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✨✧ Don PullenMilano Strut ... LP
Black Saint (Italy), 1978. Near Mint- ... $8.99
Wonderful duets between pianist Don Pullen and percussionist Famoudou Don Moye – a record that's a lot more outside than most of Pullen's other sides from the time! The overall sound is quite free and improvised – wild lines on piano, and a bit of organ, from Pullen – and some very earthy percussion from Moye, plus some drums that get a bit more bombastic. After the initial frenzy of the tune "Conversation", the album gets a bit more introspective in more familiar Pullen territory on titles like "Communication" and "Milano Strut" – the latter of which features Don on organ, almost in slow-grooving funky mode. Things end on a pretty raucous note, though – going strongly outside again on the track "Curve Eleven". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Hilton RuizStrut ... LP
Novus, 1989. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker on back.)

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Andy Simpkins QuintetSummer Strut ... LP
Discovery, 1984. Very Good+ ... $3.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Young-Holt UnlimitedSoulful Strut ... LP
Brunswick, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $5.99
A funky soul instrumental classic – all the way through! The team of Eldee Young and Redd Holt first came to prominence with Ramsey Lewis' first Chicago trio, then branched out on their own as a jazz act – but by the time of this set, they'd picked up a hipper, funkier late 60s sort of soul groove – and were working with larger backings and a nice deal of extra bass! The pianist in the group is the super-dope Ken Chaney – a player who uses space as much as he uses notes – providing a cool counterpoint to the funky and jazzy riffing of the Young/Holt bass/drum combo. The album includes the landmark track "Soulful Strut" – with tinkling piano over funky backings mixed with sweetened strings – and other tracks include "Funky Is As Funky Does", "Baby Your Light Is Out", "Who's Making Love", "Ain't There Something Money Can't Buy?", "Be By My Side", and "Please Sunrise". A high point in the Chicago soul scene – with backings by Willie Henderson! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Pucho & His Latin Soul BrothersPucho's Descarga (aka Jungle Strut) ... LP
Andale, 1993. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A great lost album from Pucho & The Latin Soul Brothers – not classic vintage, despite the front cover image, but an excellent session from the early 90s that still has Pucho very much at the top of his game! The album's way heavier than some of Pucho's other material from the period – and only got slight circulation under the title Jungle Strut – as a record that really returns to the vibe of early 70s funky Prestige Records –w ith work from the legendary Pazant Brothers on horns, plus Melvin Sparks on guitar, Willie Bivens on vibes, and Bernard Purdie on drums! The sound is great – nice and raw, with a real emphasis on Purdie's funk – and titles include "Strange Thing", "Got Myself A Good Man", "Pucho's Descarga", "Soul Sauce", and "Bang Bang Lulu". LP, Vinyl record album
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Kondi BandSalone ... LP
Strut (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99 23.99
Very cool sounds from a wonderful pairing of sources – the ancient African thumb piano and contemporary funky production – at a level that's almost a 21st Century update of the American 70s kalimba experiments by Phil Cohran and Earth Wind & Fire! There's moments here that definitely seem to evoke the latter's mix of kalimba and clubby grooves – but in a much more stripped-down way that puts the instrument strongly upfront, to carry most of the tune – while very tasteful beats and basslines set up a groove! The mode might sound hokey – and in the wrong hands it could be – but the approach is wonderful here, and very much in the best legacy of the older Afro Funk reissues we've loved from the Strut label. Titles include "Yeanoh", "Thank You Mama", "Belle Wahalla", "Titi Dem Too Service", "Don Don Mi Money", "Kondi Instrumental", "You Wan Married", "Thogolobea (LV rmx)", "Y'Alimamy (Chief Boima rmx)", and "Without Money No Family (Chief Boima rmx)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Seun Kuti & Egypt 80Black Times ... LP
Strut (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 28.99
Some of the most righteous and furiously funky Afro Soul since Fela Kuti's prime – and it's beyond appropriate for such a committed, perfect personification of a classic sound via a modern player come from Fela's own son Seun! As strident as Seun's approach is, much like his father at his best, the call for revolution is as personal and soulful as it is political – this is a universal that's as riveting as you'd hope. Joined by veterans of the Egypt 80 band that Fela helped form back in the day, and featuring guests as legendary as Carlos Santana – who sounds SO good in a supporting roll on an Afro Soul tune – and modern soul jazz heavy Robert Glasper, this is among the finest new albums on the Strut label in years. Includes "Last Revolutionary", "Black Times" feat Carlos Santana, "Corporate Public Control Department (CPCD)", "Kuku Kee Me", "Bad Man Lighter (BML)", "African Dreams", "Struggle Sounds" and "Theory Of Goat And Yam". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mulatu AstatkeMulatu Steps Ahead ... LP
Strut (UK), 2010. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99 25.99
Steps Ahead is just about the least we could say about Ethio jazz funk genius Mulatu Astatke – he not only remains on a creative high point after so many years, he takes a couple more giant strides on Mulatu Steps Ahead for Strut Records! To put it simply, the music Mulatu makes here more than lives up to his legendary work from the height of late 60s & early 70s years. The material was recorded in sessions in Boston and London, playing with the Either/Orchestra on the Boston sessions, plus members of the Heliocentrics and others – really hitting on diverse styles throughout, from spacious and eclectic jazz, to the classic Addis Ababa nightclub sound, to grittier kinda crime jazz soundtrack styles and some Afro Latin inspirations. Wonderful recent work well worth Mulatu's legacy! Titles include "Radcliffe", "Green Africa", "The Way To Be Nice", "Assosa", "I Faram Gami I Faram", "Mulatu's Mood", "Ethio Blues", "Boogaloo" and "Motherland". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Mulatu Steps Ahead ... CD 11.99

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Orchestre Les MangelepaLast Band Standing ... LP
Strut (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ... $22.99 23.99
A legendary East African band – finally given their due on the international scene! The set's got all the sharp edges and rich charms of older work by Orchestre Les Mangelepa – but there's also a focused clarity, and maybe even a maturity of presentation that's really nice too – never too polished or commercial, but perhaps a new sense of energy from the group as they spread their music out to a global audience. The lineup mixes original members with some younger musicians – and there's an especially strong sense of vocal interplay on some of the songs – lyrics traded back and forth over the tight percussion, horns, and guitar lines. Titles include "Maindusa", "Nyako Konya", "Ma Lilly", "Mimba", "Suzanna", "Mbungu", and "Malawi Zikomo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Sun RaIn Some Far Place – Roma 77 (180 gram pressing with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1977. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
Sun Ra made some really wonderful music in Rome during the year 1977 – heard most famously on his albums for the Horo Records label, and now on this unreleased session from the time! The album features Ra at his straightest, and most soulful – playing piano and other keyboards with just the drums of Luqman Ali for accompaniment – yet in a way that hardly makes us miss the fuller Arkestra sound at all! The music is incredible – free at some points, but also filled with a trans-historical sense of jazz that reminds us of Ra's longer legacy in music from the 30s onward – which seems to then make his work here on organ and electronics even more stunning! There's a bit of vocals on the set – some from Ra, but some from singer Thomas Thaddeus – and titles include "Ladybird/Half Nelson", "Trying To Put The Blame On Me", "Untitled 1", "Spontaneous Simplicity", "Space Is The Place", "I Cover The Waterfront", "How Am I To Know", and "Love In Outer Space". Really beautiful work – all studio sides, and quite different than other Ra recordings you might know. LP, Vinyl record album
(LP comes with bonus CD of entire album.)

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✨✧ Sun RaOf Abstract Dreams ... LP
Strut (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $22.99 23.99
A fantastic album from Sun Ra and the Arkestra – one that we'd rank right up there with our favorites on the Saturn Records label! The work here has never been issued, and it's extremely beautiful, too – pulled from a few just-discovered studio sessions done after the group was parting ways with Impulse Records, and mostly recording in a live environment! There's an intimacy to these studio tracks that's a nice difference from some of the more freewheeling live work of the period – moments that almost hearken back to the exotic jazz of the earliest Saturn years of the group, mixed with some other currents that seem to point the way towards the excellent Horo Records material to come – especially in the way Ra is phrasing things on his piano. Most groups are relatively small, and titles include the lovely "Island In The Sun" with Marshall Allen on some great flute; a studio take on "Unmask The Batman", better known from live sets, and a playful tune that hints at the group's work on the Dan & Dale Batman album in the 60s; a spiritual stormer "I'll Wait For You", with great piano from Ra and an excellent tenor solo from John Gilmore; and a take on "New Dawn" with work by Marshall Allen on alto, Elo Umoe on bass clarinet, and Danny Ray Thompson on baritone. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Of Abstract Dreams ... CD 13.99

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Sun RaTo Those Of Earth & Other Worlds – Presented By Gilles Peterson (with bonus CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 27.99
A really beautiful collection of rare tracks from Sun Ra – put together by the mighty Gilles Peterson, who we've trusted for years to give us some of the most soulful, cosmic music on this planet! Gilles has a wonderful ear for a certain strand of sounds from Ra and the Arkestra – their more spacey, more spiritual moments – which are strung together in this wicked double-length collection – which also includes a few tracks never issued before! The inside is as beautiful as the cover, and the whole thing's got copious notes on the music – including some track-by-track details that never showed up on some of the original records. 2LP set features 16 tracks in all – with titles that include "When There Is No Sun", "Spontaneous Simplicity", "Love In Outer Space (voc)", "On Jupiter, "We Travel the Spaceways", "Sleeping Beauty", "Mystery Mr Ra", "Blackman", "The All Of Everything", "The World Of Africa", "They Plan To Leave", "Children Of The Sun", "Dreaming", "Black Sky & Blue Moon", "Enlightenment", and "India". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available To Those Of Earth & Other Worlds – Presented By Gilles Peterson ... CD 15.99

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Sun Ra & OthersSingles – The Definitive 45s Collection Vol 1 – 1952 to 1961 (3LP set – with download) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $32.99 34.99
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more desperate times, the 7" single turned out to be a very affordable format to try out new ideas – including some great projects with other artists! The array of work presented here is stunning – as the set includes some very up-close and personal moments with Ra on record, plus some tight jazzy tracks from the Arkestra, surprising vocal group material designed to crack the R&B market, and some especially cool projects with other singers too. The package is put together with very detailed notes on all the singles – and while the bulk of this material comes from the key Arkestra years of the late 50s through the early 80s, there's also a few tracks from other dates too – including a handful of songs that were only issued as 45s in later years. Vinyl Part 1 is a 3LP set that focuses on the earliest years – with a total of 35 tracks in all – and titles include "Chicago USA" by The Nu Sounds, "I'm Coming Home" by Billie Hawkins, "Softalk" by Sun Ra, "Demon's Lullaby" by Le Sun Ra, "It's Christmas Time" by The Qualities, "M Uck M Uck (Matt Matt)" by Yochanan, "Bye Bye" by The Cosmic Rays, "October" by Sun Ra, "Adventur In Space" by Sun Ra, "Back In Your Own Backyard" by Hattie Randolph, "The Sun One" by Yochanan, "Dreaming" by The Cosmic Rays, "The Sun Man Speaks" by Yochanan, "Daddy's Gonna Tell You No Lie" by The Cosmic Rays, "Last Call For Love" by Billie Hawkins, and "Super Blonde" by Sun Ra. LP, Vinyl record album
(Special vinyl mastering – includes rare artwork, notes, and information on all the titles!)

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Souljazz OrchestraResistance ... LP
Strut (UK), 2015. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Hard to resist the groove of a group this great – one of the longer-running Afro Funk combos around, and one of the best too! The group definitely have a touch of the soulful jazz promised by their name – thanks to strong solos on alto, tenor, and baritone – which often break out from the tight, rhythmic frenzy of percussion, drums, and keyboards! Most cuts have vocals, but the instrumental energy of the group is what really wins us – sharper than ever as the group keeps growing! Titles include "Shock & Awe", "Greet The Dawn", "Ware Wa", "Kossa Kossa", "Soleil Couchant", and "Bull's Eye". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD.)

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Souljazz OrchestraSolidarity ... LP
Strut (UK), 2012. Near Mint- ... $16.99
We've always loved these guys – but they really blow us away with this smoking album – a set that has them funkier than ever, yet also reaching out to embrace some great new styles too! The Afro Funk of their core is still firmly in place – yet there's also wider echoes of global sounds really being embraced by a younger generation – bits of Colombian rhythms, psychedelic inflections, and really vibrant instrumentation that helps make this record sparkle even more than their already-great previous efforts! Production is totally smoking, too – and makes the set feel more like a Soundway compilation of rare tracks from the 70s than a contemporary set – definitely another plus in our book. Titles include "Cartao Postal", "Kelen Ati Leen", "Bibinay", "Kingpin", "Conquering Lion", "Tanbou Lou", and "Nijaay". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ebo TaylorLife Stories – Highlife & Afrobeat Classics 1973 to 1980 ... LP
Strut (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
Great Ghana grooves from Ebo Taylor – a tremendous collection of his funkiest 70s work – and a much-needed reintroduction of his talents to the world at large! Much of the music here has strong links with more familiar Afro Funk – but the overall approach is often a bit unique, too – lots more guitar in the rhythms at times, in ways that echo the lighter lyricism of highlife, yet all without losing the commitment to bottom sounds that made 70s changes in African music so great! The package does a great job of archaeology – bringing together not just cuts recorded under Taylor's own name, but also work with other groups too – all in a set that offers plenty in the way of notes and historical details, too. 2LP set features 12 titles that include "Heaven", "Aba Yaa", "Atwer Abroba", and "Peace On Earth" by Ebo Taylor, "Tamfo Nyi Akyir" by Apagya Showband, "Ohiani Sua Efir" by Asasse Ase, "Ene Nyame Nam A Mensuor" by Pat Thomas & Ebo Taylor, "Egya Edu" by Ebo Taylor & The Pelikans, and "Love & Death" by Ebo Taylor & Uhuru Yenzu. LP, Vinyl record album

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

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

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VariousSofrito – Tropical Discotheque ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 70s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
The debut compilation from Hugo Mendez and the Sofrito collective on Strut – tropical dancefloor grooves from Africa, the Caribbean and South American – featuring Banda Los Hijos De La Nina Luz, Frente Cumbiero, Fair Nick Stars, Victor Uwaifo, "Dany Play", Quantic Y Su Conjunto Los Miticos Del Ritmo, Roaring Lion and more! The basis is the Sofrito parties that began in East London in the mid 80s, where lovers of vintage Latin and African dance music got together and brought tropical grooves to an appreciative British club scene. It's great stuff all the way! Titles include "Quiero Amanacer" by Banda Los Hikos De La Nina Luz, "Je Ne Bois Pas Beaucomp" by Les Ya Toupas Du Zaire, "Arrete Mal Parle" by Fair Nick Stars, "Descarga Bontempi" by El Timba, "Fa'Waka (Pt 1)" by Dany Play, "Cumbia De Mochilla" by Quantic Y Su Conjunto Los Miticos Del Ritmo, "Yiri Yiri Boum" by Gnonnas Pedro" and more. 15 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousWalter Gibbons – Jungle Music – Mixed With Love – Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976 to 1986 ... LP
Strut, Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
A wealth of stellar Walter Gibbons mixes of underground disco, club soul and funky dancefloor gems – 12" mixes, edits, remixes that are some of the coolest disco and post disco you'll ever need – as well as an incredible portrait of the artistry of Walter Gibbons, one the most pivotal figures in late 70s and early 80s DJ culture! It features funked up versions of club classics and comparable rarities, Walter Gibbons mixes of cuts by Gladys Knight, Arthur Russell, Betty Lavette, Jakki and more – 8 tracks on 2 LPs, most on the longer side for maximum club funk hypnosis. Compiled by Quinton Scott, the material is not continually mixed and it features avant club funk classics from rare 12"s on Salsoul, Pyramid, West End and other labels as well as a few mixes that weren't released on wax at the time. A beautifully put together tribute by a true legend – and another essential compilation from put together for Strut Records! Includes "Sun...Sun...Sun (Walter Gibbons Original 12" Edit)" by Jakki, "You Are My Love (12" Version)" by Sandy Mercer, "Doin' The Best That I Can (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix)" by Bettye Lavette, "I've Been Searching (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix)" by Arts & Crafts, "Go Bang (Walter Gibbons Unreleased Mix)" by Dinosaur L and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sun Ra & OthersSingles – The Definitive 45s Collection Vol 2 – 1962 to 1991 (3LP set – with download) ... LP
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more desperate times, the 7" single turned out to be a very affordable format to try out new ideas – including some great projects with other artists! The array of work presented here is stunning – as the set includes some very up-close and personal moments with Ra on record, plus some tight jazzy tracks from the Arkestra, surprising vocal group material designed to crack the R&B market, and some especially cool projects with other singers too. The package is put together with very detailed notes on all the singles – and while the bulk of this material comes from the key Arkestra years of the late 50s through the early 80s, there's also a few tracks from other dates too – including a handful of songs that were only issued as 45s in later years. This limited part 2 of the vinyl set features wonderful tracks from later years – including "The Blue Set", "Space Loneliness", "State Street", "Love In Outer Space", "Mayan Temple", "Quest", "Rough House Blues", "Journey To Saturn", "Blues On Planet Mars", "The Bridge", "Rocket #9", "The Perfect Man", "Outer Space Plateau", "Extensions", "Orbitration In Blue", "A Blue One", "Big City Blue", "I'm Gonna Unmask The Batman", "Saturn Moon", "Disco 2021", "Sometimes I'm Happy", "I Am The Instrument", "Cosmic Drama", "Nuclear War", "Hell #1", and "Cosmo-Extensions" – plus the tracks "Tell Her To Come On Home" and "I'm Making Believe" by Little Mack. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download.)

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✨✧ Souljazz OrchestraUnder Burning Skies ... LP
Strut, 2017. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Excellent work from Souljazz Orchestra – a group who've consistently been one of the strongest contemporary Afro Funk ensembles for the past decade or so! There's a richness to the Souljazz approach that sets them apart from other groups that might just be going through the motions – especially in the way that they always know that the sound of the sum of their parts is very reliant on the parts – which mean that the individual musicians are quite strong, and burst out with very vibrant energy every time they get to take a solo! These guys are also never stuck in a groove – and really have found a way to refine and update their sound – this time around by maybe borrowing a bit more from some early 80s African roots and styles, of the sort that have had strong discovery in recent years. Titles include "Dog Eat Dog", "Lufunki", "Under Burning Skies", "Adawe Boogie", "Aduna Jarul Naawo", "Tambour A Deux Peaux", and "Oblier Pour Un Jour". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Under Burning Skies ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ VariousOte Maloya – The Birth Of Electric Maloya On Reunion Island – 1975 to 1986 ... LP
Strut (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from Reunion Island – a relatively tiny spot, but one that's always had a very compelling cultural legacy! The nation was completely deserted four hundred years ago, and has been populated by waves of colonization from Europe, Africa, and Asia – which has made for a very unique hybrid of cultures and sounds over the years! These tracks are from a key point in the island's musical development – a time when older ideals were electrified slightly – in ways that almost remind us of some of the compelling Caribbean grooves of the period, or some of the post-colonial material from Paris – but with a much funkier sound overall. In true Strut Records spirit, the music here is instantly appealing, right from the start – even if you don't know any history behind the scene – but also in the label's best tradition, the package is stuffed with detailed notes, images of older records, and lots more too – which will give you plenty to learn while you enjoy the grooves. Titles include "Commandeur" by Pierrot Vidot, "Mi Bord A Toe" by Vivi, "C'Est Le Meme Cadence" by Gaby Et Les Soul Men, "Se Pi Bodie" by Ti Vock, "Reveil Creole" by Groupe Dago, "Serre Serre Pas" by Gilberte, "La Rosee Si Feuilles Songes" by Cameleon, "Maloya Ton Tisane" by Michou, "Defoule 3e Age" by Daniel Sandie, "Moin Las Pas Fait Tout Sel" by Jean Claude Viadere, "P'Tit Femme Mon Gate" by Cormoran Group, "Sega Le Sport" by Marie Helen Et Ses Creol's, and "Tantine Zaza" by Francoise Guimbert. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Joe King Kologbo & The High GraceSugar Daddy (with bonus download) ... LP
Electromat/Strut (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Joe King Kologbo looks like quite a sugar daddy on the cover here – and he definitely delivers the goods with this classic set from the start of the 80s! Side one features the extended title track – a groove that's got some currents of more global club in the mix, but which also has these great breakdown moments too – a cool percussion bit, an alto solo, and an especially weird spacey keyboard solo! There's chorus vocals on the cut – but at 15 minutes long, there's also a lot of room for the instrumental passages too. That vibe definitely continues with the two tracks on the flipside – "Come Back Lina" and "All Fingers Are Not Equal" – both of which are cool hybrid of highlife and club, with lots of wonderful instrumentation – including some cool work on tenor guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download!)

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Idris Ackamoor & The PyramidsWe Be All Africans (180 gram pressing – with CD) ... LP
Strut (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $28.99 29.99
Legendary reedman Idris Ackamoor is strongly back in action – working here with a new version of his classic Pyramids group from the 70s – with a groove that's every bit as righteous as their classic albums from back in the day! In truth, Ackamoor has been going strongly over the previous few decades – working on the west coast underground in a mode that's every bit as spiritual and righteous as his more famous material – which means that this new set is hardly some rescue from obscurity, and more just a focus of the spotlight on all the great sounds that Idris has been giving us on his self-released CDs! Yet this new album is definitely something extra-special, too – as Strut have given Ackamoore a real chance to open up with a group that also features the great Babatunde Lea on percussion, as well as two female singers who really help deliver the message in the music. Iris himself plays alto and tenor – and titles include "Rhapsody In Berlin", "Whispering Tenderness", "Clarion Call", "Traponga", "We Be All Africans", "Epiphany", and "Silent Days". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD.)
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✨✧ Ray Brown & Quincy JonesAdventurers ... LP
Symbolic, 1970. Very Good+ ... $19.99
A rare groover from the team of Ray Brown and Quincy Jones – a smoking little set that completely revises the music for The Adventurers! The original score for the film featured tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, played by Deodato – a great combination at the time, but completely different than the heavy funk laid out here by Ray and Quincy! The pair really cook things up strongly here – hitting some of the best funky vibes you'd hear on Quincy Jones scores from the late 60s and early 70s – or some of Ray Brown's funkiest jazz sessions of the time. Brown leads the band, and the set's produced by Quincy – who also arranged some tracks – with help from JJ Johnson, Tom Scott, and Jimmy Jones too. Titles include "Fat Cat Strut", "Polo Pony", "El Lobo's Marc", "Wishful Thinking", "Love Theme From The Adventurers", and "Go Down Dying". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ DeodatoNight Cruiser ... LP
Warner, 1980. Very Good- ... $3.99
A key record in Deodato's move from funky jazz in the 70s to modern soul in the 80s – and one that showcases the best of his talents in both genres! The approach here is more tightly arranged and produced than that of his earlier CTI sides – but in a mode that's still plenty nice to our ears – as Deodato's uncanny sense of rhythm and timing is still very firmly in place, making the set way way more than just a smooth jazz album – and pushing it strongly into the realm of soulful spacey fusion! There's some really great tracks on the set – like the amazing "Skatin", a sweet keyboard number that's a perfect roller skating jam (in case you couldn't guess from the title) – plus "Love Magic", "Uncle Funk", "East Side Strut", and "Night Cruiser". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear with tape on the seams.)

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DiazporaIslands ... LP
Legere (France), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99
A record with a cosmic cover, but a sound that's very down to earth – fierce deep funk, in the best Legere Records mode – played by a group who are currently one of the hardest-hitting acts on the funky label! The music's got the full-on power of Afro Funk – especially in the way that everything seems wrapped around the fast-moving rhythms on the upbeat cuts – but the sound is hardly Afro Funk at all – as these guys push things in all sorts of different grooves and currents, and also know how to throw in an offbeat or mellow rhythm when needed – which creates a great sense of freshness on the record. The lineup features alto, tenor, baritone, flute, and trumpet – plus some very strong drums and percussion, and nice use of riffing guitar. Titles include "Street Market", "Islands", "Kinshasa Strut", "Piece By Piece", "Moon", "Me & I", "Nap Xtra Long", and "Numbers". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dennis Dreith BandReunion ... LP
Everland (Austria), 2018. New Copy Gatefold ... $22.99
A contemporary album, but one that's got the feel of a funky big band session from years back – no surprise, as Dennis Dreith and many of these players brought plenty of that magic to the LA scene back in the day! The style here hearkens towards some of the MPS or US albums of the style from the 70s – with mostly acoustic elements from the horns, held together by rhythms from electric bass, drums, and keyboards – all to forge sharp ensemble passages that step aside for a bit when the soloist comes in – yet all still while nicely holding onto the groove. The charts are great – full of color and light – and soloists include Andy Macintosh on alto, Ron King and Dan Fornero on trumpet, Gary Herbig on tenor, and John Goux on guitar. Titles include "Karuna", "Holdin On", "Second Wind", "Orient Express", "Tai Che Strut", "Qvaznak", and "Eighty Six Ninety Five Sincerely". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Esso! Afrojam FunkbeatEsso! Afrojam Funkbeat ... LP
Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat, 2015. New Copy ... $9.99 18.98
Sweet work from a great Chicago combo – one who go way past the usual grooves you might expect from an ensemble of this nature! Sure, these guys have "Afro" in their name, but they don't just play Fela-styled sounds – and instead step into a warm, wide range of sounds – all of which they do incredibly well! There's a touch of Brazilian elements on the guitars at points, and some deeper contemporary soul on the great vocals from Vivian Garcia – a singer who really adds a lot to the music when she steps into the spotlight – and the group even play around with some more Caribbean influences from time to time, keeping things freshly diverse, but never in a way that sounds unplanned or out of control. Titles include "La Lluvia", "Locas", "Uno Somos Todos", "Sabrosa", "Esso Strut", and "Iwbwu". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Fame GangSolid Gold From Muscle Shoals ... LP
Fame, 1969. Very Good Gatefold ... $24.99
A very cool album of soul instrumentals, played by the session musicians responsible for creating (the second version of?) the Muscle Shoals sound – players like Clayton Ivey, Junior Lowe, Ronnie Eades, and Freeman Brown. The set's nicely packaged – in a gatefold cover, with shots of Muscle Shoals, the studio, the group, and Rick Hall, who produced the whole darn thing. The cuts themselves are pop and soul hits, done with slightly southern tinges – and titles include "Soulful Strut", "Choice Of Colors", "It's Your Thing", "Get Back", and "Too Weak To Fight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has large letters in marker on all sides & some waviness from moisture along the opening. Labels have some pen.)

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✨✧ Gentlemen & Their LadiesParty Time ... LP
Jean, 1974. Very Good- ... $18.99
A classic underground funk set from the 70s – and a record that definitely lives up to the party time promised in the title! The group have a really festive approach to funk – still as hard-hitting and sharp-edged as other indie contemporaries – but willing to open up and push things with a live sort of energy too – a vibe that's a bit like a funkier take on Jr Walker & The All-Stars – especially given the strong use of tenor on the tunes! The set's got two very long jamming numbers – "Party Bump (parts 1 & 2)" and "One More Time (parts 1 & 2)" – and other titles are all pretty nice too – including "You're Gonna Need", "Now Generation", and "Party Strut". Produced by George Kerr, arranged by Bert Keyes, and even the version of "Amazing Grace" comes out pretty nice too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has moderate waviness, flaking & paper separation due to moisture.)

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✨✧ Jef Gilson & Hal SingerSoul Of Africa ... LP
Le Chant Du Monde/Super Sonic Jazz (Netherlands), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $26.99
A groundbreaking set of work from the team of Jef Gilson and Hal Singer – a uniquely cross-cultural session recorded in the Paris scene of the 70s, and easily some of the best work ever from both musicians! Singer's probably best remembered on these shores for his older R&B tenor work of the 50s – but sometime during the 60s, he moved over to Paris, where he cut some mighty great music – including the legendary Paris Soul Food album, which predates this one by a few years. Gilson was always a great artist on the French scene – a modern pianist whose work of the 60s was always fresh and new, and a player who moved into more of a world jazz sensibility as the 70s approached. Together, both players work some real magic here – deep soul from Singers tenor, sharper tones from Gilson's piano – and a range of weird and wonderful notes from other players who include Bernard Lubat on vibes, Jacky Samson on bass, Frank Raholison on drums, and both Del Rabenja and Gerard Rakotoarivony on percussion – really helping the record live up to its "Africa" title! Samson's bass is especially amazing – roundly-toned, and incredibly soulful – as much so as his legendary work with Marco DiMarco, but pitched slightly differently here – and titles include "The High Life", "Liberation", "Mother Africa", "Chant Inca", and "Garvey's Strut". LP, Vinyl record album
(A beautiful pressing – in a heavy gatefold cover!)

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JJ Johnson/Martha ReevesWillie Dynamite – Original Soundtrack ... LP
MCA/Geffen, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $12.99 24.99
One of the greatest soundtracks of the blacksploitation era – served up with some incredible grooves from maestro JJ Johnson! The album's got a non-stop, hard-hitting groove that ranks it with the best of its time – and which is arguably even better, because most of the record isn't nearly as well known as Shaft, Superfly, or other classics. Martha Reeves sings some of the deepest vocals of her career on the great title track "Willie D" – an old sample cut that you're sure to recognize – and the instrumental tunes are even better, filled with great percussion and jazzy flourishes from JJ – in a style that really keeps things interesting! There's plenty of "chase" riffing on the album – and titles include "Willie Chase", "Parade Strut", "Make It Right", "Gospel Family", "Keep On Movin", and "Willie Escapes". LP, Vinyl record album

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Timo LassyLove Bullet ... LP
WeJazz (Finland), 2015. Sealed Gatefold ... $9.99
One of the straightest jazz projects we've heard in years from Timo Lassy – a set that really gets back to the kind of soulful sounds we first loved in his music – served up here with a wicked 60s vibe, and plenty of organ in the mix! The group's a quintet, with added percussion alongside the drums – and they give Lassy's bold, soulful tenor a backing that feels a lot like some lost soul jazz session on Prestige – not the crossover kind, but the more underground material that we really love from the label in the 60s. Jukka Eskola blows wonderful trumpet on three tunes – and Panu Savaolainen adds in some vibes on two more, for an almost Freddie McCoy-like sound – and titles include "Love Bullet", "Hip Or Not", "Fast Fabio", "We Jazz Theme", "Waltz Unsolved", and "Green Pepper Strut". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ramsey LewisSun Goddess ... LP
Columbia, 1974. Very Good- ... $4.99
One of our favorite Ramsey Lewis albums ever – and a perfect summation of the genius that was brewing on the Chicago scene in the late 60s and early 70s! The album has Ramsey working strongly with Earth Wind & Fire – no surprise, given his close ties to Maurice White, who was the drummer in Ramsey's trio before starting his own group – and the shared relationship both artists had with producer Charles Stepney! The three were all key parts of the late 60s sound at Chess Records – but here, they've brought the same soulful energy to Columbia – working in a wider, more mature groove for the 70s – one that has Lewis' wicked Fender Rhodes lines stretching out strongly over tight, compressed, funky lines from EWF! The centerpiece of the set is the massive 7 minute "Sun Goddess", but there's lots of other nice ones like "Living For The City", "Gemini Rising", and "Jungle Strut". Funky, electric, and sublimely wonderful all the way through! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear with a bit of red marker on the front.)

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Les McCannLayers ... LP
Atlantic/Get On Down, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... On February 23, 2018 (delayed)
This might well be the best album that Les McCann ever cut during the 70s! It's got some killer electric piano riffs, of the sort that are being sampled heavily today by the kids, and which are getting his music to a whole new generation. The tracks have a tight spacey funk sound, and they don't have any of the vocals that (we feel) can often get in the way of some of Les' later works! Loads of great tracks, including "The Harlem Buck Dance Strut" and "Dunbar High School Marching Band", both of which are nice and sexy and funky, and with a cool dope sound to them! Other tracks include "Before I Rest", "Soaring (At Sunset)", and "Sometimes I Cry". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jay McShannBig Apple Bash ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Sealed ... $4.99
A much groovier record than you might expect – hardly the older-styled jazz session normally associated with Jay McShann, and more of a wide-ranging session that brings in some great contemporary touches! The album's something of a celebration for Jay – and it features wonderful guest work from players who include Gerry Mulligan on baritone and soprano sax, Herbie Mann on flute and tenor sax, John Scofield on guitar, Doc Cheatham on trumpet, and Eddie Gomez on bass. A few tunes have an older Kansas City sort of swing, but others have a vamping groove that's really great – and these numbers really stand out in the set with some great solo moments. Titles include "Crazy Legs & Friday Strut", "Blue Feeling", "Jumpin The Blues", "Dickie's Dream", and "I'd Rather Drink Muddy Water". LP, Vinyl record album

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MetersMessage From The Meters – Complete Josie, Reprise, & Warner Singles 1968 to 1977 (3LP black vinyl pressing) ... LP
Real Gone, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold (reissue)... $50.99 54.99
Heavy soul by one of the funkiest groups of all time – New Orleans mighty Meters, a group who forever set a new standard with the classic singles featured in this package! The Meters are an instrumental group at their core – with a moody blend of heady basslines, bubbling organ, and scratchy guitar – made famous by their early singles on the Josie label, then taken to new heights as they moved to Warner/Reprise in the 70s, and came up with some even more complicated grooves! And while the group's albums are all great, it's definitely their singles that put the money where their funk is – creating these cool, compact, mostly-instrumental modes that pack a hell of a lot of punch in just a short space. The collection features 40 of these massive numbers – titles that include "Joog", "Sassy Lady", "No More Okey", "Trick Bag", "Mister Moon", "Find Yourself", "Chug Chug Chug (parts 1 & 2)", "The Flower", "Smiling", "Do The Dirt", "Africa", "People Say", "Running Fast (long version)", "Disco Is The Thing Today", "Hey Pocky A Way", "Stretch Your Rubber Band", "This Is My Last Affair", "Chicken Strut", "Sophisticated Cissy", "Cissy Strut", "Here Comes The Meter Man", "Ease Back", "Ann", "Dry Spell", "Little Old Money Maker", "Hey Last Minute", and "The World Is A Little Bit Under The Weather Doodle Oop". LP, Vinyl record album

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MetersMeters ... LP
Josie, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
One of the greatest albums ever in the history of funk – the first album by The Meters, and virtually the blueprint for countless funk records to come! The album's bubbling over with classics – all hard-hitting instrumentals played by the group in an effortlessly tight style, produced to perfection by Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn in their classic 60s New Orleans style. A blinding masterpiece of bass, drums, and scratchy guitar – with tracks that include "Cardova", "Cissy Strut", "Sophisticated Cissy", "Here Comes The Meter Man", "Ease Back", "Ann", "6V6 La", and "Live Wire". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MetersStruttin' ... LP
Josie, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
The Meters are struttin plenty here – stepping out with those hard, tight New Orleans grooves that practically changed the way funk sounded in the 60s! The album's one of their classic trio for Josie Records – all of which are sublime – and like the others, it's got this massive blend of whomping rhythms, bubbling Hammond, and scratchy guitar lines that make all the tunes plenty darn infectious. All tracks are great groovers – and titles include "Same Old Thing", "Joog", "Chicken Strut", "Liver Splash", "Hand Clapping Song", "Hey Last Minute", "Tippi-Toes", and "Ride Your Pony". A bucket of breaks in every track! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ David MurrayPeople's Choice ... LP
Cecma (Italy), 1988. Very Good+ ... $28.99
A unique and hard to find European LP from the late 80s by David Murray, performing as the David Murray Chamber Jazz Quartet, and featuring Hugh Ragin on trumpet and flugelhorn, Abdul Wadud on cello and Fred Hopkins on bass next to Murray's tenor and bass clarinet. It appears as though the "chamber jazz" tag may come from the drummer-less lineup, but the music is very much in lone with what you'd expect from Murray and these cohorts, nice compositions in a post loft mode that's still very informed by swing based playing, with multilinear improvisation alternating with spacious solos and wry heads and melody parts. 5 numbers in all, including "Booty Butt Baboon Breakdown", "Thanks", "Mingus Eyes", "Kehil's Turnaround" and "Capetwon Strut/Kwelli: Dyani?". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson Trio Plays ... LP
Verve, 1964. Very Good ... $3.99
The Oscar Peterson Trio plays – and pretty nicely too! The album's got a simple, unassuming cover and title – but it delivers some rock-solid grooves that are very much in the spirit of Peterson's famous sound in the 60s – that classic combination of piano, bass, and drums delivered with the help of Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen – both players who helped Oscar set a whole new standard in piano jazz! Titles include the great groover "The Strut" – plus "Little Darlin", "Fly Me To The Moon", "This Nearly Was Mine", "Let's Fall In Love", and "Little Right Foot". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some aging.)

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Sun RaSun Embassy ... LP
Roaratorio, 1968/1969. New Copy ... $21.99
Rare late 60s material from the Sun Ra Arkestra – all recorded at their home turf in Philly at the time – in the very comfortable setting of the Sun Studios! The music here is really beautiful – different than some of the more freewheeling live performances of the period, and maybe even sometimes hinting at deeper spiritual currents that would emerge in the 70s – but on shorter tracks that each have their own sort of flavor, amidst a fair bit of swinging, soulful moments! Most groups here are relatively small – the biggest appears to be a septet – and key players include John Gilmore on tenor and clarinet, Danny Davis on alto, Marshall Allen on alto and flute, Walter Miller on trumpet, Ronnie Boykins on bass, and Nimrod Hunt, Danny Ray Thompson, and Lex Humphries on percussion. Ra himself plays a nicely wide range of electric keyboards – Yamaha organ, clavinet, and Spacemaster – as well as percussion – and titles include "The Stranger", "Dance Of Fire", "Cosmic Strut", "Sun Embassy", "Walk Around Saturn", "Why Go To The Moon", "Sunology", "My Reality Is Real", and "Ancient Aethiopia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Sunny & The SunlinersMissing Link (2017 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Key Loc/Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99
One of the coolest albums ever from Sunny & The Sunliners – and one of the funkiest too! The set still has the group handling some of the fragile harmonies and Texas-styled sounds of other records, but it also has them taking on James Brown and The Meters – both of whom give the album a harder, funkier edge than ever before – and whose sound also seems to inflect the group's original material too! The album's worth it alone for its great covers of "Cissy Strut" and "Soul Pride" – and other titles include "Madrid", "Uno", "Duffy", "Rosita Bonita", "Boo Boo", and "Pressure Cooker". A few tunes are more in their familiar Tex Mex mode – but the funky numbers more than make up for that! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited ediiton of 1000!)
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BohannonCut Loose ... LP
Mercury, 1979. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A great set of clubby tunes from Bohannon – a bit discoey, to be sure, but still with plenty of the odd rhythms and odd touches of his earlier work! The tracks here are all long and chunky – made up of strutting drum bits that are far from conventional, often topped by oddly riffing guitar that percolates in the tunes with a rough-edged quality that's far from mainstream disco. A few cuts feature bits of keyboards too, and some weird processing on the vocals – but the main groove here is really from the interplay of beats, bass, and guitar! Titles include "Cut Loose", "The Beat (part 2)", "Mighty Groovy", "At Night Fall", and "That's The Way It Goes" – all tremendous work even for a major label effort! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing. Cover has some edge wear and splitting on the top seam.)

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Ramsey LewisDancing In The Street ... LP
Cadet, 1967. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $6.99
A late 60s groover from the second Ramsey Lewis trio – the one that features Cleveland Eaton on bass and Maurice White on drums, both doing a pretty great job of filling the spot vacated by Eldee Young and Red Holt! The album's a live one, cut in the successful mode of Ramsey's records with the Young/Holt group – mostly featuring familiar numbers transformed by the Lewis Trio's hard-grooving approach to their work! It's great to hear Maurice White in a pre-Earth Wind & Fire jazz setting – and the album's got a slightly more open sound than some of Ramsey's earlier live dates – especially on the Brazilian tinged numbers that include "Mood For Mendes", "Corcovado", and "Medley From Black Orpheus". Other tracks include "Struttin Lightly", "Dancing In The Street", "You Don't Know Me", and "What Now My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label mono pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Franco MicalizziNapoli Violenta (180 gram pressing – with poster) ... LP
Beat/Spettro (Italy), 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $32.99
A classic 70s Italian crime soundtrack – presented here in full format for the first time ever, and filled with wonderful tunes in a variety of styles! There's a quality to the music that really matches the badass image on the front – a bold, forceful approach that has the upbeat numbers strutting along with plenty of pride – and which has the mellower, more brooding tracks working themes that are simple, but which pack the same force as the revolver on the cover. Franco Micalizzi uses some great keyboards throughout – often a bit light, with a style that's sometimes veering towards electric harpsichord, but other times in a more Goblin-like mode – almost horror-styled, especially when interwoven with acoustic piano. Tunes build up with force as the soundtrack rolls on – and titles include "Rush For A Sign", "Useless Waiting", "Crime Outcome", "The Violent Face", "Fire In The Garage", "Welcome To Napoli", "Bitter Success", and the vocal number "A Man Before Your Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 500!)

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OzoneGlasses ... LP
Motown, 1983. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A bit of a change from previous Ozone albums – a set that still has plenty of bass at the bottom, but also a fair bit of keyboards as well – stretching out nicely over the top, almost with a bit of an electro pop feel at points! The keys really make for a catchy sort of edge – not just the usual bassy soul from Rick James-era Motown, but a slightly more complicated vibe that's really trying for something new at times. The set also features a few mellower ballads that are surprisingly great – sensitive moments we wouldn't have guessed from the group – and titles include "You Don't Want My Love", "I Can't Wait", "Glasses", "Strutt My Thang", and "Don't Leave Me Now". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp, large name in marker, and some pen. Labels have some pen.)

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Pink FloydPiper At The Gates Of Dawn (180 gram mono) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
EMI, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... On April 21, 2018
A brilliant bit of psychedelia – still as fresh today as it was many decades back – and the crowning achievement of Pink Floyd during the early Syd Barrett years! The album's got all the best elements of the group firmly in place – the penchant for long-jamming tracks that still manage to always maintain a sharp edge – mixed with some of the wittier, more playful lyrics that Barrett brought to the group – all wrapped up with a sense of depth and darkness that goes way beyond most of their contemporaries. The record's a masterpiece through and through – from its first guitar-heavy jam on "Astronomy Domine", through the strutting, vamping madness of "Bike" – all up and down other gems that include "Lucifer Sam", "The Gnome", "Take Up Thy Stethoscope & Walk", "Interstellar Overdrive", "Chapter 24", and "The Scarecrow". (Note: This item is not for sale online until after the opening of business on Sunday, April 22. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago on Record Store Day. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, the day after Record Store Day we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited mono version including poster.)

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✨✧ ShotgunGood Bad & Funky ... LP
ABC, 1978. Very Good ... $3.99
A sweet little album from Shotgun – one of those 70s funk ensembles who never cracked the big time, but who manage to sound all that much fresher because of that! The set's a nice mix of full funk tracks and a few more laidback soul numbers – often heavy on the basslines, in the way that other mainstream funk acts were doing at the time – and strutting out nicely with some fuller horns as well. Ernest Lattimore handles lead vocals on some tracks, but most of the group members seem to sing a bit as well – and titles include "Love Attack", "Danger Of The Stranger", "Good Bad & Funky", "I Wish I Could See You Again", "I'm All Strung Out", "Sister Love", "Fire It Up", and "Space N". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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Sweet SlagTracking With Close-Ups ... LP
President/Lion, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A unique British group from the start of the 70s – and that's saying quite a lot, given how many unique groups were part of that scene at the time! Sweet Slag aren't really psych or hard rock, but they have equal bits of both – folded into a style that's maybe more the sort of mode that you'd get from the American underground a few years later – especially in the pre-metal albums from the "private press" world that always seems to get a lot of attention in recent years – but with a performance level that's much more skilled and adventurous! The guitar work by Mick Kerensky is wonderful – sometimes back there a bit, but then strutting out with these incredible solos when in the spotlight – and the quartet also features these amazing moments on alto, soprano sax, and flute from Paul Jolly – informed by deeper currents of the late 60s Brit jazz scene, but used in different ways than the jazz/rock that was taking over the mainstream – almost more avant at moments, which makes for quite a contrast to the guitar. Titles include "Twisted Trip Woman", "Rain Again", "Milk Train", "Specific", "World Of Ice", and "Babyi Ar". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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TamsTime For The Tams ... LP
ABC, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $1.99
Sublime southern soul from The Tams – a group whose 60s ABC work was as important to their scene as the Impressions were to cities up north! The record follows the strong formula of the group's best work from the period – a strongly strutting groove that really fills up with rich orchestrations that nicely offset the group's warm, raspy, and really personal vocals. Joe South produced and wrote a number of tracks on the set – as did Ray Whitley, who gave The Tams some of their biggest hits. Proud, stepping, and soaring throughout – with tracks that include "Untie Me", "Get Away", "It's Better To Have Loved A Little", "I've Been Hurt", "Breaking Up", and "How Bout It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a peeled spot from sticker removal, and a name in pen.)

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✨✧ Max Roach (with Andy Bey)Members Don't Get Weary ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic stuff, and a record that was virtually the blueprint for spiritual soul jazz in the 70s! Although Max Roach first rose to fame during the bop years, by the time of this set he'd really stretched out a lot – moving past initial righteous projects in the Civil Rights era, to even more progressive work with a group like this! The players are all youthful geniuses who would go onto shape the sound of 70s jazz tremendously – working here at a point that already shows their brilliance – Gary Bartz on alto, Charles Tolliver on trumpet, Stanley Cowell on piano, and even Andy Bey, who sings vocals on the title track. The overall style is very similar to Bartz's early albums on Milestone, or to some of the Music Inc records on Strata East, which feature Cowell and Tolliver. It's no surprise that Cowell contributed 3 tracks to the set – "Effi", "Equipoise", and "Abstrutions" – and the group also performs a great version of Bartz's "Libra"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed vintage pressing!)

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✨✧ Ed ThigpenOut Of The Storm ... LP
Verve, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of THE greatest Verve albums of the 60s – an incredible set that's one of the few older records made as a leader by drummer Ed Thigpen! The sound here is incredibly hard to describe – a light mix of guitar from Kenny Burrell, piano from Herbie Hancock, and trumpet from Clark Terry – all dancing along in a spare, breezy, and highly rhythmical way – while Thigpen himself works the drum kit in this breezy, lyrical, and almost melody-driven way! The album's strongly modern in thinking, but also still nicely swinging, and with a warmth that grabs the listener right away. Titles include "Heritage", "Elbow & Mouth", "Struttin With Some Barbecue", "Cielito Lindo", and "Out Of The Storm". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has some wear with a split top seam & some marker.)

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✨✧ Eleventh House with Larry CoryellLevel One ... LP
Arista, 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
A really heavily-jamming album from Larry Coryell's Eleventh House group – certainly to be expected, given that the lineup includes John Lee on bass, Mike Mandel on keyboards, and Alphonse Mouzon on drums! The sound has plenty of rock-fusion touches – and Coryell's guitar is searing, with those great fuzzy touches he virtually invented in his early years – just right here for the kind of over-the-top fusion that the group's putting down! Some nice funky undercurrents – and titles include "Nyctaphobia", "That's The Joint", "Struttin With Sunshine", "The Other Side", and "Some Greasy Stuff". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker on front.)

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