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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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Bill CosbyHooray For The Salvation Army Band! ... LP
Warner, 1968. Very Good+ ... $9.99
An early funk album by Bill Cosby – with backing by the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band! Bill was pals with Charles Wright and crew in the hip LA of the late 60s, and he was also responsible for bringing the group to Warner Brothers – so the fit here is quite a natural one. The record was also produced by Fred Smith – who handled the Watts Band's albums – and it's got a very similar feel to their classics for Warner from the late 60s – but with Bill Cosby stepping out in front on vocals, in a similar style to Charles Wright. Cosby's singing is often a bit goofy, but works beautifully with the stoned to the bone feel of the group – a madder match than even Charles Wright, especially on the album's "parody soul" cuts. Titles include a classic break version of "Get Out Of My Life, Woman" – plus the titles "Ursalena", "Funky North Philadelphia", "Sunny", and a surprisingly great screaming version of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label stereo pressing. Cover has ring and edge wear, a split spine, and some sticker spots on front.)

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Wilton FelderWe All Have A Star/Inherit The Wind ... CD
ABC/Robinsongs (UK), 1978/1980. New Copy ... $12.99
A pair of albums from saxophonist Wilton Felder – back to back on a single CD! We All Have A Star offers up solo sounds from Crusaders reedman Wilton Felder – a really great set that's very much in the best vibe of his larger group at the time – yet one that also offers up a stronger focus on Wilton's sublime solo work on tenor! The album's got plenty of Crusaders help on board – given that Stix Hooper and Joe Sample produced the set along with Wilton – and the vibe's a wonderful blend of electric backings, with especially great keyboard lines, and Felder's well-phrased saxophone lines over the top! A few cuts feature vocals – sung by Angela Bryant or Debbie Demoia Ross – and titles include "We All Have A Star", "I Know Who I Am", "The Cycles Of Time", "Why Believe", "Ride On", and "You & Me & Ecstasy". Inherit The Wind is one of the best Crusaders-related solo projects – a soulful bit of fusion from saxophonist Wilton Felder, co-produced with his fellow Crusaders! The album's got the best sunny finish of the group's late 70s albums – traces of Latin, funk, and soul bubbling through a warm jazzy mix – staying soulful all the way through, and coming up with a sound that's smooth, but never sleepy. The blueprint for a million other records – none of which ever sounded this good! Titles include "Insight", "LA Light", "Until The Morning Comes", "Someday We'll All Be Free", and "Inherit The Wind". (Jazz, Soul) CD

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Jose FelicianoFeliciano! ... CD
RCA, Late 60s. Used ... $6.99
An amazing record! By all rights, this shouldn't be so good – but it's an incredible album of haunting tracks that really has us coming back again and again over the years. The formula is simple: Jose plays late 60s pop tunes on acoustic guitar, and sings them in his spacey soulful voice. Backings are by George Tipton, plus a jazz combo made up of Jim Horn, Ray Brown, and Milt Holland – but it's Jose that really makes the whole thing amazing! His style of presentation is like anything else we can describe – filled with sadness and soul, but enough joy to keep moving forward. He takes tracks like "Light My Fire", "In My Life", "Sunny", and "California Dreamin", and transforms them into an amazing document of the darkness hidden behind the sun of southern California. "California Dreamin" is especially amazing – and Jose's version is one of the best soul songs of all time! CD
(Out of print, small piece of clear tape covering a slight tear on the booklet cover.)

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Johnny MathisPeople/Impossible Dream/Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet/Give Me Your Love For Christmas ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $16.99
Four different albums from Johnny Mathis – all of which have a relatively unique pedigree! First up are the records People and The Impossible Dream – different 1969 albums from Johnny Mathis – both featuring material recorded earlier in the decade, during his time with Mercury Records! Evidently, Mathis got the rights to retain the masters, which he did – and allowed Columbia to issue some of the material on these two albums that offer a great look at the years before Johnny's mature return to the label in the late 60s. Many of the tunes here are mid 60s numbers, mixed with a few standards – and the backings have that quiet burning style that you'd recognize instantly from Mathis' earlier years, in ways that are a bit different than the modes he was then hitting in his new recordings. Strings often figure heavily, with Glenn Osser balancing things out nicely – and titles include "So Nice", "I Will Wait For You", "Laura", "Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars", "More", "Sunny", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "On A Clear Day", "The Very Thought Of You", "Eleanor Rigby", "Go Away Little Girl", and "Moment To Moment". Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet has Johnny Mathis taking on the title tune of the famous film, and also dipping into a mix of other soundtrack numbers from the time – plus a bit of pop material as well! As with other Mathis albums from this stretch, we really love the selection of tunes – penned by Michel Legrand, Francis Lai, Nilsson, and other songwriters we love so much from the generation – writers who really get Johnny past the familiar styles of his early hits. Ernie Freeman did some of the arrangements – which makes for a nice change – and titles include "Live For Life", "Without Her", "Windmills Of Your Mind", "Love Me Tonight", "Didn't We", "We", "The World I Threw Away", and "Aquarius/Let The Sun Shine In". Last up is Give Me Your Love For Christmas – a late 60s Christmas classic from Johnny Mathis – one that's in a nicely different mode from his earlier album of seasonal songs, and which really shows the way that the maturing Mathis was moving towards a different vibe as the 70s moved in! The tunes here are a good mix of more obscure numbers and well-chosen covers – all delivered with the kind of charm that makes Johnny such a great one to put on the turntable in the month of December – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Give Me Your Love For Christmas", "Do You Hear What I Hear", "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", "My Favorite Things", "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve", "Calypso Noel", and "Christmas Day". (Vocalists, Soul) CD
 
 
 



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