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Regina BelleShow Me The Way – The Columbia Anthology ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
A great collection of work from Regina Belle – one that features a number of remixes, singles, and collaborations – as well as the album tracks that made her one of the most rock-solid female soul singers at the end of the 80s! At some level, Regina's a singer from another time – ... read more CD

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BT ExpressFunction At The Junction (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Octave (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... About December 18, 2019
Heavy funk and super-tight horns – all wrapped up in the kind of a groove that made BT Express one of the hottest club acts of the 70s! The group are at the height of their powers here – working with excellent arrangements from Carlos Ward – a jazzman at heart, and a talent who ... read more CD

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BT ExpressKeep it Up (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Octave (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... About December 18, 2019
Great later work from BT Express – a record with a sound that's cleaner, leaner, and more stripped-down than some of their earlier records! The style here is still the same as before – mostly soul aimed at the dancefloor, served up with a tremendous sense of bottom rhythm – but ... read more CD

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Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali)I Am The Greatest (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1963. New Copy ... $3.99
A great little record – and proof that Muhammad Ali was star material, even in his early years! The record is kind of in the spoken word mode – but has added music by Peter Katz – and features Ali delivering some of his famous poetic "zinger" type material, of the sort ... (Comedy/Spoken, Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Tyrone DavisGive It Up (Turn It Loose) – The Very Best Of The Columbia Years ... CD
Columbia, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tyrone Davis on Columbia Records – an incredible combination that makes for music that's quite different than Davis' earlier years on the Dakar label! At Columbia, Tyrone turned his bluesy groove onto a much more sophisticated sound – a smooth-stepping, mellow mature style that was ... read more CD

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✨✧ Charles EarlandComin To You Live/Earland's Jam/Street Themes (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of great albums from organist Charles Earland – presented here with great bonus tracks too! First up is Comin To You Live – one of Charles Earland's sweet albums from his years at Columbia Records – done in a mode that's much more R&B than his earliest work, but in a ... (Jazz, Soul) read more CD

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Charles EarlandEarland's Street Themes (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A great little groover from keyboardist Charles Earland – and an album that definitely lives up to its title! There's plenty of street sounds going on here – lots of modern R&B modes that echo the changing styles of early 80s soul music, especially on the east coast! And as part ... (Jazz, Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireAll 'N All (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1977. New Copy ... $4.99 7.99
Genius, pure genius! It was hard for Earth, Wind & Fire to go wrong at this point – and the album's a stellar blend of jazz, funk, and soul, all done in that perfect style they'd hit by the mid 70s. And even though this one was a monster album, of the type that you see in everyone's ... read more CD

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireGratitude ... CD
Columbia, 1975. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
Great stuff! Although a live album, Gratitude is one of Earth Wind & Fire's greatest from the mid 70s – a very tight batch of grooves that proves that Maurice White & Co. could play just as well on stage as they could in the studio – and the noise of the crowd going wild is ... read more CD
Also available Gratitude ... LP 9.99

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EmotionsDon't Ask My Neighbors – The Columbia/Arc Recordings (Flowers/Rejoice/Sunbeam/Come Into Our World/New Affair/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
Amazing box set – five full albums of material, plus lots of bonus tracks too! First up is Flowers – a soaring classic from The Emotions – thanks to some supreme help from the Earth Wind & Fire side of the soul spectrum! This set has the trio really sounding great – ... read more CD

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Fania All StarsQue Pasa – The Best Of The Fania All Stars ... CD
Columbia, Late 70s. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
Some of the best of the best of The Fania All Stars – magical music from that short stint when the combo were recording for Columbia Records in the late 70s! While at Columbia, the group grew even more than the styles of their roots at the Fania label – picking up some hipper touches ... (Latin, Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinIn The Beginning – The World Of Aretha Franklin 1960 to 1967 ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet overview of the early years of Aretha Franklin's career – her formative days at Columbia Records, when she was working in a variety of styles before heading over to bigger fame at Atlantic! Even at this early stage, Aretha's one hell of a singer – and, despite what folks who ... read more CD

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Rodney FranklinIn The Center/You'll Never Know/Rodney Franklin/Endless Flight (bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
Four soulful fusion classics from keyboardist Rodney Franklin – all together in a single set! First up is In The Center – wonderful keyboard work from the amazing Rodney Franklin – a player who sounds equally great on acoustic and electric piano! This album does a wonderful job ... (Jazz, Soul) read more CD

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Rodney FranklinLearning To Love/Marathon/Skydance/It Takes Two ... CD
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
A soulful keyboard maestro – served up here on four 80s albums for Columbia Records! First up is Learning To Love – a set in which Rodney Franklin adds in just a bit more vocals to his music than before, but still holding onto all the best keyboard strengths of the past! Franklin was ... (Jazz, Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Isley BrothersGo For Your Guns ... CD
T Neck/Columbia, 1977. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A funky album – but one that we love best for the mellow tracks! Sure, the Isleys could wear flashy suits and play some heavy guitar – but honestly, what we really love them for here are the laidback, loving tunes they do so well. The album includes 2 of their greatest ballad tracks ... read more CD

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Gladys Knight & The PipsVisions ... CD
Columbia/Superbird (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Sweet 80s groove from Gladys Knight & The Pips – just the kind of record that shows why the group kept going strong for so many years! The classic approach is still very firmly intact – Gladys' wonderful lead, soaring out over the Pips' warm harmonies – a vocal power that so ... read more CD

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Cheryl LynnGot To Be Real – The Columbia Anthology ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDS ... $15.99
A fantastic selection of work from Cheryl Lynn – a singer who came around in the later years of disco, then helped find a whole new groove for female soul once the 80s began! Cheryl's always been a cut above – a singer with an incredible voice, and one who's also able to sound her best ... read more CD

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Johnny MathisDifferent Kinda Different (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1980. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A tremendous start to the 80s for Johnny Mathis – and a set that really continues that strong shift into soul-based territory he begun in the 70s! Gene Page handles a lot of the arrangements here, and gives the whole thing that strong blend of strings and soul that he worked on other 70s ... (Vocalists, Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Johnny MathisHeart Of A Woman/Feelings (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweetly soaring mid 70s work from Johnny Mathis - a pair of classic albums plus bonus tracks in a 2CD set! The voice of Johnny Mathis meets the soulful arrangements of Paul Riser and HB Barnum on Heart Of A Woman – all wrapped up with Johnny Bristol production! Johnny's tender voice, the ... (Vocalists, Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Johnny MathisI Only Have Eyes For You/Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, 1976/1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two key 70s albums from Johnny Mathis – back to back on a single CD! I Only Have Eyes For You is a great little record – one that has Johnny Mathis still holding onto the majesty of his vocals from the early years, but really finding a new sort of groove with arranger Gene Page! Page ... (Vocalists, Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Johnny MathisKilling Me Softly With Her Song/When Will I See You Again ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Mid 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Johnny Mathis riding high in the early-to-mid 70s – with 2 great albums on one CD! Johnny takes on a mix of sweet & tender and more melancholy tunes on Killing Me Softly, showing a surer hand at making a batch of then contemporary hits his own much more successfully than other veteran pop ... (Vocalists, Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Johnny MathisRaindrop Keep Fallin' On My Head (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Real Gone, Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great magic from Johnny Mathis at the start of the 70s – a set that has Johnny working through some groovier tunes from the second end of the 60s – all set to some mighty nice backings from Ernie Freeman! Ernie brings in a fair bit of strings, but also gives things that soulful punch ... (Vocalists, Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesBe For Real – The PIR Recordings 1972 to 1975 (I Miss You/Black & Blue/To Be True/Wake Up Everybody/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Soulmusic.com (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection – four classic Philly International albums from this legendary group – plus a CD of bonus material too! First up is I Miss You – a groundbreaking record that forever changed the course for male soul music in the 70s – a set that has the young Teddy ... read more CD

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✨✧ Laura Nyro with LabelleGonna Take A Miracle (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1971. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
A tremendous album from Laura Nyro – a real return to the soulful style of her roots, thanks to help from Labelle on backing vocals, and the team of Gamble & Huff on production! If Nyro only ever gave the world this record, that would more than be enough – because the whole thing's ... (Rock, Soul) read more CD

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✨✧ Vivian ReedYours Until Tomorrow – The Epic Years ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A much-needed look at the early work of Vivian Reed – a singer who got the chance to release a handful of full length albums in the disco generation, but one who sounds even better here right at the start of her career! The beautiful package brings together rare single sides and LP tracks ... read more CD

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DJ RogersLove Brought Me Back (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
One of our favorite albums ever from the mighty DJ Rogers – one of the most positive, powerful voices in 70s soul music! The set's a sublime Rogers showcase all the way through – as DJ wrote, arranged, and produced the whole record – in partnership with the Earth Wind & Fire ... read more CD

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Raphael SaadiqJimmy Lee ... CD
Columbia, 2019. New Copy ... $11.99
The deepest, most political album we've ever heard from Raphael Saadiq – a set named after his brother, Jimmy Lee – an addict who died an unfortunate early death! Saadiq takes all the pain from his brother's trauma, and works it into a series of songs that go farther than anything we've ... (Neo Soul, Soul) read more CD
Also available Jimmy Lee ... LP 26.99

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Marlena ShawTake A Bite (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A nice little album from Marlena Shaw – continuing her 70s experiments in updating her jazzy vocal style to a sweet modern soul groove – and a winning effort! As always, Marlena shows that she can handle a wide range of styles – from uptempo dancefloor material to more tender ... read more CD

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✨✧ Johnnie TaylorEargasm/Rated Extraordinaire ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Southern soul hits the big time – and the result is these two wonderful late 70s albums from Johnnie Taylor! Eargasm is a landmark album from Johnnie Taylor – a set that not only gave his career a giant boost, but which also helped shift southern soul into hip new territory in the late ... read more CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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Johnnie TaylorRated X-Traordinaire – Best Of Johnnie Taylor ... CD
Legacy/Columbia, Late 70s. New Copy ... $4.99 7.98
Killer work from Johnnie Taylor – from the amazing period in which he reinvented himself as one of the bigger selling smooth soul acts of the 70s! Johnnie got his start as a solo act at Stax, churning out some great raw bluesy tunes that earned him more than a few hit records – but ... read more CD

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Johnnie TaylorShe's Killing Me/A New Day ... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Pure greatness from Johnnie Taylor – two Columbia Records releases back to back on a single CD! First up is She's Killing Me, an obscure 7 track EP from Johnnie Taylor – almost a 12" single, but with more than enough going on to make us think of it as a full album! Johnnie's in ... read more CD

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Deniece WilliamsThis Is Niecy (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia, 1976. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
Genius work from Denice Williams – a singer who'd cracked the charts a bit as Denice Chandler, with a little girl soul sound, way back in the 60s – but who's grown up considerably by this essential 70s set! Chandler's voice is still a bit high – almost in a Minnie Riperton sort ... read more CD
Also available This Is Niecy ... LP 5.99

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Bill WithersBill Withers Live At Carnegie Hall ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1973. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
A brilliant double live album by Bill Withers – different than his studio work, and every bit as essential! The album's similar to Curtis Mayfield's double live album around the same time – in that it's got Bill in front of a very enthusiastic crowd, playing in a stripped down way that ... read more CD

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✨✧ Bill WithersStill Bill ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Bill Withers' second album – even more wonderful than the first! The record's a perfect summation of all that made Bill so great – warm raspy vocals, sweet soulful production, mature songwriting, and just the right use of acoustic guitar to accent all the best elements in the music! ... read more CD
 
 



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