A fantastic soul trio, and one who turned out to be a fair bit more classy than some of their club contemporaries in the late 70s – with an ability to change things up in a great way as time moved on, and really keep their groove fresh for the 80s! This set brings together almost every one ... (Soul) read moreCD
A crossover classic from the late 70s – a record that was born in the clubs, but bred in the mainstream – and the start of a very good relationship between Odyssey and RCA! The album will forever be known for its classic cut "Native New Yorker" – a seminal groover that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked bit of mid 70s funk from the Ohio Players – cut right at the height of their brilliant Mercury years! The album's got a smooth and slinky finish that has the band tightening up a lot from their Westbound years – going for a compressed spacey soul sound on some of the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ohio Players —
Fire ... CD Mercury/Elemental (France), 1975. New Copy ...
One of the biggest albums ever for Ohio Players – a set that took their earlier funk sound and targeted firmly at the mainstream with a lean, mean groove that a million other groups copied at the time! There's still plenty of the soul of the early years in the group's approach here – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Ohio Players —
Fire ... LP Mercury, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ...
One of the biggest albums ever for Ohio Players – a set that took their earlier funk sound and targeted firmly at the mainstream with a lean, mean groove that a million other groups copied at the time! There's still plenty of the soul of the early years in the group's approach here – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A whopping 2CD compilation of some of the best funky moments from the Ohio Players post-Westbound work for Mercury! This is the stuff that brought funk into the top 10 in the US – and the Players manage to mix together a tight well-produced sound with the same raw funk sensibility that got ... (Soul) read moreCD
While there was no naked bald lady on the cover of Jass-Ay-Lay-Dee, it is actually a move back towards the sweatier funk sounds of their more classic LPs. There's some tight playing and solid songwriting going on here, too, with a bit less of the smooth, sultry grooves with funky touches that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked gem from the Three Blind Mice catalog of the 70s – a date that's led by pianist Kunio Ohta, but which features some excellent reed work from Masamiki Takano too! The record's got that open, creative spirit that we love from the label's best work in the decade – almost as ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Unsung early 70s genius from Dwight Twilley & Phil Seymour – a few years earlier than their legendary power pop in the Dwight Twilley Band, and a pretty stunning batch of tightly melodic material that's just raw enough – top shelf stuff seeing proper release for the first time ever! ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The O'Jays keep on going strong – hitting a smooth mellow Philly vibe that takes them away from the style of their mid 70s hits! The sound here is a bit more uptempo than on the previous album So Full Off Love – but the group are still also really using the time to explore their ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool – original acetate test pressing – in a Frankford Wayne sleeve!)
Itaru Oki/Nobuyoshi Ino/Choi Sun Bae —
Kami Fusen ... CD No Business (Lithuania), 1996. New Copy ...
Sometimes it feels like there's no sense of time at all when it comes to free jazz – as a recording like this, made over 20 years ago, can feel as fresh as anything happening at the moment – due to the free-thinking nature of the performance! The group's less familiar than some we've ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Nice bit of groovy keyboard work – played on the Yamaha organ by Koichi Oki! Some groovy pop stuff on here, including a nice version of "Light My Fire". There's also a nice jazzy electric keyboard original called "Summer in Shima", with sort of a Mojo Club feel, that's ... (Now Sound) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl has some light surface marks from the old inner sleeve.)
One of the greatest groups of the second generation of ECM – a post-Ornette Coleman quartet that features Don Cherry, Dewey Redman, Charlie Haden, and Ed Blackwell – all exploring space in a way that's quite different than their work with Ornette! The sound here is much freer, and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The third album from symphonic rock pioneer Mike Oldfield – at this point unable to steer his way out of the engulfing shadow of his massive Tubular Bells album of a couple years earlier – yet still bearing fruit creatively, as Ommadawn is his third excellent and pretty much ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Easily one of the most successful albums of the British jazz rock years – but still a longtime favorite of ours as well! Mike Oldfield sets a whole new standard here for concept rock – not only by working on a single album-length composition that spans all of sides one and two, but ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet soulful set from drummer Grasella Oliphant – one of two legendary albums cut for Atlantic Records in the 60s – and the one with a very heavy-hitting lineup! The vibe here is somewhere between Blue Note Hammond dates and soul jazz on Prestige Records in the mid 60s – as ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Andre Luiz Oliveira —
Ser Fa ... CD Caramuru, 2009. Used ...
Smooth jazzy soul, with excellent production by Wayne Henderson and his At-Home Productions team. David Oliver's got a deep baritone voice, and it slithers sexily through tracks like "Private Secretary", "Who Are You", "Take My Emptiness", and the great mellow groover ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the textured cover, including the printed inner sleeve.)
Euphoria ... CD Yellow Bird (Germany), 2017. New Copy ...
Drummer Oli Steidle leads the trio, but the sound here comes equally from the contributions of Frank Gratkowski on alto and Kalle Kalima on guitar – both musicians whose sonic range really seems pushed to explode at the same frequency as the leader! Kalima's often got a fair bit of fuzz on ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Electronic funky stuff from the late 70's, with a groove that's definitely got a lot of hints as to where funk was going in the 80's. Ollie E. Brown leads the group on percussion and vocals, and additional players include Billy Preston, Wah Wah Watson, Ray Parker Jr., and George Bohannon. Angela ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo including the lyric sleeve. Cover has light wear, a promo stamp, and a mark from sticker removal.)
One of the coolest new groups we've heard on Daptone in a long time – an instrumental combo that's definitely funky, but which has some of the exotic touches you might expect from their name! There's a nice current of strings that slide in alongside more familiar funk instrumentation – ... (Deep Funk) read moreCD
Two fantastic tracks from this ultra-hip groove! "Sirens Of Jupiter" has some harp lines over a blacksploitation groove at the start – almost hinting at a Dorothy Ashby vibe, before the excellent horn part takes over and really opens up the soul of the tune! "Apollo's ... (Funky 45's) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Very cool keyboards from this enigmatic Moroccan artist – and a set that also features a bit of vocals from female singer Naima Samih too! The main focus is still on the keys – mostly organ, but in a weird range of sounds and styles, like on the other albums by Abdou El Omari – ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download of the album!)
Jowee Omicil —
Let's Bash ... CD Jazz Village (France), 2017. New Copy ...
Sweet reeds and plenty of Fender Rhodes – a set that has Jowee Omicil blowing soprano sax, alto, flute, and clarinet – over a set of tunes that move along with a gentle sort of groove! The album's got a nice polish, but is also hipper than smooth jazz too – with some rootsier ... (Jazz) read moreCD
An album that's every bit as cool and classic as its cover – a really kicking organ/tenor set, and one with a voice that's all its own! Drummer Shunsuke Umino heads up the group, and also wrote a number of the tracks – and he's got an approach that's not content to simply rehash old ... (Jazz) read moreCD
This hip Chicago duo presents a whole new side of their music – on a really special record put together in Brazil – with help from sonic genius Kassin – who really seems to help shape the sound of the set! Core energy comes from Darin Gray of Tweedy and Glenn Kotche of Wilco ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second album from this cool Colombian project that includes Will "Quantic" Holland – a group that's very much in the same criss-crossing of cultures as his Flowering Inferno ensemble! The first Ondatropica album had a vibe that was maybe more traditionally Colombian at times ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stone burner from 100 Proof Aged In Soul – a group who really take off with this tight second record! The album's a classic from the days when soul music ruled AM radio on both sides of the tracks – and the rest of the album is equally great – packing that tight post-Motown ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear and a half split top seam.)
A great little set from One Way – post disco Detroit dancefloor soul of the first order! There a crisp, tight bubbling sound that's pretty wonderful – and warm in the spots where so many records of the period and cold and mechanical. The tunes bounce along nicely with production from ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally massive set from One Way – a record that has them sounding even better than ever – drawing on all the strengths of the previous few records, and really knocking it out of the park! Although the group's got a great way with a groove, the mellow cuts here are equally nice ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A classic from One Way – who're still going strong in the early 80s! The group's ace in the hole was always the great work of Al Hudson – a fearless leader who kept things funky, and who wrote in some great hooks to tracks that give them uncommon strength. Case in point is the classic ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One Way – Featuring Al Hudson & Alicia Myers —
Best Of One Way ... CD MCA, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Groove-happy soul – a 14 track collection that brings together some of the best dancefloor numbers from Al Hudson's group One Way, plus a few solo tunes by one of its best singers, Alicia Myers! Hudson had a unique style that wasn't really disco, wasn't really funk – but took elements ... (Soul) read moreCD
A fantastic record from one of the greatest underground jazz groups of the 70s! Oneness of Juju are perhaps best known for the heavy funk of their first album, African Rhythms – but we're actually partial to this second album – a warmly spiritual batch of soul jazz tracks, and a set ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Dona Onete —
Banzeiro ... LP Mais Um Discos (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
Brazilian music from far up the Amazon River – from a place where the sounds are often quite different from those heard in Rio or Sao Paulo – and much more likely to share some elements with the native cultures of the other side of South America, as well as some Caribbean rhythms too! ... (Brazil) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe one of the first truly tuneful moments from Yoko Ono – working here with backing from the Elephants Memory group – on a double-length set that shows a really great range from the singer! Yoko's vocals are fragile and sometimes a bit strained in the traditionally structured song ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great album by Yoko Ono, recorded during her most creatively fertile period – following the Approximately Infinite Universe mode of straight up, often catchy and melodic tunefulness in the arrangements – but with a more melancholy and often angrily feminist lyrical approach! The ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pretty wild work from Yoko Ono – a mixture of straight rock tunes and some very experimental numbers, a few of which sound so much like New York No Wave tunes from a decade later that we have to admit we're pretty darn shocked! In fact, we'd dare say the record's better than anything ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Yoko's stunning Plastic Ono Band LP – utilizing the same incredible group of players from John Lennon's same-titled effort – and an out there masterpiece that could be argued as one of the benchmark noise rock albums of all time! As with John's Plastic Ono Band LP, this one features ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Yoko's stunning Plastic Ono Band LP – utilizing the same incredible group of players from John Lennon's same-titled effort – and an out there masterpiece that could be argued as one the benchmark noise rock albums of all time! As with John's Plastic Ono Band LP, this one features ... (Rock) read moreCD
William Onyeabor —
Good Name ... LP Wilfilms/Luaka Bop, 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
Amazing sounds from William Onyeabor – space age keyboards mixed with electro funk mixed with Afro beat, snakey sax lines, and lots lots more – a really mind-bending album that's well-achieved legendary status over the years! Each song takes up a side of the record – but spins ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
William Onyeabor —
Tomorrow ... LP Luaka Bop, 1979. New Copy (reissue)...
The sound of tomorrow, circa 1979 – as Afro groove pioneer William Onyeabor works his magic on a host of extended tracks – finding a way for earlier funk modes to move into leaner styles for the 80s! The music here has plenty of keyboards and basslines, but is maybe less totally ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Grooves unlike anything else you've ever heard before – the rightly legendary musical legacy of William Onyeabor, one of the most enigmatic talents to come from the African scene of the 70s! The work here is all plenty darn funky, but it's also very different from familiar Afro Funk too ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
Oby Onyioha has a very 80s look on the cover – and the album's got a strong 80s sound, too – almost in the hipper spectrum of underground soul on the New York scene during the post-disco generation! The best cuts are the groovers – like the snapping title cut and a few others, ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent full length set from Opolopo – an artist whose name has been showing up on some of the best remix tracks we've stocked in recent years! On his own, though, Opolopo's got an even better sound – more original, and more deeply soulful – which makes for wonderful ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Maybe the best album we've ever heard from Japanese duo Orange Pekoe – a set that's served up in a Brazilian mode the group have never hit this strongly before, yet in a way that still holds onto all the soulful currents of their usual work! As you'd guess from the title, the set's a tribute ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
One of the coolest church rock albums you'll ever hope to hear – and one that's sung completely in German, which maybe obscures the religious nature of the lyrics, and helps you focus on the totally wonderful sound of the instrumentation! The album's from the early 70s, but it's maybe got ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited numbered edition of 500 copies, includes download – and booklet of notes!)