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Soul — Recently Added

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!


Linda Jones

Let It Be Me
Turbo/Pleasure For Music, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Tremendous work from Linda Jones – a soul singer with a really fantastic voice, but one who left our planet all too soon! With work like this, it's clear that Linda would have been one of the real heavyweights of the 70s – as she's got a depth that goes as far as Aretha Franklin, and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Nite-Liters

A-Nal-Y-Sis
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1973. New Copy
CD...$7.99 14.99
A masterpiece of hard and heavy funk – from one of the best bands of the early 70s! The Nite Liters were a legendary funky combo that provided the backing for some of New Birth's best albums – but on their own, they were even funkier, and had a sound that was part JBs, part Meters, and ... CD

Southern Energy Ensemble

Open Your Mind
Black Fire/Strut (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
A sweet bit of spiritual jazz from the legendary Black Fire scene – the only record ever cut by this group, but a set that stands up strongly next to the label's famous work by Oneness Of Juju!! Southern Energy Ensemble were one of the super-hip combos on the righteous side of the DC scene ... CD

Ron Henderson & Choice Of Colors

Hooked On Your Love – Rare Tracks
P-Vine (Japan), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
Underground soul genius from the great Ron Henderson – one of those great 70s also-rans – a true top talent who never fully got his due, but who cut some really wonderful material back in the day! The set features rare 70s singles and some unreleased tracks – all of which work ... LP, Vinyl record album

Southern Energy Ensemble

Open Your Mind
Black Fire/Strut (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A sweet bit of spiritual jazz from the legendary Black Fire scene – the only record ever cut by this group, but a set that stands up strongly next to the label's famous work by Oneness Of Juju!! Southern Energy Ensemble were one of the super-hip combos on the righteous side of the DC scene ... LP, Vinyl record album

Metros

Sweetest One
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy
CD...$5.99 12.99
One of the greatest Northern Soul albums ever – completely great all the way through, and filled with songs that have been burning up dancefloors for years! The vocals are incredible – soaring harmonies that hold together perfectly, even when the grooves are hard and heavy – and ... CD
Shadybrook/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Kellee Patterson's amazing first album for the Shadybrook label – a total killer all the way through, and much harder and heavier than any of her later sides for the label! The record's got a nice jazzy vibe that's a good bridge between her earlier work on Black Jazz, and her later, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black Fire/Strut, Late 70s. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
A sweet set of spiritual jazz funk – a gem of a set from an Ohio group of the 70s, but one that was initially only issued on CD by the Black Fire label many years later! The ensemble's led by singer/pianist Clarence Young – and has a very message-oriented approach – sort of a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Platinum City/Luv N' Haight, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
An obscure set of clubby soul from the Dallas scene – led by the mysterious Round Robin on vocals and percussion! The group hit the speed of some of the disco dancefloor work of the time, but have a lean style that focuses much more on their surprisingly sharp instrumentation – which ... LP, Vinyl record album
Philadelphia International, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The setting is the Golden Gate, but the sound is pure Philly International – a rare early live performance from the label, featuring some of its key vocal heavyweights working here with live accompaniment from MFSB! Although the instrumental group backed Philly artists often in the studio, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Diana Ross & The Supremes

Funny Girl (2CD ultimate edition)
Motown/Real Gone, 1968. New Copy 2CD
A great little album from Diana Ross – maybe one of her lesser-known efforts with The Supremes, and a set that really points the way towards the solo years to come! One of the reasons for that is that the set really just features Diana out in the lead, with different backing singers behind ... CD

Marvin Gaye

I Want You
Motown, 1976. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.98
An incredible record – quite possibly our favorite ever by Marvin Gaye! The album is quite unique – written by Leon Ware, and recorded in collaboration with him – done as a "suite" of tracks based on themes of passion, joy, and new love – all of which were very ... CD

Ray Charles

True Genius (6CD set)
Tangerine, 1960s/1970s/1980s. New Copy 6CD
An amazing tribute to the music of Ray Charles – served up here in a special package of tracks from his own Tangerine and Crossover record labels – a fair bit of which haven't been on the market for many many years, and which are presented here with an unreleased live set from the 70s! ... CD
Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A spectacular soul album from Holland – but one that's got a much more American groove than some other overseas records of its type! The cuts all feel as if they could have been lifted from indie sides of the east coast scene of the early 70s – and Billy shines beautifully both on the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Paisley Park/Warner, 1987. New Copy 3CD
A fantastic record from Prince – a double-length set that came out at a time when the purple one was brimming over with energy and new ideas – and a step slightly in the direction of more socially conscious material! Everything that was great about Prince before the record is ... CD

New York Disco Orchestra

Reverie (with bonus download)
Artemis/Espacial (Spain), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A completely obscure disco session from the New York scene of the 70s, and a great one too – long, well-crafted tracks that clearly draw inspiration from both the work of Salsoul Orchestra and MFSB – and which have a sound that's every bit as great as work from those two famous groups! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mercury/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1981. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Blue Feather may look a bit hokey on the cover, but they sound really wonderful on the record – a sweet, smooth, funky group who were one of the best on the scene in the early 80s! The vibe here is a lot like the best Brit funk of the period – all these riffing guitars, warm keyboards, ... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Aretha Franklin

ARETHA
Atlantic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy
A really fantastic career-spanning collection of work from Aretha Franklin – the first we've ever seen to start with her earliest years, then follow the greatness of her voice and spirit as it blossomed strongly over the decades! Sure, most folks know Franklin's classic work on Atlantic ... CD
Family Groove, 1979. New Copy
Two rare tracks recorded in New Orleans in the late 70s – both appearing here for the first time ever! "Freaky With You" is an extended ensemble funk number – riffing guitar with the groove, monstrous bass driving the train, and lots of offbeat vocals on the lyrics – ... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Mandrill

Mandrill
Polydor/Anagram, 1970. New Copy
A masterpiece of freeform funk from Mandrill – New York group at the start of the 70s, but one who work here with the best longform jamming styles of the Bay Area scene! The combo draw equal influence from jazz, funk, soul, and Latin – using all elements in a unique hybrid that's all ... CD
De-Lite/Expansion (UK), 1979. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
A disco dazzler from the glory days of the De-Lite Records scene – served up here by a group who really hit all the best sort of groove's you'd expect from that legendary imprint! The album's a disco record, sure – but it's also got the deeper roots that come from the De-Lite ... CD
Soulmusic.com (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2 CDS
A fantastic collection of work from Norman Connors – a musician who first started out playing drums in spiritual jazz groups at the start of the 70s, then moved on to take over the worlds of funk and soul! Connors' material of this time was essential at bringing a new sort of depth to soul ... CD

Ohio Players

Fire
Mercury, 1975. New Copy
One of the biggest albums ever for Ohio Players – a set that took their earlier funk sound and targeted firmly at the mainstream with a lean, mean groove that a million other groups copied at the time! There's still plenty of the soul of the early years in the group's approach here – ... CD
Fantasy, 1975/1976. New Copy
2 classics from The Blackbyrds – back to back on a single CD! City Life is a fantastic album from the legendary jazz funk combo – a bit smoother than their first, but that's the great thing about it! The record has the band getting even tighter than before – coming up with an ... CD

Rodriguez

Cold Fact
Sussex/Universal, 1970. New Copy
CD...$6.99 14.99
One of a handful of enigmatic albums cut in the early 70s by Sixto Rodriguez – a Latin-tinged singer with a style that's a bit like that of Jose Feliciano, but trippier, and with more rock and folk touches! This set's probably his best one – thanks to arrangements and production by ... CD
Casablanca/Mercury, 1975. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
Here's where it all happens – the huge culmination of all the years of heavy funk and psychedelic soul created by George Clinton and the P-Funk empire – fused into an amazingly tight groove that helped win over much bigger audiences than ever before! The album title and cover are very ... CD

Don Crawford

Another Shade Of Black
Roulette/Wounded Bird, 1971. New Copy
CD...$3.99 11.98
A strange bit of country soul – but a great one, and unique gem from Don Crawford! Another Shade Of Black was recorded by Don Crawford in New York, with bit of a crossover folksy feel that's more like work you'd hear from Muscle Shoals, but it's in a slightly more experimental mode. The ... CD
20th Century/Mr Bongo (UK), 1974. New Copy
Brilliant work from this long-lost Barry White protege! Tom Brock was one of the leading lights in Barry's stable of sweet mid 70s soul talents – a great writer who contributed songs to the legendary Gloria Scott album, and a heck of a great mellow soul singer on his own – with a style ... CD
Columbia/Legacy, 1973. New Copy
A brilliant double live album by Bill Withers – different than his studio work, and every bit as essential! The album's similar to Curtis Mayfield's double live album around the same time – in that it's got Bill in front of a very enthusiastic crowd, playing in a stripped down way that ... CD
Polydor, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
One of the greatest albums ever from James Brown – even if it wasn't issued during his classic run of funk records in the early 70s! Yet the material here is all from that time – recorded by Polydor when James and the JBs were completely kicking ass in the studio – turning out ... LP, Vinyl record album
Polydor/Now Again, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
A legendary bit of fuzzy funk from James Brown – an important collaboration with the mighty Dave Matthews, who brings a more tripped-out feel to the record than some of James' other King sessions of the time! Matthews adds in lots of psych-influenced guitar – used very different than ... LP, Vinyl record album

Terry Callier

What Color Is Love
Cadet/Verve, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
Possibly the greatest album ever by the legendary Chicago soul singer Terry Callier! Terry's rich mellow voice is mixed with superb arrangements from the Cadet studio team, with Charles Stepney at the head, and the result is completely sublime. The songs are longer than on earlier albums – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Curtom/Rhino, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
One of our favorite Curtis Mayfield albums ever – a massive early 70s effort that's filled with wonderful songs all the way through, and quite possibly one of the most perfect realization of the righteous vibe of the early 70s Curtom years! Curtis is in fine form throughout – as a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Fatback Band

Keep On Steppin'
Event/Southbound (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Quite possibly the last really hard-hitting funk album from The Fatback Band – and although their first record on the Event label, a set that cooks every bit as hard as their first few for Perception! The style here is funky 45 soul at its best – lots of hard crackling drums, funky ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
People/Get On Down, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
An oft-overlooked gem from the JBs – their last album for People Records, and a stone funk classic that's every bit as essential as the others! The band is still in fine fine form – with none of the fast-funk or proto-disco of some later recordings – and they're working here in ... LP, Vinyl record album

Little Beaver

Party Down
Cat/Solid (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A killer batch of funky guitar work from the Miami scene of the 70s – very different than the later disco hits the city would be known for! Little Beaver is one of those players we'd put right up there with Shuggie Otis, O'Donell Levy, or Eddie Fisher (of "Third Cup" fame) – ... CD

Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson

Soulshake (with bonus tracks)
SSS International/Ultra Vybe (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy
Wonderful soul duet work from Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson – a pair who were maybe to the southern scene of the 60s what Marvin Gaye and his ladies were to the Motor City – able to trade lines in a wonderful way, and make their songs always come together with a vibe that was way more ... CD
US Army/Now Again, 1971/1972. New Copy 3CD
Proof that the US Army had plenty going on during the 70s – as you'll hear from this killer set of military-produced grooves from East Of Underground! The set goes way past the previous East Of Underground reissue – to feature work by the groups Soap, Black Seeds, and Sound Trek – ... CD
Loma/Future Days, Mid 60s. New Copy
Major labels didn't always get soul music as well as the indies back in the 60s – but there's one exception to that myth, the mighty Loma Records label from Warner Brothers! The company had a near-perfect run during its few years in business – killer soul singles that are every bit as ... LP, Vinyl record album
Polydor, Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
A killer 2CD set of funky grooves by one of the best backing bands ever! The JBs were James Brown's legendary combo during his monster funk years of the early 70s – and this well-selected compilation brings together 30 rare tracks from their best years! The set's got a great set of notes ... CD
Chronicles/Polydor, Early/Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD
Killer 2 CD set that focuses on the funky sound of James from the 70s – and which includes great material that was never issued at the time, alternate funky takes, rare singles, and other great bits! There's a wealth of incredible material on here that makes the set essential – even if ... CD

5 Royales

Five Royales
King, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)
LP...$9.99 12.98
A stone killer from the legendary 5 Royales – one of the greatest groups to ever record for King Records in the 50s, and a key force in helping move things forward from doo wop to soul! The balance between Lowman Pauling's lead and the harmonies is amazing – a big inspiration on the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Little Willie John

Sure Things
King, 1961. New Copy (reissue)
LP...$9.99 12.98
It's always a sure thing when we see the name of Little Willie John on the cover of a record – a sure thing that the music's going to be great, the vocals sublime, and the whole thing a non-stop package of raw early soul! Willie's a singer who recorded for King Records during the same early ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black Lite/Now Again, 1976. New Copy
One of the weirdest funk records you'll ever hope to own – an obscure concept album on the life and loves of a Las Vegas hustler! The set's got the gritty street-level vibe you'd expect from its cover – a very stripped-down, homegrown studio effort that features vocalist Marvin Neroes ... CD
Westbound (UK), 1972. New Copy
A true pleasure indeed – easily one of the greatest records ever by the Ohio Players, and a perfect summation of all things great in their groove! The album's a landmark effort – even for the heady days of the early 70s – as the Players manage to bring together a fair bit of jazz ... CD
Westbound (UK), 1972. New Copy
Mindblowing funk from The Ohio Players – the group's debut album for Westbound Records, and a landmark batch of tracks that never gets old! The sound here really has the group stretching out a lot – working on tunes that are extended, but never as overindulgent as their labelmates ... CD
Ze/Light In The Attic, 1988. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
LP...$8.99 29.98
The last lovely album in a wonderful run of records from Lizzy Mercer Descloux – one of the most unique talents to work on the Ze Records imprint in the 80s – and an artist who shared plenty of the genre-crossing, global-mixing elements of her contemporaries! The album's got a sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rojac/Traffic, 1967. New Copy
CD...$7.99 16.98
A great set that may well be Big Maybelle's best record ever – really rare work that's quite different than her famous work of the 50s! The set was recorded in the Criteria studios in Miami – and it's got a cool southern soul sound that's part Bobby Blue Bland bluesy soul, and part ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1940s/1950s. New Copy 16CD
A long-overdue look at a music scene that's been overlooked for years – the rich legacy of soul, jazz, blues, and R&B music that came from Washington, DC at midcentury – a city that's not nearly as well-known a source for sounds as Chicago, Detroit, and New York – but which ... CD
 
Updated September 21, 2021


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