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XGreat music in many modes -- northern soul, deep soul, harmony soul, modern soul, and group soul -- plus disco, funk, club, electro, rare groove, and more!



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El RegoEl Rego ... LP
Daptone/Voodoo Funk, Late 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Monumental Afro Soul from El Rego Et Ses Commandos – El Rego's best recordings from the late 60s to early 70s – a beautifully done compilation put together by Daptone and Frank Gossner, the deep digging West African music expert behind Voodoo Funk! Theophile Do-Rego is a legend in his native Benin, essentially credited as the godfather of Benin funk – but to date, he hasn't been celebrated around the world nearly as famously as the superstars of African music hailing from Nigeria and Ghana. That's something that can change really quickly if enough people pick up this truly great compilation of pioneering recordings. Singer El Rego and his excellent, diversely capable band – sax and flute by Baboni Oudou, sax by Michel Diogo, guitar by Oscar De Souza, trumpet by Emmanuel Ganssounou, guitar by Roger Coffi, tumba by Marcelin Kpohonon, additional vocals by Christian Agueh, and bass by band leader Paul Hounnou – take a tighter approach to funky soul. Just a couple tracks on this set roll past the 4 minute mark – which gives it a tighter soul sound, along with some Benin blues and some riveting JB-indebted vocal affections. We owe Voodoo Funk and Daptone big for putting this together! Includes "Feeling You Got", "Zon Dede", "E Nan Mian Duku", "Dkobime", "Dis-Moi Oui", "Djobime", "Hessa" (the centerpiece of the album, 3 minutes of Afro Soul perfection. . .the whole set is great, but this track is unforgettable), "Kpon Fi La", "Do Do Baya", "Vive Le Renouveau", "Achuta", "Cholera" and "Ke Amon-Gbetchea". (Global Grooves, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing, missing the bonus 7-inch.)

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✨✧ Fela & Egypt 80Beasts Of No Nation/O.D.O.O. (Overtake Don Overtake Overtake) (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Knitting Factory, 1989/1990. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A strong return to a classic 70s Afro Funk groove from Fela! The CD features tracks from 2 albums – "Beasts Of No Nation" and "Overtake Don Overtake Overtake" – both 30 minute long tracks recorded at the end of the 80s, when Fela was getting back to his roots, but exercising even more musical command than in previous years. The tracks both build and build over an extended groove, starting out with spare percussion, adding in more, slowly peppering the mix with horns and keyboards, until the lyrics come in towards the end of the song. Great stuff – and proof that he never let his fire die! (Global Grooves, Soul) CD
(Packaged in a great gatefold, LP-style sleeve.)

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✨✧ LakesideYour Wish Is My Command ... CD
Solar/Right Stuff, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great stuff from the glory days of the LA bass-pedal funk era! The tracks manage to mix an 80s groove and soul without sounding cloying, and the band's vocals are always better than we remember them – with a strong harmony sound in the best moments that keeps things real. Tracks include "Your Wish Is My Command", "The Urban Man", "I'll Be Standing By", "Special", and "Magic Moments". CD
(Out of print Right Stuff pressing.)

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Little Anthony & The ImperialsOutside Looking In – The Best Of Little Anthony & The Imperials ... LP
Veep/EMI (UK), Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $13.99
Anthony and crew were one of the few groups who actually got better when they moved from the raw indie scene to the slicker major label one – as you'll hear perfectly on this set of some of their best work for the Veep/DCP/United Artists label. Teddy Randazzo handled the arrangements and production, and his breathy uptown style works perfectly with the band's soulful harmonies. 16 tracks in all, including "Hurt So Bad", "I'm On The Outside (Looking In)", "Out Of Sight Out Of Mind", "Ten Commandments Of Love", "Better Use Your Head", "It's Not The Same", "I'm Hypnotized", "You Better Take It Easy Baby", "Yesterday Has Gone" and "Going Out Of My Head". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice 80s UK pressing!)

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MoonglowsBest Of The Moonglows – 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection ... CD
Chess/MCA, Late 50s. Used ... $0.99
Some of the greatest doo wop of the 50s – big hits, to be sure, but still incredible work that helped to redefine the sound of the vocal group at the time! Bobby Lester's time with the Moonglows was a really special moment for the group – a point when they started to focus their sound even more, and create that strong sense of juxtaposition and surprise that made even simple tunes sparkle with a humanity that was really wonderful. They never resorted to tricks or gimmicks in the way that some other groups did, but they managed to make each tune really come alive with their own special magic – in a sound that still explodes off a record like this years later! Titles include "Ten Commandments Of Love", "In My Diary", "Blue Velvet", "Sincerely", "Most Of All", and "Over & Over Again". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dezi PhillipsKickin' It (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The only full album ever recorded by Dezi Phillips – a set issued at the end of the 80s, but with a bouncy, catchy style that recalls soul music from a few years before! Production is by Bernard Terry – who'd worked with a few other key acts before Dezi – and he brings a strong command of the studio to the record, particularly a way of mixing beats from the streets with some tighter hooks for the radio audience! Phillips' youthful presentation of the lyrics really works well for the grooves – and titles include "Fine/Fresh", "Watchin You", "Love U Forever", "This Ring Is For U", "In & Out", "Why You Wanna", and "Didn't Do It". CD features bonus cuts – "Who's That Girl", "My Kinda Girl", "Why You Wanna (ext)", "Why You Wanna (hot mix)", and "Why You Wanna (near house mix)". CD

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VariousEccentric Soul – The Dynamic Label ... CD
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy ... $7.99 18.98
That's a sweet image on the cover – and the grooves inside are equally dynamic too – a really wonderful collection that's easily one of the most compelling in Numero's Eccentric Soul series! The work here all hails from the tiny San Antonio scene of the late 60s – but much of the music has a sound that's way different than you might expect from Texas soul – often with great harmonies that recall the best of the east coast groups of the time, and occasionally with a few brown-eyed touches that echo the style of East LA! There's a wonderfully heartbreaking feel to many of these tracks – and the set's heavy focus on mellower numbers is totally great – and gives the whole thing a wonderful late nite sort of vibe that's usually quite hard to find in compilations like this. As usual, Numero's done a great job with the notes and history of the label – but the music alone is more than enough – a heady brew of cuts that include "Little Girl Blue" and "Try Loving Me" by The Webs, "I Gotta Know" by Tonettes, "Give Your Love To Me" and "Ain't No Big Thing" by Little Jr Jesse & The Tear Drops, "Cry & Wonder Why" by Doc & Sal, "Must Be Alright" and "Hey It's Love" by The Commands, "She's Gotta Have Soul" by Bobby Blackmon & The Soul Express, and "I Can't Take No More" by Willie Cooper & The Webs. (Funky Compilations, Soul) CD

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