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Contours & Dennis EdwardsJust A Little Misunderstanding – Rare & Unissued Motown 1965 to 1968 ... CD
Motown/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99
Just when you think you know everything there is to know about Motown, here comes a set to open your ears and blow your mind all over again! The set unearths a huge amount of rare work by The Contours – the rollicking group who gave Motown a sweet album and handful of singles in the 60s, but who also recorded a lot of other work that was never issued at the time – including a sweet array of tracks that feature a young Dennis Edwards as their lead vocalist! Edwards is best known for his work in the Temptations – but these tracks predate that time, when Dennis was brought in to give fresh focus to the ailing Contours – and lent his strong lead vocals to their massively grooving sound. The package features a whopping 26 tracks – 14 issued here for the first time ever, and a lot more pulled from only collections of rare Motown releases – and titles include "Determination", "I'll Turn To Stone", "I Like Everything About You", "Can't Do Without Your Love", "Come See About Me", "I Grow Deeper In Love Every Day", "Our Last Rendezvous", "Which Way To My Baby", "Need Your Lovin", "What's So Good About Goodbye", "Sunny", and "I'm Here Now That You Need Me". 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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SyreetaRita Wright Years – Rare Motown 1967 to 1970 ... CD
Motown/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
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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TemptationsYou've Got To Earn It 1962 to 1968 – Motown Lost & Found ... CD
Motown, Mid 60s. Used ... $9.99
Rare 60s work from The Temptations! CD
(Out of print.)

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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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JR Walker & The All StarsMotown Superstar Series Vol. 5 ... LP
Motown, 1960s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
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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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✨✧ 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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VariousMojo Presents Motown Nuggets – Hits & Rarities From Soul's Greatest Label ... CD
Mojo, 1960s. Used ... $3.99

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VariousMotown Story – The First Decade Vols 1 through 5 (5 LP box set) ... LP
Motown, 1960s. Very Good+ 5LP ... $7.99
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(Box has split edges & some wear.)

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Peter BenjaminsonMary Wells – The Tumultuous Life Of Motown's First Superstar (hardcover) ... Book
Chicago Review Press, 2012. New Copy ... About April 15, 2016 (delayed)
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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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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VariousMotown 7s Box Set Vol 3 (7 x 7 inch single box set – with download) ... 7-inch
Motown/Universal (UK), 1960s. New Copy ... About August 19, 2016 (delayed)
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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 ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Marvin GayeGreat Songs & Performances That Inspired The Motown 25th Anniversary TV Special ... LP
Motown, 1960s/1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Smokey Robinson & The MiraclesGreat Songs & Performances That Inspired The Motown 25th Anniversary TV Special ... LP
Motown, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Who would have thought it? Smokey's great career at Motown was just designed to be inspiration for a TV Special! Who cares, though? The set's still got some of his biggest hits for Motown, if you can get past the title – and tracks include "Mickey's Monkey", "Being With You", "I Second That Emotion", "Shop Around", "Tears Of A Clown", and "Tracks Of My Tears". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Diana Ross & The SupremesGreat Songs & Performances That Inspired The Motown 25th Anniversary TV Special ... LP
Motown, 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Cover has a bit of pen on front.)

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✨✧ Jimmy & David RuffinMotown Superstar Series Vol 8 ... CD
Motown, 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousComplete Motown Singles Vol 1 – 1959 to 1961 (limited edition 6CD set) ... CD
Motown/Hip-O Select, 1959/1960/1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible package – one that features every Motown single from the label's first 3 years, including the a-sides and b-sides for every one! The package is long overdue – as these early Motown years are some of the label's most compelling – not only because they show the formation of the hit sound back in its infancy, but also because they show Motown working in a much wider range of styles as the time – with a host of artists who never went on to become as famous as the label's stars! The packaging itself is worth the price of the set – done as a hardcover book with 90 pages of notes and color images on every single song – plus separate pages that contain the CDs, and even a bonus vinyl 45 package inside the front cover! The whole thing is incredibly beautiful – the kind of package that we'd gladly trade a pile of rare singles for – and which really has us tipping our hat to the great work of the Hip-O crew! Features a total of 155 tracks in all – with work by artists that include Eddie Holland, Mable John, The Valadiers, Twistin Kings, Sammy Ward, Debbie Dean, The Contours, Mary Wells, Joel Sebastian, Barrett Strong, The Miracles, Jimmy Ruffin, and many many more! CD
(Long out of print – and still sealed!)

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✨✧ VariousComplete Motown Singles Vol 6 – 1966 (limited edition 5CD set) ... CD
Motown/Hip-O Select, 1966. Used 5CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pivotal year in the triumphant run of Motown at its most classic and impervious – and the epic 6th volume in the amazing Complete Motown Singles series – featuring all of the important singles from 1966! '66 was a vital year for the label – the Supremes reign of chart dominance continued, the Temptations, Isleys, Marvin and Stevie were killin' it all over the country – and artists such as Tammi Terrell, Earl Van Dyke, the Mynah Birds & others were dropping great singles that were originally lost in the shuffle. Amazingly, you get all of it here – lovingly packaged with a thick, full color, 100+ page book of essays, studio notes, wonderful photos and more – and topped out with a replica 45 of "Reach Out I'll Be There" b/w "Until You Love Someone" by the Four Tops! The 5CDs feature all of the incredible '66 singles by so many of the greatest soul stars ever – plus a handful of amazing obscurities – the work of Martha & The Vandellas, Brenda Holloway, The Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Kim Weston, The Monitors, Marv Johnson, Billy Eckstine, Connie Haines, Frances Nero, Jr. Walker & The All Stars, Shorty Long, The Spinners, Stevie Wonder, The Marvelettes, Tammi Terrell, Chris Clark, The Mynah Birds, The Contours, The Miracles, Jimmy Ruffin, Rick, Robin & Him, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The LaSalles, The Velvelettes, The Elgins, Earl Van Dyke & The Motown Brass and more! CD
(Out of print! Still sealed, too.)
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✨✧ India ArieAcoustic Soul ... CD
Motown, 2000. Used ... $0.99
An incredible debut – and the birth of a genre! India Arie burst upon the Neo Soul scene with this sweet little set a few years back – and her career's been burning up ever since! The set's got all the best elements of some of the best indie soul of recent years – sweet beats, honest vocals, and warm instrumental touches – but the best aspect is the "acoustic soul" use of guitar to give some tracks a slightly folksy feel – one that sets India apart from some of her contemporaries with a really personal approach! The whole thing's great – overflowing with wonderful tracks that include "Video", "Brown Skin", "Back To The Middle", "Part Of My Life", "Always In My Head", and "Nature". CD also features a bonus Stevie Wonder dedication – "Wonderful"! CD

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India ArieVideo (main, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Motown, 2001. Near Mint- ... $5.99
From Acoustic Soul. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Erykah BaduBag Lady (cheeba sac main, cheeba radio, main radio edit, cheeba inst, inst, main acapella) ... 12-inch
Motown, 2000. Near Mint- ... $7.99
12-inch, Vinyl record

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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 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

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✨✧ Erykah BaduWorldwide Underground ... CD
Motown, 2003. Used ... $2.99
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, 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". CD

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Carl BeanI Was Born This Way (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Motown, 1977. Very Good+ ... $9.99
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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✨✧ CommodoresBrick House (special length disco version) ... 12-inch
Motown, 1977. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $7.99
Needs no introduction – and a funky track so classic, it's still hard to believe that Lionel Ritchie was involved in the thing! A perfect choice for a Motown disco single – and one to slap on the turntables at your next mainstreamers gig! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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CommodoresNatural High ... LP
Motown, 1978. Very Good+ ... $2.99
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
(Canadian 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/Jukebox ... CD
Motown/FTG, 1983/1984. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
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. On Jukebox, the Dazz Band hit hard with that catchy, synth-heavy groove that marks their other solid Motown work! The album's got all the catchy pop elements you might guess from the time – not as classically funky as the group in their roots, with lots of emphasis on the keyboards and guitar – that crossover Motown soul mode of the mid 80s. Titles include "So Much Love", "Dream Girl", "She's The One", "Heartbeat", "Let It All Blow", "Undercover Lover", and "Main Attraction". CD

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✨✧ Four TopsFour Tops ... LP
Motown, 1964. Very Good- ... $8.99
The first full album from The Four Tops – and a tremendous showcase for their wonderful harmony vocals! The group has an organic quality that's wonderful enough on its own – one of the tightest, most fully-formed of all the Motown groups – but they get pushed strongly over the top here with some sublime Holland/Dozier production – stepping rhythms, swirling strings, and just the right sort of instrumentation to set fire to the legendary lead vocals of Levi Stubbs! There's a few hits on the record, and some great lesser-known gems too – and titles include the classic "Baby I Need Your Loving", plus "Without The One You Love", "Call On Me", "Sad Souvenirs", "Where Did You Go", "Tea House In China Town", "Left With A Broken Heart", "Your Love Is Amazing", and "Ask The Lonely". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has clear tape on the top seam & spine.)

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✨✧ Marvin GayeAnthology ... LP
Motown, 1960s/Early 70s. Very Good+ 3LP Gatefold ... $19.99
Killer 3LP set that brings together just about every single track you'd ever want from Marvin's early years at Motown! The gamut runs from early pop singles to the politically progressive work of his What's Going On years. Titles include "You're The Man", "Trouble Man", "If This World Were Mine", "Take This Heart Of Mine", "It Takes Two", "Try It Baby", "Baby Don't You Do It", "Can I Get A Witness", "Hitch Hike", "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow", "Once Upon A Time", "What's The Matter With You Baby", and "What Good Am I Without Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the booklet. Cover has some minor peeling along the bottom seam, inside the trifold.)

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Marvin GayeHere, My Dear (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Motown, 1978. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99 29.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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Marvin GayeLive At The London Palladium ... LP
Motown, 1977. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99
This is the second of two live albums that Marvin Gaye cut during the 70s – and in many ways, it's the better one! The record features three sides of work recorded live at the London Palladium – mostly in these swirling medleys that are introduced by Marvin in a very soulful mode, then swing into well-arranged combinations of classic tunes with some excellent instrumentation. The album features a few straight cuts like "Since I Had You", "Let's Get It On", "Trouble Man", and "Come Get To This" – but the medleys are great, too, especially the one on side 2, which features kind of a mini version of the album What's Going On! But then, even after all that, side 4 opens up in a slamming studio track – the extended funky groover "Got To Give It Up", which has some great keyboards by Marvin and cool rhythm work by Jack Ashford. All very funky, and Marvin's big bid at a club cut – one that worked pretty darn well! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear and some faded marker on front.)

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✨✧ Marvin GayeMPG ... LP
Motown, 1969. Very Good+ ... $11.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has two small cutout holes in the bottom left corner.)

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✨✧ Marvin GayeThat Stubborn Kinda Of Fellow ... LP
Motown, 1963. Sealed ... $16.99
Early genius from Marvin Gaye – a set that's one of his first biggest hit-making albums for Motown, and for good reason too! Gaye's really come a long way here in just a few short years – hitting hard on the album's title hit, with that trademark rasp that would only get stronger and more charming by the end of the 60s. The backings pack a punch too – pure Motown 60s soul all the way through, with backing vocals from Martha & The Vandellas – although Marvin's own lead is more than strong enough on its own! Titles include the big title hit "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow" – plus "Hitch Hike", "Get My Hands On Some Lovin", "It Hurt Me Too", "Pride & Joy", and "Wherever I Lay My Hat" – all written by a young Marvin! LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram pressing.)

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Marvin GayeTrouble Man ... CD
Motown, 1972. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
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 (original gatefold pressing) ... LP 19.99

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Marvin GayeWhat's Going On (expanded edition) ... CD
Motown, 1971. New Copy ... $4.99 5.98
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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What's Going On (original gatefold) ... LP 39.99
What's Going On (80s pressing) ... LP 18.99

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