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Poppy FamilyWhich Way You Goin' Billy/Poppy Seeds ... CD
London/Granadilla (Germany), 1969/1971. New Copy ... $14.99
Sweet and groovy pop from The Poppy Family – a group that's probably best known for the fact that it included Terry Jacks before he went onto big fame with his solo hit "Seasons in the Sun". Terry's wife Susan sings on most of the cuts, and the album's got a nice feel that mixes folk rock and sunshine pop – heard to biggest fame in the album's great title cut, "Which Way You Goin Billy". The album's got some nicely trippy elements at times – used in a way that's pop psych, but with some acoustic currents – and other cool tunes include "Free From the City", "Beyond the Clouds", "There's No Blood In Bone", "Happy Island", and "Of Cities & Escapes". CD also adds in the more obscure 1971 album by the group – Poppy Seeds – with titles that include "Good Friends", "Winter Milk", "So Used To Loving You", "I Was Wondering", "I Started Loving You Again", and "Where Evil Grows". CD
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Townes Van ZandtHigh, Low, & In Between ... LP
Poppy, 1972. Very Good ... $33.99
One of the two incredible albums by Townes Van Zandt from 1972 – both right up there with his best ever! High, Low & In Between, along with The Late Great Townes Van Zandt represent real career high points for Townes – with sparer, folk-based production and songs that touch on folk, country, blues and even a little bit of gospel. Some sweeter female backing vocals appear hear-and-there providing the right kind of lovely backdrop for the rugged beauty of Townes voice and songcraft. That's all the sweetener it needs. Greatness! Titles include "Two Hands", "You Are Not Need Now", "Greensboro Woman", "Highway Kind", "Mr. Mudd and Mr. Gold", "Blue Ridge Mountains", "To Live And To Fly", "High, Low And In Between" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE: Cover has heavy peeling and stains due to moisture along the opening.)

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✨✧ Aaron LightmanAaron Lightman ... LP
Poppy, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A straight up gorgeous lost album of pastoral psych folk from Aaron Lightman – and an odd, but pretty beautiful blend of troubadour style songs that are all deeply fleshed out in soaring instrumental interludes! These passages pillow Aaron's airy guitar and voice tunes within or around some pretty soaring strings that lend a quality that's somehow disjointed and calming at the same time. They often get quite orchestral, but Aaron's decisively earthy songcraft somehow grounds all of this grandeur quite beautifully! Titles include "Out Of The Morning", "They Call Me Traveler", "On Monday Me", "Little Girl", "Now Is The Time" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo imprint.)
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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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Louis De Funes (Raymond Lefevre)Louis De Funes Vol 1 ... CD
Play Time (France), Mid 60s. Used ... $16.99
Very nicely produced compilation of tracks from the mid 60's French comedies of actor Louis De Funes. Most of the material on here is from his "Gendarme" series of films, and all of the tracks are composed by Raymond Lefevre, with a tight groovy mid 60's sound. There's lots of poppy twist and groove numbers, with a loud brassy sound that's just perfect for comedic chase and action scenes, of the type that cropped up quite a bit in these films. The CD's got a whopping 41 titles, from a total of 10 different films – and the whole thing's packaged in a very nice slipcase, with a full color booklet that has images, poster reproductions, and other information from the films. CD
(Out of print.)

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DelfonicsLa La Means I Love You/Sound Of Sexy Soul (plus bonus track) ... CD
Philly Groove/Kent (UK), 1968/1969. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
Amazing work by The Delfonics – their first 2 albums, back to back on a single CD! La La Means I Love You is 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". Sound Of Sexy Soul is an equally groundbreaking album of vocal group soul – right from the first note! The record kicks off with the sublime "Ready Or Not, Here I Come" – which starts with fierce stepping strings that are actually funky, then soars into some of the best harmonies the group ever put to record, superbly arranged by the great Thom Bell, who also wrote the track. As the album progresses, the sound expands further to encompass many elements that would become the blueprint for vocal groups over the next few years – like twangy electric sitar, cascading orchestrations, and pinched lead vocals that take a lot more chances than most group singers had been taking for years! There's still a bit of a 60s soul sound to some of the cuts, but the album's a watershed – not only for Thom Bell and the group, but for harmony soul as well! Titles include "Ready Or Not Here I Come", "My New Love", "Loving Him", "With These Hands", "Somebody Loves You", and "Everytime I See My Baby". CD also features the bonus track "You Got Yours & I'll Get Mine". CD

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EboI'd Rather Be By Myself ... LP
Domino, 1986. Very Good ... $14.99
Ebo's got a short name, but a heavy sound – a compelling crossover vibe that's right up there with bigger artists of the 80s, but delivered here with a nicely indie feel overall! The album mixes mellow, mature cuts with others that are more upbeat and catchy – that poppy sort of groove that was bubbling over strongly in mid 80s soul, with heavy beats on the bottom that are kind of a more commercial take on the previous sound of the streets. Ebo's vocals stretch out strongly on these numbers, with a surprising degree of expression – and at times he almost calls in or shouts out the tunes, as if he was working with an old school funk ensemble. Titles include "Party Night", "I'd Rather Be Myself", "Prime Time", "Can You Forgive Me", "Count The Days", and "Always & Forever". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Five StarSilk & Steel ... LP
RCA, 1986. Near Mint- ... $2.99
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.)

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Graham Central StationNow Do U Wanta Dance/My Radio Sure Sounds Good To Me/Star Walk (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/ (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
A trio of classic late 70s funk records from Larry Graham & Graham Central Station! Now Do U Wanta Dance is their 1977 LP and they're still burning strong here – resisting the temptation to go fully into the disco sound you might guess from the "dance" in the title, and if anything, pulling up the bass-heavy funk even more! The set's got a super-tight feel that's kind of a distillation of the successful Graham Central Station sound of earlier albums, but still comes together perfectly overall – in a mode that's clearly having a huge influence on the rest of west coast funk. They they open up sound up a fair bit on My Radio Sure Sounds Good To Me – a set that really feels like it might've influenced Prince pretty strong, given the tightly poppy vibe in the construction of the soul sound. Star Walk has a great, bass heavy funk like the the earlier work – but here he's moving into the solo spotlight a bit more than before, but it's still got an unstoppable Graham Central Station groove! 27 tracks on 2CDs – including "Lead Me On", "Crazy Chicken", "Now Do U Wanta Dance", "Last Train", "Earthquake","Love & Happiness", the tightly stepping groover "Is It Love", which has a great west coast slow funk approach, the P-Funky "Are You Happy","Turn It Out", "Pow", "Boogie Witcha Baby", and "Mr Friend", "Sneaky Freak", "Star Walk", "Foxy Lady", "Tonight", "Scream", and "The Entertainer". Also includes a pair of bonus single edits as bonus tracks! CD

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Al GreenFull Of Fire ... CD
Hi Records/Fat Possum, 1976. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Hi Records perfection from the mighty Al Green – slightly later than some of his key early hits, but a record that shows Green still taking fire on all burners! Production is by the team of Al and Willie Mitchell – in a mode that's slightly fuller and more updated than before, but still very much that original mode the pair pioneered during Green's first years at Hi – a smooth, rich sound that's never slick, never poppy, and never cloying – and a mode that never falls into disco or pop temptations other singers were trapped in at the time. Backings are by the Memphis Horns and Memphis Strings – with some occasional backup vocals from Rhodes Chalmers & Rhodes or The Duncan Sisters – and titles include "I'd Fly Away", "That's The Way It Is", "Glory Glory", "Always", "Full Of Fire", "Together Again", "Soon As I Get Home", and "Let It Shine". CD

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Hall & OatesWar Babies ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good ... $5.99
Hip Hall & Oates material from the early days – a set produced by Todd Rundgren, with a sound that definitely shows his presence! The tunes here are really wonderfully focused – tightened up a bit more than before, but never in ways that are too-poppy or commercial. Rundgren's great ear for a hook is really at play here – emphasizing the best elements of the tunes, in ways that keep them slinkily soulful, with almost a Steely Dan sort of sensibility. Instrumentation is pretty basic and bare – another great aspect of the record – and Rundgren also joins in a bit on guitar. Titles include "70s Scenario", "War Baby Son Of Zorro", "Can't Stop The Music", "Is It A Star", "Beanie G & The Rose Tattoo", "I'm Watching You", "Better Watch Your Back", and "Screaming Through December". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Michael JacksonThriller ... LP
Epic, 1982. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $16.99
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.)

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Teal JoyTed Steele Presents Miss Teal Joy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $8.99
A great little album from this overlooked singer – an east coast vocalist from the 50s, working here on one of the few sessions she ever recorded! Teal's got an exotic look on the cover, but the presentation of the music is right up there in the best mainstream jazz modes of the time – and unlike some of the other small combo vocal work on Bethlehem in the 50s, this album has the fuller feel of the sorts of records you might hear on a label like Capitol or Verve at the time. Ted Steele handles the arrangements – and is also credited with discovering Teal in Atlantic City – and the backings are a mix of jazzy flourishes and larger strings – never poppy or overdone. Titles include "Autumn Leaves", "El Cumbanchero", "Deed I Do", "For You My Love", "Who's Sorry Now", "Let's Fall In Love", and "Easy To Remember". CD also features three bonus alternate takes! CD

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✨✧ JuicyIt Takes Two ... LP
Epic, 1985. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
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
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Birgit LystagerBirgit Lystager ... LP
Production Dessinee (Japan), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... About February 15, 2017 (delayed)
A very groovy singer – with a really wonderful feel! Birgit hails from Denmark, and has the icy Scandinavian jazz vocal approach of singers like Monica Zetterlund or Karin Krog – equally well suited to standard jazz material, as it is to electric oriented tunes or bossa nova, both of which appear on this set! The overall style is almost in a Sergio Mendes Brasil 66 style – light poppy touches at times, bubbling with a bit of bossa and some cool grooves laid out on organ and piano, with some occasional backing vocals on a few tracks. Groovy sunshine pop from the Baltic scene of the early 70s – with tracks that include versions of "Sunny", "Pretty World", "Fool On The Hill", "Melting Pot", "Make It With You", "Gimme Little Sign", and "Sometimes". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ed MottaEntre E Ouca (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Warner/Polysom (Brazil), 1992. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
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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✨✧ Sister SledgeWhen The Boys Meet The Girls ... LP
Atlantic, 1985. Near Mint- ... $2.99
When the boys meet the girls, the hair gets pretty frizzy – but the music's still plenty darn great! Sister Sledge are back again with producer Nile Rodgers for this mid 80s effort – getting that trademark Rodgers groove that really helped the sisters pick up some new energy at the time! The grooves are heavy on keyboards, beats, and riffing guitars – a bit less funky than Rodgers' work with Chic, but still nicely focused, and often free from the more commercial traps that could sometimes mar 80s soul. Rodgers plays guitar on all tracks, and titles include "When The Boys Meet The Girls", "Dancing On The Jagged Edge", "Frankie", "You're Fine", "Following The Leader", "Peer Pressure", "Hold Out Poppy", "The Boy Most Likely", and "You Need Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp and hype sticker.)

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Edwin StarrSoul Master ... LP
Gordy, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jeremy Thompson & Mary BlountWired Up! – Glam, Proto Punk & Bubblegum European Picture Sleeves 1970 to 1976 (hardcover) ... Book
Wired Up, 2012. New Copy Book ... $22.99 39.95
Loads of great images from the early 70s glory days of bubblegum pop and glam rock – hundreds of pages of amazing album covers and single sleeves – including a fair bit of imports we've never seen before! Because of the poppy nature of the music, this period is sometimes overlooked by record collectors – but visually, these years are striking in ways you really wouldn't expect – as designers came up with some very bold, memorable images to really help push the music! The volume lays things out in a year-by-year portrayal of the records – which really helps show the development of certain aesthetic trends – and in addition to a preface by the author, and other notes, the book features interviews with artists who include Iron Virgin, Hector, The Jook, The Hammersmith Gorillas, Ramma Damma, Brett Smiley, and others! 380 pages, full color, hardcover – and very nice! Book

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Urban SaxSpiral (with bonus DVD) ... LP
EPM/Wah Wah (Spain), 1991. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A real evolution of the Urban Sax sound – a record that's still created from a complex array of reed patterns, like the group's groundbreaking work of the late 70s – but with more discreet songs and tunes than before! The album was originally issued only on CD, and showcases the French group's continued commitment to unusual ways of opening up the saxophone – ways that are hardly jazz at all, and maybe have more of a link to some of the minimalist experiments of the generation of Wim Mertens and Andrew Poppy, although Urban Sax was recording before both of them. There's a bit of keyboards and electronics in the mix – although mostly saxes overall – and titles include "Traveling To Pr Velvoski", "Possible Prologue", "Cuve Au Miroir", "Slow Turn Around Melvana", and "On The Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes big booklet with photos and bonus DVD! Limited to 500 copies.)

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VariousOld Town Doo Wop Vol 5 ... CD
Old Town/Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $8.99 18.99
The long-overdue fifth volume in this amazing series of Doo Wop from the legendary Old Town Records – a real treasure trove of harmony soul, filled with a fair bit of previously unreleased work! Although not always at the top of the charts, Old Town was one of the best east coast imprints for doo wop back in the day – and, as illustrated on previous volumes in the series, the label had a great approach to the music that really let the singers stand strongly on their own, and express themselves freely. Many of the numbers here are far from the too-poppy modes that were hurting other doo wop at the end of the 50s – and instead, the tunes often have a stripped-down, upfront vocal approach – very pure and unfettered, especially on the unreleased numbers. CD features a whopping 28 tracks in all – with titles that include "All Alone" by Bobby Adams & The Serenaders, "Just To Be" by The Intruders, "Country Boy" by The Symbols, "Dreaming Is No Good" by Peggy Farmer & The Harptones, "Lonesome Lover" by The Solitaires, "We Three My Echo My Shadow & Me" by The Sharps, "A Hum Diddley Do" by The Capris, "The Last Round Up" by The Cleftones, "This Is The Night" by The Vocaleers, and "My Heart's Desire" by The Earls. CD

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✨✧ Super Mama DjoboSuper Mama Djobo ... LP
New Dawn (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Rare work from this important Guinean combo – music recorded in Lisbon at the start of the 80s, and issued here on vinyl for the first time ever! The work has all the sharp, rootsy edges we love in their other releases – but there's also a clarity of recording that really lets some of the best elements come through – especially the incredible interplay on guitar, which is woven through the rhythms in this rich tapestry of sound – with lots of brilliantly breakout moments too. Vocals are sung in unison, which furthers the righteous spirit of the record – and although recorded in Europe, there's no attempt to commercialize the music or make it poppy at all. Titles include "Panseau Na Isna", "Marietu Djeme", "Manobra Da Pequena", "Wai Nene", and "Nambia". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Graham Central StationMy Radio Sure Sounds Good To Me ... CD
Warner/Collectables, 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Larry Graham's opening his sound up a fair bit for this one – bringing in a bit more of a rock influence than before, and letting the guitars fly all over the tunes! The style's one that's almost got a bit of a pre-Prince influence – more tightly poppy in the construction of the soul, and with a good crossover sound that might have earned Graham some of the "radio" in the title. Tracks include the tightly stepping groover "Is It Love", which has a great west coast slow funk approach, the P-Funky "Are You Happy", and the jazzy "Turn It Out", which has some particularly nice bass work. Other tracks include "Pow", "Boogie Witcha Baby", and "Mr Friend". CD

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