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Altered ImagesAltered Images – The Epic Years (Happy Birthday/Pinky Blue/Bite/12" album/bonus tracks) (4CD set) ... CD
Epic/Cherry Red (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 4CD ... $28.99
Really lovely work from Altered Images – a group who, like many of their new wave contemporaries, is maybe best remembered for one song – even though they had a heck of a lot more to offer! That hit – the always-great "Happy Birthday" – is one of the first tracks ... read more CD

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Lou CourtneyI'm In Need Of Love ... CD
Epic/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy ... About July 10, 2018
A wonderful album of mellow soul tracks! The record is Lou Courtney's masterpiece – and it's a jam-packed set filled with great tracks that rank right up there with classic 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware! Leon Pendarvis handled most of the arrangements ... read more CD

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George DukeFollow The Rainbow (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the great ones from the end of the 70s for George Duke – a ridiculously fertile period for Duke, which is a great thing – because he closed out the decade on a wave of excellent releases! On Follow The Rainbow, George is grooving just a bit more smoothly than before, and it's ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Follow The Rainbow ... LP 7.99

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✨✧ George DukeReach For It ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A real breakthrough album for George Duke – one of his earliest for the Epic label, and an album that took him from the space funk underground to the top of the jazz charts! The album's got a great sound that mixes together all of Duke's influences – Latin rhythms, electric keyboard ... read more CD
Also available Reach For It ... LP 5.99

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Five StarFive Star (2CD deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Cherry Pop (UK), 1990. New Copy 2CD ... $6.99 14.99
Bouncy, beat-heavy soul from Five Star – really stepping out strongly on this self-titled set! The music's nothing new, and very familiar to fans of mainstream soul at the time – but the group really serve things up with a stronger edge than on previous releases – handling much ... read more CD

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✨✧ HeatwaveCentral Heating ... CD
Epic, 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The second album by Heatwave – and a great effort that's almost as perfectly sublime as the first! Despite their UK origin, these guys really give American late 70s soul a run for its money – hitting in a sweetly compressed sound that fuses the vocals, keyboards, and grooves together ... read more CD
Also available Central Heating ... LP 11.99

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✨✧ Nona HendryxNona Hendryx ... CD
Epic/T-Bird (UK), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Post-Labelle solo work from Nona Hendryx – and a set that very much shows that she's the one who brought all the raw funky power to the group! Unlike Patti Labelle's work from the same time, which was getting smoother and classier, Nona's work here is almost in the vein of rock music – ... read more CD
Also available Nona Hendryx ... LP 3.99

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HiroshimaEast/Providence ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1989/1992. New Copy 2CD ... $8.99
A pair of later albums from one of the most unique fusion groups of their generation! First up is East, a record that really has Hiroshima embracing both their name and their previous approach to tight jazzy fusion – a set that's very electric, but also uses plenty of koto, taiko, and ... read more CD

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✨✧ HiroshimaThird Generation/Another Place/Go ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A trio of albums from Hiroshima – collected together in one 2CD set! First up is Third Generation – a real breakout album for Hiroshima – and a set that seems to show up in just about every collection of vintage fusion albums we look at! The set's the group's third, as you might ... read more CD

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Rupert HolmesSongs That Sound Like Movies – The Complete Epic Recordings (Widescreen/Rupert Holmes/singles) (3CD set) ... CD
Epic/Cherry Red (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $19.99
The title's a great one for this collection of early work from singer/songwriter Rupert Holmes – as he's got a great way of penning a tune, and can often pack a lot of narrative in a very short space! Before you ask – yes, this is "that" Rupert Holmes – the man who gave ... read more CD

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Bobbi HumphreyFreestyle ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $9.99
Some of Bobbi Humphrey's greatest work of the post-Blue Note years – an album that's filled with soulful fusion tunes throughout, all with a great focus on her funky flute! Bobbi also sings a bit on the set, but in a way that's pretty darn great – wonderfully sweet at times, with a bit ... read more CD

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Isley BrothersBrother Brother Brother ... CD
Epic/T Neck, 1972. New Copy ... $5.99 7.99
An amazing record! This one's probably our favorite Isley Brothers album of all time – and it's a perfect blend of all the styles they were into at the time – heavy funk, sweet soul, folksy rock, and rolling uptempo grooves! The Brothers handle all styles equally well, and the album's ... read more CD
Also available Brother Brother Brother ... LP 9.99

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Jim & JesseDiesel On My Tail ... CD
Epic/Retroworld (UK), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
A great truck-themed album from bluegrass duo Jim & Jesse – one of those key records that shows the strange but fantastic merger of diesel themes and acoustic instrumentation! Most of the tunes here are tracks first made famous by other singers, but there's a great presentation that ... read more CD

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Alphonso JohnsonMoonshadows/Yesterday's Dreams/Spellbound ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1976/1977. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A great run of records from Alphonso Johnson – the best of his career, wrapped up here in one sweet set! First up is Moonshadows – one of the earliest of bassist Alphonso Johnson's funky fusion albums for Epic! Moonshadows is a nice little set of choppy grooves that recalls the best ... read more CD

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LA ExpressLA Express/Shadow Play ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of jazz funk classics from this group who got their start with reedman Tom Scott! First up is the self-titled LA Express – funky fusion with a bit of a studio feel – played by the LA Express, a combo best known for their work with Tom Scott – stepping out here strongly on ... read more CD

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LabelleNightbirds ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A 70s crossover classic, and the album the put LaBelle over the top! The mighty Allen Toussaint is at the helm for this first Epic album to feature the trio of Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash – and he really helps the group find an amazing new sound after their somewhat rougher, ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Patti LabelleIt's Alright With Me ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $13.99
A late 70s gem from Patti Labelle! Although the album's recorded right in the height of the disco years, Patti's really shining on the mellower cuts – hitting a serious soulful side that shows that her move to a solo act really let her move into more sophisticated material. There are ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Melba MooreMelba (Epic) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy ... $13.99
Melba Moore gets some great help here from the Philly soul duo of McFadden & Whitehead – whose soaring styles proves to be a perfect fit for her amazing voice! Melba had cut some great work before this set, but here things really seem to come together – her amazing range, her ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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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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✨✧ Billy Paul360 Degrees Of Billy Paul (expanded edition) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Epic, 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautifully sweet soul by Billy Paul – perhaps a bit more pop soul than some of his other albums, but no less great! Gamble & Huff were firmly in the control room on this one – and the results show on excellent cuts like the huge hit "Me & Mrs. Jones", the funky ... read more CD

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✨✧ Lou RawlsNow Is The Time/Close Company ... CD
Epic/Expansion (UK), 1982/1984. New Copy ... About July 1, 2018
A pair of post Philly International gems from Lou Rawls on Epic – Now Is The Time from '82 and Close Company from '84 – in a single set! Now Is The Time is a solid soul effort from Lou, still working wonders here in the early 80s on a record that stands the test of time surprisingly ... read more CD

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✨✧ SadeLovers Live ... CD
Epic, 2002. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A sweet little live set by Sade – done with the subdued warmth of her later work, but also featuring a few key songs from earlier years! There's a nicely understated quality to the record, in keeping with Sade's own presence – and we're quite pleased to hear how these songs hold up ... read more CD

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David SanciousTransformation (The Speed Of Love) ... CD
Epic/Esoteric (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $6.99 14.99
Cosmic fusion from David Sancious – one of his headphone-popping albums for Columbia from the 70s! The record has a really outerspace kind of approach – long tracks that build and layer sound, mostly electric instrumentation, with lots of keyboards, guitars, and percussion. He's again ... read more CD

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✨✧ Space OperaSpace Opera ... CD
Epic/Beatball (Korea), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful little record from the 70s – not nearly the cosmic set you might imagine from the title, and instead a warmly-produced album that's in the best 70s smooth mellow style! These guys would fit nicely in a collection next to Crosby Stills & Nash or America – as they've got ... read more CD

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Staple SingersFreedom Highway Complete (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic, 1965. New Copy ... $6.99 11.98
A classic mid 60s live album by The Staple Singers – recorded at Chicago's New Nazareth Church – here for the first time in complete form, on the eve of the recording's 50th anniversary! Originally released in the tumult of the Civil Rights era, it stands strongly as one of the finest ... read more CD

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Sly & The Family StoneSmall Talk/High On You/Heard Ya Missed Me Well I'm Back ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A trio of second-period Sly Stone albums – all brought together in a single CD set! On Small Talk, Sly's still doing pretty nice for himself in 1974 – with a sound that's perhaps a bit warmer than on the early records, but still nice and soulful – and peppered with a good dose of ... read more CD

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Straight LinesRun For Cover ... CD
Epic/Sony (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $9.99
A tight little record from one of the under-sung groups of the late AOR generation – a set that's filled with well-penned songs, and plenty of catchy hooks! Straight Lines are almost in territory of bigger groups like Journey or Jefferson Starship – but also have a slightly looser vibe ... read more CD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)
Also available Run For Cover ... LP 2.99

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Straight LinesStraight Lines ... CD
Epic/Sony (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $9.99
Unabashedly catchy pop from Straight Lines – a quartet who soar out of the gate here with the sort of confidence that should have had them hitting the top of the charts! The album's from that time when the classic rock generation had either faded into rehab, or started to make the kind of ... read more CD
(Part of the great AOR City series from Japan!)

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✨✧ VibratorsEpic Years 1976 to 1978 (Pure Mania/V2/In Session At The BBC/Live At The Marquee 1977/bonus tracks) (4CD set) ... CD
Epic/Anagram (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
A huge document of this early UK punk group – in a special set that includes their first two albums, BBC material, a live set, and even bonus tracks too! First up is the classic Pure Mania – the first and best album by the Vibrators, a band that maybe can't really be considered as ... read more CD

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Wild CherryWild Cherry ... CD
Sweet City/Epic (Japan), 1976. New Copy ... $13.99
Wild Cherry may have been one-hit wonders – but MAN, what a hit! At the time of release, "Play That Funky Music" was seen as a joke on the disco movement – but all these many years later, a quick dip into this self-titled album will show you that Wild Cherry were actually the ... read more CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Tammy WynetteYour Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad/Take Me To Your World ... CD
Epic/Morello (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... $11.99
A pair of early gems from Tammy Wynette – back to back on a single CD! On Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad, Tammy does her fragile, sadness soaked magic on many tunes that had already done the rounds with Ray Price, Loretta Lynn, Buck Owens and others – and makes them all her own – ... read more CD
 
 



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