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Fun Lovin CriminalsWelcome To Poppy's ... CD
DiFontaine, 2003. Used ... $1.99
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ California Poppy PickersHair – Aquarius ... LP
Alshire, Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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Mandrake MemorialMandrake Memorial ... LP
Poppy, Early 70s. Near Mint- (reissue)... $11.99
Man, what a great little set! The album's a trippy yet laidback set of well-crafted pop – never over-indulgent, but filled with nice late 60s touches that include sitar and electric keyboards in the instrumentation – and a general fuzziness overall in the way things are presented, making for a hazey-sounding set that's incredibly seductive. The tunes all have some nice folksy touches underneath – and while we might be tempted to call this one sunshine pop, it's a bit darker and too brooding to fit the sunshine tag – and deserves well enough to stand on its own! Titles include "Dark Lady", "To A Lonely", "House Of Mirrors", "Sunday Noon", "Next Number", and "Bird Journey". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Louis & Bebe BarronForbidden Planet – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Poppy Disc (UK), 1956. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic early electronic work from Louis & Bebe Barron – and the score to one of the best 50s space thrillers! This LP does a nice job of bringing the material out again – and although the sound quality isn't totally perfect, the spookiness of the music more than makes up for that. Titles include "Flurry of Dust", "The Landing", "Invisible Monster Approaches", and "Ancient Krell Music". 23 tracks in all – and lots of weird wonderful numbers! LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Beach BoysSurfin USA ... LP
Capitol, 1963. Very Good- ... $11.99
Early work from The Beach Boys, but Brian Wilson's genius is already starting to show – tucked in between some more obviously poppy numbers that first put the group on the map! The album obviously features the big title hit, but there's some other great gems here that are much lesser known – our favorite of which is "The Lonely Sea", an incredible number filled with sadness and longing, and a real precursor to the Pet Sounds years! Other titles include "Finders Keepers", "Lana", "Farmer's Daughter", "Noble Surfer", "Stoked", "Surfin USA", "Miserlou", "Shut Down", and "Let's Go Trippin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label mono pressing. Cover has some wear and a few small tape spots.)

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Beady BelleCricklewood Broadway ... LP
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. New Copy ... $11.99
Stunning sounds from Beady Belle – one of the greatest albums we've heard from the group in years – and that's saying a heck of a lot! Beady Belle are as soulful as ever, but also have a new sort of crackle too – a bit more clavinet mixed in with their Fender Rhodes, and this cool moogy way of laying down a groove that at times is almost a 21st Century version of Shuggie Otis during his Inspiration Information years! The lovely vocals of Beate Lech still keep a great degree of humanity in the music – with these beautifully personal lyrics that have always made the group one of the warmest of all their contemporaries on the Scandia scene – sung this time with a maturity that could well get these guys the much-needed audience they've always deserved on this side of the Atlantic. A gem through and through – with titles that include "Saved", "Party Pooper", "Song For Irie", "Faith", "Circlet", "So Far So Good", "My Name On The World", and "Poppy Burt-Jones". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gary CrissRio De Janeiro (6:25, 7:08, radio edit, 8:77)/Girl From Ipanema-Brazilian Nights ... 12-inch
Salsoul/Double J, 1978. Very Good+ (reissue)... $4.99
A lesser-known gem from the late 70s Salsoul stable! The track's got a catchy, almost poppy hook – but is done here with a mighty Salsoul groove that has thumping conga lines under soaring strings – topped off by some nice horns and served up here in a remix by Richie Rivera! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Jamie Cullum with Nostalgia 77Interlude ... CD
Blue Note, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
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. CD
Also available Interlude ... LP 16.99

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Jamie Cullum with Nostalgia 77Interlude ... LP
Blue Note, 2015. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99 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
Also available Interlude ... CD 9.99

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D'AngeloBrown Sugar ... LP
Capitol/Virgin, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $31.99 35.99
A record that was an instant classic from the moment it was first released – and a set that's still pretty darn pleasing all these many years later! At a time when mainstream soul was often too smooth or too poppy, D'Angelo came along and not only found a way to return the music to the years of its power with singers like Al Green or Marvin Gaye – but also managed to bring in some of the best hip hop elements of his generation too, at a level that was far more successful than most other blends that had been tried before! Production is nice and lean, and super-crispy – at a level that so many folks are still copying all these years later – and the set's full of classics that include "Cruisin", "When We Get By", "Smooth", "Me & Those Dreamin Eyes Of Mine", "Brown Sugar", "Alright", and "Jonz In My Bonz". 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. Used 2 CDs ... $11.99
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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Michael JacksonThriller ... CD
Epic, 1982. Used ... $1.99
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! CD
Also available Thriller ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Michael JacksonThriller ... LP
Epic, 1982. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
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 some light wear.)
Also available Thriller ... CD 1.99

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Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross & OthersWiz – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack ... CD
MCA, 1978. Used 2CD ... $6.99
We know, we know, you're wondering "Why is this here?". And truthfully, if it weren't for the fact that Quincy was at the top of his game when he produced this version of The Wiz, we'd write it off as total crap too, but there are a few moments peppered in here and there that will make this worthwhile to some of you out there! Skip past "Ease On Down The Road" to the "Emerald City Sequence", "Poppy Girls", 'So You Wanted To See The Wizard" and "Home". CD
(CD case has a cutout hole.)

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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. New Copy ... $8.99
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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Terry RileyRainbow In Curved Air (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1971. New Copy ... $14.99
One of Terry Riley's most enduring works, and a haunting record that contains two extended modal minimal jams – "Rainbow In Curved Air" and "Poppy Nogood & The Phantom Band". "Rainbow" features Terry interweaving cool keyboard lines on organ, electric harpsichord, and the amazingly cool "rocksichord" – which is almost a guitar-like keyboard! "Poppy Nogood" has a similar groove on organ and soprano saxophone. Both tracks are prime material by Riley, and they have a sound that's influenced countless artists in the current electronica generation – but which never sounded better than here, on the original recordings! LP, Vinyl record album

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Staple SingersBe What You Are ... LP
Stax, 1973. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Warmly grooving 70s soul from The Staple Singers – recorded in a fuller Memphis mode that's miles from their gospel roots, but still plenty darn nice! The style here is very much in keeping with the hit Staples mode of the time – righteous, full, but still nice and earthy at the bottom – a beautiful blending of the group's one male and three female vocals – served up with some slight electric touches in the rhythms. Tracks are tight and catchy, but never poppy – and titles include "If You're Ready", an obvious follow up to "I'll Take You There" – plus "Tellin Lies", "Love Comes In All Colors", "Drown Yourself", "I Ain't Raisin No Sand", and a nice version of "Grandma's Hands". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Kenny WesleyReal Thing ... CD
Wright Brothers, 2013. Used ... $4.99
The first full album we've heard from Kenny Wesley – a singer with a heck of a great vocal range, and a strong sense of personality too! The album's got a depth that goes way past the goofy image on the cover – as Wesley brings a jazz vocal sense of range to his singing, but mixes things with a heavier funk approach too – some bassy bits and tight drums that keep the tunes tight and snapping, but never in a way that's poppy or commercial. Instead, the whole thing bristles with freshness – just the right sort of album to announce Kenny as a bold newcomer, with a vibe that's all his own. Titles include "The Real Thing", "Taffy", "Feels Good", "The Window", "Closer", "Woman", "Tangled", "Sophisticated", and "Missin You". CD
(Out of print.)

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X-Ray SpexGerm Free Adolescents ... CD
Virgin/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
X-Ray Spex were one of the strongest of the first generation punks of the 70s – a group fronted by the amazing Poly Styrene, and blessed with some incredibly catchy tunes! There's a poppy playfulness to most of these tracks, underneath the fierce, full-on energy of the group – a rhythmic approach to punk rock that's almost a precursor to the Bow Wow Wow sound, but more decidedly punk at its heart. Tracks include "Oh Bondage Up Yours", "I Am A Cliche", "Highly Inflammable", "Let's Submerge", "I Am A Poseur", "Genetic Engineering", "Warrior In Woolworths", "Obsessed With You", "Artificial", and "The Day The World Turned Dayglo". CD
Also available Germ Free Adolescents (expanded with bonus tracks) ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ X-Ray SpexGerm Free Adolescents (expanded with bonus tracks) ... CD
Castle (UK), 1978. Used ... $7.99
A hugely expanded version of this Brit punk classic – one that includes the original album, remastered, plus a host of great bonus tracks too! X-Ray Spex were one of the strongest of the first generation punks of the 70s – a group fronted by the amazing Poly Styrene, and blessed with some incredibly catchy tunes. There's a poppy playfulness to most of these tracks, underneath the fierce, full-on energy of the group – a rhythmic approach to punk rock that's almost a precursor to the Bow Wow Wow sound, but more decidedly punk at its heart. The set features the full tracks from the Germ Free Adolescents album, plus 4 bonus tracks from singles, and 2 different Peel Session recordings of the group from 1978. 23 tracks in all – including "Oh Bondage Up Yours", "I Am A Cliche", "Highly Inflammable", "Let's Submerge", "I Am A Poseur", "Genetic Engineering", "Warrior In Woolworths", "Obsessed With You", "Artificial", and "The Day The World Turned Dayglo". CD
Also available Germ Free Adolescents ... CD 9.99

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VariousKollektion 1B – Sky Records Compiled By Tim Gane ... LP
Bureau B (Germany), Late 70s/Early 80s. Sealed ... $16.99
A wonderful dip into the legendary Sky Records catalog from Germany – home to some of the most inventive, creative electronic work of the late 70s – and a key inspiration on generations of musicians for years to come! As proof of that, this set's put together by Tim Gane of Stereolab – who's out to show the more "pop" side of the Sky catalog – a claim that's a bit tongue-in-cheek, given that most of these cuts don't feature any vocals or poppy hooks at all! Yet there is a way of moving electronics forward that really bridges a space between earlier academic or proggish modes, and some of the thinner 80s sounds to come – a really special Sky way of doing a hell of a lot with just a little, often with results that are surprisingly warm, and very resonant after all these years. Titles on this second volume include "Rattenwiesel" by Moebius, "In Der Zeit" by Gunter Schickert, "Auf Der Hohe" by Rodelius, "Selstsame Gegend" by Cluster, "The Belldog" by Eno Moebius Roedelius, "Trummerkopfe" by Asmus Tietchens, and "Himmelblau" by Riechmann. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSoul Shine – Contemporary Summer Soul Vibes ... LP
Expansion (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $21.99
A stunning selection of contemporary cuts from the global soul underground – tracks that definitely live up to the summer spinning promised in the title, but which we'll certainly be digging during all the other seasons of the year too! The groove here is positive and upbeat – not poppy or dancefloor-oriented, but the kind of ebullient work we love from the best of the best from the underground scene – proof that a soul singer can be confident without ever being commercial – and really rise to the top with righteous music like this! The collection's got a rock-solid, wonderfully unified feel throughout – and titles include "Lighthouse" by Tony Remy with Tony Momrelle, "Soul Town (Nigel Lowis rmx)" by Ola Onabule, "Since I Found You" by Crossroads with Natash Springer, "You're My Darling" by Leon Timbo, "What Am I Supposed To Do (Kaidi Tatham rmx)" by Ruth Koleva, "Beyond The Stage" by Carmen Rodgers, "All Your Love" by Sheree Brown, "Make You Mine (Nigel Lowis rmx)" by Samuel Sanders, and "My Good Day" by Tracy Hamlin with Frank McComb. 9 tracks total. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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