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Vinyl should be very clean, but can have less luster than near mint.
Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
Can have a few small marks that may show up easily, but which do not affect play at all. Most marks of this quality will disappear when the record is tilted, and will not be felt with the back of a fingernail.
This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have
some signs of use (although not major ones).
May have slight surface noise when played.
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Roy Ayers in a very Afro-styled mode – working here on his own after a famous collaboration with Fela Kuti – in a set that's filled with the same sort of hard-driving Afro-Funk grooves that you'd find in Fela's classic recordings! The songs are shorter than Fela's, and with more of Roy' ... LP, Vinyl record album
Work from Lou's earlier albums on MGM – issued in the mid 70s with a slicker cover than the earlier albums, probably to cash in on his rising star at Philly International. The record features Lou's big hit for the label – "Natural Man" – plus Stevie Wonder & Syreeta' ... LP, Vinyl record album
Really tremendous work from Mandrill – an instant funky classic, and a set that has the group furthering the sublime sound they crafted on their seminal Composite Truth! The record has all these wonderful twists and turns – not just the usual 70s funky styles, but inflections from a ... LP, Vinyl record album
A crossover classic from Level 42 – a set that catapulted the soulful British group into international stardom! The tunes are catchy, filled with electro bits, and produced with some great bubbling touches from Wally Badarou – whose hand in the studio really keeps things from ever ... LP, Vinyl record album
Wonderful work from the great Ellen McIllwaine! Ellen's certainly not a soul artist – but she's got a particularly soulful approach to folk rock – one that's made her a favorite of groovers worldwide in the past few decades, thanks to a big push from Gilles Peterson, and the club scene ... LP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked groover from Gloria Gaynor – warm, wonderful, and filled with some great Philly touches! Sure, the record's got a Park Avenue address, but it's also got some great arrangements from Norman Harris, Jack Faith, and Ron Kersey – all of whom bring in a bit more warmth than on ... LP, Vinyl record album
THE lasting classic from Gloria Gaynor – the record that contains her tremendous hit "I Will Survive", and a great batch of disco grooves overall! The album's got a simple, honest sort of approach, despite its release in an era of overblown dancefloor sets – and arranger ... LP, Vinyl record album
Promo only EP containing 4 songs from the Park Avenue Sound album. Includes "This Love Affair", "Everytime You Make Love To Me", "You're All I Need To Get By", and "Part Time Love (Is A Full Time Job)". LP, Vinyl record album
Pretty straight club tracks – recorded with a style that reminds us of some of the European groups coming out of Germany and France at the time, and with some electronic touches that show a vague hint of Giorgio Moroder. Tracks are long, and titles include "Let The Music Play", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Uptempo soul album with kind of a disco feel. Produced by Don Ray, who also played synthesizers on the album, and with the single "Tumble Heat". Other cuts have a similar feel, and include "Find the Fire", "Nice and Slow", and "Where'd You Get What You Got". ... LP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff from this legendary Chicago soul group! Although the band was trying to break out of their sweeter image as a young group (the cover has them looking pretty dope and wearing these wild pimpin' outfits), they're still pretty darn sweet and soulful here, with only a hint of the later ... LP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff – and one of the gems that Arif Mardin produced for Chaka during her immediate solo years after leaving Rufus. Mardin's sweet soulful arrangements are a perfect fit for Chaka's voice – not only on soul tracks like "Tearin' It Up", "Got To Be There", ... LP, Vinyl record album