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Three DegreesNew Dimensions ... LP
Ariola, 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $4.99
The girls definitely have a "new dimension" here – working with Giorgio Moroder on a set of tracks that trade their previous Philly groove for more of a pulsating, dark electro-disco sound – a German-styled groove that works surprisingly well for the girls! Given that so much German disco work of the mid 70s copped the mode the Degrees had used in previous years, the switch is an apt one for the trio – a move that has them taking the format back over, and proving that their vocals still sound lot better than some of the quickly cooked-up groups for the overseas dates. Moroder's never too cold in his rhythms, but still has a nice sort of force – and titles include "The Runner", "Woman In Love", "Magic In The Air", "Giving Up Giving In", and "Looking For Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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Three DegreesStrategy – Our Tribute To Philadelphia ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $14.99
This legendary trio of singers go back to their Philly Soul roots of the 70s – and come across surprisingly well in the process! We'll be the first to admit that we were a bit wary, given the cover and length of time since the group's classic releases – but Three Degrees really step up strongly here, thanks in part to some tight core arrangements that reprise the best Philly sound of the 70s, without ever trying too hard to update the style or give things a too-contemporary twist! The arrangements aren't credited, but production is by Buzz Amato, who also works in the backing group – and the grooves have a warm blend of funky currents and strings that really fit the reworkings of "Love Train", "If You Don't Know Me By Now", "Strategy", "Ain't No Stoppin Us Now", "You'll Never Find Another Love", "Me & Mr Jones", and "TSOP". CD

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Three DegreesThere's So Much Love All Around Me (mono, stereo) ... 7-inch
Roulette, Late 60s. Very Good ... $2.99
7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a Roulette sleeve.)

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Three DegreesThree D ... LP
Ariola, 1979. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Three Degrees continue their work with Giorgio Moroder here, and also get a bit of help from Harold Faltermeyer – electrifying their sound a lot more than in the Philly years, but still keeping things pretty soulful overall! The music's still disco, but with a heavier groove overall – a bit more of the beat that would greet the dancefloor in the 80s, served up with instrumentation that includes fuzzy guitar and electro keyboards – almost a bit ahead of their time, given the date of the record. Titles include "Jump The Gun", "Set Me Free", "Red Light", "Starlight", "My Simple Heart", "Without You", and "Bodycheck". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Three DegreesThree Degrees International ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal work by Three Degrees – stepping proudly here from their girl group roots, into a dramatic pre-disco mode that's clearly influenced by similar Philly work by First Choice – some of the finest material ever! The music is by MFSB, with arrangements by Philly maestros like Bobby Martin and John Davis – and given that pedigree it's as wonderful as you'd imagine. Paired with the sweetly beautiful singing by the lovely voices of Three Degrees, this is some truly great Philadelphia International soul! Titles include "TSOP", "Loving Cup", "Get Your Love Back", "Long Lost Lover", "Take Good Care Of Yourself", "Another Heartache", and a nice cover of Marvin Gaye's "Distant Lover". This remastered CD version from Big Break UK has a number of bonus tracks: a Tom Moulton mix of "TSOP", Japanese single version of "When Will I See You Again", "Midnight Train", "Nigai Namida", "La Chanson Populaire" and "Somos Novios (It's Impossible)". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Muhal Richard AbramsLevels & Degrees Of Light ... CD
Delmark, 1967. New Copy ... $8.99 12.99
Although recorded early in the career of Muhal Richard Abrams, this brilliant LP shows the pianist/composer turning away from the stock jazz and studio work of earlier years – to develop into one of the richest talents to rise from the Chicago avant underground of the 60s! At the time of the recording, Abrams was the president of the recently-founded AACM – and for the session, he's surrounded himself with some of the best young talents from Chicago, including Thurman Barker, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, and Maurice McIntyre – all of whom help to create a complicated web of colors, shapes, and sounds, that prove that the youthful energy of the underground scene was more than capable of crafting sophisticated modernist documents. The album features three long works – "Levels & Degrees Of Light", "The Bird Song", and "My Thoughts Are My Future". CD

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Roy BuddDiamonds ... LP
Cinephile/Castle (UK), 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $6.99
Heist films always provided some of the best soundtracks of the 70's, and this one (starring Robert Shaw and Richard Roundtree, and issued in the US as Diamond Shaft) is no exception! Roy Budd rises to the groovy occasion and scores some excellent moments that match a light orchestral sound with a throbbing electric bass and percussion underground – in a style that's like Lalo Schifrin's best work from the time. The LP's overflowing with tracks, including a few bonus mixes, and there's even 2 vocal numbers that feature The Three Degrees. Titles include "The Thief", "Beauty & The Bass", "Diamonds", "Party Piece", "Thief On the Prowl", and more! Nice notes, and some nicely funky crime themes, too! Nice gatefold cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Paul Desmond with Jim HallComplete Recordings Of Paul Desmond With Jim Hall (4CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, Early 60s. Used 4CDs ... $89.99
Ahhh . . . The genius of Paul Desmond and Jim Hall! Desmond was the icy alto tone behind Dave Brubeck's legendary quartet of the late 50s and early 60s – and although we always liked his work with Dave, Paul's even better on his own! Desmond has a lanquid, lyrical tones that's simply beyond compare – and in the right setting, he crafts these snaking, inching, arcing lines that take the alto sax to a whole new level of expression. In these sides with guitarist Jim Hall, he's certainly in the right setting – as modernist Hall, fresh from work with the Jimmy Guiffre 3, really helps set the mode on these recordings, painting colors with a subtle brush, filling in spaces ever so gently as Desmond angles his way around tunes that have an increasingly Latin bent to them. The first album in the set features tracks from Desmond's rare 1959 Warner Brothers album , plus an obscure tune ("Susie") that was only ever issued on a 1959 Playboy compilation. The remaining 5 LPs feature tracks from Desmond's sublime RCA sessions from the early 60s - sparely recorded with only bass and drums behind work by him and Hall. Titles include "All Across The City", "East Of The Sun", "Greensleeves", "Rude Old Man", "Samba Cantina", "Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West", "Samba De Orfeu", and loads more. CD
(Out of print. Includes original box and book – box lid has split from the back and has some wear along the spine.)

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MFSBLove Is The Message (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $14.99
A key moment for the Philly soul scene of the 70s – and the first album to feature the MFSB backing group as a solo act on their own! The ensemble were responsible for key sounds on countless soul singles of the time – yet also find a way to soar beautifully on their own – in a sweet instrumental groove that matches the strength of Barry White's Love Unlimited Orchestra, and which was definitely a key inspiration for the sound of the Salsoul Orchestra! There's definitely a bit of early disco in the mix, but the style's more uptempo east coast overall – that pre-disco groove that was going down in the clubs – with larger strings added to a core group of funky rhythm players. Gamble & Huff production make the whole thing sparkle, and arrangements are by Vince Montana, Bobby Martin, and Jack Faith – on titles that include "Love Is The Message", "Cheaper To Keep Her", "TSOP", "Zack's Fanfare", "Touch Me In The Morning", and "My One & Only Love". CD features bonus tracks – "Love Is The Message (single version – with Three Degrees)", "TSOP (with Three Degrees)", and "Love Is The Message (Tom Moulton mix)". CD

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MFSBTSOP/Love Is The Message ... 12-inch
Philadelphia International, 1973. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Two Philly classics – back to back! "TSOP" is one of those monster 70s instrumentals – catchy and groovy at the disco, with sweet backing vocals by Three Degrees, and a hook that meant the track was used constantly for theme songs and openers. "Love Is The Message" is an equally great number, lifted from one of the group's first LPs, with great arrangements by Bobby Martin! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo.)

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ParletBest Of Parlet ... CD
Polygram/Casablanca, Late 70s. Used ... $8.99
11 tracks from one of George Clinton's loveliest groups! Parlet were clearly George's most disco-oriented group – featuring a trio of female voices in the lead (ala First Choice or Three Degrees), with backing by Parliament and the rest of the P-Funk crew. The tracks tend to be a bit longer and faster than your usual Parliament record, but there's still plenty of funk – and the overall feel of the work is very much in the P-Funk party ensemble mode. Titles include "No Rump To Bump", "Pleasure Principle", "Wolf Tickets", "Love Amnesia", "Play Me Or Trade Me", "Ridin High", and "Cookie Jar". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousSwan's Soul Sides – Dance The Philly ... CD
Swan/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99
Swan Records was a real powerhouse of Philly Soul back in the 60s – a label whose efforts really set the scene for countless more Philly achievements to come! Swan was primarily a pop label – with some big hits (including early US release of Beatles singles) to its name – but the company was also on the scene to cut some of the best soul in Philadelphia as the 60s got going – a great deal of which is brought together on this set! Swan's sides often have a Northern Soul vibe that rivals the best of Detroit, especially labels away from Motown – and the pop experience gave the label a quality of production and professionalism that few other labels could match! Yet there's also no pop commercialism here, either – as these sides often step back and really let the artist do their thing – as you'll hear on 26 tracks that include "Everybody Crossfire" by Sammy Stevens, "Gotta Draw The Line" by The Three Degrees, "Have Faith In Me" by Sugar & Spice, "Put Yourself In My Place" by Azie Mortimer, "In Love" by Tony Galla & The Rising Sons, "Misery" by Eddie Carlton, "Run Run" by The Persianettes, "You're Everything" by The Showmen, "Put That Woman Down" by John Leach, "Who Do You Love" by The Sapphires, "Handsome Boy" by The Ladybirds, "Trying To Find My Baby" by Troy Dodds, and "Two Steps Ahead" by Herb Johnson. CD

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✨✧ Jones GirlsAt Peace With Woman ... LP
Philadelphia International, 1980. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Classic Jones Girls for Philly! The record's a landmark album in the shift from Philly disco to sophisticated modern – and the smooth tight vocals of The Jones Girls are to the latter half of Philly what the runaway singing of Three Degrees were to the early half. Includes their excellent remake of the Stylistics' "Children of the Night" – which has a cool sample riff on the intro – plus the cuts "I Just Love The Man", "When I'm Gone", "At Peace With Woman", and "Back In the Day". One of the best female records on Philly International, and with excellent work by Dexter Wansel and Kenny Gamble! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Muhal Richard Abrams (Muhal Richard Abrams)Levels & Degrees Of Light ... LP
Delmark, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Although recorded early in the career of Muhal Richard Abrams, this brilliant LP shows the pianist/composer turning away from the stock jazz and studio work of earlier years – to develop into one of the richest talents to rise from the Chicago avant underground of the 60s! At the time of the recording, Abrams was the president of the recently-founded AACM – and for the session, he's surrounded himself with some of the best young talents from Chicago, including Thurman Barker, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, and Maurice McIntyre – all of whom help to create a complicated web of colors, shapes, and sounds, that prove that the youthful energy of the underground scene was more than capable of crafting sophisticated modernist documents. The album features three long works – "Levels & Degrees Of Light", "The Bird Song", and "My Thoughts Are My Future". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early pressing with a 7 W. Grand address – in beautiful shape!)

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✨✧ PatatoLegend Of Cuban Percussion ... CD
Six Degrees, 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Although suffering from a "bit of the Buena Vista" in presentation and packaging, this set is still a great tribute to Cuban percussionist Patato Valdes – a player who moved to America in the 50s, and helped shape the sound and scene of New York Latin tremendously over the next three decades. The set's got a nice rootsy feel, and it features work from 2 different albums that Patato released during the mid 90s – titled Ritmo y Candela vols 1 and 2 – now out of print, and featuring a nice range of Latin jazz players, both young and old. Tracks include "Senor Blues", "Son De Patato", "San Francisco Tiene Su Propio Son", "Luz", "Yo Tengo Ritmo", and "Descarga En Faux". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ High InergySteppin Out ... LP
Gordy, 1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
A really nice little record from High Inergy – one that sounds a lot better than we remember from some of the girls' other sets! There's almost a bit of a softening going on here – less "inergy" in the grooves, and more of a warm approach to soul that still works in the Philly-inspired girl group 70s style, but kicks things back a bit more – making a shift from Three Degrees into The Jones Girls, if that makes any sense. Titles include "Everytime I See You I Go Wild", "Didn't Wanna Tell You", "Lovin Fever", "Hi", "Fly Little Blackbird", "Beware", "We Are The Future", and "Peaceland". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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