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✨✧ Sam MorrisonDune ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pretty great little fusion set from saxophonist Sam Morrison – as slinky, sloping, and seductive as the title – and a record that might have been right at home on CTI! The album features all original tunes by Morrison – played with a very cool group that includes Al Foster on drums, Buster Williams on bass, Mike Wolf on Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano, and Ryo Kawasaki on guitar. Morrison shifts effortlessly between soprano, flute, and tenor – working in a mode that's choppy, but never too over the top – dancing along in a lyrical, soulful mode! Titles include "Wonder", "Dune", "Song Of Landa", and "I Knew It Right Away". CD

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✨✧ ParliamentMothership Connection (3D lenticular cover) ... LP
Casablanca/Universal, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Here's where it all happens – the huge culmination of all the years of heavy funk and psychedelic soul created by George Clinton and the P-Funk empire – fused into an amazingly tight groove that helped win over much bigger audiences than ever before! The album title and cover are very fitting – as George Clinton launches the mothership, forges his classic space-funk image, and blows the P-Funk empire into an arena-filling mega-star act – all with grooves that are still some of the tightest, sharpest funk you'll ever hear – all these many decades later. The instrumentation is razor-sharp – played by giants like Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins, and Bernie Worrell – and the lyrics still have all the edginess and naughtiness of the earlier years – tied together wonderfully to make a very unified album, and one that's full of classics too! Titles include "Mothership Connection (Star Child)", "Night Of The Thumpasorus Peoples", "P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)", "Handcuffs", "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)", and "Unfunky Ufo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful package, with a super-sweet 3D cover – worth it even if you own an original copy!)

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✨✧ Serge ReggianiL'Integrale Des Albums Studio 1968 to 2002 (13CD set) ... CD
Universal (France), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/Early 2000s. New Copy 13CD ... Out Of Stock
Serge Reggiani's a hell of a talent in French music – a singer/songwriter with a huge legacy of greatness, from his first few years in the 50s, up to equally great contemporary work – much of which is collected in this set! Reggiani matured strongly over the years – in ways that are partly represented on the beautiful album covers contained within – and which shows in his songs, too – as the wisdom of age helped unlock the natural warmth in Serge's style – as did his experience both in music and on the screen in films. And while his legacy is hardly documented much on this side of the Atlantic, this box will certainly help correct that – as it brings together 19 albums on 13 CDs – including one that's a full bonus disc of rare material! All the core albums come with original artwork, and the box also features a booklet of notes. CD

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✨✧ Lalo SchifrinThere's A Whole Lalo Schifrin Goin' On (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dot/Universal (France), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A crazy album of funky tracks from Lalo Schifrin – very different than most of his other jazz and bossa work! This set's got some very tripped out styles that mix together funky backings, jazzy riffing, and even some nice electronics – a sweet little groove that's even more wild and hip than even the best of Schifrin's soundtrack work from the 60s! Some tunes certainly show the deft talent for arranging woodwinds and rhythms that first caught the ears of so many listeners on famous soundtracks – but in the setting of this record, away from any directorial needs, Lalo's also free to explore some groovier music ideas – and he really lets loose tremendously as the set rolls on! The titles alone should tell you the feel of the record – with names like "Secret Code", "Dissolving", "Vaccinated Mushrooms", "Wheat Germ Landscapes", and "How To Open at Will The Most Beautiful Window". CD also features four groovy bonus tracks by Schifrin – "Another Side Of Harry", "Blues A Go Go", "Lucille", and "Self Destruct". CD

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✨✧ Amy WinehouseLioness – Hidden Treasures (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Universal, 2011. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A (sadly) posthumous release from Amy Winehouse – a voice we loved for a couple good years before knowing how troubled she was in real life and now lament the loss of – and this set, largely put together by producer Salaam Remi turned out surprisingly well! It'd be pretty easy to bow to cynicism, but for our money, there's more than enough strong stuff here. It features production by Remi, plus Mark Ronson on a couple tracks, and it's a mix of styles that ably demonstrate Amy's depth as an interpreter. There's some great, kinda late night jazzy soul numbers, classic level 60s R&B and thoroughly modern hip hop soul – all with strong vocal performances from Amy. Includes "Our Day Will Come", "Between The Cheats", "Tears Dry (Original Version)", "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (2011)", "Like Smoke" feat Nas (and some eerily timely lyricism, as of this album's release date), "Valerie ('68 Version)", "Half Time", "The Girl From Ipanema", "Half Time", "Body & Soul" with Tony Bennett, "A Song For You" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Lioness – Hidden Treasures ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ VariousUltimate Free Soul 90s (3CD set) ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1990s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
The Free Soul series takes a massive dip into the 90s – a time when soul music was reborn in so many different ways – from the work of underground singers and hip hop acts, to a wave of bigger talents who started to turn things back to the warmer territory of the 60s and 70s! The collection is a wonderful mix of tracks that really runs the gamut – and includes key 90s material from both UK and US singers, key crossover hip hop cuts, and other important work that helped forge the Neo Soul underground by the end of the decade. Way more than a trip down memory lane, too – as the music works here together to create a new sort of freshness, as great sounds resonate between tracks that include "Runaway" by Nuyorican Soul with India, "Candy Mountain" by Nomad Soul, "I'm Still Waiting" by Courtney Pine with Carroll Thompson, "Give It UP Turn It Loose" by En Vogue, "Brooklyn Queens (UK power mix)" by 3rd Bass, "Cake & Eat It Too (pound cake mix)" by Nice & Smooth, "You Are The Universe" by Brand New Heavies, "There's Nothing Like This" by Omar, "Spiritual Love" by Urban Species, "The Whistle Song" by Frankie Knuckles, "Peachfuzz" by KMD, "Can I Kick It" by Tribe Called Quest, "Don't You Worry Bout A Thing" by Incognito, "Escape That (Ron Trent rmx)" by 4Hero, "Columbus (Montezuma jazz mix)" by Chapter & The Verse, "Show You (original finesse)" by Jeff Redd, "Be My Baby" by Vanessa Paradis, "Spiritual Thing" by Eric Benet, "You Gotta Be" by Des'Ree, "Wherever You Go" by Sydney Youngblood, and "Love Theme From Spartacus (4Hero main mix)" by Terry Callier. 53 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Eivind AarsetConnected ... CD
Jazzland/Universal (Norway), 2004. Used ... Out Of Stock
A moody soundscape of electronics and guitar – and a real step forward for Jazzland's Eivind Aarset! The album's got a complicated approach that's as plugged-in as its cover image and title might imply – a heady fusion of acoustic and electric sounds that almost comes across like a 21st century updating of the older sound of ECM! Most tracks are spare and evocative, and feature Aarset on guitars and electronics, plus additional acoustic drums, programming, bass clarinet, and even the occasional highly-processed vocal. Titles include "Silk Worm", "Nagabo Tomora", "Transmission", "Blue In E", "Family Pictures 1", and "Electro Magnetic In E". CD

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✨✧ Roy AyersHe's Coming ... CD
Polydor/Universal, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the rarest and greatest Roy Ayers albums of all time – the sly, funky and spiritual masterpiece He's Coming from 1971 – really the beginning of the funk years from Roy Ayers Ubiquity! This one's a totally solid mix of soulful jazz, jazzy soul and righteous funk – and it's straight up wonderful all the way through – with a groove that's hugely influential to say the least! Includes the amazing track "We Live In Brooklyn Baby", which has a slow sample bassline in the intro that's just incredible – plus groovy cuts like the spiritual funk classic "He's a Superstar", "He's Coming", and "Sweet Tears". The lineup includes Sonny Fortune on soprano sax and flute and Billy Cobham drums and percussion, and the record's co-arranged by Harry Whitaker, who's also on keys and vocals – with other tracks include "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother", "Ain't Got Time", "I Don't Know How To Love Him", "Sweet Butterfly Of Love" and "Fire Weaver". Amazing stuff, really a beautiful encapsulation of Roy Ayers in peak form! CD

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✨✧ BachDas Wohltempereierte Klavier 1 Teil (Well Tempered Clavier Book 1) BWV 846-869 – Ralph Kirkpatrick ... CD
Deutsche Grammophon/Universal, 1959. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
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(Out of print. CD case has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ BachDas Wohltempereierte Klavier 2 Teil (Well Tempered Clavier Book 2) BWV 870-893 – Ralph Kirkpatrick ... CD
Deutsche Grammophon/Universal, 1967. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Boondoggle & BalderdashBoondoggle & Balderdash ... CD
Uni/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked roots rock gem – cut by the team of John "Boondoggle" Herron and Rob "Balderdash" McLerran – a duo who may not have ever hit the heights of some of their contemporaries, but who fit into the early 70s scene very nicely! The vibe here is in that rock with an ear for country mode – that post-Byrds moment when cats like this could get the sound really right, before it had been watered down with too much production for AM radio broadcast – coming across here with an earthy, honest sound that mixes Herron's keyboards and McLerran's guitars with some more country-tinged backings, and rough-edged vocals from the pair. Titles include "You Always Find A Way", "Old Porch Swing", "Mr Driver", "Never Got To Know Him", "The Whiskey Got To Me", and "7AM". CD
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✨✧ James BrownI Got You (I Feel Good) ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly THE James Brown album of the mid 60s – a solid set of hard-grooving tracks, based around the monster title hit "I Got You (I Feel Good)"! The tune's one of those numbers that has been used a gajillion times over the years in commercials and promos – but which never sounds better than here, on James' original version – one of those cuts that never gets old! The hit's also nicely offset by a number of other more obscure numbers that make the album really worth tracking down – titles that include "I Can't Help It (I Just Do Do Do)", "Good Good Lovin", "I've Got Money", "Three Hearts In A Tangle", "You've Got The Power", and "Love Don't Love Nobody" – all on the rougher side of the JB spectrum. CD

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✨✧ James BrownJames Brown Sings Raw Soul ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Raw soul, indeed – a term that could have been coined for James Brown's vocal approach, and which probably makes one of its first appearances here on a record! The album's kind of a grab bag of earlier sides that James recorded for King, but it's a perfect showcase for his amazing sound in any setting – as it brings together funky bits with more straightforward soul numbers. Tracks include the great funky numbers "Money Won't Change You" and "Bring It Up", both of which show the new hard sound of James coming to the forefront – plus the tracks "Stone Fox", "Tell Me That You Love Me", "Money Won't Change You (parts 1 & 2)', "Let Yourself Go", and the hip message cut "Don't Be A Drop Out". CD

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✨✧ James BrownPapa's Got A Brand New Bag ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Here's where things really started getting interesting for James Brown! The album was issued right around the same time as James' single "Out Of Sight" on Smash – and like that track, "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" was one of the first to use that "instruments on the beat" style of funk that would dominate all of James' work in years to come – that amazing groove that completely turned soul music on its ear – and paved the way for generations to come! The result is a startling sound that forever changed the face of groove – and you'll hear it nicely placed on this album, along with great cuts like "Cross Firing", "Mashed Potatoes USA", "Doin The Limbo", and "Love Don't Love Nobody". CD

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✨✧ James BrownPopcorn ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous turning point in the career of James Brown – and an album that points the way strongly to the even deeper funk of the 70s! The album's a hard-wailing batch of instrumental tracks played by the legendary James Brown Band of the late 60s – the pre-JBs ensemble that's gone onto have possibly even more funky influence than the Godfather's combo in the 70s! James plays organ on the set – and supposedly a bit of guitar and drums (according to the notes) – but one of the main stars here is Pee Wee Ellis, whose alto lines really cook up some of the best tracks strongly. Yet possibly even more amazing is the overall rhythmic conception – tight, focused, and always on the money – snapping with a sharpness that's mindblowing even all these many years later – a whole new dimension in funky expression, hardly ever matched since! Titles include "Soul Pride (parts 1 & 2)", "The Chicken", "Sudsy", "The Popcorn", "In The Middle (parts 1 & 2)", "The Chase", and "A New Shift". CD

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✨✧ Sheree BrownStraight Ahead ... LP
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A wonderful album of breezy jazzy soul from the sweet voiced Sheree Brown! The record is one of two that Brown cut for Capitol, and it was produced by Richard Rudolph – husband and collaborator of the late Minnie Riperton – in the immediate years after Minnie's death, leading us to wonder if Rudolph was trying for another hit with a different female vocalist. This LP's got a bit of a Minnie Riperton-ish feel, but Sheree also brings a lot more to the session – including some nice guitar work, and a sophisticated soul style that's kind of in a Jean Carn mode. Features the wonderful jazzy stepper "It's A Pleasure", which has a compressed jazz funk groove, and bouncy vocals over the top. Other trakcs include "I Wanna Be By Your Side", "Happiness Flows", and "Everything You Do". Very nice stuff, and a lot harder to find than it should be! LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)

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✨✧ Bunky & JakeBunky & Jake ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Late 60s NYC guitar and vocal duo Bunky & Jake – fixtures on the coffeehouse folk scene of the time – whose calling cards of whimsical tunes, sunny harmonies and sweet guitar playing – fleshed out a bit on this long lost studio LP with some jazzier and light psych pop flourishes! The arrangements are fairly breezy to match the tunes – with some chiming electric rhythm guitars, rollicking drums, and occasional strings. Titles include "I'll Follow You", "It Happens Again", "Daphne Plum", "Country Girl", "Hey Buckaroo", "Taxicab", "As You Go By", "Big Car, Shiny Ring", "Mongoose", "Cheerio" and "The Candy Store". CD

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✨✧ Johnny BurnetteJohnny Burnette ... CD
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The second great side of the legendary Johnny Burnette – the singer's move to great pop material after starting his career as a raw rocker – a shift that then saw Johnny taken from us all too soon! Burnette's got a style that's surprisingly great in this mode – a voice that was trained with depth to compete with the rawness of his early guitars, set loose here in some fuller pop backings produced by the legendary Snuff Garrett with lots of cool Liberty Records touches – light strings blended with sharper rock instrumentation, some occasional backing vocals, and overall the same sort of mode that was used with Bobby Darin on his earlier rock sides. Yet Johnny's vocals have a lot more punch – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Dreamin", "I Love My Baby", "I Beg Your Pardon", "I Go Down To The River", "Let's Think About Living", "You're So Fine", and "It's Only Make Believe". CD

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✨✧ Priscilla CoolidgeGypsy Queen ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great little solo set from Priscilla Coolidge – a singer most folks know from her duo records with Stax legend Booker T (of MGs fame) – who's on hand this time around to handled arrangements, production, and play some sweet Hammond too! The set's got this surprisingly funky feel at some moments – these slinky, groovy currents that really bring out the best in Priscilla's vocals – a nice edge that she maybe didn't even have on her records with Booker – and even some of the gentler, mellower moments have a tightness in the instrumentation that makes the whole thing surprisingly nice – although we definitely like the funkiest numbers the best. Titles include "On The Road", "Hummingbird", "Spring Rain", "T My T", "Salty Haze", and "Come On Sweet". CD
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✨✧ Gal CostaGal Total (17 CD set) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Brazil), Late 60s/1970s/1980s. Used 17CDs ... Out Of Stock
An amazing journey in music – the first 15 albums by Gal Costa, packaged here with a special book, and a 2CD set of rarities too! The evolution in style here is amazing – starting in the bossa years of the 60s, moving through key Tropicalia albums, then into some incredible 70s material that really shows Gal transforming strongly – changing from one of the more unruly forces of the underground, into a voice that would come to represent the sound of MPB for a generation! The package features records that include Domingo, Gal Costa (1969), Gal (1969), Legal, A Todo Vapor, India, Cantar, Gal Canta Caymmi, Caras E Bocas, Agua Viva, Gal Tropical, Aquarela Do Brasil, Minha Voz, Fantasia, and Baby Gal – all remastered, and presented with a 2CD set of rarities, and a sweet book too! CD
(Out of print! Top of box is torn at the corners.)
 
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AkikoWhat's Jazz? – Spirit ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2008. New Copy ... $16.99
The "spirit" side to Akiko's What's Jazz series – and her most dancefloor-styled record to date! The set features key contributions from Yukihiro Fukutomi, Yoshito Tanaka, and Hajime Yoshizawa – all of whom bring a fair bit of contemporary elements to the mix – soulful beats, warm keyboards, and the kind of grooves you don't normally find on a record by Akiko – but which sound surprisingly great with her jazz-trained vocals! There's definitely a lot of spirit here – a rich sort of sound that really makes us appreciate Akiko even more than before, especially given that she wrote most of the tunes herself. Titles include "Real", "Universal Love", "Big Bang", "Take Me There", "Music Elevation", "The Transformer", "Voce Me Faz", and "The Reason Of My Tears". CD
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Maki AsakawaMaki Asakawa ... LP
Honest Jons (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99
Haunting music from Japanese singer Maki Asakawa – every bit as smoky and soulful as you might guess from her image on the cover! These tracks are mostly sung in Japanese, but draw a very strong inspiration from American torch sounds of the 40s and 50s – a moody, late nite approach that's got a very universal appeal, even if you can't understand the language – and which is filled with an undeniable sense of melancholy right from the first note! The style is partly jazz, but also moves into some groovier modes of the period too – traces of psych at some points, mod European-styled arrangements at others, and even a few funky currents that come off surprisingly well. The package is wonderful – a great introduction to Maki's most classic music, featuring a well-chosen array of tracks, and nice liner notes by Alan Cummings. Titles include "Blue Spirit Blues", "Govinda", "Nemuru No Ga Kowai", "Uramado", "Kamome", "Gogo", "Hikkoshi", "Konna Funi Sugite Iku No Nara", "Yuki Ga Furu", and "Zenkamono Na Christmas". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Albert AylerNuits De La Fondation Maeght 1970 ... CD
Shandar/Water, 1970. Used ... $9.99
Fantastic late work from Ayler! The record is one of the last he ever recorded – and it's a no-nonsense live set, without any of the silly influences of some of his late Impulse sides. Most of the material features Ayler blowing long free solos, with a tightness and directness missing from mid 60s sessions. Cal Cobbs is on piano, Steve Tintweiss is on bass, Allen Blairman is on drums, and Mary Maria plays a bit of soprano sax, and sings vocals on "Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe", done here in a fantastically soulful version! Other tracks include "Holy Family", "Truth Is Marching", "Universal Message", "Spiritual Reunion", and "In Heart Only". CD
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✨✧ Banda Black RioMaria Fumaca ... CD
Atlantic/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with effortless ease, yet never in a way that's too slick or commercial – kind of like that perfect balance that Kool & The Gang hit for just a few records in the mid 70s – but with more of a Brazilian feel overall. Jazzy licks abound – and the keyboards, guitar, and horns are just great – but the set's also got some more regional percussion, too – which really rounds out the record wonderfully. The grooves all have a really universal appeal – essential for any fan of funky sounds – and titles include "Mr Funky Samba", "Junia", "Casa Forte", "Na Baixa Do Sapateiro", "Lelbon Via Vaz Lobo", "Baia", "Maria Fumaca", and "Metalurgia". CD

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Banda Black RioMaria Fumaca (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Warner/P-Vine (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $32.99
An excellent album by one of the greatest Brazilian funk bands ever – a wonderful blend of funk, jazz, and soul – and a set that rivals any of the best work coming from the US at the time! These guys are right on the money right from the start – moving through sharp changes with effortless ease, yet never in a way that's too slick or commercial – kind of like that perfect balance that Kool & The Gang hit for just a few records in the mid 70s – but with more of a Brazilian feel overall. Jazzy licks abound – and the keyboards, guitar, and horns are just great – but the set's also got some more regional percussion, too – which really rounds out the record wonderfully. The grooves all have a really universal appeal – essential for any fan of funky sounds – and titles include "Mr Funky Samba", "Junia", "Casa Forte", "Na Baixa Do Sapateiro", "Lelbon Via Vaz Lobo", "Baia", "Maria Fumaca", and "Metalurgia". CD

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Beady BelleSongs From A Decade – The Best Of Beady Belle (3 CD set) ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $24.99
A stunning collection – one that features all the best bits of this group that we totally love – plus a bonus live set too! Beady Belle are wonderful – a Scandinavian group, but one who've gotten plenty of play over here in the underground soul set for years – thanks to this universal groove in their music, and completely sublime lyrics and vocals from lead singer Beate Lech – an artist we'd rank right up there with one of the best soul singers on either side of the Atlantic! The first 2CDs in the set focus on the standout tracks from the group's all-great albums on the Jazzland label – titles that include "Skin Deep", "Turn Back Time", "Apron Strings", "Saved", "Diamond In The Rough", "Runaway Mind", "Shadow", "Intermission Music", "When My Anger Starts To Cry", "Half Truth", "Big Balloon", and "Touch Of Paradise". Then, CD3 features a live set from Oslo in 2013 – with titles that include "My Name On The World", "Closer", "Shadow", "Skin Deep", "Come Home", and "Every Moment". CD

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Mario BiondiBeyond (with Mario Biondi Vs Commodores) ... CD
Sony (Italy), 2015. New Copy 2CD ... $23.99
Maybe the best album to date from Italian singer Mario Biondi – and easily his most soulful set to date! The album's got Mario moving past some of the retro jazz modes of his earliest records, to emerge as this universal soul star with a hell of a sound – a voice that easily moves past nation and culture to hit a vibe that could well make him one of the bigger global acts of the decade – layered with a groove that's steeped in 70s soul influences, but which has a cleaner, contemporary approach that suits Biondi's raspy presentation perfectly! Mario sings in English throughout – with this depth that maybe even rivals Barry White at his best, although with some more of the jazz inflections that Biondi had on other records. Some of these cuts are pretty damn catchy – and could win over anyone, even if they haven't followed Mario's previous records like we have – and titles include "All Of My Life", "I Chose You", "You Can't Stop This Love Between Us", "Heart Of Stone", "Fly Away", "Another Kind Of Love", "Where Does The Money Go", and "Open Up Your Eyes". Special bonus – this limited package also comes with a second CD – Mario Biondi Vs Commodores – which features Mario covering classics that include "Night Shift", "Three Times A Lady", "Lady", "Brick House", and "Easy". CD

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CongosHeart Of The Congos ... LP
VP, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
VP reissue of this classic slice of Jamaican roots music. No collection of Lee Perry's work is complete without this chapter, which was hard to get for many years, but reissued here in it's original format, with the origial cover art. Recorded at the Black Ark in 1976, Cedric Mytton teams up with Roy Johnson on harmony vocals and Lee Perry steering the Ark with a heavyweight supporting crew, for a true milestone in Jamaican music, and a classic of universal proportions. 10 tracks, just like the original version: "Fisherman", "Congoman", "Open Up The Gate", "Children Crying", "La La Bam-Bam", "Can't Come In", "Sodom & Gomorrow", "The Wrong Thing", "ArkOf Covenant" and 'Solid Foundation". LP, Vinyl record album

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CongosHeart Of The Congos (2LP deluxe edition) ... LP
17 North Parade/VP, 1976. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $22.99
A classic slice of Jamaican roots! No collection of Lee Perry's work is complete without this chapter, which has been hard to get in spite of being reissued in a number of different formats. This version features a slight twist on the original cover art, but is an expanded double LP set with a bonus disc of later self-produced material. On the original album, recorded at the Black Ark in 1976, Cedric Mytton teams up with Roy Johnson on harmony vocals, with Lee Perry steering the Ark with a heavyweight supporting crew, for a true milestone in Jamaican music, and a classic of universal proportions. The second LP features material from 4 different sessions, all great, with tracks from the 1979 LPs Cvongo Ashanti and Image of Africa, the 1981 LP Face The Music and a couple of tracks from 1999. 22 tracks in all, including "Fisherman", "Congoman", "Open Up The Gate", "Children Crying", "La La Bam-Bam", "Can't Come In", "Sodom & Gomorrow", "The Wrong Thing", "ArkOf Covenant", "Don't Blame On I", "Solid Foundation", "Days Chasing Days", "Youth Man", "Only Jah Know", "Music Maker", "Stay Alive (ext)", "Problems", "Face The Music", "Enemy & Spy (ext)" and "Aaron & Moses (ext)". LP, Vinyl record album

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EntertainersEntertainers (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Ripete/P-Vine (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... $14.99
Wonderfully groovy soul from The Entertainers – a group who's recording here strongly for the beach music scene in the Carolinas, but who have an appeal that's much more universal! The tunes are mostly in an upbeat, midtempo mode – with a gentle bounce and a nice sort of step in the rhythms – that sweet groove that shows up in the best beach music classics – and which The Entertainers really have a lock on for this set! But there's also a warmer, more seductive feel going on too – a groove that fits in nicely with some of the early 80s modern soul work of the indie underground – and which helps get this album past any overdone cliches you might expect from the Carolinas – especially on some of the numbers that have a nicely compressed, almost poppish approach to the vocals. There's a depth here that makes the record way more than just a bunch of simple steppers for the dancefloor – and titles include "Hot On A Thang", "Pour Your Little Heart Out", "It's Not What You Got", "I'm Leavin", "In This Moment", "I Won't Cry Anymore", "What Are We Gonna Do", "Livin For The Summer", "Kidnapper", and "I'm In Love With You". CD

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Equipe 84ID (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dischi Ricordi/RPM (UK), 1970. New Copy ... $5.99 13.99
An Italian prog album, but with a difference – the difference being that these guys are tighter and more tuneful than most of their contemporaries – and really show a style that's right up there with the best early proggish rumblings from the UK, before things ever got too noodly or over the top! There's an organic quality to most of the tunes that makes the music way more than pop – cool use of keyboards and larger concepts of sound, including some great orchestrations – yet there's also a focus to the presentation that really keeps things on track, and which makes the Italian language lyrics somehow have this really universal sort of appeal. Titles include "Id", "Buon Giorno Amico Mio", "Un Brutto Sogno", "Jo", "Padre E Figlio", "Giochi D'Amore", and "Fine". CD features lots of bonus tracks, many from earlier singles – an additional 11 tracks that include "Tu Pretendi", "Floating", "Da Domani", "Auschwitz", "Hey Ragazzo", and "Nel Cuore Nell Anima Uomo". CD

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Ahmed FakrounMots D'Amour ... CD
Celluloid/PMG (Austria), 1983. New Copy ... $18.99
Words of love from Libyan singer Ahmed Fakroun – an artist who works with some sweet 80s electro soul backings that perfectly match his look on the cover! The vocals are mostly in Arabic, but they're set to backings that have a definite western approach – very universal in sound, with a quality that embraces some of the best New York indie soul styles of the time, and maybe a bit of Brit electro pop too – while Fakroun flows over the top with a mode that's as emotive as it is groovy! The record's way more than just a world music sidebar, and has gained a lot of appreciation over the years – and titles include "Fil Moden Al Kabira", "Oyunic", "Soleil Soleil", "Ya Farhi'Bik", and "Kalimat Hob". CD
Also available Mots D'Amour ... LP 23.99

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Ahmed FakrounMots D'Amour ... LP
Celluloid/PMG (Austria), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
Words of love from Libyan singer Ahmed Fakroun – an artist who works with some sweet 80s electro soul backings that perfectly match his look on the cover! The vocals are mostly in Arabic, but they're set to backings that have a definite western approach – very universal in sound, with a quality that embraces some of the best New York indie soul styles of the time, and maybe a bit of Brit electro pop too – while Fakroun flows over the top with a mode that's as emotive as it is groovy! The record's way more than just a world music sidebar, and has gained a lot of appreciation over the years – and titles include "Fil Moden Al Kabira", "Oyunic", "Soleil Soleil", "Ya Farhi'Bik", and "Kalimat Hob". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Mots D'Amour ... CD 18.99

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✨✧ Far Out Monster Disco OrchestaFar Out Monster Disco Orchesta (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Far Out (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $21.99
A really wonderful project that was years in the making – a mix of American club and Brazilian elements – put together by a group that includes members of Azymuth and Banda Black Rio, as well as the legendary Arthur Verocai! Jose Roberto Bertrami's the strongest contributor here – and the music really echoes that great late 70s/early 80s point when the Azymuth fusion groove crossed over into tighter, funkier territory – coming off here with a sound that's got really universal appeal and a wickedly classic vibe overall – like some unusual cross-breeding of Brazilian grooves and Salsoul Records! Vocals are by Mia Mendes and Marcina Arnold, but the instrumentation is even better than the lyrics – filled with jazzy touches, blended with bits of strings, and perfectly produced all the way through. Really tremendous stuff – one of the freshest records we've heard from Far Out in years – with titles that include "Mystery", "Keep Believing", "Dead Dance", "The Last Carnival", "A Disco Supreme", "Vendetta", and "Don't Cha Know He's Alright". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kool & The GangLove & Understanding ... LP
Dee-Lite, 1976. Very Good Gatefold ... $4.99
Amazing work from Kool & The Gang – from a period when they were pushing past their tight early funky sound, into a super-dope mix of electronics and spacey jamming that is still pretty darn revolutionary today! Although you might think the album would be a bit disco by the date, it's not – and instead has the group moving more towards a style of cosmic righteousness that was undoubtedly influenced by the early work (and success) of Earth, Wind, & Fire. The album has a few live cuts - including an amazing 8 minute long live version of "Summer Madness", with an extended keyboard solo that's just great! Other titles include "Cosmic Energy", "Do It Right Now", "Universal Sound", and a remake of "Hollywood Swinging". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a sticker spot.)

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Ivan LinsModo Livre ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $14.99
Sublime early work from Ivan Lins – exactly the kind of album that made him one of the global breakout talents from Brazil in the 70s – and a record that you can still pick up all these many years later, and find the same sort of genius! Arrangements are by Arthur Verocai – who gives the whole thing a quality that's like his own famous work, but even better – given the strength of Lins' songwriting and amazing vocal presentation – a level that, like Milton Nascimento or Lo Borges, seems to grab us in ways that go beyond the language of the lyrics – this sort of universal soul that slides right down into the warmly jazzy arrangements! Lins plays organ, guitar, and electric piano – and the set features more organ from Wagner Tiso, amidst a wonderful set of larger arrangements. Beautiful all the way through –a nd titles include "Nao Tem Perdao", "Abre Alas", "Deixa Eu Dizer", "Desejo", "Rei Do Carnaval", "Tens", "General Da Banda", and "Avarandado". CD

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Bob Marley & The WailersBob Marley & The Wailers – Live ... LP
Island, 1975. Very Good+ ... $16.99
A great global showcase for the growing power of Bob Marley – an excellent live set recorded in London in 1975, and a date that shows Bob and The Wailers working with the crowd in this really universal spirit! The group's almost got a funkier current here than on some of their studio record – and their sharp edges are warmed up by female backing vocals which seem almost to act as a bridge between Marley's lead, and the very enthusiastic spirit of the crowd! The whole thing's great – and titles include totally burning versions of "Trenchtown Rock", "Burnin & Lootin", "Them Belly Full", "Lively Up Yourself", "No Woman, No Cry", "I Shot The Sheriff", and "Get Up Stand Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Harvey MasonMVP – Most Valuable Player ... LP
Arista, 1981. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Given that Harvey worked on some of the best fusion sessions of the 70s, it's more than safe to give him "most valuable player" award – because without his drums, many a record would have faltered! Here, though, Mason's much more in his all-out soul mode – singing, playing, and producing in a smooth blend of jazz and modern soul that benefits strongly from his many years in the studio. Tracks are all quite tight and catchy – no over the top groovers, but just a batch of midtempo tracks that feature arrangements from Kenny Mason. Titles include "Universal Rhyme", "Don't Doubt My Lovin", "On and On", "You And Me", "Spell", and "How Does It Feel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and a factory sticker.)

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Kim Jung MiNow (deluxe LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Lion, Early 70s. New Copy ... $12.99
A folk funk masterpiece from Korea – sung with breathy brilliance by female singer Kim Jung Mi, and featuring some great fuzzy backgrounds from guitarist Shin Jung Hyun! Although not in English, the record has a very similar feel to some of the hippest British female work of the same period – a style that takes older folk styles and gives them a trippier, more psychedelic twist – largely through the use of echoey production that makes the voice sound all flanged-out next to the guitar, but also through some spacious arrangements that give most of the record a nicely floating sort of feel! Titles are finally listed in English and include "Haenim", "Wind", "Spring", "Unknowingly", "Blow Spring Breeze", "Your Dream", "Beautiful Rivers and Mountains", "Lonely Heart", "It's Raining" and "Ganadaramabasa". All lyrics in Korean but the record's got an undeniably universal appeal. The deluxe LP sleeve CD version has a 20-page booklet with rare photos, and great stories about Shin Joong Hyun and Kim Jung Mi's continuing place of prominence in the Korean music scene. CD

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Obie TriceCheers (Clean Version) ... LP
Shady, 2003. Near Mint- 2LP ... $9.99
50 Cent raised the bar pretty frickin' high for the rest of the Shady/Interscope roster, as far as sales figures go. We don't envy the task of having to try to live up to the commercial expectations Universal must have for this album. Bottom line aside, Obie's album is rock solid, timeless hip hop – and it's probably more consistent as a reliable whole than any album on the Shady label to date. Obie has more of a Pharoahe Monch kind of approach than the laid back pimpin' you get from 50 Cent or the Grand Guignol comic violence of Slim Shady. He's not as manaical as the Pharoahe, either, but his flow is loud, often frenetic and always out front on the tracks. There's nothing fancy here; just reliable unpretentious hip hop that should be rocking the clubs, the hoopties, and the airwaves for a long time to come! Tracks include "Average Man", "Cheers", "Got Some Teeth", "Lady" with Eminem, "Don't Come Down", "The Set Up" with Nate Dogg, "S**t Hits The Fan" with Dr. Dre, "Hoodrats", "Oh" with Busta Rhymes and many more. "Moby?!? You could get stomped by Obie, you 36-year-old bald-headed. . ." LP, Vinyl record album
(Clean promo in a stickered sleeve.)
 
 
 



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