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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!


Art Yard (UK), 1957/1978. New Copy (pic cover)
Two fantastic tracks from Sun Ra – different vintage, but equally great! "Sky Is A Sea Of Darkness" is a mellow, spiritual quartet track – very stripped down, with a beautiful vocal that slides alongside this blue-tinged piano from Ra – surprisingly soulful, and ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Happy Day/Pepite (France), 1980. New Copy (reissue)
A rare boogie number from Chicago – presented here both in the original version, and a new edit! The tune's got a warmly captivating vibe – a smooth groove at the core, and these raspy vocals from Frank that are very different than the usual – as is the lyric, which is nicely ... 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
Family Groove, Late 70s. New Copy
Two never-heard tracks from Brief Encounter – a wonderful southern group from the late 70s, and one whose other work is also pretty darn rare as well! "I Just Wanna Dance" is a clubby number, but warmed up with a sweet modern soul approach – nice harmony vocals on the lyrics, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Light In The Attic, 1967. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
One of the greatest duet songs of all time – a surprisingly creepy 60s pop gem from the team of Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood! The song has a haunting vibe that builds beautifully in Lee's production – as Hazlewood matches his deep vocals with Nancy's lighter touch, all in a mode ... 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
Pye/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1974. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A special EP version of this wonderful soundtrack from the great Roy Budd – a set that's got Roy on Fender Rhodes and clavinet – plus alto from Ronnie Scott, and some cool use of percussion by Frank Riccotti – in a way that's similar to the tablas on Budd's classic score for Get ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Far Out (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (pic cover)
Two rare early tracks from Azymuth – both mighty nice! "As Curvas Da Estrada De Santos" is an instrumental take on a tune by the brothers Robert and Erasmo Carlos – but done as a slow-stepping funky instrumental, with loads of great organ work from Jose Roberto Bertrami! The ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Brussels Art Quintet

Vas-Y Voir/Four Paul S
Cacophonic (UK), 1969. New Copy (pic cover)
A very cool group from the Belgian jazz scene of the 60s – one we've never heard before, but who we'll definitely be looking for after hearing this single! The lineup features the great Babs Robert on tenor, with Daniel Max Schellekens on guitar, Jean-Pierre Destree on vibes, Marial Van ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Funk Night, 2020. New Copy
A funk tune, but one that begins all slow and moody – electric piano leading things off, followed by slow drum beats, and a moody bassline that sets up cascading energy that triggers an equal cascade in the piano – a really strong, resonant solo that is very different than you might ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Pepite (France), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A rare cut from this great French group – excellent in the original, and mighty nice in the rework! The main version is wonderful – funky and clubby, but with a very jazzy vibe – one that's echoed by the duo singing the lead lyrics in French, and by the keyboard solo that does ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Ace (UK), Mid 50s. New Copy
A hard-romping single – one that presents the first takes of both of these R&B classics! Roy Brown is at his most hard-wailing on "Boogie At Midnight" – a tune that grooves along mightily in the best King Records style – heavy rhythms, raw vocals, and a great sax ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent/Deep Soul (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
Two fantastic bits of deep female soul – back to back on a single! Maxine Weldon is always great – but she really knocks it out of the park on "I'm The Other Half Of You" – a slow-stepping tune with great organ under the vocals – which superbly deliver the blue-tin ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
Two Atlanta soul nuggets from the great John Edwards! "We Always Come Back Strong" is exactly the kind of track that makes Edwards so special – deep soul vocals up top, but fuller, richer production that points the way towards modern soul – very much in the best Sam Dees mode! ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Loma/Harlem Shuffle (UK), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A great little obscure number! "Ain't That Terrible" has piano punching out an uptempo northern groove – almost in an "I Spy For The FBI" mode – while Roy sings progressively and positively over a monstrous beat! There's a breakdown in the middle that's bound to ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
It's Soul Time, 2020. New Copy
There's no R&R for these guys – as they're clearly working overtime to refine and improve their groove – which is even better here than on their last single! "90 To Nothing" has a tight rhythm core that could have been lifted from the Philly scene of the 70s – ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Mike James Kirkland with Cold Diamond & Mink

Stay Don't Go (vocal, inst)
Ubiquity, 2020. New Copy
New work from legendary Cali soul singer Mike James Kirkland – working here with some nice lean backing from Cold Diamond & Mink – who keep things as laidback and funky as on his classic records from the 70s! Mike's voice has aged a bit as the decades have gone on – but he's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Billy Bassman Jenkins

Fly Wounded Bird/Grandma's Chili
Family Groove, 1985. New Copy
Billy certainly lives up to his Bassman name here – as "Fly Wounded Bird" has a deep 80s funk sort of vibe – lots of groove from the bottom on up, as the basslines weave a fantastic midtempo stepping groove between the clapping beats and sweet keyboard lines! "Grandma's ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
International Anthem, 2020. New Copy (pic cover)
Angel Bat Dawid is looking at a picture of Sun Ra on the cover – and with a record like this, she seems instantly able to challenge his long musical legacy! "Transition East" has Angel on clarinets, keyboard, and a drum machine – a tune that's spare and snakey, but which also ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Polydor/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1973. New Copy 2 x 7 inch set (pic cover, reissue)
A totally cool little record – a double 7" single that brings together 4 of the best tracks from the Coffy soundtrack of the 70s – that fantastic blacksplitation film that was Roy Ayers' entry into the genre! All the tracks are great – from the catchy funky soul of the theme ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Schema (Italy), 2012. New Copy
The sound of 70s porn lives again – thanks to the mighty talents of Alex Puddu! "Black Orgasm" is a sweet blend of riffing acoustic guitar, bubbling Hammond, tripping beats, and a female vocal groan – all building to a beautiful climax by the end – but not without some ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Universal (Japan), 2007/2020. New Copy (pic cover)
A really cool limited single – with two contemporary vocal jazz gems! Kurt Elling takes on the groovy tune "Stepping Out" by Joe Jackson – really unlocking the jazzy core of the song, almost as anthem for the New York that Elling now calls home – and Mark Murphy handles ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Chiaroscuro/Dynamite Cuts (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2 x 7 inch set (pic cover)
A limited 4 track, double 7" single package – featuring most of the best cuts off the self-titled album by Tarika Blue! The group's way different than the standard fusion acts of the time – as they blend together spiritual currents that allow for breezier instrumentation – ... 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
Pye/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1973. New Copy 2 x 7 inch set (pic cover, reissue)
A special double 7" package of one of the darkest Roy Budd scores ever – designed to accompany a brutal police film starring Charles Bronson! The main theme has a nice electronic sound that's kind of like the "Mystery Movie" theme from the 70s – then the score moves into ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover)
A track from one of the more savage Emmanuelle films of the 70s – and pretty darn groovy! "Make Love On The Wing" is an upbeat clubby track – lots of romping drums at the core, and vocals from Ulla Linder that have a slightly creepy take on the usual disco diva mode! The ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Four Flies (Italy), 1968. New Copy (pic cover)
Two great vocal numbers from Piero Umiliani – the kind of strong English language tunes he used to kick off his best soundtracks of the 60s! Both of these were from the film Orgasmo – and Lydia MacDonald does a great job on "Fate Had Planned It So" – a tune that has ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1972. New Copy (pic cover)
Two rare cuts from George Semper – a cat that some folks know as a funky organist, but who also produced a fair bit of hip soul as well! "Got To Find A Way" is from the rare Inner City Review album – and has these full, righteous vocals soaring to the skies – almost ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Inner City/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1977. New Copy (pic cover)
Two rare funky gems from this obscure 70s group! "The Perfect Circle" is a fantastic theme song for the group – hard, full, funky, and plenty darn righteous – a great indie group take on some of the more polished funk ensembles of the time! "Hands Of Time" has ... 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

Daniela Casa/Remigio Ducros

Baterasso/Canottaggio
Four Flies (Italy), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
We're not sure how to translate "Baterasso" – but to us, the word may well just mean "funk" – as the tune's this funky monster with heavy drums, a great-paced bassline, and these claps that move all up and down the groove alongside some percussion! "Canottaggio& ... 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

Roy Ayers & Wayne Henderson

Step In To Our Life/For Real
Polydor/Dynamite Cuts (UK), Late 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two gems from the legendary pairing of these two great 70s jazz funk giants! "Step In To Our Life" is the title cut from one of the albums that Roy Ayers and Wayne Henderson cut together – and the tune has all the edgy vibes of Roy's great Polydor records, mixed with some of the ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Tania Maria

Fio Maravilha/Bedeu
Barclay/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1975. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A gem of an early record from Tania Maria – one in which she takes on the Jorge Ben tune "Fio Maravilha", but with funky drums that make things sound way different than the original – as do her tremendous scatting vocals, and jazzy piano she adds to the groove! "Bedeu&quo ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Tarika Blue

Dreamflower/Jimi
Chiaroscuro/Dynamite Cuts (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
"Dreamflower" is a beautiful cut from this legendary spiritual fusion combo – one that kind of steps out slowly, amidst Fender Rhodes and bassline – but which has this cool sparkling guitar that lights the way along the slow-stepping groove! The mighty James Mason plays ... 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

Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers

Right On/Doin' What I Wanna
Atlantic/Dynamite Cuts (UK), 1970. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Two fantastic funky cuts from this legendary Chicago group – one who could effortlessly blend soul jazz and harder grooves, in a way that's unlike anyone else we can think of! "Right On" has heavy drums and some super-sharp lines on Hammond – peppered with a bit of vocals, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Funk Night, 2020. New Copy
There's some great super-fast guitar wah-wahing away at the start of "Snitchin" – kind of like The Meters on speed, followed by these organ blasts that encourage the energy of the groove as the keyboard soars in some sweet solo moments! "Loose Lips" is slower, and has a ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Kind & Kinky Zoo with Rickey Calloway

Hot Love/Pornishead
Funk Night, 2020. New Copy
Funky soul legend Rickey Calloway makes an appearance here – first calling out the groove on "Hot Love", which has lots of chunky drums – then speaking the lyrics as much as singing, all in that made that makes him one of the greatest heirs to the James Brown sound! "Porn ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Brunetta/Rita Pavone

Baluba Shake/Il Geghege
Ace (UK), Early 60s. New Copy
Two very cool cuts from the Italian scene of the 60s! "Baluba Shake" is a romping little number with almost a tribal rhythm at the start – drums punctuated by plucked electric bass, before female vocals come into the mix and take the whole thing into heavy jerking territory! Rita ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Melodies International, 1984. New Copy (reissue)
Two great tracks from La'Verne Washington – a west coast 80s soul singer we've never heard of, but who really shines here! "Promise" has a great bassline – courtesy of the legendary Carol Kaye – and the tune bumps along with keyboards that are balanced by the richer, ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
Maxine Brown and Chuck Jackson recorded some famous duets in the 60s – but here, each are featured as solo acts, on a great repressing of rare tracks! "I Wonder" is a very groovy number from Maxine – a bit more upbeat than some of her other work, and with a nice swing that's ... 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
Norton, 2003. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
The cover looks vintage, but the cuts are contemporary – recent work from Detroit soul legend Nathaniel Mayer, including one especially nice Holiday number! "Mr Santa Claus" is one of the roughest, rawest Christmas tunes ever recorded in the 21st Century – a nice bluesy tune ... 7-inch, Vinyl record

Three Dimension

Freak Call/I Want You Back
Fame/Family Groove, 1983. New Copy
Late, but great work from the Muscle Shoals scene – two rare tracks that were never issued after being cut at the studio in 1983 – issued here for the first time ever! "Freak Call" is a bass-heavy bit of early 80s funk – as you might guess from the "freak" in ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Nicetown, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Two great tracks from Power Of Attorney – a group who are best-remembered for not only being prisoners when they recorded their music, but who were also getting strong support from James Brown! "Changing Man" is a really sweet groove – almost instrumental – with fast ... 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
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

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
Eraserhood Sound, 2020. New Copy
Two sweet electro grooves from a young Philly group! "Fame Or Life" has some great 80s keyboards in the mix – creating a nice theme-like vibe over the slinky midtempo groove, occasionally with nice washes of sound – all like you're watching a montage on the opening credits of ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
Updated January 24, 2021


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