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VariousGirls Want The Boys – Sweden's Beat Girls 1964 to 1970 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Totally groovy sounds from the Swedish scene of the 60s – a flurry of female pop tunes that we love every bit as our favorite French femme work from the time! Like French pop, the tunes here are lively and upbeat – often with a slight current of funk or soul in the rhythms, and with instrumentation that mixes fuller orchestrations with groovier elements at the core – creating a juxtaposition of large sound and personal presence that makes the music plenty darn great throughout! There have been lots of other European scenes tapped like this over the years – but this may well be the first Swedish collection we've ever heard – and, thanks to the folks at Ace Records, it gets beautiful presentation with top-shelf sound, and detailed notes on the music. Titles include "The Girls Want The Boys" by Eleanor Bodel, "Karlek Finns Det Overallt" by Mak Les Souers, "Last Train To Liverpool" by Plommons, "Good Kind Of Hurt" by Lena Junoff, "Don't" by Doris, "Benny Law" by Plums, "Lite For Liten" by Lill Babs, "Vadret" by Mona Wessman, and "You Really Have Started Something" by Britt Bergstrom. 24 tracks in all! CD
 
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VariousNairobi Beat – Kenyan Pop Music Today ... CD
Rounder, 1989. Used ... $8.99
Music from DO 7 Shirati Jazz, Mbira Young Stars, Super Bunyore Band, Original Kilimambogo Stars, Maroon Commandos, Gatundu Boys, Migori Super Stars, Kalambya Sisters, Bana Likasi & Mayanja Bungoma Jazz Band. CD

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VariousSweet Taste Of Sin – Sensual Sampler-Ready Soul For B-Boys, B-Girls, & Soul Heads ... CD
BGP (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
Sweet and smooth 70s soul – hand-picked with a freshness that should appeal to folks who found these sounds through the hip hop that these grooves laid the sonic groundwork for. The tracks on here aren't as beat or break-heavy as some of the material on other sample-driven collections – but that's fine with us, as the tracks move into a sophisticated soul range that's always a pleasure to hear, bringing together the kind of well-produced 70s tracks we love! Titles include "Sweet Taste Of Sin" by Dennis Coffey, "I'll See You In Hell First" by Phillip Mitchell, "Do It To Me Now" by Fatback, "Don't Risk Your Happiness On Foolishness" by Fantastic Four, "Killing Time" by Natural Essence, "Your Love Is My Desire" by Eramus Hall, "Baby Get Down" by Eddie McLoyd, "Set It Out" by The Detroit Emeralds, "Love Starved" by Shirley Brown, "I'm Gonna Have To Tell Her" by Isaac Hayes, "If I Had The Power" by Johnny Guitar Watson, and "I Got To Have Your Love Now" by Caesar Frazier. CD
Also available Sweet Taste Of Sin – Sensual Breakbeat Soul ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ VariousHoss Allen's 1966 Rhythm & Blues Revue – The !!! Beat! ... CD
Superbird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Soul & blues performances from Hoss Allen's 1966 Rhythm & Blues Revue program which ran on US television and is purported to be the first syndicated series ever revolving around black singers in the US! The history is incredible, but the compilation is all around the music and it's great stuff – featuring Gatemouth Brown, Rodge Martin, The Beat Boys, Earl Gaines, The Might Hannibal, Robert parker, Cleo Randle and many more. 24 tracks in all: "Have You Ever Been Mistreated" by Gatemouth Brown, "Hitch Hike" by The Beat Boys, "Empty Arms & Bitter Tears" by Gerri Taylor, "Respect" by Rodge Martin, "I Don't Know Why I Love You" by Clarence "Frogman" Henry, "24 Hours A Day" by Earl Gaines and much more. CD

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VariousLegacy Of Electronic Funk (3CD set – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Sony (Germany), Early 80s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $12.99
Way more than just the electronic funk you might know from the chart-topping groups of the 80s – as this sweet little set digs way deeper, and comes up with some rare mixes and single versions too! The set list is superb – and almost stands as a reintroduction to the genre – as the groups are ones you'll definitely know, but represented by some more obscure cuts – a wonderfully well-chosen set list that really matches the longer length of the package! Titles include "Show Me" by Glenn Jones, "It's Your Turn (extended)" by Delegation, "Searching For The Lady" by New Horizons, "Coast To Coast" by Plush, "You Wouldn't Have To Work At All" by Michael Henderson, "Programmed For Love (12" ext)" by Roy Ayers, "B Boys (12" mix)" by Nona Hendryx, "Are You With Me" by Isley Brothers, "Cover Girl (12" version)" by Johnny Kemp, "Singlehanded (ext)" by Haywoode, "Crimes Of Passion" by Oattes Van Schaik, "Who's Getting It Now (12" version)" by Chocolate Milk, "Thinking Of You (European edit)" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Beat Wise" by Herbie Hancock, "Step By Step (ext rmx)" by Jeff Lorber, "Dial My Number (ext dance)" by Pauli Carman, "Happy (ext version)" by Surface, "Your Spell" by Bobby Glover, "Heaven Sent You (12" mix)" by Stanley Clarke, and "Release The Beast" by Breakwater. CD

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VariousO Records Classics Vol 1 – Passion ... CD
O Records/Cherry Pop (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Just Sold Out!
80s club galore – served up here in an excellent look at the O Records label – a small company that was driven by producer Bobby O – an artist who really helped strip down the dancefloor sound in the years after disco! A decade before, and these cuts might have had a lot of strings and larger instrumentation – but although similar in themes and range of artists, the music here showcases more of the lean electro style of the following decade – often just simple grooves that make the most of basslines, beats, and keyboards – with catchy hooks that were more than enough to get a few of these cuts into the charts! The 28 track set may be the first we've ever seen to present O Records music with the right sort of liner notes and attention to detail – and it even includes a few surprise remixes too. Titles include "She Has A Way" by Bobby O, "Native Love" by Divine, "Calling All Boys" by Flirts, "Working Girl" by Girly, "Yum Yum Eat Em Up" by The Beat Box Boys, "Make It On My Own" by Free Enterprise, "Goin Cruisin" by Malibu, "Eye On You" by Hippies With Haircuts, "West End Girls" by Pet Shop Boys, "Shoot Your Shot" by Divine, "Fantasy" by Hotline, "Just A Gigolo" by Barbie & The Kens, "Whisper To A Scream" by Bobby O with Claudja Barry, "Breathless" by Gina Desire, and "Keep It Coming" by The Boyd Brothers. CD

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✨✧ VariousElectro – A Personal Selection Of Electro Classics – Compiled By Joey Negro ... CD
Z Records (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Take yourself back to the roots of EDM with this fantastic collection of electro soul numbers from the 80s – cuts that were both big hits and underground burners back in the day – all selected by dancefloor expert Joey Negro! This isn't the electro pop of the charts, or the tinny soul that crossed over back in the day – but instead the beats from the streets, from a time when soul and club music were getting a big influence from the hip hop scene, and using drum machines, turntables, and other electric touches to reinvigorate the music with a lean, mean sound! You'll recognize a few cuts here, but as usual with sets put together by Joey, you'll also find a lot more you wouldn't expect – on cuts that include "The Smurf" by Tyrone Brunson, "Feel The Force" by G-Force with Ronnie Gee, "This Party's Jam Packed" by Dwayne Omarr, "The Party Scene" by The Russell Brothers, "Al Naafiysh" by Hasim, "Release Yourself (dub)" by Aleem, "Mysterious Waves" by Kosmic Light Force, "Rain Forest" by Paul Hardcastle, "Breakin In Space" by Key-Matic, "We Come To Rock (energize edit)" by The Imperial Brothers, "What People Do For Money" by Divine Sounds, "Computer Age" by Newcleus, "High Noon (part 2)" by Two Sisters, "Video Control" by X Ray Vision, "Give Me My Money" by Beat Box Boys, "B-Boys Breakdance (inst)" by High Fidelity Three, and "Freak A Zoid" by Midnight Star. CD
Also available Electro – A Personal Selection Of Electro Classics – Compiled By Joey Negro ... LP 32.99

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✨✧ Various808 – The Music ... CD
Big Beat, 1980s/2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic tribute to the 808 drum machine – tracks all pulled together in support of the documentary on the magical beatmaker – but a set that stands more than strongly on its own! The mix of music is great – a heavy dose of 80s hip hop and club tracks, mixed with some more contemporary cuts from recent years – tracks that mark the return of the 808 to beatmaking strength – as a younger generation of creators embrace its sound all over again! Titles include "Set It Off" by Strafe, "Play At Your Own Risk" by Planet Patrol, "Yo Bum Rush The Show" by Public Enemy, "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force, "Paul Revere" by The Beastie Boys, "It's Yours" by T La Rock & Jazzy Jay, "Flow Coma" by 808 State, "Let The Music Play" by Shannon, "Hip Hop Be Bop" by Man Parrish, "Kickdrum" by Felix Da Housecat, "What You Gon Do" by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz, "Vibrate" by Fluxx Pavillion, "Nothing But Trouble" by Lil Wayne & Charlie Puth, and "Gosh" by Jamie XX. CD
 
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Eden KaneWell I Ask You – The Complete 60s Recordings ... CD
RPM (UK), 1960s. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99
An overlooked body of work from British singer Eden Kane – one of the cooler chart artists of the pre-Beatles years, and a vocalist who maybe has a bit more growl in his voice than some of his contemporaries! Kane's got a definite influence from R&B, but turned towards a more rock/pop approach, given the arrangements of the early work here – and the style's like that of some of the cooler rock artists in the US who were starting to break at the time, with maybe even a bit of Bobby Darin-style jazz at times. Kane is also the brother of hip singer/songwriter Peter Sarstedt (his real name is Richard Sarstedt) – and as the 60s moved on, Peter was working with Eden, as the music only got cooler and groovier. 2CD set features a whopping 56 tracks in all, plus very detailed notes on Eden Kane's life and music – with tracks that include "Hot Chocolate Crazy", "Rain Rain Go Away", "Hangin Round", "Magic Town", "The Last Leaf", "Charade", "My Time Of Evening", "Romance", "Sounds Funny To Me", "Pulling Me Thru Bad Times", "A Million Ants", "Music For Strings", "House To Let", "Before I Lose My Mind", "You Make Love So Well", "Gotta Get Through To You", and "Boys Cry". CD

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VariousManhattan Soul Vol 3 ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.98
A really special set of soul tracks – and one that's got a vibe that's maybe even different from the previous two Manhattan Soul collections! This package is filled with the kind of overlooked gems that sometimes get lost because people are a bit too focused in their record-collecting tastes – mellow cuts that are still a bit funky, deep soul from up-north sources, and even some group numbers that are neither upbeat and Northern, nor slow enough to be mellow harmonies. Instead, these cuts together really defy the rules – showing that in the deeper corners of the New York underground, there were always great new ideas going on – not work that was trying to challenge the stars at Atlantic, or the Brill Building best – but instead very happy to just do their own thing, in some very groovy ways. The work comes from the Wand, Scepter, and Musicor family of labels – better-known for big hits, but also very dedicated to cool indie singles that only seem to be getting their due in more recent years. CD features 24 tracks in all – and titles include "Giving Up" by Junior Lewis, "Now That You're Gone" by Sonny Turner & Sound Limited, "Open Up Your Heart" by Dan & The Cleancuts, "Every Little Bit Helps" by Helen Henry, "Two Stupid Feet" by The Shirelles, "The Same Old Song" by The Dinos, "Nobody Made You Love Me" by The Charts, "Fun City Woman" by Ann Bailey, "The Landlord" by The Tabs, "Does Love Believe In Me" by Melba Moore, "Mr Schemer" by Brenton Wood, "You Picked Me" by The Soldier Boys, and "Never In My Life" by Lee Moses. CD

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✨✧ PortisheadPortishead ... CD
Go Beat/London, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second Portishead LP, even spookier and darker than the first, but still with an infectious groove running underneath. Strings, brass and cinematic guitar all coalesce under Beth Gibbons for the signature unsettling Portishead sound. Eleven tracks in all, including "Cowboys", "All Mine", "Mourning Air", "Only You" and "Elysium". CD

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✨✧ Chunky, Novi, & ErnieChunky, Novi, & Ernie ... CD
Reprise (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The trio of Chunky, Novi, and Ernie look like a bunch of kooks on the cover – and they also sound the same way on the record – thanks to a very unusual, oddball take on the singer/songwriter modes of the 70s! The album's got a lot more edge than some of the more polished AOR of the time – partly because the lyrics and vocal phrasing by female singer Chunky are so unusual (she's almost got an earthy Kate Bush quality) – but also because the arrangements often have some unusual touches, including a fair bit of viola from Novi – and help from John Cale on a number of tracks, too! Cale doesn't work on the whole record, but the set does make us feel as if he'd turned his mighty talents of the time towards a crossover female singer/songwriter set – while still making the whole thing sound kind of offbeat and edgey in the process. A real overlooked gem – with titles that include "Chicago Fog Lift", "Antique", "Fruits & Vegetables", "Renaissance", "Italian Sea", and "Lola & The Boys". CD
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✨✧ VariousFollow Me To The Popcorn – The Untold History Of The Belgian Popcorn Scene ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful tribute to a music scene that got going in Belgium during the 60s, but which was completely fueled by American soul, jazz, and R&B – spun in jam-packed clubs by DJs in that nation's equivalent of the Northern Soul scene in the UK! Yet while Northern Soul has an upbeat, uptempo groove, popcorn has one that's a lot more laidback – often slinky and vamping, with a mode that might well have been birthed by the tune "Fever" – taken to hundreds of different directions, but always handled with an equally sinister vibe! Instrumentation is as important here as the vocals – and many tunes often have slight Latin or exotic touches, a slight current of jazz, and a rock-solid lead singer who holds the whole thing together. The notes tell the tale of the Belgian DJs who first hooked into this groove – but for our ears, it's the sound that makes the set – early soul music, late rhythm and blues, and some sweet jazzy moments that provide more than a bit of variety. Titles include "Spooky" by George Barnes, "Downstairs" by Plas Johnson, "I'd Think It Over" by Sam Fletcher, "You Need To Fall In Love" by Little Jimmy Ray, "Yeah My Baby Loves Me" by Dav Kipp, "It's A Sweet World" by Gloria Grey, "Fever" by Earl Grant, "Summertime" by Monty & The Cyclones, "I Want That" by Bobby Hendricks, "Harlem Nocturne" by JJ Jones, "Sweet Little Love" by Al Brown & His Tunetoppers, "Boss Bossa Nova" by Bellino, "I Dreamed About My Baby Last Night" by Lillian Vines, "Palm Of Your Hand" by Dolly Lyon, "Barricuda" by The Page Boys, and "Any Way You Wanta" by Harvey. CD

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El-P, Matthew Shipp, William Parker & OthersHigh Water (Mark) ... CD
Thirsty Ear, 2004. Used ... $3.99
Do not buy this expecting hissy, atonal blip hop – El-Producto is the marquee name here, but this is decisively a late model avant garde jazz record – and a pretty sweet one at that! As with many of the better records in the Blue Series, Matthew Shipp's piano rolls through the center most of the time, loosely keeping the groove going so the crack group can improvise around the edges. Blessedly, the group is more than happy to keep an underlying melodicism at the core – it's always a little ragged, but never too self consciously out. The usual Thirsty Ear subjects are in the mix – Guillermo Brown on drums, Roy Campbell, William Parker on bass, and Steve Swell on trombone. "Produced, arranged, composed and mixed" by El-P – which seems like a pretty heavy workload, but we think he fleshed ideas out with the group at the stage of conception, and let the boys do what they do, largely improvising the results. And you really can feel El-P's intellectual presence in spots, particular the sudden shifts in drum patterns, which kind of mirror the producer's penchant for drivingly broken beats. Regardless of whoever is most responsible, it's a very nice record. It's interesting without trying too damn hard to be weird, and melodic without being too cloying. Tracks include "Please Stay (Yesterday), the epic "Sunrise Over Bklyn", "Get Your Hand Off My Shoulder, Pig", "Get Modal", "Intrigue In The House Of India", "Something Is Wrong", "When The Moon Was Blue" and more. CD
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Jackson 5Third Album/Maybe Tomorrow ... CD
Motown, 1970/1971. Used ... $9.99
2 more Jackson 5 classics – plus bonus tracks! Third Album is (of course) the group's third album, and the boys are still hitting strong and staying long, with the same power as their first two records! The record includes their sweet, sweet rendition of "I'll Be There", plus the groovy "Goin Back To Indiana", and other nice ones like "Mama's Pearl", "Darling Dear", "Can I See You In the Morning", and a nice version of "Ready Or Not (Here I Come)". Maybe Tomorrow is a great early album by the Jacksons – with a monster batch of cuts arranged by Gene Page and The Corporation, with a soulful groove that they definitely lost on later albums. The highlight is the funky "It's Great To Be Here", which is an excellent lesser-known track that's got a good breakbeat! Other tracks include their hit cover of "Never Can Say Goodbye", plus "Honey Chile", "I Will Find A Way", "Petals", "The Wall", and "She's Good". CD also includes 2 bonus cuts – "Sugar Daddy" and "I'm So Happy". CD
(CD case has a cutout hole. Out of print.)

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✨✧ Run-DMCRaising Hell (expanded edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Profile, 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The massive third album from Run DMC – a set that was done at a time when the duo were totally at the top of their game – and broke out big to a much wider audience than the usual hip hop crowd! Part of the album's strength is its guitar-heavy sound on some of the grooves – produced by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons with a classic early Def Jam vibe, in the same manner that helped the Beastie Boys get their records in the hands of folks who'd never buy hip hop otherwise! And that sound comes to culmination on the album's hit collaboration with Aerosmith on a remake of "Walk This Way". But apart from that rocker, most of the rest of the set also shows an increased complexity in both the lyricism of the pair, and the way Jam Master Jay serves up their beats – which makes for a stone classic all the way through, on tracks that include "Peter Piper", "It's Tricky", "My Adidas", "Proud To Be Black", "You Be Illin'", and "Walk This Way". Bonus tracks on this expanded edition include "My Adidas (acapella)", "Walk This Way (demo)", "Lord Of Lyrics (demo)", "Raising Hell Radio Tour Spot" and "Live At The Apollo Raw Vocal Commercial". CD
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Raising Hell ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ VariousGirls With Guitars – All-Girl Bands, Axe-Backed Babes, & The Like ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Girls with guitars – a very dangerous combination, and one that's served up nicely by this CD! The package brings together obscure girl rock tracks from the 60s – most of them in a rough garagey mode that stands as a very nice counterpoint to the sweeter girl group sound that's usually associated with the period. The tracks on the set are from a variety of indie labels, and include loads of work by groups we'd never heard of before, but who really sound great – most likely languished in obscurity due to the fact that their sound was years ahead of its time. The set includes great notes, and 24 tracks that include "Rock City" by Kathy Lynn & The Playboys, "My Baby" by the Girls, "I'd Rather Fight Than Switch" by The Tomboys, "Get Away From Me" by The Angels, "Only Seventeen" by The Beatle-ettes, "Do The Dog" by Sugar & The Spices, "They Are The Lonely" by Pat Powdrill & The Powerdrills, "Heart" by The 2 of Clubs, "Hully Gully Guitar" by The Percells, "Skinny Vinnie" by Goldie & The Gingerbreads, and "Boy What'll You Do Then" by Denise & Company. CD
 
 
 



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