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✨✧ Baby HueyBaby Huey Story – The Living Legend ... LP
Curtom, Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $14.99
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 CliffordIf My Friends Could See Me Now ... LP
Curtom, 1978. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
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! LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap has a hole and some marker.)

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Linda CliffordIf My Friends Could See Me Now/Gypsy Lady ... 12-inch
Curtom, 1978. Very Good ... $0.99
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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Leroy HutsonCloser To The Source (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1978. New Copy ... $16.99
One of the greatest albums ever by Chicago soul maestro Leroy Hutson – a masterpiece of soul, sophistication, and downright good vibes – all put together at a level that makes it one of our favorite albums of the 70s! The set was recorded hot on the heels of the massive Hutson and Hutson II albums – and is done in a very similar style – with Leroy pushing 70s mellow soul to new heights through his masterful vocals, arrangements, and production – completely his own man, and towering at a level that should have made him as huge as Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware, or Roy Ayers. The album's incredibly tight, but never slick – a brilliant statement of soul that's gentle one moment, forceful the next – and always proud and powerful. Titles include "Closer to The Source", "Heaven Right Here On Earth", "Get To This (You'll Get To Me)", "You're A Winner", "Everybody's A Masterpiece", and "Where Did Love Go". CD also features the bonus tracks – "Reality" and "Closer To The Source (single edit)". CD

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Leroy HutsonFeel The Spirit ... LP
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
Pure genius from the great Leroy Hutson – a set that's maybe got a funkier feel than some of his previous albums – and all of the completely charming vocals that we've always loved from Leroy over the years! There's plenty of messages in the grooves – and in a way, at this point in his career, Hutson may be doing more to carry the Curtom Records sound forward than the leader of the label himself – given that Curtis Mayfield was maybe starting to stumble slightly in the second half of the 70s. The funky numbers are all filled with complicated jazzy elements – showing a further development of Hutson's songwriting, with help on arrangements from Richard Evans – and titles include the fantastic "You Never Know What You Can Do", plus "Lover's Holiday", "Butterfat", ""Don't Let It Get Next To You", "Feel The Spirit", and "It's The Music". LP, Vinyl record album

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Leroy HutsonHutson ... LP
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
An amazing record – quite possibly the best ever by Chicago soul legend Leroy Hutson! The whole thing's a smooth soul masterpiece beyond compare – a stunning blend of great songwriting, sexy vocals, and buttery production that rank it up there with the best work of 70s giants like Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware, or Roy Ayers. Leroy's got a voice that's both warm and mellow, yet incredibly honest at the same time – and the songs on the record show a range of colors and emotions that perfectly fit his unique style. Features mellow "Cool Out", the funky "Lucky Fellow", the sweet "All Because Of You", and the sublime cuts "It's Different" and "Can't Stay Away". The whole thing's great – and is one of the crowning achievements of the Chicago soul scene! LP, Vinyl record album

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Leroy HutsonHutson II ... LP
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1976. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
One of our favorite soul albums ever – a complete masterpiece from the mighty Leroy Hutson, easily one of the greatest soul singers of the 70s! The album's got a warmth that's amazing, yet also still manages to groove all the way through – hitting a subtle, almost mellow vibe that's like Marvin Gaye or Roy Ayers at their best – but somehow even better because the album's a lot less familiar than their work, and has a freshness that grabs us again and again over the years! Hutson arranged and produced the whole set himself – and the scope of his talents in the studio is amazing – tight on the rhythms, but broadly expansive on the other instrumentation – with a mix of intimacy and class that few other records from the 70s could ever hope to match. Perfect all the way through, and filled with genius cuts that include "Don't It Make You Feel Good", "I Think I'm Falling In Love", "Love to Hold You Close", "Flying High", "I Do I Do Want To Make Love To You", "Blackberry Jam", and "Sofunkstication". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Hutson II ... LP 44.99

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Leroy HutsonHutson II ... LP
Curtom, 1976. Near Mint- ... $44.99
One of our favorite soul albums ever – a complete masterpiece from the mighty Leroy Hutson, easily one of the greatest soul singers of the 70s! The album's got a warmth that's amazing, yet also still manages to groove all the way through – hitting a subtle, almost mellow vibe that's like Marvin Gaye or Roy Ayers at their best – but somehow even better because the album's a lot less familiar than their work, and has a freshness that grabs us again and again over the years! Hutson arranged and produced the whole set himself – and the scope of his talents in the studio is amazing – tight on the rhythms, but broadly expansive on the other instrumentation – with a mix of intimacy and class that few other records from the 70s could ever hope to match. Perfect all the way through, and filled with genius cuts that include "Don't It Make You Feel Good", "I Think I'm Falling In Love", "Love to Hold You Close", "Flying High", "I Do I Do Want To Make Love To You", "Blackberry Jam", and "Sofunkstication". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear and an in-store play promo sticker on front with some small stains.)
Also available Hutson II (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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Leroy HutsonHutson II (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1976. New Copy ... $16.99
One of our favorite soul albums ever – a complete masterpiece from the mighty Leroy Hutson, easily one of the greatest soul singers of the 70s! The album's got a warmth that's amazing, yet also still manages to groove all the way through – hitting a subtle, almost mellow vibe that's like Marvin Gaye or Roy Ayers at their best – but somehow even better because the album's a lot less familiar than their work, and has a freshness that grabs us again and again over the years! Hutson arranged and produced the whole set himself – and the scope of his talents in the studio is amazing – tight on the rhythms, but broadly expansive on the other instrumentation – with a mix of intimacy and class that few other records from the 70s could ever hope to match. Perfect all the way through, and filled with genius cuts that include "Don't It Make You Feel Good", "I Think I'm Falling In Love", "Love to Hold You Close", "Flying High", "I Do I Do Want To Make Love To You", "Blackberry Jam", and "Sofunkstication". CD features 2 bonus tracks – the previously unreleased "Positive Forces", plus "Blackberry Jam (single edit)". CD
Also available Hutson II ... LP 44.99

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Leroy HutsonLeroy Hutson Anthology 1972 to 1984 ... CD
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $19.99
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 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1973. New Copy ... $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 features bonus tracks – mono single versions of "Love Oh Love", "When You Smile", and "So In Love With You". CD

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✨✧ Leroy HutsonMan! ... LP
Curtom, 1974. Sealed ... $9.99
A killer early album by the great Leroy Hutson – the first set that has him stepping out as a true soul genius for the 70s! Hutson had originally been a later member of The Impressions – replacing Curtis Mayfield briefly after he'd gone solo – but he also had spent a fair bit of time working around the Chicago soul studio scene of the late 60s and early 70s, lending his talents to other singers – and this album is kind of a "bustin' out of the studio" album in it's presentation of Hutson's material. The record features a number of great sweet soul cuts – like "Ella Weez" and "Can't Say Enough About Mom" – mixed with nice funky tracks, like "The Ghetto '74", which is a remake of "The Ghetto", a tune that Hutson wrote with Donny Hathaway. The record's a prime example of the genius of Chicago soul in the 70s – with great arrangements that have a lot of space for Leroy's singing, yet still come down hard and nasty in parts, like some of the funkier stuff on Curtom. LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue. Shrinkwrap has a hole in front.)
Also available Man! ... LP 13.99

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Leroy HutsonMan! ... LP
Curtom, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
A killer early album by the great Leroy Hutson – the first set that has him stepping out as a true soul genius for the 70s! Hutson had originally been a later member of The Impressions – replacing Curtis Mayfield briefly after he'd gone solo – but he also had spent a fair bit of time working around the Chicago soul studio scene of the late 60s and early 70s, lending his talents to other singers – and this album is kind of a "bustin' out of the studio" album in it's presentation of Hutson's material. The record features a number of great sweet soul cuts – like "Ella Weez" and "Can't Say Enough About Mom" – mixed with nice funky tracks, like "The Ghetto '74", which is a remake of "The Ghetto", a tune that Hutson wrote with Donny Hathaway. The record's a prime example of the genius of Chicago soul in the 70s – with great arrangements that have a lot of space for Leroy's singing, yet still come down hard and nasty in parts, like some of the funkier stuff on Curtom. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Man! ... LP 9.99

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Leroy HutsonUnforgettable ... LP
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $14.99
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
Also available Unforgettable (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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Leroy HutsonUnforgettable (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1979. New Copy ... $16.99
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". CD features bonus tracks – "Now That I Found You", "Love You Down", and "So Nice (unreleased extended version)". CD
Also available Unforgettable ... LP 14.99

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ImpressionsBest Impressions – Curtis, Sam & Fred ... LP
Curtom, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Very nice collection of mid period Impressions tracks, recorded during the time when the group had that perfect blend of sweet soul and political songwriting, without being as overblown as some of the later work by Curtis Mayfield. Every cut's a winner, and titles include "Mighty Mighty Spade & Whitey", "Keep On Pushin", "Choice of Colors", "Fool For You", "This Is My Country", and "I've Been Trying". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has cutout holes.)

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ImpressionsThree The Hard Way ... LP
Curtom, 1974. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Not only a great soundtrack – but one of the best 70s albums by The Impressions! The set was written, arranged, and produced by the Curtom super-team of Rich Tufo and Lowrell Simon – and it's got a super-dope feel that reminds us of the work by Natural Four from the same time, with sweet harmonies over funky backings, in a hip 70s groove that's totally great! All cuts are vocal, but they have plenty of funky moments – and in a way, the whole album's as great as the lead track, which is normally the best one in a blacksploitation soundtrack like this. In other words, if you dig hit soundtrack theme songs like "Across 110th Street" or "Theme from Cleopatra Jones", you'll dig this entire album! Tracks include the great "Having A Ball", plus "Make A Resolution", "Something's Mighty Mighty Wrong", and "Three The Hard Way (Chase & Theme)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has light wear, aging, and a cutout hole.)

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ImpressionsTimes Have Changed ... LP
Curtom, 1972. Very Good- Gatefold ... $14.99
A post-Curtis Mayfield album by The Impressions – but one that crackles with the raw righteousness of Curtis' first few solo albums on Curtom! Mayfield's place here is held by the amazing Leroy Hutson – one of our favorite soul talents of the 70s, really sparkling here in the trio before moving onto his own run of classics for Curtom – with a vocal quality that's solidly soulful, and possibly even more progressively pointed than Curtis. Hutson helped co-arrange the album with Riley Hampton – and production is by Curtis Mayfield, who brings in all the right elements of fuzz and funk to really keep the group sounding hip. Titles include the classic peace song "Stop the War", plus "I Need To Belong To Someone", "Love Me", "Our Love Goes On & On", "This Love's for Real", and a cool cover of "Inner City Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has an unglued bottom seam.)
Also available Times Have Changed ... LP 19.99

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ImpressionsTimes Have Changed ... LP
Curtom/Love Vinyl (UK), 1972. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
A post-Curtis Mayfield album by The Impressions – but one that crackles with the raw righteousness of Curtis' first few solo albums on Curtom! Mayfield's place here is held by the amazing Leroy Hutson – one of our favorite soul talents of the 70s, really sparkling here in the trio before moving onto his own run of classics for Curtom – with a vocal quality that's solidly soulful, and possibly even more progressively pointed than Curtis. Hutson helped co-arrange the album with Riley Hampton – and production is by Curtis Mayfield, who brings in all the right elements of fuzz and funk to really keep the group sounding hip. Titles include the classic peace song "Stop the War", plus "I Need To Belong To Someone", "Love Me", "Our Love Goes On & On", "This Love's for Real", and a cool cover of "Inner City Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Times Have Changed ... LP 14.99

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Curtis MayfieldCurtis ... LP
Curtom, 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $14.99
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
Also available Curtis ... LP 19.99

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Curtis MayfieldCurtis ... LP
Curtom, 1970. Good+ Gatefold ... $19.99
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
(Original pressing. Cover has the most excellent hype sticker, with light wear and a)
Also available Curtis ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldCurtis (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Rhino, 1970. Used ... $9.99
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". Extra tracks include demo versions of "Power to the People", "Underground", "Readings in Astrology", "Suffer", and the single version of "(Don't Worry) If There Is a Hell Below We're All Going To Go". CD
Also available Curtis ... LP 19.99

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Curtis MayfieldCurtis/Live! (deluxe edition) ... CD
Curtom/Rhino, 1971. Used ... $8.99
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". Plus the CD reissue includes two bonus tracks – a live version of "Superfly" from 1973 and the single version of "Mighty Mighty (Spade and Whitey)"! CD

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Curtis MayfieldGot To Find A Way ... LP
Curtom, 1974. Very Good ... $11.99
A great album that's often overlooked amidst the flurry of early 70's releases on Curtom, but which stands as one of Mayfield's greatest from the 70s! In fact, we'd say that the album's one that we enjoy putting on more than most – because the songs are less familiar, and not nearly as played-out as some of Curtis' bigger hits. The production style's still the same – with plenty of rumbling funky soul, arranged by Rich Tufo in that classic Curtom mode – and you can't beat Curtis' vocals on songs like "Mother's Son", "Love Me (Right In the Pocket)", "A Prayer", and "Ain't No Love Lost". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner and cutout notch.)

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Curtis MayfieldHeartbeat ... LP
Curtom/RSO, 1979. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A real dancefloor set from Curtis – recorded with some sweet Philly production from the likes of Norman Harris and Bunny Sigler – in the sweeping, soaring, strings-heavy mode of the Philly disco records of the time! And yes, this isn't classic Curtis from the righteous years – but the surprising thing is how well his voice really holds up in the tracks – coming through with a strength that's fresh and surprising, given some of his disco contemporaries, and sounding pretty darn nice overall, thanks to some tight arrangements by the likes of Fred Wesley, Norman Harris, and Gil Askey. Linda Clifford does a duet with Curtis on "Between You Baby & Me", and the other cuts include "Victory", "Tell Me Tell Me", "You're So Good To Me", "You Better Stop", and "Over The Hump". 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 ... $32.99 34.98
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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Curtis MayfieldRoots (no calendar) ... LP
Curtom, 1970. Very Good ... $19.99
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". This copy doesn't have the calendar attached to the cover, but it's an original vinyl pressing, in great shape. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear. Calendar is missing.)

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MystiqueMystique ... LP
Curtom, 1977. Near Mint- ... $14.99
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
(Cover has light wear, with some waviess and this coloration on the back.)

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Natural FourCan This Be Real/Try Love Again ... 7-inch
Curtom, 1973. Very Good ... $3.99
Two tasty cuts by one of Chicago's best vocal groups ever! Both tracks were written by Leroy Hutson – and "Can This Be Real" was one of the group's bigger hits! Heavenly soul, and produced with a great sound. 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Bobby WhitesideBittersweet Stories ... LP
Curtom, 1974. Sealed ... $8.99
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
(Cover has a cutout mark and a few large rips in the shrinkwrap.)

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✨✧ Linda CliffordIf My Friends Could See Me Now (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Blixa Sounds, 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Leroy HutsonFeel The Spirit ... LP
Curtom, 1976. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pure genius from the great Leroy Hutson – a set that's maybe got a funkier feel than some of his previous albums – and all of the completely charming vocals that we've always loved from Leroy over the years! There's plenty of messages in the grooves – and in a way, at this point in his career, Hutson may be doing more to carry the Curtom Records sound forward than the leader of the label himself – given that Curtis Mayfield was maybe starting to stumble slightly in the second half of the 70s. The funky numbers are all filled with complicated jazzy elements – showing a further development of Hutson's songwriting, with help on arrangements from Richard Evans – and titles include the fantastic "You Never Know What You Can Do", plus "Lover's Holiday", "Butterfat", ""Don't Let It Get Next To You", "Feel The Spirit", and "It's The Music". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a Sound Purchase sticker.)
Also available Feel The Spirit ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Leroy HutsonHutson ... LP
Curtom, 1975. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing record – quite possibly the best ever by Chicago soul legend Leroy Hutson! The whole thing's a smooth soul masterpiece beyond compare – a stunning blend of great songwriting, sexy vocals, and buttery production that rank it up there with the best work of 70s giants like Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware, or Roy Ayers. Leroy's got a voice that's both warm and mellow, yet incredibly honest at the same time – and the songs on the record show a range of colors and emotions that perfectly fit his unique style. Features mellow "Cool Out", the funky "Lucky Fellow", the sweet "All Because Of You", and the sublime cuts "It's Different" and "Can't Stay Away". The whole thing's great – and is one of the crowning achievements of the Chicago soul scene! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Hutson ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Leroy HutsonHutson (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing record – quite possibly the best ever by Chicago soul legend Leroy Hutson! The whole thing's a smooth soul masterpiece beyond compare – a stunning blend of great songwriting, sexy vocals, and buttery production that rank it up there with the best work of 70s giants like Marvin Gaye, Leon Ware, or Roy Ayers. Leroy's got a voice that's both warm and mellow, yet incredibly honest at the same time – and the songs on the record show a range of colors and emotions that perfectly fit his unique style. Features mellow "Cool Out", the funky "Lucky Fellow", the sweet "All Because Of You", and the sublime cuts "It's Different" and "Can't Stay Away". The whole thing's great – and is one of the crowning achievements of the Chicago soul scene! Also features bonus tracks – single edits of "All Because Of You" and "Can't Stay Away". CD
Also available Hutson ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ ImpressionsFinally Got Myself Together ... LP
Curtom, 1974. Very Good Gatefold ... Temporarily 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

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✨✧ ImpressionsThree The Hard Way/First Impressions ... CD
Curtom/American Beat, 1974/1975. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Mindblowing work by The Impressions – a double-length set that's totally great! First up is the soundtrack for the Fred Williamson/Jim Brown/Jim Kelly action flick Three The Hard Way – not only a great soundtrack, but one of the best 70s albums by The Impressions! The set was written, arranged, and produced by the Curtom super-team of Rich Tufo and Lowrell Simon – and it's got a super-dope feel that reminds us of the work by Natural Four from the same time, with sweet harmonies over funky backings, in a hip 70s groove that's totally great! All cuts are vocal, but they have plenty of funky moments – and in a way, the whole album's as great as the lead track, which is normally the best one in a blacksploitation soundtrack like this. In other words, if you dig hit soundtrack theme songs like "Across 110th Street" or "Theme from Cleopatra Jones", you'll dig this entire album! Tracks include the great "Having A Ball", plus "Make A Resolution", "Something's Mighty Mighty Wrong", and "Three The Hard Way (Chase & Theme)". First Impressions is hardly the first album by The Impressions, despite the title – but a wonderful batch of modern soul tunes that proves that the group could groove long after Curtis Mayfield was gone! As with other Curtom gems from the 70s, the album has the group working with some really top-shelf help in the studio – production from Ed Townsend, who does a really great job of making the harmonies sparkle with a rich quality that really stands out – a mode that returns the group to the mellow brilliance of their 60s recordings, but still keeps some of the maturity they picked up along the way. Townsend also wrote most of the tracks on the set, with a confident male soul style that's not unlike the best love-heavy territory that Marvin Gaye was exploring at the time – a perfect fit for the newly-refined vocals of the mid 70s quartet lineup that included original members Sam Gooden and Fred Cash, plus Ralph Johnson and Reggie Toran. Titles include the sublime "Groove", which has a nice two-step feel, and "Sooner Or Later", which is a nice mellow cut with an undercurrent of funk – and other tracks include "Old Before My Time", "Same Thing It Took", "I'm So Glad", and "How High Is High". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldGive, Get, Take And Have ... LP
Curtom, 1976. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Includes lyric insert. Cover has staining on the bottom left corner and a patch of sticker residue near the top.)

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldSuperfly (expanded version) ... CD
Curtom/Rhino, 1972. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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, this set also features a whole bonus CD – one that brings together extra tracks, unreleased cuts, alternate versions, instrumental versions, and even some cool radio promotional spots! with the "Check Out Your Mind" instrumental studio jam, the full-length version of the instrumental "Junkie Chase", the demo version of "Ghetto Child", and lots more! Great stuff – and in a lovely fold-out package, with the same foldover die-cut cover of the original LP! CD
(Out of print. In a nice fold out, die-cut double digipak which has some edgewear & a penmark through the barcode.)

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldSuperfly (expanded version) ... CD
Curtom/Rhino, 1972. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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, this set also features a whole bonus CD – one that brings together extra tracks, unreleased cuts, alternate versions, instrumental versions, and even some cool radio promotional spots! with the "Check Out Your Mind" instrumental studio jam, the full-length version of the instrumental "Junkie Chase", the demo version of "Ghetto Child", and lots more! CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldSuperfly (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Rhino, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldSweet Exorcist ... LP
Curtom, 1974. Sealed Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Shrinkwrap is lightly aged. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Natural FourNatural Four ... LP
Curtom, 1974. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sweeeeet soul from the 70s! The Natural Four were one of the greatest soul harmony groups of the 70's – and their work on the Curtom label has an amazing "rough with the smooth" quality that really sets them apart from east coast groups of the time! Part of the strength of the set has to do with Leroy Hutson – who arranged and produced the whole album, and gives it a superdope quality that makes it stand proudly with the best work on Curtom Records of the time. The sound is full and polished, yet also honest, earnest, and personal – in that great mix of moods that Hutson and Curtis Mayfield could bring to their own work of the time. The whole set's a classic, and titles include "Try Love Again", "You Bring Out The Best In Me", "Can This Be Real?", "This is What's Happening Now", and "Things Will Be Better Tomorrow". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has some wear and a small stain.)

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldCurtis ... CD
Curtom/Warner (UK), 1970. New Copy ... 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". CD
Also available Curtis ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldCurtis In Chicago ... CD
Curtom/Tartare, 1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
Curtis Mayfield, and a heck of a lot of greatness from the Chicago scene of the early 70s – music that comes from a rare TV special that also features guest appearances from Leroy Hutson, Jerry Butler, and Gene Chandler! Don't confuse this one with the 2LP Curtis Live set issued around the same time – as this record's got a tighter, fuller sound overall – a great illustration of Mayfield's growing fame as a solo act – although a set that's also generous enough to also feature appearances from both the new version of The Impressions, plus the original trio lineup too! Titles include "Superfly", "Love Oh Love", "Preacher Man", "For Once In My Life", and "I'm So Proud". CD
(Special on-demand pressing of the album – completely legit, but very limited.)

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldCurtis/Live! ... CD
Curtom/Warner (UK), 1971. New Copy ... 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". CD
Also available Curtis/Live! (deluxe edition) ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldCurtis/Live! ... LP
Curtom, 1970. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... 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. Cover has some edge wear and a cutout notch.)
Also available Curtis/Live! (deluxe edition) ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldRoots (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Warner (UK), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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". CD
Also available Roots (no calendar) ... LP 19.99

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldSuperfly (die-cut gatefold cover) ... LP
Curtom, 1972. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with Bell Sound stamp. Cover has a cutout hole and light wear.)

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✨✧ Baby HueyBaby Huey Story – The Living Legend (limited edition) ... LP
Curtom/Run Out Groove, Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... 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
(Limited edition! Beautiful pressing – with a heavy tip-on cover.)
Also available Baby Huey Story – The Living Legend ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Leroy HutsonMan! (with bonus track) ... CD
Curtom/Acid Jazz (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer early album by the great Leroy Hutson – the first set that has him stepping out as a true soul genius for the 70s! Hutson had originally been a later member of The Impressions – replacing Curtis Mayfield briefly after he'd gone solo – but he also had spent a fair bit of time working around the Chicago soul studio scene of the late 60s and early 70s, lending his talents to other singers – and this album is kind of a "bustin' out of the studio" album in it's presentation of Hutson's material. The record features a number of great sweet soul cuts – like "Ella Weez" and "Can't Say Enough About Mom" – mixed with nice funky tracks, like "The Ghetto '74", which is a remake of "The Ghetto", a tune that Hutson wrote with Donny Hathaway. The record's a prime example of the genius of Chicago soul in the 70s – with great arrangements that have a lot of space for Leroy's singing, yet still come down hard and nasty in parts, like some of the funkier stuff on Curtom. Also features the bonus track "Ella Weez (mono single)". CD
Also available Man! ... LP 13.99

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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
Also available Curtis/Live! (deluxe edition) ... CD 8.99

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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) (4LP box set) ... LP
Curtom/Rhino, Early 70s. New Copy 4LPs ... 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! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Keep On Keepin' On – The Curtis Mayfield Studio Albums 1970 to 1974 (Curtis/Roots/Back To The World/Sweet Exorcist) (4CD box set) ... CD 32.99

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✨✧ Linda CliffordLet Me Be Your Woman (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Curtom/Blixa Sounds, 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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. CD features bonus tracks – "Don't Give It Up (12" disco mix)", and single versions of "Sweet Melodies", "Don't Give It Up", and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". CD

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldBack To The World ... LP
Curtom, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Jesse AndersonMighty Mighty/I Got A Problem ... 7-inch
Thomas, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $24.99
2 great funky cuts by this lost Chicago soul artist who's best known for these Thomas/Curtom recordings from the early 70s. "I Got A Problem" has a nice funky guitar line at the intro, and "Mighty Mighty" is a good cover of the Impressions hit, with a great hard soul sound! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinSparkle – Music from the Original Motion Picture ... CD
Atlantic, 1976. Used ... $24.99
A classic 70s soul soundtrack – and a dream of a combination! Curtis Mayfield wrote the soundtrack and produced the album – and the result is a killer batch of 70s soul tracks that matches Aretha's strong vocals with the hip Curtom sound of Chicago! Aretha was still doing pretty well at this point, but the album really gave her a push – and the super-hip setting let her record some of her best work of the 70s. If you own only one Aretha Franklin album from the 70s, it should probably be this one – as the mixture of soul, funk, and soundtrack grooves is great, and a refreshing change from some of the cliches that could show up on other records. Features the sublime "Something He Can Feel", plus "Loving You Baby", "Look Into Your Heart", "Sparkle", and Jump". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Sparkle – Music from the Original Motion Picture ... LP 8.99

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinSparkle – Music from the Original Motion Picture ... LP
Atlantic, 1976. Very Good ... $8.99
A classic 70s soul soundtrack – and a dream of a combination! Curtis Mayfield wrote the soundtrack and produced the album – and the result is a killer batch of 70s soul tracks that matches Aretha's strong vocals with the hip Curtom sound of Chicago! Aretha was still doing pretty well at this point, but the album really gave her a push – and the super-hip setting let her record some of her best work of the 70s. If you own only one Aretha Franklin album from the 70s, it should probably be this one – as the mixture of soul, funk, and soundtrack grooves is great, and a refreshing change from some of the cliches that could show up on other records. Features the sublime "Something He Can Feel", plus "Loving You Baby", "Look Into Your Heart", "Sparkle", and Jump". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red and green label Rockefeller pressing. Cover has a cutout notch and light wear.)
Also available Sparkle – Music from the Original Motion Picture ... CD 24.99

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✨✧ Larry GoldLarry Gold Presents Don Cello & Friends ... CD
Beat Generation (UK), 2003. Used ... $6.99
An amazing album produced and arranged by legendary Philly mastermind Larry Gold – the cello player/writer/arranger for MFSB – and a key player in the best Philly soul of the last several decades! Don Cello & Friends features Gold as Don Cello – and the friends include Black Thought of the Roots, McFadden & Whitehead, Carol Riddick, Gerald Levert, Kindred The Family Soul, Jaguar Wright, Bunny Sigler and others. The goal for the set was not only to celebrate the depth and rich history of Philly soul with a variety of vocalists, but to draw a direct parallel with the best of today's scene. It succeeds at both masterfully. Gold's production and arranging is lush and sparkling – and the vocalists bring the very best of their games. Black Thought's rhymes on the lead off remake of "No Stoppin'", with McFadden & Whitehead, sets the stage perfectly – think the Roots on Curtom, and that's about half the picture! Much of the album carries more of a classic soul sheen – smooth and sparkling, with just enough grit for a nice edge! In the liner notes, Gold explains that he loves songs from "Gamble, Huff to Timbaland" – and this album is the perfect sonic encapsulation of that aesthetic! Possibly the best album yet with the relatively fledgling Beat Generation imprint – and a great signpost for the future of underground soul! 12 tracks including "Loving You" with Carol Riddick, "Dance" with Gerald Levert, "And I Hope" featuring Floetry, "Travelin'" with Kameelah Waheed, ""All That You Are" featuring Kindred, "Nothin'" with Jaguar Wright, "Just A Dream" with Erro, "Everybody" with Cristal Oliver, "Can I" with Bunny Sigler, and Larry Gold's "Outro". CD
(Out of print.)

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Leroy HutsonSoothe You Groove You ... LP
Triumph/Acid Jazz (UK), 2009. New Copy ... $19.99
A surprising to form for the legendary Leroy Hutson – one of our favorite singers of all time from the Chicago soul scene – still sounding mighty strong here, many years after his initial records for Curtom in the 70s! The vibe is a bit different, in that Leroy's taking on some tunes by other artists, mixed in with some cuts of his own – in a mid that's kind of an update of the sophisticated soul he served up back in the day – and which also features some instrumentals that show off Hutson's continued skills as an arranger! In fact, about two thirds of the record is instrumental, with keyboards instead of Hutson's vocals – and grooves that might be right at home for the Chicago's steppers scene of the 90s. Production and instrumentation are definitely more contemporary, but at a level that maybe makes the whole thing feel like an indie record that Leroy might have created 20 years before – not a 21st Century soul release – and titles include "Suite Surrender", "Evening In San Juan", "The Ghetto", "Somewhere In The Night", "Starlite", "Wish You Were", "Time Out", and "The Way You Say". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ ImpressionsIt's About Time ... LP
Cotillion, 1976. Sealed ... $4.99
The Impressions first album for Cotillion, cut after a great 70s run on Curtom – but one that's done with a sound that still carries on the groove nicely! The more righteous tones of the earlier work are shaken loose a bit, to be replaced by a fuller approach to the music built from arrangements by HB Barnum, Gene Page, and Gil Askey – a bit more LA than Chicago, but with a soaringly soulful quality that almost recalls the sound of The Spinners during their best Philly years. As with that work, the harmonies here are all right on the money, and get plenty of space to sparkle amidst the full strings and tight rhythms – and new group member Nate Evans really brings a deep sense of soul to the group's work. Many tunes were written by the team of Mervin Seals and Melvin Steals – and titles include "I'm A Fool For Love", "Same Old Heartaches", "This Time", "Stardust", "I Need You", and "What Might Have Been". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kings Go ForthOutsiders Are Back ... CD
Luaka Bop, 2010. Used ... $7.99
The brilliant full length debut of Kings Go Forth – a set we'd been eagerly anticipating after hearing their first few fantastic singles! The group hail from Milwaukee, an unlikely spot for a combo this hip – and they've got a sound that's smoking 70s soul all the way through – not just the deep funk you might hear from other groups working today, but a deeper soul spectrum that brings in bits of Curtom, New Jersey soul, Philly Northern, and a handful of other great 70s soul moments we totally love! As longtime fans of classic soul, we're pretty picky about the contemporary stuff that we rate – so take it from us, when we give these guys a 10 out of 10, we definitely mean it – and they've definitely done what it takes to earn our respect with a record like this. Vocals are wonderful – harmonized like some group soul 45 on most of the best cuts – and titles include "Fight With Love", "You're The One", "I Don't Love You No More", "One Day", "Paradise Lost", "Don't Take My Shadow", and "1000 Songs". CD
(Out of print.)

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Tim MaiaTim Maia (1973) ... CD
Polydor/Oficial Arquivos, 1973. Used ... $9.99
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

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✨✧ Majestic ArrowsDoing It For Us/Another Day ... 7-inch
Bandit, Early 70s. Very Good ... $9.99
Two sides of early seventies sweet soul, by this lost group from Chicago! "Doing It For Us" has a male vocal lead banking over strings – grooving with a nice midtempo punch and a bit of a Curtom production style. "Another Day" has a mellower approach – but still great, with a righteous harmony approach that should have made the group bigger than they were! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Phillip Mitchell/Ray GodfreyI'll See You In Hell First/I Ain't Giving Up ... 7-inch
Kent (UK), Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99
A really unusual tune for the great Phillip Mitchell – as the cut has this righteous vibe that's almost more like Curtis Mayfield at Curtom Records – with heavy funk at the bottom, soaring strings on the top, and some really badass lyrics right down the middle! Ray Godfrey is on the flipside – singing this great upbeat tune with a message that's as bold as its title – supported with some tight drums and strings too, but in a different way than the a-side! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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Pilgrim JubileesCrying Won't Help ... LP
ABC/Peacock, 1975. Very Good ... $18.99
Funky soulful gospel – and one of the greatest albums ever recorded by the Pilgrim Jubilees! The album's got a heavy soulful sound that would make groups like The Dells or The Dramatics proud – really righteous, with full-on production that's in the best mode of 70s secular funky soul groups at the time – much more Chess or Curtom Records in approach than you might expect – and at a level that makes the set essential for any fan of funk or soul, not just gospel! And yes, the tunes have a bit of a spiritual message, but one that's soft-pedaled at most parts – and sung with these incredible deep soul vocals by Clay Graham, who could easily give Joe Tex or Bobby Womack a run for their money. Titles include "Crying Won't Help", "Call Him Up", "Are You Ready", "Feeling", "A Job To Do", and "Exit 100". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rasputin StashDevil Made Me Do It ... CD
Gemigo/BBQ (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $26.99
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
Also available Devil Made Me Do It ... LP 19.99

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Rasputin StashDevil Made Me Do It ... LP
Gemigo, 1974. Very Good ... $19.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has moderate wear along the bottom.)
Also available Devil Made Me Do It ... CD 26.99

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Rasputin's StashStash (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Family Groove, 1976. New Copy ... $25.99
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!)
Also available Stash (with bonus tracks) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... CD 10.99

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Rasputin's StashStash (with bonus tracks) (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... CD
Family Groove, 1976. New Copy ... $10.99
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.)
Also available Stash (2019 Record Store Day Release) ... LP 25.99

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✨✧ Ed TownsendNew In Town ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good ... $7.99
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". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a small split on the top seam, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ Duke TurnerGive Me Some Sugar/Pusher Man (Give Me A Dime) ... 7-inch
Crajon, 1974. Very Good ... $19.99
Two very nice, very heavy soul cuts! "Give Me Some Sugar" is a sweet mellow ballad, with Duke singing high lead vocals, with backing by a group on the choruses. He's got a nice soul sound, and the cut's a simple one, but has a really great raw harmony sound. The flipside's even nuttier – and features some guys begging a pusher for a dime (not a dime bag!) That one's got heavy rumbling production, sort of in the Curtom mode, but more primitive. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Labels have light stains.)

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Voices Of East HarlemCan You Feel It ... LP
Just Sunshine, 1974. Sealed ... $6.99
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
(Recent UK reissue on Soul Brother.)

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Voices Of East HarlemVoices Of East Harlem ... LP
Just Sunshine/Soul Brother (UK), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $11.99
A masterpiece of sweet group soul! This was the first secular record cut by The Voices Of East Harlem – a group who'd had an earlier gospel-tinged album on Elektra, but who are soaring out here in a brilliant mix of righteous mainstream soul styles – courtesy of the Curtom power team of Rich Tufo, Leroy Hutson, and Curtis Mayfield! The album's an unusual non-Curtom effort by the Hutson and Curtom – who collaborated in producing the record with Tufo, who himself did most of the arrangements with Hutson – in a mode that's wonderfully in the same spirit as Leroy's seminal work for Curtom in the mid 70s. There's a depth here that makes the album one of our favorite-ever soul records from the 70s – brilliant not just for the overall sound, but also for the pointed lyrics and really personal feel of the songs. Lead vocals shift between the different tunes – but are mostly handled by Gerri Griffin and Monica Burress, with warm support by the rest of the group. Titles include "Giving Love", "Cashing In", "Could This Be Love", "New Vibrations", and "Wanted Dead or Alive". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldHonesty ... LP
Boardwalk, 1982. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Curtis Mayfield's still very firmly on track with this set – recording in his new hometown of Atlanta, but also working with Chicago talents like Rich Tufo and Morris Jennings – all in a warm mellow groove that's totally great! The style's a bit more contemporary than the Curtom years, but never too much so – and there's more than enough warmth in the instrumentation to match Mayfield's still-great vocals on the lyrics. The tunes are decidedly less political – more about love and romance – but that's ok with us, because they're the sort of themes that Curtis first started with back in the early years of his career. Titles include "Summer Hot", "Still Within Your Heart", "Hey Baby", "Nobody But You", and "If You Need Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldLove Is The Place ... LP
Boardwalk, 1981. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great post-Curtom work from Curtis Mayfield – a set recorded in LA, not Chicago – with the mighty Gene Page at the helm! The style here isn't that different from the later Curtom years – more in the side of love and life than some of the more righteous themes of Curtis' earlier solo records – and Page proves to be a surprisingly good choice for the album, as he really hits the right sort of groove to keep Mayfield on track. There's a few faster tunes here, but most of the work is in a mellow or midtempo mode – just the right pace for Curtis' maturing vocals. Titles include "Come Free Your People", "Love Is The Place", "Babydoll", "She Don't Let Nobody", "Just Ease My Mind", and "You Mean Everything To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear.)

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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

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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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✨✧ Tim MaiaTim Maia (1973) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Polydor/Polysom (Brazil), 1973. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
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 9.99

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✨✧ Pilgrim JubileesCrying Won't Help ... CD
Peacock/Playback, 1975. Used ... Out Of Stock
Funky soulful gospel – and one of the greatest albums ever recorded by the Pilgrim Jubilees! The album's got a heavy soulful sound that would make groups like The Dells or The Dramatics proud – really righteous, with full-on production that's in the best mode of 70s secular funky soul groups at the time – much more Chess or Curtom Records in approach than you might expect – and at a level that makes the set essential for any fan of funk or soul, not just gospel! And yes, the tunes have a bit of a spiritual message, but one that's soft-pedaled at most parts – and sung with these incredible deep soul vocals by Clay Graham, who could easily give Joe Tex or Bobby Womack a run for their money. Titles include "Crying Won't Help", "Call Him Up", "Are You Ready", "Feeling", "A Job To Do", and "Exit 100". CD
Also available Crying Won't Help ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ Rasputin StashMake Up Your Mind/You Are My Everything ... 7-inch
Family Groove, 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two never-issued tracks by Chicago funk legends Rasputin Stash – both of them totally great! "Make Up Your Mind" has this slow funk groove that's wonderful – totally badass, totally Curtom – with a start that takes its time getting to the vocals – which themselves have this wicked mix of strong lead and great harmonies – and all the instrumental complexity we've always loved from the group! "You Are Everything" is wonderful too – a real "cut above" funky soul tune – with so much greatness going on, and a funky platform for a very sweet message! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Sons Of SlumMusic Is The Message ... CD
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". CD

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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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✨✧ Curtis MayfieldHonesty ... CD
Boardwalk, 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Curtis Mayfield's still very firmly on track with this set – recording in his new hometown of Atlanta, but also working with Chicago talents like Rich Tufo and Morris Jennings – all in a warm mellow groove that's totally great! The style's a bit more contemporary than the Curtom years, but never too much so – and there's more than enough warmth in the instrumentation to match Mayfield's still-great vocals on the lyrics. The tunes are decidedly less political – more about love and romance – but that's ok with us, because they're the sort of themes that Curtis first started with back in the early years of his career. Titles include "Summer Hot", "Still Within Your Heart", "Hey Baby", "Nobody But You", and "If You Need Me". CD

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✨✧ 9th CreationStep Ahead ... LP
Past Due, Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic music from 9th Creation – an album that was recorded in the early 80s, but never issued at the time – which is a heck of a shame, as it's some of the best work we've ever heard from the group! The album's got a great blend of funk and soul – with a deepening of both the vocal and instrumental arrangements, at a level that really keeps things interesting throughout – and which unlocks these righteous elements in the music that we totally love! There's a fair bit of uptempo tracks, but these are mixed with great mellower moments too – with a vibe that's maybe a bit like the last few Leroy Hutson albums on Curtom – which is mighty fine praise from us. The notes indicate that only cassette copies were made of the sessions, but Past Due have done a wonderful job of bringing the music back to life with surprisingly strong fidelity – and titles include "More & More", "Always Be Lovers", "Let It Shine", "Beautiful Lady", "Music Is My Pen & Paper", and "A Step Ahead". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ 9th CreationStep Ahead (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Past Due, Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic music from 9th Creation – an album that was recorded in the early 80s, but never issued at the time – which is a heck of a shame, as it's some of the best work we've ever heard from the group! The album's got a great blend of funk and soul – with a deepening of both the vocal and instrumental arrangements, at a level that really keeps things interesting throughout – and which unlocks these righteous elements in the music that we totally love! There's a fair bit of uptempo tracks, but these are mixed with great mellower moments too – with a vibe that's maybe a bit like the last few Leroy Hutson albums on Curtom – which is mighty fine praise from us. The notes indicate that only cassette copies were made of the sessions, but Past Due have done a wonderful job of bringing the music back to life with surprisingly strong fidelity – and titles include "More & More", "Always Be Lovers", "Let It Shine", "Beautiful Lady", "Music Is My Pen & Paper", and "A Step Ahead". CD features lots of bonus tracks – "Mellow Music", "Love Crime", "Maybe", "She's The Kind", "Bygones", "A Step Ahead (7" mix)", and demos of "Satisfaction Guaranteed", "Love Can Find A Way", and "Whenever You Need Me". CD

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✨✧ Patti JoMake Me Believe In You/Stay Away From Me ... 7-inch
Scepter/Outta Sight (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Patti Jo's "Make Me Believe In You" is one of the greatest Curtom singles ever – and it wasn't even on Curtom! Patti Jo sings a sublime Curtis Mayfield number here – working with production from Mayfield and arrangements by Rich Tufo – a wonderful blend of righteous funky soul and strings that's more in the Curtom mode than most singles on Curtom! Socking female soul – and totally great! "Stay Away From Me" is also a Curtis Mayfield number – and the whole thing grooves with all the best energy of The Impressions' work on ABC in the 60s – but with the greta Patti in the lead! 7-inch, Vinyl record
 
 
 



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