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✨✧ AJ & The JiggawattsAJ & The Jiggawatts ... CD
GED Soul, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first-ever full length we've ever heard from AJ & The Jiggawatts – and a record that really lives up to the promise of their work on funky 45! These guys are a deep funk combo, but one with a difference – energy that's a bit more raw and rough around the edges, in the best possible way – so that sometimes it feels like the vocals or instrumentation are ready to burst right out of the speakers! The lyrics often have this slight distortion that really reflects the feeling AJ puts into his expression – and the group more than keeps pace alongside, sometimes at a mighty fast clip. The whole thing's a great antidote to too-slick, too-polished funk records – and titles include "98 Degrees", "Pushin Forward", "Throw A Fit", "Get Wild", "Back Alley Beale Street", "Brown Bottle Fever", and "Typical Feeling". CD
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✨✧ 100 Proof Aged In Soul100 Proof Aged In Soul ... LP
Hot Wax, 1972. Very Good ... $24.99
A stone burner from 100 Proof Aged In Soul – a group who really take off with this tight second record! The album's a classic from the days when soul music ruled AM radio on both sides of the tracks – and the rest of the album is equally great – packing that tight post-Motown punch that made the Hot Wax label one of the best proponents of Detroit soul in the 70s! Arrangements are by a huge amount of early 70s heavyweights – McKinley Jackson, Paul Riser, and HB Barnum – and the set was produced by General Johnson and Greg Perry, in a style that soars along with the Chairmen Of The Board albums of the time. Titles include "Words", "I Don't Care If I Never Get Over You", "Everything Good Is Bad", "Ghetto Girl", "Nothing Sweeter Than Love", and "Don't You Wake Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear and a half split top seam.)

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Aged In HarmonyYou're A Melody (3 X 7" set – plus magazine) ... 7-inch
Melodies International (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 3x7 inch ... $32.99
A fantastic package of rare soul from the Detroit scene of the 70s – all of the extremely rare singles by Aged In Soul, brought together in an excellent triple 45 collection! The music here has a very spare, indie sort of clubby vibe – a bit like the groove over at P&P Records, but maybe a bit less disco overall – although definitely trying for the dancefloor in the mix of riffing guitar and rhythms! Vocals are often sung by more than one singer – which gives the record a bit of a righteous vibe, and this deeper spirit that really fits the compelling songs – which are all written, arranged, and produced by Arnold Moore, who put the music together. Titles include the original and disco mix of the group's classic "You're A Melody" – plus "I Feel Like Dancing", "Theme For Someone Special", "Dance Awhile", and "Trust In Me". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ 8th Day8th Day ... LP
Invictus, 1971. Near Mint- ... $16.99
The first album by 8th Day – a record with a bit of a complicated pedigree, but a massive amount of 70s Detroit soul as well! The set was supposedly compiled to cash in on the group's hit single "She's Not Just Another Woman" – reportedly recorded by 100 Proof Aged In Soul, but issued under the name 8th Day, so that it wouldn't compete with the group's other hits on the charts! But after that cut took off, Holland-Dozier-Holland needed a group to back it up, so they assembled some lesser-known, but strong, Detroit soul talents to record this album. Unlike the group's second album, which is a much funkier affair overall, this one sounds a lot like 100 Proof – with a raspy southern-tinged soul approach, filtered through some tighter, more full-on HDH arrangements that really give the whole thing a great sort of punch! A great album if you dig the Invictus/Hot Wax soul sound – and titles include "I'm Worried", "Enny Meeny Miny Mo", "You've Got To Crawl Before You Walk", "Just As Long", and "She's Not Just Another Woman". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing on blue vinyl, with obi & insert.)
Also available 8th Day (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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8th Day8th Day (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $14.99
The first album by 8th Day – a record with a bit of a complicated pedigree, but a massive amount of 70s Detroit soul as well! The set was supposedly compiled to cash in on the group's hit single "She's Not Just Another Woman" – reportedly recorded by 100 Proof Aged In Soul, but issued under the name 8th Day, so that it wouldn't compete with the group's other hits on the charts! But after that cut took off, Holland-Dozier-Holland needed a group to back it up, so they assembled some lesser-known, but strong, Detroit soul talents to record this album. Unlike the group's second album, which is a much funkier affair overall, this one sounds a lot like 100 Proof – with a raspy southern-tinged soul approach, filtered through some tighter, more full-on HDH arrangements that really give the whole thing a great sort of punch! A great album if you dig the Invictus/Hot Wax soul sound – and titles include "I'm Worried", "Enny Meeny Miny Mo", "You've Got To Crawl Before You Walk", "Just As Long", and "She's Not Just Another Woman". Features the bonus tracks "She's Not Just Another Woman (single)", "Eeny Meeny Miny Mo (inst)", "If I Could See The Light In The Window", and "If I Could See The Light In The Window (inst)". CD
Also available 8th Day ... LP 16.99

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Johnny HammondHigher Ground ... LP
Kudu, 1973. Very Good ... $9.99
Massive work from Johnny Hammond – stretching out here in some totally jamming grooves that really transform his style for the 70s! The sound here is a lot hipper and tighter than some of Hammond's more rough-edged soul jazz of the 60s – a groove that's a great precursor to his more famous meetings with Larry Mizell a few years later – and equally great! Johnny's got plenty of space here – and is really taking his time with the grooves, thanks to some open ended arrangements by Bob James, who also plays electric piano on the record! The record is a seminal piece of work in the transformation of the chunky 60s organ sound to a sweeter 70s keyboard groove – and was proof that Johnny, more than most of his 60s soul jazz contemporaries, was ready to embrace the new sounds of the decade with open arms. Includes the great sample cut "Big Sur Suite" – plus "Higher Ground", "Summertime/The Ghetto", and "Catch My Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some ring & edge wear and half split top seam.)

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Bill HardmanSaying Something – The Bill Hardman Quintet ... LP
Savoy, 1961. Near Mint- ... $33.99
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by trumpeter Bill Hardman – an excellent talent who's probably known best for his late 50s work with Art Blakey in the Jazz Messengers! The group's a strong batch of hard-edged soulful players – a quintet that includes Ronnie Matthews on piano, Sonny Red on alto, Doug Watkins on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – and the overall groove is hard bop, with a lyrical touch, in the best classic Blue Note mode! Titles include "Jo B", "Assunta", "Buckeye Blues", and "With Malice Towards None". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Ramsey Lewis TrioDown To Earth ... CD
Mercury/Verve, 1958. Used ... $3.99
From their inception in late 1956, Ramsey Lewis and his famous Young/Holt-era trio were destined for great jazz fame. This 1958 session on Mercury (then based in the group's native Chicago) catches the trio right at the beginning – when they were taking tunes that were pretty well known, and turning them into tight, jaunty, often comically-tinged soul jazz numbers that were very popular with the folks at the downtown clubs. As proof of that, the album features Lewis-arranged versions of many familiar favorites – including "Dark Eyes", "Come Back To Sorrento", "Greensleeves", and "Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child". Also includes a few originals – like "We Blue It" and "Soul Mist". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wilson PickettExciting Wilson Pickett (180 gram turquoise vinyl) ... LP
Atlantic/4 Men With Beards, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... About October 10, 2017
Always exciting work from the Wicked Pickett – a set that's filled with sharp-edged soul tracks throughout – and which perfectly shows why Wilson was a key link between funk and soul back in the 60s! The album was recorded at the two great hubs of southern soul production in the 60s – Memphis and Muscle Shoals – and the tracks includes some key Pickett reworkings of other hits into his own classics, plus a few more penned for the album that are equally as great! Titles include "In The Midnight Hour", "Land Of 1000 Dances", "Something You Got", "Mercy Mercy", "Danger Zone", "It's All Over", "99 & 1/2 Won't Do", and "634-5789". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy SmithJimmy Smith In A Plain Brown Wrapper ... LP
Verve, 1971. Very Good ... $3.99
A pretty great funk album from Jimmy – and very different than his other jazz work at the time! The record was produced and arranged by soulster Larry Williams, and most tracks have these raspy vocals that we're not sure are Larry's or Jimmy's. But whatever the case, the sound is great – and the tracks work well as messed-up funk numbers with a slight jazzy edge. We might compare the album to some of Larry's work for Okeh during the late 60s, or to later Johnny Hammond albums that feature vocals. Titles include "Number One", "Love Is Mission Impossible", "Zodiac Song", "Recession Or Depression", and "Jimmy Smith Is The Midnight Cowboy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, a partially split top seam, and some pen.)

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VariousShot In The Dark – Nashville Jumps – Blues & Rhythm On Nashville's Independent Labels 1945 to 1955 (8CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 40s-Mid 50s. Used 8CDs ... $129.99
An amazing 8 CD collection of rare rhythm & blues, jump tunes, and gospel-tinged soul from the Nashville independent scene of the 40s and 50s! Long, LONG before "Music City USA" was churning product the way it does today, Nashville had a true working class ethic along with the standard biz behavior, with lots of indies with full rosters of amazing artists that never got their just rewards. It wasn't just country down there – labels like Bullet, Tennessee, Republic, Excello and others represented the soulful sounds of Nashville, and these long lost treasures are in many cases getting their first legit reissues here! 7 CDs of music, thematically assorted, and a bonus disc with interviews. Also includes the most massive, well done book we've ever seen included in a set like this – 276 hardbound glossy pages, full of photos and richly written bios and history. It's the kind of thing you might see for around $100 in a bookstore! But here you also get close to 100 tunes, including "Baby Don't You Want To Go" by Sherman Williams, "Three Little Girls" by Cecil Gant, ""Bewildered" by the Red Miller Trio, "When You're Baby Gets Up And Goes" by BB King, "Late Hour Blues" by the Bluejacks, "Almost Boogie" by Louis Brooks, "Mississippi Boogie" by Julius King, "You've Gotta Stop This Mess" by Fat Man with Sunnyland Slim, and tons more! CD
(Out of print.)

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Art PepperSurf Ride ... LP
Savoy, 1952/1954. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99 19.98
A classic 50s album on Savoy – a set that's almost as memorable for its cartoony cover as it is for the great Art Pepper material on the record! Pepper's tone here is wonderful – that sharper-edged, more soulful approach that you often get in his smaller label 50s work – a nice contrast to some of the smoother sides of Art, and the part of his sound we really love. The album's got three different west coast groups working with Pepper – with players who include Russ Freeman or Hampton Hawes on piano, Jack Montrose on tenor, Joe Mondragon or Monte Budwig on bass, and Larry Bunker or Bobby White on drums. But Art's the main star of the set – blowing beautifully throughout, with both jaw-dropping precision and a tremendous sense of sound! Titles include "Tickle Toe", "Chili Pepper", "Susie The Poodle", "Brown Gold", "Holiday Flight", "Surf Ride", "Straight Life", "Cinnamon", and "Thyme Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sonny Simmons TrioLive In Paris ... CD
Arhoolie, Early 90s. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
A nice live set by Sonny Simmons – recent work, but with a sound that's very much in keeping with his classic recordings from the 60s and 70s! Sonny's on alto sax and English horn, doing most of the work in a trio that features Jacques Avenel on bass and George Brown on drums. The tracks are long and stretched out, and Simmons' snake-like style on the alto is simply incredible – jagged and soulful at the same time, with no mellowing from age, and a deeply soulful level of expression that's almost more compelling than in earlier years. Titles include "Cosmic Ship", "Purple Kiss", "New Bird Blues", "Ancient Egypt", "Hot House", "Lady L", and "Ghosts From The Golden Era". 2CDs for the price of 1! CD

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Stevie WonderHotter Than July ... LP
Tamla, 1980. Very Good- Gatefold ... $5.99
A bit smoother than early days, but still very nice and soulful – and did we expect any less from Stevie? The record's got a nicely flanged-out soul groove – with a style that kind of expands on the vocal and keyboard production of the early 70s, taking the groove towards a sound that many other bands would cop in the 80s. Proof of this is the cut "Master Blaster (Jammin)", which many bands would cover at the time – plus lots of nice LP cuts, like "Did I Hear You Say You Love Me", "Cash In Your Face", "All I Do", and "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear & some pen.)

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✨✧ Tomasz StankoTwet ... CD
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best records we've ever heard from legendary Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko! Stanko first came to fame working with pianist Krzysztof Komeda during the 1960s – but this set captures Stanko stepping forth after Komeda's death, leading his own group in a spiritual session of freer jazz work – one that has echoes of some of the work on the British scene of the time, particularly some of John Surman's recordings. The tracks stretch out with a proud, almost majestic feel – building out of nothingness with strong percussion, spaciously-placed basslines, and bold statements by Stanko on trumpet – augmented by sharp-edged and soulful work on tenor and soprano sax from Tomasz Szukaski. There's a depth here that holds up throughout the set – making the album a key example of the genius on the Polish scene at the time – a genius which is only now beginning to get full appreciation around the globe! Tracks include "Mintuu Maria", "Twet", "Dark Awakening", and "Tibet". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousSoul In Harmony – Vocal Groups 1965 to 1977 – Superb Vocal Harmony From The Classic Soul Era ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of harmony soul gems – and a package that's overflowing with great numbers from a time when small group soul really sparkled in the funky 45 underground! Most of the cuts here have never appeared on CD before, and a handful are previously unreleased – and together, the set really showcases the sublime style of singing that emerged in the second half of the 60s – a new approach to harmonizing that was different from jazz, gospel, or doo wop groups in previous years – with tremendous interplay between the lead and backup parts of the group, in charts that were continually inventive and richly expressive at a level that still sounds completely great all these many years later! If you only know Motown male groups, or bigger names like The Impressions or Stylistics, you'll find plenty here to discover – a really rich tapestry of tunes that includes "Strange Voice" by The Imaginations, "Baby" by The Joneses, "Boom A Rang" by Dynamic Soul Machine, "By Your Side" by Moon & Mars, "Can't Get You Off My Mind" by Brothers Of Soul, "Waiting For Your Love" by The Love Experience, "Linda" by Salt & Pepper, "Need Someone To Love" by The Symphonies, "Take Your Time" by The Festivals, "That Day When She Needed Me" by The Performers, "We Can Make It Baby" by The Reputations, "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" by The Four Sonics, and "I'll Be Waiting" by The Lovettes. CD

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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 ... $10.99 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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Bob Gordon/Clifford BrownArranged By Montrose (Meet Mr Gordon/Clifford Brown Ensemble With Zoot Sims) ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1954. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A great split LP – featuring 2 sessions both arranged by Jack Montrose! First up is Meet Mr Gordon –brilliant work by one of our favorite talents of 50s west coast jazz! Bob Gordon was a baritone player, but one who really knew how to swing – and he worked in a style that was somewhere between Gerry Mulligan and Gil Melle, slightly modern, but never too out there – always sticking to essential rhythms, but wrapping all the horns together in a wonderfully compelling way. A bit part of his sound was the work of tenorist Jack Montrose – who plays on this album, and also contributed arrangements to the set. Montrose's tone is great – a bit raspy, and quite soulful – and together, him and Gordon are a hell of a pair who should have risen a lot farther than they did! Titles include "For Sue", "Onion Bottom", and "Love Is Here To Stay". Side 2 features seminal west coast recordings by Clifford Brown – material that was re-packaged countless times after his death, but is presented here in the original 10" format! The sides were recorded in LA in 1954, with a mixture of hard bop and lyricism, in that sparkling mode that Brownie left as his indelible imprint on the west coast scene of the 50s! Players include Bob Gordon on baritone, Stu Williamson on trombone, Zoot Sims on tenor, and Russ Freeman on piano – and Jack Montrose arranged the set. Titles include "Tiny Capers", "Joy Spring", and "Daahoud". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original deep groove pressing! Top and bottom cover seams are split, but this is still a nice copy overall.)

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Chet IveyDose Of Soul – The Sylvia Funk Recordings 1971 to 1975 ... CD
BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The first-ever collection to focus on the work of this lost soulful genius – an artist whose name never made the history books, but who we can always trust when we see it on the label of a funky 45! This set brings together most of those great singles from the early 70s – a wicked run of sharp-edged, always-biting numbers that Chet Ivey recorded for the Sylvia label – run by old school tenor wailer Al Sears! Both Chet and Al had years of experience in music before these singles – but refocus their energy in a badass version of 70s funk – clearly inspired by the James Brown and blacksploitation styles of the time, but given a very special spin, thanks to Chet's personality and way of putting over a tune. The instrumentation is every bit as important here as Ivey's vocals – and titles include "Funky Chit Chat (parts 1 & 2)", "Recipe To Get Down (parts 1 & 2)", "Bad On Bad", "So Fine", "Movin", "When Love Comes Home", "Dose Of Soul", "Party People (parts 1 & 2)", "Get Down With The Geater (part 1)", "Been So Long", "He Say She Say", and "Don't Ever Change". CD

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✨✧ Idris MuhammadPower Of Soul ... CD
Kudu/CTI, 1974. Used ... Just Sold Out!
An incredible record from funky drummer Idris Muhammad! Idris is probably known for his funky break work on Blue Note and Prestige records sessions of the late 60s and early 70s – but by the time of this 1974 album, he was really expanding his style, hitting a laidback groove that went way beyond the simple drum break, into a world of complicated fills and riffs that forever changed the face of funk. The best example of this is the album's standout groove – the massive cut "Loran's Dance", which has a mellow jazzy vibe that you'll recognize from its popular use as a sample cut over the years (by the Beastie Boys, DJ Shadow, and others.) All cuts are long and mellow, and other titles include "Power Of Soul", "Saddest Thing" and "Piece of Mind". CD
(Out of print. Rear tray card has a cutout hole.)

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Duke PearsonDuke Pearson – Mosaic Select (Phantom/I Don't Care Who Knows It/It Could Only Happen With You/How Insensitive/Merry Ole Soul) ... CD
Mosaic/Blue Note, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used 3CD ... $69.99
Incredible work from the most productive years of the amazing Duke Pearson – pianist, arranger, and a key force in the Blue Note sound of the late 60s! Duke first emerged as a funky pianist with a sound that was in the mode of Bobby Timmons and Les McCann, but which also had a slightly more lyrical influence. He cut some fine straight jazz sides earlier in the 60s, but during the last few years of his life, he really let loose at Blue Note – exploring modal grooves, Brazilian rhythms, vocal soul jazz, and a host of other styles that criss-crossed through the work of his last few sessions. This great little set does a fantastic job of bringing this late Duke to life – by compiling some of his best albums ever, the sessions that made up the records The Phanton, I Don't Care Who Knows It, It Could Only Happen With You, How Insensitive, and Merry Ole Soul. Along with the usual Blue Note touches, these sides are awash with loads of interesting elements – including vocals by Flora Purim, vibes by Bobby Hutcherson, percussion by Airto, tenor by Frank Foster, reeds by Hermeto Pascoal, and even some electric piano from Duke himself! The albums together comprise an amazing slice of music – not just for Duke, but for Blue Note itself – and packaged together like this, the whole thing's a heck of a great bargain! 45 tracks on 3CDs, with great notes, in a limited numbered box! CD
(Out of print. Includes original slipcase. Limited, numbered edition of 5000.)

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