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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsSpecial Night ... CD
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 17.98
A really fantastic album from the legendary Lee Fields – a set that blows us away every bit as much as his stellar My World album! Like that set, this one's got kind of a moody early 70s vibe – almost a New Jersey soul approach at times, but tinged with more southern modes – mixed with bits of Lee's more familiar funk at others – but often with this moody, almost mellow vibe that's such a fresh take on the territory that Fields has been exploring for years! Lee's lost none of the deep soul elements in his vocals, but there's a shift in arranging styles that's really great – and superbly delivered by the Expressions – a subtle darkness that shows why Fields is really one of the true greats out there in the contemporary funk underground – a true soul singer who's never content to just rest on the laurels of previous success. Titles include "Let Him In", "Lover Man", "Make This World", "How I Like It", "Special Night", "I'm Coming Home", and "Where Is The Love". CD

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✨✧ El Michels Affair with Lee Fields4th Chamber/Snakes ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
El Michels take it back to basics here – and serve up some wickedly funky sounds on "4th Chamber" – a cut that's got great heavy drums at the bottom, but just the kind of spooky keyboard line you might expect from its Wu-Tang title reference! "Snakes" is quite different – a vocal cut that has an even slower funk approach – and raspy vocals that would have made the blue-eyed soul crowd of the 70s plenty proud! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Lee Fields & The ExpressionsNever Be Another You/Lover Man ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic cut from Lee Fields – one that begins with almost a Timmy Thomas-style drum machine beat on the intro – then adds in this weeping piano, ala Hi Records, and really blossoms when Lee's deep soul vocals come into play! The flipside features "Lover Man" – a slow funk cut with a really blue tinge – wonderful in its setup, with a vibe that means that Lee can do no wrong with his vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Lee Fields & The ExpressionsSpecial Night (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A two-part stunner from Lee Fields & The Expressions – a cut that's every bit as great as their work together on the sublime My World album – delivered in a similiar slow funk mode! The groove is like classic New Jersey soul from the early 70s – rough-edged, but sweet at the same time – and Lee's vocals are a perfect topper to the massive sound of The Expressions as the tune flowers open beautifully on the second part! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Lee FieldsComing Home/Precious Love ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
"Coming Home" is a warmly funky groove from the great Lee Fields – a cut that seems to equally balance deep soul and sweet soul modes, as Lee himself has been doing on the best of his recent work! There's a great flow to the electric side of the instrumentation – which is then peppered with horns and drums – and topped with very righteous vocals from Lee! "Precious Love" is a tune with a slightly more complicated rhythm, but in the best way possible – one of those unique snapping steppers that seems to bristle with upbeat, yet understated energy! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
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El Michels AffairReturn To The 37th Chamber ... CD
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... $15.99 17.98
El Michels return again to the Wu-Tang chambers – and the results this time might even be better than before! Wu-Tang forged their initial sound out of a love of offbeat samples and unusual funk – so it's only fitting that one of the hippest funk groups around strip the music right down to its roots – performing new live interpretations with their wickedly sinister groove – all at a level that makes the whole thing a slow funk masterpiece from start to finish! El Michels has always been one of the few real standouts in the deep funk scene – and it's records like this that keep us loving them so much. And even though the set features vocals from Lee Fields on two tracks, and Lady Wray on one more – the instrumental groove is what dominates and draws our ears, on tracks that include "Tears", "Sipped Up", "Shadow Boxing", "Iron Man", "4th Chamber", "Shaolin Brew", "Drums For Sale", "Verbal Intercourse", "Tearz", and "Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin Ta F Wit". CD
Also available Return To The 37th Chamber (with bonus download) ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ El Michels AffairReturn To The 37th Chamber (with bonus download) ... LP
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... $19.99 22.98
El Michels return again to the Wu-Tang chambers – and the results this time might even be better than before! Wu-Tang forged their initial sound out of a love of offbeat samples and unusual funk – so it's only fitting that one of the hippest funk groups around strip the music right down to its roots – performing new live interpretations with their wickedly sinister groove – all at a level that makes the whole thing a slow funk masterpiece from start to finish! El Michels has always been one of the few real standouts in the deep funk scene – and it's records like this that keep us loving them so much. And even though the set features vocals from Lee Fields on two tracks, and Lady Wray on one more – the instrumental groove is what dominates and draws our ears, on tracks that include "Tears", "Sipped Up", "Shadow Boxing", "Iron Man", "4th Chamber", "Shaolin Brew", "Drums For Sale", "Verbal Intercourse", "Tearz", and "Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin Ta F Wit". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download! Please Note – LP sleeves are variable.)
Also available Return To The 37th Chamber ... CD 15.99

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Eminent StarsBar Shift/Brown Thang ... 7-inch
Tramp (Germany), 2017. New Copy ... $8.99
A fantastic mix of deep soul and hard funk – of the sort we first heard in the early records of Lee Fields! The Eminent Stars here have a great singer on "Bar Shift" – vocalist Bruce James, who brings in a real old school southern style to the lyrics – while the group themselves move up and down the scale in a flurry of riffing guitar, fast bass, and blasting horns! "Brown Thang" is an instrumental, which really lets the combo show off their chops – a tune with some nice conga at the core, giving the whole thing a sweet Chicano funk sort of vibe! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Durand Jones & The IndicationsDurand Jones & The Indications ... CD
Dead Oceans, 2016. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Easily one of the best deep soul albums we've heard in years – new work by a singer who hails from Indiana, but who's able to give the best from Memphis and Muscle Shoals a real run for their money! Durand Jones isn't one of these cats who's trying to fake it with a few retro touches – and instead, he gets right to the heart of the matter, right from the very first note – with a deep vocal approach that's rivaled by a rare few in the contemporary scene – maybe Lee Fields (and maybe that's it!) The vocals are perfect – never forced or cliched, and really right on the money – and the Indications do a great job, too – with these lean backings that never overwhelm, yet really help keep things funky. Hats off to drummer Aaron Frazier and guitarist Blake Rhein, who wrote most of the songs on the record with Jones – and titles include "Make A Change", "Can't Keep My Cool", "Groovy Babe", "Giving Up", "Now I'm Gone", and "Is It Any Wonder". CD
(Dead Oceans pressing.)

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Sharon Jones & The Dap KingsNaturally ... LP
Daptone, 2004. New Copy ... $13.99 16.98
The long-anticipated second album from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings is a stunner – undoubtedly stronger than the group's fantastic debut – and a record that not only transcends the late model funk revival genre, but stands on footing as solid as the best hard funky soul of the late 60s and early 70s! If you're expecting a rehash of the heavy funk jams that burned on the Dap Dippin' album you won't be disappointed, but get ready for a deep, natural (hence the title) soulfulness that not only caught us off guard, but really forms the big, hard-beating heart of the album. The frothing, frenetic funk is as tight as ever, and in spots just as furious, but the attention to songcraft this time out is just as searing and indelible. The eight piece Dap Kings continue to be the best band in the land – with El Michels on baritone sax, Neal Sugarman on tenor, Homer Steinweiss on drums, not-so-secret weapon Bosco Mann on bass, vibes and piano. Guest appearances include fellow Daptone powerhouse vocalist Lee Fields on the the duet "Stranded In Your Love", and strings courtesy of the Bushwick Philharmonic, but make no mistake, this is the band's album. Amazing stuff from in indispensable group – an album that'll keep spinning in our circles for as many years as the great albums by the gritty soul forefathers do! Tracks include "How Do I Let A Good Man Down?", "Natural Born Lover", "My Man Is A Mean Man", a soulful reading of Woodie Guthrie's "This Land Is Your Land", "Your Thing Is A Drag", "Fish In A Dish" and "All Over Again". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDaptone Gold (gold foil digipak) ... CD
Daptone, 2000s. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
A killer compilation of Daptone Gold – a funky and soulful collection that's a perfect snapshot of the sounds coming out of Daptone's House Of Soul recording studios in the aughties! The Daptone sound spins from a tight community of players with the deepest love and respect for the classic, be it funky instrumentals, gritty raw soul, with bits of Afrobeat and more. Daptone Gold includes some standard bearing label classics, rarities and previously unreleased tracks – incredible stuff from Binky Griptite, The Budos Band, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Lee Fields, Menahan Streetband, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens and Antibalas. 23 tracks in all: a funky introduction and more from Binky Griptite, "Could Have Been" by Lee Fields, "Che Che Cole Makosa" by Antibalas feat Mayra Vega, "Nervous Like Me" by the Dap-Kings, "I Need You To Hold My Hand" Cynthia Langston & The Gospel Queens, "Stranded In Your Love" by Sharon Jones & Lee Fields and more. Incredible stuff, and a totally essential overview if this your first Daptone Purchase or fiftieth! CD

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✨✧ El Michels AffairTearz/Verbal Intercourse ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The label says El Michels, but the record also features vocals from Lee Fields & The Shacks – singing in this slow-stepping harmony chorus that often gives way more strongly to the instrumentation – in a moody, late nite funk approach that's one of the finest moments in the El Michels legacy! "Verbal Intercourse" is a bit dubbier, and maybe marks a new path for the group – although the tune's still got loads of badass 70s slow funk elements in the mix – including a weird cat-sounding guitar! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Durand Jones & The IndicationsSmile/Tuck N Roll ... 7-inch
Colemine, 2015. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
"Smile" has this nicely heavy bottom – drums that almost come on with the power of a contemporary beat, which really underscores the deep soul vocals of Durand Jones – a singer with almost a Lee Fields approach to the music! "Tuck N Roll" is funky too – but with the guitar doing as much as the drums – and really setting the scene for the Indications to take off on their own instrumental groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousDaptone Gold (deluxe gold foil jacket plus 11X 13 poster, sticker & full MP3 download that includes a bonus Sharon Jones Christmas song) ... LP
Daptone, 2000s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer compilation of Daptone Gold – a funky and soulful collection that's a perfect snapshot of the sounds coming out of Daptone's House Of Soul recording studios in the aughties! The Daptone sound spins from a tight community of players with the deepest love and respect for the classic, be it funky instrumentals, gritty raw soul, with bits of Afrobeat and more. Daptone Gold includes some standard bearing label classics, rarities and previously unreleased tracks – incredible stuff from Binky Griptite, The Budos Band, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Lee Fields, Menahan Streetband, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens and Antibalas. 23 tracks in all: a funky introduction and more from Binky Griptite, "Could Have Been" by Lee Fields, "Che Che Cole Makosa" by Antibalas feat Mayra Vega, "Nervous Like Me" by the Dap-Kings, "I Need You To Hold My Hand" Cynthia Langston & The Gospel Queens, "Stranded In Your Love" by Sharon Jones & Lee Fields and more. Incredible stuff, and a totally essential overview if this your first Daptone Purchase or fiftieth! LP, Vinyl record album
(The vinyl package is excellent – with a gold foil gatefold sleeve, full color 11 X 13 poster, a Daptone sticker, and full album MP3 download that includes a bonus Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Christmas song that's not on the physical release!)
Also available Daptone Gold (gold foil digipak) ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Aloe BlaccGood Things ... LP
Stones Throw, 2010. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul styled albums ever to come from our friends at Stones Throw! Good Things is a giant leap ahead of Shine Through, Aloe's previous full length on the label. We loved that record for its gritty, unique approach to funky soul, but, Good Things reaches for the heights of Aloe's heroes from Donny Hathaway to Marvin Gaye – and comes closer than we could have imagined! It's produced by the Truth & Soul team, with a timeless funk & soul vibe comparable to their work with the great Lee Fields. We have a feeling we'll still be listening to this album 10-15-20 years from now. Essential! Titles include the underground breakout "I Need A Dollar", an incredible cover of The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale" (we must have dropped the needle on that 50 times in the first couple days we had it), "Green Lights", "Miss Fortune", "Good Things", "Loving You Is Killing Me", "Mama Hold My Hand", "Hey Brother" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Durand Jones & The IndicationsDurand Jones & The Indications ... CD
Colemine, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Easily one of the best deep soul albums we've heard in years – new work by a singer who hails from Indiana, but who's able to give the best from Memphis and Muscle Shoals a real run for their money! Durand Jones isn't one of these cats who's trying to fake it with a few retro touches – and instead, he gets right to the heart of the matter, right from the very first note – with a deep vocal approach that's rivaled by a rare few in the contemporary scene – maybe Lee Fields (and maybe that's it!) The vocals are perfect – never forced or cliched, and really right on the money – and the Indications do a great job, too – with these lean backings that never overwhelm, yet really help keep things funky. Hats off to drummer Aaron Frazier and guitarist Blake Rhein, who wrote most of the songs on the record with Jones – and titles include "Make A Change", "Can't Keep My Cool", "Groovy Babe", "Giving Up", "Now I'm Gone", and "Is It Any Wonder". CD

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✨✧ Sonny Knight & The LakersSooner Or Later ... CD
Secret Stash, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic funk from Sonny Knight & The Lakers – one of the few cases where an older soul singer can really find a fresh new vibe with a younger group! Knight may well be on his way to hitting the same sort of heights that Lee Fields has reached in recent years – and he definitely works in a Daptone-like groove here with the younger instrumentalists – a sharp combo who give Sonny a perfect blend of deep funk and deeper soul – with more than enough Memphis currents to make things sound a lot more classic than you might expect. Production is right on the money – handled by the same Secret Stash folks who've given us reissues of so much old school soul music – and titles include "Sooner Or Later", "It's Over", "The Cry", "It Had To Change", "Oh Mary", "I Could Never Get Tired", and "Help Me". CD
 
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Miles DavisFirst Miles (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Savoy (Japan), Mid 40s. Used ... $11.99
The title gets it right – as these recordings are definitely some of the first-ever by Miles Davis – some done under his own name, some as a key sideman with other artists! The first 8 cuts feature Davis with group of his own, featuring his famous boss of the time, Charlie Parker, on alto sax – plus John Lewis on piano and Max Roach on drums. Most tracks have a few versions, and titles include "Half Nelson", "Little Willie Leaps", "Milestones", and "Sippin At Bells". Next are 7 more tracks done on sessions that feature vocalist Rubberlegs Williams and reedman Herbie Fields – tunes that include "That's The Stuff You Gotta Watch", "Pointless Mama Blues", and "Bring It On Home". Last up is a bonus Charlie Parker tune – a classic 1945 recording of "Now's The Time", with Miles on trumpet. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousMemphis Rent Party – The Blues, Rock, & Soul In Music's Hometown ... LP
Fat Possum, 2018. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99 19.99
A pretty great little collection – put together by Memphis music expert Robert Gordon in support of his book of the same name! The sounds here aren't overdone Memphis cliches – no Elvis hits or Stax Records standards – and instead, the record showcases those criss-crossing modes that have always been the most interesting thing about the city – rural bluesmen going urban, country singers going rock, and even rockers picking up all the earlier elements to craft something very different and personal. The tracks are pulled from recordings that span the early 60s to the present, and many of them are previously unreleased and provided to Gordon by the artists themselves – making the whole thing a completely essential set, even if you already love some of these performers. Titles include "Chevrolet" by Luther Dickinson & Sharde Thomas, All Night Long" by Junior Kimbrough, "Desperados Waiting For A Train" by Jerry McGill, "Johnny Too Bad" by Alex Chilton, Harbor Lights" by Jerry Lee Lewis, "Little Bluebird" by The Fieldstones, "Same Thing On My Mind" by Mose Vinson, "Defrost Your Heart" by Charlie Feathers, "I'd Love To Be A Hippie" by Jim Dickinson, "Frame For The Blues" by Calvin Newborn, "Why Don't You Come Home Blues" by Furry Lewis, and "Drop Your Mask" by The Panther Burns. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing – with download!)

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BeatlesStrawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane ... 7-inch
Capitol, 1968. Very Good (pic cover)... Just Sold Out!
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Sleeve has some pencil and unglued seam.)

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✨✧ VariousThat's The Way I Feel Right Now – A Tribute To Thelonious Monk ... LP
A&M, 1984. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $3.99
A great little entry into a genre that got way too overdone and way too cluttered by the end of the 80s – but which was surprisingly fresh at the time of this initial release! The set pays tribute to the late Thelonious Monk, but does so by moving way past his modern jazz roots – and allowing for participation by a variety of artists in a number of different fields. Hal Willner masterminded the set, and does a great job of making unlike artists work well next to each other – really expanding on famous numbers by Monk, but never getting too goofy overall. Titles include "Functional" by Randy Weston, "Four In One" by Todd Rundgren & Gary Windo, "Thelonious" by Bruce Fowler, "Criss Cross" by Shockabilly, "In Walked Budd" by Terry Adams & Roswell Rudd, "Evidence" by Steve Lacy & Elvin Jones, "Ba-Lu-Bolivar-Ba-Lues-Are" by Was Not Was, "Ask Me Now" by Steve Lacy & Charlie Rouse, "Monk's Mood" by Sharon Freeman, "Round Midnight" by Joe Jackson, and "Friday The Thirteen" by Bobby McFerrin and Bob Dorough. There's plenty of other great Lacy work on the set too – and even if you're put off by the presence of non-jazzers on the set, the album's worth it alone for the Lacy tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves.)
 
 
 



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