Rose Royce are certainly plenty strong at this point in their career – working with a tight modern soul groove on Epic Records – away from their previous placement on the Whitfield label, even though Norman Whitfield's still very actively handling production here! The album does a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl on Side 1 has marks that play with light clicks on two tracks. Cover has some wear, a light mark from sticker removal, and a promo stamp, with some stains on the back.)
A solid bit of heavy funk – and one of the last strong-selling soundtracks of the blacksploitation era! Sure, you know the hit "Car Wash", but there's plenty of other great numbers that rank the 2LP set right up there with the best of its genre. There's a lot of nice instrumentals ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A solo set by singer Annie Ross, done after she left the company of Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert, and returned to her native UK – with words penned by offbeat poet Christopher Logue, and set to music by the combo of drummer Tony Kinsey! The tunes are playful, creative, and just the kind of ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: Vinyl has a bump, which skips on one track on side one, and two on side two. Rest plays OK. Cover has a small rip on the top seam.)
Diana Ross —
Boss ... LP Motown, 1979. Very Good- ...
Just Sold Out!
Diana Ross gets some great assistance on this set – the club classic team of Ashford & Simpson, who help give Diana a groove that's very much like their own great work of the time! Tunes are long and clubby, but never throwaway pop disco – and with Ashford & Simpson at the helm ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic early demonstration of the solo powers of Diana Ross – a live date from Vegas, and one that has her commanding the stage not just as a singer of soul music, but as a female star ready to rival the talents of any of her contemporaries in the mainstream! Ross shines here with a ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the die-cut cover with fold-out. Cover has a small sticker remnant.)
Diana Ross in the sweet clubby 70s – working here in a set of upbeat groovers that really show off her talents as a disco diva! The tunes are mostly upbeat, and surprisingly fresh – not nearly as disco cliched as you might expect, and handled in just the right way to take advantage of ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the most well-crafted Diana Ross records of the 80s – thanks to heavy production work from Gary Katz, who's best known for his classic run with Steely Dan! The music has a depth that goes past some of the more crossover modes of Diana's earlier records – warmer touches of jazz ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A surprising hit for Diana Ross – a record that really helped the singer shine brightly in the 80s, but with a vibe that's quite different than her years at Motown! The album's got plenty of star power on board – production work from Arthur Baker, Richard Perry, Daryl Hall, Lionel ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the more righteous albums from the early years of Diana Ross' solo career – a set that really has her moving past the familiar Motown groove of previous years, into a vibe that really shows the label's new California influence! The tracks here often feature expansive arrangements that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Motown's two slickest and most successful groups match up perfectly in this surprisingly nice album from 1968! It might be easy to write this off as a mistake or inessential session – but thanks to some great arrangements by HB Barnum, Paul Riser, and Gene Page, plus great vocals by the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Reissue pressing, sealed, with a cutout notch.)
Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations —
TCB ... LP Motown, Mid 60s. Very Good Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the odder 60s LPs from the Supremes, the soundtrack to a film that starred the group, with some guest appearances by The Temptations – in Motown-show versions of tracks that often feature the singers lapsing into medleys of other tunes, or doing some popular hits of the day. Titles ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole & some wear.)
Diana Ross & The Supremes with The Temptations —
Together ... LP Motown, 1969. Very Good Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
Motown's second pairing of its two biggest groups of the late 60s – a massive 7-voiced meeting in soul music, with results that are surprisingly great! Frank Wilson produced the whole set, and he does a good job of keeping all players in check – never letting the whole thing get too ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original die-cut cover – including the perforated gatefold "poster". Cover has some wear.)
A 3-part soundtrack to this 3-part film that features different segments by Fellini, Visconti, and De Sica. The mode is Italian sex comedy – and the styles used here by Trovajoli and Rota are groovy and whimsical – occasionally touched with jazz or jerk/beat modes, but more in the ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label RCA International pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, with some splitting on the top and bottom seams.)
Rotary Connection —
Aladdin ... LP Cadet, 1974. Very Good Gatefold ...
Heavenly mystical soul from Rotary Connection! If you know the group, you know the deal already: Minnie Riperton sings vocals on a number of cuts, and the great Charles Stepney's producing and arranging, with a super-baroque style that's still light years ahead of most producers in pop! The ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful spacey soul and righteous rock/soul grooves from one of the most enigmatic groups ever to come out of the Chicago soul scene! The drummer really kicks it on this one – and more than a few cuts have a nice backbeat to them, and the record probably has a bit more of a rock feel than ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cadet Concept pressing. Cover has some wear, a drillhole through the center, and stickers on the corners.)
Although it's easy to pass off this album as a cheapo follow-up record to Roundtree's fame in the Shaft movies – it's actually a pretty groovy soul record, with production by Eugene McDaniels, and arrangements by Leon Pendarvis and McDaniels – with an overall feel that's similar to some ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Back cover has a promo sticker.)
A great later effort from tenor sax giant Charlie Rouse – a record that's quite different than his 50s hardbop or his 60s modernist work with Thelonious Monk – but still pretty darn great in its own sort of way! The album features Rouse working with a larger ensemble in a batch of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kinda Groovy, indeed – one of Jimmy Rowles' most interesting records, as it also features the pianist singing a bit, too – in that raspy voice of his we find totally charming! Other players include Howard Roberts on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – and ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Side 1 has a mark that clicks a bit on track five. Cover has some staining, light wear, and a bit of sticker residue.)
Roxy Music's third album and the first one sans Brian Eno, making the record slightly less experimental, but still a wild avant pop masterpiece that finds the group at near peak perfection! The otherworldly elements aren't forgone in Eno's absence, with some spacey synthesizer washes and treated ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Conducted by Elmer Bernstein – and featuring music from Quo Vadis, Plymouth Adventure, El Cid, The Lost Weekend, and Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. (Soundtracks) LP, Vinyl record album
Adam Rudolph & Go Organic Orchestra —
Sonic Mandala ... LP Meta, 2012. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ...
One of the hippest records we've ever heard from percussionist Adam Rudolph, and one of the most spiritual too – an extended set that draws on some really rich global elements, yet brings them all together with the focus of a more ambitious jazz composition! Rudolph uses the Sonica Mandala ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
David Ruffin teams with Van McCoy for this sweet little set – and the result is a great batch of grooves that swell with Ruffin's soulful sound of the 70s, but sway with the warm McCoy dancefloor modes of the time! Van wrote nearly all the tracks in the set – and handled all ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
David Ruffin at Warner Brothers – a very good thing, thanks to some sublime production from Detroit soul legend Don Davis! As with other key productions in the 70s, Don pitches Ruffin with a sound that's smooth, but still has a great sense of humanity – a style that's a bit like late ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rufus without Chaka Khan – but a surprisingly nice set, nonetheless! The album features various members of the group on lead vocals – singing in a warm, compressed style that's got the same sort of AOR sound as the group's jazzy grooves at the time. The overall musicianship is still ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great later work from Rufus – working here without Chaka Khan on vocals, but sounding even jazzier as a result! There almost seems to be more emphasis on the instrumentation than before – and the album's got a warmly funky groove that definitely carries on the 70s Rufus tradition, but ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album – and an archetypal bit of jazzy rocking soul that would forever change the face of 70s pop. Chaka Khan and the band are still working things out at this point, but the record's got some excellent sweet funky moments, and some great LA production that drives the whole thing ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Produced by George Duke – with tracks that include "Take It To The Top", "Time Is Right", "You The Night & The Music", "No Regrets", and "Distant Lovers". (Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and some marker.)
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan —
Ask Rufus ... LP ABC, 1977. Very Good Gatefold ...
A stone cold classic, and probably the best record Rufus or Chaka ever did! By this point, they've honed their soul style into a nice jazzy groove, and Chaka's voice is in total control – without too much pyrotechnics, and with a nice mellow sound. Includes the classic hit "Hollywood&qu ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Over the years, how many films have been made about this guy anyway? We've never seen the movie, but the record's a gem – some very edgy scoring by Pete Rugolo, the ex-Kenton arranger who went on to do some great crime jazz work for a number of labels. This work isn't exactly in that style, ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A percussion-heavy batch of tracks that has Pete Rugolo starting from a mode explored heavily in the hi-fi years, but taking the genre into much jazzier territory! With the help of a large group of west coast players – including Don Fagerquist, Larry Bunker, Herbie Harper, Frank Rosolini, ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has wide clear tape on the bottom seam.)
Pete Rugolo was one of the best arrangers of the 50's, and although his work with Stan Kenton and June Christy is well-known, his better albums (like this one) don't really show up that often. Here, he conducts a tight set of orchestral tracks that feature solos by players like Pete Candoli, Don ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove.)
Joe Ruiz —
Salsa ... LP Alhambra, 1984. Very Good ...
One of the first albums to ever bear the name of Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All-Stars – a well-chosen monikker for a record to feature the talents of leading 50s west coasters like Shorty Rogers, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Cooper, Shelly Manne, Milt Bernhardt, and Herb Geller. The format here is a ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sheesh, Howard Rumsey sure knew how to stick his name on a lot of records! (He must have been trying to give Norman Granz and Leonard Feather a run for their money!) Fortunately, most of them were also great – like this one, which features flute duets between Bob Cooper and either Bud Shank ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some surface wear, light aging, and a name in pen on the back.)
Patrice Rushen —
Now ... LP Elektra, 1984. Near Mint- ...
Sweet sounds from the lovely lady – one of Patrice Rushen's last truly great albums, and a masterpiece of 80s groove with lots of jazzy touches! The keyboard sound has evolved a bit here – compressed with more electronic percussion than on Patrice's earlier records, but still done with ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)
A sweeeeeet groover by Patrice Rushen – her first album for Elektra, and a stunning blend of funky jazz and soul! The record really has Patrice stepping out from her earlier years at Prestige – working in some surprisingly great vocals next to tight lines on Fender Rhodes, synth, and ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has wear & a name in pen.)
Patrice Rushen —
Posh ... LP Elektra, 1980. Very Good ...
Nothing posh about this one – as the album's an all-out, all-access affair – a great way for anyone to get into the grooves of the mighty Patrice Rushen! Patrice is at the height of her powers here – equally magic on keyboards and vocals, and coming up with groove after groove in ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
In our opinion, this "comeback" material by Rushing was way better than his original work from the late 30s. He's got more of a sense of control here, and his approach to the material is extremely thoughtful, and always tinged with a good sense of jazz, making it swing a bit more than on ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam held with thick white tape, and small initials in pen on back.)
Reissue of a killer album by Jimmy – and certainly one of his best later records! The album includes the amazing track "Russian Lullaby", done in a totally swinging jazz version with Ray Bryant, Buddy Tate, and Sir Charles Thompson on organ. The track's incredible, and still sends ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Shrnkwrap has a hole and small tears on front.)
George Russel & The Living Time Orchestra —
African Game ... LP Blue Note, 1983. Near Mint- ...
Titles include "Organic Life On Earth Begins", "Surival Game", "Human Sensing Of Unity With Great Nature", "African Empires", and "The Future". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful set from vocalist Connie Russell – a sexy singer whose sound perfectly matches her bottomless look on the cover of the record! Arrangements are relatively soft, but with a nice touch of jazz – and Connie's dusky vocals move effortlessly through the tunes – with nice ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, stains, and seam splitting, with some tape on the bottom seam. Label has some pen.)
A classic live set that has Don Cherry joining George Russell's group that included Ray Pitts on tenor, Bertil Loevgren on trumpet, and Brian Trentham on trombone. The record is one of Russell's strongest, and manages to escape from some of the overly academic scoring that his albums are sometimes ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Black label, non-gatefold MPS European pressing.)
A record that will blow your mind – way different than you might expect from the cover! Sure, Pee Wee was a bit of a traditionalist on his instrument – the clarinet – but he's working here in a starkly modern way that almost recalls some of the best 50s work of Jimmy Guiffre, or ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare sound library session from this UK guitar legend! (Sound Library) LP, Vinyl record album
Russian Jazz Quartet —
Happiness ... LP Impulse, 1964. Very Good+ Gatefold ...
The one and only album recorded by the Russian Jazz Quartet – a one-off group that featured saxophonist Boris Midney and bassist Igor Berukshtis, both of whom defected from the Soviet Union – plus Roger Kellaway on piano and Grady Tate on drums. (Guess they couldn't call this the " ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original orange & black label pressing, in beautiful shape!)
One of the most high-concept albums ever recorded by Bill Russo – a full suite of tracks dedicated to the Seven Deadly Sins, and scored with a level of sophistication to match the Stan Kenton group at its modernist height! Although the overall feel is jazz, there's also a fair bit of more ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A wonderfully groovy score from Carlo Rustichelli – best known to the world for his famous score for Divorce Italian Style, and working here in a style that mixes tight jazzy numbers with sparer themes in kind of a Nino Rota mode! There's some nice organ in the background on some of the best ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Rutles ... LP Warner, 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ...
Just Sold Out!
(Rock) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet and printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)
A definite criss-crossing of Detroit and Memphis modes – as the funky soul of Mitch Ryder gets some hip backings here from Booker T & The MGs! Mitch always had a lot of soul-charged energy in his best early work anyway – but here, he really puts it all on the table – ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, some small light stains, and a cutout notch.)
An ECM power trio set from the late 70s – served up with a sound that's very much the sum of its three great parts! Terje Rypdal's guitar work is as enigmatic as ever – sharp-toned, and spinning out in really spacey, spooky ways – and Miroslav Vitous plays bass just like we like ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant first album from Marc Sadane – an artist who never hit big at the time, but who really shines here in a set of mellow and modern soul tracks that's completely sublime! Sadane gets great production help from the team of Mtume and Reggie Lucas – who set his wonderful vocals ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a spot where a sticker was removed.)
Think what you want – we think this is a damn great soul album! Sure, the record was a crossover classic that got played to death back in the 80s – but give it a listen now, and you'll be stunned to hear how fresh it sounds, and how much it reminds you of all the British soul acts that ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Non-gatefold pressing, including the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear.)
We love Mort Sahl, and this Verve album is a perfect example of why we do. Mort doesn't really tell jokes, so much as he relates stories of his life, politics, and experiences with pop culture – all in a way that was years ahead of his time, and which influenced countless of today's ... (Comedy/Spoken) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam, half split bottom seam and spine, and light stains on back.)
One of AK Salim's far-reaching "jazz suites" from the late 50s. This one focuses on the bluer side of jazz, and features some excellent soloists – like Seldon Powell on flute and tenor, Sahib Shihab on baritone sax, Nat Adderley on cornet, and Phil Woods on alto – all playing ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some wear, aging, and light stains, with some splitting and tape on the seams.)
Funk folks unfurling their freak flag, hailing from Tennessee – but working under the aegis of Marshall Chess and Abner Spector in the crossover mode of some of the other Cadet Concept albums from the time, plying a righteous verging-on-soul vibe that a lot of the hippy generation seemed to ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cadet Concept pressing with deep groove, with a name in pen. Cover has some wear and aging.)
A slightly more subdued sophomore effort from Salloom Sinclair, veering more towards their countrified roots, but still in a heavy psychedelic bag like their debut LP. The pedal steel and more Nashville elements sit nicely against the duo's vocals on laconic, laid back set of back porch psych. ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is wrinkled from moisture on the bottom half, with peeled spots on back.)
Guitarist Sal Salvador made few albums as a leader during his day – but all of them are a treat, especially this one! The set's a mid 50s outing that features Sal's guitar in a quartet with Eddie Costa on piano and vibes – and grooving in a lightly swinging style that has some traces ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing with deep groove – a nice copy. Cover has a small bit of tape on the seams, and a few light pen notes on back, but is very nice overall. Label has a stamp and a bit of pen, but is nice too.)
Rudy Salvini/Jerry Coker/Ree Brunell —
Intro To Jazz ... LP Jazz Records, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ...
A beautiful and beautifully obscure set of jazz from the San Francisco scene of the 50s – a set that's split between work by the Rudy Salvini big band, singer Ree Brunell, and smaller group tunes by the Jerry Coker Quartet. Coker's a name that we mostly know from larger group work of later ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has clear tape on the top seam and bottom corners.)
The piece, subtitled "Tropes for Actor, Renaissance Consort, Chorus, and Electronics", features Stacy Keach as the Actor, and makes heavy use of multitrack recording. (Out Sound) LP, Vinyl record album
God, we love this record – and we're not ashamed to admit it! Sure, it sold a gazillion copies – and sure, for some folks it showed the true demise of the Crusaders ensemble. But for us, it's a masterpiece of smooth fusion, and a landmark album of easy jazz that spawned countless ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed original pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
David Sanborn —
Sanborn ... LP Warner, 1976. Very Good+ ...
Just Sold Out!
A damn great early moment from David Sanborn – a record that really shows the reedman at his best – working some tight solos over soulful backings in the same 70s manner as Tom Scott or Wilton Felder! Like both of those players, David's got the chops to step out in front of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A groovy soundtrack to this hip surf film directed by Bruce Brown – filled with great little instrumentals that go way past the obvious! Brown had previously used jazz players for some of his films – including Bud Shank, who cut some great stuff for earlier soundtracks – but this ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with deep groove.)
Sten Sandell & Paal Nilsson Love —
Jacana ... LP Rune Grammafon (Germany), 2014. Near Mint- ...
A fierce combination of piano and percussion – the former by Sten Sandell, the latter by Paal Nilsson Love – two very well-matched improvisers! The tracks here are mostly long and dynamic – very freewheeling performances by both musicians, but at a level that really holds strong ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastically soulful set from Pharoah – recorded in the early 80s, with his quartet that included Idris Muhammad on drums, John Heard on bass, and William Henderson on piano. The session is live, and the overall feel is easy and mellow – still searching, as in the best mode of ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album