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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!


Nature Sounds, Late 80s. New Copy (reissue)
A rare gospel track, but one with plenty of 80s soul touches – including catchy beats, sweet keyboards, and some really dynamic work on the vocals! The whole thing feels a lot more like some great lost club track than a gospel number – percolated throughout with sweet electro energy, ... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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
Motown, Mid 60s-Early 70s. New Copy
A treasure trove of rare Motown from some of legendary label's most classic acts – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Four Tops, Brenda Holloway, Martha & The Vandellas, The Supremes, The Originals, Bobby Taylor, The Marvelettes, Marvin Gaye & The Jackson 5 – prime vintage late ... LP, Vinyl record album

Family Of Swede

Family Album
Cordial (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
A long-overdue full length album from Family Of Swede – not a group from Stockholm, but a funky soul combo that worked in Oakland in the late 70s, but only ever managed to issue one single at the time! This set brings together a nice batch of unreleased music by the group – finally ... CD
Ariola/Big Break (UK), 1979. New Copy
A sweet bouncy groover – one of the rare albums of modern soul cut by the group Delegation! The group in this incarnation are a trio – Ray Patterson, Ricky Bailey, and Bruce Dunbar on vocals – stripped-down harmonically, a perfect fit for the album's groove-heavy arrangements. ... CD
BGP (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Incredible work from a group who've definitely earned their name! Naming a group SOUL might be suicide for a band that can't carry off the groove – but these guys are funky monsters, with a real talent for a hard heavy sound that was rarely matched by other combos. The band have a great ... LP, Vinyl record album

Various

Spring NYC Soul
Spring (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy
A fantastic look at the Spring Records label in New York – a company that had a few big crossover hits in the 70s, but also issued a lot more rare and obscure material over the years – with a long legacy that even hit the early years of the old school scene! One of Spring's great ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s. New Copy
Tight early work from the great Joe Tex – whose real commercial breakthrough was to come in the southern soul scene of the mid 60s – but his early roots in jumpin' 50s cuts for the King label are pretty incredible! This set has some tight, mean little tunes that sound just as good to ... CD
Motown, 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy 11CDs
CD...$149.99 169.99
An amazing package – one that comes in a tiny replica of the original home of Motown Records in Detroit! As you'd guess from the title, the 11CD set features every single Motown track that ever hit #1 on the charts – almost 200 classic songs, running from the early 60s right up through ... CD
Atlantic/Driven By The Music (UK), 1988. New Copy
Donna Summer's in the hands of 80s pop superproducers Stock/Aiken/Waterman this time around – and the trio give her music just the kind of catchy, bouncy feel of some of their bigger hits for other artists at the time! The approach is surprisingly strong for Summer, and almost returns her ... CD

Philip Bailey

Love Will Find A Way
Verve, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Philip Bailey's looking hipper than usual on the cover – and he's sounding hipper than usual within – thanks to fantastic production help from Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, and Chick Corea – all artists who play on the record, and help give Bailey a really timeless sense of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Maple/P-Vine (Japan), 1971. New Copy
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 ... 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

Sho Nuff

Tonite
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1980. New Copy
A southern funky nugget from Sho-Nuff – issued at an early 80s point when the Malaco label was open to other modes besides just blues and deep soul! The record's got a tight clubby crackle that feels like something from the New York indie scene of the time – a lean groove that's very ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1982. New Copy
Sho-Nuff deepens their sound nicely for this second set for Malaco Records – still sticking in the lean club funk sound of their debut for the label – but also reaching a bit more on the lyrics and vocals too! Ballads show up a bit more than before, and almost evoke an old school group ... CD
Warner, 1982. New Copy 2CD
The record that forever put Prince on the map – a legendary set that took him from being an under-appreciated soul singer to a lasting pop music legend! Prince had been around for a few years before 1999 – but the double-length set was the first to really win over the masses to his ... CD

Donna McGhee

Make It Last Forever
Red Greg/We Want Sounds (UK), 1978. New Copy
A holy grail, and one of the only records ever cut by Donna McGhee – an incredibly soulful club singer who worked with both Patrick Adams and Roy Ayers! This album's her legendary side for the team of Adams and Greg Carmichael – and it's got a sweet and mellow groove that's unlike ... CD

Freddy Butler

With A Dab Of Soul
Kapp/Everland (Austria), 1968. New Copy
A wonderful album of uptown soul – the only full length record cut by Freddy Butler, a heck of a great singer with a really unique voice! Freddy hails from Detroit, and like the best of Detroit singers of the 60s – such as JJ Barnes or Darrell Banks – he's got a style that's got ... 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
Bear Family (Germany), 1960s. New Copy
Wicked early work from Roy Lee Johnson – a hell of a guitarist, and a soulful singer as well! The package brings together a whopping 30 tracks from Johnson's years at Okeh Records, and runs up to some sweet sides for Philips as well – tracing a great evolution from the late R&B ... CD

Sons Of Slum

Music Is The Message
Cordial (UK), 1977. New Copy
Fantastic funk from Sons Of Slum – a 70s Chicago combo with a sound that's as heavy as their name! You might know the group from some killer singles they cut for Stax in the early 70s – but this set features unreleased material from later in the decade, showing an even cooler band than ... LP, Vinyl record album

Edwards Generation

Dynasty
Cordial (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
Unreleased work from Edwards Generation – a great San Francisco funk group from the 70s – and one who've reached legendary status over the years, even though their only other full length is pretty darn rare! These guys came to the Bay Area from Pittsburgh, and showed up a few years ... CD
Cordial (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy
A fantastic later chapter of Mark IV – that sublime vocal group who recorded for Mercury in the early 70s, then seemingly dropped off the recording radar! Turns out, the group were still working hard and sounding great – as you'll hear in this fantastic collection of unreleased ... CD

Sons Of Slum

Music Is The Message
Cordial (UK), 1977. New Copy
Fantastic funk from Sons Of Slum – a 70s Chicago combo with a sound that's as heavy as their name! You might know the group from some killer singles they cut for Stax in the early 70s – but this set features unreleased material from later in the decade, showing an even cooler band than ... CD
Polydor, 1969. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A rare lost treasure from James Brown – the full, unedited version of a live concert that was cut up and butchered for the Sex Machine album – presented here for the first time ever, with a huge amount of never-issued tunes! Sex Machine was one of those "fake" concert albums ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stax/Culture Factory (France), 1973. New Copy
A lasting 70s classic from Frederick Knight – easily his best-remembered album, thanks to the legendary title track! The set's got a slow-burning, deeply soulful feel all the way through – one that takes Knight's high-end vocals, and backs them with some bottom-burning instrumentation ... CD
Stax/Craft, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 7 LPs
LP...$130.99 149.99
Legendary sounds from the Staple Singers – a set of albums for Stax Records that really helped push the group from the gospel folk underground into the soul music mainstream – and which also helped transform the rest of the scene in the process! The Staple Singers had recorded ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cotillion/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3 CDs
A fantastic collection of grooves from Mass Production – one of the best of the large funk ensembles to hit the mainstream at the end of the 70s – even though they didn't always get the success they deserved! That doesn't stop these guys from giving their all, though – super-sharp ... CD

Michael Jackson

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
Westbound (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP
A heavy best-of from Funkadelic – one that covers the full range of their classic sounds – from the trippy fuzz of the early days to the tighter funk of stardom years! The package has a power that's undeniable – a really massive batch of music that forever changed the face of ... LP, Vinyl record album

SOUL

What Is It
BGP (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)
Quite possibly the best album ever from this fantastic funky combo! The band grooves hard and funky – with incredible drum work from Paul Stubblefield, tasty guitar from Walter Winston, and some famous funky flute and sax work from Gus Hawkins. Tracks on the album are rough and raw – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
A classic compilation gets upgraded in a mighty nice way – as a huge tribute to the many years of soul and funk we've gotten from the Ace/Kent label in London! Back at the start of the 80s, the company was one of the first to properly repress rare American soul, and do it the right way ... CD
Blue Moon/Big Break (UK), 1995. New Copy 2CD
CD...$6.99 13.99
A later date from 70s soul legend Randy Crawford – cut overseas, at a time when she was initially without US representation – a situation that was immediately corrected with the strength of the album! The set has Randy really getting back to basics – mostly working with tight ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1981. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
Harvey's fifth and final album for Arista – another win for the funk-soul-fusion MVP! Given that Harvey worked on some of the best fusion sessions of the 70s, it's more than safe to give him "most valuable player" award – because without his drums, many a record would have ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1979. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
One of the best solo records from Harvey Mason – best known as the drummer on some really monster 70s funky fusion sessions (such as Johnny Hammond's Gears album) – but a surprisingly well-rounded R&B artist overall! As with Norman Connors, another fusion drummer gone soul star, ... CD
Arista/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 70s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 12CD
A huge run of music from the legendary Dionne Warwick – all of it very different than her early work with Burt Bacharach, and brought together as a strong testament to her ability to change and grow over the years! Although Dionne started as a sweeter singer in the 60s, and had a few great ... CD

Leon Ware

Inside Is Love
TK/Solid (Japan), 1979. New Copy
A great moment in the career of the mighty Leon Ware – a set recorded after his famous 70s work for Motown, and before his return to fame at Elektra – but still with a super-tight quality that shows that Leon was always great, no matter what the setting! Leon's warm, mellow, and ... CD

Willie Hutch

Foxy Brown
Motown, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
A monster! Foxy Brown is Willie Hutch's magnificent soundtrack for Foxy Brown – a Pam Grier blacksploitation film from the early 70s – and it's pure genius all the way through, a record filled with some of the best funky soundtrack cuts of the era! Willie's got a real Curtis Mayfield ... LP, Vinyl record album

Family Of Swede

Family Album
Cordial (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
A long-overdue full length album from Family Of Swede – not a group from Stockholm, but a funky soul combo that worked in Oakland in the late 70s, but only ever managed to issue one single at the time! This set brings together a nice batch of unreleased music by the group – finally ... LP, Vinyl record album
Union Square/Universal (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 5CD
A treasure trove of classic soul – 5CDs and 100 tracks in all – all with the upbeat, soaring vibe that's always made these underground American cuts such favorites on the UK Northern Soul scene! The package starts with Motown, then really takes off – featuring loads of killer ... 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
Curtom, Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
Fantastic! The lost link in the Chicago soul scene of the 60s was Baby Huey – and he was a pretty darn big link too, if you've ever seen him in pictures! Weighing in at about 300 pounds, Baby Huey was sort of a rockin' soul star who played clubs on both sides of the city, to audiences of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Curtis Mayfield

Curtis
Curtom, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)
A mindblowing solo set from Curtis Mayfield – a record that not only foregrounds all the subtle politics he'd been forging in the Impressions during the 60s – but one that also really has Mayfield exploding as a force to be reckoned with in the studio! The album's a personal ... LP, Vinyl record album

Chi-Lites

Toby
Brunswick/Solid (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A sweet soul killer from The Chi-Lites – and record that really shows them as one of the greatest harmony groups to ever come from Chicago! The vibe here is a bit more mellow than on previous records – and the trio step into some sublime ballads and love songs that really blow us away ... CD
Tabu/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy
Just the way we like it from SOS Band – tight, but never too uptight – grooving, but never too over the top either – and with plenty of room for mellower moments that really round the album out nicely! The set's got SOS right at the height of their famous run for Tabu Records ... CD

Curtis Mayfield

Roots
Curtom/Warner (UK), 1971. New Copy
One of our favorite Curtis Mayfield albums ever – a massive early 70s effort that's filled with wonderful songs all the way through, and quite possibly one of the most perfect realization of the righteous vibe of the early 70s Curtom years! Curtis is in fine form throughout – as a ... CD
Warner, 1982. New Copy 4LP
The record that forever put Prince on the map – a legendary set that took him from being an under-appreciated soul singer to a lasting pop music legend! Prince had been around for a few years before 1999 – but the double-length set was the first to really win over the masses to his ... LP, Vinyl record album

Stuff

Live Stuff
Warner (Japan), 1978. New Copy (reissue)
A nice little live set from Stuff – one that's recorded in Tokyo, with a groove that's a bit more open than their better-known New York live album from a few years later! The sound's somewhat rougher than the Stuff studio sessions, but in a good way – one that shows that the combo can ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stax/Real Gone, Mid 60s. New Copy 2LP
A treasure trove of tight, organ-driven grooves from Booker T & The MGs – a quartet who really helped transform the sound of soul music in the 60s – even if they never sang on any of their records! The combo instrumental record had existed before Booker and the group, but working ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated February 24, 2020


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