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Brian AugerBack To The Beginning – A Brian Auger Anthology ... CD
Freestyle (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A genius collection of work from legendary keyboardist Brian Auger – and a set that's way way more than just a typical "greatest hits" package! Instead, the double-length set is filled with loads of rare gems that trace all of Auger's strengths – from his early years in the Brit beat group scene, to his explosion of trippy soulful styles with singer Julie Driscoll, to his blinding jazz work of the early 70s – served up here with lots of unusual tunes and work that goes way beyond his more familiar modes! Auger's approach to the organ is sublime – schooled on American greats like Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff, but then taken to soaring new heights as the 60s move on – but without any of the over-indulgence of some of his jazz rock contemporaries – which means that Auger always stays true to his soulful roots. We couldn't have hoped for better – and even if you have a few Brian Auger albums at home, you'll still find plenty here to discover. Titles include "Blues Three Four", "That Driving Beat", "Black Cat", "Fire In The Mind", "Ellis Island", "Red Beans & Rice (part 1)", "I've Gotta Go Now", "Finally Found You Out", "Save Me", "Git Up", "Whenever You're Ready", "Freddie's Flight", "Freedom Jzz Dance", and "Indian Rope Man". CD features a massive 24 tracks in all – including early mod piano material, and even work with Rod Stewart in The Steampacket! CD
Also available Back To The Beginning – A Brian Auger Anthology ... LP 23.99

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Blue ModeSpace Race ... CD
3 On The B, 2015. New Copy ... $11.99
A really great groover, and a set that's way more than just another retro funk outing – given that these guys have plenty of tight jazz skills too! The group works here with a few key differences than other organ combos of late – the first of which is the strong use of flute by lead reedman Chip Wickham, who also plays a mean tenor – but uses the flute to create these wonderfully cool, snakey solos that take us right back to 60s giants like Jerome Richardson or Frank Wess! Another standout is the keyboard work of Gabriel Casanova, which also includes Wurlitzer Piano and clavinet in addition to Hammond – a blend of keys that make for a richer sense of spectrum throughout the album, even though all three instruments are handled with the deep soul of a classic organ jazz player from years back. The group also features drums, guitar, and a bit of congas – and titles include a surprisingly groovy remake of "Smells Like Teen Spirit", plus great originals that include "Tortilla Chip", "Rice Beans & Bugaloo", "Dr Shrip", "Space Race", "When The Rope Failed", and "Colt's Run". CD

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FalconsWorld's First Soul Group – The Definitive Falcons ... CD
History Of Soul (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 4 CDs ... $36.99
A treasure trove of work from one of the hippest, coolest vocal groups ever – a Detroit group whose members included later solo stars Wilson Pickett, Eddie Floyd, and Mack Rice – and whose work was a big part in the development of soul music in the 60s! The Falcons started out with more familiar doo wop harmony modes, but held together over the course of a number of excellent recordings to really evolve – having an undeniable impact on the group sounds that Motown would later take to the bank – but maybe doing them with an even more heartfelt, powerful style overall. There have been other Falcons reissues on the market over the years, but this 4CD set is the first one we've seen to cover so much ground – 114 tracks that include their recordings for Lupine and United Artists, plus other tracks for labels like Mercury and Atlantic, where the group only recorded a few cuts – all brought together here in a stunning package that even includes demos, too. The booklet is very big – over 30 pages – and includes full notes on the group and its members, plus discographical information – and lots of photos and label scans too! CD

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Eddie FloydEddie Floyd Experience ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $19.99
An overlooked later set from Stax Records giant Eddie Floyd – a Malaco records album that has Eddie transforming his sound nicely for the time – picking up a slightly clubby groove while he still keeps his vocals right on the money! Arrangements are by Wardell Quezerque, who keeps plenty of southern soul roots at the core – while also bringing in a modern soul approach that's quite different than the Eddie Floyd sound of a decade before. Production is by Floyd and Mack Rice – and the pair also wrote most of the songs on the set, some great original material that really helps strengthen this new voice of Eddie's. Titles include "Prove it To Me", "Feel My Body", "Take A Chance On Me", and "You're Gonna Walk Out On Me". CD

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Sabu MartinezDalecarlia Recordings 1971 to 1972 ... CD
Mellotronen (Sweden), Early 70s. New Copy ... $18.99
Mindblowing work from the legendary Latin percussionist Sabu Martinez – some extremely heavy sides recorded overseas during his time on the Swedish scene in the 70s, some of which are appearing here for the first time ever! The groove here is amazing, and goes even further past Sabu's famous Afro Temple album – far into territory that's hardly ever been explored this well – mixing Latin rhythms with a range of different funky jazz modes, all of them great! Sabu's congas are amazing – dark, soulful, and filled with power – really driving throughout, in settings that include a full group of young percussionists, a funky big band, and a smaller combo with some killer Hammond. A few tracks are live, one is from a musical play, and the others are from the lost album Aurora Borealis – a very rare indie date. Every bit as great, if not better than, the other Sabu reissues on Mellotronen – with titles that include "The Latin Percussion People", "The Sacrifice", "Oh Min Dara", "Will O The Wisp", "Not So Loud Please", "Cute", and "Puertorican Rice & Beans". CD

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Various1960s Psychedelic Radio Commercials ... CD
Rock Beat, Late 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
Really wild radio commercials, and a lot lot more – a very cool set that has some big names in the 60s underground promoting popular products – mixed with these even weirder "exploitation" bits that use stories of the youth culture to market items, and help push a whole range of things on the radio! The package is like tuning into a strange time machine – one that shows these mis-steps and odd bits that would never make the history books, but which stand as a wonderful illustration of the way that the mainstream dealt with all the cultural changes of the late 60s. The CD features 62 tracks in all – and in addition to trippy ads for products like Rice Krispies, Ban Deodorant, 7-Up, Lee Jeans, and lots more – you also get ads for concerts, movies, music venues, and plenty more! CD

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VariousGerman Funk Fieber Vol 2 – Infectious Rare Grooves & Krauty Schlager Wonders 1969 to 1978 ... CD
Show Up (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
German funk galore – a huge batch of 70s gems we'd never find in years of digging on this side of the Atlantic! The grooves here are all pretty darn great – kind of a harder and heavier take on the In Kraut vibe – with vocals on some tracks, but a decided emphasis on kickass drums, rumbling bass, and wicked instrumental licks – all used to really cook up the tunes in a way that's different from American funk of the time – but equally groovy! The set list is possibly even more tight than the first volume – and like before, this one's got full notes on all the cuts – painting a full cultural picture that really helps us enjoy the music. Titles include "High Snobiety" by Sigi Schwab, "Rice & Beans" by James Last, "Get Up Stand Up" by Malcolm's Locks, "Mandrake" by Les Humprhies, "Geld" by Joy Fleming, "Back Talk" by Jurgen Franke, "Understanding" by Don Anderson, "Betwixt & Between" by Fredy Brock, "Sehnsucht" by Kati Kovacs, "Sunny" by Jochen Brauer Sextett, and "Evening Air" by Peter Thomas. CD

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✨✧ Nitty Gritty SextetNitty Gritty Sextet ... CD
Rocafort (Spain), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A long lost late 60s Latin Soul record by Nitty Gritty Sextet – featuring legendary New York Latin players, and a hip, soulful boogaloo sound that should have made major waves on the scene – but somehow never saw release back in the day! The personnel reads like a who's who of the scene – Bobby Marin on composition, Charlie Palmieri and Richie Ray on piano, Tito Puente on timbales, Bobby Rodriguez on bass and Louie Ramirez on vibes, Jimmy Sabater and Willie Torres on vocals. Includes a mix of feverish instrumentals and vocal numbers – in both English and Spanish, and the titles include "Something New", "Nitty Boo Boo", "Would You Believe Me?", "Rice And Beans", "Dixie's Mambo", "Fun City Hippy", "Say Listen", "A Fool Like Me", "Papel De Bambu" and "Shingaling Now, Boogaloo Later". CD
Also available Nitty Gritty Sextet ... LP 25.99

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✨✧ Lee RitenourFirst Course ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Excellent early work by Lee Ritenour – tight and soulful, but not as slick or commercial as later records! The album's an all-star, all-soul fusion effort – with work by Harvey Mason on drums, Dave Grusin and Patrice Rushen on keyboards, and Tom Scott on reeds – and the whole thing's produced by Skip Drinkwater, who handles the set with that easy funky groove that he brought to his excellent work with Eddie Henderson and Bobby Humphrey! There's loads of nice electric funk tracks on the album – including a great version of Grusin's "Theme From 3 Days Of The Condor", Jerry Peters' "Canticle For The Universe", and the cuts "A Little Bit Of this & A Little Bit Of That", "Wild Rice", and "Sweet Syncopation". CD

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✨✧ VariousMotorcity Scrapbook – Detroit Soul 1960 to 1963 ... CD
History Of Soul (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Not the sort of Motown music you might expect – and instead a huge hybrid of soul sounds from the full Detroit scene at the start of the 60s, which really helps put that famous label in context! Heard here are lots of very obscure tracks, mixed with a few better-known numbers – but still all at a level that's way past the hits, and not only offers up a formative picture of Detroit soul finally getting going, but also some key early moments by singers who wouldn't be come bigger names until much later. 2CD set features a whopping 55 tracks in all – and titles include "It's Aint Love" by Johnny West, "Let Me Your Boy" by Wilson Pickett, "You Killed The Love" by Betty Lavette, "Any Way You Wanta" by Harvey, "Troubles" by Lee Rogers, "I Need You" by The Vandellos, "She's My Heart's Desire" by Betty McCain & The Ohio Untouchables, "Save Me From This Misery" by Richard Street & The Distants, "She Don't Love Me" by The Spinners with Bobby Smith, "My Baby" by Mack Rice, "That's No Lie" by Gino Parks, "I'm A Lonely Guy" by Timmy Shaw, and "It Takes A Lot" by The Seminoles. CD
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AzymuthLatin Essentials From The Warner Archives (aka Aguia Nao Come Mosca) ... CD
Warner, 1977. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
Fantastic jazzy funk! This is the second record by Azymuth – and it's way way better than anything they ever cut in America! It's got a wonderful vibe that mixes Brazilian fusion influences with the tight grooves of a Maurice White-inspired generation – and the result still sounds amazingly great today. The record has great electric keyboards, some nice deep floating basslines and percussion, and it stands as some of the coolest, dopest stuff in this genre. With the great cuts "Tarde", "Tamborim, Cuica, Ganza, Berimbau", "Falcon Love Call", and "Aguia Nao Come Mosca". CD

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✨✧ BosqCelestial Strut ... CD
Ubiquity, 2015. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Bosq returns with even more brilliantly soulful sounds than on the debut – it's one of the most diverse dancefloor ready set of grooves on the Ubiquity label in years! Bosq's love for classic percussion heavy jams from across the globe is on full display – from Afro Soul, to Latin, to Brazilian and stateside styles – but the sound is ultimately very fresh, particularly in the way he blends so many influences into a distinctive whole. Bosq himself plays piano, Rhodes, organ, synth, bass and percussion – and the impressive guest roster of vocalists and instrumentalists includes funky soul diva Nicole Willis, Kaleta, Jimmy Riley, Angeline Morrison and more! Titles include "Cumbia En Bahia", "Bounce And Pull Up" with Evan Laflamme, ""Ella" feat Jesus Pagan, "Bad For Me" with Nicole Willis, "Change" feat Jimmy Riley, Take Over", "Pap The Price" and "Liars & Thieves Dub" with Kaleta, "Laughs On Me" with Angeline Morrison and the hard grooving title track. CD
Also available Celestial Strut (with download) ... LP 15.99

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David BowieFive Years – 1969 to 1973 (12CD box set) ... CD
Parlophone, Early 70s. New Copy 12CD ... $138.99 149.99
Way more than just another box of famous albums sold at a high price – because this set is a true treasure for any fan of these key years of David Bowie, and features lots of exclusive material too! As you'd guess from the title, the package spans five full years of recording – a time when Bowie created the albums Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold The World, Hunky Dory, Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, and Pinups – all of which are included here, four of which in completely new remasters done for the package! The set then also includes two key live albums – Santa Monica 72 and the Ziggy Stardust Motion Picture Soundtrack – both of which capture the amazing energy of a Bowie live show at this point. The set then also features a superb double-length set of rare material – titled Re:Call 1, and featuring loads of rare treasures like "Velvet Goldmine", "Amsterdam", "Round & Round", "Ragazzo Solo Ragazza Solo", "Holy Holy", "Hang On To Yourself (Arnold Corns version)", "Moonage Daydream (Arnold Corns version)", "John I'm Only Dancing (sax version)", "Holy Holy (Spiders version)", and lots more too! Then, the package also includes the 2003 mix of the Ziggy Stardust album – plus a huge companion book with new essays, rare photos, original press reviews, and even a foreword from Ray Davies! All albums in original artwork – and the whole thing is super-heavy, and super-beautiful! CD
Also available Five Years – 1969-1973 (13LP box set) ... LP 223.99

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James BrownBlack Caesar ... CD
Polygram, 1973. New Copy ... $4.99 9.98
Damn, is this a great record! The album's not only one of the best blacksploitation soundtracks ever recorded, it's also one of James Brown's funkiest outings of the early 70s! Nearly every cut's a winner, and James gets some very funky help from The JBs, who groove hard on the best instrumental cuts, plus Lyn Collins, who sings a sock version of "Mama Feelgood" that's worth the price of the record alone! Includes the classic "Down & Out in New York City", plus "Blind Man Can See It", "Sportin' Life", "The Boss", "Dirty Harri", and "Chase". CD
Also available
Black Caesar ... LP 19.99
Black Caesar ... LP 9.99

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Caston & MajorsCaston & Majors (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Motown/Big Break (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $8.99
Majestic Motown from the 70s – an almost-overlooked record, but a surprisingly sophisticated gem that's well worth discovering again! The album's definitely soul at the core, but embraces so many other rich styles too – and at points, almost feels like some of the most ambitious material of the Cadet/Concept scene in Chicago – especially given the full orchestrations on the tracks, handled by Jimmy Haskell and Jerry Long! Leonard Caston's the real genius behind the record, though – and works here to provide great support for co-vocalist Carolyn Majors – who trades leads back and forth with him, and is sometimes showcased on tracks that really let her heavenly vocals take off! The whole thing's great – and titles include an early version of the cut "I'll Keep A Light In My Window", which was later recorded by other groups – plus "Child Of Love", "There's Fear", "Satisfied Mind", "Let There Be Love", "No One Will Know", and "Say You Love Me True". CD features loads of bonus tracks too – 9 more numbers that act as a great second chapter to the album – titles that include "Mother's Son", "What About The Price", "If I Can", "We're Together", "I've Got To Fly", "Don't Let", and "I'm Flying Your Sky". CD

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Don CherryDon Cherry Live In Stockholm ... CD
Caprice (Sweden), 1968/1971. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99 18.99
Never heard music from Don Cherry's important time in Sweden – two different live recordings that explode with righteous power right from the very first note! Cherry really took off musically during his time in Sweden – exploring rich new ideas that had never come up in his music with Ornette Coleman, nor on his own American sides as well – really organic improvisations that blended together elements of the American underground with the new European free jazz, and some deeper ethnic touches as well! The first set of work here really showcases that mixture – as it features live material from 1968 with very freewheeling work by Cherry on pocket trumpet, flutes, and piano – plus Maffy Falay on trumpet and flutes, Bernt Rosengren and Tommy Koverhult on tenor and flute, Torbjorn Hulcrantz on bass, and Leif Wennerstrom on drums. The first part of the work is more all-out improv, but the second brings in some Turkish folk melodies supplied by Falay, which makes for some nice exotic elements. These are continued on "Another Dome Session", recorded in 1971 – material that has more of the Organic Music Society mix of collaborative acoustic elements, often with strongly spiritual currents. Cherry plays pocket trumpet, flutes, and piano again – and is joined by Maffy Falay on trumpet and flute, Tommy Koverhult on flute, and Okay Temiz on drums and percussion. Great package, with lots of music and notes on this time in Cherry's life! CD
Also available Don Cherry Live In Stockholm ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Chi-LitesBrunswick Complete Singles Collection (3CD set) ... CD
Brunswick/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $28.99
The complete early Brunswick singles of one of our favorite vocal groups ever – the sublimely sophisticated Chi-Lites – a group who brought harmony soul to a whole new level with records like these! The Chi-Lites could be heartbreaking on their ballads and mellow cuts – then soar out with a new sort of righteous power at other, more upbeat moments – always holding onto not just their wonderful sense of group phrasing, but also the special sort of lyrics that were penned for the group by leader Eugene Record! And while the Chi-Lites had a huge run of full albums for Brunswick, their singles are really something special – and are collected here in a massive package of 56 tracks on 3CDs. Titles include "My Baby Loves Me", "Love Is Gone", "Price Of Love", "Being In Love", "Homely Girl", "Toby", "Here I Am", "Marriage License", "I Found Sunshine", "Stoned Out Of My Mind", "I Want To Pay You Back", "We Are Neighbors", "Trouble's A Comin", "I Like Your Lovin", "24 Hours Of Sadness", "Let Me Be The Man My Daddy Was", "Give It Away", and lots lots more! CD

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Stanley Clarke/Patrice Rushen/Ndugu ChanclerStandards (with bonus DVD) ... CD
Kind Of Blue/Vertical Jazz (Italy), 2001. New Copy CD & DVD ... $15.99
Three giants from the years of 70s fusion – coming together here in an all-acoustic set! The look and title of the record is similar to a mode that ECM used years ago – when bringing its more contemporary artists into an old school style – and that format fits perfectly here for the trio of Stanley Clarke on bass, Patrice Rushen on piano, and Ndugu Chancler on drums – as the album's got this full, rich, acoustic warmth that's totally great – and a sound that will really amaze you if you only know these players in a more electric context. Clarke is wonderful on acoustic bass – really working the instrument with a deep tone – and Rushen's as deft on acoustic piano as she is on the keyboards, really taking us back to her earliest years in jazz. Titles include "Manteca", "Oleo", "We Three Kings", "Lover Man", and "Mack The Knife". Also features a bonus DVD – with interviews and four complete tracks from the sessions! CD
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Guido & Maurizio De AngelisPer Grazia Ricevuta (with bonus download) ... CD
Digitmovies (Italy), 1971. New Copy ... $19.99
A surprisingly striking score from Guido & Maurizio De Angelis – filled with these sensitive passages we don't always hear in their music – served up in a cool blend of acoustic and electric elements with some very nice touches! The melodies are almost sentimental at times, but never too much – a balance you'd be more likely to find in French cinema of the time, such as in the work of Francis Lai – although the soundtrack also intersperses numbers that have a definite Italian feel as well. This very loving reissue features an insane number of tracks – 44 numbers in all, including the complete film score, the original album, and a bonus single too – with titles that include "Il Tarlo", "Secondo Tema Di Benedetto", "Me Pizzica Me Mozzica", and "Viaggio Immaginario". CD
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Hamilton De HolandaCaprichos/Caprices ... CD
Adventure Music, 2014. New Copy 2 CDs ... $12.99 19.99
One of the most beautiful albums we've ever heard from Hamilton De Holanda – a double-length set that's filled with really lovely solo work on the ten-string mandolin, mixed with other duo and trio performances featuring a well-chosen array of guests! The album's got a very close, personal feel – especially as the set starts with a few solo numbers – and the introduction of the guests is very gradual, and creates this warmly collaborative vibe on Hamilton's compositions – as he's joined by other instrumentation that includes piano, accordion, harmonica, percussion, bass, and steel guitar. Titles include "Waltz Caprice", "First Caprice", "Moon Caprice", "North Caprice", "Time Caprice", "Brazilian Caprice", and "Sun Caprice". CD
Also available Caprichos/Caprices ... CD 6.99

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EmotionsSunbeam ... CD
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
A great little album from The Emotions – largely because it sounds a lot like prime mid 70s Earth Wind & Fire, with female vocals added over the top – ultimately, pulling away with a soulful charm all its own! Maurice White produced the whole set, and it's got a soaring spacey sound that provides a perfect spiritual edge to the girls vocals – taking them way past the hits, into much more sophisticated soul territory. There's a beautifully righteous vibe going on throughout – a sound that's almost like Minnie Riperton at her 70s Capitol best – and titles include "Love Vibes", "Walking The Line", "Time Is Passing By", "I Wouldn't Lie", "Smile", and "Spirit Of Summer". CD

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Booker ErvinIn Between ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the last records that Booker Ervin ever recorded, and one of the best! There's a depth of tone and conception here that goes far beyond even Ervin's already-great albums for Prestige – a mix of modernism and soulful expression that really points the way towards jazz expression in the 70s – although sadly, Booker was to leave the planet before getting a chance to stretch out in that era. All 6 tracks on the album are originals – and they sparkle with the imagination found on some of the most top-shelf Blue Notes of the time – work by Lee Morgan, Hank Mobley, or Wayne Shorter – played by a group that includes the amazing Richard Williams on trumpet (almost worth the price of the record alone), Bobby Few on piano, Lenny McBrowne on drums, and the little-known Cevera Jefferies on bass. Loads of dark edges, searing solos, and plenty of free flights into the sky – on titles that include "The In Between", "Tyra", "The Muse", "Mour", "Sweet Pea", and "Largo". CD
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EsqueritaEsquerita! ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $19.99
Standout early work from the mighty Esquerita – an artist you might initially write off as a Little Richard copycat, but one who also delivers a whole lot more in the end! The groove here is rough R&B, inflected with a touch of early soul – and the piano lines are worth the price of admission, played at a level that goes back to early New Orleans roots, but with more 50s bluesy currents – often alongside some tenor and guitar that rival the best instrumentation you'd find on indie singles at the time from King and Atlantic – quite a surprise for the normally-pop Capitol Records. And the vocals are something else, too – certainly with a soaring, screaming range – but also just wonderful when they're more down to earth, and in the groove. Titles include "Hey, Miss Lucy", "Why Did It Take You So Long", "She Left Me Cryin'", "Get Back Baby", "I Need You", "Maybe Baby", and "I'm Battie Over Hattie". CD

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Aretha FranklinAtlantic Albums Collection (19CD set) ... CD
Atlantic, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 19 CDs ... $98.99 105.98
An insane collection of music – filled with rare tracks, classics, and unreleased material – one that brings together so many different modes of the mighty Aretha Franklin – all of them great! And sure, you definitely know Aretha's sound on Atlantic Records – but do you know every moment of genius she cut for the label? Because Franklin on Atlantic has a lot more to offer than the hits (although there's plenty of those here in this package too) – as she kept evolving her style over the course of the 70s – really coming up with some compelling, sophisticated modes that aren't always fully given their due! Albums here include early classics – like I Never Loved A Man, Aretha Arrives, Aretha Now, Lady Soul, and Soul 69 – but there's loads more gems, including This Girl's In Love With You, Aretha In Paris, Spirit In The Dark, Young Gifted & Black, Hey Now Hey (The Other Side Of The Sky), Let Me In Your Life, and the Sparkle soundtrack with Curtis Mayfield. The collection also features two massive live recordings – 2CDs of Live At The Filmore West, and OH Me Oh My Aretha Live In Philly 1972 – plus the 2CD version of Amazing Grace, with lots of bonus tracks. And the collection even features a rare 2CD set – Rare & Unreleased Recordings Fromn The Golden Reign Of The Queen Of Soul – a huge amount of obscure cuts, even if you already own some albums by Aretha. With 19CDs, all in original artwork, this is a hell of a collection for the price! CD

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Marvin GayeMarvin Gaye Vol 1 – 1961 to 1965 (7CD set) (Soulful Moods/Stubborn Kind/When I'm Alone/Hello Broadway/Together/How Sweet It Is/Nat King) ... CD
Motown, Early 60s. New Copy 7CD ... $31.99 35.99
The birth of a legend – the first seven albums from Motown giant Marvin Gaye, served up here in one nicely-priced package! The set's similar to the Original Album Classics series – in that it features each individual album in a tiny record sleeve – all stacked together in a nice box that brings all the music together – including a number of records that haven't been on CD in quite awhile! Even at this early point, Marvin's way ahead of the game – able to lay down hard, heavy soul tracks when he wants – but also slide into a ballad like nobody else, and even hit a few jazzier moments too. The range of modes here is really wonderful – showing that Motown was already trying to let Gaye move into the many directions he'd follow later on – and albums include the tearjerking When I'm Alone I Cry, the seminal Stubborn Kind Of Fellow, the duet with Mary Wells on Together, the soaring How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You, the jazzy Tribute To Nat King Cole, the classy Hello Broadway, and the moody Soulful Moods Of Marvin Gaye. CD

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Robert GlasperBlack Radio Vol 2 ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy ... $10.99 14.98
Mindblowing work from Robert Glasper – a set that makes us fall in love with his music even more than before – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given that we've loved him for years! Glasper's working here in his collaborative Black Radio format – but at a level that's even more perfected than the initial album of this project – a really groundbreaking blend of live jazz instrumentation and underground soul inspiration – served up by Robert's core quartet, with help from a whole host of wonderful guest singers! Glasper alone is worth the price of admission – Fender Rhodes and piano lines that are completely sublime, in that flowing groove that's only gotten better with age – and the combo also features wicked bass from Derrick Hodge, sax and flute from Casey Benjamin, and some damn funky drums from Mark Colenburg – who proves that you don't need any drum loops or samples to make music this great. The singers are the icing on the cake – a lineup that includes Faith Evans, Dwele, Jill Scott, Common, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Norah Jones, and others – on titles that include "Calls", "Worries", "I Stand Alone", "What Are We Doing", "Trust", "Yet To Find", "You Own Me", "Somebody Else", "Persevere", and "Let It Ride". CD
Also available Black Radio Vol 2 ... LP 22.99

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Walter HawkinsClassic 3 – Love Alive (Love Alive/Love Alive 2/Love Alive 3) (3CD set) ... CD
Light/E One, 1975/1978/1984. New Copy 3CD ... $12.99 13.98
A trio of classic albums from gospel legend Walter Hawkins – packaged as mini-LP sleeves in one nicely-priced set! Love Alive was one of the biggest gospel albums of the 70s – a record that has Hawkins working with the Love Center Choir, in this righteous mode that helped to re-infuse the gospel choir sound with all the rich growth that had taken place in soul music at the time. Some tracks are quite long – very different from a gospel recording of a few years back – and the instrumentation is powerful, but the voices definitely carry most of the action on the set. That set is followed by two later variations on the theme – both slightly more ambitious, and equally great – the Love Alive II album from 1978, and Love Alive III from 1984. 3CD set features 26 tracks in all – and titles include "Changed", "I Love The Lord", "I'm Not The Same", "God Is Standing", "I Won't Be Satisfied", "Never Alone", "Right On", "God Will Open Doors", "He Is Lord", "When The Battle Is Over", and "Is There Any Way". CD

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Isaac HayesNew Horizon (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99
Great later work by Isaac Hayes – working here in a post-Stax, post-ABC mode that has him forging a smooth soul sound that's really great! The album's not disco, but more of an extension of Ike's baroque approach to arranging – with subtle use of strings and keyboards, in a real Philly soul way. Not surprisingly, the album was recorded at Sigma Sound – which you can hear especially in the massive groover "Moonlight Lovin' (Menage a Trois)", a great long deep groove soul track that builds and builds over the course of 10 minutes. It's a great one, and worth the price of the album alone – but you also get the tracks "Out of The Ghetto", "It's Heaven To Me", and "Don't Take Your Love Away"! This Big Break UK remastered edition includes 3 bonus tracks: "Moonlight Lovin' (Menage a Trois) (Long Version)", "Out Of The Ghetto (Single Version)" and "Moonlight Lovin' (Menage a Trois) (Single Version)". CD
Also available New Horizon ... LP 2.99

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Joe HendersonAn Evening With Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden, Al Foster ... CD
Red (Italy), 1987. New Copy ... $15.99
Spare, stretched-out work from tenorist Joe Henderson – one of his hippest recordings of the 80s, and a great live date recorded with just bass and drums for accompaniment! Henderson's horn is heard in great company with the bass of Charlie Haden and drums of Al Foster – both players who really know what to do with the extra time allotted them in the extended setting of the record – making the set a great showcase not just for Joe's raspy tone on tenor, but for their own beyond-rhythm talents as well! The whole thing's great – easygoing and open, but with a really dark edge – and titles include "Ask Me Now", "Serenity", "Beatrice", and "Invitation". CD

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Pierre HenryOdyssee (10CD set) ... CD
Universal (France), 1960s/1982/Late 2000s. New Copy 10 CDs ... $44.99
A really well-titled collection – given that it features the most important steps in the long musical journey of Pierre Henry – easily one of the most important electronic musicians of the 20th Century! The package offers a heck of a lot of amazing music for the price – and is very heavy on Henry's crucial 60s recordings – including both his funky analogue grooves, and his much more abstract sonic compositions! Much of this material has been issued over the years, but never in a package this complete – and the depth of the sounds here is stunning – a set that should be given as a textbook to anyone who ever thinks about making any sort of electronic music. Works include "Messe De Liverpool (1967)", "Pierres Reflechies (1982)", "Coexistence (1958)", "Mouvement Rhythm Etude (1970)", "La Noire A Soixante/Granulometrie (1967)", "Variations Pour Une Porte Et Un Soupir (1963)", "Le Voyage (1962)", "Futuristie (1975)", "Messe Pour Le Temps Present (1967)", "Le Xeme Remix (1998)", "Envol (2010)", "L'Art De La Fugu Odyssee (2011)", "Pulsations (2007)", and the previously unreleased "Le Fil De La Vie", which features cool shakuhachi! CD

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