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✨✧ Luther IngramPity For The Lonely – The KoKo Singles Vol 1 ... CD
Koko/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... About September 1, 2016 (delayed)
A treasure trove of overlooked Memphis soul – the earliest work of the legendary Luther Ingram – brought together here properly for the first time ever! Although Ingram's probably best known for his mega-huge hits in the early 70s, he really sounds amazing here in the early days – a vocalist with a bit more grit than we remember, working with backings that have an underground, deep soul take on the Memphis sound of the time. There's a somewhat more down home quality to some of these tunes than on other Memphis work from the late 60s – a style that probably didn't play as big up north as some of the hitmakers from the scene, but which is really worth of rediscovery all these many years later. Unlike other over-cliched work on Stax and Hi Records, most of these tunes have a really fresh, new sort of feel – less-iconic, and all the more appealing because of that fact. CD features 19 tracks in all, pulled from Ingram's first 10 singles – including "You've Got To Give Love To Get Love", "Ghetto Train", "I Can't Stop", "My Honey & Me", "Missing You", "Looking For A New Love", "Pity For The Lonely", "Home Don't Seem Like Home", "To The Other Man", "I'll Love You Until The End", and a rare radio promo of "My Honey & Me". CD

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✨✧ James IngramIt's Real ... CD
Warner (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great vocals and modern production – a mix of James Ingram's older roots in soul music, and some of the more contemporary soul modes coming down at the end of the 80s! Ingram's got a power in his voice that just won't quit – soaring out wonderfully and warmly, even when the rhythms are stark and electric – never buried too far in the mix, like some of his contemporaries on the scene. The album's split into two sides – "It's Real Hard" and "It's Real Soft" – the former of which is mostly upbeat, pop-soul material, the latter more ballads and key quiet storm tracks. Titles include "Call On Me", "It's Real", "So Fine", "Love Come Down", "Baby Be Mine", "Love 1 Day At A Time", "Someday We'll All Be Free", and "A Natural Man". CD
 
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Dr CheekoFire In D Hole ... CD
Society Hill, 2015. New Copy ... $7.99 16.98
One of the more unusual artists on the Philly-revival label Society Hill – a singer who's younger than most of their roster, and who also has roots in the Caribbean too! Production and arrangements are by Butch Ingram, who gives the set a similar modern soul update to other projects for the label – but there's a slight difference in the rhythms, which have a fair bit of tropical currents – although still more in a soul mode than dancehall or soca. Titles include "Rock Steady", "Cherish The Day", "Say I Love You", "Mama See Parade", "Fun Fun Fun", "A Nice Girl Like You", and a remake of "Right Place Wrong Time". CD

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Heavy WeatherMovin Easy ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
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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IllusionsIllusions ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy ... $8.99
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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Mellow MoodsTell Love Hello ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
A trio of lovely ladies from the Philly scene of the 70s – heard here in a surprisingly great contemporary recording! The Mellow Moods grew up in the same generation as bigger Philly female trios like First Choice or Three Degrees – and although they never hit the heights of those groups, they had a wonderful harmony sound that was every bit as great as some of the stellar male groups that were making mellow soul magic in the underground! All these many years later, a reformed version of the group works here with Butch Ingram and the Ingram Family – who provide the perfect sort of Philly backings for their vocals – contemporary, but handled with lots of classic touches that really fit the choice of material. The whole thing feels more like a set of female harmony soul from the late 70s, instead of something from this century – and titles include "Stop Taking My Love For Granted", "Tell Love Hello", "Right On The Tip Of My Tongue", "Tell Him That I Love Him", "Hello Stranger", and "Selfish One". CD

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✨✧ Greg PhillinganesPulse (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Planet/Sony (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99
Greg's definitely showing off all his chops on this one – working with help from a huuuge array of famous guest stars – including The Pointer Sisters, James Ingram, Howard Hewett, Jackie Jackson, Michael Jackson, Robbie Nevil, and others. And while the bulk of the record really shows the influence of these mainstream 80s soul artists – and not always in a good way – the record also sports a brilliant tune done with Donald Fagan of Steely Dan, the sweetly grooving "Lazy Nina", which sounds like the best work off Fagan's Nightfly, and has Greg and Don duetting on vocals! Titles include "Behind The Mask", "Signals", "Shake It", "Countdown To Love", "Come As You Are", and "Playin With Fire". CD features 6 bonus tracks – "Only You", "Behind The Mask (12" version)", "Playin With Fire (12" version)", "Behind The Mask (inst)", "Behind The Mask (single)", and "Playin With Fire (inst)". CD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)
Also available Pulse (with bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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Greg PhillinganesPulse (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Planet/Big Break (UK), 1985. New Copy ... $9.99
Greg's definitely showing off all his chops on this one – working with help from a huuuge array of famous guest stars – including The Pointer Sisters, James Ingram, Howard Hewett, Jackie Jackson, Michael Jackson, Robbie Nevil, and others. And while the bulk of the record really shows the influence of these mainstream 80s soul artists – and not always in a good way – the record also sports a brilliant tune done with Donald Fagan of Steely Dan, the sweetly grooving "Lazy Nina", which sounds like the best work off Fagan's Nightfly, and has Greg and Don duetting on vocals! Titles include "Behind The Mask", "Signals", "Shake It", "Countdown To Love", "Come As You Are", and "Playin With Fire". CD features 6 bonus tracks – "Only You", "Behind The Mask (12" version)", "Playin With Fire (12" version)", "Behind The Mask (inst)", "Behind The Mask (single)", and "Playin With Fire (inst)". CD
Also available Pulse (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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Wardell PiperSpell ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
The first full album from Wardell Piper in many many years – but a set that feels like it came right on the heels of her late 70s disco classics! Wardell looks surprisingly youthful on the cover, and sounds the same on the set – working with a sweet groove that mixes mellow steppers with more upbeat club tracks – of the sort she recorded famously many years back! Butch Ingram arranged and produced, with lots of help from the larger Ingram Family – who keep the groove mighty cool – and titles include "Spell", "Locked In This Position", "Don't I Ever Cross Your Mind", "After All", "I'm In Love With You", "Make It Last", and "Look To The Children". CD

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David SimmonsLove Tonight ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2015. New Copy ... $13.99 16.98
David Simmons is a Philly soul singer from way way back – part of that second wave of Philly 70s talent that broke on the WMOT label at the end of the decade, and still going surprisingly strong after all these years away from the studio! Simmons is part of this great generation of Philly soul talents who seem to be reemerging in recent years – directed in the studio by producer/arranger Butch Ingram – who, like Simmons, has matured nicely with age – and finds the right kind of groove to match the smooth, sophisticated style of David's vocals. The approach is a bit like later solo material from Teddy Pendergrass – in the best adult Philly mode – and titles include "Love Tonight", "The World Belongs To Me", "Yesterday's Song", "I'm In Love Again", "Holding Back", and "Hooked On You". CD

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Donnie TatumAin't No Love ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
A contemporary singer with roots in gospel – but one who works here with some great mellow soul backings from The Ingram Family – at a level that maybe makes the set one of the best to come from their recent run of projects on the Society Hill label Donnie's voice goes nice and deep – at a level that really takes us back to quiet storm singers of years back – and the Ingram backings are more mellow 80s than any sort of 21st Century vibe – perfectly suited to Tatum's sound and spirit. Titles include "Tonight I Give In", "Ain't No Love", "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon", "It's A Shame", "Night & Day Dream", "Once In A While", and "Say You Love Me". CD

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Roy WilliamsReal Thing ... CD
Society Hill, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
Great late solo work from Roy Williams – an east coast soul singer who's worked in both the Intruders and Executive Suite over the years – stepping out here on his own, with help from Butch Ingram and the whole Ingram Family! Williams has that nice crackle at times he brought to the Intruders – that way of keeping the group's unique lead style intact, while also moving into smoother, more adult modes – which Roy continues even more strongly here on the album's few jazz-styled numbers. Yet we'll be honest and say that the soul tracks work best – Williams is the kind of singer who can slide better into a groove, rather than carry a lead upfront on his own – and titles include "Foolish Heart", "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing", "It's The Same Old Song", "Together", "Easy", "Give Give Give", and "Uptight". CD

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✨✧ VariousSuper Breaks Presents Stax Breaks ... CD
Stax (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Funky breaks from the Stax Records – the legendary Memphis label that's had as much of an influence on the sound of hip hop as any northern company! The set brings together 19 tracks that are immediately recognizable for their use in modern hip hop – all heavy funk numbers with a solid southern groove – filled to the brim with burning horns, searing guitars, rumbling bass, and heavy funky drums! Tracks on the set have been sampled over the years by the likes of Wu Tang, Brand Nubian, Dilated Peoples, De La Soul, and others – but they also stand out equally well as funky tunes on their own, whether or not you've got an ear for who used them later. Great funky southern soul all the way through – with tracks that include "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines, "Black" by The Mar-Keys, "Tramp (inst)" by Otis & Carla Band, "Make This Young Lady Mine" by The Mad Lads, "The Devil Is Dope" by The Dramatics, "In The Hole" by The Bar-Kays, "I'll Play The Blues For You (part 1)" by Albert King, "Soul Girl" by Jeanne & The Darlings, "Itch & Scratch (part 2)" by Rufus Thomas, "Drumbeat" by Jim Ingram, "Crop Dustin" by Steve Cropper, "After Laughter" by Wendy Rene, "Memphis Sunrise" by The Bar-Kays, "Girl I Love You" by The Temprees, and "As Long As I've Got You" by The Charmels. CD

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VariousUptown Soul – Downtown Funk Vol 2 ... CD
Essential, 1980s. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
An unusual collection of work that mostly seems to feature obscure soul tracks from the 80s – titles from the farther reaches of the underground, including some lesser-known numbers by acts who broke big in other years of their career! The material is from a variety of sources – some from Philly, some from specific producers – like Buddy Turner or Swamp Dogg – and some from sources we can't determine at all, but in a way that makes them some nice "surprise" entries in he collection! Titles mix together a variety of 80s modes – a bit of club, a bit of electro soul, and some of those transformed southern soul modes that maybe carried a bit more blues at the time – and the set features 17 titles that include "ET" by The Little Debs, "Come & Get Yourself Some" by Formula IV, "Coming Home (7" version)" by Truth, "Think Fast" by Pamela Joy, "You're What's Missin In My Life" by Buddy Turner, "Synthetic World" by Swamp Dogg, "I Believe In Love" by Major Harris, "I Can Do Bad By Myself" by Jesse James, "Special Touch" by Ken Thomas, "So Shy" by Mac Mac & The Jammalott Kingdom, "Give It Up Turn It Loose" by Tony & The Nite Runners, "All I Want To Do" by Johnny Ingram, "Thug Rock" by Sandra Kerr, "We Got One" by Matt Covington, and "Rough Life In The City" by Grace Rico. CD

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✨✧ TruBack For More ... CD
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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

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✨✧ VariousBandera Rockabilly & Country Roots ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare rockabilly and hillbilly singles cut in the late 50s and early 60s for Bandera Records – a Chicago imprint with a Lonestar namesake and a southern roster – and some great little numbers! The set is a nice assortment of obscure sides that sit proudly with the better known material of the era. Chicago isn't as crazy of a source for rockin' hillbilly records as you might think – the city has rural music roots that stretch back to the WLS Barn Dance radio show in the mid 20s – and it had a huge population of transplanted country folk thanks to the once plentiful factory work. Bandera Records was started by the son & ma team of Bernie Harville and Vi Muszynski on the southside with an entrepreneurial spirit and a love of chugging country tunes. The sound runs from Faron Young style honky tonk, to Everly Brothers country harmony, to buzzing, post Sun electricity – and the obscurity of the material makes this even more of a find. The guy writing this description is a lifelong Chicagoan and a living hillbilly music sponge, and it stumped him! 24 tracks in all: "Jello Sal" and "How Can I Keep You Lovin' Me" by Benny Ingram, "Hootchie Coochie Gal", "Cuban Queen" and more by James Mask & His Impalas, ""Dance With Me", "Sidewinder" and more by Rick Emerson & The Sidewinders, "Roberta" by Chuck Akin, "Weary Blues Goodbye", "Two Tiny Rings" and more by Bob Perry, "Save The Last Dance For Me" by Merle Ray & The Southern Rockets, and "Roll That Big (Again)" by BJ & The Boys. CD

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✨✧ Salsoul OrchestraHow High (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Salsoul Orchestra in all of its glory – flying high away from Vince Montana on this later release – but still soaring to new heights with help from Bunny Sigler and other Philly talents! The groove is every bit as upbeat as before – Philly club at its best, with lots of help from a classic Sigma Sound lineup – plus some lead vocal work from Cognac, and backups by Barbara Ingram, Ron Tyson, and Bunny Sigler himself! Tunes often have this playful, sing-song sort of groove – similar to Sigler's own club work from the time – which maybe makes them even catchier and more tuneful than before. Titles include "How High", "My Number's Up", "I'll Keep You Warm", "Resorts International", and "Stop & Think". CD features bonus tracks – "How High (Larry Levan rmx)", "Nothing Can Change This Love", "Catch Me On The Rebound (12" inst)", and "How High (single)". CD
 
 
 



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