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OsibisaWoyaya ... LP
Decca, 1971. Very Good Gatefold ... $6.99
These early Osibisa records always used to be fairly common years back – perhaps because they were always a bit too hippy dippy and loose for the older funk crowd. But now, in today's blunted groove culture, they seem to have found a new appreciation for their trippy Afro funk style, and their nice laidback groove. This album includes a great version of Roland Kirk's "Spirits Up Above", plus "Beautiful 7", "Move On", "Survival", and "Rabiatu" – all of which have the band's trademark Afro funk groove. Nice Roger Dean gatefold cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light stain along the opening, with a flaky section on the back panel, and split top seam with tape remnants.)

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VariousBirth Of Soul ... LP
Decca, 1940s. Sealed ... $9.99
Compilation of older R&B and swing tracks from the Decca label – packaged in a way that's kind of a hokey "here's where soul music came from" sort of thing, but actually filled with a lot of nice older R&B tracks. Titles include "Besame Mucho" by The Ray O Vacs, "Ladder Of Love" by The Flamingos, "I Wish I Knew" by Jimmy Scott & Lionel Hampton, "Up Above My Head, I Hear Music In the Air" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and "Early In the Mornin" by Louis Jordan. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Rance Allen GroupRance Allen Group ... LP
Truth/Stax, Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
The first LP of smooth Gospelly soul by one of the best groups working on Stax in the early 70s – and a stunning blend of styles that pushes way past its roots! Yeah, this stuff's kinda religious, but it's hidden underneath some fantastic soul arrangements, and given such power by the group's voices that you hardly notice the gospel message. Rance plays cool electric piano on a number of cuts, and the tracks include "Love Power", "Everything Is Gonna Be Alright", "Up Above My Head", and "What Is This?". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a split bottom seam and a small sticker on the front.)

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✨✧ VariousBlack Gold – Samples, Breaks, & Rare Groove From The Chess Records Archives ... CD
Chess/Universal (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Incredible sounds from the Chess Records catalog – not the blues that you might know the label for, but a huge range of funk, soul, and jazz tracks from the headiest years of the 60s and 70s – a time when the Chicago scene was really turning out some incredible musical hybrids! As you'd guess from the title, all the cuts here have had a new life in recent years – thanks to samples by hip hop artists or other producers – but the original grooves are even better than the tracks that used them, and come together here to make one of the most mindblowing collections of Chess material we've ever heard! The package is nicely heavy on sounds from the Cadet/Concept years of the label – with more than a few contributions from producers Charles Stepney and Richard Evans – and the package features 42 wonderful tracks – including "Fonky Thang Diamon Ring" by The Dells, "Windmills Of Your Mind" by Dorothy Ashby, "I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun" by Rotary Connection, "Jelly Jam" by Jack McDuff, "The Getaway" by Alvin Cash, "In My Body's House" by Gene Chandler, "Cross Country" by Archie Whitewater, "Memory Band" by Rotary Connection, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by Jimmy Ponder, "Inside Out" by American Gypsy, "Go Go Power" by Sugar Pie DeSanto, "Shake It Up" by The Vibrations, "Up Above The Rock" by Ray Bryant, "Bad Moon Rising" by Bo Diddley, "Shoo Be Doo Be Doo Be Do Da Day" by Eddie Fisher, "Humpin Bumpin & Thumpin" by Andre Williams, "Who Got The Number" by Pigmeat Markham, "Walk On By" by Jo Ann Garrett, "Chocolate Candy" by Soulful Strings, "Got To Get Your Own (7" version)" by Reuben Wilson, "Hanky's Panky (7" version)" by Shirley Scott, "Liberation Conversation" by Marlena Shaw, "Look Of Love" by Monk Higgins, and "Think About It" by Odell Brown & The Organizers. CD

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Millie JacksonCaught Up (UK pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Spring/Southbound (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Seminal 70s southern soul from Millie Jackson – a record that's head and shoulders above most of what she recorded in later years! Before she got all naughty and raunchy, Millie Jackson was one of the best female soul singers to come out of the south – and this album's a work of understated brilliance that brings a new level of emotion and feeling to the music. The whole thing's conceived as a bit of a concept album – one in which Millie's a bit fragile at the start, due to unfulfilled love – then regains her confidence by confronting those around her, and eventually steps forth boldly as a proud, new woman. Jackson put together the record with producer Brad Shapiro – and the overall style is Muscle Shoals, but with a more sophisticated twist – thanks to inventive use of strings alongside the more standard soul rhythms. Highlights include a great remake of "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right" (complete with a nice bit of spoken dialogue!) – plus "I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You", "It's Easy Going", "I'm Tired Of Hiding", "Summer (The First Time)", and the great "It's All Over But The Shouting". CD also features 4 bonus tracks – including alternate "live vocal" versions of "I'm Tired Of Hiding", "I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You", and "Feel Like Making Love" – and an instrumental called "A House For Sale" by The Muscle Shoals Swampers! CD

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✨✧ Players AssociationPlayers Association/Turn The Music Up! ... CD
Vanguard/Ace (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A pair of gems from The Players Association – back to back on a single CD! First up is the fantastic first album from The Players Association – a group who may well have gotten their name for the great jazzy musicians in their lineup! Players Association are best known for their disco grooves, but they've got a core sense of instrumentation that's really a cut above – with strong leadership from jazzman Chris Hills – who plays drums, guitar, and keyboards – and other players who include Joe Farrell on tenor and flute, Bob Mover on alto and soprano, Jon Faddis on trumpet, and Mike Mandell on keyboards! Ray Mantilla and Buddy Williams add in some great percussion to the mix – which furthers the spontaneous, jazzy vibe of some of the tunes – and titles includes the funky cut "I Like It", which has a nice break in the beginning, plus the tracks "Let's Groove", "Hustlin", "Moon In Pisces", and a sweet cover of "For The Love Of You". Turn The Music Up is wonderful work from The Players Association – a group who were equal parts jazz funk and equal parts 70s club – with a vibe that's maybe like The Blackbyrds or other Fantasy Records acts at their best! The mighty Chris Hills is at the helm – and the record is overflowing with top-shelf talent from the jazz side of the spectrum – work by Bob Berg on tenor, Tom Harrell on trumpet, and Bob Mover on alto – all with room to solo, and really helping bring a musical maturity to the record that other disco records never seem to have! Titles include "Everybody Dance", "Ride The Groove", "The Closer I Get To You", and "I Wish". CD

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✨✧ Millie JacksonCaught Up ... LP
Spring, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal 70s southern soul from Millie Jackson – a record that's head and shoulders above most of what she recorded in later years! Before she got all naughty and raunchy, Millie Jackson was one of the best female soul singers to come out of the south – and this album's a work of understated brilliance that brings a new level of emotion and feeling to the music. The whole thing's conceived as a bit of a concept album – one in which Millie's a bit fragile at the start, due to unfulfilled love – then regains her confidence by confronting those around her, and eventually steps forth boldly as a proud, new woman. Jackson put together the record with producer Brad Shapiro – and the overall style is Muscle Shoals, but with a more sophisticated twist – thanks to inventive use of strings alongside the more standard soul rhythms. Highlights include a great remake of "If Loving You Is Wrong, I Don't Want To Be Right" (complete with a nice bit of spoken dialogue!) – plus "I'm Through Trying To Prove My Love To You", "It's Easy Going", "I'm Tired Of Hiding", "Summer (The First Time)", and the great "It's All Over But The Shouting". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cut corner.)
Also available Caught Up (UK pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD 8.99

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Pete Brown & PibloktoThings May Come & Go – But The Art School Dance Goes On Forever ... CD
Harvest/Warner (Japan), 1970. New Copy ... $16.99
Pure genius from the mind of Pete Brown – and a seminal slice of sound from the Harvest Records empire – a record that's every bit as messed up as you'd guess from the title – and we mean that in the best way possible! The album flies its freak flag high, but never in a messed up or sloppy way at all – as Brown wickedly weaves together all these jazzy currents with his own brash, bold lyricism – making the best of the amazing guitar skills of Jim Mullen, and keyboard work of Dave Thompson – who are definitely a cut above the usual jazz rockers of the period, and are able to match the drama of Pete's vocals, but also help him from never sounding too self-absorbed. They definitely don't make 'em like this anymore – as you'll hear on titles that include "High Flying Electric Bird", "Someone Like You", "Walk For Charity Run For Money", "Golden Country Kingdom", and "Firesong". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Brownout Presents – Brown SabbathBrown Sabbath 2 ... CD
Ubiquity, 2016. New Copy ... $12.99 16.98
A sweet return to Brown Sabbath territory – that wicked blend of deep funk rhythms and fuzzy guitar, served up by the Brownout collective! The groove has some of the Latin elements that you'd know from Adrian Quesada's other work – but the rising guitar lines dominate a lot more – as do the horns, which crest nicely above the music, to ensure that there's a bit more soul here than on the original Black Sabbath versions of the songs! Yet the vocals by Alex Marrero are also sometimes right in Ozzy territory – which brings things back to base a bit – making for one of the most unusual takes on the music of Black Sabbath you'll ever hope to hear. Titles include "Fairies Wear Boots", "Snowblind", "Supernaut", "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", "Sweet Leaf", "Electric Funeral", and "Children Of The Grave". CD

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Brownout Presents – Brown SabbathBrown Sabbath 2 ... LP
Ubiquity, 2016. New Copy ... About January 27, 2017 (delayed)
A sweet return to Brown Sabbath territory – that wicked blend of deep funk rhythms and fuzzy guitar, served up by the Brownout collective! The groove has some of the Latin elements that you'd know from Adrian Quesada's other work – but the rising guitar lines dominate a lot more – as do the horns, which crest nicely above the music, to ensure that there's a bit more soul here than on the original Black Sabbath versions of the songs! Yet the vocals by Alex Marrero are also sometimes right in Ozzy territory – which brings things back to base a bit – making for one of the most unusual takes on the music of Black Sabbath you'll ever hope to hear. Titles include "Fairies Wear Boots", "Snowblind", "Supernaut", "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath", "Sweet Leaf", "Electric Funeral", and "Children Of The Grave". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Brown Sabbath 2 ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Peabo Bryson & Roberta FlackBorn To Love ... LP
Capitol, 1983. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
The beautiful full scale duets set from Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack – a record that's no doubt defined by it's biggest hit – but the rest is just as great! Born To Love kicks off with "Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You" – a song that's doubtlessly one of the most inescapable slow dance classics ever – and if its ubiquity overshadows the rest of the record, that's not because it's any less excellent! Peabo's affectionate style is in top form here, and Roberta is such a perfect duet partner – with plenty of lead moments of her own. It definitely feels like a perfectly balanced partnership. The record's got some lovely slow jams on par with the aforementioned pop soul standard, plus some great ones that up the tempo a little bit. Other titles include "Blame It On Me", "Born To Love", "Heaven Above Me", "Comin' Alive", "Can We Find Love Again", "You're Looking Like Love To Me" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Earl HagenNew Interns ... LP
Colpix, 1964. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Nice little soundtrack, written as the follow-up to the 1962 film The Interns. Like that one, there's some nice party sequences here – easily jazzy numbers grooving along nicely, in the style of Hagen's best work of the 60s. Strings mix with jazzy rhythms and some strong instrumental solos, and overall, the soundtrack's really a strong cut above the usual one for this type of movie – and filled with some really great jazz-based tracks. Titles include "Goodbye To Nancy", "Needle Stickin Blues", "Split", "Considine & Laura", "A Matter Of Time", and "New Interns Watusi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light ringwear.)

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Oliver LakeClevont Fitzhubert ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1981. Used ... $4.99
Some of the sharpest work we've heard from Oliver Lake during the early 80s – a relatively free, improvised album that almost recalls some of his loft jazz recordings of the 70s! The group's a quartet – with Lake on alto, soprano sax, and flute – and other players include Baikida Carroll on trumpet, Donald Smith on piano, and Pheeroan AkLaff on drums – the last of whom brings this punched-up energy to many of the tunes – driving them forward, even when the horns are frenetic, in a way that really helps make the album a cut above. Smith gets in a few sensitive moments – and one number features some beautifully sweet flute from Lake – easily one of our favorite points on the record. Titles include "November 80", "Sop", "Clevont Fitzhubert", "King", and "Hmbay". CD

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✨✧ Pharoah SandersElevation ... CD
Impulse, 1974. Used ... $9.99
A fantastic album by Pharoah Sanders – one of his later albums for Impulse, but one of his best! The record has Pharoah grooving in a strongly modal style – working up long passages of rhythm, piano, and percussion that really build on the promise delivered in earlier tunes on records like Jewels Of Thought and Tauhid – that strong sense of flow that was possibly Sanders' greatest contribution to the world of spiritual jazz – over and above his own work on tenor sax! The tunes never go too far out, and have a really joyous feel that we totally love – opening Pharoah up with that bright spirit that makes some of his 70s work so great, really pushing him past the darkness of the immediate post-Coltrane years. Other players include Joe Bonner on piano, Calvin Hill on bass, Michael White on violin, and Michael Carvin on drums – and titles include the tremendous track "Greeting To Saud", plus "Elevation", "Spiritual Blessing", "Ore Se Re", and "The Gathering". CD
(Out of print, small cutout hole through digipack case.)
Also available Elevation (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 34.99

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Narada Michael WaldenNature Of Things ... LP
Atlantic, 1985. Near Mint- ... $1.99
A highly electric set from Narada Michael Walden – a mid 80s effort that's filled with catchy little tunes! The style's certainly more mainstream than we might have guessed, given Walden's early career – but it's still much better than most of the pop of its generation – thanks to Michael's strong jazz pedigree, which does seem to inform some of his arrangements and instrumental choices on the album. Most of the percussion is in the form of beats, but Walden's also credited with playing drums (roto-toms, perhaps?) – and in addition to his own lead vocals, the set also features work by Patti Austin and Marth Wash. Titles include "Live It Up", "Nature Of Things", "High Above The Clouds", "Gimme Gimme Gimme", "Suspicion", and "Dancin On Main Street". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp.)

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VariousHotlanta Soul Vol 3 – Holding The Losing Hand ... CD
Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
Smooth southern soul from the 70s – the kind of collection that really opens up our ears, and takes us past deep and hard soul cliches that can overwhelm other sets! The package is tremendous – offering a range of work recorded in Atlanta and Birmingham from the early part of the 70s – tunes that mark a shift towards new sophistication in southern soul at the time – increasingly adult themes served up in a mix of funky rhythms and mellower soul backings – and often a cut above the usual soul records coming out from the south at the time. There's a strength of songwriting here that really makes the tracks stand out – no surprise, as a good portion of work here was written by Sam Dees, with other key tracks by Jimmy Lewis and Frederick Knight that really elevate the work on the set. Most of the tunes are small indie singles and unreleased numbers, but have a quality level that's extremely high – and titles include "Men" by Peggy Scott, "I Know Where You're Coming From" and "Claim Jumpin" by Sam Dees, "Good Times" and "I Got That Will" by King Hannibal, "I Am Free Of Your Love" and "Doing Right Don't Wrong Nobody" by Bill Brandon, "Fools Love" by CL Blast, "Hanna Mae" by Deep Velvet, "A Better Way" by Johnny Smith Congregation, "That's How Long I'll Be Loving You" by Jimmy Lewis, "If It Wasn't For The Children" by Dee Erwin, "I'm So Glad (extended)" by Phase Four, "Early Morning Love" and "A Woman's Way" by Rozetta Johnson, and "Beautiful Day" by Delia Gartell. CD

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✨✧ Alvin Cash & The RegistersTwine Time ... LP
Mar V Lus, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The classic album of short funky Chicago soul dance tracks, recorded for Mar V Lus as the follow-up to Alvin's huge "Twine Time" single. Most of the cuts on here have the same sort of groove, and most of them were written by either Andre Williams or Monk Higgins, with the kind of hard soul approach they were taking at the time with Chicago soul. Tracks include "Burn Just A Hair", "Do It One More Time", "Barracuda", "Hawk Eye", and "Bump". A potentially great record that's marred only by the rough recording quality of the Mar V Lus studios – every copy we've come across has sounded somewhat distorted and dirty, regardless of how clean the vinyl is . LP, Vinyl record album
(PLEASE NOTE: any sound quality issues are a result of poor master tapes, as noted above. Cover has two cutout holes.)

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✨✧ Amp FiddlerMotor City Booty (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Midnight Riot/Octave (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amp Fiddler's got his hands on some motor city booty – and the result is one of his greatest records in years – a funky little album that mixes up his 21st Century Detroit groove with some older soundtrack styles and blacksploitation modes! The titles of the tunes give a good idea of the flavor of the set – "Soul Fly (parts 1 & 2)", "Return Of The Ghetto Fly", "Superficial", "Slippin On Ya Pimpin", and "Steppin" – and the man himself is pictured on the back cover looking very Superfly – in a way that nicely supports his work on the set. The rhythms are definitely in a contemporary mode – with lots of cosmic house elements in the mix – but there's also an older current that really gives the record a deeper sound – which might also come from the album's co-production with Yam Who. In addition to the titles mentioned above, the set also features a great remake of "1960 What?" – and this CD features bonus tracks "Soul Fly (part 1 – Sam Redmore rmx)" and "Gotta Get Home". CD

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✨✧ Ghostface KillahBulletproof Wallets ... LP
Epic/Get On Down, 2001. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ghostface's follow up to Supreme Clientele – a tough predecessor to live up, no doubt about that – but Bulletproof Wallets is still a cut or 10 above some of the Wu work of the later 90s and early 00s! The single "Ghost Showers" is a straight up classic level track, and "Never Be The Same Again" with Raekwon and Carl Thomas is another killer cut – and all-in-all, this one holds up strong overall. Other titles include "Flowers" with Method Man & Superb, "Jealousy", "The Juks" feat Trife & Superb, "Walking Through Darkness" feat Takitha, "The Hilton", "Ice" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Tom Tom ClubTom Tom Club ... LP
Sire, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first album by The Tom Tom Club – the strange little offshoot of the Talking Heads that featured Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz – and one of the most influential records of the early 80s in both the mainstream and the avant pop underground! Legendary status aside, the album a weird mix of the Talking Heads' child-like rock with some innovative early hip hop influenced grooves – and is famous with hip hoppers for the track "Genius Of Love", a track that was quickly picked up and covered at the time. Includes "Wordy Rappinghood", "As Above So Below", "On On On On", "Lorelei", and "Genius Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Three SoundsIt Just Got To Be ... LP
Blue Note, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $24.99
A great record by the Three Sounds – possibly most famous for it's legendary cover, which has the group's photos above a very stylish red "3"! The album's got a solid soul groove sound – tight piano in the lead by Gene Harris, and rhythm by Andrew Simpkins on bass and Bill Dowdy on drums. The set's got 3 originals – "One For Renee", "Real Gene", and "It Just Got To Be" – plus some standards given the 3 Sounds touch. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono New York pressing, with Van Gelder stamp and ear. Cover has some edge wear.)

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Alvin QueenJammin' Uptown ... LP
Nilva, 1985. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A soul jazz gem from drummer Alvin Queen – one of the overlooked treasures on his own Nilva Records label from the 80s! The set's a monster all the way through – a cut above so many other sides like this from the time, and put together with a sock-solid energy that almost recalls earlier brilliance on labels like Blue Note or Prestige! Queen's at the head of the group on drums – pushing the lineup with Blakey-like intensity, yet in a slightly looser, more open feel overall – especially when it comes to the structure of the solos. Players include Manny Boyd on saxes, Terence Blanchard on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, John Hicks on piano, and Ray Drummond on bass – the last of whom produced the record with a very jazz-sensitive ear! Titles include "Hassan", "Europia", "Jammin Uptown", "After Liberation", and "Mind Wine". LP, Vinyl record album

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CatalystPerception ... LP
Muse, 1972. Very Good+ ... $79.99
Great stuff by this fantastic funky fusion outfit that included Billy Hart on percussion, Eddie Green on electric piano, and Odeon Pope on tenor and flute. The real highlight, though, is Pat Gleason on arp, who adds a lot of cool dark moody touches to the group's fusiony playing. The whole record's a stellar mix of soul jazz and edgey electric playing, and it's far and above one of the best albums ever to be released on Muse. It's also one of the hardest to find, too, and this is one of the rare few copies we've ever seen! Tracks include "Celestial Bodies", "Got To Be There", "Uzuri", and "Perception". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover looks good, save for light wear & some light staining along the opening.)

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✨✧ ChampaignModern Heart ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Wonderful work from Champaign – a really self-contained group, and one who really rise above the rest of the early 80s soul scene! The album's got a tightness that's hard to beat – yet a sound that's never too slick or commercial either – kind of that best balance you'd find more in late 70s mainstream soul work, save for the fact that any upbeat numbers here have more of an 80s groove style than a disco one. The mellow tracks balance things out nicely, and show a deeper songwriting sound from the group than we might have expected – further testament to the strength of the album, along with the group's own arrangements and production. Titles include "Cool Running", "Party Line", "Try Again", "Let Your Body Rock", "Get It Again", "Love Games", and "Walkin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the lyric sleeve. Cover is still in the shrink with a hype sticker.)

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✨✧ JBsFood For Thought ... LP
People/Get On Down, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 24.98
The classic first album by The JBs – James Brown's Fred Wesley-led backing band, and the force behind most of his greatest records of the early 70s! The band are incredible at this point – sharper, harder, and funkier than just about any other combo around – and that includes all the thousands of groups in the funky 45 underground who were always trying to copy their sound, but never got things this right! Not only are the rhythms the stuff of legend – but the use of the instruments is far far above the norm – as can be heard on the mindblowing "The Grunt", which was sampled heavily by Public Enemy to great fame – and which features a saxophone solo that sounds more like a whistling tea kettle! The set collects some of the group's best early singles, and includes all of the short little funky cuts that made them a legend right out of the box – "Pass the Peas", "The Grunt", "These Are The JBs", "Hot Pants Road", "Wine Spot", "To My Brother", "Blessed Blackness", "Theme From King Heroin", "Escapism (parts 1 & 2), and "Gimme Some More" – all together here in one tight little album of massive funky hard beats and breaks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Great pressing – with heavy tip-on cover!)

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KoopKoop Islands ... CD
Compost/Atlantic, 2006. Used ... $8.99
Koop are back after a long time away from the record racks – and apart from makeup on the cover, it's been well worth the wait for the music! The sound here is a great extension of the grooves the pair laid down on their first album – a soaring blend of jazz and dancefloor rhythms that's still head and shoulders above most of the other work it's inspired in recent years. Back again are tight rhythms, lots of warm acoustic instrumentation, and a blend of classic styles with 21st Century leanness – all in a way that few others can match, save for perhaps the mighty Nicola Conte. Instrumentation features plenty of vibes and warm acoustic basslines – and most tracks have vocals, by a variety of singers who include Earl Zinger, Ane Brun, Yukimi Nagano, and Mikael Sundin. Titles include "Koop Island Blues", "Come To Me", "Forces Darling", "Let's Elope", "Beyond The Son", "Whenever There Is You", "Drum Rhythm A", and "I See A Different You". CD
(Note – artwork is wrinkled from some light water damage.)

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Alton McClain & DestinyGonna Tell The World ... CD
Polydor/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $14.99
A sublime set from Alton McClain & Destiny – one of the hippest female soul trios ever – and a group who definitely work at a level that's far above most of their contemporaries! The group's got a jazzy flourish here that really deepens their sound – a strong influence from producer Skip Scarborough, who also wrote a fair bit of the tracks, and plays on the record alongside Patrice Rushen and Herbie Hancock on keyboards! Both of those players underscore the really rich sound of the record – an approach that's equally rooted in fusion as it is in soul – and which helps the vocal interplay find a space that's way beyond the usual girl group cliches of earlier years, especially some of the more lackluster trios of the disco generation. Alton's leads are wonderful – very rich and filled with soul – and titles include "My Destiny", "We're Gonna Make It", "Love Notes", "Because Of You", "Why Did You Let Me Love You", and "Making Room For Love". CD features the bonus track "My Destiny (12" mix)". CD

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Melodic Artet (Brackeen/Abdullah/Parker/Blank/WateMelodic Artet ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 1974. Used ... $11.99
A genius group from the glory days of the New York avant scene of the 70s – yet one who haven't been nearly as well-documented as some of their contemporaries! The lineup here is legendary – a quintet with Charles Brackeen on tenor, flute, and soprano sax, Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, William Parker on bass, Roger Blank on drums, and Tony Waters on percussion – working in ways that are really a bridge between the starker sounds of the ESP generation, and some of the looser, more collaborative energies of the loft jazz scene that was on the rise! This recording from 1974 is some of the only surviving work by the group – a well-recorded radio performance that has the group working through a number of compositions in sequence, often with very spiritual results. The package features rich recollections on the quintet by Ahmed Abdullah, and some great vintage images as well – and titles include "Face Of The Deep", "Redemption/Consecration", "Above The Cross/My Divine", and "Time & Money". CD

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Blue MitchellBrasses & Strings (aka Smooth As The Wind) (record plays from the INSIDE OUT) ... LP
Fortissimo/Riverside, 1961. Very Good Gatefold ... $69.99
A rare one from Blue Mitchell – issued on the Riverside offshoot label Fortissimo – and a record that plays from the INSIDE OUT – starting at the inner label and playing through to the outer groove – backwards from conventional albums! The re-titled set features music from Blue's Riverside date Smooth As The Wind – a slightly different record than usual for Blue – not as down-n-dirty and funky, but more "smooth as the wind" – with Blue blowing solos over larger arrangements by Tadd Dameron and Benny Golson, a small string group mixed with jazz and horn backings. Given the hipness of the arrangers, the session's still got a nice edge – and the choice of material takes it past the realm of stringy standards, into a more complex mode that shows a very different side of Blue. Titles include "Strollin", "A Blue Time", "For Heaven's Sake", "Peace", and "Smooth As The Wind". As noted above, this record plays opposite from most of the records you own – from the INSIDE OUT. To start play you must drop the needle on what would normally be the runout groove! LP, Vinyl record album
(Clear red vinyl pressing. PLEASE NOTE: THIS RECORD PLAYS FROM THE INSIDE OUT! Cover has a split top seam.)

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✨✧ Throttle Elevator Music with Kamasi WashingtonThrottle Elevator Music IV ... CD
Wide Hive, 2016. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
The best album so far from Throttle Elevator music – thanks to some fantastic saxophone from Kamasai Washington! The group was always pretty good before – but this time around, they really rise above their past – and also have Washington handling all the arrangements on the record, which gives them a spiritual sound we never would have expected! Core group members include Gregory Howe and Matt Montgomery on guitars and piano, Mike Hughes on drums, and Erik Jekabson on flugelhorn and trumpet – but the presence of Washington is what really seals the deal, on tracks that include "Gibraltar Road", "We Can Work With That", "Sweet Spot", "No One To Vote For", "Boeske Trail", and "Throwing The Switch". CD

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✨✧ Nancy WilsonSound Of Nancy Wilson ... LP
Capitol, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The sound of Nancy Wilson is mighty darn groovy here – a wonderful blend of upbeat late 60s modes, and some of the more compressed class of her earlier years! Arrangements are by Jimmy Jones, who finds just the right balance of jazz and soul to work perfectly with Wilson – so that when things are bouncy and swinging, she's got the punch to beat all the younger soul singers who were copping her game at the time – and when they're mellow, she shows that she can still blow anyone else out of the water on a sad-tinged ballad! Familiar tunes are reworked wonderfully by Jones – who definitely gives them all the sound of Nancy here – and titles include the righteous "Black Is Beautiful", plus "Below Above", "The Rules Of The Road", "Peace Of Mind", "The Other Side Of The Tracks", "It Only Takes A Moment", "Alone With My Thoughts Of You", and "This Bitter Earth". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Back cover has some light staining.)

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✨✧ ArtisticsArticulate Artistics ... LP
Brunswick, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A well-titled set from one of the greatest soul groups to ever come from Chicago – a sublime quartet who had a way of voicing their tunes that was really head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries! This killer record showcases The Artistics' genius right from the start – mixing in some deeper soul modes than you might expect from the Windy City side of Brunswick Records – yet still keeping the Chicago contingent firmly in place thanks to production by Carl Davis, arrangements by Sonny Sanders, and a wonderful set of material written by the likes of Eugene Record, Floyd Smith, Marvin Smith, and Gerald Sims. The vocals are wonderful – rawer at some moments than others, which really gives the album a great sense of personality – and titles include their hit "You Left Me", plus "The Other Side Of Sadness", "Fading Memories", "Man With Feeling", "Have No Pity", and "Ain't That The Way It Goes". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ CBS Jazz All StarsMontreux Summit Vol 1 ... LP
Columbia, 1977. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really amazing little record – way more than usual for this sort of live recording – given that it features some very unique performances together by artists we've never heard on the same stage otherwise! The premise is simple, but wonderfully effective – in that the album brings together some of the leading lights of the Columbia/CBS jazz stable at the time – a massive lineup of talent from a few key generations in jazz, sounding surprisingly great hear together! All tracks are nice and long – and titles include a brilliant version of "Infant Eyes" by a quartet with Stan Getz on tenor and Bob James on piano; "Fried Bananas" with Dexter Gordon on tenor, Slide Hampton on trombone, Woody Shaw on trumpet, and George Duke on piano; "Bahama Mama" with Bob James on keyboards, Bobbi Humphrey on flute, Eric Gale and Steve Kahn on guitars, and Billy Cobham on drums – and the long jam session tracks "Montreux Summit", "Blues March", and "Andromeda" – which feature work from most of the players above, all working in one large group – plus added flute from Hubert Laws and Thijs Van Leer, percussion from Ralph Maconald, and bass from Alphonso Johnson. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ June ChristyBig Band Specials ... LP
Capitol, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very different album than usual for June Christy – one of her last for Capitol, and a very swinging, upbeat affair! As the title implies, June's singing a set of tunes made famous during the glory days of the big bands – tracks associated with Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and others – all given a nice reworking here by June, in a style that's got a hipper, swinging California kind of groove! Arrangers on the set are Bill Holman, Bob Cooper, and Shorty Rogers – and they all keep things light and above board – shaking away the bluer tones and quieter moods of some of June's other records, taking her vocals back to the highly swinging style that first brought her fame in the 40s. Titles include "Frenesi", "Time Was", "Good Bye", "Night In Tunisia", "Stompin At the Savoy", "Prelude To A Kiss", and "Skyliner". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing. Cover has a split top seam & spine.)

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✨✧ Foreign ExchangeLeave It All Behind (plus instrumentals) ... CD
HBD, 2008. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second album from Foreign Exchange – the formerally bi-continental project of North Carolina MC, and nascent soul singer Phonte of Little Brother, and transplanted Dutch producer Nicolay – who take an even deeper turn into spacey soul on Leave It All Behind! Given that Phonte is singing rather than rapping, you'd be tempted to say that Foreign Exchange has left hip hop behind, but hip hop is in the heart and soul – and the group was born of the idea of hip hop as an evolving art form – so rhymes or not, it's hip hop to us. The spacey, jazzy melodic groove here finds producer Nicolay in peak form – a nice balance between thumping bass, beats and mellow atmospherics, and the mood is impeccable. We're pretty much stunned at how well Phonte is developing as a vocalist, with laidback lead and overdubbed backing vocals that go back the heart & soul comment above. A left turn for a duo that was adventurous to begin, with an excellent move to the next level! Titles include "Daykeeper", "Take Off The Blues", "All Or Nothing/Coming Home For You", "I Wanna Know", "House Of Cards", "Sweeter Than You", "Valediction", "If She Breaks Your Heart", "If This Is Love", "Something To Behold" and "Leave It All Behind". CD

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✨✧ Herbie HancockDirectstep ... CD
CBS/Sony/Wounded Bird, 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare Japanese-only session from Herbie Hancock – very electric, and nicely funky in all the right parts! The set was recorded at the end of the 70s with amazing fidelity – and features a unique lineup that includes Webster Lewis on additional keyboards and Alphonse Mouzon on drums – alongside more familiar partners Bennie Maupin on reeds, Paul Jackson on bass, and Bill Summers on percussion! Given these last three, there's almost a slight Headhunters feel to the set – but the overall groove is a bit more mellow, with some wonderfully spacey touches that are super-soulful – and miles above anything that Herbie was recording in the US at the time. Titles include the sublime mellow groover "Butterfly", plus "Shiftless Shuffle", and the side-long jazzy jammer "I Thought It Was You"! CD

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✨✧ Ikebe ShakedownStone By Stone (with download) ... LP
Ubiquity, 2014. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really great second album from Ikebe Shakedown – easily the group's best work so far, and a real cut above the usual Afro-styled groove! These guys have a great way of laying back in their rhythms – still keeping things funky, but nicely paced too – so that there's a fresh feel to the way they layer together their horns and percussion, and let the keyboards nicely simmer away in the groove! The style's a bit like what El Michels did to more conventional funk groups – with the same sort of super-dope results – and the whole thing was recorded perfectly at the Daptone Studios, with a massively old school sort of vibe. The whole thing's instrumental, and titles include "The Beast", "Rio Grande", "The Offering", "Stone By Stone", "Last Stand", "Dram", "Chosen Path", and "Cover Your Tracks". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes digital album download.)

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✨✧ Throttle Elevator Music with Kamasi WashingtonThrottle Elevator Music IV ... LP
Wide Hive, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The best album so far from Throttle Elevator music – thanks to some fantastic saxophone from Kamasai Washington! The group was always pretty good before – but this time around, they really rise above their past – and also have Washington handling all the arrangements on the record, which gives them a spiritual sound we never would have expected! Core group members include Gregory Howe and Matt Montgomery on guitars and piano, Mike Hughes on drums, and Erik Jekabson on flugelhorn and trumpet – but the presence of Washington is what really seals the deal, on tracks that include "Gibraltar Road", "We Can Work With That", "Sweet Spot", "No One To Vote For", "Boeske Trail", and "Throwing The Switch". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Throttle Elevator Music IV ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Larry WillisInner Crisis ... LP
Groove Merchant, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the few funky albums ever cut as a leader by Larry Willis – a super-hip keyboard player who's best known for his work with Jackie McLean and Hugh Masekela, but who sounds even better as a leader! This album's a gem all the way through – with a free-thinking soulful sound that's head and shoulders above the rest of the work on Groove Merchant at the time. Players include Harold Vick, Roland Prince, and Eddie Gomez – and the overall groove is an incredible array of soulful rhythms, played by Larry on electric piano, in a mode that makes the record feel like a lost gem from Strata East or Black Jazz. Includes the cuts "Out On The Coast", "153rd Street Theme", "Inner Crisis", and "Bahamian Street Dance". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Fela KutiFela Kuti & His Koola Lobitos (3CD set) ... CD
Knitting Factory, 1960s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A startling look at the early days of Afro Funk – some of the first recordings ever from Fela Kuti – working here with his Koola Lobitos group from the 60s! The music is a mixture of highlife, South African soul, and a good deal more funk than Fela's ever given credit for during the 60s – a gritty blend of styles that's already head and shoulder above the work of most of his contemporaries – with a vibe that definitely points the way towards his genius of the 70s! The horns come together beautifully, often in a sad Hugh Masekela-type style, underpinned by work on electric bass, and some warm electric piano – a wonderful blend that's spun out over the course of short tracks that include "Lagos Baby", "It's Highlife Time", "Signature Tune", "Araba's Delight", "Omo Ejo", "Obinrin Le", "Lal Se", and "Wa Dele". CD
 
 
 



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