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Barbara AcklinBrunswick Singles – A sides & B sides ... CD
Brunswick/Edsel (UK), Early 70s. Used ... $13.99
As with any soul artist of her era, Barbara Acklin recorded most of her best work on 7" singles. This tasty 25 track set feature 13 rare singles – both a and b-sides full intact (two singles share the same b sides, so the set's only got 25 cuts instead of 26). A number of these cuts are on LPs, but there's a number of other ones that aren't – and Barbara's lovely voice makes all tracks a great treat anyway! Titles include "Fool, Fool, Fool", "Just Ain't No Love", "Be By My Side", "After You", "Someone Else's Arms", "Is It Me", "I'm Living With A Memory", "I Can't Do My Thing", "Lady, Lady, Lady", "Love You Are Mine Today", and "Come & See Me Baby". CD
(Out of print.)

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Booker T & The MGsHip Hug Her/Doin Our Thing (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Stax/Edsel (UK), 1967/1968. New Copy ... $11.99
2 full albums – plus bonus tracks too! On Hip Hug Her, Booker T's definitely getting a bit funky – 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". Doin Our Thing has Booker T & The MGs moving their instrumental sound into a whole new range than before! The album has a very groovy feel – nice and tight, with especially great organ and guitar lines – often tuned towards 60s hits by other soul artists, but reworked strongly by the group's wonderful rhythms, and turned into a really cooking batch of Memphis soul instrumentals! There's a few key original tunes on the set – like the title track "Doin Our Thing" – and the cuts "I Can Dig It" and "Blue On Green" – but the covers are equally great, and include versions of "Ode To Billie Joe", "You Keep Me Hangin On", "Expressway To Your Heart", and "Let's Go Get Stoned". Features 2 bonus tracks – "Summertime (single edit)" and "Winter Snow". CD

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Chi-LitesHalf A Love (plus more!) ... CD
Brunswick/Edsel (UK), 1975. Used ... $14.99
Nothing half about The Chi-Lites at all – as the group were always tremendous during their famous run at Brunswick Records – able to come across perfectly on mellow ballads and more upbeat numbers! This set is a wonderful illustration of the really unique Chicago-based approach that the group and the label brought forth at the time – a complexity without showing off too much, a sense of humanity without too much weakness, and a way of sending home lyrics in group form that have a sense of individuality that's often greater than any single singer! Arrangements are wonderful – often headed by group member Eugene Record – and the set's full of classic cuts that include "Half A Love", "Here I Am", "Living In The Foosteps Of Another Man", "When Temptation Comes", "Go Away Dream", and "Ain't Too Much Of Nothin". Also features 9 more tracks that are rare singles and b-sides by the group! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Half A Love (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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8th Day8th Day/I Gotta Get Home (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Invictus/Edsel (UK), Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $11.99
Massive work from one of the most enigmatic groups in the Holland-Dozier-Holland universe! First up is the self-titled 8th Day album – supposedly a record that was hastily compiled to cash in on their hit single "She's Not Just Another Woman", which is a cut with an odd history. That track was reportedly recorded by 100 Proof Aged In Soul – but issued under the name 8th Day, so that it wouldn't compete with the group's other hits on the charts. After that cut took off, Holland-Dozier-Holland needed a group to back it up, so they assembled some lesser-known, but strong, Detroit soul talents to record this album. Unlike the group's second album, which is a much funkier affair overall, this one sounds a lot like 100 Proof – with a raspy southern-tinged soul approach, filtered through some slicker, more full-on HDH arrangements. Still a great album if you dig the Invictus soul sound, though – and titles include "I'm Worried", "Enny Meeny Miny Mo", "You've Got To Crawl Before You Walk", "Just As Long", and "She's Not Just Another Woman". Next up is I Gotta Get Home – a record that may well be one of the funkiest albums on Invictus! The 8th Day group was a loosely conceived batch of Detroit soul talents designed to cash in on a concept of the Holland-Dozier-Holland team – but fortunately, they also included some wonderful talents that could make some great music when they wanted to. One of these was the vastly under-discovered Detroit organist Lyman Woodard –who contributed the fantastic track "Cheba" to the album, an incredible organ groover that's unlike anything you've ever heard, rolling on with this pinched Hammond sound over congas, all-instrumental, and completely seductive! Another was Melvin Davis, who had recorded the song "Good Book" as a solo artist – but which was released here as if it was by the group. There's also a great guitarist in the group – unnamed due to the lack of liner notes – but who really shines on the funky tracks "Anythang", "Rocks In My Head", and "Heaven Is There To Guide Us", all with a fuzzed-out Detroit 70s groove! 2CD set also features bonus tracks – including "Free Your Mind", "It's Instrumental To Be Free", "Just As Long (single edit)", "You Made Me Over", "Eeny Meeny Miny Mo (inst)", and "If I Could See The Light In The Window", in both vocal and instrumental versions. CD

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Taj MahalNatch'l Blues ... CD
Edsel (UK), 1968. Used ... $4.99
A great title for this second set from Taj Mahal – because the sound here is even more stripped-down and natural than on his first LP! Taj turns in a lot more original tunes this time around – and is in wonderfully comfortable territory with his own lead lyrics, sung alongside his own work on harmonica and steel guitar too. Jesse Ed Davis adds in plenty of great lead guitar, and also handles the rhythm arrangements too – and Al Kooper guests a bit on piano, but like all musicians here is very respectful of Mahal's role as the lead. Titles include "Good Morning Miss Brown", "Done Changed My Way Of Living", "I Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Steal My Jellyroll", "The Cuckoo", and "Ain't That A Lot Of Love". CD
Also available Natch'l Blues ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ O'JaysLove Fever/Let Me Touch You (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Philadelphia International/Edsel (UK), 1985/1987. Used 2 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
The last 2 albums from the legendary Philly International run by the O'Jays – recorded in a style that clearly shows influences from the 80s modes of the time, but which also still lets the group sparkle nicely on trademark harmonies! Love Fever starts out a bit clunky – with a few cuts that have those 80s drums that bang at the bottom a bit too much, and almost obscure the vocals. But as the set moves on, the voices really dominate, and start to shine on a nice batch of lesser-known later numbers. Titles include "Can't Slow Down", "Dollar Bill", "All Eyes On Africa", "We're Still Together", "What A Woman", "Love Fever", and "I Wanna Be With You Tonight". Let Me Touch You is proof that the O'Jays fire can never die – because even though the instrumentation is slightly dated at times, this set sill has the group shining strongly on the vocal tip – hitting some great harmonies on the mellow cuts, and stepping out boldly on the more upbeat ones. Things are very much still in the Philly family here – with production by Thom Bell, Eddie Levert, and Gamble & Huff – and titles include "Lovin You", "Undercover Lover", "Cause I Want You Back Again", "Don't Take Your Love Away", "Let Me Touch You", "No Lies To Cloud My Eyes", "Don't Let The Dream Get Away", and "I Just Want Somebody To Love Me". CD features 4 bonus live tracks from the rare Philly International album Live On Stage – including "The Big Gangster", "Backstabbers", "For The Love Of Money", and "Love Train". CD
(Out of print.)

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RaydioRaydio/Rock On ... CD
Arista/Edsel (UK), 1978/1980. Used ... $12.99
The first 2 albums from Ray Parker's Raydio – in a great single CD set! The self-titled Raydio appeared in 1978– after Parker had honed is craft in countless session gigs, which gave him more than enough chops to get things right from the start! The sound is tight and definitely aimed at the charts, by Ray also brings his own sort of groove to the set too – kind of a mainstream funk approach that found a very big audience at the time! As the years pass, this one sounds better and better to our ears – with titles that include "Jack & Jill", "Let's Go All The Way", "Is This A Love Thing", "Honey I'm Rich", "You Need This (To Satisfy That)", "Betcha Can't Love Me Just Once", "Me", and "Get Down". Not much rock happening on the follow up Rock On – but a definite guitar-driven groove – that Ray Parker vamp really sparkling here in the frontline! The bass is pretty strong too, with that mainstream funk sound that was popping strongly from the west coast at the end of the 70s – a nice match for the guitar, and never as overdone as some of the other work of this nature. Tunes are all pretty darn catchy – more than enough to crossover, but without losing their cool – and titles include the megahit "You Can't Change That", plus "Rock On", "More Than One Way To Love A Woman", "What You Waitin For", "Honey I'm A Star", and "When You're In Need Of Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jackie WilsonBeautiful Day/Nobody But You ... CD
Brunswick/Edsel (UK), 1973/1976. Used ... $9.99
2 late Brunswick albums by Jackie Wilson – back to back on one CD! Beautiful Day is killer Chicago soul from Jackie – with stone cold Brunswick production by Carl Davis, and lots of arrangements by Willie Henderson. The title cut "Beautiful Day" is a soaring original tune that's really great – and other tracks include "It's All Over", "What'cha Gonna Do About Me", "I Get Lonely Sometimes", and "Go Away". Nobody But You continues the groove – with production work by Carl Davis and Sonny Sanders, and arrangements by David Van De Pitte. The album's got lots of good lesser-known tracks, too, including "Satisfy My Soul", "Where Is Love", "Just As Soon As The Feelings Over", and "Just Call My Name". 20 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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Young Holt TrioWack Wack – The Best Of Young Holt ... CD
Brunswick/Edsel (UK), Late 60s. Used ... $16.99
Fantastic work from one of the funkiest rhythm sections ever – the team of bassist Eldee Young and drummer Isaac Redd Holt! Young and Holt first came to fame working with Ramsey Lewis on a string of classic Chicago soul jazz outings for Chess – but by the mid 60s, the duo took off on their own, and moved over to Brunswick Records to cut a fantastic run of soul instrumental albums that rivaled Ramsey's own work at the time! Working with a variety of different piano players, as well as larger soul-based orchestrations, the pair cut a great sound for themselves – a groove that mixed up jazz and soul, and which was surprisingly popular with the record buyers at the time. Think of this as an instrumental take on the same sound that Brunswick was cooking up with The Chi-Lites, Barbara Acklin, and others – but also imagine that groove expanded out with just a touch of jazz as well. CD features 21 tracks in all – and is easily the greatest "best of" we've seen of the Young Holt years on Brunswick. Titles include "Dig Her Walk", "Orient", "The Look Of Love", "Strangers In The Night", "California Montage", "Young & Holtful", "Soulful Strut", "Yon Gimme Thum", "Light My Fire", "Just Ain't No Love", and "Baby Your Light Is Out". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousGary Crowley's Lost 80s – 63 Rare, Diverse, & Eclectic Tracks 1980 to 1987 (4CD set) ... CD
Edsel (UK), 1980s. New Copy 4CD ... $32.99 37.99
Gary Crowley was a young Capitol Radio DJ at the start of the 80s – which gave him a bird's eye view of all the musical changes that were taking place on the London scene of the time! This 4CD package is a great tribute to those years – and features some of Crowley's favorite tracks from the time – some very rare, some less-so – but all put together in a great package that really reminds us how much vibrant energy was running through music during the period! The tunes are a mix of minor hits and indie classics, post-punk gems and tuneful electro numbers – with a few surprises thrown in along the way – all wrapped up in a cool book-style package, with pages of notes on the music, and lots of images too. Titles include "Stop That Girl" by Vic Godard, "Abandon Ship" by April Showers, "Stop The Rain" by Suede Crocodiles, "Jive Baby On A Saturday Night" by The Jellies, "The Big Bean" by Pigbag, "Klacto Vee Sedstein" by Blue Rondo A La Turk, "Go Deh Yaka" by Monyaka, "Coup" by 23 Skidoo, "If Only" by Funkapolitan, "Slippery People (club)" by The Staple Singers, "Tuesday Sunshine (jock mix)" by The Questions, "Brother Brother" by The Kane Gang, "Be Thankful For What You've Got" by Sunset Gun, "Keep On Keepin On" by The Redskins, "Too Many Creeps" by Bush Tetras, "Is This Really The First Time You've Been In Love" by Jo Boxers, "Get Out Of London (intacontinentalballisticmix)" by Intaferon, "The Alibi (ext mix)" by Fun Boy Three, "It's A Man's Man's Man's World (ext mix)" by Brilliant, and "Looking Good Diving With The Wild Bunch" by Morgan McVey. CD

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✨✧ O'JaysWhen Will I See You Again/Love & More ... CD
Philadelphia International/Edsel (UK), 1983/1984. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Later O'Jays from Philly International – 2 albums back to back on one CD! When Will I See You Again is the kind of record that shows that the group never lost their touch! The set sparkles beautifully from the very first note – and the trio hit a warm, smooth groove that's a perfect summation of later Philly at its best – still tuned for the clubs at one level, but in a way that gets past disco and goes for more of a laidback, steppers sort of vibe. Harmonies are as sublime as always – and titles include "When Will I See You Again", "Put Our Heads Together", "Ain't Nothin Wrong With Good Lovin", "I Can't Stand The Pain", "Nice & Easy", and "Ain't Nothin' Wrong With Good Lovin". Love & More is great too – still very much a Gamble/Huff effort – as the pair wrote a number of the songs on the set, handled some arrangements, and even a lot of the production! The standout track is the smooth classic "Summer Fling", a perfect example of Philly modern at its best – and other titles include "I Really Need You Now", "I'm The Kind Of Man", "Let Me Show You", and "Give My Love To The Ladies". CD

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✨✧ Rufus ThomasJump Back ... LP
Stax/Edsel (UK), Mid 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A killer collection of Rufus Thomas' best Stax 45s from the 60s – pre-funk, and plenty of deep soul! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jackie Wilson with Linda Hopkins & Count BasieShake A Hand/Manufacturers Of Soul ... CD
Brunswick/Edsel (UK), 1963/1968. Used ... Out Of Stock
2 different team-ups by Jackie Wilson – back to back on one CD! Shake A Hand has Jackie teamed with a young Linda Hopkins here on this album of soul-oriented gospel tracks, recorded in that all-over-the map sort of way that describes his early years at Brunswick. The tracks feature arrangements by Alan Lorber and Dick Jacobs – and titles include "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "He's Got The Whole World In His Hands", "Do Lord", "Dry Bones", "Down By The Riverside", and "Shake A Hand". Manufacturers Of Soul is a pretty darn great album – way better than some of the snoozier 60s work by both of the artists involved! Basie's group gets hard and soulful on the record – and even a little funky on the best cuts – and Jackie's in a raw bluesy vocal style that recalls the best moments of his earlier Brunswick singles. The record's clearly an attempt to cash in on big soul albums by other artists of the 60s – but we'll forgive them that crime because the music's so great! Jackie blows it out over the top on great versions of "Funky Broadway", "Ode To Billie Joe", "I Was Made To Love Her", "Even When You Cry", and "Respect". Also features a version of "For Your Precious Love" that was a bit of a hit for the pair. 23 tracks in all. CD
(Out of print.)
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VariousUltimate Doo Wop Collection Vol 1 ... CD
Collectables, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... $2.99
Music from the Capris, the Paragons, the Passions, the Kodaks, Dion & The Belmonts, the Students, Little Bobby Rivera & the Hemlocks, the Shells, the Chimes, the Edsels, the Classics, the Monotones & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousCollectors Case – Super Classic Rhythm & Blues Selections ... CD
Time, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Music from Little Joe Thrillers, the Debonairs, the Edsels, the Enchanters, the Bouquets, the Four Buddies, the Elpollos, the Dubs, the Kings, the Royal Aces & more. CD
(Out of print.)

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