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One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so.
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May have some flaws and discoloration in the vinyl, but only those that would be
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the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record.
(Buddah and ABC pressings from the 70's are a good example of this.)
May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
Possible minor surface noise when played.
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Later reissue of this landmark album that forever changed the face of live recordings! As has been told and retold often, King records not only had the genius idea of bringing recording equipment into the Apollo Theater to catch James in a smoking live setting – but they also went out of ... LP, Vinyl record album
An obscure late 70s session by Solomon Burke – recorded in a style that's got some of the rootsier, bluesier touches of his early 70s work on MGM, plus a bit of the smoother sound from his mid 70s sides for Chess! Solomon's voice is still in fine shape on the set, and although Jerry "Swa ... LP, Vinyl record album
Raw soul, indeed – a term that could have been coined for James Brown's vocal approach, and which probably makes one of its first appearances here on a record! The album's kind of a grab bag of earlier sides that James recorded for King, but it's a perfect showcase for his amazing sound in ... LP, Vinyl record album
A collection of tracks Watson recorded early in his career, mostly issued as 45s, with a different vibe than the work he'd become more known for. 10 tracks with a more raw R&B vibe to them, and as the liner notes say, "If you like Johnny Guitar Watson today. . . You'll love him yesterday!& ... LP, Vinyl record album
James' moving tribute to the late Little Willie John – a big influence, and a fellow label mate at King. There are some great deep soul tracks on here, and lots of groovy instrumentals. Plus, the cover's got a picture of James holding a Little Willie John album, and looking very touched. ... LP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic entry in this excellent series – one that looks at the rare southern soul productions of Quin Ivy for his Quinvy, South Camp, and Broadway labels! The work is a fair bit more obscure than the hits of Memphis and Muscle Shoals, but equally wonderful – and the set features ... LP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic collection of work from the great Joe Tex – a double-length set of tracks from his early years on Dial Records – the time when he hooked up with producer Buddy Killen and really came into his own! Joe's voice is fantastic, and the music is a key sidebar to tracks recorded ... LP, Vinyl record album
Beautiful harmony soul! Skip and the Casuals were one of the great lost groups of the 70s – and they had a classic style that was very much in keeping with groups like Soul Generation or The Whatnauts. The band hailed from Washington DC, making them one of the southernmost outposts of the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff – the beginning of the Love Unlimited dynasty! As we're sure you know, Barry White produced this little gem of a record, and the record was a key proving ground for many of his stone cold soul production ideas before he went off and started doing the lead vocals himself. The ... LP, Vinyl record album