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Chocolate DandiesBlue Interlude/Once Upon A Time ... 78 RPM
Decca, 1933. Very Good+ ... $14.99
... 78 RPM, Vinyl record

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Chocolate MilkWe're All In This Together ... LP
RCA, 1977. Very Good+ ... $11.99
An overlooked funky classic from Chocolate Milk – and a set that still preserves the tight grooves of the group's earliest work! Allan Toussaint is still on hand this time around to help with both production and songwriting – and his touches can definitely be felt on the record – a tight funky undercurrent that's definitely rooted in New Orleans soul, but has some warmer, more contemporary elements too – just like that mid 70s change Toussaint was bringing to his own grooves. Standout cuts include the funky numbers "Grand Theft" and "America" – plus the groover "Girl Callin" – although there's some mellower numbers we like pretty darn well too. Other tracks include "Help Me Find The Road", "Thinking Of You", "That's The Way She Loves", and "Fertility". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has large letters in marker on all sides, some waviness from moisture, and a promo stamp. Labels have some pen.)

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Chocolate Watch BandInner Mystique (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Capitol/Sundazed, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
Mystically grooving psychedelia from Chocolate Watch Band – a heady mix of the psyche sounds of the era with some really groovy Eastern inspired spirals of sound! The band doesn't skimp on the hip shaping and head nodding rock vibes – with some Stones-y swagger, especially in the vocals – but they bring the freaked out instrumental vibes into the mix very nicely – some sitar, really heavy bass grooves, shakers and other leftfield percussive touches. Titles include "Voyage Of The Trieste", "In The Past", "Inner Mystique", "I'm Not Like Everybody Else", "Medication", "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go", "Baby Blue" and "I Ain't No Miracle Worker". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold colored vinyl pressing!)

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Hot Chocolate/Lou RaglandAin't That A Groove/Understand Each Other ... 7-inch
P-Vine (Japan), New Copy ... About July 5, 2018
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ ChocolateLo Mejor De Chocolate Vol 2 ... CD
SAR, Late 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Machinambe", "Lo Que Dice Usted", "Para Mi Cuba Un Son", "A Mi Cuba Le Toco", "Guaguanco A Todos Los Barrios", and "Chachaguere". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Hot ChocolateMan To Man ... LP
Big Tree, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Strutting guitars, stomping rhythms, and a great mix of glam and soul – the trademark groove of the UK's classic Hot Chocolate! The album's filled with great tunes that resonate with their trademark compressed sound – vocals wrapped on guitars and set to sweetly stepping rhythms – all produced to perfection by the mighty Mickie Most, with a sound that so many other current groups try to go for, but can never reach this right! Errol Brown's on lead vocals, and wrote a good deal of the tunes – and titles include "Heaven Is In The Back Seat Of My Cadillac", "Living On A Shoe String", "Sugar Daddy", "Man To Man", "You Could've Been A Lady", "Seventeen Years Of Age", and "Sex Appeal". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Hot ChocolateCicero Park (with bonus CD) ... CD
Big Tree/7T's (UK), 1974. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
One of the best albums by this seminal British rock & soul of the 70s – a great mix of group soul and funky rock, with some overtures to the oncoming disco scene that work incredibly well within the heavy rhythms and strings and brass punctuated groove the group worked in so masterfully! The vocals are great, and the album's got some of the band's most perfectly realized playing – and the tightly compressed guitar work is hard grooving. You'll hear this to best effect on the wonderful cut "Emma", a killer 70s rock number that was later covered with heaping irony by Urge Overkill. Other tracks include "Cicero Park", "Could Have Been Born In the Ghetto", "You're A Natural High", "Brother Louie", and "Funky Rock n Roll". This 2CD has bonus disc with 15 tracks! Titles include "Love Is Life", "Pretty Girls", "Everybody's Laughing", "I Believe In Love", "Caveman Billy", "I Want To Be Free" and much more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Hot ChocolateMan To Man (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Big Tree/7T's (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Strutting guitars, stomping rhythms, and a great mix of glam and soul – the trademark groove of the UK's classic Hot Chocolate! The album's filled with great tunes that resonate with their trademark compressed sound – vocals wrapped on guitars and set to sweetly stepping rhythms – all produced to perfection by the mighty Mickie Most, with a sound that so many other current groups try to go for, but can never reach this right! Errol Brown's on lead vocals, and wrote a good deal of the tunes – and titles include "Heaven Is In The Back Seat Of My Cadillac", "Living On A Shoe String", "Sugar Daddy", "Man To Man", "You Could've Been A Lady", "Seventeen Years Of Age", and "Sex Appeal". Also features the bonus tracks "Beautiful Lady" and "Eyes Of A Growing Child". CD

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✨✧ Antonio (Chocolate) Diaz MenaEso es Latin Jazz . . . Man! ... LP
Audio Fidelity, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A crackling little set from Latin percussionist Antonio "Chocolate" Mena – not to be confused with the Latin trumpeter who also went by the name of Chocolate! The album's got some wonderfully jazzy numbers – put together with arrangements from Duke Pearson and Lalo Schifrin, and a group that includes Pearson, Richard Williams, Walter Perkins, Seldon Powell, and Jerome Richardson – all of whom make for a session that's equally jazz-based as much as it is Latin-styled – almost in the manner of some of the best Latinesque work on Prestige from the same period. Tracks are short, but very powerful, and titles include "El Pega Joso", "Green Dolphin Street", "Tin Tin Deo", "Kush", "Con Alma", and "Mambo Jazz Opus 7". LP, Vinyl record album

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Big Daddy KaneTaste Of Chocolate ... LP
Cold Chillin, 1990. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A mixed bag – with production by Prince Paul, Cool V, Mister Cee, and Andre Booth. Tracks include "Cause I Can Do It Right", "No Damn Good", "Dance With The Devil", and duets like "Big Daddy Vs Dolemite" with Rudy Ray Moore, and "All Of Me" with Barry White. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Nikki GiovanniReason I Like Chocolate ... LP
Folkways, 1976. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A beautiful post-Atlantic album from Nikki Giovanni – much more intimate and personal than her better known work, with only Nikki's voice throughout the album – heard on a number of shorter poems! At some level, Giovanni seems to have left behind the more righteous themes of before, and is going for a mode here that's a bit more everyday – but still touched with the deeper reflections that make her so great. The titles of the poems tell enough about the subject matter – and they include "Parent's Never Understand", "Mommie's Daddies", "Ego Tripping", "James Shell's Snowball Stand", "Knoxville Tennessee", "Winter Poem", "The Drum", and "Kidnap Poem". LP, Vinyl record album

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Isaac HayesChocolate Chip (voc, inst) ... 7-inch
ABC, 1975. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Nice single of one of Ike's biggest hits after his Stax years – a heavy hot buttered groove, and the instrumental is a good take on the club classic! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes jukebox strip.)

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Lou Perez Y Su CharangaBon Bon De Chocolate/Para La Fiesta Voy – 23 Exitos ... CD
Ajay/Costenisimo, 1961. Used ... $11.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Wilson PickettChocolate Mountain ... LP
Wicked, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $11.99
An overlooked gem from Wilson Pickett – recorded in the post-Atlantic years, and with some great funky moments mixed in with those undeniably soulful vocals from the Wicked Pickett! Arrangements are by Brad Shapiro, who works the same magic here with Wilson that he did with a handful of other southern soul artists – updating their groove a bit more for the 70s, while also still respecting the best rootsy elements of the vocals. The style's a lot like some of Joe Tex's best funky moments from the same time – save that Wilson's vocals are even rawer and grittier – and titles include "I'm Gonna Do It All Over", "That Woman", "Best Part Of A Man", "Let Me Know", "Sweetwater Jail", and "It's Gonna Be Good". LP, Vinyl record album
(In great shape!)

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✨✧ Lou PerezOriginal Bon Bon De Chocolate (Recomar) ... LP
Ajay/Recomar, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A totally hot set of Pachanga tracks by pianist Lou Perez – and his combo that includes Ray Mantilla on congas, Joe Canoura on flute, and Rudy Calzado and Goody Osvaldo on vocals! The groove is very strong, and the sound is raw and hard – and cuts include "Son Los Pachengueros", "No Me Toques Ese Punto", "Para La Fiesta Voy", "Que Tenga Sabor", and the great "Descarga Oriental". LP, Vinyl record album
(1976 pressing, on Recomar.)

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✨✧ GateStreetman/Chocolate Puddin ... 7-inch
TNT/Tramp (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A wonderfully jazzy groover – a tune that has fast horns, romping basslines, and a climbing vocal part – all wrapped together in a way that reminds us of classic work by the Deirdre Wilson Tabac! "Streetman" has all the makings of a classic jazz dancer – and "Chocolate Puddin" shows the slower funk side of the group – with this great bassline that sets the scene for the tune's slinky vocals and guitar! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousDC Go Go – Sonic Funk From The Chocolate City ... CD
Essential, Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's nothing like the sound of Go Go music at its best – a long-spinning, hard-jamming approach to funk – one that borrows a few currents from hip hop, especially in the vocals – but which also stands as an exceptionally local extension of the funk ensemble sound of the 70s! Go Go had a brief run on the Washington DC scene of the early 80s – where these groups made some real magic for a short time – a newly-electrified version of funk, but one that still embraced the live, spontaneous way of putting tunes together that was pioneered by groups like The JBs or Kool & The Gang. This set brings together some wonderful singles from the best of the bunch during this generation – with tracks that include "Good To Go" and "It's In The Mix" by Slim, "Take It To The Top" by Skibone, "Arkade Funk" by Tilt, "EU Freeze" by EU, "Meet Me At The Go Go" by Hot Cold Sweat, "Say What" by Trouble Funk, "We Need Some Money" by Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers, "Drop The Bomb" by Trouble Funk, and "Rock Yuh Butt" by EU. CD
 
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Vernon BurchGet Up ... CD
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
Bouncy, bubbly soul from Vernon Burch – one of his stone dancefloor classics from the 70s, served up with a groove that never quits! Burch is one of the few who can make a clubby set sparkle with the more personal qualities of a mellower soul album – and this excellent set is a great example of his style at the time. Production is by James Gadson, who also plays funky drums in the small backing combo – along with keyboards from Michael Thompson and guitar from Burke himself. Titles include the slightly bizarre transgender tune "Sammy Joanne (One Half Woman One Half Man)" – but other numbers are all pretty great, and include "Get Up", "Arrogant Lady", "Once Again In My Life", "Never Can Find The Way", and "For You". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ CameoAlligator Woman ... CD
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The cover's a bit creepy, but the album's still plenty great – old school Cameo still strongly in a funk-based mode, before some of the stiffer grooves of their later years! Bass is the ruler of the set – and most tracks here vamp around in a very heavy P-Funk style of groove – lots of guitar dancing around the rhythms, and plenty of spoken/sung vocals from the whole ensemble – not to mention a heavy dose of keyboards that helps keep things clean and lean! A partyful album if there ever was one – with tracks that include "Soul Army", "Enjoy Your Life", "Flirt", "Secrets Of Time", "I Owe It All To You", and "For You". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ CameoCameosis ... LP
Chocolate City, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Full-on frenetic funk from Cameo – one of the group's tightest albums, yet still without any of the too-slick sounds of later years! The sound here is amazing – and we always find ourselves wondering how a group of guys can hit such perfect grooves with just a bunch of basses, guitars, and keyboards – a totally on-the-money style that vamps, leaps, and jumps with energy throughout. The vocals are great too – bubbling up in the mix almost like another instrument – and the album's got a depth that so many other copycat funk records from the time just couldn't touch. Wonderful throughout – with tracks that include "Shake Your Pants", "Cameosis", "On The One", "We're Goin Out Tonight", and "Please You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in pen & an unglued bottom seam.)
Also available Cameosis ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ CameoKnights Of The Sound Table ... CD
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massively funky work from Cameo – a set that's right in the middle of their classic early run – and still quite strong on the bass-heavy grooves the group helped inspire in countless legions of imitators! The tightness of the set is incredible – moving at a pace that's simply mindblowing, especially in a pre-sampling, pre-programming world – proof that spontaneous work by a group like this could still blow away any commercial crap! There's a few mellower moments too – always a side of the group that we love – and titles include "Use It Or Lose It", "Freaky Dancin", "I Like It", "Knights By Nights", "I'll Always Stay", "The Sound Table", and "Don't Be So Cool". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ CameoUgly Ego ... CD
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums ever from Cameo – the group's third release! The album's got a great approach that hints at more sophisticated soul styles, but which is still firmly in charge of the bass-driven grooves that made their early albums so great – a compressed approach to the music that was copied by countless other groups at the time, but rarely came off this well! The whole thing's great – filled with excellent cuts that include "I'll Be With You", "Give Love a Chance", "Ugly Ego", "Two of Us", "Friend to Me", "Insane", and "I Want You". Super-dope – with loads of great jams! CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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✨✧ StarpointWanting You ... CD
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive work from Starpoint – the kind of all-great record that few other groups of their era could hope to match! The set's got way more going on than usual the usual 80s groove (although that's very firmly in place too) – and steps out with a tightness and sense of presence that makes the whole thing sparkle from start to finish! By the time of this set, Starpoint had really gotten their groove down – and work here as a key link between the bassier groups of the boogie era and some of the hipper ensemble funk combos of the mid 70s scene. The Phillips brothers and Kayode Adeyemo provide impeccable instrumentation throughout – and as before, the lead vocals of Renee Diggs do a tremendous job of pulling the whole album together! Titles include "Wanting You", "Try Me", "Shake It Out", "Do What You Wanna Do", "Angel", "Last Night", and "Starnite You Nite". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
 
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✨✧ VariousMainstream Modern Soul 2 – 1969 to 1976 ... CD
Mainstream/Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic soul from Mainstream Records – an imprint that's normally best-known for their work in the field of jazz, but a label that also cut some killer soul singles in the early 70s! Mainstream soul artists almost never got a chance to record a full-length album – so over the years, this soul legacy has been somewhat lost in the shifting sands of time (and shifting piles of funky 45s) – which makes this collection a much-needed resurrection of that material – especially when given the ultra-hip, extra-level presentation of the Kent label! The CD features 23 great tunes from these years – some of them in the modern soul mode promised in the title, lots more in kind of a hip funky soul approach – very early 70s New York, with righteous themes mixed with more familiar soul styles – all set to impeccable instrumentation. Titles include "Oh My Love" by Almeta Latimore, "Come Back With Your Love (part 1)" by Special Delivery, "Grass Ain't Greener" by Charles Beverly, "Love Bug" by Sugar Billy, "You'll Do It" by Calvin Arnold, "I'll Never Trust Love Again" by McArthur, "You've Got A Lot To Give" by Chocolate Syrup, "I'll Never Be The Same (part 1)" by Chapter Three, "I've Been Trying To Love You" by Lenny McDaniel & The Last Nikle, "Slow Down World" by Charles Colbert, "Everyone Has Someone" by Linda Perry, "Your Love Is Like A Rising Sun" by Steptones, "Let Her Know" by Bobby Earl Williams, "Please Don't Set Me Free" by Jeany Reynolds, and "Today Or Never" by Eleventh Commandment. CD

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Robbie BashoLive In Forli – Italy 1982 ... LP
ESP, 1982. New Copy ... $23.99
A breathtakingly beautiful recording of the legendary Robbie Basho – and a much-needed addition to his too-small catalog of albums! Make no mistake, Basho has given us some key records over the years – but his genius was so deep, and his life was so short, it always feels like there needs to be more added to the mix – which is why this album is so important. The set captures Basho at a time when he was working in relative obscurity, but maybe even more amazing than on his early years recording for Takoma Records – a more sophisticated guitar player, working with mindblowing dexterity, while still also following his own spirit in sound – a mix of underground American acoustic modes, with influences from Indian music and classical guitar – yet delivered with a personal style that's completely his own. Robbie vocalizes a bit, but the main focus is on his guitar – and the set includes a number of quite long tracks, and also some spoken introductions by Basho for more tunes, which are very illuminating too. Titles include "California Raga", "German Chocolate Cake", "Redwood Ramble", "Song Of The Stallion", "Grail & The Lotus", "Cathedral Et Fleur De Lis", and "Pavan India". LP, Vinyl record album

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Big BoiBoomiverse (swirl-colored vinyl – with download) ... LP
Epic, 2017. New Copy 2LP ... $23.99 24.98
A win for wily hip hip mainstay Big Boi's growing legacy as a solo star! The onetime more subtly innovative half of the Outkast – subtle as compared to Andre 3000's more flamboyant presence, anyway – succeeding mightily out front now, backed with solid, wisely timeless Organized Noize production and an impressive roster of guests, none of whom outshine Big Boi. They include Killer Mike, Snoop Dogg, Gucci Mane & Pimp C. After all these years, Big Boi still manages to spit wordy, fast raps while sounding perfectly relaxed, and comparably laidback rhymes with fierce focus. Much respect staying true to his style and staying relevant! Includes "Da Next Day", "Kill Jill", "Mic Jack", "In The South", "Order Of Operations", "All Night", "Get Wit It", "Overthunk", "Chocolate", "Made Man", "Freakanomics" and "Follow Deez". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes downolad!)

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✨✧ Bionic BoogieBionic Boogie ... LP
Polydor, 1977. Very Good+ ... $5.99
The first album by Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie group – and a cooker of a set that follows strongly from Gregg's previous Hot Butterfly gem! Luther Vandross isn't on board this time around, but the overall groove is still totally great – upbeat, soaring, and put together with a jazzy undercurrent that really keeps things interesting – far more so than most other mainstream disco sets of the time! Brad Baker – of B Baker Chocolate Company – handled the arrangements – and the grooves spin out nicely from Diamond's keyboards, and a tight mix of strings and jazzy horns. Vocals are from the soulful trio of Gwen Guthrie, Ullanda McCullough, and Zachary Sanders – and titles include "Dance Little Dreamer", "Risky Changes", "Boogie Boo", "We Must Believe In Music", "Feel Like Dancing", and "Don't Lose The Number". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp and price sticker remnants.)

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Joe CainLatin Explosion (aka Latin Au Go Go) ... LP
Time, 1962. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the few albums ever issued as a leader by the great Joe Cain – a wonderful Latin arranger with a really mad ear for a groove! Cain's approach is often quite choppy in the rhythms – short, hard, and very very sharp – then topped with sweeter, jazzier lines – played on this set by Clark Terry on trumpet, Jerome Richardson on tenor and flute, and Frank Anderson on piano and some especially nice organ lines! Percussion is super-heavy throughout – played by Jose Mangual, Chocolate, and Marcelino Valdes with a vibe that's just right for the rhythms – and additional support is from Cachao on bass and Herbie Lovelle on drums. The grooves are incredible – quite different than anything else on Mainstream Records at the time, and even different than most of the New York scene – and titles include the amazing "It's A Mad Mad Mad Mambo (parts 1 & 2) (also known elsewhere as "Mambo Au Go Go") – a cut that sounds like some sort of crazy avant garde percussion banging, all made to keep in time to a mambo beat, with jazzy organ solos over the top. Other titles include "Mongo Mongo Baby", "Papa Bajo", "Que Paso", "Tanga Pa Katanga", and "Chunga A Go Go". LP, Vinyl record album

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CommonElectric Circus ... LP
MCA, 2002. Sealed 2LP ... $24.99
Common newcomers who buy Electric Circus for the single with Mary J Blige are going to be left with some head scratching – but if you like the spiritual/psychedelic Com that was hinted at on Like Water For Chocolate, this may be the follow up you were waiting for! This is still hip hop – with production by the Neptunes, Jay Dee, ?uestlove and others, but it's definitely a boundary stretcher. The mood runs from Roots style soul bumpers to Hendrix and Eugene McDaniels style feedback heavy freakouts. There's a guest on nearly every track, mostly from the Okayplayer camp and NuSoul titans, including Bilal, Omar, Pharrell Williams, Cee-Lo, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and others. We won't lie to you, we miss the Chicago hip hop Common that kicked insight over raw and soulful productions, but you can't fault the guy for being an artist, and he really has crafted something original here. A great cover – a kind of rainbow drenched cut and paste photo collage of the contributors and inspirations with Com out front, sort of reminding us of Tribe's Midnight Maurauders, and even Sgt. Pepper. Tracks include "Ferris Wheel", "Soul Power", "The Hustle", the first single "Come Close", "New Wave", "Star *69", "Jimi Was A Rock Star" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent Vinyl Me Please pressing.)

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Dusty Groove CoffeeEverybody Loves The Sunshine Coffee – 12oz bag (whole bean) ... Misc
Dark Matter/Dusty Groove Gear, 2015. New Item ... $12.99
A wonderful coffee that lives up to its name – roasted especially by the folks at Chicago's Dark Matter for our coffee drinking needs here at Dusty Groove! The base component to this blend is a coffee from Mexico and grown and milled at a cooperative called El Eden – very unique for a Mexican coffee, with a flavor profile that includes blueberry, banana, and baker's chocolate to give the blend a bit of depth. This base is then highlighted with a coffee from Guatemala grown by Finca San Jeronimo Miramar – which adds both body, and some lighter notes of toffee and praline – to give the whole thing a wonderful sun-drenched finish! Misc
(Coffee only available to US customers – no overseas or APO sales.)

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Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan & OthersJazz Giants '58 ... CD
Verve, 1958. Used ... $9.99
An all-star session put together by Verve in 1958 – one that features a septet of some of the label's biggest giants in jazz at the time! The format here is a bit open-ended – almost like some of the earlier JATP sessions on Verve – with lots of room for personal interaction between the soloists, especially the horn players in the lead! These include Stan Getz on tenor, Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, and Harry Edison on trumpet – working alongside Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Bellson on drums. Titles include a beautiful extended "Ballad Medley" – really a great illustration of the freedoms that Verve brought to jazz recording in the 50s – plus the titles"Chocolate Sundae", "When Your Lover Has Gone", and "Candy". CD
(Out of print, digipack case has a cracked case.)

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Dan HartmanInstant Replay ... LP
Blue Sky, 1978. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A crossover club classic from Dan Hartman – a set that hit big with the mainstream audiences at the time, but which also had enough raw disco talent to hold onto longtime fans of the music too! Dan sings lead vocals, and handles most of the instruments at the core – but he's also got some super-heavy assistance from arranger Gene Page – who give the long tracks a mighty majestic finish – pushing Hartman's core ideas into soaringly soulful territory from the very first note! Tom Moulton also mixed the whole record – furthering the classic club sound of the proceedings – and titles include the huge hits "Instant Replay" and "Countdown/This Is It", the funky "Chocolate Box", and the tracks "Time & Space", "Double O Love", and "Love Is A Natural". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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Isaac HayesUltimate Isaac Hayes – Can You Dig It (2CD + DVD box set) ... CD
Stax, Late 60s/1970s. Used 2CDs & DVD ... $9.99
Great work by Isaac Hayes – featuring a wealth of classic tunes from his years at Stax, packaged with some bonus video material from the 70s! The music alone is more than worth the price of the set – as the collection includes big hits, choice album tracks, and even 3 never-issued tunes from Hayes' 1972 performance at Operation Push in Chicago. 33 tracks include "Chocolate Chip", "Title Theme From Three Tough Guys", "Run Fay Run", "Rock Me Easy Baby", "Walk On By", "I Stand Accused", "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic", "Ain't That Lovin You", "Theme From Shaft", "By The Time I Get To Phoenix", "Soulsville", "The Look Of Love", "Do Your Thing", "Someone Made You For Me", and "Let's Stay Together". DVD includes tracks from Hayes' 1972 performance at Wattstax – "Rolling Down A Mountainside", "Soulsville", and "Theme From Shaft" – plus his "Chocolate Salty Balls" performance as Chef in South Park. (Could have done without that – thank you!) CD

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Isaac Hayes & Dionne WarwickMan & A Woman ... LP
ABC, 1977. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
A wonderful duet set from Ike Hayes and Dionne Warwick – one that draws on the classiest side of the Hayes spectrum, and uses his groove to help Dionne find some great new energy! Even in performance, the music has that great rich quality that Isaac always brought to his solo recordings in the 70s – with strings, backup singers, and some tight undercurrents that help keep things soulful throughout – really cutting through the schmaltz of Ike's shiny tux on the cover! Dionne really sparkles in his company – and the record features duo numbers, solo spots, and even some nice medley tracks. The band behind the pair are electric, mellow, and very soulful – and titles include "Can't Hide Love", "Chocolate Chip", "Then Came You", "Come Live With Me", "Unity", and "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "I Say A Little Prayer", done nicely in a medley together. LP, Vinyl record album
(In the die-cut gatefold cover, with a cut corner and a name in marker on back.)

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In The TraditionAncestral Alliances ... CD
AFJ, 2017. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99
Fantastic sounds from this ultra-hip Detroit ensemble – a contemporary group, but one whose musical message takes us back to the sounds of older acts like Fertile Ground or Oneness Of Juju! As with both of those groups, the style here mixes jazz with a wider sense of message and purpose – music that soars out to the skies with pride and positive energy, while also offering a deeper, more introspective conception of its role and power in culture. Tracks are instrumental and vocal – and the double-length album has nary a slow moment at all – as the group burst forth in a warm array of percussion and horns – sometimes a bit funky, always quite spiritual throughout. Olujimi Tafataona arranged, produced, and provided creative vision – and titles include his own "We Cry Freedom", "Stephen", "Brother Chokwe Lumumba", "War Is Here", "Assata", and "Fantasy For Violin & Four Winds" – plus versions of Lee Morgan's "Caramba", Jimmy Heath's "Gemini", John Coltrane's "The Sleeper", Wayne Shorter's "Footprints", and the Kool & The Gang classic "Chocolate Buttermilk". CD

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Harold LandDamisi ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy ... $13.99
Harold Land at his most spiritual – recording solo after a set of great albums with Bobby Hutcherson as a partner – but still very much in the same sort of unbridled energy! The tracks are soaring and open – and have Land's tenor really sounding nice and raw – amidst a lineup that includes Oscar Brashear on trumpet, Bill Henderson on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Ndugu Chancler on drums and percussion! Henderson picks up Fender Rhodes at points – especially on the great funky cut "In The Back In The Corner In The Dark", which is one of the best-remembered tracks on the set. And Land also plays a bit of oboe on the cut "Pakistan", almost in a Yusef Lateef sort of style. Other cuts include "Chocolate Mess", "Damisi", and "Step Right Up To The Bottom" – all great too! CD
(Part of the Mainstream Records Master Collection!)

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✨✧ Jessica LaurenAlmeria ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
When Jessica Lauren first grabbed our ears 20 years ago, she was a keyboardist on the London contemporary scene – but with a much deeper jazz vision than most – an artist whose appearances on record always made any sort of song come across with a spiritual sound that was unique for the time! Move forward to the present, when so many others have finally hit Jessica's territory – and the pianist has stepped far forward again – to open up this rich flow of ideas that's overflowing with global elements as well! The album's easily Jessica's deepest work to date – and not only features her own great keyboards and percussion, but also this very cool wordless vocal style – borrowed a bit from Brazilian fusion of the 70s, but given a fresh spin here – and combined with instrumentation that includes woodwinds, marimba, percussion, flugelhorn, and drums. The whole thing's wonderful – with echoes and elements that evoke the special genre-crossing space of Bobby Hutcherson in the mid 70s, the work of Flora Purim and Airto, the 70s South African recordings of Dollar Brand – and some of the hippest sides of some of Lauren's London contemporaries. Titles include "Simba Jike", "Amalfi", "Kofi Nomad", "Teck Et Bambou", "Chocolate Con Churros", "Argentina", and "Beija Flor". CD
Also available Almeria ... LP 22.99

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Jessica LaurenAlmeria ... LP
Freestyle (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99
When Jessica Lauren first grabbed our ears 20 years ago, she was a keyboardist on the London contemporary scene – but with a much deeper jazz vision than most – an artist whose appearances on record always made any sort of song come across with a spiritual sound that was unique for the time! Move forward to the present, when so many others have finally hit Jessica's territory – and the pianist has stepped far forward again – to open up this rich flow of ideas that's overflowing with global elements as well! The album's easily Jessica's deepest work to date – and not only features her own great keyboards and percussion, but also this very cool wordless vocal style – borrowed a bit from Brazilian fusion of the 70s, but given a fresh spin here – and combined with instrumentation that includes woodwinds, marimba, percussion, flugelhorn, and drums. The whole thing's wonderful – with echoes and elements that evoke the special genre-crossing space of Bobby Hutcherson in the mid 70s, the work of Flora Purim and Airto, the 70s South African recordings of Dollar Brand – and some of the hippest sides of some of Lauren's London contemporaries. Titles include "Simba Jike", "Amalfi", "Kofi Nomad", "Teck Et Bambou", "Chocolate Con Churros", "Argentina", and "Beija Flor". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Almeria ... CD 13.99

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Nonce1990 ... LP
Family Groove, 1990/2018. New Copy 2LP ... $23.99 25.98
A completely unreleased relic from the dawn of the 90s LA hip hop underground by The Nonce – predating the classic mid decade World Ultimate LP and early singles by a few years! There's a rawer energy to some of the tracks that almost indicates their youth – still just teenagers here – but they're definitely wise beyond their years and there's little doubt they're laying the groundwork for the legendary, if criminally underappreciated material to come. Includes "Chant This Hymn", "Stray Doves", "That's What's Happening", "Why You Wanna Bite My Bad Apple", "Speak Your Preach", "Ludewing Got A Stoop Of His Own", "Chocolate Cake", "Times Be Changing", "Get On Up From Inna", "Bad Scribble" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Fredrik NordstromGentle Fire/Restless Dreams ... CD
Moserobie (Sweden), 2016. New Copy 2CD ... $22.99
A fantastic double-length set from a tenorist that everyone should be hearing these days – as Fredrik Nordstrom is easily one of the best talents on his instrument on the European scene – and a player who can really reach across the aisle and bridge both sides of the jazz congress! Fredrik's a modernist, and can clearly go outside when he wants – but he's also committed to a soulful swing at most moments, too – blowing in a style that's open and loose, but never to avant for avant's sake – and instead tied to a rhythmic soul of his group as he moves forward to find new territory to shade with his sound. The presentation of the album hints at the possibilities of two different sounds or structures, but the whole thing is pretty unified overall – and really just seems to use the space of two albums to further open up with a range of beautiful ideas. The group features Nordstrom on tenor, Jonas Ostholm on piano, Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums – and titles include "Don't Bley Me", "KK", "Black Chocolate Stout", "Tosca", "Under The Midnight Sun", "Going Home", "Crossed Roads", and "Everlasting Moments". CD

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Eddie PalmieriEddie Palmieri In Concert At The University Of Puerto Rico ... CD
Coco/MP, 1971. Used ... $18.99
Fantastic work from Eddie Palmieri – right up there with his best of the 70s, and filled with the kind of tunes you'd buy one of his best records for! The set was recorded live in Puerto Rico in 1971, and is a mix of the late Latin Soul styles that were heard on the Sing Sing albums, with some of the more extended jazzy grooving of Eddie's years at Coco. Eddie plays both electric and acoustic piano, and the electric sounds nice and sweet – kind of jagged and bracing, over long rhythms with timbales by Nicky Marrero, trumpet by Afredo Chocolate Armenteros, soprano sax by Ronnie Cuber, and organ by Charlie Palmieri. Ismael Quintana sings vocals, but the real grooves are the instrumental ones – and titles include "The Mod Scene", "Muneca", "Vamanos Pal Monte", "Pa Huele", "La Malanga", "La Libertad Logico", and "Chocolate Ice Cream". CD
(Out of print.)

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Eddie PalmieriExploration – Salsa/Jazz/Descarga ... LP
Coco, 1978. Very Good+ ... $28.99
One of Eddie Palmieri's greatest albums – and certainly one of the most mindblowingly creative! The album encompasses all the grooves stated in the title, and then some – as Eddie works with a mix of acoustic and electric instruments, crafting tunes that are long and exploratory, tightly jazzy but also free, and with more than a bit of funk in the mix on the best numbers. And far from confusing, the whole thing comes together with a really cohesive sound – the kind of broad vision in one fell stroke that only Palmieri could pull off! Titles include "Cobarde", "Chocolate Ice Cream", "The Mod Scene", "Random Thoughts", "Resemblance", and "Condiciones Que Existen". LP, Vinyl record album
(A nice copy!)

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Ryan PorterOptimist ... CD
World Galaxy/Alpha Pup, 2018. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 15.98
Stunning work from trombone player Ryan Porter and a young, already amazing group of LA jazz funk players from the West Coast Get Down collective he co-founded – including Kamasi Washington, Cameron Graves, Miles Mosely & others – recorded at Kamasi's Inglewood, CA home studio! Recorded in 2008 in the confines of "The Shack" – the tight quarters garage studio at the Washington family's home – the sound is very much the kind of resonantly soulful, spiritual jazz funk that sows the seeds for all the music to come from the whole collective. Most tracks feature Kamasi on tenor sax, Mosely on upright bass, Graves on piano & Rhodes and a revolving cast of drummers including Tony Austin, Robert Miller and Aaron Haggerty. Titles include "The Psalmist", "Obamanomics", "Strugglesville", "The Instrumental Hip-Hoppa", "Deja Vu", "Night Court In Compton", "K-Wash", "Anaya", "Little Sunflower", "Impressions" and "Chocolate Nuisance". CD

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WhispersOpen Up Your Love ... LP
Soul Train, 1977. Very Good ... $2.99
This one has The Whispers moving back to work on the west coast – after cutting a few albums in Philly – picking up Gene Page to handle arrangements, still very much in the strident groove mode of their Philly work. However, there's also some great ballad cuts on the album – tracks that hearken back to some of their earlier recordings, with heavenly harmonies cast amidst the smooth group sound that they helped to pioneer. Titles include "Open Up Your Love", "You Are Number One", "I'm Gonna Make You My Wife", and "Chocolate Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & marker.)

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VariousClassic Jazz Funk Mastercuts 2 ... CD
Mastercuts (UK), 1991. Used ... $14.99
Ian Dewhirst compiled this set of a dozen jazzy funk tracks, with a good mix of stuff that's classic, but which can be fairly difficult to track down. Titles include "Rotation" by Herb Albert, "Dominoes" by Donald Byrd, "Snowblower" by B. Baker Chocolate Co, "Keep That Same Old Feeling" by The Crusaders, "The New Killer Joe" by Benny Golson, "Come With Me" by Tania Maria, and "Brazilian Love Affair" by George Duke. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousEccentric Soul – Sitting In The Park (with bonus download) ... LP
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $18.99 21.98
A beautiful tribute to a legendary Chicago soul historian – the late Bob Abrahamian, well-remembered as a completely devoted soul music collector, DJ, and one-man archive who spent the late years of his life trying to uncover lost corners of the Windy City soul scene of the 60s and 70s! Bob's specialty was Chicago groups, and this set is overflowing with rare harmony soul that most of us would never have heard otherwise – the kind of obscure cuts that Abrahamian played on his famous radio show on WHPK (also the alma mater of Dusty Groove, too) – and presented beautifully here by the folks at Numero, on one of the best collections they've given us in years! The notes not only present Bob's story, but also feature bits of interviews he did with obscure Chicago soul artists, alongside photos and other notes too – to support a stunning selection of harmony soul cuts that include "How Could You Love Him" by Shades Of Brown, "Hard To Know" by Oneness, "A Fool Like Me" by Enchanters, "Reach For The Truth" by Puzzle People, "The Girl In The Window" by The Mist, "Second Story Man" by Chocolate Sunday, "Let Love Come In" by Cliff Curry, "Southside Chicago" by Otis Brown & The Delights, "Moaning & Crying" by The Dontells, "So I Can Make This Change" by Krash Band, and "It Ain't Fair (part 1)" by Ahead Of Our Time. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download!)

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VariousFTG Presents The Vaults Vol 5 (3CD set) ... CD
FTG, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $13.99 14.98
A huge amount of great work from the FTG label – one of the most trustworthy soul reissues on the CD market! FTG has reissued lots of 70s and 80s classics over the past decade or so, often with lots of bonus tracks – a fair bit of which are included here, as many selections are remixes or singles, and lots more are reissued from the new versions on their CDs! This volume features a massive 46 tracks – a great deal at this price – and titles include "Love Train (ext)" by The O'Jays, "Boogie Wonderland (12" mix)" by Earth Wind & Fire, "No Limit (ext)" by Breakwater, "I Don't Know If It's Right (12" disco)" by Evelyn Champagne King, "Going Back To My Roots (single)" by Odyssey, "The Sweetest Pain" by Dexter Wansel, "Strut Your Funky Stuff (UK 12" rmx)" by Frantique, "You Know How To Love Me (edit)" by Phyllis Hyman, "This Is It (12" mix)" by Dan Hartman, "Strawberry Letter 23" by Shuggie Otis, "Break Your Promise" by The Delfonics, "Stir It Up (single)" by Johnny Nash, "Disco Lady (single)" by Johnny Taylor, "Free (single)" by Denice Williams, "Let's Try Again (ext)" by Surface, "Go On & Cry (7" edit)" by Bloodstone, "Who's Getting It Now (12" version)" by Chocolate Milk, "Can You Feel My Love" by Khemistry, "Get Loose (12" mix)" by Evelyn Champagne King, "Keep It Coming" by The Jones Girls, and "Can I Be With You Tonight (12" mix)" by Steven & Sterling. CD

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VariousInstrumental Explosion – Incendiary Funk & R&B Instrumentals 1966-1973 ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99 22.99
Funky funky funky – way more so than you might think from the hokey title! The set's overflowing with rare instrumentals pulled from the indie label and funky 45 underground of the late 60s and early 70s – very much in the spirit of the Super Funk compilations on BGP, but almost harder-hitting, as the groove's completely without vocals overall – and the range of material is even more obscure than some of the usual BGP/Ace bits! The combos on the set range from rocking R&B combos to early funky jazz outfits – and the recording quality on most of these tracks is nice and rough and ready – with just the right edge to send over these cuts even more! Titles include "More Soul" by Ron Buford, "Ninety Eight Cents Plus Tax" by Detroit City Limits, "Chocolate Cherry" by Joe Tex Band, "Humpin" by Frank Armstrong & The Stingers, "Stokin" by Leon Ferguson & The Groove Tones, "Thing" by Lowell Fulsom, "Sundance (part 1)" by Lorenzo Holden, "Put Your Weight On It (part 1)" by Fillmore Street Soul Rebellion, "Roly Poly Mickey Lolich" by The Fans, and "Bad On Bad" by Chet Ivey & His Fabulous Avengers. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousRisque Blues – Keep On Churnin ... CD
King, 1940s/1950s/1960s. New Copy ... $2.99 9.98
Raw, raunchy sounds – all pulled together from a time before soul and rock even existed! Most of the work here is from the classic catalog of King Records – a killer imprint in the postwar R&B market, and a company who wasn't afraid to do what it took to make a knockout record! In the case of these tracks, the singers often hit some fairly suggestive material – often hidden in early 50s innuendo, but barely so – with a vibe that's often nastier than even the most hardcore rockabilly sounds to come! The music here has its roots in blues, but is inflected with plenty of jazz, and the presence of the singers often point the way towards soul music – especially the James Brown crowd that would later rise at the same label. Titles on this volume include "Keep On Churnin Till The Butter Comes" by Wynonie Harris, "Drill Daddy Drill" by Dorothy Ellis, "The Coffee Grind" by Hank Ballard, "Silent George" by Lucky Millinder with Myra Johnson, "Rocket 69" by Todd Rhodes with Connie Allen, and "Chocolate Pork Chop Man" by Pete Guitar Lewis. CD

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VariousRoots Of Salsa Vol 2 – Classic Latin Tunes Become Salsa Hits (with bonus CD) ... LP
Grosso! (Spain), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... $28.99
A great little series that goes way deeper than the salsa you might expect from the title – as the approach here is to pick tracks from many years before, but which still have strong resonance with the pride and power of the Latin scene of the 70s! The collection includes lots of tracks that might come as a real surprise – some larger orchestra material, tracks by trios, and other Latin styles that aren't normally associated with the spirit of salsa – which usually seems to draw most from the descarga years, and the small combos to emerge in the 60s. Instead, this series traces the music much farther back – and includes loads of hard-edged cuts that resonate surprisingly well with later salsa dura – including many records that you might have otherwise passed by! Tracks on this second volume include "Tumba Mabo" by Conjunto Niagara, "Fania" by Estrellas De Chocolate, "Hay Craneo" by Tito Rodriquez Y Los Lobos Del Mambo, "Sujetate La Lengua" by La Sonora Matancera, "Nadi Se Salva De La Rumba" by Trio Matamores, "La Familia" by Jose Curbela, "Llora Timbero" by La Orquesta Siboney, "Micaela Me Boto" by Chappotin Y Sus Estrellas, and "El Paso Del Mulo" by Conjunto Colonial. LP, Vinyl record album
(Include bonus CD!)

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VariousSoho Espresso ... CD
Croydon Municipal (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
The fab sound of London in the postwar years – a set of cooking cuts from the Soho scene, served up from a time when the city was finally getting back its steam! The music here is a really hip array of modes – a bit of jazz, Latin, rock instrumental, and more – used in tunes that definitely have a beatnik sort of vibe – or maybe more of a "beat fantasy" feel overall! The collection's got the same wonderful approach to the music that we love on other Cryodon Municipal releases – music we never would have heard otherwise, expertly chosen and put together to illustrate a slice of the world with very vivid results. The whole thing's as groovy as you'd expect from the title – and tracks include "Sleep Walk" by Ken Mackintosh, "Pretend" by Tony Dunning, "Espresso" by The Pines, "Hot Chocolate Crazy" by Eden Kane, "Coffee Bar Calypso" by Maxine Daniels, "Ambush" by Jeff Rowena Group, "Jam Roll" by The Planets, "Juvenile Delinquent" by Suzy Cope, "Fury" by Bert Weedon, "Fried Onions" by Ted Taylor Four, and "Goodness Knows" by Ricky Wayne. CD

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VariousWe Walk The Line – A Celebration Of The Music Of Johnny Cash (CD & DVD) ... CD
Legacy, 2012. Used CD & DVD ... $4.99
Tribute concert for the man in black, covers from Brandi Carlile, Amy Lee, Buddy Miller, Shelly Lynne, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Ronnie Dunn, Shooter Jennings & Amy Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Iron & Wine, Kris Kristofferson & more. CD
(Out of print, DVD is NTSC, Region 0.)

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✨✧ Robbie BashoLive In Forli – Italy 1982 ... CD
ESP, 1982. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A breathtakingly beautiful recording of the legendary Robbie Basho – and a much-needed addition to his too-small catalog of albums! Make no mistake, Basho has given us some key records over the years – but his genius was so deep, and his life was so short, it always feels like there needs to be more added to the mix – which is why this album is so important. The set captures Basho at a time when he was working in relative obscurity, but maybe even more amazing than on his early years recording for Takoma Records – a more sophisticated guitar player, working with mindblowing dexterity, while still also following his own spirit in sound – a mix of underground American acoustic modes, with influences from Indian music and classical guitar – yet delivered with a personal style that's completely his own. Robbie vocalizes a bit, but the main focus is on his guitar – and the set includes a number of quite long tracks, and also some spoken introductions by Basho for more tunes, which are very illuminating too. Titles include "California Raga", "German Chocolate Cake", "Redwood Ramble", "Song Of The Stallion", "Grail & The Lotus", "Cathedral Et Fleur De Lis", and "Pavan India". CD
Also available Live In Forli – Italy 1982 ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ Chihuahua All StarsDescarga Cubana ... CD
Caney (Spain), 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 lost descarga sessions from the 60s – both of them played by groups led by Osvaldo Chihuahua Martinez! Martinez plays both timbales and guiro on the sessions, and he's working with a well-named selection of all-stars that includes Chocolate Armenteros on trumpet, Chombo Silva on tenor sax, Manfredo Lee on guiro, and Pupi Legarreta on flute and violin. The sessions feature some vocals by Vitin Lopez and Goody Osvaldo – but there's also a key focus on the instrumentation, which is really kept at a raw level in the mix, so that it really dominates the recordings, even when there is voice. Titles include "Guajiro Son", "Descarga Cubana", "Me Voy Pa Moron", "No No No Te Voy A Querer", "Cosquilla", "El Caballo", "Oye Lo Pollo", "Calefaccion", and "Coco De Agua". CD

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✨✧ Dan HartmanInstant Replay ... CD
Blue Sky/Collectables, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A crossover club classic from Dan Hartman – a set that hit big with the mainstream audiences at the time, but which also had enough raw disco talent to hold onto longtime fans of the music too! Dan sings lead vocals, and handles most of the instruments at the core – but he's also got some super-heavy assistance from arranger Gene Page – who give the long tracks a mighty majestic finish – pushing Hartman's core ideas into soaringly soulful territory from the very first note! Tom Moulton also mixed the whole record – furthering the classic club sound of the proceedings – and titles include the huge hits "Instant Replay" and "Countdown/This Is It", the funky "Chocolate Box", and the tracks "Time & Space", "Double O Love", and "Love Is A Natural". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Instant Replay ... LP 2.99

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✨✧ KaleidoscopePulsating Dreams – The Epic Recordings (3CD set) (Side Trips/Beacon From Mars/Incredible Kaleidoscope/Bernice/Singles) ... CD
Epic/Retroworld (UK), Late 60s. Used 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mind-blowing collection of work from Kaleidoscope – the ultra-hip psych combo who recorded some great work for Epic Records at the end of the 60s! This package not only features all the group's important albums, but also includes a wealth of rare singles too – including some surprising gems recorded for Epic in unusual situations, proof that the label really expected the band to break big at the time! The 3CD package features 45 tracks in all – with titles that include "Egyptian Gardens", "I Found Out", "Little Orphan Nannie", "Please", "Rampe Rampe", "Love Games", "Egyptian Candy", "Lie To Me", "Let The Good Love Flow", "Cuckoo", "Seven-Ate Sweet", "Banjo", "Why Try", "New Blue Ooze", "Lie & Hide", "Sefan", "Chocolate Whale", "Another Lover", "Sneakin In The Ghetto", and "Ballad Of Tommy Udo". CD

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✨✧ Cannonball AdderleyBlack Messiah ... LP
Capitol, Early 70s. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A massive live set from Cannonball Adderley – and a record that really shows the growth he'd undergone in just a few short years! The album's done in close collaboration with David Axelrod – who'd handled Cannon's big live dates for Capitol in the 60s – but this record is much more freewheeling, open-ended, fuzz, funky, and electric overall! Tracks are all nice and long, and really trip out in the best way – with keyboards from George Duke in the core group, plus some heavy basslines from Walter Booker, drums from Roy McCurdy, and guitar from Mike Deasy on a number of key tracks. Deasy plays with lots of great wah wah and fuzz – and the album also features guest work from Airto on percussion and Ernie Watts on tenor – plus Cannonball's great alto and the cornet of brother Nat Adderley too. There's a really collaborative feel to the whole thing – as the record steps easily between a lot of heady styles – and titles include "Zanek", "Eye Of The Cosmos", "The Scene", "The Chocolate Nuisance", "The Steam Drill", "Little Benny Hen", and "The Black Messiah". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Nonce1990 ... CD
Family Groove, 1990/2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A completely unreleased relic from the dawn of the 90s LA hip hop underground by The Nonce – predating the classic mid decade World Ultimate LP and early singles by a few years! There's a rawer energy to some of the tracks that almost indicates their youth – still just teenagers here – but they're definitely wise beyond their years and there's little doubt they're laying the groundwork for the legendary, if criminally underappreciated material to come. Includes "Chant This Hymn", "Stray Doves", "That's What's Happening", "Why You Wanna Bite My Bad Apple", "Speak Your Preach", "Ludewing Got A Stoop Of His Own", "Chocolate Cake", "Times Be Changing", "Get On Up From Inna", "Bad Scribble" and more. CD
Also available 1990 ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ VariousSon Cubano NYC – Cuban Roots New York Spices 1972 to 1982 ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The rebirth of the Afro-Cuban groove on the New York scene of the 70s – great recordings in the "new traditionalist" sound of the time! After the boom of the Latin Soul sound of the late 60s, and the rise of salsa in the early 70s, there was also a "back to basics" movement within the players of the New York Latin community – a shift that stripped down the sound, reintroduced traditional instrumentation, and worked in rhythms that might have been used on older sessions, but which were slightly updated for the newer recordings. The work of that period, although strong, has often been overlooked in favor of some of the flashier sounds of the scene – and this set wonderfully corrects that fault by bringing together a great sampling of work from the traditional spectrum of the Salsoul and SAR record labels, along with the kind of notes and commitment to quality that makes the Honest Jon's reissues so great! Titles include "Son Sabroson" by Rey Roig, "Chuchillo Para La Pina Cubana" by Charlie Rodriguez, "Chocolate En C7" and "Trumpet En Montuno" by Chocolate, "Oriente" and "Tiene Sabor" by Henry Fiol, "Yo Perdi El Corazon" by Lita Branda, "Camina Y Ven Pa La Loma" by Roberto Torres, "Celosa" by Angelo Y Su Conjunto Modelo, and "Los Dos Hermanos" by Los Jimaguas. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ ChocolateclayChocolateclay ... LP
Cat, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Sweet Miami funk from the team of George "Chocolate" Perry and Clay Cropper – one of the rarest TK albums from the time, and also one of the funkiest too! The sound here is slightly polished, but never too much – a bit more in the sound of bigger Florida groups, like Miami, with a tight groove overall, but still enough sharper funky bits on the edges! George plays bass and Clay handles guitar and keyboards – and the vocals seem to be sung by both parties, often in that slightly-flanged Miami style of the time. Titles include "My Uncle Funky", "Sweet Mary", "Cream Is Rising To The Top", and "Two Different Worlds" – plus the excellent mellow soul track "Free (I'll Always Be)", which has a nice sweet sound in the same vein as work by Milton Wright. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Tim MaiaTim Maia (1971) (with bonus track) ... CD
Polydor/Oficial Arquivos, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the funkiest records ever from Brazilian soul legend Tim Maia – and a set that also has him singing a bit of English language lyrics too! The groove here is that classic Maia blend of Brazilian roots with American funk and soul – echoes of forro or samba in some of the rhythms, mixed with psychedelic touches, and some harder-hitting funky lines too – all in a mindblowing blend that's perfectly topped with Maia's vocals – which are every bit as large and powerful as the man on the cover himself! Tim shifts effortlessly between Portuguese lyrics and American English – the latter of which really showcases his love of American soul on the titles"I Don't Know What To Do With Myself", "Broken Heart", and "I Don't Care". The album also features a version of Marcos Valle's "Preciso Aprender A Ser So", plus the cuts "Meu Pais", "A Festa Do Santo Reis", "Nao Vou Ficar", and "Salve Nossa Senhora" – all wonderful, all the way through! CD features the bonus track "Chocolate". CD
Also available Tim Maia (1971) (180 gram pressing) ... LP 32.99

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✨✧ Eddie PalmieriEddie Palmieri In Concert At The University Of Puerto Rico ... CD
Coco/Bomba (Japan), 1971. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from Eddie Palmieri – right up there with his best of the 70s, and filled with the kind of tunes you'd buy one of his best records for! The set was recorded live in Puerto Rico in 1971, and is a mix of the late Latin Soul styles that were heard on the Sing Sing albums, with some of the more extended jazzy grooving of Eddie's years at Coco. Eddie plays both electric and acoustic piano, and the electric sounds nice and sweet – kind of jagged and bracing, over long rhythms with timbales by Nicky Marrero, trumpet by Afredo Chocolate Armenteros, soprano sax by Ronnie Cuber, and organ by Charlie Palmieri. Ismael Quintana sings vocals, but the real grooves are the instrumental ones – and titles include "The Mod Scene", "Muneca", "Vamanos Pa'l Monte", "Pa Huele", "La Malanga", "La Libertad Logico", and "Chocolate Ice Cream". CD

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✨✧ Ryan PorterOptimist (3LP set) ... LP
World Galaxy/Alpha Pup, 2018. New Copy 3LP Trifold ... Out Of Stock
Stunning work from trombone player Ryan Porter and a young, already amazing group of LA jazz funk players from the West Coast Get Down collective he co-founded – including Kamasi Washington, Cameron Graves, Miles Mosely & others – recorded at Kamasi's Inglewood, CA home studio! Recorded in 2008 in the confines of "The Shack" – the tight quarters garage studio at the Washington family's home – the sound is very much the kind of resonantly soulful, spiritual jazz funk that sows the seeds for all the music to come from the whole collective. Most tracks feature Kamasi on tenor sax, Mosely on upright bass, Graves on piano & Rhodes and a revolving cast of drummers including Tony Austin, Robert Miller and Aaron Haggerty. Titles include "The Psalmist", "Obamanomics", "Strugglesville", "The Instrumental Hip-Hoppa", "Deja Vu", "Night Court In Compton", "K-Wash", "Anaya", "Little Sunflower", "Impressions" and "Chocolate Nuisance". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition 3LP set! Includes download.)
Also available Optimist ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ VariousBlack Gold – Samples, Breaks, & Rare Groove From The Chess Records Archives ... CD
Chess/Universal (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Incredible sounds from the Chess Records catalog – not the blues that you might know the label for, but a huge range of funk, soul, and jazz tracks from the headiest years of the 60s and 70s – a time when the Chicago scene was really turning out some incredible musical hybrids! As you'd guess from the title, all the cuts here have had a new life in recent years – thanks to samples by hip hop artists or other producers – but the original grooves are even better than the tracks that used them, and come together here to make one of the most mindblowing collections of Chess material we've ever heard! The package is nicely heavy on sounds from the Cadet/Concept years of the label – with more than a few contributions from producers Charles Stepney and Richard Evans – and the package features 42 wonderful tracks – including "Fonky Thang Diamon Ring" by The Dells, "Windmills Of Your Mind" by Dorothy Ashby, "I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun" by Rotary Connection, "Jelly Jam" by Jack McDuff, "The Getaway" by Alvin Cash, "In My Body's House" by Gene Chandler, "Cross Country" by Archie Whitewater, "Memory Band" by Rotary Connection, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by Jimmy Ponder, "Inside Out" by American Gypsy, "Go Go Power" by Sugar Pie DeSanto, "Shake It Up" by The Vibrations, "Up Above The Rock" by Ray Bryant, "Bad Moon Rising" by Bo Diddley, "Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Be Do Da Day" by Eddie Fisher, "Humpin Bumpin & Thumpin" by Andre Williams, "Who Got The Number" by Pigmeat Markham, "Walk On By" by Jo Ann Garrett, "Chocolate Candy" by Soulful Strings, "Got To Get Your Own (7" version)" by Reuben Wilson, "Hanky's Panky (7" version)" by Shirley Scott, "Liberation Conversation" by Marlena Shaw, "Look Of Love" by Monk Higgins, and "Think About It" by Odell Brown & The Organizers. CD

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✨✧ VariousFTG Presents The Vaults Vol 1 (3CD set) ... CD
FTG, Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A triple-header of greatness from the Funkytown Grooves label – a well-priced set that really shows off the label's commitment to classic funk and soul! The set brings together a blend of album tracks and rare mixes – some of the best titles from the FTG reissue series of the past few years, but working together here in a 3CD set that's overflowing with grooviness! The set features a total of 41 tracks in all – and titles include "Disco Nights (12" version)" by GQ, "I Can't Fight Your Love (7" version)" by The Modulations, "Stars In Your Eyes (special disco rmx)" by Herbie Hancock, "Hold Me Tighter In The Rain (7" version)" by Billy Griffin, "Heaven Sent (12" version)" by Stanley Clarke, "Juicy Fruit (voc)" by Mtume, "Firestarter" by Tease, "Giving Myself To You (ext east coast version)" by Glenn Jones, "Anything Worth Having (7" version)" by Johnny Kemp, "Love Is Just The Game (Jellybean rmx)" by Peter Brown, "I Just Got To Have You (single version)" by Kashif, "Dazz (Dazz disco mix)" by Brick, "Grand Theft (7" mix)" by Chocolate Milk, "You" by The McCrarys, "All In The Way You Get Down (rmx)" by Ray Parker Jr & Raydio, "Encore (ext version)" by Cheryl Lynn, "Reach Out (12" mix)" by George Duke, "Show Me The Way (ext version)" by Regina Belle, "Risin To The Top (7" mix)" by Keni Burke, and "Mainline" by Black Ivory. CD

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✨✧ VariousPraise Poems 5 – A Journey Into Deep Soulful Jazz & Funk From The 1970s ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A record with a sound that's much richer than you'd expect from the cover – not the spare, stark image on the front – but a wonderfully deep array of sounds from the more spiritual side of the jazz spectrum! As with previous volumes, the collection of tunes here is amazing – tracks that are so underground, they've even been missed by collectors over the past few decades – gems that plumb the vinyl depths even beyond labels like Strata East, Black Jazz, or Muse – to show that there were some even more amazing musical moments taking place far out in the hinterland! Those three other labels would be a great comparison to the style here – especially the last two – as many of the cuts have an early 70s blend of electric jazz, funk, and maybe a bit of soul – sometimes vocal, sometimes instrumental – very deep all the way through. Titles include "Anita" by Scott Cunningham Band, "Move On" by Robert Cote with Orange Lake Drive, "Red Clay" by Gunn High School Jazz Reunion, "Chocolate Puddin" by Gate, "Down Here On The Ground" by Keither Florence, "Funky Resurgence" by Ulysses Crockett, "Al's Thing" by Al Walton Trio, "Walk With Me" by David Lee Jones Trio, "When She's Gone" by Anything Goes, "Empty Days" by Randy Larkin, and "Strange Things" by Tim James. CD

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✨✧ VariousPraise Poems 5 – A Journey Into Deep Soulful Jazz & Funk From The 1970s (with bonus download) ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 1970s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A record with a sound that's much richer than you'd expect from the cover – not the spare, stark image on the front – but a wonderfully deep array of sounds from the more spiritual side of the jazz spectrum! As with previous volumes, the collection of tunes here is amazing – tracks that are so underground, they've even been missed by collectors over the past few decades – gems that plumb the vinyl depths even beyond labels like Strata East, Black Jazz, or Muse – to show that there were some even more amazing musical moments taking place far out in the hinterland! Those three other labels would be a great comparison to the style here – especially the last two – as many of the cuts have an early 70s blend of electric jazz, funk, and maybe a bit of soul – sometimes vocal, sometimes instrumental – very deep all the way through. Titles include "Anita" by Scott Cunningham Band, "Move On" by Robert Cote with Orange Lake Drive, "Red Clay" by Gunn High School Jazz Reunion, "Chocolate Puddin" by Gate, "Down Here On The Ground" by Keither Florence, "Funky Resurgence" by Ulysses Crockett, "Al's Thing" by Al Walton Trio, "Walk With Me" by David Lee Jones Trio, "When She's Gone" by Anything Goes, "Empty Days" by Randy Larkin, and "Strange Things" by Tim James. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
 
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Liz PhairWhitechocolatespaceegg ... LP
Capitol, 1998. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
Liz Phair's third album is weirdly titled, and just as weirdly overlooked – it's her biggest sounding album to this point by far, and probably the most accessible, but it's still barbed and uncompromising lyrically – Liz really deserved to become a bigger star after this one! She goes big here with the production and catchy songcraft, but the evolution from the rawer indie rock sound earlier on seems pretty logical to us, and it's not beholden to late 90s alt pop trends, either – it holds up really well after all these years. Ripe for re-evaluation for sure! Includes the title track, "Big Tall Man", "Johnny Feelgood", "Love Is Nothing", "Polyester Bride", "Ride", "What Makes You Happy", "Girl's Room", "Go On Ahead" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny HammondGears (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Milestone/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $28.99
One of our favorite albums of all time – and a record that just gets better and better the more we listen to it – and we've listened to it for years! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of this album, he'd teamed up with the mighty Larry Mizell, the genius arranger/producer who'd breathed new life into the careers of Donald Byrd and Bobbi Humphrey. Mizell works with Hammond in the same way he does with other jazz artists – by taking a groove that works best with their solo style, and slowly layering other instrumentation and effects on top of it, so that when the solo kicks in, it's supported on waves and waves of funky sounds and soulful grooves. Mizell and his brother Fonce both play keyboards on the record, and the rest of the group includes monster fusion players like Harvey Mason, Roger Glenn, Hadley Caliman, and Jerry Peters. The real treat is Johnny, though – as his solos are heavenly, the best of his 70s work, stripped mean and lean, laid in at just the right points. Includes the breakbeat classic "Shifting Gears", the house classic "Los Conquistadores Chocolates", and funky numbers "Fantasy" and "Tell Me What To Do". This stunning version adds in some killer bonus tracks – 6 never-heard cuts from the Milestone vaults, including "Song For My Family", "Funky Native", "Detroit Rainbow", "Can't We Smile (alt)", and slow and fast versions of "A Child's Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Johnny HammondGears (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Milestone/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums of all time – and a record that just gets better and better the more we listen to it – and we've listened to it for years! Johnny "Hammond" Smith began his career as a simple soul jazz organist – but by the time of this album, he'd teamed up with the mighty Larry Mizell, the genius arranger/producer who'd breathed new life into the careers of Donald Byrd and Bobbi Humphrey. Mizell works with Hammond in the same way he does with other jazz artists – by taking a groove that works best with their solo style, and slowly layering other instrumentation and effects on top of it, so that when the solo kicks in, it's supported on waves and waves of funky sounds and soulful grooves. Mizell and his brother Fonce both play keyboards on the record, and the rest of the group includes monster fusion players like Harvey Mason, Roger Glenn, Hadley Caliman, and Jerry Peters. The real treat is Johnny, though – as his solos are heavenly, the best of his 70s work, stripped mean and lean, laid in at just the right points. Includes the breakbeat classic "Shifting Gears", the house classic "Los Conquistadores Chocolates", and funky numbers "Fantasy" and "Tell Me What To Do". This stunning version adds in some killer bonus tracks – 6 never-heard cuts from the Milestone vaults, including "Song For My Family", "Funky Native", "Detroit Rainbow", "Can't We Smile (alt)", and slow and fast versions of "A Child's Love". CD
Also available Gears (with bonus tracks) ... LP 28.99
 
 
 



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