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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!


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MoPhilly, 2017. New Copy
Wonderful contemporary work from the legendary Chairmen Of The Board – not exactly the same version of the group that climbed the charts at the start of the 70s, but one that definitely gets their spirit completely right! The album's a recent recording, but it features plenty of vintage ... CD
Times Have Changed
Curtom/Love Vinyl (UK), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A post-Curtis Mayfield album by The Impressions – but one that crackles with the raw righteousness of Curtis' first few solo albums on Curtom! Mayfield's place here is held by the amazing Leroy Hutson – one of our favorite soul talents of the 70s, really sparkling here in the trio ... LP, Vinyl record album
Take A Bite
Columbia (Japan), 1979. New Copy
A nice little album that continues Marlena's 70s experiments in updating her jazzy vocal style to a sweet modern soul groove. As always, Marlena shows that she can handle a wide range of styles – from uptempo dancefloor material to more tender ballads, sparkling in a way that few other ... CD
Black Motion Picture Experience
Buddah, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
An album that tries to do a heck of a lot in such a short space – and turns out to be even better than you might guess! Few folks would try to take on the entire black motion picture experience of the 70s with a single record – but funky arranger Cecil Holmes does just that, and turns ... LP, Vinyl record album
99 Records/Superior Viaduct, 1983. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Seminal work from Liquid Liquid – one of the coolest, funkiest groups on the New York scene at the start of the 80s! The approach here is a blistering blend of different percussion modes – from batucada jamming to funky drums – all tied together with these basslines that really ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Past Due, Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 5LP
A lost legacy in clubby soul – a huge amount of work from singer/producer Lee Moore – a post-Stax talent on the Memphis scene, and an artist who also made a bit of a mark on the New York scene! The "boogie" in the title is a very good indication of the groove going on here ... LP, Vinyl record album
King, 1940s/1950s/1960s. New Copy
Raw, raunchy sounds – all pulled together from a time before soul and rock even existed! Most of the work here is from the classic catalog of King Records – a killer imprint in the postwar R&B market, and a company who wasn't afraid to do what it took to make a knockout record! In ... CD
Soul Time (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD
The cover and title might be a bit obscure, but the set's a wonderful collection of unusual soul tracks from the late 60s and early 70s – music that originally got big play at the British Northern hotbed of Wigan Casino – but sounds that are more than great enough to hear in any sort of ... CD
Soul Junction (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
A great volume in this really fantastic collection – a series that really reminds us that there's still so much great work to discover in the world of underground soul! As with previous volumes, this set focuses on the sweet soul style of the late 60s and early 70s – that moment when ... CD
Elektra/Be With (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A modern soul masterpiece! Leon Ware had always been cutting great records, but the quality of this one's so high, it almost feels like he'd been waiting his entire life to record it! Leon gets some crucial help on the session – as the great Brazilian artist Marcos Valle joins in on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Capricorn Princess
Kudu/King (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A pretty amazing set from Esther Phillips – her final album for Kudu – and a beautiful mix of soaring soul sounds from one the most unique, emotionally-inflected soul vocalists of her era! Esther's in prime Kudu mode here – working with jazzy arrangements by David Matthews and ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1978. New Copy
A live set from the great Patti Austin – but done at a level that's every bit as tight as her studio work from the time! Patti's in a perfect balance between jazz and soul here – and works with sweet arrangements from Dave Grusin and Leon Pendarvis – the latter of whom also leads ... CD
Performance
Kudu/King (Japan), 1974. New Copy
Not a live album – as you might think from the title – but a tight batch of tunes that shows the full funk and soul talents of the legendary Esther Phillips! The album's got a nicely dark undercurrent at times – a sound that's not as smooth as some of Esther's other Kudu albums ... CD
Black-Eyed Blues
Kudu/King (Japan), 1973. New Copy
One of Esther's strong winners for Kudu – a record that takes her soulful style of earlier years, and wraps it around some sly 70s funky arrangements! Ex-James Brown hornman Pee Wee Ellis arranged the album, and gave Esther a nice little dose of funk that really helped her groove – ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy
A real standout album from Jackie Moore – and a noteworthy comeback after some mellower southern soul recordings in the mid 70s! Jackie's recording here in a style that worked extremely well for Columbia at the time – who had also done successful "southern/modern soul" ... CD
Capitol, 1974. New Copy 2CD
Minnie Riperton's first album for Epic – and the record that broke her from a hip Chicago underground artist into one of the seventies' biggest female soul stars! The record moves past the baroque soul of Minnie's early years with Rotary Connection and Charles Stepney – and hits a mix ... CD
Virgin/Cherry Red (UK), 1986. New Copy 2CD
The final album from Working Week – a cool British group who mixed up soul and jazz years before Sade – but never got the fame they deserved! The sound here is a bit fuller than on the previous records – maybe more soul touched with jazz than the other way around – although ... CD
Money/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy
Tremendous work from a singer who's hardly ever gotten her due – the great Bettye Swann, an artist who mostly recorded in less-than-hit territory in the 60s and 70s – but who turned out some wonderful work that really stands the test of time! The cuts here are all from Bettye's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Best Of James Carr
Goldwax/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
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Best Of James Carr
Goldwax/Kent (UK), Late 60s. New Copy
A beautiful collection of work from the legendary James Carr – a singer that those in the know place at the same level as Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, or any of the deep soul greats of the 60s! Like Otis, James recorded heavily on the Memphis scene at the time – not for Stax or ... CD
 
Updated December 12, 2017


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