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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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Motown, 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. 11CDs
CD ... On June 28, 2019
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 10CD 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
Polydor/Cherry Pop (UK), 1981.
CD ... About June 15, 2019
... CD
Buddah/Elemental (Spain), 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About May 5, 2019
The first full album cut by The Trammps – and a landmark bit of Philly club sounds! The group had already been grooving the burgeoning east coast disco scene for years, which is why the album's called The Legendary Zing Album (the group's version of "Zing Went The Strings Of My ... LP, Vinyl record album

Temptations

Cloud Nine
Gordy/Motown, 1969. (reissue)
LP ... On June 7, 2019
A masterpiece in psychedelic soul from The Temptations – perhaps the most perfectly realized album from their years working with Norman Whitfield! The set's awash in that bottom-heavy, rumbling funk mode that Whitfield brought to the group at the end of the 60s – served up in bold ... LP, Vinyl record album
P&P, Late 70s.
CD ... About April 26, 2019
Classic work from the legendary P&P Records label – created by one of the "P" talents who gave them their name – studio genius Patrick Adams, who mostly works here on his own under the name of Cloud One! Adams already had great success working with east coast soul groups ... CD

Kongas

Afrodisia
Because (France),
12-inch ... About April 26, 2019
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Whispers

Love For Love
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983.
CD ... About May 22, 2019
Love for Love, but still a pretty groove-heavy set too – one that continues the mix of "dancin and romancin" The Whispers served up on their previous album! Side one is heavy on "dancin" – and features some bass-heavy tunes that are very much in the best mainstream ... CD

Shalamar

Heartbreak
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984.
CD ... About May 22, 2019
8 songs total including "Amnesia", "Dancing In The Sheets", "Don't Get Stopped In Beverly Hills", "Melody (An Erotic Affair)" and more. CD

Collage

Shine The Light
Constellation/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985.
CD ... About May 22, 2019
A surprisingly hard to find LP by this great west coast modern soul band! The music is pure LA 80s groove, recorded for the Constellation label during the same time and with a similar groove to what the Whispers and Lakeside were working on over at the higher profile Solar label, for whom Collage ... CD
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981.
CD ... About May 22, 2019
One of the less-remembered acts of the Solar Records empire of the late 70s/early 80s – but a great one! Collage had a strong modern soul groove – taken especially well at midtempo, which is where the band really hit their stride. This album's produced by The Whispers – and in a ... CD

Cat Miller

Cat
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986.
CD ... About May 22, 2019
Titles include "Beat My Face", "Computer Love", "Be For Real", "I Want You", and "Rescue Me". CD

Barrence Whitfield Soul Savage Arkestra

Songs From The Sun Ra Cosmos (gold vinyl pressing)
Modern Harmonic,
LP ... On May 3, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Barrence Whitfield Soul Savage Arkestra

Songs From The Sun Ra Cosmos
Modern Harmonic,
CD ... On May 3, 2019
... CD
Motown/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1970s. 3CD
CD ... About May 22, 2019
... CD

Lost Generation

Young, Tough & Terrible
Brunswick/Demon (UK), 1970. (reissue)
LP ... About July 26, 2019
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

 


Upcoming Releases

Scherrie Payne

Incredible
Everland (Austria),
LP ... About April 22, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Scherrie Payne

Incredible
Everland (Austria),
CD ... About April 22, 2019
... CD

Back East

Day By Day
Everland (Austria),
LP ... About April 22, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Back East

Day By Day
Everland (Austria),
CD ... About April 22, 2019
... CD

Don Covay

Funky Yo Yo
Versatile/Everland (Austria), 1977.
LP ... About April 22, 2019
Some of the rootsiest work ever cut by Don Covay – done for Versatile Records in the late 70s, but a fair bit rougher and more down home than his sides for Mercury or Atlantic in years past! Covay really returns to his roots for the record – and the backings are often spare, subtle, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Don Covay

Funky Yo Yo
Versatile/Everland (Austria), 1977.
CD ... About April 22, 2019
Some of the rootsiest work ever cut by Don Covay – done for Versatile Records in the late 70s, but a fair bit rougher and more down home than his sides for Mercury or Atlantic in years past! Covay really returns to his roots for the record – and the backings are often spare, subtle, ... CD

Cook County

Released
Everland (Austria), (reissue)
LP ... About April 22, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Cook County

Released
Everland (Austria),
CD ... About April 22, 2019
... CD

Gift Of Dreams

Mandroid
Everland (Austria), (reissue)
LP ... About April 22, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Gift Of Dreams

Mandroid
Everland (Austria),
CD ... About April 22, 2019
... CD

Freddy Butler

With A Dab Of Soul
Kapp/Everland (Austria), 1968. (reissue)
LP ... About April 22, 2019
A wonderful album of uptown soul – the only full length 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 some ... LP, Vinyl record album

Freddy Butler

With A Dab Of Soul
Kapp/Everland (Austria), 1968.
CD ... About April 22, 2019
A wonderful album of uptown soul – the only full length 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 some ... CD
P&P, Late 70s.
CD ... About April 26, 2019
Classic work from the legendary P&P Records label – created by one of the "P" talents who gave them their name – studio genius Patrick Adams, who mostly works here on his own under the name of Cloud One! Adams already had great success working with east coast soul groups ... CD

Kongas

Afrodisia
Because (France),
12-inch ... About April 26, 2019
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
WEA/Real Gone, 1973. (reissue)
LP ... On April 26, 2019
One of the best of the blacksploitation scores from the early 70s – thanks largely to some great work by JJ Johnson! Johnson keeps some nice grooves in the tracks – especially on the instrumental version of the main theme, which is a great sample track, and on some of the more action-or ... LP, Vinyl record album

Marvin Gaye

You're The Man
Motown, 1972.
CD ... On April 26, 2019
A mindblowing collection of work from Marvin Gaye – tracks recorded in the space right after What's Going On – many of which were never issued at the time! All this incredible material from 1972 has been brought together to create a stunning double-length album – one that ... CD

Jackie Wilson

Higher & Higher
Brunswick/Demon (UK), 1967. (reissue)
LP ... About April 26, 2019
A wonderful little album from Jackie Wilson – one that helped him redefine his sound and save his career! Jackie's earlier work for Brunswick was a mish-mash of styles that ranged from raw R&B to smooth supper-club jazz to silly novelty numbers, all of which had gotten pretty stale by ... LP, Vinyl record album

Billy Martin

Strawberry Soul
Return To Analog (Canada), Early 70s. (reissue)
LP ... About May 1, 2019
One of those lost funk classics that you'll never find in the original! Billy Martin leads a tight little instrumental combo – with a strong brassy finish, and lots of good wah wah guitar – through a set of originals and funky soul covers, all with a nice little groove, and kind of a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Reality

Reality
Dureco/Pseudonym (Netherlands), Early 70s. (reissue)
LP ... About May 1, 2019
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Barrence Whitfield Soul Savage Arkestra

Songs From The Sun Ra Cosmos (gold vinyl pressing)
Modern Harmonic,
LP ... On May 3, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Barrence Whitfield Soul Savage Arkestra

Songs From The Sun Ra Cosmos
Modern Harmonic,
CD ... On May 3, 2019
... CD
Twinight/Numero, Early 70s. (reissue)
LP ... On May 3, 2019
One of the best-ever soul albums to come out of Chicago – and it may well be one of the best soul albums ever! The set's the deepest that Syl Johnson ever recorded – and it takes all the hard, raw soul he forged on previous funky 45s – and spins it out in longer album format ... LP, Vinyl record album
Buddah/Elemental (Spain), 1975. (reissue)
LP ... About May 5, 2019
The first full album cut by The Trammps – and a landmark bit of Philly club sounds! The group had already been grooving the burgeoning east coast disco scene for years, which is why the album's called The Legendary Zing Album (the group's version of "Zing Went The Strings Of My ... LP, Vinyl record album

Susana Estrada

Amor Y Libertad
Espacial (Spain), (reissue)
LP ... About May 10, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album

Mavis Staples

We Get By
Anti, 2019.
LP ... On May 10, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Curtom/Rhino, Early 70s. (reissue)
LP ... On May 10, 2019
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

Mavis Staples

We Get By
Anti, 2019.
CD ... On May 17, 2019
... CD

Whispers

Love For Love
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1983.
CD ... About May 22, 2019
Love for Love, but still a pretty groove-heavy set too – one that continues the mix of "dancin and romancin" The Whispers served up on their previous album! Side one is heavy on "dancin" – and features some bass-heavy tunes that are very much in the best mainstream ... CD

Shalamar

Heartbreak
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984.
CD ... About May 22, 2019
8 songs total including "Amnesia", "Dancing In The Sheets", "Don't Get Stopped In Beverly Hills", "Melody (An Erotic Affair)" and more. CD

Collage

Shine The Light
Constellation/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1985.
CD ... About May 22, 2019
A surprisingly hard to find LP by this great west coast modern soul band! The music is pure LA 80s groove, recorded for the Constellation label during the same time and with a similar groove to what the Whispers and Lakeside were working on over at the higher profile Solar label, for whom Collage ... CD
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981.
CD ... About May 22, 2019
One of the less-remembered acts of the Solar Records empire of the late 70s/early 80s – but a great one! Collage had a strong modern soul groove – taken especially well at midtempo, which is where the band really hit their stride. This album's produced by The Whispers – and in a ... CD

Cat Miller

Cat
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986.
CD ... About May 22, 2019
Titles include "Beat My Face", "Computer Love", "Be For Real", "I Want You", and "Rescue Me". CD
Motown/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1970s. 3CD
CD ... About May 22, 2019
... CD
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s.
LP ... About May 24, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Future Days/Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s.
LP ... On May 24, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Future Days/Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s.
CD ... On May 24, 2019
... CD

Freda Payne

Band Of Gold
Invictus/Demon (UK), Early 70s. (reissue)
LP ... About May 30, 2019
A landmark album from Freda Payne! Freda had been knocking around a bit as a more jazz-oriented singer, and had cut one album for Impulse and one for MGM before this one – but when she hooked up with the hitmaking Holland-Dozier-Holland team for this record, her career really went over the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ruth Copeland

Self Portrait
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1970. (reissue)
LP ... About May 30, 2019
A surprisingly groovy little set – one of a few outings cut by singer Ruth Copeland – kind of an enigmatic figure in the early P-Funk years! The approach here is more rock than soul, but there's definitely some funky undercurrents too – of the sort that have always made Copeland ... LP, Vinyl record album
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1973. (reissue)
LP ... About May 30, 2019
The only album ever by The Barrino Brothers – a stellar early 70s harmony group, and one who could sing with the best of the east coast scene of the time! The whole set's got a feel that's very much in the best mode of groups like The Modulations, Soul Generation, and even The O'Jays – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ace (UK),
LP ... About May 31, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Kent (UK),
LP ... About May 31, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Kent (UK),
CD ... About May 31, 2019
... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s.
CD ... About May 31, 2019
... CD

William DeVaughn

Be Thankful For What You Got
Roxbury/Demon (UK), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About May 31, 2019
One of the undisputed masterpieces LPs of 70s soul! William De Vaughn may never be remembered for anything else – and the poor guy will always be mistaken for Curtis Mayfield by record shoppers everywhere – but he really out-Curtised Curtis on the super-dope original version of "Be ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, 1959. (reissue)
LP ... On May 31, 2019
Some of Ray's biggest tracks for Atlantic, including many remakes of standards like "Just For A Thrill", "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Cryin", "Am I Blue", and "It Had To Be You". You've heard it all a million times, but it's still beautiful stuff – and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ray Charles

What'd I Say (mono)
Atlantic, 1959. (reissue)
LP ... On May 31, 2019
A pivotal album for Ray – one that features the sweet electric piano jammer "What'd I Say" – offered up here in 2 parts, and a track that would become the prototype for so many funk songs in years to come! The Raelettes back Ray up on most tracks – and other tracks ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, 1956. (reissue)
LP ... On May 31, 2019
One of the later Atlantic albums by Ray – and one that, like the others of this vintage, focuses on his instrumental side. Ray plays piano in a number of small groups, with players like David Fathead Newman, Emmott Dennis, Oscar Pettiford, John Hunt, and Joseph Bridgewater. The record ... LP, Vinyl record album

Freeway

Freeway
Peoples Potential/P-Vine (Japan), Late 70s.
CD ... About June 6, 2019
Not the famous Freeway, of aughties hip hop fame – but instead an obscure 70s group, and one who are equal parts jazzy soul and AOR! Despite their indie roots, these guys have a tight sound that could easily compete with the bigger blue-eyed acts of the time – sharp songs, catchy ... CD

Temptations

Cloud Nine
Gordy/Motown, 1969. (reissue)
LP ... On June 7, 2019
A masterpiece in psychedelic soul from The Temptations – perhaps the most perfectly realized album from their years working with Norman Whitfield! The set's awash in that bottom-heavy, rumbling funk mode that Whitfield brought to the group at the end of the 60s – served up in bold ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dawn/Esoteric (UK), 1970.
CD ... About June 7, 2019
Messed-up funky jazz from an obscure early 70s UK group – and an album that really lives up to its trippy cover! The tracks are all long and stretched out – with lots of organ, sax, and spaced out drums – and the overall style is a mix of dub-heavy funk, Afro jazz, and a bit of ... CD
Polydor/Cherry Pop (UK), 1981.
CD ... About June 15, 2019
... CD
Bell/Soulmusic.com (UK),
CD ... About June 15, 2019
... CD
Columbia/Soulmusic.com (UK),
CD ... About June 15, 2019
... CD
Motown, 1960s/1970s/1980s/1990s. 11CDs
CD ... On June 28, 2019
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 10CD 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

Gene Chandler

There Was A Time
Brunswick/Demon (UK), 1968. (reissue)
LP ... About June 28, 2019
A soaring, burning set from Gene Chandler – completely different than his early hits, and a key point in the transformation of Chicago soul in the 60s! Gene's always had a heck of a great vocal range – and he really gets a chance to use it to best effect on this album of jaunty and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jackie Wilson

Do Your Thing
Brunswick/Demon (UK), Late 60s. (reissue)
LP ... About June 28, 2019
A very cool groove from Jackie Wilson – a record that still holds onto all the great vocal range of his roots, but also pushes into a hipper late 60s style that's pretty darn nice! Wilson's really at home in the setting – re-emerging as a more mature, confident singer with a lot better ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ruth Copeland

I Am What I Am
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1971. (reissue)
LP ... About June 28, 2019
A second sublime set from Ruth Copeland – a funky female singer from the Detroit scene of the early 70s, with key ties to the P-Funk universe, and a unique groove that mixes singer/songwriter modes with the fuzzier funkier elements of artists like Betty Davis or Yvonne Fair! There's a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dakar/Demon (UK), 1970. (reissue)
LP ... About June 28, 2019
The second album from Chicago soul legend Tyrone Davis – and every bit as wonderful as his first! Like that set, this one bounces along on a wave of well cast Chisoul arrangements – penned by Tom Washington and Willie Henderson, with a great mix of the sweet and the rough – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Chairmen Of The Board

Skin I'm In
Invictus/Demon (UK), 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About June 28, 2019
Probably the rarest of all albums by The Chairmen Of The Board – and also the last! The album was cut after the band re-formed briefly, and it's got a fuzzed-out heavy soul sound that's quite different from some of the group's earlier work. There's heavy guitar on many tracks – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ray Charles

Yes Indeed! (mono)
Atlantic, 1958. (reissue)
LP ... On June 28, 2019
Yes indeed – a mighty early classic from the great Ray Charles – one of his first full length albums, and a set that brings together the searing sort of work he was doing for Atlantic Records in the 50s! Ray's completely confident and at the top of his game here – and a lot more ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ray Charles

Ray Charles (mono)
Atlantic, (reissue)
LP ... On June 28, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, 1961. (reissue)
LP ... On June 28, 2019
Classic bluesy soul from Ray – featuring an assortment of original tunes, plus a few standards, done in a mode that's got more of the jazzy touches associated with his late 50s "genius" years. Titles include "Feelin Sad", "Ray's Blues", "The Midnight ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, Late 50s. (reissue)
LP ... On June 28, 2019
As Ray was making the switch to ABC for his vocal-oriented material, Atlantic managed to capture his jazz-oriented talents on a few great sessions like this one – which features Charles' piano in the foreground, set in a nice small group setting with other players from his band, like David ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lost Generation

Young, Tough & Terrible
Brunswick/Demon (UK), 1970. (reissue)
LP ... About July 26, 2019
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Erma Franklin

Soul Sister
Brunswick/Demon (UK), Late 60s. (reissue)
LP ... About July 26, 2019
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Satisfaction Unlimited

Think Of The Children
Hot Wax/Demon (UK), 1972. (reissue)
LP ... About July 28, 2019
A really compelling little set from Satisfaction Unlimited – a group we only know from this one corker of a record on the Hot Wax label! The style's a bit in some of the harmony modes of the east coast scene of the time – yet like most Hot Wax/Invictus work, there's also a bit of an ... LP, Vinyl record album
BMG (Italy),
LP ... About April 13, 2019 (delayed)
... LP, Vinyl record album
Decca (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP
LP ... On April 13, 2019 (delayed)
A fantastic set – totally fresh, and way different than the usual Northern Soul compilation! The set features many tracks recorded in the UK – which makes for a sound that's different than some of the American-heavy grooves that you'll hear on other sets, and which adds in a compelling ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nimbus/Providenciales (France), 1980. (reissue)
LP ... About April 8, 2019 (delayed)
A really cool little set from a small Michigan group – one who serve up soul with a bit of a fusion twist – all in a sound that's quite unique! At some level, Nimbus remind us of the groups bubbling under on the Austin scene of the mid 70s – working without any need for standard ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bear Family (Germany), Late 50s.
CD ... About April 1, 2019 (delayed)
A rare set of work from New York singer Edna McGriff – a vocalist who'd recorded more famously with Sonny Til of The Orioles, and with frequent partner, tenorist Buddy Lucas – but who's heard here on a strong batch of sides for the small indie Bell Records! The music ranges from raw ... CD

Jack Ashford

Hotel Sheet
Magic Disc/Everland (Austria), 1977. (reissue)
LP ... About March 29, 2019 (delayed)
One of the coolest club records ever cut – and one with a great gimmick too! That gimmick is the "hotel sheet" – an instrument created by percussionist Jack Ashford, which is a light piece of metal that's snapped back and worth to create these cool wibbly, wobbly waves of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mel Production Band (Mel Waiters)

Trying To Get Out Of Here
Marvel/Everland (Austria), 1980. (reissue)
LP ... About March 29, 2019 (delayed)
Rare grooves from the Mel Production Band – an early project from soul singer Mel Waiters – who most people know for his more recent albums in a blues-based vein! Here, the young Mel is much looser, and groovier – with a strong current of 70s funk, played by a super-sharp band ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic/Driven By The Music (UK), 1988.
CD ... About March 29, 2019 (delayed)
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

LV Johnson

We Belong Together
Phono/Everland (Austria), 1981. (reissue)
LP ... About March 20, 2019 (delayed)
A tremendous little record from LV Johnson – an obscure indie soul effort from the early 80s, but one that's recorded with a really great sound overall! The production is quite professional – full backings done with help from Chicago arrangers Willie Henderson, Floyd Morris, and Sonny ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mickey Baker

Rock With A Sock
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s.
CD ... About March 20, 2019 (delayed)
... CD
Traffic, Late 70s/Early 80s.
LP ... About March 15, 2019 (delayed)
Incredible work from Chocolate Star – less a group than a record label or project name used for some excellent underground club recordings from the late 70s and early 80s! Gary Davis is the real brainchild here – keyboardist, songwriter, and main spiritual force behind the music – ... LP, Vinyl record album
P&P/Octave (Japan),
CD ... About January 23, 2019 (delayed)
... CD
Everland (Austria), (reissue)
LP ... About April 22, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Everland (Austria),
CD ... About April 22, 2019
... CD
Tidal Waves, 1974. (reissue)
LP ... About May 1, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), 1980s. 2CD
CD ... About May 10, 2019
... CD
Columbia/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. 2CD
CD ... About May 10, 2019
... CD

John Tropea

To Touch You Again
Marlin/Solid (Japan), 1979.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
Sweet 70s fusion from John Tropea – a tightly-crafted album, but one that's never too slick, and which still has plenty of soul! Tropea's that rare breed who actually sounds better with a bit more polish – and he seems to draw magically from the high quality of studio support he gets ... CD

John Tropea

Short Trip To Space
Marlin/Solid (Japan), 1977.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
A funky fusion classic from John Tropea – the great guitarist who cut a wealth of studio work for other players, and a rare few albums under his own name! This set's got a tight, yet soulful finish – very much in the spirit of the best work on CTI or Kudu during the mid 70s – ... CD

John Tropea

Tropea
Marlin/Solid (Japan), 1975.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
The first album from guitarist John Tropea – ace 70s session guitarist, but a surprisingly great leader and arranger in his own right too! Tropea's working here in a vibe that's clearly influence by the CTI sound – smooth but funky fusion – laid down in prime studio conditions, ... CD

Ronnie Laws

Pressure Sensitive
Blue Note (Japan), 1975.
CD ... About May 15, 2019
Classic bit of 70s fusion, played by Ronnie on tenor and flute, and with a group that includes some excellent keyboard work by Joe Sample. The highlight of the record is the big sample cut "Tidal Wave", but it also includes the great groover "Always There", which was covered a ... CD

Lyman Woodard Organization

Live At JJ's Lounge 1974
P-Vine (Japan), 1974.
LP ... About May 15, 2019
A rare live performance from the legendary Lyman Woodard Organization – captured here at the height of their powers in the 70s! The Organization has a really unique approach to their groove – one that starts in jazz, but moves quickly into funk – with a spirit that you'd find in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Motown (Japan),
CD ... About May 20, 2019
... CD
Solar/Ultra Vybe (Japan),
CD ... About May 22, 2019
... CD

Tears For Fears

Hurting
Mercury, 1983.
LP ... On May 24, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Z Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
LP ... About June 21, 2019
... LP, Vinyl record album
Z Records (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s.
CD ... About June 21, 2019
... CD

New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

Songs – The Music Of Allen Toussaint
Storyville (Denmark),
CD ... About April 19, 2019
... CD
Stax, Late 60s/Early 70s. 2LP
LP ... On April 13, 2019 (delayed)
Stax Does The Beatles – and they do a pretty nice job of it too! The collection's a much better one than you might expect from the title and cover – as the grooves here are all pretty darn soulful, and not just simple copycat modes of hits by the Fab Four – but even more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Decca (UK), Mid 60s. 2LP
LP ... On April 13, 2019 (delayed)
The British love of R&B in the 60s is no secret – thanks to the early work of The Rolling Stones, The Animals, and other chart-topping groups of the time. But here, that side of British music is explored in much greater depth – and served up in an assortment of lesser-known work ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chuwanaga (France), Early 80s.
CD ... About April 8, 2019 (delayed)
... CD

Space Cats

Something New
Rejoice/Cultures Of Soul, (reissue)
LP ... On March 29, 2019 (delayed)
... LP, Vinyl record album

Al Sears

Sear-iously
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s.
CD ... About March 20, 2019 (delayed)
Heavy tenor from Big Al Sears – a player who rose to fame in the Duke Ellington group of the 40s, but really exploded as a solo act in the following decade! The set's a great overview of Sears loud-blown work of the 50s – and brings together material recorded for labels that include ... CD
BBQ (Japan),
CD ... About March 14, 2019 (delayed)
... CD
Warner (Japan),
CD ... About February 27, 2019 (delayed)
... CD
Warner (Japan),
CD ... About February 27, 2019 (delayed)
... CD
Warner (Japan),
CD ... About February 27, 2019 (delayed)
... CD
 



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