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✨✧ James Brown20 All Time Greatest Hits! ... LP
Polydor/Universal, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $27.99 34.99
Not a classic from the early years of James Brown – but a later greatest hits package that's gone onto have legendary status – given all the key cuts it includes! Most numbers here are the shorter single versions – and together, they pack a hell of a punch – showing an especially strong focus on the best soul and funk years of the legendary Godfather Of Soul! Titles include "I Got You", "Sex Machine (part 1)", "I Got The Feelin", "Mother Popcorn (part 1)", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (part 1)", "Think", "Get Up Offa That Thing", "Hot Pants (part 1)", "Superbad (parts 1 & 2)", "Papa Don't Take No Mess (part 1)", "Payback", "Get On The Good Foot", and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(First-ever vinyl release!)

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✨✧ James BrownAin't It Funky ... LP
Polydor, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A killer from James Brown – and one of his best instrumental albums of the King years! The record has James working with the pre-JBs James Brown Band – a tight assemblage of players who really know how to craft an off-kilter groove. The guitar's popping on the beat here as much as the horns, making for a syncopated groove that's utterly fantastic – as tight as a drum, and as funky as one too! Includes some great long cuts – like the 9 minute, two-part versions of "Ain't It Funky" and "Fat Wood" – plus some great shorter funky 45 type material, like "Nose Job", "Use Your Mother", "Give It Up Or Turnit Loose", and a version of "Cold Sweat". All the work here is tremendous – the kind of inspirational funky material that makes the album a lasting classic decade after decade! LP, Vinyl record album

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James BrownBlack Caesar ... CD
Polygram, 1973. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Damn, is this a great record! The album's not only one of the best blacksploitation soundtracks ever recorded, it's also one of James Brown's funkiest outings of the early 70s! Nearly every cut's a winner, and James gets some very funky help from The JBs, who groove hard on the best instrumental cuts, plus Lyn Collins, who sings a sock version of "Mama Feelgood" that's worth the price of the record alone! Includes the classic "Down & Out in New York City", plus "Blind Man Can See It", "Sportin' Life", "The Boss", "Dirty Harri", and "Chase". CD
Also available Black Caesar ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ James BrownBlack Caesar ... LP
Polygram, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Damn, is this a great record! The album's not only one of the best blacksploitation soundtracks ever recorded, it's also one of James Brown's funkiest outings of the early 70s! Nearly every cut's a winner, and James gets some very funky help from The JBs, who groove hard on the best instrumental cuts, plus Lyn Collins, who sings a sock version of "Mama Feelgood" that's worth the price of the record alone! Includes the classic "Down & Out in New York City", plus "Blind Man Can See It", "Sportin' Life", "The Boss", "Dirty Harri", and "Chase". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Black Caesar ... CD 10.99

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James BrownEverybody's Doin' The Hustle & Dead On The Double Bump ... LP
Polydor, 1975. Very Good ... $9.99
One of James Brown's last great funky records! The record's got a number of nice cuts – like the stone cold funky cuts "Your Love", which has a great break at the beginning, and "Superbad, Superslick". There's a few duds, like the remake of "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "Kansas City", but it's still not a bad LP from a good period. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has half split seam, some wear, a small sticker, and a name in marker on back. Labels have some marker.)

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James BrownGet On The Good Foot ... LP
Polydor, 1972. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $16.99
A great double-length album from James – filled with a wide range of cuts that are brought together only by his genius, creating an insane mix of grooves that's totally entertaining throughout! Features a long version of "Get On The Good Foot", plus other excellent bits like "The Whole World Needs Liberation", "Nothing Beats A Try But A Fail", "My Part/Make It Funky", "I Got a Bag Of My Own", "Funky Side of Town", "Dirty Harri", and the amazing "Recitation by Hank Ballard", in which Hank talks about how great James is, and how much he saved his career! LP, Vinyl record album

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James BrownHell ... CD
Polydor, 1974. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Reissue of JB's wildest album, with a crazy cover that shows him running away from the devil, and great gatefold inner photo with him standing amidst a bunch of declarations of "Hell". The record was originally a double album filled with lots of different styles from James' funky bag. Nicer bits include "My Thang", "Hell", and "A Man Has To Go Back To The Crossroads" – but the real highlight is the epic 13 minute version of "Papa Don't Take No Mess", as tight and jamming as any cut from Doin' It to Death or The Payback! CD

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James BrownHow Do You Stop (special extended remix)/Goliath (message house mix) ... 12-inch
Scotti Bros, 1986. Very Good- (pic cover)... $0.99
12-inch, Vinyl record

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James BrownI Got You (I Feel Good) ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $13.99
Quite possibly THE James Brown album of the mid 60s – a solid set of hard-grooving tracks, based around the monster title hit "I Got You (I Feel Good)"! The tune's one of those numbers that has been used a gajillion times over the years in commercials and promos – but which never sounds better than here, on James' original version – one of those cuts that never gets old! The hit's also nicely offset by a number of other more obscure numbers that make the album really worth tracking down – titles that include "I Can't Help It (I Just Do Do Do)", "Good Good Lovin", "I've Got Money", "Three Hearts In A Tangle", "You've Got The Power", and "Love Don't Love Nobody" – all on the rougher side of the JB spectrum. CD
Also available I Got You (I Feel Good) ... LP 12.99

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✨✧ James BrownI Got You (I Feel Good) ... LP
King, 1966. Very Good- ... $12.99
Quite possibly THE James Brown album of the mid 60s – a solid set of hard-grooving tracks, based around the monster title hit "I Got You (I Feel Good)"! The tune's one of those numbers that has been used a gajillion times over the years in commercials and promos – but which never sounds better than here, on James' original version – one of those cuts that never gets old! The hit's also nicely offset by a number of other more obscure numbers that make the album really worth tracking down – titles that include "I Can't Help It (I Just Do Do Do)", "Good Good Lovin", "I've Got Money", "Three Hearts In A Tangle", "You've Got The Power", and "Love Don't Love Nobody" – all on the rougher side of the JB spectrum. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label King pressing. Cover has a split bottom seam.)
Also available I Got You (I Feel Good) ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ James BrownI'm Real ... LP
Scotti Bros, 1998. Very Good+ ... $2.99
James Brown gets a new injection of life at the end of the 80s – thanks to a collaboration here with Full Force, who wrote, arranged, and produced the album! The groove here is often more in a Full Force mode than you might expect from James – a full-on 80s urban sound, filled with plenty of beats at the bottom, yet still allowing The Godfather plenty of space to do his thing vocally! In a way, the format's almost a bit like some of the James Brown remix work that was showing up around the same time – except that the tunes are all new, and somewhat different territory for James. Titles include "I'm Real", "Static (parts 1 & 2)", "You & Me", "Time To Get Busy", "She Looks All Types A Good", "Keep Keepin", and "Can't Git Enuf". LP, Vinyl record album

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James BrownI'm Real/Real (FF hyped-up mix)/Tribute ... 12-inch
Scotti Bros, 1988. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $1.99
Full Force and James Brown – stepping out in a groove that's almost early New Jack Swing! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ James BrownIn The Jungle Groove ... LP
Polydor/Universal, Early 70s/1986. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $27.99 34.99
Massive – and one of the best James Brown compilations ever, filled with rare and unreleased material! This completely essential set features tracks pulled from James' best years ever – the mighty early 70s, when he was working with the JBs, and laying down tracks that would forever change the face of funk! The tunes on the album are right up there with the best work on classic albums like The Payback, Doin It To Death, Hot Pants, and any of the other killer Polydor funk albums by James – and most of them were pulled from sessions for those records, and brought together in this format for the first time in the late 80s. The centerpiece of the set is a 9 minute version of "Funky Drummer", and other highlights include new versions of "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose (remix)", "Soul Power (mono re-edit)", and "Talkin' Loud & Sayin' Nothin (remix)". The set's also got bonus beats of "Funky Drummer", a long single take of "Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants)" (8:42 minutes long!), and the nice rare track "I Got To Move" – previously unreleased, and nice and long! LP, Vinyl record album

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James BrownIn The Jungle Groove – Expanded & Remastered ... CD
Polydor, Early 70s/1986. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Massive – and one of the best James Brown compilations ever, filled with rare and unreleased material! This completely essential set features tracks pulled from James' best years ever – the mighty early 70s, when he was working with the JBs, and laying down tracks that would forever change the face of funk! The tunes on the album are right up there with the best work on classic albums like The Payback, Doin It To Death, Hot Pants, and any of the other killer Polydor funk albums by James – and most of them were pulled from sessions for those records, and brought together in this format for the first time in the late 80s. The centerpiece of the set is a 9 minute version of "Funky Drummer", and other highlights include new versions of "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose (remix)", "Soul Power (mono re-edit)", and "Talkin' Loud & Sayin' Nothin (remix)". The set's also got bonus beats of "Funky Drummer", a long single take of "Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants)" (8:42 minutes long!), and the nice rare track "I Got To Move" – previously unreleased, and nice and long! Plus, this new version features the previously unissued extended mix of "Blind Man Can See It". CD

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James BrownIt's a Man's Man's Man's World ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $9.99
James Brown, proud and loud – a smoking 60s album that provides a great link between his earlier styles and his freer roots – with a brilliant blend of funk, soul, and a touch of raw R&B! Given the power of The Godfather at this point, there's no denying that even the older cuts have a punch that few others could match – making for a record that feels mighty darn unified, despite the stretch of time between a few of the recordings. Titles include the funky gems "Ain't That a Groove (pts 1 & 2)", "The Scratch", "Is It Yes or Is It No", and James' great version of "The Bells" that's always been one of our favorites – plus Just You & Me", "I Love You Yes I Do", "Come Over Here", and "I Don't Mind". The cover also comes with an "autographed" photo of James on the back with the text "James Brown Fans – Frame This 8 x 10 Picture" – and an image that says "Soul Brother #1 Is Peeking At You Thru The Key Hole"! CD

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James BrownJames Brown Sings Raw Soul ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
Raw soul, indeed – a term that could have been coined for James Brown's vocal approach, and which probably makes one of its first appearances here on a record! The album's kind of a grab bag of earlier sides that James recorded for King, but it's a perfect showcase for his amazing sound in any setting – as it brings together funky bits with more straightforward soul numbers. Tracks include the great funky numbers "Money Won't Change You" and "Bring It Up", both of which show the new hard sound of James coming to the forefront – plus the tracks "Stone Fox", "Tell Me That You Love Me", "Money Won't Change You (parts 1 & 2)', "Let Yourself Go", and the hip message cut "Don't Be A Drop Out". CD

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James BrownPapa's Got A Brand New Bag ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
Here's where things really started getting interesting for James Brown! The album was issued right around the same time as James' single "Out Of Sight" on Smash – and like that track, "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" was one of the first to use that "instruments on the beat" style of funk that would dominate all of James' work in years to come – that amazing groove that completely turned soul music on its ear – and paved the way for generations to come! The result is a startling sound that forever changed the face of groove – and you'll hear it nicely placed on this album, along with great cuts like "Cross Firing", "Mashed Potatoes USA", "Doin The Limbo", and "Love Don't Love Nobody". CD

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James BrownPayback ... CD
Polydor, 1973. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A masterpiece of funky soul – and one of the greatest albums of the early 70s! It all comes together on this one – funk, soul, politics, and production – and the record is still one of the clearest examples of James Brown's genius that you'll ever find! Recorded during the same sessions as the JBs album Damn Right I Am Somebody – Payback has the group backing James with amazing intensity, playing on and on for very long stretches, improvising jams that perfectly match the vocals, which are often as improvised as the music. The most famous example of this style at work is "The Payback", which begins with a simple head arrangement, then has James riffing off on politics and power, letting the band come in at just the right moment, dropping solos that are still some of the best ever recorded on a funk album. The rest of the album's equally great, and even though most tracks run close to 10 minutes, and the album's a 2LP set, most of the material stays fresher than any 3 minute funk record we've ever heard. Some tracks are separated by these cool voices that rise up as seques – and titles include "Stone To The Bone", "Mind Power", "Take Some Leave Some", and "Shoot Your Shot". CD

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✨✧ James BrownPlease Please Please ... LP
King, 1959. Very Good- ... $24.99
An incredible early album from James Brown – featuring 16 raw R&B tracks culled from his early years at King – and virtually the blueprint for so many other great things to follow! "Please Please Please" was James' first big hit – and as you probably already know, it's got a sheer raw unbridled screaming sound that forever changed the face of soul music. The rest of the album's in a similar mode – and has plenty of great numbers that evoke a similar sound, including the obvious follow-up "No, No, No, No", plus "That's When I Lost My Heart", "Chonnie On Chon", "Hold My Baby's Hand", and "Tell Me What I Did Wrong". This is the 2nd version of the album – with a green cover that has James bending over a microphone and screaming. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has some wear and splitting.)

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James BrownPopcorn ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
A tremendous turning point in the career of James Brown – and an album that points the way strongly to the even deeper funk of the 70s! The album's a hard-wailing batch of instrumental tracks played by the legendary James Brown Band of the late 60s – the pre-JBs ensemble that's gone onto have possibly even more funky influence than the Godfather's combo in the 70s! James plays organ on the set – and supposedly a bit of guitar and drums (according to the notes) – but one of the main stars here is Pee Wee Ellis, whose alto lines really cook up some of the best tracks strongly. Yet possibly even more amazing is the overall rhythmic conception – tight, focused, and always on the money – snapping with a sharpness that's mindblowing even all these many years later – a whole new dimension in funky expression, hardly ever matched since! Titles include "Soul Pride (parts 1 & 2)", "The Chicken", "Sudsy", "The Popcorn", "In The Middle (parts 1 & 2)", "The Chase", and "A New Shift". CD
 
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Jake AustenFlying Saucers Rock 'N' Roll – Conversations With Unjustly Obscure Rock 'N' Soul Eccentrics (paperback) ... Book
Duke University Press, 2011. New Copy Book ... $5.99 24.95
The best (truly – they got this book right) of Roctober gets a classy rock 'n' soul book compilation from Duke University Press – an incredible collection of interviews that were featured over the years in the great DIY magazine over the years! Interviews with musical legends who should be household names (a few of which are) and infamous figures alike, from soul, R&B and jump blues to country, garage rock and beyond – including Oscar Brown, Jr., David Allan Coe, The Fast, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Sam The Sham, The Good Rats and many more – plus images and illustrations from the pages of Roctober. Flying Saucers Rock 'N' Roll is edited by Roctober main man Jake Austin, who also penned many of the original pieces, along with James Porter, Ken Burke, Mike Maltese, Dan Sorenson, Jonathan Poletti. Forward by Steve Albini. Paperback, 290 pages. Book

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Black Truth Rhythm BandIfetayo (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Soundway (UK), 1976. Used Gatefold ... $9.99
Wow! The one-and-only album by Trinidadian combo Black Truth Rhythm Band – a completely incredible one at that – hypnotic Caribbean funky soul, jazz and wildly impressive musicianship all around by this group led by singer and multi-instrumentalist Oluko Imo. The record was made in the mid 70s era in which the Afro Funk sound was hitting it's peak – when African rhythms and James Brown style funk were being fused so furiously – but Black Truth Rhythm Band take a different approach, working more with sounds from African spectrum and the West Indies. It's really amazing stuff that takes unpredictable twists from stripped down rhythms, to jazzy guitars and cosmic synths – always with straight up brilliant playing by the group. A fusion of African rhythms, strains of Calypso and boundary free jazzy grooves that balance and exploratory sensibility with tight, irresistible rhythms. Soundway raises the bar once again! Titles include "Ifetayo", "You People", "Saved Musician", "Kilimanjaro", "Aspire", "Umbala" and the bonus track "Imo". CD

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Lester Bowie's Brass FantasySerious Fun ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1989. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99
One of our favorite albums from Lester Bowie's big solo run of the 80s – and a set that has some of the more dynamic energy of his Brass Fantasy group, but maybe also a bit more depth as well! The album's part of a handful that the Art Ensemble Of Chicago did with the DIW label at the time – and the AEOC production maybe gives the record a slightly more serious sound – even though the group still take on material from James Brown, Sade, and EU! Yet there's also two Billie Holiday tributes that are surprisingly powerful, and a stunning version of Roland Kirk's "The Inflated Tear" – with a strong trombone solo from Steve Turre, who worked with Kirk in later years, and always championed his work. The lineup features Bowie, Stanton Davis, EJ Allen, and Gerald Brezel on trumpets; Turre and Frank Lacy on trombones; Vincent Chancey on French horn; and Bob Stewart on tuba – plus drums and percussion from Don Moye, Ken Cruchfield, and Vinnie Johnson. Titles include "Inflated Tear", "Smooth Operator", "Strange Fruit", "Don't Worry Be Happy", "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", and "Da Butt". CD

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Charles BradleyChanges ... CD
Dunham/Daptone, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Jaw-dropping work from Charles Bradley – a stunning album that's maybe his best so far – and that's saying a hell of a lot, given the quality of his previous work! There's a focus and power here that really puts Charles on top – from the bold statement at the start of the record, to the range of expressive, emotive lyrics all the way through – given superb support in a range of deep soul and funky currents from the likes of Budos Band, Menehan Street Band, Gospel Queens, Saun & Starr, and Sha La Das! Yet none of these guests ever feel like they're sharing the spotlight with Charles – because, like the James Brown Show of the late 60s, all these super-strong talents are working in constellation around Bradley's majesty – a bold soul vision that's never burned this brightly before. Titles include "Ain't It A Sin", "Nobody But You", "Good To Be Back Home", "Things We Do For Love", "Crazy Love", and "Slow Love" – plus a cover of Black Sabbath's "Changes". CD

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Charles BradleyStrictly Reserved For You/Let Love Stand A Chance ... 7-inch
Dunham/Daptone, 2013. New Copy ... $5.99
Pure wonderfulness from Charles Bradley – two killer cuts that really sum up his contemporary genius! "Strictly Reserved" has this slow funk groove that's nice and sinister – a stepping guitar riff that really sets up the groove right from the start – topped with these incredibly soulful vocals from Charles, and peppered with just the right dose of horns! "Let Love Stand A Chance" is a killer too – mellower, and a bit more deep soul – with a burning feel that almost blows away the best James Brown ballads of the King Records years! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Jaimeo BrownTranscendence – Work Songs ... CD
Motema, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
Drummer Jaimeo Brown returns to the territory of his previous well-received Transcendence album – but shifts the sound slightly here – by mixing in inspiration from older work songs, instead of the gospel elements of the previous set – while creating music that's equally powerful overall! The album features older snippets of sound from Parchman Farm, mixed with some other recordings from Folkways – augmented by contemporary jazz performances by the group – in a way that fits with the mix of eras presented with the image on the cover. Some times are very strongly structured around the older work songs, others bring in new vocal performances, and electrify things a bit more – as Brown plays a bit of electronics, and the group also features Big Yuki and James Francies on keyboards, and Chris Sholar on guitar and more electronics. There's a few ultra-cool tracks that use older Japanese vocals – kind of a shift stylistically, but very compelling – and the rest of the group features JD Allen on tenor, Marcia Miget on flute, and Jaleel Shaw on alto. Titles include "Lazarus", "Mississippi", "Hidden Angel", "Safflower", "For Mama Lucy", "Paterson", "Stonemason", and "The Valley". CD

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Bobby ByrdBobby Byrd Got Soul – The Best Of Bobby Byrd ... CD
Polygram, Early 70s. Used ... $14.99
Essential material by this funky soul legend – even if you've got his one and only album! This is an excellent compilation of the very hard to find work of this James Brown partner and singer, with a track list of 22 cuts that includes lots of cool rare funky 45 tracks, and a number of previously unreleased tracks! Bobby is excellent throughout, and the set's filled with loads of rare James Brown-produced grooves that includes "I'm Just A Nobody", "Keep On Doin What You're Doin", "We're In Love", "No One Like My Baby", I'm Not To Blame", "I Know You Got Soul", "Funky Soul (parts 1 & 2)", "Baby Baby Baby", "I Need Help", "Never Get Enough", "Hang Ups We Don't Need", "Sayin It And Doin' It Are Two Different Things" – and lots lots more, including a rare PSA urging the listener to "Fight Drug Abuse". CD
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✨✧ Johnny Cash & OthersBest Of The Johnny Cash TV Show 1969 to 1971 (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $19.99
A great set of classic live performances from The Johnny Cash Show from 1969 to 1971 – not only featuring some charming live cuts by The Man In Black himself – but playing a graceful host to a diverse lineup of guests including fellow period country stars George Jones, Tammy Wynette and the not-quite-yet outlaw hero Waylon Jennings, but the great and nowadays comparably overlooked Bobby Bare, rockers Derek & The Dominos, singer-songwriter heavies Joni Mitchell and James Taylor and more. Includes "Flesh & Blood" by Johnny Cash, a 3 hit medley by George Jones, "Detroit City" by Bobby Bare, "Fire And Rain" by JT, "Loving Her Was Easier" by Kris Kristofferson, "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" by Waylon, "Daddy Sang Bass" by Johnny Cash w/ The Carter Family & The Statler Brothers and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Lyn CollinsThink (About It) ... LP
People, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
The funkiest album ever recorded by Lyn Collins – a stone solid set that really lives up to the legacy of her funky 45s! Like those gems, this one has Collins working with James Brown on production and the JBs in the background – creating a razor-sharp groove that's probably the closest any female singer ever came in the 70s to matching The Godfather's groove! The album's got Lyn shifting between heavy funk numbers and mellower soul cuts – really pushing things to the max with an incredibly deep take on a few older favorites, plus some killer new numbers – all produced to funky perfection, with just the right sort of balance between the rough and the tight. Titles include her great version of "Think", a funky sample cut that never gets old – plus the cuts "Things Got To Get Better", "Women's Lib", "Never Gonna Give You Up", "Just Won't Do Right", "Wheels Of Life", and the funkiest version ever of "Fly Me To The Moon". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roger Damawuzan & Les As Du BeninWait For Me ... LP
Hot Casa (France), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99
Roger Damawuzan looks a bit like an American soul singer on the cover of this excellent collection – and his music often comes across in the same way, with a nice undercurrent of funk in the rhythms, and very powerful vocals from the leader! The set's the first we've ever seen to focus on Damawuzan's music – and brings forth a killer batch of tracks recorded in Togo in the late 70s and early 80s – some with a definite James Brown influence in the grooves, others more open to more familiar West African elements you might hear in some of Roger's contemporaries – but still always delivered with this lean, mean style that's mighty soulful! The Hot Casa label is one that we've really grown to trust for the funkier side of vintage African recordings, and this set is no exception – filled with great grooves that include "Wait For Me", "Do You Know My Name", "I Need A Horse", "Tirez Tirez", "Motherless Child", "Vino La Medo", and "Agbe Fe Avi". LP, Vinyl record album

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Moussa Doumbia/Amadou BalakeKeleya/Super Bar Konon Mousso ... 7-inch
Mr Bongo (UK), 1974/1978. New Copy ... $11.99
Moussa Dumbia is at his funkiest here on "Keleya" – a tune that's got a very James Brown-styled groove at the bottom, and some raw shouting vocals to match! The core of the cut has a bit more back-forth in more of an Afro-styled mode – but still pretty funky! "Super Bar Konon Mousso" is a great one from Amadou Balake – also quite funky, but with a vibe that's more Lagos overall – and this really wonderful sax solo in the middle! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Dyke & The BlazersWe Got More Soul – The Ultimate Broadway Funk ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99 22.99
The best collection we've ever seen of the work of funky soul legends Dyke & The Blazers – a double-length set that features full, unedited versions of their classics – plus a whopping batch of previously unreleased tunes! Dyke & The Blazers had a groove that was mighty solid back in the late 60s – a hard-vamping, tightly rhythmic groove that easily matched the best early funk of the time from Charles Wright, Sly Stone, or James Brown – and which was often served up with a rougher edge, and an overall sound that was a lot more dangerous! However, many of the group's singles really trimmed down their performances – shaving off key instrumental moments that are lovingly re-attached here, and combining them with some even rarer tracks that never saw the light of day back in the 60s. The whole thing's amazing – and this 2LP set features 18 tracks that include "Black Boy", "Stuff", "Moon", "Booga Jivin", "Runaway People", "Funky Broadway Time (parts 1 & 2)", "Swamp Walk", "Extra Funk", "Let A Woman Be A Woman Let A Man Be A Man", "Soul Cake", "She Knows It", "Let's Do It Together", "Bring It On Back", "Funky Walk (parts 1 & 2)", and "Triple Funk". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Alemayehu Eshete/Amadou BalakeTchero Adari Negn/Bemem Sebeb ... 7-inch
Mr Bongo (UK), 1970/1978. New Copy ... $11.99
Two rare Afro grooves – back to back on a funky 45! "Tchero Adari Negn" is the funkiest cut we've ever heard from Alemayehu Eshete – a track with rhythms that could well be from the James Brown band, given the sharpness of the guitar, bass, and percussion all coming together – while the man himself sings an exotic vocal over the top! "Bemem Sebeb" has these nice exotic horns – weird reeds that create a very cool vibe over the hip, stepping bassline of the tune – as funky as the work on the first side, but in a very different way! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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FadoulAl Zman Saib ... CD
Habibi Funk (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $16.99
Maybe one of the funkiest records ever cut in Morocco – the debut set from Fadoul – a singer who starts out the record with a cover of James Brown funk, then moves into a whole host of heady sounds as the set goes on! In truth, these guys are probably more of a garage band than a soul combo – but the drums are often plenty heavy, and Fadoul's vocals have this raw, unbridled power that's quite different than anything we've heard from any other singer in Arabic – a quality that's clearly inspired by the sounds of the west, but delivered here in a very original style of its own! The group's tight drums and bass make all the tunes pretty darn great – and even if you can't understand the lyrics, Fadoul is expressive enough that you can definitely get his message – as he sings it loud and proud on the cuts "Sid Redad", "Kalam Al Nass", "Taarida", "La Tiq Tiq Latiq", "Tayeh", "Laylat Al Jadba", and "Maktoub Lah". CD
Also available Al Zman Saib (with download) ... LP 21.99

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FadoulAl Zman Saib (with download) ... LP
Habibi Funk (Germany), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $21.99 24.98
Maybe one of the funkiest records ever cut in Morocco – the debut set from Fadoul – a singer who starts out the record with a cover of James Brown funk, then moves into a whole host of heady sounds as the set goes on! In truth, these guys are probably more of a garage band than a soul combo – but the drums are often plenty heavy, and Fadoul's vocals have this raw, unbridled power that's quite different than anything we've heard from any other singer in Arabic – a quality that's clearly inspired by the sounds of the west, but delivered here in a very original style of its own! The group's tight drums and bass make all the tunes pretty darn great – and even if you can't understand the lyrics, Fadoul is expressive enough that you can definitely get his message – as he sings it loud and proud on the cuts "Sid Redad", "Kalam Al Nass", "Taarida", "La Tiq Tiq Latiq", "Tayeh", "Laylat Al Jadba", and "Maktoub Lah". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Al Zman Saib ... CD 16.99

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Yvonne FairBitch Is Black ... CD
Tamla/Reel Music, 1975. New Copy ... $12.99 15.98
Heavy heavy funk from the mighty Yvonne Fair – a 70s bad soul sister that we'd rank right up there with Betty Davis! Yvonne got her start working with James Brown in a sweeter mode, but by the time of this mid 70s debut, she'd hit a really hard-wailing sort of style – one that had the righteous vocal lead of singers like Davis, Maxayn, or a rare few others – and which gets support here from some really full, rich production from Norman Whitfield! Whitfield brings in bits of strings alongside the heavier bass, drums, and keyboards – and makes for a unique mix that almost goes a bit southern soul, while still staying in the hipper styles of 70s Motown – letting Yvonne get a bit personal on a few tear-jerking numbers, and come wailing back with full force on the funkier ones. Titles include the classics "Funky Music Sho Nuff Turns Me On" and "It Should Have Been Me" – plus "Let Your Hair Down", "Love Ain't No Toy", "Tell Me Something Good", "It's Bad For Me To See You", "Stay A Little Longer", and "Walk Out The Door If You Wanna". CD

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Fela & Africa 70Na Poi (180 gram pressing – with download) ... LP
Knitting Factory, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.99
One of the sexiest tunes that Fela ever cut – as you might guess from the image on the cover! The track begins with a cool spoken bit, about what man and woman get up to behind close doors – then moves into this pulsating keyboard part which is almost eerily spare, until the rest of Afrika 70 come into the mix and really funk things up! Drums are wonderfully skittish – kind of double-snapping, while the bassline dips nicely below – and the tune ebbs and flows in this really great way, almost with the shifting sensual intensity of the lovemaking couple on the cover! That title track takes up a side and a half of the record – and the rest of the set features the stunning funk of "You No Go Die Unless" – a tight track that begins with James Brown like energy, then opens up with rawer elements in the middle – including some great chanted lead vocals. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus insert.)

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✨✧ Fela & Africa 70Yellow Fever/Na Poi (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Knitting Factory, 1976. Used Gatefold ... $5.99
About as classic as you can get for 70s Fela – 2 albums that are overflowing with righteous politics, heavy rhythms, and super-extended grooves! The CD features the complete tracks from the albums Yellow Fever and Na Poi – both recorded in 1976, but compiled here with a bonus alternate take of "Na Poi" from 1975! The 15 minute tune "Yellow Fever" is a brutal attack on miscegenation, backed by a funky groove that makes the whole thing fall into place with an amazing riffing sound – and the cuts "Na Poi" is one of the sexiest tunes that Fela ever cut – as you might guess from the image on the cover! The track begins with a cool spoken bit, about what man and woman get up to behind close doors – then moves into this pulsating keyboard part which is almost eerily spare, until the rest of Afrika 70 come into the mix and really funk things up! Drums are wonderfully skittish – kind of double-snapping, while the bassline dips nicely below – and the tune ebbs and flows in this really great way, almost with the shifting sensual intensity of the lovemaking couple on the cover! That title track takes up a side and a half of the record – and the rest of the set features the stunning funk of "You No Go Die Unless" – a tight track that begins with James Brown like energy, then opens up with rawer elements in the middle – including some great chanted lead vocals. CD

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5 RoyalesHarbingers Of Soul (with download and download bonus tracks) ... LP
History Of Soul (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $24.99
One of the coolest, grooviest vocal groups of the postwar years – a legendary quintet whose lead singer was an undeniable influence on James Brown – and a group who went onto add a lot to the birth of soul in the 60s! The Five Royales have a style that's unlike anyone else – not mellow harmonies, not playful gimmicky vocal pop, but a full-on, all-soul sound that really comes alive in this package of classic recordings – one that features gems from their King Records years, plus more too. Titles include "Don't Let It Be In Vain", "I'm With You", "Show Me", "Messin Up", "Good Lookin Woman", "Say It", "Tell The Truth", "It Hurts Inside", "Get Something Out Of It", and "What's The Heart" – plus their original version of "Think", later remade by James Brown more than a few times! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download of full album – plus 16 bonus download tracks too!)

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General CaineGirls (Japanese pressing – with bonus track) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy ... $13.99
General Caine's got plenty of girls on the cover, and plenty of funk in his groove – that bass-heavy style that made Caine one of the better mainstream funk acts of the time! The General is actually Mitch McDowell – who'd worked previously with James Brown and George Clinton, and definitely brings plenty of the latter's P-Funk style to play here – a tight groove that's got lots of "umph" at the bottom – in that wonderful way both Parliament and Funkadelic hit at the end of the 70s. Fred Wesley handles the horn charts – bringing some Funky Horns touches to the mix – and titles include "Knock Down The Walls", "Girls", "Don't Stop", "Wait At The Mountain", and "It's Getting Deep". CD features the bonus track "Girls (single version)". CD
 
 
 



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