Late Bar-Kays – when the group were getting the "rock" out of their grooves, hitting the bass a lot heavier than before, and opening up in that slicker funkier style of the late 70s. Given that the group had a big hand in defining the sound and style of mainstream funk in the years ... read moreCD
A Native Tongues classic from 1991 – one that sounded great way back when, and has held up beautifully over the years – and rightly considered amongst the greatest hip hop albums ever! Wolf In Sheep's Clothing is playful rap at it's best, with funky and and funny cuts galore – ... read moreCD
A key link in the early career of Blossom Dearie – and a fab album of jazzy vocal tracks throughout! Before Blossom recorded some of her 50s sides for Verve in the US, she was living in France and working with The Blue Stars – a cool male/female jazz vocal group that went onto become ... read moreCD
Anthology ... CD Mercury, Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2 CDs ...
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Owwwww! We don't even need to call Cameo a guilty pleasure, because even though they always fell more on the commercial side of funk, we've never been embarassed by our appreciation of their slick, in-your-face style. This excellent 2 CD set covers just about their entire career, from their ... read moreCD
The solo lp, with conscious lyrics and production by Chuck D and a handful of others. Contains the tracks "No", "Generation Wrekkked", "Free Big Willie", "Talk Show Created The Fool", "Endonesia", "Horizontal Heroin", "Underdog" ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Al Cohn & Zoot Sims —
You N Me ... CD Mercury/Verve, 1960. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
One of the best albums that Al Cohn and Zoot Sims ever cut together – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of their collaborations during the 50s and 60s! The set's got a nice small group feeling, and is a bit more open and relaxed than some of their RCA material – still in the ... read moreCD
12 tracks from the glory days of Con Funk Shun – a mix of smooth soul and pop funk – handled by the group in their all-pro style, which was tighter than most at the time! Tracks include "Ffun", "Love's Train", "Chase Me", "Too Tight", "Ms ... read moreCD
17 tracks from the glory days of Con Funk Shun – a mix of smooth soul and pop funk – handled by the group in their all-pro style, which was tighter than most at the time! Tracks include "Ffun", "Love's Train", "Chase Me", "Too Tight", "Ms ... read moreCD
A stellar bit of boogie from Con Funk Shun – produced to perfection by Skip Scarborough, and done in a style that has lots of jazzy elements! The album was recorded well into the group's time on the Mercury label, but it's a real standout from the rest – thanks to an extremely well-writ ... read moreCD
OK, a few of the tracks go for the crossover market, but on these two pieces of vinyl, there's at least one solid LP of Diamond D material. Standout cuts include "5 Fingas of Death" with DITC (Fat Joe, Big L, Lord Finesse), "This One" with Busta Rhymes, "No Wondah (The ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Coke Escovedo —
Coke ... CD Mercury (Japan), 1975. Used ...
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An incredible fusion of all the greatness that was going on in the Bay Area scene of the 70s – put together by Coke Escovedo – the brother of Pete and Sheila E, former leader of Azteca, and onetime member of Santana! Yet this set sounds like none of that previous work at all – ... read moreCD
2 LPs of Benny Golson quartet sessions – 1962's Turning Point and Free – back-to-back on CD! First up is Turning Point, a beautiful album showcasing the tenor stylings of Golson in an intimate setting with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums. Golson ... read moreCD
An amazing record from the young Lee Hazlewood – recorded in the years before working with Nancy Sinatra, and done with a very hip edge that stretches way past its date of origin – to a time ten years later, when the LA scene would be in the midst of a fascination with country and roots ... read moreCD
Excellent work from this smooth Chicago vocal group! The album may well be the best the group ever recorded – and it features some stellar ballad work produced with a nice spacey tone, almost in a Rose Royce mellow mode – by Jerry Butler's Fountain Productions team and by Clarence ... read moreCD
A brilliant batch of funk – featuring every single chart hit by the JBs, the best of their hot funky singles for the People label, all recorded during the early 70s, under the supervision of James Brown! All tunes are offered here in their shorter single versions (save for "It's The JBs ... read moreCD
Perhaps THE greatest Quincy Jones album of the 60s – a hard-swinging batch of big band bossa tunes – and one of the greatest American takes on the bossa sound ever! Quincy really brings a lot of soul to the set – syncopating the bottom end of the tunes to really bring out the ... read moreCD
One of Roland Kirk's classic early recordings for Mercury, and the kind of stuff that has him mixing his wild reed playing with more traditional hardbop structures. Most of the tracks are quartet sides, with piano, bass, and drums backing Kirk up – but the real focus is on Kirk's solos, ... read moreCD
Kool & The Gang —
Gangthology ... CD Universal/Mercury (UK), 1970s-Mid 80s. Used 2CD ...
A fantastic collection of work by Kool & The Gang – one of the first to show their two sides of genius! The set's divided up into 2 CDs – one "Wild", and the other "Peaceful" (after the group's great early track, "Wild & Peaceful"!) The "wild& ... read moreCD
Way more than "top hits" from Kool & The Gang – as the classic package focuses on material from their funkiest years – that great early De-Lite period of the early and mid 70s! There's a lot more funk here than hits – and the titles show Kool & The Gang evolving ... read moreCD
A double-length collection of work from Love Unlimited – the lovely trio of ladies whose work was such a big part of the Barry White universe in the 70s! All tracks here feature the girls in the same territory as Barry from the time – with backings from the fuller Love Unlimited ... read moreCD
A pair of funky jazz sets from Bennie Maupin – '77's Slow Traffic To The Right and '78's Moonscapes – together in a single set! Slow Traffic To The Right is Maupin's first LP for Mercury, and a great bit of spiritual funky jazz that recalls a lot of the sound of his work with The ... read moreCD
Buddy Miles —
Them Changes ... CD Mercury/Universal (UK), 1970. Used ...
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A landmark album of crossover funk – fuzzed out rock, soul, and jazzy licks all coming into play together – held totally tight by drummer Buddy Miles, the undisputed king of his scene! Buddy's drums are super-heavy – holding down his Freedom Express group with a heavy jazz-rock ... read moreCD
An unusual chapter in the label-hopping career of Charles Mingus – a one-off date recorded for Mercury right after Mingus' legendary sessions for Columbia! The format here may well be Mingus' most ambitious to date – as the album features larger groups than before, exploring a range of ... read moreCD
A really nice one from Gerry – an oft-overlooked mid 60s session, one that has him working with a sextet that includes Jim Hall, Art Farmer, and Bob Brookmeyer, in addition to usual Mulligan rhythm-mates Bill Crow and Dave Bailey. There's a nice soulful bottom to the set, and stronger ... read moreCD
By this point the Players had moved into a smooth, polished territory that never betrayed their roots in a funkier sound, yet hitting a more gliding groove overall. Includes "Angel", "Merry-Go-Round", "Don't Fight My Love", "Body Vibes" and "O-H-I-O&quo ... CD
A whopping 2CD compilation of some of the best funky moments from the Ohio Players post-Westbound work for Mercury! This is the stuff that brought funk into the top 10 in the US – and the Players manage to mix together a tight well-produced sound with the same raw funk sensibility that got ... read moreCD
(Slipcase has some wear.)
Gold ... CD Mercury, 1970s. Used 2 CDs ...
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A bit late in the game for Rene & Angela, though they're still pumping out some classic 80s groove numbers, with Angela Winbush's flair for great songs. There's a few numbers here that are moving a bit too far into the commercial radio slow jam territory for our tastes, but there's a couple of ... read moreCD
Knowing Buddy's famous temper – this probably really was a battle of the drummers! Apart from being a drum-heavy set, though, the album's actually got a bunch of hip players – including Julian Prietser, Tommy Turrentine, and Stanley Turrentine from Max's group, the three of whom keep ... read moreCD
An incredible leap forward for Max Roach – mindblowing work recorded after the death of Clifford Brown – from albums that include Max Roach + 4, Jazz In 3/4 Time, Max Roach + 4 & More, Max Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker, Max Roach + 4 On The Chicago Scene, Max Roach + 4 At Newport, ... read moreCD
A surprisingly great guilty pleasure from the 80s – the first album from Swing Out Sister, recorded when all the excitement of the UK post punk scene had just about faded, and most of the groups had left their exciting early roots behind. Enter these guys, picking up the last shreds of jazzy ... read moreCD
Crucial postpunk neo-psyche from Julian Cope and The Teardrop Explodes – a pretty incredible mix of pop eccentricity, with some of catchiest songs of Cope's wild ouvre, but still wholly unique – a creative high point for early 80s rock! Tight, insistent rhythms clearly inform the 80s ... read moreCD
Follow up to Critical Beatdown with solid, funky production by Ced Gee and Moe Love, and Kool Keith just being Kool Keith – giving it some crazy charm that a lot people just weren't ready for at the time! Their first major label record, which seemed to take forever to come out, we recall a ... read moreCD
A pretty obscure Sarah Vaughn album – and a nice one! The album's got Sarah singing with arrangements by Hal Mooney, who'd done work for her before in a more standard way, and who here is opening up a bit, at times almost hitting a groovy late 60s mode. Players in the group include Bob ... read moreCD
Excellent work by Dionne Warwick's soulful sister! Dee Dee is one of the great unsung heroes of 60s soul – and although she cut a fair bit of work back in the day, much of it is yet to be properly reissued. That situation has changed for the better with this excellent set – a 26 track ... read moreCD
Very nice 3 CD box set that includes just about every one of Barry's big hits, plus some nice extra bonus – like his duet with Lista Stansfield on "All Around The World", the "Sweet Seduction Suite" with Quincy Jones, the 12" single version of "My Sweet Summer ... read moreCD
(Includes original book and box. Box has some wear and stains. Out of print, BMG Direct pressing.)
Kitty White's first album for Mercury – packaged here with a bonus album recorded a few years later for Roulette! First up is New Voice In Jazz – a sublime set recorded right at the height of Mercury's jazz years – and done in a personal, unfettered style that's really great ... read moreCD
A great early 50s MGM album from Hank Williams – overflowing with greatness on nearly every track, and featuring a good mix of hits and lesser-known gems! The cover alone is worth the price of admission – as it features a blue/black ink image of a honky-tonkin guitarist, offset by a ... read moreCD
An amazing chapter in the history of Chicago soul – a deep look at the ultra-hip Blue Rock subsidiary of Mercury Records – home to a host of amazing singles back in the 60s! Blue Rock was only around for a few years, but managed to record some really great music – soul tunes that ... read moreCD