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Nathan BartellNathan Bartell ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
Fantastic funky soul from a very mysterious figure – Georgia's Nathan Bartell, a singer with a deep soul style, and an under-exposed legacy that mostly involves a few indie label singles, and countless work in the smaller clubs of his state! The blend of music here is a bit different than most collections of this nature – as Nathan's work spans both the hard-hitting funky 45 world of the 70s, and the emerging groove styles of the 80s – which means that the record begins with the kind of funky material you'd guess from other southern singles of the time, then moves into midtempo modern soul that's more in the territory of Leon Ware! The mix of modes is a great testament to the under-recognized strengths of Bartell – an artist who kept on growing, even if the rest of the world wasn't paying attention at the time. Titles include "I Feel It Coming", "Top Going Down Bottom Going Up", "Moving On", "Some One Like You", "Ooh Baby I Love You", "Mystery Lady", "I Want Your Love", "See Me Cry", "If I Could Win Your Love", and "Jody & John". CD

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LaRombeFrom Philly ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $6.99 18.99
LaRombe Baker hails from Philly, but he's best known for his late 70s work on the LA scene – a place where he was continually bubbling under, but never fully got the chance he deserved! Hearing this set, it's clear that LaRombe was one of the great almost-rans of his generation – an artist with the chops to record great soul material without the supervision of any major label or big producer – yet one without the savvy to get such music into the hands of a force that would give it the place it deserved! According to the notes, Baker came to close to working with Motown, Solar, and Curtom – but maybe the fact that those labels passed on tracks as great as these is what makes them so special – a beautifully balanced album of boogie numbers and mellow soul tracks – well-written, beautifully arranged, and topped with great vocals from the man himself. The set's one to put next to your gems from Leon Ware and Ronnie McNeir from back in the day – and titles include "It's All In Your Mind", "Sweet Sensation", "Spread My Wings", "In The Light", "U R The 1", "The Ultimate", and an alternate take of his one issued single "You're The Best". CD

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✨✧ Ike Noble & The UptightsLook A Little Higher ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $22.99 26.99
Southern funk from the end of the 60s – served up by a great little combo that features the raspy voice of Ike Noble in the lead, and some great backings from the well-named Uptights! The tracks here are on the rawer side of the Stax Records sound – gritty and groovy, with that great mix of deep funk in the rhythms and raw soul in the lyrics that the Memphis scene could do so well – maybe even better here from Ike and the group, who worked across the river in Arkansas! This is the first-ever full length set to look at Noble's music with the Uptights – and titles include "Good Thing", "Money Won't Change You", "It's Bad", "I Take What I Want", "Foxy Mama", "Look A Little Higher", "She's Got To Be Loved", "Just A Dream", "To Love Me Like You Do", "There's Gonna Be A Better Day Coming", "That's The Sound Of My Heart", and "That's What I Get". LP, Vinyl record album

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Arthur PonderPrince Of Georgia Soul ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... $21.99 24.99
We're not sure if Arthur Ponder ever really got crowned prince on the Georgia scene of the early 80s – but given the class and quality of the tracks on this set, he definitely comes across like some sort of royalty! In truth, only a few of the songs here were ever issued at the time – a bit of solo material, and some that feature Arthur working with the group Sideshow – both of which have a modern soul update of older deep southern modes – killer vocals from Ponder in the lead, set to arrangements that are sometimes warm, sometimes mellow, and occasionally done with more of an upbeat groove! The package is the first-ever full length to showcase the music of Ponder – and titles include "Sexy Lady", "You Are The One For Me", "It's You Girl", "You Talk Too Much", "Lonely Girl", "If You Want My Love", "Let's Get Together For The Wrong We Have Done", and "Whatcha Gone Do About It". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lee Tracy & Isaac ManningIs It What You Want ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 80s/Early 90s. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Rare sounds from the Nashville scene, but hardly the Tennessee soul you'd expect – as Lee Tracy and Isaac Manning work here on a set of home-recorded tracks that have a very lean, electronic vibe overall – nicely mixed up and messed-up, with a style that's uniquely their own! There's certainly some inspiration here from 80s soul modes like boogie and electro, but Tracy and Manning have weaned things down to their core elements, and almost create some sort of futurist take on the music – a stark sci-fi approach to soul, and one that maybe feels a lot more like some sort of contemporary creation than you'd guess from home tapes from back in the day! Some tracks are warmer and vocal, some more instrumental and electronic – and the music is a fascinating blend of modes, served up on tracks that include "Talk To Me Girl", "Hope You Understand", "Look Out Here I Come", "Take My Hand", "Have A Great Day", "I Love My Mama", "Booty Head/Take A Little Walk", and "Talk Around Town". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousFor The Love Of You Vol 2.1 ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
A sweet selection of lovers rock tracks that take on big soul hits of the 70s – tunes that often have a bubbling bit of reggae in the rhythms, but which always feature a strong soul-based singer right up front! The tunes offer up not just a great example of the way that lovers rock could transform American soul when it was at its best – but also bring together some lesser-known gems of the genre – which sound way better to our ears than some of the more commercially produced lovers work of the time! The package is maybe even better than the fantastic first volume from the label – and titles include "Just The Two Of Us" by Lorna Fletcher, "Fool's Paradise" by Valerie Harrison, "Don't Keep Me Waiting" by Chosen Few, "Blood's Thicker Than Water" by Trevor Walters, "Holding Back The Years" by Pete Campbell, and "Smile" by Toyin Adekale. Note: This revised edition of Vol 2 features the new cut "Don't Look Any Further" by Byron Walker & Sandra Edwards. CD
Also available For The Love Of You Vol 2.1 ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ VariousFor The Love Of You Vol 2.1 ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 26.99
A sweet selection of lovers rock tracks that take on big soul hits of the 70s – tunes that often have a bubbling bit of reggae in the rhythms, but which always feature a strong soul-based singer right up front! The tunes offer up not just a great example of the way that lovers rock could transform American soul when it was at its best – but also bring together some lesser-known gems of the genre – which sound way better to our ears than some of the more commercially produced lovers work of the time! The package is maybe even better than the fantastic first volume from the label – and titles include "Just The Two Of Us" by Lorna Fletcher, "Fool's Paradise" by Valerie Harrison, "Don't Keep Me Waiting" by Chosen Few, "Blood's Thicker Than Water" by Trevor Walters, "Holding Back The Years" by Pete Campbell, and "Smile" by Toyin Adekale. Note: This revised edition of Vol 2 features the new cut "Don't Look Any Further" by Byron Walker & Sandra Edwards. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available For The Love Of You Vol 2.1 ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Brief EncounterSingles – Disco, Modern, & Deep Soul 45s Collection – 1973 to 1977 ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
If you don't know the music of Brief Encounter, prepare for a revelation – as the group were relatively obscure, even back in their prime – but managed to cut some of the hippest soul records that were ever issued on the Carolina scene! Brief Encounter aren't southern soul or combo funk – although they can handle the best elements of both modes – and instead, they've got this wonderfully wide-ranging sound that allows them to embrace so many rich styles at once – equally great on a ballad as on a groover, and as vocally sensitive as they are musically intense. The group only issued one full album back in the day – reissued successfully over the years – but this package brings together all their rare singles, including one from the early Sounds Of Soul incarnation of the group. Titles include "Where Will I Go", "Get A Good Feeling", "In A Very Special Way", "Human", "Total Satisfaction", "I'm So In Love With You", "We're Going To Make It", "I Want You So Much", "I'm Crazy About You", and "What About Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Greg FoatMage ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe the most amazing work we've heard so far from Greg Foat – and that's really saying a lot, as the British keyboardist has given us some really incredible records over the years! The work's got a more ambitious vibe than some of Greg's straighter jazz sets – with large arrangements that also bring in voices at times – used in a really haunting way that's part late 60s Chess/Cadet Records, part acid folk – even though the instrumentation is mostly jazz overall! The core group also features this great mix of older British jazz giants and contemporary musicians – the legendary Ray Russell on guitar, with Duncan Lamont on tenor, Art Themen on soprano and tenor, Nat Steele on vibes, Warren Hampshire (of Hampshire & Foat) on guitar and percussion, and Moses Boyd, Clark Tracey, and Malcolm Catto on drums! Lamont is especially great – with these old school tenor solos that bring a strong current of soul to the more complex arrangements – and Foat himself plays piano, keyboards, and harmonium. Titles include versions of Tim Buckley's "Driftin" and Piero Piccioni's "Endless Love" – plus originals "The Mage", "The High Priestess", "Incantation", and "The Magic Radish". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousLeon Gardner's Igloo Records ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Igloo Records was a teeny tiny label on the LA scene of the early 70s – but all of its releases turned out to be killers – most handled by the hip-looking Leon Gardner on the cover! The music is often heavy with the kind of deep funk you'd expect from rare singles at the time – but Gardner also has an ear for more complex sounds at times, and brings in some jazz moments that really give the Igloo titles a unique vibe – always with plenty of grit in the grooves, as befits a small indie label – but with an ear for the music that also makes us wonder what Gardner could have done, had someone given him the keys to a bigger label and studio for his productions! We'd love a bit more in the way of notes – but that's to be expected, as Leon was somewhat of a mysterious figure – and the music is more than great enough on its own, with titles that include "Farm Song", "Be There", "My Love Is Growing", "Who Are You", "Beef Jerky", "Tuff Lover", "Wonderful World Of Children", "You Gonna Cry", and "You Don't Care" by Leon Gardner himself – plus "You're My Love" by Eddie Lewis, "I've Cried" by The Jhamels, and "Petty Cash" and "Ropeokra" by Wallace Petty Combo. CD

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✨✧ Dirty Channels Vs Danny Russell/FrazelleWatchin Out/Today Is The Day (Linkwood chop) ... 12-inch
Athens Of The North (UK), 2018. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
Two soulful cuts, both reworked – part of this great series from Athens Of The North! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Greg Foat & James ThorpePhotosynthesis ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A very cool collaboration between Greg Foat and James Thorpe – a set that's billed more as a sound library session than some of Foat's other jazz projects – even though the sound is equally appealing if you love those records too! The set is self-described as "futuristic analogue cosmic synth library cues for TV, film, and radio" – but it's also got a much warmer sound than you might expect, very much in keeping with the natural image on the cover – as Foat and Thorpe eschew some of the colder keyboard styles of other library records, and instead really let things glow with that organic vibe that usually informs Greg's music, as gentle rhythms set the pace for Fender Rhodes, Hohner pianet, and a host of Korg and Roland keys. There's also a touch of vibes, some field recordings, and other cool touches – on tracks that include "Balloon Ride", "Circadian Rhythms", "Grockle Box", "Living The Dream", "Platform Game", "Stacey's Theme", and "Elementary Physiology (parts 1 & 2)". CD

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✨✧ Milton WrightComplete Friends & Buddies ... CD
Glades/Athens Of The North (UK), Mid 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the most unique albums to ever come out of the Miami soul scene of the 70s – a sublime set of work that we'd easily rank right up there with the best material of the time from Donny Hathaway or Stevie Wonder! Milton Wright has a really jazzy groove to his music – and he mixes his own acoustic guitar lines with warm keyboards and unusual rhythms that often have a bit of synth or moog – never too much, and almost more of a Mizell-like touch, but a bit more understated overall! The cuts are wonderfully written – quite righteous, almost with a Terry Callier sort of sensitivity – and Milton's vocals more than have the chops to live up to the heady batch of artists we're comparing him to in these notes. The sound is amazing throughout – one of those soul records that feels like nothing else you've ever heard, but which you can't live without once you've heard it! Titles include "Friends & Buddies", "Keep It Up", "Brothers & Sisters", "Get No Lovin' Tonight", "Po Man", "Black Man", and "Silence That You Keep". This amazing package not only features the 10 track album that was originally issued – but also a special 8 track first version of the album, with a different track sequence and different mix too. Consider it a double-take on this long lasting soul treasure from the 70s! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Nathan BartellNathan Bartell ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic funky soul from a very mysterious figure – Georgia's Nathan Bartell, a singer with a deep soul style, and an under-exposed legacy that mostly involves a few indie label singles, and countless work in the smaller clubs of his state! The blend of music here is a bit different than most collections of this nature – as Nathan's work spans both the hard-hitting funky 45 world of the 70s, and the emerging groove styles of the 80s – which means that the record begins with the kind of funky material you'd guess from other southern singles of the time, then moves into midtempo modern soul that's more in the territory of Leon Ware! The mix of modes is a great testament to the under-recognized strengths of Bartell – an artist who kept on growing, even if the rest of the world wasn't paying attention at the time. Titles include "I Feel It Coming", "Top Going Down Bottom Going Up", "Moving On", "Some One Like You", "Ooh Baby I Love You", "Mystery Lady", "I Want Your Love", "See Me Cry", "If I Could Win Your Love", and "Jody & John". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Nathan Bartell ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ David ColemanDrown My Heart/My Foolish Heart ... 7-inch
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic Latin soul from the late 60s New York scene – two tracks with superb arrangements by Hector Rivera! David Coleman's got a great voice – raspy, but strong – really soaring out on the lyrics to "Drown My Heart" while the band has all these sharp, edgey, downturning grooves! "My Foolish Heart" is a killer remake of the standard – one taken in a completely new way by Rivera's Latin arrangements – which build and build along with the vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ CreatorsJust You & Me/Blame It On Me ... 7-inch
RCA/Athens Of The North (UK), 1980. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A warm modern soul groove with plenty of charm – the kind of tune that's well put-together but never too smooth! There's a perfect sensibility to the whole thing – lightly funky rhythms, jazzy horns, and riffing guitar – all setting up the hook beautifully before the vocals come into the mix and really win us over! "Blame It On Me" is a mellower track, but a wonderful one too – really great vocals in the lead, with harmony backup – all in a slow-burner that makes for a mellow soul masterpiece! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Hampshire & FoatGalaxies Like Grains Of Sand ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Spacey sounds from the dream team of Warren Hampshire and Greg Foat – a set that feels a bit like music that Foat previously recorded under his own name, but which also has a more spiritual sound overall! Hampshire plays guitar and auto harp, and Foat plays Fender Rhodes, vibes, and other keyboards – but those instruments are just part of the sound here – as there's also some added strings, tenor, and other elements from time to time – inflecting the music with a visionary quality that reminds us of some of the more freethinking records coming out in the early 70s – especially the kind of small label sets that were years ahead of their time, and only finally getting their due all these many years later. The presentation of the package echoes the style of older Michael Garrick material on the UK Argo Records – and there's definitely a depth here to live up to that spirit, but also a warmer vibe overall. Titles include "How The Nights Can Fly", "Lullaby", "The Solar Winds", "A Long Way Home", and "All Washed Up". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ InvitationsSkiing In The Snow/Why Did My Baby Turn Bad? ... 7-inch
Dyno Voice/Athens Of The North, 1966. Very Good+ (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ JOB BandLive At The Point After ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 1977. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
Too young to have caught a 70s funk band in the clubs? Here's the solution – a rare performance by a cool combo from Tulsa – captured live in a very hip club setting! The mode here is different than sounds experienced on a funky 45 – as the tracks are open, long, and have a nicely jamming vibe – really pushing towards the 10 minute mark on each track, as the group lets their instrumental interplay flow, peppering the performance with lyrics to egg the instruments on! The group features Fender Rhodes, riffing guitar, bass, and drums – plus two lead singers, and a sometime female backup – on the original cuts "Love Everything About You", "Valentine Love", "Just A Song", and "Keep On Smiling". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ LaRombeFrom Philly ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
LaRombe Baker hails from Philly, but he's best known for his late 70s work on the LA scene – a place where he was continually bubbling under, but never fully got the chance he deserved! Hearing this set, it's clear that LaRombe was one of the great almost-rans of his generation – an artist with the chops to record great soul material without the supervision of any major label or big producer – yet one without the savvy to get such music into the hands of a force that would give it the place it deserved! According to the notes, Baker came to close to working with Motown, Solar, and Curtom – but maybe the fact that those labels passed on tracks as great as these is what makes them so special – a beautifully balanced album of boogie numbers and mellow soul tracks – well-written, beautifully arranged, and topped with great vocals from the man himself. The set's one to put next to your gems from Leon Ware and Ronnie McNeir from back in the day – and titles include "It's All In Your Mind", "Sweet Sensation", "Spread My Wings", "In The Light", "U R The 1", "The Ultimate", and an alternate take of his one issued single "You're The Best". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available From Philly ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Linkwood & Other LandsMono ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 2021. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
"Mono" might seem to be a strange word to use in relation to the music of Linkwood – as his sets always have a very spacious, stretched-out sort of sound – one that's hardly the stuff of a one-channel recording! Yet here, Linkwood strips things down in a nice way – almost offering an 8-bit version of his fuller sounds from other records – using some lean, 80s-styled instrumentation – plenty of beats and keyboards, served up on these short tracks that move between upbeat groovers and a few more mellow moments! Titles include "No One's Perfect", "Date Line", "Refresher", "Strangely Enough", "Dust Jacket", "Rain & Shine", "Bubbles", "Byte Size", and "Endcoms". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Linkwood & Greg FoatLinkwood & Foat ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 2020. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A set that's more electronic than some of the other recent albums from Greg Foat, but a record that still fits nicely inside his style – that understated approach to keyboard-driven jazz – heavy on influences from the past, yet never delivered in a way that's too straightforward at all – in a lineage that just has things getting more and more complex as Foat keeps on making records! This time around, Greg's teamed up with Linkwood – and the set has elements that move between 70s and 80s electronic styles, including occasional rhythm patterns – sometimes a bit more upbeat than we're used to hearing from Foat, but still with all the spacey touches that we love in his music. Titles include "Es Vedra", "Pressure", "Bentley 101", "Neutrino", "Push It", and "Mysterious Richie". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ SparkelsTry Love One More Time/That Boy Of Mine ... 7-inch
Old Town/Athens Of The North, 1964. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
That's "Sparkels", not Sparkles – a great girl group who sound fantastic on this rare 60s single – a tune that's got this slow-stepping groove that really seems to open up the incredible vocals of the female lead singer, with almost an Exciters sort of mix of the raw and sweet! "That Boy Of Mine" is a bit more uptempo – slightly pop in the groove, but still plenty soulful overall! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ William StuckeyLove Of Mine (with bonus track) ... CD
Symplex/Athens Of The North (UK), 1979. Used ... Out Of Stock
A rare set issued on a tiny label from Arkansas – but a set that's got all the charm, poise, and sparkle of some of the best deep soul on late 70s Columbia Records! Stuckey's got a touch of southern soul in his voice, with a sweet cracking sound – and that honest approach is mixed with some warmer modern soul arrangements – a bit like the style of some of the best Tyrone Davis or Johnnie Taylor records from the time! The blend of southern and modern is wonderful – and handled with a sense of care that really makes you think that the whole thing was done at one of the best studios out on the coast – rather than some tiny outpost west of the Mississippi. A great record – one of those cases where the rarity is matched by the quality – on titles that include "I've Got Plans For You", "Love Of Mine", "If You Want To", "Hold Me Close", and "The First Time". Also features the previously unissued "Just Around The Corner". CD

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✨✧ VariousFor The Love Of You – A Selection Of Soulful Lovers Rock Covers ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really fantastic idea for a compilation – a set that brings together obscure covers of funk and soul tunes – mostly from the late 70s/early 80s generation, and mostly in a laidback, soul-stepping style! If you're a lover of rare groove, you'll recognize plenty of the songs, but not the versions – as these are all pretty darn rare and obscure, usually cut by indie artists who barely got any circulation for their recordings at the time – in the best tradition of super-rare work we usually expect from the Athens Of The North label! And while the title might indicate that the set features tracks in a lovers rock mode, the approach is maybe more indie soul overall – with only a hint of reggae inspiration in some of the grooves. The package features new takes on songs by Leon Ware, Mtume, Deniece Williams, Lowrell, and others – with titles that include "Rocking You Eternally" by Peter Hunningale, "For The Love Of You" by Simplicity, "What You Won't Do For Love" by Michael Gordon, "Do Me Baby" by Family Love, "Don't Let Love Get You Down" by Pure Silk, "Mellow Mellow Ride On" by Misses Misty, "Body Fusion" by Michael Prophet, and "Outstanding" by Al Charles. CD
 
 
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