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Earth & StoneKool Roots ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $23.99 24.98
Great duo vocals from the team of Albert Bailey and Clifton Howell – recording here with some excellent rhythms from Sly & Robbie and the rest of the Channel One crew! The music is mostly mellow, with a stepping groove that works great for the harmonies of the pair – and there's a fair bit of roots numbers here, mixed with some warmer lovers' rock titles too. Like other great titles on Pressure Sounds, this one does a great job of giving Earth & Stone the showcase they deserve – with excellent sound, and notes on the music – and titles that include "False Ruler", "Once Bitten Twice Shy", "Black Roots", "Three Wise Men", "Holy Land Of Home", "Jail House Set Me Free", "Devil Wise", "House Of Dub", "Wiser Dub", and "Jester Not". LP, Vinyl record album

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King TubbyDub From The Roots ... LP
Clocktower, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99 14.98
Wicked dub from mighty King Tubby – a set of reworked sounds from cuts by Jackie Edwards, Johnny Clarke, John Holt, Horace Andy, and others – all given some heavy-bottomed touches by Tubby! The tracks are all instrumentals, with plenty of bass bubbling in an echoey pit – mixed with organ, drums, and especially nice guitar that often glides out highest in the mix – with a slightly cleaner feel than other instrumentation. Titles include "Double Cross", "African Roots", "Iyahta", "Dub From The Roots", "Hijack The Barber", "Invasion", and "Dub Of A Woman". LP, Vinyl record album

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King Tubby & Roots RadicsDangerous Dub ... LP
Greensleeves (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
As Sly & Robbie and many of reggae's first instrumental visionaries moved on, younger groups like the Roots Radics stepped to the fore, though this line up featured both younger talent like Style Scott and Bingy Bunny and stalwarts like Flabba Holt and Gladdie Anderson. And while we love the work that Roots Radics would do with Scientist, this effort's no slouch either, with 10 hard hitting dubs, including ""Country Gal Dub", "Loud Mouth Rock", "Up Town Special"{, "London Bridge Special", "Earthquake Shake" and "Knife & Fork Dubwise". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roots ManuvaBleeds (with download) ... LP
Big Dada, 2015. New Copy ... $23.99
A richly textured, deeply diverse effort from UK hip hop veteran Roots Manuva! He's smartly eschewed the coming and going of passing trends all these years, and still stands out as strongly as ever on Bleeds – which rolls from moody and murky beat funk backed storytelling, to glitchy abstract tracks, to surprisingly soulful touches and well beyond. Brilliant work from innovative voice – working with adventurous producers who include Adrian Sherwood, Kieran Hebden and others. Titles include "Hard Bastards", "Crying", "Facety 2:11", "Don't Breathe Out", "Cargo", "Stepping Hard", "Me Up!", "I Know Your Face" and "Fighting For!". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition clear orange vinyl – insludes download!)
Also available Bleeds ... CD 13.99

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VariousChristians Catch Hell – TK Gospel Roots ... LP
Gospel Roots/Honest Jons (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
A really really beautiful little compilation – one with a sound that's every bit as powerful as the image on its cover! The music here all comes from the Gospel Roots label of Miami soul powerhouse TK Records – a key force in mainstream soul in the 70s, but also a company who issued some excellent spiritual material at the time! The work here isn't rootsy gospel – and instead reflects all the hip, righteous changes that were coming into the music during the 70s – bits of blacksploitation funk in the rhythms, powerful lead singers upfront, and an impeccable production style that often mixed deep soul vocals with modern soul presentation. This side of the TK legacy has been crucially ignored over the years – but this wonderful package more than corrects that fault – by offering up some of the key tracks from the Gospel Roots label, alongside a lavish booklet that's filled with notes, photos, and record images – all recounting the overdue tale of this great music. Not all artists are southern – there's a number from up north, and even a few from Chicago – and titles include "Tell Me" by The Fantastic Family Aires, "After The Rain" by Pastor TL Barrett, "Will You Save Me" by The Jordan Singers, "Never Say What You Want" by The Phillipians, "Help Me To Carry On" by The Fabulous Luckett Brothers, "I've Got To Make A Change" by Bright Clouds, "Wake Up Everybody" by The O'Neal Twins, "On Jesus Program" by The Original Sunset Travelers, "Blessed Be The Name Of God" by The Brooklyn All Stars, and "Christians Catch Hell" by Reverend Edna Isaac & The Greene Sisters. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Christians Catch Hell – TK Gospel Roots ... CD 15.99

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VariousStudio One Roots Vol 2 ... LP
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
Another blinding compilation of fantastic Studio One material from Soul Jazz! It seems more than redundant to say that at this point, as we're certain you're well aware of the quality of the material collected here, which is just as great as every other set in this long running series. This follow up to the first Studio One Roots set digs up a fiery batch of rootical knowledge, delivered by the cream of the Studio One crop, and includes loads of hard to get numbers, including a few that have been previously unreleased. And as usual, packaging and annotation are first class. 19 numbers in all, including Willie Williams & the Soul Dimension "Jah Righteous Plan", Cedric Im Brooks "Satta" and "Full Time", Ken Boothe & Joe Higgs "A Message Of Old", Devon Russell "Jah Hold The Key", Vin Gordon "Babylon Rock", the Gladiators "Talawah", Prince Lincoln "True Experience", Joseph Hill "Behold The Land", Winston Matthews "Sun IS Shining", Count Ossie & The Zion All Stars "Holy Mount Zion" and Tommy McCook & The Discosonics "Tenor On The Call". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldRoots ... LP
Curtom, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of our favorite Curtis Mayfield albums ever – a massive early 70s effort that's filled with wonderful songs all the way through, and quite possibly one of the most perfect realization of the righteous vibe of the early 70s Curtom years! Curtis is in fine form throughout – as a singer, composer, and producer – but he's also got some excellent Chicago soul help from arrangers Riley Hampton and Johnny Pate – both key talents on the 60s Windy City scene, still able to come up with a deeply soulful groove here – and both able to blend together strings and funk in the way that Curtis was going for at the time. Titles include the massive "We Got to Have Peace" – a tune that never gets old – plus "Underground", "Keep On Keepin On", "Now You're Gone", "Get Down", "Love To Keep You In Mind", and "Beautiful Brother of Mine". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dillinger with Roots Radics & We The People BandJoin The Queue ... LP
Oak Sound/King Spinna (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A soulful stepper from Dillinger – maybe not as well known as some of his bigger classics, but a set that's very much at the top of the pack! The style here is a sweet shift between late roots modes and the dancefloor styles to come – backing that's a bit leaner at times, from either Roots Radics or We The People – and Dillinger working in a mix of sung vocals and lyrical toasting that fits perfectly with the head-nodding vibes of the music! The set features guest appearances from Clint Eastwood and Icho Candy, but it's Dillinger himself who's fully driving the train – working out a style that really shows the way forward for a generation of younger talents to come. Titles include "Rub A Dub Anthem", "Just Be Nice", "Please Officer", "Duddle Oley", "Join The Queue", "Know Me So Good", and "Johnny Raker". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ RootsDo You Want More? ... LP
Geffen, 1994. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The classic critical breakthrough from The Roots – the one that really cemented their legacy as one great hip hop live bands ever, and help paving the way for many fascinating records to come! Do You Want More is a modern hip hop essential, chainging the way we looked at hip hop, and certainly one of the most successful efforts at bridging live band playing, sample based beats and smart rhymes. Titles include: "Proceed", "Distortion To Static", "Lazy Afternoon", "Mellow My Man", "I Remain Calm", "Datskat", "What Goes On Pt. 7", "Silent Treatment", "You Ain't Fly", "Do You Want More?!!!??!", "The Lesson Part 2" and "The Unlocking". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ RootsOrganix (colored vinyl – with bonus CD) ... LP
Remedy, 1993. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The debut from The Roots – an early independent effort, but they arrived in classic form – with a rawer urgency, but with all the smarts and uniqueness of there major milestones to come! Timeless, funky, band-based grooves that holds up incredibly well over the years – it's pretty amazing how fresh it sounds after all these years. Tracks include "The Roots Is Comin", "Pass The Popcorn", "The Anti-Circle", "Writers Block", "Good Music", "Grits", "Leonard I-V", "I'm Out Deah", "Essawhamah? (Live At The Soulshack)", "Popcorn Revisited", "Common Dust", "The Session (Longest Posse Cut In History)", "Carryin' On", "Peace", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited 2LP colored vinyl – and it includes the album on CD!)

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✨✧ VariousCoco May May – 1955 to 1962 Spanish Harlem Dancefloor Fillers – The Afro-Cuban Roots Of Boogaloo ... LP
Grossoi (Spain), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great Latin groovers from the end of the 50s and start of the 60s – all tracks that are tight, upbeat, and filled with a lively mix of rhythm and jazz – all at a level that's designed to showcase the sorts of modes that led to the development of Latin Soul and boogaloo a few years later! These tracks aren't your usual cha cha or charanga numbers – and instead, many of them have some pretty fierce percussion, and strong solos that break out from the pack and really give the music a lot of spirit – the kind of subtle hipper touches the younger scene was bringing to bear against the bigger, more standard orchestras of the period. Titles include "Dry Coconuts" by La Playa Sextet, "Coco May May" by Jack Costanzo, "Pachanga En Changa" by Joe Quijano, "A Gozar Timbero" by Cachao, "Conmigo" by Eddie Palmieri, "Guajira Y Tambo" by Ray Barretto, "Gueita Caiman" by Fantasmita, "Las Bobitas" by Roberto Faz, "El Divorcio" by Arsenio Rodriguez, and "Anabacoa" by Pio Leyva with Bebo Valdes. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousSugar's Delight – 1955 to 1962 Spanish Harlem Dancefloor Fillers – The Afro-Cuban Roots Of Boogaloo ... LP
Grossoi (Spain), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Latin vibes in plenty of styles – jazzy mambos, driving descargas, and even some rootsier numbers that really show the explosion of Afro-Cuban sounds on the New York scene at the end of the 50s! The work here is less of the Latin Soul than you'd guess from the title, but still has lots of soulful currents in both the vocal expressions and the presence of jazzy solos on a number of the cuts – a definite vibe that shows a wave from Havana, up through Puerto Rico, to Harlem – resulting in some of the amazing sounds heard within! Titles include "Camina Y Ven" by Carlos Embale, "Sun Sun Babae" by Jose Curbelo, "Descarga Guajira" by Cachao, "Pollo Atrasao" by Vicentino Valdes, "Cachita" by Eddie Palmieri, "Sugar's Delight" by Ray Barretto, "Joe Cuba's Mambo" by Joe Cuba, and "Montuno Pachanguero" by Sabu Martinez. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Andrew HillGrass Roots ... LP
Blue Note, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A real stroke of genius from pianist Andrew Hill – and a surprising one too! After an initial legacy of groundbreaking experimental sides for Blue Note, Hill returns to his "grass roots" on this excellent session of straight ahead, fairly funky, soul jazz piano tunes! In the notes, Hill claims a desire to get back to the people – and in a really unusual turn, he shakes off his previous modernist trappings and goes for territory that's much more in the mode of Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, or Hank Mobley on Blue Note! Yet despite this turn, and amidst some more conventional arrangements, Andrew's work on piano is still quite dark and moody – filled with beautiful clashing lines and haunting off-beat changes that open up the session way more than you'd expect! Booker Ervin joins in on tenor – on what would become one of his last recordings – and the rest of the group includes Lee Morgan, Ron Carter, and Freddie Waits – all plenty darn hip players who really get the unusual balance of soul jazz and modernism that Hill's going for here! Tracks include "Mira", "Bayou Red", "Venture Inward", "Grass Roots", and "Soul Special". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousKing Jammy's Roots Reality ... LP
17 North Parade, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Crucial sounds from King Jammy – prime material from that time when his production style was really helping to open up the sound of Kingston! The evolution of dub is definitely at play in the tracks here, but the music is also much more upfront, too – as the Jammy style is very cohesive, and really keeps a strong focus on the righteous lyrics for the vocal numbers – or important musical elements on the instrumental cuts. There's some nice electronic bits – those trademark sounds that are almost a Space Invader approach – mixed with warmer, soulful touches that definitely keep things real throughout! Titles include "Bad Girl" by Black Uhuru with Scorcher & Nicodemus, "Engineer Affair" by Errol Scorcher, "Selassie On His White Horse" by John Steele, "African Love/Yogi Bear" by Black Uhuru & Prince Hammer, "Where You Gonna Run" by The Fantells, "Jah Created The World" by Hortense Ellis, "Love Tickles Like Magic" by Junior Delgado, "Zambia" by Jammy's & King Tubby, and "The Lord Is My Shepherd" by Dennis Brown. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available King Jammy's Roots Reality & Sleng Teng (2CD/DVD set) ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ VariousSon Cubano NYC – Cuban Roots New York Spices 1972-1982 ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The rebirth of the Afro-Cuban groove on the New York scene of the 70s – great recordings in the "new traditionalist" sound of the time! After the boom of the Latin Soul sound of the late 60s, and the rise of salsa in the early 70s, there was also a "back to basics" movement within the players of the New York Latin community – a shift that stripped down the sound, reintroduced traditional instrumentation, and worked in rhythms that might have been used on older sessions, but which were slightly updated for the newer recordings. The work of that period, although strong, has often been overlooked in favor of some of the flashier sounds of the scene – and this set wonderfully corrects that fault by bringing together a great sampling of work from the traditional spectrum of the Salsoul and SAR record labels, along with the kind of notes and commitment to quality that makes the Honest Jon's reissues so great! Titles include "Son Sabroson" by Rey Roig, "Chuchillo Para La Pina Cubana" by Charlie Rodriguez, "Chocolate En C7" and "Trumpet En Montuno" by Chocolate, "Oriente" and "Tiene Sabor" by Henry Fiol, "Yo Perdi El Corazon" by Lita Branda, "Camina Y Ven Pa La Loma" by Roberto Torres, "Celosa" by Angelo Y Su Conjunto Modelo, and "Los Dos Hermanos" by Los Jimaguas. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousStudio One Roots ... LP
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
An excellent dip into the rootsier material from the Studio One catalog – the kind of reggae classics that have forever made the label one of the best Jamaican companies! The package is every bit as sublime as Soul Jazz's other reggae compilations – and it features a selection of tunes that far outshines most other reissues of Studio One material, and which includes some great rare gems that have a heavy soulful feeling. Titles include "Meditation" by The Cyclones with Count Ossie, "Set Me Free" by L Crosdale, "More Creation" by Lennie Hibbert, "Fear Not" by Winston Jarrett, "Blackish White" by Alton Ellis, "Far Beyond" by Leroy Wallace, "Addis A Baba" by Willie Williams, "Lumumbo" by Bunny & Skitter, "Africa Here I Come" by Freddie McGregor, and "Congo Rock" by Sound Dimension. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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AirtoFree ... LP
CTI, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums you'll ever hear from the legendary percussionist Airto – a set that mixes his own Brazilian roots with the electric genius of 70s CTI – all with stunning results! Airto's in the lead – and blows some beautiful wood flute lines alongside percussion – but the album also features killer contributions from Joe Farrell on soprano sax, Hubert Laws on flute, Keith Jarrett on piano, and Chick Corea on Fender Rhodes – as well as a hip bit of vocals from Flora Purim as well! There's some added horns at parts – but the arrangements are relatively spare and subtle – so that most tracks have a core organic quality, very similar to Airto's work on Buddah/Cobblestone, but given a bit more of a CTI twist. Most tunes are quite long and free-flowing – and titles include "Lucky Southern", "Flora's Song", "Creek (Arroio)", and "Return To Forever". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Horace AndyGet Wise ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 17.98
Prime 70s work from Horace Andy – recorded in this laidback, soul-drenched style that almost recalls the Kingston sound of a few years before! The setting is very earthy and up-close – a perfect placement for Andy's really unique vocals, which almost approximate some of the more interesting male soul vocalists of the east coast scene of the time – particularly those at the higher end of the spectrum. Horace lilts up and down beautifully – over grooves recorded at Channel One, Black Ark, Dynamic Sound, and Randys – on titles that include "Roots Of All Evil", "Sexy Jean", "Let Your Teardrops Fall", "Get Wise", "Today Youth", "Feel Good", "Eighty Percent Badness", and "I Don't Want To Be Outside". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Get Wise ... CD 14.99

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ApartmentsEvening Visits (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Rough Trade/Captured Tracks, 1985. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
An overlooked 80s pop masterpiece – the first full album from The Apartments, one of the most blue-tinged groups of the decade! Ex-Go Between Peter Milton Walsh heads the group, which is a showcase for his wonderfully-penned songs – unique little tracks that show his Australian roots, but which also share links with some of the smartest UK pop of the period – no surprise, given the original release of the record on Rough Trade. There's a subtle genius here, but one that grabs you right away – given Walsh's distinct vocals, and the album's blend of jangle pop guitars with sadder elements like cello and flugelhorn, which help push things slightly towards 4AD territory, but without any goth. The whole thing's wonderful – one of those records we've loved for decades, from the moment we first heard it – and titles include "Sunset Hotel", "Mr Somewhere", "All The Birthdays", "Great Fool", "Speechless With Tuesday", "Cannot Tell The Days Apart", and "Lazarus Lazarus". Beautiful double-length package features almost a whole extra album – early singles, demos, and more – with tracks that include "All You Wanted", "Fever Elsewhere", "Refugee", "Help", and "Nobody Like You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download with bonus track.)

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Brian AugerBack To The Beginning – A Brian Auger Anthology ... LP
Freestyle (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $18.99
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". 15 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Back To The Beginning – A Brian Auger Anthology ... CD 16.99

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Amadou BalakeSenor Eclectico – Burkinabe Dance Music Of The 70s ... LP
Oriki (France), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
A definite eclectic groove here – music that has its roots in Mandingo and Dioula rhythms, but also features a fair bit of American funk and soul touches too – sometimes in the heavy grooves on the bottom, sometimes in the rumbling basslines and guitar parts too! The collection is a wonderful look at the early work of singer Amadou Balake – and it features material from the years before his international fame, when he was rooting around in a variety of wonderful styles. There's a gritty quality to most of the work here – and the collection is one that sits nicely next to some of the rougher-edged Nigeria Special sets on Soundway – offering up a similarly refreshing look at a slice of the African scene of the 70s that too often gets obscured by familiar world music cliches. Balake's vocals are pretty great too – but we'll be honest in saying that it's the rhythms, instrumentation, and production of these tunes that we're really digging the most! LP features 8 tracks that include "Aminata Du The", "Fanta", "Dounia Mokolou", "Djeli Fama", "Kambele-ba", "Ligda Remba", "Doro Magni", and "Super Bar Konon Mousso". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Big Star#1 Record (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Ardent/4 Men With Beards, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
The amazing first album from Big Star – a set that came out of nowhere, made hardly a ripple on the charts, yet went onto crash in big waves of sound for generations to come! The style here is unlike thing else before – hardly what you'd expect from the group's Memphis roots or Alex Chilton's previous performances – yet the group's music has become a generation-defining sound in the way it blends southern inflections with harder rock influences, and a lean, gritty quality that's arguably in a late 70s space between punk and power pop. Every element is wonderful – guitars that are powerful, but never indulgent – vocals that are moving, but never overly emotive – and a balance between sensitive and searing moments that even The Replacements could never hope to match. A landmark all the way through – with tracks that include "Feel", "Ballad Of El Goodo", "In The Street", "The India Song", "When My Baby's Beside Me", "Give Me Another Chance", "Don't Lie To Me", "Thirteen", "Watch The Sunrise", and "Try Again". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dennis BrownVisions Of Dennis Brown ... LP
17 North Parade, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99
The late night lover gets on the African Roots wagon and heads deep into Rasta territory with Joe Gibbs at the helm on this mid 70s gem! Dennis Brown was well established as a leading Lovers Rock and Jamaican soul singer by the time he cut this excellent roots effort for Joe Gibbs in the mid 70s, and the transformation is noteworthy. Brown's vocals pair wonderfully with Gibbs' heavy roots rhythms for a combination that's among either man's finest work! 10 excellent tracks in all, including "Deliverance Will Come", "Love Me Always", "Concrete Castle King", "Malcolm X", "Repatriation", "Milk & Honey" and "Stay At Home". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Terry CallierOccasional Rain ... LP
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Terry Callier's first album for Cadet – and the kickoff of one of the greatest three album runs that any soul artist ever recorded! This one's got a different feel than the later two, as it takes songs by Terry, and structures them with these little musical "seque" tracks in between every song, done in a sparer folksy style that recalls Terry's roots in the Old Town scene in Chicago. At the time, Terry was making the transition from folk artist to soul singer – and he'd been picked up by Jerry Butler and The Dells as a promising young songwriter, one of the best talents of the second generation of Chicago soul stars. The record's a stripped-down affair that features a small group with Charles Stepney on harpsichord and organ, Callier on guitar, and backing vocals by Minnie Riperton, Shirley Wahls, and Kitty Haywood. The album kicks off with Terry's great little pop ditty "Ordinary Joe" – probably the catchiest song he ever wrote – then rolls into more somber titles like "Occasional Rain", "Do You Finally Need A Friend", "Golden Circle", and "Blues For Marcus". A totally unique album – and a prime example of the genius that was coming out of Chicago at the time! LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)
Also available Occasional Rain ... LP 33.99

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic BandMirror Man (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Buddah/Friday Music, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99 29.99
An early 70s set from Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band – but one that was actually recorded in the mid 60s – a bit before the classic Trout Mask Replica! The set shows Beefheart and the band at their most unbridled – really jamming with bluesy roots, but into the very trippy outer limits – with the Captain on vocals, harmonica, and "first-time musette" – plus Alex St Claire Snoufer and Antennae Jimmy Simmons on guitars, Jerry Handley on bass, and Drumbo on drums. Titles include "Tarotplane", "Kandy Korn", "25th Century Quaker", and "Mirror Man". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Mirror Man ... LP 24.99

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Johnny CashJohnny Cash With His Hot & Blue Guitar (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sun/Sundazed, 1957. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
Johnny's debut for Sun and his first LP ever – and one of the best country and/or rock records of the 1950s! As you'd expect, Cash is in his most raw and fiery mode on Hot And Blue, and it features his original recordings of "I Walk The Line", "Cry, Cry, Cry", "Wreck Of The Old 97", "Folsom Prison Blues" and more – which is to say it's the blueprint for some of the greatest rough and tumble roots rock country music ever made! The album cover might as well appear next to the word "seminal" in the dictionary. Other numbers include "So Doggone Lonesome", "Doin' My Time", "Remember Me", "I Was There When It Happened" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ CongosHeart Of The Congos ... LP
VP, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $10.99 11.98
VP reissue of this classic slice of Jamaican roots music. No collection of Lee Perry's work is complete without this chapter, which was hard to get for many years, but reissued here in it's original format, with the origial cover art. Recorded at the Black Ark in 1976, Cedric Mytton teams up with Roy Johnson on harmony vocals and Lee Perry steering the Ark with a heavyweight supporting crew, for a true milestone in Jamaican music, and a classic of universal proportions. 10 tracks, just like the original version: "Fisherman", "Congoman", "Open Up The Gate", "Children Crying", "La La Bam-Bam", "Can't Come In", "Sodom & Gomorrow", "The Wrong Thing", "ArkOf Covenant" and 'Solid Foundation". LP, Vinyl record album

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Larry Coryell with The Wide Hive PlayersLarry Coryell With The Wide Hive Players ... LP
Wide Hive, 2011. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
A really old school jam from guitarist Larry Coryell – one that takes us back to some of the most tripped-out sounds of his early years! Given the cover, you can definitely expect a psychedelic influence to the music – and the group here really helps Larry get back to his roots – finding a sound that's still plenty jazz, but which mixes in some funky and progressive elements too – that genre-stepping quality that really helped Coryell break down a lot of barriers back in the day. Coryell plays both acoustic and electric on the date, and the lineup features some especially nice Fender Rhodes – plus trombone, saxes, bass, and plenty of percussion. Titles include "Torchlight", "Terco", "The Last Drop", "Return Of Shirtless" and "January Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Count OssieTales Of Mozambique (with bonus tracks & download) ... LP
Dynamic Sounds/Soul Jazz (UK), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 29.99
One of the hippest sets ever issued during the roots reggae wave of the 70s – and one of the most spiritual, too! The album's got a very special acoustic vibe at the core – earthy drumming that goes back to a pan-African tradition, these beautiful acoustic basslines that link the music strongly with underground jazz, and even some wicked sax and reed passages that make that link even stronger – especially when tied to the more message-oriented lyrics of the vocals! The album's hardly a straight roots album – and instead goes deep into the more spiritual side of Rastafari, with a personal, acoustic style that's instantly captivating – and which also has strong appeal to fans of other global sounds, and 70s spiritual jazz as well. A stunning classic – with tracks that include "Lock Stock & Barrel", "Selam Nna Wadada", "Tales Of Mozambique", "Let Freedom Reign", "Nigerian Reggae" and "Run One Mile". Features two bonus tracks too – "Rasta Reggae" and "Samia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Tales Of Mozambique (with bonus tracks) ... CD 19.99

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R Crumb & The Cheap Suit SerenadersR Crumb & The Cheap Suit Serenaders No 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Goose/Shanachie, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 22.98
A cool little record with vintage sounds to match its cover image from Robert Crumb – performed here by a combo with Crumb on banjo and vocals, in kind of an offbeat take on early styles from jazz and string band music! The rest of the group plays a number of different instruments – cello from Terry Zwigoff, alongside mandolin, violin, and ukulele from Allan Dodge – plus some especially cool work on saw from Robert Armstrong, who also plays accordion, guitar, and banjo too. And while these guys point their style at the past, they've also got a definite sound that shows their late 60s hippie roots – almost as if The Fugs were trying to record an album of trad jazz tunes, with all the wit and smirk that might imply. Surprisingly strong stuff – with titles that include "Mysterious Mose", "Alabama Jubilee", "Chasin Rainbows", "Hula Medley", "I Want A Little Girl", "Persian Rug", and "Moana March". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy pressing – nicer than the original!)

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Jamie Cullum with Nostalgia 77Interlude ... LP
Blue Note, 2015. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99 24.99
The hippest, coolest work we've ever heard from Jamie Cullum – a wonderful collaboration with Nostalgia 77, who bring a lot of deeper jazz tones back to Cullum's music! The members of the group shift from track to track, but really give the whole thing a soulful vibe that's been missing from some of Jamie's work in the past – a move back to his roots in jazz, with a sensibility that almost even steps farther back – and links him to hip 60s British talents like Georgie Fame or Zoot Money. Cullum's voice is wonderful, as always – but it's especially great to hear it in a setting like this, which is quite far from some of the more poppy directions he'd been heading on previous records. Titles include "The Seer's Tower", "Walkin", "Don't You Know", "Interlude", "Lovesick Blues", "Come & Get Me", "Out Of This World", "Make Someone Happy", "Good Morning Heartache", "Sack O Woe", and a version of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" done with Gregory Porter. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Interlude ... CD 9.99

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Tyrone DavisHome Wrecker ... LP
Dakar, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Tyrone Davis never seems to miss – and even on an overlooked Brunswick album like this, he still sounds better than most of his contemporaries! Davis is really able to blend both deep soul roots and more sophisticated phrasing – at a level that helped transform the sound of southern soul in the 70s! Even though Tyrone himself hailed from Chicago, he has a vibe here that clearly informs new modes from singers like George McCrae, Johnny Taylor, and many others who'd move in the same direction that Davis had been handling this well for years. Arrangement and production are by the cream of the Brunswick stable – talents that include Carl Davis, Willie Henderson, Monk Higgins, and Otis Leavill – and titles include the great cut "Homewreckers", written by Sam Dees and Tyrone – plus "Was I Just A Fool", "How Could I Forget You", "It Aint' Me No More", "This Time", and "After All This Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ezy & IsaacSoul Rock (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Hot Casa (France), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
Heavy funk from the duo of Ezy Hart and Isaac Olashugba – a record that has way more appeal than just its Afro-styled roots – and a wicked vibe that would have been right at home in the farther reaches of the New York indie funk scene of the 70s! There's a nicely messed-up quality to the record that we really love – skittish rhythms at some points, harder funk at others, and even some mellow soul moments that are equally compelling in their own sort of way – and the whole thing almost feels as if All-Platinum went to West Africa to record a session, and came up with this gem in the process! Titles include "Bad Day", "Take Off", "Bawagbe", "Sad To See You Go Away", "I'm Ready For You Baby", and "Got To Move". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great pressing – heavy vinyl and cover, with insert!)

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Robert FfrenchBlack Solidarity Presents Mr Babylon – Killer Cuts From Jamaica's Legendary Label ... LP
Black Solidarity (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $11.99
Robert Ffrench may not be the biggest name in Jamaican music, but he really stands out here on a host of rare cuts for the Black Solidarity label – all done in a mix of late roots and early dancehall styles! Ffrench has this very laidback, soulful sound that's really wonderful – a voice that glides down, and gets mellow in just the right way – working with backings from the Soul Syndicate and Roots Radics, all produced in this simple, unassuming style that's a great change from more mainstream reggae modes of the time. Titles include "Cut Eye Cut Eye", "Rebel Girl", "Radication", "Joker Family", "Single Life", "Mr Babylon", "Me Raggamuffin", and "A Dance Without A Deejay". LP, Vinyl record album

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Foreign ExchangeLove In Flying Colors ... LP
HBD, 2013. New Copy 2LP ... $18.99
The best yet from Foreign Exchange! FE began as a transatlantic collaboration between rapper/singer Phone in NC and producer Nicolay in Holland – who literally got it done by exchanging files online – but since Nicolay moved closer, they've grown into one of finest indie soul acts in the US! They're much more than duo, too – co-running their own label and serving as a linchpin of a soul scene that includes Zo!, Sy Smith, Jeanne Jolly and others. As a project, FE is more community-based than ever! Their roots as a leftfield hip hop soul project are still healthy, with crisp, easygoing beats and occasional rhymes by Phonte – but Phonte has grown more confident as a singer over the years, and that continues stronger than ever. Nicolay's pedigree as a multi-instrumentalist and spacey soul producer has also grown nicely! Love In Flying Colors features the above mentioned guests, plus Carmen Rodgers, Carlitta Durand, Gwen Bunn, Eric Roberson and others. Includes "If I Knew Then" with Carmen Rodgers, "Right After Midnight" with Sy Smith, "Better" with Shana Tucker & Eric Roberson, "On A Day Like Today", "Listen To The Rain", "Call It Home", "The Moment", "Can't Turn Around" wih Gwen Bunn, "Dreams Are Made For Two" with Carlitta Durand and "When I Feel Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jonas Gwangwa & The African ExplosionWho (Ngubani)? ... LP
Jamal, Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $6.99
A rocketing bit of South African funky soul – and of the few great records released on Ahmad Jamal's short-lived Jamal label! The session's a lot hipper than some of the South African work that was issued in the US around the same time – and the feel here is almost more in a London post-colonial mode, with a strong criss-crossing of elements, but also a good sense of roots. There's an undercurrent of funk, too – tightly vamping rhythms, killer percussion, and it's peppered with sharp jazz solos from Gwangwa on trombone and Du Du Pukwana on sax – an overall groove that's almost like some of the Perception/Today label jazz funk of the early 70s! Some cuts feature vocals from Mamsie, and titles include "Dark City", "Switch #2", "Switch #1", "Szaba Szaba", "Kwatula", "Chant", "Who", and "African Sausage". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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