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Peter BenjaminsonMary Wells – The Tumultuous Life Of Motown's First Superstar (paperback) ... Book
Chicago Review Press, 2012. New Copy ... $11.99 16.99
A stunning look at the great Mary Wells – one of Motown's first female acts of the 60s, and one of the decade's most important early soul figures as well! Mary's work on record is very well-known, but the story behind the music is completely different, and surprisingly dark at times – a tale of a talented artist often caught between larger corporate forces, and personal antagonists as well – not to mention her own personal demons. Peter Benjaminson does a great job of getting at all these details without being overly sensational – and he works in lots of wonderful personal recollections from friends and colleagues who really help illuminate the more private moments. The book is over 300 pages, hardcover, with some black and white photos. Book

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Bobby DarinAnother Song On My Mind – The Motown Years (Bobby Darin/Darin 1936 to 1973/bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99 25.98
Bobby Darin on Motown? Stranger things have certainly happened in the music business – and the famous soul label provided a surprisingly welcome home for Darin in the last few years of his life – continuing his late 60s trend of trying out a whole bunch of new styles in his music! First on the CD is the album Bobby Darin – a real lost chapter in his career. Bobby's kind of moving past the self-pity of his folksy years of the late 60s – stepping more strongly with a set of arrangements by Jimmy Haskell and Michael O'Martin, almost soul-like in quality, with an earthy touch to his vocals. Bobby always knew he would die an early death, and within a year of this one, he would pass away, almost quietly, and although it's a bit of a stretch to think that you can hear that in his voice, there's definitely something odd about the record. Tracks include "Sail Away", "I've Already Stayed Too Long", "Shipmates In Cheyenne", "Let It Be Me", and "My First Night Alone Without You". Darin 1936 to 1973 is Bobby D's last LP – issued after his untimely early death, and a real return to classic form – a set that was recorded live in Vegas, and also features a few cuts for the Lady Sings The Blues soundtrack! Darin works with arrangements from Charles Fox, Bill Holman, and Jimmy Haskell – and titles include "Wonderin Where It's Gonna End", "Blue Monday", "Another Song On My Mind", "The Letter", "Don't Think Twice It's All Right", and "Mack The Knife". 2CD set features lots of bonus tracks – 20 of these titles have never been on CD – 18 more titles from Motown singles at the same time! CD

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Fantastic FourLost Motown Album – How Sweet He Is – With Bonus Tracks From The Vault ... CD
Motown/Kent (UK), 1969. New Copy ... $15.99
A never-heard album from this excellent Detroit vocal group – recorded for Motown at the end of the 60s, but appearing here for the first time ever – and compiled with lots of bonus tracks from the vaults! The Fantastic Four never hit the bigger heights of some of the big Motown male groups of the 60s – but in some way, especially at this time in the label's history, they were a much more cohesive, organic ensemble – one that's a bit like The Originals in their strong commitment to great harmonies, and ability to always hold onto their own sort of personality, even amidst the larger Motown production machine. As with most great "lost" projects, we're not sure why this record never saw the light of day – because every aspect is great, from the vocals down through the arrangements and instrumentation – and although a few shorter singles came out over the years the rest of the set is wonderful – and matched here by another 13 rare bonus tracks, including many other unreleased singles! Titles include "A Little Too Much", "We Can Work It Out", "Take Him Back If It Makes You Happy", "You Turn Me Around", "I Feel Like I'm Falling In Love Again", "How Big Is Your Heart", "It Keeps Raining Down Tears", "In A Bad Way", "Fan The Flame", "I Shall Not Be Moved", "Double Cross", and "Loving You Is Hurting Me". CD

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Temptations with Four Tops/Jackson 5Motown 25 Medley/Medley ... 12-inch
Motown, 1983. Sealed (pic cover)... $6.99
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(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Earl Van Dyke & The Soul BrothersThat Motown Sound ... LP
Motown, 1964. Good+ ... $14.99
A heavy batch of Motown soul instrumentals – headed up by Funk Brother Earl Van Dyke! The set features backings that are often very similar to the vocal versions on Motown – but are topped with sweet organ solo work from Earl – who has this lean, mean style that's mighty nice – kind of a Jimmy McGriff groove that really fits the soul of the recordings! Most of the backings are exactly the same ones used for vocal hits, but the use of Hammond really transforms them nicely – making the whole record a sweet popcorn soul version of Motown – almost a bit grittier, with a nice sort of backroom jukebox flavor. Titles include "Try It Baby", "Can You Jerk Like Me", "Money", "Can I Get A Witness", "Come See About Me", and "All For You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear and aging.)

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✨✧ VariousComplete Motown Singles Vol 2 – 1962 (limited edition 4CD set) ... CD
Motown/Hip-O Select, 1962. Used 4 CDs ... $69.99
The second volume in Hip-O's Complete Motown Singles series – and arguably even more amazing than the first! This set focuses on the pivotal year of 1962 – and captures Motown at a time when the label was really solidifying its groove, and starting to record work that would help it rise to the top in the 60s. 1962 was a year that Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Mary Wells, The Temptations, The Miracles, The Supremes, The Marvelettes, and The Contours all recorded classics for Motown – alongside other lesser-known soul, jazz, and R&B artists that include Earl Washington, The Vells, The Creations, The Wright Specials, Hank & Carol Diamond, The Valadiers, The Downbeats, and Henry Lumpink. All of these artists are included in the set on a variety of singles from 1962 – both a-sides and b-sides, on a total of 4 CDs that include a whopping 112 songs in all – all packaged in an amazing hardcover book done up in 7" record graphics, featuring nearly 90 pages of notes on every tune in the set! And if that's not enough, you also get a bonus 7" single by Mary Wells – packed nicely in a sleeve on the cover! CD

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VariousComplete Motown Singles Vol 5 – 1965 (limited edition 6CD set) ... CD
Motown/Hip-O Select, 1965. Used 6CD ... $99.99
More great soul music than we ever hoped to find in a single place – and a massive 6CD collection that looks at the key year of 1965 at Motown Records! The package is every bit as wonderful and thorough as the others in this series – with a whopping 166 songs collected in a lavish, full-color book that features nearly 150 pages of notes, photos, and wonderful images from the 60s! And as with other sets, the ultra-cool package even features a replica 45 stuck inside the front cover – a rare vinyl treasure that's almost as great as the CDs. But over and above the packaging, the music's the real thing to rave about here – as 1965 has Motown growing into even new levels of maturity and quality – as demonstrated by the work here by artists who include Stevie Wonder, The Supremes, Chris Clark, Frank Wilson, The Elgins, The Miracles, Earl Van Dyke, The Marvelettes, Barbara McNair, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Jimmy Ruffin, The Dalton Boys, The Four Tops, Brenda Holloway, Little Lisa, Richard Anthony, The Lewis Sisters, Danny Day, The Contours, The Vows, The Hit Pack, Kim Weston, The Freeman Brothers, JR Walker, and many others! All singles offered up with both a and b-sides! CD
(Limited edition. Still sealed!)

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✨✧ VariousComplete Motown Singles Vol 7 – 1967 (limited edition 5CD set) ... CD
Motown/Hip-O Select, 1967. Used 5 CDs ... $49.99
The Motown powerhouse is really humming along in 1967 – hitting some of its highest heights to date, and starting to open up even more from its hit formula of a few years before! As with other sets in this amazing series, this 7th volume of Complete Motown Singles is a treasure trove through and through – a package that goes way past the familiar hits of the year (even though there were plenty), to showcase a Motown that's still concerned with trying out new artists and ideas – even though it could have rested on its laurels and just survived off the hits at the time! The package features a whopping 120 tracks in all – presented with the same beautiful packaging as other volumes: a hardcover, book-like format that features 110 pages worth of notes, photos, images, and other details to support the music – plus 5CDs worth of music – by artists who include Brenda Holloway, The Contours, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Marvelettes, Paul Peterson, The Spinners, Stevie Wonder, The Isley Brothers, Barbara McNair, San Remo Golden Strings, R Dean Taylor, The Underdogs, Shorty Long, The Elgins, The Messengers, Chris Clark, Edwin Starr, Tammi Terrell, and many more! Also features a bonus 7" single of "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" and "It's Time To Go Know" by Gladys Knight & The Pips – done just like the original! CD
(Small promotional sticker inside booklet & some pen on back of case.)

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✨✧ VariousComplete Motown Singles Vol 8 – 1968 (limited edition 6CD set) ... CD
Motown/Hip-O Select, 1968. Used 6 CDs ... $69.99
Mighty Motown hits the year of 1968 – a time of plenty changes, both social and musical! This massive collection of Motown singles spans 6CDs in all – and together, the tunes are a wonderful illustration of the growing depth of the label at the end of the 60s – an expansive approach to soul music that still burned brightly on previous fronts, but which also moved into hipper territory too! In addition to continued greatness from previous Motown stars, the set also features some key nods towards more righteous aspects of soul at the time – bits of funk, more ambitious productions, and some bolder, more political lyrics on a number of the tunes. This whole transition is laid out beautifully over the course of 144 songs – both a and b-sides of all singles issued by Motown in 1968 – and also told in the pages of the 130 page booklet, filled with notes, writings, photos, and full color images throughout! Music is by Shorty Long, Edwin Starr, Four Tops, Fantastic Four, Rita Wright, R Dean Taylor, Jimmy Ruffin, Bobby Taylor, Chris Clark, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Jr Walker, Smokey Robinson, Debbie Dean, The Ones, The Monitors, Paul Peterson, and lots lots more! Also comes with a bonus Marvin Gaye 7" single packaged inside the hardcover booklet! CD
(Small promotional sticker inside booklet & some pen on back of case.)

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VariousEarly Motown EPs Vol 2 (7 x 7 inch box set) ... 7-inch
Motown (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... On January 27, 2017
7-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousLove & Affection – More Motown Girls ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $16.99
Stunning soul from the Motown label – a huge amount of tracks that were recorded by the company during their key years in soul music, but which are issued here for the first time ever! The depths of Motown never fail to amaze us – because even though these tracks might have lain in the vaults, they're still better than most of the competition – and not only match some of the bigger cuts by the artists involved, but also shed new light upon the careers of some of the lesser-known female singers in the Motown stable! These aren't throwaway numbers – and instead, the collection's brimming over with wicked Detroit soul groovers from the 60s – 25 tracks in all, supported by some nicely thorough notes on the project and recordings. Titles include "Mr Pride & Mr Gloom" by Connie Haines, "Just Go On Sleeping" by LaBrenda Ben, "Reassure Me That You Love Me" by Brenda Holloway, "Midnight Johnny (early version)" by Liz Lands, "I Can't Make It Without You" by Debbie Dean, "Close My Crying Eyes" by Yvonne Fair, "Forgotten" by Chris Clark, "Lover Man" by Kim Weston, "Check Yourself" by Chris Clark, "The Good Times Are Gone" by Barbara McNair, "Momma Tried To Warn Me" by Oma Heard, "Now That Love Is Gone" by Hattie Littles, "My Love Is Your Love" by Barbara Randolph, "The Things Time Can't Erase" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, and "Mother Tell Me What To Do" by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas. CD

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✨✧ VariousMotown 7s Box Set Vol 3 (7 x 7 inch single box set – with download) ... 7-inch
Motown/Universal (UK), 1960s. New Copy 7 x 7 inch ... $89.99
The vinyl debut of 14 rare gems from Motown – all cuts that were only dug up much later than the time at which they were recorded – and which made brief appearances on a variety of different CD reissues over the past decade or so – but appear here on vinyl for the first time ever! This limited package follows in the same great spirit as the other Motown 7" box sets from the UK – and titles include "Crying In The Night" by The Monitors, "Head Over Heels In Love With You Baby" by The Spinners, "It's Not Unusual" by Marvin Gaye, "Touch Of Venus" by Patrice Holloway, "Your Love Can Save Me" by The Marvelettes, "The In Crowd" by Jimmy Ruffin, "Sweet Was The Love" by The Four Tops, "It's Gonna Take A Whole Lot Of Doin" by David Ruffin, "The Way You Been Acting Lately" by Al Kent, "My Love Is Your Love" by Barbara Randolph, "I'm Gonna Make It Up To You" by Kim Weston, "Show Me The Way" by JJ Barnes, and "The Stranger" by Gladys Knight & The Pips. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ VariousMotown Christmas ... CD
Motown, 1960s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
An expanded version of this classic set of Motown Christmas tunes – one that features some of the best cuts from the individual artists' Holiday albums cut for the label, plus some harder to find tracks from singles! The set's got 25 tracks in all, with titles that include "Santa Claus Is Comin To Town" and "Give Love On Christmas Day" by The Jackson 5, "What Christmas Means To Me" and "One Little Christmas Tree" by Stevie Wonder, "Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer" and "The Little Drummer Boy" by The Temptations, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "Jingle Bells" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, "Children's Christmas Song" and "White Christmas" by Diana Ross & The Supremes, and "I Want To Come Home For Christmas" by Marvin Gaye. CD
(Out of print original CD pressing not a CDr.)

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VariousMotown Christmas ... CD
Motown, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Not the usual Motown Christmas set you might imagine – as the record features new material, not old Holiday soul classics – and many of the numbers are special duets recorded just for this project! The set list is impressive – way better than we were expecting – and although the cover art is a bit underwhelming, our hats are off to Motown for re-igniting the label's commitment to quality Christmas tunes! Titles include "Go Tell It On The Mountain/Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Gregory Porter & Anita Wilson, "The Christmas Song" by Ne Yo & Tasha Cobbs, "It's Christmas Time" by Smokey Robinson & Kevin Ross, "This Christmas" by Brian Courtney Wilson & Gene Moore, "Angels We Have Heard On Hihg" by Kierra Sheard & Chrisette Michele, "Mary Did You Know" by India Arie & Gene Moore, "O Holy Night" by Smokie Norful, "O Come All Ye Faithful" by Tasha Cobbs, and "Bethlehem" by Kem & Janice Gaines. CD
Also available Motown Christmas ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ VariousMotown Christmas ... LP
Motown, 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99 19.99
Not the usual Motown Christmas set you might imagine – as the record features new material, not old Holiday soul classics – and many of the numbers are special duets recorded just for this project! The set list is impressive – way better than we were expecting – and although the cover art is a bit underwhelming, our hats are off to Motown for re-igniting the label's commitment to quality Christmas tunes! Titles include "Go Tell It On The Mountain/Ain't No Mountain High Enough" by Gregory Porter & Anita Wilson, "The Christmas Song" by Ne Yo & Tasha Cobbs, "It's Christmas Time" by Smokey Robinson & Kevin Ross, "This Christmas" by Brian Courtney Wilson & Gene Moore, "Angels We Have Heard On Hihg" by Kierra Sheard & Chrisette Michele, "Mary Did You Know" by India Arie & Gene Moore, "O Holy Night" by Smokie Norful, "O Come All Ye Faithful" by Tasha Cobbs, and "Bethlehem" by Kem & Janice Gaines. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Motown Christmas ... CD 13.99

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VariousMotown Remixed – Hot Remixes Of Motown Classics ... CD
Motown/Universal, 2005. Used ... $3.99
We gotta admit, we kinda like this one! We were a bit suspicious at first – as the genius of Motown hardly needs any messing with – and we had fears that a remix project might just sound silly, goofy, and filled with easy tricks and gimmicks. But the choice of remixers on the set is really great – and includes enough of a range of talents to keep things interesting, but also a small enough group to unify the sound of the album, and still really respect the original vibe of the tunes. Most of the work here is very subtle – and just extends the best core elements, and expands on a few of the strongest musical references – in a way that's really different than the over-done approach of the Verve Remixed project. Titles include "ABC (Salaam Remi Krunk-a-delic party mix)" by Jackson 5, "Quiet Storm (Groove Boutique rmx)" by Smokey Robinson, "Let's Get It On (Producers MPG groove mix)" by Marvin Gaye, "Papa Was A Rollin Stone (DJ Jazzy Jeff & Pete Kuzma solefull rmx)" by The Temptations, "War (King Britt rmx)" by Edwin Starr, "Keep On Truckin (DJ Spinna rmx)" by Eddie Kendricks, "Smiling Faces Sometimes (Futureshock Main Ingredient mix)" by Undisputed Truth, "My World Is Empty Without You (Tranzition rmx)" by Diana Ross & The Supremes, and "I Just Want To Celebrate (Mocean Worker rmx)" by Rare Earth. CD
(Mark through digipack barcode.)

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VariousOne Track Mind – More Motown Guys ... CD
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $15.99 19.99
Never-heard songs from the Motown empire of the 60s – all new discoveries from the label's mighty deep vaults – all of them totally great tracks that make for a superb new look at the Detroit powerhouse of soul! Many of these cuts are in a Northern Soul mode – the kind of upbeat groovers that made Motown a huge favorite on the British scene right from the start, and which make the UK Kent label a perfect spot to showcase work this great – with detailed notes on all the tracks, excellent sound quality, and an impeccable ear for choosing just the right sort of tracks to pop a groove like the bigger singles from the label. Some of the cuts here are early recordings by artists who'd later break big, others are more obscure Motown acts – and the package features 24 titles that include "Goose Wobbling Time" by Popcorn Wylie, "I'll Be Satisfied" by Frank Wilson, "Where Are You" by Ivy Jo, "One Track Mind" by Marv Johnson, "Heart To Heart" by Earl Van Dyke, "Head Over Heels In Love With You Baby" by Edwin Starr, "I'm Here Now That You Need Me" by The Fantastic Four, "Imagination Is Running Wild" by The Spinners, "The In Crowd" by Jimmy Ruffin, "Wish I Didn't Love You So" by The Monitors, "The Touch Of Venus" by Marvin Gaye, "I'd Rather Forget" by The Temptations, and "Kissing In The Shadows" by Johnny Bristol. CD

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VariousSatisfaction Guaranteed – Motown Guys 1961 to 1969 ... CD
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... $16.99
Think you've heard everything on Motown? Think again – because this sweet little set is filled with unissued 60s recordings by some of the best male singers on the label! The collection is a soul fan's dream come true – as the music here represents some real lost corners of Motown, with sounds that span almost the full stretch of the 60s – and really show the label's greatness at work – because if most of these tracks were recorded by other labels, they would have been pushed as potential hits! There's great work from artists who were just starting out, surprising moments from big names at the time, and a few entries we wouldn't have guessed without looking at the notes – and titles include "Headin North" by Shorty Long, "Only On The Weekend" by The Headliners, "Satisfaction Is Guaranteed" by Bobby Taylor & The Vancouvers, "Safety Zone" by Marv Johnson, "Hold On To Me" by The Spinners, "Show Me You Can Dance" by The Hit Pack, "Tell Me How To Forget A True Love" by Johnny Bristol, "Mojo Hannah (studio)" by Marvin Gaye, "I Wanted To Cry" by Bruce Channel, "I'm Gonna Make It To The Top" by Freddie Gorman, "This Ole Heart" by The Quails, "The Night We Called It A Day" by The Four Tops, and "Just Your Love" by Ivy Jo. CD

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✨✧ SyreetaRita Wright Years – Rare Motown 1967 to 1970 ... CD
Motown/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare early material from one of the hippest singers on 70s Motown – the heavenly Syreeta, best known for her seminal work with Stevie Wonder – heard here in the years before, on a rare single and a huge amount of never-issued tracks! Syreeta first worked for Motown under the name of Rita Wright – but apart from a 1967 single on Gordy, and a handful of compilation tracks in recent years, almost all her work for the label at the time appears here for the first time ever – a massive 18 of the collection's total 24 tracks – offering up a huge look at the early days of this wonderful talent! Even at the start, Syreeta's got a style that's hipper than most – righteous currents that point the way towards the 70s, and set her apart from some of the other female singers on the label – with a vibe that's completely sublime. We're really not sure why these cuts have been hidden for so long – because on any other label, they'd be hit material – especially given that production his handled by giants like Hal Davis, Stevie Wonder, Ashford & Simpson, and the Holland-Dozier-Holland team. One of the coolest sets of female soul you'll buy in a long, long time – with titles that include "Bad Boy", "Ain't I Gonna Win Your Love", "Beware Of A Stranger", "Love Child", "Since You Came Back", "Mind Body & Soul", "May His Love Shine Forever", "Something On My Mind", "That's What He Told Me", "It Don't Mean Nothin To Me", "Give Back The Good Things", "Can You Feel It Babe", "Save The Country", "Hurtin Me", "Love My Lovin Man", and "Where There's A Will There's A Way". CD

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✨✧ VariousComplete Motown Singles Vol 9 – 1969 (limited edition 6CD set) ... CD
Motown/Hip-O Select, 1969. Used 6CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Motown at the end of the 60s – hipper and much more righteous than anyone would have expected a few short years before! The scope of work on this 1969 volume of the Complete Motown Singles set is really amazing – not just the straighter Detroit soul of their roots, but a complex blend of styles that includes heavier funk, sweeter soul ballads, smoking instrumentals, and even a taste of the label's future to come as part of the California scene. As with other volumes, the packaging and presentation here is sublime – way more than just a standard CD collection – and instead, a book-like package that features 140 full color pages, plus 6CDs that feature over 140 songs in all – a-sides, b-sides, and even some rare alternate mixes. Artists include Stu Gardner, The Marvelettes, Monk Montgomery, Jr Walker, Stevie Wonder, Arthur Adams, The Spinners, The Jackson 5, Chuck Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Four Tops, The Rustix, Smokey Robinson, Edwin Starr, The Temptations, Shorty Long, Gladys Knight, The Originals, Jonah Jones, The Fantastic Four, Earl Van Dyke, The Honest Men, and even Soupy Sales! CD
 
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Gerald AlstonHell Of A Situation (radio, album, inst) ... 12-inch
Motown, 1991. Near Mint- ... $1.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a Motown sleeve.)

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✨✧ Another Bad CreationWhere's Ya Little Sista? (remix, dr jam mix, smooth mix, street mix, lp) ... 12-inch
Motown, 1993. Near Mint- ... $0.99
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(Promo in a Motown sleeve.)

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India ArieBrown Skin (E-London radio, E-London club, E-London inst, illicit radio, illicit club, illicit inst) ... 12-inch
Motown, 2001. Near Mint- ... $2.99
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(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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India ArieSimple (main, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Motown, 2001. Near Mint- ... $2.99
A nice mid tempo groover off of India Arie's great first LP. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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India ArieVideo (main, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Motown, 2001. Near Mint- ... $3.99
From Acoustic Soul. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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✨✧ India Arie & Joe SampleChristmas With Friends ... CD
Motown, 2015. Used ... $6.99
A really special Holiday album from India Arie – one that not only has the singer's vocals set up amidst some warm jazzy backings from keyboardist Joe Sample – but which also opens up to include guest performances by a host of contemporaries – including Brandy, Tori Kelly, Kem, Dave Koz, Trombone Shorty, Kirk Whalum, and others! The album's got a relatively intimate vibe – nicely laidback arrangements from Sample, who's getting nicely less smooth in his later years, and turns out to be a great accompanist for a singer – as on his work with Lalah Hathaway or Randy Crawford. The added talents step in nicely, in a relatively uncluttered way – almost like guests stopping by for a Christmas celebration – and titles include "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", "Favorite Time Of Year", "Let It Snow", "Mary Did You Know", "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm", and "Merry Christmas Baby". CD

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Erykah BaduMama's Gun ... LP
Motown, 2000. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
A millennial classic from Erykah Badu – a record that came along right as the current century was starting up, to show a soulful path that would keep things strong for many years to come! The album grabbed a bigger audience than Erykah's first, but still kept things strong – really focusing in on that amazing vocal style that made the singer such a unique talent – and which always had edges that were sharper, and runs that were deeper, than some of her contemporaries who might be able to trick a phrase with a bit of spirit, but never deliver the whole thing in the way that Badu can! Themes are both personal and hinting at her political turns to come – and titles include "Kiss Me On My Neck", "Didn't Cha Know", "My Life", "AD 2000", "Bag Lady", "In Love With You", and "Booty". LP, Vinyl record album

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Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part One (4th World War) ... CD
Motown, 2008. Used ... $4.99
Badu is back with some of the deepest, funkiest and best music of her career – a mindblowing treatise for a New Amerykah – and what we'll consider an instant classic whether the world at large catches on or not! Erykah steps up this time with a set that balances the wilder impulses of her criminally underappreciated Worldwide Underground and more of a hip hop based, righteously grooving style – but still bursts with a freshness that's unrivaled to say the least. From free spirited soul, to sparse hip hop funk this record is both blunt and beautiful – with a slow-building emotional resonance that'll reach the most jaded souls. Modern soul music of the first order that gives us goosebumps from the first spin to the last beat! The album kicks off with Erykah riffing on and remixing Ramp's "American Promise" as an intro – and it just gets deeper from there. Producers/collaborators include Madlib, Sa-Ra, Karriem Riggins, James Poyser and ?uestlove. Amazing!!! Titles include "The Healer", "Me", "My People", "Soldier", "The Cell", "Twinkle", "Master Teacher", "The Hump" and "Telephone". The 9th Wonder produced single "Honey" is an unlisted bonus track. CD

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Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh) ... CD
Motown, 2010. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
The second chapter of Erykah Badu's New Amerykah – recorded for the most part, quite incredibly, during the same period and with the same collaborators as the mind-altering, murky and righteous hip hop funk experimentalism that was Part One – some months that must be among the most dizzyingly creative in Badu's career! We're reluctant to call Return Of The The Ankh a lighter listen than its predecessor, but, it's a less dense and outwardly experimental batch in the sonic realm – the emotionalism and the head nodding warmth is at the forefront, yet she's as uncompromising and real as ever. The sound is still innovative, unique and her own on all fronts, but the songs chosen for Part Two are ones you want to approach and embrace from the opening seconds – there's not as much of a tripped out overall vibe and you don't need to acclimate from a distance – these songs pull you right in! Includes collaborations with James Poyser, Shafiq Husayn, Ta'Raach, Karriem Riggins, Madlib and Georgia Anne Muldrow. Includes "20 Feet Tall", "Window Seat", "Agitation", "Turn Me Away (Get Munny)", "Gone Baby, Don't Be Long", "Love", "Out My Mind, Just In Time" and more. CD
Also available New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh) ... LP 22.99

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Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh) ... LP
Motown, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 24.98
The second chapter of Erykah Badu's New Amerykah – recorded for the most part, quite incredibly, during the same period and with the same collaborators as the mind-altering, murky and righteous hip hop funk experimentalism that was Part One – some months that must be among the most dizzyingly creative in Badu's career! We're reluctant to call Return Of The The Ankh a lighter listen than its predecessor, but, it's a less dense and outwardly experimental batch in the sonic realm – the emotionalism and the head nodding warmth is at the forefront, yet she's as uncompromising and real as ever. The sound is still innovative, unique and her own on all fronts, but the songs chosen for Part Two are ones you want to approach and embrace from the opening seconds – there's not as much of a tripped out overall vibe and you don't need to acclimate from a distance – these songs pull you right in! Includes collaborations with James Poyser, Shafiq Husayn, Ta'Raach, Karriem Riggins, Madlib and Georgia Anne Muldrow. Includes "20 Feet Tall", "Window Seat", "Agitation", "Turn Me Away (Get Munny)", "Gone Baby, Don't Be Long", "Love", "Out My Mind, Just In Time" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available New Amerykah Part Two (Return Of The Ankh) ... CD 3.99

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Erykah BaduSouthern Gul (radio, acapella) ... 12-inch
Motown, 1999. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Sweet little single of this catchy number – featuring a guest appearance by Rahzel, who handles vocal percussion, bass, and effects. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Erykah BaduWorldwide Underground – clean promo version ... LP
Motown, 2003. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A nice one from Badu – one with a depth of feeling and genuine soulful vibes that live up to its title, despite the fact that she records for one of the world's biggest media conglomerates! It's all about the vibe here. Erykah rolls her syllables, scats and emotes feelings more than an actual narrative in the strongest of these cuts. It's not that she's forgone lyrics; but it's all about the ambience, not radio sing-a-longs. She also dives head first into her organic soul and hip hop hybrid sound a little more sparingly, but still better than any of the ladies that followed her lead after Baduizm. She channels Donald Byrd on the great "Think Twice", which is pretty indicative of the vibe as a whole. The groove is sorta mellow, but in a very tripped-out way, with deep organ washes and synth tones, scratchy soul guitar, and crisp organic beats. There's an appearance by Dead Prez on "Steady On The Grind", and a really sweet old school flavored remake of the great "Love Of My Life" track from the Brown Sugar soundtrack with Queen Latifah and Bahamadia, but for the most part Erykah is sweating soul on her own spiritual plane here. It's gonna take a little while to sink in, but this may be her best album (despite whatever naysaying BS you may read in mainstream reviews.) Tracks include "Bump It", the great single "Danger", "Woo", "Back In The Day" and "I Want You". LP, Vinyl record album
(In a stickered sleeve. Labels have some marker.)

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Carl BeanI Was Born This Way (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Motown, 1977. Very Good ... $7.99
A wonderful disco groover – recorded for Motown by Carl Bean, who we think never got a chance to issue a full album for the label! The real strength of the cut lies with Norman Harris – who produced the cut with a warm bubbling Philly finish – one that really makes the most of Bean's gospel-drenched vocals, and brings out the righteous, positive feel of the tune! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a printed Motown sleeve.)

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BJ The Chicago KidIn My Mind ... CD
Motown, 2016. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Solid hip hop soul by BJ The Chicago Kid – featuring support from a star-studded guest roster that includes Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Big Krit and more! It's fitting that BJ should get a high profile headlining effort of his own – on Motown, of all labels – after years of being a vital supporting player. In My Mind doesn't disappoint, with a soulfully resonant, slow burning mood on a lot of it – balancing relatable, accessible sounds with distinctive, personal songs. Includes "The New Cupid" with Kendrick Lamar, "A Woman's World", "Man Down" with Buddy And Constantine, "The Resume" feat Big KRIT, "Crazy", "Home", "Church" feat Chance The Rapper & Buddy, "Turnin' Me Up" and more. CD

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CommodoresCommodores ... CD
Motown, 1977. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
Not The Commodores first album – but a really that really broke them out of the box and exposed the group to a huge new audience! The album hits perfectly on both sides of the group's strengths – the tight ensemble funk on which they were raised, and some of the sweeter aspects that were showing up as Lionel Richie emerged as the solo male singing star – not nearly as cheesy here as in later years, and a surprisingly nice element to offset the heavier funk. Titles include the funky classic "Brick House", the mellow hit "Easy", and the cuts "Squeeze The Fruit", "Zoom", "Funky Situation", "Won't You Come Dance With Me", "Funny Feelings", "Heaven Knows", and "Patch It Up". CD
Also available Commodores ... LP 4.99

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CommodoresCommodores ... LP
Motown, 1977. Very Good ... $4.99
Not The Commodores first album – but a really that really broke them out of the box and exposed the group to a huge new audience! The album hits perfectly on both sides of the group's strengths – the tight ensemble funk on which they were raised, and some of the sweeter aspects that were showing up as Lionel Richie emerged as the solo male singing star – not nearly as cheesy here as in later years, and a surprisingly nice element to offset the heavier funk. Titles include the funky classic "Brick House", the mellow hit "Easy", and the cuts "Squeeze The Fruit", "Zoom", "Funky Situation", "Won't You Come Dance With Me", "Funny Feelings", "Heaven Knows", and "Patch It Up". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Commodores ... CD 4.99

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✨✧ CommodoresHot On The Tracks ... CD
Motown/Elemental (France), 1976. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
Early funk from the Commodores – back in the days when Lionel Richie could still get up and groove! It's records like this that actually remind us how great they could be – an incredible mixture of funk and sweet soul, done with a focused, well-crafted approach, and enough of a blend of the two styles to keep things interesting! The album's got a wonderfully tight quality – never slick or too smooth, but just nicely put together – commercial, but not so much so that it loses its soul. Titles include "Quick Draw", "Just To Be Close To You", "High On Sunshine", "Let's Get Started", "Can't Let You Tease Me", "Come Inside", and "Thumpin Music". Classic! CD

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CommodoresNatural High ... LP
Motown, 1978. Near Mint- ... $3.99
A pivotal album for The Commodores – still very funky here, with a sound that stays true to their roots – yet also able to reach out into some of the mature mellow ballads that would make them a huge crossover act in years to come! James Carmichael arranges and produces here – really helping the group to find that key focus, and make some important use of the vocals of Lionel Richie. Mr R steps out strongly on the crossover hit "Three Times A Lady" – but the whole group more than holds their own on the funky killers "X Rated Movie", "Fire Girl", and "I Like What You Do" – as well as the great mellow groover "Say Yeah". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing.)

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Dazz BandHot Spot (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/FTG, 1985. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The Dazz Band are in a definite hot spot here – the group's final album for Motown, and a record that's filled with the kind of catchy crossover funk they did better than most! The set snaps into a groove right from the very first note – with that electro funk that Motown served up big in the wake of Rick James, and which the Dazz Band only improve with their rock-solid sound on the set – a mode that has all the instrumental elements coming down sharp on the rhythms, topped by some back/forth group vocals that almost have a Jacksons vibe – except for the tracks in which they get processed with a bit of electro-soul modes! Titles include "If Only You Were In My Shoes", "Hot Spot", "Paranoid", "All The Way", "She Used To Be My Girl", "When You Need Roses", and Slow Rap". This Funky Town Grooves edition has 5 bonus tracks – 12-inch versions and alternate mixes of album tracks and more – including "Hot Spot (Club Mix)", "Heartbeat (12" Version)", "Let It All Blow (Special Disco Remix)", "Swoop (I'm Yours) (12" Version)" and "Joystick (Vocal 12"). CD

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Dazz BandJoystick ... LP
Motown, 1983. Very Good+ ... $4.99
The Dazz Band brilliantly modernizes their sound for the early-to-mid 80s – without sacrificing the funk one bit on a pair of later Motown albums – '83's Joystick and '84's Jukebox in a single set! As you might guess from the title, on Joystick, Dazz Band thumps and pulses things into a style that's electro and computer groove aware. That said, their background in midwestern funky 70s soul is hardwired into their systems and they bridge the eras masterfully! Titles include "To The Roof", "Joystick", "Until You", "Rock With Me", "Now That I Have You" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
 
 
 



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