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✨✧ Bosko PetrovicOriginal Album Collection Vol 2 (With Pain I Was Born/Tiffany Girl/Follow Me/Sarabanda/From Moscow To LA/Zvira Voda) (6CD set) ... CD
Jugoton/Croatia (Croatia), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 6CD ... Out Of Stock
An incredible legacy in jazz – and an overlooked one, too – a huge amount of work from vibist Bosko Petrovic, a player who was as important on his instrument in Europe as Bobby Hutcherson and Milt Jackson were in the US! In fact, both players are a great comparison – because Petrovic started in the 60s in a strong Jackson/MJQ mode, but then really flowered in the 70s – taking off in all the new directions that Hutcherson explored with his music – including a range of interesting creative projects collected on this set! The first Album Collection focused on Bosko's bigger ensemble work, but this set brings together unusual collaborations and cool projects from the late 70s and 80s – including one album with pianist Kenny Drew, an electric date with Csaba Deseo, duets with pianist Davor Kajfes, a vocal album with singer Zvira Voda, and two more duet albums with pianist Neven Franges. The work is wonderful – most never heard on this side of the Atlantic – and the 6CD set features each individual album in a tiny LP sleeve – a hell of a deal at this price! Features the records With Pain I Was Born, Tiffany Girl, Follow Me, Sarabanda, From Moscow To LA, and Zvira Voda. CD
 
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Willie BoboHell Of An Act To Follow/Bobo ... CD
Columbia/Soul Brother (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... $9.99
2 late 70s gems from Willie Bobo – 1978's Hell Of An Act To Follow and 1979's Bobo – on a single CD! Hell Of An Act To Follow is really nice stuff from Willie – maybe not as hard and funky as his early 70s work, but very nice in kind of a Latin Club mode, thanks to some great production by Wayne Henderson! The album's a killer blend of funky fusion and Latin rhythms, very much in the NuYorica mode, especially at that mid 70s point when New York groups were getting a taste of a bit more production. Includes Willie's classic take on "Always There" – which is a great dancefloor jazz jammer – plus Henderson's groovy stepper "Keep that Same Old Feeling", and the tracks "Together", "Dindi", and "Pisces". Bobo is kind of a rare Columbia set from 1979 – with a mix dancefloor ready Latin, bits of fusiony funk & soul, and overall much more of vocals record than was typical for Willie – featuring Errol Knowles' doing the honors, plus a Bobo father & son duet. Really kind of an uptempo dancefloor groover from Willie overall, with a couple more laidback numbers! Includes the opener "Palos", "Comin Over To Me", "Latin Lady (Celia's Song)", "It's Over", "Set You Free", "Father And Son" and more. The Soul Brother Records CD version includes a bonus track remix of "Always There". CD

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Linda CliffordLet Me Be Your Woman ... LP
Curtom, 1979. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $2.99
A bit over the top – and the kind of record that might have bankrupted Curtom in its later years! Linda's very much in full-disco mode, singing to long clubby arrangements by Gil Askey that have more strings and less soul than previous efforts. The one saving grace of the album is the cut "Don't Give It Up", a hip follow-up to "Runaway Love", which has a similar bad talkin' approach, with Linda doing a bit of a monologue in the middle. Other tracks include "Let Me Be Your Woman", "Hold Me Close", "Sweet Melodies" and the pairing of "One Of Those Songs" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water", which takes up all of the 2nd disc in the 2LP set. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Chi-LitesMe & You ... LP
Chi Sound, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Chi-Lites going strong into the 80s – hitting a whole new groove, but keeping things real in the vocal department! The album's got a great mix of ballads and groovers – similar to other Chi-Sound productions at the time – and the upbeat numbers follow nicely from the group's work on Mercury in the late 70s, more kicked up than their fragile ballads of the early 70s, but with great vocals nonetheless. Production is by Carl Davis with group leader Eugene Washington, and arrangements are by an old Brunswick crew who include Tom Tom and Sonny Sanders. Titles include "Whole Lot Of Good Good Lovin", "Tell Me Where It Hurts", "Me & You", "Never Speak To A Stranger", "Get Down With Me", and "Try My Side". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Young & CompanyI Like What You're Doing To Me (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The only full length album we've ever seen from this youthful combo – and a killer set that's gotten plenty of play over the years! Young & Company were an obscure New Jersey group who struck big momentarily with the single "I Like What You're Doing To Me", and got a brief chance to cut this one and only album for Brunswick as a follow-up. The album's an interesting one, because it came at a time when the last-gasping Brunswick was showing a real talent for cutting underground cuts – mostly issued on 12" singles, and rarely drawn out to a full LP like this – but at a level that really makes this album a lost gem! There's kind of a strong roller skating groove on the best cuts – moving along at a good midtempo pace with compressed instrumentation on guitar and keyboards, never too over the top, and definitely not disco. You can hear that to best effect on the big hit "I Like What You're Doing To Me", but the album's got plenty of other nice cuts, like "Strut Your Stuff", "Checking You Out", "Love Me All Night", and "Mellow Mood". CD features two bonus tracks – "I Like What You're Doing To Me (long version)" and "I Like What You're Doing To Me (inst)". CD

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Ashford & SimpsonStay Free ... LP
Warner, 1979. Near Mint- ... $3.99
Great stuff! From Motown songwriters to world-class superstars, the trip was a well-deserved one for Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford – and this album's perhaps their crowning achievement in sophisticated club soul! The record's got a great groove that offers a more soulful version of disco than most of the competing albums on major labels at the time – a perfect summation of the care and craft that Ashford & Simpson had always put into their music right from the start! The pair handle all production on the record, and also contributed all the songs too – and the whole thing's so wonderfully tight, right, and on the money, the album soars to the top even before the vocals come into the mix. Titles include more than a few club classics, like "Found A Cure", "Stay Free", and "Nobody Knows" – plus the cuts "Dance Forever", "Crazy", "Follow Your Heart", and "Finally Got To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Alice CooperKiller (2018 Record Crawl Exclusive – colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Warner, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... On July 20, 2018
Pure early genius from Alice Cooper – a set that might not have been as big of a hit as some of his other early 70s albums, but which also shows the singer to be very much at the top of his game! Some of the tracks here follow familiar Cooper territory – sinister, hard-rocking energy with a no-nonsense approach – but there's also some deeper elements handled nicely by Bob Erzin – with qualities that now feel years ahead of their time, and maybe even an influence to later folks who never would have admitted such a link! Titles include the fantastic "Halo Of Flies" – plus "Under My Wheels", "Be My Lover", "You Drive Me Nervous", "Yeah Yeah Yeah", "Dead Babies", and "Killer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Indie store exlusive.)

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Joe Cuba SextetBang! Bang! Push! Push! Push! ... CD
Tico, 1966. Used ... $24.99
A Latin classic from the word "bang"! This album was the one that busted Joe Cuba out of the Latin ghetto – into the sound of 60s soul, early funk, and beyond. The record's a stone winner – filled with boogaloo tracks delivered by Joe's firey young sextet, a killer ensemble that was setting the Latin world on its ear at the time. The title track – "Bang Bang" – is one of those tracks that you'll recognize from a million references, but which never sounds as good as it does on this impeccable version from Joe. The whole album follows in a similar suit – blending Latin, jazz, and soul with effortless ease – shifting between English and Spanish lyrics in a genre-busting style that really captures all the freshness of the era. The whole thing's great, and titles include "Asi Soy", "Alafia", "Triste", "Mujer Divina", "Oh Yeah", "Sock It To Me", and the "Bang Bang" follow-up, "Push, Push, Push". Great, hard, and a heck of a lot of fun! CD
(Out of print "white back" pressing. Rear tray card has a crease.)

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George DukeGuardian Of The Light ... LP
Epic, 1983. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $19.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi and insert.)

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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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Aretha FranklinSoul Sister/Take It Like You Give It ... CD
Columbia/American Beat, 1966/1967. Used ... $5.99
Aretha Franklin's last 2 Columbia albums – back to back on a single CD! Soul Sister is a later date for Columbia Records that hints a bit at the sounds to come on Atlantic! Backings are by Robert Mersey and Belford Hendricks – both of whom use some relatively full orchestrations and occasional backing vocals – in ways that almost translate a 60s country soul aesthetic to a leaner, cleaner sound for Aretha's strong vocals. Franklin, as always, is great – the kind of singer that really illuminates any tune she gets – even familiar numbers that seem to take on new life in her hands. The material is a bit deeper-digging than before on Columbia – less covers, and more tunes that are well-suited to Aretha's sensibilities – including a few penned by Van McCoy or Hendricks. Titles include "Until You Were Gone", "Follow Your Heart", "A Mother's Love", "I'm Losing You", "Take A Look", and "Can't You See Me". On Take It Like You Give It, Franklin steps out with even more of a hard soul style than before – in a record that's a great close to her early years on Columbia Records! Arrangements are by Belford Hendricks and Clyde Otis – the latter of whom is clearly responsible for the deepening sound of Franklin's music here – although Hendricks' work also sounds pretty great too, with a leaner feel than before. Franklin's vocals really sparkle nicely on the set – sometimes supported with backing singers, sometimes all out on their own – always in that iconic style that inspired whole generation of female soul singers. Titles include "A Little Bit Of Soul", "Only The One You Love", "Deeper", "Remember Me", "Land Of Dreams", "Lee Cross", "I May Never Get To Heaven", and "Take It Like You Give It". CD

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Lowell FulsomFinal Kent Years (Lowell Fulsom Now/Lovemaker/bonus tracks) ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Late 60s/1978. New Copy ... $8.99 18.99
Two sweet slices of work from the great Lowell Fulson – plus some bonus tracks too! The set begins with late 60s recordings that made up the album Lowell Fulson Now – very nice work from Lowell Fulsom – strongly in the mode of his Tramp album for Kent, with a mix of blues and 60s soul, coming together in a sock-hard style that's much better than a lot of Fulsom's other work for other labels! Arrangements are by Rene Hall and Maxwell Davis – the latter of whom does a surprisingly great job on giving up a sharper edge than we remember in his other work. About half the set's straight blues, but the half that's not is nice and funky – including the "Tramp" follow-up "I'm A Drifter", a nice cover of "Funky Broadway", and the cut "Let's Go Get Stoned". Other titles include "Feel So Bad", "I Cried", "The Letter", "Tomorrow", and "Mellow Together". Next up is the obscure 1978 session that Lowell did for the related Big Town label – titled Lovemaker – a bit later than some of Lowell Fulsom's funk work for Kent Records – but a set that's almost more vintage overall! The album's recorded for the short-lived Big Town imprint – a late 70s venue that took older R&B artists back to the sounds of a few decades before – never too rootsy, thanks to the style of production – but with less attempt to crossover to a contemporary audience than the artists might have used on another label. There is a fair bit of heavy guitar in the 70s – a kind of post-blues revival feel that comes on loud and clear, and which sounds especially great on the title track "Lovemaker", which almost has a funky "Tramp" groove at the bottom! Other cuts include "Bending Like A Willow Tree", "Get The Cash & Let The Credit Go", "My Mind Is Trying To Leave Me Too", "When Things Go Wrong", and "I Am Not Worried". CD features detailed notes, and also includes some bonus single and unissued tracks – making for 25 titles in all! CD

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Roy C HammondMore Sex & More Soul ... CD
Mercury/Playback, 1977. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Classic 70s southern soul from Roy C – a brilliant follow-up to his excellent Sex & Soul album, but a great little record that more than stands on its own! Although Roy's roots are in New York City, his sound here is one that echoes strongly with the changes going on down in the Memphis, Jackson, and Miami soul scenes at the time – an approach to southern soul that still maintains the rootsiness of the vocals, yet which wraps them up in a warmer, more adult sort of mode – almost inspired by the work of Al Green, but a bit more down home. Titles include "From The Outside Looking In", "Sure Nuff In Love With You", "After Loving You", "Show Me Love, I'll Show You Pain", and "Great Great Grandson Of A Slave". CD

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Whitney HoustonI Wish You Love – More From The Bodyguard ... CD
Arista/Sony, 1992/2017. New Copy ... $7.99 11.00
The Bodyguard soundtrack was one of the biggest moments ever for Whitney Houston – both on screen and on record – so it's no surprise that after all these years, Arista's found a way to make that classic even bigger – by creating this long-overdue follow-up album with plenty of bonus material! Some tracks here are rare alternate versions, some are different mixes, and some are from the film and not the full length album – and there's even a number of live tracks recorded around the same time. All material here is on CD for the first time – and the few vinyl tracks are long out of print – and titles include "I Will Always Love You (alt mix)", "I'm Every Woman (Clivilles & Cole house mix edit)", and "Jesus Loves Me (acapella)" – plus film versions of "I Have Nothing", "Run To You", "Queen Of The Night", "Jesus Loves Me", and "I Will Always Love You" – and live tracks "I Have Nothing", "Run To You", "Queen Of The Night", "I'm Every Woman", "I Will Always Love You", and "Jesus Loves Me/He's Got The Whole World In His Hands". CD

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✨✧ Jeru The DamajaWrath Of The Math ... LP
Payday, 1996. Very Good+ 2LP ... $16.99
Follow up to the classic "The Sun Rises in the East" LP with more genius production from Premier. With "One Day", "Me or the Papes", "The Frustrated Nigga", "Scientifical Madness", "Revenge of the Prophet (Part 5)", and 9 more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Later black label pressing.)

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ManhattansEven Now ... CD
Beemark, 2003. Used ... $12.99
Recent work by The Manhattans – now reduced to the duo of Gerald Alston and Blue Lovett, but still plenty darn soulful! The tunes here follow the mellower groove of the group's later work – a space that lets Alston and Lovett really stretch out vocally – not as harmony-based as before, given the smaller group, but with a good amount of interplay that adds a personal sense to the tunes. Production is relatively modern, with keyboards and electric percussion on most tracks, but the focus is still kept strongly on the vocals – on tracks that include "I Got It Right", "Nites Like This", "Turn Out The Stars", "Love Me Right", "I Got It Right", "Lover's Lullaby", and "Can You Take It". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ ManhattansOne Life To Live ... CD
Sony, 1970s/Early 80s. Used ... $6.99
A wonderful collection of work from The Manhattans – one that goes way past familiar hits from the 70s, and which features some overlooked gems from their years at Deluxe and Columbia! The set shows an amazing evolution in music – the group's shift from a rougher-edged harmony group into one of the most tightly-honed male soul acts of their generation – one who set a whole new standard in soul for the rest to follow! Most of the tracks here are mellow numbers or ballads – the kind of cuts that we've always thought were the group's strongest suit, and which always have them sounding great – even in later years, when the instrumentation is a bit more contemporary. Most of these tracks are pretty darn hard to find on CD, and titles include "One Life To Life", "Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye", "Don't Say No", "Fever", "A Change Is Gonna Come", "I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You", "Just The Lonely Talking Again", and "Where Did We Go Wrong". CD
(Out of print.)

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OdysseyHang Together ... LP
RCA, 1980. Very Good ... $2.99
A wicked groover from Odyssey – and a crack little album that has the trio hitting hard all the way through! The upbeat numbers are great, the ballads are warm and wonderful, and even the midtempo numbers come off perfectly – all with a rich quality that makes the album a real standout in mainstream soul at the time! There's a few playful post-disco touches on the dancefloor tracks, yet the vibe is all soul all the way through – and the female vocals really soar with this righteous energy that has the group sounding better than ever. Tracks include "Follow Me", "Hang Together", "Down Boy", "Don't Tell Me, Tell Her", "Use It Up & Wear It Out", "Never Had It All", and "If You're Looking For A Way Out". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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Oneness Of JujuSpace Jungle Luv ... LP
Black Fire, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic record from one of the greatest underground jazz groups of the 70s! Oneness of Juju are perhaps best known for the heavy funk of their first album, African Rhythms – but we're actually partial to this second album – a warmly spiritual batch of soul jazz tracks, and a set that's filled with life, emotion, and wonderful instrumentation throughout! The group are a bit more relaxed overall – easing into things, but in a way that really builds up as the album moves on – as they layer together heavy percussion, sweet keyboards, and lots of great sax solos from Plunky Nakabinde – plus wonderfully warm vocals that add a soulful edge the group never had before, but which still is very jazzy – and not like the funky club of later years. The whole thing's wonderfully cohesive, and a treasure throughout – and titles include the warm vocal number "River Luvrite", to the harder hitting "Space Jungle Funk", and other gems like "Soul Love Now", "Follow Me", "The Connection", and "Love's Messenger". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Andy PrattFurther Disruption EP ... CD
Thrift Girl, 2018. New Copy ... $9.99
Chicago's Andy Pratt further disrupts any dismissive ideas we might've had in recent years about neo-classic singer-songwriters – he's got a raw, real sound, slightly raspy and charismatic voice, and unpretentiously poetic lyrical sensibility that's straight-up irresistible. This great little follow-up EP to his Horizon Disrupted album – again recorded by Steve Albini – has a rawer feel, played in a warm trio setting with a roots rock vibe that serves the lyricism well. Andy didn't reach out to analog devotee engineer Albini for his famous name. It's a studio recording, but has the vibe of a late night barroom live set that's so good you've tuned out the crowd chatter and clattering bottles. That's how perfectly Albini captures it. We really think Pratt would've sounded right at home on Asylum Records in its artist-friendly prime, and nowadays folks like him have to do it DIY, which makes it all the more endearing. Includes "Lincoln Avenue", "God Only Gives You So Many Drinks", "Thrift Store Girl", "Get Close To Me" and "Happiness Is Home". CD

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ShacksHaze ... CD
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 17.98
The Shacks really seem to have found their sound here – balancing the sometimes-sweet vocals of Shannon Wise with a grittier edge in the music – not entirely garagey, but also never too overproduced! There's almost an 80s indie vibe going on here in the presentation – a group who clearly have the chops to win over the mainstream, but who also like to keep things cool too – really just ready to unleash their strong sense of a song, and balance with tune and timing – maybe getting just the right sort of help with the production efforts of Leon Michels and his long legacy in the deep funk underground! Titles include "Texas", "Sand Song", "Crying", "Birds", "Haze", "Follow Me", "Sleeping", "So Good", "Nobody Nobody", and "My Name Is". CD
Also available Haze ... LP 19.99

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ShacksHaze ... LP
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy ... $19.99 22.98
The Shacks really seem to have found their sound here – balancing the sometimes-sweet vocals of Shannon Wise with a grittier edge in the music – not entirely garagey, but also never too overproduced! There's almost an 80s indie vibe going on here in the presentation – a group who clearly have the chops to win over the mainstream, but who also like to keep things cool too – really just ready to unleash their strong sense of a song, and balance with tune and timing – maybe getting just the right sort of help with the production efforts of Leon Michels and his long legacy in the deep funk underground! Titles include "Texas", "Sand Song", "Crying", "Birds", "Haze", "Follow Me", "Sleeping", "So Good", "Nobody Nobody", and "My Name Is". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Haze ... CD 15.99

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Steppenwolf/Holy Modal Rounders/Roger McGuinnEasy Rider ... LP
ABC/Dunhill, 1969. Very Good ... $7.99
A tripped-out batch of freedom rock tunes – pulled together to accompany Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper's famous trip across the wasteland of late 60s America! The set includes Steppenwolf's anthemic "Born To Be Wild", as well as their "The Pusher" – plus "Kyrie Eleison" by The Electric Prunes, "Don't Bogart Me" by The Fraternity Of Man, "Wasn't Born To Follow" by The Byrds, "If You Want To Be A Bird" by The Holy Modal Rounders, and "It's Alright Ma" and "Ballad Of Easy Rider" by Roger McGuinn. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some splitting on the spine, and a light stain on the top left corner.)

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Steppenwolf/Holy Modal Rounders/Roger McGuinnSongs As Performed In The Motion Picture Easy Rider ... LP
ABC/Dunhill, 1969. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A tripped-out batch of freedom rock tunes – pulled together to accompany Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper's famous trip across the wasteland of late 60s America! The set includes Steppenwolf's anthemic "Born To Be Wild", as well as their "The Pusher" – plus "Kyrie Eleison" by The Electric Prunes, "Don't Bogart Me" by The Fraternity Of Man, "Wasn't Born To Follow" by The Byrds, "If You Want To Be A Bird" by The Holy Modal Rounders, and "It's Alright Ma" and "Ballad Of Easy Rider" by Roger McGuinn. LP, Vinyl record album
(80s UK pressing.)

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Billy StewartBilly Stewart Teaches Old Standards New Tricks ... LP
Chess, 1966. Very Good+ ... $4.99
This was the follow-up LP to Billy Stewart's huge single of Gershwin's "Summertime", and it's got a similar approach of "funky soul takes on American pop music standards". "Summertime" isn't on the album, but all the tracks have a sound that falls in the same mode – with fantastic vocal pyrotechnics from Billy, and tight arrangements by Phil Wright that both groove hard, but have a sophisticated classy edge. Titles include "Temptation", "Who Can I Turn To", "Let's Fall In Love", "Exodus", "Fly Me to the Moon", and "Secret Love". Also includes a great version of "Every Day I Have the Blues", with a nice hard funky drum intro! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label stereo pressing.)

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Stylistics5 Classic Albums (Stylistics/Stylistics 2/Let's Put It All Together/From The Mountain/Thank You Baby)(5CD set) ... CD
Avco/Spectrum (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $23.99
A wonderful set of work from one of the greatest vocal groups of the 70s – presented here in a package that features five full albums, all in little LP-styled sleeves! The first two albums might well be the blueprint for sweet soul in years to come – the legendary Stylistics and Stylistics 2 – records that managed to bridge heartbreaking soul with more righteous currents of social consciousness, at a level that's still extremely relevant all these many years later. The other records to follow are slightly less classic, but still a strong cut above most of the group's contemporaries – and are overflowing with mellow soul gems that never get old. There's a special feature to this package, too – given its British nature – in that the cover of Stylistics 2 is different than the "black fist" cover in the US, with a very different image of the group used for the UK – and the album From The Mountain is actually their record Heavy – but presented here with a different title and cover for the UK. 48 tracks in all – including "Betcha By Golly Wow", "People Make The World Go Round", "Children Of The Night", "You'll Never Get To Heaven", "You're Right As Rain", "Pieces", "Love Is The Answer", "You Make Me Feel Brand New", "Star On A TV Show", "Heavy Fallin Out", "Thank You Baby", "Tears & Souvenirs", "I'm Stone In Love With You", "You Are Everything", "Stop Look Listen", "You're A Big Girl Now", "It's Too Late", "Break Up To Make Up", "Doin The Streets", and lots lots more! CD

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Brenton WoodBaby You Got It ... LP
Double Shot/Craft, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Wonderful wonderful soul from Brenton Wood – one of the most unique singers of his day, and a talent whose voice worked well on so many types of numbers! This album's Brenton's second – a great follow-up to the first, and one that shows him pushing the envelope a lot in terms of the music he's working with. The title track – "Baby You Got It" – is a great groover with a catchy edge – one of a handful of tunes with really a charming, catchy chorus that he brings some emotional depth to. Another gem is "Gimme Little Sign" – a tune that's very much in the spirit of his earlier hit "Oogum Boogum Song", a great thing for us – but the whole thing is a gem! Other tracks include "Two Time Loser", "Trouble", "Me & You", "Darlin'", "Little Happy-Go-Lucky Girl" and "Give It Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMood Mosaic Vol 5 – Supervixens ... CD
Partners In Crime (Italy), 1997. New Copy ... $9.99
Strange twist for this series (which has been mostly lounge and funk), but a great batch of danceable uptempo fusion tracks and lost disco cuts from the euro club heyday of the 70s. Tracks include "Ma Mo Ah" by Tony Valor, "Follow Me" by Black Devil, "Dance Freak" by Chain Reaction, "Get On Up" by Roundtree, "Do Me" by Mona Rae, and "Ease Your Mind" by Touchdown. Nudie cover, sexy groove, and a nice 11 track comp of lost clubby grooves. Also with the great groover "Dance Dance Dance" by Marta Acuna! CD

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VariousReturn Of Funk Soul Sisters Presented by SuperFunk – Super Rare, Slinky & Funky Female Funk ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $19.99 22.99
Female funk galore – and one of the greatest all-girl compilations we've ever heard! The set's a brilliant follow-up to the first Funk Soul Sisters set on BGP – but we've gotta say that we like it even better than the first, and really appreciate the wide range of unusual tunes collected on the set! There's a depth here that goes way past the obvious – a love of bad-rapping funky female soul that digs deeper, and comes up with some key gems that explode cliches and really expand our love of the music. Titles include both rare album and single tracks pulled from a variety of American indies of the late 60s and early 70s – and although many are by familiar artists, they offer up a side of their talents you really wouldn't expect! Titles include "Easily Persuaded" by Martha & The Vandellas, "Family Tree" by Little Rose Little, "Who Told You" by Jackie Moore, "That's How I Feel" by The Sisters Of Righteous, "Ain't No Love Lost" by Patti Jo, "Love Connection" by Annette Snell, "Gotta Get Away" by Harolyn Montgomery, "Just A Mistake" by The Ebonettes, "Do You Really Want To Rescue Me (part 1)" by Elsie Mae, "It's My Thing" by Betty Moorer, "Speed Ticket" by Inez & Charlie Foxx, "Get On Up & Do It Baby" by Marie Adams, and "Jesse Joe" by Jean Knight. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSoul Over The City – 21 KSOL Super Soul Souvenirs ... LP
Blue Soul, 1960s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Here in Chicago, we had the WVON samplers put together by that radio station and Chess records. This collection, put together by San Francisco's KSOL brings together a nice selection of radio soul and R&B hits. They haven't emphasized the radio personalities, but we could imagine groovin to the radio on a summer evening with a playlist that includes classics like Billy Stewart's "I Do Love You", Fontella Bass' "Rescue Me", James Brown's 'There Was A Time", Alvin Cash's "Twine Time", the Esquires "Get On Up" and the Manhattan's "Follow Your Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has lightly bent corners. Labels have some pen.)

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VariousStudio One Rocksteady 2 – The Soul Of Young Jamaica – Rocksteady, Soul, & Early Reggae At Studio One ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 22.99
Soulful sounds from the legendary Studio One – music from a time when the Jamaican scene was taking some strong cues from the American soul scene of the 60s, but coming up with a unique groove of their own! As proof of that fact, some of the work here is based on original American soul tunes – but takes off in a very different way, especially in the rhythms – which follow on the earlier Jamaican modes in blue beat and ska, and created these gently grooving sounds which then allow for very different vocal styles too! Studio One really came into its own during these years – creating new soul stars in Jamaica through work like this – music that was a key precursor to the reggae explosion to come, but which is more than fantastic alone by itself. Titles include "Giddy Up" by The Actions, "Sitting In The Park" by Hortense Ellis, "Never Let Go" by Carlton & The Shoes, "Rub Up Push Up" by The Termites, "Give Me A Little Sign" by Owen Gray, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" by Alton & Hortense Ellis, "Strange Things" by John Holt, "Change Your Style" by The Paragons, "Trying Times" by Jerry Jones, "I Shall Be Released" by the Heptones, "Riding For A Fall" by Delroy Wilson, "Bad Treatment" by Cannon & The Soul Vendors, and "It Makes Me Feel" by Larry Marshall. CD

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✨✧ BlondieAutoamerican ... LP
Chrysalis, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The biggest sounding Blondie album by far – and a radical leap from New York new wave scene band to a wildly ambitious pop pastiche machine! The band always had a fearless way of filtering far-reaching pop sounds into their material, even when they were still on the CBGBs scene, and while their stylistic reach grew with each successive album, Autoamerican really takes it to extremes. It's somewhat notorious for favoring session players over the core band, but given how crazy the stylistic breadth is – no disrespect to that incredible core band – it's a creative win, as much BECAUSE they bit off more than they could chew production wise, as it is despite that. It's most famous (or infamous, depending on who's talking about it) for "Rapture", and other tracks include "Europa", "Live It Up", their classic, breezy cover of "The Tide Is High", "Here's Looking At You", "Faces", "Follow Me" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Blue MagicMagic Of The Blue ... LP
Atco, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Was there ever a better harmony soul group than Blue Magic? Hearing a record like this, it's hard to think so – and the album's pure east coast magic all the way through! The group still manage to keep the fragile quality that made their first work so great, but they've also got a wonderfully confident approach too – using arrangements from Norman Harris, Bobby Eli, and Vince Montana to soar with a Philly proudness that's totally great – never disco or club, but with a full, rich quality that's totally great. Tracks include their big hit "Three Ring Circus", a nice follow-up to the earlier "Sideshow", and other titles include "Let Me Be The One", "Looking For A Friend", "When Ya Coming Home", and "You Won't Have To Tell Me Goodbye". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Alice CooperKiller ... LP
Warner, 1971. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pure early genius from Alice Cooper – a set that might not have been as big of a hit as some of his other early 70s albums, but which also shows the singer to be very much at the top of his game! Some of the tracks here follow familiar Cooper territory – sinister, hard-rocking energy with a no-nonsense approach – but there's also some deeper elements handled nicely by Bob Erzin – with qualities that now feel years ahead of their time, and maybe even an influence to later folks who never would have admitted such a link! Titles include the fantastic "Halo Of Flies" – plus "Under My Wheels", "Be My Lover", "You Drive Me Nervous", "Yeah Yeah Yeah", "Dead Babies", and "Killer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover still has the calendar fully attached, with light wear and an unglued bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Joe Cuba SextetBang! Bang! Push! Push! Push! ... LP
Tico, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Latin classic from the word "bang"! This album was the one that busted Joe Cuba out of the Latin ghetto – into the sound of 60s soul, early funk, and beyond. The record's a stone winner – filled with boogaloo tracks delivered by Joe's firey young sextet, a killer ensemble that was setting the Latin world on its ear at the time. The title track – "Bang Bang" – is one of those tracks that you'll recognize from a million references, but which never sounds as good as it does on this impeccable version from Joe. The whole album follows in a similar suit – blending Latin, jazz, and soul with effortless ease – shifting between English and Spanish lyrics in a genre-busting style that really captures all the freshness of the era. The whole thing's great, and titles include "Asi Soy", "Alafia", "Triste", "Mujer Divina", "Oh Yeah", "Sock It To Me", and the "Bang Bang" follow-up, "Push, Push, Push". Great, hard, and a heck of a lot of fun! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Bang! Bang! Push! Push! Push! ... CD 24.99

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✨✧ Richard EvansDealing With Hard Times ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sublime set of soul instrumentals – very funky work, and sort of a 70s follow-up to the Soulful Strings albums on Cadet Records from the 60s! Maestro Richard Evans is at the top of his game here – stepping out with that hip Chisoul mode he first forged at Chess, tuned here towards some even more sophisticated modes for Atlantic Records! Many of Evan's previous players are on board to make the record great – including Lennie Druss on flute, Paul Serrano on trumpet, Odell Brown on organ, and Phil Upchurch on guitar. Evans himself plays bass for the record – using a very funky bottom sound – and the set also features some wicked vibes from the legendary Billy Wooten, working away from his Nineteenth Hole group on a rare major label date! The sound is blacksploitation soundtrack, part Curtom funk – and titles include the great originals "Pie Daddy's Dream", "Wado City", "Angela My Sister", and the great "Patutu" – which was done by the Soulful Strings – plus a few nice covers like "Mercy Mercy Me" and "Ellie's Love Theme", by Isaac Hayes. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & an unglued bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinQueen Of Soul ... LP
Harmony, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early work by Aretha Franklin – a collection of her work for Columbia Records during the 60s, sung in a mix of modes, from jazzy, to soulful, to bluesy. The style's pretty nice overall – although quite different than her later work for Atlantic – and tracks include "It's Just A Matter Of Time", "Love For Sale", "Follow Your Heart", "What A Difference A Day Made" and "You Made Me Love You". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinSoul Sister ... LP
Columbia, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Aretha Franklin's definitely growing into her role as a soul sister here – a later date for Columbia Records that hints a bit at the sounds to come on Atlantic! Backings are by Robert Mersey and Belford Hendricks – both of whom use some relatively full orchestrations and occasional backing vocals – in ways that almost translate a 60s country soul aesthetic to a leaner, cleaner sound for Aretha's strong vocals. Franklin, as always, is great – the kind of singer that really illuminates any tune she gets – even familiar numbers that seem to take on new life in her hands. The material is a bit deeper-digging than before on Columbia – less covers, and more tunes that are well-suited to Aretha's sensibilities – including a few penned by Van McCoy or Hendricks. Titles include "Until You Were Gone", "Follow Your Heart", "A Mother's Love", "I'm Losing You", "Take A Look", and "Can't You See Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Columbia Special Products pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Stan GetzMore West Coast Jazz With Stan Getz ... LP
Verve, 1953. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title's a bit misleading, but the record's a great one! Oddly, the album's not a follow up to the West Coast Jazz album by Stan Getz – firstly, because it wasn't actually done on the west coast, and secondly, because this one was actually recorded two years before! But that doesn't stop the set from being great – and we can certainly forgive Verve's free use of west coast in the title as more of a stylistic definition than anything else. But even with that name in place, there's almost more of a Boston modern feel going on – one that's open, fluid, and which features the tenor of Getz alongside some tremendous trombone work from a young Bob Brookmeyer. Rhythm is by the trio of John Williams on piano, Frank Isola on drums, and Teddy Kotick on bass – but at moments, the horns almost hang together alone, especially on the longer, mellower tracks! Titles include "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "Willow Weep For Me", "Crazy Rhythm", "Tangerine", and "The Nearness Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Norgran pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove – nice and clean. Cover has some light wear, and a split top seam, plus a few marks on the back.)

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✨✧ Pasteur LappeNa Man Pass Man ... LP
Disques D'Esperance/Africa Seven (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An Afro Funk record, but one with a bit of an unusual groove, too – as the set was recorded in France, and features some unusual moogy touches next to the percussion, horns, and guitars! Pasteur Lappe's definitely going for more of a global funk vibe overall here – and, a bit like Ice and some of the other combos working the French scene in the 70s, he seems to open up with new inspiration from a globe's worth of sources – which he folds back into a mix that also seems to echo Caribbean modes at times too. Titles include "Back To Funky", "ABC", "Na Man Pass Man", "Na Real Sekele Fo Ya", "Misosi", and "Follow Me Into My Dreams". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldDo It All Night ... LP
Curtom, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A clubbier album than usual from Curtis Mayfield – a mid 70s attempt to move onto the dancefloor, but a set that's still got the undeniable Mayfield charm! Half the tracks here were done in collaboration with disco maestro Gil Askey – and these numbers are longer tracks that soar and sway on waves of rhythms and subtle strings – all in a mode that's clearly going for a Philly-styled groove, and which manages to come pretty close in the end! The second half of the album, though, is quite different – mellower numbers that follow through on some of the more personal soul styles that Curtis was laying down on other Curtom albums from the time – a great blend of gentle rhythms, warm instrumentation, and those always-sweet Mayfield vocals – a sound that almost reminds us of some of the best mellow soul of the time from labelmate Leroy Hutson. Clubby tracks include "Do It All Night", "No Goodbyes", and "Party Party" – and mellow tracks include "Keeps Me Loving You", "In Love In Love In Love", and "You Are You Are". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker on front.)

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✨✧ Midnight StarBeginning ... LP
Solar, 1980. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic album of slap-bass funk, with production by Harvey Mason, and a round mellow 80s groove on just about every track. The backing is filled with a lot of funky fusion legends – like George Bohannon, Oscar Brashear, and Jerome Richardson – and titles include "Make It Last", "Two In Love", "Follow The Path", and "Set Me On Fire". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ James Moody4B ... CD
IPO Recordings, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderful follow up to Moody's excellent 4A set – recorded over a couple days in 2008, with Moody's tenor out from of the great Kenny Barron on piano, Lewis Nash on drums and Todd Coolman on bass. Moody, in his early 80s, sounds absolutely terrific – his talent exists outside of the rules of physical time – and his group is the perfect mix of loose charisma and energetic groove. Includes "Take The A Train", "Hot House", "Speak Low", "Polka Dots & Moonbeams", "I Love You", "OP Update", "Nikara's Song", "But Not For Me" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ ReddingsSteamin' Hot ... LP
Believe In A Dream, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice mix of slap-bass funk and mellower numbers – with the mellower tunes winning out in our book! The funkier ones are fine, just a bit standard – but the smoother tunes have a nice style of trading leads through harmonies that gives them an overall more put-together feel. Titles include "Follow Me", "You Bring Me Joy", "Steamin Hot", "For You", "Time Won't Wait", and "You Can Be A Star". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve.)

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✨✧ Young JeezyInspiration (Exclusive Album Advance Radio) ... LP
Corporate Thugz/Def Jam, 2006. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The follow up to the breakout Let's Get It Thug Motivation 101! Tracks include "Still On It", "U Know What It Is", "JEEZY", "I Luv It", "Go Getta" feat R Kelly, "3 AM" feat Timbaland, "The Realest", Streets On Lock", "Bury Me A G", "Dreamin'" feat Keyshia Cole, "What You Talkin' Bout", "Keep It Gangsta" feat Slick Pulla & Blood Raw, "I Got Money" feat TI and "The Inspiration (Follow Me)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Clean promo in a Def Jam Advance sleeve.)

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✨✧ VariousCool Heat – The Best Of CTI Records ... CD
CTI/Robinsongs (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great introduction to the legendary CTI Records label from the 70s – a groundbreaking imprint for both jazz and soul, and a company who helped a whole generation of musicians find a new way forward! The set's got a really great balance – with both some of the funky jazz and soulful vocal cuts recorded by the label and it's partner imprint, Kudu – and over the course of the 25 tracks on the extended collection, you'll not only hear a great evolution in grooves for the 70s generation – but also a fair bit of tracks that have gone onto new lives as sample cuts too! Titles include "Mama Wailer" by Lonnie Smith, "Say You Love Me" by Patti Austin, "2001 – Also Sprach Zarathustra" by Deodato, "Jaws" by Lalo Schifrin, "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This" by Idris Muhammad, "Supership" by George Benson, "Baltimore" by Nina Simone, "Polar AC" by Freddie Hubbard, "Home Is Where The Hatred Is" by Esther Phillips, "It's Going To Take Some Time" by Gabor Szabo, "Flute Song" by George Benson & Joe Farrell, "Forecast" by Eric Gale, "Baretta's Theme" by Ron Carter, "Breakout" by Johnny Hammond, "Wildflower" by Hank Crawford, "Knucklehead" by Grover Washington Jr, "Grand Prix" by Fuse One, "Shoogie Wanna Boogie" by Dave Matthews, "Be Yourself" by Kenny Burrell, "Sugar" by Stanley Turrentine, "Red Clay" by Freddie Hubbard, "Super Strut" by Deodato, and "Follow Your Heart" by Joe Farrell. CD

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✨✧ EsquiresGet On Up ... CD
Collectables, Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Classic Chicago soul recorded under the aegis of the great Bill Bunky Sheppard! The group was one of the best that worked with Sheppard – and they really take advantage of his odd way of producing harmonies, in the style that he'd worked out earlier in the 60s with The Sheppards. Arrangements are by Tom Tom Washington – and the cuts bounce along in that loping groove that was clearly becoming the trademark of the Chicago scene. You probably already know the hit "Get On Up" and the follow-up "And Get Away" – but the album's great all the way through, and features many original cuts like "Listen to Me", "When I'm Ready", "No Doubt About It", and "My Sweet Baby". CD
(Punch through barcode & booklet.)

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✨✧ Whitney HoustonI Wish You Love – More From The Bodyguard (25th anniversary limited edition pressing) ... LP
Arista/Sony, 1992/2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The Bodyguard soundtrack was one of the biggest moments ever for Whitney Houston – both on screen and on record – so it's no surprise that after all these years, Arista's found a way to make that classic even bigger – by creating this long-overdue follow-up album with plenty of bonus material! Some tracks here are rare alternate versions, some are different mixes, and some are from the film and not the full length album – and there's even a number of live tracks recorded around the same time. All material here is on CD for the first time – and the few vinyl tracks are long out of print – and titles include "I Will Always Love You (alt mix)", "I'm Every Woman (Clivilles & Cole house mix edit)", and "Jesus Loves Me (acapella)" – plus film versions of "I Have Nothing", "Run To You", "Queen Of The Night", "Jesus Loves Me", and "I Will Always Love You" – and live tracks "I Have Nothing", "Run To You", "Queen Of The Night", "I'm Every Woman", "I Will Always Love You", and "Jesus Loves Me/He's Got The Whole World In His Hands". LP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition on purple vinyl – with downoad!)
Also available I Wish You Love – More From The Bodyguard ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ ImpressionsCheck Out Your Mind/Times Have Changed ... CD
Curtom/Love Vinyl (UK), 1970/1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of Impressions killers – back to back on a single CD! Check Out Your Mind is righteous late 60s soul from The Impressions – the group's last album with Curtis Mayfield in the lineup! The sound here follows heavily from the Young Mods and This Is My Country years – a heavier take on the trio's soul stylings than their work over at ABC in the mid 60s – pushed into more heady political territory, yet still informed with an unmatched approach to harmony soul. Arrangements are by Riley Hampton and Gary Slabo, and they've got some great psychedelic soul touches that are a perfect precursor to Curtis Mayfield's solo work to follow on Curtom – a great groove that steps out wonderfully with an undercurrent of funk in the mix. Henry Gibson plays some great congas on the set – again hinting at the Mayfield sound to come – and titles include "Check Out Your Mind", "Madam Mary", "We Must Be In Love", "Only You", "Say You Love Me", "Turn On To Me", "Do You Wanna Win", and "You're Really Something Sadie". Times Have Changed is a post-Curtis Mayfield album by The Impressions – but one that crackles with the raw righteousness of Curtis' first few solo albums on Curtom! Mayfield's place here is held by the amazing Leroy Hutson – one of our favorite soul talents of the 70s, really sparkling here in the trio before moving onto his own run of classics for Curtom – with a vocal quality that's solidly soulful, and possibly even more progressively pointed than Curtis. Hutson helped co-arrange the album with Riley Hampton – and production is by Curtis Mayfield, who brings in all the right elements of fuzz and funk to really keep the group sounding hip. Titles include the classic peace song "Stop the War", plus "I Need To Belong To Someone", "Love Me", "Our Love Goes On & On", "This Love's for Real", and a cool cover of "Inner City Blues". CD

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✨✧ MFSB/Three Degrees/Billy Paul/O'JaysGolden Gate Groove – The Sound Of Philadelphia Live 1973 ... CD
Philadelphia International, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
The setting is the Golden Gate, but the sound is pure Philly International – a rare early live performance from the label, featuring some of its key vocal heavyweights working here with live accompaniment from MFSB! Although the instrumental group backed Philly artists often in the studio, this 1973 concert marks the only time they worked live with the singers – in a stunning showcase for the young label, performed as part of a Columbia Records convention in San Francisco! Given the setting, and the uniqueness of the whole event, the CD release of this rare material is a treasure for soul fans of many generations – a rare addition to the amazing run of music the label first started giving us at the time. The set begins with MFSB doing a version of "Freddie's Dead" – then runs into Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes singing "I Miss You", "The Love I Lost", and "If You Don't Know Me By Now" – followed by Three Degrees on "I Didn't Know" and "Dirty Ol Man". MFSB then follow with "TSOP", then Billy Paul sings "East" and "Me & Mrs Jones", and the set ends with The O'Jays on "Love Train", "Sunshine", "Back Stabbers", and "When The World's At Peace". CD

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✨✧ VariousStudio One Rocksteady 2 – The Soul Of Young Jamaica – Rocksteady, Soul, & Early Reggae At Studio One ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Soulful sounds from the legendary Studio One – music from a time when the Jamaican scene was taking some strong cues from the American soul scene of the 60s, but coming up with a unique groove of their own! As proof of that fact, some of the work here is based on original American soul tunes – but takes off in a very different way, especially in the rhythms – which follow on the earlier Jamaican modes in blue beat and ska, and created these gently grooving sounds which then allow for very different vocal styles too! Studio One really came into its own during these years – creating new soul stars in Jamaica through work like this – music that was a key precursor to the reggae explosion to come, but which is more than fantastic alone by itself. Titles include "Giddy Up" by The Actions, "Sitting In The Park" by Hortense Ellis, "Never Let Go" by Carlton & The Shoes, "Rub Up Push Up" by The Termites, "Give Me A Little Sign" by Owen Gray, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" by Alton & Hortense Ellis, "Strange Things" by John Holt, "Change Your Style" by The Paragons, "Trying Times" by Jerry Jones, "I Shall Be Released" by the Heptones, "Riding For A Fall" by Delroy Wilson, "Bad Treatment" by Cannon & The Soul Vendors, and "It Makes Me Feel" by Larry Marshall. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Studio One Rocksteady 2 – The Soul Of Young Jamaica – Rocksteady, Soul, & Early Reggae At Studio One ... CD 18.99

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✨✧ Abatwa (The Pygmy)Why Did We Stop Growing Tall ... CD
Glitterbeat (Germany), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Heartbreaking sounds from the Abatwa – one of the most endangered peoples in Africa, recorded here in the heart of contemporary Rwanda as part of the Hidden Musics series on Glitterbeat! The collection is incredibly rootsy – like older ethnographic work, but recorded with much more clarity, and themes that resonate incredibly strongly with the strife in the nation in recent years – as you might guess from songs that include "The Child From The Streets", "Stop Crying Now", "Why Did We Stop Growing Tall", "I Will Serve", "War Song", "I'll Follow You Until You Kill Me", and "Night Streetwalker Who Will Care For Your Children". Instrumentation is relatively spare – often a single-string cuica-like instrument, or the 11 string lycembe harp – and vocals shift on each track, which really seems to further the almost conversational spirit of the recording. CD

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✨✧ Blue MagicBlue Magic/Magic Of The Blue ... CD
Atco/Playback, 1974. New Copy 2CDs ... Out Of Stock
A pair of classics from Blue Magic – brought together in a single set! First up is the self-titled Blue Magic – the start of a tremendous run from Blue Magic – easily one of the greatest harmony groups of the 70s, a quintet we'd place in a rare class with heavy hitters like The Stylistics or The Moments! The album's smooth and sweet, but never slick – perfectly arranged by the great Norman Harris, who makes the vocals sound equally great on mellow tracks and uptempo numbers – setting a new Philly standard with the album, and one that few other groups could match so well! Every piece of the core 70s Philly harmony sound is in place here – from the near-perfect (but wonderfully human) vocals of the group, to the full yet subtle backings by Sigma players who include Vince Montana, Earl Young, Bobby Eli, and Harris himself – and if you've ever needed a record to prove the genius of the east coast harmony sound, this may well be it! Titles include "Look Me Up", "What's Come Over Me", "Tear It Down", "Sideshow", "Stop To Start", "Welcome To The Club", and "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely". Magic Of The Blue is pure east coast magic all the way through! The group still manage to keep the fragile quality that made their first work so great, but they've also got a wonderfully confident approach too – using arrangements from Norman Harris, Bobby Eli, and Vince Montana to soar with a Philly proudness that's totally great – never disco or club, but with a full, rich quality that's totally great. Tracks include their big hit "Three Ring Circus", a nice follow-up to the earlier "Sideshow", and other titles include "Let Me Be The One", "Looking For A Friend", "When Ya Coming Home", and "You Won't Have To Tell Me Goodbye". CD
Also available
Blue Magic ... LP 8.99
Blue Magic ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Furry LewisWorried Blues (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Fat Possum, 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The great Furry Lewis, in exactly the kind of setting that makes him sound his best – working here in a well-recorded, but stripped-down vibe at the end of the 60s – on a record that really allows us to hear all the wonderfully unique qualities of his work on guitar! Lewis has a way of mixing strummed lines with quickly-inflected passages – really matching the energy of his vocals, which at some points are understatedly more focused than his guitar – almost hiding the complexity of his instrumentation. The set features a bit of guest washtub bass from Dewey Corley and some added guitar from Lee Baker Jr – on titles that include "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean", "Judge Boushe", "On The Road Again", "Oh Babe", "I've Got A Bird To Whistle", "Furry's Worried Blues", "If You Follow Me Babe", and "Natural born Eastman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Ennio MorriconeMetti Una Sera A Cena (180 gram pressing – with bonus track) ... LP
Cinevox/AMS (Italy), 1969. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite soundtracks ever from the legendary Ennio Morricone – a sublime set that's a perfect summation of all his best jazz, bossa, and mod elements – served up in one sparkling set that's gotten countless play on our turntable over the years! The main theme is a classic – a haunting, drifting track that really illustrates Morricone's capacity for warmer elements – something that some folks forget, if they only know his horror music and more ambitious work. Other tunes follow with a similar vibe – each a fresh change, but still awash in sweet and dreamy sounds, but with this great undercurrent of groove as well. Titles include "Metti, Una Sera A Cena", "Sauna", "Nina", "Ric Happening", "Croce D'Amore", and "Terrazza Vuota". Also features the bonus track "Hurry To Me"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Multi colored vinyl!)

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✨✧ OdysseyGoing Back To My Roots – The Best Of Odyssey ... CD
RCA/Music Club (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic soul trio, and one who turned out to be a fair bit more classy than some of their club contemporaries in the late 70s – with an ability to change things up in a great way as time moved on, and really keep their groove fresh for the 80s! This set brings together almost every one of the excellent groovers that Odyssey recorded during their years at RCA – many cuts in single versions that got plenty of play back in the day, and which together really show a wonderful transformation in sound over just a few short years. The package is a heck of a deal – 30 tracks at one mighty nice price – and titles include "Native New Yorker (12" disco mix)", "Going Back To My Roots (12" version)", "Inside Out (12" mix)", "Don't Tell Me Tell Her (12" mix)", "Roots Suite", "If You're Lookin For A Way Out", "Use It Up & Wear It Out (7" mix)", "I Got The Melody", "Follow Me", "Oh No Not My Baby", "Hang Together", "Easy Come Easy Go/Hold De Mota Down", "Lucky Star", "It Will Be Alright", and "Every Lovin Sam". CD

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✨✧ Cecil PayneZodiac – The Music Of Cecil Payne (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata East/Pure Pleasure (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The third volume in Strata East's Dolphy Series, and a hard to find recording by the great baritone saxophonist Cecil Payne! Although Payne had his roots in earlier bop material, by the time of this recording, he'd emerged as an outspoken modernist – although few labels would give him the chance to prove himself in this respect – save for the legendary Strata East imprint, which gives Payne this chance to show a whole new side of his talents! The group is a perfect one to bridge the generations – with Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Wilbur Ware on bass, Wynton Kelly on piano, and Albert Heath on drums – stretching out beautifully in a set of original compositions that are easily some of Payne's best work on record ever. Tracks include "Follow Me", "Flying Fish", "Slide Hampton", and "Girl You Got a Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition.)

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✨✧ Tony Randall/Lynn RedgravePower Is You ... LP
Clarus, 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
A positive message-oriented record for youth – no doubt an attempt to follow up Free To Be You & Me! Features music by Bernie Fass, and tunes that include "Your Power To Dream","If You Take Care Of Your Body", "The Power To Love", "Communication", "There's Always Room For Change", and "Make People Laugh". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ StokelyIntroducing Stokely ... CD
Blu Raffe/Concord, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Solo work from Stokely – a singer who hardly needs an introduction, given his well-known work with Mint Condition – but who also sounds quite nice here on his own! Stokley's got a tight, proud vibe to his sound – still the warmth that he brought to Mint Condition, but maybe also a bit more self-confidence, too – this instantly welcoming spirit that's set up here with a host of guest stars who include Robert Glasper, Estelle, Wale, Omi, and Ledisi. Some tracks are in more familiar R&B territory, but others take on a fresh crackle that shows that Stokely's clearly going to follow his own path – on titles that include "Art In Motion", "Hold My Breath", "Cross The Line", "Way Up", "Be With U", "Forecast", "Victoria", "Level", "Organic", "We/Me", and "Wheels Up". CD

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✨✧ U RoyNatty Rebel ... LP
TR/Get On Down, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
U-Roy still riding high on the follow-up to Dread Inna Babylon – delivering another stone classic with Natty Rebel! Deep, steady rhythms courtesy Sly Dunbar & Lloyd Parks, background singers Barrington Spence and Flip Wilson bringing such a depth of aching, emotive soul, and U-Roy at his charismatic, rebellious best out front! He's irresistible as ever here, singing and toasting with timing and phrasing at a peak level, on songs inspired by classic songcraft that spans styles. Pure genius! Includes "Babylon Burning", "Natty Rebel", "So Jah Jah Say", "Natty Kung Fu". "If You Should Leave Me", "Do You Remember", "Traveling Man", "Have Mercy", "Baddie Boo", "Go Ther Natty" and "Fire In A Trenchtown". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dennis WilsonBambu (The Caribou Sessions) (green vinyl pressing – with download) (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Legacy, Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A long-overdue follow-up to the Pacific Ocean Blue album by Dennis Wilson – material that was recorded for a second solo album, but never issued at the time – although every bit as much a testament to his maturing genius! The material has appeared on CD before – as part of bonus tracks for the Pacific Ocean Blue deluxe release – but they get treatment here as a full album, also debuting on vinyl – in a set of 16 tracks that includes "Love Remember Me", "Under The Moonlight", "He's A Bum", "Cocktails", "I Love You", "Constant Companion", "Are You Real", "Wild Situation", "Love Surrounds Me", "Album Tag Song", and "Time For Bed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Newly designed 2LP set – with download!)
 
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Pete TownshendWho Came First (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Universal, 1972. New Copy 2 CDs ... $31.99 39.98
A fantastic first album from Pete Townshend – one that showed the world that he was a hell of a force to be reckoned with, even away from The Who! There's some elements here that link back to Pete's work with the band, but the music here is already showing lots of new ideas brewing in his solo space – some of the greater sensitivity of Townshend's solo voice – which might not always get showcased when Roger Daltrey was taking the lead – and also some different musical strands that might not have been right for The Who. Ronnie Lane takes the lead on "Evolution" – which you'll recognize from the world of The Faces – and other titles include the original acoustic version of "Pure & Easy", plus "Nothing Is Everything (Let's See Action)", "Time Is Passing", "Forever's No Time At All", "There's A Heartache Following Me", "Content", "Parvardigar", and "Sheraton Gibson". This expanded version comes in a cool book-size package, with added liner notes and new mastering. Also features 16 more bonus tracks that include "His Hands", "The Seeker (2017 edit)", "Sleeping Dog", "Day Of Silence", "Mary Jane (stage a)", "I Always Say (2017 edit)", "Begin The Beguine (2017 mix)", "Baby O'Riley (instrumental)", "The Love Man (stage c)", "Content (stage a)", "Parvardigar (alt take)", "There's A Fortune In Those Hills", "Meher Baby In Italy", "Nothing Is Everything (earlier take)", "Evolution (live)", and "Drowned (live in India)". CD

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Masahiko SatoOnimotsu Konimotsu ... CD
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Very groovy soundtrack material from Masahiko Sato – a Japanese jazz artist that you might know from some equally groovy records in the 60s! This film music follows somewhat in the spirit of Sato's other recordings, save for the fact that the tunes are shorter – more like film cues overall – and often focus around this wonderfully cool main theme that has a riffing trumpet, followed by a riffing guitar, then laced with a sweet keyboard line – a great tune that's offered up in many variations, and which almost feels as if some UK ITV theme from the 60s was given a fresh treatment at the A&M Records studios! There's a few vocal tunes, but the album's mostly instrumental – and there's some nice twists and turns as things move along, especially towards the second half of the record, where some of the instrumentation is even more unusual. The CD is relatively short, but the package more than makes up for that with a very big booklet of notes in Japanese and photos. CD

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Michael HendersonTake Me I'm Yours – The Buddah Years Anthology ... CD
Buddah/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
The great Michael Henderson is a hell of a talent in 70s soul – an artist that some folks know for his more way-out work on bass with Miles Davis, or his early vocals with Norman Connors – but also a singer, arranger, and key creative talent – one who followed the same path as Connors, by moving from jazz to super-sophisticated soul! Henderson's music really took shape in the second half of the 70s – which is the territory covered by most of this collection – a great look at the artistic flowering of Henderson on the Buddah label, with a few key collaborations thrown in for good measure too. The 2CD set features 34 tracks in all – all with that wonderful sense of track selection that always makes these Soulmusic.com sets so great – and titles include early tracks recorded with Norman Connors – "You Are My Starship", "Valentine Love", and "We Both Need Each Other" – and duets, with Roberta Flack on "At The Concert", and a post-Connors performance with Phyllis Hyman on "Can't We Fall In Love Again". Other titles include "Time", "Make Me Feel Better", "In The Night Time", "Am I Special", "To Be Loved", "Do It All", "Be My Girl", "Solid", "Treat Me Like A Man", "Stay With Me This Summer", "Whip It", "Goin Places", "Let Me Love You", "Take Me I'm Yours", "Wide Receiver", "Playing On The Real Thing", "Riding", "Reach Out For Me", "Slingshot", "Fickle", "Come To Me", "Geek You Up", "Make Me Feel Like", and "Make It Easy On Yourself". CD

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Rod McKuenBoy Named Charlie Brown ... LP
Stanyan, 1970. Very Good- ... Just Sold Out!
A surprisingly weird and wonderful little record – one that features Rod McKuen's music for the film A Boy Named Charlie Brown, plus a few other tracks as well – all done in that slightly-broken style of Rod's we love so much! The aging poet McKuen might have seemed a strange choice to use for any sort of Peanuts film, but his raspy take on the title tune is really wonderful – almost a version of Charlie Brown that's an older alcoholic who's smoked most of his life – but still trying to sound slightly upbeat! This approach also follows on some of Rod's vocal work on a few tunes for the film Natalie with Henry Mancini – and even his instrumental work here is nice, with kind of a blue-tinged take on the territory of Vince Guaraldi. Titles include vocal numbers "Failure Face", "We", "Champion Charlie Brown", "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", and "Natalie" – plus instrumental tracks "Something For Snoopy", "I'll Catch The Sun", "Jean", and "Joanna" – as well as instrumentals of a few Charlie Brown tracks too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ DellsFreedom Means ... LP
Cadet, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunning set from the mighty mighty Dells – a cool collaboration with the legendary arranger Charles Stepney and songwriter Terry Callier – and a record that shows just how far the group had come since their streetcorner harmony days! The vocals are incredible – that rich blend of deep notes and soaring highs that made The Dells one of the most technically amazing soul groups in the 70s – and Stepney's arrangements follow in the same mode as his work for their Dionne Warwick album, and his music for Minnie Riperton and Ramsey Lewis – with lots of groovy currents on the bottom and soaring strings on the top – sophisticated, but completely soulful too – at a level that nobody else can touch! Terry Callier wrote the original tunes "The Love We Had Stays On My Mind", "Freedom Means", "Melody Man", "Free & Easy", "Rather Be With You", and "It's All Up To You" – and the set also includes great remakes of "One Less Bell To Answer", "Make It With You", and "If You Go Away/Love Story". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a lightly bent corner.)

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Dave GrusinThree Days Of The Condor (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Capitol/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
An incredible soundtrack – one of the all-time greats of the 70s! Dave Grusin really outdid himself with this one – and created a sublime mix of sound, space, and spare funky beats that holds up wonderfully all the way through! The main theme steps around in a haunting mix of electric piano, basslines, and muted trumpets over strings – and lots of other tunes on the set follow the same format – taking the best of funky Morricone and Francis Lai, and giving it an even hipper American twist! Plus, most of Grusin's soundtrack work of this nature was never properly issued (like his great tunes for Barretta!) – and this rare album is one of the few that ever made it, however briefly, to the record racks! Titles include "Condor", "Yellow Panic", "Out To Lunch", "Flight Of The Condor", and "Flashback To Terror". Loads of great keyboards! LP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition of 1000 – on 180 gram gold colored vinyl!)

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Mike LebrunShades ... CD
Beakerbox, 2018. New Copy ... $9.99
Sweet reeds from Mike Lebrun – a musician who's way more than just another funky saxophone player! Mike's got a great ear for the overall sound of his music – so that he often layers together his instruments, in ways that make us feel like two horns are following the same path at once – quite possibly the case, given that Lebrun plays tenor, alto, soprano, flute, and clarinet on the record – in addition to handling the overall rhythms! There's other live musicians too – playing more alto, vibes, piano, and some very strong drums – the last of which are often used to give the music a nice kick, but in ways that are fresher than more standard funk. The whole thing explodes nicely with a strong sense of tone and color – and titles include "Flute Party", "Saxophones Crash A Flute Party", "Clusterduck", "Now Then Or Some Other Time", "Jamovaland", "Melt", "Summon The Hope", "Drive There", and "Drive Back". CD

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetThird Stream Music ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1957. Used ... $11.99
A seminal album that defined the fresh sound of a whole new generation in jazz – that "third stream" movement that was different from the cool jazz of the west coast, and the fire of New York! The style here follows that same mix of jazz and higher-concept elements you'd hear on other Modern Jazz Quartet albums for Atlantic – but the music is expanded here with some great help from outside parties too. The Jimmy Giuffre trio join the quartet on most of side one – adding in Jimmy's snakey clarinet and Jim Hall's fluid guitar lines for a really fresh take on the MJQ groove. The remainder of the album brings in the Beaux Arts String Quartet – who shade in the mix of vibes and piano with these dark strains that are really beautiful – and bring even more drama than usual to the music. Titles include "Da Capo", "Fine", "Exposure", "Sketch", and "Conversation". CD
(Out of print.)
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Modern Jazz QuartetThird Stream Music ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A seminal album that defined the fresh sound of a whole new generation in jazz – that "third stream" movement that was different from the cool jazz of the west coast, and the fire of New York! The style here follows that same mix of jazz and higher-concept elements you'd hear on other Modern Jazz Quartet albums for Atlantic – but the music is expanded here with some great help from outside parties too. The Jimmy Giuffre trio join the quartet on most of side one – adding in Jimmy's snakey clarinet and Jim Hall's fluid guitar lines for a really fresh take on the MJQ groove. The remainder of the album brings in the Beaux Arts String Quartet – who shade in the mix of vibes and piano with these dark strains that are really beautiful – and bring even more drama than usual to the music. Titles include "Da Capo", "Fine", "Exposure", "Sketch", and "Conversation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)
Also available Third Stream Music ... CD 11.99

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Evan Parker/Derek Bailey/Han BenninkTopography Of The Lungs ... LP
Incus/OTOroku (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... On June 1, 2018
A landmark album in the British avant garde – the first set ever issued on Incus Records, and a monumental set of improvisations between Evan Parker on saxes, Hank Bennink on percussion, and Derek Bailey on guitar! The album followed from some great energy on the British scene of the previous few years – but went onto set the tone for countless other improvisations in years to come – especially in the way that Bailey's guitar is integrated into the sharper sounds of the saxes and drums. That blend may well be the record's strongest contribution to improvisation – but even without that historic status, it's still a hell of a set from some genius players at their height. Titles include "Dogmeat", "For Peter B & Peter K", "Fixed Elsewhere", and "Titan Moon". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lee Scratch Perry & The UpsettersReturn Of Django/Eastwood Rides Again ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $12.99
Two killer Trojan albums from Lee Perry & The Upsetters – back to back on a single CD! First up is Return Of Django – an early moment of genius from the legendary Lee Perry – and a set that uses Django imagery from Italian westerns to serve up a "bad boy" version of Jamaican music for the late 60s! Even at this early point, the sounds are mindblowing – rocksteady brought through a really weird sort of filter – so that lots of familiar instruments are turned inside out, and used to create these incredibly far-out sounds – especially the keyboards, which get really weird tunings and timings – and the reed passages, which sometimes have surprisingly exotic touches. Production is a big part of this approach, yet is surprisingly understated too – especially in comparison to later Perry productions – and titles include "Cold Sweat", "Live Injection", "Ten To Twelve", "One Punch", "Touch Of Fire", "Night Doctor", and the classic "Man From MI5". If there's anyone who could make the idea of Italian westerns and Jamaican grooves come together, it's the young Lee Scratch Perry – the mad musician who always had a great talent for mixing it up! Eastwood Rides Again follows the theme of The Upsetters previous classic, Return Of Django – and like that one, the groove isn't just the rocksteady rhythms you'd expect – but also maybe this more spacious version of the style, with a bit more space between the notes than some of their Kingston contemporaries – almost a mode that could be inspired by the spacious soundtrack scoring of the Italian scene, then delivered with a much grittier vibe. Most tunes are instrumentals, and titles include "Eastwood Rides Again", "Salt & Pepper", "Red Hot", "Tight Spot", "Catch This", "Popcorn", and "You Are Adorable". CD

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Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson Plays The Cole Porter Song Book ... CD
Verve/Jazz Heritage, 1959. Used ... $3.99
Cole Porter's tunes are great enough on their own, but Oscar really opens them up on this set – picking up the inherent rhythms in the numbers and really working them over – in a way that makes the outing one of the most lively in Peterson's songbook series for Verve! Oscar's fluid touch on the keys is perfect throughout – taking lots of chances, but always strongly following the melody – and rhythm accompaniment is from the usual team of Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums. Titles include "In The Still Of The Night", "Love For Sale", "It's All Right With Me", "Just One Of Those Things", "Night & Day", "It's De-Lovely", and "I Love Paris". CD
(With full color artwork.)

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Tom PrehnAxiom 1 & 2 (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Sonet/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1963. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99
One of the rarest free jazz albums of the European 60s scene – a set that was originally intended for release by Sonet Records, pressed up in test records for the musicians, then denied release because they felt that they'd already moved past the performance! Yet in the space of over 50 years, the music still sounds remarkably fresh – an early, striking, and stunning example of the way that the European avant jazz scene was not only overtaking the American one, but also providing the kind of energy that would be a key inspiration for artists like Albert Ayler or Cecil Taylor! Pianist Tom Prehn offers up a lot of the latter here – boundless piano lines that leap forward into space with a frenzied, yet tuneful approach – followed by tremendous tenor from Frits Krogh, a player we don't know at all – but who blows powerfully and soulfully, at a level that maybe even prefaces some of John Coltrane's more outside material to come. The rest of the group features Poul Ehlers on bass and Finn Slumstrup on drums – and the album features the full "Axiom (parts 1 & 2)" performance from the Sonet album – plus a more contemplative number titled "Percussive Anticipations", recorded by the same group in 1966, and appearing here for the first time ever! CD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)

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Timmy ThomasYou're The Song I've Always Wanted To Sing (with bonus track) ... CD
Glades/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A Miami soul masterpiece from start to finish – and a lesser-known record from drum machine hit maestro Timmy Thomas! The album's got the feel of Timmy's classic Why Can't We Live Together album – but the overall sound is a bit fuller and richer, with a soulfulness that grabs us right away – and holds on through the entire set! Most of the tracks have that warm percolating early drum machine undercurrent that Timmy virtually pioneered at the time – followed by some great guitar work from Willie "Little Beaver" Hale, and some vocals from Timmy that sometimes have a nice deep soul feel. The album's worth it alone for the title track "You're The Song I've Always Wanted To Sing" – but the whole thing's great, and tracks include "Deep In You", "Let Me Be Your Eyes", "I've Got To See You Tonight", "One Brief Moment", "Ebony Affair", and "Deep In You". Features the bonus track "Sexy Woman". CD

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✨✧ ZappZapp ... LP
Warner, 1980. Very Good- ... $11.99
The classic first album by this legendary funky combo – a group who not only went onto change the sound of funk in the 80s, but also went onto have a huge impact on generations of hip hop as well! The album burns from the very first note – the wicked snapping funk of "More Bounce To The Ounce" – a tune that became the blueprint for a generation, and still sounds way better than the millions of copycat attempts that came out over the years! The record follows with some equally wicked bass/keyboard cuts – often with plenty of electro production touches too – thanks to sweeeet work in the studio from Bootsy Collins and Roger Troutman. Bootsy's presence is key, too – as the set kind of strips down the ensemble P-Funk vibe of the generation before – going for a lean, clean groove that's held up beautifully over the years! In addition to "More Bounce To The Ounce", the record also features the mellow steppers cut "Be Alright", which has a wonderful hook, and a great compressed modern soul sound – and other tracks include "Funky Bounce", "Freedom", and "Brand New Pplayer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has moderate wear.)

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✨✧ BeckMorning Phase ... CD
Capitol, 2014. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first proper album from Beck in a few years – following some solid production work for Charlotte Gainsbourg and others – and bit of a return to the quiet singer-songwriter style of his classic Sea Change! Morning Phase finds Beck mixing up subtle, spacey sounds with acoustic guitar and straight forward songcraft – and perhaps ultimately not quite as melancholic as Sea Change. Again, he's delivered a timeless, distinctive piece of work. Includes "Cycle", "Morning", "Heart Is A Drum", "Say Goodbye", "Blue Moon", "Unforgiven", "Wave", "Don't Let It Go", "Blackbird Chain", "Phase", "Turn Away", "Country Down", "Waking Light". CD

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✨✧ Evan Parker/Derek Bailey/Han BenninkTopography Of The Lungs (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Incus/PSI (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A landmark album in the British avant garde – the first set ever issued on Incus Records, and a monumental set of improvisations between Evan Parker on saxes, Hank Bennink on percussion, and Derek Bailey on guitar! The album followed from some great energy on the British scene of the previous few years – but went onto set the tone for countless other improvisations in years to come – especially in the way that Bailey's guitar is integrated into the sharper sounds of the saxes and drums. That blend may well be the record's strongest contribution to improvisation – but even without that historic status, it's still a hell of a set from some genius players at their height. Titles include "Dogmeat", "For Peter B & Peter K", "Fixed Elsewhere", and "Titan Moon". CD features two lost tracks from the original sessions – "Found Elsewhere 1" and "Found Elsewhere 2". CD

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✨✧ Wilson PickettComplete Atlantic Albums Collection (10CD set) ... CD
Atlantic (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 10CD ... Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of soul from one of the greatest singers to ever work with Atlantic Records – the wicked Wilson Pickett – an artist who's career followed some of the same trajectory as Otis Redding, then took off into great new territory of its own! Like Otis, Wilson started out recording at Stax Records – then went on to work famously with Rick Hall and Fame Studios – crafting this amazingly punchy groove that was one of the greatest things to ever come out of the Muscle Shoals scene! Atlantic also had Pickett record a bit up in Philly, at the young Sigma Sound Studios – and they even handled a few New York productions with Wilson, too – all of which are collected here in a stunning package that includes 10 full albums! Each record comes on its own, in a slim LP-styled sleeve – just like a record cover – and the box features the full albums In The Midnight Hour, Exciting Wilson Pickett, Wicked Pickett, Sound Of Wilson Pickett, I'm In Love, The Midnight Mover, Hey Jude, Right On, In Philadelphia, and Don't Knock My Love – an amazing run of music in one tight package! CD

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✨✧ VariousPsyche France Vol 3 – 1960 to 1970 (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Warner (Italy), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic French funk and psych – a very cool collection that goes way past the obvious hits of the 60s – to bring together some of the trippier tracks of the time! Despite the date range in the title, there's also some cuts here from the early 70s – the kind of wild numbers from a time when France was really breaking from some of the more familiar paths followed by American and British psych acts – as you'll hear on the set. There's loads here we'd never heard before – and titles include "Bungalow" by Triangle, "Mon Chameau" by Les Masters, "La Route" by Guy Skornik, "Wendy" by Rado Testen, "Elle Etait Belle" by Komintern, "La Petite Difference" by Jacques Filh, "L'Air Que Je Chante" by Papillon, "Les Aiguelles Du Temps" by Philippe Farre, "Rituel De Guerre" by Igor Wakhevitch, and "La Dame Deu" by Michel Zacha. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1600 copies.)

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✨✧ Magic In ThreesAt Jody's/A Breezy Day ... 7-inch
Kings Underground, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's a great break at the start of "At Jody's" – the kind you'd have to search hundreds of vintage records to find – and which is also followed by some completely wonderful slow-bumping bassline and wicked wangly guitar – almost like a slow-grooving number from the Shaft soundtrack! "Breezy Day" is a great funk track too – a bit chunkier, with a vibe that almost reminds us of Three Pieces' classic album on Fantasy! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to just 300 copies!)

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✨✧ Timmy ThomasYou're The Song I've Always Wanted To Sing ... LP
Glades, 1974. Used ... Out Of Stock
A Miami soul masterpiece from start to finish – and a lesser-known record from drum machine hit maestro Timmy Thomas! The album's got the feel of Timmy's classic Why Can't We Live Together album – but the overall sound is a bit fuller and richer, with a soulfulness that grabs us right away – and holds on through the entire set! Most of the tracks have that warm percolating early drum machine undercurrent that Timmy virtually pioneered at the time – followed by some great guitar work from Willie "Little Beaver" Hale, and some vocals from Timmy that sometimes have a nice deep soul feel. The album's worth it alone for the title track "You're The Song I've Always Wanted To Sing" – but the whole thing's great, and tracks include "Deep In You", "Let Me Be Your Eyes", "I've Got To See You Tonight", "One Brief Moment", "Ebony Affair", and "Deep In You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some tape remnants on the top seam.)

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✨✧ VariousMemphis Rockabillies, Hillbillies, & Honky Tonkers Vol 6 ... CD
Stomper Time (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Memphis sounds that go way past the usual – not some of the oft-reissued rockabilly of the late 50s, but instead some really rare work from the following decade – when a host of small indie labels were still going strong, and turning out a huge array of Tennessee talent! The groove here is maybe that post-rockabilly moment when some artists when back to hillibilly styles – the kind of harder-edge cuts that weren't hitting the charts as much as the lush production of big label country tunes – but which showed that the honky tonk spirit was still alive and well! There's definitely more of a country vibe here than previous volumes in this series – but one that really feels more like mid 50s pre-rock material than you'd guess from the time these tracks were recorded. 40 titles in all – with great notes too – and titles include "Too Many Bubbles" by Jay Chevalier, "Everytime I See You" by Sylvia Mobley, "Gonna Be No 1" by Kenny Owens, "Take Me Back To Memphis" by Slim Rhodes, "Midnight Blues" by Charlie Fritts, "You're The Most Hard To Please Woman" by John Temple, "Troy's Boogie" by Troy Collier, and "Where Were You" by Amos Wren. CD

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Manny AlbamJazz Greats Of Our Time Vol 2 ... LP
Coral, 1957. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Following up the strength of the first Jazz Greats set, Manny returns with a west coast version of the project – one that features players that include Richie Kamuca, Conte Candoli, Jack Sheldon, Bill Holman, Lou Levy, Charlie Mariano, and Shelly Manne – all dependable stalwarts of the west coast scene, as reliable as they were "great"! The album also features a mysterious "Trumpeter X", who may well be Harry Edison from the notes on the album's hints at his identity – and proceedings overall are very much in Albam's best "tight arrangements with room for jazz solo space" style of the 50s. Tracks include "Interwoven", "Afterthoughts", "Sweet's Bread", and "Thunder Burt". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label pressing with deep groove, in the textured cover, with some aging, half split spine, and sticker remnants on back.)

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Louis ArmstrongPops Is Tops – The Verve Studio Albums (I've Got The World On A String/Louis Under The Stars/Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson/bonus tra ... CD
Verve, 1957. New Copy 4CD ... $39.99 49.99
Louis Armstrong only recorded briefly as a solo act for the Verve label (apart from his famous recordings with Ella Fitzgerald) – but he made some excellent albums for the legendary imprint, all of which are included here with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! CD 1 features the great I've Got The World On A String – one of two excellent vocal albums that Louis cut for Verve – some of the best of his career, and graced with amazing arrangements by Russ Garcia! The sound's a lot purer than some of the pop vocal albums that Louis cut for other labels, like Decca – and he both sings and plays trumpet on tracks like "When Your Lover Has Gone", "We'll Be Together Again", "You Turned The Tables On Me", and "I've Got The World On A String". Under The Stars follows in similar format – again matching the trumpet and vocals of Armstrong with arranger Russ Garcia – whose modern, west coast approach is a nice change from some of the other charts that Louis was using in the 50s and 60s. There's a nice swing to most numbers, a sense of punctuation that works perfectly for Louis – and titles include "East Of The Sun", "Top Hat White Tie & Tails", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Stormy Weather", "Home", and "Body & Soul". Third up is Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson, presented here in its original mono mix. The album's gentle-going genius from the later years of Satchmo's career – a session that has Louis on trumpet and vocals, backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! Peterson's usual group with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown is expanded slightly for this outing – bringing in Louis Bellson on drums to syncopate the tunes a bit more strongly, and give them that gently swinging rhythm that always works well with Armstrong's style. The real surprise, though, is Louis' voice – which is simple, almost elegant at times – and free from some of the gimmicks of other 50s sessions, or the too-playful style of his better-known duets of the period. We really love his gentle, honest approach to the lyrics here – on tunes that include "I'll Never Be The Same", "Moon Song", "What's New", "There's No You", "You Go To My Head", "That Old Feeling", and "Let's Fall In Love". CDs 1 to 3 each feature bonus tracks from the original albums – including alternates, session takes, and more. CD4 features A Day With Satchmo – which offers up 24 tracks from a recording session on August 1, 1957 – really showing the care and craft that went into the creation of a handful of songs that day! CD

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James Brown & OthersJump Around ... LP
King, Early 60s. Good+ ... $24.99
A slammin' set of heavy R&B numbers from James Brown – combined in here with some other nice tracks from King Records artists of the time! The set almost has the same feeling as some of the James Brown Show albums – in that James is presented with other hard-hitting artists of his time – yet the difference here is that the others are King Records giants in their own right. The album features about 50% material by James – all hard hitters that include "Suds", "Hold It", "Scratch", "Night Train", "Cross Firing", and "Night Flying" – nearly all of which are instrumentals, in the best early King tradition! These are followed up by other tunes, mostly instrumental, from other artists – including "Doin Everything" and "Switch A Roo" by Henry Moore, "Tonk Game" by Hank Marr, "Bushy Tail" by Clifford Scott, "The Wobble" by The Wobblers, and "Just A Little Bit Of Everything" by Herb Hardesty'. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has some wear with split top & bottom seams. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)

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John ColtraneChasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary (DVD) ... DVD
Impulse, 2017. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
A much-needed look at the life and legend of John Coltrane – easily one of the most important musicians of the 20th Century! The documentary explores the short but crucial musical journey of Coltrane – a span of jazz creativity that was less than two decades, but showed a growth that most other musicians never find in a lifetime – sounds and spirit that unlocked the way for so many others to follow over the years. The film features home movies, live performances, rare photos, and other unusual footage – and also features commentary by a diverse array of voices that include Kamasi Washington, Cornel West, Bill Clinton, and Common – among many others. This DVD edition adds in 43 minutes of bonus footage – with extended scenes, outtakes, and other material that didn't make the final film – and the whole thing runs for 158 minutes, with subtitles in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese. DVD

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DelfonicsLa La Means I Love You ... LP
Philly Groove, 1968. Good ... $14.99
A landmark album in harmony soul – one of those records that pushed the genre to a whole new level! The Delfonics emerge fully formed here as one of the most compelling groups of their time – a tremendous trio with a really unique approach to soul music – one that's heartfelt and heartbreaking, but never too sweet to be cloying or poppy – definitely just the right groove to keep things hip while also cracking the charts! The album's their first full collaboration with legendary producer Thom Bell – and it's got a sound that's summed up perfectly in the quintessential cut "La La Means I Love You" – and which is followed through beautifully on a batch of tracks that includes "Losing You", "Can You Remember", "You're Gone", "I'm Sorry", and "Break Your Promise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams & some wear.)
Also available La La Means I Love You (180 gram pressing) ... LP 26.99

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DelfonicsLa La Means I Love You (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Philly Groove/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
A landmark album in harmony soul – one of those records that pushed the genre to a whole new level! The Delfonics emerge fully formed here as one of the most compelling groups of their time – a tremendous trio with a really unique approach to soul music – one that's heartfelt and heartbreaking, but never too sweet to be cloying or poppy – definitely just the right groove to keep things hip while also cracking the charts! The album's their first full collaboration with legendary producer Thom Bell – and it's got a sound that's summed up perfectly in the quintessential cut "La La Means I Love You" – and which is followed through beautifully on a batch of tracks that includes "Losing You", "Can You Remember", "You're Gone", "I'm Sorry", and "Break Your Promise". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available La La Means I Love You ... LP 14.99

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DelfonicsLa La Means I Love You/Sound Of Sexy Soul (plus bonus track) ... CD
Philly Groove/Kent (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Amazing work by The Delfonics – their first 2 albums, back to back on a single CD! La La Means I Love You is a landmark album in harmony soul – one of those records that pushed the genre to a whole new level! The Delfonics emerge fully formed here as one of the most compelling groups of their time – a tremendous trio with a really unique approach to soul music – one that's heartfelt and heartbreaking, but never too sweet to be cloying or poppy – definitely just the right groove to keep things hip while also cracking the charts! The album's their first full collaboration with legendary producer Thom Bell – and it's got a sound that's summed up perfectly in the quintessential cut "La La Means I Love You" – and which is followed through beautifully on a batch of tracks that includes "Losing You", "Can You Remember", "You're Gone", "I'm Sorry", and "Break Your Promise". Sound Of Sexy Soul is an equally groundbreaking album of vocal group soul – right from the first note! The record kicks off with the sublime "Ready Or Not, Here I Come" – which starts with fierce stepping strings that are actually funky, then soars into some of the best harmonies the group ever put to record, superbly arranged by the great Thom Bell, who also wrote the track. As the album progresses, the sound expands further to encompass many elements that would become the blueprint for vocal groups over the next few years – like twangy electric sitar, cascading orchestrations, and pinched lead vocals that take a lot more chances than most group singers had been taking for years! There's still a bit of a 60s soul sound to some of the cuts, but the album's a watershed – not only for Thom Bell and the group, but for harmony soul as well! Titles include "Ready Or Not Here I Come", "My New Love", "Loving Him", "With These Hands", "Somebody Loves You", and "Everytime I See My Baby". CD also features the bonus track "You Got Yours & I'll Get Mine". CD

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DJ Polo & Kool G RapRikers Island/Rhyme Time ... 12-inch
Cold Chillin, 1987. Very Good ... $14.99
Early Marley Marl produced Kool G Rap single, the follow up to "It's A Demo", where they got the names screwed up on the labels, though they probably thought they were handling it the right way then. 2 raw tracks that never made it on to an LP, with Marley's spare drum machine & scratches approach to production and G Rap's tough QB rhymes filling out the tracks nicely. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Cold Chillin sleeve. Sleeve and labels have a name in marker.)

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Dr OctagonMoosebumps – An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation (2LP instrumentals – with bonus CD) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Bulk, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99
The instrumental companion to the triumphant return of Dr Octagon – finally a worthy follow-up to the Dr Octagon/Dr Octagonecologyst album, one of the most influential hip hop LPs ever – we can't imagine Madvillian and so many other other willfully out there rap classics would've happened without it! Dan The Automator's incredible production is so epic, DJ Qbert's scratchwork so masterful, we've always considered it a group project rather than a Kool Keith-only thing. The instros make that case pretty strongly! Includes "Octagon Octagon", "Polka Dots", "Black Hole Son", "Operation Zero", "Bear Witness IV", "Area 54", "3030 Meets The Doc Pt 1", "Karma Sutra", "Hollywood Tailswinging" and more – plus LP bonus track "Aviator Hype". Instrumentals on 2LPs – plus the main album (with vocals) on CD! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes LP bonus track "Aviator Hype" and CD of the original album!)

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✨✧ George DukeFollow The Rainbow ... LP
Epic, 1979. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
One of the great ones from the end of the 70s for George Duke – a ridiculously fertile period for Duke, which is a great thing – because he closed out the decade on a wave of excellent releases! On Follow The Rainbow, George is grooving just a bit more smoothly than before, and it's maybe not as much of a jazz album as some of earlier sets – which is just fine, because this album's also got some great modern numbers that follow in an Earth Wind & Fire-style spiritual soul tradition! Sheila E is in the group, and joins Lynn Davis and Josie James on vocals – and the three of them give the record a strong R&B vibe on the best cuts. Titles include "Festival", "Say That You Will", "Funkin' For The Thrill", "I Am For Real (May The Funk Be With You)", "Pluck", "Corine", "Straight From The Heart" and "Sunrise". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Also available Follow The Rainbow (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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George DukeFollow The Rainbow (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the great ones from the end of the 70s for George Duke – a ridiculously fertile period for Duke, which is a great thing – because he closed out the decade on a wave of excellent releases! On Follow The Rainbow, George is grooving just a bit more smoothly than before, and it's maybe not as much of a jazz album as some of earlier sets – which is just fine, because this album's also got some great modern numbers that follow in an Earth Wind & Fire-style spiritual soul tradition! Sheila E is in the group, and joins Lynn Davis and Josie James on vocals – and the three of them give the record a strong R&B vibe on the best cuts. Titles include "Festival", "Say That You Will", "Funkin' For The Thrill", "I Am For Real (May The Funk Be With You)", "Pluck", "Corine", "Straight From The Heart" and "Sunrise". This version includes 2 bonus tracks: "I Am For Real (single edit)" and "Pluck (single edit)". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Georgie FameSurvival – A Career Anthology 1963 to 2015 (6CD set) ... CD
Universal (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/2010s. New Copy 6CD ... $74.99 106.99
An incredible package of work by the legendary Georgie Fame – the first to ever fully document his talents, and also present a lot of rare work from every different stage in his career! Yes, there's already been a box on the market that documents Fame's early work – but that material only makes up the first CD or two on this set, and is quickly followed by loads of unusual tracks from the 70s – a time when Georgie was moving past the R&B-inspired sounds of his early career, taking off in new soulful modes, then returning to straighter jazz in later years. All that great span of sounds is here – and is a wonderful journey in music, as Fame never lost his charm, or the groove that first got him going – and the package brings together early Polydor material with later sides for Columbia, Island, Pye, and other labels – and includes 18 tracks that have never appeared before from the late 60s and early 70s, plus lots of other rare singles and unusual cuts too. There's a full unreleased live show from 1974 that's wonderful, some sweet electric early 70s sides that are appearing for the first time, and lots more too – all in a special box with 6CDs, a 48 page hardcover book, and a whopping 110 tracks in all. Take it from us – we're MASSIVE fans of this totally unique singer – and even though we have just about everything else we can get from him, there's still plenty here to make the box totally essential for our collection! CD

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Art Farmer/Donald Byrd/Idrees SuliemanThree Trumpets ... CD
Prestige/OJC, Late 50s. Used ... $17.99
An excellent follow-up to the legendary Two Trumpets session on Prestige – and even rarer than that one! The lineup features Farmer, Byrd, and Sulieman on the horns in the title – with hip rhythm from Hod O'Brien on piano, Addison Farmer on bass, and Ed Thigpen on drums. Titles include "Diffusion Of Beauty", "You Gotta Dig It To Dig It", "Who's Who", and "Palm Court Alley". CD
(Out of print.)

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Fox FamilyFollow My Lead ... CD
Sierra, 1995. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Barcode has a couple of cutout holes, rear tray artwork has some pen.)

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David HajduLove For Sale – Pop Music In America (hardcover) ... Book
Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99 27.00
Author David Hajdu has given us some great books on Bob Dylan and Billy Strayhorn – and written some excellent work on comics, too – and here, he takes on the development of pop music in the 20th Century, with a nicely wide-ranging ear that follows changes from early blues, through the late 70s years of punk rock and disco, to the contemporary world of hip hop and digital music! The book is less of a complete history than it is a musical pathway, structured along some well-chosen keystones – not just artists and creators, but factors like transistor radios, sheet music, record charts, and other forces that were equally important to the growth of new sounds. This latter aspect of the book is especially illuminating – moreso in the face of the too-familiar path of the creative giants, which sometimes overlooks the other forces that were impacting music from the sidelines. Book is 307 pages, nicely dense, and hardcover. Book
(Spine has a small remainder mark.)

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Herbie Hancock5 Original Albums (Takin Off/My Point Of View/Inventions & Dimensions/Speak Like A Child/The Prisoner) (5CD set) ... CD
Blue Note (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $19.99
The early genius of Herbie Hancock – perfectly summed up here in five classic albums for Blue Note – each presented in a tiny LP-styled sleeve! Takin Off has Herbie Hancock stepping into the limelight with an excellent batch of soul jazz tunes, including the first recording of his classic "Watermelon Man", the one track that probably put all his kids through school! Although that one went on to become a standard within a few short years in 60s jazz, it still sounds great here in the original – a very fresh take on the sound of soul jazz in the 60s – offered up here in a 7 minute version that has more sharp soloing than most other takes on the tune! The group here is great too – with Dexter Gordon on tenor, Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Butch Warren on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and the tracks are all also originals by a young Herbie – including "Watermelon Man", "The Maze", "Driftin", "Three Bags Full", "Alone & I", and "Empty Pockets". My Point Of View is a great mix of soul jazz and modernism! The record include a nice groovy "hit", Herbie's "Blind Man, Blind Man" – an obvious follow-up to "Watermelon Man", but still a standout track with a lot of imagination, and a fierce soul jazz hook that just won't quit! The rest of the record, while still groovy, also shows much more signs of Herbie's far-reaching conception – especially shared with players like Tony Williams, Grachan Moncur, Chuck Israels, and Grant Green – all of whom work with Herbie, Donald Byrd, and Hank Mobley – in a larger than usual group that makes for a really great sound! Titles include "A Tribute To Someone", "King Cobra", and "The Pleasure Is Mine". Inventions & Dimensions is really unique little record from Herbie Hancock – one that's almost completely improvised over Latin percussion! The setup is quite spare – and quite different than Herbie's other Blue Note work – and the group features improvised backgrounds by bassist Paul Chambers and 2 Latin percussionists, Willie Bobo and Osvaldo "Chihuahau" Martinez. Herbie only wrote simple sketches for the songs on the album, and most of the work on the tracks was done live, spontaneously, in the studio – creating a very free groove that never goes too far out, but which is far more adventurous than usual. All tracks are long, and titles include "Succotash", "Triangle", and "Mimosa". Speak Like A Child is an oft-overlooked session that has Herbie mixing a nice dose of lyricism into his usual soul jazz approach from the 60s! The sound's a bit farther-reaching than on some of Herbie's smaller group sessions – and the record features a sextet that includes Ron Carter, Mickey Roker, Jerry Dodgion, Thad Jones, and Peter Phillips – all soaring with the warmth and introspection that was showing up in some of the best Blue Notes from the time. The harder-hitting soul jazz riffs and hooks are nicely replaced by more thoughtful lines that get a bit deeper, soufully – and nearly all tracks on the set are originals by Hancock! The album's filled with great moments – and tracks include "The Sorcerer", "Riot", and "Goodbye To Childhood". Last up is The Prisoner – a nice late Blue Note change from Herbie Hancock – a very different album than his previous sets for the label – in that it features a slightly larger group, and a sound that really points the way towards his directions in the 70s! There's a slightly ambitious feel to some of these cuts – not in a way that's over-arranged, but just a new sort of thinking for Herbie's kind of groove – a mode that's partially informed by the seriousness of 60s jazz soundtracks, but which also has the beginnings of some more righteous modes of expression too. Players are all great – and include Joe Henderson on tenor and flute, Johnny Coles on flugelhorn, Garnett Brown on trombone, Hubert Laws on flute, Jerome Richardson on bass clarinet, Buster Williams on bass, and Tootie Heath on drums. Herbie plays both acoustic and electric piano – using the latter here in one of his first recordings on the instrument – and titles include "Firewater", "I Have A Dream", "The Prisoner", and "He Who Lives In Fear". CD

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Isaac HayesSelections From Spirit Of Memphis – 1962 to 1976 (2017 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Stax/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 29.99
An incredible tribute to the genius of Memphis Soul legend Issac Hayes! This set is done along the same line as the 4CD package – with a side each from each disc, including some of the formats followed by the box. Our favorite is the Jam Master side – with long jam tracks that include "Hung Up On My Baby (ext mix)", "Run Fay Run", "You've Made Me So Very Happy", and "Ike's Mood 1". Also includes the rare "Windows Of The World", plus "Joy", "Theme From Shaft", "The Big Dipper", "Never Gonna Give You Up", and "Man's Temptation" – plus Ike Hayes tracks by Otis Redding, The Charmels, Soul Children, Emotions, and David Porter. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)
 
 
 



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