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Ingram KingdomFunk Is In Our Music ... CD
Excello/KTI (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Around April 8, 2015
A beautiful little album from the earliest days of the Ingram empire in soul – recorded long before any of the individual members had gone onto bigger mainstream fame, and done in a way that has lots of righteous indie touches! Sister Barbara sings lead vocals on most of the tracks – bringing a slightly spiritual quality to the ensemble funk mode of the group – in a way that reminds us a bit of the few early Kool & The Gang tracks that sport female vocals. But there's also a great New Jersey soul kind of quality to the set too – a mode that sometimes slips into gentle harmonies, then rolls into harder funk at other points. Other members of the group include Butch, Billy, Timmy, Jimmy, and Johnny Ingram – and titles include "The Funk Is In Our Music", "He's Mine", "Music Is Our Message", "Tried It And Liked It", "Put Your Troubles Behind", and "What Else Can I Say". CD

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✨✧ Bianca IngramLinguistics ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the younger stars in the Ingram Family galaxy – and one of the more contemporary-sounding ones as well! Bianca Ingram has an approach here that's quite different than some of the more classic-styled work you'd know from Butch and some of her family members – very much in a modern urban mode, with sweet beats bubbling underneath her lovely vocals – and a sharp edge on most tracks that points more towards the streets than the bedroom. And in true contemporary soul mode, the album features a number of guest shots – from Prima, Ock Milly, KD, and Jbrown – on titles that include "Gimme A Break", "Nice Guys", "Just Go", "Sing", "You", "IV", "Come Closer", "So Busy", and "Corruscate". CD
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Carla BensonYou Should Be Here ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99
A sweet solo record from Philly singer Carla Benson – a vocalist you'll probably know best for her role in the Sweethearts Of Sigma trio, where she backed up countless soul singers in the 70s! The set's a new one, but has a nicely classic vibe – done in more of an 80s Philly modern soul mode, with production and arrangements by Butch Ingram that nicely match his other recent work for the Society Hill imprint. Carla's vocals are richly expressive – maybe more so now than ever – and the set is mostly mellower numbers and midtempo cuts, with titles that include "You Show Me", "I Dreamed A Dream", "You Should Be Here", "Autumn Leaves", "Outstanding", and "Ready For Love". CD

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Jean CarneFlashback ... CD
Essential, 2013. New Copy ... $14.99
Jean Carne takes it back nicely here – serving up a surprisingly great batch of mellow soul tunes that really recall the brilliance of her work for the Philly International label! There's definitely lots of Philly elements in the music – no surprise, given that production is by Butch Ingram – who also uses just the right amount of jazzy touches to open up the deep roots that have always made Jean's music so great! A number of cuts are remakes of older gems from Carne, but given a great new spin here – and a few numbers feature guest vocals from Glenn Leonard too. Titles include "Closer Than Close", "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon", "Free Love", "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", "Do You Get Enough Love", "My Baby Loves Me", and "One Million Miles From The Ground". CD

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George DukeNight After Night (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Elektra (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $13.99
Quite a soul-based set from the great George Duke – a set that not only features his strong keyboards, but also a fair bit of vocals from singers Phil Perry, Jeffery Osborne, and James Ingram – all of whom are a great fit for Duke's evolving sound! Duke had worked heavily with singers on many other albums – and even produced for some of these artists as well – but the vibe here is also more of an extension into 90s modes, both for fusion and R&B – with a few lingering traces of his 80s work, but also a leaner style at times that's nicely appreciated. Titles include "Love Ballad", "Children Of The Night", "Miss Wiggle", "Brazilian Coffee", "This Lovin", "Mystery Eyes", and "Same Ole Love". This Japanese CD edition includes 3 bonus tracks: "560 SL", "Fuzzzion" and "Rise Up". CD
Also available Night After Night ... LP 2.99

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Ronnie DysonPhase 2/Brand New Day ... CD
Cotillion/Real Gone, 1982/1983. New Copy ... $15.99
A pair of later albums from the great Ronnie Dyson – both of which show him moving strongly well into the 80s! The first set is a self-stated Phase 2 in Ronnie Dyson's career – one that has him moving with a bit more confidence than before, and nicely maturing into a sweet 80s sort of sound! Bobby Eli's at the helm, both on production and rhythm arrangements – and the style here is almost a bit more sophisticated than Dyson's earlier work – kind of that Philly Modern that some of Eli's older contemporaries were hitting. There's no standout hits, but the album's got a nice sense of balance because of that – and overall, the instrumentation's more late 70s than some of the thinner 80s commercial modes. Titles include "Now", "Say You Will", "Heart To Heart", "One More Chance For The Fool", and "Even In The Darkest Night". On Brand New Day, Ronnie's a long way from his falsetto soul hits of the early 70s – but he's seriously back on track as a soul artist, thanks to some smooth help from the Ingram family! Butch Ingram produced the album, and the rest of the Ingrams helped out on instruments, vocals, and even some of the songwriting. In fact, this is more of an Ingram record – with a sound that's very much like their work from the same time – than it is a Ronnie Dyson album. Not that that's a problem, though, as the record's a pretty nice batch of 80s groovers that includes the tracks "You Better Be Fierce", "I Gave You All Of Me", "Tender Lovin Care", "Waiting For You", and "All Over Your Face". CD

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IllusionsIllusions ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99
Warm harmony soul in the best Philly mode – work from the Illusions trio, who've got one of their city landmarks featured very prominently on the cover! The group have a style that's a nice throwback to older east coast harmony soul of the 70s – that great moment when groups like this were really able to focus on their sound, and come across with a mature, classy style that few acts from other cities could do this well! The Illusions continue that great tradition, and work here with strong Philly help from Butch Ingram and other Ingram members – who keep things in a perfectly laidback mode to fit the mellow spirit of the vocals. Titles include "Let's Make A Baby", "Darlin Darlin Baby", "I'll Never Love The Same Way Twice", "What's Come Over Me", "I Told You So", and "Think About Tomorrow". CD

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Loose JointsPop Your Funk – The Complete Singles Collection ... CD
West End/Octave (Japan), Early 80s. New Copy ... $21.99
The complete West End singles of Loose Joints – one of the funkiest projects to ever come from the legendary Arthur Russell – and a set of tracks that also features a fair bit of work from the funky Ingram Family too! The grooves are definitely some of the most offbeat to ever come from the mostly-disco West End label – and do a great job of crossing the space between the NYC downtown art world and club worlds of the early 80s – thanks to Russell's inventive leadership, and his wicked sounds on electric cello and keyboards too! There was never a full album issued under the Loose Joints name, but this set nicely corrects that fact by bringing together a host of different singles and lots of great remixes too – most of which get really weird and play with the original tracks a lot. Titles include "Is It All Over My Face (orig 12" mix)", "Is It All Over My Face (orig 12" Larry Levan female)", "Is It All Over My Face (Masters At Work rmx)", "Is It All Over My Face (unreleased orig full length)", "Pop Your Funk (orig 12")", "Pop Your Funk (orig single voc)", "Tell You (orig 12")", "Tell You (orig 12" new shoes edit)", and "Tell You (orig 12" inst)". CD

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Philly CreamGroovin ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99
The wonderful return of Philly Cream – a group who made some great records at the end of the 70s, and who seem like they haven't missed a beat at all! The style here is really in the old school Philly harmony mode – maybe the modern soul variant, with some slight contemporary touches in the instrumentation – but an overall feel that has all the vocals coming together wonderfully! Old group member Art Austin is working here with younger female singers Simone Talley and Adrienne Aje – and the record has plenty of musical support from Ingram, with Butch Ingram at the production helm – in a similar mode to the other great recent sides on Society Hill. Titles include "Somebody Told Me", "A Beautiful Morning", "Crystal Blue Persuasion", "Slow Down", "Cowboys To Girls", and "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For". CD

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TruBack For More ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99
A contemporary set, but one that's got a really classic harmony feel – great work from the Philly trio Tru, a group who really keep that old school sound alive and well! These guys have a care with their harmonies that really takes us back to the O'Jays, Delfonics, and other great groups on the scene decades ago – and the production is relatively laidback and unobtrusive, so that the strongest focus is always on the vocals – with just bits of mellow rhythms drifting through the mix to keep things going! Butch Ingram produced, and the rest of the Ingram family provided the instrumentation – and titles include "I'm In Love Again", "To Be True", "I'm Back For More", "Say You Love Me", "Touch Me In The Morning", "Once IN Awhile", and "Let's Spend The Night". CD

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VariousTouch Of Northern Soul – 25 Dance Floor Classics To Touch Your Soul ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Way more than just a "touch" of Northern Soul – as the set's overflowing with upbeat soul tracks from the 60s – including a fair bit we've not seen on other collections! The set list mixes big names with talents from the underground – and the grooves are often in the tightest modes that Detroit or Philly had to offer at the time – even though the artists included come from a much wider range of scenes! The package features some key tracks that have only been rediscovered by Northern Soul fans in recent years – mixed with more than really lets the whole set burn brightly all the way through. Title sinclude "I Still Love You" by Seven Souls, "When We Get There" by Paul Anka, "Night Owl" by Bobby Paris, "I'll Always Need You" by Dean Courtney, "What's It Gonna Be" by Susan Barrett, "Exus Trek" by Luther Ingram, "The Ice Man" by Billy Watkins, "Dance With Me" by The Blendells, "One More Hurt" by Marjorie Black, "Better Use Your Head" by Dennis D'Ell, "I've Got The Need" by Spooky & Sue, and "Miss Treatment" by The Incredibles. Also includes a few surprising 70s tracks – like "I Wanna Give You Tomorrow" by Benny Troy, "In The Bottle" by Brother To Brother, and "What A Difference A Day Makes" by Esther Phillips. CD

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✨✧ VariousMore Lost Soul Gems From Sounds Of Memphis ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Deep deep work from an under-tapped reservoir of soul – the legendary Sounds Of Memphis label – a key contemporary of Stax Records, but one with a huge amount of material that never got issued at the time! This excellent set corrects that fact, by bringing forth a batch of material that's almost all fresh here for the first time ever – and mixed with just a few rare SOM singles that were issued in the early 70s – all cuts that really show the righteous power of this tiny little label! There's a fair bit of artists here who touched the scene with work in other ways, and others we're really hearing for the first time ever in their company – an amazing picture into the mighty Memphis scene at the time, in a treasure trove of southern soul, deep ballads, and even a few funky numbers too. 22 tracks in all – and titles include "You're Using Me" by Rudolph Taylor, "You Don't Love Me" by Tommy Raye, "A Great Big Thing" by Carroll Lloyd, "Tempted" by Marjorie Ingram, "Hold On Hold Out" by George Jackson, "That's Why I Keep Her" by William Bollinger, "Since My Baby Left Me" by Dan Greer, and "Lost In A Dream" by Vision. CD

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✨✧ Jean CarneGive It Up ... CD
Essential/Society Hill, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The great Jean Carne, still very much at the top of her game – and going strong at a level that none of her contemporaries from the old days could ever hope to match! Carne's an artist that we've loved for decades, and one who's continued to keep the soul and sophistication in her music, no matter what the setting – evolving over the years, yet never selling out or going for any sort of easy roads ahead. Instead, she's stayed very much her own person – a marvelous talent that shines strongly here in the company of producer Butch Ingram – who brings just the right mix of old school and contemporary styles to bear on the record, at a level that's similar to some of his other excellent Society Hill productions in recent years. Carne's jazz roots are still strong – as you'll hear especially on the album's version of Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes" – and guests include Don Ward and David Simmons, on other titles that include "She's All Alone", "Give It Up", "Everybody Knows", "Life Keeps Going On", "Come Home To Me", and "One Night Stand". CD

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✨✧ Heavy WeatherMovin Easy ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Killer funk from Heavy Weather – a contemporary combo, but one who groove like it's 1982! The group have a tight ensemble approach that rivals that of The Gap Band, Cameo, or Con Funk Shun at their best – all instrumentation right on the money, with a sharp focus that hardly belies the size of the group! The sound is sharp and tight, but never slick or smooth – and these guys use a fair bit of keyboards amidst their snapping grooves and basslines – but always with a touch that's more than warm enough to match the vocals. Butch Ingram produced – and the set shows all his great experience in funky soul over the years – and titles include "Movin Easy", "Let The Music Take You On A Ride", "Ain't No Thang", "Wonderlove", "Stick To It", and "I Came To Dance". CD

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✨✧ SwitchSwitch (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gordy/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A seminal bit of seventies soul from Switch, and a record that really helped set the tone for countless others to come in the 80s – no surprise, given that the group's got members from both the DeBarge and Ingram families! There's a warmth here that few others can match – an earnest, honest quality that never gets lost, even amidst the well-crafted instrumentation and tight production of the record – almost an updated legacy of the early 70s east coast scene, but never polished up too much at all! There's some wonderful harmonies that work perfectly on both the upbeat and mellower numbers – warming things up beautifully on titles that include "It's So Real", "I Wanna Be With You", "I Wanna Be Closer", "You Pulled A Switch", and "There'll Never Be". CD features bonus tracks – single versions of "There'll Never Be" and "I Wanna Be Closer". CD
Also available Switch ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ VariousI Heard The Angels Singing – Electrifying Black Gospel From The Nashboro Label 1951 to 1983 (4CD set) ... CD
Nashboro/Tompkins Square, 1950s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An incredible collection of gospel material from the Nashboro label – easily one of the most important American companies to document the rise and changes in gospel during the postwar years – but one that's never been given a showcase like this before! The folks at Tompkins Square have always done wonderful work with smaller sources and more individual personalities – but they really knock it out of the park with this hefty dig through the Nashboro catalog – a treasure trove of 80 rare tracks that come mostly from the crucial 50s and 60s years of the label, supported with detailed liner notes that really get at the quality of the music! Nashboro never tried to water things down at all – and, if anything, they always had an ear for letting the most personal message in the music come forth – especially with the smaller group and individual recordings on the set. We'll bet you've not got most of this work in your collection – and titles include tunes by Brother Joe May, The Spiritual Five, Sister Emma Tucker, Bonita Cantrell, Maggie Ingram, Harmonizing Five, The CBS Trumpeters, Southern Echoes, Travelin Echoes, Sullivan Pugh, The Radio Four, Swanee Quartet, Rock Island Singers, Sister Lucille Barbee, and many many others. Great LP-sized package, too! CD
(Packaged in a nice gatefold LP sleeve.)

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✨✧ VariousNorthern Soul – The Film (2CDs/DVD) ... CD
Harmless (UK), Late 60s/2014. New Copy 2CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
A stunner of a soul set – put together to support the film on England's Northern Soul scene! The package is worth it for the music alone – a massive 54 tracks that stand together as one of the sweetest Northern Soul collections we've seen in years – a really great choice of material that mixes classics from the scene with the sort of newly-discovered gems that have really kept the scene going for far longer than anyone might have expected back in the 60s and 70s. All work here is of late 60s vintage, and titles include "I Gotta Find Me Somebody" by The Vel Vets, "Crying Over You" by Duke Browner, "Exus Trek" by Luther Ingram Orchestra, "Your Autumn Of Tomorrow" by The Crow, "Come On Train" by Don Thomas, "It Really Hurts Me Girl" by The Carstairs, "I Was Born To Love You" by Herbert Hunter, "She'll Come Running Back" by Mel Britt, "Little Love Affair" by Patrinelle Staten, and "You Don't Love Me" by Epitome Of Sound. And if that's not enough, the set also includes a bonus DVD – with an interview with Elaine Constantine, director of the film – plus an audio interview with legendary Northern Soul DJ Richard Sterling, and a slide show of his most cherished relics from the scene in the 70s. CD

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✨✧ Jeff LorberIn The Heat Of The Night ... CD
BMG/Wounded Bird, 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet fusion grooving from Jeff Lorber – going strong here in a tight early 80s mode that combines jazz and R&B with effortless ease! The leadoff title track is a catchy groover, done with lead vocals by Jeff and Maurice Starr – but most of the other tracks on the set are instrumental, in that tight mode that Lorber virtually invented at the end of the 70s – and coming off with a lot of soul, thanks to guest work from Lee Ritenour on guitar and Ronnie Laws on saxophone. The set also features vocals from Philip Ingram and Alex Ligertwood – each on a track apiece – and titles include "Sushi Monster", "In The Heat Of The Night", "Rock II", "Waterfall", "Blast Off", and "Don't Say Yes". CD

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