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Gary BartzBartz ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1980. Used ... $9.99
Sweet jazzy soul from Gary Bartz – proof that he always sounds great, no matter what the setting! Production is by the team of Mtume and Reggie Lucas – in a style that has all the jazzy sophistication of their own work – a nice extension of Gary's work at Capitol with Larry Mizell, and in a slightly similar mode overall – but also a bit more soul-based at times, with a great midtempo groove in some of the best moments! Some tracks have vocals, buried somewhat in the mix, but sliding out soulfully next to Gary's alto – and titles include "One Eyed Jack", "After The Love Has Gone", "Need Your Love", "Music", "After Glow", and "Keep Goin' On". CD

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✨✧ Black IvoryBlack Ivory/Hangin Heavy ... CD
Buddah/FTG, 1976/1979. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Two club corkers by Black Ivory – back to back on a single CD! The self-titled Black Ivory album is a pivotal set for the group – released at a time when Black Ivory, like so many other east coast vocal groups, was making the transition away from an older sweet soul style to a more sophisticated club vocal sound. The group's producing themselves here – and we're guessing that most of the real work is being done by Leroy Burgess, although Patrick Adams still appears to be working with the group on the string and horn arrangements – giving things just the right sort of underground disco twist to make things groove! The record includes the great club track "Walking Downtown (Saturday Night)", a longtime fave around Chicago – plus "White Wind", "Making Love In My Mind", "Could This Be Magic", "Longer Ride", and "Can't You See". Hangin Heavy is filled with killer grooves from Black Ivory – a trio who've really come a long way here since their roots – stepping out with proud, soulful tones that are a perfect fit for the upbeat grooves of the set! There's still a touch of fragile harmonies at times – but overall, the group have a much more mature, adult vibe – set to tight late 70s club arrangements from Patrick Adams and Leroy Burgess – both of whom stay far away from any mainstream disco cliches, and really hit a sweet underground vibe for the set! Titles include the classic club track "Mainline", plus "Peace & Harmony", "Get Down (Comin' Down)", "You Turned My Whole World Around", and "Rest Inside My Love". CD

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Toni BraxtonSecrets (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
LaFace/FTG, 1996. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99 16.98
The second smash hit record in a row by Toni Braxton, and one of biggest and best of the mid 90s – the secret was out by this point to say the least! If the pressure was high to match the sales and creative strengths of the self-titled solo debut, Toni, composer/producer Babyface and producer LA Reid rise to the challenge – with unforgettable songcraft and a built-to-last production aesthetic, carried to the heavens by Toni's voice. She's at her peak here, bringing a soulful resonance and all around depth to every note, whether it's on a chart-ready pop soul confection, or a richly emotional ballad. Perhaps Toni's biggest moment as a superstar, and she personifies realness throughout! Includes "Come On Over Here", "You're Making Me High", "There's No Me Without You", the eternal "Un-Break My Heart", "Talking In His Sleep", "I Don't Want To", "Let It Flow", "In The Late Of Night" and more. This 2CD version from FTG's Funk & Soul Classics series is absolutely loaded with bonus material, too – with a couple of Frankie Knuckles mixes and another handful of remixes following the classic original album on CD1 – plus 12 more on CD2! 31 tracks on 2CDs including "Un-Break My Heart (Spanish version), "You're Making Me High (groove remix), "I Don't Want To (dance extended mix)", "Un-Break My Heart (Frankie Knuckles classic radio mix)" and lots more. CD

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Toni BraxtonToni Braxton (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
LaFace/FTG, 1993. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99 18.98
The smash first solo album from Toni Braxton – a set that not only catapulted the singer to worldwide fame, but also earned the LaFace production team another big feather in their cap! The set's got a nicely deep vibe that's a few steps beyond some of the more mainstream pop of the time – yet also has a catchy, captivating quality to grab just about any set of ears – and is filled with lots of great tunes penned by the trio of Babyface, Kenny Edmonds, and Daryl Simmons. Titles include "Another Sad Love Song", "Breathe Again", "How Many Ways", "You Mean The World To Me", "I Belong To You", "Love Shoulda Brought You Home", "Love Affair", "Candelight", and "Best Friend". 2CD set features 21 bonus tracks – radio edits of songs from the album – plus "The Christmas Song", "How Many Ways (R Kelly rmx)", "I Belong To You (rollerskate mix)", "Breathe Again (D Jeep mix)", "Breathe Again (west end master radio mix)", "I Belong To You (soul power mix w/o rap)", "Love Shoulda Brought You Home (slow sensual mix)", "Another Sad Love Song (smoothed out version)", and lots lots more mixes! CD

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Pattie BrooksLove Shook/Our Ms Brooks ... CD
Casablanca/FTG, 1977/1978. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
A disco double-header! First up is Love Shook – classic disco from Pattie Brooks, and a soaring 70s set that's right up there with the best Casablanca Records grooves of the time! The rhythms here are upbeat and lively – strings mixed in with quick-stepping rhythms, all set to the vocals of Pattie, which have just the right sort of flow to take off nicely in the setting! Titles include "Love Shook", "Let's Make Love To The Music", "Girl Don't Make Me Wait", and a totally cool "Pop Collage Medley", which features bits of "Popcorn" and "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye". Next is Our Ms Brooks – a record that has Pattie reunited with the Soul Galore production team – working with backdrops that are full, but never too overblown – right in that perfect Casablanca mode! Titles include "Heartbreak In Disguise", "After Dark", "This Is The House Where Love Died", and "The Back-up Singer". CD

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BrothersDon't Stop Now (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1976. Used ... $9.99
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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✨✧ Peter BrownSnap (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1984. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Sweet 80s disco from Peter Brown – proof that man still wants to get funky, even after most of his contemporaries had long left the dancefloor! The style here is as compellingly crossover as before – lots of lively rhythms that percolate with pop-inflected hooks – soul at the core, definitely, but with enough winning elements to keep Brown moving through the wider audiences that brought his initial fame. A few sweet moments almost seem to echo some of the best Euro club styles of the time – and titles include "Rock With Me", "Double Or Nothing", "Love Is Just The Game", "Classical Dancing", "Hot Flash", "They Only Come Out At Night", "Zie Zie Won't Dance", and "Electric Shoes". CD features lots of bonus mixes – including "Love Is Just The Game (inst)", "Love Is Just The Game (12" mix)", "They Only Come Out At Night (12" mix)", "They Only Come Out At Night (inst)", "Zie Zie Won't Dance (12" rmx)", and "Zie Zie Won't Dance (inst)". CD

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✨✧ CashflowCashflow (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlanta/FTG, 1986. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Mid 80s funky soul from Cashflow – a rare one cut for the Atlanta label, and produced by Larry Blackmon – a group R&B effort that seamlessly combines the club ready soul, funk, 80s rap influences and otherwise tightly thumping grooves Blackmon worked with at the time! Cashflow had a hit with "Mine All Mine", but the rest of the record is nearly as nice as that one – post electro, keyboard heavy synth soul & funk production with group vocals that range from quite strong lead and backing vocals – plus a Larry Blackmon rap in the middle of "Party Freak", a cut that works nicely in the She's Strange era Cameo mold! Other tracks include "Can't Let Love Pass Us By", "Spending Money", "Reach Out", "I Need Your Love" and "It's Just A Dream". This remastered FTG edition includes bonus 12" extended versions of "Party Freak" and "Mine All Mine". CD

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Angela ClemmonsThis Is Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Portrait/FTG, 1987. Used ... $7.99
A bouncy little set from Angela Clemmons – a record that's got a bit more beats at the bottom than some of her previous outings – but in a way that seems to only make things sound even groovier overall! There's a number of catchy groovers that help the set take off right from the start – tunes that are playful, and maybe a bit aimed at the charts – yet which still let Angie soar on those magnificent vocals of hers. Titles include "One Night Baby", "Miracles", "Love Life", "BYOB", "Nothing Can Stop My Love", "I Could Love You Better", and "Rock & A Hard Place". CD features two bonus tracks – "BYOB (12" mix)" and "This Is Love (inst)". CD

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Cool NotesHave A Good Forever (with bonus tracks) ... CD
FTG, 1985. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
80s R&B from UK combo The Cool Notes – their '85 album Have A Good Forever – with a shiny clean club soul and a sometimes fusiony groove – underneath sweet male & female vocals! The fact that the Cool Notes were a bonafide band, with earlier roots in more of a Lovers Rock inspired style, gives this one a shiny gold star as far as 80s grooves go – there's a warmth that goes beyond the more mechanized club soul of the period, and the tunes are sweet! Titles include "Look What You've Done To Me", "My Love Is Hot", "Why Not", "Come On Back To Me", "Have A Good Forever", "Spend The Night", "You're Never Too Young", "All I Wanna Do", "I Love You" and "In Your Car". CD includes 4 bonus tracks, including "Natural Energy", "I Forgot" (12" version) and more. CD

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Dazz BandHot Spot (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/FTG, 1985. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The Dazz Band are in a definite hot spot here – the group's final album for Motown, and a record that's filled with the kind of catchy crossover funk they did better than most! The set snaps into a groove right from the very first note – with that electro funk that Motown served up big in the wake of Rick James, and which the Dazz Band only improve with their rock-solid sound on the set – a mode that has all the instrumental elements coming down sharp on the rhythms, topped by some back/forth group vocals that almost have a Jacksons vibe – except for the tracks in which they get processed with a bit of electro-soul modes! Titles include "If Only You Were In My Shoes", "Hot Spot", "Paranoid", "All The Way", "She Used To Be My Girl", "When You Need Roses", and Slow Rap". This Funky Town Grooves edition has 5 bonus tracks – 12-inch versions and alternate mixes of album tracks and more – including "Hot Spot (Club Mix)", "Heartbeat (12" Version)", "Let It All Blow (Special Disco Remix)", "Swoop (I'm Yours) (12" Version)" and "Joystick (Vocal 12"). CD

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Dazz BandJoystick/Jukebox ... CD
Motown/FTG, 1983/1984. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
The Dazz Band brilliantly modernizes their sound for the early-to-mid 80s – without sacrificing the funk one bit on a pair of later Motown albums – '83's Joystick and '84's Jukebox in a single set! As you might guess from the title, on Joystick, Dazz Band thumps and pulses things into a style that's electro and computer groove aware. That said, their background in midwestern funky 70s soul is hardwired into their systems and they bridge the eras masterfully! Titles include "To The Roof", "Joystick", "Until You", "Rock With Me", "Now That I Have You" and more. On Jukebox, the Dazz Band hit hard with that catchy, synth-heavy groove that marks their other solid Motown work! The album's got all the catchy pop elements you might guess from the time – not as classically funky as the group in their roots, with lots of emphasis on the keyboards and guitar – that crossover Motown soul mode of the mid 80s. Titles include "So Much Love", "Dream Girl", "She's The One", "Heartbeat", "Let It All Blow", "Undercover Lover", and "Main Attraction". CD

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George DukeGuardian Of The Light (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/FTG, 1983. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A funky concept album from George Duke – and one that's filled with some mighty nice grooves! Guardians Of The Light is a full-on "musical fantasy" – with the story line laid out in the liner notes, yet still a bit difficult to follow – but we can't fault him for that when it's done in his masterful R&B-fusion-funk approach! George sings on all cuts, but he also gets some stellar vocal assistance from Jeffrey Osborne, Portia Griffin, and Patti Austin. The record also has some surprisingly sweet mellow moments that bring a deeper level of spacey soul to the out-there concept – those laidback lines that George could always do better than anyone else! Titles include "Born To Love You", "You Are The Light", "Reach Out", "Give Me Your Love", "Stand", "Soon", and "Fly Away". 3 bonus tracks on this FTG CD edition: "Reach Out (12" Version)", "Celebrate (Instrumental)" and "Brazilian Love Affair". CD

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✨✧ EnchantmentEnchanted Lady (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1982. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
One of the best moments ever from Enchantment – a set that has the group still sticking with the great harmonies that got them started in the 70s, yet stretching out with a tight 80s groove that's just perfect for their energy! There's a decidedly old school feel going on here – a real love of the sorts of group singing you might know from the indie days of soul from the decade before – preserved surprisingly well in the sensitive production by Michael Stokes – who manages to modernize the sound with some key instrumental elements, yet never get in the way of the vocal charts from Emanuel Johnson! The blend is great – a real standout, even amongst the incredibly strong run of soul records coming from Columbia in the early 80s – and titles include "I Know Your Hot Spot", "I Can't Forget You", "Your Love Is Like A Melody", "Only You", and "Peace Is What The World Needs". CD also features 4 bonus tracks – 12" versions of "I Know Your Hot Spot" and "Only You", and vocal and instrumental mixes of "Here's Your Chance". CD

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Aretha FranklinWho's Zoomin Who (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1985. New Copy 2 CDs ... $9.99 15.98
A huge hit for Aretha Franklin – and a record that brought her famous vocals to a whole new generation of listeners! The sound is definitely different than before – a change from both the deep soul of Atlantic years, and the initial classy approach of her time at Arista – and working with lots of help from Narada Michael Walden, Aretha gets an 80s groove that turns out to be a perfect platform for her sound – one that lets her vocals really take off, while still getting plenty of great hooks as well – all in a mode that somehow sounds far less commercial than we remember at the time. Includes the massive hits "Freeway Of Love" and "Who's Zoomin Who" – plus "Ain't Nobody Every Loved You", "Push", "Integrity", "Sisters Are Doin It For Themselves", and "Sweet Bitter Love". 2CD version features an insane number of bonus tracks – including loads of mixes, remixes, dubs, and single versions of the big tracks off the album! CD

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✨✧ Fredi Grace & RhinestoneGet On Your Mark (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1982. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A sweet bit of electro soul from the 80s – served up here by a trio who are heavy on keyboard sounds, but also get some warmer elements from an array of other musicians who help out on the set! The tunes have a nicely punched-up vibe – catchy 80s soul, but without any too commercial modes – almost more in the lean territory of some of the indies of the period – something that might have made the record hard for RCA to get into the charts, but which has given it a hell of a lot of charm all these many years later! Titles include the great mellow cut "Perfect Lover", plus the tracks "Tell Me What's On Your Mind", "Love Thang", "Help", and "Won't Cha Give It To Me". CD features 8 more bonus tracks – a long version of "Love Thang", an instrumental of "Help", and 7" single mixes of six more album tracks. CD

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✨✧ Leon HaywoodIntimate (with bonus tracks) ... CD
CBS/FTG, 1976. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
An intimate record from Leon Haywood, but one that's still got his sense of groove nicely in place – at a level that has the singer really warming up to a new sort of modern soul style in the process! There's still some of the elements of Haywood's earlier records in place – but overall, Leon's pushing forward into more mature soul territory – a mode that's getting him out of the west coast underground, and which should have made this set a lasting 70s classic. Leon handled all the arrangements himself, but also gets some badass assistance on strings from Gene Page – whose sense of sophistication really sharpens up the focus of the record – and titles include "Let's Get It On", "Strokin", "Dream Dream", "Let Me Make It Good To You", and a remake of Leon's classic, "It's Got To Be Mellow". CD

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Phyllis HymanPhyllis Hyman (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Buddah/FTG, 1977. New Copy ... $9.99 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
Also available Phyllis Hyman ... LP 4.99

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Rebbie JacksonCentipede (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/FTG, 1984. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
A great set from Rebbie Jackson – a batch of 80s groovers that's way different than work from siblings Michael or Janet – and done with a percolating sort of vibe that's quite different from some of the core projects of the rest of the Jacksons universe! Wayne Henderson handled most of the production for the set, and brings in a nice sense of class that pushes the work far from too-commercial soul – that strong balance that always makes his name on a record one key reason to check it out! There's still a bit of Jackson influence on the vocals – as Rebbie gets help from Michael, Tito, and Randy Jackson – alongside additional guest vocals from Gary Glenn, Patryce Banks, Maxie Anderson, and The Weather Girls. Titles include "Centipede", "Play Me", "Open Up To My Love", "Hey Boy", "Come Alive It's Saturday Night", "Ready for Love", and "A Fork In The Road". CD features bonus tracks "Eternal Love (single)", "I'm Just Gonna Love You", "Play Me (12" version)", "Play Me (12" inst)", "Come Alive It's Saturday Night (ext mix)", "Centipede (12" mix)", and "Centipede (12" inst)". CD

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JuicyJuicy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1982. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
An 80s soul classic – and one of those records that never seems to get old! The set's the first album from Juicy – recorded when they were more of a group than a studio duo, and working here with production from Deodato – who gives their sound some nice jazzy touches! That's no surprise, though, as Deodato's also playing a bit of clavinet and synth on the album – matching the keyboards of lead vocalist Katie Barnes, and hitting the 80s groove sound that was the group's strongest suit – a tightly stepping style that's mighty nice throughout! Titles include "You're Number One", "I've Got Something", "Don't Cha Wanna", "Love's A Merry Go Round", "Our Love Is Stronger", "Sing The Message", and "The Night Is Still Young". CD features bonus tracks – "Don't Cha Wanna (inst)", and "I've Got Something (ext)". CD

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