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Brit Funk AssociationFull Circle ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2018. Used ... $9.99
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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MuzartMuzart ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2013. Used ... $6.99
A tremendous little record from Muzart – upbeat, positive, and wonderfully grooving right from the start – served up in a beautiful blend of club rhythms and righteous soul, all with a sense of precision that we haven't heard this well in years! The vibe here is a bit contemporary, but there's a classic care to the record right from the start – an approach that instantly has the group at the level of major groovers like Incognito or The Rurals – but with a fresh, youthful feel that really befits their look on the cover and their origin! Everything's got a sense of energy and surprise that goes way beyond the usual – a commitment to really make things interesting from the ground up – and not just phone in some soulful message over half-baked grooves. Acoustic elements dance along nicely with electric ones – and titles include "Jukebox", "Oh Yeah", "Long Long Time", "The Great I Am", "Moemedi", "Not In Tha Mood", and "The Party After". CD

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Marc StaggersKey To My Heart ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2011. Used ... $8.99
Warm, smooth as silk soul from Mark Staggers – working in a style rooted in the 70s and early 80s sound of some of our favorites of that era – mature, charismatic and timeless. Mark reminds a bit of Luther Vandross – classic-styled, but contemporary. Lots of sweet keys in the mix, really great vocals from Mark & the female chorus backup, and some sax by Kirk Whalum. Includes "Key To My Heart", "Be The One And Only One", "Let's Just Take Our Time", "Steppin Out Tonight", "Lifetime Love", "Stop Playing With My Heart", "With The Things You Do", "Don't Give Up", "Not The Same" and more. CD

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✨✧ EmotionsFlowers (with bonus track) ... CD
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A soaring classic from The Emotions – thanks to some supreme help from the Earth Wind & Fire side of the soul spectrum! This set has the trio really sounding great – with Kalimba Productions by Maurice White and Charles Stepney – and a good deal of EWF help on the instrumentation as well! The girls break out of the rootsier style used on their earlier Stax recordings, and manage to fit perfectly with the jazzy tinges of the new grooves – and, along with Ramsey Lewis and EWF, the Emotions were part of a hugely successful trinity during the late 70s – one that took the indie soul roots of the Chicago scene and turned it into landmark big business for Columbia Records. The album's got a new approach to female group soul that would go onto shape R&B for years to come – and titles include "Flowers", "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love", "We Go Through Changes", "Special Part", and "You've Got The Right To Know". CD features a bonus single version of "Flowers". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Flowers ... LP 7.99

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✨✧ Adriana EvansEl Camino ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2006. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bert RobinsonI Promise You Love ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1989. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Bert Robinson's got one of the deepest vocal styles in mainstream R&B for the late 80s – an approach that's rooted in classic modes, and set here to some more contemporary backings! The set features production by Al Hudson and the One Way team, plus the great Skip Drinkwater too – and although the beats are heavy, Bert's got a way of gliding right past them as he follows his own path through the songs – with a sense of poise and direction that few other commercial soul singers of the time could match. Titles include "Lover It's Coming Back", "I Promise You Love", "Real Thing", "Sleepin Alone", "Back To The Basics", and "I'll Be There". CD

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✨✧ Bert RobinsonNo More Cold Nights ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked debut from singer Bert Robinson – an artist who was part of the large Al Hudson/One Way collective from Detroit, but who really comes into his own in this sweet little set! Robinson's got a very rich, deep vocal approach – almost a nod back to the pre-soul generation of male vocalists, but set here to some classy, contemporary vibes that sparkle with the best 80s Capitol Records touches – put together by Hudson and crew – plus others who include Stan Sheppard and Preston Glass. The best numbers are the ballads – smooth steppers that really suit Bert's vocal approach – and titles include "Never Gonna Give You Up", "Heart Of Gold", "No More Cold Nights", "You Turn Me Out", "Just Begun To Know You", "Burning Inside Your Love", and "Still Waiting". CD

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✨✧ Rose RoyceFresh Cut ... CD
Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked 80s moment from Rose Royce – a set recorded after the group had stepped away from their famous association with Norman Whitfield, but were still very much at the top of the modern soul game! The production here is maybe a bit more 80s than before, but the group continue to keep things nice and warm – especially in the way they make use of the mixture of vocals from Ricci Benson and Kenny Copeland, that male/female blend that always give Rose Royce a fuller sound than some of their contemporaries – very welcome here on some of the more upbeat numbers. Titles include "Listen Up", "If Walls Could Talk", "Lonely Road", "Magic Doll", "Doesn't Have To Be This Way", "I Know I'm In The Mood", and "Fighting Chance". CD

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✨✧ JeffreeLove Don't Come No Stronger – The Best Of Jeffree (aka Jeff Perry) ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 70s. Used ... 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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✨✧ PocketsSo Delicious ... CD
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
An oh so tasty batch of jazzy modern soul from the Baltimore combo Pockets – one of the loose assemblage of groups to be directed at the time by Verdine White's Kalimba Productions – and with all the joyful vibes that association implies! There's some nice touches of Earth Wind & Fire on the record – but the group also has a lot of similarity to other jazzy harmony groups at the time, like Side Effect or Creative Source – with super memorable tunes with catchy hooks without ever compromising the deeper soul touches. Wonderful stuff! Tracks include "Catch Me", "So Delicious", "How Do You Think It Feels?", "Charisma", and "Baby, Are You Coming Home With Me?". CD
 
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WhoLive at Leeds ... CD
MCA, 1970. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Live at Leeds ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ VariousJazz Steppin' ... CD
Instinct, 1999. Used ... Just Sold Out!
If you read our listings here at Dusty Groove, you know that we often refer to the Steppers scene going on in our hometown of Chicago. And although that scene began with older soul records (and still contains a lot of them), it's also been moving to include a lot more modern jazzy instrumental grooves – some of which are culled from the ranks of acid jazz albums, others from the territory also known as "smooth jazz". This 10 track set on Instinct is one of the first-ever national efforts to showcase this Chicago/Detroit trend in music – and while it only gives you one slice of the scene, it does include a tasty batch of modern soul and jazzy R&B tracks (a number of them from the Expansion catalog!) Titles include "Taxi Ride" by Exodus Quartet, "Are You Ready (For Love)" by Nigel Martinez, "Light On My Life" by Bill Sharpe and Jeffrey Osborne, "Steppin Out" by Soundscape UK, "Lift Off" by Nite Flyte, "Space Dance" by Shakatak, and "You" by Atlantic Starr. CD
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Dave LiebmanExpansions Live ... CD
Whaling City Sound, 2016. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
... CD
(Digipack has light wear.)

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✨✧ Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic EchoesExpansions ... CD
Flying Dutchman/RCA, 1975. Used ... Temporarily 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
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousClassic Jazz Funk Vol 1 ... CD
MVP, Late 60s/1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
70s jazzy grooves galore – a great assortment of a dozen tracks that nicely sit in the space between electric jazz and modern soul – titles include "Expansions" by Lonnie Liston-Smith, "Running Away" by Roy Ayers, "Flight Time" by Donald Byrd, "Always There" by Ronnie Laws, and "Sun Goddess" by Ramsey Lewis. CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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