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Donny HathawayDonny Hathaway ... CD
Atlantic/Rhino, 1971. Used ... $9.99
One of the best albums ever by this legendary Chicago soul star! The album's masterful blend of spiritual soul tracks that plumb the depths of Donny's dark soul – done with a level of sophistication that you won't hear in other soul albums from the time! Classic cuts include "A Song For You", "She is My Lady", "Giving Up", and "Take a Love Song" – plus versions of "Put Your Hand In The Hand" and "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother". The record also includes the great funky cut "Magnificent Sanctuary Band", which has some nice haaaard drums at the beginning, and which has been sampled who knows how many times! CD
(Out of print, artwork is wrinkled from some light water damage.)

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✨✧ Donny HathawayDonny Hathaway Live ... LP
Atco, 1972. Very Good Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
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. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has ring and edge wear.)

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Donny HathawayLord Help Me/I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know ... 7-inch
Atco, 1972. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Donny at his righteous best – singing deeply, soulfully, and in a style that's touched with a strong degree of spiritualism. The tunes are slow and sad – perfect for his heartbreaking style, and arranged to perfection by Donny himself! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In an Atco sleeve.)

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Donny Hathaway with Margie JosephCome Back Charleston Blue (mono, stereo) ... 7-inch
Atco, 1972. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A lost number from Donnie's soundtrack for Come Back Charleston Blue. The title tune is a sweet duet with Margie Joseph, a singer whose vocals work surprisingly well with Donnie – much harder than his recordings cut with Roberta Flack. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Promo. Label has a small sticker.)

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Donny Hathaway/Quincy JonesCome Back Charleston Blue ... LP
Atco, 1972. Near Mint- ... $26.99
An unusual album in the Atlantic career of Donny Hathaway – and a unique collaboration with the legendary Quincy Jones! The music here is Hathaway's sole entry into the blacksploitation soundtrack genre of the 70s – penned for film version of a Chester Himes novel, and scored in a mix of funky 70s modes and other more standard jazz styles. Quincy's on board as the "musical supervisor" – and clearly helps Donny focus his energies towards the hipper side of the soundtrack spectrum, especially on the more contemporary styled tracks. And although most of the work here is instrumental, Hathaway also sings a bit too – most famously on the classic "Little Ghetto Boy" – which is easily one of Donny's greatest tracks ever! Other titles include "Come Back Charleston Blue", with vocals by Margie Joseph, plus "Bossa Nova", "Tim's High", "Hearse To Graveyard", "Harlem Dawn", "String Segue", "Furniture Truck", and "Liberation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing! Cover has a small cutout mark.)

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✨✧ Donny HathawayExtension Of A Man ... LP
Atco, 1973. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Perhaps Donny Hathaway's greatest album from the 70s, and certainly the one with the most amazing arrangements! The record was Donny's last studio session, and it's got him working at a level that's far advanced from even his groundbreaking earlier work – using complicated rhythms and sophisticated string passages – but also throwing in some killer jazzy bits that make for some of his funkiest work ever! The liner notes have Donny showing off his musical training in evaluations of the song structures, but the music alone should be enough to convince you this one is great! Includes "The Slums", a funky rollicking tune that is sort of a follow-up to "The Ghetto"; "Valdez In The Country", a totally catchy instrumental with loads of electric piano, and a very Bob James-esque sound; the jaunty "Flying Easy"; and the spiritual soul cuts "Someday We'll All be Free" and "I Love The Lord, He Heard My Cry (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch, a few light stains, and some light wear.)

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✨✧ Donny HathawayBest Of Donny Hathaway ... LP
Atco, 1978. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A tasty set that compiles tracks from Donny's three albums on Atco, plus a single, and two tracks from his work with Roberta Flack. The latter includes successful AOR ballads "You've Got A Friend" and "Where Is The Love", and Donny album cuts include "The Ghetto", "Valdez In The Country", and "Giving Up". Also includes the excellent holiday tune "This Christmas", which was only ever issued as a 45, for a total of 9 numbers in all, this set also includes "You Were Meant For Me", "A Song For You", "Someday We'll All Be Free" and "Giving Up" LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Donny HathawayDonny Hathaway Live ... CD
Atlantic (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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✨✧ Donny Hathaway/Quincy JonesCome Back Charleston Blue (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Atco/Music On Vinyl (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An unusual album in the Atlantic career of Donny Hathaway – and a unique collaboration with the legendary Quincy Jones! The music here is Hathaway's sole entry into the blacksploitation soundtrack genre of the 70s – penned for film version of a Chester Himes novel, and scored in a mix of funky 70s modes and other more standard jazz styles. Quincy's on board as the "musical supervisor" – and clearly helps Donny focus his energies towards the hipper side of the soundtrack spectrum, especially on the more contemporary styled tracks. And although most of the work here is instrumental, Hathaway also sings a bit too – most famously on the classic "Little Ghetto Boy" – which is easily one of Donny's greatest tracks ever! Other titles include "Come Back Charleston Blue", with vocals by Margie Joseph, plus "Bossa Nova", "Tim's High", "Hearse To Graveyard", "Harlem Dawn", "String Segue", "Furniture Truck", and "Liberation". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Come Back Charleston Blue ... LP 26.99
 
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Lalah HathawayWhere It All Begins (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Stax, 2011. Used ... $9.99
A really strong album from Lalah Hathaway – profoundly addressing her legacy on this second album for Stax by covering a Donny Hathaway classic and paying tribute to him with the album art – all the while standing up proudly as a soul music veteran with a proud legacy that's all her own! If you thought Lalah was going to go old school style on Where It All Begins – rest assured that this is contemporary soul music – though crafted with a timeless sensibility. There's some nicely thumping numbers and sweeter, more soaring jams – with Lalah's smoky voice carrying it all the way. Lalah's move to Stax continues to be a major creative win! Includes "Strong Woman", "Where It All Began", "My Everything", "Small Of My Back", "Always Love You", "This Could Be Love", Wrong Way", "I'm Coming Back" feat Rochelle Ferrell, "Dreamland", and a fresh take on the Donny Hathaway classic "You Were Meant For Me". Includes two bonus tracks. CD
(Still sealed.)

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✨✧ Lalah HathawayIt's Somethin – The Virgin Years (Lalah Hathaway/A Moment/bonus tracks) ... CD
Virgin (UK), Early 90s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A pair of wonderful albums from the young Lalah Hathaway – plus bonus tracks too! First up is the self-titled Lalah Hathaway – the first album from Donny Hathaway's soulful daughter – an album that began a legacy that's lasted plenty strongly on its own – even without such a great family pedigree! Lalah's got a nearly-classic style in her work that's a fresh departure from many other soul acts of this period – a style that's almost influenced by the Soul II Soul or Loose Ends groove of the time, but is a bit more mainstream – and which shows that Hathaway has a lot more to offer than a famous last name. Production and arrangements are by Gary Taylor, Angela Winbush, Craig T Cooper, and Andre Fischer – and titles include "Baby Don't Cry", "Heaven Knows", "Somethin", "Stay Home Tonight", "I'm Coming Back", "I Gotta Move On", and "Obvious". Next is A Moment – an overlooked second set from the lovely Lalah Hathaway – a record that got less circulation than her classic debut, but which still very much continues the groove! As before, Lalah's working with a number of different producers throughout – changing things up a bit, but still holding strong with a quality level that's better than most of her contemporaries – thanks to vocals that are there first, and hardly need any studio help at all – and which really unify the proceedings throughout. Titles include a great remake of "Family Affair" with excellent help from BEF – plus "Bad By Myself", "Lean On Me", "Separate Ways", "Better As A Memory", "Do You Suppose", "Rise", and "Let Me Love You". 2CD set features 12 bonus tracks – including "It's Somethin (radio mix)", "Heaven Knows (7" version)", "Baby Don't Cry (radio)", "Heaven Knows (Yvonne Turner rmx)", "It's Somethin (12" mix)", "Baby Don't Cry (crybaby club version)", "It's Somethin (smoove & sassy rmx)", "Night & Day", "Let Me Love You (bed time mix)", "Dreams Don't Lie (club)", "Separate Ways (stringapella)", and "Night & Day (acappella)". CD

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JR BaileyJust Me & You ... LP
MAM/Be With (UK), 1974. New Copy (reissue)... About September 18, 2020 (delayed)
A really sublime rare groover from JR Bailey – vocalist in the Cadillacs back in their doo wop years, but a heck of a great 70s mellow soul artist in this obscure little set! JR wrote and co-produced all the tunes on the set – in a mode that steps along beautifully with a subtle groove at the bottom, but takes off with complicated touches in the backings, and some vocals from Bailey that really stand out from most of his contemporaries. There's echoes here of other 70s great like Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, or Al Johnson – and like all those artists, JR's drawing a fair bit of jazz into his work – making for complicated changes and warmer overtones that really help take the record way past conventional soul. Arrangements are by Bailey with Bert De Coteaux, Ken Williams, Paull Griffin, and Horace Ott – and titles include "Love Love Love", "Cute As A Button", "After Hours", "Heaven On Earth", "She Called Me", "Everything I Want I See In You", and "Not Too Long Ago". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ George BensonIn Flight ... CD
Warner, 1977. Used ... $7.99
Benson plays his guitar and also sings on some of these tracks. He is joined by Phil Upchurch on rhythm guitar, Ronnie Foster on electric piano & mini-moog, Jorge Dalto on clavinet & acoustic piano, Stanley Banks on bass, Harvey Mason on drums and Ralph MacDonald. Claus Ogerman arranged and conducted the orchestra. Tracks include "Nature Boy", Foster's "The Wind & I", "The World Is A Ghetto", "Gonna Love You More", Donny Hathaway's "Valdez In The Country", and "Everything Must Change". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available In Flight ... LP 24.99

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George BensonIn Flight ... LP
Warner, 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
Benson plays his guitar and also sings on some of these tracks. He is joined by Phil Upchurch on rhythm guitar, Ronnie Foster on electric piano & mini-moog, Jorge Dalto on clavinet & acoustic piano, Stanley Banks on bass, Harvey Mason on drums and Ralph MacDonald. Claus Ogerman arranged and conducted the orchestra. Tracks include "Nature Boy", Foster's "The Wind & I", "The World Is A Ghetto", "Gonna Love You More", Donny Hathaway's "Valdez In The Country", and "Everything Must Happen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram UK reissue on Pure Pleasure.)
Also available In Flight ... CD 7.99

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Aloe BlaccGood Things ... CD
Stones Throw, 2010. Used ... $3.99
Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul styled albums ever to come from our friends at Stones Throw! Good Things is a giant leap ahead of Shine Through, Aloe's previous full length on the label. We loved that record for its gritty, unique approach to funky soul, but, Good Things reaches for the heights of Aloe's heroes from Donny Hathaway to Marvin Gaye – and comes closer than we could have imagined! It's produced by the Truth & Soul team, with a timeless funk & soul vibe comparable to their work with the great Lee Fields. We have a feeling we'll still be listening to this album 10-15-20 years from now. Essential! Titles include the underground breakout "I Need A Dollar", an incredible cover of The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale" (we must have dropped the needle on that 50 times in the first couple days we had it), "Green Lights", "Miss Fortune", "Good Things", "Loving You Is Killing Me", "Mama Hold My Hand", "Hey Brother" and more. CD

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Fabrizio Bosso & Spiritual TrioSomeday ... CD
Warner (Italy), 2020. New Copy ... $19.99
A very groovy record from Italian trumpet legend Fabrizo Bosso – one that features a group referred to as his Spiritual Trio, but a combo that's maybe got more of a soul jazz vibe overall – as the lineup features Alberto Marsico on organ and Alessandro Mnetto on drums! The spare format is great – open in ways that always seem to bring out the best phrasing in Bosso's horn, but with just the right moments of groove that have the trumpet and organ dancing together nicely – almost a newly-conceived variation on the the older 60s pairing of tenor and Hammond! Mario Biondi provides guest vocals on a remake of the Donny Hathaway tune "Someday We'll All Be Free" – and other instrumental tunes include "Sermonette", "Cold Duck Time", "Bernie's Toon", "I Shall Wear A Crown", "Forward", "A Lullaby", and "Say It Loud". CD

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Alice ClarkAlice Clark – The Studio Recordings 1968 to 1972 ... CD
Mainstream/BGP (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
The great self-titled Alice Clark LP on Mainstream plus earlier singles for Warner Brothers and unreleased tracks – the complete studio recordings from '68-72 – in one great set! There weren't many vocal albums on the Mainstream label during the early 70s, and this rare soul side is a real overlooked gem! Alice Clark has a rich soulful voice, with a style that sounds a bit like Esther Marrow, mixed with some of the lead vocalists in Voices Of East Harlem – a really right-on sort of sound that's totally great, and way hipper than most 70s chart soul! Arrangements are by Ernie Wilkins, who brings in a touch of jazz – but again, with a much hipper feel than most of his other backings – and most of the tracks are quite obscure, well-written tunes – of the sort of material you might expect to hear sung by Gil Scott-Heron or Donny Hathaway. Includes "Don't You Care", "Charms Of The Arms Of Love", "Maybe This Time", "Looking At Life", "Hey Girl", "Don't Wonder Why", "It Takes Too Long To Learn To Live Alone", "Hard Hard Promises" and the rest from the classic and always sought self-titled album from 1972 – plus great earlier Warner Brothers singles "You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurts Me)" and "Heaven's Will (Must Be Obeyed)" from 1969, the previously unreleased "Before Her Time" and "You Hit Me (Right Where It Hurts Me)" instrumental, and more! 16 tracks in all. CD

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DonnieColored Section (original version) ... CD
Giant Step, 2002. Used ... $1.99
"Destined To Be A Modern Soul Classic" says the sticker on the front – and for once, they finally got it right! The album's the first-ever full length from Donnie – a brilliant young soul singer who's been bubbling out of the Atlanta scene over the past few years, and who has only issued a small number of singles so far. Donnie's voice and style are incredible – a sweetly-crafted approach to soul that's steeped in traditions that stretch back to 70s work by Donny Hathaway, Curtis Mayfield, and Marvin Gaye – and which resonate strongly with some of the better underground NuSoul singers of today. The full album shows a lot more depth to Donnie's work than we've even heard on the singles – with a really great mix of moods and modes, all handled to perfection with Donnie's incredible vocals! Titles include "People Person", "Wildlife", "Rocketship", "Masterplan", "The Colored Section", "Our New National Anthem", "Do You Know", and "Cloud 9". CD
(Out of print.)

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Earth Wind & FireNeed Of Love ... LP
Warner, 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $15.99 21.98
One of the two early Earth Wind & Fire LPs recorded for Warner – and the one that shows their amazing roots in the avant-garde jazz scene in Chicago! At the forefront, the record's a righteous soul album with an ensemble funk sound – but deeper in, there's a lot of jazz-based playing, and a number of moments that almost get "out" in the solos! Surely this one couldn't have been made without the spiritual advancements in jazz made by the AACM – and EWF couldn't have helped rubbing shoulders with those players, considering that they all often gigged together in the Chicago studio scene, and that they'd also shared some time together in groups like The Pharoahs and Phil Cohran's Artistic Heritage Ensemble. Titles include "Energy", "Beauty", and a nice remake of Donny Hathaway's "Everything is Everything". LP, Vinyl record album

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Peven EverettEasy Livin' ... CD
Unified/Studio Confession, 2006. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
Another bold step forward for Peven Everett – easily one of the real front runners in the 21st Century soul scene! The album's got a tighter, more unified feel than even some of Peven's previous work – a confident, almost majestic approach that has Everett's wonderful vocals coming through with real clarity – finally elevated to the level of major stardom that Peven deserves, in a lineage that includes Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, and Roy Ayers! The rhythms are staggered nicely throughout – and include a few more skittish numbers next to the smoother tunes – creating an unsettling vibe that further expands Everett's emotional palette, and which sometimes brings of funk into the mix. And best of all, this album actually seems to be an all-original conception – and not just a label repackaging of one of Peven's home-made records, as was the case with some of his other recent official releases. Titles include "Easy Livin", "See You Tonight", "Sexy One", "Don't You", "Steady Now", "When You Touch Me", "Got To Get Down", and "Put Your Back In It". CD

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Peven EverettNotions ... CD
Studio Confession, 2007. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
Incredible mellow soul from the mighty Peven Everett – a record that shows that he's every bit as great with a gentle tune as he is with a clubby one! The music here has a beautifully glowing sort of quality – piano, keyboards, acoustic guitar, and softer beats – all wrapped up with sweetly flowing vocals from Peven – sung in some of his most open, honest styles on record – with a new sense of intimacy that we really appreciate! The record's another amazing chapter in the career of one of the deepest soul artists going today – and although there's echoes here of the Isleys in the 70s, or Donny Hathaway at his best – the album's also completely Peven's own too – very fresh, and not just a copycat of 70s mellow soul. Titles include "Flower Lane", "Vegas (reprise)", "Ghetto 2", "Anymore", "Pushin Through", "Do You Love Me", and "You Need A Love". CD

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✨✧ Roberta FlackChapter Two ... LP
Atlantic, 1970. Very Good ... $3.99
Mindblowing work from Roberta Flack – an album that should be in the collection of any fan of righteous soul music! Forget all the wimpier modes of Flack's later years – because here, the young Roberta is a vision of positive power and spiritual soul – a singer with roots in jazz, which helps to transform some of the album's very surprising song choices – and a depth and sensitivity that goes way past the usual female soul modes of the time. Donny Hathaway handled half the arrangements for the record – a perfect choice for Flack – and Deodato handles the other, with some large arrangements that still have just the right sort of gentleness to go with her voice. Titles include a version of "Reverend Lee", penned by Eugene Daniels – and the great "Gone Away", written by Curtis Mayfield, Leroy Hutson, and Hathaway – plus the tracks "Just Like A Woman", "Do What You Gotta Do", "Business Goes On As Usual", and "Until It's Time For You To Go". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway label pressing. Cover has split seams.)

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Chance HaydenGet Somethin' ... CD
Ropeadope/Atlanta, 2018. New Copy ... $4.99 14.99
Tight guitar from Chance Hayden – a player who definitely knows how to get a lot of color and tone out of his instrument, even while picking out a sharp note solo! There's a dexterity in Hayden's style that's clearly inspired by the more proficient blues guitarists in recent generations – but the overall sound here is much more jazz funk, with a core quartet that features keyboards, bass, and drums – all in a nicely lean sound that allows Chance to shine in the spotlight at a level that's a bit like Eddie Roberts (of New Mastersounds fame) on some of his solo sets. Jarrod Lawson provides guest vocals on a great version of the Donny Hathaway tune "Someday We'll All Be Free" – and other tracks include "Hung Up On My Baby", "Get Somethin", "Matrix", "Take The Call", "Kissing My Love", "Many Disguises", and "You Mother You". CD

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Woody HermanDouble Exposure ... LP
Chess/Cadet, Late 60s. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $8.99
Forget everything you know about Woody Herman – and enjoy this amazing record! The album compiles sides that Woody recorded at the end of the 60s, when he was working with the Chess/Cadet team on some fantastic funky big band material. Most of the tracks feature arrangements by Richard Evans, the genius behind many of the best Chess soul recordings – and he gives the tracks a funky sound that you'd never expect from Woody Herman. The whole album's a total delight, and we never tire of listening to it – especially the version of "Ponteio", plus "The Hut", "Sex Machine", "Lancaster Gate", "Light My Fire", and a great early version of Donny Hathaway's "Flying Easy"! Hathaway also plays organ on some tracks, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout notch.)

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

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Kindred The Family SoulSurrender To Love ... CD
Hidden Beach/Sony, 2003. Used ... $4.99
Just when you thought Philadelphia had shown us all its great new soul singers, another fantastic act pops into the limelight! Kindred The Family Soul are a treasure, and the kind of group we can warm to on first listen! This debut record for Hidden Beach is a rich blend of male and female vocals, served up with the kind of warm production, nice keyboards, and sensitive arrangements that made Jill Scott's first album so great. The pair really have an incredibly solid approach – working in a warm and mellow soul style that stretches back to Donny Hathaway, but which bristles with the best energy of the current scene. Titles include "Far Away", "Weather The Storm", "Family Song", "We", "What Happens Now", "Meant To Be", "Contentment", and "Spread The Word". And don't mind us – we're hopping the next plane to Philly! CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole)

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Emily J LordiMeaning Of Soul – Black Music & Resilience Since The 1960s ... Book
Duke University Press, 2020. New Copy ... $18.99 25.95
A beautiful treatise on the lasting power of classic soul music – yet a book that also goes way beyond the simple readings and overdone cliches that are often attached to accounts of the music! Instead, author Emily J Lordi looks at not just the source recordings, but also the evolving theories about their role within black culture, and the larger American story – tracing shifts over time, while still focusing on the core contributions of artists like Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, Isaac Hayes, and Marvin Gaye! The writing is smart, but never too academic – and Lordi does a great job of tying together the strands of her different arguments throughout. 217 pages, softcover. Book

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Oncoming TimesIf You Had My Love/What Is Life Without Love ... 7-inch
Duo, Early 70s. Good ... $9.99
Two sides by this obscure vocal group – both produced by Donny Hathaway! "If You Had" has a sweet early 70s groove – midtempo with a nice kick in the drums, and the group's sweet lovely vocals over the top, almost in a post-Supremes mode. "What Is Life" is slower and more of a ballad – a good late nite number, with a style that reminds us a bit of The Lovelites, but even catchier! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Label has some wear.)

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Eddy SenayHot Thang ... LP
Sussex, 1972. Very Good ... $14.99
A heck of a great little guitar funk album – a rare early 70s session from the groovy Eddy Senay – an artist that we'd rank right up there with bigger names like Phil Upchurch, David T Walker, Dennis Coffey, or Eddie Fisher at the same time! Fisher's maybe the best comparison here – especially his second album for Cadet – as the style here is clearly born in jazz, but taken through lots of soul and funk territory – so that the instrumental tunes are maybe even heavier on groove than solo space – although Senay manages to deliver plenty with his fuzzy tone on the strings! Eddie's got roots in Detroit, and there's almost some Westbound Records elements taking place here at times – as the set was recorded in the Motor City with help from Johnny Clapton and Thomas Hale on tenor, Rudy Robinson on keyboards, Gordon Camp on trumpet, and some especially great work from Eddie Bongo Brown on congas – whose groove really adds a deeper layer to the tunes. Titles include great remakes of Donny Hathaway's "Zambezi" and Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" – plus "Jubo", "Hot Thang", "Message of Love", and "Down Home". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, ring & edge wear, half split top seam, and some splitting in the bottom seam and spine.)

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TemptationsGive Love At Christmas ... CD
Universal, 1980. New Copy ... $4.99 14.98
The Temps give love at Christmas – and manage to do it with a heck of a lotta soul! The set's got some surprisingly nice late Motown arrangements from Harold Johnson, Gil Askey, and Teddy Randazzo – supporting the group's mellow seasonal harmonies nicely! There's a few nice Motown numbers on the set – including "Everything For Christmas", "Give Love On Christmas Day", "Love Comes With Christmas", and "Christmas Everyday" – plus a good version of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas"! CD

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Rhonda ThomasLittle Drummer Girl ... CD
Rhonvocals, 2012. New Copy ... $4.99
A really beautiful Christmas album from Rhonda Thomas – a singer we already love during the other seasons of the year – but one who's really won us over with this unique Holiday set! The record's easily one of the best Christmas records we've heard in years – and Rhonda does way more than just rehash Holiday classics – and instead reworks tunes with a vitally fresh sort of energy – proud, righteous, and solidly soulful – at a level that puts the record right up there with classic Christmas soul efforts from the likes of Donny Hathaway and Luther Vandross – the kind of record you'll be pulling out year after year in December – for decades to come! CD

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Bobby WatsonKeepin It Real ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2020. New Copy ... $14.99 17.99
Bobby Watson's always keeping it real in our book – as the alto saxophonist maybe hasn't made a bad record ever, and has continued to turn out the sort of fantastic music we loved right when he was an up-and-comer in an 80s version of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers! Here, Bobby's working with some key talents from his solo years – a re-formed New Horizon group that features excellent work on bass from Curtis Lundy, drums from Victor Jones, and piano from Victor Gould – plus trumpet work on some tracks by Josh Evans and on others by Giveton Gellin! The use of trumpet is somewhat striking, as it's an instrument that's not always in place on some of Bobby's small combo sessions – and both Evans and Gellin are clearly inspired by the warmth of the leader – as both soar out with a wonderfully full, rich sound that only adds to the classic soulful touch of Watson on the alto. Titles include Watson and Lundy originals "Keepin It Real", "One For John", "My Song", "The Mystery of Ebop", and "Elementary My Dear Watson 2020" – plus a nice take on the Donny Hathaway tune "Someday We'll All Be Free". CD

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WhispersWhisper In Your Ear/Whispers/Imagination (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Solar/Robinsongs (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy 2CD ... $12.99
A trio of classic albums from The Whispers – with bonus tracks too! On the first set, the mighty group does way more here than just Whisper in your ear – as they're completely on top of their game, ending the 70s with a wickedly sharp sound that would help them stand strong for years to come! The group started in fragile harmony soul modes, grew with confidence in the 70s, hit a bit of a dancefloor mode – and here step off with this mature style that's totally wonderful – the best of all worlds together as one – shaped by arrangements from Tom Tom 84, Gene Page, and Keni Burke! Titles include "Whisper In Your Ear", "Homemade Lovin'", "If I Don't Get Your Love", "Love At Its Best", "Can't Do Without Love", and "Pretty Lady". The 1979 Whispers album was one of a few to bear the group's name as its title – and it's also one of our favorite albums by The Whispers – a later gem with some really great songs, and a sound that shows the group strongly moving into hit territory! In some way, the album's almost a return to the mellow harmony soul of the group's roots – slowing down the pace from the disco years to craft some extremely great ballads and midtempo numbers. There's still a bunch of great club tracks too – like the classic "And The Beat Goes On" – but in a way, our favorite tracks are the mellower ones, like "Lady", "I Love You", and the sublime, "A Song For Donny", a tribute to the late Donny Hathaway, written around the music of his classic "This Christmas". On Imagination, the group takes off from the Philly groove style of their late 70s work, moving into a style that picks up all the best touches of the early 80s LA sound – electro keyboards, but not too much; quiet storm production, but not so much so that the album's smothered in it; and a professional approach to harmonies and songwriting that showed that the group was still an unstoppable force in soul music! Includes "Imagination", "It's A Love Thing", "Say You", "I Can Make It Better" and "Up On Soul Train". Bonus tracks include an instrumental of "Song For Donny" – plus 7" mixes of "Can't Do Without Love", "Can You Do The Boogie", "And The Beat Goes On", "It's A Love Thing", and "I Can Make It Better". CD

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Stevie WonderInnervisions ... CD
Motown, 1973. Used ... $4.99
One of the best Stevie Wonder albums ever! Stevie's moving into god-like territory here – handling a multitude of styles, all well, and crafting some of the most sophisticated soul of his generation. The album's got the same jazzy references you'll find on the best work by Donny Hathaway – best heard on the sublime track "Golden Lady", which gets our clear vote for one of the best songs ever! Just about every track is great, though – and the album features the big hits "Living For The City", "All In Love Is Fair", "Higher Ground", and "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" – plus "He's Misstra Know It All", "Jesus Children Of America", and "Too High". CD has 24 bit digital remastering, with original artwork and lyrics. CD
Also available Innervisions ... LP 29.99

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Stevie WonderInnervisions ... LP
Tamla, 1973. Very Good Gatefold ... $29.99
One of the best Stevie Wonder albums ever! Stevie's moving into god-like territory here – handling a multitude of styles, all well, and crafting some of the most sophisticated soul of his generation. The album's got the same jazzy references you'll find on the best work by Donny Hathaway – best heard on the sublime track "Golden Lady", which gets our clear vote for one of the best songs ever! Just about every track is great, though – and the album features the big hits "Living For The City", "All In Love Is Fair", "Higher Ground", and "Don't You Worry 'Bout A Thing" – plus "He's Misstra Know It All", "Jesus Children Of America", and "Too High". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Tamla pressing with Kendun stamp.)
Also available Innervisions ... CD 4.99

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VariousCurtom Story ... CD
Curtom/Charly (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s/1996. Used 2 CDs ... $29.99
Stunning new box set that not only brings together a huuuuuge amount of rare 45's and album tracks on the Curtom label, but which also collects great Chicago soul tracks from related labels, like Thomas and Gemigo. The 2CD set has a huge booklet with loads of notes, and includes a whopping 51 tracks by artists like Baby Huey & the Babysitters, June Conquest, The Amazers, Fred Wesley, The Notations, The Triplett Twins, Ground Hog, Gene Chandler, The Natural Four, Love's Children, Moses Dillard & The Tex Town Display, Bobby Franklin's Insanity, Donny Hathaway, The Five Stairsteps, and Jamo Thomas. The set goes waaaay beyond the usual "Superfly" groove of the label, and features a massive set of cuts that we only ever turn up on original 45s! Plus, the compilation is virtually a who's who of Chicago soul from a certain era, and is one of the best compilatins of tracks from the city that we've ever seen. Great stuff, and another wonderful release from the new Charly! CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousEasy Christmas Now – Groovy Carols For A Cozy Winter ... CD
Bureau B (Germany), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $16.99
A wonderfully groovy set of Christmas tracks – one done in a style very similar to the Get Easy Snow compilations – as you might guess from the title! The selection here is great – with a few perennial favorites, a few rare gems, and a great middle stretch of wonderful bits from some of the grooviest artists of the 60s and 70s – a great antidote to some of the too-played holiday music you might hear during the 12th month of the year! Titles include "Santa Claus Is Definitely Hear To Stay" by James Brown, "Close Your Mouth It's Christmas" by Free Design, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" by Jimmy McGriff, "Snow" by Claudine Longet, "Black Christmas" by The Emotions, "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" by The Temptations, "Christmas Gift" by Margie Joseph, "Winter Warm" by Bob Crewe Generation, "Snow Flakes" by The Ventures, "Winter Symphony" by The Beach Boys, "This Christmas" by Donny Hathaway, "Children Go Where I Send Thee" by Kenny Burrell, "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" by Ray Anthony & His Bookends, "Swinging Christmas" by Helmut Zacharias, and "Jingo Jango" by Bert Kaempfert. CD

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VariousSoul Chasers – Volume 2 ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $8.99
One of our favorite series ever of modern soul material – done back in the 90s, when nobody else was willing to dig for tracks these smooth and groovy! There's a great blend of material here – from mellow soul to jazzy funk, with a few bits of early 80s club as well – in a way, the collection's a great illustration of the way that soul like this was kept alive in British soul crowds, even at a time when other folks around the world weren't rating it as strongly! Titles include "Love Love Love" by Donny Hathaway, "I Can't Forget About You" by Ronn Matlock, "Say You Will" by Osamu Kitajima, "I Can't Tell You" by New Horizon, "Fragile Handle With Care" by Sam Dees, "Ripe For The Pickin" by The Trumains, "Come Into My Life Again" by Ndugu & The Chocolate Jam Co, "Good Times" by Rosie Gaines, "Keep On Doin" by Glenn Jones, "I'm Not Ready" by Ujima, and "Overdose Of Joy" by Eugene Record. CD

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VariousSweetest Feeling – A Van McCoy Songbook 1962 to 1973 ... CD
Kent (UK), 1960s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $11.99 18.99
A sweet overview of the Van McCoy songbook from the early 60s to early 70s – and a stellar compilation from Ace Records – a label that's gone above and beyond in its efforts to shine a light on the songwriters and producers behind some of most moving songs of the era! The breadth ofMcCoy's talent is pretty amazing, all the more so given his huge disco era hit "The Hustle", a world away from the soaringly emotional soul songs he penned for top shelf singers like Betty Everett, Nina Simone, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Nancy Wilson, Donny Hathaway, Erma Franklin, Jerry Butler and more – many of the best of which are compiled here! 24 tracks in all: "I Got The Sweetest Feeling" by Erma Franklin, "Getting Mighty Crowded" by Betty Everett, "Baby I'm Yours" by Barbara Lewis, "Sotp And Get A Hold Of Myself" by Gladys Knight & The Pips, "So Soon" by Aretha Franklin, "Giving Up" by Donny Hathaway, "Nothing Worse Than Being Alone" by The Ad Libs, "I've Lost You" by Jackie Wilson and many more. CD

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✨✧ Jerry ButlerSagittarius Movement ... LP
Mercury, 1971. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the great albums of trippy soul that Jerry Butler cut with his Fountain Productions group of players, arrangers, and engineers – a group that borrowed a lot of talent from the Chess/Cadet studios of the late 60s. Jerry produced with Gerald Sims, and the arrangements were handled by Sims, James Mack, and Donny Hathaway (who also played piano on the record.) Tracks include "Ain't Understanding Mellow", "Windy City Soul", "True Love Don't Come Easy", and a lesser known Terry Callier/Billy Butler track called "Sail Away". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split top seam, a cutout hole, and some light aging.)

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✨✧ Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana ... LP
RCA, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Maybe the best Madlib-produced LP since the highest peaks of the prime Stones Throw era, and Freddie Gibbs is on fire throughout! Each one does what he does best here and ups the ante. 'Lib is focused on crackling soul beats and hazy funk – masterfully utilizing vintage and contemporary sample sources from Donny Hathaway and Syl Johnson to Kaidi Tatham and The Heliocentrics – delivering the right kind of gritty headnodding vibe without compromising on his distinctive style. Freddie Gibbs is uncompromisingly raw and fiercely focused, varying the speed of his flow when the mood strikes, so what sounds like it might be an uncommonly inspired freestyle one second rolls into the most dexterous lyricism for the next couple minutes. Seriously strong stuff, with just a few guest appearances by Pusha T, Killer Mike, Anderson.Paak, Yasiin Bey & Black Thought. Titles include "Half Manne Half Cocaine", "Cataracts", "Gat Damn", "Education", "Crime Pays", "Palmolive", "Guannis", "Soul Right" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Leroy HutsonMan! ... LP
Curtom, 1974. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily 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. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Dwight Trible with Matthew HalsallWhat The World Needs Now/Tryin Times ... 7-inch
Gondwana (UK), 2020. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A Burt Bacharach tune, given a fantastic reading here – as the soaring, spiritual vocals of Dwight Trible really transform the song – which is set up here in a modal jazz reading with a trumpet solo from Matthew Halsall! The pair reunite on the flip – which is an equally sublime remake of a Donny Hathaway song! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ UnificsSittin' In At The Court Of Love ... LP
Kapp, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The one and only album by The Unifics – and a beautiful precursor to the solid group sounds of the east coast early 70s. The group's got some wonderful harmonies – still raw, but showing the strength of smooth production to hit some very strong moments. Arrangements are by Richard Rome, Bert De Coteaux, and a very young Donny Hathaway – and the lead singer of the group is Al Johnson (although we're not sure he's the same Al Johnson that went onto greater fame as a solo act.) Includes "Sittin In At The Court Of Love", which was a minor hit – plus a number of other originals, including "Which One Should I Choose", "Tables Turned", and "Toshi Sumasu". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Darrow FletcherLove Is My Secret Weapon/It's No Mistake ... 7-inch
Kent (UK), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite tracks ever from the great Darrow Fletcher – a tune that builds up with this midtempo groove that's warm and wonderful, and which really seems to bring out the same quality in Darrow's vocals too – all with a vibe that almost feels like Leroy Hutson at his best! "It's No Mistake" is excellent as well – warmer strings gliding up alongside the gentle groove, while Darrow's vocals crest gently with the care of a young Donny Hathaway! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Samuel Jonathan JohnsonMy Music ... CD
Columbia/Dusty Groove, 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! The set's got a really visionary feel – keyboards that compare with the best mellow soul lines of Donny Hathaway, and a vocal style that's got some of the range of Ronnie McNeir, mixed with a more human approach to the lyrics that makes the whole thing wonderfully personal, too. There's lots of jazzy elements on the Fender Rhodes lines – which bubble beautifully on the mellow moments, and step out boldly on the album's few groovers – making for a richness that goes way beyond the vocals, and which puts Johnson in the company of DJ Rogers or Webster Lewis. Forgive us if we keep name-dropping like that – but the set's a stunning treasure from an artist who should have gotten the same sort of recognition as all the best soul talents of the 70s. The title track – "My Music" – has an amazing bit of bubbling synth intro (and outro), cool spacey vocals by Sam, and a mellow, but tight groove that sounds a bit like something that Roy Ayers might have cooked up – and it leads off an incredible album of other titles that include "Sweet Love", "Just Us", "You", "Reason For The Reason", "Because I Love You", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", "Yesterdays & Tomorrow", and "Thank You Mother Dear". Great reissue with wonderful sound – and special liner notes by Samuel's daughter, Yolanda Johnson – a great singer in her own right too! CD
(On the Dusty Groove label.)

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✨✧ Soulful StringsString Fever ... LP
Cadet, 1969. Very Good- ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums ever by the Soulful Strings – certainly the hippest, and the one with some of the most complex moments! The record still features arrangements by Richard Evans – who's even better here than before – but you can also feel the presence of Donny Hathaway, who contributed two great numbers to the album – "Zambezi", which he wrote with Evans, and the fantastic "Valdez In The Country", one of Donny's greatest songs ever, given its first-ever performance here, with vocals (probaby Donny's) underneath the instruments, humming away soulfully. The record also features some other fantastic Cadet/Chisoul numbers – like "Voices Inside" (which Donny did on his first album), and Eddie Harris' "It's Cold Duck Time" and "1974 Blues". A massive batch of funky soul instrumentals – right up there with the best Cadet/Concept work of the late 60s! LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear, light stains along the spine and seams, and writing in pen on front & back. Labels have a name in pen.)

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

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✨✧ Samuel Jonathan JohnsonMy Music ... LP
Columbia/Be With (UK), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite 70s soul records ever – and a totally unique set as well! To our ears, Samuel Jonathan Johnson belongs in the company of Roy Ayers, Norman Connors, and other spiritual soul heavyweights – even though he only ever cut this one album for Columbia Records back in 1978! The set's got a really visionary feel – keyboards that compare with the best mellow soul lines of Donny Hathaway, and a vocal style that's got some of the range of Ronnie McNeir, mixed with a more human approach to the lyrics that makes the whole thing wonderfully personal, too. There's lots of jazzy elements on the Fender Rhodes lines – which bubble beautifully on the mellow moments, and step out boldly on the album's few groovers – making for a richness that goes way beyond the vocals, and which puts Johnson in the company of DJ Rogers or Webster Lewis. Forgive us if we keep name-dropping like that – but the set's a stunning treasure from an artist who should have gotten the same sort of recognition as all the best soul talents of the 70s. The title track – "My Music" – has an amazing bit of bubbling synth intro (and outro), cool spacey vocals by Sam, and a mellow, but tight groove that sounds a bit like something that Roy Ayers might have cooked up – and it leads off an incredible album of other titles that include "Sweet Love", "Just Us", "You", "Reason For The Reason", "Because I Love You", "What The World Needs Now Is Love", "Yesterdays & Tomorrow", and "Thank You Mother Dear". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John Legend & The RootsWake Up (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Okayplayer, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
John Legend shakes loose of the contemporary pop soul style of his previous couple of records with a comparatively raw and direct soul vibe – revisiting some of best socially aware, emotionally resonant and still relevant songs of the 60s & 70s! The best tracks on the set are the ones that have the rawest, most live sounding groove – and there's plenty of that, as he's backed by The Roots. There's no denying John Legend's truthful love of this material, and he sings with genuine depth. They wisely choose numbers with lyrics that stand true to this day, a few of which feature fresh rhymes by guest MCs that further bridge the eras. The track selection is excellent – covering classics by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway and they also go as deep as Baby Huey & Eugene McDaniels. Includes "Hard Times" with Black Thought, "Compared To What", "Wake Up Everybody" with Common & Melanie Fiona, "Our Generation" feat CL Smooth, "Little Ghetto Boy" feat Black Thought (plus the prelude with Malik Yusef), "Hang On In There", "Wholy Holy", "Shine" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange colored vinyl. Limited edition of only 1500 copies!)

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

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✨✧ Center StageHey, Lady/Someday, Someway (You're Gonna Love Me) (Dispo pressing) ... 7-inch
Dispo, Early 70s. Good ... Out Of Stock
A sweet bit of Chicago harmony soul – arranged by Donny Hathaway, with a very nice sound! Both cuts have a sweetly swaying approach – with one male voice in the lead, and other falling into the harmonies on the chorus, layered over each other wonderfully to build with the strong hook of the cuts. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some wear.)

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✨✧ Charlie HunterCharlie Hunter ... CD
EMI, 2000. Used ... Out Of Stock
Hunter's getting a lot more sophisticated in his style, and is moving past the heavy funky sound of early days – to a mix of soulful styles that opens him up a lot more. This sextet session features drummer Leon Parker, who always works well with Hunter – plus tenorist Peter Apfelbaum, and percussionists Stephen Chopek and Robert Perkins. Titles include "Two For Bleu", "Al Green", "Rendezvous Avec La Verite", "Flau Flau", and "Cloud Splitter". Also features a nice solo version of Donny Hathaway's "Someday We'll All Be Free". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Larry SaundersStranger/Fly Away Love Bird ... 7-inch
Soul International, Early 70s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful mellow soul from one of the 70's least-recognized talents. Larry Saunders had a beautiful jazz-tinged style that sounded a bit like Donny Hathaway or Stevie Wonder, but which also had more of an east coast indie soul vibe to it. This single contains 2 of the best tracks from his rare Stranger album, and it's one of the best ways to get into his great work! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Dwight TribleMothership ... LP
Gearbox (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
One of the most amazing jazz vocalists of our generation returns here with an incredible group – a majestic combo to match all the spiritual inclinations in his music – with work from Kamasi Washington on tenor, Mark De Clive-Lowe on piano, Miguel Atwood Ferguson on viola, and both Carlos Nino and Derf Reklaw on percussion! Dwight Trible on his own is already more than enough to get us to run out and buy a record – but here, the combination of his unique voice with these musicians makes for an album that's an instant masterpiece – and one that even has lots of new colors and styles compared to some of Dwight's previous work! Songs include numbers by older west coast spiritual jazz heavyweights – like Horace Tapscott, Linda Hill, Nate Morgan, James Leary, and Jesse Sharps – mixed with some of Trible's own songs, and versions of work by Carmen Lundy, Oscar Brown Jr, and Donny Hathaway. From top to bottom, start to stop, the album's a treasure – with tracks that include "It's All About Love", "Thank You Master", "Song For My Mother", "Brother Where Are You", "Some Other Time", "These Things You Are To Me", "Desert Fairy Princess", and "Mothership". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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