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A record that you'd buy to play, cheap, but which you wouldn't buy for collecting.
Will have marks across all parts of the playing surface,
and will most likely play with surface noise throughout.
May have some other significant flaws, such as residue, or a track that skips.
In most cases, a poor quality copy of a very difficult to find record.
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Martha's lost the Vandellas by the time of this late 70s set – making a strong move here as a solo act, and really going for a different sound. The format is quite clubby – arrangements by Dale Warren and Robert Manchurian that have a full and soulful feel, very much like the later ... LP, Vinyl record album
Personnel include Etta James on vocals, Eddie Vinson on vocals and alto, Red Holloway on alto, tenor, and baritone saxes, Jack McDuff on Hammond B-3, Shuggie Otis on guitar, Richard Reid on bass, and Paul Humphrey on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
It takes a record like this one to remind us just what a magical crossover time the post-disco, post-punk days of the early 80s could be! Take two white guys from Denmark – Tim Stahl and John Guldberg – give them a drum machine and some funky beats, and out comes the breakdance classic ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sublime soul from Jerry Butler – material recorded during his post-Vee Jay years, when he was really transforming his sound in ways that still made him one of the dominant male voices in sophisticated soul! There's a great balance between poise and emotion in the cuts – served up with ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic set that goes "slam" from the very first note – and which helped to set the pace for countless ensemble funk acts to come! Brass Construction had a wonderful sound that was the best-realized version of the east coast indie club combos of the mid 70s – funky at the ... LP, Vinyl record album
An incredible combination of the two sides of The Dells – a set that has them presenting older tracks and newer material – all with sublime arrangements from the fantastic Charles Stepney, who'd really been transforming their sound from the There Is album onward! Stepney brings in a ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Aretha's undisputed classics – a seminal session that furthered her deep soul agenda with key backings from Arif Mardin and Tom Dowd! The Sweet Inspirations provide sublime backing vocals behind Franklin's maturing delivery of the lyrics – and the music is by an all-star group ... LP, Vinyl record album
The move to Philly International did wonders for Lou's career – and there's no denying that the smooth soul sound of Gamble and Huff worked perfectly with his rich vocal style! The "classy" setting took Lou to a whole new level, while also providing a good force for his still-soulfu ... LP, Vinyl record album
By Golden Oldies, the girls mean tracks from a few years back, that were recorded for other labels and by other artists. Most of the work's still in the classic Shirelles mode, though – and titles include "My Prayer", "I Met Him On A Sunday", "Walkin Along", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Aretha Arrives in great style – and a mixture between her earlier vocal jazz years at Columbia, and her later southern soul sides of the 60s! Arif Mardin is already arranging Aretha's work at this point, and the backing group includes southern soul studio giants like Spooner Oldham, Tommy ... LP, Vinyl record album
The name on this one sounds cheesy – but the record's actually a great batch of Detroit soul instrumentals, with way more of a Northern Soul groove than you'd expect! The San Remo Golden Strings were a group of Detroit soul musicians – kind of similar to the Soulful Strings of Chicago ... LP, Vinyl record album
An incredible record from Bobby Blue Bland – and quite possibly the greatest one he ever made! The set's got an amazing something special that's unlike most other material of the time – a bit blues, but a lot of soul too – still with some echoes of R&B in the jazzier charts ... LP, Vinyl record album