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✨✧ Beastie BoysLicensed To Ill (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Def Jam, 1986. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
The game changing Def Jam classic – and possibly the greatest album by the Beastie Boys – even though they'd grow up a whole lot after this! Profane party anthems galore, and the Beasties would distance themselves from much of the attitude of this album, making their career arc from stoopid (as opposed to stupid) to thoughtful and playful innovators one of the more interesting artistic evolutions of their generation for sure. With all the killer cuts: "Rhymin & Stealin", "The New Style", "Girls", "Fight For Your Right To Party", "No Sleep Til Brooklyn", "Paul Revere", "Hold It Now Hit It", "She's Crafty", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(30th Anniversary 180 gram pressing.)

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Mariah CareyBoy (I Need You) Remix (radio, street, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 2002. Near Mint- ... $2.99
Featuring Cam'ron, Juelz Santana, Jimmy Jones, and Freeway. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a Def Jam sleeve.)

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Geda K featuring RellOne Night (main, clean, inst, tv track, acapella) ... 12-inch
Carter Faculty/Def Jam, Early 2000s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Vinyl has a small sticker on the deadwax.)

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Ghostface KillahMore Fish ... LP
Def Jam, 2006. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $14.99 26.98
Def Jam must've been as high on Fishscale as the rest of the hip hop heads – as here's an official end of '06 addendum LP to the one of the better LPs from a Wu Tang alum in years! More Fish brings in a few more appearances by Ghost's Theodore Unit roster – with production by J-Live on the stellar opener "Ghost Is Back", plus more work by production work by MF Doom, Fantom Of The Beat, Hi Tek and Anthony Acid. Other tracks include "Miguel Sanchez" feat Trife Da God & Sun God, "Outta Town S**t", "Good" feat Trife & Mr Maygreen, "Street Opera" feat Sun God, "Block Rock", "Pokerface" feat Shawn Wigs, "Greedy Bi*ches" feat Redman & Shawn Wigs, "Blue Armor" feat Sheek Louch, "You Know I'm No Good" feat Amy Winehouse, the previously vinyl & download-only "Back Like That (rmx)" feat Kanye West & Ne-Yo and more! LP, Vinyl record album

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Jay-ZIn My Lifetime, Vol 1 ... LP
Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam, 1997. New Copy 2LP ... $19.99 29.99
Jay Z's second LP, the one right before he adopted the "hot"/Swizz Beats sound. Like the first LP, there's a good mix of more hip hop tracks like "Streets Is Watching", "Friend Or Foe '98", "Rap Game/Crack Game" and even the more radio friendly are still kinda dope, like "A Million & One Questions" and "Who You Wit". Plus a few nice old school samples, like Funky 4+1's "Rockin' It" on "Always Be My Sunshine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kanye WestJesus Is King (blue vinyl pressing) ... LP
Def Jam, 2020. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99
A plain blue piece of vinyl in a sleeve – but a record that defines a whole new chapter in the career of Kanye West – and maybe a whole new style of music as well – a blend of Kanye's more familiar modes with spiritual themes and a pretty heavy dose of gospel music! The shift maybe gets West back in place as an innovator, and the use of female voices really offsets his lead in a great way – especially when a full choir comes in to play. The set features guest work from Clipse, Ty Dolla Sign, Kenny G, Fred Hammond, Ant Clemons, and The Sunday Service Choir – and titles include "Selah", "Every Hour", "Closed On Sunday", "Water", "Hands On", "Use This Gospel", "Jesus Is Lord", and "Everything We Need". LP, Vinyl record album

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LL Cool JI'm That Type Of Guy (radio) (2 sided promo) ... 7-inch
Def Jam, 1989. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Def Jam sleeve.)

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✨✧ LudacrisArea Codes (radio, LP, inst, acapella) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 2001. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
From the Rush Hour soundtrack, featuring Nate Dogg. 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Teairra MariRoc A Fella Records Presents Teairra Mari ... LP
Island/Def Jam, 2005. Near Mint- 2LP ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has unglued seams and marker through the barcode.)

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Method Man4:21 – The Day After ... LP
Def Jam, 2006. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $14.99 26.98
Method Man's mid 00s LP for Def Jam and it's a step up from the predecessor, sounding pretty solid all these years later, too – with production by RZA and Erick Sermon on the best tracks, plus Scott Storch, Kwame and Mathematics! Tracks include "Is It Me", "Problem", "Somebody Done F**ked Up!", "Fall Out", "Dirty Mef" feat ODB, "4:20" feat Streetlife & Carlton Fisk, "Let's Ride" feat Ginuwine, "Got To Have It", "Konichiwa Bi*ches", "Ya'Meen" feat Fat Joe & Styles P, "Walk On" feat Redman, "Presidential MC" feat Raekwon & RZA, and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Original ConceptCan You Feel It/X-tra Beats/Knowledge Me (voc, chant) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 1986. Very Good+ ... $5.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a plain sleeve.)

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Original ConceptStraight From The Basement Of Kooley High ... LP
Def Jam, 1988. Very Good ... $19.99
Debut LP following two dope singles. Most of the tracks have that harder 80s Def Jam feel, and of course the early Dr. Dre & T-Money (of Yo! MTV raps fame) appearances. Includes "Charlie Sez", "Runnin Yo Mouth", "Pump That Bass (Live)", "Here Comes The 5-Oh", "Get Stupid. . .Again", "(Cause) We're Original", "To The Beat Y'All", "She's Gotta Moustache" and "Total Confusion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp on the back.)

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✨✧ Public EnemyBring The Noise (noise version, no noise inst, no noise acapella) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 1987. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a Def Jam sleeve which has modearate wear and some splitting. Label has some pen.)

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✨✧ Public EnemyDon't Believe The Hype/The Rhythm, The Rebel/Prophets Of Rage (voc, power version) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 1988. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Three tracks off the classic first Public Enemy LP featuring the Bomb Squad's legendary wall-of-sound production. Plus an instrumental mix of "Prophets of Rage" called the "Power Version." 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Def Jam sleeve with light waer and a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Public EnemyIt Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back ... LP
Def Jam, 1988. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
The massive second album by PE – and the one where where the hit their full creative stride, and their politics and philosphy hit at full force – moving Public Enemy from an imposing threat to both the hip hop and pop music status quo to a straight up cultural phenomenon! There's little we can add to canon of critical regard this unimpeachable classic – just know that it's as essential as any hip hop album of the era. Includes "Bring The Noise", "Don't Believe The Hype", "Prophets Of Rage" and "Rebel Without A Pause", "Cold Lampin With Flavor", "Terminator X To The Edge Of Panic", "Louder Than A Bomb", "Caught, Can We Get A Witness", "She Watch Channel Zero", "Night Of The Living Baseheads", "Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos", "Prophets For Right To Fight" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing, incluiding the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a bent corner and some edge wear.)

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

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RedmanI'll Be That (radio, LP, inst)/Allritechall (feat. Method Man)(radio, LP, inst) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 1998. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
The first hit off the "Doc's The Name 2000" LP. By this point we know what to expect from Redman: Nothing spectacular, but always some nice east coast funk production and competent, funny lyrics – and this one delivers just that. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a plain sleeve.)

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Chuck StanleyJammin' To The Bells (rmx, inst, voc) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 1987. Near Mint- ... $4.99
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Def Jam sleeve.)

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✨✧ Beastie BoysHold It, Now Hit It (voc, inst, acapulco) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 1986. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Def Jam sleeve.)

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✨✧ Mariah CareyIt's Like That Remix (main, clean) ... 12-inch
Island/Def Jam, 2005. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With Fat Joe. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(White label promo.)

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✨✧ DMXFlesh Of My Flesh Blood Of My Blood (15th Anniversary edition – on blood splattered vinyl) ... LP
Def Jam, 1998. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Peak period DMX – coming pretty quickly on the heels of the breakout It's Dark And Hell Is Hot – and a prime set of rough, raw Ruff Ryder hip hop circa '98! DMX's rhymes are nearly as brutal as that bloody cover photo, but he has such a knack for delivering even the most hardcore rhymes in the form of shout along anthems, he managed to take 'em to the top of the charts. The top notch production is a big part of that, too, plus first rate guests Mary J Blige, Jay Z, Swizz Beats and Lox. Includes "Coming From" featuring Mary J Blige, "Blackout" feat LOX & Jay-Z, "Dogs For Life", "Omen", "Slippin", "Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood", "Heat", "Keep Your Sh*t The Hardest", "It's All Good", and others. LP, Vinyl record album
(Deluxe 15th Anniversary edition – on heavy, high quality blood spatter colored vinyl.)

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✨✧ Jay-ZBlueprint ... LP
Def Jam, 2001. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tracks include "Takeover", "Izzo (H.O.V.A.)", "Girls, Girls, Girls", "U Don't Know", "Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)", "Renegade" featuring Eminem, and "Song Cry". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl pressing, including insert.)

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✨✧ LL Cool JYou'll Rock (remix)/I Need A Beat ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 1985. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(In a stickered Def Jam sleeve with promo stamp.)

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✨✧ LudacrisDiamond In The Back (radio, main, inst)/We Got (radio, main, inst) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 2004. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Ludacris & DTPLudacris Presents Disturbing Tha Peace ... LP
Def Jam, 2005. Very Good+ 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tracks include "Georgia" feat Jamie Foxx & Field Mob, "Gettin Some" by Shawnna, "Come See Me" by Smoke of Field Mob feat Stat Quo, "Sweet Revenge" by Ludacris, "That's My Sh*t" by Ludacris feat Field Mob, Playaz Circle & Perfect Harmany, "Family Affair" by Ludacris and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has marker through the barcode and light wear.)

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✨✧ Ne-YoBecause Of You (clean, inst) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 2007. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered Def Jam sleeve.)

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✨✧ Ne-YoIn My Own Words ... LP
Def Jam, 2006. Near Mint- 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert. Cover has marker through the barcode.)

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✨✧ Public EnemyBlack Steel In The Hour Of Chaos (radio version, radio edit, inst) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 1988. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo in a stickered sleeve.)

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✨✧ RedmanDoc's Da Name 2000 ... LP
Def Jam, 2000. Very Good+ 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Includes the hit "I'll Bee Dat!", "Well All Rite Cha" featuring Method Man, "Da Goodness" featuring Busta Rhymes, "Da Da DaHHH", "Down South Funk" featuring Erick Sermon and Keith Murray, "Close Ya Doorz", "Let Da Monkey Out", "I Don't Kare", and plenty more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeves.)

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✨✧ Joe BuddenBreathe (radio, street, beatz)/Get Right Wit Me (radio, street, beatz) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 2002. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Davy DOhh Girl/Clap Your Hands ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 1988. Near Mint- (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
Davy D is better known as Davy DMX of "One For The Treble" fame. "Ohh Girl" is a later track with some nice primitive cutting and scratching over what was then a sort of crossover electro beat, while the flip is a bit harder, with a short rhyme at the end. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ DMXIt's Dark & Hell Is Hot (gold vinyl pressing) ... LP
Def Jam, 1998. New Copy 2 LPs (reissue)... Out Of Stock
The late 90s debut of DMX – a huge hit for Def Jam, the Ruff Ryders camp and especially DMX himself – whose next few albums would top the charts! Rough, raw and hardcore lyrical imagery, and top notch Ruff Ryder production from Swizz Beats and PK, plus Dame Grease on a number of cuts. Still impressive work from one of the most uncomprimising stars to breakout so big in the late 90s/early 00s. Includes "Ruff Ryder's Anthem", "Look Thru My Eyes", "Let Me Fly", "How's It Goin' Down", "Crime Story", "I Can Feel It", "Stop Being Greedy", "Ni**az Done Started Something", "For My Dogs" and more. 19 tracks including skits. LP, Vinyl record album
(Very nicely done, heavy duty gold vinyl pressing for the albums 15th Anniversary!)

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✨✧ Ja RuleLast Temptation (Radio Exclusive Album Advance) ... LP
Def Jam/Murda Inc, 2002. Near Mint- 2LP ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Edited promo in a Def Jam advance sleeve.)

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✨✧ LL Cool JBigger And Deffer ... LP
Def Jam, 1987. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Stone classic LL Cool J! There was a time we didn't really rate this one on the same level as Radio, but listening with fresh ears after all these years – prime old school Def Jam with an energy that's really missing in so much of the hip hop to follow in the next couple years – and the raw drum machine and cuts approach to production STILL holds up and the rhymes, brags and delivery represent a bygone era of hip hop perfectly. Bigger And Deffer and a hella solid slice of mid-to-late 80s rap. Includes "Go Cut Creator Go", "I'm Bad", "Get Down", "My Rhyme Ain't Done", ".357", "Kanday", "Bristol Hotel", and that OG hip hop ballad "I Need Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ RedmanI'll Be That (radio, LP, inst)/Allritechall (feat. Method Man)(radio, LP, inst) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 1998. Very Good+ (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
The first hit off the "Doc's The Name 2000" LP. By this point we know what to expect from Redman: Nothing spectacular, but always some nice east coast funk production and competent, funny lyrics – and this one delivers just that. 12-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a few stickers.)

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✨✧ Kanye WestLate Registration ... LP
Def Jam, 2005. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Time will tell whether the sophomore LP Late Registration will prove to be as revolutionary of a commercial force as College Dropout turned out to be – but it's a better album! We loved the debut as much as the rest of the world did, but this one's an easier listen from beginning to end. The production is tight, the guests earn their spots, and the whole thing's furiously soulful. Much is being made of LA hipster/orch pop troubadour Jon Brion's co-production, but this is Kanye's show. On one level Kanye can rock a subject as cliched as "Gold Digger", and still come out with a fresh perspective that runs deeper than it sounds on the surface, then deliver a serious track about the evils of the diamond trade that still rocks the ice. And those are just the first singles. Another great one! Tracks include "Wake Up Mr West", "Heard 'Em Say", "Touch The Sky" feat Lupe Fiasco, "Gold Digger" feat Jamie Foxx, "Drive Slow" feat Paul Wall & GLC, "My Way Home" feat Common, "Crack Music" feat Game, "Roses", "Bring Me Down" feat Brandy, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone" (rmx) feat Jay-Z, "We Major" feat Nas & Really Doe, "Gone" feat Consequence & Cam'Ron and more! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kids See GhostsKids See Ghosts ... LP
Def Jam, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Kanye West's & Kid Cudi's joint debut as Kids See Ghosts! Each looks inward and tackles existential personal issues on the lyrical front, with kind of a spacey melancholy vibe to the production, and with cool synths and fuzz-steeped production with some really interesting samples in the mix – from Mr Chop to Kurt Cobain. Officially billed as an album, but with 7 tracks and a 23 minute length, it's straddling the line between EP and full length when it comes to running time – but that's not a knock as it's a tight, filler free effort. Includes "Feel The Love", "Fire", "4th Dimension", "Freeee (Ghost Town Pt 2)", "Reborn", "Kids See Ghosts" & "Cudi Montage". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ RootsUndun ... LP
Def Jam, 2011. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Hip hop's reigning kings of longevity The Roots deliver another great album with Undun – we'd have to think it's entirely uncompromising and they're doing exactly what they want to do on this one – so if you thought their day (eh, latenight) job would would bring their album work into more of a mainstream style. . .hell no! Undun is a serious, soul searching and boldly creative album length character study inspired by a Sufjan Stephens song (!!!) – ambition is not something this group lacks – and it's stunning. An album that's in the upper tier of Roots albums in quality – there's certainly no chart bait here. Includes "Dun", "Sleep", "Make My" feat Big KRIT & Dice Raw, "One Time" feat Phonte & Dice Raw, "Stomp" feat Greg Porn, "I Remember", "Tip The Scale" feat Dice Raw, the four part "Redford" suite and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Caddillac TahPOV City Anthem (radio, lp, inst)/You Lose (radio lp, inst) ... 12-inch
Def Jam, 2001. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
... 12-inch, Vinyl record
 
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✨✧ Beastie BoysBeastie Boys Music ... CD
Capitol, 1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
A career-spanning set of work from the Beastie Boys – one that features tracks from both their Def Jam and Capitol/Grand Royal years – in a way that really shows the continuing evolution of their sound! The tracklist is great – classics from every generation, and the kind of cuts that maybe hold up more strongly than some of their others as the years go by – a 20-track testament to the genius and wit that set them apart from the pack! Titles include "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win", "Fight For Your Right", "Ch Check It Out", "Intergalactic", "Pass The Mic", "Shadrach", "Hold It Now Hit It", "Root Down", "Body Movin", "Sabotage", "Brass Monkey", "Get It Together", "Jimmy James", "Hey Ladies", "No Sleep Til Brooklyn", "So What'Cha Want", "Shake Your Rump", "Paul Revere", "Sure Shot", and "Make Some Noise". CD

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Beastie BoysBeastie Boys Music ... LP
Capitol, 1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2LP ... On October 23, 2020 (delayed)
A career-spanning set of work from the Beastie Boys – one that features tracks from both their Def Jam and Capitol/Grand Royal years – in a way that really shows the continuing evolution of their sound! The tracklist is great – classics from every generation, and the kind of cuts that maybe hold up more strongly than some of their others as the years go by – a 20-track testament to the genius and wit that set them apart from the pack! Titles include "Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win", "Fight For Your Right", "Ch Check It Out", "Intergalactic", "Pass The Mic", "Shadrach", "Hold It Now Hit It", "Root Down", "Body Movin", "Sabotage", "Brass Monkey", "Get It Together", "Jimmy James", "Hey Ladies", "No Sleep Til Brooklyn", "So What'Cha Want", "Shake Your Rump", "Paul Revere", "Sure Shot", and "Make Some Noise". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Beastie Boys Music ... CD 13.99

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Beastie BoysSome Old Bullsh!t (180 gram white vinyl pressing) (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Grand Royal, 1982. New Copy (reissue)... On November 27, 2020
This set compiles the early, pre-Def Jam recordings by The Beasties – some of which are not hip hop at all, and feature the band playing loud and fast hardcore. Fortunately, though, the album includes the incredible Cooky Puss e.p. – which features the original "Cooky Puss" song that has the group calling up Carvel Ice Cream, and harassing the staff by asking to talk to an ice cream cake! Also features the reggae-tinged "Beastie Revolution", and punk tracks "Egg Raid On Mojo", "Jimi", "Riot Fight", and "Beastie Boys". (Note: This item is not for sale online until noon on Friday, November 27. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day Drops rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Friday, November 27. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after noon on November 27 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Public EnemyWhat You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? ... LP
Def Jam, 2020. New Copy ... On November 6, 2020
Public Enemy gave us plenty of knowledge and power back in the day – and we maybe need their message more than ever in 2020 – a year that marks their return to their original home at Def Jam! The group have help from plenty of guests here – maybe more so than they would have had back in the day, but very much in keeping with the legacy they inspired – in a lineup that includes Questlove, DJ Premier, Cypress Hill, Impossebulls, Black Thought, Nas, YG, Run DMC, Mike D, Ad Rock, and even George Clinton! The tunes have plenty of old school PE vibes – and titles include "Go At It", "Rest In Beats", "RIP Blackat", "Grid", "State Of The Union", "Toxic", "Yesterday Man", "Fight The Power Remix 2020", "Beat Them All", and "Smash The Crowd". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? ... CD 13.99

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Public EnemyWhat You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? (blood red & black smoke colored vinyl) (2020 Black Friday Release) ... LP
Def Jam, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... On November 27, 2020
Public Enemy gave us plenty of knowledge and power back in the day – and we maybe need their message more than ever in 2020 – a year that marks their return to their original home at Def Jam! The group have help from plenty of guests here – maybe more so than they would have had back in the day, but very much in keeping with the legacy they inspired – in a lineup that includes Questlove, DJ Premier, Cypress Hill, Impossebulls, Black Thought, Nas, YG, Run DMC, Mike D, Ad Rock, and even George Clinton! The tunes have plenty of old school PE vibes – and titles include "Go At It", "Rest In Beats", "RIP Blackat", "Grid", "State Of The Union", "Toxic", "Yesterday Man", "Fight The Power Remix 2020", "Beat Them All", and "Smash The Crowd". (Note: This item is not for sale online until noon on Friday, November 27. It is in limited supply – and by nature of the Record Store Day Drops rules it will be offered for sale first to customers who visit the Dusty Groove retail outlet in Chicago the morning of Friday, November 27. It will not be pre-sold or reserved in any way. However, after noon on November 27 we will offer up whatever we have left for sale online.) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down? ... CD 13.99

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Run-DMCRaising Hell ... LP
Profile, 1986. Very Good+ ... $24.99
The massive third album from Run DMC – made at the top of their game – an pivotal effort that brought them to peak popularity and helped break hip hop in a huge way in the pop culture landscape! Part of the album's strength is its guitar-heavy sound on some of the grooves – produced by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons with a classic early Def Jam vibe, in the same manner that helped the Beastie Boys get their records in the hands of folks who'd never buy hip hop otherwise! That sound comes to culmination on the album's hit collaboration with Aerosmith on a remake of "Walk This Way", resulting in the commercial breakthrough, but the real triumph here is the increased complexity in both the lyricism, and the way Jam Master Jay serves up their beats – which makes for a stone classic all the way through, on tracks that include "Peter Piper", "It's Tricky", "My Adidas", "Proud To Be Black", "You Be Illin'", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(In the purple cover, with a cut corner and a small center split in the spine.)
Also available Raising Hell (180 gram picture disc) ... LP 24.99

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Run-DMCRaising Hell (180 gram picture disc) ... LP
Profile/Sony, 1986. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 25.98
The massive third album from Run DMC – made at the top of their game – an pivotal effort that brought them to peak popularity and helped break hip hop in a huge way in the pop culture landscape! Part of the album's strength is its guitar-heavy sound on some of the grooves – produced by Rick Rubin and Russell Simmons with a classic early Def Jam vibe, in the same manner that helped the Beastie Boys get their records in the hands of folks who'd never buy hip hop otherwise! That sound comes to culmination on the album's hit collaboration with Aerosmith on a remake of "Walk This Way", resulting in the commercial breakthrough, but the real triumph here is the increased complexity in both the lyricism, and the way Jam Master Jay serves up their beats – which makes for a stone classic all the way through, on tracks that include "Peter Piper", "It's Tricky", "My Adidas", "Proud To Be Black", "You Be Illin'", and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Really nice 30th Anniversary picture disc pressing!)
Also available Raising Hell ... LP 24.99

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SisQoUnleash The Dragon – Radio Exclusive Album Advance ... LP
Def Soul, 1999. Near Mint- 2LP ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Edited promo in a Def Jam advance sleeve.)

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✨✧ Juelz SantanaWhat The Game's Been Missing – Radio Exclusive Album Advance ... LP
Santana World/Diplomats, 2005. Sealed 3LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tracks include "Rumble Young Man Rumble", "Oh Yes", "Shottas" feat Cam'Ron & Sizzla, "Clockwork", "Make It Work For You" feat Lil' Wayne & Young Jeezy, "Lil' Boy Fresh", "Good Times", "Kid Is Back", "I Am Crack", "There It Go (The Whistle Song)", "Daddy", "Mic Check" and more! LP, Vinyl record album
(Comes in two separate Def Jam Advance sleeves.)
 
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✨✧ Stan Getz, Wardell Gray, Buddy DeFrancoJam Session #4 ... LP
Verve, Early 50s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic Jam Session work from Norman Granz – featuring a group with Stan Getz, Harry Edison, Wardell Gray, Benny Carter, Willie Smith, Buddy De Franco, Count Basie, and Freddie Green – on two long tracks, "Oh Lady Be Good" and "Blues For The Count". The session's got a number of interesting aspects – Basie plays organ, Getz is a bit harder than usual, and Willie Smith sounds great, as always, in one of his rare appearances from the time. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Japanese pressing, UMV 2518. Cover has a small cutout notch.)

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Gap BandGap Band IV/Gap Band V Jammin ... CD
BGO (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99
A pair of early 80s classics from the Gap Band – back to back in a single set! First up is Gap Banc IV – perhaps the ultimate album for The Gap Band – and sure, it was a hit, but the record still sounds great today, and the constant sampling of some of the record has kept it fresh in the crates for years and years! The band have lost the heavier funk sound of earlier years, and working in a slick 80s groove mode that they both helped to define and put on the charts with the tracks "Outstanding" and "Early In The Morning", both two killer grooves with a complicated instrumental feel, and some wicked harmony vocals over the top. Lonnie Simmons is still producing the band – and other tracks include "Lonely Like Me", "Stay With Me", "Talkin Back", and "You Dropped A Bomb On Me". On the second album, the Gap Band are definitely Jammin – hitting that fierce funk mode they do so well, with lots of snapping lines at the bottom of the rhythms! The style is trademark Gap all the way through – a percolated approach to funk that's tight, but never too slick – in a groove that's different than some of their other mainstream counterparts at the time – hard to describe accurately, but almost with a touch of jazz in the mix! Charlie Wilson handles most of the lead vocals, with support from brothers Robert and Ronnie – and Ronnie produced most of the set. Titles include "Where Are We Going", "Shake A Leg", "Jam The Motha", "Someday", "You're Something Special", "I'm Ready", "You're My Everything", "Smile", and "Jammin In America". CD also features the bonus track "Party Train (special dance mix)". CD

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Gap BandGap Band V – Jammin' (with bonus track) ... CD
Mercury/PTG (Netherlands), 1983. Used ... $14.99
The Gap Band are definitely Jammin on this sweet little set from the early 80s – hitting that fierce funk mode they do so well, with lots of snapping lines at the bottom of the rhythms! The style is trademark Gap all the way through – a percolated approach to funk that's tight, but never too slick – in a groove that's different than some of their other mainstream counterparts at the time – hard to describe accurately, but almost with a touch of jazz in the mix! Charlie Wilson handles most of the lead vocals, with support from brothers Robert and Ronnie – and Ronnie produced most of the set. Titles include "Where Are We Going", "Shake A Leg", "Jam The Motha", "Someday", "You're Something Special", "I'm Ready", "You're My Everything", "Smile", and "Jammin In America". CD also features the bonus track "Party Train (special dance mix)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gap BandGap Band V – Jammin' ... LP
Mercury, 1983. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The Gap Band are definitely Jammin on this sweet little set from the early 80s – hitting that fierce funk mode they do so well, with lots of snapping lines at the bottom of the rhythms! The style is trademark Gap all the way through – a percolated approach to funk that's tight, but never too slick – in a groove that's different than some of their other mainstream counterparts at the time – hard to describe accurately, but almost with a touch of jazz in the mix! Charlie Wilson handles most of the lead vocals, with support from brothers Robert and Ronnie – and Ronnie produced most of the set. Titles include "Where Are We Going", "Shake A Leg", "Jam The Motha", "Someday", "You're Something Special", "I'm Ready", "You're My Everything", "Smile", and "Jammin In America". CD also features the bonus track "Party Train (special dance mix)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve.)
Also available Gap Band V – Jammin' (with bonus track) ... CD 14.99

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Tony Aiken & FutureLiberation ... CD
Boom Shot, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99
You might remember Tony Aiken for his classic funk album Unity, from the 70s – and here, he's back again – after nearly 40 years away from the studio! The album's got a style that's a lot more reggae-influenced than before – maybe not totally a reggae record, given the other influences that Tony brings to bear – but a style that's definitely Jamaican overall, especially in the rhythms! The project features a big number of guests – as you can probably guess from the images on the front cover – all given a soulful spirit by Tony's lead. Package lists no song titles at all – but there are 10 tracks total. CD

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James BrownGravity ... LP
Scotti Bros, 1986. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A bit of a comeback for James Brown – a mid 80s outing recorded with Dan Hartman, who gives the record a "contemporary" sound that's definitely a great way to slide James in with the younger crowd at the time! The style's still funky, but has more street soul elements too – and the record sports guest appearances by Alison Moyet, Steve Winwood, and Stevie Ray Vaughan – and although the production is a bit stiff at points, there's some undeniable quality in James that still makes some nice moments shine through! Titles include "Gravity", "Let's Get Personal", "How Do You Stop", "Living In America", "Goliath", "Repeat The Beat", and "Return To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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James BrownIt's A Mother ... LP
King, 1969. Very Good ... $24.99
A definite mother from James Brown – the kind of all-funky album that few of his contemporaries could ever hope to match! If you've ever doubted the sheer raw power of James at the end of the 60s, the first few notes of this one will definitely make you a convert – and the stretched-out grooves as the album rolls on will pull you even further into the fold. Most tracks roll on with that improvised studio jamming style that James was hitting at the time – a pre-JBs mode that's not as long as later years, but which still makes you feel that there probably was plenty more recorded on the dates that didn't make it into the two-part versions of the tracks! And although James is singing on most numbers, the real focus is more on the band – hitting hard, vamping sharp, and grooving massively under shouted calls and directions from Brown. Titles include two great instrumentals – "Popcorn With a Feeling" and "Top of the Stack" – plus "Little Groove Maker Me (parts 1 & 2)", "Mother Popcorn (parts 1 & 2)", "Mashed Potato Popcorn (parts 1 & 2)", "Any Day Now", "You're Still Out Of Sight", and "I'm Shook" – as well as the great mellower number "If I Ruled The World" – redone here as an African-American anthem of pride and power! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)
Also available It's A Mother (LP sleeve edition) ... CD 13.99

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James BrownIt's A Mother (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
King/Culture Factory, 1969. New Copy ... $13.99 21.98
A definite mother from James Brown – the kind of all-funky album that few of his contemporaries could ever hope to match! If you've ever doubted the sheer raw power of James at the end of the 60s, the first few notes of this one will definitely make you a convert – and the stretched-out grooves as the album rolls on will pull you even further into the fold. Most tracks roll on with that improvised studio jamming style that James was hitting at the time – a pre-JBs mode that's not as long as later years, but which still makes you feel that there probably was plenty more recorded on the dates that didn't make it into the two-part versions of the tracks! And although James is singing on most numbers, the real focus is more on the band – hitting hard, vamping sharp, and grooving massively under shouted calls and directions from Brown. Titles include two great instrumentals – "Popcorn With a Feeling" and "Top of the Stack" – plus "Little Groove Maker Me (parts 1 & 2)", "Mother Popcorn (parts 1 & 2)", "Mashed Potato Popcorn (parts 1 & 2)", "Any Day Now", "You're Still Out Of Sight", and "I'm Shook" – as well as the great mellower number "If I Ruled The World" – redone here as an African-American anthem of pride and power! CD
(Limited edition.)
Also available It's A Mother ... LP 24.99

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James BrownTake A Look At Those Cakes (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Polydor/Culture Factory, 1978. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
A plenty funky record, despite a cheesy cover – which shows James Brown as a disco-era player – kicking back on a couch with an unbuttoned shirt, while two topless girls dance in front of him – showing him their "cakes"! The groove's definitely different than the Payback years, but it's still composed of the same core elements – sharp instrumentation, played live and in a very lively way – sped up a bit for the dancefloor, but maybe even more breathtaking because of the speed! At the time, Brown spent plenty of time trying to claim the mantle of disco godfather – but he's still way more than that here – a fierce funk maestro who's already got his instrumental tip down to razor-sharp perfection, which makes the shouted and called vocals just a bonus icing on the cake! Tracks are long and plenty jamming – and titles include "For Goodness Sakes Take A Look At Those Cakes", "Someone To Talk To", "A Man Understands", and "As Long As I Love You". CD
(Limited edition!)

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Joey DeFrancescoTrip Mode ... CD
High Note, 2015. Used ... $11.99
Is it us, or does Joey DeFrancesco just keep getting better and better? The Hammond player's always been one of the best of his generation – but his recent run of records really has us sitting up and taking notice all over again, and maybe finally ranking Joey with some of our favorite organ jazz giants from years back! This album has the confidence, clarity, and vibrancy that few folks can really bring to the instrument – maybe Don Patterson or Charles Earland back in the day – although we'd hardly paint Joey with the same brush, as he's got a unique approach that's definitely all his own, and getting better and better every year. DeFrancesco also plays a bit of trumpet on the record – and those tracks feature additional bass from Mike Boone – who joins Jason Brown on drums and Dan Wilson on guitar. Titles include "Trip Mode", "Who Shot John", "Traffic Jam", "Cuz U No", "In That Order", and "On Georgian Bay". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Greg Hester & FriendsSoul Brother Where Art Thou – A Tribute To James Brown ... CD
Ropeadope, 2019. New Copy ... $4.99 14.99
Singer Greg Hester pays tribute to the late Godfather – and does so in a nice way that moves things past the usual! There's definitely plenty of funk in the music – and the band also includes some of James' old bandmates too – but Greg's got a nice blue-eyed soul approach, maybe a bit like Van Morrison at times – which makes for a record that's very much his own, rather than a slavish copycat of the legend. Fred Wesley plays plenty of strong trombone leads on the record – and the set also features guest appearances from Ivan Neville, Shana Morrison, Col Bruce Hampton, Caroline Aiken, Jimmy Hall, and others. Titles include "Try Me", "Think", "There Was A Time", "Open The Door", "Lickin Stick", "Soul Power", and "Get Up Offa That Thing". CD

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Jameszoo & Metropole OrkestMelkweg ... LP
Brainfeeder, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $26.99 27.99
A really beautiful collaboration between Jameszoo and the Metropole Orkest – that large Dutch ensemble who seem always able to shift into the right sort of mode with their key collaborators! That's definitely the case here, as Jules Buckley masterfully leads the group – so that they flesh out all these great strands of sounds coming from the core quintet – with lots of keyboards and electronics from Jameszoo himself, plus more organ, Fender Rhodes, percussion, and saxes – sometimes used in ways that are spare and jagged, but which take on this richness next to the strings and woodwinds of the Metropole ensemble! Titles include "Nail", "Flu", "Crumble", "Meat", "Lose", "Toots", and "Soup". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hubert Porter with The Jamaican CalypsoniansCalypsos From Jamaica ... LP
Dub Store (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 23.99
A great mix of modes from Hubert Porter – tunes that are definitely the calypsos promised in the title, but which also have some unique elements that mark them as Jamaican, too – touches of mento, nice jazzy elements in the music, and that bubbling up of the new island modes that would soon explode, and completely transform the scene in Kingston! The tunes feature plenty of lively lyrics from Porter – a singer with a great voice, and a way of presentation that's oozing with charm – on titles that include "Ten Penny Nail", "Gimmie More", "Not Me", "Miss Daisy", "Rum & Coconut Water", "Names Of Funny Places", "Ugly Woman", and "Bargie". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousJamie 3:26 Presents A Taste Of Chicago ... LP
BBE (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $24.99 26.99
Jamie 3:26 bills himself as "the next level of house" – and that definitely feels like the case here, as the Chicago DJ serves up very long edits and mixes of a host of great tracks – one club cut from the mid 70s, Chicago house classics from the late 80s, and a few underground tracks from more recent years! Jamie really brings a lot to the music here – emphasizing the greatness of the tunes in ways that we never would have expected, yet still keeping the genius of the originals intact – at a level that finally gives the rest of the world a chance to hear what he can bring to a well-crafted set on the dancefloor! Titles include "Venus & Mars (Jamie 3:26 edit)" by BSTC, "Comin On Strong (Jamie 3:26 basement edit)" by Calendar, "It's House (Jamie's basement edit)" by Chip E, "Jungle (Jamie's jungle sounds edit)" by Jungle Wonz, "Lesson (Doc Brucio's orig mix – Jamie 3:26 edit)" by Mighty Science, "Mind Games (underground mix – Jamie 3:26 edit)" by Quest, and "Stomps N Shouts (Jamie 3:26 edit)" by Braxton Holmes. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dinosaur L (Arthur Russell)24 24 Music – The Definitive Arthur Russell Sleeping Bag Recordings ... CD
Sleeping Bag/Get On Down, 1981. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An incredible album from Dinosaur L – the legendary New York dancefloor project of Arthur Russell! – fleshed out and expanded more than ever before by Sleeping Bag and Get On Down Records! The group's core sound is a punky, funky, chunky amalgam of bass thumping, guitar riffing, keyboard filling, and sax honking – all very much in the spirit of Russell's best quirky club work of the time, but with the added sound here of a more expanded approach – one that takes the tunes in a whole new territory than the more famous 12" singles! The tracks on the original set were simply numbered – "1", "2", "3", and so on – and come across almost as free-jamming instrumentals – but this reissue appends the songs with their 12" titles, so "#1" gets parenthetically entitled "You're Gonna Be Clean On Your Bean" and "#5" as "Go Bang!", plus this disc adds several 12" versions that were not on the original LP release, like Francois K's mix of 'Go Bang!" and Larry Levan's mix of "In The Corn Belt". Totally great stuff – as experimental as it is funky! This 2CD box set edition is amazing – coming in a heavy-duty box with each disc in an oversized gatefold style sleeve – and it includes more Arthur Russell collaborative and/or pseudonymous material for Sleeping Bag with or as Bonzo Goes To Washington, Felix, Sounds Of JHS Brooklyn and Indian Ocean. Other tracks include "School Bell/Treehouse" (Indian Ocean), "You Can't Hold Me Down (Extended Version)" (Felix), "5 Minutes (R-r-r Radio Mix)" (Bonzo Goes To Washington) and more. Also includes a nice booklet of photos, artwork and artist testimonials – plus notes by Russell biographer Tim Lawrence. CD

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✨✧ Jimmy Smith & OthersNewport In New York 72 – Vol 5 – The Jimmy Smith Jam ... LP
Cobblestone, 1972. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Definitely a Jimmy Smith jam session – as each side of the record features one long track, with Smith on Hammond, plus Clark Terry and Joe Newman on trumpets, Illinois Jacquet and Zoot Sims on tenor, and Kenny Burrell and BB King on guitars! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousJamie 3:26 Presents A Taste Of Chicago ... CD
BBE (UK), 2020. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Jamie 3:26 bills himself as "the next level of house" – and that definitely feels like the case here, as the Chicago DJ serves up very long edits and mixes of a host of great tracks – one club cut from the mid 70s, Chicago house classics from the late 80s, and a few underground tracks from more recent years! Jamie really brings a lot to the music here – emphasizing the greatness of the tunes in ways that we never would have expected, yet still keeping the genius of the originals intact – at a level that finally gives the rest of the world a chance to hear what he can bring to a well-crafted set on the dancefloor! Titles include "Venus & Mars (Jamie 3:26 edit)" by BSTC, "Comin On Strong (Jamie 3:26 basement edit)" by Calendar, "It's House (Jamie's basement edit)" by Chip E, "Jungle (Jamie's jungle sounds edit)" by Jungle Wonz, "Lesson (Doc Brucio's orig mix – Jamie 3:26 edit)" by Mighty Science, "Mind Games (underground mix – Jamie 3:26 edit)" by Quest, and "Stomps N Shouts (Jamie 3:26 edit)" by Braxton Holmes. CD
Also available Jamie 3:26 Presents A Taste Of Chicago ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Doug KershawSwamp Grass/Douglas James Kershaw ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1972/1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Warner Brothers magic from Doug Kershaw – two early 70s albums that really show him opening up his groove! Swamp Grass is a very groovy record from the mighty Doug Kershaw – maybe his entry into the swamp rock genre that so many other southern artists were trying in the early 70s – a mode that might not have been possible without Doug's earlier experiments with his brother Randy! Kershaw's definitely got some of his cajun roots in the mix here – but his vocals and fiddle are also set up alongside some trippier guitar and keyboards, as you might guess from the slightly psychedelic image on the cover – all handled with nicely understated production from Buddy Killen, who helps keep the whole thing moving along, and focused on the best sides of Doug's charms. Titles include a very unusual remake of "Louisiana Man" – plus "Swamp Grass", "Can't Wait Till Tomorrow", "Cajun Funk", "Till I Hit The Ground", "Can't Wait Till Tomorrow", "Isn't That About The Same", and "From A Little Flirt Comes A Big Hurt". Douglas James Kershaw is a strong little record that has Doug Kershaw nicely stretching past the sound of his cajun roots – maybe in an attempt to grab some of the southern rock glory that his earlier work helped encourage! Doug's a great singer, with a nicely deep range – and he gets great production here from Chips Moman and Buddy Killen, two southern studio giants who sweeten the sound with just the right touch of larger arrangements from time to time – but mostly let Kershaw revel in the strong instrumental help he gets from giants like Bobby Emmons, Reggie Young, and Moman himself. Titles include "Willie's Shades", "The Best Years Of My Life", "Louisiana Love Song", "I Had A Good Woman But She Married Lawrence", "Tricks", and "You're Gonna Be Impressed". CD

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✨✧ VariousKing Jammy's Dancehall Part 1 – 1985 to 1989 ... LP
Dub Store (Japan), Late 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A great collection of work from King Jammy's studios – all cuts recorded at the end of the 80s, with a definite digital feel – but a sound that's still a lot warmer and more soulful than bigger mainstream work of the time! As the title promises, there's plenty of dancehall in the mix – but many of the grooves are more laidback and mellow – bridging the space between the bigger global hits in the style, and a dubbier, rootsier generation of reggae too – which seems to bubble forth here on most tracks, and just get a slight digital reworking by Jammy. The 2LP set features a very well-selected batch of material from these years – titles that appeared on labels like Greensleeves, Superpower, and Unity Sounds, with titles that include "Icky All Over" by Wayne Smith, "In The Area" by Johnny Osborne, "The Exit" by Dennis Brown, "Don't Touch The Crack" by Little Kirk, "Dancehall Vibes" by Anthony Johnson, and "Jack Slick" by Junior Murvin. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousKing Jammy's Dancehall Part 2 – 1984 to 1991 ... LP
Dub Store (Japan), 1980s/Early 90s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
King Jammy may have come to the reggae party a bit later than some of his famous predecessors – but the man's ears and studio talents helped provide a great way for the whole scene to move forward strongly – as you'll hear from these crucial productions from the key dancehall hears! Although the bigger version of that style meant chart crossover, and even a bridge to other musical communities – the sound here is nicely stripped-down, and very rootsy – definitely a bit digital in the production, but always with a richness that goes right back to the earlier dubplate years of the 70s. As with all Dub Store titles, the choice of cuts is wonderful, and the presentation is right up there with the best from Soul Jazz and 17 North Parade. Titles include "History" by Dennis Brown, "One Big Ghetto" by Half Pint, "Don't Take Your Gun To Town" by Al Campbell, "Crucial Boy (version)" by Prince Jammy, "Victim Of Babylon (version)" by King Jammy, "Love Light Of Mine" by Horace Andy, "Cry For The Youths" by Wackad, "Dangerous System" by Pad Anthony, "No Drugs" by Tinga Stewart, and "Move On" by Wailing Souls. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousKing Jammy's Dancehall Part 4 – Hard Dancehall Lover 1985 to 1989 ... LP
Dub Store (Japan), Late 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic collection of crucial dancehall cuts from the hands of King Jammy – put together by the folks at Dub Store Records with the same sort of care they brought to their collections of rocksteady work and 60s reissues! The tag "dancehall" on a reggae collection can sometimes mean "commercial" or "hits" – but that's definitely not the case here – as the well-chosen tracks get at the harder, edgier sound of the style in its early years – the kind or tough vibe that made the music so important for new generations of Jamaicans. As with the other volumes, the talents here are all top – especially the singers – and titles include "Steal A Little Love" by Gregory Isaacs, "Sugar Me" by Conroy Smith, "My Sweet Love" by Wayne Smith, "Love Affair Version" by Prince Jammy, "Running From Reality" by Admiral Tibet, "One Time Girlfriend" by Super Black, "Come Do It To Me" by Little John, "Ah No Me She Love" by Chuck Turner, and "She Done With It" by Mighty Rudo. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sidiku BuariFeelings In Africa/Sidiku Buari & His Jam Busters ... CD
Precious/BBE (UK), Early 80s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of rare records by Sidiku Buari – issued back to back on a single CD! Feelings is a record that was issued on the tiny Precious label – home to only two Buari albums in its tiny catalog – and the set follows strongly on the work that Sidiku recorded in New York during the 70s, records that were initially issued just under his last name! The groove on some tracks is full of early 80s NYC touches – sweet electro keyboards that provide some great middle-ground shocks to the tunes – while beats crackle crispy at the bottom, and Buari sings these slinky soul vocals that are a lot more American than you'd guess from the Ghanaian recording of the album. But other numbers have more of a West Africa vibe – that updating of older modes that was taking place in Nigeria too. Titles include "Music", "Feelings", "Anowar", and "Yayo Papa". Sidiku Buari & His Jam Busters has a groove that definitely lives up to its name – a sweet 80s crackle with lots of tunes that jam in an old school funk style – keyboards, basslines, and rhythms right on the money – in a great Transatlantic bridge between Ghana and New York City! The set begins with the super-funky "Let's Go To Funky Town" – a tune with a break on the intro to rival some of the best funky club work of the time – and the vibe continues strongly through the rest of the set, on titles that include "Sophisticated Jammer", "Power To My People", "Rhythm Of Africa", "Minsumobo", and "Karambani". CD

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Abstract OrchestraMadvillain Vol 2 (with bonus download) ... LP
ATA (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $23.99
A really great take on the music of Madvillain – that famous collaboration between Madlib & MF Doom – served up here in a mostly instrumental mode that's heavy on funk and jazz! You'll definitely recognize the tunes in the set, but the presentation is very different – almost as if someone's gone back to the music, stripped it down to core samples, then worked those back up again with a new sort of energy! The group's directed by Rob Mitchell – clearly the genius behind the whole project – and solos are by James Russell on tenor and flute, Simon Bobby Beddoe on trumpet, Jim Corry on alto, and George Cooper on piano and keyboards. Titles include "Meat Grinder", "Eye", "Figaro", "Can't Reform Em", "Madmix 3", "Rainbows", "Fire In The Hole", "Rhinestone Cowboy", "Operation Lifesaver", and "Borrowed Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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Agitation FreeLast ... LP
Wah Wah (Spain), 1976. New Copy ... $29.99
The last album from the legendary early run of Agitation Free – and a set that definitely shows the group at the top of their game! The tracks are long, but never rambling – jamming, but never in a noodly way – and these guys really show why their contribution to German prog was so important at the time – able to handle some of the minimal progressions of their contemporaries, while finding a way to soar forward too – yet always with a sound that's completely fresh and free of cliche! Keyboards and guitar spiral out wonderfully together, and looped a bit in some really great ways – and titles include "Soundpool", "Laila II", and "Looping IV". LP, Vinyl record album

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Hank BallardOne & Only Hank Ballard & His Midnighters ... LP
King, Late 50s. Sealed ... $6.99
Hank Ballard definitely falls into the "one and only" category – especially with work as great as his sounds on this classic album for King Records! Hank sings in a style that's as badass as his look on the cover – as raw in these cuts as James Brown was during the same stretch for King – with an ability to both hit a hard groove with The Midnighters providing sharp R&B accompaniment – and also slide into some occasional heartbreaking numbers that were perfect for his raspy vocal approach. And although Hank had a few big hits for King in the 50s, this set's got lots more obscure numbers – showing that the genius of the young Ballard is a virtual bottomless well – on titles that include "I'm Crying Mercy Mercy", "I'll Keep You Happy", "I'll Pray For You", "Cute Little Ways", "Move Move Move", "She's Got A Whole Lot Of Soul", "So Good To Be Home", "House With No Windows", "Sugaree", and "Rain Down Tears". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s reissue pressing.)

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Rupa BiswasDisco Jazz ... CD
Numero, 1982. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
A record that's got to be one of the coolest recorded in Calgary during the early 80s – as it offers up a really unusual blend of modes that definitely lives up to its title, and which also borrows a bit from Indian music as well! Singer Rupa Biswas fronts a group that's equally strong on the instrumental tip, and which allow for plenty of room in the tracks to let the players stretch out and solo – in a blend of keyboards and guitar with more traditional sarod and tablas! Rhythms are mostly upbeat, but in ways that are more interesting than the "disco" title implies – especially in 1982 – and the whole thing's maybe first a funky fusion record, which then borrows a bit from Indian percussion, then adds in Rupa's vocals in the lead. Titles include "Aaj Shanibar", "Moja Bhari Moja", "East West Shuffle", and the side-long jam "Ayee Morshume/Be Reham Duniya". CD

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Booker T & The MGsHip Hug-Her (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Stax, 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99 21.99
Booker T's definitely getting a bit funky with this one – stepping off with the incredible title cut, a tune which really complicates the groove from the earlier years! The sound is still solid Memphis soul, with a raw instrumental vibe – but the grooves are even better than before, and the set includes loads of great original number written by the group – the kind of cool tunes they most likely cooked up while jamming live in the studio! These gems include the seminal "Hip Hug Her" – plus "Carnaby Street", "Booker's Notion", "Soul Sanction", "Double Or Nothing", and "Slim Jenkins' Place". But the covers are groovy too – and include a version of "Pigmy", plus "Groovin" and "Sunny". LP, Vinyl record album

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Peabo Bryson & Roberta FlackBorn To Love ... LP
Capitol, 1983. Near Mint- ... $4.99
The beautiful full scale duets set from Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack – a record that's no doubt defined by it's biggest hit – but the rest is just as great! Born To Love kicks off with "Tonight I Celebrate My Love For You" – a song that's doubtlessly one of the most inescapable slow dance classics ever – and if its ubiquity overshadows the rest of the record, that's not because it's any less excellent! Peabo's affectionate style is in top form here, and Roberta is such a perfect duet partner – with plenty of lead moments of her own. It definitely feels like a perfectly balanced partnership. The record's got some lovely slow jams on par with the aforementioned pop soul standard, plus some great ones that up the tempo a little bit. Other titles include "Blame It On Me", "Born To Love", "Heaven Above Me", "Comin' Alive", "Can We Find Love Again", "You're Looking Like Love To Me" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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John CarterDauwhe ... LP
Black Saint (Italy), 1982. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Richly complicated work from reedman John Carter – working here at a level that's a great change from his smaller combo work of the early years! Carter plays clarinet throughout – at the head of an octet with a very cerebral feel – a group who almost bring more of a serious music sort of style into play at times, yet still have enough jazz-based energy in their work too. The approach is a bit like that of Muhal Richard Abrams or Henry Threadgill – but the set also has a definite LA underground bent too, thanks to work by Bobby Bradford on cornet, Red Callender on tuba, James Newton on flutes, Charles Owen on soprano sax, Roberto Miranda on bass, William Jeffrey on drums, and Luis Peralta on waterphone and percussion. Titles include "Dauwhe", "Enter From The East", "Soft Dance", "The Mating Ritual", and "Ode To The Flower Maiden". LP, Vinyl record album
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ClashCombat Rock ... LP
Epic, 1982. Near Mint- ... $29.99
Sure, the cover's a bit dated – but the politics have stayed surprisingly strong over the years – as has the music as well! Keep in mind that The Clash were waging war in the Mideast years before Desert Storm – in this searing mix of London punk, rocksteady roots, and slight new wave elements – delivered here with a surprising sense of self that really gave the whole thing a sense of wit – and more than enough legs to keep on going without collapsing under the passage of time! Titles include the hit "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", the classic "Rock The Casbah", and the tracks "Ghetto Defendant", "Car Jamming", "Know Your Rights", "Straight To Hell", and "Inoculated City". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later US pressing, FE 37689. Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has light wear.)

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DhaimaLove Lives Forever ... LP
Numero, 1980s/1990s. New Copy ... $18.99 20.98
A unique mix of 80s era digital reggae and electro soul from Miami singer Dhaima – definitely one of the cooler, more uncategorizable Numero discoveries in their post-1970s oeuvre! Love Lasts Forever has 5 long-ish jams that kicks off with "Reggae On Sunset" – starting strong with a slow rolling reggae rhythm and a laidback soulful lead vocal by Dhaima that's steeped in raw 80s atmosphere all the way down to the vocoder – followed by a similar style jam, this time with a nice bit of horn, on "Don't Feel No Way" – but the vibe changes up a bit on the almost ballad-y "Surrender" and the charmingly raw "Loving You Is My Thing" before coming full circle with the digital era sounding, rootsy influenced groover "Sweat Til your Body's Wet". LP, Vinyl record album

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FunkadelicLet's Take It To The Stage (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Westbound/4 Men With Beards, 1975. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $18.99 21.98
A tasty little album from Funkadelic – one that has Bootsy Collins joining the group, and really hitting the unique approach that would become the definitive P-Funk groove! And although tracks are shorter and even more focused, there's still a fair bit of guitar in the set – keeping the trademark Funkadelic sound in place, to set them aside from from the growing horn-heavy Parliament groove. Yet in both groups' work at the time, there's a growing emphasis on the rhythms at the bottom – a pulling up of the basslines in a way that was no doubt influenced by Bootsy's presence, and which would have a key influence on the sound of funk for years to come! Includes the massively infectious funk track "Get Off Your Ass and Jam", plus "Let's Take It To The Stage", "Be My Beach", "Baby I Owe You Something Good", "The Song Is Familiar", "No Head No Backstage Pass", "Atmosphere", "Stuffs & Things", and "Better By the Pound". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rosie GainesCaring (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/PTG (Netherlands), 1985. New Copy ... $10.99
A near-lost album of 80s soul from Rosie Gaines – produced, arranged, and mostly written by Rosie with help from a few key associates – and done in a nicely mellow style that has a deeper feel than most other work from her contemporaries! Instrumentation is definitely in the 80s mode – with a fair bit of electric percussion and keyboards – but Rosie's vocals aren't content with just sliding along with the rhythms, and have a deeply soulful range that we really like a lot, and which totally makes the record great. We've always been surprised that this set didn't push her onto bigger fame – but over and above that mystery, the record's a great one that holds together beautifully over the years. Titles include "I've Gone Too Far", "Skool-ology", "Caring", "Frustration", "Wake Up", "Good Times", and "What Are We Coming To". CD features bonus tracks – "Crazy" and "In A Jam". CD

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Debbie HarryKookoo ... LP
Chrysalis, 1981. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A nice change in sound for Debbie Harry – thanks to Chic production from Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards – who really help the solo singer find a groove that's quite different than her work in Blondie! The style's a mixture of the funky club that Chic did so well, with elements that lean a bit more towards an early 80s rockish dancefloor – almost with a vibe that echoes some of the UK imports trickling over to these shores at the time, but with a definite New York vibe underneath! The setting gives Harry's vocals a great way to hit a more playful nature – that sound that was creeping in a bit in Blondie, but which some folks thought was wrong for the group – and Chris Stein is still on hand to bring in some street-sensitive riffing guitar. Titles include "Backfired", "Military Rap", "Oasis", "Surrender", "Chrome", "Jump Jump", and "The Jam Was Moving". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo sticker.)

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HeliocentricsTelemetric Sounds ... CD
Madlib Invazion, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 15.98
The Heliocentrics just get spookier and spookier with each new release – as is definitely the case here, with a recording that seemed to haunt the group like a ghost! The majority of the record comes from one long improvised jam the group were recording – supposedly while on a break, but accidentally recorded – and providing the perfect groundwork for the dark, deep, funky sounds here – served up in that trademark blend of psychedelia and cosmic funk that's become the group's calling card! The core improvisations were chopped up, expanded, and reworked to form the rest of the record – all based around the spooky sounds first captured in Quatermass Sound Lab – in a mixture of deep dark drums from Malcolm Catto, plus fuzzy guitar, electronics, bass, and loads of effects – on titles that include "The Opening", "Shattered Mind", "Rehearsal 24", "Space Cake", "Telemetric Sounds", and "Devastation". CD

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✨✧ HeliocentricsTelemetric Sounds ... LP
Madlib Invazion, 2020. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The Heliocentrics just get spookier and spookier with each new release – as is definitely the case here, with a recording that seemed to haunt the group like a ghost! The majority of the record comes from one long improvised jam the group were recording – supposedly while on a break, but accidentally recorded – and providing the perfect groundwork for the dark, deep, funky sounds here – served up in that trademark blend of psychedelia and cosmic funk that's become the group's calling card! The core improvisations were chopped up, expanded, and reworked to form the rest of the record – all based around the spooky sounds first captured in Quatermass Sound Lab – in a mixture of deep dark drums from Malcolm Catto, plus fuzzy guitar, electronics, bass, and loads of effects – on titles that include "The Opening", "Shattered Mind", "Rehearsal 24", "Space Cake", "Telemetric Sounds", and "Devastation". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Telemetric Sounds ... CD 12.99

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Martha High & SpeedometerSoul Overdue ... CD
Freestyle (UK), 2012. Used ... $9.99
The smoking return of Martha High – a singer who worked famously with James Brown during his funk years, but who never got the same shot at full-length fame as Lyn Collins or Marva Whitney! Martha's every bit as great – and although she did cut later records in the disco years, it's only recently that folks have finally discovered the true depths of her talents – as she's returned to the fold with amazing vocals, and strong support from the global funk underground! After a previous set with Shaolin Temple Defenders, Martha breaks out even more strongly here with backing from Speedometer – a UK combo who've played together for years, and are already razor-sharp on their own – making for the perfect sort of groove to restore High to the sound of her years with James Brown. The album's brilliant all the way through – not a rehash of older modes, but a rich union of two very strong talents – coming together in an effort that's definitely greater than the sum of its parts. Titles include "I'd Rather Go Blind", "No More Heartaches", "No Man Worries", "Never Never Love A Married Man", "You Got It", "You Got Me Started", "Dragging Me Down", and "Trouble Man". CD

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✨✧ Terumasa Hino/Masabumi Kikuchi QuintetAcoustic Boogie ... CD
Somethin Else/Blue Note, 1995. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A pair of Japanese jazz giants – sounding really wonderful here in a mid 90s session for the Somethin Else/Blue Note label! The set definitely lives up to its title – as both Hino and Kikuchi had played often in electric modes, but are heard here in a tight quintet that's very back to basics – a solid style that's a mix of hardbop and some modern touches – with all of the vivid colors we've come to expect from both players over the years! Kikuchi's piano is especially nice – very rhythmic and pulsing, without ever trying too hard – and the group also features alto from Greg Osby, bass from James Genus, and drums from Billy Kilson. Titles include "Monk's Dilemma", "Summer Mist", "The Moon Dog", "Sliced Wild Potatoes", and "Thump". CD
(Please note that there is a large tear on the booklet cover & is priced accordingly.)

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Il Rovescio Della MedagliaIo Come Io (white vinyl pressing) (2020 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
RCA (Italy), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
A rare hard rock gem from the Italian scene of the early 70s – definitely part of the prog generation that made that scene so great, but maybe a bit less prog than some of their contemporaries! The tracks are long and open, but the focus is mostly on hard-jamming guitar over keyboards or jazzy instrumentation – and the drums and bass are great too, which makes for a fantastic hard rock powerhouse sound throughout – on titles that include "Io", "Fenomeno", "Non Io" and "Io Come Io". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition white vinyl pressing!)

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Instant FunkInstant Funk (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Salsoul/Octave (Japan), 1979. New Copy ... $22.99
Maybe the third great Philly studio group of the 70s – after MFSB and Salsoul Orchestra – a killer combo who provided backing grooves to plenty of great club tracks over the years – and who step out strongly here on their own debut album! Bunny Sigler helps give the album a sharp focus – with his own production and songwriting in play – in modes that are very much like his own best club tracks of the time – but the group is more than great enough on their own – with a funky edge that definitely lives up to their name, and a groove that's even sharper than the two aforementioned contemporary combos. Lead vocals are by James Carmichael, who's totally great – and titles include "Don't You Wanna Party", "Never Let It Go Away", "I Got My Mind Made Up", "Dark Vader", "Wide World Of Sports", and "You Say You Want Me To Stay". CD features 5 bonus tracks – "I Got My Mind Made Up (orig single)", "I Got My Mind Made Up (Larry Levan 12" mix)", "Crying (Larry Levan 12" mix)", "Crying (Bobby Guttadoro 12" mix)", and "Dark Vader (Pat Stapley 12" mix)". CD

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KainaNext To The Sun ... CD
Sooper, 2019. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
A soaring effort from Kaina – one we're sure to remember as a major creative statement from a versatile singer and as a vital snapshot of a burgeoning era in Chicago's indie soul scene! Kaina's triumph here is the way she sets up a dreamy mood that holds throughout the album – wherein her layered vocals carry it along as if on a wave – then takes it to an even deeper level thanks to her soulful lyricism. She's got a good creative partner in Sen Morimoto, whose roots in genre defiant jazzy hip hop production are used to such hypnotic effect behind Kaina's beautiful voice. Next To The Sun coming out so soon after similarly fresh and inspired material from fellow Chi voices like Jamila Woods, it feels like the dawn of an era! Includes "House", "Ghost", "Next To The Sun", "What's A Girl", "Waiting On A Day", "Joei's Secret", "Could Be A Curse" feat Sen Morimoto", "So Small/So Vast" and "Green". CD

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Peter KingShango ... CD
Afrostrut (UK), 1974. Used ... $6.99
A totally sweet bit of Afro Funk from the 70s – cut in England by Nigerian sax player Peter King! King was an incredible talent back in the day – having started his groove on the Nigerian scene, then travelled globally to pick up a wealth of influences from soul, jazz, and funk acts in England and the US. You can definitely hear those influences coming together on this set – a masterful batch of grooves that's one of the hardest-hitting albums of its sort that we can think of! The sound is incredible – with horns jamming on guitars jamming on beats – no vocals, just some occasional shouts by the group when they get particularly excited about the music. Great all around – with a refreshing sound that's a real change from the Fela groove! Titles include "Go Go's Feast", "Shango", "Prisoner Of Law", "Freedom Dance", "Mr Lonely Wolf", and "Watusi". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Trevor Lawrence JrRelationships ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The title definitely sums up the vibe of the record – because although Trevor Lawrence is the drummer at the core, he's also clearly a hell of a warm personality, too – with a very welcoming vibe that makes the album's array of musicians and guest artists feel right at home! The set's jazz at the core, but with a strong dose of contemporary soul – maybe a bit in the territory of the Robert Glasper Black Radio projects, but with a vibe that's definitely all Trevor's own! The rhythms are rock-solid, and instrumentation often features some mighty sweet keyboards from Kenneth Crouch, Wow Jones, Tabor Gable, and others – alongside other musicians who include Kamasai Washington on tenor, Maurice Mo Betta Brown and Nico Segal on trumpet, Chelsea Baratz and Terrace Martin on saxes, Teodross Avery on tenor, and Nicholas Payton on trumpet. There's just a bit of vocals on the set – sung by Preston Harris, Jimi James, Donna Missal, and oddly LeAnn Rimes – but the instrumental core is what drives the set – on titles that include "Car Vibe", "B Side", "Bring The Party", "The Guts", "11 & 8", "Lovestoned", "Huh", "Alicia's Song", and "Relationships". CD

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Bunny Lee & FriendsNext Cut – Dub Plates, Rare Sides, & Unreleased Cuts ... CD
Pressure Sounds (UK), 1970s. New Copy ... $14.99 16.98
A wealth of rare tracks from the archives of Jamaican producer Bunny "Striker" Lee – tracks pulled from one-off dubplates mixed direct from the studio, and other unreleased tracks pulled from never-heard master tapes too! The music here definitely lives up to Lee's production legend – and, as explained in the notes, these dubs have an extra added dimension than some of his contemporaries' work – as they're mixed from 4 track tapes, instead of 2 – which creates this much deeper sound, and even lot more room for echo! Yet there's also a core compressed competence to the cuts that we really love – rock-solid instrumentation from top-shelf Kingston studio legends, on rare dubs of "Enforcement" by Vin Gordon, "Blood Of Babylon" by Barrington Spence, "Down In A Babylon" by Johnny Clarke, "Ethiopian Girl" by Linval Thompson, "A Friend Indeed Dub" by The Aggrovators, "Crucial Dub" by Prince Jammy, "Satta Dread" by Wayne Jarrett, and "The Gorgon" by Cornell Campbell. CD features two bonus tracks too. CD

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Little RichardRill Thing (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Reprise/Omnivore, 1970. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A mindblowing set from Little Richard – a stunning comeback session from the start of the 70s – recorded at Muscle Shoals with a heavy funk component in the mix! Richard arranged and produced the record himself – and it's a beautiful illustration of his genius – hardly dimmed at this point in his career, and if anything, really redefined for a new generation – with some razor-sharp grooves that are perfect for his hard-wailing vocals! The title cut – "The Rill Thing" – is a monster 10 minute instrumental jam, with a heavy funk sound that you can't even begin to imagine – and the rest of the set is pretty amazing too, with tracks that include "Spreadin' Natta What's The Matter", "Freedom Blues", "Two Time Loser", "Somebody Saw You", "Lovesick Blues", and "Greenwood Mississippi". Includes four bonus tracks – "Shake A Hand", "I Saw Her Standing There (radio edit)", and two cool "radio spot" tracks! CD

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Jeff LorberStep By Step ... CD
Arista, 1985. Used ... $6.99
Mid 80s keyboard fusion grooves from Jeff Lorber – his lean, synth jazzy soul groove in it's most crossover ready mode – taken to the next level by soulful lead vocalists on a number of tunes! The hit opener "Step By Step" is a standout, and a pretty tight example of how well some of the best of the players of the fusion movement could craft a mid 80s pop soul style tune as defining of the era as any of the time. The instrumentals are just as nice, and a little spacier and more adventurous. Singers include Audrey Wheeler, James Robinson & Gavin Christopher, with Jeff working on a range of synthesizers and guitar on a couple tunes. Other tracks include "Groovacious", "Every Woman Needs It", "On The Wild Side", "Best Part Of The Night", "It Takes A Woman" and "When You Gonna Come Back Home". CD
(Ouf of print mid 80s pressing. Barcode has a cutout hole, booklet has a small set of initials in pen.)

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Herbie MannLive At The Whisky A Go Go ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1969. Used ... $24.99
Herbie Mann kicks Johnny Rivers off the stage of the Whisky A Go Go – and serves up some amazing long tracks that really redefine the sound of jamming on the Sunset Strip! The album's quite unusual for the time – in that it features two long tracks, which each run a side apiece – played by Herbie's hip late 60s group that featured Sonnh Sharrock on guitar and Roy Ayers on vibes – plus Steve Marcus on tenor and Miroslav Vitous on bass! With players like that, you can bet there's a massive sound to the whole thing – one that goes beyond even the boldness of other live Herbie Mann albums – and titles include a long take on Chris Hill's "Ooh Baby", and side two features a great version of Rufus Thomas' classic "Philly Dog". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Bob Marley & The WailersRastaman Vibration (half speed master) ... LP
Island, 1976. New Copy (reissue)... On November 20, 2020
A righteous classic from the legendary Bob Marley – and a set that really pushed the roots reggae sound strongly into the mainstream – almost making the mode the defining global understanding of Jamaican music, thanks to the power and presence of the album! All the Marley Tuff Gong modes are gelling perfectly here – bad-stepping rhythms from The Wailers, sweet backup from the I-Threes, and even some great guitar lines from Chinna Smith – all to complement Marley's tremendous vocal power in the lead – rising here with majesty on tracks that include the classic "Roots, Rock, Reggae", plus "Crazy Baldhead","Rat Race", "Night Shift", "Positive Vibration", 'Who The Cap Fit", "Cry To Me", "Johnny Was", and "Want More". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Minneapolis Genius (Prince)94 East – The Historic 1977 Recordings ... LP
Hot Pink, 1985. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
One of many unoffical Prince recordings that started to become unearthed in the 80s, and though the sleeve says these recordings are from 1977, we'd argue that they were likely a bit later than that, as there's definitely a distinctly 80s feel to the tracks, which were recorded with lineup including Andre Cymone and Pepe Willie. 6 tracks in all, mostly instrumental though a couple have some spots of female vocals: "If You Feel Like Dancin", "Lovin Cup", "Games", "Just Another Sucker", "Dance To The Music Of The World" and "One Man Jam". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. NOTE: Cover has a large peeled patch on the back, a cut corner, and some writing in marker on the front.)

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

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Osaka MonaurailLive In Spain (CD & DVD) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2009. Used CD & DVD ... $24.99
Japan's grooviest combo – hitting hard in a special European set! Given the amount of mod rhythms coming from Spain these days, it's no surprise that Osaka Monaurail finds a very enthusiastic audience to work with – a crowd that's clearly going wild for the group's mix of 60s soul and 70s funk instrumental modes! The set's definitely pitched a bit more towards the 60s modes they've been exploring in recent years, but the live setting still makes for some harder-edged funk too – the kind of gritty edges we first loved in their music, mixed with a new sense of sophistication in their larger charts. Titles include some great originals – "Groovy Groovy Groovy", "Quicksand", "Down & Out", "Jam 1976", and "New New Type Thing" – plus versions of "Walk On By", "Get Ready", "Message To Love", "Ain't It Funky Now", and "Eyesight". Also features a DVD with more material from the European live tour – over 50 minutes of cuts that include "Down & Out", "If You're Doin It Keep On Doin It", "New New Type Thing", "Groovy Groovy Groovy", and "Double Up Now". CD
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Sun RaJazz In Silhouette ... CD
Saturn/Evidence, 1958. Used ... $6.99
Sun Ra's really moving forward with this classic set – refining the sound of his Chicago-based Arkestra, and reaching for new territory that moves him way past familiar jazz modes! The cover bills the group as playing "music from tomorrow's world" – and you can definitely hear that on some titles here, including one number that features Ra on some really haunting celeste, and another that features Marshall Allen making weird noises with his mouthpiece! The group is all greats from the old days – John Gilmore on tenor, Marshall Allen on flute, Pat Patrick on baritone and flute, James Spaulding on alto and flute, Hobart Dotson on trumpet, Charles Davis on baritone, and Ronnie Boykins on bass – and titles include "Hours After", "Saturn", "Ancient Ethiopia", and "Blues At Midnight". CD
 
 
 



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