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Dillinger with Roots Radics & We The People BandJoin The Queue ... LP
Oak Sound/King Spinna (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 17.99
A soulful stepper from Dillinger – maybe not as well known as some of his bigger classics, but a set that's very much at the top of the pack! The style here is a sweet shift between late roots modes and the dancefloor styles to come – backing that's a bit leaner at times, from either Roots Radics or We The People – and Dillinger working in a mix of sung vocals and lyrical toasting that fits perfectly with the head-nodding vibes of the music! The set features guest appearances from Clint Eastwood and Icho Candy, but it's Dillinger himself who's fully driving the train – working out a style that really shows the way forward for a generation of younger talents to come. Titles include "Rub A Dub Anthem", "Just Be Nice", "Please Officer", "Duddle Oley", "Join The Queue", "Know Me So Good", and "Johnny Raker". LP, Vinyl record album

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Curtis MayfieldRoots ... LP
Curtom, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $14.99
One of our favorite Curtis Mayfield albums ever – a massive early 70s effort that's filled with wonderful songs all the way through, and quite possibly one of the most perfect realization of the righteous vibe of the early 70s Curtom years! Curtis is in fine form throughout – as a singer, composer, and producer – but he's also got some excellent Chicago soul help from arrangers Riley Hampton and Johnny Pate – both key talents on the 60s Windy City scene, still able to come up with a deeply soulful groove here – and both able to blend together strings and funk in the way that Curtis was going for at the time. Titles include the massive "We Got to Have Peace" – a tune that never gets old – plus "Underground", "Keep On Keepin On", "Now You're Gone", "Get Down", "Love To Keep You In Mind", and "Beautiful Brother of Mine". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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VariousKing Jammy's Roots Reality ... LP
17 North Parade, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99 13.98
Crucial sounds from King Jammy – prime material from that time when his production style was really helping to open up the sound of Kingston! The evolution of dub is definitely at play in the tracks here, but the music is also much more upfront, too – as the Jammy style is very cohesive, and really keeps a strong focus on the righteous lyrics for the vocal numbers – or important musical elements on the instrumental cuts. There's some nice electronic bits – those trademark sounds that are almost a Space Invader approach – mixed with warmer, soulful touches that definitely keep things real throughout! Titles include "Bad Girl" by Black Uhuru with Scorcher & Nicodemus, "Engineer Affair" by Errol Scorcher, "Selassie On His White Horse" by John Steele, "African Love/Yogi Bear" by Black Uhuru & Prince Hammer, "Where You Gonna Run" by The Fantells, "Jah Created The World" by Hortense Ellis, "Love Tickles Like Magic" by Junior Delgado, "Zambia" by Jammy's & King Tubby, and "The Lord Is My Shepherd" by Dennis Brown. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available King Jammy's Roots Reality & Sleng Teng (2CD/DVD set) ... CD 22.99

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VariousStudio One Roots ... LP
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99
An excellent dip into the rootsier material from the Studio One catalog – the kind of reggae classics that have forever made the label one of the best Jamaican companies! The package is every bit as sublime as Soul Jazz's other reggae compilations – and it features a selection of tunes that far outshines most other reissues of Studio One material, and which includes some great rare gems that have a heavy soulful feeling. Titles include "Meditation" by The Cyclones with Count Ossie, "Set Me Free" by L Crosdale, "More Creation" by Lennie Hibbert, "Fear Not" by Winston Jarrett, "Blackish White" by Alton Ellis, "Far Beyond" by Leroy Wallace, "Addis A Baba" by Willie Williams, "Lumumbo" by Bunny & Skitter, "Africa Here I Come" by Freddie McGregor, and "Congo Rock" by Sound Dimension. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousStudio One Roots Vol 2 ... LP
Soul Jazz/Studio One (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99
Another blinding compilation of fantastic Studio One material from Soul Jazz! It seems more than redundant to say that at this point, as we're certain you're well aware of the quality of the material collected here, which is just as great as every other set in this long running series. This follow up to the first Studio One Roots set digs up a fiery batch of rootical knowledge, delivered by the cream of the Studio One crop, and includes loads of hard to get numbers, including a few that have been previously unreleased. And as usual, packaging and annotation are first class. 19 numbers in all, including Willie Williams & the Soul Dimension "Jah Righteous Plan", Cedric Im Brooks "Satta" and "Full Time", Ken Boothe & Joe Higgs "A Message Of Old", Devon Russell "Jah Hold The Key", Vin Gordon "Babylon Rock", the Gladiators "Talawah", Prince Lincoln "True Experience", Joseph Hill "Behold The Land", Winston Matthews "Sun IS Shining", Count Ossie & The Zion All Stars "Holy Mount Zion" and Tommy McCook & The Discosonics "Tenor On The Call". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousChristians Catch Hell – TK Gospel Roots ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), New Copy ... About December 1, 2015
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VariousCoco May May – 1955 to 1962 Spanish Harlem Dancefloor Fillers – The Afro-Cuban Roots Of Boogaloo ... LP
Grossoi (Spain), New Copy ... About December 5, 2015
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VariousSon Cubano NYC – Cuban Roots New York Spices 1972-1982 ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... About December 5, 2015
The rebirth of the Afro-Cuban groove on the New York scene of the 70s – a dozen 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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VariousSugar's Delight – 1955 to 1962 Spanish Harlem Dancefloor Fillers – The Afro-Cuban Roots Of Boogaloo ... LP
Grossoi (Spain), New Copy ... About December 5, 2015
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✨✧ Earth & StoneKool Roots ... LP
Pressure Sounds (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great duo vocals from the team of Albert Bailey and Clifton Howell – recording here with some excellent rhythms from Sly & Robbie and the rest of the Channel One crew! The music is mostly mellow, with a stepping groove that works great for the harmonies of the pair – and there's a fair bit of roots numbers here, mixed with some warmer lovers' rock titles too. Like other great titles on Pressure Sounds, this one does a great job of giving Earth & Stone the showcase they deserve – with excellent sound, and notes on the music – and titles that include "False Ruler", "Once Bitten Twice Shy", "Black Roots", "Three Wise Men", "Holy Land Of Home", "Jail House Set Me Free", "Devil Wise", "House Of Dub", "Wiser Dub", and "Jester Not". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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

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

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

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

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✨✧ Sam Carty/Lee Perry & The UpsettersBird In The Hand (alternate Jamaican mix)/Happy Roots/Upsetting Rhythm # 2 (10 inch EP) ... LP
Rockashacka (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A replica of a disco 10" EP from the late 70s Jamaican scene – but one that's got a much deeper range of grooves! Sam Carty moves in a slow, righteous style on this alternate version of "Bird In The Hand" – very head-noddy, and with Sam's unique vocals really stepping up and down this eerie range! "Happy Roots" is a beautifully spare cut from The Upsetters – skittishly snapping drums breaking out of the echo – while a bassline takes up most of the melody, and slight piano notes punctuate the groove! "Upsetting Rhythm" is a great cooker from Lee Scratch Perry – a dubby instrumental with this bassline that steps up and down the groove, while percolating beats move forward with an echoey sound, and some slight variations create the real melody of the tune! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousBest Of Trojan Roots Vol 1 ... LP
Trojan, Mid 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really great work from the roots years of the 70s – a time when reggae got even deeper and more righteous than a few years before – definitely breaking its initial ties with American soul music, and finding a strong voice of its own! The period coincides with some especially strong years for the Trojan Records label, too – home to some of the best roots music of the period – and the music here goes way past the obvious cliches of the Island Records scene, and moves a lot deeper underground. LP part 1 featuers 10 tracks that include "Curly Locks" by Junior Byles, "None Shall Escape The Judgment" by Johnny Clarke, "Steppin Out Of Babylon" by Marcia Griffiths, "Wolf & Leopards" by Dennis Brown, "Two Sevens Clash" by Culture, "Disco Devil (7" mix)" by Lee Perry, and "Mister Cop" by Gregory Isaacs. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bunny Lion (Puddy Roots)Red (with bonus download) ... LP
Starlight/Fantasy Memory, 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Rare work from Bunny Lion – aka Puddy Roots, a crucially overlooked reggae vocalist of the time! The rhythms here all come from Linval Thompson tracks – and the set was licensed by Linval himself – but the real attraction is the vocals, which have these cool, compelling ways of arching up and down over the grooves – almost more London extrapolation than pure Jamaican roots, but we mean that in the best way possible! The album was briefly issues on the London label Starlight, but gets its first appearance here with real credit to Puddy – on tracks that include "Rat Trap", "Bubbling Dub", "Bunny Lion At The Control", "Natty Rise & Shine", "Ilie", "Go Rockers", and "Heart & Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
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✨✧ AirtoFree ... LP
CTI, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums you'll ever hear from the legendary percussionist Airto – a set that mixes his own Brazilian roots with the electric genius of 70s CTI – all with stunning results! Airto's in the lead – and blows some beautiful wood flute lines alongside percussion – but the album also features killer contributions from Joe Farrell on soprano sax, Hubert Laws on flute, Keith Jarrett on piano, and Chick Corea on Fender Rhodes – as well as a hip bit of vocals from Flora Purim as well! There's some added horns at parts – but the arrangements are relatively spare and subtle – so that most tracks have a core organic quality, very similar to Airto's work on Buddah/Cobblestone, but given a bit more of a CTI twist. Most tunes are quite long and free-flowing – and titles include "Lucky Southern", "Flora's Song", "Creek (Arroio)", and "Return To Forever". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tony AllenFilm Of Life (180 gram vinyl – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Jazz Village (France), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
Maybe the best album we've heard from Tony Allen in years – a really compelling set that still holds onto all the elements we love in his music, but which also introduces all these great other bits as well! The sound's never unfocused or confused – and instead, it kind of allows Allen to leap off in even more expressive styles – still grounded in rhythms that run back to his roots – but filled with creative instrumentation from an array of guests, and some spacey, electric touches that recall the fire in Tony's music when he first sprang back on the scene about a decade ago! Allen adds a few pointed lyrics at points – furthering the "life" presented in the title and great cover image – and titles include "Go Back", "Ire Omo", "Ewa", "Afro Kungfu Beat", "Moving On", "Boat Journey", and "African Man". Includes bonus tracks too –"Insider", "Mojo", and "Na Bangui". LP, Vinyl record album
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Aloe BlaccGood Things ... LP
Stones Throw, 2010. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99 17.98
Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul styled albums ever to come from our friends at Stones Throw! Good Things is a giant leap ahead of Shine Through, Aloe's previous full length on the label. We loved that record for its gritty, unique approach to funky soul, but, Good Things reaches for the heights of Aloe's heroes from Donny Hathaway to Marvin Gaye – and comes closer than we could have imagined! It's produced by the Truth & Soul team, with a timeless funk & soul vibe comparable to their work with the great Lee Fields. We have a feeling we'll still be listening to this album 10-15-20 years from now. Essential! Titles include the underground breakout "I Need A Dollar", an incredible cover of The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale" (we must have dropped the needle on that 50 times in the first couple days we had it), "Green Lights", "Miss Fortune", "Good Things", "Loving You Is Killing Me", "Mama Hold My Hand", "Hey Brother" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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

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✨✧ ApartmentsEvening Visits (with bonus tracks) ... LP
Rough Trade/Captured Tracks, 1985. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
An overlooked 80s pop masterpiece – the first full album from The Apartments, one of the most blue-tinged groups of the decade! Ex-Go Between Peter Milton Walsh heads the group, which is a showcase for his wonderfully-penned songs – unique little tracks that show his Australian roots, but which also share links with some of the smartest UK pop of the period – no surprise, given the original release of the record on Rough Trade. There's a subtle genius here, but one that grabs you right away – given Walsh's distinct vocals, and the album's blend of jangle pop guitars with sadder elements like cello and flugelhorn, which help push things slightly towards 4AD territory, but without any goth. The whole thing's wonderful – one of those records we've loved for decades, from the moment we first heard it – and titles include "Sunset Hotel", "Mr Somewhere", "All The Birthdays", "Great Fool", "Speechless With Tuesday", "Cannot Tell The Days Apart", and "Lazarus Lazarus". Beautiful double-length package features almost a whole extra album – early singles, demos, and more – with tracks that include "All You Wanted", "Fever Elsewhere", "Refugee", "Help", and "Nobody Like You". LP, Vinyl record album
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Brian AugerBack To The Beginning – A Brian Auger Anthology ... LP
Freestyle (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $23.99
A genius collection of work from legendary keyboardist Brian Auger – and a set that's way way more than just a typical "greatest hits" package! Instead, the double-length set is filled with loads of rare gems that trace all of Auger's strengths – from his early years in the Brit beat group scene, to his explosion of trippy soulful styles with singer Julie Driscoll, to his blinding jazz work of the early 70s – served up here with lots of unusual tunes and work that goes way beyond his more familiar modes! Auger's approach to the organ is sublime – schooled on American greats like Jimmy Smith and Jack McDuff, but then taken to soaring new heights as the 60s move on – but without any of the over-indulgence of some of his jazz rock contemporaries – which means that Auger always stays true to his soulful roots. We couldn't have hoped for better – and even if you have a few Brian Auger albums at home, you'll still find plenty here to discover. Titles include "Blues Three Four", "That Driving Beat", "Black Cat", "Fire In The Mind", "Ellis Island", "Red Beans & Rice (part 1)", "I've Gotta Go Now", "Finally Found You Out", "Save Me", "Git Up", "Whenever You're Ready", "Freddie's Flight", "Freedom Jzz Dance", and "Indian Rope Man". 15 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Back To The Beginning – A Brian Auger Anthology ... CD 16.99

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✨✧ Bad BrainsRock For Light ... LP
PVC, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $10.99
A seminal album from The Bad Brains – and a set that forever shaped the sound of hardcore in the 80s! These guys are incredibly tight throughout – no doubt because of some previous work in jazz – but they never get overindulgent or too jammy at all – and instead deliver this blinding, blistering version of hardcore that really blows away some of the lesser-trained groups in the underground at the time – full of fire and fierce determination, with a force that's still being felt all these many years later! And despite their rasta roots, there's hardly any reggae-styled moments here – really just a few tracks amidst the triple-time numbers – and probably less than you'd find on an early 80s Clash album! Titles include "Banned In DC", "Sailin' On", "At The Movies", "Right Brigade", "Supertouch", "FVK", "Coptic times", "How Low Can A Punk Get", and "Big Takeover" – and oddly, the whole thing was produced by Ric Ocasek too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Amadou BalakeSenor Eclectico – Burkinabe Dance Music Of The 70s ... LP
Oriki (France), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $18.99
A definite eclectic groove here – music that has its roots in Mandingo and Dioula rhythms, but also features a fair bit of American funk and soul touches too – sometimes in the heavy grooves on the bottom, sometimes in the rumbling basslines and guitar parts too! The collection is a wonderful look at the early work of singer Amadou Balake – and it features material from the years before his international fame, when he was rooting around in a variety of wonderful styles. There's a gritty quality to most of the work here – and the collection is one that sits nicely next to some of the rougher-edged Nigeria Special sets on Soundway – offering up a similarly refreshing look at a slice of the African scene of the 70s that too often gets obscured by familiar world music cliches. Balake's vocals are pretty great too – but we'll be honest in saying that it's the rhythms, instrumentation, and production of these tunes that we're really digging the most! LP features 8 tracks that include "Aminata Du The", "Fanta", "Dounia Mokolou", "Djeli Fama", "Kambele-ba", "Ligda Remba", "Doro Magni", and "Super Bar Konon Mousso". LP, Vinyl record album

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BandMoondog Matinee ... LP
Capitol, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.98
The Band's surprising step back to their roadhouse roots – paying homage to early rock and rhythm & blues the grew up on, and honed their chops on when in their years as The Hawks! Moondog Matinee features a few great covers that split the difference between the raucous energy of their inspirations, from Chuck Berry to Clarence Frogman Henry to Fats Domino to Junior Parker – and the well-oiled, multi-voice Band groove at near-peak form. Titles include "I Ain't Got No Home", "Holy Cow", "Share Your Thoughts", "Mystery Train", "Third Man Theme", "Promised Land", "The Great Pretender", "I'm Ready", "Saved" and "A Change Is Gonna Come". LP, Vinyl record album

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BatsumiBatsumi (140 gram color vinyl) ... LP
Matsuli (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99
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
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Archie Bell & The DrellsI Can't Stop Dancing ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Fantastic work from Archie Bell & The Drells – an important record that bridges their earlier and later sounds! It's a key transitional album for the crew – as most of the album's in the harder rawer Texas funk groove of earlier year, but some of it features newer production by Gamble & Huff, in that excellent smooth dancing style that took Archie light years from his roots. The Gamble & Huff tracks are the most obvious – the singles "I Can't Stop Dancing" and "Do The Choo Choo" – and the album's got other great cuts like the original tunes "Do You Feel It?", "You're Such A Beautiful Child", "Jammin In Houston", and "Love Will Rain On You", plus versions of Curtis Mayfield's "I've Been Trying" and "Sometimes I Wonder". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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Walter BishopHot House ... LP
Muse, 1979. New Copy ... $4.99
Walter Bishop takes a trip back to his bop roots with this one – working in trio and quintet formation, and running through a host of mostly older bop standards! The quintet tracks are our favorites – as it's not often we hear Bishop in this stretch with a group larger than a trio – and the presence of Bill Harman and Junior Cook on trumpet and tenor, respectively, fleshes out the record with a nicely soulful sound. The rest of the group features Sam Jones on bass and Al Foster on drums – who also play on the trio tracks – and titles include "Dahoud", "Move", "My Little Suede Shoes", "All God's Children", and "Hot House". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – in limited supply!)
Also available Hot House ... LP 6.99

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✨✧ Bobby CharlesBobby Charles (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Bearsville/Light In The Attic, 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99 22.99
A near-perfect classic from the greatly under-appreciated Bobby Charles – a cat with who worked for Chess Records as far back as the 50s, but also managed to deliver this soul-drenched swamp rock gem in 1972! Bobby's got this great sense of delivery – a bit laidback and almost laconic, without some of the other cliches of some of his contemporaries – this mode that makes you feel like you're just happening upon the man in his best spirits – even though the record's filled with top-shelf work from a super-pro lineup that includes Dr John, Geoff Muldaur, Levon Helm, Rick Danco, and others. Danko and John Simon helped produce with Bobby – and the album's got the same sort of blend of southern rock, soul, and roots that you'd also find in the best work by Tony Joe White. Titles include "Street People", "Long Face", "I Must Be In A Good Place Now", "Let Yourself Go", "Grow Too Old", "I'm That Way", and "Tennessee Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great super-heavy gatefold pressing – remastered from the original tapes!)

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

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✨✧ ClashLondon Calling (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Epic, 1979. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... $31.99 39.98
Quite possibly the crowning masterpiece by The Clash – and a record that certainly pushed them out of the punk rock ghetto and into the collections of countless mainstream folks over the years! This is the set that really pushed the group over the top – the one that harnessed all the best energy of the previous two records and gave it a strong new focus – one that draws on roots as deep as the late 50s Elvis reference of the cover art, but which also bubbled over with newly approaching 80s musical ideas and politics! Yet the message never gets in the way of the guitar-heavy tuneful appeal of the songs – ringing out for decades on classics like "Train In Vain", "London Calling", "Spanish Bombs", "Lost In The Supermarket", "Guns Of Brixton", "Clampdown", and "Rudy Can't Fail". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available London Calling ... CD 3.99

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Willie ColonGood – The Bad – The Ugly ... LP
Fania, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A roots-oriented 70s classic from Willie Colon – one of his standout albums of the decade! Willie continues his "life of crime" approach for the early 70s – moving into an old west look on the cover, and matching that with a slightly rootsier sound on the album! The real difference is the presence of Yomo Toro – who plays cuatro on the album, and gives it a sound that stretches back to earlier Afro-Cuban styles – a groove that's a lot more rootsy, mixed in with the soaring salsa style of Colon in the 70s. Lead vocals are by Willie, Hector Lavoe, and Ruben Blades – and arrangements are by Marty Sheller and Willie. Tracks include "Toma", "Dona Tona", "Potpourri III", "Cua Cua Ra, Cua Cua", "I Feel Campesino", and "Que Bien Te Ves". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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R Crumb & The Cheap Suit SerenadersR Crumb & The Cheap Suit Serenaders No 2 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Goose/Shanachie, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 22.98
A cool little record with vintage sounds to match its cover image from Robert Crumb – performed here by a combo with Crumb on banjo and vocals, in kind of an offbeat take on early styles from jazz and string band music! The rest of the group plays a number of different instruments – cello from Terry Zwigoff, alongside mandolin, violin, and ukulele from Allan Dodge – plus some especially cool work on saw from Robert Armstrong, who also plays accordion, guitar, and banjo too. And while these guys point their style at the past, they've also got a definite sound that shows their late 60s hippie roots – almost as if The Fugs were trying to record an album of trad jazz tunes, with all the wit and smirk that might imply. Surprisingly strong stuff – with titles that include "Mysterious Mose", "Alabama Jubilee", "Chasin Rainbows", "Hula Medley", "I Want A Little Girl", "Persian Rug", and "Moana March". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy pressing – nicer than the original!)

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

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