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✨✧ VariousCurtom Story ... CD
Curtom/Charly (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s/1996. Used 2 CDs ... $29.99
Stunning new box set that not only brings together a huuuuuge amount of rare 45's and album tracks on the Curtom label, but which also collects great Chicago soul tracks from related labels, like Thomas and Gemigo. The 2CD set has a huge booklet with loads of notes, and includes a whopping 51 tracks by artists like Baby Huey & the Babysitters, June Conquest, The Amazers, Fred Wesley, The Notations, The Triplett Twins, Ground Hog, Gene Chandler, The Natural Four, Love's Children, Moses Dillard & The Tex Town Display, Bobby Franklin's Insanity, Donny Hathaway, The Five Stairsteps, and Jamo Thomas. The set goes waaaay beyond the usual "Superfly" groove of the label, and features a massive set of cuts that we only ever turn up on original 45s! Plus, the compilation is virtually a who's who of Chicago soul from a certain era, and is one of the best compilatins of tracks from the city that we've ever seen. Great stuff, and another wonderful release from the new Charly! CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Baby HueyBaby Huey Story – The Living Legend (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Curtom/Music On Vinyl (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99 29.99
Fantastic! The lost link in the Chicago soul scene of the 60s was Baby Huey – and he was a pretty darn big link too, if you've ever seen him in pictures! Weighing in at about 300 pounds, Baby Huey was sort of a rockin' soul star who played clubs on both sides of the city, to audiences of all types – working in a party-styled blend of funk, rock, and soul that was one of the most powerful grooves going down in the Windy City at the time! Huey sadly passed away at a very young age, leaving only this full album as his legacy – a great batch of hard-hitting soul tracks that are among some of the funkiest work ever recorded for the legendary Curtom label! The set includes Huey's classic version of "Mighty, Mighty", a club favorite from the live shows – plus the excellent Curtis Mayfield tune "Hard Times", famous as an oft-used sample track! Other titles include "A Change Is Going To Come", "California Dreamin", "Running", and "Mama Get Yourself Together". LP, Vinyl record album

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Linda CliffordBridge Over Troubled Water/Hold Me Close ... 12-inch
Curtom/RSO (UK), 1979. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $2.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Linda CliffordFrom Now On/You Can Do It ... 12-inch
Curtom, 1977. Near Mint- ... $8.99
A really great little number from Linda Clifford – and a reminder that the lady's perhaps better enjoyed on singles than instead of full LPs! "From Now On" isn't a remake of the old standard, but a new track penned by Bunny Sigler – and the perfect kind of building number that makes for the best use of Linda's vocals, without falling into too much of the drama that often hurt her later. "You Can Do It" is slower and funkier, but we like the main side better! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Linda CliffordHere's My Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Blixa Sounds, 1979. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Unabashed diva work from Linda Clifford – and a record that brings together the best midtempo soul of her earlier Curtom work, with the stronger, fuller disco groove that she was hitting as her career progressed! The album features some production work by Norman Harris and Curtis Mayfield – both of whom seem to bring out the best in Linda, especially Harris – who could work magic by adding a strong Harris Machine groove to just about any singer. The rest of the tracks feature production by Juergen Koppers – and titles include "King For A Night", "Bailin Out", "Repossessed", "Lonely Night", "Never Gonna Stop", "I Just Wanna", and "Here's My Love". CD features bonus tracks – "King For A Night (12" mix)" and "I Just Wanna (single version)". CD

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Linda CliffordIf My Friends Could See Me Now (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Blixa Sounds, 1978. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
The standout classic from Curtom disco diva Linda Clifford – and an album that showed that Chicago could rival Philly in the clubby groove department! Linda has a proud presence that really matches that of her better-known sisters in the City Of Brotherly Love – and she's singing here with a strong sense of personality that really sets the album apart from other female disco albums of the era. One of the greatest examples of this is her stunning "Runaway Love" – which has a bad-rapping, almost Marlena Shaw-esque monologue in the middle – but other tracks are equally nice, and include "Gypsy Lady", "If My Friends Could See Me Now", "Broadway Gypsy Lady", "You Are You Are", and "I Feel Like Falling In Love Again". Arrangements are by Gil Askey – who also produced the set in collaboration with Curtis Mayfield! CD features the bonus tracks "Runaway Love (12" mix)", "Gypsy Lady (12" mix)", and "If My Friends Could See Me Now (12" mix)". CD

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Linda CliffordIf My Friends Could See Me Now/Gypsy Lady ... 12-inch
Curtom, 1978. Near Mint- ... $2.99
The height of the disco years at Curtom, and quite possibly Linda Clifford's biggest single – if not her best. The tune's an overblown remake of the old showtune from Sweet Charity – done with very full arrangements, and running for quite some time. "Gypsy Lady" is almost a disco answer to "Gypsy Woman" – penned and produced by Curtis Mayfield, in collaboration with Gil Askey. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Linda CliffordLet Me Be Your Woman ... LP
Curtom/RSO, 1979. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $1.99
Linda Clifford goes a bit over the top with this one – a lavish double-length set, of the sort that ended up bankrupting the Curtom label during the late 70s! Linda's very much in full-disco mode, singing to long clubby arrangements by Gil Askey that have more strings than before – and which really open up onto longer songs that make full use of the double length space! There's a great number here titled "Don't Give It Up", a hip follow-up to the earlier hit "Runaway Love" – which has a similar bad talkin' approach, with Linda doing a bit of a monologue in the middle – a mode that we really love from the singer. Other tracks include "Let Me Be Your Woman", "Hold Me Close", and "Sweet Melodies" – plus the pairing of "One Of Those Songs" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water", which take up all of the 2nd disc in the 2LP set. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Linda CliffordLinda ... LP
Curtom, 1977. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Linda's first effort for Curtom, and a record that's got a bit more soul than some of her later more disco-oriented albums. Unfortunately, it's also got a bit more schmaltz – but if you stay away from the sillier cuts, you'll get some tasty mellow soul that's a good bridge between Linda's earlier singles and her later hits. Leroy Hutson produced the sophisticated stepper "Only Fooling Myself", and the rest of the material was handled by Gil Askey, including a good cover of Al Green's "Still In Love With You", Bunny Sigler's "From Now On", and the track "You Can Do It". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)

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Five Stairsteps & CubieMadam Mary/Little Boy Blue ... 7-inch
Curtom, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Some heavy work from the 5 Stairsteps – rumbling along here with a tight Curtom groove! "Madam Mary" is a Curtis Mayfield tune that's arranged here by Donny Hathaway in a super-dope soundtracky approach – making it one of the group's more righteous tunes of the time! "Little Boy Blue" is another Curtis tune, again arranged by Donny, and showing a side of the group that sounds a lot like mid 60s Impressions! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a drillhole.)

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Leroy HutsonLeroy Hutson Anthology 1972 to 1984 ... CD
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. Used Gatefold ... $16.99
A massive tribute to one of our favorite soul singers of all time – one of the hippest cats of the 70s, and an artist that we never tire of hearing! Leroy Hutson got his start working with Chicago soul legends Donny Hathaway and Curtis Mayfield, but he quickly became a strong force on his own – a singer with an incredible voice, an arranger with a fantastic vision, and a producer who was able to create sounds in the studio that were as sophisticated as they were soulful! In that respect, Leroy is right up there with Roy Ayers for the "whole package" of greatness – and like Roy, he can also be funky and open up a groove, while still bringing plenty to play on a mellow cut too – something that few other artists can do this well. And although we grew up in Chicago, it wasn't until 80s UK rare groove interest in Hutson that we really learned of his genius – which makes it all the more fitting that this UK set does such a great job of presenting his music. The set features 19 stellar tracks in all – with titles that include "Positive Forces", "Lucky Fellow", "Don't It Make You Feel Good", "Love The Feeling", "Love Oh Love", "Think I'm Falling In Love", "Right Or Wrong", "Closer To The Source", "Cool Out", "All Because Of You (single version)", "Never Know What You Can Do", "Love The Feeling", "So In Love With You", "Lover's Holiday", "Get To This", and "Time Brings On A Change". CD

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Leroy HutsonLove Oh Love ... CD
Curtom/Charly, 1973. Used ... $16.99
Killer early soul by Leroy Hutson – and a record that really shows him opening up as a vocalist and songwriter! Leroy's got a sound here that's pivotal in terms of Chicago soul – still some of the down-to-earth vibes of the city's indie scene in the 60s, but with that growing sense of maturity that he, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway, Maurice White, and Charles Stepney were all bringing to the scene! The tunes are mostly short and focused – still not in the complexity of the Hutson and Hutson II albums, but handled with every bit of care and class by the man himself. Titles include the wonderful soul classic "So In Love With You", a sweet mellow ballad that's extremely catchy, plus the moog-based funky instrumental "Gettin It On", a totally great number that often gets overlooked – and the cuts "Love Oh Love", "As Long As There's Love Around", and "Time Brings On A Change". CD
(Out of print.)

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Leroy HutsonWhen You Smile/Getting It On (Theme For ''Jay Johnson Affair'') ... 7-inch
Curtom, 1973. Very Good+ ... $5.99
"When You Smile" is a sweet slow ballad from Leroy – one that begins with a slow spoken bit, as the track slowly opens up and gets all warm and fuzzy with some great falsetto vocals! Even better is "Getting It On" – Leroy's great moogy instrumental version of the Theme for the Jay Johnson affair, and a very dope track with a cool intro and a stone cold groove! The track is Leroy's only entry into the blacksploitation genre – but it's a real killer – with some dope chromatic guitar bits to die for! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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ImpressionsFinally Got Myself Together/I'll Always Be Here ... 7-inch
Curtom, 1973. Very Good ... $6.99
Two great tracks from the album Finally Got Myself Together – a great later Impressions album that has a classic Curtom sound! The cut "Finally" has a sound that's a lot like the work that Curtis did with the Staples on "Let's Do It Again" – and "I'll Always Be Here" is a wonderful upbeat number, with that high-stepping Brunswick-styled Chicago groove! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has a touch of pen.)

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Curtis MayfieldGive, Get, Take And Have ... LP
Curtom, 1976. Very Good ... $9.99
An overlooked mid 70s gem from Curtis Mayfield – a record that's recorded with a slightly less righteous mode than his earliest work for Curtom – but still plenty darn great! The emphasis here is on warmer, sweeter styles – tunes that mix a subtle approach to funk with some great warm vocals from Curtis – in a way that re-exposes his talents as a singer of the kind of love-themed and tender tracks that first got him started in The Impressions! Rich Tufo handled the arrangements, and the sound is great – as perfect a version of mellow soul as the earlier records were a version of funky soul – with loads of slinky little numbers that include "Mr Welfare Man", "Soul Music", "Only You Babe", "Get A Little Bit", "Party Night", and "This Love Is Sweet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Missing inner sleeve. Cover has light wear and a sticker in the top left.)

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldSuperfly (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Rhino, 1972. New Copy ... $4.99
Curtis Mayfield's lasting classic – and an album that the world will remember forever! Apart from being his hugely successful entry into the blacksploitation soundtrack field, this album's also a monster set of grooves that includes some of Curtis' funkiest work ever – a record that works as well as a 70s soul album as it does a hip action film score! The track list alone reads as a who's who of 70s funk – filled with gems that include "Pusherman", "Freddie's Dead", "Little Child Runnin' Wild", "Give Me Your Love", and "Superfly" – and the rest of the set is equally great, essential listening throughout! Plus 2 bonus tracks, the single mix of "Freddie's Dead" and "Superfly". CD

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✨✧ Curtis Mayfield & Linda CliffordRight Combination ... LP
Curtom/RSO, 1980. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
An album of duets that Curtis cut with rising disco star Linda Clifford – who by 1980 may well have been earning more money for Curtom than Curtis! The album's about half disco tracks, half soul duets in a Chicago mode – and arrangements are by Gil Askey and Norman Harris. Tracks include "Ain't No Love Lost", "It's Lovin Time", "Love's Sweet Sensation", "Between You Baby & Me", and "The Right Combination". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo stamp, bent corners, and some stains on back.)

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Mavis Staples/Curtis MayfieldPiece Of The Action ... LP
Curtom, 1977. Sealed ... $11.99
One of the last great 70s soundtracks on Curtom Records – a smoking little set that pairs the music of Curtis Mayfield with the vocals of Mavis Staples! Curtis is very much in charge of the record from the start, and works in a hard-stepping and righteous mode that recalls his earlier work on the Staples' soundtrack for Let's Do It Again – no surprise, given that Piece Of The Action was the next installment in the successful series of films that starred Bill Cosby and Sidney Poitier! The sound here is nicely full, hitting that rich mid 70s Curtom mode that sounded so great on Leroy Hutson and Natural Four albums of the time – a slightly more sophisticated approach that mixed in a bit of strings with the heavier funk at the bottom. Titles include "Chocolate City", written by Curtis with Keni Burke and Henry Gibson, plus "Getting Deeper", "A Piece Of The Action", "Orientation", and "Of Whom Shall I Be Afraid". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Baby HueyBaby Huey Story – The Living Legend ... LP
Curtom, Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic! The lost link in the Chicago soul scene of the 60s was Baby Huey – and he was a pretty darn big link too, if you've ever seen him in pictures! Weighing in at about 300 pounds, Baby Huey was sort of a rockin' soul star who played clubs on both sides of the city, to audiences of all types – working in a party-styled blend of funk, rock, and soul that was one of the most powerful grooves going down in the Windy City at the time! Huey sadly passed away at a very young age, leaving only this full album as his legacy – a great batch of hard-hitting soul tracks that are among some of the funkiest work ever recorded for the legendary Curtom label! The set includes Huey's classic version of "Mighty, Mighty", a club favorite from the live shows – plus the excellent Curtis Mayfield tune "Hard Times", famous as an oft-used sample track! Other titles include "A Change Is Going To Come", "California Dreamin", "Running", and "Mama Get Yourself Together". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Baby Huey Story – The Living Legend (180 gram pressing) ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ ImpressionsThis Is My Country/My Woman's Love ... 7-inch
Curtom, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most beautifully political tunes ever recorded by The Impressions – a wonderful track that reclaims America for the folks who really make it happen – and which somehow manages to do the whole thing soulfully enough to win over any dissenters! "This Woman's Love" is great too – a sweeter ballad-style number that recalls the group's earlier sides for ABC. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldCurtis/Live! ... LP
Curtom, 1970. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever from the legendary soul singer Curtis Mayfield – even though it's different than most of the rest as well! Curtis is captured here in a small club, with a tight band, spinning out these extended readings of some of his best tunes – both tracks he sang with The Impressions, and as a solo act – completely transformed here in the righteous energy of the setting! The vibe is similar to the classic Donny Hathaway Live album from the same time – save for the fact that this set is double-length, and maybe even more powerful as Curtis sings and plays guitar in a small group with additional guitar, bass, and drums – and some very hip percussion from Master Henry Gibson, of Pharoahs fame. Tracks include "We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue", "Stare and Stare", "Check Out Your Mind", "Stone Junkie", "I Plan To Stay A Believer", "If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go", "Mighty Mighty", and "The Makings Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with Sterling stamp.)

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldDo It All Night ... LP
Curtom, 1978. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A clubbier album than usual from Curtis Mayfield – a mid 70s attempt to move onto the dancefloor, but a set that's still got the undeniable Mayfield charm! Half the tracks here were done in collaboration with disco maestro Gil Askey – and these numbers are longer tracks that soar and sway on waves of rhythms and subtle strings – all in a mode that's clearly going for a Philly-styled groove, and which manages to come pretty close in the end! The second half of the album, though, is quite different – mellower numbers that follow through on some of the more personal soul styles that Curtis was laying down on other Curtom albums from the time – a great blend of gentle rhythms, warm instrumentation, and those always-sweet Mayfield vocals – a sound that almost reminds us of some of the best mellow soul of the time from labelmate Leroy Hutson. Clubby tracks include "Do It All Night", "No Goodbyes", and "Party Party" – and mellow tracks include "Keeps Me Loving You", "In Love In Love In Love", and "You Are You Are". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and a sticker in the top left.)

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldOf All Time – Classic Collection ... CD
Curtom/Ichiban, 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include "Only You Babe", "If There's A Hell Below", "Dirty Laundry", "So In Love", "Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here", "Ain't No Love Lost", "Hard Times", "Tripping Out", "You Are You Are", "This Year", and "We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Staple SingersLet's Do It Again/After Sex ... 7-inch
Curtom, 1975. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two of the best numbers from the soundtrack to Let's Do It Again! Curtis Mayfield wrote both tracks – and although you're probably familiar with the funky favorite "Let's Do It Again", you'll also totally dig the spacey soul classic "After Sex"! The cut's got a spare moody feel, a mix of harp and spare guitar, building piano riffing, voices, and very light orchestrations. Incredibly haunting, and it brings back the glory days of the old Cadet Studios scene! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ ImpressionsFinally Got Myself Together ... LP
Curtom, 1974. Good Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A great little album by The Impressions – possibly their best of the 70s! The record's got a very solid harmony soul approach, and Lowrell Simon wrote and produced a number of tracks with Rich Tufo – giving the album the same sweet sexy sound that he brought to his best solo records, and his late work with The Lost Generation! The best example of this is the fantastic soul cut "We Go Back A Ways", a sweet mellow groover in the Leroy Hutson vein, and one of their standout cuts in the post-Curtis days. Ed Townsend worked on a number of other cuts, too, and he brings a real tightness to the songwriting – especially on the cuts "Guess What I Got", "Try Me (One More Time)", and "I'm A Changed Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some edge wear.)

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✨✧ ImpressionsYoung Mod's Forgotten Story ... CD
Curtom/Ichiban, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
Quite possibly our favorite-ever album by the Impressions! The record is a key transitional one – and it has them opening up the politics that were often hidden by spiritual metaphors on earlier ABC albums, into a righteous soul groove that hints a lot at the overblown direction Curtis Mayfield would take in the 70s, yet which still retains all the tightness of the group's earlier work. Nearly every single cut's a classic – and the group outdid themselves vocally, especially Curtis, who always makes our heart break on this one! Donny Hathaway and Johnny Pate handled the arrangements, and tracks include "Choice Of Colors", "The Girl I Find", "Mighty Mighty (Spade & Whitey)", "Soulful Love", and "Seven Years". CD
(Out of print, pages of booklet are stuck together & is priced accordingly.)

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldCurtis ... LP
Curtom, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A mindblowing solo set from Curtis Mayfield – a record that not only foregrounds all the subtle politics he'd been forging in the Impressions during the 60s – but one that also really has Mayfield exploding as a force to be reckoned with in the studio! The album's a personal masterpiece – to the career of Curtis what the early solo albums of Issac Hayes were to his own genius – a bold, unfettered statement of pride and power – of the sort that would both make Mayfield and the Curtom Records label forces to be reckoned with in the 70s. Every cut is a classic – and titles include "Move On Up", "If There's a Hell Below We're All Gonna Go", "Miss Black America", "Wild & Free", "Give It Up", "The Makings Of You", "The Other Side Of Town", and "We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldGet Down To The Funky Groove ... CD
Curtom/Charly (UK), Early 70s. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldCurtis/Live! ... LP
Curtom/Antarctica Starts Here, 1971. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever from the legendary soul singer Curtis Mayfield – even though it's different than most of the rest as well! Curtis is captured here in a small club, with a tight band, spinning out these extended readings of some of his best tunes – both tracks he sang with The Impressions, and as a solo act – completely transformed here in the righteous energy of the setting! The vibe is similar to the classic Donny Hathaway Live album from the same time – save for the fact that this set is double-length, and maybe even more powerful as Curtis sings and plays guitar in a small group with additional guitar, bass, and drums – and some very hip percussion from Master Henry Gibson, of Pharoahs fame. Tracks include "We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue", "Stare and Stare", "Check Out Your Mind", "Stone Junkie", "I Plan To Stay A Believer", "If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go", "Mighty Mighty", and "The Makings Of You". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldKeep On Keepin' On – The Curtis Mayfield Studio Albums 1970 to 1974 (Curtis/Roots/Back To The World/Sweet Exorcist) (4CD box set) ... CD
Curtom/Rhino, Early 70s. New Copy 4CD ... Out Of Stock
A massive package of greatness – the first four solo albums from Chicago soul genius Curtis Mayfield! First up is Curtis – a record that not only foregrounds all the subtle politics he'd been forging in the Impressions during the 60s – but one that also really has Mayfield exploding as a force to be reckoned with in the studio! The album's a personal masterpiece – to the career of Curtis what the early solo albums of Issac Hayes were to his own genius – a bold, unfettered statement of pride and power – of the sort that would both make Mayfield and the Curtom Records label forces to be reckoned with in the 70s. Every cut is a classic – and titles include "Move On Up", "If There's a Hell Below We're All Gonna Go", "Miss Black America", "Wild & Free", "Give It Up", "The Makings Of You", "The Other Side Of Town", and "We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue". Roots is one of our favorite Curtis Mayfield albums ever – a massive early 70s effort that's filled with wonderful songs all the way through, and quite possibly one of the most perfect realization of the righteous vibe of the early 70s Curtom years! Curtis is in fine form throughout – as a singer, composer, and producer – but he's also got some excellent Chicago soul help from arrangers Riley Hampton and Johnny Pate – both key talents on the 60s Windy City scene, still able to come up with a deeply soulful groove here – and both able to blend together strings and funk in the way that Curtis was going for at the time. Titles include the massive "We Got to Have Peace" – a tune that never gets old – plus "Underground", "Keep On Keepin On", "Now You're Gone", "Get Down", "Love To Keep You In Mind", and "Beautiful Brother of Mine". Back To The World is pure genius from Curtis Mayfield – and a record that's got all the righteousness and political power you might guess from the cover! The album burns with a sense of empowerment that's every bit the best strength of Curtom in the 70s – a sublime blend of heavy soul, funky undercurrents, and far-reaching arrangements that still always manage to groove! And Curtis' vocals are great too – echoing out with a newfound presence that far surpasses the raspy quality of his early work with The Impressions. Arrangements are by Rich Tufo, production is by Mayfield, and titles include "Future Song" (aka "Future Shock"), "Keep on Trippin", "Can't Say Nothin", "Back To The The World", and "Right On For The Darkness". Sweet Exorcist is a wonderfully wicked album from Curtis Mayfield – one that's not nearly as famous as his Superfly set, but which is every bit as great! The groove here is lean, mean, and totally righteous – a bit more stripped-down than some of the rumbling funk of other Curtom efforts, and served up with a fluid groove that makes the album a killer from start to finish! As with Superfly, there's a nice blend here between uptight funky tracks and some more laidback soul – showcasing both sides of the Curtis Mayfield sound of the 70s – the brash society-changing soul, and the mellower, more fragile voice that first came to prominence in The Impressions. Titles alone tell you the vibe of the record – and they include "Ain't Got Time", "To Be Invisible", "Kung Fu", "Suffer", "Power to the People", and "Make Me Believe In You". All albums newly remastered – in sleeves with the original artwork too! CD

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✨✧ Leroy HutsonUnforgettable ... LP
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great little set from Leroy Hutson – proof that he was still going strong through all his years at Curtom! The vibe here is a bit different than his first few records, and you might be suspicious with Leroy wearing a disco shirt on the front – but the sound is wonderful, and only shows Hutson blossoming into a more sophisticated singer, songwriter, and producer – one with a great ear for the careful balance needed for the modern soul generation! The shift is a bit like Roy Ayers on his late 70s work for Polydor – and Hutson is definitely on a par with Ayers in our book – we'd always put the two side by side for the strength of their work in the 70s. Seminal tracks include "So Nice" and "Right or Wrong" – both of which are amongst some of his best work ever – and other tracks include "Unforgettable", "Funk In My Life", and "Lonely Without You". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ MystiqueMystique ... LP
Curtom, 1977. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Former Impressions singer Ralph Johnson heads up this Chicago soul quartet from the 70's, and the album shares the production talents of Jerry Butler, Bunny Sigler, Rich Tufo, Lowrell Simon, and Eugene McDaniels. The sound is a mix of mid 70's Curtom funk and Chicago soul vocal stylings, and the track list includes "If You're In Need", "Is It Really You", "Keep On Playing the Music", "Fill You Up", and "All Of My Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Top right corner is wavy from moisture.)

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✨✧ Bobby WhitesideBittersweet Stories ... LP
Curtom, 1974. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
A very strange release on Curtom – and we're not sure if we should call it a rock album or a soul album! Bobby Whiteside produced and arranged, and he's got sort of a 70's AM radio sound, with lots of pop harmonies, and catchy overproduced hooks. Titles include "Pen Of A Poet", "Vallery", "Easy With You", "Up On Living", "Piano Man", and "Footprints". For Curtom completists only, and definitely not another Superfly or Hutson II! LP, Vinyl record album
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AndreusStreet Troubadour (US version with bonus track) ... CD
Dialogue/Lightyear, 2002. Used ... $1.99
Compelling work from Andreus – an underground Chicago singer with a very unique approach! Andreus is really trying for the "street" in the title of this one – blending a smoother NuSoul mode with some heavier and more political influences. The result is a mixture of R&B, hip hop, and some classic styles that help situate the album in a Chicago soul trajectory that stretches back to the early days of Curtom. Titles include "Who Am I", "Daddy Please", "Child Of Life", "Hey Young World", "Mary Ann", "Ghetto Music", and "For The Love Of Money". The US version of the CD also includes the bonus UK mix of "Mississippi". CD
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DevonnsDevonns ... CD
Record Kicks (Italy), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99
A nice little soul group from Chicago – and one who work in the sort of legacy that makes us mighty proud to be a part of the Windy City! Most of the tracks here are original, but the group also do a nice version of one of our favorite tunes by Leroy Hutson – and it's clear that there's a nice Hutson/Curtom inspiration in the music, but one that's stripped-down a bit more than in the commercial studios of the 70s – more homegrown, and set to the very down to earth vocals of Mathew Aijarapu. Titles include a remake of Hutson's "So In Love With You" – plus "Blood Red Blues", "Ain't That A Man For You", "Long Goodbye", "Think I'm Falling In Love", "Green Light", and "Come Back". CD
Also available Devonns ... LP 19.99

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DevonnsDevonns ... LP
Record Kicks (Italy), 2020. New Copy ... $19.99
A nice little soul group from Chicago – and one who work in the sort of legacy that makes us mighty proud to be a part of the Windy City! Most of the tracks here are original, but the group also do a nice version of one of our favorite tunes by Leroy Hutson – and it's clear that there's a nice Hutson/Curtom inspiration in the music, but one that's stripped-down a bit more than in the commercial studios of the 70s – more homegrown, and set to the very down to earth vocals of Mathew Aijarapu. Titles include a remake of Hutson's "So In Love With You" – plus "Blood Red Blues", "Ain't That A Man For You", "Long Goodbye", "Think I'm Falling In Love", "Green Light", and "Come Back". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Devonns ... CD 14.99

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DramaticsBeware The Man With The Candy In His Hand/And I Panicked ... 7-inch
Volt, 1974. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Stellar soul from the Dramatics! "Beware The Man" is a killer message cut – with kind of a super-dope groove that's more Curtom soul than Volt! "And I Panicked" is an excellent harmony track – with a heartbreaking ballad style that's like some of their best early mellow cuts! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Father's ChildrenWho's Gonna Save The World ... CD
Numero, 1973. New Copy ... $7.99 16.98
Incredible stuff – a never-issued funky soul record from the 70s – but one that you'll proudly stack next to your rare classics from Ramp, 24-Carat Black, and James Mason! Like work by all three of those acts, this early set by Father's Children is massive righteous – filled with deep soul and strong social messages, while also coming across with a hell of a groove, too – thanks to some wickedly funky backings, and production that keeps the whole thing burning along beautifully! The set is amazing – quite different than the later Mercury Records album by the band – and more like the kind of record you'd expect to hear from Curtom or early 70s Stax – a perfect choice for the folks at Numero to bring to light after all these years – and another reason why their efforts are always worth checking out. As usual for the label, there's a full set of notes and photos that tell the story of the group and this lost treasure – but even if it came out with no artwork at all, the music would still have us raving – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Universal Train", "Everybody's Got A Problem", "Linda", "Dirt & Grime", "Who's Gonna Save The World", and "Kohoutek". CD

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Donny HathawayDonny Hathaway Live ... CD
Atlantic (UK), 1972. New Copy ... $8.99
Massively beautiful work from the great Donny Hathaway! After two studio albums that had firmly put him on the map as one of the 70s best soul talents, Atco had the genius to have Donny record this live album before very enthusiastic crowds in Hollywood and New York. The result is one of the best soul albums ever – one that shows a totally different side of Donny, and which has him jamming with a smaller, hipper, jazz-oriented group in long versions of some of his best tracks. Features a massive 12 minute version of "The Ghetto", which has loads of excellent instrumental breakdowns, a 13 minute version of "Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)", a superior version of the track "Little Ghetto Boy", which was only ever on a soundtrack, and covers of "What's Going On" and "Jealous Guy" that really transform them from the original versions. Very similar to the classic Curtis Mayfield 2LP live set on Curtom – and with a similar "Chicago studio soulster goes jazzy and intimate" feel. CD

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Heaven & EarthI Can't Seem To Forget You (mono, stereo) ... 7-inch
GEC, 1975. Very Good+ ... $9.99
One of the first singles ever by this incredible harmony group from Chicago – cut before their later fame on a major label, and done here with some bad-stepping backings that almost recall the sound of Natural Four on Curtom! The vocals are superb – high, then low, then high again – and there's an edge to the track we really like. 7-inch, Vinyl record
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LaRombeFrom Philly ... LP
Athens Of The North (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $24.99
LaRombe Baker hails from Philly, but he's best known for his late 70s work on the LA scene – a place where he was continually bubbling under, but never fully got the chance he deserved! Hearing this set, it's clear that LaRombe was one of the great almost-rans of his generation – an artist with the chops to record great soul material without the supervision of any major label or big producer – yet one without the savvy to get such music into the hands of a force that would give it the place it deserved! According to the notes, Baker came to close to working with Motown, Solar, and Curtom – but maybe the fact that those labels passed on tracks as great as these is what makes them so special – a beautifully balanced album of boogie numbers and mellow soul tracks – well-written, beautifully arranged, and topped with great vocals from the man himself. The set's one to put next to your gems from Leon Ware and Ronnie McNeir from back in the day – and titles include "It's All In Your Mind", "Sweet Sensation", "Spread My Wings", "In The Light", "U R The 1", "The Ultimate", and an alternate take of his one issued single "You're The Best". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tim MaiaTim Maia (1973) ... CD
Polydor/Oficial Arquivos, 1973. Used ... $7.99
A great step forward for the legendary Tim Maia – working here in a style that's even tighter and more sophisticated than before – yet still equally filled with funk and soul! The arrangements are a bit bigger than before, and the production a bit more professional – but that change only brings Tim into even more heavenly soul territory – with a mix of grooves and strings that lays somewhere between the best early 70s work on labels like Curtom or Motown! Tim's got a new sense of majesty on the album – and also sings in English in a few spots – at a level that makes us wonder why he was never able to crack the American soul market at the time. An essential record from the man who brought American soul music to Brazil – with tracks that include "Over Again", "New Love", "O Balanco", "Reu Confesso", "Preciso Ser Amado", "Amores", and "Do Your Thing Behave Yourself". CD
Also available Tim Maia (1973) (180 gram pressing) ... LP 32.99

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Tim MaiaTim Maia (1973) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Polydor/Polysom (Brazil), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99 39.99
A great step forward for the legendary Tim Maia – working here in a style that's even tighter and more sophisticated than before – yet still equally filled with funk and soul! The arrangements are a bit bigger than before, and the production a bit more professional – but that change only brings Tim into even more heavenly soul territory – with a mix of grooves and strings that lays somewhere between the best early 70s work on labels like Curtom or Motown! Tim's got a new sense of majesty on the album – and also sings in English in a few spots – at a level that makes us wonder why he was never able to crack the American soul market at the time. An essential record from the man who brought American soul music to Brazil – with tracks that include "Over Again", "New Love", "O Balanco", "Reu Confesso", "Preciso Ser Amado", "Amores", and "Do Your Thing Behave Yourself". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful heavy vinyl pressing – with lyric insert!)
Also available Tim Maia (1973) ... CD 7.99

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MonophonicsIt's Only Us ... CD
Colemine, 2020. New Copy ... $11.99
The Monophonics sound better here than ever before – as if the group's gone through some great mutation that's got them coming across with a richer, more mature sound than we ever might have expected a few years before! Things are still pretty darn funky, but there's also strong currents of deeper 70s soul – both a fragile east coast harmony vein, and some fuller arrangements from time to time – almost as if All-Platinum Records were co-producing a set with Curtom – although with some of the sunnier Cali elements we've always heard from the group. Kelly Finnigan produced, and handled lead vocals and plenty of keyboards – but the set's definitely a group affair, and sounds different than Finnigan's other work – and has a sublime sound that's right at home on the Colemine label. Titles include "Tunnel Vision", "Last One Standing", "It's Only Us", "All In The Family", "Run For Your Life", "Day By Day", and "Suffocating". CD

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Rasputin's StashStash (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Family Groove, 1976. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Never-heard music from the legendary Rasputin's Stash – a funk group who recorded famously on Atlantic and Curtom in the early 70s, then created this gem of an album that appears here for the first time ever! The quality of the work is fantastic, and even seems better than their Curtom album – as they're still as gritty and funk as before, but have this more complex sense of interplay – both in their instrumentation, and in their vocals, which are filled with all these cool harmonic twists and turns – as if The Notations had teamed up with Curtis Mayfield, to create one of the greatest Chicago funk albums of all time! The group produced the whole thing themselves – and although this one never made it to the history book, it's going right to the top of our list of 70s funk classics. Titles include "Make Up Your Mind", "Tarantula", "Children Of The Lord", "Cool When You Don't Know It", "Paradise", "You've Got To Face It", and "TLC". LP, Vinyl record album
(Individually numbered limited edition of 1000!)

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Staple Singers/Curtis MayfieldLet's Do It Again (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Omnivore, 1975. New Copy ... $15.99 16.98
One of our favorite albums ever from The Staple Singers – and that's really saying a lot, as they cut a huge amount of really great records! The album's an unusual collaboration between the group and Curtis Mayfield – one that forges the great vocal styles they were developing at Stax Records with some of the hip soundtrack modes that Curtis had created for Superfly – a blend that's served up perfectly in the best style of Mayfield's legendary Curtom Records! The Staples sound maybe even more righteous in the setting – with great grooves that are hip and funky at times, deeply soulful at others – arranged by Gil Askey and Rich Tufo in the same manner as Curtis' work from the time. Includes the hit title cut "Let's Do It Again", plus other nice ones like "After Sex", "Chase", "Big Mac", and "Funky Love". CD also features bonus tracks – single edits of "After Sex", "New Orleans", and "Let's Do It Again". CD

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StaplesPass It On (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Warner/Omnivore, 1976. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
The Staple Singers and Curtis Mayfield – working together here in a very Curtom groove! This great little set picks off where the group's work on the Let's Do It Again soundtrack left off – taking The Staples far past their Memphis sound of the Stax years, into a hipper, more adult kind of mode – one that has plenty of modern soul and light funk touches. Arrangements are by Curtom maestro Rich Tufo, and the album's got some very full backings that seem to urge the group's vocals on even more than ever. Titles include "Making Love", "Pass It On", "Love Me Love Me Love Me", "Sweeter Than The Sweet", "The Real Thing Inside Of Me", and "Precious Precious". CD also features bonus tracks – single edits of "Love Me Love Me Love Me" and "Sweeter Than The Sweet". CD

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Ed TownsendNew In Town/Glad To Be Here ... CD
Capitol/Jasmine (UK), Late 50s. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A pair of overlooked gems from singer Ed Townsend – a talent we'd rank right up there with Jesse Belvin or Arthur Prysock in his early years! First up is New In Town – an obscure early session from Ed Townsend – an artist who's perhaps better known as a songwriter of hits for others, and slightly less as a 70s soul singer on Curtom and Casablanca! Yet here, Ed's starting out his career as a mainstream crooner – cast by Capitol as a sepia Sinatra, and even working with arrangements from Frank's Capitol mainstay, Nelson Riddle! There's a bit more drama here than you might hear on a Sinatra album – a slightly deeper range that slides towards more conventional pop vocals of the period – but the whole album's pretty darn compelling, especially the overall package. Titles include "Symphony", "I Am", "New In Town", "Goin My Way", "Till The End Of Time", "Mam'selle", "Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me", and "Lover Come Back To Me". Glad To Be Here is another great album – every bit as wonderful as the first! Orchestrations are by Nelson Riddle, and the album's got a gentle swing that we really enjoy – Ed singing over some lesser known tracks, and bringing a raspy soulfulness to the more familiar ones. Titles include "What's Wrong With Me", "Golden Earrings", "I'm In Love", "Don't Ever Leave Me", and "On The Street Where You Live". CD

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✨✧ Natural FourBest Of The Natural Four ... CD
Charly (UK), Mid 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Stellar soul from the Chicago Curtom scene – 15 tracks worth of dynamite harmony material from the Natural Four – a group who recorded heavily with Leroy Hutson at the time! The set brings together some killers from the group's 3 albums for Curtom – including the rare non-LP track "Eddie You Should Know Better", plus "Love's Society", "Can This Be Real?", "Count On Me", "Love That Really Counts", "Love's So Wonderful", "Free", and "Heaven Right Here On Earth". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Voices Of East HarlemCan You Feel It ... LP
Just Sunshine, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amazing work from The Voices Of East Harlem – a group with roots in gospel, but working here in a wonderfully soaring secular soul style – complete with arrangements and production from the legendary Leroy Hutson! The style here is similar to some of Leroy's best work, and that of his contemporaries on Curtom – a sound that's righteous and often funky, but able to hit some sweeter, warmer notes as well. Individual voices step out from the larger ensemble and take key leads on some tracks – and the overall style is simply mindblowing, at a level that makes us easily rank this as one of our favorite soul albums of all time! A must-have album, and one we've treasured for years – with tracks that include "Just Got To Be Myself", "So Rare", "March Across This Land", "Amazing Love", "Take A Stand", and "Can You Feel It". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Crystal WindsFirst Flight ... CD
Cash Ear/BBE (UK), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A mellow soul classic from Chicago – and one of the last great records to come out of the city's hip 70s soul scene! We know very little about Crystal Winds – save for this excellent record, one of the few titles issued on the short-lived Cash Ear label, a south-side imprint in the tradition of 70s powerhouse labels like Curtom or Chi-Sound. The work's got a wonderfully polished feel – lots of jazzy harmonies on the vocals, and a smooth midtempo groove that reminds us of some of the best work on Fantasy Records, especially those handled by Wayne Henderson and At Home Productions. Includes a great jazzy stepper called "Signs of Winter's Time", plus other great tracks like "So Sad", "Love Ain't Easy", and "It's A Wondrous Thing". CD

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✨✧ Father's ChildrenWho's Gonna Save The World (with bonus 7-inch single) ... LP
Numero, 1973. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Incredible stuff – a never-issued funky soul record from the 70s – but one that you'll proudly stack next to your rare classics from Ramp, 24-Carat Black, and James Mason! Like work by all three of those acts, this early set by Father's Children is massive righteous – filled with deep soul and strong social messages, while also coming across with a hell of a groove, too – thanks to some wickedly funky backings, and production that keeps the whole thing burning along beautifully! The set is amazing – quite different than the later Mercury Records album by the band – and more like the kind of record you'd expect to hear from Curtom or early 70s Stax – a perfect choice for the folks at Numero to bring to light after all these years – and another reason why their efforts are always worth checking out. As usual for the label, there's a full set of notes and photos that tell the story of the group and this lost treasure – but even if it came out with no artwork at all, the music would still have us raving – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Universal Train", "Everybody's Got A Problem", "Linda", "Dirt & Grime", "Who's Gonna Save The World", and "Kohoutek". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Who's Gonna Save The World ... CD 7.99

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✨✧ MonophonicsIt's Only Us ... LP
Colemine, 2020. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The Monophonics sound better here than ever before – as if the group's gone through some great mutation that's got them coming across with a richer, more mature sound than we ever might have expected a few years before! Things are still pretty darn funky, but there's also strong currents of deeper 70s soul – both a fragile east coast harmony vein, and some fuller arrangements from time to time – almost as if All-Platinum Records were co-producing a set with Curtom – although with some of the sunnier Cali elements we've always heard from the group. Kelly Finnigan produced, and handled lead vocals and plenty of keyboards – but the set's definitely a group affair, and sounds different than Finnigan's other work – and has a sublime sound that's right at home on the Colemine label. Titles include "Tunnel Vision", "Last One Standing", "It's Only Us", "All In The Family", "Run For Your Life", "Day By Day", and "Suffocating". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)
Also available It's Only Us ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ Rasputin's StashStash (with bonus tracks) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Family Groove, 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Never-heard music from the legendary Rasputin's Stash – a funk group who recorded famously on Atlantic and Curtom in the early 70s, then created this gem of an album that appears here for the first time ever! The quality of the work is fantastic, and even seems better than their Curtom album – as they're still as gritty and funk as before, but have this more complex sense of interplay – both in their instrumentation, and in their vocals, which are filled with all these cool harmonic twists and turns – as if The Notations had teamed up with Curtis Mayfield, to create one of the greatest Chicago funk albums of all time! The group produced the whole thing themselves – and although this one never made it to the history book, it's going right to the top of our list of 70s funk classics. Titles include "Make Up Your Mind", "Tarantula", "Children Of The Lord", "Cool When You Don't Know It", "Paradise", "You've Got To Face It", and "TLC". CD features bonus tracks "Sex Freak" and "Booty March". CD
(Limited to 1000 copies.)

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✨✧ TuomoMy Thing ... CD
Jupiter (Finland), 2007. Used ... Out Of Stock
A brilliant solo debut from Tuomo – a singer we know from his work with the Finnish group Quintessence, stepping out here in even more soulful territory on his own! Tuomo's got a warmly raspy sound that's all-classic, all the way – a unique voice that could well become one of our favorites from overseas in recent years – often made even better by the album's solidly soulful backings, which usually feature some heavy congas at the bottom, alongside heavy keyboards and guitar – in ways that almost remind us of early 70s productions on Curtom Records! This guy's easily one of the best blue-eyed soul singers to emerge in the past decade – and we've got hopes that this debut takes him all the great places he deserves to go. Titles include "True Friend", "26", "Don't Take It Too Hard", "It's You", "So Surreal", "Sorry When I'm Gone", "Ballroom Girl", and "I Won't Worry". CD

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✨✧ Donny HathawayDonny Hathaway Live ... CD
Atlantic/Warner (UK), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Massively beautiful work from the great Donny Hathaway! After two studio albums that had firmly put him on the map as one of the 70s best soul talents, Atco had the genius to have Donny record this live album before very enthusiastic crowds in Hollywood and New York. The result is one of the best soul albums ever – one that shows a totally different side of Donny, and which has him jamming with a smaller, hipper, jazz-oriented group in long versions of some of his best tracks. Features a massive 12 minute version of "The Ghetto", which has loads of excellent instrumental breakdowns, a 13 minute version of "Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)", a superior version of the track "Little Ghetto Boy", which was only ever on a soundtrack, and covers of "What's Going On" and "Jealous Guy" that really transform them from the original versions. Very similar to the classic Curtis Mayfield 2LP live set on Curtom – and with a similar "Chicago studio soulster goes jazzy and intimate" feel. CD
Also available Donny Hathaway Live ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ HeptonesBook Of Rules ... LP
Jaywax/Get On Down, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A soulful classic from The Heptones – easily one of the greatest trios to emerge from the Jamaican scene in the late 60s – and one of the few who were really able to evolve their style as the years went on! The style here is to earlier Heptones material as the early 70s Impressions records on Curtom were to their 60s albums on ABC – more righteous in content, and hipper in overall expression – with this beautiful interplay between the vocals of Leroy Sibbles, Barry Llewelly, and Earl Morgan – all captured with this warm glow in the Harry J Studio! Players on the date include Cedric Im Brooks on tenor and Leslie Butler on organ – and titles include "Suffering So", "Peace & Harmony", "Book Of Rules", "Black On Black", "Do Good To Everyone", "Wah Go Home", and "Over & Over". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Baby HueyHard Times/Listen To Me ... 7-inch
Soul Brother (UK), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the best-remembered tunes from this Curtom funk legend – a track that begins witht his famous break made from drums and fluttering flute – then rolls into a super-righteous lyric that's delivered with all the majesty that Baby Huey had to offer! "Listen To Me" is also great – one of his funkiest tracks ever, with a massive bass break at the start – then the kind of full-on vocalizations that made Huey a legendary live draw during his few short years on the planet! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Sons Of SlumMusic Is The Message ... LP
Cordial (UK), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic funk from Sons Of Slum – a 70s Chicago combo with a sound that's as heavy as their name! You might know the group from some killer singles they cut for Stax in the early 70s – but this set features unreleased material from later in the decade, showing an even cooler band than on those earlier records! Instrumentally, these guys have the tightness of the young Earth Wind & Fire, maybe mixed with some of the righteous currents of 24 Carat Black – and the vocals are often sung in this style that has edgey harmonies that remind us of The Notations, especially when they hit their more sinister style at Curtom. The whole thing's tremendous – one of those funk records that should have been issued back in the day, and which would have been on collector and DJ lists for decades if that was the case – which makes it a hell of a discovery all these many years later. Titles include "Show Me Tell Me", "Spirit", "Save The Children", "Music Is The Message", "Funky Music (parts 1 & 2)", "Breakout", "Running", and "Get Your Thing Together". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ LaRombeFrom Philly ... CD
Athens Of The North (UK), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
LaRombe Baker hails from Philly, but he's best known for his late 70s work on the LA scene – a place where he was continually bubbling under, but never fully got the chance he deserved! Hearing this set, it's clear that LaRombe was one of the great almost-rans of his generation – an artist with the chops to record great soul material without the supervision of any major label or big producer – yet one without the savvy to get such music into the hands of a force that would give it the place it deserved! According to the notes, Baker came to close to working with Motown, Solar, and Curtom – but maybe the fact that those labels passed on tracks as great as these is what makes them so special – a beautifully balanced album of boogie numbers and mellow soul tracks – well-written, beautifully arranged, and topped with great vocals from the man himself. The set's one to put next to your gems from Leon Ware and Ronnie McNeir from back in the day – and titles include "It's All In Your Mind", "Sweet Sensation", "Spread My Wings", "In The Light", "U R The 1", "The Ultimate", and an alternate take of his one issued single "You're The Best". CD
Also available From Philly ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Rasputin StashDevil Made Me Do It ... CD
Gemigo/BBQ (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic second album from Rasputin Stash – a group who started out on Atlantic Records as a big ensemble with a pretty freaky, fuzzy sound – but one who emerge here with a sweet mix of funk and soul that's perfect for their placement on this mid-70s offshoot of Curtom Records! The quartet have a reach that they never had before – able to unite their voices and soar with harmonic brilliance that rivals the best of their labelmates – the Impressions or Natural Four – always with the kind of badass currents that both of those groups picked up in the 70s! Yet they can also get a lot funkier, too – picking up some of the best currents from the Curtis Mayfield side of the spectrum, but fusing them into a leaner small group mode – heard to wonderfully effect on the classic "Devil Made Me Do It", and the killer JB's-ish track "Hit It and Pass It". The whole album's wonderful, though – and titles include "I Can Feel Your Jones", "Ooh Baby", and "The Devil Made Me Do It". CD
 
 
 



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