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✨✧ Snarky PuppyCulcha Vulcha ... LP
Universal, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Snarky Puppy find a whole new global current here – coming together in a style that mixes their usual soulful funk with a range of interesting percussion elements – in styles that sometimes remind us of our favorite creative sounds from the Brazilian or Afro Funk instrumental scene, but with a much groovier vibe overall! Half the instrumentation hits that usual Snarky groove – warm keyboards, tight horns, and sharp rhythms – but other elements inflect some cool tones and fresh feelings – as the group work in an all-instrumental format, and really allow their creative side to sparkle! It's great to see these guys break down the boundaries a bit – and the record's one of their freshest in a while – with titles that include "Tarova", "Palermo", "Big Ugly", "Beep Box", "Go", "The Simple Life", and "Semente". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Snarky PuppyFamily Dinner Vol 2 (180 gram pressing – with DVD & download) ... LP
Universal, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Snarky Puppy serve up a second family dinner – and this time around, their sound is even more expansive than before – still strongly done in that warm, tight blend of live instrumentation, but also augmented with a host of global elements as well! The core style is still very soulful, and in that classic Snarky Puppy mode – but the group have also gotten a bit more sophisticated in the way they open up their tunes, and allow room for additional vocals and instruments – really showing some great growth, even in the way they pace the record. The music maybe builds a lot more than before – not just leaping into a tune, but finding its right sort of space – and allowing room for lots of guest contributors – including Susana Baca, Becca Stevens, Charlie Hunter, Big Ed Lee, Knower, David Crosby, and Laura Mvula. Titles include "Liquid Love", "Somebody Home", "Sing To The Mooon", "I Remember", "Don't You Know", "I Asked", and "Molino Molero". And if that's not enough, the DVD also features 5 more tracks that aren't on the core album – "Brother I'm Hungry", "Be Still", "Fuego Y Agua", "Shapons Vindaloo", and "One Hope". LP, Vinyl record album
(With DVD & digital download!)

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✨✧ Spooky ToothMirror ... CD
Island/Universal (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The final album from Spooky Tooth – at least during their initial run – and a surprisingly strong set that really points to a huge amount of new directions and ideas! Mike Patto is in the group this time around – and the presence of his vocals and deft instrumental work really give Spooky Tooth a renewed focus and sense of energy – which seems to push the guitars of Mick Jones into territory that's even bolder than before – with more than a few hints of the Foreigner to come! Gary Wright's vocals are still at center stage, but the whole album almost feels like the whole group coming together to really stretch their wings and soar. Titles include "Fantasy Satisfier", "Two Time Love", "Higher Circles", "Hell Or High Water", "The Hoofer", "I'm Alive", and "The Mirror". CD

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✨✧ Spooky ToothWitness (with bonus track) ... CD
Island/Universal (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A further deepening of the Spooky Tooth sound – on an album that seems to have a headier approach to the lyrical themes, which is also echoed by the vocals of Gary Wright, and the energy of the rest of the group! These guys are still a blues-influenced rock group at the core – and are still hardly a progressive group at all – but they've also really opened up their palette on the tunes, and find ways of giving more than just the full-on fuzz of previous records, while still using that element to kick things in gear at all the right places! Titles the surprisingly funky "Ocean Of Power", plus "As Long As The World Keeps Turning", "Wings On My Heart", "Pyramids", "Dream Me A Mountain", and "Sunlight Of My Mind". CD features a bonus track – "All Sewn Up (alt mix)". CD

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✨✧ Spooky ToothYou Broke My Heart – So I Busted Your Jaw ... CD
A&M/Universal (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An onslaught of fuzz from the reformed version of Spooky Tooth – a group that has Gary Wright very firmly back in the lead on vocals, and the new addition of Mick Jones on guitar – whose lead lines give the group a whole new sense of power! Wright and Jones worked together in Wonderwheel, and are a perfect pair here – with Mick's well-crafted lines underscoring Wright's vocals perfectly – all at a level that prefaces some of the bigger arena rock to come by a few years, but which also falls into none of its cliches at all! Wright's ear for a well-penned tune is still very firmly intact – and the rest of the group deliver some mighty heavy energy on the rhythms – on titles that include "Old As I Was Born", "Wild Fire", "Holy Water", "Times Have Changed", "Moriah", and "Cotton Growing Man". CD

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✨✧ WallflowersCollected – 1996 to 2005 ... CD
Universal, Late 90s/Early 2000s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Robin WardWonderful Summer (mono & stereo mixes – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dot/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great girl pop from Robin Ward – a singer who scored big with the album's title track, and holds onto a really dreamy sound all the way through this rare album from the 60s! Arrangements are by pop maestros George Tipton and Perry Botkin – and the music is tightly focused in a mix of gentle groove and light strings, with Robin's vocals right up front in the mix – often recorded with a bit of echo, which really underscores the more melancholy elements in the tunes! The set features a few original numbers – penned by Botkin and Gil Garfield – including "Wonderful Summer", "Dream Boy", and "Johnny Come & Get Me" – and other tunes include "Today I Fell In Love", "Teach Me Tonight", "Why Don't You Believe Me", and "I Will Love You". CD features the full album in mono and stereo – plus great bonus tracks that include "Wishing", "Winter's Here", "Bobby", and "In His Car" – all by Botkin and Garfield. CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ John WilliamsJaws – Anniversary Collector's Edition (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Decca/Universal, 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
A 70s soundtrack that hardly needs an introduction – given that its music and image were virtually ubiquitous at the time! The record's best known for John Williams' famous "da-da da-da" theme for the film – used in the titles, and whenever the big guy wanted to attack – but there's a lot more richness going on here too – beautiful orchestrations that get way past any cliches you might expect, and which offer up both moments of subtle tension and great redemption – all scored beautifully by the master. Titles include "Main Title", "Chrissie's Death", "Out To Sea", "The Indianapolis Story", "Hand To Hand Combat", and "Night Search". CD
(Out of print, mark through digipack barcode.)

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✨✧ VariousAndrea Griminelli's Cinema Italiano – A New Interpretation Of Italian Film Music ... CD
Decca/Universal (UK), 2001. Used ... Out Of Stock
Covers from Sting, Luciano Pavarotti, Deborah Harry, Andrea Griminelli, Cassell Webb, Flippa Giordano, Elysium & Lucio Bacalov. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousDisco Train 3 ... CD
Universal (Japan), Late 70s/1980s. 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 – as well as some big crossover pop tracks that continued the groove well into the 80s. The result is a batch of tracks that's familiar, but presented in a nicely fresh way – and this third volume features a mix of 30 surprising cuts that include "Light Up The Night" by Brothers Johnson, "Word Up" by Cameo, "She's A Super Lady" by Luther Vandross, "Miss Me Blind" by Culture Club, "Upside Down" by Diana Ross, "Dancing Queen" by Abba, "Now That We Found Love" by Heavy D & The Boyz, "Conga" by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine, "She Talks To Me With Her Body" by The Bar-Kays, "Let The Music Play" by Shannon, "Fascination" by Human League, "Samba De Janeiro" by Bellini, "Mr Saxobeat" by Alexandra Stan, "Telephone Operator" by Pete Shelly, and "Hungry Like The Wolf" by Duran Duran. CD

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✨✧ VariousMotortown Revue In Paris (2CDs – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Tamla/Universal (UK), 1965. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A hugely expanded version of this classic set from Motown – one that now includes the complete Paris recording, and with a sound that's a lot harder and heavier than you might think! One of the key additions to the set is a number of instrumental tracks from Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers – really heavy-hitting Hammond work that sets a very soulful stage for the searing vocal performances to follow – including work from Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, The Miracles, and Stevie Wonder – all of whom are represented here by more unreleased tracks! The set's a triple-length representation of this searing live performance from 1965 – and titles include "All For You", "All About My Girl", and "Too Many Fish In The Sea" by Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers; "Stop In The Name Of Love", "Baby Love", "People", and "Somewhere" by the Supremes; "Ooo Baby Baby", "Come On Do The Jerk", "I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying", and "Mickey's Monkey" by the Miracles; "If I Had A Hammer", "Nowhere To Run", "Wild One", "Heat Wave", and "Dancing In The Street" by Martha & The Vandellas; and the instrumental "Jazz Blues Instrumental", plus ""High Heel Sneakers", "Funny How Time Slips Away" and "Fingertips" by Stevie Wonder. CD

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✨✧ VariousMotortown Revue In Paris (3LPs – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Tamla/Universal (UK), 1965. New Copy 3LP ... Out Of Stock
A hugely expanded version of this classic set from Motown – one that now includes the complete Paris recording, and with a sound that's a lot harder and heavier than you might think! One of the key additions to the set is a number of instrumental tracks from Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers – really heavy-hitting Hammond work that sets a very soulful stage for the searing vocal performances to follow – including work from Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, The Miracles, and Stevie Wonder – all of whom are represented here by more unreleased tracks! The set's a triple-length representation of this searing live performance from 1965 – and titles include "All For You", "All About My Girl", and "Too Many Fish In The Sea" by Earl Van Dyke & The Soul Brothers; "Stop In The Name Of Love", "Baby Love", "People", and "Somewhere" by the Supremes; "Ooo Baby Baby", "Come On Do The Jerk", "I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying", and "Mickey's Monkey" by the Miracles; "If I Had A Hammer", "Nowhere To Run", "Wild One", "Heat Wave", and "Dancing In The Street" by Martha & The Vandellas; and the instrumental "Jazz Blues Instrumental", plus ""High Heel Sneakers", "Funny How Time Slips Away" and "Fingertips" by Stevie Wonder. LP, Vinyl record album
(3LPs packaged in a sweet slipcase – and also includes download for the whole album!)
 
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✨✧ VariousUnidisc Sampler (4CD set) ... CD
Unidisc (Canada), Late 70s/1980s. Used 4 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Massive 4 CD set with 171 tracks from artists such as Fat Larry's Band, Lime, Sharon Redd, Irene Carla, the Universal Robot Band, Carol Douglas, Passion, the Tavares, Man Parrish, Star City , Inner Life, D Train, Gary's Gang, Indeep, Paul Parker, Gayle Adams, Barbara Mason, Lime, Mitsou, Les BB & many more. CD
(Promotional release.)

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Albert AylerFondation Maeght Nights, Vol 2 ... CD
Jazz View, 1970. Used ... $6.99
Obscure late Ayler stuff, performed with a quartet. Tracks include: "Truth In Marching In", "Universal Message", "Spiritual Reunion", and "Music is the Healing Force of the Universe". CD
(Out of print.)

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Selda BagcanSelda (1979) ... CD
Turkuola/Pharaway Sounds (Spain), 1979. New Copy ... $7.99
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 ... LP
Atlantic/Mr Bongo (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
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
Also available Maria Fumaca ... CD 10.99

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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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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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Miguel De DeusBlack Soul Brothers ... CD
Lion, New Copy ... About August 15, 2017
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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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
Also available Friday Night ... LP 22.99

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Livy EkemezieFriday Night ... LP
Linic Major/Odion Livingstone (UK), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 23.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing!)
Also available Friday Night ... CD 13.99

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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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Chico HamiltonDancing To A Different Drummer ... CD
Soul Note (Italy), 1994. Used ... $9.99
A really great later set from Chico Hamilton – one that has the drummer working entirely solo, but handling a range of different percussion! The album's one of the most compelling since some of Hamilton's early 70s experiments with sound – and it features Chico on gong, slapaphone, tympani, drums, and lots more percussion – and also speaking a bit too, kind of narrating into a few tracks with his own stories and memories, in ways that only further expand our understanding of his mighty talents! Great stuff all around – with titles that include "Universal Language Of Man", "Tap Drums", "Dance Of The Tympanis", "All Those Guys", "Mr Jo Jones", "In The Beginning", and "Conquistador Rides Again". CD
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✨✧ ZZ HillLet's Make A Deal ... LP
Columbia, 1978. Near Mint- ... $9.99
An overlooked gem from the great ZZ Hill – a set that has the singer making a brief appearance on Columbia Records, and working with the mighty Bert DeCoteaux in the process! Bert brings this full, rich style to bear alongside ZZ's vocals – an approach that's still quite respectful to Hill's deep soul roots, but which also creates this whole new setting for his voice – a bit like the shift that Tyrone Davis and Johnnie Taylor were making at Columbia at the time – and with similar great results! The choice of material is great – as the record features songs penned by indie soul great Jimmy Lewis, Fredrick Knight, Harvey Scales, and ZZ himself – and titles include "Let's Make A Deal", "Message To The Ladies", "Universal Love", and "Near But Yet So Far". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Labels have ink stamps. Cover has an ink stamp, promo stamp, and tracklist sticker.)

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I RibelliI Ribelli ... LP
Contempo (Italy), 1968. Near Mint- (reissue)... $11.99
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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Paul JohnsonBump Talkin' ... LP
Peacefrog (UK), 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
A soulful house classic from Paul Johnson – a set recorded in that perfect later moment of the Chicago scene – when artists like Johnson and Mr Fingers were really bringing some jazzy, complex elements to the music! The style here is great – stripped-down to the core, but with some beautiful currents of warmth on the keyboards that you never would have heard at the start of the house scene – almost pointing the way towards the complexities that the London artists would explore once the pulse of jungle music died down, but with an even more straightforward vibe that gives the record a really universal appeal! Titles include "4 The World", "Fantasise", "Hour Glass Figure", "Autobahn Cruise", "Time Of Love", "Bump Talkin", and "Tenacious". LP, Vinyl record album

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Valerie JuneOrder Of Time ... CD
Concord, 2017. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Valerie June's been bubbling under for almost a decade – recording work with other artists, doing a variety of projects, and finally getting her chance to shine in the spotlight with her previous debut – yet it may well be this well-crafted second album that finally puts the singer over the top! Valerie's completely her own woman here – not beholden to any sort of easy tags or cliches – including the "rootsy soul" or "folksy diva" tags that we heard batted around before – and instead, almost inventing her own genre for the record – which has a vibe that makes us guess that it's going to be the start of a huge legacy of fame to come for June. Her voice is timeless, the instrumentation is nicely understated, and the production is very easygoing – yet the whole thing comes across with a crispily compelling sound that could appeal to both hipsters and their more mainstream friends. That might sound like a dig, but it's not – just our way of illustrating the soon-to-be universal appeal of the singer! Titles include "The Front Door", "Astral Plane", "Long Lonely Road", "Just IN Time", "Slip Slide On By", "Two Hearts", and "Got Soul". CD
Also available Order Of Time (180 gram pressing) ... LP 18.99

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Valerie JuneOrder Of Time (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Concord, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 21.99
Valerie June's been bubbling under for almost a decade – recording work with other artists, doing a variety of projects, and finally getting her chance to shine in the spotlight with her previous debut – yet it may well be this well-crafted second album that finally puts the singer over the top! Valerie's completely her own woman here – not beholden to any sort of easy tags or cliches – including the "rootsy soul" or "folksy diva" tags that we heard batted around before – and instead, almost inventing her own genre for the record – which has a vibe that makes us guess that it's going to be the start of a huge legacy of fame to come for June. Her voice is timeless, the instrumentation is nicely understated, and the production is very easygoing – yet the whole thing comes across with a crispily compelling sound that could appeal to both hipsters and their more mainstream friends. That might sound like a dig, but it's not – just our way of illustrating the soon-to-be universal appeal of the singer! Titles include "The Front Door", "Astral Plane", "Long Lonely Road", "Just IN Time", "Slip Slide On By", "Two Hearts", and "Got Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Order Of Time ... CD 14.99

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Kool & The GangLove & Understanding ... LP
Dee-Lite, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $6.99
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
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Harvey MasonSho Nuff Groovin You – The Arista Records Anthology 1975 to 1981 ... CD
Arista/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
Sho nuff grooves from the great Harvey Mason – a jazz drummer at heart, but one whose talents also exploded into the realm of funk and soul in the second half of the 70s! Mason was part of a big generation of jazzmen who moved into soul – drummers like Billy Cobham and Norman Connors, or other talents like Roy Ayers and Wayne Henderson – all of whom we'd use as a comparison to Harvey's excellent work on this collection! With his own drums at the core, Mason was able to open things up in so many ways – inviting in some of the cream of the crop of the fusion scene to work on his records – and also working with top-shelf vocalists like Merry Clayton or Randy Crawford, although Harvey also delivered some great vocals of his own! The 2CD set brings together the best cuts from Harvey's years at Arista Records – a great run of albums that sound even better here, condensed into a 33 track offering that also includes some 12" mixes and unusual moments. Titles include "Groovin You (12" mix)", "Here Today Gone Tomorrow", "First Summer", "Modaji", "Marching In The Street", "KY & The Cur", "Wild Rice", "Wave", "The Mase", "We Can Start Tonight", "Till You Take My Love", "On & On", "Space Cadets", "Sho Nuff Groove", "Universal Rhyme", "Funk In A Mason Jar", "Never Give You Up", "Say It Again", "When I'm With You (live)", "What's Going On", "Earthmover Prelude", "Bertha Baptist", "Ballad For Heather", "Set It Free", and "Going Through The Motions". CD

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Helen MerrillAmerican Country Songs ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... About July 26, 2017
Quite an unusual album from Helen Merrill – but a set that also shows that quite early on, she was a singer with a keen ear for working on larger concepts too! Merrill first rose to fame as a cool-voiced singer in the 50s, but she does a surprisingly great job here with country tunes as well – sung not exactly in a western mode, but more in a jazz-based style, with arrangements from Chuck Sagle, who really helps find a creative new setting for the songs! Given that most of the themes are pretty universal, they translate well to this new approach – and Merrill really opens up on the record, in ways she'd later do on other creative sessions like this overseas. Tracks include "Maybe Tomorrow", "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", "Heart Full Of Love", "Cold Cold Heart", "Any Time", and "You Win Again". CD
 
 
 



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