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Detroit EmeraldsDo Me Right/You Want It You Got It (plus bonus track) ... CD
Westbound (UK), 1971/1972. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A pair of killers back to back on a single CD – two Westbound albums by The Detroit Emeralds! Do Me Right is a gem of a record from the mighty Detroit Emeralds – a group who are really finding a new 70s vibe here, while still holding onto all the rich harmonies they developed on their early singles! The trio work here together with a fluid sound and the kind of harmonies you might have heard from The Impressions a few years before – but they also get a really unique groove that befits their presence on Detroit's legendary Westbound label – a style that's maybe a bit more heady, and sometimes righteous! Titles include the classic title cut "Do Me Right", the great loping groover "Lee", and the cuts "Holding On", "I Can't See Myself", and "What You Gonna Do About Me". Next up Is You Want It You Got It – an early 70s gem from the group! Detroit had plenty of great harmony groups in the 60s – but by the early 70s, The Detroit Emeralds were right on top – a feat that was easy to do with work this great! The trio have a fantastic approach here – a bit of the psychedelic soul sound of the Norman Whitfield generation, but also some warmer, sweeter harmonies too – a bit of an east coast vibe that really stands out – and which is done by the group at a level that's way better than most of their contemporaries! Arrangements are by group member Abe Tilmon, and very hip – and titles include the group's great take on "Baby Let Me Take You In My Arms", which has a great sample used by De La Soul – plus "You Want It You Got It", "Feel The Need In Me", "There's love For Me Somewhere", "Till You Decide To Come Home", and "I've Got To Move". CD also features a bonus radio promo spot too! CD

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Peggy LeeWhy Don't You Do Right ... CD
Past Perfect (Germany), 1946/1947. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Dan PennDo Right Man ... LP
Sire/Blue Horizon/Rhino, 1994. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 21.98
A great comeback moment for one of the seminal songwriters of 60s southern soul – heard here in a surprisingly faithful setting that really returns Dan Penn to his glory! The tunes include many numbers that Dan wrote, but which were made famous by other singers at the time – and although early demo versions with vocals by a young Penn would circulate over the years, these later takes are quite strong too – produced by Dan himself, on titles that include "Cry Like A Man", "Dark End Of The Street", "Do Right Woman", "You Left The Water Running", "I'm Your Puppet", and "Memphis Women & Chicken". LP, Vinyl record album
(2018 Rhino Start Your Ear Off Right exclusive. First time on vinyl in the US!)

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✨✧ Wild Cherry/SOS BandPlay That Funky Music/Just Be Good To Me/Take Your Time, Do It Right ... 12-inch
Unidisc (Canada), Early 80s. Used ... Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have marker.)
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Dining RoomsDo Hipsters Love Sun (Ra)? – A Soundtrack Of Cosmic Funk, Abstract Jazz, & Cinematic Avant Garde (with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2015. New Copy ... $24.99
Maybe the hippest album we've ever heard from The Dining Rooms – something we probably could have guessed from their evocation of Sun Ra in the title! And while that title seems a bit obtuse – maybe even a joke – the music here is right on the money, and some of the most serious, most spiritual the group has ever given us – quite far from some of the easier dance-styled sounds we know from their early years. There's still a lot of samples and electronics in the mix, but they're used in extremely thoughtful ways – and often sourced with more interesting material, too – so that there's a core of 70s cosmic jazz and fusion that seems to drive the record, which also comes through in the group's own keyboards as well. The approach isn't entirely jazz, but not far off at times – and titles include "Interstellar", "Light Time Tales", "Saturno", "Devil's Moon", "Once Were Warriors", and "Sergio Leone Asteroid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of entire album!)

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✨✧ Von FreemanDoin' It Right Now ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good ... $9.99
A classic "discovery" of tenor saxophonist Von Freeman – one that was already relatively late in his career, but a key appearance on Atlantic under the auspices of Roland Kirk! The setting here is as loose and laidback as Von needs to really do his thing – backing by a trio that features fellow Chicagoan John Youn on piano, plus Sam Jones on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums – all hanging back nicely to let Freeman dominate the set on tenor. The album's noteworthy for its inclusion of a few original tunes by Von – "White Sand", "Portrait Of John Young", "Doin It Right Now", "Brother George", and "Catnap" – all of which mark a nice contrast from some of the more traditional standards that show up on other Freeman albums of the 70s. LP, Vinyl record album

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Smokey HoggServe It To The Right – The Combo & Modern Recordings 1947 to 1952 ... CD
Modern/Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $8.99
A great second chapter of work from Smokey Hogg's years at the Modern Records label – material that's got a bit more of a west coast polish than the rootsy vibe of his previous sides! Smokey still has plenty of Texas in his vocals and work on guitar, but the arrangements here often emphasize hipper piano lines and groovier rhythms, too – bringing Hogg's sound more into contact with the growing sophistication of the west coast scene. The mix is a really compelling one – as there's definitely some country blues phrasing in the guitar, but a lot more of a jump blues sound in the rhythms – coming together in that really special way that happened on the west coast during the postwar years. As usual with Ace, the presentation here is great – excellent sound on rare 78s, right from their original source material – plus a number of never-issued tracks, too – making for a total of 25 numbers that include "Patrol Wagon Blues", "River Hip Mama", "Worried Blues", "Come On Home", "You're Gonna Look Like A Monkey", "I Believe To My Soul", "Good Morning Little Baby", "Two Mama Blues", "Possum Hunt", "Talk It Over", "Whoa Mule", and "Can't Do Nothin". CD

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MaysaAnos 60 (Maysa E Maysa/Voltei/Maysa Canta Sucessos/Maysa Amor E Maysa/Cancao Do Amor Mais Triste) (5CD set) ... CD
Discobertas (Brazil), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $65.99
Five full albums by the lovely Maysa – packaged here as a single set, with original artwork too! First up is Maysa E Maysa from 1959 – dramatic work from Brazilian singer Maysa – a set that's nicely balanced between two generations – the later, cooler modes of the bossa generation, and some of the more emotive styles that had come before! Maysa's rich vocal approach makes her a key talent in the latter mode – but the lighter elements on some tracks fit right in with the former – showing the full range of Maysa's talents in a record that really lives up to its title's promise of many sides of the singer! Titles include great versions of "A Felicidade" and "Manha De Carnaval" – plus "Viver Em Paz", "Recado", "Pela Rua", "Castigo", "A Noite De Nos Dois", "So Deus", and "E Dai". Also fetaures a few bonus tracks. Voltei is early work from the lovely Maysa – accompanied here by the RGE Orchestra, in a style that's a mix of bossa and samba modes! The recording is filled with lots of the bluer tones that set Maysa apart from some of her contemporaries – hints of the deeper emotion you might find in Brazilian singers of the 50s, but served up here with a lean quality overall – one that's much more in the spirit of the bossa generation. Instrumentation is often nicely creative – a bit of organ, a touch of tinkling piano, or occasional snakey clarinet line to liven things up – all elements that keep the album lively, even when the tone is a bit melancholy. Titles include "Dindi", "Qualquer Madrugada", "Meditacao", "Alguem Me Disse", "Carinho E Amor", "Voltei", "Vem Conmigo", and "Cheiro De Saudade". Canta Sucessos is a mix of samba numbers and more romantic tunes from Maysa – all recorded in that classic style she used for sides like this with the RGE label! The instrumentation's nicely light on some of the samba numbers – with hints of bossa scoring at points, and mixing that has Maysa's vocals right up front on most tracks. Mellower numbers have a bit fuller backings – some strings, but never used too strongly – and overall, the whole thing's still light years from US or European pop at the time, with an understated beauty that's really wonderful! Titles include "O Menino Desce O Morro", "Ri Samba", "Noite Chuvosa", "O Amor E A Rosa", "Estou Pensando Em Ti", "Um Novo Ceu", and "Diplomacia". Maysa Amor features Maysa doing what Maysa does best – singing a host of blue-tinged love songs, most of which have a pretty melancholy feel! The backings here are pretty great – often a bit leaner than Maysa's vocals, especially on the more upbeat numbers – which have an echoey, samba-based style in the rhythms, and some occasional organ lines that ring out in the background and illuminate things beautifully well underneath Maysa's lead. Some of the mellower numbers bring up the strings a bit more, but with an edge that's nicely unsettling, and quite far from mainstream pop – and titles include "Quizas Quizas", "Chorou Chorou", "Raizes", "Estou Para Dizer Adeus", "Chao De Estrelas", and "Murmurio". Cancao Do Amor Mais Triste features great arrangements from maestro Erlon Chaves – warm, round, and fluid – in a way that mixes leaner bossa rhythms with the more romantic styles of an earlier generation! Maysa's more emotive qualities are nicely kept in check by the approach – and her vocals her flow along beautifully with the blend of strings, piano, and percussion used by Chaves – all presented in ways that remind us a lot of Deodato's best full orchestrations from the same period. The whole thing's nicely compressed, and never overdone – and titles include "Favela", "O Amor Que Acabou", "Mil Flores", "Ah Se Eu Pudesse", "Round Midnight", "Fim De Noite", "Cancao Do Meu Amor", and "Agua De Beber". CD

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Statik SelektahSpell My Name Right (10th anniversary colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Brick, 2007. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $21.99 24.98
One of the finer neo-classic hip hop debut records of the mid 00s! On this one, Statik Selektah flies the flag for the samples and scratches era at it's most headnodding and exciting– providing a perfect guest rappers to step up and slay – in way the felt freshly inspired on '07, still does years later, and still will in 100 more. Quality materials stand the test of time. Appearances by Talib Kweli, Slum Village, Freeway, Consequence, Termanology, Reks, Big Shug, Royce 5'9, Cormega, Doug E. Fresh, KRS-One, Large Professor & more. Includes the intro with DJ Premier granting his bonafides, an honor for any true school-bred hip hop producer driven LPs, plus "Express Yourself '08", "In The Morning", "What Would You Do!?", "Back Against The Wall", "Big Dreamers", "Punch Out!", "Bam Bam", "Time To Day Goodbye", "No Mistakes Allowed", "Talk To Me", "Did What We Had To Do (Show Off Mix)" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl!)

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T-LifeSomething That You Do To Me ... CD
Arista/PTG (Netherlands), 1981. New Copy ... $18.99
One of the few albums issued by Theodore "T" Life as a leader – right around the time he was handling grooves for a handful of other artists too! The style here is like some of the best modern soul albums coming out on Arista at the time – funky soul, but a cut above – with lots of jazzy elements in the instrumentation, and a fresh style of grooving that's way more than just a post-disco approach! There's some surprisingly strong horn work in the mix – more so than you'd hear on most 80s groove records of the time – and the rhythms and other elements are full of some nice surprises too. T Life wrote, arranged, produced, and handled all the lead vocals – and titles include "For Your Love", "Let Him Go", "Don't Wanna Be Lonely", "Somethin That You Do To Me", "Wouldn't You Know", "Don't Let This Be The Last Time", and "Smokin". CD
Also available Something That You Do To Me ... LP 2.99

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T-LifeSomething That You Do To Me ... LP
Arista, 1981. Near Mint- ... $2.99
One of the few albums issued by Theodore "T" Life as a leader – right around the time he was handling grooves for a handful of other artists too! The style here is like some of the best modern soul albums coming out on Arista at the time – funky soul, but a cut above – with lots of jazzy elements in the instrumentation, and a fresh style of grooving that's way more than just a post-disco approach! There's some surprisingly strong horn work in the mix – more so than you'd hear on most 80s groove records of the time – and the rhythms and other elements are full of some nice surprises too. T Life wrote, arranged, produced, and handled all the lead vocals – and titles include "For Your Love", "Let Him Go", "Don't Wanna Be Lonely", "Somethin That You Do To Me", "Wouldn't You Know", "Don't Let This Be The Last Time", and "Smokin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner & with a large name in marker & some pen. Label has some pen.)
Also available Something That You Do To Me ... CD 18.99

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Allen Toussaint & OthersEverything I Do Gohn Be Funky – The Hit Songs & Productions 1957 to 1978 ... CD
Snapper, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. Used 2CDs ... $16.99
A beautifully overstuffed collection of early work from New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint – a set that not only includes many of his key recordings from the scene in the 60s, but also some of his important productions for other artists too! The package begins with Toussaint in the lead on a series of sides on CD one – working either as himself, or as Al Touson, or with The Stones, The Rubyiats, or Allen & Allen – all with these choppy, loping, heavy-grooving rhythms that were Toussaint's huge contribution to New Orleans soul right from the start! Titles include "Whirlaway", "Whipped Cream", "Moo Moo", "Wham Tousan", "Omar Khayyam", "I Don't Need One", "Baby Do Liddle", "Tomorrow", "Fat Cat", "Banana Split", and "Java". CD2 features a series of recordings done for the Minit, Instant, and Sansu labels – all with Toussaint involved either as producer, arranger, or musician – on material that forever shaped the sound of New Orleans – titles that include "A Certain Girl" by Ernie K Doe, "Over You" by Aaron Neville, "I Like It Like That (parts 1 & 2)" by Chris Kenner, "Sophisticated Cissy" by The Meters, "Holy Cow" by Lee Dorsey, "I'm Evil Tonight" by Betty Harris, "Oogsey Moo" by Jessie Hill, "It Will Stand" by The Showmen, "Ruler Of My Heart" by Irma Thomas, "Fortune Teller" by Benny Spellman, and "Hot Tamales (parts 1 & 2)" by The Primemates. 50 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousRu-Jac Records Story Vol 2 – 1964 to 1966 – Get Right ... CD
Ru-Jac/Omnivore, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A sweet second chapter of Baltimore's rare Ru-Jac label – a mighty hip imprint that cut some killer soul singles back in the 60s! There's lots of great groovers here – romping tunes that have a hard-edged approach to danceable soul – the kind of groovy, unusual singles that you might have heard in the background in an early John Waters film – but properly collected here, and presented with a huge number of notes and other details too! You might recognize a few names here, but most of the music is pretty obscure – and there's even some great soul jazz moments in addition to the soul vocals – in a set of 22 smoking cuts that includes a fair bit of unreleased titles too. Titles include "It Must Be Love" and "I'm So Afraid" by Brenda Jones, "Where You Lead Me" and "I'm A Stranger" by Harold Holt, "Goose Pimples" and "Here Tis Now" by Butch Cornell's Trio, Hiding Out In Blue Shadows (demo)" and "Whole Lotta Woman (demo)" by Arthur Conley, "C'Est La Vie" by The Neltones, "I Love You Just The Same (demo)" by Winfield Parker, "What More" and "You Don't Really Care" by Shirley Of The Soul Sisters & Brother, "Chicken Wings" and "Love Can Do Wonders" by The Mask Man & Cap-Tans, and "Get Right" by Bobby Sax & His House Keepers. CD

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✨✧ Herbie MannDo The Bossa Nova With Herbie Mann/My Kinda Groove ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1962/1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 of Herbie Mann's best Atlantic albums, now on one CD! Do The Bossa Nova is a great album of bossa groovers, recorded by Herbie in Rio during the early days of the bossa boom – and with a sound that's right on the money! The backing's very lively, and the tracks have a tight bossa sound that's quite authentic, and played by Brazilian jazz musicians like Sergio Mendes, Paulo Moura, Dom Um Romao, and Luiz Carlos Vinhas. Herbie's flute is livelier than usual, and on a set like this, you can hear why it's no wonder that he's been so respected by Latin and Brazilian players over the years. Titles include "Voce E Eu", "Bossa Velha", "Blues Walk", "One Note Samba", "Amor Em Paz", and "Deve Ser Amor". My Kinda Groove is a nice mid-60s album that also has a good Latin groove (courtesy of Willie Bobo and Patato Valdez), and which features Dave Pike on vibes. Titles on that one include "Vikki", "Spanish Grits", "Soul Guajira", and "Mushi Mushi". 15 cuts in all, and a very groovy set that's some of the best Herbie Mann you'll ever find on CD! CD

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✨✧ Fabiano Do NascimentoTempo Dos Mestres ... CD
Now Again, 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really beautiful second album from Fabiano Do Nascimento – and a set that really blows away his debut! This record's got an "instant classic" vibe right from the start – the kind of set that you could easily listen next to 70s gems by artists like Lo Borges, Milton Nascimento, or Edu Lobo – with a sound that hangs between the complexity and soul of all three of those artists – but a presentation that's also very personal and unique! Fabiano plays acoustic guitar throughout, with a cascading vibe that's incredibly compelling – and often offset by light flute and percussion, which skitter alongside his beautiful vocals – in ways that are always upbeat, but never too polished – really preserving this organic core in his music! The sound is sublime – sophisticated, but very organic – and if you know us at all, we're not ones to throw around the term "classic" lightly when it comes to Brazilian music. Titles include "Planalto", "Baiao", "Brasilerinho", "Ja Que Tu", "Oye Nana", "O Tempo", "Canto De Xango", and "Louva A Deus Mantis". CD

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✨✧ BT ExpressDo It (Til You're Satisfied) ... LP
Scepter, 1974. Used ... Out Of Stock
The monumental debut of BT Express – and an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band's bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight blacksploitation soundtrack, with plenty of tight wah wah guitar riffing, conga beats, and funky flute and sax – topped off by just the right amount of strings to make the set soar even more! The album's best known for the title track "Do It (Til You're Satisfied)" – which was a big hit, but is still an excellent groover – and the set also includes loads of other great cuts too – like "Express", which was the original song that the created the JBs' response track "Monorail"; "This House is Smokin'", which has lots of funky descending horn bits; and other great tunes that include "Mental Telepathy", "If It Don't Turn You On", and "Do You Like It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinGet It Right ... LP
Arista, 1983. Used ... Out Of Stock
A real standout from Aretha Franklin's years on Arista – a set produced by Luther Vandross, with a soaring groove that really opens Aretha up nicely! Luther's more in the mode here of his 70s club productions than his 80s hits – that warm, midtempo vibe that's full of lush moments, but never in ways that are cloyingly commercial. Franklin's vocals light up the tunes in the way that Luther's own might do – really soaring out beautifully in this setting. Titles include "I Got Your Love", "Giving In", "Get It Right", "Pretender", "Every Girl", "I Wish It Would Rain", and "Better Friends Than Lovers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover is still in the shrinkwrap, including the hype sticker.)

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✨✧ Big Bill BroonzyDo That Guitar Rag 1928 to 1935 ... LP
Yazoo, Late 20s/Early 30s. Used (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Bill Broonzy's a singer who recorded often in later years – but it's these early recordings that really won his fame – spare 78rpm sides that are full of dextrous guitar work that has plenty of jazzy inflections! Bill's vocals have a bit of jazz, too – and these sides are a great example of the blurring of lines between blues and jazz in the early days – or, perhaps, of the way that blues constantly came along and had something to offer jazz just when it needed it most. Whatever the case, though, the set's a wonderful batch of gems from Broonzy – most recorded right at the start of the 30s, with titles that include "Terrible Operation Blues", "Big Bill Blues", "Grandma's Farm", "Guitar Rag", "Pussy Cat Blues", "Mr Conductor Man", and "Down In The Basement". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy red label pressing!)

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✨✧ Cactus Channel & Sam CromackDo It For Nothing EP (with bonus download) ... LP
Hope Street (Australia), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Cactus Channel have a slightly different vibe this time around – working here with blue-eyed singer Sam Cromack, whose vocals really bring a nice sort of focus to the group's trippy brand of funk! The set's got all the offbeat instrumental elements of their previous outings, but Cromack's lead also heightens the tuneful side of the songs, too – with an approach that really seems to grow in strength with each successive track – over the course of the six selections that include "Sorry Hills", "I'm Not Ready To Relax", "Sleep Demon", "Everything Is Right In Front Of Me", "Do It For Nothing", and "Brickwall Hallelujah". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Byron Allen TrioByron Allen Trio ... CD
ESP/ZYX (Germany), 1965. Used ... $8.99
Beautifully free alto work from Byron Allen – a player who really shines brightly on this rare session for ESP Records – one of the few ever cut under his own name! Allen's got a style that's right up there with the 60s best from Ornette Coleman or Marion Brown – able to move with a fluidity that's breathless, even amidst rhythms that are very loose and open – as the trio here works in a style that almost echoes some of the harmelodic modes of Coleman, but which eventually pushes farther towards the freedoms of other artists on ESP! The set has some wonderful bass from Maceo Gilchrist, whose round, rolling tones really make the album sparkle – as do the punctuated drums of Ted Robinson. Titles include "Today's Blues Tomorrow", "Time Is Past", "Three Steps In The Right Direction", and "Decision For The Cole-Man". CD
(Out of print.)

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Hermes AquinoDecencontro De Primavera ... CD
Tapecar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. Used ... $11.99
The only album we've ever seen by Hermes Aquino – a mid 70s singer/songwriter from Brazil, of the same post-bossa generation as Lo Borges and Milton Nascimento! Like those bigger names, Hermes works here in a style that's both personal and more wide-ranging – great songs helped along by backings that bring in a bit of jazz at some points, other acoustic instrumentation at others – all fused nicely with a subtle electric glide. Arrangements are by Wilson Mauro, who does a great job of lifting the songs up to the right level – and titles include "Cuidado", "Nuvem Passageira", "Longas Conversas", "Cavaleiro Do Sul", "2010", "Bola Louca E Colorida", and "Desencontro Da Primavera". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Ashford & SimpsonIs It Still Good To Ya ... LP
Warner, 1978. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Ashford & Simpson don't need to ask at this point – their in full 70s soul stride here, and it's not good, it's great! By this point in the late 70s, Nick and Valerie are firmly holding the foreground as artists in their own right after many years of acting as songwriters for other soul and R&B hitmakers – writing, singing, and producing their own work in a now-established tradition of sophisticated soul and uptempo grooves! What they had not done to this point was produce a number of big hits for themselves, and that tide started to turn this this excellent album that's among their best ever! Includes a number of singles that would help them begin to break through to later huge chart success, which was by now richly earned. Titles include "Is It Good To You", "Ain't It A Shame", "It Seems To Hang On", "Flashback", "The Debt Is Settled", and "Get Up And Do Something". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Hank Ballard & The MidnightersSingin & Swingin ... LP
King, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99 9.98
Some of the hardest, heaviest vocal group work of the pre-soul generation – a set of legendary King Records material by the young Hank Ballard and his always-tight Midnighters! The set captures them in the second chapter of their time at King – slightly cleaner in some of their subject matter, but always with that sneering, almost sinister vibe that Hank brought to his vocals – kind of a biting, raspy quality that also made his voice a key influence on soul to come in the 60s! There's a few hits here, but also lots more obscure material too – and titles include "That House On The Hill", "Sweet Mama Do Right", "I'll Be Home Someday", "Tell Them", "Stingy Little Thing", "Ashamed Of Myself", "Teardrops On Your Letter", and "The Twist". LP, Vinyl record album

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Banda Black RioMaria Fumaca ... LP
Atlantic/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with effortless ease, yet never in a way that's too slick or commercial – kind of like that perfect balance that Kool & The Gang hit for just a few records in the mid 70s – but with more of a Brazilian feel overall. Jazzy licks abound – and the keyboards, guitar, and horns are just great – but the set's also got some more regional percussion, too – which really rounds out the record wonderfully. The grooves all have a really universal appeal – essential for any fan of funky sounds – and titles include "Mr Funky Samba", "Junia", "Casa Forte", "Na Baixa Do Sapateiro", "Lelbon Via Vaz Lobo", "Baia", "Maria Fumaca", and "Metalurgia". LP, Vinyl record album

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