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VariousMirwood Soul Story ... CD
Mirwood/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Killer work from one of the smokinest soul labels of the west coast scene of the 60s – mighty Mirwood Records, a company that's kept the Northern Soul scene humming for decades! Mirwood wasn't one of the biggest, or most chart-topping labels – but the company came up with some incredible work in the uptempo mode that's really held strongly over the years. The label boasted some great singers with a straightforward, no-nonsense approach – often working with tight rhythms and rolling piano lines to send the tunes home with a solid sort of punch! This set features 24 classics from the glory days of Mirwood – all lovingly presented with great notes in the usual high Kent/Ace standard. Titles include "Your Kind Ain't No Good" by The Mirettes, "Stubborn Heart" by The Sheppards, "Baby Your Time Is My Time" by Bob & Earl, "Oh My Darlin" by Jackie Lee, "Set Me Free" by The Performers, "Words Can't Explain" by The Belles, "Where There's A Will" by Jimmy Thomas, "The Same Old Thing" by The Olympics, "Keep It Coming" by Bobby Garrett, "Just Tryin To Please You" by Jimmy Thomas, "Is She In Your Town" by Curtis Lee, and "Lost" by The Darlettes. CD

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VariousModern Vocal Groups Vol 3 ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A huge discovery in vocal group material from the 50s – served up in this excellent series of tracks from the vaults of LA's Modern Records label! Most folks associate the early vocal group sounds with the east coast or Chicago scenes of the postwar years – but there was also plenty of harmonizing and doo wop on the west coast, too – although sometimes not as well-exposed as the bigger hits back east! This series really corrects that mistake – and serves up a stunning wealth of work from the early Cali scene – tracks recorded by the Modern Records label, a company with a rich legacy in jump blues, R&B, and other hip postwar styles – all of which they brought to play on their recordings in a vocal group mode. The Modern approach often has some wonderful arrangements that further empower the vocals – a harder swing that gives the singers the same push as some of the label's solo acts – and as usual for Ace Records, this collection moves way past the hits, to include some unreleased tracks, and rare singles from the Modern, RPM, Crown, and Flair labels. Volume 3 features 25 tracks that include "I Cry" by The Cadets, "My Heart's Crying For You" by The Chimes, "Oo Wah" by Buddy Milton & The Twilighters, "My Darling My Sweet" by The Flairs, "Cheatin On Me" by Curtis Irvin & The Sparks, "God Gave Me You" by Richard Berry, "Do The Bop" by Arthur Lee Maye & The Crowns, "Ipsy Opsie Ooh" by Shirley Gunter & The Flairs, "Yours Alone" by Bobby Relf & The Laurels, "Please Remember My Heart" by The Five Bells, "Hold Me Squeeze Me" by Etta James & The Peaches, and "Song Of The Wanderer" by The Ebonaires. CD

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VariousModern Vocal Groups Vol 4 ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A huge discovery in vocal group material from the 50s – served up in this excellent series of tracks from the vaults of LA's Modern Records label! Most folks associate the early vocal group sounds with the east coast or Chicago scenes of the postwar years – but there was also plenty of harmonizing and doo wop on the west coast, too – although sometimes not as well-exposed as the bigger hits back east! This series really corrects that mistake – and serves up a stunning wealth of work from the early Cali scene – tracks recorded by the Modern Records label, a company with a rich legacy in jump blues, R&B, and other hip postwar styles – all of which they brought to play on their recordings in a vocal group mode. The Modern approach often has some wonderful arrangements that further empower the vocals – a harder swing that gives the singers the same push as some of the label's solo acts – and as usual for Ace Records, this collection moves way past the hits, to include some unreleased tracks, and rare singles from the Modern, RPM, Crown, and Flair labels. Volume 4 features 25 tracks that include "I'm Confessin" by The Jacks, "Oh Me" by Little Clydie & The Teens, "I Just Got Rid Of A Heartache" by Shirley Gunter & The Flairs, "I Wanna Make Love To You" by The Trojans, "Girl In My Dreams" by The Cliques, "Never Lose Faith In Me" by The Honey Boys, "Casual Look" by Little Clydie & The Teens, "Ting A Ling" by The Polka Dots, "Please Understand" by Buddy Milton & The Twilighters, "Church Bells May Ring" by The Cadets, and "So Unnecessary" by The Sounds. CD

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VariousMood Mosaic Vol 7 – The New Shapes Of Sound ... CD
Partners In Crime (Italy), 2000. New Copy ... $14.99
Very groovy! This series never stops being great – and this 7th volume is a stunning set of mellow jazzy grooves, with kind of a slight 60s easy bent to them! The list of tracks is very nice, with many light lilting groovers – including a number with a good Brazilian feel to them. Titles include "Misturada" by Kjeli Ohman, "A Starlett For You" by Andre Luterau, "Samba Para Norma" by Joel Wanroogenbroek, "Summertime" by Herb Alpert, "We've Only Just Begun" by Frank Cunimondo Trio, "Take Seven" by Roger Roger, "Bim Bom" by Silvio Silvera, "Berimbau" by Americo Bellotto, and "Kidnapping" by Karlheinz Schafer. Nice cover, too! CD

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VariousNew Orleans Funk – The Original Sound Of Funk Vol 2 – Second Line Strut ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
An incredible follow up to the first New Orleans Funk compilation on Soul Jazz – even harder-hitting than the first, and filled with funky rare gems! This set took nearly a decade to follow the first, but it's been well worth the wait – and the crew at Soul Jazz have clearly used all that time to dig way past the obvious on the New Orleans scene, and come up with a really incredible batch of all-funky cuts all the way through! Even if you've got a dozen other New Orleans funk collections in your collection, you'll find plenty here to win you over – as the package goes out of its way to pull cuts from rare singles and under-reissued material – then wraps the whole thing up with the usual extra-thorough Soul Jazz approach to liner notes and details. And while some of the names are familiar here, they're nicely interspersed with lesser-known folks who keep things fresh – making for a winning lineup that really sets a new standard for this sort of set. Titles include "The Twitch" by Danny White, "Street Parade" by Earl King, "Four Corners" by Lee Dorsey, "Hot Tamales" by The Prime Mates, "Tequila" by Allen Toussaint, "Right Place Wrong Time" by Ray J, "Gossip" by Cyril Neville, "Hold On Help Is On The Way" by G Davis & R Tyler, "Funky Belly" by Warren Lee, "I'm Mr Big Stuff" by Jimmy Hicks, "The Rubber Band" by Eddie Bo, "12 Red Roses" by Betty Harris, "What Do You See In Her" by Inell Young, "You Keep Me Hanging On" by Bonnie & Sheila, "Yeah You're Right You Know You're Right" by The Gaturs, "The Tap" by Porgy Jones, and "Bo Diddley" by Art Neville. CD

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VariousNo Jive – Authentic Southern Country Blues ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Rootsy blues from the great Excello Records – most of it recorded not too far from the Tennessee city in which the label made its home! The southern scene in the 50s was going through plenty of changes – partly because of all the migration northwards that started during the wartime years, partly because of the way that radio and growing indie labels were helping criss-cross sounds and scenes through their musical efforts – with a huge run of changes that were taking place in the urban scene. Even out in the sticks, stronger use of the electric guitar really transformed rural blues – even in spare recording settings that might have mirrored blues records of the 20s and 30s – and the use of new ideas, new inflections, and new ways of putting over a tune are perfectly captured here in a batch of rare tracks done by the Excello label. Most of the cuts are super-rare singles, issued here with excellent sound – and there's a few other numbers on the set that are issued here for the first time ever – with great sound and excellent notes. Titles include "I'm Bad" by Good Rockin Bob, "No Jive" by Little Al, "Honey Babe" by Arthur Gunter, "The Natural Facts" by Leroy Campbell, "Wasted Time" by Shy Guy Douglas, "Dirty Britches" by The Leap Frogs, "Welcome Home Baby" by Slim Hunt, and "Quit My Drinkin" by Robert Garrett. CD

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VariousNorthern Monsters – 24 Of The Biggest Sounds Ever on The Northern Soul Scene From Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
They're not kidding about the "monsters" in the title here – as the CD is easily one of the best Northern Soul collections we've heard in years – filled with all-great tracks that really live up to the promise on the cover! The music is excellent, the sound quality great, and most of the tracks here are under-compiled gems that sparkle together beautifully in the company of this top-shelf collection – an great batch of all-winners that is one of the best illustrations of the Northern sound at its best we could ever hope to find! Ace provides full notes on each track – as well as label scans too – and the whole thing's a very welcome antidote to some of the shabbier Northern Soul collections on the market. Titles include "Too Darn Soulful" by Morris Chestnut, "Lighten Up Baby" by Ty Karim, "Nobody But You" by The Wooden Nickels, "You Hit Me" by Alice Clark, "If The Shoe Fits" by Lou Courtney, "I'm Gonna Love You A Long Long Time" by Patti & The Emblems, "Time's A Wasting" by The Fuller Brothers, "The Joker" by Milestones & Littler Leroy, "I'll Be There" by The Gems, "Just Ask Me" by Lenis Guess, "Stronger Than Her Love" by The Flirtations, "Don't Pretend" by The Belles, "We Must Be Doin Something Right" by Joan Moody, and "Wash & Wear Love" by Lynn Varnado. CD

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VariousPet Projects – Brian Wilson Productions ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
23 groovy rock tunes – all produced by Brian Wilson away from the Beach Boys! During the 60s, Wilson's studio genius knew no bounds – and although he was more than busy with his brothers in their chart-topping group, he also found plenty of time to get in the studio and work with other young west coast acts – many of whom shared a style that was similar to his. Most of these tracks have been the province of collectors for years – barely reissued, until recent years, when a few compilations of this sort have seen the light of day. But honestly, we'll say that this is probably the best of the bunch – as it has an equal focus on the male and female artists under Brian's studio talents, instead of just presenting material by The Honeys with a few other tracks thrown in for good measure. Titles include "Vegetables" by The Laughing Gravy, "Guess I'm Dumb" by Glen Campbell, "Shyin Away" by American Spring, "Story Of My Life" by Sharon Marie, "After The Game" by The Survivors, "That's The Way I Feel" by Gary Usher, "Shoot The Curl" by The Honeys, "She Rides With Me" by Paul Peterson, "The Revo-Lution" by Rachel & The Revolvers, and "Thinkin Bout You Baby" by Sharon Marie. CD

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VariousR&B Christmas – Icon ... CD
Universal, 1990s/2000s. New Copy ... $7.99 8.98
Contemporary Christmas classics from the past few decades of soul music – a tightly-done set that brings together some of the best of the more recent Holiday cuts! The package is a nice contrast to some of the more classic Christmas soul collections on the market – such as those from Motown or Stax – and shows a continuing legacy in the evolution of Holiday soul – as some of these artists are reworking original tracks from the 70s – whereas many 70s soul artists were initially only serving up soul versions of more standard Christmas numbers. Titles include "Someday At Christmas" by Mary J Blige, "This Christmas" by Ashanti, "Baby It's Cold Outside" by Vanessa Williams & Bobby Caldwell, "Merry Christmas Baby" by Faith Evans, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Toni Braxton & Babyface, "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of Year" by Patti LaBelle, "Winter Wonderland" by The Isley Brothers, "The First Noel" by Brian McKnight, and "Silent Night" by Boyz II Men. CD

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VariousR&B On Lakewood Boulevard – Rare & Unreleased Rhythm & Blues From Southern California ... CD
Downey/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
An overlooked source of soul from the west coast scene – rough-edged material recorded by the small Downey family of labels – a company that's mostly known for its bigger hits in rock and roll at the time! Downey had a great flurry of instrumental rock hits in the early 60s – but at the same time, the company was also cutting a bit of the late R&B and early soul material that never got the right sort of exposure on the LA scene – tracks that would have ended up on Chess, Motown, or Atlantic if the artists had been working back east – but which instead had to find an outlet in the busy recording schedule of Downey. A number of these tracks circulated as singles back in the day, but far more were lost to the shifting sands of time – and either appear here for the first time, or saw brief release in later years since their recording – certainly never in a format this well-done. The package features a whopping 26 tracks in all – plus detailed notes on the legendary Downey studios and store, and the unique story of the music as well. Titles include "Midnight Bells Are Ringing", by T-Bone Walker Jr, "She Wobbles When She Walks" and "Jaywalkin'" by Paul Clifton, "Leave My Woman Alone" by Ace Holder, "Too Young" by Boyce Cunningham, "TV Guide" by Jessie Hill, "Stop Fooling Around" by Little Johnny Taylor, "I Hope That It's Me" by Little Caesar & The Ark Angels, "Down The Street" and "TV Guide" by Jessie Hill, "Laura" and "Fare Thee Well" by The Debonaires, and "Night Scene" by Chuck Higgins. CD

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✨✧ VariousReggae Sunsplash 81 – A Tribute To Bob Marley ... LP
Elektra, 1982. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
A mighty mighty tribute to the great Bob Marley – served up here by a host of former associates, family members, and Jamaican contemporaries – all in some lively concert performances that really open things up! The double-length set was a great seller at the time, and continues to be a spirited document of this key moment of reggae explosion on the global scene – and titles include "Sound System" and "Ku Klux Klan" by Steep Pulse, "Plastic Smile" and "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" by Black Uhuru, "The Bed's Too Big Without You" by Sheila Hylton, "Soon Forward" by Gregory Isaacs, "1865" by Third World, "Right Time" by Mighty Diamonds, "If I Had The World" by Dennis Brown, "Belly Full" by Rita Marley & The I-Threes, and "Sugar Pie" by Melody Makers & The Wailers. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousScratch My Back – Pye Beat Girls 1963 to 1968 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
Fantastic girl pop from mid 60s London – tunes that go way past the sweeter hit modes of singers like Petula Clark and Sandie Shaw – and which often have some surprisingly soulful currents, too! All the work here is from the Pye Records studios of the time – a very groovy label who've given us some excellent jazz, rock, and instrumental sides – but who seem especially well-suited to bring all that experience to bear when they work with female singers! There's a bounce and groove to most numbers here, making the Brit blue-eyed tracks surprisingly strong play for a soulful dancefloor – and titles include "Da Di Da Da" by The Satin Bells, "Something To Give" by Nita Rossi, "Come On Baby" by Kim D, "Scratch My Back" by Jan Panter, "Every Day" by Billie Davis, "Now That You've Made Up Your Mind" by Val McKenna, "He Doesn't Love Me" by The Breakaways, "We Were Lovers" by Sandra Barry, "It's Hard To Believe It" by Glenda Collins, "I've Found Love" by Sharon Tandy, "It's So Fine" by Dee King, and "He Knows I Love Him Too Much" by Glo Macari. CD

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VariousSources – The Fresh Records Anthology (3CD set) ... CD
Harmless (UK), 1980s. New Copy 3CD ... $22.99
A heavy set of work from the mighty Fresh Records – one of the most important New York indies of the second half of the 80s – and a label who dominated the scene with a host of key hip hop records and electro soul cuts! This massive 3CD package brings all the best Fresh sounds to light – and focuses on the wide range of styles that kept the company at the top of the heap for a handful of years – the groundbreaking work that would later be copped by bigger labels, but never be done as well as this. DJ/historian Bill Brewster compiled the set, and adds in lots of notes – and the 46 track package features lots of 12" mixes as well. Titles include "To The Max" by Stezo, "It's My Thing" by EPMD, "Put That Record Back On" by Just Ice, "Last Chance" by Cyre, "Weekend" by Todd Terry, "Tonight" by Hanson & Davis, "Never Gonna Let You Go" by Chandra Simmons, "Lyrical King" by T La Rock, "Just Rhymin" by MC EZ & Troup, "Succe$$ Is The Word" by 12:41, "Freak The Funk" by Stezo, "IT Wasn't Me It Was The Fame" by EPMD, "Love Story" by Just Ice, "Across 110th Street" by El Barrio, "We Can Dance" by Chandra Simmons, "More & More Hits" by Nice & Smooth, "Breaking Bells" by T La Rock, "Get Retarded" by MC EZ & Troup, "Made By The Man" by Todd Terry, and "Funky For You" by Nice & Smooth. CD

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VariousStraight To Watts – The Central Avenue Scene 1951-1954 – Vol 1 ... CD
Ace (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A deep dig into the Watts scene in LA during the postwar years – an incredibly interesting scene – as sounds from the south came into play with the newly-hip modes of the west coast – all with a beautiful blend of jazz, blues, vocal, and instrumental styles! Many of the cuts have a bit of the hard rhythm & blues, and transplanted southern roots that you'd expect from tunes of the time, but even more have the kind of nearly-frenzied, rebellious spirit that went on to be called rock & roll – wrapped up here in a killer collection that's filled with rare singles and unreleased tracks. Titles include "Fish Man" by Gene Phillips, The Monkey" by Duchess, "T Town Mambo" by Ernie Fields, "Oh How The Geese Did Fly" by Jack McVea, "Motor Head Baby" by Chuck Higgins, "Ridin Mighty High" by Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, "Hot Dog That Made Him Mad" by Palmer, "A Soul Without A Name" by Frankie Erwin, and the incredible "House Of Blue Lights" by Rozelle Gayle – kind of a mixture of R&B and comedy, served up in a track that's over 7 minutes long! CD

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VariousVital Organs ... CD
Groovy Sounds, 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $1.99 13.99
One of the cookingest funky compilations we've ever carried – a monster batch of 10 funky Hammond organ tracks, all pretty darn obscure! The set was done under the supervision of New York Funk 45 DJ Mr Fine Wine – and features a stunning batch of tunes that are all plenty darn hard to find – and filled with heavy drums, roaring basslines, and super-smoking work on keyboards! Plus, unlike lots of other dodgy sets on the market, the whole thing's totally legit – and very well researched and thought out. Titles include "Cool Dad" by Ross Carnegie, "The Hatch" by The TMGs, "Every Time part 2" by Buddy McKnight, "Soul Power" by Jimmy Willis, "Foot Stumping" by The Organics, "Put Your Weight On It part 1" by The Filmore St Soul Rebellions, "Shimmy" by Toussaint McCall, and "Don't Give A Damn" by King Cain/Silvertone Band. Great! CD

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VariousWhere The Girls Are Vol 4 – Atlantic's Feminine Side ... CD
Atlantic/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
An all-Atlantic Records volume of this excellent series from Ace Records – one that features rare singles from the 60s that go way past the label's familiar hits – including a good blend of soul tracks, sweet harmonies, and rare rockers we never would have heard otherwise! The collection offers up the strong focus on mid 60s female work that you'll find in previous volumes – but there's also some harder edges here, given the Atlantic approach – and the tracks run the gamut from New York numbers to Motorcity sounds, and even some west coast gems! The package features 26 tracks in all – and titles include "In Paradise" by The Cookies, "Everybody Dance" by Lydia Marcelle, "The Beating Of My Heart" by The Dorelles, "Friday Kind Of Monday" by The Meantime, "Lovin Valentine" by April Stevens, "Rhapsody" by Tamiko, "A Groovy Kind Of Love" by Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles, "Tomorrow Is Another Day" by Doris Troy, "Devil In The Dark" by The Goodnight Kisses, and "Wise Guys" by Shirley Matthews & The Big Town Girls. CD

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VariousWhere The Girls Are Vol 6 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Rare female pop sounds from the 60s – a killer collection of soul and rock nuggets, most of which were only issued on small label singles, and hardly saw any exposure back in the day! Yet the work here is every bit as great as bit girl pop hits of the period – maybe even better, because you haven't been hit over the head with it all your life – and can just dive in and really enjoy the wonderful vocals, sublime production, and hip arrangements that make this era such a great one for the growing wave of more dynamic female singers in the US scene. As with previous volumes, the overall package is as wonderful as the track selection – great notes and a vivid look that really adds a lot to the sounds on the CD – sounds that are sublime, and include "Lost" by The Darlettes, "Little Baby" by Kathy Lynn & The Playboys, "Cupid's Got a Hold On Me" by The Belles, "Yes I Know" by The Ladybirds, "My Imaginary Guy" by Deanie Parker & The Valadors, "Big Time Operator" by Joan Moody, "Captured By Your Love" by Felice Taylor, "Jilted" by The Goodees, "I Can't Hear You" by Pat Powdrill, and "Walk Tall" by The 2 Of Clubs. CD

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✨✧ Big StarComplete Third (3CD set) ... CD
Omnivore, Late 70s. New Copy ... On October 14, 2016
Big Star's amazing Third (or 3rd if you please) – one of the best one-time lost rock albums of the 70s, if not ever – a record that was tough to find for years before finally becoming an acknowledged classic! How this could have ever been thought of as anything less than essential is a mystery. There's this weary quality to the vocals and songwriting of Alex Chilton that's sublime – paired with a raw, rocking underbelly – and finished with strings, horns and other Memphis-y accents. You could think that it all sounds like an ill fit – but no, it's glorious! Tracks include "Stroke It Noel", their great cover of the Velvets "Femme Fatale", "Thank You Friends", "Jesus Christ", "Holocaust", "Blue Moon", "Take Care" and more. CD

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✨✧ Jo Ann CampbellI Changed My Mind Jack/I Really Love You ... 7-inch
Popcorn (UK), New Copy ... About October 7, 2016
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✨✧ Otto Luening/Vladimir Ussachevsky/William BergsmaPoem In Cycles & Bells – Other Music For Tape Recorder ... LP
Aurora Rising (Germany), New Copy (reissue)... About September 1, 2016 (delayed)
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