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New Stanton Davis' Ghetto MysticismIsis Voyage ... LP
Outrageous/Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99
A great counterpart to the rare Stanton Davis Ghetto Mysticism album – and a set that was recorded right around the same time, with a number of previously unreleased tracks! The spiritual energy of that group has been well-loved by collectors for years – and enjoyed by others thanks to a recent reissue – and this sweet batch of rare cuts really augments that rare musical moment, by offering up a further set of completely cosmic grooves! The style is spacey jazz funk with some deeper elements in the mix – all recorded and arranged with an indie vibe that reminds us a lot of the classic Oneness Of Juju albums on Black Fire, but without as much vocals – just a strong focus on the sweet keyboard lines and soaring horn passages. Some tracks are brand new, others are different versions of themes from the Brighter Days album – and titles include "Delta Six/Brighter Days", "Isis Voyage", "Odwalla", "Things Can Not Stop Forever (Al Kent version)", "High Jazz (reprise – alt mix)", "Things Cannot Stop Forever (inst mix)", and "Funky Fried Tofu (alt inst version)". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBombay Disco – Disco Hits From Hindi Films 1979 to 1985 ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99
A funky collection of soundtrack grooves from Hindi films – all from the late 70s to mid 80s – and with a lot more going on stylistically than just disco! It's got some of heaviest percussive sounds we've heard from period Eastern soundtracks – and lots of great vocals – sung by Ahsa Bhosle, Usha Uthup and others – plus the fantastic, disco and funk tinged musical direction of Bappi Lahiri and more. It's really cool mix of musical styles bearing the influences of some of best global action soundtrack modes of the mid 60s onward, with soe progessive disco elements. Includes "Hari On Hari" and "Main Gul Badan" by Usha Uthup, "Mausam Hai Gaane Ka" and "Discotheque Music" by Bappi Lahiri, "Karate" by Bappi Lahiri & Amit Kumar, "Udi Baba", "Bugi Bugi" and "Bongo Bongo" by Asha Bhosle, "Jeena Bhi Kya Hai Jeena (Part 2)" by Salma Agha & Bappi Lahiri and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Bombay Disco – Disco Hits From Hindi Films 1979 to 1985 ... CD 14.99

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VariousBombay Disco 2 ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, 1980s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99
Bombay grooves, but not just the disco promised in the title – as these cuts come mostly from the 80s years of Bollywood, and show Indian funk moving into a great new realm of styles! There's definitely a disco vibe at the core – and as in other scenes, the style stayed current a lot longer in India than it did in the US – but there's also some other great 80s elements at play, including some electro touches, bits of house, and even some bits that feel more like indie boogie material than the usual Bollywood groove! Together, the tracks are a real revelation – and push our understanding of Indian film grooves way past any simple cliches – and also have inspired us to start digging for these overlooked gems from later years too. The package comes with notes and images of the records – and titles include "Tadeer Ka Bashah" by Bappi Lahiri, "Aaya Sanam Aaya Deewana Tera" by Kishore Humar, "Pass Ao Na" by Asha Bhosle, "Saat Samundar Paar" by Sadhana Sargam, "Hotel Mein Bottle" by Sharda, "Dance Music" by Hridaynath Mageshkar, "Jab Chaye" by Asha Bhosle, "Main Jaadugar" by Kumar Sanu & Jolly Mukherjee, and "Disco Music" by RD Burman. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Bombay Disco 2 ... CD 14.99

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VariousTropical Disco Hustle ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99
Disco sounds from the Caribbean scene of the 70s – a really unique mix of regional styles with the kind of rhythms that were coming from New York and Philly at the time! The groove here is really unique – even different than some of the reggae or African disco numbers of the time – as the sunny style of Trinidad & Tobago and other islands turns out to be a perfect fit for clubby elements – mixing riffing instrumentation with playful lyrics that would have been right at home in older musical modes, but which are tuned just right here to match the energy of the disco generation. And these cuts have an appeal that goes way beyond any sense of novelty or gimmick – often served up with a soulfulness that meets or beats mainstream US disco of the period. Hats off to Cultures of Soul for bringing all these great grooves together – on a set that includes "Dance With Me" by Odessey One, "Feel Like Dancing" by Levi John, "Instant Funk" by Merchant, Be Yourself" by Mighty Duke, "The Rebels" and "Living On A String" by Wild Fire, "Peace Without Love" by Ronnie Butler And The Ramblers, "Rockers Delight" by Prince Blackman (a nicely simmering Jamaican funk take on "Rappers Delight"), "Got To Have You" by Joanne Wilson, "Disco Music" by Trinadad Troubadours – plus the bonus tracks "Got To Have You (Whiskey Barons Rework)" and "Dance With Me (Al Kent Version)" by Odessey One. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Tropical Disco Hustle ... CD 14.99

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VariousWorld's Funkiest Covers ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, 1970s/2011. New Copy ... $13.99
They're not kidding about the title on this one – although they might have added "weirdest" to the name, too! The songs here are all familiar ones, especially if you dig rare grooves from the 60s and 70s – but the versions you'll hear are definitely unusual – often some pretty obscure takes on funk and soul numbers, plus a few bits from other styles too – done up in even funkier versions than before, partly because the production is even rawer, but also because the overall execution is too! Latin vibes mix up with soulful rhythms, deep funk solos, and even some freaky fuzzy psyche-inspired moments – and titles include "Purple Haze" by Johnny Jones & The King Casuals, "Jungle Fever" by Afrosound, "Bang Bang" by Fruko & Sus Tesos, "Pastime Paradise" by Ray Barretto, "Cloud Nine" by Mongo Santamaria, "I Turn My Camera On" by Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra, "Light My Fire" by Ebony Rhythm Band, and "The Next Message" by The Mighty Mo & Winchester Seven. LP, Vinyl record album

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New Stanton Davis' Ghetto MysticismBrighter Days ... LP
Outrageous/Cultures Of Soul, 1977. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sublime sounds from the legendary Stanton Davis – a rare 70s gem that's been a favorite of groovehounds for years! The set's got a really unique feel – part spiritual jazz, part soaring club – a blend that's similar to the sound you'd get on James Mason's legendary album too – a unique hybrid of American undergrounds that comes off beautifully throughout! Production is perfect – a Mizell-like blend of acoustic and electric jazz elements, layered with a bit of vocals – and Davis plays soulful trumpet lines, in a group that has some especially nice keyboards! Titles include "Space A Nova (parts 1 & 2)", "Play Sleep", "Brighter Days/Brighter Daze", "Nida", "High Jazz", and "Things Cannot Stop Forever". LP, Vinyl record album

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New VariousBrazilian Boogie Connection – From Rio To Sao Paulo 1976 to 1983 ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LPs Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Think Brazil only gave the world bossa nova and samba? Think again – because this set is a great example of the nation's rich legacy of soul music – especially the kind of upbeat, hard-grooving styles that still stay strong on today's global dancefloors! The groundbreaking collection is a wonderful batch of rare club, disco, and boogie tracks from the Brazilian scene of the late 70s and early 80s – music that's not just a copycat of American dancefloor styles, but often a unique hybrid of funk and regional Brazilian styles – blended together with top-shelf studio perfection, and served up with loads of jazzy touches in the instrumentation. The grooves here are razor-sharp throughout – and many tracks may well blow away better-known US cuts from the time – and the set does a good job of mixing a few longtime standards with some fresher tunes that really keep things interesting! Titles include "Relax" by Painel De Controle, "Funk Funk La" by Robson Robson, "Nao Va" by Tim Maia, "A Paraibo Nao E Chicago" by Marcos Valle, "Saiba Ser Feliz" by Tarantulas, "Rio Babilonia" by Jorge Ben, "O Amigo De Nova York" by Emilio Santiago, "Expresso Madureira" by Banda Black Rio, "Olhos Coloridos" by Sandra Sa, "Aleluia" by Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti, and "Central Do Brasil" by Cassiano. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Brazilian Boogie Connection – From Rio To Sao Paulo 1976 to 1983 ... CD 14.99

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New Evans PyramidEvans Pyramid ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Rare grooves from Evans Pyramid – a sweet set of cosmic disco from the end of the 70s – recorded with a lean, almost spiritual vibe – quite similar to some of the great tracks reissued in the Soul Cal series! There's a definite ear for the dancefloor here – lots of upbeat rhythms, touched with sweet keyboards riffs, and layered with vocals that are almost an afterthought – yet have their own sort of message at the right moment. The group's the brainchild of Andre Evans, an artist whose huge legacy of music business work includes stints with Dyke & The Blazers, Little Anthony & The Imperials, and Tribe – as well as a host of key album sessions as well – but the sound is unlike any of those references, and has this great stripped-down late 70s club vibe throughout. The rare album is offered here with unreleased bonus tracks – and titles include "Rubber Band", "Never Gonna Leave You", "Dip Drop", "No I Won't", "Soul Petrol", and "Dance A Thon". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Evans Pyramid (with bonus tracks) ... CD 5.99

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New CS CrewFunky Pack ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A massive set from Nigeria's CS Crew – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The bass is super-heavy on these grooves – way more so than on other Afro Funk records of the time, and in ways that easily match, if not beat, the early best by Fatback Band and Kool & The Gang – grooves that have amazing dexterity that few others could match, yet which always come through right on the money every time! The bass dips, turns, soars, and drops magically on each number – setting things up strongly for the group's riffing guitar, sweet keyboard lines (including a big of moog!), and few horn moments – which themselves often come across more like an American group than a Nigerian one. Vocals have this rough approach – often part of the rhythm more than anything else – and titles include "Love Is Peace", "Freaky Funkyfied Fix", "Bread Power", "Doin The Good Thing", "I've Found Love", "Last Day", and "Dig In With Time". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Funky Pack ... CD 13.99
 
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VariousChop Suey Rock Vol 1 – Songs About The Orient ... LP
Hot & Sour, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $7.99
A pretty crazy little series – and a pretty offensive little one at that – a collection of lost rock, soul, and R&B nuggets that recall a time when the American scene was a little bit too freewheeling about its conception of Asian cultures – and was ready to sell out just about any nationality for the sake of a novelty tune! Yet despite that sense of racism – or possibly because of it – there's also a pretty compelling cultural clash going on here – especially on the more urban numbers that seem to have a mixed sense of its neighbors in the city – a mixture of misunderstanding and mysticism that really comes through in the lyrics. Other tracks are instrumental – and go more for a sense of exotica run through more electric guitars and tight drums – kind of a surf or rockabilly take on the world of Martin Denny! Titles on this first volume include "Chopsticks" by The Lasalles, "Zaki Sue" by Melvin Smith, "Fuji Yama Mama" by The Antennas, "Chop Suey Rock" by The Instrumentals, "Surfin In The China Sea" by The Hong Kongs, "Oriental Rock" by The Quarter Notes, "Nagasaki" by The Five Chances, "My China Doll" by The Glad Rags, and "Ching Ching Wong" by Bernie Turner & The Armorettes. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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