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Funky 45's — Recently Added

XClassic sounds on 45rpm 7 inch singles -- Northern soul, deep soul, funk, breaks, rare groove, sample tracks, modern soul, and jazz!


Jim Spencer/Angie Jarre & Marshall Titus

Wrap Myself Up In Your Love (2 versions)
Numero, 1979. New Copy (reissue)
Two takes on the same tune – served up back to back on an Eccentric Soul 45 from the Numero Group! Jim Spencer serves up a sweet, slinky groove on his version – which sets things up tightly at the start, before Jim's more down to earth vocals come in and really give the whole thing a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Finders Keepers (UK), 1974. New Copy (pic cover)
Two beautiful little songs from the Moomins animated series – one of them issued here for the first time ever! "Woodland Band (parade)" is a gentle number with a sweet flute line over this guitar part that moves up and down in a way that's lightly resonating – before opening ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1970. New Copy (pic cover)
Two versions of a great track by Joe McPhee – both of which have the saxophonist laying out some surprisingly soulful sounds! If you only know Joe from his later avant years, you'll be stunned to hear McPhee here – as "Cosmic Love" has Joe spinning out this soulful saxophone ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Daniele Patucchi

La Dimostrazione/Elikiller
Four Flies (Italy), 1974. New Copy
Two rare soundtrack grooves from Daniele Patucchi – both pretty darn funky! "La Dimostrazione" has this great combination of funky drums and really dark piano – kind of brooding while the drums roll along – then giving way to this starker passage that has stepping ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Atlantic, 1968. New Copy 4X7inch
The cover may look a bit scientific – but the music is plenty soulful throughout – a package that brings together four key singles from that momentous musical year of 1968 – a time when Aretha Franklin was really finding her sound at Atlantic Records! The music here represents ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Mario Molina with Edda Dell'Orso

Ash/Gli Angeli Del 2000
Four Flies (Italy), 1969. New Copy
Two of the grooviest tracks from the soundtrack to Gli Angeli Del 2000 – one of the best musical moments from Mario Molina! Edda Dell'Orso sings in the lead on "Ash" – but the tune is funky, and Edda's actually singing real lyrics – not the wordless vocalizations she ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Light In The Attic, 1982/2020. New Copy (pic cover)
Two takes on a sweet soul gem – the original 1982 version by Milwaukee group The Majestics – who really knock it out of the park with this slow-stepping, badass groove – matched here by Badbadnotgood, who are joined by singer Jonah Yano – in a version that slightly updates ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
Two groovers from Westbound Records club act CJ & Co – both produced by the team of Mike Theodore and Dennis Coffey! "Rainmaker" is upbeat and funky – with strings soaring along with the horns – all matched by the group's great vocal interplay, which is as sharp ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Sami Linna Quartet

Mode For Tomorrow/Umoya
Timmion, 2019. New Copy
A gem of a record from Finnish guitarist Sami Linna – just a 45, but one that feels like it's got the depth of a full album! "Mode For Tomorrow" is this beautifully building tune with a mix of modal and spiritual energy – infused with organ by Mikko Heleva, and given this ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Dedy Dread with Olivia Ruff

Don't Wanna Wake Up/The Rebel (rmx)
Four Flies (Italy), 2020. New Copy (pic cover)
A moody bit of contemporary soul – a set that's got downtempo beats dancing with a mellow bassline – with Olivia Ruff moves between styles of raspy and sweet in presenting the vocals! "The Rebel" is a bit more of a dubby number – crisply stepping along a groove that's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent (UK), 1975. New Copy
One of our favorite tracks ever from the great Darrow Fletcher – a tune that builds up with this midtempo groove that's warm and wonderful, and which really seems to bring out the same quality in Darrow's vocals too – all with a vibe that almost feels like Leroy Hutson at his best! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), 1980. New Copy (pic cover)
Three great tracks from this later soundtrack by 70s maestro Stelvio Ciprani – all of them pretty darn wonderful! The "sequence 1" variation has this slow-building mix of percussion that's nicely exotic, but touched with some of the warmth of Stelvio's more famous crime and erotic ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), 1970. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two of the funkiest tracks from the Italian film version of Dorian Gray – both real standouts in a store that was mostly moody and spooky overall! The movie was titled Il Dio Chaimato Dorian – and really shines with "Rito A Los Angeles", a tune with heavy romping drums and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Santa Maria Romitelli

Aldo E Ulla/Beat Del Panfilo
Four Flies (Italy), 1969. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two very groovy tracks from the score to the film Top Sensation – both of them great! "Aldo E Ulla" has snapping drums and this very cool organ – moving between melody and this cool squishy sound across the keyboard – all in a way that reminds us of the great use of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
CAM/Four Flies (Italy), 1969. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
The great title track to one of the best scores from Italian maestro Stelvio Cipriani – a tune that bursts out with funky drums that kick into soaring orchestrations, topped by this wicked female vocal from Olympia – whose singing style is as vibrant as the instrumentation! Edda Dell'Or ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Baroque Jazz Trio

Orientasie/Largo
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1970. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two fantastic tracks from this groundbreaking French group of the 70s – neither of which were on their famous album for the Saravah label! "Orientasie" has this slow-building mix of plucked cello and drums, then switches to bowing of the cello whole harpsichord grooves into the mix ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Polydor/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1971. New Copy 2 x 7 inch Gatefold (pic cover, reissue)
A special four track, double 7" version of work from He's Coming – one of the rarest and greatest Roy Ayers albums of all time – really the beginning of the funk years from Roy Ayers Ubiquity! This one's a totally solid mix of soulful jazz, jazzy soul and righteous funk – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Top Tape/Dynamite Cuts (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two rare cuts from Brazilian arranger Daniel Salians – both of them all warm and funky! "Atlantis" is also known as "Straussmania" – and for good reason too, as it features the same "2001" theme that was penned by the composer many years back – but ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A fantastic bit of modern soul – a rare Polydor single from the start of the 80s – but one that we'd put next to some of our favorite mellow soul groovers from the decade before! "Stay With Me" has a vibe that's almost Roy Ayers – midtempo, and funky stepping – a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), 1973. New Copy (pic cover)
Piero Umiliani at his funkiest – with two great tracks from the Baba Yaga soundtrack! "Open Space" has a killer bassline at the start, with fast breaking drums – then moves into this cool moogy keyboard part that fills the groove and gets all cool and moody over the top! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Pye/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1976. New Copy 2 x 7 inch set (pic cover, reissue)
A very cool double 7" package – one that's filled with six cuts from the great crime film Diamonds! Heist films always provided some of the best soundtracks of the 70's, and this one (starring Robert Shaw and Richard Roundtree, and issued in the US as Diamond Shaft) is no exception! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Trio (Japan), 1977. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two of the coolest, grooviest tracks ever recorded by Lorez Alexandria – back to back on a Japanese-only 45! "Send In The Clowns" is taken at this great modal jazz clip – a completely different rhythm than anyone's ever used with the tune, which completely transforms it ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Reuben Wilson & The Cost Of Living

Got To Get Your Own/Tight Money
Chess/Dynamite Cuts (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two funky nuggets from the rare album that organist Reuben Wilson cut with a funk group for Chess Records in the 70s! "Got To Get Your Own" is fantastic – with a really unusual rhythm, and a sweet keyboard line that dips along beautifully with the bassline and vocals! "Tight ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Pixie/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1984. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Rare work from the great George Semper – a keyboardist who's best known for his Hammond work in the 60s, but who sounds mighty nice here on two tracks from the 80s! George begins "Pretty Lady" with some sweet, soulful keyboard lines – jazzy stepping once the groove gets going ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Hideo Shiraki & Takeshi Inomata

Stormy Man EP
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), 1957. New Copy (pic cover)
A rare soundtrack session from Japanese jazz legend Hideo Shiraki – maybe one of the earliest recordings we've ever seen from the drummer – and one that also features work from pianist Takeshi Inomata and saxophonist Hidehiko "Sleepy" Matsumoto as well! The cover's somewhat ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Little Nicky Soul

I Wanted To Tell You/You Said
Kent (UK), 1964. New Copy (reissue)
Little Nicky's got a voice that's much more mature than you'd guess from his name – a nicely deep style that soars out here over an upbeat groove that's perfectly put together by Sidney Barnes and arranger Richard Tee – both of whom keep things top-shelf all the way through! "You ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Crossover/Kent (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
Two rare tracks from the Crossover Records years of Darrow Fletcher – issued here for the first time on 45! "What Are We Gonna Do" is wonderful – a tune that's got a great bumping groove, soaring strings, and this strong message-oriented lyric from Darrow that really knocks ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Columbia/Nature Sounds, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Lost work from Gloria Taylor – singer who's best known for indie sides in the 60s, but who sounds completely fantastic here on a one-off single for Columbia! "Deep Inside You" has this unusual flow – almost stop/start in energy, but with Taylor really soaring out on her ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Piero Montanari/Roberto Conrado

Properly/Acromatic
Four Flies (Italy), Mid 70s. New Copy
"Properly" has these really fast drums right from the start – maybe electronic, maybe not – although the rest of the groove has a sweet electric vibe – kind of moogy elements that move up and down the scale to match the funkiness of the tune, cut up by a nice bit of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Trax/Get On Down, 1986. New Copy (reissue)
An undeniable acid house classic with enough bouncing 909 bassline and 808 handclaps to keep you moving all night long! One of the essential mid 80s Trax releases. 7-inch, Vinyl record
BCW, Mid 70s. New Copy
One of the best cuts from this hip Philly soul group – given a slight edit by Froz1, who makes things even funkier! The tune's got this chugging groove and deeper soul group lyrics – almost like early BT Express meeting Norman Whitfield Temptations – but all with a nicely rough ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Super-rare soul from Junior McCants – a great singer who died at a tragically young age – which made King Records pull the single before it was ever released! "She Wrote It" is slow and sad – almost a deep soul tune, but with Junior singing in a style that's almost like ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Unique Blend/AC Tilmon & The Detroit Emeralds

Gonna Spread The News/That's All I Got
Westbound/Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
Two rare gems from the Westbound Records vaults! "Gonna Spread The News" has a wonderful vibe that's almost like the best early 70s Holland-Dozier-Holland productions – upbeat funky soul, with a really rich set of arrangements – but with a very distinctly personal take on the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Little Johnny Hamilton

Apartment No 9/Cry Like A Baby
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Two deep soul burners from Little Johnny Hamilton – a singer whose sound is anything but small! "Apartment No 9" has a bassline that creeps up and down while Johnny belts out the tune – a really gut-wrenching lyric in the best southern soul tradition! "Cry Like A ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Two originally-unissued 60s soul tracks – back to back on a 45! "When The Boy That You Love" is a sweet stepper from Peggy Gaines – a track that has a nice slow swing in the groove, which sets up a bright sound that's perfect for Peggy's interpretation of the lyric – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Mighty Whites/Jacqueline Jones

Given My Life/A Frown On My Face
Kent (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
We've never heard of the Mighty Whites, but they do a great job on "Given My Life" – a tune that has a cool guitar lick in the lead, then fills with funky horns over fast drums – all while a a warm soul vocal crests over the top! "A Frown On My Face" is equally ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent (UK), 1976. New Copy
A great bit of sharply-timed funk from the California Playboys – a tune that's got some great changes at the start, then rolls into a wicked groove that supports the vocals with this nicely-toned riffing guitar! The flipside has an equally great sound – the kind of funk group that can ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Preachermann

Familiar To Me/Lucky
Cordial (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
Preachermann has vocals that really live up to his name – a style that's definitely soul, but which has the soaring grace of an artist raised in the spirit! "Familiar To Me" has congas under a bassline that drives the whole thing forward with a righteous power – while "Lu ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Cordial (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
Rare Miami soul from Witch Doctor – a singer who works here in a groove that feels like a more stripped-down approach to the TK Records style from the same scene! By that, we mean that there's a funky current going through the music, but nice and lean – with moogy keyboards that ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Cotillion/Expansion (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy
Two great tracks from Dee Edwards – from a time when the Detroit singer was really getting a chance to shine! "Put The World On Hold" has a sweet lyric over a soaring groove – not entirely clubby, maybe more modern soul overall – with a slightly complex set of changes ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Melvin Hicks & The Versatiles/Lyrics

I'm Just Passing Time/Now Girl
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), 1964/1972. New Copy
Two previously-unissued soul tracks – both making their vinyl debut! "I'm Just Passing Time" is sublime harmony soul from Melvin Hicks & The Versatiles – a tune with a slow but hard drum beat at the bottom – which paces things out as the harmonies soar to the skies ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Eddie Parker/Sandra Richardson

Crying Clown/Deserted Garden
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
"Crying Clown" is a wonderful tune by a singer who definitely deserves greater discovery – as the great Eddie Parker has a completely heartbreaking way of delivering the lyric, as the whole tune slowly crests over a mellow groove! "Deserted Garden" is a beautiful tune by ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent (UK), 1972. New Copy
Two rare tracks from a deep soul duo who've finally gotten their due over the years – thanks to the reissue efforts of Ace/Kent Records! "Indication" is an upbeat groover with kind of a Northern vibe – originally only issued in England, too! "Nice To Be Near" is a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Sussex/Soul Brother (UK), 1971. New Copy
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Melodies International, Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two beautiful tunes from Bobby Wright, both recorded in the mid 70s with a subtle righteous power that's taken many years for the rest of the world to fully appreciate! "Blood Of An American" is a slow-moving track that mostly features the lead vocals over slow-drifting guitar – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Al Gardner/Jack Ashford

Sweet Baby/I'll Fly To Your Open Arms
Kent (UK), 1969/1977. New Copy
There's a great groove and some heavy twang on "Sweet Baby" – tight drums and sharp guitar that provide a subtle current of funk underneath the great lead vocals by Al Gardner! The cut was put together by the great Jack Ashford – who gets his time in the lead on the flipside ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Schema (Italy), 2020. New Copy (pic cover)
Sean Martin provides some great lead vocals on this slinky groove from The Dining Rooms – a tune that's got riffing guitar nestled right down in the rhythms, and a fuller, funkier feel as things move on! The remix on the flip really changes things up nicely – dropping the guitar for a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
A soaring modern soul tune from The Pretenders – not the famous Ohio Rock group, but an obscure soul act who do a wonderful job of harmonizing along with the groove! "Just Be Yourself" is an uptempo message cut that's totally great – in the more righteous side of the disco ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
BGP (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Early work from Jackie Moore – a great funky cut recorded for Wand Records before her greater fame at Atlantic – with this sock-soul sound that's really amazing, and a very different setting for Jackie's always-great vocals! "Same Change" is great too – with this ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Prophet & His Disciples

You Fool You Fool (parts 1 & 2)
BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy
A rare funky cut from the studios of Detroit wizard Dave Hamilton – a two-part monster that deals with the evils of drugs – and which has an almost Westbound Records-like mix of soulful vocals, fuzzy guitars, and heavy funk! The production is amazing – almost beating George ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated July 10, 2020


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