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Voices Of East HarlemRight On Be Free ... LP
Elektra, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The landmark first album by this legendary 70s soul group – and one with a feel that's much different than their later work! The style here is much more strongly righteous than their sweeter soul of the mid 70s – with a pronounced gospel influence that focuses most strongly on the chorus vocals of the ensemble – soaring out with a tremendously soulful feel, and really updating an older sound for a more contemporary 70s vibe! Backing is relatively stripped-down, with piano by Patti Brown, organ by Richard Tee, guitar by Cornell Dupree, bass by Chuck Rainey, and congas from Montego Joe and Ralph MacDonald – all of whom keep things moving nicely throughout! The album's easily one of the most righteous efforts issued by Elektra at the time – and titles include "Oh Yeah", "Let It Be Me", "Right On Be Free", "Simple Song Of Freedom", and a nice version of "For What It's Worth". LP, Vinyl record album

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Voices Of East HarlemVoices Of East Harlem ... LP
Just Sunshine, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $43.99
A masterpiece of sweet group soul! This was the first secular record cut by The Voices Of East Harlem – a group who'd had an earlier gospel-tinged album on Elektra, but who are soaring out here in a brilliant mix of righteous mainstream soul styles – courtesy of the Curtom power team of Rich Tufo, Leroy Hutson, and Curtis Mayfield! The album's an unusual non-Curtom effort by the Hutson and Curtom – who collaborated in producing the record with Tufo, who himself did most of the arrangements with Hutson – in a mode that's wonderfully in the same spirit as Leroy's seminal work for Curtom in the mid 70s. There's a depth here that makes the album one of our favorite-ever soul records from the 70s – brilliant not just for the overall sound, but also for the pointed lyrics and really personal feel of the songs. Lead vocals shift between the different tunes – but are mostly handled by Gerri Griffin and Monica Burress, with warm support by the rest of the group. Titles include "Giving Love", "Cashing In", "Could This Be Love", "New Vibrations", and "Wanted Dead or Alive". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – very nice, even cover! Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Voices Of East HarlemRight On Be Free ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... About September 9, 2015
The landmark first album by this legendary 70s soul group – and one with a feel that's much different than their later work! The style here is much more strongly righteous than their sweeter soul of the mid 70s – with a pronounced gospel influence that focuses most strongly on the chorus vocals of the ensemble – soaring out with a tremendously soulful feel, and really updating an older sound for a more contemporary 70s vibe! Backing is relatively stripped-down, with piano by Patti Brown, organ by Richard Tee, guitar by Cornell Dupree, bass by Chuck Rainey, and congas from Montego Joe and Ralph MacDonald – all of whom keep things moving nicely throughout! The album's easily one of the most righteous efforts issued by Elektra at the time – and titles include "Oh Yeah", "Let It Be Me", "Right On Be Free", "Simple Song Of Freedom", and a nice version of "For What It's Worth". CD
 
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Alice ClarkAlice Clark – The Studio Recordings 1968 to 1972 ... CD
Mainstream/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $11.99
The great self-titled Alice Clark LP on Mainstream plus earlier singles for Warner Brothers and unreleased tracks – the complete studio recordings from '68-72 – in one great set! There weren't many vocal albums on the Mainstream label during the early 70s, and this rare soul side is a real overlooked gem! Alice Clark has a rich soulful voice, with a style that sounds a bit like Esther Marrow, mixed with some of the lead vocalists in Voices Of East Harlem – a really right-on sort of sound that's totally great, and way hipper than most 70s chart soul! Arrangements are by Ernie Wilkins, who brings in a touch of jazz – but again, with a much hipper feel than most of his other backings – and most of the tracks are quite obscure, well-written tunes – of the sort of material you might expect to hear sung by Gil Scott-Heron or Donny Hathaway. Includes "Don't You Care", "Charms Of The Arms Of Love", "Maybe This Time", "Looking At Life", "Hey Girl", "Don't Wonder Why", "It Takes Too Long To Learn To Live Alone", "Hard Hard Promises" and the rest from the classic and always sought self-titled album from 1972 – plus great earlier Warner Brothers singles "You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurts Me)" and "Heaven's Will (Must Be Obeyed)" from 1969, the previously unreleased "Before Her Time" and "You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurts Me)" instrumental, and more! 16 tracks in all. CD

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Dyson's FacesDyson's Faces (1977 – blue cover) ... LP
DRR, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $2.99
The second incredible album from Dyson's Faces – one of those underground 70s groups that should have been huge! The set's got a soaring sound that's even more righteous than the group's debut – a quality that glows wonderfully with the quartet's mix of male and female voices – a sound that almost reminds us a bit of Voices Of East Harlem at times. Backing is by the Hard Times Band – a tight combo who groove hard on the more uptempo numbers, and lay back nicely on the mellower ones – just throwing in some licks here and there on guitar or keyboards next to the warmer harmony vocals. The voices are an especially great part of the record, and really sparkle with a sound that's even fresher than most other groups from the time – a sound that shows that Dyson's Faces wasn't just one of those funk groups who happened to also be able to sing – but a strongly committed soul outfit who really put a lot of energy into their music! Titles include "This Time It's Gotta Be Love" in both vocal and instrumental versions – plus "Till I've Got This Feelin Of Love", "Try Me Baby", "You & Me", "Working My Way To Something Better", and "Cry Sugar" – as well as "Welcome To All This Love Again" and "Don't Worry About The Jones", which both appeared on the group's first album. LP, Vinyl record album

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Jackson SistersJackson Sisters (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1976. Used ... $18.99
An amazing bit of soul – and one of the rarest funk records of the 70s! This masterpiece was recorded by The Jackson Sisters, a semi-gospelly soul group that has a sound that's a bit like The Voices of East Harlem, but that's a lot harder, and that has a deeper soul sound overall! At times, the group is funky – as on their incredible track "I Believe In Miracles", a rare groove classic if there ever was one, and one of the most in-demand tracks we've ever stocked. At other times, the girls have a mellower soul sound, with great raw harmonies that remind us of the Volt work by The Emotions, but with much rougher instrumental backing. This album's the only one they ever cut – and it's just about impossible to find in the original pressing (and in fact, we've never seen a copy!) Apart from the amazing cut "Miracles", this one includes loads of gems like "Rockin' On My Porch", "Shake Her Loose", "(Why Can't We Be) More Than Just Friends", and "Boy, You're Dynamite"! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Gloster Williams & The King James VersionTogether ... LP
Gospel, 1976. Near Mint- ... $34.99
A massive blend of funk, soul, and gospel – from a small side label in the TK Records universe of the 70s! The sound is like some of the best soul LPs on TK from the time, and the arrangements have a nice warm feel – plenty of sweet Miami elements in the music, especially in the rhythms, which really know how to groove! The King James Version is comprised of five female singers, working with the warmth and depth you might get with Voices Of East Harlem – and they're arranged by keyboardist Gloster Williams, who also wrote some of the material, and delivers these solid lines that really hold the whole thing together. Most of the tracks have a distinct vocal lead, with harmony backing in the style of The Sweet Inspirations – and the album's honestly the sort of set you'd expect to hear on Atlantic Records in the early 70s – given the depth and feeling in the music. Titles include "What Good Is A Song", "There's Not A Friend", "Touch My Life", "No, Not One", and "Get Ready For This". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is great! Cover has a cut corner and a cutout hole, but is otherwise great.)

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✨✧ VariousStand Up & Be Counted 2 – Soul, Funk, & Jazz From A Revolutionary Era ... CD
Harmless (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99
A dozen funky tracks from one of the most important turning points in African American music! The selection is great – and brings together a number of strong cuts, some familiar, some obscure, which deal with the changing politics in black America at the end of the 60s. There's more a few of these on here that we're happy to see reissued at last – and the other cuts fit very well next to these, to form a strong political statement that's also a great batch of funky soul! Titles include "Tell It Like It Is" by SOUL, "Great Pax Whitey" by Nikki Giovanni, "Free At Last" by Rusty Bryant, "A Change Had Better Come" by The Alexander Review, "Times Are Changin" by Jimmy Sabater, "Dem N_gger Ain't Playing" by The Watts Prophets, "Why Can't People Be Colors Too?" by The Whatnauts, "Right On Be Free" by The Voices Of East Harlem, "Are You Really Ready For Black Power?" by Gary Byrd, and "Lying On The Truth" by The Rance Allen Group. CD

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✨✧ Roy AyersVirgo Red ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little album from Roy Ayers – a very funky record that's almost all instrumental all the way through! The sound is a bit in the vein of Roy's Live At Montreux set – but funkier overall, thanks to some very heavy rhythms on the bottom – and an approach to the tunes that's short, tight, and very much on the money! In addition to Roy's great vibes, the set also features Harry Whitaker on electric piano, Jimmy Owens and Cecil Bridgewater on trumpets, Garnett Brown on trombone, and Dennis Davis on drums and percussion – all very hip players who really help Roy find the mix of jazz and funk he was going for at the time. Dee Dee Bridgewater sings a bit of vocals on the record, joining Roy on the sublime spiritual track "Love From The Sun" – but most other tracks on the album have a more instrumental approach. The record includes a great remake of Leroy Hutson's track "Giving Love", sung more famously by Voices of East Harlem, and it's also got a nice funky cover of the hit "Brother Louie" – plus the tracks "The Morning After", "Des Nude Soul", "Virgo Red", "Love From The Sun", and "I Am Your Mind". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Brothers & SistersDylan's Gospel ... CD
Ode/Light In The Attic, 1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really amazing project – and a totally righteous little record – a set of songs all penned by Bob Dylan in the 60s, sung by a hip spiritual choir that includes performances from soul singers Clydie King, Merry Clayton, Edna Wright, and Gloria Jones! The mix of soul and gospel here is wonderful – very much in the spirit of The Voices Of East Harlem at the same time – with this progressive, positive vibe that goes way way past the original style of Dylan's music! Gene Page handled the musical arrangements, and Billy Page helped with the vocals – and together they really transform the compositions – creating a very different setting for the great lyrics of songs that include "The Mighty Quinn", "All Along The Watchtower", "Mr Tambourine Man", "Chimes Of Freedom", and "The Times They Are A Changin". A record that shouldn't work this well – but it does, and beautifully too! CD

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✨✧ Brothers & SistersDylan's Gospel (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Ode/Light In The Attic, 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really amazing project – and a totally righteous little record – a set of songs all penned by Bob Dylan in the 60s, sung by a hip spiritual choir that includes performances from soul singers Clydie King, Merry Clayton, Edna Wright, and Gloria Jones! The mix of soul and gospel here is wonderful – very much in the spirit of The Voices Of East Harlem at the same time – with this progressive, positive vibe that goes way way past the original style of Dylan's music! Gene Page handled the musical arrangements, and Billy Page helped with the vocals – and together they really transform the compositions – creating a very different setting for the great lyrics of songs that include "The Mighty Quinn", "All Along The Watchtower", "Mr Tambourine Man", "Chimes Of Freedom", and "The Times They Are A Changin". A record that shouldn't work this well – but it does, and beautifully too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Housed in an expanded gatefold tip on jacket.)

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✨✧ VariousSoul To Soul ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A legendary concert from 1971 – one that features Wilson Pickett, Ike & Tina Turner, The Staple Singers, Les McCann & Eddie Harris, The Voices Of East Harlem and others joining forces for an epic concert held in Ghana, West Africa! Tracks include "Land Of 1000 Dances" and "Funky Broadway" by Wilson Pickett, "Soul To Soul" and "I Smell Trouble" by Ike & Tina, "Are You Sure" and "He's Alright" by the Staples, "Heyjorler" by Les McCann & Eddie Harris, "Soul To Soul" and "Runk Shaker Life" by Voices Of East Harlem, and "Freedom Song" and "Tryin Times" by Roberta Flack. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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