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AkwassaIn The Groove ... LP
Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
An interesting turning point for this funky Nigerian group of the 70s – as the set's still got the chunky rhythms of previous efforts, but also shows a touch of influence from reggae on some of the grooves – as well as some very cool use of keyboard touches that give the whole thing some nice electric currents! The sound is still nice and raw overall, and some of the best cuts have a straight funk approach that's really universal – grooves of the sort that you'd hear on an American funky 45, but maybe produced with that compelling sense of echo that makes so many west African records from the time sound a bit trippy. Vocals are in English throughout, and titles include "Everybody's Getting On", "Give Me Some Funk", "Jam All Night", "Make Your Self", "We Believe In Peace", and "No One Else". LP, Vinyl record album

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Ruby AndrewsBlack Ruby ... CD
Zodiac/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy ... $14.99
A hell of a great record from Ruby Andrews – a Chicago soul singer who started out sweet, but comes on hard and heavy on this righteous classic from the start of the 70s! The record's got a badass vibe you never would have expected from Andrews a few years before – with tremendous vocals, and these arrangements that are right on the money – and which pack a solid funky punch into nearly every tune! Brothers Of Soul provide the great backings – but Ruby's the clear star of the show, and works here in a deep soul style that blows us away every time we hear the record – and we've been listening to this one for more than a few decades. Wonderful all the way through – and with titles that include the funky classic "You Made A Believer Out Of Me", plus "Good N Plenty", "My Love Is Comin Down", "You Ole Boo Boo You", and "Overdose Of Love". CD
Also available Black Ruby ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Ruby AndrewsBlack Ruby ... LP
Zodiac/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A hell of a great record from Ruby Andrews – a Chicago soul singer who started out sweet, but comes on hard and heavy on this righteous classic from the start of the 70s! The record's got a badass vibe you never would have expected from Andrews a few years before – with tremendous vocals, and these arrangements that are right on the money – and which pack a solid funky punch into nearly every tune! Brothers Of Soul provide the great backings – but Ruby's the clear star of the show, and works here in a deep soul style that blows us away every time we hear the record – and we've been listening to this one for more than a few decades. Wonderful all the way through – and with titles that include the funky classic "You Made A Believer Out Of Me", plus "Good N Plenty", "My Love Is Comin Down", "You Ole Boo Boo You", and "Overdose Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Black Ruby ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Ruby AndrewsEverybody Saw You ... CD
Zodiac/Everland (Austria), 1970. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the greatest female soul records ever to come from Chicago – a killer set of work from the legendary Ruby Andrews! Ruby's a hell of a talent that should have been huge at a national level – possessed with a deep soul style that matched the best from Betty Lavette or Mavis Staples, but often set up in more sophisticated arrangements too – in a mode that worked perfectly in a "double-edged sword" model that was often employed by other Chicago singers, like Barbara Acklin or Patty Drew. The album was issued as a follow-up to Ruby's massive cut "Casanova", which is a perfect example of this style – with Ruby's raw vocals over the top, some loping string arrangements underneath, and the whole thing working perfectly together in an amazing blend of styles! The whole album's incredibly strong, and other tracks include "Casanova 70", "You Made A Believer Out Of Me", "Tit For Tat", and "Can You Get Away". CD
Also available Everybody Saw You ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Ruby AndrewsEverybody Saw You ... LP
Zodiac/Everland (Austria), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
One of the greatest female soul records ever to come from Chicago – a killer set of work from the legendary Ruby Andrews! Ruby's a hell of a talent that should have been huge at a national level – possessed with a deep soul style that matched the best from Betty Lavette or Mavis Staples, but often set up in more sophisticated arrangements too – in a mode that worked perfectly in a "double-edged sword" model that was often employed by other Chicago singers, like Barbara Acklin or Patty Drew. The album was issued as a follow-up to Ruby's massive cut "Casanova", which is a perfect example of this style – with Ruby's raw vocals over the top, some loping string arrangements underneath, and the whole thing working perfectly together in an amazing blend of styles! The whole album's incredibly strong, and other tracks include "Casanova 70", "You Made A Believer Out Of Me", "Tit For Tat", and "Can You Get Away". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Everybody Saw You ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Jack AshfordHotel Sheet ... CD
Magic Disc/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the coolest club records ever cut – and one with a great gimmick too! That gimmick is the "hotel sheet" – an instrument created by percussionist Jack Ashford, which is a light piece of metal that's snapped back and worth to create these cool wibbly, wobbly waves of sound – almost like a moog at times, which gives some of these tracks a bit of a P&P Records vibe! Ashford was a member of The Funk Brothers – and a percussionist on countless classic Motown sessions – but this album was recorded in LA with a sweet electric groove, and a mix of strings and funk that almost rivals Jack's only other full album – a rare blacksploitation soundtrack. The set features full arrangements from Paul Riser, orchestrations from Gordon Staples, and the whole thing was recorded at the Marvin Gaye studios – which you can almost hear in Ashford's surprisingly great vocals. The title cut "Hotel Sheet" has this wonderful popping moogy sound that's very nice – and other tracks include "Funky Disco Party", "Shar", "Hi Mom, Hi Al", and "Get Right On Top". CD

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Bayan Mongol Variety GroupBayan Mongol Variety Group ... LP
Everland (Austria), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
Bayan Mongol Variety Group may not have the catchiest name in the record store – but they definitely have a sound that really stands out from the pack – and which comes across as this unusual mix of 70s styles and more traditional modes! The vocals are by the two ladies pictured on the front – who quickly move into emotive modes when needed, supported by a group with these nicely dipping basslines that step along in gentle grooves that are sometimes augmented by just the right touches on horns and keyboards. Things are never totally funky, but maybe always on the edge – and titles include "May There Always Be Peace", "Bayan Mongol", "I Sing For You From Afar", "A Black Horse", "Song Of Mother", and "Eighteen Years Old". LP, Vinyl record album

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Freddy ButlerWith A Dab Of Soul ... CD
Kapp/Everland (Austria), 1968. New Copy ... $14.99
A wonderful album of uptown soul – the only full length record cut by Freddy Butler, a heck of a great singer with a really unique voice! Freddy hails from Detroit, and like the best of Detroit singers of the 60s – such as JJ Barnes or Darrell Banks – he's got a style that's got some rootsy touches, especially on the vocals, mixed with production that's tight and focused – which really gives the album a lot of swing! Instrumentation includes some nice use of vibes and piano, and the album also features some great early compositions by Nick Ashford. Titles include "This Thing", "You'd Better Get Hip Girl", "Never Let Love Go", and "I Fell In Love". CD
Also available With A Dab Of Soul ... LP 13.99

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Freddy ButlerWith A Dab Of Soul ... LP
Kapp/Everland (Austria), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $13.99
A wonderful album of uptown soul – the only full length record cut by Freddy Butler, a heck of a great singer with a really unique voice! Freddy hails from Detroit, and like the best of Detroit singers of the 60s – such as JJ Barnes or Darrell Banks – he's got a style that's got some rootsy touches, especially on the vocals, mixed with production that's tight and focused – which really gives the album a lot of swing! Instrumentation includes some nice use of vibes and piano, and the album also features some great early compositions by Nick Ashford. Titles include "This Thing", "You'd Better Get Hip Girl", "Never Let Love Go", and "I Fell In Love". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available With A Dab Of Soul ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Manny CorchadoSwing While You Can – Aprovecha El Tiempo ... CD
Decca/Everland (Austria), 1967. New Copy ... $14.99
A tasty Latin number from the 60s – recorded as one of a small handful of excellent Latin sides cut by Decca during the Latin Soul era! The record's kind of split down the middle, with half tracks that are in a straight Latin vein, and half tracks that are in a feisty boogaloo style. The boogaloo tracks are arranged by Marty Sheller – one of the best talents of the Latin Soul years – and titles include the instrumentals "Chicken & Booze" and "Up & Down", plus the vocal number "Pow Wow". Tito Jimenez is on vocals on other cuts – and titles include "La Flauta Mulaton", "La Fresa", "Fafallota", and "Manny's Guaguanco". CD
Also available Swing While You Can – Aprovecha El Tiempo ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Manny CorchadoSwing While You Can – Aprovecha El Tiempo ... LP
Decca/Everland (Austria), 1967. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A tasty Latin number from the 60s – recorded as one of a small handful of excellent Latin sides cut by Decca during the Latin Soul era! The record's kind of split down the middle, with half tracks that are in a straight Latin vein, and half tracks that are in a feisty boogaloo style. The boogaloo tracks are arranged by Marty Sheller – one of the best talents of the Latin Soul years – and titles include the instrumentals "Chicken & Booze" and "Up & Down", plus the vocal number "Pow Wow". Tito Jimenez is on vocals on other cuts – and titles include "La Flauta Mulaton", "La Fresa", "Fafallota", and "Manny's Guaguanco". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Swing While You Can – Aprovecha El Tiempo ... CD 14.99

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Don CovayFunky Yo Yo ... LP
Versatile/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
Some of the rootsiest work ever cut by Don Covay – done for Versatile Records in the late 70s, but a fair bit rougher and more down home than his sides for Mercury or Atlantic in years past! Covay really returns to his roots for the record – and the backings are often spare, subtle, and stark – used with burning perfection on the mellower and sadder numbers on the set, and with a nice funky kick on the more uptempo tunes! The real standout here is "Yo Yo (parts 1 & 2)" – probably the closest to a funky 45 that Covay ever cut – and other tracks include "Your Love Has Got To Me", "An Ugly Woman", "Three Time Loser", "Love Is Sweeter", and "I Don't Think I Can Make It". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ghetto BrothersPower/Fuerza ... LP
Salsa International/Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A legendary record from one of the most unique Latin groups of their time! In an early 70s world where many Latin combos were going for class and poise, the Ghetto Brothers moved in another direction entirely – working here with a fair bit of electric guitar alongside more familiar Latin rhythms – all to push along some wonderfully soulful vocals! The record's got a very different feel than most east coast Latin work of the time – one that's a bit like some of the Chicano soul of the west coast, but not nearly as smooth, and with a definite nod towards both funk and singer/songwriter work of the mainstream! The guitar's really upfront in the mix – riffing off at the start of most tracks – and the vocals have a slightly sweet quality, supported by harmonies from the rest of the group at times – making for a wicked blend of modes that's extremely compelling. A record that's as filled with soul and feeling as it is with hard-edge groovers – featuring titles that include "You Say You Are My Friend", "Ghetto Brothers Power", "I Saw A Tear", "Girl From The Mountain", "There Is Something In My Hearth", "Got This Happy Feeling", and "Viva Puerto Rico Libre". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gift Of DreamsMandroid ... LP
Jam Power/Everland (Austria), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
The rare second album from Gift Of Dreams – and that's saying a lot, because their debut was already pretty darn rare! This set follows strongly in the mode of that classic – tight boogie soul with a great 80s vibe – lots of basslines, plenty of keyboards, and beats that crackle with a sweet electro vibe – one that really fits all the wikki-wikki lines from the keys, and the general upbeat, partyful style of the music! Bettye Jo Miller sings lead vocals – despite the Mandroid title – and tracks include "Moonwalk", "Sunrise", "Sneeky", "Fantasy", "Video Sensation", and "Mandroid". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John GordonErotica Suite ... LP
Strata East/Everland (Austria), 1978. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A fantastic little record – and very much the kind of set that the Strata East label was created to represent! The music here would hardly have found a home on the bigger jazz labels of the period – not because it's too avant garde or non-commercial, but just because it's so deeply personal and powerful – the boldest vision on record of trombonist John Gordon, who composed a mindblowing suite of tracks for the first side of the album, as well as some equally great tunes for the second half! Gordon leads the group on trombone – with solos that are soaring and soulful, alongside work by the great James Spaulding on alto and flute, Waymond Reed on trumpet, John Miller on piano and keyboards, Lyle Atkinson on bass, and Frank Derrick on drums! If you know some of the other players here from their own work of the time, you know you're in for a treat – as the music has this fantastic sound of strong individual voices coming together, instruments lifted high on a mission of music – with results that are as fantastic all these many years as they were in the 70s. Titles include the long "Erotica Suite", plus "Ora Lee Tingle", "Blue Na", and "Neleh". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Heath BrothersMarchin' On! ... LP
Strata East/Everland (Austria), 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A masterpiece of spiritual jazz – and completely unlike anything else the Heath Brothers ever recorded! The set's incredible – far more spiritual and father-reaching than even the best early 70s albums by reedman Jimmy Heath – and certainly different than the later, tighter records put together by the brothers for Columbia at the end of the decade. The vibe is perfect Strata East – very open and creative – with so many new ideas flowing through, but never in a way that pushes the record off track – thanks to a warmly cohesive vision by the brothers. Jimmy plays flute, tenor, and soprano sax – with Percy Heath on bass and bass violin, and Albert Heath on drums and flutes. Stanley Cowell also plays both acoustic piano and mbira – really giving the album a strong Strata East pedigree. The record's well known for the fantastic "Smilin' Billy Suite" – a spare, spacey track that mixes together kalimba, bass, and piano, and which was sampled famously years back – and other titles include "Maimoun", "Tafadhali", and "Warm Valley". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ LV JohnsonWe Belong Together ... LP
Phono/Everland (Austria), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99
A tremendous little record from LV Johnson – an obscure indie soul effort from the early 80s, but one that's recorded with a really great sound overall! The production is quite professional – full backings done with help from Chicago arrangers Willie Henderson, Floyd Morris, and Sonny Saunders – all working in a style that's more like mid 70s modern soul than you'd guess from the date of the record – quite warm, and beautifully poised to capture the full range of LV's great vocals. At points, the set's got the depth of a southern soul record, but the poise and class of the best soul up north – a bit like the best blends going on with Detroit artists during the 70s. Titles include "Dancing Girl", "I Don't Really Care", "The Whole Town's Laughing", "I'm A Lucky Guy", "We Belong Together", and "I Love You I Want You". LP, Vinyl record album

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Clydie KingRushing To Meet You ... CD
Tiger Lily/Everland (Austria), 1976. New Copy ... $14.99
The rare second album from Clydie King – recorded at a time when she was lending her backing vocals to artists like The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, and Humble Pie – but a set that firmly puts Clydie in the lead! King's got an amazing style of singing – deep and raspy at one moment, with key southern soul roots – yet also totally tight and together, too – with a focus that really shines on the album's more upbeat tracks – groovers that almost have an east coast club vibe at times, quite similar to material that Clydie recorded with the group Brown Sugar! Titles include "Rushing To Meet You", "Loving You Is So Easy", "Steal Your Love Away", "Punish Me", "Our Love Is Special", and "Morning Sun". CD

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Osamu KitajimaDragon King ... CD
Everland (Netherlands), 1981. New Copy ... $14.99
A great record from Osamu Kitajima – one of his most soulful ever! The record features some additional production and arrangements by Richard Evans – who takes Osamu's Japanese fusion style, and gives it a sparkling modern soul groove that's perfect for US audiences. In fact, Osamu's frequent use of eastern instrumentation – koto, biwa, and other instruments – works perfectly with the flair for the exotic that Evans always had during his years at Cadet. Includes the smooth stepper "Say You Will" with vocals by Phil Perry and Rena Scott – plus the tracks "Yamame", "Dragon King", "Willow Pattern", and "Share My Love". CD

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Osamu KitajimaOsamu ... CD
Everland (Netherlands), 1977. New Copy ... $9.99
A great mix of modes from Osamu Kitajima – a set that's still got some of the exotic elements of his other material, but which also brings in a stronger fusion component too – mixing Kitajima's work on guitar and koto with plenty of Fender Rhodes and other great electric touches! The set was recorded in LA, and definitely has some warm Cali fusion elements – but Osamu also still hangs on to some "eastern" flavor with his own instrumentation – which is echoed by a bit of shakuhachi and nohkan by Tatsuya Sano. There's vocals on a few tracks, but they don't get in the way much, and with the cool banks of keyboards and nice drums, you hardly notice them at all! Sweet and breezy – in the best Japanese 70s fusion mode – and with tracks that include "Frost Flowers", "Elemental Spirits", and "Fur, Fin & Feather". Minnie Riperton also sings vocals on the track "Yesterday & Karma"! CD

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✨✧ MariahUtakata No Hibi ... CD
Better Days/Everland (Austria), 1983. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A wonderfully groovy set from the early 80s Japanese scene – a record that's maybe got a lot more cultural strands criss-crossing than some of its contemporaries! The cover looks a bit psychedelic, and the sound is maybe a bit too – but with the sorts of early 80s keyboards and electronics that you'd expect from the date – all produced by the group, but recorded by Seigen Ono with a really wonderful balance of elements! Julie Powell sings on five of the album's tracks – which further helps set the work apart from the rest, especially as many of the lyrics are Armenian! Titles include "Sokokara", "Shisen", "Shonen", "Sora Ni Mau Maboroshi", and "Shinzo No Tobira". CD
Also available
Utakata No Hibi ... LP 34.99
Utakata No Hibi (45 rpm clear vinyl pressing) ... LP 39.99

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MariahUtakata No Hibi ... LP
Better Days/Everland (Austria), 1983. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $34.99
A wonderfully groovy set from the early 80s Japanese scene – a record that's maybe got a lot more cultural strands criss-crossing than some of its contemporaries! The cover looks a bit psychedelic, and the sound is maybe a bit too – but with the sorts of early 80s keyboards and electronics that you'd expect from the date – all produced by the group, but recorded by Seigen Ono with a really wonderful balance of elements! Julie Powell sings on five of the album's tracks – which further helps set the work apart from the rest, especially as many of the lyrics are Armenian! Titles include "Sokokara", "Shisen", "Shonen", "Sora Ni Mau Maboroshi", and "Shinzo No Tobira". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed at 45 rpm!)
Also available Utakata No Hibi (45 rpm clear vinyl pressing) ... LP 39.99

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MariahUtakata No Hibi (45 rpm clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
Better Days/Everland (Austria), 1983. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $39.99
A wonderfully groovy set from the early 80s Japanese scene – a record that's maybe got a lot more cultural strands criss-crossing than some of its contemporaries! The cover looks a bit psychedelic, and the sound is maybe a bit too – but with the sorts of early 80s keyboards and electronics that you'd expect from the date – all produced by the group, but recorded by Seigen Ono with a really wonderful balance of elements! Julie Powell sings on five of the album's tracks – which further helps set the work apart from the rest, especially as many of the lyrics are Armenian! Titles include "Sokokara", "Shisen", "Shonen", "Sora Ni Mau Maboroshi", and "Shinzo No Tobira". LP, Vinyl record album
(Hand-numbered limited edition of 400 – on 45rpm clear vinyl!)
Also available Utakata No Hibi ... LP 34.99

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Mel Production Band (Mel Waiters)Trying To Get Out Of Here ... LP
Marvel/Everland (Austria), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
Rare grooves from the Mel Production Band – an early project from soul singer Mel Waiters – who most people know for his more recent albums in a blues-based vein! Here, the young Mel is much looser, and groovier – with a strong current of 70s funk, played by a super-sharp band throughout – one with almost a leaner take on some of the bigger funk ensemble modes of the period, which makes for an especially strong focus on the basslines and drums! The drums also seem to include some stronger-than-usual elements on toms – which, along with a certain sort of call-style vocals, almost makes for some DC Go-Go currents in the mix, even though the overall approach is more funky soul overall. The set's also got a few spaced-out, laidback bits around the edges – almost a Bootsy sort of vibe – and titles include "Wiggle On Up", "Patti Duke Hustle", "Trying To Get Out Of Here", "It's Gonna Be Alright", and "Lady Of My Life". LP, Vinyl record album

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Scherrie PayneIncredible ... LP
Everland (Austria), 1987. New Copy (reissue)... $14.99
A late solo set from ex-Supreme Scherrie Payne, and nicely different than the 70s work she did after leaving that famous group! The set's got this great bubbling bounce – part 80s soul, part 80s club – and the record's put together by a host of top-shelf talents – from producer Wayne Henderson at the helm, through a lineup that includes keyboards from Phillip Ingram and guitars from Craig T Cooper. Ingram also adds a bit of guest vocals to the record, bringing the whole thing into a mode that echoes some of the more familiar R&B styles of the time – while still keeping the indie edge of the set. Titles include "Incredible", "Testify", "Touch Me Up", "Right Stuff", "On & On", "Hot Flash", and "Get Closer". LP, Vinyl record album

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Geraldo PinoAfro Soco Soul Live ... CD
Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $6.99
A blistering batch of live tracks from the amazing Geraldo Pino – super-tight Afro Funk with a groove to rival some of James Brown's funkiest work! Pino clearly takes a lot of cues from The Godfather in the way he leads the band – working with an MC who starts the set and calls him to the stage, then belting out the lyrics in a voice that may not be as screechingly soulful as James, but which has the same sort of punch and hard-bitten political undercurrent! The instrumentation includes lots of heavy percussion, fast-riffing guitar, and this great electric piano that's thin, but very cool – almost giving a spacey sound to the heavier funk at the bottom of the tunes! Tracks include "Blackman Was Born To Be Free", "Man Pass Man, Iron De Cut Iron", "Right In The Centre", "On The Spot", "Woman Experience", and "Afro Soco Soul Live". CD
Also available Afro Soco Soul Live ... LP 18.99

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Geraldo PinoAfro Soco Soul Live ... LP
Everland (Austria), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A blistering batch of live tracks from the amazing Geraldo Pino – super-tight Afro Funk with a groove to rival some of James Brown's funkiest work! Pino clearly takes a lot of cues from The Godfather in the way he leads the band – working with an MC who starts the set and calls him to the stage, then belting out the lyrics in a voice that may not be as screechingly soulful as James, but which has the same sort of punch and hard-bitten political undercurrent! The instrumentation includes lots of heavy percussion, fast-riffing guitar, and this great electric piano that's thin, but very cool – almost giving a spacey sound to the heavier funk at the bottom of the tunes! Tracks include "Blackman Was Born To Be Free", "Man Pass Main, Iron De Cut Iron", "Right In The Centre", "On The Spot", "Woman Experience", and "Afro Soco Soul Live". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Afro Soco Soul Live ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Ronald SnijdersNatural Sources ... CD
Ronald Snijders/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A laidback set of spiritual work on flute from Ronald Snijders – a musician who only recorded overseas, but has a great way of resonating with some of the best American soul jazz trends of the 70s! Ronald Snijders is way more than a flautist, too – as he plays all the instruments here, overdubbed in a way that gets the warmth and spontaneous quality of a combo – even though it's all just Ronald himself! Some tracks just feature Ronald on solo flute, but others add in keyboards, percussion, guitars, and more – creating a warm and mellow sound that ranks with the best American indie soul jazz of the time, and which also features a few nice organic tracks that definitely live up to the Natural Sources title! Tunes include "Galibi", "Seven Wings", "Skin Source", "Busy Street", "Todo Bere", and "Temple Of Faith". CD
Also available Natural Sources ... LP 16.99

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Ronald SnijdersNatural Sources ... LP
Ronald Snijders/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $16.99
A laidback set of spiritual work on flute from Ronald Snijders – a musician who only recorded overseas, but has a great way of resonating with some of the best American soul jazz trends of the 70s! Ronald Snijders is way more than a flautist, too – as he plays all the instruments here, overdubbed in a way that gets the warmth and spontaneous quality of a combo – even though it's all just Ronald himself! Some tracks just feature Ronald on solo flute, but others add in keyboards, percussion, guitars, and more – creating a warm and mellow sound that ranks with the best American indie soul jazz of the time, and which also features a few nice organic tracks that definitely live up to the Natural Sources title! Tunes include "Galibi", "Seven Wings", "Skin Source", "Busy Street", "Todo Bere", and "Temple Of Faith". LP, Vinyl record album

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Standing Room OnlyHeart & Soul ... CD
YGB/Everland (Austria), 1982. New Copy ... $9.99
A sweet little funk record from the early 80s – recorded in the Virginia scene south of DC, and with a vibe that's totally wonderful all the way through! These guys are still a lot more live than most funk groups of the time – no beats or programmed bits here – and the group plays with a rich blend of elements that reminds us of Earth Wind & Fire at their mid 70s best – able to groove tightly one minute, then lay back into some cool compressed bits the next – all with a sharpness that would have made these guys huge, had they ever had the chance! Vocals are by differing members of the group, who can also sing together on a razor's edge with the rhythms – and the basslines, riffing guitar, and keyboards are peppered with some mighty nice horns as well. Titles include "Take A Chance", "Universal Funk Affair", "Star From The Sky", "Take Some Time", "Crazy Feelin", "Desire", and "Searchin". CD

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TereaTerea ... LP
Baby Grand/Everland (Austria), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
Sweet jazzy soul from Terea – a group who never cracked the big time, but who work here with a vibe that's almost like 70s Rufus at their best! The instrumentation is wonderful – warm, but funky – just the right balance to set the scene perfectly for the lead vocals by Sharon Robinson – a singer who's really great – as equally top-shelf as the players on the session! The record's always been billed as a "tax shelter" project that never succeeded because it was doomed from the start – but thankfully that situation's been remedied by Jazzman's great reissue of the material – finally bringing this soulful treasure back to light. A record you'd be proud to file next to your copies of the Newban and James Mason albums – with cuts that include "Pretty Bird", "Morning Laughter", "For Free", "Manic Depression", "One & Only", and "Try Harder". LP, Vinyl record album
(Fantastic pressing – in this really heavy, gold-embossed cover – which has an almost wood-like texture!)
Also available Terea ... CD 8.99

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VariousJugoton Funk Vol 1 – A Decade Of Non-Aligned Beats, Soul, Disco, & Jazz 1969 to 1979 ... LP
Jugoton/Everland (Germany), 1970s. New Copy 2LP ... About October 1, 2020
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✨✧ VariousRaks Raks Raks – 17 Golden Garage Psych Nuggets From The Iranian 60s Scene ... LP
Raks/Everland (Austria), 1960s. New Copy (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
Iranian garage rock – kind of hard to believe at first, but a surprising musical discovery overall! The package documents a very overlooked scene – rock bands from late 60s Iran who were clearly inspired by the American underground of the time – working in a heady brew of guitar, organ, bass, and drums – usually with vocals in the local dialect, but a rockish groove that owes plenty to the US. There's less Eastern elements in the music than you'd find in Arabesk rock from Turkey – although some tunes here do have an exotic flavor at points, and really stand out from the rest. Yet even on the straighter numbers, the difference in language really gives these tunes an odd sort of feel – almost unsettling as you try to reach for familiar elements, then find them different in the end. Titles include "Mehtaab" by The Littles, "Shekar Dar Kohestan" by The Golden Ring, "Hadjime Khali" by Kourosh, "Raks Raks Raks" by Moha Jamin, "Meekshi Manoo" by The Flowers, "Dance Music" by Penahi, and "4 x 8 Jadeed" by The Littles. Comes with full note in English, too! LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Raks Raks Raks – 27 Golden Garage Psych Nuggets From The Iranian Scene ... CD 11.99

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✨✧ VariousRaks Raks Raks – 27 Golden Garage Psych Nuggets From The Iranian Scene ... CD
Raks/Everland (Austria), 1960s. New Copy ... $11.99
Iranian garage rock – kind of hard to believe at first, but a surprising musical discovery overall! The package documents a very overlooked scene – rock bands from late 60s Iran who were clearly inspired by the American underground of the time – working in a heady brew of guitar, organ, bass, and drums – usually with vocals in the local dialect, but a rockish groove that owes plenty to the US. There's less Eastern elements in the music than you'd find in Arabesk rock from Turkey – although some tunes here do have an exotic flavor at points, and really stand out from the rest. Yet even on the straighter numbers, the difference in language really gives these tunes an odd sort of feel – almost unsettling as you try to reach for familiar elements, then find them different in the end. The CD version adds 10 tracks to the 17 track LP version, and the titles include "Mehtaab" by The Littles, "Shekar Dar Kohestan" by The Golden Ring, "Hadjime Khali" by Kourosh, "Raks Raks Raks" by Moha Jamin, "Meekshi Manoo" by The Flowers, "Dance Music" by Penahi, "A B C D" by Skakayak, "Indian Rebels" and "Sha La La" by The Rebels, "Baroon Omad" by Bijan, "4 x 8 Jadeed" by The Littles, and more. Comes with full note in English, too! CD

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✨✧ Stanley CowellMusa ... LP
Strata East/Everland (Austria), 1974. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A solo piano set from Strata East mainman Stanley Cowell – but a record that's got enough soul and spirituality to rival a full group recording! Although working alone here, Cowell's touch on the keys is astounding – often flowing and highly rhythmic, with a pulsating sense of energy that makes even the mellower tracks sparkle with soulful imagination. A number of tracks are intimate explorations of themes heard more famously on albums done with Charles Tolliver – but which come alive in a whole new way here in Stanley's solo setting! Most work here is on acoustic piano, but Cowell also picks up the electric keys for the tune "Travelin Man" – done here as an overdubbed "duet", and one of the hippest tunes on the entire record! Other titles include "Abscretions", "Equipoise", "Prayer For Peace", "Departure No 2", "Sweet Song", and "Emil Danenberg". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Kiki GyanFeeling So Good ... LP
Everland (Austria), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic groover from Kiki Gyan – a singer from Ghana who worked in Osibisa during the early 70s – but one who's also got a really universal club vibe here on this overlooked gem from the end of the 70s! The record's got a bubbling, upbeat vibe that really lives up to its title – with a cross between American boogie grooves of the period, and maybe some of the more complicated rhythms that you'd expect from Gyan's legacy – all woven together with a sound that's tight, but never commercial at all – just right-on-the money funk with a clubby spin, on titles that include "Disco Dancer", "Sunshine Baby", "Sexy Dance", "We Make Music", "Black Afro Punk", and "Alhaji Who Are You". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ LV JohnsonWe Belong Together ... CD
Phono/Everland (Austria), 1981. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tremendous little record from LV Johnson – an obscure indie soul effort from the early 80s, but one that's recorded with a really great sound overall! The production is quite professional – full backings done with help from Chicago arrangers Willie Henderson, Floyd Morris, and Sonny Saunders – all working in a style that's more like mid 70s modern soul than you'd guess from the date of the record – quite warm, and beautifully poised to capture the full range of LV's great vocals. At points, the set's got the depth of a southern soul record, but the poise and class of the best soul up north – a bit like the best blends going on with Detroit artists during the 70s. Titles include "Dancing Girl", "I Don't Really Care", "The Whole Town's Laughing", "I'm A Lucky Guy", "We Belong Together", and "I Love You I Want You". CD
Also available We Belong Together ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Geraldo PinoAfro Soco Soul Live ... CD
Everland (Austria), 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A blistering batch of live tracks from the amazing Geraldo Pino – super-tight Afro Funk with a groove to rival some of James Brown's funkiest work! Pino clearly takes a lot of cues from The Godfather in the way he leads the band – working with an MC who starts the set and calls him to the stage, then belting out the lyrics in a voice that may not be as screechingly soulful as James, but which has the same sort of punch and hard-bitten political undercurrent! The instrumentation includes lots of heavy percussion, fast-riffing guitar, and this great electric piano that's thin, but very cool – almost giving a spacey sound to the heavier funk at the bottom of the tunes! Tracks include "Blackman Was Born To Be Free", "Man Pass Man, Iron De Cut Iron", "Right In The Centre", "On The Spot", "Woman Experience", and "Afro Soco Soul Live". CD
Also available
Afro Soco Soul Live ... LP 18.99
Afro Soco Soul Live ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ AkwassaIn The Groove ... CD
Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An interesting turning point for this funky Nigerian group of the 70s – as the set's still got the chunky rhythms of previous efforts, but also shows a touch of influence from reggae on some of the grooves – as well as some very cool use of keyboard touches that give the whole thing some nice electric currents! The sound is still nice and raw overall, and some of the best cuts have a straight funk approach that's really universal – grooves of the sort that you'd hear on an American funky 45, but maybe produced with that compelling sense of echo that makes so many west African records from the time sound a bit trippy. Vocals are in English throughout, and titles include "Everybody's Getting On", "Give Me Some Funk", "Jam All Night", "Make Your Self", "We Believe In Peace", and "No One Else". CD
Also available In The Groove ... LP 18.99

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✨✧ DaytoniansLet Jesus Work It Out ... CD
Church Door/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The Daytonians may let Jesus work it out, but they also do a heck of a lot themselves – more than plenty to make the record a rare funky gospel treasure from the 70s! The group hail from Dayton, Ohio, and cut the record in Atlanta – and there's some indication that Calvin Arnold was involved with the whole thing – as there's key funky currents to the music that remind us of the mix of rootsy grit and tightness in his own records, and which sound even better next to the magnificent harmonies of the group! As with the best soul-styled gospel albums of the period, the grooves and production are pretty darn down to earth – meaning that there's plenty here to love even if you're not taken with the spirit – and even more if you are. Titles include "Shelter", "Why Can't I", "Jesus Is Calling", "Deep River", "My Rock", and "I Got Everything". CD

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✨✧ Osamu KitajimaMasterless Samurai ... CD
Everland (Netherlands), 1980. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Evocative fusion work from Japanese guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a record that mixes together LA electric with some folksier elements, in the continuing exploration of cross cultural patterns that drifted across Kitajima's work from this time. The album's got a compelling blend of electric and acoustic instrumentation, and features work by players that include Clare Fischer, Victor Feldman, Stix Hooper, John Klemmer, and Bobby Hutcherson. Titles include "Floating Garden", "Wild Monk", "Golden Mean", and "Whoga". CD

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✨✧ Osamu KitajimaShinchugoku ... CD
Everland (Netherlands), 1972. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The earliest album we've ever seen from legendary guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a set that's a bit more pastoral and down to earth, as you might guess from its cover image! The work is a mellow take on folksy psych modes – electric and acoustic guitars mixed together on a set of songs that are hauntingly tuneful, with these evocative lyrics in Japanese that really fit the melodies – and which somehow have an appeal that goes way beyond the boundaries of language, thanks to a style that's expressive, but never overdone. A few tunes are a bit harder rocking, but the record's a pretty laidback affair overall – and titles include "Inchunfa", "Ronshuiko", "Tohoko", "Ketsumazuitemo", "Takai Takai Koanryo", and "Hyakusho Wa Tanoshi". CD

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✨✧ Jack AshfordHotel Sheet ... LP
Magic Disc/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
One of the coolest club records ever cut – and one with a great gimmick too! That gimmick is the "hotel sheet" – an instrument created by percussionist Jack Ashford, which is a light piece of metal that's snapped back and worth to create these cool wibbly, wobbly waves of sound – almost like a moog at times, which gives some of these tracks a bit of a P&P Records vibe! Ashford was a member of The Funk Brothers – and a percussionist on countless classic Motown sessions – but this album was recorded in LA with a sweet electric groove, and a mix of strings and funk that almost rivals Jack's only other full album – a rare blacksploitation soundtrack. The set features full arrangements from Paul Riser, orchestrations from Gordon Staples, and the whole thing was recorded at the Marvin Gaye studios – which you can almost hear in Ashford's surprisingly great vocals. The title cut "Hotel Sheet" has this wonderful popping moogy sound that's very nice – and other tracks include "Funky Disco Party", "Shar", "Hi Mom, Hi Al", and "Get Right On Top". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Hotel Sheet ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Back EastDay By Day ... CD
Everland (Austria), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really obscure album of groovy soul – one that's got lots of different strands working together at once, in a way that may make these guys a follow-up to the work of Rotary Connection or some of the other hip groups from Chicago at the end of the 60s! The music is definitely soul, and has great lead vocals from singer Carol Williams – but there's also strands of jazz, Brazilian, and even folk music throughout – acoustic guitars, electric piano, percussion, and lots of interesting chord and time changes that really keep things interesting – even when these guys are singing songs by other artists! Titles include "Corazon", "Zanzibar", "Love Song", "Day By Day", "Wild Flower", "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", and "Reach Out". CD

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✨✧ Cook CountyReleased ... CD
Greedy/Everland (Austria), 1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare funk album with a prison pedigree – a set created by inmates at Chicago's Cook County prison in the 70s, following a tradition of cellblock soul that includes groups like The Escorts and Power Of Attorney! These guys get help from Chicago soul legend Cash McCall – who arranged and produced with Zach Prather, and who really keeps things sharp, tight, and on the money – lots of bouncing boogie funk rhythms at the bottom, at a level that really belies the group's identity behind bars – as it sounds like they're having a heck of a good time making the record! There's a few mellower ballads that balance things out, and show that these guys aren't just a funk band at the core – sweet soul numbers that really round out the record, which includes the tunes "Life Ain't Nothin But A Groove", "Funk Some More", "Inner Flight", "You're The One", "Party Down", "Star Wars", "Space Dancin", and "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love". CD

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✨✧ Don CovayFunky Yo Yo ... CD
Versatile/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of the rootsiest work ever cut by Don Covay – done for Versatile Records in the late 70s, but a fair bit rougher and more down home than his sides for Mercury or Atlantic in years past! Covay really returns to his roots for the record – and the backings are often spare, subtle, and stark – used with burning perfection on the mellower and sadder numbers on the set, and with a nice funky kick on the more uptempo tunes! The real standout here is "Yo Yo (parts 1 & 2)" – probably the closest to a funky 45 that Covay ever cut – and other tracks include "Your Love Has Got To Me", "An Ugly Woman", "Three Time Loser", "Love Is Sweeter", and "I Don't Think I Can Make It". CD
Also available Funky Yo Yo ... LP 22.99

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✨✧ Disco LadiesThree's Company ... LP
Baby Grand/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
These disco ladies are pretty darn great – a lot more deep-voice than some of their club contemporaries – at a level that makes the record way stronger than just another album of grooves! The girls work in trio format – but the record has an approach that puts the vocals first, rather than use them to augment the usual studio work in a funky style – so that there's a rich feel to the record that really knocks it out of the park – almost in an earlier female group mode! The set was recorded in California, and we don't know much else about it – but we can say that tracks include "Woman", "Our Love Is Special", "Better Than Walking Out", "Lovin You Is So Easy", and "I Second That Emotion". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ GaryChilling Out ... CD
Alive/Everland (Austria), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Sweet 80s funk from Gary – an artist who's got a great way of crafting lean, mean grooves that offer up a compact take on the ensemble funk mode of the 70s! The album's got a relatively homemade cover, but the sound here is super-tight – not mainstream or commercial, but really right on the money – thanks to Gary's skill as a songwriter and arranger – work that should have had the artist bursting out on a bigger label a few years later! The approach to the music is surprisingly fresh – not the overplayed basslines and keyboards, but different reworkings of those elements with some well-crafted guitar work too – and some mighty catchy hooks, even when the vocals are minimal. Titles include "Scared At Night", "A Man", "Stay", "Looks Like Your Funk", "Me Myself & I", "Woop Tee Doo", and "Leroy". CD

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✨✧ Kiki GyanFeeling So Good ... CD
Everland (Austria), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic groover from Kiki Gyan – a singer from Ghana who worked in Osibisa during the early 70s – but one who's also got a really universal club vibe here on this overlooked gem from the end of the 70s! The record's got a bubbling, upbeat vibe that really lives up to its title – with a cross between American boogie grooves of the period, and maybe some of the more complicated rhythms that you'd expect from Gyan's legacy – all woven together with a sound that's tight, but never commercial at all – just right-on-the money funk with a clubby spin, on titles that include "Disco Dancer", "Sunshine Baby", "Sexy Dance", "We Make Music", "Black Afro Punk", and "Alhaji Who Are You". CD

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✨✧ Sterling HarrisonOne Size Fits All ... LP
Everland (Austria), 1981. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Early work from Sterling Harrison – a soul singer who was mostly missed the first time around, but has had more of a revival in recent decades – although maybe not as strongly as on this obscure west coast album recorded with the production team of Holland Dozier Holland! This isn't Motown HDH, nor even their Invictus/Hot Wax style – as the album has a strong 80s soul vibe throughout, with lots of beats, keyboards, and catchy numbers in a boogie funk mode – yet it's also clear the top-shelf studio help really gives the record a lot more focus and punch than other efforts of this nature, in a way that mixes Sterling's deep soul vocal inclinations with some material that could have crossed over at the time. Titles include "Star Chaser", "I Feel The Love", "You've Got That Thing", "Take It All The Way", "She's So Sensitive", "One Size Fits All", and "Abba Dabba Do". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Osamu KitajimaBenzaiten ... CD
Everland (Netherlands), 1976. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really unique project from guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a player you might know from his smoother fusion sets at the end of the 70s – but who works here in a very trippy blend of Japanese instrumentation and electric jazz! Kitajima handles a heck of a lot of strings – both acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and even the biwa – a Japanese style of lute, which appears to be electrified on the record. There's also work on hayashi-bue, narimono, and shakuhachi – other Japanese instruments folded into the album's mix of fuzz and keyboards – which are often used sparely, but in ways that bring a nicely psychedelic vibe to the album at times. Osamu vocalizes a bit – but mostly in ways that just go along with the music – and titles include "Benzaiten", "Tengu", "Whoma", and "Taiyo". CD

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✨✧ Osamu KitajimaEarly Years (Shinchugoku/Benzaiten/Osamu/Masterless Samurai/Dragon King) (180 gram 5LP set) ... LP
Everland (Netherlands), 1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 5LP ... Out Of Stock
A special box set that collects all the key early albums from guitarist Osamu Kitajima – including a few rock moments too! First up is Shinchugoku – the earliest album we've ever seen from legendary guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a set that's a bit more pastoral and down to earth, as you might guess from its cover image! The work is a mellow take on folksy psych modes – electric and acoustic guitars mixed together on a set of songs that are hauntingly tuneful, with these evocative lyrics in Japanese that really fit the melodies – and which somehow have an appeal that goes way beyond the boundaries of language, thanks to a style that's expressive, but never overdone. A few tunes are a bit harder rocking, but the record's a pretty laidback affair overall – and titles include "Inchunfa", "Ronshuiko", "Tohoko", "Ketsumazuitemo", "Takai Takai Koanryo", and "Hyakusho Wa Tanoshi". Next is Benzaiten – a really unique project from guitarist Osamu Kitajima – a player you might know from his smoother fusion sets at the end of the 70s – but who works here in a very trippy blend of Japanese instrumentation and electric jazz! Kitajima handles a heck of a lot of strings – both acoustic and electric guitars, bass, and even the biwa – a Japanese style of lute, which appears to be electrified on the record. There's also work on hayashi-bue, narimono, and shakuhachi – other Japanese instruments folded into the album's mix of fuzz and keyboards – which are often used sparely, but in ways that bring a nicely psychedelic vibe to the album at times. Osamu vocalizes a bit – but mostly in ways that just go along with the music – and titles include "Benzaiten", "Tengu", "Whoma", and "Taiyo". The Osamu album follows – a set that's still got some of the exotic elements of his other material, but which also brings in a stronger fusion component too – mixing Kitajima's work on guitar and koto with plenty of Fender Rhodes and other great electric touches! The set was recorded in LA, and definitely has some warm Cali fusion elements – but Osamu also still hangs on to some "eastern" flavor with his own instrumentation – which is echoed by a bit of shakuhachi and nohkan by Tatsuya Sano. There's vocals on a few tracks, but they don't get in the way much, and with the cool banks of keyboards and nice drums, you hardly notice them at all! Sweet and breezy – in the best Japanese 70s fusion mode – and with tracks that include "Frost Flowers", "Elemental Spirits", and "Fur, Fin & Feather". Minnie Riperton also sings vocals on the track "Yesterday & Karma"! Masterless Samurai is a record that mixes together LA electric with some folksier elements, in the continuing exploration of cross cultural patterns that drifted across Kitajima's work from this time. The album's got a compelling blend of electric and acoustic instrumentation, and features work by players that include Clare Fischer, Victor Feldman, Stix Hooper, John Klemmer, and Bobby Hutcherson. Titles include "Floating Garden", "Wild Monk", "Golden Mean", and "Whoga". Dragon King is a great record from Osamu Kitajima – one of his most soulful ever! The record features some additional production and arrangements by Richard Evans – who takes Osamu's Japanese fusion style, and gives it a sparkling modern soul groove that's perfect for US audiences. In fact, Osamu's frequent use of eastern instrumentation – koto, biwa, and other instruments – works perfectly with the flair for the exotic that Evans always had during his years at Cadet. Includes the smooth stepper "Say You Will" with vocals by Phil Perry and Rena Scott – plus the tracks "Yamame", "Dragon King", "Willow Pattern", and "Share My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Mel Production Band (Mel Waiters)Trying To Get Out Of Here ... CD
Marvel/Everland (Austria), 1980. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Rare grooves from the Mel Production Band – an early project from soul singer Mel Waiters – who most people know for his more recent albums in a blues-based vein! Here, the young Mel is much looser, and groovier – with a strong current of 70s funk, played by a super-sharp band throughout – one with almost a leaner take on some of the bigger funk ensemble modes of the period, which makes for an especially strong focus on the basslines and drums! The drums also seem to include some stronger-than-usual elements on toms – which, along with a certain sort of call-style vocals, almost makes for some DC Go-Go currents in the mix, even though the overall approach is more funky soul overall. The set's also got a few spaced-out, laidback bits around the edges – almost a Bootsy sort of vibe – and titles include "Wiggle On Up", "Patti Duke Hustle", "Trying To Get Out Of Here", "It's Gonna Be Alright", and "Lady Of My Life". CD
Also available Trying To Get Out Of Here ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Scherrie PayneIncredible ... CD
Everland (Austria), 1987. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A late solo set from ex-Supreme Scherrie Payne, and nicely different than the 70s work she did after leaving that famous group! The set's got this great bubbling bounce – part 80s soul, part 80s club – and the record's put together by a host of top-shelf talents – from producer Wayne Henderson at the helm, through a lineup that includes keyboards from Phillip Ingram and guitars from Craig T Cooper. Ingram also adds a bit of guest vocals to the record, bringing the whole thing into a mode that echoes some of the more familiar R&B styles of the time – while still keeping the indie edge of the set. Titles include "Incredible", "Testify", "Touch Me Up", "Right Stuff", "On & On", "Hot Flash", and "Get Closer". CD
Also available Incredible ... LP 14.99

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✨✧ Standing Room OnlyHeart & Soul ... LP
YGB/Everland (Austria), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A sweet little funk record from the early 80s – recorded in the Virginia scene south of DC, and with a vibe that's totally wonderful all the way through! These guys are still a lot more live than most funk groups of the time – no beats or programmed bits here – and the group plays with a rich blend of elements that reminds us of Earth Wind & Fire at their mid 70s best – able to groove tightly one minute, then lay back into some cool compressed bits the next – all with a sharpness that would have made these guys huge, had they ever had the chance! Vocals are by differing members of the group, who can also sing together on a razor's edge with the rhythms – and the basslines, riffing guitar, and keyboards are peppered with some mighty nice horns as well. Titles include "Take A Chance", "Universal Funk Affair", "Star From The Sky", "Take Some Time", "Crazy Feelin", "Desire", and "Searchin". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Heart & Soul ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Mavis StaplesLove Gone Bad ... LP
HDH/Everland (Austria), Early 80s. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Lost work from a really obscure period in the career of Mavis Staples – post-Stax, but before her big revival of later years – and a date that has her working with the Holland Dozier Holland time in a mighty nice mode! The classic Mavis vocals are very firmly in place, but the record's also got a warmer glow than usual – great arrangements from Jesse Saunders, who again comes to the record as a bit of a surprise – but really helps make a setting that's very fresh for the Staples sound, especially if you've heard as many records by Mavis as us! The style is great – almost like some of the coolest southern/modern soul blends of the period – and titles include "Love Gone Bad", "Show Me", "Falling In Love", "Beat Well Done", "See What You Started", and "Holding On To Your Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Street FeetStreet Feet ... CD
Baby Grand/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The street feet here are pretty funky ones – maybe more so than you'd guess from the relatively "stock" look of the cover image – as the album's got the kind of sharp instrumental core that you'd be likely to find on some of the best Bay Area groovers from late 70s Fantasy Records! The record's mostly instrumental, and has excellent guitar, keyboards, and strong coloring from the Doo-Ragg Horns – almost a west coast equivalent of Memphis or Muscle Shoals Horns, but with an even leaner groove overall. Kumunnukate sings a bit on the record, but most is instrumental – and titles include "Help Yourself", "Satisfied Sity", "The Search Goes On", "Holdin On", "Livin It Up", and "The Hassle". CD

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✨✧ Street FeetStreet Feet ... LP
Baby Grand/Everland (Austria), 1977. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The street feet here are pretty funky ones – maybe more so than you'd guess from the relatively "stock" look of the cover image – as the album's got the kind of sharp instrumental core that you'd be likely to find on some of the best Bay Area groovers from late 70s Fantasy Records! The record's mostly instrumental, and has excellent guitar, keyboards, and strong coloring from the Doo-Ragg Horns – almost a west coast equivalent of Memphis or Muscle Shoals Horns, but with an even leaner groove overall. Kumunnukate sings a bit on the record, but most is instrumental – and titles include "Help Yourself", "Satisfied Sity", "The Search Goes On", "Holdin On", "Livin It Up", and "The Hassle". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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