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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!


Gloria Ann Taylor

Love Is A Hurtin Thing
Selector Sound/Luv N' Haight, Mid 70s. New Copy
CD...$5.99 15.98
A stunning set of soul – and an album that will win you over right from the very first offbeat note! Some mad guitars introduce Gloria Ann Taylor's title cover version of "Love Is A Hurtin Thing" – and the whole album follows suit with these really unusual funky elements ... CD
Magic Touch/Funky Delicacies, Late 60s/1970s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A beautifully done look at the music of Harvey Scales – a damn funky cat from the Milwaukee scene, finally getting his due! The package is overflowing with groovers – hard funky 45 cuts that Scales recorded for the Magic Touch label – mostly in the late 60s and start of the 70s ... LP, Vinyl record album
Funky Delicacies, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A collection of ultra-rare material from the mighty Black Merda and affiliates – the legendary funk group who mixed in plenty of Hendrix-styled guitar to their grooves – resulting in sound that few other groups can touch! The "Psych Funk" title is very well put – given ... LP, Vinyl record album
Funky Delicacies, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Great stuff – and one of the funkiest albums that Ike Turner ever recorded – done during a late 60s moment when his fame with Tina Turner was really on the rise – but much more like some funky 45 take on the pre-Tina work he'd been doing in the 50s! This set's a batch of obscure ... LP, Vinyl record album

Midnight Movers

Truckin
Funky Delicacies/Tuff City, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
Heavy heavy funk from this hard-rocking group! The Midnight Movers were a tripped out combo who used a heck of a lot of guitar work in their grooves – and who also had a 4-part sax section that riffed heavily over the beats, creating a mad wailing approach that was as hard and full-on as any ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Tay Shus/Tuff City, Late 60s. New Copy
Finally! Andre Williams has been getting loads of press over the past few years as the true "Funky Godfather" that he is – but up until now, nobody's ever done a good compilation of his work! This long-overdue set from Tuff City digs through the vaults of Avin, Sport, & ... LP, Vinyl record album

Eddie Bo & The Soul Finders

Hook & Sling
Tuff City/Funky Delicacies, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A great collection of funky New Orleans genius from the legendary Eddie Bo – an artist who made music in many different modes over the years in Nola, but who comes across here with a sound that's definitely in the funkiest side of his spectrum! There's lots of cuts on the collection that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Tay Shus/Tuff City, 1970s. New Copy
Rare 70s funk from Andre Williams – one of the maddest funky artists of all time! These tunes are quite different from Andre's raw R&B of the 50s, and his funky 45s of the 60s – more in a tight ensemble groove, with a P-Funky approach that has weird vocals colliding with heavy ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mugo

United
Kay Dee, Early 70s. New Copy
CD...$3.99 14.98
Early 70s ensemble funk from Mugo – a DC group made up of students from McKinley Tech High School – combining tightly energetic, fairly sprawling instrumentation and soulful vocals – a number of unreleased tracks from the sessions that also produced their rare 70s single, newly ... CD
Dope Brother, Late 70s. New Copy
CD...$3.99 14.98
The never-before released full album from keyboardist Manzel Bush – the legendary 70s funk figure well-remembered for his classic break tracks! As a whole, the album's a masterpiece of spacey keyboards and funky drums – funkier than just about any other record we can think of from the ... CD
Funky Delicacies/Tuff City, Late 60s. New Copy
Deep soul, blaring horns, and funky guitars! The TSU Tornadoes were one of the great lost groups of the Houston scene of the 60s – and this second volume in Funky Delicacies' series on the band features a whopping amount of previously unissued material from the vaults of Ovide Records! The ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cloud One

Atmosphere Strut
Octipi, 1976. New Copy
CD...$2.99 12.98
One of the holy grails of the Spaced Out club music scene! Patrick Adams produced and arranged (and wrote and probably performed) this stunning set of spacey club grooves with a cool electronic feel, and a nice sense of mid to uptempo rhythms. Includes the classic "Atmospheric Strut", ... CD
Salsoul/Past Due, 1983. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
Maestro Richie Weeks is at the helm of this sweet set of early 80s groovers – funky club in the best second chapter mode of the Salsoul label – served up with a sound that's lean and mean throughout! We're not sure who the "Co" is, since Richie sings, plays keyboards, and ... 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

Theatre West

Bow To The People
Black Fire/Strut, Late 70s. New Copy
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 ... 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
Salsoul/Past Due, 1982. New Copy
CD...$6.99 16.99
A jamming little project from dancefloor maestro Richie Weeks – early 80s club tracks, done with a sweetly soulful approach! The music's still as heavy on the bass as other Salsoul work from the time, but there's a warmer approach to the vocals overall – a style that's as concerned ... 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
Cairo/Mississippi, 1960s. New Copy 2LP
A stunning package of rare and classic soul – very much in the spirit of the other titles on the Cairo imprint, and put together with a huge booklet of notes and images, and a great cover to boot! The approach here is nicely focused, despite the large date range – and most of the music ... 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

MFSB/Three Degrees/Billy Paul/O'Jays

Golden Gate Groove – The Sound Of Philadelphia Live 1973
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
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
A wealth of vocal group work from the LA scene – not big pop hits of the period, but a great mix of doo wop, early soul, and rock harmonies all brought together with the kind of special presentation we've come to love from the folks at Ace Records! Some of these cuts come straight from the ... CD
Proud/Tidal Waves, 1982. New Copy (reissue)
A late rare gem from southern soul genius Bobby Patterson – the Texas talent who's best known for his work of the late 60s and early 70s, but who's featured here on a self-released album from the start of the 80s! The approach is a bit like the shift that Malaco Records was making in ... LP, Vinyl record album
King/LMLR, 1968. New Copy
James Brown recorded a few different Christmas records back in the 60s – but this stunner may well be the best of the bunch – a killer record that not only fills the need for James Brown Holiday tunes, but which also more than lives up to his non-Christmas gems for King Records too! ... CD
Stack O Hits/P-Vine (Japan), 1976/1981. New Copy (reissue)
A killer little soul group who recorded with John "Monster" Davis in the mid 70s – really soaring with a groove that rivals some of their bigger contemporaries on the east coast group scene! Touch Of Class sing in a style that's sometimes fragile, but often more suited to the ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

Ruby & The Mudflaps

Breezy
Cordial (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
The overlooked 70s soul legacy of Ruby & The Mudflaps – a group with a name that might sound like a bar band – but who are a wickedly tight soul group through and through! The combo are very obscure – a German act, but with an American lead singer – one who only made a ... 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
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
Ace (UK), 1960s. New Copy
Here's a set that takes the "More" in its title very seriously – as the package is overflowing with way more rare work than we might have expected – six tracks from the Motown vaults that appear here for the first time ever, and many other that were unreleased at the time ... 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
Captain High (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.99
The "exotic" in the title is certainly well-placed – as many of these tracks take a familiar instrument, and use it in a slightly unusual way – a saxophone, piano, electric guitar, or something else – often set to grooves that start out in an R&B, early rock, or jazz- ... CD

Gaturs

Wasted
Tuff City/Funky Delicacies, Early 70s. New Copy
An essential bit of funkiness from this obscure New Orleans funk combo! The Gaturs' frontman was keyboardist Willie Tee – who went on to greater fame as a jazz and session player – but we like him best at this early point, when he was wailing away on organ in a tight choppy small group ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Heavy bass, tight percussion, and a wonderfully trippy groove – the stunning second album from Cymande, and one of our funk favorites from the 70s! These guys have a sound that's completely unique – a vibe that mixes African and Jamaican influences up in the heady London scene of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Westbound/Ace (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
One of the darkest records to ever come out of the Detroit soul scene! As you might guess from the title, the album is Funkadelic's first – and it's a swirling mass of psychedelic guitars, echoey drums, and bass-heavy riffing, all topped off by the band's harmony vocals, which sound like a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Just Sunshine/Tidal Waves, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
Genius work from Norman Feels – a virtually unknown mellow soul singer from the 70s, but one who should have been huge! Norman sings with this sweetly crackling style that we loved the moment we first heard it – a sound that's somewhere in territory covered by Marvin Gaye or Leroy ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ohio Players

Ecstasy
Westbound/Ace (UK), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Fuzzy funk from some of the all-time greats – one of the key Westbound Records classics from the mighty Ohio Players! This album's got the Players working at their all-time best – a bit jazzy, with a more sophisticated undercurrent than some of their contemporaries – a righteous ... LP, Vinyl record album
Turbo/Soul Brother (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2CD
An essential collection of work from one of the hippest funk groups of the 70s – the mysterious Wood Brass & Steel, who also participated in the legendary Skullsnaps record! The first part of the set features an unreleased album that the group recorded for the All-Platinum label in 1973 ... CD

Gaturs

Wasted
Tuff City/Funky Delicacies, Early 70s. New Copy
An essential bit of funkiness from this obscure New Orleans funk combo! The Gaturs' frontman was keyboardist Willie Tee – who went on to greater fame as a jazz and session player – but we like him best at this early point, when he was wailing away on organ in a tight choppy small group ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kent/Ace (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy
Curtis Mayfield is a hell of a singer – as most folks know from his work in the Impressions, and his later solo classics of the 70s – and he's also a hell of a songwriter too, one who was very generous with his magical material, right from the start! Back in the 60s, Curtis was sharing ... CD
Kent/Ace (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
They call it Lowrider Soul on the west coast – and back east, it's maybe known more as sweet soul, or harmony soul – especially given that there's so many groups who are important to the sound! But whatever you want to call it, think of the work here as the perfect sort of slow-stepping ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
There have been lots of Lowrider soul compilations on the market over the years – documenting the great of of mellow cuts on the LA scene of the 60s – particularly the kind that could move slow, but with a heavy groove at the bottom – perfect for chilling out in the back of a car ... 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

Madcliff

Madcliff
Guinness/Soul Brother (UK), 1977. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
A rare funky gem from Madcliff – an early project from Chris Hills, who'd soon go onto greater fame in Players Association! The album's got a much more soul-based sound than Hills' later material – still upbeat and groovy, but delivered with an indie soul vibe that keeps things nice ... 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
Buddah/Soul Brother (UK), 1973. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
A pivotal album for Barbara Mason – one in which she takes the little girl soul sound of earlier albums, and turns it into a sophisticated range of emotions that foreshadows later Philly work by singers like Jean Carn and Phyllis Hyman! Despite the Philly arrangements by Ronnie Baker, Norman ... CD
Funky Delicacies, 1970. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold
Unreleased material by Ike & Tina Turner – hard, funky, and very fierce! The sound here is similar to some of the pair's more famous albums of the time – but it's also rawer and rootsier, as befits the demo status of these recordings. If you've ever gotten turned off by the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cairo/Mississippi, 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP
A beautiful collection of vintage soul music – the latest crowning achievement in the Cairo series from Mississippi Records – and, like the rest, an excellent combination of classics and little known gems from the golden years! The package is as before – 2 LPs in a great cover, ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated January 20, 2022


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