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✨✧ Gerald AlstonGerald Alston ... LP
Motown, 1988. Near Mint- ... $5.99
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 peeled spot on back from the promo stamp being removed.)

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Gerald AlstonOpen Invitation ... LP
Motown, 1990. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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Beginning Of The EndBeginning Of The End (with bonus track) ... CD
Alston/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $19.99
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". 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 ... $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". 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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Betty WrightBetty Wright Live ... LP
Alston/TK, 1978. Very Good ... $4.99
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 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 a cutout notch and a few light creases.)

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Betty WrightThis Time For Real ... LP
Alston, 1977. Very Good ... $19.99
Post "Clean Up Woman", but still with a nice Miami soul groove, and some very sweet vocals and songwriting by Betty. Steve Alaimo produced, and nearly every cut is by either Betty, or other Miami soul partners Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke. With the cuts "Room At The Top", "Brick Grits", "Give Me More, More, More", "You Can't See For Lookin", and "That Man Of Mine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Betty WrightTravelin In The Wright Circle ... LP
Alston, 1979. Very Good ... $0.99
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

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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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✨✧ Herman Kelly & LifePercussion Explosion! ... LP
Alston, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Percussion Explosion! (with bonus track) ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ Clarence ReidI Get My Kicks/Gotta Take It Home To Mother ... 7-inch
Alston/Tramp (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 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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✨✧ Dorothy MooreMisty Blue ... CD
Malaco, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
A pivotal moment in the development of southern soul – as the album was one of the first really big hits to come out of the growing Malaco scene in Jackson, Mississippi. The style of the record is a mix of older female southern soul styles, plus some of the warmer mellow production that was coming out of the Alston/Miami scene at the same time. And although Malaco mostly moved into cheesy blues during the early 80s, this one's very much in a popular crossover soul style. Features the title hit "Misty Blue", plus "It's So Good", "Too Much Love", "Ain't That A Mother's Luck", "Enough Woman Left (To Be Your Lady)", and "The Only Time You Ever Say You Love Me". CD
 
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✨✧ My Favorite MartianMy Favorite Martian – The Complete Series Vol 1 (hardcover) ... Book
Hermes, 2011. New Copy ... $8.99 49.99
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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✨✧ Rashied AliRashied Ali Quintet ... LP
Survival, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
An excellent early 70s fist in the air statement of purpose from one of the progenitors of the NY loft scene! This excellent set features Ali's fierce and free quintet in two sidelong compositions, Ali's "Address" and guitarist James Blood Ulmer's "Theme For Captain Black", with energetic and empathic playing, never devolving into the messy indulgences that the most free recordings can occasionally veer off towards.Bob Ralston is on tenor and underrecorded trumpeter Earl Cross is also featured, with bassist John Dana rounding out the group alongside Ali and Ulmer. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, but this is a great copy overall.)
 
 
 



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