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John Gregory OrchestraSix Million Dollar TV Themes ... CD
Spectrum/Universal (UK), Mid 70s. Used ... $19.99
A flurry of great soundtrack thrillers – not presented here in their original versions, but in different recordings done by Brit Easy maestro John Gregory! The CD brings together titles from a number of different Gregory albums on London from the mid 70s – nearly all of which mix electric funky rhythms with tight big band backing – in a style that suits the spirit of the originals nicely, but which also often brings in some even groovier sounds to the mix! Tunes themselves are a nice mix of familiar and lesser-known crime and copy show themes – a total of 28 numbers that include "Columbo", "Kojak", "The Sweeney", "Johnny Staccato", "Banacek", "McCloud", "I Spy", "Six Million Dollar Man", "Hawaii 5-0", "SWAT", "M Squad", "Griff", "Mannix", and "McMillan & Wife". CD
(Out of print.)

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Al GreySnap Your Fingers ... LP
Argo, 1962. Very Good ... $5.99
Really wonderful work from trombonist Al Grey – sounding hipper here than at any other point in his career! One of the great reason for Al's sound here is the presence of tenorist Billy Mitchell – a partner with Al in the Basie band, and a great player who gives just about any session a deeply soulful finish. The rest of the group is equally nice too – with work by Dave Burns and Donald Byrd on trumpet, Floyd Morris and Herbie Hancock on piano, and Bobby Hutcherson on vibes. The use of vibes is especially striking for a set like this, and really gives the proceedings a different feel than you might think. Titles include "R.B.Q.", "Minor On Top", "African Lady", and "Hi Fly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label Argo pressing with deep groove.)

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Steve GutMr CT ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1995. New Copy ... $13.99
Trumpeter Steve Gut's on the frontline here alongside the legendary Clark Terry and the great Dusko Goykovich – and the younger musician really manages to hold his own, and work well with the two master trumpeters! The setting is a larger group – the RTB Big Band – and all three players get a chance to solo – and the mighty Alvin Queen is in the group on drums, providing a soulful kick that maybe makes the album sparkle a bit more than usual for the RTB – although they've always had a great legacy of work with bigger name players, especially American ones. Titles include "Mr CT", "Black Triangle", "Stemi", "Summer Afternoon", "On The Road", "Some Memories", and "Blues To Clark". CD

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Haggis HornsWhat Comes To Mind ... CD
Haggis (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $13.99
Heavy funk from the Haggis Horns – a group with a gimmicky name, but a rock-solid sound that's made them one of the best contemporary funk combos working in the British Isles these days! The horns are only part of the groove – as the drums and other funky elements really ground the tracks strongly – with a classic vibe that takes us back to our favorite 70s albums by better-known horn groups – like the Memphis or Muscle Shoals Horns! And like the latter, there's also a great vocal component here – something the group has really worked on for this record, and which they introduce with a vibe that's way different than just the usual female singer with a funk band – and instead comes across with a much more integrated style that almost has these guys challenging Incognito for UK funky soul supremacy! Half the cuts feature vocals – by singers John Turrell, John McCallum, and Lucinda Slim – and titles include "Digging In The Dirt", "Keep It Tight", "It Ain't What You Got", "You've Got To Keep On Bumpin", "Give Me Something Better", "I Can't Stop The Feeling", and "Outta My Head". CD

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Curtis HairstonCurtis Hairston (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $13.99
A killer debut from Curtis Hairston – an overlooked 80s soul singer who should have made it big, given the strength of this set! The album's got a tight groove, but is never too commercial – a bit away from other Atlantic soul of the time, thanks to some solid studio help from Kae Williams of BB&Q Band, a group with whom Hairston had worked previously. Williams arranged and produced half the set – the rest was done by Greg Radford – and the album mixes Hairston's well-crafted vocals with a mixture of upbeat rhythms and mellower tunes, the latter of which we like the best. Titles include "You're My Shining Star", "Chillin Out", "All We Have Is Love", "Take Charge", "The Morning After", and "Hold On (For Me)". CD features 5 bonus tracks – "Chillin Out (voc rmx)", "Let's Make Love Tonight (ext rmx)", "Shining Star (voc ext)", "Take Charge (ext rmx)", and "Morning After (ext rmx)". CD

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Slide Hampton & Dusko GoykovichJazz A Confronto ... LP
Horo (Italy), 1972. Very Good- ... $6.99
A hip big band – ala MPS style – with Dusko Goykovich and Benny Bailey on trumpets, Slide Hampton on trombone, Gianni Basso and Sal Nistico on tenors, and Laszek Zadlo on soprano sax! Titles include the long "Elocin" and "Personally Ake" – plus "Feeling" and "Manhattan Mood". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Ben Harper/Charlie MusselwhiteGet Up! (deluxe edition with CD & DVD) ... CD
Stax, 2013. Used CD & DVD ... $7.99
The first full length collaboration between blues, soul and rock slide guitar eclecticist Ben Harper and harmonica master Charlie Musselwhite – and it's win for both – with a vibe that's rooted in many traditions, but feels right at home in both Harper's and Musselwhite's wheelhouses. We expected a blues & soul covers set when we first heard that this project was in the works – and while the prospect of these 2 fellows working together on the classic Americana songbook sounds like a pretty good idea to us – we're actually all the more impressed with this all originals take on classic styled craft. A bit of blues and blues rock, a bit of gospel, and a bit of southern styled folk soul – and a bunch of great songs! It's a full band set up for the most part, too, as opposed to a spare duos set – and the titles include "Don't Look Twice", "I'm In I'm Out And I'm Gone", "We Can't End This Way", "You Found Another Lover (I Lost Another Friend), "I Ride At Dawn", "Get Up!", "She Got Kick", "Blood Side Out" and "All That Matters Now". Deluxe edition comes with a bonus making-of DVD with additional live versions of a few of the tunes! CD

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Slim HarpoSting It Then! – Historic 1961 Show ... CD
Excello/Ace (UK), 1961. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Mindblowing work from the legendary Slim Harpo – a live recording that seems to have Harpo sounding even sharper and funkier than on his famous studio sides for Excello Records in the 60s! Slim's really on fire here – riffing guitar with a super-tight band, but in a way that's never slick or formulaic – a quality that comes through especially on the vocals, which often have this raspy quality that comes through the PA in the concert setting – which seems to give Harpo even more lyrical power than ever. The harmonica lines are great – amplified, and with that skittish, jazzy edge we love so much on Slim's other records. The set features an entire live set from 1961 – 20 tracks that include "Little Liza Jane", "I'm A King Bee", "Lottie Moe", "Big Boss Man", "Boogie Chillun", "Moody Blues", "Sugar Coated Love", "Star Time Theme", and "I Got Love If You Want It". CD

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Mayer HawthorneStrange Arrangement (deluxe limited edition w/4-inch single) ... CD
Stones Throw, 2009. Used ... $9.99
The full length debut of Mayer Hawthorne for Stones Throw – with both classic Motown and 60s & 70s Detroit indie soul influences, done the right way, and all of it wonderful and true to his heroes – after some promising early singles, we can now say emphatically that Mayer Hawthorne is indeed the real thing! On some of this material, Hawthorne is a one man soul band, with the tunes stripped to a gritty, raw soul essence – and on other tunes he gets some assistance on brass, strings and keys – pulling off a number of modes with equally excellent results. He evokes Curtis Mayfield when he gets the falsetto going, but other touchstone influences are apparent – a couple of the more uptempo tunes sound like they could be late 60s Temptations b-sides. Mayer may look like Dwight Schrute on the cover, but don't be fooled – his love for soul music is true and unironic, and he has the charisma to pull it off! Titles include "A Strange Arrangement", "Just Ain't Gonna Work Out", "Maybe So, Maybe No", "Your Easy Lovin' Ain't Pleasin' Nothin'", "I Wish It Would Rain", "Make Her Mine", "One Track Mind", "The Ills", "Shiny & New", "Let Me Know" and "Green Eyed Love". This deluxe CD edition comes with a bonus 4-inch vinyl single with the tracks "When I Said Goodbye" (demo version) and "Love Is Alright". CD
(Deluxe version is a limited edition of 10,000 copies. Out of print! Comes with a bonus 4-inch vinyl single with the bonus tracks "When I Said Goodbye" (demo version) and "Love Is Alright".)

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HeatwaveHot Property ... LP
Epic, 1979. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Man, these guys never seem to miss – and always come up with some great little tunes that snap along in a really compelling way! This album might be easy to overlook in favor of the band's bigger classics, but it's a stone winner all the way through – with a number of tunes that groove on beautifully with tight hooks, skipping beats, warm vocals, and that beautifully compressed production style that always gave Heatwave a sound that slide perfectly into an AM soul radio groove. And sure, there's a few hooks here that feel like they're "borrowed" from some of the bigger hits – but they work wonderfully as a reprise of greatness, and keep us half stepping into the album even more. Titles include "Razzle Dazzle", "Eyeballin", "Raise A Blaze", "First Day Of Snow", "One Night Tan", "All Talked Out", "Disco", and "Therm Warfare". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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Heavy WeatherMovin Easy ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Killer funk from Heavy Weather – a contemporary combo, but one who groove like it's 1982! The group have a tight ensemble approach that rivals that of The Gap Band, Cameo, or Con Funk Shun at their best – all instrumentation right on the money, with a sharp focus that hardly belies the size of the group! The sound is sharp and tight, but never slick or smooth – and these guys use a fair bit of keyboards amidst their snapping grooves and basslines – but always with a touch that's more than warm enough to match the vocals. Butch Ingram produced – and the set shows all his great experience in funky soul over the years – and titles include "Movin Easy", "Let The Music Take You On A Ride", "Ain't No Thang", "Wonderlove", "Stick To It", and "I Came To Dance". CD

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Richard Hell & The VoidoidsDestiny Street ... LP
Red Star, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The second full album from Richard Hell & The Voidoids – issued with a bit less fanfare than the first, but still every bit as essential! Five years have passed since Blank Generation, but Hell's wit and energy are as sharp as ever – and if anything, The Voidoids have really fused into a really cohesive unit – not a slicker band, but one that has a powerful sense of instrumentation to match Richard's vocals – especially in the great guitar work of Robert Quine! Judging from the grainy cover image, Hell is keeping things as real as ever – which definitely comes through in titles that include "Time", "The Kid With The Replaceable Head", "You Gotta Move", "Downtown At Dawn", "Lowest Common Denominator", "I Can Only Give You Everything", and "Ignore The Door". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hello PeopleFusion ... LP
Philips, 1968. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $7.99
The classic debut from one of the weirdest concept groups of the 60s – a mime rock band brought together by producer Lew Futterman – who'd also worked on some killer funky jazzy sessions with Brother Jack McDuff! The style here is psychedelic pop through and through – and although the group didn't speak, they do sing (is that really mime?) – and work in a groovy sing-song blend of reeds and rockish rhythms, one that definitely has some of the same sharp changes and funky undercurrents you'd find in Futterman's jazz projects – although honed down here into much shorter Sunshine tunes! The album's a very unique little record – and oddly the group flourished for years. But somehow this first record has a charm that's really undeniable – and is maybe still their best effort ever. Titles include "White Winged Doves","Dream Of Tomorrow", "Pray For Rain", "How Does It Feel To Be Free", "I Ride To Nowhere", "Come & See Me", and "Jelly Jam". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Willie Henderson & The Soul ExplosionsFunky Chicken ... LP
Brunswick, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Killer work from one of the funkiest leaders on the Chicago scene – the mighty mighty Willie Henderson, force behind some of the city's greatest soul tracks and funky 45s! This album's like a stack of lost funky nuggets laid back to back – with lots and lots of bass-heavy grooving from the band, and plenty of instrumental riffing on guitar and horns! Most tracks are instrumental, but often feature some nice shouted or spoken bits – and the whole thing's stuffed to the rafters with great breaks, beats, and grooves! Titles include "Funky Chicken (parts 1 & 2)", "Off Into A Black Thing", "Soulful Football", "Sugar Sugar", "Can I Change My Mind", and "Is It Something You Got". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ HeptonesParty Time ... LP
Mango, 1977. Very Good ... $14.99
A party time indeed! This is the follow up to Night Food, and a set that nearly equals its predecessot, as a great example of what Leroy Sibbles and the Heptones were capable of when teaming up with Lee Perry! Laid down at the legendary Black Ark, this set's one of the band's strongest LPs, with Sibbles' always great songwriting over a batchof tight roots rhythms laid down by Boris Gardiner, Winston Wright, Mikey Boo, Willie Lindo and others. 10 songs in all, including "Party Time", "Crying Over You", "I Shall Be Released", "Why Must I" and "Sufferer's Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue pressing.)

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Peter HerbolzheimerHip Walk – The Complete Polydor Recordings (Soul Condor/Galaxis/Live Im Onkle Po/Hip Walk/Touchdown/I Hear Voices) (4CD set) ... CD
Polydor (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $36.99
A killer collection of work from one of the funkiest European talents of the 70s – bandleader Peter Herbholzheimer, working here at the head of his Rhythm & Brass group, and his Certain Lions & Tigers ensemble! Although Herbolzheimer's got a clunky name, his sound is incredibly fluid and tight – a large group approach to funk that rivals some of the best American work of his time – including classics from Lalo Schifrin, Johnny Pate, and other key maestros of the blacksploitation era. Peter's got a way of taking a large group of players and really making them groove – a sound that's kind of an electrified extension of the styles first laid out at MPS by the Clarke-Boland Big Band, but served up with a hipper, funkier 70s approach to rhythm. Like the CBBB, Herbholzheimer's groups often feature American players – such as Art Farmer on trumpet or Herb Geller on saxes – alongside more familiar MPS talents like Dusko Goykovich on trumpet, Dieter Reith on organ, Ferdinand Povel on flute, Jiggs Whigham on trombone, and Sigi Schwab on guitar – joined by the legendary Sabu Martinez on a few of the best sessions here! The 4CD set is a massive discovery in music – as it features not only Herbholzheimer's Rhythm & Brass albums, but also records under the group names Certain Lions & Tigers and The Galactic Light Orchestra. The package has some of the same records of the previous MPS collection of Herbholzheimer's work – but also includes some other material too – the full albums Soul Condor, Galaxis, Live Im Onkle Po, Hip Walk, Touchdown, and I Hear Voices CD

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Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combination & BrassScenes ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1974. Near Mint- ... $49.99
Amazing live work from this legendary MPS group – electric funk mixed with plenty of horns – all in a hard-grooving big band style that nobody else could match at the time! Peter Herbolzheimer may not be a household name on this side of the Atlantic, but back in the day he was one of the coolest cats working in the European scene – and on records like this, he shows an amazing talent for blending electric grooves and soulful horn solos – all in a blend that takes the Clark Boland Band ethos to a new 70s generation! Rhythms come from a group that features two electric pianos, and a bit of organ – by Dieter Reith and Horst Muhlbrandt – guitar from Peter Catherine, electric bass from Gunter Lenz, and congas from Sabu Martinez – and the horns are even heavier – with alto and flute from Ferdinand Povel, trombone from Ake Persson and Jiggs Whigham, and trumpets from Kenny Wheeler, Art Farmer, Ack Van Rooyen, and Palle Mikkelborg! Tunes are nice and tight, and plenty darn funky – and titles include a tasty take on Weldon Irvine's "Mr. Clean", plus the tracks "Hoops", "Scenes", and "Don't Speak Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy Japanese pressing – with insert!)

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HermanI've Made Up My Mind ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
A really compelling talent from early 70s Brunswick Records – by an artist who's got the same sort of genre-crossing vibe as Rodriguez, Jose Feliciano, or the team of Alzo & Udine! Herman hails from Colombia, but was a high school student in Miami at the time of this album – yet he also works with a great quartet of Chicago soul talents – Carl Davis and Eugene Record on production, Tom Tom Washington on arrangements, and Willie Henderson directing the whole band! The result is a unique hybrid of modes – folksy acoustic guitar from Herman, vocals that have a slightly progressive feel, and backings that sometimes groove in a Chicago soul mode, and sometimes go for a deeper vibe overall. Most tunes are originals penned by Herman – and titles include "Bring On The Rain", "I've Made Up My Mind", "Save The USA", "Stephy", "I Wanna Be Young Again", and "Take A Look At Me". CD

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✨✧ Woody HermanHeavy Exposure ... LP
Cadet, 1969. Very Good ... $2.99
Excellent stuff – a record that we love it to death, and listen to all the time! Woody Herman's band meets the soulful arrangements of Richard Evans, and the whole thing cooks nicely in the Chess studios in Chicago. The result is a tasty blend of soulful big band tracks, with a strident groove that Woody never duplicated, and with the kind of baroque arrangements that Evans was bringing to some of the best soul work on Cadet at the time. Donny Hathaway plays organ, and the group does a killer version of his own "Flying Easy". Other titles include "The Hut", "Sex Machine", and "It's Your Thing" – but it's all great! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Cadet pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Roscoe HolcombSan Diego Folk Festival 1972 (2015 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Tompkins Square, 1972. New Copy ... $13.99 18.98
A fantastic performance from Roscoe Holcomb – an east Kentucky talent who was only discovered very late in his life, but managed to give the world some wonderful recordings in his last few years! Holcomb's way more than just another banjo players from Appalachia – and instead has a style both on his instrument and in his vocals that's inflected with a fair bit of blues – in ways that go back to some of these amazing white blues recordings from the 20s, where string band sounds and blues inflections seemed to effortlessly cross paths – yet maybe even more amazing here in the vibrant hands of a single player, one who's got a lot more power than you might guess from his image on the cover. This isn't hokey old banjo music – and instead some incredibly haunting sounds, on titles that include "Black Eyed Susie", "Across The Rocky Mountain", "Graveyard Blues", "Hook & Line", "Single Girl", and "The Wandering Boy" – sung as a duet with Jean Ritchie. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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