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✨✧ De La Soul3 Feet High & Rising ... CD
Tommy Boy, 1989. Used ... $6.99
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! CD

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De La SoulGrind Date (with bonus track) ... LP
Sanctuary, 2004. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
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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✨✧ De La SoulGrind Date ... LP
Sanctuary, 2004. Used 2LP ... 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. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has edge wear. Labels have some marker.)
Also available Grind Date (with bonus track) ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ De La SoulStakes Is High ... CD
Tommy Boy, 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nice one from 1996! Contains the great cut "The Bizness", with a guest appearance by Common and "Big Brother Beat" with help from Mos Def. Other cuts include "Supa Emcees", "Itzsoweezee", and "Betta Listen". CD

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✨✧ Wax PoeticsIssue #55 – Daft Punk/De La Soul – Summer 2013 ... Magazine
Wax Poetics, 2013. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ De La Soul3 Feet High & Rising (2LP pressing) ... LP
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
Also available 3 Feet High & Rising ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ 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
Tommy Boy, 1989. Used ... 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 stickered sleeve, with the neon De La Soul sticker attached to the front.)

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✨✧ De La SoulThe Best ... LP
Flying (Italy), 1997. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Odd double-vinyl collection with all the early 12" bonus cuts (including "Skip to my Loop", "Strictly Dan Stuckie, Ain't Hip To Be Labelled a Hippie", "What's More") ,LP tracks and remixes from the first two LP's. With "Buddy" (7:17 Native Tongue mix), "Freedom of Speak", "Eye Know", "They Don't Know the Soul Don't Go For That", "Brainwashed Follower", "Say No Go" (Say No Dope rmx), Me Myself & I" (Oplados rmx), "Ring Ring Ring" (Party Line Mix), "Ghetto Thang" (ghetto ximer). Unlike a lot of other import compilations, only 2 of the remixes here are those european dance mixes we love to hate. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ De La SoulThru Ya City/Art Of Getting Jumped/All Good? (feat Chaka Khan) (CD single) ... CD
Tommy Boy (UK), 2001. Used ... Out Of Stock
Thru Ya City features DV Alias Khrist. From AOI: Mosaic Thump. CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Elia Y ElizabethLa Onda De Elia Y Elizabeth ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
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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La LupeQueen Of Latin Soul/Reina De La Cancion Latina ... CD
Tico, Late 60s. New Copy ... Spring 2015
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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✨✧ BalojiKinshasa Succursale ... CD
Crammed (Belgium), 2011. Used ... $6.99
One of the most compelling combinations of global styles we've heard in awhile – a great second set from Belgian-Congolese artist Baloji! The set's got an unusual approach that's rooted in African instrumentation, run through European filters, and imbued with a bit of hip hop energy – particularly in Baloji's sharply-spoken lyrics – which are more bold messages than straight hip hop rhymes – especially set amidst some of the warmer, more flowing musical passages. The set features guest work from a wide range of talents – including Konono No.1, soukous stars Zaiko Langa Langa, American soul maverick Amp Fiddler, brass band Fanfare La Confiance, and the choir Choeur La Grace – all of whom leave their unique imprint on the set – creating a great sense of change as the music flows along. Titles include "Tshena Ndekela", "De L'Autre Cote De La Mere", "Genese 89", "Kesho", "Tout Ceci Ne Vous Rendra Pas Le Congo", "Nazongi Ndako", and "Karibu Ya Bintou". CD

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BwanaBwana ... LP
Caytronics, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An insanely wonderful bit of Latin funk! The groove is super heavy, and falls somewhere in between NuYorican soul and Chicano Power rock – with a sound that's pretty close to Black Sugar, but a little bit more psychedelic, due to the heavy guitars and keyboards in the grooves. Hard congas take the lead on most of the tracks – especially the cut "Chapumbambe", which starts with a nice breakbeat. Other tracks include "Tema De Bwana", "Motemba", "La Patada", and the massive Latin soul cut "Lolita". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bob DoroughMultiplication Rock ... LP
Capitol, 1973. Very Good ... $19.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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FusionTop Soul ... CD
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
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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Hi-FidelMadeira (voc, inst)/Vega 1 In Filtro (voc, inst, rmx) ... 12-inch
FS, 1999. Near Mint- ... $5.99
On "Midera", the best part is probably the instrumental. The MC uses an almost Guru style monotone, and we're not sure if he really pulls it off. The music uses a jazz piano line that sounds like something you'd hear played at night in an old black-and-white movie. The piano line is barely looped – it's mostly left to play on behind the beat. "Vega . . ." also uses a more abstract piano line, with a half-sung chorus that sounds almost like the half-sung chorus from "Fallin'" by De La Soul and Teenage Fan Club. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Heinz Kiessling & Peter JacquesQ1 ... LP
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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MandrillComposite Truth ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $9.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Composite Truth ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ MandrillComposite Truth ... LP
Polydor, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover is in great shape.)
Also available Composite Truth ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ MandrillComposite Truth/Just Outside Of Town ... CD
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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Ray & His CourtRay & His Court ... LP
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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VariousAOR Breaks (deluxe edition) ... CD
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 ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LPs Gatefold ... $24.99
Think Brazil only gave the world bossa nova and samba? Think again – because this set is a great example of the nation's rich legacy of soul music – especially the kind of upbeat, hard-grooving styles that still stay strong on today's global dancefloors! The groundbreaking collection is a wonderful batch of rare club, disco, and boogie tracks from the Brazilian scene of the late 70s and early 80s – music that's not just a copycat of American dancefloor styles, but often a unique hybrid of funk and regional Brazilian styles – blended together with top-shelf studio perfection, and served up with loads of jazzy touches in the instrumentation. The grooves here are razor-sharp throughout – and many tracks may well blow away better-known US cuts from the time – and the set does a good job of mixing a few longtime standards with some fresher tunes that really keep things interesting! Titles include "Relax" by Painel De Controle, "Funk Funk La" by Robson Robson, "Nao Va" by Tim Maia, "A Paraibo Nao E Chicago" by Marcos Valle, "Saiba Ser Feliz" by Tarantulas, "Rio Babilonia" by Jorge Ben, "O Amigo De Nova York" by Emilio Santiago, "Expresso Madureira" by Banda Black Rio, "Olhos Coloridos" by Sandra Sa, "Aleluia" by Robson Jorge & Lincoln Olivetti, and "Central Do Brasil" by Cassiano. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBridge Into The New Age – Funky Afro-Centric Spiritual Sounds From Jazz's Forgotten Decade ... CD
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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VariousChicas Vol 2 – Spanish Female Singers 1963 to 1978 ... CD
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $17.99
A second wonderful look at the world of female pop in Spain – a nation that's not gotten nearly the same sort of global exposure over the years! We've stocked plenty of groovy French pop, in many formats – and even Italian gal pop has gotten lots of play recently – but the territory here is virtually unknown, which makes the collection such a treasure all the way through! The depth of sounds is great – from familiar 60s yeh-yeh modes, to more expressive styles too – often with a bit more drama in the vocals than female work from other European scenes, but still plenty of straightforward energy going into the groove. The notes are great – an education in themselves – and the set also includes loads of great images of original singles, too. Titles include "Snob Ye Ye" by Marina, "Tu No Eres Ye Ye" by Blanca Aurora, "Mas Me Enamoro De Ti" by La Nueva Generacion, "Soul Man" by Los Quandos, "Mirza" by Los Jollys, "La Bruja" by La Llave, "Contigo" by Paloma San Basilio, "Tic A Tic A Toc Toc" by Las Chic, "Ya No Te Guardo Rencor" by Moreno Y Clara, "40 Degrees A La Sombra" by Claudine Coppin, "Tu Eres Mi Idolo" by Donna Hightower, and "4321 Morte" by Edda Dell'Orso with Anton Garcia Abril. CD
Also available Chicas Vol 2 – Spanish Female Singers 1963 to 1978 ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ VariousChicas Vol 2 – Spanish Female Singers 1963 to 1978 ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
A second wonderful look at the world of female pop in Spain – a nation that's not gotten nearly the same sort of global exposure over the years! We've stocked plenty of groovy French pop, in many formats – and even Italian gal pop has gotten lots of play recently – but the territory here is virtually unknown, which makes the collection such a treasure all the way through! The depth of sounds is great – from familiar 60s yeh-yeh modes, to more expressive styles too – often with a bit more drama in the vocals than female work from other European scenes, but still plenty of straightforward energy going into the groove. The notes are great – an education in themselves – and the set also includes loads of great images of original singles, too. Titles include "Snob Ye Ye" by Marina, "Tu No Eres Ye Ye" by Blanca Aurora, "Mas Me Enamoro De Ti" by La Nueva Generacion, "Soul Man" by Los Quandos, "Mirza" by Los Jollys, "La Bruja" by La Llave, "Contigo" by Paloma San Basilio, "Tic A Tic A Toc Toc" by Las Chic, "Ya No Te Guardo Rencor" by Moreno Y Clara, "40 Degrees A La Sombra" by Claudine Coppin, "Tu Eres Mi Idolo" by Donna Hightower, and "4321 Morte" by Edda Dell'Orso with Anton Garcia Abril. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Chicas Vol 2 – Spanish Female Singers 1963 to 1978 ... CD 17.99

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VariousDisco Sympathie ... LP
Versatile (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $34.99
Rare French club work from the disco years and beyond – a set that's filled with a really cool mix of funky, spacey, and far-out sounds! The music here has a similar vibe to some of the best Italian work that was evolving at this time – initially inspired by American disco, but still going strong long after the New York dancefloors were slowing down – in ways that had these European artists picking up lots of cool contemporary touches, and trying out some really great experiments too! Some tracks have all the warmth and soul of a Salsoul single – while others bring in more keyboards and electronics, of the sort you'd hear in the Cosmic club scene – with results that make for a wonderfully varied and continually striking collection. Titles include "Sur Ma Musique" by Sonia, "Club Prive" by Club Prive, "Stars Sur La Platine (Reverend P edit)" by Stephane, "Amnesie" by Ark, "I Love Video" by New Paradise, "Y'En Marre" by Raymond Et Les Moutards, "Pense Pas Et Danse" by Marie Chaptal, "Gibraltar" by Marc Chantereau, and "Frivole De Nuit" by Laurie Destal. LP, Vinyl record album

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Gladys Knight & The PipsVisions (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... Around May 4, 2015
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)". 2CD version features a whopping 23 bonus tracks – with lots of single mixes, 12" mixes, and cuts that include "Hard Act To Follow", "More More More", "She Believes In Me", "Love's Gonna Get You", "When You Live Through As Many Heartaches", and "Kiss Away The Pain". CD

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Ismael Rivera Y Sus CachimbosDe Todas Maneras Rosas ... CD
Tico, 1977. New Copy ... Around August 15, 2014 (delayed)
Warm Puerto Rican soul from Ismael Rivera – working here on one of his classic 70s albums with backings from the Cachimbos combo – a great little group that's led and arranged by Javier Vasquez on piano! There's a nicely bubbling groove to most numbers here – a sunny sound that's touched with an undercurrent of sadness, and carried off well by the group in a mix of bright horns, rootsier percussion, and even a bit of tres. The sound is fresh, although with key traditional elements – and titles include "Si Te Cojo", "Mi Son Sabroson", "De Todas Maneras Rosas", "El Mesias", "Profesion Esperanza", and "La Oportunidad". CD

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Louis SmithHere Comes Louis Smith ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... Around June 3, 2015
Trumpeter Louis Smith made only two records for Blue Note, but both of them are great! This set's arguably his most famous – because of a rare uncredited appearance by Cannonball Adderley, working here under the "nom de date" of "Buckshot La Funke" – and blowing with a power that beats most of his other Mercury sessions of the late 50s! But the real credit here should go to Louis Smith – who's got a sense of power and command that should have made him one of THE trumpeters of the 50s – an emerging young talent to stand alongside Lee Morgan, Nat Adderley, and other post-Fats Navarro/Clifford Brown talents on the instrument. Smith sparkles throughout with a mix of soul and modernism we really love – and an earthy way of blowing the horn that doesn't always reach its goals, but which draws even more energy from its ability to try! The rhythm section on the album's also very tight – with Art Taylor on drums, Doug Watkins on bass, and either Tommy Flanagan or Duke Jordan on piano – and tracks include "Ande", "Brill's Blues", "South Side", and "Val's Blues". CD
 
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AkaDo What You Like ... CD
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
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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Manny Albam & Ernie WilkinsDrum Suite ... LP
RCA, 1956. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Hard-swinging big band material – with a heavy emphasis on drums! The album is a suite of six tracks – all written by either Manny Albam or Ernie Wilkins, both of whom arrange the groups on the set – really letting them open up nicely on the album's longish tracks. Manny and Ernie were two of the more soulful arrangers of their day – and they get some strong performances out of the groups, letting players like Conte Candoli on trumpet, Hal McKusick on alto, Al Cohn on tenor, and Freddie Green on guitar open up in longer tracks driven to intensity by some great drum work handled by the lesser-known (but excellent) Ted Sommer. Titles include "Skinning The Valves", "Dancers On Drums", "Bristling", and "The Octopus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and half split seams.)

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Monty AlexanderAlexander The Great ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $5.99
Monty Alexander's first album – "presented by" Les McCann, and one that features McCann's core rhythm team of Victor Gaskin on bass and Paul Humphrey on drums. The tracks are short and uncomplicated, played in a soul jazz mode that's quite similar to McCann's albums from the same time. Recorded at an "after hours concert" – and including the tracks "Comin Home Baby", "The Grabber", "Autumn Leaves", and "John Brown's Body". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear, a partially split top seam and a bumped corner.)

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Roland AlexanderPleasure Bent ... LP
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 Pop ... CD
ARC (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Hardly the pop you'd guess from the title – and instead a really compelling batch of Kenyan soul tracks from the 70s! Slim Ali has a style that's very different than the other 70s African work that's been reissued of late – less straight funk, although the music still has plenty of funky elements – and instead this unique hybrid of modes that seems to run from southern soul down through Jamaican reggae, into some of the nascent African styles of the time! There's a nice mix of sounds going on throughout the record – no real unified approach, which keeps things interesting, and makes some songs sound out especially strongly – and titles include "Smile", "Keep On Doing", "Sing A Happy Song", "There's A Hard Time In Front Of Me", "We've Got To Progress On", "You Can Do It", "Home", and "Mauvano". CD

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Slim Ali & The Hodi Boys70s Soul ... CD
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
Redwood, 1981. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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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Doris AllenShell Of A Woman – The Legendary Playground Sessions ... CD
Soulscape (UK), Late 60s/Mid 80s. New Copy ... $11.99 19.99
Powerhouse soul from singer Doris Allen – who made a bit of a splash in the late 60s southern soul scene with duet partner Big John Hamilton – but who's own work from that time and a couple decades later have been under acknowledged in the digital era until now! The first half of the CD features the late 60s work, and it's wonderful – produced by Finley Duncan at Duncan's Playground Studios – featuring a couple of the Hamilton duets, but it's Doris's show. She can both shout out soulfully to the heavens and reign it in for more delicate numbers, and the often gritty soul backing of drums, organ and horns are of the finest caliber. The second half of the set jumps to the mid 80s, and the cleaner, smoother sounds of that era – still produced by Duncan – and Allen's voice as impeccable as earlier. Titles include "A Shell Of A Woman", "Kiss Yourself For Me", "Let A Little Love In", "A Place In My Heart", "Them Changes", "Bright Star", "Candy From A Baby", "Treat Me Like A Woman", "Full Time Fool", "Night Time Is The Right Time" and more, plus 9 previously unreleased tracks, including "Clean Up Woman", "Birmingham Jail", "Ashes Won't Burn" and more. 23 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Harry Allen/Jan Lundgren QuartetQuietly There ... CD
Stunt (Denmark), 2015. New Copy ... $15.99 18.99
A great laidback set from tenorist Harry Allen – nothing fancy, but a great demonstration of Allen's wonderfully old school approach! The group's got an easygoing groove – led by pianist Jan Lundgren – and Allen blows these soulful, spacious solos over the top – with a bit of a Gene Ammons vibe on both the groovers and mellow cuts. Even better, all tracks are compositions by the great Johnny Mandel – whose music works perfectly for this format – and titles include "Emily", "The Shining Sea", "Sure As You're Born", "Cinnamon & Clove", "Suicide Is Painless", and "The Shadow Of Your Smile". CD

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Marshall Allen/William Parker/Drake/Jordan/SilvaAll Star Game – With Hamid Drake/Kidd Jordan/Alan Silva ... CD
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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Rance Allen GroupI Feel Like Going On ... LP
Stax, 1980. Very Good ... $9.99
A great little record from Rance – recorded in 1980 on his return to Stax after a stint at Capitol. The set's got a really wonderful feel – all the deep soul of Rance's early albums for Stax, mixed with some of the bubbling touches he picked up from working with Larry Mizell at Capitol. The whole thing's a magically righteous experience – and Rance's voice is better than ever, with a feel that's got a bit of DJ Rogers in it. Titles include "I Feel Like Going On", "Where Did I Go Wrong", "Some People", "Can't Get Enough", and "I Will Forever Lean On You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small peeled spot in one corner.)

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✨✧ Steve AllenJazz For Tonight – Jazz Lab Vol 4 ... LP
Coral/MCA (Germany), 1955. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Steve Allen tickles the ivories in a pretty nice small combo set – recorded with a group that includes Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Milt Hinton on bass, Urbie Green on trombone, and George Barnes on guitar. Tunes are mostly swing and sweet – and are recorded in a subdued style that keeps Allen up front while still going for an overall group groove. Titles include "Body & Soul", "I Thought About You", "Tea For Two", "Lover Man", and "Chicken Wire Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s German pressing.)

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Vick AllenOld School – New Flava ... CD
Waldoxy, 2003. Used ... $5.99
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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AllspiceAllspice ... CD
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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✨✧ Barry AltschulFor Stu ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1979. Used ... $6.99
An album dedicated to the late drummer Stu Martin – and a set that features some very dynamic drum work from longtime friend Barry Altschul! The album has Altschul really hitting some new notes in his music – stepping off with a bit more dynamic energy than some of his other 70s recordings, working with a group that has a nicely elastic feel – able to change sounds and shapes at the drop of a hat! Other quartet members include Anthony Davis on piano, Ray Anderson on trombone, and Rick Rozie on bass – and the trombone of Anderson is especially great here, adding in a sense of warmth, and almost playfulness at points. Titles include "Drum Role", "Sleepwalker", "For Stu", and a version of the Mingus classic "Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress Then Silk Blues". CD

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Gyedu-Blay AmbolleySimigwa ... CD
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.)
Also available Simigwa ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Gyedu-Blay AmbolleySimigwa ... LP
Academy, 1975. New Copy ... $14.99 22.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1500 copies.)
Also available Simigwa ... CD 11.99

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American GypsyAmerican Gypsy ... CD
Chess (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
An album that begins with an amazing break – and then rolls into a great batch of fuzzy guitar grooves! The set is one of the odder albums to be issued by Chess Records during its funk years – as American Gypsy were a Dutch band, recording in Holland, and the record was only licensed to Chess for release in the US. We're not sure what made them make this international ploy in their dying years (as they also did with the album Atlantis, by Daniel Salinas), but the move gave them a great bit of funk that's been a favorite with collectors for years! At some point, the album's got a rock/soul sound – almost in the vein of Thin Lizzy or some of the other European groups of the time – but on the best cuts, that heavy guitar gets used to great funky ends, and the rest of the group jumps in line with a good groove. The most famous cut is the massive "Inside Out", which has an excellent breakbeat, funky bass, and very soulful grooves – but other nice cuts include "Golden Ring", "While It's Cold Outside", and "Let Your Life Lead By Love". CD

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Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt with Jack McDuffSoul Summit – Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Prestige (Germany), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99 18.98
The brain trust of soul jazz in the early 60s – led by tenorist Gene Ammons on both albums! Soul Summit Volume one features Ammons and Sonny Stitt on tenor, plus Jack McDuff on Hammond – a definite soul summit for the time – with 3 top-shelf players in the lead, all getting plenty of room to do their thing! Both Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt are on tenor in the front, working with the respect and confidence they'd forged together on other co-led sessions from the time – and Jack McDuff's a great addition to the set, playing Hammond with his newly-lean tone, and really helping things move along nicely. Drummer Charlie Persip has a nicely booming style here – one that gets the group out of the box from the get-go, and McDuff's handling all the bass work on the organ, which always makes for a tight rhythmic romp! Most tunes are in that great raw Prestige mode from the old days, as you'd guess by titles like "Tubby", "Dumplin", and "Shuffle Twist" – alongside other numbers that include "Sleeping Susan" and "Out In The Cold Again". Soul Summit Vol 2 is a set that's less a "summit" than a great collection of groovy work for Prestige Records in the 60s – tracks that didn't make it onto other full albums of the time, but which feature material by some of the most soulful talents on the label! Tenorist Gene Ammons is the main star here – stretching out wonderfully on most numbers on the record – although the set also features added tenor work from Red Holloway, George Barrow, and Harold Vick! The mighty Jack McDuff lends his Hammond to a few tunes, Etta Jones sings on three numbers, and the record even features trumpet from Clark Terry, alto from Oliver Nelson, and congas from Ray Barretto too – on cuts that include "Scram", "Cool Cool Daddy", "Ballad For Baby", "If You Are But A Dream", "But Not For Me", and "Love I've Found You". CD
 
 
 



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