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Soul — LPs

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✨✧ Ray Goodman & BrownMood For Lovin ... LP
Manhattan, 1988. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A different groove than before for Ray, Goodman, & Brown – partly because the trio's working without Al Goodman, and instead has the younger Greg Willis in place as a mighty strong lead! Some tracks have Greg really taking center stage – with only smaller harmony support from Harry Ray and Billy Brown – while others have more of a fuller group feel, shifting things a bit throughout the album. Production is in a late 80s mode that has full beats on the bottom, which gives the mellower cuts a sweet stepping sound – and titles include "Where Did You Get That Body Baby", "Mood For Lovin", "Where Are You Now", "Next Time I'll Know", "Electrified", and "Don't Make Me Wait", which is a duet between Harry Ray and Sarah Dash. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Mood For Lovin ... CD 9.99

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Jimmy McCracklinYesterday Is Gone ... LP
Stax, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Pretty great stuff from Jimmy McCracklin – easily one of his best albums! The record takes the raw soul of earlier years, and gives it a bit more sophisticated sound, adding in some strong arrangements by Willie Mitchell and Al Jackson, ones that blend together bits of Memphis styles, such as those used behind Al Green or Isaac Hayes, stripped down a bit more by Jimmy's bluesy vocals. Titles include "Like My Mama", "Would Man Be Satisfied?", "Double Dealing", "Just Got To Know", "Stay Away From That Monkey", and "The Love Money Can't Buy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear and a cutout hole.)

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UnificsSittin' In At The Court Of Love ... LP
Kapp, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
The one and only album by The Unifics – and a beautiful precursor to the solid group sounds of the east coast early 70s. The group's got some wonderful harmonies – still raw, but showing the strength of smooth production to hit some very strong moments. Arrangements are by Richard Rome, Bert De Coteaux, and a very young Donny Hathaway – and the lead singer of the group is Al Johnson (although we're not sure he's the same Al Johnson that went onto greater fame as a solo act.) Includes "Sittin In At The Court Of Love", which was a minor hit – plus a number of other originals, including "Which One Should I Choose", "Tables Turned", and "Toshi Sumasu". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Pucho & The Latin Soul BrothersDateline – Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers ... LP
Prestige, 1969. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare gem from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – and an album that has them really hitting strong on all instrumental fronts! The group sports wonderful piano and organ lines from Neal Creque – a player who helps Pucho hit a more expansive, jazzy vibe – mixed with horns from the always-great Pazant brothers – Eddie on saxes and Al on trumpet – plus some trombone from Barry Rogers too! These players all really help add some great jazzy inflections to the whole set – important, too, because the album's all instrumental – with no vocals to get in the way of the solos. Willie Bivens also plays vibes on the record – and titles include "Listen to Louie", "Dateline", "Yambo", "Bim", and "Ain't Nothin Can Happen". (Latin, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing. Cover has half split seams and some wear.)
 
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Clarence CarterReal ... LP
ABC, 1974. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Funny that they'd call this one "real", as it's probably the least rootsy of Clarence's albums from the early 70s. Not that that's a problem, though, because McKinley Jackson and Paul Riser handled the arrangements with a style that's very similar to some of Lamont Dozier's work for ABC – with plenty of good hooks in the songs, all strongly delivered with a full-on 70s soul sound, although with the undeniable southern touches that Clarence always brought to his work. Titles include "Real", "On Your Way Down", "Fine Love", "Shaky At Home", "Wake Up To Love", and "Warning". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo.)

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Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues BandHouse Of Blue Lights ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Very Good+ ... $49.99
A cool step sideways for the great Don Covay – a set that still holds onto all the soul of his earlier work for Atlantic – but one that also has Don hitting a rootsier, bluesier mode too! The combo's definitely a blues group at their core, but apart from some harmonica and a bit more twang in the guitar, they come across more like a rough soul combo behind Covay's lead – a quality that comes through especially strong on some of the points where the drums step out a bit more than usual. Our hat's off to Don for making this move – as the record really shows a whole new side of his vocal talents, and has a deeper vibe than he'd go for in his later crossover soul of the 70s. Titles include "Homemade Love", "Steady Roller", "Four Women", "Mad Dog Blues", and "Shut Your Mouth". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Broadway pressing. Cover has promo stickers and light wear.)

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Arthur AlexanderArthur Alexander ... LP
Warner, 1972. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A great little comeback album for southern soul godfather Arthur Alexander! It was recorded during a period when Warner Brothers was really committed to cutting heavy soul albums, with singers like Lorraine Ellison and Paul Kelly, and Alexander sounds great in this setting. The record's got some rootsy southern production by Tommy Cogbill – rootsier, in fact, than some of Arthur's earlier work, but Arthur reprises his famous "Rainbow Road", and other originals with a stronger emotional sensibility that works amazingly well – including "In the Middle of It All", and "Go On Home Girl", plus other cuts by Donnie Fritts, Dennis Linde, and Dan Penn. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a promo sticker.)

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Fania All-StarsRhythm Machine ... LP
Columbia/Fania, 1977. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
One of the proudest moments of the New York Latin underground – a time when some of its best players wound up playing for Columbia, through a brief affiliation between Fania and the larger label! And although you might think that the album would totally sell out the group's best points, it's actually a great batch of cuts that mixes the All-Stars' strong salsa and jazz grooves with some nice club-oriented rhythms – a blend that was perfect to show the growing sophistication of the Nuyorican scene in the late 70s! All the right touches are still strongly in place – and the record features work from Pacheco, Roberto Roena, Mongo Santamaria, and Louie Ramirez, as well as guests Bob James and Eric Gale. Titles include "En Orbita", "Awake", "Juan Pachanga", "Steady", "Jubileo", and "Ella Fue". (Latin, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Mexican Fania pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Brecker BrothersHeavy Metal Be Bop ... LP
Arista, 1978. Near Mint- ... $5.99
No heavy metal here – just tight and funky jamming from the mighty Brecker Brothers! There's a bit more guitar here than on some of their other records – hence, possibly, the title – but the whole thing's still very much in that mix of soulful fusion and jazzy soloing that the pair forged strongly in the mid 70s. Keyboards and guitar jam strongly, but Randy and Michael still get in plenty of space for their solos – pushing their jazz licks with the jamming intensity that might normally be relegated to guitar heroes in the rock world. Tracks include "Inside Out", "Some Skunk Funk", "Sponge", "East River", "Funky Sea Funky Dew", and "Squids". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Heavy Metal Be Bop ... CD 8.99

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Terry CallierFire On Ice ... LP
Elektra, 1978. Very Good+ ... $13.99
One of the great albums from Terry Callier's "second chapter" on record – a time when he was working for Elektra Records, and doing work that was a bit straighter soul than before – and also slightly jazzy as well! The record's kind of a mix of jazzy grooves and smoother soul – typical for the fusion division of Elektra at the time, where Callier's hard-to-peg work was relegated. There's some really great songs on the record – and although the arrangements sometimes lack the sensitivity of the Cadet scorings of earlier years, they're still pretty great from a modern soul perspective. Richard Evans is producing and arranging the session, and Terry's still got help from a lot of Chicago friends like Minnie Riperton, Eddie Harris, and Phil Upchurch – all of whom help to keep the album relatively strong. Titles include some really nice originals, like "African Violet" and "Butterfly", both of which are some of Terry's best compositions from the time – plus "Love Two Love", "Martin St Martin", "Street Fever", and "Be A Believer". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light staining along the opening.)

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Cab CallowayCotton Club Revue 1958 ... LP
Gone, 1958. Very Good ... $24.99
A really unusual later album from Cab Calloway – a set recorded for the mostly R&B label Gone, and done in a style that update the Calloway sound from previous years at the Cotton Club! The overall presentation is strongly jazz-based – with arrangements by Eddie Barefield, who also conducts – and Calloway's still got that wonderful voice fully in place – that way of singing loud, clear, and with a sinister edge that was no doubt a big influence on later styles to come. Titles include "Sinful", "Sweeter Than Sweet", "Beginnin Of Sinnin", "Never Had It So Good", "Don't Worry Bout Me", and "Copper Colored Girl". (Vocalists, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a tiny bit of seam splitting on the top seam, and a small bit of tape on the spine, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ Ace SpectrumInner Spectrum ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good ... $9.99
A tremendous debut from Ace Spectrum – a harmony quartet who never cracked the charts as much as some of their east coast contemporaries, but who were every bit as great as the bigger names on the east coast scene! The album's got a soaring sound that's strongly influenced by Philly, but recorded in New York – a warmly compressed style that's professional and focused, and beautifully put together with arrangements from Bert DeCoteaux and production by the team of Tony Silvester and Ed Zant. We love the group the best on the mellower cuts – which have a quality that's deeply personal amidst the smoothness – but even the more upbeat tracks are plenty darn great too! Titles include the sublime slow numbers "Moving On" and "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" – plus "Don't Send Nobody Else", "If You Were There", "Pickup", "I Don't Want To Play Around", and "Me & My Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Aquarian DreamChance To Dance ... LP
Elektra, 1979. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Aquarian Dream step out on their own – working here for the first time without Norman Connors at the helm, but in a groove that's still plenty nice! The clubby aspects of the group's sound are played up by arranger/producer Jeff Lane – who'd worked often with BT Express and Brass Construction, and finds a similar groove here with Aquarian Dream – one in which all the best elements are focused strongly on the rhythms! A few mellower moments round things out nicely with a jazzy vibe – and titles include "Disco Juice", "Gettum Up And Dance", "Big Boy", "Why Can't We Do It Like We Used To", "Dirty Trick", and "Love Slave". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – Cover has a large amount of peeling along the spine.)

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Average White BandWarmer Communications ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Very Good+ ... $2.99
In case you don't get the joke, the title's a play on the fact that Atlantic Records had just been acquired by Warner Communications – now fully a major label at the end of the 70s! That fact doesn't stop the album from being a good one, though – and AWB work here with Arif Mardin on a set of tunes that still have a fair bit of the funky touches of earlier records, but which also go for a few mellower tunes too – of the sort that were becoming the group's strongest suit at the time. "She's A Dream" is a great example of this style – a nicely gliding number that still has a nice groove at the bottom – and while the set doesn't include any standout hits, it's still a great example of why AWB could pull off this sort of record a lot better than most of their contemporaries! Titles include "She's A Dream", "Warmer Communications", "Price Of The Dream", "Sweet & Sour", "One Look Over My Shoulder", "Your Love Is A Miracle", and "Same Feeling Different Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Erykah BaduMama's Gun ... LP
Motown, 2000. Near Mint- 2LP ... $39.99
A millennial classic from Erykah Badu – a set that came along right as the current century was starting up, to show a soulful path that would keep things strong for many years to come! The album grabbed a bigger audience than Erykah's first, but still kept things strong – really focusing in on that amazing vocal style that made the singer such a unique talent – and which always had edges that were sharper, and runs that were deeper, than some of her contemporaries who might be able to trick a phrase with a bit of spirit, but never deliver the whole thing in the way that Badu can! Themes are both personal and hinting at her political turns to come – and titles include "Kiss Me On My Neck", "Didn't Cha Know", "My Life", "AD 2000", "Bag Lady", "In Love With You", and "Booty". (Neo Soul, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing in a stickered sleeve. Top corners have some wear.)

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Bar-KaysPropositions ... LP
Mercury, 1982. Very Good ... $6.99
Tightly grooving work from The Bar-Kays – a set that's light years away from the sound of their Memphis roots, but still plenty darn funky overall! The album's got a tight bass-heavy approach to the music – the well-forged ensemble sound that graced the later years of the Bar-Kays' career, with nary a note out of place, and a sweet blend of keyboards over the bass, giving the tunes a strong electric feel – gliding wonderfully over romping rhythms on the upbeat tracks, and stepping sweetly on the album's few mellow gems. Titles include "Tripping Out", "Propositions", "Anticipation", "Do It (Let Me See You Shake)", "She Talks To Me With Her Body", and "You Made A Change In My Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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BarrabasHeart Of The City ... LP
Atco, 1975. Very Good+ ... $4.99
It must have cost Barrabas plenty to make the heart-shaped manhole on the cover of this album – but given the sound of the grooves, the money was well worth it! The set's a fair bit tighter than their earliest work from Spain – but also a great direction for their styles – one that's nicely soulful, with some club funk touches that fit in nicely with their American contemporaries on the Atco label. The tracks have a strong New York groove – with loads of great keyboards from Juan Vidal, and plenty of heavy basslines by Ernesto Duarte – pumping nicely in a way that's more stomping than straight funk, but still pretty great. Vocals are best when they're floating down amidst the instrumentation – and titles include "Mellow Blow", "Family Size", "Make It Easy", "Checkmate", and "Take A Wild Ride". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chuck BerryChuck Berry's Golden Decade Vol 3 ... LP
Chess, Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $5.99
It's the third installment in this series, but the Chess Records classics are still going strong – and are maybe even better, given that the music's getting more obscure, and also features some instrumentals too! Players include Willie Dixon on bass, Johnny Johnson on piano, Matt Murphy on guitar, and Eddie Hurdy on drums! Titles include "Hey Pedro", "My Little Love Light", "House Of Blue Lights", "County Line", "Blue On Blue", "Ingo", "St Louis Blues", "Broken Arrow", "Rolli Polli", "Downbound Train", "Worried Life Blues", and "Man & The Donkey". LP, Vinyl record album

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Big MaybelleBig Maybelle Got A Brand New Bag ... LP
Rojac, 1967. Very Good ... $43.99
Big Maybelle's got a new bag – and we like it! This tasty set was cut for the tiny Rojac label in between Maybelle's earlier years at Savoy and later albums on Brunswick – and it's got a swinging, 60s mod sort of style that's pretty darn groovy, baby! The arrangements are by Bob Gallo, and most of the tracks are 60s pop and soul standards – but Maybelle sings them with a gusty, sincere style – and brings a really great approach to the album – almost giving it the feel of some of the best Tangerine label albums from the decade. Titles include "Eggplant That Ate Chicago", "I Can't Control Myself", "Coming On Strong", "Mellow Yellow", "96 Tears", "Eleanor Rigby", and "Black Is Black". Kind of nutty, but it kind of works! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing. Cover has light aging.)

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Cicero BlakeToo Hip To Be Happy ... LP
Valley Vue, 1988. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Titles include "I Saw It Coming", "Dip My Dipper", "School Of Life", "She's Cheatin On You", "I've Got To Use My Imagination", and "Don't Throw Your Love On Me So Strong". (Blues, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BohannonDance Your Ass Off ... LP
Dakar, 1976. Very Good ... $8.99
Easy to dance your ass off with music this great – a fast, firey form of funk that's very much in the best Bohannon mode – that unique groove that was unlike anything else to hit the American scene for years to come! The record's a locomotive right from the start – a completely tight union of guitar, bass, drums, and just about anything else that gets into the mix – served up at a fast chugging groove that's very different than either typical funk or 70s disco! A few tracks add in a bit of extra strings, but these are always subsumed by the strong strong rhythms – and titles include the cut "Zulu", which has always been a favorite here in Chitown – plus "Party People", "Dance Your Ass Off", and "Bohannon's Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl plays with a short click on the side 1, track 1.)

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Booker T & Priscilla JonesChronicles ... LP
A&M, 1973. Very Good- ... $5.99
Booker T's definitely into a great new groove here – one that really extrapolates his Memphis roots through the haze of early 70s California – coming up with some wonderful sounds along the way! There's a definite A&M vibe to the record – that mix of rootsy modes and hipster polish that A&M was really pioneering alongside the Warner camp – and most of the instrumentation here is pretty stripped-down and laid back – sometimes played all by Booker in overdubs, sometimes with added studio help. Organ lines figure strongly, but not always – and vocals are mostly duets between Booker and Priscilla – on titles that include "Rings Around The World", "When Two People Are In Love", "The Crippled Crow", "Time", "Wild Fox", "Fly", and "Mendocino". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the heavy inner sleeve. Cover has a promo imprint and some surface wear. Label has an ink stamp.)

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Booker T & The MGsMcLemore Avenue ... LP
Stax, 1969. Very Good+ ... $39.99
The Beatles had Abbey Road – and Booker T & The MGs had McLemore Ave, the main street running outside the Stax studios, and a fitting title for the album that has them playing tunes from The Beatles' incredible Abbey Road album. If you've ever thought that Abbey Road was a soft-rock lowpoint in the Beatles' career, consider how many soul and jazz artists either covered the whole album, performed songs from it, or referenced it in their album covers. This little gem is proof that the compositions already had a life of their own within a short time of the release of the record – as Book and crew take the Beatles' tunes to whole new heights, working them together into a complicated batch of grooves that really pushes past their earlier work on Stax. Who knows, perhaps The Beatles were just the kick that Book needed – we can't ever tell the whole story, but we can say that the record marks a strong turning point for the group, and is well worth having for a variety of reasons. Titles include "The End", "You Never Give Me Your Money", "Because", "I Want You/She's So Heavy", and "Polythene Pam". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear.)

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James BrownJames Brown Sings Out Of Sight (white cover) ... LP
Smash, 1964. Very Good ... $49.99
One of the stranger James Brown albums from the 60s! The record is one of the only vocal albums he cut for the Smash label – and it was issued during a time when James was strangely contracted to two labels – King and Smash. His dual contract situation was that he couldn't record any new original vocal material for Smash – apart from the title track "Out Of Sight", which had already been snuck on the market, and which is a sinister funky track built along the same lines as "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" (not on this album.) Apart from that track, the rest of the material on the record is more traditional R&B and pop stuff – sung by James in a strong soul style. Titles include "Somethin Else", "Nature Boy", "Maybe The Last Time", "I Wanna Be Around", "I Got You", and "Good Rockin Tonight". The liner notes are great, too – with some pretty interesting information on Brown's career, and African-American politics. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove, in the rare withdrawn cover. Labels have some pen. Cover has a cutout hole, some waviness along opening, and a name in pen.)

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Jerry ButlerBest Of Jerry Butler (Mercury) ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Very Good ... $0.99
Seminal work by one of our favorite soul singers of all time! Jerry first came to fame with The Impressions and on his own in the early 60s – singing dark moody easy tunes that well earned him the nickname of "Iceman". In the late 60s, though, he moved onto Mercury where he broke through even bigger with some excellent early production by Gamble & Huff, which took Jerry to a whole new level, and which gave his work a swinging soul groove that worked great with his vocals. This set compiles some of the best moments of the Mercury years – including "Never Give You Up", "Lost", "Moody Woman", "Mr Dream Merchant", "Hey Western Union Man", and "Only The Strong Survive". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Jean CarnJean Carn ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1976. Very Good ... $0.99
Jean Carn was one of the best-ever singers to hit the Philly International label – a sophisticated diva with a style that would strongly influence soul music for the next 10 years, and a downright compelling voice that crafted some of the best modern soul of her generation. Although Jean started out as a spiritually-oriented singer working with husband Doug Carn and Earth Wind & Fire, this debut album has her grooving in a style that resembles the classy Columbia sound of Marlena Shaw. Like Shaw, Carn takes the best of her jazz roots, and strips off the nonsense to adapt to a more modern style. Gamble & Huff take a great deal of care with the album – and are careful not to bury Jean's voice in overly club-oriented arrangements, as they occasionally did with other female singers. Includes the hit groover "Free Love", plus "Don't You Know Love When You See It", "You Are All I Need", "You Got A Problem", and "If You Wanna Go Back". LP, Vinyl record album

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James CarrMan Needs A Woman ... LP
Goldwax, Late 60s. Very Good ... $59.99
Sublime southern soul from one of the greats! James Carr is right up there with the best of the 60s – Otis Redding, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, and others – but he never made it as big as them because of personal troubles and bad planning on the part of his label and management. Fortunately, his genius has been kept alive by record collectors everywhere – for whom this rare gem is a holy grail! The album features 11 tunes that sum up the best of the south in the 60s – all sung by James with his unbelievably heartbreaking voice. Titles include "The Dark End Of The Street", "You've Got My Mind Messed Up", "A Woman Is A Man's Best Friend", "I'm A Fool For You", "Stronger Than Love", "More Love", and "Sowed Love & Reaped A Heartache". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has a mark that clicks through the first two songs on Side 1. Cover has a split top seam, some wear and aging, small drillhole through the center, and a thin scrape across the front.)

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Jimmy Castor BunchSupersound ... LP
Atlantic, 1975. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Jimmy Castor bursts forward here with a definite supersound – a groove that's different than his fuzzier work for RCA Records, but still equally funky throughout! Castor's still quite the multi-instrumentalist on the record – as in addition to singing lead, he plays plenty of soprano sax and timbales – the latter of which have this great skittish energy that really pushes the grooves forward strongly! And although the timbales are quite different than in Jimmy's earlier Latin work from the late 60s, there's a definite Latin-izing element in the way they're used – kind of an "it's not heavy enough – let's add more percussion" approach to the core 70s funk styles of the combo! Tunes are nicely quirky, and have a sense of humor in keeping with the cover – and titles include "Magic In The Music", "Supersound", "Bom Bom", "King Kong", and "A Groove Will Make You Move". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Ray CharlesGreat Ray Charles ... LP
Atlantic, Late 50s. Very Good- ... $14.99
More of a jazz album than the early vocal singles of Ray Charles – but a set that definitely is as great as promised by the title! Ray's in the lead on piano – taking some strong solos, and showing us what a sensitive phraseologist he can be when needed – really showcasing that side of his talents even more strongly away from his vocals. The album's got some great sidemen, too – David Newman on alto and tenor, Joe Bridgewater and John Hunt on trumpets, Emmott Dennis on baritone, and even a bit of guest work on bass from Oscar Pettiford. Newman and Bridgewater get in some nice solos – and titles include "Black Coffee", "The Ray", "Doodlin", "There's No You", and "Sweet Sixteen Bars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original green label "long playing unbreakable", deep groove pressing! Cover has some staining on the top seam and light wear.)
Also available Great Ray Charles (180 gram mono pressing) ... LP 17.99

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CherrelleHigh Priority ... LP
Tabu, 1985. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Sweet 80s grooves from Cherrelle – a set that really has the singer cooking strongly with the production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – complete with all the heavy beats you might expect! Jam and Lewis borrow plenty of bottom sounds from the styles of hip hop and electro, and do a great job of mixing the rhythmic elements with Cherrelle's catchy vocals – all in a way that really blows away some of their more chart-topping productions, as the tunes have a bit more of an underground appeal! Make no mistake, this is definitely the poppier side of the soul spectrum – but there's also a freshness here that goes way past Janet Jackson – and which retains some of that smoother, more sophisticated sound we always love in the Tabu label. Titles include "You Look Good To Me", "High Priority", "Artificial Heart", "Saturday Love", "Oh No It's U Again", and "New Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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CloversTheir Greatest Recordings – The Early Years ... LP
Atco, Early 50s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $7.99
A sweet little collection of great tracks by the legendary Clovers – a group whose sound was a key force in transforming Atlantic Records during the 50s! The Clovers were an incredibly tight, incredibly consistent quintet – possessed of a rich talent for both sweet ballads and raspier groovers, in a way that helped push vocal harmonies much more strongly into an R&B mode than some of the efforts of groups who came before. This set features 14 of the group's best numbers from their early years with Atlantic – including the familiar hits, as well as some nice, lesser-known tracks that show just how strong The Clovers sound was overall. Titles include "Devil Or Angel", "Ting A Ling", "Blue Velvet", "Fool Fool Fool", "One Mint Julep", "Don't You Know I Love You", "Love Potion Number Nine", "Lovey Dovey", "Your Cash Ain't Nothin But Trash", "Hey Miss Fanny", and "Down In The Alley". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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CommodoresMovin' On ... LP
Motown, 1975. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A killer early set from The Commodores – and exactly the kind of record that shows why the group was so great at the start! Long before they were the giants of adult pop, the group were a tight funk act who were able to really balance mellow moments with more full-on grooves – a quality that meant they could slide into a warm harmony soul number at one point, then boom the bass right out of the box the next – all with a quality that at this point was light years ahead of most of their contemporaries! There's lots of modes here that other groups would cop more strongly in years to come – but the album's still better than any others that tried to imitate its strengths – thanks to classic cuts like "Hold On", "Free", "(Can I) Get A Witness", "Sweet Love", "Mary Mary", and "Gimme My Mule" – as well as the great spacey instrumental "Cebu", which has an excellent moogy Dexter Wansel-ish vibe! That cut alone is a major discovery for anyone who doesn't know the group at this point – and will show you that they can be totally hip when they want. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some notes in pen on back.)

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Ruth CopelandSelf Portrait ... LP
Invictus, 1970. Very Good+ ... $49.99
A surprisingly groovy little set – one of a few outings cut by singer Ruth Copeland – kind of an enigmatic figure in the early P-Funk years! The approach here is more rock than soul, but there's definitely some funky undercurrents too – of the sort that have always made Copeland a favorite with break freaks over the years – thanks to help on the album from Dennis Coffey, Eddie Hazel, Bernie Worrell, and George Clinton! Ruth arranged, performed, and produced the core part of the album herself – but the production style is surprisingly strong – with a use of space and strings that almost shows a bit of Axelrod influence at times, although more skewed towards the Detroit soul scene that Copeland called home. Titles include the classic "Your Love Been So Good To Me", which starts with a very fuzzy electric break, and "I Got a Thing For You Daddy", which has some great spacey guitars on the intro – plus "Child of the North", "No Commitment", "A Gift of Me", and "The Music Box". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Self Portrait (180 gram pressing) ... LP 28.99

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Dave Baby CortezRinky-Dink ... LP
Chess, 1962. Very Good- ... $6.99
There's nothing Rinky Dink about this classic album from Dave Baby Cortez – as the set's heavy on Hammond organ grooves, and was definitely a key part of the instrument's introduction to soul music in the 60s! The style is rooted in jazz use of the Hammond, but served up with a tighter, less solo-based mode that's more soul instrumental overall – one that has Cortez really stepping out strongly on his instrument, with a range of modes that run from soulful stepping to some grittier, bluesier cuts that reflect the album's placement on the Chess label. Titles include the big hit "Rinky Dink" – plus "Jammin (parts 1 & 2)", "Wobble (parts 1 & 2)", "Skins & Sounds", "Mr. Gee", "Davy's Shuffle", "Lost Love", "Little Paris Melody", and "Getting Right". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove.)

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Bill CosbySilver Throat – Bill Cosby Sings ... LP
Warner, 1967. Very Good ... $0.99
A weird little record from Bill Cosby – a set that's not as all-out funky as some of his other vocal albums, but still pretty nice overall! The style here is more bluesy than soul-based, but production is still by Fred Smith, of 103rd Street Rhythm Band fame – and the album has a sense of grit that's a lot stronger than you might guess. Many of the tunes are covers from an older R&B era, and Cosby takes them with an approach that's a bit tongue-in-cheek at times – kind of garbling the lyrics and muddying up the sound, even though we know he can sing a bit more clearly from other records! There's certainly a few tracks that have a nice gritty soul sound, and titles include the great "Little Ole Man" which is basically Bill doing a skit over the "Uptight" rhythm – plus "Bright Lights Big City", "Big Boss Man", "Hush Hush", "Baby What You Want Me To Do", "Mojo Workout", "Doncha Know", and "Place In The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Crown Heights AffairStruck Gold ... LP
De-Lite, 1983. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Crown Heights Affair may not have actually struck gold in the charts with this set, but the album's one of their better later efforts – and has the funky club group hitting a strongly boogie-driven groove! The tunes are long, and the album rolls along on a snapping bassy bottom – working a style that's a leaner interpretation of the group's earlier funk sound, but which is still honed to a nicely focused groove. Titles include the hip hop tune "Rock The World", which features vocals by Fredrick "MC Count" Linton – plus "Put Me In Gear", "Is It As Good As It Looks", and "I Struck Gold". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing with extra tracks. Cover and labels have a name in pen.)

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Giovanni DamicoBoogie Tracks ... LP
Star Creature, 2019. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A sweet set of largely instrumental Italo electro funk and spacey 80s synth soul inspired grooves from Giovanni Damico! Giovanni delivers what's really becoming a something of a signature Star Creature sound – a deep love for the 80s era synth and drum programming, but strongly resonant of post-millennium modern funk – with a lot of other diverse touches layered in, including occasional vocoder and vocals, more insistent, old school hip hop inspired drum programming and more. Titles Includes "Spazio E Tempo", " "Boogie Erogeno", "Bday Mood", "Puma Beat", "Rize Up", "The G-Sound", "New Directions" and "Stream Of Souls". (New Grooves, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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George DukeI Love The Blues, She Heard My Cry ... LP
MPS, 1975. Sealed ... $14.99
One of George Duke's best albums for the MPS label – and a set that has a sound that's a little bit more soul than before! The album uses a fair bit of vocals alongside Duke's funky keyboards – but in a way that's not nearly as smooth as some of his albums for Epic, and which still retains all the best spacey and cosmic bits of his roots! The record's got a strong west coast soul feel – with elements of some of the jazzy funk of the Fantasy Records/Bay Area scene, and elements of the electric funk that was starting to come out of LA at the time – and there's a huge host of guest stars on the record, including Johnny Guitar Watson (who sings on one track), Emil Richards (who plays marimba), and Flora Purim (who does her usual thing!) Titles include "Chariot", "Someday", "That's What She Said", "Sister Serene", "Prepare Yourself", "Rokkinrowl", and "Look Into Her Eyes". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram remaster.)

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Champion Jack DupreeSings The Blues ... LP
King, Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Early King Records material by Champion Jack Dupree – a hell of a pianist, and a heck of a great singer too – working almost as a raconteur on some of the best songs on this collection! The music has deep roots in New Orleans, where Jack must have really honed his piano skills – but there's also a more northern, more urban presentation of the music on these cuts – a strong current of wit that comes in the way that Jack puts over a tune, and a great mix of jazzy phrasing in both his piano and the electric guitar that sometimes provides strong accompaniment. Jack's vocals are almost more commentary than traditional lyrics – often with an undercurrent of raunch – and titles include "That's My Pa", "Failing Health Blues", "Big Leg Emma's", "Two Below Zero", "Camille", "Me & My Mule", "She Cooks Me Cabbage", and "Silent Partner". (Blues, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireLast Days & Time ... LP
Columbia, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ... $9.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some minor splitting.)

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Edge Of DaybreakEyes Of Love ... LP
Numero, 1979. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A really beautiful album of harmony soul – and a set that we'd already love for its music, even if the group didn't have an interesting story! Edge Of Daybreak are part of a small sub-culture of 70s soul groups – an ensemble who existed behind prison bars, like Power Of Attorney or The Escorts – and like both of those groups, they've got an amazingly strong sound – one that goes way beyond their incarcerated status, and which should have made them (like the other two) worthy of greater attention in the outside world! The material was recorded in 1979, but it's got a fragile early 70s vibe – maybe because that was the last time these guys heard work in the mainstream – and the voices come together with a style that's proud, but quite heartbreaking at times too – a bit like The Whatnauts on their best ballad material. If you dig harmony soul, you'll find plenty to love here – especially if you like early 70s material from Philly and New Jersey – and don't even worry about the behind bars gimmick, because the record has way more to offer than that! Titles include "Let Us", "Eyes Of Love", "I Wanna Dance With You", "Bring Me Down", "Edge Of Daybreak", and "Your Destiny". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the die-cut cover, with heavy inner sleeve and insert.)

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En VogueBorn To Sing ... LP
Atlantic, 1990. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Wonderful work from the ladies who helped redirect R&B during the 90s! Sure, En Vogue were chart toppers for many years – but they also were some of the first female singers to really use the changes in hip hop production to work out a more solid approach to soul music – heavy beats at the bottom that make their music a perfect fit for a younger soul audience who were raised on equal parts hip hop – but more than enough of the class and care to still appeal to an older audience as well. The vocals are wonderful – strong and proud – and titles include the huge hits "Hold On" and "Lies" – plus "Time Goes On", "Strange", "You Don't Have To Worry", "Don't Go", "Luv Lines", "Part Of Me", and "Party". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Also available Born To Sing (2CD deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 12.99

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ExumaExuma ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ... $29.99
A landmark first album from Exuma – one of a handful of early 70s classics that really worked hard to break down musical genres! At some level, the set's got a Caribbean feel, but at others it's quite funky – a great mix of Exuma's Bahamian roots and some of the headier sounds that Mercury Records was serving up at the time – all hinted at strongly by the rootsy psychedelia of the cover! And given Exuma's appeal to wider audiences, it's almost tempting to think of him as sort of a tripped-out Richie Havens – with similar acoustic elements, yet a lot more percussion and groove in the end. Titles include "Seance In The Sixth Fret", "You Don't Know What's Going On", "The Vision", "Mamma Loi Papa Loi", and "Dambala". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a split top seam, general wear, and a large sticker spot on the front.)

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FatbackSo Delicious ... LP
Cotillion, 1985. Very Good ... $7.99
A sweet set of street soul from Fatback – delivered with a bit more electro influences than some of their classic funk, but a groove that's still always right on the money! Bill Curtis is at the helm of the group, laying down most of the rhythms via DMX – but even with the electronics, the funky sensibility of the music comes through strongly – nicely percolated on the midtempo tunes, and gliding a bit more softly on the mellower ones. John DeBerry makes his debut with the group on lead vocals for the record, but Ben E King also guests on two tracks – "So Delicious" and "Evil". Other titles include "Lover Undercover", "Go Out With A Bang", "Girls On My Mind", "Start It Up", and "She's A Go-Getter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, some pen, and a promo stamp.)

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Bar-KaysLight Of Life ... LP
Mercury, 1978. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Proof that even a move to a major label couldn't keep the Bar-Kays down – as the group are working here in a great groove that's wider, fresher, and stronger overall than any of their Stax albums! Sure, the whole thing's not guitar-based funk all the way through, but the group are also maturing, and really opening up a lot – working equally well on ballads and mellower midtempo numbers, as they were on the still tight funkier tracks. The overall sound is almost that of the Ohio Players when they moved to Mercury, but without the chart hits, and more of a focus on working at a level that's even higher than before! The band still jams it hard on the funky cut "Give It Up", but also kicks back with some beautiful harmony vocals on "I Lean On You/You Lean On Me", get some great pop hooks in on "Shine", and come together nicely on the tracks "We're The Happiest People In The World", "Angel Eyes", "Are You Being Real", and "Love's What It's All About". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Chuck Berry & The Steve Miller BandLive At The Fillmore Auditorium ... LP
Mercury, Late 60s. Very Good ... $19.99
The cover's a bit trippy, but the sound is anything but – and instead stands as a strong tribute to the way the early work of Chuck Berry continued to influence a generation of rockers well through the 60s! Berry's the frontman, and gets plenty of chance to sing and sear on guitar – and the backing band is actually the combo of a young Steve Miller – soon to explode in fame of his own, but here very respectful to Chuck! Wally Heider recorded the set – and it's definitely one of the headier Chuck Berry moments of the 60s – but mostly because the live setting allows things to get a bit looser, and even grittier. Miller plays guitar, and Jim Peterman turns in lots of great work on organ and electric piano – and titles include "Flying Home", "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", "CC Rider", "Feelin It", "Wee Baby Blues", "Hoochie Coochie Man", and "Driftin Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Gene ChandlerStroll On With The Duke ... LP
Solid Smoke, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good ... $2.99
A fantastic collection of Gene's early work – with a strong focus on the many styles he used at the time, and some of the more obscure numbers he cut for the Constellation label. Robert Pruter provided some great notes – and titles include "Festival Of Love", "I Wake Up Crying", "Song Called Soul", "Just Be True", "What Now", "Rainbow 65 (complete version)", "Walk On With The Duke", "Man's Temptation", "Bless Our Love", "You Can't Hurt Me No More", "The Big Lie", and "If You Can't Be True". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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Cold BloodLydia Pense & Cold Blood ... LP
ABC, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $7.99
Cold Blood are still going strong in the mid 70s – a lot stronger than anyone would imagine for a group that was kind of a white-boy (and girl) soul group coming out of the magical Bay Area scene of the late 60s. The group's actually a lot tighter here than before – and the instrumentation has kind of an Average White Band funky groove to it, one that offers up some nice moments in the breakdowns. Lydia's vocals are still something we can't cotton to, though! Titles include "Drink The Wine", "We Came Down Here", "I Get Off On You", "Feel The Fire", "Blinded By Love", "Back Here Again", "Let Me Be The One", and "It Takes A Lot Of Good Lovin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a cut corner.)

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Manu DibangoO Boso ... LP
Fiesta (France), 1972. Near Mint- ... $43.99
A rare bit of funk from Manu Dibango – one of numerous iterations of the Soul Makossa LP that was issued in '72! It's an incredible record – even if, or perhaps because the title track was a worldwide hit! Before this one came out, Manu was a funky sax player grooving away in Cameroun, cutting tight but obscure soulful sides. In 1972, though, he exploded with the track "Soul Makossa" – a choppy hard-riffing number that blew up on dancefloors instantly, thanks to a strong cultural colonial pipeline already laid down by the French. The track had this amazing choppy beat that was instantly copied by loads of folks – as was the "Soul Makossa" tune, which due to some sort of copyright loophole, was covered by more groups than we care to count! The rest of the album was recorded to follow up on the strength of that single – and believe it or not, it's actually even better, as the band is completely tight, very funky, and playing with that weird mix of Afro rhythms and electric funk that was being laid down in Paris at the time (and in fact, French jazzer Georges Arvanitas actually plays on the album!), plus it's got some excellent production tricks, including a lot of echo, that really enhance the vibe of the set. Manu's tone is incredible, and the record's a must-have in the bin of any fan of 70s Afro Funk! This LP features 8 numbers in all, including "O Boso", "Dangwa", "Ngosso", "New Bell", "Hibiscus", "Soul Makossa", "Wild Man In The City", and "Nights In Zeralda". (Global Grooves, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Original French pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)

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Betty Everett & Jerry ButlerDelicious Together (Suite Beat) ... LP
Vee Jay, 1964. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Betty Everett and Jerry Butler certainly are delicious together – and the pair have more than enough great energy to hold on strong throughout this entire album of duets! Although Motown is probably best remembered as the home of the male/female duet mode of the 60s – Vee Jay certainly helped get things started with this great album – one that matches Jerry's Iceman vocals with Betty's warmer, younger approach – a pairing that comes off surprisingly well on the album's variety of numbers! Johnny Pate arranged, and titles include "Let It Be Me", "I Can't Stand It", "Fever", "Just Be True", "It's All Right", "Ain't That Loving You Baby", "The Way You Do The Things You Do", and "Our Day Will Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(Suite Beat reissue.)
 
 
 



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