more CD
(Part of the JB & Funk 1000 Best Collection!)

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✨✧ James BrownI Got The Feelin' ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
Funky funky funky! A nice one on King that shows the direction James Brown would take in the 70s – a bit harder and more funky than before, with even more of a focus on the instrumental talents of the ensemble! The band here is super-sharp – playing with that tightly focused, highly ... read more CD
(Part of the JB & Funk 1000 Best Collection!)

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✨✧ James BrownI Got You (I Feel Good) ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
Quite possibly THE James Brown album of the mid 60s – a solid set of hard-grooving tracks, based around the monster title hit "I Got You (I Feel Good)"! The tune's one of those numbers that has been used a gajillion times over the years in commercials and promos – but which ... read more CD
(Part of the JB & Funk 1000 Best Collection!)

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✨✧ James BrownIt's A Mother ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
A definite mother from James Brown – the kind of all-funky album that few of his contemporaries could ever hope to match! If you've ever doubted the sheer raw power of James at the end of the 60s, the first few notes of this one will definitely make you a convert – and the stretched-out ... read more CD
(Part of the JB & Funk 1000 Best Collection!)
Also available It's A Mother ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ James BrownIt's A New Day – Let A Man Come In ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
Further genius from James Brown at the start of the 70s – a record that's starting to show some of the more open-ended grooves he'd explore with the JBs on their own albums – longer, stretched-out tracks that are way more than simple funk and soul! There's a sense of freewheeling ... read more CD
(Part of the Rare Groove Funk 1000 Best Collection!)

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✨✧ James BrownLive – Hot On The One ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
A strong live set from 1980, recorded in Tokyo, and better than most of James' studio recordings from the time! The group is super-tight, super-fast, and the whole set has that train running out of control sort of feel that James first cut on wax with his live sets starting at the Apollo Theater. ... read more CD
(Part of the JB & Funk 1000 Best Collection!)

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✨✧ James BrownLove Power Peace – Live At The Olympia Paris 1971 ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A lost treasure from James Brown & The JBs – a vintage live performance from the early 70s, and one that captures the group at the height of their powers! The format here is very similar to the excellent Revolution Of The Mind set – a totally funky, totally righteous live ... read more CD
(Part of the JB & Funk 1000 Best Collection!)
Also available Love Power Peace – Live At The Olympia Paris 1971 ... CD 12.99

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James BrownMutha's Nature ... CD
Polydor/LMLR (France), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A fantastic late 70s album from James Brown – maybe one of his last true classics of the decade! The vibe's shifted a bit since the Payback era, but the sound is still totally great – as James is working closely here with Charles Sherrell (aka Sweet Charles) – in a style that's ... read more CD
(Limited edition HD remaster – in a nice little LP replica sleeve.)

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✨✧ James BrownPapa's Got A Brand New Bag ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
Here's where things really started getting interesting for James Brown! The album was issued right around the same time as James' single "Out Of Sight" on Smash – and like that track, "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" was one of the first to use that "instruments on the ... read more CD
(Part of the JB & Funk 1000 Best Collection!)

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✨✧ James BrownPlease Please Please ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $13.99
An incredible early album from James Brown – featuring 16 raw R&B tracks culled from his early years at King – and virtually the blueprint for so many other great things to follow! "Please Please Please" was James' first big hit – and as you probably already know, ... read more CD
(Part of the JB & Funk 1000 Best Collection!)

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✨✧ James BrownPopcorn ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
A tremendous turning point in the career of James Brown – and an album that points the way strongly to the even deeper funk of the 70s! The album's a hard-wailing batch of instrumental tracks played by the legendary James Brown Band of the late 60s – the pre-JBs ensemble that's gone ... read more CD
(Part of the JB & Funk 1000 Best Collection!)

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✨✧ James BrownSlaughter's Big Rip-Off ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
Easily one of the funkiest albums that James Brown ever recorded – and one of his few entries into the blacksploitation genre of the 70s! James really outdid himself for this one – working at a hard burning pace that had the JBs cooking up some killer funk for just about every number ... read more CD
(Part of the Rare Groove Funk 1000 Best Collection!)
Also available Slaughter's Big Rip-Off ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ James BrownSuper Bad ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
Super Bad is right! This is hard-hitting funky James – from the badass cover right down to the extended tracks on the record, which point the way towards the hard live jamming of the classic Payback years! Everything wonderful is in place on the set – from the band's grooves at the ... read more CD
(Part of the Rare Groove Funk 1000 Best Collection!)

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✨✧ James BrownThere It Is ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Raw power and righteous energy from James Brown – a set that still has all the best funk elements of his longer-form albums of the time, but which also packs an even stronger political message too! The vibe of the record is clear from the image on the cover – the most powerful since ... read more CD
(Part of the Rare Groove Funk 1000 Best Collection!)
Also available There It Is ... CD 16.99

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Brown SugarI'm In Love With A Dreadlocks – Brown Sugar & The Birth Of Lovers Rock 1977 to 1980 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
The first collection we've ever seen to do justice to the Brown Sugar trio from the UK reggae scene of the late 70s – a group who do a fantastic job of merging older sweet soul styles with a new lovers' vibe, all in a mode that's completely sublime! The group's noteworthy as the starting ... (Reggae, Soul) read more CD
Also available I'm In Love With A Dreadlocks – Brown Sugar & The Birth Of Lovers Rock 1977 to 1980 (with bonus download) ... LP 26.99

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Don BryantPrecious Soul ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
A real lost treasure on Hi Records – one of the few albums ever cut by Don Bryant, a singer whose talents seemed to be eclipsed by the rising stars of Al Green and Ann Peebles – but who was every bit as great! Bryant's got a sound here that's still firmly in the Hi style forged by ... read more CD
(Part of the Hi Records 1000 Best Selection "Hit Song & Hi Position" series!)

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Peabo Bryson & Roberta FlackBorn To Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $12.99
The beautiful full scale duets set from Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack – a record that's no doubt defined by its biggest hit – but the rest is just as great! Born To Love kicks off with "Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You" – a song that's doubtlessly one of the most ... read more CD

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BT Express1980 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Roadshow/Octave (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the greatest albums ever from BT Express – tighter, smoother, and classier than the group's early funky disco sessions – and with a cosmic sound that shows them really growing at the time! The sound here steps off from both the group's own horn-heavy disco sides of the 70s, and ... read more CD

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Vernon BurchGet Up ... CD
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Bouncy, bubbly soul from Vernon Burch – one of his stone dancefloor classics from the 70s, served up with a groove that never quits! Burch is one of the few who can make a clubby set sparkle with the more personal qualities of a mellower soul album – and this excellent set is a great ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ Bobby ByrdBobby Byrd Got Soul – The Best Of Bobby Byrd ... CD
Polygram/Universal (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
Essential material by this funky soul legend – even if you've got his one and only album! This is an excellent compilation of the very hard to find work of this James Brown partner and singer, with a track list of 22 cuts that includes lots of cool rare funky 45 tracks, and a number of ... read more CD
(Part of the JB & Funk 1000 Best Collection!)

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Donald Byrd & 125th StreetLove Has Come Around – The Elektra Anthology 1978 to 1982 ... CD
Elektra/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A great chapter in the career of trumpeter Donald Byrd – his post-Blue Note work with the group 125th Street NYC – which is kind of a second chapter to the jazzy fusion style he developed at the start of the 70s! This time around, there's an equal emphasis on soul and jazz – ... (Jazz, Soul) read more CD

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Terry CallierNew Folk Sound Of Terry Callier (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Prestige/Craft, 1964. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Terry Callier's first album – recorded in 1964 when he was a wee teen hanging around Chicago's folk scene! As the title indicates, the album's definitely got a folk-styled sound – but also as the "new" implies, it's got a sound all it's own, fresh and free – and that ... read more CD
Also available New Folk Sound Of Terry Callier (180 gram 2LP expanded edition) ... LP 26.99

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CameoAlligator Woman ... CD
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
The cover's a bit creepy, but the album's still plenty great – old school Cameo still strongly in a funk-based mode, before some of the stiffer grooves of their later years! Bass is the ruler of the set – and most tracks here vamp around in a very heavy P-Funk style of groove – ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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CameoCameosis ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
Full-on frenetic funk from Cameo – one of the group's tightest albums, yet still without any of the too-slick sounds of later years! The sound here is amazing – and we always find ourselves wondering how a group of guys can hit such perfect grooves with just a bunch of basses, guitars, ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Cameosis ... CD 1.99

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CameoKnights Of The Sound Table ... CD
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
Massively funky work from Cameo – a set that's right in the middle of their classic early run – and still quite strong on the bass-heavy grooves the group helped inspire in countless legions of imitators! The tightness of the set is incredible – moving at a pace that's simply ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Knights Of The Sound Table ... CD 6.99

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CameoUgly Ego ... CD
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
One of our favorite albums ever from Cameo – the group's third release! The album's got a great approach that hints at more sophisticated soul styles, but which is still firmly in charge of the bass-driven grooves that made their early albums so great – a compressed approach to the ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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CameoWe All Know Who We Are ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
One of our favorite Cameo albums of all time – a record that still has the group sounding plenty funky, but also maybe hitting a more sophisticated one – one that comes through perfectly on the message-oriented title track! There's a sense of compression going on here – ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available We All Know Who We Are ... CD 6.99

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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 ... $15.99
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 ... read more CD

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Earl Carter & The Fantastic SixMake It With You (with bonus tracks) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Princess/Shout (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $22.99
Wonderful work from a group who are equally great on the funky tip, and on the mellow side of the spectrum – a small southern combo from the mid 70s, but one with a feel that's a lot more like some late 60s funky 45s! The funky cuts are almost all originals here – handled by Earl with ... read more CD

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Jimmy CastorDimension III ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
Three-dimensional magic from the great Jimmy Castor – an artist who'd already conquered the worlds of sweet soul, heavy funk, and Latin by the time of this release! Jimmy draws on all his rich background in the soul underground, and also seems to move with a new sort of sophistication, too ... read more CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works in standard players!)

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Chairmen Of The Board feat Ken KnoxWords Left Unsaid ... CD
MoPhilly, 2017. New Copy ... $5.99
Wonderful contemporary work from the legendary Chairmen Of The Board – not exactly the same version of the group that climbed the charts at the start of the 70s, but one that definitely gets their spirit completely right! The album's a recent recording, but it features plenty of vintage ... read more CD

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ChangeLove 4 Love ... CD
Original Disco Culture (Italy), 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
Wonderful new work from Change – the international soul combo who made some classic cuts back at the start of the 80s – still sounding great all these many years later, but in a slightly different way! The balance between all elements here is fantastic – as the music has all the ... read more CD
Also available Love 4 Love ... LP 34.99

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ChapparralsShake Your Head ... CD
Maximillion/Everland (Austria), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99
Razor-sharp funk from The Chapparrals – an Atlanta group from the 70s, and one with a great balance of ensemble grooving and deeper soul roots! There was really something special in the Atlanta scene at the time – an approach to large group funk that was different than most northern ... read more CD
Also available Shake Your Head ... LP 23.99

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Ava CherryAstronettes Sessions ... CD
Cadiz, 1973. New Copy ... $6.99 16.98
Tripped out soul from Ava Cherry – rare mid 70s sessions produced by David Bowie – with a sound that really echoes his style from the Ziggy Stardust years! Ava Cherry's best known for her great solo album on Curtom – but these tracks are from a much earlier point in her career ... read more CD

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Neneh CherryBroken Politics ... CD
Smalltown Supersound (Sweden), 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
One of the greatest things about Neneh Cherry in recent years is the way she's developed a strong sense of creative collaboration – which she definitely continues here, on a record done with great help from Keiran Hebden! Hebden produced, mixed, and co-wrote much of the set – and most ... read more CD
Also available Broken Politics ... LP 19.99

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Chi-Lites(For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People (with bonus track) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
Seminal work from one of the 70s greatest groups! The band had always been great at love songs and uptempo numbers – but this record has them moving into more righteous area, picking up on some of the more socially conscious soul of their generation that had been working its way up the ... read more CD

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✨✧ Chi-LitesSteppin' Out (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Private I/FTG, 1981. New Copy ... $8.99 12.98
A sweet new groove from The Chi-Lites – working here as a trio, and stepping out with a lean groove to match! The album's got the 80s soul vibe you'd expect from the group's image on the cover – lots of keyboards and beats alongside the vocals – which themselves are slightly ... read more CD

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Chic/Sister SledgeChic Organization 1977 to 1979 (Chic/C'Est Chic/Risque/We Are Family/mixes) (5CD set) ... CD
Warner, Late 70s. New Copy 5CD ... $50.99 54.98
The full spectrum of Chic magic from back in the 70s – all the group's early albums, rare singles and mixes, and even the Sister Sledge album handled by Nile Rodgers too! First up is the group's self-titled album – classic work from Chic, and a great batch of choppy funky dancefloor ... read more CD
Also available Chic Organization 1977 to 1979 (Chic/C'Est Chic/Risque/We Are Family/mixes) (5LP/12" single set) ... LP 115.99

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Chocolate MilkBlue Jeans (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1981. New Copy ... $8.99 12.98
One of the best later albums by Chocolate Milk – a bit different than their earlier work with Allen Toussaint, but still bouncing along in a sweet 80s groove, with more than enough traces of their roots as a funky combo! Leo Nocentelli's sitting in on guitar, adding some nice licks to keep ... read more CD

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Chocolate MilkComin' (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1976. New Copy ... $7.99 13.98
Wicked funk from Chocolate Milk – and a set that perfectly combines their deep New Orleans roots with the tighter sound the Crescent City was brewing up in the mid 70s! The group work closely here with producer Allen Toussaint – and really show that stronger use of studio technology ... read more CD

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ChocolateclayChocolateclay (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Cat/P-Vine (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $24.99
Sweet Miami funk from the team of George "Chocolate" Perry and Clay Cropper – one of the rarest TK albums from the time, and also one of the funkiest too! The sound here is slightly polished, but never too much – a bit more in the sound of bigger Florida groups, like Miami, ... read more CD

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Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali)I Am The Greatest (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1963. New Copy ... $3.49
A great little record – and proof that Muhammad Ali was star material, even in his early years! The record is kind of in the spoken word mode – but has added music by Peter Katz – and features Ali delivering some of his famous poetic "zinger" type material, of the sort ... (Comedy/Spoken, Soul) read more CD

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Otis ClayI Can't Take It ... CD
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
A great mix of modes – and a set that represents a real turning point in the career of Otis Clay! The rougher edges of Clay's Chicago soul are warmed up here substantially by producer Willie Mitchell – bubbling up some Memphis soul for Otis, in a style that's similar to some of his ... read more CD
(Part of the Hi Records 1000 Best Selection "Hit Song & Hi Position" series!)

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Carrie ClevelandLooking Up – The Complete Works ... CD
Kalita, Late 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
The complete recordings of Carrie Cleveland – a lesser-known soul singer from the Bay Area scene of the late 70s – and one whose style is a bit different than some of her contemporaries! Had Cleveland lived in Philly or New York, she might have found her way to some of the bigger disco ... read more CD

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Linda CliffordHere's My Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Blixa Sounds, 1979. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Unabashed diva work from Linda Clifford – and a record that brings together the best midtempo soul of her earlier Curtom work, with the stronger, fuller disco groove that she was hitting as her career progressed! The album features some production work by Norman Harris and Curtis Mayfield ... read more CD

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Linda CliffordI'm Yours (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Blixa Sounds, 1980. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A great collaboration between Linda Clifford and Isaac Hayes – done at a time when Hayes was really hitting his dancefloor stride! Ike's sound here is actually pretty great – arguably warmer and more deeply soulful than on some of Linda's other records from the time, and without too ... read more CD

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Linda CliffordIf My Friends Could See Me Now (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Blixa Sounds, 1978. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
The standout classic from Curtom disco diva Linda Clifford – and an album that showed that Chicago could rival Philly in the clubby groove department! Linda has a proud presence that really matches that of her better-known sisters in the City Of Brotherly Love – and she's singing here ... read more CD
 
 



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