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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!

Cotillion/Run Out Groove, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
An incredible bit of southern soul – and one of the few records ever by deep soul singer Lou Johnson! The masterpiece was recorded at the Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, at a time when the outfit was at the height of its powers – capturing Lou with a sweet-burning style that matches (if ... LP, Vinyl record album
Epic/Sony (Japan), 1978. New Copy
Melba Moore gets some great help here from the Philly soul duo of McFadden & Whitehead – whose soaring styles proves to be a perfect fit for her amazing voice! Melba had cut some great work before this set, but here things really seem to come together – her amazing range, her ... CD
Sunset Blvd, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD
Incredible rhythm & blues singles from Bobby Robinson's Harlem-based Fury and Fire labels from the mid 50s to early 60s – from post-doowop vocal gems to sax-heavy stormers to melodic early soul groovers and beyond – trailblazing gems that helped pave the way for indie soul and r& ... CD
My Music
Philadelphia International/Sony (Japan), 1976. New Copy
One of our favorite albums ever from Bunny Sigler – a sublime set that bridges his earlier Philly sweet soul recordings and his later disco work! The set avoids any of the silliness that could sometimes hurt Bunny's later work, and instead nicely blends together Philly soul and studio funk ... CD
Mainstream/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Breathy, beautiful soul from Ellerine Harding – a lesser-known 70s singer, but one who managed to cut this great album for the Mainstream label! Like some of the other soul on Mainstream, the approach here is inflected with a bit of jazz – arrangements scored by Wade Marcus, and ... CD
Boogie Down USA
Philadelphia International/Sony (Japan), 1975. New Copy
One of the most successful albums cut by People's Choice during the 70s – and a record that shows them making the same progression from funk to disco as other groups of the time, like BT Express. Yet despite the easily imagined disco that the title might indicate, the album's actually got ... CD
McFadden & Whitehead
Philadelphia International/Sony (Japan), 1979. New Copy
A stone Philly classic – and a record that gave the world one of the most positive, upbeat tunes ever! The team of McFadden & Whitehead were not only one of the best songwriting duos in the Philly International stable – they were also a great soul combo who really knew how to work ... CD
We Got The Rhythm
Philadelphia International/Sony (Japan), 1976. New Copy
People's Choice have the rhythm – as they did right from the very start, when they were first cutting records as a late 60s funk combo in Philly! The style here is more late 70s club, handled with perfection by the team of Gamble & Huff – but the PC approach is still a lot more ... CD
Sting Like A Bee
RCA (Japan), 1979. New Copy
One of the biggest releases of the 70s from the underground dancefloor team of Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael – a duo best known for their cutting-edge work on their own P&P label – but who still sound equally great here on a much bigger label! As with the P&P grooves, the ... CD
It's Just Begun
RCA (Japan), 1972. New Copy
Wickedly fuzzy funk! Jimmy Castor recorded in a lot of different styles during the 70s – but the one he used on this album is still his best! The record's a non-stop guitar-heavy batch of classic funk tracks – and it features the storming break track "It's Just Begun", the ... CD
I'll Do My Best
RCA (Japan), 1982. New Copy
The Ritchie Family do their best to remain relevant after the glory days of commercial disco – and succeed strongly on I'll Do My Best – thanks to the sweetly soulful trio vocals and a nicely updated dancefloor soul sound! The songs are great, and groove on just long enough – ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1978. New Copy
Massive work from the great Cheryl Lynn – and a key bridge between late 70s disco and the newer grooves of the 80s club scene! The album's a mix of midtempo groovers with a few mellower tracks – and it's got a tight, slightly jazzy sound that was very fresh at the time, and which still ... CD
Wild Cherry
Sweet City/Epic (Japan), 1976. New Copy
Wild Cherry may have been one-hit wonders – but MAN, what a hit! At the time of release, "Play That Funky Music" was seen as a joke on the disco movement – but all these many years later, a quick dip into this self-titled album will show you that Wild Cherry were actually the ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1976. New Copy
Full on disco from Vicki Sue Robinson – a bit crossover at times, but handled with a top-shelf approach all the way through! Maestro Warren Schatz produced and arranged the set – and the tunes have a smoothly grooving approach that really lets Vicki flow out nicely in advance of the ... CD
RCA (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A seminal set from Vicki Sue Robinson – arguably her biggest album ever, thanks to the leadoff hit "Turn The Beat Around"! That groove really sets the tone for the rest of the record – a tight blend of disco rhythms and crossover soul – all delivered by Vicki with a ... CD
Dance Your Troubles Away
TSOP/Sony (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Although Archie Bell & The Drells had recorded earlier with Gamble & Huff on Atlantic, this is their first album for the team's own label – and it's a killer! In a way, Archie and group were sort of responsible for getting Gamble & Huff their own famous imprint in the first place ... CD
Black & Blue
Philadelphia International/Sony (Japan), 1973. New Copy
Classic Philly soul from Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – a killer batch of studio tracks, despite the live image of the group on the cover! The album's got a slightly more expansive feel than some of the other Teddy Pendergrass-era albums by The Blue Notes – almost a mini-symphony ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1977. New Copy
A huge hit for both The Emotions and Maurice White – whose Kalimba Productions handled this album in the same hit mode they'd been using for Earth Wind & Fire! There's a polished, soaring bounce her that definitely shows the Earth Wind & Fire touch – and which takes the girls ... CD
Buddah/Sony (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A real stormer from Melba Moore – brilliantly-arranged dancefloor soul with beautiful lead vocals by Melba – on one of her best records of the 70s! Melba is straight-up amazing here, bringing genuine soul to feverish dancefloor gems and otherwise soaring numbers. This Is It was ... CD
Golden Fleece/Sony (Japan), 1975. New Copy
Wonderful early work from The Trammps – recorded before the group got a bit too bogged down in their own disco fame, when they were still capable of hitting that tight, right Philly club groove! The album's got a simple brilliance that sparkles almost more than the Gamble & Huff work at ... CD
Updated March 23, 2018

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