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Rick JamesBustin Out ... CD
Motown, Late 70s/1980s. Used 2CD ... $13.99
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(Out of print.)

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Rick JamesUrban Rhapsody ... CD
Private I/Mercury, 1997. Used ... $4.99
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Rick JamesCold Blooded ... CD
Gordy (Japan), 1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Another stone winner from Rick James' early 80s run for Motown – a set that follows strongly on territory opened up by previous records – especially that bass-heavy approach to funk! The record's maybe not as stone classic as others, but still is way tighter and more put-together than most of the James imitators of the time – and features some nice moments that include the very groovy title cut, the mellow "Ebony Eyes" duet with Smokey Robinson, and even a guest appearance from Grandmaster Flash. Titles include "Cold Blooded", "Ebony Eyes", "Pimp The Simp", "U Bring The Freak Out", "Doin' It", "Unity" and "123 (U Her & Me)". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Rick JamesStreet Songs (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the all-time great Rick James albums – a return to funkier sounds for Rick that worked both artistically and commercially – and actually got over far better than his more blatant attempts at crossover material on other records! The mix here is perfect – a true summation of all that made Motown great at the time, and the special sort of energy that made Rick one of the freshest mainstream talents at the end of the 70s! The record put a lot of money in Barry Gordy's pockets, and for good reason too – given that the set includes the classic hit "Super Freak" – plus "Give It To Me Baby", "Ghetto Life", "Make Love To Me", "Below The Funk (Pass The J)", and "Fire & Desire" – all done in that compressed pop-funky style that James kind of took from Bootsy Collins and manage to successfully soup up for the masses! CD
(Includes obi.)
 
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✨✧ Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly ... CD
Interscope, 2015. New Copy ... $17.99 18.98
Kendrick Lamar takes wider creative left turns than ever before on To Pimp A Butterfly – with a funk steeped production style that filters tried-and-true P Funk influences through leftfield modern beatcraft styles, inspired by cats like Madlib to Thundercat, the latter of whom is an official contributor. Fresh material from an increasingly pivotal figure – who may not be revolutionizing the game on the level of the heavy critical praise he's heaped with, but he's certainly marching to his own beat, rather than chasing hits! Includes "Wesley's Theory" with George Clinton & Thundercat, "King Kunta", "These Walls" with Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, "Aright", "For Sale?", "Institutionalized" with a Slick Rick-homage of a guest verse by Snoop Dogg (sign us up for any record that gives props to The Ruler...and extra points for transplanting that style of flow to Compton), "Momma", "Hood Politics", "The Blacker The Berry", "How Much A Dollar Cost" feat James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley, "Mortal Man" and more. CD

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VariousComplete Fame Singles Vol 1 – 1964 to 1967 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $21.99
Legendary work from one of the greatest soul labels ever – a tiny Alabama imprint that helped bring the Muscle Shoals sound to the masses – thanks to the work of producer Rick Hall, and his crack band of session players! The music here set a whole new standard for soul in the south – and really helped bridge older 50s modes and the new wave of more expressive, more sophisticated singers – an evolution that you'll really hear over the span of the label's complete singles, even in this first volume. A few names here are big – like Jimmy Hughes and Arthur Conley – but there's also some great lesser-knowns that really make the collection great – some singers we never even knew recorded for Fame, and a few session players as stars on their own – like Dann Penn or Spooner Oldham. Titles include "Wish You Didn't Have To Go" by Spooner & The Spoons, "Party Talk" by June Conquest, "She Wants What She Can't Have" by Terry Woodford, "You're Gonna Lose That Girl" by The Villagers, "In The Same Old Way" by Arthur Conley, "You Can't Believe Everything You Hear" by Jimmy Hughes, "The Road Of Love" by Clarence Carter, "Take A Good Look" by James Barnett, "Let Them Talk" by Dann Penn, "A Piece Of My Heart" by Art Freeman, and "Time Will Bring You Back" by Jimmy Hughes. 52 tracks in all – with both a and b-sides too! CD

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✨✧ Kendrick LamarTo Pimp A Butterfly ... CD
Interscope, 2015. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Kendrick Lamar takes wider creative left turns than ever before on To Pimp A Butterfly – with a funk steeped production style that filters tried-and-true P Funk influences through leftfield modern beatcraft styles, inspired by cats like Madlib to Thundercat, the latter of whom is an official contributor. Fresh material from an increasingly pivotal figure – who may not be revolutionizing the game on the level of the heavy critical praise he's heaped with, but he's certainly marching to his own beat, rather than chasing hits! Includes "Wesley's Theory" with George Clinton & Thundercat, "King Kunta", "These Walls" with Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat, "Aright", "For Sale?", "Institutionalized" with a Slick Rick-homage of a guest verse by Snoop Dogg (sign us up for any record that gives props to The Ruler...and extra points for transplanting that style of flow to Compton), "Momma", "Hood Politics", "The Blacker The Berry", "How Much A Dollar Cost" feat James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley, "Mortal Man" and more. CD
Also available To Pimp A Butterfly ... CD 17.99

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✨✧ Teena MarieStarchild (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1984. Used ... Out Of Stock
A stunning solo effort – Teena's second on Epic, and proof that she could still put out the goods on her own! Don't worry about the absence of Rick James here – as things are mighty tight, and right on the money – that wicked blend of funk and soul that got Lady T a great start right out of the box – still undeniably one of the most powerful one-woman moments in soul music! Teena wrote, arranged, and produced the whole thing – and tracks include "Light", "Jammin", "Out On A Limb", "Alibi", "Youngblood", "Lovergirl", and "My Dear Mr. Gaye". CD also features 5 bonus tracks – "Lover Girl (US single)", "Lovergirl (US 12" dance mix)", "Lovergirl (US single inst)", "Jammin (dance – long)", and "Out On A Limb (12" single edit)". CD

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✨✧ Rose BrothersRose Brothers ... CD
Muscle Shoals Sound/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Modern Muscle Shoals material from The Rose Brothers – a male quartet with one foot in an older harmony soul mode, and the other firmly set into the bigger modes of the 80s! Mellower moments mix with electro elements on this debut album – with a vibe that's almost more east coast than Alabama, but which still retains a bit of a deeper soul vibe on the laidback numbers and ballads. Jimmy Lewis and Rich Cason produced – and Cason handled arrangements – on titles that include "I Get Off On You", "The Edge Of Goodbye", "Burglar", "One More Time", "War Zone", and "Freeky Lover" – and the Rick James-styled groover "Wall To Wall Freaks". CD

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✨✧ VariousJazz Club – Funk Yourself ... CD
Jazzclub (Germany), 1970s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stellar collection of far reaching 70s funk – bridging schools of funk brilliantly – from fusiony grooves, to disco, to rawly raucous, and smoothed out and soulful – a mix of famous material that crossed over with others that are best known to crate diggers! The set's in the German Jazz Club series – and includes great stuff from Deaodato, Pleasure, Rose Royce, Betty Davis, Parliament, Rick James, The Bar-Kays, Ohio Players, Southside Movement and many more. 18 tracks in all: "Funk Yourself" by Deodato, "Let's Dance" by Pleasure, "Supernatural Feeling" by Blackbyrds, "Unfunky UFO" by Parliament, "This Is It" by Betty Davis, "Blow Your Head" by Fred Wesley & The JBs, "Shake Your Rump To The Funk" by Bar-Kays, "Funk Talk" by Southside Movement and more. CD

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✨✧ Teena MarieStarchild (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunning solo effort – Teena's second on Epic, and proof that she could still put out the goods on her own! Don't worry about the absence of Rick James here – as things are mighty tight, and right on the money – that wicked blend of funk and soul that got Lady T a great start right out of the box – still undeniably one of the most powerful one-woman moments in soul music! Teena wrote, arranged, and produced the whole thing – and tracks include "Light", "Jammin", "Out On A Limb", "Alibi", "Youngblood", "Lovergirl", and "My Dear Mr. Gaye". CD also features 5 bonus tracks – "Lover Girl (US single)", "Lovergirl (US 12" dance mix)", "Lovergirl (US single inst)", "Jammin (dance – long)", and "Out On A Limb (12" single edit)". CD

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✨✧ VariousCasino Lights 99 – Live At The Montreaux Jazz Festival ... CD
Warner, 1999. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Features Bob James, Boney James, Rick Braun, George Duke & others. CD
(Out of print.)
 
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James BrownBest Of Live At The Apollo – 50th Anniversary Edition (with unreleased tracks) ... CD
King/Universal, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Not just a "best of" from James Brown's legendary recordings at the Apollo Theater – but a set that also unearths two rare tracks from the never-issued album Get Down At The Apollo With The JBs! The core of the set presents the best moments from Live At The Apollo Volumes 1, 2, and 3 – all records that not only helped set the tone for 60s soul to come, but which further went onto elevate the place of live recordings in pop music in general – and really illustrate the way an artist could be even more exciting live than in the studio! James is completely on fire here – working with sharp energy and amazing dexterity – as are his backing bands – completely mesmerizing throughout, and showing us that funky soul at its best hardly relies on any tricks in the studio or production techniques. The set features the previously unreleased live versions of "Hot Pants Road" and "There It Is" – plus "I'll Go Crazy", "Sex Machine", "Get Up Get Into It Get Involved", "Soul Power", "Cold Sweat", "There Was A Time", "Try Me", and "Please Please Please". CD

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Dizzy Gillespie & The Double Six Of ParisDizzy Gillespie & The Double Six Of Paris ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1963. New Copy ... $13.99
A rare 60s meeting of groovy talents from both sides of the Atlantic – and a record that matches the trumpet of Dizzy Gillespie with the hiply swinging vocals of The Double Six Of Paris! The group were a wonderfully groovy precursor to the Swingle Singers – and sung in a scatting approach to jazz vocals that was very much in the tradition of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross – but also drew inspiration from the earlier work of Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure, and others. Their sound is great – much more 60s groovy than some other vocal groups – and pairing them with Dizzy gives this record an added punch that some of their other sessions are missing! Backing is small combo throughout – with either Bud Powell or Kenny Barron on piano, Kenny Clarke on drums, and James Moody on tenor – and with the presence of Diz, most of the material here is of bop orientation – taken at a fast and lively clip! Lalo Schifrin arranged the whole session too – and titles include "One Bass Hit", "Blue N Boogie", "Emanon", "Groovin High", "Ow", "The Champ", "Tin Tin Deo", "Hot House", and "Con Alma". CD

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New Jersey KingsStratosphere Breakdown ... CD
Acid Jazz/Hollywood, 1995. Used ... $6.99
Hard hitting funky 45 material – supposedly recorded by a "lost" funk group from the 70s, but actually the James Taylor Quartet playing under a different name! That little bit of name trickery doesn't stop the album from being a nice batch of funky jazz tracks, though – with lots of hard drums and nice organ solos in the lead, hitting hard like the best early work by the Taylor Quartet, but with a few nice 70s funk touches in the mix! Lots of nice tracks, including "Dream Waves", "On Or Off", "Green Screen", and "Smokin". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Sun RaComplete Black Saint/Soul Note Recordings (Reflections In Blue/Hours After/Mayan Temples/Tribute To Stuff Smith) (4CD box set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), Mid 80s. New Copy 4CD ... $38.99
A great run of 80s work from Sun Ra – and some of his best-known records from the time! First up is Reflections In Blue – a later classic from Sun Ra – a record that bears one of his most beautiful cover shots ever! The record's got a wonderfully tight feel – a sound that's often not as out as Saturn sides, and which shows Ra's ability to lead a larger ensemble with a very complex sound – drawing on Ellingtonish roots, but inflecting them with his own space-tuned sensibilities! Players include Tyrone Hill on trombone, Pat Patrick on alto and clarinet, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, John Gilmore on tenor and clarinet, and James Jacson on bassoon and african drums – and Ra himself plays synth as well as piano. Titles include "Yesterdays", "Say It Isn't So", and the originals "State Street Chicago" and "Reflections In Blue". Hours After is a strange little late record from Sun Ra – late night, soulful and bluesy, with a sound that's in keeping with the traditionalism of the late Arkestra! The group's an all-star one – Pat Patrick, Danny Thompson, Marshall Allen, and John Gilmore – and Ra sings a bit on the session. Side B of the session steps out a bit more from the first side – which is the more traditional one – and Ra plays a bit of synthesizer, in a 70s avant kind of mode. Titles include "Dance Of The Extra Terrestrians", "Love On A Far Away Planet", "Hours After", and "Beautiful Love". Mayan Temples is a studio set recorded in Italy in 1990, and one that draws strongly from the tightening of tradition the Arkestra experienced in the 80s – working at a time of some of their greatest acceptance by jazz audiences worldwide, and able to express themselves fully in a range of different modes! The sense of tone and timing here is beautiful – almost Ellington-like at points, but still with a decidedly Sun Ra-like quality – and players on the date include Michael Ray and Ahmed Abdullah on trumpets, John Gilmore on tenor, Noel Scott and Marshall Allen on alto sax, and Tyrone Hill on trombone – and June Tyson also sings just a bit on the set. Ra plays both piano and synth, and titles include "Alone Together", "Discipline 1", "Sunset On The River Nile", "El Is The Sound Of Joy", "I'll Never Be The Same", "Theme On The Stargazers", and "Opus In Springtime". A double-length set too – nearly 80 minutes of music! Last up is A Tribute To Stuff Smith – an unusual session that features Billy Bang on violin, Andrew Cyrille on drums, and Sun Ra on piano – all in tribute to legendary violinist Stuff Smith. CD

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Sun RaJazz In Silhouette ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1958. Used ... $5.99
Sun Ra's really moving forward with this classic set – refining the sound of his Chicago-based Arkestra, and reaching for new territory that moves him way past familiar jazz modes! The cover bills the group as playing "music from tomorrow's world" – and you can definitely hear that on some titles here, including one number that features Ra on some really haunting celeste, and another that features Marshall Allen making weird noises with his mouthpiece! The group is all greats from the old days – John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on flute, Pat Patrick on baritone and flute, James Spaulding on alto and flute, Hobart Dotson on trumpet, Charles Davis on baritone, and Ronnie Boykins on bass – and titles include "Hours After", "Saturn", "Ancient Ethiopia", and "Blues At Midnight". CD

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Sy SmithPsykosoul+ (advance copy) ... CD
Sy Smith/Hollywood, 1999. Used ... $5.99
The lost album from Sy Smith – one of the sweetest voices in nusoul of the past decade! This album was intended for a major label release that never happened – and it's issued here with bonus tracks. We try to steer clear of the murky waters of music biz politics and record release issues – but it boggles the mind that Psykosoul didn't make it onto a release schedule earlier in the 00s. The effort is a bit more in a lightly cosmic mode with stuttering hip hop production flourishes – courtesy Ali Shaheed Muhammad, James Poyser & others – with Sy's lovely vocals floating over the sound. It's definitely in the spirit of her later work that we fell for instantly – and a joy to finally see available! Tracks include "Deep Sleep", "That Ring", "Waiting. . .Complicated", "Good And Strong", "You're The One", "Broke My Heart", "Gladly", and a hip hop soul makeover of Edie Brickell's "What I Am" (produced by Ali Shaheed Muhammad). CD
(Out of print. Promo copy with artwork sheet, but no tray card.)

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James Taylor QuartetHammond-Ology – Best Of JTQ ... CD
Castle/Sequel (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
The ultimate selection of tunes by one of the best funky organ players of recent years! Way back when the Desco crowd were still playing their close-n-plays, James Taylor was part of the British rare groove scene – working through the mod moves of the mid 80s, into a funkier 70s sound as the 90s approached. Taylor had a pivotal role in the development of the music called "acid jazz", but also had a far-reaching talent that took him from the Hammond-driven grooves of Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff, into spacious territory of 70s groovers like Johnny Hammond and Charles Earland. The package is a wonderful one – 2 CDs containing a total of 35 tunes, spanning sounds that include blacksploitation funk, organ soul jazz, funky club groovers, and even some great straight soul tunes. Titles include "Stepping Into My Life" and "Love Will Keep Us Together", with Allison Limerick on vocals, "Love The Life", "See A Brighter Day", and "Hope & Pray", with Noel McKoy on vocals – and the instrumentals "Blow Up", "Car Chase", "The Spyder", "Theme From Starsky & Hutch", "Europa", "Vanishing Point", "In The Hand Of The Inevitable", "Senouci", "Mr C", "Faster Pussycat", "Message From Sicily", "Down By The River", "Theme From Tomorrow People", and "Higher World". CD
(Out of print.)

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Timi YuroLost Voice Of Soul ... CD
RPM (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
Lost for too many years – and wonderful to this day! Timi Yuro's early 60s work is fantastic – and is part diva bluesy soul, ala Etta James or Lorez Alexandria, and part country soul, ala Ray Charles or Brook Benton. Her voice is incredible, with a clear tone, yet heartbreaking edge – and this set brings together 26 rare sides from the early 60s, most of which have remained pretty hard to find over the years! Arrangements are by Bert Keyes, Burt Bacharach, Marty Paich, and Belford Hendricks – and tracks include "Hurt", "I'd Fight The World", "I Know (I Love You)", "Just To Say I Love Him", "Only Love Me", "Call Me", "Gotta Travel On", "Count Everything", "Trying", "Only Love Me", "Insult To Injury", and "Leavin On Your Mind" and more. CD

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VariousSpiritual Jazz – Esoteric, Modal, & Deep Jazz From The Underground 1968 to 1977 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Jazzman/Now Again, Late 60s/1970s. Used ... $9.99
The Jazzman label hits a whole new level of brilliance – as they turn their funk-trained crate digging skills to the world of spiritual jazz! The collection's an amazing batch of ultra-rare tunes – tracks that take inspiration from the John Coltrane/Archie Shepp work on Impulse Records in the 60s, then run with those roots in bold new directions – soaring, spiritual aims in jazz that reach for new freedoms, but never lapse into the totally-outside modes of free jazz! Instead, there's a really great balance here between structure and struggle – as many tunes often have a good rhythmic pulse, usually modal and soulful, then let the horn solos stretch out more in their own sounds and directions. The mix is amazing, as is the selection of tunes – rare numbers pulled mostly from American independent jazz releases of the 60s and 70s – most of which are as obscure as the funky 45s we normally get from Jazzman. As with the label's US funk compilations, there's full notes on all the music – a heck of a lot of detail on these artists – and tracks on the set include "Paul's Ark" by Morris Wilson Beau Bailey Quintet, "Ayo Ayo Nene" by Mor Thiam, "Nomusa" by Ndikho Xaba & The Natives, "The Afrikan In Winter" by The Positive Force, "Neveen" by Salah Ragab, "Ja Mil" by Hastings Street Jazz Experience, "Be There" by Leon Gardner, "Psych City" by Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Ensemble, "Introduction" by James Tatum Trio Plus, and "No Jive" by Frank Derrick Total Experience. US pressing has 2 bonus tracks – "All Prasies To Allah (parts 1 & 2 edit)" by Lightmen Plus One, and "Bada Que Bash" by PE Hewitt Jazz Ensemble. CD

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VariousUltimate Free Soul Blue Note ... CD
Blue Note/Universal (Japan), 1960s/1970s/2014. New Copy 3 CDs ... $28.99
The soaring spirit of Blue Note Records – served up here with a really special twist to fit the mode of the Free Soul series! The package is overflowing with goodness – four hours' worth of listening, with a special focus on two periods of the label – that great late 60s/early 70s stretch when they were trying out so many new ideas and rhythms, including elements borrowed from soul, Latin, fusion, and Brazilian modes – and the more recent stretch that has seen Blue Note re-emerge as one of the most forward-thinking labels in jazz! CDs 1 and 2 feature older gems – including "Lover To Lover" by Maxi Anderson, "Kathy" by Moacir Santos, "As" by Gene Harris, "Tuesday Heartbreak" by Ronnie Foster, "Harlem River Drive" by Bobbi Humphrey, "To See A Smile" by Ronnie Foster, "Where Are We Going" by Donald Byrd, "You're Welcome Stop On By" by Lou Donaldson, "Save The Children" by Marlena Shaw, "Move Your Hand" by Lonnie Smith, "In Pursuit Of The 27th Man" by Horace Silver, "Early Morning Love" by Moacir Santos, "Montara" by Bobby Hutcherson, and "Stormy" by Duke Pearson. CD3 features newer work – including "Come To My Door" by Jose James, "Holding Onto You" by Derrick Hodge, "Maiden Voyage" by Dianne Reeves, "Praise" by Aaron Parks, "You're Still The One" by Otis Brown III with Gretchen Parlato, "Ain't Misbehavin" by Jason Moran with Meshell Ndegeocello, "No Love Dying" by Gregory Porter, "Afro Blue" by Robert Glasper with Erykah Badu, "Please Set Me At Ease" by Madlib, and "Won't You Open Up Your Senses" by 4Hero with Vanessa Freeman. CD

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Pat PatrickSound Advice ... CD
Saturn/Art Yard (UK), 1977. New Copy ... About July 15, 2015 (delayed)
One of the rarest albums ever issued by Sun Ra's Saturn Records label – and one of the few dates to ever feature baritone saxophonist Pat Patrick as a leader – Sun Ra's longtime partner in the Arkestra, and a hell of a player on his own! The record is a heavy baritone date – with Rene McLean, Charles Davis, James Ware, Reynold Scott, and George Barrow joining Patrick on the lead instrument, plus a bit of flute – blowing at a level that makes the whole thing feel like one of the best creative ensemble projects on Strata East from the period – very jazzy, but also reaching for lots of new ideas too! The music is a lot more soulful than Ra's usual work – less outside overall, but in a good way – and the group also features a young Hilton Ruiz on piano, plus Jon Hart on bass, Steve Solder on drums, and Babafemi Humphreys on congas. Titles include "Funny Time", "Uptighttedness", "Eastern Vibrations", "Sabia", and "The Waltz". CD
(Limited to 1000 copies.)

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✨✧ James BrownRevolution Of The Mind ... CD
Polydor, 1971. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Subtitled "Live At the Apollo Vol 3", but waaay better than any of the earlier volumes, this monster 2LP live set has James and the JB's wailing away in a freewheeling live set of hard hard hard funky grooves. Excellent work by the band, and a great way to see how sharp they were out of the studio, and proof that their funkiness was not the product of any clever editing tricks. Stone cold all the way through, with lots of great funky solos, cool rapping by James, and long versions of tracks like "Sex Machine", "Escape-Ism", "Make It Funky", and "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose". CD

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✨✧ Ricky FanteRewind ... CD
Virgin, 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible work from Ricky Fante – an instant-classic soul singer, with a voice to rival Al Green, Otis Redding, or James Carr! The "Rewind" title of the set is quite appropriate – as the record's got a sound that takes us back to the glory days of southern soul albums on labels like Fame, Goldwax, or Hi Records – produced with a warm, down home finish that includes lots of well-crafted acoustic backings. Ricky's voice nearly carries the whole album alone, though, and the set marks his best full album to date – a landmark session that should keep his name on many folks' lips for years to come! Titles include "My Song", "I Let You Go", "Drive", "Are You Lonely Too", "Why", "Love Doesn't Live Here Anymore", and "It's Over Now". CD
(Barcode has a promotional sticker.)

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✨✧ Jimmy HeathReally Big ... CD
Riverside, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very hip work from a young Jimmy Heath – a relative newcomer to the scene at this point, but breaking out with a firm conception and tone, exercised strongly here in a set of large group arrangements worked out in collaboration with Tom McIntosh. McIntosh's work in this format is well known from albums by Dizzy and James Moody – and as with those records, this one has an edgey quality that really keeps the music fresh, and which provides a good foil for solos by Heath, McIntosh, Pat Patrick, and Cannonball Adderley. Titles include "Big P", "Mona's Mood", "Nails", and "The Picture Of Heath". CD

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✨✧ James MoodyJames Moody's Hi Fi Party ... CD
Prestige/OJC, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Genius work from Moody – and a larger session than usual – one that shows his strong talents with an expanded lineup! Moody's working here with players that have a definite Dizzy Gillespie Big Band bent – including trumpeter Dave Burns, trombonist William Shepherd, baritonist Pee Wee Moore, and pianist Jimmy Boyd – but they're working with Moody in a groove that's got equal parts modern alongside the bop, in a way that makes for some complicated arrangements that bristle with electricity. There's almost a bit of Gigi Gryce or Benny Golson in the spirit of the set – and Moody's work on alto is an especially good example of this on the record. Eddie Jefferson makes a great vocal appearance on "Disappointed" – and other tracks include "Little Ricky", "Big Ben", "Show Eyes", "Hard To Get", and "And You Called My Name". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sun RaSound Sun Pleasure ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early work by Ra and the Arkestra, recorded in 1958 in Chicago, but not issued until the end of 60s, as one of the best rare sides on Saturn Records! The material's fairly straight, but with a cool off-kilter groove, and some very nice arrangements. The lineup's as classic as can be, and include Gilmore, Pat Patrick, James Spaulding, Marshall Allen, and Hobart Dotson. Hattie Randolph sings on 2 tracks, and Ra plays a bit of celeste. Titles are mostly all standards, given the Ra twist – and titles include "S'Wonderful", "Round Midnight", "I Could Have Danced All Night", and "Deep Purple". This expanded CD version features 6 bonus cuts, for a total of 13 tracks in all – including some originals like "Enlightenment" and "Dreams Come True". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ VariousFree Soul Impressions ... CD
BMG (Japan), 1994. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jazzy funk and 70s soul combine in one of the first-ever Japanese Free Soul compilations! The set was one that defined a sound that pushed folks into digging even deeper into their soul collections – moving past the break tracks and familiar singles, coming up with some excellent album cuts that might have been lost otherwise. The set's got 70 minutes worth of obscure cuts – including "Day" by Keni Burke, "Sunshower" by Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, "Only Love" by Angela Bofil, "Good Thing" by James Mason, "Kuenda – Would You Believe In Me" by Jon Lucien, "I Do My Best To Impress" by Linda Lewis, "Oops! Here I Go Again" by Edna Wright, "If You Want It" by Niteflyte, "We Getting Down" by Weldon Irvine, "Tell Me The Truth" by Jon Hendricks, "Creepin" by Tamiko Jones, and "Sunbeams" by Lonnie Liston Smith. CD

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✨✧ Eddie KendricksEddie Kendricks ... CD
Tamla (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A legendary album from the great Eddie Kendricks – a set that not only has the singer soaring on the kind of sublime old school vocal numbers he always did so well – but one that also has Eddie stepping out into some great dancefloor modes that would have a huge impact for years to come! Kendricks really scores big with the classic "Keep On Truckin" – a tune that's virtually the blueprint for boogie, and which is echoed here by a few other great numbers that really stand out – tunes that preface disco to come, but which also still bear a very strong link to the richest styles of Motown soul! Northern soul legend Frank Wilson had a great hand in the record – penning some of the best cuts, co-producing with Leonard Caston, and handling arrangements with Caston and James Carmichael – and in addition to "Keep On Truckin", other titles include "Darling Come Back Home", "Not On The Outside", "Any Day Now", "Where Do You Go (Baby)", "Each Day I Cry A Little", and "Only Room For Two". CD

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✨✧ VariousFlorida Funk – Funk 45s From The Alligator State 1968 to 1975 (US pressing with bonus track) ... CD
Jazzman/Now Again, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
There's a whole lot more going down in Florida than alligators and Disney World – as you'll hear on this amazing little set! The package follows brilliantly in the tradition of Jazzman's Texas and Midwest Funk compilations – and like those collections, this one uncovers an incredible amount of under-heard music from an especially unlikely source! Florida is usually best remembered as the home of TK disco in the 70s, or contemporary club in more recent years – but back in the late 60s and early 70s, the state was a hotbed of indie funk activity – with loads of artists who were every bit as great as bigger names from points north, all working in an underground network of clubs, studios, and labels. The Jazzman team of Gerald Short and Malcolm Catto have really outdone themselves here – providing not only almost two dozen great funky tracks, but also a wealth of notes and information on each track – all served up in one really beautiful little package! The CD features a whopping 24 pages of notes and pictures all in color – with titles that include "Quit Jive'in" by Pearly Queen, "Cutting Room (Hot Pants)" by Oceanliners, "Super Cool" by Carrie Riley & The Fascinations, "Pure Funk (part 2)" by Delrays, "Do Right Man" by Sam Baker, "All The Time" by Bobby Williams & His Mar Kings, "Butterfly Theme" by Blowfly, "Lay It On Me" by Willie Johnson, "Funky Fast Bump" by The Outlaw Gang, "Na Na" by Coke, "Get Down" by The Montereys, "90% Of Me Is You" by Vanessa Kendrick, "Soft Soul" by Lavell Kamma, "Baby Don't Cry" by Third Guitar, "Spider Web" by Weston Prim & Backlash, "Soul Food" by Frankie Seay & The Soul Riders, "Save Me" by James Knight & The Butlers, and "It's Gonna Be A Mess (part 2)" by The Mighty Dogcatchers. US pressing features the bonus track "Soft Soul" by Lavell Kamma – and different cover art too! CD

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✨✧ GC CameronGC Cameron ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Strong work from GC Cameron – really making a bold mark here on his own – working in a smooth, rich, masculine style that's a bit like some of the best early 70s material from Eddie Kendricks! Arrangements are by James Carmichael, Paul Riser, Wade Marcus, Gene Page, and other smooth soul talents – and GC's got this edgey vocal approach that strikes out from the backings very strongly, with a hip dope sound on the best cuts, almost in a blacksploitation soundtrack mode – with a sharper edge than on his previous group recordings. Titles include a great version of "If I Ever Lose This Heaven", plus the cuts "Me & My Life", "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday", "Strong Love", "Share Your Life", "Truly Blue", and "Don't Want To Give It Up". CD
 
 
 



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