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✨✧ Aretha FranklinAretha Franklin – The Atlantic Singles Collection 1967 to 1970 ... LP
Atlantic, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A long-overdue look at the 45rpm legacy of Aretha Franklin at Atlantic Records – a set that brings together all the great singles she cut during her early years at the label – some of which you'll know as the cornerstones of her albums from the time, others that are maybe a bit more obscure! Jerry Wexler is at the production helm on all these numbers – as the man who really helped Aretha find her special style at the label – and the cuts also feature arrangements from Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd, both studio talents who'd really help Franklin open up with a new sense of power and majesty as the 60s moved on! All tracks are presented in their tight 45rpm single mixes – and titles include "Call Me", "Spirit In The Dark", "Don't Play That Song", "Border Song", "Share Your Love With Me", "My Song", "The Weight", "See Saw", "Ain't No Way", "Think", "The House That Jack Built", "I Say A Little Prayer", "Since You've Been Gone", "Baby I Love You", "Respect", "I Never Loved A Man", "Do Right Woman", "Chain Of Fools", "Don't Play That Song", "Eleanor Rigby", "Natural Woman", "You Send Me", "Tracks Of My Tears", and "I Can't See Myself Leaving You". LP, Vinyl record album

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RJ's Latest ArrivalRJ's Latest Arrival (Atlantic) ... LP
Atlantic, 1985. Sealed ... $11.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed with hype sticker.)

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VariousAtlantic – The Total Black Experience In Sound ... LP
Atlantic, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A great compilation from Atlantic, culled from their early 70s releases with some tracks from subsidiary labels like Alston, Atco and Niktom. Unlike a lot of promotional compilations, this set goes less for the big names and more for artists who ended up getting relegated to the sidelines, but who are sought after today. We're not going to try and tell you this is the total black experience in sound, but it's still a pretty darn nice collection. 13 tracks in all: "Angel" and "Sister From Texas" by Aretha Franklin, "Sweet Bird Of Youth" and "Mixed Up Guy" by Wayne Davis, "I Am A Woman" and "Gimme Back My Man" by Betty Wright, "Come Little Children" and "Love, Love, Love" by Donny Hathaway, "Living Together Is Keeping Us Apart" and "Like Running Water" by Clarence Reid, "I Got A Woman" by Ray Charles, "In The Midnight Hour" by Wilson Pickett and "Conversation/How I Got Over" by Nikki Giovanni. LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has minimal wear.)
 
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✨✧ Anglo Saxon BrownSongs For Evolution ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tremendous work from Anglo Saxon Brown – a Philly group who started out their recording career as Ujima on Epic, where they issued a handful of well-remembered singles – then changed their name and cut this one and only full length set for Atlantic! The album's a stunner all the way through – one of those sets that should have been much bigger at the time – and which, like the Ujima singles, has only gotten the group more and more attention over the years – as collectors and DJs have spread the word about its sublime soul sound! These guys are big – as you'd guess from the image on the cover – but they've got a tightness that's made even better by the Sigma Sound recording of the set – which merges their smooth blend of male voices and a female singer with some classic 70s Philly sounds. The album excels on both mellow cuts and groovers – and is still plenty darn fresh after all these years – a real under-discovered gem! The "Call On Me" is a nice smooth stepper, in a mellow pace that we really like – and "ASB Theme" and "The Grizzly" are some good funky club cuts – and other tracks include "Gonna Make You Mine", "Straighten It Out", "I'll Keep Lovin You", and "The Man I Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Average White BandAverage White Band ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
AWB's first for Atlantic – and a nice slice of funk that proves that they can mix it up with the best groups of the 70s! The record's got plenty of sweet electric keyboards over smooth funky basslines – and as the years go by, the band's white boy vocals don't sound nearly as bad as we remember them. And besides, when they play their instruments so nicely – how can you hold the singing against them? Includes the killer classic "Pick Up The Pieces", sampled more times than we can remember – plus "You Got It", "Just Wanna Love You Tonight", "Person To Person", and a nice remake of the Isley Brothers' "Work To Do". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rockefeller label pressing. Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Average White BandCut The Cake ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If you need to own one album by Average White Band, this is it! The album features the band at their funky best – playing hard and chopping away with a strong crossover sound that put them firmly on the map during the early 70s. Loads of tight rolling basslines and hard drums – all produced with that polished funky sound that was the band's stock-in-trade during the big chart years! The record includes their funky classic "School Boy Crush", still a sampling favorite – plus loads of other nice moments, like "If I Ever Lose This Heaven", "Cloudy", "High Flyin Woman", and the hit title cut "Cut The Cake". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Average White BandPerson To Person ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Their classic double live set from the mid 70s, and as tight a batch of grooves as you'll find on their studio albums! In fact, this one might even be tighter, as it's got a good set of classic tracks performed live, with a sound that's a little bit more uptight and open than the studio versions– and which is especially freewheeling on the instrumental solos. Many tracks go for a lot longer than on the original versions – and there's a version of "Pick Up The Pieces" that runs for 18 minutes, a version of "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" that grooves for 8 minutes, a version of "School Boy Crush" that jams for 7 minutes, plus nice takes on the cuts "Cut The Cake", "Love Your Life", and "Cloudy". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoEye Of The Beholder ... LP
Atlantic/Fania, 1977. Near Mint- ... $19.99
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 and some tearing on the spine.)

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✨✧ Archie Bell & The DrellsTighten Up ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily 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

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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
(Blue and green label stereo pressing. Cover has wear, aging, and split seams held with old tape.)

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Brook BentonIn South Africa ... LP
Atlantic, Late 60s/Early 70s. Very Good ... $33.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(In a textured flip-back cover, with some edge wear, lightly bent corners, center splits in the spine and bottom seam, and small stains at the opening on back.)

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✨✧ Black HeatKeep On Runnin' ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
The third album from Black Heat – and quite possibly the funkiest of the bunch – thanks to an even tighter sound than before, and lots of emphasis on the bottom of the groove! The group's got a few more members than before, but their sound is somehow even leaner – a really tight approach to ensemble funk that really sits proudly with the best of the Kool & The Gang/Fatback generation – with some sweet Afro-inspired touches as well! The organ on the set is especially nice – played by Johnell Grey, and bubbling up nicely underneath the horns – and the drums from Esco Cromer have a wicked kick too, even on some of the album's mellower cuts. Titles include the killer break cut "Zimba Ku", plus "Questions & Conclusions", "Love", "Prince Duval", "Feel Like A Child", "Keep On Runnin", and a nice funky version of "Drive My Car". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice original pressing!)

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✨✧ Brides Of FunkensteinFunk Or Walk ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Very Good+ ... $16.99
A funky female duo from the P-Funk empire – one of George Clinton's few girl-based projects of the 70s, and a group who are markedly more funk-based than Parlet! Vocals are by the duo of Lyn Mabry and Dawn Silva – but the main sound of the set comes from the tightly crafted rhythms served up by a cast of well-known P-Funk regulars – all hitting a spaciously snapping vibe that reminds us a lot of the best energy of late 70s Parliament albums on Casablanca! Tracks are longish, but nicely focused – with less of the disco that you might expect, and more of a slow-stepping groove overall! Titles include "Disco To Go", "Just Like You", "When You're Gone", "Nappy", and "Birdie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and a tracklist sticker with initials in marker. Labels have initials in marker.)

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Oscar Brown JrBrother Where Are You ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Sealed ... $14.99
Sweet 70s funk from the great Oscar Brown – quite a change from his jazz-based work of the 60s, but a great new sitting for all of his wonderful wit and warmth! Brown's still a hell of a songwriter, and one with a very socially-conscious eye – sharper here than before, with lots of comments on the changes in society in the 70s, mixed with a few more heartfelt, personal moments too. There's still a bit of jazz in the mix – thanks to work from Seldon Powell on reeds, and Joe Sample on keyboards – and arrangements are by old friends Floyd Morris, the underground Chicago soul genius – and Sivuca, best known for his Brazilian music, but a great choice here to expand the groove. Brown wrote all the tunes on the record – and titles include "From My Window", "Like A Flower", "Brother Where Are YOu", ""The Lone Ranger", "If You Come Back", and "The Joneses". (Vocalists, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing, with hype sticker! Cover has a small cutout mark.)

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✨✧ Jimmy Castor Bunch Featuring The Everything ManButt Of Course ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good- ... $9.99
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
(Green and red Rockefeller label pressing with PR/AT etch. Cover has some light stains along the bottom.)

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✨✧ Ray CharlesBrother Ray Is At It Again! ... LP
Atlantic, 1980. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Ray CharlesGenius Of Ray Charles ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. Very Good ... $29.99
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
(Stereo green label Long Playing Unbreakable logo pressing with deep groove. Cover is nice!)
Also available Genius Of Ray Charles ... CD 2.99

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Ray CharlesGreat Ray Charles ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $14.99
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
(Mono Mexican pressing with red labels – titled "The Great Ray Charles Plays Jazz". Cover has some surface wear and a mostly split bottom seam.)

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Ray CharlesRay Charles At Newport ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Very Good ... $34.99
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
(Original green label stereo pressing, with deep groove! Cover is nice.)

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✨✧ Ray CharlesTrue To Life ... LP
Atlantic, 1977. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Cover has a cutout hole, light wear, tracklist sticker, and some stuck-on paper in back.)

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✨✧ ChicC'est Chic ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massive set from the legendary Chic – and a set that has the dancefloor combo coming down perfectly throughout! Riffing Nile Rodgers guitars really make the tunes cook – as does the superb production – and although the record played plenty in discos and radios of the mainstream, it's still got a raw funky power that holds up brilliantly over the years! The set features the legendary "Le Freak" – a classic cutting track from the old school – plus "I Want Your Love", "Sometimes You Win", "Savoir Faire", "Happy Man", and "(Funny) Bone". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rockefeller label pressing with RI suffix. Labels have some pen.)

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✨✧ ChicRisque ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Risque is a massive classic from Chic – a record that's worth it alone for the classic cut "Good Times" – a buoyant groover that was instantly timeless upon release, and went on to transform the sound of disco, hip hop, and many other styles to come! The whole thing's great, though – full of that perfect Nile Rodgers studio genius – with just the right sort of bass, beats, and riffing guitars – all peppered with vocals that really do a heck of a lot with just a little. In addition to "Good Times", other cuts include "A Warm Summer Night", "My Forbidden Lover", "What About Me", "My Feet Keep Dancing", and "Can't Stand To Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Manu DibangoAfrovision (with bonus track) ... LP
Atlantic/Diggers Factory (France), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 26.99
A funky gem from reedman Manu Dibango – a set recorded hot on the heels of his huge Soul Makossa hit, and done with a similar blend of African roots and 70s funk! The main focus here is on the instrumentation – not just Manu's saxophone lines, but also some great keyboards too – and some especially nice guitar that both riffs along with the rhythms, then takes off on solo moments that often have some cool processing that makes the sound nice and flangey! The production is a bit tighter than before, but that only seems to sharpen up all the elements even more – making for a massive groove that rolls all the way through cuts that include "Big Blow", "Baobab Sun 7", "Afrovision", "Aloko Party", and "Dakar Streets". Also features the bonus long version of "Big Blow". (Global Grooves, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dr JohnIn The Right Place ... LP
Atco/Atlantic, 1973. Near Mint- 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 stereo Atco pressing with PR and AT/DK etches, in the gatefold cover with minimal wear. Inclues the Atlantic/Atco inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ DriftersDrifters' Golden Hits ... LP
Atlantic, Early 60s. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The golden hits of The Drifters, but a set that mostly features on the group's great second chapter at Atlantic Records – a time when original singer Clyde McPhatter had left the group, and Ben E King and Rudy Lewis came in with a very different style in the lead! Lieber & Stoller were strongly behind the group at this point, really making magic with the rhythms of the tunes too – those unusual rhythms that really set the early 60s Drifters apart from the pack – as you'll hear on cuts that include "There Goes My Baby", "(If You Cry) True Love, True Love", "Dance With Me", "This Magic Moment", "Save The Last Dance For Me", "I Count The Tears", "Some Kind Of Wonderful", "Up On The Roof", "On Broadway","Under The Boardwalk", "I've Got Sand In My Shoes", and "Saturday Night At The Movies". LP, Vinyl record album
(RCA Record Club pressing, still sealed with a cutout notch.)
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Drifters' Golden Hits (180 gram mono pressing) ... LP 21.99

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DriftersDrifters' Golden Hits (180 gram mono pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 22.99
The golden hits of The Drifters, but a set that mostly features on the group's great second chapter at Atlantic Records – a time when original singer Clyde McPhatter had left the group, and Ben E King and Rudy Lewis came in with a very different style in the lead! Lieber & Stoller were strongly behind the group at this point, really making magic with the rhythms of the tunes too – those unusual rhythms that really set the early 60s Drifters apart from the pack – as you'll hear on cuts that include "There Goes My Baby", "(If You Cry) True Love, True Love", "Dance With Me", "This Magic Moment", "Save The Last Dance For Me", "I Count The Tears", "Some Kind Of Wonderful", "Up On The Roof", "On Broadway","Under The Boardwalk", "I've Got Sand In My Shoes", and "Saturday Night At The Movies". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Drifters' Golden Hits ... CD 3.99

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DriftersGood Life With The Drifters ... LP
Atlantic, 1965. Very Good ... $6.99
A great little album by The Drifters – different than most of their other work for Atlantic, but still quite nice! The bulk of the album features the group running through jazzy versions of pop tunes – like "Quando Quando Quando", "More", "The Good Life", and "Desafinado" – all of which they do quite well, with a classy sound that fits well with the arrangements by Ray Ellis. The album also features one more regular tune by the group – the single "Saturday Night At The Movies", a killer uptown soul number arranged by Teacho Wiltshire. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has light wear and some aging.)

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DriftersSaturday Night At The Club ... LP
Atlantic (UK), Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $7.99
An unusual UK-only set – with cuts that include "Country To The City", "Be My Lady", "At The Club", "Up In The Streets Of Harlem", "Up Jumped The Devil", "Please Stay", "Beautiful Music", "Aretha", "Still Burning In My Heart", and "Only In America" – very unusual tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, light wear, and unglued seams.)

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✨✧ Roberta FlackChapter Two ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Mindblowing work from Roberta Flack – an album that should be in the collection of any fan of righteous soul music! Forget all the wimpier modes of Flack's later years – because here, the young Roberta is a vision of positive power and spiritual soul – a singer with roots in jazz, which helps to transform some of the album's very surprising song choices – and a depth and sensitivity that goes way past the usual female soul modes of the time. Donny Hathaway handled half the arrangements for the record – a perfect choice for Flack – and Deodato handles the other, with some large arrangements that still have just the right sort of gentleness to go with her voice. Titles include a version of "Reverend Lee", penned by Eugene Daniels – and the great "Gone Away", written by Curtis Mayfield, Leroy Hutson, and Hathaway – plus the tracks "Just Like A Woman", "Do What You Gotta Do", "Business Goes On As Usual", and "Until It's Time For You To Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Broadway label pressing with PR suffix and LW/AT etches. Cover has some staining and peeling from moisture on the bottom corner, aging and light wear.)

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Roberta FlackFeel Like Makin' Love ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
Sweetness from the legendary Roberta Flack – on this mid 70s set that really finds her settling into our laidback style that managed have massive across-the-board appeal without compromising on the soul! For too long we dismissed Roberta Flack out of hand because of her currency as a soft rock radio favorite, now that wizened up, we see that her mid 70s output had more than its share of sublime, soulful moments, and this album is no exception. Roberta's irresistible vocals are front and center, but the songwriting, arrangements and musicianship are outstanding, too – with contributions from Eugene McDaniels, Alphonze Mouzon, Bob James and other greats! 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

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Roberta FlackFirst Take ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good ... $16.99
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 Broadway label pressing. Cover has light wear and aging, and a center split on the bottom seam.)

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Roberta FlackKilling Me Softly ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $24.99
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 preceding albums on Atlantic were increasingly incredible – and this one caps of a pretty incredible late 60s to early 70s run of top quality work. Includes the ever-fresh title cut, remade later by The Fugees in a version that cemented it's status with the next generation – plus a great version Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne", "River", "No Tears (In The End)", "I'm The Girl", "When You Smile" and "Conversation Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Quadradisc pressing in the die-cut cover, with light surface wear.)
Also available Killing Me Softly ... CD 6.99

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Roberta FlackOasis ... LP
Atlantic, 1988. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Roberta Flack sounding freshly inspired in the late 80s – her first new album in years – and it's a really strong one! The first thing that jumps out at us is how wonderful her voice continues to be –she's recognizable from the first syllable, and it's right it home with a contemporary sound – though classical soul-inclined – thanks to smart production and arrangements by Marcus Miller, Jerry Hey and Michael Omartian. There's a little bit of a tropical vibe in couple places – hence the title – especially the opening and closing tunes "Oasis" and "(His Name) Brazil" – and other cuts include the nice and hooky Ashford & Simpson tune "Uh-Uh-Ooh Look Out (Here It Comes)", plus "All Caught Up In Love", "Shock To My System", "You Who Brought Me Love", "And So It Goes", "Something Magic". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp, cutout notch, and hype sticker.)

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Roberta FlackRoberta Flack ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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 some pen on front and back, in nice shape otherwise.)

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✨✧ Roberta Flack & Donny HathawayRoberta Flack & Donny Hathaway ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing record from the team of Flack & Hathaway – one of the hippest duos in soul! Individually, each had taken the music to new heights and new audiences, through the use of jazzy phrasing and sophisticated lyrics, while never selling out in the way that earlier pop soul acts had been reduced to. Flack's somber folksy style is a perfect match for the warm spirituality of Hathaway – and the pair work beautifully in counterpoint on hits like "You've Got A Friend" and "Where Is The Love", as well as on more obscure numbers like "Be Real Black For Me", "When Love Has Grown", and "For All We Know". The album also features a 7 minute spare acoustic/electric piano instrumental called "Mood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Broadway label pressing with PR suffix.)

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Aretha Franklin2 Originals Of Aretha Franklin (I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You/Aretha Arrives) ... LP
Atlantic (Germany), 1967. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
70s double pack that brings together Aretha's first two albums for Atlantic! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinAmazing Grace ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green Broadway label pressing. Cover has light ring and edge wear.)

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Aretha FranklinARETHA ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A really fantastic career-spanning collection of work from Aretha Franklin – the first we've ever seen to start with her earliest years, then follow the greatness of her voice and spirit as it blossomed strongly over the decades! Sure, most folks know Franklin's classic work on Atlantic – but this package features earlier sides for Chess and Columbia, later work from Arista – and a whole host of rare and unreleased material – plus special tracks from side projects that worked together to form a crucial part of Aretha's legacy over the years! In addition to the rare tracks, there's some other great surprises here – and titles include "Until You Come Back To Me (work tape)", "Chain Of Fools (alt version)", "Rock Steady (alternate mix)", "Call Me (alt version)", "How I Got Over (live single edit)", "Someday We'll All Be Free", "A Rose Is Still A Rose", "Master Of Eyes", "A Change Is Gonna Come (mono)", "One Step Ahead", "Never Grow Old", "Today I Sing The Blues", "You Light Up My Life (unissued)", "Think", "I Knew You Were Waiting (with George Michael)", "Respect", and her version of "Natural Woman" from the 2015 Kennedy Honors ceremony. LP, Vinyl record album

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Aretha FranklinAretha Arrives ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good- ... $9.99
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
(Stereo blue and green label pressing.)

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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
(Green and blue label stereo pressing. Cover still looks nice, with a bent corner at the top right and light aging in back.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinAretha's Greatest Hits ... LP
Atlantic, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $16.99
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
(Green and red Broadway label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and is lightly bent at the top right corner.)

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Aretha FranklinHey, Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky) ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
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
(Green and red Broadway label pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinI Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good- ... $24.99
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
(Green and blue label stereo pressing. Cover is still in nice shape, with a Gold Record Award sticker.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinLady Soul ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Aretha's undisputed classics – a seminal session that furthered her deep soul agenda with key backings from Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd! The Sweet Inspirations provide sublime backing vocals behind Franklin's maturing delivery of the lyrics – and the music is by an all-star group of players that includes Spooner Oldham, Bobby Womack, Jimmy Johnson, King Curtis, Tommy Cogbill, Roger Hawkins, and even Eric Clapton! Cuts include "You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman", "Chain Of Fools", "Money Won't Change You", "Come Back Baby", and "Ain't No Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo blue and green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
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✨✧ Aretha FranklinSpirit In The Dark ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Aretha's tour of the south continues – recording here at Atlantic's new home in Miami, with studio work from The Dixie Flyers, Dave Crawford, Roger Hawkins, Duane Allman, and Eddie Hinton – all very much in the tradition of the Muscle Shoals work that supported Aretha on earlier recordings. Aretha's playing piano on all tracks – and titles include her remake of "Don't Play That Song", plus "You & Me", "Pullin", "Spirit In The Dark", "Try Matty's", "Oh No Not My Baby", and "One Way Ticket". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway label pressing. Cover has small splits on the corners of the opening, but looks nice overall.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinYoung, Gifted, & Black ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Good ... $11.99
A beautiful album that perfectly mixes both sides of Aretha Franklin's talents – the hard-edged soul singer who first flourished at Atlantic records in the late 60s, and the artist who was growing even more as a vocalist – really reaching out her wings to more sophisticated material! There's a balance here that makes the record one of the deepest that Franklin ever recorded for Atlantic – lots of larger Arif Mardin touches, but also some raw moments that really round things out – on titles that include Aretha's classic take on the Weldon Irvine/Nina Simone tune "Young Gifted & Black", the funky classic "Rock Steady", the wonderful mellow groover "Day Dreaming", the hit "Brand New Me", and the strangely compelling "First Snow In Kokomo" – plus other titles that include "All The King's Horses", "Oh Me Oh My", "Border Song", "Didn't I Blow Your Mind", "April Fools", "I've Been Loving You Too Long", and "The Long & Winding Road". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green and red Broadway label pressing with RI suffix. Includes the Atlantic inner sleeve. Vinyl plays with some faint crackles and occasional pop. Cover has some edge wear.)

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✨✧ Evon Geffries & The StandChapters – A Novel ... LP
Atlantic, 1988. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Cover has a cutout notch and a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Goody GoodyGoody Goody ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent work from this one-off group arranged and produced by Vince Montana! The feel's more in the mode of some of Patrick Adams' disco work for P&P than Montana's usual groove – with a sweet jazzy touch, and a warm soulful groove that pushes the album way past most of its contemporaries in the disco/club vein. Tracks include "Goody Goody", "Super Jock", "It Looks Like Love", "You Know How Good It Is" and the killer "#1 Dee Jay". Masterful dancefloor soul all the way – a real stormer! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge wear and light surface wear.)

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✨✧ Hall & OatesAbandoned Luncheonette ... LP
Atlantic, 1973. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful step forward for the team of Hall & Oates – and a set that has them moving more into soul than ever before! The album's a tremendous collaboration with the legendary Arif Mardin, who takes the pair's well-crafted vocals into territory that's much more slinkily soulful than some of their previous records – that sound that was always lurking in the background, never quite right, but which emerges here fully in that classic 70s Hall & Oates mode. Daryl and John seem to harmonize more here than before, and the backings are still somewhat rockish, but have a warmth that really suits their singing. We can't argue with the sublime brilliance of "She's Gone", one of those tracks that we've heard a bazillion times, but never cease to respect – and other titles include "Everytime I Look At You", "Had I Known You Better Then", "When The Morning Comes", and "Laughing Boy". (Rock, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Rockefeller label pressing with MO suffix.)

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Major HarrisJealousy ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Very Good+ ... $7.99
One of the best 70s mellow soul talents at Atlantic Records – sounding completely sublime here in a full set of Philly arrangements! The set was recorded at Sigma Sound – and is a great reminder that even during the disco years, the studio was still a great place to cut a heartbreaking ballad – the sort of number that younger Philly groups would have done for indie labels at the start of the 70s – polished up and given some real maturity here by The Major! There's also a few great groovers on the record too – but with that Philly poise that also still holds onto all the personality of the singer – and the arrangements are great throughout – handled by Norman Harris, Ron Kersey, and Bobby Eli – a perfect Philly team. Titles include "Walkin In The Footsteps", "Jealousy", "I Got Over Love", "Tynisa", "It's Got To Be Magic", and "What's The Use In The Truth". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Isaac HayesIn The Beginning (aka Presenting Isaac Hayes) ... LP
Atlantic, Late 60s/1972. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Isaac Hayes' first album as a solo act – and a much more stripped down record than his later baroque symphonic sides! Ike's working here in trio mode – playing piano and singing, alongside bass from Donald Duck Dunn and drums from the great Al Jackson – who brings in a warmly rhythmic approach, especially at moments where we really wouldn't expect it! The tunes are all standards, but they're expanded by Ike in a unique style of singing and rapping – similar to that which would be used with more force on later albums, but done here in a really personal, intimate, and super-sexy way. Tunes include "When I Fall In Love", "Misty", "Precious, Precious", and "You Don't Know Me Like I Know" – and 2 tracks are done in nice extended medley modes! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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George Hines & The Gospel WindsPresenting George Hines & The Gospel Winds ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Near Mint- ... $11.99
(Gospel, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red and purple label pressing. Includes the Atlantic inner sleeve. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Miki HowardLove Confessions ... LP
Atlantic, 1987. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Miki Howard at the top of her game – just the sort of record that had her standing out as one of the best new vocalists in soul during the second half of the 80s – and one of the few who could draw on the classic styles of earlier divas like Patti Labelle or Phyllis Hyman! Like both of those two, Howard's got a great range, but never pushes things to far – just effortlessly taps into the right modes at the right moments – and opens up with a flow that's a lot more timeless than some of the other soul albums of the time. There's certainly a few crossover numbers that are a bit pop, but there's also lots of the mellower, more serious numbers that Miki does so well. Titles include a duet with Gerald Levert on "That's What Love Is", a nice reading of Earth Wind & Fire's "Reasons", an update of the standard "You've Changed", and the tracks "Baby Be Mine", "In Too Deep", "I Wanna Be There", and "Bitter Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, light wear, and a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Chris KennerLand Of 1000 Dances ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Classic New Orleans soul from Chris Kenner – and just about the only 60s album issued under his name! Chris was one of the first New Orleans artists to veer into the funkier side of the spectrum – and here, he's working on a batch of all-original, chunky bottomed-tracks – filled with the kind of grooves that made the Crescent City scene one of the most exciting in the 60s – all produced to perfection by a young Allen Toussaint! The set features a great two-part version of Kenner's early hit "I Like It Like That" – plus the classic groovers "I Like It Like That (parts 1&2)", "Something You Got", and "Land Of 1000 Dances" – and lesser-known gems "That's My Girl", "Packing Up", "Time", and "Come Back & See". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label MONO pressing. Cover has a small split on the top seam, and a tiny punch hole at the bottom. Nice overall!)

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KleeerIntimate Connection (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 24.99
Tight 80s soul from Kleeer – one of the group's standout classics, and a set that's produced with kind of a jazzy finish by Deodato, who also plays some nice keyboards on the record! The Kleeer sound is at its height here – tight, warm, and filled with great harmonies on the vocals – which are then underpinned by a lot of keyboards and bass pedal work, yet in a way that never overwhelms the vocals. The balance is beautiful – at a level that few other groups ever seemed to reach – and there's plenty of hooks that keep things catchy throughout. Titles include "Go For It", "Intimate Connections", "Next Time It's For Real", "Tonight", "Do You Want To", and "Break". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on "Red Telephone" vinyl!)

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Barbara LewisBest Of Barbara Lewis ... LP
Atlantic, Mid 60s/1971. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Some of the best non-Motown soul to ever come out of Detroit, and a brilliant example of the uptown soul sound of the 60s! Nearly every track's a winner, and this comp of Barbara's best 60s material includes lots of classics like "Baby, I'm Yours", "Hello Stranger", "Stop That Girl", "Come Home", "It's Magic", and more! Heavenly soul, and classics that we never tire of! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 70s pressing – in nice shape! Cover has a very small cutout mark.)

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LizzoCuz I Love You ... LP
Atlantic, 2019. New Copy ... $21.99 23.98
The breakout record from Lizzo – a set that's even more musically striking than its instantly-iconic cover image! The record bristles with an energized take on contemporary R&B, mixed with just the right dose of hip hop – and although Missy Elliott guests on one track, Lizzo's clearly showing the world that she's ready to take the mantle from the queen, with a much more honest, upfront songwriting approach – on titles that include "Boys", "Lingerie", "Heaven Help Me", "Exactly How I Feel", "Tempo", "Crybaby", "Soulmate", "Like A Girl", and "Cuz I Live You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Herbie Mann & Tamiko JonesMann & A Woman ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A really unique collaboration between fluteman Herbie Mann and soul singer Tamiko Jones – a vocalist who's always a really special talent, and who has an equally great ear for jazz as well! That style works perfectly here – as the vibe is somewhere between Herbie's Latin and Brazilian-styled sets for Atlantic, and some of the groovier jazz of the 60s – particularly the styles influenced by hip soundtracks of the time. Arrangements are very fresh, and even make familiar tunes pop nicely – thanks to work on the charts from Joe Zawinul, Melba Liston, and Jimmy Wisner. But the really special talent here is Tamiko – who sometimes sings lyrics, sometimes works wordlessly in a really cool mode – on titles that include "A Man & A Woman", "O Barquinho", "It's Time That You Settled Down", "Sidewinder", "Day Tripper", "Sunny", and "How Insensitive". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono white label promo! Cover has light wear and aging, with a sticker spot and some marker on front, and a bent corner at the back paste-on.)

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Arif MardinJourney ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good ... $11.99
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 light wear and some aging. Vinyl has a short click on "Strollin'" and "Dark Alleys".)

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Les McCannHustle To Survive ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Sweet funky soul from Les McCann – one of the best of his 70s albums that bring in a lot of vocals with the keyboards – and served up in some tight tunes that really pack a nice sort of punch! The album doesn't have the long jammers of some of McCann's other records from the time – but the shift to shorter, focused tunes is a nice one – thanks to Bert De Coteaux, who keeps things carefully poised to bring out all the best in Les' talents – even his vocals, which seem to sound even more moving on the mellow cuts here than the more upbeat and righteous ones! McCann plays a range of different keyboards – including Fender Rhodes – and the CD's got two great instrumental cuts, "Us" and "Butterflies" – plus the tracks "Well Cuss My Daddy", "Why Is Now", "Changing Seasons", "Says Who Says What", and "Let Your Learning Be Your Eyes". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Eugene McDanielsHeadless Heroes Of The Apocalypse (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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New Heavenly BlueNew Heavenly Blue ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Sealed ... $9.99
A mix of rootsy rock and more sophisticated modes – played by a 70s group that features Dave Brubeck's son on a variety of different instruments! The group may well be best known for their work with the older Brubeck on other records – but they stand nicely on their own here too, working through some tracks that show a compelling instrumental virtuosity, especially on guitars – mixing up older acoustic styles with some hipper, trippier elements of the times. Chris Brubeck plays organ, piano, guitar, bass, and trombone – and other instrumentation includes pedal steel, kalimba, electric piano, electric violin, viola, harmonica, flute, and more. Titles include "Nebulon Possessed", "The Idol", "I Look Upon What I Have Done", "Love You Tonite", "Raft Song", "Pegleg", and "Hard Lovin Man". (Rock, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hole in front from sticker removal.)

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✨✧ Nu ShoozPoolside ... LP
Atlantic, 1985. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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Esther PhillipsBurnin' – Live At Freddie Jett's Pied Piper, LA ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Very Good ... $4.99
A key moment in the career of Esther Phillips – and a record that really has her shaking off the rougher bluesy styles of the earlier years, and pointing the way towards strong jazz success in the 70s! The album's definitely burnin, but with a sophisticated vibe too – as Esther works with backing from a small combo that includes Jack Wilson on piano, Richard Tee on organ, Chuck Rainey on bass, and Cornell Dupree on guitar – a lineup that almost hits the same vibe as her later work on CTI/Kudu – and which brings out a new depth in Esther's vocals that's simply amazing! There's a heartbreaking quality to most of the numbers – a mix of roots and class, depth and poise – all served up in a style that's unlike any other singer before or since. Titles include "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream", "And I Love Him", "Shangri-La", "I'm Getting Long Alright", and "Please Send Me Someone To Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green Broadway pressing. Cover has light wear and some aging on the back.)

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✨✧ ShannonLove Goes All The Way ... LP
Mirage/Atlantic, 1986. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet pop soul from the lovely Shannon – a record that's not nearly as well-remembered as her debut, thanks to the lack of a title hit – but which still follows very strongly in its shoes! As before, there's plenty of blasting beats at the bottom of the mix here – not ones to hit you over the head, but still served up in that burst of sound that was the mainstream take on the Art Of Noise sound from a few years before. Shannon's vocals are bold enough to work well with this approach – and while the overall style isn't totally Trevor Horn at its best, it is a great illustration of his legacy on 80s grooves – served up by one of its more dynamic divas! Titles include "Dancin", "Sabotage My Heart", "Prove Me Right", "Faces In The Crowd", "You Blew", and "You Put A Spark In My Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a small date in pen inside the opening.)

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Gino SoccioCloser ... LP
RFC/Atlantic, 1981. Very Good ... $5.99
Fairly mainstream disco influenced grooves from poducer/session musician Gino Soccio. This album's got his big hit "Try It Out", plus five other stretched out grooves, in the same vein: "Street Talk", "(It's Been) Too Long", "Hold Tight", "Love Is" and "Closer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a stained and flaky corner.)

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SpinnersDancin' & Lovin' ... LP
Atlantic, 1980. Very Good ... $1.99
There's plenty of lovin here, but even more dancin too – thanks to production and arrangements from disco maestro Michael Zager! The album's a real standout club effort from The Spinners – one that grooves along with a fair bit of energy from the start, yet which is also still quite strong on the vocal tip – thanks to great leads from John Edwards, and warm support from the rest of the group! Tracks are all a bit longer than typical pop ditties – and the set includes an extended medley of "Working My Way Back To You/Forgive Me Girl" – plus "With My Eyes", "Disco Ride", "Body Language", "Let's Boogie Let's Dance", and "One One Two Two Boogie Woogie Avenue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ SpinnersHappiness Is Being With The Spinners ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An album in the kind of "between the hits" years for The Spinners featuring lead vocalist Phillipe Wynne. The sound here isn't as right-on or soaringly confident as in earlier years – but there are some nice moments. Titles include "You're All I Need In Life", "Toni My Love", "The Clown", "The Rubberband Man", "If You Can't Be In Love", and "Four Hands In The Fire". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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SpinnersYesterday Today & Tomorrow ... LP
Atlantic, 1977. Sealed ... $4.99
A sweet sweet set from The Spinners – and a record that's more "today" than "yesterday", given the tight 70s arrangements from Thom Bell! Bell's Philly approach is still perfect for the group – unlocking their harmonies in very different ways than back in their Motown roots – and the set's got a wicked balance between these sublime slow ballads and some uptempo numbers that bubble like the best of the group's clubby contemporaries. And in the best Philly style, the set even features a few longer tracks that push the 8 minute mark – kind of soul symphonies, of the sort you'd be much more likely to hear from Gamble & Huff – and which really work well with the group's maturing vocal approach. Titles include "I'm Riding Your Shadow (Down To Love)", "You're Throwing A Good Love Away", "Honey I'm In Love With You", "I Must Be Living For A Broken Heart", "Just To Be With You", "Me & My Music", "You're The Love Of My Life", and "I Found Love (When I Found You)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed with a cutout notch.)

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SystemPleasure Seekers ... LP
Mirage/Atlantic, 1985. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
Wow! This record takes all the directions that soul was heading towards in the early 80s, and wraps them into one record! System has it all – geri curls, bass pedal riffing, tinny synth drums, over-produced flanged-out vocals, and catchy little tunes that were designed to cross over with the "hot mix" crowd in a big way. Tracks include "It Takes 2", "Big City Beat", "I Don't Run From Danger", "My Radio Rocks", and "Did In By A Friend". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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TrammpsBest Of The Trammps ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Sealed ... $3.99
A sweet collection of crisp, uptempo Philly disco, from the Baker Harris Young production team, with a thumpin' Tom Moulton mix. Nine party and club groovers, with some nice ensemble harmonies over the top, a few that you've heard a million times, but if nothing else, they'll bring back memories of those great roller skating days! Includes 'Disco Inferno", "The Night The Lights Went Out", "That's Where The Happy People Go", "Hooked For Life", "Soul Searchin' Time", "I Feel Like I've Been Livin' (On The Dark Side Of The Moon" and "Seasons For Girls". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, with a hype sticker and cutout notch. Shrinkwrap is shopworn with slight seepage. Cover has light staining and edge wear.)

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TrammpsDisco Inferno ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good ... $6.99
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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Narada Michael WaldenAwakening ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Sealed ... $3.99
This successful late 70s outing from Walden is one of his most all-star records – stuffed with great guest appearances by singers and musicians that include Bobby Lyle, Greg Phillinganes, The Brecker Brothers, Carlos Santana, Hiram Bullock, The Pointer Sisters, and Angela Winbush! The sound's a bit tighter and more professional – in keeping with the sound you'd expect from such an elite bunch – but Walden's jazzy approach to smooth soul is still nicely in place on the best cuts. Titles include "Listen To Me", "The Awakening", "They Want The Feeling", "Love Me Only", and "Will You Ever Know". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed with hype sticker, but with fraying at the spine.)

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Narada Michael WaldenVictory ... LP
Atlantic, 1980. Sealed ... $3.99
A definite victory for Narada Michael Walden – a record that has him pulling all the best elements of previous albums into really sharp focus – all to serve up some of the most soulful grooves of his career! Walden's miles from his jazzier roots here – but that previous training also puts him in great shape for the buoyant 80s groove styles of this set – a tight blend of beats, bass, and keyboards that snaps along with some mighty rhythms at the bottom! There's less of the superstars here than on previous albums from Narada – which is a good thing, because it lets him and the core group really focus on getting their sound right for the set. Titles include "Take It To The Bossman", "Get Up", "Lucky Fella", "You Will Find Your Way", "The Real Thang", and "I Want You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed, but with fraying at the spine and a cutout notch.)

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Clarence Wheeler & the EnforcersLove I've Been Looking For ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Very Good+ ... $8.99
The second fantastic album from Chicago saxophonist Clarence Wheeler and his hard-hitting Enforcers combo – a group who were one of the brightest lights in soul jazz at the start of the 70s, really helping to keep the genre fresh and exciting! The groove here is in the tenor/organ mode first popularized in the 60s – but the overall sound is a lot more expansive, and filled with unusual time changes, complicated rhythms, and inventive solo work that go way beyond more familiar albums of this nature on Prestige or Blue Note! Sonny Burke is the organist in the group, and he's got a touch on the keys that's a lot like Jack McDuff at his best – filled with great sounds and unusual notes that always keep things interesting. Added to that is trumpet from Sonny Covington, guitar from Eric Gale, and tenor from Wheeler – all vamping and grooving in an amazing way! There's a bit of the Charles Earland sound from the same period going on here – and like Earland, the group have a great way of keeping things slightly funky, even when mellow! Titles include a great version of "Broasted or Fried", Charles Earland's "Mighty Burner", Jack McDuff's "The Heebie Jeebie Dance", plus "We've Only Just Begun" and "The Love I've Been Looking For". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear, aging, two small stickers, some clear tape on the spine and a small cutout notch.)
Also available Love I've Been Looking For (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 19.99

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Harold Wheeler/Charlie SmallsWiz – Original Cast Album ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Near Mint- ... $4.99
The original first recording of The Wiz – the super-soul musical that remade Wizard Of Oz for the 70s! The hits here are familiar, but the music is actually pretty great – handled by hip Harold Wheeler on most numbers, and really stepping forth with a nice mix of soundtrack grooves and bigger orchestrations! Stephanie Mills sings the parts of Dorothy here, but the best vocal numbers are usually the more ensemble ones – which come across with a bit of the badass feel of Melvin Van Peebles' musicals. Titles include the sweet instrumental "Tornado", plus "So You Wanted To See The Wizard", "What Would I Do If I Could Feel", "Ease On Down The Road", "Slide Some Oil To Me", "Home", and "Y'all Got It". (Soundtracks, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Marion WilliamsStanding Here Wondering Which Way To Go ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Very Good+ ... $14.99
One of the hippest gospel albums recorded by Atlantic – and in many ways, more of a secular set than other sides by Marion Williams. The album was co-produced by Roberta Flack, and features a core group of players that includes David Spinozza on guitar, Keith Jarrett or Ray Bryant on piano, and Paul Griffin on organ – plus backings by the Dixie Hummingbirds on a number of tracks. The sound is a mixture of southern soul and urban rootsy – with a few numbers arranged by Flack, and a mixture of secular and spiritual tunes that includes "My Sweet Lord", "He Ain't Heavy", "Turn Turn Turn", "This Generation Shall Not Pass", "Heaven Help Us All", "Make Peace With Yourself", and "Danger Zone". (Gospel, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear, promo stickers, and some aging.)

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Chuck WillisKing Of The Stroll ... LP
Atlantic, 1958. Fair ... $1.99
Chuck Willis is billed as "the king of the stroll" on the cover of this classic Atlantic album – but that title only gets at just a small part of his genius! The set's one of a rare few Chuck cut in his too-short life – and it may well be his greatest, as it's really got Willis stepping out with a strong degree of focus – on a batch of all-original tunes sung in that amazing crackling voice of his! The style is R&B, but really points the way towards soul music – thanks to a personal presentation of the music, and some deep roots that really come through in the overall sound. Titles include the classic original versions of "CC Rider" and "Betty & Dupree" – both numbers that sound better in Chuck's own hands than any later incarnations – and other titles include "That Train Is Gone", "Juanita", "It's Too Late", "My Life", "Ease The Pain", and "There's Got To Be A Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red and purple label pressing. NOTE – Vinyl is in Fair condition. Cover has some wear and aging, split bottom seam, a name in pen on front and back, and stained and separated corners in back.)

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✨✧ Flip WilsonCowboys & Colored People ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hip work from Flip Wilson – an early album on Atlantic Records, issued before his bit TV fame – and a set that's got exactly the kind of edgey vibe you might expect from the title! The set was captured live in a small club, and Wilson's got a very wide appeal in his presentation – that kind of warmth and charisma that made him a very important force in breaking the boundaries between audiences at the time – able to keep things interesting enough with maybe a wider societal range of topics than the personal humor of Bill Cosby, on routines that include "Staying On Too Long", "Midget", "Riot Suit", "Confidential Survey", "Cheap Hotel", and "Kids". (Comedy, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Green and red label Broadway pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Young RascalsGroovin' ... LP
Atlantic, 1967. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Possibly the biggest album ever by The Rascals – a wonderfully tight batch of tunes that has the group hitting perfectly on all their best fronts! Blue eyed soul mixes wonderfully with some rougher garage-styled rock – and the execution here is perfect enough to please listeners on both sides of the fence. Perhaps most noteworthy is the presence of Arif Mardin arrangements on some of the album's key tracks – a factor that really helps the group find their groove, and sparkle even more brilliantly than before. Titles include "Groovin", "If You Knew", "A Girl Like You", "Find Somebody", "I'm So Happy Now", "Sueno", "How Can I Be Sure", and "It's Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear, aging and some tape on the spine.)

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VariousHistory Of Rhythm & Blues Vol 3 – Rock & Roll 1956 to 1957 ... LP
Atlantic, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Features Joe Turner, Robins, Clovers, Drifters, Clyde McPhatter, Ivory Joe Hunter, La Vern Baker, and Chuck Willis. LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has notes in pen.)

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VariousI'll Take You There – The 2nd Rosko Show ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A mid 70s compilation of soul and R&B artists on Atlantic. Nothing earth shattering here, just a solid collection of tracks. 13 tracks in all, including "The Ghetto" and "Love Love Love" by Donny Hathaway, "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love" by the Detroit Spinners, "Cool Jerk" by the Capitols, "Rock Steady" by Aretha Franklin, "Memphis Soul Stew" byKing Curtis, "Rainy Night In Georgia" by Brook Benton, "Warm & Tender" by Percy Sledge, "I'll Take You There Where The Music's Playing" by the Drifters, "Fire & Water" by Wilson Pickett and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Cover has a cut corner and unglued seams.)

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VariousRocking 50s ... LP
Atlantic, 1950s. Very Good- ... $11.99
A sweet collection of vintage R&B from Atlantic Records – with selections by Ruth Brown, Joe Turner, The Clovers, Clyde McPhatter, La Vern Baker, Ray Charles, Ivory Joe Hunter, The Bobbettes, Chck Willis, and The Drifters! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono red and purple pinwheel pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging and some scrapes on front.)

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VariousThat's Soul Vol 5 ... LP
Atlantic (Germany), 1969. Fair ... $4.99
Includes selections by Otis Redding, Aretha Frankling, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Sam & Dave, Clarence Carter, Sweet Inspirations, King Curtis & The Kingpins, and Rex Garvin & The Mighty Cravers. LP, Vinyl record album
(80s UK pressing. NOTE – Vinyl is in Fair condition and plays with some crackles and pops. Cover has bent corners, edge wear, and heavy wear at the opening.)
 
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✨✧ Average White BandPut It Where You Want It ... LP
MCA, 1973. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Average White Band are most clearly associated with Atlantic Records during the 70s – and that label's genius move to record white soul acts for the crossover market – but this first album was recorded for MCA, and very much in the same vein as their later work. The record's not as over the top funky as some of their best work – and perhaps shows kind of a rock style that was always lurking in the group's sound – but the roots of the later greatness are still there, and the album's got more than a few nice cuts. The best track is "Reach Out", but there's some other nice groovers like "TLC" and "Twilight Zone". This is the 2nd pressing – with an extra cut called "How Can You Go Home", which wasn't on the first one. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BarrabasBarrabas – Musica Caliente (aka Wild Safari) ... LP
RCA/Sommor (Spain), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
Wonderful work from Barrabas – a hip Spanish group of the 70s who effortlessly blend together elements of funk, rock, and soul – at a level that made them surprisingly big on this side of the Atlantic too! Maybe part of the strength of their fame was that over here, the group were never pictured on the cover – so they fit right in the record racks with other funk records of the time – as they serve up a wild safari of grooves that's almost in a sort of party mode, with the band jamming on congas, organ, and guitars! The vocals trade back nicely between the lead singer and the ensemble in a soulful mode that shows that everyone was paying attention – and the best tracks have a tight groove with choppy guitar and driving conga, almost in an LA Chicano funk mode. Titles include "Woman", "Never In This World", "Wild Safari", and "Chicco". LP, Vinyl record album

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Barbara BrownGot To Be Somebody – The XL Sessions – 60s Memphis Gold ... LP
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $19.99 22.99
A great full length collection of work by Memphis singer Barbara Brown – a vocalist who appeared both as a solo act, and with her sisters – on a variety of singles for labels like Cadet, Atlantic, Tower, and MGM in the late 60s and early 70s! Barbara's got a deep, rich voice that's clearly schooled in gospel, but pointed towards more secular ends – an approach that's very much in keeping with the best late 60s wave of soul from Atlantic Records, and which is carried off here with a sharpness and precision that's simply mindblowing! Why Brown never scored bigger is a real mystery to us, because these tunes come off like the cream of the crop of southern soul at the end of the 60s – not just obscurities for obscurity sake, but some of the highest level of soul a female soul singer could hope for at the time! Titles include "Can't Find No Happiness", "Plenty Of Room", "A Great Big Thing", "Things Have Gone To Pieces", "Man Around The House", "Play Thing", "I'm Gonna Start A War", "I Don't Want To Have To Wait", "It Hurts Me So Much", "Got To Be Somebody", "There's A Look On Your Face", and "If I Can't Run To You I'll Crawl". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ruth BrownSoftly (aka Ruth Brown 65) ... LP
Mainstream, 1965. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $11.99
A very unusual setting for the legendary Ruth Brown – the singer who first rose to fame singing raw-edged R&B tracks for Atlantic Records in the 50s – but who works here in a much jazzier mode overall! The set features backings from Peter Matz – who often accompanied the classier singers of the time – and Ruth really does a great job of mixing her bold vocals with his jazzy charts – soaring to new heights in a way that swings nicely, and makes for much deeper soul than most of Matz's other projects. Musicians include Hank Jones on piano, Clark Terry on trumpet, Barry Galbraith on guitar, Urbie Green on trombone, and Richard Davis on bass – and there also seem to be some female backup singers in a few spots too. Titles include two from Nellie Lutcher "Hurry On Down" and "He's A Real Gone Guy" and Dick Hyman's "Watch It", "Whispering Grass", "I Know Why", "Here's That Rainy Day", and a very interesting interpretation of "On The Good Ship Lollipop" – which almost makes the whole tune sound like a sad ballad. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, some aging, and a company sticker.)

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Sidiku BuariFeelings In Africa/Sidiku Buari & His Jam Busters ... LP
Precious/BBE (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 29.99
A pair of rare records by Sidiku Buari – issued back to back on a single CD! Feelings is a record that was issued on the tiny Precious label – home to only two Buari albums in its tiny catalog – and the set follows strongly on the work that Sidiku recorded in New York during the 70s, records that were initially issued just under his last name! The groove on some tracks is full of early 80s NYC touches – sweet electro keyboards that provide some great middle-ground shocks to the tunes – while beats crackle crispy at the bottom, and Buari sings these slinky soul vocals that are a lot more American than you'd guess from the Ghanaian recording of the album. But other numbers have more of a West Africa vibe – that updating of older modes that was taking place in Nigeria too. Titles include "Music", "Feelings", "Anowar", and "Yayo Papa". Sidiku Buari & His Jam Busters has a groove that definitely lives up to its name – a sweet 80s crackle with lots of tunes that jam in an old school funk style – keyboards, basslines, and rhythms right on the money – in a great Transatlantic bridge between Ghana and New York City! The set begins with the super-funky "Let's Go To Funky Town" – a tune with a break on the intro to rival some of the best funky club work of the time – and the vibe continues strongly through the rest of the set, on titles that include "Sophisticated Jammer", "Power To My People", "Rhythm Of Africa", "Minsumobo", and "Karambani". (Global Grooves, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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Arthur ConleyShake, Rattle, & Roll ... LP
Atco, 1967. Very Good ... $24.99
The second Arthur Conley album for Atlantic – and like the first, a record that really cooks with some great Otis Redding production! The sound and style is very similar to Otis' work for Stax during the 60s – but the album was recorded at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, with engineering by Jimmy Johnson, and it's got a bit of a different sound from the Memphis soul of Otis' records. There's more horns, and less organ and guitars, and Conley's vocals are produced in a raw style that brings out the best of his work. Includes versions of the Otis Redding tracks "Ha Ha Ha" and "I've Been Loving You Too Long", plus Conley's own "Love's Got Me", "Hand & Glove", and "I'll Take The Blame". LP, Vinyl record album
(60s purple and tan label stereo pressing. Cover has splitting on the seams, light surface wear, and some aging. Vinyl has a short click on "Baby What You Want Me To Do".)

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Marius CultierOuelele Souskai ... LP
Fiesta/Ascensionale (Italy), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $44.99 49.99
Maybe the funkiest album ever from Marius Cultier – and definitely one of the records that perfectly shows off his wonderful post-colonial blend of sounds! There's bits of funk from both sides of the Atlantic going on here – roots in both Africa and the Caribbean, but fused through that new sense of freedom that an artist like Cultier found on the Parisian scene – where he could also explore some jazzier inspirations, and move the grooves into so many great areas! The album's got a wonderful vibe – a sound that appeals both to lovers of global funk from the 70s, and sweet fusion as well – thanks to some great work on Fender Rhodes and vibes by Cultier. Titles include "Sousaki", "Ouelele", "Missie Sirop", "Laini", "Ni Tellement Longtemps", and "Mazouk Souvenir". (Global Grooves, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dr JohnAnytime Anyplace (plus bonus tracks) ... LP
Barometer/Lilith (Italy), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
One of the rarer ones from the great Dr John – issued in the mid 70s – but done much earlier, and with a sound that hearkens back a bit to even more of a slinky New Orleans soul sound than some of the Dr's more messed-up work for Atlantic at the time! There's some nicely gritty funk moments on the set – tracks that are shorter and tighter than some of the longer jams on the Atlantic records to come – and the album features originals like "Shoo Ra", "Woman Is The Root Of All Evil", and "She's Just A Square" – plus the great funky tune "One Night Late", and the tracks "In The Night", "Bald Headed", and "Mean Cheatin Woman". This Lilith edition also features 6 bonus tracks, making for a discovery that's even more wonderful – and those include "A Little Closer To Home", "Go Ahead On", "Mama Roux", and "The Ear Is On Strike". LP, Vinyl record album

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Aretha FranklinGospel Soul Of Aretha Franklin ... LP
Checker, 1972. Near Mint- ... $8.99
A collection of earlier work by Aretha Franklin – issued by Chess after her fame on Atlantic, but featuring tunes cut when a younger woman, working with famous father Reverend CL Franklin! Given that CL was one of the biggest stars of Chess' gospel recordings, there was plenty of material recorded back in the day – and Aretha's heard here on some great live tunes that mostly just feature piano backings. Nice raw energy here – 9 tracks in all, including 'Precious Lord", "You Grow No Closer", "The Day Is Past And Gone" and "He Will Wash You White As Snow". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing, in a black and white cover. Cover has a cutout mark, and is slightly bumped in one corner.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinSoft & Beautiful ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $11.99
The title's certainly right on this one, because the album is soft and beautiful – recorded by Aretha Franklin in a moody late nite mode that's similar to early 60s work by Sarah Vaughn or Dinah Washington on Roulette! Backings are by Belford Hendricks – relatively full, with strings and sometimes a bit of backing vocals – and Aretha's vocals drift nicely over the top with a relatively slow pace overall. And while this isn't the hard-hitting Atlantic soul that made her fame, the record's still a great demonstration of Franklin's many talents – and heck, if she'd cut a set like this these days, we're sure she'd get a Grammy for returning to the classics! Titles include "Only The Lonely", "Shangri-La", "A Mother's Love", "Jim", "Friendly Persuasion", and "People". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing with black text. Label has a sticker. Cover has light wear, a name in pen, and a cutout hole. Vinyl has a short click on "When The World Was Young".)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinWho's Zoomin Who? ... LP
Arista, 1985. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A huge hit for Aretha Franklin – and a record that brought her famous vocals to a whole new generation of listeners! The sound is definitely different than before – a change from both the deep soul of Atlantic years, and the initial classy approach of her time at Arista – and working with lots of help from Narada Michael Walden, Aretha gets an 80s groove that turns out to be a perfect platform for her sound – one that lets her vocals really take off, while still getting plenty of great hooks as well – all in a mode that somehow sounds far less commercial than we remember at the time. Includes the massive hits "Freeway Of Love" and "Who's Zoomin Who" – plus "Ain't Nobody Every Loved You", "Push", "Integrity", "Sisters Are Doin It For Themselves", and "Sweet Bitter Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a partially unglued top seam.)

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Nikki GiovanniWay I Feel (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Niktom/Modern Harmonic, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99 On November 5, 2021
Nikki lays down some of her righteous poetry over a backing provided by the Sweet Inspirations and a host of Atlantic studio musicians. The groove is pretty soulful, and this is probably one of her most successful albums that blend poetry and music. Titles include "A Certain Peace", "The Women Gather", "The Way I Feel", "Just An NY Poem", and "My House". LP, Vinyl record album
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John Lee Hooker/Sticks McGheeHighway Of The Blues ... LP
Audio Lab, Mid 50s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 12.98
Rare King Records material from these two postwar blues greats – each of whom get a single side of the record! Sticks McGhee really shines on side one – with that playful, jazzy approach to blues that he used on his late 40s recordings for Atlantic – almost somewhere in the territory of Louis Jordan, especially given Sticks' sense of wit – but served up in more of an R&B mode, with similar styles to Roy Brown's King material of the early 50s. Titles include "Head Happy With Wine", "Get Your Mind Out Of The Gutter", "Jungle Juice", "Whiskey Women & Loaded Dice", and "Sad Bad Glad". John Lee Hooker is in a much rootsier mode on side two – recorded in a rough-edged style that's almost back to the delta, save for the use of electricity on the guitar! The spare setting really unlocks Hooker's power – and titles include "Nightmare Blues", "Devil's Jump", "Thinking Blues", "Late Last Night", and "Moaning Blues". (Blues, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy James & The VagabondsCome To Me Softly ... LP
Atco, 1968. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Jimmy James and his Vagabonds were a UK group, but they scored nicely in the US with this classic Atlantic side, which was licensed from Pye UK. The record includes their own big hit "Come To Me Softly", plus a number of other soul covers – like "I'm Just A Fool For You Girl", "This Heart Of Mine", "People Get Ready", "The Entertainer", "Ain't No Big Thing", and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple and tan label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, a split top seam, and light surface wear.)

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Johnny JenkinsTon-Ton Macoute! (180 gram pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Atco/4 Men With Beards, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 24.99
An excellent bit of raw funky southern soul from Johnny Jenkins – recorded in Macon, GA, and one of the last relics of the relations that Atlantic Records had with all of the little local scenes in the south! Ton-Ton Macoute is one of those records that manages to blend funk, blues, and southern rock & soul way, way better than so many pretenders from the time – just a damn near perfectly realized set ! Johnny Jenkins sings, stomps, plays guitar and blows harp (with some extra help from Duane Allman on the guitar front), and he runs through tracks like "Blind Bats & Swamp Rats", "Sick & Tired", "Voodoo In You", "Rollin' Stone", "Bad News", "Down Along The Cove", and the absolute classic, classic breakbeat track "I Walk On Guilded Splinters". Features the bonus tracks "My Love Will Never Die" and "I Don't Want No Woman". LP, Vinyl record album

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King CurtisKing Curtis Live At Fillmore West ... LP
Atco, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ... $24.99
The King Curtis combo in all of its glory – really grooving hard here in a set of instrumental performances recorded at the same time as Aretha Franklin's famous live date at the Fillmore West! King backed Aretha up on her own record from Fillmore, but this set features all the instrumental grooves laid down by Curtis and his group before Aretha took the stage – very tight and funky numbers that showcase King's work on alto and soprano sax, as well as organ from Billy Preston, guitar from Cornell Dupree, electric piano from Truman Thomas, and funky drums from Bernard Pretty Purdie! The Memphis Horns get into the action a bit – blasting out when the tunes require it – and as with the Franklin album, the recording style here is totally great – very "live", but still with the best focus of Atlantic studio soul! Titles include a smoking 7 minute version of King's funky classic "Memphis Soul Stew", plus long takes on "Changes", "I Stand Accused", and "Soul Serenade" – as well as shorter versions of "A Whole Lotta Love" and "Ode To Billy Joe"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)
 
 
 



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