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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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Kool & The GangBest Of Kool & The Gang ... LP
De-Lite, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $49.99
This one's called a "best of", but it's really one of the group's first albums, and it pulls together a host of great early tracks, some of which were only ever on singles! The record's got a shiny gold cover, and it's rare as hen's teeth! Titles include "The Penguin", "Let The Music Take Your Mind", "The Gang's Back Again", "Funky Man", "Who's Gonna Take The Weight", "Pneumonia", and "Kool It (Here Comes The Fuzz)". Great stuff, and a rare piece of their early puzzle! LP, Vinyl record album
(In nice shape, save for some light wear on the cover.)

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Kool & The GangBest Of Kool & The Gang 1969 to 1976 ... CD
Funk Essentials, 1970s. Used ... $4.99
CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Kool & The GangForce (with bonus tracks) ... CD
De-Lite/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $5.99 13.99
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 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 & The Gang ... LP
De-Lite, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A landmark album of funky genius – and one of the first times a batch of funky 45s had ever been so tightly sewn into a full LP! By the time of this album's release, Kool & The Gang were already underground legends – cutting it up in small clubs around the east and midwest, and working hard to push their excellent early singles on the De-Lite label – the kind of indie funky 45s that went on to shape the sound of a generation to come! This album brings together a number of those singles – really great little tracks that you can't really ever find on wax, and which have the group's perfect blend of bass/drum rhythms, choppy guitar, and hard-blaring horns – a massive groove that's still tighter here than any of the countless combos the record went onto inspire. The LP's a non-stop jam all the way through, with funk so pure it could be considered the blueprint for a generation – and titles include "Give It Up", "Raw Hamburger", "Kool's Back Again", "Breeze & Soul", "Sea of Tranquility", and "Kool & The Gang". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kool & The GangLight Of Worlds ... CD
Mercury, 1974. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
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 The Sex Machine ... LP
De-Lite, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Fantastic live stuff from the classic early period of Kool & the Gang! The set swings mightily with a sound that's hardly matched on some of their studio albums, and the band proves that their tightness isn't just a batch of studio tricks as they blow away the crowd at the Sex Machine night club. There's lots of great live jamming here, and some of their best early cuts like "Let The Music Take Your Mind", "Who's Gonna Take The Weight", "Funky Man", and more. This is a very nice reissue pressing, with a cool gatefold wraparound cover, and some very heavy funky wax! Another one that we never thought we'd see again on vinyl – now out for the masses at a nice nice price. LP, Vinyl record album

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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 ... LP
De-Lite, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ... $4.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some marker.)
Also available Open Sesame (plus bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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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
Also available Open Sesame ... LP 4.99

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Kool & The GangSpirit Of The Boogie ... LP
De-Lite, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Way more than just a "boogie" album – as you might think from the title – and much more a hard-hitting batch of funky tunes, mixed with some even cooler laidback numbers! The album follows heavily off the style of Wild & Peaceful – mixing together the group's older crack rhythms with some newer, hipper, jazzier inflections – making for an incredibly powerful sound that really opens them up. Titles include the massively funky "Jungle Jazz" – a jazzy follow up to "Jungle Boogie" – plus some spiritual numbers that have a cosmic soul jazzy feel, like the tracks "Cosmic Energy", "Ancestral Ceremony", and "Winter Sadness". The whole thing's great – and other titles include "Mother Earth", "Caribbean Festival", and "Ride The Rhythm". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kool & The GangWild & Peaceful ... LP
De-Lite, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
After this one, there was no turning back for Kool & The Gang! The record has them bringing their underground funk sound to the masses – with a choppy riffy groove that stands out almost as a public challenge to all the other pretenders that had been cropping up on major labels during the same time. The band are as tight as they ever were – and they're rolling like a non-stop locomotive with a horn-heavy groove on classics like "Jungle Boogie" and "Hollywood Swinging", while also showing hints of their strong mellow future on the cut "Wild & Peaceful". The album also includes the massive two part jammer "Funky Stuff" and "More Funky Stuff", plus "This Is You, This Is Me" and "Life Is What You Make It". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kool Moe DeeHow Ya Like Me Now ... LP
Jive, 1987. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Kool Moe Dee's second album – a benchmark moment in mid-to-late 80s solo rap – and definitely worth a post millennium revisit! The title cut is a prime relic of the Kool Moe Dee vs. LL Cool J battles back in the day, and that along with "Wild Wild West" are bonafide classic cuts – but the a lot of the lesser remembered tracks here are ultimately just as nice. Even though it's only his second album, Moe was a block rockin' veteren by this point, with an MC pedigree stretching back to Treacherous Three, and is probably his sharpest point. Other tracks include "Suckers", "Way Way Back", "No Respect", "Don't Dance", "I'm A Player" and "Get Paid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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L'Orange & Kool KeithTime? Astonishing! (with bonus track) ... LP
Mello Music Group, 2015. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
Rising talent L'Orange, an increasingly impressive producer who clearly has a love for the sci fi sample stoked hip hop of the 90s, scores a hella appropriate lead MC in Kool Keith – and sure enough, it's the best KK project we've spun quite a few years! L'Orange wisely pays homage to style of classic 75 Ark and early Stones Throw hip hop without copying anyone, and Keith is in fine form – with a flow that's more measured than manic. Guests include J-Live, Mr. Lif, Blu and others. Includes "Time? Astonishing!", "The Traveler" feat J-Live, "The Green Ray", "Twentty Fifty Three", "The Wanderer", "This New World" feat Blu, Montage One & DJ Trackstar, "Dr. BiPolar", "Upwards. To Space!", "Days I Used To Know" and more. Also includes the bonus track "Sometimes I Feel". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lover Kool Dee & DJ FreezeCrew (Is In The House) (voc, inst, long version, inst) ... 12-inch
Next Plateau, 1988. Very Good+ ... $4.99
An obscure Next Plateau release, the only one for the label by this duo, with a big beat production sound and that late 80s shouting over the beat type rhymes. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo.)

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✨✧ PlimsoulsKool Trash ... CD
Fuel 2000, 1998. Used ... $14.99
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Kool & The GangSpirit Of The Boogie ... LP
De-Lite, 1975. Good Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Way more than just a "boogie" album – as you might think from the title – and much more a hard-hitting batch of funky tunes, mixed with some even cooler laidback numbers! The album follows heavily off the style of Wild & Peaceful – mixing together the group's older crack rhythms with some newer, hipper, jazzier inflections – making for an incredibly powerful sound that really opens them up. Titles include the massively funky "Jungle Jazz" – a jazzy follow up to "Jungle Boogie" – plus some spiritual numbers that have a cosmic soul jazzy feel, like the tracks "Cosmic Energy", "Ancestral Ceremony", and "Winter Sadness". The whole thing's great – and other titles include "Mother Earth", "Caribbean Festival", and "Ride The Rhythm". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)
Also available Spirit Of The Boogie ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Funk Masters/Bo KoolLove Money/(Money) No Love ... 12-inch
Siamese Records, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nice disco funk from this apparently one-off project, a couple of cuts that are sought after for mixing into deep house and loft style sets by DJs around Chicago. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have some marker.)

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✨✧ Kool & The GangCelebrate ... LP
De-Lite/Polygram, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A super-huge album for Kool & The Gang – and for good reason too! The set features their massive hit "Celebration" – a cut that firmly planted the group in the mainstream, and which keeps getting countless play over the decades – probably still earning them a fortune in royalties year after year from wedding bands alone! The group's got some great help on the record from Deodato – the Brazilian keyboardist who scored big with his own records in the 70s – and who's working here to arrange, conduct, and produced the album with a sweet jazzy finish! In a way, it's Deodato's ear for a great warm groove that really seems to make the set sparkle – giving it a strong soul sound, even with tighter production – still somewhat down to earth, despite its hit status – that core quality that's always made Kool & The Gang so great! Apart from "Celebration", other tracks include "Jones Vs Jones", "Love Festival", "Love Affair", "Night People", and "Morning Star". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Bee Gees, Tavares, Yvonne Elliman, & OthersSaturday Night Fever ... LP
RSO, 1977. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $5.99
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.)

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✨✧ Steve BlackVillage Boogie ... CD
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy ... $18.99
An album that definitely lives up to its title – thanks to a strong embrace of funky boogie styles, but served up here with a sweet Nigerian twist! Some cuts are heavy funk right from the start – clearly inspired by Kool & The Gang and other sharp-edged American groups of the 70s – while others have a slightly looser rhythmic approach, but one that still grooves nicely, too – all given some great energy by the vocals of Steve Black, whose style of singing is nicely playful, and almost as bubbling as the instrumentation! The title track has this really cool mix of electronics and dub – and titles include "Brand New Wayo", "Igholoye", "Precious Tim", "Village Boogie", "When You Know What's Wrong", "Fun In The Street", and "Step Out When You're Down". CD
Also available Village Boogie ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ Steve BlackVillage Boogie ... LP
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
An album that definitely lives up to its title – thanks to a strong embrace of funky boogie styles, but served up here with a sweet Nigerian twist! Some cuts are heavy funk right from the start – clearly inspired by Kool & The Gang and other sharp-edged American groups of the 70s – while others have a slightly looser rhythmic approach, but one that still grooves nicely, too – all given some great energy by the vocals of Steve Black, whose style of singing is nicely playful, and almost as bubbling as the instrumentation! The title track has this really cool mix of electronics and dub – and titles include "Brand New Wayo", "Igholoye", "Precious Tim", "Village Boogie", "When You Know What's Wrong", "Fun In The Street", and "Step Out When You're Down". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Village Boogie ... CD 18.99

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Black HeatKeep On Runnin' ... CD
Atlantic (UK), 1975. New Copy ... $8.99
The third album from Black Heat – and quite possibly the funkiest of the bunch – thanks to an even tighter sound than before, and lots of emphasis on the bottom of the groove! The group's got a few more members than before, but their sound is somehow even leaner – a really tight approach to ensemble funk that really sits proudly with the best of the Kool & The Gang/Fatback generation – with some sweet Afro-inspired touches as well! The organ on the set is especially nice – played by Johnell Grey, and bubbling up nicely underneath the horns – and the drums from Esco Cromer have a wicked kick too, even on some of the album's mellower cuts. Titles include the killer break cut "Zimba Ku", plus "Questions & Conclusions", "Love", "Prince Duval", "Feel Like A Child", "Keep On Runnin", and a nice funky version of "Drive My Car". CD

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BlackbyrdsAction/Better Days ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Two of the later Blackbyrds LPs on one CD! Action is a great little sleeper from the Blackbyrds – a record that never gets as much due as their earlier records that have a hard funky feel, but offer instead a tasty batch of smoother jazz funk numbers that show the group still continuing to grow. Donald Byrd's still at the production helm – and the band's got a nice spacey sound that almost reflects directions that other funk groups, like Kool & The Gang, were taking at the time. The best case of this is the massive cut "Mysterious Vibes", a slow jazzy stepper that was sampled to great fame a few years back – but you can also hear it on the cuts "Supernatural Feeling", "Soft & Easy", and "Dreaming About You". Better Days is filled with sweet warm grooves from the mighty Blackbyrds – a set that has George Duke working with the group, giving them some of the electric vibe of his own great work! The sound is less sharply funky than the early days of the group, but still mighty nice – and titles include "Do It Girl", "Love Don't Strike Twice", "What We Have Is Right", and "What's On Your Mind". CD

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✨✧ Jeff ChangCan't Stop Won't Stop – A History Of The Hip-Hop Generation (paperback) ... Book
Ebury Press (UK), 2005. New Copy ... $8.99 19.95
Jeff Chang's epic history of the cultural force of hip hop – one of the most acclaimed hip hop chronicles ever published – and well worth it! Chang has dug deeper for this book than any crate diggin' DJ ever could, and for that he deserves to take a deep bow. The book starts out documenting some of the game's roots in 60s Jamaica, and goes on to chronicle its genesis in the Bronx, and its many incarnations up until the the turn of the century. The cultural, political and social environments and eras in which the art was nurtured is chronicled by Chang without ever causing the reader to suffer from NPR-esque academic dryness (thank God), and really puts the reader into every tale he spins. IT's such a sprawling book that it's tough to recommend or describe in just a few words, but trust us, your library needs it! Paperback, 546 pages including notes, acknowledgments and index, well chosen quotes and photos, plus an introduction by legendary DJ Kool Herc! Book

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CS CrewFunky Pack ... CD
Cultures Of Soul, 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
A massive set from Nigeria's CS Crew – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The bass is super-heavy on these grooves – way more so than on other Afro Funk records of the time, and in ways that easily match, if not beat, the early best by Fatback Band and Kool & The Gang – grooves that have amazing dexterity that few others could match, yet which always come through right on the money every time! The bass dips, turns, soars, and drops magically on each number – setting things up strongly for the group's riffing guitar, sweet keyboard lines (including a big of moog!), and few horn moments – which themselves often come across more like an American group than a Nigerian one. Vocals have this rough approach – often part of the rhythm more than anything else – and titles include "Love Is Peace", "Freaky Funkyfied Fix", "Bread Power", "Doin The Good Thing", "I've Found Love", "Last Day", and "Dig In With Time". CD
Also available Funky Pack ... LP 18.99

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CS CrewFunky Pack ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A massive set from Nigeria's CS Crew – and a set that definitely lives up to its title! The bass is super-heavy on these grooves – way more so than on other Afro Funk records of the time, and in ways that easily match, if not beat, the early best by Fatback Band and Kool & The Gang – grooves that have amazing dexterity that few others could match, yet which always come through right on the money every time! The bass dips, turns, soars, and drops magically on each number – setting things up strongly for the group's riffing guitar, sweet keyboard lines (including a big of moog!), and few horn moments – which themselves often come across more like an American group than a Nigerian one. Vocals have this rough approach – often part of the rhythm more than anything else – and titles include "Love Is Peace", "Freaky Funkyfied Fix", "Bread Power", "Doin The Good Thing", "I've Found Love", "Last Day", and "Dig In With Time". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Funky Pack ... CD 13.99

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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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East Of UndergroundHell Below (East Of Underground/Soap/Black Seeds/Sound Trek) (3CD set) ... CD
US Army/Now Again, 1971/1972. Used 3CDs ... $4.99
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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FBIFBI (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $5.99
One of the greatest British funk albums of the 70s – if not all time! FBI may have an American reference in their name, but back in the day, they were the leading lights of the London soul scene – and one of the few groups who could blend together jazz, soul, and funk influences with the same sort of depth and tightness you might get from Kool & The Gang at their best! As with that group during their crucial mid 70s years, there's a style here that's really stretching out – not just copycat funk, but a really deep, personal approach to the groove – such that the mellow tracks have rhythms that are as infectious as the uptempo ones – and the whole record has this sense of righteous soul and almost spirituality – really tying things together beautifully, and making this classic way more than just a typical 70s soul album! A true treasure throughout – well worth all the praise its received over the years – with cuts that include "Love Love Love", "Talking About Love", "FBI", "The Time Is Right To Leave The City", "Bad Deal", and "Let Me Love You". CD features 4 bonus tracks too – "Zilch", "Lead Us", "Tell The Truth", and the super-funky "Get That Ball". CD

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✨✧ Maynard FergusonPrimal Scream/New Vintage/Carnival ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1976/1977/1978. Used 2CD ... $9.99
A trio of heavy-hitters from hornman Maynard Ferguson – all served up in one sweet set! Primal Scream is one of the funkiest records ever from Ferguson – the climax of a great run of bigger group grooves in the 70s! The record's a tight batch of groovers, with production and keyboards by Bob James – and the whole thing's a mixture of big band funk and electronics that's simply out of this world! Side one kicks off with two massive numbers – the Arp-heavy "Cheshire Cat Walk", and the Kool & The Gang-ish "Primal Scream" – and both cuts are quite long, with loads of cool instrumental effects. Side two is a bit softer, but it does include a long keyboard groover called "Swamp". On New Vintage, Maynard really grooves it – playing with a group that's even larger than some of his early 70s funk sessions, in a style that's got traces of disco and R&B-styled fusion! The set was arranged, conducted, and produced by Jay Chataway – who's going for a nice smooth mode on most of the cuts, almost in the slick manner of some late 70s cop show soundtrack. Tracks are a bit longer than usual, with more room for the groove, and titles include the originals "Oasis" and "El Vuelvo", a surprisingly nice disco take on "Maria", and the cuts "Airegin" and "Star Wars". Carnival is a cool cooker from Maynard Ferguson – and a set that has all the upbeat tones you'd expect from the title, but lots of funky currents underneath! The set really sparkles right from the start – and has that sweet vibe that Maynard was really getting perfect on these late 70s records for Columbia – jazzy fusion that's tight, but never too uptight – with lots of room for sweet solos from the leader himself, plus Bill Hannon on moog, John Qdini on guitar, Eric Traub on tenor, and Mike Migliore on alto. Titles include a famous working of Earth Wind & Fier's "Fantasy" – plus "Battlestar Galactica", "MF Carnival", "Baker Street", "Birdland", "How Ya Doin Baby", and "Stella By Starlight". CD
(Includes original slipcase.)

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FusionTop Soul ... CD
Alba/Lion, 1975. New Copy ... $8.99
Top Soul indeed, as Fusion is a hip Chilean funk band from the early 70s – one who take plenty of influence from American grooves, but also bring in their own soulful elements as well! The sound here is somewhere between Kool & The Gang and Banda Black Rio – with quite a bit of the blend of the latter, especially in the way more local percussion riffs fill out grooves that have a solid grounding in American funk! Instrumentation listed is tenor, guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums – but there's clearly a lot more horns too, as well as some very hip percussion – played in ways that are almost more Brazilian than straight Latin – with a really fluid sensibility that jams nicely with the grooves. There's a slight bit of vocals on the record, but most of the album is instrumental – and titles include versions of Sly Stone's "Thank You" and The Crusaders "Way Back Home" – plus "Dedos", "Balada De Matias", "Dee Blooz", "Para Toda La Gente", "Pulsearas", and "Lamentation". CD

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Kay-GeesKeep On Bumpin' & Masterplan ... CD
Gang/Unidisc, 1974. Used ... $24.99
The Kay-Gees' greatest LP – and far and away better than anything else they ever did! Grabbing up this one is like finding a lost Kool & The Gang LP from the early years –which is no surprise, since Ronald Bell of the group produced it and wrote a lot of the songs with the group. The band are incredibly tight instrumentally – with lots of hard drums, choppy guitar, and the rolling party feel that made Kool & The Gang so great during their best years. There's some great horns that blast in and out, sounding very off-beat at the best moments – like the classic "Who's the Man With the Master Plan", sampled by YZ many years ago – or other funky cuts like "Ain't No Time", "Get Down", and "You've Got to Keep on Bumpin". Plus, this CD also includes 3 extra cuts, which were released only as singles! CD
(Includes original slipcase.)

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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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Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #9 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. 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 #10 features the comic book bio of the early days the Beastie Boys, the behind-the-scenes biz of pre-Def Jam Russell Simmons, the early electro era of Tuff City Records, rap contest winners The Disco Three who would go on the be known, for better AND for worse as The Fat Boys, Kool Moe Dee and The Treacherous Three and much more! Book

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✨✧ Pucho & The Latin Soul BrothersMucho Pucho ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1997. New Copy ... $13.99
A great revival set for Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – recorded at a time when the group was firmly coming back into the limelight, thanks to discovery and new appreciation by a generation of younger listeners! Pucho's still very much at the top of his game here – and brings in some 70s funk currents to freshen up his sound, but in a way that comes off better on this album than some of his other records of the same vintage. There's maybe one mis-step in which he has an MC doing a bit of rhyme, but the instrumental component of the other tracks is quite strong – sometimes funk, sometimes straighter Latin jazz – with instrumentation that includes vibes, trumpet, alto, and a bit of organ too. Titles include "Mission Impossible", "Kool & The Gang", "Heat", "Blues March", "Russ Dewbury Mambo", and "The Pain". CD

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VariousBrazilian Disco Boogie Sounds Vol 2 – 1977 to 1984 ... CD
Favorite (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $16.99
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 25.99

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✨✧ VariousBrazilian Disco Boogie Sounds Vol 2 – 1977 to 1984 ... LP
Favorite (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $25.99
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. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds Vol 2 – 1977 to 1984 ... CD 16.99

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VariousEccentric Soul – Capitol City Soul ... LP
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $21.99 25.98
The Numero Group takes a great step backwards – returning to the capital city of Ohio, Columbus – to mine the same soul and funk treasure trove of their Capsoul collection! The music here comes from the same scene – and often from Capsoul or related labels – and the set offers up a stunning array of rare gems, many of which were never even pressed on record – all showing Columbus to be one of the funkiest, grooviest cities in the US during the early 70s! Lots of the work here has that same heavy groove that we love from the Capsoul collection – and since that initial Numero foray into the compilation business, the label has only become more skilled at unearthing and presenting great sounds like this. The package features notes on both the music and the project of researching it – plus a long appendix on the local labels featured, along with photos and label scans too! Titles include "Woe Is Me" by Kool Blues, "I Need Your Love" by Chandlers, "Funky Disposition" by Dean Francis & Soul Rockers, "Lose The One You Love" by Soul Partners, "Look In The Mirror" by Vondors, "Hysteria" by Four Mints, "This Is The Way That I Am" by La Fez, "When He's Gone" by Associated Press, "Excuse Me Miss" by Jupiter's Release, and "I've Been Trying" by Love Maximum. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Rosie GainesCaring (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/PTG (Netherlands), 1985. New Copy ... $18.99
A near-lost album of 80s soul from Rosie Gaines – produced, arranged, and mostly written by Rosie with help from a few key associates – and done in a nicely mellow style that has a deeper feel than most other work from her contemporaries! Instrumentation is definitely in the 80s mode – with a fair bit of electric percussion and keyboards – but Rosie's vocals aren't content with just sliding along with the rhythms, and have a deeply soulful range that we really like a lot, and which totally makes the record great. We've always been surprised that this set didn't push her onto bigger fame – but over and above that mystery, the record's a great one that holds together beautifully over the years. Titles include "I've Gone Too Far", "Skool-ology", "Caring", "Frustration", "Wake Up", "Good Times", and "What Are We Coming To". CD features bonus tracks – "Crazy" and "In A Jam". CD

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Fela KutiFela Kuti & His Koola Lobitos (3CD set) ... CD
Knitting Factory, 1960s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $26.99 29.98
A startling look at the early days of Afro Funk – some of the first recordings ever from Fela Kuti – working here with his Koola Lobitos group from the 60s! The music is a mixture of highlife, South African soul, and a good deal more funk than Fela's ever given credit for during the 60s – a gritty blend of styles that's already head and shoulder above the work of most of his contemporaries – with a vibe that definitely points the way towards his genius of the 70s! The horns come together beautifully, often in a sad Hugh Masekela-type style, underpinned by work on electric bass, and some warm electric piano – a wonderful blend that's spun out over the course of short tracks that include "Lagos Baby", "It's Highlife Time", "Signature Tune", "Araba's Delight", "Omo Ejo", "Obinrin Le", "Lal Se", and "Wa Dele". CD

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VariousTaste Of Ol' Skool Flava ... CD
Ol' Skool Flava, 1980s. Used ... $6.99
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✨✧ JVC ForceStrong Island (voc, inst)/Nu-Skool ... 12-inch
B-Boy, 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic from the late 80s school! "Strong Island" is a straight-up masterpiece – with laidback rhymes, incredible beats, and punchy samples – a triumph of period hip hop craft if there ever was one! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing in B-Boy sleeve.)

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✨✧ FelaKoola Lobitos/1969 LA Sessions ... CD
Barclay/Wrasse, Mid/Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of Fela's earliest work! The Koola Lobitos record features work from 1964 to 1968, most of it never issued before, and a startling look at the early days of Afro Funk. The music is a mixture of highlife, South African soul, and a good deal more funk than Fela's every given credit for during the 60s. The horns come together beautifully, often in a sad Hugh Masekela-type style, underpinned by work on electric bass, and some warm electric piano! The 69 LA sessions are great, too – and feature pivotal work in a similar style, kicked up a few notches on bass and percussion. The tracks are shorter than later – most are 3 to 6 minutes long – but the intensity of the work is incredible, and makes us wonder what would have happened to the LA scene had Fela stayed in the city! Titles include "Eko", "My Lady Frustration", "Lover", "Funky Horn", "Olofe Mi", "Laise Lairo", "Wayo", "Highlife Time", and "This Is Sad". CD
 
 
 



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