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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!


I'm In Need Of Love
Epic/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A wonderful album of mellow soul tracks! The record is Lou Courtney's masterpiece – and it's a jam-packed set filled with great tracks that rank right up there with classic 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware! Leon Pendarvis handled most of the arrangements ... LP, Vinyl record album
Epic/Soul Brother (UK), 1974. New Copy
A wonderful album of mellow soul tracks! The record is Lou Courtney's masterpiece – and it's a jam-packed set filled with great tracks that rank right up there with classic 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye, Leroy Hutson, or Leon Ware! Leon Pendarvis handled most of the arrangements ... CD
New Breed R&B
Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
Not the usual old school R&B – but a sweet batch of cuts from a time when the music was taking on a new style in the soul generation – as older artists and younger singers moved gritty vocals into a range of great new grooves – much of which were a real precursor to the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy
Two Capitol classics from the great Gene Dunlap – back to back on a single CD! First up is It's Just The Way I Feel – a classic soulful fusion album recorded and released during the crucial years of the "Capitol Rare" sound! Gene Dunlap is a jazz drummer at heart – but ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1981/1982. New Copy
A pair of classic early 80s soul albums from ex-Dramatics singer LJ Reynolds! The self-titled '81 set is killer material in a modern Detroit mode all the way through – with top-shelf production by Reynolds, Don Davis, and Ronnie McNeir/ Ronnie, who'd been lost to the industry for a few ... CD
Black Tie/Love Talk
Expansion (UK), 1979/1981. New Copy
Group soul titans The Manhattans – still going strong at the end of the 70s & beginning of the 80s – a pair of underappreciated albums together in a single set! First up is 1981's Black Tie – recorded in Chicago with producer Leo Graham – who brings a somewhat polished ... CD
Epic/Expansion (UK), 1982/1984. New Copy
A pair of post Philly International gems from Lou Rawls on Epic – Now Is The Time from '82 and Close Company from '84 – in a single set! Now Is The Time is a solid soul effort from Lou, still working wonders here in the early 80s on a record that stands the test of time surprisingly ... CD
Secrets
Arista/Soul Brother (UK), 1978. New Copy
A key crossover set from Gil Scott-Heron – still every bit as political as his earlier work, but with a stronger sense of soul as well! The great Brian Jackson is firmly in tow here – bringing warm keyboards and a nice little groove to most of the tracks – and the previous ... CD
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
20th Century/Universal, Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD
One of the greatest soul instrumental groups of the 70s, finally given their due – here in a massive package that brings together all their great singles done under the guidance of Barry White! White was a genius at the time of these tracks, and he worked with Love Unlimited at a level that ... CD
Camouflage
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy
An under-appreciated gem by Rufus – the group's last album before Chaka left to depart on her successful early 80s solo career – and a nice one nonetheless! There's a trace of 80s groove in the mix – especially on the bass and percussion – but these elements are handled ... CD
Lady
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1984. New Copy
An overlooked gem from the ever-strong years of One Way – that early 80s run when the group kept on putting out great records! The vibe's changed up a bit from before, but that's one of the things that makes One Way so great – that they were kind of an evolutionary act, always drawing ... CD
Love On Delivery
Capitol (Japan), 1975. New Copy
A modern soul classic – and a darn hard record to find! The Reflections were an obscure male quartet with a sound that mixed deep soul vocals and smooth modern production, and as far as we know, they only ever cut this one LP for Capitol. Melba Moore gave the group their start, and the ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
A heady helping of tracks that played big at the legendary Wigan Casino – one of those northern English clubs that was part of the big second wave of soul connoisseurship in the UK during the 70s – representative of a scene that still loved Northern Soul, but also was open to new sounds ... LP, Vinyl record album
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy
It's definitely winning time for Klique – as the trio grooves here with a lean, clean sound that's totally great! Despite the silly jumpsuits on the cover, the group actually have a pretty nice sound in the grooves – one that's kind of a poppy approach to the boogie, filled with plenty ... CD
Gerald Alston
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1988. New Copy
Brilliant solo work from Gerald Alston – the first album issued under his own name, after a strong legacy of work with The Manhattans! Alston's vocals are wonderful here – beautifully crafted, with a sense of maturity and feeling that most of his younger soul contemporaries couldn't ... CD
Dramatic Jackpot
ABC/Universal (Japan), 1975. New Copy
One of the Dramatics' best albums, and a real masterpiece of 70's group soul! The style here is a bit different than the group's previous records for Stax – maybe a bit tighter, with sweet arrangements – but these fantastic vocals that cut through everything and grab you to your core ... CD
Radiant
A&M (Japan), 1980. New Copy
Radiant grooves indeed from Atlantic Starr – a group who really make things sparkle throughout this magnificent set! The group are at the height of their powers here – skirting a perfect line between mainstream soul and upbeat club – never falling too much into one style or the ... CD
Wanting You
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy
Massive work from Starpoint – the kind of all-great record that few other groups of their era could hope to match! The set's got way more going on than usual the usual 80s groove (although that's very firmly in place too) – and steps out with a tightness and sense of presence that ... CD
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy
Massively funky work from Cameo – a set that's right in the middle of their classic early run – and still quite strong on the bass-heavy grooves the group helped inspire in countless legions of imitators! The tightness of the set is incredible – moving at a pace that's simply ... CD
Ugly Ego
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy
One of our favorite albums ever from Cameo – the group's third release! The album's got a great approach that hints at more sophisticated soul styles, but which is still firmly in charge of the bass-driven grooves that made their early albums so great – a compressed approach to the ... CD
Universal, Early 70s. New Copy 2LP
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 – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Love Me Right
4th & Broadway/Universal (Japan), 1987. New Copy
A set recorded late in the career of Millie Scott – given that she contributed vocals to some hip girl groups in the 70s – but a standout solo moment too, and one that showed she could make some big waves on her own! The album's got a nice early urban sort of feel – echoes of ... CD
We Are One
Capitol (Japan), 1983. New Copy
Completely killer work from Frankie Beverly & Maze – captured here at the height of their power, with that amazing blend of Frankie's lead vocals and the group's tight instrumentation – all at a level that so many others tried to copy, but never got this right! The sense of unity ... CD
Feel The Need
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1991. New Copy
A great one from James JT Taylor – a set that really has him finding his voice as a solo act, and nicely mixing up groovers with some midtempo cuts that really seem to let him shine! There's a strength to his presence that really made him an up and coming soul star at the time – even ... CD
20th Century/Universal, Mid 70s. New Copy 3LP Trifold
One of the greatest soul instrumental groups of the 70s, finally given their due – here in a massive package that brings together all their great singles done under the guidance of Barry White! White was a genius at the time of these tracks, and he worked with Love Unlimited at a level that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bongo Rock (with bonus tracks)
Pride/Universal (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy
A landmark album that is perhaps the single most influential beat source in hip hop! The record was the brainchild of bongo player Michael Viner – who also happened to be running the Pride subsidiary of MGM at the time. Viner's got a meeeeeean touch on the bongo, hitting it hard and funky ... CD
Atco (Japan), 1972. New Copy Gatefold
A rootsy classic from Dr John – an early 70s set in which he turns his talents to a bunch of older New Orleans soul and blues tracks, but serves them up in a style that still has plenty of his mystic gumbo in place! After the freer-wheeling longform sprawls of his more psychedelic albums, ... CD
Goldwax/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD
Legendary work from Goldwax Records – pulled from a stretch when the Memphis imprint was really going strong! By the time of these tracks, Goldwax was really coming into their own – picking up some of the best soul currents of the Memphis scene – and rivaling the Stax/Volt ... CD
King/Modern Harmonic, 1963. New Copy (reissue)
Killer work from one of the all-time greats – even if it only represents a small slice of his music! Unlike James Brown, Little Willie John, or the 5 Royales – Johnny Guitar Watson only spent a brief bit of his career at King Records – but his work for that legendary imprint was ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fever (colored vinyl pressing)
King/Modern Harmonic, Late 50s. New Copy (reissue)
A seminal album from the legendary Little Willie John – one of the greatest singers in the pre-soul years, and a strong influence on James Brown as well! The cover's quite unassuming – from that time when the growing R&B album market somehow didn't like to feature a black face on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Twilight 22
Vanguard/Craft, 1984. New Copy (reissue)
An electro classic from Twilight 22 – one of those records that maybe flew under the radar a bit when first released – but which has gone on to become a standard over the years! The duo of Gordon Bahary and Joseph Saulter may not have risen from the streets – but they've ... LP, Vinyl record album
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy
Great later work from Rufus – working here without Chaka Khan on vocals, but sounding even jazzier as a result! There almost seems to be more emphasis on the instrumentation than before – and the album's got a warmly funky groove that definitely carries on the 70s Rufus tradition, but ... CD
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
A classic compilation gets upgraded in a mighty nice way – as a huge tribute to the many years of soul and funk we've gotten from the Ace/Kent label in London! Back at the start of the 80s, the company was one of the first to properly repress rare American soul, and do it the right way ... CD
Prelude/Omaggio (Italy), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
A stunning early set from brothers Tunde-Ra and Taharqa Aleem – a duo who later recorded together as Aleem and The Fantastic Aleems to much greater fame in the early 80s! Here, though, the brothers are working in very moody club territory – crafting these great grooves that are heavy ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sylvers II
Pride/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
The second album by The Sylvers – and like the first, a record that really has the group going way past any expectations you might have of them as a kid soul group! The Sylvers started out in the same era as the Jackson 5 and Five Stairsteps – but right from the start, they already ... LP, Vinyl record album
Polydor/Elemental (Spain), 1972. New Copy
A really fantastic album from James Brown – and an unusual one, too – as it was only ever issued overseas back in the early 70s! The album's got a title that's similar to one of James' Christmas albums, but it's a completely different record – kind of a condensation of some of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Psychedelic Shack
Gordy/Motown, 1970. New Copy
A late 60s Motown classic – with a deep heavy soul sound that mixed psychedelic elements into a rolling righteous groove – with a style that was perfect for the political tenor of the times! The formula worked extremely well for The Temps, and shifted them from being just a regular ... CD
Studio Rockers (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The Last Poets are back in action, after far too much time away from the studio – and this time around, they've got some great help from younger producers Nostalgia 77 and Prince Fatty! As with most righteous music of the 70s, there's a message here that's as important today as it was when ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stargard
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1977. New Copy
The debut album from Stargard – a set that turned the trio into strong soul stars, after a brief and mistaken role in the film Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band! Given the failure of that cinematic endeavor, it's amazing that MCA signed the girls up – but it's also clear that the ... CD
Uni/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Great stuff – the beginning of the Love Unlimited dynasty! As we're sure you know, Barry White produced this little gem of a record, and the record was a key proving ground for many of his stone cold soul production ideas before he went off and started doing the lead vocals himself. The ... CD
Wild Night
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1982. New Copy
A lesser-known album from One Way, but a great one – and in some ways, even fresher and more appealing than some of their more famous work from the time! The set's still got plenty of the great One Way bounce in the mix – but there's also a deeper, more sensitive soul sound going on ... CD
Chocolate City/Universal (Japan), 1982. New Copy
The cover's a bit creepy, but the album's still plenty great – old school Cameo still strongly in a funk-based mode, before some of the stiffer grooves of their later years! Bass is the ruler of the set – and most tracks here vamp around in a very heavy P-Funk style of groove – ... CD
Reprise/Big Break (UK), 1973. New Copy
One of the best-ever albums by this lovely soulful singer! Linda Lewis had an amazing style that was somewhere in between Minnie Riperton, Joni Mitchell, and Ellen McIlwaine – meaning that she mixes soul, folk, and a bit of jazz into her own unique vibe. This album's a gem, and is filled ... CD
A&M (Japan), 1981. New Copy
LTD without Jeffrey Osborne, and sounding pretty darn great – moving here in a boogie-centrist groove that's heavy with bass on the bottom! In a way, the group's almost freer to work here as a funky ensemble without their former spotlight star – and the record's got a really wicked ... CD
Live & More
Casablanca/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy
An overstuffed double-length set from Donna Summer – one that features some of the live material promised in the title, plus some even better studio work as well! The first 3 sides of the album feature Donna recorded live – putting over tunes with a bit more personality and almost a ... CD
I'm So Hot
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy
Quite a different record than most of Denise's other southern blues sides – and a great little set with a warm clubby feel! The album's got arrangements by David Van DePitte, and a warm flowing dancefloor style that shows Denise as a whole new sort of singer than we might have expected from ... CD
Foster Sylvers (Pride LP)
Pride/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy
How old was Foster Sylvers when he cut this record? Seven? Eight? Whatever the case, the little tyke forever changed the face of funky music with the incredible cut "Misdemeanor" – one of those chunky funky numbers that sounds like nothing else we've ever heard, and which has ... CD
Love & Understanding
De-Lite/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy
Amazing work from Kool & The Gang – from a period when they were pushing past their tight early funky sound, into a super-dope mix of electronics and spacey jamming that is still pretty darn revolutionary today! Although you might think the album would be a bit disco by the date, it's ... CD
Sylvers II
Pride/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy
The second album by The Sylvers – and like the first, a record that really has the group going way past any expectations you might have of them as a kid soul group! The Sylvers started out in the same era as the Jackson 5 and Five Stairsteps – but right from the start, they already ... CD
 
Updated June 22, 2018


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