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✨✧ Stevie WonderInnervisions (Japanese paper sleeve version) ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the best Stevie Wonder albums ever! Stevie's moving into god-like territory here – handling a multitude of styles, all well, and crafting some of the most sophisticated soul of his generation. The album's got the same jazzy references you'll find on the best work by Donny Hathaway – best heard on the sublime track "Golden Lady", which gets our clear vote for one of the best songs ever! Just about every track is great, though – and the album features the big hits "Living For The City", "All In Love Is Fair", "Higher Ground", and "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" – plus "He's Misstra Know It All", "Jesus Children Of America", and "Too High". CD has 24 bit digital remastering, with original artwork and lyrics – and the original gatefold cover! CD
(Out of print SHM-CD pressing! Includes obi.)
Also available Innervisions ... LP 14.99

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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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✨✧ Roy AyersCoffy – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Polydor/Universal, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
What can we say? This is one of the greatest soul soundtracks ever! In a market that was dominated by the big-selling Shaft and Superfly albums, Roy slipped in this masterful blend of jazzy vibes and wah wah funk that's easily one of the best-composed records of the blacksploitation genre! The album's much more unified than your average funky soundtrack – and each track moves between styles that you'd hear on any of Roy's great albums from the time. There's heavy funk on the track "Brawling Broads", cool vibes and electric piano on "Aragon", off-beat jazz on "Coffy Sauna", and great soul on cuts like "Coffy Is The Color" and "Coffy Baby". Wonderful all the way through – and another jewel in the already-big crown of the great Roy Ayers! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Richard BeirachMethuselah (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Trio/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A gem of a 70s session from pianist Richie Beirach – one that has him playing Fender Rhodes as well as piano – an instrument he uses with some really amazing styles! The outing's a trio date, but it's got a vibe that's quite different than both some of Beirach's American material from the time, and from some of the other Japanese piano trio sets of the period – a very open, creative approach that has Richie stepping out in all these really cool ways, especially on the Rhodes – styles that are angular, but never too free – rhythmic, but never funky at all – thanks to inventive performances from Frank Tusa on bass and Jeff Williams on percussion. Titles include "Eucalyptus", "Off The Top", "Tokyo", "Liege", and "Expectations". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series.)

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✨✧ Jorge BenSacundin Ben Samba ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of Jorge Ben's greatest albums – a groundbreaking blend of samba and soul that forever went onto transform the face of Brazilian music! The record works off the groove set down by Jorge's earlier hit "Mas Que Nada" (which appears on another LP), and takes the blend of bossa, samba, and jazz, and infuses it with a sense of folksy soul delivered by Jorge's raspy vocals and acoustic guitar work. The combination of styles works perfectly – and every track on the album sparkles with a sense of excitement and new musical discovery that will probably blow away most of the recent records you've bought for your collection! Titles include "Nena Nana", "Espero Por Voce", "Nao Desanima, Joao", "Carnaval Triste", "Gimbo", "Capoeira", and "Anjo Azul". CD
Also available
Sacundin Ben Samba ... CD 19.99
Sacundin Ben Samba (180 gram pressing) ... LP 32.99

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✨✧ Booker T & Priscilla JonesChronicles ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Booker T's definitely into a great new groove here – one that really extrapolates his Memphis roots through the haze of early 70s California – coming up with some wonderful sounds along the way! There's a definite A&M vibe to the record – that mix of rootsy modes and hipster polish that A&M was really pioneering alongside the Warner camp – and most of the instrumentation here is pretty stripped-down and laid back – sometimes played all by Booker in overdubs, sometimes with added studio help. Organ lines figure strongly, but not always – and vocals are mostly duets between Booker and Priscilla – on titles that include "Rings Around The World", "When Two People Are In Love", "The Crippled Crow", "Time", "Wild Fox", "Fly", and "Mendocino". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Boulou13 Year Old Jazz Sensation From France ... CD
4 Corners/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A groovy little kid – and he plays a mean guitar! Boulou's the kind of artist you think you should hate when you see his smirking face on the cover, but he's actually pretty darn great – and the album's got a surprising amount of charm! A real part of the album's strength is the way that Boulou hums and scats along with the guitar – in mode that's like a rougher, younger take on the Toots Thieleman sound of the time – and which gets some great support here from larger arrangements by Alain Goraguer that include some popping percussion, trumpet solos, organ bits, and even some occasional backing vocals – all of which make the album groove in a nice mix of pop instrumentation and jazz. Titles include "Bluesette", "Ascot", "Girl From Ipanema", "Mack The Knife", "Groovin High", and "Blue N Boogie". CD
Also available 13 Year Old Jazz Sensation From France ... LP 11.99

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✨✧ Glenn CampbellWitchita Lineman/Fate Of Man (red vinyl pressing) (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
Capitol/Universal (Italy), 1968. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest moments ever in 60s pop – the young Glenn Campbell, really opening up on a fabulous tune by Jimmy Webb – produced to perfection, and sung in a way that's completely transcendent! And sure, other folks have sung the lyric "I need you more than want you, and I want you for all time" – but nobody makes it sound as great as Glenn! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Heavyweight red vinyl pressing!)

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✨✧ Nenah CherryBuffalo Stance (extended version)/Kisses On The Wind (picture disc) (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... 12-inch
Universal (Italy), 1988/1989. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Standout singles from Nenah Cherry's classic Raw Like Sushi LP – the trailblazing hip hop/art pop/soul hybrid "Buffalo Stance" and the nearly as great "Kisses On The Wind" – both of which pillow progressive, righteous lyricism in catchy production that's partly rooted in catchy, though artful late 80s sounds, but is ultimately years ahead of its time. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Bryan FerryIsland Singles 1973 to 1976 (6 x 7" single set) (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... 7-inch
Island/Universal (Italy), 1970s. New Copy 6 x 7 Inch ... Out Of Stock
A very cool set of work – a box set that brings together six different pic sleeve singles from Roxy Music legend Bryan Ferry – most of which were not issued in the US! The images alone are great – shots of Ferry in his youth, including a few images with a surprisingly slick moustache – and most of the work here dovetails nicely with the classic Roxy Music material, with some of the same musicians on hand, but given a slightly different spin in Ferry's company. Titles include the original tracks "Sea Breezes", "Remake/Remodel", "2HB", "Another Time Another Place", and "Chance Meeting" – plus versions of "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes", "Hard Rain's Gonna Fall", "You Go To My Head", "The In Crowd", and "Let's Stick Together". Also features the very cool Extended Play EP – with versions of "It's Only Love", "Heart On My Sleeve", "Shame Shame Shame", and "The Price Of Love". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Hiroshi FukumuraFirst Flight – Hiroshi Fukumura Live (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Trio/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great live date from one of our favorite trombonists of the 70s – a really unusual player who made some great personal strides on the instrument with records like these! The session's a live one, with a very open feel – long, flowing tracks that are similar to the sorts you'd hear from a Japanese piano trio of the time, but played with a stronger focus on Hirosi Fukumura's well-blown solos – often constructed more like trumpet lines, with a fantastically gritty, growling voice on the instrument – but one that has a lot of lyrical power too. The rest of the quartet features Hiroshi Tamura on piano, Tsutomu Okada on bass, and Shinji Mori on drums – and titles include "Nancy", "Mother Some Place", "Waltz For M", and "The Shadow Of Your Smile". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series.)

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✨✧ Serge GainsbourgSerge Gainsbourg Live – Casino De Paris 1985 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Universal (France), 1985. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A previously-unreleased live performance from Serge Gainsbourg – recorded in the mid 80s, and presented here in a nicely expanded package! Serge is right at his Love On The Beat period here – working with some groovy arrangements that could cross over a bit to the dancefloor, and which are performed here by a tight stage combo with a mix of electric elements and jazzy touches – all of which leave plenty of room for the mighty Gainsbourg to stand firmly out front. The amazing thing is that, even in such a live setting, Serge manages to sing with that often-whispered style that's so great – that up-close approach that can really underscore the sex and sleaze in his music. The set includes versions of some Gainsbourg classics, mixed with later numbers – and titles include "Marilou Sous La Niege", "Harley David Son Of A Bitch", "La Javanaise", "Initials BB", "Sorry Angel", "Nazi Rock", "Bonnie & Clyde", "Lola Rastaquoere", "I'm The Boy", "Lemon Incest", "No Comment", and "Micky Maousse". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great pressing – on super-heavy vinyl!)
Also available Serge Gainsbourg Live – Casino De Paris 1985 ... CD 19.99

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✨✧ Joe Henderson w/Masabumi Kikuchi & Terumasa HinoJoe Henderson & Kikuchi/Hino In Concert ... CD
Fontana/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An excellent album – and one of Joe Henderson's boldest sets from the early 70s! The record features Joe working with a hip group of young Japanese players that includes Terumasa Hino on trumpet and Masabumi Kikuchi on piano and electric piano – and the sextet format of the session stretches way past Joe's other Japanese recording from the time, which was issued in the US on Milestone. This one features very long tracks, with tremendous intensity from both the group and Joe, who's got a real edginess to his playing here. Includes a version of "So What", plus the originals "Sunrise In Tokyo" and "Get Magic Again". CD

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✨✧ Motohiko HinoToko Flash (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Trio/Universal (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Really unique work from a trio led by drummer Motohiko Hino, and which features Masahiko Satoh on piano and Nobuyoshi Ino on bass – all players who aren't content to just rest in the usual piano trio modes of the time, and who instead really break open the format with their creative work on the album! Satoh has a way of playing lyrically at the start, then really opening up – and Ino's bass rolls and dips with its own sense of melody that's quite beautiful – as Hino works far far away from straight rhythm, and often peppers the songs with personal exclamations of his own. Yet none of the numbers are ever too far out, either – just loosely structured, but respectful of the melodies, while never enslaved to them. Titles include "My Favorite Things", "Norwegian Wood", "Flash", "Overhang Blues", and "Once Upon A Summertime". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Part of the Deep Jazz Reality series.)

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✨✧ Jackson 5Joyful Jukebox Music/Boogie (limited edition with bonus track) ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great lost chapter in the career of the Jackson 5 – the group's last album for Motown, plus the hard-to-find Boogie set – issued by the label in 1979 and featuring rare work from earlier years! Joyful Jukebox Music was recorded in the early 70s, but features very different work than the group's usual Motown tunes – done with a soaring tightly-grooving style that sounds a lot more like the work they cut under the name of The Jacksons for Philly International. (No surprise, since the set was issued around the time the group were working for the label.) The arrangers on the set include Dave Blumberg, Freddie Perren, James Carmichael, and Gene Page – and the album's got plenty of great lively tunes that include "Window Shopping", "You're My Best Friend, My Love", "Love Is The Thing You Need", "Pride & Joy", and "Make Tonight All Mine". Boogie hails from 1979, but also features work from the early 70s – tracks recorded during the glory years of the group's best Motown era, 7 of which were unissued at the time – and packaged under the Boogie title to cash in on the chart success that Michael Jackson was having with the Off The Wall album. Again, the sound here is a different one than on other Jackson 5 albums of the time – with some great elements that really expand past the 3 hits that are included – into deeper soul modes that show the group always willing to take on new challenges. Titles include "One Day I'll Marry You", "Oh I've Been Blessed", "Love's Gone Bad", "I Ain't Gonna Eat My Heart Out Anymore", "Just Because I Love You", and "I Was Made To Love Her". Then, as if 2 albums' worth of material wasn't enough, the CD also features the full 15 minute version of "Hum Along And Dance" – a killer Norman Whitfield number done here by the group in heady, funky Temptations mode! CD

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✨✧ Grace JonesPrivate Life (long, dub)/She's Lost Control (long, dub) (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... 12-inch
Universal (Italy), 1980. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
Two great numbers from Grace's Warm Leatherette album, with Sly & Robbie in full effect! Grace's presence is as commanding as ever out front, while Sly & Robbie inject a good dose of bouncing reggae vibes into both numbers, which really want to be disco, but are more disco-not-disco, and sublimely so. Her rendering Joy Division's "She's Lost Control" is especially surreal, and both are here in long and dub versions. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Masabumi KikuchiEnd For The Beginning ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most soulful sessions we've ever heard from Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi – a brilliant quintet outing that features some really great work on tenor and soprano sax! Kikuchi's piano is usually enough to grab our attention, but the album's got a great added bonus in the presence of Kosuke Mine on soprano sax and Hideo Miyata on tenor – both players whose horns bring in some added sharpness to the date, and further underscore the spiritual elements in Kikuchi's music – almost with the same mix of reeds and driving rhythms you'd find in the post-Coltrane work of Elvin Jones. Titles include "Green Dance", "Bell", "Admire But Destest", "Gin Kai", and "Drizzling Rain". CD

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✨✧ James LastVoodoo Party (180 gram yellow vinyl pressing) (2016 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Universal (Italy), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A wicked mix of older exotic modes and tighter 70s production – almost in the same style as some of the great Mandingo records from the period, but with perhaps a bit more soul and funk than all-out African influences! Still, there's plenty of rootsy percussion at the bottom – lots of congas and other bits you'd never expect to hear usually from James Last – and a great batch of cuts that includes "Sing A Simple Song", "Heyah Masse Ga", "Mammy Blue", "Jin Go Lo Ba", "Mr Giant Man", "Everbody's Everything", "Everyday People", and "Voodoo Lady's Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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✨✧ Alton McClain & DestinyIt Must Be Love ... LP
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Sweet late 70s modern soul from Alton McClain & Destiny – a great little female vocal trio with a sound that ranges from lightly funky with jazzy flourishes, to soaringly soulful! The group kind of follow in a tradition started by Honeycone and First Choice, and improved upon by The Emotions – and like that latter group, the girls move from the easier disco tracks that you'd normally expect, into a range of soulful styles that all come off equally well with their vocal technique. Webster Lewis handled some of the nice string arrangements – and players include Wah Wah Watson on guitar and Lee Ritenour on keys. titles include "Crazy Love", "Sweet Temptation", "Taking My Love For Granted", "My Empty Room", "Push & Pull", and "The Power Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Free Soul anniversary series from Japan!)

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✨✧ Jackie MittooJackie Mittoo – The Keyboard King At Studio One ... CD
Universal Sound/Soul Jazz (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Killer funky organ – and 100% Dynamite! Jackie Mittoo is one of the all-time great organists – as essential to Jamaica as Booker T was to Memphis, or Jimmy McGriff was to New York. He's legendary these days as the player who completely transformed the Hammond sound with his unique Jamaican instrumental style during his early years with the Skatalites, and on his later solo recordings for Studio One. This set's probably the first time Mittoo's work has been properly packaged and remastered – and the folks at Soul Jazz have done an amazing job of selecting just the right tracks for such a project. The whole thing wails along with a stone rocksteady groove – with plenty of nice drum parts and funky rhythm bits underneath Jackie's soulful organ. If you dug the label's 100% Dynamite series, you'll really dig this one – and the whole thing's very much in the same vein. Tracks include "Drum Song", "Reggae Rock", "Hot Tamale", "Killer Diller", "Black Organ", "Stereo Freeze", "Wall Street", "Darker Shade Of Black", "Juice Box", and "Killer Diller". CD
Also available Jackie Mittoo – The Keyboard King At Studio One ... LP
 
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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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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
Also available Maria Fumaca (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 32.99

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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
Also available Maria Fumaca (180 gram pressing) ... LP 32.99

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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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Peter BrotzmannLost & Found ... CD
FMP (Germany), 2009. New Copy ... $14.99 21.99
Nothing lost here – as Peter Brotzmann's a master of solo improvisation – making each note and each moment matter, as he runs through an incredible series of long explorations on alto, tenor, b flat clarinet, and tarogato! The performance is a live one, recorded at Nickelsdorf in 2006 – and Brotzmann is breathtaking throughout in his effortless, boundless ability to create – sounds at a level that really blow away just about all the competition – including so many of the other players who he's worked with and inspired over the years. With a record like this, Brotzmann is still very clearly the king – as you'll hear on the titles "Internal Rotation", "Lost & Found", "Universal Madness", and "Turmoil". CD

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Roberta CamposTodo Caminho E Sorte ... CD
Deck Disk (Brazil), 2016. New Copy ... $18.99
Lovely work from Roberta Campos – a contemporary Brazilian singer/songwriter, and one who works in a nicely universal style! Most tracks have light acoustic guitar underscoring Roberta's lyrics – which are well-penned and personal, without ever being cloying – almost in a tradition that reminds us of some of the more impressive English language talents of this nature from the 80s and early 90s. Marcelo Camelo guests on the hit single "Amiude" – and other titles include "Porta Retrata", "Pro Dia Que Chega", "Cirandar", "Libelula", "Minha Felicidade", and "Ensaio Sobre O Amor". CD

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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

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King SunRighteous But Ruthless ... CD
Profile, 1990. Used ... $18.99
Production by Tony D and King Shameek. Includes "Be Black", "The Gods Are Taking Heads" with Poor Righteous Teachers, "Stunts", "King Sun With The Sword", "Soft Shoe Booty", "Cold New Yorkin" and "Universal Flag". CD
(Out of print.)

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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 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Island, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 24.99
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
Also available Bob Marley & The Wailers – Live (with bonus track) ... CD 5.99

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Bob Marley & The WailersBob Marley & The Wailers – Live (with bonus track) ... CD
Island/Tuff Gong, 1975. Used ... $5.99
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". This reissue also includes "Kinky Reggae" as a bonus track. CD
(CD case has a cutout hole.)
Also available Bob Marley & The Wailers – Live (180 gram pressing) ... LP 15.99

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Kim Jung MiNow ... LP
Lion, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
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 all in Korean, as are the lyrics – but the record's got an undeniably universal appeal. This excellent vinyl reissue from Lion includes English translations of the titles! They include "Wind", "Spring","Unknowingly", "Your Dream", Blow Spring Breeze" and more. 10 tracks in all. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Now (deluxe LP sleeve edition) ... CD 12.99

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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
Also available Now ... LP 16.99

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Jair OliveiraSimples ... CD
Unimar (Brazil), 2006. Used ... $12.99
The title's an apt one – as the record's the most earthy and stripped-down effort we've heard from Jair Oliveira so far – a real change from his more beat-centric albums for Trama, and a set that unlocks an especially soulful side in his music! In a way, there's a style here that's a little bit like Seu Jorge's work on Cru – a mix of percussion, acoustic guitar, and warmly raspy vocals that are totally great – served up with an almost universal appeal, despite the language difference. A few elements here are electric, but these are used sparingly, and the acoustic elements in the music always take center stage – which makes for an especially warm sound throughout – even on the more groove-heavy tracks! Titles include "Todo Dia", "Simples", "Eu Voce", "Sete E Meia", "Bracos E Iemanja", "Intacto", "Pele", "Casa Da Dor", and "Eu Tambem Tive Um Sonho". CD
(Out of print.)

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Pizzicato OneWatakushi No Nijusseiki (My Century) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2015. New Copy ... $22.99
Not Pizzicato Five, but Pizzicato One – a much more intimate follow-up project from this famous Japanese group – reduced just to founding member Yasuharu Konishi, who makes some really beautiful music on the set! The record's got the sort of private, quiet vibe you'd expect from the snow-swept image of Tokyo on the cover – these really beautiful little songs that often have much more jazz at the core than Pizzicato Five, and certainly none of the gimmicky, dance-styled sounds of that group. Konishi has really matured in his songwriting and arrangements – and works here with a variety of different Japanese singers, mostly female, who bring a mode to the record that almost echoes older bossa or French soundtracks of the 60s – or maybe even some of the best Japanese work of this type from 20 years back. The set's filled with beautiful sounds and songs – and although all titles and lyrics are in Japanese, there's a universal appeal to the record that will grab most folks tuned to a Dusty Groove sort of style! CD
(SHMCD pressing.)

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PleasureFuture Now ... CD
Fantasy/BGP (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $11.99
A wonderful album from Pleasure – a group who were already great before, but who really seem to hit a great new level with this late 70s classic! Pleasure started out as a sweet jazz/funk combo with a great edge to their music – but by the time of this set, they'd actually gotten even tighter and better – but all without losing their depth at all! Most of the group's contemporaries just got slick and commercial – but instead, Pleasure found a way to hone their skills wonderfully – and take on some new spacey and electric touches in the process – definitely pointing towards the funky future promised in the title. The set's filled with some of the funkiest and most soulful moments of the group's career – including "Space is the Place", which has great funky drums on the intro; the mellow "Thoughts of Old Flames", a real stunner with a great moody feel; and the classic "Glide", a great dancefloor groover that still stands up well. Other tracks are all great too – and include "Universal", "Strong Love", "Nothin To It", and "Dedication To The Past". CD

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Ricardo RayJala Jala Y Boogaloo Vol 2 ... LP
Alegre, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
An amazing follow up to Ricardo Ray's first album of Jala Jala and Boogaloo tracks – a real killer Latin soul set that's even better than the first! The record's got a full-on style that kicks in from the very first note – a blend of uptight Latin tracks and some very groovy 60s-styled numbers with plenty of sock-soul touches – a definite boogaloo influence, but still some strong Puerto Rican modes too. Lyrics are mostly in Spanish, but the grooves have a universal appeal that kicks in no matter what the language! Stormin and groovy all the way through – with tracks that include "Tin Marin", "Mr. Trumpet Man", "More Richie", and "Musica Ye Ye". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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