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✨✧ Chuck StanleyFiner Things In Life ... CD
Def Jam/Universal (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A key record in the Def Jam shift from hip hop to bigger soul sounds – served up by mellow soul maestro Chuck Stanley! The record's got some great urban-styled production, which keeps the beats heavy – but the style's a lot more laidback and loving than most of Russell Simmons' hip hop projects – kind of a key precursor for the mix of hip hop rhythms and mainstream soul that would burst big in the decade to come! Titles include "Jammin To The Bells", "My All & All", "Real Soon", "When It All Falls Down", "Day By Day", "Love Toy", "Never Gonna Let You Go", and "Make You Mine Tonight", a duet with Alyson Williams. CD
Also available Finer Things In Life ... LP 6.99

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✨✧ Isao SuzukiHip Dancin' ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A real standout in the mid 70s Japanese jazz scene – one of a few excellent albums by Isao Suzuki, a jazz cello player who could work well in a variety of settings! This album's got Isao grooving with some slight electric touches – working with Japanese players that include Kazumi Watanabe on guitar and Fumio Karashi on Fender Rhodes, plus rhythm by the American team of Sam Jones on bass and Billy Higgins on drums – which balances things out nicely. The record's got an extended groover called "Hip Dancin" that's really nice – warm and gentle, but with a lot of soul, and moving at a good little pace! Other tracks include unusual versions of "Sack O Woe", "Alone Together", and "We'll Be Together Again". CD

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✨✧ Peter Thomas Sound OrchestraChariots Of The Gods? (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Germany), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An amazing little soundtrack from German maestro Peter Thomas – even weirder and more electric than some of his famous 60s recordings! Thomas scored the music for a spooky 70s film about the possibility of aliens on earth – and did so with a bit more tension than some of his other records – mixing in some dark tones, weird sounds, and other odd elements amidst some more familiar space age-styled themes. Instrumentation often mixes conventional orchestrations with electronics and offbeat percussion – the latter of which brings an earthy, organic undercurrent that you might not expect, and which really sets the record apart from anything else at the time. A few key cuts have the trademark groovy feel you'd expect from Thomas – including the classic "Stars & Rockets" – and other titles include "Reminiscences Of The Future", "Popular Myth & The Destruction Of Sodom", "The Red Sea", "Gods From Strange Planets", "Returning To The Stars", "Rocket Science", and "Easter Island". CD features a whopping 10 bonus tracks too – all previously unreleased! CD

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✨✧ Masahiko TogashiSong For Myself ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The intimate nature of the title is very apt on this one – as the album features spare duets between drummer Masahiko Togashi and other Japanese musicians – including the great Sadao Watanabe on flute, and either Masahiko Satoh and Masabumi Kikuchi on piano! The sound is open, and sometimes a bit free – but in a way that's very inventive, and never too overpowering – as Togashi finds a way to really keep things grounded, and work in the best collaborative spirit with each musician. A real standout on the East West catalog of the 70s – and titles include "Haze", "Fairy Tale", "Song For Myself", and "Song For My Friends". CD

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✨✧ Masahiko TogashiSpiritual Nature ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A mid 70s live recording by Japanese percussionist Masahiko Togashi – performed with help from a larger group that includes Sadao Watanabe on reeds, Masahiko Satoh on percussion, Shigeo Suzuki on reeds, and extra added percussion. Tracks are long and exploratory – usually beginning with spare percussion, and then slowly adding in additional instrumentation. The "spiritual nature" of the title is apt, as the exploratory style of the tunes is never too avant – simply searching and stretching, in a righteous, almost post-Coltrane way. Titles include "The Beginning", "Moving", "On The Footpath", and "Spiritual Nature". CD

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✨✧ Sadao WatanabePamoja ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Later than Sadao Watanabe's classic period, but a great album with some really wonderful moments! The set was recorded live in Tokyo in 1975, and it features Watanabe working with a group that includes Isao Suzuki on bass, Yshiaki Masuo on guitar, and Takehiro Honda on piano. The four tracks are all long, with some of the searching Coltrane-ish playing that Watanabe brought to his earlier Sony albums, but they've also got a fair bit of the warmth he was reaching for during the 70s – combining elements of world jazz styles into a mode that really pushed his work on alto and flute. Titles include "Pamoja", "Vichakani", and "Musitoni". CD

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✨✧ WhoLive at Leeds (Deluxe Edition) ... CD
Decca/Universal, 1970. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A landmark live set from The Who – a record that offers the group with a blistering intensity that blows away all their other studio albums of the time! Although offered during the Who's Tommy-era expansion into broader themes and more complicated instrumentation, the album's a real return to basics – and features a guitar-heavy version of the group performing a number of older rock n roll classics like "Summertime Blues", "Shakin All Over", and "Young Man Blues" – plus really extended jamming takes on their own "My Generation" and "Magic Bus", and a searing 2 minute take on "Substitute" that's probably everything you ever need to know about The Jam! CD
(Out of print. Includes slipcase.)

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✨✧ Gay & Terry WoodsBackwoods ... CD
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful album from Gay and Terry Woods – a duo who first rose to fame in Steeleye Span, but who sound especially great hear on their own – in a unique blend of Irish folk and American roots, with a style that's a fair bit different than previous work! Gay's got this haunting vocal style that's right up there with other Brit Isles female folkies at the time, and Terry's maybe got a bit more American influences at his core – underscored by the used of dulcimer, slide guitar, and mandolin in the backings – which often have these currents that often feel a bit Appalachian. All tracks are originals by the duo – and titles include "Dublin Town", "The Fair", "Side Tracked", "Winter Poem", "Sorry Friend", and "Second Hand Sale". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ VariousDisco Train 1 ... CD
Universal (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sweet ride on the Disco Train – served up in a non-stop mix, built from a selection of classic cuts from the end of the 70s and start of the 80s – all of them some well-remembered gems from the dancefloor! Despite the "disco" in the title, the series also features some great tracks from the years beyond Studio 54 – including a few choice import groovers that played big on American dancefloors – the sort of shifting sounds that took over once the second wave of British invasion hit US clubs after the decline of disco! The result is a batch of tracks that's familiar, but presented in a nicely fresh way – and this first volume features a continuous mix 30 tracks that include "She's A Bad Mama Jama" by Carl Carlton, "Love's Dance" by Klique, "Funtime" by Peaches & Herb, "Bad Girls" by Donna Summer, "Don't You Want Me" by Human League, "Glad To Know You" by Chaz Jankel, "Look Of Love" by ABC, "Got To BE Enough" by Con Funk Shun, "It Must Be Love" by Alton McClain & Destiny, "Let It Whip" by Dazz Band, "Give It To Me Baby" by Rick James, "I'm So Hot" by Denise LaSalle, "The Breaks" by Kurtis Blow, and "Saturday Saturday Night" by Zoom. CD
 
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✨✧ VariousUltra High Frequencies – The Chicago Party (with DVD) ... CD
Numero, Early 80s. New Copy CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
A funky soul compilation, and a sweet TV show as well – presented here in an ultra-cool collection that offers both audio and video work from this short-lived Chicago dance show! The Chicago Party was a very local UHF program in the Windy City – one that was kind of a homegrown version of Soul Train, but turned towards the grooviest styles of the post-disco years – including boogie, 80s groove, and some tight indie club modes – all of which are featured on this sweet little compilation! The folks at Numero Group have teamed with Chicago historian Jake Austen for this very special package – which pulls together 16 musical tracks, then includes a DVD with 100 minutes of video footage from the 23 episodes of the show, mixed together in one extended program! Musically, the collection works as a great snapshot of the Chicago soul underground right before house music came into play – and titles include "Pull Up" by Universal Togetherness Band, "The Chicago Party Theme" by Jesus Wayne, "Think" by Rahmlee, "Garden Of Eve" by Yvonne Gage, "Girl You're Too Cool" by Magnum Force, "Into New Dimensions" by IND, "Freedom Sweet Freedom" by Ken Allison, "Blow Me Away" by MC2, and "Burning UP" by Donnell Pitman. CD
(Very cool die-cut TV-styled sleeve as well!)
Also available Ultra High Frequencies – The Chicago Party ... LP 14.99

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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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Selda BagcanSelda (1979) ... CD
Turkuola/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1979. New Copy ... $11.99
Selda packs a heck of a punch on this late 70s set – a record that's still got all the wonderful elements of her previous three albums – that unique mix of folksy roots, protest themes, and nicely trippy production! Selda's holding an electrified version of the baglama on the front cover – and the instrument really sounds great on the tracks throughout – piercing with a punctuated sound that's almost like an electric sitar, but a more more straightforward – a perfect accompaniment to the rich, flowing lines of Selda's vocals. None of the tunes are in English, but there's a really universal appeal to the music – as Selda's the kind of singer that's so expressive, one hardly needs to know the lyrics to get the meaning of her tunes. Titles include "Ona Don", "Hele Yar", "Ayaginda Kundura", "Hizir Pasa", "Cendarme", "Izin Ize Benzemiyor", and "Sorsunlar Beni". 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 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Warner/Polysom (Brazil), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $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". LP, Vinyl record album

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Mario BiondiBeyond (with Mario Biondi Vs Commodores) ... CD
Sony (Italy), 2015. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
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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David BoykinLove Power Magic ... CD
Sonic Healing Ministries, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99
One of the most spiritual albums we've ever heard from reedman David Boykin – a beautiful batch of long, flowing tunes that have tremendous modal energy and a very cohesive feel! We've always loved Boykin, right from the start – but here he's showing an even deeper sense of spirituality and direction – a great evolution after so many years in jazz, with a strong ability to build new ideas over a very long space – and still communicate in this universal style that transcends time and place! The package is lean – just a small cardboard sleeve – but the music is mighty, and feels like some lost underground jazz classic from the 70s. Boykin plays reeds and a bit of percussion – in a quintet with some really tremendous bass from Josh Abrams – plus piano from James Baker, guitar from Alex Wing, and drums from Marcus Evans – on the tracks "Love Power Magic", "Hyperspace", "6/10/13", and "Some Slick 8 Bar Blues". CD

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CongosHeart Of The Congos (40th anniversary 3CD edition) ... CD
17 North Parade/VP, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... About May 19, 2017
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)". CD

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CongosHeart Of The Congos (40th anniversary 3LP edition) ... LP
17 North Parade/VP, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... About May 19, 2017
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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Anthony DavidAs Above So Below ... CD
Rolling Mojo/E1/Purpose, 2011. Used ... $7.99
Anthony David doing his own thing for his own Rolling Mojo imprint for E1 and Purpose – sounding re-energized here after what we thought was a terrific run on Universal! Anthony works just as well with crackling hop hop soul beats and keys as he does with acoustic guitar and otherwise more stripped down backdrops. We need to spend some time with it, but this may be some of our favorite work he's ever done! Titles include "As Above So Below", "Let Me In", "4Ever More" feat Algebra & Phonte, "Girlfriend", a surprisingly effective and soulful cover of "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" with Shawn Stockman of Boys II Men, "Backstreet", "Body Language", "Get Around" and more. CD

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Miguel De DeusBlack Soul Brothers ... CD
Lion, New Copy ... About February 15, 2017 (delayed)
Fantastic work from Miguel De Deus – an artist with more than enough funky talent to live up to the ambitious title of the album – given that he started his career working in the famous Os Brazoes combo! That group were a key part of the Tropicalia years, and mixed up a heady brew of funk and psych – and by the time of these tracks, Miguel is out on his own, working in an even more soul-drenched style that shares plenty with the New York funk scene of the time – particularly the sharp, tight modes of Fatback Band, and some of the groups recording for the De-Lite Records label! Lyrics are all in Portuguese, but the grooves are very universal – and the album's got a sort of global funk appeal that you'll only find in a rare few records from the Samba Soul generation of the 70s. Titles include "Black Soul Brother", "Cinco Anos", "Mister Funk", "Flaca Louca", "Pode Se Queimar", and "Fabrica De Papeis". CD

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Miguel De DeusBlack Soul Brothers ... LP
Groovie (Spain), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
Fantastic work from Miguel De Deus – an artist with more than enough funky talent to live up to the ambitious title of the album – given that he started his career working in the famous Os Brazoes combo! That group were a key part of the Tropicalia years, and mixed up a heady brew of funk and psych – and by the time of these tracks, Miguel is out on his own, working in an even more soul-drenched style that shares plenty with the New York funk scene of the time – particularly the sharp, tight modes of Fatback Band, and some of the groups recording for the De-Lite Records label! Lyrics are all in Portuguese, but the grooves are very universal – and the album's got a sort of global funk appeal that you'll only find in a rare few records from the Samba Soul generation of the 70s. Titles include "Black Soul Brother", "Cinco Anos", "Mister Funk", "Flaca Louca", "Pode Se Queimar", and "Fabrica De Papeis". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jackie EdwardsMr Peaceful ... CD
Kingston Sounds (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
Sublime sounds from one of the most soulful singers on the Jamaican scene of the 60s – a vocalist whose approach was a perfect bridge between Kingston grooves and American soul! Jackie Edwards really set the tone for countless artists to follow with the sounds on this set – music that's in familiar ska, rocksteady, and early reggae modes – but which also has a universal quality that really hints at the global explosion that would come during the 70s. Titles include "Who Told You So", "I'm In The Mood", "Peaceful Man", "It's All In The Game", "Johnny You're A Gun Man", "Wad Ada", "Keep On Running", "Get Up", and "Julie On My Mind". CD
Also available Mr Peaceful ... LP 16.99

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Jackie EdwardsMr Peaceful ... LP
Kingston Sounds (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
Sublime sounds from one of the most soulful singers on the Jamaican scene of the 60s – a vocalist whose approach was a perfect bridge between Kingston grooves and American soul! Jackie Edwards really set the tone for countless artists to follow with the sounds on this set – music that's in familiar ska, rocksteady, and early reggae modes – but which also has a universal quality that really hints at the global explosion that would come during the 70s. Titles include "Who Told You So", "I'm In The Mood", "Peaceful Man", "It's All In The Game", "Johnny You're A Gun Man", "Wad Ada", "Keep On Running", "Get Up", and "Julie On My Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ 18 Karat GoldAll Bumm ... LP
Long Hair (Germany), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A group that sound more like a 70s funk act from their name – but instead a great overlooked German act, with a sweetly compressed vibe that's different than some of the more familiar prog or psych of the time! The group shares members with Amon Duul II and Embryo, but sounds like neither of those combos – as they almost go for a glammish approach, with catchy lyrics and great production that squeezes the sharp guitars right up alongside the vocals – a lot more in the style of some of the breakout UK groups than most German material. There's a few more freewheeling moments, but even those cuts are short and compact – and the English language lyrics at points really give the set a universal sort of appeal. The record's got some wicked songwriting – of the sort that should have made it huge – and titles include "Flying", "Goldrush", "If My Guru Would Know", "Cool", "Star Infected", "Come On Monday", "Elektrik See Me In Your Dreams", "Dr Stein", and "I Am Just A Man". LP, Vinyl record album

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Livy EkemezieFriday Night ... CD
Linic Major/Odion Livingstone (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A rare boogie set from the Nigerian scene – but one that also has the power to circle the globe with a universal sense of soul – as you might guess by the cosmopolitan look of Livy Ekemezie on the cover! The set's got a very strong tie to the grooves of the New York scene of the time – less straight disco or club than some of the more offbeat, bass-heavy rhythms that were coming from the streets into the downtown scene – handled here on basslines that are beautifully skittish, and change things up with a rough-edged funky energy that almost reminds us of the sound of P&P Records! The album's also got lots of great keyboards, which kind of bubble and sparkle next to the bass – but in ways that are often a bit different than more standard early 80s keyboard club. Livy sings most of the lead vocals, and titles include "Night Party", "Friday Night", "Classic Lover", "Holiday Actions", "Get It Down", and "Delectation". CD

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Ahmed FakrounMots D'Amour ... CD
Celluloid/PMG (Austria), 1983. New Copy ... $9.99
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

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GomorrhaI Turned To See Whose Voice It Was ... CD
Brain/Long Hair (Germany), 1972. New Copy ... $18.99
One of the first albums on the legendary Brain label – and a record that's often cited as one of the founding forces of the Krautrock sound in the 70s! By the time of this album, Gomorrha are a very well-oiled group – with requisite roots in beat and prog modes, but a sound that's really coming into its own, with a hard rock confidence that few of their contemporaries might be able to match! In fact, the whole thing might be one of the hardest rockers on Brain from the time – and that's saying a lot, given the competition – still with some long-jamming instrumental moments, but really brought into sharp focus by the fantastic lead vocals of Peter Otten! Otten's got a quality that could have made him a bigger star – maybe if he was working on the UK scene – and his English language vocals really help give the whole record a universal appeal, and a non-highbrow appeal that could easily grab any of your friends who've always been standoffish about the world of 70s German rock. Titles include "Dead Life", "Titish Child", "Dance On A Volcano", "Opening Of The Sealed Book", and "I Try To Change This World". Produced by Conny Plank, too! CD

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✨✧ Eddie Harris & Les McCannSecond Movement ... LP
Atlantic, 1971. Very Good- ... $4.99
A massive batch of funky soul jazz – the Second Movement (to the first album Swiss Movement) of the collaboration of Eddie Harris and Les McCann! The vibe here is even freer, and hipper, than on the first set – with a host of long tracks that have Les really working the Fender Rhodes into some great grooves, as Eddie blows along some mean, mad Varitone with equal charm! Players include Bernard Purdie, Buck Clarke, and Cornell Dupree – and titles include "Saima", "Carry On Brother", "Universal Prisoner", and the brilliant sample cut "Shorty Rides Again"! LP, Vinyl record album

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I RibelliI Ribelli ... LP
Contempo (Italy), 1968. Near Mint- (reissue)... $19.99
A very groovy group from the Italian scene of the 60s – one that clearly draw a lot of inspiration from both American soul and the garage underground – which is then fused into this really unique Italian language style of its own! There's plenty of fuzz on the guitars, and lots of organ lines in the quintet too – but the vocal phrasing and some of the rhythms show a love of Memphis and Muscle Shoals, which makes for a really great surprise – and also gives some of these tunes a really universal sort of appeal! The set features groovy covers of "Tell Mama", "Make Your Own Sweet Music", "Get Ready", and "You Keep Me Hanging On" – plus the titles "Un Posto Al Sole", "Pugni Chiusi", and "Nel Sole Nel Vento Nel Sorriso E Nel Pianto". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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