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Soul — LPs

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Atlantic StarrRadiant ... LP
A&M, 1980. Very Good ... $2.99
Radiant grooves indeed from Atlantic Starr – a group who really make things sparkle throughout this magnificent set! The group are at the height of their powers here – skirting a perfect line between mainstream soul and upbeat club – never falling too much into one style or the other, and never sounding as commercial as some of their contemporaries! There's a relaxed, easygoing feel to most of the grooves on the set – never too much fake bass, nor too many electric touches – and the vocals shift a bit from track to track, taking good advantage of singers Wayne Lewis, David Lewis, and Sharon Bryant. Titles include "When Love Calls", "Think About That", "Mystery Girl", "Under Pressure", "My Turn Now", "Does It Matter", and "Send For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(In original shrinkwrap with hype sticker. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Barbara LynnAtlantic Years – 1968 to 1973 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Run Out Groove, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... About April 17, 2020
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Run Out Groove exclusive. Pressing quantity based on pre-release demand – extremely limited and individually numbered!)

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✨✧ VariousSoul Years 1948 to 1973 – Atlantic Records 25th Anniversary ... LP
Atlantic, Late 40s/1950s/1960s/Early 70s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not just soul, but lots of R&B too – work by Betty Wright, Joe Turner, Joe Tex, Sam & Dave, Stick McGhee, Ray Charles, The Drifters, Aretha Franklin, Ruth Brown, The Chords, Solomon Burke, and lots of others! LP, Vinyl record album
(Features a cool fold-out inside the gatefold. Cover has clear tape around the inside of the gatefold and a cutout notch.)

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VariousThis Is Soul (Atlantic) ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99 21.98
A killer collection of deep soul from the Atlantic Records catalog – including a few tunes that they'd snatched from Stax in the early days of the label! The package here is one that was issued for overseas markets in the 60s – partly as a calling card for the new genius of Atlantic, and maybe also as a demonstration of the style of "soul" – which was a pretty new musical term at that point! Titles include "Land Of A Thousand Dances" by Wilson Pickett, "BABY" by Carla Thomas, "Sweet Soul Music" by Arthur Conley, "Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa (Sad Song)" by Otis Redding, "I Got Everything I Need" by Sam & Dave, "What Is Soul" by Ben E King, "When A Man Loves A Woman" by Percy Sledge, "Mustang Sally" by Wilson Pickett, "Knock On Wood" by Eddie Floyd, "Keep Looking" by Solomon Burke, "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You" by Aretha Franklin, and "Warm & Tender Love" by Percy Sledge. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Ace SpectrumInner Spectrum ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous debut from Ace Spectrum – a harmony quartet who never cracked the charts as much as some of their east coast contemporaries, but who were every bit as great as the bigger names on the east coast scene! The album's got a soaring sound that's strongly influenced by Philly, but recorded in New York – a warmly compressed style that's professional and focused, and beautifully put together with arrangements from Bert DeCoteaux and production by the team of Tony Silvester and Ed Zant. We love the group the best on the mellower cuts – which have a quality that's deeply personal amidst the smoothness – but even the more upbeat tracks are plenty darn great too! Titles include the sublime slow numbers "Moving On" and "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" – plus "Don't Send Nobody Else", "If You Were There", "Pickup", "I Don't Want To Play Around", and "Me & My Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ace SpectrumJust Like In The Movies ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A masterpiece of east coast harmony soul – and worth it for the title cut alone! Ace Spectrum are always pretty great, but on this album, they really bust out of the box with some of the most wonderful harmonies they've ever recorded – set to impeccable arrangements by Patrick Adams, who hits the same blend of mellow harmonies and upbeat grooving he did with Black Ivory! Vocals are amazing – right at the height of the east coast generation that also included The Moments, Delfonics, and Stylistics – and the backings are equally wonderful, and make the album one of our favorite 70s releases from Atlantic Records. Titles include "Just Like In the Movies", "Sweet Music Soft Lights & You", "I Can't Keep Holding On", "Sooner or Later", "Magic Touch", and "Live & Learn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some light stains, and a promo sticker.)

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Aleem featuring Leroy BurgessShock ... LP
Atlantic, 1987. Very Good ... $0.99
The great Leroy Burgess is still going strong on this later album from Aleem – shifting his sound to hit more of an 80s street soul groove, but one that's also got the tighter elements you'd expect from a major label set at the time! Burgess has a voice that's schooled in disco and indie club, but which turns out to be even better for chunkier, more synopated styles – provided by the heavier beats here, at a level that almost makes the set a precursor to later new jack modes. Titles include "Searchin", "Love Shock", "Jackpot", "Sweet Treat", "Lonely Tears", "Burn It Up", and "Genuine Love Affair". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, light wear, and a promo stamp.)

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Ray BarrettoEye Of The Beholder ... LP
Atlantic/Fania, 1977. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A really wonderful album from Ray Barretto – more jazz fusion than his usual 70s salsa – but in a way that we really really love! The album's a crossover gem that has Ray working with Stix Hooper, Joe Sample, and Wilton Felder of The Crusaders – a trio who produced the record, and add in some of their instrumental help as well – which helps Ray find this bouncy, sometimes funky sort of groove – a sublime blend of LA fusion and New York Latin! There's still loads of great percussion from Barretto – but the set also has some wicked keyboards, guitar, and lots of jazzy inflections too. Titles include the killer cut "Here We Go Again" – a great midtempo number with a perfect steppers groove – plus the cuts "Tumbao Africano", "Leti", and "Expresso". (Latin, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Archie Bell & The DrellsThere's Gonna Be A Showdown ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stormer from Archie Bell & The Drells – one of our favorite soul albums ever, and a masterpiece of mid-tempo soul! Archie Bell & The Drells sound amazing here – light years from the rougher funk of their earlier years, yet still with a groove that's undeniable – an incredible meeting of soul music scenes handled by the young Gamble & Huff team – who not only produce most of the record, but also wrote most of the tracks on the set! The groove is lightly lilting, and totally on the money – a sound that's incredible, and hard to describe in words – but which really grabs us from the get-go. All tracks are great, and totally fresh – and tunes include "I Love My Baby", "Houston Texas", "Showdown", "My Balloon's Going Up", "Giving Up Dancing", "Girl You're Too Young", and "Green Power". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Broadway pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Archie Bell & The DrellsTighten Up ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
An incredible bit of southern funk – the first landmark LP by Archie Bell & The Drells, and the first big burst of energy from the Texas scene of the 60s! The album's incredible – with Archie up front on rough-hewn vocals, the band grooving in a mad tangle of guitar, bass, and drums, and some super-fierce horn work by the TSU Tornadoes! You've no doubt heard the band's classic "Tighten Up (part 1)", but this album also includes the incredible "part 2" to the track – which takes the groove a million miles higher! And the whole album's equally great – filled with other tight soul gems that include "A Thousand Wonders", "I Don't Want To Be A Playboy", "Give Me Time", and "When You Left Heartache Began". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue pressing.)

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Black PearlBlack Pearl ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good+ ... $13.99
Heavy drums and a good dose of soul – both of which make Black Pearl stand out a bit from many of their late 60s contemporaries! There's a definite bluesy undercurrent to the group's music, but the riffs are also pretty hard and fast too – almost a bit funky at times, and delivered with a starker sort of groove than the usual blues rock combo. The musicianship is super tight throughout – really at a superstar level, but without sounding slick or commercial – and the album alone is worth it for the sharp drums and guitar leads, but also sports some pretty great vocals too – with almost a garagey soul sort of feel. Titles include "White Devil", "Mr Soul Satisfaction", "Thinkin Bout The Good Times", "Crazy Chicken", "Forget It", "Climbing Up The Walls", "Reach Up", "Bent Over", and "Endless Journey". (Rock, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch, some ring & edge wear, and some seam splitting.)

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✨✧ Boney MNightflight To Venus ... LP
Atlantic/Hansa, 1978. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A nice bit of space age disco fantasy from Boney M – a set that's got a few more electronic touches than some of the group's other records, but which still continues in a straight ahead poppy vein! There's a sound here that's arguably a bit more sophisticated than before – especially on some of the rhythms, which almost hint at Bohannon like complexity at the bottom. There's almost a bit more club appeal than you might expect – although other tunes are definitely more the stuff of hotel lobby dancefloors than warehouse parties in New York. Titles include "King Of The Road", "Nightflight To Venus", "Voodoonight", "Brown Girl In the Ring", "Heart Of Gold", and the hit version of "Rivers Of Babylon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing.)

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Ruth BrownRB Blues ... LP
Atlantic (Japan), Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A great Japanese-only collection – rare Atlantic Records material by Ruth Brown – way past the hits! Titles include "RB Blues", "Jack O Diamonds", "Love Me Baby", "Shine On", "I Can Dream", "Why Me", "This Little Girl's Gone Rockin", "Please Don't Freeze", "Tears Keep Tumbling Down", and "Somebody Touched Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert.)

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✨✧ Jimmie & Vella CameronJimmie & Vella ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Obscure bit of soul from this duo who also recorded an earlier record on Imperial. The vibe is sort of a straight 70s groove, and Vella's vocals are a bit more upfront than Jimmie's. The cuts are all originals, and titles include "Rain", "Chica Boom", "Door Is Open", and "Then I Woke Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jean CarneYou're A Part Of Me ... LP
Atlantic, 1988. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
By this point in her career, Jean Carn's added an "e" to her name, has messed up her hair, and picked up a pronounced 80s smooth soul sound. However, she's still recording in Philly, and on the best cuts she makes it past some rather heavy keyboard arrangements that almost get in the way. Bobby Eli and Grover Washington Jr handled some of the production – and tracks include "Ain't No Way", "Early Morning Love", You're A Part Of Me", "Let Me Be The One", "Walking The Line", and "Givin Up On Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Jimmy Castor Bunch Featuring The Everything ManButt Of Course ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A funky funky classic from Jimmy Castor – a set that kicked off a tight run of records for Atlantic – and which firmly established his rep as a master of 70s funk! The sound of the set follows nicely from Jimmy's work on RCA – some of the fuzzy "Troglodyte" guitar work of those years, lots of earthy rhythms on the bottom, and Castor's trademark sense of wit – which was firmly in place even during his Latin Soul years! There's a few smoother, sweeter moments too – but these all come off nicely – and as always, Castor's a one-man soul music machine – able to handle plenty of sounds and styles with effortless ease! Titles include "Bertha Butt Boogie", "E Man Boogie", "Hallucinations", "Let's Party Now", "Potential", and "One Precious World". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ray CharlesDo The Twist With Ray Charles ... LP
Atlantic, Early 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
Pretty great stuff – and not the gimmicky "dance" record you might guess from the title! The set's simply a collection of some of Ray's best hard-hitting R&B tracks for Atlantic – mostly recorded in the 50s, and brought together with this 60s title, in a package that also features twist dance steps on the back. Get past the title, and the tunes are excellent – an all star selection of tracks that includes "Tell Me How Do You Feel", "I Got A Woman", "Heartbreaker", "Tell The Truth", "You Be My Baby", "What'd I Say", and "I'm Movin On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has some splitting in the seams and spine.)

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Ray CharlesGenius After Hours (180 gram mono pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.98
A later Atlantic Records set from Ray Charles – a record that does a lot more to show off the jazz side of his talents than some of his earlier work! Ray plays piano, and works in a few different small combos – with players who include Joseph Bridgewater and John Hunt on trumpets, David Fathead Newman on alto and tenor, Emmott Dennis on baritone, and Oscar Pettiford on bass. The record features some nice originals – like "Genius After Hours", "Hornful Soul", "Joy Ride", "Dawn Ray", and "Charlesville" – all showing a different side of Ray's talents than you'd know from his singles! LP, Vinyl record album
(Record Store Crawl Exclusive pressing, limited to brick & mortar stores. Just 500 copies!)

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Ray CharlesGenius Of Ray Charles ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. Very Good- ... $6.99
Later Atlantic Records material from the legendary Ray Charles – a set that definitely lives up to the genius of the title, in that it shows a real sense of development in Ray's music! Charles has moved from the shorter R&B of his early Atlantic singles, to embrace some greater jazz-based sophistication – served up here with players who include Paul Gonsalves and Zoot Sims on tenor, Clark Terry and Joe Newman on trumpets, Melba Liston and Al Gray on trombones, and Freddie Greene on guitar – all players who really shift things towards a richer, fuller sound – setting the stage for Charles 60s growth at ABC Records, but with less of the country modes. Titles include Charles takes on classics like "Just For A Thrill", "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin", "Am I Blue", and "It Had To Be You" – and the record also features a young Marcus Belgrave delivering a trumpet solo on "Alexander's Ragtime Band". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple pinwheel label pressing. Cover has a small center split on the bottom seam.)
Also available Genius Of Ray Charles (Original Master Recording) ... CD 22.99

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Ray CharlesGenius Sings The Blues ... LP
Atlantic, 1961. Very Good ... $14.99
Ray Charles in a nicely maturing mode – on a record from later in his Atlantic Records years, definitely paving the way forward for his 60s classics on ABC! The tunes are blues, but not in the way that Charles first started recording on earlier singles for Atlantic – as there's a bit more class, care, and a strong current of jazz that Ray was bringing more and more to his music as the years went on. Titles include the Charles originals "Hard Times", "I Believe To My Soul", "Mr Charles Blues", "I Wonder Who", "Some Day Baby", and "Nobody Cares" – plus nice takes on "I'm Movin On" and "The Midnight Hour". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has some discoloration along the opening.)

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Ray CharlesGreat Ray Charles ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Very Good ... $6.99
More of a jazz album than the early vocal singles of Ray Charles – but a set that definitely is as great as promised by the title! Ray's in the lead on piano – taking some strong solos, and showing us what a sensitive phraseologist he can be when needed – really showcasing that side of his talents even more strongly away from his vocals. The album's got some great sidemen, too – David Newman on alto and tenor, Joe Bridgewater and John Hunt on trumpets, Emmott Dennis on baritone, and even a bit of guest work on bass from Oscar Pettiford. Newman and Bridgewater get in some nice solos – and titles include "Black Coffee", "The Ray", "Doodlin", "There's No You", and "Sweet Sixteen Bars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Broadway pressing.)
Also available Great Ray Charles (180 gram mono pressing) ... LP 17.99

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Ray CharlesGreat Ray Charles (180 gram mono pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.98
More of a jazz album than the early vocal singles of Ray Charles – but a set that definitely is as great as promised by the title! Ray's in the lead on piano – taking some strong solos, and showing us what a sensitive phraseologist he can be when needed – really showcasing that side of his talents even more strongly away from his vocals. The album's got some great sidemen, too – David Newman on alto and tenor, Joe Bridgewater and John Hunt on trumpets, Emmott Dennis on baritone, and even a bit of guest work on bass from Oscar Pettiford. Newman and Bridgewater get in some nice solos – and titles include "Black Coffee", "The Ray", "Doodlin", "There's No You", and "Sweet Sixteen Bars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Record Store Crawl Exclusive pressing, limited to brick & mortar stores. Just 500 copies!)
Also available Great Ray Charles ... LP 6.99

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Ray CharlesIn Person ... LP
Atlantic, 1960. Very Good- ... $4.99
Features smoking work from David Newman on tenor and Hank Crawford on baritone – plus a bit of trumpet from Marcus Belgrave! Titles include "Frenesi", "Drown In My Own Tears", "Tell The Truth", "The Right Time", "What'd I Say", and "The Spirit Feel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Ray CharlesRay Charles At Newport ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $11.99
A great live album, with a definite jazzy feel – thanks to work from David Newman on tenor sax and Marcus Belgrave on trumpet! Titles include "The Right Time", "I Got A Woman", "Blues Waltz", "Hot Rod", "Sherry", and "Talkin Bout You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label Long Playing Unbreakable pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Ray CharlesRay Charles Live (Ray Charles At Newport/Ray Charles In Person) ... LP
Atlantic, 1958/1959. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
A pair of late Atlantic live recordings by Ray – put together in a single 2LP 70s package! First up is Ray Charles At Newport – a great live album, with a definite jazzy feel – thanks to work from David Newman on tenor sax and Marcus Belgrave on trumpet! Titles include "The Right Time", "I Got A Woman", "Blues Waltz", "Hot Rod", "Sherry", and "Talkin Bout You". Ray Charles In Person features smoking work from David Newman on tenor and Hank Crawford on baritone – plus a bit of trumpet from Marcus Belgrave! Titles include "Frenesi", "Drown In My Own Tears", "Tell The Truth", "The Right Time", "What'd I Say", and "The Spirit Feel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Broadway label pressing. Cover has light wear and some splitting in the bottom seam.)

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Ray CharlesWhat'd I Say ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. Very Good- ... $9.99
A pivotal album for Ray Charles – one that features the sweet electric piano jammer "What'd I Say" – offered up here in 2 parts, and a track that would become the prototype for so many funk songs in years to come! There's a vibe here that really takes off from the R&B of the earlier years – showing Charles as a pivotal force in the move towards soul music – both from an instrumental and vocal standpoint! The Raelettes back Ray up on most tracks – and other tracks include "Rockhouse (parts 1 & 2)", "Roll With My Baby", "You Be My Baby", "Jumpin In The Mornin", and "What Kind Of Man Are You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has some wear & aging.)
Also available What'd I Say (180 gram mono pressing) ... LP 17.99

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Ray CharlesWhat'd I Say (180 gram mono pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.98
A pivotal album for Ray Charles – one that features the sweet electric piano jammer "What'd I Say" – offered up here in 2 parts, and a track that would become the prototype for so many funk songs in years to come! There's a vibe here that really takes off from the R&B of the earlier years – showing Charles as a pivotal force in the move towards soul music – both from an instrumental and vocal standpoint! The Raelettes back Ray up on most tracks – and other tracks include "Rockhouse (parts 1 & 2)", "Roll With My Baby", "You Be My Baby", "Jumpin In The Mornin", and "What Kind Of Man Are You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Record Store Crawl Exclusive pressing, limited to brick & mortar stores. Just 500 copies!)
Also available What'd I Say ... LP 9.99

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Ray Charles & Milt JacksonSoul Meeting ... LP
Atlantic, Early 60s. Very Good ... $14.99
Fairly decent jazz session, and one in which Ray plays alto sax and electric piano, along with his usual acoustic piano. Milt Jackson is on vibes, of course, and the rest of the group includes Kenny Burrell, Percy Heath, and Art Taylor. Titles include "Soul Meeting", "X Ray Blues", "Blue Genius", and "Bags Of Blues". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(60s red and purple label pressing, in heavy glossy cover.)

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ChicChic ... LP
Atlantic, 1977. New Copy ... $17.99 19.99
Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah – classic work from Chic, and a great batch of choppy funky dancefloor tunes! By the end of the 70s, Chic were so ubiquitous it was hard to remember the early power of this set – but from the perspective of 40 years later, the album's a real gem – set up with a simple focus on the rhythms that's made even better by the choppy guitar of Nile Rodgers, and his superbly soulful work on production alongside Bernard Edwards. Vocals are by Luther Vandross, Norma Jean, and Edwards – and titles include "Dance Dance Dance", "Strike Up The Band", "You Can Get By", and "Sao Paolo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Half-speed mastering by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios!)

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CloversClovers ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Seminal Atlantic Records work from The Clovers – one of those groups who were already great on their own, but then really took off once they hit the label! There's a rawness to these sides that rivals the early Drifters at their best – the Clyde McPhatter years of that group – with vocal interplay that virtually invents the group harmony sound for years to come, mixed with raw rhythms that often feature lots of The Clovers' trademark guitar from Bill Harris! Easily one of the top 10 group soul albums of the 50s – with tracks that include "Love Love Love", "I Played The Fool", "Devil Or Angel", "Little Mama", "Crawlin", "Here Goes A Fool", "Lovey Dovey, "Yes It's You", "Ting A Ling", and "Hey Miss Fanny". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing with insert.)

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CoastersWake Me Shake Me ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
It's hard to challenge the genius of The Coasters at this point in their career – as the vocal group moves with razor-sharp changes and boundless wit – all set to hip production from the team of Lieber & Stoller! There's some wonderful lesser-known gems by the group here – including "Girls Girls Girls", one of our all-time favorites – plus "The Snake & The Bookworm", "Wait A Minute", "Bad Blood", "Let's Go Get Stoned", and "Hongry". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing!)

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✨✧ Don CovaySee-Saw ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
See-Saw and socking soul from a young Don Covay – working here with his killer early combo The Goodtimers – as one of the most self-contained acts on Atlantic Records in the 60s! The album's overflowing with classic numbers from Covay – soul tunes, but punched up heavily from the bottom, so that they come off sounding a lot funkier than most of Don's contemporaries – and arguably set the tone for a whole generation of soul music to come! Standout classics include "Mercy Mercy", "Sookie Sookie", and "See Saw" – but the whole album's great, and other tracks include "Everything Gonna Be Everything", "Precious You", "The Usual Place", "A Woman's Love", "The Boomerang", "Fat Man", and "Iron Out The Rough Spots". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green and blue label pressing – nice and clean! Cover has a cutout mark, but is otherwise very nice.)

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✨✧ Don Covay & The GoodtimersMercy! ... LP
Atlantic, 1964. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
The killer first album from Don Covay – working here with his classic Goodtimers combo in a nicely gritty groove! The record really stands out from other Atlantic soul of the time – as Covay keeps things tight, and fresh – providing most of the tunes himself, and working in a style that has echoes of southern soul, but which comes off with a bit more of an east coast sort of groove! Lots of tracks are upbeat, party soul type numbers – and the backings by the Goodtimers are totally great – just the sort of rollicking backdrops you'd expect to hear Don singing with on any of his well-traveled live dates of the time. Titles include the hit "Mercy Mercy" – plus "Daddy Loves Baby", "Take This Hurt Off Me", "I'll Be Satisfied", "Can't Stay Away", and "Come On In". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original white label promo! Cover has some light wear near the top, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ Sam DeesShow Must Go On ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The only full album ever recorded by the legendary Sam Dees – an artist who's probably best known for his songwriting skills on other records, but who really shines here as a lead star on his own! Dees' approach is wonderful – a bit rootsy, with some slight southern soul elements – but also righteous and progressive, with a bit of a Curtom vibe in the mix – a perfect blend for Dees' upfront presentation of the lyrics, and the powerful message in his music! And the lyrics are sublime – really thoughtful words that go way past any standard cliches – mixing the personal and politics in ways that few other records did this well – a quality that's made this one a lasting treasure for years. Titles include "Child of the Streets", "Claim Jumpin", "Troubled Child", "So Tied Up", and "Good Guys". LP, Vinyl record album
(With Atlantic inner sleeve. Cover has a small cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Dr JohnIn The Right Place ... LP
Atco/Atlantic, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the coolest, funkiest records we've ever heard from Dr John – thanks to lots of guest help from The Meters! The vibe here is a bit tighter than some of Mac's previous records – not as trippy as his first few for Atco – but the sound is still nice and sharp, and Allen Toussaint provides production and arrangements with a style that would be right at home on some of his work for the indie Sansu label. The title cut – "Right Place Wrong Time" – was a huge hit, but has a great funky break – and the album also features loads of other nice numbers too – including "Life", "Traveling Mood", "Same Old Same Old", "Just The Same", and "Shoo Fly Marches On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Atco pressing with PR and AT/DK etches. Cover has a peeled spot in the top left corner.)

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DriftersDrifters' Greatest Hits ... LP
Atlantic, 1960s. Very Good ... $11.99
A dozen of the biggest numbers from the seminal vocal group, including "There Goes My Baby", "(If You Cry) True Love, True Love", "Dance With Me", "This Magic Moment", "Ba;timore", "Sadie My Lady", "Honky Tonk", "Lonely Winds", "Hey Senorita", "Oh My Love", "Suddenly There's A Valley" and "Souvenirs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing with deep groove, still in the shrink with vintage sale sticker.)

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DriftersUnder The Boardwalk (2nd cover) ... LP
Atlantic, 1964. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Fantastic work by The Drifters – not only proof that their career was still going strong, but also a landmark batch of uptown soul tracks that set the blueprint for so many other New York artists of the 60s! The album includes the hits "On Broadway", "Up On The Roof", and "Under The Boardwalk" – but there's a dozen tracks, and they're all great! Other tracks include "Rat Race", "I'll Take You Home", "Let the Music Play", and "If You Don't Come Back". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing, still in the shink.)

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Everything But The GirlWalking Wounded (180 gram pressing – half speed master) ... LP
Atlantic/Buzzin' Fly, 1996. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 26.99
A seminal set from Everything But The Girl – even if the record has them leaving behind everything that made them so unique back in the 80s! Gone are the jazzy riffs and retro elements – and instead, the lovely vocals and impeccable songwriting of Tracey Thorn are tied to more contemporary beats and rhythms – the real flowering of Ben Watt as a producer, as he mixes together spare, subtle elements into grooves that turn out to fit the EBTG aesthetic every bit as well as before! Titles include "The Heart Remains A Child", "Single", "Wrong", "Before Today", "Good Cop Bad Cop", "Mirrorball", and "Big Deal". (New Grooves, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Half speed mastering!)

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Faze-OBreakin' The Funk ... LP
Atlantic/SHE, 1979. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Wicked funk from Faze-O – a group who seem even tighter than before on this smoking album – yet still hold onto all the laidback modes that made them so great in the first place! There's a lean quality here that really prefaces the direction so many funk acts would take a few years later – a way of compressing everything down on the rhythm, to get past some of the excesses of too-large funk groups, or some of the overblown qualities of the disco generation! Faze-O were definitely out front with this approach, and continue to craft it strongly here – and the album's got a few great mellow tracks too – a great illustration of the claim made in the liner notes – that "Faze-O music is carefully built in panels of melodic phases, to sensuously put you in a funky but heavenly mood of time and rhythm." Titles include "See You Through The Night", "I'm Thankful", "I Still Love You", "Let's Rock", and "Ya Ba Da Ba Duzie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and some marker.)

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Faze-OGood Thang ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A definite good thang from Faze-O – easily the masters of snakey funk at the end of the 70s! The set's got loads of great elements that echo the group's Riding High debut – a groove that never goes too far over the top, and which kicks back at a pace that so many others would copy a few years later – a vibe that's a bit Ohio, a bit Cali, yet crafted here with a vision that's totally unique to the band! Horns are a bit heavier than before, but there's still plenty of great keyboards too – and the vocals definitely recognize that they're the second star of the record, and usually defer to the rhythms on most numbers. Tracks include "Good Thang", "Party Time", "Space People", "Who Loves You", and "Funky Lady". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Roberta FlackBlue Lights In The Basement ... LP
Atlantic, 1977. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet 70s classic from Roberta Flack – recorded with a mellow jazzy undercurrent that really fits the spirit of the title! The set's a bit more varied in moods than some of Flack's previous Atlantic efforts – showing a stretching of wings from Roberta, but still very much in some righteous territory overall – given that Eugene McDaniels is overseeing the record on production. Arrangements are by Harry Whittaker, Hugh McCrackin, Leon Pendarvis, and Roberta herself – and instrumentation is warmly electric, yet never too slick to wash away the deeper soul of Flack's vocals. Titles include "The Closer I Get To You", "Why Don't You Move In With Me", "Love Is The Healing", "Soul Deep", "Where I'll Find You", "25th Of Last December", "This Time I'll Be Sweeter", and "Fine Fine Day". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roberta FlackFeel Like Makin' Love ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $8.99
For too long we dismissed Roberta Flack out of hand because of her currency as a soft rock radio favorite, but her mid 70s output had more than its share of sublime, soulful moments, and this album is no exception. Of course, a generous helping hand from the left reverend Eugene McD and co-producer Leon Pendarvis doesn't hurt either. 9 tracks in all, including the title track, plus "Feelin That Glow", "I Can See The Sun In Late December", "Mr Magic" and "Early Ev'ry Midnite". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light age spots.)

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✨✧ Roberta FlackFirst Take ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
What can we say? We've heard this one a million times, it sold over a million copies – but it's still incredible! The record is Roberta's first, and it features her in a mellow trio format, augmented by some occasional larger arrangements by William Fischer. At most points, though, the sound is incredibly spare – with vocals that are much more soulful than any of Roberta's other records, and a sound that hints at Nina Simone, but which has it's own jazzy groove and deep sense of feeling. Includes the classic funky version of "Compared To What", plus "Angelitos Negros", "Our Ages Our Our Hearts", and "Tryin Times". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Broadway label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Roberta FlackQuiet Fire ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Great small combo work by Roberta Flack, recorded early in her career, when she was still one of the hippest things around – and it's among her best records! Roberta's really come into her own as vocalist at this point and solidifying here personal style – with that clear tone and perfectly controlled style and phrasing – balancing a jazzy sensibility with the emotions of her gospel roots. A few tracks have some large arrangements by Arif Mardin, William Eaton, or Deodato – but most tracks feature a core group of studio jazz players that includes players like Joe Farrell, Richard Tee, Chuck Rainey, Hubert Laws, and Bernard Purdie. Includes a version of Eugene McDaniels' "Sunday & Sister Jones", plus "Go Up Moses", "To Love Somebody", "Let Them Talk", and "Sweet Bitter Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Roberta FlackRoberta Flack ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Roberta Flack in her 70s prime – maybe a bit mellower than some of her earliest records, but still head and shoulders above the rest! The set features arrangements and production by Joe Brooks, who also wrote some of the tunes – and tracks include "What A Woman Really Means", "Independent Man", "Come Share My Love", "Knowing That We're Made For Each Other", "You Are Everything", "If I Ever See You Again", "And The Feeling's Good, and "When It's Over". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and tracklist sticker.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinAmazing Grace – The Complete Recordings (180 gram pressing) (4LP set) ... LP
Atlantic/Rhino, 1972. New Copy 4LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A legendary album – one that has Aretha Franklin returning to her roots in gospel music – but working with all the strength and power that Atlantic Records had to offer! From early years recording as a young voice alongside her father's congregation, Aretha has matured into a hell of a lead singer – and really knocks it out of the park here alongside the mighty James Cleveland, and the Southern California Community Choir! While it might have been nice to record the set back home in Detroit, the California setting for the material works perfectly to elevate Franklin to a special place in the heavens – tying together her heritage in beautiful ways, and making for another great stride forward in her career during the 70s. One of the best ideas ever for a soul music concept album – with titles that include "Mary Don't You Weep", "How I Got Over", "Precious Memories", "Wholy Holy", "Never Grow Old", "Amazing Grace", and Climbing Higher Mountains". This package really expands past the original album – and adds in all these other tracks recorded during the proceedings, which were done over the course of two different nights in November of 1972 – with a mighty set of long tracks that quadrupalizes the original double album! LP, Vinyl record album

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Aretha FranklinAretha Arrives ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Sealed ... $19.99
Aretha Arrives in great style – and a mixture between her earlier vocal jazz years at Columbia, and her later southern soul sides of the 60s! Arif Mardin is already arranging Aretha's work at this point, and the backing group includes southern soul studio giants like Spooner Oldham, Tommy Cogbill, and Roger Hawkins – but there's also a number of tracks that have mellow strings and horns by Ralph Burns, very much in the lush style of Burns' work for other vocalists – and a bit different than some of Franklin's other Atlantic work. The Sweet Inspirations back up Aretha on "Ain't Nobody (Gonna Turn Me Around)", and a few other tracks feature backings by sisters Erma and Carolyn – who are always a welcome addition! Titles include "Prove It", "Never Let Me Go", "I Wonder", "Going Down Slow", and "Night Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(50th Anniversary pressing – mono version on 180 gram vinyl!)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinAretha Now ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of a handful of crucial early Aretha Franklin albums for Atlantic – and a key example of her genius pairing with arranger Arif Mardin! Instrumental backing is by a hard burning Memphis/Muscle Shoals lineup that includes Spooner Oldham on electric piano and organ, Tommy Cogbill on guitar, Andrew Love and Charles Chalmers on tenor, Wayne Jackson on trumpet, and Roger Hawkins on drums – and even Aretha herself gets to play a bit of piano on the set. But the really amazing thing here is the way that this core live mode of backing is also given some airier, loftier overtones by Mardin and co-arranger Tom Dowd – in a way that lifts up the tunes a bit more, and pushes them away from straight indie southern soul – into the range of greatness that made Franklin stand apart from most of her contemporaries. A key example of this is the album's seminal reading of "I Say A Little Prayer" – but all cuts are great, and other tunes include "Think", "A Change", "You're A Sweet Sweet Man", "I Take What I Want", "See Saw", "Hello Sunshine", and "You Send Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway label pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinAretha's Greatest Hits ... LP
Atlantic, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A well-done showcase of Aretha's best early work for Atlantic Records – a collection that really gets at the deepest soul side of her style, and focuses on the transformation of sound that occurred when Franklin moved over to the label from Columbia. The set's overflowing with greatness – a total of 14 tracks in all, with killer arrangements by Arif Mardin, and landmark production from Tom Dowd, Jerry Wexler, and Mardin. Titles include "Spanish Harlem", "Chain Of Fools", "I Say A Little Prayer", "Dr Feelgood", "Respect", "Baby I Love You", "I Never Loved A Man", "Call Me", and "You're All I Need To Get By". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing.)

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Aretha FranklinHey, Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky) ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ... $8.99
One of Aretha Franklin's greatest records – and a complicated batch of jazzy tunes that features arrangements and production by Quincy Jones! The record breaks way past the stock southern soul style of some of Aretha's earlier work for Atlantic – and it features a more sophisticated style that hits a number of different moods, and which shows off Aretha's strong commitment to growth as an artist. Features a semi-hit reading of King Pleasure's old classic, "Moody's Mood For Love", plus "Sister From Texas", "Somewhere", "Angel", and "That's The Way I Feel About Cha". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green label Broadway pressing.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinI Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good- ... Out Of Stock
Essential work by Aretha Franklin – one of her best albums for Atlantic in the late 60s, with tracks that virtually define the sound of hard soul during the late 60s! The album's filled with excellent material – featuring 2 killer tracks recorded in Muscle Shoals ("Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" and "I Never Loved A Man"), plus lots of other great hard soul groovers done with Aretha's guiding light, Arif Mardin, in Atlantic's New York studios – including the tracks "Respect", "Baby, Baby, Baby", "Save Me", and "Dr. Feelgood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label mono pressing.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinLa Diva ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A late 70s gem from Aretha Franklin – and although a bit overlooked, a record that still shows many of the best sides of Aretha's talents for Atlantic in the decade! The main arrangements here are done by Van McCoy – and while they show a bit of a dancefloor spin, they're not as overly disco as you might expect – and instead serve mostly to buoy up Aretha's vocals with a full, rich approach to soul music – one that still lets the lady really take the lead vocally, but also get a wonderfully warm sound that helps mature things nicely. There's none of the too-commercial style of the Arista years going on here – and instead, most of these numbers have an earnest, personal feel that's really great – echoing the best modes of previous 70s albums by Franklin. Titles include "Honey I Need Your Love", "Only Star", "Reasons Why", "You Brought Me Back To Life", "Half A Love", "The Feeling", "What If I Should Ever Need You", and "Ladies Only". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a notched corner.)

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Aretha FranklinSparkle – Music from the Original Motion Picture ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good ... $7.99
A classic 70s soul soundtrack – and a dream of a combination! Curtis Mayfield wrote the soundtrack and produced the album – and the result is a killer batch of 70s soul tracks that matches Aretha's strong vocals with the hip Curtom sound of Chicago! Aretha was still doing pretty well at this point, but the album really gave her a push – and the super-hip setting let her record some of her best work of the 70s. If you own only one Aretha Franklin album from the 70s, it should probably be this one – as the mixture of soul, funk, and soundtrack grooves is great, and a refreshing change from some of the cliches that could show up on other records. Features the sublime "Something He Can Feel", plus "Loving You Baby", "Look Into Your Heart", "Sparkle", and Jump". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green label Rockefeller pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear.)
Also available Sparkle – Music from the Original Motion Picture ... CD 14.99

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Aretha FranklinThis Girl's In Love With You ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Very Good+ ... $16.99
Given that Atlantic's big claim to fame with Aretha was that they took her from being a supper club jazz singer and made her a hard soul act, we've always been a bit surprised at the way they chose to hook her up with some Bacharach tunes after her first few sides – giving her a classier uptown sound to mix with the deeper southern style that broke her out big. This album's a great example of how Aretha can mix the two styles – as it features the title rendition of "This Girl's In Love With You", and great versions of "Dark End Of The Street" and "Sit Down & Cry", and the sublime "Call Me", which is a perfect blend of the two styles in one song. And oddly, the "classier" material was recorded down in Miami, Atlantic's new home for soul in the south. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Canadian pressing.)

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Aretha FranklinYoung, Gifted & Black ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good+ ... $24.99
A beautiful album that perfectly mixes both sides of Aretha – the earlier hard-hitting soulster, and the developing vocalist with a rich talent for more sophisticated material. The album features the anthemic title cut in Aretha's famous version – plus the sample favorite "Rock Steady", the mellow groover "Day Dreaming", the hit "Brand New Me", and the strangely compelling "First Snow In Kokomo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing. Cover is in great shape!)

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FridaSomething's Going On ... LP
Atlantic, 1982. Sealed ... $11.99
Solo work from this lovely lady from ABBA – with production by Phil Collins – who also plays drums! (Rock, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, still sealed with hype sticker. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Eddie HarrisThat Is Why You're Overweight ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Eddie continues the funky groove begun on Instant Funk, and smoothed out over albums like I Need Some Money – and although jazz fans probably gave him hell for going this way, we think this is actually a pretty darn great album! The record takes all of Eddie's experimentation with groovy styles from the early 70s, and filters it through some tighter playing that actually makes the groove a lot more compelling than before. A number of the tracks have vocals, almost in a humorous Bill Cosby mode – but in a way that also preserves the party feel of the cuts. Players include Bobby Lyle, Paul Humphrey, Buck Clarke, and Bradley Bobo – and one Chicago-recorded track features a great assortment from older years that includes Muhal Abrams, Odell Brown, Marshapp Thompson, Willie Henderson, and Richard Evans. Titles include "Tryin Ain't Dyin", "Ooh", "Exempt", "Live Again", "Flowers", "Why Do You Hurt Me", and "It's All Right Now". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Lurlean HunterBlue & Sentimental ... LP
Atlantic, 1960. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Probably the best-ever album by this obscure bluesy singer from Chicago! Jimmy Giuffre handled the arrangements, and the record has a bit more polish than some of her other albums. The tracks feature some very nice jazzy arrangements – with Jim Hall on guitar, Jimmy Jones on piano, and Harry Edison on trumpet. Lurlean's voice is deep and rich, with a sound that's a mix of Ella Fitzgerald and some of the icier singers, like Chris Connor or June Christy. Tracks include "Blue Turning Grey Over You", "Just Imagine", "My Kinda Love", "As Long As I Live", and "The Song Is You". (Vocalists, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing with AT etch. Vinyl has two small pressing bumps, which cause a very small thud for a few spins – but plays great overall, and cover is nice!)

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Margie JosephMargie ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Near Mint- ... $13.99
The third album in Margie Joseph's early 70s run for Atlantic Records – and like the rest, a batch of super-tight tunes arranged and produced by Arif Mardin – done with the same sense of sophisticated soul he was bringing to the work of Aretha Franklin at the time! Margie's nicely a bit more laidback than Aretha, though – not nearly as cliched at times, and capable of hanging onto her southern roots, even in a fuller setting. Many numbers feature backing vocals – by singers who include Donny Hathaway, Cissy Houston, and Tasha Thomas – but Joseph is right out front on all numbers, singing strongly in the lead, yet without any too-diva sort of tendencies! Titles include a nice version of Bill Withers' "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh", plus "Stay Still", "Just As Soon As The Feeling's Over", "Sign Of the Times", and "Promise Me Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ben E KingStand By Me ... LP
Atlantic (Japan), Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A great Japanese album, and one that feels like a vintage set by Atlantic soul legend Ben E King – pulled together from great material he recorded right after leaving The Drifters! Titles include "Too Bad", "Young Boy Blues", "Spanish Harlem", "Brace Yourself", "I Who Have Nothing", "Seven Letters", "That's When It Hurts", "I'm Standing By", and "Don't Play That Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi!)

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✨✧ KleeerLicense To Dream ... LP
Atlantic, 1981. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal 80s work from Kleeer – a really wonderful record with a sound that's a heck of a lot more soulful than some of the group's contemporaries! A lot of the credit here goes to singer/songwriter Woody Cunningham – whose lead vocals really give the album a wonderfully solid feel, and push Kleeer away from the cliches of the keyboard-heavy generation – into a mode that sports tight lyrics, heartfelt leads, and a well-rounded sound that mixes equal parts ballads and groovers. Isabelle Coles makes a great guest appearance on the spacey "Sippin & Kissin", and other tracks include "Running Back To You", "Hypnotized", "License To Dream", and "Say You Love Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ KleeerTaste The Music ... LP
Atlantic, 1982. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
One of the better soul groups of the early 80s – one who managed to mix electric keyboards with harmony vocals, yet still keep a sound that was pretty real. This album's got plenty of that great "wheeeeeep" keyboard sound, used to punctuate the songs' choruses, and lay down the base for the next verse – and despite that, the songwriting's still pretty good. Titles include "I've Had Enough", "Wall To Wall", "I Shall Get Over", "Fella", and "Affirmative Mood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp on the back.)

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Donal LeaceDonal Leace ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Donal Leace was one of a few hip soul acts that Roberta Flack brought to Atlantic during her strongest period with the label – and he's a soulful folk singer whose work reminds us of certain folksy moments on Flack's first few albums. There's less of a Terry Callier sound than a Tim Hardin one – and the backing is filled with jazzy inflections laid down by players like Keith Jarrett, David Spinozza, Ray Lucas, Bernard Purdie, and Ron Carter. Flack produced – and again, you can definitely hear her love of folk music on the LP. Titles include "Andrea", "Midnight Cowboy", "Shimaree", "Sad Lisa", "What Does It Take", and "Today Won't Come Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has promo and radio station stamps, a cutout notch, some ring & edge wear, and mostly split top seam.)

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✨✧ LevertRope A Dope Style ... LP
Atlantic, 1990. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
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(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has two lightly bumped corners.)

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Arif MardinJourney ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good ... $5.99
A wicked little solo set from one of Atlantic Records' hippest talents in the 70s! Arif Mardin's best known for his work supporting some of Atlantic's best soul starts – Aretha Franklin most famously, and a host of others – but here, he steps out as a maestro on his own – working in a great space that's somewhere between blacksploitation funk and electric jazz – all with a groove that's totally great! Mardin's wonderful sense of space and timing come even more to the forefront here than on his records with singers – and he does an amazing job of bringing the players together with the tightness of a soul session, but the freedom of expression of a jazz date. Musicians include Joe Farrell on soprano sax, Seldon Powell on tenor, Richard Tee and Pat Rebillot on electric piano, Gary Burton on vibes, and Hubert Laws on flute. Urszula Dudziak makes a few appearances on voice – dropping in some wordless elements to the tunes – and drums are heavy throughout, played by either Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, or Grady Tate. Titles include "Dark Alleys", "Love On A Rainy Afternoon", "A Sunday Afternoon Feeling", "Strollin", "Journey", "Flight", and "Forms". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring and edge wear.)

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✨✧ Les McCannAnother Beginning ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
By this point in his career, Les McCann's moved past straight jazz, and is spending a lot of time on vocals – sung in a nice raspy style that makes up for what it lacks in technique with a nice dose of soul! The record's got a few cuts that have some good funky riffs – like the jaunty "Some Day We'll Meet Again", and "The Morning Song", which has an intro that's especially nice. Other tracks include "The Song Of Love", "Maybe You'll Come Back", and "My Soul Lies Deep". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Les McCannRiver High, River Low ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good+ ... $2.99
More of a soul album than a jazz album – and a stripped-down mellow set that has Les singing and playing keyboards with a quartet that includes Miroslaw Kudykowski on guitar. Cuts include "Everywhere I Go, People Ask Me a Question", "Woman, Come Home", "I've Been Thinking About My Problems", and "You Little Cheat". Also includes the cut "I'm A Liberated Woman", which features Paul Humphrey on drums. (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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Eugene McDanielsHeadless Heroes Of The Apocalypse (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A monster album that's gone onto influence a generation – but which was barely recognized at the time! Singer Eugene McDaniels had scored big with some pop hits in the 60s under the name Gene McDaniels – but here, he steps out in a righteous batch of offbeat funk tunes – filled with politics, offbeat rhythms, and some very weird instrumentation. The whole thing's awash in moody, jazzy changes – of the style that showed up often in samples by Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, and other artists who drew keen inspiration from this record. Titles include the massive "Jagger the Dagger" – plus "The Lord Is Back", "Lovin Man", "Headless Heroes", "Freedom Death Dance", and "Supermarket Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jack McDuffChange Is Gonna Come ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A sweet Atlantic soul groover from Brother Jack McDuff – and a set that has him tightening up his Hammond sound from his earlier years at Prestige Records! The tunes here are short and punched-up – almost instrumental soul numbers in their construction, but still filled with plenty of jazz – thanks to Jack's mad solos on organ, and some killer drums from Joe Dukes and Bernard Purdie! Other players include George Coleman on tenor, Cornell Dupree on guitar, and Buddy Lucas on baritone sax – and arrangements are by JJ Jackson and Jack himself. Titles include "Hotcha", "Down In the Valley", "Same Old Same Old", "No Tears", "What'd I Say", "Gonna Hang Me Up A Sign", and "Minha Saudade". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Record and cover are nice!)

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✨✧ MontanaI Love Music ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
The great Vince Montana was one of the strongest forces in the Philly soul scene of the 70s – and he was not only an excellent vibist whose instrumentation can be heard on countless soul sessions, but also one heck of an arranger, with a real talent for a soulful groove – as you'll hear in this classic solo set! Montana's work is head and shoulders above most disco of the time – and includes strong elements of funk, and a real concern for jazzy phrasing that kept things real – all of which makes for a sophisticated blend that really sets this one apart from the pack – and has made the set a real Dusty Groove favorite over the years. Montana's genius can be heard clearly on many cuts on the record – from the sweet funk of "Samba De Montana", to the complicated conga and jazzy breakdown disco of "You Know How Good It Is", to the straight soulful disco of the title cut, "I Hear Music", which is a great little cover of the Gamble & Huff track! LP, Vinyl record album

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Gene PageHot City ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good ... $4.99
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 Gene Page ever cut – apart from his seminal blacksploitation soundtracks – and it's very much in the mode of White's Love Unlimited Orchestra albums from the same time, although perhaps with less of a string section – and more of an emphasis on funky drums at the bottom. Players are an all-star cast of LA studio groovers that includes David T Walker and Ray Parker on guitar, Ernie Watts and Wilton Felder on saxes, and Clarence McDonald on keyboards – and tracks are mostly originals by Page and White. Titles include "Jungle Eyes", "She's My Main Squeeze", "I Am Living In A World Of Gloom", "Satin Soul", and "To The Bone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and a wrinkled corner.)

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✨✧ Esther PhillipsAnd I Love Him (pink cover) ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Very Good+ ... $11.99
The classic Atlantic LP that turned Esther from a rough-hewn, junkie, juvenile R&B singer into a sensitive interpreter of ballads, standards, and pop tracks. Her version of the Beatles title track is amazing, and she sings it with a fragility and sensitivity that Lennon and McCartney could only dream of. There's loads of other great cuts on here too – like "If You Love Me, Really Love Me", "Too Soon To Know", and "Make Believe Dreams" – and the arrangements are by Ray Ellis and Mort Garson. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing.)

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✨✧ Esther PhillipsConfessin' The Blues ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A 70s album, issued at a time when Esther Phillips was really riding high with her records on the Kudo label – but a set that brings together unissued sides recorded for Atlantic in the 60s! The style is a great mix of rootsy soul and hipper jazz – arranged by Onzy Matthews on side one, with a care and quality that almost rivals Capitol jazz vocal sessions of the time – and performed live at Freddie Jett's Piper Club on side two – in the same mode as her classic Burnin album from the time locale! Philips is wonderful in both settings – with that distinct approach that's unlike any other singer we know – quite versatile, and at a critical point between her R&B work of the 50s, and her smoother Kudu jazz of the 70s. Titles include include "Cherry Red", "In The Evenin", "I Wonder", "Romance In The Dark", "I Love Paris", and "I'm Gettin' Long Alright". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing.)

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Esther PhillipsEsther ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Very Good ... $19.99
Given her start as a rough-hewn child junkie R&B singer, it's hard to believe that Esther's the one singing these beautiful ballads and soul tracks! The album's fantastic, though – and it shows Esther maturing into one of the more fantastic vocalists of her generation. Oliver Nelson, Ray Ellis, and Jimmy Wisner handle the arrangements – and they all have a very nice blend of fragile orchestrations that are just right for Esther's raw pain-filled voice. Titles include "Taste Of Honey", "Crazy He Calls Me", "He Touched Me", "Just Say Goodbye", and "As Tears Go By". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label mono promo. Cover has a promo sticker and some splitting in the bottom seam.)

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Esther PhillipsSet Me Free ... LP
Atlantic, Early 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A collection of tracks that Esther recorded for Atlantic between the years 1964 and 1970, many of which continue the feeling of the Country Side album. Titles include "Hello Walls", "Double Crossing Blues", "I'm In Love", "Catch Me I'm Fallin", "All God Has Is Us", "Woman Will Do No Wrong", and "Crazy Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Wilson PickettBest Of Wilson Pickett Vol 2 ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Wilson's second set of "greatest hits" collected by Atlantic – and with some tasty later work that pushes past the obvious hits of earlier days! The set features 13 numbers in all, most with that hard southern feel that Wilson got while working with producers like Rick Hall, Tommy Cogbill, and Dave Crawford. Titles include "I'm A Midnight Mover", "A Man & A Half", "I'm In Love", "She's Lookin Good", "You Keep Me Hangin On", "Cole, Cooke, & Redding", "Hey Joe", and "I Found A True Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label Canadian pressing.)

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✨✧ Wilson PickettMidnight Mover ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stone soul from Wilson Pickett – the kind of all-great Atlantic album that had Wilson standing above most of the filler-heavy soul acts of the time! The album's overflowing with great original tunes written by Pickett and a young Bobby Womack – wonderful work that revels in the raspy soul style of both writers, and which set a new standard for southern-flavored soul at the time – going way beyond simple covers, and offering a fresh voice that really helped deepen Wilson's career. Pickett even had a hand in the studio, producing 2 of the album's tracks – the rest were done by Tom Dowd – tracks include the title classic "I'm A Midnight Mover" – a 60s party tune if there ever was one – plus "Down By The Sea", "Trust Me", "Let's Get An Understanding", "Remember, I Been Good To You", "I'm Gonna Cry", "I Found A True Love", and "It's A Groove". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Wilson PickettWilson Pickett In Philadelphia ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Very Good+ ... $14.99
The Wicked Pickett takes his groove up to Philly – and comes up with a whole new sound in the process – a raw new style for the 70s, and one that's almost even more compelling than his Muscle Shoals groove! The album was recorded at the early Sigma Sound studios in Philly – and features arrangements from Bobby Martin, Lenny Pakula, and Roland Chambers – all artists who really help bring in a northern vibe to Pickett's music, yet still let those amazingly raw vocals do their thing! In a way, it's this mix of raw and smooth that almost sets the scene for Philly International gems to come a few years later – especially since a lot of the tunes are penned by Gamble & Huff – and instrumentation is provided by Thom Bell on organ, Norman Harris and Bobby Eli on guitars, Ronnie Baker on bass, Earl Young on drums, and Vince Montana on vibes and percussion. Titles include "Days Go By", "Run Joey Run", "Help The Needy", "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You", "Ain't No Doubt About It", "Come Right Here", and the classic 2-part track "Get Me Back On Time, Engine Number 9". LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing.)

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Sam & DaveSoul Sister Brown Sugar ... LP
Atlantic (Japan), Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A great Japanese collection – with a mix of hits and lesser-known numbers from this great soul duo! Titles include "Don't Pull Your Love", "One Part Love Two Parts Pain", "This Is Your World", "Soul Sister Brown Sugar", "I'm Not An Indian Giver", "If You Got The Loving", "Goodnight Baby", "Soul Man", and "If I Didn't Have Girl Like You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Percy SledgeWarm & Tender Soul ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Very Good ... $19.99
Warm and tender, but pretty darn rootsy too – a beautiful illustration of the sound that made Percy Sledge one of the deepest soul singers to record for Atlantic in the 60s! Sledge has this raspy power that grabs us right from the start – that quality that made his music resonate strongly with Otis Redding at the time, yet with a very different personality too – suffused in warm southern soul production by the great Quinn Ivy, who turns in some of his best work ever with the album! There's a rawness here that makes you feel like Sledge is going to break down at any moment – yet the album's held together perfectly too – with that special sort of magic you only find in a rare few albums this great. Titles include a great version of Dan Penn & Lindam Oldham's "It Tears Me Up", plus "I Stand Accused", "Oh How Happy", "Love Me Tender", "Warm And Tender Love", "Oh How Happy", "Sweet Woman Like You", "So Much Love", and "Heart Of A Child". LP, Vinyl record album
(Broadway label stereo pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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✨✧ SpinnersGrand Slam ... LP
Atlantic, 1982. Very Good+ ... $2.99
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(Cover has a tracklist sticker.)

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SpinnersLabor Of Love ... LP
Atlantic, 1981. Sealed ... $3.99
A sweet little set that has the legendary Spinners teaming up with 70s disco maestro Michael Zager – in a set that has both artists offering up something nice and fresh in the process! Zager's groove is nice and lean – much more 80s club than his crossover hits – with some funky rhythm currents that work perfectly with the sublime Spinners vocal style – in a mode the replaces the strings of the past with more funky basslines that carve out a wonderful groove throughout! The group's vocals are always a treat – never dimming at all with the passage of years – and titles include "Standing On The Rock", "Standing On The Rock/Nothing Remains The Same", "The Winter Of Our Love", "Almost All The Way To Love", "Long Live Soul Music", "Give Your Lady What She Wants", "Be My Love", and "The Deacon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has sticker remnants.)

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SpinnersLove Trippin ... LP
Atlantic, 1980. Very Good+ ... $1.99
A sweetly grooving set from The Spinners – one that moves along nicely at the midtempo clip the "trippin" in the title might imply – thanks to production and arrangements from Michael Zager! Zager nicely puts aside some of his more disco-oriented modes here – keeping plenty of respect for the group's excellent vocals, and allowing them some really great space on a number of warmly-crafted tunes. John Edwards gets in some great lead vocals on the album – most famously on the record's medley of "Cupid/I've Loved You For A Long Time" – which went onto become a fairly big radio hit. Other tracks include "Streetwise", "I Just Want To Fall In Love", "Now That You're Mine Again", "Split Decision", "I'm Takin You Back", "Heavy On The Sunshine", and "Love Trippin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ SpinnersNew & Improved ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good ... $4.99
A great batch of sophisticated soul tracks, with sweet Philly arrangements by Thom Bell, and nice studio work by the usual suspects. Includes the massive track "Sadie", a longtime fave in Chicago, and recently redone by R. Kelly. Other titles include "Sitting On Top Of The World", "Then Came You", "There's No One Like You", "I've Got To Make It On My Own", and "Lazy Susan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light creasing.)

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SpinnersSpinners ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Very Good ... $7.99
A landmark album from The Spinners – one that has the Detroit vocal group making a hip trip to the Philly scene – picking up a whole new sound and rich new energy in the process! A few years later, working in Philly studios would be common for many artists – but this self-titled Spinners set really helped launch the trend – and for good reason, too – given the strength of the production and arrangements from the legendary Thom Bell! Bell's at his best here – helping the group reach whole new territory in their wonderful harmonies – and backing them up with some of the best musicians the Sigma Sound Studios had to offer. The album's overflowing with hits – like "One Of A Kind (Love Affair)" and "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" – but it's also got some excellent lesser-known material too, like the extended "I Could Never (Repay Your Love)" and "We Belong Together". Other cuts include "Ghetto Child", "Just You & Me Baby", "I'll Be Around", and "Just Can't Get You Out Of My Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Broadway label pressing.)

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✨✧ SpinnersSpinners Live ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fascinating little record by The Spinners – and a real contrast to some of their other Atlantic albums! The set has them stepping out of the tightly controlled studio sound of their Philly albums – still working with Thom Bell on production, but doing so in a freer sort of live setting. A number of tracks are taken in very open versions, and really extended out nicely – and there's also some good material on here that shows that the group's harmonies could work in just about any setting. Surprisingly great – a really excellent little album that shows that the group were as strong as a unit as they could be as part of a hit-making machine. Titles in lude "Then Came You", "Sadie", "Fascinating Rhythm", "I've Got To Make It On My Own", "Superstar Medley", "Love Don't Love Nobody", and "Mighty Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves.)

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Street FareStreet Fare ... LP
Atlantic, 1987. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Maybe not as "street" as you might think from the group's name – or from the fake graffiti on the cover – but a pretty nice little mainstream soul album, and one that's almost a precursor to later New Jack sounds to come! The group's a trio – Sandi Alexander, Paul Christopher, and Manzel Lamar – and they've got a nicely stripped-down approach to 80s soul, one that gets past some of the cliches that were holding back some of their contemporaries, especially on the ballads. A number of the more midtempo tunes are heavy on the beats – again in a way that's almost New Jack – and titles include "I Lose Sleep Over You", "Do It In The Name Of Love", "If The Phone Don't Ring", "Come & Get This Love", and "Lonely". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Sweet InspirationsSongs Of Faith & Inspiration ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The debut album from The Sweet Inspirations – a set that has them billed under the name of Cissy Drinkard & The Sweet Inspirations, before Cissy started using "Houston" as her last name – and a record that still has the group very firmly tied to their gospel roots! Like The Staple Singers and others of their generation, The Sweet Inspiration really learned their harmony style in church – where they were able to lift their young voices to the heavens with a very righteous vibe – an approach that turned out to be key in the sound of soul in the late 60s, especially at the group's initial home of Atlantic Records. The quartet backed up Aretha Franklin on more than a few famous tracks – but sound even more powerful here on their own – with great Tom Dowd production that really keeps things mellow and laidback – so that nobody's ever trying to force the group too far past their strengths. The whole thing's wonderful – almost more of a secular record, in the spirit of the beat Atlantic material of the time – and titles include "What A Friend", "I Shall Know Him", "He'll Fight", "Without A Doubt", and "Looking On The Bright Side". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original blue and green label pressing. Cover is great, save for a small cutout hole in the corner.)

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Sweet InspirationsWhat The World Needs Now Is Love ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good- ... $7.99
Heavenly soul from the lovely Sweet Inspirations! The record was the group's first secular album for Atlantic – after recording one gospel album, and doing the backings on a number of fine Aretha Franklin sessions – and it's a gem of a female soul record, with the same classic sound you'd hear on Aretha's Atlantic late 60s LPs, but a different twist because of the girls' amazing talent for harmony vocals. Tom Dowd produced the record with a sweet southern-ish sound, and Arif Mardin provides some lofty string arrangements that take the girls' voices to the heavens! Includes some fine numbers written by Cissy Drinkhard Houston – like "I Could Leave You Alone", "You Really Didn't Mean It", and "Where Did It Go" – plus pop numbers like "Alfie", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", and "To Love Somebody", all completely transformed by the group's style! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway label pressing. Cover has a name in pen on both sides. Label has a name in pen.)

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✨✧ SystemDon't Disturb This Groove ... LP
Atlantic, 1987. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Don't Disturb This Groove", "Soul Boy", "Modern Girl", "Heart Beat Of The City", "Save Me", "Come As You Are", and "Nighttime Lover". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and some staining along the back spine.)

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TelexLooney Tunes ... LP
Atlantic, 1988. Near Mint- ... $13.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, hype sticker, and some sticker remnants.)

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✨✧ Ten CityFoundation ... LP
Atlantic, 1989. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Marshall Jefferson and crew lay down a nice batch of tracks with a surprisingly soulful groove, despite an all-out attack on the dancefloor. Includes the tracks "Devotion", "That's The Way Love Is (Underground Mix)", "Satisfaction", "You Must Be The One", and "Suspicious". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink, with hype sticker. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Also available Foundation ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Joe TexFrom The Roots Came The Rapper ... LP
Atlantic/Dial, 1972. Very Good+ ... $11.99
An excellent record from Joe – recorded slightly before his "Gotcha" hit, but with a mellow southern soul sound that's much more in keeping with his work of the 60s. The session is a laidback one, done at Muscle Shoals with a small combo – and a deep soul approach that's got some of the warmer touches of the 70s, but which definitely earns the "roots" in the title. Tracks include the sublime "The Baby Is Mine", plus "Lovin Man", "The Only Way I Know How To Love You", "Chained In The Mind", and "Oh Me Oh My". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Joe TexI've Got To Do A Little Bit Better ... LP
Dial/Atlantic, 1966. Very Good- ... $11.99
We couldn't think up a better title to describe the way that Joe Tex approached soul music in the 60s – giving 110% to his music, working like a dog to climb the ranks that were already filled with other budding soul stars! This album's a perfect example of Joe at his best – nearly all original tunes recorded in close collaboration with producer Buddy Killen, whose unique talents really brought out the best in Joe's honest apporach to soul music. The album includes the studio version of the classic groover "Papa Was Too", and loads of other classics like "SYSLJFM (The Letter Song)", "I've Got To Do A Little Bit Better", "Half A Mind", "I Believe I'm Gonna Make It", "Watch The One (That Brings The Bad News)', and "A Woman Sees A Hard Time (When Her Man Is Gone)". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has some wear.)

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Joe TexJoe Tex Sings With Strings & Things ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Near Mint- ... $11.99
For years, we were turned away from this one because of the "strings" in the title – but don't make the same mistake, because the record's a nice one, with Joe singing in a sophisticated southern soul style that still has a lot of nice raw edges. The record was recorded with Tommy Cogbill and Chips Moman, and features some nice stuff like "She Might Need Me", "Take My Baby A Little Love", "The Same Old Soup", and "My Wife My Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK red & purple label pressing.)

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✨✧ Joe TexLive & Lively ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good ... $11.99
A tasty live set, with a smoking raw groove that you don't always get on Joe's studio albums! The crowd really goes wild for Joe – and with only some small group backing behind him, he's got nothing left to do but go over the top with his vocals! As proof of that, the record includes the great breakbeat track "Papa Was, Too", with a hard funky beat and sample riff that you'll recognize from way back. (Not only that, but the cut's a great answer to Otis & Carla's famous "Tramp".) Other tracks include the hit "Skinny Legs & All" (an answer to "Big Leg Woman"?), plus "Wooden Spoon", "Don't Give Up", and "Show Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Canadian pressing with red label. Cover has small stickers on front and back.)

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✨✧ TrammpsDisco Inferno ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album from The Trammps – and a record that broke the group firmly out of the Philly ghetto, yet still carried all the best touches of the Sigma scene! Sure, the title track was a super-huge hit – thanks to a plug in Saturday Night Fever – but the record itself is Philly club soaring high, with key arrangements and production from the team of Norman Harris, Ronald Baker, and Earl Young – all of whom provide tremendously mighty grooves to soar the multi-voiced sound of the group well over the top of the clubs! Titles include an 11 minute version of "Disco Inferno", plus "Starvin", "Don't Burn No Bridges", "You Touch My Hot Line", and "I Feel Like I've Been Livin (On The Dark Side Of The Moon)". LP, Vinyl record album

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TrammpsWhole World's Dancing ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Sealed ... $1.99
The Trammps are still burning strong at the end of the 70s – never losing their Philly groove despite a run on the charts and much bigger fame than most of their contemporaries – and in a way, the album's almost a back-to-basics affair that's pure Philly all the way! Arrangements here are by Norman Harris, Ron Kersey, and Ron Baker – who've taken the group into a mode that's perhaps got some of the new club touches being explored more at Salsoul than Philly International – but which still works tremendously well for the group. Tracks are all full, flowing, and and aimed at the dancefloor – and although there's not really any standout hits or hooks here, that aspect of the album is almost a welcome relief, given that the group could be going for easy hits at this point. Titles include "Love Insurance Policy", "Whole World's Dancing", "My Love It's Never Been Better", "Soul Bones", "Love Magnet", and "More Good Times To Remember". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout mark.)

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✨✧ TS MonkHouse Of Music ... LP
Mirage/Atlantic, 1980. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Livin' the "Bon Bon Vie", with this classic uptempo groover from T.S. Monk! You'd hardly guess that this guy was Thelonious Monk's son – but who cares about his roots when the album grooves so hard? This Monk plays drums, not piano, but the best tracks on the record have a tight keyboard funky soul sound that's virtually a blueprint for 80s groove – lots of jazzy elements that warm things up nicely, and a catchy rhythmic pulse that never quits! The standout cut is the classic "Bon Bon Vie", a dancefloor groover that will never die, and a huge sample for Public Enemy – but the album also includes many other great cuts, like "House Of Music", "Hot Night In The City", and "Last Of The Wicked Romancers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Joe TurnerBig Joe Turner's Greatest Hits ... LP
Atlantic, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Some of the greatest work ever from this Kansas City singer – material from that 50s stretch when he was reinventing himself as an R&B giant on Atlantic Records – exploding with new energy, and a fair bit of nasty lyrics too! Cuts include "Honey Hush", "Crawdad Hole", "The Chicken And The Hawk", "Hide & Seek", "Flip Flop And Fly", and lots lots more! (Blues, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)
 
 
 



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