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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!


Clydie King

Rushing To Meet You
Tiger Lily/Everland (Austria), 1976. New Copy
The rare second album from Clydie King – recorded at a time when she was lending her backing vocals to artists like The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, and Humble Pie – but a set that firmly puts Clydie in the lead! King's got an amazing style of singing – deep and raspy at one ... CD
Captain High (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
CD...$6.99 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

El Chicles

Viva Tirado
Polydor/Pregador Do Som (Germany), 1970. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
A funky killer from this legendary European group – a record that's filled with as much funk and soul as the Latin elements you might have guessed from the title! El Chicles may have been a studio project, but they were a heck of a funky one – with hard drums, tight bass, and mixed-up ... CD

Gift Of Dreams

Gift
Jam Power/Everland (Austria), 1982. New Copy (reissue)
Overlooked soul by this early 80s combo who's almost better on the ballads than they are on the groovers! Sure, there's plenty of the sweet keyboards and bouncing bass on the record that you might expect from the date – but there's also some really great mellower moments too – the kind ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sun/Bear Family (Germany), Late 40s/Mid 50s. New Copy
Early work from Rufus Thomas – rollicking rhythm & blues sides he cut for Sun Records early on in the pre-rock & roll years – plus more early work cut for the Star Talent, Meteor, Chess and Bullet labels! Given the soul genius that Rufus would later cut for Stax, it's not ... CD

Metros

Sweetest One
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1967. New Copy
CD...$7.99 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

Nite-Liters

A-Nal-Y-Sis
RCA/Dusty Groove, 1973. New Copy
CD...$7.99 12.99
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

Edwin Starr

War & Peace
Gordy (Japan), 1970. New Copy
A real breakout album for Edwin Starr – and the kind of full-on set that really helped give his music a bold new focus! Starr had already scored nicely on some playful tracks from the Motor City scene of the late 60s – but here, he emerges as a singer with a lot more depth than before ... CD

Temptations

Truly For You
Gordy (Japan), 1984. New Copy
A great 80s set from The Temptations – one of the few Motown acts who managed to deliver great work again and again over the years! The production has some 80s traces that are slightly dated, but the vocals are still top-shelf all the way – strongly moved much more into a mellow and ... CD

Temptations

Wish It Would Rain
Gordy (Japan), 1968. New Copy
A pivotal moment for The Temptations – a set that has the group hitting even more of a deep soul sound than before – at a level that really sets them apart from some of the other groups on Motown at the time! There's a richer, fuller sound going on here – as the group work with ... CD

Temptations

With A Lot O' Soul
Gordy (Japan), 1967. New Copy
The Temptations pick up a lot of soul on this classic Motown set – a deeper, darker groove than ever before – the start of that fuzzy psychedelic soul style that made them one of the most inventive Motown acts of the late 60s! Deep basslines roll out strongly right from the start of ... CD

DeBarge

All This Love
Motown (Japan), 1982. New Copy
A stone pop soul winner from DeBarge – the kind of record that made the group a heck of a lot of money back in the 80s, and which sounds surprisingly great to our ears today! The record features lots of electro arrangements – fuzzy keyboards and bass pedals grooving around in a way ... CD

Rick James

Street Songs
Motown (Japan), 1981. New Copy
One of the all-time great Rick James albums – a return to funkier sounds for Rick that worked both artistically and commercially – and actually got over far better than his more blatant attempts at crossover material on other records! The mix here is perfect – a true summation of ... CD

Temptations

All Directions
Gordy, 1972. Very Good-
The Temptations going in all directions – and all of them pretty darn groovy too! The set's still heavy on the solid, righteous sound of Norman Whitfield – who gives some of the best cuts that psychedelic soul imprint he really perfected with the group – a quality that has a lot ... LP, Vinyl record album

Brenda Holloway

Every Little Bit Hurts
Tamla/Motown (Japan), 1964. New Copy
Classic heartbreaking soul from Brenda Holloway – one of the weepiest early records on Motown, as you might guess from the title! The style here is almost more New York uptown than Detroit at times – a fair bit like Maxine Brown with its mix of strength and fragility on the vocals, and ... CD
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
Tamla/Motown (Japan), 1970. New Copy
One of the greatest blue-eyed soul albums ever on Motown – featuring early work by British singer Kiki Dee, better known for her later hit with Elton John! Kiki here sounds much more like a Motown soul act than on later work – singing with a wonderfully smooth style that fits the motor ... CD

Earl Van Dyke

Earl Of Funk
SOUL (Japan), 1970. New Copy
Fierce funky instrumentals from Motown keyboardist Earl Van Dyke – a set that's overflowing with great original tracks, plus some sweet funky covers too! The style here is quite different than Earl's previous work – and quite different from most of Motown too – with a hard-edged ... CD
Warner, Late 70s. New Copy 5CD
The full spectrum of Chic magic from back in the 70s – all the group's early albums, rare singles and mixes, and even the Sister Sledge album handled by Nile Rodgers too! First up is the group's self-titled album – classic work from Chic, and a great batch of choppy funky dancefloor ... CD
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
An insane bit of fuzzed-out funk! This is Parliament's rare first album – a trippy batch of tunes that come off of Clinton's experimentation in the Detroit soul scene, infused by the rock-heavy energy of the city at the time, and probably a heck of a lot of cannabis, too! The record is ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chatsford/P-Vine (Japan), 1978. New Copy
An underground mellow soul gem from the 70s – recorded on the Detroit scene with lead vocals by Judy Pollak, and backings by a very hip soul trio! 33 1/3 are way more than just an instrumental group – as they also harmonize behind Judy a fair bit – really elevating the soul ... CD
Dureco/P-Vine (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Massive grooves from a very unique group! These guys play guitar and percussion all at once – in a flurry of fast grooves that rip away tremendously, but with a style that's still plenty darn earthy! There's definitely a bit of a global influence in the music overall, but the sound comes ... CD
Cat/P-Vine (Japan), 1977. New Copy
Sweet Miami funk from the team of George "Chocolate" Perry and Clay Cropper – one of the rarest TK albums from the time, and also one of the funkiest too! The sound here is slightly polished, but never too much – a bit more in the sound of bigger Florida groups, like Miami, ... CD

9th Creation

Bubble Gum
Rite Track/Past Due, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
A classic album of jazzed-up funk – the lasting legacy by this oft-sampled group! 9th Creation originally hailed from west of the Bay Area scene of the 70s – and this album was recorded in Oakland with the same sweet jazzy finish as work by some of the other big Northern California ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ruby Andrews

Black Ruby
Zodiac/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A hell of a great record from Ruby Andrews – a Chicago soul singer who started out sweet, but comes on hard and heavy on this righteous classic from the start of the 70s! The record's got a badass vibe you never would have expected from Andrews a few years before – with tremendous ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alex Brown

In Search Of Love
Sundi, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A beautiful bit of female soul from the 70s – the only album we've ever seen from west coast singer Alex Brown – and a sublime little set all the way through! Monk Higgins is at the helm arranging and producing, and a good number of the tracks here were co-written by Monk and Alex ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bear Family (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy
A massive amount of great groovers from the Groove Records subsidiary of RCA in the 50s – home to a hotbed of R&B, early soul, and other killer cuts from the postwar underground of the 45 rpm single! Nobody's ever dug so deeply into the Groove catalog before – and Bear Family have ... CD

Street Feet

Street Feet
Baby Grand/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy
The street feet here are pretty funky ones – maybe more so than you'd guess from the relatively "stock" look of the cover image – as the album's got the kind of sharp instrumental core that you'd be likely to find on some of the best Bay Area groovers from late 70s Fantasy ... CD

Alex Brown

In Search Of Love
Sundi, 1970. New Copy (reissue)
A beautiful bit of female soul from the 70s – the only album we've ever seen from west coast singer Alex Brown – and a sublime little set all the way through! Monk Higgins is at the helm arranging and producing, and a good number of the tracks here were co-written by Monk and Alex ... LP, Vinyl record album
Alive/Everland (Austria), 1983. New Copy
Sweet 80s funk from Gary – an artist who's got a great way of crafting lean, mean grooves that offer up a compact take on the ensemble funk mode of the 70s! The album's got a relatively homemade cover, but the sound here is super-tight – not mainstream or commercial, but really right ... CD
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
American International, 1975. New Copy (reissue)
LP...$9.99 15.98
A funky treasure – finally unleashed! Bucktown was one of the best of the mid 70s indie blacksploitation films – thanks to some great starring work from Fred Williamson and Pam Grier – but for years, the soundtrack's never been available as an individual release. Now, this tasty ... LP, Vinyl record album
Motown, 1964. Very Good
About as classic as you can get for the early Supremes – a set that has the group really hitting hard on all levels, thanks to production from the team of Holland-Dozier-Holland, plus a bit of help from Smokey Robinson – all of whom really help push the Supremes out of simple girl group ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sylvia Striplin

Give Me Your Love
Uno Melodic/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
Amazing! This lost Roy Ayers-produced gem from the early 80s has not only been one of the biggest sample records of all time, but it's also become one of the holy grails of the groovy record collecting scene! It's a stellar bit of jazzy soul with the same production vibe that's characterized Roy'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
Pride/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Rick James

Throwin' Down
Gordy (Japan), 1982. New Copy
Rick James is massively throwing down on this classic set – tight, right, and on the money all the way through – in that trademark groove that so many others would try to cop, but never get this right! The album bristles with energy right from the start – lots of bass at the ... CD
Motown/Universal (Japan), 1976. New Copy
Amazing stuff! Arguably Leon Ware's greatest record – and one of the greatest Motown records of the 70's! The record is a beautiful set of interwoven mellow soul tracks, recorded right on the heels of Marvin Gaye's I Want You album, which was written and conceived by Ware, then taken at the ... CD

Commodores

Caught In The Act
Motown (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Wicked early funk from The Commodores – a group that spent so much time on pop ballads in later years, it's hard to believe they could be this sharp and hard-edged! There's plenty of that bass-heavy style that would later dominate many Motown combos at the end of the 70s – but the ... CD

Commodores

Machine Gun
Motown (Japan), 1974. New Copy
Lionel Richie come back! All is forgiven! We'd said bad things about you for years until we heard this funky groover – The Commodores' first album, a tasty bit of funk that almost makes us want to forgive you for all of your later crimes! The whole thing's pretty funky all the way through ... CD
Tamla (Japan), 1968. New Copy
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" ... CD

Temptations

Reunion
Gordy (Japan), 1982. New Copy
An all-star effort from The Temptations – and a well-titled set that has the group brimming over with classic vocal talent! The group's expanded to a seven-piece outfit for the album – with Eddie Kendricks and David Ruffin back in the fold, singing alongside Dennis Edwards, Otis ... CD

Perry & The Harmonics

Intrigue With Soul
Mercury/Monkey Dog (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy
A unique little record – unlike anything else we can think of – one that combines the hippest side of the 60s soul jazz vibe with that decade's popular love of spy culture too! The set's mostly instrumental, but has a few dropped-in vocals that really open things up – and the ... CD

Dazz Band

Keep It Live
Motown (Japan), 1982. New Copy
Dazz Band keep it plenty live on this early 80s gem – a killer set from the group's hit run for Motown! The set's got a bouncy groove that's very much in the best Motown funk style at the time – lots of bass at the bottom, and plenty tight on production – but never as smooth or ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1965. New Copy
The Four Tops' second album – and quite possibly the most hitbound of all their early Motown work! The album's overflowing with classic numbers – and features the perennial favorites "I Can't Help Myself" and "It's The Same Old Song" – as well as a totally ... CD

Nolen & Crossley

Ambience
Gordy/Motown (Japan), 1982. New Copy
Curtis Nolen and Raymond Crossley may not have been the biggest names to record for Motown in the 80s, but the duo serves up some mighty nice work in this overlooked set – a package of self-produced original material that comes across with a great 80s groove on both the uptempo numbers and ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1972. New Copy
An overlooked moment of 70s genius from The Supremes – and from the great Jimmy Webb as well – given that the pop studio genius wrote, arranged, and produced the entire album! Jimmy had plenty of famous work under his belt by this point in time – including his famous ... CD
Motown (Japan), 1974. New Copy
Syreeta's second album for Motown – and a set that really expands the groove from the first! (Then) husband Stevie Wonder is all over the album – and in a way, the shift between this album and the first is similar to the shift between Stevie's Music Of My Mind and later efforts like ... CD

Gladys Knight & The Pips

Neither One Of Us
SOUL/Motown (Japan), 1973. New Copy
A key moment in the career of Gladys Knight & The Pips – and a record that opens the group up to a whole new sound for the 70s! When Gladys Knight started out as a raw R&B-ish singer in the early 60s, nobody would have expected her to have such staying power – and to become one ... CD

Supremes

Reflections
Motown (Japan), 1968. New Copy
One of the later Supremes albums with Diana Ross as the headliner – and the final Supremes album with Holland-Dozier-Holland pulling the strings – and led of by the incredible title track! "Reflections" is a straight up incredible tune – one of those late 60s Motown ... CD
 
Updated March 26, 2019


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