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✨✧ Eddie Boyd & His Chess MenThird Degree/Back Beat ... 78 RPM
Chess, Early 50s. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare Chess single from this important Chicago bluesman! 78 RPM, Vinyl record
(Label has some pen.)
 
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Ericka Blount DanoisLove Peace & Soul – Behind The Scenes Of America's Favorite Dance Show – Soul Train Classic Moments ... Book
Back Beat, 2013. New Copy ... $4.99 24.99
One of the greatest soul music TV shows ever (and one that originated in Chicago, too!) – presented here in deep detail with loads of interesting stories and anecdotes too! The book's almost a more personal history of the show than a technical one – but that's OK with us, because it really gets at the tales behind those iconic images on the screen – and the all-pro presentation of Don Cornelius too. And, in addition to the main body of the book, the publication also includes this massive show-by-show list of appearances – for 37 seasons of Soul Train, including the later rerun years – with details on the performers and dates for each show, in a section that's over 50 pages in length! The book also includes some nice color images in the middle, and is 243 pages, softcover. Book

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OV WrightDon't Want To Sit Down/Can't Find True Love ... 7-inch
Back Beat, Mid/Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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OV WrightI Want Everyone To Know/I'm Gonna Forget About You ... 7-inch
Back Beat, Late 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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OV WrightI'll Take Care Of You/Why Not Give Me A Chance ... 7-inch
Back Beat, 1969. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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OV WrightTreasured Moments ... LP
Back Beat/P-Vine (Japan), Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $29.99
An excellent Japanese-only collection – featuring some of the best 45rpm singles issued by the great OV Wright! The sound is nice and bluesy – as you'd expect from OV – and the reissue puts the tracks together with a sound quality that's almost higher than the original. Tracks include "Treasured Moments", "Working Your Game", "Missing You", "Fed Up With The Blues", "Slow and Easy", "What More Can I Do", and "Drowning On Dry Land". Nice stuff! LP, Vinyl record album
(Warner/Pioneer Japanese pressing.)

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✨✧ Jeff KalissI Want To Take You Higher – The Life & Times Of Sly & The Family Stone (paperback) ... Book
Back Beat, 2008. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The heady life and even hipper music of Sly Stone – told here by an author who managed to get Stone's participation on the project! The book focuses most strongly on Sly's rise to fame and key late 60s/early 70s years – a time when his records not only changed the face of soul music, but also had a pretty big influence on rock as well. Kaliss also follows Stone through some of his more obscure years, and captures him during his recent comeback moment, too – although we'll be the first to admit that the vintage bits are the most interesting. The book features introductions from Stone and George Clinton, plus a nice photo section in the middle. 210 pages, hardcover. Book

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✨✧ Carl CarltonCan't Stop A Man In Love ... LP
Back Beat/ABC, 1973. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Nice raw early material from Carl Carlton – with a good groove that's sort of a mix between northern and deep southern soul. In fact, the production styles differ from track to track – leading us to wonder if the LP's not just a collection of recordings from different sources. But whatever the case, we like the album a lot more than some of Carlton's other work – and it's got some great little cuts like "Did You Mean It?", "Competition Ain't Nothing", "International Playboy", and "You Times Me Plus Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo sticker.)

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✨✧ Roy Head & The TraitsTreat Her Right/So Long, My Love ... 7-inch
Back Beat, 1965. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Joe HintonPretty Little Mama/Will You ... 7-inch
Back Beat, 1959. Very Good- ... Out Of Stock
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Red label pressing. Plays with some noise on "Will You".)
 
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Henryk DebichString Beat ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
A funky gem from 70s Poland – heavy grooves from maestro Henryk Debich, served up in a range of soulful styles! The tunes here are all instrumental – and range from Barry White-styled tracks, to big band funk, to other more complicated numbers with a soundtrack vibe – all laid out back to back in a really fresh-felling set! There's plenty of jazz in the lineup – and most tracks have some sort of a solo, on instruments that include tenor, trumpet, flute, alto, and even a bit of electric harpsichord. Titles are a mix of originals and some groovy covers – and tunes include "Shaft", "Chameleon", "Gry", "Bez Metalu", "Na Opak", "Standard In B", "Oscypka", and "Badz Wieczorem W Dyskotece". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousOn The Detroit Beat – Motor City Soul UK Style 1963 to 1967 ... CD
Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.98
British rock, but with plenty of soul – as these artists were some of the first in the world to be influenced by the sound of early Motown Records – then set about trying to create their own strand of Detroit soul! The influence of Motown on the sound of so many other scenes has been well documented over the years – but this cool little set gets right to the heart of the matter – by representing the kind of British singers and groups who were some of the first to revel in the spirit of Berry Gordy and his creations – then find a way to move things forward with new recordings of their own! As always with Ace Records, the set is way more than just music – as there's a big booklet of notes, with details on all the many tracks and artists – a double dozen selection, with tracks that includes "Sweet Thing" by Georgie Fame, "Mickey's Monkey" by The Hollies, "No 1 In Your Heart" by Herbie Goins & The Nighttimers, "Heat Wave" by Beverley Jones & The Prestons, "One Of These Days" by Guy Darrell, "I Want To Go Back There Again" by Bill Kenwright & The Runaways, "The Way You Do The Things You Do" by Elkie Brooks, "I'll Be Doggone" by Billy J Kramer with The Dakotas, "As Long As I Know He's Mine" by Julie Grant, "Money" by The Undertakers, "I Want A Love I Can See" by John Leyton & The LeRoys, "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow" by The Roulettes, "Every Little Bit Hurts" by Spencer Davis Group, "You Really Got A Hold On Me" by Small Faces, "Never Leave Your Baby's Side" by Tony Jackson, "No Good Without You" by The Birds, and "Let's Go Somewhere" by Beryl Marsden. CD

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VariousPlanet Beat – From The Shel Talmy Vaults ... CD
Big Beat (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Rare treasures from the mid 60s British beat scene – filled with raw rhythms and the tightest of harmonies – impeccable stuff from the personal archives legendary producer Shel Talmy! This set includes tunes in a similar orbit for sure, but Planet Beat is big one, not some little moon – with grittier rockers and easier going numbers alike, with raw soul influences and harmonies galore – it's pretty diverse beyond the shared characteristics. It's all rarities, too, more than half of it previously unreleased, which is kind of a stunner given the high quality throughout, with tracks by The Untamed, The First Gear, The Zephyrs, Sean Buckley & The Breadcrumbs, The Imp-Acts, The Lancastrians, The Pathfinders, The Talisman & more, recorded for Decca, Planet, Stateside, Columbia, Pye and other labels back in the day. 24 tracks in all: "My Baby Is Gone", by The Untamed, "Why" by The Pathfinders, "There's Something About You" by The Zephyrs, "Lonely Man" by The Lancastrians, "She Said Yeah" by The Presidents, "Our Love Is Gone" by The Imp-Acts, "Please Go" by The Trekkas, "Talk To Me Baby" by The Rising Sons, "Kids Take Over" by The Untamed, "Just Can't Keep A Good Man Down" by The Talismans and more. CD

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✨✧ VariousGreatest Jamaican Beat/Tommy McCook & The Supersonics Soul Rocksteady (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Treasure Isle/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of killer albums from the rocksteady years – back to back in a single set, with a heck of a lot of bonus tracks too! First up is the compilation Greatest Jamaican Beat – also titled Rocksteady Baba Boom Time – seminal Duke Reid productions from the key rocksteady years – and a set that shows just how much the rhythm was changing things on the Jamaican scene, both at a vocal and instrumental level! There's a slow-loping vibe to most of these tracks – an approach that really sets the scene for the reggae explosion to come – yet most of the instrumentation still has the strong horn work of the ska/blue beat generation, and even some of the jazzier work of the Kingston scene at the start of the 60s – thanks in large part to Tommy McCook, who plays a fair bit on the set. Titles include "Tommy's Rock Steady", "Hot Rock", "Soul Serenade", and "Down On Bond Street" by Tommy McCook & The Supersonics – plus the killer "Baba Boom" by The Jamaicans, "Drink Wine" by The Techniques", "Release Me" by Phyllis Dillon, "Mercy Mercy Mercy" by The Paragons, and a great remake of "Hey Leroy Your Mama's Calling You" by Sam Jones. The second half of the set features a record completely devoted to work from the great Tommy McCook and his Supersonics group – instrumental rocksteady gems that are filled with plenty of twists and turns! McCook was one of the sharpest saxophone players on the Kingston scene in the 60s – and his varied styles and sounds here are completely incredible – really blowing away contemporary recordings by King Curtis or Jr Walker, partly because Tommy also knows when to bring in just the right current of jazz. Titles include "Soul Rock", "Starry Night", "Zazuka", "Train To Ska-Thedral", "What Now My Love", "Sir Don", "Saboo", and "Never To Be Mine". 2CD set features 26 bonus tracks – 13 more by Tommy McCook & The Supersonics – and more by Norman Grant, The Gladiators, Jamaicans, Justin Hinds & The Dominos, Three Tops, Eric Morris, Treasure Isle Boys, and Gloria & Franklin. CD

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✨✧ VariousRunning Back Mastermix Presents – Front By Klaus Stockhausen & Boris Dlugosch ... CD
Running Back (Germany), 1980s/1990s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A special set that pays tribute to a famous underground club on the Hamburg scene of the 80s and 90s – served up here with cuts that played big on its dancefloor back in the day – in a collection that's overflowing with underground gems and rough-edged dancefloor trax! The package features images and notes on Front – a important place for both the gay and musical scene in Hamburg – and the whole thing also stands as maybe a larger remembrance of all the many sites that flourished and passed in regional areas over the decades – slowly helping the culture evolve in their own sort of way, before passing from time and space. For a brief moment, Front lives on here – on two long CD mixes, with tracks that include "To The Beat Of The Drum (on the burn mix" by Wired, "Whatever Turns You On (club mix)" by Mario Reyes, "Funky Little Beat" by Connie, "J'Adore Danser (club mix)" by Mark Imperial, "This Brutal House" by Nitro Deluxe, "Can You Move (midnight mix)" by Modern Romance, "The Wiz Is A Genius" by The Wizard & The Prince, "Aquatic" by John Beltran, "Heart On The Line (bassline mix)" by Fortran 5, "Body Work (voc mix)" by Hot Streak, "That Special Melody (club mix)" by Station Q, "Call Me Mr Telephone (street dub mix)" by Answering Service, "I Need A Rhythm (voc club mix)" by The 28th Street Crew, "You & Me (dub)" by Simphonia, and "An Instrumental Need (club need)" by Ralphi Rosario. CD

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Phil Alvin with Sun Ra & Dirty Dozen Brass BandUnSung Stories ... CD
Warner/Big Beat (UK), 1986. New Copy ... $12.99 18.99
Maybe the strongest solo project ever from Phil Alvin – a late 80s effort dedicated to the romping R&B sounds of the 50s – done with great help from both the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the Sun Ra Arkestra! A number of cuts are from the glory days of the R&B single – and the approach moves between tracks with Alvin's combo, one with the Dirty Dozen, and three especially nice tracks with the Arkestra! Given the way that Sun Ra's 80s material was often dipping back into earlier generations of jazz, the group make for a very strong fit with Phil's approach – on titles that include "Someone Stole Gabriel's Horn", "Titanic Blues", "Collins Cave", "Death In The Morning", "Next Week Sometime", and "The Old Man Of The Mountain". CD

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John BenderPop Surgery ... LP
Superior Viaduct, 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99
Weird and wonderful sounds from the enigmatic John Bender – a record that seems to beat the darkest of the cold wave generation at their own game! Don't think of the record as "pop surgery", so much as it is a complete dismantling of all the best electro elements of the period – as if someone took all the early electronic pop singles from the UK scene, stripped them down to their spare parts, then only did a half-hearted job of putting them back together! The result is a set of really dark-yet-catchy cuts that are even moodier and more enigmatic than some of the farther reaches of the Sheffield scene. LP, Vinyl record album

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Earl BosticBostic Showcase Of Swinging Dance Hits ... LP
King, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $6.99
Sure, it's the stuff of mainstream dancefloors – but Bostic had quite a tone, and we never tire of digging up these old King LPs, just to hear his raspy-edged alto! Titles include "Lester Leaps In", "John's Idea", "Back Back Shuffle", "Fur Trapper's Ball", "Two O'Clock Jump", "Back Beat", and "920 Special". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some clear tape on the seams.)

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Carolines Featuring Carell MancusoCarolines EP – Big House/Baby That's Me/Mama's Little Girl ... 7-inch
Ace (UK), 1966. New Copy (pic cover)... $11.99 14.99
The cover looks like a vintage 45 – but all the work here is previously unreleased, even though it was recorded back in that magical year of 1966! The Carolines are a wonderful girl group with a Brill Building sort of bigness in their sound – almost wall of sound production from Larry Weiss, and a strength that might well beat the singles the group did issue for Roulette and Dynavoice in the 60s! Titles include their own "Big House", and versions of "Mama's Little Girl" and "Baby That's Me". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Con Funk ShunFever/Electric Lady ... CD
Mercury/Cherry Red (UK), 1983/1985. New Copy ... $12.99
80s magic from Con Funk Shun – a pair of albums back to back! Fever is one of the sweetest-grooving albums ever from Con Funk Shun – proof that the group was almost better when they tightened things up a bit! The set was produced by Deodato at the height of his hit-making soul powers – and it's got a sharpness that really helps bring the Con Funk Shun groove into focus – a style that's not nearly as commercial as Deodato's work with Kool & The Gang, but which shares a similar blend of jazz and modern soul elements! Most tracks groove nicely, even some of the mellower ones – and Deodato's got a perfect balance in the sound of the set – keyboards, beats, and bass all in the right places, with plenty of soulful vocals flowing warmly over the top. Titles include "Don't Let Your Love Grow Cold", "Hard Lovin", "If I'm Your Lover", "Can You Feel The Groove Tonight", "Indiscreet Sweet", and "Baby I'm Hooked". Electric Lady is a relatively beat-heavy set from Con Funk Shun – one that has them moving into some of the same spaces as their ensemble funk contemporaries, and using a bit more programmed rhythms than before! Given their pedigree with grooves, the group still manages to keep things soulful – and the album's still got the group at their funky best – and is definitely not in the vein of some of the more commercial work of this type from the mid 80s. Lead vocals are mostly by Michael Cooper, and titles include "Turn The Music Up", "Electric Lady", "Don't Go", "Circle Of Love", "Pretty Lady", "Tell Me What You're Gonna Do", and "I'm Leaving Baby". CD

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Kenny CoxIntroducing Kenny Cox & The Contemporary Jazz Quartet (plus Multidirection) ... CD
Blue Note, 1968/1969. Used ... $6.99
An overlooked late 60s treasure on Blue Note – 2 rare albums by Kenny Cox & The Contemporary Jazz Quintet – one of the few new groups to work on the label at the time, and an up-and-coming modern combo from Detroit! The first album's quite unique for a number of reasons – not just because the group was a little-known new signing to the label, but also because the work is quite far-reaching at times – some of the most free-thinking jazz recorded for Blue Note during the time, with a sense of boldness that almost stretches back to Jackie McLean's first few records of the new thing years, or a sense of lyrical invention that's a bit like Wayne Shorter when he made a shift towards the outside. Some numbers are awash in fast colors and changes, while others are a bit more in the pocket, with echoes of soul jazz – but the whole thing's incredibly fresh and free, a wonderful little record that only gets better and better over the years! The group features pianist Kenny Cox as the leader, plus Charles Moore on trumpet, Leon Henderson on tenor, Ron Brooks on bass, and Danny Spencer on drums. Titles include "Mystique", "You", "Trance Dance", "Eclipse", and "Number Four". The CD also features the group's second Blue Note album, Multidirection – a session of work that builds strongly on the colors and changes explored by Miles Davis earlier in the 60s, but which takes things off into a whole new direction! (A Multidirection?) The horns on the record have incredible interplay – trumpet by Charles Moore and tenor from Leon Henderson, playing together with a sense of dexterity that may even beat the team of Davis and Wayne Shorter – angular one moment, softly lyrical the next, and always in pursuit of fresh tones and righteous sounds. Kenny Cox's piano is great too – an exercise in understatement at times – getting as much done with one note as other players would with five – as he slowly guides the group along, and grounds their freer expressions with a good sense of humanity. Titles include "What Other One", "Gravity Point", "Spellbound", "Snuck In", and "Sojourn". CD
(Out of print.)

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DJ Jazzy JeffMagnificent ... CD
Rapster (UK), 2002. Used ... $4.99
Jazzy Jeff's return after much too long a hiatus. Just when we were on the verge of giving up, with too many radio ready hot jams and abstract non-funky off beat rappers being passed off as the real hip hop these days, BBE continues with it's series of albums focusing on producers. While many of you are probably ready to write off Jazzy Jeff for his long time commercial collaboration with Will Smith, the originator of the transformer has always been dope to us, and comes up with the goods here, still in fine form on the fader and with his beats (though he didn't produce all the tracks). 17 tracks of jazzed out hip hop, with a great laid back vibe and vocals by Baby Blak, Pauly Yamz, The Last Emperor, Freddie Fox, J-Live and a bunch of others, plus the dope cut "We Live In Philly" that features Jill Scott reciting a poem over the Roy Ayers "we Live In Brooklyn" loop, that name checks tons of ball players and Philly hip hop notables, even some old shoe styles from back in the day. There's also one house track, with an uplifting vibe courtesy Masters At Work, but the rest is straight up hip hop. Includes "Scram", "Shake It Off", 'Worldwide", "Charmed Life", "How I Do", "Know Ur Hood" and "For Da Love Of Da Game" CD

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Earth Wind & FireEarth Wind & Fire/Need Of Love ... CD
Warner/BGO (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99
A pair of spiritual soul classics – the rare early Warner Brothers albums from Earth Wind & Fire – back to back on a single CD! Earth, Wind & Fire's first album was recorded at a time when the group recently had ties to the Chicago soul and jazz scenes, and a range of experience that ran the gamut from work with Sun Ra, the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, The Pharoahs, Ramsey Lewis, and countless other influential groups. Headed up by Maurice White on drums and percussion, the group forged an amazing blend of all these influences, creating a future soul sound that pushed black music to the next level – taking a wealth of previously underground modes of expression, and fusing them into a soaring sound that would soon put them at the top of the charts. This album's a lot looser and freer than their Columbia albums – with plenty of raw funk and some nice off-beat jazz soling. Includes the classic break track "C'Mon Children", plus "Fan The Fire", "Bad Tune", and "Moment Of Truth". Need Of Love is one of the two early Earth Wind & Fire LPs recorded for Warner – and the one that shows their amazing roots in the avant-garde jazz scene in Chicago! At the forefront, the record's a righteous soul album with an ensemble funk sound – but deeper in, there's a lot of jazz-based playing, and a number of moments that almost get "out" in the solos! Surely this one couldn't have been made without the spiritual advancements in jazz made by the AACM – and EWF couldn't have helped rubbing shoulders with those players, considering that they all often gigged together in the Chicago studio scene, and that they'd also shared some time together in groups like The Pharoahs and Phil Cohran's Artistic Heritage Ensemble. Titles include "Energy", "Beauty", and a nice remake of Donny Hathaway's "Everything is Everything". CD

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Ed OG & Da BulldogsLife Of A Kid In The Ghetto (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Polygram/Get On Down, 1991. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99
Ed OG's nice debut, with a slightly jazzy touch on the production and literate, intelligent lyrics. We really couldn't get with "Bug A Boo", but besides that, this first LP's solid from start to finish, from the days when that wasn't so uncommon. Drop the needle on this and head back in time to a day when backpacker wasn't necessarily a derogatory term, a beat wasn't a straight loop of a common sample, and rhyme skills included being able to follow the beat, which was typically at least a little bit funky. With the now classic "Be A Father To Your Child", plus standout tracks like "I'm Different", "Speak Upon It", "I Got To Have It" and "Life Of A Kid In The Ghetto". 12 tracks in all, also includes "Gotta Have Money", "Feel Like A Nut", "She Said It Was Great", "Dedicated To The Right Wingers", 'Let ME Tickle Your Fancy" and "Stop (Think For A Moment)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Shirley EllisThree Six Nine – The Best Of Shirley Ellis ... CD
Congress/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
Hard-romping soul from the great Shirley Ellis – a singer most folks know for a single crossover hit – but an artist who's got a hell of a lot more to offer than just that novelty number! This excellent package is a long-overdue look at one of the queens of raw soul in the 60s – a singer who could belt it out with a hell of an edge, even when the music was moving at a mighty fast clip – which it does often here, as Shirley works with superb guidance from arranger Lincoln Chase – whose ears for a groove are outstanding at this point in his career! The package brings together early singles for the Congress label, plus even more obscure work a few years later for Columbia Records – and as always with Ace, the whole presentation is wonderful – light years away from just a simple greatest hits or public domain package. Titles include "The Nitty Gritty", "Bring It On Home To Me", "Get Out", "Takin Care Of Business", "The Clapping Song", "Sugar Let's Shing A Ling", "Back Track", "Yes I'm Ready", "Ever See A Diver Kiss His Wife", "You Better Be Good World", "Ka Ta Ga Ta Boom Beat", "The Name Game", "I Never Will Forget", "Such A Night", "That's What The Nitty Gritty Is", and "One Sour Note". CD

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Butch Engle & The StyxNo Matter What You Say – The Best Of Butch Engle & The Styx (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Beat Rocket, Mid 60s. New Copy ... $23.99 24.99
Surprisingly strong work from a Bay Area group who never managed to crack the big time back in the day – then hung up their guitars at a time when most of their contemporaries were really starting to blossom! Maybe the issue was that Butch Engel & The Styx had experience going back to the start of the 60s – moving through familiar guitar-based modes for the first part of the decade, before really hitting their stride with the wonderful sounds on this record – done partly in collaboration with Beau Brummel Ron Elliott, who helped produced and lent them some songs – but also with this increasingly heartfelt, freewheeling quality that could have put them at the height of the SF scene, had they kept going. The set features rare singles issued on the Golden State, Loma, MEA, and Onyx labels – plus some excellent unreleased tracks too – titles that include "I Call Her Name", "Left Hand Girl", "Hey I'm Lost", "Going Home", "I Like Her", "Puppetmaster", "If You Believe", "Tell Me Please", and "She Is Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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ESGCome Away With ESG ... LP
99 Records/Fire (UK), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 25.98
The only real full length album that ESG ever cut back in the day – and a great little set that's filled with tightly-snapping funk all the way through! The vibe here is one that strongly continues the groove laid down by the first ESG EP – a hypnotic blend of simple basslines, vocal chants, and punchy percussion – often produced with a bit of darkness in the mix, so that the music comes off sounding a lot colder than typical small combo funk! There's almost an arty post-punk sensibility to the music here – a sound that got ESG an audience in places most other funk groups could never reach, and which still stands up tremendously over the years! Titles include "Moody (Spaced Out)", "The Beat", "Tiny Sticks", "Parking Lot Blues", "You Make No Sense", "My Love For You", "Chistelle", "Dance", "Come Away", and "It's Alright". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Georgie Fame & The Blue FlamesFame At Last (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1964. Used ... $18.99
Fame at last – and well-deserved fame too, because young Georgie's working here in a style that's unlike anybody else! The album's a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and R&B – all filtered through a mod sort of London freshness, as early proof that the city could always take some great things from our own musical roots, and feed it back to us with a whole new flavor! Georgie's no copycat here, though – and the sound is instantly Fame-like – a style that's really not the sort that any Americans were doing at the time, and certainly never this well. Hard-burning Hammond colors most of the tunes here – played with a tightly vamping quality – but it's Georgie's charmingly crackling vocals that really win us over! Titles include "Gimme That Wine", "Pink Champagne", "Monkeying Around", "Green Onions", "Let The Sunshine In", "Get On The Right Track Baby", "I'm In The Mood For Love", and "I Love The Life I Live". CD also features 9 more bonus tracks – including "Yeh Yeh", "Preach & Teach", "Tom Hark Goes Blue Beat", "Madness", "Bend A Little", "Do Re Mi", and "One Whole Year Baby". CD
(SHM-CD pressing, includes obi.)

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Formula 5 (Formula V)Determination ... LP
Malaco, 1985. Very Good+ ... $1.99
A Cali group, but one who cut this sweet 80s set for the Malaco label – a record that's definitely much more street beat oriented than most of the usual blues and southern soul you'd find on the imprint! The tunes have a snapping array of beats and keyboards, one that definitely matches the group's leather jackets on the cover – but the vocals can often be warmer than the instrumentation, with a nice indie soul feel throughout. Titles include "Back To Love", "Undercover Lover", "Killer Groove", "Love Hour", "Cleaning House", "Part Time Lover Full Time Fool", and "New Fool On The Block". LP, Vinyl record album
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Jimmy GiuffreNew Forms In Jazz – The Complete Capitol Recordings 1954 to1955 (Jimmy Giuffre/Tangents In Jazz) ... CD
Capitol/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1954/1955. Used ... $9.99
Seminal west coast modern work from Jimmy Giuffre – both of his mid 50s classics for Capitol Records, back to back on one CD! The self-titled album Jimmy Giuffre is from 1954 – and was incredible work from one of the freshest new voices in jazz at the time! The album takes tracks from an original 10" LP session, and adds in a few more – so that you've got Jimmy playing tenor, clarinet, or baritone – in groups that include west coast cool players like Jack Sheldon, Bud Shank, Shelly Manne, Russ Freeman, and Ralph Pena. The writing's quite original, and Giuffre's already got that angular quality that will allow him to leap even further over the next few years. Titles include "Nutty Pine", "Wrought Of Iron", "Do It", "All For You", and "Sultana" – as well as the classic "Four Brothers". On Tangents In Jazz, Giuffre begins his experiments in jazz without a "non-pulsating beat" –, jazz without snapping cymbal, walking bass, or pounding piano to provide a steady pulse! The group on the LP includes Ralph Pena on bass, Artie Anton on drums, and Jack Sheldon on trumpet – and the four musicians play together in beautifully fragile little lines, which arc up and back, and come together with a sense of grace and surprise. Tracks include "The Leprechaun", "Scintilla Three", "Rhetoric", and "Chirpin Time". 20 tracks in all – most original compositions by Giuffre! CD
(Please note that the contents of this CD are identical to the Cool One CD.)

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Nathan HainesZoot Allure ... CD
Papa (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Pure genius from Nathan Haines – the saxophonist who really helped bring some depth to the London broken beat scene at the start of the century – still a tremendously visionary musician after all these years! Haines has really opened up his sound in the past decade or so – cutting straight acoustic jazz albums and also working with larger ensembles – but here, he's back in that style that first made us love his music all those many years back – a mix of skittish rhythms and jazzy soloing that's completely tremendous – with cosmic currents that definitely echo some of Nathan's time on the London scene, but an overall conception that's also really grown a lot over the years too! Keyboardist and frequent collaborator Mike Patto has a lot to do with the sound of the album – but there's also plenty of room for a great lineup of guests – including Vanessa Freeman, Marc Mac, Marlena Shaw, and Tama Waipara. Haines has also really opened up his instrumental bag – and plays keyboards, flute, and a bit of trumpet as well – on titles that include "Got Me Thinking", "Mastermind", "Count On Me", "Wait & See", "Madamazelle Midnight", "Zoot Alure", and "5 A Day". CD features bonus mixes – "Got Me Thinking (Opolopo rmx)" and "Got Me Thinking (Bugz In The Attic rmx)". CD

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Herbie HancockFuture Shock ... CD
Columbia, 1983. Used ... $2.99
The future is now! Or at least it seemed to be back in 1983 when Herbie teamed up with Bill Laswell to record this classic album of computer-driven keyboard grooves! Whatever you might think of the music, the record was a genius move for Herbie – who was kind of flopping around in a number of different styles on previous albums, most of which we like, but none of which seemed to earn him the same cred as his albums in the 70s. Well this one not only earned him plenty of cred, but also a lot of cash, and continued assurance to Columbia that their contract with Herbie was well-placed – and it certainly cast Bill Laswell into the spotlight as well, given that his efforts really provided the core of the album. Tracks include "Rockit", "Earth Beat", "Future Shock", "Autodrive", and "Rough". CD also features the bonus track "Rockit (megamix)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Andrew HillGrass Roots (plus unissued session) ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A real stroke of genius from pianist Andrew Hill – and a surprising one too! After an initial legacy of groundbreaking experimental sides for Blue Note, Hill returns to his "grass roots" on this excellent session of straight ahead, fairly funky, soul jazz piano tunes! In the notes, Hill claims a desire to get back to the people – and in a really unusual turn, he shakes off his previous modernist trappings and goes for territory that's much more in the mode of Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, or Hank Mobley on Blue Note! Yet despite this turn, and amidst some more conventional arrangements, Andrew's work on piano is still quite dark and moody – filled with beautiful clashing lines and haunting off-beat changes that open up the session way more than you'd expect! Booker Ervin joins in on tenor – on what would become one of his last recordings – and the rest of the group includes Lee Morgan, Ron Carter, and Freddie Waits – all plenty darn hip players who really get the unusual balance of soul jazz and modernism that Hill's going for here! Tracks include "Mira", "Bayou Red", "Venture Inward", "Grass Roots", and "Soul Special". Plus, this CD also features 5 tracks from a previously unissued session that has Woody Shaw as the leader, with Hill on piano and Frank Mitchell on tenor. Idris Muhammad's the drummer on that one – and funky as you'd expect – and tracks include "MC", "Venture Inward (first version)", "Bayou Red (first version)", and "Love Nocturne". CD
(Connoisserur pressing.)

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Incredible Bongo BandBongo Rock (180 gram deluxe 40th anniversary edition) ... LP
Pride/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
A landmark album that is perhaps the single most influential beat source in hip hop! The record was the brainchild of bongo player Michael Viner – who also happened to be running the Pride subsidiary of MGM at the time. Viner's got a meeeeeean touch on the bongo, hitting it hard and funky like the best 70s conga players – and his approach to the instrument is kind of like a funky update of popular instrumental styles laid down on guitar by The Ventures or on moog by Hot Butter. This album features the classics "Apache" and "Bongo Rock" – both with monster funky breakdowns that showed up on a heck of a lot of hip hop records over the years – plus loads of other goodies like "Last Bongo In Belgium" and "Bongolia". Excellent stuff – and darn hard to find! (We can still remember how stunned we were when we found our first copy in a Canadian record store back in 1987 – and even then we had to pay plenty!) LP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy 40th anniversary reissue – on the same mirror-style cover as the original, with heavy tip-on cover!)

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JamIn The City ... CD
Polydor (UK), 1977. Used ... $6.99
The classic opening salvo from The Jam! In The City finds the band in prime form right out of the, already blending their love of 60s beat and R&B with fast, infectious energy of first wave punk rock. They stood out from the pack tremendously back in the day, and that uniqueness kept the best of their records from ever aging a day – it's as icredible as ever! Includes "In The City", "I've Changed My Address", "Slow Down", "I Got In Time", "Away From The Numbers", their mod punk riff on Neal Hefti's "Batman Theme", "In The City", "Sounds From The Street", "Non-Stop Dancing", "Time For Truth" and more. CD
(Remastered edition.)

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Linton Kwesi JohnsonForces Of Victory ... LP
Mango, 1979. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
The second album From LKJ, a tough and tight follow up to Dread Beat and Blood, with the poet coming just as hard out the box this time around as the first. Johnson's righteous lyrical indignation, terse delivery, and rhythmic focus dovetail perfectly with tight, fat riddims from a crack band headed up by Dennis Bovell and Vivian Weathers. 8 choice numbers in all, including a batch of LKJ classics like "It Noh Funny", "Sonny's Lettah", "Independent Intavenshan", "Fite Dem Back", "Reality Poem" and "Forces of Vicktry", plus "Want Fi Goh Rave" and "Time Come". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing, including the Reggae sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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Jurassic 5Power In Numbers ... LP
Interscope, 2002. Near Mint- 2LP ... $39.99
All praise to the mighty J5 – reminding us in the early 00s that hip hop could still be about funky, party rockin' beats and flowing on beat, with witty, intelligent rhymes – and sound as fresh as ever! This album's mostly produced by Cut Chemist, though Nu Mark has a hand in a number of tunes, and there's a couple of tracks by the Beatnuts. Akil, Chali 2na, Zaakir and Marc 7 don't do as much of the unison, sing song style that'd been their trademark in the past, but their back to the old school/new school style is still intact. 17 cuts in all, including "Freedom", "If You Only Knew", "Break", "React", "A Day At The Races", "After School Special", "High Fidelity" and "I Am Somebody", plus the Kool Keith skit "DDT" and Cut Chemist's cut'n'paste "Acetate Prophets". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover has a promo sticker, bumped corner, and a sticker at the opening.)
Also available Power In Numbers (deluxe edition with DVD) ... CD 3.99

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Jurassic 5Power In Numbers (deluxe edition with DVD) ... CD
Interscope, 2002. Used CD/DVD ... $3.99
All praise to the mighty J5 – reminding us in the early 00s that hip hop could still be about funky, party rockin' beats and flowing on beat, with witty, intelligent rhymes – and sound as fresh as ever! This album's mostly produced by Cut Chemist, though Nu Mark has a hand in a number of tunes, and there's a couple of tracks by the Beatnuts. Akil, Chali 2na, Zaakir and Marc 7 don't do as much of the unison, sing song style that'd been their trademark in the past, but their back to the old school/new school style is still intact. 17 cuts in all, including "Freedom", "If You Only Knew", "Break", "React", "A Day At The Races", "After School Special", "High Fidelity" and "I Am Somebody", plus the Kool Keith skit "DDT" and Cut Chemist's cut'n'paste "Acetate Prophets". CD
(Out of print. Cover image varies slightly.)
Also available Power In Numbers ... LP 39.99

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Just-IceKool & Deadly ... CD
Fresh, 1987. Used ... $19.99
This nearly ranks up with the best of the mid 80s classic LPs – so it's great to have it back on reissue! All production, and some vocals, are handled by KRS – who really seemed to revel in the Id-level work here in a way he couldn't really pull off with the more strident BDP. Beat box by DMX. So highly recommended! Features "Going Way Back", "Freedom Of Speech", "Lyric Licking", "The Original Gangster Of Hip Hop", "On The Strength", "Moshitup", "Kool & Deadly", "Booga Bandit Bitch" and the 12" single edit "Freedom Of Speech '88". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ty Karim & George GriffinKeep On Doin' Whatcha' Doin' (parts 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
Sheridan House/Expansion (UK), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
Rare later work from the lovely Ty Karim – a female soul singer who made some great 60s singles on the LA scene – then really surprised us when she reappeared for this massive club stepper at the start of the 80s! The tune's got a beat that's strong, but mellow – a bit around the pace of Gwen McCrae's "Funky Sensation" – handled here with a similar blend of funk, soul, and strings – and once it gets going, George Griffin comes into the mix – singing back and forth with Karim in a way that's like the Al Johnson duet with Jean Carn! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Sean Khan with Hermeto PascoalPalmares Fantasy ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
The deepest record we've heard so far from London's Sean Khan – and that's saying a lot, as we really loved his previous albums! Sean got his start on the broken beat scene a number of years back, and has slowly been evolving into more of a jazz-based artist – which he hits fantastically here in the company of the legendary Hermeto Pascoal, who plays Fender Rhodes and melodica on the record too! But honestly, even without Hermeto, Sean's pretty fantastic on his own – as his alto sax lines have this beautifully sharp edge, as does his work on flute and soprano – these soulful currents that almost rival recent work by Nat Birchall and some of his contemporaries. Other players include Ivan Conti on drums and Jim Mullin on electric guitar – and Heidi Vogel sings on two tracks, and Sabrina Mahleiros on one more. Titles include "Moment Of Collapse", "Waltz For Hermeto", "Palmares Fantasy", "Montreux", "Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser", "The Blonde", and "The Conversation". CD
Also available Palmares Fantasy (180 gram vinyl) ... LP 19.99

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Sean Khan with Hermeto PascoalPalmares Fantasy (180 gram vinyl) ... LP
Far Out (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $19.99
The deepest record we've heard so far from London's Sean Khan – and that's saying a lot, as we really loved his previous albums! Sean got his start on the broken beat scene a number of years back, and has slowly been evolving into more of a jazz-based artist – which he hits fantastically here in the company of the legendary Hermeto Pascoal, who plays Fender Rhodes and melodica on the record too! But honestly, even without Hermeto, Sean's pretty fantastic on his own – as his alto sax lines have this beautifully sharp edge, as does his work on flute and soprano – these soulful currents that almost rival recent work by Nat Birchall and some of his contemporaries. Other players include Ivan Conti on drums and Jim Mullin on electric guitar – and Heidi Vogel sings on two tracks, and Sabrina Mahleiros on one more. Titles include "Moment Of Collapse", "Waltz For Hermeto", "Palmares Fantasy", "Montreux", "Tudo Que Voce Podia Ser", "The Blonde", and "The Conversation". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Palmares Fantasy ... CD 12.99

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KrystolPassion From A Woman ... LP
Epic, 1986. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Poppy passion from Krystol – a sweet 80s trio with a definite way with a hook! The set's got a well-balanced mainstream sound – one that helps the vocals find a fullness right away, either on the leads or harmonies – both woven together over the top of the tight, beat-heavy grooves! At points, there's almost a retro vibe – as if an older girl trio mode's being revived for a new 80s scene – but with a definite contemporary spin. There's a decidedly commercial appeal to the sound – but Krystol were also never too overplayed back in the day, which makes the album a nice discovery – and a great surprise when you start digging through all the potential singles on the set. Tracks include "Love Attack", "Passion From A Woman", "He's So Jive", "Baby Make Up Your Mind", "Scared Single", and "Precious Precious". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cutout hole and a bent corner.)

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Link QuartetItalian Playboys ... CD
Hammond Beat/Record Kicks (Italy), 2004. Used ... $8.99
Italian Hammond heroes The Link Quartet are back in action and sounding better than ever – serving up a blistering array of organ, guitar, and heavy percussion – all grooving with a sweet mix of 60s mod and 70s funk! The group's sound is expanded here a bit more through the used of electric piano, clavinet, mellotron, and moog – but the core approach is still a no-nonsense love of the swinging soul jazz riff, presented with a stripped-down style that takes us back to some of our favorite indie label work of the 60s. There's an early JTQ feel to most of the album here, and although a few of the cuts on the set feature some guest vocals, the main focus is still on the organ and keyboards – which loom large over the rest of the grooves! Titles include "Move Move Move", "Italian Playboys", "Briar Patch", "After & Once Again", "Spider Baby", "Take Four", "Rubber Monkey", "Monster Of Milwaukee", and "Greased On Delta Street". CD

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✨✧ Lord Sutch & Heavy FriendsLord Sutch & Heavy Friends/Hands Of Jack The Ripper ... CD
Cotillion/Wounded Bird, 1970/1971. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
Two Cotillion classics from Screaming Lord Sutch – back to back on a single CD! First up is Lord Sutch & Heavy Friends – an album that's almost equally well-known for its work by a host of famous guests – including Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, John Bonham, and others! Page is perhaps the most involved here – as he produced the set with Sutch, co-wrote some tracks, and plays some mighty searing guitar – as does Beck, which makes the album almost worth it alone for all the wonderful solos! But Sutch himself is pretty great too – kind of a mish-mash of late 60s nasty camp references, with the same sinister vibe as Kim Fowley – and an equally freewheeling approach to a tune that makes the album a heck of a lot of fun. Titles include "Gutty Guitar", "Flashing Lights", "Wailing Sounds", "Thumping Beat", "Union Jack Car", and "London". Hands Of Jack The Ripper is filled with weird and wild sounds from Screaming Lord Sutch – and a set that has as many "heavy friends" at play as his better-known previous album for Cotillion! As with that set, the vibe here is an odd mix of older beat group styles from mid 60s London, but filtered through a generation that's already bursting out with hard rock, psych, and prog inspiration – which means any nod towards older rock and soul roots come out sounding very offbeat in the end! Players include Ritchie Blackmore on lead guitar, Keith Moon on drums, and Noel Redding on bass – and titles include "Country Club", "Great Balls Of Fire", "Bye Bye Johnny/Johnny B Goode", "Gotta Keep A Rocking", and "Hands Of Jack The Ripper", which is mini-horror movie itself! CD

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Hugh Masekela & OthersHugh Masekela Presents The Chisa Years 1965 to 1976 – Rare & Unreleased ... LP
Chisa/BBE (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99 27.98
A decade's worth of groundbreaking funk and African rhythms – all of it recorded by Hugh Masekela for his legendary Chisa label! Back in the 60s, Hugh cracked the American charts with a playful version of South African jazz – but he was also an even hipper cat than you'd guess from his hits, and worked with a variety of incredible acts to expand his sound – a good number of whom ended up recording for Hugh on the Chisa label, in a unique blend of American soul and African inspiration that was years ahead of its time! The Chisa sound was one of the first true forays into pan-global grooving – and it brought the sounds of Africa to the American mainstream at a level that few had managed before. Some groups were unique projects done for record – like the Johannesburg Street Band, which featured members of The Crusaders alongside Masekela – but others featured a variety of ex-patriots living in the US, with key singers and players who shine brightly under Hugh's guidance. This set really digs deep, and offers up some of the most heavily African-tuned tracks from Chisa's catalog – 14 titles that include "Witch Doctor" and "Ahvuomo" by Baranta with Miatta Fahinbulleh, "Joala" and "Za Labalaba" by The Zulus, "Awe Mfana" by Johannesburg Street Band, "Macongo" and "U Se Mcani" by Letta Mbulu, "Tepo" by Baranta, "Aredze" by The Zulus, "Mahlalela" by Letta Mbulu, and "Afro Beat Blues" by Ojah with Hugh Masekela. LP, Vinyl record album

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Makaya McCravenHighly Rare ... LP
International Anthem, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
Raw sounds from the Chicago scene – a mighty nice performance from the group of drummer Makaya McCraven – captured on four track cassette at the tiny Danny's Tavern! The setting and recording style really works with the approach of the group – as Makaya's drums are nice and loud – beat-y and splashy – maybe more funky than on any othe records under his name, and fitted with fantastically bold work from Junius Paul on bass, Ben Lamar Gay on cornet, and the great Nick Mazzarella on alto sax! There's also some turntables from Lefto – but used musically, and not in the kind of heavy-handed way that used to ruin a jazz session a decade or so back – and the group perform titles that include "The Locator", "Above & Beyond", "Venus Rising", "Icy Lightning", "Left Fields", "RFJ III", and "Early Bird Once Again". LP, Vinyl record album

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Massimo NumaSoundtracks From Roger A Fratter Movies ... CD
Beat (Italy), New Copy ... $16.99
Relatively recent material, but sounds that grew out of a real love of classic cinema between both of the artists involved! The films of Roger A Fratter might be a bit low budget, but the music from Massimo Numa is completely top shelf – served up without large orchestrations, often on keyboards, but with a lilting sensibility that really takes us back to the classic years! Numa's got a wonderful sense of space and timing – qualities clearly inherited from the generation of Morricone, and used with sparer instrumentation, but an equal amount of charm. Includes 19 tracks in all – music from the films Abraxas, Anabolyzer, Sete Da Vampira, Cymbaline, Mimesis, Femminillita, Il Male Nella Carne, Rapporto Di Un Regista Su Alcune Giovani Attrici, and Tutte Le Donne Di Un Uomo Da Nulla. CD

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Pete RockPetestrumentals ... LP
BBE (UK), 2001. New Copy 2LP ... $24.99 26.98
A mad bit of funk from the great Pete Rock! Pete's easily one of the best hip hop producers of the past decade – and this album's a sublime batch of instrumental tracks that focuses on his talent for remaking an older groove. The set's one of the first on BBE's groundbreaking Beat Generation label – and it's an important blend of downtempo grooves, hip hop, and classic styles of funk! A great listen all the way through – with 16 tracks on this revised edition: "A Little Soul", "Play Dis Only At Night", "For The People", "The Boss", "Pete's Jazz", "Smooth Sailing", "Something Funky", "Get Involved", "Walk On By", "Take The D Train", "To My Advantage" featuring Nature, "Back On The Block"" featuring CL Smooth, "Nothin Lesser" and "Cake" featuring the UN , "Mind Frame" featuring Freddie Foxx and the "Outro". LP, Vinyl record album
(This is the revised edition.)

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✨✧ Don RendellRoarin' ... CD
BGP (UK), 1961. Used ... $8.99
A beautiful lost bit of British jazz, and probably one of the greatest records ever made by UK tenor giant Don Rendell! The group's a quintet, and believe it or not, a very young Graham Bond is featured on alto. Bond's got a very straight hard bop sound here, with none of the goofiness that marred his later Beat Group albums. Bond contributed the nice track "Bring Back The Burch", Rendell wrote the groovy "You Loomed Out Of Loch Ness", and the band does very nice readings of Duke Pearson's "Jeannine" and Miles Davis' "So What". A very nice edge to the whole session, and the kind of killer album UK jazz fans should not be without! CD

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Rock ShockRock Shock ... LP
Razmataz, Late 80s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Hip hop from an age when you could say things like "Word to the mother" and "Cold took the bacon" without sounding foolish. 80s sounding beats by the Phantom, who also does a little scratching and cutting here and there, with a heavy electro and big beat influence, and back and forth Run DMC style rhymes. 11 tracks in all, including "On The Avenue", ""I Want You Bad (Real Bad)", "DC Rock", "Treacherous", "Live In LA", "Techno", "Kiki's Answer [I Want You Bad (Real Bad)]", "Flying Saucers/On The Avenue" and "We Are Rock Shock". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Simon & GarfunkelSounds Of Silence ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $19.99
Titles include the classic "Sounds Of Silence" – plus "Richard Cory", "A Most Peculiar Man", "We've Got A Groovy Thing Going", "I Am A Rock", "Leaves That Are Green", "Blessed", "Kathy's Song", and the beautiful "April Come She Will". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the original shrink with a hype sticker! 360 Sound stereo pressing, in the original cover with visible Tiger Beat magazine on back.)

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TimeWhat Time Is It? ... LP
Warner, 1982. Very Good ... $6.99
The second essential LP from the Time that would solidify Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis' position as a force to be dealt within commercial R&B for years to come, cut during the early 80s, when Minneapolis seemed like it was exploding at the seams with great music. With Morris Day's nice extended dance cut "The Walk" featuring a nice popping beat, plus the excellent and very Prince sounding slow jam "Gigolo's Get Lonely Too" and the percolating pre-New Jack funk of "777-9311". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and some residue on the back.)

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James Blood UlmerOdyssey ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Near Mint- ... $8.99
One of our favorite Ulmer records, probably because there's a nice groove running underneath most of the numbers, in a sort of post-Prime Time 80s out-funk sort of way. It never drops into a flat out back beat, but there's always some sense of time, while Ulmer's guitar and Charles Burnham's violin venture to and fro. The group is just a trio, and there's not too much of Blood's vocalizing going on on the eight pieces, which include "Little Red House", "Are you Glad To Be In America", "Election" and "Odyssey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Jody WatleyJody Watley ... CD
Universal, 1987. Used ... $2.99
The debut album from Jody Watley – an instant hit that became one of the biggest soul albums of the mid 80s! Jody stepped out from soul group Shalamar to work with producer Andre Cymone on a this set of tracks that set the blueprint for slick soul at the time – still very much in the bass and keys mode of Shalamar and other chart-topping acts of a few years back, but with more space for strong vocals in the lead. Titles include "Looking For A New Love", "Still A Thrill", "Some Kind Of Lover", "For The Girls", "Love Injection", "Do It To The Beat", "Don't You Want Me", "Most Of All", and "Learn To Say No", a duet with George Michael. Also includes an extended club version of "Looking For A New Love". CD

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Bruno ZambriniMia Moglie E' Una Bestia (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1988. New Copy ... $13.99
A crazy kind of soundtrack for a crazy kind of film – a late 80s Italian comedy about a guy who discovers a cavewoman and brings her back to live in contemporary Italy! The music is about as 80s as you can get – especially in the comedy style – upbeat, and playful – with lots of keyboard work that often leaps around in these colorful ways, usually with rhythm patterns underneath – sometimes slowed down at moments of greater tension or drama. The basslines are pretty bold, too – and the whole thing is definitely one of those film scores from the generation influenced strongly by Miami Vice and Beverly Hills Cop. CD features 25 tracks in all – plus notes in English and Italian. CD

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VariousBlock Rockin Breaks ... CD
Obsessive (UK), 1970s. Used ... $7.99
More rock breaks for beat diggers! While there has been a bit more focus on rock breaks lately in the quest for funky loops, samples and grooves, there's still a host of unearthed bits. Though many of the tracks on this compilation have been lifted and looped already, as the affinity between rap and rock goes all the way back to the very beginning, the familiarity doesn't detract a bit from the punch that brought the mixmasters to these sources in the first place! 14 tracks in all, from the hard and heavy to the more abstract! Including Billy Squier's "Big Beat", Atomic Rooster's "The Rock", The Turtles "I'm Chief Kamanawanalea", Rotary Connection's "Life Could", Free's "Mr Big", Grand Funk's "Nothing Is The Same", Jeff Beck's "Come Dancing" and Three Dog Night's "I Can Hear You Calling". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousDisco Boogie 2 – 23 Super Hits For Non-Stop Dancing ... LP
Salsoul, 1978. Very Good 2LP ... $6.99
A pretty great little album – a 2LP set that features 4 sides of Salsoul classics, mixed together! The "non-stop dancing" holds out for the course of each side – as as many as 6 tracks are mixed back to back, in classic 70s disco mode. Titles include "Moon Boots" by ORS, "West Side Encounter" by Salsoul Orchestra, "Black Party/I Can't Turn You Loose" by Anthony White, "The Beat Goes On & On" by Ripple, "It's Time To Twist" by Bunny Sigler, "Alpha Centuri" by Salsoul Orchestra, "Primitive Man" by Silvetti, "Dance A Little Bit Closer" by Charo, and "The Kings Of Clubs" by Chocolat. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has heavy edge wear.)

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VariousDown Town Albums Collection (Red Red Wine Vols 1 & 2/Blow Your Horn/Your Musical Doctor/bonus tracks) ... CD
Trojan/Doctor Bird (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A treasure trove of reggae, rocksteady, and blue beat work from the late 60s – all of it originally released under the guidance of producer Dandy – also a reggae artists of his own, with roots in Kingston, and working here with a big impact on the UK scene! The albums here were all originally issued on the Down Town imprint – a small sub label that Trojan Records gave to Dandy for his own projects – which resulted in the two killer compilations Red Red Wine volumes 1 and 2 – a great overview of some of the strongly soul-influenced sounds that were bubbling up in London at the time. Dandy himself is one of the key artists on the collection – and titles include "Move Your Mule", "I'm Your Puppet", "Reggae In Your Jeggae", "Got To Come Back", "Raining In My Heart", and "Can't Get Used To Losing You" by Dandy – plus "Red Red Wine" and "I'm Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got" by Tony Tribe, "Someday We'll Be Together" and "Love Me Tonight" by Audrey, "Lover's Question" and "Spreading Love" by Gene Rondo, "Lead Them" by Desmond Riley, "Games People Play" by The Israelites, and "Song Byrd" by Lyndon Johns. CD2 begins with the Trojan classic Blow Your Horn by Rico & The Rudies – a classic early album from Rico – the legendary Jamaican trombonist who's gotta be one of the few people who can pose with his instrument and still look pretty badass overall! That quality also comes through in Rico's music – a famous lead trombone sound on countless Jamaican recordings from the ska years onwards – really given some great time here in the spotlight on a set of tunes that soar out with lots of rough rocksteady rhythms! Rico blows strongly and soulfully – on titles that include "Rico's Message", "Niyah Man", "Caribbean Serenade", "Jumping The Gun", "Mighty Dan", "Session Begin", "Biafra", and "Quando Quando" – and the album also features some guest appearances on "The Lion" by Dandy, and on "Muma Muma" by The Israelites. Last up is Your Musical Doctor – a full album with Dandy as the lead singer on his own – with titles that include "Touch Of Poison", "Everybody Loves A Winner", "Gumption Feeling", "Meeting Over Yonder", "Here I Go Again", "Come On Home", and "Run Girl". 2CD set features 51 tracks in all – with a few more bonus tracks too! CD

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VariousGumba Fire – Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa (3LP set) ... LP
Soundway (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy 3LP Gatefold ... $31.99
Sweet electro grooves from the South African scene of the 80s – funky, soulful sides that are quite different than some of the nation's sounds that were getting bigger global play at the time! The 80s was a time of great worldwide awareness of the political struggles of South Africa and its people – and much of the musical exports were focused on righteous sounds that reflected that moment. Yet back at home, some of the biggest cuts were more playful and party-oriented – maybe provided as a respite from the challenges of society – as very clubby modes were an antidote to the hardship of life in New York. The grooves here are quite far from the sorts that Paul Simon and his compatriots were pushing up north – and much of this music is a fusion of 80s electro soul with more regional elements and maybe a bit of influence from the Caribbean – a bit like the clubby cross-cultural sounds from Paris at the start of the decade, but maybe a bit more gritty and beat-heavy overall. This set's one of the first to really dig deep into this generation for a global audience, and it's presented with the usual sense of care and history we've come to expect from Soundway Records – in a set of 15 tracks that include "My Brother" by The Survivals, "Mind Games" by Stimela, "Wayawaya" by Zoom, "Heartbeat" by Monwa & Sun, "Selallane" by Black Five, "Picnicing" by Starlight, "Africa" by Sabela, "Arrow Dub" by Zasha, "Listen To Me" by General Peter Maringa, and "She's Impossible" by Condry Ziqubu. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousNorthern Soul Story Vol 1 – The Twisted Wheel ... LP
Sony/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1960s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $43.99
Volume 1 of this incredible series – a treasure trove of 60s soul, all of it music that played big at the legendary Twisted Wheel! The club was one of the early hotbeds of Northern Soul activity in the UK – and the cuts here have a raw-edged, hard-grooving quality that showcases the mix of R&B and soul that was first going down in the scene – pulled together from a range of smaller label 45s, and presented by Ian Dewhirst with track-by-track notes, and some good memories from years back as well! Titles include "Hide & Go Seek" by Bunker Hill, "That's What I Want To Know" by James Carr, "No Sad Songs" by Oscar Toney, "My Elusive Dreams" by Moses & Joshua Dillard, "A Little Bit Of Something" by Little Richard, "It's The Beat" by Major Lance, "Look What You've Done To My Heart" by Shirley & The Shirelles, "The Cheater" by Bob Kuban & The In-Men, "Magic Potion" by Lou Johnson, "I Need Your Love So Desperately" by Peaches & Herb, "Breakin Down The Walls Of Heartache" by The Bandwagon, "Everybody's Going To The Love-In" by Bob Brady & The Con-Chords, and "You're Gonna Make Me Love You" by Sandi Sheldon. 25 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing on purple vinyl.)

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VariousRich Medina Presents Jump N Funk (with bonus 7" single) ... LP
BBE (UK), Mid 70s/Late 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 29.99
One of the coolest projects we've heard from Rich Medina in years – a killer compilation that brings together older Afro Funk tracks from the 70s with a big amount of cuts from more contemporary years – all with a blend that pushes the spirit of the continent way out into the cosmos! Medina's always been one of the most forward-thinking artists in the underground – and you can definitely hear that quality in this set – as Rich effortlessly steps back and forth in space and time, to create a unified sound that bristles with electricity, while still reveling in all the key acoustic elements from the 70s. Titles include "For The People" by Aquil, "Bango Fields" by Kutiman, "For Real (2011 edition Atjazz rmx)" by Atjazz, Olodumare" by Wale Oyejide, "Bushman" by Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, "Stalemate" by Fela & The Afrika 70, "Jungle Beat (Mutaba)" by Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes, "Soul Makossa" by Original Nairobi Afro Band, "Why Can't We Live Together (Sao Benitez BV dub)" by River Oceaon, and "Na Oil" by Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSuper Breaks 2 – Essential Jazz, Soul and Funk Breakbeats ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $9.99
Classic breaks – all the way through – the kind of sharp funky nuggets that have had a rich new life, thanks to their use in hip hop and club tracks in recent years! This may not be the most underground stuff in the world to those out there who've been digging through crates for funk and soul for the past ten years, but it is an exquisite compilation that features some of the best funky tracks used as samples by hip hoppers, nearly every one of them a famous cut that you'll probably recognize in a minute! Titles include "I Like It" by The Emotions, "Dance To The Drummer's Beat" by Herman Kelly, "Cramp Your Style" by All The People, "Hard Times" by Baby Huey, "Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth" by 24 Carat Black, "Kool Is Back" by Funk Inc, "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines, "Heaven & Hell" by 20th Century Steel Band, "Unhooked Generation" by Freda Payne, "Papa Was, Too" by Joe Tex, "Just A Groove In G" by Wilbur Bascomb & The Zodiac, "Be Thankful For What You Got" by William De Vaughn, and "You're Getting A Little Too Smart" by The Detroit Emeralds. 18 cuts in all! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Super Breaks 2 – Essential Jazz, Soul and Funk Breakbeats ... LP 19.99

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VariousSuper Breaks 2 – Essential Jazz, Soul and Funk Breakbeats ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99 22.99
Classic breaks – all the way through – the kind of sharp funky nuggets that have had a rich new life, thanks to their use in hip hop and club tracks in recent years! This may not be the most underground stuff in the world to those out there who've been digging through crates for funk and soul for the past ten years, but it is an exquisite compilation that features some of the best funky tracks used as samples by hip hoppers, nearly every one of them a famous cut that you'll probably recognize in a minute! Titles include "I Like It" by The Emotions, "Dance To The Drummer's Beat" by Herman Kelly, "Cramp Your Style" by All The People, "Hard Times" by Baby Huey, "Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth" by 24 Carat Black, "Kool Is Back" by Funk Inc, "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines, "Heaven & Hell" by 20th Century Steel Band, "Unhooked Generation" by Freda Payne, "Papa Was, Too" by Joe Tex, "Just A Groove In G" by Wilbur Bascomb & The Zodiac, "Be Thankful For What You Got" by William De Vaughn, and "You're Getting A Little Too Smart" by The Detroit Emeralds. 18 cuts in all! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Super Breaks 2 – Essential Jazz, Soul and Funk Breakbeats ... CD 9.99

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VariousVinyl Exams ... LP
Sony, 2000. Near Mint- 2LP ... $9.99
Nice comp of old school cuts: Schoolly D "PSK What Does It Mean?", Ultramag "Ego Trippin", Fearless Four "Rockin It", Treacherous Three "Body Rock", Just Ice "Going Way Back", Steady B "Bring The Beat Back", Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud "Girls I Got 'Em Locked", fat Boys "Stick 'Em", Roxanne Shante & Biz Mark "Def Fresh Crew", Sweet Tee & Jazzy Joyce "It's My Beat", Run DMC "Peter Piper" and Fresh 3 MCs "Fresh". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has bent corners and promo sticker.)

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VariousVinyl Make Me Funky – 70 Minutes Of Dopeness – Mixed By DJ Koco aka Shimokita ... CD
Octave (Japan), 1980s. New Copy ... $28.99
A very cool trip through the world of 80s hip hop – particularly the hippest tracks from labels that include Fresh, Sleeping Bag, Warlock, B-Boy, and Idlers Records – all laid out here in a non-stop mix that's almost 70 minutes long! The package pulls together classics from the mid 80s east coast scene, plus some lesser-known album cuts too – and DJ Koko has a great way of keeping things focused on the core of most tunes, while also really making the records leap from the decks throughout the mix. 38 tracks in all – including "Tall Dark & Handsome" by Tall Dark & Handsome, "B Boy Document" by Krown Rulers, "Strong Island (blue mix)" by JVC Force, "You Can't Break B Boys" by Baby Doll, "Bridge Is Over" by Boogie Down Productions, "Going Way Back" by Just Ice, "Let's Jam (inst)" by DJ Mate & The Latin MCs, "It's Yours" by T La Rock & Jazzy Jay, "Can't Get Enough" by Soul Dimension, "The Bronx Is Back" by Tall Dark & Handsome, "Back To The Beat" by Todd Terry, "Free Flow" by Just Ice, "Hardcore Hip Hop" by Mantronix, "Get Retarded" by MC EZ & Troup, and "Soul Food" by Tuff Crew. CD

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VariousWord 2 ... LP
Jive, Late 80s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A nice sampling of the Jive label, back when they were the biggest major in hip hop. Tracks feature "Bring The Beat Back" by Steady B, "My Philosophy" by BDP, "Coqui 900" by Schooly D, "It's Fresh" by Ms. Melodie, "How Ya Like Me Now" by Kool Moe Dee, and "I'm Def" by Whodini. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsMelting Pot ... CD
Stax, 1970. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever from Booker T & The MGs – and very different than their early work! The record has Book & Co taking off with a stretched-out jazzy sound – carving expanded grooves that are filled with sweet organ solos, choppy guitar riffs, and some incredibly tight rhythm lines – more than enough to make this set a standout in the collection of any beat digger! Includes the massive "Melting Pot" – an oft-sampled jam that runs for over 8 minutes long – plus "LA Jazz Song", which features amazingly tight guitar work from Steve Cropper, and the nice cuts "Fuquawi" and "Chicken Pox". Other titles include "Back Home", "Sunny Monday", and "Hi Ride". CD

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✨✧ Hugh Masekela & OthersHugh Masekela Presents The Chisa Years 1965 to 1976 – Rare & Unreleased ... LP
Chisa/BBE (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint- 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A decade's worth of groundbreaking funk and African rhythms – all of it recorded by Hugh Masekela for his legendary Chisa label! Back in the 60s, Hugh cracked the American charts with a playful version of South African jazz – but he was also an even hipper cat than you'd guess from his hits, and worked with a variety of incredible acts to expand his sound – a good number of whom ended up recording for Hugh on the Chisa label, in a unique blend of American soul and African inspiration that was years ahead of its time! The Chisa sound was one of the first true forays into pan-global grooving – and it brought the sounds of Africa to the American mainstream at a level that few had managed before. Some groups were unique projects done for record – like the Johannesburg Street Band, which featured members of The Crusaders alongside Masekela – but others featured a variety of ex-patriots living in the US, with key singers and players who shine brightly under Hugh's guidance. This set really digs deep, and offers up some of the most heavily African-tuned tracks from Chisa's catalog – 14 titles that include "Witch Doctor" and "Ahvuomo" by Baranta with Miatta Fahinbulleh, "Joala" and "Za Labalaba" by The Zulus, "Awe Mfana" by Johannesburg Street Band, "Macongo" and "U Se Mcani" by Letta Mbulu, "Tepo" by Baranta, "Aredze" by The Zulus, "Mahlalela" by Letta Mbulu, and "Afro Beat Blues" by Ojah with Hugh Masekela. LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent pressing.)
Also available Hugh Masekela Presents The Chisa Years 1965 to 1976 – Rare & Unreleased ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Naughty By NatureOPP (voc, inst)/Wickedest Man Alive (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Tommy Boy, 1991. Near Mint- (pic cover)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ahh, this takes us way back to 1991 when this track ruled the airwaves as the hip hop anthem of the summer. Maybe hip hop's changed a lot since then, but we still don't mind hearing this one again, with that infectious Jackson 5 sample that never gets old to our ears, and neither does Naughty By Nature's straight ahead on the beat rhyme style. One of the great call-and-response chart hip hop classics of all time with a nice stripped down, reggae inflected b-side, too! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Pete RockNY's Finest ... CD
Nature Sounds, 2008. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pete Rock returns with his inimitable soul beat style – from hard funk, to solid soul, to some airier, jazzy bits – all with the personal touch of not only one of NY's Finest , but one of best hip hop beatmakers who ever lived! Pete's supported on the mic by a diverse crew of MCs, including Styles P, Redman, Raekwon & Masta Killa, Doo Wop, Royal Flush, Jim Jones and many more. Soul Brother #1 has been flying the flag for a true school hip hop aesthetic his entire career – finding a soul funk groove that's still unrivaled – and the MCs are for the most part bringing some blunt, serious game to the proceedings. Titles include "We Roll" feat Jim Jones & Max B, "Till I Retire", "914" feat Styles P & Sheek Louch, "Best Believe" feat Redman & LD, "Don't Be Mad", "Bring Yall Back" feat Little Brother, "The Best Secret" feat Lords Of The Underground, "The PJs" feat Masta Killa & Raekwon, "Let's Go" feat Doo Wop, "Comprehend" feat Papoose and more. CD

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✨✧ Pete RockPetestrumentals ... CD
BBE (UK), 2001. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mad bit of funk from the great Pete Rock! Pete's easily one of the best hip hop producers of the past decade – and this album's a sublime batch of instrumental tracks that focuses on his talent for remaking an older groove. The set's one of the first on BBE's groundbreaking Beat Generation label – and it's an important blend of downtempo grooves, hip hop, and classic styles of funk! A great listen all the way through – and with tracks that include "A Little Soul", "Cake", "The Boss", "Pete's Jazz", "Smooth Sailing", "Something Funky", and "Back On The Block". CD
(Out of print, case has some light edgewear.)
Also available Petestrumentals ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Pointer SistersSo Excited ... LP
Planet, 1982. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweet one from The Pointer Sisters – with an opening track that's permanently tattooed to the memory of just about anyone who lived through the era, but better than that, a bunch of great songs that are comparably slept on all these years later! So Excited is a great example of a very solid set of period soulful grooves that you might be tempted to pass on due to extreme exhaustion from the biggest hit – don't do that! There's some great stuff here! The single "I'm So Excited" lit up the early 80s, but this album actually isn't the biggest Pointer Sisters hit of the era, and it's worthy stuff to say the least! Dancefloor ready midtempo groovers with big choruses and insistent grooves galore. Titles include "I'm So Excited", "See How The Love Goes", "Heart Beat", "All Of You", "If You Wanna Get Back Your Lady", "Heart To Heart" and "American Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Billy TaylorTaylor Made Jazz ... LP
Argo, Late 50s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Think what you want about Taylor, this session's a nice little cooker that was cut around the same time as Argo's famous hard swing sets by Paul Gonsalves, Jimmy Woode, and Clark Terry – possibly the same time as those sessions, as they all seem to overlap personnel and mood quite a bit. This one's got more than a few Ellingtonians in tow – including Gonsalves, Terry, Earl May, Ed Thigpen, and Harry Carney – but the mode of swinging is shorter and harder, with all tracks written by Taylor. Titles include "Tune For Tex", "Cu Blu", "Biddy's Beat", "Theodora", and "Mood For Mendes". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo on rainbow colored vinyl! Cover has split seams, aging, and some marker and a DJ Copy stamp on back.)

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✨✧ TyUpwards ... LP
Big Dada (UK), 2003. Near Mint- 3LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The eagerly awaited second LP from British MC Ty, with a fluid delivery and soulful vibe that has one foot firmly in hip hop and the other in newer grooves, as there's more than a few numbers on here showing a decidedly West London influence. The tracks that hew closer to the traditional hip hop grain have an uncluttered, stripped down sound some with a breezy modern soul vibe that reminds us of Peven Everett, and the more broken beat sounding tracks dovetail nicely with Ty's smooth rhyme style. Many of the tracks feature backing by a live band, one of them featuring Tony Allen, and though we don't often get open on the hip hop/live band hybrid, Ty and co-producer Drew manage to keep things bangin' nicely. 16 cuts in all, counting the skits, including "Wait A Minute", "I Want 2", "Ha Ha", "The Willing", "Groovement (Part 1)", Ttaking It Back", "Inner Love (Samba)" and "Music 2 Fly 2". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Babe WallaceDizengoff (one sided single) ... 7-inch
Blue Beat (Germany), Late 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mad groover from Babe Wallace – mixing surprisingly raucous R&B with a big band-sized orchestrations, wild vocals and an incredibly hip late 60s sound! It's a wild one, but totally infectious, almost the kind of thing you might expect to hearing backing some of the hippest, mod-era soul or pop – but the vocals roll from Yiddish to English, and back, giving it a oddball charm that's really unlike anything anything else! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousAtlanta Soul – Soulful Kinship From The Phoenix City ... CD
Unisex (UK), 2005. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A deep deep deep collection of work from the fountainhead of Neo Soul – and proof that the south has been giving the world a heck of a lot more than hip hop over the past few years! The Atlanta scene first started bubbling again back in the late 90s – and the city was one of the first to really give us some of the best early work of the Neo Soul generation. Since that time, the scene's really been one to watch – as a variety of great artists in many styles have been helping and supporting each other's own work – making for one of the strongest and most creative musical environments since the Detroit soul scene of the 60s! As usual, the folks at Unisex have done a great job of picking the best from all aspects of the city's scene – and this CD version features a total of 15 tracks that includes "Ain't Nothing Wrong" by Laurnea, "Do You Know (Danny Krivit edit)" by Donnie, "Love Is" by Slick & Rose, "Simple" by India Arie, "Hello Goodbye" by Van Hunt, "Spittin Game" by Anthony David, "If" by Heston, "Solar Love" by Sol Uprising, "Why I Love You" by Prefuse 73 with Jenny Vasquez, "Hard Twelve" by Beat Assailant, "Open Your Eyes" by Seek, "Your Love" by Michael Johnson, and "I Realised (extended mix)" by Jiva. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ DaktarisSoul Explosion ... LP
Desco/Daptone, 1998. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest grooves from the legendary Desco Records years – a brilliant album of modern Afro Funk done by The Daktaris – in a groove that's just as hard-hitting as any of Fela's work from the 70s! The album was one of the first to bring back an older African style to current funk – and even years later, it's still one of the best examples of the sound – a razor-sharp session that helped set the stage for better-known Antibalas work to come! Percussion and guitar is super-heavy throughout – produced with that bare-bones Desco style, and handled in a way that makes you think the record might be some treasure from mid 70s Nigeria – a trick the label tried to pull when it was released! Cuts include a cover of Fela's "Upside Down", James Brown's "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose", and the originals "Super Afro-Beat", "Daktari Walk", "Voodoo Soul Stew", and "Quiet Man Is A Dead Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Remastered pressing – with download!)

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✨✧ Dancefloor StompersLibrerie Musicali ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A cool little funky group – one that's so influenced by the sound library scene of the 70s, they even styled this album like one of those records from back in the day! The tunes are almost all instrumental – heavy on drums and funky basslines, and filled with guitar, organ, electric piano, and lots of other groovy touches – all with a very strong 70s vibe in the overall approach and production! Things are nice and simple – and these guys avoid some of the cliches of other groups who go for this territory, but maybe push too hard. Titles include "Rapina Alla Brinks", "Pop Shake Beat", "4 Dita E Una Pistola", "Country Ride & Boat Chase", "Double Pimp", "Romance", and "Armando's Walk". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Art Farmer & Benny Golson JazztetHere & Now ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is on trombone – adding his hip horn to the wonderful frontline of Benny Golson on tenor and Art Farmer on trumpet and flugelhorn. And given that the rhythm group also features Harold Mabern on piano, you can bet there's a freshness here that can't be beat – a sound and energy that's kept this one at the top of our stack for many many years. Mabern and Moncur contribute two of the best tracks – "Richie's Dilemma" and "Sonny's Back" – and other titles include "Whisper Not", "Tonk", "Rue Prevail", and "Ruby My Dear". CD

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✨✧ Herbie HancockFuture Shock ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
The future is now! Or at least it seemed to be back in 1983 when Herbie teamed up with Bill Laswell to record this classic album of computer-driven keyboard grooves! Whatever you might think of the music, the record was a genius move for Herbie – who was kind of flopping around in a number of different styles on previous albums, most of which we like, but none of which seemed to earn him the same cred as his albums in the 70s. Well this one not only earned him plenty of cred, but also a lot of cash, and continued assurance to Columbia that their contract with Herbie was well-placed – and it certainly cast Bill Laswell into the spotlight as well, given that his efforts really provided the core of the album. Tracks include "Rockit", "Earth Beat", "Future Shock", "Autodrive", and "Rough". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Future Shock ... CD 2.99

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✨✧ Incredible Bongo BandBongo Rock (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pride/Universal (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A landmark album that is perhaps the single most influential beat source in hip hop! The record was the brainchild of bongo player Michael Viner – who also happened to be running the Pride subsidiary of MGM at the time. Viner's got a meeeeeean touch on the bongo, hitting it hard and funky like the best 70s conga players – and his approach to the instrument is kind of like a funky update of popular instrumental styles laid down on guitar by The Ventures or on moog by Hot Butter. This album features the classics "Apache" and "Bongo Rock" – both with monster funky breakdowns that showed up on a heck of a lot of hip hop records over the years – plus loads of other goodies like "Last Bongo In Belgium" and "Bongolia". Excellent stuff – and darn hard to find! (We can still remember how stunned we were when we found our first copy in a Canadian record store back in 1987 – and even then we had to pay plenty!) Japanese reissue version includes 4 bonus tracks – "Sing Sing Sing", "Kiburi (part 1)", "Satisfaction", and "Last Bongo In Belgium (breakers mix)". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)
Also available Bongo Rock (180 gram deluxe 40th anniversary edition) ... LP 23.99

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✨✧ J DillaLost Tapes, Reels & More EP ... LP
Mahogani, Early/Mid 2000s/2013. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Thumpingly playful, spacey and funky beatcraft from the J Dilla archives – a packed couple sides of short, instantaneously addictive material – great stuff that does the Dilla legacy proud! Lost Tapes, Reels & More is Dilla at his most insistent – with one memorable beat heavy blast after another. There's a lot of sampled vocal bits on this one, too, but beyond that, this is Dilla as beatmaker and producer – and in peak form! A very worthy release on Moodymann's Mahagoni label. 20 short(ish) tracks on 2 sides: "I'm Back Nick", "Dilla Beats II", "Token Jazz Hour", ""3 Round The Corner", "Here We Go Again", "Sessions 4", "73 Soundtrack", "Videogame 1", Clap 4 Me", "Aahhh", "Licking", "Still Laffin", "Go Get Em" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ RamonesRamones (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sire, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The birth of punk rock as a bonafide genre, and not only that, a record that changed the rules – stripping rock and roll back down raw essentials – and unwittingly appearing as one of the greatest rock albums ever made. Given the stripped, buzzing simplicity, it's impossible to describe this record without sounding like a blow hard, but you really can't overstate what these four goony guys from Queens accomplished. 30-odd years of the most visceral pop music concentrated into 2 minute, 3 chord blasts of beautiful sonic catharsis – and they could barely even play! It's astonishing. Thanks boys! Tracks include "Blitzkrieg Bop", "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", "Beat On The Brat", "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue", "I Don't Wanna Around With You", "Loudmouth", and "Today Your Love Tomorrow The World". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Louie VegaNYC Disco ... CD
Nervous, 2018. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The mighty Louie Vega pays tribute to the New York scene that gave him a start – and which he helped transform with his classic club work of the past few decades! The set's a fantastic celebration of the spirit of disco, but is delivered with a very contemporary vibe – not straight house, but that warmer blend of the music that first started hitting the Paradise scene in the second half of the 80s – when folks weren't afraid to go back and borrow some of the best moments of the 70s, and work them into leaner grooves for the new generation. Vega was a key part of that generation – and there's a spirit here that's very much in keeping with his early Masters At Work material, especially when it got collaborative – as the record features work from guests, and a lot of classic tracks that are transformed in Vega's hands. Louie mixes lots of new music with his remixes – so the album is quite different than a remix record – and new guests include Josh Milan, The Martinez Brothers, Patrick Adams, Anane, Rochelle Fleming, Barbara Tucker, DJ Jazzy Jeff, and Tony Touch – amidst older work by John Davis, Sylvester, Luther Vandross, Rhyze, Greg Henderson, and Klassique. 27 tracks in all – including "Rebel Nation" by Louie Vega with Patrick Adams & Cloud Two, "He Promised Me" by Bebe Winans, "Love Having You Around" by Louie Vega, "Get Myself Together (Louie Vega rmx)" by Luther Vandross, "Dreamin (Louie Vega rmx)" by Greg Henderson, "This Beat Is Mine" by Vicky D, "Cosmic Disco" by Dub Disco Band, "Get With The Funk" by Louie Vega, "Dance (Disco Heat) (Louie Vega rmx)" by Sylvester", "Somebody's Loving You (Ray Reid 12" mix)" by Klassique, "Let's Do It (Louie Vega interpretation)" by Leroy Burgess & Convention, and "Gotta Get Outta Here" by Lucy Hawkins. CD

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✨✧ Gene DunlapIt's Just The Way I Feel/Party In Me ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two Capitol classics from the great Gene Dunlap – back to back on a single CD! First up is It's Just The Way I Feel – a classic soulful fusion album recorded and released during the crucial years of the "Capitol Rare" sound! Gene Dunlap is a jazz drummer at heart – but he's got a flair for the modern soul song – and in the same style as Norman Connors or Harvey Mason before him, he manages to put together a strong record of grooves and ballads from behind the kit! The strongest point of the record is work by The Ridgeways, a female soul trio who sing on the best tracks, giving them a smooth Jones Girls-ish kind of sound. The album includes two modern soul classics – "Before You Break My Heart" and "It's Just the Way I Feel" – plus "Love Dancin", "Rock Radio", "I Got You", and "Surest Things Can Change". Party In Me is wonderful work from Gene Dunlap – a jazzy soul drummer, and also a maestro with a killer ear for a modern soul groove! The album's got a mix of grooves and sophistication that are a bit like the best early 80s material from Roy Ayers – never chartbound, and never too commercial – but nice and tight, and really well put together! The instrumentation has plenty of jazzy 80s groove touches – especially in the keyboards – and Dunlap does a nice job of balancing up beat tracks with the mellow moments we love so much in his work. Vocals are from a variety of singers – including the great Ethel Beatty, who'd sung with Roy Ayers – plus Phillippe Wynne, Pam Lawson, and Gene himself – and titles include "Something Inside My Head", "Something Special", "Corner Pocket", "There Will Never Be Another (Like You)", "Party In Me", "Jam City", and "This One's On Me". CD

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✨✧ LimonadaLimonada ... LP
Sondor/Lion, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An amazing little record from the free-thinking scene in Uruguay at the end of the 60s – a strange mix of styles, but a brilliant one too! Limonada only ever cut this one record, but it's a real masterpiece – a blend of 60s beat group instrumentation, candomble rhythms, and some of the headier styles floating around the Brazilian and Peruvian scenes at the time – modes that were experimental, but always playful, and are handled here by Limonada in a sound that's instantly appealing, no matter what your language or politics! The record has a tremendously groovy sound from the very start – a compressed, slightly psychedelic sound that features lots of weird twists and turns, but always moves back into a straightforward groove in the nick of time. The production alone is worth the price of admission – at a level similar too, but rougher than, some of the Tropicalia work of the time – and titles include "Ojos Que Miran Lejos", "Pies Descalzos", "Lejos Estas", "Barrio De Casas Bajas", "Veo Luz En La Ventana", "Cambiar La Rosa", and "Viejo Tambor". Deluxe reissue package too – heavy vinyl and cover, and an insert with notes! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Slum VillageFantastic Vol 1 ... LP
Long Player/Ne'Astra, 1997. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Slum Village's legendary Fantastic Vol 1 – one of the most sought-after hip hop albums of the era – with the most rugged-and-raw Jay Dee production on record! Honestly, we're left pretty close to speechless by how tightly these tracks hold up. This is indeed the template for so many great Dilla productions to come, but it's much more than merely that. While the MCs may not spin the most revolutionary rhymes in the world, the way the mics so deftly fill the deceptively spare production is nothing short of masterful. To put it another way, this genuinely lives up to the legend. This is the 2LP version with 24 in all: "Keep It On (This Beat)","Forth & Back","Beej N Dem", "Hoc N Pucky", "Give This N***a", "Players", "I Don't Know", "Look Of Love (Rmx)", "2 You 4 You", "How We BullS**t", "Estimate" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousWe Out Here ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
London is exploding again with fantastic music – and this time around, it's the city's jazz underground that comes forward to remind us what a unique musical crossroads the city can be! The work here represents an incredible new scene that's pushing boundaries all over again – not the avant jazz of London improvisers, nor the electric sounds of the broken beat world, or retro funk of another scene – but fantastic acoustic jazz that at one level brings back deeper spiritual sounds from generations back, but at another flings forward its sounds with inspiration that will be setting the standard for years to come. We've only had a few of these artists on record before, and together they work beautifully as a strong new proclamation of talent – on titles that include "Once" by Nubya Garcia, "Inside The Acorn" by Maisha, "Pure Shade" by Ezra Collective, "The Balance" by Moses Boyd, "Brockley" by Theon Cross, "Walls" by Triforce, "Black Skin Black Masks" by Shabaka Hutchings, "Go See" by Joe Armon Jones, and "Abusey Junction" by Kokoroko. CD

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✨✧ VariousWe Out Here ... LP
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
London is exploding again with fantastic music – and this time around, it's the city's jazz underground that comes forward to remind us what a unique musical crossroads the city can be! The work here represents an incredible new scene that's pushing boundaries all over again – not the avant jazz of London improvisers, nor the electric sounds of the broken beat world, or retro funk of another scene – but fantastic acoustic jazz that at one level brings back deeper spiritual sounds from generations back, but at another flings forward its sounds with inspiration that will be setting the standard for years to come. We've only had a few of these artists on record before, and together they work beautifully as a strong new proclamation of talent – on titles that include "Once" by Nubya Garcia, "Inside The Acorn" by Maisha, "Pure Shade" by Ezra Collective, "The Balance" by Moses Boyd, "Brockley" by Theon Cross, "Walls" by Triforce, "Black Skin Black Masks" by Shabaka Hutchings, "Go See" by Joe Armon Jones, and "Abusey Junction" by Kokoroko. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Arthur BlytheDa Da/Basic Blythe ... CD
Columbia/Beat Goes On (UK), 1986/1988. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A pair of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – back to back in a single set! Da Da is a set that mixes some of the sharper edges of Blythe's earlier records with a few more contemporary touches – but always at a level that still has the reedman standing far from the mainstream! The core group here features Olu Dara on trumpet, Cecil McBee on bass, John Hicks on piano, and Bobby Battle on drums – and on the acoustic tracks, there's some great energy between them that soars with a soulful spirit birthed in the loft jazz years, maybe swung a bit straighter than before. A few other tunes add in some extra elements – an electric bass on one number, some light strings on another – but the core of the album still has a magnificent focus on that tone that Blythe had only perfected even more on records like this, especially on the more laidback numbers, which come as a real surprise, and reflect a ballad style we might not have guessed in the early days. Titles include "Odessa", "Esquinas", "After Paris", "Crescent", and "Break Time". Next up is Basic Blythe – not exactly basic work from Arthur Blythe, as the set features an added string ensemble too – but a record that certainly has the saxophonist really hitting a whole new level of genius! There's a great core group here – with John Hicks on piano, Anthony Cox on bass, and Bobby Battle on drums – and the strings are added in around the edges, never getting to much in the way of the combo energy, but also fleshing out the sound with this beautiful richness that only seems to enhance the sharp tone of Arthur's alto sax! The arrangements are great, too – hardly the usual "with strings" material, and instead very creative – with this mix of soul and sophistication that reminds us a bit of the Bill Lee scores for early Spike Lee films, but even longer and with the key addition of Blythe in the lead. Titles include "Lenox Avenue Breakdown", "Faceless Woman", "Ruby My Dear", "Heart To Heart", and "As Of Yet". CD

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✨✧ DJ SpinnaHere To There ... LP
Beat Generation (UK), 2003. Near Mint- 2LP ... Out Of Stock
BBE keeps up their flawless track record, propping up yet another of hip hop's finest producers in their terrific Beat Generation series, this time spotlighting the man who's name graced every other dope underground single from the late 90s onward. And as you might hope for, he's fully in his element here, spanning the full spectrum of modern beat wizardry, but with his signature touch on the filtered samples and smooth, tight beats – a sound that looks back on the sophisticated fusion of CTI, Dexter Wansel and the Mizell Brothers and integrates it into contemporary soul and hip hop deftly. Guest spots read like a new groove who's who, with everyone from longtime collaborators like Apani B Fly, Ticklah and The Jigmastas to members of Soulive and Shaun Escoffery taking a turn. 16 tracks in all, including "Drive", "Tune You Out", "Galactic Soul", "Idols", "All Up In It", "You Got To Live", "Rock (Unplugged)", "Fly Or Burn", "Music In Me (Come Alive)" and "The Originator". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves.)

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✨✧ Georgie Fame & The Blue FlamesFame At Last (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fame at last – and well-deserved fame too, because young Georgie's working here in a style that's unlike anybody else! The album's a brilliant mix of jazz, soul, and R&B – all filtered through a mod sort of London freshness, as early proof that the city could always take some great things from our own musical roots, and feed it back to us with a whole new flavor! Georgie's no copycat here, though – and the sound is instantly Fame-like – a style that's really not the sort that any Americans were doing at the time, and certainly never this well. Hard-burning Hammond colors most of the tunes here – played with a tightly vamping quality – but it's Georgie's charmingly crackling vocals that really win us over! Titles include "Gimme That Wine", "Pink Champagne", "Monkeying Around", "Green Onions", "Let The Sunshine In", "Get On The Right Track Baby", "I'm In The Mood For Love", and "I Love The Life I Live". CD also features 9 more bonus tracks – including "Yeh Yeh", "Preach & Teach", "Tom Hark Goes Blue Beat", "Madness", "Bend A Little", "Do Re Mi", and "One Whole Year Baby". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
Also available Fame At Last (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 18.99

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✨✧ Art Farmer & Benny Golson JazztetHere & Now ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is on trombone – adding his hip horn to the wonderful frontline of Benny Golson on tenor and Art Farmer on trumpet and flugelhorn. And given that the rhythm group also features Harold Mabern on piano, you can bet there's a freshness here that can't be beat – a sound and energy that's kept this one at the top of our stack for many many years. Mabern and Moncur contribute two of the best tracks – "Richie's Dilemma" and "Sonny's Back" – and other titles include "Whisper Not", "Tonk", "Rue Prevail", and "Ruby My Dear". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieSchool Days ... LP
Regent/Savoy, 1951. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A bebop classic from Dizzy Gillespie – a full album comprised of some famous 78s recorded for the Savoy label at the start of the 50s – the kind of hard-grooving material that made Diz a fan favorite right from the start! There's some nice use of vocals in the mix – not just from Dizzy, but also from Joe Carroll as well – an overlooked vocalese genius from the early days of bebop – not as well-known as Eddie Jefferson or King Pleasure, but working here in a very similar spirit! Diz sings with Joe a bit too, and other players include JJ Johnson on trombone, Milt Jackson on vibes, Bill Graham on alto and baritone sax, and Wynton Kelly on piano. Cuts include "Bopsie's Blues", "School Days", "We Love To Boogie", "Umbrella Man", "I Couldn't Beat The Rap", "Pop's Confession", and "Lady Be Good". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Regent pressing with a deep groove and RVG etch. Cover has some splitting in the top seam and a small stain on back.)

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✨✧ Mitsuru OgawaClub Jazz Definitive 1984 to 2015 (paperback) ... Book
Ele-King (Japan), 2015. New Copy Book ... Out Of Stock
A comprehensive guide to the club jazz sound of the past 25 years or so – that sweet blend of jazzy roots and contemporary rhythms that first sprung to life in London at the end of the 80s – then grew through dancefloors on the German, Italian, and Japanese scenes of the next decade – as well as work from the American scene too! The book offers a deep discography of all the best work in this mode – from early releases on labels like Acid Jazz, Mo Wax, and Ninja Tune – through the big wave of excellent indie sides from the late 90s, as the London scene gave us broken beat, Germany gave us Compost and Sonar Kollektive, Tokyo gave us UFO and Nobokazu Takemura, and Italy gave us Schema and Right Tempo – then the whole thing went back to basics in the 21st Century, as a range of acoustic combos renewed the music from around the globe! But there's also a lot of surprising strands here, too – and the book offers up hundreds of listings – each with full color cover images, titles and dates in English – and a small review of the record in Japanese. The format is similar to other Japanese discographies we stock – with more than enough content for English speakers – and the book is almost 300 pages in length, and very thorough. Book

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✨✧ T La RockLyrical King (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Octave (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A well-titled set from the lyrical king – the mighty T La Rock, one of the key mid 80s MCs who helped introduce a whole new level of sophistication to hip hop! T La Rock maybe never hit the heights of KRS-One, Rakim, or other contemporaries – but this set has all the sharp fire and intensity that made that moment of new creativity so great – from the edgey production work and scratches by Louie Lou, to the extra help from Mantronik, and even the album's early appearances by Special K and MC Serch – which further the sense of collaboration from the streets that made some of the Fresh Records sets so great. Titles include "Lyrical King", "Back To Burn", "Three Minutes Of Beat Box", "Bust These Lyrics", "This Beat kicks", "Big Beat In London", and "It's Time To Chill". CD features bonus tracks – "It's Yours (12" radio)", "Breakdown (12" mix)", "He's Incredible (12" mix)", "Breaking Bells (12" mix)", "Bass Machine (12" mix)", "Love Blind (12" mix)", and "Runaway (12" voc)". CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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✨✧ Gabriel TajeuIntroduction To Gabriel Tajeu ... CD
Legere (France), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great introduction to the voice of Gabriel Tajeu – a singer who has this way of grabbing us right from the very first note, with a vibe that's classic enough to have made him huge way back in the 70s! Gabriel's music has a sound that's as sunny as the image on the cover – a style that reflects both his roots in Alabama, and his handling here by an overseas funk label – a mixing of modes that's maybe even greater than the sum of its parts, and served up at a level that's mighty fresh! Tajeu sings in a way that slides right into the lyric beautifully, and the backings are often light, but with a slight sense of groove – slightly jazzy around the edges to warm things up and maybe point just slightly towards 70s AOR territory. Titles include "Down To The Wire", "Raindrops", "Weight Of The World", "Someone To Love", "Sunday's Best", "The Beat Goes On", and "All I Want Is You". CD also features five bonus acoustic versions of songs on the album. CD

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✨✧ Babe WallaceDizengoff (one sided single) ... 7-inch
Blue Beat (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A mad groover from Babe Wallace – mixing surprisingly raucous R&B with a big band-sized orchestrations, wild vocals and an incredibly hip late 60s sound! It's a wild one, but totally infectious, almost the kind of thing you might expect to hearing backing some of the hippest, mod-era soul or pop – but the vocals roll from Yiddish to English, and back, giving it a oddball charm that's really unlike anything anything else! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousGiant Single – The Profile Records Rap Anthology (colored vinyl) (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Profile, Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The Profile Records label may be best-remembered as the initial home of Run DMC – but back in the day, the company was one of the top imprints on the New York scene – and one of the few who could be a bit bigtime, yet still keep the right sort of ears to the ground! The selection here certainly lives up to that legacy – as the music is filled with some overlooked treasures, mixed with a few key classics – all to serve up a perfect portrait of the hip hop underground as it was really breaking out and moving up! Titles include "Genius Rap" by Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde, "Whip Rap" by Disco Four, "Word Of Mouth" by King Kut, "A Fly Guy" by Pebblee Poo, "Fresh" by Fresh 3 MCs, "Beat Bop" by Rammelzee Vs K-Rob, "Nightmares" by Dana Dane, "Get Off My Tip" by Masterdon Committee, "Lies Lies" by Rap-O-Matic, "It's My Beat" by Sweet Tee & Jazzy Joyce, "Drag Rap" by The Showboys, "Here Comes That Beat" by Pumpkin & The Profile All-Stars, and "Sucker MCs (Krush Groove 1)" by Run-DMC. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing – includes download!)
 
 
 



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