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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!


ALA/Modern Harmonic, 1976. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A fantastic album of bad-rapping spoken material from Iceberg Slim – one of the hippest 70s sets of its type, and a great audio tribute to the man who wrote the books Pimp, Trick Baby, and Mama Black Widow! Slim reads his own work in a very laidback style, but one with a slinky, pimpish feel ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
Raw soul, rare rock, and lots lots more – served up in this excellent volume of the Exotic Blues & Rhythm series! The collection's in all the great territory as previous entries – filled with weird, offbeat tracks that push past the obvious sounds from the end of the 50s – ... CD
Betty Wright Live
Alston/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A fantastic live album from the great Betty Wright – and one of the few recorded documents of the way that classic soul singers would evolve the nature of their songs in a concert setting! Betty's recording for Alston/TK here, but the mode she uses is one that would grace countless ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy
Lost funky work from one of the soulful sisters of Aretha Franklin! Erma's got a hard-hitting style that's right up there with Aretha's best for Atlantic – and on this album, she's working in Chicago with Johnny Pate, Sonny Sanders, and Willie Henderson – for a harder-hitting sound ... CD
Soulful Strut
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy
A funky soul instrumental classic – all the way through! The team of Eldee Young and Redd Holt first came to prominence with Ramsey Lewis' first Chicago trio, then branched out on their own as a jazz act – but by the time of this set, they'd picked up a hipper, funkier late 60s sort of ... CD
Uncle Louie's Here
Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A tight bit of dancefloor funk from the duo of Frank and Eddie Dillard – one on guitar, one on bass, and both on vocals – both working here with some great clubby production from Walter Murphy! The set's got a bit more edge than Murphy's own records – thanks to the emphasis on ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1970. New Copy
Seminal work from one of the 70s greatest groups! The band had always been great at love songs and uptempo numbers – but this record has them moving into more righteous area, picking up on some of the more socially conscious soul of their generation that had been working its way up the ... CD
Uptown Shakedown
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy
A different sound than usual for Syl Johnson – but a record that still has loads of those amazing vocals we love from Syl! The style's mostly modern soul – with a tightness that's different from the grit of earlier Johnson albums – that mode in which other singers of the time ... CD
Now Again/Stones Throw, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Rare funk from the Indy scene of the early 70s – the long-overdue release of material recorded by a really hard-jamming, horn-heavy combo! Amnesty have a sound that's awash in the best large group influences of the time – a bit of Earth Wind & Fire, a bit of Parliament/Funkadelic, ... LP, Vinyl record album
A&M, 1981. Very Good+
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD
A trio of wonderful albums from The Whispers – with a bit of bonus tracks too! First up is One For The Money – one of our favorite Whispers albums of the 70s – thanks to wonderful work from Philly soul maestro Norman Harris! Harris produced the record, and also played guitar on ... CD
Thriller
Epic, 1982. New Copy (reissue)
Arguably the last true moment of genius in Michael Jackson's career – a record that sold a bazillion copies around the world – and for plenty good reason! Michael's still working here with Quincy Jones – in territory that steps nicely from the Off The Wall groove, into territory ... LP, Vinyl record album
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1982. New Copy
An excellent set of 80s groove – produced here by Larry Blackmon, with a very Cameo-styled touch – under a title that definitely shows the big shift in the funk scene over to the west coast at the start of the 80s! LA Connection really have a great way of blending things together ... CD
Light Up The Night
A&M (Japan), 1980. New Copy
More hit magic from the Brothers Johnson – still working with Quincy Jones at this point, and virtually setting up the blueprint for jazzy soul in the 80s! Backings are by an all-star team, and Rod Temperton's helping out Quincy with arrangements – going for that snapping groove ... CD
Blam
A&M/Universal (Japan), 1978. New Copy
Blam is right – an all-out batch of funky tracks from The Brothers Johnson – captured here right in the middle of their classic period with Quincy Jones! The Q's at the helm on production for the set, and the record's a great extension of their earlier efforts with the man – but ... 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
TSOP/Sony (Japan), 1976. New Copy
Great early work from Instant Funk – cut back at a time when the instrumental combo was lean and mean – and much more deserving of the "funk" in their name! The style here is sweet instrumental Philly – a great cross between disco and soul, done with all the best top ... CD
Freedom For The Stallion
RCA (Japan), 1973. New Copy
A landmark set from The Hues Corporation – and a record that's really poised at the crossroads of 70s soul! The group are probably best known for the super-huge hit "Rock The Boat" – a tune that bubbled under in discos for months, then became one of the first mainstream ... CD
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
Soulful Strut
Brunswick, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
A funky soul instrumental classic – all the way through! The team of Eldee Young and Redd Holt first came to prominence with Ramsey Lewis' first Chicago trio, then branched out on their own as a jazz act – but by the time of this set, they'd picked up a hipper, funkier late 60s sort of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Solid Rock
Gordy/Motown, 1972. New Copy
A masterful album of righteous trippy soul – recorded during the height of the Temptations' strong association with Norman Whitfield! The record has more than a few political/social conscience songs – like "Take A Look Around", "Stop The War Now", and "Superstar ... CD
Tamla, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A mega-hit for Stevie Wonder – an album that features a killer title cut, plus lots of other wonderful tunes that show the world that a full-formed adult soul star had arrived on the market! There's a depth here that's really great – not the totally heady, righteous sound of Stevie in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Giorge Pettus
Geffen/Universal (Japan), 1987. New Copy
Giorge may have switched the "e" in his name, but that's not the only thing that makes him stand out – because the album's something of an underground classic from the 80s, even though it's issued on a major label! Pettus is a great singer with a really mature feel – a quiet ... CD
Spirit Of Love
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1980. New Copy
A stellar bit of boogie from Con Funk Shun – produced to perfection by Skip Scarborough, and done in a style that has lots of jazzy elements! The album was recorded well into the group's time on the Mercury label, but it's a real standout from the rest – thanks to an extremely well-writ ... CD
Touch
Mercury (Japan), 1980. New Copy
A killer from Con Funk Shun – one of the few mainstream funk groups who actually managed to sound better and better with each new record – and on this set, they really seem to come into their own! The group's sound was always suited better to a smoother groove than a rougher one – ... CD
Cameosis
Mercury (Japan), 1980. New Copy
Full-on frenetic funk from Cameo – one of the group's tightest albums, yet still without any of the too-slick sounds of later years! The sound here is amazing – and we always find ourselves wondering how a group of guys can hit such perfect grooves with just a bunch of basses, guitars, ... CD
Invictus/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy
A classic deep soul set from Eloise Laws – an early album recorded for Invictus Records, and done with stellar production from Brian Holland! The title cut's a monster, one of the best tracks on the label from the 70s – with some wonderfully spacey keyboards, funky drums and bass ... CD
Heartache
Elektra, 1982. Very Good+
From the look of the cover, and Leslie's silly expression on the front, this album should be a bad one – but it ends up being a surprisingly great batch of well-produced modern soul tunes, done with a nicely sophisticated vibe! The record's one of a few great ones that Elektra snuck onto the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kayvette/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A killer bit of female soul by a very short-lived group – one with a great sound that comes out of some real criss-crossing of styles – some deep soul currents, but some hipper modern soul touches at the top! The set was produced by Brad Shapiro, and has a good blend of his modern and ... CD
Kayvette/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy
A real classic from Facts Of Life – a unique trio with a great talent for mellow songs about life, love, and messing around! The work was recorded in Muscle Shoals by Brad Shapiro and Millie Jackson – and it's often got the best qualities of Millie's own mellow work – not the ... CD
Loving Explosion
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A rare funky soul classic! This one was originally issued on Brunswick in 1974, and it's darn impossible to find in the original, probably because Brunswick was having a great deal of financial trouble at the time. Whatever the case, the record's a great one – and it's got a tight ensemble ... CD
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1970. New Copy
They're young and tough – and especially wonderful too – easily one of the most compelling harmony soul groups to ever hail from the Windy City! The set's a Chicago soul gem from the early 70s – recorded with a laidback, slightly tripped-out vibe that's different than the tighter ... CD
Can I Change My Mind
Dakar/Solid (Japan), 1969. New Copy
The debut album from Tyrone Davis – a supreme achievement for the Chicago soul scene of the late 60s, and a record with a sound that would set the standard for years to come! Tyrone had been bumping around as a blusier singer before this set – but here, working with arrangements by Don ... CD
Seven Days Of Night
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1969. New Copy
An excellent second album by Barbara Acklin – and a perfect demonstration of her really unique Chicago soul talents! Acklin's really at the cusp of two generations here – at one level still with some of the sweetness of the earlier style of 60s girl soul, but at another full of the ... CD
Solar/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2CD
A trio of classic funky albums from Lakeside – with bonus tracks too! First up is Shot Of Love – Lakeside's first album for Solar – and the beginning of a very fruitful relationship for the band and the label! The record's a great one – cut long before the Solar funk sound ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s. New Copy
Fantastic sounds from the Bay Area scene of the 50s – more than enough to showcase a legacy of R&B as strong as postwar work from LA! The music here is great – tight, lively, and often very witty – with the sharpness of jump blues and pre-soul work from south Cali labels like ... CD
Precious Soul
Hi Records/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy
A real lost treasure on Hi Records – one of the few albums ever cut by Don Bryant, a singer whose talents seemed to be eclipsed by the rising stars of Al Green and Ann Peebles – but who was every bit as great! Bryant's got a sound here that's still firmly in the Hi style forged by ... CD
RCA, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Cold, hard, and funky! This might be the greatest album ever by this legendary 70s funk band – and it's got a killer sound that has the tightness of the JBs, the rawness of the early Meters, and the frenzy of a rare funky 45! Includes the incredible "Afro Strut" – worth the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Secret Lover
Blue Candle/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A fantastic album from deep soul singer Paulette Reeves – one of the most unique talents of her generation, and an artist who's never fully gotten her due! Paulette's got a southern soul range in her vocals, and works here with Miami TK arrangements from Clarence Reid – but she also ... 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
7
Mercury/Universal (Japan), 1981. New Copy
Not the group's 7th album, but a bold statement of the unity they feel as a 7 piece ensemble – perfectly lived up to in the record's well-crafted grooves! The album's one of Con Funk Shun's best overall – really solid, but never too slick, very tight in the bass department, but still ... CD
Mutha's Nature
Polydor/LMLR (France), 1977. New Copy
A fantastic late 70s album from James Brown – maybe one of his last true classics of the decade! The vibe's shifted a bit since the Payback era, but the sound is still totally great – as James is working closely here with Charles Sherrell (aka Sweet Charles) – in a style that's ... CD
Casablanca/Robinsongs (UK), 1977. New Copy
The freaky hair on the cover might be a tipoff to the sound of the set – but the great Lalomie Washburn also has a depth to her music that you might not expect! The album is Washburn's only full set as a lead act – but one that comes after a good stretch of the 60s and 70s working in ... CD
Polydor/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)
Massive work by Lee Dorsey – recorded years after his classics in the 60s, and even funkier overall! Lee's really cooking on all burners here – working with the production team of Allen Toussaint and Marshall Sehorn, and getting some incredible backing from The Meters – who are ... 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
Counterpoint
Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1979. New Copy
Maybe one of the most soul-based records ever from percussionist Ralph MacDonald – partly because Ralph does a bit of singing, in addition to playing the heavy congas on the cover! Yet the record's still got the core jazz vibe of his other sets from the late 70s – served up with an all- ... CD
Uptown
Maple/Remined, 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
One of the few rare albums on the Maple label – a 70s imprint that's known for some incredible funk and soul! Despite the title, the set's a record that sounds a lot more down-home than uptown – thanks to hard-wailing vocals from Gloria Barnes herself, and a nicely rough-edged quality ... LP, Vinyl record album
Matt The Cat (with bonus tracks)
Out-Sider (Spain), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A bit bolder than Matthew Cassell's first album – but still with all the best elements nicely in place! This self-released EP expands Cassell's sound a bit with the addition of backing vocals, tenor, trumpet, and cello – but the core sound still comes mostly from Matt's great vocals, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Pieces
Out-Sider (Spain), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
Very hip work from this Bay Area 70s singer – sweetly jazzy, and with a nice undercurrent of soul – one that's ripe for rediscovery! There's a wonderful mix of moods going on here – a quality that perfectly sums up the genre-trading aspect of the Bay Area scene back in the day ... LP, Vinyl record album
MCA/Universal (Japan), 1982. New Copy
A classic from One Way – who're still going strong in the early 80s! The group's ace in the hole was always the great work of Al Hudson – a fearless leader who kept things funky, and who wrote in some great hooks to tracks that give them uncommon strength. Case in point is the classic ... CD
 
Updated August 16, 2018


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