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Dazz BandJoystick/Jukebox ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1983/1984. New Copy ... $13.99
The Dazz Band brilliantly modernizes their sound for the early-to-mid 80s – without sacrificing the funk one bit on a pair of later Motown albums – '83's Joystick and '84's Jukebox in a single set! As you might guess from the title, on Joystick, Dazz Band thumps and pulses things into a style that's electro and computer groove aware. That said, their background in midwestern funky 70s soul is hardwired into their systems and they bridge the eras masterfully! Titles include "To The Roof", "Joystick", "Until You", "Rock With Me", "Now That I Have You" and more. On Jukebox, the Dazz Band hit hard with that catchy, synth-heavy groove that marks their other solid Motown work! The album's got all the catchy pop elements you might guess from the time – not as classically funky as the group in their roots, with lots of emphasis on the keyboards and guitar – that crossover Motown soul mode of the mid 80s. Titles include "So Much Love", "Dream Girl", "She's The One", "Heartbeat", "Let It All Blow", "Undercover Lover", and "Main Attraction". CD

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Kinsman DazzKinsman Dazz/Dazz ... CD
20th Century/Expansion, 1978/1979. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of killers – back to back on a single CD! First up is the killer debut from the Dazz Band – issued way back when they were named Kinsman Dazz, and when "dazz" was a reference to the fact that the group could play both dance music and jazz! That jazzy element is definitely in place here – as the set's got lots of hip instrumental touches over the core funky grooves – produced with some great help from Philip Bailey and Ralph Johnson, who bring in a bit of Earth Wind & Fire vibe – and set to some larger arrangements from Patrice Rushen, who ups the jazzy quotient too! But the core sound of the group is what really drives the album – a well-crafted batch of Ohio funky numbers that step along with the best of their generation – on titles that include "Makin Music", "Forget About Lovin You", "Get Down With the Feelin", "Stand In Your Way", "And I Mean", and "Dazzberry Jam". On the Dazz album, Kinsman Dazz are even funkier here than before – showing off their Ohio roots, and pointing the way towards the classic Dazz Band sound they'd forge in the 80s! Rhythms are very tight throughout – but still often touched with the jazzy elements that made the group so great in their early years – echoing a bit of an Earth Wind & Fire sound, as Philip Bailey's on board to help a bit with arrangements and background vocals. The whole thing's great – a super-tight record without any filler at all – and titles include "I Searched Around", "Love Design", "Keep On Rockin", "Can't Get Enough", "Dancin Free", and the wonderful "Catchin Up On Love", a spacey harmony track with a really anthemic sound! CD
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VariousAll Night Long – Classic Motown 12 Inch 80s Grooves ... CD
Motown (UK), Early/Mid 80s. Used 2 CDs ... $26.99
All night long is just about right! The Motown hit machine never let up, and this compilation of some of their better 80s numbers provides ample evidence of that, with track after track of modern soul classics! From huge numbers like Rick James' "Give It To Me Baby" and Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out" and "Upside Down" and the Mary Jane Girls' "All Night Long", to sublime, enduring classics like Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garret's "Don't Look Any Further" and less obvious, but still heavy hitting numbers like Nolen & Crosslet's "Salsa Boogie" and Teena Marie's "Behind The Groove", this set pops like nobody's business. About half the tracks are presented in their original 12" version, while the rest are the original album cuts, no edits here! 26 songs in all, including Teena Marie "I Need Your Lovin" and "Portuguese Love", the Temptations "Treat Her Like A Lady", Jermaine Jackson "Let's Get Serious", the Dazz Band "Let It Whip", Marvin Gaye "Heavy Love Affair" and Debarge "Stay With Me" and "I Like It", plus many more! CD
(Out of print, small amount of writing in pen inside booklet.)

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✨✧ VariousWicked Mix Classic Collection 1 ... 12-inch
Wicked Mix, 1992. Used ... Out Of Stock
Subscription service remixes of "Shake Your Pants", "Best Of My Love", "Numbers", "Dazz" and "The Beat Goes On". 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Blue vinyl pressing in a Wicked Mix sleeve.)

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✨✧ BrickGood High ... LP
Bang, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A killer debut from Brick – the start of a massive run at the end of the 70s, a time when the group was easily one of the biggest acts to come out of the up-and-coming Atlanta scene! Like some other Atlanta acts of the time, Brick had a way of fusing older funky soul on a tighter modern groove – coming up with a sound that was nice and lean – perfect for these key transitional years of funk – with influences that were felt for years, in places as far away as the west coast! Case in point is the album's classic "Dazz" – one of those cuts that never gets old – nestled nicely in a lineup that also includes "Music Matic", "Here We Come", "Good High", "Brick City", and "Sister Twister". LP, Vinyl record album
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Henri BowaneDouble Take – Tala Kaka ... CD
Retro Afric (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $12.99
The only album recorded by Henri Bowane, an important pioneer of Congolese rumba! Back in the early 50s he was one of the first guitarists to record in Kinshasa, where he quickly became a prominent bandleader and arranger. He was the guy that introduced Franco to the world, hiring him for his band before OK Jazz even started. In the late 50s he left the Congo, managing Ry-Co Jazz, but after the group reorganized in 1960 Bowane settled in Ghana, where focused on behind the scenes responsibilities, producing records by Zaiko Langa Langa and managing the great Sam Mangwana. This superb album was cut in 1976 with Ghanaian musicians but never released until RetroAfric rescued it in the mid-90s. It's a dazzling fusion of Congolese guitar with the tight rhythms of modern highlife – and it's further enhanced by excellent horn charts. He's a terrific singer and decades after he started he can still unfurl amazing guitar solos. Tracks include "Sam Ba No", "Natalie Nato", "Monoko Ya Mboko", "Marie Louise", and "Wabon'kum Blues", a deeply soulful, organ-stoked Zaiko tune. CD

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Butcher BrownAll Purpose Music ... CD
Jellystone, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99
Nice, timeless jazz funk from the Butcher Brown band – with a vibe that's informed by some of theirs and our own favorite records by The Crusaders, 70s era Herbie Hancock, earlier Earth, Wind & Fire and others on the grittier edge of funky fusion – with their own inventive, contemporary touches! Warm, head nodding, easy-to-love sounds from a group that's just getting started – with Devonne Harris on keys, guitar and percussion, Corey Fonville on drums, Andrew Randazzo on bass and Keith Askey on guitar – plus guests that include Nicholas Payton, Marcus Tenney, Reggie Pace and John Bibbs. Includes "Forest Green", "Country Boys", "Philly Roll", "Sticky July", "Highway One", "Powhatan", "Goin' Home", "Nice", "Faith" feat Jon Bibbs, "Cairo", "Country Boys" and more. CD

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John CaleSlow Dazzle (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Island/Culture Factory (France), 1975. Used ... $11.99
Dazzling work from John Cale – exactly the kind of record that shows why his solo years were so great! The record's got this unusual vibe – on one hand, it's put together like a more conventional rock set of the time – but on the other, it's got strange dark currents that run through the whole thing in very weird ways – a bit like some of the Roxy Music edges from the early years. No surprise, both Brian Eno and Phil Manzanera contribute strongly to the set – but the energy of the record definitely comes from Cale's great songwriting and offbeat vocals – and his great ear for a weird-sounding tune. Titles include "Mr Wilson", "Rollaroll", "Ski Patrol", "Guts", "The Jeweller", and Cale's famous version of "Heartbreak Hotel". CD
(Limited edition.)

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Mah DambaDjelimousso ... CD
Buda (France), 2000. Used ... $13.99
A killer album of Mande music from one of the strongest female singers we've heard from Mali, a country with no shortage of great vocalists! Mah Damba rips through ten traditional tunes, making the most of the spare, hypnotic yet wonderfully spindly instrumental backing provided by her husband Mamaye Kouyate, who plays the ngoni – an indigenous lute with a great, dry, twangy sound, as well as acoustic guitar. Female backing singers, a second ngoni, and some terrific beats played on the guita fle – a halved calabash struck with the palms that produces a deep, low-end thump – round it all out. Damba's got a powerful, soulful voice that mixes dazzling melisma with subtle melodic ornamentation. If you dig singers like Rokia Traore and Kandia Kouyate or some of Frederic Galliano's Frikyiwa material, check this one out! Tracks include "Sounfani", "Koumbe Mandira", "Simbala Kone", "Dombali", and "Solio". CD
(Out of print.)

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Martin & FinleyDazzle 'Em With Footwork ... LP
Motown, 1974. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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ET Mensah & The TemposKing Of Highlife Anthology (4CD set) ... CD
Retro Afric (UK), 1950s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $28.99
An incredible collection of work from the legendary ET Mensah – one of the strongest early proponents of highlife on the African scene of the postwar years, and one of the jazziest too! In the late 40s Mensah took over the helm of Ghana's Tempos and pushed African pop music away from the dominant European model that was popular in urban areas, injecting his music with rhythms from the Caribbean – cha chas, calypsos, boleros, charangas – and the cadences and elegance of American swing. ET was fluent on both saxophone and trumpet, and also a dazzling arranger – able to give the horn lines a weightless grace, while masterfully using them to reinforce the Afro-Latin rhythms that propelled the tunes. That approach can be heard to full effect here – on this 69 track collection that never lets up for a minute – filled with lively rhythms and loads of jazzy inflections from the horns – all with a vibe that might have been right at home in late 50s Kingston or London too. The package also includes a beautiful 64 page book, inside a hardcover case that includes the CDs – and titles include "Natsui", "The Tree & The Monkey", "Mucho Mambo", "Bashia", "Because Of Money", "School Girl", "Ghana Freedom", "205", "Comfort", "Kaa No Wa", "Senorita", and "Small Boy". CD

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North Texas State University Lab BandLab 67! ... LP
NTSU, 1967. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Players include Joe Randazzo on trombone and Rich Margolis on vibes! Titles include "Anadge", "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat", "Swag's Groove", "Nature Boy", and "Easy To Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Orchestre VeveVintage Verckys ... CD
Retro Afric (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $12.99
Totally killing Congolese rumba from the early 70s! Saxophonist and bandleader Verckys Kiamuangana Mateta got his start by contributing grippingly muscular tenor saxophone work with the legendary Franco & OK Jazz during the mid-60s, providing unusual hefty horn work to a style where the guitars typically get the lion' share of the solo space. In 1969, he took the lessons he learned from Franco and started his own band, Orchestre Veve, creating a body of work as good as any of his rivals. American R & B honkers like King Curtis heavily influenced Verckys, but he masterfully adapted this brusque style for the more refined sound of Congolese rumba. While he takes a ton of dynamite solos, there's still a mother lode of sublime guitar playing here, as dazzling lockstep counterpoint keeps the music at a steady boil. Tracks include "Baluti", "Ah Ngai Matinda", "Londende", "Mama Djele", and "Vivita". CD

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✨✧ VariousNick Cave Heard Them Here First ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $14.99
Nick Cave is a man of many influences – sounds from so many different styles of music, which he's used to forge into his own uniquely personal style over the years! And Cave's never been secret about the music that moves him, either – and always gives credit where credit's due – both by referencing important influences in his interviews, and by covering their work on his records. That latter side of Nick's recordings is collected here – the original versions of songs that Cave later recorded himself – a really rich tapestry of rock, soul, jazz, country, and blues from the 20s onwards – but with an especially strong focus on the postwar years. There's a surprising sense of unity to the collection – despite the difference in years and artists – and titles include "Long Time Man" by Tim Rose, "Hey Joe" by The Leaves, "Tower Of Song" by Leonard Cohen, "Bedazzled" by Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, "Long Black Veil" by Lefty Frizzell, "There's No Night Out In The Jail" by Chad Morgan, "Burnin Hell" by John Lee Hooker, "Knoxville Girl" by The Louvin Brothers, "The Big Hurt" by Toni Fisher, "Moritat" by Harald Paulson, and "Hammer Song" by The Sensational Alex Harvey Band. CD

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✨✧ Joshua AbramsNatural Information ... CD
Eremite, 2010. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the most meditative, spiritual sounds we've ever heard from the great Josh Abrams – a record that goes way past his more familiar work on bass – even though that's pretty darn great! For this set, Abrams reaches out to a host of different instruments – including the harmonium, dulcimer, and guimbiri – as well as additional percussion, and acoustic bass as well – all instruments he uses in this really rich, textured way – layring the organic sounds with contributions from Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Emmett Kelly on guitar, and Frank Rosaly on drums. The record also features a few more really compelling instruments – a bit of Arp from Jim Baker, harmonium from Lisa Alvarado, and autoharp from Ben Boye – instruments that come in towards the end of the record, to make things even more hypnotic and mesmerizing. Titles include "Dolphin Cave Dazzling", "Mysterious Delirious Fluke Of The Beyond", "Abide In Sunset", "A Lucky Stone", and "Soul Talisman". CD

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✨✧ Guy WarrenDivine Drummer ... CD
Retro Afric (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dazzling percussion music from one of the most accomplished and interesting drummers ever to emerge in Africa! Already a percussionist, Ghana's Guy Warren made a brief visit to Chicago during World War II where he became enamored of the latest development in American jazz. The ideas he picked up became ingredients in the Tempos, the pioneering highlife band he led with ET Mensah. He spent only three years with the group and moved to Liberia where he worked as a journalist and the first African presenter on the BBC World Service. He returned to the US in 1955 and performed with a number of jazz greats including Thelonious Monk, Lester Young, and Charlie Parker. He made one of the first African-jazz fusion albums with Red Saunders and Gene Esposito in 1958, leading the way for a series of like-minded albums cut in the US. By the late 60s he was back in Ghana. The music here was made in London in 1969-70, a cornucopia of dense African polyrhythms teeming with all sorts of idiomatic sensibilities and some fascinating jazz-African improvisations that sound remarkably fresh. Tracks include "Freedom Dance", "One Step African Ragtime", "Self Portrait 1969", "Keep Cool You Fool (Don't Lose Your Cool)", and "Gye Nyame (Unless God)". CD

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✨✧ O'BryanDoin' Alright/You And I ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1981/1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Smooth and sophisticated 80s soul from O'Bryan – his first two Capitol albums together on one CD – thanks to the classic soul devotees at Expansion UK! Doin' Alight and the follow-up You And I are a great mix of smoothed out modern soul, bits of funk and classic soul touches. Most of it is co-produced with Don Cornelius, of Soul Train fame, who helped O'Bryan get his start. A good bit of the debut Doin' Alright has a kicked back, nice and mellow approach – grooving in a modern Capitol Rare mode, with some pop funk bass and elegant strings for good measure. Tracks include "It's Over", "Love Has Found A Way", "Doin Alright", "Can't Live Without Your Love", and "Still Water (Love)". The follow-up brings in a bit more electro and pop funk into the mix – especially on the first half of the record – before settling in with some nice laidback soul and ballads on the second half. The funky "I'm Freaky" kicks it off, and other tracks include "Dazzlin' Lady", "I'm In Love Again", "Shake", "Soft Touch" and the sweet soul title cut. CD

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✨✧ VariousLegendary Wild Rockers 4 – Compiled By Keb Darge & Little Edith – A Collection Of Rare Rockabilly & Surf From The Fifties & Sixties ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A storming mix of R&B, early soul, and rare rockers – all hand-picked by the famous team of Keb Darge and Little Edith! We first knew Keb as an expert in raw funk over 20 years ago – back at a time when few DJs cared about the style – and you can definitely hear Keb's funk-trained ears at work here – as the tunes are all plenty raw and filled with sharp edges – way way different than any mainstream assumptions you might have about rock or soul from this time! The vibe is similar to some of the best Cramps-fueled compilations, or some of the hipper Norton titles – and titles include "Get Whiz" by The Dazzlers, "Jam & Jelly" by The Col-Lee Jets, "Shis Kebab" by The Black Albinos, "Dance Franny Dance" by The Floyd Dakil Combo, "Nervous Breakdown" by Gregory Dee & The Avanties, "Steady With Betty" by Benny Joy, "Please Give Me Something" by Bill Allen & The Back Beats, and "The Shake" by George Fleming. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Little Anthony & The ImperialsOn A New Street/Hold On (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Avco/, 1973/1975. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Harmony heaven – a pair of Little Anthony & The Imperials albums together in a single set, with some sweet bonus tracks too! On A New Street is wonderful work from Little Anthony – and a great update to his smooth 60s harmony sound with The Imperials! Anthony wisely employs the use of two of 70s top harmony arrangers on the album – using Thom Bell on one side, and Teddy Randazzo on the other – both of whom really help take the group to a whole new level! The Thom Bell material fits perfectly with his work with The Stylistics from the same time, and the cuts have a wonderfully mellow east coast harmony style that's quite different than Anthony's earlier work. Teddy Randazzo does a pretty nice job, too – but with a fuller sound too, almost in a Manhattans mode that makes for a nice change from the previous fragility of Anthony's vocals. Titles include "I Don't Have Time To Worry", "That's What Love is All About", "I'm Falling In Love with You", "Heartache Never Entered My Mind", and "The Loneliest House on the Block". Also features an alternate take on "La La La At The End". Hold On has Little Anthony & The Imperials really hitting some great Philly modes – working with help from Tony Bell and Phil Hurtt, and getting lots of sweet backing from the Sigma Studio team – all in a mode that rivals some of the bigger soul group work of the 70s! The vibe's got a bit of Spinners in the mix, but still also holds on to the more fragile style that made The Imperials so great – especially on the mellower cuts, which have Anthony's voice cracking in that completely wonderful, very human way. But like Eddie Holman on Salsoul, he can also really shine on the clubbier cuts too – and the blend makes for a mighty compelling album from the group! Titles include "Hold On", "You Are The World To Me", "Promise Me", "I've Got To Let You Go", and "Back Where You Belong". CD also features some bonus cuts – "Hold On (stereo single mix)", "I've Got To Let You Go (stereo single)", "I've Got To Let You Go (stereo)", and "I've Got To Let You Go (mono short version)". CD

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