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California Poppy PickersHair – Aquarius ... LP
Alshire, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $5.99
Groovy album that has a number of vocal tracks from the Hair soundtrack, plus other late 60s groovy pop titles – all performed by the obscure California Poppy Pickers (who we seem to remember being someone else, but we're not sure.) Titles include "Good Morning Starshine", "Narrow People", "Hair", "Sunshine Summer Days", "Clean Up Your Own Backyard", and "Oh Happy Day". LP, Vinyl record album

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Victor Military BandFrom Here To Shanghai/Poppy Time In Old Japan ... 78 rpm
Victor, Late 20s. Very Good- ... $0.99
78 RPM, Vinyl record
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Linda CohenLeda ... LP
Poppy, 1973. Very Good+ ... $3.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & waviness.)

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✨✧ Townes Van ZandtTownes Van Zandt ... LP
Poppy, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
Great record with "For the Sake of the Song" & "Waiting Around to Die". Spare non-traditional arangements lend to the songs' impact. LP, Vinyl record album
(Tomato pressing.)

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✨✧ Mandrake MemorialPuzzle ... LP
Poppy, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Way more than just the standard psych album of the time – and instead a richly-orchestrated album with sounds as complicated as the MC Escher cover image! Ron Frangipane and Brooks Arthur both helped out in the studio – and the set's got a clarity of vision that's way different than just another fuzzy-headed concept album – a heady brew of the group's core sounds augmented in really spaced-out, stretched-out ways – almost similar to the work that David Axlerod did with the Electric Prunes, but a bit trippier too. Titles include "Tadpole", "Earthfriend", "Volcano", "Whisper Play", and "Puzzle". LP, Vinyl record album
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Gato BarbieriMasters Of Jazz Vol 9 – Gato Barbieri (Fenix/Under Fire) ... LP
Flying Dutchman/RCA (Germany), 1971. Near Mint- 2LP ... $9.99
A pair of Gato Barbieri albums from the Flying Dutchman label – back to back on a German collection from the late 70s! First up is the great album Fenix – the record's neither too out, nor too poppy – and it has Barbieri playing with that incredible raspy tone – and working over modal grooves laid down by a hip group that includes Lonnie Liston Smith on acoustic and electric pianos, Ron Carter on bass, Lennie White on drums, and additional percussion on most tracks. The cuts have a Latin finish to them, but they've also got a strongly pronounced soul jazz vibe – something that's missing from lots of Gato's other work, and which feels a lot here like some of Pharoah Sander's best work for Impulse! Titles include "Tupac Amaru", "Bahia", "Falsa Bahiana", "El Dia Que Me Quieras", "El Arriero" and "Carnavalito". Next is the album Under Fire – great work from Gato – filled with Latin rhythm influences forged on his Impulse sessions of the same time, plus some nice spiritual blowing in the Pharoah Sanders tradition in which he was linked in the immediate post-Coltrane years. Airto and Mtume are on percussion on most tracks, and Lonnie Liston Smith plays some pretty outside piano on the set. All tracks are long, and titles include "El Parana", "Antonico", "El Sertao", and "Maria Domingas". LP, Vinyl record album

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Julie BuddJulie Budd ... LP
RCA, 1971. Sealed ... $2.99
A hip early 70s album arranged and produced by Tony Hatch – not nearly as well known as his work with Jackie Trent or Petula Clark, but still pretty darn great nonetheless! Julie's got a style that's a bit less poppy than some of her predecessors – at least not in a 60s way – and she slides out nicely here with a warm quality that's rich and full, but gets a good sense of pacing and timing from Hatch. In other hands, Budd might be a bit too over the top, or too emotive – but Tony's skill with singers really helps her find focus here, on a set of tunes that include "Touch Me", "Just Say Goodbye", "How Can I Be Sure", "West Side Apartment", "You've Got A Friend", and a remake of "Call Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jamie Cullum with Nostalgia 77Interlude ... LP
Blue Note, 2015. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99 24.99
The hippest, coolest work we've ever heard from Jamie Cullum – a wonderful collaboration with Nostalgia 77, who bring a lot of deeper jazz tones back to Cullum's music! The members of the group shift from track to track, but really give the whole thing a soulful vibe that's been missing from some of Jamie's work in the past – a move back to his roots in jazz, with a sensibility that almost even steps farther back – and links him to hip 60s British talents like Georgie Fame or Zoot Money. Cullum's voice is wonderful, as always – but it's especially great to hear it in a setting like this, which is quite far from some of the more poppy directions he'd been heading on previous records. Titles include "The Seer's Tower", "Walkin", "Don't You Know", "Interlude", "Lovesick Blues", "Come & Get Me", "Out Of This World", "Make Someone Happy", "Good Morning Heartache", "Sack O Woe", and a version of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" done with Gregory Porter. LP, Vinyl record album

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John Davis & The Monster OrchestraNight & Day/Up Jumped The Devil (plus bonus tracks) – Disco Recharge ... CD
SAM/Harmless (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99
A pair of stone killers from John Davis & The Monster Orchestra – back to back in a single set, and with bonus tracks too! Night & Day is early work from John Davis and his Monster Orchestra – easily one of the coolest larger groups working on the US disco scene of the 70s – definitely a cut above some of their more mainstream contemporaries! The Davis difference is hard to define, but John definitely gets it right on this set – using full strings, female chorus vocals, and other instrumentation – but really still keeping things lean, in the best manner of MFSB or the Salsoul Orchestra. Core rhythms are from Davis on keyboards, Charles Collins on drums, Sugar Bear Foreman on bass, and Larry Washington on percussion – and titles include "I Can't Stop", "In The Still Of The Night", "I Get A Kick", "Night & Day", "Tell Me How You Like It", and "I've Got You Under My Skin". Bonus tracks include "Tell Me How You Like It (7" edit)", "I Get A Kick (12" version)", "Nigh & Day (7" version)", and "I Can't Stop (12" version)". Up Jumped The Devil is prime symphonic disco from the mighty John Davis and his well-named Monster Orchestra! The set's got a dramatic flourish that still mixes in plenty of live instrumentation – including keyboards and flute from John, plus some nice congas from Larry Washington! John sings lead vocals on most cuts, but uses some cool processing to kind of space out the sound – making for a compressed and flanged-out sound that's poppy, but really compelling. And although the whole thing sounds hokey, the quality of the grooves is actually pretty great from an instrumental standpoint. Titles include "Once Upon A Time", "We Can Fly", "Up Jumped The Devil", "You Gotta Give It Up", "You're The One", "The Magic Is You", and "Recapitulation". CD features bonus tracks – "Up Jumped The Devil (12" version)", "You're The One (7" edit)", "The Magic Is You (7" edit)", and "You Gotta Give It Up (12" version)". CD

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✨✧ DelfonicsLa La Means I Love You ... LP
Philly Groove, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A landmark album in harmony soul – one of those records that pushed the genre to a whole new level! The Delfonics emerge fully formed here as one of the most compelling groups of their time – a tremendous trio with a really unique approach to soul music – one that's heartfelt and heartbreaking, but never too sweet to be cloying or poppy – definitely just the right groove to keep things hip while also cracking the charts! The album's their first full collaboration with legendary producer Thom Bell – and it's got a sound that's summed up perfectly in the quintessential cut "La La Means I Love You" – and which is followed through beautifully on a batch of tracks that includes "Losing You", "Can You Remember", "You're Gone", "I'm Sorry", and "Break Your Promise". LP, Vinyl record album

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Durutti ColumnChronicle LX – XL (2CD box) ... CD
Kooky, 2014. New Copy 2 CDs ... $39.99
One of the most beautiful albums we've heard in years from Vini Reilly – and a set that really takes back to the magic we felt when buying the first few Durutti Column albums on factory! Not only is the sound here very much the Durutti approach we first fell in love with – a strange combination of post-punk production and performance filtered through the aesthetic of Erik Satie – but the package also has a very special look – like one of those cool cassette boxes for Factory that were originally designed by Peter Saville! This set's got way more to offer than those, though – two CDs' of music (plus inserts and even sandpaper) – originally written by Reilly to accompany an exhibition of his portraits, and expanded here to include an even greater range of personal sounds. Vini is in the lead on most numbers on his wonderfully atmospheric guitar – and plays piano, an instrument that's also handled by Poppy Morgan on some tracks – with longtime partner Bruce Mitchell on drums. Vocals are done by Reilly, as well as Jilly Taylor, Billy Rance, and Caoilfhionn – but are definitely secondary to the instrumental sounds on the set. Titles include "Poppy & Pancho", "Nine Years", "The Party", "Embattled Heart & Rattling", "Fanfare", "Electrostatic", "Free From All The Chaos", "Hotel Calderon", and "Sharrock's Tune". CD

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Richard Dimples FieldsGive Everybody Some ... LP
Boardwalk, 1982. Very Good+ ... $0.99
Sweet mainstream grooving from Richard Dimples Fields – the 70s indie artist who really struck big with these early 80s albums for Boardwalk! The style here is a mix of mellow soul and more upbeat numbers – very much the kind of blend that Fields' served up best back on his own label in the 70s, but which is re-presented here with a more professional, more contemporary soul vibe. There's a sweetness to Richard's vocals that's quite different than most of his contemporaries – an earnestness that makes even the most poppy numbers sound pretty great – and which almost sound better here than they did in the old days. Titles include "Don't Ever Stop Chasing Your Dreams", "Butter", "People Treat You Funky", "You Shouldn't Have Made It So Good", "You Send Me", and a nice version of "Moody's Mood For Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Five StarSilk & Steel ... LP
RCA, 1986. Very Good+ ... $0.99
The bright-eyed, good natured pop soul of UK brothers & sisters group Five Star matures nicely on Silk & Steel – a set that's grooving with more grown up vibes than the first one, but still carrying on the sound for the most part. Nice, poppy synth soul and sweet lead and group backing vocals, plus a slow jam or 2. Titles include "Can't Wait Another Minute", "Find The Time", "Rain Or Shine", "If I Say Yes", "The Slightest Touch", "Don't You Know I Love It?" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some moderate wear.)

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Funk DeluxeFunk Deluxe (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $22.99
A sweet 80s project from the legendary Randy Muller – a set that's a bit heavier on the beats and keyboards than his previous horn-heavy efforts – but which still has more than enough of a groove to earn the "funk" in the title! The style here is almost a take off from later Skyy modes – catchy club with a slightly poppy undertone – vocals from a variety of singers, wrapped nicely over core rhythms arranged and produced by Muller. There's some nice riffing guitar on most numbers too – creating almost a Chic-like funk feel at times – and titles include "Dance It Off", "Tender Lovin", "This Time", "Partime Lover", "Friends", "She's What I Need", and "Take It To The Top". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "This Time (12" version)", "This Time (Sergio Munzbai & John Morales 12" dub)", "Dance It Off (12" rmx)", "Dance It Off (12" dub)", and "Take It To The Top (single version)". CD

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GQFace To Face (with bonus track) ... CD
Arista/FTG, 1981. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
Wonderfully solid grooving from GQ – an album issued a few years after their bigger hits, but it's still plenty great and just as worthy! The trio have a wonderful way of laying out a sweet harmony without getting too cloying, nor too poppy – and the best cuts here glide along beautifully in a mellow or midtempo mode! There's a tightness here that reminds us of Tavares or The Main Ingredient at their best – but a bit more modern soul overall, and often with a very slight nod towards the growing 80s groove mode. Titles include "Face To Face", "I Love (The Skin You're In)", "Sad Girl", "Shy Baby", "Shake", "You've Got The Floor", "Dark Side Of The Sun", and "Boogie Shoogie Feelin". This edition from Funky Town Grooves includes the bonus track "Try Smurfin'". CD

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Francoise HardyMidnight Blues – Paris/London 1968 to 1972 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
Rare English language recordings from the sublime Francoise Hardy – music that's every bit as wonderful as her famous French recordings – and even more compelling to our Anglo-styled ears! The vocals are wonderful – sung with this sense of darkness that's almost got an echo of Nico at points, given the accent – set to backings that balance this darkness with a bit more light, but never in ways that are overly poppy – and which definitely continue that more sophisticated style that Hardy always brought to her music! There's less "yeh yeh" to the tracks than a few years before – and Francoise is definitely digging deeper music at this point in her career – sometimes with a breathy brilliance that's a bit like Jane Birkin too. Titles include "Bown Bown Bown", "Till The Morning Comes", "Loving You", "In The Sky", "Midnight Blues", "Magic Horse", "Song Of Winter", "Strange Shadows", "Ocean", "The Garden Of Jane Delawney", "Sometimes", "Let My Name Be Sorrow", "Times Passing By", "I Just Want To Be Alone", and "Suzanne". CD

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✨✧ Michael JacksonThriller ... LP
Epic, 1982. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $11.99
Arguably the last true moment of genius in Michael Jackson's career – a record that sold a bazillion copies around the world – and for plenty good reason! Michael's still working here with Quincy Jones – in territory that steps nicely from the Off The Wall groove, into territory that's somewhat more poppy, but still quite soulful overall. And yes, the success of the album meant that cuts like "Billie Jean", "Thriller", and "Beat It" got plenty of play – thanks to both heavy radio and video rotation – but a few decades later, there's still a tremendous amount of depth here – on great cuts like "Human Nature", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin", and "PYT" – which all hold up nicely! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has initials in pen & a few light smudges.)

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✨✧ Michael JacksonThriller (Special Edition with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic, 1982. Used ... $4.99
Arguably the last true moment of genius in Michael Jackson's career – a record that sold a bazillion copies around the world – and for plenty good reason! Michael's still working here with Quincy Jones – in territory that steps nicely from the Off The Wall groove, into territory that's somewhat more poppy, but still quite soulful overall. And yes, the success of the album meant that cuts like "Billie Jean", "Thriller", and "Beat It" got plenty of play – thanks to both heavy radio and video rotation – but a few decades later, there's still a tremendous amount of depth here – on great cuts like "Human Nature", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin", and "PYT" – which all hold up nicely! Special edition contains "Someone In The Dark", "Billie Jean (home demo)", "Voice Over Session From Thriller", and "Carousel". CD
Also available Thriller ... LP 11.99

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JuicyIt Takes Two ... LP
Epic, 1985. Very Good+ ... $13.99
Probably the biggest album ever from the brother/sister team of Katreese and Jerry Barnes – working here as Juicy, in a sweet smooth 80s groove style that's mighty nice! Deodato produced the album, and it's similar to some of the other soul material he was handling in the 80s – slick and sparkling, but with a sweet jazzy touch that keeps things a lot more real than on other soul albums from the time. The Barnes siblings handle all vocals and instruments – and the record has a sweet poppy duet style that's perhaps a bit dated, but also kind of due for a revival. Features the group's great slow jam hit "Sugar Free", with lots of excellent bass pedal jamming – plus "Stay With Me", "Slow Dancing", "It Takes Two", and "Nobody But You". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ KliqueIt's Winning Time ... CD
MCA (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
It's definitely winning time for Klique – as the trio grooves here with a lean, clean sound that's totally great! Despite the silly jumpsuits on the cover, the group actually have a pretty nice sound in the grooves – one that's kind of a poppy approach to the boogie, filled with plenty of nice hooks and riffing rhythms – all laid out with production that never gets too cluttered or cliched! The sound is simple, but that's it's strongest suit – and the album's got a nice focused quality overall. Titles include "Love's Dance", "It's Winning Time", "From Now On", "Better Times", "So In Love With You", "I Think You Know", "Middle Of A Slow Dance", and "You Brought My Love To Life". CD

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LinxGo Ahead (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Arista/Big Break (UK), 1981. Used ... $6.99
Full steam ahead from Linx – a duo who could easily come up with some of the catchiest soul of their generation! The set's got a sparkling feel that follows strongly from the previous Intuition album – bouncy grooves that take a clubby groove, and trim it down nicely – making for some really great hooks in the process, and almost acting as a blueprint for crossover 80s soul in years to come! There's some great Brit funk elements in the backing – which makes the set groove differently from US efforts of this type – and we mean that in a great way – some slight darkness in the keyboards and rhythms, which really keeps things from sounding too poppy overall. Titles include "So This Is Romance", "I Wanna Be With You", "Urban Refugee", "All My Yesterdays", and "I Don't Want To Learn". CD features lots of bonus tracks – "Plaything (12" mix)", "Don't Hit Me With Love (12" mix)", "So This Is Romance (Rio mix)", "I Won't Play This Game (remix)", "I'm Not Joking (long)", "The Ice Is Melting", and "It's My Life (extended)". CD

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✨✧ Ed MottaEntre E Ouca (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Warner/Polysom (Brazil), 1992. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Early soul material from the great Ed Motta – a record that really has the Brazilian singer hitting his stride! Ed's a singer that we've loved for many years, and await eagerly for each new record – but this early 90s set is one of his first great musical moments, a set that has him really finding his voice, and following strongly in the Brazilian soul tradition of his famous uncle, Tim Maia! And although Motta had worked in some more beat-heavy, poppy modes on previous records, this one has a much richer vibe – and shows the love of older 70s styles that would reemerge later on his seminal AOR set – done here with leaner, more stripped down modes that are mighty nice. The songwriting is great – and Motta's voice, as always, is incredible – and the instrumentation features a fair bit of Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano, which really further the warmth of the vocals. Titles include "Bem Longe", "Agora Que O Dia Accordou", "Entre E Ouca", "A Vontade", and "Se Ate As 11". LP, Vinyl record album

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New EditionCandy Girl ... LP
Streetwise/Get On Down, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 18.98
A poppy record, but a great one too – and a surprisingly enduring pleasure from the Streetwise scene of the 80s! This is the album that started it all – the wave of younger groups that would come into play in 80s soul strongly by the latter half of the decade – New Edition with its now-classic lineup that includes a young Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, and the Bell, Biv, Devoe trio! The album's really the brainchild of producer Maurice Starr, who's also working here with a fair bit of help from Michael Jonzun and a bit of guidance from Arthur Baker – all of whom serve up tunes that are sweet and catchy, and which are almost an 80s update of the sound of the Jackson 5 or Five Stairsteps from a decade before – given a hipper, more streetsoul undercurrent. Titles include "She Gives Me A Bang", "Pass The Beat", "Ooh Baby", "Popcorn Love", "Candy Girl", "Should Never Have Told Me", and "Gimme Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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ShannonDo You Wanna Get Away ... LP
Mirage/Atco, 1985. Near Mint- ... $0.99
A set of tinny, poppy dancefloor grooves from Shannon – very much in the spirit of her earlier hits for Mirage, and handled with a strange sort of charm that we're hard pressed to define ourselves! There's certainly plenty of cheesy elements going on – from overwrought guitars to overused keys – but Shannon's vocals somehow make them come off with a nice degree of sweetness. Titles include "Stop The Noise", "Stronger Together", "Urgent", "Why Can't We Pretend", "Bedroom Eyes", and "Doin What You're Doin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some creases.)

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✨✧ Edwin StarrSoul Master (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gordy/Big Break (UK), 1968. New Copy ... $14.99
A mod soul classic from the great Edwin Starr – a set that bridges his years in the Detroit underground and his sudden rise to fame at Motown! The tracks here have a really deep basement grooving sort of vibe – catchy, but less poppy than the usual Motown – and more with the kind of grit you'd find on some of the smaller indies of the time – not just in Edwin's vocals, but in the overall rhythms as well! There's loads of dancefloor soul cuts here, mixed with some overlooked gems – and the whole thing's wonderful, especially if you only know Edwin's later hits. Titles include "Agent Double O Soul", "I Am The Man For You Baby", "Stop Her On Sight", "I Want My Baby Back", "Soul Master", "Headline News", and "My Weakness Is You". CD features loads of bonus tracks – 17 additional songs – singles that include "Girls Are Getting Prettier", "Harlem", "My Kind Of Woman", and "Gonna Keep On Tryin Til I Win Your Love" – plus alternate and single mixes of album tracks! CD

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