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New Philly Joe JonesDrums Around The World ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
A wonderfully experimental album from drummer Philly Joe Jones – and one that has just the right sort of "ethnic" feel to earn its "Around The World" title! Mostly, the ethnicity comes through in exotic reed work by Sahib Shihab, Herbie Mann, and Cannonball Adderley – who all play wonderfully on the album – alongside straighter sidemen who include Lee Morgan and Blue Mitchell on trumpets, Benny Golson on tenor, and Curtis Fuller on trombone. There's a bit of the Yusef Lateef late 50s sound on here – mixed with Philly's killer crack sock drum approach – a blend that comes off wonderfully throughout, and really makes the album a standout in Philly Joe's catalog from the time. Titles include "Land Of The Blue Veils", "Blue Gwynn", "El Tambores", and "The Tribal Message", which is a nice drum solo! CD also features a bonus take of "Stablemates". CD
 
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Cody ChestnuttHeadphone Masterpiece ... CD
Ready Set Go, 2002. Used 2CDs ... $3.99
Tripped-out soul from Cody Chestnutt – a double-CD set that's an instant classic! Cody's sound is really unique – a lo-fi blend of styles that stretches back to Sly Stone and Shuggie Otis, with elements of the current Philly underground, bits of crispy hip hop production, and even some traces of early 70s underground rock . Beats are lean and messy – and Cody's voice has an honest upfront approach that really works with the lyrics, which are some of the most striking that you'll find on an album of this nature. The whole thing's got an "in the bedroom" feel that's as carefully calculated as it is casually compelling – and Cody's style really holds up, even over the course of 2 CDs! Titles include "Boylife In America", "No One Will", "Smoke & Love", "The Seed", "Magic In A Mortal Minute", "The World Is Coming To My Party", "Out Of Nowhere", and "My Women My Guitars". CD
(First pressing.)
Also available Headphone Masterpiece ... CD 5.99

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Cody ChestnuttHeadphone Masterpiece ... CD
Ready Set Go, 2002. Used 2CD ... $5.99
Tripped-out soul from Cody Chestnutt – a double-CD set that's an instant classic! Cody's sound is really unique – a lo-fi blend of styles that stretches back to Sly Stone and Shuggie Otis, with elements of the current Philly underground, bits of crispy hip hop production, and even some traces of early 70s underground rock . Beats are lean and messy – and Cody's voice has an honest upfront approach that really works with the lyrics, which are some of the most striking that you'll find on an album of this nature. The whole thing's got an "in the bedroom" feel that's as carefully calculated as it is casually compelling – and Cody's style really holds up, even over the course of 2 CDs! Titles include "Boylife In America", "No One Will", "Smoke & Love", "The Seed", "Magic In A Mortal Minute", "The World Is Coming To My Party", "Out Of Nowhere", and "My Women My Guitars". CD
Also available Headphone Masterpiece ... CD 3.99

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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 ... $24.99
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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Tommy Stewart & OthersMake Happy Music ... CD
FTG, Late 70s. Used ... $9.99
Killer grooves from the legendary Tommy Stewart – one of the funkiest producers on the Atlanta scene of the 70s – as you'll hear in this batch of wonderful tracks! Tommy's well-known for work under his own name – but this set also features some of his best productions for other artists too – a really unified batch of groovers that moves from mellow steppers through some tighter, more funky-based cuts too. The whole package is a delight – a look into a musical world that never got as much exposure as some of the scenes up in New York or Philly, but which certainly rivaled both of them for top-quality grooves. There's some great notes with the CD – telling the tale of Stewart's career, and that of partner Marlin McNicholls – and the package features cuts that include "Pay The Price" by Stevo, "Messin Around" by The Spirit Of Atlanta, "Que Pasa" by The Final Approach, "Big Fat Juicy Fun" by Hambone, "Let's Boogie At The Disco" by 3rd World Band, "Cream De Coco" by Disco Strut, "Fulton County Line" by Tommy Stewart, "Cosmic Funk" by Mad Dog Fire Department, "Party Night" by Stevo, "Dancing Down The Avenue" by Sherman Hunter, and the classic club cuts "Make Happy Music" and "Bump & Hustle Music" by Tommy Stewart. CD
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VariousConquer The World – The Lost Soul Of Philadelphia International Records ... CD
Philadelphia International, 1970s. Used ... $7.99
Philly International, way past the hits – presented here on a special collection of key rarities from the legendary label! If you think you've heard Philly before, get ready to think again – because the tracks here are all non-iconic gems from the deeper reaches of the label – deeper soul, hipper club, and heavier funk than you might expect from the sweeter chart singles the imprint scored back in the 70s! The package is a masterpiece – way better than we might have expected, and featuring some key tracks that even we'd never heard before – more than enough to have you digging funky 45s for Philly International. Tracks include "Ghetto Woman (parts 1 & 2)" by Ruth McFadden, "Everybody Needs Good Lovin (parts 1 & 2)" by Bunny Sigler, "Days Go By" by Bobby Bennett, "It's So Wonderful" by Johnny Williams, "Makin Up Time (parts 1 & 2)" by Frankie & The Spindles, "Hard Workin Man" by Pat & The Blenders, "Theme From Five Fingers Of Death" by Bunny Sigler, "Good & Plenty" by Carolyn Crawford, "Yellow Sunshine" by Yellow Sunshine, "Darling Come Back Home" by Love Committee, and "Grasshopper" by The Soul Devalents. CD features 4 bonus tracks – "Ruby's Surprise Party" by Ruby & The Party Gang, "Stop Taking My Love" by The Mellow Moods, "Love Is Here" by The Futures, and "The Big Hurt" by People's Choice. CD
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New John ColtraneJohn Coltrane – The Bethlehem Years (Winner's Circle/Art Blakey Big Band) ... CD
Bethlehem/Shout Factory, 1957. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The complete recordings done by John Coltrane for Bethlehem Records – mostly cut during December of 1957, and issued on the albums The Winner's Circle and Art Blakey Big Band! Both albums were a bit unusual for the label – in that The Winner's Circle was sort of a blowing/jam session type record, cut with some of the big poll winners of the year, but with shorter tracks than the usual Prestige-styled set of that nature. The lineup includes Donald Byrd, Al Cohn, Eddie Costa, Oscar Pettiford, and Philly Joe Jones – and Coltrane's a bit buried in the group, but gets out some nice licks from time to time. The second set of tracks was recorded for a unique big band session led by Art Blakey – featuring a core group with Coltrane, Donald Byrd, Walter Bishop Jr, and Wendell Marshall on some tracks – plus a larger lineup on a number of others. The CD brings together a whopping 27 tracks from these sessions, including some great alternate takes – and titles include "Midriff", "Tippin", "The Outer World", "The Kiss Of No Return", "Pristine", and "Oasis" – a previously unreleased track! CD

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New FuturesCastles In The Sky (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Buddah/Vivid (Japan), 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Soaring soul from The Futures – a Philly group who'd already worked for years in the underground before cracking the racks with this debut LP in 1975 – schooled strongly in their best vocal modes from previous singles, and ready to unleash the best side of their sound on the world! The set's got a perfectly put-together style that's much more like some of the Philly vocal work on Atlantic of Philadelphia International at the time – although also not as commercial, thanks to a righteous undercurrent in the group's presentation and overall aesthetic – hinted at by their image on the cover! Arrangements are by David Van DePitte and Wade Marcus, who also echo a bit of Detroit styles too – particularly the righteous blend of The Temptations towards the end of their Motown years. The Futures are equally great on mellow cuts and stormers – and titles include Castles", "Do Unto Others", "Ninety Days (In The House Of Love Correction)", "I Had A Dream", "Love Will Be Around Forever", and "Super Love". Plus, the CD features 4 bonus tracks – "No One Could Compare", "Grade A Woman", "The Way Of A Woman In Love", and "You Better Be Certain". CD
Also available Castles in the Sky ... LP 19.99

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New O'JaysYear 2000/My Favorite Person ... CD
Philadelphia International/Right Stuff, 1980/1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We know what you're thinking: "These guys were best in the 70s." Hold that thought for a moment and check out these great albums – because unlike a lot of their other chart-topping contemporaries from 1972 and 1973, the O'Jays actually continued to mature as a group, and managed to turn out some really fantastic material during the 80s! Year 2000 is a wonderful album that kicked off the group's strong run in the 80s – a set that features their sublime harmonies next to some tight mellow soul arrangements – hitting a mellower sound than before, and really letting them stretch out on the lyrics! The title cut's a real gem, but the whole album's great – and titles include "Year 2000", "To Prove I Love You", "The Answer's In You", "Once Is Not Enough" and "You're The Girl Of My Dreams (Sho'nuff Real)". My Favorite Person has the group nicely set up by McFadden & Whitehead – still recording at Sigma Sound, and working in a beautifully warm later Philly mode. The record includes the classic "My Favorite Person", one of the group's best later cuts, and a really catchy number – plus "Out In the Real World", "Don't Walk Away Mad", and "One On One". CD
(Out of print.)

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New RootsPhrenology ... CD
MCA, 2002. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A new hip hop soul masterpiece!!! On Things Fall Apart ?uestlove, Black Thought, DJ Scratch, Rahzel and co. reinvigorated the scene with a Philly style soulful, melancholy groove that seemingly influenced the entirety of the NuSoul world – and it could even be argued that the Roots birthed that whole scene. Phrenology carries that torch, but it's so, SO much more, as the heady nature weighed the previous LP down in spots, and Phrenology is a sprawling exercise in expectation-busting perfection! "Rock You" kicks things off in explosive fashion, forgoing the laid back, yet angry soul backbone the group pioneered in hop hop, for a massive electro pulse pounding style – with Black Thought frenetically spitting confrontational wisdom until the synth unexpectedly dives into a short burst of live hardcore punk with "!!!!!!!" (we know what you're thinking, but trust us, it REALLY works). "Sacrifice" features a surprisingly effective chorus sung by Nelly Furtado, and other guest spots include Kweli heating up "Rolling With Heat", Ursula Rucker kicking some reverential poetry on "Waok (ay) Rollcall", and Musiq on the single "Break You Off". Other highlights include the late 80s Bomb Squad-like production on "Thought @ Work", the group's live instrumentation (and ?uestlove's always great trap work) and soul claps on tunes like "The Seed (2.0)", the epic "Water", and "Complexity" with Jill Scott. If you're solely of the 2 turntables and a mic camp you may want to head elsewhere, but if you've been anxiously awaiting the new Roots LP like we have, you'll be knocked straight on your arse, welled up with tears of joy. The best major label hip hop album of '02, and a beauty to go in the time capsule for future generations to learn, and mourn what they missed first hand. Amazing!!! Other tracks include "Quills", "Pussy Galore", and "Something In The Way Of Things (In Town)". CD
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New Baby BlakOnce You Go Blak ... CD
Rapster (UK), 2003. Used ... Out Of Stock
The new hotness from Philly – a tight full length debut from Baby Blak! You may remember Blak from his appearance on Jazzy Jeff's Magnificent LP last year, where he added a surprising lyrical depth to that project. He extends that vibe masterfully throughout his own debut, which also benefits mightily from DJ Revolution's firm hip hop production. It's the kind of LP we wish Nas was still making; lots of real world street stories without glamorizing or polishing over anything, and a no nonsense production style. Revolution handled the bulk of the booth work, but there's some great guest turns on the knobs by Soul Supreme, Joey Chavez, Kev Brown and others. Blak brings in some seriously skilled guest MCs, too, including Planet Asia, the soon to HUGE Obie Trice, Mr. Lish, Lady Alma and others. The whole thing's as tight as can be, and ranks as highly in quality as the other successful albums on the young, hungry Rapster label – which is already well known for signing artists like Jazzy Jeff, Freddie Foxx, King Britt and others and giving them the creative control they need to work well! Tracks include "Once You Go Blak", "Wake Up", "Tables Turn", "Crazy", "The Youth", "Starvin' Artist", "Peace", "No Coast All Stars", "Daddy Dearest", "Diamonds" and more. CD

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New Blue Magic/Major Harris/Margie JosephLive! ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1976. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Philly soul magic – recorded in New Jersey! This unique little set offers a wonderfully different look at the hit Philly sound that was bubbling strongly on Atlantic Records during the 70s – as it features 3 of the label's best acts in the genre, caught live in a special performance at New Jersey's Latin Casino – often singing together on the same songs, in really special combinations that make the album way more than just a typical live set! Although backings were handled by Vince Montana, and production is by Norman Harris, the overall sound of the record is much earthier, more open, and spontaneous than any of the artists' work coming from Sigma Sound studios – and the album's a great illustration of the "real" world in which these singers lived and performed, which is somewhat different than the near-perfect Sigma studio albums. Blue Magic, Major Harris, and Margie Joseph join together on a version of "I Love Music" at the start – then Margie steps off for solo versions of "Ridin High", "My Love", and "Feelings" – followed by a duet with Major Harris on "You're A Special Part Of Me". Harris then sings solo on "Loving You Is Mellow", "Love Won't Let Me Wait", and "I Got Over Love" – and Blue Magic take over with a great run of tunes that includes a few medley numbers of other 70s soul hits, plus versions of "Haunted", "Bad Luck", "Sideshow", and "Chasing Rainbows". Margie Joseph then comes back to duet with the group on the numbers "What's Come Over Me", "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me", and "Funny Guy Funny Girl Funny Love". Phew! That's a heck of a lot of music – and all of it great! CD
 
 
 



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