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✨✧ VariousBack To The Beat – The Legend Of Northern Soul – Rare Breed Rhythm & Soul 1956 to 1962 ... LP
Outta Sight (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A set that's got Northern Soul in the title, but which instead focuses on the raw grooves from the generation before – the upbeat, hard-wailing R&B material that first took shape in the postwar years – then went on to become a huge driving force behind soul music at the start of the 60s! Many of these cuts are right on the cusp – tracks with maybe a bit more class and a bit less blues than R&B of a few years before, and with soaring vocal leads that really show the growing role of a singer in the generation of soul. There's a few very early cuts by artists you'll know from later years – mixed with lots more obscure singles – in a set that includes the titles "She's So Fine" by Big Boy Myles, "Bit Oak Tree" by Herbert Hunter, "Troubles" by Joe Simon, "What You Bet" by Ricky Rezell, "Come On Home" by George Allen, "That's A Good Idea" by Grover Mitchell, "Take A Giant Step" by The Profiles, "I'm Going Home" by Prince Conley, "These Tears" by Mary Johnson, "Too Young" by Dale Cunningham, "Third Window From The Right" by Dean Barlow, "Sugar Diabetes" by Eddie Banks & The Five Dreamers, and "Something Funny Is Going On" by Bertha Tillman. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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OV WrightI'd Rather Be Blind (Blind, Cripple, & Crazy)/Please Forgive Me ... 7-inch
Back Beat, 1973. Very Good+ ... $3.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In an ABC/Dunhill sleeve.)
 
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Fab 5 FreddyChange The Beat (French & English rap, French rap) ... 12-inch
Celluloid, 1982. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $24.99
Back cover painting by Futura 2000! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Rammelzee vs K-RobBeat Bop (voc, inst) (split-colored vinyl) ... 12-inch
Tartown/Get On Down, 1983. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)... On June 22, 2018
Reissue of the amazing, and previously impossible to find, track produced by Jean Michel Basquiat. Originally released in 1983, the deep, laid-back production and vocals were years ahead of what anyone else was doing at that time. This reissue features the original 10+ minute version and instrumental and the hard to get cover art, white on black drawings on the front and back, done by Basquiat. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Black & white split colored vinyl.)

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Zoot SimsNew Beat Bossa Nova Vol 1 ... LP
Colpix, Early 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
A great chapter in 60s bossa jazz – Zoot Sims "answer" to Stan Getz's bossa work on Verve – recorded in a similar jazz-meets-bossa style, with some great guitar work by Jim Hall! Zoot's solos are a bit tighter and not as laidback as Stan's – giving a more jazz-based sound to the work that makes for a nice change – and most of the tunes feature larger backings from Manny Albam and Al Cohn – never too over-arranged, but with enough of a full swinging sound to set things right. Hall's guitar works surprisingly well in the setting – and titles include "Barquinho De Papel", "Ciume", "Recado Bossa Nova (parts 1 & 2)", and "Cano Canoe". LP, Vinyl record album
(Venezuelan pressing. Cover has wear and aging, split seams, and some pen on back.)

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VariousTeen Beat Vol 6 – Another 26 Great Rockin Instrumentals ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $12.99 18.98
A teen beat, but one with plenty of twang – given that all the cuts here are killer instrumentals from the early days of rock and roll! Most tracks here feature small, raunchy combos – usually with a guitar, tenor, or organ in the lead – working over romping drums, and recorded at a level that keeps things nice and raw – even though a number of these tracks were hits back in the day! Yet there's also lots of great obscure numbers, too – including some instrumentals from artists you might normally associate with vocals – alongside local hits by groups that never fully broke big – all to make for a hell of a groovy little instrumental party. CD features 26 tracks in all – with excellent sound and very detailed notes – on titles that include "Night Ride" by The Ramrods, "The Noplace Special" by The Titans, "Reveille Rock" by Johnny & The Hurricanes, "Straight Flush" by The Frantics, "Path Finder" by Teddy & The Rough Riders, "Frankie & Johnny" by The Mus-Twangs, "Nee Nee Na Na Nu Nu" by Dickie Doo & The Don'ts, "Happy Vacation" by Jackie Lee, "2000 Pound Bee (parts 1 & 2)" by The Ventures, "Beach Party" by King Curtis & The Noble Knights, "Hully Gully Guitar" by Jerry Reed & The Hully Girlies, "Choo Choo" by James Brown & The Famous Flames, and "Disk Jockey" by The Invaders. CD

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✨✧ Henryk DebichString Beat ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Just-IcePut That Record Back On (voc, inst)/Latoya/That Girl Is A Slut ... 12-inch
Fresh, 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This is Just-Ice's first single, with a track that didn't make it to the LP, plus the original version of "Latoya" that's better than the LP version. "Put That Record Back On" is the cut here, with classic Mantronix production, from around the same time as his other big singles. And all the cuts include a whole lot of nice beat boxing from the Human DMX. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing in a Fresh sleeve, with a cut corner. Shrinkwrap has the hype sticker.)

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✨✧ Bernard WrightNard/Funky Beat ... CD
Arista/GRP/Robinsongs (UK), 1981/1983. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Dos Santos Anti-Beat OrquestaCafeteando/Camino Infernal/Phantom Weight ... 7-inch
Electric Cowbell, 2017. New Copy ... 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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BB & Q BandBrooklyn, Bronx & Queens Band (aka BB & Q Band) ... CD
Capitol/Universal (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $13.99
One of THE 80s groove classics – an excellent album that never gets old! The BB&Q Band had a tight outta site style that was the best small combo 80s version of 70s mainstream funk – sweetly jazzy, thanks to some really spacious production, and filled with lots of hard-stepping guitar, bass, and keyboard bits that propelled the tunes with snappingly catchy rhythms throughout. The group's classic cut "On The Beat" best sums up their appeal – as it's one of those post-disco tunes that gets back to basics, but still really moves the crowd out on the floor. It's got a very catchy hook, as do most of the cuts on the album – and titles include "Don't Say Goodbye", "Starlette", "Time For Love", and "I'll Cut You Loose"! CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Arthur BlytheDa Da/Basic Blythe ... CD
Columbia/Beat Goes On (UK), 1986/1988. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A pair of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – back to back in a single set! Da Da is a set that mixes some of the sharper edges of Blythe's earlier records with a few more contemporary touches – but always at a level that still has the reedman standing far from the mainstream! The core group here features Olu Dara on trumpet, Cecil McBee on bass, John Hicks on piano, and Bobby Battle on drums – and on the acoustic tracks, there's some great energy between them that soars with a soulful spirit birthed in the loft jazz years, maybe swung a bit straighter than before. A few other tunes add in some extra elements – an electric bass on one number, some light strings on another – but the core of the album still has a magnificent focus on that tone that Blythe had only perfected even more on records like this, especially on the more laidback numbers, which come as a real surprise, and reflect a ballad style we might not have guessed in the early days. Titles include "Odessa", "Esquinas", "After Paris", "Crescent", and "Break Time". Next up is Basic Blythe – not exactly basic work from Arthur Blythe, as the set features an added string ensemble too – but a record that certainly has the saxophonist really hitting a whole new level of genius! There's a great core group here – with John Hicks on piano, Anthony Cox on bass, and Bobby Battle on drums – and the strings are added in around the edges, never getting to much in the way of the combo energy, but also fleshing out the sound with this beautiful richness that only seems to enhance the sharp tone of Arthur's alto sax! The arrangements are great, too – hardly the usual "with strings" material, and instead very creative – with this mix of soul and sophistication that reminds us a bit of the Bill Lee scores for early Spike Lee films, but even longer and with the key addition of Blythe in the lead. Titles include "Lenox Avenue Breakdown", "Faceless Woman", "Ruby My Dear", "Heart To Heart", and "As Of Yet". CD

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Chemical BrothersSurrender (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Virgin (Japan), 1999. Used Gatefold ... $6.99
Chemical Brothers still riding high at the end of the 90s! In some ways, Surrender scales back on bigger, more boisterous big beat vibe for slightly hipper dancefloor vibe – but there's really a ton of ambitiousness here. Just a glance at the guest appearances is clue of how wild the ride is – a far reaching lot for sure – including Missy Elliot, Bernard Sumner, Hope Sandoval, Bobby Gillespie, Jonathan Donahue of Mercury Rev and more. Includes "Music: Response", "Under The Influence", "Out Of Control", "Orange Wedge", "Let Forever Be", "The Sunshine Underground", "Asleep From Day", "Got Glint?", "Hey Boy Hey Girl", "Surrender" and "Dream On". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Gene DunlapIt's Just The Way I Feel/Party In Me ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy ... About July 1, 2018
Two Capitol classics from the great Gene Dunlap – back to back on a single CD! First up is It's Just The Way I Feel – a classic soulful fusion album recorded and released during the crucial years of the "Capitol Rare" sound! Gene Dunlap is a jazz drummer at heart – but he's got a flair for the modern soul song – and in the same style as Norman Connors or Harvey Mason before him, he manages to put together a strong record of grooves and ballads from behind the kit! The strongest point of the record is work by The Ridgeways, a female soul trio who sing on the best tracks, giving them a smooth Jones Girls-ish kind of sound. The album includes two modern soul classics – "Before You Break My Heart" and "It's Just the Way I Feel" – plus "Love Dancin", "Rock Radio", "I Got You", and "Surest Things Can Change". Party In Me is wonderful work from Gene Dunlap – a jazzy soul drummer, and also a maestro with a killer ear for a modern soul groove! The album's got a mix of grooves and sophistication that are a bit like the best early 80s material from Roy Ayers – never chartbound, and never too commercial – but nice and tight, and really well put together! The instrumentation has plenty of jazzy 80s groove touches – especially in the keyboards – and Dunlap does a nice job of balancing up beat tracks with the mellow moments we love so much in his work. Vocals are from a variety of singers – including the great Ethel Beatty, who'd sung with Roy Ayers – plus Phillippe Wynne, Pam Lawson, and Gene himself – and titles include "Something Inside My Head", "Something Special", "Corner Pocket", "There Will Never Be Another (Like You)", "Party In Me", "Jam City", and "This One's On Me". CD

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Georgie Fame & The Blue FlamesFame At Last (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $19.99
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!)

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Formula 5 (Formula V)Determination ... LP
Malaco, 1985. Very Good ... $1.99
A Cali group, but one who cut this sweet 80s set for the Malaco label – a record that's definitely much more street beat oriented than most of the usual blues and southern soul you'd find on the imprint! The tunes have a snapping array of beats and keyboards, one that definitely matches the group's leather jackets on the cover – but the vocals can often be warmer than the instrumentation, with a nice indie soul feel throughout. Titles include "Back To Love", "Undercover Lover", "Killer Groove", "Love Hour", "Cleaning House", "Part Time Lover Full Time Fool", and "New Fool On The Block". LP, Vinyl record album

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Aretha FranklinElectrifying Aretha Franklin/Laughing On The Outside ... CD
Columbia/American Beat, 1962/1963. Used ... $19.99
A great double-header from Aretha Franklin – her first 2 Columbia albums back to back on a single CD! Electrifying Aretha Franklin is one of the first albums she cut with John Hammond at Columbia, and although it's not in the classic soul mode of the Atlantic sessions, it's a darn nice batch of bluesy jazz tracks that would still stand the test of time well if people weren't so hung up on the pro-Atlantic propaganda that plays down the Columbia years. Backings are by Richard Wess on most tracks, and at times Aretha's voice is recorded with a nice echoey touch that gives the material almost an R&B-ish feel. Titles include "Rough Lover", "You Made Me Love You", "It's So Heartbreakin", "Nobody Like You", "I Told You So", and "Just For You". Laughing On The Outside is a real gem too – jazzy, and not at all like Aretha's soul sides for Atlantic – but her vocals sound wonderful on the record, in a completely different way than on later albums. Arrangements are by Robert Mersey, and they've got a feel that's similar to some of the classic Ray Charles large group recordings for ABC – with slightly churchy backings behind the lead vocals, which are right out front in the set, and almost warmer than on other albums. Aretha sings mellow versions of standards like "Skylark", "For All We Know", "Until The Real Thing Comes Along", and "Where Are You?" – plus the obscure "Mr Ugly". CD
(Out of print.)

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Herbie HancockFuture Shock ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Near Mint- ... $9.99
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 is still in the shrinkwrap with a hype sticker.)

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✨✧ ImpressionsThis Is My Country/Young Mod's Forgotten Story ... CD
Curtom/American Beat, 1968/1969. Used ... Just Sold Out!
2 of our favorite Impressions albums ever – both righteous late 60s sessions, back to back on one CD! This Is My Country has The Impressions wearing their politics much more on their sleeve than before – with a cover that shows them standing in the rubble of the ghetto, and a title that is both a bold proclamation of ownership, and a sad comment on the state of affairs. Curtis Mayfield's pen is in perfect form here, and the group hits that perfect mix of sweet soul and politics that make these late 60s efforts some of their (and Curtis') strongest work, with harmonies that far surpass the earlier years, and which still kind of make us wish that Curtis hadn't gone solo, because we just love the sound of his sweet raspy voice next to the deeper style of Fred Cash. The set's filled with great cuts like "This Is My Country", "Loves Happening", "Fool For You", and "Stay Close To Me". Young Mod's Forgotten Story is a key transitional set – a record that has the group opening up the politics that were often hidden by spiritual metaphors on earlier ABC albums, into a righteous soul groove that hints a lot at the overblown direction Curtis Mayfield would take in the 70s, yet which still retains all the tightness of the group's earlier work. Nearly every single cut's a classic – and the group outdid themselves vocally, especially Curtis, who always makes our heart break on this one! Donny Hathaway and Johnny Pate handled the arrangements, and tracks include "Choice Of Colors", "The Girl I Find", "Mighty Mighty (Spade & Whitey)", "Soulful Love", and "Seven Years". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Incredible Bongo BandBongo Rock (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pride/Universal (Japan), Early 70s. New Copy ... $13.99
A landmark album that is perhaps the single most influential beat source in hip hop! The record was the brainchild of bongo player Michael Viner – who also happened to be running the Pride subsidiary of MGM at the time. Viner's got a meeeeeean touch on the bongo, hitting it hard and funky like the best 70s conga players – and his approach to the instrument is kind of like a funky update of popular instrumental styles laid down on guitar by The Ventures or on moog by Hot Butter. This album features the classics "Apache" and "Bongo Rock" – both with monster funky breakdowns that showed up on a heck of a lot of hip hop records over the years – plus loads of other goodies like "Last Bongo In Belgium" and "Bongolia". Excellent stuff – and darn hard to find! (We can still remember how stunned we were when we found our first copy in a Canadian record store back in 1987 – and even then we had to pay plenty!) Japanese reissue version includes 4 bonus tracks – "Sing Sing Sing", "Kiburi (part 1)", "Satisfaction", and "Last Bongo In Belgium (breakers mix)". CD
(Part of the Disco Fever 40 series!)

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Ahmad JamalHappy Moods/Listen To The Ahmad Jamal Quintet ... CD
Argo/Jazz Beat (Spain), 1960. Used ... $4.99
2 Argo Records gems from Ahmad Jamal – back to back on a single CD! Happy Moods is a sprightly set from the Ahmad Jamal Trio – but also a record that's not as brightly colored as you might guess from the title, thanks to a nice undercurrent of darkness in the mix! Jamal's piano work is often nicely punctuated – perhaps living up to the "happy moods" promised on the cover – but the bass work of Israel Crosby and drums by Vernell Fournier are a lot more subtle – magical element that really makes the record sparkle with that unique Jamal-like approach to rhythm. Titles include "For All We Know", "Excerpt From The Blues", "Little Old Lady", "Pavanne", "Time On My Hands", "Raincheck", and "Rhumba No 2". Listen To The Ahmad Jamal Quintet is a nicely expanded take on the Ahmad Jamal sound of the early 60s – one that adds in guitar from Ray Crawford and violin from Joe Kennedy to Jamal's usual trio grooving! The main focus here is often still on the core group – which features Israel Crosby on bass and Vernell Fournier on drums – but the added elements are used sparely to bring in new colors to the tunes, with Kennedy bowing violin lines on most of side one, and Crawford hitting some of his great single-note lines on most of side two. Titles include "Ahmad's Waltz", "Valentina", "Tempo For Two", "Yesterdays", and "Baia". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Happy Moods ... LP 4.99

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✨✧ Herman Kelly & LifePercussion Explosion! ... LP
Electric Cat, 1978. Very Good ... $34.99
The percussion-heavy soul gem from Herman Kelly & Life – recorded in both Brazil & Miami – and awash with killer drum work all the way through! The album's a key part of the Miami sound especially – and really shows the way that city's 70s funk scene used congas heavily – really filling up the middle of a cut with even more energy than usual! The album's best known for the classic sample cut "Dance to the Drummer's Beat" – which is offered up here in a nice extended version, with a long percussion break that makes it even tastier than usual – and the record's also got a few other uptempo cuts like "Who's the Funky DJ?" and "Do The Handbone" – plus the tracks "Time After Time", "A Refreshing Love", and "Share Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a small split in the bottom seam and a partially unglued back paste-on.)

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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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LimonadaLimonada ... LP
Sondor/Lion, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $8.99
An amazing little record from the free-thinking scene in Uruguay at the end of the 60s – a strange mix of styles, but a brilliant one too! Limonada only ever cut this one record, but it's a real masterpiece – a blend of 60s beat group instrumentation, candomble rhythms, and some of the headier styles floating around the Brazilian and Peruvian scenes at the time – modes that were experimental, but always playful, and are handled here by Limonada in a sound that's instantly appealing, no matter what your language or politics! The record has a tremendously groovy sound from the very start – a compressed, slightly psychedelic sound that features lots of weird twists and turns, but always moves back into a straightforward groove in the nick of time. The production alone is worth the price of admission – at a level similar too, but rougher than, some of the Tropicalia work of the time – and titles include "Ojos Que Miran Lejos", "Pies Descalzos", "Lejos Estas", "Barrio De Casas Bajas", "Veo Luz En La Ventana", "Cambiar La Rosa", and "Viejo Tambor". Deluxe reissue package too – heavy vinyl and cover, and an insert with notes! LP, Vinyl record album

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

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

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Mitsuru OgawaClub Jazz Definitive 1984 to 2015 (paperback) ... Book
Ele-King (Japan), 2015. New Copy Book ... $29.99
A comprehensive guide to the club jazz sound of the past 25 years or so – that sweet blend of jazzy roots and contemporary rhythms that first sprung to life in London at the end of the 80s – then grew through dancefloors on the German, Italian, and Japanese scenes of the next decade – as well as work from the American scene too! The book offers a deep discography of all the best work in this mode – from early releases on labels like Acid Jazz, Mo Wax, and Ninja Tune – through the big wave of excellent indie sides from the late 90s, as the London scene gave us broken beat, Germany gave us Compost and Sonar Kollektive, Tokyo gave us UFO and Nobokazu Takemura, and Italy gave us Schema and Right Tempo – then the whole thing went back to basics in the 21st Century, as a range of acoustic combos renewed the music from around the globe! But there's also a lot of surprising strands here, too – and the book offers up hundreds of listings – each with full color cover images, titles and dates in English – and a small review of the record in Japanese. The format is similar to other Japanese discographies we stock – with more than enough content for English speakers – and the book is almost 300 pages in length, and very thorough. Book

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✨✧ Philadelphia ExperimentPhiladelphia Experiment ... CD
Ropeadope/Atlantic, 2001. Used ... $7.99
Sweetly funky grooves from the Philly underground! The Philadelphia Experiment is a great trio featuring drummer Ahmir Thompson (from The Roots), jazz bassist Christian McBride, and keyboardist Uri Caine, who plays some great Fender Rhodes and Hammond B-3 on the set! The core grooves are by the trio, working together in a way that's not that different from the freestyle funk of Medeski, Martin, & Wood back when they used to care a bit more about the groove – and the group's joined on a few tracks by guests, including Pat Martino on guitar, Jon Swana on trumpet, and Larry Gold on cello. The best cuts on the set have a hard beat underneath, warm rolling basslines, and washes of keyboards over the top to keep things nice and sweet. Titles include "The Miles Hit", "Call For All Demons", "Grover", "Ain't It The Truth", "Mister Magic", "Philadelphia Freedom", and "Lesson #4". CD
(Out of print.)

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Luis QuinteroPercussion Maddness – Presented By Louie Vega ... CD
BBE/Rapster (UK), 2006. Used ... $14.99
One of the greatest albums we've heard from the hands of Louie Vega since his Nuyorican Soul project of a decade back – a mostly-Latin session built around the talents of percussionist Luisito Quintero, and featuring tracks in a mix of traditional and current dancefloor modes! There's hardly any of the house here that you might expect from the Vega name – and instead, the record bristles with raw acoustic energy from Quintero and a host of great guests that include Hilton Ruiz, Brian Lynch, Nestor Torres, Milton Cardona, Jose Mangual, and Blaze! And while Luisito certainly brings in plenty of Afro-Cuban percussion to the record, the tracks themselve stretch out in a real variety of pan-global influences – including Brazilian fusion, 21st century soul, and some of the best cross-cultural styles coming out of the current New York scene. The whole thing's great – Latin jazz at the core, but with so much more added on top – and titles include "Percussion Madness", "M'Bongi", "Our Love", "Love Remains The Same", "Oshgarina", "Four Beat Mambo", "Acid", "Quintero's Jam", "Tumbao", "Gabagada Gabagada Gabogodo Gabogodo", and "Aquilas Coisas Todas". CD
(Out of print. Digipack has some light wear.)

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RamonesRamones (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sire, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 21.98
The birth of punk rock as a bonafide genre, and not only that, a record that changed the rules – stripping rock and roll back down raw essentials – and unwittingly appearing as one of the greatest rock albums ever made. Given the stripped, buzzing simplicity, it's impossible to describe this record without sounding like a blow hard, but you really can't overstate what these four goony guys from Queens accomplished. 30-odd years of the most visceral pop music concentrated into 2 minute, 3 chord blasts of beautiful sonic catharsis – and they could barely even play! It's astonishing. Thanks boys! Tracks include "Blitzkrieg Bop", "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend", "Beat On The Brat", "Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue", "I Don't Wanna Around With You", "Loudmouth", and "Today Your Love Tomorrow The World". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nino RotaFellini, Visconti, Decadence, & Dreams (8 1/2/Rocco & His Brothers/The Leopard/Boccacio 70/more) ... CD
El (UK), Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $6.99 13.99
An overstuffed collection – one that's filled with famous Nino Rota soundtrack material – for films by Fellini, Visconti, and others! First up is the excellent score for 8 1/2 – beautiful work by Nino Rota – filled with the kind of classic themes that distinguished his best work for Fellini. Carlo Savina conducted, and he does an excellent job with Rota's ideas – crafting them into short little packets of sound, woven tightly into little balls that pass back and forth as the mood of the film changes, in a similar mode to the scoring for La Dolce Vita. Titles include "Cadillac", "Cimitero", "Discesa Ai Fanghi", "La Passerella D'Addio", "Concertino Alle Terme", and "E Poi". Next is Rocco & His Brothers – a wonderful Nino Rota score – composed around the same time as his better-known work for Fellini, but done for a film directed by Luchino Visconti! There's a great mix of darkness and light in the music – some playful themes mixed with moodier moments – set to instrumentation that includes organ, bandeon, violin, and sax – with occasional larger orchestrations as well, but always with that sense of intimacy that made Rota one of the first fresh composers on the European scene of the postwar years. If you dig Rota's work for Fellini, you'll find plenty here to love – on titles that include "Come Tu Vuoi", "Milano E Nadia", "Terra Lontana", "L'Amore Di Rocco", and "La Loro Storia". The Leopard is a slightly more straightforward score – done for the famous film with Burt Lancaster in the lead. Boccaccio 70 is a 3-part soundtrack to a 3-part film that features different segments by Fellini, Visconti, and De Sica. The mode is Italian sex comedy – and the styles used here by Trovajoli and Rota are groovy and whimsical – occasionally touched with jazz or jerk/beat modes, but more in the ornate humoresque mode of early 60s Italian scores. CD also features Rota soundtrack material from the films La Riffa, Il Lavora, and The Temptation Of Dr Antonio. CD

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Santos BrothersJazz For Two Trumpets ... LP
Metrojazz, Late 50s. Very Good ... $29.99
An incredible jazz treasure – the only album we've ever seen from the trumpet team of Juan and Jose Santos, two players supposedly from Mexico – but who blow with the fluid groove of the Candoli brothers! Despite the origin of the brothers, the album's got very little of a Latin feel – and is more rightly arranged tracks in well-done blend of west coast and chamber jazz styles. The album's one of the most obscure on the all-excellent Metrojazz series from MGM from the late 50s – and backing is by a small rhythm trio of equally obscure origin. Titles include "Beat The Devil", "The Red & The Brown", "The Elves", and "El Camino". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a name in marker on back.)

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Simon & GarfunkelSounds Of Silence ... LP
Columbia, Mid 60s. Very Good- ... $19.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 360 Sound mono pressing, with the Tiger Beat magazine visible on the back cover, which has some edge wear.)

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T La RockLyrical King (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Octave (Japan), 1987. New Copy ... $18.99
A well-titled set from the lyrical king – the mighty T La Rock, one of the key mid 80s MCs who helped introduce a whole new level of sophistication to hip hop! T La Rock maybe never hit the heights of KRS-One, Rakim, or other contemporaries – but this set has all the sharp fire and intensity that made that moment of new creativity so great – from the edgey production work and scratches by Louie Lou, to the extra help from Mantronik, and even the album's early appearances by Special K and MC Serch – which further the sense of collaboration from the streets that made some of the Fresh Records sets so great. Titles include "Lyrical King", "Back To Burn", "Three Minutes Of Beat Box", "Bust These Lyrics", "This Beat kicks", "Big Beat In London", and "It's Time To Chill". CD features bonus tracks – "It's Yours (12" radio)", "Breakdown (12" mix)", "He's Incredible (12" mix)", "Breaking Bells (12" mix)", "Bass Machine (12" mix)", "Love Blind (12" mix)", and "Runaway (12" voc)". CD
(Part of the Golden Age Hip Hop Masterpiece series!)

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Gabriel TajeuIntroduction To Gabriel Tajeu ... CD
Legere (France), 2017. New Copy ... $6.99
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 Taylor QuartetMoney Spyder (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Acid Jazz (UK), 1988. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Very early work from the James Taylor Quartet – music that's a lot more mod soul than some of the funk or clubbier styles of later work – but still served up with an equally sharp ear for a retro-styled sound! The groove here is more 60s mod than 70s funk, and James plays piano more than his usual Hammond – hitting a great British beat group instrumental style that's dripping with soul – and which supplies a perfect soundtrack for this "fake film" that has overriding crime/cop themes! This was the record that first hooked us on James Taylor way back in the 80s, and it's got an amazing groove that still sounds very fresh today. Titles include "The Money Spyder", "Car Chase", "Mr. Cool's Dream", "The Onion Club", "The Stroll", and "A Real Mean Time". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jr Walker & The All StarsPeace & Understanding Is Hard To Find ... LP
SOUL, 1973. Sealed ... $4.99
At some level, we have to admit, we've always been a shade disappointed in this record, no matter how many times we go back to it. It must be that the music doesn't quite live up to what the Efram Wolff cover image implies is within, and perhaps it's that Walker hasn't fully brought himself up to speed with the times to get with the hip righteousness that was going on in the Detroit scene of the early 70s. But there's a few ringers here, with some numbers arranged by Willie Hutch, Gene Page and James Carmichael, and Walker was hip enough to include a Leon Ware penned number, so though this album falls somewhere between Walker's signature gutbucket R&B sound that put himonthe charts and the heavy soul you'd hope for, it's got a few nice moments. Includes "It's Alright, Do What You Gotta Do", "Soul Clappin'", "Gimme that Beat (parts 1 & 2)" and "Peace & Understanding Is Hard To Find". LP, Vinyl record album

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Babe WallaceDizengoff (one sided single) ... 7-inch
Blue Beat (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $3.99
A mad groover from Babe Wallace – mixing surprisingly raucous R&B with a big band-sized orchestrations, wild vocals and an incredibly hip late 60s sound! It's a wild one, but totally infectious, almost the kind of thing you might expect to hearing backing some of the hippest, mod-era soul or pop – but the vocals roll from Yiddish to English, and back, giving it a oddball charm that's really unlike anything anything else! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Bruno ZambriniMia Moglie E' Una Bestia (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1988. New Copy ... $22.99
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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VariousBill Brewster Presents Tribal Rites (3CD set) ... CD
Eskimo (UK), 1970s/1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 3CD ... $21.99
Bill Brewster's taught us plenty about music over the years – both as a writer and dancefloor historian, and with some of his ultra-cool collections for various labels! But this time around, Bill tells us as much about himself as he does the history of popular music – by tying together some of his favorite records of the 70s and 80s, in a mix of modes that's nicely loose, and which features loads of great surprises along the way! The set's not your standard mix of funk and dancefloor tracks – as the vibe here is maybe more like some of those cool celebrity-chosen collections from a decade or so back – like the great Trip series, or some of its contemporaries. And although we always thought Brewster really knew a lot about music, he really blows us away here – with a huge amount of tracks that we'd never heard before, all working together in great new ways in the setting. Titles include "Maranatha" by Latin Breed, "Rhythm Kung Fu" by Banzai, "Cartoon People" by Freddi & Henchi, "Life In The Big City" by The General, "No Limit" by Final Edition, "Issmak" by Apatchi Band, "Reggae Makossa" by Brent Dowe & The Gaytones, "Rejoice" by Agape, "Animal Rhapsody (version)" by The Raincoats, "Side A Side B" by Deborah & The Puerto Ricans, "Walk On The Wild Side" by Jeff Duff, "Crazy Beat" by Motion, "Turning Back" by Peter Accident, "Family Prayer" by Clifton King, "Night Images (Swayzak early mid afternoon mix)" by Larry Heard, "Excursion 2" by B McCarthy & Rasoul, "What Time It Is (part 2 – Bill Brewster edit)" by General Crook, and "Don't Stay For Breakfast" by Stroer. CD

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VariousGiant Single – The Profile Records Rap Anthology (colored vinyl) (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Profile, Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99 24.98
The Profile Records label may be best-remembered as the initial home of Run DMC – but back in the day, the company was one of the top imprints on the New York scene – and one of the few who could be a bit bigtime, yet still keep the right sort of ears to the ground! The selection here certainly lives up to that legacy – as the music is filled with some overlooked treasures, mixed with a few key classics – all to serve up a perfect portrait of the hip hop underground as it was really breaking out and moving up! Titles include "Genius Rap" by Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde, "Whip Rap" by Disco Four, "Word Of Mouth" by King Kut, "A Fly Guy" by Pebblee Poo, "Fresh" by Fresh 3 MCs, "Beat Bop" by Rammelzee Vs K-Rob, "Nightmares" by Dana Dane, "Get Off My Tip" by Masterdon Committee, "Lies Lies" by Rap-O-Matic, "It's My Beat" by Sweet Tee & Jazzy Joyce, "Drag Rap" by The Showboys, "Here Comes That Beat" by Pumpkin & The Profile All-Stars, and "Sucker MCs (Krush Groove 1)" by Run-DMC. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing – includes download!)

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VariousRich Medina Presents Jump N Funk (with bonus 7" single) ... LP
BBE (UK), Mid 70s/Late 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99 31.99
One of the coolest projects we've heard from Rich Medina in years – a killer compilation that brings together older Afro Funk tracks from the 70s with a big amount of cuts from more contemporary years – all with a blend that pushes the spirit of the continent way out into the cosmos! Medina's always been one of the most forward-thinking artists in the underground – and you can definitely hear that quality in this set – as Rich effortlessly steps back and forth in space and time, to create a unified sound that bristles with electricity, while still reveling in all the key acoustic elements from the 70s. Titles include "For The People" by Aquil, "Bango Fields" by Kutiman, "For Real (2011 edition Atjazz rmx)" by Atjazz, Olodumare" by Wale Oyejide, "Bushman" by Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, "Stalemate" by Fela & The Afrika 70, "Jungle Beat (Mutaba)" by Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes, "Soul Makossa" by Original Nairobi Afro Band, "Why Can't We Live Together (Sao Benitez BV dub)" by River Oceaon, and "Na Oil" by Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80. LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousSoho Espresso ... CD
Croydon Municipal (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $6.99 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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VariousVinyl Exams ... LP
Sony, 2000. Near Mint- 2LP ... $11.99
Nice comp of old school cuts: Schoolly D "PSK What Does It Mean?", Ultramag "Ego Trippin", Fearless Four "Rockin It", Treacherous Three "Body Rock", Just Ice "Going Way Back", Steady B "Bring The Beat Back", Super Lover Cee & Casanova Rud "Girls I Got 'Em Locked", fat Boys "Stick 'Em", Roxanne Shante & Biz Mark "Def Fresh Crew", Sweet Tee & Jazzy Joyce "It's My Beat", Run DMC "Peter Piper" and Fresh 3 MCs "Fresh". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bent corner and promo sticker.)

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✨✧ VariousWe Out Here ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
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. CD
Also available We Out Here ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ VariousWe Out Here ... LP
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $26.99 27.98
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
Also available We Out Here ... CD 10.99

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✨✧ Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part One (4th World War) ... LP
Motown, 2008. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Badu is back with some of the deepest, funkiest and best music of her career – a mindblowing treatise for a New Amerykah – and what we'll consider an instant classic whether the world at large catches on or not! Erykah steps up this time with a set that balances the wilder impulses of her criminally underappreciated Worldwide Underground and more of a hip hop based, righteously grooving style – but still bursts with a freshness that's unrivaled to say the least. From free spirited soul, to sparse hip hop funk this record is both blunt and beautiful – with a slow-building emotional resonance that'll reach the most jaded souls. Modern soul music of the first order that gives us goosebumps from the first spin to the last beat! The album kicks off with Erykah riffing on and remixing Ramp's "American Promise" as an intro – and it just gets deeper from there. Producers/collaborators include Madlib, Sa-Ra, Karriem Riggins, James Poyser and ?uestlove. Amazing!!! Titles include "The Healer", "Me", "My People", "Soldier", "The Cell", "Twinkle", "Master Teacher", "The Hump" and "Telephone". The 9th Wonder produced single "Honey" is an unlisted bonus track. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Anita BakerGiving You The Best That I Got ... CD
Elektra, 1988. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mega-hit, but for good reason – as the record brought sophistication back to chart soul at the end of the 80s – proof that well-done, deeply-voiced records could still beat the schmaltz of the geri-curl generation! Anita's working here in territory that draws from the classics, but is certainly all her own – a space between jazz and soul that was hardly ever handled this well by other artists at the time. Titles include "Priceless", "Lead Me Into Love", "Giving You The Best That I Got", "Good Love", "Rules", "Good Enough", and "You Belong To Me". CD
(Some writing on booklet cover in pen.)

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✨✧ Booker T & The MGsMelting Pot ... LP
Stax, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever from Booker T & The MGs – and very different than their early work! The record has Book & Co taking off with a stretched-out jazzy sound – carving expanded grooves that are filled with sweet organ solos, choppy guitar riffs, and some incredibly tight rhythm lines – more than enough to make this set a standout in the collection of any beat digger! Includes the massive "Melting Pot" – an oft-sampled jam that runs for over 8 minutes long – plus "LA Jazz Song", which features amazingly tight guitar work from Steve Cropper, and the nice cuts "Fuquawi" and "Chicken Pox". Other titles include "Back Home", "Sunny Monday", and "Hi Ride". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ D'AngeloBlack Messiah ... LP
RCA, 2014. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
D'Angelo comes back after many years awol from the studio – and the result is a stunning new step in his music! We've loved the man from day one – and some folks could well say that he really helped reinvigorate soul back in the 90s – and all his time away from the studio has definitely been formative, as he comes back here with a righteous power that really blows away all his previous work! D'Angelo still loves the slow beat and mellow approach to funk – but he's also picked up a lot more fuzz and freak, too – righteous energy that more than lives up to the Black Messiah promised by the title, as do the lyrics. Instrumentation includes work by Questlove on drums, Roy Hargrove on trumpet, and Jesse Johnson on guitar – and the grooves have these tripping, slow-percolating elements that really give the lyrics a great sort of crackle. More than worth the wait – as you'll hear on titles that include "Back To The Future (parts 1 & 2)", "Sugah Daddy", "Really Love", "1000 Deaths", "Ain't That Easy", "Betray My Heart", "The Door", and "Till It's Done (Tutu)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Sean Khan with Hermeto PascoalPalmares Fantasy ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Makaya McCravenHighly Rare ... LP
International Anthem, 2017. Used ... 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
(Black vinyl pressing, with inner sleeve and obi.)
Also available Highly Rare ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Riz OrtolaniUna Sull'Altra/Non Si Sevizia Un Paperino ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1969. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of wonderful soundtracks – back to back in a single collection! Una Sull'Altra is a groovy little gem from Riz Ortolani! The soundtrack's got an excellent late 60s feel – with tracks that mix electric bass with sitar, flute, organ, and some fuller jazzy arrangements. There's a strong jazz component running through the mix – taking the score past some of the easier campier moments, and giving it a solid overall sound that will keep you coming back to it again and again. Titles include "Sitar In Blues", "Lombard Street", "St Francisco Railways", "St Quentin", "Un Sull Altra", and "Susan & Jane". This CD version features a total of 21 tracks – including some unreleased bonus material. Non Si Zevizia Un Paperino has these amazing string passages that really creep us out – played with razor-sharpness and echoey quality on the best cuts, in an almost Psycho-like style that's really wonderful! Mellower cuts on the soundtrack have a nicely contrasting sweeter approach, with a few warm 70s-styled melodies – and the score is represented by 13 titles from the original album, including "Quei Giorni Insieme A Te", which features vocals by Omella Vanoni. CD

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

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✨✧ Talib KweliEardrum (Clean version) ... CD
Blacksmith/Warner, 2007. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Kweli's debut for Warner Bros, via his own Blacksmith label – and his best work in years – back in top form after a waning couple of years on Rawkus/Interscope! Kweli laid some dynamite in the underground in the first half of the 00s letting us know he still had it even if the LPs were hit & miss, and if Eardrum isn't perfect (and a bit heavy with guest appearances), he's still dropping impossible verses over over tight production – by Madlib, Just Blaze, Pete Rock and others! A very strong set from veteran who still might have his best work ahead of him. Includes "Everything Man", "My Weather Report", Hostile Gospel", "Say Something" with Jean Grae, "Country Cousins" feat UGK & Raheem Devaughn, "Holy Moly", "Eat To Live", "Stay Around", "The Perfect Beat" feat KRS One, and more, plus the bonus tracks "Go With Us" feat Strong Arm Steady, "Hostile Gospel Pt 2" feat Sizzla and "The Nature" featuring same kid named Justin Timberlake (never heard of him). CD
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✨✧ James Taylor QuartetMoney Spyder ... CD
Acid Jazz/Hollywood, 1988. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very early work from the James Taylor Quartet – music that's a lot more mod soul than some of the funk or clubbier styles of later work – but still served up with an equally sharp ear for a retro-styled sound! The groove here is more 60s mod than 70s funk, and James plays piano more than his usual Hammond – hitting a great British beat group instrumental style that's dripping with soul – and which supplies a perfect soundtrack for this "fake film" that has overriding crime/cop themes! This was the record that first hooked us on James Taylor way back in the 80s, and it's got an amazing groove that still sounds very fresh today. Titles include "The Money Spyder", "Car Chase", "Mr. Cool's Dream", "The Onion Club", "The Stroll", and "A Real Mean Time". CD
Also available Money Spyder (180 gram pressing) ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ VariousGumba Fire – Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa ... CD
Soundway (UK), Mid 80s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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. CD

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✨✧ VariousSuper Breaks 2 – Essential Jazz, Soul and Funk Breakbeats ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Shirley EllisThree Six Nine – The Best Of Shirley Ellis ... CD
Congress/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Aretha FranklinSoul Sister/Take It Like You Give It ... CD
Columbia/American Beat, 1966/1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
Aretha Franklin's last 2 Columbia albums – back to back on a single CD! Soul Sister is a later date for Columbia Records that hints a bit at the sounds to come on Atlantic! Backings are by Robert Mersey and Belford Hendricks – both of whom use some relatively full orchestrations and occasional backing vocals – in ways that almost translate a 60s country soul aesthetic to a leaner, cleaner sound for Aretha's strong vocals. Franklin, as always, is great – the kind of singer that really illuminates any tune she gets – even familiar numbers that seem to take on new life in her hands. The material is a bit deeper-digging than before on Columbia – less covers, and more tunes that are well-suited to Aretha's sensibilities – including a few penned by Van McCoy or Hendricks. Titles include "Until You Were Gone", "Follow Your Heart", "A Mother's Love", "I'm Losing You", "Take A Look", and "Can't You See Me". On Take It Like You Give It, Franklin steps out with even more of a hard soul style than before – in a record that's a great close to her early years on Columbia Records! Arrangements are by Belford Hendricks and Clyde Otis – the latter of whom is clearly responsible for the deepening sound of Franklin's music here – although Hendricks' work also sounds pretty great too, with a leaner feel than before. Franklin's vocals really sparkle nicely on the set – sometimes supported with backing singers, sometimes all out on their own – always in that iconic style that inspired whole generation of female soul singers. Titles include "A Little Bit Of Soul", "Only The One You Love", "Deeper", "Remember Me", "Land Of Dreams", "Lee Cross", "I May Never Get To Heaven", and "Take It Like You Give It". CD

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✨✧ Isley BrothersBlack Berries (part 1 & 2) ... 7-inch
T Neck, Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
We can't remember which album this one's on (or if it's on an album at all), but it's our favorite type of Isley's groove. It's got a pulsing sexy beat, rolling sinister piano, and some nice horn solos. The lyrics are very laid back and funky, and are an exploration on the idea that "the blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Vinyl has some noisy residue at the intro.)

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✨✧ Makaya McCravenHighly Rare ... CD
International Anthem/P-Vine (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... 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". CD
Also available Highly Rare ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ VariousPlay It Like Papa – 15 Years Of Papa Records 2002 to 2017 (3CD set) ... CD
Reel People (UK), 2017. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic tribute to a really mighty label – one of the few contemporary club imprints who can effortlessly combine future soul and dancefloor grooves – all in a way that makes both sides of the spectrum sound even better together! Papa's one of the rare few labels carrying on the best traditions of years back – especially that moment when house music really found a way to be uplifting and soulful, often with some strong help from the London scene – which then served to inspire artists back in America as well! There's lots of that trans-Atlantic spirit taking place here – and the 3CD set is overflowing with the kind of tracks you'd only hear on the hippest of floors – divided up into styles on each disc – with a focus on Broken Beat & Nu Jazz, Soulful House, and Deep House. Titles include "Same Thing (Atjazz rmx)" by Osunlade feat Maiya James, "Butterflies (Restless Soul's soul heaven mix)" by Reel People with Dyanna Fearon, "Sapporo" by Blaze, "Seein You (orig mix)" by Eli Escobar, "The Galactica Suite (orig mix)" by Simon Grey, "This Sound Rocks My Body" by Sebb Junior, "I'll Take You (Richard Earnshaw re-beat edit)" by Jon Cutler, "Celestine Prophecy" by Blaze, "Second Guess (Da Lata rmx)" by Reel People feat Jag, "We Can Change This World (orig mix)" by DJ Spinna feat Heavy, "Dreams (Afronaut mix)" by Alison David, "Waiting Is Over" by Faze Action Presents Orto with Vanessa Freeman, "Caught Up" by Saison, "Time (Realm voc mix" by The Realm feat Tony Momrelle, "In The Sun (Yoruba Soul rmx)" by Reel People with Angela Johnson, "Para Na We (rainy city music mix)" by Os Malandros, "Vazilando (main mix)" by Oreja, "Into My Soul (Spiritchaser rmx)" by Aki BErgen with Carmen Sherry, "Summertime (NSM summertime 09 mix)" by Yam Who with Noel McKoy & Leroy Burgess, and "Look A Little Further (MuthaFunkaz 12" voc mix)" by Domu presents Pete Simpson. CD

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✨✧ Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part One (4th World War) ... CD
Motown, 2008. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Badu is back with some of the deepest, funkiest and best music of her career – a mindblowing treatise for a New Amerykah – and what we'll consider an instant classic whether the world at large catches on or not! Erykah steps up this time with a set that balances the wilder impulses of her criminally underappreciated Worldwide Underground and more of a hip hop based, righteously grooving style – but still bursts with a freshness that's unrivaled to say the least. From free spirited soul, to sparse hip hop funk this record is both blunt and beautiful – with a slow-building emotional resonance that'll reach the most jaded souls. Modern soul music of the first order that gives us goosebumps from the first spin to the last beat! The album kicks off with Erykah riffing on and remixing Ramp's "American Promise" as an intro – and it just gets deeper from there. Producers/collaborators include Madlib, Sa-Ra, Karriem Riggins, James Poyser and ?uestlove. Amazing!!! Titles include "The Healer", "Me", "My People", "Soldier", "The Cell", "Twinkle", "Master Teacher", "The Hump" and "Telephone". The 9th Wonder produced single "Honey" is an unlisted bonus track. CD

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✨✧ Don DrummondDon Cosmic ... CD
Studio One, Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An incredible collection of work from one of the coolest musicians on the Jamaican scene in the 60s – the legendary Don Drummond – an artist who was schooled in jazz trombone, then went on to use the instrument as a surprisingly powerful force in ska, rocksteady, and reggae! This collection focuses on Don's performances for Studio One – and includes a number of tracks that were only ever issued as 45s, and which make their first-ever appearance here on album – along with a few classics, and some other unreleased takes too! Don's musicianship is superb – and he uses the trombone in a way that has the powerful punch of a trumpet, but is also tied quite strongly to the basslines in the rhythms too – an approach that was the epitome of cool back in the day. Titles include "Reload", "The Shock", "Surplus", "Coolie Boy", "Roll On Sweet Don", "The Rocket", "Rain Or Shine", "Scrap Iron", "Grooving With The Beat", "Serenade In Sound", "Green Island", "Far East", "Last Call", and "Jet Stream". CD

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✨✧ Haggis HornsOne Of These Days ... CD
Haggis (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Haggis Horns use plenty of their namesake instrument here – but what really makes the record great is its funky rhythmic core – a rock-solid rhythm section that has the larger group rivaling some of the best deep funk combos of the contemporary scene! The Haggis Horns are no newcomers to the music, but they just seem to get better and better with each new release – moving past their initial rise as a unique Scottish funk band, as you'd guess from their name – with a sound that could easily compete with the best blacksploitation-styled funk from both sides of the Atlantic! This time around, there's a few different singers in the mix – Doc Brown, John McCallum, and Lucinda Slim – which also expands the musical vision of the group – on titles that include "Curse Of The Haggis", "What's It All About", "The Long Way", "Gonna Be Alright", "World Gone Crazy", "Taker It Back", "New York Beat", and "One Of These Days". CD

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

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✨✧ Major LanceAin't No Soul In These Old Shoes – The Complete Okeh Recordings 1963 to 1967 ... CD
Okeh/RPM (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
The complete Okeh label recordings from the mighty Major Lance – a crucial chapter in Chicago soul, finally given its due! Back in the day, Major Lance was as important to Windy City soul as better-remembered artists like Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, or Curtis Mayfield – and in fact, Mayfield is a key part of these recordings, as he provided a big number of tracks for the Major – some that were later recorded by The Impressions, and lots more that were exclusive hits for Lance! Plus, the work here features formative studio genius from producers Mayfield and Carl Davis – both talents who'd go on to shape Chicago soul strongly for years to come – as well as great arrangements by Johnny Pate, Riley Hampton, and Sonny Sanders – some of the hippest cats to ever work in soul. Think of the whole thing as a mighty blueprint for Chicago soul for years to come – but one that can also stand more than strongly enough on its own – thanks to a whopping assortment of 53 tracks that includes "Girls", "Rhythm", "It Ain't No Use", "Dark & Lonely", "Watusi", "The Bird", "Everytime", "It's All Right", "Little Young Lover", "Gonna Get Married", "The Matador", "I'm The One", "Get My Hat", "Play A Song For Me", "Little Miss Love", "Forever", "It's The Beat", "Ain't No Soul", "Everybody Loves A Good Time", "Ain't It A Shame", "Come See", "I'm So Lost", "Sweet Music", "Just One Look", "What's Happening", and "Hitchhike". CD

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✨✧ Jemal RamirezAfrican Skies (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Joyful Beat, 2018. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A killer record from Cali drummer Jemal Ramirez – maybe his greatest set so far as a leader, and a record that features a top-shelf lineup that really captures his vision! We'll be honest in saying that it was vibist Warren Wolf who first caught our attention here – as we love anything that Warren does, and especially value his contribution as a sideman – where he seems to bring the same sort of soulful flow to a group that Bobby Hutcherson could back in the 70s! That's definitely the case here, as Wolf's bold colors work perfectly with the rich lines on piano and Fender Rhodes from Matthew Clark – and are given a soaring spirit when reed work from Howard Riley kicks in – as the player handles alto, tenor, and soprano sax on the set. Mike Olmos plays trumpet on half the album, John Shifflett handles bass throughout, and it's definitely the case that Ramirez's rock-solid drumming and leadership are what really keep the album moving. Titles include Jemal's originals "On The Move", "A Long Way Home", "Where Are They", "No Time Left", and "Stasia" – and other titles include "African Skies", "It Always Is", "A Good Time", "Sister Cheryl", and "Episode From A Village Dance". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram vinyl pressed at RTI! Includes download with 4 bonus tracks!)

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Roy AyersRoy Ayers Ubiquity ... LP
Polydor, 1971. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest Roy Ayers albums of all time – and one of the rarest! The record is right in the same vein as Roy's groundbreaking He's Coming LP – a righteous mix of soul jazz, subtle funk, and some of the cosmic wisdom that Roy was spreading among the jazz funk underground – all wrapped up beautifully, but never in a way that's like commercial soul of the time. There's a few instrumental tracks on the album, plus some vocal ones that show that off-beat male/female style that Roy would use more famously in later tracks like "Everybody Loves The Sunshine" or his work with Ramp. Players include Harry Whitaker on electric piano, Edwin Birdsong on organ, Alphonse Mouzon on drums, Jumma Santos on congas – and titles include a version of Nat Adderley's "Hummin", done as "Hummin In The Sun", and very much in the Ramp vein. Also features instrumental cuts "The Fuzz", which has Roy's vibes toned way up, and the cool mellow "The Painted Desert", a really offbeat slow jazz number. The group also does a great job with Edwin Birdsong's "Pretty Brown Skin", picking up the song as a really anthemic groover that gives the record a nice kick! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has heavy wear on the spine, light surface wear, and a peeled spot from sticker removal on back.)

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✨✧ Bodast (Steve Howe)Towards Utopia (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Esoteric (UK), 1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
You may know Steve Howe as a key member of Yes during their glory days – but the guitarist had a rich resume of work that went back to the early 60s UK scene – including this great stint in the trio Bodast! The group was one that Howe worked with between his time with Tomorrow and Yes – and they've got a tight, stark sound that's different than either group – maybe a bit of the fuzz of Tomorrow, but almost some elements that point back towards Steve's beat years – although the guitar lines get a chance to really stretch out and do some wonderful things here. The material was recorded in 1968, and never issued at the time – and this superb vinyl pressing presents the rare original mix for the first time on vinyl – much grittier than a cleaned-up version that Howe handled in the 80s. Titles include "Black Leather Gloves", "Mr Jones", "Tired Towers", "Do You Remember", "Beyond Winter", "Nether Street", and "1000 Years". CD features bonus tracks – "The Spanish Song", "Power Of Music", and "Come Over Stranger" – recorded by the previous group Canto. CD

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✨✧ Phil SeymourPrince Of Power Pop – His Very Best Plus 11 Unreleased Tracks ... CD
Boardwalk/Big Beat (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Classic sounds from the well-named "prince of power pop" – the mighty Phil Seymour, a singer who only gave us a few albums at the start of the 80s – but a singer who really helped to define a generation at the time! Seymour came onto the scene after the initial ripples of punk and new wave – and, in a way, his music was almost more of a basic return to standard rock and roll – but without all the overblown trappings of the 70s, in a way that really just focused on the singer and the song, and Seymour's incredible talent for putting over a hook! The sound is is relatively unassuming throughout, but the songs are plenty darn catchy – and are presented here in a well-chosen array of material from Phil's first two records for the Boardwalk label, plus 11 more tracks that were recorded at the time, but never issued. As usual with Ace/Big Beat, the presentation is great – lots of detailed notes, and plenty of music for your money – with titles that include "Suzie Glider", "Maybe It Was Memphis", "Baby It's You", "Precious To Me", "Then We Go Up", "Don't Blow Your Life Away", "Teaching Me", "I Found A Love", "Let Her Dance", "Stand Back & Take A Good Look", "I'll Be Waiting", "Looking For The Magic", "Now", and "Better To Me Than You". CD

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✨✧ Percy SledgeWhen A Man Loves A Woman/Warm & Tender Soul (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Atlantic/Edsel (UK), 1966. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Massive soul from 60s Atlantic – 2 legendary albums, back to back on one CD! When A Man Loves A Woman is a stone classic from Percy Sledge – and one of southern soul's all-time greatest hits! The title track, "When A Man Loves A Woman", is an undisputed masterpiece – with sweet bubbling organ, and heartbreaking vocals from Percy himself. The rest is pretty darn great, too – with a similar sound that's filled with love, warmth, and raw emotion. Titles include "Love Me Like You Mean It", "You're Pouring Water On A Drowning Man", "Put A Little Lovin On Me", "Love Me All The Way", and "You Fooled Me". Warm & Tender Soul is equally great – a mature masterpiece of southern soul, recorded by Quinn Ivy with a hip batch of songs that shows that Sledge was a complicated singer, capable of moving way past his hits. The set includes a version of Dan Penn & Lindam Oldham's "It Tears Me Up", plus "I Stand Accused", "Oh How Happy", "Sweet Woman Like You", "So Much Love", and "Heart Of A Child". CD also features 4 bonus tracks – "Sugar Puddin", "Every Beat Of My Heart", "You've Got That Something Wonderful", and a remake of "When A Man Loves A Woman", recorded in 1966 but not issued until 1998. CD

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✨✧ Billy TaylorCross-Section ... CD
Prestige/OJC, Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great record – or half-great, as the case may be! One part of this album features Billy with his standard trio of Earl May and Percy Brice, playing mellow piano trio versions of tracks that include "Tune For Tex", "Goodbye", "Biddy's Beat", and "Eddie's Theme". Those cuts are fine, but the real strength of the album lies on the last 4 cuts – all killer Latin jazz numbers cut with a rhythm section that includes Machito, Jose Mangual, Charlie Smith, and Uba Nieto. The added conga, bongos, and timbales really make the tracks groove – and you'll find yourself coming back to "I Love To Mambo", "Mambo Azul", "Early Morning Mambo", and "Candido" more than you will the rest of the record. CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ Handsome Boy Modeling SchoolWhite People – Instrumentals ... LP
Atlantic, 2004. Used 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The cocktail sippin', high livin', beatmakin' team of Automator (Nathaniel Merriweather) and Prince Paul (Chest Rockwell) return as Handsome Boy Modeling School! 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 to go along with the block rockin' hip hop beats! A pretty solid set from the most adventurous pseudo duo in the game! 14 instrumentals, including "If It Wasn't For You", "Are You Down With It", "The World's Gone Mad", "It's Like That", "I've Been Thinking", "Rock And Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This) Pt 2", "A Day In The Life" plus "The Runway Song Part 2 (Kid Koala & DJ Shadow Are Ready For Their Close Up)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert.)

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Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPinata ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy ... $13.99 15.98
Smart , streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by restlessly 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". CD

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NxWorries (Anderson Paak & Knxwledge)Yes Lawd! ... CD
Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
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. CD
Also available Yes Lawd! (with download) ... LP 23.99

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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
(Includes download.)
Also available Yes Lawd! ... CD 10.99

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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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AaliyahBack & Forth (LP, Mr Lee & R Kelly's rmx, Ms Mello rmx, Mr Lee's club mix, Ms Mello inst, Mr Lee's bonus beats) (colored vinyl) (2018 Record ... 12-inch
Atlantic, 1994. New Copy (pic cover)... $16.99
The classic debut single – written by R Kelly, but fully owned and made forever fresh by Aaliyah! Includes the uberclassic Age Ain't Nothing But A Number LP version and a bunch of great 12" mixes. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited to 2500 on purple vinyl.)

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Beat Konducta (Madlib)Beat Konducta Vol 1 – Movie Scenes ... LP
Stones Throw, 2005. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
A platter of Madlib beats – the first in a series of instrumental hip hop from 'Lib's Beat Konducta (formerly Beat Conductor) moniker! Madlib's production work has always had a filmic groove, and this set collects and assembles the most cinematic of said beats into an (unsurprisingly) incredible 2-sided piece. 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!?! Tracks include "The Comeback (Madlib)", "The Payback (Gotta)", "Face The Sun (Africa)", "Stax (Strings)", "Left On Silverlake (Ride)", "Offbeat (Grooves)","Pyramids (Change)", "Eternal Broadcaster (Authentic)" and more! LP, Vinyl record album

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FatbackBrite Lites Big City ... LP
Spring, 1979. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Was there ever a group that was sharper than Fatback? With a record like this, it's hard to imagine that there was – because the groove is right and the sound is tight – served up in a seamless combination of basslines, beats, and riffs! The set follows the pattern of a few of their other gems from the time – and offers up one side titled "The Joint" – which features a few long funk tracks, spinning out with a midtempo vibe that's perfect for the old school rollerskating crew – that second school of funk the group had hit by the end of the 70s. Side two moves into "Mellow 11" – but grooves that are maybe still relatively upbeat, just swinging in a different style than side one – as further illustration of the instrumental genius of these giants. Titles include "Freak The Freak The Funk", "Let Me Do It To You", "Big City", "Boogie Woogie", and "Hesitation". LP, Vinyl record album
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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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MajikBack Into Your Heart/Dance Dance Dance (with poster) ... 7-inch
Hi Records/Melodies International, 1979. New Copy (pic cover)... $15.99
A rare late 70s groover from Hi Records – produced by Willie Mitchell, but given a much more clubby vibe than his previous work! The tune's uptempo, and has this great moogy bit at the start – before the positive, upbeat lyrics slide into the fast funk instrumentation in a mighty nice way! There's a great bassline break in the middle – almost worth the price of admission alone. "Dance Dance Dance" is even funkier – a super-quick club cut with bass work that's simply amazing! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Ourra feat Andre EspeutDon't Back Down (vocal, inst) ... 7-inch
Star Creature, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 10.00
Compelling dancefloor beats, cosmic synth atmosphere, funky bass grooves and soul-steeped vocals – all things we love – and we're loving the neo-classic club grooves on the Star Creature label more and more! Ourra & Andre Espeut make 80s-inspired grooves fresh again, not skimping on the songcraft at all – Andre Espeut's vocals are really nice on the main version – but the instrumental on the flipside is plenty solid on its own! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Sadao WatanabeSadao Plays Beatles & Bacharach (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Takt/Columbia (Japan), 1968. New Copy Gatefold ... $26.99
A really great setting for the reed talents of the young Sadao Watanabe – as the music of Burt Bacharach and The Beatles give him a fresh showcase for his sound! The Bacharach material is handled a bit like Watanabe's take on bossa tunes – with fuller backings, but a strong focus on his lyrical solos – and the Beatles numbers are maybe a bit more groovy, especially as they include some surprising tracks from the later years of the group! Sadao plays both soprano sax and alto – and the instrumentation includes drums from Fumio Watanabe, trumpet from Terumasa Hino, and even a bit of organ and electric harpsichord from Kazuo Yashiro and Yoshio Suzuki! Titles include "Magical Mystery Tour", "I Am The Walrus", "Reach Out For Me", "Trains Boats & Planes", "The Look Of Love", and "Blue Jay Way". CD

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VariousSuper Breaks – Return To The Old School – Classic Breaks & Beats From The Birth Of Hip Hop ... LP
BGP (UK), New Copy 2 LPs ... $21.99 22.98
A damn classic entry in the Super Breaks series from BGP – one that's filled with crucial sample cuts from the old school – some really wonderful funky nuggets, brought together here as a great reminder of the tracks that first got us digging back in the day! There's less of the totally obscure numbers here than you might find on other Super Breaks volumes, but things aren't totally mainstream either – and the compilers have not only done a great job of pulling together tracks that were really important for hip hop, but have also managed to put a really fresh spin on the music altogether – reminding us once again that even in the age of digital music, nothing beats a well-done compilation! Titles include "Shifting Gears" by Johnny Hammond, "Mary Mary" by The Monkees, "Scratchin" by Magic Disco Machine, "It's Just Begun" by Jimmy Castor, "Africano" by Earth Wind & Fire, "Apache" by Incredible Bongo Band, "Got To Get A Knutt" by New Birth, "Get Up & Dance" by Freedom, "Super Sporm" by Captain Sky, "Who Is He & What Is He To You" by Creative Source, "Funky President" by James Brown, "Blow Your Head" by The JBs, "Johnny The Fox" by Thin Lizzy, "Let A Woman Be A Woman Let A Man Be A Man" by Dyke & The Blazers, "The Clapping Song" by Shirley Ellis, and "Get Ya Some" by Melvin Sparks. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Fatback BandPut Your Love (In My Tender Care)/Spanish Hustle ... 7-inch
Event, 1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great mid period Fatback! "Put Your Love" is a surprisingly funky number – kind of stepping and slapping at a nice slow pace that the group had almost abandoned by this time! "Spanish Hustle" is even groovier – an upbeat number with a Latin disco flourish – using some great moog in the mix to make for a really cool sound! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousNippon Girls Vol 2 – Japanese Pop, Beat, & Rock & Roll 1966 to 1970 (colored vinyl) ... LP
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Mad sounds from the late 60s world of Japanese pop – a mindblowing, ear-opening batch of singles we never would have gotten our hands on otherwise! The music here feels like sounds coming out of some backroom jukebox in a Nikkatsu "new action" film – or maybe the kind of offbeat pop that Quentin Tarantino might throw into a soundtrack – but there's also a much deeper range of sounds going on than you might expect, with wonderfully clever instrumentation, and lots of surprisingly heartfelt passages in the vocals! And sure, the language might be a barrier – but there's a really universal sense of appeal to this music – a variant of 60s soul and pop, focused through a different sort of lense – and the instrumentation alone is great – with wicked guitars, Hammond, and other garagey touches! As usual with Ace, the whole thing's supported with nicely detailed notes that tell the whole story behind these wonderful lost gems (we like this one even better than the fab first volume) – and titles include "Namida No Go Go" by Emy Jackson & Blue Comets, "Koi Gurui" by Chiyo Okumura, "Tokyo No Hito" by The Peanuts, "Warui Kuse" by Kazumi Yasui, "Boy & Girl" by Akiko Wada, "Namida No Mori No Monogatari" by Akiko Nakamura, "Saike Na Machi" by Reiko Mari, "Bazazz No 1" by Kayoko Ishuu, and "Furi Furi 5" by Linda Yamamoto. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousBlue Break Beats – Vols 1 to 3 – The Jazz Break Beats That Made Hip Hop Hits (3CD set) ... CD
Blue Note (Germany), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A special package that brings together the first three volumes in this landmark series – one that had the Blue Note label digging back in their catalog and completely re-thinking their approach to reissues – given the new popularity of jazz in the hip hop sample world! As you'd guess from the title, the music here is very strongly oriented in the mode of "breaks", or tracks that were sampled for later hip hop and club recordings – classic jazz tunes from the glory days of Blue Note that have gone onto live again, thanks to the keen ears and inventive work of more contemporary DJs and producers. After all these years, The Blue Breakbeats series still stands as one of the best illustrations of the funkier side of the label – and titles include "Blue Juice" by Jimmy McGriff, "Groovin For Mr G" by Richard Groove Holmes, "Street Lady" by Donald Byrd, "Jasper Country Man" by Bobbi Humphrey, "Higga Boom" by Gene Harris, "Walk Tall" by Cannonball Adderley, "Howlin For Judy" by Jeremy Steig, "Sho Nuff Mellow" by Rueben Wilson, "Ode To Billie Joe" by Lou Donaldson, "Don't Call Me N*gger Whitey" by Gene Harris, "Mystic Brew" by Ronnie Foster, "Ground Hog" by Duke Pearson, "Ummh" by Bobby Hutcherson, "Ain't It Funky Now" by Grant Green, "Your Love Is Just Too Much" by Gene Harris, "Kudu" by Eddie Henderson, "The Weasil" by Donald Byrd, "It's Your Thing" by Lou Donaldson, "The Worm" by Jimmy McGriff, "Orange Peel" by Reuben Wilson, "The Kumquat Kids" by Eddie Henderson, "Good Humor Man" by Blue Mitchell, "Viva Tirado" by Gerald Wilson, "Turtle Walk" by Lou Donaldson, "Final Comedown" by Grant Green, "Get Out Of My Life Woman" by Joe Williams, "You've Made Me So Very Happy" by Lou Rawls, and "Oliloqui Valley" by Herbie Hancock. CD

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✨✧ Willie West & Cold Diamond & MinkGive it Back (voc, inst) ... 7-inch
Timmion (Finland), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Willie West is a soul singer with a long legacy of his own – but to our ears, the real stars here are Cold Diamond & Mink – whose funky backings make the tune crackle with soul right from the start! There's a great drum break, offbeat organ, and these horn blasts that make the whole thing feel like some rare Nola 45 – and all these elements come to the forefront even more strongly on the instrumental flipside! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousRace Records – Black Rock Music Forbidden On US Radio 1942 to 1955 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1940s/Early 50s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
R&B, jump blues, and even early rock and roll – all served up here in a wonderful collection of vintage work from the postwar years! The collection focuses on the underground of recordings issued as "race records" back in the day – material that had an undeniable impact on bigger groups of the 60s and 70s, but which were often banned from radio at the time – yet circulated strongly through word of mouth and youthful excitement about the new sounds! And although there's plenty of collections from this time on the market, this one is especially well done – with lots of tracks that we don't see elsewhere, nestled alongside a few familiar favorites – all presented with notes in both English and French, and a whopping 77 tracks on 3CDs. Titles include "Hambone" by Red Saunders, "Give It Up" by Doc Pomus with Bill Doggett, "Moondog Mantinee" by Alan freed, "BearCat" by Rufus Thomas, "Rock A Beatin Boogie" by The Treniers, "Rock & Roll" by Wild Bill Moore, "Rock Around The Clock" by Hal Singer, "Sausage Rock" by Doc Sausage & His Mad Lads, "Rock & Roll" by Arleen Talley & LaVerne Ray, "Get Rich Quick" by Little Richard, "Rock This Morning" by Jesse Allen & James Gilchrist, "Rock My Soul" by Mr Google Eyes, "Rock Savoy Rock" by Andrew Tibbs, "We Love To Boogie" by Freddie Strong, and "A Good Rockin Daddy" by Ray Snead. CD

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✨✧ Art Of NoiseIn Visible Silence ... LP
Chrysalis, 1986. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Not as sublime as their first LP, but still a nice batch of modern pop sound collage. More traditional song structures are poking through the cool po-mo facade here. With "Opus 4", "Eye Of A Needle", "Backbeat", "Instruments Of Darkness", "Peter Gunn" and "Beatback". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has clear tape on the spine.)

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JB BanfiGalaxy My Dear (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Red/Wah Wah (Spain), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
JB Banfi gets a big nod from Klaus Schulze on the back cover of this rare 70s set – and for good reason, too – as the music's very much in the best analogue electronic work that Schulze himself helped to pioneer at the time – even though Klaus claims that Banfi is an even better composer! The album's served up from a host of electronic sources – a range of moog synths, Arp, Farfisa, Logan string ensemble, Roland echo chamber, Eventide Clockworks phaser, and other sources – all used in ways by Banfi that are soaring and spacious, but never sleepy – always with this slightly upbeat vibe and sense of color that was maybe one of the differences between the 70s French electronic scene and the German one. Titles include "Paradox Streams", "Audio Emotion", "Gang", and "Goodbye My Little Star". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Bar-KaysAs One/Nightcruising/Propositions/Dangerous ... CD
Mercury/Robinsongs (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
A quadruple pack of albums from The Bar-Kays – four records on two CDs! First up is As One, a record that definitely has the Bar-Kays definitely grooving as one – with amazing choppy guitar, bumping basslines, and brassy horns – all wrapped up with some wonderfully warm production! The group have come a long way from their fuzzier funk roots by this time, but they're still sounding great – thanks to a matured outlook on their music, one that has them fitting nicely alongside some of their Mercury ensemble funk contemporaries – but in ways that still make them stand out from the pack! Titles include "Body Fever", "As One", "Say It Through Love", "Open Your Heart", "Deliver Us", and "Take The Time To Love Somebody". Nightcruising is a tight little set! There's a key ear for a bassline and beat that keeps The Bar-Kays standing stronger than most of their contemporaries – a sense of rhythm schooled in years of indie funk that comes through even on the mellower cuts here – which themselves show an even better side of the group in this generation, one that comes across great here on a few slower numbers that have a sweetly stepping groove. Titles include "Nightcruising", "Freaky Behavior", "Feels Like I'm Falling In Love", "Touch Tone", "Hit & Run", "Unforgettable Dream", "Traffic Jammer", and "Backseat Driver". Propositions is a set that's light years away from the sound of their Memphis roots, but still plenty darn funky overall! The album's got a tight bass-heavy approach to the music – the well-forged ensemble sound that graced the later years of the Bar-Kays' career, with nary a note out of place, and a sweet blend of keyboards over the bass, giving the tunes a strong electric feel – gliding wonderfully over romping rhythms on the upbeat tracks, and stepping sweetly on the album's few mellow gems. Titles include "Tripping Out", "Propositions", "Anticipation", "Do It (Let Me See You Shake)", "She Talks To Me With Her Body", and "You Made A Change In My Life". Dangerous has a tighter sound than before for The Bar-Kays – that lean approach to funky grooves that some of their contemporaries were hitting as the 80s moved on – yet still served up here by the full ensemble with a relatively fresh feel overall. Amidst the beats and keyboards, there's still lots of nice funky inflections on bass and guitar – often handled in a skittish mode that energizes things nicely, especially alongside the more electro-styled vocals. The vibe of the record is definitely in keeping with the cover – but in the best way possible – and titles include "Dangerous", "Dirty Dancer", "Make Believe Lover", "Freakshow On The Dance Floor", and "Sexomatic". CD

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Angelo Baroncini/Bruno Battisti D'AmarioMusic For Movement (180 gram pressing) ... LP
RRC/Sonor (Italy), 1969. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Music for movement, but of so many different kinds – movements that are funky and groovy, but also some that are a bit more laidback as well – all captured nicely in this rare Italian sound library set from the end of the 60s! A fair bit of the tunes fall into the kind of upbeat, groovy style that we love in Italian film work of the period – but there's also some more experimental numbers that, while not totally experimental, definitely seem to lay back a bit more and let the instrumentation trip out in casual ways. The record does a great job of balancing funky numbers with mellower ones – and titles include "Soul's Fire", "Relax In My Hole", "Stressing Heart", "Steel Lung", "Moon Ice", "Black Feeling", and "Eco's Drops". LP, Vinyl record album

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Beady BelleAt Welding Bridge ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2010. New Copy ... $16.99
A beautiful album from Beady Belle – the group and wonderful vessel for the seductive, entrancing voice and songs of Beate S. Lech – possibly their best yet! Beady Belle have made deeply engaging blend of modern jazzy soul and beautiful mood music for most of the outs, taking a step back just a bit from the slightly more crossover ready songs of Belvedere album into more intimate, yet just was inviting material on At Welding Bridge. Beate's vocals are as sultry and hypnotic as ever, singing with warmth and genuine emotion in elegant, but not overly precious way – and the instrumentation suits her perfectly. Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer or other keys, some truly excellent guitar, clarinet, flute, electric bass and percussion frame the vocals on most tracks, and some of the tracks were cut at home, which we believe, given the warmth and intimacy. Titles include "Diamond In The Rough", "Come Home", "The Storm", "Runaway Mind", "Bird's-Eye View", "Turn Back Time", "Press Of Canvas", "Leeway", "Ambush" and "Walk On Air". CD

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Matt BerryMatt Berry & The Maypoles Live ... LP
Acid Jazz (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $22.99
A pretty great live set from Matt Berry – one that strongly shows that his interest in music isn't just a side project for the comedian! Instead, Berry's at the helm of a group that has this really great blend of core mod elements and darker corners – almost as if the acid folk scene of the early 70s had stepped backwards and become the 60s beat groups – but with all the baggage from that backward voyage firmly intact! Berry sings lead vocals and plays keyboards – and the group also features backing vocals and clarinet from Cecilia Fage. Titles include the great "Take My Hand" – the theme from Toast Of London – plus "The Innkeeper's Song", "So Low", "October Sun", "Devil Inside Me", "The Pheasant", and "Medicine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bob B Soxx & The Blue JeansBob B Soxx & The Blue Jeans – Phil Spector Wall Of Sound Vol 2 ... LP
Victor (Japan), 1963. Near Mint- ... $24.99
One of the first great projects from genius producer Phil Spector – a soul trio that features one guy and two gals, all working in a style that's a virtual blueprint for countless pop to come! The album updates the older doo wop mode to a sweeter 60s style – focusing mostly on the girls in the lead, and using Bob's vocals mostly to underpin, and create a nice bottom in the harmonies. But while the vocals are great, the overall production is maybe even better – all-star handling at the Gold Star studios, with Phil on production, Jack Nitzsche on arrangements, and sharp backing from the Wrecking Crew at their prime. Titles include "My Heart Beat A Little Faster", "Why Do Lovers Break Each Others Hearts", "Dear", "I Shook The World", "Dr Kaplan's Office", and "Everything's Gonna Be All Right". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with insert!)
 
 
 



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