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✨✧ Dazz BandKeep It Live ... LP
Motown, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dazz Band keep it plenty live on this early 80s gem – a killer set from the group's hit run for Motown! The set's got a bouncy groove that's very much in the best Motown funk style at the time – lots of bass at the bottom, and plenty tight on production – but never as smooth or commercial as work from a few years later. The group balance things out well with a few mellower cuts – numbers that still have some sort of a groove, but one that's a bit more laidback, and which shows they're not just a funk-driven outfit. Titles include the massive hit "Let It Whip" – plus "Gamble With My Love", "Just Can't Wait 'Till The Night", "Shake What You Got", "Keep It Live", and "Let Me Love You Until". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bit of pen.)

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✨✧ Dazz BandJoystick/Jukebox ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1983/1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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 ... $11.99
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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Treacherous ThreeTreacherous Three ... LP
Sugar Hill, 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Aaahh, back in the day. . .well not quite as far back as we might like, as the Treacherous Three's Enjoy material really takes us back – but this reissue of their Sugarhill LP, cut just after that, has that great mid 80s block party vibe. The Sugarhill house band reworks some of the more popular R&B hits of the day (like the Dazz Band's "Let It Whip") for Kool Moe Dee, Special K & LA Sunshine to get busy over. A nice piece of history for all you young 'uns out there. 6 cuts in all, including "Whip It", "Yes We Can Can", "Action", "Get Up", "Turning You On", and "Turn It Up". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Little Anthony & The ImperialsBest Of Little Anthony & The Imperials ... LP
Veep, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Anthony and crew were one of the few groups who actually got better when they moved from the raw indie scene to the slicker major label one – as you'll hear perfectly on this set of some of their best work for the Veep/DCP/United Artists label. Teddy Randazzo handled all the arrangments and production, and his breathy uptown style works perfectly with the band's soulful harmonies. Titles include "Hurt So Bad", "I'm On The Outside (Looking In)", "Our Song", "Get Out Of My Life", and "Going Out Of My Head". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Little Anthony & The ImperialsVery Best Of Little Anthony & The Imperials ... LP
United Artists, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Anthony and crew were one of the few groups who actually got better when they moved from the raw indie scene to the slicker major label one – as you'll hear perfectly on this set of some of their best work for the Veep/DCP/United Artists label. Teddy Randazzo handled all the arrangements and production, and his breathy uptown style works perfectly with the band's soulful harmonies. Titles include "Hurt So Bad", "I'm On The Outside (Looking In)", "Take Me Back", "Two People In The World", "Tears On My Pillow", "The Diary", and "Going Out Of My Head". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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North Texas State University Lab BandLab 67! ... LP
NTSU, 1967. Very Good+ ... $1.99
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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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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✨✧ Bembeya Jazz NationalSyliphone Years ... CD
Sterns (UK), 1960s/1970s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
An awe-inspiring mother lode of classic Guinean grooves from one of Africa's greatest bands! Senegal's Orchestra Baobab have become the media favorite of Africa's golden era, but it only takes one spin of this fabulous anthology to realize that Bembeya Jazz National were as good as any band the continent ever produced. As the title says, this material is culled from the recordings the band made for the great state-owned Syliphone label, and it reflects an era of dazzling creative potency – sensual Afro-Cuban tropes are blended into a powerful mix of Mande melodies, sashaying grooves, and jaw-dropping solos. Most of this collection features lead vocals by the sweet and soulful Aboubacar Demba Camara, who died in a tragic car accident in 1973, while the prodigiously talented Sekou "Diamond Fingers" Diabate unspools one astonishing lead after another. A still-powerful version of the group reunited in 2001, but nothing can match these recordings. Truly essential stuff! Tracks include "Dembaty Galant", "Waraba", "Super Tentemba", "Fatoumata", and "Sina Mousso". CD
(Out of print early edition.)

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✨✧ HeatwaveHot Property ... LP
Epic, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
Man, these guys never seem to miss – and always come up with some great little tunes that snap along in a really compelling way! This album might be easy to overlook in favor of the band's bigger classics, but it's a stone winner all the way through – with a number of tunes that groove on beautifully with tight hooks, skipping beats, warm vocals, and that beautifully compressed production style that always gave Heatwave a sound that slide perfectly into an AM soul radio groove. And sure, there's a few hooks here that feel like they're "borrowed" from some of the bigger hits – but they work wonderfully as a reprise of greatness, and keep us half stepping into the album even more. Titles include "Razzle Dazzle", "Eyeballin", "Raise A Blaze", "First Day Of Snow", "One Night Tan", "All Talked Out", "Disco", and "Therm Warfare". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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✨✧ Butcher BrownAll Purpose Music ... CD
Jellystone, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Henri BowaneDouble Take – Tala Kaka ... CD
Retro Afric (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Orchestre VeveVintage Verckys ... CD
Retro Afric (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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