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XGreat music in many modes -- northern soul, deep soul, harmony soul, modern soul, and group soul -- plus disco, funk, club, electro, rare groove, and more!

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✨✧ VariousSoul Don't Worry – Black Gospel During The Civil Rights Era – 1953 to 1967 ... CD
Narroway, 1950s/1960s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic set of gospel tracks from the 50s and 60s – one that definitely takes the Civil Rights theme in the title seriously, but in ways that are often a bit more subtle than you might expect! Gospel music was key to the strivings of under-represented Americans during these years – as the music was a place of rich cultural expression and unbridled righteousness – maybe a more spiritual place to express messages that would soon have more secular orientation, but no less force overall! The work here really helps you hear how more directly political soul music found its voice in the second half of the 60s – and the work often has group vocal interplay that rivals some of the best of the soul generation. Titles include "I'll Fight For The Right" by JM Bell & The Robinson Ensemble, "What Is Freedom" by Friendly Four, "I Cried" by Five Blind Boys Of Alabama, "I'm Watching & Waiting" by Myrtle Jackson, "Stand By Me" by Marie Knight, "Traveling To That City" by Harold Bowen Singers, "Take Courage" by Rosie Wallace, "I Heard The Voice" by Wooten Choral Ensemble, "Soon We'll Be Done" by Utterback Concert Ensemble, "Viet Nam" by Southern Bells, and "I'm Going To Walk Through The Streets" by Melody Kings. 27 tracks in all! (Gospel, Soul) CD
 
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✨✧ VariousRu-Jac Records Story Vol 1 – 1963 to 1964 – Something Got A Hold On Me ... CD
Ru-Jac/Omnivore, Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare soul from the Baltimore scene – a host of under-heard and unreleased tracks from a top-shelf indie label! A handful of Ru-Jac titles hit big back in the 60s, but the label worked mostly in obscurity – caught between the bigger soul music cities of Philly and Washington, and working almost alone, with a rootsy vibe that was all its own! These early years of Ru-Jac really show the label's great ear for groovers – the kind of dancefloor stompers that were big on Baltimore dancefloors during the early soul years – with a rough-edged vibe that's quite different than bigger-name tracks from Detroit and New York. The singers here are mostly pretty darn great, too – with some deep soul currents from time to time – marking the city's role as a gateway to the south, heard in a vocal approach that's often quite different from Philly tracks. The collection is the first we've ever seen to really dig deep into the Ru-Jac legacy – and features 10 previously unissued tracks, and 18 more rare singles. Titles include "Fatback" by Lamont Esquires, "Please Don't Go" by Jessie Crawford, "Saving All My Love" by Tiny Tim, "Every Day I Have The Blues" by Jeanne Dee, "A Woman Like You" by Little Sonny Daye, "That's All You Have To Do" by Brenda Jones, "Cross Track" by Flattop Bobby & The Soul Twisters, "You Won" by Celestine, "The Monkey Cha Cha" by The Jolly Jax, "Foolish To Try" by James Hill, "Don't Bit Mo" by Rockin Robin, "All Over Again" by Teardrops Band with Marie Allen, "Put A Light In The Window" by Charles Johnson, "My Father Watches Over Me" by Fruitland Harmonizers, and "Trash Can" by an Unknown Artist. CD

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✨✧ VariousRu-Jac Records Story Vol 2 – 1964 to 1966 – Get Right ... CD
Ru-Jac/Omnivore, Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet second chapter of Baltimore's rare Ru-Jac label – a mighty hip imprint that cut some killer soul singles back in the 60s! There's lots of great groovers here – romping tunes that have a hard-edged approach to danceable soul – the kind of groovy, unusual singles that you might have heard in the background in an early John Waters film – but properly collected here, and presented with a huge number of notes and other details too! You might recognize a few names here, but most of the music is pretty obscure – and there's even some great soul jazz moments in addition to the soul vocals – in a set of 22 smoking cuts that includes a fair bit of unreleased titles too. Titles include "It Must Be Love" and "I'm So Afraid" by Brenda Jones, "Where You Lead Me" and "I'm A Stranger" by Harold Holt, "Goose Pimples" and "Here Tis Now" by Butch Cornell's Trio, Hiding Out In Blue Shadows (demo)" and "Whole Lotta Woman (demo)" by Arthur Conley, "C'Est La Vie" by The Neltones, "I Love You Just The Same (demo)" by Winfield Parker, "What More" and "You Don't Really Care" by Shirley Of The Soul Sisters & Brother, "Chicken Wings" and "Love Can Do Wonders" by The Mask Man & Cap-Tans, and "Get Right" by Bobby Sax & His House Keepers. CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul Festival – 1971 to 1979 Soulful Floorfillers ... CD
Expansion (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A huge festival of 70s soul – not the big hits of the time, but a wealth of underground gemes that show us there's still plenty to discover in that magical decade! The artists here are all big, but the tunes are sometimes more obscure – lesser-known gems from familiar names – mixed with other rare singles, and presented together in this soaring wave of soul that's completely sublime! Many cuts have a warm modern soul groove, but there's also some funkier numbers too – and the package has all the care, class, and quality we've come to love from the Expansion label over the years. Titles include "Never Felt Love Before" by Felix Cavaliere, "Free & Easy" by Satyr, "Spoiled Like A Baby" by TSU Tornadoes, "Are We Ready For Love" by Patti Austin, "Can We Share It" by Rick Sheppard, "You're My Main Squeeze" by Crystal Motion, "Just Ask Me" by Bobby Thurston, "What's Your Name" by Leon Ware, "Takin My Time With You" by Maureen Bailey, "Funny How We Change Places" by Dede Schwartz, "You'll Never Be Sorry" by Gerald Sims, "We Got To Stick Together" by Beverly & Duane, "Caught Up In A Whirlwind" by Richard Stepp, "March Across The Land" by Linda Clifford, and "Temptation's Bout To Get Me" by Ed Robinson. (Funky Compilations, Soul) CD
Also available Soul Festival – 1971 to 1979 Soulful Floorfillers ... LP 12.99

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African Music MachineBlack Water Gold ... LP
Soul Power, 1972/1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... About August 1, 2018 (delayed)
Incredible work from the obscure African Music Machine – a southern funk combo led by bassist Louis Villery – a legendary batch of funky singles, finally brought together as a full album! The band has a very unique sound that involves a lot of rolling bubbling basslines, spacey organ grooves, tight choppy guitar riffs, and punchy horn blasts – almost with the African elements promised in the title, but served up with a deeper funk sound all the way through! In a way, the group's a bit like Cymande or some of the other 70s hybrid ensembles – yet they've got a lot less dub, a much more direct funky groove, and plety of raw southern elements in the mix as well! This is the funky 45 material we first cut our teeth on back in the day – and the original singles are legendary! Includes massive cuts like "Black Water Gold (Pearl)", "A Girl In France", "Never Name A Baby (Before It's Born), "Making Nassau Fruit Drink", "Camel Time", "The Dapp", "Tropical", and "Mr. Brown". LP, Vinyl record album

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Anthony & The ImperialsPayin Our Dues ... LP
Veep, 1966. Very Good- ... $6.99
Sublime uptown soul from Anthony & The Imperials – here working without the "Little" in their name, which is a good indication of the nature of the material! The tracks are all wonderfully composed original numbers from Teddy Randazzo – who also arranged and produced the set, in the hip New York sophistisoul mode of his best 60s work. Titles include "Better Use Your Head", plus "Call Me The Joker", "Lost Without You", "Your Own Little World", "Gonna Fix You Good", "The Wonder Of It All", and "You Better Take It Easy Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with Bell Sound stamp. Cover has wear, aging, seam splitting, and a name in marker.)

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Alice ArthurNatural 10 ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Very Good+ ... $1.99
(Comedy/Spoken, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a large name in marker on both sides, a promo stamp, and a partially unglued bottom seam. Labels have some pen.)

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Baby RayWhere Soul Lives ... LP
Imperial, 1967. Sealed ... $6.99
Obscure bluesy soul, recorded for Imperial, but sounding more like something that should have been on their Minit subsidiary. Oddly, there's no picture of Baby Ray on the cover, leaving us to find him even more mysterious than before – especially since we've never seen any other records by him. Possibly, he's another artist recording under this name, but we're not sure. Titles include "There's Something On Your Mind" (which was a minor hit in 1966), "Sadie (The Avon Lady)", "House On Soul Hill", and "The Wild Side Of Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing.)

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Ron BanksTruly Bad ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Very Good+ ... $14.99
One of the original Dramatics, singer Ron Banks strikes out here on his own – a slept on gem from the early 80s! The set's in a similar modern soul mode to LJ Reynolds, who also worked with him in the group, and was having a bit of a solo career of his own at the time. It's got sort of a D-Train feel to it – with classic male soul vocals over instrumentation that includes some slight electro touches, especially on keyboards and drum programs. Banks keeps the whole thing nice and soulful, thanks to some great vocal work, which you'll hear on the smooth mellow track "Let Love Flow", which has a beautiful down-tempo groove, and a nice two-step beat – plus the other mellow tracks like "Make It Easy On Yourself" and "You and Me". Uptempo club cuts include "Truly Bad", "Zap", and "She's So Good to Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in marker on the front.)

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Gene Barge, David Matthews, & Andre DavisStony Island – Original Soundtrack ... CD
TK/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
A sweet set of soundtrack funk – from a film named after one of our favorite streets in Chicago! Although the record's got an approach that's perhaps a bit tighter and smoother than anything going down on Stony in the late 70s, it does manage to share a good deal of styles with the Chi-soul scene of the time – thanks to work on the record from Chicagoans Gene Barge, Sonny Seals, and Tennyson Stephens! Many of the tracks on the set have a bad-walking soul approach – one that's kind of a mixture of funky and bluesy – and these are laid out next to some jazzier instrumentals that we like most of all – tunes that have a great funky soundtrack feel, but with a bit more fusion touches than usual, probably because of the work of David Matthews. Titles include "Percy Fired", "Party Lights", "High Speed Posters", "Back To Business", "Chase The Train", "Gangster City", "Dream Ride", and "Peace Of Mind". CD

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Bar-KaysShine/Give It Up ... 12-inch
Mercury, 1978. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $11.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Cover has a large name in marker and some pen. Labels have some pen.)

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Joe BataanSalsoul (with bonus track) ... CD
Salsoul/Charly (UK), 1973. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A landmark album from Joe Bataan – so great, that it made the entire record company change its name! The record has Joe really bursting out after his seminal Latin Soul work of the late 60s – blending Latin rhythms and American soul into a whole new style of music – one that Joe called "Salsoul", because of it's mixture of salsa and soul! The blend is fantastic, a real milestone in the NuYorican scene – and handled perfectly by Joe on every cut! There's some massive Latin funk on here, including the tracks "Latin Strut" and "Aftershower Funk", plus some straighter Latin jazz, like "Sunny Gets Blue Mambo", and a great Latin Soul cut with English vocals called "Johnny". CD features the bonus track "Continental Square Dance"! (Latin, Soul) CD
(Out of print.)

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Blue MagicThirteen Blue Magic Lane ... LP
Atco, 1975. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Sublime work from Blue Magic – a record that still has them singing in the sweet harmony sound of earlier records, but which also picks up a fuller sound and a bit of a groove – thanks to stone Philly arrangements by Norman Harris and Ron "Have Mercy" Kersey! A number of tracks add in a bit of moog that sound surprisingly great next to the group's harmonies – electrifying them a bit without overwhelming them – and letting Blue Magic step way past their fragile harmony roots into the forefront of Philly group soul at the time! Tracks include the groovers "We're On The Right Track" and "Magic Of The Blue", the ballads "Chasing Rainbows" and "Loneliest House on the Block", plus "What's Come Over Me", which is a duet between the group and Margie Joseph. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover & labels have a name in marker.)

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Bob & GeneIf This World Were Mine (with bonus tracks & download) ... LP
Modo/Daptone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 18.99
A previously-unreleased sweet soul treasure – now finally getting its due! Bob & Gene were an obscure duo from Buffalo at the end of the 60s – recording briefly together under the guidance of Bob's father, who recorded the young pair in his home studio with the help of some great funk and soul musicians from the local scene – with a sound that's fresh, fragile, and deeply personal. Many numbers have a slow, sad quality that's right up there with some of the best harmony soul of the time – a wispy late nite kind of sound that's captured perfectly here, with just the right balance of roughness and sweet. Other numbers get a bit more upbeat, and almost a bit funky – showing the pair to have a bit more punch than some of their contemporaries, and a sometimes sunny sound that really sparkles amidst the darkness. Most of the work here was recorded in the late 60s, but never released – making this the first-ever album by the group. And as a bonus note of trivia, Bob here is none other than Bobby Nunn – who went onto record under his own name, and did a lot of great work in the LA scene of the 70s! Titles include "Gotta Find A Way", "Your Name", "It Won't Go", "I Can Be Cool", "Sailboat", "Interlude", "Which Love", "Don't Leave Me Girl", "You Gave Me Love", and a great cover of "If This World Were Mine". Includes the bonus tracks "It's Not What You Know" and "I Really Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Bootsy's Rubber BandAhh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! ... LP
Warner, 1977. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $8.99
Massive work from Bootsy Collins – one of his best-ever solo albums, and a perfect summation of the P-Funk groove – focused strongly through Bootsy's own sense of stardom! George Clinton worked with Collins on production, and the album's as tight as the best Parliament or Funkadelic work of the time – particularly the latter on their killer 70s sides for Warner, which was also the home for Bootsy. The Horny Horns are helping out on this one, which gives the album a strong instrumental drive – but the real star is Bootsy, whose sexy vocals and good sense of soul keep things firmly on track throughout. Features the cuts "What's A Telephone Bill?", "Munchies For Your Love", "We Want Bootsy", "The Pinocchio Theory", and "Rubber Duckie". LP, Vinyl record album

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Brother To BrotherMonster Jam (I Want To Funk With You)/Let Me Be For Real ... 12-inch
Sugar Hill, 1981. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Synth heavy 80s groove, that reminds us an awful lot of Lakeside. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Sugar Hill sleeve with a large name in marker. Labels have some pen.)

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James BrownPure Dynamite! ... CD
King/Polydor (Japan), 1964. Used ... $2.99
Raw live energy from the great James Brown – and a record that comes hot on the heels of Live At The Apollo! Like that one, this set was supposedly "recorded on the spot" – and it's even harder, faster, and noisier than that classic – with a loud-bursting sound that definitely lives up to the "dynamite" title, and which is far more unbridled than James on his King studio albums. The crowds seem to get equal time in front of the microphones as James – further enforcing the liveness of the record – and titles include "I'll Never Let You Go", "Good Good Lovin", "Shout & Shimmy", "Like A Baby", and "I'm Tired But I'm Clean". Album cover is great too – with a cool gatefold cover that's filled with photos of James, fans, and some lovely ladies! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available
Pure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 6.99
Pure Dynamite! ... CD 4.99
Pure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 13.99

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James BrownPure Dynamite! ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1964. Used ... $4.99
Raw live energy from the great James Brown – and a record that comes hot on the heels of Live At The Apollo! Like that one, this set was supposedly "recorded on the spot" – and it's even harder, faster, and noisier than that classic – with a loud-bursting sound that definitely lives up to the "dynamite" title, and which is far more unbridled than James on his King studio albums. The crowds seem to get equal time in front of the microphones as James – further enforcing the liveness of the record – and titles include "I'll Never Let You Go", "Good Good Lovin", "Shout & Shimmy", "Like A Baby", and "I'm Tired But I'm Clean". Album cover is great too – with a cool gatefold cover that's filled with photos of James, fans, and some lovely ladies! CD
Also available
Pure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 6.99
Pure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 13.99
Pure Dynamite! ... CD 2.99

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James BrownPure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1964. Used Gatefold ... $6.99
Raw live energy from the great James Brown – and a record that comes hot on the heels of Live At The Apollo! Like that one, this set was supposedly "recorded on the spot" – and it's even harder, faster, and noisier than that classic – with a loud-bursting sound that definitely lives up to the "dynamite" title, and which is far more unbridled than James on his King studio albums. The crowds seem to get equal time in front of the microphones as James – further enforcing the liveness of the record – and titles include "I'll Never Let You Go", "Good Good Lovin", "Shout & Shimmy", "Like A Baby", and "I'm Tired But I'm Clean". Album cover is great too – with a cool gatefold cover that's filled with photos of James, fans, and some lovely ladies! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available
Pure Dynamite! ... CD 4.99
Pure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 13.99
Pure Dynamite! ... CD 2.99

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James BrownPure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1964. Used ... $13.99
Raw live energy from the great James Brown – and a record that comes hot on the heels of Live At The Apollo! Like that one, this set was supposedly "recorded on the spot" – and it's even harder, faster, and noisier than that classic – with a loud-bursting sound that definitely lives up to the "dynamite" title, and which is far more unbridled than James on his King studio albums. The crowds seem to get equal time in front of the microphones as James – further enforcing the liveness of the record – and titles include "I'll Never Let You Go", "Good Good Lovin", "Shout & Shimmy", "Like A Baby", and "I'm Tired But I'm Clean". Album cover is great too – with a cool gatefold cover that's filled with photos of James, fans, and some lovely ladies! CD
(SHM-CD pressing – includes obi.)
Also available
Pure Dynamite! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 6.99
Pure Dynamite! ... CD 4.99
Pure Dynamite! ... CD 2.99

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BT ExpressKeep it Up ... LP
Coast To Coast/Columbia, 1982. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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 the overall execution is a bit different, with some of the smaller member funk group feel of the time. There's a soaring, sometimes spacey quality to the best groovers – and the group definitely still have a great way here with a hook! Titles include "Star Child", "Keep It Up", "This Must Be The Night For Love", "It's Got To Be You", "Let Yourself Go", "Dancin Dream", and "Just Can't Stop Dancin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, large name in marker, and some pen. Labels have some pen.)

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Vernon BurchPlaying Hard To Get ... LP
Spector, 1982. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Not as sublime as some of Vernon's earlier work, mostly because the sound of the record's got a bit of that 80s flatness – but there's more than a few nice songs on here, still put together with that flair for a hook that Burch brought to most of his projects during the 70s. Titles include "Joy & Pain", "Born To Love You", "Simply Love", "Lovely Lady", "Once In A Lifetime Thing", and "Always Some Time For Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker with a cutout hole.)

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Jerry ButlerBest Of Jerry Butler (Mercury) ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Very Good+ ... $2.99
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

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Jean CarnSweet & Wonderful ... LP
TSOP/Columbia, 1981. Very Good ... $2.99
A beautiful album that is one of Jean's hardest to find, with a stunning modern soul groove that nicely pushes past her 70s work, and opens rich new territory. The sound is great, and a bit more sophisticated than on earlier albums – thanks to some strong arrangements from McKinley Jackson. Included is the amazing cut "We Got Some Catching Up To Do", plus nice ones like "Sweet & Wonderful", "I Just Thought Of A Way", "Mystic Stranger", and "Love Don't Love Nobody". Just more proof that leaving Doug Carn behind was the greatest thing she ever did! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a large name in marker on both sides & some pen. Labels have some pen.)

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Jean CarneYou're A Part Of Me ... LP
Atlantic, 1988. Very Good+ ... $0.99
By this point in her career, Jean Carn's added an "e" to her name, has messed up her hair, and picked up a pronounced 80s smooth soul sound. However, she's still recording in Philly, and on the best cuts she makes it past some rather heavy keyboard arrangements that almost get in the way. Bobby Eli and Grover Washington Jr handled some of the production – and tracks include "Ain't No Way", "Early Morning Love", You're A Part Of Me", "Let Me Be The One", "Walking The Line", and "Givin Up On Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)

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Jimmy CastorJimmy Castor (The Everything Man) & The Jimmy Castor Bunch ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Goofy record featuring the saxophone skills of Jimmy Castor. Mr. C blows away on a number of covers of 70's soul hits like "Love Train", "Love's Theme" and "All In Love is Fair", plus a few pop hits like "Walk on the Wild Side". Also with two originals, "The Everything Man" and "Heaven Kissed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a name in marker on both sides, some pen, and some wear. Labels have some wear.)

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✨✧ Gary ChandlerOutlook ... LP
Eastbound/Tidal Waves, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 26.98
Maybe the only album ever issued under the name of trumpeter Gary Chandler – but a smoking little set that rivals some of the best jazz funk records at the start of the 70s – including heavyweight classics on Prestige by Melvin Sparks, Leon Spencer, and Boogaloo Joe Jones! The feel here is very similar to those – given that the short-lived Eastbound label not only featured production work from Bob Porter, who handled the best Prestige funk sets – but also because the lineup here is filled with some of the top contemporaries from that scene – including Harold Ousley on tenor, Caesar Frazier on Hammond, Cornell Dupree on guitar, Dick Griffin on trombone, and the mighty Idris Muhammad on drums! Idris keeps things nice and funky, and tracks are long, and filled with smoking solos – the most famous of which is the album's cover of "Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms", with an excellent break intro – which has been sampled heavily over the years – alongside the tracks "The Jet Set", "Blues Dues", and "Kaleidoscope". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 copies.)

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Gene ChandlerDuke Of Soul ... LP
Checker, 1967. Good+ ... $2.99
Fantastic bit of soul by Gene Chandler, and despite the "hit" referred to in the title, the album's a great batch of stuff that doesn't really see the light of day that often! Includes his great remake of "Rainbow", titled "Rainbow 65", and featuring some amazing live material. Other nice ones include "Just Be True", "A Man's Temptation", "Night Owl", and "You Threw A Lucky Punch". Classic Chicago soul! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with horse logo. Cover has a cutout hole, split top & bottom seams, with a name in marker.)

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Ava CherryStreetcar Named Desire ... LP
Capitol, 1982. Very Good ... $1.99
One of the more new wave-oriented moments from Ava Cherry – a singer we know best from her solo work in soul, but who also has a pretty strong pedigree on the rock side of the spectrum as well! The instrumentation is heavy on keyboards – played by Mark Isham, in a way that sometimes echoes his best soundtrack work of the decade, but more focused too – at a level that brings a deeper sound to the music than you might expect! Tunes are upbeat and catchy, yet trying for a bit of an edge at times – and Ava serves up the lyrics with a subtle sense of drama in her voice. Titles include "Fast Lover", "Love To Be Touched", "Techno Love", "Having Been Far", "I Guess It's Love", "Awkward Situation", and "Streetcar Named Desire". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole & a large name in marker on both sides. Label has some pen.)

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CoffeeSecond Cup ... LP
De-Lite, 1982. Very Good+ ... $2.99
The second album by this obscure Chicago group – a club-oriented female trio, in the same vein as First Choice and other famous Philly groups. The girls actually have a pretty soulful sound, and with Tony Valor mixing and producing, the record's got a sound that mixes smooth soul with uptempo rhythms in a nice way. Titles include "My Turn To Burn", "Take Me Back", "Love's Alive", "If This World", and "Fantasy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, large name in marker, and some pen. Labels have some pen.)

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Natalie ColeUnpredictable ... LP
Capitol, 1977. Very Good- ... $0.99
An album that reunites Natalie Cole with the smooth soul team of Chuck Jackson and Marvin Yancey – the team who did such a great job with Natalie's Capitol debut, and who really continue the groove here too! The album's got a rock-solid approach through and through – a quality that has Natalie really standing out on her own as a positive young artist in soul – without any need to nod towards her father, as in later years. And Jackson and Yancey bring a nice dose of Chicago soul class to the affair – which turns out to be a perfect match for Natalie's vocals! Titles include "Be Mine Tonight", "Party Lights", "This Heart", "I've Got Love On My Mind", and "Still In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker on both sides. Labels have some pen.)

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CommodoresBrick House (special length disco version) ... 12-inch
Motown, 1977. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $6.99
Needs no introduction – and a funky track so classic, it's still hard to believe that Lionel Ritchie was involved in the thing! A perfect choice for a Motown disco single – and one to slap on the turntables at your next mainstreamers gig! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing. Cover has a name in marker and some pen. Labels have some pen.)

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Bill Cosby (aka Badfoot Brown)Bill Cosby Presents Badfoot Brown & The Bunions Bradford Funeral & Marching Band ... CD
Uni/Dusty Groove, 1971. Used ... $12.99
A funky masterpiece from Bill Cosby – hardly the sort of record you might expect from all of his years on mainstream TV! This set was cut back when Bill was a much hipper cat on the LA scene – and it was the start of a brief all-instrumental run with his Badfoot Brown ensemble – a group who's not named in the notes on the record, but who offer up some seriously funky grooves! Bill supposedly plays keyboards himself – some really mad electric piano that's often repetitive, cyclical, and really hypnotic – a tripped-out style that's more funk than jazz, and which is easily one of the best parts of the record. But the rhythms are great too – equally hypnotic, and build up from bass, organ, guitar, and this whomping sort of drum part – echoing strongly in the background and really bringing a spooky feel to the set. Side one includes the amazing "Martin's Funeral" – sampled famously by Tribe Called Quest, and a 15 minute jam that's inspired by the funeral of Martin Luther King. Side two features "Hybish Shybish", an even longer track that's sort of an improvised jazz game – and which features tripped-out instrumental trading that's simply amazing. The whole record is really mindblowing – a messed-up jam session that's well worth the legend that's been built up around it over the years – and we're hard-pressed to think of another album like it! And as a special bonus, the package features these really long notes written by Bill Cosby himself – words that are as unusual as the music, and a side of him that's hardly been shown again. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Caroline CrawfordMy Name Is Caroline ... LP
Mercury, 1978. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A killer soul set from Caroline Crawford – with production, arrangements, and songwriting by Hamilton Bohannon – soaring, beautiful, uniquely soulful sounds from the late 70s! Crawford's got a hell of a voice – equally well-suited to deeper soul ballads and uptempo groovers – and with Bohannon on board, there's plenty of groovers – although we like the mellow cuts just as much! Crawford was sort of Bohannon's big vocal discovery, and the Mercury efforts were a good use of his instrumental sound in a vocal driven framework – one that succeeds not just on the clubby soul level of his own records, but which also hits a more emotional tone than a lot of the dancefloor soul of the era. Johnny Allen contributed the string orchestrations – and titles include "Riding On Your Love", "Tell Me You'll Wait", "Coming On Strong", "It Rains Because" and "Caroline Breakdown". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp on the back.)

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✨✧ DaytonCutie Pie ... LP
Liberty, 1981. Near Mint- ... $24.99
One of the greatest albums ever from Dayton – the kind of bouncy, funky combo who really put Ohio soul on the map at the start of the 80s! The group's got a wonderfully tight ensemble style that mixes both male and female vocals with bumping bass and sweet jazzy keyboards – all very much in a mode that's similar to some of their Capitol label contemporaries – like BB&Q Band or Mystic Merlin – with perhaps just an undercurrent of the Roger/Zapp sound too. Titles include the groover "Cutie Pie", plus the tracks "Let Me Know", "Wanna Be Your Man", "You Lift Me Up", and "Fool Was He". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, large name in marker, and some pen. Labels have some pen.)

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Disco CircusOver & Over/In A Gadda Da Vida ... 12-inch
Columbia, 1978. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Moogy! Both sides of this one feature remixes that are heavy on the moog – and in a nice way! "Over And Over" begins with almost a Georgio Moroder groove, and even the old Iron Butterfly classic sounds great with some spacey keyboards! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve, with a large name in marker. Labels have some pen.)

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Dr JohnZu Zu Man ... LP
Trip, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Obscure work from Dr John – probably recorded in the years before he was working on Atco, as the music is a mix of straighter 60s soul with some of John's later psychedelic New Orleans grooves. John's voice is a bit more restrained on some of the soul cuts – coming across almost a bit like Mose Allison in a ballad harmony style. A few tracks are done in different versions – like "Trader John", "Zu Zu Man", and "Xmas In New Orleans" – and other titles include "Did She Mention My Name", "Della", and "The Grass Looks Greener". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Dynamic SuperiorsDynamic Superiors/Pure Pleasure ... CD
Motown/Soulmusic.com, 1975. Used ... $9.99
A great lost bit of mid 70s Motown – a pair of should-be classic albums by Dynamic Superiors – in a single set! Dynamic Superiors were a great harmony group with an east coast sound – quite different from the usual Motown combo in that their vocals were often allowed very free range, with less of the tightness of the usual Motown group soul album. Ashford & Simpson produced the record – with arrangements by Leon Pendarvis, Richard Tee, and Arthur Jenkins – and the whole thing's a sweet soul treasure that's got some excellent mellow soul cuts! Titles from the self-titled set include "One Nighter", "Don't Send Nobody Else", "Shoe Shoe Shine", "Star of My Life", and "Leave It Alone". Pure Pleasure is another sweet set – arranged with a bit more of a high stepping groove than some of the other Motown work of the time. Backings are handled by a range of talents that includes Paul Riser, William Eaton, Al Gorgoni, and Horace Ott – but the real charm is the way the group's innocent harmony style puts over the lyrics, all of which are very strong tunes written by the team of Ashford & Simpson. Titles include "Face The Music", "Hit & Run Lovers", "Deception", "Pleasure", "Nobody's Gonna Change Me", "Feeling Mellow", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", and "Don't Give Up On Me Baby". CD

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Dynamic SuperiorsGive & Take ... LP
Motown, 1977. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Sweet group soul from The Dynamic Superiors – one of the few late 70s comers who still held onto that great falsetto lead that was big in the earlier part of the decade! The album does a great job of mixing funky numbers with sweeter, mellower cuts – in ways that also kind of bridge the group soul modes a record like this represents – some of the gentler sounds of the indie generation, and that growing dancefloor concentration of bigger labels in the late 70s. Throughout it all, the Superiors hold their own nicely – and titles include "All In Love Is Fair", "Happy Song", "Give It All Up", "Here Comes That Feeling Again", "Nowhere To Run", "You're What I Need", and "Once Is Just Not Enough". LP, Vinyl record album

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Earth Wind & FireGratitude ... LP
Columbia, 1975. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
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 enough to confirm that! And although a live set, the record's actually a bit half and half – with a few added studio tunes to keep the hits coming. Includes their classic version of Skip Scarborough's "Can't Hide Love", plus the mellow jams "Yearnin' Learnin'" and "Reasons", the funky "Shining Star", and a great cover of "Sun Goddess", which was also done by Ramsey Lewis with the group. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear with a name in marker.)
Also available Gratitude ... CD 4.99

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Earth Wind & FireIn The Name Of Love ... CD
Pyramid, 1997. Used ... $3.99
... CD

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8th DayI Gotta Get Home (Can't Let My Baby Get Lonely) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $13.99
A nicely complicated little record – and one of the funkiest albums on the legendary Invictus label! The 8th Day group was a loosely-conceived batch of Detroit soul talents designed to cash in on a concept of the Holland-Dozier-Holland team – and they weren't just a studio project, as they included some wonderful talents that could make some great music when they wanted to! One of these was the amazing Detroit organist Lyman Woodard – who contributed the fantastic track "Cheba" to the album, an incredible organ groover that's unlike anything you've ever heard, rolling on with this pinched Hammond sound over congas, all-instrumental, and completely seductive! Another was Melvin Davis, who had recorded the song "Good Book" as a solo artist – but which was released here as if it was by the group. There's also a great guitarist in the group – unnamed due to the lack of liner notes – but who really shines on the funky tracks "Anythang", "Rocks In My Head", and "Heaven Is There To Guide Us", all with a fuzzed-out Detroit 70s groove! CD features the bonus tracks "Just As Long (single)", "I'm Worried (single)", "It's Instrumental To Be Free", and "You Made Me Over". CD
(Part of the Invictus/Hot Wax 1000 Collection!)

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EnchantmentSunshine – The Enchantment Anthology 1975 to 1984 ... CD
Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
Soaring grooves from Enchantment, one of the most appropriately-named groups in soul music history – and a pretty much perfect anthology of their classic work from the mid 70s to early 80s! The collection really gets to the heart and soul of the group – spanning their first single for Polydor, classic album tracks from their prime era at the Roadshow label, and onward through really wonderful, albeit overlooked later work on Columbia! While they evolved stylistically over this span, they wisely hone on the classic elements throughout – ascendant vocals all the way, from the soaring lead to the tight harmonies, a mix of uplifting and mellow arrangements, just as compelling on the ballads and the bottom-end heavy groovers. Titles include "Call On Me", "Come On And Ride", "Hold On", "Sunshine", "Dance To The Music", "Thank You Girl For Loving Me", "Angel In My Life", "Magnetic Feel", "Settin' In Out (12" Version)", "Forever More", "Oasis Of Love", "I Can't Be The One", "I Believe In You", "Only You", "Enchanted Lady", "Here's Your Chance (12" Version)", "Love Struck", "I'm Dreaming", "Somebody's Loving You" and more. 32 tracks on 2CDs! CD

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EquaticsDoin It!!!! ... LP
Now Again, 1972. Very Good+ (reissue)... $14.99
Rare 70s funky soul from The Equatics – just the kind of record that keeps us digging and still excited after all these years – resurrected by the like minded diggers at Now Again! You know the kind of album we're talking about, the ones you come across with enigmatic cover art, no names on the back you recognize or even anything indicating where or when it's from. Then you take a spin and it's the real thing from the get go! The production is nice and raw but not ragged, and a funky vibe that groups today emulate but just can't recapture. This set's mid 70s R&B, mostly instrumental but with a few vocal numbers, all nicely done up in a very groovy, funky fashion. There's a couple of nice covers, like their Isaac Hayes-ish take on "Walk On By" and a nice rendition of "Ain't No Sunshine", but the rest of the set's mostly originals, like "Merry-Go-Round" and some nice raggedy instrumentals like "What They Doin?", "Santana" done up in parts 1 and 2 (maybe on a 45 somewhere. . .), "Cisco Fare" and the jazzy "The Touch Of You". Amazing! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Doin It!!!! ... LP 18.99

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EquaticsDoin It!!!! ... LP
Now Again, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 20.98
Rare 70s funky soul from The Equatics – just the kind of record that keeps us digging and still excited after all these years – resurrected by the like minded diggers at Now Again! You know the kind of album we're talking about, the ones you come across with enigmatic cover art, no names on the back you recognize or even anything indicating where or when it's from. Then you take a spin and it's the real thing from the get go! The production is nice and raw but not ragged, and a funky vibe that groups today emulate but just can't recapture. This set's mid 70s R&B, mostly instrumental but with a few vocal numbers, all nicely done up in a very groovy, funky fashion. There's a couple of nice covers, like their Isaac Hayes-ish take on "Walk On By" and a nice rendition of "Ain't No Sunshine", but the rest of the set's mostly originals, like "Merry-Go-Round" and some nice raggedy instrumentals like "What They Doin?", "Santana" done up in parts 1 and 2 (maybe on a 45 somewhere. . .), "Cisco Fare" and the jazzy "The Touch Of You". Amazing! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Doin It!!!! ... LP 14.99

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Family VibesStrange Fruit ... LP
United Artists, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
Post-Tina, Ike Turner changed the name of his band to The Family Vibes, and put out a few nice records of mostly instrumental funk. Given that most of the band members were guys, he probably didn't push them around that much (and there were a lot of them, so they could probably gang up on him anyway!) The record has a nice fuzzy funky sound to it – with lots of organ and guitar. Titles include "Soppin Molasses", "Bootie Lip", "Heep A Hole Lot", "Jumpin", "Neckin", and "I 8 1 2". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Faze-OBreakin' The Funk ... LP
Atlantic/SHE, 1979. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Wicked funk from Faze-O – a group who seem even tighter than before on this smoking album – yet still hold onto all the laidback modes that made them so great in the first place! There's a lean quality here that really prefaces the direction so many funk acts would take a few years later – a way of compressing everything down on the rhythm, to get past some of the excesses of too-large funk groups, or some of the overblown qualities of the disco generation! Faze-O were definitely out front with this approach, and continue to craft it strongly here – and the album's got a few great mellow tracks too – a great illustration of the claim made in the liner notes – that "Faze-O music is carefully built in panels of melodic phases, to sensuously put you in a funky but heavenly mood of time and rhythm." Titles include "See You Through The Night", "I'm Thankful", "I Still Love You", "Let's Rock", and "Ya Ba Da Ba Duzie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker and some pen, wear & a "Sound Purchase" sticker. Labels have some pen.)

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First CircleBoys Night Out ... LP
EMI, 1987. Very Good ... $2.99
An overlooked killer from First Circle – the only album ever cut by this obscure Brooklyn group, and a sweet set of 80s groove all the way through! There's a tight bounce to the whole record – thanks in part to production from Randy Muller, who gives the set the same focus and energy as his work at the time with Brass Construction – but minus the brass, of course! Randy plays keyboards on the record, and those keys really dominate the overall groove – stepping tightly over bassy bottoms, with a rhythmic focus that almost outweighs the vocals – making lots of these cuts perfect for mixing and dropping on an 80s-styled dancefloor. Titles include "Workin Up A Sweat", "Miracle Worker", "Can't Find A Love", "In The Name Of Love", "Boys' Night Out", and "You're On My Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a cutout hole.)

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Four TopsStill Waters Run Deep ... LP
Motown, 1970. Very Good- ... $3.99
One of the last albums the Four Tops ever issued on Motown – but also one of the best, and a set that really has the group taking off in a strong new direction for the 70s! Frank Wilson's at the production helm, and the set has all these cool little twists and turns that work perfectly with the magnificent harmonies of Levi Stubbs and the group – a mode that draws on all their vocal highlights from older years, but also refits them with a more spacious, more mature sort of sound! The approach is different than that used with the Temptations at the same time – less political, but still flowing with plenty of new ideas – handled by arrangers Jerry Long, Jimmy Roach, and David Van DePitte. The title cut – "Still Waters (Run Deep)" – is a perfect example of this – as the tune's got weirdly wonderful production, almost as watery as the cover image, and a bit of moog buried in there – which comes forward even more on the reprise of the song at the end of the record. Other titles include "Love Is The Answer", "Reflections", "I Wish I Were Your Mirror", "Bring Me Together", "LA (My Town)", and "Everybody's Talkin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover & labels have a name in marker.)

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Alan Freed with King Curtis & Sam "The Man" TaylorAlan Freed Rock & Roll Big Band – A Stompin' Good Time ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A hip assortment of hard-wailing tunes all put together by New York DJ Alan Freed – part of his brief recording career for Coral Records, where he worked with some surprisingly hip artists! Most of the material here was originally issued under the names of Alan Freed Rock N Roll Big Band or The King's Henchmen – both groups that were really studio assemblages headed by Freed, but featuring some very heavy tenor work from King Curtis and Sam "The Man" Taylor – both of whom really bring a lot to the set! Other key players include Ernie Hayes on piano and Kenny Burrell on guitar – the latter of whom plays in a surprisingly rocking vein that's quite different than his Blue Note work. Arrangements are likely by Sammy Lowe, Leroy Kirkland, and/or Ernie Wilkins – and the material is a nice mix of swinging R&B instrumental styles from the 50s! CD features 24 tracks in all – including "Homework", "Two Good Guys", "Street With A Beat", "Cool Papa", "All Tore Up", "Tow Head", "Fandango Rock", "Gosah", "Shufflin", "Night Ride", "Flip Flap", and "Big N Bad". CD

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✨✧ FreeezPop Goes My Love (megamix)/Scratch Goes My Dub/No Need For Greed ... 12-inch
Streetwise/Beggars Banquet (UK), 1983. Very Good (pic cover)... $4.99
Classic electro from the team of John Rocca and Arthur Baker. "Pop Goes My Love" was one of the catchier groovers from the time – and on the flip, Whiz Kid does some nice scratching on the dub mix! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(UK pressing. Cover has a large name in marker on both sides. Label has some pen.)

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Funk BrothersBest Of The Funk Brothers – 20th Century Masters ... CD
Motown/Universal, 1960s. Used ... $4.99
Motown legends finally get their due – in this first-ever collection of work by The Funk Brothers! The group were the backing band for most of the classic Motown recordings of the 60s – and labored for years with hardly any credit, until recently, when their achievements have been brought to light by the film Standing In The Shadows Of Motown, and a much-deserved Grammy award! And despite its cheap packaging, the collection's got plenty to offer any solid fan of Motown – 12 tracks that are pulled from sources that include tracks issued under the name of organist Earl Van Dyke, British singles, and even a previously unreleased mix! The tunes include a few originals, plus instrumental takes on Motown classics – with titles that include "Soul Stomp", "6 By 6", "Too Many Fish In The Sea", "All For You", "Come See About Me", "How Sweet It Is", "The Way You Do The Things You Do", "What's Going On", "Papa Was A Rolling Stone", and "Runaway Child Running Wild". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Marvin GayeTrouble Man (original gatefold pressing) ... LP
Tamla, 1972. Used Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Marvin Marvin Marvin – just when we thought you couldn't impress us any more, you took it to the next level! Trouble Man is a heck of a wonderful surprise from an artist that most folks really only knew as a singer – a fantastically funky blacksploitation soundtrack, conceived and composed by Marvin himself – and served up with some occasional vocals that work beautifully with the album's cool instrumental grooves! The set's easily one of Gaye's most righteous records ever – almost a second chapter to What's Going On, but more instrumental – and like that classic set, it really shows the whole new range of vision that Marvin was able to work in the studio. Gaye gets a bit of arranging help on some tracks from Gene Page and JJ Johnson – and the album's filled with great cuts – including the landmark "T Plays It Cool", plus other gems like "Don't Mess With Mister T", "Main Theme From Trouble Man", "The Break In", and "T Stands For Trouble". Very funky, very sophisticated, and very soulful! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing in the gatefold cover, with a large name in marker on both sides. Labels have some pen.)

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GonzalezHaven't Stopped Dancing/Just Let It Lay ... 12-inch
Capitol, 1977. Very Good+ ... $3.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Capitol sleeve, with a large name in marker. Labels have some pen.)

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GQDisco Nights (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Not just disco nights, but some great mellow moments too – a wonderfully well-rounded classic from this great quartet – as tight and groovy as it is cool and classy! By the time of this debut, the group had already had plenty of 70s soul experience as The Rhythm Makers – a previous name for the lineup, and a combo with a great reputation for dancefloor grooves that were tight, but never too uptight – kind of the best funky soul styles of the time! This album definitely continues that tradition, with a sound that's leaner than most mainstream disco of the time – and really well put-together, in a way that also has them slowing down to hit some great ballads and mellower steppers too. The album features the massive disco title cut – "Disco Nights" – and a beautiful reworking of Billy Stewart's classic "I Do Love You" – with a sound that's faithful to the original, but a sweet stepping groove that's made it a favorite for years! Other cuts include "Boogie Oogie Oogie", "Spirit", "Make My Dreams A Reality", "It's Your Love", "I Do Love You", and "Wonderful". Bonus tracks include "Boogie Oogie Oogie (12" version)", "Disco Nights (12" version)", "Disco Nights (7" version)", "Make My Dreams A Reality (7" version)", and "I Do Love You (7" version)". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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GQDisco Nights (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... About October 5, 2018
Not just disco nights, but some great mellow moments too – a wonderfully well-rounded classic from this great quartet – as tight and groovy as it is cool and classy! By the time of this debut, the group had already had plenty of 70s soul experience as The Rhythm Makers – a previous name for the lineup, and a combo with a great reputation for dancefloor grooves that were tight, but never too uptight – kind of the best funky soul styles of the time! This album definitely continues that tradition, with a sound that's leaner than most mainstream disco of the time – and really well put-together, in a way that also has them slowing down to hit some great ballads and mellower steppers too. The album features the massive disco title cut – "Disco Nights" – and a beautiful reworking of Billy Stewart's classic "I Do Love You" – with a sound that's faithful to the original, but a sweet stepping groove that's made it a favorite for years! Other cuts include "Boogie Oogie Oogie", "Spirit", "Make My Dreams A Reality", "It's Your Love", "I Do Love You", and "Wonderful". CD features 7 bonus tracks – "Boogie Oogie Oogie (12" disco version)", "Disco Nights (12" disco version)", "Disco Nights (single remix)", "Make My Dreams A Reality (single version)", "Make My Dreams A Reality (12" promo version)", "Boogie Oogie Oogie (12" promo version)", and "I Do Love You (single version)". CD
Also available Disco Nights (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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Al GreenAl Green Gets Next To You ... LP
Hi Records, 1971. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Al Green's first major album, and a killer batch of Memphis soul tracks with a sound that's a bit rawer than later years. The formula for the hits is firmly in place – and Al's beautiful voice is swept up wonderfully in very sympathetic production by the great Willie Mitchell. Although Mitchell had worked fine on his own before the record, it's his work with Green that really pushes him to the top of the soul hall of fame – as it's hard to imagine how anyone could have come up with a better showcase for Al's amazing voice. Proof of this can be heard on the record's great original tunes by Green – like "All Because", "I'm A Ram", "You Say It", and the classic "Tired Of Being Alone" – as well as on covers like "Driving Wheel", "Can't Get Next To You", and "Light My Fire". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a large name in marker on both sides, with some pen. Label has some pen.)

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✨✧ Al GreenBelle Album ... CD
Hi Records/Right Stuff, 1977. Used ... $5.99
Al takes over the whole deal with this one – as the record features him writing, producing, arranging, and even playing lead guitar – stepping out from under the protective wing of Willie Mitchell, and doing a surprisingly great job overall! Al does get a bit of help in the studio – from Fred Jordan and Reuben Fairfax, whose names are hidden in smaller type, under the message on the back that says that the record is "something new" – but as we've come to learn from all the other Al Green records we've loved over the years, the man himself is more than enough to make the record wonderful – with vocals that are unbeatable at this point in his career! Titles include "All N All", "Belle", "Loving You", "Georgia Boy", "Feels Like Summer" and "Dream". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Norman Harris/Leon HuffHarris Machine/Here To Create Music ... CD
Philadelphia International/West Side (UK), 1980. Used ... $14.99
Philly madness! Both Norman Harris and Leon Huff were guiding forces behind some of the greatest recordings on the Philadelphia International label – and they each only ever cut one LP under their own names! This excellent CD finally brings both albums back to light, which is a real treat – especially because Norman Harris' album has never been reissued before. Harris' album is great – and the sound is uptempo Philly, with nice guitar solos by Norman, and backing female vocals on a number of cuts. Tracks include "Dodge Cit, Hit City", "Zach's Fanfare", "Skoo-Be-Dooby", "I Wish", and a remake of "I Just Don't Want to Be Lonely". The Huff album is famous round these parts, mostly for the Steppers' track "I Ain't Jivin, I'm Jammin" – but there's other nice smooth jazzy material, like "Your Body Won't Move If You Don't Feel The Groove" and "Tight Money". 18 cuts in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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HeatwaveCurrent ... LP
Epic, 1982. Very Good ... $2.99
80s grooving hard with Heatwave – still going strong on this album from 1982, taking that smooth funky style they helped forge in the 70s, and pushing it to a whole new level on this set. Over the years, the group continue to show a tremendous depth as a soul act, working here well on both ballads and more uptempo tunes – and never resorting to easy tricks or cliches, coming up with some fantastic grooves in the process! The album includes the excellent jazzy groover "The Big Guns", plus the tracks "Naturally", "Look After Love", "Mind What You Find", "Hold Onto The One", and "Lettin It Loose". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a large name in marker on both sides.)

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Monk HigginsExtra Soul Perception ... CD
Solid State/Dusty Groove, 1968. New Copy ... $10.99 14.99
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by Monk Higgins – a genius musician/arranger who first got his start on the Chicago scene of the 60s, then moved out to the west coast at the end of the decade – where he also helped inject some funky new sounds into the Blue Note label! This set's got a vibe that echoes some of that work – particularly Monk's albums with trumpeter Blue Mitchell – but there's also maybe a loftier vibe that reflects Higgins' ties to the Chess/Cadet label, where he cut some fantastic funk singles, both under his name and with other artists too. The approach here takes a core funky jazz group and adds in just the right touches of strings – with a sound that reminds us a lot of some of the Richard Evans' genius work for Cadet, but with maybe a bit of a Cali vibe too. Monk blows tenor and plays Hammond – in a group that also features the mighty Jim Horn on flute, Alan Estes on vibes, and both Freddy Robinson and Arthur Adams on guitar. Most tunes are original, and the feel of the record is every bit as groovy as its cover – with titles that include "Sitting Duck", "Collision In Black", "Just Around The Corner", "Watermelon Man", "Straight Ahead", "Poker Chips", "Doing it To Deff", "The Look Of Slim", and "A Good Thing". (Jazz, Soul) CD
Also available Extra Soul Perception (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 19.99

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Monk HigginsExtra Soul Perception (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Solid State/Dusty Groove, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 28.98
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by Monk Higgins – a genius musician/arranger who first got his start on the Chicago scene of the 60s, then moved out to the west coast at the end of the decade – where he also helped inject some funky new sounds into the Blue Note label! This set's got a vibe that echoes some of that work – particularly Monk's albums with trumpeter Blue Mitchell – but there's also maybe a loftier vibe that reflects Higgins' ties to the Chess/Cadet label, where he cut some fantastic funk singles, both under his name and with other artists too. The approach here takes a core funky jazz group and adds in just the right touches of strings – with a sound that reminds us a lot of some of the Richard Evans' genius work for Cadet, but with maybe a bit of a Cali vibe too. Monk blows tenor and plays Hammond – in a group that also features the mighty Jim Horn on flute, Alan Estes on vibes, and both Freddy Robinson and Arthur Adams on guitar. Most tunes are original, and the feel of the record is every bit as groovy as its cover – with titles that include "Sitting Duck", "Collision In Black", "Just Around The Corner", "Watermelon Man", "Straight Ahead", "Poker Chips", "Doing it To Deff", "The Look Of Slim", and "A Good Thing". (Jazz, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – on translucent blue vinyl!)
Also available Extra Soul Perception ... CD 10.99

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Honey ConeSoulful Tapestry ... LP
Hot Wax, Early 70s. Very Good Gatefold ... $7.99
Definitely a soulful tapestry here – as the trio of Edna Wright, Shellie Clark, and Carolyn Willis are at the height of their 70s powers – soaring forth in a massive trio mode, and one that really rewrites the sound of girl group soul for the 70s! There's a bouncy, upbeat groove to the record – kind of a pre-disco approach, but one that's still strongly rooted in the best Detroit soul mode of the Holland-Dozier-Holland team too – balanced with just the right sort of force that makes the trio sound great, and all without any of the cliches that this sort of group might hit a few years later! Titles include the Honey Cone classics "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show (parts 1 & 2)" and "Want Ads", plus the tracks "VIP", "The Day I Found Myself", "Stick Up", "Don't Count Your Chickens", "All the Kings Horses", and "How Does It Feel". LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE – Cover is missing the die-cut front panel and has a name in marker.)

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✨✧ Thelma HoustonDevil In Me/Ready To Roll/Ride To The Rainbow/Reachin All Around (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1977/1978/1979/1982. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
Four classic Motown albums from Thelma Houston – plus bonus tracks too! Thelma's one of those singers who must have been waiting years for disco to come around and help her find a reason to sing! Her career was slightly ill-timed in the beginning, coming along with a baroque soul beginning that was great, yet somewhat out of place in the early 70s. But enter a record like Devil In Me – which takes Thelma's beautiful voice and fills it up with strings and disco rhythms – and you've got a well-done set that suddenly makes her whole sound make sense! Arrangements are surprisingly great, and relatively cliche-free on the best numbers – handled by Kim Richmond, James Carmichael, Greg Wright, and Michel Rubini. Titles include "I'm Here Again", "Triflin", "I've Got The Devil In Me", "Give Me Something To Believe In", "Memories", "Your Eyes", and "I Can't Go On Living Without Your Love". On Ready To Roll, Thelma is really using her amazing vocal range to match the dynamic energy of the songs on the set – exactly the kind of material that help her open up to her full potential! The expected clubby tracks are balanced by mellower, more personal numbers – and Thelma takes them all with the sort of care and confidence that always put her on the top shelf of mainstream female soul singers at the time! Titles include "Love Is Comin On", "Saturday Night Sunday Morning", "Strange", "Midnight Mona", "Can't We Try", and "Pardon Me". Ride To The Rainbow is a bold little set from Thelma Houston – produced with a strong disco finish, in a way that makes the best of her fierce diva vocals! The album's got a unity that's nicely appreciated – especially since some of Houston's other records could be a bit too unfocused or overblown – and the production by Hal Davis and arrangements by Arthur G Wright all have a strongly soulful quality that never steps too far out of line. Titles include a cover of "Love Machine", plus "Saturday Night Sunday Morning", "Ride To The Rainbow", "Paying For It With My Heart", "I Wanna Be Back In Love Again", and the excellent modern groover "Give It To Me". Reachin All Around is a record that really shows the great sort of growth that Motown experienced at the end of the 70s – a time when the label was really reaching out with some of its younger talent, and helping artists like Thelma Houston to find her groove! Some of the studio talents here are names you'd recognize from earlier Motown music, others are newer names – and together, they help Thelma soar with this wonderful energy – that mode that she brought to the disco generation, but very much alive and well here as she moves into a shifting array of styles and groove. Titles include "You Never Were My Friend", "The Best Years Of My Life", "Lies", "Little Bit Of Heaven & A Little Bit Of Hell", "Stormy Weather/I Can't Stand The Rain", and "Don't Wonder Why". Bonus tracks include "Love Masterpiece" and "If You Won't Let Me Walk On The Water". CD

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Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, & Bo DiddleySuper Super Blues Band ... CD
Checker/MCA, 1967. Used ... $3.99
A group that definitely lives up to its name – given that the lineup features the Chess Records stalwarts Bo Diddley, Howlin Wolf, and Muddy Waters! The set's maybe a bit more in the mode of Wolf or Waters than some of Bo's own records – although there's a bit of that riffing spark of his at times – and the tracks are often nice and long, with more than enough room to make you feel like Phil Chess gave these guys plenty of space in the studio to hang out, and find the right way to interact. As much as we love Chess albums with short songs and a soulful punch, we really appreciate it when they can break format and open up on a session like this – which really helps create a unique moment on record! Titles include "Goin Down Slow", "Long Distance Call", "Sweet Little Angel", "Ooh Baby & Wrecking My Love Life", and "Spoonful". (Blues, Soul) CD
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Paul Humphrey & The Cool Aid ChemistsPaul Humphrey & The Cool Aid Chemists ... LP
Lizard, 1971. Very Good- ... $14.99
Funky drums from the mighty Paul Humphrey – one of the standout studio players of the LA scene of the 60s and 70s, and an even better talent as a leader on this set! Paul's working here in a style that's partly in a funk mode, and partly soul instrumental – supported by small combo instrumentation from other figures on the LA scene – including David T Walker on guitar, Clarence McDonald on keyboards, and Phil Upchurch on bass. The sound is lean and mean, often with a hard-stepping feel that makes many of the cuts sound like some of the more stripped-down blacksploitation numbers from the time! Includes the original tunes "Cool Aid", "Funky LA", "Detroit", and "Baby Rice" – plus covers of "Music Talk", "Ain't That Peculiar", "Them Changes", and "Sack Full Of Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear with some splitting & a name in marker & some old tape.)

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Instant FunkGet Down With The Philly Jump ... CD
TSOP/Sony (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Great early work from Instant Funk – cut back at a time when the instrumental combo was lean and mean – and much more deserving of the "funk" in their name! The style here is sweet instrumental Philly – a great cross between disco and soul, done with all the best top studio touches of the Philly scene of the time. Arrangements are by Bunny Sigler mostly – no surprise, considering that the group were his backing band – and titles include "I Know Where You're Coming From", "So Glad I'm The One", "Hup Two Hutp Two", "Philly Jump", "It Ain't Reggae (But It's Funky)", "Funky Africa", and "Go for Yourself". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Get Down With The Philly Jump ... LP 9.99

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Instant FunkGet Down With The Philly Jump ... LP
TSOP, 1976. Very Good ... $9.99
Great early work from Instant Funk – cut back at a time when the instrumental combo was lean and mean – and much more deserving of the "funk" in their name! The style here is sweet instrumental Philly – a great cross between disco and soul, done with all the best top studio touches of the Philly scene of the time. Arrangements are by Bunny Sigler mostly – no surprise, considering that the group were his backing band – and titles include "I Know Where You're Coming From", "So Glad I'm The One", "Hup Two Hutp Two", "Philly Jump", "It Ain't Reggae (But It's Funky)", "Funky Africa", and "Go for Yourself". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, initials in marker, and an index sticker.)
Also available Get Down With The Philly Jump ... CD 13.99

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Instant FunkInstant Funk ... CD
Salsoul, 1979. Used ... $6.99
Maybe the third great Philly studio group of the 70s – after MFSB and Salsoul Orchestra – a killer combo who provided backing grooves to plenty of great club tracks over the years – and who step out strongly here on their own debut album! Bunny Sigler helps give the album a sharp focus – with his own production and songwriting in play – in modes that are very much like his own best club tracks of the time – but the group is more than great enough on their own – with a funky edge that definitely lives up to their name, and a groove that's even sharper than the two aforementioned contemporary combos. Lead vocals are by James Carmichael, who's totally great – and titles include "Don't You Wanna Party", "Never Let It Go Away", "I Got My Mind Made Up", "Dark Vader", "Wide World Of Sports", and "You Say You Want Me To Stay". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Instant Funk ... LP 11.99

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Instant FunkInstant Funk ... LP
Salsoul, 1979. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Maybe the third great Philly studio group of the 70s – after MFSB and Salsoul Orchestra – a killer combo who provided backing grooves to plenty of great club tracks over the years – and who step out strongly here on their own debut album! Bunny Sigler helps give the album a sharp focus – with his own production and songwriting in play – in modes that are very much like his own best club tracks of the time – but the group is more than great enough on their own – with a funky edge that definitely lives up to their name, and a groove that's even sharper than the two aforementioned contemporary combos. Lead vocals are by James Carmichael, who's totally great – and titles include "Don't You Wanna Party", "Never Let It Go Away", "I Got My Mind Made Up", "Dark Vader", "Wide World Of Sports", and "You Say You Want Me To Stay". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Instant Funk ... CD 6.99

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Millie JacksonGet It Outcha System ... LP
Spring, 1978. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A key album in the evolution of the Millie Jackson sound and style – as she leaves behind the weepy soul of earlier albums, and moves into the fierce, proud-stepping mode that would define the "bad girl" of later, raunchier years! In case you can't figure out where Millie's going with her bag, the title is emphasized by a photo of a toilet seat on the back cover – and Millie literally takes the sh*t out on the record – in a series of tunes that have a real bad-rapping approach. Production is by longtime associate Brad Shapiro, but the overall sound is sweetened nicely by David Van De Pitte – who adds in full strings and voices to emphasize the attitude behind the songs. Titles include "Go Out & Get Some", "Put Something Down On It", "He Wants To Hear The Words", "Here You Come Again", and a great version of Latimore's "Keep The Home Fire Burnin", complete with an additional rap on the subject, entitle "Logs & Thangs". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker and some pen. Labels have some pen.)
Also available Get It Outcha System ... CD 6.99

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Rick JamesFire It Up ... LP
Gordy, 1979. Very Good ... $6.99
Rick James fires it up at the end of the 70s – stepping out at full star power that has him rivaling the strength of Bootsy Collins at Warner, and paving the way for the rise of Prince in the early 80s! As with Prince, James' version of funk here is a bit offbeat – lots of riffing guitars in the mix, and a bad-strutting groove that's still conventional mainstream funk of the time, yet with some edgier elements that led Rick to label his music as "punk funk" (or was it "funk punk"?) Given the end-of-70s spirit, you might also say that some of the cuts were aimed at the dancefloor – although James was never really one to storm the discos as much as others. Titles include "Love Gun", "Fire It Up", "Come Into My Life", "Lovin You Is A Pleasure", and "Stormy Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch & a name in pen.)

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Chaka KhanPapillon (Hot Butterfly)/Too Much Love ... 12-inch
Warner, 1980. Near Mint- ... $24.99
One of Chaka Khan's greatest solo moments – served up on a rare promo single! "Papillon" is Chaka's reworking of the classic "Hot Butterfly" from Gregg Diamond – done here with warm production from Arif Mardin, and a groove that's even more steppingly sublime than the original! "Too Much Love" is pretty great too – a bit more standard Chaka for the 80s, but still pretty sweet! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered Warner sleeve. Hype sticker has a small name in marker.)

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Ben E KingSings For Soulful Lovers ... LP
Atco, 1962. Very Good- ... $11.99
Sublime uptown soul from the great Ben E King – and session that has him paired with a young Claus Ogermann on arrangements! Although later a maestro of the heavy strings, at this point Ogermann's got a great little bounce in his backings – that German-trained use of the electric bass in subtle ways, often used just enough here to give King's tunes a sweetly gentle groove! Even when the tunes are mellow, they've got a nicely stepping quality that moves things along nicely – a classy approach to soul that's full, but never too slick or sleepy. And King's vocals are great, as always – slightly raspy, and filled with an earnest, honest quality that makes even the familiar tunes come alive anew! Titles include "Dream Lover", "Because Of You", "What A Difference A Day Made", "He Will Break Your Heart", and "At Last". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing. Cover has a name in marker on back. Label has a name in marker.)

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Boobie Knight & The Universal LadyBoobie Knight & The Universal Lady – Earth Creature ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
Crazy funk from a crazy-costumed geezer with an equally crazy name – one of those lost rare funky nuggets that's every bit as great as you might guess from the cover and title! Boobie Knight's a killer here – and works in a groove that's somewhere between Sly & The Family Stone and The Jimmy Castor Bunch – with all the freaky, fuzzy touches that reference might imply! His group has a definite guitar-heavy sound that's a bit blunted, and a bit trippy at times – but which also has a nice soulful edge at it's best moments – a sense of focus that gives the record more of a groove than other records of this nature from the period. The band here includes vocals by Al Johnson (who may well be the same Al Johnson who went onto later mellow soul fame) – and titles include the crazy "Earth Creature", plus "The Lovomaniacs", "Power Greater Than Man", "Feeling My Cheerios", and "Woman Will Make You Love". CD

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Latin SoulsBoogaloo & Shingaling ... LP
Kapp, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the grooviest groups of the Latin Soul scene – but they'd have to be, given their name! The Latin Souls are a vocal group with a really soulful feel – a great link between the earlier harmony sounds that were bubbling under in Spanish Harlem, and some of the hipper rhythms that were hitting the scene in the late 60s – particularly the two dance modes pushed strongly in the title of the record! Many of the cuts have a nicely dark undercurrent – a bit like the best work of Ralph Robles – but the harmonies give the record a somewhat more sincere feel too, with echoes of Joe Bataan in the mix. The whole thing's great – with production from Pancho Cristal that's right up there with his other great Latin sides of the 60s. Titles include "Guajira Controversial", "Que Va", "Hey Lulu!", "The Party Is Over", "Place In the Sun", "La Banda", and the slammin' "Latin Souls Descarga"! (Latin, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Le PamplemousseSweet Magic ... LP
AVI, 1978. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Moogy keyboards, disco grooves, and sweet female vocals make this a classic session from the Rinder & Lewis team – and the album's a lot better than you might think from the silly name of the group or the throwaway disco cover on the front! The keyboards really drive the album, hitting some great funky clavinet moments or sweet moogy parts that always seem to have a nice touch of jazz – spicing up the tracks in a style that you wouldn't normally get on an album of this vintage and style. Titles include "Do You Have Any?", "Slow Down",a nd the mellow jazzy space number "No Sweat". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Little Willie JohnSure Things ... CD
King, 1961. Used ... $3.99
It's always a sure thing when we see the name of Little Willie John on the cover of a record – a sure thing that the music's going to be great, the vocals sublime, and the whole thing a non-stop package of raw early soul! Willie's a singer who recorded for King Records during the same early years as James Brown and Hank Ballard – and his tremendous talents were part of that label's trio of genius at the time – a genius that, for Willie, got cut too short due to some time behind bars – a later legacy that's maybe always informed people's understanding of his music. Yet even without that back story, the sounds here are amazing on their own – extremely powerful, and a great fusion of earlier R&B modes with the growing soul styles to come – cut right to the bone with stellar King production. Titles include "My Love Is", "I Like To See My Baby", "Walk Slow", "The Very Thought Of You", "Loving Care", "You Hurt Me", "I'm Shakin", "A Cottage For Sale", and "There's A Difference". CD
(Out of print.)

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LocksmithUnlock The Funk ... LP
Arista, 1980. Near Mint- ... $7.99
The only album ever from Locksmith – a group you might also know for their classic backing work on a few Grover Washington albums of the 70s! This set's got the lineup grooving strongly on their own – in an upbeat blend of jazz, funk, and soul that often has the group's deft instrumentation taking center stage instead of their vocals! Things are mighty sharp throughout – with loads of great bass at the bottom, plus live percussion, tight guitars, sweet keyboards, and some especially great electric violin and snyth from John Blake. Harvey Mason produced the record, with the same tight sound as his own gems for Arista at the time – and Stephanie Spruill sings guest vocals on the sweet stepper "It's You", alongside more upbeat tracks that include "Groove Town", "TMI", "Don't Hurt Yourself", and the especially nice "Blackjack" and "Cinnamon", both of which have a totally sweet jazzy groove. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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Love UnlimitedLove Is Back ... LP
CBS, 1979. Very Good ... $6.99
Very nice comeback album by Love Unlimited, and one that still features Barry White at the helm. The music's a nice mix of midtempo modern soul groovers, with a lot of tracks that have an excellent steppers groove to them. With the cuts "I'm So Glad That I'm A Woman", "High Steppin, Hip Dressin' Fella", "If You Want Me, Say It", "Gotta Be Where You Are", and "I'm Givin You A Love (Every Man Is Searchin' For)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a large name in marker on both sides, with some moisture stains. Label has some pen.)

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MadonnaBurning Up/Physical Attraction ... 12-inch
Sire, 1983. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $5.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a large name in marker on both sides & a promo stamp.)

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Main IngredientEuphrates River ... LP
RCA, 1974. Very Good Gatefold ... $5.99
Although the Main Ingredient were best known for their early 70's singles, this album from '74 is a wonderfully complex batch of tunes that shows that the group were taking a cue from some of their hipper contemporaries, and pushing past a stock hit formula. Bert DeCoteaux was still arranging, but the group produced themselves, giving the record a sexy funky feeling in the best parts, not that dissimilar from some of Marvin Gaye's work, or records by groups like The Isley Brothers or The O'Jays. Includes great versions of two Seals & Crofts songs – "Summer Breeze" and "Euphrates" – both a perfect example of this style, as is "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" – plus a great reading of Willie Hutch's "California My Way", which has a super-dope sample at the beginning. Of course, the album still includes material like their hit " "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", a sweetly style AM radio pop hit in the band's best style of earlier years. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker, some pen, sticker remnants, some peeling at the bottom, and is bent near the spine. Labels have some pen.)
Also available Euphrates River ... CD 18.99

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Main IngredientSpinning Around ... LP
RCA, 1970. Very Good ... $6.99
For some reason, RCA had a real penchant for repackaging and retitling a number of the albums cut by their big stars in the early 70's. This album's a repackaged version of the hard to find Tasteful Soul album, and it was released only a year or two after that one. It's got a different title and cover, but the track list is still the same. The record is a great one, and is one of their earliest records, with a great set of Bert DeCoteaux arrangements, and a totally sweet soul harmony sound. The arrangements are nice and airy, with lots of smooth sweeping passages that let the vocals float around effortlessly. Tracks include "Magic Shoes", "I'm Better Off Without You", "Spinning Around", "Need Her Love", "Searching", and "Somebody's Been Sleeping". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker on both sides, with some pen.)

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Ernestine AllenLet It Roll ... LP
Tru Sound, Early 60s. Very Good ... $29.99
Tasty R&B material, recorded on Prestige's short-lived Tru-Sound subsidiary. Ernestine had some earlier fame under the name Anisteen Allen, and this record's got a similar sound to her late 40s work – with lots of smoky vocals, touched by a warm jazz sensibility that gives the material a bit more sophistication than your average R&B shouter. King Curtis leads the group, and titles include "Let It Roll", "Lullaby Of Broadway", "Love For Sale", and "Miss Allen's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has some edge wear and small seam splits.)

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Gerald AlstonGerald Alston ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $13.99
Brilliant solo work from Gerald Alston – the first album issued under his own name, after a strong legacy of work with The Manhattans! Alston's vocals are wonderful here – beautifully crafted, with a sense of maturity and feeling that most of his younger soul contemporaries couldn't match – polished with the kind of class that kept The Manhattans strong well into the 80s – but updated nicely with some of the more adult soul modes of the latter part of the decade. Production is by Stan Sheppard and James Varner, who know to keep things laidback to keep Alston at his best – and titles include "Stay A Little While", "You Laid Your Love On Me", "I've Waited All Night", "Activated", "We've Only Just Begun", and "I Come Alive When I'm With You". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Gerald Alston ... CD 24.99

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Gerald AlstonGerald Alston ... CD
Motown, 1988. Used ... $24.99
Brilliant solo work from Gerald Alston – the first album issued under his own name, after a strong legacy of work with The Manhattans! Alston's vocals are wonderful here – beautifully crafted, with a sense of maturity and feeling that most of his younger soul contemporaries couldn't match – polished with the kind of class that kept The Manhattans strong well into the 80s – but updated nicely with some of the more adult soul modes of the latter part of the decade. Production is by Stan Sheppard and James Varner, who know to keep things laidback to keep Alston at his best – and titles include "Stay A Little While", "You Laid Your Love On Me", "I've Waited All Night", "Activated", "We've Only Just Begun", and "I Come Alive When I'm With You". CD
(Original pressing – out of print! Rear artwork has a bit of pen.)
Also available Gerald Alston ... CD 13.99

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Roy AyersVibrations ... LP
Polydor, 1976. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of Roy Ayers' greatest albums of the 70s – a set that tightens up the groove from previous Polydor productions, yet still keeps all the soul intact! The record picks up the style begun with the Mystic Voyage album, and pushes it to some slightly tighter territory – a more focused Roy Ayers sound that's totally great, and which makes the album sparkle wonderfully throughout! All aspects of Roy's talents are perfectly balanced here – his warm vocals and jazzy vibes, his uptempo grooves and mellower rhythms – played to perfection by a hip lineup of players that includes Philip Woo on electric piano, Justo Almario on tenor sax, and Steve Cobb on drums. Edwin Birdsong guests a bit on the record – bringing in a nice edge to a few tunes – the album's got a really unique dark undercurrent, even in smoother moments – that subtle Roy Ayers' approach that's always made him one of our all-time favorite artists. Titles include the wonderful jazz-tinged "Searching", a great midtempo stepper that we really love; the funky break track "The Memory", a righteous number that feels like work from earlier records; the clubby classic "One Sweet Love to Remember"; and the sweet instrumental "Vibrations", which has a mellow kickback feel! Other tunes include "Higher", "Domelo (Give It To Me)", "Baby I Need Your Love", and "Better Days". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker on both sides, some pen, and a cut corner. Labels have some pen.)
Also available Vibrations (Verve originals pressing) ... CD 3.99

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Bar-KaysToo Hot To Stop ... LP
Mercury, 1976. Very Good+ ... $9.99
A pivotal album from The Bar-Kays – a key post-Stax set, but one that's still very firmly grounded in Memphis funk! The groove definitely shows a bit more polish than before – the same sort of shift the Ohio Players made after moving to Mercury Records – but as with the Players at their best, there's still plenty of sharp edges and deeply funky moments on the record – and if anything, the shift has really given The Bar-Kays a way to evolve their sound past some of the heavier modes of the early days, without losing any of the appeal of their groove! Some cuts have some great keyboards – almost producing a spacey funk feel at points – and titles include "Too Hot To Stop (part 1)", "You're So Sexy", "Cozy", "Spellbound", "Whitehouseorgy", and the nice mellow track "Summer Of Our Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the diagonal text cover, with a large name in marker on both sides, some pen, and light wear. Labels have some pen.)

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BB & Q BandSix Million Times ... LP
Capitol, 1983. Very Good ... $9.99
One of the more obscure albums cut by the BB&Q Band – but a great little set that has them still grooving wonderfully in that 80s-styled mixture of keyboards and bass that they virtually helped to invent! The tracks here follow heavily in the "On The Beat" mode – all snapping along with a clean approach, and lots of heavy hooks that make the tunes a heck of a lot more catchy than some of the group's contemporaries' work! Titles include "She's A Woman", "Downtowne", "Keep It Hot", "Stay", and "We've Got To Do It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, large name in marker, and some pen. Labels have some pen.)

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Archie Bell & The DrellsI Can't Stop Dancing ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Good+ ... $4.99
Fantastic work from Archie Bell & The Drells – an important record that bridges their earlier and later sounds! It's a key transitional album for the crew – as most of the album's in the harder rawer Texas funk groove of earlier year, but some of it features newer production by Gamble & Huff, in that excellent smooth dancing style that took Archie light years from his roots. The Gamble & Huff tracks are the most obvious – the singles "I Can't Stop Dancing" and "Do The Choo Choo" – and the album's got other great cuts like the original tunes "Do You Feel It?", "You're Such A Beautiful Child", "Jammin In Houston", and "Love Will Rain On You", plus versions of Curtis Mayfield's "I've Been Trying" and "Sometimes I Wonder". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Broadway pressing. Cover has a large name in marker on both sides. Label has some pen.)

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Black BloodBlack Blood (A Mwana) ... LP
Mainstream, 1975. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Supposedly, this is one of the many incarnations of the group that's better known under the names Lafayette Afro-Rock Band and Ice. The material here is more in the vein of work by Ice – in that it's kind of faster Afro-Funk inspired grooves, with bass, guitar, organ, and lots of keyboards in the mix. Cuts include "Avenue Louise", "Kiswahli", "Ewohe Dance", "AIE (A Mawana)", "Aye Mama", "Chicano", and "Jesus He Is My Brother". (Global Grooves, Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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BlackbyrdsNight Grooves ... LP
Fantasy, 1978. Very Good+ ... $13.99
A great album of funky dancefloor tunes! Originally issued in 1978, and clearly for the New York dancefloor crowd – the record takes the earlier work of funk group The Blackbyrds, and remixes the tracks slightly to pump up the groove a bit for the dancers. While the approach might not sound good on paper, it actually works wonderfully on the record – as the tunes retain all of the jazz funk feel of the originals, without any of the cheap tricks you might expect. The album's as essential as any of the group's earlier albums – and it's filled with great versions of classics like "Supernatural Feeling", "Gut Level", "Walking In Rhythm", "Do It Fluid", "Rock Creek Park", and "Happy Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a large name in marker on both sides, some peeling on the back, and a promo stamp. Labels have some pen.)

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Blood OrangeNegro Swan ... CD
Domino, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The cover of this album by Blood Orange – aka Devonte Hynes – might imply a sort of weary bleakness – but given the quality of the music, the whole thing can't help but elevate our spirits – even if Hynes is digging even deeper than usual with his subject matter! The songs are complex and extremely thoughtful – but also have this really inspired glow that instantly illuminates their beauty – sometimes in ways that are fragile, other times with a more dynamic energy. And although the set's got a host of guests – like Georgia Anne Muldrow, A$ap Rocky, Project Pat, and others – it's clear that Devonte's guiding the ship himself, with a very strong hold on the rudder, and the spirit of the music. Titles include "Orlando", "Saint", "Charcoal Baby", "Nappy Wonder", "Dagenham Dream", "Minetta Creek", "Nappy Wonder", and "Runnin". (Neo Soul, Soul) CD

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BohannonBohannon's Greatest Disco Hits ... LP
Dakar, 1975. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Released in 1975, this greatest hits comp of Bohannon's really does feature some of his best stuff – as it's culled from his first five albums, which are always our favorites. Loads of great up-tempo funky dancefloor tracks, including "Bohannon's Beat", "The Pimp Walk", "Stop & Go", "South African Man", "Truck Stop", and "Keep On Dancing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker and some pen. Labels have some pen.)

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Johnny BristolFree To Be Me ... LP
Handshake, 1981. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Very obscure work from singer Johnny Bristol – an artist that we know best from his post-Motown work in the 70s, but who sounds great on this sweet album of early 80s soul! The record's got a feel that's a bit smoother than some of Johnny's albums for MGM and Atlantic – and it goes for a mellow soul approach that opens up a whole new side of Bristol's talents. Johnny's in sweet surroundings here – working with help from HB Barnum and Bruce Baxter on arrangements that match the sophisticated with the soulful – very much in the best mode of the early 80s modern scene. Titles include "Take Me Down", "Loving & Free", "If I Can't Stop You", "Love Is On Tonight", "Till I See You Again", and "Love No Longer Has A Hold On Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has a large name in marker on both sides, some wear, and a promo stamp. Labels have some pen.)

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Johnny BristolStrangers ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Excellent smooth soul from Johnny Bristol – working here in territory that's a lot more sophisticated than his earlier work, in the same vein as smooth modern soul singers like Leroy Hutson, Leon Ware, or Prince Phillip Mitchell! The album's got a sweet warm feel – and the richness of the songwriting and vocals make us wonder why Johnny wasn't a bigger star on his own – because each new track is a gem, and the album's got a quality level to match the best of the biggest names of the 70s! However, it's also gems like this that keep us digging through the history of soul music – looking under the surface of the big stars to find excellent work from "almost rans" like Johnny! Cuts include "Strangers in the Dark Corners", "If You Ever Need Somebody", "You Can't Have Love (Without Complications)", and "She's So Amazing". LP, Vinyl record album

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BroadwayMagic Man ... LP
Hilltak/Atlantic, 1979. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A classy disco project arranged and produced by Willie Henderson – done in a mode that's got less of the jazz funk touches of some of his other late 70s work, and with an approach that's got a fairly straightforward clubby sound. Lead vocals on the set are by Patti Williams – a singer with surprising depth for such a no-name set – and on the best cuts, it's her vocals that actually hold the whole thing together. Includes the nice snapping bass track "This Funk Is Made For Dancing" – plus "Magic Man", "Take Me In Your Arms", "Kiss You All Over", and "Love Bandit". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and tracklist sticker.)

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James BrownIt's A New Day – Let A Man Come In ... LP
King, 1970. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Further genius from James Brown at the start of the 70s – a record that's starting to show some of the more open-ended grooves he'd explore with the JBs on their own albums – longer, stretched-out tracks that are way more than simple funk and soul! There's a sense of freewheeling energy here that's totally great – dynamic, powerful calls from James at the top of most tunes – and incredibly sharp work on horns and rhythm from the band – cutting grooves and turning lines like no other combo in the business, all with a great mix of deep soul and hard funk! The album features the 7 minute killer version of "Let a Man Come In & Do The Popcorn", plus "World (parts 1 & 2)", "It's A New Day (parts 1 & 2)", "Give It Up or Turn It Loose", "If I Ruled The World", "The Man In The Glass (part 1)", and "I'm Not Demanding (part 1)". A treasure trove of funk and soul! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a sticker spot, some light wear, and a small spot of tape.)

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James BrownOriginal Disco Man ... LP
Polydor, 1979. Very Good ... $5.99
Forget the "disco" in the title, because the album's not really disco – or at least not in a way that any disco fan would agree to – just more of a dancefloor-oriented approach to the heavy funk that James had always been cutting in the 70s! Tracks are longer and more uptempo than on earlier albums – with stronger basslines, and a punchier overall sound that goes for catchy hooks and the kind of shouted, striking lyrics that made James stand out from the pack. Production and arrangements are by Brad Shapiro, of southern soul fame – and that fact gives the album a deeper feel than you'd expect from a disco cash-in set. Titles include "It's Too Funky In Here", "Star Generation", "Still", "The Original Disco Man", "Let The Boogie Do The Rest", and "Women Are Something Else". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo, with pen on the labels. Cover has a large name in marker on both sides & a promo stamp.)

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Randy BrownIntimately ... LP
Parachute/Casablanca, 1979. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Excellent work from Randy Brown – a great singer with a massive talent for being both smooth and deep at the same time, something we'd reserve for a rare few, like Frankie Beverly or Teddy Pendergrass during their best periods. This album featuers Randy singing tracks written by Homer Banks and Chuck Brooks – who also produced the album – and the tunes are great little love songs with compelling but uncomplicated structures, in a manner that's similar to mid 70s work by Lou Courtney or Ronnie McNeir. The whole album's pretty darn solid all the way through – and titles include "Use It", "I Wanna Baby You", "I Thought of You Today", "I Was Blessed (The Day I Found You)", and "It Scares Me So". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a large name in marker on both sides & a promo stamp. Labels have some pen.)
 
 
 



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