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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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Henry Junjo Lawes/Roots RadicsJunjo Presents – Wins The World Cup (Extra Time) (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Greensleeves, Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99
A stone classic from Scientist – part of his magical run of records in the early 80s – each with a cool cartoony cover, and unparalleled selection of dubs! The work on this set is so heady, there's not even titles for most tracks – billed simply as "Ten Dangerous Matches" – all keeping up the soccer theme of the cover, while Scientist makes magic with the Roots Radics band – which features some especially great saxophone work from Deadly Headly! Trombone is great, too – played by Nambo – and the record also features a bit of echoey vocals from Hugh Jarrett, Wayne Jarrett, and Johnny Osborne. Great stuff throughout – and this 2LP version features a full bonus album of vocal tracks – by Johnny Osbourne, Hugh Mundell, and Wayne Jarrett! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Junjo Presents – Wins The World Cup (Extra Time) (2CD pressing) ... CD 18.99

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Henry Junjo Lawes/Roots RadicsJunjo Presents – World Cup (Extra Time) (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Greensleeves, Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99
All the "extra time" tracks from the Scientist Wins The World Cup album – brought together here in a wonderfully dubby setting! The album's a classic – as Scientist makes magic with the Roots Radics band – which features some especially great saxophone work from Deadly Headly! Trombone is great, too – played by Nambo – and the record also features a bit of echoey vocals from Hugh Jarrett, Wayne Jarrett, and Johnny Osborne. Titles include "Extra Time", in versions one through five – plus "Golden Goal". LP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool limited vinyl pressing – in a sleeve that has the artwork for the original album on the inside!)

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✨✧ RootsDo You Want More? ... LP
Geffen, 1994. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $31.99 34.99
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 ... LP
Remedy, 1993. New Copy 2LP ... $15.99
The first, independent, Roots LP with so many classics that never made it to their later import and major label releases. What more can we say... 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

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RootsWhat!! R U In Awe?? – Live At The Phoenix Festival 1992 ... LP
Remedy, 1992. New Copy 2LP ... $21.99
A pretty incredible early live snapshot of the mighty Roots crew – rescued from previously unheard, long-buried DAT tapes circa 1992 – pre-Organix and in already in incomporable form as a live act! The setting is the 1992 Phoenix Festival near London, and shows the Roots, and even though we know good and well this band burst out of the gates in solid form, it's still pretty stunning! Raw drums by Questlove, jazzy soul bass and keys, and brilliant rhymes by Black Thought and Malik B playing off each other perfectly. Incredible! Includes the opening "Freestyle", "Rockin On The Mic", "Tighten Your Cypher", "On & On", "EessayWhaMan", "Breakbeat Education", "Butter Baby", "Old School Tribute" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ RootsIlladelph Halflife ... LP
Geffen, 1996. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second major label set from The Roots, and what many consider their first and definitely not their last) irrefutable classic! We could make the case for the debut Do You Want More? as a bonafide classic, too, but this is certainly the tone certainly the one that cemented their status and one of the greatest live-tested hip hop bands. Given how strong and far reaching The Roots pedigree would become over the years, this one's all the more amazing to revisit – and it's fresh and distinctive to this day. 20 tracks including intro & outro, with "Respond/React", "Clones", "No Alibi", "No Great Pretender" "Universe At War" (featuring Common while he was still Common Sense), "What They Do", "Ital (The Universal Side)", Concerto Of The Desparado", "The Adventures In Wonderland" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Anthony JosephCaribbean Roots (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Heavenly Sweetness (France), 2016. New Copy ... $23.99
Anthony Joseph just keeps on getting better and better, and even more interesting with each new record – to a point where the already-hip singer is really blowing our mind with music like this! The songs are longer, richer, and more deeply put together than some of Joseph's earlier work – in a spirit that definitely lives up to the promise of the title, but which also shows a lot of post-colonial diaspora elements, too – the kind of qualities you might expect from Anthony's role in the contemporary Parisian scene! Joseph has an even more majestic quality than before – and stands perfectly at the helm of a diverse group of musicians who provide shifting currents of jazz and percussion in support of his vocal passages – which are both spoken and sung. Titles include "The Kora", "Mano A Mano", "Brother Davis", "Neckbone", "Drum Song", "Our History", "Powerful Peace", "Caribbean Roots", and "Jimmy Upon That Bridge". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldRoots ... LP
Curtom, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $14.99
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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Charles MingusBlues & Roots (180 gram mono pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 21.98
One of Mingus' classic sessions from the middle period – a legendary blending of jazz with bluesy gospel touches, in a mode that seemed to move away from the politics of some of the late 50s years, and open up his work to a whole new audience! The band is an all-star ensemble all the way through – tentet that features Jackie McLean, Booker Ervin, John Handy, Pepper Adams, Jimmy Knepper, Willie Dennis, and Horace Parlan – cutting a line perfectly with Mingus on the album's 6 original tunes. Includes the oft-copied "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting", plus "My Jelly Roll Soul", "E's Flat Ah's Flat Too", "Moanin", and "Tensions". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Yabby You & BretherenDeeper Roots – Dub Plates & Rarities 1976 to 1978 ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $23.99 24.98
Rarities from the mighty Yabby You – with some remarkably strong, though little heard rootsy dub from Yabby and his extended brethren – including some recently discovered bits! The title Deeper Roots works on dual fronts. It's got pretty rare material, discovered by the always deep diggers at Pressure Sounds – but the material has deeper spiritual resonance, too – with a nice Rasta vibe running throughout! Yabby is joined by King Tubby, Barrington Spence, the rarely recorded Prince Pampidoo, King Manuel, The Prophets and others. Includes "Valley Of Joeasaphat" and "Joeasaphat Rock" with Smith & The Prophets, "Don't Touch I Dread" with Barington Spence", "Tutch Dub" with Prophet All Stars, "Dip Them Bedward" with Prince Pampidoo, "Dub Them Bedward" with Prophet All Stars, "Forward On The Track" with King Miguel, "Caymamas Rock" with King Miguel & The Prophets, "Cleo's Dub" with Hot City Allstars and more. Also includes some exclusive dub plate mixes with King Tubby – featuring Tommy McCook, The Prophets and others! 19 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album

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Yabby You & The ProphetsDeeper Roots Part 2 – More Dub & Rarities ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 LPs ... $23.99 24.99
Rare tracks and a fair bit of unreleased dub plates too – a deep dig into the genius of Yabby You during the 70s! There's a dark, brooding intensity to these tracks right from the start – from the deep, bassy bottoms of the dubs – to the prophetic lyrics of the tunes, which often feature these unusual references to the Old Testament! All work here was done with the Prophets group, and some feature work from Vivian Jackson, Tony Tuff, or Wayne Wade – singers who flesh out the vibe of the tunes without changing the mood or spirit at all. The package is a great reminder of why Pressure Sounds is usually right out on top with reggae reissues like this – and it's filled with gems that include "I Can't Hide", "Walls Of Jerusalem", "Psalm 16", "Stop Your Quarreling", "Chant Down Babylon Kingdom", "Sipping I & I Chalice", "Time Changing", and "Mash Down". LP, Vinyl record album

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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 ... $22.99
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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VariousMacondo Revisitado – The Roots Of Subtropical Music Uruguay 1975 to 1979 ... LP
Vampi Soul (Spain), New Copy ... About December 1, 2016
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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 ... $22.99
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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✨✧ 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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✨✧ James BrownRoots Of Revolution – Classic Federal Recordings 1956 to 1960 ... LP
Southern Routes, Late 50s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The "revolution" in the title is certainly well-placed – because right from the start, James Brown was out to forever change the face of music in America! If you only know James from his later funk recordings, or even his big 60s hits, you'll find plenty to be amazed at here – as these early King/Federal recordings have a really raw sound that blends together 50s R&B styles with all those unique vocal, instrumental, and rhythmic twists that James was experimenting with at the time – sometimes with backing vocals from The Famous Flames, sometimes just with the Godfather out front on his own! The collection brings together a few dozen titles from these great early years – with titles that include "No No No No", "Hold My Baby's Hand", "Begging Begging", "I Want You So Bad", "Got To Cry", "Good Good Lovin", "I Know It's True", "I'll Go Crazy", "You've Got The Power", "Wonder When You're Coming Home", "That Dood It", "I Walked Alone", "Love Or A Game", "Chonnie On Chon", "Just Won't Do Right", and the classics "Think" and "Please Please Please". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Roots Of Revolution – Classic Federal Recordings 1956 to 1960 ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ VariousSon Cubano NYC – Cuban Roots New York Spices 1972 to 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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✨✧ Errol BrownOrthodox Dub ... LP
Roots International/Dub Store (Japan), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 22.98
There's nothing orthodox about this 70s dub gem from Erroll Brown – as the album's an unusual set from start to finish – even in an era when so many dub records were being produced! There's an extra-raw sound to the whole thing – which might be hinted at by its cover image – and the sounds are very far from any sort of referent in vocal work in Jamaican music – with tracks that seem to exist entirely on their own, in a wave of echo, bubbling basslines, and slow-riffing guitars! Titles include "Gold Toot Style", "Black Forest Rock", "Roots Rockas", "Macka Dub", "First World Dub", "African Roots Style", and "Cold Sweat". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Pastor TL BarrettDo Not Pass Me By ... LP
Gospel Roots, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stone classic from this famous Chicago spiritual leader of the 70s – and an album that's got a nice balance between intimate soul numbers and larger tracks that have the whole Mount Zion Baptist Church along for support! The set's definitely got the strongly soulful vibe of Barrett's Like A Ship album – a strong ear for the best secular elements of the time, which are used liberally in the instrumental backing – to really send home the message in the music! Most tunes really soft-pedal the religion, and instead go for an overall feel that really crosses over to regular soul music – a fact we can attest to, given how many times we turn this up in older collections of 70s soul records. Titles include "Do Not Pass Me By", "So Many Years", "Oh What A Day", "I Want To Be In Love With You", "These Are The Words", and "After The Rain". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ VariousCoxone's Music – First Recordings Of Sir Coxone The Downbeat 1960 to 1963 – Part 2 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An incredible set of music – the roots of so many sounds to come in Jamaica, all pulled from the early pre-Studio One recordings of the legendary Clement Dodd! The music here is much more strongly tied to American styles – and in fact, some cuts could easily pass for soul and R&B – but other cuts show a very strong island influence early on, with roots of some other West Indian sounds filtering down to groove that's already coalescing into the classic sound of Kingston! We've loved Dodd's productions for many years – but this set is still a real ear-opener for us, given the range of material that we'd never heard before – and the richly detailed notes from Soul Jazz, which tell the tale of the brilliant birth of Jamaican music that would shape the rest of the world for generations to come. Part 2 of the vinyl set includes the titles "Independent Blues" by Basil Gabbidon, "Sugar Plum" by Owen & Willie, "Just Cool" by Roland Alphonso & Carol McLaughlin, "I Do" by Neville Esson, "Sit & Cry" by Owen & Millie, "Grooving With The Beat" by Cecil Lloyd, "That Man Is Back" by Don Drummond & The City Slickers, "Salt Lane Shuffle" by Clue J & His Blues Busters, "Over The River" by Jiving Juniors, and "Rock A Man Soul" by The Mellow Cats, Count Ossie, and The Warrickas. 22 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
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Coxone's Music – First Recordings Of Sir Coxone The Downbeat 1960 to 1963 (3CD set) ... CD 23.99
Coxone's Music – First Recordings Of Sir Coxone The Downbeat 1960 to 1963 – Part 1 ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ VariousOne-Der-Ful Collection – Halo Records (with download) ... LP
One Der Ful/Secret Stash, 1960s. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A really unique side of the legendary One-Derful family of Chicago soul music labels – the tiny Halo imprint, where the company issued all of their incredible gospel music! The Halo sound is like a deep soul take on the other One-Derful/Mar-V-Lus material – cut at the same time, in a similar scene, often with the same studio talent too – but tuned towards styles that are more righteous and more mellow than some of the more upbeat soul on the bigger labels – a heady brew of Chicago roots and heavenly inspiration, served up here in one mighty nice set! As with the others in the series, there's a number of cuts here that were never issued at the time – which makes this collection way more than just a "best of" the label – and instead more of an archival package, especially given the huge booklet of notes that comes along with the whole thing. A beautiful look at this under-exposed side of the Chicago 60s scene – with titles that include "Why Can't We Love Our Fellowman" by The Golden Tones, "Send Your Cleansing Power" by The Gospel Ambassadors, "Lord Deliver Me" by The Original Ensemble, "Why Do Men Treat The Lord As They Do" by The Redemption Harmonizers, "Man In The City (parts 1 & 2)" by The Lucy Rogers Singers, "Lord I Will Never Forget" by Rev Lofton & The Holy Travelers, "Keep Movin Along" by The Daytonians, and "I Have Made A Change" by The Flying Clouds Of Joy. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download – and beautiful large booklet of notes!)
Also available One-Der-Ful Collection – Halo Records ... CD 14.99

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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
Also available Free ... CD 13.99

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Aloe BlaccGood Things ... LP
Stones Throw, 2010. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99 17.98
Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul styled albums ever to come from our friends at Stones Throw! Good Things is a giant leap ahead of Shine Through, Aloe's previous full length on the label. We loved that record for its gritty, unique approach to funky soul, but, Good Things reaches for the heights of Aloe's heroes from Donny Hathaway to Marvin Gaye – and comes closer than we could have imagined! It's produced by the Truth & Soul team, with a timeless funk & soul vibe comparable to their work with the great Lee Fields. We have a feeling we'll still be listening to this album 10-15-20 years from now. Essential! Titles include the underground breakout "I Need A Dollar", an incredible cover of The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale" (we must have dropped the needle on that 50 times in the first couple days we had it), "Green Lights", "Miss Fortune", "Good Things", "Loving You Is Killing Me", "Mama Hold My Hand", "Hey Brother" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Dorothy AshbyDorothy Ashby (clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Argo/Doxy, 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
One of the most stripped-down albums from legendary jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby – and one of her earliest records too! The set's got Dorothy right out front in a trio setting – working with bassist Herman Wright and drummer John Tooley – in a wonderfully jazzy take on the sound of the harp – an instrument used here in a way that's never flowery, or linked to classical modes at all – but instead in a very unique space that's somewhere between jazz bass and guitar – as Ashby plucks these hip notes with a very soulful vibe! The album's got a special Chess/Argo sort of vibe – one that really opens up Ashby's Detroit roots. Dorothy wrote two originals for the set – "John R" and "Booze" – and other titles include "Lonely Melody", "Django", "Gloomy Sunday", and "Lil Darlin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand numbered, limited edition of 500 copies!)

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✨✧ BahamadiaKollage ... LP
Chrysalis/Universal, 1996. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
Not one filler track this strong debut LP from one of the dopest MCs of the 90s! There's jazzy soul pedigree to the production that pairs perfectly with her rhymes, with excellent use of samples – a mode that was falling out of mainstream fashion by this point in the decade, but it's fresh as ever even now. An underrated classic! Beats by Primo, Guru, the Beatminerz, the Roots, Ski and others. Tracks include "True Honey Buns", "I Confess", "Word Play", "UKNOWHOWWEDU", "Three The Hard Way" with , "Da Jawn" with the Roots, "3 Tha Hard Way", "Biggest Part Of Me", "Innovation", "Rugged Ruff", "Total Wreck", "Spontaneity" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Fontella BassFree ... LP
Paula, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Very righteous work from Fontella Bass – an album done after her time at Chess Records, and after her work in Paris with the Art Ensemble Of Chicago – in a heartfelt, southern soul mode that's totally great! Fontella's back working with producer Oliver Sain, who first brought her fame back in the 60s – but the sound is a bit more sophisticated than before, drenched with roots from gospel and country soul, but also inflected with some of the more righteous modes of the early 70s too. Fontella's vocals are incredible – with a range that should have made her one of the leading ladies of soul in the 70s – and titles include "To Be Free", "I Need Love", "Wiping Tears", "Hold On this Time", "Talking About Freedom", and "My God My Freedom My Home". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Free ... CD 8.99

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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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Blind Owl WilsonBlind Owl Wilson ... LP
Mississippi, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
Blind Owl Wilson is Alan Wilson of the band Canned Heat – an artist who was surprisingly dedicated to the roots of blues, and always brought a richly personal style to his music! The package brings together key Wilson moments from his time with the group, plus a few other sides – all from a too-short stretch of recording before Alan took his life at the early age of 27. The set features a great booklet of notes on the songs and a bit of biography – including ties (which we didn't know) to John Fahey. Titles include "Poor Moon", "My Time Ain't Long", "On The Road Again", "Childhood's End", "Alan's Intro", "Time Was", "My Mistakes", "Pulling Hair Blues", and "Nebulosity". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jagger BotchwayOdze Odze (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Cultures Of Soul, Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $13.99 24.98
Sweet African funk from Jagger Botchway – a musician with roots in The Barons, Hedzoleh Soundz, and Kelenkye Band – stepping out here on his own in a heady brew of percussion, guitar lines, and horns! Some of the cuts are vocal, some are instrumental – and the mix of melody and rhythm is very unique – almost with Caribbean elements filtered into the more Ghanian styles you'd expect from Jagger – with a brightness in the grooves that fits well with the horn parts in the mix! And this special package doubles the content of the original record – by offering up all the album tracks, then adding in a full album of remixes too – which further emphasize the grit in the grooves. Titles include "Odze Odze", "Take Time", "Obleku", "Chapter 5", "Kake Odzole Oye", "Moko Le Dzen", "Odze Oldze (Africaine 808 rmx)", "Moko Le Dzen (Ruf Dug disco dub)", "Take Time (GRC rmx)", "Odze Odze (Alma Negra rmx)", and "Moko Le Dzen (GRC rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Odze Odze (with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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David BowiePinups (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Parlophone, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 21.98
A key blend of two chapters in David Bowie's career – his guitar-heavy groove with the Spiders From Mars, and his 60s roots in mod London! The tracks here all date from the mid 60s, and are Bowie's homage to that period in his life – but they're all played with a glammish 70s sensibility, and some definite Ziggy Stardust elements in the way the guitars come into the mix. Given Bowie's rise as a key songwriter of his time, the step back to an album of all covers is a surprising, but genius move – and the execution of the tunes here comes off brilliantly – with plenty of personal spirit that keeps them from being simple rehashes of hits! Tracks include "See Emily Play", "Friday On My Mind", "I Can't Explain", "Everything's Alright", "Don't Bring Me Down", "Shapes Of Things", and "Here Comes The Night". 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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James BrownIt's a Man's Man's Man's World ... LP
King/Universal, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
James Brown, proud and loud – a smoking 60s album that provides a great link between his earlier styles and his freer roots – with a brilliant blend of funk, soul, and a touch of raw R&B! Given the power of The Godfather at this point, there's no denying that even the older cuts have a punch that few others could match – making for a record that feels mighty darn unified, despite the stretch of time between a few of the recordings. Titles include the funky gems "Ain't That a Groove (pts 1 & 2)", "The Scratch", "Is It Yes or Is It No", and James' great version of "The Bells" that's always been one of our favorites – plus Just You & Me", "I Love You Yes I Do", "Come Over Here", and "I Don't Mind". The cover also comes with an "autographed" photo of James on the back with the text "James Brown Fans – Frame This 8 x 10 Picture" – and an image that says "Soul Brother #1 Is Peeking At You Thru The Key Hole"! LP, Vinyl record album

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RL BurnsideMississippi Hill Country Blues (with bonus download) ... LP
Fat Possum, Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99 17.98
An album recorded in the Netherlands, but a set that hits right to the heart of RL Burnside's Mississippi roots – thanks to a beautifully spare, careful presentation of the music! Most numbers feature just Burnside on vocals and guitar – with a vibe that's similar to the field recordings that first introduced the world to his talents – those delta-raised styles that have an immediate tie back to the early years of blues on 78rpm discs, especially in this session – where RL seems to almost be reaching back further than the style of some of his other recordings of the same period. Titles include "Skinny Woman", "See What My Buddy Done", "Shake Em On Down", "Don't Care How Long You're Gone", "Jumper On The Line", "Long Haired Doney", and "Greyhound Bus Station". LP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl – includes download! Limited edition Fat Possum Records 25th Anniversary pressing!)

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Byrne & BarnesEye For An Eye ... LP
Climax/Favorite (France), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
One of the smoothest sets to ever come from the Muscle Shoals scene – an early 80s gem that's as much an AOR charmer as it is a modern soul groover! Vocals are by Robert Byrne, with close help from Brandon Barnes – working here with hip production from Clayton Ivey and Terry Woodford, who both have roots in older styles of soul, and give Byrne & Barnes a sound that's like a hipper take on the Hall & Oates modes of the time! Arrangements are nice and lean – with just the right amount of riffing guitar or keyboard flair to give the vocals the right sort of kick – and Ivey plays piano, keyboards, organ, and even a bit of vibes. Titles include "Never Gonna Stop Lovin You", "One More Try For Love", "Standby Lover", "Keep On Running", "An Eye For An Eye", "Right Through The Heart", "Crack The Whip", "Love You Out Of Your Mind", and "I'll Try A Little Every Day For You". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Eye For An Eye ... CD 16.99

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Ray Camacho BandReach Out ... LP
PMG (Austria), 1980. New Copy ... $23.99
Brilliant brown-eyed soul from Ray Camacho – an artist who was previously known for more border-styled work with his Teardrops band, but who steps out here with a surprisingly great blend of electric jazz and boogie! The approach is wonderful – a real re-direction of Ray's earlier groove into even more soulful territory – handled with that unique fusion that was happening in just a few of the best Texas spots, like the scene in Austin at the time. The album's equal parts soul and funk, but still has a few Latin roots too – and had this gem come out on Fantasy Records at the time, it would have pushed Ray and group into much headier territory. But we're also happy the set's been undiscovered for so many years (consider it our little secret) – and titles include "Reach Out", "Diggin Deep", "Shake What You Got", "Nobody But You", "Nothing But A Party", and "What A Day". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
Reach Out ... CD 18.99
Reach Out ... CD 13.99

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Captain Beefheart & His Magic BandMirror Man (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Buddah/Friday Music, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 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 14.99

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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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CityNow That Everything's Been Said ... LP
Ode/Light In The Attic, 1968. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
A wonderful early project from Carole King – work that predates her well-known solo career of the 70s, and which is infinitely hipper overall! The groove here is a blend of the soulful roots that Carole was crafting for other artists on her compositions of the 60s – mixed with some of the hipper singer-songwriter modes of the late 60s – put together at a level that still quite far from cliches that would later mar the genre. The group's a trio – with Carole on piano and vocals, Danny Kootch Kortchmar on guitar and added vocals, and Charles Larkey on bass – and the overall feel is somewhere in the neighborhood of Roger Nichols & The Small Circle Of Friends, with a similar sense of freshness that would hardly be replicated again. Lou Adler did some great production on the record – and tracks include the group's great version of "Snow Queen", plus "Why Are You Leaving", "I Don't Believe It", "All My Time", "Victim Of Circumstance", "Now That Everything's Been Said", and "Man Without A Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great reissue – gatefold, with bonus notes, and a sweet tip-on jacket!)

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ClashCombat Rock (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Epic, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 24.98
Sure, the cover's a bit dated – but the politics have stayed surprisingly strong over the years – as has the music as well! Keep in mind that The Clash were waging war in the Mideast years before Desert Storm – in this searing mix of London punk, rocksteady roots, and slight new wave elements – delivered here with a surprising sense of self that really gave the whole thing a sense of wit – and more than enough legs to keep on going without collapsing under the passage of time! Titles include the hit "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", the classic "Rock The Casbah", and the tracks "Ghetto Defendant", "Car Jamming", "Know Your Rights", "Straight To Hell", and "Inoculated City". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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