JR Bailey —
Just Me & You ... LP MAM/Be With (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)...
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A really sublime rare groover from JR Bailey – vocalist in the Cadillacs back in their doo wop years, but a heck of a great 70s mellow soul artist in this obscure little set! JR wrote and co-produced all the tunes on the set – in a mode that steps along beautifully with a subtle groove ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title totally gets it right – as the album features sound library giants Alan Hawkshaw and Brian Bennett coming completely full circle – emerging again to give us the same sort of grooves they recorded for KPM back in the 70s! The album's a new one, but it's got the complete sound ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy work from these two Brit sound library greats – loads of funky tunes, and great keyboards too – all served up in a massively funky record that was never issued to the public at large! Had this set hit the real record racks in 1974, it might well have challenged some of the ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the crowning achievements of British arranger John Cameron – and perfectly titled too – given that John got his start in jazz, but also worked with plenty of British rock acts too – a legacy that comes together perfectly in this ultra-groovy set! The tunes are among some ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
African rhythms, jazzy instrumentation, rock inspiration, and a motherlode of funky sound library grooves from two of the best British maestros working in the business! The album's an early 70s gem from the KPM catalog – one of the most sought-after records ever issued by the label – ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Victor Cavini —
Japan ... LP Selected Sound/Be With (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)...
A very unusual sound library album from the German scene – a set that's maybe a lot more ethnographic than the usual stock TV and commercial grooves you'd expect – done by Victor Cavini with a fairly sensitive blend of traditional Japanese instrumentation and a few key modern elements ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A straight jazz set from KPM, but a great one too – a record that's a great mix of piano and vibes, handled in an almost MPS-ish sort of way! There's a few funky numbers here, and some great rhythms too – very dynamic grooves that are heavy on modal influences, and which really sparkle ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second great album from organist Ceasar Frazier – a tightly grooving set that expands his sound a bit from the first! All the best elements are still in place here – including funky organ from Ceasar, production from jazz funk maestro Bob Porter, and a hip range of players that ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great split album of moods from the legendary KPM Sound Library – two different sides, each with a slightly different vibe! Side one is The Hunter – which features a mix of funky action tunes and moodier, tense moments – almost acting like a mini-narrative in sound, with ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from Marcia Griffiths – the Jamaican singer who first rose to fame in the duo of Bob & Marcia – but who already sounds very much her own woman on this classic set from the 70s! The groove is as much funky soul as it is reggae – in fact maybe more the former ... (Reggae) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic set from sound library keyboard genius Alan Hawkshaw – one that's got a very positive, upbeat mix of acoustic and electric elements – and some mighty nice keys from the man himself! Alan's got ears here that open up channels of sound through territory that includes catchy ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer set from the legendary Themes series of sound library records from the UK scene of the 70s – and an album that definitely lives up to the danger that's promised in the title! The tunes all have some great funk elements, but are also slow and moody too – that more haunting side ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Very short themes from these two giants of the Brit sound library scene – some of them funky, some of sweet, all of them pretty darn great! Many numbers have a very stark, spare approach – one drum pattern, a slightly more complicated bassline, then more creative work on keyboards or ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Nick Ingman's known to some for his groovy guitar instrumentals of the 60s – but here, he's at the top of the sound library game – serving up bigger group instrumentals in two different styles! Side one features "distinctive themes" – and has Ingman working a big band ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ahmad Jamal —
Awakening ... LP Impulse/Be With (UK), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A mindblowing album from Ahmad Jamal – a fantastic start to the 70s, and a set of music that shows just how far the pianist had come in just a few short years! The album's all acoustic, but has some of that spacious flow that Jamal would bring to his work on Fender Rhodes – with an ... (Jazz) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Samuel Jonathan Johnson —
My Music ... LP Columbia/Be With (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)...
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A funky tribute to all the "Super Groupies" who were helping out the 70s music scene – maybe the closest thing that Junie Morrisson every came to a tribute album – and a set that's got all the same wonderful complexity of his other solo albums on Westbound! As with those ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Percussive underscores, but for the now generation – specifically the one that wants a bit more electronics in their percussion – as most of the set seems to focus more on electric drum styles than the acoustic instruments on the cover! That's hardly a problem, though – as the ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Optimistics ... LP Turbo/Be With (UK), 1970. New Copy (reissue)...
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A fantastic album from this young Baltimore group – and one of the most obscure records on the All-Platinum label at the start of the 70s! The company was home to harmony soul heavyweights The Moments and The Whatnauts – and The Optimistics follow in very similar territory – ... (Soul) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great grooves from the British sound library scene of the 70s – presented here with an American in the title, but with a vibe that's very much in the best modes that Alan Parker, Alan Hawkshaw, and Alan Tew had to offer! There's a few other guys here who aren't named "Alan", but ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record with a lot of visual impact, and one with a fair bit of audio impact too – given that the tracks are a great mix of funk, jazz, and some of the more dramatic styles from the KPM sound library of the 70s! The music is nicely varied, but all in the best KPM modes – as even the ... (Sound Library) read moreLP, Vinyl record album