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Larry YoungLarry Young's Fuel ... CD
Arista/Get On Down, 1975. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
Quite possibly the greatest Larry Young album of the post-Blue Note years – and a massive bit of funk that totally redefines his sound! Larry's working here with his hip group Fuel – an ensemble that features Laura Logan on lead vocals, giving the tunes a real focus through her lyrics – and letting them pack a bit more punch too, since her voice sounds a lot like Betty Davis at the time! Larry's keyboards are forceful, but never too over the top – and he's notched things down a bit to focus on the overall groove of the set – still keeping things adventurous on the keys, but also working in a mode that's much more heavily jazz funk! The album's one of THE essential electric jazz sets of the 70s – and features the classic break cut "Turn Out the Lights" – plus other great tracks that include "Floating", "Fuel for the Fire", "I Ching", "H+J=B (Hustle + Jam = Bread)" and "New York Electric Street Music". CD
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✨✧ Non PhixionFuture Is Now (premium box – 2CDs/3 x 7" singles/cassette/book) ... CD
Landspeed/Get On Down, 2002. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The underground classic from Non Phixion – in a box set billed as the "premium version", and they ain't kidding – it's loaded! Includes the original early 00s album on 2CDs – the vocal version and instrumental version. Also includes 3 X 7" singles – with "Black Helicopters", "They Got. . .", "Rock Stars", "The CIA Is Trying To Kill Me", "Drug Music" and "If You Got Love" – and a cassette titled The Past, The Present And The Future Is Now – with 21 tracks on it!!! We somehow managed to sleep on the original album for a couple years way back then, but woke up, thankfully. It's REALLY strong stuff, and its held up well over the years. Dark, paranoid satire as grisly as early Eminem, etc., with tight production by Necro, Pete Rock, Premier and others. Guest spots by Necro, the Beatnuts, MF Doom, Al Tariq and others. Titles include 'Drug Music", "The CIA Is Trying To Kill Me", "Rock Stars", "Black Helicopters", "Suicide Bomb" and "We Are The Future". Last, but not least, it all comes in a heavy duty box, and includes an 80 page, hardcover book of notes and photos. CD
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Steve Arrington's Hall Of FameSteve Arrington's Hall Of Fame I ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $13.99
A great solo classic from Steve Arrington – who continued to make excellent music long after leaving Slave, thanks to records like this! The Hall Of Fame sound is almost a refinement of the earlier Slave groove – a bit more focused and stripped down for the 80s, with a definite emphasis on the basslines – and an approach to funk that's equally well-suited to pick up some ears from early hip hop listeners too! The whole thing comes off perfectly – tight, but never too commercial – and lean, but never with a fake "street" sort of sound to get in the way. Titles include "Nobody Can Beat You", "You Meet My Approval", "Speak With Your Body", "Weak At The Knees", "Beddie Biey", and "Way Out". CD

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Atlantic StarrStraight To The Point ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $13.99
Atlantic Starr definitely get straight to the point on this set – bursting out strongly with an upbeat groove from the very first note – all produced to perfection by maestro Bobby Eli, in the same manner as some of his other great late 70s work for other artists! The group's a big one, but they've got a lean focus here – a groove that has plenty of space for both male and female vocals, as well as a lot of instrumentation – yet never gets bogged down at all. Rhythms have a bit of boogie, and some older ensemble funk modes – and the vocals of Sharon Bryant are especially nice, cutting with a slight feminine edge against the more masculine leanings of the combo. Titles include "Kissin Power", "Straight To The Point", "Bullseye", "What'Cha Feel Inside", "Losin You", "Fallin In Love With You", and "Let The Spirit Move Ya". CD

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James BrownBest Of Live At The Apollo – 50th Anniversary Edition (with unreleased tracks) ... CD
King/Universal, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Not just a "best of" from James Brown's legendary recordings at the Apollo Theater – but a set that also unearths two rare tracks from the never-issued album Get Down At The Apollo With The JBs! The core of the set presents the best moments from Live At The Apollo Volumes 1, 2, and 3 – all records that not only helped set the tone for 60s soul to come, but which further went onto elevate the place of live recordings in pop music in general – and really illustrate the way an artist could be even more exciting live than in the studio! James is completely on fire here – working with sharp energy and amazing dexterity – as are his backing bands – completely mesmerizing throughout, and showing us that funky soul at its best hardly relies on any tricks in the studio or production techniques. The set features the previously unreleased live versions of "Hot Pants Road" and "There It Is" – plus "I'll Go Crazy", "Sex Machine", "Get Up Get Into It Get Involved", "Soul Power", "Cold Sweat", "There Was A Time", "Try Me", and "Please Please Please". CD

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Roy BrownPayday Jump – Later Sessions – The King & Deluxe Acetate Series ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy ... $15.99
Tremendous work from the great Roy Brown – pulled from his groundbreaking years at King/Deluxe Records – and featuring very pure sound taken from original acetates in the vault! Brown is one of our favorite R&B singers ever – a vocalist with the range and skill of a jazz singer, but able to get down and dirty at a level that was a huge influence on later soul – and rock and roll as well. The package is way more than a greatest hits set, or just another Roy Brown collection – as it features close examination of his recordings in the years 1949 and 1950 – including work recorded in Texas, New Orleans, and Atlanta – and a good number of songs we'd never heard before. In the early years, King recorded directly to acetate discs, not tape – so these recordings are the purest, strongest versions of Brown's music you'll ever hear – served up with power that really beats some of the lower-end collections on the market – none of which feature this intense of a track selection either. Titles include "Fanny Brown's Wedding Day", "Special Lesson #1", "Love Don't Love Nobody", "Dreaming Blues", "Sweet Peach", "New Rebecca", "Butcher Pete (parts 1 & 2)", "End Of My Journey", "I Feel That Young Man's Rhythm", "Miss Fanny Brown", "China Blues", and "Cadillac Baby". CD

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Gene ChandlerGet Down (with bonus track) ... CD
Chi Sound/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
The legendary Gene Chandler gets down, and gets down good – in this classic late 70s set of clubby numbers and upbeat groovers! The set's one of the best moments on the Chi-Soul series from producer Carl Davis – and features a nicely evolved version of earlier Chicago soul modes from Tom Tom 84 and Sonny Sanders – both of whom push an older Brunswick style into some smoother, more sophisticated modern soul territory! Chandler's vocals are wonderful, as always – and have a catchy snapping feel on the groovers, mixed with surprisingly deep soul on the few mellower moments. Titles include a remake of "Please Sunrise", plus "I'm The Travelin Kind", "Get Down", "Tomorrow I May Not Feel The Same", "Greatest Love Ever Known", and "What Now". CD features a bonus single mix of "Get Down". CD

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DJ KawasakiTimeless – Mixed By DJ Kawasaki ... CD
Extra Freedom (Japan), 2015. New Copy ... $23.99
It's been a few years since we last heard from DJ Kawasaki – but that hasn't dimmed his talents at all, and instead he seems to have gotten even deeper and more soulful over the years! Unlike so many other talents with "DJ" in their name, Kawasaki's a very well-rounded artist with a talent that reminds us of some of the most compelling, collaborative soul talents from years back – a modern day house maestro who's bringing forward the older ethos of 70s giants like Roy Ayers or Wayne Henderson! Like both of those artists, Kawasaki has a wonderful balance between groove and deeper soul elements in his music – beats and basslines that work well on modern dancefloors, but a thoughtful presentation of both the vocals and instrumental passages that's very timeless. All cuts here are either originals by DJ Kawasaki, or remixes – and singers include Latanza Waters, Tasita D'Mour, Sharlene Hector, Jennifer Wallace, and Emi Tawata – on tracks that include "Alone In The Dark", "It's Your World (Root Soul rmx)", "Reach Out", "Love Crash Down", "Come & Get Me (DJK & Makoto rmx)", "Give Me The Night (DJK & Makoto rmx)", and "Feel The Music". CD

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✨✧ Lee DorseyYes We Can (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Fever Dream, 1970. New Copy ... $12.99
Massive work by Lee Dorsey – recorded years after his classics in the 60s, and even funkier overall! Lee's really cooking on all burners here – working with the production team of Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn, and getting some incredible backing from The Meters – who are at the height of their powers during this period! In a way, the set's one of the ultimate New Orleans sessions of the 70s – a culmination of all the best elements that were percolating together in the 60s indie underground, simmered together perfectly in a tighter 70s Polygram funk mode! Includes the massive original version of "Yes We Can Can" – way better than any of the subsequent cover versions – plus great takes on"Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further", "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley", "Gator Tail", "Tears Tears & More Tears", "When The Bill's Paid", and "Occapella". This CD edition includes 7 bonus tracks, too – including "If I Were A Carpenter", "A Place Where We Can All Be Free", "On Your Way Down", and "Freedom For The Stallion". CD

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DramaticsWhatcha See Is Whatcha Get (plus Dramatic Experience and bonus tracks) ... CD
Stax/Volt, 1971. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A fantastic album by The Dramatics – with a harder funkier sound than you'll find on most of their other records of the time – a gritty gem from the group's early years, and a record that really deserves its placement on the Stax label! The record has the group moving into a post-Temptations style of righteous soul – grooving hard with a really heavy bottom on funky numbers like "Get Up and Get Down" and "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get", and even dropping a bit of a drug reference on the cut "Marry Don't Cha Wanna" – one of those messed-up lyric numbers we'd expect from a Latin Soul group! But the album's also got a sweet side too – as it features the amazing ballad cut "In The Rain", which has some of the most amazing production you'll ever find on the Stax label – harmony work that rivals the greatness of the east coast scene of the time. Other tracks include "Gimme Some", "Thank You For Your Love", and "Hot Pants In The Summertime". Even more amazing – CD features a huge amount of bonus tracks – the entire Dramatic Experience album – an amazing blend of sweet soul harmony vocals, Memphis soul production, and some other-worldly songwriting that far surpasses later work of the group. This album's one of the band's most righteous, with a mixture of Curtom-type message cuts and sweeter love songs – and it includes the cuts "The Devil is Dope", "Beware of the Man (With The Candy In His Hand)", "Jim, What's Wrong With Him?", and "Hey You! Get Off My Mountain". CD also features 2 more bonus tracks – "Stand Up Clap Your Hands" and "Hum A Song". CD
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Ronnie DysonLady In Red – The Columbia Sides Plus (Why Can't I Touch You – plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/ (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
The debut album from Ronnie Dyson – presented here with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! The core of the set is the long-titled album – If You Let Me Make Love To You Why Can't I Touch You – a wonderful first album from Ronnie Dyson – a set that's mostly soul, but also has some nicely trippy touches too – which provides a great springboard for Dyson's famous role in the musical Hair! Ronnie's got a voice that's gospelly deep at times – able to soar out with these bold lines that really state his presence, even when the overall backings might be laidback and slightly mellow. The set was recorded at the start of the 70s, and has this great balance between 60s uptown soul styles and some of the groovier, more sophisticated modes that were coming in at the time – a mode that makes Dyson sound nice and adult overall, even though his image on the cover is somewhat youthful. Most arrangements are by Jimmy Wisner, who blends together soaring strings, backing vocals, and some sweet standout instrumental moments – on titles that include "Why Can't I Touch You?", "Fever", "She's Gone", "I Just Can't Help Believin", "Band Of Gold", "Emmie", and "I Don't Wanna Cry". CD features lots of singles from the same time – about 12 more bonus tracks – including "God Bless The Children", "Aquarius", "Are We Ready For Love", "Abelene", "Sleeping So\un", "When You Get Right Down To It", "Jesus Is Just Alright (ext)", "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", "One Man Band", "Lady In Read", and "Girl Don't Come". CD

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Charles EarlandCharles Earland Anthology ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
Magnificent! Charles Earland may well be our favorite-ever jazz organist – and after you hear this set, he'll probably be yours too! Charles really didn't emerge as a name until the beginning of the 70s – and although that decade did some nasty stuff to some of the 60s best organ players, Earland managed to really get a heck of a lot out of the decade, twisting and turning his style with all the changes in arrangements and instrumentation, yet always keeping it real, laying down killer solos and funky grooves that rank with some of the best organ work of his generation! This 2CD set is the first to really pay tribute to Earland's genius – and it's a massive batch of tracks the spans his early years at Prestige Records, and moves into his work for labels like Mercury, Columbia, and Muse. Disc 1 features "funky organ grooves" – 10 tracks from Prestige and Muse with a straight heavy soul jazz funk groove, cut with monster players like Melvin Sparks, Idris Muhammad, Gary Chandler, and Virgil Jones. Tracks on the set include "Murilley", "Spinky", "Betty's Dilemma", "Sing A Simple Song", "Morgan", "My Favorite Things", and "Sing A Simple Song" – and the grooves are hard and funky all the way through! Disc 2 features "jazz funk and beyond" – beginning with Earland's spacier jam cuts on the Leaving This Planet session for Prestige, then moving into his jams on Arp and Electric Piano for Mercury, and some of his later R&B funk cuts for Columbia. Most of this work's never been on CD before – and the wealth of Earland's talent here will take you way past his early Black Talk years. Titles include "Phire", "Coming To You Live", "Red Clay", "Intergalactic Love Song", "Cosmic Fever", "Betty Boop", "Let The Music Play", and "Over & Over". CD
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El-P & Killer Mike (Run The Jewels)Run The Jewels ... CD
Fool's Gold, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
El-P and Killer Mike finally deliver a killer duo record! We knew that this one would be a win, considering how great the El-P produced RAP Music album by Killer Mike turned out to be, how versatile the El-P futuristic production vibe is and how timelessly inventive each rapper is on their own. They didn't team-up to coast on their reputations, though, as Run The Jewels is nearly as great as anything either one has done in the preceding couple of years. Includes "Run The Jewels", "Banana Clipper" feat Big Boi, "DDFH, "Sea Legs", "No Come Down", "Get It", "Twin Hype Back" feat Prince Paul as his Handsome Boy alter-ego Chest Rockwell, "A Christmas F**king Miracle" and more. CD

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EsqueritaEsquerita! ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $19.99
Standout early work from the mighty Esquerita – an artist you might initially write off as a Little Richard copycat, but one who also delivers a whole lot more in the end! The groove here is rough R&B, inflected with a touch of early soul – and the piano lines are worth the price of admission, played at a level that goes back to early New Orleans roots, but with more 50s bluesy currents – often alongside some tenor and guitar that rival the best instrumentation you'd find on indie singles at the time from King and Atlantic – quite a surprise for the normally-pop Capitol Records. And the vocals are something else, too – certainly with a soaring, screaming range – but also just wonderful when they're more down to earth, and in the groove. Titles include "Hey, Miss Lucy", "Why Did It Take You So Long", "She Left Me Cryin'", "Get Back Baby", "I Need You", "Maybe Baby", and "I'm Battie Over Hattie". CD

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Joe FarrellOriginal Album Classics (Joe Farrell Quartet/Outback/Penny Arcade/Upon This Rock/Canned Funk) (5CD set) ... CD
CTI/Sony, Early 70s. New Copy 5CD ... $29.99
A CTI powerhouse – five full albums from reedman Joe Farrell, each packaged in a tiny LP-styled sleeve! First up is Joe Farrell Quartet – a stellar session that's easily one of the early high points for the legendary CTI label! Farrell bursts forth as one heck of a soulful cat – working on these great modal grooves that slide out wonderfully and really have a sense of flow – a style that's different than Joe's later material, but equally powerful! Part of the strength of the record comes from the lineup – a key quintet of like-mined up-and-comers that includes Chick Corea on keyboards, John McLaughlin on guitar, Dave Holland on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums – players who definitely know the farther reaches of jazz, yet hang just on the inside here with Joe – providing some amazing accompaniment for his lines on soprano, tenor, and flute. Titles include "Molten Glass", "Song Of The Wind", "Motion", "Follow Your Heart", and "Circle In The Square". Next is Outback – a drawn-out quintet side, with Chick Corea on electric piano, Buster Williams on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and Airto on percussion. Farrell was playing with Jones at the time, and the album's got some of their strong choppy reed/percussion interplay – but with a sharpness and focus that you don't always hear on Elvin's records! Tracks are all long – and titles include "Outback", "Sound Down", and "Bleeding Orchid". Penny Arcade has grooves so sharp you could cut your trousers on them! Farrell's angular reed style is in perfect form here – grooving with a small group that includes Herbie Hancock on piano, Joe Beck on guitar, Steve Gadd on drums, and Don Alias on percussion – a combo that's got a harder, tighter feel than most CTI groups – a key reason why Joe's records of this time are so legendary! The album features a fantastic version of Stevie Wonder's "Too High" – one that breaks all over the beginning with these riffs by Farrell, then grooves into a CTI electric funk mode for about 13 minutes. All tracks are long – and other tracks include "Hurricane Jane", "Geo Blue", "Penny Arcade", and "Cloud Cream". Upon This Rock is wonderful – and there's a lean, edgey groove to the set that's totally great – a lot more bite than usual for CTI, thanks to these wonderfully angular lines from Joe on tenor, soprano sax, and flute – backed up with some wicked guitar work from Joe Beck, who really matches Farrell's energy – in a core quartet with Herb Bushler on bass and Jim Madison on drums. One cut features a guest group – with Herbie Hancock on piano, Steve Gadd on drums, and Don Alias on percussion – and the album includes the massively break-heavy title cut "Upon This Rock", plus "Seven Seas", "I Won't Be Back", and "Weathervane". Last up is Canned Funk – a record that's as fresh and freaky as the classic image on the cover! The riffing rhythms get going right from the start – some amazing lines from a rhythm combo that includes Joe Beck on guitar, Herb Bushler on bass, Jim Madison on drums, and the mighty Ray Mantilla on percussion – adding in these extra changes and fills that really get the tunes moving wonderfully – providing a perfect platform for Joe Farrell's wonderful work on tenor, soprano, baritone, and flute! The sax lines are as angular as the rhythms – tight, choppy, and completely funky – no wonder the record's a CTI classic that folks have dug for years! Tracks are all nice and long – and titles include "Canned Funk", "Animal", and "Spoken Silence". CD
Also available Original Album Classics (Joe Farrell Quartet/Outback/Penny Arcade/Upon This Rock/Canned Funk) (5CD set) ... CD 22.99

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Gilberto GilGilberto's Samba Ao Vivo ... CD
Sony (Brazil), 2014. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99
A really lovely live performance from Gilberto Gil – and one that follows in the same stripped-down mode as his excellent Gilberto's Samba album! The format here is wonderful – a real return to greatness for Gil, as he plays acoustic guitar and sings, with just a bit of extra backing – at a level that's partially like his spare acoustic work at the start of the 70s, and partly like some of the best Joao Gilberto albums in a similar mode! Given that Gilberto came onto the scene as the bossa years were fading, he only had a bit of this style in his music at the start – but he brings decades of experience and warmth to the performance here – at a level that's far different than any sort of bossa rehash project, and which instead really lets us get to the heart of Gil's music for the first time in years. Moreno Veloso helped with the project, and it's got some nice modern undercurrents similar to his music – and titles include "Gilbertos", "Doralice", "Rio Eu Te Amo", "Rosa Morena", "Eu Sambo Mesmo", "Chiclete Com Banana", "Aquele Abraco", "Meio De Campo", and "Ladeira De Preguica". CD features a bonus track not on the DVD – "E Luxo So". CD

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Guitar Slim Green with Johnny & Shuggie OtisStone Down Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Kent/BGP (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $11.99
A blues album, but one with a difference – thanks to some tremendous help from the legendary Johnny Otis and his young son Shuggie! Despite the fact that the leader is billed as Guitar Slim Green, Shuggie actually plays some lead guitar on the record too – adding in some cool, complicated solos that point towards his genius to come as a solo act – and which also get some nicely romping rhythms from Johnny on drums! The Otis family was definitely bringing a lot of funk into their sound at the time, which they share plenty with Slim here – helping to make the record way more than just another late 60s rootsy blues session, and instead a great west coast criss-crossing of modes. Titles include "Shake Em Up", "My Little Angel Child", "5th Street Alley Boogie", "Old Folks Blues", "This War Ain't Right", and "Big Fine Thing". Also features two bonus tracks, both unissued – "My Marie" and "Rock The Nation". CD

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Mary GreshamVoice From The Shadows – The Story Of A Muscle Shoals Soul Sister ... CD
Soulscape (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
A long buried treasure trove of southern soul from deep deep down in the Muscle Shoals scene – gritty, beautiful, powerful work by Mary Gresham – an unjustly unknown singer who we'll put way up there with very best female funk & soul vocals of the 60s, 70s and beyond! Mary found modest success on a couple of late 60s singles with singing partner Chuck Cooper, recorded as Chuck & Mariann, for the A-Bet label at Fame Studios – tunes that start out this collection – but the vast majority of this material is seeing an official release for the first time ever! She stayed busy over the years as a session backing vocalist, but she's a wonderful leader on these tunes – backed solidly by the horn accented Muscle Shoals brand of gritty southern soul – and it's unbelievable that this great stuff is only now hitting shelves. Loads of powerhouse soul, and the best kind of natural, truthful balladry – with Mary's vocals just killing it out front! 24 tracks in all: "Let's Walk Down The Street Together", "The Woman In Me", "Going Through The Changes", "Motivation", "Just Me And You", "Spend A Little Time (Loving The World)", "Get On Back On The Right Track", "Rainin' In My Heart", "Use Me", "I Want To Be Loved", "Promises Are Not To Be Broken", "We Are So In Love", "So Many Ways" and more! CD

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Ben E KingComplete Atco/Atlantic Singles Vol 1 – 1960 to 1966 ... CD
Atco/Real Gone, 1960s. New Copy 2CD ... $31.99 34.98
Ben E King's complete singles for Atco/Atlantic from 1960 to 1966 – essentially his first 6 years as a solo star – and one of most glorious runs in soul music history! The legacy of his signature hit "Stand By Me" is enormous, and rightfully so – but it's really important to celebrate his equally wonderful, lesser-remembered material – some of which were also big hits back in the day, but don't get enough play these days. You couldn't really ask for a better early solo overview than this complete collection of singles. Its got a huge number number of songs – 50 on 2CDs – with the first 3 years on disc 1 (Stand By Me)" and the remaining 3 years of work on disc 2 (So Much Love) – with huge hits and relatively forgotten gems alike, including "Stand By Me", "Brace Yourself", "My Heart Cries For You", "I Could Have Danced All Night", "Souvenir Of Mexico", "Spanish Harlem", "How Can I Forget", "Walking In The Footsteps Of A Fool", "What Now My Love", "Groovin", "Around The Corner", "She's Gone Again", "So Much Love", "What Can A Man Do", "Don't Drive Me Away", "Let The Water Run Down", "Cry No More", "I Swear By The Stars Above", "Get In A Hurry" and many more. CD

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KleeerIntimate Connection/Seeekret ... CD
Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1984/1985. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of killers from Kleeer – back to back on a single CD! First up is the classic Intimate Connection – tight 80s soul from Kleeer – one of the group's standout classics, and a set that's produced with kind of a jazzy finish by Deodato, who also plays some nice keyboards on the record! The Kleeer sound is at its height here – tight, warm, and filled with great harmonies on the vocals – which are then underpinned by a lot of keyboards and bass pedal work, yet in a way that never overwhelms the vocals. The balance is beautiful – at a level that few other groups ever seemed to reach – and there's plenty of hooks that keep things catchy throughout. Titles include "Go For It", "Intimate Connections", "Next Time It's For Real", "Tonight", "Do You Want To", and "Break". On Seeekret, the triple "e" is the key to the album's sound – as Kleeer are still very much at the top of their game, and opening up nicely with that string "wheeet" sound they get on their keyboards! The album's one of their key 80s partnerships with Deodato – who really helps them balance their sound, and come across with a style that's surprisingly rich and soulful – way more so than some of the other beats and keyboard acts of the time! A key part of this is the lead vocals of Woody Cunningham, who just gets better and better with each new record – and hits a level of maturity that moves far past simple electro pop. Titles include "Take Your Heart Away", "You Got Me Rockin", "Lay Ya Down Ez", "Call My Name", "Never Cry Again", and "Do Not Lie To Me". CD

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Kool & The GangSomething Special ... CD
De-Lite/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $9.99
Something Special indeed – as the album was one of the biggest hits for Kool & The Gang, and showed that the group still had plenty of energy left to groove into the 80s! The record features production work by Brazilian music maestro Eumir Deodato – who by this point had become a sweet and smooth talent with a real flair for putting over a modern soul groove! Deodato's approach is really great – smooth, yet soulful, without any tricks or gimmicks – and a real appreciation for lead vocals and a catchy little hook! The album features the group's party classic "Get Down On It", plus "Steppin Out", "No Show", "Pass It On", "Be My Lady", "Take My Heart", and "Good Time Tonight". CD

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Lord Newborn & The Magic SkullsLord Newborn & The Magic Skulls ... CD
Ubiquity, 2009. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
Massively messed-up grooves – and a rare one-off collaboration between Money Mark, Shawn Lee, and Tommy Guerrero – all artists we've come to love for their own funky music over the years! The sound here is as wild as you'd expect from the cover – a really trippy approach to funk – spun out with the same heavy grooves you'd get on some of Lee's funk sets for Ubiquity, mixed with the offbeat production modes that Money Mark brought to his early Mo Wax recordings! There's a definite dose of psych on most tracks – showing the increasing influence from this end of the spectrum on 21st Century beatheads – and the fuzzier edges make for a nice change amidst Lee's usually cleaner grooves. Some vocals appear on the album, but often buried down deeply in the instrumental mix – leaving most of the album's charm to come from fuzzy guitar, trippy keyboards, and heavy beats! Titles include "Dime Bag Conspiracy", "Rainy Day Dog", "Astro Blue", "Disco Loco", "Ringa Ding Ding Ding", "LIVE", "Revenge Of The Fillet O Fish", and "Crazy Apartment". CD

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