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Herman Kelly & LifePercussion Explosion! ... LP
Alston, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Percussion Explosion! ... LP 19.99

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Herman Kelly & LifePercussion Explosion! ... LP
Alston, 1978. Very Good ... $19.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Percussion Explosion! ... LP 11.99

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Clarence ReidClarence Reid On The Job ... CD
Alston/Henry Stone, 1976. Used ... $8.99
A great lost record from Clarence Reid – one of the most multi-talented artists on his scene, stepping out here with the depth and sensitivity of some of his best southern soul contemporaries of the 70s! Despite the fact that at the time of the record, Reid was simultaneously recording as the goofy raunch-soul act Blowfly, the cover of this set features him sitting alone at a grand piano, looking all sensitive and serious – like he's Billy Joel or somebody! The style of the album, fortunately, doesn't match the cheesy singer/songwriter presentation – and it's a strong batch of Miami soul tracks that roll along with the classic TK groove of the mid 70s, yet without any of the too-pop or disco modes that were holding back some other artists. Reid's vocals are more heartfelt than ever – really soaring out at a level that almost matches Latimore – and all tunes were written by him, with a bit of help from Steve Alaimo, who also produces the record. Tracks include "The Best Part Of A Man", "The Only Time She Loves Me", "Caution! Love Ahead", "Down Where The Love Is", "Nappy-Haired Cowboy", and "Sleep With Me". Hmmm...kind of sounds like a Blowfly album after all! CD
(Note: although these CDs are legit, they are produced as CDRs with artwork by copyright owner Henry Stone.)

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Clarence ReidI Get My Kicks/Gotta Take It Home To Mother ... 7-inch
Alston/Tramp (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy ... $5.99
An early Alston Records killer from Clarence Reid – just the kind of near-perfect funk he was cutting in the years before fully assuming his Blowfly role! "I Get My Kicks" has an almost Sly Stone fire at the start – this full-on, righteous power in the grooves – which then gets more of a deep funk flair from Clarence once things get going! "Gotta Take It Home" is tremendous too – maybe an even better cut, with this heavy shout at the start, and really badass rhythms throughout – a deep bassline carving out the tune from the bottom up, and loads of funky touches on guitar and horns! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Betty WrightTravelin In The Wright Circle ... LP
Alston, 1979. Sealed ... $3.99
Betty's got a smoother sound here than on some of her chunkier, funkier earlier records – but the approach is still a nice one – and we've gotta give Betty credit for pushing her sound into a whole new direction! The album follows nicely in the spirit of the live set issued a few years before – with some nice mellower moments, and a few more tracks that kick up the groove in a clubby approach to southern soul. We really like the spare "You're Just What I Need" and the bluesy "My Love Is" or the midtempo groove of "I Believe It's Love" – and other tracks include "The Child Of The Man", "Open The Door To Your Heart/Love Train", and "Thank You For The Many Things You've Done". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Milton WrightSpaced (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Alston/P-Vine (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $24.99
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". CD

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✨✧ Beginning Of The EndBeginning Of The End (with bonus track) ... CD
Alston/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
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! (with bonus track) ... CD
Alston/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily 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". Also features the bonus track "Who's The Funky DJ (7 inch version)". CD
Also available
Percussion Explosion! ... LP 19.99
Percussion Explosion! ... LP 11.99

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✨✧ Lew KirtonJust Arrived ... LP
Alston, 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 ReidClarence Reid On The Job ... LP
Alston, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great lost record from Clarence Reid – one of the most multi-talented artists on his scene, stepping out here with the depth and sensitivity of some of his best southern soul contemporaries of the 70s! Despite the fact that at the time of the record, Reid was simultaneously recording as the goofy raunch-soul act Blowfly, the cover of this set features him sitting alone at a grand piano, looking all sensitive and serious – like he's Billy Joel or somebody! The style of the album, fortunately, doesn't match the cheesy singer/songwriter presentation – and it's a strong batch of Miami soul tracks that roll along with the classic TK groove of the mid 70s, yet without any of the too-pop or disco modes that were holding back some other artists. Reid's vocals are more heartfelt than ever – really soaring out at a level that almost matches Latimore – and all tunes were written by him, with a bit of help from Steve Alaimo, who also produces the record. Tracks include "The Best Part Of A Man", "The Only Time She Loves Me", "Caution! Love Ahead", "Down Where The Love Is", "Nappy-Haired Cowboy", and "Sleep With Me". Hmmm...kind of sounds like a Blowfly album after all! LP, Vinyl record album
(Reissue pressing.)
Also available Clarence Reid On The Job ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Betty WrightCryin' In My Sleep/Is It You Girl ... 7-inch
Alston, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Betty WrightI Love The Way You Love ... LP
Alston, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A breakout album by Betty Wright, the record that spawned the cut "Clean Up Woman" – the choppy funky track that really pushed her over the top in a big way, and which has remained fresh for years –thanks to a strong sample history in hip hop! That cut's more than enough reason to buy the record – but the whole LP's great – and features loads of other original tracks written by Clarence Reid and Willie (Little Beaver) Hale, hitting hard in a sweet 70s Miami soul style – titles that include "I Love the Way You Love", "I'm Gettin' Tired Baby", and "Pure Love" – plus a groovy cover of "Ain't No Sunshine". One of the turning points in the emerging Miami soul scene of the 70s – soon to provide a second home to Atlantic Records! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Betty WrightI Love The Way You Love/When We Get Together Again ... 7-inch
Alston, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Beginning Of The EndFunky Nassau ... CD
Alston (UK), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A monster bit of funk that's unlike anything else we can think of! Beginning Of The End hailed from The Bahamas, but don't hold that against them – because instead of being a Caribbean cliche, they took the best part of the island rhythms, and used them to forge an incredible approach to funk! They've got a choppy sound that's the result of some incredibly dexterous guitar, bass, and drums – and which you'll recognize instantly from their one-time hit "Funky Nassau", a killer funk track that never gets old, no matter how many bands cover it over the years! That gem kicks off the album, which then rolls into the monster funky "part 2", which is even better! Other titles are equally wonderful – and include "Come Down", "Surrey Ride", "Monkey Tamarind", and "In The Deep". Essential – and one that you'll be spinning for years! CD
 
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Jack McDuffHeatin' System ... LP
Cadet, 1972. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
One of the most amazing, expansive albums ever recorded by Brother Jack McDuff – a session that we'd rank right up there with his classic Moon Rappin for Blue Note – and which has an equally stretched out feel! Although some of Jack's other albums for Cadet in the 70s have a bit more of a keyboard-centric feel, this album's heavy on Hammond all the way through – played by McDuff with sharp edges, soaring solos, and that amazing sense of timing that few other players could match! But possibly even more amazing is the group on the set – a hip batch of cats who include Phil Upchurch and Sam Jones on bass, Don Myrick and Dave Young on tenor and flute, Bobby Alston on trumpet, Marty Roberts on guitar, and Derf Reklaw on percussion – all working wonderfully with McDuff arrangements on some very long tunes! The double-length nature of the 2LP record really lets the group stretch out nicely – and there's a tremendous sense of energy throughout – almost a mode that matches Charles Earland's Leaving This Planet album. Titles include "Ain't No Sunshine", "Radiation", "The Prophet", "The Boiler", "Pressure Gauge", "The Heatin System", "Elmo Tucker", and "Lonesome Is The Night". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing on Bellaphon.)

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Betty WrightMy First Time Around ... CD
Atco (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $8.99
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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✨✧ VariousHung On You – More From The Goffin & King Songbook ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sublime sounds from one of the greatest songwriting teams of the 60s – a pair whose talents equally touched the worlds of soul, rock, and pop at the time! There's a tension to the songs of Gerry Goffin and Carole King that's been talked about over the years – and this collection provides a wonderfully strong illustration of that quality, as the ideas of the duo are spread out here over work by a diverse array of singers, all of whom circle back to that subtle sense of emotion that makes these tunes so great. Most of the numbers are from the New York scene of the mid 60s – and often have great Brill Building-styled production – but there's also some surprising entries from other scenes too, which really show the scope of the Goffin/King power. 26 tracks in all, with tune-by-tune notes – and titles that include "The Sheik" by The Clovers, "This Little Girl" by Dion, "You Turn Me On Boy" by The Honey Bees, "Don't Let Me Stand In Your Way" by Skeeter Davis, "That Old Sweet Roll" by Dusty Springfield, "Hung On You" by The Righteous Brothers, "Please Hurt Me" by Little Eva, "Snow Queen" by The Tokens, "The Boy From Chelsea" by Truly Smith, "So This Is How It Feels" by The Countrymen, "Sometime In The Morning" by The American Breed, "So Many Lonely People" by Henry Alston, "No One Ever Tells You" by The Crystals, "Road To Nowhere" by Hearts & Flowers, and "Anything Can Happen" by Walter Jackson. CD

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✨✧ ManhattansEven Now ... CD
Love Lee, 2003. Used ... Out Of Stock
Recent work by The Manhattans – now reduced to the duo of Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett, but still plenty darn soulful! The tunes here follow the mellower groove of the group's later work – a space that lets Alston and Lovett really stretch out vocally – not as harmony-based as before, given the smaller group, but with a good amount of interplay that adds a personal sense to the tunes. Production is relatively modern, with keyboards and electric percussion on most tracks, but the focus is still kept strongly on the vocals – on tracks that include "I Got It Right", "Nites Like This", "Turn Out The Stars", "Love Me Right", "I Got It Right", "Lover's Lullaby", and "Can You Take It". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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