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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!


Stax/Craft, 1968. New Copy 5CD
1968 was the world of revolution around the world – and to our music-trained ears, one of the greatest revolutions occurred at the legendary Stax Records! Before that year, the label had been working with Atlantic Records – who totally screwed them, and took away all their catalog ... CD
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold
One of the most obscure albums from the big hit years of Ike & Tina Turner – a double-length live set recorded in Paris, and one that's every bit as smoking as their American live material from the time! The concert setting really lets the pair show off all their talents – and the ... 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
Minit/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy
A set that does a fantastic job of capturing the great energy that Ike & Tina Turner brought to their famous live appearances – honed to a sharp edge by this time in their career, thanks to countless years on the road! Ike was always as much a master of ceremonies as James Brown was on ... CD
Universal, 2018. New Copy
Nile Rodgers isn't on the cover, but he's definitely in the grooves – giving us an updated version of the classic Chic sound – complete with all the best snapping rhythms and plenty of riffing guitar! Rodgers opened the door for plenty of guests this time around – voices who push ... CD
Broken Politics
Smalltown Supersound (Sweden), 2018. New Copy
One of the greatest things about Neneh Cherry in recent years is the way she's developed a strong sense of creative collaboration – which she definitely continues here, on a record done with great help from Keiran Hebden! Hebden produced, mixed, and co-wrote much of the set – and most ... CD
Acid Experience (3LP set)
Still Music, Mid 90s. New Copy 3LP
The sound of Chicago acid house, all filtered through the energy of the west coast rave scene – which was home to DJ Spun and Dhyan Moller when they recorded these tracks! The music was originally done straight to cassette – which creates this nicely compressed sound that takes us back ... LP, Vinyl record album
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy
That's a pretty trippy cover on the album – maybe hinting at Tina's role as the "Acid Queen" to come – but the set's nicely down to earth on most numbers, and is almost a great reminder of the deep soul roots that Ike & Tina Turner always brought to their music! There's a ... CD
United Artists/Universal (Japan), 1971. New Copy Gatefold
One of the most iconic albums from the team of Ike & Tina Turner – a set recorded at a time when the duo were complete superstars in both the world of rock and soul – and were able to step out with a heck of a lot of power in the grooves! Ike produced and arranged the album in his ... 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
Broken Politics
Smalltown Supersound (Sweden), 2018. New Copy
One of the greatest things about Neneh Cherry in recent years is the way she's developed a strong sense of creative collaboration – which she definitely continues here, on a record done with great help from Keiran Hebden! Hebden produced, mixed, and co-wrote much of the set – and most ... LP, Vinyl record album
Westbound/4 Men With Beards, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
An insane classic from one of the wildest funk bands ever! According to reports, George Clinton and the band cut this set in a marathon 48-hour stretch in the studio – working like mad all night and day long, after dropping a motherlode of some mighty fine acid! We don't know if that story's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Thumb/Universal (Japan), 1969. New Copy
A pretty sweet little album from Ike & Tina Turner – recording during a period when it seemed like they had contracts with just about every soul label on the market! This one's definitely got that hip "play it for the Fillmore crowd" sound that you'd expect from Blue Thumb ... CD
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1966. New Copy
A legendary pairing of two key 60s pop talents – the soulful sounds of Ike & Tina Turner, and the soaring production styles of Phil Spector! The album's quite different than some of the grittier Turner projects of the time – lots of full orchestrations and strings, mixed with the ... CD
Liberty/Universal (Japan), 1970. New Copy
A nicely pivotal album by Ike & Tina Turner – one that has them still retaining some of the earthiness of earlier years, yet also honing their groove for the crossover audience that was digging them big at the end of the 60s! The best results of this shift is the increasing funk ... CD
United Artists, 1971. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
The Ike & Tina Turner Revue shakes the foundation at Carnegie Hall on April Fools Day, 1971! There's a good reason for there being so many live albums by Ike & Tina – it's because they're damn great on stage – and this NYC set is a strong showcase for The Ikettes and The Kings ... LP, Vinyl record album
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983. New Copy
Collage may not have been the biggest group during the legendary early run of Solar Records – but they were certainly one of the tightest – as you'll hear on this classic album of 80s groove! Collage boast a lot more members than their contemporaries – a total of 10 guys are ... CD
Soul Fever
DeLuxe, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A holy grail of funky music – the one and only album ever cut by Marie Queenie Lyons, a heck of a hard soul single who's best known for her rare funky 45s! The album is stunning – every bit as great as any of Marie's singles, and with an incredibly unified sound that should have made ... LP, Vinyl record album
CBS (UK), Late 70s/Mid 2000s. New Copy (reissue)
Danny Krivit re-edits of couple of our favorite Earth Wind & Fire tracks ever! The album version of the tune has a vocal part that was sampled famously by Tribe Called Quest – and this edit hones even even more strongly on that aspect and unlocks the full jazzy power of the track – ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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
Mr Bongo (UK), 1979. New Copy
Some of the greatest club tunes ever cut for the UK scene – a sublime album of jazzy spacey instrumentals by the legendary Atmosfear! The group were almost a UK equivalent of the sounds coming out of New York from the P&P camp at the end of the 70s – as they worked in the shadows ... CD
En Trance
Mr Bongo (UK), 1979. New Copy
Some of the greatest club tunes ever cut for the UK scene – a sublime album of jazzy spacey instrumentals by the legendary Atmosfear! The group were almost a UK equivalent of the sounds coming out of New York from the P&P camp at the end of the 70s – as they worked in the shadows ... LP, Vinyl record album
Athens Of The North (UK), Early 80s. New Copy
A sweeeeeet electro groover from Bobby Boyd – one that has splashy beats, percolating drum machine bits, and warm keyboard washes that provide a great contrast to the kind of deeper soul vocals we know from Bobby's earlier work! The main mix is great enough – but the Bob Blank mix ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Luaka Bop, 2018. New Copy
Wild work from one of the more compelling artists of the Cali soul scene – an Oakland singer/keyboardist who issued a rare album under the name of TJ Hustler in 1979, then kept on making his own sounds away from the mainstream! The vibe here is very very 80s underground – lots of Casio- ... CD
Epic/Soulmusic.com (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 3CD
Mindblowing early work from The Staple Singers – six records that are quite different than their later fame on Stax Records during the 70s – and which have a vibe that's different too, yet equally powerful! There's a sublime mix of social politics and spiritual energy going on here ... CD
Beggars Banquet/Be With (UK), 1982. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
An overseas trio with a great ear for a groove – one that's lean, bassy, and pretty darn catchy! The vocals maybe echo a bit of the electro pop of the UK scene of the time – but the groove is a lot deeper, and has more of an indie boogie sound going on – especially on the chorus ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Luaka Bop, 2018. New Copy Gatefold
Wild work from one of the more compelling artists of the Cali soul scene – an Oakland singer/keyboardist who issued a rare album under the name of TJ Hustler in 1979, then kept on making his own sounds away from the mainstream! The vibe here is very very 80s underground – lots of Casio- ... LP, Vinyl record album
Love 4 Love
Original Disco Culture (Italy), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Wonderful new work from Change – the international soul combo who made some classic cuts back at the start of the 80s – still sounding great all these many years later, but in a slightly different way! The balance between all elements here is fantastic – as the music has all the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Feel The Spirit
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Pure genius from the great Leroy Hutson – a set that's maybe got a funkier feel than some of his previous albums – and all of the completely charming vocals that we've always loved from Leroy over the years! There's plenty of messages in the grooves – and in a way, at this point ... LP, Vinyl record album
Live In Europe
Philadelphia International/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy
A really majestic live set from Billy Paul – recorded in the UK at the height of his greatest fame – but in a way that features plenty of longer tracks that really let Billy stretch out and do his thing! Given this expanded setting, there's a surprisingly righteous feel to most numbers ... CD
Feel The Spirit
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Pure genius from the great Leroy Hutson – a set that's maybe got a funkier feel than some of his previous albums – and all of the completely charming vocals that we've always loved from Leroy over the years! There's plenty of messages in the grooves – and in a way, at this point ... LP, Vinyl record album
C'mon & Swim
Autumn/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
Great comeback work from San Francisco's Bobby Freeman – a singer who first broke big in the early days of rock, then had this great second chapter recording for Autumn Records – with plenty of great help on songwriting, arranging, and production from a young Sly Stone! Sly's a few ... CD
Warner, 1983. New Copy
A fantastic musical gift from beyond – early 80s recordings by Prince, and the sort of work that might have been a huge revelation if it were issued during his too-short career! As the title implies, the set just features the man himself at the piano – singing and playing with a very ... CD
Love 4 Love
Original Disco Culture (Italy), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Wonderful new work from Change – the international soul combo who made some classic cuts back at the start of the 80s – still sounding great all these many years later, but in a slightly different way! The balance between all elements here is fantastic – as the music has all the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cadet/4 Men With Beards, 1968. New Copy (reissue)
A really unique album from the great Etta Jones – a session recorded down in Muscle Shoals, and not in Chicago – a setting that gives James an extra sort of deep soul power! The backing is nicely different than some of the other Chess material – killer work from the legendary ... LP, Vinyl record album
Polydor, 1968. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
An amazing James Brown live set from the crucial year of 1968 – the show that marked the debut of "Say It Loud I'm Black & I'm Proud" – a cut that would become an anthem for much of America in the years to come! The feel here is somewhat similar to Brown's famous Boston ... 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
Let's Dance/Still Music, 1985. New Copy (reissue)
One of the catchiest tunes from Knight Action on the early Chicago house scene – a track that's still got lots of the dark beats of his instrumental work, but which also features singer Sedenia delivering a hook-heavy lyric that really holds the tune together! For a combination of modes, the ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Epic, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
The second album from Shuggie Otis – a wild and wooly batch of grooves that really stretches out the sound from the first! Shuggie's got much more of a hand in the arrangements here – and the tunes are grooving in a sweet blend of funk, rock, and soul – really drenched in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Curtis
Curtom, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Nicely priced US reissue of this classic! This was Curtis Mayfield's first solo album after leaving the Impressions, and it's a firey album of political soul that shows just how much he was holding back when he was with the group. The tracks are longer, angrier, more experimental, and a lot more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Beginning
Sound Stage 7, Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest female soul records over! The album's a gem all the way through – and probably our favorite (and the rarest album) cut by southern soul diva Ann Sexton – produced with a smooth style that's a lot different than some of her other work! It's got great arrangements by ... LP, Vinyl record album
Afreaka!
Janus, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
Messed-up funky jazz from an obscure early 70s UK group – and an album that really lives up to its trippy cover! The tracks are all long and stretched out – with lots of organ, sax, and spaced out drums – and the overall style is a mix of dub-heavy funk, Afro jazz, and a bit of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Different Strokes
RCA, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
One of the best albums of funky instrumentals by the legendary Nite Liters – and probably their hardest to find! The record's got loads of nice cuts that hit their classic funky groove in a way that brings to mind The Meters or The JBs – but which also has the Nite-Liter's own unique ... LP, Vinyl record album
Epic, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
A classic album of bluesy funk – one that features the guitar of Johnny Otis' young son Shuggie, in a slightly tighter setting than he'd been getting on some of Johnny's own LPs! Shuggie here is still very much under the guidance of his dad – working in a mode that really emphasizes ... LP, Vinyl record album
Back To The World
Curtom, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
Pure genius from Curtis Mayfield – and a record that's got all the righteousness and political power you might guess from the cover! The album burns with a sense of empowerment that's every bit the best strength of Curtom in the 70s – a sublime blend of heavy soul, funky undercurrents, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Look-Ka Py Py
Josie, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Seminal work from The Meters – and an album that's essential for just about any collection of old school funk! The record's a blueprint for grooves that have been copied for generations to come – yet nobody does it better than these Crescent City kings – working here with a sound ... LP, Vinyl record album
Reality
Polydor, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
One of the last great albums from James Brown! Not as totally sublime as Payback or some of the others from the 70s – but James is still working here with Fred Wesley and Dave Matthews – and many of the cuts retain the funk of a few years past. Case in point is the sublime "Funky ... LP, Vinyl record album
California Flight Project
Preservation (UK), 1979. New Copy
Rare work from a Bay Area group of the late 70s – but one who never issued any of their music at the time! Two of these cuts appeared in recent years on a PPU 7" single release – but this is the first and only album these guys have ever given us – great funk with some nicely ... LP, Vinyl record album
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy
Lots of musical adventures here – most of them in that tightly-romping style that made Dynasty so great back in the day – almost a fusion of older sweet group soul with some of the more bottom-driven modes forged by the Solar label! The keyboards are upfront, the basslines strong, and ... CD
Man Needs A Woman
Goldwax, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Sublime southern soul from one of the greats! James Carr is right up there with the best of the 60s – Otis Redding, Arthur Conley, Joe Tex, and others – but he never made it as big as them because of personal troubles and bad planning on the part of his label and management. ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated October 18, 2018


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