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✨✧ Earl JohnsonInside Myself ... CD
First Domain Records, 2012. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ VariousSoul Emissaries – Super Funk – Rare Black American Music From The 1970s & 80s ... CD
BGP (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great entry in the excellent Super Funk series – one that offers up cuts that are every bit as strong on their soulful vocals as they are their funky grooves! The track selection is wonderful – rare cuts from 45s, of the sort that funk diggers have been trading for years – plus some of those extra-special unreleased tracks, which the folks at Ace/BGP always seem able to dig up through their access to the vaults! The notes are filled with rare photos, label scans, and loads of information on the cuts – showing that their selection here wasn't just a random process – and despite the title, most tracks here are 70s numbers from the heavy funk years. Titles include "Dark Skin Woman" by Billy Cee, "Love Highjacker" by George Jackson, "You Bring The Tears" by Sampson & Delilah, "Born To Live With Heartache" by Mary Lvoe, "Sweet Thang" by William Bostic, "Foolish Man (part 2)" by The Huck Daniels Co, "Work It Out" by Marcene Harris, "Jodine" by Earl Harris, "Funky Kingston" by Tribe, "Brother Jack" by The Funky Kids, "Forgotten" by Lamont Johnson, "Daddy Please Stay Home" by Obrey Wilson, and "So Fine" by Chet Ivey & His Fabulous Avengers. CD

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Screamin' Jay HawkinsWhat That Is (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philips/Universal (Spain), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
Screamin Jay Hawkins caught at the height of one of his first "revival" periods – the late 60s, when he was opening for the Rolling Stones, and popping out of the same sort of coffin pictured on the cover! The style of the record takes the older R&B mode of Hawkins' 50s singles, and maybe gives it a bit more of a kick with some of the younger blues generation – but in a way that only seems to open up his music more than before. The album was recorded live in a Hollywood club, where Hawkins was clearly trying out the act that was winning him appeal with the new crowds – and players include Lyle Ritz on bass, Plas Johnson on tenor, Earl Palmer on drums, and even a bit of piano from Grahame Bond. Titles include "Ask Him", "Thing Called Woman", "Dig", "I'm Lonely", "What That Is", "Constipation Blues", and "Feast Of The Mau Mau". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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T Bone WalkerT Bone Blues (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atlantic/Friday Music, Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 29.98
Later work from T-Bone, but very much in the style of his best R&B work! The album features small group backings that do the best to bring out the jazzier side of T-Bone's style – one that was a direct influence on countless jazz funk guitarists in later years – and players include Plas Johnson, Earl Palmer, Lloyd Glenn, and Barney Kessell playing some second guitar. Titles include "T Bone Blues", "Papa Ain't Salty", "Two Bones & A Pick", "Mean Old World", "T Bone Shuffle", and "Blues For Marili". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousFollow Me To The Popcorn – The Untold History Of The Belgian Popcorn Scene ... CD
Jazzman (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $14.99
A wonderful tribute to a music scene that got going in Belgium during the 60s, but which was completely fueled by American soul, jazz, and R&B – spun in jam-packed clubs by DJs in that nation's equivalent of the Northern Soul scene in the UK! Yet while Northern Soul has an upbeat, uptempo groove, popcorn has one that's a lot more laidback – often slinky and vamping, with a mode that might well have been birthed by the tune "Fever" – taken to hundreds of different directions, but always handled with an equally sinister vibe! Instrumentation is as important here as the vocals – and many tunes often have slight Latin or exotic touches, a slight current of jazz, and a rock-solid lead singer who holds the whole thing together. The notes tell the tale of the Belgian DJs who first hooked into this groove – but for our ears, it's the sound that makes the set – early soul music, late rhythm and blues, and some sweet jazzy moments that provide more than a bit of variety. Titles include "Spooky" by George Barnes, "Downstairs" by Plas Johnson, "I'd Think It Over" by Sam Fletcher, "You Need To Fall In Love" by Little Jimmy Ray, "Yeah My Baby Loves Me" by Dav Kipp, "It's A Sweet World" by Gloria Grey, "Fever" by Earl Grant, "Summertime" by Monty & The Cyclones, "I Want That" by Bobby Hendricks, "Harlem Nocturne" by JJ Jones, "Sweet Little Love" by Al Brown & His Tunetoppers, "Boss Bossa Nova" by Bellino, "I Dreamed About My Baby Last Night" by Lillian Vines, "Palm Of Your Hand" by Dolly Lyon, "Barricuda" by The Page Boys, and "Any Way You Wanta" by Harvey. CD

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VariousMainstream Modern Soul – 1969 to 1976 ... CD
Kent/Mainstream (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
A huge array of soul tracks from the Mainstream label – an imprint that was probably best known for its jazz work of the early 70s, and as the launching pad for a few key rock groups – but one who also cut some killer soul tracks in the best New York and Philly styles of the period! Mainstream only ever issued most of its soul material as singles – 45s issued on their own label, and under the IX Chains, Brown Dog, and New Moon imprints too – spread out in an array of under-circulated, poorly-distributed releases that never fully got their due at the time – partly because much of the music was years ahead of its time! There's a groove here that reminds us of the hippest sounds from bigger labels – including Philly International or All-Platinum – with a similar blend of sweetness, honest vocal performances, and some top-shelf studio work that gives the lyrics a hell of an instrumental push, but all without ever sounding slick or commercial. The package is a much-needed look at this scattered legacy – and brings together 24 rare cuts that include "These Memories" by Almeta Lattimore, "I'm The One Who Loves You" by JG Lewis, "Come Back (part 1)" by The Fantastic Puzzles, "I Can't Give You Up" by Linda Perry, "It Ain't Like It Used To Be" by Randolph Brown & Company, "No Rebate On Love" by The Dramatics, "You're A Friend Of Mine" by Words Of Wisdom, "Satisfy My Woman" by Calvin Arnold, "Plain Out Of Luck" by Nia Johnson, "We're Not Too Young To Fall In Love" by Jackey Beavers Show, "Let The People Talk" by The Steptones, "To Whom It May Concern" by Ellerine Harding, "It's So Real" by McArthur, "Stop & Think A Minute" by Charles Beverly, and "That's The Way She Is" by Bobby Earl Williams. CD

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VariousOne Track Mind – More Motown Guys ... CD
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Never-heard songs from the Motown empire of the 60s – all new discoveries from the label's mighty deep vaults – all of them totally great tracks that make for a superb new look at the Detroit powerhouse of soul! Many of these cuts are in a Northern Soul mode – the kind of upbeat groovers that made Motown a huge favorite on the British scene right from the start, and which make the UK Kent label a perfect spot to showcase work this great – with detailed notes on all the tracks, excellent sound quality, and an impeccable ear for choosing just the right sort of tracks to pop a groove like the bigger singles from the label. Some of the cuts here are early recordings by artists who'd later break big, others are more obscure Motown acts – and the package features 24 titles that include "Goose Wobbling Time" by Popcorn Wylie, "I'll Be Satisfied" by Frank Wilson, "Where Are You" by Ivy Jo, "One Track Mind" by Marv Johnson, "Heart To Heart" by Earl Van Dyke, "Head Over Heels In Love With You Baby" by Edwin Starr, "I'm Here Now That You Need Me" by The Fantastic Four, "Imagination Is Running Wild" by The Spinners, "The In Crowd" by Jimmy Ruffin, "Wish I Didn't Love You So" by The Monitors, "The Touch Of Venus" by Marvin Gaye, "I'd Rather Forget" by The Temptations, and "Kissing In The Shadows" by Johnny Bristol. CD

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✨✧ Neal HeftiJazz Pops ... LP
Reprise, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very groovy work from the amazing Neal Hefti – one of the best non-soundtrack albums issued under his own name, and a set that's filled with bouncy, catchy little tunes! The style here takes off nicely from Neal's previous work with Count Basie, but also shows some of his upcoming soundtrack styles as well – especially his great penchant for offbeat instrumental phrasing, and whimsical way of penning a groove. The ensemble's filled with great players who include Plas Johnson and Buddy Collette on flutes, Conte Candoli and Gerald Wilson on trumpets, Emil Richards and Larry Bunker on vibes, Earl Palmer on drums, and Francisco Aquabella on percussion – all in a sound that's quite fresh, and really unique! There's a fair bit of flutes in the mix – even more than the Hefti/Basie use of the instrument – and the tunes have that tightly punctuated Hefti sound throughout, making for plenty of groovers throughout! Titles include "Exodus", "Cute", "Like Young", "Take Five", "Moanin", "Lil Darlin", and "Coral Reef". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Various25 Years Of Rhythm & Blues Hits – 16 Artists ... LP
King, 1950s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Features work by Jack Dupree, Earl Bostic, Roy Brown, Annisteen Allen, Lonnie Johnson, Tiny Bradshaw, and The Dominoes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label pressing. Cover has some staining & partially split seams.)
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✨✧ David Earle JohnsonTime Is Free ... LP
Vanguard, 1977. Very Good ... $7.99
A weird little record – but not without some nice moments! The record was produced and put together by Jan Hammer – and in many ways, is very much like his hard-jamming fusion work fo the time. Earle plays congas, timbales, moog, and other percussion – and also sings on a number of cuts, often with some sort of vocal programming. Hammer's on most tracks too – jamming away on keyboards and synth with a strong sound that predates Miami Vice, and which sounds a lot rougher and meaner. There's definitely some good tracks on here that would appeal to any fan of funky fusion, but there's also some weirder noodlier bits too. Titles include "Sea Sand & Sun", "Safes", "Skin Long & Street Suite", "Lofts", "Time Is Free", and "Ten Little Times". LP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has light staining & some peeling.)

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Syl JohnsonUptown Shakedown (with download) ... LP
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... On June 2, 2017
A different sound than usual for Syl Johnson – but a record that still has loads of those amazing vocals we love from Syl! The style's mostly modern soul – with a tightness that's different from the grit of earlier Johnson albums – that mode in which other singers of the time were tightening up their bag too. The approach works especially well on the midtempo groovers – which have the bite of Johnson's vocals providing a great contrast tot he smoother grooves of the instrumentation – in ways that really deepen the feel of the tunes, but in ways that are very different than classic work from Syl. Titles include "Mystery Lady", "Blue Water", "Who's Gonna Love You", "You're The Star Of The Show", "Gimme Little Sign", and a 9 minute "Otis Redding Medley". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Syl JohnsonMy Gift ... LP
Federal/Numero, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A perfect snapshot of early Syl Johnson – with all the 45 sides he cut for Federal at the very end of the 50s and into the first couple years of the 60s! This is incredibly prescient work, building off the formative bedrock of late 50s rhythm & blues, while paving the way for gritty but beautiful soul to come! Even at this early point in his career, Syl's voice is a mature vessel for raw emotion. What a gift it is! Includes Syl's smoking cover of James Brown's "Please, Please, Please", "Teardrops", "They Who Love", "Lonely Man", "His Gift", "I've Got To Find My Baby", "She's So Fine – I Just Gotta Make Her Mine", "I Wanna Know", "Well Oh Well", "I'm Looking For My Baby" and more. 14 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album

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CadillacsPlease, Mr. Johnson ... CD
Dr Horse, Mid 50s-Early 60s. Used ... $7.99
This is a collection of 19 tracks from these East Coast Doo-Woppers. The tracks span from 1954 to 1961 and include such songs as "Gloria", "That's All I Need", "Please, Mr. Johnson", "Copy Cat", "Cool It Fool", and "Jay Walker". CD
(Appears to be a CDr.)

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Alphonso JohnsonMoonshadows/Yesterday's Dreams/Spellbound ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
A great run of records from Alphonso Johnson – the best of his career, wrapped up here in one sweet set! First up is Moonshadows – one of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best Herbie Hancock moments of the early 70s, plus some of the side projects of the Headhunters. Warmly funky, but with a nice edge – with a more jazz funk rooted sound than the later, slightly heavier Spellbound! The great group of players includes Patrice Rushen is on keyboards, Benny Maupin on reeds, Lee Ritenour on guitars, Airto Moriera on percussion, Gary Bartz on sax, plus Narada Michael Walden and Ndugu Chancler on drums. Tracks include "Stump", "Cosmoba Place", "Involuntary Bliss", "On The Case", "Amarteifio", "Pandora's Box" and the breezy "Up From The Cellar", which features vocals by Flora Purim! Yesterday's Dreams is a killer all-star session of funky fusion tracks – with a nice tight sound produced by Skip Drinkwater! Yesterday's Dreams differs a little from Alphonso's other strong mid 70s efforts in that it's not as spacey as a whole – but the rubbery, cleanly funky grooves are just as strong – and the record as a whole makes for more of a showcase for his excellent group of players! Bassist Johnson leads the session, but there's a huge amount of guests, such as Grover Washington, Patrice Rushen, Mike Clark, and Sheila Escovedo. Plus, Jon Lucien, Diane Reeves, Flora Purim, and Phillip Bailey all sing on the record! Titles include "One To One", "As Little As You", "Scapegoat", "Show Us The Way", "Tales Of Barcelona", and the future soul classic "Love's The Way I Feel 'Bout Cha". Spellbound is a soulfully spacey fusion set from Alphonso Johnson – with a really catchy sound! The maestro is working in an eclectic mode that's part Earth, Wind, & Fire, part Return To Forever, and part Alphonze Mouzon/Tommy Bolin jamming. The best moments on the record are the more straight ahead ones – which really flirt with chunky rock sounds on the other side of the rubbery fusion funkiness! Mouzon's working on all kinds of electric sounds on this one – a bunch of custom bass effects, steel drums and more – with Clyde Criner working with a long list of keys and synthesizers, Kevin Shireve on guitar and David Igelfeld on drums and percussion. Titles include "Face Blaster", "Summer Solstice", "Bahama Mama", "Nomads", and Moonlight Conversation" "Feelings Are. . .The Hardest Words To Say" and "Earthtales Suite". CD

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Lonnie JohnsonTomorrow Night ... LP
King, 1950s. Very Good ... $9.99
A great 60s collection of earlier work by Lonnie Johnson – some of the rootsiest blues that King recorded in the postwar years! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small promo sticker, ring & edge wear, clear tape on the seams, and some marker on back.)

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Lou JohnsonReach Out For Me/Magic Potion ... 7-inch
Big Top, Early 60s. Very Good ... $19.99
Early brilliance from Burt Bacharach – 2 early soul productions for singer Lou Johnson! Lou's version of "Reach Out For Me" may be the best we've ever heard – rough-edged vocals set against some sweeter Bacharach arrangements that include stepping strings and chorus vocals – all with a quality that matches some of the best bigger name work on Atlantic at the time! "Magic Potion" is even better – a lesser-known track that steps along with percolated arrangements in an early Northern groove – alongside more of those great backing vocals! A real gem through and through. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Pink label pressing.)

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Roy Lee Johnson & The VillagersRoy Lee Johnson & The Villagers ... LP
Stax, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
A smoking funky set from early 70s Stax Records – the only album we've ever seen from Roy Lee Johnson & The Villagers, and a stone cooker all the way through! The sound is hard and heavy on most numbers – with loads of funky 45-styled riffs – and the core group is a nicely self-contained unit, with a lot of focus on the rhythm section – but they also get some great help here from the Memphis Horns, who blow over the top beautifully, and add a nicely soulful vibe to the record! Drums are nice and hard – and titles include the killer "The Dryer (parts 1 & 2)", plus "Razorback Circus", "Robot", "Midnight At Riley's", "Don't Tell Me Nothing About My Woman", "Patch It Up", and "I'll Be Your Doctor Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rozetta JohnsonWoman's Way – The Complete Rozetta Johnson 1963 to 1975 ... CD
Clintone/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The complete recordings of a crucially overlooked deep soul singer – the amazing Rozetta Johnson, a voice that should have been as big as Aretha Franklin or Gladys Knight, if there were any justice in the world! And Johnson isn't just a great singer on her own – she gets incredible help here from Sam Dees – a hell of a songwriter, and a great producer that puts Rozetta in perfect territory – a mode that's often more righteous than traditional southern soul, with some funky currents at the bottom – and an overall badass vibe that fits her vocals perfectly! There was a previous collection of Rozetta's music about a decade ago – but this set supercedes that with excellent sound and some unreleased alternate tracks, too – plus the usual top-shelf Ace/Kent presentation, which makes the collection as much of a joy to hold as it is to hear. Titles include "Mama Was A Bad Seed (alt)", "You Better Keep What You Got (alt)", "I Can Feel My Love Coming Down", "It's Been So Nice", "Personal Woman", "Chained & Bound", "Holding The Losing Hand", "Who Are You Gonna Love (Your Woman Or Your Wife)", "Mine Was Real", "A Woman's Way", "Willow Weep For Me", "That Hurts", "For That Man Of Mind", "How Can You Lose Something You Never Had", and "To Love Somebody". CD

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Syl JohnsonComplete Mythology (4CD set) ... CD
Numero, Late 50s/1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $29.99
A really really amazing package – the full story of the early years of Syl Johnson – one of the funkiest soul singers to ever come from Chicago! Syl's music has become the stuff of legend over the years – initially collected in rare funky 45s and two even rarer albums – then sampled heavily, compiled frequently, and spun out to a huge global audience that Johnson never had back in the day. Yet throughout the years, things were never done properly – and certainly with any sense of history or continuity that would unite the music – until now. The box and booklet alone are completely beautiful – the latter filled with vintage photos, personal recollections by Syl, and some great Numero writing – not to mention much-needed details on the recordings within. The CDs come in a very cool LP-styled jacket – and the whole thing slides together as sweetly as the funky music within. None of the Hi Records material is included – just material from labels that include Twilight/Twinight, King/Federal, Shama, TMP/Ting, Zachron, One-Derful, Cha Cha, Special Agent, and P-Vine – including a number of tracks never issued before. CD
(Finally on CD!)

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Syl JohnsonIs it Because I'm Black ... LP
Twinight, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $399.99
One of the best-ever soul albums to come out of Chicago – and it may well be one of the best soul albums ever! The set's the deepest that Syl Johnson ever recorded – and it takes all the hard, raw soul he forged on previous funky 45s – and spins it out in longer album format – with some wicked backings that more than keep up the funk from before, but which also help Johnson deepen the message of his tunes! The political vibe of the album comes through right away in the striking cover and title – and the title track is a 7 and a half minute gem – one of the boldest songs ever about disempowerment. Backings are by Jimmy Jones & The Pieces Of Peace – who really keep the sound deep throughout – and in addition to the classic title track "Is It Because I'm Black", other tunes include "Right On", "Together Forever", "Concrete Reservation", "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", "Black Balloons", and "I'm Talkin About Freedom". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Record and cover are great!)

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Syl JohnsonWe Do It Together ... LP
Shama/Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
Not an original album by Syl Johnson, but a great little set that brings together some of his coolest cuts from his best years on record – a time when he was hitting new modes that made him one of the hippest singers on the Chicago soul scene! The music has lots of righteous currents in the groove – almost the same sort of vibe that Curtis Mayfield was hitting at Curtom on some of the grooviest cuts, mixed with some deeper soul elements that showcase Johnson's previous modes – all wrapped up here in a sweet batch of 16 tracks that include "Kiss By Kiss", "Thank You Baby", "We Do It Together", "That's Why", "Annie Got Hot Pants Power", "Hot Pants Lady", "Wiggle In Your Hips", "Let's Start All Over Again", and "Trying To Get To You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe Turner & Pete JohnsonJoe Turner & Pete Johnson ... LP
EmArcy, Mid 40s. Very Good- ... $19.99
A collection of 40s sides by the Kansas City team of singer Joe Turner and pianist Pete Johnson – recorded a few years after their initial rise to fame in the 30s, but still very much at the height of their early powers! The style is bluesy jazz – with Johnson providing the core groove on piano, and Joe singing over the top in that amazing tone of his. Titles include "SK Blues", "Johnson & Turner Blues", "Howlin Winds", "Watch That Jive", "Doggin The Blues", "Rocks In My Bed", and "Nobody In Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some seam splitting, discoloration from age, and a Emarcy Collector' Series sticker on back.)

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✨✧ Lou Johnson(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me/Magic Potion ... 7-inch
Big Top, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early brilliance from Burt Bacharach – 2 early soul productions for singer Lou Johnson! "Magic Potion" is great – a lesser-known track that steps along with percolated arrangements in an early Northern groove – alongside more of those great backing vocals! A real gem through and through. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Big Hill pressing.)

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✨✧ James P JohnsonClassic James P Johnson Sessions 1921 to 1943 (6CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, 1920s/1930s/Early 40s. New Copy 6 CDs ... Out Of Stock
An incredible journey in music – one that documents the importance of pianist James P Johnson in a variety of different settings – from the earliest years of jazz, right on up through the boogie woogie and swing generations as well! The set is exactly the sort that Mosaic Records can do best – as it brings together material from a variety of different labels, almost all of which was originally released on the 78rpm format – which makes the process far more of an historical achievement than just a collection of previously-issued albums! Instead, the music here comes from over 50 different sessions – some which feature Johnson on solo piano, some with vocalists such as Rosa Henderson, Martha Copeland, Roy Evans, Ethel Waters, Clarence Williams, Lavinia Turner, Bessie Smith, and others – and still more with a variety of important ensembles of the 20s and 30s – whose music Johnson certainly helped inform. The package also features key performances with Williams' group – and as is standard with Mosaic, the notes and session details alone are worth the price of admission. The 6CD set features a whopping 158 titles in all – all beautifully remastered, and presented with far more than you'll ever find in one of those shoddy public domain sets. A true testament to the range of Johnson's music in these years – and long overdue! CD

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✨✧ Herb JohnsonRemember Me ... CD
Philly Archives, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A long-overdue set of work by Herb Johnson – best known for his rare funk single, but at heart a sweet soul singer who was part of the Philly scene of the 60s! Herb's got a really unique voice – high, almost falsetto, but with a crackling rawness that sounds different than work by much of his contemporaries. As you'll hear on these great tracks, Herb's sound is instantly recognizable – and the tunes on this set are simply amazing – a wonderful blend of the rough and the smooth, with a sad heartbreaking quality that we really love! Titles include "I'm So Glad", "Deep Down Love", "Guilty", "Have You Heard", "Help", "Two Steps Ahead Of A Woman", "Love Me", "That's The Way Life Goes", "Easy Come Easy Go Lover", "The Story Of My Life", and his famous funk track "Damph Faint". CD

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✨✧ Rozetta JohnsonI've Come Too Far With You/Who You Gonna Love (Your Woman Or Your Wife) ... 7-inch
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful work here from Rozetta Johnson – an overlooked talent from the southern soul scene of the early 70s – stepping out here on two great cuts penned by Sam Dees! "I've Come Too Far With You" is nice and raw – with piano lines that pound with as much intensity as Johnson's hard-burning vocals – backed by one of Sam's greatest tunes ever, sung here in a stunning way by Rozetta! "Who You Gonna Love" is one of our favorite southern soul tunes ever – and it's never sounded better than here in Johnson's hands! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousBirth Of Soul Vol 4 – Late 50s To Early 60s Black Music That Heralded The Soul Explosion ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
This series keeps on getting better and better – and this fourth installment may well be the best illustration to date of the birth of soul music! As hinted by the title, the collection features tracks from the late 50s and early 60s that marked a key transition from earlier R&B and blues into soul music – work that pulled a bit more strongly from the church than some of its predecessors, and which also put over a groove that was a bit more sophisticated, sometimes a bit more polished – all to set the stage for the huge soul music explosion to come later in the 60s! A number of the artists here are familiar from R&B years, but they're represented by tracks that show a real change in their styles – and others are known from later successes, but stand out here with early work that's a lot more formative – making them a perfect choice for the collection. CD features 24 tracks in all – including "Come On & Stomp" by Marv Johnson, "Lil Valley" by The MMs & The Peanuts, "Bossa Nova Baby" by Tippie & The Clovers, "Irresistible You" by Bobby Peterson, "Take Your Heart" by Betty Willis, "Puff" by Kenny Lynch, "Jack Be Nimble" by The Intruders, "A Clock That's Got No Hands" by Della Reese, "I Came Running" by Wade Flemons, "You'd Be Crying Too" by The Matadors, "The Gypsy Said" by The Fiestas, "Please Don't Cry Anymore" by Ketty Lester, "Pretty Little Girl Next Door" by Bobby Day, and "Trouble I've Had" by Clarence Ashe. CD

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✨✧ VariousMovements Vol 7 – Compiled By Tobias Kirmayer ... CD
Tramp (Germany), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the coolest collection so far in this all-great series – a package that really has the Movements set expanding its vibe – to include some jazzier and more R&B-based titles as well – a perfect mix for their long-running love of funk and soul! The collection's got a gritty sound right from the start – a reach that goes back to the earliest days of soul to find some skittish nuggets that are great groovers – and a run up to the 70s to pull together some hip modal jazz tracks that provide a wonderful sense of contrast – sounds that are all groovy, all soulful, but span a rich world of styles and scenes! There's loads of gems here we'd never heard before at all – and titles include "California Dreaming" by Nu Art Quartet, "Sugar" by Howard B Smith, "Woke Up This Morning" by Rene Baily, "Unchain My Heart" by Johnny B & The Music Makers, "Nitty Gritty Humbug" by Steve Mason Trio, "He's A Real Gone Guy" by Dorothy Ramsey, "Out Of This World" by George Smith, "How Can You Be So Cold" by Lee Mitchell, "Dasheka" by Bob Hines Trio, "The Deep End" by Ray Johnson, and "The Purple Jellybean" by Johnny Walker Trio. CD

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