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Be! (Germany), 1976/1977. New Copy 8CD
CD...$129.99 179.98
A heck of a collection – and one that really gets at the amazing array of free-thinking jazz that was brewing up on the European scene during the 70s! The set brings together over eight hours of music recorded during two years of this legendary festival – and each new disc has some ... CD
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
A massive tribute to one of our favorite soul singers of all time – one of the hippest cats of the 70s, and an artist that we never tire of hearing! Leroy Hutson got his start working with Chicago soul legends Donny Hathaway and Curtis Mayfield, but he quickly became a strong force on his ... CD
Capricorn/Soulmusic.com (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD
The legendary music of Maxayn – finally given its due, and presented here in a great 3CD box, with all albums in tiny LP-styled sleeves! First up is Maxayn – the debut album from a funky female talent who deserves to be mentioned in the same territory as Betty Davis and Yvonne Fair! ... CD
Any Other Way
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy 2CD
Fantastic sounds from Jackie Shane – a Canadian soul singer who's achieved a bit of recent fame, due to her legacy as an underground trans figure – but an artist who'd already be a winner, even without such a fascinating back story! Fortunately, both sides of Jackie's life are included ... CD
Anti, 2017. New Copy
Another step forward for soul legend Mavis Staples – the singer who's found a whole new showcase for her talents by working with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy – as she does here in an album that's maybe the most seamless of any the pair have crafted together! Tweedy wrote most of the songs on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fantasy/Craft, 1965. New Copy (reissue)
An amazing record – one with a depth that goes way beyond its simple roots, and which has gone on to become one of the true Christmas classics of the 20th Century! Although a Christmas soundtrack, the album's more of a tapestry of sadness, longing, and loss – the best qualities that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Geffen, 1995. New Copy 4 x 7 inch
Standout classic singles from the Shaolin hip hop essential Liquid Swords by GZA – with heavy numerological rhymes, and the best production on any Wu project (still to this day, even) – in a beautiful oversized box with custom art prints! These are seriously some the greatest songs in ... 7-inch, Vinyl record
Be! (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 6CD
A stunning 6CD set – one that's overflowing with rare rockabilly, weird hillbilly, and lots of other raw and raunchy material from the glory days of the indie single! The box brings together all the material from the Rockin Rarities LP collection – a total of 11 full records, presented ... CD
Saturday Night Fever (2CD deluxe edition)
RSO/Capitol, 1977. New Copy 2CD
Yes, it was a mega-hit – and yes, it was one of those records that everyone who lived through the 70s seemed to own at one time – but after all these decades, you can't deny the power of the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack – especially for the way that it mixed club soul classics ... CD
Edsel (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD
A fantastic collection of rare punk nuggets from the glory days of the UK scene – put together by DJ Gary Crowley, who runs a specialist show on British radio – and served up here in a book-style package that's overflowing with detailed notes, images of the original singles, and other ... CD
Grapefruit (UK), 1968. New Copy 3CD
1968 may well have been the year when everything broke open – when the new styles and trippier sounds of the early psych years had firmly taken hold, and a huge wave of new artists emerged to move things forward! This massive 3CD pacakge is a very heady look at that important year of music ... CD
Studio One/Soul Jazz (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Some of the most righteous music ever recorded at Studio One – tracks that rival the most progressive American soul music of the 70s in terms of political message and cultural empowerment! Studio One always worked at levels that drew strongly from American soul – but here, the sounds ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tuff City, Early 80s. New Copy 5LP & 7 inch
The Tuff City label was one of our favorite indies on the New York old school hip hop scene – a company that was maybe a few years later than some of its contemporaries, but one that always kept a strong ear to the streets – and really helped find the sounds that pushed hip hop into the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bear Family (Germany), 1968/1970. New Copy 3CD & 2 hardcover bo
CD...$106.99 129.99
Woody Guthrie left this planet all too soon – in 1967, after years of struggle with Huntington's Disease – but not before leaving behind generations of singers and musicians who were forever in debt to his work! Some of the best of those artists came together here – in two ... CD
Columbia, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 8CD & DVD
Dylan on the road from the late 70s to early 80s – bringing words and wisdom that are more spiritually inspired than anything he'd put out before – backed by some of the most soulful arrangements and players he's ever had behind him! Trouble No More is all unreleased material and focuses ... CD
Harmony Of Difference
Young Turks, 2017. New Copy
Pure fantasticness from the great Kamasi Washington – a set that's much more compact than his sprawling Epic, but which has an equally wonderful vibe overall! The album features material that Washington performed at the Whitney Biennial – to accompany paintings by his sister – ... CD
Savoy/Mosaic, Late 40s. New Copy 10CD
CD...$168.99 169.00
The roots of modern jazz never sounded this great before – and this is the first time ever that all the early bop recordings by Savoy have been properly brought together in one place! Savoy was one of the most important labels to record the early bop pioneers – and had a dedication to ... CD
Worthy/Strut (UK), 1972. New Copy 3LP Gatefold (reissue)
Amazing work from the legendary Mulatu Astatke – one of Ethiopia's funkiest musicians of the 70s, making a rare appearance here on this lost American recording! The album has been a holy grail for years amongst beatheads – loved for its killer blend of weird rhythms, sweet funk, and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Grapefruit (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD
The female voice found a whole new way to flower in the world of folk music during the 60s – a style that helped women get past some of the more standard sultry modes of postwar pop, and hit the kind of righteous currents and deeper themes that helped transform a generation! The moment began ... CD
Rough Trade/Sire, 1986. New Copy 3CD & DVD
A triumphant third album from The Smiths – one that really focuses the energy of their previous sets, and helps them find a new sort of sonic perfection! Those haunting guitars are still in all the right places – as are Morrissey's heartfelt lyrics – but there's also a nice ... CD
I Tell A Fly
Virgin, 2017. New Copy
One of the most unique artists we've heard in years – and one who will no doubt be setting the world on fire for years to come! Benjamin Clementine's a singer, but also a poet – inspired by jazz and classical music, yet working here in neither – and instead, finding a path that's ... CD
Universal, Late 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 5CD
The complete singles of The Who – but a set that's way more than just a greatest hits package, as it features lots of unusual b-sides that weren't on the famous albums by the group! The package features 86 tracks in all – almost a surprisingly small number, given the importance of The ... CD
Concord (Italy), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 16CDs
A full document of the genius of Thelonious Monk on Riverside Records – a late 50s stretch when the composer really came into his own – and delivered even more on the promise of his music than anyone would have expected just a few short years before! By the time of these albums, Monk ... CD
Parlophone, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 13LP
LP...$223.99 249.98
Amazing music from one of our most-treasured stretches of David Bowie's career – that creatively-fertile time when he escaped to West Berlin, hid from the mainstream, and made some groundbreaking records with Brian Eno – then returned to the limelight to remind us all that he was still ... LP, Vinyl record album
Parlophone, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 11CD
CD...$138.99 149.98
Amazing music from one of our most-treasured stretches of David Bowie's career – that creatively-fertile time when he escaped to West Berlin, hid from the mainstream, and made some groundbreaking records with Brian Eno – then returned to the limelight to remind us all that he was still ... CD
Transatlantic/Esoteric (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD
A very cool look at the freakiest years of the legendary Transatlantic Records label – an important British imprint that was essential to blues and folk in the late 60s, but which also released some much trippier material too! The music here is a frenetic blend of jazz, folk, prog, and some ... CD
Wrasse, 1974. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
Amazing music from an amazing moment – the legendary Zaire 74 concerts that took place before the Rumble In The Jungle fight between Muhammad Ali and George Frazier! The moment was one of great pride and power – and although the concert performances have become the stuff of legend over ... LP, Vinyl record album
Strut (UK), 1960s/1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold
A whole new side of the talents of Sun Ra – especially if you only know the longer-style jams on some of his albums from the 60s and 70s! From the very start of his career, Ra was every bit as interested in issuing music on 45s as he was on albums – and in fact, at some of the more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cherry Red (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 4CD
An incredible collection of electronic sounds that went on to inform generations of rock, pop, and dance music in years to come – but all featured here with much more interesting examples from the European roots of the genre! There's a wonderful criss-crossing of sources going on here – ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD & Book
An amazing tribute to one of the greatest series of ethnographic material ever recorded – the legendary Disques Ocora records – still unsurpassed in terms of their care and quality! The material set a new standard for field recordings – handled by musicologist Charles Duvelle, ... CD
RCA/Legacy, Early/Mid 50s. New Copy 3CD
A treasure trove of early Elvis recordings – a set the goes deeper into the nascent, pre-pop culture mania, and right into the heart and soul of "A Boy From Tupelo" who really had the voice and charisma of a king – mania, hype and a half century of merchandising be damned! ... CD
Stax/Craft, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD
It's been almost 60 years since the Stax Records label forever changed the face of American soul music – and we can think of no better way to celebrate than by dipping into this well-chosen batch of 60 classic tracks from the label's glory days! The whole Stax groove is here – from the ... CD
Def Jam/Get On Down, 1988. New Copy
Slick Rick's first solo album and of the front-to-back hip hop albums of the late 80s Def Jam prime era – up there with the best ever! MC Ricky D introduced the world to a whole new rap style on Doug E Fresh's "The Show" and by the time this album dropped the world was more than ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 7CD
A monumental collection of indie singles from fertile Manchester scenes of the late 70s to early 90s! Starting with the intial postpunk burst of inspired activity from bands and solo artists in the late 70s – and a mind-boggling diverse lot even then – and on through the jangly avant ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 5CD
A killer box set filled with some of the darker sounds to spring from the (predominantly) UK postpunk scenes – not just straightforward, black-clad, lacy-gloved goth – but a huge number of diverse, compelling tracks! This isn't the cliched goth of later years – as these are the ... CD
RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 3CD
The British mod scene of the 60s was drinking up a very heady brew of American jazz, soul, and R&B – then doing a great job of turning it into their own sort of music, as you'll hear on this set! Most of the numbers here are English, but could easily go head-to-head with the most romping ... CD
Glassnote, 2017. New Copy 2LP
Childish Gambino once again transcends anything you might be expecting from an actor/musician – this is not some vain star trip at all, but a worthy, boundary-busting effort – and a pretty sizable step away from idiosyncratic, yet accessible hip hop into spacey pop funk! Strong stuff, ... LP, Vinyl record album
A&M, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 7CD
Way more than just another box set by a well-established act – as this collection moves way past their hits, and pulls together a huge amount of unreleased material that really testifies to the long-running genius of one of the most unique British groups to emerge in the late 60s! The set ... CD
Warner, 1984. New Copy 3CDs/DVD
One of the greatest crossover albums of the 80s – and the record that catapulted Prince very firmly into the mainstream! There's a tightness here that surpasses even that of Prince's early classics for Warner Brothers – an unabashed love of a pop hook that makes for some incredibly ... CD
Now Again, Mid 70s. New Copy
Fantastic sounds for fans of funk and rock alike – music from the freaky, fuzzy 70s scene in Zambia – a place where styles effortlessly criss-crossed to really produce something new and unique! The work here is often heavy on fuzz guitars, but also has some wickedly soulful basslines ... CD
Atlantic, 2017. New Copy 8CD
The classic music of Kraftwerk – re-presented beautifully in this excellent box set! The package features material from famous recent live performances by the quartet – as they go back and present new takes on classic albums – from Autobahn through Radioactivity, Trans Europe ... CD
Blue Note (Germany), Early 60s. New Copy 5CD
Five classic Blue Note albums from tenor giant Dexter Gordon – all packaged together in a single set, with very cool LP-styled sleeves! Doin Allright has Dexter Gordon working with that fully mature Blue Note sound of his – a rich approach to soloing that keeps the tracks cooking with ... CD
Atlantic/Stax, 1960s. New Copy 9CD
CD...$69.99 105.98
This is it! A pretty darn complete document of one of the greatest soul labels of all time – put together in a wonderful box with a book on the label that's almost as great as the music on the 9CDs in the set! This one established a new standard for box sets when it was issued in 1991, and ... CD
Steidl (Germany), 2012. New Copy
A book that's not only an incredible testament to the genius of the legendary Roscoe Holcomb – but one that also really sets the context for Appalachian music at the end of the 50s! The book features photos by John Cohen – a musician himself, a founder of the New Lost City Ramblers, ... Book
New Item
A crucial piece of plastic that you'll treasure for years! This 45 adapter may be tiny, but it provides a key function when you're out spinning in clubs – as it easily allows you to slide 45s on and off a conventional turntable, thanks to its unique cone-shaped top! The adapter fits on the ... Misc
Soul Jazz (UK), 2008. New Copy
A beautiful book on the dancehall scene in Jamaica – one that's done in a different style than some of the other Soul Jazz books – which are often focused more on album cover art! This book's got a very different approach – and is more an art book with photos of the dancehall ... Book
Gingko Press, 2017. New Copy
Hip hop started in the streets, then quickly moved to the studio once the music got more sophisticated – then made a further move to the home studio as costs went up and technology got better – almost taking things back to the underground as it opened up lots of new creative freedoms! ... Book
Mark Mothersbaugh – Myopia (hardcover)
Museum Of Contemporary Art Denver, 2014. New Copy
A deep dig inside the mind of Mark Mothersbaugh – a musician that most folks know for his role in Devo, and his soundtrack material too – but also a visual artist with a legacy that's maybe even more mindblowing than his work on record! The book is the first we've ever seen to look at ... Book
Duke University Press, 2017. New Copy
An incredible look at the format of vinyl – put together by a guy who's got one of the hippest record collections we've ever seen! John Corbett's been writing about music, art, and other formats for decades – but his real labor of love is vinyl records – a format he continued to ... Book
University Of Florida Press, 2017. New Copy
A long-overdue look at the soul scene in Florida – 60s and 70s music from the Sunshine State that sometimes never gets the proper placement as sounds from northern locales like Philly or Detroit – but which was every bit as important over the years! Author John Capouya does a really ... Book
Duke University Press, 2016. New Copy
Maybe the coolest book ever from dancefloor historian Tim Lawrence – the man who's given us definitive works on disco and dance music – now turning his sharp eye on some key years of the New York scene! The book looks at a very special time in the city's underground – a post-Studi ... Book
Scepter Wand Forever
Stephen Guarnori (UK), 2017. New Copy
A hugely detailed book on the Wand/Scepter label – a huge soul music powerhouse in the 60s, and a company that flourished well into the 70s disco years as well! The label has a fascinating musical legacy – one that's much deeper than its big hits by Dionne Warwick and BT Express – ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2017. New Copy
A surprisingly beautiful book on the famous 60s radical Jerry Rubin – one that's not only the first-ever look at the man's life, politics, and influence – but one that's also presented in a lavishly visual style that really conveys the crossroads of art and ideas of which Rubin was a ... Book
Amadana (Japan), 2015. New Item
A totally wonderful little turntable – solid, stylish, and totally self-contained – with a strong sound that's a lot better than most other plug-and-play models on the market! The first thing that stands out with this one is the base – which is very solid, and has a wood veneer ... Turntable
 
Updated November 22, 2017


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