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Soulmusic.com (UK), 1977/1985. New Copy 2CD
A pair of later Motown efforts by the Mack himself – with 1977's Having A House Party, the last album in his original deal with the the legendary label, plus his mid 80s Motown comeback Making A Game Out Of Love – in a 2CD set with bonus tracks! Willie does indeed have nice little funky ... CD
Preservation (UK), 1980. New Copy
Fantastic work from Thelma Houston – material recorded in 1980, but never issued at the time – and maybe even better than most of Thelma's own records from the period! The tracks were recorded at Muscle Shoals, with tight production by Clayton Ivey and Terry Woodford – in a way ... LP, Vinyl record album
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
An album that definitely lives up to its title – as it's been a well-kept secret for decades, since most of us have only heard the self-titled album by Raw Soul Express from the 70s! Turns out, these southern funk giants also had a whole other record in the can – finally getting a long- ... LP, Vinyl record album
State/Big Break (UK), Late 70s. New Copy
The classic first album from Delegation – a great male soul trio from the late 70s, and one who sound great on both sweet mellow tunes and more upbeat ones! Delegation have a sound that's quite unique, especially on this album – a groove with slightly tropical traces on some numbers, ... CD
Obatala
Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy (reissue)
The cover looks like a lost metal album, but the sound here is plenty soulful – recorded in a New Jersey studio in the 70s, and served up for a brief release at the time by TK Records! There's a clubby vibe at times, which lives up to the TK approach – but other moments have a much ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dimension III
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1973. New Copy
Three-dimensional magic from the great Jimmy Castor – an artist who'd already conquered the worlds of sweet soul, heavy funk, and Latin by the time of this release! Jimmy draws on all his rich background in the soul underground, and also seems to move with a new sort of sophistication, too ... CD
Big Break (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD
Soaring grooves from Enchantment, one of the most appropriately-named groups in soul music history – and a pretty much perfect anthology of their classic work from the mid 70s to early 80s! The collection really gets to the heart and soul of the group – spanning their first single for ... CD
Sony, Mid 80s/2017. New Copy
Billy Ocean sums up his roots, his early career, and his influences – in a set that's half new recordings, and half older classics from his first years on record! The set begins with "influence and inspiration" – great new recordings from Billy that feature his fresh takes on ... CD
Modo/Daptone, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A previously-unreleased sweet soul treasure – now finally getting its due! Bob & Gene were an obscure duo from Buffalo at the end of the 60s – recording briefly together under the guidance of Bob's father, who recorded the young pair in his home studio with the help of some great ... LP, Vinyl record album
Paisley Park, 1987. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Sure, the politics seem a bit silly now – but the track's still one of Prince's last really compelling hits. It's got a totally infectious hook, a spare Timmy Thomas-ish beat, and a strangely captivating vocal that really sticks with us! The flip's a bit silly – a 10 minute extended ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Warner, 1985. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
"Pop Life" is a real gem from Prince – a tune that's completely catchy, but maybe a bit more laidback than some of his previous hits – in a mode that some folks were calling a bit psychedelic at the time, but which really just shows the increasing depth of the man's genius! ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Warner, 1989. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Hard to imagine the Michael Keaton Batman being any sort of a "partyman" – but Prince's sweet little Bat-tune really does a great job of evoking that fantasy! There's just a slight hint at the old Batman theme in the background – but overall, the whole thing feels more like ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Paisley Park, 1988. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
One of the best songs off the Lovesexy album – served up here in the kind of extended mix that made Prince 12" singles such a treat! The tune really stretches out in some kind of extended sexy suite – showing Prince to almost be the Barry White of his generation! The scarlet ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Paisley Park, 1987. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
One of the most standout tracks on the Sign O The Times double LP – a tune that has the same catchy crossover vibe as Prince's material from the Purple Rain years – with a monster hook that really keeps the whole thing going! The core tune here is presented next to a whopping three ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Warner, 1989. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Well, the single maybe wasn't the thing that put the first Batman movie over the top – but as a sidebar, it is a well-remembered moment in the Prince catalog – and the 12" features some compelling help from William Orbit and Mark Moore on both of the remixes! 12-inch, Vinyl record
Modo/Daptone, Late 60s. New Copy
A previously-unreleased sweet soul treasure – now finally getting its due! Bob & Gene were an obscure duo from Buffalo at the end of the 60s – recording briefly together under the guidance of Bob's father, who recorded the young pair in his home studio with the help of some great ... CD
Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Rare and unreleased late 60s/early 70s Birmingham, Alabama soul by the great Sam Frazier Jr! Sam came to be better known as a bluesman over the years, but perfectly nails it here in a southern soul mode, recorded at Neal Hemphill's Sound Of Birmingham studio early in the 70s. It's up there with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Makossa
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1973. New Copy
A killer album of Afro Funk – with a very unusual origin! In the wake of Manu Dibango's big hit (and some kind of failure to register the copyright), many many versions of "Soul Makossa" were recorded and released, some good, some bad. This album is a good example of that ... CD
Ruth Brown '65
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1965. New Copy
A very unusual setting for the legendary Ruth Brown – the singer who first rose to fame singing raw-edged R&B tracks for Atlantic Records in the 50s – but who works here in a much jazzier mode overall! The set features backings from Peter Matz – who often accompanied the ... CD
Nobody But You
Jin/Mississippi, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)
Great work from Little Bob – aka Lil Bob, aka Camille Bob – a New Orleans soul singer with a nicely funky edge! The album's almost got more of a mid 60s James Brown inspiration than some of Bob's southern contemporaries – with backing from the super-tight Lollipops, who really ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated August 17, 2017


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