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Gregory RaimoGR & Full Blown Expansion ... LP
Les Disques Blasphematoires Du Palatin (France), 2008. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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✨✧ VariousExpansion Soul Sauce 25 ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 80s/1990s/2000s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A decades-spanning set celebrating 25 years of Expansion Records – featuring great contemporary and earlier work from legends such as Leon Ware, Keni Burke and Leo's Sunshipp, modern greats Kindred The Family Soul, Adriana Evans and Kloud 9 and more! Expansion has long stood out for their appreciation of soul legends who endure as well as recent acts working in a timeless soul groove with a modern vision – and this set does a great job of carrying the torch for both. New material from legends, late 70s & 80s grooves appearing on CD for the first time and other choice soul numbers from our friends at Expansion. 16 tracks in all: ""Whatever It Takes (Joey Negro Extended Club Mix)" by Shirley Jones & Jean Cane, "So Real" by Keni Burke, "Step By Step" by Leon Ware, "Dreaming" by Kuh Ledesma, "Magic Happen" by Kindred The Family Soul, "Just A Simple Love" by Sheree Brown, "Give Me The Sunshine" by Leo's Sunshipp, "The Bottle" by Maysa Leak and many more. CD
 
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Aquarian DreamFantasy/Chance To Dance ... CD
Elektra/Expansion (UK), 1977/1978. New Copy ... $11.99
A pair of great albums from this Norman Connors side project! Fantasy is righteous soul, but with a wicked groove too – a killer set from Aquarian Dream, made even better by some great Norman Connors production! In a way, Aquarian Dream were to Norman Connors what Ramp were to Roy Ayers – in that the group wasn't really that dominated by Connors, but they did benefit a lot from his groundbreaking work in the jazz funk field – getting a level of sophistication in their sound that's really wonderful – and mixed with almost equal parts soul, funk, and jazz in the instrumentation! Vocals are often in a harmony mode – again in the manner of Ramp – and there's a classy yet cosmic sound to the record that we totally love. (And there's also one more Roy Ayers-like connection in the vocal department – since the group features Sylvia Striplin, who later recorded for Roy's Uno Melodic label!) The album's got a number of nice groovers with a strongly off-beat sound – and titles include "Friends", "It Ain't Whatcha Say", "You're A Star", "Play It For Me", and "Gentle Thoughts". On Chance To Dance, Aquarian Dream step out on their own – working for the first time without Norman Connors at the helm, but in a groove that's still plenty nice! The clubby aspects of the group's sound are played up by arranger/producer Jeff Lane – who'd worked often with BT Express and Brass Construction, and finds a similar groove here with Aquarian Dream – one in which all the best elements are focused strongly on the rhythms! A few mellower moments round things out nicely with a jazzy vibe – and titles include "Disco Juice", "Gettum Up And Dance", "Big Boy", "Why Can't We Do It Like We Used To", "Dirty Trick", and "Love Slave". CD

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Wally BadarouBack To Scales To-Night ... CD
Barclay/Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $14.99
A great early solo album from Wally Badarou – done before his bigger global records on Island, but at a point when he'd already had great work in the studio, helping out some of the key sessions on the Nassau scene at the end of the 70s! Wally's as much a singer as he is a keyboardist here – and the album has a vibe that reflects its initial release on the French scene – kind of Caribbean via Paris, with just the right attempts the give the whole thing a bit of a modern soul spin. There's a few nice instrumentals on the set – "London Town" and "Lady Finger Blue" – and other titles include "One Day Won't Give It Away", "Back To Scales Tonight", "Sing Me Your Song", "Dream On The Sand", "Preachin", and "She Turns Me On". CD
Also available Back To Scales To-Night ... LP 19.99

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Wally BadarouBack To Scales To-Night ... LP
Barclay/Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
A great early solo album from Wally Badarou – done before his bigger global records on Island, but at a point when he'd already had great work in the studio, helping out some of the key sessions on the Nassau scene at the end of the 70s! Wally's as much a singer as he is a keyboardist here – and the album has a vibe that reflects its initial release on the French scene – kind of Caribbean via Paris, with just the right attempts the give the whole thing a bit of a modern soul spin. There's a few nice instrumentals on the set – "London Town" and "Lady Finger Blue" – and other titles include "One Day Won't Give It Away", "Back To Scales Tonight", "Sing Me Your Song", "Dream On The Sand", "Preachin", and "She Turns Me On". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Back To Scales To-Night ... CD 14.99

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Peggi BluBlu Blowin' (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1987. New Copy ... $16.99
Sweet 80s soul from Peggi Blu – an artist who recorded this gem for Capitol Records with hardly any fanfare at the time, but who's gotten plenty of play from the set over the years! Peggi's got a style that's nicely unassuming – a voice that still has all the range and power of the bigger female soul stars of the time, but without being as pushy or overly diva-conscious – a quality that's helped the record to grow strongly in reputation over the years, as Peggi herself has continued to record other wonderful work too. Titles include "Over & Over", "Mesmerize Me", "All & All", "I Believe In You", "All the Way With You", "Two Can Play At That Game", and "Tender Moments". CD features bonus tracks – "Two Can Play At That Game (radio edit)", "All The Way With You (late night mix)", and "All the Way With You (day time mix)". CD

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Jean CarneCollaborations ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $14.99
Smooth modern duets from one of our favorite ladies in soul music! Jean Carne's a heck of a singer – with a career that stretches back to early soul jazz recordings with (then) husband Doug Carn, to solo recordings on Philly International in the late 70s, to appearances on records by other artists – sessions from the 70s, 80s, and 90s in which Jean lent her vocals to a wealth of great recordings! This great collection focuses on work in that category – uncollected sides from a three decade period, brought together in one album that shows just how great Jean can sound when she's singing with other artists. Many of these titles are quite hard to find otherwise, and haven't even shown up on other collections of Jean's work – and tracks include "Good Thng Goin On" with Billy Paul, "Holdin On" and "Dreams Of Tomorrow" with Dexter Wansel, "Keep In Touch" and "The Look Of Love" with Grover Washington Jr, "Lean On Me" with Nathan Heathman, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" with The Temptations, "Love Is Beautiful" with Universe, "Star Flower" with Lonnie Liston Smith, "Let's Stay Together" with Bobby M, "I'm Back For More" with Al Johnson, "You Might Be Surprised" with Roy Ayers, "Mother Of The Future" with Norman Connors, and "Valentine Love" with Michael Henderson. Also features the bonus solo track "Trust Me" – never on CD before! CD

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Charisma BandAin't Nothing Like Your Love/Bless The Day ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy ... $8.99
Overlooked 70s soul charmers from The Charisma Band – a group who definitely live up to their name! "Ain't Nothing Like Your Love" has this great soaring female vocal in the lead – righteous, with almost a deep soul power, but set to an excellent groove arranged by Bert DeCoteaux! "Bless The Day" is a wonderful slow-stepper, with some killer electric sitar along the groove – almost Delfonics in construction, which leads to a wonderful falsetto vocal over the top! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Mark ColbySerpentine Fire/One Good Turn ... CD
Tappan Zee/Expansion (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of sweet funky fusion gems from Mark Colby – back to back on a single CD! Serpentine Fire is an overlooked gem from Bob James' Tappan Zee empire of the 70s – that label that provided the perfect platform for artists to grow a bit more after the CTI years! Reedman Mark Colby is a newcomer to this scene, but hits a groove that's instantly in the best CTI/Kudu mode – with funky jazz backings that often have that laidback, spacious style that's more soulful than jamming fusion – served up by players who include Bob James on Fender Rhodes and piano, Eric Gale and Steve Khan on guitars, Steve Gadd on drums, and Hiram Bullock on some electric guitar. Colby himself plays tenor and soprano sax – and titles include a nice remake of Earth Wind & Fire's "Serpentine Fire" – plus "King Tut", "Renegade", "On & On", and "Daydreamer". On One Good Turn, reedman Mark Colby really comes into his own – crafting sweet lines on tenor and soprano sax, in modes that extend previous 70s fusion work from artists like Stanley Turrentine or Grover Washington Jr! Like both of those giants, Colby gets great backing here in a spacious electric style that allows plenty of room for the solos in the lead – with artists who include Bob James and Barry Miles on Fender Rhodes, Eric Gale and Steve Khan on guitars, and Mike Mainieri on vibes. Titles include "Capativa", "Village Zoo", "Peace Of Mind", "Skat Talk", and "Macbeth". CD

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Norman ConnorsBe There In The Morning/I Don't Need Nobody Else ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy ... $8.99
Two overlooked gems from the great Norman Connors – back to back on a single 45! "Be There In The Morning" is an excellent song originally recorded by Aussie soul diva Renee Geyer in the mid 70s – given a nicely new spin here by Connors, and vocalist Adaritha – in a sweet jazzy modern soul mode! Al Johnson sings on the flipside – the excellent "I Don't Need Nobody Else" – a great Lou Courtney tune, given a sharp funky spin! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Lamont DozierYou Made Me A Believer/Starting Over ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $8.99
Fantastic work from Lamont Dozier – the kind of upbeat soul that he's always done so well! "You Made A Believer" has the same sort of positive vibe you'd guess from the title – as Lamont soars in a swelling blend of strings and groove – and "Starting Over" has a slow-burning style that's great – kind of a mellow stepper that's perfect for his vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Eramus HallYour Love Is My Desire ... LP
Westbound/Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
One of the last great soul albums on the Westbound label! Eramus Hall have a vague P-Funk connection – and according to legend, the band were given their name by George Clinton, who had seen a building in Chicago named Eramus Hall – but the sound is a lot smoother than any of the P-Funk projects of the time, and the group's strongest point is their smooth soul groove, augmented by a tight jazz funk style on the best cuts. In a way, they're sort of like a morphed version of late Parliament – with a funk sound that's nicely compressed, but still a lot more true than any of the countless other bands on the market who were aping P-Funk at the time. Highlights include the groovers "Your Love Is My Desire" and "She Shined A Light", both with nice sample moments – and other tracks include "Stuck In The Mudd", "Funk Permit", and "Think Positively". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Your Love Is My Desire ... CD 5.99

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Gerri GrangerI Go To Pieces/I Can't Take It Like A Man ... 7-inch
Bell/Expansion (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $4.99
Gerri Granger may go to pieces, but she sounds surprisingly upbeat on this wonderful little track – a tune that builds in almost a 70s take on earlier uptown soul modes – with a snapping snare, soaring strings, and a growing groove that really takes off with the vocals! "I Can't Take It" is another surprisingly groovy tune, too – with this blend of strings and slight funk in the groove, almost a bit like Gloria Scott! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Garland GreenLet Me Be Your Pacifier/I've Quit Running The Streets ... 7-inch
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $4.99
The "pacifier" in the title might make you think of an infant – but this sweet single from Garland Green has the singer very much at the top of his game – working in a mature 70s groove that's a great match for his classic deep soul vocals! "I've Quit Running The Streets" is very nice, too – a bit more uptempo, with a modern soul vibe – and more excellent vocals from Garland – a singer we totally love to death! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Garland GreenLove Is What We Came Here For (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99
An overlooked late 70s moment from the great Garland Green – a set that's quite different than his earlier Chicago soul – thanks to production from Leon Haywood in a sweet west coast mode! The record's got an easygoing vibe that really fits the cover – a mix of mellow and midtempo tracks that Garland does especially well – plus a few groovers too. That deep, rich tone that Green brought to his music is perfect for the warmer touches that Leon creates in the backings – and the whole thing's almost got that mix of deep and modern soul than was brewing out of some of the hipper corners of the south at the time. Arrangements are by Haywood with Gene Page and Tony Coleman – and titles include "I've Quit Running the Streets", "Moody Woman", "Love Is What We Came Here For", "I Found Myself When I Lost You", "Lovin You Baby", "Let Me Be Your Pacifier", and "Let's Celebrate". CD features 3 bonus tracks – "Don't Let Love Walk Out On Us", "Ask Me For What You Want", and "Shake Your Shaker (single version)". CD

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High InergyLovin' Fever – The Best Of High Inergy ... CD
Motown/Expansion (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $16.99
Finally, a sweet compilation of some of the best numbers from latter day Motown girl group High Inergy – sunny soul that shines especially brightly with the benefit of hindsight! They managed to hit the charts early on, but it's pretty easy to see how these ladies could be unjustly overlooked in the grand scheme. They signed the Motown in the later 70s, after the Supremes and other formative girl groups had long ago finished blazing the trails, plus Motown was at a real crossroads in terms of it's honoring its iconic history, while still navigating contemporary trends. Meanwhile, High Inergy recorded some wonderful stuff – with some late disco era string-laden production as well as tender ballads – both focusing on the sweet vocals and songcraft, rather than trying too hard to be trendy. The original albums may have been hit & miss, but Expansion does a terrific job of treasure hunting – every track here is lovely! 20 tracks in all: Includes "Lovin' Fever", "First Impressions", "I'm A Believer", "Goin' Thru The Motions", "Cold This Be Love", "Devotion", "Just A Touch Away" feat Smokey Robinson, "Somebody, Somewhere", "Hold On To My Love" feat Switch, "All Of You", "Journey To Love". "He's A Pretender" and more. CD

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Camelle HindsVibe Alive ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1999. Used ... $9.99
An excellent batch of modern soul tunes – recorded with lots of smooth jazzy touches, not with "vibes", as you might guess by the title, but in the jazz inflected tradition of some of the greats of the late 70s mellow soul generation. Showing his roots clearly, Camelle starts off with a cover of Leroy Hutson's classic "Closer To The Source", done here in a great modern version – and then leaps into loads of other sweet smooth tunes like "Sausalito Calling", "Carupano", "The Beauty Of You", "Keep The Vibe Alive", "Love So Good", and "Running Away". CD
(Out of print.)

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Phyllis HymanIn Between The Heartaches – The Soul Of A Diva ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy ... $14.99
Rare work by the late Phyllis Hyman – a killer collection of obscure sides from some of the best projects of her career, plus some additional titles that have never been issued before! In a world of endless "best of" collections of Phyllis' work, this set is a real gem – a package that truly understands the beauty of her music, and offers up obscure tracks to please longtime fans, but with a quality level that's equally great as – if not better than – any of her well-known studio LPs! The album's a dream come true to our ears – smooth, jazzy, sophisticated soul – sung by Phyllis in a timeless style, with help from a host of great jazz artists. Unreleased titles include "If You Ever Change Your Mind", "Hottest Love Around", "Don't Tell Me Tell Her (new version)", "Do You Love Him (fast version)", and "In Between The Heartaches" – and other tracks include "Love Surrounds Us Everywhere", "I'll Be Around", and "In Search Of My Heart", all with McCoy Tyner; "Sacred Kind Of Love", with Grover Washington; "Springs Arrival" with Jon Lucien; and "Everything I Have Is Good", with Pharoah Sanders & Norman Connors. The set's completed by tracks that include "Sleep On It", "Magic Mona", "Soon Come Again (extended)", and "Be One" – all from hard to find non-LP sources! CD

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Charles JacksonPassionate Breezes/Gonna Getcha Love ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of Capitol classics from Charles Jackson – back to back on a single CD! First up is Passionate Breezes – a smoking solo debut from Chicago's Charles Jackson – a hell of a great singer, songwriter, and producer – who'd already had great fame in the Independents, and was working hard at Capitol records with Marvin Yancey to help shape the early years of Natalie Cole! During that time, Jackson stepped into the studio, and really stunned us with this sublime set of his own – a wonderfully mature batch of soul tunes that really reflects the great changes for male singers in the 70s – a mode that was particularly helped along by Windy City contemporaries Jerry Butler and Walter Jackson. Yet Charles has a warmth here that's all his own – gently stepping along grooves arranged by Mark Davis and Gene Barge – the latter of whom helped co-produce the record with Yancey. Yancey also wrote most of the cuts with Jackson – and titles include "Love Of You", "I Really Want You", "The Train", "Get On Down", "Passionate Breezes", and a remake of "Ooh Child". Gonna Getcha Love is great modern soul from Charles Jackson – stepping out here in his role as a solo artist after early fame with The Independents! Although Jackson himself was becoming a key force in production and songwriting for other Capitol artists (most notably Natalie Cole), this second set for the label has Chuck working with Gavin Christopher in a warm west coast groove. Christopher produced and wrote a good number of the tracks on the set – and Jackson's style here is a bit more bouncy and buoyant than before – not really 80s groove, but sliding into a slightly more uptempo mode. Titles include "At The Party", "I'm Gonna Get Your Love", "I Finally Found My Love", "I'm Through With You", "I Love You Only", and "Just For Your Lovin". CD

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Betty LavetteYou Made A Believer Out Of Me/Thank You For Loving Me ... 7-inch
Epic/Expansion (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $4.99
An overlooked 70s gem from Betty Lavette – recorded for Columbia Records with this smooth soul sound that's totally sublime – and which opens up a whole new side of the singer's wonderful talents! The cut's got a modern soul sound that's really wonderful – a beautiful match for Lavette's raspier vocals! "Thank You For Loving Me" has a great warm southern modern sound – a bit like some of the more mellow Gwen McCrae material from the same time, but even more professionally done. Betty's vocals have matured well, and she does a great job with the song! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Leo's SunshippWe Need Each Other ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $11.99
A really great underground groover from the 70s – an album that hardly got any circulation at the time, but which has gone onto become the stuff of legend over the years! The album's a bit unusual, in that it almost feels like an expanded package of 12" singles – as the a-side features four vocal tracks that are all great club numbers – then the b-side has all the same songs, but presented as instrumentals! There's a nicely sophisticated feel to most numbers – almost in the Roy Ayers or Leroy Hutson side of the spectrum – more midtempo mellow club than any sort of disco – and the set includes the classic cut "Give Me the Sunshine", and the original recording of "I'm Back for More", which was the big hit for Al Johnson a few years later. The other two tracks are "Madam Butterfly" and "Get Down People" – and all four of these are also done as instrumentals. CD
Also available We Need Each Other ... LP 8.99

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Main IngredientRolling Down A Mountainside/Music Maximus ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy ... $16.99
Double greatness from The Main Ingredient – two full albums on a single CD! Rolling Down A Mountainside is mid 70s magic from The Main Ingredient – a set that has the trio working with even more sophistication than on previous records, yet still holding onto all the harmonies that always made them great! Cuba Gooding's lead is wonderful – rich and full of feeling, and slinking nicely over arrangements from Rene Hall and Bert DeCoteaux, both of whom bridge the simpler styles of earlier work with some of the deeper ideas going down in soul music at the time. The title track is a killer a wonderful spacey soul track with sweeping arrangements and some weird moogy bits in the background – perfect for the group's sweet style, and a complicated captivating number that pushes past the formula of their earlier hits. The rest of the album follows with equally compelling modes – and titles include "Rolling Down A Mountainside", "Thanks For The Laughs", "That Ain't My Style", "Family Man", "I Want To Make You Glad", and "The Good Old Days". Music Maximus is wicked work from The Main Ingredient – a set that's even fuller and funkier than before, yet still a perfect setting for the tremendous harmonies of the trio! The "Roman orgy" cover makes this one look like it might be more of a disco effort – but the overall sound is a sweet mix of modern soul grooves, tight funky charts, and some deeper ideas that are arranged wonderfully by Leon Pendarvis and Lou Courtney. The approach is possibly most like Courtney's own great albums of the time – rooted in a respect for older soul styles, yet really able to open up to new ideas too – and the album features a great funky version of Leon Ware's "Instant Love", plus the tracks "Car Of Love", "Many Women In My Life", "Half A Chance", "I Gotta Know You", "Can't Get Ready For Losing You", and "Who You Really Are". CD
 
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Beau BrummelsTriangle/Bradley's Barn ... CD
Warner/Real Gone, 1967/1968. New Copy ... $11.99 18.98
Genius work from The Beau Brummels – two albums that no fan of underground 60s rock should be without! First up is Triangle – a tremendous album from The Beau Brummels – one of the lesser-remembered groups from the late 60s Warner hipster heyday! At some level, the group's a folk-rock outfit – with the left-of-center feel of some of Fred Neil's best work for Capitol, and a similar blend of east coast honesty and west coast mind expansion. The format here is remarkably simple, but handled with some nice touches by producer Lenny Waronker, who really brings a lot more out of the band than on their earlier indie recordings. Titles include "Are You Happy", "The Wolf Of Velvet Fortune", "The Keeper Of Time", "Only Dreaming Now", "Magic Hollow", "Painter Of Women", and "Triangle". Bradley's Barn is a crucial album in the sound of late 60s Warner – recorded by west coasters The Beau Brummels in the heart of Tennessee, at the legendary studios of country producer Owen Bradley! This meeting of west and country is fantastic – a really incredible extension of earlier folksy rock styles forged by Dylan, Fred Neil, Tim Buckley, and others – handled with incredible care, and a style that's equally honest and ironic – but coming together with a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of – one of those rare few albums that somehow draws from a wealth of inspiration, but manages to make something completely standout in the process – almost a Feelies/Good Earth for its own generation! Tremendous stuff – and titles include "Jessica", "Bless You California", "I'm A Sleeper", "Little Bird", "Turn Around", and "An Added Attraction". CD

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George DukeSave The Country ... CD
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99
A really great early album from George Duke – quite different than his work for MPS to follow – and more in a groovy late 60s California mode! There's a vibe here that resonates nicely with some other late 60s sessions on Liberty Records – kind of an expansion of a Cali soul jazz mode, similar to the style the Crusaders were starting to go for – but colored in with some of Duke's obviously hip inclinations as well! George plays some great electric piano on the record – and other players include Ernie Watts on tenor and flute, and Jay Graydon on guitar – on titles that include "Soul Watcher", "Since You Asked", "Shades Of Joy", "Alcatraz", and "A Little Bit Of Seven". CD
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Meredith MonkOn Behalf Of Nature ... CD
ECM (Germany), 2016. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Completely beautiful sounds from the always-great Meredith Monk – an artist who's been mesmerizing us for decades, and still never ceases to amaze us! This set is possibly one of Monk's boldest new musical steps in years – a work that partly revisits older themes, but also reinvents the sound overall – in modes that are only partly the familiar vocal styles that you'll know from her other records, with a greater expansion into instrumental elements – including vibes, which are wonderfully welcome here! As usual, the vocal passages are more "voice" as instrument, but there are some beautiful melodies that are sung in a more straightforward way – and, as with the best of Monk's albums, the overall experience is more of a journey in sound – one you'll be happy to follow along titles that include "High Realm", "Fractal Activity", "Eon", "Duet With Shifting Ground", "Pavement Steps", "Ritual Zone", "Water/Sky Rant", "Environs 3", "High Real Reprise", and "Dark/Light 2". CD

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Harry MoscoFor You Specially ... CD
Secret Stash, 1977. New Copy ... $9.99 16.99
The first album as a solo act from Harry Mosco – better known for his previous music with The Funkees – one of the best Afro Funk combos of the early 70s! The style here is a nice expansion of that previous group's work – very heavily rooted in the right sort of basslines to kick things off right from the start, and produced with this nicely compressed vibe that keeps things tight, but never in a commercial way at all. Vocals, guitar, and keyboard are all layered together in this really wonderful way – and given a sweet kick by sharp work on drums, plus guest congas from Candido too. There's a real pan-global vibe to the record – a mode that's only partly African, and which also seems to borrow heavily from American, Brazilian, and Caribbean funk styles too. The leadoff track is a bit slow, but the rest of the record really sets things on fire very strongly – and titles include "Usassa Funk", "Consolation", "Ada Aku", "It Ain't Easy", and "Sweet Loving Girl". CD
Also available For You Specially (with download) ... LP 16.99

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Harry MoscoFor You Specially (with download) ... LP
Secret Stash, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.98
The first album as a solo act from Harry Mosco – better known for his previous music with The Funkees – one of the best Afro Funk combos of the early 70s! The style here is a nice expansion of that previous group's work – very heavily rooted in the right sort of basslines to kick things off right from the start, and produced with this nicely compressed vibe that keeps things tight, but never in a commercial way at all. Vocals, guitar, and keyboard are all layered together in this really wonderful way – and given a sweet kick by sharp work on drums, plus guest congas from Candido too. There's a real pan-global vibe to the record – a mode that's only partly African, and which also seems to borrow heavily from American, Brazilian, and Caribbean funk styles too. The leadoff track is a bit slow, but the rest of the record really sets things on fire very strongly – and titles include "Usassa Funk", "Consolation", "Ada Aku", "It Ain't Easy", and "Sweet Loving Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(LP comes with the code for full digital download version.)
Also available For You Specially ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ WhoLive at Leeds ... LP
Decca, 1970. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark live set from The Who – a record that offers the group with a blistering intensity that blows away all their other studio albums of the time! Although offered during the Who's Tommy-era expansion into broader themes and more complicated instrumentation, the album's a real return to basics – and features a guitar-heavy version of the group performing a number of older rock n roll classics like "Summertime Blues", "Shakin All Over", and "Young Man Blues" – plus really extended jamming takes on their own "My Generation" and "Magic Bus", and a searing 2 minute take on "Substitute" that's probably everything you ever need to know about The Jam! LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ VariousLay Back & Chill – More Superior Sensuous Soul ... CD
Backbeats (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Here's some chillout music we can really get behind – mellow soul tracks with a beautifully gentle groove – all cut back in the days when an artist could relax a bit without ever losing their cool! The set's heavy on mellow modern soul numbers – all hand-picked by Expansion Records frontman Ralph Tee – who's shown us for decades that he's really got a golden ear when it comes to music like this! There's loads of great gentle steppers on the package, sung by some of the best voices of the mainstream soul scene at the end of the 70s – cuts that include "We Need Love" by Chapter 8, "Be My Girl" by Michael Henderson, "We Found Love" by The Dynamics, "Gonna Make Changes" by Phyllis Hyman, "No Love Nowhere Without You" by Linda Williams, "Ain't That Love Baby" by Lou Rawls, "Brother Brother" by Esther Phillips, "What Do You Want Me To Do" by Lou Courtney, "Stay" by Glenn Jones, "We Never Said Goodbye" by Dionne Warwick, and "Paintings Of Love" by Keni Burke. CD

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✨✧ VariousWind Down Zone Vol 1 – 14 Ultimate Soul Classics ... CD
Elevate (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first collections on the now-legendary Expansion label – a wicked batch of modern soul and mellow grooves – initially compiled back in the early 90s, at a time when few other folks were looking at this music! The track list is wonderful – a hip batch of cuts that's perfect for a mellow stepping dancefloor, or for laidback, late nite soulful listening – and even after all these years, many of these numbers still haven't been compiled heavily on other labels. Titles include "Curious" by Midnight Star, "Stay" by The Controllers, "Happy" by Surface, "Heaven Sent You" by Stanley Clarke, "Portuguese Love" by Teena Marie, "Why People Fall In Love" by Ronnie McNeir, "Oasis" by Helen Baylor, "Gonna Get You Home Tonight" by Eugene Wilde, "Buttercup" by Carl Anderson, "Tic Tok" by Lorenzo, and "Don't Be So Distant" by Gary Taylor. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousSoul Lounge 6 – 40 Soulful Grooves (3CD box set) ... CD
Dome/Soul Lounge (UK), 2009. Used 3CD ... Out Of Stock
The Soul Lounge is back again – serving up a hell of a lot of great music, all at a ridiculously low price! The package is overflowing with contemporary soul cuts from both sides of the Atlantic – great material from UK labels Dome and Expansion – both companies we've really come to trust for Neo Soul goodness over the years! As with previous volumes, this one features 3 CDs and 40 tracks in all – great stuff as an overview of the best of the underground – or an essential way to augment your collection with some well-selected bits from favorite albums. Titles include "Change For Me (Joey Negro mix)" by Eric Roberson, "Stop Breaking My Heart" by Rahsaan Patterson, "Life" by Hil St Soul, "Radio" by Heston, "Wonderful" by Brenda Boykin, "When You Call My Name" by Frank McComb, "Salt Sea" by Julie Dexter & Khari Simmons, "Get Something" by Andreus, "Sweet Baby" by George Duke, "Friend Of Mine" by Cooly's Hot Box, "Calma (Louie Vega mix)" by Bah Samba, "Home To You (Ethan White rmx)" by Tortured Soul, "Perfect Love" by Full Flava with Alison Limerick, "Break Up 2 Make Up" by Sam Bostic, "The Traveller (part 2)" by Haggis Horns, and "Pastime Paradise" by Sunlightsquare. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Various69 Annee Melodique – Une Certaine Idee De La Variete Francaise 1964 to 1973 ... CD
Fanon, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sublime French pop from the turn of the 70s – a really trippy collection that shows the great expansion in sound since the "yeh yeh" scene of a few years before! Not all the tracks here hail from 1969 – but they definitely fit the title's reference to a sly, sexy tune by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin – both of whom are featured here individually, alongside a host of their contemporaries who will really expand your listening palette! The arrangements alone are wonderful – often subtle funk mixed with soaring strings and a range of groovy touches – and three of the album's tracks are instrumental, furthering a focus on the musical backdrops. Titles include "The Girl From Salina (part 3)" by Christophe, "Kawasaki" by Jane Birkin, "Long Sera L'Hiver" by Sheila, "Je Me Repose" by Dalida, "La Chanson De Tessa" by Michele Arnaud, "Canon" by Michel Colombier, "Bass In Action" by Tonio Rubio, "Proverbes" by Jacques Dutronc, "L'Amour A Plusieurs" by Ann Sorel, and "Nocturnes" by Jehan Jonas. CD
 
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Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic EchoesExpansions (UK pressing) ... CD
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $8.99
Quite possibly the most celebrated album ever from keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith – a groove-heavy classic that's burned up many a dancefloor in its day, yet also a record that features some great mellow moments as well! The title track "Expansions" is virtually a blueprint for the migration of the cosmic jazz sound onto the dancefloor – a tune that's as funky as it is righteous – but other cuts on the album slow down the pace a bit too, and show off the mellower, more introspectively spiritual side that's always made Lonnie way more than just a funky jazz artist. Easily the best place to start in the all-great Lonnie Liston Smith catalog – and featuring tracks that include "Expansions", "Summer Days", "Desert Nights", "Shadows", "My Love", "Peace", and "Voodoo Woman". CD
(Newly remastered from the original tapes!)

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✨✧ Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic EchoesExpansions ... CD
Flying Dutchman, 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly the most celebrated album ever from keyboardist Lonnie Liston Smith – a groove-heavy classic that's burned up many a dancefloor in its day, yet also a record that features some great mellow moments as well! The title track "Expansions" is virtually a blueprint for the migration of the cosmic jazz sound onto the dancefloor – a tune that's as funky as it is righteous – but other cuts on the album slow down the pace a bit too, and show off the mellower, more introspectively spiritual side that's always made Lonnie way more than just a funky jazz artist. Easily the best place to start in the all-great Lonnie Liston Smith catalog – and featuring tracks that include "Expansions", "Summer Days", "Desert Nights", "Shadows", "My Love", "Peace", and "Voodoo Woman". CD
Also available Expansions (UK pressing) ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Lonnie Liston SmithLive! ... LP
RCA, 1977. Very Good Gatefold ... $4.99
The mighty Lonnie Liston Smith live – sounding every bit as great as he did on his famous studio sessions from the 70s – and maybe even more freewheeling too! The feel of the record is really tremendous – extremely soulful, with Lonnie jamming away on keyboards as the band grooves up these cool spacey rhythms – stepping out in territory that's definitely the more cosmic side of jazz funk, with those righteous currents that always made Lonnie so great. The whole thing's wonderful – with loads of great electric work, and an overall spiritual vibe that's every bit as great as his albums for Flying Dutchman – and players include Donald Smith on flute and a bit of vocals, Dave Hubbard on tenor and soprano sax, and Lonnie himself on Fender Rhodes, clavinet, and Arp. The set includes a nice extended take on "Visions of A New World", plus the tracks "Watercolors", "Sorceress" – which isn't on any of his studio albums, "Prelude", and the classic "Expansions". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)

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VariousJazz Dispensary – Astral Travelin ... LP
Fantasy, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $22.99 24.98
We're not sure how we feel about the pot-clinic presentation of the package – but there's no denying that the Jazz Dispensary series is a great choice of classic jazz and funk grooves! The material is from a range of different labels that all fall under the Concord/Fantasy umbrella these days – labels like Prestige, Stax, Milestone, Volt, and Fantasy – plus a few sweet cuts from other imprints too – and as a whole, the series is a great vinyl-only presentation of material that was usually reissued only on CD by the Fantasy family back in the 90s, when they finally discovered the funk in their rich catalog from the late 60s and early 70s. Titles on this Astral Travelin volume include "Leaving This Planet" by Charles Earland, "Expansions" by Lonnie Liston Smith, "Astral Travelin" by Pharoah Sanders, "Epilog" by Jack DeJohnette, "Open Your Eyes You Can Fly" by Flora Purim, "Tawhid" by Johnny Lytle, and "Celestial Blues" by Gary Bartz Ntu Troop. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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