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Eric AlexanderEric Alexander With Strings ... CD
High Note, 2019. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
A really fantastic album from tenorist Eric Alexander – a player we've always loved, but who really seems to be opening up some new sides in his music in the past few years! As you'd guess from the title, the album's in a classic "with strings" mode – Eric's tenor out front soloing, with support from a familiar core trio that includes David Hazeltine on piano, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – all augmented by these really beautiful string passages from Dave Rivello – an arranger we're not sure we've heard before, but who does a tremendous job here – couching the strong tenor lines with a sensitivity that reminds of of classic 60s charts from Torrie Zito. There's a mature, open quality to the whole thing that's really wonderful – a new sophisticated side of Alexander's music, and one that we love from the very first note. Titles include "Dreamsville", "Gently", "Lonely Woman", "Some Other Time", "Slow Hot Wind", and "The Thrill Is Gone". CD

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Eric AlexanderLeap Of Faith ... CD
Giant Step Arts, 2019. New Copy ... $19.99 20.00
The great Eric Alexander in a trio mode – soaring out with a lot more space and soul than some of his albums with a pianist – and that's saying a lot, given the wonderfully soulful sound of that work too! The style is a mode that Alexander has explored a bit over the years, but which really comes out with great force here – and opens up a sharper, more biting tone than you might be used to hearing from the saxophonist over his 25+ years of recording! It's almost as if Eric's awoken with a whole new sense of spirit – and we mean that quite literally, as the album has Alexander arising as a very powerful saxophonist in a spiritual tradition – with a sound that's still very individual, but which has links to a legacy that includes Pharoah Sanders and Charles Lloyd – something we never would have said about Eric just a few years ago. The other trio members are key to the sound, too – Doug Weiss on bass and Jonathan Blake on drums – and titles include "Corazon Perdido", "Luquitas", "Mars", "Magyar", "Big Richard", "Second Impression", and "Frenzy". CD

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Eric AlexanderSecond Milestone ... CD
Milestone, 2001. Used ... $6.99
Alexander's second outing for the Milestone label (hence the title), and a wonderful album of soulful tenor tracks that has him working in a quintet with Harold Mabern on piano and Jim Rotondi on trumpet. Mabern and Alexander have, by this time, forged quite a sympathetic relationship – and, dare we say it, their pairing here reminds us a lot of the warmly soulful styles forged by Mabern and Frank Strozier in years past. The set's sparkling with original tunes that include "The Man From Hyde Park", "Luna Naranja", and "The Second Milestone" – plus Mabern's classic "John Neely Beautiful People", and great versions of "Estate" and "Matchmaker Matchmaker". CD
(Out of print, penmark through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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Eric AlexanderSummit Meeting ... CD
Milestone, 2002. Used ... $6.99
This tenor giant gets better and better with each new album! Eric Alexander is one of our favorite new jazz artists of the past decade – still a relatively young player, but with a sound that's incredible, steeped in years of tradition, yet freely creative in his own unique way. His tenor solos on this set stand up to some of our favorite older work by players like Clifford Jordan or Sonny Rollins, and if anything, the backing may be some of the best he's ever received on record. Alexander's playing here with longtime friend and musical partner Harold Mabern – who's as sympathetic to Alexander's sound as he once was to that of Frank Strozier – and the other players in the group include trumpeter Nicholas Payton, John Webber, and Joe Farnsworth. Titles include "Andre's Turn", "After The Rain", "This Girl's In Love With You", "A House Is Not A Home", and "Summit Meeting". CD
(Out of print, penmark through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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One For All (Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, et al)End Of A Love Affair (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Venus (Japan), 2001. Used ... Just Sold Out!
There's no end to our love affair with this great group – one of the most rock-solid lineups of the past decade or so, thanks to tight work from some players who clearly love working with each other! The mighty Eric Alexander is in the frontline on tenor sax – as are Jim Rotondi on trumpet and Steve Davis on trombone – and the rhythm section's equally cooking with David Hazeltine on piano, Peter Washington on bass, and the mighty Joe Farnsworth on drums! The set's got the kind of groove you might think was only cut back in the day – a soulful take on hardbop that's right up there at a Blue Note level of precision and expression. Titles include "Shinjuku Waltz", "How Are You", "Corcovado", "Stolen Moments", and "The Eyes Have It". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)
 
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Roy AssafRespect Vol 1 ... CD
JLP, 2012. Used ... $8.99
A core trio set from pianist Roy Assaf - but one that also features some great horn work on some tracks too – including guest tenor from Eric Alexander, flugelhorn from Roy Eldridge, and trumpet from Greg Gisbert! Assaf gets things going in a bluesy, swinging groove – but then stretches out quickly into a range of modern modes from the late 20th Century – bringing in some great post-swing, post-bop modes with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Greg Hutchinson. Alexander soars on a great version of McCoy Tyner's "Fly With The Wind" – which also has percussion from Vanderlei Pereira – and other titles include "Prism", "Song For Abdullah", "September In Rio", "Hymn To Freedom", "Uranus", and "Textures". CD

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Nicolas BeardeI Remember You – The Music Of Nat King Cole ... CD
Right Groove, 2019. Used ... $9.99
Nicolas Bearde is a singer with equal parts experience in jazz and soul – which makes him a perfect artist to take on the music of Nat King Cole – which he does here in a way that may well be better than any other Cole tribute we've heard, including a recent effort by Gregory Porter! This set's got more of a jazz vibe, and a very open style – classics associated with Nat's years recording for Capitol Records, but swung with a modern small combo style – thanks to arrangements from pianist Josh Nelson, whose talents really shape the set in a great way – as does tenorist Eric Alexander, who appears on a few tracks too – adding a tenor/vocal approach that Nat never used. Titles include "Funny", "That Sunday That Summer", "Sweet Lorraine", "Tenderly", "Rules Of The Road", and "I Wish You Love". CD
(Punch through digipack barcode.)

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George ColemanGeorge Coleman – The Quartet ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2019. New Copy ... $13.99 17.98
Tenorist George Coleman has a long legacy that stretches back decades in jazz – but here, he slides into a setting that most folks would associate with the work of saxophonist Eric Alexander – a quartet that features Harold Mabern on piano, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums! The group's a rock-solid lineup that you've heard on many other records – but the presence of Coleman really changes up their sound – especially since George brings in all this complexity with his phrasing and timing, which then seems to get folded back on the way that the rhythm section reacts to his lead! The tracks are long, with lots of space for Coleman to stretch out – and the record may be one of the best that he's done in many years – with phrasing that really blows us away. Titles include "Paul's Call", "East 9th Street Blues", "I Wish You Love", "Triste", "Along Came Betty", and "Lollipops & Roses". CD

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Steve DavisSay When ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2015. Used ... $11.99
A knockout from Steve Davis – one of the best trombone players in modern jazz – working here with an exceptionally impressive group of players! The legendary Harold Mabern is on piano, and Eddie Henderson plays trumpet – along with the always impressive Eric Alexander on tenor, Nat Reeves on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums. A lot of the session is played very energetically, which we love – and it's balanced by some more lyrical, melodic material, too. It includes some great takes on the JJ Johnson compositions "Pinnacles", "Shortcake", "Lament", "Say When", "Kenya" and Shutterbug" – Johnson being one of Davis's heroes – and he does a terrific job of honoring his legacy, while giving the material a fresh feel. Also includes a take on Coltrane's "Village Blues", the freshest version of "When The Saints Go Marching In" we've heard in years (really!!), "There Will Never Be Another You" and "What Is This Thing Called Love". CD
(Still sealed.)

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Harold MabernIron Man – Live At Smoke ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2019. New Copy 2CDs ... $16.99 18.99
Pianist Harold Mabern works here with a trio of players who really helped him find new focus and energy in later years – the great Eric Alexander on tenor, with John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums – a rock-solid lineup who really take off here in a live date from New York's Smoke nightclub! Tracks are all long, and have that solid, soaring sense of groove that always marked Mabern in his early years – but which was lost a bit in the 80s and 90s, until he teamed up with Alexander – and found the kind of inspiration that's returned him to greatness for most of the last 20 years! The songs are straightforward, but filled with searing solos – and with Webber and Farnsworth on hand, things keep swinging in all the right ways. Alexander himself seems to have unlocked a whole new corner of his talents in recent years – very much on display here – and titles include "A Few Miles From Memphis", "Nightlife In Tokyo", "She's Out Of My Life", "Mr PC", "On A Clear Day", "Rakin & Scrapin", "T Bone Steak", and "I Know That You Know". CD

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Harold MabernMabern Plays Mabern ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2020. New Copy ... $14.99 18.98
A heartbreakingly beautiful album from pianist Harold Mabern – a set that's already beautiful on its own, but which maybe moves us even more when we realize it's one of the last that Harold has ever given us! The set's recorded at the Smoke nightclub on the upper west side – and features fantastic energy from some familiar players who've worked with Mabern often, and who maybe even rise up in great spirits together – in a set that's an unintentional memorial to the wonderful music that all of them made together during the final decades of Harold's life! In addition to Mabern on piano, the group also features Eric Alexander on tenor, Vincent Herring on alto, Steve Davis on trombone, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – and as you'd guess by the title, there's a fair bit of original Mabern compositions in the set – including "Mr Johnson", "Rakin & Scrapin", "The Beehive", "Edward Lee", and "The Lyrical Cole-Man". CD

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✨✧ Harold Mabern with Gregory Porter & Kurt EllingAfro Blue ... CD
Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy ... $13.99 17.99
The great Harold Mabern kicks it hard with a key core group – then finds a way to open up with some surprise guest artists as well – including singers Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, Jane Monheit, and Norah Jones! The core of the album features Mabern's piano rocketing out with rhythm from John Webber on bass and Joe Farnsworth on drums – and getting some strong tenor work from the mighty Eric Alexander – and as the set goes on, the group also brings in Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, Peter Bernstein on guitar, and Steve Turre on trombone. But the key force here is the singers – especially Porter and Elling, who seem to find an old school space with the group that really takes them back to their roots. Elling sings on "You Needed Me", "Portrait Of Jennie", and "Billie's Bounce"'; Porter sings on "Afro Blue" and "The Man From Hyde Park"; Monheit sings on "I'll Take Romance" and "My One & Only Love"; and Norah Jones sings on "Don't Misunderstand" and "Fools Rush In". CD also features Alexis Cole on "Such Is Life" – and the instrumental tracks "The Chief", "Mozzin", and "Bobby Benny Jymie Lee Bu". CD

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Pat Martino & Joyous LakeStone Blue ... CD
Blue Note, 1998. Used ... $6.99
With Kenwood Dennard on drums & percussion, James Genus on bass, Delmar Brown on keyboards & Eric Alexander on tenor saxophone. CD
(Mark through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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Pete Petersen & The Collection Jazz OrchestraPlayin' In The Park ... LP
PA USA, 1985. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Contemporary big band including Tamara Schultz, Dave Pietro, Larry Panella, Pete Whitman, and Pete Petersen on saxophones; Jay Saunders, Tom Frye, Ronnie Saucier, Marc Prather, and David Alexander on trumpets; Mike Burgess, Mike Bogle, Scott Whitfield, Bryan Brink, on trombones; Eric Swanson on bass, Gary Carper on tuba, Bryan Piper on keys, Kim Platko on guitar, Lou Fischer on bass, and Michael John Drake on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index label and clear tape on the spine and some stains on back.)

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Pete Petersen & The Collection Jazz OrchestraTexas State Of Mind ... LP
PA USA, 1983. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Contemporary big band including Tamara Schultz, Phil Chester, Ray Dretske, Warren Sneed, and Pete Petersen on saxophones; Ronnie Saucier, Steve Rentschler, R Carey Deadman, Rick Baker, and David Alexander on trumpets; Jeff Thomas, Robin Kraft, Tim Kraft, Bill Johnson, and Eric Swanson on trombones; Mark Ripley on piano, Kim Platko on guitar, Ed Wise on bass, and W Mike Fiala on drums. Featured soloists include Ashley Alexander, Rich Matteson, and Phil Wilson. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has an index label and clear tape on the spine.)

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✨✧ George ColemanMy Horns Of Plenty ... CD
Verve, 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare moment in the major label spotlight for George Coleman – an early 90s session for Verve, and one that should have gotten him the same sort of ongoing recognition as contemporary sessions at the label by JJ Johnson, Randy Weston, and Joe Henderson! The format here is spare, but nicely varied – with Coleman on a tenor, soprano, and alto saxes alongside a trio of Harold Mabern on piano, Ray Drummond on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. With a rhythm section that strong, you could almost throw just about any player up against them and get something great – but Coleman's also really pushing to the forefront of the tunes on most numbers, blowing with a deep voice and strong sound that almost recalls some of the work that Eric Alexander did in later years with Mabern. Titles include "Old Folks", "Lush Life", "Conrad", "My Romance", "You Mean So Much To Me", and "The Sheik Of Araby". CD
(Out of print first pressing.)

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✨✧ Jim RotondiLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2009. Used ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic group of well-matched players – one we've heard together often on albums for other labels, but who really find a new sort of energy here in the Smalls Live series! Trumpeter Jim Rotondi's joined here by equal frontmen Eric Alexander on tenor, David Hazeltine on piano and Fender Rhodes, John Webber on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums – a quintet that's easily a five-pointed star, given all the sharp talents on deck! We're not sure if we've ever heard Hazeltine play Fender Rhodes before, and his use of the instrument on a few tracks is mighty nice – and as you might guess, Rotondi and Alexander really make some great use of the extended live tracks here to really open up on solos. Webber and Farnsworth are as swinging as we could have hoped for – and titles include "Twilight In Seville", "A Higher Calling", "You Know I Care", "Blues For All", and "Sunday In New York". CD

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✨✧ Michael DeaseNever More Here ... CD
Posi tone, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Michael Dease is as great a writer as he is a trombonist – which is to say a heck of a lot – but this time around, he opens the door to a wider range of jazz history – by offering up his own arrangements of tunes by Jimmy Heath, Jackie McClean, JJ Johnson, Eric Alexander, and others who've gone down the path before him! Dease always has a fantastic ear for color and rhythm – and that really comes through here, as he works with a fantastic lineup that features Steve Wilson on reeds, Renee Rosnes on piano, Gerald Cannon on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums – all players that have an equal mastery of color, which really comes through as the album moves on! The Dease approach to phrasing is fantastic – maybe in a space between JJ Johnson and Curtis Fuller during their classic years – and as you might imagine, Rosnes and Wilson are a delight, too. Titles include "Shortcake", "Frenzy", "Lament", "Milestones", "A Harmonic Future", "I Wish I Knew", and "For Hofsa". CD
 
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Monty AlexanderHere Comes The Sun ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1971. Used ... $9.99
Beautiful sounds from pianist Monty Alexander – and a record that really has him finding his own groove! Monty had recorded often in the 60s, and usually mixed his Caribbean roots with a bit of American soul jazz – but it really took the MPS label to help him find a spot to set himself free and really open up with his own sort of voice! Alexander soars with a sense of joy and imagination right from the very first note – getting help from Eugene Wright on bass, Duffy Jackson on drums, and the great Montego Joe on congas – in a mode that's maybe Monty's contribution to finding a Caribbean sound in jazz piano the way that work of Randy Weston and Dollar Brand were towards a more African-oriented heritage. The colors and phrasing of Alexander's touch on the keys is already pretty darn unique, and the rhythmic impulses send things home even more – on titles that include a great funky remake of "Here Comes The Sun" – plus "Where Is Love", "Montevideo", "Brown Skin Girl", and "So What". CD
(Case has some lightwear.)

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✨✧ Hubert EavesEsoteric Funk ... CD
East Wind/Universal (Japan), 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few albums we've ever seen by keyboardist Hubert Eaves – a great player whose work crops up on some of our favorite 70s soul jazz and jazz funk sides, but who rarely got a chance to lead his own group! Fortunately, he did get the chance to cut this one – as the session's a real doozy – sweet mellow fusion, handled very soulfully, with a kicked-back feel that's right up there with the most righteous soulful fusion of the time. Players include Mtume, John Lee, Reggie Lucas, Malachi Thompson, and Rene McLean – and Cheryl Alexander sings vocals on the track "Under Standing". A great blend of laidback funk and soulful grooves – in the manner of Bobby Lyle at his best – and titles include "Slow Down", "Painful Pleasure", "Call To Awareness", and "Flead Dancing". CD
(Includes obi.)

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Lin Manuel MirandaHamilton ... CD
Atlantic, 2016. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
An amazing moment – both in American theater and music – the groundbreaking original production of Hamilton – written by and starring the wonderful Lin-Manuel Miranda, a man who's intent on completely transforming the American cultural landscape! The soundtrack is very fittingly issued by Atlantic Records – given the strong undercurrent of soul and hip hop in the music – as Miranda opens up the true story of Alexander Hamilton in a surprisingly effective blend of beats, rhymes, and larger orchestrations! Miranda himself plays the lead character, in a setting that also features great vocal performances by Leslie Odom Jr, Anthony Ramos, Daveed Diggs, and others – all served up in this lavish package that contains all the musical performances from the original production. CD

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VariousBoddie Recording Company – Cleveland, Ohio (3CD set) ... CD
Boddie/Numero, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 3CD ... $26.99 50.00
One of the coolest sets the Numero Group has ever released – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given their already-mighty catalog! Although the label issued a previous dip into the enigmatic Boddie Recording company of Cleveland, this massive package brings together a whopping 57 tracks from the Boddie studios and related labels – many of which have never been reissued before, even by Numero – and all of which offer up a mindblowing microcosm of the American scene in the 60s and 70s – a wealth of rare funk, soul, psych, gospel, and more – all of it the kind of gritty material that 45 collectors die for! But just as cool as the music is the box itself – a slipcover that fits around a hardcover book, which contains individual pockets with CDs that focus on the core labels from Boddie – then other pull outs that include a big booklet on the studios, another on the artists, and a third set of bonus inserts! Musically, the whole thing's right on par with other Numero releases – maybe even above them, given the wide range and depth of the collection – and artists include Bo & The Metros, Inter Circle, King James Version, Ricky Hodges, Jackie Russell, Angela Alexander, Frankie Pighee, Chantells, AC Jones, Harvey Hall, Headlines, Modern Detergents, Penny North, JC Akins, Little Anthony Mitchell, Gospel Fabulators, Royal Kings, Corinthian Singers, Brother Bill, Victory 5, and many more. CD

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✨✧ VariousBoddie Recording Company – Cleveland, Ohio (5LP set) ... LP
Boddie/Numero, 1960s/1970s. New Copy 5LP ... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest sets the Numero Group has ever released – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given their already-mighty catalog! Although the label issued a previous dip into the enigmatic Boddie Recording company of Cleveland, this massive package brings together a whopping 57 tracks from the Boddie studios and related labels – many of which have never been reissued before, even by Numero – and all of which offer up a mindblowing microcosm of the American scene in the 60s and 70s – a wealth of rare funk, soul, psych, gospel, and more – all of it the kind of gritty material that 45 collectors die for! But just as cool as the music is the package itself – a heavy box with a flap that fits around five LPs, two booklets, flyer reproductions, and even a Boddie greeting card! There's loads of rare photos, band information, studio details, and more – billed by Numero as a "self-contained record industry" in one box. Musically, the whole thing's right on par with other Numero releases – maybe even above them, given the wide range and depth of the collection – and artists include Bo & The Metros, Inter Circle, King James Version, Ricky Hodges, Jackie Russell, Angela Alexander, Frankie Pighee, Chantells, AC Jones, Harvey Hall, Headlines, Modern Detergents, Penny North, JC Akins, Little Anthony Mitchell, Gospel Fabulators, Royal Kings, Corinthian Singers, Brother Bill, Victory 5, and many more. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Boddie Recording Company – Cleveland, Ohio (3CD set) ... CD 26.99

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✨✧ VariousPurple Snow – Forecasting the Minneapolis Sound (4LPs with book) ... LP
Numero, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 4 LPs ... Out Of Stock
The amazing prequel to the big wave of funk and soul that exploded from the Minneapolis scene at the end of the 70s – early sounds that really point the way towards later grooves from folks like Prince, Alexander O'Neal, Andre Cymone, and the team of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis! The massive package is one of the best-ever sets from the Numero Group – not just a brilliant collection of music, but a rich book-like presentation of this important time in the Twin Cities scene – with a huge booklet of notes, memories, and loads of vintage photos! The whole thing's like taking the quality of Numero's books and mixing it with the focus of their best compilations – and the heavy package is filled with loads and loads of gems that really re-map the whole rise to glory of some of the bigger names of the time. You'll hear sounds here by folks who later recorded under more famous labels, and other sublime cuts by groups who never fully got their due at the time – such as the wonderful Haze, a group we've always loved. Instrumentation is heavy on keyboards and bass – but used in ways that are often a bit warmer and more spontaneous than the electric funk of later Minneapolis years – tied in more strongly to the sound of the underground in other American cities. Titles include "Get It On" by Prophets Of Peace, "I Love You" by Herman Jones, "Taste Of Love" by Aura, "Expense" by Cohesion, "It's The Things That You Do" by Flyte Tyme, "Higher" by Lewis Connection, "I Do Love My Lady" by Haze, "Stone Lover" by Music Love & Funk, "Together" by Rockie Robbins, "Do You Dare" by Alexander O'Neal, "I've Got My Eyes On You" by The Girls, "Can You Deal With It" by Quiet Storm, "Should I Or Should I Not" by Sue Ann Carwell, "No One Else Can Do It To Me Baby" by Mind & Matter, and "Oh Lover" by Orville Shannon. LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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