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Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandSerpent's Mouth ... LP
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy ... $18.99 24.98
Funky genius from a mighty unique group – one who've drunk deep on the classic steel band sounds of the 70s, but who've also refined that groove with a contemporary funk approach too! The group's the brainchild of Bjorn Wagner – who you might know from The Mighty Mocambos – and the sound here is every bit as well-crafted as that combo, but with the difference of steel drums in the mix! The drums provide most of the melodic elements, while the funky backings kick things up nicely – all at a level that's maybe even funkier than some of the best funky steel drum albums of the 70s – especially across the space of the entire album. Titles include "Xxplosive", "Touchdown", "Burn", "Real Hot", "Hoola Hoop", "1 Thing", "Crockett Theme", "Bocas Del Dragon", "Bushfire", and "I Love You". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Serpent's Mouth (with bonus tracks) ... CD 15.99

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Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandSerpent's Mouth (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 17.98
Funky genius from a mighty unique group – one who've drunk deep on the classic steel band sounds of the 70s, but who've also refined that groove with a contemporary funk approach too! The group's the brainchild of Bjorn Wagner – who you might know from The Mighty Mocambos – and the sound here is every bit as well-crafted as that combo, but with the difference of steel drums in the mix! The drums provide most of the melodic elements, while the funky backings kick things up nicely – all at a level that's maybe even funkier than some of the best funky steel drum albums of the 70s – especially across the space of the entire album. Titles include "Xxplosive", "Touchdown", "Burn", "Real Hot", "Hoola Hoop", "1 Thing", "Crockett Theme", "Bocas Del Dragon", "Bushfire", and "I Love You". Features bonus tracks – "All For The Cash" and "Great To Be Here". CD
Also available Serpent's Mouth ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ El Michels AffairReturn To The 37th Chamber (with bonus download) ... LP
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 22.98
El Michels return again to the Wu-Tang chambers – and the results this time might even be better than before! Wu-Tang forged their initial sound out of a love of offbeat samples and unusual funk – so it's only fitting that one of the hippest funk groups around strip the music right down to its roots – performing new live interpretations with their wickedly sinister groove – all at a level that makes the whole thing a slow funk masterpiece from start to finish! El Michels has always been one of the few real standouts in the deep funk scene – and it's records like this that keep us loving them so much. And even though the set features vocals from Lee Fields on two tracks, and Lady Wray on one more – the instrumental groove is what dominates and draws our ears, on tracks that include "Tears", "Sipped Up", "Shadow Boxing", "Iron Man", "4th Chamber", "Shaolin Brew", "Drums For Sale", "Verbal Intercourse", "Tearz", and "Wu Tang Clan Ain't Nuthin Ta F Wit". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download! Please Note – LP sleeves are variable.)

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El Michels AffairSounding Out The City ... LP
Truth & Soul/Big Crown, 2005. New Copy ... $18.99 20.98
Easily one of the greatest new funk records of the 21st Century – and a set that goes way beyond some of the cliches that are currently gripping others in the deep funk underground! El Michels Affair have a cool, easygoing style to their music – one that's as much 70s jazz as it is 60s funk – and which makes for tunes that have a looser structure overall, which allows much more room for instrumental interplay, and the kind of sweet surprises that make the album so great! These guys have a real penchant for an unusual rhythm and interesting instrumental flair – and they borrow as much from 70s soundtracks and Latin albums as they do from the funky 45 era that clearly gave them their start. Totally fresh all the way through, and a record that delights us a lot more than we might have expected! Titles include "Detroit Twice", "El Pueblo Unido", "Behind The Blue Curtains", "Ocho Rios", "Hung Up On My Baby", "This Song's For You", and "Slide Show". LP, Vinyl record album

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsIt Rains Love ... CD
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... $12.99 15.99
We've loved the music of Lee Fields for many many years – but these days, he seems to be sounding even better than ever – taking all of his decades of experience in soul music, and blending his deep soul roots with an even more mature, open sort of style! And even though Lee's early work was great, we never would have imagined the greatness he can hit with a record like this – a set that draws on so many currents of classic soul, but finds a way to make a statement that's totally personal, totally original, and totally out of sight all the way through! Fields has a fantastic raspy vocal style, but he never just lets that stand as his calling card – because he's really bringing new inflections, new inspirations to the music – all while working with superb backing from Leon Michels and The Expressions. If you can imagine Hi Records mixed with James Brown mixed with New Jersey soul mixed with Daptone mixed with The Impressions – then you've only got part of the multi-faceted genius of this set. Titles include "Two Faces", "You're What's Needed In My Life", "Love Prisoner", "Will I Get Off Easy", "It Rains Love", "Love Is The Answer", "A Promise Is A Promise", and "Blessed With The Best". CD features the bonus track "Don't Give Up". CD
Also available It Rains Love (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD 13.99

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Lee Fields & The ExpressionsIt Rains Love ... LP
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... $18.99 20.99
We've loved the music of Lee Fields for many many years – but these days, he seems to be sounding even better than ever – taking all of his decades of experience in soul music, and blending his deep soul roots with an even more mature, open sort of style! And even though Lee's early work was great, we never would have imagined the greatness he can hit with a record like this – a set that draws on so many currents of classic soul, but finds a way to make a statement that's totally personal, totally original, and totally out of sight all the way through! Fields has a fantastic raspy vocal style, but he never just lets that stand as his calling card – because he's really bringing new inflections, new inspirations to the music – all while working with superb backing from Leon Michels and The Expressions. If you can imagine Hi Records mixed with James Brown mixed with New Jersey soul mixed with Daptone mixed with The Impressions – then you've only got part of the multi-faceted genius of this set. Titles include "Two Faces", "You're What's Needed In My Life", "Love Prisoner", "Will I Get Off Easy", "It Rains Love", "Love Is The Answer", "A Promise Is A Promise", and "Blessed With The Best". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available It Rains Love ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Lee Fields & The ExpressionsIt Rains Love (2CD deluxe edition) ... CD
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 16.99
We've loved the music of Lee Fields for many many years – but these days, he seems to be sounding even better than ever – taking all of his decades of experience in soul music, and blending his deep soul roots with an even more mature, open sort of style! And even though Lee's early work was great, we never would have imagined the greatness he can hit with a record like this – a set that draws on so many currents of classic soul, but finds a way to make a statement that's totally personal, totally original, and totally out of sight all the way through! Fields has a fantastic raspy vocal style, but he never just lets that stand as his calling card – because he's really bringing new inflections, new inspirations to the music – all while working with superb backing from Leon Michels and The Expressions. If you can imagine Hi Records mixed with James Brown mixed with New Jersey soul mixed with Daptone mixed with The Impressions – then you've only got part of the multi-faceted genius of this set. Titles include "Two Faces", "You're What's Needed In My Life", "Love Prisoner", "Will I Get Off Easy", "It Rains Love", "Love Is The Answer", "A Promise Is A Promise", and "Blessed With The Best". CD features the bonus track "Don't Give Up" – and 2CD version features a full bonus album of instrumentals by Leon Michels and the group! CD
Also available It Rains Love ... CD 12.99

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

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OkonkoloCantos ... LP
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 22.98
Soulful and spiritual sounds from Yoruban via Brooklyn combo Okonkolo! There's a wonderful sonic range here – with voices, bata drum and coro strngs at the core – often taking flight on Cantos with some really nice additional strings and horns that bring the songs to soaring, sometimes almost psychedelic heights without flying too far from the soulful roots. It's soul music in the truest sense – group leader Abraham Rodiguez is a Yoruba Chango priest – and titles include "Yemaya", "Canto Asoyin", "Wolenche Por Chango", "Oba", "Ochun", "Canto Por Obatala", "Canto Por Ochun", "Obatala" and "Elegua". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bobby OrozaThis Love ... CD
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
A really fantastic full length set from Bobby Oroza – a moody take on blue-eyed soul, with a vibe that's completely its own! Oroza has some fantastic help here – production and music by Cold Diamond & Mink, the combo who've given such a fantastic sound to Timmion Records soul singles over the years! Bobby's got a sweet soul style that's already great – but it really takes off here in the company of the Finnish musicians – who also recorded the whole set with Bobby at the Timmion studios, which makes the whole thing sort of a joint project between the two creative forces! The lean, sinister quality we always love in Cold Diamond & Mink's music really helps shape the sound of the vocals – and Bobby himself also plays guitar and organ on the record. Jimi Tenor adds guests flute in a few spots – and tracks include "Bobby's Mood", "Your Love Is Too Cold", "Keep On Believing", "Maybe Maybe Maybe", "This Love", "Down On My Knees", and "There Can Be No Love". CD

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✨✧ Bobby OrozaThis Love ... LP
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A really fantastic full length set from Bobby Oroza – a moody take on blue-eyed soul, with a vibe that's completely its own! Oroza has some fantastic help here – production and music by Cold Diamond & Mink, the combo who've given such a fantastic sound to Timmion Records soul singles over the years! Bobby's got a sweet soul style that's already great – but it really takes off here in the company of the Finnish musicians – who also recorded the whole set with Bobby at the Timmion studios, which makes the whole thing sort of a joint project between the two creative forces! The lean, sinister quality we always love in Cold Diamond & Mink's music really helps shape the sound of the vocals – and Bobby himself also plays guitar and organ on the record. Jimi Tenor adds guests flute in a few spots – and tracks include "Bobby's Mood", "Your Love Is Too Cold", "Keep On Believing", "Maybe Maybe Maybe", "This Love", "Down On My Knees", and "There Can Be No Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available This Love ... CD 12.99

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79.5Predictions ... CD
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy ... $7.99 17.98
The first full album from 79.5 – a contemporary female soul group, but one with a very unique approach to their sound! The group's got three lead singers, but their style is different than some of the more poppy female trios out there – and, if anything, they seem to echo older sweet soul modes from the 70s, but serve them up with a crisper, contemporary approach to the instrumentation! There's plenty of catchy tunes, but the pacing and presentation is really fresh – not commercial at all, although if these guys are as great as we think, the rest of the world might be hearing a lot from them in years to come! Leon Michels produced, and gave the whole thing just the right sort of depth to match the lightness of the vocals – and titles include "Wavy", "Facing East", "Fireman", "Terrorize My Heart", "Predictions", "Sisters Unarmed", "You'll Come Back", and "Fantasy". CD

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Sunny & The SunlinersLittle Brown Eyed Soul ... LP
Key Loc/Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99 22.98
One of our favorites ever cut by Tex-Mex soulsters Sunny & The Sunliners – largely because it's got some really nice funk tracks! The album features a set of all English language tracks – with Sunny Ozuna singing in his best sweet soul style on the ballad tracks, and hitting a raw raw groove on the harder-hitting numbers, really nailing the groove on both fronts. One of the highlights of the album is actually an instrumental reading of "Soul Power" – done with a nice chunky groove – and other great tracks include sweet harmony readings of "Together" and "Cross My Heart", plus the upbeat tunes "Boogaloo Down Broadway" and "Hip Huggin Minnie". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sunny & The SunlinersMr Brown Eyed Soul ... LP
Big Crown, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99 24.98
Insanely wonderful work from the Texas scene at the end of the 60s – a huge collection of the English language soul songs of Sunny & The Sunliners! The group first hit national fame in the earlier part of the 60s, with a sweet falsetto crossover hit – but as the decade moved on, they balanced their music equally between Spanish and English tunes – the former in more of a Tex-Mex mode, the latter in a wonderful version of sweet soul! In a way, Sunny's work here is a lot like Joe Bataan during his Sweet Soul years – a heartbreaking blend of Latin roots and east coast soul – produced with a rootsy vibe that really gets right to the heart of the matter! Sunny's work has never been reissued properly – especially the soul tracks from this period – and the collection is an ear-opening listen all the way through – and one that should hopefully put the group right up there with material by The Delfonics, Moments, and other sweet soul groups. Titles include "Smile Now Cry Later", "Put Me In Jail", "Should I Take You Home", "Cross My Heart", "Get Down", "Rain Makes Me Blue", "Outside Looking In", "My Dream", and "Open Up Your Love Door". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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Sunny & The SunlinersSmile Now Cry Later ... LP
Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99 20.98
One of the greatest albums ever from Sunny & The Sunliners – a classic set of heartbreaking soul that's the Texas equivalent of the best late 60s harmony styles coming out of Spanish Harlem or East LA! The group were a Tex/Mex combo at their core, but on a handful of records like this, they easily take on the leading lights of the late nite group soul crowd – with a sound that's a wonderful evolution of their earlier crossover hit "Talk To Me", inflected by all the deeper soul developments of the 60s. There's a few surprises along the way – including some jazzier moments that really keep things interesting – and titles include "I Want To Make It Up To You", "Everybody Knows", "Hopeless Case", "Stop That Thief", "Hold On I'm Comin", "Sidewinder", "Put Me In Jail", "Smile Now Cry Later", and "Baby I Apologize". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 1000!)

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✨✧ Sunny & The SunlinersSmile Now Cry Later/I Only Have Eyes For You ... 7-inch
Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $8.99 9.99
One of the greatest tracks ever from Sunny & The Sunliners – the completely sublime "Smile Now Cry Later", which set the tone for a whole generation of harmony soul! The instrumentation is very slow, almost invisible at times – while Sunny sings the lead lyric in a heartbreaking way, with harmony support on the hook! "I Only Have Eyes For You" is a redone version of the group soul take on the tune by The Flamingos – complete with that cool watery guitar, but with even more of an edge than that group's recording of the classic! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandPIMP/Police In Helicopter ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wicked set of funky steel drums – a bad-stepping number from the Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, and just the kind of hard funk cut we're always digging for on steel drum records! We hardly ever find gems this good though – as "Pimp" has these slow-snapping drums that make the cut sound wonderful, even before the other elements come in – bits of steel pan and trumpet that fill the tune up beautifully, and bring a sweet melodic element to the funk! "Police In Helicopter" is even more slower-stepping – a bit like a dub tune, which is a great setting for the steel! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Channels 4/Carla & The CarlettesCross My Heart/Groovin ... 7-inch
Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two rare soul tracks – back to back on a sweet 7" single! "Cross My Heart" is a different version of the Billy Stewart tune – done here by the "Channels 4" in this very unusual group soul mode – kind of harmony soul, but very rough around the edges, with these weird calls that almost make the single fall apart, while it still holds onto the great melody! Carla & The Carlettes sing in a similar setting – clearly a live one, which makes their take on "Groovin" sound unusual edgey as it inspires the small crowd! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ El Michels AffairShadowboxin/Iron Maiden ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
El Michels and Wu-Tang – always a wonderful combination, as you'll hear on this fantastic funky 45! The group take on "Shadowboxin" and strip it right down to its roots – just bassline, slow-stepping drums, and a wicked bit of organ – completely different without any vocals, but maybe showing a further side of the Genius/GZA genius! The Ghostface track "Iron Maiden" is remade on the flip – just badass downturning groove, tight horn blasts, and some very cool organ that comes across with a nicely spooky vibe! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ VariousYIA – Youth In Action Talent Contest Winners ... LP
YIA/Big Crown, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A totally cool little record – and one that was so rare, it was initially only pressed up to give to the singers and performers who worked on its grooves! The music here is all from a talent show in Brooklyn, circa 1968 – headed by the Youth In Action charity, and filled with very strong performances by soulful, youthful talents right from the streets! The whole thing's got a very raw feel – like the funkiest of the funky 45s from the time – and the recording is also live, with an audience that's getting pretty darn wild as the set moves on. Tracks mix great group soul performances with gritty funk and soul instrumentation – and tracks include "I Want To Be Sweeter To You" by The United Souls, "Love Makes A Woman" by Carla & The Carlettes, "I Wish It Would Rain" by Channels 4, "Come & Get These Memories" by Sharon Seabrook & The Starlettes, "Cowboys To Girls" by The Destinations, and "Thrillers Band" by The Thrillers Band. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ BrainstoryDead End/Mnemophobia ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Contemporary sweet soul from Brainstory – a cut that has this lightly tripping groove with a nice sparkle around the guitar – this warm quality that's really matched by the fragile, heartbreaking vocals in the lead! "Mnemophobia" has a title that's a bit headier, but a sound that's very much in the same space – a great reworking of the kind of late nite sweet soul that always played so well on the East LA scene of the 60s, or the New Jersey underground of the early 70s! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ El Michels AffairTearz/Verbal Intercourse ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The label says El Michels, but the record also features vocals from Lee Fields & The Shacks – singing in this slow-stepping harmony chorus that often gives way more strongly to the instrumentation – in a moody, late nite funk approach that's one of the finest moments in the El Michels legacy! "Verbal Intercourse" is a bit dubbier, and maybe marks a new path for the group – although the tune's still got loads of badass 70s slow funk elements in the mix – including a weird cat-sounding guitar! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Lee Fields & The ExpressionsWake Up/You're What's Needed In My Life ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
There's some fantastic echoey drums at the start of "Wake Up" – a rousing rhythm that really gets at the message in the lyrics from Lee Fields – and which makes the whole thing one of his most powerful cuts in years! "You're What's Needed" is a slower-burning number with a great deep soul vibe – very much in the classic Lee Fields mode! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Holy HiveOh I Miss Her So/If I Could See Her Now ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
High cresting vocals mix with light guitar on "Oh I Miss Her So" – before beats come in and deliver just the right undercurrent of funk for this sweet soul tune! The rhythms are more forward on "If I Could Se Her" – but the vocals still have that very moody, enigmatic vibe – the very unique calling card of the Holy Hive sound! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Lady WrayPiece Of Me/Come On In ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Crisply crackling vocals from Lady Wray – given this great slow-stepping bassline on "Piece Of Me", which really sets the scene for the moody vibe of the tune! "Come On In" has this very echoey drum break – setting up a different sort of moody mode – almost slow funk, with a sinister edge – making the Lady sound even better than usual! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band55 (with bonus download) ... LP
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A lean take on the double-length self-titled set from this mighty funky combo – one that brings together a range of great funky 45s, plus a few other hefty nuggets! If you don't know the group, they're totally great – as Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band go back to the funkiest moments of the 70s steel pan scene from the Caribbean – but also have a harder edge that comes from the group's ties to the Mighty Mocambos, and other corners of the deep funk universe! These cuts are funk first, steel drums second – and have a wicked groove that's actually hipper than most of the original steel drum records from back in the day. Titles include "Queen Of Cheeba", "Port Of Spain Hustle", "Tender Trap", "Dog Was A Doughnut", "Beetham Highway Ride", "Pimp", "Bacao Suave", "Jungle Fever", and "Tropical Heat". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandGreat To Be Here/All 4 Tha Cash ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Bacao Rhythm & Steel take on the classic "Great To Be Here" – one of the funkiest Jackson 5 tracks of the 70s – with a famous break that the group uses to their best advantage! The shift from vocals to steel drums is plenty great – and continued on their version of "All 4 Tha Cash" – which has all these tight shifts and twists that really sound great with the steel! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandXxplosive/Burn ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe some of the most explosive steel drum sounds you'll ever hope to hear – but that's what we've always expected from the mighty Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band! "Xxplosive" is funky, but in a nice slow-stepping way – with the bassline really carving out the groove, as dipping steel pans provide the melody – almost with this nicely blue undercurrent and a slightly exotic vibe! "Burn" is a bit more upbeat, but in an unusual way – almost with the bassline rumbling alongside the steel drums – creating a criss-crossed rhythm that's nice and fresh! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Sunny & The SunlinersGet Down/Cross My Heart ... 7-inch
Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A wickedly funky cut from Sunny & The Sunliners – one of those few hard-edged gems they cut as the 70s moved in! There's a sharp guitar to the rhythm that's worth the price of admission alone – funky riffing right at the start, then great with the catchy vocals and horns! "Cross My Heart" is a remake of the Billy Stewart classic – done in the great sweet soul harmony style the group could do so well! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Bacao Rhythm & Steel BandScorpio/8th Wonder ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2016. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band take on two classics from the old school – both with their trademark mix of steel drums and funk! "Scorpio" is the classic jam from Dennis Coffey – taken in a way here that's completely different, as the drums take on the guitar parts – and other percussion creates a massively skittish groove! "8th Wonder" is the classic track from Sugarhill Gang – but done here without any vocals at all, which leaves more fantastic focus on the bursts of sound that drive the tune, and that wonderful hook that hangs all the way through! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Lee FieldsComing Home/Precious Love ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
"Coming Home" is a warmly funky groove from the great Lee Fields – a cut that seems to equally balance deep soul and sweet soul modes, as Lee himself has been doing on the best of his recent work! There's a great flow to the electric side of the instrumentation – which is then peppered with horns and drums – and topped with very righteous vocals from Lee! "Precious Love" is a tune with a slightly more complicated rhythm, but in the best way possible – one of those unique snapping steppers that seems to bristle with upbeat, yet understated energy! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Lee Fields & The ExpressionsIt Rains Love/Will I Get Off Easy ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A cracker from the legendary Lee Fields – a tune that takes things at a nicely easygoing pace in the rhythms, with loads of excellent El Michels production touches – which leaves Lee right out front to crackle the lyrics with a hell of a lot of charm! "Will I Get Off Easy" has a similar mellow pace – that great slow funk groove that Fields seems to really embrace of late – a perfect foil for the deep soul sound of his vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Lee Fields & The ExpressionsNever Be Another You/Lover Man ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic cut from Lee Fields – one that begins with almost a Timmy Thomas-style drum machine beat on the intro – then adds in this weeping piano, ala Hi Records, and really blossoms when Lee's deep soul vocals come into play! The flipside features "Lover Man" – a slow funk cut with a really blue tinge – wonderful in its setup, with a vibe that means that Lee can do no wrong with his vocals! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Holy HiveThis Is My Story/Blue Light ... 7-inch
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet soul from a contemporary group – one who work with just the right blend of falsetto and funky on "This Is My Story"! "Blue Light" is even more laidback – with a lightly-tripping groove and guitar line that feel lifted right from the east coast sweet soul scene at the start of the 70s! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Lively Set/Three DudesBlues Get Off My Shoulder/I'm Begging You ... 7-inch
Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The Lively Set take on "Blues Get Off" with a great 60s Texas vibe – fast drums, tight horns, and a soaringly soulful vocal that hardly fits the blue theme of the lyric! Three Dudes are nice and funky on the flipside – working some fast-riffing guitar all the way through "I'm Begging You", and also punctuating things with some great JB-styled horns! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ OkonkoloCantos ... CD
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Soulful and spiritual sounds from Yoruban via Brooklyn combo Okonkolo! There's a wonderful sonic range here – with voices, bata drum and coro strngs at the core – often taking flight on Cantos with some really nice additional strings and horns that bring the songs to soaring, sometimes almost psychedelic heights without flying too far from the soulful roots. It's soul music in the truest sense – group leader Abraham Rodiguez is a Yoruba Chango priest – and titles include "Yemaya", "Canto Asoyin", "Wolenche Por Chango", "Oba", "Ochun", "Canto Por Obatala", "Canto Por Ochun", "Obatala" and "Elegua". CD
Also available Cantos ... LP 12.99

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✨✧ 79.5Predictions ... LP
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first full album from 79.5 – a contemporary female soul group, but one with a very unique approach to their sound! The group's got three lead singers, but their style is different than some of the more poppy female trios out there – and, if anything, they seem to echo older sweet soul modes from the 70s, but serve them up with a crisper, contemporary approach to the instrumentation! There's plenty of catchy tunes, but the pacing and presentation is really fresh – not commercial at all, although if these guys are as great as we think, the rest of the world might be hearing a lot from them in years to come! Leon Michels produced, and gave the whole thing just the right sort of depth to match the lightness of the vocals – and titles include "Wavy", "Facing East", "Fireman", "Terrorize My Heart", "Predictions", "Sisters Unarmed", "You'll Come Back", and "Fantasy". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Predictions ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ ShacksHaze ... CD
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
The Shacks really seem to have found their sound here – balancing the sometimes-sweet vocals of Shannon Wise with a grittier edge in the music – not entirely garagey, but also never too overproduced! There's almost an 80s indie vibe going on here in the presentation – a group who clearly have the chops to win over the mainstream, but who also like to keep things cool too – really just ready to unleash their strong sense of a song, and balance with tune and timing – maybe getting just the right sort of help with the production efforts of Leon Michels and his long legacy in the deep funk underground! Titles include "Texas", "Sand Song", "Crying", "Birds", "Haze", "Follow Me", "Sleeping", "So Good", "Nobody Nobody", and "My Name Is". CD

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✨✧ Sonics/SCAMFind Myself Another Girl/Spooky ... 7-inch
Big Crown, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Not the freaky fuzz you'd usually expect from a record issued under a Sonics name – as this cut's got more of a brown-eyed soul sort of style – with easygoing vocals, and a sweet organ line to underscore the blueness of the tune! "Spooky" is great too – a remake of the hit, but done as a tripped-out psych soul song with a very laidback vibe! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
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Clarke Boland Big BandLatin Kaleidoscope (US pressing) ... LP
MPS/Prestige, 1968. Very Good+ ... $29.99
One of the greatest records ever by this hip jazz ensemble – and one of their most unique! The record has the band grooving hard through two incredible suites of Latin music – Gary McFarland's "Latin Kaleidoscope" and Francy Boland's "Cuban Fever" – each of which takes up a side of the record, both driving the band to new solo heights with a very hip edge! Players include the usual cream of the crop of European jazz residents – like Sahib Shihab, Dusko Goykovich, Jimmy Deuchar, Phil Woods, Tony Coe, and Benny Bailey – and the tracks include "Uno Graso De Areia", "A Rosa Negra", "Olhos Negros", "Cara Bruja", and "Fiebre Cuban". Wonderful all the way through – and always a treasure! One of the shining jewels in the crown of MPS – and a Gilles P classic all the way through! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has a small split in one corner, and a light mark from an old sticker – but is nice overall.)

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AntenaCamino Del Sol ... LP
Numero, Early 80s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
Bebel Gilberto eat your heart out – Antena explored the same electric-bossa territory you did, nearly 20 years before your first big record! The group were a short-lived French outfit who were one of the shining jewels in the crown of the lovely label Les Disques Du Crepuscule during the early 80s – and were a real breath of fresh air in the post-punk years with their light and jazzy approach to the groove. As you'll hear in this set, Antena's style borrows a lot from the bossa, but also throws in some wonderful poppish touches – including jangly guitars recorded in a similar mode to some of the other French/European indie groups of the time, and a slight darkness in production that almost gives a Martin Hannett-like undercurrent to the whole set. The group's album Camino Del Sol has been lovingly reissued with a great set of notes, as well as a series of bonus tracks from an additional ep – making for a beautiful 14 track package that will really help you rediscover this nearly-lost group! Titles include "Sissexa", "To Climb The Cliff", "Camino Del Sol", "Bye Bye Papaye", "Noelle A Hawaii", "The Boy From Ipanema", "Seaside Weekend", "Frantz", and "Ingenuous". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roy AyersCoffy – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Polydor/Universal, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
What can we say? This is one of the greatest soul soundtracks ever! In a market that was dominated by the big-selling Shaft and Superfly albums, Roy slipped in this masterful blend of jazzy vibes and wah wah funk that's easily one of the best-composed records of the blacksploitation genre! The album's much more unified than your average funky soundtrack – and each track moves between styles that you'd hear on any of Roy's great albums from the time. There's heavy funk on the track "Brawling Broads", cool vibes and electric piano on "Aragon", off-beat jazz on "Coffy Sauna", and great soul on cuts like "Coffy Is The Color" and "Coffy Baby". Wonderful all the way through – and another jewel in the already-big crown of the great Roy Ayers! LP, Vinyl record album

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Billie HolidayBillie Holiday & Vivian Fears ... LP
Crown, Mid 40s. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
An unusual set, without a lot of information – but one that features some great work by Billie Holiday – and some rare sides by singer Vivian Fears too! We're guessing that the Holiday material comes from around the same time as her LA sides for Score Records – and Billie's at this great pivotal point when she's still got some rough spots around the edges, yet already has that undeniably wonderful quality to her voice – a way of stepping out with spare, subtle power no matter what the setting – which, on this record, includes a few tracks with small combo backing, one with larger orchestrations, one with a vocal group, and another with a swinging big band. Holiday titles include "Them There Eyes", "God Bless The Child", "Lover Man", "My Man", and "Don't Explain". Vivian Frears appears to be a singer of later vintage – the recordings feel as if they're from the late 50s – and one who really shows the evolution of the styles that Holiday first brought into jazz with her music! Vivian's got this bluesy way of swinging a tune, yet a looser, jazzier style too – loads of soulful undercurrents that really sound great, and which make us wish we knew a bit more about the singer, who almost gets a bit righteous at a few spots. Backing on Frears tracks is by a small combo with great guitar – and titles include "Billy Boy", "More Beautiful Than Planned", "Come On In", "I Could Cre", and "Motherless Child". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jimmy WitherspoonJimmy Witherspoon ... LP
Crown, Mid 50s. Sealed ... $11.99
Fantastic material from Jimmy Witherspoon – that sublime mix of blues and jazz that really set him apart from the rest! Titles include "Failing By Degrees", "Big Fine Girl", "Have A Ball", "Fickle Woman", "Sweet Lovin Baby", and "Ain't Nobody's Business". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousMusic City Blues & Rhythm ... CD
Ace (UK), 1950s. New Copy ... $9.99
Fantastic sounds from the Bay Area scene of the 50s – more than enough to showcase a legacy of R&B as strong as postwar work from LA! The music here is great – tight, lively, and often very witty – with the sharpness of jump blues and pre-soul work from south Cali labels like RPM and Crown – done in a similar blend of class and groove that reflects the big changes on the bluesy side of the spectrum as artists and audiences moved to the west coast! All the tracks were recorded by the Music City studio in Berkeley – better known for later funk and soul – and a fair bit of them make their first appearance here – as 22 of the CD's 28 tracks have never been issued before. As usual with Ace Records, the presentation is stunning – lots of notes, history, and rare photos – for titles that include "Music City Jump" by Alvin Smith, "Here Lies My Love" by Roy Hawkins, "She Moves Me" by Jimmy "T99" Nelson, "Moving Out Baby" by Chick Morris with Al Harris, "Baby Call" by Jimmy Raney, "You Gotta Be Mighty Careful" by The Richmond Boys, "Long About Midnight" by Little Willie Littlefield, "Ease My Mind" by Pee Wee Parham, "Roland's Blues" by Roland Mitchell, "You're The One" by Gene Lee & The Blues Rockers, "Walking Blues" by Johnny George, "Wrong Doing Woman" by Jasper Evans, "Tin Pan Alley" by Sidney Grande, "I Don't Stand No Quittin" by Gloria Jean Pitts, "Your Money Ain't Long Enough" by Que Martyn with Del Graham, and "Who Did It" by an Unknown Male Vocalist. CD

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✨✧ VariousHillbillies In Hell – Tribulations – Country Music's Tormented Testament 1952 to 1974 ... CD
Omni (Australia), 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tortured souls and troubled hearts – served up here in a dark set of narratives from the classic years of country music! As with previous volumes in this excellent series, the package goes way beyond the big hits, to turn up lots of great songs from the shadowy corners of country – songs about bad deeds and poor choices – handled by a variety of different singers who really keep things interesting! There's way more love of the music here than the sense of kitsch you might expect from the cover – and although you might first find the songs appealing from a gimmicky perspective, we can bet that you'll be getting the message before long. Titles include "Dead Man's Cave" by Bobby Griggs, "Marbone Swamp" by Bill Browning & The Dark Hollow Boys, "Endless Sleep" by Hank Williams Jr, "There Ain't No Grave Gonna Hold My Body Down" by Bobby Grove, "Dark Day In Dallas" by Tex Ritter, "Bury Me Face Down" by Cowboy Copas, "No Hiding Place" by Sunshine Boys Quartet, "Satan's Jeweled Crown" by The Louvin Brothers, and "East Dallas Dagger" by Durwood Daily. (Note: most of the contents are the same as the LP 777 in the series – but the CD has 32 titles in all!) CD

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✨✧ AntenaCamino Del Sol ... LP
Numero, Early 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Bebel Gilberto eat your heart out – Antena explored the same electric-bossa territory you did, nearly 20 years before your first big record! The group were a short-lived French outfit who were one of the shining jewels in the crown of the lovely label Les Disques Du Crepuscule during the early 80s – and were a real breath of fresh air in the post-punk years with their light and jazzy approach to the groove. As you'll hear in this set, Antena's style borrows a lot from the bossa, but also throws in some wonderful poppish touches – including jangly guitars recorded in a similar mode to some of the other French/European indie groups of the time, and a slight darkness in production that almost gives a Martin Hannett-like undercurrent to the whole set. The group's album Camino Del Sol has been lovingly reissued with a great set of notes, as well as a series of bonus tracks from an additional ep – making for a beautiful 14 track package that will really help you rediscover this nearly-lost group! Titles include "Sissexa", "To Climb The Cliff", "Camino Del Sol", "Bye Bye Papaye", "Noelle A Hawaii", "The Boy From Ipanema", "Seaside Weekend", "Frantz", and "Ingenuous". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ AntenaCamino Del Sol EP ... LP
Disques Du Crepuscule/Numero, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Bebel Gilberto eat your heart out – Antena explored the same electric-bossa territory you did, nearly 20 years before your first big record! The group were a short-lived Belgian outfit who were one of the shining jewels in the crown of the lovely label Les Disques Du Crepuscule during the early 80s – and were a real breath of fresh air in the post-punk years with their light and jazzy approach to the groove. As you'll hear in this set, Antena's style borrows a lot from the bossa, but also throws in some wonderful poppish touches – including jangly guitars recorded in a similar mode to some of the other French/European indie groups of the time, and a slight darkness in production that almost gives a Martin Hannett-like undercurrent to the set. Includes "Achilles", "Silly Things", "Camino Del Sol", "Bye Bye Papaya" and "Sissexa". LP, Vinyl record album
(2018 reissue of the original 5 track mini LP/EP.)
 
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Gary ByrdCrown (voc, inst) ... 12-inch
Motown, 1983. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $6.99
Probably the biggest hit that Gary Byrd ever had, and a conscious effort by this DJ/public speaker to compete with the hip hop 12" single. "The Crown" is a 10 minute track that features Byrd rhyming about wisdom, knowlege, and heritage – with instrumental backing by Stevie Wonder, who also contributes a bit of vocals. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Crown Heights AffairDreaming A Dream/Do It Your Way/Dream World ... CD
De-Lite/Robinsongs (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Three early albums from Crown Heights Affair – all brought together in a single set! First up is Dreaming A Dream – a dream of a record from Crown Heights Affair – the group's classic first set, and maybe as fine a batch of early club work you could ever hope to find! Like so many of the east coast acts at the start of the disco generation, these guys are a well-trained funk ensemble, playing at a faster clip for the new dancefloor sound – which means that at the core, they've still got some fantastic instrumentation – and a groove that rivals their bigger contemporaries, like Kool & The Gang, Fatback, or BT Express! The drums are fantastic, the basslines nice and subtle, the horns used with some real grace – and there's also some really cool moog solos on the best numbers – which really makes the album a treat. Titles include both disco and vocal versions of their hit "Dreaming A Dream" – plus the tracks "I Am Me", "You Smiled", "Foxy", "I Am Me", "Feeling Tall", "Every Beat Of My Heart", "Na Na Hey Hey", and "Picture Show". Do It Your Way is a record that ended up in more than a few 70s record collections because of its sexy cover image – but a set that's even better when you get down into the grooves – thanks to massively funky work from Crown Heights Affair! The group are wonderful here – upbeat and quick-stepping, but still filled with razor-sharp funk energy – at a level that's similar to Brass Construction or BT Express – with no fluff at all, and none of the kind of too-extended sloppy musicianship you were getting from the studio disco groups. The whole thing's got a rock-solid vibe that was first forged in the funky 45 generation, then kicked up for the 12" years – including the group's harmony vocals, which still have a great indie vibe. Titles include "Sexy Ways", "Dancin", "Far Out", "Music Is The World", "Love Me", and "Searching For Love". Also includes the nice funky funky "French Way", which has some great moogy parts! Dream World is a tasty little disco album that's a lot better than you might think! In some ways, this might be Crown Heights Affair's most perfectly realized album – as it's got lots of long tracks that mix the group's always-tight instrumental style with a spacey soul sensibility that's quite captivating. None of the cuts are standout slammers, but the album's pretty nice as a whole, and the songwriting gives the group plenty of good lyrics to work with. Titles include "Galaxy Of Love", "Dream World", "Things Are Going To Get Better", "I'm Gonna Love You Forever", and "Say A Prayer For Two". CD

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Red CallenderSwingin' Suite (blue & pink cover) ... LP
Modern, 1955. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Beautiful bass work from 50s LA player Red Callender – heard here on this classic side recorded for the Modern imprint. Swingin Suite is easily one of Red's tightest sessions – a date that has Callender's basslines strongly leading a nonet of players that includes Harry Jones on trumpet, John Ewing on trombone, Willie Green on alto sax, and Buddy Collette on flute and tenor. Collette's lines have a nice sharp edge throughout, and soar out beautifully amidst the bigger backings – and although a "suite", the whole session's got a much more relaxed feel than that compositional title might make you think. Tracks include "On Again", "Greenery", "Pastel", "Dancers", "October Blue", "Bihari", "Skyline", and "Outlines". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Crown pressing, with deep groove. Cover has waviness and staining due to moisture over a large portion.)

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Jefferson AirplaneCrown Of Creation ... LP
RCA, 1969. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Jefferson Airplane flying high in the late 60s – both a creative and commercial triumph for the band – balancing the tripped out adventurousness of their earlier work, with a more focused approach that brought them to bigger and bigger audiences! Front loaded with moodier, acoustic-based songs that build into heavier rock as the record plays on – with some really great use of sound effects for added drama on here and there! Titles include "Lather", "In Time", "Star Track", "Chushingura", "If You Feel", "Ice Cream Phoenix", "The House At Pooniel Corners" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove, with RCA inner sleeve. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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Be Bop DeluxeSunburst Finish (3CD/DVD set) ... CD
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1976. New Copy 3CD & DVD ... $44.99
One of the crowning moments of Bill Nelson and Be Bop Deluxe – a set in which it seemed that everything the group was trying for really came together – in a mode that's both tuneful and timeless, and which – a bit like Sparks or 10CC – was slightly out of time with the rest of the rock scene in the 70s! There's a few surprisingly catchy numbers – of the sort that should have made the group even bigger on the international scene – but Nelson also manages to work in lots of keyboard magic, too – in that compressed approach to his prog inclinations, which was always the appeal of the group. The set's neither glam nor punk, nor prog or classic rock – very much its own sort of thing – with titles include "Fair Exchange", "Life In The Air Age", "Ships In The Night", "Crystal Gazing", "Blazing Apostles", and "Beauty Secrets". This deluxe version comes in a 10" case, with a nice booklet of notes – and the first 2CDs feature the original stereo mix, remastered – plus a new 2018 stereo mix – and bonus tracks that include "Ships In The Night (single)", "Beauty Secrets (first version)", "Crying To The Sky (first version)", "Ships In The Night (alt vocal)", "Crystal Gazing (alt vocal)", and "The Mystery Demo". CD3 features 9 more recordings done for BBC in 1976 – some for John Peel, some for BBC In Concert. DVD features a 5.1 Surround Sound mix of the old and new versions of the album – plus a promo video for "Ships In The Night", and BBC TV performances of "Ships In The Night" and "Fair Exchange". 68 page book features unseen photos from Bill Nelson's private collection, a new essay by Bill, and even more notes – plus a facsimile concert program, a replica of a Harvest press release, four postcards, and a replica of a promo poster! CD
(Limited edition!)

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✨✧ Janet JacksonJanet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 ... LP
A&M, 1989. Very Good ... $39.99
A crowning moment in New Jack Swing – or New Jill Swing, as it were – a perfect step forward for Janet Jackson, as she continues to work with the duo of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, with a vibe that was setting the scene for the rest of mainstream soul at the time! The album's got a larger overall feel than her previous set – partly because it makes use of the expanded CD recording style to add in interludes that link the tracks, and create a great flow through the record – while the lady herself still soars through plenty of catchy cuts that would win her some big hits! Titles include "Escapade", "Miss You Much", "Rhythm Nation", "Alright", "Love Will Never Do (Without You)", "Black Cat" and "Come Back To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear at the opening.)

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Alexander O'NealHearsay ... CD
Tabu, 1987. Used ... $4.99
One of the crowning achievements of Alexander O'Neal – a set that uses cool little intro tracks to help structure the standout songs on the set – giving the whole thing a much more well-conceived approach than other mainstream soul albums of the time! Some of the cuts draw from O'Neal's own life and experience, and that feel is definitely augmented by the spontaneous, conversational feel of the intros and links – a really nice contrast to the wonderfully tight R&B production from the superteam of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis! Of course, lots of these tracks also struck big as singles for Alexander – proof that the cuts are more than strong enough to stand on their own – yet taken over the course of the whole album, with all the extra bits, the whole thing really sounds great. Titles include "Hearsay", "The Lovers", "Fake", "Criticize", "Crying Overtime", and "Sunshine". CD
(Out of print.)

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Alexander O'NealHearsay ... CD
Tabu/Right Stuff, 1987. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the crowning achievements of Alexander O'Neal – a set that uses cool little intro tracks to help structure the standout songs on the set – giving the whole thing a much more well-conceived approach than other mainstream soul albums of the time! Some of the cuts draw from O'Neal's own life and experience, and that feel is definitely augmented by the spontaneous, conversational feel of the intros and links – a really nice contrast to the wonderfully tight R&B production from the superteam of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis! Of course, lots of these tracks also struck big as singles for Alexander – proof that the cuts are more than strong enough to stand on their own – yet taken over the course of the whole album, with all the extra bits, the whole thing really sounds great. Titles include "Hearsay", "The Lovers", "Fake", "Criticize", "Crying Overtime", and "Sunshine". CD
Also available Hearsay ... CD 4.99

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Clark TerryClark Terry Live At Mokuba Vol 3 ... LP
Crown (Japan), 1976. Near Mint- ... $34.99
Killer live work from Clark Terry – recorded at one of the high points in his career! The relaxed set really has a nice edge – a bit rougher than some of the bigger-label Terry dates from the west at the time – and the group features Ernie Wilkins on tenor, Marty Harris on piano, Vic Sproles on bass, and Ed Soph on drums. Titles include "On The Trail", "I Want A Little Girl", and "Straight No Chaser". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes insert.)

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✨✧ GladiatorsVirgin Collection (Trenchtown Mix Up/Proverbial Reggae/Naturality/Sweet So Till) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Caroline (UK), Late 70s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A crowning achievement for The Gladiators – a fantastic vocal trio who spent early years working on a variety of different labels in Jamaica – then really burst forward with a tremendous sound on these four albums for Virgin Records in the late 70s! The trio were formed in the same generation as The Wailers – and here, they really continue, if not heighten that soulful Kingston trio sound – an approach that's almost more faithful to a harmony heritage than so many American soul groups were at the time! The trading of lead and support vocals is wonderful – and even the bigger label placement of these records doesn't get in the way at all – as the instrumentation is relatively spare, all recorded in Jamaica, with production that's at a very faithful roots reggae level – somewhere in the territory of mid 70s Island records. The 2CD set features the four full albums Trenchtown Mix Up, Proverbial Reggae, Naturality, and Sweet So Till – plus the bonus tracks "Pocket Money (discomix)" and "Evil Doers (7" mix)" – 42 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Janet JacksonJanet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 ... LP
A&M, 1989. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A crowning moment in New Jack Swing – or New Jill Swing, as it were – a perfect step forward for Janet Jackson, as she continues to work with the duo of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, with a vibe that was setting the scene for the rest of mainstream soul at the time! The album's got a larger overall feel than her previous set – partly because it makes use of the expanded CD recording style to add in interludes that link the tracks, and create a great flow through the record – while the lady herself still soars through plenty of catchy cuts that would win her some big hits! Titles include "Escapade", "Miss You Much", "Rhythm Nation", "Alright", "Love Will Never Do (Without You)", "Black Cat" and "Come Back To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Great 2LP pressing – a lot more spacious than the original!)
Also available Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814 ... LP 39.99

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✨✧ Be Bop DeluxeSunburst Finish (expanded 2CD set) ... CD
Harvest/Esoteric (UK), 1976. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
One of the crowning moments of Bill Nelson and Be Bop Deluxe – a set in which it seemed that everything the group was trying for really came together – in a mode that's both tuneful and timeless, and which – a bit like Sparks or 10CC – was slightly out of time with the rest of the rock scene in the 70s! There's a few surprisingly catchy numbers – of the sort that should have made the group even bigger on the international scene – but Nelson also manages to work in lots of keyboard magic, too – in that compressed approach to his prog inclinations, which was always the appeal of the group. The set's neither glam nor punk, nor prog or classic rock – very much its own sort of thing – with titles include "Fair Exchange", "Life In The Air Age", "Ships In The Night", "Crystal Gazing", "Blazing Apostles", and "Beauty Secrets". 2CD version features the original stereo mix, remastered – plus a new 2018 stereo mix – and bonus tracks that include "Ships In The Night (single)", "Beauty Secrets (first version)", "Crying To The Sky (first version)", "Ships In The Night (alt vocal)", "Crystal Gazing (alt vocal)", and "The Mystery Demo". CD
Also available Sunburst Finish (3CD/DVD set) ... CD 44.99
 
 
 



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