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ArtisticsBest Of The Artistics ... CD
Brunswick, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $7.99
Killer work from this Chicago soul group – a set that brings together all the beautiful best the Artistics recorded for Brunswick Records! At the label, the group had that soaring, lilting vibe that virtually defined the Chicago group sound at the end of the 60s – a bit more punch than some of the east coast harmony acts, but not as tightly compressed as Detroit or Philly either. The collection's overflowing with goodness – 15 tracks in all, with titles that include "I'm Gonna Miss You", "Girl I Need You", "Hard To Carry On", "Yesterday's Girl", "Walking Tall", "The Price Of Love", "Lonely Old World", "What Happened", "When I'm Not Around", "With These Hands", "Just Another Heartache", "I Want You To Make My Life Over", and "Troubles Heartaches & Pain". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sonny ClarkCool Struttin' (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... $5.99
One of the most legendary albums on Blue Note – or maybe THE most legendary albums on Blue Note – a stunning session that shows what the label was capable of when it was really hitting on all burners – from the lineup to the music to the production – and even the classic cover art on the front! The album's a crowning achievement for pianist Sonny Clark – a player who'd already brought greatness to the world before the record, but really knocks it out of the park during the session – leading a razor sharp lineup that includes Art Farmer on trumpet, Jackie McLean on alto, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – all coming together with some magic in the studio, crafting a sound that forever put Blue Note on the map! Tracks are long, open-ended, and almost effortlessly soulful – and titles include Clark's classics "Cool Struttin" and "Blue Minor", plus versions of "Sippin At Bells" and "Deep Night". Plus, this CD also adds 2 long bonus cuts – "Lover" and "Royal Flush" – both of which weren't on the original album! CD
Also available Cool Struttin' (75th anniversary edition) ... LP 16.99

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Hee SistersDisKo Girls – The Anta Records Years Anthology 1978 to 1980 (3CD set) ... CD
Anta/Cobra Rose (Korea), Late 70s. Used 3CD ... $9.99
Get ready to discover a whole new world of disco you've never heard before – South Korean grooves from the late 70s, courtesy of the lovely Hee Sisters – a soulful trio to match the best American female dancefloor acts of the time! The Hee Sisters sing predominantly in Korean, and work in this really cool blend of Philly disco modes and some deeper East Asian pop sounds – which oddly has the tunes sparkling with a bit more feeling than you might expect, even if you can't understand the language – the kind of blue undercurrents you'd get in Japanese pop from obscure film soundtracks and sources of that nature. There's plenty of groovers mixed in with more laidback tracks – and the instrumentation often features sweet keyboards that move with the vocals like some late 70s Italian styles. And the package is great, too – a 7" square, hardcover book – filled with color pages that have vintage photos of the girls, plus notes in Korean and English, with album cover reproductions on nice heavy pages – all a bit like the Motown Singles sets issued over here. Two CDs feature vintage tracks from the girls, and one more features contemporarie remixes from Korea – showing the continued Hee Sisters influences over the years! CD

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Little Anthony & The ImperialsOn A New Street/Hold On (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Avco/, 1973/1975. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
Harmony heaven – a pair of Little Anthony & The Imperials albums together in a single set, with some sweet bonus tracks too! On A New Street is wonderful work from Little Anthony – and a great update to his smooth 60s harmony sound with The Imperials! Anthony wisely employs the use of two of 70s top harmony arrangers on the album – using Thom Bell on one side, and Teddy Randazzo on the other – both of whom really help take the group to a whole new level! The Thom Bell material fits perfectly with his work with The Stylistics from the same time, and the cuts have a wonderfully mellow east coast harmony style that's quite different than Anthony's earlier work. Teddy Randazzo does a pretty nice job, too – but with a fuller sound too, almost in a Manhattans mode that makes for a nice change from the previous fragility of Anthony's vocals. Titles include "I Don't Have Time To Worry", "That's What Love is All About", "I'm Falling In Love with You", "Heartache Never Entered My Mind", and "The Loneliest House on the Block". Also features an alternate take on "La La La At The End". Hold On has Little Anthony & The Imperials really hitting some great Philly modes – working with help from Tony Bell and Phil Hurtt, and getting lots of sweet backing from the Sigma Studio team – all in a mode that rivals some of the bigger soul group work of the 70s! The vibe's got a bit of Spinners in the mix, but still also holds on to the more fragile style that made The Imperials so great – especially on the mellower cuts, which have Anthony's voice cracking in that completely wonderful, very human way. But like Eddie Holman on Salsoul, he can also really shine on the clubbier cuts too – and the blend makes for a mighty compelling album from the group! Titles include "Hold On", "You Are The World To Me", "Promise Me", "I've Got To Let You Go", and "Back Where You Belong". CD also features some bonus cuts – "Hold On (stereo single mix)", "I've Got To Let You Go (stereo single)", "I've Got To Let You Go (stereo)", and "I've Got To Let You Go (mono short version)". CD

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsTenor Madness ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1956. Used ... $1.99
A groundbreaking album from Sonny Rollins, largely for the extended track "Tenor Madness", which runs on for 13 minutes, and features him and Coltrane blowing head to head – redefining the sound of the tenor sax in jazz through the course of that amazing track! Backing is by the Red Garland/Paul Chambers/Philly Joe Jones group that backed up 'Trane on many of his Prestige sides, and they work equally well with Rollins – especially on the ballads "When your Lover Has Gone" and "My Reverie", plus the lyrical "The Most Beautiful Girl In The World". CD
Also available Tenor Madness ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Black Ivory/Odds & EndsBattle Of The Bands Round 1 (Black Ivory vs Odds And Ends) ... CD
Sequel (UK), Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hardly a battle of the bands – as both groups here are great, and bring a sublime harmony soul sound to the set! The first half of the CD features some of the best early work from Black Ivory – killer group soul tracks recorded for the Perception/Today label in the early 70s, when Patrick Adams was handling the group in the studio and really helping them hit their heights! The 12 tracks included have the group sounding great both in a heartbreakingly mellow style, and in a more upbeat one – a groove that's probably more Motown-styled soul than some of their clubbier work in years to come. Black Ivory titles include "Surrender", "I'll Find A Way", "Don't Turn Around", "Our Future", "We Made It", "You & I", "Just Leave Me Some", "Time Is Love", and "Find The One Who Loves You". Next up are 8 more tracks by an even more obscure group – Odds & Ends, who also recorded for Perception/Today at the same stretch – and who have an equally great sound! The group's a trio with two guy singers and one gal – and they work here with a distinctly Philly sound, thanks to studio help from Thom Bell and Bobby Martin, who bring as much polish to the singles as some of the best work from the Gamble & Huff team at the time. There's a great late 60s Philly style to the cuts – despite an early 70s release – and titles include "Foot Track", "Who Could Doubt My Love", "Love Makes The World Go Round", "Yesterday My Love", and "Talk That Talk". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ First Class/Continental 4Battle Of The Bands Round 2 (First Class vs The Continental 4) ... CD
Sequel (UK), Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic harmony soul – the second round in this excellent series of indie soul reissues from Sequel! This round begins with the Ebony Sound recordings of First Class – a smooth east coast group with a wonderful approach – all-pro, but with an indie edge that makes their modern-tinged harmonies come across with the sincerity of rougher groups. First Class are represented by 8 tracks that include "Me & My Gemini", "What Is Life", "Let's Make Love", "The Beginning Of My End", and "I Wasn't There". Even more incredible are Continental 4 – a sublime group whose sound virtually defines the sound of early 70s east coast harmony! Continental 4 may not have been as big as some of their contemporaries, but their cut "(You're Living In) A Dream World" is one of the most sublime soul tracks ever recorded – with stunning harmonies, fragile production, and some wonderful Philly ballad instrumental touches. The rest of the tracks on the set are just as great – with slowly plucked electric sitar, soaring harmonies, and an amazing batch of orchestrations that are just out of this world! Titles include "Day By Day (Every Minute of The Hour)", "Running Away", "I Don't Have You", and "How Can I Pretend". Dream work from Philly Maestros like Bobby Martin and Norman Harris! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Phineas NewbornWorld Of Piano ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe not a "world" of piano, but a real classic from Phineas Newborn – a record that marks a harder, more soulful sound than some of his 50s work – shaking free from some of his flowery touches on the keys, and digging much deeper into the groove of his Memphis roots! The sound here is really tremendous – boldly leaping forth from the keys with a strength that's really surprising – but still sensitive enough to slide in a few more contemplative notes when the moment calls – sometimes while Newborn is still racing down the keys at breakneck speed! Rhythm on both sides is great – with Paul Chambers & Philly Joe Jones on side one, and Sam Jones and Louis Hayes on side two – and titles include "Cheryl", "Manteca", "Oleo", "Dahoud", "Cabu", and "For Carl". CD

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✨✧ Lou RawlsLet Me Be Good To You ... CD
Philadelphia International/Right Stuff, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Lou's classics for Philly International – a warm mix of smooth soul and adult vocals, handled with some great arrangements by Dexter Wansel and Thom Bell. There's less standout singles on this set than previous Philly records, but Lou's class and quality makes nearly every track come out wonderfully – a masterpiece of soulful understatement and grace. Titles include "We Keep Getting Closer To Being Further Apart", "Time Will Take Care Of Everything", "What's The Matter With The World", "Bark Bite", and "Lover's Holiday". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ StylisticsHurry Up This Way Again/Closer Than Close ... CD
Philadelphia International/Repertoire, 1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hurry Up This Way Again, one of the nice later LPs that the Stylistics recorded after moving to Philly International and reviving their career by giving themselves a good modern soul sound. The newer style of arrangements really does a lot for them, and this LP sports lots of nice tracks like "I Have You, You Have Me", "Found A Love You Couldn't Handle", "Hurry Up This Way Again", and "Is There Something On Your Mind". Closer Than Close is a mix of older sweet-styled harmonies produced by Thom Bell, plus smoother more modern numbers that have a great late Philly sound to them, and which were produced by Dexter Wansel or Darnell Jones. The record includes some excellent smooth steppers cuts – like "Mine All Mine" and "Closer Than Close", both of which are a perfect updating of the breezy soul of "People Make The World Go Round" – and the album has other nice numbers, like "I've Got This Feeling", "One Bad Habit", and "Searchin". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ EthicsBest Of The Ethics ... CD
Jamie/Guyden, Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Some of the greatest vocal group work to ever come out of the Philly scene – sweet, soaring harmony soul from The Ethics – a group whose recordings were a key precursor to the sound of 70s Philly! The group sported an especially great vocalist in the young Ron Tyson – who had a crackling tenor approach that was instantly recognizable, and which gives these tunes an earnest, honest quality that grabs us right away. And added to that are arrangements by Thom Bell and Vince Montana – a great way to mix the rough with the smooth, and wrap things up with the kind of complexity that few other groups could hope to match at the time – save for the young O'Jays or The Intruders! The CD features a total of 16 tracks – some of which were issued as singles on the Vent label, others which appear here for the first time – and titles include "Standing In The Darkness", "Sad Sad Story", "Searching", "Keep Away From My Baby", "Lost In A Lonely World", "Standing In The Darkness", "Now Is The Time", "Lonely Hearts", and "I Want My Baby Back". CD

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✨✧ Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesBlue Notes & Ballads ... CD
Philadelphia International/Sony, Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Sublime ballad work from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – material that easily represents the greatest side of their talents from the Philly International years! Although the group charted biggest with their groovers, we've always loved their mellower tunes best – and this CD is filled with them – killer slow-moving cuts that really let Teddy Pendergrass stretch out with amazing vocals, a tangle of emotions set beautifully to soulful Philly backings. A few tunes are from the post-Teddy years, but are still pretty great too – and titles include "Pretty Flower", "I Miss You", "Ebony Woman", "Let Me In Your World", "It All Depends On You", "To Be True", "Yesterday I Had The Blues", "I'm Weak For You", "It's All Because Of A Woman", "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon", "You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good", "If You Don't Know Me By Now", and "Yesterday I Had The Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Harold Melvin & The Blue NotesReaching For The World ... CD
ABC/PTG (Netherlands), 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
A really great post-Philly International album from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – the group's first after the departure of Teddy Pendergrass, and a set that shows them hardly missing a beat! The group are still recording at Sigma Sound, with Melvin at the production helm – and they've also got that great balance between a deep-voiced lead singer (new arrival David Ebo) and the soaring harmonies of the rest of the group. Tunes are wonderfully written – the right mix of personal and political from the group's biggest years – and the album's got a really great sense of pace and timing overall, maybe even more so than previous records. Titles include "Hostage", "He Loves You And I Do Too", "Stay Together", "Sandman", "Big Singing Star", and "Reaching For The World". CD

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✨✧ Billy PaulMe & Mrs Jones – Best Of Billy Paul ... CD
Legacy/Philadelphia International, 1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Billy Paul was one of the most compelling forces in 70s soul – blessed with a unique voice that was equally comfortable in the high ranges as in the low, and wholly capable of handling a number of different styles with equal skill, including mellow jazz, catchy soul, and strident uptempo dancefloor material. His work at Philly International has always been hidden behind the cut "Me & Mrs Jones" – which is a great track, but doesn't even begin to hint at the genius behind Billy's style. Fortunately, you'll get more than a good taste of Billy's skill on this set – which feature a strong batch of 14 tracks that cover a lot of the mode that Billy worked in at Philly. Titles include "Love Buddies", "Am I Black Enough For You", "Be Truthful To Me", "Billy's Back Home", "Black Wonders Of The World", "Bluesette", and "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right". CD
(Out of print.)

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