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✨✧ Phil Alvin with Sun Ra & Dirty Dozen Brass BandUnSung Stories ... CD
Warner/Big Beat (UK), 1986. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe the strongest solo project ever from Phil Alvin – a late 80s effort dedicated to the romping R&B sounds of the 50s – done with great help from both the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Sun Ra Arkestra! A number of cuts are from the glory days of the R&B single – and the approach moves between tracks with Alvin's combo, one with the Dirty Dozen, and three especially nice tracks with the Arkestra! Given the way that Sun Ra's 80s material was often dipping back into earlier generations of jazz, the group make for a very strong fit with Phil's approach – on titles that include "Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn", "Titanic Blues", "Collins Cave", "Death In The Morning", "Next Week Sometime", and "The Old Man Of The Mountain". CD
Also available UnSung Stories ... LP 13.99

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Real LiveReal Live Sh*t (original, dirty, inst)/Crime Is Money (original, dirty, inst) ... CD
Big Beat, 1995. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print, booklet has some light wear.)

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SonicsPsycho-Sonic ... CD
Ace/Big Beat (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Lester Bangs was right! There's just no overstating how important the sludgy, primordial ooze rock of the Sonics was to the future of rock. But if you're like us, you don't really care about the academic meaning of the arrival of the mighty, appropriately named Sonics, and you just want a good hard arse whompin' – and all 29 tracks on this singles collection do the job! It's pretty amazing what a banshee scream, an extra fuzzy guitar sound, atonal sound blasts and a vaguely r&b based approach accomplished in the mid 60s when practiced by the right madmen! Psycho-Sonic collects a ton of singles the boys cut for Etiquette Records, with extensive notes and great photos. If you're not familiar, one listen will prolly have you taking your White Stripes CDs to a garage sale! Includes "The Witch" (both the studio and a live version), "Boss Hoss", "Psycho", "Strychnine", "Cinderella", "Dirty Robber", "Keep A Knockin'", "Jenny Jenny", "Do You Love Me", "Walking The Dog", "It's Alright", "Since I Fell For You" and more. Essential!!! CD

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Sharon TandyYou Gotta Believe It's Sharon Tandy ... CD
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The first-ever anthology of work by Sharon Tandy – a mod Brit singer from the 60s, one with a really groovy sound! Sharon's got the same heartbreaking blend of soul and pop that you'd find in Dusty Springfield at her best, but she's working with arrangements that have a rawer sound – and much more of an honest soul-based approach. There's lots of guitars in the mix – and the tunes sear with a sound that blows away most of the other British pop female singers of the time! The package features a few previously unissued Stax recordings, plus rare singles on Atlantic and Pye – with a total of 26 tracks that include "Two Can Make It Together", "You've Gotta Believe It", "Hold On", "Our Day Will Come", "Toe Hold", "Love Is Not A Simple Affair", "Gotta Get Enough Time", "Border Town", and "Things Get Better". CD

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ZombiesZombie Heaven (4CD box set) ... CD
Big Beat/Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 4CDs ... $34.99 48.99
Heaven is right – as this 4CD set is our idea of the afterlife! The package brings together a wealth of rare work by the Zombies – not only new versions of tunes from their legendary Odyssey and Oracle, but also rare "lost" late tracks (recorded before the band split up and never issued), live material, early singles, and even some extra cool bonus bits – ads for the group, some done by the group, and the tracks that the Zombies did for the film Bunny Lake Is Missing! On top of all that, it's got a monstrously cool booklet, with loads of cool photos, great notes, and the kind of information that makes this set way more than the usual snoozy box set. And unlike the Pet Sounds box set, it's not just 4CDs of the same songs over and over again! Our idea of heaven, truly – and filled with 119 magical tunes that we never tire of hearing! The first CD features early tracks – singles and the Begin Here album. CD2 features Odessey & Oracle, plus the whole lost rare album. CD3 features more rare tracks from the studio – demos, alternate versions, and more. CD4 features 29 tracks, live on the BBC – including a jingle for the Kenny Everett Show! CD

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VariousHigh School High – Original Soundtrack ... CD
Big Beat, 1996. Used ... $3.99
How many films have there been that just sucked, but had a dope soundtrack? Includes Pete Rock & The Large Professor "The Rap World", Inspectah Dek & U-God "Semi-Automatic Full Rap Metal Jacket", KRS One "High School Rock", The Roots "The Good, the Bad and The Desolate", De La "I Can't Call It", Tribe Called Quest "Peace, Prosperity & Paper", RZA, Meth & Capp "Wu Wear – The Garment Renaissance", Artifacts "The Ultimate (You Know The Time)" and D'Angelo w/Erykah Badu "Your Precious Love". CD
(Some pen over the track listings on the rear artwork.)

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VariousPlanet Mod – Brit Soul, R&B, & Freakbeat From The Shel Talmy Vaults ... CD
Ace/Big Beat (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Planet Mod is a pretty groovy place – a spot in the solar system where rock, blues, and soul effortlessly blend together – thanks to the mighty talents of the legendary producer Shel Talmy! The set here is a great dip into the farther reaches of Talmy's records of the 60s – way past the hits, to show the kind of magic that really made the studio genius such a key force in developing the sound of London at the time – often with a fair bit of influence from America, but in a way that was already shifting into fresh British modes for the new audiences overseas. As always with Ace, the package and presentation are stunning – and the set even features some rare tracks that truly come from the vaults, mixed with other obscure singles, and supported with a great deal of notes. 24 tracks in all – and titles include "Mai Lee" by John Lee Hooker, "Don't Let It Be" by The Tribe, "Goodbye Girl" by The Preachers, "Goodbye So Long" by The Soul Brothers, "Broken Truth" by A Wild Uncertainty, "Life's Too Good To Waste" by Tony Christie & The Trackers, "Stone Crazy" by Screamin Jay Hawkins, "Too Much Of A Woman" by The Corduroys, "Have You Ever Had The Blues (alt take)" by Ray Gates, "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" by John Lee's Groundhogs, "Unto Us (demo version)" by The New Breed, and "Think" by The Total. CD

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✨✧ VariousSing Me A Rainbow – A Trident Anthology 1965 to 1967 ... CD
Big Beat (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rich collection of work from the Trident Productions imprint – a mid 60s company based in San Francisco, and home to a great array of really groovy artists! The sounds here are a fair bit sweeter than more famous SF work of the late 60s – often a mix of folk rock and jangle-pop that's got plenty of Sunshine touches, but a bit more depth overall – really pivotal work that shows the first murmurings of the more sophisticated sounds that would soon mark the Bay Area scene. A few of the artists are quite well known – and although Trident was never its own label, the company placed some of its bigger acts on Verve, A&M, and other companies. 2CD package features a huge array of notes telling the full Trident story – and features 44 titles that include "Brave New World" by Thorinshield, "Places I've Been" by Randy Steirling, "I'll Make You Happy" by Frank May, "I Really Want You" by The Justice League, "You Were On My Mind" by We Five, "Stranger In A Strange Land" by Blackburn & Snow, "Time" by The New Tweedy Brothers, "Here I Stand" by The All Nite Flight, "61 Clay" by Ron Nagle, "Peaceful Times" by The Crystal Set, and "This Time" by Ron Davies. CD
 
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✨✧ BandMusic From Big Pink ... CD
Capitol, 1968. Used ... 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", "I Shall Be Released" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ John BarryJohn Barry – The Mono Years 1957 to 1962 (3CD set) ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The great John Barry as a young man – stepping out here on songs that are a lot more rocking than his later fame as a soundtrack composer – served up in a massive 3CD box that collects together singles for Parlophone and Columbia, plus some early rock songs from films! The style here is quite different than the Barry of the James Bond years – as the Parlophone tracks include a number of vocal singles that are clearly trying to challenge the US rock hits of the time, mixed with more instrumentals by the John Barry Seven – and the Columbia years follow with more of the instrumental vibe, often using cool production to bring the most out of the twangy guitars or bright trumpet lines. The set concludes with a CD that features the Beat Girl soundtrack and the Stringbeat instrumental album – both a strong extension of the Columbia years – and the package features 92 tracks in all – with a big booklet of notes – titles that include "Get Lost Jack frost", "Big Fella", "Beat For Beatniks", "Hit & Miss", "Zip Zip", "Little John", "Hideaway", "Farrago", "Big Guitar", "Tit Willow Twist", "Watch Your Step", "The Menace", "Blondie's Strip", "The Challenge", "Moody River", "A Handful Of Songs", "Zapata", and lots lots more. CD

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John BarryJohn Barry Plays 007 & Other 60s Themes For Film & Television ... CD
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
An excellent collection of work from the great John Barry – one that focuses on his famous contributions for the James Bond films – but also includes other soundtrack and instrumental material as well! The set begins with the John Barry Plays 007 record – a brilliant album that not only features some instrumental soundtrack themes, but also includes some great mod Barry instrumentals from the 60s – kind of a nice link to his sophisticated film music, and some of his smaller combo work! Titles include "Kinky", "Fancy Dance", "007", "From Russia With Love", "Big Shield", "Aliki", "Monkey Feathers", and "The London Theme". Next are two tracks from Elizabeth Taylor In London – "Lovers & Browning", with a recitation by Taylor – plus the jazzy instrumental "The London Waltz". Next are two tracks from Zulu – a colonial period film that starred Michael Caine – followed by 15 more groovy instrumentals that include "Tit Willow Twist", "Hit & Miss", "Easy Beat", "Beat Girl", "The Lolly Theme", "Spinnerree", "Roman Spring Of Mrs Stone", "The Sun's Hooray", and "Saturday's Child". CD

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Big Brooklyn RedForeword ... CD
Big Brooklyn Red, 2003. Used ... $3.99
Forget this guy's name – which makes you think he's a blues singer – because the album's one of the best new male soul records we've heard in years! Big Brooklyn Red has a sweetly grooving style that's really unique for a male singer – never overdone, never caught up in the realm of cliches – instead nicely stripped down and bubbling, in a style that's almost a 21st century update of the richness of 70s work by Al Green or Marvin Gaye. The arrangements on the set are wonderful too – beat-heavy enough to appeal to a contemporary audience, but filled with plenty of warm and jazzy touches on the instrumentation – pushing the work to the sky with a righteous style that reminds us of Donnie Hathaway! Honestly, at first we almost passed this guy by because of his name but the record's really amazing, and one of our favorite soul records for a while! Titles include "Paradise", "The War Inside", "Sweeter Than Springtime", "Time", "Put Wings On Me", and "My Destiny". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ James BrownGravity (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Scotti Bros/Big Break (UK), 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A bit of a comeback for James Brown – a mid 80s outing recorded with Dan Hartman, who gives the record a "contemporary" sound that's definitely a great way to slide James in with the younger crowd at the time! The style's still funky, but has more street soul elements too – and the record sports guest appearances by Alison Moyet, Steve Winwood, and Stevie Ray Vaughan – and although the production is a bit stiff at points, there's some undeniable quality in James that still makes some nice moments shine through! Titles include "Gravity", "Let's Get Personal", "How Do You Stop", "Living In America", "Goliath", "Repeat The Beat", and "Return To Me". Lots of bonus tracks too – including "Living In America (12" R&B dance)", "Living In America (inst)", "Living In America (soundtrack version)", "Gravity (12" ext)", "Goliath (12" message house mix)", "Gravity (single)", and "How Do You Stop (12" ext)". CD
Also available Gravity ... CD 2.99

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✨✧ Chairmen Of The BoardGive Me Just A Little More Time ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A landmark album of 70s soul – and perhaps the most enduring full LP by this enigmatic harmony group! The vocals of General Crook alone are more than enough to win us over – some of the most distinct lead soul singing we've ever heard, pitched perfectly with the backings of the rest of the group. But the overall package is even better – righteous arrangements that really show the new Holland-Dozier-Holland energy for the 70s – more of a punch than most of Motown a few years before, and open to some headier elements that only serve to do even more with the vocals! Titles include the group's huge hit "Give Me Just A Little More Time", a totally compelling number with a scattershot beat, and some wonderful lead vocals from the always-great General Johnson – plus, their cover of Clarence Carter's "Patches" – which was a big single for them – and the tracks "Bravo Hooray", "Since The Days Of Pigtails & Fairytales", "Come Together", "You've Got Me Dangling on a String" and "Tricked & Trapped". CD

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✨✧ CS CrewFunky Pack ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Guido & Maurizio DeAngelisL'Ultimo Squalo (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A nice little shark-themed soundtrack, but one that comes across with a vibe that's quite different than any of the music used for Jaws – partly because there's a number of vocal tunes in the mix! The set features three standout songs – "Hollywood Big Time" and "You've Changed The World For Me", sung by Yvonne Wilkins – and "Ballad", which is sung by composer Maurizio De Angelis himself – which are then mixed with instrumental numbers that are electric and keyboard-heavy, maybe more in line with Italian slasher/horror work of the period than you might expect! The colder electronics must have given the watery scenes a really great vibe on the screen – and the package features great sound throughout, and a mighty nice graphic appeal. CD features 29 tracks in all – 13 more than the LP version. CD

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✨✧ DITCUnreleased Production 1994 ... CD
DITC, 1994. Used ... $18.99
Underground mid 90s material from the Diggin In The Crates crew – with work by Fat Joe & Lord Finesse, plus DITC approved upstarts of the time. Titles include "Big Apple Gone Rotten" by Fat Joe & Armageddon, "Lyrical Threat" by Terror Tongue, "My Style" by Silky Black, "Feel The Beat" by Ghetto Dwellers, "True And Living" and Check The Method" by Lord Finesse, and more. CD
(Out of print. Booklet has a light crease – not a fold, possibly a ripple introduced during printing. Either way it's less visible straight on but does show up if tilted.)

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Dennis EdwardsDon't Look Any Further (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gordy/Big Break (UK), 1984. Used ... $11.99
The Temptations' former lead singer's first solo record with a huge 80s groove album, especially considering the mighty title track – the duet with Siedah Garrett and it's sly reggae influenced bassline and crisp popping beat. This is one of those records we appreciate a lot more with the passing of time and with a late appreciation for that bubbling 80s vibe. Era production notes aside, the songs here are quite solid and Dennis's voice brings the true soul! Also includes "(You're My) Aphrodesiac", "Another Place In Tie", "I Thought I Could Handle It", and "Just Like You". This Big Break UK remastered edtion has 4 bonus tracks: "Don't Look Any Further (12" Extended Mix)", "(You're My) Aphrodesiac (Single Version)", "Don't Look Any Further (12" Remix)" and a 12" instrumental version. CD

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Georgie FameTwo Faces Of Fame – The Complete 1967 Recordings (stereo/mono – with bonus tracks) ... CD
CBS/RPM (UK), 1967. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99 16.99
The two faces of Fame are live and studio – as each side of the original album was recorded in each mode – and this great CD version goes a lot further, with stereo and mono mixes and a huge number of bonus tracks! The live numbers feature the Brit jazz vocalist swinging in a set recorded in early 1967 – done with lots of Hammond organ in the lineup, and an overall style that picks up a lot from Ray Charles and Mose Allison, but filters it through the groovier beat group styles of 60s London. The studio numbers are even better, and feature Georgie singing in more of a jazz-based mode – with lineups that feature some striking players that include Tony Oxley, Peter King, Gordon Beck, and Tubby Hayes. Tracks include a wonderful take on Mongo Santamaria's "El Pussycat", plus the tunes "Do It The Hard Way", "It Could Happen To You", "C'Est La Vie", "River's Invitation", "Greenback Dollar Bill", and "Keep Your Big Mouth Shut". Disc 1 also features 13 bonus tracks from singles and EPs released in 1967 – and disc 2 is completed by 11 MORE bonus tracks – 6 released for the first time ever, including "Jumpin The Gun", "Respoken", "Fool's Paradise" and "Conquistador". CD

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Georgie FameTwo Faces Of Fame/Third Face Of Fame ... CD
CBS/BGO (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
2 classic albums from British vocalist Georgie Fame – back to back on one CD! First up are Two Faces Of Fame – live and studio – as each side of the album was recorded in each mode! Side one features the Brit jazz vocalist swinging in a live set recorded in early 1967 – done with lots of Hammond organ in the lineup, and an overall style that picks up a lot from Ray Charles and Mose Allison, but filters it through the groovier beat group styles of 60s London. Side two is even better, and features Georgie singing in more of a jazz-based mode – with lineups that feature some striking players that include Tony Oxley, Peter King, Gordon Beck, and Tubby Hayes. Tracks include a wonderful take on Mongo Santamaria's "El Pussycat", plus the tunes "Do It The Hard Way", "It Could Happen To You", "C'Est La Vie", "River's Invitation", "Greenback Dollar Bill", and "Keep Your Big Mouth Shut". Third Face Of Fame is an even better album – one that has Fame moving past the swinging Mose Allison-inspired jazz vocal mode of earlier records, into a groovier style that picks up a range of different sounds! Georgie kicks off the album with his version of the ever-popular late 60s "Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde" – and seems to use that tune as an excuse to explore a nice range of older jazz vocal approaches, including one tune that even has him reciting the lyrics in a Beatles-sounding monologue! Arrangements are by Harry South, with players that include Gordon Beck, John McLaughlin, Ronnie Scott, Tony Coe, and Ian Hammer – and titles include "Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde", "Ask Me Nice", "When I'm Sixty Four", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Blue Prelude", "Bullets Laverne", "This Is Always", "Mellow Yellow", and "Side By Side". CD

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Alan Freed with King Curtis & Sam "The Man" TaylorAlan Freed Rock & Roll Big Band – A Stompin' Good Time ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A hip assortment of hard-wailing tunes all put together by New York DJ Alan Freed – part of his brief recording career for Coral Records, where he worked with some surprisingly hip artists! Most of the material here was originally issued under the names of Alan Freed Rock N Roll Big Band or The King's Henchmen – both groups that were really studio assemblages headed by Freed, but featuring some very heavy tenor work from King Curtis and Sam "The Man" Taylor – both of whom really bring a lot to the set! Other key players include Ernie Hayes on piano and Kenny Burrell on guitar – the latter of whom plays in a surprisingly rocking vein that's quite different than his Blue Note work. Arrangements are likely by Sammy Lowe, Leroy Kirkland, and/or Ernie Wilkins – and the material is a nice mix of swinging R&B instrumental styles from the 50s! CD features 24 tracks in all – including "Homework", "Two Good Guys", "Street With A Beat", "Cool Papa", "All Tore Up", "Tow Head", "Fandango Rock", "Gosah", "Shufflin", "Night Ride", "Flip Flap", and "Big N Bad". CD
Also available Alan Freed Rock & Roll Big Band – A Stompin' Good Time ... CD 7.99

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Alan Freed with King Curtis & Sam "The Man" TaylorAlan Freed Rock & Roll Big Band – A Stompin' Good Time ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. Used ... $7.99
A hip assortment of hard-wailing tunes all put together by New York DJ Alan Freed – part of his brief recording career for Coral Records, where he worked with some surprisingly hip artists! Most of the material here was originally issued under the names of Alan Freed Rock N Roll Big Band or The King's Henchmen – both groups that were really studio assemblages headed by Freed, but featuring some very heavy tenor work from King Curtis and Sam "The Man" Taylor – both of whom really bring a lot to the set! Other key players include Ernie Hayes on piano and Kenny Burrell on guitar – the latter of whom plays in a surprisingly rocking vein that's quite different than his Blue Note work. Arrangements are likely by Sammy Lowe, Leroy Kirkland, and/or Ernie Wilkins – and the material is a nice mix of swinging R&B instrumental styles from the 50s! CD features 24 tracks in all – including "Homework", "Two Good Guys", "Street With A Beat", "Cool Papa", "All Tore Up", "Tow Head", "Fandango Rock", "Gosah", "Shufflin", "Night Ride", "Flip Flap", and "Big N Bad". CD
Also available Alan Freed Rock & Roll Big Band – A Stompin' Good Time ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Rosco GordonJust A Little Bit ... CD
Vee Jay, 1950s/Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Early work from Rosco Gordon – an incredible Memphis soul talent who had a rolling style that ended up being a big influence on Jamaican ska and rocksteady. Roscoe's got a deep rough voice that works perfectly with the rhythmic groove that you'll hear on most of his cuts – a tumbling New Orleans-ish beat that drops into dark channels before rumbling over the top again. This long-overdue set reissues Roscoe's rare album on Vee Jay, and adds in a few bonus tracks – making for a 16 song CD that includes "Dapper Dan", "You Keep Me Locked Up", "Let Them Try", "My Chick", "No More Doggin", "New Orleans, LA", "Surely I Love You", "What You Do To Me", and "Sit Right Here". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chico HamiltonDealer (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Impulse, Mid 60s. Used ... $14.99
One of Chico's classic recordings for Impulse, and a weird batch of tracks that have an off-beat sound to them that's hard to categorize. The group includes Ernie Hayes on organ, Arnie Lawrence on alto, Larry Coryell on guitar, and a guest appearance by Archie Shepp on piano. Tracks include "For Mods Only", "A Trip", "Baby, You Know", and "Larry Of Arabia", and the bonus tracks "Chic Chic Chico", "Big Noise From Winnetka", "The Second Time Around", and "El Toro". Very groovy, and with a wonderful array of offbeat influences running through the groove! CD
(Out of print, some notes in pen inside digipack case.)

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HeatwaveToo Hot To Handle ... CD
Epic, 1976. New Copy ... $4.99 6.99
A killer album of crossover soul from the mid 70s – one that dropped like a bomb when it hit, and gave this UK group a number of big hits in America! Keyboardist Rod Temperton wrote all the tracks on the album – and he's got keen talent for both funky numbers and ballads. If soul stations played album side specials the way that classic rock stations do, side one would be in heavy rotation – as it kicks off with the funky title cut, rolls into the hit "Boogie Nights", cuts to the sample classic "Ain't No Half Steppin" (forever made famous by Big Daddy Kane), and steps into the moody ballad "Always & Forever". It's hard to beat that lineup, but side two does a pretty good job – and includes a similar mix of titles like "Super Soul Sister", "All You Do Is Dial", and "Sho'nuff Must Be Love". CD

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✨✧ JacksonsVictory ... CD
Epic (UK), 1984. Used ... $1.99
Michael Jackson's last album with his famous family – a set of electric 80s soul that's a bit different than Jackson's well-known solo work! In a way, the later Jacksons albums almost feel like a place where Michael can try out some ideas that don't fit as tightly into the overall sound of his own records – and there's definitely more diversity here than before – a shift between gentle ballads, beat-heavy tunes, and even a few rockish/poppish moments. Of course, we should probably be crediting the other Jacksons for their help in the sound here too – as they're certainly credited on the cover – but there's also less of the "many parts as one" sound than before, so it's hard to tell how they're working together. Titles include "The Hurt", "Wait", "Torture", "One More Chance", "Body", "We Can Change The World", and "State Of Shock", the big single, which features a guest appearance by Mick Jagger. CD

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersBest Of The Jazz Crusaders ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A sweet little set of some of the Jazz Crusaders' best sides from the 60s – a hip swinging selection of short, tight, and very well played soul jazz numbers – grooving hard in a way that was very big with the jukebox and jazz AM crowd! The set list features a good mix of originals and covers – all expertly played with a tightly snapping groove that never misses a beat. Titles include "The Young Rabbits" and "Freedom Sound". CD
(Out of print.)

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Major LanceBest Of Major Lance ... CD
Okeh/BGO (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
Killer work from one of the best 60s soul talents of the Windy City! Major Lance was one of Chicago's first big soul stars – crossing over big on the charts with huge hits for the Okeh label during the early and mid 60s – thanks to some great tunes penned by Curtis Mayfield, and stellar production from the legendary Carl Davis! In a way, Lance's sound was a key culmination of the modes that had been bubbling under in the hometown indies like Vee Jay and Chess – taken slightly to the next level, and brought more into the mainstream by Okeh. Many of the arrangements here are by the massive Johnnie Pate – who gives the record the same sort of brilliance as the best 60s Impressions work on ABC – and the titles include "Ain't No Soul", "Investigate", "Um Um Um Um Um Um", "The Monkey Time", "Wait Till I Get You In My Arms", "Delilah", "Rhythm", "Hey Little Girl", "It's The Beat", "The Matador", "Ain't It A Shame", "You Don't Want Me No More", "You Belong To Me My Love", and "Sometimes I Wonder". CD

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Major LanceVery Best Of Major Lance ... CD
Okeh/Epic, Mid 60s. Used ... $5.99
Major Lance was one of Chicago's first big soul stars – crossing over big on the charts with huge hits for the Okeh label during the early and mid 60s – and really helping to define the Chicago sound that would rise to even greater heights later in the decade! This 16 track set is a great little overview of Lance's work for Okeh – and many of the tunes were written by Curtis Mayfield and produced by Carl Davis, a key team in the studio that makes for some really killer numbers! Titles include "Come See", "It's The Beat", "Without A Doubt", "The Matador", "Girls", "The Monkey Time", "Delilah", "Um Um Um Um Um", "Mama Didn't Know", "Ain't It A Shame", "Sometimes I Wonder", and "I'm So Lost". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lil Louis & The WorldFrom The Mind Of Lil Louis ... CD
Epic, 1989. Used ... $9.99
A classic bit of Chicago house goes mainstream – and a suprisingly big hit from the late 80s. The main reason most folks bought this album was for Louis' "French Kiss", a sex-sound infused house cut with a "fast-then-slow-then-fast" groove that was endlessly dropped into mixes on radio and in clubs at the time. However, like late 80s house contemporaries Blaze, Louis actually turned out to be a pretty interesting soul talent when given a whole album to work with – and although "French Kiss" is on the beat-heavy "dance" side of the album, there's also a pretty interesting "romance" side that has some nice home-made late 80s soul tunes with great warm keyboard-heavy production. Titles include "Lil Tanya", "The Luv U Wanted", "6 AM", and "Brittany". CD
(Out of print.)

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Little BrotherAnd Justus For All ... CD
Hall Of Justus, 2008. Used ... $6.99
Little Brother returns with another head nodding batch of true school for the oughties – deep rhymes, smooth flows and 100% grade A beats whipped up from dusty crates of the best in the business! As always, it's refreshing to hear Phonte and Big Pooh deliver a gimmick free set from start to finish, reminding us it's not necessary to dig way down into the underground for to wash the taste out of that greasy kids stuff out of your ears. Khrysis is the anchor beat scientist on this album, with appearances by 9th Wonder, Nottz, DJ Babu, DJ Spinna, Kickdrums, RJD2 and others, and guest rhymes by Oh No, Kardinal Offishal, Rhymefest, Skillz and more! 16 tracks in all, keeing the Justus brand viable in today's crowded market, including "Can't Stop Us", "Delusional", "Life Of The Party (rmx)", "Best Kept Secret", "Do It To Death", "Too Late For Us", "Never Leave", "The Pressure", "Stylin", "Cross That Line (rmx)", "Back At It (rmx)" and "Time Of Your Life". CD

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Marley MarlRe Entry ... CD
Beat Generation/BBE (UK), 2001. Used ... $4.99
Marley Marl returns – and it's like he's never been gone! The album's a brilliant batch of tunes produced with a sound that recalls the glory days of Marley's years at Cold Chillin, but which also shows a tremendous respect for changes in underground hip hop over the past few years. Marley's got a host of heavyweight guest stars – including Roy Ayers, Edwin Birdsong, Big Daddy Kane, Capone, Screwball, and others – and the album's a mixture of vocal and instrumental tracks that include "Do U Remember", "Three's Company", "Spazz", "Who's Sicker", "Lost Beat", "Easy Type Sh*t", "What Ruling Means", "Hummin", "Big Faces", and "Foundation Symphony". CD
(Digipack has some wear.)

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Vaughan Mason & CrewBounce, Rock, Skate, Roll (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... About December 18, 2019
Massive! This is probably the best-ever album of rollerskating grooves – and is the most famous entry into a short-lived funk genre that sprung up around the rollerskating craze of the late 70s and early 80s. The rollerskate sound took a tight stepping funk groove from earlier years, and mixed it with the extended instrumental style of club music – creating a sound that was a mix of funk and disco that worked perfectly for skating around a track, and which had a huge influence on the beat of early hip hop. The centerpiece of the album's the massive sample track "Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll" – an instantly recognizable number that features tight vamping guitar and good choppy rhythms. The cut's offered up here in 2 parts – and the rest of the record's just as great, with titles that include "Roller Skate", "We're Gonna Funk You Up", and "Thinking About You Baby". CD features some great bonus tracks – the 12" version of "Bounce Rock Skate Roll (parts 1 & 2)", plus "Jammin Big Guitar" and "Rockin Big Guitar". CD

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✨✧ Riz OrtolaniNon Faccio La Guera – Faccio L'Amore ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked score from a time when Riz Ortolani was really making big waves on the international soundtrack scene – doing music both for films in his homeland and overseas – which may be why this gem of a record never issued at the time! The CAM label only put two tracks out as a 45rpm single, which makes the other 17 here a new discovery for the listener – a great suite of sounds that offers plenty of warm, wonderful variations on the theme – a number that has a slight current of sadness and sentiment, but never too much – and which is balanced out by a few cuts that groove in more of a mod 60s-styled way. CD features 19 tracks in all – handled with the usual care we love from Beat Records! CD
(Limited edition of 300!)

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✨✧ PHDWithout Warning ... CD
Tuff City, 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A lost piece of QB history, PHD was the duo of Poet and Hot Day Dante. Like Mobb Deep who'd make a much bigger impact shortly after these guys debuted, PHD peddle in your face east coast gangster-isms. A hard to find album, with mostly raw funky beats and even a nod to the old school with the big beat sounding "Snakes In The Grass" and the instrumental cut up "I'm Hot". 12 tracks in all, including "I'm Flippn'", "On The Dark Side", "Life On The Edge", "Set It Off" and "Do It Any Way You Wanna". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Prefuse 73Sacrifices ... CD
Lex, 2018. Used ... $6.99
Prefuse 73 doing his distinctive thing – mood-setting, hypnotic beats that roll from raw and deconstructionist to big and boisterous – with plenty off off-kilter melodic touches between! The range from stripped down and mellow to dense and rollicking is impressive as always, and his way of putting such signature stamp on the craft of abstract electronics an spacey hip hop beatcraft is impressive ever. There's coolly layered vocals too that give it a lot of atmosphere. Titles include "Late To The Party", ""Gravure", "The World Is Bigger", "We Lost Our Beat Tape In Mecca", "In The Blood", "Silver And Gold", "Her Desire Is To Be Left Alone", "Transmission Of Eights" and more. CD

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Re-FlexPolitics Of Dancing (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Cherry Pop (UK), 1983. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
Reflex never had much of a long recorded legacy – but they certainly made their mark with this classic album of 80s electro pop! The tunes follow somewhere in the territory of contemporaries like Human League or Ultravox, but also maybe have a quirkier vibe that's more in the spirit of the indie scene – especially in the ways the keyboard lines and vocals take on all these odd inflections – maybe a nod towards soulful styles, but also a mode that quickly fell out of favor overseas – but which is also what makes the whole thing so completely charming! Titles include the big title hit "The Politics Of Dancing" – and "Hitline", "Hurt", "Couldn't Stand A Day", "Jungle", "Sensitive", "Keep In Touch", "Praying To The Beat", and "Pointless". 2CD version features lots of bonus tracks – "True Lust", "Hurt (12" Pete Smith emotional mix UK version)", "What You Deserve", "The Politics Of Dancing (12" ext mix)", "Cruel World (12" ext mix)", "Praying To The Beat (12" ext mix)", "Flex It (12" ext mix)", "Hit Line (12" ext mix)", "Cut It (12" ext mix)", "Hurt (12" John Luongo emotional mix US version)", "Politics Of Dancing (US 7" version)", "Flex It (7" echo mix)", and "Hurt (US 12" rubber dub mix)". CD

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✨✧ RZA & OthersAfro Samurai ... CD
Koch, 2006. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The RZA's fine second phase career as a top notch soundtrack maestro continues with Afro Samurai – the music for the anime/blacksploitation hybrid starring Samuel L Jackson – and a varied batch of tracks that's really a lot more than the typical Ghost Dog/early Wu Tang style beats you might be expecting! Naturally, RZA does bring plenty of martial arts style and soul beat instrumentals, but there are also a lot of vocal cuts – which run the gamut from raw freestyle-like bits to atmospheric r&b. GZA drops in, as do pioneers Big Daddy Kane and Q-Tip! Titles include "Afro Theme" with rhymes by RZA, "Certified Samurai" feat Talib Kweli, Lil Free & Suga Bang, "Just A Little Dude" feat Q-Tip & Free Murder, "Oh" and "The Walk" feat Stone Mecca, "Cameo Afro" feat Big Daddy Kane, GZA & Suga Bang, "Take Sword Pt 1" with RZA & Berretta 9 and more vocal tracks, plus the instrumentals "Afro Intro", "Afro's Father Fight", "The Empty 7 Theme", "Afro Samurai Theme (First Part and Second Part)" and more. Several bonus tracks, too, billed as Bobby Digital! CD
(Out of print.)

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T La RockLyrical King (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Fresh, 1987. Used ... $7.99
A well-titled set from the lyrical king – the mighty T La Rock, one of the key mid 80s MCs who helped introduce a whole new level of sophistication to hip hop! T La Rock maybe never hit the heights of KRS-One, Rakim, or other contemporaries – but this set has all the sharp fire and intensity that made that moment of new creativity so great – from the edgey production work and scratches by Louie Lou, to the extra help from Mantronik, and even the album's early appearances by Special K and MC Serch – which further the sense of collaboration from the streets that made some of the Fresh Records sets so great. Titles include "Lyrical King", "Back To Burn", "Three Minutes Of Beat Box", "Bust These Lyrics", "This Beat kicks", "Big Beat In London", and "It's Time To Chill". CD version includes four bonus tracks "It's Yours (12" radio mix-1984)", "Breakdown (12" version-1985)", "Breaking Bells (12" version-1986)" and "Bass Machine (12" version 1986)". CD

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WhodiniGreatest Hits ... CD
Jive, Early 80s. Used ... $2.99
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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VariousBig Apple Rappin' – The Early Days Of Hip Hop Culture In New York City 1979 to 1982 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CDs ... $11.99
Another absolutely essential collection from Soul Jazz, this time out heading straight for the outer boroughs of the Bronx, Harlem, Brooklyn and Queens to document the fresh, fly, wild and bold rap tracks that rocked block parties and roller rinks from '79 on! 16 amazing tracks from the dawn of the hip hop age, seminal numbers over bouncing roller disco style grooves that'll have you digging out your Kangol, Cazals and that fat belt buckle with your initials on it. A few of these numbers are quite well known, but nearly impossible to get on vinyl, at least in their original format, but there's also a good dose of tracks culled from small indie 12"s that change hands for crazy money too. Plus the booklet is replete with loads of photos, great notes and interviews, and best of all, tons of reproductions of original flyers for parties and jams we can only wish we had the chance to attend! Includes "Spoonin' Rap" by Spoonie Gee, "Sure Shot" by Xanadu, "How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise" by Brother D, "Catch The Beat" by T Ski Valley, "Funk Box Party" by The Masterdon Committee, "Weekend" by the Cold Crush Brothers, "Big Apple Rappin'" by Spyder D, "Get The Party Jumpin" by Solo Sound, "When You're Standing On The Top" by the Super 3, "Are You Ready?" by TJ Swann, Peewee Mel & Barry B, and "The Ultimate Rap" by the Nice & Nasty 3. CD
(Out of print. Includes slipcase and large booklet.)

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✨✧ VariousBritish Hustle – The Sound Of British Jazz-Funk & Disco 1974-1982 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s-Early 80s. Used ... $16.99
Leave it to Soul Jazz to assemble another fine selection of grooves, bringing together a great batch of slick, jazz-inflected British disco tracks! It's the mid 70s and disco's four on the floor beat is starting to invade every part of the world, including the UK. The set's a wonderful cross section of songs, with nice less-heard nuggets by groups that hit it big in the charts like Heatwave's "Put The Word Out" and Imagination's "Burning Up", to loft classics like Atmosfear's "Dancing In Outerspace" and smooth soulful cuts like the Real Thing's "Children Of The Ghetto/Stanhope Street". A baker's dozen of crisp, modern jazz funk is included, with Soul Jazz's great attention to detail in every aspect of the package, including a nice set of liner notes that really puts everything in perspective. Other tracks include Hi Tension "British Hustle", the Olympic Runners "Solar Heat", Kandidate "What Are You Gonna Do?", a pre-Arthur Baker track from Freeez, "Southern Freeez", Central Line "Don't Tell Me", Gonzalez's fusion-y "Saocco", Light Of The World "London Town", Beggar & Co "Somebody Help Me Out" and FbI's "Talking About Love" with a few nice disco breaks in it! CD
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VariousCome On Let's Go – Power Pop Gems From The 70s & 80s ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
A fantastic introduction to the world of power pop – that tight, fast, catchy style of music that came about at the same time as punk – and which flourished for a few short years as a more tuneful take on the sound of the underground! Some of the artists here hit big in the years before, others were later smothered in the world of 80s chart hits and music videos – but for a brief, wonderful time, the record racks exploded with great singles and album tracks like these – tunes that almost were a back-to-basics approach after the era of AOR and classic rock, but without some of the sneering attitudes of punk. Most of the artists here are American, and there's a few gems here from the early 70s – key tracks that point the way towards the golden era – all captured beautifully by Ace/Big Beat with their usual detailed notes and history on the music. Titles include "Let Go" by Dirty Looks, "Come On Let's Go" by The Paley Brothers with The Ramones, "Baby It's You" by The Boys, "Nothing Comes Close" by Bill Lloyd, "Better Than Anyone Else" by The Toms, "Nuclear Boy" by 20/20, "Rock & Roll Is Dead" by The Rubinos, "One World" by Utopia, "Andy Please" by Van Duren & The Jody Stephens, "The Trains" by Nashville Ramblers, "Shake Some Action (first version)" by The Flamin Groovies, "What I Like About You" by The Romantics, "I Need That Record" by The Tweeds, "Looking For The Magic" by Dwight Twilley Band, "Kerri" by Robert Johnson, "Radio Heart" by The Secrets, and "Teen Line" by The Shivvers. CD

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VariousDown Town Albums Collection (Red Red Wine Vols 1 & 2/Blow Your Horn/Your Musical Doctor/bonus tracks) ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A treasure trove of reggae, rocksteady, and blue beat work from the late 60s – all of it originally released under the guidance of producer Dandy – also a reggae artists of his own, with roots in Kingston, and working here with a big impact on the UK scene! The albums here were all originally issued on the Down Town imprint – a small sub label that Trojan Records gave to Dandy for his own projects – which resulted in the two killer compilations Red Red Wine volumes 1 and 2 – a great overview of some of the strongly soul-influenced sounds that were bubbling up in London at the time. Dandy himself is one of the key artists on the collection – and titles include "Move Your Mule", "I'm Your Puppet", "Reggae In Your Jeggae", "Got To Come Back", "Raining In My Heart", and "Can't Get Used To Losing You" by Dandy – plus "Red Red Wine" and "I'm Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got" by Tony Tribe, "Someday We'll Be Together" and "Love Me Tonight" by Audrey, "Lover's Question" and "Spreading Love" by Gene Rondo, "Lead Them" by Desmond Riley, "Games People Play" by The Israelites, and "Song Byrd" by Lyndon Johns. CD2 begins with the Trojan classic Blow Your Horn by Rico & The Rudies – a classic early album from Rico – the legendary Jamaican trombonist who's gotta be one of the few people who can pose with his instrument and still look pretty badass overall! That quality also comes through in Rico's music – a famous lead trombone sound on countless Jamaican recordings from the ska years onwards – really given some great time here in the spotlight on a set of tunes that soar out with lots of rough rocksteady rhythms! Rico blows strongly and soulfully – on titles that include "Rico's Message", "Niyah Man", "Caribbean Serenade", "Jumping The Gun", "Mighty Dan", "Session Begin", "Biafra", and "Quando Quando" – and the album also features some guest appearances on "The Lion" by Dandy, and on "Muma Muma" by The Israelites. Last up is Your Musical Doctor – a full album with Dandy as the lead singer on his own – with titles that include "Touch Of Poison", "Everybody Loves A Winner", "Gumption Feeling", "Meeting Over Yonder", "Here I Go Again", "Come On Home", and "Run Girl". 2CD set features 51 tracks in all – with a few more bonus tracks too! CD

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VariousEgo Trip's The Big Playback ... CD
Rawkus, 2000. Used ... $1.99
CD version of the 2 LP companion to Ego Trip's Book of Rap Lists. They did a good job of including a lot of amazing old school tracks (1983-1989) that maybe not everyone knows about – but should, including some that are nearly impossible to find on 12". Every track here is worth it, and most haven't been on other compilations. Tracks include "Holy War (Live)" by Divine Force, "My Mic Is On Fire" by Lord Shafiyq, "Marly Marl Scratch" by Marly Marl featuring MC Shan, "Get Retarded" by MC EZ & Troup , "Get Down Grandmaster" by Grandmaster Caz, "Step Up Front" by Positive K, "This Cut's Got Flavor" by Latee, "Droppin' It" by Bizzie Boyz, "I'm Not Playing" by Ultimate Force,"Do It! Do It!" by Alliance, "Brooklyn Blew Up The Bridge" by MC Mitchski, and "Beat Bop" (full 10-minute version) by Rammelzee vs. K-Rob. CD
(Out of print, small cutout hole through spine.)

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VariousOn The Detroit Beat – Motor City Soul UK Style 1963 to 1967 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
British rock, but with plenty of soul – as these artists were some of the first in the world to be influenced by the sound of early Motown Records – then set about trying to create their own strand of Detroit soul! The influence of Motown on the sound of so many other scenes has been well documented over the years – but this cool little set gets right to the heart of the matter – by representing the kind of British singers and groups who were some of the first to revel in the spirit of Berry Gordy and his creations – then find a way to move things forward with new recordings of their own! As always with Ace Records, the set is way more than just music – as there's a big booklet of notes, with details on all the many tracks and artists – a double dozen selection, with tracks that includes "Sweet Thing" by Georgie Fame, "Mickey's Monkey" by The Hollies, "No 1 In Your Heart" by Herbie Goins & The Nighttimers, "Heat Wave" by Beverley Jones & The Prestons, "One Of These Days" by Guy Darrell, "I Want To Go Back There Again" by Bill Kenwright & The Runaways, "The Way You Do The Things You Do" by Elkie Brooks, "I'll Be Doggone" by Billy J Kramer with The Dakotas, "As Long As I Know He's Mine" by Julie Grant, "Money" by The Undertakers, "I Want A Love I Can See" by John Leyton & The LeRoys, "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow" by The Roulettes, "Every Little Bit Hurts" by Spencer Davis Group, "You Really Got A Hold On Me" by Small Faces, "Never Leave Your Baby's Side" by Tony Jackson, "No Good Without You" by The Birds, and "Let's Go Somewhere" by Beryl Marsden. CD

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VariousPeanut Butter Wolf Presents 2K8 – B-Ball Zombie War ... CD
Stones Throw, 2007. Used ... $3.99
Peanut Butter Wolf gathers the Stones Throw masses – compiling all new, all exclusive ST tunes from veterans and fresh talent alike – for a heady companion piece to the 2K8 B-Zombie War video game from 2K Sports! We'll be frank and admit we don't know as much about video games as we do vulgar, latenight cable cartoons, but this is a tight stand alone set of fresh Stones Throw hip hop & funk errata. It introduces us to some future allstars such as Supreme Team, Dam-Funk and others – plus worthy unreleased material from Madlib, MED, Dilla, Aloe Blacc and more – plus the return of MF Doom, plus guest appearances by Q-Tip and Talib Kweli! Titles include "See" by Supreme Team (Madlib & Karriem Riggins), "Break It Down" by MED, "Make It Fast" by Guilty Simpson, "Lightworking" by J Dilla feat Q-Tip & Talib Kweli, "Legendary Lyricist Pt 2" by Percee P & J Rocc, "Mash's Revenge" by Dilla feat MF Doom & Guilty Simpson, "Action" (Rap version)" by Oh No, "Trouble" by Beat Konducta, "Find A Way" by Aloe Blacc, "Sidewayz" by Dam-Funk, "Basketball Beat" by Koushik, "Big Girl, Skinny Girl" by CZZ Kidtronik feat Rockola and more. CD

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✨✧ VariousPremium Cuts – De Wolfe ... CD
Celeste (Japan), Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the dreamiest sets of sound library tunes we've ever heard – a sampling of work from the De Wolfe Sound Library, with a sound that's different than most other compilations of this type! While most sound library compilations focus on the funkier or beat-heavy tracks, this great little gem goes for the groovy and jazzy numbers – and picks the best of De Wolfe's light and breezy output, including some killer bossa and soundtrack-type cuts. There's a really jazz feel to the whole set – no surprise, as many of the talents were actual recording jazz players themselves, simply working in the studio for De Wolfe in order to bring in a little extra cash. The whole thing's great – really overflowing with great numbers that will show you that the sound library scene is still wonderfully under-tapped! Titles include "Gentle Soul", "Sandy", and "Dazzle" by Roger Webb; "Red Spanish Onions" by David Goykovich, "Boat Race" by Ludovic Decosne, "Holiday Job" by Simon Haseley, "Big Incentive" by Reg Tilsley, and "Up & Away" by P Kass. CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ VariousTeen Beat – Hip Chicks & Hot Mamas ... CD
Teen Beat, 1950s/1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Music from Brenda Lee, Ann Cole with the Surburbans, Baby Washington, Katie Webster, Sandy Lee, Ruth Durand, Big Maybelle, Joyce Harris, Patsy Cline, Betty O Brian, Rose Maddox & more. CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ Alex BandEccentric (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Helicon/GAD (Poland), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sublime set from this hip Polish ensemble – a group who got their start in funky fusion, but who really stretch out here in a more sophisticated space too – mixing some of their electric elements with these really beautiful horn passages – arranged at a level that's full of color and life! The approach is a bit like some of the best MPS big bands of the 70s – with some keyboards and electric guitar in the mix, driving the rhythms along – while the skilled lineup of trumpets, trombone, and tenor sax carve out these soulful lines over the top – all at a level that's extremely fresh, very thoughtful, and which almost beats most American jazz of this type from the time! The style is more mid 70s than you'd guess from the date – and the album's a great lost treasure from the overlooked Polish scene. Titles include "Wet Za Wet", "Sam Na Manhattanie", "Switaniec", "Hispanzkie Izy", and "Morskie Slonce". CD features three bonus tracks – "Gra Milosna", "Fikolek", and "Tanczaca Anaconda". CD

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✨✧ Apple & The Three OrangesFree & Easy – The Complete Works 1970 to 1975 ... CD
Now Again, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Big BoiSir Lucious Left Foot – The Son Of Chico Dusty (CD/DVD deluxe edition) ... CD
Def Jam, 2010. Used CD&DVD ... Out Of Stock
A solo set from once and hopefully future half of Outkast Big Boi – and he delivers big here for Def Jam – classic Outkast level excellence from Sir Lucious Leftfoot! Production by Organized Noize, Scott Storch, J Beattzz, DJ Cutmasta Swiff and others, many songs with co-production credit to Big Boi, and we would take that seriously. The way his deft, charismatic rhymes meld with spacey thumping funk beatcraft doesn't feel like a batch of commissioned productions, but a unique, flowing tapestry that's got Big Boi written all over it. Fantastic and heartening to us to see a hip hop veteran and longtime favorite delivering this sharply and adventurously after all these years. Includes "Daddy Fat Sax", "Turns Me On" with Sleepy Brown & Joi, the instant classic single "Shutterbugg" feat Cutty, "General Patton", "Tangerine" feat TI & Khujo Goodie, "Hustle Blood" feat Jamie Foxx, "Be Still" with Janelle Monae, "Fo Yo Sorrows" feat George Clinton , Too Short & Sam Chris, "Shine Blockas" feat Gucci Mane, "Back Up Plan" and more. 17 tracks on the deluxe edition CD, which also includes a bonus DVD featuring 5 videos! CD
(There is no indication, but we are assuming the DVD is NTSC format, Region 1.)

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Edwin BirdsongEdwin Birdsong (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $3.99 14.99
A breakout solo moment from the great Edwin Birdsong – an artist who participated in some of Roy Ayers great albums of the 70s, and who cut some great underground records of his own – but who finally got the chance to step into the limelight on this set for Philadelphia International! Birdsong's always been his own man – one of the quirkiest funk artists you'll ever find – and the set's got a very different vibe than anything else from the Gamble & Huff house of hits – mostly because Edwin produced and arranged the whole thing on his own. There's a few slight Roy Ayers touches at times – we sometimes think of Edwin as the Bootsy to Roy's George Clinton – and the rhythms have a nicely romping groove that's more Bohannon than the usual disco tracks. There's also some mellower numbers – like the great "Autumn Eyes" and "Lollipop (Slow)", both of which have a mellow Ayers steppin' groove – and other more upbeat titles include"Cola Bottle Baby", "Phiss Phizz", "Kunta Dance", "Goldmine", and "Freaky Deaky Sities". CD features lots of 12" single bonus tracks – "Phiss Phizz (12" disco)", "Lollipop (12" disco)", "Goldmine (12" disco)", "Freaky Deaky Sities (12" disco)", and "Kunta Dance (part 1)". CD

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✨✧ Johnny BondPut Me To Bed – Gonna Shake This Shack Tonight ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
If you only know Johnny Bond from his big novelty hit of the 60s, you'll find plenty to discover here – as this package features the young Johnny Bond – a heck of honky tonk singer, and one with a great way around a romping hillbilly tune! A number of these tracks are from rare Columbia Records sessions, issued for the first time ever – mixed with the kind of upbeat tracks that made Johnny a real standout in the postwar years – the kind of country singer who consistently served up the kind of tunes that got heavy play in all the backroom jukeboxes in beer joints from California to Carolina! Bear Family did a great job with the set, which has notes and packaging that really illuminate the material – 30 tracks that include "Honky Tonk Fever", "Son Of Old Casey", "The Little Rock Roll", "Tennessee Kentucky & Alabam", "Louisiana Swing", "Broken Doll", "Wildcat Boogie", "Sale Of Broken Hearts", "Somebody's Pushin", "Livin It Up", "Fast Women & Sloe Gin", and "Wild Cat Baby". CD

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✨✧ Boogie Down ProductionsCriminal Minded ... CD
B-Boy, 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best debuts in the history of hip hop – and one of the most important albums the genre ever produced! Criminal Minded is a landmark for a number of reasons. Among the biggest is, of course, that it was recorded with the late great DJ Scott La Rock – and he was soon to fall prey to the very street violence that BDP documented with such raw brilliance by KRS-One. Importance aside, Criminal Minded is simply a great, timeless record that no true fan of gritty classic hip hop should be without. The track list alone is a full chapter in the hip hop book of legends – with tunes like "Poetry", "Elementary", "South Bronx", "Super-Hoe", "Bridge is Over", and the "P is Free" remix. Also includes "Criminal Minded", "Dope Beat", and "9mm Goes Bang". CD

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✨✧ James BrownSlaughter's Big Rip-Off ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Easily one of the funkiest albums that James Brown ever recorded – and one of his few entries into the blacksploitation genre of the 70s! James really outdid himself for this one – working at a hard burning pace that had the JBs cooking up some killer funk for just about every number in the set – and which also has James himself stepping out vocally for a few key tracks. The album features the massive groover "People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul" – a slamming track that beats nearly every number in the JB 70s catalog – plus other cuts that include "To My Brother", "Brother Rapp", "Sexy Sexy Sexy", "Slaughter Theme", "Transmogrification", "King Slaughter", and "How Long Can I Keep It Up". CD
(Part of the Rare Groove Funk 1000 Best Collection!)

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BT ExpressDo It (Til You're Satisfied) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Scepter/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... About December 18, 2019
The monumental debut of BT Express – and an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band's bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight blacksploitation soundtrack, with plenty of tight wah wah guitar riffing, conga beats, and funky flute and sax – topped off by just the right amount of strings to make the set soar even more! The album's best known for the title track "Do It (Til You're Satisfied)" – which was a big hit, but is still an excellent groover – and the set also includes loads of other great cuts too – like "Express", which was the original song that the created the JBs' response track "Monorail"; "This House is Smokin'", which has lots of funky descending horn bits; and other great tunes that include "Mental Telepathy", "If It Don't Turn You On", and "Do You Like It". CD features two bonus tracks – the original 7" single versions of "Express" and "Do It". CD

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CollageGet In Touch (with bonus track) ... CD
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $22.99
Collage may not have been the biggest group during the legendary early run of Solar Records – but they were certainly one of the tightest – as you'll hear on this classic album of 80s groove! Collage boast a lot more members than their contemporaries – a total of 10 guys are pictured on the back cover – but they've got a tightness to match all the leaner west coast funk acts of the time – with some nice electro touches in the beats, and lots of sweet basslines and keys around the vocals! Cuts include "Get In Touch With Me", "Young Girls", "Move In Time", "Near To Me", "Simple", and "Love Is For Everyone". CD features the bonus track "Get In Touch With Me (single version)". CD
(Part of the Solar Records Original Masters Collection!)

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Collins KidsRockin'est ... CD
Columbia/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s. New Copy ... $13.99 18.99
A killer collection from one of the coolest rockin acts of the 50s – a pair of younger kids, but who work together with a fire and frenzy that honestly beats most of the bigger rockabilly acts of the time! The Collins Kids are the stuff of legend – the kind of act that could hardly emerge today, especially on a major label – as it's almost as much of a surprise that these singles were recorded for Columbia Records during their big pop years, as it is how great the duo are together! Almost every track is upbeat, fast-riffing, and in that perfect spot between early rock and hillbilly – and the CD features 22 gems that include "Beetle Bug Bop", "Hoy Hoy", "Whistle Bait", "Hot Rod", "I'm In My Teens", "Hush Money", "The Rockaway Rock", "Hop Skip & Jump", "Mercy", "Party", "They're Still In Love", "Heartbeat", and "Go Away Don't Bother Me". CD

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Ray ColumbusNow You Shake – The Definitive Beat, R&B, Pop, & Psych Recordings 1963 to 1969 ... CD
RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A great collection of work from Ray Columbus – a New Zealand rocker of mid 60s vintage, but one who works here with mod sounds to rival much bigger names in London at the time! The collection begins with a core set of work by Ray Columbus & The Invaders – a super-sharp combo who have this sense of energy and fire that's a bit like Paul Revere & The Raiders, but more tuned towards beat group sounds – boundless energy that makes the rest of the combo a perfect fit for Ray's spirited lead vocals. The set then moves into solo material that Columbus recorded on his own, and with groups The Challenge, The Art Collection, and Fire – all with stylistic shifts that follow some of the British forays into trippier sounds after the initial beat boom – or some more compelling, more sophisticated material that Columbus really carries off well as a solo act. Titles include "She's A Mod", "I'm Finding Out", "She's Back Again", "Till We Kissed", "We Want A Beat", "In Memory Of Today", "Happy In A Sad Kind Of Way", "Los Angeles", "I'm Good For You", "Polka Dot Resistance", "Kick Me", and "East Pinkerton Street". CD

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✨✧ Compton's Most WantedMusic To Drive By ... CD
Sony, 1992. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The third and perhaps peak effort from Compton's Most Wanted – one of the strongest in the early 90s west coast gangsta scene! Then and now, Compton's Most Wanted stood out for the lean, moody approach to the sound and style, hewing strongly to the prominent beats and funk samples, but in the service of a more melancholy vibe than some of the more boisterous, bigger sounding gangsta rap of the time. Stands strong to this day, and the titles include "Hood Took Me Under", "Compton 4 Life", "8 Iz Enough", "Hoodrat", "Ni**az Strugglin", "I Gots Ta Get Over", "Def Wish II", "Music To Drive By", "N 2 Deep" feat Scarface, "Another Victim" and lots more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Calvin Cool & The Surf KnobsSurfer's Beat ... CD
Acid Symposium (Greece), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Obscure and pulpy surf rock instrumentals with some surprisingly searing guitar sound from Calvin Cool & The Surf Knobs – with a bigger sound than the typical period exploitation quickie! Surfer's Beat is heavy with bleating sax, piano, organ and hard hitting drums underneath the guitars. What really makes this weird little record a joy is that guitar tone – a razor sharp, loud one that's clearly modeled after Link Wray's scary works of genius – but the chops on display all around are pretty meaty. Who knows what secret crew of session wizards are really behind the curtain? Titles include run of staples and some lesser known nuggets alike – "Surf City", "Hang Ten", "Fog Horn", "Cannon Ball Wipeout", "Surfer's Beat", "The South Bay", "Surf Bunnies", "El Tecolate", Way To Do It", "Beach Bash" and more. CD

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Patrick CowleyAfternooners ... CD
Dark Entries, Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
The continuing lost legacy of Patrick Cowley – the San Francisco 80s club maestro who made some famous records with Sylvester – but who also did a huge amount of underground sounds for porno films at the time! This set digs deep into that legacy – by featuring music that Cowley did for the 1982 film Afternooners, as well as a few other tracks from the time – material that's a great 80s extrapolation of the sorts of slinky funk you'd know from 70s porn! The sounds here are heavy on beats and keyboards – a much more slowed-down take on territory that Cowley explored on his club singles of the period – and the basslines are plenty heavy, and very seductive – as you might imagine, given the images they were used with on the screen. We should tell you that the package does include a few nude images inside – so be warned if you're offended by that sort of thing. Titles include "Love Come Set Me Free", "Big Shot", "Surfside Sex", "Hot Beach", "The Runner", "One Hot Afternoon", "Leather Bound", and "Bore & Stroke". CD

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Gary Davis/Chocolate StarChocolate Star – A Taste Of Chocolate – The Very Best Of Gary Davis ... CD
Traffic, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... $9.99
Incredible work from Chocolate Star – less a group than a record label or project name used for some excellent underground club recordings from the late 70s and early 80s! Gary Davis is the real brainchild here – keyboardist, songwriter, and main spiritual force behind the music – but Peter Brown also played a big hand in some of the initial Chocolate Star sessions too, and there's a definite P&P groove to most of this work! The Chocolate Star touch is perhaps best known on the classic club track "Got To Get Your Love" by Clyde Alexander & Sanction – but it's even better on the more obscure work throughout the entire package – an array of tunes that run from funky club to other modes that include mellow soul, old school hip hop, and even some very spare tracks that mostly just have keyboards and beats! Titles include "Gee Dee", "Last Night", "Stay With Me", "Time For Love Is Now", "Super Jake", "Got To Get Your Love", "The Professor Here", "The Pop", "Gotta Get Your Love (Kenny Dope rmx)", "The Pop (12")", "The Professor Is Space Walking", and "Gee Dee (alt mix)". CD
Also available Chocolate Star – A Taste Of Chocolate – The Very Best Of Gary Davis ... LP 21.99

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Raheem DeVaughnLove Behind The Melody ... CD
Jive, 2008. Used ... $1.99
Damn great work from Raheem DeVaughn – the full promise of his soulful sojourn in the underground mixtape scene! Raheem first got his start laying down vocals over beats and other folks' tracks on self-crafted CDs that changed hands covertly in the east coast scene – and that experience gave him plenty of time to grow and mature, quietly developing his sound to a point where he can really burst forth with power on a record like this! There's still a bit of the old mixtape feel going on here – a range of older musical influences that inform Raheem's tunes – and a personal, almost casual approach that has DeVaughn speaking intros to some tracks, almost as if he's spinning them out with a personal, conversational style. Yet the production is also much better than before too – quite warm, with some great beats and keys in the mix – proof that stepping out of the underground can often be a good thing for a soul artist. Titles include "Customer", "Hello Love", "Woman", "Love Drug", "Friday", "Can We Try Again", "Empty", "Four Letter Word", and "Woman I Desire". Includes guest appearances from Floetry, Big Boi, and Malik Yusef. CD

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✨✧ Manu DibangoAfrican Soul – The Very Best Of Manu Dibango ... CD
Mercury (France), Late 60s/1970s/1980s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible stuff – a mind-blowing collection of work by Manu Dibango that offers some real gems that go way way past the hits! The package is divided up into different periods of Manu's career – his early recordings in France with Nino Ferrer, his Soul Makossa years, his time in the Ivory Coast, Jamaica, and his revival at the end of the 80s. The real treat is the work with Ferrer – highlighted here in 7 recordings from 1967 to 1969, some of Dibango's earliest tunes – cut in a go-go funky soul mode that's really really great. Other sides are excellent too – with a few big hits mixed in with other numbers we missed – making for a wonderful 15 track sampler that shows that Dibango always stayed strong, no matter what the setting. Afro beats, funky sax, and lots of heavy bass all over the place – and a track list that includes "Wakafrica", "Dikalo", "Soul Machine", "Je Veux Etre Noir", "Hot Chicken", "Sunday Morning", "From Congo", "Wouri", "Senga Abele", "Choc N Soul", "Soul Makossa", "Big Blow", "Duala Serenade", and "Goro City". CD

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Bo DiddleyBig Bad Bo ... CD
Chess/Get On Down, 1974. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Heavy funk from the legendary Bo Diddley – one of his amazing comeback albums from the early 70s for Chess, all of which are plenty darn great! For this set, Bo's traded in the scratchy guitar mode of his classic work for a sweeter, tighter funk-based sound – a groove that's supported strongly with electric studio arrangements from Wade Marcus – used here in very nice contrast to Diddley's rougher vocals and guitar! The style's got a bit more electric jazz touches than some of the other Chess blues funk records from the time – but the overall sound is still bound to please any funk fan – and titles include "Bite You", "Stop The Pusher", "You've Got a Lot Of Nerve", and the breakbeat classic "Hit Or Miss"! CD

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DJ Jazzy JeffReturn Of The Magnificent ... CD
BBE/Rapster (UK), 2007. Used ... $3.99
DJ Jazzy Jeff returns – with a top shelf roster or MCs doing justice to his Philly soul reared, bedrock beatcraft – including Big Daddy Kane, Method Man, Rhymefest, Jean Grae, Kardinall Offishall, CL Smooth, Pos of De La Soul and more – underground spitters and mic icons alike! We don't know if Jazz tailors his beats for the chosen MCs – or if he seeks out the appropriate MCs for his ready-made material – but whatever his methods, they're still working well. Return Of The Magnificent is a standard bearing effort! Titles include "Hip Hop" feat Twone Gabz, "Let Me Hear U Clap" feat Pos from De La Soul, "Run That Back" feat Eshon Burgundy & Black Ice, "Jeff N Fess" feat Rhymefest, "Practice" feat J Live, "Supa Jean" feat Jean Grae, "The Garden" feat Big Daddy Kane, "Hold It Down" feat Method Man, "My Soul Ain't For Sale" feat Raheem DeVaugh, "Cone On feat Dave Ghetto, "Brand New Funk 2K7" feat Peedi Peedi and more1 CD

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Falcons featuring Sonny MunroGood Good Feelings ... CD
Soul Junction (UK), Mid 60s. Used ... $11.99
A long-overdue look at the mighty mid 60s work of The Falcons – a group who are usually only covered during their early doo wop years, but who went onto do some tremendous group soul as well! The work here features many of the group's excellent recordings for the Big Wheel label with vocalist Sonny Munro in the lead – a really great singer who more than carries on the strong traditions started in the group by earlier singers who include Eddie Floyd and Wilson Pickett! The Big Wheel work is really great – often a bit Northern and upbeat, but with a very deep vocal style overall that's totally great. Added to the set is some additional material that Sonny Munro cut in later years – showing him to be an equally great solo act, working in some more sophisticated modern soul modes – briefly recording for Epic in the 70s, but represented here on some previously unissued tracks from the time. CD also features two tremendous Falcons-backed cuts on Big Wheel with singer Sandy Hollis in the lead – "I'm Tempted" and "Tables Will Turn" – plus the cuts "Good Good Feeling", "Standing On Guard", "Love You Like You Never Been Loved", "I Can't Help It", "Love Love Love", "In Time For The Blues", and "Standing On Guard" by The Falcons – as well as "Don't Leave Me Alone", "On The Other Side Of Pride", "Why Do I Let You Do The Things You Do", and "I'm Tired Of Being Your Play Thing" by Sonny Munro. CD
(Out of print.)

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Johnny FarnhamRose Coloured Glasses – The Early Years 1967 to 1970 ... CD
Teensville (Australia), Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A fantastic full collection of work from Johnny Farnham – a singer who became a huge star on the Australian scene of the 70s, but who never broke as big on our shores up north! Hearing the quality of these tracks, it's a bit hard to figure out why we never heard more from Farnham during these years – as the songs are tremendous, and mix a sense of tunefulness with whimsical production touches and arrangements – in ways that maybe echo contemporary music both by the late 60s The Bee Gees and Hollies, with maybe just a touch of Herman's Hermits thrown into the mix! The songs are mostly upbeat, jaunty, and super-catchy – delivered with a positive vibe that lives up to the title, and supported with the kind of detailed notes and commitment to great tracks that we've really come to love from the Teensville label. Titles include "Mr Whippy", "Two", "Susan Jones", "Sadie The Cleaning Lady", "Miss Elaine ES Jones", "Painting A Shadow", "Pay The Waiter", "Mirror Of My Mind", "Comic Conversation", "Ain't Society Great", and "Friday Kind Of Monday". CD

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Flevans27 Devils ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2009. Used ... $3.99
Great recent work from one of the earliest artists on the Tru Thoughts label – funky Flevans, working here in a variety of styles that keeps things fresh throughout! Some of the tunes have the spare, beat-heavy feel of Flevans' early work – while others have a more developed sense of songcraft – full lyrics that really tie things together, and guitar-heavy instrumentation that may well cross the album into much bigger audiences than before. Some of the tunes are pretty darn catchy, yet never too poppy – thanks to the work of vocalists Shona Foster and Sarah Scott – and titles include "More On The Way", "Mad Perks", "Pretty From A Distance", "Hold On", "On & Out", "All To Play For", "Lay Back", and "Flicker". CD

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✨✧ Jim FordBig Mouth USA – The Unissued Paramount Album ... CD
Paramount/Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A heck of a great record from Jim Ford – an early 70s country outsider whose early work hardly got any circulation at the time – but who's managed to go on to become the stuff of legend over the years! This set's got Jim at his best – maybe sounding even more country than on his two Capitol Records sessions, with slightly fuller production – but still that very individual, very distinct way of songwriting and putting over a tune – a quality that sparkles strongly on the album's batch of all-original material by Ford. A few tracks are reworks of numbers done on his unreleased second session for Capitol, taken in a very different way – and the whole thing has an offbeat vibe that's in the best left-of-Nashville mode of the early 70s. Titles include "He Turns My Radio On", "Family Tree", "Mixed Green", "I Call Her Baby", "Rising Sign", "Which Way", "If I Go Country", and "If There's A Will There's A Way". CD

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Gap BandGap Band VI (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Total Experience/Big Break (UK), 1984. Used ... $9.99
A tight groover from The Gap Band – already past the "V" in their classic run of 80s albums, and still very might at the top of their game! The core trio work here with sweet production from Lonnie Simmons – a pairing that continues to set the group up above most of their competition, and give them a groove that goes way past the obvious. Mellow cuts stand out as strongly as upbeat ones – and if anything, the mellow groovers are the best! Titles include "The Sun Don't Shine Everyday", "Weak Spot", "Video Junkie", "Beep A Freak", "Don't You Leave Me", "Disrespect", "I Believe", and "I Found My Baby". CD features bonus tracks – "Beep A Freak (12" long version)", "I Found My Baby (12" club/dance mix)", "Disrespect (12" club mix)", "Beep A Freak (12" special dance mix)", and "I Found My Baby (12" rmx with breakdown)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ GeminiGemini Rising ... CD
M&M/KES, 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic boogie groover from the early 80s – the one and only album from Gemini, and one of the few albums issued on the tiny M&M label! Although an indie effort, the album's got a tightness that matches the best 80s groove on bigger labels from the time – especially the excellent work coming out of Capitol, which would be a good match for the upbeat rhythms and well-crafted grooves going on here. Production is right on the money – very together without sounding slick – and the album's got a wonderfully soulful charm, served up by two male vocalists who sound great on both the upbeat and mellower tunes in the set. Titles include "Everytime I See A Pretty Lady", "You've Got Something Special", "Ain't No Love", "My Love For You Keeps On Growing", "The Power Of Your Love", and the great mellow soul ballad "I Don't Want To Lose You". CD

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Mickey GilleySongs We Made Love To/That's All That Matters To Me/You Don't Know Me/Put Your Dreams Away ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Four full albums from the biggest years on record for Mickey Gilley – a time when he'd risen from an almost-accidental country singer, to become a great crossover talent who could still hold on to his roots! Gilley was a childhood relative and close associate of Jerry Lee Lewis – and like Jerry, could play a pretty mean piano, as well as sing both upbeat tunes and more sensitive material – all of which comes to play here, even as Mickey was opening himself up to greater fame, thanks to new exposure in the growing commercial country market. You'd be hard-pressed to call this material hard country – but there's also lots more going on at the core than the hot country of the generation to follow. CD features four albums and 40 tracks in all – titles that include "Jr P Jones", "Just Long Enough To Say Goodbye", "Lonely Wine", "When I Lose You Anna", "My Affection", "Drinking Old Memories Down", "The More I Turn The Bottle Up", "Million Dollar Memories", "Texas Heartache Number One", "If I Can't Hold Her On The Outside", and "Don't You Be Foolin With A Fool". CD

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Jef GilsonJef Gilson Archives – A Collection Of Previously Unreleased Recordings, Rehearsals, Demos & Alternate Takes ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $8.99
Amazing sounds from Jef Gilson – one of the coolest, hippest jazz musicians working on the European scene of the 60s and 70s! Gilson has his own label – Palm Records – and was noted for his keen sense of collaboration, and openness to new ideas – not just modern elements that were moving around the postwar scene, but also some crucial crossovers with other global styles as well – and his list of collaborators over the years included reedman Michel Portal, trumpeter Bernard Vitet, prog rocker Christian Vander, and exotic jazz musician Lloyd Miller. Gilson's music was often issued in small pressings over the years, or buried under the names of bigger stars in his collaborations – but this wonderful package finally shows the genius in his full light – by bringing forth a host of rare tracks from Gilson's own archives, carefully selected by the Jazzman Records team. There's a really wonderful array of sounds going on here – some straighter jazz grooves, some offbeat rhythms, some exotic instrumental passages, and some occasional forays into Latin or African modes – all instantly compelling, and with the sort of unique sounds that are bound to have you digging for some of Gilson's commercially released music. Titles include "Choro In Blue", "Chant Inca", "Lamento", "Three Four One", "Anamorphose", "Java", "Agnus Dei", "Java Pour Raspail", and "La Cigale Et La Fourmi". CD

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✨✧ Marcello GiombiniL'Ossessa ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A demonic possession soundtrack, and one that's put together with just the right sort of sounds – music that's so creepy and eerie, we keep looking over our shoulders when we're giving it a listen – and which hardly sounds like any other similar soundtracks from the time! Marcello Giombini didn't try to copy some of the bigger satanic possession films of the period – and instead just revels in his own unique combination of instruments – which sometimes includes keyboard passages acting larger orchestrations, which have this weird way of refracting the real so that things really sound unusual and offbeat. There's a bit of wordless vocals from I Cantori Moderni, and a few darker electronic moments – although this isn't really an electronic score overall – and titles include "Tema Ossessa", "Tema Agitato", "Suspence Diabolica", "Esorcismo Ex Abea", "Tema Drammatico", and "Messa Nera". CD
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Glass PrismOn Joy & Sorrow ... CD
RCA/Beatball (Korea), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
The second of two albums by the obscure Glass Prism – and a set that's a lot looser and trippier than the first! This time around, the group turn in all their own songs (their debut featured words by Edgar Allen Poe) – and they really turn up the fuzz on the guitar, and mix it nicely with the organ – which, along with romping drums and basslines, almost gives these guys the energy of a jazz rock group – although without any horns at all. The tunes are wonderfully groovy – and have this formative quality that makes us think that these guys might have grown into something much bigger in the 70s, had they gotten the chance. Titles include "Maggie Don't You Hear Me", "Extention 68", "What Can We Do", "She's Too Much", "Renee", "I Laugh", "I Want To Play", and "Nothin's Wrong Song". CD

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HeatwaveCandles (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $12.99
Killer soul from Heatwave – a tight little group who definitely made the UK proud at the end of the 70s! The album's a bit more obscure than the group's first few, but the sound is very much the same – a warmly grooving approach that's neither too disco, nor too sleepy – always catchy on the hooks, and recorded with a nicely flanged style on the vocals – so that they're compressed a bit, and slide nicely in alongside the beats and keys! The mighty Rod Tempterton's still handling a good deal of the arrangements on the set, and some of the backings are orchestrated by Johnny Cameron – almost in a late 70s update of his earlier funky style. Titles include the funky cut "Gangsters Of The Groove", plus "All I Am", "Dreamin You", "Party Suite", "Posin' 'Til Closin'", "Turn Around", and "Where Did I Go Wrong", a sweet little ballad. The Big Break UK remastered edition has a massive 9 bonus tracks – including "Gangsters Of The Groove (Single Version)", "Jitterbuggin' (UK Single Version)", "Where Did I Go Wrong (UK Single Version)", "Posin' 'Til Closin' (UK Single Version)" and other alternate mixes b-sides "Find Someone Like You" and "Wack That Axe". CD
Also available Candles ... LP 4.99

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✨✧ Bobbi HumphreyBlue Breakbeats ... CD
Blue Note, 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great selection of some of Bobbi's funkiest tracks for Blue Note – with a focus on the tunes that have been big with the sample crowd over the past decade, all of which (no coincidence, thinks us!) are produced by the great Larry Mizell! Tracks include "Harlem River Drive", "San Francisco Lights", "Smiling Faces Sometimes", "My Little Girl", "Blacks & Blues", and "Please Set Me At Ease". Great funky flute and breezy keyboards – and every cut's a gem! CD
(Out of print, promotional sticker on booklet cover & stamp on CD.)

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✨✧ Janet JacksonJanet ... CD
Virgin, 1993. Used ... $1.99
Janet's massive follow up to Rhythm Nation 1814 and it's a triumph, too – delivering on all the strengths of other peak era efforts and slyly working in some stylistic detours along the way – asserting herself here as strongly as ever! Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis once again show why they're among the most heralded pop soul producers of the era, from beats driven dancefloor jams to sexy club soul to tender ballads, but make no mistakes, this is Janet's show – this one's official title is Janet, period after all – with badass spoken interludes, vocals that soar in range of styles and an all around assertive vibe that's strong to this day. Includes "That's The Way Love Goes", "You Want This", "If", "This Time", "Throb", "What'll I Do", "Funky Big Band", "Where Are You Now", "Any Time, Any Place", "Because Of Love", "Again" and more. CD
Also available Janet ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ JodiPop Espontaneo – Homemade Psychedelic Funk & Fuzz-Pop from Paraguay 1969 to 1975 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Out-Sider (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Jodi's a duo, not a single guy – but together, the pair have a style that's very much in the best tradition of singular outsider rockers from the past! The music is maybe a bit electronic, a bit psych, and definitely tuneful enough to earn the "pop" in the title – but never in a way that would hit the charts, especially in the group's native Paraguay! Instead, these cuts feel as if they came from the American hinterland in the years between psych and punk – by one of those rare groups who were so far from any big scenes, they had all the freedom to do things on their own – which might occasionally mean picking up direct influences, but always ending up with something very different and offbeat. A few of these tunes are even a bit funky, and just about all of them are pretty darn groovy – with titles that include "Altered Termites In My Room", "The Mom Kiss First", "A Sunburst Of Bees", "Tell Me Why", "Six Feet Over The Rainbow", "Night Dreamer", "Wanna Changed This World", "Save My Soul", and "I Find You In The Night". CD features bonus tracks – "Toys", "Hard To Be Alone", and "Searching For A Figure". CD

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✨✧ Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsNaturally ... CD
Daptone, 2005. Used ... $6.99
The long-anticipated second album from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings is a stunner – undoubtedly stronger than the group's fantastic debut – and a record that not only transcends the late model funk revival genre, but stands on footing as solid as the best hard funky soul of the late 60s and early 70s! If you're expecting a rehash of the heavy funk jams that burned on the Dap Dippin' album you won't be disappointed, but get ready for a deep, natural (hence the title) soulfulness that not only caught us off guard, but really forms the big, hard-beating heart of the album. The frothing, frenetic funk is as tight as ever, and in spots just as furious, but the attention to songcraft this time out is just as searing and indelible. The eight piece Dap Kings continue to be the best band in the land – with El Michels on baritone sax, Neal Sugarman on tenor, Homer Steinweiss on drums, not-so-secret weapon Bosco Mann on bass, vibes and piano. Guest appearances include fellow Daptone powerhouse vocalist Lee Fields on the the duet "Stranded In Your Love", and strings courtesy of the Bushwick Philharmonic, but make no mistake, this is the band's album. Amazing stuff from in indispensable group – an album that'll keep spinning in our circles for as many years as the great albums by the gritty soul forefathers do! Tracks include "How Do I Let A Good Man Down?", "Natural Born Lover", "My Man Is A Mean Man", a soulful reading of Woodie Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land", "Your Thing Is A Drag", "Fish In A Dish" and "All Over Again". CD

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Stan KentonEasy Go ... CD
Capitol, Early 50s. Used ... $3.99
A cool collection of Capitol material from Stan Kenton – mostly sides from his classic years of the early 50s! The work here shows a lively, more upbeat side of Kenton's music – one that still has some modern moments, but which is more in a west coast big band style overall. All tracks are from the years 1950 to 1952 – recorded after the financial failure of Stan's Innovations orchestra, and before his New Concepts group – all sessions that were supposedly "commercial" in nature, to help Kenton recoup some losses – but which still represent the forefront of jazz on the west coast at the time! Arrangers include Shorty Rogers, Pete Rugolo, Gene Roland, Bill Russo, and Johnny Richards – and soloists include Art Pepper on alto, Bud Shank on reeds, Bob Cooper on tenor, and Conte Candoli on trumpet. 20 tracks in all – including "Riff Raff", "Dynaflow", "Easy Go", "Viva Prado", "Francesca", "Soliloquy", "Lazy Daisy", "Beehive", "Cool Eyes", "Bill's Blues", "Night Watch", and "Jump For Joe". CD
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✨✧ Kool & The GangEmergency ... CD
Universal, 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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. Tray card has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Kool & The GangEverybody's Dancin (with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
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 features bonus tracks – "I Like Music (single)", "It's All You Need (single)", and "Everybody's Dancin (single)". CD

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Jerry Lee LewisGolden Hits Of/Live At The Star Club/Greatest Live Show On Earth/By Request ... CD
Smash/BGO (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A quartet of early Smash Records albums from Jerry Lee Lewis – including some especially smoking live material! First up is Golden Hits – an early moment of Smash Records genius from Jerry Lee Lewis – a set that was one of his first for the label, after many years at Sun – and a record that definitely sought to leave the new imprint's stamp on the material! As the title implies, most of the tracks are older hits by Jerry – Sun Records material, but recast here with some of the 60s fullness that Smash did so well – although oddly not far from the roots of Sun, given that the whole thing was recorded at the Nashville studios of Sam Phillips, with Billy Sherrill at the engineering deck! Technical details aside, though – Jerry's already starting to show some of those country modes that would set fire to the second chapter of his career – on titles that include "Down The Line", "End Of The Road", "Break Up", "You Win Again", "Crazy Arms", "Fools Like Me", and "I'll Make It Up To You". Live At The Star Club was recorded in Hamburg, Germany – and is an incredible 60s performance from Jerry Lee Lewis – proof that the man was always on fire when he worked overseas, even if his star had dimmed a bit back home! Jerry gets sharp, tight backings from The Nashville Teens – but the Lewis is center stage throughout – really wailing on piano, and singing in this unbridled style that maybe even blows away his early singles – especially when combined with the sense of personality he brings out in a live setting. Titles include "Money", "What'd I Say", "I Got A Woman", "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On", "Long Tall Sally", "Lewis Boogie", and "Matchbox". Greatest Live Show On Earth is a great early live album from the Smash Records years of Jerry Lee Lewis – and a set that really shows the new fire that was burning for the singer as he moved away from Sun Records! Smash always did a great job with live records – and this one's got a great approach that really captures the enthusiasm of the audience, the intensity of the performance, and all the charms of the man himself! Both Jerry's vocals and piano are very well-recorded – and titles include "Who Will The Next Fool Be", "No Particular Place To Go", "Together Again", "Long Tall Sally", "I Got A Woman", "Memphis", and "Jenny Jenny". On By Request, another live set from 1966 – Jerry's working with the super-tight Memphis Beats, who really manage to keep time with the boundless energy of their leader! Jerry's completely on fire – both vocally, and on the piano – which he completely decimates with fast-moving chords, and the kind of keyboard runs that must have been a piano tuner's nightmare! There's also just a hint of the country that would soon become a much bigger part of Jerry's career – mixed with really strong live versions of early rockin hits. Titles include "Little Queenie", "How's My Ex Treating You", "Money", "Crying Time", "I'll Sail My Ship Alone", "You Win Again", and "Green Green Grass Of Home". CD

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Little Anthony & The ImperialsWe Are The Imperials ... CD
Collectables, 1959. Used ... $7.99
Incredible work from one of the greatest groups on the east coast scene at the end of the 50s – a wonderful harmony combo, but one with a hell of a lead singer too! Anthony's voice is hardly "little" here – as he belts it out with this raw soul power that's years ahead of its time – really bold on the upbeat tracks, heartbreaking on the ballads, but still able to slide back and harmonize with the Imperials at all the right moments. The album's one of the best examples of the group's genius at its height – a style that would later go onto become such a big influence on 70s groups like The Delfonics or The Stylistics – and titles include "Tears On My Pillow", "So Much", "The Diary", "Oh Yeah", "Wishful Thinking", "Two People In the World", and "What Did I Do". CD
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Jerry LordanAll My Own Work ... CD
RPM (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Early Brit pop from Jerry Lordan – best known as the songwriter of a host of hits for bigger artists in the pre-Beatles years – stepping out here in an album of his own! Jerry's a singer with a surprising degree of charm – not a full-on rocker, but more of an old school vocalist with a good ear for a punch tune – working here with arrangements from Johnnie Spence that show that great lighter side of the London sound at the time! Titles include "A House A Car & A Wedding Ring", "Man On My Trail", "Leave Me Alone", "I'll Stay Single", "Married", and "The World's Loneliest Man". CD also features 14 more bonus tracks – singles and demos that include "Can We Kiss", "Who Could Be Bluer", "Do I Worry", "Sing Like An Angel", "I've Still Got You", and "One Good Solid 24 Carat Reason". CD

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✨✧ Bryan LorenBryan Loren (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philly World/Big Break (UK), 1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The debut album from Bryan Loren, and quite possibly his best-remembered set – a batch of catchy, upbeat 80s soul numbers – all tracks that definitely point the way towards his later productions for other hit artists! There's nothing too fancy going on here, but Bryan's right on the money with his groove – moving past some overdone cliches of soul music at the time, while still really drawing us in with a style that makes each new track feel like it's got a lot of hit potential! The balance is a bit hard to describe, but it's all laid out nicely in the music – a great set of cuts that includes "Lollipop Luv", "Do You Really Love Me", "Complications", "For Tonight", "Easier Said Than Done", and "Take All Of Me". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "Lollipop Luv (12" version)", "Do You Really Love Me (single)", "Easier Said Than Done (single)", "For Tonight (single)", "Lollipop Luv (inst)", "Do You Really Love Me (inst)", and "Easier Said Than Done (12" version)". CD

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Prini LorenzPrini Lorenz ... CD
RGE/Discobertas (Brazil), 1964. Used ... $4.99
A romping little record from the Jovem Guarda years in Brazil – a time when that country was strongly embracing American rock in all its 60s styles – and turning out groovy little records like this! Prini Lorenz works before a live crowd here – in this mix of mod elements that almost feels a lot like some of the bigger Sunset Strip live dates from the same time – particularly with the upbeat vibe of albums by Trini Lopez or Johnny Rivers! But there's also a sound here that's a lot cooler than both of their work – maybe because Prini's got this cool sort of accent on his English language vocals – but also because the combo is pretty lively throughout, and seems to turn all sorts of different tunes into upbeat stompers. Titles include "Like A Baby", "Cielito Lindo", "La Bamba", "Lonesome Traveler", "America", "Gotta Travel On", and "I Want To Hold Your Hand". CD

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LTDFor You ... CD
Montage/Hot Productions, 1983. Used ... $11.99
An 80s groover from LTD – one that has the group working strongly on both groovers and ballads, the latter of which may well be the strongest suit here! Jeffery Osborne's long gone from the group, but his warmly soulful legacy lives on in the vocal style of the love songs – kind of a mellow-flowing way of putting over a tune that hints at the bigger 80s quiet storm years to come. The upbeat tracks have an 80s groove mix of funky bass, beats, and keyboards – not as warm as the LTD funk of earlier years, but still handled with a bit of flair. Titles include "Caught In The Middle Of Goodbye", "Is It Over", "Slick", "Stop On By", "For You", "Whatcha Gonna Do", and "Party With You". CD
(Out of print.)
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Humphrey LytteltonHumphrey Lyttelton Big Band With Jimmy Rushing – BBC Jazz Club Autumn 1958 ... CD
BBC/Upbeat, 1958. Used ... $6.99
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Eugene McDanielsHeadless Heroes Of The Apocalypse ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1971. Used ... $14.99
A monster album that's gone on to 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
(Out of print SHM-CD pressing from the always great Free Soul series – includes obi!)

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Jimmy McGriffElectric Funk ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $14.99
One of Jimmy's funkiest albums ever – a sweeeeet batch of short, hard, and funky cuts – and a record that ranks right up there with the mighty Soul Sugar for sheer funkiness! Jimmy takes an upbeat and easygoing approach to the late 60s funk sound, with a nice, rubbery bass and the organ sound just killer – but would expect less from McGriff on that front? Truly funky and totally irresistible stuff, with sinister, measured moments that bigger and heavier pretty quickly - kind of prefiguring 70s blacksploitation soundtrack vibes in spots! The album's great all the way through – tight arrangements by Horace Ott, who also plays electric piano on the set, making for a clean, cool 2-keys kind of groove. Titles include "Spear for Moondog" (parts 1 & 2), "Tight Times", "Funky Junk", "Bird Wave", and "Back on the Track". CD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series!)

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McGuire SistersSeasons Greetings (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Real Gone, 1958. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Lovely Christmas sounds from the McGuire Sisters – a trio whose sweet style was always a big hit on TV, and which brings a perfect "Holiday Special" vibe to this seasonal album – which also includes a fair bit of unusual tunes! Most of the tracks are arranged by Dick Jacobs – with the kind of lush backings the group often received on the screen – and their unified style of vocalizing does a nice job of keeping things sprightly in all the right moments, especially on the more upbeat tunes. Titles include "If You Believe", "The Cactus Christmas Tree", "He", "Give Me Your Heart For Christmas", "Without Him", "Christmas Alphabet", and "Honorable Congratulations". CD features three bonus tracks – "Be A Santa", "Peace", and "Ave Maria". CD

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Cat MillerCat (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... $22.99
An overlooked gem from the Solar Records label – a real powerhouse of 80s soul, but one who's talents weren't able to put Cat Miller on the top of the charts! That lack is hardly reflected in the sound of the album, though – as the whole thing is as tight and filled with crossover energy as the label's biggest from the decade – with Cat shining both the the ballads and the groovers – the latter of which might even be somewhere in early Janet Jackson territory. Production is as varied as the material – work by Bernadette Cooper, Greg Perry, and the team of LA & Babyface – plus the great Leon Ware on the album's remake of his classic "I Want You". Other titles include "Beat My Face", "Computer Love", "Be For Real", "Fool In Love", "Move A Little Closer", and "Rescue Me". CD features bonus tracks – "Be For Real (single)", "Beat My Face (12" club dub)", and "Beat My Face (12" bonus beats)". CD
(Part of the Solar Records Original Master Colleciton series!)

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MomusCreate 2 – Recreate (Hippopotamomus/Voyager/Timelord/bonus tracks) (3CD set) ... CD
Creation/Cherry Red (UK), Early 90s. Used 3 CDs ... $14.99
A trio of late Creation Records albums from Momus – each with bonus tracks too! Hippopotamomus is a set that Momus dedicated to one of his big musical inspirations, Serge Gainsbourg – at a time when so few of his contemporaries had yet to rediscover Serge's genius! And yet like all of Momus' best influences, the power of Gainsbourg isn't slavishly delivered here – but instead taken at a very deep level, and fused into the singer's already uncanny ability to delivery an offbeat tune. Most of the instrumentation is quite spare and electronic – which brings a bit of coldness to the record that differs from some of Momus' earlier, more acoustic albums – and lyrics are sometimes spoken as much as sung, which adds a further sinister vibe. Titles include "Marquis Of Sadness", "A Monkey For Sallie", "The Painter & His Model", "Bluestocking", "I Ate A Girl Right Up", "Michelin Man", and "Pornography". Voyager is a record in which it might be said that Momus discovers modern rhythms, especially the strong influence from house that was being felt in the UK mainstream of the time – but, as with all of the singer's classic albums, the presentation here is something completely different and unique! The production and instrumentation are definitely a cut above for the one-man act – with these beautiful washes of sound amidst the beats and warmer keyboards – all providing a perfect setting for the cosmically expansive nature of the lyrics – which seem to deal with future thoughts and spacious themes more than usual. Titles include "Vocation", "Virtual Reality", "Summer Holiday 1999", "Afterglow", "Voyager", and "Spacewalk". Timelord is an album that has one of the strangest covers that Momus ever gave us – photographed by Pierre et Gilles – and a set that also features some of the most subtle songwriting from the singer too! The song style follows from the more electric modes that Momus had been using during his later Creation years, but the presentation is also a lot more sophisticated too – so that things are abstracted a bit, which warms them up nicely – matched by vocals that are sometimes a bit distant in their perspective, but which also give uncanny clarity to the subject matter. Songs include "Elightenment", "Breathless", "Suicide Pact", "You've Changed", "Landrover", and the beautiful "Christmas On Earth". 3CD set features bonus notes – and 10 bonus tracks that include "Smart Drugs", "The Mechanical Arm", "President Of Love", "Life Of An Office Worker", "I'm Still Trying", "Things You Never Did", "Empress Of Hawaii", "Song Of The Traffic Crossing", "Je Suis Avec Le Christ", and "Summer Holiday 1999 (original)". CD

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✨✧ Zbigniew NamyslowskiKujaviak Goes Funky ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some great funky jazz by one of Poland's greatest musicians! Zbigniew Namyslowski cut his teeth playing modernist alto sax in the group of Krzystof Komeda, but on this mid 70s set, he's grooving hard in a tight set of choppy fusion tracks with that hard European approach on the downbeat! The group's a quintet – with Namyslowski on alto, Tomasz Szukalski on tenor and soprano, and Wojcieh Karolak on electric piano – and the tracks are long and spiralling, a bit free, but always with some good grooves, and held down especially nicely by Karolak's keyboard lines! Titles include "Zablakana Owieczka", "Kujaviak Goes Funky", "Appenzeller's Dance", and "Smutny Jasio". CD

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✨✧ NobodyAll Too Familiar ... CD
Ubiquity, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The most familiar aspect of Nobody's work is how fondly we feel about it! In spite of the title, he's as unpredictable as ever here, delivering his dreamiest and most soaring effort in years. Lightly funky, golden age of hip hop-inspired beats are big part of the backdrop on All Too Familiar, with inspired use of synth, keys, guitar and string accents that bring a lot different airy textures, but never steered too far away from Nobody's signature style of hypnotic instrumentals. Includes "Watery", "Smash Yr Radio", "Pale", "Seventy-Seven", "Liquid Shards", "Jejune", "Full Circle", "High On Silver Ridge", ""Petrichor", "Sweet Feeling" and more. CD
 
 
 



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