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O'JaysChristmas With The O'Jays ... CD
Saguaro Road, 2010. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A fresh new holiday soul set from the O'Jay's – group founders Eddie Levert and Walter Williams keeping the spirit alive after 50+ years – living up classic Christmas songs and thematic modern soul alike on Christmas With The O'Jays! For the most part, the move the classic songs into ... (Holiday Music, Soul) read more CD

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O'JaysSerious (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EMI/Expansion (UK), 1989. New Copy ... $9.99
The O'Jays hit a bit of a new jack mode with this late 80s set – picking up the beats, and giving themselves a chunkier rhythm than usual – but all while keeping things in that laidback territory that suits their famous vocals so well! The mellowest cuts here are our favorites – ... read more CD

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One Way featuring Al Hudson#New Old School ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $15.99
The title definitely gets it right – because the album's a new one from the legendary One Way, but definitely holds on to the sound of their old school classics! As you can guess from the cover, Al Hudson's still at the helm – working with an evolved version of the group that includes ... read more CD

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Gene PageHot City/Lovelock ... CD
Atlantic/BGO (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
A pair of 70s soul classics from arranger Gene Page – back to back on a single CD! First up is Hot City – an excellent album of Barry White-styled instrumentals – put together by Barry's right hand man Gene Page, and produced by Barry himself! The record's one of the best that ... read more CD

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Ray Parker JrWoman Out Of Control/Sex & The Single Man ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1983/1985. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A pair of Ray Parker Jr classics – back to back on a single CD! On Woman Out Of Control, Ray Parker's at the height of his 80s hitmaking power, scoring strongly on one of his key classics from the decade for Arista! The tunes have a bit more of that catchy, rhythm-heavy sound that Parker ... read more CD

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ParliamentGloryhallastoopid – Or Pin The Tale On The Funky ... CD
Casablanca, 1979. New Copy ... $5.99 6.98
An overlooked later gem from Parliament – a set that's very tight and funky, and which really picks up the groove first laid down on "Flashlight"! There's a tightly snapping approach here that rivals the best late 70s work by Funkadelic – the later P-Funk mode that's even ... read more CD

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Patterson TwinsLet Me Be Your Lover ... CD
Commercial/Miles Away (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $11.99
A rare soul treasure from the duo of Estrus and Lester Patterson – a pair who recorded in virtual obscurity during the late 70s, but managed to come across with the strengths of the bigger soul acts of the time! The album was recorded in Nashville and Fort Wayne, Indiana – but has a ... read more CD

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Billy Paul360 Degrees Of Billy Paul/War Of The Gods ... CD
Philadelphia International/Vocalion (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
Two ultra-hip albums from Billy Paul – back to back in a single set! First up is 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul – a record that features Billy Paul at the height of his powers – able to capture the ears of the crossover audience, yet still stay very strongly on message – all ... read more CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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✨✧ Freda PayneBand Of Gold ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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 ... read more CD
Also available Band Of Gold (180 gram pressing) ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Freda PayneContact (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A totally great album from Freda Payne – a set that moves strongly past her initial early hits for the Holland Dozier Holland team, into a realm that's even more sophisticated overall! There's a full approach here that's really wonderful – almost a higher-concept version of soul music, ... read more CD

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Peaches & HerbGolden Duets (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Date/Wounded Bird, Late 60s. New Copy ... $3.99
Stunning work from the team of Peaches & Herb – a male/female soul duo whose work here rivals the greatness of the Marvin Gaye duets over at Motown! The grooves are wonderfully varied here – upbeat and swinging at some points, laidback and a bit more romantic at others – but ... read more CD

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✨✧ Ann PeeblesIf This Is Heaven ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1977. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Classic Hi material from Ann Peebles! If This Is Heaven is a few years later than the much loved early 70s material, but she's still working in a killer groove – and with sweet. warm arrangements from Willie Mitchell. Ann's voice is teeming with emotion and strength, and track here ... read more CD

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✨✧ Ann PeeblesPart Time Love ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1971. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A great litle early album from Ann Peebles – rawer than most of her more familiar stuff, with a gutbuckety soul quality that really keeps things fresh! We always love Ann's work, but in these early years she has a deep soul vibe that few other singers can touch – a level that easily ... read more CD

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✨✧ Ann PeeblesStraight From The Heart ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1971. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Ann Peebles sings straight from the heart on this classic early set for Hi Records – a record that's to female vocals what Al Green's work of the time meant to male soul! As with Green's Hi Records of the time, Willie Mitchell is firmly in charge of production and backings – working ... read more CD

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✨✧ Ann PeeblesTellin' It ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1975. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
It's the mid 70s, but Ann's still very much in classic form – with thanks to arrangements and production by Willie Mitchell and backing by Andrew Love, Wayne Jackson, and James Mitchell – and sultry, soulful vocals from Ann! There's a bit more of a groove-oriented production style here ... read more CD
Also available Tellin' It ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ Dezi PhillipsKickin' It (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The only full album ever recorded by Dezi Phillips – a set issued at the end of the 80s, but with a bouncy, catchy style that recalls soul music from a few years before! Production is by Bernard Terry – who'd worked with a few other key acts before Dezi – and he brings a strong ... read more CD

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Pilgrim TravelersGospel Boogie – Rare Recordings 1946 to 1957 ... CD
Gospel Friend, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A legendary gospel quintet, and one who sing with the same sort of vocal interplay you'd hear from the best doo wop groups of the time – presented here in a killer collection of work from their formative early years – including tracks that feature later famous solo stars like Lou Rawls, ... (Gospel, Soul) read more CD

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PoliticiansPoliticians Featuring McKinley Jackson (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hot Wax/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Incredibly messed-up funk – a 70s instrumental classic that's delighted our ears for years! The set's got a cosmic sound that mixes together conventional guitar-based funky with some weird electronic touches at times – going for a fuzzed-out moogy quality that really deepens the groove ... read more CD
(Part of the Invictus/Hot Wax 1000 Collection!)

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Judy Pollak Featuring 33 1/3In Togetherness (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Chatsford/P-Vine (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99
An underground mellow soul gem from the 70s – recorded on the Detroit scene with lead vocals by Judy Pollak, and backings by a very hip soul trio! 33 1/3 are way more than just an instrumental group – as they also harmonize behind Judy a fair bit – really elevating the soul ... read more CD
Also available In Togetherness ... LP 22.99

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PowerPower (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $9.99
An overlooked gem from the early 80s Malaco catalog – a set that's got more of a mid 70s funky soul feel overall, with just the right mix of upbeat cuts and ballads! These guys can actually harmonize wonderfully on the mellow numbers – with a compelling approach that's right up there ... read more CD
(Part of the Malaco Definitive Collection, The Truth Of Southern Soul Series!)

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PreachermanUniversal Philosophy – Preacherman Plays TJ Hustler's Greatest Hits ... CD
Luaka Bop, 2018. New Copy ... $4.99 14.99
Wild work from one of the more compelling artists of the Cali soul scene – an Oakland singer/keyboardist who issued a rare album under the name of TJ Hustler in 1979, then kept on making his own sounds away from the mainstream! The vibe here is very very 80s underground – lots of Casio- ... read more CD
Also available Universal Philosophy – Preacherman Plays TJ Hustler's Greatest Hits ... LP 19.99

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Billy Preston & SyreetaBilly Preston & Syreeta (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $7.99
A nice little follow-up to Billy Preston & Syreeta's work on the Fast Break soundtrack – and a record that's one of the few key sides to carry the older Motown duet soul mode firmly into the 80s! There's a great sense of balance here – one that uses Syreeta's sweeter vocal approach ... read more CD

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Prince1999 ... CD
Warner, 1982. New Copy ... $13.99 16.98
The record that forever put Prince on the map – a legendary set that took him from being an under-appreciated soul singer to a lasting pop music legend! Prince had been around for a few years before 1999 – but the double-length set was the first to really win over the masses to his ... read more CD
(Remastered for the first time ever!)
Also available 1999 ... LP 16.99

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Prince1999 (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Warner, 1982. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 24.98
The record that forever put Prince on the map – a legendary set that took him from being an under-appreciated soul singer to a lasting pop music legend! Prince had been around for a few years before 1999 – but the double-length set was the first to really win over the masses to his ... read more CD
(2CD deluxe edition – original recordings remastered for the first time ever!)
Also available 1999 ... LP 16.99

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PrincePiano & A Microphone ... CD
Warner, 1983. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
A fantastic musical gift from beyond – early 80s recordings by Prince, and the sort of work that might have been a huge revelation if it were issued during his too-short career! As the title implies, the set just features the man himself at the piano – singing and playing with a very ... read more CD
Also available Piano & A Microphone (deluxe edition – 180 gram vinyl with CD & booklet) ... LP 35.99

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James & Bobby PurifyI'm Your Puppet – The Complete Bell Recordings 1966 to 1969 (James & Bobby Purify/Pure Sound Of The Purifys/singles/bonus tracks) ... CD
Bell/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
The complete works of this incredible 60s soul duo – a 2CD package that features both their albums for the Bell Records label, lots of contemporaneous 45s, and even some unreleased tracks too! James & Bobby Purify followed in a tradition that was strongly started by Sam & Dave – ... read more CD

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✨✧ Quiet EleganceQuiet Elegance – The Hi Records Single Collection ... CD
Hi Records/Solid (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
The complete Hi Records singles of Quiet Elegance – a great 70s soul female trio formed by two former members of The Glories, and one of Martha & The Vandellas – who recorded for Hi with some mighty great production work from Willie Mitchell! The girls have a style that's similar ... read more CD

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Rasputin StashDevil Made Me Do It ... CD
Gemigo/BBQ (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $26.99
A fantastic second album from Rasputin Stash – a group who started out on Atlantic Records as a big ensemble with a pretty freaky, fuzzy sound – but one who emerge here with a sweet mix of funk and soul that's perfect for their placement on this mid-70s offshoot of Curtom Records! The ... read more CD
Also available Devil Made Me Do It ... LP 14.99

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Rasputin's StashStash (with bonus tracks) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Family Groove, 1976. New Copy ... $10.99
Never-heard music from the legendary Rasputin's Stash – a funk group who recorded famously on Atlantic and Curtom in the early 70s, then created this gem of an album that appears here for the first time ever! The quality of the work is fantastic, and even seems better than their Curtom album ... read more CD
(Limited to 1000 copies.)
Also available Stash (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 25.99

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Re-FlexPolitics Of Dancing (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Cherry Pop (UK), 1983. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
Reflex never had much of a long recorded legacy – but they certainly made their mark with this classic album of 80s electro pop! The tunes follow somewhere in the territory of contemporaries like Human League or Ultravox, but also maybe have a quirkier vibe that's more in the spirit of the ... (Rock, Soul) read more CD

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RealityReality (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Dureco/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
Massive grooves from a very unique group! These guys play guitar and percussion all at once – in a flurry of fast grooves that rip away tremendously, but with a style that's still plenty darn earthy! There's definitely a bit of a global influence in the music overall, but the sound comes ... read more CD

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Vivian ReedYours Until Tomorrow – The Epic Years ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A much-needed look at the early work of Vivian Reed – a singer who got the chance to release a handful of full length albums in the disco generation, but one who sounds even better here right at the start of her career! The beautiful package brings together rare single sides and LP tracks ... read more CD

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Reid IncReid Inc ... CD
TK/Solid (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $19.99
An obscure female soul project from 70s-era TK Records – one that features production by Clarence Reid, hence the group's name! The groove here is very much in the best Miami club mode of the time – upbeat, but still nicely gritty overall – more fast funk in the instrumentation, ... read more CD

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LJ ReynoldsTell Me You Will ... CD
Fantasy/Expansion (UK), 1987. New Copy ... $9.99
The strong late 80s release from soul veteran LJ Reynolds for Fantasy! At this point, the ex-member of The Dramatics had been proving for years that he's a pretty great modern soul singer in his own right – having delivered a string of solid solo efforts throughout the 80s – and Tell ... read more CD

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✨✧ Sharon RidleyFull Moon (with bonus track) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the few full albums ever cut by the great Sharon Ridley – a hell of a great singer from the east coast scene, and one with the fullness of the best club divas of the time – but an approach that goes way way deeper overall! There's a sexy slink to the album that echoes Ridley's ... read more CD

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Rikki AaronSay What's On Your Mind ... CD
Cordial (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $11.99
Rare tracks from Rikki Aaron – a Connecticut soul singer who's few singles on the market are already pretty darn rare! Rikki worked in the early 80s, but has a style that's often more like sweet soul from the decade before – at least on the ballads, which have this really heartbreaking ... read more CD
Also available Say What's On Your Mind ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ RoarRoar (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $13.99
An obscure funky soul combo from the 80s – but one that includes key work from some older funky talents as well! ROAR gets lead vocal support from Alex Ligertwood, but really takes its strength from the instrumentation – which includes lots of keyboards from Chester Thompson, who you ... read more CD

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Freddy RobinsonBluesology ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Wild funk from guitarist Freddy Robinson – hardly the "bluesology" you'd guess from the title! Sure, Freddie started his career as a blues guitarist on early Chess sessions – but during the early 70s, he cut some monster funky recordings for Stax, recordings that had a bluesy ... read more CD

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✨✧ James RobinsonGuilty (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
One of the few records ever cut by James Robinson – a smoothed-voiced singer who should have been one of the bigger ballad stars of his time! Robinson's got a deep range to his style – and works here in some gently-stepping numbers that really stand head and shoulders above most of the ... read more CD

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Smokey Robinson & The MiraclesGoing To A Go Go ... CD
Tamla (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
Legendary stuff from Smokey Robinson and his wonderful group – a killer set from the second all-male version of The Miracles – recorded with some wonderfully soaring harmonies! The group's got a nice bite on the bottom here – a groove to go with the "go go" promised in ... read more CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)

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RodriguezCold Fact ... CD
Sussex/Universal, 1970. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
One of a handful of enigmatic albums cut in the early 70s by Sixto Rodriguez – a Latin-tinged singer with a style that's a bit like that of Jose Feliciano, but trippier, and with more rock and folk touches! This set's probably his best one – thanks to arrangements and production by ... read more CD
Also available Cold Fact (180 gram pressing) ... LP 22.99

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RodriguezComing From Reality (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sussex/Universal, 1971. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
An amazing second set from Sixto Rodriguez – recorded in the legendary Landsdowne Studios in London, with a groove that's a great extension from his debut! All of Rodriguez's best elements are in place here – his folksy guitar, personal lyrical style, and surprisingly biting approach ... read more CD

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DJ RogersLove Brought Me Back (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
One of our favorite albums ever from the mighty DJ Rogers – one of the most positive, powerful voices in 70s soul music! The set's a sublime Rogers showcase all the way through – as DJ wrote, arranged, and produced the whole record – in partnership with the Earth Wind & Fire ... read more CD

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Arthur RussellSpringfield ... CD
Audika, Mid 80s. New Copy ... $10.99
A great discovery in the lost catalog of Arthur Russell – material from the same mid 80s stretch as his excellent World Of Echo album, and done with a very similar sound! Most of the instrumentation here is spare drum programs, keyboards, and processed cello – all handled by Russell, ... (Rock, Soul) read more CD

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Raphael SaadiqJimmy Lee ... CD
Columbia, 2019. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The deepest, most political album we've ever heard from Raphael Saadiq – a set named after his brother, Jimmy Lee – an addict who died an unfortunate early death! Saadiq takes all the pain from his brother's trauma, and works it into a series of songs that go farther than anything we've ... (Neo Soul, Soul) read more CD
Also available Jimmy Lee ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ SadakaPremonition ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 1982. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A record with a really timeless feel – a jazz set from the early 80s scene in Oakland, and one that opens up in so many wonderful flavors! A few cuts have a soul style – with female vocals in the lead, amidst warmer, jazzier backings – and other tracks have an instrumental ... (Jazz, Soul) read more CD

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Sonia SanchezSun Lady For All Seasons Reads Her Poetry ... CD
Folkways, 1971. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 16.98
Very righteous work from this obscure 70s poet – a contemporary to Nikki Giovanni, Camille Yarbrough, and others – but not nearly as widely recorded! The album features no instrumentation, just Sonia reading her poems – and the work itself is pretty progressive, very much in the ... (Comedy/Spoken, Soul) read more CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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Scherrie & SusayePartners ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
A surprisingly great album from these two former member of The Supremes – Scherrie Payne & Susaye Greene-Brown – put together with production help from Eugene McDaniels, who really helps give the whole thing a hipper spin than some of the girls' more famous work from before! There's ... read more CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)

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Gil Scott-Heron & Brian JacksonGil Scott-Heron Anthology – Messages ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $15.99
Some of the best tracks ever from the pair of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson – some of most righteous, authoritative and thematically heavy soul music ever created – compiled in one incredible set! Messianic, emotive vocals from Gil and stunningly restrained, magical soul jazz ... read more CD

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Bobby Seale/Eldridge Cleaver/H Rap BrownHuey/Listen Whitey ... CD
Folkways, 1972. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 16.98
Dialogue excerpts from two early 70s films documenting the shift between the Civil Rights and Black Power eras in the US! Side one is taken from the film Huey – and features Black Panthers Bobby Seale, Eldridge Cleaver and H Rap Brown – plus what sounds like interviews with police and ... (Comedy/Spoken, Soul) read more CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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ShakatakOut Of This World (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Secret (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
Plenty of sweet keyboards here, and a groove that's almost ahead of its time – a real precursor to some of the more sophisticated jazzy soul of the later part of the decade – handled here with great early 80s flair by the mighty Shakatak! The group almost sound like an early ... read more CD

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ShalamarHeartbreak (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $22.99
Very catchy work from Shalamar – a trio who were one of the most hit-oriented acts in the Solar Records stable – but who really hit their crossover heights on this mid 80s set! The group draw heavily on rock and pop modes for the beats and basslines of the set – making that sort ... read more CD
(Part of the Solar Records Original Master Colleciton series!)

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Marlena ShawTake A Bite (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A nice little album from Marlena Shaw – continuing her 70s experiments in updating her jazzy vocal style to a sweet modern soul groove – and a winning effort! As always, Marlena shows that she can handle a wide range of styles – from uptempo dancefloor material to more tender ... read more CD

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SidewindersFlatfoot Hustlin ... CD
Great Eastern/Jazzman (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $8.99
Rare Canadian funk from the 70s – played by a hip little group who've also got a jazzy flavor too! The Sidewinders are a bit like American ensemble funk acts of the time – in that they can have an upbeat, tight approach to the groove when they want – but they also have a great ... read more CD

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Nina SimoneSings The Blues (expanded edition) ... CD
RCA, 1967. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
Nina's not just singing the blues here – she's completely reinventing the sound of the format – by drawing on a long tradition of vocal expression, and infusing it with the hipper, more personally exploratory mode she forged in the 60s! The album's got a subtle brilliance that means ... (Vocalists, Soul) read more CD

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SkyySkyyline (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $22.99
A stone classic from Skyy – one of those groups who virtually helped invent 80s groove! Like the best of the genre – such as Slave, BB&Q Band, and others – Skyy have a soulful approach that goes way past the simple cliches that other groups were so content to only muddle ... read more CD

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✨✧ George SmallwoodJust 4 You ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $8.99
The only music we've ever heard from George Smallwood & The Marshmellow Band – and certainly one of the rarest funky modern soul sets ever revived by the Jazzman label! Just 4 You is DC native Smallwood's privately pressed LP, and as far is private press productions go, it's some of the ... read more CD

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George Smith & The Chicago Blues BandBlues With A Feeling – A Tribute To Little Walter (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
World Pacific/BGO (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A smoking little set from George Harmonica Smith – an album recorded in late 60s LA, but done with plenty of Chicago blues touches! The players here are all top-shelf – and include Muddy Waters on guitar and Otis Spann on piano – who definitely help keep a Windy City vibe going ... (Blues, Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Smith ConnectionUnder My Wings (plus bonus track) ... CD
Music Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A sublime bit of east coast soul – and the only full album ever cut by this heavenly-voiced trio! The group have a sound to rival the best of their contemporaries on the harmony soul scene – one that floats along on a light pillow of strings and soul, with just the right amount of ... read more CD

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E Richard Sorenson & Six Boys In TroubleStreet & Gangland Rhythms – Beats & Improvisations By Six Boys In Trouble ... CD
Folkways, 1959. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 16.98
A very unusual record – one that has the Folkways ethnographic team on the streets of New York, recording the songs and calls of "six boys in trouble" as they riff and sing on some rough and raw numbers! The record's an odd turn of the ethnographic ear to the American scene – ... (Comedy/Spoken, Soul) read more CD
(Special limited CD – pressed up for us by the Smithsonian Folkways label. Comes with original cover artwork, and the CD also features a PDF file with the original liner notes and other materials from the original record release.)

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Soul II Soul5 Classic Albums (Club Classics Vol 1/New Dacade Vol 2/Volume 3 – Just Right/Volume 4 – Believe/Time For Change) (5CD set) ... CD
Spectrum/Universal (UK), 1990s. New Copy 5CD ... $18.99
A massive legacy in soul music – served up here in one great little set – with the first five albums by Soul II Soul, all presented in tiny little LP-styled sleeves! It's hard to deny the power of the group at the time – and even all these many years later, we're amazed at how ... read more CD

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SpacearkSpaceark ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
Rare funky soul from Spaceark – a supremely talented group with a uniquely cosmic funk and soul-steeped sound! Originally a self-released private press effort, this is not at all like the amateurish private press records that so often get reissued as oddities, this is really wonderful stuff ... read more CD

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SpacearkSpaceark Is ... CD
Color World/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Great work from Spaceark – a funky soul combo who are much more firmly grounded on earth than their name or cover art might make you expect! The record's got this fantastic glow right from the start – really well-played instrumentation that has lots of jazzy currents – to support ... read more CD
Also available Spaceark Is ... LP 14.99

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Otis SpannBlues Is Where It's At ... CD
Bluesway/BGO (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Otis Spann made some great records over the years, but he sounds especially nice on the handful of sessions he did for the Bluesway label – which seem to take a Chess Records approach, then give the whole thing an extra-added punch! Otis is in the lead on piano and vocals, but the group's ... (Blues, Soul) read more CD

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Otis SpannBottom Of The Blues ... CD
Bluesway/BGO (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A raw soul classic from Otis Spann – one of those great late 60s dates from the time when Bob Thiele was producing the Bluesway label for ABC, and really found a way to bring out the best in artists like Otis! Spann had always been great, but there's a bolder, edgier quality here – ... (Blues, Soul) read more CD

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Spontaneous OverthrowAll About Money (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Numero/P-Vine (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $14.99
An eerie bit of soul from the 80s scene in Newark – one that's got a special vibe that's all its own – partly due to a real love of echo from the producers! The set uses a fair bit of the electro elements you might know from 80s soul, especially the east coast underground type – ... read more CD

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David St. GeorgeVoices Of Dr Dave ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $9.99
An obscure electro set from the Malaco family of labels – one recorded in Philly, not down in Jackson – with a vibe that's a nice mix of southern styles and more contemporary 80s grooves! Dr Dave has this surprisingly rich vocal style that steps along nicely over keyboards and electric ... read more CD
(Part of the Malaco Definitive Collection, The Truth Of Southern Soul Series!)

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Standing Room OnlyHeart & Soul ... CD
YGB/Everland (Austria), 1982. New Copy ... $14.99
A sweet little funk record from the early 80s – recorded in the Virginia scene south of DC, and with a vibe that's totally wonderful all the way through! These guys are still a lot more live than most funk groups of the time – no beats or programmed bits here – and the group ... read more CD
Also available Heart & Soul ... LP 22.99

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Mavis StaplesMavis Staples Live In London ... CD
Anti, 2019. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Mavis Staples follows up her strong run of recent solo albums by a live set that's maybe even rootsier than the studio material – recorded in London with a nicely small band – which gives the music a nice sort of bite, right from the start! Guitarist Rick Holmstrom is almost an equal ... read more CD

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Edwin StarrWar & Peace ... CD
Gordy (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
A real breakout album for Edwin Starr – and the kind of full-on set that really helped give his music a bold new focus! Starr had already scored nicely on some playful tracks from the Motor City scene of the late 60s – but here, he emerges as a singer with a lot more depth than before ... read more CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)

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StarvueUpward Bound ... CD
Midwest International/Everland (Austria), 1980. New Copy ... $14.99
The only full album from Starvue – a late 70s Chicago group who were part of that overlooked scene in the city once the bigger labels had moved on! In truth, if Starvue were working on the coasts, they could have been huge – as they've got a really sharp, focused approach to ensemble ... read more CD

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Dakota StatonMs Soul ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
A 70s set from the great Dakota Staton – but done with a lean, jazzy vibe that really gets back to the spirit of some of her earlier recordings! The group's a small combo, with the great Norman Simmons on piano – always a great accompanist for a jazz singer, and working here with ... (Vocalists, Soul) read more CD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)

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Dakota Staton with Manny AlbamI Want A Country Man ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $9.99
Very hip work from Dakota Staton – one of her great early 70s albums for the Groove Merchant label! Backings here are by the band of Manny Albam – in a mode that's jazzy, but inflected with plenty of soul – and which has the same sort of rhythmic pulse that you'd find in Lou ... (Vocalists, Soul) read more CD
(Part of the Groove Merchant Mo' Groovy Collection!)

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Steam HeatAustin Funk ... CD
Fable/Jazzman (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
A legendary album from the Texas scene of the 70s – exactly the kind of set that helps the city of Austin live up to its massive reputation for music! The group's got a wonderful blend of jazz, soul, and funk – a unique blend that reminds us of our favorite funky Fantasy Records sides ... read more CD

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StormersLovers Song ... CD
Tabansi/PMG (Austria), 1981. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
The Stormers are a group who rose from the ashes of the legendary Lagos funk combo Aktion – and they step out here with a really storming sound that definitely earns them their name! The groove is funk of the tightest form possible – especially for the start of the 80s – and the ... (Global Grooves, Soul) read more CD

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Street FeetStreet Feet ... CD
Baby Grand/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
The street feet here are pretty funky ones – maybe more so than you'd guess from the relatively "stock" look of the cover image – as the album's got the kind of sharp instrumental core that you'd be likely to find on some of the best Bay Area groovers from late 70s Fantasy ... read more CD
Also available Street Feet ... LP 13.99

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✨✧ Street PeopleStreet People (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vigor/Solid (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Uptempo east coast club soul – not entirely disco, and more like the indie work of the immediate generation before – a time when groups were picking up their groove a bit more than before, creating some lean, soulful tempos for the dancefloor! Arrangements are by Bert DeCoteaux and ... read more CD

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Sylvia StriplinGive Me Your Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $14.99
Amazing! This lost Roy Ayers-produced gem from the early 80s has not only been one of the biggest sample records of all time, but it's also become one of the holy grails of the groovy record collecting scene! It's a stellar bit of jazzy soul with the same production vibe that's characterized Roy's ... read more CD
Also available Give Me Your Love ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ StylisticsLion Sleeps Tonight ... CD
Dash/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A lesser-known album from The Stylistics – at least in comparison to their mega-hits of the early 70s – but a set that's still got the vocal group in beautifully harmonic formation! The group are still produced by the team of Hugo & Luigi, and arrangements are by Horace Ott – ... read more CD

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Donna SummerAnother Place & Time (expanded 3CD edition) ... CD
Atlantic/Driven By The Music (UK), 1988. New Copy ... $42.99 50.99
Donna Summer's in the hands of 80s pop superproducers Stock/Aiken/Waterman this time around – and the trio give her music just the kind of catchy, bouncy feel of some of their bigger hits for other artists at the time! The approach is surprisingly strong for Summer, and almost returns her ... read more CD
(30th Anniversary deluxe edition in a hard bound book with 2CDs of extra content!)

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SunWanna Make Love/Sun Power ... CD
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
A pair of stormers from Sun – back to back on a single CD! Wanna Make Love is one of the greatest records ever cut by Sun – a group whose records never made the charts as strongly as their contemporaries, but not for lack of quality! This set's a great batch of heavy ensemble funk ... read more CD

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SupremesSupremes – Produced & Arranged by Jimmy Webb ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
An overlooked moment of 70s genius from The Supremes – and from the great Jimmy Webb as well – given that the pop studio genius wrote, arranged, and produced the entire album! Jimmy had plenty of famous work under his belt by this point in time – including his famous ... read more CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)

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SupremesSupremes A Go Go ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the biggest charting LPs by The Supremes – and one of the best, too! The girls are opening it up a bit here – getting in on some of The Miracles Go Go action of the period, and laying down tunes that have a bit more of a northern groove to them – relying a bit more on a ... read more CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)

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SupremesUltimate Merry Christmas ... CD
Motown/Real Gone, 1965. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99 26.98
A hugely expanded version of The Supremes classic Merry Christmas album from 1965 – presented here with full stereo and mono mixes, a new 2017 mix, and even bonus tracks too! The core album was one of THE classic Motown Christmas albums of the 60s – a mighty statement of Holiday pride ... (Holiday Music, Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ SylversSylvers (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pride/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
The first album by The Sylvers – a soulful band made up of youngsters from the Los Angeles scene, but who had a lot more going on than some of the other kiddie-soul bands of the early 70s! The group's a sextet at this point, with four male voices and two female ones – coming across as ... read more CD
Also available Sylvers ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ SylversSylvers III ... CD
Pride/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
The last in a trio of legendary early records by The Sylvers – a very hip group from the LA scene of the early 70s – and one that would go much greater fame in later years, but who maybe never sounded as great as on their first few records! There's a sharpness, a freshness here that ... read more CD

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SyreetaStevie Wonder Presents Syreeta ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Syreeta's second album for Motown – and a set that really expands the groove from the first! (Then) husband Stevie Wonder is all over the album – and in a way, the shift between this album and the first is similar to the shift between Stevie's Music Of My Mind and later efforts like ... read more CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)

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Johnnie TaylorRated X-Traordinaire – Best Of Johnnie Taylor ... CD
Legacy/Columbia, Late 70s. New Copy ... $4.99 7.98
Killer work from Johnnie Taylor – from the amazing period in which he reinvented himself as one of the bigger selling smooth soul acts of the 70s! Johnnie got his start as a solo act at Stax, churning out some great raw bluesy tunes that earned him more than a few hit records – but ... read more CD

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Johnnie TaylorShe's Killing Me/A New Day ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Pure greatness from Johnnie Taylor – two Columbia Records releases back to back on a single CD! First up is She's Killing Me, an obscure 7 track EP from Johnnie Taylor – almost a 12" single, but with more than enough going on to make us think of it as a full album! Johnnie's in ... read more CD

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Johnnie TaylorThis Is Your Night ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $9.99
A real killer from Johnnie Taylor – recorded on a return to the indie underground after years on bigger labels, but done with all of the care and class that Taylor picked up during his late 70s run on Columbia! As with Taylor's best from that time, there's a newfound love of the mellow cut ... read more CD
(Part of the Malaco Definitive Collection, The Truth Of Southern Soul Series!)

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Johnnie TaylorWall To Wall ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $14.99
A set that's got maybe more of a contemporary crackle than some of the classic work of Johnnie Taylor – but a record that also shows the ever-evolving style of one of the greatest voices in bluesy soul! The record steps off a bit from the territory that Johnnie hit so well on Columbia – ... read more CD
(Part of the Malaco Definitive Collection, The Truth Of Southern Soul Series!)

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TemptationsAll Directions ... CD
Gordy (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
The Temptations going in all directions – and all of them pretty darn groovy too! The set's still heavy on the solid, righteous sound of Norman Whitfield – who gives some of the best cuts that psychedelic soul imprint he really perfected with the group – a quality that has a lot ... read more CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)

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TemptationsSky's The Limit ... CD
Gordy/Motown, 1971. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
Sublime work from the Temptations – still recording here with Norman Whitfield, who's really opening up his bag on most of the record – and taking the group into expansive territory that was barely hinted at in their early work! The album's got some incredible tracks in the Whitfield ... read more CD
Also available Sky's The Limit ... CD 9.99

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TemptationsTemptin Temptations ... CD
Motown, 1965. New Copy ... $4.99 5.98
Classic early Temptations – a wonderful little record produced by Smokey Robinson with a sweet group finish! The harmonies are impeccable, and the sound is perfect Motown – tight and classy, but with enough rough edges to keep things soulful at the best parts – and there's a ... read more CD
Also available Temptin Temptations ... CD 3.99

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TemptationsTo Be Continued ... CD
Motown, 1986. New Copy ... $5.99 6.98
The Temptations are looking a bit cheesy on the cover here, but they still sound great – and the album's great proof that the group were one of the few from their generation who could always keep things up over the years! The production and instrumentation are definitely on the modern side, ... read more CD

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✨✧ TereaTerea ... CD
Baby Grand/Jazzman (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $8.99
Sweet jazzy soul from Terea – a group who never cracked the big time, but who work here with a vibe that's almost like 70s Rufus at their best! The instrumentation is wonderful – warm, but funky – just the right balance to set the scene perfectly for the lead vocals by Sharon ... read more CD

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Ray TerraceHome Of Boogaloo ... CD
Tower/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums of Latin Soul you could ever hope to find – one of the few records ever from the great Ray Terrace – and a set that goes even beyond some of the similar sides on Tico or Fania at the time! Ray's groove here is totally wonderful – upbeat, ... (Latin, Soul) read more CD
(Part of the Free Soul 20th Anniversary series!)
Also available Home Of Boogaloo ... LP 9.99

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Jean TerrellI Had To Fall In Love ... CD
A&M/Soul Brother (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
A great little solo set from Jean Terrell – a singer who's probably best known for her work as the leader of The Supremes after Diana Ross left the group, but who sounds even better here on her own! The album's still got the strong-voiced sound that Jean brought to her Motown years – ... read more CD

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Joe TexBest Of Joe Tex – Includes His Complete King Recordings ... CD
King/Gusto, Late 50s. New Copy ... $3.99 9.99
Very early work from Joe Tex – recorded way before his boogie records of the 70s, and even his country soul classics of the 60s! Yet despite the age of these sides, the Joe Tex vocal approach is very firmly in place – that raspy mode that's undeniably human, and which might be rooted ... read more CD

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Sister Rosetta TharpeShout Sister Shout ... CD
Sunset Blvd, Late 40s/Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 2CDs ... $18.99 19.99
A fantastic overview of the later genius of Sister Rosetta Tharpe – a key figure in the development of rock, soul, and a number of other styles from that key midcentury moment in American music! Tharpe's a singer with a voice that influenced Aretha Franklin and other female soul artists ... (Gospel, Soul) read more CD
 
 



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