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Denny ZeitlinExpansion ... LP
Arch, 1975. Very Good ... $24.99
A smoking session of funky electric jazz – a real departure from Zeitlin's albums of the 60s, and the kind of full-on fusion set that crossed over nicely in the indie underground of the time! Denny's playing a variety of keyboards – including Arp, clavinet, organ, and electric piano – and he's joined by George Marsh on percussion and synth, and Mel Graves on electric and acoustic bass. Tunes are all well-conceived and move past simple jamming – with some lighter moments that shade in the colors of the set nicely, and make for a batch of compositions that's deeper than you'd expect. Titles include "El Fuego De Las Montanas", "On Air", "The Wheel", "Deja Vu", "Wind Borne", "Vertical Horizons", and "A Scarf In The Air". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has mostly split seams, attached only at the bottom.)

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✨✧ Emilio Aparicio MoogExpansion Galactica ... CD
Mental Experience (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really great sounds from an artist with "moog" in his name – and a fair bit in his music as well! Emilio Aparicio Moog recorded these tracks on the Guatemala scene in the 70s – and the titles were mostly issued as ultra-rare 45s, but are brought together here in one heck of a great album of moogy madness – a set that rivals all the late 60s brilliance of better-known artists like Mort Garson or Jean Jacques Perry – with equally groovy results! Like the best of the moog purveyors of his time, Emilio Aparicio works at a level that's very unique – not just moogy covers of familiar pop hits, but new tunes that really make the most of the space age instrument – at a level that's filled with upbeat, very rhythmic tunes that have the keyboard exploding with analogue charms at every twist and turn. Titles include "La Ceremonia", "Expansion Galactica", "Brujeira", "Bo Bo Bo Beau", "Transfiguracion Del Iniciado", "Paren La Contaminacion Del Aire", "El Misterio De Tiahuanaco", and "Los Visitantes De Sirio". CD

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✨✧ Emilio Aparicio MoogExpansion Galactica ... LP
Mental Experience (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really great sounds from an artist with "moog" in his name – and a fair bit in his music as well! Emilio Aparicio Moog recorded these tracks on the Guatemala scene in the 70s – and the titles were mostly issued as ultra-rare 45s, but are brought together here in one heck of a great album of moogy madness – a set that rivals all the late 60s brilliance of better-known artists like Mort Garson or Jean Jacques Perry – with equally groovy results! Like the best of the moog purveyors of his time, Emilio Aparicio works at a level that's very unique – not just moogy covers of familiar pop hits, but new tunes that really make the most of the space age instrument – at a level that's filled with upbeat, very rhythmic tunes that have the keyboard exploding with analogue charms at every twist and turn. Titles include "La Ceremonia", "Expansion Galactica", "Brujeira", "Bo Bo Bo Beau", "Transfiguracion Del Iniciado", "Paren La Contaminacion Del Aire", "El Misterio De Tiahuanaco", and "Los Visitantes De Sirio". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ VariousSoul Togetherness 2017 – 15 Modern Soul Room Gems ... LP
Expansion (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Lots of killer contemporary soul tracks – but served up with the kind of classic warmth we've always loved in the Soul Togetherness series! The set's got a great selection of well-chosen cuts that are mostly from the current underground – some by artists who've gotten a shot at fame, others who are waiting to be discovered – all brought together in a great array of grooves that have as much going on in the rhythms as they do in the wonderful vocals over the top! Tracks include "Back To You" by Paul Craver, "Kissing You" by Wipe The Needle with Lifford, "History" by Los Charly's Orchestra with Omar, "Love On Hold" by Aeroplane with Tawatha Agee, "When I Love" by Mike City with Faith Evans, "It's All Divine (boogie back ext mix)" by James Day with Trina Broussard, "Good Kinda Lovin" by James King, "Doublin Down" by The Jack Moves, "Keepin Love New (club mix)" by Wez, "Love X Love" by Thames River Soul with Kenny Thomas, "There 4 U" by Leela James, "One For The Money (gold digger rmx)" by The Groove Association with Georgie B, and "Flowered Tears (Michele Chiavarini & DJ Spen ext flower mix)" by SEL. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Soul Togetherness 2017 – 15 Modern Soul Room Gems ... CD 9.99

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Brit Funk AssociationFull Circle ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99
An all star section of the Brit funky soul scene comes Full Circle – with members of Beggar & Co, Incognito, Hi Tension, Central Line and more – on a sweet batch tunes with an upbeat, jazzy groove, too! The opening "BFA Theme (Let The Music Blow Your Mind)" kicks the set off with a theme of togetherness that holds strong throughout, with lead vocals that are often shared by the group in harmony. Kenny Wellington & Paul McLean handle a lot of the songwriting & production, sharing vocals with sax player Patrick McLean, guitar player Breeze McKrieth, sax & flute player David Baptiste, and trombone player Jerome Harper. The Association also includes Steve Salvari & Peter Hinds on keys, Billy Osborne on percussion, and Ernie McKone on bass – with guests Simon Law, Toby Barker and others. Titles include "I've Found Someone To Love", "We Love The Sunshine On Our Face", "Stand Strong, Stand Tall", "Paradigm Shift", "Seventeen", "The First People", "Make It Funky", "Let's All Work It Out", "Shine" and "Get Up". CD

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Keni BurkeNothin' But Love ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1998. Used ... $12.99
Killer modern soul, from one of the masters of the genre! This set by Keni Burke features some strong compositions that rank with his good work for RCA from the early 80's, and the production, while a bit more modern, is still pretty sensitive to Keni's good smooth soul sound. Includes the massive stepper's track "Indigenous Love", plus "I Need Your Love", "This Dedication", "I Get Off On You", "It's Alright", and "Nothin' But Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Main IngredientRolling Down A Mountainside/Music Maximus ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy ... $9.99
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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Ronnie McNeirLove's Comin' Down (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/Expansion (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the greatest lost treasures on Motown – the rare third album from Ronnie McNeir, an artist who did plenty for the label back in the 70s, but only managed to ever get this one record released! The set's a gem – arguably his best record ever – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of his RCA and Prodigal sets. And like those records, this one's a sweet soul spectacular – written, arranged, produced, and performed by Ronnie – with the tight, warm, all-together quality that makes him an equal to Leon Ware back in the day – and which makes this record almost a great counterpart to Ware's Musical Massage set for Motown – another one-off album that's become the stuff of legend! The songs are amazing – totally fresh and deeply personal, but never in a cloying or commercial way – perfectly balanced on top of some gently grooving rhythms, spare keyboards, and soulful undercurrents that are a perfect example of the maturity that Detroit soul was hitting in the 70s. A young Ray Parker Jr plays lead guitar, but most other instruments are by Ronnie – and titles include "My Love Is Coming Down", "Funky Situation", "Selling My Heart To The Junkman", "Say You Will", "Goodbye After Sunday", and "It Won't Be Long". And while the core record alone would be enough to celebrate, Expansion's also done and dug out another 7 bonus tracks from the Motown vault of the 70s – material that Ronnie recorded for other albums that never materialized, every bit as great as the main stuff here! The discovery of this material is incredible – and makes for an overstuffed CD that's sure to get McNeir's name back out there again. Bonus tracks include "Start Over As Your Man", "Betcha I'll Prove", "Dream Come True", "For Those Who Don't Believe", "Just You Babe", and "I Can't See Myself Without You". CD
Also available Love's Comin' Down ... LP 19.99

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Jackie MooreI'm On My Way/With Your Love ... CD
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy ... $11.99
Overlooked Columbia Records work from Jackie Moore – two great albums on a single CD! First up is I'm On My Way – a real standout album from Jackie, and a noteworthy comeback after some mellower southern soul recordings in the mid 70s! Jackie's recording here in a style that worked extremely well for Columbia at the time – who had also done successful "southern/modern soul" experiments with the likes of Johnny Taylor and Betty Wright, two of the more leading lights in the Columbia soul stable in the late 70s. Jackie's teamed up with the Philly talents of Bobby Eli, who produced the album, and did most of the arrangements – apart from a few tracks by Norman Harris or Jack Faith – and there's a modern soul glow to the record that really marks a new shift in Moore's music – a style that still has her going deep on the vocals, while stepping out in some warmer Philly rhythms. Titles include "This Time, Baby", "Wrapped Up In Your Lovin", "I'm On My Way", "Can You Tell Me Why", and "Let's Go Somewhere & Make Love". With Your Love is a killer from Jackie Moore – later work, with a smooth modern feel that's quite different than her first recordings! The album has Jackie getting a tight dose of Philly soul from Bobby Eli – who produced and arranged the album at Sigma Sound, and who also wrote a number of tracks on the album. The record's got the feel of some of Jean Carn's work from the time – a great approach, given the deep soul style of Jackie's vocals – and titles include "Just To Be With You", "Helpless", "Walk Away From Love", "With Your Love", "Don't Knock My Love", and a killer remake of "Love Won't Let Me Wait". CD

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Robb ScottSiren ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99
A beautiful tribute to the Cali soul sound of the 70s – served up here by Robb Scott with a wonderfully groovy sound! The music here recalls that great moment when things could be tight, but never slick or commercial – maybe the productions of Larry Mizell, or the flowing soulful fusion of Patrice Rushen – and Robb handles much of the music himself on a variety of instruments, and also sings vocals – but in the best collaborative Cali spirit, he also opens the door to work with help from The Waters, Sandra St Victor, Juliet Roberts, Gina Foster, and Elisabeth Troy – all artists who lend a great sense of vocal spirit to the album. The set's nice and long – with a great mix of interludes and full songs – and titles include "Neptune Atmosphere", "Rotary Love", "Keep On", "Essaouira Wind", "Siren", "Negative Pleasures", "Hummingbird", "California Suite Revue", and "Venus In Virgo". CD

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VariousEthereal Magic Vol 3 – Deep Laid Back Soulful Groove – Compiled By DJ Tony Monson ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $9.99
A great volume in this really unique series – a set that delivers the laidback grooves promised in the title, but often from sources that are quite unusual too! Most of the cuts are soul numbers – including a few underground gems that you'll recognize – but there's also work from other areas too, including a few contemporary numbers mixed in with 70s tracks – which creates this wonderful criss-crossing of modes and spirits, and really extends the collection out past previous volumes! As before, there's a very positive vibe throughout – and titles include "Children Of The Night" by Jones Girls, "You Will Rise" by Sweetback, "Moondance" by Bobby McFerrin, "One" by Lesette Wilson, "I Think It's Going To Rain Today" by Judy Collins, "The Picutre" by Ola Onabule, "Let The Music Play" by Collective Peace, "Stay With Me Til Dawn" by Judy Tzuke, "Love Is The Answer" by Englad Dan & John Ford Coley, "Programmed For Love" by Dunn Pearson, "Time Flies" by Kazu Matsui Project with Robben Ford, "Bluz 4 Eyes" by Buford Powers, "Riding High" by Faze-O, "Groove With You" by Isley Brothers, and "Flight Of The Blackbyrd" by Zo with Phonte. CD

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VariousLuxury Soul 2018 (3CD set) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2018. New Copy 3CD ... $14.99
Fantastic soul from the contemporary scene – most of it by British and American artists who work in the soul underground – hand-picked by the always-trusted ears of Expansion Records! As you might know, the label also reissues lots of classic soul from the 70s – and we'd definitely say that these contemporary cuts often resonate with the depth of soul music from years back – while also bringing something very fresh and new to the table, too! This series has been running for years, but these days it's even more important than ever – as so many new soul tracks are issued digitally, and don't ever see the light of day on the CD format. In keeping with their style, Expansion also threw in a few classic tracks near the end – and titles include "Risin To The Top" by Tristan with Heston, "My Better Side" by Kim Tibbs, "Who Said Love Would Last Forever" by Marcia Mitchell, "Runnin (Boogie Back ext version)" by Jay King, "Take Me Away (Tom Glide rmx)" by Kenya, "The Diamond Inside" by Gordon Chambers, "Forget Me Not (Rob Hardt rmx)" by Myles Sanko, "Sparkle (Sunwalker rmx)" by Dimitris & Sulen, "Time After Time" by Mr Brian Power with Lifford, "Your Love" by Crack Of Dawn, "That's My Lady" by Cool Million with Gregers, "Standby" by Tracy Hamlin, "Little Girl" by Sophia Riley, "You" by Adika Pongo with Christopher Williams, and "Look Into Tomorrow Tonight" by Watergates. 36 tracks in all! CD

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VariousSoul Festival – 1971 to 1979 Soulful Floorfillers ... CD
Expansion (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $9.99
A huge festival of 70s soul – not the big hits of the time, but a wealth of underground gemes that show us there's still plenty to discover in that magical decade! The artists here are all big, but the tunes are sometimes more obscure – lesser-known gems from familiar names – mixed with other rare singles, and presented together in this soaring wave of soul that's completely sublime! Many cuts have a warm modern soul groove, but there's also some funkier numbers too – and the package has all the care, class, and quality we've come to love from the Expansion label over the years. Titles include "Never Felt Love Before" by Felix Cavaliere, "Free & Easy" by Satyr, "Spoiled Like A Baby" by TSU Tornadoes, "Are We Ready For Love" by Patti Austin, "Can We Share It" by Rick Sheppard, "You're My Main Squeeze" by Crystal Motion, "Just Ask Me" by Bobby Thurston, "What's Your Name" by Leon Ware, "Takin My Time With You" by Maureen Bailey, "Funny How We Change Places" by Dede Schwartz, "You'll Never Be Sorry" by Gerald Sims, "We Got To Stick Together" by Beverly & Duane, "Caught Up In A Whirlwind" by Richard Stepp, "March Across The Land" by Linda Clifford, and "Temptation's Bout To Get Me" by Ed Robinson. CD
Also available Soul Festival – 1971 to 1979 Soulful Floorfillers ... LP 12.99

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VariousSoul Festival – 1971 to 1979 Soulful Floorfillers ... LP
Expansion (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
A huge festival of 70s soul – not the big hits of the time, but a wealth of underground gemes that show us there's still plenty to discover in that magical decade! The artists here are all big, but the tunes are sometimes more obscure – lesser-known gems from familiar names – mixed with other rare singles, and presented together in this soaring wave of soul that's completely sublime! Many cuts have a warm modern soul groove, but there's also some funkier numbers too – and the package has all the care, class, and quality we've come to love from the Expansion label over the years. Titles include "Never Felt Love Before" by Felix Cavaliere, "Free & Easy" by Satyr, "Spoiled Like A Baby" by Mystique, "Are We Ready For Love" by Patti Austin, "Can We Share It" by Rick Sheppard, "You're My Main Squeeze" by Crystal Motion, "What's Your Name" by Leon Ware, "Funny How We Change Places" by Dede Schwartz, "You'll Never Be Sorry" by Gerald Sims, "March Across The Land" by Linda Clifford, and "Temptation's Bout To Get Me" by Ed Robinson. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Soul Festival – 1971 to 1979 Soulful Floorfillers ... CD 9.99

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VariousSoul Togetherness 2017 – 15 Modern Soul Room Gems ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $9.99
Lots of killer contemporary soul tracks – but served up with the kind of classic warmth we've always loved in the Soul Togetherness series! The set's got a great selection of well-chosen cuts that are mostly from the current underground – some by artists who've gotten a shot at fame, others who are waiting to be discovered – all brought together in a great array of grooves that have as much going on in the rhythms as they do in the wonderful vocals over the top! Tracks include "Back To You" by Paul Craver, "Kissing You" by Wipe The Needle with Lifford, "History" by Los Charly's Orchestra with Omar, "Love On Hold" by Aeroplane with Tawatha Agee, "When I Love" by Mike City with Faith Evans, "It's All Divine (boogie back ext mix)" by James Day with Trina Broussard, "Good Kinda Lovin" by James King, "Doublin Down" by The Jack Moves, "Keepin Love New (club mix)" by Wez, "Love X Love" by Thames River Soul with Kenny Thomas, "There 4 U" by Leela James, "One For The Money (gold digger rmx)" by The Groove Association with Georgie B, and "Flowered Tears (Michele Chiavarini & DJ Spen ext flower mix)" by SEL. CD

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✨✧ Mark ColbySerpentine Fire/One Good Turn ... CD
Tappan Zee/Expansion (UK), 1978/1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ JeffreeLove Don't Come No Stronger – The Best Of Jeffree (aka Jeff Perry) ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Smooth and sweet soul from Jeffree – an unsung 70s vocalist with a really great approach! Jeffree, aka Jeff Perry, is the brother of Greg Perry – and works in a similar style to his more famous brother – warmly grooving soul with a fluid, mellow approach – served up with great production, bubbling rhythms, and a really solid sound overall. The work is very much in the best tradition of 70s giants like Marvin Gaye or Leroy Hutson, and the collection brings together the best tracks from the self-titled Jeffree album on MCA from 1979, plus other assorted singles recorded under the name of Jeff Perry for Arista and Epic. Titles include "Love's Gonna Last", "Gentle Love", "Love Loan", "Unforgettable Person", "Call On Me", "Love Don't Come No Stronger", "Mr Fix-it", "Honest Baby", and "Take My Love". CD
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✨✧ ManhattansBlack Tie/Love Talk ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1979/1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Group soul titans The Manhattans – still going strong at the end of the 70s & beginning of the 80s – a pair of underappreciated albums together in a single set! First up is 1981's Black Tie – recorded in Chicago with producer Leo Graham – who brings a somewhat polished groove to the proceedings, no less soulful and lacking no depth of emotion from the mighty Manhattans! Titles include "Just One Moment Away", "You Stand Out", "Let Your Love Come Down", "Honey Honey", "I Wanta Thank You", "Deep Water", "When I Leave Tomorrow" and more. The earlier album is up next – 1979's Love Talk – a wonderful blend of mellow harmony tracks and fuller, more upbeat Philly-styled tunes! It's all very much in the spirit of the group's first few albums for Columbia, and handled with a similar level of skill. The group had one of the most compelling, richest harmony styles of any 70s mainstream group – and if anything, the more they recorded, the more they made magic in the studio. Titles include "Devil In The Dark", "After You", "Love Talk", "We Tried", "That's Not Part Of The Show", "New York City", and a surprisingly palatable version of "The Way We Were/Memories". CD

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✨✧ Gwen McCraeKeep The Fire Burning/Funky Sensation ... 12-inch
Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1981/1982. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer single – if only for the b-side! Gwen's version of "Keep The Fire Burning" is fine – but the real winner here is the killer "Funky Sensation" – a snapping little 80s groover that's one of her best cuts ever! The track's a legend – with a big role in the history of hip hop, street parties, club music, roller skating, and countless other scenes – and it's one of those that we never ever tire of hearing! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Spanky WilsonDoin' It (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Mother/Expansion (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A bit of soul, a bit of jazz, and some nice funky touches at the bottom – a killer little set from the great Spanky Wilson! Wilson's got a really unique place in music – at one level a soul singer with enough sophistication to rival the sound of Marlena Shaw or Nancy Wilson – but at another level, an artist capable of really letting loose – hitting heavier, funkier modes that neither of those singers could ever touch! This set may well be Wilson's masterpiece – put together with excellent production and arrangements from the great HB Barnum – here coming off a great run of work for other artists in the 60s, and focusing all that experience on making Spanky sound great. Titles include "Kissing My Love", "If I Could", "You", "Don't Mess With Bill", "Light My Fire", "Sunshine Of Your Love", "Hurtin", and "The Love That A Woman Should Give To A Man". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Ethel BeattyI Know You Care/It's Your Love ... 7-inch
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A hot slice of early 80s, post-disco soul produced by Roy Ayers! On "I Know You Care", Ethyl uses a sexy, breathy, Minnie Riperton kind of approach that accents the deep thumping bass, drums and claps, and the scratchy guitar very nicely! Overall the track has a bit poppier of a sound than we'd usually associate with Roy Ayers, but it matches the vocals very sweetly! The flip "It's Your Love", co-written by Ayers and D.D. Bridgewater, has a similar feel, but it's actually a deeper cut with some very moody organ washes and a deeper, darker turn on vocals by Ms. Beatty. Nice, rare soul from an overlooked period in Roy Ayer's production career! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Keni BurkeRisin’ To The Top/Hang Tight ... 7-inch
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A massive jam from Keni Burke – easily his greatest tune ever, and the kind of track we'd hardly have imagined back when he was a little tyke in the Five Stairsteps! The track's got a thumping, stomping kind of groove that really gets going from the start – and the vocal hook is a wonderful one – instantly recognizable, thanks to a strong sample history! "Hang Tight" is less familiar, but an equally funky number – with the bassline stepping up and down in this really great way – alongside sweet keyboards and vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Chuck CisselDon't Tell Me You're Sorry/Do You Believe ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A mighty sweet groove from Chuck Cissel – a singer who's got a way of soaring with the groove – which is an approach that works perfectly here! "Don't Tell Me You're Sorry" has this vibe that's maybe a bit more upbeat than the message of the lyrics – but that's a-OK with us – and "Do You Believe" is more of a funky stepper – slightly complicated in the rhythms, but still completely catchy! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ High InergyLovin' Fever – The Best Of High Inergy ... CD
Motown/Expansion (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Bobbi HumphreyBaby Don't You Know (voc, inst) ... 7-inch
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A sweet little rarity from Bobbi Humphrey – a rare single cut for Roy Ayers' Uno Melodic label, and a great blend of Bobbi's jazzy style with Roy's warmly sublime groove! There's a bit more vocals than flute on the track, but that's a-ok with us – and Roy produced, while Bobbi arranged! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Willie HutchEasy Does It/Kelly Green ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Post-Motown work from Willie Hutch – two mighty nice tracks! "Easy Does It" builds with a snapping funky vibe – a bit like some of Willie's soundtrack inclinations, in a way that brings subtle drama to the tune before his vocals come into the mix and send the whole thing home in a beautiful way! "Kelly Green" is mellower, but has this beautiful ballad quality that most folks would never expect from Willie – fantastic, mature, and very right-on! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Phyllis HymanForever With You/Set A Little Trap ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1998. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A late track from Phyllis Hyman, but a great one too – a tune that bubbles with lots of jazzy energy in the rhythms, which Phyllis takes as a cue to soar strongly over the top – just like in her best early work! "Set A Trap" is of similar vintage, and has this great slow-stepping groove that mixes strings with these subtle beats – as the lady gets fully, richly expressive throughout – that undeniable quality that can make Phyllis Hyman records like this so wonderful! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Bobby KingIf You Don't Want My Love/Lovers By Night ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic bit of modern soul – both cuts are great! "If You Don't Want My Love" begins with this cool moogy keyboard part over the groove – then Bobby King comes in to warm the whole thing up with his nicely measured vocal approach – really flowing along with the catchy groove! "Lovers By Night" is even better – this midtempo modern number with a slight flute trill in the orchestrations – which gives the whole thing a slight edge that's maybe a bit blacksploitation theme in the backings! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Maysa LeakBottle/Hooked On Your Love ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), Late 90s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two great tunes from Maysa – both with a nice Incognito-styled groove! "The Bottle" is a remake of the Gil Scott-Heron groover – done here with a housey finish peppered with warm keyboards and a tasty funky flute! "Hooked On Your Love" has great jazz funk instrumentation – nicely sharp, of the sort that Maysa doesn't get on her records these days – and which really seems to bring out the best in her vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Main IngredientEuphrates River/Afrodisiac ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two of our favorite albums by The Main Ingredient – back to back on a single CD! Euphrates River is a wonderfully complex batch of tunes that shows that the group were taking a cue from some of their hipper contemporaries, and pushing past a stock hit formula. Bert DeCoteaux was still arranging, but the group produced themselves, giving the record a sexy funky feeling in the best parts, not that dissimilar from some of Marvin Gaye's work, or records by groups like The Isley Brothers or The O'Jays. Includes great versions of two Seals & Crofts songs – "Summer Breeze" and "Euphrates" – both a perfect example of this style, as is "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" – plus a great reading of Willie Hutch's "California My Way", which has a super-dope sample at the beginning. Of course, the album still includes material like their hit " "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", a sweetly style AM radio pop hit in the band's best style of earlier years. Afrodisiac is one of the most righteous albums ever from the Main Ingredient – as you might guess from its title and stylish cover! The group are really opening up here – and show a distinct Stevie Wonder influence throughout – not just because they perform their own hip takes on a number of tunes by Stevie, but also because Wonder himself plays a bit on the record! Rhythms are inventive, and grooves nice and complex – way past standard chart soul, into a heady mix that holds up beautifully over the years. Keyboards slide in great with the harmonies – and titles include great versions of Stevie Wonder tunes "Superwoman", "Where Were You When I Needed You", "Something Lovely", "Girl Blue", and "I Am Yours" – plus the great breakbeat track "You Can Call Me Rover", which has a very tight drum sound at the beginning, and tight soul harmonies all the way through. Also features a hip take on the Isleys' "Work To Do" too! CD

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✨✧ Sylvia StriplinGive Me Your Love/You Can't Turn Me Away ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Massive! Sylvia Striplin is one of the all time groove favorites – not just because she's been sampled to death, but also because she's got an amazingly captivating style of slinky soul. Roy Ayers, Jamez Bedford, and Sylvia put this single together – and both tracks are great, the two best songs she ever cut! We could say more – but the record will speak for itself from the first second it starts. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Kim TibbsKim ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The debut album from Kim Tibbs – not only a wonderful singer, but also a heck of a keyboardist too – as you'll hear here through her work on Hammond and Fender Rhodes! Kim's got a soaring style of soul – upbeat, positive, and with this flow that moves right along with the keyboards – not the simple "beats and keys" mode of underground soul from a generation before, but a really focused sense of energy that almost seems to glow with an Incognito sort of positivity! Co-producer Reginald Myricks handled a lot of the songs and instrumentation with Tibbs – and they're clearly an unbeatable pair together, with an undeniable energy that's underscored by the way that five of the album's twelve tracks are listed on the cover with an exclamation point! Titles include "Soul", "Drifting", "My Better Side", "A Building That'll Last", "The River", "My Reason For Life", "Come On By", and "I Need You For Your Love". CD also features a bonus – "Soul (rmx – ext DJ version)". CD

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✨✧ Spyder TurnerI've Been Waitin/Get Down ... 7-inch
Whitfield/Expansion (UK), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer track from Spyder Turner – part of his great late 70s revival years in the hands of producer Norman Whitfield, who creates a warm modern soul groove that really sends the tune home! The song's got a gentle glide that's augmented by some nice use of vibes – and Turner's voice has never sounded better! "Get Down" is great, too – soaring strings that burst out as strongly as Spyder's vocals – really giving the tune a fantastic upbeat vibe, but without any of the disco cliches that so many other "get down" songs might use! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Leon WareWhat's Your Name/Inside Is Love ... 7-inch
Fabulous/Expansion (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet later track from the mighty Leon Ware – recorded after his bigger years on Motown, but with the same sort of style as his Musical Massage album! The tune's got this warm, seductive groove right from the start – and Ware sings right up there in the Marvin Gaye range, which is perfect for the lyrics! "Inside Is Love" is great, too – a tune that builds beautifully, and which was recorded more famously by Minnie Riperton – but which sounds completely sublime here in the hands of the man who created it! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ WarriorsDestination (full length, defusion re-edit) ... 12-inch
Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic funky groove from the UK scene – recorded by a group who'd later turn into Incognito – a great early showcase for the talents of Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick! The tune's got the feel of some lost jazz funk track from the mid 70s – lots of super-tight bass work, strong trumpet and tenor – and the kind of positive, uplifting vocals we love from Incognito! The main mix is nice and long – and the re-edit kicks up the beats a bit, but not too much. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Dionne WarwickMove Me No Mountain/I'm Just Being Myself ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
70s magic from Dionne Warwick – proof that the lady had a lot more going on than just her work with Burt Bacharach! "Move Me No Mountain" is this slow-building mellow soul tune with a smooth current of funk – wah-wah guitar riffing gently under the strings next to the groove – while Dionne soars wonderfully on the positive vibe of the lyrics! The flipside is great, too – maybe more righteous than you'd ever expect from the lady – with Holland Dozier Holland producing a tune of their own creation! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Betty Wright & The RootsBetty Wright – The Movie (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
S Curve/Expansion (UK), 2011. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Amazing, simply amazing – and a record that's way more than we were expecting! The Roots team up here with legendary Miami soul singer Betty Wright – in music that comes from a film project, but which really stands up brilliantly on its own – as a record that may well be Betty's best recording in decades! Questlove helped Betty with production, and the sound is a brilliant update on that 70s Miami Funk mode that first brought Wright to fame – lots of lean, snakey, TK-styled grooves – played by Roots members with a slight ear towards contemporary modes, but a damn keen appreciation for 70s soul all the way through! And although the set features a few famous guests – Snoop Dog, Lil Wayne, Joss Stone, and Lenny Williams – it's Wright who really blows our mind here – a hell of a singer after all these years, nestled in a perfect set of tunes to make her sparkle all over again. Titles include "Old Songs", "Real Woman", "In The Middle Of The Game", "Surrender", "Grapes On A Vine", "So Long So Wrong", "You & Me Leroy", "Look Around", and "Hollywould". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Retta YoungYoung & Restless (with bonus tracks) ... CD
All Platinum/Expansion (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic sweet soul album – and one of our favorite records ever from the New Jersey soul empire of All-Platinum Records! The set's got a spacey soul sound that's really wonderful – quite different than some of the clubbier modes that other female singers were using at the time – and the record features both production and songwriting work by Harry Ray and Al Goodman of The Moments, who give Retta Young the same sweet touch they brought to their own excellent records for the label! The album's one of those really special female soul sets that goes way beyond expectation or familiar modes – a record we'd put right up there with other rare classics by singers like Ann Sexton or Gloria Scott. Titles include "I Love My Jim", "Now Or Never", "We're So In Love", "Really Really", "My Love Is On His Way", and "Let's Make Up For Lost Time". CD features three bonus tracks – "Sending Out An SOS", "You Beat Me To The Punch", and "My Man Is On His Way (12" mix)". CD

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✨✧ Don BlackmanDon Blackman (180 gram vinyl) (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Arista/Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A jazz funk masterpiece, and THE record by the legendary Don Blackman – the only one issued under his own name for many many years, and a famous little set that's been sampled endlessly over the years, and for good reason! The vibe here is one that's barely been matched again – a blend of 70s fusion, bassy funk, and even tighter riffing – all put together with a greater depth and sense of soul than most other records of its type. Blackman's a GRP contemporary of Bernard Wright, Tom Browne, and Weldon Irvine – and there's bits of all their sound in the work here, but somehow Don does it even better – hitting these grooves, notes, and lines that seem to fall from the heavens – and which still stand as some of the hippest music of his generation. A record to file proudly next to your copies of Ramp and James Mason – and like those gems, the kind of record that only happens once in an artists career! Titles include "You Ain't Hip", "Yabba Dabba Do", "Heart's Desire", "Deaf Hook Up Connection", "Never Miss A Thing", and "Holding You Loving You", and "Since You Been Away So Long". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Norman ConnorsOnce I've Been There/Captain Connors ... 12-inch
Buddah/Expansion (UK), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A standout classic from the legendary 70s soul years of Norman Connors – a tune that's maybe one of his most dancefloor-oriented numbers, but also a lot deeper than most of the disco generation too! The great Prince Phillip Mitchell sings lead vocals – soaring to the skies on waves of righteous soul that only further seal the deal for the track! "Captain Connors" has maybe a slightly more complicated vibe – jazzy changes that remind us of Norman's roots, but still a forward-moving groove that's bubbling over with funk! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ DazzleDazzle ... LP
De-Lite/Expansion (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A disco dazzler from the glory days of the De-Lite Records scene – served up here by a group who really hit all the best sort of groove's you'd expect from that legendary imprint! The album's a disco record, sure – but it's also got the deeper roots that come from the De-Lite commitment to earlier 70s funk – co-produced and written by Leroy Burgess and Stan Lucas, both of whom sing on the record – and also get some help from some great female vocalists too! Although the cover makes the album look a bit like a throwaway set, the overall quality is very high, and quite soulful – thanks to strong work by Burgess and Patrick Adams, who also does a bit of arrangement – with that ear to the underground that he always had on his best records. Titles include "Reaching", "Slipped Disco", "It's Not The Same", "Walk Before You Run", and "All". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ DazzleDazzle (with bonus track) ... CD
De-Lite/Expansion (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A disco dazzler from the glory days of the De-Lite Records scene – served up here by a group who really hit all the best sort of groove's you'd expect from that legendary imprint! The album's a disco record, sure – but it's also got the deeper roots that come from the De-Lite commitment to earlier 70s funk – co-produced and written by Leroy Burgess and Stan Lucas, both of whom sing on the record – and also get some help from some great female vocalists too! Although the cover makes the album look a bit like a throwaway set, the overall quality is very high, and quite soulful – thanks to strong work by Burgess and Patrick Adams, who also does a bit of arrangement – with that ear to the underground that he always had on his best records. Titles include "Reaching", "Slipped Disco", "It's Not The Same", "Walk Before You Run", and "All". CD features the bonus track "Walk Before You Run (7" edit)". CD

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✨✧ Simpson UniquityRunning Away (funky vibes, Diplomats Of Soul dub) ... 7-inch
Expansion (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great remake of one of the biggest cuts ever from the legendary Roy Ayers – done here with a version that's got even more vibes than the original! In fact, the core groove is very much like the Ayers recording, but the cut soon moves into loads of jazzy vibes – and also has a great bass breakdown in the middle! The flipside takes out the initial burst vibes, but keeps all the grooves intact – and brings in some sweet jazzy keyboard work from Diplomats Of Soul, then brings back in the vibes! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousWonderland – The Spirit Of Earth Wind & Fire ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An amazing document of the wide wide reach of Earth Wind & Fire at the end of the 70s – that joyous, righteous spirit that not only flowed through their own music, but seemed to touch most of the soul and jazz world as well! The set's a much-needed look at the way that energy from EWF flowed out to so many other folks too – as the group's tunes were frequently covered, its members frequently worked with other artists, and Maurice White frequently lent his production talents to others in the studio! The package is overflowing with greatness from the great ones – a killers set of tracks that include "Got To Find My Way" by Pockets, "Tequila Mockingbird" by Dee Dee Bridgewater, "Let's Get Together" by Paulinho DaCosta, "City Lights" by Valerie Carter, "Ancient Source" by Caldera, "Answer To My Prayer" by Alton McClain & Destiny, "Let Love Groove Me" by Syliva St James, "The Boy I Left Behind" by Deniece Williams, "Glow Love" by Mighty Clouds Of Joy, "And I Do" by Abraham Laboriel, "I Waited" by Blue Magic, "Dream Come True" by Stargard, and "Theme For Relana" by Gene Harris. CD

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✨✧ Linda CliffordMarch Across Land/Only Fooling Myself ... 7-inch
Paramount/Expansion (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite tracks ever from Chicago soul singer Linda Clifford – a mellow bit of funk written and produced by Leroy Hutson – and quite different than any of Linda's later clubby work! In fact, the whole thing's got a righteous, positive vibe – one that really feels almost entirely like Hutson's massive solo work on Curtom – just with Linda on vocals! Hutson produced "Only Fooling Myself" too – and the track's got a bit of a fuller vibe – with this sweet midtempo stepping groove arranged by Tom Tom Washington! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Norman ConnorsTake It To The Limit/Mr C ... CD
Arista/Expansion (UK), 1980/1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of groovers by Norman Connors from the start of the 80s – Take It To The Limit and Mr C – together in a single set! Take It To The Limit is excellent album of smooth soul – one that reaches back to some of Norman's earlier records for inspiration, and which takes the sound up a few notches to expand the groove. Norman gets help on the arranging tip from Al Johnson, McKinley Jackson, and Paul Riser – which is why the album has such a great 70s smooth soul feel – and there's loads of guest appearances, like vocals by Johnson, Jean Carn, and instrumental solos from Freddie Hubbard and Gary Bartz. Adaritha sings lead vocals on a number of cuts, and Glenn Johnson takes the lead on "Melancholy Fire". Includes a great version of "Black Cow", plus "Take It To The Limit", "Justify", "You've Been On My Mind", and an excellent remake of "I Don't Need Nobody Else", with Al Johnson on vocals! Mr C is a real sleeper from Norman Connors, but a great record – one that shows him still moving strong in the 80s, always continuing to develop his smooth jazzy soul style! Backing is by the Starship Orchestra, with Marion Meadows on most sax solos – and vocals are by Beau Williams, Jean Carn, and Glenn Jones. There's a number of great uptempo tunes – with a tight hard jazz funk backing, and kind of a sweet early 80s club style in the vocals. Titles include "Love's In Your Corner", "She's Gone", "Stay With Me", "Keep Doin It", "Anyway You Want", and "Sing A Love Song". CD

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✨✧ Friends Of DistinctionLove Can Make It Easier/Reviviscence – Live To Light Again ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1973/1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of overlooked albums from this sweet harmony group – back to back on a single CD! Love Can Make It Easier is a record that really has Friends Of Distinction stretching out nicely – maybe moving past some of the simpler pop of their roots, and hitting some sophisticated soul styles that really fit their balance of male and female vocals! The album's loaded with some top-shelf talent in the studio – including arrangers Jerry Peters and Skip Scarborough, who both work in some hipper 70s touches to the instrumentation – often some mellow-stepping grooves that are a genius fit for the quartet – preserving their harmonic brightness, but maybe making them a bit more mature at times too. Titles include "No One's Gonna Be A Fool Forever", "Thumb Tripping", "Easy Evil", "Only Give Love", "The Way We Planned It", and "Ain't No Woman". Reviviscence is maybe one of the most high concept moments ever from Friends Of Distinction – and a set that takes their amazing vocal approach into some very righteous new territory! The album was produced and arranged by Carl Maults-By, who almost has a blacksploitation vision for the music at times – mixing fuller orchestrations, funkier moments, and some well-crafted original songs that are a huge change from the territory the group were covering in their youth. When the rhythms are tight, the album hits some sophisticated stepping club vibes – and when they're a bit mellower, the rest of the sound soars in other ways – really lifting these guys to unexpected heights! Titles include "Reviviscence (parts 1 & 2)", "Love Shack", "When I Die", "Terrie", and "You've Gotta Tell Him (About You and Me)". CD

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✨✧ Willie HutchSoul Portrait/Season For Love (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of overlooked albums from the great Willie Hutch – back to back on a single CD! First up is Soul Portrait – pre-Motown work from Willie Hutch – but a great little record that really points the way towards Willie's famous sides to come in the 70s! Hutch here already sounds pretty darn great – singing with a raspy tone that reminds us a bit of Curtis Mayfield – especially given that Willie uses the same sort of righteous undercurrent as Curtis – not yet as over the top political, but brewing under nicely with a really marked sense of power! The backings are great too – all arranged by Hutch himself, and already showing some of the hipper styles that he'd bring into play in his later blacksploitation work. One of the deepest soul albums on RCA at the time – with a righteous vibe that's totally great – and filled with wonderful original tunes that include "Lucky To Be Loved By You", "Ain't Gonna Stop", "You Gotta Try", "Let Me Give You The Love You Need", "Do What You Wanna Do", and "Good To The Last Drop". Season For Love is early work from the great Willie Hutch – a set that's different than his more famous Motown music of the 70s, but which already shows a nicely ambitious approach! Willie's a warmer, sweeter-voiced singer here – working through some great original tunes of his own, plus a few well-chosen classics – all in a mix of soul and strings that definitely grooves, but which could also have gotten Hutch some bigger exposure in the larger music world as well. A few numbers are almost more in a jazz vocal territory – or at least in territory of artists like Lou Rawls or Arthur Prysock – while others have the righteous energy of Willie's later sound too. The arrangements are by Rene Hall and Perry Botkin Jr – and titles include "Season for Love", "The Shortest Distance", and "Trying To Understand A Woman", plus covers like "Hurt So Bad" and "Twelfth of Never". CD also features a bonus track – "When A Boy Falls In Love (parts 1 & 2) (45 version)". CD

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✨✧ Kenny WellingtonFree Spirit ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic album from trumpeter Kenny Wellington – one that shows us that the 70s spirit of artists like Roy Ayers and the Mizell Brothers is alive and well – as long as you know where to look! The record's contemporary, but has a really classic blend of jazz and soul – one that still allows plenty of space for Kenny's soaring solo work, but also has a wonderful focus on sharp rhythms and a righteous overall sound! The balance is no surprise – given that Kenny's got a legacy that goes back to classic work in the groups Central Line, Light Of The World, and Beggar & Co – but this album's way deeper and more powerful than anything Washington gave us back in the day – and features some especially nice work on vocals, by a quartet that's headed up by Augie Johnson, who brings in a vibe that's similar to his music with Side Effect and the LA Boppers. The whole thing's wonderful – righter than most folks sound when they go for a groove like this – and titles include "Heading Home", "Dreaming Of Futures Bright", "Fat Cherry", "Kings For A Day Masters Of The Night", "You Can Run", "E3 Symphony", and "Miles 2 Go". CD
 
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McCoy TynerExpansions ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $18.99
A really mindblowing session from McCoy Tyner – perfectly titled "Expansions" to showcase the change in his style at the time! The record is one of Tyner's first larger group efforts – and is a brilliant example of the expansion of his talents in the post-Coltrane years – a searing, soaring batch of longer tunes that dance with joy, life, and a new sense of energy in jazz – carried off perfectly by a lineup that includes excellent contributions from Gary Bartz on alto, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Woody Shaw on trumpet. The album is as spiritual and swinging as you'd expect from those players – with a sound that's more Strata East than Blue Note – and titles include "Vision", "Song of Happiness", "Smitty's Place", and "Peresina". CD
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✨✧ Jean CarneLove Lessons ... CD
Place One, 1995. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The classiest lady of Philly Soul gets a chance to lay down some new vocal tracks in this recent recording with a nice feel! The sound is fairly strong, with the high quality modern production that characterizes other recent releases on the Expansion label. Billy Paul guests on the cut "Good Thing Goin On", and other tracks include "Make Love", "Don't Stop Doin Whatcha Doin", "Fallin For You", and "No One Does It Better". Jean also shows her jazz roots on the tracks "Someone To Watch Over Me" and "Misty". CD
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✨✧ Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic EchoesExpansions ... LP
Flying Dutchman, 1975. Used Gatefold ... 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". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Lonnie Liston SmithRenaissance/Space Lady ... 7-inch
RCA, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 tasty tracks from Lonnie's excellent Renaissance album! "Renaissance" is a monster jazz funk number – slowly grooving with some spiritual keyboards, almost a slowed-down version of "Expansions", but with a darker feel that really gives the cut an edge! "Space Lady" has a nice conga/keyboard groove – stretched out, spacey, and with some deep deep vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record
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