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✨✧ Jazzmeia HornSocial Call ... CD
Prestige, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The album's titled after a famous song by Betty Carter, and the sound of the set might well match her legacy too – as Jazzmeia Horn is clearly a singer we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come! Horn's got an incredible range – the first female jazz singer we've heard in years to really open up in the instrument-inspired style of the famous vocalists of years back – but she's also an artist who's not just copping old school jazz modes, as the presentation and choice of material is very strongly her own, and really blows us away! For everyone who's dug the music of top-shelf jazz singers like Betty Carter, Shirley Horn, and Dee Dee Bridgewater – Jazzmeia Horn may well be the next step forward. Players on the album include Victor Gould on piano, Ben Williams on bass, and Jerome Jennings on drums – and the set also features contributions from Josh Evans on trumpet, Frank Lacy on trombone, and Stacy Dillard on tenor. Titles include "Tight", "Up Above My Head", "Social Call", "People Make The World Go Round", "The Peacocks", "I Remember You", and "Afro Blue/Eye See You/Wade In The Water". CD

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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 ... LP
Spring/Southbound (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... About February 23, 2018
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
Also available Caught Up ... LP 11.99

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Millie JacksonCaught Up ... LP
Spring, 1974. Very Good ... $11.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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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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✨✧ Isley BrothersLive It Up ... LP
T Neck/Columbia, 1974. Used ... Out Of Stock
Mid 70s genius from the Isley Brothers – a record that has them firmly hitting their superstar mode with a fantastic blend of mellow soul and guitar-heavy funk! The record's got a sense of class, care, and poise that's head and shoulders above most of the group's contemporaries – an ability to rock out one minute, then slow things down for a beautiful ballad the next – all while maintaining enough credibility to still hold onto older fans, yet also reach out to a much bigger audience in the mainstream. Titles include the sublime "Ain't I Been Good To You (parts 1 & 2)", a long track with a sinister bassline and a dark groove that really makes it great, a great cover of "Hello It's Me" that's even better than the original, and the key mellow cuts "Lover's Eve" and "Brown Eyed Girl" – plus "Live It Up (parts 1 & 2)", "Need A Little Taste Of Love", and "Midnight Sky (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Missing inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Mad SeasonAbove ... CD
Columbia, 1995. Used ... Out Of Stock
The Pearl Jam/Alice In Chains/Screaming Trees co-op group – with titles that include "Wake Up", "X Ray Mind", "River Of Deceit", "I'm Above", and "Lifeless Dead". CD

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Darol Anger & Barbara HigbieTideline ... CD
Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1982. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
Piano and violin come together beautifully here – the former by Barbara Higbie, the latter by Darrol Anger – who also plays mandolin and cello as well! There's an acoustic balance here that's more jazz than some of the other Windham Hill albums of the time – especially in the music's sense of rhythm and phrasing – and the rich acoustic tones of both players get wonderfully past some of the new age cliches that are too-often wrongly associated with the label – and remind us that at their best, records like these offer up a key flowering of the acoustic underground of the 70s. Mike Marshall plays guest mandolin on one title – and tracks include "Movie", "Tideline", "Above The Fog", "True Story", "Onyame", and "Gemini". Really great 2015 remaster – excellent sound and package – way better than the Windham Hill releases in the 80s! CD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)

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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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Chantae CannSol Empowered ... CD
Atlanta, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
The first we've heard from Chantae Cann – a wonderful singer who grabs our ears right with the very first note on this set – and continues to delight all the way through! Chantae's got this really cool style – kind of light and dreamy, but with a rasp around the edges – a really unique vibe that's completely all her own, and able to captivate without any sense of trick or gimmick at all! There's both a depth and an instant charm to her sound – and she's really one of the freshest female soul singers we've heard in a long time – set up in arrangements that are simple and elegant, and as unassuming as the singer herself. Many tracks feature great Fender Rhodes from Justin C Gilbert – who also produced and arranged most tracks – and titles include "Craters", "Fruition", "Hey Whatcha Say", "U Gotta Love Ya", "The Light", "The Love Above", "Happy Song", "iRise", and "Reason To Live". CD

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Amp FiddlerMotor City Booty (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Midnight Riot/Octave (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... $28.99
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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Jay-U ExperienceEnough Is Enough (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Soundway (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 21.98
Rare Nigerian funk and soul from The Jay-U Experience! Rather than following Fela's or any other template for 70s Afro Funk or soul, the group does a pretty incredible job of mixing up styles into a unique hybrid, rooted in the above, touching on reggae and jazz, too, and all the while holding together in a really cool way – enough really is enough here, the title speaks truth – they don't take on any more than they can pull off in a naturally cohesive way! The title track is a jazz funk gem with an unshakable rhythm and killer sax groove, "Some More" is raw funk and dancefloor ready at the same time – again with some great sax – and the other jams include "Reggae Deluxe", "Get Yourself Together" and "Baby Rock". A real jewel! LP, Vinyl record album

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Laura LeeI Can't Make It Alone (with bonus track) ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... About February 7, 2018
Sublime soul from the mighty Laura Lee – one of the best deep soul singers of the 70s, even though she recorded with the mostly-northern team of Holland Dozier Holland! The set shows that the trio really knew how to change it up after leaving Motown – and although Lee had recorded for Chess in the 60s, she really finds her groove here – mixing southern soul with a dose of 70s funk – all of which really stands out from most of her contemporaries! Laura's voice is sweet and dusky, in the mode of some of the best underground singers of her day – but also rises above the rest, thanks crack arrangements by HB Barnum and Eugene Moore – who mix strings and soul into a stellar blend of styles! Titles include the breakbeat classic "Crums Off The Table", which begins with some great hard drums – plus the cuts "Every Little Bit Hurts", "I Can't Make It Alone", "Mirror Of Your Soul", and "I Need It Just As Bad As You". Features a bonus unedited version of "I Need It Just As Bad As You". CD

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Cheryl LynnCheryl Lynn ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... About March 20, 2018
Massive work from the great Cheryl Lynn – and a key bridge between late 70s disco and the newer grooves of the 80s club scene! The album's a mix of midtempo groovers with a few mellower tracks – and it's got a tight, slightly jazzy sound that was very fresh at the time, and which still holds up incredibly well today – really a cut above most of Cheryl's contemporaries, and most of her later work too! The standout cut on the record is the landmark groover "Got To Be Real" – but there's loads of other great ones, like "Star Love", "Daybreak (Storybook Children)", "Give My Love To You", "All My Lovin", and "Come In From The Rain". CD

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Hank MobleyPoppin ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $18.99
A rare gem from Hank Mobley's initial late 50s run at Blue Note – a session recorded by the label in 1957, but unissued at the time! The quality of the set is right up there with Hank's best from the period – presented here in full album format, and the mix of searing hardbop and gentle soul that we've always loved in Mobley's work – all so great that the album's easily a cut above most other jazz sides of the time, and at a level that has us (as always) scratching our heads as to why Blue Note never put this one out. Players include Art Farmer on trumpet, Pepper Adams on baritone sax, Sonny Clark on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums – and titles include "East Of Brooklyn", "Tune Up", "Poppin", "Darn That Dream", and "Getting Into Something". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Thurston Moore & Umut CaglarDunia (with bonus download) ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2017. New Copy ... $12.99
A great reminder of what two guitars can do when they're in the hands of the right people – and with Thurston Moore and Umut Caglar on board, they're definitely in the right hands! Both artists only play electric guitar – but the scope of the sounds here is wonderful – from moments that are familiarly guitar-like, to others in which the instruments are used more to channel darker sonic currents, or as a way to explore the space of the performance area, or even just as more constant generators of tone – but always moving and opening up in a restless way! The photo insert for the album just shows both players, seated, without anything else going on – but it almost feels as if there might have been some additional processing taking place – over and above any effects used on the live instruments themselves. Titles include "Kensaku", "The Red Sun", and "Echo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Louie Ramirez & Ray De La PazSabor Con Clase ... CD
Caiman/Uniko (Canada), 1986. New Copy ... $12.99
Percussionist Louie Ramirez teams up with vocalist Ray De La Paz – and the result definitely has plenty of class! Louie plays vibes and timbales, and the backings have plenty of jazzy elements in the mix – that cut above that we always have loved in the work of Ramirez since the 60s onwards – which really helps Ray sound a bit extra sharp, gliding over the top of the album's strong mix of percussion and horns! There's a bit of 80s keyboards in the mix, but they're much more offset by the acoustic elements – and titles include "Vale La Pena", "La Bikina", "Y Que", "Aguzate", "Simplemente Una Ilusion", "En Un Beso La Vida", and "Que Porque Te Quiero". CD

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Ruby & The RomanticsOur Day Will Come ... LP
Kapp, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
Sublime work from Ruby & The Romantics – a completely unique vocal group that took the one girl/four boys approach to a whole new level! Ruby Nash's sweet vocals drift over the top of the deeper harmonies of the male singers – in a way that's completely transcendent, and which opens up whole new territory in both soul and pop group modes – definitely a cut above the usual, at a level that makes just about every song by the group so great! Of course, the album's got a style that you'll recognize instantly from their landmark hit "Our Day Will Come", a tune that has as many subdued Civil Rights era political overtones as it does sweet warm charm – and other titles include "Day Dreaming", "Moonlight and Music", "My Prayer", and "By The Way". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Dionne WarwickLove At First Sight ... LP
Warner, 1977. Very Good ... $0.99
The final Warner Brothers album from Dionne Warwick – and a smooth, sophisticated affair done with full arrangements from Michael Omartian! The sound's still not as pop disco as you might expect from the time, and Dionne's gentle vocals are often cast in backings that step along nicely with a mellow, midtempo groove – one that's a bit like some of the best Philly soul of the period, yet still with a bit more California polish overall. The album works surprisingly well as a soul record – and really puts Warwick in the company of a whole generation of younger singers who'd risen above her by this point in the 70s. Titles include "One Thing On My Mind", "Don't Ever Take Your Love Away", "Livin It Up Is Startin To Get Me Down", "Since You Stayed Here", "A Long Way To Go", and "Keepin My Head Above Water". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a spot of tape on the spine and a bit of pen.)

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VariousBrownswood Bubblers Volume 12 – Compiled By Gilles Peterson ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2017. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 16.98
A dozen volumes in – and this wonderful series is still going strong – an incredibly solid, incredibly trustworthy collection of all that's great in the global underground! Gilles Peterson has been opening up our ears for decades, and he's never let us down – and, as before, there's a rich array of forward-thinking music here – from lyrically poignant club-ready soul, to neo classic spiritual jazz, to modern funk, and beyond – all tracks that have a sound that's way hipper than the mainstream, and a sense of class that few artists can touch. Titles include "Stop Rewind" by Slim with Ella Mae, "Refugee Song" by Buttering Trio, "Rosie" by Wayne Snow, "No Time To Lose" by Madison McFerrin, "Could You Be Me" by Kathy Kosins & Paul Randolph, "Gotta Get Out" by The Pendletons, "Red Planet" by Chip Wickham, "Are You In Peace" by Selebyone, "La Mano" by Stimulator Jones, "Flute Song" by Wildflower, "Love Falls Down" by Poppy Ajudha, "Turn My G Down" by God Colony, "2 Sides" by Oscar Jerome, "Should You Go" by Skinny Pelembe, "Above The Clouds" by Yisrael Trio, "Anxious Party People" by Blood Wine Or Honey, and "Differences" by Elisa Imperilee & Srigala. CD
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France GallPoupee De Cire Poupee De Son (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Philips/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... About January 24, 2018
France Gall won the Eurovision song contest with the title track of this one – and for good reason too, given that the tune is totally groovy! The rest of the work here really follows suit – romping, jerking, and grooving in that wonderful mix of mod rhythms that made France's 60s material so great – some of the best of the French pop scene at the time, with a sound that's really a cut above on all the numbers here! Backings are by the mighty Alain Gouraguer, who brings in a hip mix of jazz inflections, rocking rhythms, and some of the more sparkling soundtrack elements bubbling in the French 60s scene – all a perfect accompaniment for Gall's catchy girl pop vocals. Titles include "Poupee De Cire Poupee De Son", written by Serge Gainsbourg – plus "Le Coeur Qui Jazze", "Le Premier Chagrin D'Amour", "On T'Avait Prevenue", "Dis A Ton Capitaine", "Nounours", "Laisse Tomber Les Filles", and "Bonne Nuit". CD

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✨✧ Alvin QueenJammin' Uptown ... LP
Nilva, 1985. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Cover has light wear.)

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ArtisticsArticulate Artistics ... LP
Brunswick, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
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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Average White BandAll The Pieces – The Complete Studio Recordings 1973 to 2003 (19CD set) ... CD
Edsel (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 19 CDs ... $52.99
A huge run of funky soul from The Average White Band – a group who were already well above average at the start, then just got better and better as their music grew during the 70s! The package is the first we've ever seen to honor the group in this way – and includes all their important studio albums, plus lesser-known gems from later years – and 2CDs' worth of rare material too – all in a box with a special 52 page book! Albums include Show Your Hand, How Sweet Can You Get, Average White Band, Put It Where You Want It, Cut The Cake, Soul Searching, Person To Person, Benny & Us, Warmer Communications, Feel No Fret, Shine, Volume VIII, Cupid's In Fashion, Aftershock, Soul Tattoo, and Living In Colour – plus those 2CDs of bonus alternates and rarities! 197 tracks in all – and very nicely done. CD

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✨✧ DeBargeIn A Special Way ... LP
Motown, 1983. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
A surprisingly great album from DeBarge – proof that the group really had something great at the start! Much as we'd like to dismiss DeBarge for their dated costumes and silly covers, the group still stands as one of the strongest pop acts from early 80s Motown – and have an undeniably catchy groove that still has appeal after all these years! Of course, part of the strength of this one is actually the mellower numbers – sung in a wonderfully sweet harmony mode that was instantly timeless. The best of these is "Stay With Me", sampled to great effect, and a tune elevates this album above all the rest – but there's plenty of other tasty numbers too, including "Time Will Reveal", "Need Somebody", "Be My Lady", "Love Me In A Special Way" and "Queen Of My Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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FallWonderful & Frightening Escape Route To (Call For Escape Route) ... LP
Beggars Banquet (UK), 1984. Near Mint- (reissue)... $14.99
Peak era postpunk genius from The Fall – compiling the now hard-to-find couple of EPs they released in 1984 – including material from the Wonderful And Frightening World Of. . .sessions! Stunningly, it's pretty much just as strong as what ended on on that above mentioned masterful LP. As you might expect from the move to Beggar's Banquet, there's a stronger melodic sensibility, but The Fall is The Fall, and there's no undercutting the arty integrity and barbed lyricism. Titles include "Oh! Brother", "God Box", "C.R.E.E.P.", "Poat-Trip Dispenser", "No Bulbs 3", and it closes with the cuts from the Call For Escape Route 12-inch EP: "Drago's Guilt", "Clear Off!" and "No Bulbs". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jerry GoldsmithRio Conchos ... CD
Film Score Monthly, 1964. Used ... $16.99
A great Jerry Goldsmith score from the mid 60s – penned for a western, but with a sensitivity that's much more like some of his best dramatic work of the time! There's some wonderful use of woodwinds and strings in the lineup – often with the sense of mature color and tone that Jerry brought to thoughtful crime scores, or some of his more adult soundtracks – including those for well-penned TV dramas. There's some acoustic guitar to provide the right western flair at times – but overall, the style is a nice change from the usual – although with Goldsmith, things are always a cut above the usual too! Titles include "The Fuse", "The Prisoner", "Smoke Signals", "Cantina 1 & 2", "A Change Of Luck", "Unlucky Lover", "River Crossing", and "Special Delivery" – plus 5 bonus tracks. CD
(Out of print – limited to 3000 copies.)

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Roy HaynesRoy Haynes Hip Ensemble ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
Drummer Roy Haynes works here with an ensemble that's definitely as hip as the title promises – a really righteous group that makes the album one of Roy's most spiritual records ever! Haynes was always a drummer who was really a cut above, even back at the start – but here, he really steps out strongly with a new musical vision for the 70s – working with a lineup that includes George Adams on tenor and flute and Marvin Hannibal Peterson on trumpet – but players who give the music a really bold feel, right from the start! The rest of the lineup is wonderful, too – as Carl Schroeder plays Fender Rhodes with this flowing vibe that's plenty soulful – alongside bass from Terud Nakamura and Mervin Bronson, conga from Lawrence Kilian, bongo from Elwood Johnson, and more drums from Haynes himself. Titles include a sublime reading of Stanley Cowell's "Equipoise" – plus "Tangiers", "You Name It", and "Satan's Mysterious Feeling". CD

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IngramWould You Like To Fly (with bonus track) ... CD
Mirage/FTG (France), 1983. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
A wicked 80s groove from the mighty Ingram Family! Ingram were one of those groups that actually got better as they got slicker – and by the time of this 1983 release, Butch, James, and William Ingram had had more than enough experience working together and with other artists to really forge a strong sophisticated soul sound. The record's a lot better than many of its group-soul contemporaries' – and it's more of an extension of a 70s harmony group style than it is a throwaway 80s group funk album. The songwriting's a notch above what you'd expect – and the overall soul component is very high. Titles include "Share A Dream", "No One", "Smoothin Groovin", "Spoken Words", and "Groovin On A Groove". CD features the bonus track "Mi Sabrina Tequana". CD

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Galt MacDermot with Seldon PowellSolo Genius Of Seldon Powell ... CD
Kilmarnock, 1970s. New Copy ... $11.99
Solo genius is right – as saxophonist Seldon Powell was a key member of so many different groups, always doing a great job in the ensemble – but when he got a chance to solo, he'd really take off and give us something special! This set focuses on all the great moments when Powell was able to contribute a solo to the music of Galt MacDermot – either his indie soundtracks in the post-Hair years, or some of the jazz performances of his New Pulse Jazz Band – of which Powell was a key part, along with drummer Bernard Purdie! Most of these tracks are from the 70s, and some are from MacDermot records that haven't been on CD – a mixture of instrumental numbers with some vocal tracks that feature work by Salome Bey and Nell Carter. Titles include "Crescent City Cry", "Dreams In Her Eyes", "Suzie Moon", "Instant Amor", "Dude All Dude", "Lord Above", "O Little Red Bird", "La Lucha", "The Sun Always Shines For The Cool", and "Pears & Apples". CD

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Mark MurphySatisfaction Guaranteed ... LP
Muse, 1980. Very Good ... $3.99
Mark Murphy magic for Muse – a great little record that has the singer working in wonderfully warm company – a great group of players, and an assortment of excellent tunes! The album moves nicely between the more obscure numbers we always love from Murphy and a few familiar standards – always handled with class and creativity, and that real "cut above" vocalization that makes Mark way more than just a standard jazz singer. Players include Richie Cole on alto, Ronnie Cuber on baritone, Slide Hampton on trombone, Tom Harrell on trumpet, and Gene Bertoncini on guitar – and titles include "Waltz for Debby", "All the Things You Are", "Bijou", "Eleanor Rigby", "I Return to Music" and "Don't Misunderstand". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a name in marker on front & back. Labels have some marker.)

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✨✧ OddiseeOdd Tape (with bonus download) ... LP
Mello Music Group, 2016. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A top-quality instrumentals set from Oddisee – nothing odd about the strength of material here, as he's one of the most consistent producers of his era! The Odd Tape is exceptionally good headphones music, held together by the beatcraft with strains of anthemic soul in the DNA, sputtering drums, bursts of synth and more melodic keys and other elements, done with all around attention to detail that's above and beyond. It really does feel like a batch of instrumental songs, as opposed to a collection of beats. Titles include "Alarmed", "Right Side Of The Bed", "The Breakthrough", "On The Table", "Sliver Lining", "Out At Night", "Long Way Home", "Still Sleeping and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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OdysseyI Got The Melody ... CD
RCA/Sony (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
Odyssey certainly does have the melody – and that's always been one of the factors that's made them stand out from the rest! Even though the group worked largely in a territory that had a strong dancefloor feel, they always put enough work into their vocals and overall tunes to make for work that was always a cut above. The melody reigns supreme on this set – pushing tunes with an extra level of catchiness that really helps them groove! Includes the tracks "Baby That's All I Want", "I Got The Melody", "Hold On To Love", "It Will Be Alright", "I Can't Keep Holding Back My Love", and "Roots Suite", a nice set of tracks based around Lamont Dozier's "Going Back To My Roots". CD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)

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Thievery CorporationCosmic Game ... CD
ESL, 2005. Used ... $4.99
Thievery Corporation are back after a long hiatus – and they've returned to the fold with a host of surprising guest stars! The set's got a really wide range of grooves – as one might expect when the group's working with artists that include David Byrne, Perry Farrell, and The Flaming Lips! But over and above these bigger crossover names, the team's also sticking very true to their roots on other tracks – bringing in some great downtempo and Brazilian influences, and fleshing out tunes with an equally great array of lesser-known talents that includes Sista Pat, Gunjan, Verny Varela, Gigi Rezende, and Patrick De Santos. Titles include "Marching The Hate Machines", "Pela Janela", "Sol Tapado", "The Time We Lost Our Way", "A Gentle Dissolve", "Holographic Universe", "The Heart's A Lonely Hunter", and "The Cosmic Game". CD

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Third RootReflection Of The Times/Soul Force ... 7-inch
Dinked (UK), 2017. New Copy (pic cover)... $6.99 12.99
Solid independent hip hop from the ever-reliable DJ Chicken George with producer Adrian Quesada, plus Reggie Coby, D'Shade, Riders Against The Storm, Bavu Blakes & Vocab! "Reflection Of The Times", as you guess from the title, takes on topical concerns in the rhymes by Reggie Coby, but he wisely frames them in a timeless style, as does the production. "Soul Force" is rhymed by what's essentially a Texas hip hop supergroup featuring the above named heroes, and they deliver the goods. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Tom Tom ClubTom Tom Club ... LP
Sire, 1981. Very Good+ ... $11.99
The first album by The Tom Tom Club – a group that started out as a side project by Talking Heads members Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz – but which went onto have a surprising life of its own! Like the Talking Heads at the start of the 80s, Tom Tom Club were very open to pulling together rhythms from the soulful underground – bits of Caribbean influence and certainly some sounds from hip hop too – but used in these cool sing-songy tunes that also had ties to the same New York underground scene that gave the world ESG and Liquid Liquid! Yet there's also a nicely complex set of textures, too – thanks to work on the record by Adrian Belew and Steve Stanley – both of whom can balance out funky elements and more interesting textures. The record took off immediately with the track "Genius Of Love" – inspired by hip hop, and respected by that scene too – as was the album's classic "Wordy Rappinghood". The whole thing's great – an excellent document of the moment, but more timeless too – and other titles include "L'Elephant", "As Above So Below", "On On On On", "Lorelei", and "Booming & Zooming". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Nancy WilsonSound Of Nancy Wilson ... LP
Capitol, 1968. Very Good ... $3.99
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.)

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✨✧ Cannonball AdderleyMercy, Mercy, Mercy! ... CD
Capitol, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If the 60's ever had a "hit" jazz record, it was probably this one! The album's a sparkling live session featuring the trademark soul jazz sounds of the Cannonball Adderley group with Joe Zawinul on acoustic and electric piano, and brother Nat Adderley on cornet. The tracks have a long soulful groove, with gutbucket solos from the 3 above-mentioned players, and tight live production by a young David Axelrod. Titles include "Sticks", "Hippodelphia", "Sack O Woe", and the classic "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" – a jazz theme that you'll recognize instantly! CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ AtmosfearEn Trance ... LP
Discotheque (UK), 1979/1981. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the greatest club tunes ever cut for the UK scene – a sublime album of jazzy spacey instrumentals by the legendary Atmosfear! The group were almost a UK equivalent of the sounds coming out of New York from the P&P camp at the end of the 70s – as they worked in the shadows of mainstream disco, but with a sound that was leaner, more stripped-down, and often touched with keyboard styles borrowed heavily from jazz funk and fusion. There's a simplicity to the Atmosfear groove that's totally great – a real focus on snapping drums, spacey keyboards, and trippy basslines – never too complicated, but always a cut above the more familiar grooves of the time. The LP brings together the full original En Trance album by the group, plus 4 additional bonus tracks from singles – making for an overstuffed disco instrumental package that includes the tunes "Free Tonight", "Creators Dream", "Interplay", "Funk The Rock", "Return Of LB", "Dancing In Outer Space", "Outer Space", "Extract", and "Motivation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Con Funk ShunTo The Max ... LP
Mercury, 1982. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Snapping grooves and a sweet clubby sound from Con Funk Shun – one of the best 70s ensemble funk groups to make the transition to 80s groove years! The bass is tight, the keyboards are electric, and the rhythms are great – never forced or stiff, and always flowing with a sense of soul that's head and shoulders above most of the group's contemporaries. Vocals are strong too – especially on the numbers that step things down a few notches – and titles include "Ms Got The Body", "Let's Ride & Slide", "Everlove", "Hide & Freak", "You Are The One", "Take It To The Max", "The Freak", and "Love's Train". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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