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Soul — CDs

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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✨✧ Ray Camacho BandReach Out ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Brilliant brown-eyed soul from Ray Camacho – an artist who was previously known for more border-styled work with his Teardrops band, but who steps out here with a surprisingly great blend of electric jazz and boogie! The approach is wonderful – a real re-direction of Ray's earlier groove into even more soulful territory – handled with that unique fusion that was happening in just a few of the best Texas spots, like the scene in Austin at the time. The album's equal parts soul and funk, but still has a few Latin roots too – and had this gem come out on Fantasy Records at the time, it would have pushed Ray and group into much headier territory. But we're also happy the set's been undiscovered for so many years (consider it our little secret) – and titles include "Reach Out", "Diggin Deep", "Shake What You Got", "Nobody But You", "Nothing But A Party", and "What A Day". (Latin, Soul) CD

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✨✧ Trevor DandyDon't Cry Little Tree ... CD
PMG (Germany), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A record with a cover and title that might look a little goofy – but one that more than makes up for that with a really excellent sound overall! Trevor Dandy's quite a compelling singer – one who works in soul, but brings in lots of jazzy touches with the instrumentation – in ways that open up nicely to match his righteous lyrics, which have currents of deeper spirituality that are augmented by the album's production and arrangements, which almost hit a Cadet/Concept sort of vibe! Instrumentation has a nice flow – piano, both acoustic and electric, plus organ, bass, flute, and nice currents of strings – all used gently alongside Dandy's vocals. The set includes one standout bit of funk – "Is There Any Love" – plus the more spiritual cuts "Overture/Judgement Morning", "Sometimes", "When I Prayed", "A Long Journey", and "Have You Ever Wondered". CD

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✨✧ FunkeesPoint Of No Return (French cover) ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The fantastic first album from The Funkees – a Nigerian group, but one who also spent a good deal of time on the London scene – and who work here in a freaky, fuzzy, funky style that we might put somewhere in the same space as music by Demon Fuzz or Cymande! Like both of those groups, the core roots of the music are really changed up here – moved into something that's very much the group's own, as the heavy rhythms are laced with lots of fuzzy guitar parts – often with a deftness that could have found its home in hard rock, but which is even better here next to the warmer currents of the vocal and instrumental flow! As with Cymande, the production is nicely dark – sometimes a bit offbeat in the way the vocals are handled, which further gives the record an edge – on titles that include "Abraka", "Ole", "I Can't Be Satisfied", "Point Of No Return", and "Dancing In The Nude". (Global Grooves, Soul) CD

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Theadora IfuduFirst Time Out ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
The debut album from Theadora Ifudu – a singer who hit greater fame on a bigger label a few years later – but who sounds pretty darn great here at the start! The music is an offbeat blend of American soul and Nigerian funk – recorded both in Lagos and London, but with a sound that's very much its own – almost maybe more hinting at South African soul styles in years to come, especially in the way Theadora's amazing voice flows out over the music! Rhythms are strong, but never dominate the tunes too much – as you definitely know that this is a record based around the singer – who's wonderfully comfortable in the lead, with a very universal appeal. Titles include "Right Time", "Four In A Tangle", "Hello How Are You", "That Man", "Time", and "The Way We Are". (Global Grooves, Soul) CD

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✨✧ Aleke KanonuAleke (with bonus tracks) ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really unique project from the end of the 70s – a set that takes some of the Afro Funk energy that was bubbling in West Africa during the decade, then mixes it with some funky jazz touches arranged by the great William S Fischer! The mix of cultures comes out perfectly – with no forced for fake modes at all – as Aleke Kanonu plays lots of percussion and sings in a variety of languages – alongside a group that features Bad Bascomb on bass, Milt Ward on trumpet, George Davis on guitar, Earl McIntyre on trombone, and Fischer on tenor, organ, and a host of keyboards! Bascomb's basslines are great – and really hold the whole record together at the bottom – with a bad-stepping jazz funk core that allows Aleke plenty of freedom in his performance, on long tracks that stretch out with a hell of a lot of creativity and warmly collaborative energy. Tracks include "N'Gwode", "Keep New York Clean", "Mother's Day", and "Home Sweet Home". CD features bonus tracks "Happiness" and "Nwanne Nwanne Nwanne". (Global Grooves, Soul) CD

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✨✧ Kelenkye BandMoving World ... CD
Emporium/PMG (Austria), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wicked bit of funk from Ghana – a record that's as amazing and wonderful as it is rare! The set's one of the best African 70s rarities we've ever heard – filled with massive grooves that offer up a take on funk that's far different than American grooves – but which also comes across with instrumentation that's not as familiarly Ghanian either! There's lots of nicely fuzzy organ in the mix, tight rhythms, and a trippy production style that no doubt comes from the quality of the original studio – but which serves to give some of the best cuts a really sinister edge – a bit like Cymande at their best. Titles include "Dracular Dance", "No Man Is Born To Suffer", "Moving World", "Groovy Love", "Wale Fobite", "Kelenkye Beat", and "Jungle Music". (Global Grooves, Soul) CD

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Harry MoscoCountry Boy ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
Sweet grooves from Harry Mosco – once the leader of The Funkees, but stepping out here with some wicked work from the London scene at the end of the 70s! The album's got a snapping electric vibe – sometimes clubby, but with more of a funk feel overall – thanks to some heavy basslines that really give the best cuts a kind of darkness – as do the horns, which create these down-turning inflections that are quite different than the usual sort of Afro-styled groove! Things get pretty freewheeling as the album moves on – and there's a criss-crossing of modes that almost reminds us of some of the work that Ice cut on the French scene of the time. Titles include "I Feel Funky", "Harry's Party", "It's Too Late", "Country Boy", and "Wanderer". (Global Grooves, Soul) CD

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Danny Offia & The FriksFunk With Me ... CD
PMG (Austria), Early 80s. New Copy ... $7.99 16.99
An early 80s set from the Lagos scene – and one that's about as far from the Afro Funk sound of the 70s as that city is from New York! Instead of full-on ensemble styles, Danny Offia has this nice lean groove – basslines that bump with a wickedly catchy sound, laced with keyboard solos, riffing guitars, and this overall lean approach to instrumentation that really keeps everything moving with the beat – often in a way that feels more like distilled large group funk than Afro disco or club styles – and which maybe even reminds us of the few great funk groups coming from the UK at this time, as many of them seem to have a sinister ear for a nicely lean groove! Danny handles lead vocals and guitar – and titles include "Sat Nite Is A Party Nite", "Weak For You", "10 Years In Love", "Funk With Me", and "Don't Make Me Cry". (Global Grooves, Soul) CD

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✨✧ Geraldo PinoBoogie Fever ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Late 70s work from Geraldo Pino – the artist who was credited as being one of the first musicians to bring the styles of James Brown to play in West Africa – still grooving hard here at the other end of the decade! The album's got a clubby vibe in parts – the "boogie" that you'd expect from the title – but like some of the best Nigerian efforts of this time, there's a very freewheeling interpretation of the style – so that things are often plenty offbeat, even when you think they're heading into familiar territory – filled with the criss-crossing of rhythms and cultures we love in Pino's other music, and recorded with a very gritty production style overall! The whole thing's plenty damn funky – in a way that matches the best energy of some of the more underground New York club 12" singles of the period – and titles include "Ganja", "Shake Shake Shake", "African Hustle", "Dance For Love", and "Boogie Fever". (Global Grooves, Soul) CD
Also available Boogie Fever (with bonus download) ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Sahara All Star Band Of JosSahara All Star Band Of Jos ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the funkiest combos we've heard from the African scene of the 70s – and that's saying a lot, given how much great music was going on at the time! These guys really know how to lean into a long song, and open it up with incredible instrumental sharpness – a way of coming together, and stepping into a solo that's a bit like the JBs in the early 70s – who we think must have been an influence on the way these guys make their music! The set's got two especially great funky numbers – "World People" and "Take Your Soul" – both of which could easily stand next to American funk work of the time. Also includes the earthy groover "Alikali Adajo", and the message cut "Freedom For Africa". (Global Grooves, Soul) CD

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StevoMusica Negra ... CD
PMG (Germany), 1978. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
A real killer from the Atlanta soul scene of the 70s – a set that's even more underground than some of the underground classics we've come to love over the years – and one that's got some mighty top-shelf talent in the mix! Lead singer Stevo is only part of the package here – as the group features work from and songs by funky 45 legend Calvin Arnold, and indie club genius Tommy Stewart – both of whom have given us some wonderful records over the years! The vibe is maybe most like Tommy Stewart's excellent music – especially his self-titled classic album – a mode that's funky club, but never straight disco at all – thanks to lots of hip touches in the instrumentation and overall song construction, which really seems to respect the funky talents of the musicians. A killer funk set throughout – and titles include "Pay The Price", "Universal Love", "Messing Up A Good Thing", "Jammin", "Livin For The City", "Save The World", and "Party Night". CD

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StormersLovers Song ... CD
Tabansi/PMG (Austria), 1981. New Copy ... $5.99 16.99
The Stormers are a group who rose from the ashes of the legendary Lagos funk combo Aktion – and they step out here with a really storming sound that definitely earns them their name! The groove is funk of the tightest form possible – especially for the start of the 80s – and the four piece combo seem to take all the best elements from the bigger American funk ensembles, then fuse them down to a wickedly sharp core – with basslines, guitar, and keyboards all working with an amazing edge – and none of the too-commercial elements that might have been showing up on the US scene at the time! Vocals are in English – which should have made this record a crossover international funk hit – and the whole thing can kick the ass of just about any early 80s funk album on the planet. Titles include "Sexy Woman", "Atlantic Breeze", "Be A Lover", "Super D Jay", and "Love Or Money". (Global Grooves, Soul) CD

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