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Deep deep funk from The Poets Of Rhythm – and a record cut at a time when all the world thought classic funk was dead! Apart from a few revivalist albums by older artists at the time, deep funk was plenty hard to come by at the start of the 90s – and often mis-recorded or badly mixed ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great third album from Staten Island instrumental funk titans The Budos Band – who've brought eclectic inspiration all along and have always colored from a much broader palette of styles than most of their peers – going even further this time out and delivering their best yet! The ... LP, Vinyl record album
Partly a soundtrack to the film on the life and music of the mighty Sharon Jones – partly a collection of some of her best tracks, with a bonus cut that's previously unreleased! The music here documents the amazing run of modern funk we've heard from Ms Jones & The Dap-Kings – a ... LP, Vinyl record album
An all-instrumental version of Lady Wray's Queen Alone record – one that features no vocals at all from the woman herself, and which instead works perfectly as a great illustration of the instrumental talents of Leon Michels and crew! Michels produced and directed the whole album – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Easily one of the best deep soul albums we've heard in years – new work by a singer who hails from Indiana, but who's able to give the best from Memphis and Muscle Shoals a real run for their money! Durand Jones isn't one of these cats who's trying to fake it with a few retro touches – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Breaks, beats and funky drums from Bumps – aka Dan Bitney, John Herndon and John McEntire of Tortoise – a mightily thumping set that sounds very little like their much vaunted flagship operation – serving up raw, funky beatcraft all the way through! Tortoise has always worked ... LP, Vinyl record album
Early 70s set by the legendary Willie Dixon – recorded in Chicago with stellar backing by Lafayette Leake, Buster Benton, Mighty Joe Young, Phil Upchurch, and Louis Satterfield – and true to the album's title, this is kind of a catalyst for the sound of electric blues in Chicago clubs ... LP, Vinyl record album
Great reissue of James' second set of tracks recorded live at the famous Apollo Theatre! This is a weird little Rhino reissue from the 80s – featuring 9 tracks from the original 2LP set. Titles include the duet version of "Think", plus "Thanks", "Let Yourself ... LP, Vinyl record album
A killer from the classic years, and one of Fela's best albums! "No Agreement" is a super great groover – with a catchy hook that goes on and on, and some very tasty playing by Tony Allen and the group. The track is long, with heavy solos, and vocals that will knock you out! ... LP, Vinyl record album
A fitting title to this one – as it virtually describes the standard that the blues business was operating on during the early 70s – as artists came out of the shadows and found big audiences on college campuses, rock clubs, and other crossover scenes! The concept is carried to the Nth ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great batch of rare tracks from the legendary Fela Kuti – unreleased for many years after their recording – which was done in London in 1971, when EMI sent Fela to the UK for a special session at their Abbey Road studios! The set benefits from the great production values of that ... LP, Vinyl record album
Features LC Robinson on guitar and Hawaiian guitar – essentially a cool slide guitar – with Robert Hooker on piano, Luther Tucker on second guitar, and Kenneth Edward Swank on drums! LP, Vinyl record album