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✨✧ My Little PonyFriendship Is Magic – Explore Equestria – Greatest Hits (picture disc) (2016 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Legacy, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ John CarpenterAssault On Precinct 13/The Fog (picture disc) ... 12-inch
Sacred Bones, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
Moody magic from the great John Carpenter – title themes to two of his famous films, presented in great new versions by John himself! "Assault On Precinct 13" was one of the first great movie themes from Carpenter – and "The Fog" is an equally eerie bit of music too! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition of 2000 copies.)

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Lafayette Afro Rock Band/IceAfro Funk Explosion – The Lafayette Afro Rock Band Vs Ice ... CD
Manifesto, 1970s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.98
An Afro Funk double-header – a very cool 2CD package that offers up a disc each of music by the Lafayette Afro Rock Band and Ice – both funky combos who were very tied together at the time, and recorded some excellent music overseas! The Lafayette Afro Rock Band were a bunch of Americans, relocated in Paris, who mixed that city's strong African music traditions with their own American funk and soul leanings. The result was an incredible sound that included lots of heavy percussion, fuzzy guitar, and the very cool "magic bag" sound that was half vocoder/half keyboard! The collection brings together material from the group's two rare albums, plus unreleased cuts, and singles too – titles that include "Red Matchbox", "Nicky", "Scorpion Flower", "Dr Beezar", "AIE", "Hihache", "Soul Makossa", "Darkest Light", "Heels & Soles", and "Djungi". Ice were essentially the same group, recorded just a bit later – but with a sound that's still strongly Afro-influenced funk and soul overall – mostly instrumental, and filled with wicked horns, basslines, and keyboards. The group's music is even more rare on CD – and CD2 features 18 tracks by them – including "Racubah", "Put An X On The Spot", "Ozan Koukle", "Too Little Room", "Funky Bunch", "Dgunji", "I Need Love", "Quick", "One Chance", "Frisco", "Time Will Tell", "There's Time To Change", "The Gap", "Losin", and "Hi Fi Woman". CD

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✨✧ Jill ScottExperience – Jill Scott 826+ ... CD
Epic/Hidden Beach, 2001. Used 2 CDs ... $3.99
Ok so she's got a Grammy – but that makes us love her even more! Jill Scott is one of the greatest soul artists to emerge in the past decade – and this second album avoids the usual "sophomore slump" by showing a whole new side of her talents! Disc one is a great live set – showing that Jill's organic talent isn't the product of studio trickery, and can conjure up as much warmth in person as it can on disc. The backing is tight, jazzy, and with a different finish than you might be accustomed to from Jill's first LP – less hip hop beats and more real funk drumming, a fuller group instrumental sound with lots of nice solos, and over it all, incredible vocals from Jill! The set's got smoking live versions of "One Is The Magic #", "A Long Walk", "Love Rain", "Getting In The Way", "Fatback Taffy", "He Loves Me", and "Do You Remember". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousCalypsoul 70 – Caribbean Soul 1969 to 1979 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 60s/1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A cool collection of funky grooves from the Caribbean – tracks that take a strong influence from American soul and funk, then blend it heavily with hip rhythms from the islands! A few of the names here are familiar, but most are relatively obscure – and put together, the tunes on the set illustrate a hugely under-tapped scene that's filled with wonderful tunes – tracks awash in jazzy rhythms, skittish percussion, and a range of styles that move past much more familiar Jamaican sounds from down south. Drums here are often quite heavy, and matched by other percussion as well – not to mention jagged guitar lines and bass bits that really send the whole thing home! As with other Strut compilations, the overall package and liner notes are as great as the music on the disc – and the set features a total of 20 tracks that include "Of My Hands" by The Goretti Group, "Calypsoul" by Clarence Curvan & His Mod Sounds, "You Tink It Sorf" by Lancelot Layne, "Magic Fever" by Magic Circle Express, "Independent Bahamas" by Biosis Now, "Move Up Blackman" by Tyrone Taylor, "Guanavaco" by Marius Cultier, "Raycan" by The Hondells, "You Don't Love Me" by Gemini Brass, "Woman" by Sambo, "We See Jah" by Wadadli Experience, "Freedom In Africa" by Duke, "Red Light Lady" by Ophelia, and "It's A Feeling" by St Maartens The Rolling Tones. CD

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✨✧ John Carter TrioEchoes From Rudolph's (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Ibedon/No Business (Lithuania), 1977. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A real lost chapter of 70s genius from reedman John Carter – a set done after his better-known recordings with Bobby Bradford, in a style that's much more spacious overall! The material features a trio – with Carter on both soprano sax and clarinet, both instruments he plays with an incredible dexterity and sensitivity in sound – much looser and more open to sudden shifts of inspiration than his music with Bradford – with accompaniment from Stanley Carter on bass and William Jeffrey on drums and percussion! The style is free, but never indulgently so – and Carter finds this way to always reach for melodic moments even at his most intense – creating the kind of magic that few other musicians might with his instruments. Titles include "Echoes From Rudolph's", "To A Fallen Poppy", "The Last Sunday", "Armin", and "Angles". 2CD set adds in a whole disc of extra material from the trio – with a 19 minute "Echoes From Rudolphs/To A Fallen Poppy", and a very long stretch of different improvised passages! CD

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✨✧ VariousSupafunkanova Vol 1 – Badass Funk Classics From The Disco Boogie Era Compiled By DJs Joey Negro & Sean P ... CD
Z Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
An incredible double dose of boogie funk and clubby grooves – selected by Joey Negro and Sean P, and filled with heavy basslines, funky drums, squelching synths, and floor-shaking rare groovers from the late 70s and early 80s! Joey Negro and Sean P are master compilers of rare funk & soul – and Supafunkanova is right up there with their best work – easily at the same level as Joey's other compilations and his own work as Sunburst Band – and definitely living up to Sean's decades-long reputation as one of the best crate diggers in the world. Totally incredible stuff from those magic years – when the sophisticated sheen of the disco era was being combined with the grittier funk of earlier years –with boundless possibilities!. Mostly rare cuts – the full length jams, too! Disc 1 includes "Hang With The Gang" by Backlash, "Clap Song" by Pied Piper OF Funkingham, "I'm So Glad" by Legacy, "Tighten It Up" by BLT, "Got This Feelin'" by Hypertension, "Bottom Line" by South Bronx, "Soul Kick" by Billy Mersey Band, "West Coast Drive" by VIP Connection and more. Disc 2 is just as wonderful, and touches on early party hip hop a bit more, and titles include "We Rap More Mellow" (Joey Negro remix) by Younger Generation, "The Man With The Master Plan" by Billy Lamont, "Reach Out (And Touch Someone)" by Leprechan, "Feel The Beat" by Johnny Adams, "Freak Unique" by Nature's Creation, "Funk Affair" by Standing Room Only, "Power Funk" by Power Band and more. CD
 
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✨✧ VariousSuper Breaks – Return To The Old School – Classic Breaks & Beats From The Birth Of Hip Hop ... LP
BGP (UK), New Copy 2 LPs ... Out Of Stock
A damn classic entry in the Super Breaks series from BGP – one that's filled with crucial sample cuts from the old school – some really wonderful funky nuggets, brought together here as a great reminder of the tracks that first got us digging back in the day! There's less of the totally obscure numbers here than you might find on other Super Breaks volumes, but things aren't totally mainstream either – and the compilers have not only done a great job of pulling together tracks that were really important for hip hop, but have also managed to put a really fresh spin on the music altogether – reminding us once again that even in the age of digital music, nothing beats a well-done compilation! Titles include "Shifting Gears" by Johnny Hammond, "Mary Mary" by The Monkees, "Scratchin" by Magic Disco Machine, "It's Just Begun" by Jimmy Castor, "Africano" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Apache" by Incredible Bongo Band, "Got To Get A Knutt" by New Birth, "Get Up & Dance" by Freedom, "Super Sporm" by Captain Sky, "Who Is He & What Is He To You" by Creative Source, "Funky President" by James Brown, "Blow Your Head" by The JBs, "Johnny The Fox" by Thin Lizzy, "Let A Woman Be A Woman Let A Man Be A Man" by Dyke & The Blazers, "The Clapping Song" by Shirley Ellis, and "Get Ya Some" by Melvin Sparks. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Magic Source (Mocambo)Love Struck (orig, Patchworks special disco rmx, Africaine 808 NYC no wave dub, Voilaaa Le rmx) ... 12-inch
Favorite (France), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wicked boogie from from Magic Source – a contemporary recording, but one with a classic sort of vibe! That quality's no surprise, given that Bjorn Wagner's at the head – fresh from experience in the Mighty Mocambos, but showing much more of a late 70s club style here – with lots of snapping percussion, sweet keyboard lines, a sax solo, and female chorus vocals – almost making the whole thing sound like some of the grooviest French club tracks from years back! The original gets three remixes, too – all a bit more modern, but plenty nice. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Benis CletinJungle Magic (Sofrito edit)/Money Make Man Mad (Sofrito disco dub) ... 12-inch
Sofrito (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sofrito edits of Nigerian boogie from Benis Cletin! "Jungle Magic" starts with tripped out, rubbery echoey synth sounds and the title words repeated and repeated before it kicks into full swing with some Afro disco guitar and heavy, heavy bass grooves. The madly percussive "Money Make Man Mad" is on the flip. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Benis CletinJungle Magic (with bonus download) ... LP
Decca/PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A set that definitely lives up to the promise of its title – as it offers up this magical blend of earthy elements and Afro Funk – all served up in a style that's quite unique! Benis Cletin has a massive bassist on the set – who creates these pulsating lines that are strongly funky at the start of most tracks – which really locks things in, while Benis stretches out on his vocals, and sometimes adds in these weird moogy keyboards – almost with a William Onyeabor sort of vibe! There's also other organ and keyboard lines that intertwine with the grooves – all in ways that are never too slick, or trying for any sort of crossover Afro Disco styles – even though a number of cuts here would be perfect for a funky dancefloor. Titles include "Fireman", "Mr Teacher", "Jungle Magic", "Beautiful Continent", and "Rain Sun & Love". LP, Vinyl record album
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Stanley JordanMagic Touch ... LP
Blue Note, 1985. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A crucial album for the jazz guitar in the 80s – the debut effort of Stanley Jordan, and a set that exploded with a very fresh sound! Jordan has a really unique way of handling his instrument – playing up and down the fret board with both hands – in ways that are often so lyrically compelling and musically complicated that Blue Note had to package the album with a "warning" that there were no overdubs or production tricks on the set – as you might find from other contemporary players on labels like ECM! Instead, Stanley's got a sound that's surprisingly warm and personal – and which, in a way, is recorded with a style that echoes the legend of his initial discovery by the label, while playing in the subway. Titles include "A Child Is Born", "Fundance", "Angel", "The Lady In My Life", "Round Midnight", and "Eleanor Rigby". LP, Vinyl record album

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King ErrissonMagic Man/LA Bound ... CD
Westbound (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy ... $8.99
2 albums worth of work from funky percussionist King Errisson – both done with a warmly jazzy style that reminds us a lot of work from the time by Ralph McDonald! The Magic Man may not be as trippy as some of King's earlier records – but he brings in a nice sense of focus to the grooves by working with the Detroit soul team of Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey – both of whom bring Errisson's groove to the dancefloor, yet still keep the funky edges intact! There's a really full-on feel to the record that mixes percussion with fuller horns, strings, and keyboards – plus guitar licks from Coffey that keep some edges sharp – and a bit of female backing vocals on most numbers too. Titles include "Tight Rope", "Sleep Talk", "Magic Man", and "Conga Man". LA Bound is almost even better – and features the driving conga work of Errisson in a similar mode to the conga/disco albums by Candido! Errison was more of a funk artist on earlier albums – but thanks to some arrangements by Dennis Coffey & Mike Theodore, he makes the transition to club grooves nicely, and the best cuts have a stronger soul component than other albums of this nature. One track is especially great – the smooth funk cut "Well, Have A Nice Day", which has an extended conga breakdown in the middle that's worth the price of the album alone! Other tracks include "Disco Congo", "Manhattan Love Song", and "Salsoul Sister". CD

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Johnnie TaylorDisco 9000 ... CD
Columbia, Late 70s. New Copy ... $5.99 6.99
Not the album Disco 9000 – which was a cool Johnny Taylor soundtrack in the late 70s – but an equally great collection of his massive work for Columbia Records at the time! The package is a perfect introduction to Taylor's magic at the label – that great point when he worked his bluesy roots into a smoother soul groove – stepping out with mellow and midtempo rhythms that are really great, and which managed to bridge a few different worlds of soul. Titles include "Disco Lady", "Keep On Dancing", "Your Love Is Rated X", "Disco 9000", "She's Killing Me", "Ever Ready", "I Got This Thing For Your Love", "You're The Best In the World", "Somebody's Getting It", and "Play Something Pretty". CD

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T-ConnectionMagic ... LP
Dash/TK, 1977. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Plenty of Magic here from T-Connection – a clubby set of tracks, yet one that's still put together more like a funk combo record from the mid 70s! The instrumentation is mindblowing – impeccable guitar and basslines, set to snapping rhythms that really capture the best Miami funk mode before smoother disco took over – especially impressive on the longer tracks on the set! The whole thing's great – more like a pile of fast funky 45s than the usual disco record – and titles include the long "Do What You Wanna Do", plus "Disco Magic", "Got To See My Lady", "Peace Line", "Monday Morning", and "Mothers Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label pressing.)

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✨✧ Tony Silvester & The New IngredientMagic Touch ... CD
Mercury/Solaris, 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A standout solo album from Tony Silvester of the Main Ingredient – maybe the only record he ever did on his own, but a real classic from the 70s! The album features arrangements by Patrick Adams – of P&P Records fame – and although the production is full and rich, there's a core approach that links the set nicely to the disco underground of the time – particularly the mix of funk and spacey touches that Adams was known for! Tony produced himself, and also arranged in a few spots – and the overall feel is like the best Main Ingredient modes of the sophisticated mid 70s years, taken to even greater fruition. Titles include the excellent groover "Pazuzu" – which we go back to again and again over the years – plus "Tender Side Of Love", "Cosmic Lady", "Keep it Up", "Verry White", and "Magic Touch". CD

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✨✧ VariousDisco Italia – Essential Italian Disco 1977 to 1985 ... CD
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A key look at the influence of Italian rhythms on American dancefloors – tracks from a magical time when Italian artists were hitting big in clubs on the US scene! The work here is from an early 80s moment when disco was on the downturn – leaving space for Italian imports to hit our shores with bigger force than before – bringing with them a range of romping rhythms, electronic sounds, and other odd touches that really set the scene for house music to come! A few cuts here have a slightly cold feel – a bit like the electronic post-punk imports from the UK or Germany – but most numbers are still quite warm and soulful, yet tuned differently than American club of the time – a bit more emphasis on the beats and basslines, even though there's still plenty of vocals and keyboards as well. The set features full notes on this time and the music by Bill Brewster – author of Last Night A DJ Saved My Life – and it features a great array of under-reissued tracks, including "Dreaming" by Rainbow Team, "Burning Love" by DD Sound, "Love" by Firefly, "Wojtyla Disco Dance (part 1)" by Freddy The Flying Ducthman & The Sistina Band, "Brazilian Dancer (DJ version)" by Kasso, "Tha Kee Tha Tha" by Five Letters, "Flor De Coca" by Number One Ensemble, "E Fatto E Sorde E (Maxessa edit)" by Tullio De Piscopo, "Tina Are You Ready (inst)" by Valentine, and "Do It Again" by Easy Going. CD

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✨✧ Benis CletinJungle Magic ... CD
Decca/PMG (Austria), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A set that definitely lives up to the promise of its title – as it offers up this magical blend of earthy elements and Afro Funk – all served up in a style that's quite unique! Benis Cletin has a massive bassist on the set – who creates these pulsating lines that are strongly funky at the start of most tracks – which really locks things in, while Benis stretches out on his vocals, and sometimes adds in these weird moogy keyboards – almost with a William Onyeabor sort of vibe! There's also other organ and keyboard lines that intertwine with the grooves – all in ways that are never too slick, or trying for any sort of crossover Afro Disco styles – even though a number of cuts here would be perfect for a funky dancefloor. Titles include "Fireman", "Mr Teacher", "Jungle Magic", "Beautiful Continent", and "Rain Sun & Love". CD
Also available Jungle Magic (with bonus download) ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Daniel GrauDisco Fantasy ... CD
Oom Dooby Dochas/Sonar Kollektiv (Germany), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet clubby sounds from a very obscure source – the mighty Daniel Grau, an artist who was working on the Venezuelan scene at the end of the 70s – and hardly ever got the exposure of American or European disco artists at the time! The album's way more than a fantasy – as Grau is right on the money, right from the start – able to spin out these beautifully tight, funky grooves that are awash in warm keyboards, riffing guitar, and lots of romping rhythms at the bottom – a groove that almost reminds us of Cerrone or some of his French contemporaries of the period, but a bit warmer overall – touched with this more intimate approach that really makes the music great – and sounds a lot different than some of the more commercial strains of disco from the period. Titles include "Sonido Magico", "Atlantis", "Doopey", "Dulce Armonia", "Swing Rock", "Guitarra Y Amor", and "Disco Fantasy". CD

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✨✧ Daniel GrauDisco Fantasy ... LP
Oom Dooby Dochas/Sonar Kollektiv (Germany), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Sweet clubby sounds from a very obscure source – the mighty Daniel Grau, an artist who was working on the Venezuelan scene at the end of the 70s – and hardly ever got the exposure of American or European disco artists at the time! The album's way more than a fantasy – as Grau is right on the money, right from the start – able to spin out these beautifully tight, funky grooves that are awash in warm keyboards, riffing guitar, and lots of romping rhythms at the bottom – a groove that almost reminds us of Cerrone or some of his French contemporaries of the period, but a bit warmer overall – touched with this more intimate approach that really makes the music great – and sounds a lot different than some of the more commercial strains of disco from the period. Titles include "Sonido Magico", "Atlantis", "Doopey", "Dulce Armonia", "Swing Rock", "Guitarra Y Amor", and "Disco Fantasy". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy CastorButt Of Course/Supersound/E-Man Groovin (with bonus track) ... CD
Atlantic/Robinsongs (UK), 1974/1975/1976. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99
A trio of albums from Jimmy Castor – complete with bonus tracks too! First up is Butt Of Course – a funky funky classic from Jimmy Castor – a set that kicked off a tight run of records for Atlantic – and which firmly established his rep as a master of 70s funk! The sound of the set follows nicely from Jimmy's work on RCA – some of the fuzzy "Troglodyte" guitar work of those years, lots of earthy rhythms on the bottom, and Castor's trademark sense of wit – which was firmly in place even during his Latin Soul years! There's a few smoother, sweeter moments too – but these all come off nicely – and as always, Castor's a one-man soul music machine – able to handle plenty of sounds and styles with effortless ease! Titles include "Bertha Butt Boogie", "E Man Boogie", "Hallucinations", "Let's Party Now", "Potential", and "One Precious World". On Supersound, Jimmy Castor bursts forward with a groove that's different than his fuzzier work for RCA Records, but still equally funky throughout! Castor's still quite the multi-instrumentalist on the record – as in addition to singing lead, he plays plenty of soprano sax and timbales – the latter of which have this great skittish energy that really pushes the grooves forward strongly! And although the timbales are quite different than in Jimmy's earlier Latin work from the late 60s, there's a definite Latin-izing element in the way they're used – kind of an "it's not heavy enough – let's add more percussion" approach to the core 70s funk styles of the combo! Tunes are nicely quirky, and have a sense of humor in keeping with the cover – and titles include "Magic In The Music", "Supersound", "Bom Bom", "King Kong", and "A Groove Will Make You Move". E Man Groovin is a great extension of the funky style that Castor first started forging at RCA – touches with plenty of Jimmy's multi-instrumental touches on tenor, alto, and timbales – and given that great monster-inspired approach to lyrics – which ensures that the whole thing stays plenty vivid throughout! Vocals are nice and rough, and the instrumentation is heavy on basslines and clavinet – on titles that include the two part "Dracula", plus "Super Love", "I Love A Mellow Groove", "E Man Groovin", "I Don't Want To Lose You", and "Space Age". 2CD set features bonus tracks – "Space Age (12" disco version)", "King Kong (part 1)", "Supersound (7" version)", "The Christmas Song", "Merry Christmas", and "Bertha Butt Boogie (7" version)". CD

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Chain ReactionDance Freak ... 12-inch
Queen Constance, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99 14.98
A sweet bit of P&P funk from the end of the 70s – a magical cut that's not really disco, not really heavy funk, but somewhere special in between! The tune's got enough of a groove to hit the dancefloors, and a catchy vocal hook too – but the drums are harder than the usual club cut, and there's this totally cool moog solo in the middle! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Fantastic FourGot To Have Your Love ... LP
Westbound, 1977. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Fantastic Four are a hell of a harmony group – and one who still hold strong through this second chapter of their career – by avoiding any of the cheaper cliches of some of the groups of the disco generation! Instead, the album focuses on their vocals first, and any sort of grooves second – which makes for some wonderful mellower cuts that really follow the spirit of some of the hippest 70s group soul from Chicago or the east coast – followed by a few upbeat tracks that get handling by Tom Moulton at Sigma Sound in Philly! The balance is great – almost more like some of the best group sides from a few years before, especially Blue Magic – and the ballads really take center stage, and blow us away with the group's deeper currents of soul. Titles include "Mixed Up Moods & Attitudes", "There's Fire Down Below", "I Got To Have Your Love", "She'll Be Right For Me", "Cash Money", and "Disco Pool Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
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Fantastic FourGot To Have Your Love/BYOF (Bring Your Own Funk) ... CD
Westbound (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A pair of albums from this overlooked Detroit soul group – back to back on a single CD! On Got To Have Your Love, Fantastic Four are a hell of a harmony group – and one who still hold strong through this second chapter of their career – by avoiding any of the cheaper cliches of some of the groups of the disco generation! Instead, the album focuses on their vocals first, and any sort of grooves second – which makes for some wonderful mellower cuts that really follow the spirit of some of the hippest 70s group soul from Chicago or the east coast – followed by a few upbeat tracks that get handling by Tom Moulton at Sigma Sound in Philly! The balance is great – almost more like some of the best group sides from a few years before, especially Blue Magic – and the ballads really take center stage, and blow us away with the group's deeper currents of soul. Titles include "Mixed Up Moods & Attitudes", "There's Fire Down Below", "I Got To Have Your Love", "She'll Be Right For Me", "Cash Money", and "Disco Pool Blues". On BYOF, the Fantastic Four definitely bring their own funk – thanks to tight help from arranger Dennis Coffey, who also produced the set with a heavy groove that's like his own work of the time! The basslines are stronger than before for the FF – but their harmonies are very firmly intact – and, if anything, the blend of funk and great vocals really makes the album a charmer right from the get-go – especially as they aim more for midtempo steppers than too-upbeat disco tunes that might have them losing some of their charm. The overall vibe is maybe more 1974 than 1978 – and titles include "I Just Want To Love Ya Baby", "BYOF", "Cold & Windy Night", "Sexy Lady", "Shout", "Super Lover", and "Realize". CD

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Lamont JohnsonMusic Of The Sun (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
A soaring solo moment for Lamont Johnson – the bassist whose work was a big part of the Brainstorm ensemble at their start – and who really makes some great magic here on his own! It's clear from the set that Johnson was one of the more spiritual members of Brainstorm – as the approach here, while still heavy on funk and soul, also has some deeper touches too – core ideas from Johnson that are expanded strongly by arranger Jerry Peters, whose direction of the project stands as one of his best studio moments of the time! The team of Peters and Johnson really come up with a set that pushes past the usual grooves of the time – with some elements that recall the jazzier spiritual elements from folks like Eddie Russ or Lonnie Liston Smith, mixed with more of the focus on the groove that Johnson's bass brought to Brainstorm. There's lots of great guests on the record, too – including Norma Jean Bell on saxes, Renae Williams on vocals, Ronnie Foster on keyboards, Lee Ritenour on guitar, and Randall Jacobs on the mighty cool Roland Space Echoplex guitar. Titles include "Sister Fine", "Hey Girl", "Music Of The Sun", "This Must Be Heaven", and "Yours Truly Discreetly". CD features bonus tracks that include "Sister Fine (12" mix)", "Rhunba", "Masta Lova", and "Hey Girl (7" edit)". CD

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✨✧ LJ JohnsonLJ's Love Suite ... LP
AVI, 1979. Very Good ... $1.99
Sexy soul magic from LJ Johnson – not to be confused with ex-Dramatic LJ Reynolds, but a great singer in his own right! LJ's got a sweet vocal approach that's almost that you'd hear from earlier years, on east coast vocal group records – but here, he's working in a fuller, richer mode that often dips into disco-based territory with full arrangements, driving percussion, and a set of female voices behind LJ's own. And these upbeat tracks are all pretty nice, thanks to some Danny Leake arrangements – but our favorite numbers are the mellower ones – especially the tunes "Staring in Space" and "Things Will Work Out in the End" – both of which have this great stretched out feel, with a heavenly spacey quality that we just love! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear, splitting and a cut corner.)

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Main IngredientRolling Down A Mountainside/Music Maximus ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1975/1976. New Copy ... $14.99
Double greatness from The Main Ingredient – two full albums on a single CD! Rolling Down A Mountainside is mid 70s magic from The Main Ingredient – a set that has the trio working with even more sophistication than on previous records, yet still holding onto all the harmonies that always made them great! Cuba Gooding's lead is wonderful – rich and full of feeling, and slinking nicely over arrangements from Rene Hall and Bert DeCoteaux, both of whom bridge the simpler styles of earlier work with some of the deeper ideas going down in soul music at the time. The title track is a killer a wonderful spacey soul track with sweeping arrangements and some weird moogy bits in the background – perfect for the group's sweet style, and a complicated captivating number that pushes past the formula of their earlier hits. The rest of the album follows with equally compelling modes – and titles include "Rolling Down A Mountainside", "Thanks For The Laughs", "That Ain't My Style", "Family Man", "I Want To Make You Glad", and "The Good Old Days". Music Maximus is wicked work from The Main Ingredient – a set that's even fuller and funkier than before, yet still a perfect setting for the tremendous harmonies of the trio! The "Roman orgy" cover makes this one look like it might be more of a disco effort – but the overall sound is a sweet mix of modern soul grooves, tight funky charts, and some deeper ideas that are arranged wonderfully by Leon Pendarvis and Lou Courtney. The approach is possibly most like Courtney's own great albums of the time – rooted in a respect for older soul styles, yet really able to open up to new ideas too – and the album features a great funky version of Leon Ware's "Instant Love", plus the tracks "Car Of Love", "Many Women In My Life", "Half A Chance", "I Gotta Know You", "Can't Get Ready For Losing You", and "Who You Really Are". CD
 
 
 



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