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Ron BanksTruly Bad ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... $9.99 13.98
One of the original Dramatics, singer Ron Banks strikes out here on his own – a slept on gem from the early 80s! The set's in a similar modern soul mode to LJ Reynolds, who also worked with him in the group, and was having a bit of a solo career of his own at the time. It's got sort of a D-Train feel to it – with classic male soul vocals over instrumentation that includes some slight electro touches, especially on keyboards and drum programs. Banks keeps the whole thing nice and soulful, thanks to some great vocal work, which you'll hear on the smooth mellow track "Let Love Flow", which has a beautiful down-tempo groove, and a nice two-step beat – plus the other mellow tracks like "Make It Easy On Yourself" and "You and Me". Uptempo club cuts include "Truly Bad", "Zap", and "She's So Good to Me". CD

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✨✧ Bionic BoogieHot Butterfly (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/FTG, 1978. Used ... $19.99
A dancefloor classic! The album's the second by Gregg Diamond's Bionic Boogie, and head and shoulders above the rest – a sublime blend of soul and club that's hardly been matched again! Diamond manages to make things groove, but never loses sight of the soulful styles that make the record so great – and works here with key contributions from a young Luther Vandross, who gives the album some of the same strong vocal arrangements he brought to his own first two albums on Atlantic! Luther sings lead on the album's legendary track "Hot Butterfly", and works in a group with Cissy Houston on other tracks – sweetly soaring with vocals that go far beyond most disco efforts of the time. Simply sublime, and with classics that include "Hot Butterfly", "Paradise", "Cream (Always Rises To The Top)", "Chains", and "When The Sh*t Hits The Fan (Rocket Pocket)". Includes 4 bonus cuts too – "Hot Butterfly (Jim Burgess disco rmx)", "Chains (Gregg Diamond spectacular rmx)", "Fess Up To The Boogie (Gregg Diamond disco rmx)", and "Chains (Jim Burgess disco rmx)". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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BrickSummer Heat/After 5 ... CD
Bang/FTG, 1981/1982. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A massive double-header from Brick – two Columbia albums back to back on a single CD! First up is smoking Summer Heat from Brick – an 80s outing that furthers the tight tight groove they started back in the 70s! Given that Brick were one of the groups who really set the sound for the next generation, they're right at home here – working with some production help from Ray Parker Jr, in a style that bubbles over nicely with tight rhythms and warmer vocal bits – all balanced out nicely, in ways that are better than most of the group's contemporaries! Titles include "Sweat", "Sea Side Vibes", "Sure Feels Good", "Summer Heat", "The Happening", and "Wide Open". After 5 has a classy title, and is a record with grooves that are even classier than usual for Brick – thanks to a style that seems to bring up a jazzy vibe a bit more on some cuts, while still keeping things in the tightly funky mode of their roots! There's definitely a prime Brick sound going on here – that wicked wrapping of bass, keyboards, and drums the group laid down on their debut – but the whole thing's also taken a bit further, too – almost echoing some of the more complicated changes of the 80s groove generation! Titles include "Stick By You", "Let It Roll", "It's A New Day", "Peace Of Mind", "When You Believe", "Free Dancer", and "Wild & Crazy". CD

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✨✧ BrothersDon't Stop Now (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1976. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Great stuff – and the kind of group that would be easy to overlook if the tracks weren't so good! The Brothers were clearly some sort of a studio project designed to cash in on the disco craze – and they included Bhen Lanzaroni on keyboards, who'd also recorded a bit on his own as a studio player. The record's not hard-hitting funk, but it does have a smooth instrumental disco sound that's got a lot of nice jazzy touches, and which never lapses into the cliches you'd expect. The band were hip enough to cover Antonio Carlos & Jocafi's classic Brazilian groover "Voce Abousou", done here with vocals on the chorus only – and they come up with some nice numbers on their own, like "Make Love", "Brothers Theme", "Don't Stop Now", and "Under The Skin". This CD version is loaded with bonus tracks, too, including "Brothers Theme (12" Version)", "Make Move (12" Version)", "Under The Skin (12" Promo Version)", "Don't Stop Now (7" Version)", "The Word Is A Mess (7" Version)", "Brothers Theme (7" Version)" and "Voce Abousou (Vo-Say Ah-Bu-So) (7" Version)". CD

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James BrownI'm Real (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Scotti Bros/FTG, 1988. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 18.98
James Brown gets a new injection of life at the end of the 80s – thanks to a collaboration here with Full Force, who wrote, arranged, and produced the album! The groove here is often more in a Full Force mode than you might expect from James – a full-on 80s urban sound, filled with plenty of beats at the bottom, yet still allowing The Godfather plenty of space to do his thing vocally! In a way, the format's almost a bit like some of the James Brown remix work that was showing up around the same time – except that the tunes are all new, and somewhat different territory for James. Titles include "I'm Real", "Static (parts 1 & 2)", "You & Me", "Time To Get Busy", "She Looks All Types A Good", "Keep Keepin", and "Can't Git Enuf". 2CD version is overflowing with bonus tracks – 10 more cuts from singles, including "Tribute (special version)", "Static (Full Force rmx)", "I'm Real (special version)", "Real (Full Force hyped up rmx)", "Time To Get Busy (Full Force rmx)", and "Busy JB (time to get get mix)". CD
Also available I'm Real ... CD 4.99

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Keni BurkeYou're The Best (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1982. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
A really wonderful album from Keni Burke – recorded around the same time as his classic Changes set, and in some ways even better than that record! The set's got a fantastic mellow soul feel – lots of tracks that are uptempo, but which manage to hang onto a soulful finish that really sends the whole set home – a groove that's never too forced, and which has keep this one at the top of list of classics over years! Burke's hitting a rare space that we'd only allow to a few – like Leroy Hutson or Webster Lewis. Keni's come a long long way from the 5 Stairsteps by this point – and he's never sounded so great! Titles include "Let Somebody Love You", "You're the Best", "Night Riders", and "Gotta Find My Way Back In Your Heart". Keni produced, wrote, and arranged the whole thing! CD features bonus tracks – "You're The Best (7" mix)", "You're The Best (12" mix)", "Night Riders (7" mix)", "Night Riders (12" mix)", "Let Somebody Love You (7" mix)", and "Let Somebody Love You (inst)". CD

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Jenny BurtonJenny Burton (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/FTG, 1985. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
A classic from Jenny Burton – only the singer's second album as a solo act, but already a set that has Jenny hitting on all burners! The mellow numbers are great – never sleepy or too commercial, but pushed into just the right blend of polish and soul – and the groovers have some electro touches that hint back and Burton's start working with John Robie – modes that are underdone here in ways that hold together a lot more strongly than the usual electro dancefloor cut. Some production is by Maurice Starr – and cuts include "Dancing For My Love", "Bad Habits", "Once In A Lifetime Love", "Load It Up", and "Love Runs Deeper Than Pride". CD features bonus tracks – "Bad Habits (7" version)", "Dancing For My Love (voc)", and "Dancing For My Love (dub)". CD

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ChampaignHow Bout Us (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1981. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
skooA wonderful treasure from the early 80s soul scene – the first album from Champaign, and an instant winner right from the start! The group may not have been one of the bigger names of their time, but they really won a lot of favor with soul listeners over the years – and this album's one that turns up often in collections of top-shelf soul from the period – no surprise, given the classy, careful production – and the mix of jazzy riffing, tight rhythms, and well-crafted vocals – almost enough to put Champaign at the level of Earth Wind & Fire! The sound is just right – very soulful, with less of the too-commercial modes of some of their contemporaries – and titles include "Party People", "Whiplash", "I'm On Fire", "How Bout Us", "Can You Find The Time", "Dancin Together Again", "If One More Morning", and "Lighten Up". CD features bonus 7" versions of "How Bout Us" and "I'm On Fire". CD

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ChansonChanson (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ariola/FTG, 1978. Used ... $9.99
A sweet little set from Chanson – a duo formed by a funky bassist and guitarist – who both bring a really strong focus to the rhythms on this set! The pair also get lots of great studio help from top-shelf talents on the instrumentation – key jazzy session players, as well as a number of members of Earth Wind & Fire – who seem to support the same soulful balance between funk and club of that classic group, taken to slightly more of a disco space by Chanson! The instrumentation is key – very well-crafted, and clearly the first element of the tunes before the vocals – although those are great too, and really serve as icing on the cake! Titles include "Don't Hold Back", "Why", "Did You Ever", "All The Time You Need", "I Love You More", and "I Can Tell". CD features four bonus tracks – 7" single mixes of four tracks on the album! CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Angela ClemmonsAngela Clemmons (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Portrait/FTG, 1982. Used ... $9.99
Soaring vocals from Angela Clemmons – a set that really has an amazing range, and a depth of sound that goes way past the usual from Epic Records at the time! Angela's got a way of stretching out right from the start – inflecting the lyrics with a rich power that easily matches or beats some of her bigger-name contemporaries at the time – and which really help give an extra something special to the record. Production is by Paul Leka, and a number of songs were written by Michael Brown – and the pair really help give the whole thing a personal feel, and keep the set from being just another run of the mill mainstream soul album from the early 80s. Titles include "Giving It Away", "Fill You Up", "Uneasy", "When You're Through I'll Be Waiting", "Mine", and "Sure Thing". CD features two bonus tracks – "Out Here On My Own (7" mix)", and "Give Me Just A Little More Time (12" mix)". CD

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Tyrone DavisLet's Be Closer Together (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1977. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
The cover has Tyrone Davis in a very diverse crowd, but the record is pure Davis all the way through – that great blend of bluesy roots and classier soul that made most of his 70s records so wonderful! The approach here is even more careful and well put-together than some of Tyrone's last records at the indie label Dakar – a new step forward on Columbia, where songwriter/producer Leo Graham gave Davis some great material to work with – helping him to find a strong new voice, just as most of his audience was doing the same. Titles include "In The Sand", "This I Swear", "I Got Carried Away", "Let's Be Closer Together", "You Need Love", "All You Got", and "If That's What It Takes". CD features bonus 7" mixes of "All You Got" and "This I Swear". CD

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EnchantmentSoft Lights Sweet Music (with bonus track) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1980. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The only RCA album from Enchantment – and a great little set that has the group stretching out from their earlier records on United Artists! The groove here is still awash in the great harmonies we've always loved from the group – and production is by Don Davis, who always has a great ear for preserving the core soul of any act like this – while also helping them focus their sound as well! The mix is quite similar to excellent work Don did with the Dramatics at the end of the 70s – and Enchantment really benefit with a similar ear for a bouncy groove, and that great Davis way of knowing just the right point when to slow things down on an album, too. Titles include "Settin It Out", "I Believe In You", "Moment Of Weakness", "You & Me", "I Can't Be The One", "Soft Lights Sweet Music", and "I Can't Fake It". CD features a bonus 12" mix of "Settin It Out". CD

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Aretha FranklinThrough The Storm (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1989. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99 15.98
Aretha Franklin at the end of the 80s – capping off a big run of records for Arista with another successful collaboration with Narada Michael Walden! There's a bit more of a groove here than before – a nice bounce on many cuts that almost brings in a slight new jack flavor – but handled with a bit more class, given Walden's legacy – and the album's got a lot of collaborative moments, including appearances from James Brown, Whitney Houston, Elton John, The Four Tops, and Kenny G. Titles include "Gimme Your Love", "Mercy", "It Isn't It Wasn't It Ain't Never Gonna Be", "Through The Storm", "If Ever A Love There Was", "Think 1989", and "Come To Me". 2CD version features 17 more bonus tracks – including an "Aretha Franklin & James Brown Interview", plus a few "purple mix" versions of "Gimme Your Love", with a Paisley Park pedigree – and 11 more mixes of "It Isn't It Wasn't It Ain't Never Gonna Be" – including hip hop, house, new jack, and after hours mixes. CD

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GQFace To Face (with bonus track) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1981. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Wonderfully solid grooving from GQ – an album issued a few years after their bigger hits, but it's still plenty great and just as worthy! The trio have a wonderful way of laying out a sweet harmony without getting too cloying, nor too poppy – and the best cuts here glide along beautifully in a mellow or midtempo mode! There's a tightness here that reminds us of Tavares or The Main Ingredient at their best – but a bit more modern soul overall, and often with a very slight nod towards the growing 80s groove mode. Titles include "Face To Face", "I Love (The Skin You're In)", "Sad Girl", "Shy Baby", "Shake", "You've Got The Floor", "Dark Side Of The Sun", and "Boogie Shoogie Feelin". This edition from Funky Town Grooves includes the bonus track "Try Smurfin'". CD

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Billy GriffinRespect (with bonus tracks) ... CD
CBS/FTG, 1983. Used ... $8.99
An even leaner groove than usual for Billy Griffin – a set that makes great use of 80s keyboards and basslines, which turn out to be a great fit for Griffin's wonderful voice! Billy's got this sharp, uncluttered style of singing – a mode first forged as the lead for The Miracles, then on his previous solo debut – taken even further here with arranger/producer John Barnes, who co-wrote most of the songs here with Griffin. The groove is tight, but also laidback – never slavishly looking for chart hooks, and instead inside just the right sophisticated space to match Griffin's maturing approach. Titles include "Save Your Love For Me", "Respect", "Serious", "So Many Ways", "Don't Ask Me To Be Friends", and "Dreaming". CD features bonus 7" mixes of "Save Your Love For Me", "Respect", "Serious", and "So Many Ways". CD

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Hues CorporationRockin Soul/Love Corporation (with bonus track) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1974/1975. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
A pair of classic 70s albums from Hues Corporation – back to back on a single CD! Rockin Soul is groovy crossover soul from The Hues Corporation – music that's perfectly tuned to come right out of the small speakers on an AM radio, yet still retain all the depth of the arrangements! The trio are hitting their best pre-disco stride here – as the album brings back the tune "Rock The Boat", which was a bit buried on their debut – and surrounds it with a number of equally grooving tunes arranged by Tom Sellers – numbers that don't yet have a straight disco approach, and which instead work through a mix of playful styles that bring the most out of the interplay between the vocals. In addition to "Rock The Boat", other titles include "I Got Caught Dancing Again", "No End In Sight", "Ease On Down The Road", "Love's There", "I'll Take A Melody", "Into My Music", and "Rockin Soul". Love Corporation is lesser-known 70s work from Hues Corporation – but still pretty darn sweet! As with other efforts for RCA, the overall sound is somewhat polished, but never too commercial – kind of a more mainstream take on harmony soul modes from a few years before – especially the mixed male/female approach at the end of the 60s. There's a bit of disco in the backings, but usually not too much – and most of the production is in that tight AM radio-friendly RCA mode that worked perfectly back in the day. Arrangements are by Michael Omartin, HB Barnum, and Larry Carlton – and titles include "He's My Home", "Gold Rush", "You Showed Me What Love Is", "Long Road", "One Good Night Together", "Soul Sailin", and "Sing To Your Song". CD also features one bonus track – "He's My Home (7" version)". CD

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Bobbi HumphreyGood Life (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1979. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Excellent later work from Bobbie Humphrey – working here in a style that's different than her early albums for Blue Note – but still equally great! Bobbi's a bit more of a singer here, but the record still features loads of great work on flute as well – in these tight, full arrangements put together by Ralph MacDonald and William Eaton, both of whom really know their way around a groove! At some level, the shift is similar to that made by Patrice Rushen on her first few Elektra albums – a style that's more compressed than before, yet still every bit as soulful – and a great evolution for Bobbi Humphrey as an artist. The whole thing's great – and titles include "Say The Word", "Sweet N Low", "Living For The Music", "Love When I'm In Your Arms", "Year From Now", and "The Good Life". CD features bonus 7" mixes of "Love When I'm In Your Arms" and "Sweet N Low". CD

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Bobbi HumphreyTailor Made ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1977. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Sure, it's after the Blue Note/Larry Mizell years – but Bobbi Humphrey's still kicking ass! Instead of Larry Mizell, Bobbi's working with Skip Scarborough – and she's hitting a groove that's a bit smoother and more modern than before, but every bit as sweetly funky and seriously soulful! Bobbi vocalizes a bit amidst spacey jazzy arrangements, and her flute is crystal clear throughout – warmly jazzy, blended with some great soul backings – at a level that's even more sublime than some of the other Columbia fusion of the time! The title cut, "Tailor Made", is a monster mellow groover with a great slinky sound – and the album's got plenty of other nice ones, like "Jealousy", "Lover to Lover", and "Fajehzo". CD

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Phyllis HymanPhyllis Hyman (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Buddah/FTG, 1977. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Far and away our favorite album by Phyllis Hyman – her first, and with lots of the same smooth jazzy soul touches you'd find in her work with Norman Connors! Phyllis is still as sophisticated as she is on later albums, but there's a bit freer style to the record – and Phyllis breaks a bit from her normally restrained classy sound, into one that opens up a bit more emotionally – really soaring out here in a way that's quite different than later hits, with a vibrancy that still makes this album our favorite Hyman effort after all these years. Arrangements are by Onaje Allen Gumbs and Jerry Peters – and the album features the sublime jazzy groover "Children Of The World", which would sound great next to any Roy Ayers cut of the time! Other tracks include "Loving You Losing You", "One Thing On My Mind", "No One Can Love You More" and "Beautiful Man Of Mine". CD features bonus tracks – "Do Me (7" version)", "Baby (7" version)", "No One Can Love You More (7" version)", "Loving You Losing You (7" version)", and her version of "Betcha By Golly Wow" with Norman Connors! CD

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Phyllis HymanYou Know How To Love Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1979. New Copy ... $12.99 15.98
A classic 1979 album from Phyllis Hyman! Hyman was one of the few female singers who started in the pre-disco years and managed to move through the disco years with a good groove – but never get totally swamped by the production styles of the day. She stuck close to her roots as a jazzy soul singer, and produced great albums like this – which mixed pop club grooves with more sophisticated arrangements, handled very well here by the production team of Reggie Lucas and James Mtume. Titles include the stormer "You Know How To Love Me", plus "Some Way", "Under Your Spell", "But I Love You", and "Give A Little More". Lots of bonus tracks too – including "You're The One", "Riding The Tiger (12" dance version)", "Tonight You & Me (disco version)", and 7" mixes of "You Sure Look Good To Me", "You Know How To Love Me", and "Under Your Spell". CD
 
 
 



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