King Sunny Ade —
Aura ... LP Island, 1984. Good+ ...
The third and tightest of Ade's albums for Island. The sound here is a hybrid of his Ju Ju style with a bit of Afrobeat thrown in, with Tony Allen guesting on one number. The percolating multi-guitar and talking drum sound that was Ade's signature keeps the set gliding along nicely. 6 longer ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Nigerian pressing on Sunny Alade.)
Amazing Blondel —
Blondel ... LP Island, 1973. Used Gatefold ...
Out Of Stock
It's hard to imagine a more exciting single from the early 80s – as both sides of this one completely changed our way of listening to music, and set the tone for a generation of sounds to come. "Moments In Love" is that breathy slow stepper, presented here in long and short ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp & a tracklist sticker.)
Kevin Ayers, Brian Eno, John Cale, Nico & others —
June 1, 1974 ... LP Island, 1974. Very Good+ ...
A British art rock jam session, more or less, pulled together by Soft Machine bassist Kevin Ayers, who recruited Eno, John Cale and Nico, former bandmate Robert Wyatt, the enigmatic Rabbit (John Bundrick) on keyboards – more well known for his work with the Who – plus Mike Oldfield on ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
UK West Indian ex-pats in vaguely sci-fi looking outfits team up with Martin Hannett for a blistering set of post punk guitar slashing that sadly seems to have become mostly a side bar in the history of the 80s UK scene. None of the dubby effects of their singles and little of the reggae influence ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing, including the poster and printed inner sleeve, in the embossed cover!)
One of our top 10 dub albums of all time! This album bridges the gap between the the low-fi, down and dirty excursions of the 70's dub era, and the later high tech dub revolution brought on by On-U, Mad Professor and Jah Shaka. The rhythms here are all first rate, drawn mostly from their Chill Out ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Black Uhuru —
Red ... CD Mango/Island, 1981. Used ...
One of our favorite Black Uhuru albums, when they'd fully matured as a group under the production of Sly & Robbie, with a tight modern reggae sound that few other groups could match from that era. Heavy, heavy grooves saddled with the trios potent lyrics and harmony vocals, including the ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A landmark in Jamaican soul and one of the albums that helped break reggae onto the world stage. A nice, nice selection of early '70's reggae, mostly performed by Jimmy Cliff, but with a few equally wonderful numbers by the Maytals & Desmond Dekker, too. Includes classics like the Maytals' ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Former X clan member Brother J and crew. 22 cuts, if you count the numerous interludes, including "Dark Sun Riders", "Time To Build", "Bro J Theme", "Rhythmous Flex" and "The Revival". (Hip Hop) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)
Betty Davis —
Nasty Gal ... CD Island/Light In The Attic, 1975. New Copy ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
The biggest-label release ever cut by 70s funk legend Betty Davis – but a set that's every bit as hard and heavy as the indie dates that preceded it! Davis is at the top of her form here – bad-stepping amidst the heavy drums and freaked-out guitars that easily made her one of the ... (Soul) read moreCD
The biggest-label release ever cut by 70s funk legend Betty Davis – but a set that's every bit as hard and heavy as the indie dates that preceded it! Davis is at the top of her form here – bad-stepping amidst the heavy drums and freaked-out guitars that easily made her one of the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful treasure from the legendary Nick Drake – the last album he ever recorded – and a set that may well be his most personal as well! The sound here is even more stripped-down than before – often just vocals and acoustic guitar, but used together in ways that are really ... (Rock) read moreCD
Dru Hill —
Dru Hill ... LP Island, 1996. Used 2LP ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Paid In Full, indeed. Eric B & Rakim's seminal album still pays off in so many ways, and it was such a vital link between the party rockin' style of the old school and the terse, hard-hitting beats and rhymes of what was then the new school, we can't even come up with the words for the praise ... (Hip Hop) read moreCD
The genius of Fairport Convention knows no bounds – as the group were an ever-vibrant, ever-creative ensemble – often changing membership as much as they experimented with new styles – in a fantastic range that's very well captured on this 3CD set! Fairport are way more than the ... (Folk/Country) read moreCD
Arguably one of the greatest concept albums of the 80s – and the only really strong full length album cut by Frankie Goes To Hollywood! At the time of the set, the group was riding high on the success and controversy of their singles "Relax" and "Two Tribes" – but ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A stunner from Gwen – one of her catchiest club tunes from the early years! "It Should Have Been You" bounces along on a tight bassline, with riffing guitar, and sweet washes of keys that really set the scene for the strong lead vocal. And if that's not enough, Larry Levan mixed ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A mini-LP, but one that packs more punch than most full length sets – thanks to a top-shelf lineup all the way through! The set's a project put together by Sly & Robbie, and recorded at Compass Point Studios – all with a groove that's kind of a dubbier take on the sound of New York ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some stains and peeled spots.)
Peter Himmelman —
Gematria ... LP Island, 1987. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
An irresistible classic from Miles Jaye – possibly his best-known album, bouncing along with plenty of beats at the end of the 80s! The rhythms are plenty programmed, but Miles' vocals provide a great warm sense of contrast – soaring out with fluid, mature tones that are mighty nice, ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, index labels, and a promo stamp.)
Produced and mixed by Tom Moulton. (Soul) 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some wear and aging. Label has some marker.)
Grace Jones —
Fame ... LP Island, 1978. Used Gatefold ...
Out Of Stock
A classic disco stormer from Grace Jones – recorded at Sigma Sound with a real Philly groove, thanks to arrangements from John Monster Davis – and produced with a full, soaring sound from the legendary Tom Moulton! The set may well be Grace's true club classic from the late 70s – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nicely selected collection of tracks from Grace Jones' years at Island Records – when she was a genre-bending club queen who turned out some pretty fantastic cuts. A few numbers on here don't hold up that well these days, but we're surprised at how fresh some of this material sounds – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of our favorite albums ever from Grace Jones – a record that has her shedding some of the disco excesses of earlier years, and moving into a great blend of sounds that really showcases the energy of the New York scene from which she sprang! The album was recorded in Nassau, with help ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of Grace's best club tracks from the early 80s – a bubbling dubby track that was one of the fruits of her work with the team of Sly & Robbie! The track's backed by "JA Guys", which is a dubbed up version of "My Jamaican Guy" – sounding even nicer than the ... (Soul) read more12-inch, Vinyl record
A landmark little record from Grace Jones – a set that started off as one of those "hey, let's see if this model can sing" sort of records – but which has gone onto become an enduring classic! Most of the tunes are older ones, but they're remade with a soaring Sigma Sound ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pretty nice later work from Grace! Although we prefer the percolating disco meets reggae records Grace Jones cut with Sly & Robbie to this later effort – but there's no denying that on a couple of numbers she really clicks with producer Trevor Horn's slick sheen. With "Ladies & ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Grace's star was waning a bit by this point, but "Slave To The Rhythm" was one of her last big singles, not as compelling as earlier work with a more experimental approach, but recalling the wide washes of soul of some of her disco hits. (Soul) 12-inch, Vinyl record
An excellent early album by funky guitarist Ronny Jordan! Back when everyone seemed to have lost their groove, Ronny emerged with a strong single-note style that reminded us a heck of a lot of Grant Green or Melvin Sparks. This record features some great backings behind Ronnie's guitar, arranged ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Mindblowing music from the legendary Basil Kirchin – a British composer who started out doing more conventional soundtrack material in the decade before – but who here is making music from a range of sonic sources that include both regular instruments and extrapolated sounds from nature! ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant piece of work – a lost soul jazz treasure in the wasteland of mid 80s major label jazz! Bill Lee composed the score for his son Spike's first big film – and it's the culmination of all the underground work that Lee did during the 60s and 70s, almost an extension of the ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, light wear, and some residue on the top right corner.)
Maybe the best place to start if you're looking to dive into the short but incredible legacy of music left behind by Bob Marley – as the album marked a real global turning point for the singer, and includes a number of tracks that are still his standout classics after all these years! The ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Maybe the best place to start if you're looking to dive into the short but incredible legacy of music left behind by Bob Marley – as the album marked a real global turning point for the singer, and includes a number of tracks that are still his standout classics after all these years! The ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the best-selling albums ever from Bob Marley – a classic collection of work from his all-too-short career – and one that's gone onto become as famous as Marley's individual records themselves! The collection really allows all the classics to resonate strongly, in a track order ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Very cool limited version – on red, yellow, and green vinyl!)
A classic double live album from Bob Marley & The Wailers – presented and packaged at a level that's really a cut above the usual set of that nature from the time! The group's in excellent form in a concert setting – and there's more than enough magic here to warrant the extended ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Great package – heavy vinyl, and a design that replicates the die-cut style of the original record and inner sleeves!)
A great global showcase for the growing power of Bob Marley – an excellent live set recorded in London in 1975, and a date that shows Bob and The Wailers working with the crowd in this really universal spirit! The group's almost got a funkier current here than on some of their studio record ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Kaya ... LP Island, 1977. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweet grooves from the great Bob Marley – a set cut at a time when Marley was really riding his international fame – and able to create the kind of music that reached out way more than conventional reggae! The Kingston roots of the sound are still very firmly in place – but there' ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Tuff Gong pressing, with deep groove and Sterling stamp.)
A great collection of work from Bob Marley – put together as the soundtrack to the film of the same name, but a set that works equally well as a rich introduction to his music! There's a handful of classics here, but also some nice lesser-remembered tunes too – and the package includes ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A righteous classic from the legendary Bob Marley – and a set that really pushed the roots reggae sound strongly into the mainstream – almost making the mode the defining global understanding of Jamaican music, thanks to the power and presence of the album! All the Marley Tuff Gong ... (Reggae) read moreCD
Bob Marley & The Wailers —
Talkin' Blues ... CD Tuff Gong/Island, 1973/1975/1991. Used ...
Out Of Stock
One of many, many posthumous compilations, but one with some nice rare bits. Comprised mostly of live recordings fromteh Wailers prime early 70s years, plus a few nice studio outtakes, and interspersed with snippets from a radio interview with Marley. Inlcudes "Talkin' Blues", "Burn ... (Reggae) read moreCD
An album that may well be John Martyn's crowning moment of genius – a time when he soared forward from his spare sound of a few short years ago – and found a way to bring in all these jazzy currents to his music, but all without ever going for a style that was ever over-arranged or ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pure genius from John Martyn – an artist who started out in folk music, and then opened up to jazzier and more electric styles in the 70s – but always with a quality that set him apart from most of his contemporaries! This beautiful package features Martyn at the core – early ... (Rock) read moreCD
John Martyn's one of those artists we seem to appreciate more and more as the years go by – a British folksinger at the start of his career, but one who was already starting to stretch his wings into so many different styles – really interesting modes that definitely took off once the ... (Rock) read moreCD
John Martyn —
Tumbler ... CD Island/Universal (UK), 1968. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A record that's hard to do justice in words – as it's so unusual, so individual, it still stands as one of the best moments of John Martyn's career! Sure, the guy came from folk music, and works here on acoustic guitar alongside his vocals – and sure, he was part of a groundbreaking, ... (Rock) read moreCD
A record that's hard to do justice in words – as it's so unusual, so individual, it still stands as one of the best moments of John Martyn's career! Sure, the guy came from folk music, and works here on acoustic guitar alongside his vocals – and sure, he was part of a groundbreaking, ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Malcolm McLaren —
Fans ... LP Island, 1984. Near Mint- ...
After his Duck Rock/Buffalo Scratch days, this was Malcolm McLaren's next project – an attempt to update opera into a post-disco, hip-hop inflected dancefloor sound. The groove takes electronic beats and layers vocals and washes of sound over the top – presenting famous vocal passages ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Malcolm McLaren —
Paris ... CD Island, 1994. Used 2 CDs ...
Harold McNair —
Affectionate Fink ... CD Island/Monkey Dog (Germany), 1965. New Copy ...
About December 20, 2017 (delayed)
An incredible record from reedman Harold McNair – one of the key Jamaican jazz players who hit the London scene in the same post-colonial wave as Joe Harriott and Shake Keane – and maybe our favorite of the bunch! Harold's a hell of a talent on both tenor and flute – and although ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Island compilation of some of the Meter's best sides for the Josie label, including such rare funk goodies as "Tippi Toes", "Live Wire", "Chicken Strut", "Ride Your Pony", "Cissy Strut", "Funky Miracle", "Sophisticated Cissy", ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(In the textured cover.)
Mona Lisa —
11 20 79 ... LP Island, 1995. Used ...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Willie Nelson's best albums of the later years – a sparer effort, with a 4 piece band and a ton of Willie's raw, classical and Spanish influnced guitar playing that he does some charmingly on stage over the years, but doesn't often come through in the studio. Includes "Matador" ... (Folk/Country) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First time on vinyl! Limited edition of 2500 copies – on sepia colored vinyl!)
A strong little album from Mica – bursting out with some London soul pride, and hitting a chunky soul vibe that's very much in the Soul II Soul tradition that some of the best British groups were using at the time. Titles include "Take Me Away", "Contribution", "South ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing, including the printed inner sleeve.)
The first officially-released version of material that was intended to become the fourth album from Patto – an excellent UK group who never fully got their due! Patto have a great sound that's kind of like higher progressive rock ideas taken down into bluesier territory – with an ... (Rock) read moreCD
The only LP from this First Priority family member who released a couple of nice tracks as singles on the label, especially his duets with MC Lyte. This major label album somehow managed to get lost, though it's one of our favorites from the early 90s, with stripped down funky beats and a tight ... (Hip Hop) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Pre Jo Jo Dancer, pre-sobriety Richard Pryor, delivering the goods with skits like "Rumplestiltskin", "Country & Western Show", "Japanese Movies", "Swagger Stick", "Worms", "Churches" and "Heart & Brain". (Comedy/Spoken) CD
One of the greatest moments ever from the mighty John Lydon – a record that maybe blows away all other albums by Public Image – and which also stands strongly next to the work of the Sex Pistols, but in a very different way! Lydon is quite far from punk rock roots here – and ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very cool work from Quintessence – an overlooked British group at the end of the 60s, and one who've got a sound that's every bit as spiritual as you'd guess from the cover! These guys are so influenced by Eastern thought, their lead singer is named Shiva – and most of the group ... (Rock) read moreCD
Two great later albums from guitarist Ernest Ranglin – back to back in a single package! Below The Bassline is an excellent "comeback" LP for Ernest Ranglin, though astute observers realize he never really went away in the first place! Ranglin was always able to move back and ... (Jazz) read moreCD