New Arrivals

Items added September 15 - 18
Island, 1983. Near Mint- (reissue)
One of best ever albums by Tom Waits – the beginning of his gutbuckety, Americana Carnivalesque era of dreamlike sinister romance and lovelorn surrealism! The tin pan piano ballads and get pushed a bit to the wayside for Tom's more mysterious and poetic side, and this begins one of the great ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
Decca, 1971. Very Good
One of the greatest records ever by one of the greatest bands ever! The tracks of Who's Next are the stuff of legend – classics like "Baba O'Riley", "Bargain", "Going Mobile", "Behind Blue Eyes", and "Won't Get Fooled Again", tracks that show ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
Saturday Night Fever
RSO, 1977. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
The record that defined a generation, and a set with some surprisingly nice soul tracks, too – including "Open Sesame" by Kool & The Gang, "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps, "KJEE" by MFSB, "Calypso Breakdown" by Ralph MacDonald, "Fifth Of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
Tommy
Decca, 1970. Near Mint- 2LP Trifold
An amazing moment from The Who – and from the UK rock scene in general – as Tommy is one of the most fully-conceived concept albums ever recorded – a masterful effort that's still pretty hard to match all these many years later! Pete Townshend really knocked it out of the park ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
Touch The World
Columbia, 1987. Near Mint-
Earth Wind & Fire touch the world with this sweet batch of grooves – a set of tracks that has them firmly embracing the electric sound of 80s soul, yet still bringing in some light spiritual touches of their own! The beats are pretty heavy at points – making for plenty of groovers ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
Just Another Band From LA
Bizarre, 1972. Very Good Gatefold
A key record in showcasing Frank Zappa's blend of complicated compositions and all-out jamming – that mix of hard rock and serious songwriting that would direct his energy for most of the 70s – yet still pretty darn raw at this point! The album's a live one – with some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
Mr Look So Good
Boardwalk, 1982. Very Good+
An early 80s classic from Richard Dimples Fields – one of the most unique talents in soul music of his generation – with an appeal that's both down home, and smoothly sophisticated at the time! In a way, Fields' music represents many changes his audience was going through at the time ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
Kashif (1983)
Arista, 1983. Near Mint-
A monumental bit of 80s soul – the first solo album from Kashif, issued hot on the heels of a few years spent penning and producing work for a range of bigger artists! Given his experience with the pros, Kashif's emerging here as a very fully-formed talent in soul – a singer with a way ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
Can't Buy A Thrill
ABC, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold
The first album from Steely Dan, and already a leading light in the world of 70s rock! The album's got a bit less of the polish of later years, but is still filled with gems – the kind of tunes that nobody ever seemed to pen before, and which few other groups could match later – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
Speaking In Tongues
Sire, 1983. Very Good-
David Byrne brings his love of funk and soul to the forefront – tightening things up a bit from before, but still staying strongly in a classic Talking Heads groove! The record's possibly the last of the group's initial classic run, and has a surprisingly soulful feel at times – a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock)
Bad
Epic, 1987. Very Good Gatefold
The third great album in the trilogy that includes Off The Wall and Thriller – and a set that still has Michael Jackson running strong at the height of his solo powers! Quincy Jones is still at the helm, and Michael more than proves that he can still come up with a pop tune without going too ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
Rough Edges
Maxwell, Early 70s. Very Good+
Ben's got the title right on this one, as the album's got a lot more rough edges than some of his Atlantic work – and moves from Ben's classic uptown style into a mode that's more righteous and rootsy overall! King's vocals are as great as ever – perhaps more so, as they seem to be ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
Control
A&M, 1986. Very Good+
A breakout album for Janet, with prime New Jack, or should we say New Jill, Swing production from the then unstoppable Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis Flyte Tyme production team. Includes "Control", "Nasty", "What Have You Done For Me Lately", "The Pleasure ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
Contradiction
Mercury, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold
An overlooked bit of mid 70s funk from the Ohio Players – cut right at the height of their brilliant Mercury years! The album's got a smooth and slinky finish that has the band tightening up a lot from their Westbound years – going for a compressed spacey soul sound on some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
Echoes Of An Era
Elektra, 1982. Near Mint-
A really unique album for Chaka Khan – one in which she teams up with a host of jazz artists to craft a classic-styled set of vocals! Given that Chaka was at the height of her 80s groove solo career at the time of this one, the move is a surprising one – but also a great chance for ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
Specialty, Late 50s. Very Good+
A nice little compilation that brings together both sides of Sam Cooke's early work – his gospel recordings with the Soul Stirrers, and his secular soul from a few years later. The package is a great overview of Sam's best recordings in both worlds – with one side of gospel, one side of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
Pipe Dreams – Original Soundtrack
Buddah, 1976. Very Good+
After hitting big as a singer on the soundtrack for Claudine, Gladys Knight finally got her chance in front of the camera for Pipe Dreams – a record that featured her both as the star on film and on the soundtrack! The styles here are a bit more wider-ranging than the usual 70s soundtrack of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
Disco Kid
Avco, 1975. Near Mint-
A clear follow-up to "The Hustle" (not on this album), with a number of tracks that come close to the genius of that track, but never quite manage it altogether. Van's on lead vocals, and the record's got some good keyboard work by Paul Griffin, Richard Tee, and Leon Pendarvis. Includes ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
This Is Your Life
Arista, 1977. Very Good+
A fantastic bit of modern soul from Norman Connors – proof that he was still growing and changing as an artist, continuing to push his groove into whole new areas as the 70s progressed. The record takes the smooth jazzy sound of the earlier Buddah sides, sharpens it into a more sophisticated ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
Impact
Atco, 1976. Near Mint-
Plenty of Impact from this great Philly group – a soaring quartet who harmonize with some great Bobby Eli arrangements – at a level that shines as strongly as the best 70s work by Blue Magic or The Spinners! Impact never broke the big time as strongly, but they're a great group in the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul)
 



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