Genius work from The Beau Brummels – two albums that no fan of underground 60s rock should be without! First up is Triangle – a tremendous album from The Beau Brummels – one of the lesser-remembered groups from the late 60s Warner hipster heyday! At some level, the group's a ... (Rock) read moreCD
The Bee Gees original "I Started A Joke" is a 60s pop masterpiece – the kind of little symphony that the group did so well at the start! Faith No More definitely take a few liberties with the tune on their version from 1995 – but in a way that makes for a nicely playful ... (Rock) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
A stormer from Archie Bell & The Drells – one of our favorite soul albums ever, and a masterpiece of mid-tempo soul! Archie Bell & The Drells sound amazing here – light years from the rougher funk of their earlier years, yet still with a groove that's undeniable – an ... (Soul) read moreCD
An incredible bit of southern funk – the first landmark LP by Archie Bell & The Drells, and the first big burst of energy from the Texas scene of the 60s! The album's incredible – with Archie up front on rough-hewn vocals, the band grooving in a mad tangle of guitar, bass, and ... (Soul) read moreCD
Louie Bellson recorded in London – heading up a big band that features Frank Strazzeri on piano, Geurge Duvivier on bass, and a heck of a lot of horn players in the mix! The group's got a bold, upbeat sort of feel – similar to some of the later Buddy Rich groups of the 70s – and ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The complete final recordings of the late great Jesse Belvin – a singer who could have been as huge as Nat King Cole or Sam Cooke, had he not died young in a tragic auto accident! In fact, Jesse's work can be seen as a key bridge between the smooth R&B of Nat's early years, and the early ... (Soul) read moreCD
Some of Jesse's smooth RCA vocal tracks, recorded in Hollywood with orchestrations by Shorty Rogers, Dennis Farnon, and Ray Martin. Nice mix of standards and pop stuff, like "Witchcraft", "Guess Who", "Alright, Okay, You Win", and "Funny". Sure, it's not ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The last album ever recorded by LA vocalist Jesse Belvin – a stupendous session that showed where he might have headed, if not for the tragic auto accident that took his voice from us far too soon! The album has Jesse moving from the smooth R&B of earlier albums into a more sophisticated ... (Vocalists) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Benny Sings —
Studio ... CD Jakarta (Germany), 2015. New Copy ...
Maybe the best album so far from Benny Sings – a lean, clean effort that's got a sound that's even more compact than before – but which suits Benny's vocals wonderfully! There's maybe a bit more electricity on the record this time around – and the style's got touches of 80s ... (Neo Soul) read moreCD
Backings by Luther Henderson – and titles include "I'm Thru With Love", "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan", "You'll Never Know", "The Party's Over", and "But Not For Me". (Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)
It's a long long way from Destiny's Child – as Beyonce comes on here with a righteous power she's never had before – much more message-oriented, and with larger agenda than the catchy pop of her youth! The album got quite a buzz before release, and definitely lives up to that promise ... (Soul) read moreCD
(Deluxe CD includes a DVD with the Lemonade film!)
The early 90s reunion of the legendary, short-lived Big Star – with original Big Star heroes Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens joined by proud stylistic scions Ken Stringfellow and Jon Auer of The Posies! Honestly, this is a reunion done right – with the principal figures getting a way too ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
More of a journey than just a straight record – as this incredible 3CD set brings together all the recordings that went into Big Star's amazing Third (or 3rd if you please) – one of the best one-time lost rock albums of the 70s! How this could have ever been thought of as anything less ... (Rock) read moreCD
Maybe the best album to date from Italian singer Mario Biondi – and easily his most soulful set to date! The album's got Mario moving past some of the retro jazz modes of his earliest records, to emerge as this universal soul star with a hell of a sound – a voice that easily moves past ... (New Grooves) read moreCD
Nat Birchall —
Creation ... CD Sound Soul & Spirit (UK), 2016. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Reedman Nat Birchall has been delighting our ears for almost a decade now – and during all that time, we've just grown more and more in love with his music – and continue to feel that he's one of the crowning jazz talents of our generation! Birchall belongs in the same spiritual ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The second album from the brilliant tenorist Nat Birchall – one of our favorite players of the past decade or so! This album's even more spiritual, more far-reaching than the first – an amazing batch of tracks that would be right at home during the glory days of the post-Coltrane ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(First-ever appearance on vinyl!)
Ali Birra —
Ammalele ... LP Mississippi/Little Axe/Domino Sound, 1976. New Copy ...
One of the rarer Ethiopian recordings we've heard from the 70s – and one of the most compelling, too! The sounds here are just as haunting as more familiar Ethiopian music, but also have a nicely unbridled feel too – almost a bit rough at times, especially in the way the rhythms unfurl ... (Global Grooves) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of a rare few electric albums from the great Walter Bishop Jr – a pianist who started during the bop years, but really grew into new modes in the 70s! The set's an album on Muse, but one with the same hip grooves as Walter Bishop's pair of excellent albums for the Black Jazz label – ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Franco Bixio —
A Pugni Nudi ... CD Cinevox/Chris' Soundtrack Corner (Germany), 1974. New Copy ...
A funky soundtrack for this film about fist fighting – scored by the great Franco Bixio with the same sense of punch and power he brought to his crime and cop scores! The music's got this great blend of strings and pulsating passages – a sense of drama that's never overdone, and which ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
A funky soundtrack for this film about fist fighting – scored by the great Franco Bixio with the same sense of punch and power he brought to his crime and cop scores! The music's got this great blend of strings and pulsating passages – a sense of drama that's never overdone, and which ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic funk from the Italian scene – penned for a cop movie that was also known over here as The Hired Gun! The style here is even more of a cut above than usual for Italian crime – really on a par with the best American work of the period, particularly some of the extra-hip stuff ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Fantastic ballad soul from one of the greatest groups from the east coast 70s scene! Black Ivory may not have scored as big as some of their contemporaries on the charts – but to fans of harmony soul, they'll always be kings, and this record is the sort that forever gave them keys to the ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Huge, dark, and heavy – an album of mythical proportions, and that's a lot to say for a mainstream album – especially one that crossed over as big as this one! It would be hard to imagine the modern rock landscape without this album or group, who provided the template for so much music ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sallie Blair never cut many records back in the day – but she's a hell of a great singer, and one with a really memorable approach! As you might guess from the image on the cover, Sallie's got a fair bit of personality – a way of putting over a tune that's really compelling, and a lot ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A lost southern soul gem – cut at the end of the 70s, in that rare blend of southern and modern styles that few performers could really carry off well! Frederick Knight produced the album, and it really steps off of his own mellow work of earlier years – taking things even further, ... (Soul) read moreCD
The pretty rare, much sought soundtrack to Cannibal Apocalypse, aka Apocalypse Domani – a dawn of the 80s flick with John Saxon about a virus that causes a hunger for human flesh – and a disco funk steeped score by Alessandro Blonksteiner! The vibe has the genuinely funky feel of ... (Soundtracks) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet 80s soul from Peggi Blu – an artist who recorded this gem for Capitol Records with hardly any fanfare at the time, but who's gotten plenty of play from the set over the years! Peggi's got a style that's nicely unassuming – a voice that still has all the range and power of the ... (Soul) read moreCD
A very cool collaboration between LA underground mainstay Blu and Germany's moody beat heavy Klaus Layer! "The Boys" is a busy track on the rhymes tip, Blu's voice layered to mesmerzing effect on the vocal side, backed by a gritty bit, strummed strings and layers of heady atmosphere. (Hip Hop) 7-inch, Vinyl record
The second bright blast of garage psych grooves from Blues Magoos – their excellent Electric Comic Book set for Mercury – just as great as the first album! At this early point, the group brings a deliriously high energy approach, even in the studio – we can only imagine how ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long-overdue formal presentation of the music of Doug Hream Blunt – a self-taught, self-styled San Francisco soul singer from the 80s – one who recorded a handful of tunes that never really saw the light of day! Doug's got an unusual style – almost more 70s soul in its ... (Soul) read moreCD
BNSF (Adam Diller, Matt Crane & Jason E Anderson) —
Object 6 ... CD Locust, 2004. Used ...
Afel Bocoum, Damon Albarn, Toumani Tiabate —
Mali Music ... CD Honest Jons/Astralwerks, 2002. Used ...
That Damon Albarn's a busy guy! When he's not busy being a rock star or mock rock star, he's off on holiday in some exotic locale – but making another record at the same time, like this one, recorded in Mali. We have to admit, though we were predisposed towards the bare field recordings ... (Global Grooves) read moreCD
A very unusual version of the classic T Rex tune "Children Of The Revolution" – done here in a stripped-down style that's acoustic at the start, before getting more familiarly fuzzy – and which features guest work from Elton John and Ringo Starr! John and Starr are also ... (Rock) read more7-inch, Vinyl record
Claude Bolling —
Awakening ... CD Entracte/Quartet (Spain), 1980. New Copy ...
Quite a rich score from Claude Bolling – more orchestral and less jazz-based than some of his other soundtracks of the 70s – but very well suited to this tale of Egyptological horror! Bolling unfolds his instruments in a very nice way – sometimes starting with very low-end sounds ... (Soundtracks) read moreCD
Memphis goes to California – with surprising results! The album's one of a few that Booker T cut after splitting with the MGs – of legendary Stax Records fame – and it's completely different than his earlier sides, and not in a bad way! Book recorded the set in California with ... (Soul) read moreCD
Booker T & Priscilla —
Home Grown ... CD A&M/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy ...
Much mellower than the previous duet effort from Booker T & Priscilla Jones – a set that almost echoes Book's Memphis roots, but in ways that are different than the familiar soul of Stax! There's lots of sweet organ lines in the instrumentation – but they're played with a style ... (Soul) read moreCD
One of the most soulful voices in Jamaican music – presented here in a wonderful collection that includes some of Ken Boothe's early rocksteady material, then runs through his bigger famous cuts of the 70s! Ken wasn't nearly as big a hit over here as artists like Jimmy Cliff or Bob Marley, ... (Reggae) read moreCD
A nice modern take on classic dancefloor-ready funky soul from Jamil Rashad – aka Boulevards –delivering a genuinely tight, irresistible groove worthy of the title! The paths Boulevards travels were paved 70s and 80s funk titans from Earth Wind & Fire at their leanest, to early 80s ... (Neo Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A key blend of two chapters in David Bowie's career – his guitar-heavy groove with the Spiders From Mars, and his 60s roots in mod London! The tracks here all date from the mid 60s, and are Bowie's homage to that period in his life – but they're all played with a glammish 70s ... (Rock) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bik Bent Braam —
Extremen ... CD Bik Bent Braam (Holland), 2008. Used Gatefold ...
A lost album of funky jazz that features work by the great Nathan Davis! The combo's a hip rock-influenced one – mixing together acoustic funky jazz with a slight touch of electric bass, in a manner that's in keeping with some of the hipper jazz rock groups that were coming out of England ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful early work from Dollar Brand – recorded live at the Club Montmartre in Copenhagen in 1965. The group is a trio that features Johnny Gertze on bass and Makaya Ntshoko on drums – and the tracks are long spiraling originals, showing Brand's fragmented approach to rhythm, laid ... (Jazz) read moreCD
Great stuff from the Heavies – issued here on a US 12" single, with a huge bunch of extra mixes designed to get the cut on the dancefloor. If all the cuts on that second album were as good as this one, the group would still be in business today! (Neo Soul) 12-inch, Vinyl record
Brass Construction's fifth album, and the group's still grooving harder than most of their contemporaries! The legendary Randy Muller is still fully in charge here – serving up his trademark lean, mean arrangements that compress all elements of the music firmly on the beat – all in a ... (Soul) read moreCD
The second album from Brass Construction – heavy horns, basslines, and stellar dancefloor grooves – a stone classic! The first one was totally great, but they cast a wider stylistic claim on II – their trademark funky sound is still very firmly in place, but they bring more to ... (Soul) read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from Belgian Hammond hero Andre Brasseur – a musician who clearly cut a heck of a lot of records back in the 70s, as evidenced by the huge range of record covers and 45 sleeves inside! Yet Brasseur's also one of those guys who never fully got his due – a keyboard ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful solo work from Anthony Braxton – recorded live in Paris at the start of the 70s, and a fair bit more sensitive than some of his earlier work on that scene! Side one features a beautiful take on Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday" – one that runs for 25 minutes, and which ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anthony Braxton & Gyorgy Szabados —
Szabraxtondos ... LP Krem (Hungary), 1985. Very Good+ ...
A rather obscure side featuring Braxton collaborating in duets with Hungarian pianist and composer Gyorgy Szabados, performing Szabados' compositions "Dance Of Reanimaton", "Commendation To Our Women", "Lament" and "Szabraxtondos II". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
Anthony Braxton's reeds meet the piano and accordion of Ted Reichman – a player we don't really know at all, but who manages to craft some creative moments in the company of Braxton! There's moments at which it really seems like Anthony's reeds are taking center stage – but Reichman ... (Jazz) read moreCD
The second smash hit record in a row by Toni Braxton, and one of biggest and best of the mid 90s – the secret was out by this point to say the least! If the pressure was high to match the sales and creative strengths of the self-titled solo debut, Toni, composer/producer Babyface and ... (Soul) read moreCD
The second set from St Louis funk combo Breakaway – and the album already shows a great deal of growth – especially in the territory of rhythm! Breakaway have definitely dug some of the best club modes from the New York scene – and work here in a jazzy disco style that's filled ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No splashdown here – as Breakwater are every bit as soaringly soulful as they were on their debut set! The groove here is that perfect blend of jazz and soul that only a few groups in the 70s really got right – maybe Pleasure, or The Blackbyrds – and most certainly Breakwater, ... (Soul) read moreCD
That's Brenda & Herb, not Peaches & Herb – Herb Rooney and Brenda Reid of the excellent 60s group The Exciters – grooving together here in a really full-on vocal approach that's clearly inspired by the best aspects of Ashford & Simpson! Tracks have a lush, full feel – ... (Soul) read moreCD
Classic work from Brick – a group who went onto become surprisingly successful during the 70s with a hot Atlanta blend of funky soul and uptempo club grooves. The group has a feel that would be taken up heavily a few years later by LA funk combos – particularly those on the Solar label ... (Soul) read moreCD
A great follow-up to Dee Dee Bridgewater's classic Live In Paris set – and like that one, an incredible session of vocal work that shows that even after many years making soul records, Dee Dee could still cook with an incredible sense of jazz! The longish tracks feature plenty of playful ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
A really beautiful project from the great Dee Dee Bridgewater – a set that has the singer paying tribute to the city and culture of New Orleans, but in a way that's free of the hoke you'd find in other projects of this nature! Dee Dee approaches the music – as with all of her albums ... (Vocalists) read moreCD
Freddy Briggs is the main force behind Coldwater Stone – as he wrote and produced all the tracks, and sings lead vocals throughout the record. His style's sort of a mix of funk and soul, and he works in the heavier style that was used by some of the other bands on the legendary GSF imprint ... (Soul) read moreCD