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XGreat music in many modes -- northern soul, deep soul, harmony soul, modern soul, and group soul -- plus disco, funk, club, electro, rare groove, and more!


Atlantic, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
A killer collection of deep soul from the Atlantic Records catalog – including a few tunes that they'd snatched from Stax in the early days of the label! The package here is one that was issued for overseas markets in the 60s – partly as a calling card for the new genius of Atlantic, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Going Up
Shocking/Espacial (Spain), 1983. New Copy (reissue)
Beautiful keyboard grooves from the Rah Band – a project from electronic wizard Richard Hewson that first started in the 70s, then found a way to make the move from disco soul to 80s grooves! The music here is heavy on Hewson's talents, but the songs also feature some guest female vocals too ... LP, Vinyl record album
Elektra/Get On Down, 1994. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Not the famous debut album from Deee-Lite, but a killer set of grooves that has the trio very much at the height of their powers! So many folks remember these guys as a bigger pop act, they tend to forget how much they brought back to dance music – a real embrace of warmer elements from the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cultures Of Soul, Mid 80s. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A version of the classic early track by Sade – but done with a Caribbean vibe that's a nice change from the original! Sabrina Rich spins things out amidst heavy rhythms on the main mix – then things get even more echoey and instrumental on the "dub operator" take – ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Sauce/Espacial (Spain), Early 80s. New Copy
Sweet sexy sounds from Spanish singer Susana Estrada – a performer known for her famous erotic work of the 70s, stepping out here in a set of clubby tracks for the disco generation! The early 80s date of these tracks mark Susana as maybe being a bit later than some of the porn stars turned ... LP, Vinyl record album
Premium
Muscle Shoals Sound/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1989. New Copy
Premium sounds from the duo of Sam Ray Mosley and Robert Johnson – a pair who sound wonderful here on an album of well-chosen mellow tracks and ballads! The set's maybe the best the team ever recorded – modern in execution, but with lots of southern soul roots in the vocals – and ... CD
Muscle Shoals Sound/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy
Everything's coming up for the Rose Brothers here – sounding better on this second set than on their debut, with a style that really shows the group coming into their own! The quartet have an approach that takes an older 70s group style, and finds a way to make it work within a contemporary ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy
An overlooked gem from the early 80s Malaco catalog – a set that's got more of a mid 70s funky soul feel overall, with just the right mix of upbeat cuts and ballads! These guys can actually harmonize wonderfully on the mellow numbers – with a compelling approach that's right up there ... CD
Hold On
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy
A real killer from Tommy Tate – perhaps the greatest record ever from this overlooked southern soul singer – and a real lost gem in the Malaco Records catalog! Tommy wrote most of the songs himself – and he turns out to be a hell of a writer, too – very much on a par with ... CD
Ruby Wilson
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy
A great one from Ruby Wilson – a lesser-known soul singer from Texas, sounding great here in an early 80s set recorded at Malaco! Wilson's got this full, rich approach that's right up there with classic deep soul divas – and it's a perfect fit for the mix of modern and southern styles ... CD
Rose Brothers
Muscle Shoals Sound/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985. New Copy
Modern Muscle Shoals material from The Rose Brothers – a male quartet with one foot in an older harmony soul mode, and the other firmly set into the bigger modes of the 80s! Mellower moments mix with electro elements on this debut album – with a vibe that's almost more east coast than ... CD
Life (gold vinyl pressing)
Epic/Sundazed, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Killer work from Sly & The Family Stone – hard-grooving, fast-funking, and really setting the scene for countless groups to come! The album's a messed-up funky party, with plenty of short little tracks that have a mix of funk, soul, and rock – perfect for the crossover crowd from ... LP, Vinyl record album
Modo/Daptone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A previously-unreleased sweet soul treasure – now finally getting its due! Bob & Gene were an obscure duo from Buffalo at the end of the 60s – recording briefly together under the guidance of Bob's father, who recorded the young pair in his home studio with the help of some great ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Rhino, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
It's hard to believe that after just a few short years of recording for Atlantic records, Aretha Franklin could come up with enough gold records to warrant a full album of hits for the label – but that's definitely the case with this classic collection from 1969! The fantastic evolution of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stax/Universal (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 5 CDs
5CDs, and a set that's overflowing with classic tracks from the legendary Stax Records – with an especially heavy emphasis on the label's genius moments from 1968 to the mid 70s! There's way too much here to list, but some of the more unusual tracks include "What A Man" by Linda ... CD
Tamla, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A mega-hit for Stevie Wonder – an album that features a killer title cut, plus lots of other wonderful tunes that show the world that a full-formed adult soul star had arrived on the market! There's a depth here that's really great – not the totally heady, righteous sound of Stevie in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atco/Jackpot, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
The great Dr John at his freaky deaky best – working here in a mindblowing mix of New Orleans roots and late 60s psych – all served up in some heady studio space and instrumental touches! The sound's unlike anything that ever went before – and is way better here than on some of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Feel Me
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy
A great 80s groove from Cameo – but one that's still done in the group's best early funk ensemble mode! There's maybe a bit more emphasis on the basslines and keyboards than before, but the sound of the music is still wonderfully full and spontaneous – very much in keeping with the ... CD
Polygram/Universal (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy
Essential material by this funky soul legend – even if you've got his one and only album! This is an excellent compilation of the very hard to find work of this James Brown partner and singer, with a track list of 22 cuts that includes lots of cool rare funky 45 tracks, and a number of ... CD
King/Universal (Japan), 1968. New Copy
A great lost album from James Brown – and totally funky! The record's got a super-hip cover that shows James standing in a blue room with three fine foxy ladies, and the words "I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me" are emblazoned across the top – and the whole thing's as ... CD
Bodyheat
Polydor (Japan), 1976. New Copy
An enduring classic from James Brown – quite possibly the strongest of his late 70s albums, and a record that nicely balances the harder funk of the early part of the decade with a more sophisticated style that almost gets slightly jazzy at times! The vocals are planted strongly at the top ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1973. New Copy
Easily one of the funkiest albums that James Brown ever recorded – and one of his few entries into the blacksploitation genre of the 70s! James really outdid himself for this one – working at a hard burning pace that had the JBs cooking up some killer funk for just about every number ... CD
Super Bad
King/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy
Super Bad is right! This is hard-hitting funky James – from the badass cover right down to the extended tracks on the record, which point the way towards the hard live jamming of the classic Payback years! Everything wonderful is in place on the set – from the band's grooves at the ... CD
Think (About It)
People (Japan), 1972. New Copy
The funkiest album ever recorded by Lyn Collins – a stone solid set that really lives up to the legacy of her funky 45s! Like those gems, this one has Collins working with James Brown on production and the JBs in the background – creating a razor-sharp groove that's probably the ... CD
Melodies International (UK), 1980. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
A fantastic tribute to Muhammad Ali – one that's maybe a bit more disco than the Champ would have used in the ring, but which has all his same sense of bravado! The rhythm is great enough on its own – pumping things up with fast-riffing guitar, rolling bass, keyboard waves, and horn ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD
A trio of wonderful albums from The Whispers – with a bit of bonus tracks too! First up is One For The Money – one of our favorite Whispers albums of the 70s – thanks to wonderful work from Philly soul maestro Norman Harris! Harris produced the record, and also played guitar on ... CD
Earth Wind & Fire/Need Of Love
Warner/BGO (UK), 1971. New Copy
A pair of spiritual soul classics – the rare early Warner Brothers albums from Earth Wind & Fire – back to back on a single CD! Earth, Wind & Fire's first album was recorded at a time when the group recently had ties to the Chicago soul and jazz scenes, and a range of ... CD
Sunset Blvd, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 3CD
The biggest collection of work we've ever seen from Lee Dorsey – a set that starts with his early Fire/Fury singles at the start of the 60s, then moves through his big recordings for Sansu and other labels that helped establish the New Orleans soul style of the late 60s – then even ... CD
Collected Terry Callier
Spectrum (UK), Early 70s/1999. New Copy
Two slices of work from Terry Callier – a collection that's mostly made up of his sublime early 70s recordings for Chess – but which also features a few tracks from his 1999 comeback for Verve! The Chess recordings are the stuff of legend – a unique blend of jazz, folk, and soul ... CD
Motown/Spectrum (UK), 1960s. New Copy
Great work from Brenda Holloway – one of the first strong female singers to work for Motown – even if she never stayed with the label long enough to get the same sort of fame as Diana Ross, Mary Wells, or some of her other contemporaries! Holloway had already recorded a bit before ... CD
Skull Snaps
GSF/Mr Bongo (UK), 1974. New Copy
One of the most legendary funk albums of the 70s – a real gem through and through, and filled with the best range of sounds the east coast scene had to offer at the time! The Skull Snaps only ever cut this one album during the early 70s – and it's a masterful blend of hard funk, sweet ... CD
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy Gatefold
Ike and Tina Turner crossed over big by this point in their career – grabbing a lot of ears that were mostly listening to rock music, but who finally got that many of their heroes were influenced by the pair – who were then throwing things back towards all their copycats with a record ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy
One of the most obscure albums from the famous duo of Ike & Tina Turner – thanks in part to a short-lived relationship with Capitol Records – and maybe one of the funkiest, too – as the whole thing comes out of the gate with a vibe that mixes the raw sound of their R&B ... CD
Spice Of Life
Cadet, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
An amazing batch of sophisticated soul tracks – and a favorite with the righteous groove scene! On the surface, the record's a combination of jazz and soul tracks in the same mode that you'd find on some of Nancy Wilson's albums for Capitol during the same time – but digging deeper, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black Caesar
Polydor, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
James Brown gets even better than before – working here in the setting of a blacksploitation soundtracks – which makes the album a doubly funky outing from the 70s! James is a master throughout – beating Isaac Hayes and Curtis Mayfield at their own games – as he works with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Uptown/MCA, 1992. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The landmark debut of Mary J Blige – a record that not only did a great job of blending underground hip hop and mainstream soul sensibilities – but maybe also opened the door for the Neo Soul revolution to come! Mary comes on here with a fresh new vision in female soul – one that' ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stax/Craft, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
One of the most righteous albums ever issued by Stax Records – from the title of the record, to the cover, to the grooves laid down by the group! The album was originally issued on Truth – the gospel subsidiary of Stax – and while it does have a bit of a spiritual component, the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Smile Now, Cry Later
Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest albums ever from Sunny & The Sunliners – a classic set of heartbreaking soul that's the Texas equivalent of the best late 60s harmony styles coming out of Spanish Harlem or East LA! The group were a Tex/Mex combo at their core, but on a handful of records like this, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Any Other Way
Numero, Late 60s. New Copy 2 CDs
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
Path
Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy
One of percussionist Ralph MacDonald's best albums of the late 70s – and one of the few on his own, given how many other records he played on! The set's a complicated mix of jazz, soul, and a variety of rootsier elements – and MacDonald shows a lot of sides of his personality here ... CD
Sound Of A Drum
Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A crucial album from percussionist Ralph MacDonald – a set that not only catapulted him into the limelight, after strong work on countless records for other artists – but a record that also gave Ralph some long-standing fame, thanks to some key groovers on the set! The album's got a ... CD
Numero, 1974. New Copy Gatefold
An amazing musical discovery – the lost second album from 24 Carat Black – recorded right after the band's legendary debut for Stax Records, but unissued for over 30 years! All the righteous styles of the group's famous Ghetto Misfortune's Wealth classic are fully in place here – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Universal, Early 70s. New Copy
A fantastic selection of work from one of the hippest girl groups of the 70s – the mighty Love Unlimited trio, three singers who all worked under the genius of Barry White in his prime! Unlike other girl trios of the time, who often used an older soul mode refitted with disco grooves – ... CD
Argo/Jackpot, 1964. New Copy (reissue)
Searing stuff – easily one of Etta James' greatest albums! The set is a non-stop jam, recorded live at the New Era Club in Nashville before a small and screaming crowd – a perfect performance all the way through, one that showcases Etta as she rarely sounded on vinyl during the 1960s. ... LP, Vinyl record album
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
A heavenly set of southern soul – a package that pulls together a wealth of rare and unreleased singles from the Malaco label – that important Jackson, Mississippi imprint that took on the deeper sounds of the 70s – after the Memphis and Muscle Shoals scenes were losing steam! ... CD
All About Money
Numero, 1984. New Copy (reissue)
An eerie bit of soul from the 80s scene in Newark – one that's got a special vibe that's all its own – partly due to a real love of echo from the producers! The set uses a fair bit of the electro elements you might know from 80s soul, especially the east coast underground type – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Foxy Brown
Motown, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A monster! Foxy Brown is Willie Hutch's magnificent soundtrack for Foxy Brown – a Pam Grier blacksploitation film from the early 70s – and it's pure genius all the way through, a record filled with some of the best funky soundtrack cuts of the era! Willie's got a real Curtis Mayfield ... LP, Vinyl record album
US
Polydor (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A killer-diller bit of essential funk – the only full album cut by Maceo with James Brown production! The set's got Maceo coming back strongly into the JB fold, with a fierce array of funky cuts that kick it every bit as hard as the best JBs work of the time. No surprise, the JBs are ... CD
VIP/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy
Soaring soul from Hearts Of Stone – a group who only ever cut this one album for Motown, but who really use the best of the label's talents to hit the same sort of groove as The Originals! Like that better-known group, these guys have a sound that really bridges the 60s and 70s – not ... CD
Elaine Brown
Black Forum/Motown, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
A very unusual musical moment in Motown – a set that was issued by their Black Forum label, and which was the second of two albums that Elain Brown recorded while part of the Black Panther Party! This one's even more radical than the first – a very interesting mix of modes, with ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated January 18, 2019


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