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Great 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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Black Pearls
Shanachie, 2016. New Copy
A special project from the great Will Downing – the male soul singer's tribute to all the great female artists that have inspired him over the years – a lineup that includes Phyllis Hyman, Jean Carn, Randy Crawford, Deniece Williams, and others – all of whom get a nod in the song ... CD
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Funk/Cultures Of Soul, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A beautiful rare club cut from Evans Pyramid – a track that's nicely loose in the way it approaches the groove – letting things build slowly in nice layers of sound, with a riffing guitar and waves of piano – and vocals that just come in a bit at the start and end! Yet it's the ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Need Of Love
Warner, 1971. New Copy (reissue)
One of the two early Earth Wind & Fire LPs recorded for Warner – and the one that shows their amazing roots in the avant-garde jazz scene in Chicago! At the forefront, the record's a righteous soul album with an ensemble funk sound – but deeper in, there's a lot of jazz-based ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Earth Wind & Fire
Warner, 1971. New Copy
Earth, Wind & Fire's first album – recorded at a time when the group recently had ties to the Chicago soul and jazz scenes, and a range of experience that ran the gamut from work with Sun Ra, the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, The Pharoahs, Ramsey Lewis, and countless other influential ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Capricorn/Real Gone, 1977/1979. New Copy
A pair of gems from Sea Level – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Sea Level album – a classic from one of the coolest groups to emerge from the southern rock scene of the 70s – a combo who can be as tight and jazzy as The Crusaders one minute, then show off ... CD
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Ariola/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy
A mighty groove from Eruption – the group's second album, and one that has them coming together even more strongly than the first! The album's got European origins, but has a vibe that's a lot warmer than most of the trans-Atlantic disco of the time – more fast funk at the core, with ... CD
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Light In The Attic/Columbia, Late 60s. New Copy
A soul and funk fan's dream come true – never-heard recordings by the legendary Betty Davis, done for Columbia Records a few years before her debut album! At the time, Betty was hanging with Miles Davis, and turning him onto the sounds of fuzzy funk – and Miles actually produced these ... CD
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Warner/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1982/1983. New Copy 2 CDs
2 killers from Mass Production – back to back on a single set! On the first record, Mass Production are definitely In A City Groove – as the record bounces along with a really wicked mix of 80s boogie and modern soul – almost better than before, and a great example of the self-con ... CD
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Scepter/Octave (Japan), 1974. New Copy
The monumental debut of BT Express – and an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band's bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight blacksploitation soundtrack, ... CD
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American Tunes
Nonesuch, 2016. New Copy
The last album that New Orleans soul legend Allen Toussaint ever recorded – and a set that's maybe more jazz-oriented than most of his other work! The album mostly features Toussaint as an instrumentalist – playing piano, and working through songs by Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Earl ... CD
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Devil Made Me Do It
Gemigo/BBQ (Japan), 1974. New Copy
A fantastic second album from Rasputin Stash – a group who started out on Atlantic Records as a big ensemble with a pretty freaky, fuzzy sound – but one who emerge here with a sweet mix of funk and soul that's perfect for their placement on this mid-70s offshoot of Curtom Records! The ... CD
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Glass Onion
Atlantic (Japan), 1969. New Copy
A really cool solo album from Arif Mardin – the arranger who turned out so much wonderful work for soul singers in the 60s, 70s, and 80s – a legacy that includes some of the most important recordings for Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan! Yet here, Arif's out on his own in an instrumental ... CD
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Turbo/Soul Brother (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)
Wonderful! This is a lost bit of New Jersey funk on the Turbo label, featuring a group that includes Doug Wimbish and Skip McDonald before they became part of the Sugarhill house band, and then part of the On-U Sound collective. The album's a great mix of warmly soulful instrumental grooving ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Abkco, 1950s-Mid 60s. New Copy 2 LP Gatefold
A massive collection of work by the great Sam Cooke – featuring 30 tunes in all, and spanning the range of his full career – from his early roots in gospel music, to the incredibly powerful soul tunes he cut shortly before his untimely death. The set's got most everything you'd ever ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Sound Of A Drum
Marlin/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1976. New Copy
A crucial album from percussionist Ralph MacDonald – a set that not only catapulted him into the limelight, after strong work on countless records for other artists – but a record that also gave Ralph some long-standing fame, thanks to some key groovers on the set! The album's got a ... CD
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Now Again, 1970. New Copy
A stunner of a record – the first-ever album by The JBs, never issued back in the day – and lost for years until it recently resurfaced on a test pressing! The set features a leaner, more stripped-down version of the group – one that features Bootsy Collins on bass, and which ... LP, Vinyl record album
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People/Get On Down, 1974. New Copy (reissue)
An oft-overlooked gem from the JBs – their last album for People Records, and a stone funk classic that's every bit as essential as the others! The band is still in fine fine form – with none of the fast-funk or proto-disco of some later recordings – and they're working here in ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Occasional Rain
Cadet/Universal (Japan), 1972. New Copy (reissue)
Terry Callier's first album for Cadet – and the kickoff of one of the greatest three album runs that any soul artist ever recorded! This one's got a different feel than the later two, as it takes songs by Terry, and structures them with these little musical "seque" tracks in ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Galaxy
MCA/Avenue, 1977. New Copy
A massive jammer from War – and a record that brought the group to a whole new generation of listeners – as well as a good number of later fans who discovered some of these jams in the club! The groove here isn't disco, but this tightening up of War's sweet jamming vibe – almost ... CD
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One Der Ful/Secret Stash, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
A really unique side of the legendary One-Derful family of Chicago soul music labels – the tiny Halo imprint, where the company issued all of their incredible gospel music! The Halo sound is like a deep soul take on the other One-Derful/Mar-V-Lus material – cut at the same time, in a ... CD
 
Updated July 23, 2016


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