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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 ... $5.99 16.99
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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OV WrightI Want Everyone To Know/I'm Gonna Forget About You ... 7-inch
Back Beat, Late 60s. Very Good ... $0.99
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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
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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 ... Out Of Stock
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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Count BasieBasie's Beat ... LP
Verve, 1965. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A really wonderful back to basics session for Basie – featuring arrangements by longtime band members Frank Foster, Erick Dixon, Bobby Plater, and Thad Jones! The set also features vocals on 2 tracks by bluesy vocalist Richard Boone – a singer with a really great scatting approach – but overall, the real strength is the horn section, particularly Al Aarons, Dixon, and Eddie Lockjaw Davis – who all get in some very nice solo work. Tracks are mostly older numbers, Basie-ized – and played with a laidback tone that's a real contrast from the higher energy early 60s recordings. Titles include "Squeeze Me", "Frankie & Johnny", "Boone's Blues", "I Got Rhythm", and "Hey Jim". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Art BlakeyBig Beat ... LP
Blue Note, 1960. Very Good+ ... $99.99
One of the greatest Art Blakey Blue Note sessions of all time – and perhaps one of the greatest to realize the genius of the Jazz Messengers lineup that included Lee Morgan on trumpet, Wayne Shorter on tenor, and Bobby Timmons on piano! The trio of young talents are at the height of their early soulful powers here – working with Blakey and bassist Jymie Merritt in a set of tunes that are overflowing with expressive solos, unusual timings, and the Blakey genius for mixing bold statements with personally introspective moments. Nearly every track on the record's a classic – and titles include an early version of Bobby Timmons' "Dat Dere", plus Wayne Shorter's beautiful tunes "Lester Left Town", "Chess Players", and "Sakeena's Vision". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo 63rd Street pressing with deep groove, RVG Stereo stamp, and ear. Labels have some fading and discoloration from age. Cover has some gloss peel at the opening held down with clear tape, small seam splits, and some aging on back.)

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Ray ColumbusNow You Shake – The Definitive Beat, R&B, Pop, & Psych Recordings 1963 to 1969 ... CD
RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 13.99
A great collection of work from Ray Columbus – a New Zealand rocker of mid 60s vintage, but one who works here with mod sounds to rival much bigger names in London at the time! The collection begins with a core set of work by Ray Columbus & The Invaders – a super-sharp combo who have this sense of energy and fire that's a bit like Paul Revere & The Raiders, but more tuned towards beat group sounds – boundless energy that makes the rest of the combo a perfect fit for Ray's spirited lead vocals. The set then moves into solo material that Columbus recorded on his own, and with groups The Challenge, The Art Collection, and Fire – all with stylistic shifts that follow some of the British forays into trippier sounds after the initial beat boom – or some more compelling, more sophisticated material that Columbus really carries off well as a solo act. Titles include "She's A Mod", "I'm Finding Out", "She's Back Again", "Till We Kissed", "We Want A Beat", "In Memory Of Today", "Happy In A Sad Kind Of Way", "Los Angeles", "I'm Good For You", "Polka Dot Resistance", "Kick Me", and "East Pinkerton Street". CD

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Tito RodriguezWest Side Beat ... LP
United Artists, 1961. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Ostensibly another West Side Story pop ripoff album, this is actually a strong album of Latin tracks that uses the popularity of the musical to draw a parallel with the "west side" grooves of the New York Latin scene. The album includes a small amount of covers from the musical, but also some nice originals by Tito, like "West Side Beat", "Hablame Mi Amor", and "Negras Cenizas". Other titles include "Matrimonio Feliz", "Escandalo", and "Vuela La Paloma". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing. Cover has a small name in marker and some light stains on back.)

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Jon ThomasBig Beat On The Organ ... LP
Mercury, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
Although he's best known for his vocal R&B hit "Heartbreak", Jon Thomas was also a darn good organist, and this mid 50s album for Mercury's a nice batch of sides in the same tradition as contemporaneous work by Bill Doggett and Doc Bagby. The tracks are short and lively, and Jon plays with most of the stops out, for a vibrato-heavy sound. Titles include "Blu Jon", "Hot Tip", "Fat Back", "Go & See", and "Jelly Belly". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove.)

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WhodiniBack In Black ... LP
Jive, 1986. Very Good ... $1.99
Whodini's third LP, and probably their last good one. A little less of the electro production but still some nice cuts including the big beat production on "Funky Beat", the goofy "I'm A Ho" and the mellow hit "One Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bernard WrightNard/Funky Beat ... CD
Arista/GRP/Robinsongs (UK), 1981/1983. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Early 80s greatness from Bernard Wright – the benchmark Nard from '81 and his Funky Beat from '83 – in a single set! Nard is a masterpiece of smooth jazzy funk – and super-hip session headed up by the young keyboardist! Wright's working here with an insider crowd of jazz funk players that includes Bobby Broom, Dave Grusin, Marcus Miller, and Don Blackman, whose funky style is very similar to Wright's. The record sort of picks up the groove where some of the Fantasy Records sessions of the 70s left off – mixing together jazz and soul into a captivating blend that's made even better by Dave Grusin's tight production. Includes Don Blackman's sample classic "Haboglabotribin", a nice version of Weldon Irvine's "Music Is The Key", and the cuts"Just Chillin' Out", "Master Rocker", and "Bread Sandwiches". Funky Beat is his second album – an 80s groove electro classic that's quite different than his first LP! It takes Bernard firmly into a b-boy jazz mode – working keyboards, bass, and drum programs into a groove that's farther reaching and more soulful than anything that Herbie Hancock was doing at the time. And as with his first album, Bernard's got plenty of great help on this one – as the record features work by Weldon Irvine, Lenny White, Dave Grusin, and others. The album includes some great Weldon Irvine compositions – like a remake of "Mr Clean", and the sweet vocal numbers "Won't You Let Me Love You" and "Keep On Doing That Right Thing", both of them warm wonderful tunes that stand with the best work on the album! Also includes a straight jazz version of "Joy Spring", and the breakin' tracks "Funky Beat", "Get Your Lover Back", "Video Generation", and "Move Your Body". 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 ... Just Sold Out!
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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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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✨✧ Dos Santos Anti-Beat OrquestaCafeteando/Camino Infernal/Phantom Weight ... 7-inch
Electric Cowbell, 2017. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A sweetly-burning organ line kicks this one off – folding back again and again on itself, in some minimalist wave – while the group's very lively Latin percussion builds and builds, as a trombone comes in for a great lead line – and chorus vocals make the whole thing really soar! The flipside's got an echoey guitar line on "Camino Infernal" – almost surf-like – but mixed with lots more percussion, and relayed in a bit of distorted production – before "Phantom Weight" takes over, as more of a hard-driving bit of funk overall! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Henryk DebichString Beat ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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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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
Also available UnSung Stories ... LP 14.99

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Phil Alvin with Sun Ra & Dirty Dozen Brass BandUnSung Stories ... LP
Warner/Big Beat (UK), 1986. Near Mint- ... $14.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available UnSung Stories ... CD 12.99

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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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Cilla BlackCilla/In My Life (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Parlophone/SFE (UK), 1965/1974. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
Two key albums from England's legendary Cilla Black – back to back in a single set, and with 26 bonus tracks too! First up is the amazing 1965 debut, Cilla – a record that maybe draws even more heavily on American soul music than some of Dusty Springfield's early work – all given some impeccable handling in the studio by arranger Johnny Scott, with a bit of help from Johnny Spence, and the record's producer, George Martin. Tunes are a great blend of American pop tracks and more off-beat numbers – done in that strangely syncopated mode that always provided a perfect counterpoint for Cilla's vocals – percolating the tracks wonderfully, and keeping things nice and clean, in a way that you don't always find in her later records. Titles include "Baby It's You", "Goin Out Of My Head", "Every Little Bit Hurts", "This Empty Place", "Come To Me", "Dancing In The Street", and "Whatcha Gonna Do Bout It". In My Life is the first set in the second chapter of Cilla Black's years with EMI – and her first record without George Martin at the production helm, too! The styles open up with a lot more contemporary 70s elements than some of Black's previous records – and there's a fair bit of keyboard work to create these warmer currents underneath Cilla's always-strong lead vocals. Titles include "I'll Have To Say I Love You In A Song", "Someone", "Daydreamer", "Everything I Own", "Baby We Can't Go Wrong", "Let Him In", "Like A Song", and "I Believed It All". 2CD set features lots of bonus tracks – including "Changes", "From The Inside", "Alfie Darling", "He Was A Writer", "I'll Still Love You", "Little Bit Of Understanding", "Heatwave", "Anything You Might Say", and the full mono mix of the debut album. CD

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ClashSandinista! ... CD
Epic, 1980. Used 2 CDs ... $8.99
The longest album ever from The Clash – a stunning triple LP set that really shows the group bristling with new ideas and energy throughout! There's a hell of a lot going on here – some cuts that are every bit as strong as the previous records, others that offer a few mis-steps but in a wonderfully playful way – and a few more that really hit this sort of unique mix of genres and politics that could only be summed up as Clash-like at its best! Bits of hip hop, reggae, new wave, funk, and more mix together beautifully – and the album's got a hell of a lot of charm and character, even if you're skipping past a few of the cuts you don't like as much as the others. 36 tracks in all – and titles include "The Magnificent Seven", "Hitsville UK", "Junco Partner", "The Leader", "Police On My Back", "Midnight Log", "The Call Up", "Washington Bullets", "Broadway", "Rebel Waltz", "Look Here", "The Crooked Beat", "Somebody Got Murdered", "Lose This Skin", "Charlie Don't Surf", "Kingston Advice", "Corner Soul", "Let's Go Crazy", "The Sound Of Sinners", "Living In Fame", "Silicone On Sapphire", and "Career Opportunities". CD

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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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Dancefloor StompersLibrerie Musicali ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 2018. New Copy ... $19.99
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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Dazz BandWild & Free ... LP
Geffen, 1986. Near Mint- ... $2.99
The Dazz Band may be wild and free in the title, but the album's tighter than ever – a lean, focused approach to the Dazz Band sound – done here with loads of 80s production and instrumentation in the mix! The rhythms are heavy with drum machine lines – often mixed with keyboard bits and swirled together with a sound that's even more crossover than some of the group's earlier work. Vocals often take a back seat to the grooves – but on the ballads they shine through nicely, and remind us of the group's roots. Titles include "The Beat That's Right", "Wild & Free", "Love MIA", "Sunglasses", "Something You Said", and "Time Will Heal A Broken Heart". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ DJ SpinnaHere To There ... LP
Beat Generation (UK), 2003. Very Good+ 2LP ... $9.99
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. Cover has light wear and a sticker spot.)

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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 ... $11.99
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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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 ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Near Mint- ... $8.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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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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JBsPass The Peas – The Best Of The JBs ... CD
Mercury/People, Early 70s. Used ... $2.99
A brilliant batch of funk – featuring every single chart hit by the JBs, the best of their hot funky singles for the People label, all recorded during the early 70s, under the supervision of James Brown! All tunes are offered here in their shorter single versions (save for "It's The JBs Monaurail", which runs for over 8 minutes) – in tight edits that sum up the funk perfectly, and put it over the fence with some amazingly hard rhythms! Tracks include "The Grunt (part 1)", "Hot Pants Road", "Doing It To Death (part 1)", "Breaking Bread", "If You Don't Get It The First Time, Back Up & Try It Again", "Blow Your Head", "Gimme Some More", "Pass The Peas", "Same Beat (part 1)", and "Damn Right I Am Somebody (part 1) (7 inch single mix)". CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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K-DefUnpredictable Gemini/Way It Was ... CD
Redefinition, 2016. Used ... $8.99
A pair of K-Def LPs – 2016's Unpredectible Gemini and the compilation Way It Was – together in a single set! Gemini is funk steeped instrumental hip hop – with an ear for and the skill to recreate not only the soul beat sound of classic, so called "golden era" hip hop, but with inspiration that stretches back even further to the cinematic soul sound of the 70s – all the while with an evolving style that's fully relevant post-millenium. Timeless stuff! Includes "A Threat To Society", "Creeping Out", "A Message From The Biz", "Lean Wit' Me", "My Funky Soul Experience", "Syncopated Funk", "Sounds Like...But It's Not", "Day Before The Storm", "Shakin' Off The Haters", "Untouchable Funk Lesson", "Reminiscent Of The Golden Era", "Gotta Get Away" with Damu The Fudgemunk & AG and more. Way It Was is rarities and unheard tracks from the K-Def vaults – plus a handful of new/current cuts, circa the mid 20-teens – some vocal and some instro! K-Def is such a timeless soul, the year of origin is honestly of little concern to his craft – it's cohesive all the way – and the titles include "Uneke", "How Nice I Am", "For The Family", "Some Ole Sah B Shh", "Strawberry Lemonade" and more. Guests include Blu and Damu The Fudgemunk. CD

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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 (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

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KrystolPassion From A Woman ... LP
Epic, 1986. Very Good+ ... $3.99
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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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 1975 – Rare & Unreleased ... CD
Chisa/BBE (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $11.99
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. CD
(Out of print.)

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Menahan Street BandCrossing/Every Day A Dream ... 7-inch
Dunham/Daptone, 2011. New Copy ... $5.99
Beautiful! "Crossing" is a sublime ballad number by the Menahan Street Band – a funky instrumental, yet taken at a slow-stepping pace that's really amazing – like some lost backing track from a hip early 70s harmony soul number – complete with well-placed beats, and these cool harp-like lines strumming along! "Every Day A Dream" follows suit beautifully – with more nicely-plucked string parts, and this cool wangly production sparkle on the beat – like New Jersey Soul's come back to roost for good! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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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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✨✧ PrestoMagic ... CD
Kajmere, 2006. Used ... $8.99
Lookin' for quality contemporary hip hop? Presto!!! Producer/DJ Presto has been consistently coming up with nice stuff for years – with a pretty deep range of sounds – from hard-hitting and funky soul beat backdrops to spacier, kinda soul jazz inspired atmospherics. On this LP Presto wisely keeps the groove timeless – with vocal appearances by Kim Hill, J Medeiros of Procussions, Lowd, Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers and others. Titles include "Presto Magic", "Breath Control" feat Lowd & DJ Hawl, "Searching" feat 3rd Khind, "Keep Movin'", "Think It Thru" feat Raashan Ahmad, "Soloist Virtuoso" feat Sach & LA Jae, "Old Skool To The New", "Right Here" feat Mr J Medeiros & Kim Hill, "Cosmic", "Back In '92" feat Lowd, "The Dream" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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Gabriel TajeuIntroduction To Gabriel Tajeu ... CD
Legere (France), 2017. Used ... $7.99
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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✨✧ James Blood UlmerOdyssey ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Near Mint- ... $7.99
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

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✨✧ Jr Walker & The All StarsWalk In The Night – The Motown 70s Studio Albums (A Gasssss/Rainbow Funk/Moody Jr/Peace & Understanding/Jr Walker & The All Stars/Hot Shot) (3CD set) ... CD
Motown/Soulmusic.com (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
6 Motown albums from Jr Walker & The All Stars – all long overdue for reissue! First up is A Gasssss – a gas of a record from Jr Walker & The All Stars – a set that has the magical Johnny Bristol producing – giving the group this really warm, soaring sound that's totally great! Walker still serves up plenty of strong tenor solos, but there's also some vocal currents in the mix – strong leads at times, but also some nice backups too – all of which really helps to keep things soaring! Titles a nice mix of Motown covers and original material – and titles include "I Was Made To Love Her", "Do You See My Love", "And When I Die", "Honey Come Back", "Holly Holy", "Riding High On Love", "At A Saturday Matinee", and "Groove & Move". Next up is Rainbow Funk – a record that definitely has Jr Walker & The All Stars picking up a bit of funk – but in a groove that still mixes things with that warmly soulful glow the group had right from the start! The basslines are definitely up a bit from before – although not rumbling in Norman Whitfield territory – and the sax solos get a bit more space to stretch out and bite on the longer numbers, but often with a bit of backing vocals to warm things up around the edges! Jr is great all the way through – Motown's very strong answer to King Curtis – and titles include "Right On Brothers & Sisters", "Way Back Home", "Feeling Alright", "Psychedelic Shack", "Pieces Of A Man", and "Teach Them To Pray". Moody Jr is a sweet early 70s groover from Jr Walker & The All Stars – a set that reunites the group with producer Johnny Bristol, who always has a great way of helping them set fire to their sound! Walker and company may have shot from the gate with a mix of R&B tenor and Motown soul – but the sound here is much more in the latter, more matured mode of the label – with strong deep soul lyrics on a number of cuts, which are balanced out nicely by Bristol's fuller production. There's plenty of sax solos too, of course – and titles include "Way Back Home", "Bristol's Way", "Don't Blame The Children", "Me & My Family", "Still Water Medley", and "Groove Thang". Peace & Understanding is a record that has Jr Walker and the group stepping out with some of the righteous touches promised in the title – partly in the choice of songs on the set, which are all nicely tucked into that strong mix of deep soul vocals and saxophone lines that had become the Jr Walker groove! The set features work from a number of different arrangers – all the hipper side of Motown in the early 70s, as the list includes, Willie Hutch, Gene Page, and James Carmichael – and tunes include two great originals, one by Hutch, one by Leon Ware. Tracks include "It's Alright Do What You Gotta Do", "Soul Clappin'", "Gimme that Beat (parts 1 & 2)", "It's Too Late", and "Peace & Understanding Is Hard To Find". The self-titled Jr Walker & The All Stars album is maybe the rarest in the bunch – an obscure UK-only record from 1974, and one that has the group's usual approach warmed up by some more ambitious arrangements – a bit like the direction some of the vocal acts of the 70s were taking at the time! The production on most of the set is by Clarence Paul – and there's mostly a focus on the saxophone, not any vocals at all – which makes the set feel a bit like some of the Willis Jackson or Lou Donaldson work for Atlantic around the same time – or maybe even a bit like Hank Crawford on Kudu. Titles include "Boogie Down", "All In Love Is Fair", "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", "Break Down & Sing", and "Dancin Like They Do On Soul Train". Hot Shot is a mid-70s stormer from Jr Walker & The All Stars – a set that glides along on a fuller set of backdrops than before, with Holland-Dozier-Holland production from Brian Holland returning to Motown – but in a hip 70s style that has strings and funk dancing along in a great way beneath the strong sax solos in the lead! There's a bit of vocals on the record, but the real strength lies in the instrumentation – especially some of the weirder, fuzzier guitar lines and keyboards. Titles include "Why Can't We Be Lovers", "Hot Shot", "Probe Your Mind", "I Need You Right Now", and "You Ain't No Ordinary Woman". CD

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Jody WatleyJody Watley ... CD
Universal, 1987. Used ... $0.99
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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White AnimalsLost Weekend ... LP
Dread Beat, 1982. Very Good+ ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some scrapes on back.)

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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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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 ... $19.99
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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✨✧ VariousModstock – 21st Century Club Classics ... CD
Detour (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $15.99
A brilliant new set from Rob Bailey – the man who gave us all the five volumes of Le Beat Bespoke – returning here with a very fresh take on the mod groove of the 60s! These tracks are more soul and jazz than Rob's previous efforts – still very much in the best modes that were ringing strong with London mods of the 60s, but even deeper, harder, and groovier too – with a plenty strong influence from the farther reaches of the American underground scene! There's still a few rock tracks in the mix, but the addition of mod jazz and Northern Soul really blows the whole thing open – and makes the whole thing a searing set of groovers all the way through. Titles include "Step Down" by The Ranglers, "Too Far To Turn Around" by The Sty-Letts, "It's Gonna Rain" by Gentleman June Gardner, "Shotgun" by Johnny Deen & The Deacons, "Love's A Workin" by Dean Carter, "Line & Track" by The Aquamen, "I Ain't Gonna Take You Back" by Brenda Holloway & The Carrolls, "Please Grow Up" by Harlem Kiddies, and "The Love I Need" by Frank Butler. CD
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✨✧ VariousModstock – 21st Century Club Classics ... LP
Detour (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $15.99
A brilliant new set from Rob Bailey – the man who gave us all the five volumes of Le Beat Bespoke – returning here with a very fresh take on the mod groove of the 60s! These tracks are more soul and jazz than Rob's previous efforts – still very much in the best modes that were ringing strong with London mods of the 60s, but even deeper, harder, and groovier too – with a plenty strong influence from the farther reaches of the American underground scene! There's still a few rock tracks in the mix, but the addition of mod jazz and Northern Soul really blows the whole thing open – and makes the whole thing a searing set of groovers all the way through. Titles include "Step Down" by The Ranglers, "Too Far To Turn Around" by The Sty-Letts, "It's Gonna Rain" by Gentleman June Gardner, "Shotgun" by Johnny Deen & The Deacons, "Love's A Workin" by Dean Carter, "Line & Track" by The Aquamen, "I Ain't Gonna Take You Back" by Brenda Holloway & The Carrolls, "Please Grow Up" by Harlem Kiddies, and "The Love I Need" by Frank Butler. 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 ... $14.99
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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VariousRoots Of Rap – Celluloid – The 12 Inch Singles ... CD
Celluloid, Early 80s. Used ... $6.99
The label may be long-gone now, but back in the day, Celluloid had an incredible influence on early hip hop – crafting some of the first records that helped the medium cross over to the post-punk underground, by artists who equally embraced the soul/funk tradition, and changes that were happening in a wide variety of different styles of music. This set is a great illustration of that spirit, as it gathers together rare gems from the early 12" years at Celluloid – including "Cuts It Up", "Megamix II", and "Home Of Hip Hop" by Grandmaster D St, "Escapades of Futura 2000" by Futura 2000 (with the Clash), "World Destruction" (in 2 mixes) and "Wild Style" by Time Zone, "Change the Beat" by Fab Five Freddy, and "Mean Machine" by Grandmaster D St & Jalal. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousSoho Espresso ... CD
Croydon Municipal (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $3.99 13.99
The fab sound of London in the postwar years – a set of cooking cuts from the Soho scene, served up from a time when the city was finally getting back its steam! The music here is a really hip array of modes – a bit of jazz, Latin, rock instrumental, and more – used in tunes that definitely have a beatnik sort of vibe – or maybe more of a "beat fantasy" feel overall! The collection's got the same wonderful approach to the music that we love on other Cryodon Municipal releases – music we never would have heard otherwise, expertly chosen and put together to illustrate a slice of the world with very vivid results. The whole thing's as groovy as you'd expect from the title – and tracks include "Sleep Walk" by Ken Mackintosh, "Pretend" by Tony Dunning, "Espresso" by The Pines, "Hot Chocolate Crazy" by Eden Kane, "Coffee Bar Calypso" by Maxine Daniels, "Ambush" by Jeff Rowena Group, "Jam Roll" by The Planets, "Juvenile Delinquent" by Suzy Cope, "Fury" by Bert Weedon, "Fried Onions" by Ted Taylor Four, and "Goodness Knows" by Ricky Wayne. CD

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VariousSugarhill Hip Hop Box Set (3CD set) ... CD
Castle (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 3 CDs ... $16.99
Ahh, back to the old school, and in a nicely priced box set, too! 30 of your favorite party jams from Sugar Hill wil have you screaming "That's the joint!" again and again. Includes "Rappers Delight", "8th Wonder" & "Apache" by Sugarhill Gang, "That's The Joint" & "Rapping & Rocking The House" by the Funky Four, "Yes We Can Can" and "Turn It Up" by the Treacherous Three, "The Message", "Super Rappin No 1", "Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel", "Flash To The Beat", 'White Lines", and "It's Nasty (Genius Of Love)" by Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, "Spoonin Rap", "Monster Jam" & "Spoonie Is Back" by Spoonie Gee and "We Are Known As Emcees (We Turn The Party Out)", "Breaking Bells (Mardi Gras)" and "Scratching" by Crash Crew, plus tracks by Kevie Kev, Busy Bee, West Street Mob, Super Wolf, the Sequence, Reggie Griffin and more. . . CD
(Out of print.)

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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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✨✧ VariousWe Out Here ... LP
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99 19.98
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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VariousWorld Of Keith Haring – Influences & Connections – 1978 to 1984 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 22.98
Way more than just a tribute to the legendary artist Keith Haring – as the collection's more of a portrait of the downtown New York scene in which Haring lived and worked – served up here as a fantastic blend of hip hop, street soul, and offbeat club tracks from the time! The music here is a great antidote to more familiar territory in the disco and 80s groove years – as many of these artists effortlessly combine stylistic modes with the same groundbreaking energy that Haring brought to his artwork – signaling the rise of a whole new generation, while also giving them a great soundtrack of grooves! The double-length package is wonderful – full of music that most folks might not expect together, but which really set the scene back at the start of the 80s – tracks that include "It's Music" by Damon Harris, "For The Same Man" by B Beat Girls, "Weekend (Larry Levan mix)" by Class Action, "Elephant Man" by The Girls, "Chuka Ja" by Adiche, "Danger" by Pylon, "Pak Man" by Jonzun Crew, "Bump & Grind It" by John Sex, "Jam Hot" by Johnny Dynell, "Over & Over (12" disco)" by Sylvester, "I Zimbra" by Talking Heads, "Sortie 134 (part 2)" by Art Zoyd, "Let's Do It" by Convertion, "Cut It Up High Priest" by Gray, "Love Money" by Funk Masters, "Change The Beat" by Fab 5 Freddy, "ET Boogie" by Extra T's, "Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us" by Golden Flamingo Orchestra, and "Jeffrey I Hear You" by The Girls. CD

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✨✧ AldorandeAldorande ... CD
Favorite (France), 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A jazz funk killer from Aldorande – a French quartet that features some mighty nice keyboards from Florian Pellissier, who we also really love on his own recordings too! The style here is different than those, though – very tight rhythms with a slightly cosmic core – almost jazz funk taking things back from the broken beat generation, finding a way to move with energy learned from that scene, but in a style that's more cohesively funky – classic and contemporary at the same time! The group get a bit of help from added horns at points, and there's also a bit of vocals on the set too – but the main energy comes from the fantastic mix of keyboards and rhythms at the core. Titles include "Praia Do Destino", "Rayon Vert", "Because Of You", "La Fin Est Un Commencement", "Beauty Island", and "Sous La Lune". CD

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✨✧ Art Farmer & Benny Golson JazztetHere & Now ... CD
Mercury/Verve, 1962. Used ... Temporarily 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
(Out of print Verve Elite pressing.)

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✨✧ Makaya McCravenHighly Rare ... LP
International Anthem, 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ James & Bobby PurifyI'm Your Puppet – The Complete Bell Recordings 1966 to 1969 (James & Bobby Purify/Pure Sound Of The Purifys/singles/bonus tracks) ... CD
Bell/Soulmusic.com (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The complete works of this incredible 60s soul duo – a 2CD package that features both their albums for the Bell Records label, lots of contemporaneous 45s, and even some unreleased tracks too! James & Bobby Purify followed in a tradition that was strongly started by Sam & Dave – the two-male soul duo, with both voices coming in on the lead, breaking apart as the tracks progressed, and crossing back and forth, for a fuller sound that often made for a more dynamic approach than with a single singer! James & Bobby had a wonderful sound – slower and deeper than Sam & Dave, with plenty of touches of southern soul, and a tendency to use a nice heavy beat, even in their mellower tracks – which really makes this work burn with a deep soul intensity. The 2CD set features 38 tracks in all – the full titles from the albums James & Bobby Purify and Pure Sound Of The Purifys, plus singles, unreleased tracks, and more – titles that include "The Weeper", "Section C", "So Many Reasons", "I Take What I Want", "Soothe Me", "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby", "We're Finally Gonna Make It", "Do Unto Me", "Hitch Hike", "Knock On Wood", "So Many Reasons", "Wish You Didn't Have To Go", "Shake A Tail Feather", "You Left The Water Running", "I'm Your Puppet", "Last Piece Of Love", "Everybody Needs Somebody", "I Don't Know What It Is You Got", "Just Like Old Times", and "I Was Born To Lose Out". CD

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✨✧ VariousSoho Espresso ... CD
Croydon Municipal (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The fab sound of London in the postwar years – a set of cooking cuts from the Soho scene, served up from a time when the city was finally getting back its steam! The music here is a really hip array of modes – a bit of jazz, Latin, rock instrumental, and more – used in tunes that definitely have a beatnik sort of vibe – or maybe more of a "beat fantasy" feel overall! The collection's got the same wonderful approach to the music that we love on other Cryodon Municipal releases – music we never would have heard otherwise, expertly chosen and put together to illustrate a slice of the world with very vivid results. The whole thing's as groovy as you'd expect from the title – and tracks include "Sleep Walk" by Ken Mackintosh, "Pretend" by Tony Dunning, "Espresso" by The Pines, "Hot Chocolate Crazy" by Eden Kane, "Coffee Bar Calypso" by Maxine Daniels, "Ambush" by Jeff Rowena Group, "Jam Roll" by The Planets, "Juvenile Delinquent" by Suzy Cope, "Fury" by Bert Weedon, "Fried Onions" by Ted Taylor Four, and "Goodness Knows" by Ricky Wayne. CD
Also available Soho Espresso ... CD 3.99

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✨✧ VariousUltimate Breaks & Beats Vol 9 ... LP
Street Beat, 1970s/1980s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The 9th volume in this legendary series – and easy one of our favorite of all of them, given the wide range and expansive approach to the tunes on the set! The groove here goes way past simple old school funk, and begins to show the changes in breaks used back in the mid 80s – not just straight funk drums, but a range of other nice bits as well! Titles include "UFO" by ESG, pitched down slightly – plus "Easter Parade" by Ingrid, "Big Beat" by Billy Squier, "Cavern" by Liquid Liquid, "Long Red" by Mountain, the classic "Seven Minutes Of Funk" by Whole Darn Family "Seven Minutes Of Funk" – taken from the Amherst version of the LP, slightly different from the Soul International take of the same tune! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some waviness and peeling.)

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✨✧ AldorandeAldorande ... LP
Favorite (France), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A jazz funk killer from Aldorande – a French quartet that features some mighty nice keyboards from Florian Pellissier, who we also really love on his own recordings too! The style here is different than those, though – very tight rhythms with a slightly cosmic core – almost jazz funk taking things back from the broken beat generation, finding a way to move with energy learned from that scene, but in a style that's more cohesively funky – classic and contemporary at the same time! The group get a bit of help from added horns at points, and there's also a bit of vocals on the set too – but the main energy comes from the fantastic mix of keyboards and rhythms at the core. Titles include "Praia Do Destino", "Rayon Vert", "Because Of You", "La Fin Est Un Commencement", "Beauty Island", and "Sous La Lune". LP, Vinyl record album

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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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✨✧ El ChicanoViva Tirado ... LP
Kapp, 1970. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Amazing stuff – and the beginning of a strong tradition of west coast funky Latin groups! El Chicano were one of a number of groups to emerge from LA of the 60s – rising forth on a wave of Mexican American pride to come up with a west coast version of the Latin Soul sound that had been emanating from Spanish Harlem a few years earlier. The group had an organ-heavy sound that first scored big on their rendition of Gerald Wilson's "Viva Tirado" – done as a single by the group with a stepping jazz beat that was missing from the earlier version, which worked great with their bubbly organ sound. The album was recorded to follow up the hit – done as a live set after hours at the Kabuki Sukiyaki Restaurant in south LA, and filled with tight jazzy covers 60s groovers like "Cantaloupe Island", "Eleanor Rigby", "Hurt So Bad", and "Coming Home Baby". The record's also got an amazing version of "Quiet Village" – and while it may not be as Latin as some of the group's later work, it's the beginning of a great tradition, and has a sound that was copied endlessly – but rarely matched! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a faded marker on back.)

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✨✧ Stan GetzSoft Swing ... LP
Verve, 1957. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
The swing is soft by the sound is never sleepy – thanks to some always-great tenor work from Stan Getz! The album definitely moves in a slightly mellow mode – as implied by the title – but the groove is still plenty darn soulful! Iif anything the album offers almost a bit more space than usual for Stan to do his thing in the lead – carving out beautiful tenor lines that almost hang by themselves in space at varying points – but which also receive some gentle rhythmic support from the trio of Mose Allison on piano, Jerry Segal on drums, and Addison Farmer on bass. Titles include "Down Beat", "Pocono Mac", "All The Things You Are", "Bye Bye Blues", and "To The Ends Of The Earth". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc. pressing with a trupeter logo and a deep groove. Back cover has a small sticker.)

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousWorld Of Keith Haring – Influences & Connections – 1978 to 1984 (3LP set with bonus 7" single) ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... Out Of Stock
Way more than just a tribute to the legendary artist Keith Haring – as the collection's more of a portrait of the downtown New York scene in which Haring lived and worked – served up here as a fantastic blend of hip hop, street soul, and offbeat club tracks from the time! The music here is a great antidote to more familiar territory in the disco and 80s groove years – as many of these artists effortlessly combine stylistic modes with the same groundbreaking energy that Haring brought to his artwork – signaling the rise of a whole new generation, while also giving them a great soundtrack of grooves! The double-length package is wonderful – full of music that most folks might not expect together, but which really set the scene back at the start of the 80s – tracks that include "It's Music" by Damon Harris, "For The Same Man" by B Beat Girls, "Weekend (Larry Levan mix)" by Class Action, "Elephant Man" by The Girls, "Chuka Ja" by Adiche, "Danger" by Pylon, "Pak Man" by Jonzun Crew, "Bump & Grind It" by John Sex, "Jam Hot" by Johnny Dynell, "Over & Over (12" disco)" by Sylvester, "I Zimbra" by Talking Heads, "Sortie 134 (part 2)" by Art Zoyd, "Let's Do It" by Convertion, "Cut It Up High Priest" by Gray, "Love Money" by Funk Masters, "Change The Beat" by Fab 5 Freddy, "ET Boogie" by Extra T's, "Guardian Angel Is Watching Over Us" by Golden Flamingo Orchestra, and "Jeffrey I Hear You" by The Girls. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000 – with bonus 7 inch & download!)
Also available World Of Keith Haring – Influences & Connections – 1978 to 1984 ... CD 18.99

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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)... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireEarth Wind & Fire/Need Of Love ... CD
Warner/BGO (UK), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Sean Khan with Hermeto PascoalPalmares Fantasy ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Hugh Masekela & OthersHugh Masekela Presents The Chisa Years 1965 to 1976 – Rare & Unreleased ... LP
Chisa/BBE (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... 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
Also available Hugh Masekela Presents The Chisa Years 1965 to 1975 – Rare & Unreleased ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ VariousSuper Breaks 2 – Essential Jazz, Soul and Funk Breakbeats ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
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

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✨✧ BohannonMusic In The Air ... LP
Mercury, 1980. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Sweet Mercury grooving from Bohannon – still one of the quirkiest groovemeisters of his generation, even working here on a major label! The set's got a wonderfully syncopated feel on the upbeat tracks – lots of spare snapping beats that draw on Bohannon's African-inspired roots, but which tune things nicely towards an 80s dancefloor groove! Most numbers are still quite spare – with just a few key elements dancing back and forth on the beat – and the album also has a few great mellow cuts too, featuring the vocals of Liz Lands – mentioned on the back cover as a "new discovery", but an artist we know from earlier 45s! Titles include the great spacey "Spring Is In The Air", a remake of "Thoughts & Wishes", and the cuts "Feel Like Dancin", "Turn The Record", "The Hammer", and "The Funk Walk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl plays with a short click in the first track.)

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✨✧ Just-IceKool & Deadly ... CD
Fresh, 1987. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Link QuartetItalian Playboys ... CD
Hammond Beat/Record Kicks (Italy), 2004. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Tito PuentePuente In Percussion ... LP
Tico, Late 50s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Essential grooves from Tito Puente – a really unique record for the time, and a set that's only grown in power over the years! The album's an all-percussion jam from Puente – one that strips away most other instrumentation, to focus just on heavy drum work from Puente and a core group of players that includes Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, and Patato Valdes! There's only just a bit of bass – played by Robert Rodriguez – to focus the energy of the percussion, and the timbales, congas, and bongos offer up both melodic lines and rhythmic grooves – a groundbreaking sound, recorded brilliantly back in the 50s! The album's got a killer stripped-down feel that you rarely get on other Tito Puente records – and tracks include "Tito on Timbales", "Swinging Mambo", "Congo Beat", "Stick On Bongo", "Tito & Mongo On Timbales", "Four Beat Mambo", and "The Big Four". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original black label pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ VariousBlock Rockin Breaks ... CD
Obsessive (UK), 1970s. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ VariousWord 2 ... LP
Jive, Late 80s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
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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Blu & Oh NoA Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night ... CD
Nature Sounds, 2019. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A underground mic hero Blu sounding as fresh and furiously-paced brilliant as he has in years – and teaming up with SoCal production favorite Oh No on this gem for Nature Sounds! Kicks off after the intro with the masterful "Lost Angels Anthem", setting bar pretty high with with the soulful vibes backed beat, a dizzying array of rhymes from Blu and sweetly soulful chorus vocal by Kezia, and it's no fluke, this one stays hot throughout. Appearances by Abstract Rude & Self Jupiter, Mantage One & TriState, Definite, Ca$hus King and MED, Kezia, Brandi Price and other – and titles include "It Never Rains In In South LA", "Boogie To Flex", "The Robbery", "Liquor Store", "Pop Shots", "Do The Crime", "Facing Time", "Champaign", the massive "Jail Cypher" with Playa Haze, Mic Holden, Jabee & others, "Fresh Out" and more. CD
Also available A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night (red vinyl pressing) ... LP 20.99

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✨✧ Blu & Oh NoA Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night (red vinyl pressing) ... LP
Nature Sounds, 2019. New Copy 2LP ... $20.99 22.98
LA underground mic hero Blu sounding as fresh and furiously-paced brilliant as he has in years – and teaming up with SoCal production favorite Oh No on this gem for Nature Sounds! Kicks off after the intro with the masterful "Lost Angels Anthem", setting bar pretty high with with the soulful vibes backed beat, a dizzying array of rhymes from Blu and sweetly soulful chorus vocal by Kezia, and it's no fluke, this one stays hot throughout. Appearances by Abstract Rude & Self Jupiter, Mantage One & TriState, Definite, Ca$hus King and MED, Kezia, Brandi Price and other – and titles include "It Never Rains In In South LA", "Boogie To Flex", "The Robbery", "Liquor Store", "Pop Shots", "Do The Crime", "Facing Time", "Champaign", the massive "Jail Cypher" with Playa Haze, Mic Holden, Jabee & others, "Fresh Out" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition red vinyl pressing.)
Also available A Long Red Hot Los Angeles Summer Night ... CD 10.99

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Handsome Boy Modeling SchoolWhite People ... CD
Atlantic, 2004. Used ... $0.99
Just when you thought Prince Paul and Cat Power would never make a record together PRESTO – it's the new Handsome Boy album! HBMS takes a bit more of a chillout tack with this long overdue second opus – with lots of laidback beats and samples, and a surprising amount of live instrumentation! The gleeful, sarcastic comedy of the stellar first album remains intact, with some genuinely amusing skits (including one with Jay Z appearing under the pseudonym Hines Buchanan), and the deep range of guest vocalists isn't as surprising as how strong their work is in the best tunes. It would have been pretty easy for Prince Paul and Automator to find a bunch of interesting names to flesh out their big pop culture frappe, but something else altogether to make trippy hip hop tracks featuring Cat Power and the Hieroglyphics make sense on the same record. A pretty solid set from the most adventurous pseudo duo in the game! Guests include Del The Funky Homosapien, De La Soul, RZA, Lord Finesse, AG, Rahzel, Jazzy Jay, Qbert, Mike Patton, Casual, Hieroglyphics, Grand Wizard Theodore, El-P, John Oates, Pharrell, Kid Koala, and George W. Bush (just kidding). Tracks include "If It Wasn't For You" with De La, "Are You Down With It" with Mike Patton, "The World's Gone Mad" with Del and others, "It's Like That" with Casual, "I've Been Thinking" with Cat Power, "Rock And Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This) Pt 2" featuring Lord Finesse, Qbert and others, First. . .And Then" featuring Dres from Black Ship, "A Day In The Life" featuring RZA, AZ and others and more, plus intro/outro by Father Guido Sarducci. CD

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✨✧ Jostereo & Radius EtcChicago2Paris Split EP – Gravity Daggers/Explore To Compose/ Zoooooooooned/The Point In 97 ... 7-inch
Radius, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A bicontinental beathead summit with Chicago's own Radius Etc pairing up with Paris producer Jostereo! Jostereo's side is an impressive blend that kicks off with a bit of classical piano that quickly settles in beats and bass that subtles pulls it into heady instrumental hip hop, and gets richer from there with electric keys and even a bit of Prince-esque electric soul guitar. Radius balances it all out nicely on the other side with snapping bass and hazy beats from the start, but mellows out to soul jazz piano backed beats to close out his side. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Kev BrownKev Brown's Delve Into Classical Moog ... LP
Redefinition, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Kev Brown delves into the hip hop production possibilities of Robert Moog's legendary analog synthesizer – he pays earnest tribute to the man himself! With compelling, but relatively laidback beats and thick waves of exploratory Moog atmosphere, Kev is as eager to share how inspired he is by the timeless technology and the pioneer behind it as he is to show off his own considerable craftsmanship – with sampled vocals of Moog discussing his work kind of adding a narrative effect to the spacey, retro futuristic hip hop instrumentals that are KB all the way. It works as both hearty homage and as a testament to the ever adventurous craft of Kev Brown. Includes "Robot Jungle", "Victorious", "Cyberfunk", "Old Tech", "Frequency", "M Go Round", "Timne", "Computer Stuff", "Future Classic" and "We Won". LP, Vinyl record album

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MadlibPinata Beats (with download) ... LP
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99 22.98
The restlessly inventive Madlib beats and production for Pinata, the excellent duo project with MC Freddie Gibbs! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for straight-shooting, street lingo-slinging, no nonsense MCs. The freewheeling inspiration and bottomless depth of unpredictable sample funk is there, as always. It's just leaner, tighter and with a thicker backdrop of beats than on some the more freeform Madlib projects. We wouldn't dream of fronting on Freddie Gibbs' impeccable rhymes on the vocal version, but these moody instros are incredible, on par with Madlib's best work. Titles include "High", "Bomb", "Robes", "Scarface", "Deeper", "Harold's", "Thuggin'", "Real", "Uno", "Pinata" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPinata ... LP
Madlib Invazion, 2014. Near Mint- 2LP ... $24.99
Streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for straight shooting, street lingo slinging, no nonsense MCs. The freewheeling inspiration and bottomless depth of unpredictable sample funk is there, as always. It's leaner, tighter and with a thicker backdrop of beats. Gibbs is sharply on point throughout here, and if it seems like an oddball pairing at first glance, rest assured, these guys work GREAT together. Guests include Danny Brown – who drops some top shelf wordplay of his own on "High" – plus the Wu legend Raekwon on "Bomb", Domo Genius & Earl Sweatshirt on "Robes", Domo Genius, G-Whiz, Mac Miller and more on the title cut, and more. Other titles include "Supplier", "Scarface", "Deeper", "Harold's", "Thuggin'", "Real" and "Uno". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink.)

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NxWorries (Anderson Paak & Knxwledge)Yes Lawd! (with download) ... LP
Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99 24.98
Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge's full length debut as a duo – and the most triumphant Stones Throw record in years! To this (still early) point in young .Paak's career, his voice has already proved to be a prime vessel for natural grit and mood, if not gamechanger songwriting, best paired with crackling, funk-steeped hip hop soul production. That's the case whether he's producing himself, working with a giant like Dr. Dre, or paired as he is here with Knxledge. Knx's production is a perfect backdrop – beats out front in the mix, classic Cali sample funk and soul framing the vocals – with a lingering haze holding it all together amazingly well! Intentional or not, Yes Lawd channels earlier Stones Throw classic LPs like Jaylib and Madvillain in the way it pairs distinctive contemporary talents for a joint duo effort, and after .Paak's solo shot Malibu, it's his second potential classic in a single year! Includes "Livvin", "Wngs", "What More Can I Say", "Kutless", "Lyk Dis", "Can't Stop", "Get Bigger", "Scared Money", "Suede", "Starlite", "Sidepiece", "Jodi", "Link Up", "Another Time", "Fkku" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPinata ... LP
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for straight shooting, street lingo slinging, no nonsense MCs. The freewheeling inspiration and bottomless depth of unpredictable sample funk is there, as always. It's leaner, tighter and with a thicker backdrop of beats. Gibbs is sharply on point throughout here, and if it seems like an oddball pairing at first glance, rest assured, these guys work GREAT together. Guests include Danny Brown – who drops some top shelf wordplay of his own on "High" – plus the Wu legend Raekwon on "Bomb", Domo Genius & Earl Sweatshirt on "Robes", Domo Genius, G-Whiz, Mac Miller and more on the title cut, and more. Other titles include "Supplier", "Scarface", "Deeper", "Harold's", "Thuggin'", "Real" and "Uno". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Pinata ... LP 24.99

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VariousLooking Back – 80 Mod, Freakbeat, & Swinging London Nuggets – Compiled By Paul Weller (3CD set) ... CD
RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $24.99
Fantastic work from a time when the London scene was heavy on influences from American soul, blues, and R&B – and sought to turn the best elements of that music into something new and unique! Some of the groups here are ones that you'll recognize from later years and greater fame, others are early combos that featured later stars, and still others are wonderful groups you've been lost to the shifting sands of time – but who really show the fantastic edge that the British scene had in the mid 60s! Lots of this work has the mod vibe you'd expect from the title, but there's also some fuzzier moments too – and the package is a hell of a deal at this great price! 80 tracks in all – with titles that include "Looking Back" by Spencer Davis, "I Don't Need Your Kind" by The Rockin Vickers, "Done Me Wrong" by The Couriers, "Broken Truth" by A Wild Uncertainty, "Looky, Looky" by The Brothers Grimm, "Kangaroo" by Hoagy Benson, "Reviewing The Situation" Jacki Bond, "No Good Without You" by The Birds, You Can't Be Serious" by The Mirage, "Jak D'Or" by Episode Six, "Until My Baby Comes Home" by The Mojos, "Hush" by Kris Ife, "Take It Easy" by Sugar Simone, "Yes I Do" by Ram John Holder, "Take Away" by The Couriers, "I'll Be Doggone" by Glen Ingram, "Ace Of Clubs" by The Knave, "Last Night" by Laurel Aitken & The Soulmen, "Baby Do You Know What You're Doing" by Arthur Brown Set, "Please Go" by The Trekkas, and "Tough She Says" by The In Crowd. CD

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Alessandro AlessandroniBackground Disco EP ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 1976. New Copy ... $24.99
Fantastic funk from Alessandro Alessanadroni – certainly not a household name to most folks, but one of the coolest composers on the Italian scene of the 60s and 70s! Alessandroni first rose to fame doing film score work in the 60s, but by the time of these cuts, he was very much up front as an artist able to take on just about any sort of style – working here in a cool groove that's not entirely the disco promised in the title, and more of an offbeat style of funk that's even groovier! Two tracks feature female lead vocals by Lorena, and I Cantori Moderni sing on all the cuts – titles that include "Baby Come Down" and "I Get You In My Mind", each in two different versions! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Beat Konducta (Madlib)Beat Konducta Vol 1 & 2 – Movie Scenes/Movie Scenes, The Sequel ... CD
Stones Throw, 2005. Used ... $7.99
The epic CD compilation of the ever prolific, ever satisfying Madlib's first 2 LPs as Beat Konducta – a instrumental song suite of beats for films that do not exist anywhere but the fevered mind of the genius beatcrafter! 'Lib's production work has always had a bit of a filmic groove, and this set collects and assembles the most cinematic of said beats into an (unsurprisingly) incredible whole. The soundscapes really kind of run the gamut of his hip hop styles – always soulful, and always funky, whether he's rocking a stone funk or an electro-modeled groove. Honestly, how much longer is it going to take for the mainstream to finally catch up with this genius!?! Collects tracks from the 2 separate volumes of vinyl: "The Comeback (Madlib)", "The Payback (Gotta)", "Face The Sun (Africa)", "Stax (Strings)", "Left On Silverlake (Ride)", "Offbeat (Grooves)", "Pyramids (Change)", "Eternal Broadcaster (Authentic)", "The Rock (Humps)", "Filthy (Untouched)", "Money Hugger (Gold Diggin'", "Black Mozart (Opus II)", "Snake Charmer (Heads Up)", "African Walk (Zamunda)", "The Forest (Greens)", "Outerlimit (Space Ho)" and more! CD

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Black Ivory/Fatback BandI Keep Asking YouQuestions/Going To See My Baby – Best Of Perception & Today Records ... 7-inch
Perception/BBE (UK), 1971/1972. New Copy ... $11.99
An early stunner from Black Ivory – a great groover, done with kind of a bouncy lilting groove that has lots of bass, and a good mix with the group's harmony vocals! One of the funkiest from Fatback – "Goin' to See My Baby" is especially tough, and starts out with a massive breakbeat on the intro, then jumps into wicky-wacky basslines. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Bobby DarinGo Ahead & Back Up – The Lost Motown Masters ... CD
Motown/Real Gone, Early 70s. New Copy ... $16.99 18.99
Lost late material from the great Bobby Darin – more than two albums' worth of songs, all of which appear here for the first time ever! After some late 60s years in the folk wilderness, Bobby made a surprising step to Motown Records at the start of the 70s – and while the label did issue some of Darin's material, and helped him hit the right sort of vibe for his newly-polished image – they also left behind a fair bit of great work that never saw the light of day! The Bobby heard here is partly coming off that 60s love of folk and country that peaked on his late Atlantic recordings – but there's also some of the slight soul touches you'll hear on the other material that Motown did choose to release at the time – a new sort of confidence that really makes us wonder where Darin would have gone, had he not passed away at such a young, early age. The whole set is very well done – with copious notes on the material, and this unusual part of Darin's career – and the set features 24 tracks, with arrangements by Art Freeman, Bill Holman, Gene Page, and Freddie Perren. Titles include "Watch The River Flow", "Help Me Make It Through The Night", "Lady Madonna", "Higher & Higher", "Go Ahead & Back Up", "I Walk The Line", "Child Of Tears", "I Think The Devil Must Be Beating His Wife", "Catch The Wind", "We're Getting There", "Stray Dog", "I Don't Know How To Love Her", "Rags To Riches", and "Young Joe Caldwell". CD

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FatbackHot Box ... CD
Spring/Southbound (UK), 1980. Used ... $3.99
Man, it must have been something to hear this record blasting out of a boombox back in the old days – especially if it was the magenta-hued one on the cover! The groove here is strong and loud – plenty of bass and beats at the bottom, and even a few surprising early electro touches that really stand out and make the album something special. And as with other records from this time, Fatback also show their ballad skills on one number – "Come & Get the Love" – but it's the more jamming tracks we really love, and they include "Street Band", "Hot Box", "Love Spell", "Gotta Get My Hands On Some Money", and the fat 80s jam "Backstrokin". CD

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Kool & TogetherSittin On A Red Hot Stove/Nassau Beat (demo) ... 7-inch
Big Crown, Early 70s. New Copy ... $8.99 9.99
Two rare grooves from this legendary group! "Sittin On A Red Hot Stove" is a slow-stepping monster – very hard and funky, but moving at a pace that's much more leisurely than anyone who's getting themselves burned on a grill! The tune's got a completely badass vibe that's almost like Merda – and it's backed here by a demo version of "Nassau Beat" – a very loose reworking of "Funky Nassau", with a nicely dark edge! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
 
 



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