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Gerald AlstonHell Of A Situation (radio, album, inst) ... 12-inch
Motown, 1991. Near Mint- ... $1.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a Motown sleeve.)

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✨✧ Gerald AlstonOpen Invitation ... CD
Motown, 1990. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Beginning Of The EndBeginning Of The End ... LP
Alston, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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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! (with bonus track) ... CD 14.99

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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
Also available Percussion Explosion! ... LP 11.99

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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 WrightBetty Wright Live ... LP
Alston/TK, 1978. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Betty's classic live recording from the mid 70's, and one of her best LPs from the time. She does a whole bunch of cool monologues and routines, many of which she's still using in her live sets today! Includes her 11 minute version of "Clean Up Woman", with impersonations of many famous female soul singers, and her classic 8 minute version of "Tonight Is The Night", with the funny monologue in which she talks about unveiling the song for her mother. The LP also has a cool medley of 70's pop soul hits, including "Midnight At The Oasis", "Pillow Talk", and "Let's Get Married". LP, Vinyl record album

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Betty WrightDanger High Voltage ... LP
Alston, 1974. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Massive music from Betty Wright – an album that really has her coming into her own – and showing the world how great Miami soul can be, when it's done this right! The album's overflowing with key help from TK legends like Willie Clarke, Clarence Reid, Steve Alaimo, and KC – all of whom bring in a cool shifting set of grooves to really expand Betty's style – still with all the charm of her early hits, yet also showing a classy, sophisticated side that we never would have expected before – a vibe that's even more powerful than Gwen McCrae on her albums from the time. Titles include the classic "Tonight's the Night" – made famous in a later live take, but done here in the original studio version – plus the tracks "Show Your Girl", "Where Is The Love", "Everybody Was Rockin", "Love Don't Grow On A Love Tree", "Don't Thank Me Baby Thank Yourself", and "Shoorah Shoorah". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light ring & edge wear.)

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✨✧ Betty WrightI Love The Way You Love ... LP
Alston, 1972. Very Good ... $19.99
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 an unglued top seam & cutout notch.)

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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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Betty WrightTravelin In The Wright Circle ... CD
Alston/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $23.99
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". CD

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✨✧ Betty WrightHard To Stop ... LP
Alston, 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A deep soul classic from Betty Wright – one of her earliest albums of the 70s, and a Miami soul landmark that was one of the greatest female southern soul records of the time! Although Betty was well known for her earlier hit "Clean Up Woman", she didn't give into that fame – and keeps things mighty real on this set by working in a slow-burning deep soul mode. The vibe is nice and laidback, with plenty of mellow keyboard touches, subdued horn passages, and round, full sound served up to perfection by producers Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke. Titles include "Sweet Wonder", "Gimme Back My Man", "Who'll Be the Fool", "If You Think You've Got Soul", "It's Hard to Stop", and "The Experts". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Milton WrightSpaced ... LP
Alston, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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 ... 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
Also available Beginning Of The End ... LP 18.99
 
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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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Betty WrightWright Back At You (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Betty Wright looks a lot different on the cover than during her early Alston Records years – and she sounds a lot different here, too – but in a way that really has the soul singer stretching out her wings! Most of the record was handled by Marlon Jackson – of Jacksons fame – and the sound is a mix of smooth modern soul groovers and a few more upbeat numbers that really push Wright's vocals in a great way! A few numbers here are definitely hitting that crossover mode that CBS was using with Denise Williams, Cheryl Lynn, and a few of its other soul singers at the time – but the best numbers are deeper, more mellow, and have a warmly sophisticated mode that really gets Betty past the rougher moments of her youth, and takes her into a more adult territory that we really like. These tracks include "Special Love", "I Promise You", "Show Me", and "She's Older Now" – alongside other numbers that include "Burning Desire", "Be Your Friend", and "Live Love Rejoice". CD features bonus tracks – "Special Love (7" version)", "She's Older Now (7" version)", "Burning Desire (12" version)", and "Burning Desire (7" version)". 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
(Includes original slipcase.)

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✨✧ VariousChristmas Soul Special ... LP
QAG, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early 80s soul remakes of Christmas numbers with a session band and some older soul and R&B artists singing over top: Wilson Pickett "Jingle Bells", and "Silver Bells", Mary Wells "Silent Night" and "Jingle Bell Rock", Ben E King "Drummer Boy" and "The Christmas Song", Martha Reeves "Oh Holy Night" and "Noel", Sam Moore "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" and Shirley Alston "Winter Wonderland" and "Frosty The Snowman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some pen on back.)

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✨✧ VariousWarner Pop Rock Nuggets Vol 1 – Magic Town ... CD
Warner (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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George GreeleyMy Favorite Martian ... CD
La La Land, Early 60s. Used ... $8.99
Wonderful music for the TV show My Favorite Martian – that groovy early 60s program that starred Bill Bixby and Ray Walston as the aliens next door! George Greeley's theme is one of our favorite TV tags from the period – but the rest of the music here is even more sophisticated – a nice range of scene-setting modes that really keeps with the lightly comedic feel of the program, and almost has more of a 50s approach than a 60s sort of groove. There's a few very occasional "space" moments, but most of the music is nicely grounded in an early blend of strings and woodwinds – and packaged in a lovely set that's filled with notes on the music and show. 23 tracks in all – with titles that include "Danger High Voltage", "A Loaf Of Bread", "Hitch Hike To Mars", "The Disastro-Nauts", "Shake Well & Don't Use", "My Nephew The Artist", and "Martian Report #1". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)
 
 
 



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