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✨✧ CS CrewFunky Pack ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A massive set from Nigeria's CS Crew – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The bass is super-heavy on these grooves – way more so than on other Afro Funk records of the time, and in ways that easily match, if not beat, the early best by Fatback Band and Kool & The Gang – grooves that have amazing dexterity that few others could match, yet which always come through right on the money every time! The bass dips, turns, soars, and drops magically on each number – setting things up strongly for the group's riffing guitar, sweet keyboard lines (including a big of moog!), and few horn moments – which themselves often come across more like an American group than a Nigerian one. Vocals have this rough approach – often part of the rhythm more than anything else – and titles include "Love Is Peace", "Freaky Funkyfied Fix", "Bread Power", "Doin The Good Thing", "I've Found Love", "Last Day", and "Dig In With Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ 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
Also available Isis Voyage ... CD 12.99

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VariousBombay Disco 2 ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, 1980s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
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

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VariousBrazilian Boogie Connection – From Rio To Sao Paulo 1976 to 1983 ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LPs Gatefold ... $24.99
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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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

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VariousTropical Disco Hustle Vol 2 – More Rare Carribean Disco ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
The sound of disco left no corner of the world untouched in the late 70s – and the hipper side of the dancefloor mode had an especially strong impact down in the Caribbean! Of course, that's maybe not as much of a surprise – when you consider how much back/forth action was going on between New York and the islands at the time – a rich sharing of cultural heritage that not only helped breathe great new energy into soul and funk in the US during the 70s, but also had a strong impact back home as well! This stunning second volume of the Tropical Disco Hustle series really documents the best examples of that wonderful cultural exchange – music that carries plenty of traces of New York club, but which also brings in lots of local elements too – from styles like soca, reggae, and calypso, plus some Latin modes as well. Titles include "Music Makes The World Go Round" by The Hamilton Brothers, "Let's Party" by Tru Tones, "Socorama" by Defosto, "The Dealer" by Wild Fire, "Music Lady" by Patti Charles, "Savage" by Maestro, "My Life My Music & Me" by Keith Paul & The GT Boom Band, "Caribbean People (Waxist Selecta edit)" by C Soprann H, "Try Making Love" by Wild Fire, and "Dancing" by Tru Tones. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Tropical Disco Hustle Vol 2 – More Rare Carribean Disco ... 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
Also available World's Funkiest Covers ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ 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
Also available
Brighter Days ... CD 11.99
Brighter Days ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ VariousBoston Creative Jazz Scene – 1970 to 1983 (2LP box set with book) ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Way more than just a random jazz compilation – and instead a set that comes with a hefty book about the Boston jazz underground in the 70s – almost 80 pages in length, complete with images of records, vintage photos, and lots of notes on this under-documented scene! And while Boston's always been something of a hotbed of jazz activity – thanks to the younger students who hit the city to study at Berklee and other schools – this material represents a much deeper, more spiritual current of jazz – work that's in the same territory of the AACM or loft jazz scenes of the period, but also with a current of freewheeling electric material too! At this price, the whole thing would already be great as a collection of rare spiritual jazz, but with the book and overall package it's a hell of a deal – packed with musical goodness on cuts that include "Sketch (parts 1 & 2)" and "Road Through The Wall (parts 2 & 3)" by Thing, "For Margot" and "Tarot The Moon" by Mark Harvey Group, "The Creator Is So Far Out" and "Egypt" by Phil Musra Group, "9 Degrees Black Women Liberation" by Worlds, "Year Of The Ear Herds & Hoards" by Baird Hersey with Dave Liebman, and "Play Sleep" by Stanton Davis' Ghetto Mysticism. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Boston Creative Jazz Scene – 1970 to 1983 (with book) ... CD 18.99

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ VariousBombay Disco 2 ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, 1980s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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 ... LP 14.99
 
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Heaven 17How Men Are ... LP
Arista/Virgin, 1984. Near Mint- ... $2.99
The last moment of greatness from Heaven 17 – and a set that continues the trend towards more soulful expression the group began with their previous record! This time around, the production is warmly touched with many soul-based elements that nicely offset the colder electro pop of their roots – aspects of which include the Phenix Horns, borrowed from Earth Wind & Fire, as well as the Afrodiziak backing vocal group, which features a young Caron Wheeler in her days before Soul II Soul! It may be a stretch, but the record does have a key place in the evolution of UK soul in the 1980s – certainly its most poppy aspect to be sure, but one that has an undeniable charm, and which really managed to bridge a number of different cultures with its approach. Titles include "Sunset Now", "The Fuse", "The Skin I'm In", "Flamedown", "Reputation", "And That's No Lie", "Shame Is On The Rocks", and "Five Minutes To Midnight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner.)

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Tony ScottMusic For Zen Meditation ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
Beautiful work from reed player Tony Scott – recorded during a time when he was doing a lot of soul-searching with Eastern cultures! The set's a stripped-down batch of long tracks, with Scott's clarinet in the lead, and backing by 2 Japanese musicians on Koto and Shackuhachi. The tracks are shortish, and are designed as platforms for Zen Meditation. Titles include "To Drift Like The Clouds", "Satori", "Za Zen", and "Is Not All One?". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light ringwear.)

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VariousContemporary Jazz – A Fine Selection Of Some Of Today's Most Exciting Independent Jazz Bands From All Over The World ... LP
Tramp (Germany), 2010. New Copy ... $12.99
An even hipper volume than the Contemporary Funk collection from the folks at Tramp Records – and a mighty testament to the mindblowing jazz coming out of the global underground in recent years! Not long ago, if contemporary combos played older jazz modes, they'd usually head for straight soul jazz of the organ/tenor variety, of familiar funk from the 70s CTI scene. But here, the groups are touching on a wide range of really wonderful music – bits of spiritual jazz and more complicated elements, kind of a post-Coltrane style that's really brilliant, and carried off with some of the best traces of the Impulse Records generation! Some of the names are familiar, but others are new to us – and together, the tracks on the collection work together wonderfully well – a truly illuminating batch of music that's a lot deeper than you might expect. Titles include "Starlings Talk" by Deep Jazz, "Rockridge Kids" by Eli Sundelson, "A Vision (part 1)" by Das Goldene Zeitaler, "Bodhisvattva Wonderful Sound" by Cultures Of Rhythm, "A Child Runs Free" by Primo & The Groupe, "Senor Blues" by Wayne Bartlett, "Sweet Tater Pie" by Nick Rossi Set, "Getting Down" by Hi Fly Orchestra, and "Hier Kommt Die Laterne" by Hipnosis. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Chollo Rivera & The Latin Soul DrivesBy Chollo ... LP
Cotique, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An obscure classic from the Latin Soul generation – the standout set recorded by the young Chollo Rivera and his strangely-named group The Latin Drives! The set's got equal parts soul and equal parts Latin – in a way that's similar to some of Joe Bataan's albums for Fania from the same time – young, free, and proud – really steeped in the blend of races and cultures that were bubbling through the best records of the New York scene in the late 60s! Instrumentation includes some very sharp twin-trombones in the lead, plus trumpet, piano, bass, bongo, and timbales from Chollo. English vocals are sung by Billy Scruggs, Spanish vocals by Israel Perez – and titles include "Montuno Con Soul", "Black & Blues", "Latin Soul Drive Is Here", "Pega Pega", "Swing Que Va", "I'm The One Who Loves You", and a nice cover of "I Got The Feeling" that really Latinizes the James Brown hit! LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ VariousAlright In The City – Late 60s/Early 70s Funky Hard Rock From New Zealand (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Universal (New Zealand), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Incredible sounds from a scene we never knew anything about – and which we certainly didn't expect to be this funky as well! This stunning collection looks at a killer current of the New Zealand scene at the start of the 70s – a time when that small nation was bringing in some great elements from other cultures too – not just funk and jazzy rock from the US and UK, but some seeming South Pacific touches too! There's a surprising amount of percussion on these cuts – lots of congas and currents that almost feel like Chicano Rock at times, mixed with fuzzy guitars, heavy basslines, and some soulful vocals that are way past the usual rock you might expect – especially if you only know more familiar Aussie material from the period. In fact, the whole thing's even funkier than the title might imply – and tracks include "Highway Of Love" by Ticket, "All In Your Mind" by Farmyard, "Marbles" by Billy TK & Powerhouse, "It's A Blessing" by The Underdogs, "Highway Driver" by Link, "Alright In The City" by Quincy Conserve, "Stop The Music Is Over" by Lutha, "The Bruiser" by Soundproof, and "Run Run Run" by Collision. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 300 copies – with bonus insert!)
 
 
 



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