It's the late 80s and after the decision to keep the Black album in the can, Prince gives us Lovesexy. Not his finest moment, but far from his weakest, with more than a couple nice numbers like "Alphabet Street", "Lovesexy", "When 2 R In Love" and "Anna ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp and hype sticker.)
Azteca ... LP Columbia, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ...
A crowning moment for the west coast Latin scene in the 70s – a wonderful Bay Area set that brings together some of the best talents working on that scene at the time! The set's got a great blend of modes – Latin soul, touches of funk, and plenty of the jazzy inflections you'd expect ... (Latin, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some surface wear and a half split top seam.)
A seminal set from Ned Doheny – a lasting bit of California cool from the 70s, and a record that's every bit as refreshing as its image on the cover! The sound is tight, but never too slick – well-crafted songwriting with equally well-crafted production and studio execution – but ... (Rock, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light surface wear.)
A landmark record for Diana – her first solo effort after leaving the Supremes, and a well-conceived batch of tracks produced by Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson! The album's got a warm, mature approach that really separates the work from Diana's earlier girl group past – as Ashford ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Vinyl has a mark that clicks on the title track.)
Tyrone Brunson —
Fresh ... LP Believe In A Dream, 1984. Very Good ...
The bass is firmly in place – thanks to Tyrone "Sticky" Brunson, master of the sweet 80s groove! This album steps off nicely from Tyrone's "Fresh" single – expanding his sound a lot more to show a soulful side that we never would have expected, while also dipping ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A dream of a record from Prince – up-close, intimate, and just the voice and piano promised in the title! As you'd guess from the setting, the record presents the mellower side of the man's mighty talents – but the whole thing is no less soulful than any of his previous records – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl! Limited edition purple vinyl pressing – includes download!)
Rare funk from the Indy scene of the early 70s – the long-overdue release of material recorded by a really hard-jamming, horn-heavy combo! Amnesty have a sound that's awash in the best large group influences of the time – a bit of Earth Wind & Fire, a bit of Parliament/Funkadelic, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Available again after a a few years out of print!)
A 7 track compilation of 80s, electro and rap tracks from Jive in the early 80s: Sinnamon "I Need You Now", Newtrament "London Bridge Is Falling Down", Spice "You're So Nice (Latin Spice)", Whodini "Haunted House Of Rock", Katie Kissoon "You're The One ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A very rootsy album of stripped down tracks by Sami Kamara and his Black Diamonds group. Sami plays guitar, sings, and handles the occasional kazoo solo – and the rest of the group play percussion and vocalize behind him. The sound's kind of like a rootsy version of highlife – with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tremendous little album from Brainstorm – funky and clubby at the same time – yet delivered with this righteous energy that few of their contemporaries could ever hope to match! There's a perfect melding of modes going on here that may well rival Earth Wind & Fire at their best ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has ring & edge wear, an index label at the top left corner, and a promo stamp and tracklist sticker on back.)
Nice compilation of tracks that features some fine (and famous) moments from one of our favorite Chicago soul singers, recorded for the Vee Jay label, when they were one of the leading lights on music row. Most of these songs are pretty had to get a hold of on vinyl any more, and though the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky classic from the team of Roy Ayers and Wayne Henderson – both at the top of their game here, and effortlessly mixing together jazz, funk, and soul! The record really seems to embrace the best of both artists' styles – some of the bassy groovers that Wayne did so well himself, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ringwear, heavy edge wear, and a promo stamp.)
Raw live energy from the great James Brown – and a record that comes hot on the heels of Live At The Apollo! Like that one, this set was supposedly "recorded on the spot" – and it's even harder, faster, and noisier than that classic – with a loud-bursting sound that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy mono black label pressing without crown, in the gatefold portrait back cover. Cover has some surface wear and half split seams.)
Muddy Waters' band meets the vocals and guitar of Luther Snake Johnson – in a sweet little set that's almost a double-header, given the talent on deck! The material's got a gritty feel that's right up there with Muddy's best for Chess – and the group features Mojo Buford on harmonica, ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(80s German pressing.)
Anne Le Sear —
Tasty ... LP HCRC, 1984. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Titles include "Tasty", "Take Him Back", "I Can Love You Better", "Q Boy", "I Stand Accused", "They Shoot Humans Don't They", and "Stay Awhile Tonight". LP, Vinyl record album
One of the grooviest albums ever cut by Papa John Creach – a set that mixes his bluesy roots with some stoner funk and rock elements from the early 70s! Creach is on vocals and violin, and working here with a host of famous luminaries – including Grace Slick, Carlos Santana, Paul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rare Earth, still going strong – on titles that include "Maybe The Magic", "Mota Molata", "Dreamer", "Love Do Me Right", "Warm Ride", "Love Music", and "Love Is What You Get". (Rock, Soul)LP, Vinyl record album
A cool little album of instrumental work by the Human League – mostly pulled from sessions for their first few big hits, and remixed slightly by Martin Rushnet! There's a spare electronic groove here that's very nice – not nearly as dark as the group's first few analogue-heavy singles, ... (Rock, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
In the years before Soul II Soul, Loose Ends were about the closest you could get to real soul from the UK – and this album was one of the group's biggest in the US. The record's got a sweet jazzy style that nicely offsets its heavy use of drum programs and keyboards – giving it a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
King Hannibal —
Truth ... LP Aware, 1973. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Mad funky soul from King Hannibal – a down and dirty singer from the Atlanta scene of the 70s! The notes on the back say "He's black, he's proud, he's arrogant – the combination is powerful" – and we've gotta say that we agree with that assessment, because King really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a cutout hole and a half split top seam.)
Searing tenor from the great Big Jay McNeely – one of the best-ever collections of his work – with late 50s and early 50s 78rpm material, and great notes too! (Jazz, Soul)LP, Vinyl record album
Exuma ... LP Mercury, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
A landmark first album from Exuma – one of a handful of early 70s classics that really worked hard to break down musical genres! At some level, the set's got a Caribbean feel, but at others it's quite funky – a great mix of Exuma's Bahamian roots and some of the headier sounds that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A selection of tracks pulled from Clinton's early 80s records for Capitol – post Parliament/Funkadelic offerings that were actually surprisingly successful at the time, and which have a Zapp-like approach to funk that's kept them bubbling with the old school crowd. Titles include "Atomic ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone classic from Teena Marie – one of her magical self-produced efforts for Motown! The record's a winner all the way through – with a depth to the vocals and backings that are steeped in the 70s styles of Minnie Riperton and Chaka Khan. A few tracks get a bit upbeat funky, but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)
Funky instrumentals from bassist Chuck Rainey – a player who was well known for his work on countless sessions as a sideman, but who rarely got a chance to cut a record like this! The album's got a style that's smooth and soulful, yet also a bit down n dirty – almost like some of the ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring and edge wear with a cutout hole.)
A real step forward for Quincy Jones – a record that really shows the jazzman moving into sophisticated new territory – a sound that's just right for the CTI generation! The album's got a vibe that's a bit similar to Quincy's Walking In Space album, but it's a lot deeper too – ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Greg's definitely showing off all his chops on this one – working with help from a huuuge array of famous guest stars – including The Pointer Sisters, James Ingram, Howard Hewett, Jackie Jackson, Michael Jackson, Robbie Nevil, and others. And while the bulk of the record really shows ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Zapp at the height of their powers – a bit more focused than before, but every bit as funky! Roger's production here is impeccable – done with a great ear for the most soulful side of the group's talents, which keeps them far from some of the more commercial groups who were copping ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a gold promo stamp.)
Aretha Franklin —
Soul '69 ... LP Atlantic, 1969. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
'69 was certainly Aretha's year – as the success of her initial round of Atlantic recordings had pushed her fully into the limelight, making her one of the most exposed, most reported-on artists in soul music! This album was cut during the height of that time, with Arif Mardin handling all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite early Funkadelic albums – and a real turning point for the group! Gone are the trippier guitar solos of earlier days, and in their place is a tighter approach to funk – one that has the band grooving hard and soulfully on shorter tracks that perfect the dark vision ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing on GRT. Cover has a partially removed index label on one corner.)
A tasty set that documents the early work of King Curtis on Atlantic – packaged here on the label's small budget imprint Clarion, in a hard to find 60s package! A number of the tracks on the set were early Atlantic singles by King, and they predate his later 60s work by a number of years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Classic work from Howlin Wolf – tunes recorded with incredibly raspy vocals, set to a folksy electric guitar sound – one that instantly conjures up images of the south side blues scene that Chess documented so well during the 50s and 60! The work here was recorded over a number of ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue fade label stereo pressing with deep groove. NOTE – Vinyl has a mark that clicks through most of Side 2. Cover has an Electronically Altered For Stereo sticker.)
A great return to basics for William Bell – and an album recorded with a warm, intimate quality that we really love! The vibe here is almost in the style of some of the growing Malaco work coming out of the Jackson scene – with a sound that's smooth, but somehow even more deeply ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Promo. Cover has a small sticker on the top left corner, promo ink stamp on back, and mostly split bottom seam.)
A really weird little soul set from Julius Brockington and his wife – and one of the most messed-up albums on the always-crazy Today label! The sound here is kind of a more soul-based take on the mode explored by Julius on his albums United Chair and Sophisticated Funk – one that takes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has surface wear, half split seams, and a DJ sticker on back.)
The greatest moment ever from the legendary Bobbi Humphrey – a funky, soulful flute player who had more than her share of great moments over the years! This set may well be the summation of all the genius that Humphrey had to offer – a collaboration with genius producer Larry Mizell, ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cut corner, some ring & edge wear, and bent corners.)
Julia Lee & Her Boy Friends —
Ugly Papa ... LP Jukebox Lil (Sweden), Late 40s/1950s. Near Mint- ...
BB King's collapsed here on the beach in California – and maybe that's because he gave so much energy to the session – which is a lot more full than some of his previous work from the 60s! The whole thing is a mix of blues and soul – some larger charts that really provide a great ... (Blues, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massive massive Miami funk – and a record that seems to sound better and better as the years move on! Sure, KC and crew were a chart-topping act, but this first album's a stellar batch of heavy cuts – featuring great instrumentation on clavinet, conga, guitars, and horns – all ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key moment in the career of Gladys Knight & The Pips – and a record that opens the group up to a whole new sound for the 70s! When Gladys Knight started out as a raw R&B-ish singer in the early 60s, nobody would have expected her to have such staying power – and to become one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the embossed cover.)
Quincy Jones —
Dude ... LP A&M, 1981. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Quincy just never stopped putting out classic soulful albums! This one, from the early 80s, features a smooth jazzy blend of tracks, with a strong nod to the kinds of souped-up studio sounds that were being used by groups like The Crusaders, but also with a lot of the kind of soulfulness that made ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A legendary album from the great Eddie Kendricks – a set that not only has the singer soaring on the kind of sublime old school vocal numbers he always did so well – but one that also has Eddie stepping out into some great dancefloor modes that would have a huge impact for years to come! ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bonnie Pointer sounding great in the mid 80s– on a hard-to-find album cut for Private I/CBS after a drawn out split with Motown – one that finds her in a prime, catchy dancefloor R&B mode! To our ears, If The Price Is Right holds up as well as a lot of the pop soul of the period, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The largest set so far in this excellent series of American soul releases from Mississippi Records – and like the previous volumes, an expansive set that really digs deep into the most soulful corners of the 60s and 70s! The work here is a mix of obscure tracks and overlooked gems from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked bit of 80s groove from the early years of Qwest Records – and a set that's got almost a indie, electro sort of crackle! These guys are heavy on keyboards and beats – even a bit of vocoder at times too – but they've also got the vocal chops to make the tracks come ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and aging.)
Sharp ... LP Elektra, 1989. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Evelyn King's still gliding high here – working with that upbeat, catchy style that really helped her hit big during the early 80s – a perfect fit for the hook-heavy sound of her vocals! The mode's a bit like Denise Williams at the time, although maybe a bit less commercial – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Solid soul from Lou Rawls – still working wonders here in the early 80s – on a record that stands the test of time surprisingly well! The production doesn't overdo it with period production flourishes, with some sweeping arrangements on some numbers and more of an easygoing vibe on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Titles include "Best Friend", "Don't Go Away", "What In The World Is This", "Melody", and "Liar". LP, Vinyl record album
Marcus Miller —
Suddenly ... LP Warner, 1983. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
Big ol' bass from Marcus Miller – but also some sweet keyboards and great vocals too – all wrapped up in a set that's really got Miller at the height of his powers! Marcus wonderfully skirts the worlds of soul and fusion for the record – and mostly creates a tight groove on his ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and some staining.)
A bit smoother than Ben's earlier albums – but a great little set all the way through – and about as classic as you can get for Sidran in the 70s! The album's got a bit more soul in the mix, but still has some jazzy elements in the backings – and where things were sometimes ... (Vocalists, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Roberta Flack at her most masterful – balancing righteous soul at it's most spiritually resonant and more mainstream accessible melodies – from her classic years at Atlantic when she was forging a whole new sound that was a unique blend of soul, jazz, and spiritualism. Each of Roberta's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Broadway pressing in the die-cut cover, including the Atlantic inner sleeve, in great shape!)
An unusal package – but one that features some nice work from the great Garnet Mimms! This is one of those budget LPs that features some tracks by a famous artist, whose name is listed in big type, and other tracks by a lesser-known artist, listed in smaller type. Although this type of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorites ever cut by Tex-Mex soulsters Sunny & The Sunliners – largely because it's got some really nice funk tracks! The album features a set of all English language tracks – with Sunny Ozuna singing in his best sweet soul style on the ballad tracks, and hitting a raw ... (Latin, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album from Kleeer – and a record that really has the group solidifying their sound – compressing keyboards, guitar, and grooves together in a sublimely boogie-heavy mode! Kleeer were really at the forefront of the coming 80s groove scene – and Woody Cunningham and the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a torn cutout notch at the bottom left.)
A fantastic collection of rare funky nuggets – put together by the folks at the Numero Group, and an album that's billed as "the only funk album you'll ever need"! That might be a big claim, but the record is pretty darn great – a set that features a few older underground ... (Funky Compilations, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Clear vinyl pressing limited to 400 copies. Indie exclusive!)
Incredible work from a group who've definitely earned their name! Naming a group SOUL might be suicide for a band that can't carry off the groove – but these guys are funky monsters, with a real talent for a hard heavy sound that was rarely matched by other combos. The band have a great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The third album for Cotillion by Stevie Woods, and the last we'd hear of him – a sweet 80s groover set that's as inviting and hooky as the others – bright, crossover 80s synth soul and uber memorable melodies. Woods records were full of hooks and catchy tunes, and this one carries on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brothers Johnson —
Kickin' ... LP A&M, 1988. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A killer moment in 70s soul – but kind of a lost gem, too – given that the album was issued by Chess Records, but features a number of big names who mostly recorded for other companies! The live performance was recorded at the first annual benefit for the Black Congressional Caucus ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A Cali group, but one who cut this sweet 80s set for the Malaco label – a record that's definitely much more street beat oriented than most of the usual blues and southern soul you'd find on the imprint! The tunes have a snapping array of beats and keyboards, one that definitely matches the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Post-Chic work from Bernard Edwards – and a pretty groovy set overall! The album's got a very different style than Edwards' music with Chic – even though Nile Rodgers plays a fair bit of guitar on the record – and it's wonderful to hear Bernard's different style of music, let ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a gold promo stamp and a tracklist sticker.)
Brass Construction stayed great long after their early hits kept coming – and this mid 80s set still has the ensemble very much at the top of their game! The album's the sort that you might easily pass up, given its dated cover image – but it's a real standout in the 80s groove scene, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
On the one hand, our jazz snob side wonders why Diana Ross would be picked to star as Billie Holiday, but on the other, it makes perfect sense, as this soundtrack to the film was made during the early 70s, when she was at the top of her career, and one of the highest profile female soul singers. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mid 80s record from the great Jimmy Cliff. While he was in his prime in the early 70s, this much later commercial effort shows he's still got the skills to pay the bills, and we actually kind of like the sound of him singing over the glossy crossover-attempt tracks, which have that great 80s Sly ... (Reggae, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve, promo letter, and 8"x10" glossy photo of Jimmy Cliff with Robin Williams! Cover has a Grammy Winner sticker.)
Crisply popping grooves from Roger – a great solo record from the voice of Zapp! The Saga Continues finds Roger still rocking his trademark effects laden vocals and vamping guitar work into the middle of the decade – with even tighter syncopated percussion, funky keys, and sharp synth ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp and hype sticker.)
The Staple Singers are cooking on all burners at this point – and it's hard to stop them with that much power – a soaring, searing sort of energy that definitely earns them a place in the sky! The set's a totally strong batch of gospelly soul tracks – produced by Al Bell with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
James D-Train Williams' first album for a major label – and a really great follow-up to the indie success of his initial recordings for Prelude Records! The style here is very similar to the clubby grooves of D-Train's earlier sides – thanks to strong keyboards, production, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Man, if there's an unpopped bass left in the house after this one's through, we'll be surprised! The Gap Band were one of the bigger bass-heavy funk acts of the early 80s – and Polygram did all their fans a favor by culling together the 12" mixes of some of their bigger cuts. The set ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sheree Brown —
Music ... LP Capitol, 1982. Very Good+ ...
One of the two beautifully sweet albums of soul that the lovely Sheree Brown cut for Capitol in the early 80s. This one has less of a smooth jazzy sound than her first one, but it compensates by adding some tracks in a nice 80s groove mode – pushing the sound a bit further than before. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite albums ever – and every track is a masterpiece! The album was originally cut for the tiny Chiaroscuro label in 1977 – and it's got a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – soaring, soulful, jazzy, and righteous – wrapped up in a blend that's ... (Jazz, Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The cover says "roots of rock n roll" – but the set features some killer tenor work from Savoy Records – late 40s sides by Paul Williams, Hal Singer, and Big Jay McNeely – a 1954 date by Lee Allen – and obscure 1961 recordings by the great Sam Taylor! (Jazz, Soul)LP, Vinyl record album