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New Van McCoyDisco Baby ... LP LP format
Avco, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This is it! The record that helped put disco over in a huge way, with a sound that would go on to be heavily imitated for years to come. Sweeping disco production from Hugo & Luigi arranged and conducted by Van McCoy, already a studio mainstay by this point, coupled with a set of accessible numbers paved the way towards huge mainstream appeal for tracks like "The Hustle". This album also includes the title track, "Get Dancin", "Spanish Boogie", "Turn This Mother Out" plus covers of the Ohio Players' "Fire" and AWB's "Pick Up The Pieces". LP, Vinyl record album
(Side 2 has a mark that clicks a bit on track two.)

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New Van McCoyVan McCoy & His Magnificent Movie Machine ... LP LP format
H&L, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
While Van McCoy never quite hit it as big with any of his other efforts as he did with "The Hustle", he churned out his fair share of disco productions throughout the 70s. Here he gives a batch of soundtrack songs and movie themes the disco medley treatment: "Moon River", "Over The Rainbow", "Gone With The Wind", "Somewhere", "Love Theme From A Star Is Born (Evergreen)", "Mahogany (Do You Know Where You're Going To)", "theme From Shaft", "Lara's Theme From Doctor Zhivago" and "The Magnificent Seven". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)
 
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Choice FourFinger Pointers ... LP LP format
RCA, 1974. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Arranged and produced by Van McCoy, with a New York 70s studio soul feel. Includes the two-part title track, which is sort of a "message" cut about people who don't know their own business. Our fave is "Can't Get Used to Sleeping Alone", a nice East Coast ballad, and other cuts include "The Woman I'm Being True To", "I Can't Make You Love Me", and "If I Don't Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Choice FourOn Top Of Clear ... LP LP format
RCA, 1976. Very Good+ ... $6.99
One of their nice albums for RCA, with a sound that's a mix of ballads and up-tempo cuts, in the same style as a lot of other East Coast groups from the time. Van McCoy arranged and produced, and the LP includes their single "Hey, What's That Dance You're Doing", plus "Two Different Worlds", "Mysterious Lady", "Beautiful Glow", "Come Down To Earth", and "Everybody's Got A Story". LP, Vinyl record album

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Aretha FranklinLa Diva ... LP LP format
Atlantic, 1979. Very Good+ ... $3.99
A late 70s gem from Aretha Franklin – and although a bit overlooked, a record that still shows many of the best sides of Aretha's talents for Atlantic in the decade! The main arrangements here are done by Van McCoy – and while they show a bit of a dancefloor spin, they're not as overly disco as you might expect – and instead serve mostly to buoy up Aretha's vocals with a full, rich approach to soul music – one that still lets the lady really take the lead vocally, but also get a wonderfully warm sound that helps mature things nicely. There's none of the too-commercial style of the Arista years going on here – and instead, most of these numbers have an earnest, personal feel that's really great – echoing the best modes of previous 70s albums by Franklin. Titles include "Honey I Need Your Love", "Only Star", "Reasons Why", "You Brought Me Back To Life", "Half A Love", "The Feeling", "What If I Should Ever Need You", and "Ladies Only". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a torn cutout notch.)

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Gladys Knight & The PipsIn The Beginning ... LP LP format
Bell, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $2.99
Really great pre-Motown music from Gladys Knight & The Pips – a collection of early singles that were issued by Vee Jay and the Fire/Fury labels, but which already show the group head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries! Many of these cuts are from the start of the 60s, and show the quartet working out the first modes of group soul in a really great way – balancing Gladys' strong lead with sublime harmonies from The Pips – often set to some excellent early compositions from Van McCoy, who gives the group a great deal of class right from the start. Titles include "Letter Full Of Tears", "Either Way I Lose", "Giving Up", "Stop & Get A Hold Of Myself", "Tell Her You're Mine", "Lovers Always Forgive", "Every Beat Of My Heart", and "Operator". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and some wear.)

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Gladys Knight & The PipsOne & Only (with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Buddah/FTG, 1978. New Copy ... $11.99 16.98
The last Buddah Records album from Gladys Knight & The Pips – and a set that's a great summation of all the new territory the group hit with the label! The album's a mix of the mellower ballads that made Gladys one of the biggest female soul singers of the 70s, and some of the upbeat groovers that turned out to be a really great fit for the group's style – a mode that's not really disco, but which offers a strong mix of strings and rhythms. Tony Camillo and Van McCoy both bring some good production elements to the record – and titles include "Sorry Doesn't Always Make It Right", "Come Back & Finish What You Started", "It's A Better Than Good Time", "Saved By The Grace Of Your Love", "Butterfly", and "The One & Only". CD features lots of bonus tracks – including "It's Up To You (7" mix)", "It's A Better Than Good Time (full extended mix)", "Saved By The Grace Of Your Love (12" version)", "I'm Still Caught Up With You (7" version)", "It's A Better Than Good Time (7" version)", "Everybody's Got To Find A Way (7" version)", and "Stringman (demo)". CD

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David RuffinEverything's Coming Up Love ... LP LP format
Motown, 1976. Very Good- ... $0.99
David Ruffin teams with Van McCoy for this sweet little set – and the result is a great batch of grooves that swell with Ruffin's soulful sound of the 70s, but sway with the warm McCoy dancefloor modes of the time! Van wrote nearly all the tracks in the set – and handled all arrangements and production – but the record's far less disco than you'd guess, thanks to cracklingly earnest vocals from Ruffin, who's still given plenty of space to shine center stage on the record. The balance is essential, and is carried off here in a manner similar to the best Philly soul albums of its type. Titles include "First Round Knockout", "On & Off", "Good Good Times", "Ready Willing & Able", "Everything's Coming Up Love", "Discover Me", "Until We Said Goodbye", and "Let's Get Into Something". LP, Vinyl record album

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StylisticsLet's Put It All Together ... LP LP format
Avco, 1974. Very Good ... $4.99
Mid-period Stylistics, recorded after their association with Thom Bell and Linda Creed, and during the time that the group was handled by Hugo & Luigi. H&L do an ok job with them, and they've got Van McCoy handling arrangements to add a bit more soul to the mix – but the record is still down a few notches from the classic years. The album includes one last Thom Bell arrangement – the group's huge "You Make Me Feel Brand New" – plus other cuts like "Love Is The Answer", "I Got Time On My Hands", "I Got A Letter", and "We Can Make It Happen Again", perhaps the group's wish for a bigger hit. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Swiss MovementIt's Time For The Swiss Movement ... LP LP format
RCA, 1973. Sealed ... $18.99
The only album we've ever seen from the Swiss Movement, but a great group soul effort that's a real 70s standout on RCA! The quartet get some really top-shelf help from David Van DePitte on arrangements – and he brings in almost a Van McCoy sort of spirit to the set – that great maestro update of east coast group soul sounds, taking them past the rougher edges of the indie scene, but always without dampening their soul! The group have New Orleans roots, and ended up in Detroit – but to our ears, this set sparkles with the best east coast material of the time – particularly that of groups coming from New York. Titles include "Take Me Back Again", "Come On Sunday", "The Grass Is Greener", "Take A Chance On A Sure Thing", "Bring Back Your Love", "If You Need Me", and "Take Some Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousAin't That Something! ... CD CD format
Hayley (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $9.99
Ain't That Something indeed – a treasure trove of previously-unreleased soul music by some of the underground greats of the 60s and 70s! The focus here is most strongly on the Detroit scene, where the Hayley Records crew managed to score some great rarebits from the vaults of producers and artists – but there's also tracks recorded in other cities as well, often in the same professional mode as the best indie work from the Motor City! Many of the tracks here have a style that's slightly more modern than the classic years of Northern Soul – and many numbers are in a warmer 70s soul mode, usually at a mellow or midtempo pace. Titles include "Over & Under" by Liz Taylor, "You've Got The Power" by Deon Jackson, "Ain't That Something" by Lynn Varnado, "One In A Million" by Steve Mancha, "The Entertainer" by Jimmy Ruffin, "Saving Myself For You" by Melvin Davis, "Let It Be Me" by Marshall Babb, "Love At First Sight" by JJ Barnes, "Painmaker" by Karen Pree, and "So Many Mountains" by Van McCoy. CD

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New Faith Hope & CharityFaith Hope & Charity (RCA) (with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
RCA/Soulmusic.com, 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet 70s soul from Faith Hope & Charity – a trio who had recorded previously, but who really burst out here at the start of the disco years with some strong studio help from the great Van McCoy! The style of the record isn't really disco, but isn't far off either – as McCoy mixes lively rhythms and soaring strings with the vocal interplay of the trio – who come off much more as a well-formed soul group than some of the other trios of the generation – who were often just doing chorus vocals for the grooves! Singer Brenda Hillard really soars at times – with a lead that sets fire to the tracks nicely – and titles include the classic "Find a Way", plus "Just One Look", "Disco Dan", "Rescue Me", "Little Bit Of Love", "Don't Go Looking For Love", and "To Each His Own". CD features bonus single mixes of "Find a Way", "Don't Go Looking For Love", and "To Each His Own". CD

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New Aretha FranklinSoul Sister ... LP LP format
Columbia, 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Aretha Franklin's definitely growing into her role as a soul sister here – a later date for Columbia Records that hints a bit at the sounds to come on Atlantic! Backings are by Robert Mersey and Belford Hendricks – both of whom use some relatively full orchestrations and occasional backing vocals – in ways that almost translate a 60s country soul aesthetic to a leaner, cleaner sound for Aretha's strong vocals. Franklin, as always, is great – the kind of singer that really illuminates any tune she gets – even familiar numbers that seem to take on new life in her hands. The material is a bit deeper-digging than before on Columbia – less covers, and more tunes that are well-suited to Aretha's sensibilities – including a few penned by Van McCoy or Hendricks. Titles include "Until You Were Gone", "Follow Your Heart", "A Mother's Love", "I'm Losing You", "Take A Look", and "Can't You See Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 stereo pressing. Cover has some wear. Vinyl plays with clicks and crackles.)

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New Aretha FranklinSoul Sister/Take It Like You Give It ... CD CD format
Columbia/American Beat, 1966/1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Aretha Franklin's last 2 Columbia albums – back to back on a single CD! Soul Sister is a later date for Columbia Records that hints a bit at the sounds to come on Atlantic! Backings are by Robert Mersey and Belford Hendricks – both of whom use some relatively full orchestrations and occasional backing vocals – in ways that almost translate a 60s country soul aesthetic to a leaner, cleaner sound for Aretha's strong vocals. Franklin, as always, is great – the kind of singer that really illuminates any tune she gets – even familiar numbers that seem to take on new life in her hands. The material is a bit deeper-digging than before on Columbia – less covers, and more tunes that are well-suited to Aretha's sensibilities – including a few penned by Van McCoy or Hendricks. Titles include "Until You Were Gone", "Follow Your Heart", "A Mother's Love", "I'm Losing You", "Take A Look", and "Can't You See Me". On Take It Like You Give It, Franklin steps out with even more of a hard soul style than before – in a record that's a great close to her early years on Columbia Records! Arrangements are by Belford Hendricks and Clyde Otis – the latter of whom is clearly responsible for the deepening sound of Franklin's music here – although Hendricks' work also sounds pretty great too, with a leaner feel than before. Franklin's vocals really sparkle nicely on the set – sometimes supported with backing singers, sometimes all out on their own – always in that iconic style that inspired whole generation of female soul singers. Titles include "A Little Bit Of Soul", "Only The One You Love", "Deeper", "Remember Me", "Land Of Dreams", "Lee Cross", "I May Never Get To Heaven", and "Take It Like You Give It". CD

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New Freddie HubbardOpen Sesame (RVG remaster edition) ... CD CD format
Blue Note, 1960. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Seminal work from Freddie Hubbard – an early hardbop session that features some great work by Tina Brooks on tenor, piano by McCoy Tyner, and rhythm from the team of Sam Jones on bass Clifford Jarvis on drums! And although Freddie's great at this early point in his career – playing with a brash, urgent tone that's totally compelling – we're even bigger fans of the Tina Brooks work on this record! Brooks' tone is amazing – right up there with the style he used on his own rare few Blue Note sides, full of fresh fire and a really edgey approach to the tenor – and together with Hubbard, he helps craft a tight little set that's one of Hubbard's best-ever straight sides from the 60s. Titles include "But Beautiful", "One Mint Julep", "Hub's Nub", "Open Sesame", and "Gypsy Blue". Plus, the CD features bonus alternate takes of "Open Sesame" and "Gypsy Blue". CD
(24 bit remastering by Rudy Van Gelder.)
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Open Sesame ... LP 11.99
Open Sesame (Japanese pressing) ... CD 6.99

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New Melba MooreThis Is It ... LP LP format
Buddah, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real stormer from Melba Moore – brilliantly-arranged dancefloor soul with beautiful lead vocals by Melba – on one of her best records of the 70s! Melba is straight-up amazing here, bringing genuine soul to feverish dancefloor gems and otherwise soaring numbers. This Is It was produced and arranged by Van McCoy, who was at the peak of his disco-era popularity at the time. We'd call this work here on Melba's record a creative peak for Van – even though if it didn't break Melba out in a big way commercially at the time. It includes the McCoy-penned should-be classic "This Is It", plus "Free", "Stay A While", a sweet cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Make Me Believe In You", "Lean On Me" (one of the greater showpieces for Melba's incredible voice), "Blood Red Roses", "Brand New" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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New David RuffinWho I Am ... LP LP format
Motown, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nicely grooving work from David Ruffin – working here with arrangements and production by Van McCoy, sparkling with a strong pop soul approach that hits hard on all burners. Includes the big hit "Walk Away From Love", one of David's sweetest numbers – plus the tracks "Who I Am", "Wild Honey", "Statue Of A Fool", "Heavy Love", and "The Finger Pointers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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New SoftonesSoftones/Black Magic ... CD CD format
Avco/Clinck (Japan), 1973/1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Harmony soul heaven – and two great albums back to back in a single set! The initial Softones album is a stellar first set from The Softones – labelmates of The Stylistics in their early years, and a group who really share a similar sense of east coast harmony soul! There's a nicely fragile approach to the group at all the best moments – a style that's better than shakey indie soul, but which is still quite personal – even amidst some really well-penned charts by Van McCoy! The strings have all these sweet and subtle touches and changes – never detracting from the vocals, but instead really underscoring the unique appeal that makes the group this great. A wonderful set to file next to your New Jersey classics by The Moments and Whanauts – with tracks that include "The First Day", "Extra Ordinary People", "Why Why Baby", "Never Let A Woman Like That Go By", and "Everybody Knew But Me". Black Magic is a funkier set than the first one by The Softones – and a record that has the group picking up a bit more confidence in their groove! The style is never too tight or slick – and even amidst full arrangements from Horace Ott, the vocals really come through nicely – mixing with the studio help at a level that recalls some of the hipper Philly productions of the time, or maybe the second generation of New Jersey group soul. Those fragile lead vocals still entrance us wonderfully – and titles include the Landy McNeal tracks – "Maybe Tomorrow", "Laundromat", and "Call It Love" – plus versions of "That Old Black Magic", "Love Story", and "Love Child". CD

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New StylisticsHeavy ... LP LP format
Avco, 1974. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Stylistics were never ones to fall down in the vocal department, and the production here by Hugo & Luigi is augmented by some nice arraging work by Van McCoy. Titles include "The Miracle", "Heavy Fallin' Out", "Star On A TV Show", "What's Happenin', Baby?", and "Hey Girl, Come & Get It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some moderate wear.)

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New John ColtraneBallads ... LP LP format
Impulse, 1962. Used ... Out Of Stock
A perennial favorite in the John Coltrane catalog – a beautiful set of standards, handled in a warm laidback style – one that shows that Trane's groundbreaking group with Jimmy Garrison on bass, Elvin Jones on drums, and McCoy Tyner on piano could still express themselves with even more direct soulfulness than usual! The album's completely solid all the way through – and although it won't change your life as much as A Love Supreme, it will show what a fantastically strong player Coltrane was, in any sort of setting! Titles include "I Wish I Knew", "What's New", "Nancy", "You Don't Know What Love Is", and "All Or Nothing At All". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange and black label mono pressing, with a Van Gelder stamp. Cover has some light wear. Vinyl plays with some crackles.)

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New Faith Hope & CharityLife Goes On (plus bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
RCA/Real Gone, 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Life goes on for Faith, Hope, & Charity – and goes on pretty darn strongly, too – thanks to some wonderful work from the great Van McCoy, served up at a level that really goes beyond his stock sound of the time! The group's blend of one male and two female singers really works well in the context – shifting leads well from track to track to suit the mood of the set – and almost coming across like some sort of extended "suite" of killer 70s soul. This fact is further enforced by the album's great "live spiral" tracks – short cuts under 30 seconds that link together the longer tunes on the set. Titles include "You've Gotta Tell Her", "Just Wanted To Say I Love You", "You're My Peace Of Mind", "Life Goes On", "Gradually", and "Positive Thinking". CD features four bonus tracks – 12" versions of "Life Goes On", "You're My Peace Of Mind", "Gradually", and "Positive Thinking". CD

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New Faith Hope & CharityLife Goes On (plus bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
RCA/Real Gone, 1976. Used ... Out Of Stock
Life goes on for Faith, Hope, & Charity – and goes on pretty darn strongly, too – thanks to some wonderful work from the great Van McCoy, served up at a level that really goes beyond his stock sound of the time! The group's blend of one male and two female singers really works well in the context – shifting leads well from track to track to suit the mood of the set – and almost coming across like some sort of extended "suite" of killer 70s soul. This fact is further enforced by the album's great "live spiral" tracks – short cuts under 30 seconds that link together the longer tunes on the set. Titles include "You've Gotta Tell Her", "Just Wanted To Say I Love You", "You're My Peace Of Mind", "Life Goes On", "Gradually", and "Positive Thinking". CD features four bonus tracks – 12" versions of "Life Goes On", "You're My Peace Of Mind", "Gradually", and "Positive Thinking". CD
(CD case and barcode have a cutout hole.)
 
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Joan BaezBlessed Are (2014 Record Store Day Release) ... LP LP format
Vanguard, 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $14.99 22.98
A important record from Joan Baez – one that has the singer expanding her sound, but in all the right possible ways – bringing in some Nashville elements to her folksy roots! The record features some larger backings arranged by producer Norbert Putnam – with bits of strings, The Memphis Horns, and some backup vocals – but most of a focus around the core combo of the album, which includes Charlie McCoy on harmonica, and Pete Wade and Norman Blake on guitars. Titles include "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Three Horses", "Last Lonely & Wretched", "Lincoln Freed Me Today", "Gabriel & Me", and "Fifteen Months". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousBridge Into The New Age – Funky Afro-Centric Spiritual Sounds From Jazz's Forgotten Decade ... CD CD format
BGP (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $14.99
Beautifully spiritual jazz from the post-Coltrane generation – a wealth of righteous grooves from the early 70s – brought together in one mighty collection! If you dig the work of Pharoah Sanders, Alice Coltrane, and other giants on Impulse Records, this is a great way to dig even deeper – and hear the way their late 60s legacy inspired other musicians to new heights in their own music – sounds that hit a new level of freedom in jazz, yet which are still filled with enough swing and soul to avoid some of the more avant modes of the free jazz scene! If that description sounds a bit obtuse, then just plug into the collection, and let the music do its thing – as it's got a very powerful vibe throughout – the kind of inspirational, socially conscious work that flourished best during the 70s – and which is finally getting its due all these many years later. The package is new territory for Ace/BGP, but they've done a great job as usual – picking key tracks from the era, and coming up with detailed notes on each of the long tracks. Titles include "Free Angela" by Bayete, "Bridge Into The New Age" by Azar Lawrence, "Tress Cun De O La" by Joe Henderson, "Ebony Queen" by McCoy Tyner, "Peace" by Idris Muhammad, "Mother Of The Future" by Norman Connors, "Brown Warm & Wintry" by Jack DeJohnette, "I've Known Rivers" by Gary Bartz, and "Fire" by Joe Henderson & Alice Coltrane. CD

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New VariousMod Jazz ... LP LP format
Kent (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99
One of our favorite compilations of all time – a smoking batch of soulful jazz from the 60s, with a slight bit of funk and blues thrown in as well! The set's exactly what's promised in the title – jazz cuts, but with an ultra-cool mod vibe – the kind of soulful sounds that played big with the younger London crowd digging American music in the mid 60s – and also the kind of music you'd be likely to find blasting out of a backroom jukebox on the west side of Chicago! There's loads of rare single mixes of LP tracks on the set, and a number of smoking 45s from artists you might know better from more mainstream work – really hitting hard here, alongside a few special numbers from the indie underground too. Tracks are cool enough for old school hipsters – but appealing enough to bring in a new listener too – and as proof of that, we've given this one away for many years as a Christmas present. The collection features 25 tracks in all – non-stop pleasure throughout – with titles that include "Soul Shoutin" by Shirley Scott, "Tengo Tango" by Cannonball Adderley Sextet, "Whip It On Me" by Billy Hawks, "Yeh Yeh" by Mongo Santamaria, "Black Talk" by Charles Earland, "I'm Ready" by Otis Spann, "Mama Rufus" by Merced Blue Notes, "Theme From NYPD" by Johnny Hammond, "Step Out & Get It" by The Nomos, "Why Don't You Do Right" by Mark Murphy, "Collard Greens" by Freddie McCoy, "Theme From The Carpetbaggers" by Jack McDuff, "Filthy McNasty" by Eddie Jefferson, "Evil Ways" by Cal Tjader, "Kenny's Theme" by Kenny Burrell, and "Games" by Ivan Boogaloo Joe Jones. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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