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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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✨✧ Chocolate Jam CoSpread Of The Future ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A funky fusion classic from the 70s – totally great work from Chocolate Jam Company, a hip little group headed up by percussionist Leon Ndugu Chancler! The core sound is soul, but there's plenty of fusion touches as well – thanks to a great lineup of players that includes Oscar ... 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 5.99

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George DukeReach For It ... CD
Epic (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... $13.99
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

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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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✨✧ Henri GuedonCosmozouk Percussion (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Epic/Production Dessinee (Japan), Late 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The coolest grooves we've ever heard from percussionist Henri Guedon – a really wonderful blend of Latin, Caribbean, and jazz-based influences – all filtered into a very special sound! There's plenty of percussion at the core, but there's also some sweet keyboards too – used ... 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
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Central Heating ... LP 9.99
Central Heating ... CD 3.99

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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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✨✧ Terumasa HinoNew York Times ... CD
Sony/Epic (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Trumpeter Terumasa Hino always had a great way of reaching out to work with American players – even during the farther-out earlier years of his career – and here, he works with a tight fusion combo in New York, as you might guess from the title of the album! The groove is sharp, but ... read more CD

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HiroshimaEast/Providence ... CD
Epic/BGO (UK), 1989/1992. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99
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 ... $14.99
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 ... $13.99
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 11.99

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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 2 CDs ... $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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✨✧ Teena MarieOoh La La – The Epic Anthology ... CD
Epic/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A set that shines a much-needed light on the second great chapter of Teena Marie's career – the time when she departed Motown for Epic Records – leaving behind mentor Rick James, and taking a lot more control of her music overall! At the end of the 70s, Teena forged a version of female ... read more CD
 
 



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