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✨✧ Tower Of PowerVery Best Of Tower Of Power – The Warner Years ... CD
Warner/Rhino, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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VariousRight On! Vol 3 – More Break Beats & Grooves From The Atlantic & Warner Vaults ... CD
Warner (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $8.99
Killer funk, soul, and jazz tunes from the Warner and Atlantic catalogs – including more than a few that rank with our favorite funky cuts of the era! As with previous volumes in this series, the titles are selected with a focus on tunes that have or can be sampled – so there's lots of sweet jazzy brakes, warm keyboards, and tasty drums on the package! Titles include "Wah Wah Man" by Young Holt Unlimited, "Nuki Suki" by Little Richard, "Mama Soul" by The Soul Survivors, "It's Love" by The Young Rascals, "Funky Canyon" by Phil Moore Jr, "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky" by Claudia Lennear, "Soul Bowl" by Memphis Horns, "Shiloh" by David Newman, "Let Me Fix It" by Brook Benton, "Angela, My Sister" by Richard Evans, "When She Made Me Promise" by The Beginning Of The End, "Moment Of Truth" by Earth, Wind, & Fire, "Bumpin On Young Street" by Young Holt Unlimited, and "Mortgage On My Soul" by Keith Jarrett. (Funky Compilations, Soul) CD
 
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✨✧ ApolloniaApollonia ... CD
Warner, 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Solo work from Apollonia – working here past her time with both Apollonia 6 and her association with Prince – but still showing an equally strong talent for catchy 80s pop! The music is handled by a host of producers, and most numbers are in a beat-heavy mode that follows on her previous material – funky, but not always in a Prince-ish way – but always tuneful and heavy on the hooks! Titles include "Help Wanted", "Mismatch", "Sychronize", "The Same Dream", "Since I Fell For You", "You Can't Win", and "Your Eyes". CD
(Out of print.)

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Atlantic StarrAll In The Name Of Love ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1986. Used ... $4.99
A mid 80s classic from Atlantic Starr – at the height of their catchy commercial fame – bouncing along with rhythms that crossover nicely to the mainstream, yet still keep a bit of their previous funky edge intact! The groove here is almost in the style that Atlantic Starr inspired in so many other younger groups in the earlier part of the 80s – although it's also a bit more polished too. Most instrumentation is electric, and tunes are mostly written by the team of David and Wayne Lewis – both of whom sing on the record. Barbara Weathers also handles female vocals, and titles include "Once Lover At A Time", "Let The Sun In", "My Mistake", "I'm In Love", "Always", "Don't Take Me For Granted", and a version of Sam Dees' "All In The Name Of Love". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Patti AustinOn The Way To Love ... CD
Warner, 2001. Used ... Out Of Stock
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(Out of print. Booklet has a gold promo stamp.)

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George BensonGive Me The Night ... CD
Warner, 1980. Used ... $5.99
Yipes! This one made everyone a bucket of money – especially Quincy Jones, whose new Qwest imprint the record was one of the first to grace. George has come a long way from his roots with Jack McDuff here – but in a way that kind of has us impressed, as he's grooving away slickly on guitar, laying down some smooth vocals that we never would have imagined from his mid 60s recordings. Includes the massive hit "Give Me The Night", a cover of "Moody's Mood", and the tracks "Star Of A Story (X)", "Midnight Love Affair", "What's On Your Mind", and "Dinorah, Dinorah". The sound of a million supermarkets and elevators during the 80s! (Jazz, Soul) CD

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Bootsy's Rubber BandAhh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! ... CD
Warner, 1977. Used ... $7.99
Massive work from Bootsy Collins – one of his best-ever solo albums, and a perfect summation of the P-Funk groove – focused strongly through Bootsy's own sense of stardom! George Clinton worked with Collins on production, and the album's as tight as the best Parliament or Funkadelic work of the time – particularly the latter on their killer 70s sides for Warner, which was also the home for Bootsy. The Horny Horns are helping out on this one, which gives the album a strong instrumental drive – but the real star is Bootsy, whose sexy vocals and good sense of soul keep things firmly on track throughout. Features the cuts "What's A Telephone Bill?", "Munchies For Your Love", "We Want Bootsy", "The Pinocchio Theory", and "Rubber Duckie". CD

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✨✧ Bronski BeatAge Of Consent (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner (UK), 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Rock, Soul) CD
(Out of print.)

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Bootsy CollinsOne Giveth, The Count Taketh Away ... CD
Warner, 1982. Used ... $11.99
Bootsy Collins steps strongly from the shadow of George Clinton here – and wrote, arranged, and produced most of the album himself! Of course, George was having plenty of his own troubles at the time – but that only allowed Bootsy to take the helm even more, and step out with a batch of grooves that still keeps his star power plenty high. Of course, he's got some great help here too – from Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns, Midnight Star, Godmomma, and P-Funk regulars Bernie Worrell and Gary Shider – all of whom help contribute some classic elements to grooves that include "Shine O Myte", "#1 Funkateer", "So Nice You Name Him Twice", "Take A Lickin & Keep On Kickin", and "Countracula". CD
(Out of print.)

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El DeBargeIn The Storm ... CD
Warner, 1992. Used ... $4.99
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ DriftersOriginal Album Series (5CD set) (Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters/Rockin' & Driftin'/Save The Last Dance For Me/Under The Boardwalk/I'll Take) ... CD
Warner (UK), 1956/1958/1962/1964/1966. Used 5CD ... Out Of Stock
A great way to get some of the Drifters' amazing music for Atlantic Records – a cool collection that features both early material from the Clyde McPhatter years – and some of the group's best early 60s soul recordings too! The whole thing has a great format – with individual album-styled sleeves, packaged in a slipcover – so that it's almost like you're getting all the original records together, but in CD format. Full length titles include the albums Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters, Rockin & Driftin, Save The Last Dance For Me, Under The Boardwalk, and I'll Take You Where The Music's Playing. CD
(Outer box has some wear.)

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireNeed Of Love ... CD
Warner, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the two early Earth Wind & Fire LPs recorded for Warner – and the one that shows their amazing roots in the avant garde jazz scene in Chicago. At the forefront, the record's a righteous soul album with an ensemble funk sound – but deeper in, there's a lot of jazz-based playing, and a number of moments that almost get "out" in the solos! Surely this one couldn't have been made without the spiritual advancements in jazz made by the AACM – and EWF couldn't have helped rubbing shoulders with those players, considering that they all often gigged together in the Chicago studio scene, and that they'd also shared some time together in groups like The Pharoahs and Phil Cohran's Artistic Heritage Ensemble. Titles include "Energy", "Beauty", and a nice remake of Donny Hathaway's "Everything is Everything". Great to have back on reissue! CD
(Out of print Warner pressing.)

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Michael FranksObjects Of Desire ... CD
Warner, 1982. Used ... $9.99
(Vocalists, Soul) CD
(Out of print.)

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Michael FranksOne Bad Habit ... CD
Warner, 1980. Used ... $9.99
Warm vocals, jazzy keyboards, and a wonderfully laidback set from Michael Franks – a perfect illustration of the kind of music he could make better than anyone else! Although recorded at the end of the 70s, the set's got a simplicity that few other records of the time could match – a stripped-down and honest quality that really sparkles, even amidst the top-shelf production and studio work supplied by Warner Brothers Records. Arrangements here are by Larry Williams, Clare Fischer, and others – but as before, the main focus is usually on the sweet vocals and keyboards – gliding out warmly over Michael Franks' well-penned and unique compositions. Titles include "One Bad Habit", "Still Life", "Loving You More & More", "Baseball", "Inside You", "Lotus Blossom", "He Tells Himself He's Happy", and "On My Way Home To You". (Vocalists, Soul) CD

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Michael FranksSleeping Gypsy ... CD
Warner, 1977. Used ... $5.99
A really brilliant little record – one of those gems that you've probably passed by so many times because it's ubiquitous, but which never fails to please over the years! Forget any pre-conceived notions you might have about Michael Franks, because at this early point in his career the man is a genre unto himself – working in a unique blend of jazz, pop, and a bit of soul – always served up sparely and with a great deal of understatement, but still filled with plenty of personal spirit on the lyrics. Franks' voice is beautifully compressed into the rest of the instrumentation by Tommy LiPuma – in a style that still holds up wonderfully over the years, and which is set to Claus Ogerman arrangements that make plenty great use of keyboards from Joe Sample of The Crusaders! Tunes are all originals by Franks – and there's some especially great Brazilian touches on the numbers "Antonio's Song" and "Down In Brazil". Other titles include "The Lady Wants To Know", "I Really Hope It's You", "Chain Reaction", and "In The Eye Of The Storm". (Vocalists, Soul) CD
(Out of print.)

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Michael FranksTiger In The Rain ... CD
Warner, 1979. Used ... $5.99
Another slice of late 70s genius from the amazing Michael Franks – one of the few mainstream artists who was able to hold onto his own voice and course amidst the overwhelming force of the music industry! There's a beautifully mellow feel to the record – jazzy, warm, personal, and heartfelt without sounding cloying at all. Arrangements this time around are by John Simon, and the session features plenty of jazzy work by Ben Riley, Seldon Powell, Bucky Pizzarelli, Flora Purim, Kenny Barron, and many others. Tracks include "Sanpaku", "When It's Over", "Hideaway", "Lifeline", "Satisfaction Guaranteed", "Underneath The Apple Tree", and "Living On The Inside". (Vocalists, Soul) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ FunkadelicElectric Spanking Of War Babies (deluxe CD mediabook edition – with bonus track) ... CD
Warner/Charly (UK), 1980. Used ... Out Of Stock
A surprisingly wonderful record! Back in the day, we remember that we didn't like these later P-Funk albums because they weren't as druggy, trippy, or guitar heavy as the early stuff. Now, though, they sound pretty darn sweet to our ears – especially this one, which has lots of cool pre-electro grooves with sweet keyboards, vocoder vocals, and spacey basslines that blow out in deep rich waves of funky soul. The whole thing's an amazing evolution of the George Clinton groove – and titles include "Electric Spanking Of War Babies", "Funk Gets Stronger", "Shockwaves", "Icka-prick", "Brettino's Bounce", and a bonus instrumental version of "Electric Spanking Of War Babies". Nice Pedro Bell cover, too! CD
(Out of print.)

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FunkadelicHardcore Jollies (UK pressing) ... CD
Warner/Snapper (UK), 1976. Used ... $6.99
One of the sweetest Funkadelic albums from the middle period, and a good batch of tracks that often gets overlooked in the haze of similar Pedro Bell covers! Don't miss this one, though – because it is a very strong album – key in the shift from more guitar-based funk to more groove-oriented rhythms – and a record that's got more than a few tasty numbers. Includes nice ones like "You Scared The Lovin Outta Me", "Comin Round The Mountain", and "If You Got Funk, You Got Style", plus a live version of "Cosmic Slop" that's totally great! CD
(Snapper UK digipack pressing.)

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✨✧ FunkadelicUncle Jam Wants You (deluxe CD mediabook edition) ... CD
Warner/Charly (UK), 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Funkadelic albums ever – a tightly grooving classic that never lets up at all! There's a sense of perfection to everything here – one that really gets the group past their tripped-out early years, and firmly into the sublime territory George Clinton hit with Parliament – an amazing sound that's wrapped up perfectly on every single track – grooves that definitely raised the bar for a huge amount of mainstream funk acts who were popping up at the time. Production is never too slick, and there's still lots of tasty guitar licks wrapped up in the mix – and titles include the classics "Freak Of The Week" and "Not Just Knee Deep" – plus "Field Maneuvers", "Holly Wants To Go To California", and "Foot Soldiers". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Uncle Jam Wants You ... LP 29.99

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Larry GrahamVictory (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1983. Used ... $19.99
A definite victory for Larry Graham – an album that really put him on top of the early 80s mainstream soul crowd with a great mix of styles! Some of the tunes here are in the bouncy, bubbly mode you might expect from Larry's 70s work – but they're also tuned a bit more towards an 80s groove – basslines brought up from the bottom, and other instrumentation turned towards a clean, lean sound. Other tracks have Graham hitting some of the mellower modes of his Just Be My Lady record – a mature romantic style that showed a whole new side of his talents in this decade. Production, arrangements, and most of the songwriting is handled by Larry – and titles include "You've Been", "Just Call My Name", "I Never Forgot Your Eyes", "Baby", "I'd Rather Be Loving You", and "Victory". CD
(Out of print, includes obi which has some wear.)

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Chaka KhanCK ... CD
Warner/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1988. Used ... $4.99
A sweet 80s groover fro Chaka Khan – one that features a fair bit of beats and bassline – thanks to tight production from Prince, Chris Jasper, and Russ Titelman! Russ is actually the man behind most of the set – and he really shows off his great talent for a hook-heavy soul tune – keeping things relatively electro overall, but always letting Chaka be the star of the show with her wonderfully warm vocals – still soaring out every bit as much as in her previous work with Arif Mardin, and maybe even more essential in this setting! Titles include "Soul Talkin", "Sticky Wicked", "The End Of A Love Affair", "Make It Last", "I'll Be Around", and "Signed Sealed Delivered". CD

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✨✧ Chaka KhanDestiny ... CD
Warner, 1986. Used ... $5.99
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Chaka KhanWhat Cha' Gonna Do For Me (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
Damn wonderful solo work from Chaka Khan – a record that holds onto all the best funky elements of her 70s music with Rufus – but also finds a way to put the lady even more strongly out front! There's maybe a bit more of a clubby vibe here than before, but never in a cheesy or commercial way – as the mighty Arif Mardin is at the production helm, and arguably does an even better job with Chaka than on his classic productions for Aretha Franklin! The vocals soar out beautifully, but the grooves are every bit as great – with these warm jazzy touches that make the album instantly seductive – and a level of sophistication that's kept this one strong for many many years. Titles include the wonderful stepper "Any Old Sunday", plus "We Got Each Other", "We Can Work It Out", "Night Moods", "What Cha Gonna Do For Me", and "Father He Said" – plus "I Know You, I Live You", a big Chicago house cut from the old days. CD
(Out of print.)
Also available What Cha' Gonna Do For Me ... LP 1.99

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MetersRejuvenation (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Sundazed, 1974. Used ... $9.99
Brilliantly funky! This is the greatest album they cut for Warner Brothers – and it's one of the few that ever really approaches the genius of their early work for Josie. The record features the incredible breakbeat cut "Just Kissed My Baby" – worth the price of the album alone – plus other nice ones like "Jungle Man", "Africa", "What'cha Say", and the perennial New Orleans favorite "Hey Pocky A Way". Also features the incredible funk jam "It Ain't No Use" – a monster track that's nearly 12 minutes long! Plus, the CD features 2 bonus tracks, single versions of "Hey Pocky A-Way" and "People Say"! CD

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PrinceArt Official Age ... CD
Warner, 2014. Used ... $6.99
The more stylistically sprawling of the 2 albums Prince released upon returning to Warner Brothers in 2014 – nicely recalling some of his better later 80s and early 90s material, post-Sign O The Times craft – but still moving forward, as opposed to reliving past glories! Art Official Age finds Mr. Nelson working in myriad strains of eccentric, 80s-learned pop, soul and funk – in a voice that's held up impossibly well over the years. This one is credited to Prince alone, but features backing by his 3rdeyegirl rock band, Marissa Jack, aka Golden Hippie, Paloma Ayana and others. Everything from tripped out cosmic soul pop, to electro funk and psych soul guitar jams – Prince will be Prince! Includes the title track, "Clouds", "Breakdown", "The Gold Standard", "Breakfast Can Wait", "This Could Be Us", "Way Back Home", "Affirmation" (parts I, II & III), "Time" and more. CD
(Digipack sleeve has some edgewear.)

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✨✧ PrinceBatman – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Warner, 1989. Used ... Out Of Stock
Titles include "The Future", "Electric Chair", "Vicki Waiting", "Partyman", "Scandalous", and "Batdance". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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PrinceChaos & Disorder ... CD
Warner, 1996. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ PrinceGett Off (single, Urge single edit, Purple Pump mix) (CD single) ... CD
Paisley Park/Warner (France), 1991. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ PrinceGirl 6 – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Warner, 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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PrinceGold Experience ... CD
Warner, 1995. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(NOTE: this copy is missing the back artwork and is priced accordingly.)

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✨✧ PrincePiano & A Microphone ... CD
Warner, 1983. Used ... $7.99
A fantastic musical gift from beyond – early 80s recordings by Prince, and the sort of work that might have been a huge revelation if it were issued during his too-short career! As the title implies, the set just features the man himself at the piano – singing and playing with a very intimate vibe – completely unlike any of his 80s material at all, even though some of the songs are the same! Prince is fantastic at the keys – really compelling and inspirational – with a sense of feeling that opens up some of his jazz chops in a way we never would have expected – and which is then matched by a more freewheeling sense of vocalization – with these fantastic inflections that leave us breathless, but again in a completely different way than his other music. The first half of the set features Prince flowing through songs that include "17 Days", "Purple Rain", "Mary Don't You Weep", "A Case Of You", "International Lover", "Wednesday", and "Strange Relationship" – and the second half features the songs "Why The Butterflies" and "Cold Coffee & Cocaine". CD
Also available Piano & A Microphone ... CD 14.99

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PrincePurple Rain ... CD
Warner, 1984. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the greatest crossover albums of the 80s – and the record that catapulted Prince very firmly into the mainstream! There's a tightness here that surpasses even that of Prince's early classics for Warner Brothers – an unabashed love of a pop hook that makes for some incredibly catchy tunes that are still delivered with a nice funky undercurrent. The whole Prince family is at the top of their game at this point – and titles include "Darling Nikki", "Let's Go Crazy", "I Would Die 4 U", "When Doves Cry", "Baby I'm A Star", and "Purple Rain". CD

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PrinceSpace (universal love,, funky stuff rmx, funky stuff dub, acoustic rmx, album) (CD single) ... CD
Warner, 1994. Used ... $11.99
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Prince & 3rdeyegirlPlectrumelectrum ... CD
Warner, 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of a pair of Prince records released on the same day – and this one that finds him in a lean, hard-hitting funk rock mode that we always love from him – and deservedly sharing credit with his 3rdeyegirl group. It's honestly a lot of fun to hear Prince having this much fun himself, in a small combo psych-rock-soul guitar mode – letting his Hendrix and Maggot Brain-era Funkadelic influences fly, and recalling his his own trailblazing 80s style. The 3rdeyegirl trio of Donna Grantis, Hannah "Ford" Welton and Ida Nielson more sharp indeed. Nice stuff! Titles include "Wow", "Pretzelbodylogic", "Aintturninaround", "Plectrumelectrum", "Whitecaps", "Fixurlifeup", "Boytrouble", "Stopthistrain", "Anotherlove", "Tictactoe", Marz" and "Funkinroll". CD

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✨✧ Eugene RecordWelcome To My Fantasy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Expansion (UK), 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
A sweet musical fantasy from the great Eugene Record – known by most as one of the driving forces of The Chi-Lites, and the whole Brunswick soul scene as well! By this point in his career, Record's come a long way from his roots in Chicago soul – and works at a level that's much more modern soul than before – yet the overall approach works best on the kind of tunes that Eugene sang and penned in his earlier years – the mellow ballads and midtempo groovers that really let his vocals soar. The set was recorded in Chicago – with arrangements by Record, Tom Tom 84, and Patrick Henderson – and titles include "Pain For Pleasure", "Where Are You", "Fan The Fire", 'Help Yourself To Love", and "Your Love". CD features bonus tracks – "Magnetism", and "I Don't Mind/Take Everything". CD

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✨✧ Candi StatonBest Of Candi Staton ... CD
Warner, 1970s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
An interesting set of tracks that traces the roots of Candi Staton from a rough southern soul singer into a sophisticated diva whose transformation marked a similar path that was taken by many other artists from her generation. The 14 track compilation pulls together titles from Candi's albums on Warner during the years 1974 to 1980 – and it really runs through a number of different styles. Before her Warner recordings, Candi worked with Rick Hall at Muscle Shoals in a classic 60 southern mode. Rick handled her first few recordings for Warner in pretty much the style of earlier years, but Candi's real fame came with the track "Young Hearts Run Free", a perennial dancefloor and AM standard that was produced with a much slicker sound by Dave Crawford. The move proved to be a good one for Candi, and as you'll hear on this CD, she actually ended up doing some great work with more uptempo and modern soul tunes than on the stock southern tunes of earlier days. Titles include "Halfway To Heaven", "Here I Am Again", "He's Making Love To You", "When You Wake Up Tomorrow", "I Ain't Got Nowhere To Go", "Six Nights & A Day", and of course, "Young Hearts Run Free". CD
(Out of print.)

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Tower Of PowerBack To Oakland (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1974. Used ... $16.99
Tower Of Power are back in Oakland, after recording their previous album down south – cooking up plenty of East Bay grease with their horn-heavy groove at the height of its power! These guys were always a cut above any other band who tried for this territory – and this early version of the ensemble still features tremendous keyboard work from the mighty Chester Thompson on organ and Fender Rhodes – plus later soul legend Lenny Williams on lead vocals. The rest of the group are all in great young form too – Emilio Castillo, Steve Kupka, Greg Adams, Lenny Pickett, and the rest – and titles include "Oakland Stroke", "I Got The Chop", "Time Will Tell", "Squib Cakes", and "Man From the Past". CD
(Includes obi.)

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ZappZapp ... CD
Warner, 1980. Used ... $8.99
The classic first album by this legendary funky combo – a group who not only went onto change the sound of funk in the 80s, but also went onto have a huge impact on generations of hip hop as well! The album burns from the very first note – the wicked snapping funk of "More Bounce To The Ounce" – a tune that became the blueprint for a generation, and still sounds way better than the millions of copycat attempts that came out over the years! The record follows with some equally wicked bass/keyboard cuts – often with plenty of electro production touches too – thanks to sweeeet work in the studio from Bootsy Collins and Roger Troutman. Bootsy's presence is key, too – as the set kind of strips down the ensemble P-Funk vibe of the generation before – going for a lean, clean groove that's held up beautifully over the years! In addition to "More Bounce To The Ounce", the record also features the mellow steppers cut "Be Alright", which has a wonderful hook, and a great compressed modern soul sound – and other tracks include "Funky Bounce", "Freedom", and "Brand New Pplayer". CD
 
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ChangeVery Best Of Change ... CD
Atlantic, Early 80s. Used ... $5.99
Sublime soul from Change – an Italian combo who got some great American help on their early 80s for Warner Brothers! The Change groove is totally great – a stripped-down blend of beats, bass, and keyboards that was head and shoulders above much of the clunkier 80s soul of the time – a lean groove forged from the best Italian club influences of the time, then brought over to this side of the Atlantic for some warmer touches on production and vocals. Luther Vandross sings lead on a few key cuts here, and other tracks have some equally great vocals – plus a nice undercurrent of jazz in the mix, especially on the guitar and keyboards. CD features 14 tracks that include "Hold Tight", "The Very Best In You", "Paradise", "Searching", "The Glow Of Love", "A Lover's Holiday", "This Is Your Time", "You Are My Melody", "Say You Love Me Again", "Don't Wait Another Night", and "Hard Times". CD
(Out of print.)

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Fats DominoFats Is Back ... CD
Bullseye Blues, 1968. Used ... $4.99
Fats is back, and sounding pretty darn great – working here with rootsy production from Richard Perry, who's got a great ear for all of Domino's older strengths, yet also manages to update his sound a bit for the late 60s! The record's got a really romping groove – lots of New Orleans elements in the rhythms, brought forward a bit by players who include King Curtis on sax, Eric Gale on guitar, and Earl Palmer on drums – all working amidst some Warner-styled arrangements that have plenty of respect for the past. The Blossoms sing backing vocals on a few numbers, and titles include "I Know", "Lady Madonna", "So Swell When You're Well", "I'm Ready", "One More Song For You", "One For The Highway", "Make Me Belong To You", and "Honest Papas Love Their Mamas". And be warned, the album starts with a track called "My Old Friends" – which is a scratchy collage of old Fats Domino records! CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireLast Days & Time/Head To The Sky ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1972/1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
Two classics from Earth Wind & Fire – back to back on one CD! Last Days & Time is Earth Wind & Fire's first album for Columbia Records – the start of a really legendary run during the 70s! The sound here is a bit tighter than their first two for Warner Brothers – a groove that has funk and soul taking a bit more precedence over the jazz of their roots – but all in a blend that's completely fresh and unique, and which takes all the righteous energy of the past, and focuses it here even more strongly! And while the groovers are great, there's also a few sweet numbers that are almost even better – some slightly mellow tracks that don't hit that commercial ballad sound of the group's later years – and which almost have an earthy, organic feel overall. The whole thing's tremendous – truly essential work by the group at their best – and titles include "I'd Rather Have You", "They Don't See", "Make It With You", "Remember The Children", "Mom", "Power", and "Time Is On Your Side". Head To The Sky is a tremendously beautiful album – and a righteous anthem of power and growth that seems to open itself up to us more and more over the years! Earth Wind & Fire are at their height here – mixing together soul and funk with a set of influences that includes African percussion and Brazilian jazz – then blending the whole thing effortlessly into a cosmic sound that's simply breathless! "Keep Your Head To The Sky" is a song of pride that became an instant underground classic; "Zanzibar" is an incredible reworking of Edu Lobo's famous composition, turning the Brazilian baroque track into a spacey groover that soars on for 13 minutes; and "Evil" is a great tune that features the electrified Kalimba that became the band's sonic and legal trademark over the years! Other titles include "The World's A Masquerade", "Clover", and "Build Your Nest". CD
(Out of print.)

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First ChoiceDelusions ... CD
Salsoul/Charly (UK), 1977. Used ... $9.99
One of the best records ever cut by this soulful Philly female trio! The album's one of the first on Salsoul's Gold Mind subsidiary – and it features sparkling club production by the Harris/Baker/Young team – a landmark force not only in Philly disco, but 70s female soul as well – as their backings for groups of this nature are always sensitive to the complexities of the vocals! The record's mostly uptempo – with plenty of soaring tracks that still retain the more soulful sound of the group's early work – and the songwriting's generally tight, a few notches above earlier albums on Warner – showing that their return to the indie fold was a very good move. Titles include the classic "Let No Man Put Asunder" – plus "Doctor Love", "Indian Giver", "Do Me Again", and a great version of Stevie Wonder's "Love Having You Around". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ MetersCabbage Alley (plus bonus cuts) ... CD
Reprise/Sundazed, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
A really cool cooker from The Meters – recorded during their post-Josie run for Warner Brothers, but with this tight vibe that still holds all their funky New Orleans roots intact! The sound is a bit more expanded here – not in a commercial way, but just in a style that has the group trying out more things – some interesting rhythms, offbeat guitar passages, and maybe even more of a vocal presence – although it's clearly the drums and basslines that are still driving the whole thing along! Production is by Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn – again in that great style they were hitting at Warner – and titles include "Soul Island", "Flower Song", "Gettin Funkier All the Time", "Do the Dirt", "Cabbage Alley", and "Stay Away" – plus a version of Neil Young's "Birds"! CD also features the bonus cuts "Chug Chug Chug-a-Lug (Push & Shove)" parts 1 & 2! CD
Also available Cabbage Alley ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ MetersLive At Rozy's (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
REG Associates (Japan), 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
A rare little set from The Meters – recorded in their home turf of New Orleans in the mid 70s, but with a groove that's as raw as their Josie Records albums of the 60s! The vibe here is a great change from the polished production the group were getting over at Warner Brothers – and the concert setting allows the group to really stretch out on some numbers – taking them into instrumental jamming territory you never would have heard on a two minute single from years back! Instrumentation includes keyboards from Art Neville, guitar from Leo Nocentelli, bass from George Porter, drums from Zig Modeliste, and percussion from Cyril Neville – and almost all group members vocalise on a few chorus moments. Titles include long takes of "A Minor", "Wildflower", and "Feel So Good" – plus the shorter numbers "Chicken Strut" and "Mardi Gras Mambo". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ MetersTrick Bag ... CD
Reprise/Sundazed, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
A sweet Cali set from The Meters – one that loses a bit of their rougher roots, yet still holds onto plenty of funk at the same time! By the mid 70s, the New Orleans soul sound had broken out of the underground, was residing happily in mainstream LA. Allen Toussaint already produced a bucketful of albums for Warner Brothers, and The Meters themselves are working in a crossover territory that has them touring with the Rolling Stones and hitting a whole new range of college-type audiences. The group's smoothed things out considerably, but still manages to funk nicely at the best moments – in a warmer way than during the Josie Records years, but still with a groove that's much deeper than most of their contemporaries. Titles are a much a "trick bag" as the title – with a cover of Earl King's "Trick Bag" that features guest vocals by Earl, a remake of "(Doodle Loop) The World is a Little Bit Under the Weather", one of their best from the Josie days, a cover of "Honky Tonk Woman", which we can only assume was played on tour with The Stones – plus the original cuts "Chug A Lug", "Mister Moon", and "Find Yourself". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ OsibisaSunshine Day – The Pye/Bronze Anthology (Welcome Home/Ojah Awake/Mystic Energy) ... CD
Castle (UK), 1975/1976/1980. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal work from Osibisa – arguably the most successful crossover African soul group of the 70s! The group blended together American soul, African rhythms, and some occasional surprising Latin touches – in a mode that sometimes recalled the style of War, especially on the group's first few groundbreaking albums. The groove was one that was filled with joy, life, and light – well-played and produced at a level that helped Osibisia cross over into audiences that few of their contemporaries could reach – and almost having the same impact on African music that Santana had with Latin grooves. This 2CD set brings together all 3 albums from the group's years at Bronze – the albums Welcome Home, Ojah Awake, and Mystic Energy – all produced with a sound that's tighter than their earlier MCA or Warner sides, but in a way that almost seems to suit the group even better. 5 bonus tracks are also added to the albums – making for a whopping 31 track package that includes the tracks "The Warrior", "The Coffee Song", "Sunshine Day", "Welcome Home", "Densu Trad", "Do It", "Right Now", "Uhuru", "Bum To Bum", "Sunset", "Ojah Awake", "Meeting Point", "Africa We Go Go", "Pata Pata (12" mix)", "Jumbo", and "Cherryfield". (Global Grooves, Soul) CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousDisco Connection – Authentic Classic Disco 1976-1981 ... CD
WEA (UK), Late 70s. Used ... $9.99
Rare disco from Warner and Atlantic – a really great set of tunes that steps past the average disco compilation! Both Warner and Atlantic were some of the better labels on the disco scene in the 70s – as their years in soul music gave them an understanding for the stronger tunes for the dancefloor scene, and allowed them to cut tracks that still hold up extremely well today. A few of the acts on the set are more famous artists, represented by some of their lesser-remembered numbers – but the bulk of the compilation features obscure work that was only briefly pressed on 12" single, and which has only been the province of disco collectors over the years. Titles include "You + Me = Love" by Undisputed Truth, "Weekend" by Phreek, "Paradise" by Change, "Lipstick" by Michel Polnareff, "Tonight's The Night" by Kleer, "Smack Dab In The Middle (Larry Levan rmx)" by Janice McLain, "#1 Dee Jay" by Goody Goody, "Whistle Bump" by Deodato, "When You Wake Up Tomorrow" by Candi Staton, "Wear It Out" by Stargard, and "I'll Tell You" by Sergio Mendes & Brasil 88. (Funky Compilations, Soul) CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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