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De La SoulArt Official Intelligence: Bionix – Edited Version ... LP LP format
Tommy Boy, 2001. Very Good+ 2LP ... $9.99
Their most consistent batch in years! It's been a little difficult to tell at times over the past few years if De La Soul has been trying harder to please their critics, or simply finally being true to themselves by expelling all traces of the perceived hippy-isms of their earlier work. The answer is probably somewhere in between, but leaning towards their autonomy. They've been a new group all together since Stakes Is High, and Bionix is certainly their best work since, with the Wu Tang-like piano driven beat of the title track, the catchy soul of "Baby Phat" and "Simply", both of which should be nice club hits, and more than a few subtle nods to the Prince Paul years, especially on the "Simply Havin" interlude. "What We Do (For Love)" makes great use of a Slick Rick guest spot – complete with the horny fanfare. Cee-Lo shows up on "Held Down", and B-Real appears on "Peer Pressure" – both of which suggest that De La spent a little time in Stankonia last year. Other tracks include "Watch Out", "Special", "The Sauce" and "Trying People". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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New De La SoulStakes Is High (original single vinyl pressing) ... LP LP format
Tommy Boy, 1996. Near Mint- ... $49.99
A nice one from De La circa 1996. There's a number of different pressings floating around out there, this is the "full length" US vinyl release with 14 tracks (this album was also issued in the UK with 17 tracks, as a promo with 8 tracks, and later reissued as a double LP domestically). De La comes correct with their own beats on this largely self produced album after splitting with Prince Paul, and gets a bit more serious with their lyrics than on previous efforts. Contains the great cut "The Bizness", with a guest appearance by Common and "Big Brother Beat" with help from Mos Def, plus "Supa Emcees", "Itzsoweezee", "Dinninit", "Brakes", "Long Island Degrees", "Pony Ride", "Dog Eat Dog"and "Betta Listen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Promo.)

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De La SoulThru Ya City/Art Of Getting Jumped/All Good? (feat Chaka Khan) (CD single) ... CD CD format
Tommy Boy (UK), 2001. Used ... $2.99
Thru Ya City features DV Alias Khrist. From AOI: Mosaic Thump. CD
(Out of print.)

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Wax PoeticsIssue #55 – Daft Punk/De La Soul – Summer 2013 ... Magazine Magazine
Wax Poetics, 2013. New Copy ... $10.99
Daft Punk get the placement they deserve – given the fame of their latest and greatest – and the mighty De La Soul take their place on the other side of the cover! The issue features articles on both acts – as well as bits in Nile Rodgers, Teddy Riley, Slum Village, Gino Soccio, Meshell Ndegeocello, Wajeed, Jack Bruce, Ava Luna, Lady, and Blkkathy. Phew! That's a heck of a lot in one super-tight publication – but as always, Wax Poetics pulls it off at a level that nobody else can touch. Magazine

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New De La SoulAll Good? (orig, Ugo & Sanz Chaka's Affair, Razor N' Guido duhb mix, MJ Cole voc mix) ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Tommy Boy, 2001. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Featuring Chaka Khan. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a bent corner and some wear.)

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New De La SoulBaby Phat (clean, dirty, inst)/Watch Out (clean, dirty, inst) ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Tommy Boy, 2001. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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New De La SoulBreakadawn (voc, inst)/Stickabush/En Focus (voc, inst)/Dawn Brings Smoke/Hsubakcits ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Tommy Boy, 1993. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Picture sleeve copy of this one from Buhloone Mind State. Lots of extra goodies, in keeping with the usual De La 12" format! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp.)

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New De La SoulBuddy (native tounge decision, native tounge inst, LP)/Ghetto Thang (LP, ghetto ximer, ghetto ximer inst) ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Tommy Boy, 1989. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of their great 12" singles, with the full 7-minute version of the classic "Buddy" featuring Q-Tip, Latifah, and Monie Love. Loads of extra mixes that all sound very different from one another. Between the remixes of the songs, there's enough material here to put together a short album. Makes us remember the good old days, when Hip Hop singles used to really be enough to carry you through until the next LP came out. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a few light creases.)

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New De La SoulEgo Trippin part 2 (orig, LA Jay rmx, orig inst, gumbo funk rmx)/Ego Trippin part 3 (egoristic mix, egoristic inst)/Lovely How I Let My Mind ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Tommy Boy, 1993. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With a remix of "Ego Trippin (Part 2)" from the Buhloone Mindstate album plus two 12-inch only bonus tracks – "Ego Trippin (Part 3)" and "Lovely How I Let My Mind Float" featuring Biz Markie, both produced by Prince Paul. And if the music wasn't nice enough, the cover is done up in the style of one of those early 80's hip hop flyers. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover is in decent shape.)

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New De La SoulGrind Date ... CD CD format
Sanctuary, 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first post-Tommy Boy De La Soul album – and it's a winner! We've been on board with De La throughout their long career – anyone with open ears must know that even their spottiest records (and this is NOT one of those) feature at least a handful of treasure tracks. Grind Date is easily the best later De La Soul album, and brevity is as key to the album as the group's proven longevity. 12 tracks, 49 minutes, no skits. Two songs in you'll find the stellar "Verbal Clap", one of J Dilla's finest productions ever, with precise on beat rhymes by De La. Other highlights include "He Comes" with Ghostface, a soulful track that would sound just as great on Ghost's Supreme Clientele. Is Grind Date the new sound for the mid 00s? Will it blaze trails and be co-opted by the next hot producers? Are the lyrics as solid as they could be? Probably not in each scenario, but that's not the point – these guys are consummate musicians, molding their rhyme schemes to the tracks with focus and precision. Most critics will say this is De La's best album since Stakes Is High. We'll say it's better! Featuring production by Dave West, J Dilla, Madlib and 9th Wonder – plus guest appearances by Yummy, Ghostface, Carl Thomas, MF Doom, Common and others. Other tracks include "The Future", "Much More" feat Yummy, "The Grind Date", "Shopping Bags", "Days Of Our Lives" with Common, "Come On Down", "Rock Co. Kane Flow" featuring MF Doom and more. CD

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New De La SoulGrind Date (with bonus track) ... LP LP format
Sanctuary, 2004. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first post-Tommy Boy De La Soul album – and it's a winner! We've been on board with De La throughout their long career – anyone with open ears must know that even their spottiest records (and this is NOT one of those) feature at least a handful of treasure tracks. Grind Date is easily the best later De La Soul album, and brevity is as key to the album as the group's proven longevity. 13 tracks, 49 minutes, no skits. Two songs in you'll find the stellar "Verbal Clap", one of J Dilla's finest productions ever, with precise on beat rhymes by De La. Other highlights include "He Comes" with Ghostface, a soulful track that would sound just as great on Ghost's Supreme Clientele. Most critics will say this is De La's best album since Stakes Is High. We'll say it's better! Featuring production by Dave West, J Dilla, Madlib and 9th Wonder – plus guest appearances by Yummy, Ghostface, Carl Thomas, MF Doom, Common and others. Other tracks include "The Future", "Much More" feat Yummy, "The Grind Date", "Shopping Bags", "Days Of Our Lives" with Common, "Come On Down", "Rock Co. Kane Flow" featuring MF Doom and more – plus the bonus "Shoomp" with Sean Paul. LP, Vinyl record album
(10th anniversary pressing – on blue & orange vinyl!)

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New De La SoulItzsoweezee (Hot) (album, De La Soul rmx, album inst)/Stakes Is High (rmx, rmx inst) ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Tommy Boy, 1996. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two of the best cuts from De La's Stakes Is High LP. The "Stakes Is High" remix, prodced by Jay Dee, is completely different, and just as dope as the LP version and features Mos Def's second appearance on wax and a humorous reference to Crucial Conflict. "Itsoweezee" takes on all the Cuban/Italian/etc gangster themes popular these days. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some light wear.)

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New De La SoulMe, Myself & I (radio, inst, oblapos mode, oblapos inst)/Ain't Hip To Be Labeled A Hippie/What's More/Brainwashed Follower ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Tommy Boy, 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great 3-sided single that features two regular sides, plus a third side "hidden" amidst the grooves of the second side. Loads of great stuff, including "Brain Washed Follower" and "Ain't Hip to Be Labeled a Hippy". The kind of 12 inch single that makes collecting them worth while! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a plain sleeve.)

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New De La SoulRing Ring Ring (ext decision, radio decision, Conley's decision – piles and piles of demo tapes)/Afro Connections At A Hi 5 ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Tommy Boy, 1991. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
What can we say? This one's an old favorite, with a great sample groove (courtesy of the Whatnauts), and the requisite excellent set of mixes. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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New De La SoulRoller Skating Jam Named Saturdays (what yo life can truly be, who's skatin' promo, ladies nite decision, LP, radio, dave's, 6 am, dub) ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Tommy Boy, 1991. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic 12" with soooo many different mixes of this fantastic De La song. Enough stuff to make up a full-length "Saturdays" suite, really, with lots of cool bits and very different takes on the same song. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing.)

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New De La SoulShoomp (clean, dirty, acapella)/Much More (clean, dirty, acapella) ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Blacksmith, 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 De La Soul tracks, produced by Jay Dee! "Shoomp" has a blunt synth blip feel, with Jay Dee making nice use of a Tom Tom Club beat. It all plays along very well with guest Sean Paul's dancehall calling. "Much More" has a soft and soulful guest spot by Yummie, and the track recalls the "Baby Phat" single quite a bit. Two nice ones from De La – showing that they still have some skills to share, and that they're still going strong despite some highs and lows since the Stakes Is High days. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a plain sleeve.)

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New De La SoulStakes Is High (album, inst, acapella)/The Bizness (album, clean, inst) ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Tommy Boy, 1996. Used (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Title track from the "Stakes Is High" LP as well as De La's team up with Common Sense, on the flip side. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing.)

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New De La Soul3 Feet High & Rising (2LP pressing) ... LP LP format
Tommy Boy, 1989. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The mindblowing classic debut of De La Soul! 3 Feet High And Rising is inarguably one of the most important records in hip hop history – with playful, endearingly oddball trio rhymes and Prince Paul production at it's most sprawlingly sampled and creative. It's got flat out classic songs that stand out well enough on their own, but it's also one of the greatest full length albums in hip hop history – featuring loosely connective skits with recurring characters that are vital to the experience. Last, but not least, 3 Feet. . .is especially fascinating given it's 1989 release year – a time when so many of the contemporaneous crews and solo MCs on both the east coast and west coast were going grittier, darker and more profane – but it doesn't feel like a conscious reaction to that, as much it feels like sharp trio and a brilliant producer carving out their own damn creative niche. Includes "Me, Myself & I", "The Magic Number", "Plug Tunin", "Say No Go", "Tread Water", "Eye Know", "Buddy" and much more! Double vinyl reissue – making it sound a heck of a lot better than the overly-compressed original vinyl, which could never handle all the music on the album! LP, Vinyl record album

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New De La SoulDe La Soul Is Dead ... LP LP format
Tommy Boy, 1991. Used ... Out Of Stock
The epic second De La Soul album – a slightly deeper record than the upbeat 3 Feet High And Rising, but to us it's just as irrefutably classic – and among the best hip hop full lengths ever! The trio is still working with Prince Paul, so despite the cover image and declaration of the end of the Daisy age, there's no shortage of humor and bouncing good time hip hop – if a turn tougher. To put it simply, this is one of the many reasons we look a the early 90s as the salad days of hip hop. With "Oodles Of O's", Talkin' Bout Hey Love", "A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays", "Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa", "Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)", "Keepin' The Faith", "Bitties In The BK Lounge", "Pass The Plugs" and, as was the style at the time, loads of funny skits. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original promo pressing, including the cartoon sleeve.)

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New Queen Latifah feat. De La SoulMama Gave Birth To The Soul Children (secondary mix, LP, open university mix) ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Tommy Boy, 1990. Used (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
Secondary mix by CJ Macintosh. Open University mix is an extended uptempo mix. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some light wear, with a couple of small bits of stuck-on paper in one corner on the back.)
 
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La LupeQueen Of Latin Soul/Reina De La Cancion Latina ... CD CD format
Tico, Late 60s. New Copy ... Around August 1, 2014 (delayed)
While Pete Rodriguez and Pete Terrace were battling it out for the "King Of The Boogaloo" title – La Lupe went ahead and dubbed herself "The Queen Of Latin Soul"! Oddly, though, the album's less of a strict Latin Soul effort than you might guess from the title – and is more of a mix of different modes, including some more heartfelt ballads that were more typical of Lupe's work – sung here with that heartfelt sense of soul that's most likely the real reason for her claim to the title! Arrangements are by Hector DeLeon, and bring a good focus on Lupe's incredible vocals through creative use of strings and percussion. Titles do include a Latin Soul version of "Fever", plus more traditional Latin tunes that include "Amor Gitano", "Aun", "Negruna", "Este Ritmo Sabroson", "Soy Sonerita", "La Tirana", and "Busamba". CD

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New Elia Y ElizabethLa Onda De Elia Y Elizabeth ... LP LP format
Vampi Soul (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Very groovy work from this Columbian duo – two female singers who work with some surprisingly cool arrangements that are often a mix of Sunshine Pop and subtle funk – a bit like Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 at their best! Arranger Jimmy Salcedo handled the backings, and they've got this sublime appeal that really sends home the sweet duet vocals in the lead – with kind a jaunty, sing-song groove on most numbers – and a sweetness that's right up there with the best late 60s work on A&M Records in LA! Titles include "Libre", "Pesadilla", "Soy Una Nube", "Descripcion", "Alegria", "Ponte Bajo El Sol", "Mis 32 Dientes", "Buscandonos", and "Cae La Lluvia". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Elia Y ElizabethLa Onda De Elia Y Elizabeth ... CD CD format
Vampi Soul (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Very groovy work from this Columbian duo – two female singers who work with some surprisingly cool arrangements that are often a mix of Sunshine Pop and subtle funk – a bit like Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 at their best! Arranger Jimmy Salcedo handled the backings, and they've got this sublime appeal that really sends home the sweet duet vocals in the lead – with kind a jaunty, sing-song groove on most numbers – and a sweetness that's right up there with the best late 60s work on A&M Records in LA! Titles include "Libre", "Pesadilla", "Soy Una Nube", "Descripcion", "Alegria", "Ponte Bajo El Sol", "Mis 32 Dientes", "Buscandonos", and "Cae La Lluvia". CD
 
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New Ray BarrettoHard Hands ... LP LP format
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Killer stuff all around! This album's a monster – one of Ray's greatest, with the same sort of Latin Soul groove heard famously on his classic Acid LP. The record has Ray cutting across many genres – blending Latin, soul, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – all into a set of grooves that never stops pleasing, and which will make you start digging through the Latin racks like mad, just to find another LP this great! Titles include "Hard Hands", "Abidjan", "Got to Have You", "New York Soul", and the fantastic track "Love Beads", which has a cool rolling piano line that sounds like a great De La Soul sample. It's a great track, and makes the entire album worth the price! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Raul De SouzaDon't Ask My Neighbors ... LP LP format
Capitol, 1978. Sealed ... $7.99
A tremendous moment for trombonist Raul De Souza – working here in a style that's light years past his roots in bossa nova! The set's got a heavy California vibe – a late 70s blend of jazz and soul handled by producer George Duke, who also arranges many tracks on the record – but still leaves plenty of room for Raul to step out strongly in the lead! Things are never too overdone, and handled with that sunny style that players like Duke did so well – lots of warm jazzy elements in the backings, coming from Fender Rhodes by Bobby Lyle, percussion from Airto, and drums from the great Harvey Mason – who really brings an edge to some of the groovers. Titles include a killer cover of the Skip Scarborough tune "Don't Ask My Neighbors" – plus "La La Song", "Overture", "At The Concert", "I Believe You", and "Jump Street". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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New Detroit EmeraldsYou Want It, You Got It ... LP LP format
Westbound, 1972. Good ... $6.99
A great early album from The Detroit Emeralds! The group sings with an excellent raw harmony sound, over tight arrangements that have a good groove to them. The record includes a number of classics, like "Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms" (with a De La Soul sample!), "You Want It, You Got It", "Feel The Need In Me", and "I've Got To Move". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear. Label has some pen. Vinyl plays with some crackles.)

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Bob DoroughMultiplication Rock ... CD CD format
Capitol (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $9.99
Sure, it was silly stuff when we were kids – but once De La Soul sampled "Three Is The Magic Number", this record became one of the most prized in our possession! And thanks to that hip hop reintroduction, we've really fallen in love with the music again over the years – partly because the tunes are all so groovy, and partly because we've really come to know the jazz-based work of composer Bob Dorough! At the time of this set, Dorough was coming off some great work in the 60s – his own rare recordings, music for Spanky & Our Gang, and others – all of which seems to inform these math-based tunes written for Saturday morning TV. The tunes are all pretty darn catchy, and often quite jazzy – and instrumentation often features some great electric piano nestled in alongside the vocals. Dorough sings the lion's share of the work for this album – although Grady Tate sings on two numbers, and Blossom Dearie on one more. Titles include the amazing "Three Is A Magic Number" – plus "Lucky Seven Sampson", "Little Twelve Toes", "Ready Or Not Here I Come", "I Got Six", "Naughty Number Nine", "Figure Eight", and "The Four Legged Zoo". CD

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FusionTop Soul ... CD CD format
Alba/Lion, 1975. New Copy ... $12.99
Top Soul indeed, as Fusion is a hip Chilean funk band from the early 70s – one who take plenty of influence from American grooves, but also bring in their own soulful elements as well! The sound here is somewhere between Kool & The Gang and Banda Black Rio – with quite a bit of the blend of the latter, especially in the way more local percussion riffs fill out grooves that have a solid grounding in American funk! Instrumentation listed is tenor, guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums – but there's clearly a lot more horns too, as well as some very hip percussion – played in ways that are almost more Brazilian than straight Latin – with a really fluid sensibility that jams nicely with the grooves. There's a slight bit of vocals on the record, but most of the album is instrumental – and titles include versions of Sly Stone's "Thank You" and The Crusaders "Way Back Home" – plus "Dedos", "Balada De Matias", "Dee Blooz", "Para Toda La Gente", "Pulsearas", and "Lamentation". CD
Also available Top Soul ... LP 16.99

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FusionTop Soul ... LP LP format
Alba/Lion, 1975. New Copy ... $16.99
Top Soul indeed, as Fusion is a hip Chilean funk band from the early 70s – one who take plenty of influence from American grooves, but also bring in their own soulful elements as well! The sound here is somewhere between Kool & The Gang and Banda Black Rio – with quite a bit of the blend of the latter, especially in the way more local percussion riffs fill out grooves that have a solid grounding in American funk! Instrumentation listed is tenor, guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums – but there's clearly a lot more horns too, as well as some very hip percussion – played in ways that are almost more Brazilian than straight Latin – with a really fluid sensibility that jams nicely with the grooves. There's a slight bit of vocals on the record, but most of the album is instrumental – and titles include versions of Sly Stone's "Thank You" and The Crusaders "Way Back Home" – plus "Dedos", "Balada De Matias", "Dee Blooz", "Para Toda La Gente", "Pulsearas", and "Lamentation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies!)
Also available Top Soul ... CD 12.99

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Michael JacksonBad – 25th Anniversary Edition (3CDs/DVD – includes Live At Wembley) ... CD CD format
Epic, 1987. Used 3CD & DVD ... $14.99
The third great album in the trilogy that includes Off The Wall and Thriller – and a set that still has Michael Jackson running strong at the height of his solo powers! Quincy Jones is still at the helm, and Michael more than proves that he can still come up with a pop tune without going too far over the top – catchy, compelling numbers that played well all over the world of pop – but which still hang onto just a little part of his soul roots too! That balance is a key factor to the success of this set – a record that helped re-ignite interest in Jackson's music, and introduce him to a whole new generation – while still keeping most of the older fans plenty pleased too. Titles include "Just Good Friends", "Smooth Criminal", "Bad", "Another Part Of Me", "Man In The Mirror", and "Speed Demon". Second CD is filled with great bonus material – a huge amount of tracks that include "Free", "Song Groove", "I'm So Blue", "Don't Be Messin Round", "Streetwalker", "Fly Away", "Price Of Fame", "Toto Mi Amor Eres Tu", "Je Ne Vieux Pas La Fin De Nous", "Bad (Afrojack rmx)", "Speed Demon (Nero rmx)", and "Bad Afrojack club)". Also features the CD and DVD of Michael Jackson's massive performance at Wembley Stadium in 1988 – part of the Bad world tour,a nd filled with great performances! CD

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Heinz Kiessling & Peter JacquesQ1 ... LP LP format
Quadriga/Sonorama (Germany), 1974. New Copy ... $18.99
Rare grooves from the tiny Quadriga sound library – an album that's split between European maestros Heinz Kiessling and Peter Jacques – but which is more than funky enough for two full records! Side one features great work from Kiessling – tunes that bubble along with a funky early 70s soundtrack style – sweet keyboards, tight horns, and rhythms that always get things moving, even when the arrangements are full and large – making for a great sound throughout, and one that will have you going way past the usual cop/crime modes. Peter Jacques follows up on side two, with sounds that are even groovier – work that's both funky and playful, with lots of cool twists and turns, odd vocal refrains, offbeat keyboards, and more! Kiessling cuts include "Alleyway", "Porterhouse", "Creme De La Creme", "Drift", "Ornamente", and "Russel Square" – and Jacques tracks include "Cool Pants", "Soul Food", "Mayfair", "Lovers", and "You Are There". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Gladys Knight & The PipsVisions ... LP LP format
Columbia, 1983. Very Good+ ... $0.99
Sweet 80s groove from Gladys Knight & The Pips – just the kind of record that shows why the group kept going strong for so many years! The classic approach is still very firmly intact – Gladys' wonderful lead, soaring out over the Pips' warm harmonies – a vocal power that so many other groups could never get this right – evolved amazingly here from the early soul years of the group's origins. The approach of the set is lean and smooth, yet turns out to be a perfect fit for the maturing Knight/Pips sound – a mode that still keeps them right out in front of the pack, with a great mix of grooving and sophistication. Titles include "Save The Overtime (For Me)", "Heaven Sent", "When You're Far Away", "Just Be My Lover", "Don't Make Me Run Away", "Ain't No Greater Love", "O La De Da", "You're Number One", and the longstanding classic "Hero (Wind Beneath My Wings)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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MandrillComposite Truth/Just Outside Of Town ... CD CD format
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of funky classics – back to back on a single CD! Composite Truth is one of the greatest records ever from Mandrill – a set that has the group tightening things up and getting even more funky than on their first few records, but with a vibe that's still nicely loose and spontaneous overall! The set's got Mandrill perfectly balanced between jazz-tinged funk and tighter soul – with loads of wonderful instrumental elements that have lead to the set being a heavy sample favorite over the years – used shamelessly by artists who include De La Soul, Cypress Hill, Schooly D, Ice Cube, and others! The horns are great, and never hokey at all – and the vocals nicely take second seat next to the rhythms, which are a tremendous blend of funk, jazz, and both New Orleans and Latin elements. Titles include the massive "Fencewalk", plus "Hagalo", "Polk Street Carnival", "Moroccan Nights", "Golden Stone", "Hang Loose", and "Don't Mess with People". Just Outside Of Town is really tremendous work from Mandrill – an instant funky classic, and a set that has the group furthering the sublime sound they crafted on their seminal Composite Truth! The record has all these wonderful twists and turns – not just the usual 70s funky styles, but inflections from a globe's worth of influences – all filtered down and used here in fresh new ways to really keep the sound interesting – with a tightness that's never slick, and which instead has this really visionary approach that may well top some of Mandrill's higher-charting contemporaries! Instrumentation has plenty of jazz inflections, which really keeps things interesting – and the percussion has so many different styles going on, it's hard to keep track! Titles include the massive sample cut "Fat City Strut" – plus "Never Die", "Two Sisters Of Mystery", "She Ain't Lookin Too Tough", "Interlude", "Mango Meat", "Afrikus Retrospectus", and "Aspiration Flame". CD

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New Nathaniel Merriweather Presents – LovageMusic To Make Love To Your Old Lady By ... CD CD format
75 Ark/Tommy Boy, 2001. Used ... $6.99
Hip hop for the Gainsbourg fan? This Handsome Boy Modeling School spin off has Nathaniel Merriweather, aka Dan The Automator, working in his smoothest, sexiest, loungiest mode ever! Like Handsome Boy, Lovage is packed to the rafters with mysterious guest appearances, including the turntable and mixing skills of Kid Koala, Chest "Prince Paul" Rockwell, Afrika Bambaataa, and Maseo of De La Soul. Guest vocalists include Jennifer Charles of Elysian Fields, Damon Albarn, and Mike Patton. Tracks include "Ladies Love Chest Rockwell", "Pit Stop (Take Me Home)", "Anger Management", "Everyone Has A Summer They Want To Remember", "To Catch A Thief", "Lies And Alibis", "Book Of The Month", "Strangers On A Train", "Sex (I'm A)", "Tea Time With Maseo", "Herbs, Good Hygiene, & Socks", and the best song named after a bad Burt Reynolds movie ever, "Stroker Ace". CD
(Out of print.)

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Orquesta El MacabeoLluvia Con Sol ... CD CD format
Disco De Hoy, 2013. New Copy ... $6.99
These guys just keep getting better and better – and this time around, they've got such a tight groove, it's hard not to compare the group with some of the best of the 70s salsa generation! Rhythms are right on the money, and the instrumentation is completely sublime – very jazzy, with lots of rich inflections – yet also able to hone to the groove at all the right moments, especially on the trombone and trumpet parts that give the record so much soul! Vocals are strong, too – and the use of tenor sax at just the right points almost acts like a second "voice" for the record – furthering the richness of the whole set. Titles include "Me Repito", "La Sensacion", "Boda", "No Te Debo Nada", "Macacoa", "Olvidame", and "Lluvia Con Sol". CD

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Prince PaulMore Than U Know (album, inst, acapella)/Trailer ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Tommy Boy, 1998. Near Mint- ... $0.99
The cut we're checking for here is the 12-inch only "Trailer" which was a preview of the then upcoming LP, put together like a movie preview. The narrator introduces each MC (including Kool Keith, Xzibit, Sadat X and Everlast "as Officer Bitchkowski") as if they were stars of the movie "Prince Among Thieves." And the a-side is a Prince Paul - De La Soul reunion. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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QuanticMagnetica ... CD CD format
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Quantic goes back to the old school with this sweet little set – and by that, we mean his own old school – from the years when he was mixing a lot more electric elements in his music! The record takes all the great Quantic sounds in recent years – his experiments with deep funk, Latin, and other global styles – and brings them back to that crispy production sound of the earliest Quantic records for Tru Thoughts – albums we really loved, but which also never had the sort of depth of this one either! The colors, flavors, sounds, and styles are stunning – definitely that rich tapestry that Quantic's come to express over the past decade – and if anything, the album's even more striking in the way he brings it all together with his magical touch. Guests include Alice Russell, Shinehead, Pongo Love, and Nidia Gongora – and titles include "La Planta", "Soul Clap", "Magnetica", "You Will Return", "Painting Silhouettes", "Aguas De Sorongo", and "La Callejera". CD

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Queen LatifahAll Hail The Queen ... CD CD format
Tommy Boy, 1989. Used ... $2.99
It's easy to forget this many years down the road that before TV, before films and before her more commercial LPs, Queen Latifah was a dope MC who could bring it with the best of them when she stepped to the mic. Mark the 45 King delivers tight beats for most of the LP that also features production by Prince Paul, Daddy-O and KRS One. Includes "Princess Of The Posse", "Ladies First", "Wrath Of My Madness", "Mama Gave Birth To The Soul Children" with De La Soul, "Come Into My House", "Evil That Men Do", "A King And Queen Creation", "Latifah's Law", "Dance For Me" and more. A classic female rap LP, what the heck, it's a classic hip hop LP without any qualifiers! CD

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Ray & His CourtRay & His Court ... LP LP format
Sound Triangle, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $7.99
Some of the tightest funky 70s jamming ever – a lost gem from Ray & His Musical Court, a group that perfectly fuses JB/Horny Horns funk with beat-heavy Afro-Cuban groove! Ray and the group are one of the more obscure funky combos of the era, and it's a damn shame, because the group's tight-as-can-be amalgam of JB's style horn riffing and thumping Afro-Cuban percussion is some of the absolute best of its kind. This group seriously smokes any of the current funk bands on the road! On these sessions Ray wrote, produced, played "organ flute" and provided some vocals in a large group that includes three trumpets, bass clarinet, sax, two drummers, congas, electric bass, and a line of mostly Spanish vocalists. Amazing 70s super funk with a very proud Latin edge – and featuring tracks that include "Sunny", "Soul Freedom", "Cookie Crumbs", "De Eso Nada Monada", "Lo Sabia", "Venimos Acabando", "La Pena", and "La Senorita Lola". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousAmerica Is Dying Slowly ... CD CD format
East West, 1996. Used ... $3.99
In case you passed on this one, unlike some other benefit and soundtrack LP's this one delivers more than a few nice cuts including Common Sense & Sean Lett "I've Been Thinking", Biz Markie, Chubb Rock & Prince Paul "No Rubber, No Back Stage Pass", Organized Konfusion "Decisions", Wu-Tang Clan "America", De La Soul & The Beatminerz "The Hustle", plus OC & Buckwild "What I Represent", Sadat X, Fat Joe & Diamond D "Nasty Hoes", Pete Rock & the Lost Boys "The Yearn" and Goodie Mobb "Blood". CD

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VariousAOR Breaks (deluxe edition) ... CD CD format
Warner (Australia), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
Back in the day, it seemed like the only real source for hip hop was old funk and soul records – yet over the years, as production advanced, DJs found plenty of great grooves back in the 70s mainstream – by pillaging great records like this from the glory days of AOR! The set may well be one of the most unique sample collections we've ever heard – as it features a shameless collection of AM radio goodies from the 70s – but which have all grown to live anew in the hands of artists like Biz Markie, Warren G, Nas, Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, De La Soul, and others! Some of these are tracks we always liked back in the day – numbers that really stood out from others in the mainstream mix – but they seem to get even more of a sparkle in a set like this, especially given the familiarity of the tunes from their re-use in hip hop tracks. Titles include "Lowdown" by Boz Scaggs, "Sailing" by Christopher Cross, "I Keep Forgettin" by Michael McDonald, "Give Me The Night" by George Benson, "Woman To Woman" by Joe Cocker, "Fly Like An Eagle" by Steve Miller, "Africa" by Toto, "I Can't Go For That" by Hall & Oates, "Summer Breeze" by Seals & Crofts, "This Is It" by Kenny Loggins, "Mr Blue" by Michael Franks, and "Tightrope" by Electric Light Orchestra. Special 2CD version features a bonus mix of these grooves! CD

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VariousBrazilian Boogie Connection – From Rio To Sao Paulo 1976 to 1983 ... CD CD format
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
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. CD

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VariousBridge Into The New Age – Funky Afro-Centric Spiritual Sounds From Jazz's Forgotten Decade ... CD CD format
BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
Beautifully spiritual jazz from the post-Coltrane generation – a wealth of righteous grooves from the early 70s – brought together in one mighty collection! If you dig the work of Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, and other giants on Impulse Records, this is a great way to dig even deeper – and hear the way their late 60s legacy inspired other musicians to new heights in their own music – sounds that hit a new level of freedom in jazz, yet which are still filled with enough swing and soul to avoid some of the more avant modes of the free jazz scene! If that description sounds a bit obtuse, then just plug into the collection, and let the music do its thing – as it's got a very powerful vibe throughout – the kind of inspirational, socially conscious work that flourished best during the 70s – and which is finally getting its due all these many years later. The package is new territory for Ace/BGP, but they've done a great job as usual – picking key tracks from the era, and coming up with detailed notes on each of the long tracks. Titles include "Free Angela" by Bayete, "Bridge Into The New Age" by Azar Lawrence, "Tress Cun De O La" by Joe Henderson, "Ebony Queen" by McCoy Tyner, "Peace" by Idris Muhammad, "Mother Of The Future" by Norman Connors, "Brown Warm & Wintry" by Jack DeJohnette, "I've Known Rivers" by Gary Bartz, and "Fire" by Joe Henderson & Alice Coltrane. CD
 
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AkaDo What You Like ... CD CD format
Indra/Granadilla (Germany), Early 70s. New Copy ... $10.99
One of the coolest combos to hail from southeast Asia in the 70s – and a group who've gone onto become something of a legend in their homeland of Indonesia! AKA have a style that's plenty fuzzy, but also somewhat funky too – a hybrid of progressive modes of the period with the lead singer's own love of James Brown – which certainly comes through in the way the rhythms really drive most of the tunes! The guitar is often processed in really cool ways – sometimes almost with a trippy keyboard-like quality – and the music has a fuzzy, soulful qualty that's a bit like some of the Zamrock of later years, but a bit more soulful overall. Titles include "Do What You Like", "We've Gotta Work It Out", "Alam Tanah Air", "Panorama Pagi", "Glenmore", and "Diakhir Bulan Lima". CD

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Jan AkkermanJan Akkerman ... CD CD format
Atlantic (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
A very different album than usual from Jan Akkerman – but in a really nice way! The album's not nearly as guitar-heavy and rock-leaning as some of Jan's other sets from the 70s – and has a bubbling sort of soul-based finish, one that's arranged by Akkerman with some help from Mike Gibbs – and which almost has a funky dancefloor appeal at times! The jazz component of the record is still relatively strong, in a tripped-out funky fusion way – but there's enough of a consistent pulse to the album to really keep things on track nicely! Includes the spacey "Pavane", which has great keyboards from Joachim Kuhn, and the nicely breaking "Streetwalker" – plus the cuts "Angel Watch", "Crackers", "Skydancer", "Floatin", and "Gate To Europe". CD

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AkrobatikBalance ... LP LP format
Coup D'Etat, 2003. Near Mint- 2LP ... $12.99
Akrobatik is back with a nice hardcore feel on Coup D' Tat. Features production work by Beatminerz, DJ Revolution, Diamond, Fakts One, Edan and others. Tracks include "Balance", "Wreck Dem", "Front Steps", "Remind My Soul", "Always Bet On Ak", "Feedback", "Cooler Headz", "The Bonecrusher", "Time", and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Alex BandEccentric (with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Helicon/GAD (Poland), 1980. New Copy ... $10.99
A sublime set from this hip Polish ensemble – a group who got their start in funky fusion, but who really stretch out here in a more sophisticated space too – mixing some of their electric elements with these really beautiful horn passages – arranged at a level that's full of color and life! The approach is a bit like some of the best MPS big bands of the 70s – with some keyboards and electric guitar in the mix, driving the rhythms along – while the skilled lineup of trumpets, trombone, and tenor sax carve out these soulful lines over the top – all at a level that's extremely fresh, very thoughtful, and which almost beats most American jazz of this type from the time! The style is more mid 70s than you'd guess from the date – and the album's a great lost treasure from the overlooked Polish scene. Titles include "Wet Za Wet", "Sam Na Manhattanie", "Switaniec", "Hispanzkie Izy", and "Morskie Slonce". CD features three bonus tracks – "Gra Milosna", "Fikolek", and "Tanczaca Anaconda". CD

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Alex BandZderzenie Mysli (with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Tonpress/GAD (Poland), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
A fierce funky combo from 70s Poland – one who play with a fusion groove, but at a level that's a lot more soulful than most of the other groups on the Eastern European scene! Instead of jamming too much in a rockish mode, these guys really focus all the instruments around the rhythms – which are nice and tight right from the start, and crackle with the kind of energy of funky fusion records from the US in the 70s – particularly on labels like Kudo or Columbia! The drums are mighty nice, and really ground the grooves – snapping along with some Steve Gadd-like frenzy – and the tunes are filled with great work on Fender Rhodes, and a mix of bold lines on reeds or trumpets. Titles include "Hello Herbie", "Borel Fish", "Ajoka", "Czama Bestia", and "W Kluczu Basowym". CD also features bonus tracks – "Bayou Bottom", "Moje Igloo", and "Zbiegowisko". CD

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Harold AlexanderSunshine Man ... LP LP format
Flying Dutchman, 1971. Very Good- Gatefold ... $29.99
A wicked bit of funky jazz from Harold Alexander – and one of the hardest to find albums on the legendary Flying Dutchman label! The set's got a great sound that's freer than your average jazz funk album of the time – with some nice traces of post-Coltrane spiritualism, mixed in alongside some sweet electric piano by Neal Creque, and tight funky drums by Pretty Purdie! Tracks are all nicely long, with plenty of cool and sharp changes – and titles include the classic "Sunshine Man", plus "Tite Rope", "Quick City", and "Mama Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout notch, some wear, and a name in pen. Viny has a click on track 2 & 3 of side 1.)

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Roland AlexanderPleasure Bent ... LP LP format
New Jazz/Prestige, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the few albums ever cut by this incredible tenor sax player – a wonderful talent that we only know from a handful of records – all of which we love! This date's got a bold sound that very much lives up to its cover, and Alexander's placement on Prestige's New Jazz label – a vibrant sound that's got elements of the 60s underground of Eric Dolphy or Ken McIntyre, but which also has a more flowing, soulful vibe as well – almost a precursor to later spiritual jazz elements of the 70s. No surprise, the great Marcus Belgrave is in the quintet on trumpet – as is Ronnie Mathews on piano, with rhythm support from Gene Taylor on bass and Clarence Stroman on drums. Almost all tracks are originals – and titles include "I'll Be Around", "Dorman Road", "Lil's Blues", and "Orders To Take Out". LP, Vinyl record album

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Slim Ali & The Hodi Boys70s Soul ... CD CD format
ARC (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
Rare soul from 70s Kenya – music that's quite different than the usual Afro Funk of the period, and which has a sound that's more in the mode of American southern soul! Slim Ali since throughout, mostly in English – and it's clear that he's learned plenty from Tennessee soul of the late 60s and early 70s – bits of Al Green, Joe Simon, and others – whose ballad inspirations are mixed with some very unusual and offbeat instrumentation from the group! There's some occasional Jamaican-styled rhythms, and production has this higher-end quality – which often makes the saxophone or keyboard parts come off in a very unique way – a mode that's just right for Ali's vocals. Titles include "The World", "Live In Peace & Happiness", "I'll Be There", "Bahari", "Come Back To Me", "No Love To Buy", "This World", "Peace", and "We Need A Little Time". CD

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AliveCall It Jazz ... LP LP format
Redwood, 1981. Near Mint- ... $11.99
The second album by this excellent all-female San Francisco jazz combo – a live date that's even more cooking than their debut! As before, there's a sweetly breezy style to the record – that hip SF sound of the 70s – with echoes of Braziliana and soul amidst the group's jazzier leanings – all wrapped together with a sound that's tight, but never uptight! The female vocals give the music a feel that's like Janet Lawson, Sheila Landis, or some of the hipper European singers of the 70s – and instrumentation is mostly acoustic, save for a bit of Fender Rhodes. Titles include a version of Gil Scott-Heron's "Willing", plus "Greeting Song", "Call It Jazz", "Too Bad", "Golden River/Golden Dream", and "Heaven Is In Your Mind". LP, Vinyl record album

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All Music GuideOld School Rap & Hip Hop ... Book Book
AMG, 2008. New Copy ... $4.99 16.95
A guide to essential Old School Rap & Hip Hop from team at the indespensible All Music Guide – featuring more than 500 music reviews of important records by Grandmaster Flash, Run-DMC, NWA, Beastie Boys, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and so much more – plus reviews on soul and funk LPs that were instrumental in the creation of hip hop, from ESG, The Emotions, Gil Scott-Heron, Marva Whitney and many more! The book is divided into 2 parts, The Roots Of Rap and Digging In The Crates, and organized alphabetically. Paperback, 166 pages, with several reviews per page. Book

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Marshall Allen/William Parker/Drake/Jordan/SilvaAll Star Game – With Hamid Drake/Kidd Jordan/Alan Silva ... CD CD format
Eremite, 2000. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
The title definitely gets it right – as the quintet's an all-star lineup that features Marshall Allen on alto sax, Kidd Jordan on tenor, Hamid Drake on drums, and both Alan Silva and William Parker on bass! The twin basses are really wonderful – and have this deep texture that really shapes the performance – a sense of tone and timing that brings urgency to the record in a way that either player on their own wouldn't have been able to achieve – often with a sense of soul that really adds a lot to the reeds! CD features six long live tracks – all improvised by the group. CD

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New Rance Allen GroupRance Allen Group ... LP LP format
Truth/Stax, Early 70s. Very Good ... $16.99
The first LP of smooth Gospelly soul by one of the best groups working on Stax in the early 70s – and a stunning blend of styles that pushes way past its roots! Yeah, this stuff's kinda religious, but it's hidden underneath some fantastic soul arrangements, and given such power by the group's voices that you hardly notice the gospel message. Rance plays cool electric piano on a number of cuts, and the tracks include "Love Power", "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright", "Up Above My Head", and "What Is This?". LP, Vinyl record album
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Vick AllenOld School – New Flava ... CD CD format
Waldoxy, 2003. Used ... $7.99
Vick's definitely chosen the title on this one well – as the set's got a great style that takes an older southern soul mode, and updates it a bit with a few modern R&B touches! Vick's vocal modes and themes recall those of an earlier Malaco generation – but the overall production of the set also has some smoother, more urban touches – especially nice on the mellower numbers, which step out in a mode that's almost got a mellow Isleys sort of feel! And as the set goes on, there's some really wonderful slow jams that are well worth the price of the set – and which should make Vick a singer to watch in years to come. Titles include "Marry Me", "I'm Going Home", "Wrong Place Wrong Time", "So Sweet So Fine", "Mr Telephone Man", "A World Where No One Cries", and "Let's Dance (Stepper's rmx)". CD

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Ebony AlleyneNever Look Back ... CD CD format
Expansion (UK), 2007. Used ... $9.99
No looking back for Ebony Alleyne – at least not after a great album like this! The set's got a really unique feel – a full sound that's almost a return to London soul of many years back – with some of the jazzier touches of the Sade/Swing Out Sister era, but a more contemporary vibe overall too. Ian Levine had a hand in production – which we can hear in the more grooving numbers – but he's done a great job of bringing his classic influences to the table without letting too much of the weaker dancefloor side come in. Ebony's vocals are great – full and rich, but very distinctly her own – and not a copycat of other soul modes. She's got a slight rasp underneath, but also a very tuneful quality that works wonderfully with the catchy lyrics of the tunes. Titles include "Second Look", "All For Nothing", "Every Lonely Street", "Love Is Not A Game", "Tell Me The Secret", and "Hello Stranger". CD

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AllspiceAllspice ... CD CD format
Fantasy/Dusty Groove, 1977. New Copy ... $8.99 12.98
The only album ever from Allspice – but a hell of an incredible soul record – and one that's kept the group's name strong with collectors and rare groove fanatics for years! The album's on of the best Fantasy Records productions by Wayne Henderson and his At Home team – and like some of the others, is handled with a groove that's tight, yet plenty sophisticated too – light years from mainstream disco or common club of the late 70s, and instead informed by plenty of jazz and deeper ideas as well! The vibe is perfect – as heavenly and righteous as some of the best Roy Ayers club tracks of the time – which proves to be a perfect foil for the Allspice style of mixing male and female vocals – which again is often done in an Ayers-like mode. The sound is sublime throughout – one of those real treasures that should have been a huge record in the 70s, but was barely pressed up at all – and quickly forgotten about by the record company. Yet even after all these years, the whole thing sounds amazing – one of those albums we'd never part with at all! Titles include the groovy "Slipped Away", the funky stepper "Hungry For Your Love" – and loads of other great tunes that include "Love Fire", "Destiny", "She's A Lady", "I Don't Know", and "Give It Time". CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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Aloe BlaccGood Things ... LP LP format
Stones Throw, 2010. New Copy 2LP ... $15.99 17.98
Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul styled albums ever to come from our friends at Stones Throw! Good Things is a giant leap ahead of Shine Through, Aloe's previous full length on the label. We loved that record for its gritty, unique approach to funky soul, but, Good Things reaches for the heights of Aloe's heroes from Donny Hathaway to Marvin Gaye – and comes closer than we could have imagined! It's produced by the Truth & Soul team, with a timeless funk & soul vibe comparable to their work with the great Lee Fields. We have a feeling we'll still be listening to this album 10-15-20 years from now. Essential! Titles include the underground breakout "I Need A Dollar", an incredible cover of The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale" (we must have dropped the needle on that 50 times in the first couple days we had it), "Green Lights", "Miss Fortune", "Good Things", "Loving You Is Killing Me", "Mama Hold My Hand", "Hey Brother" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Aloe BlaccWant Me (voc, inst)/Arrive (voc, inst) ... 12-inch 12-Inch
Stones Throw, 2005. Very Good+ ... $2.99
A trippy, soulful surprise from Aloe Blacc – the mic side of the Cali hip hop duo Emanon – who seems poised to make the transition from Cali hip hop to progressive soul! The backdrop of "Want Me" is a deep, pulsing electronic wall of sound with slow-building effects raining down into the mix – with Aloe in romantic dancefloor croon mode leading the way! "Arrive" is a similar number, with some heavy reverb on the electronic/synth elements – and crisp, percolating beats. Aloe handles the production on both tracks, making him a triple threat +one – writer/producer/rapper/singer! We're always a bit surprised at how unpredictably, yet solidly, the Stones Throw sound continues to grow! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a plain sleeve.)

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AlzoTakin' So Long (24 bit remastered edition) ... CD CD format
Arista (Japan), Early 70s. Used ... $21.99
A lost album from Alzo – best known as one half of the Latin/folk/free soul duet Alzo & Udine – but sounding equally great on his own! The tracks are from sessions that Alzo recorded with arranger/producer Bob Dorough (who cut some of his own great work at the time) – and they're done in an amazing style that blends together soulful vocals, folksy touches, and a sunshiney approach to the material that's really unique! All tracks are originals, and done with a brightly positive spirit that's held up tremendously well over the years – and which is perhaps almost even more compelling as a link between the turbulent times at the end of the 60s, and the troubling era we're faced with in the 21st century. Instrumentation is by a small group that includes Dorough, Jerry Dodgion, and Stuart Scharf – and titles include "Sweet Winds", "Come On Come On", "You Might Never Know", "Wouldn't You Love To Be There", "Can't Play A Part Of Me", "Takin So Long", and "Lead You By The Hand". CD
(Out of print.)

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AmaliaWelcome To Me/Bonafide ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Cherries, 2012. New Copy ... $6.99
Guess what? They DO make 'em like they used to – as Amalia steps out here on two tracks that easily rival the best female soul from the early 80s! "Welcome To Me" feels just like Chaka Khan on Warner Brothers from 1982 – complete with sweet keyboards that percolate wonderfully alongside the soaring lead vocals! "Bonafide" is even better – a funky funky number with a really partyful groove right from the start – romping in a wonderful 80s way! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Gyedu-Blay AmbolleySimigwa ... CD CD format
Academy, 1975. New Copy ... $11.99 17.99
A holy grail of 70s African Funk – and not just for the unusual look of the cover! The set's a really unique one – almost rootsier than most of the better-known Ghanian grooves of the time, but funkier too – with a brilliant blend of raw percussion, quirky basslines, and some smoking horn parts that are a lot more American soul and funk than the usual 70s African groove! The whole thing's stunning all the way through – a record that totally informs an understanding of its generation, yet in ways that no other record can touch. Wonderful all the way through, with not a bit of filler – and all cuts are right on the money for any fan of African funk! Titles include "Toffie", "Fa No Dem Ara", "This Hustling World", "Kwaakwaa", and "Akoko Ba". CD
(Limited to 1500 copies. CD comes with a 15 x 15 poster of the cover art.)
 
 
 



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