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New Arrivals ✈

Items added November 30 - December 4

Stephanie Mills

Home
MCA, 1989. Very Good
Titles include "Something In The Way", "Home", "Real Love", "Comfort Of A Man", "Fast Talk", "Good Girl Gone Bad", and "Ain't No Cookin". LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Angela Bofill

Too Tough
Arista, 1983. Very Good
An Arista winner from Angela Bofill – one that has her working strongly with Narada Michael Walden – who helps Bofill on production and songwriting for part of the album, and really helps bring a nicely solid feel to the set! The tunes are more in an 80s soul mode than before for Angie ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Precision, 1986. Very Good
A rather euro sounding early Chicago house number from Jesse Saunders. 12-inch, Vinyl record (Soul 12-inch)
Fantasy, 1965. Very Good+
One of the most ambitious recordings ever undertaken by Vince Guaraldi – a set recorded at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral, and one that augments Vince's usual trio format with a choir of voices – in a way that gives the whole album a wonderfully spiritual sound! The approach is a bit ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Epic, 1970s/1989. Very Good 2LP Gatefold
Deluxe 2 LP set of most of Luther's classics from the 80's – with tracks like "If This World Were Mine", "The Glow Of Love", "Promise Me", "So Amazing", "There's Nothing Better Than Love", "Love Won't Let Me Wait", and "Here ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

101 Strings

Sounds Of Today
Alshire, Late 60s. Very Good
Groovy set of pop stuff, with a real "turned on" sound – as the label says. Monty Kelly did the arrangements, and he gave the music a pretty groovy feel – and contributed the great originals "Blues For The Guru", "Strings For Ravi", and "Stone ... LP, Vinyl record album (Now Sound LP)

Jacksons

Triumph
Epic, 1980. Very Good
One of Michael Jackson's last albums with his famous brothers – a record that was cut in between the two Quincy Jones albums (Off The Wall and Thriller) that would catapult him to megastardom! This set is still an all-Jacksons affair – produced and written by the whole group, and put ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Paisley Park, 1985. Very Good Gatefold
A mad bit of soul psychedelia from Prince – a record that sounds better and better over the years, and which stands out from most of his 80s work thanks to some really unique production and songwriting! After Purple Rain, Prince did anything but wince in the face of living up to such a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

SOS Band

SOS
Tabu, 1980. Very Good
The seminal first album from the SOS Band – a record that really showcases the new sound of soul for the 80s, yet still holds onto all the best elements of the previous decade too! These guys have a great ear for groovers – well-demonstrated by the play they got on the dancefloor ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Scepter, 1974. Very Good Gatefold
The monumental debut of BT Express – and an excellent funk album that often gets overlooked by fans of the music because of the band's bigger fame as a disco group! This first record has the combo grooving hard and instrumentally – in the mode of a tight blacksploitation soundtrack, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson

Say Say Say/Ode To A Koala Bear
Columbia, 1983. Near Mint- (pic cover)
7-inch, Vinyl record (Soul 7-inch)
ABC, 1965. Near Mint-
7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Cadence, 1962. Near Mint-
7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
A&M, 1983. Near Mint- (pic cover)
7-inch, Vinyl record (Rock 7-inch)

Rockie Robbins

You & Me/Together
A&M, 1980. Near Mint- (pic cover)
7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)
Asylum/Island, 1974. Very Good+
The last album in a legendary run from Traffic – a set that has the team of Steve Winwood and Jim Capaldi working with a really strong sense of focus – maybe in part because the group's winnowed down to a quartet, which leaves their contributions even more strongly in the lead! The ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Bob Cooper/Snooky Young

In A Mellotone
Contemporary, 1985. Very Good+
With Snooky Young on trumpet and flugelhorn, Ross Tompkins on piano, Doug MacDonald on guitar, Monty Budwig on bass, Jeff Hamilton on drums, and a bit of vocals from Ernie Andrews on a few cuts – and great tenor from Bob Cooper! LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Phil Collins

Face Value
Atlantic, 1981. Very Good+ Gatefold
Features the smash hit "In the Air Tonight" – plus "I'm Not Moving", "Tomorrow Never Knows", "Hand In Hand", "Behind The Lines", "I Missed Again", and more! LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Dizzy Gillespie

Paris Concert
GNP, 1953. Very Good+
A sparkling array of work recorded by Dizzy Gillespie in Paris in the early 50s – music from his famous concert at Salle Pleyel in 1953! The set's a playful bop-heavy performance that features Bill Graham on saxes, Wade Legge on piano, and guest vocals from Joe Carroll and Sarah Vaughan on a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Portrait, 1984. Very Good+ (pic cover)
12-inch, Vinyl record (Soul 12-inch)

John Fahey

After The Ball
Reprise, 1973. Very Good+
A set with a disco ball on the cover, but a record that fits right in with the best early 20th century aesthetic in the work of John Fahey – particularly his way of reiimagining older musical traditions! There's a bit of added instrumentation on the record – two tracks that have some ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)

Ramsey Lewis

Another Voyage
Cadet, 1969. Very Good
Sweet, funky, and outtasite – one of Ramsey Lewis' greatest albums of the 60s – cut under the supervision of Chicago soul maestro Charles Stepney! The album's an amazing mix of jazz, funk, and the more baroque and spacey elements – that were running through the Chicago soul and ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Adam Ant

Friend Or Foe
Epic, 1982. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Ron Goodwin

Battle Of Britain
United Artists, 1969. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Soundtracks LP)

Paul Anka

Paul Anka
ABC/Paramount, 1958. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

Men At Work

Business As Usual
Epic, 1981. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Capitol, 1970. Very Good
One of the rawest recordings made by Fred Neil – and a record we really love – featuring one side of live tracks, and another of unusual studio material! The first half of the album has Fred playing in a spare setting up in Woodstock – working in a small club, and doing great ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Front 242

No Comment
Wax Trax, 1987. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

OC Smith

Love Is Forever
Shadybrook, 1978. Very Good
LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Discovery, 1975. Very Good+
Titles include "Sweet Pumpkin", "Skylark", "Love Is A Bug", "Watch What Happens", and "Everybody's Talking". LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)
Mercury, Early/Mid 60s. Very Good
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Stanley Turrentine

Man With The Sad Face
Fantasy, 1976. Very Good+
Soulful Stan – working here with some larger arrangements from David Van De Pitte, but still sounding incredibly great! The format's tighter, smoother, and more soul-based than that on Stan's CTI albums from the 70s – with shorter tracks and a bigger band – but that format also ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Stax, 1967. Very Good+
A great little live set – recorded overseas, but with a really classic 60s southern soul sound overall! Stax always did a pretty good job of shopping its big artists overseas – where they met with extremely enthusiastic response, as you'll hear in this classic live album recorded by ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Kinks

Soap Opera
RCA, 1975. Very Good Gatefold
One of the highest-concept of all 70s Kinks album – a dark exploration of fame and the price of success, done as a mini-rock opera starring Norman & The Starmaker! As with some of these sets, the best tunes here are those that are the most subtle and less dramatic – and which ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
Warner, 1982. Very Good
Hey Spud boy! You need this record. Definitely underrated in the grand scheme, Oh No! finds the boys rocking a much more straightforward, nerdy computer funk sound. It sort of takes a page from the 80s Kraftwerk playbook with the grid-patterned 80s computer tomfoolery, albeit with a far more ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

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)

Carmen McRae

Can't Hide Love
Blue Note, 1976. Very Good+
Sweet soul from Carmen McRae – a great 70s album for Blue Note, and one that has the classic singer moving into some very groovy material! The feel here is much more soul than jazz – at least the jazz of the torchy style from Carmen's roots – but as you'd guess from McRae, the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

Eddie Kendricks

Hit Man
Tamla, 1975. Very Good+
Eddie certainly was the "hit man" on this one – a tight album of hard stepping soul tracks, mostly cut in Eddie's famous "boogie" mode of the mid 70s! The cuts mix wonderful soul vocals with some tight jazzy instrumentation – laid down by players like Wah Wah Ragin, ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Roger McGuinn

Thunderbyrd
Columbia, 1977. Very Good+
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Bee Gees

Main Course
RSO, 1975. Very Good
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
RCA, 1965. Very Good+
Surprisingly gritty at times – with tracks that include "Chinta", "I Got A Woman", "Mule Skinner Blues", and "Hi Heel Sneakers". LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Capitol, Early 50s. Very Good
Includes "Warm Valley", "Prelude To A Kiss", "Satin Doll", "Caravan", "In A Sentimental Mood", "Black And Tan Fantasy", "Passion Flower", and more. LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Ready For The World

Ready For The World
MCA, 1985. Very Good+
Classic post-Prince commercial 80s soul! Even though Prince, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and even Andre Cymone are nowhere in sight, this classic 80s LP could just as well have come out of Minneapolis as Flint, Michigan, and we mean that in the best possible way. "Oh Sheila" has ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Columbia, 1985. Near Mint- (pic cover)
7-inch, Vinyl record (Rock 7-inch)

Merle Haggard

Big City
Epic, 1981. Very Good+
A killer early Columbia Records set from Merle Haggard – a record that has the country legend really stepping up with a strong new sound, yet losing none of his charms in the process! There's a bit of saxophone on the record, which is maybe the only real change from before – and at the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Folk/Country LP)
Atlantic, 1978. Near Mint- (pic cover)
Another huge hit of the C'est Chic album that gave us "Le Freak", with a similar uplifting piano groove and a chirping guitar line that kept us bouncing in the roller rink as kids. 7-inch, Vinyl record (Funky 45's 7-inch)

Blondie

Plastic Letters
Chrysalis, 1977. Very Good
A seminal album from the New York scene – one that took the sound of the lower east side into the bedrooms of America – thanks to the tightness and charm of the group! Chris Stein is in the lead on loads of fantastically sharp guitar lines, Clement Burke gives the music a mighty nice ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Don Byas/Bud Powell

Tribute To Cannonball
Columbia, 1961. Very Good+
A gem of a session from the European expatriot scene of the postwar years – not really a tribute to Cannonball Adderley, but a rare meeting of Bud Powell and Don Byas in the studio, produced by Cannonball in Paris in 1961! The record has a tremendous amount of fire and focus – ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Bobby Orlando/Bonnie Forman

How To Pick Up Girls/I Want A Man
ARS (Belgium), 1985. Very Good+
12-inch, Vinyl record (Soul 12-inch)
 



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