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New Arrivals ✈

Items added October 16 - 20

Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Ozark Mountain Daredevils (1973)
A&M, 1973. Very Good+
You may know the Ozark Mountain Daredevils as a crossover AM radio act from the mid 70s – but on this early record, the group have a nicely rootsy vibe that certainly lives up to their name! Production is by David Anderle and Glyn Johns – who do a great job of avoiding some of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Ozark Mountain Daredevils

Men From Earth
A&M, 1976. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
United Artists, 1972. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Joni Mitchell

Hissing Of Summer Lawns
Asylum, 1975. Very Good+ Gatefold
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Spooky Tooth

Last Puff
A&M, 1970. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Smash, Mid 60s. Very Good+
Sweet steel guitar instrumentals from the great Pete Drake, with a bit of fiddle too – on versions of "Am I That Easy To Forget", "Lonely Street", "Let It Be Me", "Welcome To My World", "Blue Velvet", "Clinging Vine", and "Near ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)

Milira

Milira
Motown, 1990. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Michael Cooper

Just What I Like
Reprise, 1989. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Arista, 1990. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Shirley Murdock

Shirley Murdock
Elektra, 1985. Very Good+
The breakout album from Shirley Murdock – a singer who first rose to fame working with Roger Troutman and Zapp – and who gets plenty of help here from that side of the soul spectrum too! Roger produced and plays on the record, and also wrote most of the songs too – and Larry ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Curtis Mayfield

Love Is The Place
Boardwalk, 1981. Very Good+
Great post-Curtom work from Curtis Mayfield – a set recorded in LA, not Chicago – with the mighty Gene Page at the helm! The style here isn't that different from the later Curtom years – more in the side of love and life than some of the more righteous themes of Curtis' earlier ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy
Columbia, 1982. Very Good+
Remember when Eddie Murphy used to standup? We do! Cut around the time he was still on SNL, just before Delirious came out and filled with hilarious skits like "Buckwheat", "Black Movie Theaters", "Doo-Doo/Christmas Gifts", "Effrom", "Hit By A Car" ... LP, Vinyl record album (Comedy/Spoken LP)

Third World

Third World
Island, 1976. Very Good+
The first LP from a group that would go on to become one of the most well known Jamaican artists, largely due to their crisply produced crossover sound that appealed to fans of modern soul. The sound here's a shade rootsier than the album's that would garner them wider appeal, with 8 numbers in ... LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
MCA, 1988. Very Good+ (pic cover)
Classic New Jack Swing, and a song that defined the sound of a generation! 12-inch, Vinyl record (Soul 12-inch)

Diana Ross/Michael Masser

Mahogany
Motown, 1975. Very Good+
One of Diana's big cinematic moments of the 70s – and a record that's better than we remember! The theme of the film – "Mahogany" – was covered so many times during the 70s that it's easy to forget how great it is – a sad, slow tune with a meandering vocal that's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Third World

Story's Been Told
Island, 1979. Very Good+
Titles include "Irie Ites", "Come Together", and "The Story's Been Told". LP, Vinyl record album (Reggae LP)
MCA, 1990. Very Good+ (pic cover)
Not New Edition for sure, this is a great modern soul track, with a nice stepping edge, classic New Jack production and a hook that's just unstoppable! Probably the best thing that Ralph ever did, too! 12-inch, Vinyl record (Soul 12-inch)

Brothers Johnson

Right On Time
A&M, 1977. Very Good+
A funky classic from the Brothers Johnson – sweet funky soul, done with a polish few could match! The pair are still working with Quincy Jones at this point, and the record's filled with lots of tight jazzy grooves that certainly show Quincy's touch – and which set the record apart ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Henry Mancini

Charade
RCA, 1963. Very Good+
One of the grooviest Henry Mancini soundtracks of the 60s – a wonderful blend of jazzy themes and action moments, and a record that's possibly better-remembered than the film for which it was recorded! The main "Charade" theme is a total gem – performed here in both a guitar-h ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Jimmy Smith

Cat
Verve, 1964. Very Good+ Gatefold
A real high point in Jimmy Smith's famous 60s run at Verve Records – a key collaboration with arranger Lalo Schfrin, who brings a great blend of jazz and soundtrack styles to Jimmy's famous groove on the Hammond! Lalo's backings are totally great – with touches of Latin and Brazilian ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
A&M, 1980. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
CBS, 1960s. Very Good+
Includes "Solitary Man", "I'm A Believer", "Kentucky Woman", "Red, Red Wine", "Girl, You'll Be A Woman Soon", and more! LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Survivor

Premonition
Scotti Bros, 1981. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
A&M, 1985. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Molly Hatchet

Flirtin' With Disaster
Epic, 1979. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

Havin' A Party With Southside Johnny
Epic, 1979. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Kim Carnes

Mistaken Identity
EMI, 1981. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac (1975)
Reprise, 1975. Very Good+
The album that brought the excellent, but heretofore underappreciated duo of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks into the band – and pretty much changed the fabric of 70s rock! Older fans of the Peter Green and Bob Welch Brit blues eras of Fleetwood Mac may have been in for a shock initially, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Vanity

Wild Animal
Motown, 1984. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Columbia, 1977. Very Good+ Gatefold
Titles include "The Confession", "And When I Die", "Upstairs By A Chinese Lamp", "The Cat Song", "Timer", and "Money". LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Asylum, 1976. Very Good+ Gatefold
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Cotillion, 1976. Very Good+
Margie Joseph's really hitting on all burners here – thanks to sublime production from Lamont Dozier, working at the height of his mid 70s powers! Joseph's earlier deep soul vocals are given a nice sense of focus and righteous energy from Dozier's production – a fullness that somehow ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Rod Stewart

Blondes Have More Fun
Warner, 1978. Very Good+
Rod Stewart steals from Jorge Ben – and gets the biggest hit of his career with "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy", this Brazilian funk-influenced disco tune that crossed over big! Also includes "Dirty Weekend", "The Best Days Of My Life", "Is That The Thanks I ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Casablanca, 1977. Very Good+
Pure 70s genius from Hugh Masekela – a record that's quite different than his earlier Afro-soul styled albums, but somehow even better! The format here is much more straightly soulful – with larger arrangements and a strong vocal groove on a number of tracks – but Masekela's ... LP, Vinyl record album (Global Grooves LP)

BT Express

Shout!
Roadshow/Columbia, 1977. Very Good+
An overlooked gem from BT Express – the group's 5th album, but still very much in the tightly-crafted ensemble mode of earlier years! The guitar and bass interplay on the set is amazing – handled by arranger/guitarist Billy Nichols, with a chromatic edge that really brings a lot of ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
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 LP)

Faze-O

Good Thang
Atlantic, 1978. Very Good+
A definite good thang from Faze-O – easily the masters of snakey funk at the end of the 70s! The set's got loads of great elements that echo the group's Riding High debut – a groove that never goes too far over the top, and which kicks back at a pace that so many others would copy a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Hodges, James, & Smith

What's On Your Mind?
London, 1977. Very Good+
This trio of lovely ladies was a key songwriting team in the late 60s soul scene that was spread out between Detroit and Memphis. They penned some nice little ditties for indie labels – then struck out on their own as a team in the 70s. This album features production by Mickey Stevenson, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Atco/Atlantic, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold
One of the coolest, funkiest records we've ever heard from Dr John – thanks to lots of guest help from The Meters! The vibe here is a bit tighter than some of Mac's previous records – not as trippy as his first few for Atco – but the sound is still nice and sharp, and Allen ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Arista, 1975. Very Good+
A strong 70s set from Linda Lewis – her first for Arista, and a date that has her picking up a fuller style than before! The arrangements here are by Bert DeCoteaux, who brings in plenty of soul – and Linda's working in modes that run from the simple, personal style of her Warner years ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

James Brown

Hot
Polydor, 1975. Very Good+
One of the lesser-known albums from the mid 70's, and one that includes a mix of remakes of old stuff, and some faster tracks that seem to be aimed at the dancefloor. Dave Matthews arranged a number of tracks, including "Hot", "So Long", and "(I Love You) For Sentimental ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Blue Magic

Magic Of The Blue
Atco, 1974. Very Good+
Was there ever a better harmony soul group than Blue Magic? Hearing a record like this, it's hard to think so – and the album's pure east coast magic all the way through! The group still manage to keep the fragile quality that made their first work so great, but they've also got a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Mercury, Late 50s. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Chicago

19
Columbia, 1986. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
RCA, 1985. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Gladys Knight & The Pips

Collection – 20 Greatest Hits
Starblend (UK), 1983. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Ozzy Osbourne

Bark At The Moon
CBS, 1983. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Steve Winwood

Back In The High Life
Island, 1986. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
 



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