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Dave LeeBig New Band From Britain ... LP
Top Rank, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $8.99
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Big MaybelleLast Of Big Maybelle ... LP
Paramount, 1973. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
An unusual double-length album of tracks recorded by this bluesy soul singer in the years after she recorded for Savoy, and cut her big hit "Candy". This LP's got a harder rockin' bluesy feel to it, with the sort of R&B revival sound of the late 60/early 70. Maybelle's still great, though, and really manages to belt out tracks like "Cold, Cold Heart", "Your Turn To Cry", "Winnie Widow Brown", "Big Sweet Daddy", "Long Long Journey", and "Blame It On Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with a bit of tape on the top seams.)

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✨✧ Four TopsFour Tops On Top ... LP
Motown, 1966. Very Good- ... $1.99
The Four Tops are definitely on top with this sweet early set – a record that not only shows them sparkling away from some of their big singles of the time, but also handling some other wonderful material in their sublime soul group style! The set includes some lesser-known Motown tracks, like "There's No Love Left", "I Got A Feeling", "Shake Me, Wake Me", "Until You Love Someone", and the hit "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever" – all mixed with some more standard tunes from the time, but all given a special Motown mix of soul and class, on tracks that include "Matchmaker", "Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars", and Toots Thielemans' great jazzy number "Bluesette". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear, splitting on the top seam, and some pen on back.)

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Howlin WolfBig City Blues (aka Howlin Wolf Sings The Blues) ... LP
United, Early 50s. Very Good ... $16.99
Howlin Wolf sings the blues, and comes across in a way that influences an entire generation too – with that raw, raspy sound that made the singer a perfect blend of delta roots and contemporary sounds that were bubbling up in the postwar years! These tracks have a spare, simple, stark style that's still a lot more powerful than most of the records that tried to copy Wolf's modes in later years – mindblowing guitar work from Willie Johnson, harmonica lines that weave the whole thing together, and tremendous vocals that would shake the paint off your walls, even without any other instrumentation! Titles include "Crying At Daybreak", "Twisting & Turning", "Brown Skin Woman", "Morning At Midnight", "Backslide Boogie", "House Rockin Boogie", "Keep What You Got", and "Worried About My Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label United Superior pressing. Cover has split top & bottom seams with some staining.)

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Jimmy McGriffBig Band ... LP
Solid State, 1966. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $2.99
A Basie tribute, but a really smoking one – thanks to some hard swinging arrangements from Manny Albam, and plenty of heavy Hammond from the great Jimmy McGriff! The tracks are mostly numbers from the Count Basie songbook of the 50s and 60s, but they're strongly reworked here with a swinging 60s vibe – played with lots of strong horn work in the background, all used as a perfect foil for Jimmy's leaner organ solos over the top! The style's quite similar to other big band organ work of the time – particularly records made by Jimmy Smith in collaboration with Oliver Nelson, or Jack McDuff with Benny Golson – and McGriff's organ comes through nice and clean in the mix, with that sharply fluttering sound that really made him one of the true standouts of the 60s. Titles include "Hob Nail Boogie", "Cute", "Every Day", "Blues Go Away", and "Slow But Sure". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Buddy RichSwingin' New Big Band ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $4.99
A hard and heavy side from Buddy, and true to his reputation and the title of the LP, he comes out swinging! The set features a top notch mid 60s group, and from the sound of the numbers on this set, ol' Buddy did need to hand out any of his famous lectures on the bus afterwards, with some crisp soloing and great ensemble playing. 8 tracks in all, including "Basically Blues", "The Critics Choice", "My Man's Gone Now", "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" and "Sister Sadie". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rolling StonesBig Hits (High Tide & Green Grass) ... LP
London, 1960s/Early 70s. Very Good Gatefold ... $14.99
All the great early hits – including "Play With Fire", "Satisfaction", "19th Nervous Breakdown", "The Last Time", "As Tears Go By", "Get Off My Cloud", "Not Fade Away", "Good Times Bad Times", "Time Is On My Side", and "It's All Over Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label mono pressing, in the gatefold cover with booklet. Cover has a small rip on the top seam.)

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Big Mama ThorntonSassy Mama! ... LP
Vanguard, 1975. Very Good ... $24.99
Big Mama Thornton gets a bit of an update – as her older blues style comes into play with a hip electrified lineup – one that features Paul Griffin on keyboards, Cornell Dupree on guitar, and Bad Bascomb on bass! The vibe is still plenty blues, but has an undercurrent of soul – thanks in part to production from Ed Bland, who could always be trusted to mix different elements together so well. Buddy Lucas also plays a bit of tenor sax – and titles include "Lost City", "Mr Cool", "Private Number", "Rolling Stone", and "Everybody's Happy (But Me)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with a split top seam.)

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✨✧ Billy EckstineTogether – The Legendary Big Band Of Billy Eckstine ... LP
Spotlite (UK), 1945. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great work from the early years from Billy Eckstine – including one track with Billy on trumpet! Band members include Fats Navarro on trumpet, Gene Ammons and Budd Johnson on tenors, Leo Parker on baritone, and Art Blakey on drums! The set also features some vocals from Lena Horne and Sarah Vaughan too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued top seam held with pieces of tape.)

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✨✧ Art Farmer & Benny Golson JazztetBig City Sounds ... LP
Argo, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massively soulful, massively stepping – and one of the greatest albums ever from the team of Art Farmer and Benny Golson! The record sparkles with an amazing edge – rhythm totally in place from the trio of Cedar Walton, Tommy Williams, and Albert Heath – and horns braced over the top with a clean-blown sound that's as impeccable as it is soulful! Farmer, Golson, and trombonist Tom McIntosh update the soulfully arranged style that Golson first forged in the 50s – taking it into earthier territory with more of a soul jazz flair, but still allowing for the space and modern edge that made Golson's work noticeable from the start. The album features some great originals, and key takes on jazz standards from the time – an all-great run of titles that includes "The Cool One", "Blues On Down", "Hi Fly", "Bean Bag", and "Con Alma". LP, Vinyl record album
(Grey label Argo pressing, with deep groove. Cover is great!)

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✨✧ Conte CandoliLittle Band Big Jazz ... LP
Crown, 1960. Used ... Out Of Stock
An incredible record – and the kind of rare LA bop session that got totally lost because it was never packaged properly! This obscure set was issued by the Crown label under a number of names – both the Conte Candoli All Stars and Vince Guaraldi – and the group includes Conte Candoli, Buddy Collette, Vince Guaraldi, Leroy Vinnegar, and Stan Levey – all playing with a fantastically tight and incredibly soulful bop groove, of the sort you always hear them credited for, but which you can never find on any of their snoozy more famous records. Vince Guaraldi plays some incredibly soulful piano, in a manner that's very different than his Fantasy recordings – and he's playing here with a killer group of LA players who deliver some of their finest recorded work! Trust us, the session's a gem – and it's one of those you can put on and surprise your friends, and yourself! Tracks include "Muggin The Minor", "Mambo Diane", "Macedonia", and "Little David". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split spine & mostly split top seam.)

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Tim BuckleyGreetings From LA ... LP
Warner/Straight, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
A later effort from Tim Buckley with a bigger sound and more of a straight ahead approach – with a big nod in the groove direction and some R&B creeping in! In lesser hands, Greetings From LA could be considered more of a "commercial" album than the unpredictable stylistic variances of Tim's earlier records, but his vocals and depth of passion keeps it a riveting experience. Rolling boogie piano, some vamping organ, groovy strings, and even some female chorus backing vocals bring elements of 70s soul and juke joint sounds into the mix – while Buckley's emoting is on par with earlier work – even if some of the lyrics are kind of on the bawdy side. Includes "Move With Me", "Get On Top", "Sweet Surrender", "Night Hawkin'", "Devil Eyes", "Hong Kong Bar" and "Make It Right". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, with postcard intact, but starting to disconnect.)

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✨✧ Benny CarterAdditions To Further Definitions ... LP
Impulse, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $29.99
A great example of the cool, classy swing that Benny Carter hit in the 1960s – a groove that was more regularly brought to backings for standout singers of the time, but which also works beautifully here in an instrumental mode! Carter's alto sax is at the top of the charts, but the album's almost more of an ensemble effort overall – with great reed work from Bud Shank on alto, Teddy Edwards and Bill Perkins on tenor, Bill Hood on baritone sax, Don Abney on piano, Barney Kessell and Mundell Lowe on guitar – all coming together as kind of a mini-large ensemble – never that big in the number of players, but grooving with a great sense of poise, class, and soul. There's a number of originals written by Carter, including "Doozy", "Prohibido", "Come On Back", "Rock Bottom", "We Were In Love", and "Titmouse" LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label stereo pressing – with Van Gelder stamp.)

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Gene ChandlerGene Chandler Situation ... LP
Mercury, 1970. Very Good- ... $3.99
Killer stuff from Gene! After recording a few sadly overlooked albums for Brunwsick, Gene hit big big big with this killer record on Mercury! The record virtually defines the Chicago soul sound of the late 60s – with arrangements by Tom Tom, production by Gene, and a great loping soul groove – but the best part of all is Gene, who's an amazing singer with a maturity that stretches years beyond his earlier hits, and which put him in a camp with the best of his generation. The songwriting is excellent throughout, with a great mix of uptempo numbers and heartbreakingly personal ones. Titles include "Groovy Situation", "Simply Call It Love", "Not The Marrying Kind", "Give Me a Chance", and "Hey, Little Angel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam & partially split bottom.)

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Alice CooperKiller ... LP
Warner, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ... $19.99
Pure early genius from Alice Cooper – a set that might not have been as big of a hit as some of his other early 70s albums, but which also shows the singer to be very much at the top of his game! Some of the tracks here follow familiar Cooper territory – sinister, hard-rocking energy with a no-nonsense approach – but there's also some deeper elements handled nicely by Bob Erzin – with qualities that now feel years ahead of their time, and maybe even an influence to later folks who never would have admitted such a link! Titles include the fantastic "Halo Of Flies" – plus "Under My Wheels", "Be My Lover", "You Drive Me Nervous", "Yeah Yeah Yeah", "Dead Babies", and "Killer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has light wear, missing calendar.)

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EkseptionEkseption 5 ... LP
Philips, 1972. Very Good ... $3.99
Ah for the days when Holland seemed to be filled with hard-jamming fusion combos! Ekseption were one of the country's best – and crossed over big to the rock crowd during the prog years. Here, on their 5th album, the group's actually pretty jazzy overall – taking a few tips from classical influences, but also doing many tunes on their own, and really working out some nice heavy riffing solos. Loads of great organ solos – and titles include "My Son", "Pie", "Midbar Session", "A La Turka", "Siciliano", "For Example/For Sure", and "Virginal". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, with a split top seam.)

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✨✧ Maynard FergusonMF Horn 4 & 5 – Live At Jimmys ... LP
Columbia, 1974. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
A sweet double-length set from Maynard – one that's live and totally cooking, and proof that Ferguson's funky big band style could work equally well in a concert setting! As on other Ferguson classics from the time, the instrumentation includes a good deal of Fender bass and electric piano – electrifying the bottom sound of the rhythm while the acoustic horns really soar over the top – hitting amazing patterns and formations that change rapidly as the set grooves on – usually on longer tracks that offer plenty of room for solos! The group features some great work by European player Ferdinand Povel on tenor and flute – and titles include "The Fox Hunt", "Nice N Juicy", "Blue Birdland", "Two For Otis", "Left Bank Express", "Teonova", and "Stay Loose With Bruce". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape on the spine.)

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Redd FoxxPass The Apple Eve Part 2 ... LP
King, Late 60s. Very Good ... $5.99
One of the handful of blue comedy records Foxx cut for King before making it big and getting into it with Lamont, Grady and Esther on TV. Recorded live at his own club in Hollywood, and as you can imagine, the humor is pretty raw, and we wouldn't have it any other way. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with split top & bottom seams.)

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Isaac HayesIsaac Hayes Movement ... LP
Enterprise, 1970. Very Good Gatefold ... $6.99
Stellar soul from Isaac Hayes – just the sort of overblown masterpiece that made his early solo work on Stax Records so great! The record features only 4 long tracks – all of which go on in that slow-building style that Ike forged at the time – a mode that takes a few simple musical elements, slowly adds more instrumentation, then builds the whole thing up subtly and slyly while Hayes is talking rapturously over the top! There's a feel here that's nicely dramatic, but never in a kitschy, cloying way – a new statement of male soul masculinity, just right for the sophistication of the 70s. Titles include Ike's 12 minute covers of "Something" and "I Stand Accused", plus "One Big Unhappy Family", and "I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jon HendricksEvolution Of The Blues Song ... LP
Columbia, Early 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
An early concept album from the great Jon Hendricks – one that tells the story of blues through jazz – all put together as a flowing story in music! Jon speaks and sings the whole tale – but also gets some help on vocals from Big Miller, Hanna Dean, and Jimmy Witherspoon – as well as great musical backing from the core Ike Isaac Trio, with solos by Pony Poindexter and Ben Webster! The music is mostly rooted in blues, but with a hipper jazz sensibility – almost in the way that Oscar Brown Jr and others were going back to the roots, but updating them for the 60s. Titles include "WPA Blues", "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child", "New Orleans", "I Had My Share", "Jumpin With Symphony Sid", and "Please Send Me Someone To Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove on one side. Cover has a split top seam and spine, half split bottom seam, and a hype sticker.)

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✨✧ Johnny HodgesEleventh Hour ... LP
Verve, 1962. Very Good+ ... $6.99
An overlooked gem from Johnny Hodges – a 60s session that hearkens back to the "with strings" Verve mode of the 50s – but one that also updates the approach strongly, thanks to some well crafted arrangements by Oliver Nelson! Nelson's work in the jazz backings for soloist mode during the 60s was some of the best of the big band genre – and although his work here is much more in the mellow tone mode than his backings for players like Jimmy Smith and Lou Donaldson, Hodges is still getting top shelf treatment, some really wonderful washes of sound and color that show that his tone is still very much alive! A nice preface to the pair's classic set for Flying Dutchman – and with tracks that include "Something to Live For", "Don't Blame Me", "Warm Valley", "The Eleventh Hour", "Guitar Amour", and "You Blew Out The Flame In My Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has a small sticker and some gloss separation at the seams.)

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Chuck JacksonChuck Jackson Arrives ... LP
Motown, 1968. Very Good ... $9.99
Chuck arrives at the Motown label – and already finds a fresh new sound that's different from his earlier years at Wand Records! Chuck only worked with Motown for a few short years, but his time at the label marked a big shift in his work – a move away from the more staid "Iceman" soul of the Wand recordings, and into a sound that was deeper, more expressive, and nicely mature as well. There's a growing southern soul sensibility to many of these tracks – as Chuck seems to be taking a cue from some of the better singers of the late 60s, and deepening his sound with influences brought north from Memphis and Muscle Shoals. The core sound's still prime Motown, though – with top-shelf arrangements and productions – and in a way, these recordings mark the link between Memphis and Detroit that would be explored a lot more heavily in key 70s recordings by Don Davis and other producers who skirted between the two cities' scenes. Titles include "Lonely Lonely Man Am I", "To See The Sun Again", "Ain't No Sun Since You've Been Gone", "I Can't Go On Sharing Your Love", and "Where You Gonna Run To Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with the deep groove. Cover has some wear & pen.)

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Quincy JonesBack On The Block ... LP
Quest/Warner, 1989. Very Good ... $6.99
One of the last really all-star sets from Quincy Jones – and a record that reprises the format of some of his big records of the 70s – like Mellow Madness or Body Heat – in a way that has Quincy surrounding himself with top-shelf artists of all sorts, from jazz soloists, to hip hoppers, to R&B vocalists. Kool Moe Dee & Big Daddy Kane rap on a version of "Birdland" that also has solos from Miles, Diz, and James Moody; Take 6 sing on a mellow version of Ivan Lins' "Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)", Bobby McFerrin sings goofily on "Wee B Dooinit", Siedah Garrett and Al B Sure sing on "The Secret Garden", and a whole choir joins in on "Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Stan KentonSketches On Standards (10 inch LP) ... LP
Capitol, Early 50s. Very Good ... $4.99
Wonderful work from Kenton – warm and seductive, yet also modern and adventurous, tunes that are familiar, yet inexplicably transformed by the Kentonite approach! The record's got a similar feel to some of the best work coming out of the Kenton school at the time – and players on the set include Lee Kontiz, Frank Rosolino, and Conte Candoli – all of whom get in some good solos on the record. Arrangements are by Bill Russo and Kenton – never too over the top or complicated, but complex enough to please our modern ears, and to make the set much more than a package of big band standards! Titles include "There's A Small Hotel", "Lover Man", "Fascinating Rhythm", "Sophisticated Lady", "Shadow Waltz", and "Pennies From Heaven". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover is in nice shape, with just some light surface wear on back.)

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Major LanceMajor's Greatest Hits ... LP
Okeh, Mid 60s. Good+ ... $5.99
This is the stuff that the Chicago soul scene cut its teeth on in the 60s! Curtis Mayfield wrote a big batch of these tracks, Carl Davis produced, and the Major lays them down with a groove groove groove! Titles include "Monkey Time", "Come See", "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um", "The Matador", "Ain't It A Shame", "Girls", "Sweet Music", and "Gotta Get Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing. Cover has wear & aging, with a split spine and mostly split top seam.)

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Joe Leahy/Jack CarrollMusic James Dean Lived By ... LP
Unique, Late 50s. Very Good ... $9.99
Although this album's a pretty shameless attempt to cash in on the death of the late James Dean – it's also got some pretty nice moments. A big chunk of the tracks are orchestral works by Joe Leahy's orchestra, many from the soundtracks of Dean's films – but there's also a few nice vocal numbers, done in a campy rough style by Jack Carroll. The best of these is "The Story Of James Dean", which is suitably goofy – and 2 other Carroll numbers include "Giant" and "We Could Make Such Beautiful Music Together". On top of that, the cover's got a great picture of Dean on the front. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split spine and top seam, held at the end with clear tape.)

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Michel Legrand & CoLe Jazz Grand ... LP
Gryphon, 1978. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $2.99
A wonderful session of straight jazz work by Michel Legrand – a larger group outing that's one of the few albums he ever cut in this style! The set has all the warmth and imagination of Legrand's best jazzy soundtrack work – strong themes, bold statements, and a sense of personal investment that comes through even in a larger ensemble – yet the work here is also delivered with even more freedom for solo work than Legrand's film scores, with plenty of longer exploratory passages that showcase the takents of key soloists like Gerry Mulligan, Phil Woods, and Jon Faddis. Most of the album's first side features an extended track suite entitled "Southern Routes" played by a big band – and side two features shorter titles played by a septet, with titles that include "La Pasionaria", "Malagan Stew", "Iberia Nova", and "Basquette". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a center split top seam.)

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MJT+3Walter Perkins' MJT+3 ... LP
Vee Jay, 1959. Sealed ... $23.99
The MJT grooves like nobody's business, thanks to a core rhythm group that includes Harold Mabern on piano, Walter Perkins on drums, and Bob Cranshaw on bass. Add to the mix a young Frank Strozier on alto, fresh from Memphis (he made the trip to Chi-town with buddy Harold Mabern), and the smoking trumpet of Willie Thomas, and you've got one of the tightest combos to never make it in the big time. Who cares, though, because this album is a gem, and it grooves along mightily from top to bottom. Strozier and Mabern are fantastic, and they bring a unique soul jazz approach from their native Memphis into play with the firey Chicago rhythm of Cranshaw and Perkins. Five tracks: "Sleepy", "Brother Spike", "Whiffenpoof Song", "Rochelle" and "Big Hands". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 60s pressing! We're not sure of the label, but the record feels nice and heavy – and the cover says Vee Jay, not one of the later variations.)

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MomentsNot On The Outside, But On The Inside, Strong! ... LP
Stang, Early 70s. Very Good- ... $24.99
Beautiful! This is one of The Moments' best albums from the early 70s, and it's a masterpiece of east coast group soul in the best New Jersey tradition! The trio of Ray, Goodman, and Brown sing together with perfect harmonies, and the production has a raw edge that makes their voices sound even sweeter in contrast – that rough edge that really characterized east coast soul in the years before some of the bigger Philly productions started smoothing it out a bit. The record includes their big hit "Not On The Outside", plus "Hurts On Me, Baby", "Sunday", "Love On A Two Way Street", "You Make Me Feel Good", and "I'm So Lost". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some marker, with a wide piece of masking tape along the top seam, wish a name written along it. Label has some marker.)
Also available Not On The Outside, But On The Inside, Strong!/On Top ... CD 11.99

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Dorothy MooreMisty Blue ... LP
Malaco, 1976. Very Good ... $3.99
A pivotal moment in the development of southern soul – as the album was one of the first really big hits to come out of the growing Malaco scene in Jackson, Mississippi. The style of the record is a mix of older female southern soul styles, plus some of the warmer mellow production that was coming out of the Alston/Miami scene at the same time. And although Malaco mostly moved into cheesy blues during the early 80s, this one's very much in a popular crossover soul style. Features the title hit "Misty Blue", plus "It's So Good", "Too Much Love", "Ain't That A Mother's Luck", "Enough Woman Left (To Be Your Lady)", and "The Only Time You Ever Say You Love Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued top seam.)

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Ohio PlayersSkin Tight ... LP
Mercury, 1974. Very Good Gatefold ... $5.99
Great work from the Ohio Players – and proof that moving to a big label could be a good thing for a funky group! This was the band's first album for Mercury – and although one might have the temptation to say that the label cut down the radical funk sound of the trippy Westbound years, the move also taught the band to sharpen up their act, and get out of the repetitive sloppy groove into which they'd been lapsing during the past few years. The record's a lot smoother than earlier work – with a polished funky sound that would soon push the band right up there with Earth Wind & Fire at the top of the soul charts. And although there's familiar funky numbers like "Skin Tight", "Jive Turkey", and "Streakin Cheek To Cheek" – the best moment on the entire album is the wonderful spacey soul number "Heaven Must be Like This", a seven minute mellow groover that's got a sophisticated jazzy soul style, with voices and piano soaring into the heavens, in a way that always still sends chills down our spine! That cut shows the band's tremendous growth – and it's one of their best-ever! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & initials in pen.)

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✨✧ Harry Olson/John PrestonSounds & Music Of The RCA Electronic Music Synthesizer ... LP
RCA, 1955. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Pretty amazing – a very early album of electronics, played by a machine that's as big as a Univac! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam and a stain along one edge – but record is nice.)

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OrlonsSouth Street ... LP
Cameo, Early 60s. Good+ ... $4.99
An Orlons smoker from South Street in Philly – a perfect example of the way the city was becoming a major soul power in the early 60s! The set's got The Orlons taking on a host of other hits of the time – romping rockers, mellow ballads, and socking soul – all wrapped together in one tight little package that shows that the group, along with some Cameo Records help, can do just about anything they set their minds to! The blend of three girls and one guy makes for some unusual vocal moments – and titles include the chunky groover "South Street", plus a number of tunes in a similar mode, like "Big Daddy", "Pokey Lou", "We Got Love", "Don't Let Go", and "Between 18th & 19th On Chestnut Street". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has split top & bottom seams.)

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Oscar PetersonSwinging Brass With The Oscar Peterson Trio ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good ... $4.99
One of Oscar Peterson's few albums with a larger group – featuring some great arrangements from Russ Garcia! Titles include "Blues For Big Scotia", "Con Alma", "Cubano Chant", "OP", and "Little Pea's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing. Cover has a half split top seam, small split on the bottom seam, and some pen on back.)

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Rolling StonesExile On Main Street ... LP
Rolling Stones, 1972. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $79.99
The Rolling Stones at their rawest, most shambling, sleazy and brilliant – the epic, unimpeachable Exile On Main Street! What can we say about one of the most iconic LPs of all time other than chime in with our agreement that it's one of the greatest rock albums ever! Big choruses come and go, but the easy hooks of earlier and later Stones hits are buried in mud, grit and a sleazy bluesy groove. Titles include "Rocks Off", "Rip This Joint", "Tumbing Dice", "Sweet Virginia", "Loving Cub", "Torn And Frayed", "Let It Loose", "All Down The Line", "Shine A Light", "Soul Survivor" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with Artisan etch, including the heavy inner sleeves. Cover has unglued top & bottom seams with a mostly split spine and a few stains.)

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StyxEquinox ... LP
A&M, 1975. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Includes their big early hit "Lorelei" – plus "Suite Madam Blue", "Prelude 12", "Lonely Child", "Light Up", and "Mother Dear". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes inner sleeve. Cover has an unglued top seam.)

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Barry WhiteNo Limit On Love ... LP
Supremacy, 1974. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A record of tracks recorded before Barry White's superstar years – but released during them to cash in on his big success. The work's still pretty good, though – and it's interesting to hear Barry working in an earlier mode than his slick 70s work. Some material features Barry singing, and the rest is by the Barry White Orchestra – a precursor to Love Unlimited Orchestra. Tracks include "Come On In Love", "Under The Influence Of Love", "Fragile – Handle With Care", and "Out Of The Shadows Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a partially split top seam.)

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Joe WilliamsPresenting Joe Williams And Thad Jones Mel Lewis (purple cover) ... LP
Solid State, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
A funky big band album, recorded by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, with the great Joe Williams on vocals! The record is one of the most sought-after by the team – probably because it includes the hard breakbeat version of "Get Out of My Life Woman" that's been sampled often over the years. (Actually, hasn't every version of it been sampled by someone?) The other tracks are pretty funky, too, with nice soul groovers like "Night Time Is The Right Time", "Woman's Got Soul", and "How Sweet It Is". Players include Pepper Adams, Joe Farrell, Jerome Richardson, and Roland Hanna – and the Jones/Lewis group is at the height of its hipness here! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and a half split top seam.)

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Betty WrightI Love The Way You Love ... LP
Alston, 1972. Very Good- ... $9.99
A breakout album by Betty Wright, the record that spawned the cut "Clean Up Woman" – the choppy funky track that really pushed her over the top in a big way, and which has remained fresh for years –thanks to a strong sample history in hip hop! That cut's more than enough reason to buy the record – but the whole LP's great – and features loads of other original tracks written by Clarence Reid and Willie (Little Beaver) Hale, hitting hard in a sweet 70s Miami soul style – titles that include "I Love the Way You Love", "I'm Gettin' Tired Baby", and "Pure Love" – plus a groovy cover of "Ain't No Sunshine". One of the turning points in the emerging Miami soul scene of the 70s – soon to provide a second home to Atlantic Records! LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousChicago Slickers Vol 2 – 1948 to 1953 ... LP
Nighthawk, Late 40s/Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Great work from the Chicago blues underground – rare tracks pulled from a time before labels like Chess and Vee Jay handled most of the big artists, and talents were spread between a handful of much smaller indies! The music here marks that key Chicago transition from rural to urban – and especially showcases the rise of the electric guitar in the music – often mixed with some heavy lines on piano or harmonica, and recorded in a relatively spare, stripped-down mode – without some of the fuller arrangements that were being added to some of the LA blues recordings of the postwar years. Titles include "Skinny Woman" and "Floyd's Blue" by Floyd Jones, "Blue Baby" by Little Walter, "Let Me Ride Your Mule" and "My Baby Walked Out" by Man Young, "Drinking Woman" by John Brim, "Living In The White House" by Johnny Shines, "I Had A Dream" by Lazy Bill, "No More Love" and "Nervous Wreck" by Willie Nix, "Goin Down The Line" by Grace Brim, and "My Sweet Lovin Woman" by Robert Nighthawk. LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has some splitting on the top seam.)

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✨✧ Aliotta Haynes JeremiahLake Shore Drive ... LP
Big Foot, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam.)

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✨✧ Daft PunkRandom Access Memories ... LP
Columbia, 2013. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Daft Punk have always worn their love of pop, disco, electro, soul and fusion pretty proudly on their robot sleeves – and bless 'em, they're paying more earnest tribute than ever before on Random Access Memories – featuring homages to and collaborations with Chic guitarist/pop soul producer extraordinare Nile Rodgers, Italo disco pioneer Giorgio Morodor, soft rock genius Paul Williams and others! What a big, affectionate, timeless and lovable electronic pop record this is. It might not be the best of Daft Punk from the perspective of longtime fans of theirs, but it's certainly our favorite! Includes "Give Life Back To Music", "The Game Of Love", "Giorgio By Morodor", "Within", "Intstant Crush", "Lose Yourself To Dance", "Touch", "Get Lucky", "Beyond", "Motherboard", "Fragments Of Time", "Doin' It Right" and "Contact". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl. Cover has a small dent in the top seam.)

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✨✧ Janis JoplinI Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! ... LP
Columbia, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The stellar solo debut of Janis Joplin – fronting her own Kozmic Blues Band after the break from Big Brother! The raw emotion of her voice is as impressive as ever here – and there is more of a rockin' blues vibe here than on her earlier records – thanks the killer horn section in this new band. There's some stripped down numbers, too, giving this record a pretty balanced feel. A classic! Titles include "Try", "Maybe", "As Good As You've Been To This World", "Kozmic Blues", "To Love Somebody", "Little Girl Blue", and "One Good Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has unglued seams with pieces of clear tape holding the top seam.)

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✨✧ Mass ProductionBelieve ... LP
Cotillion, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massive stormer from Mass Production – a set that has the group's full, funky sound hitting right on the money for most of the cuts – then stepping back to let in a few mellower moments too! These guys were definitely at the top of their game at this point – moving in territory that rivals the tightness of other big funk groups, like Brass Construction or T-Connection – but with some occasional deeper soul sides that show up nicely on the slower cuts. Titles include the sweet moogy number "Cosmic Lust", which we really love – plus "Free & Happy", "I Believe In Music", "We Love You", "Superlative" and "People Get Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ RhymefestBlue Collar ... LP
Allido/J Records, 2005. Used 2LP ... Out Of Stock
The (way too) long-awaited album from Chicago's Rhymefest – featuring standout production by the mighty No ID, Cool & Dre, Mark Ronson and others, plus a big hooky track from Just Blaze for good measure – and appearances by Kanye, Mike Payne, Mikkey & Bump J, Mario, and a goofy send off from the late ODB! We've been flying the flag for Rhymefest from his appearances on mixtapes, at one point literally BEGGING the world to pay attention, and we couldn't be happier that he's not only got a national platform w/Mark Ronson's Allido label, but he was actually allowed shine in his tried-and-true fashion (hence the title), rather than copping to a big star hip hop celebrity makeover. On top of that, any cat who a) rhymes over a Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings sample on his major label debut, and b) manages to make a Strokes sample sound funky (with a little help from Ronson) deserves the f***in' spotlight. Includes "Feel Free (Intro)" feat Q-Tip, "Dynomite (Going Postal)", the great single "Brand New" feat Kanye West, "Chicago-Rillas" feat Mikkey & Bump J, "Stick", "All Girls Cheat" feat Mario, "Sister" feat Mike Payne, "Bullet" feat Citizen Cope", "Build Me Up" feat ODB and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo in a J Records sleeve.)

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✨✧ Watts 103rd St Rhythm BandIn The Jungle, Babe ... LP
Warner, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
Killer funky stoner soul from LA! This album is one of the best by Charles Wright and his legendary funky group – and it features some straighter soul material, like the big hit "Loveland", or their mellow take on "Light My Fire" – plus some great heavy funk numbers, like "Till You Get Enough", "Everyday People", and "Must Be Your Thing". The record's a huge testament to the strength of the group – as they handle the soul material just as well as they do the funky stuff that they're more famous for – and we really dig this one for its tightness and straight ahead positive soul! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear. Top seam has a small split.)
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Big MaybelleBig Maybelle – The Okeh Sessions ... LP
Okeh/Columbia, Mid 50s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
A bit blues, a bit jazz – and a singer with a style unto her own – the amazing Big Maybelle, one of the greatest artists to record for Okeh Records in the 50s! This well-done collection pulls together every single Maybelle recorded for the R&B powerhouse back in the day – a motherlode of great work that easily puts her right up there with Lavern Baker or Ruth Brown as one of the great female singers of the 50s. The package features a whopping 22 tracks in all – including many bits that get lost between the tracks in some of the too-sifted collections of her work from the time. Titles include "Maybelle's Blues", "Hair Dressin Women", "My Big Mistake", "Ain't No Use", "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show", "So Good To My Baby", "Gabbin Blues", "You'll Never Know", and "New Kind Of Mambo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Four TopsChanging Times ... LP
Motown, 1970. Sealed ... $14.99
A very hip album from the Four Tops – cut with kind of a political/social edge, and a heavy vibe that was similar to what the Temptations had been using on some of their important albums for Motown at the end of the 60s. In fact, this one's got so much of that righteous Temps vibe that we wonder if the big boys at Motown didn't say to the Four Tops, "Hey, why don't you do an album like them?" Arrangements are by David Van DePitte and Jimmy Roach – and the record begins with a melange of sound effects and odd sounds, before sliding into the socially-conscious "In These Changing Times". However, the group still retains their wonderfully sweet vocal edge, and even though the political agenda's up front on the album, they still come through strongest on the sweeter and more love-oriented songs. Titles include "Right Before My Eyes", "Something's Tearing At The Edges Of Time", "Sing A Song Of Yesterday", and a medley of "Long & Winding Road" and "In These Changing Times". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Four TopsFour Tops Greatest Hits ... LP
Motown, 1960s. Very Good ... $3.99
Despite the fame of their big hits – like "Reach Out I'll Be There", "I Can't Help Myself", "Baby I Need Your Loving", and "It's The Same Old Song", all of which are on this set, and which have been heard ad infinitum – the Four Tops are actually a heck of a great vocal group, with harmonies that blew away many of their contemporaries, and which keep their work shining long past the hits. This set's got some nice cuts that fall into that category – like "Bernadette", and "Ask The Lonely" – and the package is about as solid as you'd expect. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light stains on back.)

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Etta JamesEtta James Top Ten ... LP
Argo, Early 60s. Good+ ... $11.99
A really wonderful album of Etta James material for Chess – 10 of her biggest tracks for the label, including some really hard-hitting R&B numbers, mixed with other tunes that represent the sadder, softer side of Etta's wonderful voice! Tracks include "Stop The Wedding", "Something's Got A Hold Of Me", "At Last", "Sunday Kind Of Love", "Fool That I Am", "Trust In Me", "Would It Make Any Difference To You", "My Dearest Darling", "All I Could Do Was Cry", "Trust In Me" and "Pushover". LP, Vinyl record album
(Teal label Argo pressing with gold print. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Four TopsAnthology ... LP
Motown, 1960s/1970s. Used 3LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pretty darn big collection of work from the 4 Tops – collecting the best of their early years at Motown on up through the 70s. There's a total of 39 tracks on the set, and titles include "Baby I Need Your Loving", "Ask The Lonely", "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)", "It's The Same Old Song", "Something About You", "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever", "Reach Out I'll Be There", "Standing In The Shadows Of Love", "I Got A Feeling", "Bernadette", "I'll Turn To Stone", "You Keep Running Away", "Walk Away Renee","If I Were A Carpenter", "Yesterday's Dreams", "Climb Ev'ry Mountain", "Everybody's Talking", "Reflections", "For Once In My Life", "A Place In The Sun", "Can't Seem To Get You Out Of My Mind", "Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me", "It's All In The Game", "Still Water (Love)", "In These Changing Times", "You Gotta Have Love In Your Heart" and "(It's) The Way Nature Planned It". LP, Vinyl record album

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Manny Albam & Ernie WilkinsDrum Suite ... LP
RCA, 1956. Very Good ... $4.99
Hard-swinging big band material – with a heavy emphasis on drums! The album is a suite of six tracks – all written by either Manny Albam or Ernie Wilkins, both of whom arrange the groups on the set – really letting them open up nicely on the album's longish tracks. Manny and Ernie were two of the more soulful arrangers of their day – and they get some strong performances out of the groups, letting players like Conte Candoli on trumpet, Hal McKusick on alto, Al Cohn on tenor, and Freddie Green on guitar open up in longer tracks driven to intensity by some great drum work handled by the lesser-known (but excellent) Ted Sommer. Titles include "Skinning The Valves", "Dancers On Drums", "Bristling", and "The Octopus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has aging, split seams, and splitting on the spine.)

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Chambers BrothersRight Move ... LP
Avco, 1975. Very Good ... $2.99
We're not normally the biggest fans of The Chambers Brothers, but this album's a cracking winner from the mid 70s. Shouldn't be so, given the date and the label, but there's a really funky track on here that's one of their best – the great break cut "Stealing Watermelons", which has a great drum part, a strong bassline, and cool harmonica on the intro! Other tracks are pretty nice too – and titles include "Stop The Train", "Miss Lady Brown", "Lotta Fine Mama", "Smack Dab In The Middle", and "Pretty Girls Everywhere". LP, Vinyl record album
(Labels have some pen. Cover has light wear, a peeled spot, and a cutout notch.)

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Duke EllingtonRoyal Concert Of Duke Ellington Vol 1 ... LP
Aamco, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $3.99
This one's always been a bit of an enigma – as the record's presented here with the auspicious "royal" title, yet contains no other liner notes to let you know where Duke's playing (if it's in fact a live set at all), when the recording happened, and who's in the band! The set's a pretty straightforward one – with Duke and the group working through some of their biggest numbers of the earlier years – all done in nicely-updated arrangements that feature some excellent solo work in the mode of the group's best 50s years. Titles on this first volume include "Cotton Tail", "Day Dream", "Jack The Bear", "Creole Love Call", "Unbooted Character", and "Stompy Jones". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a split spine & a partially split top seam.)

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5000 Volts5000 Volts (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Philips (Japan), Mid 70s. Near Mint- ... $26.99
Very groovy work from 5000 Volts – one of the first pop disco groups to come onto the 70s scene in the UK – and a quartet with the lovely Tina Charles in the lead! The style here is a bit like Charles' solo work – but more funky overall, and more electrified too – with plenty of Euro disco styles that remind us of the best work from Munich, yet still produced with some of that cool British production that bigger chart stars were getting at the time. The style is occasionally cheesy, but in a good way – and titles include "I'm On Fire", "Look Out I'm Coming", "The Late Late Show", "Thunderfire", "By Love", "One Stop Baby", and "Light The Flame Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Al GreenAl Green ... LP
Bell, 1972. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Al Green's first LP – with a very different feel than his later work on Hi. The record's got a harder southern soul groove – almost in a Wilson Pickett/Arthur Conley mode, but with some sweeter elements in the backing. Al's voice is still incredible, although different than later, in that he's singing with a really open vibe, letting himself go a bit more, and not keeping in that smooth sophisticated mode of later years. Originally released by the tiny Hot Line label, and issued here by Bell Records when Al started to hit big with Hi Records during the early 70s. Titles include "Back Up Train", "Get Yourself Together", "Don't Leave Me", "Let Me Help You", "Hot Wire", and "Stop & Check Myself". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Herman's HermitsBoth Sides Of Herman's Hermits ... LP
MGM, 1966. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A classic from one of the most enigmatic groups of the British Invasion! Herman's Hermits have a sound that's instantly recognizable – a bit quirky, a bit gimmicky, but pretty great overall – with a jangly approach to rock that rocks a lot more than you might remember, and which cuts past the simple references of the group's oft-heard big hits. This album includes some lesser-known tunes that really open up our understanding of the group. Titles include "Dial My Number", "Bus Stop", "For Love", "Two Lovely Black Eyes", "Oh Mr. Porter", "The Future Mrs. 'Awkins", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a cutout hole.)

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Etta JamesChanges ... LP
T-Electric, 1980. Near Mint- ... $19.99
An overlooked gem from Etta James – a late 70s collaboration with New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint – and a set that's got some of the same funky power as her early 70s material for Chess Records! Toussaint's vibe is a bit different, but also has a lot more bite than some of his bigger-name productions of the period – a real return to the kind of sharp snaps and rugged rhythms he brought to his initial classics – as well as some deeper soul modes that really help keep James at her best, by fleshing out the record with a good degree of emotion. Titles include "Who's Getting Your Love", "Night People", "With You In Mind", "Mean Mother", "Don't Stop", "Night By Night", and "Wheel Of Fire". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, light wear, and a name in marker on front.)

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldGot To Find A Way ... LP
Curtom, 1974. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A great album that's often overlooked amidst the flurry of early 70's releases on Curtom, but which stands as one of Mayfield's greatest from the 70s! In fact, we'd say that the album's one that we enjoy putting on more than most – because the songs are less familiar, and not nearly as played-out as some of Curtis' bigger hits. The production style's still the same – with plenty of rumbling funky soul, arranged by Rich Tufo in that classic Curtom mode – and you can't beat Curtis' vocals on songs like "Mother's Son", "Love Me (Right In the Pocket)", "A Prayer", and "Ain't No Love Lost". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has wear, a cut corner, and a partially split top seam.)

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Ohio PlayersFire ... LP
Mercury, 1975. Very Good Gatefold ... $6.99
One of the biggest albums ever for Ohio Players – a set that took their earlier funk sound and targeted firmly at the mainstream with a lean, mean groove that a million other groups copied at the time! There's still plenty of the soul of the early years in the group's approach here – and sometimes, the mellower tracks show a wonderful talent for harmonies coming even more fully to the top. But the real appeal of the record has always been the bold, bassy grooves that hit strongly just as ensemble funk was exploding in the mainstream during the early years of disco – making plenty of space for the Players and their contemporaries to grab up new audiences who never would have touched a record like this five years before! There's plenty of grit in the grooves on the best numbers – a style that's maybe not as dirty as on Westbound, but still more than enough to make any real funk fan proud. Titles include "Fire", "Together", "Together/Feelings", "It's All Over", "Runnin' From the Devil", "Smoke", "What The Hell", and "I Want To Be Free". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
Also available Fire ... CD 9.99

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Esther PhillipsEsther Phillips w/Beck (aka What A Difference A Day Makes) ... LP
Kudu, 1975. Very Good ... $1.99
One of Esther Phillips' biggest comeback albums from the 70s – a classic set that takes her deeply soulful vocal approach, and sets it to some sweet jazz funk backings – served up by guitarist Joe Beck, who almost gets equal credit on the album cover! The rest of the lineup is equally great – with alto from David Sanborn, more horns from The Brecker Brothers, and even a bit of work from Steve Khan – all fusion superstars in their own right, but who never eclipse Esther's lead. Titles include a good version of Grover Washington's "Mr Magic" – with the same funky undercurrent as the original – plus the tracks "One Night Affair", "I Can Stand A Little Rain", "Hurtin House", "Turn Around Look At Me", and a semi-hit version of "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker on front, gloss separation at the bottom, and some delamination and peeling at the top of the back paste-on.)

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Smokey Robinson & The MiraclesSmokey Robinson & The Miracles Live! ... LP
Motown, 1968. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A later entry in the 60s run of classic live albums by Motown's bigger artists – and a set that shows Smokey and the group really opening up from their studio sides! There's still a bit of Motown soul here, but the Miracles also sing strongly on work that ranges from jazz to classic vocal group material – all given a hip late 60s twist! There's some relatively full backings on the set, but the vocals are upfront in the recording – and titles include "Up Up & Away", "Valley Of The Dolls", "Once In A Lifetime", "Mickey's Monkey", "Yester Love", "Poinciana", "Up Up & Away", "I Second That Emotion", and "Ooo Baby Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small split on the top seam.)

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✨✧ Dick SchoryMusic For Bang, Baaroom, & Harp ... LP
RCA, 1958. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A classic bit of percussion madness from RCA – featuring conductor Dick Schory at the head of the "biggest battery of percussion west of Cape Canaveral"! The set was recorded in Chicago, and includes local studio talents like Bobby Christian and Johnny Frigo, as well as Schory himself. Titles include "Baia", "Holiday In A Hurry", "Duel On The Skins", and "Typee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Living Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has splitting on the top seam & a name in pen.)

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George ShearingSatin Brass ... LP
Capitol, 1958. Very Good- ... $1.99
A perfect title for this lovely little gem from George Shearing – a set that mixes his familiar piano, vibes, and guitar with some bigger brass arrangements – yet all in a way that still shimmers with the sheen of satin! Shearing was smooth before anyone else could lay claim to the word – coming up with modes that really transformed jazz and other instrumental music in the 60s – perfectly illustrated on a record like this, which is light years away from any expectations you might have about a "with brass" session. Titles include "First Floor Please", "Night Flight", "A Ship Without A Sail", "Deep Night", "Just Plain Bill", "I Could Write A Book", and "Sleepy Manhattan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has clear tape holding the top seam.)

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T-ConnectionT-Connection ... LP
Dash, 1978. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A soaring stormer from T-Connection – and a set that has them sounding even better than before! There's a perfection here the group didn't have with earlier releases – a quality that goes way past indie funk ensemble, into the realm of some of the best mainstream acts on the bigger labels at the time – company shared by a rare few, like Earth Wind & Fire, Ohio Players, or the Bar-Kays! Things are every bit as funky as before – but there's a way of putting the tunes together that really blows us away – fusing all the elements together perfectly, and making everything work towards the groove – yet all without making anything sound too slick or polished either. Mighty nice all the way through – and titles include "Funky Lady", "Don't Stop The Music", "Funkannection", "Saturday Night", "At Midnight", and "Love Supreme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Tone-LocLoc'ed After Dark ... LP
Delicious Vinyl, 1989. Very Good+ ... $9.99
The crossover rap classic from Tone-Loc! Temporary pop phenom this is not – the biggest couple of hits are still ubiquitous decades later – and Loc himself, with that raspy voice and smooth charisma, still stands as one more unique voices of late 80s hip hop. On top of those attributes, Loc-ed After Dark is an early proving ground for the soon-to-be mega-producers The Dust Brothers. LP, Vinyl record album

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WhispersImagination ... LP
Solar, 1981. Very Good+ ... $2.99
The Whispers crack into the 80s with one of their biggest selling sets! The group takes off from the Philly groove style of their late 70s work, moving into a style that picks up all the best touches of the early 80s LA sound – electro keyboards, but not too much; quiet storm production, but not so much so that the album's smothered in it; and a professional approach to harmonies and songwriting that showed that the group was still an unstoppable force in soul music! Includes "Imagination", "It's A Love Thing", "Say You", "I Can Make It Better" and "Up On Soul Train". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Count BasieApril In Paris ... LP
Verve, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Basie's biggest albums – but still a work of pure genius! "April In Paris" is one of the darkest jazz standards ever written, and it never sounded better than in this original version, which features that great ending in which Basie and the band stop, then start, then stop – leaving you completely unresolved at the finish. The group's a strong one – with Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Freddie Green, Sonny Payne, Marshall Royal, Henry Coker, Joe Newman, and Thad Jones – and tracks include "Shiny Stockings", "Midgets", "Mambo Inn", "Sweety Cakes", and "Corner Pocket". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese pressing on Polydor. Cover has some marker.)

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✨✧ CadillacsCrazy Cadillacs ... LP
Jubilee, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer from the legendary Cadillacs – maybe our favorite group on the east coast scene of the late 50s, and one of the few we can really depend on for a wonderful sense of range! The Cadillacs have a power that matches some of the bigger names of the time, especially The Drifters on Atlantic – and although the group were best known for their upbeat gimmicky tracks, they're also tremendous on ballads – of which there are a good number here! Production is nice and raw – with an especially noteworthy lack of instrumentation when things get mellow – and titles include "Gloria", "Don't Be Mad With My Heart", "Window Lady", "Carelessly", "Let Me Explain", "My Girl Friend", "Shock A Doo", "Zoom Boom Zing", and "Broken Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has some splitting in the top seam, half split bottom seam, and some aging.)
Also available Crazy Cadillacs ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Creative SourcePass The Feelin' On ... LP
Polydor, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Smooth jazzy soul from this massively overlooked group from the 70s! Although many know their bigger recordings on Sussex, these Polydor sides are much more appealing to us, and have a nice jazzy soul sound that's similar to work of groups like Side Effect – with a mixture of harmony soul and more complicated arrangements, touched by a bit of funk, and some more sophisticated modern soul production. This LP includes an excellent funky cut called "Funky Luvah", plus the tracks "Pass The Feelin On", "Turn On To Music", "Don't Be Afraid", and "I Want Ya (Loving Me)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has edge & surface wear, splitting on the top seam, and tape residue along the opening.)

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✨✧ Evelyn Champagne KingFlirt ... LP
EMI, 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A flirty little record from Evelyn Champagne King – one that's got a very different groove than her disco-styled records in the 70s – one that's very firmly in the mid 80s modes that Manhattan Records were using with other singers at the time! Beats are bigger than before, but the keyboards are tuned down a bit more – which leaves lots of space for Evelyn to open up strongly on top of the grooves – amidst lots of sweet 80s soul modes laid down by producers Leon Sylvers, Ron Kersey, and Wah Wah Watson. Titles include "Flirt", 'You Can Turn Me On", "Kisses Don't Lie", "Hold On To What You've Got", "Before The Date", "Whenever You Touch Me", and "When your Heart Says Yes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index label on one corner.)

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✨✧ McCrarysSunshine Day ... LP
Light, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful early work from The McCrarys – billed here in a non-plural form as "The McCrary", in the years before they moved onto secular soul for the bigger labels! The album's got a great soul-based feel that goes beyond its gospel roots – a playful sing-song quality that's very much in the spirit of Voices Of East Harlem or some of the other gospel-cum-soul groups of the time. The set was arranged by Fred Werner, and titles include "I Never Was So Happy", "Sunshine Day", "Today Is The Tomorrow", "Get Yourself Together", "Your Life's At Hand", and "Let It Start With You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and stains at the top.)

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✨✧ NxWorries (Anderson Paak & Knxwledge)Link Up & Suede EP ... LP
Stones Throw, 2015. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Debut EP from Anderson.Paak & Knxwledge – teaming up as the duo NxWorries – with hazy hip hop beatcraft by Knxwledge and unique vocals by Anderson.Paak! Paak has a very distinctive voice, fresh from some standout moments on Dr. Dre's Compton record here and (justly) poised for bigger things to come commercially, but this fine EP on Stones Throw is definitely a creative win. Well worth picking up! Includes "Anthrime (Intro)", "Link Up", "DatWhip", "Suede" (vocal and instrumental), "Dntstop" and "Droogs". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Billy OceanNights (Feel Like Getting Down) ... LP
Epic, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of those bright, charismatic Billy Ocean records from a couple years before his massive pop soul crossover – just a sublime 80s club groover that pumps along at a nice mid tempo clip – a real favorite around these parts! This was Billy's debut for Epic and there's plenty of signposts here of his potential to bust out in a big way commercially – it's hooky and insistent, but still plenty soulful, less steeped in pop gloss and with fewer ballads – lean, danceable soul that holds up very, very well. Also includes "Stay The Night", "Are You Ready", "Whatever Turns You On", "Don't Say Stop", "Another Day Won't Matter", and "Taking Chances". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ PrinceDirty Mind ... LP
Warner, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early work from Prince – really his first full fledged masterpiece! Prince ushered the 80s in with a mix of recognizable influences, but filtered through his unique sensibility – taking taught a funk sound, layered vocals, crisp rhythms, ultra catchy songs and that unbridled, unambiguous, fearless sexuality! Amazing stuff, and an early hint that Prince had a look, sound, style and talent that could, and eventually would pretty much takeover a heck of a lot of cultural space. Titles include the unstoppable classics "Dirty Mind" and "When You Were Mine", plus "Head", "Sister", "Do It All Night", and "Party Up". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp, advisory sticker, large name in marker, and hype sticker. Labels have marker.)

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✨✧ Jimmy SmithBashin – The Unpredictable Jimmy Smith ... LP
Verve, 1962. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Jimmy Smith's biggest albums of the 60s – and a classic Verve pairing of his lean Hammond organ solos with the fuller, hard-swinging arrangements of Oliver Nelson! Nelson is working here at the height of his powers – backing Smith with a large group, but in a way that only seems to free him up to solo even more – pushing the tunes with an undeniable power from the all-star band, as Jimmy takes off on flights of soulful fancy over the top! Side two features some more stripped-down solo work – in the manner of Jimmy's later Blue Note sides – and the set includes the hit single "Walk On The Wild Side", plus the tracks "Bashin", "Step Right Up", and "Beggar For The Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a name in pen.)

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✨✧ Gerald WilsonPortraits ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent album from Gerald Wilson – one that features some of his most inventive writing and arranging to date! The album's a perfect balance between the two sides of LA jazz in the 60s – the soul jazz groove, and the growing modern scene – which often didn't get the larger exposure it needed, but would sometimes peek forth under the guidance of mainstream figures like Wilson. The set features very strong solo work by hip LA players like Jimmy Woods on alto, Jack Wilson on piano, Harold Land on tenor, and Joe Pass on guitar – and the tracks are all tributes to some of Wilson's biggest influences – so "Eric" is dedicated to Eric Dolphy, "Ravi" to Ravi Shankar, "Paco" to the great Spanish matador, and so on. The whole thing's quite hip, and another example of how Wilson could perfectly balance the modernist impulses of the LA underground with a tight sense of arrangement and presentation that helped him reach a very wide audience at the time. LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has a split top seam, small stains at the bottom, and some marker on back.)

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✨✧ SupremesSupremes Sing Holland Dozier Holland ... LP
Motown, 1966. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the best-ever albums by the Supremes – and filled with stone classics, to boot! As the title states, Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard team up with Holland Dozier Holland – and they really to create the sound that would put them and Motown on the map. A couple of the biggest hits are laid down, but album also features tracks that are arguably even better to hear these days – as they spin out that quintessential Motown sound but aren't hampered by the ubiquity of the oldies radio staples! Titles include "You Keep Me Hanging On", "Love Is Here And Now You're Gone", "I Guess I'll Always Love You", "I'll Turn To Stone", "It's The Same Old Song", "Love Is In Our Hearts", 'There's No Stopping Us Now" and "Love Is Like A Heatwave". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Peabo Bryson & Roberta FlackBorn To Love ... LP
Capitol, 1983. Used ... Out Of Stock
The beautiful full scale duets set from Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack – a record that's no doubt defined by it's biggest hit – but the rest is just as great! Born To Love kicks off with "Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You" – a song that's doubtlessly one of the most inescapable slow dance classics ever – and if its ubiquity overshadows the rest of the record, that's not because it's any less excellent! Peabo's affectionate style is in top form here, and Roberta is such a perfect duet partner – with plenty of lead moments of her own. It definitely feels like a perfectly balanced partnership. The record's got some lovely slow jams on par with the aforementioned pop soul standard, plus some great ones that up the tempo a little bit. Other titles include "Blame It On Me", "Born To Love", "Heaven Above Me", "Comin' Alive", "Can We Find Love Again", "You're Looking Like Love To Me" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has initials in marker on front.)

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✨✧ English BeatI Just Can't Stop It ... LP
Sire, 1980. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The first album from The English Beat – and not only is it one of the most essential of the English ska revival era of the late 70s and early 80s – it's one the most enduring records of 1980 in any genre! The English Beat, like the best of their peers, used ska and rocksteady inspiration to fuel their own contemporary UK sound – and it sounds great to this day! The rhythms and tighter and punchier here than on later records, with some pop, mod and soul lacing their songwriting and vocals, too. A landmark! Includes "Mirror In The Bathroom", "Hands Off. . .She's Mine", "Twist & Crawl", "Big Shot", "Best Friend", "Jackpot" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve with poly liner attached. Cover has clear tape on the spine.)

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Thelma HoustonAny Way You Like It ... LP
Tamla, 1976. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Smoking Motown work from Thelma Houston – a great 70s set that catches the singer at the top of her groove! The album's polished, but never in a too-commercial way – and the grooves acknowledge the growing role of the dancefloor in mainstream soul, yet also mostly stay away from some of the disco cliches of the time – thanks to sophisticated work by arrangers Art Wright, Paul Riser, and Michael Smith! Although we should also point out that this is the record that gave Houston one of her bigger hits – the key crossover track "Don't Leave Me This Way" – nestled nicely amidst other great numbers like "Don't Know Why I Love You", "Any Way You Like It", "If It's The Last Thing I Do", and "Don't Make Me Pay". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Any Way You Like It ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesWake Up Everybody ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1975. Very Good ... $5.99
Teddy Pendergrass and crew get a bit more political than on earlier releases, and adopt the righteous bubbling soul groove that had put the O'Jays over the top a few years earlier – with incredible results! The title cut – "Wake Up Everybody" – would prove to be a great example of the political Philly International hit formula applied to socially conscious themes, but the record probably scored even bigger with the club crossover hit "Don't Leave Me This Way". Other tracks include "Keep On Lovin You", "Tell The World How I Feel About Cha Baby", "I'm Searching For A Love", and "You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good" – the latter two of which also feature female vocals by Sharon Paige. Bobby Martin, Norman Harris, and Ronnie Baker did the arrangements – and this was Teddy's last LP with the group. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the heavy inner sleeve. Vinyl has a mark that clicks on side 1.)

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TemptationsBare Back ... LP
Atlantic, 1978. Near Mint- ... $3.99
The Temptations on Atlantic Records – sounding different than their Motown years, and still pretty darn great! The group's got some wonderful help here from the team of Brian and Eddie Holland – still very much in fine fine form, and coming up with some backings that have a warm modern soul groove that really works great with the group's harmonies – a great step forward they might never have gotten at their previous label – almost handled here as if the Temps were some bold new discovery in soul, getting really top-shelf treatment. Otis Williams is firmly in place with a fine lead vocal, and there's a smooth grooving feel here that really matches the bigger Philly groups on Atlantic at the time. Titles include "That's When You Need Love", "Mystic Woman", "Ever Ready Love", "Touch Me Again", "I See My Child", and "You're So Easy To Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes lyric sleeve.)
Also available Bare Back ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ New York CityI'm Doin' Fine Now ... LP
Chelsea, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
Man, that east coast harmony sound couldn't miss in the 70s – as proven by the huge AM radio success of New York City! The band wasn't the greatest harmony group in the world – although they did feature John Brown, who'd cut his teeth in the Five Satins – but when you teamed them up with production by Thom Bell, and backing from the Sigma Sound Studios, they created an unstoppable sound that was a perfect pop peddling of the harmony group sound. This album was their biggest – and it includes the classic "I'm Doin' Fine Now", plus lots of other nice tracks like "Hang Your Head In Shame", "Quick, Fast, In A Hurry", "Uncle James", and "Reach Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some waviness from moisture.)

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