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Dee Clark with The Kool Gents & The DelegatesHis Best Recordings ... LP
Solid Smoke, Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Killer Chicago soul – features early Kool Gents cuts "Just Like A Fool", "This Is The Night", "I Just Can't Help Myself", and "Crazy Over You" – plus Delegates cuts "Mother's Son" and "I'm Gonna Be Glad". Also features Clark cuts "I'm Going Home", "It's Impossible", "Raindrops", "Hey Little Girl", and "Your Friends". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Earth & StoneKool Roots ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $23.99 24.98
Great duo vocals from the team of Albert Bailey and Clifton Howell – recording here with some excellent rhythms from Sly & Robbie and the rest of the Channel One crew! The music is mostly mellow, with a stepping groove that works great for the harmonies of the pair – and there's a fair bit of roots numbers here, mixed with some warmer lovers' rock titles too. Like other great titles on Pressure Sounds, this one does a great job of giving Earth & Stone the showcase they deserve – with excellent sound, and notes on the music – and titles that include "False Ruler", "Once Bitten Twice Shy", "Black Roots", "Three Wise Men", "Holy Land Of Home", "Jail House Set Me Free", "Devil Wise", "House Of Dub", "Wiser Dub", and "Jester Not". LP, Vinyl record album

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Fly Guy Kool KimYa Gotta Know (voc, inst, dolo)/Skills R Amazing ... 12-inch
Broken, 1997. Near Mint- ... $7.99
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Kool Ray & The PolaroidsIntroducing ... LP
Stuff, 1980. Very Good ... $3.99
80s rock from central Illinois. LP, Vinyl record album

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Kool & The GangEmergency ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99
Kool and the Gang firmly snapping into the 80s – with much more bass and keyboards than on earlier work, and an overall sound that's a lot slicker and smoother than their 70s funk classics – but still pretty darn great! The upbeat cuts show that the group were still kings of the funky dancefloor – and the mellower ones are equally great too – showing a rising ballad style that proved to be the group's big crossover card at the time. This approach is heard to great effect on the album's great single "Cherish" – and other tracks include "Bad Woman", "Surrender", "Emergency", "Misled", "Fresh", and "You Are The One". CD
Also available Emergency ... LP 4.99

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Kool & The GangEmergency ... LP
De-Lite, 1984. Sealed ... $4.99
Kool and the Gang firmly snapping into the 80s – with much more bass and keyboards than on earlier work, and an overall sound that's a lot slicker and smoother than their 70s funk classics – but still pretty darn great! The upbeat cuts show that the group were still kings of the funky dancefloor – and the mellower ones are equally great too – showing a rising ballad style that proved to be the group's big crossover card at the time. This approach is heard to great effect on the album's great single "Cherish" – and other tracks include "Bad Woman", "Surrender", "Emergency", "Misled", "Fresh", and "You Are The One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hype sticker has some pen.)
Also available Emergency ... CD 13.99

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Kool & The GangEverybody's Dancin (with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $8.99
Kool & The Gang sounding super-tight, but mighty right as well – a groove that still has all the great jazz elements of their mid 70s records, but which also has them picking up the bassy bottom a bit more too! The sound is not nearly as slick as their 80s hits – and instead still really hangs onto all the best qualities of the De-Lite years, while also moving the group forward at a level that strongly contests all the younger funky combos who were trying to steal their flame! Rhythms are wonderful – completely infectious, and often with some complicated twists that really keeps things interesting – and the album's got the kind of upbeat, joyous groove you'd definitely expect from the title. Tracks include "Everybody's Dancin", "Dancin' Shoes", "Big Chief's Funkum", "I Like Music" "It's All You Need", "Peace To The Universe", and "At The Party". CD features bonus tracks – "I Like Music (single)", "It's All You Need (single)", and "Everybody's Dancin (single)". CD

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Kool & The GangForce (with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $8.99
Kool & The Gang's a little bit slicker and a little bit smoother on The Force than on earlier classic records – but thankfully, they're still getting on down to the funky sounds! The Force does indeed have more of a spacey boogie than a jungle boogie vibe, but they're still doing what we love to hear from them. Party funk and soul from this legendary group – and the soul comes out especially well on the mellower numbers, which seem to take off from classics on albums like Love & Understanding or Open Sesame. Titles include "A Place In Space", "Free", "Slick Superchick", "Just Be True", "Mighty Mighty High", "Oasis", "The Force" and "Life's A Song". This CD edition from Big Break has 3 bonus tracks: single versions of "Slick Superchick" and "A Place In Space", plus the 12" disco version of "Mighty Mighty High". CD

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Kool & The GangFresh (rmx, dance mix) ... 12-inch
Universal, 1984. Very Good+ ... $3.99
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Kool & The GangHollywood Swinging/Summer Madness ... LP
De-Lite, Mid 70s. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
A tasty 2LP set of earlier funk tracks by Kook and the Gang – issued in the mid 70s with the name of 2 current hits by the group, "Hollywood Swinging" and "Summer Madness", both of which are included on the set. The real treat, though, is the earlier material – as many of the cuts on the record are quite hard to find on vinyl in other formats. Tracks include "Who's Gonna Take The Weight (parts 1 & 2)", "Soul Vibration", "NT", "The Penguin", "North South East West", and "Do It Right Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has ring & edge wear.)

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Kool & The GangIn The Heart (with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $14.99
A sweet set that's part of a big early 80s run from Kool & The Gang – a time that saw the funk legends really hitting the mainstream, and winning over a huge new audience in the process! Given that the Gang virtually invented ensemble funk at the start of the 70s, they're perfectly poised here to move into modes that so many of their younger competition were trying – but never did so well – that blend of 80s elements and more sharply-fused funk instrumentation, all honed down into a tightly snapping groove. The real surprise, though, is the group's growing ability for ballads – which put records like this into hands of folks who never would have dug their funk a few years before. And while we might have had a few problems with that shift at the time, the passage of years has got the whole thing sounding pretty darn great to our ears – especially in comparison to so much weaker work from the time. Titles include "In The Heart", "Joanna", "Tonight", "Straight Ahead", "September Love", "You Can Do It", and "Home Is Where The Heart Is". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "Tonight (12" dance mix)", "In The Heart (single rmx)", "Straight Ahead (12" long)", "Ladies Night (promo 12" '83 rmx)", "Joanna (single)", and "Tonight (AOR mix)". CD

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Kool & The GangKool Jazz ... LP
De-Lite, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $8.99
A great album – even if most of the cuts are on other records! The set's designed to focus on the jazzier side of Kool & The Gang – and it sifts through the first few albums to come up with some of the more sophisticated (yet still totally funky!) numbers by the band, giving a good picture of the many sides of their talents, and also adding in a few other tracks that we haven't found on other records. The groove ranges from slow-dope and mellow, to choppy and funky, with plenty of hot breaks and classic hip hop samples. Titles include the monster jammer "Dujii", plus "Lucky For Me", "Sea Of Tranquility", "North East South West", "I Remember John W Coltrane", "Sombrero Sam", and "Breeze & Soul", a very tasty little jangly number! LP, Vinyl record album

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Kool & The GangLadies' Night ... CD
De-Lite/Universal (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $9.99
A shameless dancefloor cash-in move – but a record that's still pretty darn great as well! You all know the big title cut "Ladies Night", so we won't bother to describe it – but we can say that the group wisely hooked up with Deodato, who produced, mixed, and even played keyboards on the album. Deodato keeps a nice jazzy punch in the tracks, while still moving towards the slickly produced funk sound that was the group's main approach at the time of the record. JT Taylor's on vocals, and the album's even got a few mellow cuts – like the crossover easy number "Too Hot" – amidst the midtempo 80s grooves that really step out and make the whole thing move. Other tracks include "Ladies Night", "Hangin Out", "Tonight's The Night", "If You Feel Like Dancin", and "Got You Into My Life". CD

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Kool & The GangLight Of Worlds ... CD
Mercury, 1974. New Copy ... $4.99 9.99
It's the mid 70s, and Kool & Co not only keep the funky groove up, but also expand their style into a moogy style that adds a nice dimension of spacey soul to their rich palette of funk. The funkier cuts – like "Street Corner Symphony" and "Rhyme Tyme People" – sound a bit too much like the hits from earlier albums, but are still pretty nice. But it's the synth heavy cuts – like "Whiting H&G", and the landmark "Summer Madness" – which really open up the record. They're great stuff, and have the group moving into a spacey otherworldly funk realm that had been opened up a few years earlier by Earth Wind & Fire. The long-lasting potential of "Summer Madness" proves that the move was a great one – and we're always stunned at how fantastic the track still sounds today! CD

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Kool & The GangLive At PJ's ... LP
De-Lite, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $9.99
One of the greatest Kool & The Gang albums ever – a monster live session that almost blows away their studio classics! The groove here is far more freewheeling and complex than some of their singles from the 70s – longer, tripped-out tunes with a definite undercurrent of jazz amidst the funk – loads of wicked horn bits from Ronnie Bell and Dennis Thomas that complicate things up nicely, while still staying soulfully in the groove. There's no vocals at all on the record – which further enforces the Kool Jazz sound of the set – and the album's even harder-hitting than their previous Sex Machine live album, so much so, the PJ's club had to close its doors shortly after the Gang's performance! Titles include the all-time killer sample cut "Duji" – plus "NT", "Ronnie's Groove", "Ricksonata", "Lucky For Me", "Sombrero Sam", and a medley of "Ike's Groove/You've Lost That Lovin Feeling". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kool & The GangLove & Understanding ... CD
De-Lite/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Amazing work from Kool & The Gang – from a period when they were pushing past their tight early funky sound, into a super-dope mix of electronics and spacey jamming that is still pretty darn revolutionary today! Although you might think the album would be a bit disco by the date, it's not – and instead has the group moving more towards a style of cosmic righteousness that was undoubtedly influenced by the early work (and success) of Earth, Wind, & Fire. The album has a few live cuts - including an amazing 8 minute long live version of "Summer Madness", with an extended keyboard solo that's just great! Other titles include "Cosmic Energy", "Do It Right Now", "Universal Sound", and a remake of "Hollywood Swinging". CD
Also available Love & Understanding ... LP 9.99

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Kool & The GangLove & Understanding ... LP
Dee-Lite, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Amazing work from Kool & The Gang – from a period when they were pushing past their tight early funky sound, into a super-dope mix of electronics and spacey jamming that is still pretty darn revolutionary today! Although you might think the album would be a bit disco by the date, it's not – and instead has the group moving more towards a style of cosmic righteousness that was undoubtedly influenced by the early work (and success) of Earth, Wind, & Fire. The album has a few live cuts - including an amazing 8 minute long live version of "Summer Madness", with an extended keyboard solo that's just great! Other titles include "Cosmic Energy", "Do It Right Now", "Universal Sound", and a remake of "Hollywood Swinging". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Love & Understanding ... CD 13.99

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Kool & The GangMusic Is The Message ... LP
De-Lite, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A pivotal album in the career of Kool & The Gang! This album has the band operating at the top of their early 70s funky powers – and it also shows them dabbling a bit with electronics, which would become a big part of their sound a few albums later. The best example of this is the totally cool "Electric Frog (parts 1 & 2)", which has this amazing bubbling moogy riff that goes in and out of the song. Other tracks are more straight-ahead funky – and they're all great! Titles include "Music Is The Message", "Love The Life You Live (parts 1 & 2)", "Funky Granny", and the righteous "Soul Vibrations". Also features the super-dope mellow "Blowin With The Wind", a stripped-down number that's dominated by a trumpet solo, and proof that the group could operate just as well at a mellow level as they could at a hard funky one! LP, Vinyl record album

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Kool & The GangOpen Sesame (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
A magic carpet ride of funky soul from Kool & The Gang – classic Open Sesame from '76 – one that took the group to a higher level! It's not as rawly funky as some of the group's earlier albums, but they do still bring it, just with a cooler spirtual vibe that we never expected – one that opens up their sound even further! The best example of this is the great cut "Little Children", a very righteous jazzy soul number that's been sampled to great use, and one that introduced a great mellow sound for the group. Other cuts include the dancefloor classic "Open Sesame", "Whisper Softly", "L-O-V-E", and "Sunshine". This remastered edition from Big Break UK includes 3 bonus tracks: "Open Sesame (Groove With The Genie) – Part 2 (Single Version)", "Super Bad (Single Version)" and "Open Sesame (Groove With The Genie) (Promotional 12" – Special Disco Version)". CD

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Kool & The GangSomething Special ... CD
De-Lite/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $9.99
Something Special indeed – as the album was one of the biggest hits for Kool & The Gang, and showed that the group still had plenty of energy left to groove into the 80s! The record features production work by Brazilian music maestro Eumir Deodato – who by this point had become a sweet and smooth talent with a real flair for putting over a modern soul groove! Deodato's approach is really great – smooth, yet soulful, without any tricks or gimmicks – and a real appreciation for lead vocals and a catchy little hook! The album features the group's party classic "Get Down On It", plus "Steppin Out", "No Show", "Pass It On", "Be My Lady", "Take My Heart", and "Good Time Tonight". CD
 
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Banda Black RioMaria Fumaca (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Warner/Polysom (Brazil), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with effortless ease, yet never in a way that's too slick or commercial – kind of like that perfect balance that Kool & The Gang hit for just a few records in the mid 70s – but with more of a Brazilian feel overall. Jazzy licks abound – and the keyboards, guitar, and horns are just great – but the set's also got some more regional percussion, too – which really rounds out the record wonderfully. The grooves all have a really universal appeal – essential for any fan of funky sounds – and titles include "Mr Funky Samba", "Junia", "Casa Forte", "Na Baixa Do Sapateiro", "Lelbon Via Vaz Lobo", "Baia", "Maria Fumaca", and "Metalurgia". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bee Gees, Tavares, Yvonne Elliman, & OthersSaturday Night Fever ... LP
RSO, 1977. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
The record that defined a generation, and a set with some surprisingly nice soul tracks, too – including "Open Sesame" by Kool & The Gang, "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps, "KJEE" by MFSB, "Calypso Breakdown" by Ralph MacDonald, "Fifth Of Beethoven" by Walter Murphy, "If I Can't Have You" by Yvonne Elliman, and "More Than A Woman" by Tavares. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has light wear.)

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Beggar & CoMonument ... CD
RCA/FTG, 1981. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The great first album from Beggar & Co – a sweet UK soul trio from the early 80s, and one who grew from the ashes of the equally great Light Of The World! The style here is similar to LOTW's variation on American funk of the time – particularly the tight blend of jazz and funk they shared with Earth Wind & Fire and Kool & The Gang – but as a trio, the sound here is leaner, too – more focused on the rhythms, with a snapping, catchy sound that's mighty nice – and which makes for great music all the way through! There's still plenty of live instrumentation and a very warm feel throughout – no tinny 80s modes here – and titles include "Break It Up", "You Need Love", "Bahia De Palma", "I Tried To Write A Song", "Keep On Running", "That's Life", and "Laughing On". CD

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BlackbyrdsLovebyrds – Soft & Easy ... CD
Fantasy, 1970s. New Copy ... $4.99 11.98
One of the greatest sides of The Blackbyrds' music – their mellower, more chilled-out tunes – all tracks that we like almost as much as their funkier classics! Although the combo first earned their name for upbeat, sharp-edged funky fusion, they also had a wonderful way with a laidback groove – sweetly stepping instrumentals that were often a bit overlooked next to some of their bigger 70s hits, but which are equally great – and perhaps even more so, as they represented a really unique approach to the music at the time! There's a vibe here that we'd rank right up there with Kool & The Gang on "Summer Madness" – an approach that's often spare, and focused around a key instrumental bit – and which is a great antidote to some of the heavier-handed funk of the time! Keyboards are often heavy on these numbers, and although there's some vocals, the instrumentation is almost always center stage – served up over some sweetly stepping rhythms that are really great. Titles include "Lady", "Wilford's Gone", "A Heavy Town", "All I Ask", "At The Carnival", "April Showers", "Love Is Love", "Soft & Easy", "Lady", "Flying High", "The Baby", "Summer Love", "Dreaming Of You", and "Time Is Movin". CD
(CD case has a cutout notch.)

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Donald ByrdHarlem Blues ... LP
Landmark, 1988. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A beautifully sensitive album from Donald Byrd – quite a change from his better-known jazz funk work of the 70s and early 80s – and part of a back-to-basics move he made in part of that latter decade! The album's very much in the best straight mode of the Landmark Records label scene of the time – Byrd blowing strong and soulfully in the company of a key combo that features Kenny Garrett on alto, Mulgrew Miller on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Marvin Smitty Smith on drums – all players who really bring a lot of fire to the record, and almost push Byrd back to his pre-electric 60s years on Blue Note. Mike Daugherty plays synth on two tracks – using the instrument in gentle, string-like ways – but overall the record is proudly acoustic at most moments. Titles include "Harlem Blues", "Fly Little Byrd", "Voyage A Deux", "Sir Master Kool Guy", and "Blue Monk". LP, Vinyl record album

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CameoShe's Strange ... LP
Atlanta Artists/Polygram, 1984. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A bit dated, but an indisputable classic from Cameo – one that has them changing up their sound from earlier albums! The heavier funk of some of their late 70s sides is long gone, and in its place is a more stripped-down style that relies more on electric percussion and keyboards to update their sound. The best cuts on the set have that mellow crossover feel that Kool & The Gang were using at the time – smoother, slinkier soul that played well with larger audiences, yet still had a nice degree of soul. Titles include "She's Strange", "Love You Anyway", "Groove With You", "Hangin Downtown", and "Le Ve Toi". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny DankworthHighgate Hideaway – The 1959 BBC Transcription Recordings Vol 3 ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1959. New Copy ... $11.99
Rare BBC material from the great John Dankworth – a British arranger, leader, and alto saxophonist who seemed to work with nonstop energy at the end of the 50s! This set brings together material recorded by Dankworth on three different occasions – not for album release, but only broadcast on the BBC – which makes this well-produced set a commercial debut for all the cuts on the collection! Dankworth solos on alto on a number of tracks, and handles the larger charts with enough space for other soloists too – including Dave Lee on piano, Danny Moss on tenor, Laurie Monk on trombone, and Dickie Hawdon on trumpet and mellophone. Some of the best titles are Dankworth originals – and tracks include "Kool Kate", "I'll Never Be The Same", "Bluesology", "Specs Yellow", "Highgate Hideaway", "Desperate Dan", "Jol & Lol's Blues", and "Melbourne Marathon". CD

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Dr OctagonDr Octagonecologyst (3D lenticular cover) ... LP
Bulk/Geffen, 1996. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $31.99 35.99
Genius from the mind of Kool Keith aka Big Willie Smith aka Poppa Large aka Dr. Octagon. Since his days with Ultramagnetics, no one has mastered the abstract lyrical style like Kool Keith, self-proclaimed inventor of all rhyme styles. 20 tracks, with dope atmospheric features by the Automator and scratches by the legendary Q-Bert, including "Earth People", "I Got To Tell You", "Wild And Crazy", ""Waiting List (DK Snadow/Automator Mix)", "No Awareness", "Biology 101", "Technical Difficulties", "Blue Flowers", "A Visit To The Gynecologist", "Bear Witness" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(3D lenticular cover!)

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East Of UndergroundHell Below (East Of Underground/Soap/Black Seeds/Sound Trek) (3CD set) ... CD
US Army/Now Again, 1971/1972. Used 3CDs ... $14.99
Proof that the US Army had plenty going on during the 70s – as you'll hear from this killer set of military-produced grooves from East Of Underground! The set goes way past the previous East Of Underground reissue – to feature work by the groups Soap, Black Seeds, and Sound Trek – all wrapped up in a beautiful package that's as visually pleasing as the music is funky! The cuts here were all recorded by US Army servicemen during the height of the Vietnam war – as Army-issued albums designed to encourage recruitment (as if a few funky grooves could help offset the bad press the war was getting on TV!) But despite that odd origin, the music here is all pretty great – mostly covers of familiar tunes from the time, but recorded with a nicely gritty quality that's mighty nice – and which makes the overall feel of the records like digging into some lost small studio tapes – ala Numero! Now Again have done a great job of putting together the whole package, too – contributing a wealth of notes and photos, and really digging deep into the scene in which these unique records were created. Not only that, but the packaging also replicates the style of the original odd releases too! The set features a CD each of music by East Of Underground and Soap – plus another CD that brings together an unusual double LP by the groups Black Seeds and Sound Trek. Titles include "I Just Want To Celebrate", "Kool & The Gang", "Walking In The Rain", "Backstabbers", "I Love Everything About You", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Go Outside In The Rain", "Black Magic Woman", "Hell Below", "Higher", "Popcorn/Santana", "Walk On By", "Java Girl", and "Get Together". CD

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Funk IncHangin' Out ... LP
Prestige, 1972. Very Good+ ... $33.99
No hangin out here – because these guys are tighter than ever, and right on the money from the very first note of the set! A snapping drum break opens up the album – followed by a wickedly stepping bassline, a rolling conga part, and a vamping dance between Hammond and tenor sax – all to set the scene for a batch of grooves that's easily one of the finest ever from this Indy combo! The album's got a sharpness and tightness that balances beautifully between funky jazz and instrumental soul – a territory that's a bit like Kool & The Gang at times, but which has a much more jazz-based approach on the solos. The big cuts include "Smokin' At Tiffany's" and "Dirty Red" – and other tracks include a sweet cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love", plus "We Can Be Friends", "I Can See Clearly Now", and "I'll Be Around". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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Ingram KingdomFunk Is In Our Music (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Excello/KTI (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $9.99
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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Quincy JonesBack On The Block ... LP
Quest/Warner, 1989. Very Good+ ... $4.99
One of the last really all-star sets from Quincy Jones – and a record that reprises the format of some of his big records of the 70s – like Mellow Madness or Body Heat – in a way that has Quincy surrounding himself with top-shelf artists of all sorts, from jazz soloists, to hip hoppers, to R&B vocalists. Kool Moe Dee & Big Daddy Kane rap on a version of "Birdland" that also has solos from Miles, Diz, and James Moody; Take 6 sing on a mellow version of Ivan Lins' "Setembro (Brazilian Wedding Song)", Bobby McFerrin sings goofily on "Wee B Dooinit", Siedah Garrett and Al B Sure sing on "The Secret Garden", and a whole choir joins in on "Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Seu JorgeCarolina ... LP
Mr Bongo (UK), 2002. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99
A HUGE batch of samba-soul grooves from Seu Jorge! Jorge previously knocked around Brazil as a member of the late 90s pop group Farofa Carioca, but his first solo outing is a massive step forward into the upper echelon of the Brazilian scene! Like the best of his contemporaries, Jorge uses the rich history of samba and bossa as a springboard – but it's the pronounced contemporary qualities, such as production and mix work by Beastie Boy producer Mario Caldato – that push Carolina way over the top and make it much more than a genre exercise! The title track echoes the earlier work of Jorge Ben, who actually pens the reggae-inflected tune "Em Nagoya Eu Vi Eriko", and the tracks "Mangueira" and "O Samba Tai" have the classic samba groove and crisp background vocals that would sound right in place on Tom Ze's Se O Caso E Chorar. "Hagua" has a deep reggae thump, and nearly everything here has kind of a 70s soul feel thanks to some bright, almost Kool & The Gang-like horn arrangements! The group includes Azymuth drummer Mamao, Paulinho Black on bass, Banda Black Rio's William Magalhaes on keyboards, and Josimar Monteiro on violin. Another great new solo artist from Brazil, and one that we expect amazing things from in the years to come! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jungle FireComencemos (Let's Start)/Tokuta ... 7-inch
Colemine, 2012. New Copy ... $4.99
A killer – and one of those tunes you'd swear you heard back in the day – but which is even greater given that it's a contemporary recording! There's a bursting power to "Comencemos" that almost feels like "Jungle Boogie"-era Kool & The Gang – a way of having the rhythms blast out past simple configurations – driving on the horns, guitar, and other instrumentation to wicked new heights as the tune explodes! "Tokuta" is a great original by the group – almost Afro Funk, but tighter too – with horns blasting over percussion that never lets up – and a wicked guitar riff that burns all the way through! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Lightnin' RodHustlers Convention ... LP
Celluloid, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Fantastic stuff – incredibly hard and incredibly funky, and a masterpiece all the way through! Long before there was any talk of gangster rap, Jalal of the Last Poets recorded this album of gamblin', pimpin', and hard double dealin'. It's a fantastic album-long ride through the dark side of the black underworld, and is the aural equivalent of a blacksploitation flick. Kool & The Gang provided the music – and Jalal tells the whole story throughout, in the same hard rappin' style he used with the Last Poets! The record's an undisputed classic, and includes the sample classic "Sport", plus loads of other righteous funky cuts like "Spoon", "Grit's Den", and "Sentenced To The Chair"! LP, Vinyl record album

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Pete RockSoul Survivor (colored vinyl – with bonus 7 inch) ... LP
Nature Sounds, 1998. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $31.99 32.99
Pete Rock's excellent Soul Survivor – his first full length with a solo headliner credit, after the benchmark couple of Elektra LPs with CL Smooth – and it's as fresh as ever! Pete's timeless soul, jazz and funk steeped production aesthetic leads the way – and it's full of top notch guests – including Inspectah Deck, Kurupt, Meth, OC, Raekwon, Ghostface, Prodigy, Large Professor, Kool G Rap, Black Thought, Common, Big Pun . . .and yes, CL Smooth. Classic! Includes "Tru Master", "Half Man Half Amazin", "Truly Yours 98", "Take Your Time" – 17 cuts in all, if you count the intro.Tracks include "Tru Master", "Respect Mine", "The Game", "It's About That Time", "Truly Yours 98", "Massive", and "Strange Fruit". This 2016 vinyl version includes a bonus 7-inch with 4 bonus instrumentals. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a bonus 7" with 4 bonus instrumentals.)

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #4 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2015. New Copy ... $2.99 3.99
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with colorful comic-style images. The monthly series anthologizes the stories in a way that's even truer to Piskor's comic book influences than the graphic novel collections. Amazing! Issue #4 covers the beginning of emcee battle culture – Busy Bee vs Kool Moe Dee, Fantastic Five vs Cold Crush Bros and much more! Book

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Southside MovementMoving South ... LP
20th Century, 1975. Very Good+ ... $59.99
Heavy heavy funk from this lost Chicago group – an undisputed powerhouse in the mid 70s, and one of the city's few funky combos to really break out to a national audience! The album's the group's second, and is oddly even more obscure than their first – and it's a stone cold blend of fuzzy guitars, stepping basslines, horn blasts – somewhere between early Kool & The Gang and some of the doper group soul records of the time. Includes a great remake of the group's classic "I've Been Watching You" – redone here from the first album, with cool electric piano bits sounding a lot like a lost Wu-Tang sample – plus the cuts "Funk Talk", "Just Moving", "Do It to Me", and "Ain't It A Shame". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Treacherous ThreeTreacherous Three ... LP
Sugar Hill, 1984. New Copy (reissue)... $8.99
Aaahh, back in the day. . .well not quite as far back as we might like, as the Treacherous Three's Enjoy material really takes us back – but this reissue of their Sugarhill LP, cut just after that, has that great mid 80s block party vibe. The Sugarhill house band reworks some of the more popular R&B hits of the day (like the Dazz Band's "Let It Whip") for Kool Moe Dee, Special K & LA Sunshine to get busy over. A nice piece of history for all you young 'uns out there. 6 cuts in all, including "Whip It", "Yes We Can Can", "Action", "Get Up", "Turning You On", and "Turn It Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousBrazilian Disco Boogie Sounds Vol 2 – 1977 to 1984 ... CD
Favorite (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $18.99
Tremendous work from the Brazilian scene of the 70s – one of the few global sites to really capture the same sort of energy of American funk and soul, yet still be able to give it a great local twist of its own! From the bossa years onwards, Brazil was always full of super-tight musicians – and by the time the 70s rolled around, there were plenty of records with grooves as great as work in the US from greats like Kool & The Gang or Earth Wind & Fire – both groups who've clearly provided a lot of inspiration to most of the acts on this set! And like some of the best American groups, the Brazilian once started to change their style a bit once the 70s came to a close – with these lean, funky modes that are mighty nice – and which were maybe already more present in Brazil than they were in the American mainstream. But all that history aside, this is one smoking little set – killer clubby funk tracks that have a flavor that's completely universal, even if you can't understand the lyrics – but even the way those lyrics are sung, they're plenty darn catchy, even without the benefit of language. Titles include "Amgio Branca" by Marcia Maria, "To Parada Nua Tua" by Almir Ricardi, "Contigo" by Adriana, "Cara Feita" by Kaito, "Alegria No Ar" by Rosana, "Natureza Viva" by Brenda, "Minas Do Rei Salomao" by Cristina Camargo, and "Valeu A Pena" by Lady Zu. CD
Also available Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds Vol 2 – 1977 to 1984 ... LP 22.99
 
 
 



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