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✨✧ Malaku DakuLove Drums From The Ghetto (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Tidal Waves, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An album that's every bit as great as you'd guess from the cover and the title – a hip set recorded on the Philly scene of the 70s, and this wonderful blend of jazz, soul, and plenty of percussion! Malaku Thompson plays the drums, but there's also plenty of other percussion on the record – mixed with guitar, bass, and voices – all at a level that's sometimes raw and rootsy, sometimes more warmly soulful – with a righteous energy that holds up all the way through! We'd rank this one in a rare breed of unusual projects – maybe like the Har-You Percussion record, or work by The Pharoahs or Artistic Heritage Ensemble from Chicago – and the music takes cultural currents from Africa and the Caribbean, and weaves them into hipper modes from the Philly 70s scene. Titles include "Bump Bang U Bang", "Pygmy Happening", "Gettin Down In The Hut", "My Land My Woman", "Shango", "Village Life In The Ghetto", and "Ife Bobowa". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Exile OneExile One (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Disques Debs/Tidal Waves, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The fantastic first album from Exile One – a group who recorded more mainstream work in Paris later in their career – but who really sound fierce and funky here right at the start! The sound is lean, stripped-down, and a lot more aimed towards American soul than you'd guess from their Caribbean roots – especially on those tracks where group leader Gordon Henderson really stretches out and shows off both his deep and funky soul chops! There's a few cuts here that have more familiar Caribbean elements, but even those come across with a tighter, rawer sound than most of the group's contemporaries – which makes this debut a real 70s standout all the way through. Titles include "Funky Crookie", "Don't Bite The Hand", "Which One Is Me Home", "Miss Tomorrow", "If You Turn Your Back", and "Where's The World Gettin To". (Global Grooves, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies!)

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✨✧ Norman FeelsNorman Feels (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Just Sunshine/Tidal Waves, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mellow soul, sweeping strings, and sweet electric keys – a stone 70s classic from Norman Feels – one of the greatest soul singers you've never heard before! The album's Norman's first (of two), and is a vastly under-recognized gem – the kind of record that easily stands next to some of the best male sweet soul of the time – and which is awash in some of the best studio touches coming from the Philly or New Jersey scenes of the time. Norman's got a totally righteous voice – one that crackles with Marvin Gaye-like personality, yet which also glides along with the subtler soul of Ronnie McNeir – and he's arranged to perfection here by David Van De Pitte, who slides just the right amount of funk into the bottom of the grooves on the set. Titles include "Everything Is Going Our Way", "Something In Me", "They Said It Couldn't Be Done", "Something About Yo", "Don't", "Yes You Did" and "Today". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Norman FeelsWhere Or When (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Just Sunshine/Tidal Waves, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Genius work from Norman Feels – a virtually unknown mellow soul singer from the 70s, but one who should have been huge! Norman sings with this sweetly crackling style that we loved the moment we first heard it – a sound that's somewhere in territory covered by Marvin Gaye or Leroy Hutson at the time, but which has a personality and intimacy that's Norman's own. Arrangements on the set are by David Van De Pitte – who manages to use full backings, but keep things nice and upfront – never covering over Norman's voice, and allowing the singer to dominate the set with his mellow-grooving charm! Titles include "Shame", "Movie", "You Made Me Feel Better", "Mr Wanna Be", "Where Or When", "You Can't Stop My Love", and "I'll Show You The Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Loleatta HollowayLoleatta (1973) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Aware/Tidal Waves, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If you only know Loleatta Holloway as a disco singer, you'll be really amazed at this debut album from 1973 – because Loleatta emerges first as deep soul singer with a strong southern vibe – very much in the mode the Atlanta scene did best, before picking up the pace a bit more as the 70s moved on! There's a mellow, blue sort of vibe to the record – but still plenty of that pride and power that made Holloway an equally great singer on an upbeat tune – served up here on tunes by Sam Dees, Ashford & Simpson, and other hip songwriters of the period – set to strong arrangements by Mike Terry, who does a great job of bringing out the lady at her best. Titles include "We Did It", "Mother Of Shame", "Only A Fool", "So Can I", "Our Love", and "Love Woke Me Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)
Also available Loleatta (1973) (with bonus tracks) ... CD 24.99

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✨✧ King HannibalTruth ... LP
Aware/Tidal Waves, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mad funky soul from King Hannibal – a down and dirty singer from the Atlanta scene of the 70s! The notes on the back say "He's black, he's proud, he's arrogant – the combination is powerful" – and we've gotta say that we agree with that assessment, because King really grabs his groove from the very first note on the set! Backings are hard and funky – lots of fuzzy guitar work from Herman Hitson and Lee Moses – and the tunes come across with a gritty mode that sometimes rolls into mellower southern soul styles, but still never lose their edge. Bits of politics creep into the lyrics nicely, but never get in the way of the groove – and tracks include a long version of Hannibal's classic "Hymn No 5", plus "Party Life", "I Got That Will", "The Truth Shall Make You Free", "Wake Up", "Black Girl", and "It's What You Do". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MatataIndependence (aka Feelin Funky) (180 gram pressing) (2021 Black Friday Release) ... LP
President/Tidal Waves, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Funky soul, but with deeper roots too – a killer set from Matata – a group from Kenya, but one who arrived on the London scene in the 70s – where their blend of African roots and American soul really took the group by storm! There's a fantastic influence here from James Brown – not just on the vocals, which have a raw, shouting, completely soulful style – but also on the rhythms and instrumentation – which have this sharp riffing guitar with the bass, ala James Brown Band of the late 60s – topped with equally great horn work to match! The whole thing's fantastic – as appealing to a fan of American early 70s funk as one of 70s African grooves – and titles include "I Wanna Do My Thing", "Return To You", "Getting Together", "I Believed Her", "I Don't Have To Worry", "I Want You", "Love Is The Only Way", "Gimme Some Lovin", and the classic "Talking Talking". (Global Grooves, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000!)

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Antonio L NewtonNovaphonia ... LP
Tidal Waves, 1987. New Copy ... $23.99 26.99
A soul record, but one with a fair bit of "something else" going on as well – and a set that was originally only issued on cassette, which might be why it was missed the first time around! Antonio L Newton, aka Tony Newton, has a long legacy in soul music – including work with Motown groups, especially the Miracles – yet by the time of this record, he clearly is off into territory that's all his own – using new technologies of the 80s to work in the studio all by himself, and serving up a set of keyboard-heavy tracks that really have a nice sense of variety! Some tunes have a very upbeat vibe – almost 80s sound library or soundtrack action material – while others are more mellow and meditative – soundscapes carved out of work on Roland, Yamaha, and Wersi keyboards. Titles include "Lento", "Odyssey", "Star Romance", "Novatron 2", "Breakthrough", and "Astro". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Bobby PattersonStoryteller (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Proud/Tidal Waves, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 26.98
A late rare gem from southern soul genius Bobby Patterson – the Texas talent who's best known for his work of the late 60s and early 70s, but who's featured here on a self-released album from the start of the 80s! The approach is a bit like the shift that Malaco Records was making in southern soul at the time – older, rootsier vocal modes matched with warmer, more sophisticated production and arrangements – never in a mode that was slick or commercial, but which helped singers like Patterson find a way to grow and get past some of the too-standard modes of the 60s. Bobby produced the whole thing – which was originally issued under the name of Bobby Story – and titles include "Charity Begins At Home", "Brick Layer", "Let's Do Something Different", "I've Got To Forget You", "I Fell Asleep", "I Got A Suspicion", and "If Every Man Had A Woman Like You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies!)

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✨✧ Purple ImagePurple Image ... LP
Tidal Waves, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A key album in the post-Hendrix tradition of funky black rock – and the only album ever recorded by Cleveland's Purple Image! The approach here follows nicely in the same territory worked by Funkadelic and Fugi in the early days – a heady, fuzzed-up blend of trippy guitars, heavy rhythms, and some nice sweeter soul touches – all in a mode that swings nicely between really messed-up tunes, and others with a lighter, more soul-based approach. Side two of the record is dominated by the great jamming track "Marching to a Different Drummer" – easily enough to rival anything on Funkadelic's Free Your Mind album – and other cuts include "Living In the Ghetto", "Why", "Lady", and "We Got To Pull Together". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Howard RobertsLord Shango – Original Soundtrack (180 gram clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Bryan/Tidal Waves, 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most unique soundtracks of the blacksploitation generation – but maybe that's also because the film Lord Shango was also somewhat different than most – a hipper, more creative movie that took on a number of themes, which are all echoed by Howard Roberts in his music! This Howard Roberts isn't the famous LA guitar jazz musician – but instead a black arranger best known for 60s choral records that usually had a blend of easy listening and soul – which is quite a difference from the funky vibe of this record – a set that mixes in all sorts of vocal and percussive elements with more familiar electric funk – still with Roberts' chorus in the mix, but often with a lead female singer singing soul-based lyrics! The whole thing's wonderful – as much a soul record as a soundtrack – and titles include the great groover "Funky But" – plus "Streak O Lean", "Banjoko", "Come To The Water", "Walk Softly", and "Sailin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 copies!)

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✨✧ Nina SimoneVery Rare Evening ... LP
Tidal Waves, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A very rare evening indeed – a sweet little live set recorded by Nina Simone during her soulful height at RCA – but issued years after that time, and only briefly on a small indie label! The setting here is wonderful – a small combo in the background with the great Weldon Irvine on Hammond, playing these soulful lines that are mighty lean and plenty powerful – spurred on by rhythms from Al Shackman on guitar, Gene Perla on bass, and Don Alias on drums! The record also features two female backup singers on a few cuts – giving the album an almost Sweet Inspirations like touch at moments – but overall, the feel is straight hip Nina – that unique blend of soul, folk, and jazz that pushed things to the next level at the end of the 60s! Includes the great original "Revolution", plus the track "The Other Woman", "In The Morning", "Ain't Go No/I Got Life", "Save Me", and "To Love Somebody". (Vocalists, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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StreetlifeNite Songs (180 gram pressing) ... LP
DC Records/Tidal Waves, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 30.98
A rare funky gem from this obscure Florida group – a combo with roots in the more-famous Winstons – that legendary group who gave the world "Amen Brother" at the end of the 60s! The work here is equally funky, but in a different sort of way – tight 70s ensemble funk, with instrumentation that's sharp enough to have some nice jazzy currents – and a completely on the money approach that blends nice horn work with some strongly-grooving rhythms! Vocals shift around nicely from track to track – and there's a lot of jazzy work throughout – on titles that include "What Am I Gonna Do", "Everlasting Love", "Head Over Heels", "Livin Lovin Lady", "I Need A Woman", "Interlude", and "Night Songs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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SylkSylk (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Earthquake/Tidal Waves, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 26.99
The only album ever issued by Sylk – a southern group with a sound that's tight, but never too slick – nicely indie from production to conception, and very different than other mainstream soul records from the time! The record's part of the great underground tradition of homegrown soul from the early 80s – music that's neither tied to later disco modes, or trying to be electro funk – but which still has some of the best elements of the late 70s firmly in place! Sylk mix together mellower cuts with groovers that are more in a tight funk mode than any sort of disco style – and there's an honesty to the whole thing that really belies their roots in the small scene in Augusta, GA. Titles include "Love Is The Key", "Be Somebody", "Seekin", "Movin On", "I'll Always Come Back To You", "I Just Want To Know Your Name", and "Lost & Lonely". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Bubbha ThomasLife & Times ... LP
Lightnin/Tidal Waves, 1985. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 25.99
An obscure later set from Texas legend Bubbha Thomas – a drummer you'll know from his work with the legendary Lightmen group in the 70s – working here in an 80s-styled extrapolation of some of the ideas from that previous combo! The music is much leaner than before – heavy on basslines, beats, and keyboards – and Bubbha does a great job of sliding into electro-styled funk and soul modes, while still holding on to some of his own sound too. The record's maybe more New York than you'd expect from something recorded in Houston – and titles include "Livin On Love", "Skipp Hopp", "Life & Times (Of Daddy Jive)", and "Let Me Play The Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Albert WashingtonSad & Lonely (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Eastbound/Tidal Waves, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An obscure bit of heavy soul – and the only vocal album on the jazz-based Eastbound imprint of Detroit's legendary Westbound Records! Albert's a blues artist, and sings in a soulful electric style that's similar to some of the Stax work of Albert King – but which has a bit more of a funk twist to it. Albert's vocals are definitely in the bluesy mode, but the backing is more in a Memphis soul style, with hints of Stax production styles in the mix, and lots of swirling organ underneath the vocals, in that Hi Records mode from the early 70s. Titles include "You're Messing Up My Mind", "Mischievous", "Feel The Need", "I Can't Stand It No More", "No Matter What The Cost Might Be", and "My Mother's Prayer". A pretty solid soul album all the way through – with a strong deep soul feel that's different than the usual Westbound/Eastbound bag! LP, Vinyl record album
(2019 Record Store Day UK/EU release!)

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