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Roy Head & The TraitsTreat Her Right/So Long, My Love ... 7-inch
Back Beat, 1965. Very Good+ ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a peeled spot and some pen.)

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OV WrightDon't Let My Baby Ride/He Made Woman For Man ... 7-inch
Back Beat, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has some peeling on both sides.)
 
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Eastbound ExpresswayYou're A Beat (voc, dub) ... 12-inch
Passion (UK), 1986. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $4.99
Classic work from female disco trio Eastbound Expressway – an Ian Levine project done in a mode to rival the great female club trios from Philly – and one that comes off surprisingly well! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has lightly bent corners and some wear on back.)

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Just-IcePut That Record Back On (voc, inst)/Latoya/That Girl Is A Slut ... 12-inch
Fresh, 1986. Very Good- ... $2.99
This is Just-Ice's first single, with a track that didn't make it to the LP, plus the original version of "Latoya" that's better than the LP version. "Put That Record Back On" is the cut here, with classic Mantronix production, from around the same time as his other big singles. And all the cuts include a whole lot of nice beat boxing from the Human DMX. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Original pressing in a Fresh sleeve, with an unglued seam.)

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LTJ X-PerienceMoon Beat ... CD
Irma (Italy), 1999. Used ... $6.99
Very groovy batch of funky keyboard tracks, with a sound that hearkens back to early work by the James Taylor Quartet, and to some of the better Italian grooves from the early 90s! The group's led by Luca Trevisi and Ohm Guru, and the cuts have some nice little organ riffs with a swinging sound that's a mix of 70's jazz funk and classic crime jazz. Titles include "Keep On Groovin", "No Rhyme No Reason", "Superwig", "Sitar Madness", "Moon Beat", and "Saturday Nite Groovin". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousRock Steady Beat ... LP
WIRL, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $79.99
A rare gem on the Wirl label – very important in the 60s rise of Jamaican music! Titles include "A Thing Called Soul", "Sounds & Pressure", "Girl I've Got A Date", "The Train Is Coming", "007", "Hound Dog", "Obeah Wedding", "Temptation", and "Bend Down Low". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear at the bottom seam and some yellowing from age on back.)

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✨✧ Link QuartetBeat It ... CD
Hammond Beat, 2002. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Hammond organ spectacular – great back to basics work by the Link Quartet! These guys really know how to set up a groove – tight organ licks, tasty guitar, and simple but effective thumping on drum and bass – hitting all four burners with a sound that's pretty darn forceful, and very much in the best tradition of the mod Hammond underground! The album's a real cooker – filled with outta site tunes that groove like lost 60s numbers – played with a youthful freshness that also gets past the cliches! Titles include "Strudel Girl", "An Evening With Linda Lovelace", "Crosstown Traffic", "Somebody Stole My Thunder", "Gianni Fusi Nerini", and "Marshall Jim 100". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Mestizo BeatCanoga Madness ... LP
California Soul Music, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An excellent album from a group who've really got the right sort of name – as the music here is equal parts Latin and soul, with plenty of funky elements at the core – very much in the best 70s style of the west coast Chicano Soul generation! The music is all instrumental – heavy on percussion next to the drums at the core – with riffing guitar, heavy bass, and a great use of jazzier elements on keyboards and saxes – which really elevates the music past standard funk, into territory that's often as rich as our favorite groups with a similar groove from back in the day! Most tracks are instrumental, but Terin Ector sings on "Find A Better Way" – next to other tracks that include "When Walls Fall", "Canoga Madness", "ANTFBS", "Lizard Brain", "El Camino Del Caballo", and "Osvaldo's Rebellion". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousBig Beat – The Dave Bartholomew Songbook ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s/1960s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great batch of songs by legendary New Orleans R&B and soul producer Dave Bartholomew – recorded by a sprawling line-up of soul, pop, R&B and rockers – another revelatory set in the Ace Records series of songwriter compilations! The numbers here stretch back to the 50s and continue up to the end of the 60s/start of the 70s – with Bartholomew-penned tunes done here by Fats Domino, Shirley & Lee, Elvis Presley, Johnny Burnette, Brenda Lee, Georgie Fame, Bobby Charles, Tami Lynn, Bobby Mitchell, Dave Bartholomew himself and many more! 25 tracks in all: "The Fat Man" by Fats Domino, "Ain't Gonna Do It" by The Pelicans, "Blue Monday" by Georgie Fame & The Blue Fames, "Sick And Tired" by Neville Grant, "One Night Of Sin" by Tami Lynn, "The Big Beat" bh The Del Vikings, "The Monkey" by Dave Bartholomew and many more. CD

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Mose AllisonI Don't Worry About A Thing/Moses Alive ... CD
Collectables/Atlantic, 1962/1966. Used ... $8.99
2 Atlantic sessions from Mose – back to back on one CD! I Don't Worry is one of Mose's first albums for Atlantic – a great set of soulful jazz vocals, done in a rootsy style that has some slight New Orleans touches – and a nice sort of beat undercurrent! The sound of the set follows nicely from Mose's earlier work for Prestige and Columbia – with Mose on piano, plus Addison Farmer on bass and Osie Johnson on drums. The set features 10 tracks in all – including "I Don't Worry About A Thing", "It Didn't Turn Out That Way", "Your Mind Is On Vacation", "Stand By", "Meet Me At No Special Place" and "The Song Is Ended". As you'd guess by the title, Mose Alive is recorded live, with a bit more of a hip flair than some of his earlier work for Prestige and Columbia, but still with those great vocals that went onto influence a generation of beatnik jazz singers. Mose has more than a bit of New Orleans in his tone – but he's also got some northern distance from his material, bringing a nice bit of wit into the recordings. There's a total of 11 tracks including "Parchman Farm", "Smashed", "Seventh Son", "Fool's Paradise", "Baby Please Don't Go", and "The Chaser". CD

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Booker T & The MGsMelting Pot ... CD
Stax, 1970. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
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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✨✧ ChangeEverything & More – The Complete Collection 1980 to 2019 (Glow Of Love/Miracles/Sharing Your Love/This Is Your Time/Change Of Heart/Turn On Your Radio/Love 4 Love) (7CD set) ... CD
Edsel (UK), 1980s. New Copy 7CD ... $59.99 65.99
A huge batch of work from Change – all the group's classic albums from the 80s, plus some great work from later years too – all with bonus tracks added to most of the records! First up is Glow Of Love – the classic debut from Change – and the start of an amazing run of groovers in the early 80s! The set's got a tight, jazzy feel throughout – a stripped-down approach to disco modes, with the same focus on the basslines that you'd find in work by Chic – but a style that's almost even more instrumentally focused overall, given the great range of studio players who worked on the set. Yet there's also some key vocal moments, too – work by Luther Vandross that really helps make some of the best tracks sparkle, and which went onto catapult Vandross into a rich solo career on his own. Next is Miracles – a brilliant second set from Change – working here without Luther Vandross on lead vocals, but hardly missing a beat at all! As before, the basslines are at the core of the set – a sweet stripped-down approach that brings even more focus onto the bottom of the groove for early 80s dancefloors – with loads of numbers that step along in a really groovy mode – one quite far from the cliches of disco, and inflected by loads of jazzy elements that keep things fresh over the years! Vocals are by James Robinson – previously with Lonnie Liston Smith – Diva Gray, and Jocelyn Shaw. Sharing Your Love is sweet modern soul from this great group – one of the brightest points in major label soul during the early 80s! Change, ironically, is a group that went through a number of line-up changes, even in their prime – with the tight, clubby, yet genuinely soulful production a constant. This record is made all the better for the beautifully soulful dual lead vocals of James Robinson and Deborah Cooper. The tracks have deeply layered live instrumentation – keyboards, guitar, percussion, horns and strings – blended seamlessly with early 80s production touches. This Is Your Love is an overlooked set from Change – a record that possibly wasn't as hit-worthy as some of their previous efforts – yet one that still had the group very much at the top of their game! By this point, Change had really evolved past being just a studio project, into a rock-solid soul group with a definite ear for a groove – particularly the tight, lean sort of rhythms that percolated in the post-Chic era – making a perfect fit for the slightly jazzy production of the record. Bassbits and beats drive most of the rhythms, but there's still a nice degree of warmth – and vocals are handled by Deborah Cooper, James Robinson, Rick Brennan, and Timmy Allen – who each seem to get their moment in the spotlight, furthering the well-rounded sound of the record. Next is Change Of Heart – a game-changing album from Change – a real breakthrough for the early 80s international soul combo! Change Of Heart has some great production by Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis – and on top of that, it's perhaps the best set of songs the group had recorded to to date. Jam/Lewis wrote half the tunes and produced most of the album, which is front-loaded with some of the best of them. Turn On Your Radio is not nearly as well-known as their first few hits, but still in that all-solid approach to the groove that was the Change trademark during the early 80s! The sound is a bit more stripped down than before – tight beats and keyboards, mostly in a mellow to midtempo mode – all topped with vocals from male and female members of the group! Change still have a great way with a hook here – an approach to soul that's tight and professional, yet not nearly as cloying as some of the chart-climbing acts of their generation. And as before, the keyboards are almost as great as the vocals – with slight jazzy inflections that warm up the tunes nicely! Last up is Love 4 Love – a 2018 comeback for Change – still sounding great all these many years later, but in a slightly different way! The balance between all elements here is fantastic – as the music has all the best parts of the group's earlier music, but also updates the sound a bit – in the way that a combo like Incognito or Brand New Heavies were updating older soul music back in the 90s, by grabbing all the strongest parts of the past, and fusing them into a fresh lean groove. The songs are upbeat, positive, and full of the kind of catchy hooks that Change always did so well! Box set features 78 tracks in all – with bonus tracks added to most albums! CD

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✨✧ Carlo CoupeEstereo Espectacular ... CD
Subterfuge (Spain), 2000. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Groovy organ work from Carlo Coupe – a young Spanish player with a definite retro bent! Carlo's work hearkens back to the glory days of the late 60s mod scene – keys, guitar, bass, and drums all grooving around with a feel that's got bits of jazz and R&B, but which also isn't afraid to hit a bossa groove from time to time. This debut's got a nicely stripped-down feel – mostly just a focus on the rhythms, with a simple and clean sound that makes it a great one if you dig 60s soundtracks or classic instrumental sounds of the London beat group scene. Almost a cross between Schema and Siesta – with titles that include "Bikini", "Cena Para 2", "Montecarlo Mon Amour", "La Danza De Uschi", and "Los Cosmonautas". CD

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Sugar Pie De SantoGo Go Power – The Complete Chess Singles 1961 to 1966 ... CD
Chess/Kent (UK), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A much-needed look at the mighty Sugar Pie DeSanto – a singer who really rocked Chess Records back in the 60s! DeSanto came to the label already boasting one hell of a groove – a rock-solid sense of rhythm that made all of her tunes groovers right from the get-go – and a raw vocal power that easily rivaled, if not beat, that of Etta James – her labelmate at Chess, and partner on a few duet tracks here! The collection's a non-stop soul party throughout – as upbeat as Northern Soul, but with plenty of deep soul elements as well – and it's the first time many of these cuts have been brought together on CD, and certainly never before as wonderful as this. Kent serves up some great notes and vintage photos with the package – the latter of which show Sugar Pie in action on stage, clearly one of the sexiest singers to work the circuit back in the 60s! Titles include "In The Basement (parts 1 & 2)", "Soulful Dress", "Witch For A Night", "Ask Me", "Good Timin", "Mr & Mrs", "Mama Didn't Raise No Fools", "Crazy Lovin", "There's Gonna Be Trouble", "Jump In My Chest", "Somewhere Down The Line", "Use What You Got", "Never Love A Stranger", "I Love You So Much", "Go Go Power", and "I Don't Wanna Fuss". CD

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✨✧ Bo Diddley & Chuck Berry/Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, & Bo DiddleyTwo Great Guitars/Super Super Blues Band ... CD
Chess/BGO (UK), 1964/1968. New Copy ... $9.99 16.99
A pair of amazing all-star albums from Chess Records – back to back on a single CD! First up is Two Great Guitars – in which Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry come together in a really unique album for Chess Records in the 60s – and that's saying a lot, given all the groundbreaking sounds we heard from that label at the time! The format is quite unusual – as each side features a long instrumental jam that really lets the guitarists work out their differences – in modes that are almost proto-funk more than blues, rock, or soul – with lots of wicked guitar lines that are way ahead of their time in terms of recording space! The long tracks are "Chuck's Beat" and "Bo's Beat" – but the duo also shine brilliantly on the shorter tunes "Liverpool Drive" and "When The Saints Go Marching In". Next is The Super Super Blues Band – a group that definitely lives up to its name – given that the lineup features the Chess Records stalwarts Bo Diddley, Howlin Wolf, and Muddy Waters! The set's maybe a bit more in the mode of Wolf or Waters than some of Bo's own records – although there's a bit of that riffing spark of his at times – and the tracks are often nice and long, with more than enough room to make you feel like Phil Chess gave these guys plenty of space in the studio to hang out, and find the right way to interact. As much as we love Chess albums with short songs and a soulful punch, we really appreciate it when they can break format and open up on a session like this – which really helps create a unique moment on record! Titles include "Goin Down Slow", "Long Distance Call", "Sweet Little Angel", "Ooh Baby & Wrecking My Love Life", and "Spoonful". CD

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DJ SpinnaHere To There ... CD
Beat Generation (UK), 2003. Used ... $4.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lou DonaldsonMusty Rusty/At His Best ... CD
Cadet/Jazz Beat (Spain), 1965. Used ... $24.99
Two Cadet Records cookers from Lou Donaldson – back to back on a single CD! Musty Rusty is a great mid 60s session by Lou Donaldson – a bridge between his earlier Blue Note recordings and his styles of the mid and late 60s – featuring an electric group with Billy Gardner on organ, Grant Green on guitar, Ben Dixon on drums, and Bill Hardman on trumpet. The tracks have the same tight group feel as the work that Lou recorded for Blue Note with Big John Patton on Hammond and Grant Green on guitar – and titles include "The Space Walk", "Hipty Hop", "Musty Rusty", "Midnight Sun", and "Ha' Mercy". At His Best is somewhat misleadingly titled – because it isn't a "best of", but a straight album from Lou's days at Cadet, and one of his best, we might add! The record features Lou's tight group with Billy Gardner on organ, grooving away in a modal soulful mode that should have made him a lot more famous. Bill Hardman is on trumpet, Grady Tate is on drums, and Calvin Newborn rounds out the group on guitar. Titles include "Greasy Papa", "Wig Blues", "Blues #3", and "Win, Lose, or Draw" – and Lou's in better form than on most of his other Cadet LPs! CD
(Out of print and in great shape!)

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Julie DriscollJulie Driscoll 1969 ... CD
Polydor/Greyscale (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98 About June 18, 2021
Julie's come a long way from her years with Brian Auger here – stepping out in a freer sound that marks the shift in the British scene from beat group grooving to jazz-rock jamming. The session features a host of likely suspects – including Keith Tippett, Elton Dean, Brian Godding, Nick Evans, and Chris Spedding – and Julie's vocal style is finely tuned to match the craft of the players on the set. She's a lot more open-ended in her singing, with less of the R&B inspired approaches of the late 60s, and more of the expansive vocalizations that were showing up in the work of other European vocalists of the 70s. Titles include "Leaving It All Behind", "Break-Out", "A New Awakening", "Walk Down", and "I Nearly Forgot – But I Went Back". CD
This title is scheduled for release about Friday, June 18.

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Don DrummondDon Cosmic ... CD
Studio One, Late 60s. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
An incredible collection of work from one of the coolest musicians on the Jamaican scene in the 60s – the legendary Don Drummond – an artist who was schooled in jazz trombone, then went on to use the instrument as a surprisingly powerful force in ska, rocksteady, and reggae! This collection focuses on Don's performances for Studio One – and includes a number of tracks that were only ever issued as 45s, and which make their first-ever appearance here on album – along with a few classics, and some other unreleased takes too! Don's musicianship is superb – and he uses the trombone in a way that has the powerful punch of a trumpet, but is also tied quite strongly to the basslines in the rhythms too – an approach that was the epitome of cool back in the day. Titles include "Reload", "The Shock", "Surplus", "Coolie Boy", "Roll On Sweet Don", "The Rocket", "Rain Or Shine", "Scrap Iron", "Grooving With The Beat", "Serenade In Sound", "Green Island", "Far East", "Last Call", and "Jet Stream". CD
Also available Don Cosmic ... LP 28.99

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✨✧ Don DrummondDon Cosmic ... LP
Studio One, Late 60s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
An incredible collection of work from one of the coolest musicians on the Jamaican scene in the 60s – the legendary Don Drummond – an artist who was schooled in jazz trombone, then went on to use the instrument as a surprisingly powerful force in ska, rocksteady, and reggae! This collection focuses on Don's performances for Studio One – and includes a number of tracks that were only ever issued as 45s, and which make their first-ever appearance here on album – along with a few classics, and some other unreleased takes too! Don's musicianship is superb – and he uses the trombone in a way that has the powerful punch of a trumpet, but is also tied quite strongly to the basslines in the rhythms too – an approach that was the epitome of cool back in the day. Titles include "Reload", "The Shock", "Surplus", "Coolie Boy", "Roll On Sweet Don", "The Rocket", "Rain Or Shine", "Scrap Iron", "Grooving With The Beat", "Serenade In Sound", "Green Island", "Far East", "Last Call", and "Jet Stream". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Don Cosmic ... CD 18.99

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✨✧ Earth Wind & FireEarth Wind & Fire/Need Of Love ... CD
Warner/BGO (UK), 1971. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
A pair of spiritual soul classics – the rare early Warner Brothers albums from Earth Wind & Fire – back to back on a single CD! Earth, Wind & Fire's first album was recorded at a time when the group recently had ties to the Chicago soul and jazz scenes, and a range of experience that ran the gamut from work with Sun Ra, the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, The Pharoahs, Ramsey Lewis, and countless other influential groups. Headed up by Maurice White on drums and percussion, the group forged an amazing blend of all these influences, creating a future soul sound that pushed black music to the next level – taking a wealth of previously underground modes of expression, and fusing them into a soaring sound that would soon put them at the top of the charts. This album's a lot looser and freer than their Columbia albums – with plenty of raw funk and some nice off-beat jazz soling. Includes the classic break track "C'Mon Children", plus "Fan The Fire", "Bad Tune", and "Moment Of Truth". Need Of Love is one of the two early Earth Wind & Fire LPs recorded for Warner – and the one that shows their amazing roots in the avant-garde jazz scene in Chicago! At the forefront, the record's a righteous soul album with an ensemble funk sound – but deeper in, there's a lot of jazz-based playing, and a number of moments that almost get "out" in the solos! Surely this one couldn't have been made without the spiritual advancements in jazz made by the AACM – and EWF couldn't have helped rubbing shoulders with those players, considering that they all often gigged together in the Chicago studio scene, and that they'd also shared some time together in groups like The Pharoahs and Phil Cohran's Artistic Heritage Ensemble. Titles include "Energy", "Beauty", and a nice remake of Donny Hathaway's "Everything is Everything". CD

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Butch Engle & The StyxNo Matter What You Say – The Best Of Butch Engle & The Styx ... LP
Beat Rocket, Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
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
(180 gram vinyl.)

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Evritiki ZygiaOrmenion ... CD
Teranga Beat (Senegal), 2020. New Copy ... $15.99
The ancient styles of Thrace, filtered through a psychedelic sensibility – with a result that's completely unlike anything we've ever heard! Imagine fuzzy guitars and trippy keyboards mixing with exotic reeds and rootsy percussion – all to rework the sorts of styles you might have heard in ancient Greece, but with a quality that rivals some of the most unusual psychedelic experiments of the early 70s – particularly those German, French, and Italian groups who were often mixing in folkloric elements with their more electric instrumentation! The result is fantastic – and honestly, this is the sort of record that would be some sort of a much-lauded psych classic, were it issued back in the day. Titles include "Ormenion", "5 Nights", "Fog", "Maritsa", "The Sun Is Setting", "Karsilamas", and "Anastenariko". CD

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Fantastic Johnny CBoogaloo Down Broadway ... LP
Phil-LA Of Soul, 1968. Very Good+ ... $29.99
A funky soul classic from the Fantastic Johnny C – a hard and heavy Philadelphia winner from the end of the 60s, and the kind of record that really gave Stax and Atlantic a run for their money! Johnny C's working here with some great hard soul production from Jesse James – grooving in a way that's heavy on the back beat – following in the style of similar late 60s work from Wilson Pickett and Dyke & The Blazers. Like Dyke, Johnny's album has a rolling groove that's a great precursor to funk in years to come – and like Wilson, Johnny's vocals are very on top of the mix – shoutin' and beltin' all the way through, in a really solid sock-soul groove! Titles include the hit "Boogaloo Down Broadway", plus "Cool Broadway, "Got What You Need", "Baby I Need You", "Shout Bamalama", and "The Bounce". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label stereo pressing. Cover has light wear and aging, a small split in the top seam, and a price sticker spot on front.)

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Freeze FactorChill ... LP
Epic, 1989. Very Good ... $2.99
10 tracks in all, including "Lay Back & Chill", "Don't Turn Back", "Keep On Groovin'", "Money, Money", "Black All The Way", "The Truth (Beat Biters)", "Funky Fresh Stuff", "Slick Chick", "Direct Opposites" and "The Creator Is Back & Black". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg Reads Howl & Other Poems (70s pressing) ... LP
Fantasy, 1959. Sealed ... $36.99
Maybe one of the coolest albums of poetry ever recorded – a set that features a young, pre-hippie Allen Ginsberg – delivering his epic poem Howel, plus some other key works too. The young Ginsberg's voice is great – and really fills the works with a lot of bitterness and cynicism – with maybe more of a beat-era presentation than you'd know from his other later records, especially the music ones. This is one of the few albums that San Francisco-based Fantasy records cut of famous beat poets reading their own work – and it's probably one of the most enduring! Ginsberg reads "Howl", "Footnote To Howl", "Sunflower Sutra", "Supermarket In California", and other poems from the late 50s – and there's no musical accompaniment at all. LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a small hole in front and an index label on back.)

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Nico GomezFiesta Brasiliana (Concert Hall) ... LP
Concert Hall (UK), Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Great work from Nico Gomez – not as funky as his 70s albums, but still filled with some nicely grooving tracks! The style here is mod Latin – heavy percussion on the bottom, and lots of sprightly 60s touches – including groovy vocals, horns, playful percussion, and the occasional heavy beat. Titles include "Que Sabor", "La Playa", "Poco Pelo", "Quiero Amenecer", "Vivo Cantando", and "Nena Negrita". LP, Vinyl record album
(Raised rim label pressing in a flip-back cover, with light ringwear, some edge wear, and lightly bent corners.)

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Wendell HarrisonDreams Of A Love Supreme (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Wenha/Octave (Japan), 1980. New Copy ... $22.99
Pretty great stuff – even though Wendall Harrison has strayed far from the Tribe Records sound of his earlier years! The record takes the spiritual post-Coltrane jazz of Harrison's earlier days, and infuses it with a smooth fusion approach that's clearly an attempt to reach a wider audience with a soulful message – giving the whole thing a blend of soul and spiritual jazz that comes off surprisingly well overall! There's some nice dark edges to the record that really keep things interesting – maybe imagine Larry Mizell producing some of the more off-beat albums on Strata East – and there's a bit of vocals on the set, which also features work from Phil Ranelin on trombone. Tracks include "Where Am I", "Sea Minor Blues", "Take Time Out", and "Dreams Of A Love Supreme". CD features bonus tracks – "No Turnin Back", "Rocket Love", and the unreleased "Patrina's Dance". CD

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Jimmy James & The VagabondsNew Religion/London Swings/This Is Jimmy James & The Vagabonds/Open Up Your Soul (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Pye/BGO (UK), Late 60s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $14.99
Four classic albums from this hip British soul group – issued here in a single set, with bonus tracks too! First up is New Religion – a record that was also released in America by Atlantic Records. Although they were a UK soul act, Jimmy James and The Vagabonds were a perfect match for the Atlantic soul stable of the 60s. The group had a smooth group style that was partly uptown, partly northern soul – as clearly illustrated in this album, which is divided up into a "mood red: you feel like leaping" side, and a "mood blue: you feel like digging deeper" side. The band chose some good material that really helps them maintain a solid socking soul sound – including "The Entertainer" and "Ain't Love Good, Ain't Love Proud" by Tony Clarke, "Ain't No Big Thing" and "I'm Just A Fool For You Girl" by Gerald Sims, and "Little Boy Blue" and "People Get Ready" by Curtis Mayfield. Also features "Come To Me Softly", a sweet dreamy ballad by Jimmy, and kind of a bit crossover hit for the boys. London Swings is two-sided monster – as the album was originally split with work from the Alan Bown Set too! Here, the CD features just the live material from the soul group – a smoking performance from Jimmy James & The Vagabonds – one that goes way past the sweetness of their hits, and which has a crowd-pleasing, party-hearty approach to soul that's really great! Jimmy and the group serve up versions of "Sock It To Em JB", "That Driving Beat", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", "You Don't Know Like I Know", and "Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do". This Is Jimmy James & The Vagabonds is a record that featured some crossover tracks with New Religion – but the set here just features the exclusive cuts – including "I Feel Alright", "I Can't Get Back Home To My Baby", "Never Like This Before", "I Don't Wanna Cry", and "You Showed Me The Way". Open Up Your Soul is a record with a really wonderful sound – the deeply soulful vocals of Jimmy James & The Vagabonds, mixed with rich arrangements handled by Nicky Welsh, and produced to perfection by Brit maestro John Schroeder! The record's got the sophistication of some of the Richard Evans productions over at Chess/Cadet at the same time – and, no surprise, the group lead off with a great cover of The Dells "Wear It On Our Face" – then roll into cuts that include "Cry Like A Baby", "Good Day Sunshine", "Four Walls", "Everybody Loves A Winner", "If You're Gonna Love Me", and "Open Up Your Soul". CD also features 7 more bonus tracks from singles – including "Why", "Bumper To Bumper", "Close The Door", "Give Us A Light", "I Wanna Be your Everything", "Hungry For Love", and "Don't Know What I'm Gonna Do". CD

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Sean Khan with Hermeto PascoalPalmares Fantasy ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 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

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✨✧ Koes PlusDheg Dheg Plas/Vol 2 ... CD
Sublime Frequencies, 1969/1970. Used ... $14.99
Post Beatles pop and groovy beat psychedelia from the great Indonsian group Koes Plus – an offshoot of the earlier combo Koes Bersaudara that would go on to be legends in their homeland – here with a fantastic, fun and straight up wonderful couple of LPs collected on a single set by Sublime Frequencies! It include Dheg Dheg Plas from 1969 and Koes Plus Vol 2 from 1970 – the rare first 2 albums by the group – from raw, but melodic songs and rumbling rhythms to organ drenched garagey pulp that feels closer to ? And The Mysterians than The Beatles. It's really great stuff, catchy as all get out and with ragged charm to spare. A real treasure put together by Sublime Frequencies! Comes with a nice booklet with notes by Alan Bishop. 24 tracks in all: "Kelelawar (The Bats)", "Derita (Suffer)", "Awan Hitam (The Black Cloud)", "Tiba Tiba Aku Menangis (Suddenly I Cried)", "Bergembira (Have Fun)","Tjintamu Telah Berlalu (Your Love Has Passed)", "Dheg Dheg Plas (Heartbeat)", "Manis Dan Sajang (Sweet and Dear)" , "Hilang Tak Berkesan (Gone Without an Impression)", "Kembali Ke Djakarta (Back to Djakarta)", Rahasia Hatiku (Secret of my Heart)", "Andaikan Kau Datang (Wishing that You Would Come)", "Bilakah Kau Pulang (If You Were Home)", "Hanya Pusaramu (Only Your Grave)", "Mengapa Kau Sedih (Why Were You Sad)", "Djandjimu (Your Promise)" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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

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MantronixKing Of The Beats – Anthology 1985 to 1988 ... CD
Sleeping Bag/Traffic, Late 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $7.99 17.98
Prime early electro hip hop genius from Mantronix – fresh beats and rap from Mantronix, including tight singles, 12" mixes and some classic production work for T La Rock, Just Ice and more – 2CDs that cover the vital mid 80s period! Includes those classic early hits with the booming 808 and all the trademark elements – heavy bass, handclaps, high hats, vocoder vox and party rap. Disc One features 13 tracks from Mantronix proper: "Bassline", "Needle To The Groove (12" Version)", "Fresh is The Word (12" Version)", "Fresh Is The Beat", "Jamming On The Groove", "Bassline (Instrumental)", "Megamix (1)", "Megamix (2)", "Music Madness", "Hardcore Hip Hop" and more. Disc 2 features more prime Mantronix, plus further productions. 10 tracks including "Breaking Bells (12" Version)" by T La Rock, "Back To The Old School" and "Cold Getting' Dumb" by Just Ice, "Needle To The Groove (Alt Version)" by Mantronix, "Fresh Is The Word '88" by Mantronix and more. CD

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Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings E & F Sides ... CD
International Anthem, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
A really great idea for a record – and one that echoes the same "E & F" mode that Makaya McCraven brought to his previous album! The approach here is as unique as the drummer himself – in that McCraven went back to the sessions for the core album, and pulled out material that's recast into a completely different record altogether – not a remix project, or a batch of alternate takes – but new music from the ground up, as Makaya continues his groundbreaking style of using live jazz performance as the basis for a record that's eventually cut-up and reassembled! Performances were recorded in Chicago, Cali, Brooklyn, and London – with players who include Brandee Younger on harp, Joel Ross on vibes, Dezron Douglas on bass, Ashley Henry on Fender Rhodes, Nubya Garcia on tenor, Jeff Parker on guitar, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on violin, Carlos Nino on percussion, Junius Paul on bass, Tomeka Reid on cello, and Shabaka Hutchings on tenor – an amazing lineup that gets plenty of space to shine in the hands of Makaya. Titles include "Everybody Coo", "Mak Attack", "The Hunt", "Beat Science", "Kings & Queens", "Traveling Space", "Butterss Fly", "Universal Beings Part 2", "Her Name", "Half Steppin", and "The Way Home". CD

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Medeski, Martin & WoodEnd Of The World Party ... CD
Blue Note, 2004. Used ... $4.99
One of the best records we've heard in years from Medeski, Martin, & Wood – a searing batch of grooves that really gets back to the trio's original brilliance, and which features some wonderful production from the Dust Brothers! There's a lean, hard, and funky sound to the set that struck us a real surprise after some of their recent recordings – a groove that often feels lifted straight off of a 70s funky soundtrack, inflected with some production touches to update the sound slightly, and accommodate a more beat-heavy approach that really helps their style a lot! The album features some guest guitar from Marc Ribot – nice and nasty, in a way that brings a real edge to the tunes – but as usual, it's the blend of keyboards, bass, and drums that push the real charm of the set! Titles include "Shine It", "Curtis", "Ice", "Bloody Oil", "Anonymous Skulls", "End Of The World Party", "Reflector", "Sasa", and "Queen Bee". CD
(Out of print, promotional stamp on CD.)

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MiraclesLove Crazy/Miracles (SACD multi-channel disc) ... CD
Columbia/Vocalion (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $19.99 24.99
Two post-Motown albums from The Miracles – back to back on a single CD! On Love Crazy, The Miracles move to Columbia Records – and pick up a whole new groove in the process – a much richer sound than previous records on Motown, with a soaring style that really works great for the harmonies! Billy Griffin's vocals are really coming into their own – as is his songwriting, too – evidenced by some of the more complicated elements in the mix, and the blend of full arrangements and tight rhythms that almost have a Philly feel overall! The change is a great one for the group – and not only helps them beat some of their best late Motown moments, but also points the way towards a heck of a lot of 80s soul too. Titles include "Too Young", "The Bird Must Fly Away", "Love Crazy", "Spy For Brotherhood", "A Better Way To Life", "Women", and the Isley-like "I Can Touch The Sky". The self-titled Miracles set is an overlooked groover from The Miracles – a late 70s set for Columbia Records, and one that's got a sparkling sound throughout! The album really has the group hitting some great modern soul modes for the set – arrangements by David Foster that push them forward even more, and which work equally well on the uptempo tunes as they do on the few mellower numbers too. The style is lush, but never overdone – just right for the vocal interplay of the group, with a quality that's a bit like late 70s Jacksons – but better. Titles include "Love Doctor", "I Can't Stand It", "Hot Dance", "Mean Machine", "Sad Rain", "Reach For The Sky", and "The Magic Of Your Eyes". CD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – also works on standard CD players!)

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Mistura PuraBlue Bus ... LP
Ubiquity, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $20.99 24.98
Mistura Pura, aka Federica Grappasonni, is as much of a vinyl collector as a producer and musician – and that depth of musical interest really comes through in this double length set! The tracks have lots of elements that draw on styles from the 60s and 70s – but the beats are often quicker, and the overall sound a bit clubbier – yet still has a vibe that's very original overall, and which hardly sounds like easy remix remakes of tracks from back in the day! There's lots of live instrumentation throughout – Fender Rhodes, Hammond, acoustic bass, flute, tenor, and plenty of percussion – all reworked by Federica, who adds in more percussion and keyboards too. Titles include "Midnight For Tommy", "Artistry In Rhythm (Mistura Pura rework)", "Stop Into The Bossa", "Summer Breeze", "Puerto Rican Blues (Mistura Pura rework)", "Street Beat", "African Circles", and "A Prayer For Odara". LP, Vinyl record album

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Willie MitchellMemphis Rhythm & Blues Sound Of Willie Mitchell ... CD
Stomper Time (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
Early early work from Willie Mitchell – sides recorded way before his more famous work on Hi Records, with a decidedly different feel! This work is much more in a Memphis R&B mode overall – lots of romping, jumping rhythms – topped with either early soul vocals, or some sweet instrumental lines on tenor sax or trumpet – all with the rough edges and deep tones you'd expect to hear on vintage R&B from a label like King! The Four Kings harmonize on some cuts, and the package features a whopping 29 titles in all – with tracks that include "One Mint Julep", "Tell It To Me Baby", "Hokin", "Rag Mop", "I Want You For Myself", "Tanya", "Come Back To Me", "Thirty Five Thirty", "Yvonne", "Bongo Beat", "Stroll", and "The Crawl". CD

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Pete RockNY's Finest – (translucent red vinyl (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Nature Sounds, 2008. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $24.99
Pete Rock returns with his inimitable soul beat style – from hard funk, to solid soul, to some airier, jazzy bits – all with the personal touch of not only one of NY's Finest , but one of best hip hop beatmakers who ever lived! Soul Brother #1 has been flying the flag for a true school hip hop aesthetic his entire career – finding a soul funk groove that's still unrivaled! Titles include "We Roll", "Till I Retire", "914", "Best Believe", "Don't Be Mad", "Bring Yall Back", "The Best Secret", "The PJs" , "Let's Go" and, "Comprehend". Limited edition instrumentals LP comes with 2 bonus tracks: "When I Need It" and "It's So G". LP, Vinyl record album
(Delayed from Black Friday 2020 to December.)

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Public EnemyWhat You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? ... CD
Def Jam, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Public Enemy gave us plenty of knowledge and power back in the day – and we maybe need their message more than ever in 2020 – a year that marks their return to their original home at Def Jam! The group have help from plenty of guests here – maybe more so than they would have had back in the day, but very much in keeping with the legacy they inspired – in a lineup that includes Questlove, DJ Premier, Cypress Hill, Impossebulls, Black Thought, Nas, YG, Run DMC, Mike D, Ad Rock, and even George Clinton! The tunes have plenty of old school PE vibes – and titles include "Go At It", "Rest In Beats", "RIP Blackat", "Grid", "State Of The Union", "Toxic", "Yesterday Man", "Fight The Power Remix 2020", "Beat Them All", and "Smash The Crowd". CD

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Alexander RobotnickProblemes D'Amour (orig, midnight version) ... 12-inch
Materiali Sonori/Spittle (Italy), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 About June 15, 2021
One of the greatest Italian club classics of all time – served up here in a whopping 10 version package! "Problemes D'Amour" was probably the cut that brought the Italo disco sound to US shores back in the day – a Fuzz Dance classic from Alexander Robotnick that played strongly on a wide variety of dancefloors. The original version's got a keyboard and beat-heavy groove that crossed over big to electro and breakdance audiences! 12-inch, Vinyl record
This title is scheduled for release about Tuesday, June 15.

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Philippe SardeMax Et Les Ferrailleurs/Vincent, Francois, Paul, Et Les Autres ... CD
CAM/Quartet (Spain), Early 70s. New Copy ... $28.99
A pair of obscure soundtrack gems from Philippe Sarde – back to back on a single CD! First up is Max Et Les Ferrailleurs – an excellent funky French soundtrack! Philippe Sarde scored the music for this obscure film starring Michel Piccoli and Romy Schneider – and the best cuts have a cool French jazz sound that mixes guitar, vibes, trumpet, and hard on-the-beat vamping by the bass and drums. You may know the cool cut "Juke Boxes Chez Saidani" from a few compilations, and the album's got a few more cuts that have a variation on a similar theme. "Juke Boxes" features great popping bass and electric sitar – and other tracks include "Le Bal Des Ferrailleurs", "Description Des Ferrailleurs", and "Generique". Vincent, Francois, Paul, Et Les Autres has a sound that's maybe more in keeping with some of the richer modes you might know from Philippe Sarde – that special sense of fragile emotion that can make his music so powerful, even when subtle – which it definitely is here at points, although balanced with some beautiful orchestrations handled by Hubert Rostaing, and bandoneon solos from Marcel Azzola. Titles include "Route De Nuit", "Cours A L'Argent", "Catherine", "Taxi", "Convalescence", and "Autrefois". CD

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Trio MocotoSamba Rock ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 2001. Used ... $11.99
Incredible new work from Trio Mocoto – the famous Samba Soul trio who were such a big part of Jorge Ben's work in the early 70s! The group still have all the funky flourish of their classic years – and they're working here in a setting that takes that sound, and respectfully touches it up with some larger arrangements, funky keyboards, and other touches that make the "update" work wonderfully, and which makes the album sparkle a lot more than it would if it was just some old grand masters going back into the studio! This one kicks with the energy of recent work by some of Brazil's younger artists – but has the solidity of a classic album all the way through. Titles include "Swinga Sambaby", "Mocoto Beat", "Alegria Contida", "Kriola", "Voltei Amor", "Nao Sei Por Que", "Nereu Nereu", and "Tudo Bem". CD
(Out of print Brazilian pressing on YB/Net Records.)

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

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VariousBucovina Club Vol 2 – 100% Balkan Beats Compiled By Shantel ... CD
Essay (Germany), 2005. Used ... $8.99
A second set of Balkan beats from DJ Shantel – the man with one of the most unique sounds in the European scene at the moment! As with the first Bucovina collection, and the Electric Gypsyland set, Shantel's going for a sound here that mixes older Eastern European musical modes with more contemporary beats and grooves – creating a sound that's wonderfully fresh – still steeped in tradition, yet with an ear to appeal to a modern dancefloor crowd, complete with the rhythms to back things up! A good number of the tunes on the package have Shantel himself involved in the musical production – and titles in clude "Maki Maki" by Goran Bregovic, "Godzilla" by Fanfare Ciocarlia, "Bulgarian Chicks" by Balkan Beat Box, "Bucovina Dub" by Mahala Rai Banda vs Shantel, "Da Zna Zna (Shantel rmx)" by Sandy Lopicic Orkestar, "Sabacko Kolo" by Slonovski Bal, and "Ya Rayah (Balkan mix)", "Dunarea", "Borino Oro", and "Hocemo Li U Sabac" by Shantel himself! CD
(Out of print. Slipcase has light wear.)

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VariousGarland Records – Pacific Northwest Fuzz Box (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Garland/Beat Rocket, Late 60s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A lost legacy in the always-hip Pacific Northwest scene of the 60s – rare psych and garage tracks from the tiny Garland Records – an Oregon imprint who only issued a small amount of singles, but also recorded some really excellent music back in the day! All the tracks here are pretty darn rare, and the package also features some unissued music too – work that shows a great evolution of northwest sounds since the bigger guitar bands of the early 60s – with some trippier, headier elements showing up in the instrumentation, lyrical modes, and even the production – which is often pretty darn hip for a small label like Garland. The package is one of the best discoveries we've heard from Sundazed/Beat Rocket in recent years – and titles include "Hip Girl" by Stop, "Night Life" by The Heard, "Take It As It Comes" by The Third Stone, "It'll Come Easy" by The Other Side, "Your Mind Was Never Free" by The Zero End, "Suzie Q" by Smack, "Love Is Such A Game" by Grant's Blue Boys, "True Justice" by The Third Stone, "Transparent Soul" by White Feather, and "Blow Your Mind" by The Zero End. CD features bonus tracks – "Fly Today" by The Zero End, and "Itichin In My Heart" by The Heard. CD

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VariousGolden State Psychedelia ... CD
Big Beat (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
San Francisco is well-known as ground zero for the Summer Of Love – and the city gave us plenty of big bands that helped push the new sounds of the 60s firmly into the rock mainstream – but at the same time, the city also housed plenty of lesser-known acts and really experimental groups who were making some amazing sounds that never fully got their due! This set completely corrects that lack – by digging deep into the SF scene of the late 60s, and coming up with handfuls of fuzzy nuggets that show us that there's still plenty to discover from this ultra-rich moment in music – a time when there was so much greatness going down, even a collection like this only scratches the surface. And yet, that scratch is one hell of a treat – as the whole thing's filled with lots of unissued tracks from back in the day, rare singles, and lots more – all originally produced at Golden State Recorders, and documented here in some very well-done notes. Titles include "Blow Up" by The Goody Box, "Meditorium" by The Carnival, "Start Seeing" by The Short Yellow, "Sunday At The Lotus Parlor" by The Gants, "Chasing Rainbows" by The Bristol Boxkite, "Wet Chant" by The Immediate Family, "Daddy's Zoo" by The Tow Away Zone, "Black Diamonds" by Ticket Agents, "Speed" by Celestial Hysteria, "F*ck For Peace" by Magician, "Don't Worry Me" by The Seventh Dawn, and "My Kind Of People" by Just Slightly Richer. CD

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VariousRich Medina Presents Jump N Funk ... CD
BBE (UK), Mid 70s/Late 2000s/Early 2010s. New Copy 2 CDs ... $8.99 16.99
One of the coolest projects we've heard from Rich Medina in years – a killer compilation that brings together older Afro Funk tracks from the 70s with a big amount of cuts from more contemporary years – all with a blend that pushes the spirit of the continent way out into the cosmos! Medina's always been one of the most forward-thinking artists in the underground – and you can definitely hear that quality in this set – as Rich effortlessly steps back and forth in space and time, to create a unified sound that bristles with electricity, while still reveling in all the key acoustic elements from the 70s. Titles include "For The People" by Aquil, "Bango Fields" by Kutiman, "For Real (2011 edition Atjazz rmx)" by Atjazz, Olodumare" by Wale Oyejide, "Bushman" by Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble, "Stalemate" by Fela & The Afrika 70, "Jungle Beat (Mutaba)" by Sir Victor Uwaifo & His Melody Maestroes, "Soul Makossa" by Original Nairobi Afro Band, "Why Can't We Live Together (Sao Benitez BV dub)" by River Oceaon, and "Na Oil" by Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80. CD

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✨✧ VariousWe Out Here ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
London is exploding again with fantastic music – and this time around, it's the city's jazz underground that comes forward to remind us what a unique musical crossroads the city can be! The work here represents an incredible new scene that's pushing boundaries all over again – not the avant jazz of London improvisers, nor the electric sounds of the broken beat world, or retro funk of another scene – but fantastic acoustic jazz that at one level brings back deeper spiritual sounds from generations back, but at another flings forward its sounds with inspiration that will be setting the standard for years to come. We've only had a few of these artists on record before, and together they work beautifully as a strong new proclamation of talent – on titles that include "Once" by Nubya Garcia, "Inside The Acorn" by Maisha, "Pure Shade" by Ezra Collective, "The Balance" by Moses Boyd, "Brockley" by Theon Cross, "Walls" by Triforce, "Black Skin Black Masks" by Shabaka Hutchings, "Go See" by Joe Armon Jones, and "Abusey Junction" by Kokoroko. CD

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✨✧ AzymuthFlame/Spectrum ... CD
Milestone, 1984/1985. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Subtle magic from Azymuth – two mid 80s albums, back to back on a single CD! First up is Flame, a set that nicely lives up to its title – and which shows the strengths the trio picked up during their years in the US! The sound here is round and soulful – a great fusion of the group's roots in the 70s Brazilian fusion scene, and some of the smoother styles of the California one – never in a way that's too soft or commercial. As usual, there's a heavy emphasis on the keyboards of Jose Roberto Bertrami – who also sings a bit in a wordless, scatting sort of way. Flora Purim joins in on vocals on the cut "The Textile Factory" – and other titles include "Tamal Vista Boulevard", "Rapa Poeira", and "Flame (O Amor E Chama)". Spectrum is proof that Azymuth were one of the few groups who could keep things real at a time when most of their fusion contemporaries were sounding cloying and commercial! The album's got a well-rounded sound that really shows the group's roots in the 70s, and their wonderful evolution over the years – that keyboard-heavy sound that's always warm and soulful, and never too tinny or beat-heavy. Jose Roberto Bertrami's keys come across with a 70s warmth that most groups were lacking by this time – and the backing from Alex Maheiros on bass and Ivan Conti is always very subtle, and simple too – swirled up alongside the keyboards, and mixed in with a few occasional bits of guest instrumentation – including trumpet from Marcio Montarroyos on one track, and flugelhorn from Paulinho Olivera on a few more. Titles include versions of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On", Jobim's "Song Of The Jet", and Ivan Lins' "The Island", plus the cuts "Universal Prisoner", "Candomble", and "Areis". CD

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

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✨✧ Dancefloor StompersLibrerie Musicali ... LP
Four Flies (Italy), 2018. New Copy ... Temporarily 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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✨✧ Yusef LateefLive At Pep's Vol 2 ... CD
Impulse, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Finally! Yusef Lateef's live set at Pep's in 1964 is the stuff of legend. Not only is it one of his best-ever recordings, but it also yielded a huge amount of material that was not issued at the time, and which only ever came out on later, badly-annotated issues. Now, the proper "part 2" set is finally issued – with all the lost cuts fully intact, and a great set of notes to explain everything. The set features one of Lateef's best cuts ever – "Brother John" – plus other great ones like "P-Bouk", "Nu-Bounk", and "Delilah". Throw away your beat up copy of Club Date, and check out this great new CD! CD
(Out of print, two stickers on the back of the digipack case.)

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✨✧ LL Cool JDefinition ... LP
Def Jam, 2004. Near Mint- 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tracks include "Headsprung", "Rub My Back", "I'm About To Get Her" with R Kelly, "Move Somethin'", "Shake It Baby", "Can't Explain It", "Feel The Beat", "Apple Cobbler", "1 In The Morning" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Back cover has a promo sticker.)

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✨✧ Makaya McCravenUniversal Beings E & F Sides ... LP
International Anthem, 2020. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really great idea for a record – and one that echoes the same "E & F" mode that Makaya McCraven brought to his previous album! The approach here is as unique as the drummer himself – in that McCraven went back to the sessions for the core album, and pulled out material that's recast into a completely different record altogether – not a remix project, or a batch of alternate takes – but new music from the ground up, as Makaya continues his groundbreaking style of using live jazz performance as the basis for a record that's eventually cut-up and reassembled! Performances were recorded in Chicago, Cali, Brooklyn, and London – with players who include Brandee Younger on harp, Joel Ross on vibes, Dezron Douglas on bass, Ashley Henry on Fender Rhodes, Nubya Garcia on tenor, Jeff Parker on guitar, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on violin, Carlos Nino on percussion, Junius Paul on bass, Tomeka Reid on cello, and Shabaka Hutchings on tenor – an amazing lineup that gets plenty of space to shine in the hands of Makaya. Titles include "Everybody Coo", "Mak Attack", "The Hunt", "Beat Science", "Kings & Queens", "Traveling Space", "Butterss Fly", "Universal Beings Part 2", "Her Name", "Half Steppin", and "The Way Home". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Universal Beings E & F Sides ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Pazant BrothersBrothers Funk – Rare New York City Funk 1969 to 1975 ... CD
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mindblowing funk from one of the greatest combos on the New York scene of the early 70s – Pazant Brothers Eddie & Al, heard here on a host of their greatest recordings! The package goes way past any other Pazant reissues we've seen – and features not only work from the group's famous Vanguard album, but way way more work from a host of early singles for the RCA, GWP, and Vigor labels! The 22 track package is overstuffed with horn-heavy funky grooves that mark the Pazants as one of the hottest things going at the time – snapping on the beat with a tightness learned from their old boss Pucho, but also a willingness to explore brassier grooves in a style that seems to be influenced from the New Orleans and Texas scenes of the late 60s. Producer/arranger Edward Bland had a good hand in much of this work – giving the tracks a gritty, nitty, Perception/Today kind of groove – and a few of the very best numbers on the record even bring in some wicked scratchy guitar into the mix! Includes early and later (Vanguard) versions of "Skunk Juice", "New Orleans", "Toe Jam", "Work Song", and "A Gritty Nitty" – plus "Chick A Boom", "Greasy Greens", "Fever", "Juicy Lucy", "Chicken Scratch", "Fly Vines", and "Back To Beaufort". CD

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✨✧ Public EnemyWhat You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? ... LP
Def Jam, 2020. New Copy Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Public Enemy gave us plenty of knowledge and power back in the day – and we maybe need their message more than ever in 2020 – a year that marks their return to their original home at Def Jam! The group have help from plenty of guests here – maybe more so than they would have had back in the day, but very much in keeping with the legacy they inspired – in a lineup that includes Questlove, DJ Premier, Cypress Hill, Impossebulls, Black Thought, Nas, YG, Run DMC, Mike D, Ad Rock, and even George Clinton! The tunes have plenty of old school PE vibes – and titles include "Go At It", "Rest In Beats", "RIP Blackat", "Grid", "State Of The Union", "Toxic", "Yesterday Man", "Fight The Power Remix 2020", "Beat Them All", and "Smash The Crowd". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ QueenGame ... LP
Elektra, 1980. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of their biggest LPs, this one hardly needs any introduction from us, with the massive hit "Another One Bites The Dust", that appeals to beat diggers and mullet-headed rockers alike! Also includes "Dragon Attack", "Play The Game", "Need Your Loving Tonight", "Crazy Little Thing Called Love", "Rock It (prime jive)", "Don't Try Suicide" and "Sail Away Sweet Sister". LP, Vinyl record album
(Record club presssing. Includes the printed inner sleeve. Back cover has a few small pen marks.)

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

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✨✧ Jimmy ReedNow Appearing ... LP
Vee Jay, 1960. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jimmy Reed, now appearing – playing with just the sort of groove that got him booked in plenty of clubs back in the day! The tunes chug along with a perfect gritty take on Chicago blues – that sharp-edged sound that Vee Jay Records did so well with Reed – making his albums like this for the label some of the real standouts in his career! The guitar is as great as the vocals – with a wide-bodied sound that seems to point the way towards countless fuzzy freakouts in years to come – even though Jimmy mostly keeps it cool on cuts that include "Down The Road", "Tell The World I Do", "Got Me Chasing You", "Close Together", and "You're My Baby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label Suite Beat pressing. Cover has some light stains on back.)

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✨✧ VariousReturn Of The DJ Vol 1 ... CD
Bomb Hip Hop, 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Originally issued back in the late 90s, this set helped take turntablism out of the contest circuit and into mainstream hip hop, with some amazing tracks from Q-Bert, Disk, Shortkut, Mixmaster Mike, Honda, Yutaka, Aladdin, The Beat Junkies, the Jeep Beat Collective, Peanut Butter Wolf, Babu, Z Trip, Rob Swift, Ghetto, Cut Chemist and Kool DJ EQ. 12 tracks in all, including the hard to get "Lesson 4" by Cut Chemist, plus "U Can Get With Discs Or U Can Get With DAT", "Invasion Of The Octopus People" and "Rob Get's Busy". CD
(Out of print.)

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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
(Out of print.)

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

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✨✧ King Sunny AdeSynchro System/Aura ... CD
Mango/T-Bird (UK), 1983/1984. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of groundbreaking records from King Sunny Ade – both of which represent a new wave of interest in African music after the initial burst of the Fela Kuti generation! First up is Synchro System – fantastic work from King Sunny Ade – one of his first truly global releases, and an album that marked a whole new sound in his music! Sunny had been issuing lots of his own records back home in Nigeria – but this set has the juju master working in London, with really fantastic production that pushes his sound in really great ways – echoey waves of basslines and percussion, subtle but powerful vocals, and percolating guitar that takes on a whole new sonic sensibility in the setting! There's a richness to the texture that's amazing – almost as if Brian Eno produced – and titles include "Synchro Feelings Ilako", "Mo Ti Mo", "Penkele", "Maajo", "Synchro System", "E Saiye Re", "Tolongo", "E Wele", and "Synchro Reprise". Next up is Aura – a crucial record in the early days of the global scene in the 80s – a set that lifts the music of King Sunny Ade from its roots in Nigeria, and mixes it up with some fresh elements that really open things up for a world's worth of ears! The approach isn't commercial – at least not in the modes of the later world music years – but there's occasional elements that echo the beat culture rising up in New York and London, mixed with the warmer sounds that were always at Sunny's music – especially that way of making the acoustic percussion and basslines come together in flowing waves of completely sublime sound! All tracks are nice and long – and titles include "Gboromiro", "Oremi", "Ire", "Iro", "Ogunja", and "Ase". CD

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✨✧ Kenny CoxMultidirection ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
Tremendous work from this lesser-known combo from Detroit – a session of work that builds strongly on the colors and changes explored by Miles Davis earlier in the 60s, but which takes things off into a whole new direction! (A Multidirection?) The horns on the record have incredible interplay – trumpet by Charles Moore and tenor from Leon Henderson, playing together with a sense of dexterity that may even beat the team of Davis and Wayne Shorter – angular one moment, softly lyrical the next, and always in pursuit of fresh tones and righteous sounds. Kenny Cox's piano is great too – an exercise in understatement at times – getting as much done with one note as other players would with five – as he slowly guides the group along, and grounds their freer expressions with a good sense of humanity. Rhythm is by Ron Brooks on bass and Danny Spencer on drums – and titles include "What Other One", "Gravity Point", "Spellbound", "Snuck In", and "Sojourn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA stereo pressing with Van Gelder stamp. Cover has light wear, a cut corner, some light wrinkles from application, with some aging and small initials in marker on back.)

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

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

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✨✧ Dazz BandWild & Free (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Geffen/PTG (Netherlands), 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Dazz Band may be wild and free in the title, but the album's tighter than ever – a lean, focused approach to the Dazz Band sound – done here with loads of 80s production and instrumentation in the mix! The rhythms are heavy with drum machine lines – often mixed with keyboard bits and swirled together with a sound that's even more crossover than some of the group's earlier work. Vocals often take a back seat to the grooves – but on the ballads they shine through nicely, and remind us of the group's roots. Titles include "The Beat That's Right", "Wild & Free", "Love MIA", "Sunglasses", "Something You Said", and "Time Will Heal A Broken Heart". CD features bonus tracks – "Wild & Free (ext dance rmx)", "Last Chance For Love", "Love MIA (house mix)", and "A Place In My Heart". CD

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✨✧ Georgie FameTwo Faces Of Fame/Third Face Of Fame ... CD
CBS/BGO (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
2 classic albums from British vocalist Georgie Fame – back to back on one CD! First up are Two Faces Of Fame – live and studio – as each side of the album was recorded in each mode! Side one features the Brit jazz vocalist swinging in a live set recorded in early 1967 – done with lots of Hammond organ in the lineup, and an overall style that picks up a lot from Ray Charles and Mose Allison, but filters it through the groovier beat group styles of 60s London. Side two is even better, and features Georgie singing in more of a jazz-based mode – with lineups that feature some striking players that include Tony Oxley, Peter King, Gordon Beck, and Tubby Hayes. Tracks include a wonderful take on Mongo Santamaria's "El Pussycat", plus the tunes "Do It The Hard Way", "It Could Happen To You", "C'Est La Vie", "River's Invitation", "Greenback Dollar Bill", and "Keep Your Big Mouth Shut". Third Face Of Fame is an even better album – one that has Fame moving past the swinging Mose Allison-inspired jazz vocal mode of earlier records, into a groovier style that picks up a range of different sounds! Georgie kicks off the album with his version of the ever-popular late 60s "Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde" – and seems to use that tune as an excuse to explore a nice range of older jazz vocal approaches, including one tune that even has him reciting the lyrics in a Beatles-sounding monologue! Arrangements are by Harry South, with players that include Gordon Beck, John McLaughlin, Ronnie Scott, Tony Coe, and Ian Hammer – and titles include "Ballad Of Bonnie & Clyde", "Ask Me Nice", "When I'm Sixty Four", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "Blue Prelude", "Bullets Laverne", "This Is Always", "Mellow Yellow", and "Side By Side". CD

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✨✧ JBsPass The Peas – The Best Of The JBs ... CD
Mercury/People, Early 70s. Used ... 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.)

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

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

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✨✧ Louis Moholo/Evan ParkerBush Fire ... CD
Ogun (UK), 1995. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A key linking of two traditions of British avant jazz expression – and a session that's co-led by percussionist Louis Moholo and saxophonist Evan Parker! The sound here is almost more in Parker's camp than it is Moholo's – as the album's improvised tracks have a spare, contemplative quality that builds very slowly – working strongly in space and sound, as the group finds themselves through a rich array of techniques, tones, and expressions. Other players include Barry Guy on bass and piccolo bass (right channel), Gibo Pheto on bass (left channel), and Pule Pheto on piano – and titles include "Bush Fire", "For Chisa", "South Afrika Is Free OK", "Baobab", "Sticks", "Back Beat", and "Flaming July". CD

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✨✧ Gabor SzaboSorcerer/More Sorcery ... CD
Impulse, 1967. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of enhanting Impulse sets from '67 – Sorceror and More Sorcery – together in a single set! Sorcerer is one of the best albums ever by the great Eastern European guitarist, and a groovy set of spiralling jazz tracks, recorded live at The Jazz Workshop with a two-guitar frontline, and backing by a very tight rhythm combo. The sound is amazing, with lots of choppy modal grooves, and other longer tracks that have a vaguely mystical feel to them. Titles include "The Beat Goes On", "Space", "Mizrab", "O Barquinho", and "Lou-ise". More Sorcery is the great sort of a follow-up – and like that one, it features long tracks that have a spiralling modal feel that's much more serious, much more grooving, and a lot less campish than some of his other albums of the time. The two-guitar lineup mixes rhythm and melody – perfect for the tunes on the set, like "Los Matadoros", "Spellbinder", "Comin Back", and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds". CD

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✨✧ Bob Wills & His Texas PlayboysCountry Music Hall Of Fame Series ... CD
MCA, 1950s/1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Hawww yeah! Folks you really can't beat this one – 16 indispensable numbers from Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, with excellent notes and pristine sound quality (unlike sets with earlier material) – for the price of a latte. A true pioneer, Wills' taste ran from Jimmie Rodgers to Tommy Dorsey – and he combined those and other seemingly disparate influences to create Western swing. You don't need to be a country nugget hunter to appreciate the sweetness here – Bob's for anyone who loves a great swinging ballad regardless of genre! The set pulls singles Bob and the boys recorded from the early 50s through the mid 60s – when the group was a ballroom circuit touring phenomenon and as tight as any band in the land. Vocalists include Jack Loyd, Lee Ross, Luke Wills and others – the great buttery-voiced Tommy Duncan was missing during these years, but heck – with tunes this great Tiny Tim could've sang and it would still be amazing! Tracks include "Cornball Rag", "San Antonio Rose", "Don't Keep It A Secret", "Hoopaw Rag", ""My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You", "So Let's Rock", "Little Star Of Heaven", "It's The Bottle Talkin", "Lilly Dale", "With Tears In My Eyes", "A Big Ball In Cowtown", and "If You Walk Back To Me". What, you're still reading? Buy this now! CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ VariousChrome Children (CD & DVD) ... CD
Stones Throw, 2006. Used CD & DVD ... Out Of Stock
We weren't certain whether this dope little compilation qualified as a soundtrack or not, but we are certain it might as well be considered THE soundtrack to the first half of the oughties, with the cream of the Stones Throw stable lacing this collabo with the Adult Swim network with pure niceness start to finish. As you would expect, all flavors of the blunted beat scene make an appearance on this sweet little collection, guaranteed to get you open whether you're looking for deep, dirty funk, heavy leftfield hip hop, neo-grassic soul or contemporary sampler wizardry. Plus there's an entire live hip hop show on the bonus DVD, headlined by MF Doom and Madlib. 19 numbers in all on the CD, including "Take It Back" by Madlib, "None In Mind" by Koushik, "Nothing Like This" by J Dilla, "All I Know" by MED, "Wassup World?" by Dudley Perkins, "Raw Heat" by Percee P & Quasimoto, "No $ No Toke" by Jaylib, "Movin'" by Roc-D, "Dream(s)" by Gary Wilson, "Third Rock" by Pure Essence, "What Now" by Aloe Blacc, "Turned Around (PBW rmx)" by Baron Zen and "Nino's Deed" by the Young Jazz Rebels. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousDisco – A Fine Selection Of Independent Disco, Modern Soul, & Boogie 1978 to 1982 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Way more than just another collection of 70s disco – as the folks at Soul Jazz have really gone all-out for this one, and turned up a range of tremendous cuts from the underground! None of these tracks were disco hits at the time, and instead they're the sort of numbers that only bubbled far away from the mainstream – the kind of hip, inventive club tracks that have only gotten global recognition all these many decades later – as DJs and collectors brought them back to light! And speaking of collectors, the legendary Disco Patrick put the whole thing together – in conjunction with his book for Soul Jazz too – and he's one cat who definitely knows his grooves. Titles include "Hooked On Your Love (John Morales mix)" by Fantastic Aleems featuring Calebur, "Superfunk" by Superfunk, "The River Drive" by Jupiter Beyond, "That's Hot" by Jessie G, "Easton Assassin" by The Sunburst Band, "Disco Madness" by Sparkle, "Dance To The Beat Freakout" by Wayne Ford, "Sweet Lady" by Chain Reaction, "Trinidad (special disco mix)" by John Gibbs, "You Know What I Like" by Sympho State, "Sexy Lady" by Something Extra, "Get Up" by Stwange People, "When Your Jones Comes Down" by Sugar Bear Johnson, "My Man Is On His Way" by Rhetta Young, "Skateboard" by Chemistry, "Turn This Disco Out" by Cirt Gill & The Jam-A-Ditty Band, "Wave" by Cordial, and "Fast Freddie The Roller Disco King" by The Imperials. CD
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✨✧ VariousSuper Breaks 2 – Essential Jazz, Soul and Funk Breakbeats ... LP
BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Classic breaks – all the way through – the kind of sharp funky nuggets that have had a rich new life, thanks to their use in hip hop and club tracks in recent years! This may not be the most underground stuff in the world to those out there who've been digging through crates for funk and soul for the past ten years, but it is an exquisite compilation that features some of the best funky tracks used as samples by hip hoppers, nearly every one of them a famous cut that you'll probably recognize in a minute! Titles include "I Like It" by The Emotions, "Dance To The Drummer's Beat" by Herman Kelly, "Cramp Your Style" by All The People, "Hard Times" by Baby Huey, "Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth" by 24 Carat Black, "Kool Is Back" by Funk Inc, "Our Generation" by Ernie Hines, "Heaven & Hell" by 20th Century Steel Band, "Unhooked Generation" by Freda Payne, "Papa Was, Too" by Joe Tex, "Just A Groove In G" by Wilbur Bascomb & The Zodiac, "Be Thankful For What You Got" by William De Vaughn, and "You're Getting A Little Too Smart" by The Detroit Emeralds. 18 cuts in all! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousVintage Sounds – Rap Francais ... LP
Wagram (France), Late 90s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really cool collection, from that great moment when the French hip hop scene exploded on the world with a whole new sound and whole new style! Back in the early days of the old school, some folks thought the French language would never work for rap music – but this generation of performers and producers really proved them wrong – by working with new levels of rhythms, samples, and arrangements borrowed from the true school generation – which really opened up the possibilities in the music! Titles include "Retour Aux Pyramides" and "One One One" by X Men, "Mot Pour Mot" by Rocca, "Dans La Sono" by Beat De Boul, "Ma Face En Premiere Page" by Roce, "Crazy" by Iris Flynt Lyricson & Para One, "Grave Dans La Roche" by Sniper, "K1 Fry Invasion (rmx)" by Mafia K1 Fry, "Les Flammes Du Mal" by Passi, and "La Magie Du Tiroir" by 2 Bal 2 Neg. LP, Vinyl record album

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

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✨✧ Dusty Fingers OrchestraDramatic Underscores ... LP
Dusty Fingers, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really great project from Dusty Fingers – the beat-digging collective who turned countless producers and hip hop DJs onto the world of sound library grooves back in the 90s, thanks to their legendary collections! This album has the DF team almost returning the favor – using the title of "Dramatic Underscores", which would frequently appear on vintage sound library albums from labels like KPM or DeWolfe – and serving up their own live creations, dedicated to reviving an older sound library vibe! Instrumentation varies from track to track – as it would on a classic set – and tracks are all short, funky in their many varied ways – with instrumentation that includes Hammond, Fender Rhodes, guitar, percussion, heavy drums, and lots of cool electronics and effects. Titles include "Man Hunt", "Catfish Stew", "The Fuzz", "Blood Lust", "The Boiler Room", "The Assassin", "Two Faces Of Gemini", "The Evil That Men Do", and "Tap The Drums". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ghostface KillahMore Fish ... LP
Def Jam, 2006. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Def Jam must've been as high on Fishscale as the rest of the hip hop heads – as here's an official end of '06 addendum LP to the one of the better LPs from a Wu Tang alum in years! More Fish brings in a few more appearances by Ghost's Theodore Unit roster – with production by J-Live on the stellar opener "Ghost Is Back", plus more work by production work by MF Doom, Fantom Of The Beat, Hi Tek and Anthony Acid. Other tracks include "Miguel Sanchez" feat Trife Da God & Sun God, "Outta Town S**t", "Good" feat Trife & Mr Maygreen, "Street Opera" feat Sun God, "Block Rock", "Pokerface" feat Shawn Wigs, "Greedy Bi*ches" feat Redman & Shawn Wigs, "Blue Armor" feat Sheek Louch, "You Know I'm No Good" feat Amy Winehouse, the previously vinyl & download-only "Back Like That (rmx)" feat Kanye West & Ne-Yo and more! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ennio MorriconeL'Agnese Va A Morire ... CD
Beat (Italy), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the more obscure 70s cinematic efforts handled by maestro Ennio Morricone – but a set of tracks that really show the composer at the top of his game! There's a nice undercurrent of melancholy in the music – hard not to do for a film set during the Nazi regime – and Morricone makes great use of some isolated elements in the music, including the harmonica of Franco De Gemini and flugelhorn of Italian jazz great Oscar Valdambrini – both soloists whose work is a nice match for those incredible Ennio orchestrations, handled in ways that are still as breathtaking today as they were back in the 70s! Titles include "Disperazione Dentro", "L'Agnese Va A Morire", "Alla Stazione", "Repressione", "Ricordo Dei Compagni", and "Canzone Della Nostalgia". CD

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✨✧ Naz Nomad & The Nightmares (The Damned)Give Daddy The Knife Cindy ... LP
Big Beat/Ace (UK), 1984. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Looks like a 60s soundtrack, but the set's actually an unusual psychedelic project by The Damned – released as if the whole thing was a record designed to accompany one of those schlocky AIP exploitation films from years back – but actually better than most of those albums from a musical perspective! Given that the whole thing was recorded in 1983, it's actually surprisingly powerful stuff – and seems to preface the big wave of UK sounds from the Creation Records scene – a surprising move for The Damned, but one that comes off surprisingly well. Singer Naz Nomad is actually Dave Vanian – and tracks include covers of songs that the group loved, plus originals of their own. Titles include "Action Woman", "The Wind Blows Your Hair", "Kicks", "Cold Turkey", "She Lied", "I Can't Stand This Love Goodbye","The Trip", and "I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousHappy Disco 3 – Salsoul Nights – Mixed By DJ Osshy ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
That's a picture of Tokyo on the cover, but all the tracks here are from the glory days of New York club/disco powerhouse Salsoul Records – served up by DJ Osshy in a non-stop mix that includes 24 tracks in all! The sharp, funky grooves of Salsoul cuts really lend themselves to this sort of mixing – and Osshy does a great job of laying them together back to back – maybe never messing them up at all or mixing things too much – but also never letting the energy stop for a minute! Titles include "Let Love Shine" by Skyy", "Rap O Clap O" by Joe Bataan & The Mestizo Band, "Flakes Rap (Jimmy Simpson 12" mix)" by Flakes, "Spring Rain" by Silvetti, "Everyman (Danny Krivit re-edit)" by Double Exposure, "I Got My Mind Made Up (Larry Levan 12")" by Instant Funk, "Falling In Love (Shep Pettibone 12")" by Surface, "The Beat Goes On & On (Jim Burgess 12")" by Ripple, "Helplessly (Tom Moulton 12" mix)" by Moment Of Truth, "Let No Man Put Asunder (Shep Pettibone 12")" by First Choice, and "All That's Good To Me (Francois K 12") by Rafael Cameron. CD

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✨✧ VariousModstock – 21st Century Club Classics ... LP
Detour (UK), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant new set from Rob Bailey – the man who gave us all the five volumes of Le Beat Bespoke – returning here with a very fresh take on the mod groove of the 60s! These tracks are more soul and jazz than Rob's previous efforts – still very much in the best modes that were ringing strong with London mods of the 60s, but even deeper, harder, and groovier too – with a plenty strong influence from the farther reaches of the American underground scene! There's still a few rock tracks in the mix, but the addition of mod jazz and Northern Soul really blows the whole thing open – and makes the whole thing a searing set of groovers all the way through. Titles include "Step Down" by The Ranglers, "Too Far To Turn Around" by The Sty-Letts, "It's Gonna Rain" by Gentleman June Gardner, "Shotgun" by Johnny Deen & The Deacons, "Love's A Workin" by Dean Carter, "Line & Track" by The Aquamen, "I Ain't Gonna Take You Back" by Brenda Holloway & The Carrolls, "Please Grow Up" by Harlem Kiddies, and "The Love I Need" by Frank Butler. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousCoolsville Vol 2 – Ten Inches Of Mean Sleaze & Kookie Far Out Bongo Blasters (10 inch LP) ... LP
Stag O Lee (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hipster sounds from the pre-hippie years – tracks that were either recorded by beatniks, or which have a very cool beat-themed style to them – all pulled together from a range of rare recordings at the end of the 50s and the start of the 60s! The sound here is maybe what you'd guess from the very groovy cover – a bit of jazz, and a bit of wit as well – tunes that poke a bit of fun at the intellectual underground, especially as it collides with the more mainstream sound of rock and roll – served up here on a dozen fab platters that sound even better in the company of each other! The album's divided up into a "mean side" and "bongo beatin side" – and titles include "Jet Black" by The Shadows, "Bongo Beating Beatnik" by Joe Hall & The Corvettes, "Goatee" by Joey Warren, "Theme From Von Hutch" by Jerry Madison & The Spacemen, "The Toast" by The Champs, "Money Money" by Benny Joy, "Gargantua" by Piltdown Men, and "Back Beat No 1" by The Rondels. LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Jostereo & Radius EtcChicago2Paris Split EP – Gravity Daggers/Explore To Compose/ Zoooooooooned/The Point In 97 ... 7-inch
Radius, 2019. New Copy ... $4.99
A bicontinental beathead summit with Chicago's own Radius Etc pairing up with Paris producer Jostereo! Jostereo's side is an impressive blend that kicks off with a bit of classical piano that quickly settles in beats and bass that subtles pulls it into heady instrumental hip hop, and gets richer from there with electric keys and even a bit of Prince-esque electric soul guitar. Radius balances it all out nicely on the other side with snapping bass and hazy beats from the start, but mellows out to soul jazz piano backed beats to close out his side. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Luciana OliveiraLuciana Oliveira ... CD
Luciana Oliveira (Brazil), 2009. Used ... $11.99
Funky Brazilian soul from Luciana Oliveira – a groovy little set that features a hip blend of electric and acoustic instrumentation, layered nicely amidst some very laidback beats! The set's one of the first we've heard of its type in years from Brazil – and really reminds us of some of our favorite Brazilian soul from the earlier part of the decade – that great time when we were discovering new music nearly every month from the Brazilian scene – sides like this that clearly have a bit of American influence in the groove, but a warm heart that's a great update of an older samba soul mode. Titles include "Maruja", "Rainha Das Aguas", "Mae Das Folhas", "E Menina", "A Ordem E Samba", and "Tecnococo". CD
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Pseudo Slang & PawcutWanderverse ... LP
Baby Steps, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $23.99 26.99
Laidback beats with plenty of boom – just the right sort of mellow setting to allow the rhymes to flow in the best way possible – core lyrics from Emcee Sick, with contributions from Cudtry Cadillac, Dheema, and Jon Blazini! There's a nicely jazzy current – almost in an early 90s Tribe Called Quest style, but more individual, as the best instrumental touches are live, and less tied to the historical references that samples might provide. Both the rhythms and lyrics are nicely straightforward – again a nice sort of throwback, but hardly retro at all – on titles that include "Pstabull", "Finesseful", "Basso", "Indestructible 92", "Big Bad Signal", "Anotha Monday Nite", and "Wanderverse". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ KhruangbinGreen Label Color (Dearest Knxwledge/Khadja Bird) ... 12-inch
2021. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A single so mysterious, there's not even any text on the label – and we weren't told the title at all when we placed an order! Yet it appears that side one features a remix by Knxwledge – a tune that percolates along with lots of laidback beats, and an approach that really abstracts the original tune – so much so, it moves the group more into the world of instrumental hip hop! "Khadja Bird" is listed in the runoff groove on the flipside – a beautiful tune that has a female vocal gently cascading over the groove – which features a stepping bassline doing jazzy work around spare drums, while the vocals really find their flow! 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Los SundownsLos Sundowns EP ... LP
Lechehouse, 2021. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Nice work from a group who sound exactly like you might guess from their name – instrumental cuts that are great right around sundown – thanks to some laidback beats and nicely trippy instrumentation! The set was recorded in Austin, and definitely has ties to the other funky sounds coming out of that city's scene in recent years – with core work from Beto Martinez on guitar and keyboards, and Daniel Villarreal on drums – with help from an array of guests over the course of the album's six tracks. Two tracks feature vocals, but the record's mostly instrumental overall – and titles include "Endless Bummer", "Los Angeles", "Quiereme", "Se Cae El Sol", "Darkside", and "Al Final De La Tarde". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousLegendary Wild Rockers 4 – Compiled By Keb Darge & Little Edith – A Collection Of Rare Rockabilly & Surf From The Fifties & Sixties ... LP
BBE (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A storming mix of R&B, early soul, and rare rockers – all hand-picked by the famous team of Keb Darge and Little Edith! We first knew Keb as an expert in raw funk over 20 years ago – back at a time when few DJs cared about the style – and you can definitely hear Keb's funk-trained ears at work here – as the tunes are all plenty raw and filled with sharp edges – way way different than any mainstream assumptions you might have about rock or soul from this time! The vibe is similar to some of the best Cramps-fueled compilations, or some of the hipper Norton titles – and titles include "Get Whiz" by The Dazzlers, "Jam & Jelly" by The Col-Lee Jets, "Shis Kebab" by The Black Albinos, "Dance Franny Dance" by The Floyd Dakil Combo, "Nervous Breakdown" by Gregory Dee & The Avanties, "Steady With Betty" by Benny Joy, "Please Give Me Something" by Bill Allen & The Back Beats, and "The Shake" by George Fleming. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MadlibPinata Beats ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy ... $6.99 15.98
The restlessly inventive Madlib beats and production for Pinata, the excellent duo project with MC Freddie Gibbs! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for straight-shooting, street lingo-slinging, no nonsense MCs. The freewheeling inspiration and bottomless depth of unpredictable sample funk is there, as always. It's just leaner, tighter and with a thicker backdrop of beats than on some the more freeform Madlib projects. We wouldn't dream of fronting on Freddie Gibbs' impeccable rhymes on the vocal version, but these moody instros are incredible, on par with Madlib's best work. Titles include "High", "Bomb", "Robes", "Scarface", "Deeper", "Harold's", "Thuggin'", "Real", "Uno", "Pinata" and more. CD

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Julius MonkFour Below Strikes Back ... LP
Offbeat, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has split seams held with clear tape.)

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✨✧ Freddie Gibbs & MadlibPinata ... LP
Madlib Invazion, 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99 21.98
Streetwise raps from Freddie Gibbs, backed by inventive production from Madlib – here on one of the best records yet on 'Lib's own Madlib Invazion imprint! If you'll forgive us a little bit of repetition – because we KNOW we've written this before – there's just something extra riveting about Madlib's production work for straight shooting, street lingo slinging, no nonsense MCs. The freewheeling inspiration and bottomless depth of unpredictable sample funk is there, as always. It's leaner, tighter and with a thicker backdrop of beats. Gibbs is sharply on point throughout here, and if it seems like an oddball pairing at first glance, rest assured, these guys work GREAT together. Guests include Danny Brown – who drops some top shelf wordplay of his own on "High" – plus the Wu legend Raekwon on "Bomb", Domo Genius & Earl Sweatshirt on "Robes", Domo Genius, G-Whiz, Mac Miller and more on the title cut, and more. Other titles include "Supplier", "Scarface", "Deeper", "Harold's", "Thuggin'", "Real" and "Uno". LP, Vinyl record album

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CortexLes Oiseaux Morts/Back To Life ... 7-inch
Trad Vibe (France), 1976. New Copy (pic cover)... $16.99 19.99
Two freaky funky tracks from Cortex – the legendary French group from the 70s! "Les Oiseaux Morts" is a rare vocal track from the trio – but it's also one that's filled with the kind of funky riffs and Fender Rhodes that always made their music so great – and the vocals really have a way of pushing the whole thing over the top! "Back To Life" is a bit more upbeat, with these really cool keyboards mixed with a bit of harmonica – and the vocals this time around are in English, and again really send the whole thing home – especially as they only seem to be one line, repeated over and over again! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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GuyGroove Me (ext, radio, dub, bonus beats) ... 12-inch
Uptown/MCA, 1988. Near Mint- ... $4.99
One of Guy's first big hits, and proof that Teddy was setting his crossover sights on the right target! The extended mix shows the way that Riley was determined to get R&B back onto the dancefloor in a big way – and the bonus beats are nice too! 12-inch, Vinyl record
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✨✧ Lee HazlewoodLHI Years – Singles, Nudes, & Backsides 1968 to 1971 ... CD
LHI/Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Amazing sounds from Lee Hazlewood – some of his most offbeat, unbridled recordings ever – and that's saying a lot if you've already heard his classics for Mercury, MGM, and Reprise! The package here brings together rare work from Lee's own LHI label – packaged beautifully with a rich set of notes, session details, and some amazing photos that follow in the spirit of the nutty-looking cover image! Hazlewood's voice is sublime throughout – that deeper-than-deep quality that always leaves us breathless – perfect for the sly wit and and "aw shucks" sensibility of the tunes – and also for unlocking the growing adult sensuality that Lee was letting into his work at the time. A few female singers step forth in that great Hazlweood duet mode – Nina Lizell, Suzi Jane Hokom, and Ann Margret – who each sing on a few tracks – but Lee's in the lead on most numbers, and titles include the previously unreleased "I Just Learned To Run" – plus "The Bed", "Sleep In The Grass", "The Night Before", "If It's Monday Morning", "Won't You Tell Your Dreams", "Hey Cowboy", "No Train To Stockholm", "What's More I Don't Need Her", "Trouble Maker", and "Nobody Like You". CD
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Bobbi HumphreyCity Beat ... CD
Malaco/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1988. New Copy ... $14.99
An under-discovered batch of jazzy soul from Bobbi Humphrey – an artist we love for her 70s work on Blue Note and Epic, still sounding pretty great here in the late 80s! The overall style of the album's a bit different than Bobbi's 70s work – more in a Patrice Rushen blend of 80s groove R&B styles and jazzy flourishes – and the whole set was done in collaboration with arranger Tommy James, who also plays a lot of keyboards on the set. Bobbi's flute work is as sweet as ever – especially on the mellower, more laidback tracks – and even her occasional vocals still sound pretty nice too! Titles include "Tropical Voyage", "Loop 12", "Come Get To This", "Days Of You & Me", "What The Heart Needs", and "City Beat". CD
(Part of the "Malaco – The Truth Of Southern Soul Definitive Collection" series!)
 
 
 



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