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Sir Douglas QuintetSir Douglas Quintet Is Back! ... CD
Beat Rocket/Sundazed, Mid 60s. Used ... $12.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ ArtifactsUltimate (original, street, street inst, Showbiz rmx, Showbiz street, Showbiz rmx inst)/More Facts/Back To The Future Medley 1994 to 1997 ... CD
Big Beat/Atlantic, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
From the second LP. The Showbiz remix improves on the original LP version with production that reminds us of early Pete Rock, with maybe harder beats. Plus a sample from the old Ultimate III MC's in the chorus. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ PreciousDefinition Of A Track (back to basics, definition of rap, rap's in motion)/In Motion (voc, dub, beats & breakdown) ... 12-inch
Big Beat, 1989. Used ... Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Big Beat sleeve.)

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Carl CarltonCan't Stop A Man In Love ... LP
Back Beat/ABC, 1973. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Nice raw early material from Carl Carlton – with a good groove that's sort of a mix between northern and deep southern soul. In fact, the production styles differ from track to track – leading us to wonder if the LP's not just a collection of recordings from different sources. But whatever the case, we like the album a lot more than some of Carlton's other work – and it's got some great little cuts like "Did You Mean It?", "Competition Ain't Nothing", "International Playboy", and "You Times Me Plus Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo sticker.)

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

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Roy Head & The TraitsTreat Her Right/So Long, My Love ... 7-inch
Back Beat, 1965. Very Good ... $4.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Joe HintonPretty Little Mama/Will You ... 7-inch
Back Beat, 1959. Very Good- ... $1.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Red label pressing. Plays with some noise on "Will You".)

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

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OV WrightI'll Take Care Of You/Why Not Give Me A Chance ... 7-inch
Back Beat, 1969. Very Good+ ... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ OV WrightGone For Good ... LP
Back Beat/Charly (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice little collection of OV's Memphis soul sides recorded for the Back Beat label – all of them produced by Willie Mitchell, with a sound that's a bit rougher than Willie's more famous work for Al Green – but in a good way that brings out the best in OV's voice. Titles include "A Nickle & A Nail", "Ace Of Spades", "This Hurt Is Real", "Eight Men Four Women", "Poor Boy", "You're Gonna Make Me Cry", "I'd Rather Be Blind Crippled & Crazy", and "Drowning On Dry Land". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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✨✧ VariousYowsah Yowsah Yowsah – 70s New York Disco ... CD
Back Beat (UK), Late 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great groovy disco from the New York scene of the 70s – not the overplayed hits of the Saturday Night Fever scene, but the better numbers from the underground – just the kind of cuts that have gone onto become huge over the years, thanks to the efforts of rare groove DJs and the house music generation! Most of these tracks are nice and long, and show the best side of 70s disco – tight core rhythms, worked out by key instrumental combos – often topped with some soaringly soulful vocals, sung by real soul singers with plenty of experience before the disco boom hit. Titles include "Keep On Dancin" by Gary's Gang, "This Time Baby" by Jackie Moore, "Helplessly" by Moment Of Truth, "The Player" by First Choice, "This Will Be A Night To Remember" by Eddie Holman, "Hit & Run" by Loleatta Holloway, "Gotta Get Out Of Here" by Lucy Hawkins, "Am I Dreaming" by TJM, "The Beat Goes On & On" by Ripple, "I Like It" by Players Association, and "We're On The Right Track" by Ultra High Frequency. CD
 
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Henryk DebichString Beat ... LP
Polskie Nagrania (Poland), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $28.99
A funky gem from 70s Poland – heavy grooves from maestro Henryk Debich, served up in a range of soulful styles! The tunes here are all instrumental – and range from Barry White-styled tracks, to big band funk, to other more complicated numbers with a soundtrack vibe – all laid out back to back in a really fresh-felling set! There's plenty of jazz in the lineup – and most tracks have some sort of a solo, on instruments that include tenor, trumpet, flute, alto, and even a bit of electric harpsichord. Titles are a mix of originals and some groovy covers – and tunes include "Shaft", "Chameleon", "Gry", "Bez Metalu", "Na Opak", "Standard In B", "Oscypka", and "Badz Wieczorem W Dyskotece". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Fat BoysFat Boys Are Back ... LP
Sutra, 1984. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Produced by Kurtis Blow – and featuring the tracks "Human Beat Box part 2", "Hard Core Reggae", "Fat Boys Scratch", "Rock N Roll", and "Don't Be Stupid". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jackson 5I Want You Back – Unreleased Masters ... CD
Motown, Early 70s. Used ... $5.99
Really amazing stuff – a true treasure for fans of The Jacksons, and for any lover of classic soul music as well! This set's exactly what it promises – unreleased recordings made by the Jackson 5 during their early years at Motown – all music that's totally excellent, and which really stands up to their better-known hits of the time! There's a few alternate takes here, but there's also lots of fresh tunes too – the kind of gems its great to hear the group recording – and which really makes this package as essential as any of their full length albums on Motown. Production is impeccable – no rough studio mixes or unfinished tunes – and most of these tracks would have still beat most of the rest of the soul music world at the time, had they ever been issued as singles! Titles include "Love Comes In Different Flavors", "Listen I'll Tell You How", "Man's Temptation", "That's How Love Is", "Love Call", "Buttercup", "Lucky Day", "I'll Try You'll Try", "Dancing Machine (alternate version)", "ABC (alternate version)", "Never Can Say Goodbye (alternate version)", and a great medley of "I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save". CD
(Out of print.)

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Red PrysockBeat ... LP
Mercury, 1957. Very Good ... $6.99
Heavy tenor instrumentals from the great Red Prysock – with tunes that include "Tea Bird", "Purple Wail", "He's A Real Gone Guy", "Earth Rock", "Pog Wog", "Lion's Den", "Mashin Potatoes", and "2 Point 8". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has a bit of splitting on the top seam, and a few light notes on back.)

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✨✧ Specials, Selecter, Madness, English Beat, etcDance Craze ... LP
2 Tone/Chrysalis, 1981. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A big moment for the British ska scene – and the soundtrack to a film that featured live work by nearly all of the big names at the time! The album features live work by artists who owed a lot to 2 Tone, but who'd even moved onto bigger fame by the film – but who are working here in a nice back-to-basics mode – and titles include live versions of "Concrete Jungle", "Man At C&A", and "Nite Klub" by The Specials; "Mirror In The Bathroom", "Big Shot", and "Ranking Full Stop" by The English Beat; "Inner London Violence" and "Lip Up Fatty" by Bad Manners; "Easy Life" by The Bodysnatchers; and "Razor Blade Alley" and "One Step Beyond" by Madness. LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has some surface wear.)

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

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

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

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✨✧ Rene TouzetLatin Beat – The Latin Greatness Of Rene Touzet ... LP
Sunset, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nicely stripped-down set of numbers – mostly featuring Touzet's sparkling piano in the lead, set to tightly percussive arrangements that still also manage to glide a bit with an easy touch. The combination's quite compelling – a great link between Latin and cocktail styles, with tracks that include "Malaguena", "Besame Mucho", "Poinciana", "Siboney", "Mambo Inn", and "The Breeze & I". LP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has a light stain.)

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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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✨✧ VariousDetroit Soul – Thirty Rare Gems From The Vaults Of La Beat Records ... CD
Grapevine (UK), Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Key proof that Detroit was easily one of the most fertile cities for soul music back in the 60s – because even in an obscure collection like this, nearly every track is a winner! The La Beat label flourished briefly in the Motor City in the last half of the 60s, and although the company never charted big, it recorded some incredible work by lesser-knowns – often in a style that's a fair bit different than the Detroit hits of the period! There's a grittier feel to many of the sides here – a style that seems to borrow a bit of influence from southern soul, especially in the way that the vocals are allowed plenty of space to open up with lots of raspy, crackly notes that really give a nice edge to the tunes. Instrumentation is tight, but often a bit raunchy – with a funky undercurrent to the soul that creates a real difference from sweeter Detroit 60s singles. As with other Grapevine collections, the package is wonderful – filled with 30 tracks that barely saw the light of day in the 60s, supported by detailed thoughtful notes on both the label and the artists! Titles include "Take It From Me" by Clifford Binns, "Try Them" by Al Williams, "I'm Gonna Love You" by Edward Hamilton, "Be Happy For Me" by The Masqueraders, "Tired Of Being Your Fool" by Nelson Sanders, "I Can Make It" by Don Hart, "I Am Nothing (inst)" by The LPTs, "Modern Day Woman" by James Shorter, "This Won't Change" by Lester Tipton, "My Darling Baby" by Edward Hamilton & The Natural Looks, "It's In My Mind" by Don Hart & James Shorter, "I Got The Power" by The Masqueraders, "A Wet Pillow" by Lou Beatty, and "Long Cool Summer" by The LPTs. CD

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

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✨✧ 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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✨✧ Peggy Lee & George ShearingBeauty & The Beat ... LP
Capitol, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
A very nice small combo album from Peggy Lee – singing here with live backings by the George Shearing Quintet, in a style that's very different from a lot of her other work for Capitol! The set's got a slight Latin feel, thanks to George's mix of percussion, vibes, piano, and guitar – and Peggy's never sounded better, stepping out strongly on tunes that include "Do I Love You", "Get Out Of Town", "There'll Be Another Spring", and "Mambo In Miami". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label stereo pressing. Cover has a half split top seam and light stains on back.)

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✨✧ Eddie Lockjaw DavisJazz With A Beat ... LP
King, Late 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Stunning work from Lockjaw! The album features Eddie blowing hard and heavy – much more precisely than on some of his Prestige albums, in a mode that's inflected with more R&B tenor than you'd hear on his later sets. Backing is by his trio, and the album's got a gutsy groove that's really great – made even better by some deeply resonant production! Titles include "Eddie's Function", "Scotty Boo", "I Wished On The Moon", "Say What", "Tia Juana", and "You Need'na". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label King pressing with deep groove. NOTE – Vinyl is in Fair condition. Cover has aged masking tape holding the seams, heavy wear on the spine, discoloration, and some pen on back.)

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✨✧ VariousUltimate Breaks & Beats Vol 1 & 2 ... CD
Street Beat, 1980s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Finally! The first two compilations in the legendary series that broke open the crates, and let the rest of the world have easy access to classic breaks and beats put together on one CD! Each of the first two volumes in this set had 6 tracks, and almost all of them had the now well known edits that extended the sough after breaks: The Monkees' "Mary Mary", Bad Bascomb's "Black Grass", The Winstons' "Amen Brother", 7th Wonder's "Daisy Lady", D.C. Larue's "Indiscreet", and Rufus Thomas' "Do The Funky Penguin", Wilson Picket's "Get Me Back On Time", Juice's "Catch A Groove"*, The Rolling Stones' "Honkey Tonk Woman" and Disco Italiano's "Chella Lla", plus unedited versions of Funkadelic's "You'll Like It Too" and Roy Ayers' "Boogie Back". CD
(Out of print.)

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

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Arthur BlytheDa Da/Basic Blythe ... CD
Columbia/Beat Goes On (UK), 1986/1988. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99
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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Booker T & The MGsMelting Pot ... CD
Stax, 1970. Used ... $7.99
One of the greatest albums ever from Booker T & The MGs – and very different than their early work! The record has Book & Co taking off with a stretched-out jazzy sound – carving expanded grooves that are filled with sweet organ solos, choppy guitar riffs, and some incredibly tight rhythm lines – more than enough to make this set a standout in the collection of any beat digger! Includes the massive "Melting Pot" – an oft-sampled jam that runs for over 8 minutes long – plus "LA Jazz Song", which features amazingly tight guitar work from Steve Cropper, and the nice cuts "Fuquawi" and "Chicken Pox". Other titles include "Back Home", "Sunny Monday", and "Hi Ride". CD

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Earl BosticBostic Showcase Of Swinging Dance Hits ... LP
King, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $9.99
Sure, it's the stuff of mainstream dancefloors – but Bostic had quite a tone, and we never tire of digging up these old King LPs, just to hear his raspy-edged alto! Titles include "Lester Leaps In", "John's Idea", "Back Back Shuffle", "Fur Trapper's Ball", "Two O'Clock Jump", "Back Beat", and "920 Special". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some clear tape on the seams.)

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Dennis BrownWolf & Leopards ... LP
DEB Music, 1977. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Jamaican pressing on Weed Beat in a DEB cover, with Dynamic Sounds sticker on back.)

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

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✨✧ DJ Jazzy JeffMagnificent ... CD
Rapster (UK), 2002. Used ... $6.99
Jazzy Jeff's return after much too long a hiatus. Just when we were on the verge of giving up, with too many radio ready hot jams and abstract non-funky off beat rappers being passed off as the real hip hop these days, BBE continues with it's series of albums focusing on producers. While many of you are probably ready to write off Jazzy Jeff for his long time commercial collaboration with Will Smith, the originator of the transformer has always been dope to us, and comes up with the goods here, still in fine form on the fader and with his beats (though he didn't produce all the tracks). 17 tracks of jazzed out hip hop, with a great laid back vibe and vocals by Baby Blak, Pauly Yamz, The Last Emperor, Freddie Fox, J-Live and a bunch of others, plus the dope cut "We Live In Philly" that features Jill Scott reciting a poem over the Roy Ayers "we Live In Brooklyn" loop, that name checks tons of ball players and Philly hip hop notables, even some old shoe styles from back in the day. There's also one house track, with an uplifting vibe courtesy Masters At Work, but the rest is straight up hip hop. Includes "Scram", "Shake It Off", 'Worldwide", "Charmed Life", "How I Do", "Know Ur Hood" and "For Da Love Of Da Game" CD

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DJ SpinnaHere To There ... LP
Beat Generation (UK), 2003. Near Mint- 2LP ... $11.99
BBE keeps up their flawless track record, propping up yet another of hip hop's finest producers in their terrific Beat Generation series, this time spotlighting the man who's name graced every other dope underground single from the late 90s onward. And as you might hope for, he's fully in his element here, spanning the full spectrum of modern beat wizardry, but with his signature touch on the filtered samples and smooth, tight beats – a sound that looks back on the sophisticated fusion of CTI, Dexter Wansel and the Mizell Brothers and integrates it into contemporary soul and hip hop deftly. Guest spots read like a new groove who's who, with everyone from longtime collaborators like Apani B Fly, Ticklah and The Jigmastas to members of Soulive and Shaun Escoffery taking a turn. 16 tracks in all, including "Drive", "Tune You Out", "Galactic Soul", "Idols", "All Up In It", "You Got To Live", "Rock (Unplugged)", "Fly Or Burn", "Music In Me (Come Alive)" and "The Originator". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves.)

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✨✧ DriftersSave The Last Dance For Me/Good Life With The Drifters ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1961/1965. Used ... Just Sold Out!
2 rare albums by this legendary soul group – back to back on one CD! Save The Last Dance features the classic Lieber-Stoller groove that the group was using in the early 60s – after singer Ben E King went solo, and the group started to hit a nice Latin-inflected beat. The title cut "Save The Last Dance" is one of their all-time hits – but the record's got a huge amount of other excellent soul cuts, like "Mexican Divorce", "Some Kind Of Wonderful", "Nobody But Me", "Room Full Of Tears", "I Count The Tears", and "Somebody New Dancin With You". The Good Life features the Drifters heading towards an easy soul groove, and features lots of soulful renditions of pop and standard tunes. Ray Ellis arranged, and the group runs through tracks like "Quando Quando Quando", "More", and "The Good Life". Different than their usual soul stuff, but with a great uptown soul sound, nonetheless. The LP also includes one hit single, their great "Saturday Night At The Movies", with arrangements by Teacho Wiltshire. 24 tracks on the entire CD! CD

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Gene DunlapIt's Just The Way I Feel/Party In Me ... CD
Capitol/Expansion (UK), 1981. New Copy ... $15.99
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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Shirley EllisThree Six Nine – The Best Of Shirley Ellis ... CD
Congress/Ace (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $14.99 19.99
Hard-romping soul from the great Shirley Ellis – a singer most folks know for a single crossover hit – but an artist who's got a hell of a lot more to offer than just that novelty number! This excellent package is a long-overdue look at one of the queens of raw soul in the 60s – a singer who could belt it out with a hell of an edge, even when the music was moving at a mighty fast clip – which it does often here, as Shirley works with superb guidance from arranger Lincoln Chase – whose ears for a groove are outstanding at this point in his career! The package brings together early singles for the Congress label, plus even more obscure work a few years later for Columbia Records – and as always with Ace, the whole presentation is wonderful – light years away from just a simple greatest hits or public domain package. Titles include "The Nitty Gritty", "Bring It On Home To Me", "Get Out", "Takin Care Of Business", "The Clapping Song", "Sugar Let's Shing A Ling", "Back Track", "Yes I'm Ready", "Ever See A Diver Kiss His Wife", "You Better Be Good World", "Ka Ta Ga Ta Boom Beat", "The Name Game", "I Never Will Forget", "Such A Night", "That's What The Nitty Gritty Is", and "One Sour Note". CD

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

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Art Farmer & Benny Golson JazztetHere & Now ... CD
Mercury (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is on trombone – adding his hip horn to the wonderful frontline of Benny Golson on tenor and Art Farmer on trumpet and flugelhorn. And given that the rhythm group also features Harold Mabern on piano, you can bet there's a freshness here that can't be beat – a sound and energy that's kept this one at the top of our stack for many many years. Mabern and Moncur contribute two of the best tracks – "Richie's Dilemma" and "Sonny's Back" – and other titles include "Whisper Not", "Tonk", "Rue Prevail", and "Ruby My Dear". CD
Also available Here & Now ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Art Farmer & Benny Golson JazztetHere & Now ... LP
Mercury, Early 60s. Very Good ... $29.99
One of the most magical records ever from this legendary group – a set that swings as hard and soulfully as some of their previous sessions, yet also has a sharper, more modern vibe as well! Of course, this latter aspect is no surprise – once you realize that a young Grachan Moncur is on trombone – adding his hip horn to the wonderful frontline of Benny Golson on tenor and Art Farmer on trumpet and flugelhorn. And given that the rhythm group also features Harold Mabern on piano, you can bet there's a freshness here that can't be beat – a sound and energy that's kept this one at the top of our stack for many many years. Mabern and Moncur contribute two of the best tracks – "Richie's Dilemma" and "Sonny's Back" – and other titles include "Whisper Not", "Tonk", "Rue Prevail", and "Ruby My Dear". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Here & Now ... CD 13.99

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Dizzy GillespieSchool Days ... LP
Regent/Savoy, 1951. Very Good ... $14.99
A bebop classic from Dizzy Gillespie – a full album comprised of some famous 78s recorded for the Savoy label at the start of the 50s – the kind of hard-grooving material that made Diz a fan favorite right from the start! There's some nice use of vocals in the mix – not just from Dizzy, but also from Joe Carroll as well – an overlooked vocalese genius from the early days of bebop – not as well-known as Eddie Jefferson or King Pleasure, but working here in a very similar spirit! Diz sings with Joe a bit too, and other players include JJ Johnson on trombone, Milt Jackson on vibes, Bill Graham on alto and baritone sax, and Wynton Kelly on piano. Cuts include "Bopsie's Blues", "School Days", "We Love To Boogie", "Umbrella Man", "I Couldn't Beat The Rap", "Pop's Confession", and "Lady Be Good". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Regent pressing with a deep groove and RVG etch. Cover has some splitting in the top seam and a small stain on back.)

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

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Herbie HancockFuture Shock ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Very Good+ ... $4.99
The future is now! Or at least it seemed to be back in 1983 when Herbie teamed up with Bill Laswell to record this classic album of computer-driven keyboard grooves! Whatever you might think of the music, the record was a genius move for Herbie – who was kind of flopping around in a number of different styles on previous albums, most of which we like, but none of which seemed to earn him the same cred as his albums in the 70s. Well this one not only earned him plenty of cred, but also a lot of cash, and continued assurance to Columbia that their contract with Herbie was well-placed – and it certainly cast Bill Laswell into the spotlight as well, given that his efforts really provided the core of the album. Tracks include "Rockit", "Earth Beat", "Future Shock", "Autodrive", and "Rough". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Juliana HatfieldOnly Everything (180 gram orange & blue vinyl pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP
East West/Run Out Groove, 1995. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $30.99 32.98
Juliana Hatfield's most buzzing, fuzzy guitar-driven album of the 90s, one that could've just as easily broken out in a big way as fall through the cracks given the predominance of loud guitars in the mainstream alternative rock era, but her distinctive voice and personal songwriting stand strong and true. Her soft voice and honest lyrics are a fine foil for the fuzz guitar, but there's some more stripped down and intimate songs here, too. It's a better album in hindsight of you lived through the decade and got tired of buzz bin rock hype...really one worth coming back to! Includes "What A Life", "Fleur De Lys", "Universal Heart Beat", "Dumb Fun", "Dying Proof", "OK OK", "Outsider", "Hang Down From Heaven", "My Darling", "Simplicity Is Beautiful", "You Blues" and more. Includes 4 bonus tracks from rare singles! LP, Vinyl record album
(Pressing quantity based on pre-release demand – extremely limited and individually numbered on colored vinyl!)

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✨✧ Incredible Bongo BandBongo Rock (180 gram deluxe 40th anniversary edition) ... LP
Pride/Mr Bongo (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99 24.98
A landmark album that is perhaps the single most influential beat source in hip hop! The record was the brainchild of bongo player Michael Viner – who also happened to be running the Pride subsidiary of MGM at the time. Viner's got a meeeeeean touch on the bongo, hitting it hard and funky like the best 70s conga players – and his approach to the instrument is kind of like a funky update of popular instrumental styles laid down on guitar by The Ventures or on moog by Hot Butter. This album features the classics "Apache" and "Bongo Rock" – both with monster funky breakdowns that showed up on a heck of a lot of hip hop records over the years – plus loads of other goodies like "Last Bongo In Belgium" and "Bongolia". Excellent stuff – and darn hard to find! (We can still remember how stunned we were when we found our first copy in a Canadian record store back in 1987 – and even then we had to pay plenty!) LP, Vinyl record album
(Super-heavy 40th anniversary reissue – on the same mirror-style cover as the original, with heavy tip-on cover!)
Also available Bongo Rock (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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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!)
Also available Bongo Rock (180 gram deluxe 40th anniversary edition) ... LP 23.99

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Junior MAFIAConspiracy ... LP
Big Beat/Atlantic, 1995. Near Mint- 2LP ... $24.99
You know the group, Lil Kim and a handful of other forgettable MCs, get help from Aaliyah and Biggie on the hits "Get Money" and "I Need You Tonight". Also includes "White Chalk", "Realms Of Junior MAFIA", "Player's Anthem" and "Back Stabbers", plus 9 more tracks, counting the intro and outro. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert. Cover is slightly wavy from moisture at the bottom, with a bit of flaking.)

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

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

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LimonadaLimonada ... LP
Sondor/Lion, 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99
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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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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Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges (second cover) ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
An unlikely pairing – but that's what makes it so great! Mulligan and Hodges come together in this rare Verve set from the late 50s – an inspired combination of talents that really work some magic together. Hodges' tone is in the lead in our ears, always wonderful, especially in a set of open-ended tracks like this – but Mulligan's sweet and careful blowing works surprisingly well as a foil, giving the set a nice bottom, and a good overall approach. Backing is by a trio that features Claud Williamson, Buddy Clark, and Mel Lewis – and titles include "Bunny", "Back Beat", "What's The Rush", and "18 Carrots For Rabbit". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing.)

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

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Mitsuru OgawaClub Jazz Definitive 1984 to 2015 (paperback) ... Book
Ele-King (Japan), 2015. New Copy Book ... $19.99
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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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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✨✧ Lou RawlsAll Things In Time/Unmistakably Lou ... CD
Philadelphia International/Demon (UK), 1976/1977. Used ... $24.99
Lou Rawls at Philly International – a great idea that helped really revive his career in the 70s, as you'll hear on these 2 excellent albums! All Things In Time is a killer, and one of our favorite Philly International albums ever – the album that broke Lou Rawls back into the mainstream for the smooth 70s – retuning his incredible voice with waves of soul and strings in the Gamble & Huff tradition – and giving him a whole new voice than on his Capitol recordings! The album will forever be remembered for the seminal single "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" – but it's filled with other great bits, including"Groovy People", a wonderful jazzy groover, and "You're The One", and "Lets Fall In Love All Over Again". Unmistakably Lou is great too – even if only for one cut! That's the amazing "See You When I Get There", which starts with a Fender Rhodes riff over a hard thumping beat – while Lou does this little monologue about calling his woman at home. Then strings sweep in, the groove gets harder, and Lou sings a great song about the pride of being a middle class guy with a great home to come home to! Many other tracks are a bit more mellow – and titles include "It's Our Anniversary Today", "Some Folks Never Learn", and the wonderful two-stepper "Some Day You'll Be Old". CD
(Out of print.)

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Rock ShockRock Shock ... LP
Razmataz, Late 80s. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Hip hop from an age when you could say things like "Word to the mother" and "Cold took the bacon" without sounding foolish. 80s sounding beats by the Phantom, who also does a little scratching and cutting here and there, with a heavy electro and big beat influence, and back and forth Run DMC style rhymes. 11 tracks in all, including "On The Avenue", ""I Want You Bad (Real Bad)", "DC Rock", "Treacherous", "Live In LA", "Techno", "Kiki's Answer [I Want You Bad (Real Bad)]", "Flying Saucers/On The Avenue" and "We Are Rock Shock". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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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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THPGood To Me ... LP
Atlantic, 1979. Very Good ... $6.99
Soaring disco grooves from THP – working here without the "orchestra" in the name that graced their first two records – but actually hitting an even fuller sound than before! This time around, Pete Pedersen handles all arrangements and orchestrations – and the grooves are a great blend of jazzy instrumentation, funky rhythms, and some larger horns that really soar over the top and send things home – at a level that may well beat the previous two records! Lead vocals are by Joyce Cobb – who often steps aside to let the instrumentation do its thing, but then comes right back with a catchy chorus to really add some hooks to the tunes. Titles include "Dancin Forever", "Good To Me", "Who Do You Love", "Two Hearts One Love", and "Dancin Is Alright". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a promo stamp, tracklist sticker, and sticker mark.)

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✨✧ Tyler The CreatorWolf ... LP
Odd Future, 2014. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
Wolf sounds almost pretty from the first few seconds of the intro, but soon after the soft opening, the gritty beat drops, the gravely/growling vocals kick in, and the wild mix of comical and caustic rhymes let you know good and well that Tyler The Creator's back. Guests include Hodgy Beats, Frank Ocean, Domo Genius, Earl Sweatshirt and other expected heads – plus some wildcards/surprises turns by Laetitia Sadier, Erykah Badu and others. Includes "Wolf", "Jamba" with Hodgy Beats, "Cowboy", "Awkward", "Domo23", "Answer", "Slater" and "48" with Frank Ocean, " "Partyisntover/Campfire/Bimmer" with Frank Ocean & Laetitia Sadier, "Parking Lot" with Mike G & Casey Veggies, "Tamale", "Lone" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Pink vinyl pressing, including the printed inner sleeves and bonus CD.)

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James Blood UlmerOdyssey ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Near Mint- ... $6.99
One of our favorite Ulmer records, probably because there's a nice groove running underneath most of the numbers, in a sort of post-Prime Time 80s out-funk sort of way. It never drops into a flat out back beat, but there's always some sense of time, while Ulmer's guitar and Charles Burnham's violin venture to and fro. The group is just a trio, and there's not too much of Blood's vocalizing going on on the eight pieces, which include "Little Red House", "Are you Glad To Be In America", "Election" and "Odyssey". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Walter WanderleyTalkin' Verve ... CD
Verve, 1960s. Used ... $11.99
Incredibly groovy stuff! Walter Wanderely is one of the hippest organ players in the world – Brazilian by nature, but a huge success in the US in the 60s, thanks to the dreamy bossa nova numbers he recorded for Verve! The most famous of these is the sublime "Summer Samba" – a tune you'll recognize instantly from shopping malls, grocery stores, and elevators everywhere – but there's also a wealth of other excellent work from a variety of records, ones that have Walter grooving with larger backings, a bit of vocals, and back in the straight trio format of his hits. There's a total of 16 tracks in all – and titles include "Batucada Sergiu", "Music To Watch Girls Go By", "Canto De Ossanha", "A Different Beat", "Call Me", "Popcorn", "Agua De Beber", "Amazonas", "Blue Island", and "Crickets Sing For Anamaria". CD
(Out of print.)

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

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

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VariousNorthern Soul Story Vol 1 – The Twisted Wheel ... LP
Sony/Music On Vinyl (Netherlands), 1960s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $49.99
Volume 1 of this incredible series – a treasure trove of 60s soul, all of it music that played big at the legendary Twisted Wheel! The club was one of the early hotbeds of Northern Soul activity in the UK – and the cuts here have a raw-edged, hard-grooving quality that showcases the mix of R&B and soul that was first going down in the scene – pulled together from a range of smaller label 45s, and presented by Ian Dewhirst with track-by-track notes, and some good memories from years back as well! Titles include "Hide & Go Seek" by Bunker Hill, "That's What I Want To Know" by James Carr, "No Sad Songs" by Oscar Toney, "My Elusive Dreams" by Moses & Joshua Dillard, "A Little Bit Of Something" by Little Richard, "It's The Beat" by Major Lance, "Look What You've Done To My Heart" by Shirley & The Shirelles, "The Cheater" by Bob Kuban & The In-Men, "Magic Potion" by Lou Johnson, "I Need Your Love So Desperately" by Peaches & Herb, "Breakin Down The Walls Of Heartache" by The Bandwagon, "Everybody's Going To The Love-In" by Bob Brady & The Con-Chords, and "You're Gonna Make Me Love You" by Sandi Sheldon. 25 tracks in all! LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing on purple vinyl.)

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VariousSuper Breaks 2 – Essential Jazz, Soul and Funk Breakbeats ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... $11.99
Classic breaks – all the way through – the kind of sharp funky nuggets that have had a rich new life, thanks to their use in hip hop and club tracks in recent years! This may not be the most underground stuff in the world to those out there who've been digging through crates for funk and soul for the past ten years, but it is an exquisite compilation that features some of the best funky tracks used as samples by hip hoppers, nearly every one of them a famous cut that you'll probably recognize in a minute! Titles include "I Like It" by The Emotions, "Dance To The Drummer's Beat" by Herman Kelly, "Cramp Your Style" by All The People, "Hard Times" by Baby Huey, "Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth" by 24 Carat Black, "Kool Is Back" by Funk Inc, "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines, "Heaven & Hell" by 20th Century Steel Band, "Unhooked Generation" by Freda Payne, "Papa Was, Too" by Joe Tex, "Just A Groove In G" by Wilbur Bascomb & The Zodiac, "Be Thankful For What You Got" by William De Vaughn, and "You're Getting A Little Too Smart" by The Detroit Emeralds. 18 cuts in all! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Super Breaks 2 – Essential Jazz, Soul and Funk Breakbeats ... LP 19.99

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VariousSuper Breaks 2 – Essential Jazz, Soul and Funk Breakbeats ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99 22.99
Classic breaks – all the way through – the kind of sharp funky nuggets that have had a rich new life, thanks to their use in hip hop and club tracks in recent years! This may not be the most underground stuff in the world to those out there who've been digging through crates for funk and soul for the past ten years, but it is an exquisite compilation that features some of the best funky tracks used as samples by hip hoppers, nearly every one of them a famous cut that you'll probably recognize in a minute! Titles include "I Like It" by The Emotions, "Dance To The Drummer's Beat" by Herman Kelly, "Cramp Your Style" by All The People, "Hard Times" by Baby Huey, "Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth" by 24 Carat Black, "Kool Is Back" by Funk Inc, "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines, "Heaven & Hell" by 20th Century Steel Band, "Unhooked Generation" by Freda Payne, "Papa Was, Too" by Joe Tex, "Just A Groove In G" by Wilbur Bascomb & The Zodiac, "Be Thankful For What You Got" by William De Vaughn, and "You're Getting A Little Too Smart" by The Detroit Emeralds. 18 cuts in all! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Super Breaks 2 – Essential Jazz, Soul and Funk Breakbeats ... CD 11.99

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VariousVinyl Exams ... LP
Sony, 2000. Near Mint- 2LP ... $6.99
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 bumped corner and promo sticker.)

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

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✨✧ Tony AllenFilm Of Life (180 gram vinyl – with bonus tracks) ... LP
Jazz Village (France), 2014. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe the best album we've heard from Tony Allen in years – a really compelling set that still holds onto all the elements we love in his music, but which also introduces all these great other bits as well! The sound's never unfocused or confused – and instead, it kind of allows Allen to leap off in even more expressive styles – still grounded in rhythms that run back to his roots – but filled with creative instrumentation from an array of guests, and some spacey, electric touches that recall the fire in Tony's music when he first sprang back on the scene about a decade ago! Allen adds a few pointed lyrics at points – furthering the "life" presented in the title and great cover image – and titles include "Go Back", "Ire Omo", "Ewa", "Afro Kungfu Beat", "Moving On", "Boat Journey", and "African Man". Includes bonus tracks too –"Insider", "Mojo", and "Na Bangui". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BB & Q BandBrooklyn, Bronx & Queens Band (aka BB & Q Band) ... CD
Capitol/Universal (UK), 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Includes obi.)

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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
(Purple label 80s pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Melting Pot ... CD 7.99

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

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

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

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

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✨✧ JamIn The City ... LP
Polydor, 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The classic opening salvo from The Jam! In The City finds the band in prime form right out of the, already blending their love of 60s beat and R&B with fast, infectious energy of first wave punk rock. They stood out from the pack tremendously back in the day, and that uniqueness kept the best of their records from ever aging a day – it's as icredible as ever! Includes "In The City", "I've Changed My Address", "Slow Down", "I Got In Time", "Away From The Numbers", their mod punk riff on Neal Hefti's "Batman Theme", "In The City", "Sounds From The Street", "Non-Stop Dancing", "Time For Truth" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing with Masterdisk stamp. Includes the printed inner sleeve with poly liner attached. Cover has clear tape and a round stain at the bottom half of the spine.)

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

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✨✧ Gladys Knight & The PipsLetter Full Of Tears ... CD
Collectables, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
14 tracks from the early Fury sessions, back when the Pips were a good R&B vocal group, and Gladys sang over the top on such beautiful tracks as "Operator", "Every Beat of My Heart", "You Broke Your Promise", and "Love Call". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Patti LabelleWinner In You ... LP
MCA, 1986. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A bit one for Patti Labelle in the 80s – a set that crossed over big at the time, but which still has the lady in very soulful territory! Patti seems to sparkle most here on the mellower cuts – the gentle groovers and laidback ballads that helped open her up to a whole new audience, and which really give her a different sound than her 70s Labelle years. Titles include the Bacharach/Carol Bayer Sager title "On My Own" – sung as a duet with Michael McDonald – plus "Oh People", "There's A Winner In You", "Finally We're Back Together", "Beat My Heart Like A Drum", "Kiss Away The Pain", "Something Special", and "You're Mine Tonight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ LedisiTurn Me Loose ... CD
Verve, 2009. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Damn great work from Ledisi – an artist who hasn't missed a beat since moving to the majors a few years back – sounding almost funkier than ever before, thanks to some impeccable production and razor-sharp instrumentation! Ledisi's vocals are beyond challenge – old school deep soul we first came to love years back, on her classic indie sets – and this time around, the instrumentation seems even rawer than we remember – as if there's an old school funky combo backing the singer up on some tracks, mixed with other numbers that have some fuller backings, but still really retain their edge. Production is by a crew with some really great ears for this sort of sound – Rex Rideout, Raphael Saadiq, and others – and from the songwriting credits, it's clear that Ledisi's still very much in charge of the overall shape of the album. Titles include "Runnin", "Everything Changes", "Turn Me Loose", "Love Never Changes", "Knockin", "Goin Thru Changes", "I Need Love", "Say No", "Please Stay", and "Trippin". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges ... CD
Verve, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An unlikely pairing – but that's what makes the record so great! Mulligan and Hodges come together in this rare Verve set from the late 50s – an inspired combination of talents that really work some magic together. Hodges' tone is in the lead in our ears, always wonderful, especially in a set of open-ended tracks like this – but Mulligan's sweet and careful blowing works surprisingly well as a foil, giving the set a nice bottom, and a good overall approach. Backing is by a trio that features Claud Williamson, Buddy Clark, and Mel Lewis – and titles include "Bunny", "Back Beat", "What's The Rush", and "18 Carrots For Rabbit". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Tito PuentePuente In Percussion ... CD
Fania, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Essential grooves from Tito Puente – a really unique record for the time, and a set that's only grown in power over the years! The album's an all-percussion jam from Puente – one that strips away most other instrumentation, to focus just on heavy drum work from Puente and a core group of players that includes Mongo Santamaria, Willie Bobo, and Patato Valdes! There's only just a bit of bass – played by Robert Rodriguez – to focus the energy of the percussion, and the timbales, congas, and bongos offer up both melodic lines and rhythmic grooves – a groundbreaking sound, recorded brilliantly back in the 50s! The album's got a killer stripped-down feel that you rarely get on other Tito Puente records – and tracks include "Tito on Timbales", "Swinging Mambo", "Congo Beat", "Stick On Bongo", "Tito & Mongo On Timbales", "Four Beat Mambo", and "The Big Four". CD
(Out of print.)

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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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✨✧ Joe TexLive & Lively ... LP
Atlantic, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tasty live set, with a smoking raw groove that you don't always get on Joe's studio albums! The crowd really goes wild for Joe – and with only some small group backing behind him, he's got nothing left to do but go over the top with his vocals! As proof of that, the record includes the great breakbeat track "Papa Was, Too", with a hard funky beat and sample riff that you'll recognize from way back. (Not only that, but the cut's a great answer to Otis & Carla's famous "Tramp".) Other tracks include the hit "Skinny Legs & All" (an answer to "Big Leg Woman"?), plus "Wooden Spoon", "Don't Give Up", and "Show Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue & green label pressing with a touch of marker. Cover has a cutout hole and a hype sticker.)

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

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

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✨✧ VariousGold Digging – As Sampled By Jay Z ... CD
Harmless (UK), 1960s/1970s. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Loads of soul, funk, leftfield rock and soundtrack bits with one trait in common – they formed the official blueprint for many a classic Jay Z cut! Jigga always had warm spot for soul beats that carried more than a little bit of emotion – and this set has lots of it, with the Chi-Lites, Al Green, David Ruffin and more – plus poppier, proggier and funkier bits by Steve Kropper, Labi Siffre, the Jackson 5 and more! 20 tracks on 2CDs: "That's How Long I Love You" by Chi-Lites, "I Will" by John Holt, "I'm Not To Blame" by Bobby Byrd, "Free At Last" by Al Green, "Common Man" by David Ruffin, "Big Beat" by Billy Squier, "I Want You Back" by Jackson 5, "Soul Makossa" by Manu Dibango, "Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City" by Bobby Bland, "I Know What Boys Like" by Waitresses, "Cause I Need It" by Dorothy Ashby and more. CD
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✨✧ VariousStrange Games & Funky Things 3 – Compiled By Kenny Dope ... CD
BBE (UK), 1970s. Used 3CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest soul compilation series ever! Kenny Dope put together this 3rd volume, and we might be tempted to say that it's the best one of the 3! Strange Games has a deceptively simple approach – but the compilation features the kind of grooves that will keep you coming back and back again, and which will play well with both fans of older soul and modern beat-heads alike. Nearly every track has been sampled at some point over the past 10 years – so you'll recognize many of the beats and riffs – but the tracks are also totally excellent, and hold up extremely well on their own as smooth modern soul classics. Titles include "Superman Lover" by Johnny Guitar Watson, "Standing Right Here" by Melba Moore, "Free" by Deniece Williams, "Holding You, Loving You" by Don Blackman, "Was It Something I Said" by Sylvester, "I've Been Watching You" by Parliament, "I'm Your Mechanical Man" by Jerry Butler, "I Wanna Do Something Freaky To You" by Leon Haywood, "Stars In Your Eyes" by Herbie Hancock, "Thoughts Of Old Flames" by Pleasure, "What Am I Missing?" by Rufus, and "Freddie's Dead" by MFSB. Also features a few cuts that have been on other compilations – by artists like Ramp, Labbi Siffre, Love Unlimited Orchestra, and Barry White – but they're all great anyway, and are fine to have again! CD version features 3 CDs! Disc 1 is a mixed set of tracks – and discs 2 and 3 are unmixed, and include 21 cuts between them. Packaged in a totally great slipcase, too! CD
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✨✧ VariousVinyl Make Me Funky – 70 Minutes Of Dopeness – Mixed By DJ Koco aka Shimokita ... CD
Octave (Japan), 1980s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very cool trip through the world of 80s hip hop – particularly the hippest tracks from labels that include Fresh, Sleeping Bag, Warlock, B-Boy, and Idlers Records – all laid out here in a non-stop mix that's almost 70 minutes long! The package pulls together classics from the mid 80s east coast scene, plus some lesser-known album cuts too – and DJ Koko has a great way of keeping things focused on the core of most tunes, while also really making the records leap from the decks throughout the mix. 38 tracks in all – including "Tall Dark & Handsome" by Tall Dark & Handsome, "B Boy Document" by Krown Rulers, "Strong Island (blue mix)" by JVC Force, "You Can't Break B Boys" by Baby Doll, "Bridge Is Over" by Boogie Down Productions, "Going Way Back" by Just Ice, "Let's Jam (inst)" by DJ Mate & The Latin MCs, "It's Yours" by T La Rock & Jazzy Jay, "Can't Get Enough" by Soul Dimension, "The Bronx Is Back" by Tall Dark & Handsome, "Back To The Beat" by Todd Terry, "Free Flow" by Just Ice, "Hardcore Hip Hop" by Mantronix, "Get Retarded" by MC EZ & Troup, and "Soul Food" by Tuff Crew. CD

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

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

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

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✨✧ Anita BakerGiving You The Best That I Got (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Elektra, 1988. Used ... 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
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✨✧ Dancefloor StompersLibrerie Musicali ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A cool little funky group – one that's so influenced by the sound library scene of the 70s, they even styled this album like one of those records from back in the day! The tunes are almost all instrumental – heavy on drums and funky basslines, and filled with guitar, organ, electric piano, and lots of other groovy touches – all with a very strong 70s vibe in the overall approach and production! Things are nice and simple – and these guys avoid some of the cliches of other groups who go for this territory, but maybe push too hard. Titles include "Rapina Alla Brinks", "Pop Shake Beat", "4 Dita E Una Pistola", "Country Ride & Boat Chase", "Double Pimp", "Romance", and "Armando's Walk". LP, Vinyl record album

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

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



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