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Mombasa RootsMombasa Roots EP ... LP
Afro 7 (Finland), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
A Kenyan group from the early 80s – one who work in a great mix of clubby modes and Swahili soul styles! There's keyboards on most numbers, but this isn't the synth pop of the South African scene, as the tunes here generally have deeper grooves overall, and the percussion is usually live – then mixed with electro soul elements that are mighty nice, and topped with group vocals on most numbers! There's a few great clubby numbers here, but the set also has a few more complex cuts too – and titles include "My Everything", "What Is It That You Want", "Kasha Langu", "Mezea Tu", and "Karibishe". LP, Vinyl record album
(In a very cool screen-printed sleeve, too!)

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✨✧ RootsOrganix ... LP
Remedy, 1993. New Copy 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
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 ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Betty Wright & The RootsBetty Wright – The Movie (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
S Curve/Expansion (UK), 2011. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Amazing, simply amazing – and a record that's way more than we were expecting! The Roots team up here with legendary Miami soul singer Betty Wright – in music that comes from a film project, but which really stands up brilliantly on its own – as a record that may well be Betty's best recording in decades! Questlove helped Betty with production, and the sound is a brilliant update on that 70s Miami Funk mode that first brought Wright to fame – lots of lean, snakey, TK-styled grooves – played by Roots members with a slight ear towards contemporary modes, but a damn keen appreciation for 70s soul all the way through! And although the set features a few famous guests – Snoop Dog, Lil Wayne, Joss Stone, and Lenny Williams – it's Wright who really blows our mind here – a hell of a singer after all these years, nestled in a perfect set of tunes to make her sparkle all over again. Titles include "Old Songs", "Real Woman", "In The Middle Of The Game", "Surrender", "Grapes On A Vine", "So Long So Wrong", "You & Me Leroy", "Look Around", and "Hollywould". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 1000 copies! First time on LP!)

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James BrownRoots Of Revolution – Classic Federal Recordings 1956 to 1960 ... LP
Southern Routes, Late 50s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99 24.99
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

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MaytalsFrom The Roots ... LP
Trojan/Get On Down, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 20.98
Stunning early work from one of our favorite reggae groups ever – the might Toots & The Maytals, a key link between the soul styles of the Jamaican scene of the 60s, and the righteous years to come! There's a groove to the Maytals music that nobody else seems to get this right – or this tight – a fantastic criss-crossing of rhythms that's often nicely stripped-down, and which seems to set fire to the vocal interplay between Toots and the rest of the group – in a way that's as vocally explosive as the instrumentation at the core! Sure, these guys can harmonize as well as the rest of their contemporaries – but they've also got an even greater talent for trading back and forth, which seems to make every one of their tunes an instant groove. Titles include "Pee Pee Cluck Cluck", "Loving Spirit", "Dr Lester", "Gola Silver", "Koo Koo", "Revival Reggae", "Thy Kingdom Come", "One Eyed Enos", "A Time To Love", "9 O'Clock", "Know Me Good", "Got To Feel", "Feel So Good", and "Give Peace A Chance". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousChristians Catch Hell – TK Gospel Roots ... LP
Gospel Roots/Honest Jons (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99
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

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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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✨✧ VariousRoots Of Salsa Vol 1 – Classic Latin Tunes Become Salsa Hits (with bonus CD) ... LP
Grosso! (Spain), 1950s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little series that goes way deeper than the salsa you might expect from the title – as the approach here is to pick tracks from many years before, but which still have strong resonance with the pride and power of the Latin scene of the 70s! The collection includes lots of tracks that might come as a real surprise – some larger orchestra material, tracks by trios, and other Latin styles that aren't normally associated with the spirit of salsa – which usually seems to draw most from the descarga years, and the small combos to emerge in the 60s. Instead, this series traces the music much farther back – and includes loads of hard-edged cuts that resonate surprisingly well with later salsa dura – including many records that you might have otherwise passed by! Tracks on this first volume include "Tin Marin" by Randy Carlos, "Magdalena" by Conjunto Casino, "Azucar Mami" by Conjunto Flores Valdes, "Guajira Ven A Gozar" by Trio Matamoros, "Yambeque" by Senen Suarez Y Su Conjunto Del Tropicana Night Club, "Sonero" by Cheo Marquetti, "Jovenes Del Muelle" by Rene Alvarez Y Su Conjunto Los Astros, and "Ven Morena" by Orquesta Aragon. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD!)

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✨✧ VariousRoots Of Salsa Vol 2 – Classic Latin Tunes Become Salsa Hits (with bonus CD) ... LP
Grosso! (Spain), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little series that goes way deeper than the salsa you might expect from the title – as the approach here is to pick tracks from many years before, but which still have strong resonance with the pride and power of the Latin scene of the 70s! The collection includes lots of tracks that might come as a real surprise – some larger orchestra material, tracks by trios, and other Latin styles that aren't normally associated with the spirit of salsa – which usually seems to draw most from the descarga years, and the small combos to emerge in the 60s. Instead, this series traces the music much farther back – and includes loads of hard-edged cuts that resonate surprisingly well with later salsa dura – including many records that you might have otherwise passed by! Tracks on this second volume include "Tumba Mabo" by Conjunto Niagara, "Fania" by Estrellas De Chocolate, "Hay Craneo" by Tito Rodriquez Y Los Lobos Del Mambo, "Sujetate La Lengua" by La Sonora Matancera, "Nadi Se Salva De La Rumba" by Trio Matamores, "La Familia" by Jose Curbela, "Llora Timbero" by La Orquesta Siboney, "Micaela Me Boto" by Chappotin Y Sus Estrellas, and "El Paso Del Mulo" by Conjunto Colonial. LP, Vinyl record album
(Include bonus CD!)

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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 ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ VariousSoul Of A Nation – Afro-Centric Visions In The Age Of Black Power – Underground Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap 1968 to 1979 (with b ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic look at the righteous current of energy that swept through American music at the end of the 60s – that huge wave of knowledge and political inspiration that still stands as one of our favorite moments in jazz and soul! The Civil Rights generation had gotten some things accomplished, but not everything – and a new wave of action arose in various scenes of the underground – not just pushing the musical formats past anything that had happened before, but also doing so with a strong message of pride and empowerment! This collection surveys some of the best tracks of that moment – and also provides a great batch of historical notes to put the whole thing in context – done in collaboration with the book of the same name, but equally great as a soundtrack and document on its own. The package is overflowing with Dusty Groove classics – and titles include "Sweet Songs" by Sarah Webster Fabio, "Surtal Ihklas" by Doug Carn, "Vibes From The Tribe" by Phil Ranelin, "Desert Fairy Princess" by Horace Tapscott & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, "Sounds From The Bush" by The Mandingo Griot Society with Don Cherry, "Is It Too Late" by Duke Edwards & The Young Ones, "Strong Men" by David McKnight, "Black Narcissus" by Joe Henderson, "Malcolm X" by Phil Cohran & The Artistic Heritage Ensemble, "Mother Of The Future" by Carlos Garnett, "Red Black & Green" by Roy Ayers, "African Rhythms" by Oneness Of Juju, and "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott-Heron. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Soul Of A Nation – Afro-Centric Visions In The Age Of Black Power – Underground Jazz, Street Funk, & The Roots Of Rap 1968 to 1979 ... CD 18.99
 
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✨✧ Pastor TL BarrettDo Not Pass Me By ... LP
Gospel Roots, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... 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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✨✧ Alton EllisLove To Share ... LP
Third World/Radiation Roots (Italy), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A mighty mature effort from Alton Ellis – one of the most soulful voices in Jamaican music from the 60s onward – working here on a later London session done in collaboration with the great Jackie Mittoo! The album's got a bit of a lovers rock vibe, but also hearkens back to an older era of Jamaican soul, too – with presentation that's relatively understated, and which lets Alton's vocals flow wonderfully – almost as if he's kind of the reggae version of Marvin Gaye in the mid 70s! Fantastic throughout – with tracks that include "Never Before", "Moments Of Sadness", "Let Him Try", "You I Adore", "I Love You True", "Pain In My Heart", and "Give Me Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jackie MittooKeyboard King ... LP
Dynamic Sounds/Radiation Roots (Italy), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Jackie Mittoo was definitely the keyboard king down in Jamaica – a player whose burning organ was a part of some of the best Kingston grooves in the late 60s – and one who moved into an even cooler range of keys as the 70s moved on! This wicked set has Jackie sounding every bit as hip as he looks on the cover in his badass outfit – handling more than a few keyboards at once, as pictured in the photo – and working with dubby rhythms that make his electric piano, organ, and other instruments sound mighty nice in the mix! The album's got a great trippy take on a Lou Rawls Philly hit – an instrumental titled "You'll Never Find" – and other tracks include "The Thriller", "A Rocking Sensation", "World Of Love", "The Avenger", "The Penetrator", "Mediator", "A Standing Ovation", and "Jah Rock Style". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ VariousStudio One Supreme – Maximum 70s & 80s Early Dancehall Sounds (3LP set) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... Out Of Stock
An album that definitely earns its title – as it marks the renewed strength of the Studio One label in the late 70s – an era when much of the reggae mainstream had moved to the major labels, but the tiny Jamaican indie was well-poised to stand supreme in the new wave of dancehall sides at the time! This set captures the roots of dancehall perfectly – especially the way the style took older rhythms from early reggae and rocksteady, and revamped them with some slightly more contemporary production and digital elements – allowing for the soulful flow that was perfect for the new mix of toasted and sung vocals! The set's got some older Studio One artists really getting back their groove, joined by some newcomers who had an even stronger ear to the scene at the time – and as with previous Studio One sets on Soul Jazz, the overall production and presentation is stupendous. Titles include "Bushmaster" by Brentford Rockers, "A Fool" by Alton Ellis, "Chanting" by Jim Nastic, "Jah A Love You" by Sugar Minott, "Keep That Light" by Johnny Osbourne & The Prophets, "Natty Ten To One" by Dillinger, "Minstral" by Prince Jazzbo, "Still Dubbing" by Dub Specialist, "Rastaman Camp" by Freddie McGregor, "Easy" by Willie Williams, "In Cold Blood" by Jackie Mittoo & Brentford All Stars, "Wine Of Violence" by Freddie McGregor, "Show & Tell" by Horace Andy, "Happy Man" by The Gladiators & Brentford Disco Set, and "Quartet Pound Of Ishen" by Lone Ranger. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available
Studio One Supreme – Maximum 70s & 80s Early Dancehall Sounds ... CD 16.99
Studio One Supreme – Maximum 70s & 80s Early Dancehall Sounds ... CD 9.99

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Monty AlexanderHere Comes The Sun (180 gram pressing) ... LP
MPS (Germany), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $14.99
Beautiful sounds from pianist Monty Alexander – and a record that really has him finding his own groove! Monty had recorded often in the 60s, and usually mixed his Caribbean roots with a bit of American soul jazz – but it really took the MPS label to help him find a spot to set himself free and really open up with his own sort of voice! Alexander soars with a sense of joy and imagination right from the very first note – getting help from Eugene Wright on bass, Duffy Jackson on drums, and the great Montego Joe on congas – in a mode that's maybe Monty's contribution to finding a Caribbean sound in jazz piano the way that work of Randy Weston and Dollar Brand were towards a more African-oriented heritage. The colors and phrasing of Alexander's touch on the keys is already pretty darn unique, and the rhythmic impulses send things home even more – on titles that include a great funky remake of "Here Comes The Sun" – plus "Where Is Love", "Montevideo", "Brown Skin Girl", and "So What". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Here Comes The Sun ... CD 7.99

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Laurie Anderson & Kronos QuartetLandfall ... LP
Nonesuch, 2018. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99 29.98
A beautiful collaboration between two of the most important forces in leftfield music in the early 80s – multi-media artist Laurie Anderson and modern string legends Kronos Quartet – coming together here in an extended Anderson composition inspired by the experience of Hurricane Sandy! It's been years since we've last heard from Laurie, and she's really returned to her roots here – still using her voice a bit, but also playing violin a fair bit too, along with keyboards, samples, percussion, and lots of her unusual filters and other electronic elements. Most selections are sort, and work together beautifully – almost in territory that might be described as a string quartet take on the modes of United States. Titles include "All The Extinct Animals", "Built You A Mountain", "Darkness Falls", "Dreams Translated", "The Water Rises", "Our Street Is A Black River", "Nothing Left But Their Names", "Thunder Continues In The Aftermath", "Old Motors & Helicopters", and "Everything Is Floating". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Landfall ... CD 16.99

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Kevin AyersJoy Of A Toy (180 gram blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Harvest/4 Men With Beards, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... About May 18, 2018
A wonderful departure for Kevin Ayers – an album that's a lot lighter and more whimsical than his original fame with Soft Machine! The tunes are extremely playful, and often quite catchy – almost a Donovan-esque blend of folksy roots and jazz inflections – but tuned a bit more towards trippier ends, thanks to instrumentation that includes celeste, electronics, flute, oboe, kazoo, cello, organ, and a wide range of different guitars! David Bedford handled arrangements, and other players on the session include some ex-Soft Machine comrades – like Hugh Hopper and Robert Wyatt! Ayers' vocals are produced with a nicely compressed quality that squeezes them in alongside the instrumentation – and titles include "Joy Of A Toy Continued", "The Lady Rachel", "All This Crazy Gift Of Time", "Eleanor's Cake", and "Girl On A Swing". LP, Vinyl record album

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Derek Bailey & Han BenninkDerek Bailey & Han Bennink (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Incus/Honest Jons (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $29.99
A legendary meeting of free jazz talents – and one of those records that completely changed the game during the 70s! Both guitarist Derek Bailey and drummer Han Bennink work here at a level that seems completely divorced from American roots in jazz – about as strongly in the post-68 freedoms of the European scene as possible – with both musicians opening up an incredible range of sonic elements on their instruments! And while the sometimes-bold drum work of Bennink might be seen as a challenge to the more intricate guitar sounds of Bailey, both players really find a way to work together perfectly – which also makes the record a key illustration of that spontaneous understanding that can arise between the best of the free jazz scene. Titles include "Call That A Balance", "Misty", "The Girl With The Concrete Tongue", and "Who Is That". 2LP version features unreleased bonus tracks on the full second album! LP, Vinyl record album

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Duck BakerLes Blues Du Richmond – Demos & Outtakes 1973 to 1979 (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Tompkins Square, Mid 70s. New Copy ... $18.99
A brilliant slice of early work from guitarist Duck Baker – an artist who's blossomed strongly in the jazz world in recent decades, but who here is maybe closer to the roots of earlier music – and works with this fantastic interweaving of blues, folk, swing, and early jazz modes! The style's very fitting for the overdue-issue of these early tapes on Tompkins Square – and might have even gotten Duck Baker a record on Takoma back in the 70s – and it's no surprise that the second half of the material was recorded by Stefan Grossman in the late 70s, as it shares some resonance with his own work of the time. The first 6 tracks are from demo recordings that Baker made in Richmond, the remaining are handled by Grossman – and apart from guest violin and bass on one track, all others are guitar instrumentals by Duck – and include "Homage To Leadbelly", "Doing the Raccoon", "Allah, Perhaps" "Wolverine Blues", "Les Blues De Richmond", "Fire Down There", "That Rhythm Man", "Little Boy", "The Humors of Whisky", "Sandy River Belle", and "Swedish Jig". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition vinyl version is a Record Store Day 2018 exclusive!)
Also available Les Blues Du Richmond – Demos & Outtakes 1973 to 1979 ... CD 15.99

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Robbie BashoGrail & The Lotus ... LP
Takoma, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Mindblowing early work from Robbie Basho – maybe one of the best Takoma albums of the 60s – and that's saying a lot, given that the label also issued important music from John Fahey! Yet on this set, Basho's as revelatory as Fahey at his best – but in a completely different way – more informed by Eastern thought than American roots, yet able to spin out his ideas on these completely hypnotic acoustic guitar passages that are still as mesmerizing all these many years later as they were when recorded in Berkley studios in 1966. Titles include "Oriental Love Song", "The Dharma Prince", "The Grail& The Lotus", "Golden Shamrock", and "Street Dakini". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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✨✧ BatsumiBatsumi (140 gram color vinyl) ... LP
Matsuli (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
One of the most compelling albums we've heard from the African scene of the 70s – a rare set from a Soweto group, and one that's got a heavy dose of spiritual jazz in the mix! The album almost feels more like the kind of set you'd hear by a Paris group, extrapolating African sounds in the post-colonial era – or an American group, inspired by roots from the homeland – and the group sports some especially great work on tenor, played by Themba Koyana, a player we've never heard before! Rhythms are great, with lots of percussion, and some nice funky undercurrents at times – and other instrumentation includes organ, which often works well with the echoey production. The album does have some occasional vocals, but the main focus is instrumental, which is very jazzy too – and titles include "Itume Leng", "Anishilabi", "Lishonile", and "Emampondweni". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited repress!)

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✨✧ Francis BebeyPsychedelic Sanza 1982 to 1984 ... LP
Born Bad (France), Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99
Totally cool, totally amazing music from the enigmatic Francis Bebey – a contemporary on the early 80s African scene of William Onyeabor, and an equally experimental artists! Bebey used a fair bit of electronics, but often with sounds that had acoustic roots – in this case, the ultra cool sansa, which is a similar thumb piano to the kalimba – amplified here in really great ways, and mixed with some moody, dark elements throughout! The music has much more of a 70s vintage than you'd guess from the dates on the record – thanks partly to the raw percussion, and very offbeat production – which sometimes is mellow, sometimes bursts out in these shocking waves of sound. Titles include "Sanza Tristesse", "Forest Nativity", "Sunny Crypt", "Ngoma Likembe", "Guinee", "Di Saegi", and "Binta Madiallo". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dennis BrownCrown Prince Of Reggae ... LP
17 North Parade, 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99
A stellar collection of singles by one of the great voices of Jamaican music – Dennis Brown, The Crown Prince Of Reggae – singles from the early 70s to mid 80s! The vinyl version features 12 standout tracks – with backing by The Taxi Gang, The Professionals, Derrick Harriott & Crystalistes, Aggrovators & Roots Radics. Titles include "Promise Land (Extended Mix)", "Whip Them Jah Jah", "Song My Mother Used To Sing", "Created By The Father", "Rebel With A Cause", "Words Of Wisdom", "Voice Of My Father", and "Children Of Israel (Special 12" Mix)". 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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Michael ChapmanLive VPRO 1971 (with bonus download) ... LP
Blast First (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $26.99
A great live performance from Brit singer/songwriter Michael Chapman – one that's got a different vibe than some of his famous records of the time – given that it only features Chapman on vocals and guitar, plus a bit of help on electric bass! We've always loved Chapman's music, but as with much of the Brit folk albums of the time, the production and added elements take things past their core roots – so it's great to hear Michael here unfettered and on his own – especially on a few of the longer tracks that really showcase his amazing work on guitar. Titles include a version of Tim Hardin's "Reason To Believe" – plus "An Old Man Remembers", "The Aviator", "Not So Much A Garden More Like A Maze", and "In The Valley". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a download of the entire 90 minute concert!)
Also available Live VPRO 1971 ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ ChapparralsShake Your Head ... LP
Maximillion/Everland (Austria), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Razor-sharp funk from The Chapparrals – an Atlanta group from the 70s, and one with a great balance of ensemble grooving and deeper soul roots! There was really something special in the Atlanta scene at the time – an approach to large group funk that was different than most northern scenes, and which could still come across with a lean sort of energy, even when hitting tight on the money for the dancefloor! These guys are a perfect summation of that groove – and the album's a blistering blend of bassy rhythms and tight instrumentation – including some mighty sweet keyboards that snake wonderfully alongside the guitar and horns, sometimes with some wild moogy touches that are almost P&P funk. The whole thing's great – one of those albums that's rare, but mighty satisfying too – and titles include "Juicy Fruit", "Shake Your Head (parts 1 & 2)", "Stop Cheating On My Lady", "Country Girl", "Hittin It", "Jam Around The World", and "The Brew". LP, Vinyl record album

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CohenbeatsDaily Affirmations (with download) ... LP
Stones Throw, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 17.98
Tel Aviv-based, LA underground inspired hip hop production work from Michael Cohen, aka Cohenbeats – a beatmaker with a lot of love for moody jazz & soul beatcraft that's really right at home on Stones Throw! There's a timeless independent hip hop spirit at play here that transcends any niche/regional anchors – drawing as much from the mood funk of classic Madlib as much any regional or stylistic elements – but there's a real sense self and personal roots here, too, which takes it to another level – with samples of Israeli music and other hints, both subtle and overt. Stron stuff! Includes "4Urhealth", "Daily Affirmations" with Quelle Chris, "Rhythm", "Dry Figs", "Nuwav", "Clik", "Us Vs Them" feat Oliver The 2nd & Jeremiah Jae", "Liga", "Cauliflower", "Don't Play", "Money Fast" feat Denmark Vessey, "Hold Your Hand", "Mushon's House", "Shabat Shalom Outro" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)

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Sam CookePortrait Of A Legend 1951 to 1964 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Abkco, 1950s-Mid 60s. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold ... $24.99 29.99
A massive collection of work by the great Sam Cooke – featuring 30 tunes in all, and spanning the range of his full career – from his early roots in gospel music, to the incredibly powerful soul tunes he cut shortly before his untimely death. The set's got most everything you'd ever want to hear if you're looking for an overview of Sam's work – with titles that include "A Change Is Gonna Come", "Another Saturday Night", "Good Times", "Having A Party", "Sugar Dumpling", "Ain't That Good News", "Nothing Can Change This Love", "Little Red Rooster", "I'll Come Running Back To You", "What A Wonderful World", "Cupid", "Chain Gang", "Summertime", and "Only Sixteen". LP, Vinyl record album

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CortexAvant Garde Party Music ... LP
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ... $23.99
The title might be a bit goofy, but it's actually a pretty great way to sum up the spirit of this group – as the contemporary Cortex come from avant roots, but also have a vibrancy that makes their music sound more celebratory than confrontational! The quartet features endlessly creative rhythms from the duo of Olya Hoyer on bass and Gard Nilssen on drums – topped by beautiful interplay between the trumpet of Thomas Johansson and saxophonist Kristoffer Berre Alberts – both players who can sometimes be completely in step with each other, sometimes almost at odds, and individually really work to make the whole record soar when it's time for their solos. Titles include "Mac Davis", "Grinder", "Chaos", "Waltz", "Disturbance", "Obverse/Reverse", and "Off Course". LP, Vinyl record album

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Marius CultierOuelele Souskai ... LP
Fiesta/Ascensionale (Italy), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... About May 30, 2018
Maybe the funkiest albums ever from Marius Cultier – and definitely one of the records that perfectly shows off his wonderful post-colonial blend of sounds! There's bits of funk from both sides of the Atlantic going on here – roots in both Africa and the Caribbean, but fused through that new sense of freedom that an artist like Cultier found on the Parisian scene – where he could also explore some jazzier inspirations, and move the grooves into so many great areas! The album's got a wonderful vibe – a sound that appeals both to lovers of global funk from the 70s, and sweet fusion as well – thanks to some great work on Fender Rhodes and vibes by Cultier. Titles include "Sousaki", "Ouelele", "Missie Sirop", "Laini", "Ni Tellement Longtemps", and "Mazouk Souvenir". LP, Vinyl record album

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CultureTwo Sevens Clash ... LP
Joe Gibbs/17 North Parade, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
Essential! The mighty debut album from African disciples Culture pairing up with the Mighty Two, Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson is one of the landmark sets of roots reggae, a defining moment of the genre dropped during the year when two sevens clashed. And though the apocalypse didn't rain down from the skies in '77, this album was certainly a world-changing event, one of the finest moments in Kingston's rich musical history! Gibbs provides the trio with a set of uplifting rhythms over which to harmonize, and Culture comes correct on every track, combining a tightly harmonized approach with a rawer, rootsier sound. 10 tracks in all, including "I'm Alone In The Wilderness", "Pirate Days", "Two Sevens Clash", "Caling Rastafari", "I'm Not Ashamed", 'Get Ready To Ride The Lion To Zion", "Black Starliner Must Come", "Jah Pretty Face", 'See Them A Come" and "Natty Dread Taking Over". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ CymandePromised Heights (180 gram pressing) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Janus, 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $25.99
Cymande hit some well-deserved heights on this massive third album – working with a complicated groove that's even more compelling than their earlier albums – in a righteous blend of heavy bass and tripped-out guitars that's unlike anything else we've ever heard! The music's a unique blend of roots from Guyana coming into play with the changes of the 70s London scene – and the group have a way of reaching out past borders, past familiar styles, and making a whole new world of their own! Things are funky, but pretty darn dubby too – and the whole thing's got a sly sound that others have tried to copy over the years – but never done this well at all. Titles include the monster funk cut "Brothers On the Slide", a jaunty sample-laden groover – plus "Pon De Dungle", "Changes", "Sheshamani", and "Leavert". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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Junior DelahayeShowcase ... LP
Wackie's (Germany), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... About February 15, 2018 (delayed)
Nice reissue of this early 80s reggae groover, cut by NY based producer Bullwackie Barnes. In the late 70s and early 80s Barnes offered an update on the classic Jamaican soul sound, that never deviated too far from the classic roots and lover's rock vibe, but had a sublime moody twist that made it his own. Delahaye's beautiful vocals float nicely over some spacious organ driven grooves, and his excellent take on Billy Stewart's "Sitting In The Park" wouldn't be out of place on reggae soul compilation like the nice Darker Than Blue set. The album's fairly short by today's standards, six tracks in all, but every cut hits hard, so we're not complaining: "Love", "I Love You For All Seasons", "All I Need Is Jah", "TravellingMan" and "Movie Show". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dr AlimantadoBest Dressed Chicken In Town ... LP
Greensleeves (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Full strength roots from Dr Aminatado! In a perfect world, this album would need no introduction from us – it's classic caliber to say the least! For those yet to visit the doctor, this is the perfect perscription –in which Dr Alimantado and Lee Scratch Perry lead you through a top tier side of funky Black Ark reggae with the heavy murky Perry touch and some mad Dee Jay stylings from the best dressed chicken in town. 10 cuts, including the awesome title track, plus "Just The Other Day", "Gimme Mi Gun", "I Killed The Barber", "Unitone Skank", "Can't Conquer Natty Dreadlocks", "Ride On", "I Shall Fear No Evil". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny DyaniMbizo (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... About April 15, 2018 (delayed)
One of the last great records by legendary South African bassist Johnny Dyani – recorded here in a piano-less quartet with Dudu Pukwana and Ed Epstein on reeds, and Churchill Jolobe on drums. The overall feel of the session is quite "outside" – with some very free solos from the sax players – but there's also some rhythmic elements that hearken back to Dyani's roots, and which nicely ground the set. Titles include "Dedicated To Mingus", "Dorkay House", and "Musician's Musician". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Johnny Mbizo DyaniAfrican Bass – Solo Concert Wilisau Jazz Festival 1978 ... LP
Sing A Song Fighter (UK), 1978. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
Legendary South African bassist Johnny Mbizo Dyani, in a setting that's completely different than some of his other recordings – a sublime solo performance from the late 70s, and one that features Dyani sounding even more spiritual than ever! Johnny's music is always fantastic – and his contribution to The Blue Notes and many other avant groups has been well-documented on a string of wonderful records from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. But here, Dyani opens up in this very personal, very beautiful way that stretches back to his roots, embraces his role in the UK avant scene, but also comes across with this incredibly moving power that really blows us away. At some level, Dyani's a bit like Malachi Favors on the Chicago scene – an incredibly important part of a group, and one that always stands out – but, like Favors, also a person filled with warmth and personality that doesn't always get to shine as strongly in the company of others. Here, Johnny finally gets that chance – not just playing solo bass, but also piano, percussion, and vocalizing a bit – on titles that include "Le Ngo Ma", "Aba Limanga II", "Wish You Sunshine", "Afrikan Blues", and "Let The Music Take You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Plays at 45rpm – for really great fidelity!)

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✨✧ Bob DylanTime Out Of Mind (20th anniversary pressing – with bonus 7 inch single) ... LP
Columbia, 1997. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $24.99 29.98
A critical comeback album for Dylan – who never really went away, he was just floundering a bit commercially and critically for a number of years – one that set him up to ride high again for years to come! This is his second album working with producer Daniel Lanois, who helmed the pretty excellent Oh Mercy a few years earlier. Lanois's trademark haze and mood hover over Dylan and his band's wonderful take on timeless folk-blues-roots rock and some of his best, most forthright lyricism since Blood On The Tracks. Wrestling with mortality, Dylan delivers a late career classic. Includes "Love Sick", "Dirt Road Blues", "Standing In The Doorway", "Million Miles", "Trying To Get To Heaven", "Til I Fell In Love With You", "Not Dark Yet", "Cold Irons Bound", "Can't Wait", "Make You Feel My Live" and the seemingly improvised, old school Dylan-styled (if more meandering) "Highlands". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition with bonus 7 inch including "Love Sick (rmx)" & "Cold Irons Bound (live)".)

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E-40In A Major Way (with download & bonus album) ... LP
Jive/Legacy, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
A strong early effort from Bay Area legend E-40 – his first with major label backing, stepping up and delivering in a major way – the title tells no lies! True to his roots, his working with Slick Wid' label collaborators both on the mic and in the production booth – including Sam Bostic & Mike Mosley, Studio Ton in the booth and B-Legit and more on the mic – and all-in-all, this is one of E-40's best full lengths. 16 tracks including the intro & outro, with"Da Bumble", "Spittin'", "Sprinkle Me", "Outta Bounds", "Dusted & Disgusted", "Smoke 'n' Drank", "Day Ain't No", "H I Double L", "Bootsee" and "It's All Bad". LP, Vinyl record album
(Certified Undisputed Classics Of Hip Hop & R&B series – with download. Initial copies includes bonus LP "Certified Classics Vol. 1" with classic tracks by Nas, Outkast, Clipse, Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang, Aaliyah & more. 12 tracks in all!)

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✨✧ El Michels AffairReturn To The 37th Chamber (with bonus download) ... LP
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... $19.99 22.98
El Michels return again to the Wu-Tang chambers – and the results this time might even be better than before! Wu-Tang forged their initial sound out of a love of offbeat samples and unusual funk – so it's only fitting that one of the hippest funk groups around strip the music right down to its roots – performing new live interpretations with their wickedly sinister groove – all at a level that makes the whole thing a slow funk masterpiece from start to finish! El Michels has always been one of the few real standouts in the deep funk scene – and it's records like this that keep us loving them so much. And even though the set features vocals from Lee Fields on two tracks, and Lady Wray on one more – the instrumental groove is what dominates and draws our ears, on tracks that include "Tears", "Sipped Up", "Shadow Boxing", "Iron Man", "4th Chamber", "Shaolin Brew", "Drums For Sale", "Verbal Intercourse", "Tearz", and "Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin Ta F Wit". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download! Please Note – LP sleeves are variable.)
Also available Return To The 37th Chamber ... CD 11.99

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El TurroneroNew Hondo ... LP
Belter/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1980. New Copy ... $14.99
A funky treasure from the Spanish scene at the end of the 70s – a groundbreaking combination of flamenco roots and upbeat funk and soul! The album's got a groove that grabs you right from the start – almost like some of the tighter sound library funk of the European scenet at the time, until the vocals of El Turronero come into the mix, and soar to the skies in a mode that's similar to the famous singer Camaron De La Isla! The vocals are no mere chorus along with the grooves – and instead seem to have a life of their own, especially on some of the clubbier tracks – which might bear some relation to American disco in the instrumentation, but none at all in the overall approach! The mix was a groundbreaking one that represented the new youthful energy of the Spanish scene in the 70s – and a desire to get away from more staid modes laid down by the academy and tradition, while still embracing the roots of their culture. Titles include "Las Penas", "Sufrimientos", "Y La Razon", "Mis Venas", "Tiene Bigotes", "Navegan Mis Pensamientos", and "A Nadie Se La Ha Ocurrio". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe Gibbs & The ProfessionalsNo Bones For The Dogs – Dubs From The Mighty Two 1974-1979 ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid/Late 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $18.99 24.99
We've always loved Joe Gibb's productions, especially his dubs, with Erroll Thompson piloting the mixing desk, and have been waiting for one of the great revive labels to put together a set. At last, Pressure Sounds steps up to the plate, and delivers the goods with this mighty set of fat, thick grooves. Eighteen tracks in all: "I Stand Accused" (version of Easy Take It Easy), "I Am Not Ashamed Version", "Six Foot Six" (version of Burial), "Su Su Version", "Burning Version" (version of Burn Babylon), "Roots Kunte Kinte" (version of Hypocrites), "Give It To Jah" (Heart & Soul Version), "The Road Is Rough" (version of Time Will Tell), "No Mans Land" (version to Up Park Camp), "War" (Medley Studio One Version), "No Bones For The Dogs" (version to Why Birds Follow Spring), "War Is Over" (version to Tribal War), "Jah Jah See Them A Come Version", "Babylon Bridge (12" version)" , "Fulfilment/Prophesy Reveal" (version to 2 Sevens Clash), "Earthquake" , "Financial Business" (Commercial Business version to Love Is Not A Gamble) and "Alan, Hit By A Larry" (version to Cool Out Son). LP, Vinyl record album
(An excellent companion to the Joe Gibbs set on Soul Jazz!)

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GoblinVolo ... LP
Cinevox (Italy), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
An unusual early 80s project from Goblin – a return to their rock roots from the years before their soundtrack fame – but presented here in a style that's much more 80s overall! Vocals figure as strongly as keyboards here – sung in Italian by Mauro Lusini, but at a level that's clearly drawing a lot from some of the bigger British bands of the time – a catchy style that works well with the electric elements in the mix, with a surprisingly strong ear for a hook that we might not have expected from the spooky soundtrack material of the group! Titles include "Armonia", "Polvere Blu", "Agrodolce", "Fortuna", "Est", and "Punto Di Rottura". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johan GradenOlagenheter (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Moserobie (Sweden), 2018. New Copy Gatefold ... $22.99
A fantastic debut album from pianist Johan Graden – stepping out here as a leader, at the beginning of what should be a fantastic career for years to come! Graden's both a composer and piano player, and he's working here with a style that's right up there with the best of the modern jazz giants from Scandinavia – particularly during that 60s period before things got too free, but when they'd moved quite far from more familiar roots in American jazz! The songforms here are beautiful – very haunting, but never too wispy – often elliptical, but with more than enough meat in the middle to keep things exciting – and often quite swinging, but in a very offbeat way. Graden plays piano, and the rest of the group features Per Texas Johansson on clarinet, bass clarinet, and flute – with Par Ola Landin on bass, Korand Agnas on drums, and Josefin Runsteen on violin. Titles include "Odromt", "Ummah", "Fidelix", "Sagen", "Bas Plessis", and "Ship Of Fools". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Olagenheter ... CD 16.99

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Jukka GustavsonToden Toistoa (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Love/Svart (Finland), 1980. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $14.99
A great example of the kind of freewheeling fusion that the 70s Finnish scene did so well – served up here by keyboardist Jukka Gustavson, who rose to fame in the rock group Wigwam – but also strongly held onto his roots in jazz! The music here is mostly instrumental, with Gustavson on a range of great keyboards – including, it seems, some Fender Rhodes – playing solos that are different than the usual mainstream fusion of the American and European scenes – and while two of the shorter tracks have a bit of vocals, Jukka seems mostly content to let his keyboards be his real "voice". There's some great vibes, too - and titles include "Tosi Aatteiden Riemusta", "Oikean Elaman Ekstasiasta", "Mika Halajat Minun Tietvan", and "TuntevanSyvimmin Adioimmin Puhtaimmin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy vinyl – with a bonus insert of notes!)

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Herbie HancockEmpyrean Isles (75th anniversary edition) ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.98
A lyrical masterpiece from the young Herbie Hancock – and a record that's really special for so many different reasons! First, the songs are really long and open – even more so than some of Hancock's other work – with a quality that's balanced between his soul jazz roots, and some of the freer ideas he was exploring with key counterparts of the time! Next, the group features a quartet with Freddie Hubbard on cornet – an instrument he didn't play that often, but which creates a really special sound here – one that's cool and compressed, but still has a sharp bite, too – especially over the inventive rhythms laid down by Ron Carter on bass and Anthony Williams on drums. All players are capable of going out – and have strong "new thing" cred by this point – but they keep it inside all the way through, but with a balanced sense of darkness that's really beautiful. The album features Hancock's classic (and oft-sampled) version of "Cantaloupe Island" – plus "One Finger Snap", "Olioqui Valley", and "The Egg". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Empyrean Isles (RVG remaster edition) ... CD 7.99

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Lennie HibbertMoonlight Party ... LP
Beach/Dub Store (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 22.98
Sweet jazzy instrumentals from Jamaica – mellow, moonlight numbers by vibes player Lennie Hibbert and an amazing group of Carribbean players – coming together beautifully on one of his earliest records as a leader! Coming in the early 60s, there's a wonderful Afro-Carribbean jazzy soul vibe at play here – with Hibbert's vibes front and center, with bongos and drums that presage the roots sound to come, some sweet flute, sax and clarinet. The record's also a key early example of a Jamaican scene that was still finding its roots – borrowing strongly from the US scene, but in the best way possible! There's some Latin currents at times – and with Hibbert's strong vibes, the record almost feels like some of the Bobby Montez sessions from the same period. Mostly instrumental, though with a lovely little bit of female vocals – and titles include "Taking A Chance On Love", "Moonglow & Picnic", "I Love Paris", "Estrelita", "Strolling", "Let True Love Begin", "El Lobo", "Jamaica Farewell", "Home Sweet Home", and "Island In The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Moonlight Party ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Ikebe ShakedownWay Home ... LP
Colemine, 2017. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 21.99
A fantastic album from this increasingly hip combo – a group who were already pretty darn funky at their start, but who've just kept on moving into really amazing territory over the years! The sound here is maybe the equivalent of the depth and shifts that El Michels brought to the deep funk underground – a new fusion of elements, and a way of playing the sonic field that helps the group divorce their style from its roots, and make it very much their own sound in the process! Sure, there's elements of 70s styles – Afro Funk, funky jazz, and instrumental soul – but the overall presentation is inflected with all these really unusual sounds and colors, and cool currents of darkness that show an increasing understanding of the sonic possibilities of familiar instrumentation. Don't worry, things are still plenty funky throughout, but also very individual too – on titles that include "She's Knocking", "Assassin", "Brushfire", "Penny The Switch", "Blue Giant", "Supermoon", "Shifting Sands", and "Where The Day Breaks". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing.)
Also available Way Home ... CD 9.99

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Quincy JonesCinema Of Quincy Jones ... LP
Universal (France), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $9.99
A much-needed look at an overlooked side of the genius of Quincy Jones – not his jazz work, not his productions for famous soul artists, but instead his huge legacy of soundtrack material – a part of Q's career that really took off in the 60s! By the time he started working in films, Jones had already had a decade under his belt as one of the hippest arrangers, leaders, and composers in jazz – and the film business really respected those talents, and allowed Quincy to bring some really fresh styles into play – modes that really opened up the vibe of American cinema, and also paved the way for the funky styles of the 70s! As that decade approached, Jones left behind the cinema to take on some more higher-profile records of his own – but all the charms of those great albums can be found here at their roots – in this stunning collection of soundtrack material. This LP package features some of the best tracks from the CD box set – 11 numbers that include "Ironside", "Threadbare", "Deadly Affair", "Pawnbroker", "Roack Em Up", "They Call Me Mister Tibbs", "Slum Creeper", "Main Squeeze", "Rap Run It On Down", "The Anderson Tapes", and "Getta Bloomin Move On". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings100 Days 100 Nights ... LP
Daptone, 2007. New Copy ... $13.99
They might be borrowing her band, but they sure can't dampen her soul – because Sharon Jones is strongly back in action, and sounding funkier and more deeply soulful than ever! Given that Sharon wasn't singing back in the 60s, it's hard to think we'd be calling her the real deal – but in a world of crossover classic-copping soul singers, or slightly rewarmed older acts, Jones is a true treat through and through – the kind of soul singer whose work still recalls the best era of the funky 45 underground! The mighty Dap-Kings are in full force here – snapping along the groove with a range of classic soul influences – styles borrowed from Memphis, Miami, Muscle Shoals, and more – all sifted down to some of the tightest grooves any singer ever had the chance of working with! The production is amazing – as sharp-edged as the music – and handled by Bosco Mann with a sound that's as faithful to the roots as the cover might imply. Titles include "100 Days 100 Nights", "Tell Me", "Be Easy", "Nobody's Baby", "When The Other Foot Drops Uncle", "Something's Changed", "Keep On Looking", "Answer Me", and "Humble Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bukky LeoTribute To Fela Vol 1 – Live At The Jazz Cafe ... LP
Drift (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $22.99
A great tribute to Fela Kuti from saxophonist Bukky Leo – a player with Nigerian roots, but who's been working on the London scene for decades – with music that goes back to some key early records for the Acid Jazz label, and some great releases in more recent years! Here, Leo takes on the music of the master – playing four long Fela tunes in a live setting at the Jazz Cafe – working with a tight group that's heavy on percussion, guitar, and Fender Rhodes – but who leave lots of room for Bukky's own solos, which are maybe even more of a drawing card than the name of Fela on the front! Leo's got this rich, raspy, soulful sound on tenor – one that always grabs us like Pharoah Sanders during his classic years – and which makes his solos here feel a lot more jazz-based than you might be used to hearing on an Afro Funk record. Titles include "Gentleman", "Witchcraft", "Opposite People", and "Water Get No Enemy". LP, Vinyl record album

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Barrington LevyPrison Oval Rock ... LP
Volcano/VP, 1991. New Copy (reissue)... About June 15, 2018
Barrington Levy teams up with longtime producer and collaborator Junjo Lawes and the Roots Radics at Channel One with some help from the Scientist. What more could you ask for? 10 tracks in all: "Prison Oval Rock", "Prison Oval Dub", "You Say You Love Me", "Good Loving", "Rip And Run Off", "Please Jah Jah", "Robber Man", "Hammer", "Stray Away Girl" and "Mary Long Tongue". LP, Vinyl record album

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Los HacherosBambulaye ... LP
Chulo, 2016. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Hard-driving Latin from Los Hacheros – a group of younger players who really get the sound of the classic era down perfectly – mixing Cuban roots, descarga jamming, and some really wonderful vocal refrains throughout! Instrumentation is heavy on percussion, and the grooves feature lots of bold lines on tres – which brings a nice edge to the record, especially alongside some of the sweeter moments on flute or violin – although those instruments can also be used in more driving ways at times too. Titles include "Las Nieves De Brooklyn", "Bambulaye", "Pintate", "Timbalaye", "Descarga Para Abe", and "Quiera Madre". LP, Vinyl record album

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Magic SamBlack Magic ... LP
Delmark, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Rough-edged blues from the west side of Chicago – a stone classic from the mighty Magic Sam – a player who was taken from us all too soon! On the west side, they mix plenty of soul in with their blues – and you can definitely hear that on this stone smoker – a record that has roots in the same scene as Syl Johnson, whose modes definitely creep into the groove at times! Sam's combo here is mighty nice – with Eddie Shaw on tenor, Lafayette Leake on piano, and Mighty Joe Young on guitar – and titles include "Stop You're Hurting Me", "Easy Baby", "What Have I Done Wrong", "It's All Your Fault", "You Belong To Me", "You Don't Love Me Baby", and "San Jose". LP, Vinyl record album

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Albert Mangelsdorff & Masahiko SatoSpontaneous – Albert Mangelsdorff Meets Masahiko Sato ... LP
Interchord/Be! (Germany), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... About May 25, 2018
Definite spontaneous sounds from the great Albert Mangelsdorff – a set that has the trombonist working alongside the up-and-coming Japanese pianist Masahiko Sato, who also plays some ring modulator on the album! Sato's almost the driving force here – although that role might also go to drummer Allen Blairman, a player we don't know much at all, but who really pushes the group strongly forward from the bottom – as Sato serves up some of his most angular, inventive lines to date – and bassist Peter Warren shifts from bow to plucking, depending on the sonic needs of the moment. Mangelsdorff is great, as always – and as always, really knows how to step back when needed, then jump into the fray in just the right way. Titles include "Roots To Moods", "Ludwig Van Watches", and "Voices, Noises, Lungs N Tongues, Strings, & Things". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tommy McCook & The AgrovatorsSuper Star Disco Rockers ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), New Copy ... About June 1, 2018
A wonderful album from saxophonist Tommy McCook – an artist you'll know from important Jamaican recordings from the late 60s onward – but who's really hitting some headier territory here! The tunes are all instrumental, and have very dubby rhythms at the core – yet while the other instrumentation is often mixed up in studio effects, Tommy's lead solos are mostly nice and clear – blown with a much sharper edge than in earlier years, and often given these exotic tones too – a very cool style that really makes the album stand out from other dub instrumental albums of the time! There's some great currents of soul that almost make McCook work here as the Jamaican equivalent of Stanley Turrentine or Hank Crawford on their mid 70s recordings – and titles include "Herb & Honey", "Macka Dub Rock", "Tommy's Rocking Vibration", "The Night Rose Of Sherron", "African Jumpers", "The Bionic Horn", and "Roots Of Africa". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Freddie McGregorBobby Bobylon (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Studio One, 1979. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $26.99 27.99
A key moment in the career of the legendary Freddie McGregor – easily one of the best-known voices in reggae in the post-Marley years! The set captures Freddie at his youthful best – coming off of time doing vocal group work, but really shining strongly as a lead singer on his own – getting this nicely subtle Studio One backing that are heavy on the roots vibe, which makes a nicely deep rhythmic contrast to the sweetly crackling vocals of McGregor! The set came out at the start of the 80s, but it's got an instant classic vibe that resonates almost more strongly with some of the most soulful Jamaican recordings at the end of the 60s. Titles include "Bandulo", "We Need More Love", "What Difference Does It Make", "Go Away Pretty Girl", "Tomorrow Is Like Today", "Bobby Bobylon", "Wine Of Violence", "Gonna Take Over Now", "Rastaman Camp", and "I Am A Revolutionist". LP features 8 bonus tracks – including "Come Now Sister (ext mix)", "Freddie", "Homeward Bound", "Little Girl", "When I'm Ready (ext version)", "Rastaman Camp (ext mix)", and "I Man A Rasta (orig 7" mix)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Bobby Bobylon (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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MetersCabbage Alley ... LP
Reprise, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
A really cool cooker from The Meters – recorded during their post-Josie run for Warner Brothers, but with this tight vibe that still holds all their funky New Orleans roots intact! The sound is a bit more expanded here – not in a commercial way, but just in a style that has the group trying out more things – some interesting rhythms, offbeat guitar passages, and maybe even more of a vocal presence – although it's clearly the drums and basslines that are still driving the whole thing along! Production is by Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn – again in that great style they were hitting at Warner – and titles include "Soul Island", "Flower Song", "Gettin Funkier All the Time", "Do the Dirt", "Cabbage Alley", and "Stay Away" – plus a version of Neil Young's "Birds"! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe MoksBoys & Girls ... LP
PMG (Austria), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
The music of Joe Moks has a nice sing-song feel here – a vibe that's almost more reggae than you'd expect from her Nigerian roots – but with an offbeat style that's also not like anything that might have come from Kingston! Instead, the groove here feels a bit like when American or British soul might borrow some rhythms from reggae, but change up the instrumentation and production – which this album definitely does with the higher-end instrumentation, which also includes some moogy bits that work this cool magic around the edges! Joe's vocals are very much in the groove – tied to the rhythms instead of trying to dominate them – stepping back and forth with a rhythmic pulse of her own – on titles that include "Insure My Love", "Boys & Girls", "Love Is Gonna Pay", "Closer Than The Sun", and "You Look Without Seeing". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Boys & Girls ... CD 15.99

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Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery Trio (aka A Dynamic New Jazz Sound) ... LP
Riverside/OJC, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 21.99
Wes Montgomery's first album as a leader – a relatively obscure set that has him playing in a trio with Indianapolis bandmates Mel Rhyne on organ and Paul Parker on drums – a mode that strongly recalls Montgomery's roots in the Indy scene at the time! If you only know the later, famous Wes Montgomery with bigger charts, you'll be surprised to hear him here in a cooking little combo – the kind of group that made Mel Rhyne a local Hammond hero in Indy, although it seemed to take decades for him to get any sort of larger recognition. The groove is straight and simple, but the real charm is Wes' chromatic lines on guitar – already quite distinctive among his contemporaries, and allowed ample room to express their voice in this setting. Titles include "Ecorah", "Missile Blues", "Too Late Now", "Jingles", and "Whisper Not". LP, Vinyl record album
(New OJC pressing – better than the old one!)

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Ennio Morricone/Gruppo Improvvisazione NuovaGli Occhi Freddi Della Paura (aka Cold Eyes Of Fear) ... LP
Tiger Bay (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... About May 15, 2018 (delayed)
A dark and extremely avant garde soundtrack from the great Ennio Morricone – one that's done in collaboration with his own Gruppo Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – an ensemble with roots in film scoring, but expressions that are more in the mode of 20th century avant! The music is a blend of free improvisation and more straight ahead jazz – with electric guitar, trumpet, violin, and percussion mixed with lots of weird effects and electronics – much more experimental than some of Morricone's more famous soundtracks of the time, and given a nice sense of direction from conductor Bruno Nicolai. The whole thing's incredibly spooky – one of the most turgid scores we've ever heard from the pen of Morricone – and the titles include "Sequita", "Evaporazione", "Dal Sogno E Ritorno", "Folle Folle", and "Notte E Misteri". LP, Vinyl record album

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Junior MurvinPolice & Thieves (180 gram blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mango/4 Men With Beards, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 23.99
The all time classic from Junior Murvin – as essential as any late 70s reggae! Production-wise, Police And Thieves is among Scratch's finest moments, from the most monumental period in Perry's career, during the height of the Black Ark. The title track needs no introduction from us, and the rest of the record is solid, funky roots rock, at a level Murvin would not match again in his career. His sweet falsetto is draped in the dense, murky production that carved a niche in history for Perry. Tracks like "Roots Train" and "False Teaching" are the embodiment of crucial, and the album is filled with other great cuts like the now classic title track, "Rescue Jah Children", "Tedious", "Easy Task" and "I Was Appointed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing!)

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Carlos Nino & FriendsGoing Home (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Leaving, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Carlos Nino is definitely going home here – hitting some of the most righteous modes we've heard in years – and also returning to his roots in spiritual jazz! The album's still got some of the meditative qualities of some of Nino's other music, but it's also got more bite too – thanks to help from friends who include Dexter Story on drums, Josh Johnson on alto and organ, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on strings, and Jamael Dean on keyboards. As usual, Carlos handles a lot of instrumentation himself – including bells, percussion, keyboards, and more – in addition to doing the larger sonic vision of the record with his production and arrangements. the enigmatic Iasos guests on one track – and titles include "Deep Deep Breaths", "Light Codes", "OrganicSelf", "Garden Of Bells", and "Perrssspeshhhhiift". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eddie PalmieriWisdom/Sabiduria ... LP
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99 24.98
The genius of Eddie Palmieri never seems to dim at all as the years go on – and, if anything, the genius only seems to flower even more – finding new ways of expression that maybe even blow away some of Eddie's classic work from the 60s and 70s! This set is amazing – a fantastically modern refiguring of Latin roots – with elements that stretch back to Palmieri's earliest charanga years and his Latin jazz rebirth, but used in ways that are very different – and very striking throughout! The lineup remains relatively small on most numbers – with very heavy focus on piano, percussion, and bass – but Eddie also makes great use of key guests who include Alfredo De La Fe on violin, Donald Harrison on alto, Ronnie Cuber on baritone, and Joe Locke on vibes. Titles include "Locked In", "Cuervas Y Tumbao", "Wise Bata Blues", "La Cancha", "Augustine Parish", "Life", "Samba Do Suenho", and "Jibarita Y Su Son". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Wisdom/Sabiduria ... CD 9.99

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Bernard ParmegianiRock ... LP
Transversales Disques (France), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
Never-released music by electroacoustic legend Bernard Parmegiani – created in his incredible studio, pictured on the front cover – and issued here for the first time ever! The sounds were created for a film in the early 80s – and they feature Parmegiani working on a beautiful range of keyboards and other electronic sources – on titles that are usually short, and which provide this great link between the serious sounds of Bernard's roots (he was a member of the GDM group), and the more contemporary schlock use of keyboards in horror films. There's nothing schlock here though – and there's also maybe nothing rock, either, despite the title – and the whole thing is a mindblowing musical journey, with tracks that include "Depart", "Rencontre Brisson", "Serge Sur L'Ile", "Serge Assomme", "Deux Rockers", "Alba & Serge", "Serge & Lola", and "Sortie Cafe Sous La Pluie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition!)

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PioneersLong Shot (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Trojan/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
An early gem from The Pioneers, and one of the first records on the Trojan label too – the kind of head-nodding, late rocksteady sounds that made the imprint a key bridge between the scenes in Kingston and London at the end of the 60s! The Pioneers have a bit more complex vocal interplay than other Jamaican vocal groups of the time – an ability to harmonize together, but break out a bit too – trading lines with increasing complexity that reflects the growing expressiveness that would flower more strongly in roots music during the 70s – turned here towards themes that are a bit less global, but even more charming in that respect. There's a wonderfully unified feel to the whole album – and titles include "Caranapo", "Long Shot Kick De Bucket", "Black Bud", "Lucky Side", "Samfie Man", "Mother Ritty", "Bring Him Come", and "Boss Festival". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing.)

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✨✧ Pleasure SeekersWhat A Way To Die (colored vinyl) ... LP
Sundazed, Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Killer compilation of cuts by The Pleasure Seekers – the criminally overlooked teen garage rock girl group with roots in the feral mid 60s Detroit scene – not only a pleasure, it's an absolute blast! The band's relative obscurity is all the more surprising given that it's the first band featuring glam rock trailblazer Suzi Quatro – with her sisters Patti, Nancy and Arlene in the lineup at one point or another, making this a bonafide sister act – along with equally roaring friends Pami Benford, Diane Baker, Darline Arone, Nan Ball and Nancy Rogers moving in and out of the lineup during the 1965-1968 run immortalized here. Raw, raucous and tuneful – really tremendous stuff! Titles include "Gotta Get Away", "What A Way To Die", "White Pig Blues", "Mr. Power", "Elevator Express", "Good Kind Of Hurt", "Light Of Love", "Never Thought You'd Leave Me", "Brain Confusion" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited colored vinyl.)

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Gregory PorterNat King Cole & Me ... LP
Blue Note (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 35.98
The great Gregory Porter in a very different setting than usual – working here with larger backings from an entire orchestra, as part of the album's tribute to Nat King Cole during his glory days at Capitol Records! The style here isn't the King Cole Trio vibe of the mid 40s, but instead that lush, larger approach of the 50s – when Nat took his jazz roots and transformed them into something even more sophisticated and powerful, at a level that also helped raise both his profile and that of many of his contemporaries – opening the door for generations of musical growth to come. Porter pays back that monumental favor – by turning his amazing vocals loose on a host of standards from the Nat Cole songbook – with core backing by a quartet that features Christian Sands on piano, Reuben Rogers on bass, and Ulysses Owens on drums – plus a bit of guest trumpet from Terence Blanchard. Arrangements and orchestrations are by Vince Mendoza – and titles include "Smile", "Nature Boy", "Love", "Quizas Quizas Quizas", "Mona Lisa", "When Love Was King", "Miss Otis Regrets", "The Christmas Song", "I Wonder Who My Daddy Is", and "Pick Yourself Up". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Nat King Cole & Me (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 14.99

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Gabriele PosoAwakening ... LP
BBE (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 27.98
Clubby grooves and rootsy percussion – served up here by Gabriele Poso in a really wonderful combination! The music here is as rich and organic as the cover – almost in the 21st Century blend of contemporary and classic that we've loved in records from artists like Joe Clausell or Osunlade – but very much in its own particular style, and, if anything, even more textured and complex than music from those two artists! Gabriele Poso recently gave us a collection of drum-heavy tracks by others on BBE, but this set of his own music even tops that – as the roots go even deeper, even though the music is all new. Titles include "Playa 80", "Awakening", "Adorando", "Words Never Work", "The Night Falls", "Mi Amigo", "Otro Barrio", "Sotto Il Campanile", and a really nice cover of "Everybody Loves The Sunshine". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Awakening ... CD 16.99

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Prince JammyPrince Jammy Destroys The Invaders ... LP
Greensleeves (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
This is sort of a Prince Jammy riff on the format of the popular Junjo Lawes-produced Scientist dub series. Nonetheless, he steps up to bat, and indeed defeats the evil planet munchers, with the able help of the Roots Radics rhytnm section. Recorded at Channel One and mixed at Tubby's – and how can you argue with that!? Fat, heavy rhythms dubbed into deep, deep outer space by the heir to the throne! 8 tracks in all, including "Conspiracy On Neptune", "Saturn Bombardment", "Attack on Ganymede", "Martian Encounter", "The Great Red Spot", "Life On Uranus", "Final Destruction" and "War In The Asteroid Belt". LP, Vinyl record album

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Pseudo SlangHardscrabble (with download) ... LP
Baby Steps Again, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 19.99
Pseudo Slang's back with a solid batch of rhyme-centric, jazzy beats-backed neo classic hip hop! Based in Chicago and with roots Buffalo, NY, there's nothing pseudo about Pseudo Slang's craft...it's the real thing. They have a vibe that's reminiscent of (but never overly indebted to) earlier Common in the scene setting rhymes, the jazzy soul beats and rhymes of groups like Slum Village and Tribe Called Quest and others – even though it's largely the work of the core duo, Pseudo Slang's tracks have rich enough of a feel to recall classic group rap. We've dug 'em for years, and they haven't let us down yet. Includes "Feel Me Remix", "Any Other Place", "Dark Gracious", "BBQ & A Flic", "Aloe In The Hallways", "Butterlude", "Estetiks", "Just Talk" and "Tomorrowtro". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available Hardscrabble ... Cassette 9.99

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Ras Michael & The Sons Of NegusNone A Jah Jah Children ... LP
17 North Parade, Mid 70s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Righteous sounds from Ras Michael and The Sons Of Negus – easily one of the most powerful groups of the rastafari years in reggae! The album's got a very deep feel right from the start – not just because the lyrics and vocals are very powerful, but also because the group features a strong ensemble of nyabinghi drummers, who help take the music back to pre-reggae roots with their performance – which is mixed here with more familiar basslines and guitar that mark the mid 70s recording of the tunes. Production is by Tommy Cowan, who keeps things stripped-down enough to really let the core spirit of the music show through – and the tracks have achieved legendary status over the years, thanks both to their political power and purity of spirit. Titles include "Truth & Right", "Mr Brown", "None A Jah Jah Children", "Mr Wicked Man", "Give Love", "Booma Yeah", "No Hoppers", and "Zion Land". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available None A Jah Jah Children (with bonus tracks) ... CD 18.99

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Santa Y Su GenteUrgente ... LP
RCA/Lion, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $7.99
That's not Santa, as in Santa Claus – but a nickname for Santiago Salas, who works here in a very cool, jazzy mode! The album's got plenty of Latin roots, mixed with hipper 70s touches that include some key electric elements as well – all served up in a sparkling groove that's mighty unique, and which makes the record a real standout on the South American scene of the time! Some tunes are quite funky, with great electric piano lines over the rhythms – while others have more of a warmly glowing groove, one that seems to borrow a bit from Brazilian jazz of the time – yet make things into a style that's all its own. Some of these numbers have a bit of vocals, but the instrumental interplay of the album is much stronger overall – especially the Fender Rhodes lines that make the album well worth owning for any fan of 70s electric funk! Titles include "El Salero", "Colores", "Murumba", "La Muneca", "Niebla", "Pajaros En El Jardin", and "Triangulo Espanol". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Urgente ... CD 12.99

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Gil Scott-HeronFree Will (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Flying Dutchman/BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $22.99 24.99
A really tremendous album from the legendary Gil Scott-Heron – and a set that stands as one of his greatest statements from the 70s! The record is a wonderful example of Gil's work in two different styles – sweet mellow jazzy soul, and harder heavier protest poetry – the latter from his roots as a writer in touch with the streets, and the former part of a brilliant new direction that he was taking on the Flying Dutchman label. Side one features classic jazzy tracks recorded with Brian Jackson – like "Free Will", "The Middle Of Your Days", "Speed Kills", and "Did You Hear What They Said?". Side two moves over to a much sparer sound – and has Gil reciting some of his poetry with very heavy percussion, and a very righteous approach. The wisdom and knowledge of those pieces is a perfect example of the kinds of issues that were haunting black America in the early 70s – especially on the tracks "No Knock", "The King Alfred Plan", and "Sex Education: Ghetto Style". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eddy SenayHot Thang (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Sussex/Modern Harmonic, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.99
A heck of a great little guitar funk album – a rare early 70s session from the groovy Eddy Senay – an artist that we'd rank right up there with bigger names like Phil Upchurch, David T Walker, Dennis Coffey, or Eddie Fisher at the same time! Fisher's maybe the best comparison here – especially his second album for Cadet – as the style here is clearly born in jazz, but taken through lots of soul and funk territory – so that the instrumental tunes are maybe even heavier on groove than solo space – although Senay manages to deliver plenty with his fuzzy tone on the strings! Eddie's got roots in Detroit, and there's almost some Westbound Records elements taking place here at times – as the set was recorded in the Motor City with help from Johnny Clapton and Thomas Hale on tenor, Rudy Robinson on keyboards, Gordon Camp on trumpet, and some especially great work from Eddie Bongo Brown on congas – whose groove really adds a deeper layer to the tunes. Titles include great remakes of Donny Hathaway's "Zambezi" and Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" – plus "Jubo", "Hot Thang", "Message of Love", and "Down Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited colored vinyl pressing.)
Also available Hot Thang ... CD 13.99

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Sidewalk ChalkOrchid Is Born (colored vinyl – with download) ... LP
Sidewalk Chalk, 2018. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99 29.99
Soaring hip hop soul from Chicago! An Orchid Is Born finds the group confidently covering a lotta territory in a great batch of songs that roll from timeless live band hip hop to jazzy soul, and the pair of lead vocalists – Maggie Vale and Rico Sisney – bring both lyrical and stylistic depth to the diverse sound. It's seamless thanks to a stellar band that features Charlie Coffeen on keys, Sam Trump on trumpet, David Ben-Porat on trombone, Josh Rosen on bass and Xavier Breaker on drums – plus guests players bring even an even deeper sounds to the record with betraying the roots as a strong live unit. Includes "Infinite Growth", "Long Time Coming", "Take The Time", "The Sitcom", "Trapped", "The Prayer" feat Madison McFerrin, "We Burn You Down", "Will We?", "Tell Me Now", "Dig", "A Suite For Black Lives", "Alright", "Now" feat Chris Turner and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(On white colored vinyl – and comes with a download includes unreleased tracks and remixes!)

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SpecialsLive At The Moonlight Club (180 gram pressing) ... LP
2 Tone/Parlophone, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 22.99
Brilliant live work from The Specials – a concert recorded on the eve of Margaret Thatcher's election in 1979 – and a performance that really captures the group at the height of their powers! The Specials on record are a well-known, and much-lauded commodity – but they're maybe even sharper here in a live setting – really connecting to the crowd, and coming across with an urgency that reminds us how much their music was part of the late 70s punk generation – even though so many other copycats watered its power down over the years! This set takes the group right back to their roots – on titles that include "It's Up To You", "Do The Dog", "Monkey Man", "Blank Expression", "Nite Klub", "Concrete Jungle", "Too Hot", and "Long Shot (Kick De Bucket)". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Live At The Moonlight Club ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ Sunny & The SunlinersMr Brown Eyed Soul ... LP
Big Crown, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99 24.98
Insanely wonderful work from the Texas scene at the end of the 60s – a huge collection of the English language soul songs of Sunny & The Sunliners! The group first hit national fame in the earlier part of the 60s, with a sweet falsetto crossover hit – but as the decade moved on, they balanced their music equally between Spanish and English tunes – the former in more of a Tex-Mex mode, the latter in a wonderful version of sweet soul! In a way, Sunny's work here is a lot like Joe Bataan during his Sweet Soul years – a heartbreaking blend of Latin roots and east coast soul – produced with a rootsy vibe that really gets right to the heart of the matter! Sunny's work has never been reissued properly – especially the soul tracks from this period – and the collection is an ear-opening listen all the way through – and one that should hopefully put the group right up there with material by The Delfonics, Moments, and other sweet soul groups. Titles include "Smile Now Cry Later", "Put Me In Jail", "Should I Take You Home", "Cross My Heart", "Get Down", "Rain Makes Me Blue", "Outside Looking In", "My Dream", and "Open Up Your Love Door". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Mr Brown Eyed Soul ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ Ebo TaylorLove & Death ... LP
Strut (UK), 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99
A brilliant new album from legendary Ghanaian performer Ebo Taylor – recorded in Berlin and backed by members of Poets Of Rhythm and others from that city's loose collective of international players dubbed the Afrobeat Academy – and the set itself is a great mix of classic Ghana grooves and timeless Afro Funk! Guitarist and vocalist Taylor has roots in the highlife style from the late 50s through the 60s, but from the 70s onward he's been deftly blending styles – from traditional Ghanaian sounds, to Afro funk, jazz and soul. This excellent album for Strut Records carries on that adventurous spirit wonderfully. It's also the first ever Ebo Taylor album to receive an international release, reason enough to celebrate, all the more so given the creative high point the album is! Titles include "Nga Nga", "African Woman", "Love And Death", "Mizin", "Aborekyair Aba", "Obra" and the instrumentals "Victory" and "Kwame". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ebo TaylorYen Ara ... LP
Mr Bongo (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $18.99 19.98
Ebo Taylor takes off wonderfully here – clearly inspired by the new attention he's gotten in recent years, which includes a whole set of fresh recordings like this – which strongly continue the vibe of his classics from the 70s! The groove is tight and wonderfully focused – not the slavish Afrika 70 mode that so many other contemporary groups try for – and instead that criss-crossing style of Taylor's roots, which includes all the right jazzy flourishes around the edges! Taylor's vocals are wonderful, and he also plays plenty of guitar – and titles include "Poverty No Good", "Mind Your Own Business", "Aba Yaa", "Abenkwan Puchaa", "Ankon'M", "Aboa Kyrbin", and "Mumudey Mumudey". LP, Vinyl record album

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Linval ThompsonDub Landing Volume 1 (2LP version – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Greensleeves, 1982. New Copy 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
A dub landing of massive proportions – served up here on some classic early 80s work by Scientist, who's really making magic in the studio with the sounds of the Roots Radics Band! The tunes are stark, sharp, and very focused – and at some level, the mixologist is maybe keeping himself a bit more in check – to allow for some rootsy currents to flow through, and give the music a surprisingly soulful vibe from time to time – even when the echo's booted up a bit, and spacey sounds start to filter into the mix. Titles on this first volume include "Attack", "Beaming", "Invaders", "Landing", "Vulcan", "Black Out", "Time Passage", and "Galaxy". Plus, this version features a bonus disc with the original vocal cuts behind the dubs – with titles that include "Jah Is My Light" and "Unfaithful Children" by Al Campbell, "Everyday Rain" by Wayne Wade, "Love Is What The World Wants" by Barry Brown, "Too Poor" by Barrington Levy, and "Redemption Song" by Tristan Palma. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes poster!)

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Linval ThompsonDub Landing Volume 2 (2LP version – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Greensleeves, 1982. New Copy 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
A dub landing of massive proportions – served up here on some classic early 80s work by Scientist, who's really making magic in the studio with the sounds of the Roots Radics Band! The tunes are stark, sharp, and very focused – and at some level, the mixologist is maybe keeping himself a bit more in check – to allow for some rootsy currents to flow through, and give the music a surprisingly soulful vibe from time to time – even when the echo's booted up a bit, and spacey sounds start to filter into the mix. Titles on this second volume include "Earth", "Babe", "Reconnaissance", "Life", "Contact", "Denial", "City Of Gold", and "Betrayal". Plus, this version comes with a bonus disc that includes the original vocal tracks behind the dubs – with titles that include "We Must Unite" and "I'm Toiling On" by The Viceroys, "Playboy Girl" by Hell & Fire, "Gone Water Gone" by Lee Van Cleef, "I Love I Love You" by Barrington Levy, "Reggae Explosion" by Papa Tullo, "Can't Test" by Sister Nancy, and "Africa" by Anthony Johnson. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes poster!)
Also available Dub Landing Volume 2 (2CD version – with bonus tracks) ... CD 18.99

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TrigalBaila Mi Rumba ... LP
Belter/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1977. New Copy ... $16.99
A totally cool trio from the 70s Spanish scene – one who have Andalusian roots, but work here in a sweet mix of funk and soul! The group trade vocals back and forth in a very cool way – two guys and one gal, really sounding like even more than that as they sing – and the arrangements feature bouncy rhythms, strong percussion, and lots of jazzy horns – almost a blacksploitation groove at times, which makes for a completely compelling blend with their vocals! Trigal sound unlike anything else we've ever heard – and really show us that we've got a lot more funk and soul still to discover around the planet – as you'll no doubt agree when you hear cuts that include "Tamara", "Recuerdos", "Gol", "El Gitano Andres", "Toma Que Dall", "Marinero", and "Baila La Rumba". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Baila Mi Rumba ... CD 16.99

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TyWork Of Heart ... LP
Jazz Refreshed (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
Nice one from Brit hip hop mainstay Ty – living up to the title with personal lyricism from the heart, but soulful a broader, universal sense too – with appearances by John Robinson, Deborah Jordan, N'fa Jones, Julie Dexter, Umar Bin Hassan and more! Ty is hands on with the production as well, with a lean, spacey bounce that'll get heads nodding without crowding out the rhymes. Includes the title track, "Eyes Open" with Roots & Deborah Jordan, the spiritually resonant standout "Somehow Somewhere Someway" with Umar Bin Hassan, "Brixton Baby" with Mpho, "Marathon" feat Ladonna Harley-Peters, "Folks Say People Say", "World Of Flaws" with John Robinson, "Raindrops", "As The Smoke Clears" with Randolph Matthews & Malik MD7 and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Work Of Heart ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Piero UmilianiAl Cinema Con Piero Umiliani (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
RCA/Sonor (Italy), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Think what you may about Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota – to our ears, Piero Umiliani brought as much to Italian film scoring in the 60s as those two giants – even if his music was never given the international fame it deserved! This great late 60s collection brings together some of the key game-changing work of Umiliani from earlier years in the decade – tracks that have plenty of the jazz of his roots in the postwar scene, but which also reflect not just his new ideas for instrumental arrangements, but also for recording as well – qualities that would explode even more in his experimental material in the decade to come! Yet here, Umiliani is more light and playful – very jazzy on many numbers, with a fair bit of bossa elements on some selections too – in a package that features music scored for the films Extraconiugale, Il Comandante, Controsesso, La Bella Di Lodi, and Tutto Il Bello Dell'Uomo. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 300 copies!)

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United States Of AmericaUnited States Of America (mono colored vinyl pressing) (2017 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Columbia, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
One of THE greatest experimental rock albums of the 60s – a landmark effort from a short-lived group that included avant musicians Joe Byrd and Gordon Marron! The group's got a really tremendous sound – part psyche, part electronic, and part folk rock – all put together in a freewheeling style that cares little for genre or convention – and which must have really shook the roots of Columbia Records when they submitted the tape for this set! The instrumentation on the set should be enough to pop your cork – as the group uses ring modulator, electric drums, electric harpsichord, organ, calliope, and other early electronic instruments – but their sound is topped off with some really beautiful vocals from singer Dorothy Moskowitz, adding a light touch that really makes for a strange juxtaposition! The lyrics are a bit poetic and trippy – in a good way – and titles include "The American Metaphysical Circus", "Garden Of Earthly Delights", and "Cloud Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition – on colored vinyl pressed at RTI!)

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Marcos ValleEstatica (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Far Out (UK), 2010. New Copy ... $19.99
An incredible record from Marcos Valle – maybe our favorite-ever of his recent-revival years! The sound here is sublime – a warm blend of funky rhythms, bossa roots, and larger orchestrations – all very much in the spirit of those legendary albums that Valle recorded for EMI/Odeon right at the start of the 70s – soaring, sophisticated, and never without a groove! Valle did all the arrangements for the set, but gets some great help on strings and horns from Jesse Sedoc – whose touches are really a key part of the Odeon-styled sound here – and a number of the tracks feature female vocals duetting with Marcos' lead, in a mode that's just like his classic work with Anamaria! Titles include "Prefixo", "Vamos Sambar", "Novo Acorde", "1995", "Esphera", "Papo De Maluco", and "Baiao Maracatu". LP, Vinyl record album
(New remastered pressing!)

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Voices Of East HarlemCan You Feel It ... LP
Just Sunshine, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Amazing work from The Voices Of East Harlem – a group with roots in gospel, but working here in a wonderfully soaring secular soul style – complete with arrangements and production from the legendary Leroy Hutson! The style here is similar to some of Leroy's best work, and that of his contemporaries on Curtom – a sound that's righteous and often funky, but able to hit some sweeter, warmer notes as well. Individual voices step out from the larger ensemble and take key leads on some tracks – and the overall style is simply mindblowing, at a level that makes us easily rank this as one of our favorite soul albums of all time! A must-have album, and one we've treasured for years – with tracks that include "Just Got To Be Myself", "So Rare", "March Across This Land", "Amazing Love", "Take A Stand", and "Can You Feel It". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Can You Feel It ... LP 12.99

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Voices Of East HarlemCan You Feel It ... LP
Just Sunshine/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99
Amazing work from The Voices Of East Harlem – a group with roots in gospel, but working here in a wonderfully soaring secular soul style – complete with arrangements and production from the legendary Leroy Hutson! The style here is similar to some of Leroy's best work, and that of his contemporaries on Curtom – a sound that's righteous and often funky, but able to hit some sweeter, warmer notes as well. Individual voices step out from the larger ensemble and take key leads on some tracks – and the overall style is simply mindblowing, at a level that makes us easily rank this as one of our favorite soul albums of all time! A must-have album, and one we've treasured for years – with tracks that include "Just Got To Be Myself", "So Rare", "March Across This Land", "Amazing Love", "Take A Stand", and "Can You Feel It". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Can You Feel It ... LP 9.99

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Bunny WailerBlackheart Man (180 gram colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Island/4 Men With Beards, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 23.99
The legendary solo debut of Bunny Wailer – a set that maybe marks him as the most righteous member of The Wailers! The style here is heavy on the roots tip, but there's also a special sort of vibe going on too – these warm currents that are laced with occasional touches of jazz, amidst a mellow-flowing presentation that's right up there with the best of Island Records in the mid 70s – but somehow deeper too! Peter Tosh joins a great lineup that includes Winston Barrett, Robbie Shakespear, Winston Wright, and other Jamaican instrumental giants – but it's definitely Bunny who holds the whole thing together with a spirit that's quite different than his famous previous partner, Bob Marley. Titles include "Blackheart Man", "Rasta Man", "This Train", "Reincarnated Souls", "Armagideon", "The Oppressed Song", "Fig Tree", and "Fighting Against Convictions". LP, Vinyl record album
(On red, green & yellow vinyl!)

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VariousAfrica Iron Gate Showcase ... LP
Berris/Dub Store (Japan), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
A Jamaican dee jay album at the crossroads – one that's got some of the righteous ideals of the roots generation, mixed with the growing sounds of the dancehall scene to come! The sound is still nicely rootsy and laidback, but there's also a different quality here than earlier work of its type – and there are a few moments that almost feel as if Jamaican MCs were being influenced a bit by American hip hop vocals. Rhythms include work from Winston Wright on piano and Bo Pee on guitar – and titles include "King In the Ring" and "Press Along Dreadlocks" by Prince Hammer, "She Is Mine" and "Quiet Horse" by Trinity, "Chalice & Spliff" by Lee Van Cliff, "Emilo Bimbo" by Echo Minott, and "Words Sound & Power" by Enos McLoud. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousAloha Got Soul – Soul, AOR & Disco In Hawai'I 1979 to 1985 (180 gram pressing – with CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
Sweet soul from the Hawaii scene of the 70s – a surprisingly strong source of well-crafted, warmly-produced grooves – all with a special sort of sparkle that reminds us a lot of the best Bay Area or LA sounds of the time! There's a sunny vibe to the music that really belies its roots – a blend of jazz, soul, funk, and more – all handled with production that's few notches down from the slicker AOR material of the period, which still lets all the more soulful currents shine through nicely – and which keeps all this stuff from ever sounding too commercial. Given the cultural cross-currents taking place on the islands at the time, there's a surprising mix of backgrounds to some of these groups – which results in a unique sound that's nicely colorblind, and which stands as a bit of a contrast to some of the more defined scenes on the mainland. As always with Strut Records, the track selection and presentation is wonderful – with plenty of notes that illuminate the music – and titles include "Sparkle" by Greenwood, "Get That Happy Feeling" by Lemuria, "Countryside Beauty" by Tender Leaf, "Yesterday's Love" by Aura, "Kawaihae" by Brother Noland, "Feel Like Getting Down" by Nova, "Love One Another" by Mike Lundy, "Coast To Coast" by Rockwell Fukino, and "Call Me" by Hal Bradbury. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of the entire album!)

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VariousCaribbean Disco Boogie Sounds – Rare & Obscure Gems From The Caribbean Territories 1977 to 1982 ... LP
Favorite (France), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $24.99
A killer collection of funky soul from the Caribbean – not tracks that have a typical island sort of sound, with roots in calypso, soca, or reggae – and instead just he kind of key cuts that match the best underground work on the New York scene! Keep in mind that lots of American disco came from musicians who'd moved up north from the Caribbean – bringing a sunny spirit and driving rhythms in the process, as well as a post-colonial, diaspora approach to the music – which was then fused with American soul and funk for the clubs! This set has a very similar vibe, but just reverses the process – with grooves that borrow plenty from the hipper club styles of the late 70s and early 80s, and come across with a freshly non-commercial vibe, given their Caribbean roots. We'd never heard most tracks here before – hats off to Waxist for compiling the collection – and titles include "Cosmopolitan London" by Ray Williams, "Praise Jah" by Oluko Imo, "My African Religion" by Paul Hurlock, "Going To The Party" by Barry Bryson, "Let Me Love You" by Teddy Davis, and "Macho Man" by Eddie & The Movement. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousDisco Reggae Vol 3 ... LP
Stix (France), 2017. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99
The third volume in this wonderful series – and like the other volumes, a record that really lives up to its name! The groove here mixes together 70s roots in disco and reggae – and comes up with a cool contemporary blend that's mighty nice – held together through top-shelf production from key French talents who include Mato and Patchworks – in a groove that's nicely unified throughout! Many tunes are covers and remakes – the set includes great versions of songs by Herbie Hancock, Rolling Stones, Donna Summer, and others – but all done in these very fresh new ways that are completely unique. Titles include "Feel Like Makin Love" by The Dynamics, "Disco Illusion" by Taggy Matcher, "Melt The Night (Mato reggae rmx)" by Lucas Arruda, "Miss You (ext disco version)" by The Dynamics, "Shake It Dub (ext 12" version)" by 7 Samurai, "Cantaloupe Island" by Taggy Matcher, "Movin In The Right Direction" by Mato, and "Loev To Love You Baby" by Rosemary Martins. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousLet's Do The Boogaloo ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2LP ... $21.99 22.99
A set that really gets at the full spectrum of the boogaloo groove – not just the Spanish Harlem sounds of the Latin Soul generation – but also the deeper roots of the style from across the USA! "Boogaloo" is a term that most folks use to refer to that New York uptown fusion of Latin rhythms and soulful vocals – and while the NYC styles were key to its fame, the music also burst forth from lots of points west, too – and came together in a flurry of fast rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, and hard-driving vocals that made for a completely infectious blend! This package is a fantastic testament to that mad musical moment – and is overflowing with a selection of gems that goes way past the obvious – not the Fania Records catalog that usually shows up on other boogaloo releases, but a huge batch of tracks from small labels and indie singles too. Titles include "Skate Boogaloo & Karate Too" by Lee Harris, "Block Party" by Jimmy Castor, "Boogaloo #3" by Roy Lee Johnson, "Do The Boo-Ga-Loo (part 1)" by Tom & Jerroo, "Playing It Cool" by Hector Rivera, "Ready Steady Go" by Prince & Princess, "Bar Kays Boogaloo" by The Bar-Kays, "What I Feel" by Richie & The PS 54 School Yard, "Have Some Boogaloo" by Timmy Thomas, "Bugalu" by Charlie Palmieri, "Boogaloo (part 1)" by The Bob & Earl Band, "Me & You Doing The Boogaloo" by Lou Courtney, "Boogaloo Zoo" by Shirley Butler, "Bugaloo Party" by Harold & Connie, "Boogaloo Investigator" by The Exotics, "Funky Funky Boogalo" by Jimmy Brown, and "Let's Do The Funky Boogaloo (part 1)" by Barry Jones. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Let's Do The Boogaloo ... CD 12.99

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VariousLike Nashville In Naija – Nigeria's Romance With Country Music, Yesterday & Today (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Comb & Razor, Late 70s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99 28.98
One of the more unusual strands of Nigerian music you'll ever hope to hear – a surprisingly strong legacy of country-influenced music from the West African scene – but with a unique vibe that's quite far from the familiar modes of Nashville! As with African funk or blues modes, there's a special kind of criss-crossing that goes on when American styles are taken up in a new situation – so although these guys are playing acoustic guitar, going for a bit of twang, and echoing some elements of country – many tracks come across with a very different quality, and almost remind us more of some South African or Australian styles we've heard. Lyrics are in English throughout, and titles include "The Seed Of Love" by Actor Alile, "Concert Fever" by Dedication, "No More Love In This Town" by Rennie Cottonheart, "Another Day" by Ogak Jay Oke, "Roots" by Henry Pedro, "Never Be In A Hurry" by Stanley Edet, "Going Back To My Wife" by Emma Ogosi, "Be In Your Arms" by Poor Charley Akaa, and "Dark As A Dungeon" by Gnonnas Pedro. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 2000!)

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VariousLondon Is The Place For Me Vol 3 – Ambrose Adekoya Campbell ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), Late 50s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
One of our favorite volumes in the London Is The Place For Me collection – and a brilliant batch of work that criss-crosses West African, West Indian, and postwar jazz styles! Most of the recordings here were done under the leadership of Ambrose Adekoya Campbell – a transplant to London from Lagos in the postwar year, and an artist who had a huge influence on the changing rhythms of his scene. Campbell mixed styles of his roots with those of the larger London community around him – in a way that let in more Latin and Caribbean influences to more traditional African styles – often using guitar in a high-life styled way, but also bringing in some key jazz phrasings as well. As usual with Honest Jons' reissues, the notes are quite detailed, but ultimately a bit unspecific about the actual recordings in the set – although we can say that Campbell's on nearly all of these, and they were all done as 50s 78rpm singles for the Melodisc label. Titles include "We Have It In Africa", "Iku Koni Payin", "I Am A Stranger", "Lagos Mambo", "Ela Da Awa", "and "Calabar-O" by West African Rhythm Brothers; "The Wind In A Frolic" and "Unity" by Nigerian Union Rhythm Group; "Ibikunle Alakija" by Ayinde Bakare & His Meranda Orchestra; and "Late Ojo Davies" and "Geneva Conference" by West African Rhythm Stars. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousSaved & Sanctified – The Songs Of The Jade Label (with bonus download) ... LP
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Killer gospel work from a small Chicago label – most of it pretty darn funky and soulful as well! The label sticker on the album's cover states a link too musical roots in the deep south – but the overall sound here is more in that wonderful hybrid of spiritual and secular that happened in the Chicago scene in the 70s – as hipper, more sophisticated modes came into play with the message – and resulted in grooves that are equally appealing to soul music fans as well! All the cuts were put together in a tiny studio on the city's west side – and as with most Numero projects, the package provides an essential look at a musical scene we might have missed otherwise – even though Dusty Groove is just a few miles down the street from the original studio. Titles include "Satisfied Mind" by Reverend Jennings, "Got To Make A Hundred" by Harmony Four, "Soul Couldn't Be Contented" by The Inspirational Souls, "Saved & Sanctified" by Brother Hayes & The Farmer Singers, "My Shoes" by Flying Eagle Gospel Singers, "Never Alone" by The Gospel Clouds, and "Why Is The Blood Running Warm" by The Mighty Messiahs. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download too!)
 
 
 



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