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Jimmy Soul ClarkIf I Only Knew Then (What I Know Now)/Do It Right Now ... 7-inch
Karen, Early 70s. Very Good- ... $5.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Contributors Of SoulLook What You Done For Me/I Don't Know ... 7-inch
Newmiss, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Sublime stuff! "I Don't Know" is a great deep soul harmony cut – rolling into a midtempo groove from the intro like a rare Stax gem, with some great guitar and organ riffing along with the vocals, which are sung in a mode that's raspy and sweet at the same time! "Look What You Done" is pretty nice too – a bit more driving, but with a really nice harmony sound! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Georgia Soul CouncilWhat's For Breakfast ... LP
Dig, 2017. New Copy ... $14.99
Grits, bacon, and biscuits on top of a Hammond B3? The record's already got our attention, and we haven't even heard the music! Fortunately, we're already in love with these guys – as they really wowed us with their previous album, and seem to have sharpened their groove even more – mixing a funky rhythmic core with some great southern soul instrumental modes – all at a level that more than lives up to the mighty promise of their name! Most of the album is instrumental, although there's a bit of guest vocals on one track – and titles include "Gravy Flavored", "Get Up & Do It", "The Grimace", "Hot Fun", and "Lahar". LP, Vinyl record album

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SOULWhat Is It ... LP
BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99 19.99
Quite possibly the best album ever from this fantastic funky combo! The band grooves hard and funky – with incredible drum work from Paul Stubblefield, tasty guitar from Walter Winston, and some famous funky flute and sax work from Gus Hawkins. Tracks on the album are rough and raw – with plenty of breakbeats, and some very tasty funky basslines that work perfectly with their choppy instrumental groove. A few tracks have vocals, but even those boast a real strength in the instrumental department – and very nicely keep up with the rest of the material. Titles include "Down In The Ghetto", "Burning Spear", "Express Yourself", "Soul", "Memphis Underground", and "Message From A Black Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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Soul AsylumSay What You Will ... LP
Twin Tone, Mid 80s. Near Mint- ... $34.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with Masterdisk stamp in a non-barcode cover.)

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Soul Brother SixYou Better Check Yourself/What Can You Do When You Ain't Got Nobody ... 7-inch
Atlantic, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Excellent single by this legendary Atlantic soul group. They never cut an album, but this single is a massive piece of wax that shows them as one of the best soul acts of the 60's! Both sides have a raw, southern-ish sound that reminds us a lot of Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers – and the tracks are so well-written, you'll be stunned that they weren't bigger hits! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)
 
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✨✧ Cannonball Adderley & Nat AdderleyWhat Is This Thing Called Soul – The Cannonball Adderley/Nat Adderley Quintet In Europe Live ... LP
Pablo, 1960. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real treat for Cannonball Adderley fans in the years after his passing – vintage live material recorded in 1960, right at a time when Adderley was really finding his groove! The lineup here features a classic quintet – with brother Nat on cornet, Victor Feldman on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums – rolling out in a heavy soul jazz groove that's right up there with Cannon's best Riverside albums from the time! The tracks are longish, given the live setting – with energy to match his Live In San Francisco or Japan albums – and titles include "Big P", "One For Daddy O", "The Chant", "Azule Serape", and "What Is This Thing Called Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Boneshaker (Mars Williams/Paal Nilssen-Love/Kent Kessler)Fake Music ... CD
Soul What, 2019. New Copy ... $12.99
A trio that really lives up to its name – given that the lineup features three of the most dynamic figures in free jazz over the past few decades! The set was recorded in Chicago, and has a sound that really lives up to that city's embrace of a power trio like this – with completely frenetic work on reeds by Mars Williams, next to tumultuous drums from Paal Nilssen-Love, and some boldly propulsive bass from Kent Kessler – all spun out here over the course of three very long, freely-improvised tracks! Williams plays a few toy instruments, and Nilssen-Love handles some percussion too – both of which make for some slightly more introspective passages, which are soon balanced by more dynamic energy. Titles include "Miakoda", "Lovin The Buzz", and "Echo Clang". CD

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✨✧ Syl JohnsonDo You Know What Soul Is ... LP
Numero, 1960s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Do you know what soul is? Whether you do or not, this incredible collection of Syl Johnson singles cut for for various small labels back in the day is a prime place to find it! The set is a wonderful collection of the raw, hard soul singles Syl recorded in the 60s for a variety of small Chicago labels, really cutting his teeth as independent singer, songwriter, producer triple threat here after some stellar early singles for Federal and before his underground funky soul LP classics a little later on. Amazing stuff! Titles include "She's Alright", "I Know", "This Heart Of Mine", "Half A Love", "Do You Know What Love Is", "Do You Know What Love Is", "Things Ain't Right", "Surrounded", "Falling In Love Again", "I've Been Talked About", "Straight Love, No Chaser" and "I've Got To Get Over". 14 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Underground SystemWhat Are You ... LP
Soul Clap, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Underground System have really expanded their vibe this time around – still working with some of the Afro Funk styles of before, but also opening up into a range of contemporary soul styles that maybe fit the image of the cover a bit more than we might have guessed! There's lots of great things percolating in the sonic mix – more beats, catchy lyrics, and playful passages that almost recall some of the the NYC downtown experiments with funky global styles in the post-disco years – but all handled with a much more contemporary vibe. The criss-crossing of styles is a great change from some of the too-standard groups of the scene – and titles include "State Of Mind", "What's It Gonna Take", "Nmani", "Rent Party", "Just A Place", "Sebben", and "Three's A Charm". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available What Are You ... LP 9.99

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Underground SystemWhat Are You ... LP
Soul Clap, 2017. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Underground System have really expanded their vibe this time around – still working with some of the Afro Funk styles of before, but also opening up into a range of contemporary soul styles that maybe fit the image of the cover a bit more than we might have guessed! There's lots of great things percolating in the sonic mix – more beats, catchy lyrics, and playful passages that almost recall some of the the NYC downtown experiments with funky global styles in the post-disco years – but all handled with a much more contemporary vibe. The criss-crossing of styles is a great change from some of the too-standard groups of the scene – and titles include "State Of Mind", "What's It Gonna Take", "Nmani", "Rent Party", "Just A Place", "Sebben", and "Three's A Charm". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink, including the printed inner sleeve.)
 
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Gerald AlbrightPushing The Envelope ... CD
Telarc, 2010. Used ... $5.99
Gerald Albright's not really one to push the envelope – at least not in the way you'd expect from more progressive jazzmen – but this set is still right on the money for Gerald, and very much in the soul-drenched territory that's kept him high in the charts for years! Albright's got help on the record from some classic soul jazz heavyweights – including Earl Klugh, Fred Wesley, and George Duke, who each guest on a track apiece – but it's Gerald's horn that's still the most winning element here, wrapped up in some relatively lean backings with a smooth variant on funk at the bottom. Titles include "Get On the Floor", "Bobo's Groove", "What Would James Do", "Capetown Strut", "Close To You", "Embrace The Spirit", and "Highway 70". CD

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Mose AllisonMose In Your Ear ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good+ ... $4.99
It's the early 70s, and Mose is still going strong – grooving with a unique blend of New Orleans soul and Northern jazz influences, his own particular brand of music, timeless from the day it was born! The setting here is a live one, and Mose is playing with a trio that includes Clyde Flowers on bass and Eddie Charlton on drums. The album features a number of strong originals – including "Look What You Made Me Do", "Powerhouse", "I Don't Worry About A Thing", and "Don't Forget To Smile" – plus versions of "The Seventh Son" and "Fool's Paradise". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ernestine AndersonErnestine Anderson – The Toast Of The Nation's Critics ... LP
Mercury, 1958. Very Good ... $3.99
One of Ernestine's early albums for Mercury – a bit unsure as to its direction: soul jazz, straight ballad vocals, or a bit of vocalese jazz – but that's kind of what makes it interesting! Pete Rugolo conducts the group on the session – and he also contributed the original tune "Interlude" to the set. Other strong tracks include a version of "Social Call", plus "Welcome To The Club", "Azure Te", "Runnin Wild", and "Heat Wave". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Lucas ArrudaOnda Nova ... LP
Favorite (France), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Completely Sublime work from Lucas Arruda – an artist we love more and more with each new record – and one that we can't believe isn't a huge global success by this point! Lucas has a way of mixing together older Brazilian modes – a bit of funk, a bit of jazz, and plenty of soul – all wrapped up in this warm AOR-styled production – but with a lean, crisp quality that's totally fresh – and very much his own! Arruda's got the warmth and charm of a classic singer from the 70s – and even though some of the lyrics are in English, there's a really transcendent quality when he's singing Portuguese too – a way of infusing the words with enough personal power to make them come across, even past the barrier of language. The album's filled with catchy numbers that rival the greatness of 70s AM radio – and titles include "Perdidos E Bobos", "Dragoes E Tigres", "What I'd Do For Love", "Soulshine", "Depois Do Sol", "Dois Naufragos", and "Heaven's In Your Arms". LP, Vinyl record album

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ArtisticsI Want You To Make My Life Over ... LP
Brunswick, 1969. Very Good+ ... $11.99
One of The Artistics' most beautiful albums for Brunswick – and the one that includes the title song that was perhaps their greatest single! "I Want You To Make My Life Over" is a classic bit of Chicago soul – done at a level that really sums up all the sophisticated changes the city had brought to the music at the start of the 70s – and served up with cool vibes, great vocals, and a heavenly production style that wraps up the harmonies tightly together, and floats them over the top with nary a wrinkle! That cut kicks off the album, and things only just get better and better – on titles that include "Just Another Heartache", "Nothing But Heartaches", and "Trouble Heartache & Pain" (hey, these guys had a lot of heartache!) – plus "Out In The Country", "Sugar Cane", and "What The World Needs Now". Production's by Chi-soul geniuses Carl Davis, Willie Henderson, and Eugene Record. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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ArtisticsWhat Happened ... LP
Brunswick, 1969. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A stunning early set from The Artistics – and exactly the kind of record that shows why they were one of the best Chicago soul groups at the end of the 60s! The harmonies are wonderful – smooth, but with a rough undercurrent too – balanced at a level that few groups could touch at the time, save maybe The Four Tops! Yet the style's way different than Motown, too – very much in that loping Brunswick soul style of the time, which means there's all these great grooves that really keep things going – even at mellower moments. Eugene Record produced and wrote most of the tracks – and titles include "What Happened", "Walking Tall", "With These Hands", "Why Did She Have To Leave Me", "When I'm Not Around", "Yesterday's Girl", and "Price Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some discoloration from age, light wear, and splitting in the spine.)

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Ashford & SimpsonIs It Still Good To Ya ... LP
Warner, 1978. Sealed ... $4.99
Ashford & Simpson don't need to ask at this point – their in full 70s soul stride here, and it's not good, it's great! By this point in the late 70s, Nick and Valerie are firmly holding the foreground as artists in their own right after many years of acting as songwriters for other soul and R&B hitmakers – writing, singing, and producing their own work in a now-established tradition of sophisticated soul and uptempo grooves! What they had not done to this point was produce a number of big hits for themselves, and that tide started to turn this this excellent album that's among their best ever! Includes a number of singles that would help them begin to break through to later huge chart success, which was by now richly earned. Titles include "Is It Good To You", "Ain't It A Shame", "It Seems To Hang On", "Flashback", "The Debt Is Settled", and "Get Up And Do Something". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Associated Soul GroupTop Hits of Today ... LP
Contessa, Late 60s. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $14.99
No players listed, but one of those groovy albums of studio guys, running through pop and soul hits of the day, in a "hitmaker" fashion that was either designed to cash in on folks who went to the record store but didn't look at the cover – or underground funk and soul fans like us, who always pick up these records in the hopes of some interesting breaks or funky instrumentals. This album's not that heavy in that department, but it's still a pretty great batch of cuts – with a few original numbers, and a sound that's a bit more "out" than usual. Cuts include "Our Man Hendrix", "Are You Experienced", "What Else", "Wild Times" and "Uh Uh Uh". LP, Vinyl record album

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Average White BandPickin' Up The Pieces – The Best Of Average White Band ... CD
Rhino/Atlantic, 1970s. Used ... $7.99
One of the biggest crossover funk groups of all time – and when the smoke finally cleared, they were actually pretty darn good musicians! AWB's right up there with Kool & The Gang and Earth Wind & Fire for sheer pop 70s funkiness – and despite what you might think about a bunch of white guys noodling around like they're soul stars, you can't argue with classics like "Pick Up The Pieces", "Person To Person", "Cut The Cake", "Schoolboy Crush", "If I Ever Lose This Heaven", "Cloudy", "A Love Of Your Own", and "Work To Do" – all of which are on this set! There's a total of 18 cuts in all, and other titles include "You Got It", "Queen Of My Soul", "Got The Love", "Soul Searching", and "Your Love Is A Miracle". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Average White BandWarmer Communications/Benny & Us ... CD
Sony, 1977/1978. Used 2CD ... $14.99
In case you don't get the joke, the title's a play on the fact that Atlantic Records had just been acquired by Warner Communications – now fully a major label at the end of the 70s! That fact doesn't stop the album from being a good one, though – and AWB work here with Arif Mardin on a set of tunes that still have a fair bit of the funky touches of earlier records, but which also go for a few mellower tunes too – of the sort that were becoming the group's strongest suit at the time. "She's A Dream" is a great example of this style – a nicely gliding number that still has a nice groove at the bottom – and while the set doesn't include any standout hits, it's still a great example of why AWB could pull off this sort of record a lot better than most of their contemporaries! Titles include "She's A Dream", "Warmer Communications", "Price Of The Dream", "Sweet & Sour", "One Look Over My Shoulder", "Your Love Is A Miracle", and "Same Feeling Different Song". On Benny & Us, Ben E King joins the Average White Band for this sweet 70s set – a killer record that not only stands as one of King's best efforts of the decade, but one that also gives the group a great new frontman! Ben's not the only singer on the record, but his presence here can definitely be felt – deepening up the grooves nicely, and giving the already-great AWB sound an even more badass feel! Titles include the classic "Star In The Ghetto", a funky remake of "What Is Soul", an earlier hit for King – plus "Keepin It To Myself", "Imagine", "Someday We'll All Be Free", "Get It Up For Love", and "The Message". CD
(Out of print.)

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Roy AyersCoffy – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Polydor/Universal, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 24.99
What can we say? This is one of the greatest soul soundtracks ever! In a market that was dominated by the big-selling Shaft and Superfly albums, Roy slipped in this masterful blend of jazzy vibes and wah wah funk that's easily one of the best-composed records of the blacksploitation genre! The album's much more unified than your average funky soundtrack – and each track moves between styles that you'd hear on any of Roy's great albums from the time. There's heavy funk on the track "Brawling Broads", cool vibes and electric piano on "Aragon", off-beat jazz on "Coffy Sauna", and great soul on cuts like "Coffy Is The Color" and "Coffy Baby". Wonderful all the way through – and another jewel in the already-big crown of the great Roy Ayers! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Albert AylerNew Grass/Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe ... CD
Impulse (Germany), 1968/1969. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Late greatness from Albert Ayler – two Impulse albums back to back! New Grass is one of the last albums that Ayler ever recorded – and one of his most memorable! The record shows Ayler at the crossroads, filled with emotion and meaning, struggling to convey his message to a lager audience. At times, he takes a strange soul/jazz format to do so, and has tracks featuring backing by "the Soul Singers" – at others, he plays solo, with some of the most plaintive tones he ever laid down on wax! The record features an incredibly haunting "Message From Albert", plus the tracks "New Generation", "Sun Watcher", "New Ghosts", and "Free At Last". Completely fascinating, and a record that really makes you wonder what would have happened had he not died a mysterious young death! Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe is a really mind-expanding album that's unlike anything else he ever did! By the time of the record, Ayler had made a full round trip between the New York and European jazz scenes – leaving important influences wherever he went, and trying desperately to pick up new ones the further he moved on. Here, he's working in a style that's a bit like that of Archie Shepp at the time – still steeped in free jazz and new thing ideals, but infused with a free-thinking approach to the music that allows for bold new styles and sounds. In addition to his own stunning work on tenor, Ayler's also blowing bagpipes and vocalizing a bit next to singer Mary Maria, who does a great recitation on one track of the record. Rhythm is by the two-bass team of Stafford James and Bill Folwell, next to drums by Muhammad Ali – and the whole thing's capped off by guitarist Henry Vestine, who plays in modes that range from bluesy to free. At the time, this one was kind of dismissed as a messed-up mistake that occurred at the end of Ayler's too-short life – but honestly, over the years, this record really really opens itself to us more and more, and we have to say that we think it's one of his most groundbreaking albums! Titles include "Island Harvest", "Drudgery", "Oh Love Of Life", "Masonic Inborn (part 1)", and "A Man Is Like A Tree". CD

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Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part One (4th World War) ... CD
Motown, 2008. Used ... $3.99
Badu is back with some of the deepest, funkiest and best music of her career – a mindblowing treatise for a New Amerykah – and what we'll consider an instant classic whether the world at large catches on or not! Erykah steps up this time with a set that balances the wilder impulses of her criminally underappreciated Worldwide Underground and more of a hip hop based, righteously grooving style – but still bursts with a freshness that's unrivaled to say the least. From free spirited soul, to sparse hip hop funk this record is both blunt and beautiful – with a slow-building emotional resonance that'll reach the most jaded souls. Modern soul music of the first order that gives us goosebumps from the first spin to the last beat! The album kicks off with Erykah riffing on and remixing Ramp's "American Promise" as an intro – and it just gets deeper from there. Producers/collaborators include Madlib, Sa-Ra, Karriem Riggins, James Poyser and ?uestlove. Amazing!!! Titles include "The Healer", "Me", "My People", "Soldier", "The Cell", "Twinkle", "Master Teacher", "The Hump" and "Telephone". The 9th Wonder produced single "Honey" is an unlisted bonus track. CD

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✨✧ Pastor TL Barrett & Youth For Christ ChoirDo Not Pass Me By – Vol 2 ... CD
Universal Awareness/Numero, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... About August 20, 2019
The even more obscure second volume to the great soul/gospel classic Do Not Pass Me By – and like the first, the product of a wonderfully spiritual setting on Chicago's south side – music created in the church, but with all the same vibe as the hippest secular soul coming from the Windy City in the early 70s! The set does a great job of alternating strong lead singers with the rest of the group – a bit like Voices Of East Harlem, but with more of a larger ensemble feel – and there's some really wonderful moments on the record throughout – even a bit of funk amidst the more righteous soul-styled tunes. Tracks include "I Shall Wear A Crown", "O Sinner", "I Want To Be In Love With You", "Do Not Pass Me By", "O What A Day", "Here I Am", and "There Is Only One". CD

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✨✧ Pastor TL Barrett & Youth For Christ ChoirDo Not Pass Me By – Vol 2 ... LP
Universal Awareness/Numero, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The even more obscure second volume to the great soul/gospel classic Do Not Pass Me By – and like the first, the product of a wonderfully spiritual setting on Chicago's south side – music created in the church, but with all the same vibe as the hippest secular soul coming from the Windy City in the early 70s! The set does a great job of alternating strong lead singers with the rest of the group – a bit like Voices Of East Harlem, but with more of a larger ensemble feel – and there's some really wonderful moments on the record throughout – even a bit of funk amidst the more righteous soul-styled tunes. Tracks include "I Shall Wear A Crown", "O Sinner", "I Want To Be In Love With You", "Do Not Pass Me By", "O What A Day", "Here I Am", and "There Is Only One". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Pastor TL Barrett & Youth For Christ ChoirDo Not Pass Me By – Vol 2 (silver vinyl pressing) ... LP
Universal Awareness/Numero, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The even more obscure second volume to the great soul/gospel classic Do Not Pass Me By – and like the first, the product of a wonderfully spiritual setting on Chicago's south side – music created in the church, but with all the same vibe as the hippest secular soul coming from the Windy City in the early 70s! The set does a great job of alternating strong lead singers with the rest of the group – a bit like Voices Of East Harlem, but with more of a larger ensemble feel – and there's some really wonderful moments on the record throughout – even a bit of funk amidst the more righteous soul-styled tunes. Tracks include "I Shall Wear A Crown", "O Sinner", "I Want To Be In Love With You", "Do Not Pass Me By", "O What A Day", "Here I Am", and "There Is Only One". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe BataanRiot ... LP
Fania, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real killer from the legendary Joe Bataan – an album of righteous power that really lives up to the dynamic promise of the title and cover! Joe Bataan's in top form throughout – serving up a blend of Latin grooves and 60s soul influences that few other artists of the time could touch – soaring and upbeat one minute, but mellow and laidback the next. There's a number of longer tracks on here that really move past the standard Latin Soul modes – bringing in bits of descarga jazz, instrumental soul, and mellower ballads to Joe's already-great blend of styles. The depth here is tremendous, and nearly every track's a winner! Titles include the slamming "It's A Good Feeling (Riot)", "Muneca", and "Mambo De Bataan" – plus the soul tracks "What Good Is A Castle", "My Cloud", "Daddy's Coming Home", "Ordinary Guy", and "For Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Beastie BoysPaul's Boutique (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Capitol, 1989. New Copy (reissue)... On October 4, 2019
The Beasties' masterpiece – and one of the original nightmares for sampling opponents everywhere – the cut & paste hip hop classic Paul's Boutique! The Dust Brothers unapologetic way of weaving very famous samples with soul, funk and film score obscurities would steal the show if not for the infectious, boisterous rhymes of the Beastie Boys – they couldn't possibly have cared less about alienating the massive frat boy fan base built with License To Ill, and it's a joy to behold. It's one of those mindblowing pop transformations on par with the Beatles (who the Beasties and Dust Brothers were so brazen to sample several times on this album) and the Beach Boys on the pop maturation scale from earlier hits to later artistry – even if the wild lyrics and deft back & forth rhymes by the Beasties are the antithesis of maturity. From classic rock dinosaurs to soul and disco classics, from the Jaws score to "Dueling Banjos", it all finds it's way into the beatcraft – and both mainstream pop and underground hip hop are better now because of this record. Tracks include "Hey Ladies", "Shake Your Rump", "High Plains Drifter", "Shadrach", "Johnny Ryall", "Eggman", "Car Thief", "What Comes Around", the "B-Boy Bouillabaisse" suite and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Beastie BoysPaul's Boutique (20th Anniversary edition – 180 gram pressing & quadfold cover) ... LP
Capitol, 1989. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Beasties' masterpiece – and one of the original nightmares for sampling opponents everywhere – the cut & paste hip hop classic Paul's Boutique! The Dust Brothers unapologetic way of weaving very famous samples with soul, funk and film score obscurities would steal the show if not for the infectious, boisterous rhymes of the Beastie Boys – they couldn't possibly have cared less about alienating the massive frat boy fan base built with License To Ill, and it's a joy to behold. It's one of those mindblowing pop transformations on par with the Beatles (who the Beasties and Dust Brothers were so brazen to sample several times on this album) and the Beach Boys on the pop maturation scale from earlier hits to later artistry – even if the wild lyrics and deft back & forth rhymes by the Beasties are the antithesis of maturity. From classic rock dinosaurs to soul and disco classics, from the Jaws score to "Dueling Banjos", it all finds it's way into the beatcraft – and both mainstream pop and underground hip hop are better now because of this record. Tracks include "Hey Ladies", "Shake Your Rump", "High Plains Drifter", "Shadrach", "Johnny Ryall", "Eggman", "Car Thief", "What Comes Around", the "B-Boy Bouillabaisse" suite and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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BeatlesRubber Soul ... CD
Capitol, 1965. Used ... $4.99
A landmark leaping-off point for The Beatles – and a record that really paved the way for countless new ideas to come! The mix of catchy pop and freer ideas here is really wonderful – tunes that introduce a whole new mature world in mainstream music – yet manage to have all the catchy complexity of the earlier years too. Production, songwriting, and delivery is superb – and this version features 14 songs that include "Drive My Car", "Norwegian Wood", "Nowhere Man", "Think For Yourself", "The Word", "What Goes On", "Girl", "I'm Looking Through You", and "Run For Your Life"". CD
(Tray card has a light crease.)

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✨✧ Regina BelleLazy Afternoon ... CD
Peak/Concorde, 2004. Used ... $4.99
A surprisingly wonderful little album from Regina Belle – more jazz-based than some of her recent efforts, with production and backings by George Duke – in a warm and soulful mode that we really love! Regina's stepping out with some strongly jazzy overtones – working through some older standards and a few classic 70s soul tracks – all brought together wonderfully by Duke, in a style that's never too slick or overdone. Titles include "Fly Me To The Moon", "What Are You Afraid Of", "If I Ruled The World", "Corcovado", "Why Do People Fall In Love", "There's A Love", "For The Love Of You", "The Man I Love", and "Moanin". CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Regina BelleStay With Me ... LP
CBS, 1989. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A really strong late 80s set from Regina – bringing in more smooth soul touches than the more dancefloor ready predecessor – which make for an even finer showcase for Regina's beautiful voice. Titles include "Baby Come To Me", "When Will You Be Mine", "What Goes Around", "It Doesn't Hurt Anymore", "This Is Love" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(In original shrinkwrap with hype sticker, including the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Benny SingsCity Pop ... CD
Stones Throw, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We've loved the music of Benny Sings for years – and can't understand why the man's not a much bigger success at a worldwide level – because his songs have the gentle soul and careful construction of the sorts of music that used to grace the airwaves decades back! Yet maybe the obscurity is always what makes Benny so great – as the songs here feel like lost AOR gems from a time when folks really knew how to make a record – but also sifted down to a core approach that never lets things get too overly-polished or commercial – kind of that modern love of classic modes that we also find in the music of Ed Motta, even though Ed's a very different singer overall. Titles include "Familiar", "Not Enough", "Duplicate", "Dreamin", "Summerlude", "Everything I Know", and "Nakameguro". CD

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✨✧ Benny SingsCity Pop ... LP
Stones Throw, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
We've loved the music of Benny Sings for years – and can't understand why the man's not a much bigger success at a worldwide level – because his songs have the gentle soul and careful construction of the sorts of music that used to grace the airwaves decades back! Yet maybe the obscurity is always what makes Benny so great – as the songs here feel like lost AOR gems from a time when folks really knew how to make a record – but also sifted down to a core approach that never lets things get too overly-polished or commercial – kind of that modern love of classic modes that we also find in the music of Ed Motta, even though Ed's a very different singer overall. Titles include "Familiar", "Not Enough", "Duplicate", "Dreamin", "Summerlude", "Everything I Know", and "Nakameguro". LP, Vinyl record album

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George BensonBlue Benson ... LP
Verve/Polydor, 1968/1976. Near Mint- ... $3.99
A sweet 70s collection of late 60s work from George Benson – tracks recorded in 1968 for Verve, originally from the albums Giblet Gravy and Goodies! The set list here really does a great job of picking out the best numbers – the kind of clean, lean tunes that were pushing Benson from his soul jazz roots towards a much bigger audience – yet still without any of the commerciality of later years to come. Players on the tracks include Herbie Hancock on piano, Billy Cobham on drums, Ron Carter on bass, and Johnny Pacheco on percussion – and arrangements are by Horace Ott and Tom McIntosh. Titles include "Billie's Bounce", "Low Down & Dirty", "Thunder Walk", "Doobie Doobie Blues", "What's New", and "I Remember Wes". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Big StarBig Star Live On WLIR ... LP
Omnivore, 1974. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful addition to the all-too-small catalog of music recorded by Big Star in the 70s – a live radio performance done between their second and third albums, and one that captures the group in a really fantastic stripped-down setting! There's no heavy production here, no Ardent or Jim Dickenson touches – yet it's amazing how good, and how unique the group sounds – with beautifully personal lead vocals from Alex Chilton on most tracks – and even a bit of conversation at the start of some of the songs, which really helps set the vibe for the band too. WLIR was always one of the coolest radio stations back in the day – and we certainly owe them a good nod for capturing this magic – on titles that include "She's A Mover", "Daisy Glaze", "September Gurls", "Mod Lang", "Don't Lie To Me", "O My Soul", "The Ballad Of El Goodo", "Thirteen", "Motel Blues", "In The Street", and "You Get What You Deserve". LP, Vinyl record album

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Big StarRadio City ... LP
Ardent/Fantasy, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... On October 11, 2019
A record that may have never hit the radio city it wished for in the title – but a classic that's gone onto have an undeniable influence on so many scenes and styles over the years! This sublime second set from Big Star is even leaner and more focused than the first – a record that has the group losing Chris Bell, yet still retaining a lot of his influence – while the main focus moves over to Alex Chilton, whose ability to sing and write is simply mindblowing! The tunes have these dark, melancholy moments that are unlike anything either Chilton or rock had given the world up to the time – and really almost feel much more like work from a decade later in terms of execution and production. There's no easy labels, no easy terms you could ever hope to ascribe to the record – and that's fine, because it stands majestically well on its own. Titles include "O My Soul", "Life Is White", "Way Out West", "You Get What You Deserve", "Mod Lang", "She's A Mover", "Morpha Girl", "I'm In Love With A Girl". LP, Vinyl record album

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BilalAirtight's Revenge ... CD
Plug Research, 2010. Used ... $2.99
A masterpiece from Bilal – the record we knew he had in him all this time since 1st Born Second came out nearly a decade prior! Earlier in his career, Bilal was one of those distinct voices you'd hear assisting myriad singers and MCs on their singles, someone you knew should be a superstar in his own right. Whether or not he ever reaches that status in popularity or in financial rewards, here he's delivered what might be the soul/R&B album of the year for 2010. We'd hasten to compare him to anyone else out there, but there's a boundless sense of creativity that begs comparison to Erykah Badu, in spirit if not in the sound. Much of the album is co-produced by Steve Mckie, with live instrumentation that gives it a funky psychedelic soul feel: live drums, beats and effects, Moog, keys, synths, guitars and bass. The other collaborators in the production booth – Shafiq Husayn, Nottz, 88 Keys – all clearly share Bilal's vision, as we hear nothing that sounds like a concession to anything or anyone. Lyrically, Bilal deals with matters of grave importance and more intimate personal truths, but the adventurousness and soulfulness of the music give it all a unified feel. We could go on and on about this one, kids. Don't pass it up! Includes "Cake & Eat It Too", "Restart", "All Matter", "Flying", "Levels", "Little One", "Move On", "Robots", "The Dollar", "Who Are You" and "Think Over". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mario Biondi & The High Five QuintetHandful Of Soul (special edition with bonus CD) ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2006. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99
An incredible full length debut from vocalist Mario Biondi – a jazz singer we'd rank right up there with the legendary Mark Murphy – supported here with great backings from the High Five Quintet! The grooves here are in a soaring, tightly-stepping style – very much the best club jazz mode of the contemporary European scene – with all-acoustic instrumentation, and rhythms that move along at a really great dancefloor pace! Mario's vocals are really unique too – with a little rasp that catches slightly, and really brings a timeless quality to his voice – mixing personal feeling into the lively numbers on the album, with an unexpected depth that really makes the album stand out from similar sessions of this type! There's echoes of hip vocal jazz work from years past by artists like The Peddlers, Bobby Cole, or Mark Murphy – and titles include "A Child Runs Free", "No Mercy For Me", "This Is What You Are", "I Can't Keep From Cryin Sometimes", "Rio De Janeiro Blue", "Handful Of Soul", "On A Clear Day", "Never Die", "No Trouble On The Mountain", "Slow Hot Wind", and "Gig". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of the full album!)

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Cilla BlackSher-oo/Modern Priscilla (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Parlophone/SFE (UK), 1968/1978. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A pair of EMI classics from Cilla Black – separated by the space of a decade, and filled in with 21 more bonus tracks too! First up is Sher-oo – fantastic work from Cilla Black – only her third full length album, but a set that already has the singer growing way past some of her British female contemporaries of the 60s! There's still a bit of the uptown soul of Cilla's roots – the dark-stepping groove that always served her so well – but there's also a wider range of song styles and arrangements, with a majestic flow that really does great things with Black's incredible vocal approach. Johnny Harris and Johnny Scott both had a hand in putting the charts together – and the set also features the classic "Step Inside My Love", written for Cilla by Lennon & McCartney. Other tracks include "Yo Yo", "Take Me In Your Arms & Love Me", "Misty Roses", "Something's Gotten A Hold Of My Heart", "Follow The Path Of The Stars", and "What The World Needs Now". Modern Priscilla is a record that takes Cilla Black in an unusual direction – a set that has her moving into more disco modes overall, but still keeping things relatively special, thanks to strong production work from Mike Hurst, and a track selection of unusual material! Given that Black's vocals always had a lot more range than some of the mainstream disco singers of the European scene, she fits right in – and manages to turn out a few gentler tracks amidst all the funkier upbeat numbers. As mentioned, the set features a huge number of bonus tracks – including "This Time I'm In It For Love", "Songs", "Follow", "Silly Boy (Paul Hulme mix)", "From Now On", "Work Is A Four Letter Word (film version)", "Step Inside My Love (almighty 12" definitive mix)", "M'Innamoro", "Step Inside Love (first take)", and "All My Love". CD

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✨✧ Art BlakeyJazz Messengers (Impulse)/Jazz Message ... CD
Impulse, 1961/1964. Used ... Out Of Stock
Killer stuff by Art – 2 albums in single set! Jazz Messengers is one of his few non-Blue Note sessions from the time – and a hard-wailing set that features the Messengers as a sextet, with an all-star group that includes Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Bobby Timmons, and Curtis Fuller. With a lineup like that, the record crackles with the intensity of Blakey's best Blue Note work – a fierce mixture of hardbop, soul jazz, and visionary jazz that set the standard for many groups to come! The album includes a great version of Fuller's "Ala Mode", plus nice Messenger takes on standards like "Invitation", "I Hear A Rhapsody", and "You Don't Know What Love Is" – all wailing, of course! A Jazz Message features Art Blakey, without any Jazz Messengers – but still coming through loud and clear, thanks to help from a unique group that features Sonny Stitt on tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, and Art Davis on bass! The album's still got all the hardbop charm of Blakey's best Blue Note dates, but also feels a bit more spontaneous too – and the basslines of Davis are a wonderful change from the usual – beautiful sounds that drive the record quite strongly up from the bottom! Titles include the killer "Cafe", plus "Blues Back", "Just Knock On My Door", "Summertime", and "The Song Is You" – and the album features fantastic blowing from Stitt! CD

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Art BlakeyMeet You At The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol 1 ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. Very Good- ... $49.99
A crackling live set from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers! The recording is one of a few that Blakey made at Birdland – and it may well be the best, as it features his killer 1960 lineup with Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, and Bobby Timmons all in the group. Tracks are longer than the group's studio sides – with an incredible mix of fire and lyricism, soul and energy, showing the group at their best in a setting like this! This first volume includes the tracks "The Opener", "What Know", "Round About Midnight", and "The Breeze and I". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 63rd Street pressing with RVG stamp and ear, including the Blue Note inner sleeve. Cover has a split spine, splitting in the bottom seam, discoloration from age, and a large name in marker and some pen on back.)

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Mary J BligeWhat's The 411? (25th anniversary edition) ... LP
Uptown/MCA, 1992. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
The landmark debut of Mary J Blige – a record that not only did a great job of blending underground hip hop and mainstream soul sensibilities – but maybe also opened the door for the Neo Soul revolution to come! Mary comes on here with a fresh new vision in female soul – one that's informed by the youth and upfront energy of the hip hop female MCs that preceded her – but with a depth that also makes Blige sort of the new Aretha Franklin for the end of the century – a deep soul singer, but one who's equally at home in the streets and the studio. Important production is by a young Sean Combs – some of his first great work on record – and the set also features guest appearances from Busta Rhymes, Little Shawn, Grand Puba, Erick Sermon, and CL Smooth. Titles include "Real Love", "Sweet Thing", "Love No Limit", "You Remind Me", "Reminisce", "What's The 411", "I Don't Want To Do Anything", "Changes I've Been Going Through", "Slow Down", and "My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(25th Anniversary pressing – first time as a 2LP set!)

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Willie Bobo & the Bo-GentsDo What You Want To Do ... LP
Sussex, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Incredible work by Willie Bobo – a slamming record of hard funky instrumentals, one that sounds different than any of his other albums! The record's a killer all the way through – a mixture of Latin and deep 70s funk, one of the few perfect fusions of the styles, held up beautifully all the way through the set. We've always liked Willie a lot, but honestly, we don't know how he managed to make a record this funky – but we're also not arguing, just enjoying the grooves with tremendous delight and surprise. Great all the way through, and includes the break cuts "Do What You Want to Do", "Broasted or Fried", and "Soul Foo Young" – plus a version of "Dindi", which, for some reason, Willie seemed to record every chance he got! Other titles include "Shut Up & Pay Attention", "Come Together", and "Never You Mind". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Willie Bobo & the Bo-GentsDo What You Want To Do ... LP
Sussex, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible work by Willie Bobo – a slamming record of hard funky instrumentals, one that sounds different than any of his other albums! The record's a killer all the way through – a mixture of Latin and deep 70s funk, one of the few perfect fusions of the styles, held up beautifully all the way through the set. We've always liked Willie a lot, but honestly, we don't know how he managed to make a record this funky – but we're also not arguing, just enjoying the grooves with tremendous delight and surprise. Great all the way through, and includes the break cuts "Do What You Want to Do", "Broasted or Fried", and "Soul Foo Young" – plus a version of "Dindi", which, for some reason, Willie seemed to record every chance he got! Other titles include "Shut Up & Pay Attention", "Come Together", and "Never You Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue pressing.)
Also available Do What You Want To Do ... LP 9.99

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Angela BofillAngel Of The Night ... CD
Arista/Buddah, 1979. Used ... $18.99
Sweet jazzy soul from Angie Bofil – recorded in 1979 with Dave Grusin, who gives the album a smooth edge that really works perfectly with her vocals! The set's a perfect blend of the more soulful elements in the fusion scene of the late 70s, combined with Angie's warm vocal style and some excellent songwriting. Titles include "I Try", "Angel Of The Night", "What I Wouldn't Do", "Rainbow Child", "The Voyage", and a great cover of "People Make The World Go Round". CD
(Out of print Buddah Original Masters pressing. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Angela BofillAngie/Angel Of The Night ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1978/1979. New Copy ... $11.99
A pair of soulful gems! Angie is Angela Bofill's sublime first album – a mixture of jazzy soul and soulful jazz, all put together with a sound that's really a cut above most of her contemporaries! As with Jean Carn or Phyllis Hyman, there's a sophistication to Angela's sound here that indicates roots in much hipper territory that were still pulling strongly on her work for this mainstream set – a sound that runs deeper than you might expect for such a commercially successful record, and which has really kept it alive for years. Part of the strength of the set is the jazzy backings given the music – arranged by Dave Grusin, and carried off by himself on keyboards, with other players who include Eric Gale on guitar, Dave Valentin on reeds, Steve Gadd on drums, and Ralph MacDonald on percussion. There's a warmly glowing feel to the record that's neither slick or commercial – and titles include "Children Of The World United", "Summer Days", "Rough Times", "This Time I'll Be Sweeter", and "The Only Thing I Would Wish For". Angel Of The Night is sweet jazzy soul from Angie Bofil – recorded in 1979 with Dave Grusin, who gives the album a smooth edge that really works perfectly with her vocals! The set's a perfect blend of the more soulful elements in the fusion scene of the late 70s, combined with Angie's warm vocal style and some excellent songwriting. Titles include "I Try", "Angel Of The Night", "What I Wouldn't Do", "Rainbow Child", "The Voyage", and a great cover of "People Make The World Go Round". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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Professor Harold BoggsLord Give Me Strength – Early Recordings 1952 to 1964 ... CD
Nashboro/Gospel Friend, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $16.99 19.98
The first full length collection we've ever seen to focus on the soulful gospel work of Harold Boggs – one of the greatest male lead singers of the pre-soul generation! Right from the start, Boggs was a hell of a singer, and a great songwriter too – and he first entered the business after getting a few songs recorded by King Records, who feature here on some of the earliest tracks – before Harold then moved over to Nashboro, where his vocal talents really took off! The work here is mostly from that point when gospel recordings were quite raw and stripped-down – with a very sharp focus on the lead singer, which gives Boggs some tremendous time in the spotlight. The package features 28 tracks in all – and titles include "The Half Has Never Been Told", "That's It", "Everything Is Going To Be Alright", "What's Happening Christians", "When It Hits You", "Inside The Beautiful Gate", "I Want To Live Right", "Someone's Gone Home", "Doing All The Good We Can", and "My Loving Mother Prayed". Also features two songs with Lula Reed on vocals – "Heavenly Road" and "My Mother's Prayer". CD

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✨✧ Eddie BondRockin Daddy ... CD
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mountain of work from the great Eddie Bond – maybe not the biggest name to record for Sun Records in the 50s – but exactly the kind of artist who was able to really get at the core of what the label was trying to do! Eddie started out as a country singer – working with a small combo and a really heartbreaking sense of twang – but as the years picked up, he also handled some great rockabilly material too – often infused with a deep sense of soul that comes from his country background, and which makes him way more than just another wild cat with a guitar! Sam Phillips clearly dug what Bond had to offer, and kept on recording him well into the early 60s – up to that point when Sun productions were really starting to slow down – through a period that had Eddie try on a lot of great styles, including some of the more spiritual sides that just about every other country singer was cutting at the time. This massive 2CD set is done in the best Bear Family fashion – with a huge amount of notes, and a whopping 51 tracks that include "Backslidin", "Hershey Bar", "Broke My Guitar", "Show Me", "Double Duty Lovin", "In My Solitude", "Standing In The Window", "One More Memory", "I Can't Quit", "They'll Never Take Her Love From Me", "The Day I Found You", "Back Street Affair", "They Say We're Too Young", "Flip Flop Mama", and "King On Your Throne". CD

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✨✧ Bootsy's Rubber BandAhh...The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! ... LP
Warner, 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
Massive work from Bootsy Collins – one of his best-ever solo albums, and a perfect summation of the P-Funk groove – focused strongly through Bootsy's own sense of stardom! George Clinton worked with Collins on production, and the album's as tight as the best Parliament or Funkadelic work of the time – particularly the latter on their killer 70s sides for Warner, which was also the home for Bootsy. The Horny Horns are helping out on this one, which gives the album a strong instrumental drive – but the real star is Bootsy, whose sexy vocals and good sense of soul keep things firmly on track throughout. Features the cuts "What's A Telephone Bill?", "Munchies For Your Love", "We Want Bootsy", "The Pinocchio Theory", and "Rubber Duckie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram pressing.)

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Tommy Boyce & Bobby HartI Wonder What She's Doing Tonite ... LP
A&M, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Brilliant 60s pop from the team of Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart – best known for their key early songwriting work for The Monkees, but a heck of a great duo on their own! Boyce & Hart have a sparkly, sunshiney sound that's very much a part of The Monkees generation – a beautiful post-folk, post-surf blend of styles, and one that's served up with all the warmth and charm that made The Monkees so great – yet also with some cool twists and turns that make a record like this so great – the kind of chance-taking that A&M sometimes allowed its artists to take at the time! Backings are super-groovy – arranged by Artie Butler and Don McGinis – and titles include "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite", "Teardrop City", "I Wanna Be Free", "The Countess", "Population", and "Two For The Price Of One" – a great cover of a Larry Williams & Johnny Watson soul tune! LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label stereo pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole and an address stamp.)

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Bobby BoydI Like What You Do To Me/Girl Like You ... 7-inch
Athens Of The North (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $7.99
There's some sweet 80s basswork on this one – that kind of dipping pedal groove that's peppered with plenty of keyboards – all making for this bright, crackling sound that gets plenty of deeper soul elements from Bobby Boyd's vocals! Lots of percussion kicks off "Girl I Like You" – giving the whole thing a tribal groove sort of vibe – while riffing guitar and keyboards set off the rhythms next to the sparkling vocals of Bobby and the group! Nice breakdown near the end, too. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ BreakwaterBreakwater/Splashdown (with bonus track) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1978/1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A landmark pairing of records from a group who only ever gave the world two albums – but who've gone on to have a huge influence over the years! The first album, the initial offering from Breakwater, is a masterful blend of jazzy fusion and mellower soul – a sound sifted together so perfectly, it really tops the rest of the combo's contemporaries – hitting a careful balance that never gets too cheesy or commercial, and which still manages to glow as strongly into the 21st century as it did when first released back in the day! The sound here is sublime – warm, but never sleepy – jazzy, but never cliched – and mixed in such a way that the vocals and instruments almost get center stage in the spotlight without trying to crowd one another out. Titles include the incredible "Work it Out" – worth the price of the record alone – plus "No Limit", "That's Not What We Came Here For", "Free Yourself", "Do It Till The Fluid Gets Hot", and "Feel Your Way". Splashdown has a perfect blend of jazz and soul that only a few groups in the 70s really got right – maybe Pleasure, or The Blackbyrds – and most certainly Breakwater, who were one of the reigning champions of the scene! Rhythms are often upbeat, but not in a disco or club-oriented way – and the instrumentation is tight, but never slick or smooth – always nicely funky with a nice little crackle, even on the mellow cuts – in a way that's opened up this album to new audiences for many years. This set's got a nice bit of moog that wasn't on the group's first – used almost in Mizell-like to further enhance the sound – and titles include the classics "Say You Love Me Girl", "Let Love In", "Time", and "The One In My Dreams". CD also features a bonus track – "No Limit (ext version)". CD

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✨✧ BrickGood High (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Bang/Wounded Bird, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A killer debut from Brick – the start of a massive run at the end of the 70s, a time when the group was easily one of the biggest acts to come out of the up-and-coming Atlanta scene! Like some other Atlanta acts of the time, Brick had a way of fusing older funky soul on a tighter modern groove – coming up with a sound that was nice and lean – perfect for these key transitional years of funk – with influences that were felt for years, in places as far away as the west coast! Case in point is the album's classic "Dazz" – one of those cuts that never gets old – nestled nicely in a lineup that also includes "Music Matic", "Here We Come", "Good High", "That's What It's All About", "Brick City", and "Sister Twister". Includes two bonus tracks "Dazz (Dazz Disco mix)" & "That's What It's All About (single version)". CD
(Out of print.)

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James BrownIn The Jungle Groove – Expanded & Remastered ... CD
Polydor, Early 70s/1986. Used ... $6.99
Massive – and one of the best James Brown compilations ever, filled with rare and unreleased material! This completely essential set features tracks pulled from James' best years ever – the mighty early 70s, when he was working with the JBs, and laying down tracks that would forever change the face of funk! The tunes on the album are right up there with the best work on classic albums like The Payback, Doin It To Death, Hot Pants, and any of the other killer Polydor funk albums by James – and most of them were pulled from sessions for those records, and brought together in this format for the first time in the late 80s. The centerpiece of the set is a 9 minute version of "Funky Drummer", and other highlights include new versions of "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose (remix)", "Soul Power (mono re-edit)", and "Talkin' Loud & Sayin' Nothin (remix)". The set's also got bonus beats of "Funky Drummer", a long single take of "Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants)" (8:42 minutes long!), and the nice rare track "I Got To Move" – previously unreleased, and nice and long! Plus, this new version features the previously unissued extended mix of "Blind Man Can See It". CD
(Out of print.)

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James BrownThinking About Little Willie John & A Few Nice Things ... LP
King, 1968. Very Good+ ... $24.99
James' moving tribute to the late Little Willie John – a big influence, and a fellow label mate at King. There are some great deep soul tracks on here, and lots of groovy instrumentals. Plus, the cover's got a picture of James holding a Little Willie John album, and looking very touched. Tracks include "Fat Eddie", "A Note Or Two", "Talk To Me", "I'll Lose My Mind", and "What Kind of Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, a bent corner, and small peeled spots from sticker removal.)

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Peabo BrysonPeabo Bryson Anthology ... CD
Capitol/Right Stuff, Late 70s/1980s. Used 2 CDs ... $24.99
30 classic tracks of modern soul from Peabo Bryson – including some of his big-selling duets from the early 80s! Solo tracks include "Love Is Like Money", "Reaching For The Sky", "Crosswinds", "She's A Woman", "Minute By Minute", "Let The Feeling Flow", "There's No Guarantee", "Impossible", "Give Me Your Love", and "All My Love". Duets include "Tonight I Celebrate My Love", "Maybe", and "You're Lookin Like Love To Me" sung with Roberta Flack; "Gimme Some Time" and "What You Won't Do For Love" performed with Natalie Cole; "Lovers After All" with Melissa Manchester; and "Without You", done with Regina Belle. CD
(Out of print.)

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BT ExpressShout! ... LP
Roadshow/Columbia, 1977. Very Good+ ... $6.99
An overlooked gem from BT Express – the group's 5th album, but still very much in the tightly-crafted ensemble mode of earlier years! The guitar and bass interplay on the set is amazing – handled by arranger/guitarist Billy Nichols, with a chromatic edge that really brings a lot of soul to the set! Nichols' work on the album is amazing – honed to an almost Miami funk-like sharpness – and touched by slight bits of moog that really give the set a sinister sort of quality! Lots of lean and mean groovers on the set – including "Shout It Out", "Shake It Off", "You Got Something", "Ride On BT", "Look At The People", "I Want You With Me", "Put It In The Pocket", and "What You Do In The Dark". LP, Vinyl record album

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Solomon Burke, Don Covay, Ben E King, & OthersSolid Gold Soul ... LP
Atlantic, 1966. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A great collection of classic 60s soul from Atlantic Records – served up in a cover that's almost iconic! There's 2 tracks here by each of the greats recording for the label at the time – with tunes that include Solomon Burke "Got To Get You Off My Mind" and "Just Out Of Reach", Wilson Pickett "Don't Fight It" and "In The Midnight Hour", Joe Tex "I Want To (Do Everything For You)" and "Hold What You've Got", Don Covay "See Saw" and "Mercy, Mercy", Ben E King "Don't Play That Song" and "Stand By Me", and Otis Redding "Mr Pitiful" and "I've Been Loving You Too Long". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing. Cover has light wear and a cutout hole.)

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Kenny BurrellGod Bless The Child (Japanese version) ... CD
CTI (Japan), 1971. Used ... $6.99
A stone classic from Kenny Burrell – a record that brought the guitarist to a whole new audience, with a wonderful sound that's a perfect summation of CTI at its best! The vibe here is perfect – spare, airy guitar lines from Burrell – playing with a freer style than usual, although with all of the deep soul of before – in ways that are a bit like the early Wes Montgomery material for CTI, but taken to the next level with a more sophisticated set of backdrops too! Don Sebesky handled arrangements, Freddie Hubbard solos alongside Kenny, and many track shave some mighty nice electric piano, too. Titles include funky track "Love Is The Answer", and mellower tunes "Child Is Born", "Do What You Gotta Do", and "Be Yourself". CD
(Out of print. Tray card has a small, light stain in one corner.)

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✨✧ Bobby ByrdBobby Byrd Got Soul – The Best Of Bobby Byrd ... CD
Polygram/Universal (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Essential material by this funky soul legend – even if you've got his one and only album! This is an excellent compilation of the very hard to find work of this James Brown partner and singer, with a track list of 22 cuts that includes lots of cool rare funky 45 tracks, and a number of previously unreleased tracks! Bobby is excellent throughout, and the set's filled with loads of rare James Brown-produced grooves that includes "I'm Just A Nobody", "Keep On Doin What You're Doin", "We're In Love", "No One Like My Baby", I'm Not To Blame", "I Know You Got Soul", "Funky Soul (parts 1 & 2)", "Baby Baby Baby", "I Need Help", "Never Get Enough", "Hang Ups We Don't Need", "Sayin It And Doin' It Are Two Different Things" – and lots lots more, including a rare PSA urging the listener to "Fight Drug Abuse". CD
(Part of the JB & Funk 1000 Best Collection!)
Also available Bobby Byrd Got Soul – The Best Of Bobby Byrd ... CD 15.99

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Bobby ByrdBobby Byrd Got Soul – The Best Of Bobby Byrd ... CD
Polygram, Early 70s. Used ... $15.99
Essential material by this funky soul legend – even if you've got his one and only album! This is an excellent compilation of the very hard to find work of this James Brown partner and singer, with a track list of 22 cuts that includes lots of cool rare funky 45 tracks, and a number of previously unreleased tracks! Bobby is excellent throughout, and the set's filled with loads of rare James Brown-produced grooves that includes "I'm Just A Nobody", "Keep On Doin What You're Doin", "We're In Love", "No One Like My Baby", I'm Not To Blame", "I Know You Got Soul", "Funky Soul (parts 1 & 2)", "Baby Baby Baby", "I Need Help", "Never Get Enough", "Hang Ups We Don't Need", "Sayin It And Doin' It Are Two Different Things" – and lots lots more, including a rare PSA urging the listener to "Fight Drug Abuse". CD
(Out of print.)

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CalenderIt's A Monster ... LP
Pi Kappa/GRT/Buddah, 1976. Very Good+ ... $59.99
They certainly gave this one the right title – as the album's a monster right from the very first note – a complex set of funky tunes from the 70s, and one that's grown to legendary status over the years! Calender have an approach that pushes past the gritty sound of the funky 45 generation towards some of the more extended modes of the club generation – but they're style here isn't ever disco at all – instead maybe that fast-funk mode that groups like Fatback and Kool & The Gang were hitting in the mid 70s! Arrangements are by east coast indie soul maestro Paul Kyser – who helped others make a similar transition at the time – and there's lots of cool instrumental touches throughout, especially on the keyboards. Titles include their great single "Hypertension", plus "Good Old Funky Music", "Oh What A Pity", "Take Time", "Monster (From The Black Toms)", and "Ritmo Latino". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light ring and edge wear.)

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Terry CallierCollected Terry Callier ... CD
Spectrum (UK), Early 70s/1999. New Copy ... $8.99
Two slices of work from Terry Callier – a collection that's mostly made up of his sublime early 70s recordings for Chess – but which also features a few tracks from his 1999 comeback for Verve! The Chess recordings are the stuff of legend – a unique blend of jazz, folk, and soul with the soaring, spacious arrangements of the great Charles Stepney! Callier's vocals and guitar work have gone onto influence generations for years – and this collection features most of the tracks that helped make his mark back in the day. Titles include "Dancing Girl", "Ordinary Joe", "What Color Is Love", "Trance On Sedgewick Street", "I'd Rather Be With You", "Satin Doll", "I Don't Want Nobody Else", "Brown-Eyed Lady", "I'd Rather Be With You", "Love Theme From Spartacus", "Sunset Boulevard", and "Love Can Do". CD

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✨✧ Terry CallierWhat Color Is Love ... LP
Cadet/Verve, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99
Possibly the greatest album ever by the legendary Chicago soul singer Terry Callier! Terry's rich mellow voice is mixed with superb arrangements from the Cadet studio team, with Charles Stepney at the head, and the result is completely sublime. The songs are longer than on earlier albums – and spun out with a complex groove that mixes equal parts of jazz, folk, and soul with the soaring spiritual vibe that was running through the Chicago scene at the time. The first side alone is the stuff that legends are made of – with classic tracks like "Dancing Girl", "What Color is Love", and "You Goin' Miss Your Candyman" all in a row, sewn together in a wash of love, soul, and emotion that you'd be hard pressed to find on any other album from the time. Other tracks include "I'd Rather Be With You", "Just As Long As We're In Love", and "You Don't Care" – and the whole album's a masterpiece beyond compare! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jean CarneDon't Let It Go To Your Head – The Jean Carne Anthology ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic tribute to the great Jean Carne – a singer who started out in jazz, working with then-husband Doug Carn on spiritual sessions and drummer Norman Connors on his soulful sides of the 70s – then shifted over to the Philadelphia International label, where she really helped Philly soul find new direction moving into the 80s! Jean always brings all the sophistication of her roots into her music – making her way more than just another soul singer, and instead a vocalist with a great range of expression that has her opening up in just the right way, no matter what the setting. This excellent collection is filled with classics from her years on Philadelphia International, and also includes some rare 12" mixes and duets with other artists too. Titles include "Free Love", "No Laughing Matter", "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", "You Can't Come Back Now", "There's A Shortage Of Good Men", "Time Waits For No One", "Lonely Girl In A Cold Cold World", "Bet Your Lucky Star", We Got Some Catchin Up To Do", "When I Find You Love", "Was That All It Was (12" mix)", "What's On Your Mind (12" mix)", "Revelation/Infant Eyes", "Mystic Stranger", "Completeness", and "If You Don't Know Me By Now" – plus "I'm Back For More" with Al Johnson, "Sweet & Wonderful" with Glenn Jones, "You Might Be Surprised" with Roy Ayers, "Love Is Beautiful" and "Dreams Of Tomorrow" with Dexter Wansel, "Keep In Touch" and "The Look Of Love" with Grover Washington, and "Dindi", "Love's In Your Corner", and "Valentine Love" with Norman Connors. CD

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Betty CarterLook What I Got ... CD
Verve, 1988. Used ... $8.99
Mellow magic from Betty – one of her first "comeback" albums for Verve, and an excellent set of tunes that still keeps the same feel as her 80s work on her own label. The group on most tunes is a trio – with Benny Green on piano, Michael Bowie on bass, and Winard Harper on drums – but some tracks feature additional tenor from Don Braden, blowing soulfully next to Betty's incredible voice. Tunes skip around with imagination and a sense of soul in places where you'd never expect it – and titles include "Look What I Got", "The Man I Love", "That Sunday That Summer", "All I Got", and "Just Like The Movies". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Clarence CarterDynamic Clarence Carter ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
Seminal southern soul from the legendary Clarence Carter – one of his early killers for Atlantic Records, all of which really stand out from most of his work to come in later years! There's a raw, raspy brilliance here that's undeniable – the blind singer stepping out with incredible confidence on a host of tunes that really run the gamut – numbers of love and loss, mixed with a few more contemporary pop tracks – but all given a unique Muscle Shoals twist that really transforms them. Carter wins our heart from the start with his version of "I'd Rather Go Blind" – then keeps on soaring through cuts that include "Think About It", "Steal Away", "Look What I Got", "That Old Time Feeling", "Let Me Comfort You", "Weekend Love", "Light My Fire", and "Too Weak To Fight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing in a paste-on cover.)

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Mel CarterHold Me,Thrill Me, Kiss me ... LP
Imperial, 1965. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Imperial LP built around Mel Carter's big 60's pop soul hit "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me", with some arrangements by Nick De Caro, and a good LA 60's studio soul sound. Gene Page and HB Barnum did the arrangements on the other cuts, so you can guess how the groove's going to sound. Tracks include "Funny World", "Richest Man Alive", "What's On Your Mind", and "I Just Can't Imagine". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has some wear on the bottom right corner.)

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ChallengersVanilla Funk ... LP
GNP, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
The title's an apt one – as the group's a bunch of white guys, playing late 60s soul instrumentals! Despite that fact, and the overall goofy presentation of the cover, the album's actually a pretty nice one – featuring some nice and lean takes on late 60s soul tunes, stripped down enough so that they often sound funkier than the originals! Includes a great track called "Camel Back", with lots of snapping electric keys – plus the cuts "Soulful Strut", "Vanilla Funk", "Soul Deep", "For What It's Worth", and "Wheels". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Chambers BrothersChambers Brothers Now! (photo cover) ... LP
Vault, 1966. Near Mint- ... $4.99
The Chambers Brothers live – working in the same unfettered mode as their debut for Vault Records – and like that album, a set of tracks that was also recorded at The Unicorn in Boston and at The Ash Grove in Los Angeles! Things are pretty rootsy overall here – with strong influences from Chicago electric blues, plus some of the rougher side of the soul spectrum in the 60s – almost a "more real" presentation of Atlantic or Chess Records ideals than you might get from its original artists! Titles include "Bony Maronie", "CC Rider", "What'd I Say", and "High Heel Sneakers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, some wear, and aging.)

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✨✧ Chambers BrothersTime Has Come ... LP
Columbia, 1967. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the biggest albums ever from The Chambers Brothers – a set that helped them cross over big into the mainstream – shaking off their previous folksy roots with a rumbling approach to psychedelic soul! The record's got a much heavier groove than any of the group's previous work – a way of hitting a track that still holds onto their gospel-influenced roots, but which also brings in plenty of the fuzzier, funkier touches that were sparking in soul music during the late 60s – especially over at Columbia Records, where their labelmate Sly Stone was capturing a big audience with a very similar sound. The record features the full-length version of the group's massive "Time Has Come Today", an excellent psychedelic soul number that's been lifted for movies and TV shows more times than we can count – and other tracks include "People Get Ready", "Please Don't Leave Me", "In The Midnight Hour", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", "All Strung Out Over You", "I Can't Stand It", "So Tired", and "Uptown". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing with white text.)

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✨✧ Gene ChandlerLive On Stage In 65 (aka Live At The Regal) ... LP
Constellation, 1965. Good+ ... $9.99
This landmark live recording by the great Chicago soul singer Gene Chandler is one of the first-ever true live sets by a soul star, and a record that rival's James Brown's Live At the Apollo for true energy and excitement. Recorded live at Chicago's Regal Theater for the long-gone Constellation Records, this set's an amazing batch of tracks performed with more emotion and soul than Gene ever had in the studio, and the crowd's a wild batch of kids who are totally over the top with enthusiasm. The classic version of "Rainbow '65" on here is enough proof of that, what with it's stretched out harmonies, mind-blowing falsetto, and crazy crowd screaming – but there's lots more on here that will prove that Gene was one of the best-ever Chicago singers, including "Song Called Soul", "Just Be True", and "What Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has wear and splitting.)

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Gene ChandlerStroll On With The Duke ... LP
Solid Smoke, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
A fantastic collection of Gene's early work – with a strong focus on the many styles he used at the time, and some of the more obscure numbers he cut for the Constellation label. Robert Pruter provided some great notes – and titles include "Festival Of Love", "I Wake Up Crying", "Song Called Soul", "Just Be True", "What Now", "Rainbow 65 (complete version)", "Walk On With The Duke", "Man's Temptation", "Bless Our Love", "You Can't Hurt Me No More", "The Big Lie", and "If You Can't Be True". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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ChangeLove 4 Love ... LP
Original Disco Culture (Italy), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99
Wonderful new work from Change – the international soul combo who made some classic cuts back at the start of the 80s – still sounding great all these many years later, but in a slightly different way! The balance between all elements here is fantastic – as the music has all the best parts of the group's earlier music, but also updates the sound a bit – in the way that a combo like Incognito or Brand New Heavies were updating older soul music back in the 90s, by grabbing all the strongest parts of the past, and fusing them into a fresh lean groove. The songs are upbeat, positive, and full of the kind of catchy hooks that Change always did so well – and titles include "Friends", "Make Me Go Cray", "How Will We", "Too Late", "Living Monday", "Love 4 Love", "All My Life", and "Hit Or Miss". Also includes some remix versions of older tracks – "Searching (Figo Sound version)", "Oh What A Feeling (Figo Sound version)", "You'll Always Be A Part Of Me (Figo Sound version)", and "It's A Girl's Affair (Figo Sound version)". LP, Vinyl record album

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ChangeTurn On Your Radio ... LP
Atlantic, 1985. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
A great later album from Change – not nearly as well-known as their first few hits, but still in that all-solid approach to the groove that was the Change trademark during the early 80s! The sound is a bit more stripped down than before – tight beats and keyboards, mostly in a mellow to midtempo mode – all topped with vocals from male and female members of the group! Change still have a great way with a hook here – an approach to soul that's tight and professional, yet not nearly as cloying as some of the chart-climbing acts of their generation. And as before, the keyboards are almost as great as the vocals – with slight jazzy inflections that warm up the tunes nicely! Titles include "Turn On Your Radio", "Examination", "Let's Go Together", "Oh What A Feeling", "Mutual Attraction", "If You Want My Love", and "Love The Way You Love Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, stains at the bottom, a sticker spot, and some clear tape on front.)

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Ray CharlesGenius + Soul = Jazz ... LP
Impulse, 1960. Very Good- Gatefold ... $9.99
A wonderful chapter in the career of Ray Charles – and a key album in helping raise his respect level a notch or two in the early 60s! We might argue with the mathematics in the title – or at least joke that Ray was using equations as titles years before Anthony Braxton – but you can't contest the fact that this one's a classic treat, and a legendary attempt to class up Ray's bluesy style for the masses. Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns handled the arrangements, and given that the record was issued by ABC a few years before they brought Ray into a country mode, it's interesting to think what might have happened had his career continued this way. There's only a small number of vocal tracks on the record, and most of the rest feature Ray at the organ, grooving away very nicely! Titles include "One Mint Julep", "Moanin", "I've Got News For You", "Mister C", and "Stompin Room Only". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono orange & black label pressing with Bell Sound stamp. Cover has some pen inside the gate fold, light wear, and a small rip on the opening.)

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Ray CharlesModern Sounds In Country & Western Music – Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
ABC/Concord, 1962. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Brilliant work throughout – both of Ray Charles' classic country albums on a single CD package! Volume one is the stuff of legends – and what seemed a silly idea at the time was true proof of Ray's genius – the most successful album of his career and a bona-fide number one hit that rode the charts for years and years! Ray's voice works perfectly with the material, and thanks to soulful arrangements by Gil Fuller, Marty Paich, and Gerald Wilson, the whole thing comes off to perfection. Titles include "You Don't Know Me", "I Can't Stop Lovin You", "Careless Love", "You Win Again", and "Worried Mind". Volume 2 is the second installment of one of Ray's greatest albums – and a landmark in the genre of country soul! As the title implies, Ray's singing a host of tunes best known from the country side of the spectrum – but he's working here with arrangements by LA jazzers Marty Paich and Gerald Wilson, to completely re-cast the tunes into the "modern sounds" mode promised in the title. The result is wonderful – a style that gave Ray's career a whole new boost, and a genre that was a perfect foil for his rich bluesy mode of singing. Titles include "No Letter Today", "Take These Chains From My Heart", "Teardrops In My Heart", "Making Believe", and "Hang Your Head In Shame". CD

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Ray CharlesModern Sounds In Country & Western Music – Vols 1 & 2 ... LP
ABC/Concord, 1962. New Copy ... On September 6, 2019
Brilliant work throughout – both of Ray Charles' classic country albums in a single package! Volume one is the stuff of legends – and what seemed a silly idea at the time was true proof of Ray's genius – the most successful album of his career and a bona-fide number one hit that rode the charts for years and years! Ray's voice works perfectly with the material, and thanks to soulful arrangements by Gil Fuller, Marty Paich, and Gerald Wilson, the whole thing comes off to perfection. Titles include "You Don't Know Me", "I Can't Stop Lovin You", "Careless Love", "You Win Again", and "Worried Mind". Volume 2 is the second installment of one of Ray's greatest albums – and a landmark in the genre of country soul! As the title implies, Ray's singing a host of tunes best known from the country side of the spectrum – but he's working here with arrangements by LA jazzers Marty Paich and Gerald Wilson, to completely re-cast the tunes into the "modern sounds" mode promised in the title. The result is wonderful – a style that gave Ray's career a whole new boost, and a genre that was a perfect foil for his rich bluesy mode of singing. Titles include "No Letter Today", "Take These Chains From My Heart", "Teardrops In My Heart", "Making Believe", and "Hang Your Head In Shame". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music – Vols 1 & 2 ... CD 14.99

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Ray CharlesRay Charles In Antibes 1961 (with bonus tracks) (4CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1961. New Copy 4CD ... $19.99 29.98
A fantastic vintage performance from the legendary Ray Charles – his first concert outside the US, spread out over four different nights at the Antibes Festival in France in 1961! This package brings together the full performance for the first time ever – not only including material from all four nights that Ray played the festival, but also bonus tracks that feature Charles on piano with other singers too. The tunes are a nice mix of the jazzier style of the last few Atlantic albums, with some of the more familiar R&B of Ray's 50s singles – and titles include "Lil Darlin", "The Story", "Georgia On My Mind", "What'd I Say", "My Bonnie", "One Mint Julep", "Hornful Soul", "Let The Good Times Roll", "Tell The Truth", "I Wonder", and "With You On My Mind". Bonus tracks feature material with Lula Reed, Joe Turner, Tommy Ridgely, and Guitar Slim – and the 4CD set features 61 tracks in all. CD

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Ray CharlesWhat'd I Say (180 gram mono pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $17.99 19.98
A pivotal album for Ray Charles – one that features the sweet electric piano jammer "What'd I Say" – offered up here in 2 parts, and a track that would become the prototype for so many funk songs in years to come! There's a vibe here that really takes off from the R&B of the earlier years – showing Charles as a pivotal force in the move towards soul music – both from an instrumental and vocal standpoint! The Raelettes back Ray up on most tracks – and other tracks include "Rockhouse (parts 1 & 2)", "Roll With My Baby", "You Be My Baby", "Jumpin In The Mornin", and "What Kind Of Man Are You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Record Store Crawl Exclusive pressing, limited to brick & mortar stores. Just 500 copies!)

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CharmainesI Idolize You – The Fraternity Recordings 1960 to 1964 ... LP
Fraternity/Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
A long-overdue collection of work by this sublime Ohio soul group of the 60s – a trio of lovely ladies with a really tremendous sound! The Charmaines – also known as Gigi & The Charmaines – are hardly the girl group cliche you might think from their sweet name and the image on the cover – and on most of the numbers here, they're hard-rolling at a pace that's somewhere between the best Detroit Northern Soul of the time, and some of the sweeter female soul that was coming out of Chicago at the end of the 60s. This package focuses mostly on the group's Fraternity Records singles, including a few unissued tracks – and titles include "GI Joe (first version)", "I Idolize You", "On The Wagon", "Goodbye Baby Goodbye", "Rockin Pneumonia", "Rockin Old Man", "Where Is The Boy Tonight", "All You Gotta Do", and "What Kind Of Girl" – plus their work with Lonnie Mack on "Money" and "Sticks & Stones", and with Carl Edmondson on "Baby Please Don't Go". LP, Vinyl record album

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Chi-LitesSteppin' Out (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Private I/FTG, 1981. New Copy ... $7.99 12.98
A sweet new groove from The Chi-Lites – working here as a trio, and stepping out with a lean groove to match! The album's got the 80s soul vibe you'd expect from the group's image on the cover – lots of keyboards and beats alongside the vocals – which themselves are slightly transformed by the approach, and come across with a bit more boldness than in the early days. Eugene Record is still at the helm – and wrote most of the tracks on the set, and was also the driving spirit of the project. Original members Marshall Thompson and Robert Lester complete the group – and titles include "Do What You Want", "Stop What You're Doin", "Gimme Whatcha Got", "Little Girl", "Runnin Around", and "Let Today Come Back Tomorrow". CD features bonus tracks "Gimme Whatcha Got (7 inch mix)", "Gimme Whatcha Got (club)", "Gimme Whatcha Got (dub)", "Stop What You're Doin (club)", "Stop What You're Doin (inst)", and "Let Today Come Back Tomorrow (7" mix)". CD

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Leonard ChinWhat More Can I Say (dance mix 83, original) ... 7-inch
Sanity/Pepite (Switzerland), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
A sweet modern soul stepper – a cut that's been lost for years, and is definitely one of those rare gems worth discovering! "What More Can I Say" has this jazzy vibe that comes from sweet guitar stepping over the midtempo groove – while a warm vocal group harmonizes with mellow, soulful energy! The "dance mix 83" has a bit of a reggae rhythm, but very subtle – and the chromatic quality of the guitar really sounds great in the setting! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Steven A ClarkWhere Neon Goes To Die ... CD
Secretly Canadian, 2018. New Copy ... $7.99 14.98
Really compelling music from Steven A Clark – a singer who's definitely in a contemporary soul vein, but who also seems to be using all these references from the 80s – but in an unusual way! Unlike other singers who go straight for an 80s bass or boogie mode, Steven instead almost feels like he's sampling old records from the catalogs of labels like 4AD, Factory, or Creation – then using those sounds in the background to create these really unique colors and sonic elements – all while working on lyrics that are relatively straightforward! Imagine if David Sylvian ever produced a soul record, and you'll get part of the picture – but Clark is definitely his own man throughout, on titles that include "Evil Woman", "Feel This Way", "Maria Under The Moon", "On & On", "Did I Hurt U", "Days Like This", and "What Can I Do". CD
Also available Where Neon Goes To Die (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 8.99

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Steven A ClarkWhere Neon Goes To Die (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Secretly Canadian, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 19.98
Really compelling music from Steven A Clark – a singer who's definitely in a contemporary soul vein, but who also seems to be using all these references from the 80s – but in an unusual way! Unlike other singers who go straight for an 80s bass or boogie mode, Steven instead almost feels like he's sampling old records from the catalogs of labels like 4AD, Factory, or Creation – then using those sounds in the background to create these really unique colors and sonic elements – all while working on lyrics that are relatively straightforward! Imagine if David Sylvian ever produced a soul record, and you'll get part of the picture – but Clark is definitely his own man throughout, on titles that include "Evil Woman", "Feel This Way", "Maria Under The Moon", "On & On", "Did I Hurt U", "Days Like This", and "What Can I Do". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition yellow vinyl pressing – with download!)
Also available Where Neon Goes To Die ... CD 7.99

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Jimmy Cliff & OthersHarder They Come ... LP
Island, 1972. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A record that's not only a landmark in Jamaican music – but also a set that was to reggae what Curtis Mayfield's Superfly was to 70s soul! In other words, the set not only raised the bar for all the competition, it also ended up in a lot more record collections than most of them too – maybe in part because it was a soundtrack, as was Superfly – but also because it has this global power that makes it a defining album of the genre! Jimmy Cliff is obviously the mainman here, but there's help from other key players in the growing reggae scene – and titles include Jimmy's classic "You Can Get It If You Really Want", in two versions – plus two takes on "The Harder They Come", "Many Rivers To Cross", and "Sitting In Limbo" – plus "Sweet & Dandy" and "Pressure Drop" by The Maytals, "007" by Desmond Dekker, "Johnny Too Bad" by The Slicers, "Draw Your Brakes" by Scotty, and "Rivers Of Babylon" by The Melodians. LP, Vinyl record album
(Later UK pressing with blue labels, including the round corner inner sleeve.)

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Billy CobhamBC ... LP
Columbia, 1979. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A funky fusion classic from superdrummer Billy Cobham – a set done in collaboration with producer Wayne Henderson, who helps give the whole thing a soulful focus you might not find on Cobham albums from a few years before! The drums are strong, but never too jamming – and instead, they're used here in the best sort of funky soul way – alongside keyboards from Bobby Lyle, and some occasional vocals too – in that best mix of jazz and soul that you'd find in other Wayne Henderson/At Home productions of the time! We honestly love Cobham even more in such a setting as this – as he can sometimes take things too far on his more rock-oriented records, but always sticks right on the money with gems like these! Titles include "Oh Mendocino", "Dana", "What Is Your Fantasy", "The Lonely Bull", and "Bring Up The House Lights". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a light stain along the opening.)

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✨✧ Bootsy CollinsBootsy? Player Of The Year ... CD
Warner, 1978. Used ... $4.99
What can we say? Bootsy's on top of the world here – not only The Player Of The Year, but also the most soulful artist in the P-Funk stable, and a master of the smooth sly slinky groove that would forever be taken up by bands from LA – both in the immediate soul years, and in later sampling hip hop ones. The record's got a sophisticated soul approach that moves the music way past slapped basslines and funny glasses – and thanks to top-line musicianship, including some help from Fred Wesley, Bootsy avoids any cliches that might have buried this one under the mountain of P-Funk albums hitting the market at the same time. Includes the monster track "Hollywood Squares" – plus "May The Force Be With You", "Very Yes", "Bootsy?", and "Bootzilla". CD
Also available Bootsy? Player Of The Year ... LP 16.99

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Bootsy CollinsBootsy? Player Of The Year ... LP
Warner, 1978. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $16.99
What can we say? Bootsy's on top of the world here – not only The Player Of The Year, but also the most soulful artist in the P-Funk stable, and a master of the smooth, sly, slinky groove that would forever be taken up by bands from LA – both in the immediate soul years and in later sampling hip hop ones. The record's got a sophisticated soul approach that moves the music way past slapped basslines and funny glasses – and thanks to top-line musicianship, including some help from Fred Wesley, Bootsy avoids any cliches that might have buried this one under the mountain of P-Funk albums hitting the market at the same time. Includes the monster track "Hollywood Squares" – plus "May The Force Be With You", "Very Yes", "Bootsy?", and "Bootzilla". LP, Vinyl record album
(Die-cut glasses are intact.)
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CommodoresCaught In The Act ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Wicked early funk from The Commodores – a group that spent so much time on pop ballads in later years, it's hard to believe they could be this sharp and hard-edged! There's plenty of that bass-heavy style that would later dominate many Motown combos at the end of the 70s – but the group's really in control of the groove on this one, without any of the cliches that such bassery could lead them into – and production is nicely restrained, so that the whole thing has the loose, live feel of some of the best ensemble funk of the time – even some of the gems from the underground. Lionel Ritchie contributed one nice smooth soul number, "This Is Your Life", and the rest of the album includes "Let's Do It Right", "Wide Open", "The Bump", "Look What You've Done To Me", and the funk classic "Slippery When Wet". CD
(Part of the Motown Did It First Series!)

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Con Funk ShunFever/Electric Lady ... CD
Mercury/Cherry Red (UK), 1983/1985. New Copy ... $12.99
80s magic from Con Funk Shun – a pair of albums back to back! Fever is one of the sweetest-grooving albums ever from Con Funk Shun – proof that the group was almost better when they tightened things up a bit! The set was produced by Deodato at the height of his hit-making soul powers – and it's got a sharpness that really helps bring the Con Funk Shun groove into focus – a style that's not nearly as commercial as Deodato's work with Kool & The Gang, but which shares a similar blend of jazz and modern soul elements! Most tracks groove nicely, even some of the mellower ones – and Deodato's got a perfect balance in the sound of the set – keyboards, beats, and bass all in the right places, with plenty of soulful vocals flowing warmly over the top. Titles include "Don't Let Your Love Grow Cold", "Hard Lovin", "If I'm Your Lover", "Can You Feel The Groove Tonight", "Indiscreet Sweet", and "Baby I'm Hooked". Electric Lady is a relatively beat-heavy set from Con Funk Shun – one that has them moving into some of the same spaces as their ensemble funk contemporaries, and using a bit more programmed rhythms than before! Given their pedigree with grooves, the group still manages to keep things soulful – and the album's still got the group at their funky best – and is definitely not in the vein of some of the more commercial work of this type from the mid 80s. Lead vocals are mostly by Michael Cooper, and titles include "Turn The Music Up", "Electric Lady", "Don't Go", "Circle Of Love", "Pretty Lady", "Tell Me What You're Gonna Do", and "I'm Leaving Baby". CD

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Ruth CopelandI Am What I Am (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A second sublime set from Ruth Copeland – a funky female singer from the Detroit scene of the early 70s, with key ties to the P-Funk universe, and a unique groove that mixes singer/songwriter modes with the fuzzier funkier elements of artists like Betty Davis or Yvonne Fair! There's a bit more emphasis on soul here than the funk of Copeland's previous efforts – but in a way that makes for an even more impressive record overall, especially when you realize that Ruth arranged and produced the whole thing. George Clinton and Eddie Hazel both had a hand in co-writing songs with Copeland – and instrumentation features Hazel on guitar, plus Bernie Worrell on piano – so there's still a key P-Funk link. Titles include the breakbeat track "Suburban Family Lament", the fuzzy stoner funk number "Don't You Wish You Had", and covers of the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter" and "Play With Fire" – plus "Crying Has Made Me Stronger", "Hare Krishna", and "The Medal". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bill CosbySilver Throat – Bill Cosby Sings ... LP
Warner, 1967. Very Good ... $1.99
A weird little record from Bill Cosby – a set that's not as all-out funky as some of his other vocal albums, but still pretty nice overall! The style here is more bluesy than soul-based, but production is still by Fred Smith, of 103rd Street Rhythm Band fame – and the album has a sense of grit that's a lot stronger than you might guess. Many of the tunes are covers from an older R&B era, and Cosby takes them with an approach that's a bit tongue-in-cheek at times – kind of garbling the lyrics and muddying up the sound, even though we know he can sing a bit more clearly from other records! There's certainly a few tracks that have a nice gritty soul sound, and titles include the great "Little Ole Man" which is basically Bill doing a skit over the "Uptight" rhythm – plus "Bright Lights Big City", "Big Boss Man", "Hush Hush", "Baby What You Want Me To Do", "Mojo Workout", "Doncha Know", and "Place In The Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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CrusadersChain Reaction (Original Master Recording) ... LP
Mobile Fidelity/Blue Thumb, 1975. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
On this one, the Crusaders definitely crossed from jazz into funk – but who cares, because the album's so darn great! The record's got a tight LA groove, with some excellent electric keyboards, sweet sax solos, and tight drumming throughout. True proof that sometimes a lot of money can be put to good use to improve a band's sound in the studio – and with the tracks to back it up, like "Creole", "Chain Reaction", "Rainbow Visions", "Hallucinate", and "Soul Caravan". This is album is to jazz funk what Steely Dan's Aja was to 70s rock! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ CrystalsHe's A Rebel ... LP
Philles, 1963. Very Good ... $14.99
Sublime sounds from The Crystals – one of the coolest, grooviest girl soul groups of the 60s – thanks to superb work in the studio from the legendary Phil Spector! The sound here is a pefect balance between pop and soul – definitely with vocals bold enough to warrant the latter, but supported by perfect wall of sound production, Jack Nitzsche arrangements, and razor-sharp Wrecking Crew instrumentation – so that the whole thing soars to the heavens on magical waves of sound! The album shares a number of tracks with the group's Twist Uptown album, but the overall mood is a bit different – and tracks include the wonderful "He Hit Me (It Felt Like A Kiss)" – a song that really illustrates the complexity of early material like this – plus the Wall Of Sound classics "Uptown", "Oh Yeah Maybe Baby", "He's Sure The Boy I Love", "What A Way To Turn Seventeen", "I Love You Eddie", and "No One Ever Tells You". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram Sundazed pressing.)

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Xavier CugatCugi's Cocktails ... LP
Mercury, 1963. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Cugat and cocktails – what could be better? The set's a bit later than Xavier Cugat's classic vintage – but in a really nice way, one that has him opening up with some groovy 60s rhythms! The style is still heavily Latin, but there's also some nice influences from bossa nova and some of the dance trends that were creeping into the dancefloors of the time – and arranger Hal Mooney gives the whole thing a playful kind of approach that's still as rhythmic and percussive as Cugat's other albums, but which also uses the horn charts to carve some nice colors over the top! Titles include the excellent original "Cugi's Cocktail" – a great slow-groover with a soul jazz finish – plus "Manhattan", "Zombie", "Singapore", "Daiquiri", "Old Fashioned", and "Cuba Libre". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo black label pressing with deep groove.)

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Giovanni DamicoBoogie Tracks ... LP
Star Creature, 2019. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A sweet set of largely instrumental Italo electro funk and spacey 80s synth soul inspired grooves from Giovanni Damico! Giovanni delivers what's really becoming a something of a signature Star Creature sound – a deep love for the 80s era synth and drum programming, but strongly resonant of post-millennium modern funk – with a lot of other diverse touches layered in, including occasional vocoder and vocals, more insistent, old school hip hop inspired drum programming and more. Titles Includes "Spazio E Tempo", " "Boogie Erogeno", "Bday Mood", "Puma Beat", "Rize Up", "The G-Sound", "New Directions" and "Stream Of Souls". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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