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✨✧ Luther IngramIf Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right ... LP
Koko, 1972. Very Good ... $4.99
Wonderful mellow soul from Luther Ingram – and a record that gave the south one of its greatest soul anthems of the 70s! "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right" is one of those genre-defining tunes – a slow-burning track that shows a new level of maturity for southern soul in the 70s – sweetly sad vocals from Luther right out front of the mix, supported with bubbling backings that ooze sex throughout – and a message of pride in the face of love that had an undeniable impact on a whole generation. The rest of the album's equally great – done with slightly fuller backings at times, and a more familiar Memphis soul groove at others – a perfect showcase for the mighty talents of Ingram at this high point of his career. In addition to "If Loving You Is Wrong", other titles include "Dying & Crying", "I Remember", "I Can't Stop", "Love Ain't Gonna Run Me Away", and "I'll Be Your Shelter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Missing the photo. Cover has wear & stains.)
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ExcitementsBreaking The Rule ... CD
Penniman (Spain), 2016. New Copy ... $18.99
The Excitements are a group who really live up to their name – with a hard-romping approach to soul that kicks in right from the very first note, then keeps on burning strong – thanks to excellent lead vocals from singer Koko Jean Davis! Koko's got this unbridled sound that reminds us a lot of Tina Turner in her early years – a reference that's enforced by a cool photo of Davis in action that's included with the record – and although these guys hail from Spain, they've got a sound that's all-American all the way through – on titles that include "The Mojo Train", "Wild Dog", "Take It Back", "Back To Memphis", "Hold On Together", "Chicken Pickin", and "Everything Is Better Since You've Gone". CD

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Willie MabonShake That Thing ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1973. New Copy ... $11.99
A great date from this legendary Chicago musician – an artist who recorded in the early days for Chess Records, then seemed to find his most welcome recording home overseas on albums like this! The material is from a 1973 session in France, but has all the grit and growl of a Chicago recording – with Willie on vocals, piano, and a bit of harmonica – and some sweet electric lines on guitar from the team of Louis Myers on lead, and Jimmy Rogers on rhythm – alongside Dave Myers on bass and Fred Below on drums. There's almost a slight current of funk at times, which Willie emphasizes with his piano in a great way – and titles include "Got To Have Some", "Shake That Thing", "Poison Ivy", "I'm Mad", "Lover Girl", "I Enjoyed Myself In Pau", "Hungry", and "Hey Girl". CD features a number of unissued tracks – including a few recorded at the same time in The Netherlands with guest vocals on one track by Koko Taylor! CD

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✨✧ Oxford AmericanOxford American No 95 – Annual Southern Music Issue – Visions Of The Blues (with bonus CD) ... Magazine
University Of Central Arkansas, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
The 18th fantastic annual music issue of the Oxford American – a yearly event that's come to be treasured by folks 'round these parts – both for the writing, and the always-great compilation CD that's packaged inside! The issue's got a special focus on southern blues, both past and present – and features a great range of articles that include an article on Piedmont blues, slide guitar, Bob Dylan's early blues, Big Mama Thornton, Guitar Shorty, CeDell Davis, Bonnie Raitt, and other artists – plus excellent longer features that include Amanda Petrusich on the Tokyo Blues scene, Zandria F Robinson on the shape of Daddy's hurt, John Jeremiah Sullivan on New Albany, and Daphne Brooks on a blueswoman's prerogative. There's also added fiction, features, and other writings that really make for a hell of a jam-packed issue – plus a CD with 23 tracks by Koko Taylor, Allen Toussaint, Charley Patton, Bobby Rush, Geeshie Wiley, Barbara Dane, CeDell Davis, Regina Carter, Etta James, John Fahey, Adia Victoria, Gil Scott-Heron, and others. Magazine

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Charlie ParkerComplete Royal Roost Live Sessions On Savoy – Vol 1 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Savoy/Columbia (Japan), 1948. Used ... $16.99
Famous radio recordings of the legendary Charlie Parker – captured at the Royal Roost nightclub in the late 40s – blasting out with incredible power over the airwaves in the New York scene! The presentation of the material here includes bits of announcer patter – mostly from Symphony Sid, who's really one of those guys that you've gotta hear to believe – a surprisingly wonderful combination with Bird's famous alto sax – presented here in a milieu that really lets you hear the raw power of both Parker's music and the way in which he was put forward to audiences at the time! This first volume features work by Miles Davis on trumpet, Tadd Dameron or Al Haig on piano, Curly Russell or Tommy Potter on bass, and Max Roach on drums – and titles include "Salt Peanuts", "Hot House", "Koko", "Out Of Nowhere", and "How High The Moon". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi!)

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✨✧ Don & DeweyDon & Dewey ... LP
Specialty, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the coolest doo wop duos from the 50s – a pair of singers who arguably paved the way for countless male soul duets in the 60s, given their dynamic energy! Titles include "Jungle Hop", "Pink Champagne", "The Letter", "Mammer Jammer", "Koko Joe", and "Justine". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Max RoachMax Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker ... CD
Mercury, 1957/1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer batch of hardbop tracks – no-nonsense, straight-ahead, and with all the fire of Roach's work with Clifford Brown! The set was recorded a few years after the untimely death of the Brown/Roach group – and although the album's got "Charlie Parker" in the title, there's a lot more going on here than just a bop revival mode. Players include Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, and George Coleman – and the album's got that Prestige Records feel from the late 50s, similar to some of Mobley's own work for that label at the time. Titles include "Yardbird Suite", "Confirmation", "Koko", "Billie's Bounce", and "Au Privave". CD also features 4 bonus cuts – "Anthropology", "Tune Up", "This Time The Dream's On Me", and "Raoul". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Earl Palmer & OthersBackbeat – The World's Greatest Rock N Roll Drummer ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The title's no lie – as the mighty Earl Palmer has handled the drums on countless rock and soul classics – and also cut some great records on his own! And while Earl's got a huge legacy that even extends through studio work in the 70s, and famous projects with David Axelrod – this set concentrates on the key contributions that Palmer made towards establishing the groove on the LA scene of the late 50s – served up here in a set of key recordings for labels like Aladdin, Specialty, Modern, and Class – which all have Palmer on drums – either behind a heavy soul singer, or leading an instrumental group on his own. The set's got a whopping 30 titles in all – all heavy stompers – and tracks include "Drum Village (parts 1 & 2)" and "Johnny's House Party (parts 1 & 2)" by Earl Palmer – plus "Rockville USA" by The Turks, "Chicken Shack Boogie" by Amos Milburn, "I'm Beggin With Tears" by Eddie Lang, "Mad About You" by Richard Berry, "Don't Feel Sorry For Me" by Jimmy Beasley, "King Kong" by Big T Tyler, "Koko" by Don & Dewey, "Jerry Jerry" by Artie Wilson, "Red Hot Rockin Blues" by Jesse James, and "In The Mood" by Ernie Fields – plus some other big hits you'll certainly recognize, but maybe not in this context! CD

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King Sunny Ade & His African BeatsCheck E ... LP
Sunny Alade (Nigeria), 1981. Fair ... $0.99
A nice side of JuJu from the originator of the Afro-pop style, with layers of gently bubbling guitars and percussion underneath some sweet pentatonic melodies. 8 pieces in all on the African only release, including "Omo Se Koko", "O-Wo-Wo Obele", "Odun Titun" and "Eni Jesu We". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear.)
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✨✧ Eugen CiceroRokoko-Jazz ... CD
MPS (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $23.99
One of the greatest jazz-meets-classical albums from pianist Eugen Cicero – thanks to a good amount of Rokoko in the grooves! The more flowery, flourishing style of the Rokoko era proves to be a perfect foil for Cicero's incredible approach to the keys – one that lets him bring even more complicated touches to the piano, while still working with tightly jazzy rhythms from the team of Peter Witte on bass and Charlie Antolini on drums! Witte and Antolini are great throughout – keeping things tight and focused, and making the record way more than a virtuostic exploration of classical themes. As much a jazz record as the best Swingle Singers sides from the 60s – with titles that include a great original called "Bach's Softly Sunrise", plus Bach's "Solfeggio C Moll", Couperin's "L'Adoslecente", and Scarlatti's "Sonate C-Dur". CD
(K2 HD Pro Mastering pressing!)

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✨✧ KokoloWay Up (voc, inst) ... 7-inch
Tramp (Germany), 2007. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer funky single from Kokolo – one that manages to weave iAfrofunk, a bit of 70s style soundtrack mood, and even pays props to golden age hip hop! "Way Up" starts with a sinister little guitar bit to set the mood, before rolling into the funky drums & percussion, bass and horns! The vocals include a tip of the hat to Tribe Called Quest – and the instrumental is on the flip. An all around excellent funky tune from Kokolo & co! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ KokomoKokomo (1982) ... LP
Columbia, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Smooth modern soul from Kokomo – slicker than the group's first self-titled album for Columbia, from the mid 70s, but almost better, thanks to some great songwriting and production. There's a nicely compressed Free Soul approach, tinged by a bit of AOR mellow – and although there's a few snoozer cuts on the record, there's some sublime mellow groovers that make the whole thing worth tracking down. Titles include "Nowhere To Go On Tuesday Night", "A Little Bit Further Away", "Part Time Affair", "Let Me Have It All", "Stuck In A Groove", and "All Through The Night". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Casey Bill Weldon/Kokomo ArnoldBottleneck Guitar Trend Setters Of The 1930s (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Yazoo, Mid 30s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A great document of an amazing blues tradition – bottleneck guitar, offered up here in a host of original 78s from the 30s! The style is one that was co-opted often in later years, but is presented here at its roots – with a nice, gritty feel overall – and use of the mode that's still pretty darn fresh, and free of cliche. Side one features tracks by Casey Bill Weldon – including "Hitch Me To Your Buggy", "Back Door Blues", "Lady Doctor Blues", "The Big Boat", and "Go Ahead Buddy" – and side two features cuts by Kokomo Arnold, including "Salty Dog", "Feels So Good", "Busy Bootin", "The Twelves", and "I'll Be Up Someday". Great Robert Crumb cover – and the usual detailed Yazoo notes! LP, Vinyl record album

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Aretha FranklinYoung, Gifted & Black ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A beautiful album that perfectly mixes both sides of Aretha – the earlier hard-hitting soulster, and the developing vocalist with a rich talent for more sophisticated material. The album features the anthemic title cut in Aretha's famous version – plus the sample favorite "Rock Steady", the mellow groover "Day Dreaming", the hit "Brand New Me", and the strangely compelling "First Snow In Kokomo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label pressing.)

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✨✧ HiroshimaHiroshima/Odori ... CD
Arista/Vocalion (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy ... $16.99
Two sweet sets from Hiroshima – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled first album from Hiroshima – a group who took the 70s experiments in Japanese fusion right into the American mainstream – with a wonderful blend of jazz and soul, and a production style that was never too polished or commercial! The group's led by reedman Dan Kuramota – who plays both sax and flutes, including a bit of Japanese wooden flute – which gives the record a few slight "Eastern" touches a times, although the overall vibe is strongly in the best soulful fusion of the period! In keeping with that approach, there's a bit of vocals on the record – sung in English with a soulful vibe – on titles that include "Lion Dance", "Da Da", "Taiko Song", "Holidays", "Never Ever", and "Kokoro". Odori is a wicked blend of jazz and soul from Hiroshima – a group who've got the smooth blend of styles we love in some of the import-only fusion dates that were coming from Japan in the late 70s! The group's got a few light touches that emphasize their Pacific roots – including light flute lines and touches of koto and shamisen, but often used in more subtle ways than on earlier Japanese albums that mixed these rootsy elements with jazz – and the overall vibe here is one that's got plenty of appeal to fans of crossover fusion from the time, especially the kind with a strong current of soul! There's a bit of vocals on the record, too – and titles include "Winds Of Change", "Odori", "Echoes", "Cruisin J-Town", "Fortune Teller", and "Shinto". CD

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✨✧ TP Orchestre Poly-RythmoKings Of Benin Urban Groove 1972 – 1980 ... CD
Soundway (UK), 1970s. Used ... $11.99
One of the coolest Afro Funk groups of the 70s – and an outfit who definitely earn the "poly rhythmic" in their name! TP Orchestre have a jagged, jaunty sound that's totally great – really playfully rhythmic, in a way that breaks from the mold of most of their 70s contemporaries on the African scene – in a mad mix of beats and guitars that changes up heavily – often in the same song! The work here has a very fluid quality – pulled together in the Soundway mode with a focus on tracks that will appeal to overall fans of 70s funk, but also done with a real thought for displaying the true range of the group's mighty talents. Titles include "Angelina II", "Aihe Ni Kpe We", "Gbeto Vivi", "Agnon Djidjo", "Ne Te Faches Pas", "Kokoriko", "Hwe Towe Hun", "Gendamou Na Wili We Gnannin", "Mi Si Ba To", and "Medida". CD
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VariousSoul Exposed – 15 Stunning Soul Gems Awaiting Discovery ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2005. Used ... $8.99
A beautifully smooth batch of modern soul tunes – picked not only from recent releases on Expansion Records, but also from a host of great American independents as well! There's a glistening feel here that really links the songs together wonderfully – a unified sound that's warm and mellow, but never too slick or commercial. Compiler Andreas Hellingh clearly has a real love for the music – and even with familiar artists here, he's gone out of his way to track down unusual tunes that really make the set worth owning! Titles include "Thinking About You" by Emel, "So EZ" by Dana Divine, "Let It Go" by Avila Brothers with Shelea, "Do For You" by Heavy, "That Place In My Heart" by Dee Dee Wilde, "Anytime Any Place" by Ane, "No Matter What The Weather May Be" by Denise Tichenor, "When You Need Me" by Dessy Di Lauro, "Dangerous Summer Night" by Maysa Leak, "Slow Jam Of The Year" by Innervoices, "Brother" by Ian Martin, and "How Far Can We Go" by Kokoh. CD

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✨✧ Cornell DupreeBop N Blues ... CD
Kokopelli, 1996. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousClassical Gassers – Pop Gems Inspired By The Great Composers ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really cool set of classic pop songs – and we mean that in more ways than one! The tracks here all borrow a tune from much older classical music compositions – but then turn the material into a springboard for a swinging set of 60s arrangements – music that moves between raw instrumentals to sweet girl group pop – with stops along the way for a bit of soul, garage, and other modes as well! In fact, some of these cuts are so successful with their classical themes, they've often come to be better-known than the originals – at least by folks like us, who were raised more on the sound of the radio than the symphony hall. And if you're worried about things being too sleepy, don't – as the package is really lively, and has all the best punch and sparkle of the Golden Age Of American Pop series from Ace – but maybe even more, given the weirdness of some of these tunes. Titles include "Sabre Dance" by Love Sculpture, "A Groovy Kind Of Love" by The Mindbenders, "Attack" by The Toys, "Asia Minor" by Kokomo, "Goodbye Cruel World" by James Darren, "Nut Rocker" by B Bumble & The Stingers, "Mountain Of Our Love" by Lesley Miller, "She Wears My Ring" by Roy Orbison, "Swan Lake" by The Cats, "My Hero" by Renee St Clair, "Stranger In Paradise" by The Galens, "Peter & The Wolf" by Harpers Bizarre, "Whiter Shade Of Pale" by Shorty Long, and "The Wedding" by Julie Rogers. CD

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✨✧ Gyedu-Blay AmbolleySimigwa ... LP
Academy, 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A holy grail of 70s African Funk – and not just for the unusual look of the cover! The set's a really unique one – almost rootsier than most of the better-known Ghanian grooves of the time, but funkier too – with a brilliant blend of raw percussion, quirky basslines, and some smoking horn parts that are a lot more American soul and funk than the usual 70s African groove! The whole thing's stunning all the way through – a record that totally informs an understanding of its generation, yet in ways that no other record can touch. Wonderful all the way through, with not a bit of filler – and all cuts are right on the money for any fan of African funk! Titles include "Toffie", "Fa No Dem Ara", "This Hustling World", "Kwaakwaa", and "Akoko Ba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1500 copies.)

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinYoung, Gifted & Black ... CD
Atlantic/Rhino, 1972. Used ... Out Of Stock
A CD reissue of an album that perfectly mixes both sides of Aretha – the earlier hard-hitting soulster, and the developing vocalist with a rich talent for more sophisticated material. The album features the anthemic title cut in Aretha's famous version – plus the sample favorite "Rock Steady", the mellow groover "Day Dreaming", the hit "Brand New Me", and the strangely compelling "First Snow In Kokomo". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Young, Gifted & Black ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ David Fathead NewmanMr Gentle, Mr Cool – A Tribute To Duke Ellington ... CD
Kokopelli, 1989. Used ... Out Of Stock

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✨✧ VariousWarner Pop Rock Nuggets Vol 3 – California Sun ... CD
Warner (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Totally great tracks from a magical moment in pop music – that special period when rock had already gotten going, mainstream pop wasn't as soppy as the decade before, and soul music was starting to have a strong influence in the way both singers and groups delivered their vocals! All those qualities and more come into play here – in a fantastic series of cuts that come from deep in the Warner Brothers vaults – not just music from the main label, but also all the indies they've come to absorb over the years – labels like Colpix, Del-Fi, Gone, Mustang, Jubilee, and others who were an even greater force for music like this! The "nuggets" in the title is one way to see these cuts – material that came out in the generation right before the harder-edged material featured in the Nuggets series – but every bit as inventive and great in its own way. Volume 3 features 25 cuts that include "Every Little Prayer" by The Ashes, "Let Me Go" by Pat & Andre, "The Magic Touch" by Bobby Fuller Four, "My First Day Alone" by The Cascades, "Sweets For My Sweets" by The Drifters, "Love You So" by Ron Holden & The Thunderbirds, "Nothing Can Go Wrong" by The Domineers, "California Sun" by Joe Jones, "Rip Van Winkle" by The Devotions, "Never Say Goodbye" by Jimmy Beaumont, and "No Lies" by The Kokomos. CD

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