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AswadTo The Top ... LP
Mango, 1989. Very Good+ ... $6.99
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BreakawayStraight On To The Top (with bonus CD) ... LP
Breakaway/BBE (UK), 1979. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99
The second set from St Louis funk combo Breakaway – and the album already shows a great deal of growth – especially in the territory of rhythm! Breakaway have definitely dug some of the best club modes from the New York scene – and work here in a jazzy disco style that's filled with sweet keyboard lines alongside the female lead vocals – all with a vibe that's nicely stripped-down, and still lives up to the indie spirit of the group. There's some jazz currents on the instrumentation, and the set features some guest work on horns, which nicely expands the sound – and helps give the blue-eyed soul vocals a nice sort of punch. Titles include "Straight On To The Top", "You Are Love", "Back & Forth", "There's A New Tree In The Forest", "Work With The Music", and "Breakaway". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus CD of the album!)

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CD Plastic Sleeves20 Polyclear Japanese Open Top Plastic Sleeves – Multi-Disc CD ... Record Care
Nagaoka (Japan), New Item ... $4.99
A cool open-top plastic sleeve for storing your CDs! This one works like the LP and 45 sleeves we stock – in that the plastic hugs your CD package on the front and back, and on the sides and bottom – but the top is open, so you can slide out the jewel case for easy access when listening! There's no flap at all to get in the way – and the sleeves are great if you store your CDs on shelves vertically, and don't like the outside cases to get scratched up. This version fits a range of multi-disc packages – including older-styled jewel cases that handle 2 to 4 CDs, and most of the contemporary larger slipcover styled CD packages too. Record Care

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CD Plastic Sleeves30 Polyclear Japanese Open Top Plastic Sleeves – Slim Single CD ... Record Care
Nagaoka (Japan), New Item ... $4.99
A cool open-top plastic sleeve for storing your CDs! This one works like the LP and 45 sleeves we stock – in that the plastic hugs your CD package on the front and back, and on the sides and bottom – but the top is open, so you can slide out the jewel case for easy access when listening! There's no flap at all to get in the way – and the sleeves are great if you store your CDs on shelves vertically, and don't like the outside cases to get scratched up. This version fits a digipack, CD single, or slimline case. Record Care

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Lloyd Charmers & OthersBest Of Lloyd Charmers – 50 Top Reggae Tunes ... CD
Trojan (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
Tremendous work from Lloyd Charmers – a one-man powerhouse in early reggae – singer, musician, and producer too – with an undeniable ear for the hippest, most soulful sounds around! In fact, Charmers was one of the few to strongly hold onto an American soul influence, even as the music was shifting – and the result is not just some superb soul covers, remade with a new Kingston groove – but also great tracks of Lloyd's own, which can have echoes of styles from Detroit, Chicago, or Philly – although an undeniable reggae approach overall! This 2CD set brings together two full albums that feature Charmers in the lead, and working with other contemporaries too – the records Lloyd Charmers In Session and Best Of Lloyd Charmers – plus lots of bonus tracks too. 50 tracks in all – with titles that include "A Lover's Quarrel" by BB Seaton, "Thula Thula" by The Messengers, "Children Of The Night" by The Chosen Few, "Take A Message To Mary" by Ken Parker "Blue Moon" by Guts McGeorge, and "Just As Long As You Need Me" by Busty Brown – plus "One Big Unhappy Family", "Look A Py Py", "Color Him Father", "Play Me", "Save Their Souls", "Soul Of England", and "Dollars & Bonds" by Lloyd Charmers hiself. CD

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First PlanetTop Of The World/I Want To Thank You Baby ... 12-inch
Voodoo Funk (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover)... $8.99
Sweet Lagos disco from First Planet – two clubby cuts from the 70s, served up in a mighty special package! "Top Of The World" has this snapping sort of vibe that's like a great post-disco cut from the US – a bit of funk and club mixed together, with very cool processing on the lyrics that almost bring in some slight Miami elements as well! "I Want To Thank You Baby" follows with even a stronger Miami vibe – lots of spacey keyboards over riffing guitars and fast drums – almost like some lost 12" single from the vaults of TK Records! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited pressing – with a bonus poster attached to the sleeve!)

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Four TopsAt The Top ... LP
ABC, 1978. Very Good+ ... $1.99
One of their great ABC albums – with Philly soul production by Norman Harris, and titles that include "Bits & Pieces", "Help", "This House", "Inside A Brokenhearted Man", "When Your Dreams Take Wing & Fly", and "Put It On The News". LP, Vinyl record album

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HardcoreTake It From The Top (voc, inst)/A Different Groove (voc, inst, acapella)/High Time ... 12-inch
Nu Beat, 1988. Near Mint- ... $1.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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Cleo LaineIf We Lived On Top Of A Mountain/Portrait ... CD
Vocalion (UK), 1968/1971. New Copy ... $16.99
A pair of pivotal albums from British singer Cleo Laine – both of which really have her finding her own groove! If We Lived On Top Of A Mountain is a set that's still got a fair bit of jazz in the mix, but which also has Cleo Laine using that wonderfully deep voice of hers to step into some cool, sophisticated territory of her own! Even the older tunes get this unusual vibe in the hands of arrangers Les Reed and Johnny Dankworth – and Dankworth gets to solo a bit on the record on alto, alongside Tony Coe on tenor, Laurie Holloway on piano, and Derek Watkins on trumpet. Laine's always in the spotlight, though – and this hip late 60s setting really brings on the best in her vocals – on titles that include the sublime title cut "If We Lived On The Side Of A Mountain", plus "Remind Me", "Song Without Words", "Sure As You're Born", and "Who Walks In When I Walk Out". Portrait is one of the groovier sides ever recorded by Cleo Laine – at one level an album that features some of her older approaches to American standards, but at another a record that's showing some key touches of the changes going on in British jazz at the time! The rhythms are much more pronounced than before – leaping around with some great jazzy changes on the best numbers, in a way that makes for inventive arrangements that really transform the tunes – and which seem to allow Cleo's weirdly floating style of singing to resonate more with the hipper, younger generation of jazz vocalists showing up on the European scene. Backings are by John Dankworth, and the album's got a great original called "Bossa Palma Nova", a wicked take on "Feeling Good", an unusual Mike Gibbs number called "Model Cities Programme", a fuzzy guitar take on James Taylor's "Night Owl", and a nicely trippy version of "Aquarius". But even the standards sound nice too – and they include "That Certain Feeling", "I Could Write A Book", and "The Look Of Love". CD

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✨✧ LiarsThey Threw Us All In A Trench & Stuck A Monument On Top ... CD
Mute, 2001. Used ... $1.99
CD

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Kenny Mann Jr & Liquid Pleasure BandTip Top (Parts 1 & 2)/Tip Top (Kon Re-Edit) ... 12-inch
BBE (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover)... $9.99
One of the sweetest tracks from Off Track Vol 3 – a funky cut that has a sweet rollerskating groove at the bottom – snapping away with a bassline and really captivating beats – which are a perfect foil for the mix of spoken and sung lyrics! The cut's got a very old school vibe – almost hip hop, but more P-Funky overall! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Mastodon/ZZ TopJust Got Paid (Yellow vinyl) ... 7-inch
Warner, 1972/2009. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Mastodon covers Texas rock & roll boogie legends ZZ Top, with ZZ Top's original on the other side. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Prince Phillip MitchellTop Of The Line ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Very Good ... $7.99
A classic set of smooth 70s soul from an under-recognized genius! Phillip Mitchell is a bit like his Atlantic Records contemporary Sam Dees – in that he wrote a lot of material for other singers, recorded a handful of singles, and worked mostly in the southern scene – but he also had a sophisticated, modern style that sounded a lot more like work coming out of New York, Philly, or Chicago. This lost album for Atlantic is a great example of that fact – as it was recorded at Muscle Shoals, but also features some Philly elements too – creating a great mix of modes that's wonderfully unique! There's a feel here that's just like some of the best work from Leroy Hutson, Johnny Bristol, or Leon Ware at the same time – a majestic, mature approach to soul that's simply tremendous. Titles include "In Between Lovers", "Top Of The Line", "I'm So Happy", "Let's Get Wet", "Paying The Price", and "If It Ain't Love It'll Go Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp, tracklist sticker, and moderate wear.)

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Idris MuhammadBoogie To The Top – The Very Best Of Idris Muhammad ... CD
CTI/Cherry Red (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
All of the best CTI/Kudu Records grooves from funky drummer Idris Muhammad – all gathered together in one sweet collection! Muhammad's a player who's been great right from the start – from his initial funky drumming with Lou Donaldson, right up to recent jazz work that has him still as one of the strongest percussionists of his generation! Yet the mid 70s was an especially strong time in Muhammad's career – as he really found himself as a leader, and opened his style both towards spiritual ends, and some tighter, more groove-based work as well – a redefinition of his older funk drumming towards more 70s soul and club modes. The best cuts from those years are all presented here – in an overstuffed collection of groovers that includes "Loran's Dance", "Power Of Soul", "Baia", "House Of The Rising Sun", "Theme For New York", "Crap Apple", "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This", "Turn This Mutha Out", "Stick It In Your Face", and "Boogie To The Top". CD also features bonus 7" mixes of three of the album tracks too! CD

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Panther BurnsBlow Your Top ... 12-inch
Rough Trade (UK), 1982. Very Good+ ... $6.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(US pressing on Animal. Cover has light wear.)

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Tito PuenteTop Percussion ... LP
RCA, 1958. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
One of the greatest Tito Puente albums from the 50s, and a spare percussion jam session that's right up there with his legendary Puente In Percussion album! The group features Mongo Santamaria, Bill Correa, Julito Collazo, and Enrigue Marti on percussion with Tito – and the only other additional sounds are some occasional vocals, and a pounding bassline. The set's extremely raw, with a very tight groove – and the sound is incredible – easily enough to make this one of Tito's best percussion dates ever! Titles include "Ti Mon Bo", "Elequana", "Bragada", "Alaumba Chemache", "Hot Timbales", and "Four By Two". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Top QualityWhat (radio, inst) (double a-side promo) ... 12-inch
PMD/RCA, 1994. Very Good+ ... $1.99
12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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Wes Wells & The SteelersIt Must Be Love/From The Top of My Heart ... 7-inch
Torrid, Late 60s. Very Good- ... $3.99
The Steelers were one of the best harmony groups to ever come out of Chicago, and although they never broke as big as some of their east coast counterparts, they cut some pretty darn nice singles in their day – including this one! The record's arranged by the great Floyd Morris, and the cut "Must Be Love" is a killer – with weird arrangements, strange time changes, and great harmonies holding the whole thing together! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Red label pressing. Labels are stained and flaky.)

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VariousDrake Chenault Weekly Top 30 – May 24 1980 ... LP
Drake Chenault, 1980. Very Good+ 2LP ... $8.99
LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousTop Ten With A Bullet – Motown Girl Groups ... LP
Motown, Late 60s/Early 70s. Sealed ... $4.99
LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Close matches38
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AntietamOpus Mixtum ... LP
Carrot Top, 2008. Near Mint- 3LP Gatefold ... $16.99
LP, Vinyl record album

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Solomon BurkeLive At The House Of Blues ... CD
Black Top, 1994. Used ... $2.99
CD
(CD case has a cutout hole.)

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Snooks EaglinOut Of Nowhere ... LP
Black Top, 1989. Near Mint- ... $9.99
LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Snooks EaglinSoul's Edge ... CD
Black Top, 1995. Used ... $2.99
CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Daniel KnoxDaniel Knox ... CD
Carrot Top, 2015. Used ... $7.99
CD
Also available Daniel Knox ... LP 8.99

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Daniel KnoxDaniel Knox ... LP
Carrot Top, 2015. Near Mint- ... $8.99
LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Daniel Knox ... CD 7.99

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Dave LeeBig New Band From Britain ... LP
Top Rank, Late 50s. Very Good ... $9.99
LP, Vinyl record album

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Alan Moore & Kevin O'NealLeague Of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Century 1969 ... Book
Top Shelf, 2011. New Copy ... $0.99 9.95
A great extension of Alan Moore's original League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen – one that has a version of the group emerging in the British scene in 1969 – in a mad mix of devil worship and psychedelic rock! The tone's a bit lighter than the earlier volumes, but no less compelling – and Kevin O'Neill's artwork seems well-suited to the period represented – especially in his nicely trippier moments! Full color, nicely printed – and be warned, as there's some naughty images inside. Book

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Alan Moore & Kevin O'NealLeague Of Extraordinary Gentlemen – Century 2009 ... Book
Top Shelf, 2012. New Copy ... $0.99 9.95
The new version of the League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen emerge in 2009 – in a post-911, post-recession world that's firmly entwined with the supernatural! Virginia Woolf's Orlando is the main character here – oddly very much in the right spot in space and time to deliver on all her promise – although maybe at a level that's not too far off from more contemporary heroines in graphic novels. Prose is playfully penned by the great Alan Moore – alongside lovely full color artwork from Kevin O'Neill – at a level that almost takes us back to British comics of the late 80s and early 90s. Book

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Neville BrothersNeville-ization ... LP
Black Top, 1984. Very Good ... $1.99
LP, Vinyl record album

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Samarai CelestialIsis Sun ... CD
Carrot Top, 1994. Used ... $2.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Tall DwarfsSky Above the Mud Below ... CD
Carrot Top, 2002. Used ... $8.99
CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Robert WardRhythm Of The People ... CD
Black Top, 1993. Used ... $1.99
CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ ForrrceListen To The Rythyn Ban (1980)/ Keep On Dancing (Phase 11) ... 12-inch
Top Ranking, 1980. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Maria MuldaurLouisiana Love Call ... CD
Black Top, 1992. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
CD

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✨✧ Jack ScottIs There Something On Your Mind/Found A Woman ... 7-inch
Top Rank, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Top Rank sleeve.)

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✨✧ Jack ScottPatsy/Old Time Religion ... 7-inch
Top Rank, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Top Rank sleeve.)

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✨✧ Carol Fran & Clarence HollimanSee There! ... CD
Black Top, 1994. Used ... Out Of Stock
CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Paul Guma QuartetNow Sounds Over New Orleans ... LP
Top Of The Mart, Late 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A sweet little album of funky jazz covers – recorded by the Paul Guma Quartet, a combo that played regularly at the Top Of The Mart restaurant in New Orleans during the 60s! Guma's on guitar, and the group's also got an organist who has a compressed Walter Wanderley kind of tone that keeps things nice and lean. Tracks are covers like "Hip Hugger", "Black Fox", "Viva Tirado", "Watermelon Man", "Alligator Boogaloo", and "Aquarius" – all handled in a hiply swinging, loose-ended style that must have been nice when you were chilling out in the Mart's skyview bar on the 33rd floor! LP, Vinyl record album
 
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AirMontreux Suisse Air ... LP
Novus/Arista, 1978. Very Good+ ... $7.99
The legendary AACM trio makes a memorable appearance at the 1978 Montreux jazz fest, captured live here by Novus. The trio of Henry Threadgill, Fred Hopkins, and Steve McCall are at their best here – and the set features 3 great original compositins ("Suisse Air", "Let's All Go Down To The Footwash", and "Abra"), all with the band's unique mixture of creativity, soulfulness, and sense of humor. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, light wear, some splitting on the top seam, and a bit of pen on back.)

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Manny AlbamJazz Workshop ... LP
RCA, 1955. Very Good ... $11.99
Great early work from arranger Manny Album – Manny's entry in RCA's Jazz Workshop series – a set of tunes that are shorter, and arguably a bit more modern than some of his later work – tracks done definitely in that Jazz Workshop blend of west coast cool and east coast modern – with players that include Bob Brookmeyer, Nick Travis, Urbie Green, Billy Byers, Hal McKusick, Al Cohn, and Thad Jones. Titles include the Albam originals "Headstrong", "The Changing Scene", "The Turning Point", and "Intermezzo" – plus "Charmaine", "Royal Garden Blues", and "Anything Goes". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam.)

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Monty AlexanderSaturday Night ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $13.99
Monty Alexander's always great in a trio, but we really love the pianist when he's trying to add a little something extra to the mix – as he does here in a quartet performance that features some nice added percussion from Robert Thomas! The tracks have that warm glow and open flow that Alexander first started bringing to his music in the 70s – with sensitive rhythm work here from Reggie Johnson on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums – but the added percussion really helps things swing at a slightly higher level, giving a gentle kick to some cuts, while Monty's still able to open up with some warmly lyrical lines over the top. Titles include "Funji Mama", "Bolivia", "Body & Soul", "Close Enough", "SKJ", "Jamento", and "Little Darling". CD

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Monty AlexanderSunday Night ... CD
Timeless/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy ... $13.99
A nice little set from Monty Alexander – a Sunday Night session recorded with the same group, on the same weekend as his Saturday Night album! Monty Alexander's always great in a trio, but we really love the pianist when he's trying to add a little something extra to the mix – as he does here in a quartet performance that features some nice added percussion from Robert Thomas! The tracks have that warm glow and open flow that Alexander first started bringing to his music in the 70s – with sensitive rhythm work here from Reggie Johnson on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums – but the added percussion really helps things swing at a slightly higher level, giving a gentle kick to some cuts, while Monty's still able to open up with some warmly lyrical lines over the top. Titles include "Old Devil Moon", "Who Cares", "Renewal", "African Bee", "Joyspring", and "More Or Wes". CD

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Rashied Ali & Royal BlueNY Ain't So Bad ... LP
Survival, 1976. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Avant jazz meets The Blues, as Rashied Ali and combo back up singer Royal Blue on this set of tracks released on Ali's own label. Blue's style isn't as heavy-handed as you'd expect, and at times, it shares a bit with 70's singers like Joe Lee Wilson. The band includes Marvin Blackman, Charles Eubanks, and Jimmy Vass – and tracks include "Real Blues", "New York Ain't So Bad", and "Moontipping". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small peeled spot and a small sticker in the top right corner.)
Also available NY Ain't So Bad ... CD 9.99

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Alias Funk & SoulWell Good/Bells ... 7-inch
Athens Of The North (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
We're not sure these guys need the "alias" in their name – as the groove here comes across with plenty of funk and soul right from the start – heavy drums kicking at the bottom, a bubbling organ line in the middle, and these badass lyrics over the top! Horns dip and turn nicely with the lyrics – furthering the funky, chunky sound of the single – then on the flipside, the group step into sublime mellow soul territory – and hit these sweet harmony modes on "Bells", with vocals by Shades Of Soul! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Also available Well Good/Bells ... 7-inch 9.99

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Alias Funk & SoulWell Good/Bells ... 7-inch
Athens Of The North (UK), Early 70s. Near Mint- (reissue)... $9.99
We're not sure these guys need the "alias" in their name – as the groove here comes across with plenty of funk and soul right from the start – heavy drums kicking at the bottom, a bubbling organ line in the middle, and these badass lyrics over the top! Horns dip and turn nicely with the lyrics – furthering the funky, chunky sound of the single – then on the flipside, the group step into sublime mellow soul territory – and hit these sweet harmony modes on "Bells", with vocals by Shades Of Soul! 7-inch, Vinyl record
Also available Well Good/Bells ... 7-inch 11.99

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✨✧ Davie Allan & The ArrowsWild Angels Vol 2 – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Tower, Late 60s. Very Good ... $5.99
Davie Allan & The Arrows' second album of music for the Wild Angels series of biker films – and even better than the first! This set features an all-Arrows set of tracks – with only one vocal number, and all the rest instrumentals, done in that tripped-out, souped-up style that Davie used with the group. The vocal on the main theme is great – but other numbers are even better, and feature some nice touches, like the crowd noises and talking on the track "Wild Orgy"! Other tunes include "The Last Ride", "Makin Love Is Fun", "Arriba", "The Loser's Burial", and "Wild Angels Chase". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam.)

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Tony AllenBlack Voices ... LP
Kindred Spirits (Netherlands), 1999. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A seminal set that really put Tony Allen back on top – a record that showed that Allen was way more than just Fela's drummer, or another Afro Funk artist in general – but instead a really free-thinking, deep-concept musician overall! The album comes from key time that Allen spent on the Paris scene in the 90s – really refining a new sound, while keeping all the best bits from before – creating this new sort of darker groove that almost mixes older percussion with kind of a spacey style that's echoes proggish funk from a range of groups from Can to Cymande! There's loads of cool keyboards and tight guitar lines, and even the vocals have some spacey production that makes them fit nicely with the grooves. Titles include "Asiko", "Get Together", "Black Voices", and "The Same Blood". LP, Vinyl record album

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American FlyerAmerican Flyer ... CD
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $22.99
The folksy image on the cover hides the heavyweight 70s talents within – a surprising group lineup that includes Steve Katz, Eric Kaz, and Doug Yule – working here with some top-shelf production from George Martin! The set's maybe not as perfectly polished as Martin's work with America, but it's in a similar form – some down-to-earth cats who've got a real ear for the right side of songwriting, able to work in a studio setting without losing their individuality – coming together with just the right amount of warmth to augment their charms, but never in a way that's too commercial. Titles include "The Woman In Your Heart", "Queen Of All My Days", "Call Me Tell Me", "Light Of Your Love", "Back In 57", and "Lady Blue Eyes". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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American Jazz Ensemble (Bill Smith & Johnny Eaton)New Dimensions ... LP
Epic, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Features Bill Smith on clarinet, Johnny Eaton on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Paul Motian on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has clear tape on the top seam.)

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Gene AmmonsBlue Gene ... LP
Prestige, Late 50s. Good+ ... $14.99
Way more than just an album with Gene Ammons as a leader – and instead, a set that truly earns the "all stars" listed on the cover – thanks to a great array of supporting players, and a very loose, open-ended jam session style that lets everyone get in plenty of solo space! Ammons' tenor is tremendous, but he's also a great collaborator here, too – working with Idrees Suliman on trumpet, Pepper Adams on baritone, Mal Waldron on piano, Art Taylor on drums, Doug Watkins on bass, and Ray Barretto on conga – in a mode that's maybe slightly tighter than some of the blowing sessions Prestige was doing at the time, but which still has that key longform creative energy that made the hardbop generation so great. Titles include "Blue Gene", "Scamperin", "Blue Greens n Beans", and "Hip Tip" – and all tracks are long, with plenty of focus on solos! LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label NJ pressing, with deep groove and RVG stamp. Cover has a center split on the top seam held with clear tape.)

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Curtis AmyTippin On Through ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1963. Very Good ... $14.99
One of the best albums ever by Curtis Amy, and a tasty live set recorded during the period when he was beginning to steep himself in Coltrane influences, and stretch out his tenor sound a bit. The album's also notable for being an early appearance on wax by Roy Ayers, who is incorrectly listed in the credits as "Ron Ayers"! Other players include Roy Brewster on trombone and John Houston on piano, and titles include "For Ayers Only", "Tippin On Through", and "Funk In The Evening". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label pressing. Cover has masking tape on the top seam, a name in marker on both sides, and a gloss wrinkle across the front.)

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Ernestine AndersonHot Cargo ... LP
Mercury, 1956. Very Good ... $3.99
A great early set from singer Ernestine Anderson – material recorded in Sweden with a sound that's even more sweetly swinging than some of her American albums of the time! The backings on most tracks are by Harry Arnold – one of the hippest Swedish leaders of the time, and an arranger who's clearly got an ear for the more soulful side of Anderson's vocals – hardly the sort of icy Scandinavian sort of groove you might expect! And in a way, Ernestine seems to sound even better in this setting than back home – almost a bit more balanced, with a slight sort of poise that comes through nicely on the ballads. Titles include "Experiment", "Day Dream", "Did I Remember", "Ill Wind", and "My Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing. Cover has a split bottom seam and partially split top.)

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Anglo Saxon BrownSongs For Evolution ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good ... $7.99
Tremendous work from Anglo Saxon Brown – a Philly group who started out their recording career as Ujima on Epic, where they issued a handful of well-remembered singles – then changed their name and cut this one and only full length set for Atlantic! The album's a stunner all the way through – one of those sets that should have been much bigger at the time – and which, like the Ujima singles, has only gotten the group more and more attention over the years – as collectors and DJs have spread the word about its sublime soul sound! These guys are big – as you'd guess from the image on the cover – but they've got a tightness that's made even better by the Sigma Sound recording of the set – which merges their smooth blend of male voices and a female singer with some classic 70s Philly sounds. The album excels on both mellow cuts and groovers – and is still plenty darn fresh after all these years – a real under-discovered gem! The "Call On Me" is a nice smooth stepper, in a mellow pace that we really like – and "ASB Theme" and "The Grizzly" are some good funky club cuts – and other tracks include "Gonna Make You Mine", "Straighten It Out", "I'll Keep Lovin You", and "The Man I Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an unglued top seam, promo sticker, and some wear & staining.)

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✨✧ AortaAorta ... LP
Columbia, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $19.99
A lost heavy rock classic from the Dunwich Production team – recorded in Michigan, but with extra orchestral backing in Chicago – for an approach that gives the record a slightly pop quality that tempers the harder rock sound nicely. The songs are actually pretty catchy, in a post-Summer Of Love pop mode – and titles include "Magic Bed", "What's In My Mind's Eye", "Heart Attack", "Strange", "Thoughts & Feelings", and "Ode To Missy Mxyzosptlk". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing. Cover has some wear and a half split top seam.)

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoFanfare For The Warriors ... LP
Atlantic, 1974. Very Good+ ... $16.99
A beautiful little record from the Art Ensemble of Chicago – and although performed for a bigger label than some of their previous indie outings, the set may be one of the most dynamic the group ever recorded! Atlantic Records is clearly giving the group a lot of space here – as they're recording in Chicago, in a relatively free setting – able to stretch out and change things up with amazing energy – never just free jazz exploration, but a very rich, complicated, well-considered approach to their many layers of instrumentation and rhythm! Muhal Richard Abrams makes a great guest appearance on the record – adding in some wonderful piano passages – and the set includes the usual mix of reeds, percussion, and vocals – plus the beautiful bass work of Malachi Favors. Tracks include "Nonaah", "The Key", "Tnoona", and "Fanfare For The Warriors". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout notch & some peeling on the top right corner.)

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Ashford & SimpsonCome As You Are (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $9.99
A mid 70s winner from Ashford & Simpson – one of their earlier efforts, and a record that finds them fleshed out as a top notch act of their end – even if it'd be yeas before they'd net the kind of huge chart success that they deserved! Come As You Are is filled with solid soul with a sophisticated, expertly spun approach to production and arranging around the duo vocals – and the first rate songwriting that they'd provided for huge Motown stars like Diana Ross and Marvin Gaye. A couple tracks move more towards a dancefloor soul vibe that's pretty wonderful, and doesn't compromise the intimate soul vocals at the center. Titles include "It'll Come, It'll Come, It'll Come", "One More Try", "Believe In Me", "Caretaker", "Somebody Told A Lie", "Tell It All", "Sell The House" and "It Came To Me". CD features bonus tracks – "One More Try (12" disco mix)", "One More Try (Dimitri From Paris re-edit)",a nd "Somebody Told A Lie (single)". CD

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Ashford & SimpsonHigh Rise (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Big Break (UK), 1983. New Copy ... $9.99
Always-great work from the team of Ashford & Simpson – the kind of a record that has them at the top of their game, even though they'd changed their overall sound over the years! The vibe here is more in an 80s groove mode than some of the duo's Warner albums, but they've still got an undeniable talent for a massive hook – the kind that makes even the simplest tunes really go over the top. Plus, they're just about one of the only male/female duo teams that you can hear on record and actually believe that both singers are on the same page! Titles include "Side Effect", "Experience", "It's A Rush", "High-Rise", "Still Such A Thing", "It's Much Deeper", "I'm Not That Tough", and "My Kinda Pick Me Up". 5 bonus tracks on this Big Break UK remastered edition: single versions of "High-Rise", "It's Much Deeper and "I'm Not That Tough", plus a "High Rise (12" Version and 12" M+M Instrumental Mix)". CD

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Ashford & SimpsonSend It (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99
Excellent work from Ashford & Simpson – with some modern soul groovers that are among the best they ever did! Send It twists, turns and grooves with all the elements we love most about Ashford & Simpson in the mid-to-late 70s – memorable songs with the right mix of sultry intimacy and funk touched modern soul, those intuitive dual lead vocals we love so much, and peak production values. The album includes their original take on "Top Of The Stairs", a great sexy soul duet that was later done by Collins & Collins – and it's also got a fantastic instrumental reading of "Bourgie Bourgie", a track that you may know from a more famous John Davis disco version. Other tracks include "By Way Of Love's Express", "Let Love Use Me", "Send It", and "Waited Too Long". More proof that leaving Motown was a great move for them! Bonus tracks include "Bourgie Bourgie (Joe Claussell's classic rmx)", "Don't Cost You Nothing (single)", "Don't Cost You Nothing (12" disco mix)", and "Send It (single)". CD
 
 
 



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