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✨✧ Jean CarnJean Carn ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1976. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Patti AustinEnd Of A Rainbow ... LP
CTI, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderfully warm soul from the great Patti Austin – a key artist in the late 70s, and one who really helped push the music forward with a new sense of sophistication! Patti's got a strongly jazzy vibe here – and works with David Matthews arrangements that are really well put-together – less funky than some of Dave's other work of the period, and filled with these mellow moments that really let Austin's energy flow! The overall feel is a bit like some of Jean Carn's work on Philly International – hip, sophisticated, and filled with plenty of jazz touches – although with an even stronger approach to ballads – and titles include the classic "This Side Of Heaven", plus "More Today Than Yesterday", "Say You Love Me", "In My Life", "Give It Time", and "What's At The End Of A Rainbow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Also available End Of A Rainbow (Japanese pressing) ... CD 12.99

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Patti AustinEnd Of A Rainbow (Japanese pressing) ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1976. Used ... $12.99
Wonderfully warm soul from the great Patti Austin – a key artist in the late 70s, and one who really helped push the music forward with a new sense of sophistication! Patti's got a strongly jazzy vibe here – and works with David Matthews arrangements that are really well put-together – less funky than some of Dave's other work of the period, and filled with these mellow moments that really let Austin's energy flow! The overall feel is a bit like some of Jean Carn's work on Philly International – hip, sophisticated, and filled with plenty of jazz touches – although with an even stronger approach to ballads – and titles include the classic "This Side Of Heaven", plus "More Today Than Yesterday", "Say You Love Me", "In My Life", "Give It Time", and "What's At The End Of A Rainbow". CD
(Out of print.)

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Angela BofillAngie ... CD
Buddah, 1978. Used ... $6.99
Angela Bofill's sublime first album – a mixture of jazzy soul and soulful jazz, all put together with a sound that's really a cut above most of her contemporaries! As with Jean Carn or Phyllis Hyman, there's a sophistication to Angela's sound here that indicates roots in much hipper territory that were still pulling strongly on her work for this mainstream set – a sound that runs deeper than you might expect for such a commercially successful record, and which has really kept it alive for years. Part of the strength of the set is the jazzy backings given the music – arranged by Dave Grusin, and carried off by himself on keyboards, with other players who include Eric Gale on guitar, Dave Valentin on reeds, Steve Gadd on drums, and Ralph MacDonald on percussion. There's a warmly glowing feel to the record that's neither slick or commercial – and titles include "Children Of The World United", "Summer Days", "Rough Times", "This Time I'll Be Sweeter", and "The Only Thing I Would Wish For". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Angela BofillAngie/Angel Of The Night ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... $11.99
A pair of soulful gems! Angie is Angela Bofill's sublime first album – a mixture of jazzy soul and soulful jazz, all put together with a sound that's really a cut above most of her contemporaries! As with Jean Carn or Phyllis Hyman, there's a sophistication to Angela's sound here that indicates roots in much hipper territory that were still pulling strongly on her work for this mainstream set – a sound that runs deeper than you might expect for such a commercially successful record, and which has really kept it alive for years. Part of the strength of the set is the jazzy backings given the music – arranged by Dave Grusin, and carried off by himself on keyboards, with other players who include Eric Gale on guitar, Dave Valentin on reeds, Steve Gadd on drums, and Ralph MacDonald on percussion. There's a warmly glowing feel to the record that's neither slick or commercial – and titles include "Children Of The World United", "Summer Days", "Rough Times", "This Time I'll Be Sweeter", and "The Only Thing I Would Wish For". Angel Of The Night is sweet jazzy soul from Angie Bofil – recorded in 1979 with Dave Grusin, who gives the album a smooth edge that really works perfectly with her vocals! The set's a perfect blend of the more soulful elements in the fusion scene of the late 70s, combined with Angie's warm vocal style and some excellent songwriting. Titles include "I Try", "Angel Of The Night", "What I Wouldn't Do", "Rainbow Child", "The Voyage", and a great cover of "People Make The World Go Round". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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✨✧ Jean CarneDon't Let It Go To Your Head – The Jean Carne Anthology ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A fantastic tribute to the great Jean Carne – a singer who started out in jazz, working with then-husband Doug Carn on spiritual sessions and drummer Norman Connors on his soulful sides of the 70s – then shifted over to the Philadelphia International label, where she really helped Philly soul find new direction moving into the 80s! Jean always brings all the sophistication of her roots into her music – making her way more than just another soul singer, and instead a vocalist with a great range of expression that has her opening up in just the right way, no matter what the setting. This excellent collection is filled with classics from her years on Philadelphia International, and also includes some rare 12" mixes and duets with other artists too. Titles include "Free Love", "No Laughing Matter", "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", "You Can't Come Back Now", "There's A Shortage Of Good Men", "Time Waits For No One", "Lonely Girl In A Cold Cold World", "Bet Your Lucky Star", We Got Some Catchin Up To Do", "When I Find You Love", "Was That All It Was (12" mix)", "What's On Your Mind (12" mix)", "Revelation/Infant Eyes", "Mystic Stranger", "Completeness", and "If You Don't Know Me By Now" – plus "I'm Back For More" with Al Johnson, "Sweet & Wonderful" with Glenn Jones, "You Might Be Surprised" with Roy Ayers, "Love Is Beautiful" and "Dreams Of Tomorrow" with Dexter Wansel, "Keep In Touch" and "The Look Of Love" with Grover Washington, and "Dindi", "Love's In Your Corner", and "Valentine Love" with Norman Connors. CD

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Norman ConnorsBest Of Norman Connors & Friends ... CD
Right Stuff, 1970s/Early 80s. Used ... $2.99
Some great tracks from the jazzy soulful genius of Norman Connors! Connors is one of the best crossover soul jazz artists of the 70s – with a masterful blend of styles that's matched by only a few other artists, like Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson. This set includes tracks from his Buddah and Arista recordings – and the sound is classic all the way through! Titles include "You Are My Starship", "This Is Your Life", "Betcha By Golly Wow", "Valentine Love", "Dindi", "Romantic Journey, "We Both Need Each Other", "Love From The Sun", and "Once I've Been There". The "friends" are all vocalists – including Michael Henderson, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carn, Phillip Mitchell, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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Norman ConnorsMelancholy Fire – Best Of Norman Connors (Razor & Tie pressing) ... CD
Buddah/Razor & Tie, Mid 70s. Used ... $12.99
Some great tracks from the jazzy soulful genius of Norman Connors! Connors is one of the best crossover soul jazz artists of the 70s – with a masterful blend of styles that's matched by only a few other artists, like Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson. This set includes tracks from his Buddah and Arista recordings – and the sound is classic all the way through! Titles include "You Are My Starship", "This Is Your Life", "Betcha By Golly Wow", "Valentine Love", "Everything I Have Is Good", "Butterfly", "You Bring Me Joy", "I Am Your Melody", and "Take It To The Limit". The "friends" are all vocalists – including Michael Henderson, Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carn, Pharoah Sanders, and Miss Adaritha. CD
(Out of print.)

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Norman ConnorsSlewfoot ... LP
Buddah, 1974. Very Good ... $11.99
A really bold step forward for Norman Connors – a set that's still got all the spiritual jazz elements of his roots, but which also adds in some more soul and funk elements too! Jean Carn delivers some wonderful vocals on the record – at a level that's much more like her early Black Jazz recordings with Doug Carn, than her later Philly soul sides – and Connors heads up a killer instrumental group that features reeds from Hubert Laws, Carlos Garnett, and Gary Bartz – plus wicked keyboards from Reggie Lucas and percussion from Dom Um Romao too! The fusion players are all super-sharp – and really make the whole album crackle wonderfully throughout – on a mix of instrumental and vocal tracks that include "Mother Of The Future", "Slew Foot", "Dreams", "Chuka", "Back On The Street", and "Jump Street". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Ty Karim & George GriffinKeep On Doin' Whatcha' Doin' (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Sheridan House/Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Rare later work from the lovely Ty Karim – a female soul singer who made some great 60s singles on the LA scene – then really surprised us when she reappeared for this massive club stepper at the start of the 80s! The tune's got a beat that's strong, but mellow – a bit around the pace of Gwen McCrae's "Funky Sensation" – handled here with a similar blend of funk, soul, and strings – and once it gets going, George Griffin comes into the mix – singing back and forth with Karim in a way that's like the Al Johnson duet with Jean Carn! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ LedisiSoul Singer (original version) ... CD
LeSun, 2000. Used ... Out Of Stock
The amazing debut of Ledisi – presented here in the original mix and with the original cover! Ledisi's got a heck of a voice – very rich and mellow, in a style that reminds us a bit of classic work by jazzy soul singers like Jean Carn or Dee Dee Bridgewater, but with more of a bite, and more of a hip hop sensibility. The tracks on this debut set are wonderfully produced – blending together jazzy instrumentation and heavy beats with some warm soul arrangements that are both totally fresh, yet also infused with a classic approach to the music. The record's a treasure, and will be one of the best new soul albums of the past decade! Titles include "Stop Livin In Ya Head", "Hotel", "Groove On", "Free Again", "Papa Loved To Love Me", "I Wantcha Babe", "Groove On", "Get Outta My Kitchen", and "Take Time". (Neo Soul, Soul) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jackie MooreWith Your Love ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A killer from Jackie Moore – later work, with a smooth modern feel that's quite different than her first recordings! The album has Jackie getting a tight dose of Philly soul from Bobby Eli – who produced and arranged the album at Sigma Sound, and who also wrote a number of tracks on the album. The record's got the feel of some of Jean Carn's work from the time – a great approach, given the deep soul style of Jackie's vocals – and titles include "Just To Be With You", "Helpless", "Walk Away From Love", "With Your Love", "Don't Knock My Love", and a killer remake of "Love Won't Let Me Wait". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a large name in marker on both sides and a promo stamp. Labels have some pen.)

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Freda PayneReaching Out (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
It's a few years after Freda's big hit "Band of Gold", and she's recording here in a very different mode! The record is produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, with arrangements by a number of different talents, like McKinley Jackson, Tony Camillo, and Michael Smith – and the overall sound is much more sophisticated than on some of Freda's earlier work. The vocals are especially sharp – quite mature, and almost in a mode that points towards later work by singers like Jean Carn or Marlena Shaw during the late 70s. Includes the nice midtempo groover "We've Gotta Find A Way Back To Love", worth the price of the album alone – plus "Mood For Love", "Reaching Out", "Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right", "Mother Misery's Favorite Child", and "Right Back Where I Started From". LP, Vinyl record album

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Teddy PendergrassLife Is A Song Worth Singing ... CD
Philadelphia International/Elemental (Spain), 1978. New Copy ... $8.99
Sublime solo material from the great Teddy Pendergrass – the kind of record that instantly proves that his departure from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes was a great idea, as the man alone is even more of a power to be reckoned with! The set's a cornerstone in that great second wave of Philly soul from Gamble & Huff – that point when the rest of the world was picking up on the disco grooves they forged earlier in the 70s, and they went for a more adult, more sophisticated style with singers like Teddy, Jean Carn, Phyllis Hyman, and others. The whole thing's perfect – and nicely balances between mellow moments and groovers – with gems that include the always-great "Close The Door", the massive "When Somebody Loves You Back", and other cuts that include "Get Up Get Down Get Funky Get Loose", "Life Is A Song Worth Singing", "Cold Cold World", and "It Don't Hurt Now". CD
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Paulette ReavesSecret Lover ... CD
Blue Candle/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic album from deep soul singer Paulette Reeves – one of the most unique talents of her generation, and an artist who's never fully gotten her due! Paulette's got a southern soul range in her vocals, and works here with Miami TK arrangements from Clarence Reid – but she also has these more sophisticated modern soul currents in her music – at a level that makes us think of her more along the lines of singers like Jean Carn or Phyllis Hyman! The set's quite different than some of the other TK Records material of the time – and was quite possibly overlooked at the time, due to its release within their disco-heavy catalog – whereas Reeves is a singer who really would have gotten strong attention on a label like Philadelphia International. The whole thing's great – and the album includes her classic midtempo number "Let Me Wrap You In My Love", plus other nice ones – like "Secret Lover", "There's Fire Down Below", and "If You Don't See Me Again". CD

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✨✧ Dexter WanselWhat The World Is Coming To ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1977. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brilliant work from Philly arranger Dexter Wansel – an album that moves the focus back to soul a bit more than on his Life On Mars set, but which also keeps in plenty of jazzy touches! Dexter's groove here is similar to the best work he did with other Philly vocalists in the same time – and the set features guest vocals from Jean Carn and Terri Wells, sliding into a warmly soulful realm on the mellower tracks, and stepping out with a fully jazzed up groove on the more upbeat numbers. Titles include "What The World Is Coming To", "Dreams Of Tomorrow", "Holdin On", "Dance With Me Tonight", "Disco Lights", and "Prelude #1". LP, Vinyl record album
(Missing inner sleeve.)
 
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Jean CarneCloser Than Close – The Best Of Jean Carne ... CD
Philadelphia International, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $9.99
One of the nicer things about the global centralization of culture into the hands of a few giant companies is that you can at least get a "greatest hits" comp like this which spans the artists career on a number of different labels! As proof, you'll find killer stuff from Jean's best years, on Buddah, Philly Intl, and Columbia – with tracks like "Back For More" with Al Johnson, "Valentine Love" with Norman Connors, "Free Love", "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", "Was That All It Was", "When I Find You Love", and "Closer than Close". 16 cuts in all, and way better than we expected from a US major! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Leo's SunshippGive Me The Sunshine/I'm Back For More (limited yellow vinyl) ... 12-inch
Expansion (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two of the best cuts ever from this underground club act of the 70s – back to back on a 12" single! "Give Me The Sunshine" is their real calling card – a slow-stepping club number that's almost smooth enough to work for steppers, but funkier at the core too – nice and long, with a chorus that just won't quit! "I'm Back For More" is a tune that was covered more famously later by Al Johnson and Jean Carne – but which is taken here at a great slow funky pace by the group themselves! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(500 hand-numbered copies on yellow vinyl!)

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Grover WashingtonSacred Kind Of Love – The Columbia Recordings (Strawberry Moon/Then & Now/Time Out Of Mind/No Exit/All My Tomorrows/Soulful Strut/bonus tracks) (5CD set) ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), New Copy 5 CDs ... $29.99
All of Grover Washington Jr's albums for Columbia – brought together in a special box set! Strawberry Moon has a number of laidback groovers, with some solid Washington originals such as the title track and some sweet covers. BB King plays and sings on "Caught A Touch Of Your Love", with Jean Carne guesting on "The Look Of Love". Grover's sax is soulful and sweet throughout, and the titles include "Strawberry Moon", "Summer Nights", "Keep In Touch", and "Maddie's Blues". Then & Now is a nice one that has Grover working in a straighter jazz mode for the most part, taking a break from the soul and R&B groover –- the most timeless of the 3 albums compiled here! Players include Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Grady Tate and Darryl Washington. Titles include "Just Enough", "French Connections", "Stolen Moments", "Stella By Starlight" and more. Time Out Of Mind's title track is a cover of the Steely Dan classic, circa Gaucho – and this album finds Grover embracing the 80s a lot more than his previous album for Columbia. A mix of moods, with some electric funky flourishes and fusiony keys and synths. Titles include "Jamaica", "Sacred Kind Of Love", "Fly Away", the title track and more. Next Exit is great 90s work from Grover Washington Jr – a set from a time when the reedman was still one of the kings of mainstream soulful fusion! There's a bit of vocals from time to time, and some strong R&B production – but also plenty of room for Grover's well-crafted lines on soprano sax, which are still as soulful and slinky as ever! Titles include "Your Love", "Only For You", "Next Exit", "Greene Street", "Summer Chill", "Get On Up", and "Till You Return To Me". All My Tomorrows is an overlooked gem from reedman Grover – recorded in his later years, but a set that's actually got more of an acoustic style overall – one that goes back to the roots farther than any of Grover's fusion records! Washington's a great straight player in this setting – filled with soul on tenor and soprano sax – and working with top-shelf small group players like Eddie Henderson on trumpet, Hank Jones on piano, Bobby Watson on alto, and Robin Eubanks on trombone. Guitarist Romero Lumbambo arranged one great Brazilian-tinged number – and other arrangements are by Grover, Larry Willis, Slide Hampton, and Freddy Cole – who sings on two tracks too. Titles include "E Preciso Perdoar", "Happenstance", "All My Tomorrows", "Nature Boy", "Flamingo", and "Estate". Soulful Strut is bouncy soul from Grover Washington – a set that returns to his earlier roots in a space between soulful fusion and R&B! The slinky Washington soprano sax gets plenty of space in this set – blown with those seductive notes that always made Grover one of the most distinctive players on the instrument – and the backings often have this gentle R&B groove that's even stronger on the few cuts here with vocals. Titles include "Soulful Strut", "Bordertown", "Village Groove", "I Can Count The Times", "Headman's Hunt", and "Can You Stop The Rain". CD set also features bonus tracks – "Protect The Dream", "Heat Index", "Every Day A Little Death", and "The Night Fantastic". (Jazz, Soul) CD

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✨✧ VariousJazzy Ladies Of Society Hill Records ... CD
Society Hill, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great work from the Society Hill label of Philly soul producer Butch Ingram – a force on the city's scene for many decades, and one of the few who are still turning out the kind of cool, classy sound that was Philly's big shift at the start of the 80s! Some of the artists here are older, and represent that later post-disco mode in Philly on labels like WMOT and Philadelphia International – and others are younger, but fit right into the groove – thanks to a unified Ingram style that keeps things warm and mellow throughout! Titles include "Give It Up" by Jean Carne, "Like A Lover" by Toni Richards, "I Love You" by Brandi Wells, "I'm So In Love With You" by Barbara Mason, "Good Morning Heartache" by Vicki Austin, "One Last Memory" by Vanessa Farley, "Waiting For My Lover" by Roz Ryan, "I Close My Eyes" by Carla Benson, and "I Wish You Love" by Coretta Davis. CD

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VariousSound Of Philadelphia – A Tribute To Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff Vol 1 ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
A mighty tribute to the duo who put Philly soul at the top of the game in the 70s – legendary producers/writers/label owners Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff – all given their full due by a host of artists from the contemporary Philadelphia underground, including some who recorded for the pair back in the day! The set features lots of production work from Butch Ingram, in a style that's similar to his other recent projects on the Society Hill label – music that takes the older Philly soul spirit into the contemporary generation, but all without losing any of the care or class of the earlier days. Almost all the songs were written by the Gamble & Huff duo – and titles on this first volume include "Tell Love Hello" by The Mellow Moods, "Me & Mrs Jones" by People's Choice, "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon" by Jean Carne, "You're My Latest My Greatest Inspiration" by Johnny Flash, "Darlin Darlin Baby" by The Illusions, "It's Forever" by David Beasley's Fabulous Ebonys, "TSOP" by Society Hill Orchestra, and "The Love I Lost" by The Legendary Bluenotes featuring Sugarbear. CD

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VariousSound Of Philadelphia – A Tribute To Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff Vol 2 ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
A mighty tribute to the duo who put Philly soul at the top of the game in the 70s – legendary producers/writers/label owners Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff – all given their full due by a host of artists from the contemporary Philadelphia underground, including some who recorded for the pair back in the day! The set features lots of production work from Butch Ingram, in a style that's similar to his other recent projects on the Society Hill label – music that takes the older Philly soul spirit into the contemporary generation, but all without losing any of the care or class of the earlier days. Almost all the songs were written by the Gamble & Huff duo – and titles on this second volume include "Let's Groove" by People's Choice, "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" by Jean Carne, "I Should Be Your Lover" by The Legendary Bluenotes featuring Sugarbear, "Slow Motion" by Johnny Flash, "Free Love" by Jean Carne, "I Wanna Know Your Name" by People's Choice, "Dance Turned Into A Romance" by Vicki Austin, "Let's Make A Baby" by The Illusions, "I'll Always Love My Mama" by Tony Strong & The Philly Soul, and "Cowboys To Girl" by Philly Cream. CD
 
 
 



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