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Art BlakeyBig Beat (XRCD24 pressing) ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $29.99
One of the greatest Art Blakey Blue Note sessions of all time – and perhaps one of the greatest to realize the genius of the Jazz Messengers lineup that included Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano! The trio of young talents are at the height of their early soulful powers here – working with Blakey and bassist Jymie Merritt in a set of tunes that are overflowing with expressive solos, unusual timings, and the Blakey genius for mixing bold statements with personally introspective moments. Nearly every track on the record's a classic – and titles include an early version of Bobby Timmons' "Dat Dere", plus Wayne Shorter's beautiful tunes "Lester Left Town", "Chess Players", and "Sakeena's Vision". CD
(This is an XRCD24 pressing, with higher fidelity and imporved audio quality!)

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✨✧ Big Jim Sullivan (aka Lord Sitar)Sitar Beat (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Mercury/RPM (UK), Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Groovy groovy sitar pop – played by Big Jim Sullivan, also known as Lord Sitar! The set features 10 tracks from Jim's legendary Sitar Beat album – a great session of 60s pop tunes, turned Eastern, in the mode of work by Ananda Shankar or Vince Bell – with a blend of original compositions and covers, mixing sitar, tabla, and all manner of baroque 60s arrangements. The CD's also augmented by another 6 tracks – all bonus numbers pulled from 60s De Wolfe Sound Library albums that featured Sullivan – making for a total of 16 tracks in all. Titles include "The Koan", "Flower Power", "Within Without You", "Pageing Sullivan", "The Wild One", "Indian Dance No 2", "Viva La Tamla Motown", and "Translove Airways". CD
(Out of print.)
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Mahogany RushMaxoom/Child Of The Novelty/Strange Universe ... CD
Westbound/Big Beat (UK), 1973/1974/1975. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
... CD

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✨✧ 13th Floor ElevatorsLive ... CD
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $14.99
Recorded at the New Orleans Club, Austin TX. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Holy Modal RoundersHoly Modal Rounders/Holy Modal Rounders 2 ... CD
Prestige/Big Beat, 1964/1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first two albums by The Holy Modal Rounders including the earliest of their early folk based material, with hints at the weirder sounds to come! The style here is playful, humorous and somehow kind of keeps some sinister strangeness in the shadows of their 60s take on traditional folk tunes and styles. Vocals, banjo, fiddle and acoustic guitar get the job done on these tunes, with "Blues In The Bottle", "The Cuckoo", "Euphoria", "Hey, Hey Baby", "Reuben's Train", "Moving Day", "Same Old Man", "Hip High Ladies", "Bound To Lose" and more. The second album from the Holy Modal Rounders – with the more traditional folk material on one side, and the Holy Modal Rounders inspired blend of strangeness and oddball charm on the other – and inspired mix of reverent folk duo revivalism, and strangely fun spins on the styles with their own 60s twists. Titles include "Flop Eared Mule", "Black Eyed Susie", "Sail Away Ladies", "Junko Partner", "Mole In The Ground", "Hot Corn, Cold Corn", "Chevrolet Six", "Crowley Waltz", "Bully Of The Town" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ ZombiesOdessey & Oracle (UK pressing – mono & stereo mixes, plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Big Beat (UK), 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible album – one of the greatest rock albums of the 60s, and a record we'd place right up there on the shelf next to Pet Sounds or Forever Changes! The arrangements are sublime – proof that the Zombies were growing way past just a simple Brit Invasion style, into a world of complicated orchestrations, subtle songwriting, and some of the most baroquely beautiful vocals ever recorded in the service of pop music! The whole thing's amazing – the kind of essential record we never tire of – and tracks include "Changes", "Care of Cell 44", "Rose For Emily", "Hung Up On A Dream", "Friends Of Mine", and "Butcher's Tale". Plus, this CD version features bonus mono mixes of the whole set of tracks, plus bonus alternate mixes of "Rose For Emily" and "Time Of The Season", and the backing track for "Prison Song". CD
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Odessey & Oracle ... LP 16.99
Odessey & Oracle ... LP 149.99

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✨✧ VariousThank You Friends – The Ardent Records Story ... CD
Ardent/Big Beat (UK), 1960s/1970s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great collection of 60s & 70s singles, rarities, and previously unreleased gems from the vaults of Memphis's Ardent label – featuring a loads of soulful rock & fledgling power pop that's heavy on Big Star & related efforts – including many previously unreleased tracks! Disc one of this mammoth double disc set features 60s material that ranges from early decade r&b tinged tunes – to psychedelic rock experiments towards the end of the decade – all with roots in the rockin' soulful Memphis sounds! Includes cuts by The Ole Miss Downbeats, The Avengers, The Honey Jug, Chris Bell, Alex Chilton and many more! Disc two is in part a 70s Big Star-a-palooza, with classic singles, demos, alternate mixes and more – plus tracks by Cargoe, The Hot Dogs, The Scruffs and others! Disc one tunes include "Geraldine" by The Ole Miss Downbeats, "Batarang" by The Avengers, "Rocks" by Terry Manning, "In 1852 We" by The Honey Jug, "Halfway Down The Stairs" by Lawson & Four More, "Looking Down" by The 1st Century, "Everyday As We Grow Closer" (original mix) by Alex Chilton and much more. Disc 2 features 70s material including "In The Street", "When My Baby's Beside Me", "September Gurls", "I Got Kinda Lost" (demo) and more by Big Star, "Fell Alright" by Cargoe, "Downs" (demo) by Alex Chilton, "My Mind" by The Scruffs and more. 48 tracks on 2CDs! CD
(Out of print.)
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Buddy RichBig Swing Face ... CD
Pacific Jazz, Late 60s. Used ... $4.99
A hard-driving big band set from Buddy Rich – recorded with one of his groovy 60s lineups! The live date features work brom Bobby Shew on trumpet and Ernie Watts on alto – and titles include "Wack Wack", "Norwegian Wood", "The Beat Goes On", and "Mexicali Nose". CD

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✨✧ BandMusic From Big Pink (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The landmark first album from The Band – and along with the follow-up, it's among the greatest records of its time – which is all the more astounding given how independent of late 60s trends it is! Each member of The Band brings such inimitable textures – Garth Hudson's imposing organ grooves, Richard Manuel's aching tenor vocals, Rick Danko's voice and distinctive bass lines, Levon Helm's behind-the-beat drumming and the country wisdom of his voice, Robertson's guitar mastery – this really was THE Band. Includes "Tears Of Rage", "In A Station", "The Weight", "Long Black Veil", "Chest Fever", "Lonesome Suzie", "This Wheels On Fire", and "I Shall Be Released" – CD adds 9 outtakes. CD
(24 bit remaster with 9 bonus tracks!)

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Beats InternationalLet Them Eat Bingo ... CD
Elektra, 1990. Used ... $0.99
A big one for Norman Cook – caught here in his post-Housemartins, pre-Fatboy Slim years – working here in a playful blend of beats and samples that really point the way towards his later chart fame to come! The tracks here have a simple elegance that might have sounded dated a few years after release, but which is now finally beginning to win us over again – a really basic use of musical elements to construct a beat-heavy tune – one that's decidedly poppy, given all the hooks and vocals in the album, but which is also kind of refreshing to hear these days, considering all the wrong directions such efforts took in later years! The straightforward Cook remix approach is in full effect here – with one key idea hung on each tune – but it's also an approach that works well when not to much is expected of it, as you'll hear on tracks that include "Dance To The Drummer's Beat", "Dub Be Good To Me", "Burundi Blues", "Blame It On The Bassline", "Tribute To King Tubby", and "Babies Makin Babies". CD

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CS CrewFunky Pack ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, 1976. Used ... $5.99
A massive set from Nigeria's CS Crew – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The bass is super-heavy on these grooves – way more so than on other Afro Funk records of the time, and in ways that easily match, if not beat, the early best by Fatback Band and Kool & The Gang – grooves that have amazing dexterity that few others could match, yet which always come through right on the money every time! The bass dips, turns, soars, and drops magically on each number – setting things up strongly for the group's riffing guitar, sweet keyboard lines (including a big of moog!), and few horn moments – which themselves often come across more like an American group than a Nigerian one. Vocals have this rough approach – often part of the rhythm more than anything else – and titles include "Love Is Peace", "Freaky Funkyfied Fix", "Bread Power", "Doin The Good Thing", "I've Found Love", "Last Day", and "Dig In With Time". CD

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Nino FerrerNino Ferrer ... CD
Riviera/Polygram (France), 1966. Used ... $9.99
Very groovy stuff from Nino Ferrer – France's answer to the 60s beat group scene that was shaking big in Britain and Germany! Ferrer has a style that's greatly influenced by American R&B singers, and he's backed by a tight little combo that has a hard Hammond and guitar sound that works very well with his shouted soulful vocals! You might know his work from the Get Easy compilation – and a lot of the material on this great 1966 album has a similar sound – hard vocals, swinging instrumentation, and a groovy soulful groove – easily some of the most upbeat romping work from the French pop scene of the 60s! Titles include "Les Cornichons", "Oh He Hein Bon", "Je Veux Etre Noir", "Mirza", "C'Est Irreparable", "Shake Shake Ferrer", and "Le Millionnaire". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lee Perry & The UpsettersComplete UK Upsetter Singles Collection Vol 4 ... CD
Trojan (UK), Early 70s. Used 2 CDs ... $19.99
Fourth and final volume in this insanely deep collection of singles issued originally on the Upsetter label. A huge and exhaustive undertaking, this set has the same detailed notes and nice book as all the other volumes in the set, making a weighty volume indeed! 48 tracks: Dennis Alcapone "Alpha & Omega", "Africa Stand", "Master Key", "Key Hole", "Back Biter" and "Back Biter Version", Junior Byles "Beat Down Babylon (King Alpha)" and "(Festival) Da Da", Winston Wright & the 3rd & 4th Generation "Example pts 1 & 2", Lloyd Parks "Mighty Cloud Of Joy" and "Mighty Cloud Version", Chenley Duffus & the Soul Avengers "Bet You Don't Know" and "To Be Your Lover", Dennis Alcapone & Dave Barker "Wonder Man", King Iwah & the Stingers "Give Me Power No. 2", Max Romeo "Public Enemy Number One", Prince Tallis & Challis "He Who Feels It", Neville grant "Black Man's Time", Ansell Collins & the Upsetters "Black Supreme", Lee Perry & the Upsetters "French Connection", "French Connection Chapter 2", "Da Da Version", "Pumping Version", "Puss-See-Hole", "Jungle Lion" and "Freak & Skank", Maxie, Niney & Scratch "Babylon Burning", Wesley Germs Martin "Whiplash", Alva Reggie Lewis "Natty Natty" and "Natty Natty Version", Bob Marley & the Wailers "keep On Moving" and "African Herbsman", Righteous Flames "One Love One Heart", Big Youth "Moving Version", the Stingers "Preacher Man" and "Preacher Version", Winston Groovy "Want To Be Loved", Charlie Ace & Lee Perry "Cow Thief Skank", Charlie Ace & the Upsetters "Seven and Three Quarters Skank", Leo Graham "News Flash" and "Flashing Echo", David Isaacs "Stranger On Shore", Dillinger "John Devour", Lee Perry "Water Pump" and the Upsetters "Babylon Chapter 5". CD

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WhodiniGreatest Hits ... CD
Jive, Early 80s. Used ... $3.99
Titles include "Funky Beat", "Big Mouth", "I'm A Ho", "Five Minutes Of Funk", "Haunted House Of Rock", and "One Love". CD features bonus tracks "Magic's Wand", "Escape", and "Freaks Come Out At Night". CD

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VariousTrojan Rare Groove Box Set (3CD set) ... CD
Trojan, Early 70s. Used 3CD ... $24.99
50 whopping great tracks from the best years of the Trojan label! This set concentrates on the early 70s – and it features a lot of great little tracks that don't always show up on other reissues. Titles include "Slippery" by Crystallites, "Help Wanted" by Stranger Cole, "Can You Keep A Secret" by Big Youth, "Clappers Tall" by I Roy, "Doctor Seaton" by Aggrovators, "Rhythm Pleasure" by Jerry Lewis, "Uganda" by Herman, "Bongo Man" by The Linkers, and "African Breakfast" by Bongo Herman. Tons more at a price that can't be beat! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Roy AyersCoffy – Original Soundtrack (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
What can we say? This is one of the greatest soul soundtracks ever! In a market that was dominated by the big-selling Shaft and Superfly albums, Roy slipped in this masterful blend of jazzy vibes and wah wah funk that's easily one of the best-composed records of the blacksploitation genre! The album's much more unified than your average funky soundtrack – and each track moves between styles that you'd hear on any of Roy's great albums from the time. There's heavy funk on the track "Brawling Broads", cool vibes and electric piano on "Aragon", off-beat jazz on "Coffy Sauna", and great soul on cuts like "Coffy Is The Color" and "Coffy Baby". Wonderful all the way through – and another jewel in the already-big crown of the great Roy Ayers! CD
(Out of print, late 90's Japanese pressing.)

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✨✧ Medeski, Martin & WoodDropper ... CD
Blue Note, 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A return to funky grooving for Medeski, Martin, & Wood – and a slamming set that really captures the energy of the group in performance! The trio move effortlessly through tight Hammond grooving and off-beat jazzy piano work, riffing hard in the jam-band mode that's made them a huge favorite with the funky jazz crowds in the US. The album's got some great production that pastes together a wash of soundscapes between and beneath the group's playing – never getting in the way at all, and really bringing out some of the stranger sides of their tones. Titles include "Shacklyn Heights", "The Dropper", "Philly Cheese Blunt", "Sun Sleigh", "We Are Rolling", and "Big Time". CD
(Out of print. Mark through barcode, disc has a promotional stamp.)

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✨✧ VariousSoho Blondes & Peeping Toms – Saucy Vocals & Piquant Pop From The 50s & 60s ... CD
Croydon Municipal (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The sexy sound of Soho at the start of the 60s – served up here in a host of mostly British singles that have been lost for years! The selection is one of the grooviest in this line of cool compilations from St Etienne – filled with obscure vocal and instrumental tunes that mix together jazz, vocals, and lots of beatnik-style touches! Only a few of these numbers are by American artists, and the rest are by Brit talents that include a few names you might know from later soundtrack or sound library fame – plus others that never hit the big time. 25 titles in all – and all very groovy – with tracks that include "Farrago" by Ted Taylor Four, "Way Past Midnight" by Richard Bond, "Gentlemen Please" by Jaqui Chan, "Sugar Beat" by Johnnie Spence, "Lipstick On Your Lips" by Ricky Valance, "Kookie Talk" by Scott Peters, "Whoop Up" by The Z Men, "Don't Stop" by Alan Swain, "Just Rollin" by Ken Jones, "A Little Waltzin" by Johnny Keating, and "Scatter Brain" by Alan Fielding. CD
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VariousBig Hits From The Hill – Flamin' Hotz Funk, You Down? ... CD
Flamin Hotz, 2008. Used 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
A heady brew of contemporary Brazilian funk – the booty-shaking, favela-founded sort that's lately been cooking up dancefloors around the globe! The cuts here are all a bit more hard-edged than mainstream examples of the genre – mixed up and mashed up heavily in a blazing blend of beats, basslines, and hip hop lyrics in Portuguese! And the package is a lot better done than most others of this nature – all top-shelf production with full notes in a lavish color booklet. 23 tracks in all – including "Tipo Bang Bang" by MC Sargento, "Electro Base" by Phabyo DJ, "Aperte Um Quebe" by DJ Edger, "Vem Com A Mao No Red Bull" by Cabide DJ, "Jungle Bass" by Phabyo DJ, "Troca-aplica" by MC Loura E Sany Pitbull, "Amazonia" by Sany Pitbull, "Um Real" by MC Gringo E MC Binho, "Bonde Da F" by Cabide DJ, and "Seduzir Voce" by MC Xana & Rio Bass Commando. CD

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✨✧ Pucho & The Latin Soul BrothersBig Stick/Dateline ... CD
Prestige/BGP (UK), 1968/1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two rare gems from this legendary Latin group – both on CD for the first time ever! Big Stick is quite possibly the rarest album from Pucho & The Latin Soul brothers – and also one of the greatest, too – thanks to a wonderfully soulful vibe overall, and some wicked vocals from the great Jackie Soul! Arrangements are a bit bigger than some of their previous dates, but nicely offbeat too – put together by Bill Fisher, and featuring loads of great keyboards and organ from Neal Creque! The sound's got less horns than beofre, but the heavy percussion, keyboards, and vocals more than offset that loss – and make for one of the most unique Pucho albums ever! Titles include "Swamp People", "Left In the Cold", "Big Stick", "Cold Shoulder", and a very groovy version of "Sunny"! Dateline is a rare gem from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – and an album that has them really hitting strong on all instrumental fronts! The group sports wonderful piano and organ lines from Neal Creque – a player who helps Pucho hit a more expansive, jazzy vibe – mixed with horns from the always-great Pazant brothers – Eddie on saxes and Al on trumpet – plus some trombone from Barry Rogers too! These players all really help add some great jazzy inflections to the whole set – important, too, because the album's all instrumental – with no vocals to get in the way of the solos. Willie Bivens also plays vibes on the record – and titles include "Listen to Louie", "Dateline", "Yambo", "Bim", and "Ain't Nothin Can Happen". CD
Also available Big Stick/Dateline ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Apple & The Three OrangesFree & Easy – The Complete Works 1970 to 1975 ... CD
Now Again, Early 70s. Used ... $4.99
A funky treasure trove from Apple & The Three Oranges – a group we hardly know at all, but who really blow us away with the cuts on this collection! The groove is plenty hard right from the get-go – the best of the funky 45 underground of the early 70s – which means that there's more 60s rawness on the record than you'd get from bigger-label funk at the time – as Ed "Apple" Nelson still works here with a mostly underground vibe! Ed plays drums – which are mighty hard on most numbers – and his vocals have this offbeat, off-kilter, over the top quality that almost reminds us a bit of the Hank Ballard/James Brown recordings for late 60s King – particularly in the way that Nelson's completely unbridled with his energy. The whole thing's great – one of the best funky collections we've heard in years – and presented with a rich amount of notes and historical information too. Titles include "Free & Easy (parts 1 & 2)", "Moon Light", "Curse Upon The World", "What Goes Around Comes Around", "Down Home Publicity", "True Love Will Never Die", "Gotta Stand For Something (parts 1 & 2)", and "I'll Give You A Ring". CD features a massive 52 page booklet, too! CD
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Free & Easy – The Complete Works 1970 to 1975 ... CD 7.99
Free & Easy – The Complete Works 1970 to 1975 (with download) ... LP 16.99

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DabryeTwo/Three ... CD
Ghostly International, 2006. Used ... $4.99
Dabrye returns with more a richer, fuller set of spacey hip hop than the preceding One/Three – this one with a stellar roster of guests including Jay Dee, MF Doom, Beans, Vast Aire, Waajeed of Platinum Pied Pipers, Big Tone, Phat Kat and more! This one stood out for it's unique mix of straight forward, timeless rhymes from the guests and Dabyre's production – reinterpreting classic headnodding boombap with lean, but prominent beats and spacey synth atmosphere – and it's just as fresh all these years later! 20 tracks in all: "The Stand" feat Wildchild, "Air" feat Doom, "Machines Pt 1", "Encoded Flow" feat Kadence, "That's What's Up" feat Vast Aire, "Tell Dem", "Nite Eats Day" feat Beans, "Jorgy" feat Waajeed, "Bloop", "Piano", "Get It Together" feat Invincible, "My Life" feat AG, "Get Live" feat Big Tone, "Machines Pt 2, "Game Over" feat Jay Dee & Phat Kat and more! CD
(Digipack has some edgewear.)

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Groove ThingAdventure ... CD
Eightball, 1994. Used ... $6.99
Basically a group made up of members that had also recorded under the Groove Collective name, with a few missing and some other folks brought into the fold. They're under the wing of Bill Ware, who'd also played in the acclaimed straight jazz group of young lions, the Jazz Passengers – a big part of the Knitting Factory scene. He teams up with Jay Rodriguez here though, for a set with a great NY acid jazz vibe, equal parts sampled beats and live playing, with crisp production that never gets too slick, and some nice soulful vocals on a number of cuts. Nine tracks in all, including "Groove Thing", "Too Late", "On The Sand", "Sly 2" and "Sax It Up". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Curtis HairstonCurtis Hairston ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1986. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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
(Out of print, includes obi & still sealed.)

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Woody HermanMy Kind Of Broadway ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, 1965. Used ... $18.99
Broadway tunes, but some very hip ones – thanks to mightily swinging work from the Woody Herman group of the 60s! Many of the numbers here are familiar ones pulled from big shows of the 1950s and early 60s – but Herman and crew change things up wonderfully by using the tunes as lively vehicles for jazz improvisation – coming together beautifully on the head arrangements, usually with upbeat rhythms – then taking off on solo passages that sparkle with touches from players who including Nat Pierce on piano, Dusko Goykovich and Don Rader on trumpets, Andy McGhee on tenor, Phil Wilson on trombone, and Woody himself on clarinet and alto sax! Titles include "A Lot Of Lovin To Do", "I Do Like You", "My Favorite Things", "Warm All Over", "Never Will I Marry", "Hello Young Lovers", "Who Can I Turn To", "This Can't Be Love", and "The Sound Of Music". CD
(Out of print.)

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Emily KingEast Side Story ... CD
J Records, 2007. Used ... $2.99
A tight little debut from Emily King – a blue-eyed soul singer from New York, and a bright new talent who's destined for big things! Although younger than some of her contemporaries, Emily's got a voice that's bold and strong – a contemporary soul approach that's never too cliched or commercial, and which has a nice sense of poise. Emily plays acoustic guitar alongside her vocals, yet the album avoids any "acoustic soul" traps, thanks to tight production from Chucky Thompson, who still lets the beats take the lead on most tunes. Titles include "Colorblind", "Alright", "You Can Get By", "Hold Me", "U & I", "E Melody", and "Walk In My Shoes", which features a guest appearance by Lupe Fiasco. CD

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Kool & The GangEmergency ... CD
Universal, 1984. Used ... $4.99
Sweet 80s sounds from the legendary Kool & The Gang – one of the key classics from the second chapter of the group – when their lineup and sound were a lot leaner than before, and they managed to cross over big to a much wider audience than before! The upbeat cuts show that the group were still kings of the funky dancefloor – and the mellower ones are equally great too – showing a rising ballad style that proved to be the group's big crossover card at the time – a way of putting over a laidback track, but with plenty of soul. This approach is heard to great effect on the album's great single "Cherish" – and other tracks include "Bad Woman", "Surrender", "Emergency", "Misled", "Fresh", and "You Are The One". CD
(Out of print.)

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Eugene McDanielsHeadless Heroes Of The Apocalypse (Label M pressing) ... CD
Atlantic/Label M, 1971. Used ... $7.99
A monster album that's gone onto influence a generation – but which was barely recognized at the time! Singer Eugene McDaniels had scored big with some pop hits in the 60s under the name Gene McDaniels – but here, he steps out in a righteous batch of offbeat funk tunes – filled with politics, offbeat rhythms, and some very weird instrumentation. The whole thing's awash in moody, jazzy changes – of the style that showed up often in samples by Tribe Called Quest, Beastie Boys, and other artists who drew keen inspiration from this record. Titles include the massive "Jagger the Dagger" – plus "The Lord Is Back", "Lovin Man", "Headless Heroes", "Freedom Death Dance", and "Supermarket Blues". CD

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✨✧ TeaseRemember ... CD
Epic/PTG (Netherlands), 1988. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the best albums in a big 80s run from Tease – thanks to great production from Mtume! The album's got a balance of soul and style that really holds together throughout – as the group finds especially strong ways of coming across on the ballads and mellower numbers, which often still have some heavy beats at the bottom! In a way, the set's one of the first to showcase a new style of slower soul that would hit even more strongly in the 90s – laidback cuts that still have an urban punch, but at a slower bpm. Titles include a unique remake of "I Can't Stand The Rain" – plus "Kick", "Tingle", "Somewhere Somebody", "Let's Stop Pretending", "Bad Reputation", "Remember", and "A Love Of Your Own". CD
(Out of print.)

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TeaseTease (Epic) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1986. Used ... $5.99
Lean, mid 80s pop soul and funk from Tease – funky and nicely thumping work from a group that features singer and songwriter Kipper Jones! Kipper would go on to bigger and brighter prospects as a hit songwriter for other artists, but, both of Tease's self-titled sets in the 80s – this one for Epic, and an earlier effort for RCA – are both unjustly slept and and stand up pretty strongly with better remembered R&B albums from the period. Some of the album reminds us of the funkier pop soul sounds coming out of Minneapolis in the mid 80s, though Tease came together from the west coast scene at the time – with beats, keys, synth, bass and soulful vocals driving it. Nice stuff that's well worth checking out! Includes "The Note", "Better Wild (Than Mild)", "Firestarter", "Body Heat", "Total Control", "Soft Music", "Baby Be Mine" and "I Wish You Were Here". CD

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Universal Robot BandDance & Shake Your Tambourine (Unidisc pressing) (with bonus track) ... CD
Red Greg/Unidisc, 1977. Used ... $8.99
Excellent work by the Universal Robot Band – an electronic ensemble put together by producer Greg Carmichael, and featuring that great funky moog sound that he and Patrick Adams were using heavily at the time! The tracks have a funky disco groove – similar to groups on P&P Records, but a bit more conventionally disco at points too – with elements that might have made these guys cross over to a slightly bigger audience in the 70s. The moog is plenty great throughout – going really wild a times, with that unbridled quality that really marks a P&P recording – and the beats often that that slightly funk, sweetly stepping Adams/Carmichael groove too! With all that great keyboard work, there's hardly a tambourine in sight – and titles include "Dance & Shake Your Tambourine", "You're My Music", "Space Disco", "Save Me", and "Sunshine". CD also features a radio mix of "Dance & Shake Your Tambourine". CD

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John WhiteNight People ... CD
Geffen/Play That Beat (UK), 1987. Used ... $11.99
John White may not be the biggest name in 80s soul, but he comes on strong in this overlooked set – a catchy batch of tunes that stands out nicely from his contemporaries! There's plenty of beats and keyboards in the backings, but John's got a deep-ranged vocal style that creates plenty of organic warmth – a fully feeling sort of sound that really warms things up with his emotion on the tunes. Titles include "I Need Your Love", "Can't Get You Out Of My System", "Don't Let It Be Too Late", "Fooled Around", "Mood For Love", and "Victim". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBlue Note Revisited ... CD
Blue Note, 2004. Used ... $7.99
A dream come true! Someone at Blue Note is keeping their eyes and ears on the street and in the clubs – because here's another late model conceptual triumph – a remix project pairing current innovators in the club and hip hop underground with classic numbers from the label's vaults! The concept is simple; classic numbers are given to handpicked remixers, re-doers, and stylistic misfits best suited to re-work that particular number. Mo Wax maestros La Funk Mob open the set with a mellow, club soul tweak of Wayne Shorter's "Oriental Funk Song". Kenny Dope trips out Bobby Hutcherson's "La Malanga" into a bubbly club funk jam. "Kyoto Jazz Massive" completely re-work Eddie Henderson's "Kudu" into a wonderful number all their own. Perhaps the biggest triumph of all here is the consistency throughout; every artist attached brings their A-game (how could they do any less, given a chance to add their own elements to the some of the most influential numbers they could get their hands on?) Amazing, amazing stuff – whether it's the scratched up, hip hop flavor J Dilla brings to Jack McDuff's "Oblighetto" or the righteous electronic groove Jazzanova drops on Eddie Gale's "Song Of The Will", the minimalist, keys and beats drive Osunlade brings into Grant Green's "A Time To Remember". Every track sparkles! Other tracks include DJ Spinna/Donald Byrd "Lansanna's Priestess", 4 Hero/Horace Silver "Won't You Open Up Your Senses", DJ Cam & Erik Truffaz/Donald Byrd "The Emperor", Herbert/Michel Petrucciani "Caravan" and more! CD

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VariousFunk Globo – The Sound Of Neo Baile ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 2013. Used ... $6.99
Contempoary Brazilian grooves compiled by the folks at Funk Globo – blistering batch of beats and basslines – all served up with a very intense sound! The music here isn't the trendy, intellectual style coming from Brazil in recent years – but instead the sort that plays big at house parties, underground clubs, and even street festivals where the booming beats are a perfect match for a well-crafted soundsystem! In fact, the sound here is so heavy, you might want to turn down the bass a bit on your stereo before playback – lest you blast the dishes off your shelves in the kitchen. Titles include "Vai Danada" by Guto De Almeida, "Bumporzao" by Bumps, "Saca Me Desse Banze" by Gato Preto, "Shtusha Kutusha" by Via The Robots, "Canca Gostosa" by Miam Vandale, "Cicadas' Dance" by Chuck Upbeat, and "Xao Trap" by DJ Comrade. CD

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VariousKing New Breed Rhythm & Blues ... CD
King/Kent (UK), Early 60s. Used ... $9.99
During the 50s, King Records was one of the biggest labels in R&B – and as the soul years of the 60s approached, the company kept the flag flying strong with a host of new artists, underground soul and blues singers who helped define the new sound of the decade with a rich approach to the music. This set features 24 tracks from those years – mostly obscure numbers by artists that have long fallen by the wayside, but who recorded for King next to James Brown, Little Willie John, and other important early soul artists – often matching or beating their intensity with their brief turn in the studio! The set features tracks that were mostly singles on the King and Federal labels – with titles that include "My Kinda Girl" by Hannibal, "You're Welcome To The Club" by Lee Shot Williams, "Just A Little Bit" by Tiny Topsy, "Thanks Mr Postman" by Bobby King, "I'm Shakin" by Little Willie John, "Burnt Toast & Black Coffee" by Mike Pedicin, "I'm Better Off Now" by The Premiers, "She Made My Blood Run Cold" by Ike Turner, "You Won't Want Me Around" by Mike Williams, "You're Using Me" by The King Pins, and "Don't Be So Mean" by William Patton. CD

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VariousMix The Vibe – Joe Clausell – A Nitegrooves Compilation ... CD
Nite Grooves/King Street, 2000. Used 2CD ... $7.99
Not a Joe Clausell LP, but the unmixed vinyl companion to a mixtape style compilation CD of club tunes off the King Street Sounds and Nitegrooves labels, cut by the likes of Blaze, Mood II Swing, Mateo & Matos and others. 9 tracks in all: Stephanie Cooke & Kenny Bobian "Love's Been Right Here (Big Moses original mix)", Dj Hiro feat. Masabumi Kikuchi "Kote Moun Yo (Joe's unreleased rough mix)", Ananada Project feat. Heather Johnson "Straight Magic (Wmadue Experience mix)", Souihi Terada "Sunshower (original inst)", Jamic feat. Jackie Cohen "This Luv Is Real (original club mix)", TPO "Hiroshi's Dub (Afro Joe)", Mood II Swing "Nafar (the scenic route mix)", Blaze "Season Of Love (unreleased inst)" and Mateo & Matos "those Native Drums (unreleased beats)". CD

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✨✧ Hector LavoeQue Sentimiento (remastered edition) ... CD
Fania, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An unusual self-produced effort from Hector Lavoe – but a record that's every bit as strong as his other solo records from the time! Of course, Hector's got some big help on the record from Louie Ramirez and Jose Febles – who most likely did most of the arranging work, and ensure that the album grooves along in the focused salsa mode that always sounds best with Lavoe's vocals. Tracks are mostly upbeat and lively, with a strong focus on vocals – and titles include "Amor Sonando", "Juventud", "Soy Vagabundo", "El Son", "Seguire Mi Viaje", and "Yo Ta Cansa". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousNigeria Disco Funk Special – The Sound Of The Underground Lagos Dancefloor 1974 to 1979 ... CD
Soundway (UK), Mid 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive funk from the Nigerian scene of the 70s – and miles away from US disco of the time! These cuts represent a tighter, more uptempo side of African funk – but they're never as polished or professional as American club or disco – no soaring strings, female chorus vocals, or other sweetening touches that played big at Studio 54. Instead, these grooves are all still gritty – the kind of upbeat jamming funk performed in Lagos clubs and bars at the time – kind of a distillation of the longer grooves of Fela, pushed a bit towards an American funk sound too. Drums and guitars dominate most of the tracks – making for a well-played, edgey sound throughout – and although there's a fair bit of vocals on the set, the instrumental jamming is the main focus of most of these tunes. Another essential collection from Soundway Records – with tracks that include "Take Your Soul" by Sahara All Stars, "Will Of The People" by T-Fire, "Some More" by Jay-U Experience, "Love Affair" by S-Job Movement, "Ijere" by Dr Adolf Ahanotu, "Greetings" by Johnny Haastrup, "Lagos City" by Asiko Rock Group, and "Mota Giny" by Voices Of Darkness. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Freddie JacksonRock Me Tonight ... CD
Capitol, 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
Freddie Jackson was certainly one of the biggest new soul stars of the 80s – and this debut LP is still a treasure! Freddie's got a skill that transcends his age – with an approach that's decidedly 80s, but classic enough to last for years and years. The songs on the record are all extremely well-written, and although the arrangements have certain elements that might date – like DX7, drum machine beats, and floppy bass pedal riffing – the quality of the work is super-high all around, and Freddie's rich soul vocals hold everything together perfectly. Catchy tunes abound – and tracks include "He'll Never Love You (Like I Do)", "Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake)", "Calling", "I Wanna Say I Love You", and "You Are My Lady". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Rock Me Tonight ... LP 4.99

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✨✧ VariousNothing But A House Party – The Birth Of The Philly Sound 1967 to 1971 ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Some folks might associate Philadelphia soul with the famous Gamble & Huff productions of the 70s disco years – but the city was already overflowing with great music in the years before Philadelphia International – as you'll hear in this totally groovy set! Philly was making as much great soul music in the 60s as Detroit, Chicago, and New York – thanks to an earlier musical framework that was set up by the city's big pop hits of the late 50s – which provided plenty of labels, studios, and other facilities for Philly's ever-growing array of soul talents, too – so much so that by the end of the 60s, the city was turning into a destination for singers outside of town – almost as much of a musical magnet as studios in Memphis or Muscle Shoals! This set does a great job of bringing together both aspects of that scene – wonderful homegrown talent, mixed with outsiders to really took off in the new Philly sound of the 60s – a joyous, positive, upbeat approach that worked wonderfully well for a variety of artists. Titles include "Your Fool Still Loves You" by Oscar Weathers, "It's All Over But The Shouting" by George Tindley, "You've Been Untrue" by The Delfonics, "Ain't Nothing But A House Party" by The Show Stoppers, "Peace To You Brother" by Lou Johnson, "Christine" by Executive Suite, "Help Me" by Honey & The Bees, "You Got What I Need" by Freddie Scott, "Rainmaker" by The Moods, "Keep On Striving" by Moses Smith, "That's The Price You Have To Pay" by Brenda & The Tabulations, "What You Gave Up" by The Continental 4, "Every Day Is A Holiday" by The Intruders, "Standing In The Darkness" by The Ethics, and "Girl You're Too Young" by Len Barry. CD

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✨✧ Hector LavoeQue Sentimiento ... CD
Fania, 1981. Used ... Out Of Stock
An unusual self-produced effort from Hector Lavoe – but a record that's every bit as strong as his other solo records from the time! Of course, Hector's got some big help on the record from Louie Ramirez and Jose Febles – who most likely did most of the arranging work, and ensure that the album grooves along in the focused salsa mode that always sounds best with Lavoe's vocals. Tracks are mostly upbeat and lively, with a strong focus on vocals – and titles include "Amor Sonando", "Juventud", "Soy Vagabundo", "El Son", "Seguire Mi Viaje", and "Yo Ta Cansa". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ 1619 Bad Ass Band1619 Bad Ass Band (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
TSG (Japan), 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
Badass funk from this obscure 70s band – one who play here with a really wicked edge to their groove! At some level, the sound is right up there with some of the bigger ensemble funk acts of the time – particularly that Mercury Records generation who were tightening things up from the indie years of the earlier part of the decade. Yet there's also some rougher edges that really make the record great – some offbeat production touches, and weird raspy sounds from some of the instruments – not to mention some hard and heavy breaks on some of the album's best tracks! Bits of moog round things out with some especially nice touches on a few tunes – and titles include "Just For You", "Step Out", "I Am Mine", "Where Did I Go From Here", "Nothing Can Stop My Loving You", "Nobody", "Love To Love", and "For A Taste Of Your Love". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ VariousFuture World Funk – Latin, Afro, Funk, Dub, & Future World Beats ... CD
Ocho (UK), 2000. Used ... $8.99
This is the kind of record we started the Global Grooves section for! This one moves way past most of the other ethnic beats compilations we've stocked – to include a truly global blend of tracks that run through current Brazilian pop to British colonialist remixes to heavy dubby reggae and a lot more! Tracks include "Rios, Pontes, & Overdrives" by Chico Science, "Logozo" by Sidestepper, "TV A Cabo/O Que Da La E Lama" by Otto, "Shalamar" by Sutra Sonic, "Baila Plena (off world rmx)" by Papa Vazquez, "Yankaw (bassino dub mix)" by Nahawa Doumbia, "Skenga" by Manasseh, "Azteca" by Simon Lee & Raj Gupta, and "Mammy Hot Daddy Cool" by Big Youth. 14 tracks in all – and a nice cover! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousPromised Land Vol 2 – Deep Beats & Mellow Drum & Bass ... CD
Mutant Sound System, 1996. Used 2 CDs ... $4.99
Music from Fokus, Q Project & Spinback, Carlito, Voyager, Funky Technicians, DJ Trace, Adam F, Universal Traveller, Voyager, Big Bud, Mouly & Lucinda, Code Blue & more. CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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VariousRio Baile Funk 2 – More Favela Booty Beats ... CD
Essay (Germany), 2006. Used ... $6.99
A wonderful return to the sounds of modern Brazil – the bass-heavy, bottom-grooving tracks that are playing plenty big in the urban favela scene – and which are a far cry from the mellow and chilled-out cliches of Brazil that are usually pushed in the mainstream! These are the sorts of tracks that really show the harder sound of Brazilian music – the mixed-up, messed-up sounds that come out of the intensity of the urban experience in Rio and Sao Paolo – bursting forth with the same sort of energy and raw excitement we first felt when hearing hip hop and house pumping from car radios and boom boxes many years back! CD features 21 titles that include "Favela" by MC Marcinho, "Vascao 2000" by Dennis DJ, "Rap De Caixas" by MC MDY, "Japonesa" by Os Magrinhos, "Berimbau" by DJ Sandrinho, "E So Sentar" by Mc Cula, "Vem Nha Nha" by Mr Catra, "Desce Glamourosa" by Veronica Costa, and "Dedinho Pro Alto" by DJ Disconhecido. CD

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Jorge BenSilencio No Brooklin ... CD
Atoll Music (France), 1967. Used ... $39.99
A fantastic early album from Jorge Ben – and one that's also a bit obscure, given that it was one of the few that he didn't cut for Philips Records during the first decade of his career! The album's one of Jorge's most upbeat, most lively – with the kind of ebullient mix of samba and soul influences that he brought to his first big hits – but recorded here in a way that's maybe even more frenetic, especially when piano lines spin out quickly next to his incredible vocals – with a style that's almost soul jazz at times! The whole thing's wonderful – a record that matches, if not tops any of his other 60s albums – and titles include the killer "A Jovem Samba" – worth the price of the album alone – plus "Nascimento De Um Principe Africando", "Menina Gata Augusta", "Si Wanda", "Rosa Mas Que Nada", "Amor De Carnaval", and "Todo Colorida". CD
(Out of print.)

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Grupo Batuque & OthersRhythmix – Reluque Batuque ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2002. Used ... $5.99
The rhythms of Grupo Batuque are remixed, reworked, and remade by a host of today's best producers and DJs – who take the complicated percussion grooves and forge them into a host of styles just right for the 21st Century dancefloor! The sound here is quite different from other Grupo Batuque albums – as the core sound of the ensemble is expanded tremendously, often with added beats and programming, additional keyboards, instrumentation, and the occasional vocal. Titles include "The Samba (4 Hero's nature's plan mix)" by 4 Hero, "Berimbal Capoeira" by Da Lata, "Read Between The Lines (Marco Tardelli's 1st Half)" by Big Bang, "Na Batida Do Agogo" by Osunlade, "E Ruim" by Zero DB, "Ole Ola" by Fauna Flash, "Keyzer (Dizub n Kutz mix)" by Masters At Work, and "Brazileiros E Ingleses" by Viper Squad. 11 tracks. CD
(Includes original slipcase.)

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J Dilla & OthersRebirth Of Detroit ... CD
Ruff Draft, 2012. Used ... $14.99
Dilla beats and an allstar roster of guest Detroit MCs – and a strong debut full length from Ruff Draft Records! Posthumous releases by favorite departed figures can be a dicey proposition – and much to our relief, Rebirth Of Detroit delivers – with both high quality beats & rhymes, and positive mojo! Dilla didn't cop to current trends in his time on earth (except for the ones he started in the first place) so it stands to reason that the beats he had in the can before he departed would hold up strongly years later – and they do! The guests here bring their A-games, plus full respect and admiration for Dilla. Includes "The New Installment", "Detroit Madness" with Phat Kat, "Big Things" with Esham, "Let's Pray Together" with Amp Fiddler, "Requiem" with Allan Barnes of The Blackbyrds, "My Victory" with Boldy James, "Do It For Dilla Dog" with Illa J and Frank Nitt, "Jay Dee's Revenge" with Danny Brown and cuts by DJ Dez, "Houseshoes Was Spinnin'" with Quelle Chris and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Kool & The GangEverybody's Dancin' ... CD
De-Lite/PTG (Netherlands), 1978. Used ... $13.99
Kool & The Gang sounding super-tight, but mighty right as well – a groove that still has all the great jazz elements of their mid 70s records, but which also has them picking up the bassy bottom a bit more too! The sound is not nearly as slick as their 80s hits – and instead still really hangs onto all the best qualities of the De-Lite years, while also moving the group forward at a level that strongly contests all the younger funky combos who were trying to steal their flame! Rhythms are wonderful – completely infectious, and often with some complicated twists that really keeps things interesting – and the album's got the kind of upbeat, joyous groove you'd definitely expect from the title. Tracks include "Everybody's Dancin", "Dancin' Shoes", "Big Chief's Funkum", "I Like Music" "It's All You Need", "Peace To The Universe", and "At The Party". CD

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Los BrincosContrabando (with bonus tracks) ... CD
El (UK), 1968. Used ... $11.99
A really cool record from the late 60s Spanish rock scene – done with a pop-ready simplicity, but accented with some gritty, garage psych touches too! Contrabando features a newer line-up of the group, after Juan Pardo and Antonio "Junior" Morales left the group to for Juan Y Junior (who were replaced by a couple members of The Shakers) – and the group succeeds with a mix of UK and US rock influences (the album was recorded in London) – a little bit of Byrds in the vocals, some Kinks-y angst and some Beatles psychedelic pop – without compromising their Spanish style one bit, particularly with some brass in the arrangements and the mostly Spanish language vocals. A real gem! Includes "Lola", "Pequeno Pajaro", "El Pasaporte", "Rapidamente", "The Train", "Nadie Te Quiere Ya", "Contrabando", "Big Temptation", "Soy Como Quiero", "Nunca Cambiaras" and more. CD features loads of bonus tracks too – a whopping 26 titles in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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Manhattan Jazz QuintetCome Together ... CD
Video Arts (Japan), 2005. Used ... $11.99
Quite tight work from the Manhattan Jazz Quintet – a great little combo that features Dave Matthews on piano, Lew Soloff on trumpet, Andy Snitzer on tenor, Charnett Moffett on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums – all coming together in a session that's mostly dominated by jazz versions of Beatles tunes! The feel here is quite like some of the best recent work on the Venus label – bright, precise, but still with a strong degree of soul and spontaneity – recorded with impeccable Japanese specifications, but swinging in a lively enough way to keep the core fire burning. Titles include "Come Together", "Big Apple Jam II", "I Was Born To Love You", "All My Loving", "Don't Stop Me Now", "Michelle", and "We Can Work It Out". CD
(Out of print.)

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Anita O'DayAnita O'Day Sings The Winners (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1958. Used ... $19.99
Anita O'Day pays tribute to Downbeat poll winners by singing vocal versions of their big hits in this lively set of jazz tracks from the 50s! Arrangements are by Marty Paich and Russ Garcia, both swinging as nicely as they ever did – and the setting of the album keeps Anita nicely in line, sticking to more straight jazz material than you might hear on some of her other sets from the same period. Titles include "Frenesi", "Sing, Sing, Sing", "Early Autumn", "Four Brothers", "Four", and "Night In Tunisia". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Lee Perry & OthersCutting Razor – Rare Cuts From The Black Ark ... CD
Heartbeat, 1970s. Used ... $13.99
Another Lee Perry collection? You bet! There's mountains and mountains of material out there, and this collection selects some choice bits from the fertile Black Ark period, when Perry and crew were in fine style! As you might expect, there's some overlap here with a couple of the other fine collections that are available, but this comp does have some nice previously unreleased bits, and it's put together in a way that really shines, playing great from top to bottom! 17 tracks: Junior Byles & The Versatiles "Cutting Razor", Time Unlimited "Staring" and "Judgement", Junior Murvin "Let's Fall In Love" and "Mister Craven", Lee Perry "What A Sin", The Heptones "Sufferer's Time", Max Romeo "One Step Forward", The Upsetters "Righteous Judgement" and "Walk The Streets", Leo Graham "Black Candle" and "Big Tongue Buster", The Bluebells "Come Along", U Roy & The Children "Yama Khy", Sons Of Light "Land Of Love", Sharon Isaacs "Feelings" and Evon Jones "4 And 20 Dreadlocks". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ghislain PoirierNo Ground Under ... CD
Ninja Tune (Canada), 2008. Used ... $3.99
Montreal's never predictable Ghislain Poirier's first full length for the venerable Ninja Tune – with beats that cover diverse territory while still holding together as a tightly spun sound – from tight, hard hitting club bounce, to stuttering synth hop – with guest vocals from Fave-T, Abdominal, Omnicrom and others. We remember a more chill vibe on his earlier LPs, and grew to expected the unexpected with subsequent singles and remix work – here he is as extroverted and club floor ready as ever – with dancehall heaviness, big bass grooves, and trippiness in the outer edges. Titles include "Courto", "Blazin" feat Face-T, "Jusquy'en Haut" feat Omnikron, "Hit & Red", "No More Blood" feat Face-T, "Go Ballistic" feat Zulu, "One Hand Can't Clap", "City Walking" feat Abdominal, "It's A War War War", "Exils" feat Abdelhak Rahal, "Dem Nah Like M" feat Mr Lee G, "Mangnen L'Boule" feat Nik Myo and more. CD

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✨✧ Slum VillageYes ... CD
Ne'Astra, 2015. Used ... $7.99
Slum Village co-founder T3 and producer Young RJ deliver – with some J Dilla beats, along with the solid work of RJ – strong line up of guests appearances, including Bilal, De La Soul, Phife of Tribe Called Quest, BJ The Chicago Kid and more! Titles include "Love Is" with Bilal, "Tear It Down" with Jon Connor, "Bonafide", "Push It Along" with Phife Dawg, "Yes Yes", "Windows" with J Ivy, "Right Back" with De La Soul, "What We Have", Just Like A Test", "Big City" and more. CD
(Still sealed.)

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Gene Van BurenWhat's Your Pleasure (with bonus track) ... CD
Motown/FTG, 1982. Used ... $8.99
An overlooked Motown nugget from the early 80s – the smoking debut of Gene Van Buren! Gene's a fully-formed artist right from the get-go – writing and producing the set with a rich, mature groove that's totally great – some of the upbeat funky soul tracks that were Motown's biggest asset in the early 80s, mixed with some even better mature moments that are especially wonderful – that sort of all-adult soul approach the label would take on more strongly later in the decade, showcased beautifully here by Van Buren's talents. The groovers have a bit of electro touches – usually some mini-moog keyboards – and the mellower ones have a warmer sound that really rounds things out nicely. Titles include "When Is My Turn", "Enjoy Yourself", "I Love You More", "Rock The House", "One", "I Give Good Love", "What's Your Pleasure", and "Action". Also includes the bonus track "You Excite Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousFurther Adventures Of Mod Jazz ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s. Used ... $9.99
Possibly the greatest installment so far in this wonderfully groovy series – a set of hard-swinging soul jazz tracks from the 60s – most of them the sort you might find blasting out of a jukebox in the backroom of some southside bar! Heavy Hammond, tremendous tenor, and gritty guitar lines abound – all upbeat and groovy, almost funky at times – served up in 2 or 3 minute installments from a batch of rare 45s! There's echoes here of the instrumental grooves that play big on the popcorn soul scene, but other work is more jazz-based overall – and although a few tunes have vocals, the biggest focus here is on instrumental numbers. Wonderful stuff throughout – and a collection we'll be playing for years! Titles include "Bash Dance" by Bobby Donaldson, "Arabian Jerk" by The Merits, "La La La La La" by Afro Blues Quintet, "Take Off Your Shoes (part 1)" by Booker T Averhart & The Mustangs, "Hung Over" by The Martinis, "Senor Blues" by Dee Clarke, "Sweet Bread" by Miles Grayson Trio, "All Around The World" by Chuck Higgins, "COD" by Albert King, "Fredrick's Dream" by Kenny Rice & Leo's Five, and "Tam-A-Rind" by Hank Jacobs & The TKOs. CD

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✨✧ VariousReggae's Greatest Hits Vol 5 ... CD
Heartbeat, Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features music by Keith & Tex, Derrick Harriott, Bobby Ellis & The Crystalites, Ethiopians, Kingstonians, Lloyd & Glen, Scotty, Rudy Mills, and Big Youth. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gang StarrMoment Of Truth ... CD
Noo Trybe, 1998. Used ... Out Of Stock
A later effort from Gang Starr that's just as dope as their earlier classics! By the late 90s, a lot of their of Gang Starr's peers of similar vintage were starting to fall off creatively and commercially – hence the title – but Guru and Premier would have none of that. Guru's rhymes are as dexterous and on point ever, and Premier's tried-and-true gritty beats and jazzy samples style is also at near peak strength. A bit underrated in the Gang Starr canon, but it's truly top notch work. Includes "You Know My Steez", "Rep Grows Bigga", "Work", "Make Em Pay" with Krumb Snatcha, "Above The Clouds" with Inspectah Deck, "Betrayal" with a sharp turn by Scarface, "The Militia" with Big Shug & Freddie Foxxx, "BI Vs Friendship" with MOP and more. 20 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ VariousMod Jazz Rides Again ... CD
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Sammy Davis Jr is looking pretty darn hip on the cover – and all the artists inside are sounding pretty darn hip as well – coming together during the glory days of soul jazz, at a time when blues, vocals, and R&B were also criss-crossing into other styles too! There's an upbeat, soul-drenched, ultra-cool vibe to the whole thing – not too-familiar retro jazz numbers, but instead a wealth of rare cuts that often come from the sort of 7" singles that change hands for big money in the funky 45 underground, next to obscure album cuts too – mixed with the kind of unreleased material that the Ace/Kent label has always done such a good job of digging up! The package explodes with groovy musical delights – and titles include "What Is love" by Bobby Jenkins, "Out House" by Eddie Bridges & His Lowriders, "Empire City" by Gene Walker & The Combo, "Pushin The Button Of Soul" by Hank Jacobs, "Fat Man" by Montego Joe, "The Bold" by Russell Evans & The Nite Hawks, "Hey Mrs Jones" by Jimmy Witherspoon, "Poppa Nickel" by The Tempo Rhythms, "Sherry's Party" by Ray Johnson, "Hot Tamale Man" by Harold Betters, "Shank & Grits" by Ray Shanklin, "Pluckin" by Jimmy Mayes & The Soul Breed, "East 24th Ave" by Billy Graham & The Escalators, and "Do The Thing" by Gate Wesley. CD

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