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Gerald AlstonOpen Invitation ... CD
Motown, 1990. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Rear tray card has a fold. Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gerald AlstonGerald Alston ... LP
Motown, 1988. Used ... Out Of Stock
Brilliant solo work from Gerald Alston – the first album issued under his own name, after a strong legacy of work with The Manhattans! Alston's vocals are wonderful here – beautifully crafted, with a sense of maturity and feeling that most of his younger soul contemporaries couldn't match – polished with the kind of class that kept The Manhattans strong well into the 80s – but updated nicely with some of the more adult soul modes of the latter part of the decade. Production is by Stan Sheppard and James Varner, who know to keep things laidback to keep Alston at his best – and titles include "Stay A Little While", "You Laid Your Love On Me", "I've Waited All Night", "Activated", "We've Only Just Begun", and "I Come Alive When I'm With You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)
 
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Beginning Of The EndFunky Nassau (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Alston, 1971. Near Mint- ... $19.99
An incredible cut – famous, but one we never tire of! This incredible jammer has one of the maddest rhythms you'll ever hear – bass and drums so fierce that they must have been programmed by robots to be so precise – dancing freely all over the place, yet still coming down "whomp" on the beat! And part 2 is even better than part 1 too! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Beginning Of The EndNassau Funk ... CD
Alston/Playback, Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
Fantastic funk from Beginning Of The End – one of the coolest, grooviest, most unique funk groups of the 70s – and one who've got a real criss-crossing of styles in their sound! As you'd guess from the title, these guys hail from Nassau, in the Bahamas – but their sound is hardly the stale calypso of the earlier generation, or some of the more familiar island hybrids that were playing for the tourists. Instead, these guys completely reinvent funk from the ground up – adding in lots of their own special styles of rhythm and inflection, with elements that were learned from their home scene, but then refitted for a mode that's much more American funk overall – making these guys one of the few island acts to challenge the likes of Fatback or Kool & The Gang! The set's an extremely well-chosen batch of tracks from the group's few recordings – and titles include the classic "Funky Nassau (parts 1 & 2)", plus "Monkey Tamarind", "Super Woman", "Doin The Funky Do", "That's What I Get", "When Se Made Me Promise", "In The Deep Bahamian Boogie", "Fishman", "Pretty Girl", "I've Got The News", "Bluestrain", "Jump In The Water", "Gee Whiz It's Christmas", "Sleep On Dream On", "Trip To Nowhere", and "Come Down Baby". CD

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Herman Kelly & LifePercussion Explosion! ... LP
Alston, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $8.99
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

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Bill Pursell & The Nashville Sweat BandBill Pursell & The Nashville Sweat Band & Aides ... CD
Alston/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $19.99
Funky big band work from Bill Pursell – a set that's got some of the disco charm you'd expect from the image on the cover – but one that also has some other jazzy elements too! There's not really a Nashville sound to the record – at least not in country music terms – and if anything, the record really reminds us of the way that some older New York big bands shifted up their groove during the disco generation – blending older jazz and Latin modes with elements more aimed at a contemporary dancefloor – including groovier rhythms, added strings, and female chorus vocals! Titles include "Sandwich Spread" – a nice original worth the price of the record alone – plus "Peter Piper Pumped His Pecks", "Deja Vu", "Now", "Every Day Of The Week", "Bump Me Baby", and "Hold My Hand When We're Going Home". CD

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✨✧ Betty WrightBetty Wright Live ... LP
Alston/TK, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Beginning Of The EndBeginning Of The End ... LP
Alston, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... 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". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Herman Kelly & LifePercussion Explosion! (with bonus track) ... CD
Alston/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. Used ... 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
(Includes obi.)
Also available Percussion Explosion! ... LP 8.99

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✨✧ Milton WrightSpaced ... LP
Alston, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... 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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✨✧ VariousYet More Mellow Cats 'N' Kittens – Hot R&B And Cool Blues 1945 to 1951 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Not nearly as mellow as you might think from the title – given that most of these tracks have a gritty sort of edge! The work here is all pulled from the vaults of LA's Modern Records during the postwar years – and the collection features a number of previously unreleased tracks, as well as some sublime singles that sound a heck of a lot better here than they must have when initially pressed up as 78s! There's a nicely laidback feel to most numbers – a sound that's not mellow, but just not as all-out wailing as other R&B from the time – in a way that lets plenty of jazzy and bluesy moments creep into the mix. CD features 24 tracks in all – and titles include "I'm Tellin You Baby" by The Nic Nacs, "The Thrill Is Gone" by Ron Hawkins, "No Steppin Down" by Felix Gross & His Orchestra, "Did You Ever Love A Woman" by Al Wichard, "I'm Feeling Fine" by Johnny Alston, "Nursery Rhyme Boogie" by Happy Johnson, "I've Got That Shakey Feeling" by Billy Williams, "Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is" by Louis Barnett & His Boppers, and "Around The Clock Blues (part 2)" by Pearl Traylor. CD

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Jack McDuffHeatin' System ... LP
Cadet, 1972. Very Good- 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
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
(Original pressing. Cover has some seam splitting.)

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✨✧ VariousChristmas Motown ... CD
Motown (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
Christmas Motown in all of its glory – a huge collection that features a whopping 46 tracks in all – most of them Holiday classics from the earliest years of the label, plus just a few important Christmas tunes from more recent years too! Almost all the work here is by Motown superstars – and titles include "Silver Bells", "Children's Christmas Song", "Joy To the World", and "My Favorite Things" by The Supremes; "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town", "Frosty The Snowman", "Up On The House Top", "Christmas Medley", and "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by The Jackson 5; "Let It Snow" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by The Miracles; "The Little Drummer Boy" and "My Christmas Tree" by The Temptations; "Christmas Delight" and "Merry Christmas Baby" by The Four Tops; "Someday At Christmas" and "A Warm Little Home On A Hill" by Stevie Wonder; "Jesus Is Love" by The Commodores, "Little Christmas Tree" by Michael Jackson, "A Joyous Song" by Boyz II Men, "Wish You A Merry Christmas" by Kim Weston, "Give Love On Christmas Day" by Johnny Gill, and "Christmas Presence" by Gerald Alston with Shanice Wilson. CD

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VariousEccentric Soul – The Deep City Label (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Numero, Mid 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $11.99
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. Titles include "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. 2LP version features 6 bonus tracks – all instrumental – including "Good Lovin (inst)", "I Love You Baby (inst)", "Darling I'll Go (inst)", and "Am I A Good Man (inst)" by The Deep City Band – and "Stay Away From My Johnny (inst)" and "Good Thing (part 2) (inst)" by The Rocketeers. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Clarence ReidNobody But You Babe (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Tay-Ster/Traffic, 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Don't get this set mixed up with Clarence Reid's album of a similar name on Alston/Atco – as this rare date for the Tayster label is quite different – although it still shares the famous title track! Reid's in perfect rough-edged form here – almost more strongly southern soul overall, with less funky elements in his sound, and a nicely messed-up groove overall! The record clearly carries some party soul elements from the scene that Reid was hitting as Blowfly – but the overall groove is straighter soul overall, and done in a mode that has some gritty guitar on most numbers, and a trio of lovelies backing up Clarence's lead vocals. Titles include "Skunks Hogs & Dogs", "Along Came A Woman", "Heaven Will Welcome You", "I Wish It Were Me", "Let The Soul Sounds Play", "Mark My Word", and "Nobody But You Babe". CD
(In a very cool Japanese-styled, LP-like cardboard sleeve cover!)
 
 
 



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