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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!


King/Gusto, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
Raw, raunchy sounds – all pulled together from a time before soul and rock even existed! Most of the work here is from the classic catalog of King Records – a killer imprint in the postwar R&B market, and a company who wasn't afraid to do what it took to make a knockout record! In ... CD

Little Willie John

Mister Little Willie John
King, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Tremendous work from Little Willie John – one of those singers who always grabs our attention! Willie's light years ahead of most of his contemporaries here – already moving more towards soul than R&B, and really shaking himself free of any bluesy cliches. Most of the tunes ... LP, Vinyl record album

Billy Ward & The Dominoes

Billy Ward & His Dominoes
King, Early 50s. New Copy (reissue)
Mighty work from The Dominoes – a group who got their start here on some key sides for King Records, which then had a huge impact on the sound of vocal groups for years to come! The lineup here includes early performances by both Jackie Wilson and Clyde McPhatter – two later superstars ... LP, Vinyl record album

Hank Ballard & The Midnighters

Singin & Swingin
King, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Some of the hardest, heaviest vocal group work of the pre-soul generation – a set of legendary King Records material by the young Hank Ballard and his always-tight Midnighters! The set captures them in the second chapter of their time at King – slightly cleaner in some of their subject ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lula Reed

Blue & Moody
King, 1958. New Copy
An incredible late 50s set for King by singer Lula Reed – and a pretty unique blend of R&B and bluer and moodier material – but a lot more upbeat than you'd expect from the title! Lula's voice is a genuine vessel for the bluesy material, but it's also light and lovely, and works ... CD

5 Royales

Five Royales
King, Late 50s. New Copy
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 ... CD
NPG/Legacy, 2010. New Copy
A really fantastic album from Prince – recorded in 2010, and unreleased at the time – but clearly one of the greatest things he gave us in the final decade of his life! This isn't uncooked demo material, or under-thought studio tracks – and instead, the whole thing is a fully-form ... CD

Johnny Otis

Cuttin' Up
Epic/Wounded Bird, 1970. New Copy
CD...$3.99 14.99
Not the traditional Johnny Otis Show records you might know from Johnny's famous R&B years of the 50s – and instead a totally great record from the start of the 70s that's filled with funk, soul, and blues! The set really shows the way that Otis changed with the times – and the ... CD

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

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

Aretha Franklin

ARETHA (4CD set)
Atlantic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 4CD
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

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
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

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
NPG/Legacy, 2010. New Copy 2LP, CD & Blu-ray
A really fantastic album from Prince – recorded in 2010, and unreleased at the time – but clearly one of the greatest things he gave us in the final decade of his life! This isn't uncooked demo material, or under-thought studio tracks – and instead, the whole thing is a fully-form ... LP, Vinyl record album

Aretha Franklin

ARETHA
Atlantic, Late 50s/1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
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

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
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1977. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
An overlooked late 70s moment from the great Garland Green – a set that's quite different than his earlier Chicago soul – thanks to production from Leon Haywood in a sweet west coast mode! The record's got an easygoing vibe that really fits the cover – a mix of mellow and ... CD
Spring/Southbound (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
Fantastic work from Millie Jackson – a singer so great, it's hard to say that even 21 tracks could make up her "best"! Jackson first emerged at the start of the 70s as a really fresh voice in southern soul – one that was partly tied to the heartbreaking style of the decade ... CD

Sylvia

Sweet Stuff
Vibration/We Want Sounds (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)
The great Sylvia Robinson hit the charts in the 70s with a huge crossover hit – but somehow, this album from the time has always been one of her trickiest to find – a complete gem through and through, done with a slinky, sexy style that's completely outta sight! Robinson's maybe best ... LP, Vinyl record album
NPG/Legacy, 2010. New Copy 2LP
A really fantastic album from Prince – recorded in 2010, and unreleased at the time – but clearly one of the greatest things he gave us in the final decade of his life! This isn't uncooked demo material, or under-thought studio tracks – and instead, the whole thing is a fully-form ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bryan/Tidal Waves, 1975. New Copy
One of the most unique soundtracks of the blacksploitation generation – but maybe that's also because the film Lord Shango was also somewhat different than most – a hipper, more creative movie that took on a number of themes, which are all echoed by Howard Roberts in his music! This ... LP, Vinyl record album
Warner, 1981. New Copy 2LP
The groundbreaking first album from The Time – a set that very firmly put the Minneapolis soul scene on the map, served up by a lineup that was maybe even more of a supergroup than Prince's band at the time! And while most folks credit Prince with helping The Time get their start, these guys ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

Antonio L Newton

Novaphonia
Tidal Waves, 1987. New Copy
A soul record, but one with a fair bit of "something else" going on as well – and a set that was originally only issued on cassette, which might be why it was missed the first time around! Antonio L Newton, aka Tony Newton, has a long legacy in soul music – including work ... LP, Vinyl record album
Motown (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
A long-overdue fifth entry in this amazing series – and like the previous volumes, a double-length set of rare material from the Motown vaults! 20 of the 43 tracks on the set are previously unreleased – and all of the material here goes way past the hits – to really show the full ... CD
Ace/Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
The Vietnam war was tough on most folks in the US – but it's no secret that it was especially tough on black Americans – who were often given little choice and little chance to get out of the callup to the military action – which left a huge impression on their community for years ... 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

Mary J Blige

My Life
Uptown/MCA, 1994. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The stunning second album from Mary J Blige – a record that showed that both the singer and her new form of soul music were around to stay! Production is from Sean Combs and Chucky Thompson – very heavy on beats borrowed from the underground, but nicely tuned to the mainstream – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jay King

Helen's Son
Expansion (UK), 2017. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
Jay King's had quite a career in soul music – some of it back in the 80s, through his work with Club Nouveau – and lots of it behind the scenes, as a writer, producer, and greater creative force in the business! Yet standing up front here on his own, Jay's maybe in his greatest ... CD

Pockets

So Delicious
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1979. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
Wonderful work from Pockets – a group who started out more in a jazzy mode, but who here have emerged as a fully-formed, soaringly soulful group that's a perfect fit for the Kalmiba Productions style of the late 70s! As you probably know, Kalimba's the production arm of the Earth Wind & ... CD
Atlantic/Expansion (UK), 1988. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
A lost 80s soul gem – the first album from Keith Patrick, issued during the later run of the Omni label – and a set that stands strongly next to some of that imprint's records by Royce Royce and Jean Carne! Like their albums, this set's got that smooth Omni mix of modern soul and quiet ... CD
Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
A fantastic bit of modern soul from Norman Connors – proof that he was still growing and changing as an artist, continuing to push his groove into whole new areas as the 70s progressed. The record takes the smooth jazzy sound of the earlier Buddah sides, sharpens it into a more sophisticated ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
Stirring sounds from the start of the 60s – all pulled from that magical moment when soul was first coming into place – brought together out of different strands of grooves that were rumbling around in the 50s! The set mixes R&B, vocal group, and even a bit of pop – but all ... CD

Roy Ayers

Let's Do It
Polydor/Soul Brother (UK), 1978. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
Pure magic from the height of Roy Ayers' classic 70s run on Polydor – a record that's filled with warm, jazzy grooves – all served up in that unique style that Roy was forging at the time! The album perfectly balances dancefloor tracks with mellower numbers – stepping out one ... CD
Columbia/Expansion (UK), 1978. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
A killer blend of soul and funk from Pockets – a group with a very jazzy pedigree in their roots, but who stretch forth here with some great studio help from the Kalimba Productions team of the Earth Wind & Fire empire! The groove is very much in the best 70s EWF mode – tight, but ... CD

Beggar & Co

Sleeping Giants
Expansion (UK), 2012. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
Maybe the greatest record we've ever heard from Beggar & Co – a set that sparkles strongly from a host of excellent guest work – not just from Incognito, but also from some key American musicians as well! The groove is tighter than ever – and very much in the 70s-inspired ... CD

Leon Ware

Candlelight
Expansion (UK), 2001. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
A new album by Leon Ware – and a real departure from his earlier work in the 70s! The album has Leon emerging as a jazz vocalist – singing in a sweet and intimate style that's still very much in the mode of his best work, but working through a host of standards like "Invitation&quo ... CD

Funkadelic

Toys
Westbound/Ace (UK), Early 70s. New Copy
A legendary record – and one that's well worth all the anticipation it's gotten over the years! The set features rare, previously unreleased material done by Funkadelic during their classic years at Westbound Records – some songs, and some studio jams – of the sort the group were ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, 2019. New Copy
The breakout record from Lizzo – a set that's even more musically striking than its instantly-iconic cover image! The record bristles with an energized take on contemporary R&B, mixed with just the right dose of hip hop – and although Missy Elliott guests on one track, Lizzo's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tamla, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
Marvin's definitely in the groove on this set – cooking on all burners with a host of late 60s Motown hits – bad-stepping his way towards some of the more mature moments to come in the 70s! The album's probably best remembered for the cut "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" ... LP, Vinyl record album

Harold Butler & The Four Corners

Butler Did It !
17 North Parade/VP, 1978. New Copy
A real sleeper, pure modern soul and disco niceness wrapped up in an unassuming package! Butler's name may be on the lesser known list of Jamaican keyboardists, and even lesser known on the sweet soul scene, but this amazing set from '78 should go a long way towards correcting that! Butler takes ... CD

Tomorrow's People

Open Soul
Stage Productions/P-Vine (Japan), Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A really legendary group from the underground 70s scene in Chicago – one who've got all the chops and capabilities of the bigger groups of the time, but who never fully got their due – maybe in part because of the racy image on the album's cover! The group are a sharp funky ensemble ... LP, Vinyl record album

Asha Puthli

Devil Is Loose
CBS/Mr Bongo (UK), 1976. New Copy
A masterpiece of spacey soul by the great Asha Puthli – a really unique 70s singer who has this incredible vocal range, and a great way of using it amidst slinkily soulful tracks – a bit like Minnie Riperton, or maybe like some of the Sylvia Striplin work with Roy Ayers! The sound here ... CD
 
Updated August 05, 2021


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