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James BrownI'm Real/Real (FF hyped-up mix)/Tribute ... 12-inch
Scotti Bros, 1988. Very Good (pic cover)... $0.99
Full Force and James Brown – stepping out in a groove that's almost early New Jack Swing! 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Fantastic FourGot To Have Your Love/BYOF (Bring Your Own Funk) ... CD
Westbound (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A pair of albums from this overlooked Detroit soul group – back to back on a single CD! On Got To Have Your Love, Fantastic Four are a hell of a harmony group – and one who still hold strong through this second chapter of their career – by avoiding any of the cheaper cliches of some of the groups of the disco generation! Instead, the album focuses on their vocals first, and any sort of grooves second – which makes for some wonderful mellower cuts that really follow the spirit of some of the hippest 70s group soul from Chicago or the east coast – followed by a few upbeat tracks that get handling by Tom Moulton at Sigma Sound in Philly! The balance is great – almost more like some of the best group sides from a few years before, especially Blue Magic – and the ballads really take center stage, and blow us away with the group's deeper currents of soul. Titles include "Mixed Up Moods & Attitudes", "There's Fire Down Below", "I Got To Have Your Love", "She'll Be Right For Me", "Cash Money", and "Disco Pool Blues". On BYOF, the Fantastic Four definitely bring their own funk – thanks to tight help from arranger Dennis Coffey, who also produced the set with a heavy groove that's like his own work of the time! The basslines are stronger than before for the FF – but their harmonies are very firmly intact – and, if anything, the blend of funk and great vocals really makes the album a charmer right from the get-go – especially as they aim more for midtempo steppers than too-upbeat disco tunes that might have them losing some of their charm. The overall vibe is maybe more 1974 than 1978 – and titles include "I Just Want To Love Ya Baby", "BYOF", "Cold & Windy Night", "Sexy Lady", "Shout", "Super Lover", and "Realize". CD

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✨✧ VariousTwelve Inch Eighties – Can You Feel It (3CD set) ... CD
Crimson (UK), 1980s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A host of soul tracks, and a few pop tracks too – all taken to the next level, in the best 80s 12" remix mode! This set's a great entry in this well-priced, overstuffed series – full of lost mixes from those great days with an LP-sized single offered up plenty of room for extended versions, dancefloor mixes, and tricked-out takes on some of the bigger cuts of the time – a good deal of which are collected in this 30 track set! This volume's a bit more heavy on soul music than some of the others – and titles include "Can You Feel It" by The Jacksons, "The Slightest Touch (Pettibone touch rmx)" by Five Star, "Deep In Vogue (Banjie realness)" by Malcolm McLaren, "Lost In Emotion (FF rmx)" by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, "Let's Hear It For The Boy (ext)" by Deniece Williams, "Body Talk" by Imagination, "Inside Out (12" version)" by Odyssey, "Indestructible (ext version)" by Four Tops with Smokey Robinson, "Who's Zooming Who (dance mix)" by Aretha Franklin, "Seasons Change (12" mix)" by Expose, "Get Outta My Dreams Get Into My Car (ext version)" by Billy Ocean, "What Can Say To Make You (hateful club mix)" by Alexander O'Neal, "She Won't Talk To Me (12" ext)" by Luther Vandross, "Blame It On The Boogie (PWL mix)" by Big Fun, "Love Pains (Steve Hurley's rmx)" by Liza Minnelli, "Get On Your Feel (pop voc)" by Gloria Estefan, "This Is The Right Time (ext)" by Lisa Stansfield, and "Together Forever (lover's leap extended)" by Rick Astley. CD
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Afro Blues Quintet Plus OneNew Directions In Sound ... CD
Mira/BGP (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Smoking grooves from an incredible group – the amazing Afro Blues Quintet, a combo with a sound like no other! These guys were never one for stardom, but during the mid and late 60s, they burned up the west coast scene with an incredible blend of vibes, piano, and reeds – often kicked up nicely with some hard-rolling rhythm work that gave their tracks a similar mod groove to classics by Johnny Lytle, Ramsey Lewis, or Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers! But the real difference with the ABQ (if we can call them that!) is that they had a really spacious approach to their sound – never putting too much into the mix, and instead using the space between the notes every bit as much as the notes themselves. The grooves are great, and since most of this work has never been reissued, the set's totally fresh to the ears of most listeners! As usual, the folks at BGP have done a great job with the notes – and the set features 22 tracks from the group's Mira, Surrey, and Crestview recordings – titles that include "Monkey Time", "Freaks", "La La La", "Southside Habit", "Mirror Image", "Afro Rock", "Evening Of The Beast", "Spartacus", "Candie Luv", and "Our Mambo". CD

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Yasuko AgawaSunglow ... CD
Victor (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $26.99
A classic groover from Yasuko Agawa – proof that the Japanese scene had an ear for soul in the years before Monday Michiru! The early 80s set is made up from equal parts jazz, soul, and Brazilian influences – all used nicely with tight, fusiony production that really works nicely with Yasuko's lighter-voiced approach to the lyrics. One of the highlights of the record is a remake of Viva Brasil's "Skindo-Le-Le", a great little groover with a catchy riff that's right in the Gilles P mode – but other tracks are pretty great too, and come together in a mix of different modes that's somewhat similar to an American jazzy soul album from the same time. Most of the arrangements are by keyboardist Naoya Matsuoka – and titles include "She-Senior Dreams", "Cinema", "Island Breeze", "Here & Now", and the very appropriate "Pardon My English". CD
(K2 HD Pro Mastering – HQ CD!)

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Aggrovators & RevolutionariesGuerilla Dub ... CD
Burning Sounds (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A dub album as powerful as the image on its cover – mixed to perfection by Ossie Hibbert, with a nearly sci-fi blend of darkness and electricity! The core tracks were laid down by the Aggrovators and Revolutionaries at King Tubby's studio in Kingston – but it really seems to be Hibbert who makes the real magic here – knowing just when to let the right sounds space out, then cut them off before they take over the groove – which leaves the whole thing able to bad-step around in a sublime blend of bass, drums, guitar, and horns! Titles include "Ethiopian Dub", "Guerilla Dub", "Swapo Dub", "Garvey Dub", "Malcolm X Dub", "Martin Luther Dub", "Paul Bogle Dub", and "PLA Dub". CD
Also available Guerilla Dub (180 gram pressing) ... LP 18.99

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Aggrovators & RevolutionariesGuerilla Dub (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Burning Sounds (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 19.99
A dub album as powerful as the image on its cover – mixed to perfection by Ossie Hibbert, with a nearly sci-fi blend of darkness and electricity! The core tracks were laid down by the Aggrovators and Revolutionaries at King Tubby's studio in Kingston – but it really seems to be Hibbert who makes the real magic here – knowing just when to let the right sounds space out, then cut them off before they take over the groove – which leaves the whole thing able to bad-step around in a sublime blend of bass, drums, guitar, and horns! Titles include "Ethiopian Dub", "Guerilla Dub", "Swapo Dub", "Garvey Dub", "Malcolm X Dub", "Martin Luther Dub", "Paul Bogle Dub", and "PLA Dub". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Guerilla Dub ... CD 14.99

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Agitation FreeLast ... CD
Spalax (France), 1976. Used ... $11.99
The last album from the legendary early run of Agitation Free – and a set that definitely shows the group at the top of their game! The tracks are long, but never rambling – jamming, but never in a noodly way – and these guys really show why their contribution to German prog was so important at the time – able to handle some of the minimal progressions of their contemporaries, while finding a way to soar forward too – yet always with a sound that's completely fresh and free of cliche! Keyboards and guitar spiral out wonderfully together, and looped a bit in some really great ways – and title sinclude "Soundpool", "Laila II", and "Looping IV". CD
(Out of print. Cover image differs slightly.)

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Eden Ahbez & OthersWild Boy – The Lost Songs Of Eden Ahbez (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s/1960s. New Copy Gatefold ... $28.99 31.99
A much-needed look at the untapped musical legacy of Eden Ahbez – the west coast mystic who's best remembered for delivering the song "Nature Boy" to Nat King Cole (legendarily walking in barefooted during a recording session!) – but who also made a range of other great music in the years that followed! Apart from "Nature Boy", and Ahbez's rare Eden's Island album from 1960, most of his other songs have fallen in in the shifting sands of time – but this record does a great job of digging up the best of the bunch, and presents them in a well-documented package that's much better than some of the public domain Eden Ahbez records that have hit the market. Song songs are by Eden, in a range of exotic vocal modes – others are by contemporaries, some in collaboration with Ahbez, some working on their own – and there's a great rante of trcks that icnlude "The Clam Man", "Umgowah", "India", "Child Of Nature", "Anna Was Mine (demo)", "Overcomers Of The World", and "Monterey" by Eden Ahbez – plus "Surfer John" by Nature Boy & Friends, "Wild Boy" by Mort Wise & The Wisemen, "Eden's Island" by Arthur Lyman, "Land Of Love" by Nat King Cole, "Hey Jacque" by Eartha Kitt, and "Palm Springs" by Ray Anthony. (Put together by the same guy who did Exotic World Of Eden Ahbez – but with different tracks, and even better sound!) LP, Vinyl record album

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Miriam AidaCome On Home ... CD
Connective (Germany), 2008. Used ... $2.99
Miriam Aida really knocks our socks off with this set – a classic-styled album of jazz vocals that's quite different than some of her previous Brazilian-tinged work! Aida really captures a cool sort of 50s/60s groove here – a hip-walking approach to female jazz vocals that packs a lot more punch than overdone torch vocal styles, and which really reminds us of some of our favorites from back in the day – like Annie Ross or Marian Montgomery! Most numbers are taken in a soul jazz style – played live by a combo that includes sax and flute from Fredrik Kronkvist, plus organ, piano, bass, and drums – and the tunes are mostly old too, and set up in some hip rhythms that really keep things groovy. Titles include a great vocal take on Dusko Goykovich's "A Handful Of Soul", plus "Now That You're Gone", "Come On Home", "Make Sure You're Sure", "Rainbow's End", "Ruby & The Pearl", and "Jive Samba". CD
(Out of print.)

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Air10,000 Hz Legend ... CD
Astralwerks, 2001. Used ... $1.99
A great early 00s effort from Air – bravely moving towards a deeper, trippier sound! For 10,000 Hz Legend, they wisely don't try to replicate the comparably effervescent vibe of their late 90s classic Moon Safari. On some level, they're still working with some of moodier textures of their work on the Virgin Suicides soundtrack, particularly in the warm, but slightly eerie melodies, but there's a much more expansive vibe here. They're still recognizable as sensual, electronics embracing avant pop composers of Moon Safari, but there's a lot more deftly layered influences here, from prog, to psych, to disco – and it's a great beginning-to-end listen. Includes "Electronic Performers", "How Does It Make You Feel", "Radio #1", "The Vagabond", "Radian", "Sex Born Poison", "People In The City", "Don't Be Light", "Caramel Prisoner" and more. CD

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AJ & The JiggawattsAJ & The Jiggawatts ... CD
GED Soul, 2014. New Copy ... $9.99
The first-ever full length we've ever heard from AJ & The Jiggawatts – and a record that really lives up to the promise of their work on funky 45! These guys are a deep funk combo, but one with a difference – energy that's a bit more raw and rough around the edges, in the best possible way – so that sometimes it feels like the vocals or instrumentation are ready to burst right out of the speakers! The lyrics often have this slight distortion that really reflects the feeling AJ puts into his expression – and the group more than keeps pace alongside, sometimes at a mighty fast clip. The whole thing's a great antidote to too-slick, too-polished funk records – and titles include "98 Degrees", "Pushin Forward", "Throw A Fit", "Get Wild", "Back Alley Beale Street", "Brown Bottle Fever", and "Typical Feeling". CD

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AkabuWatch Yourself (voc, inst)/Akabu Beats ... 12-inch
Body Rock, 1984. Very Good (pic cover)... $0.99
On the Body Rock imprint, which if we're not mistaken was a side label to Tommy Boy. With a synth heavy production style that's not quite electro, but is definitely 80s, from Adrian Sherwood, on some levels remarkably different from the On-U sound he'd forged, and edits by Double Dee & Steinski! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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AkikoAkiko's Holiday ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2003. New Copy ... $16.99
The Holiday in the title is Billie Holiday – as Japanese singer Akiko pays tribute to Lady Day in this really sweet set of tracks! The range of styles is what really makes the record work – as some tunes are done in the spare traditional style of Billie's original recordings, while others are done in a more expansive modern and jazzy style – including a few tracks that come off with a very nice groove to them! Titles include "Easy Living", "My Man", "What A Little Moonlight Can Do", "You've Changed", "God Bless The Child", and "Love For Sale". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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AkikoHip Pop Bop ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2002. New Copy ... $16.99
The second album by Japanese singer Akiko – and light years ahead of her first! This set brings Akiko's jazzy vocals into contact with work by a number of different arrangers and producers – including Keiji Matsumoto, Yoshito Tanaka, and Swing Out Sister! The range of tracks is really great, and features a number of older English language standards and pop tunes, redone in a variety of formats. Some tracks feature beats and keyboards, others have straight jazz backings, and still others have a widely expansive soulful set of arrangements. Includes a great cover of the Brazilian club classic "Skindo Le Le", a great remake of "Waters Of March", and the tracks "Paradise City", "Lover Man", "Manual", "Blues No 8", "Do You Know", "Midnight Sun", and "Smile". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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AkikoHit Parade – A Tribute To London Nite ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2009. New Copy ... $16.99
Man, Akiko always knows how to keep things interesting – always moving between different genres and styles, to serve up a fresh new groove with each release! This set's got the singer hitting a host of British rock tunes, mostly from the 80s – doing them with a harder edge than you might expect from her other albums – some of the heavier modes picked up on her R&B tribute, but a lot sharper overall! There's less jazz in the mix than before, replaced by guitars that fit these tunes well – and there's almost a new wave feel to the record at points. Titles include versions of "Breakaway", "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", "Sugar Baby Love", "Video Killed The Radio Star", "99 Red Balloons", "Wake Up Boo", "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", and "Goody Two Shoes". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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AkikoLittle Miss Jazz & Jive Goes Around The World! ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2005. New Copy ... $16.99
A real change for Akiko – a record that drops some of the more modern-styled sounds of recent sets, and goes for a more swing-based style that's pretty darn nice throughout! The groove here is keenly inspired by jazz and R&B of the late 40s and early 50s – and is presented in a lively jumping jive sort of way that comes as a real surprise to our ears! A few of the tunes have some nice modern touches on rhythms, and even though the overall presentation is swing-based, there's some playful instrumental differences that freshen up the older songs. Titles include "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby", "Mr Sandman", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", "The Music Goes Round & Round", "Around The World", "I Want You To Be My Baby", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". Great package too – gatefold, with a cut-out booklet that's kind of a reproduction of some of the grooviest Limelight jazz covers of the 60s! CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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AkikoMood Indigo ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2004. New Copy ... $16.99
One of our favorite albums from Japanese jazz singer Akiko – a warmly acoustic affair that still manages to groove nicely, thanks to some excellent production by Sunaga T! Many of the tracks are reworked jazz standards, but there's also a few fresh new tunes – all nicely sewn together with a style that clearly respects the sounds of the past, but which also has the sharper edge of other recent work from Japan. Includes a sublime version of Bobby Hutcherson's classic "Little B's Poem", plus the cuts "So Tired", "Far Beyond", "I Love You", "He Knows Everything", "We Three", and "Straight No Chaser". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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AkikoMood Swings ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2003. New Copy ... $16.99
A jazzy little groover from Akiko – moving strongly forward with this excellent album, thanks to production from Tatsuo Sunaga! The groove here isn't as kitschy or catchy as on some of Sunaga's more dance-oriented recordings – but has a warm jazzy vibe that's steeped in years of influences, all filtered down into a rich set of soulful backings for Akiko – taking her vocals into a whole new direction, and making for an album that's got a heck of a lot of great tunes to offer! Easily her best so far, with tracks that include "Overstay", "Mood Swings", "The Gift", "Before Dawn", "Old Fisherman's Daughter", and a great vocal version of the funky Johnny Harris tune "Footprints On The Moon". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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AkikoUpstream ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2001. New Copy ... $16.99
7 lovely tracks from Japanese jazz singer Akiko – featuring the soulful vocalist in a number of different modes! The set kicks off with a fantastic groover called "Upstream" – produced by Yoshito Tanaka with a nice acoustic bounce, and well worth the title of the set. Next up is a mellow reading of "Fly Me To The Moon", sung in English and done fairly straight – plus two versions of "Lupin The Third", one done straight, one with a lot of extra beats and production. The set also includes a remix of "On & On" done by Toshio Matsuura for United Future Organization, plus "You Are Not My Kind", and a straight reading of "If I Had You", produced by French jazz maestro Henri Renaud. CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Toshiko Akiyoshi & Charlie MarianoToshiko Mariano Quartet (Candid) ... LP
Candid, 1960. Very Good ... $4.99
One of the few recorded meetings of alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano and pianist Toshiko Akioshi in the studio – quite strange given that they were a couple at the time! The session's easily one of the last great American sessions by either player – a work that shows Mariano's alto really building on the strengths of his work in the 50s, and Akioshi's piano shedding some of its early bop influences, and going for the richly-toned sound that would serve her greatly in the 70s. The long tracks here offer plenty of space for Charlie's sharp tone to really do its thing – and that raspy warmth of the 50s is even more deeply soulful at this point – and augmented by a new sense of composition that gives the record some of its best tracks. There's almost a nascent sense of spiritualism here – quite unusual for the time – and titles include "When You Meet Her", "Toshiko's Elegy", "Deep River", and "Little T". LP, Vinyl record album
(Barnaby reissue pressing from the 70s. Back cover has splash stains.)

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AktionGroove The Funk ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1975. New Copy ... $14.99
The title's no like – as these guys definitely groove, and they're definitely funky too – a sweet 70s combo from the Lagos scene, and one who play with a very sharp edge at their core! Aktion make nice use of darker, downturning chords – which creates a moody feel to their funk, and a vibe that's a bit in the territory of bigger-name acts like Cymande and Blo – and like the former, they've also got a great bassist, who makes for lots of dubby currents in the rhythms! Vocals are in English, but layered in this cool way with the organ lines and riffing guitars that dominate most of the instrumentation – on titles that include "Tell Me Baby", "Play With Me", "Groove The Funk", "I Don't Have To Cry", "Masquerade", and "I've Got To Hope For Tomorrow". CD

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Jeff AlbertSimilar In The Opposite Way ... CD
Fora Sound, 2008. Used ... $4.99
(Out of print.)

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