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Jimmy CastorDimension III ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $16.99
Three-dimensional magic from the great Jimmy Castor – an artist who'd already conquered the worlds of sweet soul, heavy funk, and Latin by the time of this release! Jimmy draws on all his rich background in the soul underground, and also seems to move with a new sort of sophistication, too – not in a way that's slick or commercial, but which shows Jimmy only deepening his ideas in the era of Marvin Gaye and Isaac Hayes – going for some bigger arrangements and ambitious production, while still staying true to his groovy self! There's a vibe to the record that almost reminds us of some of the creative productions that Harvey Fuqua was doing for RCA at the same time – with New Birth and The Nite-Liters – and Jimmy's maestro seems to be Gerald Thomas, who knows how to spin just the right mood for each different track. There's even a few instrumentals, which showcase Castor's great skills on tenor – ala Stanley Turrentine in a similar mode – and tracks include "How Beautiful You Are", "Helpless", "I'm Not A Child Anymore", "The Lone Ranger", "Revelation", "Whiter Shade of Pale", and the tasty "The Last Ole", which is sort of a rumbling sinister slow funk track. CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works in standard players!)

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Classic ExampleClassic Example ... CD
GSF/Essential, 1972. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
A wonderful album from this beautiful soul duo – a pair who kind of take the earlier Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell mode into a sweet 70s groove – all with help from members of The Crusaders on the backing! Most numbers feature the male singer stepping out a bit more in the lead, but in ways that still have this beautifully sensual groove – definitely in a Marvin mode, as his his sense of mature soul – which really knocks the album out of the park when the female singer steps in and the two of them soar together! The album was issued by GSF, and has that mix of sweet soul and deeper righteous currents that the label did so well – and backing vocals are by Hodges, James, & Smith – who really help the whole thing hit a nicely full sound. Production is great, too – almost more in a New Jersey rare soul mode, and handled by Mickey Stevenson and Curtis Colbert – on titles that include "Little By Little", "Punish Me", "Without You", "That's Groovy", "We Got A Thing Going ON", "Hey There Little Girl", and "My Friend Heartaches". CD

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Stephen Emmer & OthersHome Ground ... CD
Stephen Emmer (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ... $13.99
Stephen Emmer delivers an incredible record with this set – an album that's inspired by the classic blend of symphonic soul and powerful commentary in the music of artists like Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Bill Withers – but handled here with a sound that's completely Emmer's own! Stephen gets help on vocals from a legendary lineup of singers – artists who include Chaka Kahn, Dwight Trible, Ursula Rucker, Frank McComb, Andy Bey, Leon Ware, Patti Austin, and Mary Griffin – all of whom are woven into Emmer's larger musical vision in sound – at a level that almost evokes the power of the most righteous music from the Cadet Records scene in Chicago at the end of the 60s, but which also has a contemporary crackle that makes the whole thing immediately resonant. This isn't a rehash of older soul modes at all – and instead, like maybe some of the best London sounds over the past 20 years, it's a perfect illustration of the way the right artists can be influenced by the classics, but make completely new sounds that are all their own – and in doing so, really help continue to move soul music forward into the future. Titles include "A New Day To Come", "Close To Life", "Soul Glow", "Home Ground", "Everybody's Movin", "Under Your Spell", "Soil", "Own Again", "Pangea", "God It's Hot Today", and "Yesterday Oh Yesterday". CD
Also available Home Ground ... LP 13.99

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Leroy HutsonHutson ... CD
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1975. New Copy ... About February 23, 2018
An amazing record – quite possibly the best ever by Chicago soul legend Leroy Hutson! The whole thing's a smooth soul masterpiece beyond compare – a stunning blend of great songwriting, sexy vocals, and buttery production that rank it up there with the best work of 70s giants like Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware, or Roy Ayers. Leroy's got a voice that's both warm and mellow, yet incredibly honest at the same time – and the songs on the record show a range of colors and emotions that perfectly fit his unique style. Features mellow "Cool Out", the funky "Lucky Fellow", the sweet "All Because Of You", and the sublime cuts "It's Different" and "Can't Stay Away". The whole thing's great – and is one of the crowning achievements of the Chicago soul scene! CD

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Leroy HutsonHutson II ... CD
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1976. New Copy ... About February 23, 2018
One of our favorite soul albums ever – a complete masterpiece from the mighty Leroy Hutson, easily one of the greatest soul singers of the 70s! The album's got a warmth that's amazing, yet also still manages to groove all the way through – hitting a subtle, almost mellow vibe that's like Marvin Gaye or Roy Ayers at their best – but somehow even better because the album's a lot less familiar than their work, and has a freshness that grabs us again and again over the years! Hutson arranged and produced the whole set himself – and the scope of his talents in the studio is amazing – tight on the rhythms, but broadly expansive on the other instrumentation – with a mix of intimacy and class that few other records from the 70s could ever hope to match. Perfect all the way through, and filled with genius cuts that include "Don't It Make You Feel Good", "I Think I'm Falling In Love", "Love to Hold You Close", "Flying High", "I Do I Do Want To Make Love To You", "Blackberry Jam", and "Sofunkstication". CD

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Eddie KendricksVintage 78 ... CD
Arista/Intermusic (Spain), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Eddie Kendricks, vintage 1978 – and still very much in the great grooving mode he brought to his earlier solo material for Motown! Even in this giant dancefloor generation, Eddie's got something very special and unique – a voice that can still sound as heartbreaking on a groover as it can on a ballad – and which has a way of linking an earlier generation of fragile male soul vocals with a new sense of 70s masculinity – of which Kendricks was one of the leading lights in soul! There's moments here that might well match some of the best late 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye or Leroy Hutson – and the strong arrangements are by Andrew Louis Smith – a name we don't really know at all, but who should be thanked for helping the record avoid any disco cliches. Titles include "How's Your Love Life Baby", "One Of The Poorest People", "Love Love Love", "The Best Of Strangers Now", "Don't Underestimate The Power Of Love", "Ain't No Smoke Without A Fire" and "Maybe I'm A Fool To Love You". CD
(Limited edition!)

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Main IngredientEuphrates River/Afrodisiac ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy ... $14.99
Two of our favorite albums by The Main Ingredient – back to back on a single CD! Euphrates River is a wonderfully complex batch of tunes that shows that the group were taking a cue from some of their hipper contemporaries, and pushing past a stock hit formula. Bert DeCoteaux was still arranging, but the group produced themselves, giving the record a sexy funky feeling in the best parts, not that dissimilar from some of Marvin Gaye's work, or records by groups like The Isley Brothers or The O'Jays. Includes great versions of two Seals & Crofts songs – "Summer Breeze" and "Euphrates" – both a perfect example of this style, as is "Happiness Is Just Around The Bend" – plus a great reading of Willie Hutch's "California My Way", which has a super-dope sample at the beginning. Of course, the album still includes material like their hit " "Just Don't Want To Be Lonely", a sweetly style AM radio pop hit in the band's best style of earlier years. Afrodisiac is one of the most righteous albums ever from the Main Ingredient – as you might guess from its title and stylish cover! The group are really opening up here – and show a distinct Stevie Wonder influence throughout – not just because they perform their own hip takes on a number of tunes by Stevie, but also because Wonder himself plays a bit on the record! Rhythms are inventive, and grooves nice and complex – way past standard chart soul, into a heady mix that holds up beautifully over the years. Keyboards slide in great with the harmonies – and titles include great versions of Stevie Wonder tunes "Superwoman", "Where Were You When I Needed You", "Something Lovely", "Girl Blue", and "I Am Yours" – plus the great breakbeat track "You Can Call Me Rover", which has a very tight drum sound at the beginning, and tight soul harmonies all the way through. Also features a hip take on the Isleys' "Work To Do" too! CD

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Charles OwensAs One ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 13.99
The first Charles Owens album to have an electric component in the instrumentation – but at a level that's still got the same great sense of understatement that made us like the tenorist's previous records so much! The set features Charles blowing alongside electric bass, Wurlitzer piano, and drums – in a mode that's got the laidback feel of some of those great 70s jazz sessions when a more traditional tenorist might get a bit electric – but also at a level that has Owens pushing the boundaries a bit on two of his own compositions. The bulk of the set features soulful retakes of older tunes by Prince, Joe Jackson, Marvin Gaye, and Fleetwood Mac – but at a level that's beautifully tasteful, and way more than any sort of smooth jazz project of this nature. Titles include "Steppin Out", "Dreams", "When 2 R In Love", "What's Going On", "Take Me With You", and "Reminiscing". CD

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Jeff ParkerRelatives ... CD
Thrill Jockey, 2005. New Copy ... $12.99 14.98
Great early post-millennium outing from Tortoise's Jeff Parker! This set for Thrill Jockey sounds great with the addition of Sam Barsheshet to the group on Rhodes and Wurlitzer. Drummer/percussionist Chad Taylor and bassist/multi-instrumentalist Chris Lopes fill out the group. Parker's style is clean, generous and collaborative, leaving plenty of casual space within the tunes for the players and room on the tracklist for the other players' compositions. The centerpiece of the album is a great version of Marvin Gaye's "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You", which the group turns into more of an after hours sweet spot than a mournful soul lament. Nice, nice work! Other tracks include "Istanbul", "Mannerisms", "Sea Change", "Beanstalk", "Toyboat" and "Rang (For Michael Zerang)". CD
Also available Relatives ... LP 16.99

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Lewis TaylorLewis Taylor ... CD
Island (UK), 1996. Used ... $2.99
A hell of a classic from UK singer Lewis Taylor – one of the best blue-eyed soul albums recorded in the 90s, and a record that's still years ahead of its time! In a stretch when so many others were putting out fake soul – or breathing heavily on downtempo records – Taylor found a way to really deliver something new and unique, yet also come across with the classic mellow flow of 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye or The Isley Brothers! Taylor's vocal delivery here owes plenty to both, but the production is very crisp and individual – handled by Lewis himself, and in a spare mix of modes that's quite different than some of the more stock "beats and keys" modes that would take over underground soul in the next decade! Instead, there's this great range of subtle tones and textures that work beautifully alongside Taylor's sublime vocals – all to suit some beautifully-written tunes too. Titles include "Lucky", "Track", "Betterlove", "Right", "Spirit", "Bittersweet", and "Whoever". CD
(Out of print.)

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Tammi TerrellIrresistible (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Motown/Culture Factory, 1968. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
An irresistible solo album from the great Tammi Terrell – the Motown singer who's best remembered for her duets with Marvin Gaye, and who hardly ever got a chance to work on her own! Despite that lack, though, this album's a standout classic – a slightly different take on the female Motown sound of the 60s, with production by Harvey Fuqua and Johnny Bristol – in a vibe that's maybe just hinting a bit at the sound to come – which makes us wonder how much Terrell would have given us in the 70s, if she hadn't passed from this planet all too soon! Titles include cuts by Smokey Robinson, Johnny Bristol, and Fuqua himself – with tracks that include "I Can't Believe You Love Me", "Come On And See Me", "What A Good Man He Is", "He's The One I Love", and "Can't Stop Now (Love Is Calling)". CD
(Limited edition!)

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VariousFTG Presents The Vaults Vol 3 (3CD set) ... CD
FTG, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CDs ... $13.99 14.98
The vaults are open again, and the folks at FTG have done another amazing job of pulling together rare soul tracks from their massive catalog of reissues! FTG focus here mostly on vintage Sony/RCA material – and the 3CD package features a great mix of 70s and 80s soul – tunes that include a fair bit of classics from back in the day – some of which were hits, some that were only appreciated even more strongly in later years! There's also some remixes and single versions – and the 47 track set features titles that include "Go For It (12" version)" by Herbie Hancock, "Disco Lady (ext version with Johnnie's rap)" by Johnnie Taylor, "Love Brought Me Back (12" version)" by DJ Rogers, "In The Night" by Cheryl Lynn, "Hi How Ya Doin (7" version)" by Kenny G, "Looking Up To You (inst reprise)" by Michael Wycoff, "Between The Sheets" by The Isley Brothers, "I Know Your Hot Spot (12" version)" by Enchantment, "Going Back To My Roots (12" mix)" by Odyssey, "Release The Beast" by Breakwater, "Funkin For Jamaica" by Tom Brown, "I'm In Love (12" mix)" by Evelyn King, "Bourgie Bourgie" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "Mystery Lady (ext version)" by Billy Ocean, "Lovergirl (12" dance mix)" by Teena Marie, "Let's Here It For The Boy (extended)" by Deniece Williams, "This Time I'll Be Sweeter" by Angela Bofill, "Shame (12" mix)" by Evelyn Champagne King, "Sexual Healing (orig voc version)" by Marvin Gaye, "Put A Little Love On Me (long version)" by Delegation, "Take Good Care Of Yourself" by Three Degrees, "Stone In Love With You" by Johnny Mathis, "Saturday Night (7" version)" by Earth Wind & Fire, and "Got To Find My Way Back To You (12" dance mix)" by Tavares. CD

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✨✧ VariousFTG Presents The Vaults Vol 6 (3CD set) ... CD
FTG, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD ... $13.99 14.98
The vaults are open again, and the folks at FTG have done another amazing job of pulling together rare soul tracks from their massive catalog of reissues! FTG focus here mostly on vintage Sony/RCA material – and the 3CD package features a great mix of 70s and 80s soul – tunes that include a fair bit of classics from back in the day – some of which were hits, some that were only appreciated even more strongly in later years! 3CD set features 39 tracks in all – and titles include "I Love Music (Tom Moulton mix)" by The O'Jays, "Get Away (12" version)" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Zulu (12" version)" by The Quick, "On Target (12" mix)" by Jones Girls, "Groovin You (7" mix)" by Harvey Mason, "Lay It On Me" by Heatwave, "Dancin" by Grey & Hanks, "I'm In Love (single)" by Evelyn Champagne King, "Love Zone (ext)" by Billy Ocean, "Buttercup (rmx)" by Carl Anderson, "Finesse (rmx)" by Glenn Jones, "We Go A Long Way Back (12" mix)" by Bloodstone, "Penny For Your Thoughts (single)" by Tavares, "COD" by Mtume, "Nothing Like A Slow Dance" by Skool Boyz, "Programmed For Love (12" ext)" by Roy Ayers, "It's Over Now (special version)" by Luther Vandross, "Sanctified Lady (ext)" by Marvin Gaye, "Stop To Love (special version)" by Luther Vandross, "Jack Your Body (club your body)" by JM Silk, "So Many Tears (cool mix)" by Regina Belle, "Cry Of The Lonely (club house mix)" by JM Silk, "Happy (12" rmx)" by Surface, and "Star Search (Shep Pettibone mix)" by Mico Wave. CD

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VariousGeorgie Fame Heard Them Here First ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $8.99
A killer collection of soul, jazz, and R&B – all the kind of cuts that helped shape the sound of groundbreaking UK singer Georgie Fame in the 60s! Georgie drank heavily from a heady brew of American tunes in the years before he cut his own great records – and was always ready to credit the big influences on his music – either by covering their tunes, or by doing the best to keep on grooving in their own soulful styles! This sweet package offers up a great look at Georgie's roots – and offers up 25 tracks along with very detailed notes – all in a mod, soulful groove that's fully enjoyable on its own, even if you're not the sort of Fame fanatics that we are. Titles include "The Dog" by Rufus Thomas, "Sweet Thing" by The Spinners, "Pride & Joy" by Marvin Gaye, "Pink Champagne" by Joe Liggins, "One Whole Year Baby" by Earl Curry, "Eso Beso" by Paul Anka, "Gimme That Wine" by Lambert Hendricks & Ross, "All About My Girl" by Jimmy McGriff, "Funny How Time Slips Away" by Joe Hinton, "Shop Around" by The Miracles, "Sitting In The Park" by Billy Stewart, and "Monkeying Around" by William Bell. CD

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VariousSuper Breaks 3 – Essential Funk, Soul & Jazz Samples and Breakbeats ... CD
BGP/Ace (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
More funky breaks than Evel Knevel after the Snake River Canyon jump! The groove hounds at BGP records were set loose on the Ace catalog – which includes holdings from Atlantic, Stax, Volt, Westbound, and other funky classic labels – and they managed to come up with a killer batch of funky cuts, even though this is their 3rd dip into the crates! If anything, perhaps they dipped even deeper this time – especially as some of the once-trusted sources for breaks, like the famous Ultimate Breaks & Beats series, are now disappearing from the market. Titles include "Soul Pad" by The Coasters, "I Walk On Gilded Splinters" by Johnny Jenkins, "T Plays It Cool" by Marvin Gaye, "Nappy Dugout" by Funkadelic, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by Jimmy Ponder, "Get Out Of My Life Woman" by The Mad Lads, "The Rose" by 50 Foot Hose, "Holy Ghost" by The Bar Kays, "No Strings Attached" by The Mad Lads, "After Laughter Comes Tears" by Wendy Rene, "River's Invitation" by Freddie Robinson, "This House Is Smokin" by BT Express, "Music Man (parts 1 & 2)" by Pleasure Web, and "I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over" by David Porter. CD

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✨✧ Peven EverettSpeed Of Light ... CD
Studio Confessions, 2002. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent work from Peven Everett – another one of his home-made underground soul CDs, issued by Peven himself as a big "F#$% You" to the major labels that have screwed around with him in the past! The CD is a brilliant mix of soul, jazz, house, and touches of Afro-centric rhythms – crafted in a swirling mix that dips back 30 years into the history of soul, yet still points the way towards a richly positive future – sounding a heck of a lot more "real" than just about anyone else we can think of on the market today, and showing Everett as a burgeoning soul genius – on a par with D'Angelo, Norman Harris, Donnie Hathway, and, dare we say it, Marvin Gaye. Tracks include "Testin Me", "Stroll By The River", "Run Around", "One More Time", "Puerto Rico", and "Your Letter". 13 tracks in all! CD
(Note that each of these is handmade by Peven – so that the items will have a self-produced, homemade look to them that differs from CD to CD – although the music is great, and that production makes these one of a kind items!)

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✨✧ IntrudersEnergy Of Love ... CD
Philadelphia International/Intermusic (Spain), 1974. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic album from The Intruders – their last full record as a group, and a set that really shows all the growth they'd experienced as a harmony group in just a few short years! We love their early singles, and even their previous album for Philly International – but there's also something really special going on here – a way of hitting just the right mellow-stepping vibe to bridge the heartbreak of early ballads and some of the more sophisticated, more adult Philly modes of the 70s! Bobby Martin arranged most of the record – John Davis and Vince Montana helped out elsewhere – and the whole thing's got the blend of smoothness with fragile vocals that you'd find in the best Blue Magic material of the mid 70s – but all with that very unique vocal style that always made The Intruders so different! Titles include a funky cover of "Be Thankful for What You Got", Marvin Gaye's "Jan", and the tracks "Be On Time", "What's Easy For Two Is So Hard For One", "A Nice Girl Like You", "Energy Of Love", and "Everyone's A Star". CD
(Limited editoin.)

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✨✧ Frank StrozierWhat's Goin On ... CD
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
As a rule, we shouldn't like sessions that have a Marvin Gaye tune as the title – but in this case, we'll make an exception! The album's great one – filled with warmth, fire, and imagination – and key proof that Frank Strozier was still going strong in the 70s – after some early breakout work on the Chicago scene, and two brilliant early 60s albums on Riverside. The session has Strozier reunited with Memphis hometown partner Harold Mabern – a perfect accompanist to his fluid sound and soulful tone – and the rest of the group features Stafford James on bass, Louis Hayes on drums, and Danny Moore on trumpet. Tracks include some great originals – like "Chelsea Drugs", "The Chief", "Ollie", and "Psalm For John Coltrane". CD also features 5 other bonus tracks – all alternates. CD

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✨✧ D'AngeloBrown Sugar (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1995. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A record that was an instant classic from the moment it was first released – and a set that's still pretty darn pleasing all these many years later! At a time when mainstream soul was often too smooth or too poppy, D'Angelo came along and not only found a way to return the music to the years of its power with singers like Al Green or Marvin Gaye – but also managed to bring in some of the best hip hop elements of his generation too, at a level that was far more successful than most other blends that had been tried before! Production is nice and lean, and super-crispy – at a level that so many folks are still copying all these years later – and the set's full of classics that include "Cruisin", "When We Get By", "Smooth", "Me & Those Dreamin Eyes Of Mine", "Brown Sugar", "Alright", and "Jonz In My Bonz". This fantastic 2CD set is overflowing with bonus material – 21 more tracks that include "Lady (just tha beat inst)", "Brown Sugar (alt version)", "Brown Sugar (Incognito molasses mix)", "Me & Those Dreamin Eyes Of Mine (two way street mix)", "Cruisin (cut the sax mix)", "Me & Those Dreamin Eyes Of Mine (Def Squad rmx with Redman)", "Lady (CJ Mackintosh mix radi)", "Cruisin (God made me funky rmx)", "Brown Sugar (acapella)", "Me & Those Dreamin Eyes Of Mine (acapella)", "Lady (2B3 shake dat ass mix)", "Cruisin (Dallas Austin rmx)", and "Brown Sugar (soul inside 808 mix)". Also features a big booklet with a new essay by Nelson George. CD

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✨✧ Alton EllisLove To Share ... CD
Third World/Radiation Roots (Italy), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A mighty mature effort from Alton Ellis – one of the most soulful voices in Jamaican music from the 60s onward – working here on a later London session done in collaboration with the great Jackie Mittoo! The album's got a bit of a lovers rock vibe, but also hearkens back to an older era of Jamaican soul, too – with presentation that's relatively understated, and which lets Alton's vocals flow wonderfully – almost as if he's kind of the reggae version of Marvin Gaye in the mid 70s! Fantastic throughout – with tracks that include "Never Before", "Moments Of Sadness", "Let Him Try", "You I Adore", "I Love You True", "Pain In My Heart", and "Give Me Your Love". CD
Also available Love To Share ... LP 21.99
 
 
 



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