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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!


Kent/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2CD
Some of the best work ever cut by ZZ Hill – a deep soul singer with roots in Texas, but who really got the chance to shine on these 60s recordings in California! Hill is completely hard-burning here – even more so than on his later, bigger-label material in the 70s – with an ... CD
Echoes
Island/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1984. New Copy
A tough record to peg – but a great one too! Wally Badarou plays a range of spacey keyboards that include synclavier, mini moog, and prophet 5 – all over some beats that are a mix of electro and Carribean rhythms – in a style that's part jazzy, part new agey, and part 80s groove! ... CD
Chakachas
Avco/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. New Copy
The coolest, funkiest, and most soulful set ever issued by Chakachas – a record that's way different than most of their Latin-based music – with a strong American funk vibe all the way through! There's still lots of percussion in the mix, but it's often used in ways that echo more of a ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy
A fantastic funky groove from the UK scene – recorded by a group who'd later turn into Incognito – a great early showcase for the talents of Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick! The tune's got the feel of some lost jazz funk track from the mid 70s – lots of super-tight bass work, ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1976. New Copy
A funky fusion classic from guitarist Wah Wah Watson – his only album as a leader, despite countless appearances as a sideman on 70s soul, jazz, and pop sessions! The album's got a really wonderful sort of west coast groove – one that takes bits of spacey fusion, bassy funk, and ... CD
De-Lite/Robinsongs (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy 2CD
Three full funky albums – and bonus tracks too! First up is Keep On Bumpin & Masterplan – the Kay-Gees' funkiest record ever – a set that's harder and sharper than anything else they'd ever record in years to come! Grabbing this one up is like finding a lost Kool & The ... CD
Glades/Get On Down, 1977. New Copy (reissue)
"Africano" is one of the coolest cuts ever from the great Timmy Thomas – a tribal-styled groover, complete with congas to reference the title, and this wicked bassline that's almost blacksploitation in nature! Riffing guitars really set up the groove, and there's lots of cool ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Streetwise/Octave (Japan), 1984. New Copy
An overlooked later moment from The Stylistics – proof that a great vocal group never gets old! The set has the quartet reinventing themselves for a new generation – recording for Arthur Baker's Streetwise Records, and getting production and arrangements from Maurice Starr – who ... CD
Enterprise/Craft, 1971. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
Baroquely beautiful work from the Stax soul master – one of Isaac Hayes' heaviest albums of the 70s – and a record so massive, they needed 2LPs to contain the whole thing! The record's a culmination of the rich, full style of soulful arranging that Hayes had pioneered in his early solo ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stax/Craft, 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A landmark album that hardly needs any introduction – as it's one of the most famous soundtracks, if not soul records, of the 70s! Isaac Hayes had already surprised music fans with the sophistication of his first few solo albums, which had been issued before this one – but with Shaft, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stax/Craft, 1969. New Copy (reissue)
Amazing stuff from Isaac Hayes! Although Ike had first appeared on LP with the album "Introducing", this was the first record to really expose his true soul genius – and it was also the first release on Ike's successful sub-label at Stax, Enterprise Records. The record shows that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cherry Red (UK), 2015. New Copy
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The first album in many years from Cymande – that ultra-cool British group who gave us a run of great funk records in the 70s! The style here is surprisingly faithful to the original Cymande sound – especially the basslines, which have this head-nodding, slow-grooving style that's ... CD
Cherry Red (UK), 2015. New Copy CD & DVD
Some of best work in years from resurgent soul legend Bettye Lavette – with a wise, gritty edge touched by classic southern soul and rawer, though still quite elegant bluesy influences – and giving a diverse range of material her distinct personal stamp! As wonderful as Bettye's voice ... CD
Cherry Pop (UK), 1988. New Copy 2 CDs
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LaToya Jackson in heavy pop mode for the 80s – working here with help from both Full Force and the Stock Aiken Waterman team – both of whom give her a very bouncy groove! Full Force start things off with lots of their heavy-beat bottoms – a forceful approach to catchy soul that ... CD
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1977. New Copy
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Sweet club grooving from the legendary Freda Payne – a very different album than her initial hits for Holland-Dozier-Holland, and a set that has a mature mix of disco and modern soul! Production is by Tony Camillo and Frank Wilson – and the tracks are long and nicely stretched out ... CD
Imperial/Rev-Ola (UK), Early 50s. New Copy
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One of the first big stars to rise from the New Orleans scene in the 50s – the mighty Smiley Lewis, an early rocker who was every bit as important as Fats Domino back in the day! Smiley's got a groove-heavy approach to all tunes here, even the mellow ones – which are filled with those ... CD
Columbia/Big Break (UK), 1978. New Copy
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The first album from Thelma Jones – and a real standout set from mid 70s Columbia! The record is a sweet blend of southern and modern soul, with some fantastic arrangements by Bert DeCoteaux, who also produced the set in a wonderful way that lets Jones retain the deeper qualities of her ... CD
Saffo Music
Sustain, 1977. New Copy
A rare disco set from Italian model/actress Lara Saint Paul – but one that's maybe even better-known for its strong contributions from Cali soul maestro Leon Ware – who wrote, arranged, and produced the set! The album's got lots of those slinky, midtempo grooves you'd know from Ware's ... CD
West End, 1982. New Copy (reissue)
One of Larry Levan's biggest crossover moments – as "Don't Make Me Wait" has the Peech Boys breaking out of the Paradise Garage underground, into the mainstream of soul in the early 80s. Not much in the vocal department, but a catchy hook nonetheless, and with plenty of bubbly bass ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
RCA/Expansion (UK), 1969/1970. New Copy
A pair of overlooked albums from the great Willie Hutch – back to back on a single CD! First up is Soul Portrait – pre-Motown work from Willie Hutch – but a great little record that really points the way towards Willie's famous sides to come in the 70s! Hutch here already sounds ... CD
 
Updated February 24, 2018


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