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Average White BandAll The Pieces – The Complete Studio Recordings 1973 to 2003 (19CD set) ... CD
Edsel (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 19CD ... $59.99
A huge run of funky soul from The Average White Band – a group who were already well above average at the start, then just got better and better as their music grew during the 70s! The package is the first we've ever seen to honor the group in this way – and includes all their important studio albums, plus lesser-known gems from later years – and 2CDs' worth of rare material too – all in a box with a special 52 page book! Albums include Show Your Hand, How Sweet Can You Get, Average White Band, Put It Where You Want It, Cut The Cake, Soul Searching, Person To Person, Benny & Us, Warmer Communications, Feel No Fret, Shine, Volume VIII, Cupid's In Fashion, Aftershock, Soul Tattoo, and Living In Colour – plus those 2CDs of bonus alternates and rarities! 197 tracks in all – and very nicely done. CD

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Booker T & The MGsGreen Onions/Soul Dressing (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Stax/Edsel (UK), 1962/1965. New Copy ... $13.99
Two classic albums from these Stax Records legends – with bonus tracks too! First up is Green Onions – a legendary album of Memphis soul – and a full length set that helped redefine the sound of instrumental music in the 60s! The record's a monumental follow-up to Booker T & The MGs' huge hit single "Green Onions" – an extremely seductive organ-based instrumental that the band cooked up while just messing around in the studio – and it's filled with other organ-heavy grooves played by this tight Memphis quartet – a group who were just starting out at this point, but already had a sound that's unlike anyone else! The work of Booker T is especially nice – Hammond with a bit more punch than other combos of this nature – backed by some wicked guitar from Steve Cropper, bass from Lewis Steinberg, and drums from Al Jackson. The set features a nice mix of covers and original tunes – with titles that include "Green Onions", "I Got A Woman", "Twist & Shout", "Lonely Avenue", "Comin Home Baby", "Mo Onions", "Behave Yourself", and "Rinky Dink". Soul Dressing is a great little record from Booker T and group – often overlooked amidst the range between Green Onions and Melting Pot, but a very strong album of soulful Memphis instrumentals all the way through! Book's organ is bubbling hot, and the band's tight rhythm style works in a perfect laid-back mode to push the group way past the stock grooves of earlier albums – thanks to great work from the rest of the combo too. There's some mighty nice rhythm changes on this one, and a good range of non-pop tunes like "Night Owl Walk", "Chinese Checkers", "Soul Dressing", "Tic Tac Toe", "Outrage", "Home Grown", "Big Train", "Jelly Bread", and "Plum Nellie". Features 2 bonus tracks – "MG Party" and "Terrible Thing". CD

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EndFrom Beginning To End (4CD set) ... CD
Decca/Edsel (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $22.99
A much-needed collection of work from The End – an ultra-hip British group who issued one famous album for Decca, with production from Bill Wyman, and a sound that's gone onto become the stuff of legend over the years – finally heard here in the full scope of all the other material they recorded back in the late 60s! The package features that legendary record – Introspection – but it also includes a huge amount of other tracks from the time – not just demos, but other studio recordings, rare singles, and a lot more – much of which only ever saw the light of day in later years, on brief vinyl-only issues in the 90s – which makes most of the music here a CD debut for the group! The core sound has a compressed vibe that's a perfect blend of budding psychedelia with tighter beat group energy – with a quality that's almost funky at times, and which definitely places The End strongly in freakbeat territory on many of these tracks. There's great use of organ, lots of fuzzy guitar, and plenty of super-heavy drums that add a groove while underscoring the sinister sound of the group's vocals too. The box features 61 tracks in all, and comes with a heavy booklet of notes – and titles include "It Won't Be Long", "I Can't Get Any Joy", "Mistress Bean", "Tears Will Be The Only Answer", "Cardboard Watch", "What Does It Feel Like", "She Said Yeah", "Loving Sacred Loving", "We've Got It Made", "Yo Yo", "For Eleanor", "My Friend", "Smartypants", "Mirror", "Bypass The Bypass", "Little Annie", "Morning Dew", and "The Fly". CD

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Buddy Guy & Junior Wells/Muddy WatersDrinkin TNT N Smokin Dynamite/Messin With The Blues (CD/DVD set) ... CD
Blind Pig/Edsel (UK), 1974. New Copy CD & DVD ... $18.99
A CD and a DVD – both with vintage Chicago blues performances! First up is the CD Drinkin TNT & Smokin Dynamite from Buddy Guy and Junior Wells – a smoking live performance from these two Chicago blues legends – recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, but with a gritty electric vibe that's very much like the duo's best work back home! The approach is very stripped-down and unadorned – just vocals by both Guy and Wells – with Buddy on guitar and Junior on harmonica – plus additional piano from Pinetop Perkins, and even the mighty Bill Wyman on bass. Wyman produced the set – very faithfully too – and titles include "How Can One Woman Be So Mean", "Hoodoo Man Blues", "My Younger Days", "Messin With The Kid", and "Ten Years Ago". Next up is a DVD of another performance from the same festival – featuring Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, joined by Muddy Waters – still in the same tight combo with Pinetop Perkins on piano and Bill Wyman on bass. Titles include "Hoodoo Man Blues", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Got My Mojo Workin", "Mannish Boy", "The Same Thing", and "Messin With The Kid". DVD also features bonus interviews by Bill Wyman – with Muddy Waters and Big Bill Morganfield. CD

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Gabby PahinuiGabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band Vol 1 ... CD
Panini/Edsel, 1974. Used ... $4.99
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Patrice RushenPatrice/Pizzazz/Posh (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra/Edsel (UK), 1978/1979/1980. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
Three wonderful albums – all wrapped up in a sweet single packag! First up is the self-titled Patrice album – a sweeeeeet groover by Patrice Rushen – her first album for Elektra, and a stunning blend of funky jazz and soul! The record really has Patrice stepping out from her earlier years at Prestige – working in some surprisingly great vocals next to tight lines on Fender Rhodes, synth, and clavinet, handled with a smooth and soulful quality that's wonderful all the way through – a blend of soul and jazz that few other players could do this well – no matter how many others tried to copy her style over the years! Rhythms are as hard and heavy as on the Prestige years, and the keyboards have a great sort of focus too – just the right mix of jazz to offset the vocals – which themselves are a wonderful discovery. The whole album's a gem – and tracks include the great funky classic "Hang It Up", plus "Changes (In Your Life)", "When I Found You", "Play", "Didn't You Know?", and "Music Of The Earth". Features bonus tracks "Hang It Up (12" version)" and "Play (12" version)". Next is Pizzazz – one of the records that not only broke Patrice out of the jazz funk ghetto, but which also had a pretty profound influence on the progression of soul in the early 80s – really pushing the use of jazzy elements that would help take R&B to a new level with bigger artists. Patrice plays keyboards and sings, and the sound's a sweet mix of funk and soul, smoothed down to get everything in the door at the same time. Titles include "Givin It Up Is Givin Up", "Call On me", "Haven't You Heard", and "Let The Music Take Me". On Posh, Patrice is at the height of her powers – equally magic on keyboards and vocals, and coming up with groove after groove in a sublime blend of 70s jazz funk and Minnie Riperton-esque soul! The whole album's a winner – real magic that never gets old, and the kind of LP that makes you understand why you'll find Patrice's records in just about any soul collection from the time! Tracks include "I Need Your Love", "Time Will Tell", "The Dream", "Never Gonna Give You Up", and "Don't Blame Me". Features bonus tracks "Look Up (long version)" and "Never Gonna Give You Up". CD

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Boz ScaggsBoz Scaggs (1969 version/1977 version) ... CD
Atlantic/Edsel (UK), 1969. New Copy 2 CDs ... $19.99
The first-ever solo set from the great Boz Scaggs – done after a few key early performances with The Steve Miller Band – and with a style that's even more soulful than some of Scaggs' later work! The style us unabashedly soul-based – as the set was recorded at Muscle Shoals, with Duane Allman on dobro and Eddie Hinton on guitar – in a mode that's more Stax Records than the smoother groove of any of Boz's bigger hits of the 70s – even though those are pretty darn great too! The shift from Bay Area to southern soul is a great one for the singer – who really shines on titles that include "Waiting For A Train", "Loan Me A Dime", "I'm Easy", "I'll Be Long Gone", and "Now You're Gone". Great 2CD set – which includes the original 1969 mix, and the 1977 mix that was issued after Scaggs' bigger fame. CD

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Shadows Of KnightGee-El-O-Are-I-Ay ... LP
Edsel (UK), 1985. Near Mint- ... $12.99
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Labi SiffreCrying, Laughing, Loving, Lying (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EMI/Edsel (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $16.99
Spare genius from the legendary Labi Siffre – a record without categorization, and one that sits beautifully between soul, folk, and singer-songwriter styles of the early 70s! The record balances perfectly between simple tunes that just feature voice and guitar, and more complicated ones that use subtle strings, electric keys, and other orchestrations behind Labi's vocals – never too much, but just enough to give the tunes a hipper, sometimes slightly more grooving feel – in a mode that's somewhere in the territory of Terry Callier from the time, but very much its own sound altogether! This one's incredibly hard to peg – but well worth seeking out, and a tremendous bit of work from an artist who's unfortunately mostly remember these days for just a few famous break tracks – and not his sublime sense of songwriting! Titles include "Love Oh Love Oh Love", "Crying Laughing Loving Lying", "My Song", "Hotel Room Song", "Blue Lady", "Gimme Some More", and "It Must Be Love". CD features 8 bonus tracks – including "To Find Love", "Watch Me", "You Make It Easy", "Good Old Days", "Pristine Verses", "Oh Me Oh My Mr City Goodbye", and "For The Lovin". CD

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T RexUnchained – Home Recordings & Studio Outtakes (8CD set & book) ... CD
Edsel (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 8CD ... $69.99
A beautiful package that brings together all the many volumes of home recordings done by Marc Bolan during the 70s – titles that were issued individually as the Unchained series, but which look even better here in this complete package, which comes with a huge LP-styled book! The 8CD collection features 184 tracks in all – home demos, alternate takes, abandoned songs, and unfinished recordings – all providing a great document of the genius of Marc Bolan that goes way past his famous T Rex albums, and which shows that he still had a hell of a lot to give us, had he not departed the planet at an early age in 1977. The package comes with a revised book of notes from Bolan biographer Mark Paytress – and given the amount of music, the collection is one hell of a deal! CD

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TreniersRockin' Is Our Bizness ... LP
Okeh/Edsel (UK), Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Hard-wailing R&B material from one of the greatest groups on the Chicago scene – a collection of 50s Okeh recordings by the legendary Treniers! In later days, the group morphed into more of a rocking supper club act – but in these early years, they had a style that was rough, raunchy, and an instant party – often filled with references to the kinds of things other groups couldn't get past the censors – in a style that was always plenty darn lively! Titles include "Taxi Blues", "Poon Tang", "Bald Head", "Trapped In A Web Of Love", "Hadacole That's All", and "Hi Yo Silver". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Freda PayneBand Of Gold/Contact/Reaching Out /Best Of (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Edsel (UK), Early 70s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
3 albums, some "best of" tracks, and bonus cuts too – a massive collection of music from this hip 70s soul singer! First up is Band Of Gold – a landmark album from Freda Payne! Freda had been knocking around a bit as a more jazz-oriented singer, and had cut one album for Impulse and one for MGM before this one – but when she hooked up with the hitmaking Holland-Dozier-Holland team for this record, her career really went over the top! The team take Payne's deep soulful voice away from the sophisticated pop of earlier years, and hook it up with a mix of fuzzy Detroit soul and sweeter southern styles. The album includes loads of great cuts – most notably the sublime crossover hit "Band of Gold", but also plenty of other lesser-known gems, like "The Easiest Way to Fall", "Unhooked Generation", "Deeper and Deeper", and "This Girl Is a Woman Now". Contact is Freda Payne's second album as a soul singer – cut for Holland-Dozier-Holland, and a lot like the first, save for the fact that it wasn't nearly as bit a hit. Freda's still great vocally, though – upping the soul ante with some sophisticated vocals that sit fine by us, and which show her roots as a jazz singer. Titles include "I'm Not Getting Any Better", "The Road We Didn't Take", "Odds & Ends", 'I Shall Not Be Moved", "Mama's Gone", and "You've Got To Love Somebody (Let It Be Me)". Reaching Out was done a few years after Freda's big hit "Band of Gold", and she's recording here in a very different mode! The record is produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, with arrangements by a number of different talents, like McKinley Jackson, Tony Camillo, and Michael Smith – and the overall sound is much more sophisticated than on some of Freda's earlier work. The vocals are especially sharp – quite mature, and almost in a mode that points towards later work by singers like Jean Carn or Marlena Shaw during the late 70s. Includes the nice midtempo groover "We've Gotta Find A Way Back To Love", worth the price of the album alone – plus "Mood For Love", "Reaching Out", "Two Wrongs Don't Make A Right", "Mother Misery's Favorite Child", and "Right Back Where I Started From". CD also features Best Of Freda Payne tracks – "He's In My Life", "How Can I Live Without My Life", "Just A Woman", "Come Back", and "You're The Only Bargain I've Got" – plus bonus tracks "Band Of Gold (unedited alt version)" and "Deeper & Deeper (US single mix)". CD

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✨✧ Steve Miller BandFly Like An Eagle (CD/DVD – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Edsel (UK), 1976. New Copy CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
A masterpiece from the legendary SF rocker Steve Miller – and a perfect summation of the years of blues, soul, funk, and rock he'd been soaking up in the Bay Area scene – served up here with an edge that's still very firmly in place! Miller was already plenty great before this set, but somehow the record really pushes Steve into perfection territory he'd never hit before – able to cross over big with a few key tracks, but still have this sharpness in his guitar work and sense of charm that never seem to die! The album crossed over instantly with the massive cut "Fly Like An Eagle" – already great on its own, but supported here with the massive "Space Intro", which adds an extra minute of cool electronics to the tune – and other great cuts include the amazing funky rocker "Take The Money & Run", which has a break that never gets old – plus the hit "Rock N Me", and the cuts "The Window", "Wild Mountain Honey", "Sweet Maree", "Blue Odyssey", "Mercury Blues", and "Dance Dance Dance". CD also features three killer bonus tracks – a stunning early 1973 version of "Fly Like An Eagle", a great demo titled "Take The Joker & Run", and "Rock N Me 76 Slow", which is a nicely fresh version of the tune. Plys, the package also features a DVD with 22 tracks from a 2005 Shoreline Amphitheater concert by Steve Miller – and a bonus documentary on the making of the album, and bonus 5.1 surround sound mix of the album! CD

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✨✧ Archie Bell & The DrellsDance Your Troubles Away ... CD
TSOP/Edsel (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Although Archie Bell & The Drells had recorded earlier with Gamble & Huff on Atlantic, this is their first album for the team's own label – and it's a killer! In a way, Archie and group were sort of responsible for getting Gamble & Huff their own famous imprint in the first place – because their work with the team on Atlantic yielded some instant hits that really pointed the way towards the hit Gamble & Huff style of the 70s, and that sound is brought up-to-date nicely on this set. The record really retains the strong vocal sound of earlier years – and has some of the best harmonies the band ever recorded, very much in the mode of The O'Jays or Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. McFadden & Whitehead and Bunny Sigler wrote most of the material, backing is by the Instant Funk group, and the Gamble & Huff team handled production on all cuts. Titles include "Let's Groove", "I Won't Leave You Honey, Never", The Soul City Walk", "Dance Your Troubles Away", and "I Love You (But You Don't Even Know It)". CD

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✨✧ O'JaysWhen Will I See You Again/Love & More ... CD
Philadelphia International/Edsel (UK), 1983/1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Later O'Jays from Philly International – 2 albums back to back on one CD! When Will I See You Again is the kind of record that shows that the group never lost their touch! The set sparkles beautifully from the very first note – and the trio hit a warm, smooth groove that's a perfect summation of later Philly at its best – still tuned for the clubs at one level, but in a way that gets past disco and goes for more of a laidback, steppers sort of vibe. Harmonies are as sublime as always – and titles include "When Will I See You Again", "Put Our Heads Together", "Ain't Nothin Wrong With Good Lovin", "I Can't Stand The Pain", "Nice & Easy", and "Ain't Nothin' Wrong With Good Lovin". Love & More is great too – still very much a Gamble/Huff effort – as the pair wrote a number of the songs on the set, handled some arrangements, and even a lot of the production! The standout track is the smooth classic "Summer Fling", a perfect example of Philly modern at its best – and other titles include "I Really Need You Now", "I'm The Kind Of Man", "Let Me Show You", and "Give My Love To The Ladies". CD

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✨✧ Labi SiffreFor The Children (with bonus track) ... CD
EMI/Edsel (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful album from singer/songwriter Labi Siffre – a set that has him exploring a few more righteous themes than before, but still mostly stepping along in that more compressed pop of his earliest albums! The tunes are catchy, compelling, and done in that great blend of acoustic guitar and flanged-out vocals that made Siffre's 70s work so great – a sound that's slightly aligned with the groove of Gilbert O'Sullivan, but a bit more soul based overall. There's a subdued sense of drama here on the best tunes – one that puts them over earnestly without going too far over the top – and slight electric touches spice things up a bit, and point towards funkier work to come. Titles include "Someday", "Children Of Children", "Entertainment Value", "Somesay", "Odds & Ends", "Let's Pretend", and "If You Have Faith". CD features the bonus track "So What". CD

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✨✧ Labi SiffreSinger & The Song (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EMI/Edsel (UK), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An incredible record from Labi Siffre – spare, simple, and totally beautiful – in a space beyond category! The album is the sort that should have been a real standout in the 70s – early work by one of the freshest songwriters to hit the British scene, sung in a style that's a bit jazzy, a bit soulful – with playful inflections that never get in the way of the beautiful lyrics at all. Labi's got a unique blend of modes here that ranks with a rare few in music – Terry Callier, Joni Mitchell, and a few other beyond-category artists from the same generation. The whole thing's extremely beautiful – and Labi's voice and guitar are backed by some subtle arrangements that shade in the bottom with electric keys, a bit of bass, spare strings – and sometimes nothing at all! Titles include "Thank You Lucky Star", "Bless The Telephone", "There's Nothing In The World Like Love", "You're Lovely", "A Number Of Words", "Who Do You See", "Not So Long Ago", "Relax", and "Interlude". CD features lots of bonus tracks too – "Oh What A Day", "Just A Face"," Seasons Come Seasons Go", "When You Find You Need A Friend", "Get To The Country", "Fallin For You", "Till Night Time Comes Along", and "A Feeling I Got". CD

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsHip Hug Her/Doin Our Thing (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Stax/Edsel (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
2 full albums – plus bonus tracks too! On Hip Hug Her, Booker T's definitely getting a bit funky – stepping off with the incredible title cut, a tune which really complicates the groove from the earlier years! The sound is still solid Memphis soul, with a raw instrumental vibe – but the grooves are even better than before, and the set includes loads of great original number written by the group – the kind of cool tunes they most likely cooked up while jamming live in the studio! These gems include the seminal "Hip Hug Her" – plus "Carnaby Street", "Booker's Notion", "Soul Sanction", "Double Or Nothing", and "Slim Jenkins' Place". But the covers are groovy too – and include a version of "Pigmy", plus "Groovin" and "Sunny". Doin Our Thing has Booker T & The MGs moving their instrumental sound into a whole new range than before! The album has a very groovy feel – nice and tight, with especially great organ and guitar lines – often tuned towards 60s hits by other soul artists, but reworked strongly by the group's wonderful rhythms, and turned into a really cooking batch of Memphis soul instrumentals! There's a few key original tunes on the set – like the title track "Doin Our Thing" – and the cuts "I Can Dig It" and "Blue On Green" – but the covers are equally great, and include versions of "Ode To Billie Joe", "You Keep Me Hangin On", "Expressway To Your Heart", and "Let's Go Get Stoned". Features 2 bonus tracks – "Summertime (single edit)" and "Winter Snow". CD
 
 
 



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