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Ashford & SimpsonGimme Something Real (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
One of our favorite albums from this legendary duo – Nick Ashford & Valerie Simpson's first album for Warner Brothers, and compared to the numbers moved by biggest hits, you could call this one a hidden gem – filled with near perfect mellow soul jams and more sweetly soaring ... read more CD

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Ashford & SimpsonI Wanna Be Selfish (with bonus track) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Stone classic early work from Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson – really moving past the Motown sound – stepping wonderfully into a hip style of soul that would have a huge effect on the direction of R&B in the 70s! I Wanna Be Selfish is actually a very giving effort from the ... read more CD

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Ashford & SimpsonMusical Affair (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
Near-perfect work from Ashford & Simpson – really grooving in full powerhouse mode here, and never missing a beat! By all rights, the team should have run out of steam by this point, but the album's another winner from their sublime Warner years – caught in a unique space between ... read more CD

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✨✧ Edwin BirdsongEdwin Birdsong (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A breakout solo moment from the great Edwin Birdsong – an artist who participated in some of Roy Ayers great albums of the 70s, and who cut some great underground records of his own – but who finally got the chance to step into the limelight on this set for Philadelphia International! ... read more CD

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Vernon BurchWhen I Get Back Home (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
One of the coolest, grooviest albums ever from Vernon Burch – an overlooked 70s soul genius who worked with countless others in the decade, and cut a handful of gems on his own! The set may well be Vernon's best, as it's got this really wonderful approach that mixes funky elements, jazzy ... read more CD

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✨✧ Donald Byrd & 125th StreetLove Has Come Around – The Elektra Anthology 1978 to 1982 ... CD
Elektra/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great chapter in the career of trumpeter Donald Byrd – his post-Blue Note work with the group 125th Street NYC – which is kind of a second chapter to the jazzy fusion style he developed at the start of the 70s! This time around, there's an equal emphasis on soul and jazz – ... read more CD

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✨✧ CerroneCerrone's Paradise ... CD
Cotillion/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Cerrone's second album – a swirling mix of disco beats and strings that follows very clearly on the spirit of his landmark first one! Like that album, this one's got a title track that runs well over 15 minutes long – building in a slowly dancing way that says everything about European ... read more CD

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Randy CrawfordNaked & True (2CD version – with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Moon/Big Break (UK), 1995. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99
A later date from 70s soul legend Randy Crawford – cut overseas, at a time when she was initially without US representation – a situation that was immediately corrected with the strength of the album! The set has Randy really getting back to basics – mostly working with tight ... read more CD

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✨✧ DelegationIn Love's Time – The Delegation Story 1976 to 1983 ... CD
Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A career-spanning look at the music of Delegation – one of the few UK soul groups of the 70s who could go head-to-head with the best American acts of the time! Delegation have this razor-sharp style that almost prefaces 80s groove – a mode that was born in the disco generation, but ... read more CD

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EnchantmentSunshine – The Enchantment Anthology 1975 to 1984 ... CD
Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
Soaring grooves from Enchantment, one of the most appropriately-named groups in soul music history – and a pretty much perfect anthology of their classic work from the mid 70s to early 80s! The collection really gets to the heart and soul of the group – spanning their first single for ... read more CD

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✨✧ EnchantmentSunshine – The Enchantment Anthology 1975 to 1984 ... CD
Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Soaring grooves from Enchantment, one of the most appropriately-named groups in soul music history – and a pretty much perfect anthology of their classic work from the mid 70s to early 80s! The collection really gets to the heart and soul of the group – spanning their first single for ... read more CD
Also available Sunshine – The Enchantment Anthology 1975 to 1984 ... CD 15.99

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EruptionBest Of Eruption (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hansa/Big Break (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $7.99
A rock-solid collection of work from Eruption – the UK soul group whose sound really exploded during the disco generation! Eruption were always equal parts pop and soul – and the latter half was delivered strongly by the vocals of Precious Wilson – who could soar out of some of ... read more CD

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GQStanding Ovation – The Story Of GQ & The Rhythm Makers 1974 to 1982 ... CD
Arista/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $15.99
A great little package that offers up a long-overdue look at the full talents of the legendary GQ – not just the group's big hits during their club classic years, but also their early roots as the excellent Rhythm Makers funk ensemble! This overstuffed package offers up plenty from both eras ... read more CD

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Loleatta HollowayLoleatta (1976) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gold Mind/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A real turning point for the great Loleatta Holloway – and a record that really finds a great way to unleash her vocals for the dancefloor! Loleatta got her start as more of a traditional deep soul diva – but here, she really takes off with a sweet Philly groove – thanks to ... read more CD

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✨✧ Loleatta HollowayLoleatta Holloway (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gold Mind/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really classic set of dancefloor tracks from Loleatta Holloway – and a set that's got her fully stepping into the disco diva role, after starting out as more of a deep soul singer! Holloway's rich, full voice is perfect for the setting – a proud, confident lead that really soars out ... read more CD

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✨✧ Loleatta HollowayQueen Of The Night (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gold Mind/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Loleatta Holloway's emerging here as the queen of the disco – trading the southern soul of her early years for a more full-on club groove! Given the strength of her vocals, the approach works great – and if anything, the setting really helps Loleatta find an even better space than ... read more CD

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✨✧ IntrudersSave The Children (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gamble/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A classic album from this incredible Philly soul group! The Intruders were one of the first groups to work with the Gamble/Huff team – and their sides for the team from the 60s have an amazingly professional approach to harmony soul, never afraid to hit a good hook or go for a strong image ... read more CD
Also available Save The Children ... LP 6.99

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersGive Peace A Chance ... CD
Liberty/Big Break (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Jazz Crusaders at the start of the 70s – taking on a bit of The Beatles and some great grooves of their own – and picking up a fair bit of funk in the process! The album still has the group working in the best modes of their late 60s Liberty years – more jazz than fusion, ... read more CD

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Thelma JonesThelma Jones (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
The first album from Thelma Jones – and a real standout set from mid 70s Columbia! The record is a sweet blend of southern and modern soul, with some fantastic arrangements by Bert DeCoteaux, who also produced the set in a wonderful way that lets Jones retain the deeper qualities of her ... read more CD

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✨✧ KC & The Sunshine BandDo It Good (with bonus tracks) ... CD
TK/Big Break (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
KC & The Sunshine band definitely live up to the title here – doing it good, and doing it funky with a great early Miami funk groove! The sound has a lot more sharp edges than their later hits – but is still already plenty darn infectious – a wicked bouncy groove that never ... read more CD

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✨✧ Chaka KhanChaka ... CD
Warner/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The classic late 70s solo debut by Chaka Khan – one that made Chaka a major star, and deservedly so! This beautiful album showed that she could stand very well on her own two feet without the help of Rufus, thank you. Of course, she's got some fantastic help from Arif Mardin, who works as ... read more CD

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LatimoreMore More More Latimore – Let's Straighten It Out (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Glades/Big Break (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $7.99
Pure genius from the legendary Latimore – and a record that's a perfect illustration of the way the man could effortlessly mix blues roots, southern soul, and a whole new Miami groove for the 70s! The record is easily one of Latimore's best – and has these vocals that grab us right ... read more CD

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Linda LewisLark (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Reprise/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy ... On May 4, 2018 (delayed)
One of the best-ever albums by this lovely soulful singer! Linda Lewis had an amazing style that was somewhere in between Minnie Riperton, Joni Mitchell, and Ellen McIlwaine – meaning that she mixes soul, folk, and a bit of jazz into her own unique vibe. This album's a gem, and is filled ... read more CD

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✨✧ Love CommitteeLaw & Order (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gold Mind/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The classic club groover by Love Committee, and one of the most sought-after on Gold Mind/Salsoul – a soulful set of club classics that almost beats most of the other work by its contemporaries! The session's grounded in some very solid help from the Sigma Sound team – production and ... read more CD
Also available Law & Order ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ Love CommitteeLaw & Order (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Gold Mind/Big Break (UK), 1978. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The classic club groover by Love Committee, and one of the most sought-after on Gold Mind/Salsoul – a soulful set of club classics that almost beats most of the other work by its contemporaries! The session's grounded in some very solid help from the Sigma Sound team – production and ... read more CD
Also available Law & Order ... LP 16.99

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✨✧ George McCraeGeorge McCrae (1975) (with bonus track) ... CD
TK/Big Break (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A warm soul classic from the great George McCrae – his first album after cracking big with Rock Your Baby – and a surprisingly deep effort that goes past the obvious cash-in TK mode of the time! KC & The Sunshine Band back up George on most of the record, and the album's got that ... read more CD

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George McCraeRock Your Baby (with bonus tracks) ... CD
TK/Big Break (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $11.99
The record that forever put George McCrae on the map – and a crossover bit of Miami soul from the 70s with all the key elements of the TK sound firmly in place! George's vocals are nicely flanged out in that cool production mode that TK was using with its big acts of the time (an approach ... read more CD

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✨✧ Gwen McCraeMelody Of Life (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Cat/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An underground gem from Gwen McCrae – and the record that first set the tone for her dancefloor classics for Atlantic in the 80s! The album has Gwen shaking off some of the southern soul of her roots – stretching the genre out to hit notes that are much more in tune with modern soul of ... read more CD

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✨✧ MFSBMFSB (with bonus track) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A seminal album by this legendary Philly instrumental group – essentially the house band at Sigma Studios, and an incredible ensemble filled with top-shelf musicians! The sound here is virtually the blueprint for Philly soul of the 70s – a blend of wickedly tight rhythms and fuller ... read more CD

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✨✧ Jackie MooreI'm On My Way (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A real standout album from Jackie Moore – and a noteworthy comeback after some mellower southern soul recordings in the mid 70s! Jackie's recording here in a style that worked extremely well for Columbia at the time – who had also done successful "southern/modern soul" ... read more CD

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Billy OceanInner Feelings (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Big Break (UK), 1982. New Copy ... $5.99 13.99
Great early work from Billy Ocean – a smooth album of understated groovers, all done in a style that's nicely retrained, and which places a good focus on Billy's great vocals! Most of the record skips along in a warm mellow groove – never too over the top, and in a way that makes us ... read more CD

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✨✧ O'JaysO'Jays In Philadelphia ... CD
Neptune/Big Break (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic early O'Jays! The album's the first to feature the group meeting up with the Gamble/Huff team – a significant shift from their earlier work on Imperial, with a style that still retains all the vocal hardness of those days, but which makes a shift into a sweeter soaring soul groove! ... read more CD

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✨✧ Ray Parker JrFor Those Who Like To Groove – The Essential Ray Parker Jr & Raydio ... CD
Arista/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
For those who like to groove, Ray Parker Jr is often the obvious choice – as the man's got a cool, classy style that helped redefine the role of the male singer in soul for a whole new generation – but also almost always finds a way to make things move! Parker began recording during ... read more CD

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✨✧ Billy PaulEbony Woman ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1970. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An amazing early album from Billy Paul – the start of a rich career of sophisticated soul, and a record that really put Paul on the map right away – making him one of the most soulful interpreters of song in the 70s! There's a mix of modes going on here that's a bit similar to the ... read more CD
Also available Ebony Woman (original Neptune pressing) ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ Billy PaulFeelin' Good At The Cadillac Club ... CD
Gamble/Big Break (UK), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An excellent early album from Billy Paul – done in a mode that's quite different than his bigger hits of the 70s! The record's almost more of a jazz outing, but with a definite soulful twist – done in this righteous mode that's not unlike some of the best Nina Simone material from the ... read more CD

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✨✧ Teddy PendergrassTeddy (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Proof that Teddy Pendergrass was a fantastic solo act – and some of the most godlike work that he ever recorded! The record shows Teddy moving into territory all his own – with wonderfully smooth quiet storm arrangements offsetting the deeply soulful vocals he forged with Harold Melvin ... read more CD

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✨✧ People's ChoiceAny Way You Wanna – The People's Choice Anthology 1971 to 1981 ... CD
Big Break (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Funky Philly soul at its finest! This is the first-ever People's Choice compilation we've seen – all the more impressive for pulling together essential recordings made for the Philadelphia International, Casablanca, TSOP, West End and Phil-LA Of Soul labels – recordings that cover an ... read more CD

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People's ChoiceTurn Me Loose (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
One of the crowning achievements of People's Choice – a very hip group on the Philly scene, but one who spent most of their early years just releasing excellent (but under-circulated) 7" singles! By the time they arrived at the Philadelphia International label, the group was razor-sharp ... read more CD

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✨✧ Prime TimeFlying High (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Total Experience/Big Break (UK), 1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet keyboards and loads of wonderful 80s grooves – a great little set that perfectly balances jazzy riffing, funky rhythms, and warm soulful vocals! The cover's a bit slick, but there's a lot more depth here than some of Prime Time's contemporaries – an ear both for the mainstream ... read more CD

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✨✧ Salsoul OrchestraStreet Sense (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brillant work from the Salsoul Orchestra – some of their most sophisticated work ever, and right in line with a soulful orchestral style that runs back through the work of Barry White into the early experiments of the Soulful Strings! The album marks a shift for the group – now led by ... read more CD

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✨✧ SilvettiSpring Rain (plus bonus track) ... CD
Salsoul/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
This is the kind of Italian disco we can get our ears around! Bebu Silvetti is on keyboards, and at the helm of the orchestra – working here like an Italian Barry White, on a groove that's very similar to the best work of the Love Unlimited Orchestra. The tracks have a harder focus on the ... read more CD

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Edwin StarrClean (with bonus tracks) ... CD
20th Century/Big Break (UK), 1978. Used ... $24.99
A solid entry from Edwin Starr's late 70s comeback into the clubs – a set that's miles from his harder soul for Motown, but which still has some pretty great vocals overall! Edwin's working here with Lamont Dozier, who helps bring his Detroit groove into smoother California territory – ... read more CD
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✨✧ T-ConnectionMagic (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Dash/Big Break (UK), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Plenty of Magic here from T-Connection – a clubby set of tracks, yet one that's still put together more like a funk combo record from the mid 70s! The instrumentation is mindblowing – impeccable guitar and basslines, set to snapping rhythms that really capture the best Miami funk mode ... read more CD

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✨✧ Wah Wah WatsonElementary (with bonus tracks ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A funky fusion classic from guitarist Wah Wah Watson – his only album as a leader, despite countless appearances as a sideman on 70s soul, jazz, and pop sessions! The album's got a really wonderful sort of west coast groove – one that takes bits of spacey fusion, bassy funk, and ... read more CD

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✨✧ Deniece WilliamsBlack Butterfly – The Essential Niecy ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A treasure trove of work from Deniece Williams – one of the coolest, classiest soul singers to hit the mainstream at the end of the 70s! Williams has roots that go deep in the Chicago scene – including young work under the name of Deniece Chandler – but this set picks off from ... read more CD

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Precious WilsonOn The Race Track (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Hansa/Big Break (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $11.99
Solo work from Precious Wilson – the singer who'd spent most of the late 70s fronting the group Eruption – but is out here in the lead, with support from the group Sky Train! The style's somewhat similar to Wilson's work with Eruption – especially with the focus on her very ... read more CD
 
 



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