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Herman Kelly & LifePercussion Explosion! (with bonus track) ... CD
Alston/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99
The percussion-heavy soul gem from Herman Kelly & Life – recorded in both Brazil & Miami – and awash with killer drum work all the way through! The album's a key part of the Miami sound especially – and really shows the way that city's 70s funk scene used congas heavily – really filling up the middle of a cut with even more energy than usual! The album's best known for the classic sample cut "Dance to the Drummer's Beat" – which is offered up here in a nice extended version, with a long percussion break that makes it even tastier than usual – and the record's also got a few other uptempo cuts like "Who's the Funky DJ?" and "Do The Handbone" – plus the tracks "Time After Time", "A Refreshing Love", and "Share Your Love". Also features the bonus track "Who's The Funky DJ (7 inch version)". CD

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Lew KirtonJust Arrived ... LP
Alston, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Great work from this oft-overlooked smooth soul singer! Lew Kirton was part of the Miami soul scene that centered around TK Records in Florida – but he has a smooth sexy style that reminds us a lot more of northern modern soul singers – especially the most sophisticated side of the New York scene! This debut could easily stand next to late 70s material by Roy Ayers, or some of the best by Leroy Hutson – with some slight deep soul elements that might recall material by Sam Dees or Prince Phillip Mitchell. Like all those references, Kirton has a great way of grooving, but still hanging onto a deeper, more personal style in the lyrics. The songwriting is wonderful, a perfect match for Lew's deep vocals – and titles include "Something Special", "Why Should I Get Jealous", "Love I Don't Want Your Love", "Time To Get With It", and "Love Secret Agent". LP, Vinyl record album

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Clarence ReidRunning Water ... LP
Alston, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
An early gem from Clarence Reid – a set recorded early in the big wave of Miami soul from the 70s – with all the best southern soul modes fully intact! Reid's nicely balanced here between deep soul and funk – shifting easily between the styles with care and class that you'd never expect to find in his Blowfly records – a lot more mature, and totally well put-together – no surprise, since he was one of the better talents working in Miami at the time! Production is by Willie Clarke and Steve Alaimo – and titles include "Living Together Is Keeping Us Apart", "The Truth", "New York City", "Ruby", "Please Accept My Call", "Like Running Water", and "Love Who You Can". LP, Vinyl record album

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Betty WrightThis Time For Real ... CD
Alston/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $21.99
Betty Wright always keeps it real – as the singer's one of the sharpest talents to emerge from the southern scene at the start of the 70s – a badass vocalist who always tells it like it is! This album has Wright at the height of her early powers – working in that growing Miami soul groove that she was such a big part of – a mode that's pre-disco, but served up after the earlier years of southern soul – at a time when Betty and a few other talents were really finding new ways of expression for female singers in deep soul! Some of these tracks pick up a bit of that TK Records groove, but never in a style that's clubby at all – and Wright really shines on titles that include "A Sometime Kind Of Thing", "If You Abuse My Love", "Room At The Top", "Brick Grits", "Give Me More More More", "You Can't See For Lookin", and "That Man Of Mine". CD

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✨✧ Milton WrightSpaced ... LP
Alston, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
One of the most unique soul records you'll ever own – a tremendous little set from the mighty Milton Wright! Milton's probably best known for his first album, Friends & Buddies, but this set is arguably even greater – an even more personal, unusual session that blends wonderfully written songs, heartfelt vocals, and some really offbeat production techniques! There's a bit of an acoustic vibe to the set at times – guitar gently grooving alongside Milton's vocals – but the set also has a jazzy tinge too, with hip inflections amidst the arrangements that created a really sophisticated pattern of sounds for the record. Things start somewhat mellow, but quickly get grooving – bringing in bits of keyboards and more electric guitar to warm things up, and hitting a sublime style that's unlike anything else we can think of. Wright's vocals often have a spaced out feel that's in keeping with the album, but the album's hardly laidback – and has a great sense of focus throughout. Titles include "Be With Me", "She Can Have Anything She Wants", "Dance Have Fun", "Magic Music", "You Like To Dance", "Let's Take A Break", "All I Know Is That I Have You", and "Leave Me Alone". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Beginning Of The EndBeginning Of The End (with bonus track) ... CD
Alston/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the rarest funky records of all time – the hard-to-find second album by Beginning Of The End! This West Indian combo hit it big with their first album on Alston, but this second set, for some strange reason, never really got distributed – which is a damn shame, because it's every bit as funky as their first! The uniquely choppy rhythms of the group's first album are every bit as great here as on the first set – and if anything, the band's instrumentation is even better, especially on the guitar, which is wickedly tight, and played with a super-dope flanged-out approach on the solos. Vocals are great too, maybe even more soulful than before, especially on the album's few midtempo cuts – and the album's a must-have for any fan of the group's funky sound! Titles include "That's What I Get", "Super Woman", "Bluestrain", "Jump In The Water", "Falling Apart At The Seams", and "Trip To Nowhere". CD also features their Holiday track – the very groovy "Gee Whiz It's Christmas". CD

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✨✧ Herman Kelly & LifePercussion Explosion! ... LP
Alston, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The percussion-heavy soul gem from Herman Kelly & Life – recorded in both Brazil & Miami – and awash with killer drum work all the way through! The album's a key part of the Miami sound especially – and really shows the way that city's 70s funk scene used congas heavily – really filling up the middle of a cut with even more energy than usual! The album's best known for the classic sample cut "Dance to the Drummer's Beat" – which is offered up here in a nice extended version, with a long percussion break that makes it even tastier than usual – and the record's also got a few other uptempo cuts like "Who's the Funky DJ?" and "Do The Handbone" – plus the tracks "Time After Time", "A Refreshing Love", and "Share Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Percussion Explosion! (with bonus track) ... CD 14.99
 
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✨✧ ManhattansThere's No Me Without You/That's How Much I Love You ... CD
Columbia/Kent (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Landmark harmony soul – back to back! This excellent set features the first two Columbia albums by The Manhattans – groundbreaking records that took the New Jersey soul sound firmly into the mainstream – and showed that some great things could happen when a vocal group got polished up a bit! First up is There's No Me Without You – The Manhattans' first album for Columbia – and a monster LP that showed that there was no turning back for the group! After cutting some seminal indie singles for the Carnival label during the 60s, the group sort of bumped around a bit during the early 70s – but with the release of this album, they emerged as a perfectly formed harmony group, armed with a sophisticated adult sound that sounded light years ahead of most of their contemporaries, who were still singing falsetto soul or simple pop. Gerald Alston is a lead vocalist on a par with Teddy Pendergrass in his later years – and the arrangements by Bobby Martin at Sigma Sound are some of his best mellow work of the decade. Titles include "Wish That You Were Mine", "You'd Better Believe It", "We Made It", "There's No Me Without You", and "The Day The Robin Sang To Me". Next is That's How Much I Love You – sublime work from The Manhattans – who are on top of the world at this point! The group's harmonies are excellent, a bit rough in the best parts – ala Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes during the Teddy Pendergrass years – but also capable of tremendous strength when forged together, which happens often on the album's tight set of Philly-produced tracks. Bobby Martin arranged the material, and backing is by the cream of Sigma Sound – a perfect backdrop for gems like "Don't Take Your Love From Me", "That's How Much I Love You", "Summertime In The City", "Strange Old World", and "I Don't Want To Pay The Price Of Losing You". CD

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VariousEccentric Soul – The Deep City Label ... CD
Numero, Mid 60s. Used ... $8.99
The birth of Miami soul, and a beautifully done document of the rare Deep City label – home to Willie Clarke, Clarence Reid, and Betty Wright in the years before Alston and TK Records! Way before Miami soul started cracking the charts at the start of the 70s, Deep City was already putting the best parts in place – working with a tight roster of artists and an equally tight in-house band that rose from the ranks of Florida A&M's Marching 100 band – razor-sharp instrumentalists who helped forge a groove worthy to rival the sounds of Memphis, Muscle Shoals, and even the best of Detroit at the time – given that some of the work here has a much sweeter soul sound than other 60s southern soul. As usual, the Numero team have done an incredible job with the package – pulling out rare photos, personal stories, and just the right amount of information to breathe new life into the Deep City label and help it live anew. CD features 17 tracks in all – including "Paralyzed" and "Good Lovin" by Betty Wright, "Am I A Good Man" by Them Two, "Someone To Fulfill My Needs" and "I Love You Baby" by The Moovers, "I Am Controlled By Your Love" and "Willing & Able" by Helene Smith, "Good Thing (part 1)" by Frank Williams & The Rocketeers, "It's My Baby" and "The Upset" by Paul Kelly, and "Stay Away From My Johnny" by Freda Gray & The Rocketeers. CD
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VariousWarner Pop Rock Nuggets Vol 1 – Magic Town ... CD
Warner (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... $21.99
Totally great tracks from a magical moment in pop music – that special period when rock had already gotten going, mainstream pop wasn't as soppy as the decade before, and soul music was starting to have a strong influence in the way both singers and groups delivered their vocals! All those qualities and more come into play here – in a fantastic series of cuts that come from deep in the Warner Brothers vaults – not just music from the main label, but also all the indies they've come to absorb over the years – labels like Colpix, Del-Fi, Gone, Mustang, Jubilee, and others who were an even greater force for music like this! The "nuggets" in the title is one way to see these cuts – material that came out in the generation right before the harder-edged material featured in the Nuggets series – but every bit as inventive and great in its own way. This first volume features a whopping 25 tracks in all – with titles that include "Spanish Armada" by Mel Taylor, "Magic Town" by The Vogues, "Lonely Guy" by The Gallahads, "Find Another Fool" by The Marcels, "Some Other Guy" by Richie Barrett, "I Lost My Baby" by Joey Dee, "Graduation Time" by Barry Mann, "Our Song" by The Volumes, "Silly Boy" by The Hi-Los, "The Last Race" by Jack Nitzsche, "Hey Everybody" by Henry Alston, and "I Paid For The Party" by The Enchanters. CD

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✨✧ Betty WrightMy First Time Around ... CD
Atco (UK), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A late 60s southern soul gem from then 14-year-old belter Betty Wright – her early singles for the Alston label that eventually became her debut album for Atlantic! Clarence Reid wrote most of the tracks, with arrangements and production handled by Steve Alaimo's Marlin Productions. It's done in the raw southern soul style which made that organization's name at the time – and Betty carries that groove incredibly well – as well as a woman of any age group! Essential! Cuts include "I'm Thankful", "The Best Girls Can't Always Win", "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do", "I'm Going To Hate Myself In The Morning", "I Can't Stop My Heart", He's Bad, Bad, Bad", "Funny How Love Grows Cold", the incredible "Cry Like a Baby", "Circle Of Heartbreak", "Just You" and more! CD
 
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✨✧ My Favorite MartianMy Favorite Martian – The Complete Series Vol 1 (hardcover) ... Book
Hermes, 2011. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Very cool TV comics from the 60s – the first volume of material for the short-lived, but very groovy comic book version of My Favorite Martian! The show starred Ray Walston as a visitor from outer space, living with swinging bachelor Bill Bixby – and the comic does a good job of capturing the spirit of the show – thanks to illustrations from 60s talents who include Russ Manning, Dan Spiegle, Mike Arens, and Sparky Moore – who work well to keep the Western/Dell house style in place – full of color that makes the lively images pop nicely! Art is a strange mix of realistic representation and cartoony flourishes – which reconciles the live action show and comic book format nicely – and the hardcover book features the first five issues, plus additional images – all in full color, for a playful 191 pages. Book
 
 
 



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