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Marvin GayeHello Broadway ... CD
Tamla/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $13.99
Nothing too Broadway here – as the album's a warmly soulful set that shows a mellower side of Marvin Gaye for the 60s – the deeper, more jazz-inclined side of his vocals, which makes for a nice contrast to his bigger hits of the time! Gene Page handled most of the arrangements, so you can bet that the sound is mighty solid – a groove that gets past standard Motown modes of the time, and opens up with a hint of the more sophisticated Marvin to come in the 70s! It's great to hear Gaye take his own turn with familiar tunes like these – and titles include "Walk On The Wild Side", "Hello Broadway", "My Way", "What Kind Of Fool Am I", "People", "The Party's Over", "Days Of Wine & Roses", and "This Is The Life". CD

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✨✧ Marvin GayeI Want You ... CD
Motown, 1976. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
An incredible record – quite possibly our favorite ever by Marvin Gaye! The album is quite unique – written by Leon Ware, and recorded in collaboration with him – done as a "suite" of tracks based on themes of passion, joy, and new love – all of which were very much on the mind of Marvin during his troubled years of the mid 70s. The whole thing's beautifully put together – superbly orchestrated with just the right funky touches, and even a sweet bit of electronics to give the set a nice edge. An amazing album – one of those soul records that goes deeper and deeper than you ever thought pop music could go – filled with great tracks that include "I Want You", "After the Dance", "Come Live With Me", and "Since I Had You". Genius – pure genius! CD

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Marvin GayeLast Concert Tour ... CD
Warner, 1983. Used ... $1.99
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Marvin GayeLet's Get It On (expanded edition) ... CD
Motown, 1973. New Copy ... $8.99 9.98
An amazing record that stunned the world almost as much as Marvin's previous effort, What's Going On. Like that one, this album's an amazingly unified batch of tracks – with a visionary message about sex and love that is as honest and bracing as the politics and social commentary of his previous record. The record shows a sexy side of Marvin that would stun fans of his 60s work – very adult, very warm, and very preoccupied with desire and love. In a way, this sort of full-on love fest was a big payoff for all the folks who'd hung onto his simpler expressions of affection in the earlier years – sort of like getting let into the bedroom after spending years on the front porch! The record was produced by both Marvin and Ed Townsend – and the arrangements by David Van DePitte, Rene Hall, and Gene Page are smooth and seductive all the way through. Includes slow jam classics like "You Sure Love To Ball", "Distant Lover", and "Let's Get It On" – plus "Come Get To This", "Just to Keep You Satisfied", and "If I Should Die Tonight". This expanded edition contains the extra tracks "Let's Get It On (single edit)" and "You Sure Love To Ball (single mix)". CD

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Marvin GayeLive In Montreux 1980 ... CD
Eagle, 1980. Used 2CD ... $7.99
The full presentation of a famous live set by Marvin Gaye – a concert recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival at the start of the 80s, at a level that shows that Marvin definitely hasn't lost his groove at all! The set follows nicely in the spirit of Gaye's better-known live albums for Motown – especially the London Palladium set – and like that one, there's a good amount of funk in the mix too, thanks to some very sharp work from the small combo who back Marvin up on the set. Gaye also sings a few older tunes too – but mostly in concentrated medley form, leaving the bulk of the set to cover key 70s territory. Titles include "Come Get To This", "Time", "Got To Give It Up", "Funky Space Reincarnation", "Ain't That Peculiar", "I'll Be Doggone", "Trouble Man", "Distant Lover", "What's Going On", and "Mercy Mercy Me". CD

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Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye Vol 1 – 1961 to 1965 (7CD set) (Soulful Moods/Stubborn Kind/When I'm Alone/Hello Broadway/Together/How Sweet It Is/Nat King) ... CD
Motown, Early 60s. New Copy 7CD ... $31.99 35.99
The birth of a legend – the first seven albums from Motown giant Marvin Gaye, served up here in one nicely-priced package! The set's similar to the Original Album Classics series – in that it features each individual album in a tiny record sleeve – all stacked together in a nice box that brings all the music together – including a number of records that haven't been on CD in quite awhile! Even at this early point, Marvin's way ahead of the game – able to lay down hard, heavy soul tracks when he wants – but also slide into a ballad like nobody else, and even hit a few jazzier moments too. The range of modes here is really wonderful – showing that Motown was already trying to let Gaye move into the many directions he'd follow later on – and albums include the tearjerking When I'm Alone I Cry, the seminal Stubborn Kind Of Fellow, the duet with Mary Wells on Together, the soaring How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, the jazzy Tribute To Nat King Cole, the classy Hello Broadway, and the moody Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye. CD

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Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye's Greatest Hits ... CD
Tamla, 1970s. Used ... $1.99
Nice collection of Marvin's bigger hits from the zenith of his career, 10 tracks in all: "Let's Get It On", "I Want You", "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)", "What's Going On", "After The Dance", "Can I Get A Witness", "Trouble Man" and "Distant Lover (Live)". CD
(Motown Compact Classic pressing.)

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Marvin GayeMPG ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
Great late 60s work from Marvin Gaye – a pre-What's Going On set that still shows him picking up some of the hipper, deeper themes bubbling under at Motown – a bit of the heavier bass and politics of Norman Whitfield camp, touched with some of the sweeter soul from earlier years! The mix is really great, and makes the record a key transitional one in Gaye's years at Motown – a great hint of the deeper styles to come, and proof that even in these earlier years, Marvin was still capable of sounding plenty righteous! Titles include the hit "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby", plus "That's The Way Love Is", "The End Of Our Road", "Seek & You Shall Find", "This Magic Moment", "It's A Bitter Pill To Swallow", "I Got To Get To California", and "It Don't Take Much To Keep Me". CD

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Marvin GayeMusical Testament 1964 to 1984 (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1960s/1970s/Early 80s. Used 2CDs ... $26.99
A 2 LP career retrospective of Marvin Gaye's recordings with Motown – one that doesn't try to be a greatest hits or fully comprehensive – but rather dedicates a side of each LP to different themes as approached by Marvin! Side 1 is subtitled "Crossroads" and features "After The Dance (inst)", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" and "Loving & Affection". Side 2 goes a bit further, calling itself "A Parting of the Ways" and has some classic breakup songs: "When Did You Stop Loving Me, When Did I Stop Loving You?" and a live version of "Distant Lover". Side 3 is love songs, entitled "A Witness to Love" and features "That's the Way Love Is", "Lonely Lover" and "The End of Our Road". Finally side 4 covers the reflective side of Marvin, called "Introspection" and features a version of "The Star Spangled Banner" unavailable elsewhere, and "Save the Children" and "Wholy Holy". A great collection that's thoughtfully put together and plays really well front-to-back. CD
(Out of print SHM CD pressing. Includes fold-out poster. CD sleeve has some wear.)

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Marvin GayeThat's The Way Love Is ... CD
Tamla/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $13.99
Marvin Gaye gets some fantastic help here from Norman Whitfield – whose production gives the record a much more righteous sound than some of Gaye's sweeter soul of the 60s – a really heavy undercurrent that strongly hints at modes to come! The vibe here isn't as fuzzed-out as on some of Whitfield's other groups – like The Undisputed Truth or Temptations – but the record definitely shares some of the same spirit, and really uses the sound to deepen Gaye's groove wonderfully. Titles include Marvin's great version of "I Wish It Would Rain", plus "How Can I Forget", "That's The Way Love Is", "Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got", "Cloud Nine", and "Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love". CD
Also available That's The Way Love Is ... LP 11.99

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Marvin GayeTribute To The Great Nat King Cole ... CD
Tamla/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $13.99
Marvin Gaye shows another wonderful side of his talents in the early Motown years – a classy, crooing approach that was perfect for this tribute to Nat King Cole! There's a great mix of jazz and soul going on here that's a bit different than some of Marvin's other Motown work of the 60s – and although some tracks are quite Cole-like at times, with a surprisingly accurate approximation of Nat's style – there's plenty others that almost seem to point towards the growing sophistication in Gaye's style that would emerge more strongly at the end of the 60s. Titles include "Straighten Up & Fly Right", "Nature Boy", "Unforgettable", "Send For Me", and a pretty great reading of "Calypso Blues", with a nice stepping groove! CD

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Marvin GayeTrouble Man ... CD
Motown, 1972. New Copy ... $4.99 5.98
Marvin Marvin Marvin – just when we thought you couldn't impress us any more, you took it to the next level! Trouble Man is a heck of a wonderful surprise from an artist that most folks really only knew as a singer – a fantastically funky blacksploitation soundtrack, conceived and composed by Marvin himself – and served up with some occasional vocals that work beautifully with the album's cool instrumental grooves! The set's easily one of Gaye's most righteous records ever – almost a second chapter to What's Going On, but more instrumental – and like that classic set, it really shows the whole new range of vision that Marvin was able to work in the studio. Gaye gets a bit of arranging help on some tracks from Gene Page and JJ Johnson – and the album's filled with great cuts – including the landmark "T Plays It Cool", plus other gems like "Don't Mess With Mister T", "Main Theme From Trouble Man", "The Break In", and "T Stands For Trouble". Very funky, very sophisticated, and very soulful! CD
Also available Trouble Man ... LP 9.99

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VariousJazz Club – Jazz Loves Marvin Gaye ... CD
Jazzclub (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ... $8.99
Jazz loves Marvin Gaye – and we do too! Guess that makes us the perfect folks to rave about how wonderful this set is – a killer collection of 70s jazz funk numbers that pays homage to the great one – offering up instrumental versions of grooves originally recorded by Marvin for Motown – taking the tunes way past their original renderings with loads of sweet instrumental touches! There's still plenty of soul in the mix – given that most numbers here are done in an electrified fusion mode – and a few even feature some slight chorus vocals, too. Titles include "You Sure Love To Ball" by The JBs, "What's Going On" by Quincy Jones, "I Want You" by Gato Barbieri, "Distant Lover" by David Newman, "Don't Mess With Mr T" by Regina Carter, "When Did You Stop Loving Me" by Mongo Santamaria, "Inner City Blues" by Phil Upchurch, and "Trouble Man" by Grover Washington Jr. CD

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✨✧ Marvin GayeIn Our Lifetime (expanded love man edition) ... CD
Tamla/Hip-O Select, 1981. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massively expanded version of the last Marvin Gaye album for Motown – issued here with a full extra mix, some previously unreleased tracks, and even the "lost" Love Man album from the year before! The core album a wonderful cap to a great run of sexy soul for the 70s – filled with great mellow grooves that rival the genius of Marvin Gaye's earlier work in the decade! There's a glowing, slow-burning feel to some of the best numbers here – a vibe that's right out of the I Want You era, with touches of Let's Get It On too. But there's also a slightly more mature approach too – a bit more cautious, even when confident – no doubt informed by the struggles of his Here My Dear album, which also echoes somewhat in this set. The record's more proof that even when not coming across with a classic hit, Marvin's still very much at the top of his game – an artist that stands head and shoulders above his contemporaries – with none of the too-commercial or too-dated modes that held other folks back! Titles include "Life Is For Learning", "Praise", "Funk Me", "Far Cry", "Love Party", and "Love Me Now Or Love Me Later". Bonus tracks include the full Odyssey Studios mix of the album – previously unissued – plus "Nuclear Juice", "Far Cry (unedited)', and "Ego Tripping Out", in vocal, instrumental, and LP mixes! And last but not least, the package also features 6 more tracks from the unreleased Love Man album – including "I Offer You Nothing But Love", "A Lover's Plea", "Dance N Be Happy", "Just Because You're So Pretty", and "Life Is Now In Session". CD
(Out of print limited edition.)

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✨✧ Marvin GayeLost & Found – Love Starved Heart ... CD
Motown, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A treasure chest of rarities – like a dream come true! This excellent CD features 25 previously unissued tunes, all recorded during Marvin's prime 60s years at Motown – with a quality level that will surprise you, and a depth of great songs that will show that Marvin had way more going on than his more common records might have let on. The set's got a few clinkers, but honestly, most of the tracks are great – rare little soul tunes sung with that mixture of raspiness and sweetness that makes Marvin so great, handled with the care of the rest of his Motown work. Titles include "Sad Souvenirs", "I Can't Help It", "It's A Desperate Situation", "Dark Side Of The World", "You're The One", "Hope I Don't Get My Heart Broke", "Loving & Affection", "I'm In Love With You", and "Darling You're Wonderful". CD also features a 1 minute interview with Marvin. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Marvin GayeWhat's Going On (expanded 2CD set) ... CD
Motown/Universal, 1971. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The definitive version of this masterpiece! Marvin blew everyone's mind when he unleashed this amazing suite of political soul tunes at the beginning of the 70s – and 30 years later, Motown's reissued the set with a wealth of additional material that takes it to the next level. The 2CD set includes 45 tracks in all (36 unreleased!) – classics like "What's Goin On", "Save The Children", "Flyin High (In The Friendly Sky)", "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)", and "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)" from the original album – plus the Original Detroit Mix of the 9 tracks on the album, a version of "What's Going On" that just features rhythm & strings, a live performance of the album recorded at The Kennedy Center in 1972, single versions of 3 tracks, and "Head Title", aka "Distant Lover" in a formative state. CD
(Includes original slipcase.)

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✨✧ Marvin GayeWhat's Going On (expanded edition) ... CD
Motown, 1971. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few cases in the history of pop music where the record is worth all the hype! Marvin blew everyone's mind when he unleashed this amazing suite of political soul tunes – not only just because he'd moved past the simple love songs of earlier years, but also because he was working with an amazingly complicated approach to soul music, one that would touch the work of others for years to come. David Van DePitte arranged and conducted the whole album – with soaring orchestrations mixed with smooth modern soul, in a style that reminds us a lot of the work of Charles Stepney at Cadet, who'd been doing this sort of thing for years but with less success. In the hands of Marvin Gaye, though, the material has an amazing quality – and all the disparate elements of the album are fused together in one powerful message by Marvin's incredible voice. One that we never tire of, and a record to be listened to all the way through every time. Titles include "What's Goin On", "Save The Children", "Flyin High (In The Friendly Sky)", "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)", and "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)". This expanded edition includes the B-side tracks "God Is Love" and "Sad Tomorrow". CD

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✨✧ Marvin GayeWhen I'm Alone I Cry ... CD
Tamla/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful early Motown session from Marvin Gaye – with a title that really hints at the open emotion of his later work! The set's one of a few that has Marvin singing standards and jazz tunes – but it's done in a mellow late night way that really sparkles with a lot of soul – that perfect balance of Motown class and depth, handled here wonderfully by a young singer really coming into his own! The setting's a nice contrast to the jauntiness of Marvin's early hits, and it's nice to hear him showing a different side of his range on tracks that include "I Wonder", "I'll Be Around", "Because Of You", "I Don't Know Why", "You've Changed", and "I Was Telling Her About You". CD

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✨✧ Marvin GayeHere, My Dear ... CD
Motown, 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful stuff – and one of our favorite-ever Marvin Gaye albums! This is the legendary two-record set that Marvin wrote and recorded as an alimony payment to his ex-wife Anna Gordy (the story's pretty long, and we won't get into it here – suffice it to say that when stars get a divorce, watch out!) Although the album was thought of as a no-brainer quickie at the time – and predicted to fail so that Anna wouldn't get any cash from it – the record is an extremely well-crafted one, filled with extremely personal songs that also have a warm soulful finish, in the style of Marvin's work on the LP I Want You (which is kind of a nice bookend to this one – as it was an extended love poem to the young girlfriend that caused him to split up with Anna!) Hard and soulful, the record's a searing testimony to the relationship between Marvin and Anna, and a painful document of the troubles between them – set to some mellow grooves that are easily some of Marvin's greatest of the 70s! The set's filled with great "lost" Marvin Gay songs, too – like "Sparrow", "When Did You Stop Loving Me", "Anger", "You Can Leave, But It's Going To Cost You", and "Time to Get it Together". CD
Also available Here, My Dear ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Marvin GayeLet's Get It On (expanded edition) ... CD
Motown, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
An amazing record that stunned the world almost as much as Marvin's previous effort, What's Going On. Like that one, this album's an amazingly unified batch of tracks – with a visionary message about sex and love that is as honest and bracing as the politics and social commentary of his previous record. The record shows a sexy side of Marvin that would stun fans of his 60s work – very adult, very warm, and very preoccupied with desire and love. In a way, this sort of full-on love fest was a big payoff for all the folks who'd hung onto his simpler expressions of affection in the earlier years – sort of like getting let into the bedroom after spending years on the front porch! The record was produced by both Marvin and Ed Townsend – and the arrangements by David Van DePitte, Rene Hall, and Gene Page are smooth and seductive all the way through. Includes slow jam classics like "You Sure Love To Ball", "Distant Lover", and "Let's Get It On" – plus "Come Get To This", "Just to Keep You Satisfied", and "If I Should Die Tonight". This expanded edition contains the extra tracks "Let's Get It On (single edit)" and "You Sure Love To Ball (single mix)". CD
Also available Let's Get It On (expanded edition) ... CD 8.99
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✨✧ Ashford & SimpsonCome As You Are (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
A mid 70s winner from Ashford & Simpson – one of their earlier efforts, and a record that finds them fleshed out as a top notch act of their end – even if it'd be yeas before they'd net the kind of huge chart success that they deserved! Come As You Are is filled with solid soul with a sophisticated, expertly spun approach to production and arranging around the duo vocals – and the first rate songwriting that they'd provided for huge Motown stars like Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye. A couple tracks move more towards a dancefloor soul vibe that's pretty wonderful, and doesn't compromise the intimate soul vocals at the center. Titles include "It'll Come, It'll Come, It'll Come", "One More Try", "Believe In Me", "Caretaker", "Somebody Told A Lie", "Tell It All", "Sell The House" and "It Came To Me". CD features bonus tracks – "One More Try (12" disco mix)", "One More Try (Dimitri From Paris re-edit)",a nd "Somebody Told A Lie (single)". CD

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Leon BridgesComing Home ... CD
Columbia, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99
An album with a very classic look on the cover – and an equally classic sound to match – one that takes us back to some of the hippest, coolest work by early 60s singers like Sam Cooke or Marvin Gaye! Both artists are a good comparison here, as Leon Bridges is unabashedly in the same territory – cool, classy, yet undeniably soulful – at this level that never has to overstate itself, or try too hard to reach for facile funky parts, or any kind of party-moving sort of vibe. Leon's vocals are wonderful – clearly born to sing music this great – and the backings are a nice change from the usual retro soul modes, and instead have this deep soul vibe that's perfectly captured in a Texas small studio setting. Titles include "Better Man", "Brown Skin Girl", "Lisa Sawyer", "Pull Away", "Flower", and "Twistin & Groovin". CD

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Lou CourtneyI'm In Need Of Love ... CD
Epic/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $16.99
A wonderful album of mellow soul tracks! The record is Lou Courtney's masterpiece – and it's a jam-packed set filled with great tracks that rank right up there with classic 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware! Leon Pendarvis handled most of the arrangements – and the record's got a wonderfully full soul sound – with a mix of moody keyboard-driven groovers and ballads – all topped by excellent vocals from Lou, miles ahead of any work he did in the early days! The best thing, though, is the songwriting, as these tracks rank right up there with the best underground mellow soul we can think of – sophisticated yet not soppy, filled with soulful lyrics about love and losing it, never giving into cliches of other soul from the time. A real dream of an album – and filled with great tracks like "I Will If You Will", "I'm In Need Of Love", "Just To Let Him Break Your Heart", "Somebody New Is Loving On You", "Just To Let Him Break Your Heart", and "The Common Broken Heart". CD

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JJ Johnson/Dominic FrontiereCleopatra Jones/Cleopatra Jones & The Casino Of Gold ... CD
Film Score Monthly, 1973/1975. New Copy 2CD ... $24.99
An amazing double-header – and a set that really adds a lot more music than we might have expected! First up is a richly expanded version of Cleopatra Jones – one of the best of the blacksploitation scores of the early 70s – a masterpiece of music that we rate every bit as high as Shaft or Superfly – maybe even higher! The music here is incredible – a surprising funky turn for JJ Johnson, who most folks know for his straighter jazz work – and like Marvin Gaye, Barry White, and others who were surprising the world with their ability to score music for a full film during the early 70s, JJ really knocks it out of the park with this one – coming up with a batch of tunes that are a wonderful mix of sophisticated scoring, creative instrumentation, and some damn funky grooves! The title cut features Joe Simon on vocals, and Millie Jackson sings on the cuts "Love Doctor" and "It Hurts So Good". The rest of the set is instrumental, and other cuts include an instrumental take on "Cleopatra Jones", plus "Go Chase Cleo", "Goin To The Chase", "Wrap Up", and "Airport Fight". This new version features 17 bonus tracks from the original film score, not the record – amazing extra music by Carl Brandt, with titles that include "Emdee", "Elevator/Cleo & Captain", "Pot Burn/Mommy/Police Raid", "Ambush", "Doodle Apartment", "Before Crash", and "Snake Crib". CD 2 features some long-lost music from the film Cleopatra Jones & The Casino Of Gold – a well-known follow-up to the original movie, but one that was never properly represented on record – making this CD set a long-awaited premiere of the original music for the film! The set features music by Dominic Frontiere – penned in a mix of funky action modes, with some slight exotic touches too, due to the location of the story. Frontiere's in his best soul/funk mode – a side that few folks realize he can do this well – and the music has a slightly different feel than JJ Johnson's Cleo Jones work, but is equally nice. Titles include "Casino Source", "Chopped Meat", "Oymia", "Les Orgie", "Fatman Stomp", "Dead Dragon Lady", and "Pool Hall Rock" – plus the vocal number "Playing With Fire". CD also features 4 more bonus tracks from Cleopatra Jones – including extended versions of the theme, and Pattie Brooks singing "Swing Down Chariot" and "Am I Blue". Great notes too – very full, with lots of photos, in the best Film Score tradition! CD
(Limited edition of 3000 copies.)

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Bo Kirkland & Ruth Davis (Mike James Kirkland)You're Gonna Get Next To Me – The Complete Claridge Recordings ... CD
Claridge/Kent (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
The complete recordings of Bo Kirkland & Ruth Davis – a great west coast duo who should have been huge! The core of the CD is the self titled Bo & Ruth record – a killer album of smooth soul – done with a bit of a southern tinge, and a great indie production approach that really makes the best of the duet-style vocals! Bo Kirkland is actually the great Mike James Kirkland – who you may know from killer indie soul albums issued before this gem – and these duets with Ruth Davis really expand his previous sound, and make the best use of his warm, mellow style of singing – a groove that's somewhere between Marvin Gaye, Stax Records, and maybe some of the best soul duo styles of the time. Bob Kirkland was the creative force behind the set – and has a great way of wrapping the vocals together in a mellow mode – often with Bo's vocals in the lead, as Ruth comes in to give him great support. The whole thing's wonderful – an overlooked gem that rivals some of the bigger southern soul albums of the time, especially those with a modern vibe – and titles include "Can You Feel It", "Grandfather Clock", "Easy Loving", "You're Gonna Get Next To Me", "To Make You Love Me", and "Train Of Desire". CD also features bonus tracks from singles – "Lost In A Love Zone", "That's A Bet", "Stay By My Side", "That's The Way The Wind Blows", and "Loving Arms". CD

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Mike James KirklandDoin' It Right ... CD
Luv N' Haight/Ubiquity, Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
Nice one! Although the other Mike James Kirkland LP reissued by Luv N Haight is fairly well known amongst classic soul collectors, this harder-to-find 2nd album is a totally rare gem – and it's great to have it back out again. As with Kirkland's other work, the record has a beautiful deep soul groove, and a sound that's a bit like some of Marvin Gaye's stuff from the mid 70's. Mike's writing is very good, and the production has a nice sparkling edge that gives the material a good righteous feel. Titles include "You Put It On My Mind", "Got To Do It Right", "The Only Change", and "Love Is All We Need". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Oliver Lake & William ParkerTo Roy ... CD
Intakt (Switzerland), 2015. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Beautiful duets between Oliver Lake and William Parker – dedicated to the late Roy Campbell, and a wonderful tribute to his genius! This may well be one of the best performances we've heard from Lake in years – a clear, clean, unfettered way to really return to his strengths on alto sax – next to these warm, round basslines from Parker that are always a treat – but which again, seem to have even more power here than on other recent albums. Most tunes are originals, written by either of the pair – and the match of souls and spirits is tremendous throughout. Titles include "Check", "Victor Jara", "Variation On A Theme Of Marvin Gaye", "To Roy", "Light Over Still Water Paints A Portrait Of God", and "Bonu". CD

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Main IngredientEuphrates River/Afrodisiac ... CD
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy ... $16.99
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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MiraclesRenaissance/Do It Baby (with bonus track) ... CD
Tamla/Hip-O Select, 1973/1974. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Incredible early-to-mid 70s albums from The Miracles – Renaissance and Do It Baby – plus a bonus Tom Moulton remix! First up, Renaissance truly is one, and proof that the the group could do amazing things away from Smokey Robinson! Of course, they've got a heck of a lot of great help on this set – from some of Motown's best, like Willie Hutch, Fonce Mizell, Freddie Perren, and even Marvin Gaye, who wrote and produced the album's standout track "I Love You Secretly", a stone treasure that's as good as any of Marvin's recordings from the time! The whole set is great, though, filled with wonderful songs that never got their due – and which will make this one stand for years as a treasure to fans of harmony soul! Titles include "I Didn't Realize The Show Was Over", "I Love You Secretly", "I Don't Need No Reason", "Don't Let It End", and "What Is A Heart Good For". The follow-up Do It Baby is another overlooked post-Smokey gem – a beautifully display of Miracles' unmatched soul harmony mastery – on a record that's just about as good as anything they did with Smokey. This one actually reminds us a lot of some of our favorite Philly albums coming out at the same time! Arrangements are handled by James Carmichael, Freddie Perren, and Willie Hutch – and it's heavy with slinky smooth soul groovers like "Do It Baby", "You Are Love", "What Is A Heart Good For", and "Give Me Just Another Day", one of a few great cuts on the record written by Leon Ware! This much needed Hip-O Select package includes a bonus track, too: Tom Moulton's mix of "Do It Baby" – which extends that classic cut to more than 7 minutes of dancefloor soul greatness! CD

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Stanley TurrentineDon't Mess With Mister T ... CD
CTI (UK), 1973. Used ... $6.99
Perfect Bob James electric arrangements make this LP by Stan one of his best for CTI! The record's got a laidback dope 70s approach to funky jazz – with loads of nice modal chords, sliced through by some deep soul solos from Stan. Players include Idris Muhammad, Bob James, Harold Mabern, and Eric Gale – and the record features a great remake of Marvin Gaye's "Don't Mess With Mister T", plus "Too Blue", "Two For T", and "I Could Never Repay Your Love". CD features 3 bonus tracks – "Harlem Dawn", "Mississippi City Strut", and "Don't Mess With Mister T" in an alternate take. CD

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Leon WareInside Is Love (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
TK/Clinck (Japan), 1979. Used ... $18.99
A great moment in the career of the mighty Leon Ware – a set recorded after his famous 70s work for Motown, and before his return to fame at Elektra – but still with a super-tight quality that shows that Leon was always great, no matter what the setting! Leon's warm, mellow, and totally right on the money here – serving up some wicked midtempo grooves that sparkle way more than most of his contemporaries – and which even rise above most of the other work on TK records at the time! Ware wrote and produced the whole set himself – with that masterful studio approach that first rose to prominence on Marvin Gaye's album I Want You – and like that classic set, the whole thing here is great – never a clunker or a bit of filler at all. Titles include the great "What's Your Name" – an extremely catchy two-step number, with a hook that will ring in your head long after the track is over – and other cuts include "Inside Is Love", "Try It Out", "Club Sashay", "Inside Your Love", and "Love Is A Simple Thing". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Leon WareMusical Massage (Expanded & Remastered) ... CD
Gordy/Motown, 1976. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
Amazing stuff! Arguably Leon Ware's greatest record – and one of the greatest Motown records of the 70s! The record is a beautiful set of interwoven mellow soul tracks, recorded right on the heels of Marvin Gaye's I Want You album, which was written and conceived by Ware, then taken at the last minute by Marvin! For this set, Ware creates a very similar sound – mixing together smooth keyboards with subtle bits of funk and electronics, all wrapped up in his own sweet warm vocals, which sound better here than on any other album. The whole thing's filled with loads of beautiful tracks, including "French Waltz", "Journey Into You", "Phantom Lover", and the great "Turn Out the Light", written with Minnie Riperton. Plus, this reissue features 5 previously unissued bonus tracks – Leon's original versions of "Comfort (aka Come Live With Me Angel)", recorded with Minnie Riperton, and "I Wanna Be Where You Are", both done by Marvin Gaye on I Want You, plus the tracks "Don't You Wanna Come", "Long Time No See", and "You Are The Way You Are". CD

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VariousFree Soul 2010s – Urban Sweet ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2014. Used ... $14.99
One of the coolest collections of contemporary soul we've ever heard – a wonderful batch of work in a laidback, cosmic sort of vibe! The music here resonates strongly with the 70s vintage you'll find in most of the other Free Soul compilations – but it's all relatively recent, and represents a great new wave of music from the (mostly) American underground – by artists who may well be tomorrow's version of Stevie Wonder or Marvin Gaye! As usual with the Free Soul sets, the track list is superb – so much so, that there's loads of tracks here we would have missed otherwise – and titles include "Never Be The Same" by Bilal, "Look Up" by Daley, "Kissing Game" by Dwele, "What's Going On" by Brian Owens, "Kiss Of Life" by Chris Turner, "Wonderlove" by Kris Bowers with Chris Turner, "Shangri La" by James Tillman, "All We Do For Love" by Benny Sings, "Superwoman" by Anita Wardell, "Sweet Dreams" by Laura Holding, and "The Man I Love" by Gregoire Maret with Cassandra Wilson. CD
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VariousKind Of Soul ... CD
Small/Sony (France), 1970s. Used ... $14.99
A beautiful collection of mellow soul grooves from the 70s! The artists are all pretty well known, and you'll probably recognize more than a few tracks – but the overall package is great, and the cuts are put together to make the kind of a set that you can just put on and leave playing the whole way through! Plus, more than a few of the cuts have a hip hop sample reputation – making the compilation similar to sets like Mellow Mellow or Strange Funky Games & Things. Titles include "A Funky Space Reincarnation" by Marvin Gaye, "Think Twice" by Donald Byrd, "Baby, This Love I Have" by Minnie Riperton, "You Can't Turn Me Away" by Sylvia Striplin, "Virgin Man" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, "The Vulture" by Labbi Siffre, "Searching" by Roy Ayers, "Make Me Believe In You" by Patti Jo, "You" by Maze, "Young, Willing, & Able" by Minnie Riperton, and "Best Of My Love" by The Emotions. CD
(Out of print, please note that the digipack has some wear.)

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VariousLeon Ware & Friends ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s/1980s. New Copy ... $16.99
An amazing look at the music of Leon Ware – one of our favorite soul artists of the 70s! Leon's got a warmly mellow style that's totally great – heard most famously in collaboration with Marvin Gaye on the classic I Want You album, but equally noteworthy on Leon's own records – and on a host of other projects he's done with top-shelf soul artists over the years! A good number of those projects are collected here – the cream of the crop of Ware-associated cuts from the 70s and early 80s – tunes penned, produced, arranged, or even featuring Leon himself – all brought together here in a really wonderful little collection. Each track is a treasure, and the whole thing is a sublime mellow soul masterpiece – filled with musical moments that sound even better in the company of each other – pulled from other records, and rewoven here in a new tapestry that stands as a rich tribute to Ware's mighty talents. Titles include "Everywhere Inside Me" by Norman Connors, "I Don't Know" by Syreeta, "You Do The Right Things" by Al Wilson, "Point Of View" by Rockie Robbins, "No Tricks" by Chuck Jackson, "I Can't Keep Holding Back" by Shadow, "Trust Your Heart (ext 12" mix)" by Bobby Womack, "Just Don't Make It Hurt" by Krystol, "I Came To Love You" by Booker T, "I Can Dream" by Themal Jones, "You Make Me Wanna Love Again" by Vesta Williams, "I Know It's You" by Donny Hathaway, "Can You Feel What I'm Saying" by Minnie Riperton, "Looking Up To You" by Michael Wycoff, "Thank You Early Bird" by Jerry Butler, and the tracks "What's Your World" and "Girl Girl Girl" by Leon Ware himself! CD

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VariousSoul In Germany – When Ein Man Liebt Ein Woman ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. Used ... $8.99
Soul in Germany – an unusual sort of concept, but one that comes off surprisingly well – as you'll hear on the tunes in this set! The package features mostly German language soul tunes from the 60s – tracks that are mostly covers of American soul hits – sung either by Americans adapting to the language for the German audience, or by European singers who do a fairly good job of capturing the spirit of the originals – if not the language! Some of the cuts here are somewhat pop-oriented, but still come off well – and others are genuine soul tunes that are hard to distinguish from the American version, save for the language. The package features a whopping 40 page booklet – with notes in German, plus a wealth of cool photos and record images! 28 tracks in all – including "Du Bist Da" by Gilla, "Baby Ich Such Nach Dir" by Michael Holm, "Es Liegt Nur An Dir" by Buddy Caine, "Mein Girl" by The Temptations, "Geh Vorbei" by Dionne Warwick, "Ich Ich Habe Niemand" by Renate Pichler, "Aus" by Peggy Peters, "Komm Zu Mir" by Ronny Twen, "Was Hab Ich Dir Getan" by Jacob Sisters, "Kein Weg Ist Zu Weit" by Cornflakes, "Johnny & Joe" by Supremes, "Niemand Ist Ein Engel" by Toni Cavana, "Zweisamkeit" by Joy & The Hitkids, "Wie Schon Das Ist" and "Sympatica" by Marvin Gaye, and "Man Nennt Mich Mr Pitiful" by Micha & Peter. CD

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VariousTrojan Presents Lovers Rock – 40 Romantic Reggae Classics 1976 to 1990 ... CD
Trojan (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
A really great collection – and a sublime introduction to the lovers rock genre – a style that's way more than just the "romantic" modes promised in the title, and instead offers up a key Jamaican interpretation of mellow soul styles! The span of work stretches from those first mid 70s years when reggae got nice and laidback – almost as a response to work from soul artists like Marvin Gaye or The Isley Brothers – then took on some great advances in the 80s, as lovers rock modes really went onto find a life of their own. Loads of great cuts – 40 numbers in all – and titles include "Wide Awake In A Dream" by Barry Biggs, "Just When I Needed You Most" by Barbara Jones, "Lovers Rock JA Style" by Freddie McGregor, "The Bed's Too Big Without You" by Sheila Hylton, "I'm Still Waiting" by Delroy Wilson, "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" by John Holt, "Can't Give You Anything" by The J Sisters, and "Sit Down & Cry Over You" by Errol Dunkley. CD

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VariousUltimate Free Soul Collection (3CD set) ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1970s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $28.99
One of the hippest, coolest collections you'll ever hope to own – not just the standard set of 70s soul music, but a range of soulful sounds from very different sources – including the kind of overlooked album tracks that makes the Free Soul series so great! Toru Hashimoto has really outdone himself here – as the package features 63 tracks that run from the late 60s to the early 80s – with jazz bits, vocal bits, pop bits, and more – all working together wonderfully as a whole. Titles include "I Need You Girl" by The Three Pieces, "Every Kinda People" by Robert Palmer, "In The Middle Of The Feeling" by Three Ounces Of Love, "Simple Things" by Minnie Riperton, "If I Ever Lose This Heaven" by Nancy Wilson, "I Like London In The Rain" by Blossom Dearie, "I'm A Winner" by Smoked Sugar, "Stay" by Severin Brown, "Fly Me To The Moon" by Lyn Collins, "Lolita Go Home" by Jane Birkin, "Yes It's You" by Sweet Charles, "Somebody Like Me" by Bobby Gentry, "Let's Make Peace & Stop The War" by Funk Inc, "Reason To Survive" by Rance Allen, "I Can't Stop Dancing" by Richard Groove Holmes, "I Wanna Be Where You Are (unedited mix)" by Marvin Gaye, "It's A Shame" by The Spinners, "Good Morning To You" by Lexia, and "The Road I Took To You" by Joey Heatherton. CD

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✨✧ Raheem DeVaughnLove Experience ... CD
Jive, 2005. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An infectious batch of soul tunes from Raheem DeVaughn – his long overdue debut for Jive Records! Raheem stands apart from many in the mainstream soul and neo soul, not because he wears his influences so proudly on his sleeve, but in the way he wears them. Raheem's soul style is born of love for singers from Marvin Gaye, to Prince, to D'Angelo, to the Isleys and beyond – but his approach to songcraft and recording is born of hip hop and mixtapes – in which he can appropriate a given groove into his own tunes. The album's full of peaks and valleys, and the peaks are worth the the climb! Tracks include "The Love Experience", the Kenny Dope-produced "Guess Who Loves You More", "Who", "Where I Stand", "Breathe", "You", "Sweet Tooth", "Ask Yourself", "Believe", "Is It Possible", "Catch 22", "You", "Cadillac", "Green Leaves" and more! CD

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✨✧ Willie HutchConcert In Blues/Color Her Sunshine ... CD
Motown/Caroline (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mid 70s magic from the great Willie Hutch – two classic albums back to back on one CD! Concert In Blues offers up no blues at all – just some great funky soul from the mighty Willie Hutch! The vibe's kind of an extension of Willie's great blacksploitation soundtrack material from a few years before – lots of bad-strutting rhythms, peppered with some larger horn arrangements – but a bit more vocals from Willie himself, and lots of sweet guitar too! There's a few great mellow moments that remind us that Hutch can be as super-dope in a laidback mode as in a funky one – and the whole thing was arranged and produced by Willie himself. Includes the single "Party Down", plus "Baby Come Home", "I Finally Made The Headlines", "Stormy Weather", "Precious Pearl", and "Don't Let A Little Money Keep You acting Funny". Color Her Sunshine is solid superdope soul from Willie Hutch – a self-produced, self-arranged, self-composed masterpiece that proves that he was one of the greatest things Motown had going in the mid 70s! The album's got a bit less of the wicked edges of Willie's blacksploitation work, but in its place is a really well-developed sense of mature soul – stretching out through the vocals, guitar work, and overall orchestrations – and pushing Willie into territory that was also being explored at the time by Marvin Gaye and Leon Ware. Great stuff all around, and the kind of a record that gets better each time we hear it! Titles include "Come On Girl Let's Get It On", "I Like Everything About You", "Shake It Shake It", "We Can Make It Baby", and "I'm Gonna Be Around". CD

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