What can we say? This is one of the greatest soul soundtracks ever! In a market that was dominated by the big-selling Shaft and Superfly albums, Roy slipped in this masterful blend of jazzy vibes and wah wah funk that's easily one of the best-composed records of the blacksploitation genre! The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trumpeter Choi Sun Bae really blows us away here – working in this very compressed approach to his instrument that makes for some really marvelous sounds – kind of that inside-out style of the trumpet that Don Cherry unveiled on some of his key 60s recordings as a leader – but ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pair of percussionists, working here together wonderfully – in a set that has both musicians using the drum kit and other percussion – and Han Bennink picking up a bit of piano as well! We've always loved Bennink's highly melodic approach – a style that seems to get notes out ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little live set from Maria Bethania – one recorded with the lighter, looser sound she was using in the early 80s – and which stands as a nice contrast to her more dramatic concert performances of the 70s! The music director for the show is Gilberto Gil, and there's a bit of the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)
Till Bronner —
Movie Album ... LP Universal (Germany), 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
A beautiful setting for trumpeter Till Bronner – a set that has the German musician stepping out on a host of famous film themes, with backing from a larger orchestra that creates a wonderful backdrop for his solos! The style's very different than some of Bronner's more groove-oriented sets, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A set put together as the soundtrack for the James Brown bio-pic – but one that features mostly original recordings by The Godfather himself, and a few older cuts altered a bit for the film! The groove runs from early 60s soul to early 70s funk – and there's a fair bit of live tracks, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Massive – and one of the best James Brown compilations ever, filled with rare and unreleased material! This completely essential set features tracks pulled from James' best years ever – the mighty early 70s, when he was working with the JBs, and laying down tracks that would forever ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Here's where things really started getting interesting for James Brown! The album was issued right around the same time as James' single "Out Of Sight" on Smash – and like that track, "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" was one of the first to use that "instruments on the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
James Brown —
Payback ... LP Polydor/Universal, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
A masterpiece of funky soul – and one of the greatest albums of the early 70s! It all comes together on this one – funk, soul, politics, and production – and the record is still one of the clearest examples of James Brown's genius that you'll ever find! Recorded during the same ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
James Brown —
Soul On Top ... LP Verve/Universal, 1970. Used Gatefold (reissue)...
Temporarily Out Of Stock
A different James Brown album – but a nice one! James doesn't sing soul, so much as jazz – in front of large backings by Louis Bellson, with arrangements by Oliver Nelson that are in his best 60s soul mode – and which give the album a very very groovy feel overall! The record's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe the greatest moment ever from Caravan – one of the greatest groups to emerge from the jazzy Canterbury scene in the late 60s! The album's a wonderful blend of jazz roots and more focused rock impulses – and has some subtle funky elements that's given it a wider sort of audience ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great post-Parliafunkadelicment work from George Clinton – surely the biggest hit of his albums for Capitol – especially since it features the singles "Atomic Dog" and "Loopzilla"! We'll be honest in saying that at the time this one came out, as die-hard Detroit ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A later effort from Gang Starr that's just as dope as their earlier classics! By the late 90s, a lot of their of Gang Starr's peers of similar vintage were starting to fall off creatively and commercially – hence the title – but Guru and Premier would have none of that. Guru's rhymes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kang Tae Hwan —
Solo Duo Trio ... LP Chap Chap/Universal (Japan), 1994. New Copy 2LP ...
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There's a very earthy, organic finish to the alto saxophone shown in the hands of Kang Tae Hwan on the cover – and that appearance is a great illustration of the sound on the record, too – one that builds very slowly, with almost a meditative quality – as the tones are created ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Although Belgian in origin, tenorist Bobby Jaspar was a key part of the French jazz scene of the postwar years – and his playing on records like this also made him one of the standout jazz talents in Europe in the 50s! The set features extremely rare material by Jaspar – cut for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lil Wayne —
500 Degreez ... LP Cash Money/Universal, 2002. Used 2LP ...
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15 tracks total, including "Look At Me", "Way Of Life" featuring Big Tymers and TQ, and "Gangsta S***" featuring Petey Pablo. Mannie Fresh is on the boards. LP, Vinyl record album
A standout album from Oasis – the set that forever put them on the map, thanks to the great "Wonderwall" – and a record that also incudes "She's Electric", "Some Might Say", "Morning Glory", "Champagne Supernova", "Roll With It" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(On heavy vinyl – and includes album download with bonus tracks!)
Two chaps, both of them great – legendary British improviser Evan Parker on tenor and soprano saxophone, working nicely alongside Yoshizawa Motoharu on bass! Although Parker was a player who first made waves early on the British free jazz scene, his work during this 90s stretch may well be ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Here's where it all happens – the huge culmination of all the years of heavy funk and psychedelic soul created by George Clinton and the P-Funk empire – fused into an amazingly tight groove that helped win over much bigger audiences than ever before! The album title and cover are very ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful package, with a super-sweet 3D cover – worth it even if you own an original copy!)
Michel Polnaref —
Polnarevolution ... LP Disques AZ/Universal (France), Early 70s. New Copy ...
Around May 20, 2014 (delayed)
Killer work from Michel Polnaref – one of our favorite French pop singers ever! The set appears to be live – with backings by Jean-Claude Vannier – and it runs through a range of modes that goes from 60s groovy to 70s funky, with plenty of great French touches, and always-great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Holy Soundtracks! Of all the knock-off Batman albums from the 60s, this one's the only legit soundtrack to the Batman TV show – and it's way way better than any other piece of vinyl with the Batman logo at the time! The album is every bit as great as you might think – as it's got the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Landmark work from The Rolling Stones – and a set that may well stand alongside Exile On Main Street for capturing the group at their height! The record's got the Stones very much in their own space – years from just putting a UK spin on American blues – and instead, finding a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tough title to live up to – but Raphael makes it happen! The album's as wonderful as you might think – all the deeply soulful styles Saadiq worked out with Tony Toni Tone, taken back through a historical range of soul music – firmly planted in a legacy that begins with Stevie ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful solo material from Japanese reedman Mototeru Takagi – tracks that were originally recorded as part of a live concert with saxophonist Asami Mitsuhito, but which feature Takagi himself all the way through! Mototeru plays tenor throughout – in a style that's openly improvised, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Talib Kweli & Hi Tek (Reflection Eternal) —
Reflection Eternal ... LP Rawkus/Universal, 2000. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
Brilliant early work from Talib Kweli – who pretty much cemented his repuation as one the greatest MCs of his generation around this time – and it's tight as ever! We thought Black Star never outta separate way back then, but onn this burning set of dope joints, we all found out Talib ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A gem of a record – one of a few Brazilian sides cut in Paris during the 60s by Laura Villa – an Italian singer by birth, but one who does a wonderful job here with bossa nova! The set's got all the complex charm of a Brazilian classic on Elenco or Forma – with arrangements that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible album from Amy Winehouse – even way better than her fantastic debut! Although a contemporary soul album, this one's steeped in tradition – soul styles that run the gamut from Detroit down to Kingston, and which are carried off here with a rougher, sharper-edged sound than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Amy Winehouse —
Frank ... LP Universal, 2003. New Copy (reissue)...
On July 31, 2015
A stunning debut from UK soul singer Amy Winehouse – a vocalist with a sound that's instantly captivating, and which will be with us for years! Amy's clearly cut her chops in jazz, but also has a laidback and soulful personality – easily shifting between modes for the right mood of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A (sadly) posthumous release from Amy Winehouse – a voice we loved for a couple good years before knowing how troubled she was in real life and now lament the loss of – and this set, largely put together by producer Salaam Remi turned out surprisingly well! It'd be pretty easy to bow ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first volume in the Motown Remixed project – and a vinyl EP that features 4 strong hip hop tracks! The sound here is a lot more soul-based than you'd expect – and really mostly just takes the older tunes and pumps them up with some more contemporary beats and bass, while still ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The clubbier side of the Motown Remix project – featuring 3 longer grooves that take off with a solid sense of dancefloor soul! We might actually say that this one's the best of the whole bunch – as the remixers are some of our favorites, and really manage to stretch out the original ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
"Motown" and "chill" aren't two words we'd necessarily use in the same sentence (or the same decade for that matter!) – but the remixes on this set manage to bring the two together nicely, and take an older Motown groove into the realm of downtempo and electronics! The EP ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album